Ja’afar Halid was sentenced to death by hanging for murdering his boss Ong Teik Kwon, 32, entertainer Choi Hon Ming, 32, and florist Senthil Murugaiah, 38. He was sentenced to 15 years’ jail for attempted murder of 5 others.
Bodyguard Ja’afar Halid, 39, was on trial for the murder of his boss, businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, professional clown Choi Hon Ming and flower supplier M. Senthil. He is also on trial for the attempted murder of Dr K. Arivarni, TNB Bhd assistant manager Nurul Huda Ab Aziz, Lee, Mohamad Amirul and Puoh.
16 December 2020
GEORGE TOWN: A 41-year-old bodyguard who killed his boss and two others in the middle of a busy expressway here four years ago has been found guilty of murder and the attempted murder of five others at the High Court here today.
Ja’afar Halid was sentenced to death by hanging for murdering his boss Ong Teik Kwon, 32, entertainer Choi Hon Ming, 32, and florist Senthil Murugaiah, 38.
He was sentenced to 15 years’ jail for attempting to murder Dr Arivarni Kershnian, 33, factory worker Lee Hong Boon, 32, RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amir, 28, and banker Poh Bee Joo, 32.
Ja’afar was accused of committing the offence on the Penang Bridge exit (southbound) of the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway here between 7.15pm and 7.30pm on Dec 1, 2016.
He was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the death penalty, and Section 307 for attempted murder which carries a maximum life sentence.
Justice Abdul Wahab Mohamed, in handing down the sentence, said the defence had failed to prove that he was of unsound mind or under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.
He said the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt he had committed the crimes knowingly.
27 Feb 2019
GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard who allegedly shot his employer is said to have been behaving oddly on the day of the incident and even drew out his gun unexpectedly at a cafe in Karpal Singh Drive.
Witness Lim Boon Leng, 35, who is slain businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong’ business partner, said he was concerned about how the accused, Ja’afar Halid, was acting.
Lim said Ong did not appear overly concerned and told him to ask Ja’afar himself.
“He (Ja’afar) told me that the situation was a little bit dangerous. I didn’t press further as to what he meant by that,” he said when asked by counsel Y. Anbananthan at the High Court here on Wednesday (Feb 27)
When asked about Ong’s response, Lim said the businessman did not react to it.
Prior to the incident, Lim said the three of them were in Pulau Tikus but Ong and the accused went to a hotel while he went to a nearby restaurant.
When they met again three to four hours later, Lim said he was not told what they did.
The three of them then drove to Karpal Singh Drive and met up with Ong’s friend, known only as Mr Ng, before they drove towards the Penang Bridge.
DPP Nurul Fatin Hussin asked Lim about the traffic on the Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and what took place in the car before the shooting occurred there.
“I heard the accused chanting for a few seconds before the gun shots. I looked at Datuk Ong and saw him unconscious on the steering wheel before I was hit several times by a hard object,” he said.
When asked by counsel Anbananthan to clarify whether Ong’s body or head was on the steering wheel, Lim expressed uncertainty.
Lim said he managed to get out of the car and ran across the expressway before getting into a car.
He was then given a lift to a nearby petrol station before being picked up by a friend and taken to the hospital for medical attention.
Judicial Commissioner Abdul Wahab Mohamed fixed March 26 to continue the hearing.
The shooting incident took place at 7.15pm on Dec 1, 2016.
16 October 2018
Factory worker identifies gunman
GEORGE TOWN: A factory worker told a High Court that bodyguard Ja’afar Halid was the man who shot him near the Penang Bridge intersection of the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway two years ago.
Lee Hong Boon, 58, pointed to Ja’afar, who was clad in a black shirt seated in the dock, before telling the court that Ja’afar was the man who shot him on his left shoulder.
“I was driving home towards the Penang Bridge when I noticed him (Ja’afar) standing near a crashed car. He stopped me and asked me to get off my motorcycle.
“He said ‘turun, turun, turun’ (get down) three times with the gun pointed at my head.
“We were standing about five feet from each other.
“I was shocked and raised both my hands,” he said, adding that he removed his helmet after being told to do so by Ja’afar.
“I then took two steps back, hoping I could escape but he shot me. It all happened within seconds,” he said during examination-in-chief by senior DPP Emma Syafawati Abdul Wahab in the trial of Ja’afar, 39, who claimed trial to murdering his boss, businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwon, professional clown Choi Hon Ming and flower supplier M. Senthil.
15 October 2018
GEORGE TOWN: A cardiac surgeon told the High Court that if RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amer, who was shot in the chest, had not had surgery he would have probably died from his injuries.
