Family committed suicide due to debts, claims son
Last Update: 19/10/2018
KANGAR, Oct 19 (Bernama) – Three members of a family of four committed suicide by drowning in Sungai Arau on Wednesday as they were allegedly under tremendous pressure due to debts, it was learned today.
They were a couple, aged 66 and 64, and their 35-year-old daughter, said Perlis Police chief SAC Noor Mushar Mohamad.
He said the police learned about this from the fourth member of the family, the 37-year-old son of the couple.
The son was arrested in Taman Ria, Sungai Petani, last night.
Noor Mushar said the son told them that he too had wanted to join the other members of his family but changed his mind.
“The trio had jumped into Sungai Arau after consuming poison,” he said to reporters here today.
He said the son, who was unemployed, had returned to Sungai Petani by train from Arau yesterday morning.
The three family members had drowned between 8.35 am and 12.10 pm yesterday. The father’s body was found at a sluice gate of Sungai Tambun Tulang in Simpang Empat, the mother’s in Sungai Tambun Tulang and their daughter’s in Sungai Arau near Kampung Belat Batu.
Noor Mushar said the four of them had taken a train from Sungai Petani to Arau on Tuesday morning and then hailed a taxi to get to Kampung Bakong, the village where the mother had come from.
The personal belongings of the trio, among them a ring, a mobile telephone, handbags and some clothes, and medicine were found under a flyover of the Kuala Perlis-Changlun Expressway at 4.40 pm yesterday, he said.
The police also found traces of people having slipped into the river at that point, he said, adding that the son had been remanded for four days to assist in the investigation into the case.