The Malaysian restaurant owner in New York, a victim of a vicious racist attack on Tuesday, has died.
Wisma Putra confirmed that Ng Tan Kheong was pronounced dead by hospital authorities in New York at about 4pm on Friday. “The New York police confirmed that the victim died at the hospital due to serious injuries.
“The authorities there also managed to contact a relative of the deceased and the family will make the necessary arrangements for the body to be brought back to Malaysia,” a Wisma Putra official said when contacted yesterday.
It was reported that Ng, 60, and two other workers were viciously attacked by a man armed with a hammer at Ng’s seafood buffet restaurant located in Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn, at about 5pm that day when the eatery was packed with customers.
It was reported that the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Arthur Martunovich, burst into the restaurant and began bashing Ng and his staff on their heads with a hammer.
Martunovich, who was arrested shortly after the attack, reportedly told police that he was inspired to carry out the attack by a Chinese movie he had watched in which “men were mistreating women”.
The Wisma Putra official said the New York Police Department was investigating the case and would liaise with the Malaysia consular office if necessary.
It is learnt that there was difficulty in locating the deceased’s immediate family in Malaysia as he was separated from his wife and was childless.
Earlier attempts by authorities here to contact the deceased’s next of kin at his last known address in Pulai, Johor, proved futile.
Martunovich has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon, and is expected to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
The suspect is said to be a construction worker who emigrated from Estonia to the US as a teenager. – The Star
Earlier report: Jan 19, Malaysian Brain-Dead After Racist Attack at New York Restaurant