Dr Francis Gerard Lopez said Mohamad Amirul sustained two injuries, circular wounds on his chest and back due to a foreign object penetrating through him.
“There was an entry wound on his chest and an exit wound on his back. If the operation had not been performed immediately, he would have continued to bleed and his breathing would have continued to be affected resulting in probable death.
“From the X-ray, CT scan and findings during the operations, the object was no longer in the victim.
“He also sustained fractures to his ribs,” he said during examination-in-chief by senior DPP Emma Syafawati Abdul Wahab on Monday (Oct 15).
Meanwhile, factory worker Lee Hong Boon, 58, said that bodyguard Ja’afar Halid stopped Lee’s motorcycle and pointed the gun at him before shooting him in his left shoulder.
“I was driving home when he (Ja’afar) stopped me and asked me to get off my motorcycle.
“He said ‘turun, turun, turun’ three times with the gun pointed at me. He then told me to remove my helmet.
“I removed it and raised my hands in fear. I then took two steps back and he shot me. I then ran about 30ft before hiding behind a tree,” he said during examination-in-chief.
Lee then identified Ja’afar as the shooter when he was asked if the man who shot him was present in the court room.
Dr Francis and Lee were testifying in the trial of bodyguard Ja’afar, 39, who claimed trial to murdering his boss, businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwon, professional clown Choi Hon Ming and flower supplier M. Senthil.
The incident happened at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway between 7.15pm and 7.30pm near the Penang Bridge intersection of the expressway on Dec 1, 2016.
He faces the mandatory death penalty if convicted of murder.
He also claimed trial to the attempted murder of Dr K. Arivarni, TNB Bhd assistant manager Nurul Huda Ab Aziz, Lee, Mohamad Amirul and Puoh.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/15/surgeon-tells-high-court-videographer-would-have-bled-to-death-from-gunshot/#u3gTTxZgpOLTF50D.99
29 May 2018
Doc: Trader was shot at close range
GEORGE TOWN: Tiny red bumps caused by gunshot residue on the skin of slain businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong revealed that he was shot at close range to the back of his head, a High Court here heard.
Forensic expert Datuk Dr Zahari Noor said the bullet tunnelled through the back of Ong’s head before lodging itself into the right zygomatic bone (cheek bone).
“At the back of the deceased’s head, there were many tiny red bumps along the skin surface between the ear and neck. This appearance is called ‘powder tattooing’.
“This is caused by gunshot residue which was deposited on the deceased’s skin.
“It means that the muzzle of the weapon was very close to the back of the head and less than a distance of 1m,” he said to questions by DPP Emma Syafawati Abdul Wahab.
Dr Zahari, who performed the post-mortem examination on Ong, was testifying in the trial of Ja’afar Halid, 39, who was Ong’s bodyguard.
The witness said the wound was sufficient to cause death under ordinary circumstances.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/29/doc-trader-was-shot-at-close-range-weapon-was-near-enough-to-cause-powder-tattooing-on-skin/#6szz8dtw23dC1zUH.99
12 Dec 2016
Widow of slain ‘Datuk’ businessman visits victims’ kin
Vivian Cheow tells families to remain strong while handing out cash aid.
ETALING JAYA: The widow of murdered businessman Ong Teik Kwong, who was gunned down by his bodyguard in the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway rampage two weeks ago, visited the families of two other victims and handed out cash donations to them.
Sin Chew Daily reported yesterday that Vivian Cheow visited the families of florist M Senthil and professional clown Choi Hon Ming, both of whom were killed in the shooting incident. She also later paid a visit to the family of RTM cameraman Muhamad Amirul Amin Amir, who sustained serious injuries.
Cheow presented Senthil’s widow, L Thatchayani, a donation of RM3,000 on behalf of her husband’s charity foundation, Persatuan Kebajikan Amal CK One.
She allegedly told Thatchayani that she was currently coping with her own husband’s death and encouraged the woman “to be strong too”.
Cheow told reporters later that her late husband had set up the foundation to help the needy and that she would continue his work.
6 Dec 2016
Police: Datuk Ong Teik Kwong investigated under Emergency Ordinance
State police chief Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab said the late Datuk Ong Teik Kwong was, however, never directly connected to, charged or convicted of any offense under the EO.
