Police probe suspected suicide


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 26 Aug 2003

KOTA TINGGI: Police are looking at all possible angles to find out why a young couple attempted suicide on Sunday, including being heavily in debt. 

OCPD Supt Tajuddin Md Isa said police had interviewed several people, including neighbours and the couple’s families, to shed light on the matter. 

“However, none of those interviewed knew what the couple did for a living. We have to investigate more to determine the reasons behind their suicide attempt,” he said yesterday. 

While he did not rule out debt as a possibility, Supt Tajuddin said further investigations would have to be done before a final conclusion could be made.  

He was commenting on reports which claimed that the couple had been in debt and decided to end their lives when they could not settle it. 

The man, identified as Wong Kok Onn, 30, succumbed to injuries and died that night at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital. 

His wife, who was in critical condition, was being treated at the intensive care unit in the hospital. 

Wong’s family members claimed his remains after a post-mortem. 

On Sunday, the couple suffered serious injuries when a cooking gas cylinder exploded at their shophouse in Taman Kota Jaya at 9am. 

From initial investigations, police said the couple could have loosened the regulator before lighting a fire to ignite the gas.  

Firemen took about 10 minutes to put out the blaze and found the couple near the bathroom on the second floor of the three-storey building. 

The couple have a six-month-old child, who was not with them during the incident.  

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