Who was Ahmad Najib and why did he abduct Ong? Why did he torch her body? What led the police to him? What about the conspiracy theories? Why didn’t the undercover policemen who found Ahmad Najib and Canny by the roadside arrest him immediately?
Was the suspect a frequent visitor to Bangsar shopping centre, a ‘higher-class’ shopping complex? Has he worked there before? Why did he choose a time period when shoppers were leaving the complex Did he know which escape route to take? Many questions are unanswered.
And how come no one spoke to the management of the mall – didn’t they think it suspicious that a car rammed through the barrier? Why didn’t the guards check the security videos before Pearly approached them?
In the documentary, Rosal is quoted as saying that he had a hard time believing a quiet guy like Ahmad Najib, who was helpful to his neighbours, could commit such a heinous crime.
Now, please tell me who gave Ahmad Najib Aris the instructions to rape and murder Canny Ong on the night of 14 June 2003? – A.Kadir Jasin
THE brutal murder of 28-year-old Canny Ong in 2003 remains embedded in the minds of many Malaysians.
The tragedy shook the nation not just because of the gruesome and senseless nature of the crime committed – Ong was abducted, raped, stabbed and torched – but also because it happened in a popular and upscale neighbourhood-mall that was fitted with security cameras.
Ong, an IT-analyst living in the United States with her husband Brandon Ong, was back in Malaysia to visit her ailing father. On June 13, 2003, a day before she was due to return to the US, Ong went out for dinner with some family and close friends at the Bangsar Shopping Complex in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
After their meal, she went to the basement carpark to retrieve her parking ticket from her car. She asked her mother and sister to wait for her by the autopay machine.
Unfortunately, Ong never returned with the ticket. After waiting for 20 minutes, Ong’s mother Pearly Visvanathan Ong and her sister decided to go to the car park to look for her.
When they went down they found the car, a purple Proton Tiara, missing. Sensing something bad had happened to her daughter, Pearly ran to the mall’s security office to view the CCTV tapes.
The tapes confirmed their worst fears: they saw Canny being abducted by an unidentified male who drove off with her in her car, crashing past the exit barrier of the carpark.
Who was Ahmad Najib and why did he abduct Ong? Why did he torch her body?
What led the police to him? What about the conspiracy theories?
Why didn’t the undercover policemen who found Ahmad Najib and Canny by the roadside arrest him immediately?
The Murder Of Canny Ong, a documentary by directors Ahmad Yazid and Rob Nevis commissioned by AETN All Asia Networks exclusively for the Crime and Investigation Network aims to unscramble the mishmash of facts and conspiracy theories that were published by the media in presenting the facts of the case through careful examination of police documentation, interviews with the investigators on the case as well as insight from Ong’s family and friends who were with her on the night of her abduction.
The hour-long documentary, which premiered on Monday night, certainly succeeded in being a remembrance of Ong.
The exclusive interviews with Noreen Natasha (Ong’s close friend who was at the farewell dinner) and Pearly were poignant and reveals the pain and torture that Ong’s family and friends went through.
It was clearly still difficult for Pearly to talk about her daughter – she mentions at the end of the documentary that she sometimes pretends that Ong is still alive and residing in the US.
Still, she manages to muster up the courage to recall the events leading to Ong’s disappearance – she relates how she had an uneasy feeling as they were looking for a parking spot as the carpark was dimly lit.
She recalls how, throughout the initial stage of the investigations, she had a sinking feeling, fearing that something terrible had happened to her daughter. Noreen shares the trauma of having to go to the hospital morgue to identify Ong’s remains.
Also, she speaks about having to break the news of Ong’s disappearance to Brandon. It’s a terrible thing listening to a mother talk of her deceased child.
It is so easy for us to get caught up with the facts of a case or get riled up about the hunt for the perpetrator or find fault with the handling of a particular case that we forget that there are real people involved that are suffering a real loss.
We forget that for the family and friends of Ong, the murder is more than a case. It’s a tragedy.
While the The Murder Of Canny Ong documentary chronicled the case in detail – the interviews with SAC Abu Bakar Mustaffa (who was the Selangor CID chief) and Amidon Anan (head of forensics) shed light about the details of the investigations that led to Ahmad Najib’s arrest – there are still some unanswered questions at the end of the documentary.
First of all, there wasn’t a clear enough explanation about why undercover cop lance corporal S. Ravichandra didn’t arrest Ahmad Najib immediately upon seeing the woman beside him (Ong) apparently pleading for help.
The policeman got their identity cards and shot the front tyre of the car twice but why couldn’t he chase them down or call for back up?
It really wasn’t clear what happened. Did the policeman run an immediate check on the two ICs he had seized – if he had, wouldn’t he have known immediately that the woman was a victim in a kidnapping? Or does this only happen in crime dramas on TV?
Also, although documentary producer Lydia Lubon explained in the aforementioned press conference that it was difficult to secure interviews with friends and family of the victim (because of the private nature of Malaysians who would rather not talk about personal issues in public), it was rather disappointing that there were no interviews with some of the other people who were involved, either directly or indirectly, in this case.
Was it not possible to secure an interview with Ahmad Najib – even if he could not be on TV, to get a comment from him through his lawyer? Was it not possible to get a statement from Ong’s spouse?
And what about Ahmad Najib’s wife? Perhaps she could have shed some light on the man who so brutally took the life of an innocent woman.
There was an interview with a neighbour of Ahmad Najib, but nothing from his wife? What is her life like now that her husband is awaiting the gallows? And how come no one spoke to the management of the mall – didn’t they think it suspicious that a car rammed through the barrier?