“Ong was probed under the EO, but he has no criminal record. “He has never been charged with any offence,” Abdul Ghafar said today.Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/12/194963/police-datuk-ong-teik-kwong-investigated-under-emergency-ordinance
5 Dec 2016
Final respects to Datuk Ong Teik Kwong at the
at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi funeral parlour in Bandar Baru Air Itam Farlim.Pix by Glamourous Mesh
POLICE ARE NOT INVOLVED IN VETTING ANYONE BEFORE THEY GET A DATUKSHIP
Abdul Ghafar also said that the police were not involved in vetting prior to conferment of “Datukship” and that they only vetted fellow police officers who had been selected for the award.
4 Dec 2016
Man bashed up at funeral parlour, insulted slain Datuk in Penang shooting rampage, no triad links
GEORGE TOWN: Police have arrested a man who was believed to have been involved in beating a hapless man with blunt objects.
State Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Assistant Commssioner Zainol Samah said the victim was also rescued by the police.
He said the police had acted on a video footage that went viral. The video showed several unidentified men taking the law into their own hands, punishing the 47-year-old shirtless victim.
The incident took place at a funeral parlour here at Lebuhraya Thean Teik on Friday.
However, he stressed that it is not connected to any triad activities.
Zainol said it had emerged that the man had allegedly insulted the slain Datuk in the shooting incident. The man had claimed the Datuk was a triad member via a posting on social network.
“The man’s written words have caused distress to the Datuk’s family members,” he said.
Sources said Gang 24 became “a super gang” after it merged with the notorious Sio Sam Ong (Three Little Emperors) triad which was behind the slaying of six people in Taman Bersatu, Sungai Petani, during a pre-wedding dinner in September 1992.
“After the merger, it was known as Gang 234, but to outsiders it was still Gang 24 and Sio Sam Ong,” said a source.
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Penang highway shooting: Police say ‘Datuk M’ a top boss in notorious Gang 24
GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The Datuk businessman who was shot dead by his bodyguard following an argument, was a top boss in Gang 24, said the police.
OCPD Assistant Commandant Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police were aware of s and the gang’s illegal activities for some time.
“We have information that the members were involved in protection rackets but no one has come forward to lodge a police report. The gang is also involved in illegal money lending.
“It is one of 14 secret societies being monitored by us. We have a list of the members and know their movements,” he said when contacted on Saturday (Dec 3).
It was reported that Ong was among several people linked to a murder case in 2011 – a VCD seller killed by several parang-wielding men.
On Thursday night, Ong and two others were killed while five people were injured when the bodyguard opened fire at them along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
When Ong, also known as “Datuk M” for Datuk muda (young Datuk), received his Datukship, his friends and numerous companies took out 50 full-page “congratulatory” advertisements, worth more than RM150,000 (S$48,000), with a Chinese newspaper. The ads were spread over several months.
A video of a man being brutally beat up is recently circulating over Whatsapp. Apparently, the man is suspected to be the individual who introduced the bodyguard who gunned down the late Datuk Ong Teik Kwong a few days ago. Other sources found that it was actually because the man was bad-mouthing the Datuk on Facebook!
For more of this story, read here: https://goo.gl/SVE9AK
3 Dec 2016
Family of murdered businessman going after security firm
GEORGE TOWN: The family of businessman Ong Teik Kwang, who was shot dead by his newly-hired bodyguard on Thursday, is seeking legal action against a security firm.
Ong’s wife, Vivian Cheow said the bodyguard, who was just a day into his job, was employed by her husband upon the firm’s recommendation.
“I don’t want to name the firm but we will take action against it to seek justice for my husband,” she told reporters when met at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi funeral parlour here today.
In the 7.15pm incident, three men, including Ong, died while five others were injured when they were shot by the bodyguard along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said the bodyguard had a history of mental instability.
Describing her husband as someone who loved to do charity work for the less fortunate, Cheow said the businessman was chairman of CK One Charity Welfare Association.
Penang rampage: Bodyguard was on first day of job
Reports say the bodyguard recited a prayer before he began shooting, killing three and injuring five others.
GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard who went on a rampage at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Thursday, killing three and injuring five others, was on the first day of his job for his new boss, Ong Teik Kwong, The Star reported.
It was reported that the 37-year-old gunman had recited some prayers before pulling out his firearm and shooting Ong first at the back of his head before shooting others in several minutes of madness.
The Star identified the dead as:
- Ong Teik Kwong, 32, a businessman who was shot in the back of the head.
- Senthil Murugiah, 38, florist, shot in the chest.
- Choi Hon Ming, 32, a professional clown, shot in the chest.
The injured were:
- Mohamad Amirul Amin, 28, part time RTM cameraman, shot in the chest. His condition is said to be stable.
