CID chief: Sosilawati and 3 others killed and burnt
BANTING: Cosmetic millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya, 47, and three others were murdered, burnt and their ashes strewn in a river near Ladang Gadong, in Tanjong Sepat, here.
Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin told reporters that the police were awaiting forensic confirmation.
He said that two lawyer brothers, one of them a Datuk, were among the eight arrested in connection with the murder.
The two brothers are 41 and 38 years old, respectively.
The elder brother, who is the Datuk, is also now being investigated in connection to four other cases of missing businessmen from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Bakri said.
The Datuk, who owns the farm where the bodies were burnt, was handling a land deal in Penang for Sosilawati.
It is learnt that that the land in Penang was bought for RM25mil and was to have been resold at RM200mil.
Sosilawati's siblings are in Banting to help police with the DNA confirmation of her death.
Sosilawati went missing on Aug 30 along with her driver Kamarudin Shansudin, 44, her lawyer Ahmad Kamil Karim, 32, and her financial adviser Noorhisham Mohammad, 38.
Bernama reported that the police forensic team was combing the farm area where some of Sosilawati's personal belongings were reported to have been found. Police had also blocked access to the Gadong Farm in Jalan Gadong, Tanjong Sepat, near here from last night and have not allowed the media access to the area.
Meanwhile, Bernama also reported from BATU PAHAT, that news of Sosilawati’s death had shocked residents of the village of her birth, Kampung Seri Menanti, Sri Medan, near here.
Her death was seen as a big loss as Sosilawati was known for her kind and charitable ways.
"This is a big loss as she always assisted anyone in need, for example, flood victims or schools," said village headman, Omar Salleh.
The villagers, he said, had already planned a solat hajat to pray for her wellbeing and safe return.
Omar, 63, also described Sosilawati as an approachable person and described what happened to her as being the will of god.
Bazli Ibrahim, 35, who shared in the sorrow of her tragic demise said she always had an open house on the second day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri for the villagers.
Another resident, Siti Aminah Md. Mukri, 27, when met said Sosilawati's determination in building the Nouvelles Visage cosmetics empire made her a source of admiration among the residents.
She also praised her noble character, saying Sosilawati was never proud despite her success.
A visit to the home of Sosilawati's mother, Yatimi Abdul Rahman, 80 at the village found it all locked up.
It is understood Yatimi and other family members had already left for Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.