KUALA LUMPUR: The foreign man who threw his children off an elevated highway before falling to his death had threatened to take his life multiple times prior to the incident.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai said police managed to track down the man's wife, a 28-year-old Myanmar woman, who came to the police headquarters on Tuesday (Aug 2) to have her statement recorded.
"She claimed that her husband had mental health issues after he was infected with Covid-19 over a year ago.
"She alleged that he kept to himself and also talked to himself. She said he also threatened to take his own life several times," he said when contacted on Wednesday (Aug 3).
He said investigations revealed the man was unemployed and spent most of his time taking care of his children at home.
"The woman works as a helper at a restaurant in Kepong and only heard about the incident via the media on Tuesday (Aug 2) afternoon.
"She claimed that she went back to the family home at Kepong around 10pm and realised her husband and children were nowhere to be found," he said, adding that she tried to call her husband but could not get through to him.
ACP Beh meanwhile said their youngest child was still in critical condition at the Hospital Selayang intensive care unit.
"The child suffered a broken leg and broken ribs," he said.
It was reported that a man threw his three children off an elevated highway before falling to his death himself along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) here.
Prior to the tragedy that struck early on Tuesday, someone saw the man carrying a child on his back.
The other two youngsters were walking alongside their father, holding his hands.
Then he flung them off the highway, near the Desa Jaya traffic light, below the MRR2 Highway within the Kepong area.
He jumped shortly after that, falling about 20m to the ground.
Three of them died following the fall – the man, an eight-year-old girl and a boy believed to be around six to seven years old.
Another boy, possibly about five years old, survived the fall. It is believed that he was the child that was being carried on the back and was the first to be thrown off the highway.
Apparently, he landed on a grassy patch near the curb of the road.
Anyone with information should contact investigating officer ASP Baldev Singh Gurdial Singh at 012-480 6062 or the Sentul police operations room at 03-4048 2222.
Those suffering from problems can reach out to the Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service at 03-2935 9935 or 014-322 3392; Talian Kasih at 15999 or 019-261 5999; Jakim’s (Department of Islamic Development Malaysia) family, social and community care centre at 0111-959 8214; and Befrienders Kuala Lumpur at 03-7627 2929 or go to befrienders.org.my/centre-in-malaysia for a full list of numbers nationwide and operating hours, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.