Eric Chia Dies

SUNGAI PETANI, June 24 (Bernama) — Former Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd managing director Tan Sri Eric Chia Eng Hock died Tuesday at his private room at the Park Avenue Hotel here. A police spokesman said Chia, 75, who owns the hotel, died at 9am.

Reporters who went the hotel were restricted to the lobby. Security was tight with a heavy presence of police and hotel security personnel.

The spokesman said family members were in the process of making funeral arrangements.

Chia, who had faced corruption charges relating to Perwaja Steel contracts, on June 26 last year was acquitted and discharged of committing criminal breach of trust involving RM76.4 million by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court without his defence being called.

Throughout the trial, which began on Feb 10, 2004, Chia had health problems and had to be brought to court in a wheelchair.

— BERNAMA

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