Watch this interview (video above) given by David Widjaja's family to the Indonesian news and tell me if you don't find his death a little odd. Thanks to reader Fadri for giving me the English subs for the video.
In summary, both the father and brother strongly believe that David would not kill himself and that he wasn't stressed because his scholarship was terminated, adding that the family can afford to pay for his studies. They also said that they were not allowed to view his body immediately and when they did, they could only view his head and neck - the rest of the body was covered in plastic. Both of them were also unhappy that they were unable to meet with Associate Professor Chan Kap Luk whom the local media says was stabbed by David before he jumped down to kill himself.
Now, the latest news is that Indonesia has asked Singapore to speed up the investigation into David's death. This comes after another person in NTU was found dead. NTU project officer Zhou Zheng was found hanged in his NTU campus apartment. Zhou also studied at the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering where David studied and both apparently were from the same lab in S2-B3a-06. Coincident? I don't think so. David's father has this to say, "We sense that many strange things have occurred here. What is the motive behind all this?”
One person who claims to be David's close friend left a comment in a Straits Times forum. Excerpts here:
1. Lok Tat Seng: Dean of Student of NTU gathered all Indonesian students in International Student Center on evening after incident and he just said there was witness on the spot who saw David's body lying on the ground, dead. Dean did not said that witness saw David jumped from balcony. And that is, according to him, all he has saw.You can also read other interesting comments found in my previous post about David Widjaja here.
2. The only official statement from police is: David was found dead at the crime scene, they did not mention whether he commited suicide.
They also just mention 'The professor was believed to be stabbed'. The police did not say that 'the professor was stabbed'. Where this assumption come from? Why they did not say about it?
3. I and some Indonesian students gather tonight, 3 March 2009, at 8 pm, at International Student Center and talked to David's parent. They have seen his body. There was NO WOUND whatsoever on his wrists and police also has confirmed it. I assumed that his parent would not lie it means that all media news about 'David slashed his wrist' was FAKE.
Update: NTU Prof Chan breaks his silence and dispels rumours!
Previously: NTU Campus Tragedy: Student Reactions