The chairman of the Kingmaker Group (信星鞋業集團), a Taiwan-invested footwear company, has died from severe wounds after he was allegedly attacked by a manager at a factory in Vietnam, the Taiwan representative office in Ho Chi Minh City said yesterday.
Mickey Chen (陳敏雄), 63, died at a hospital in Taiwan on Thursday, two days after a he was allegedly attacked by a 45-year-old warehouse manager from China at the Kingmaker factory in Thuan An, Binh Duong Province, the office said.
An argument erupted when Chen allegedly questioned the manager, identified by his surname, Li (李), over shoes missing from the inventory, an official at the office said.
Photo: CNA, from the Tuoi Tre Web site
Li allegedly waved a knife and slashed Chen and other factory managers, the official said.
Other factory workers subdued Li and drove the injured to hospital for emergency treatment.
Vietnamese police arrested Li and have launched an investigation, the official said.
Chen was flown to Taiwan on a medical aircraft on Thursday morning, but because of the severity of his wounds he could not be saved, the office said.
Two Taiwanese managers who were also injured in the attack were discharged from a hospital in Thuan An on Thursday, the office said.
Kingmaker, established by Chen in 1981 in Changhua County, opened the Thuan An factory 15 years ago.
The footwear manufacturer also has factories in China and Cambodia, and makes shoes for brands such as ASICS, CAT, Clarks, Fiona’s Prince, GH Bass, K1X, New Balance, Robeez, Skechers and Stride Rite, the group’s Web site says.
Kingmaker went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1994 under the name Kingmaker Footwear Holdings Ltd (信星鞋業).
Kingmaker Group released a statement yesterday in Hong Kong saying that Chen had died, but it did not disclose the cause of his death.
Kingmaker Group shares fell by 4.4 percent to close at HK$2.17 on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange yesterday.
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