15 minutes later I heard the terrible news, says wife of slain Penang businessman

Cheow offering prayers at the funeral parlour in Bandar Baru Air Itam, Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwong was on his way home to have dinner with his wife on the mainland when he was shot dead allegedly by his bodyguard on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Thursday night.

His wife, Datin Vivian Cheow (pic), said the bodyguard came to the house in the morning and it was the first time that she saw him.

It was the 37-year-old bodyguard's first day at work.

“He came and my husband went out with him. We had planned to have dinner at night.

“In the evening, he told me that traffic was quite heavy on the expressway but he was on his way back.

"At about 7.30pm, my friend told me that ‘something happened to my husband’, and about 15 minutes later, I heard the terrible news,” Cheow said at the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi funeral parlour in Bandar Baru Air Itam.

Cheow said she did not know the process of hiring the bodyguard, adding that she would continue the charity and welfare activities which Ong was involved in.

The bodyguard and Ong’s business partner have been remand until Dec 8 to assist in the investigations.

Ong was shot on his way home allegedly by the bodyguard who also pistol-whipped Ong's business partner following an argument inside the car at 7.30pm.

Two bystanders, florist M. Senthil, 38, and entertainer Choi Hon Ming, 32, were also shot dead while four others were injured by stray bullets in the incident.

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