JOHOR BARU, Oct 15, 2015:

Police are close to solving the botched kidnapping of 22-year-old businessman Cheung Zi Hong two weeks ago following the arrest of 16 people in connection with the case.

Two of the latest male suspects were nabbed in a massive police operation in Skudai here late yesterday.

It was learnt that the two suspects may be able to shed light on Cheung’s death as they were believed to be linked to the deceased through their underground criminal network.

A source familiar with the case said police were checking into illicit drug dealings and Cheung’s multi-level marketing (MLM) investment scheme business.

“From initial investigations, the deceased may have made several enemies from deals that went sour.

“Investigators are working on revenge as the possible motive for the victim’s death, following the arrest of yesterday’s suspects,” said the source to The Rakyat Post today.

The source said it was still too early to come to any firm conclusions as investigations were still in progress following revelations that the two suspects held in connection with the case were also wanted in several shooting cases in the state.

To date, police have arrested 16 male suspects, aged in their 20s to 40s, to assist in Cheung’s kidnap-cum-murder case.

Cheung’s body was found in some bushes in Taman Impian in Skudai by the public at 2.40pm on Oct 4.

His death, believed to be from blunt force trauma or blows from a hard object, was linked to the kidnapping case.

The victim had been described as a young successful businessman with a fledgling MLM investment business.

Johor Baru Utara acting police chief Superintendent Beh Eng Lai declined to reveal further developments into the case.

“Police are still investigating the case and we hope to wrap up investigations soon,” he said when contacted today.

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