SHAH ALAM: Six individuals were detained in connection with the abduction and murder of a 41-year-old businessman in Kajang.
The suspects are also believed to have extorted RM20,000 from the victim's company via online transfer.
The victim's hands and neck were tied with cable wires before his body was stuffed in a luggage bag and dumped in Hulu Langat outskirts, some 27m from the main road.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said the victim, who owns a chain of clinics, was abducted on April 26 after meeting a business acquaintance at a restaurant in Semenyih.
"The victim's housemate had earlier lodged a police report at about 6pm on April 26 that the victim was missing after a business meeting.
"Subsequently, the housemate received a suspicious request supposedly from the victim, for RM200,000, to be transferred on the same day, of which RM20,000 was transferred to a bank account of an unknown company," he told a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters on Tuesday (May 2).
Comm Hussein said the victim's mobile phone could not be reached following the fund transfer request.
"Investigations led police to arrest a man in his 40s at about 4pm on April 27 as well as two other men and two women in Kajang and Ampang.
"We also seized more than 10 mobile phones and a laptop," he said.
Comm Hussein said one of the suspects led police to the victim's body, which was stuffed in a luggage bag and dumped on the outskirts of Hulu Langat a few days after the arrests.
"The victim's hands and neck were tied with cable wires.
"The post-mortem showed the cause of death was internal injury due to suffocation," he said.
The main suspect is believed to have planned to extort the victim for funds as well as murder him as the victim was killed on the same day he was abducted, Comm Hussein said.
"The main suspect, in his late 30s, had drug and financial problems.
"He is an acquaintance of the victim having done renovation works for his home and clinics," he said.
Comm Hussein said the victim was a PhD holder with a chain of clinics and other properties.
"We also detained the victim's housemate to assist with the investigation.
"In total, six individuals were detained pertaining to the case," he added.
Comm Hussein urged those with information to contact the police as soon as possible.