KUALA LUMPUR: Although Tan Sri Eric Chia Eng Hock has been vindicated by the Sessions Court, he says it has come a little too late for him.
The 74-year-old tycoon said he had lost what he valued the most in life – his family.
“Yes, I can move on with my life but what about my broken family? If you do not have a family, how do you proceed with your life?” he asked reporters outside the courtroom.
Chia was acquitted by the Sessions Court here yesterday of committing criminal breach of trust 13 years ago involving RM76.4mil and another alternative charge.
Asked whether his children – his 45-year-old son living in the US and his 33-year-old daughter living in Hong Kong – would come back to visit him, he said they could not bear the shame.
“I have ruined my family because of what has happened. My children are working overseas so nobody would know them,” said Chia, who arrived in Malaysia in 1950 at the age of 17 with only RM5 in his pocket.
Asked whether he would consider living with one of his children now that he was a free man, he said: “This is my country, this is my home. I will live and die here. I am proud of my country.”
Chia said that being a Buddhist, he planned to travel to Tibet to pray.
The tycoon also said that at the height of his career, he had many friends but because of the case he had lost many of them as well.
“Once when I put my hands on the table, there were 200 other hands of my friends on that same table. But now there are not enough hands,” he said. “They have run away. Some of them think I am a crook.”
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