Two dead from inhaling charcoal smoke


  • Nation
  • Friday, 11 Apr 2014


KULAIJAYA: Two men are believed to have suffocated themselves to death by smoke inhalation in separate incidents.

It is learnt that dental clinic worker Lee Hock Jing, 47, died after inhaling smoke from burning charcoal in his Perodua Kenari parked near an oil palm plantation in Kulaijaya on Friday.

A member of the public discovered Lee motionless in the car about 9am and immediately alerted the police.

It is believed Lee, a bachelor, decided to take his life due to some financial difficulties.

Kulaijaya OCPD Supt Ruslan Khalid confirmed the case and said police did not find anything in the vehicle to suggest foul play.

”The body has been sent to the Kulai Hospital for a post-mortem,” he said adding that the case had been classified as a sudden death. 

In the other case, Teng Kok Liang, 40, was found dead in the toilet of his rented home along Jalan Permas 3/12, Johor Baru, around 9pm on Thursday.

It is believed that Teng was drunk when he locked himself in the toilet and suffocated to death after inhaling smoke emitted from burning charcoal.

Police found a note, said to be from Teng, saying that he was not suffering from any problems in life.

Teng hailed from Ipoh and was working in Singapore.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said investigations did not suggest any criminal element in the case, which has been as a sudden death.

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