Business rivalry may be behind Tan's killing


By ANDREW SAGAYAM

KUALA LUMPUR: Police believe that business rivalry may be the main motive for the killing of businessman Tan Hock Low at a well-known restaurant in Jalan Imbi on Thursday night. 

City CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Kamaruddin Mat Desa however said that police had not ruled out other motives. 

He confirmed that police recovered a .9mm automatic pistol outside the restaurant at about 2am yesterday during a search for evidence. 

SUDDEN LOSS: Tan's wife and son waiting outside the mortuary to claim the body of the businessman on Friday. Insert: Tan Hock Low.

A police source said it is believed the gunmen threw away the firearm while storming out of the restaurant after shooting dead the 38-year-old Tan in the 10.15pm incident.  

It is learnt there were seven live bullets in the weapon, which was sent to the Chemistry Department for tests. The source said that police were investigating whether the firearm belonged to Tan or the gunmen.  

Tan, from Banting, Selangor, who was stripped of his datukship by the Sultan of Selangor on Nov 28, was shot four times by one of the two gunmen while dining with three other people. 

Tan’s wife and their 11-year-old son claimed Tan's body at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday. 

Family members carried the body, which was wrapped in a blanket, and placed it on the front passenger seat of a Toyota Land Cruiser.  

The vehicle then drove off with Tan’s wife, son and sister inside. 

The practice is said to be in keeping with a Chinese tradition when a person dies outside of home. Family members treat him as if he is still “alive” when bringing back the body. It is only later, after the body has returned, that the family acknowledges his death in his own home.  

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