JOHOR BARU: Thinking it was a life-sized toy hanging by the window, a group of children got excited and told their parents, who later discovered it was in fact a dead neighbour.
After being alerted, police rushed to Taman Nusantara in Gelang Patah here at around 5.25pm on Thursday to find Low Weh Yong, 34, an engineer, with a towel tied around his throat.
The houseowner, who declined to be named, said that he was shocked when police appeared in front of his house and instructed him to unlock the door to his tenant’s room.
“We were stunned to learn that Low had died,” he said.
Low’s 21-year-old brother, who also declined to be named, said the deceased could have been frustrated over recent events.
“He told me he was sad to learn that his ex-girlfriend of seven years was about to get married.
“He also recently quit his job at a factory in Singapore and was struggling to make ends meet working in Johor,” he said.
He added that while Low was generally quiet in nature, he was a very loving brother.
The body was sent to Sultanah Aminah Hospital for a post-mortem.
Nusajaya OCPD Supt Noor Hashim Mohamed said the results confirmed the victim had died of hanging and no foul play was suspected.
In Petaling Jaya, a mentally ill 28-year-old, who usually spent hours walking aimlessly from his home in Sri Kembangan to Puchong while carrying a rope with him, was discovered hanged under a bridge in Batu 13 Puchong, Kampung Kenangan Puchong.
It was heartbreak for his father, who wished not to be identified, when told that members of the public had found his son Zainal Jamaludin under the bridge with a telephone wire coiled around his neck at around 7pm on Thursday.
Subang Jaya OCPD ACP Yahaya Ramli said Zainal was brought to Serdang Hospital, where his father claimed his body yesterday.
“Zainal had suffered from mental illness for about 15 years and had not gone for any treatment since 2012,” he said.
ACP Yahaya said according to the father, his son would leave the house and wander around with a piece of rope but always returned home.
Police do not suspect foul play.
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