- Nurul Huda Abdul Aziz, 38, TNB assistant manager in Bayan Baru, shot in the chest. Condition stable
- Lim Boon Leng, 32, Ong’s driver suffered head injuries after being pistol whipped. He is currently under remand.
- Arivarni Krishnan, 33, formerly a doctor at Penang Hospital. She is said to be in stable condition.
- Lee Hong Boon, 56.
The Star reported that the bodyguard had only been interviewed for the job a day earlier after he was recommended by his younger brother, who has also been working as the businessman’s bodyguard for the past one year.
A friend of the late businessman, Jason Mah, told The Star that Ong was driving his BMW while Lim Boon Leng, was seated in the front passenger seat. The bodyguard was seated behind.
It was reported that an argument broke out in the car. The bodyguard then recited a prayer before he shot Ong in the back of the car, before turning towards Lim who was pistol-whipped.
Mah told The Star Lim ran out of the car, with the bodyguard chasing him. This was when the bodyguard started firing off several shots, hitting passers-by.
It was also reported that after the mayhem ended, the bodyguard remained at the scene where he was arrested.
Latest: Penang shooting: Bodyguard argued with his boss before firing shots https://goo.gl/ZEtnVX
A bodyguard had an argument with his boss before he went on to fire 17 shots and killed three people, including his boss in a shooting rampage Thursday night. The bodyguard and another passenger in the car have been remanded seven days to facilitate investigations. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the hospitalised shooting victims are out of danger.
2 Dec 2016
WHO WILL PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR PERSONAL BODYGUARD?
The datuk shot dead by his personal bodyguard is Datuk as Ong Teik Kwong, 32.
IGP: Suspect who shot Datuk, 2 others has military background
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said the suspect who was arrested for a shooting rampage at Lim Chong Eu expressway last night had a military background.
Khalid said the 35-year old bodyguard, who was detained with another suspect was also “mentally ill”.
The other suspect, a 32-year old man, was in the same car as the Datuk who was reportedly shot by the bodyguard.
“From initial investigation the suspect has a mental problem but has no prior criminal record,” Khalid said during a press conference at University Sains Malaysia.
Datuk’s bodyguard held over Penang expressway shooting
EORGE TOWN: The suspect who fired the shots that killed a Datuk and two other people on the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway has been arrested.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said the shooter was the personal bodyguard of the Datuk and was travelling with him in his car.
“Another passenger in the car tried to escape on foot, but the suspect continued firing shots at him,” he told a press conference Thursday night.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed the Datuk as Ong Teik Kwong, 32.
Bodyguard ‘went mad’ before shooting his boss
PETALING JAYA: One of the injured victims in the Penang expressway shooting told someone over the phone how “the bodyguard had gone mad” before he shot his Datuk boss dead.
According to a witness who lodged a police report Thursday, she was driving along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway when she noticed a man bleeding from the head and face.
Thinking that it was a traffic accident, she stopped and offered to send him to hospital.
Enroute, the man asked her if he could use her phone to contact his family, she said in her report.
She then overheard the injured man saying that “the bodyguard had gone mad” and that “tailo (boss in Cantonese)” was dead.
She also heard the man say that the bodyguard had hit him on the head with his gun.
The man then called another person and said that all his belongings and his bag were in the boss’ car.
Upon hearing this, the witness said she dropped the man off at a petrol station out of fear.
Three people, one of them a Datuk, were shot dead during the 7.30pm incident.
Four others were injured in the shooting.
1 Dec 2016
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#Latest: Three dead, three injured in shooting at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway
GEORGE TOWN: Three people were killed in a drive-by shooting along at the busy Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in Penang today.
Three others were reportedly injured in the 7.30pm incident.
Initial reports indicate that the victims were in their cars when they were shot at by unidentified assailants.
Other reports suggest that a Datuk was among those shot.
One of those shot is said to be a senior employee with a utilities company.
It is learnt that a woman was also among those injured in the shooting.
Another person injured was RTM videographer Mohamad Amirul Amin, 28. He was shot in the left shoulder.
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RTM cameraman injured in Penang expressway shooting
GEORGE TOWN: Three people, one of them said to be a Datuk, were shot dead on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway here.
They were in their cars when they were shot at in the 7.30pm incident on Thursday.
Four others were injured in the shooting.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid confirmed the shooting, adding that they were still investigating at the scene.
It is learnt that a fourth victim, said to be a woman, was seriously injured when she was shot.
RTM cameraman Muhamad Amirul Amin Amir was also hit in the chest when he passed by the area on his motorcycle.