JOHOR BARU: A local businessman eluded police for almost seven months by changing his appearance, to the extent of wearing different wigs.
He went into hiding upon learning that the police wanted him to assist in investigations into a missing person's report -- a man in his 40s, who happened to be his close friend, Quek Ching Yean, from Singapore.
However, from a missing person's report, the case was later investigated as a kidnapping, as there was a ransom demand of RM12,000, which was paid.
On July 12, after months of investigations that saw Johor police working closely with their Singapore counterparts, the Malaysian businessman, also in his 40s, was arrested in Klang.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said the suspect then led a police team to a rubber plantation in Kajang where a body was found in a shallow grave. The body is now at the Kajang Hospital pending an autopsy and a DNA test.
Mokhtar said investigations papers were opened after Quek's wife lodged a missing person's report at the Johor Baru district headquarters on Jan 26.
It is understood that Quek had some business dealings with the suspect and another man.
Two days before the missing person's report was lodged, Mokhtar said Quek had entered the country via the causeway where he was believed to have met the suspect to discuss several business dealings in Stulang.
When Quek failed to return home that night, his wife tried to reach him on his mobile phone but was unsuccessful. She then contacted her husband's other business partner who told her that her husband was meeting his Malaysian friend.
She was told that there were several disputes between them relating to some matters.
The missing person's report led to the setting up of a special task force.
"We are now awaiting the post-mortem and the DNA test and hope that members of the public will not speculate... let us finish our investigation," Mokhtar said. - NST