Authorities reported that Ong was still alive when the warders found him. The warders brought him down and tried to resuscitate him but he died shortly after. It was also reported that Ong had been depressed for the past few days and had often cried while being kept in solitary confinement. Ong was led out of his prison cell early Feb 19 to seek treatment for a headache at the clinic.
Ong’s lawyer, S. Rethinakumar, said he last spoke to Ong on Feb 1 and Ong did not show any signs that he was experiencing emotional distress. On the contrary, S. Rethinakumar reported that Ong was in good spirits when he met him.
While the brutal killing of three-year-old Shearwey Ooi Ying Ying was most despicable and many would be joyous with Ong’s death but we need to remind ourselves that the court had not reach its verdict. We also need to consider the questionable circumstances how Ong Chee Leong died.
Unless there is a thorough and satisfactory investigation into the death of Ong Chee Leong, there will never be a disclosure to the murder of Shearwey Ooi Ying Ying.
As for Jess Teh Hooi Wen, Shearwey’s mother, no matter what happens after this, she would have to live with the guilt for the rest of her life and if Ong really did commit suicide, he took the easy way out.
Rest In Peace. May the Angels look after you.