THE two men allegedly behind Wednesday’s kidnapping for ransom are lovers who have been living together for more than 10 years.
This was revealed by a woman who identified herself as the mother of 41-year-old Lee Sze Yong, the younger of the two suspects who were charged in court yesterday with the abduction of Ng Lye Poh, 79.
Lee’s mother, who wanted to be known only as Madam Seow, said her son and 50-year-old Heng Chen Boon – the other suspect – share the Hougang flat with her.
She told reporters, who were outside her flat, that Lee was her only son.
“My son is in trouble, of course I’m very sad,” she said.
According to business records, Lee and Heng started a cleaning company called Plus Concept in 1999. But the company was terminated in 2001.
A neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Chu, said she recalled seeing the two men move cleaning equipment such as brooms and mops into a white car some years ago.
Meanwhile, Lim Hock Chee, chief executive of supermarket chain Sheng Siong, and his family come from humble beginnings.
The former farm boy and Jurong Vocation Institute graduate-turned-supermarket tycoon once recalled about his childhood: “Every day after school, I had to clean the pigsties and prepare the pigs’ feed.”
He was thrown into the media spotlight again after his mother’s abduction.
The first Sheng Siong outlet was founded by Mr Lim and his two brothers as a mini-supermarket in Ang Mo Kio back in 1985. Today, the chain has 33 supermarkets.
Lim’s brothers, Hock Eng and Hock Leng, continue to serve on Sheng Siong’s board, as executive chairman and managing director respectively. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network