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Wednesday June 15, 2011

Lawyer hacked to death

SHAH ALAM: A prominent lawyer and businessman was viciously slashed to death after he performed prayers at a temple in Kampung Perepat, Kapar.

Datuk R. Anbalagan, 56, suffered multiple slash wounds on the back, face, shoulder and left arm in the attack that took place on Monday night. He died on the spot.

Tragic: Anbalagan slashed to death at a temple in Kapar on Monday.

Klang Utara OCPD Supt Shukor Sulong said a 26-year-old suspect, an Indian national believed to be an employee of the victim, fled in Anbalagan's four-wheel drive with a handphone and 800gm of gold jewellery. However, it is learnt that police have arrested the suspect and recovered the vehicle and valuables.

The family's Indonesian maid, who was present at the Sri Ramalingesverer temple at the time of the murder, said that she had accompanied Anbalagan to the temple in his oil palm plantation.

“After the prayers ended at 9.30pm, Datuk (Anbalagan) told me to wait in the car while he went to the house built for the workers. Fifteen minutes later, I heard him screaming.

“When I got out of the car, I saw him running out of the house and being chased by a man with a parang,” Siti Aminah Mohd Amran, 24, said.

She said Anbalagan collapsed in the temple and the man slashed him until he became motionless.

“I shouted for help and two workers came rushing out, but they were too terrified to approach the attacker.

“He was slashing Datuk repeatedly for almost three minutes,” she said.

She added that the man stared at her before taking the valuables and driving off in Anbalagan's Mitsubishi Storm.

Siti Aminah said she was puzzled over the motive of the attack, saying the man had worked for Anbalagan for slightly over a year.

It was learnt that Anbalagan had acquired his wealth via property investments as well oil palm plantations

The atmosphere at Anbalagan's home in Shah Alam was sombre as relatives and friends were left stunned by the senseless murder.

They described Anbalagan as a rags-to-riches millionaire, who had worked hard throughout his life.

“He went to the Himalayas twice to perform prayers. He was a religious man,” a relative said.

Anbalagan leaves behind wife Thelagam Arumugam, 48, and daughter Sri Ananthavalli, 11.

The daughter said she last saw her father on Sunday night just before going to bed and he told her to “take care”.

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