KUALA LUMPUR: Police have launched a manhunt for the mastermind behind the murder of Arab Malaysian Banking Group founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi in July.
“We are seeking the help of Interpol to track down the man who fled to Australia after the killing,” said city police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh.
“We are confident of extraditing him back to Malaysia and detaining him.”
Police had given the 53-year-old businessman a week to surrender but he failed to turn himself in.
SDCP Mohmad said the suspect ran several businesses in the city, including entertainment outlets and private carparks.
He said initial investigations revealed that Koong Swee Kwan, 44, also known as sei ngan chai (four-eyed guy in Cantonese), is a close friend of the suspect and worked for him.
“We believe the suspect hired Koong to gun down Najadi,” SDCP Mohmad said.
“The murder is connected to a business deal. We have no leads to suggest otherwise,” he said at a press conference at the city police headquarters here yesterday.
SDCP Mohmad said police were still looking for the pistol used to kill Najadi.
“We are searching near the Mines resort area in Sungai Besi where the killer is believed to have dumped the pistol,” he added.
He said police were looking for Lim Yuen Soo, whose last known address was 9, Jalan Bayu Segar 3, Bayu Segar, Cheras, to assist in the investigation.
Last Friday, Koong, who is a tow truck operator, was charged in a magistrate’s court here with two counts of murdering Najadi and attempting to kill the banker’s wife, too.
On Aug 16, taxi driver Chew Siang Chee, 45, who allegedly ferried Koong, claimed trial in the Sessions Court to possessing a pistol and four bullets.
Najadi, 75, was gunned down in front of the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon after a meeting over a land deal worth RM40mil.
The temple occupies a portion of the land that was being negotiated for sale.
Najadi was neither a buyer nor a seller but was there to ensure that the temple would not be sold or demolished.
He was killed and his wife wounded as they emerged from the temple on July 29.