Police in Malaysia have arrested a local man for allegedly killing a Vietnamese woman at a hotel last Sunday, according to the Vietnamese embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
A statement issued by the embassy on Wednesday said that local police have arrested the suspect, Tan Kok Keong, 38.
Pham Thi Phuong Ha, a counselor at the embassy, said she was not clear about the specific time and location of the arrest.
“The police are filing the required paperwork to bring the man to court,” she said.
Local media quoted Malaysian police as saying that Tan rent a budget hotel room inside a wholesale market in Bandar Utara, Sentul, to the north of Kuala Lumpur at 9 p.m. last Saturday.
Tran Thi Thuy, the Vietnamese victim who was a waitress at a karaoke parlor, came to the room around four hours later.
The next evening, the hotel’s staff found Thuy dead in the room while Tan had left.
She was only in her bra, lying on her face, with both hands and legs tied with towels in the bathroom.
A hotel employee called the police, who found many bruises around her neck.
The police suggested that Thuy was strangled to death, as they found no blood stains or weapons.
Ha said the Vietnamese embassy has cooperated with Malaysia police to identify the victim.
“But we’ve agreed not to share her personal information at the present.”
She only revealed that the victim was nearly 40 and her daughter arrived in Malaysia to receive her body, after the police performed DNA tests to confirm their connection.
The body will be brought back to Vietnam this week, she said.
Tan Kok Keong has been arrested by police in Malaysia as the suspect in the murder of a Vietnamese woman at a local hotel on December 20, 2014. Photo credit: News Strait Times