'I think he was trying to change his appearance'

In the early hours yesterday, the director of Volks Auto was seen entering the building with a number of tow trucks.

Within the hour, the truck drivers had towed away four vehicles from the dealership, leaving behind a Bentley in the showroom.

"He came at a time when no one was around, other than my guys," said Mr Deen Safarrudin, 39, the operations and security manager of Three Rifles Building.

"My security officer at the time didn't ask anything because he knew the man to be the owner of Volks Auto. He looked strange because he had shaved his head. I think he was trying to change his appearance. He never came back after that."

He was unsure about what was going on until noon yesterday, when around 30 customers turned up to demand their deposits.

He said: "They opened not long ago, but their hours are irregular. Sometimes they open in the morning, sometimes they open in the evening. It's very weird."

One of Volks Auto's three sales staff said that they, too, were victims.

"The boss disappeared just like that, what am I supposed to do?" he said over the phone, declining to be named.

"Since Saturday, I've been getting angry calls and texts from customers and I don't know what to tell them.

"We work on a commission basis. I have a wife and two young children, and I'm afraid people will come looking for me."

He revealed that his boss was the one who handled the fulfilment of the contracts, not the sales staff, and that his job was just "to get as many sales as I can".

He had heard the cars were being towed away around midnight.

When he got there early yesterday morning, only the Bentley was there."I don't know where the cars went. Last I heard, (my boss) had gone to Hong Kong and said he will be back by the end of the week."

When TNP visited the director's home in MacPherson yesterday evening, it appeared empty. Neighbours said they believed there was only one person living in the large three-storey corner unit with a swimming pool.

One nearby resident said: "Every morning, you can hear the sound of his sports car. The last time I saw the car was about two weeks ago. I've not seen them since."

Since Saturday, I've been getting angry calls and texts from customers and I don't know what to tell them.

- A Volks Auto sales staff member