The body of a 52-year-old Singaporean was found off a highway in Bukit Kayu Hitam, Kedah, on Sunday morning.
At least 13 slash wounds were found on the man's forehead, the back of his head, and arms.
The slash wounds on the victim's head were so deep that his skull was visible and his head was almost hacked in half, reported Kwong Wah Daily.
Malaysian police discovered the body at 9.30am in a bushy area off the North-South Expressway near the Malaysia-Thailand border after receiving a tip-off from a member of the public.
The body was sent to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah, for a post-mortem.
Kedah Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohd Nashir Ya, told the New Straits Times (NST) that the man died from multiple knife wounds.
Police believe that the man, who was wearing a long sleeved shirt and trousers, died between six and 12 hours before he was found, reported NST.
Lianhe Wanbao reported that two police dogs and 30 policemen, including CID and forensics officers, were activated to comb the scene.
A cigarette box was also found at the scene and taken away for investigation. Aside from a mobile phone and a bunch of keys, no personal identification documents were found on the man's body, reported The Star Online. Through the phone's contents, police identified the dead man as a Singaporean Chinese, according to Lianhe Wanbao.
A police spokesman told Lianhe Wanbao that the victim's family had been contacted and they identified the body yesterday afternoon.
Even though the victim is a Singaporean, police said the man had been staying in Hat Yai - a southern Thailand city near the Malaysian border - for many years.
The case is being investigated under the Penal Code for murder and no one has been arrested yet.
This article was first published on Sept 17, 2015.
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