Retiree mistakenly shoots son dead during attempted robbery

Shooting case at Kg Baru Balakong. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. November 27, 2013.

KUALA LUMPUR: "My son died heedlessly. Why has my son died, while I am still alive?" were the words of slain Chong Kuan Fatt's mother, when relatives arrived at her Kg. Baru Balakong residence to comfort the grieving lady.

Chong Kuan Fatt, 51, was shot dead around 10pm Wednesday night when he came to the aid of his Burmese helper, who was being attacked by a robber.

While a statement from his relative last night indicated that Chong died in the hands of few robbers, police have confirmed that it was Chong's 76-year-old father who fired the shot that killed him.

It is also confirmed that only one robber was involved in the case.

"The two men came out of their house upon hearing the Burmese worker's cries for help," said Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab.

He added that Chong's father was armed with a pump gun.

"The victim was also armed with a parang and followed his father from behind.

"He walked past his father, who mistook him for the robber and in the dark, fired three shots at him," said ACP Abdul Rashid.

One of the bullets struck Chong in the head and it is understood that he had died on the spot.

ACP Abdul Rashid added that Burmese helper's scream for help had initially scared off the robber, who fled the scene before the two men were able to find him.

It is learnt that Chong's father was licensed to carry a gun since 1967. He used the gun for the purpose off fending off rodents from his orchard.

ACP Abdul Rashid added that the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

"However we have released the suspect on police bail this morning," he said.

Chong was with his parents in their house when they heard their Burmese helper shouting for help.

Chong's neighbour, who only wished to be known as Yong, said that he heard gunshots coming from his house. 

He went out and saw Chong's bloodied body sprawled on the ground.

The deceased left behind a 12-year-old son who was away on holiday when tragedy struck his family.
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