In an apparent suicide on New Year’s Eve, an 18-year-old youth fell to his death from the sixth-floor car park of a shopping mall in Taiping.
The victim, Lee Horng Chin Hang Siew Chun from Pokok Assam, Taiping, was found dead near the mall’s loading bay at about 8.25pm on Sunday.
Acting Taiping OCPD Supt Razlam Ab Hamid said when police arrived at the scene, they discovered that the victim had held on to one knife in his right hand while another knife was found near his body.
Police believed that the victim had used a chair found on the sixth floor of the building to climb over the wall.
“(Reviews) of the mall’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) recordings revealed that the youth had parked his car on the sixth floor before alighting from the vehicle.
“Footage (from another angle) showed the youth falling onto the road behind the mall,” Razlam said in a statement.
He said the youth sustained severe injuries and died on the spot.
“The body was sent to the Taiping Hospital and post-mortem results revealed that the cause of the death is consistent with a fall from a (great) height,” he added.
According to Sin Chew Daily, Lee, who was awaiting his SPM results, had written a message in Chinese on his Facebook profile just hours before his death, stating, “I am already dead, you all can come join my activity.”
A Facebook event was also shared on the same profile on the same day, which states the event – the youth’s funeral – will be held at Prestavest Memorial Park Taiping on 1 January 2018.
It was reported that news of his death came as a shock to his family members as his behaviour had been described as normal before the apparent suicide.
According to China Press, the family later discovered that the teenager had deleted all messages on his mobile phone.