Malaysian prominent figures who met gruesome deaths

In the past 20 years.

Definition:
- “Malaysian”: a Malaysian citizen;
- “Gruesome”: extreme violence caused the deaths;
- “Prominent”: well-known figure in corporate or political circles.

31st March 2006: Joseph Chan Sum Foo, 45, general manager of a property development company Abad Naluri Sdn Bhd, who was killed instantly when he was struck on the head by a helicopter’s whirling rotor blades.

31st December 2005: One of Malaysia’s brightest and youngest corporate figures Dr Liew Boon-Horng, 35, was killed when an iron mould weighing almost two tonnes fell on his car from one of the two condominium-cum-office blocks under construction along Jalan Sri Hartamas, KL. I believe some of us have seen gruesome photos distributed via email of the incident.

12 July 2004: a Bell 206 Hornbill Skyways helicopter crashed at Mount Murud, killing Sarawak’s Assistant State Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Dr Judson Tagal, contractor Datuk Marcus Raja, Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation (SESCo) CEO Roger Wong, SESCo northern Sarawak manager Ling Kian Ho, SESCo engineer Jason Eng, Padawan Municipal Council chairman Lawrence Th’ng and pilot Capt Samsuddin Hassim.

2 March 1997: the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of DRB-HICOM Group of Malaysia, Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad and his wife Rohana Othman were killed in a helicopter crash near Kuala Lipis, Pahang while on their way to visit his ailing mother, Mandak Omar in Marang, Terengganu. He was famously known as Malaysia’s “Car Czar”.

July 1993: Datuk Mazlan Idris, the state assemblyman for Batu Talam, Pahang murdered by the infamous Mona Fandey and his cohorts, his body found chopped into 18 parts.

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