NILAI: Police are investigating an elderly couple’s death as murder after stab wounds were found on their remains following a house fire in a case that has left the neighbourhood shocked.
Neighbours in Taman Desa Melati here have described the couple as being always together and who never failed to acknowledge them whenever their paths crossed.
A neighbour, who only wished to be known as Jeff, said residents were stunned to learn that Tan Kim Joo, 73, and his wife Ng Chong Hwa, 67, could have been murdered.
“When firemen put out the fire at their home on Wednesday night, we thought they managed to save them and that everything was all right.
“But we were shocked when news spread that there were injuries on their bodies that could not have been caused by fire,” he said when met at the scene.
Another neighbour, who declined to be identified, said Tan and Ng often went for brisk walks in the neighbourhood.
“From what I know, they have a son who lives in KL. They were very humble and well-liked by residents here,” he said.
Firemen, who were alerted of a fire at the couple’s double-storey corner lot house at 9.30pm on Wednesday, could not enter the premises initially as the front grille and door were locked.
However, they found the back door was not locked and made their way into the house.
Foul play was suspected when they spotted Tan’s remains in the kitchen and his wife in the storeroom.
Tan, a retired engineer, had injuries to his left wrist, forehead and right arm. His wife, a retired teacher, had two stab wounds on her chest and injuries to her left wrist.
The couple’s 31-year-old god-daughter, who only wished to be known as Chong, said she was devastated when she heard the news.
“My godmother was a wonderful woman. She taught me at my former school in Nilai.
“I hope the police will arrest those responsible for the crime,” she said.
OCPD Supt Nor Marzukee Besar said checks showed the fire started in a room that had been converted into a gym.
He said the couple had been staying in the house for about 10 years.
“We have classified the case as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” he said.