Why didn’t the guards check the security videos before Pearly approached them? Days later, Ong’s charred remains were found in a manhole along Old Klang Road in Kuala Lumpur.
Forensic and criminal investigators found evidence that led to the arrest of a 27-year-old aircraft cabin cleaner, Ahmad Najib Aris.
The Canny Ong rape and murder case has virtually gripped the attention of the nation even until today. It has also thrown a spotlight on the crime of RAPE. This has actually led to the government increasing the penalty for rape.
Unfortunately, it has caused many people to come up with all sorts of “solutions” to prevent this incident from ever happening again. Solutions like equipping shopping complexes and public car parks with tons of close circuit cameras and employing legions of security guards, etc…
You will also note the sheer PROLIFERATION of tips on how girls can defend themselves and exhortations by various parties for girls to learn self-defence or better still, how to castrate a horny male in 5 seconds… or something to that effect!
Naturally, being a sex crime, it has also led to certain parties condemning the “sick” and “depraved” nature of all “MEN”. There are also many who blamed the prevalence of illegal pornographic material as the cause of such sadistic behaviour. These are just some of the many accusations being thrown around in the media and by the public.
Sad to say… All this is NOT going to solve anything at all.
Mark my words.
Within 6 months, there won’t be anyone watching the thousands of close circuit cameras installed in the large shopping complexes and car parks. 😯
Within 6 months, there won’t be any legion of security guards peeling their eyes for potential rapists. 😯 😯
Within 6 months, it will be business as usual for the rapists and rapist-wannabes. 😯 😯 😯
Cause the GOVERNMENT and the public have not quite seem to have understood anything in the Canny Ong case. That’s only my opinion, of course and you are most welcomed to argue this with me! 🙂
But from what I can tell, they seem to be missing the point. The crux of the issue. So, if they are barking up the wrong tree, how the heck can they solve anything??? :wall: :wall: :wall:
Why am I saying that they are barking up the wrong tree?
Well, IMHO, the Canny Ong case isn’t as simple as it seems. Let’s take a look at some points.
1. Canny was a black-belt Taekwondo expert so she was WELL prepared to defend herself. 😯
2. She let the suspect drive her car! 😯 😯
3. Both of them drove around town for 4-5 hours! 😯 😯 😯
4. They stopped twice and she never took the opportunity to run away! 😯 😯 😯 😯
5. When they were stopped by the police, she did NOT even tried to signal to them that she was in danger! 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯
6. The suspect actually came OUT of the car to ask for directions!!! She could have easily have ran out and SCREAMED for help.. but no, she did NOT do that. 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯
Isn’t it obvious that the Canny Ong case isn’t as simple as it seems???
Unfortunately, the government and the public are obviously avoiding the issue, either intentionally or unintentionally. It seems to me that everyone prefers to label this as a neat rape and murder case, instead of delving deeper.
Perhaps, they suspect they might not like what they find. Perhaps the case is a useful tool for certain parties to further their agenda.
But one thing’s for sure… Everyone is doing Canny Ong an injustice by not following the trial of evidence she left and finding out WHAT EXACTLY happened to her. 👿
I welcome any discussion on the Canny Ong case here. Doesn’t matter if you agree with me or not!
Dr Chean Tiang Eang
Firstly, the police have now confirmed that this horrific act was performed by a single person now in their custody. However, previous reports have said that closed circuit security cameras showed three men involved.
Two men forced Canny into the back seat of her Proton Tiara while the third drove the car. Such details were later denied by the police saying that such evidence never surfaced in the first place.
Thinking logically, it would have been very difficult for a man the size of the alleged perpetrator to overpower Canny all by himself. Canny must have put up a little fight.
Even if a weapon was used, the perpetrator would have to carry her into the back seat of the car and then proceed into the driver’s seat. The incident occurred roughly between 9.45pm and10pm, a time when most people leave shopping malls – the risk of getting caught is high.
There must have been witnesses, even to the slightest shout or commotion. But no, this was a swift operation which leaves no doubt in my mind that there were more than one alleged perpetrator.
The modus operandi of the perpetrator probably showed that he is “power assertive”. His victim could have been pre-selected or opportunistic, i.e too good to pass up.
However the location is a mystery. Such power assertive random rapists would usually choose a convenient and secluded place – not a car park in a shopping mall at peak time! Such rapists also usually do not harm the victims. Sadism, perhaps? What was the exact motive?
It is also illogical that security cameras did not reveal much. Either the perpetrator knew the security measures there or the cameras are not well located. Was the suspect videotaped at the parking lot or is there physical evidence linking him to the crime at Bangsar?
Was the suspect a frequent visitor to Bangsar shopping centre, a ‘higher-class’ shopping complex? Has he worked there before? Why did he choose a time period when shoppers were leaving the complex Did he know which escape route to take?
Many questions are unanswered. Secondly, two detectives reportedly stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver and even managed to get identify cards of the driver and victim. Several inconsistencies here.
One, the police should have noticed something amiss. How often do drivers carry their passenger’s identity cards? How did the suspect produce both documents? Was the victim conscious at the time?
If she was, I have no doubt she would have sought help. If she was unconscious, shouldn’t the police have attempted to revive her?
Two, why on earth did the two officers casually return to the police station and not radio for backup? The car obviously sped off while the police were questioning the driver.
This is absurd if it is the truth. But is it? It is amazing how the police is so eager to close this case.
The investigation is only as good as its investigators, and this case is far from over. I strongly urge someone in this field to pursue the matter. Justice must be done.
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