JOHOR BARU - Workers cleaning a waste trap at a sewerage plant in the Kempas Permas public housing area were shocked to find that pieces of meat stuck to it were from an infant, chopped up into 15 parts.
The missing head and abdomen of the baby, whose identity or sex has yet to be determined, was also missing.
On making the discovery after the Sunday afternoon find, the workers immediately informed their supervisor, who called police.
The police believe that the baby could have died during birth, and its body chopped up and dumped to conceal the birth.
Factory worker Ismail Daud, 47, said he was having tea at a nearby stall when he saw police cars rushing towards the plant.
He said that residents initially thought that it might have been because of a thief, and were shocked to hear that body parts had been found.
"I have lived in these flats for seven years and, sadly, this is the second time that such an incident has happened," he said, adding that last year, a newborn baby was found abandoned near a dump site.
Housewife Khairul Husna Abdul Halim, 36, said she heard of the horrific discovery from her neighbours.
"I am angry over what has happened to this infant. Only a monster will do something like this," she said.
Johor Baru (North) Officer in Command Police District Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman said that the police recovered 15 body parts from the scene.
"The parts have been sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital for post-mortem," he said.
Assistant Commissioner Khamsani said the sewerage plant was connected by pipe to the public housing area, which has 1,288 units.
"We will be knocking on each door to find (out) who is responsible," he vowed.