KUALA LUMPUR: The body of a former air force serviceman had been found hanging from the Kota Darul Ehsan arch.
Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Sharul Othman Mansor said a passer-by contacted the police at about 4.30am yesterday after chancing upon the body, which was hanging from a height of 30m.
Firemen and police personnel arrived at the scene and lowered the body, which has been sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for a post-mortem.
The mood was sombre at the mortuary as friends and family members of the man, identified as Asok Kumar Koyamboo, gathered there.
It is learnt that Asok, 53, was running a fertiliser business before his death.
A relative, who declined to be named, claimed that the business was struggling due to tough times.
Asok leaves behind his wife and three sons.
The family lived within a walking distance of the arch.
Asokâ€™s friend, who wished to be known only as Raja, said he last spoke to him on the telephone on Wednesday night.
Raja, who owns a security firm, claimed that Asok mentioned three times during the call: â€œDonâ€™t regret not meeting me if I died.â€
â€œI was outstation so I was not able to see him but I was planning to meet him yesterday,â€ said Raja, 45.
He said that they had been friends for 25 years.
â€œWe would go out for drinks from time to time.â€
A former colleague of Asok, who only gave his name as Alan, 36, said Asok was in the boxing team during his armed forces days.
â€œHe was a good and caring man,â€ he said.
Among those who paid their last respects to Asok was MCA Public Service and Complaints Department chairman Datuk Seri Michael Chong.
Chong, who had been friends with Asok since the 90s, said they were always helping each other.
â€œHe came to me last year for help with his struggling business. He was stressed out.
â€œI advised him to let go of the business and not to stress himself as life is not always going to be hard for him,â€ he told reporters at the mortuary.