Datuk killed by fleeing from robbers

KUALA LUMPUR: The former president of the Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) died yesterday morning after he fell from the first floor of his house while fleeing armed robbers.

It is learnt three men who were not wearing masks and armed with parang entered Datuk Patrick Wong’s (pic) house at Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, at around 7pm on Monday through the back entrance.

At the time of the incident, Wong, 57, was in the computer room on the first floor, his 25 year-old-son was having a shower upstairs while his 18-year-old daughter and maid were believed to be in the kitchen.

One of the suspects stood guard downstairs while the other two went upstairs.

City OCCI Datuk Ku Chin Wah said Wong could have struggled with the two armed robbers and leapt out of the window in a bid to escape.

His son heard some noise and came out of the bathroom to check only to find armed men in the house.

“The son put up a fight with one of the suspects but was slashed on his right arm.” Ku said one of the robbers was heard saying that the victim had jumped before they rushed outside, dragged Wong’s unconscious body inside the house and fled.

Wong was rushed to a private hospital nearby but fell into a coma and was pronounced dead yesterday morning. His body was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a post-mortem.

Investigations revealed the suspects had only stolen the daughter’s purse containing US$300 (RM1,018) and a handphone.

Ku said the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and did not rule out the possibility that there might be another motive for the attack.