Security officer beaten to death over pay dispute

Security officer beaten to death over pay dispute

BUKIT MERTAJAM - A 61-year-old security supervisor was murdered by three foreigners believed to be Myanmars at an oil palm estate in Alma here after an apparent pay dispute.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said they found the body of K. Poobalan, who was formerly with the armed forces, at about 12.40am yesterday.

"The victim died at the scene of the crime from serious head injuries," he said.

SAC Mazlan said police were investigating whether the murder was linked to a dispute involving a security guard working under the deceased who had stopped work in October but had not received his salary.

SAC Mazlan said the three suspects had taken a taxi to a factory at Lorong Perindustrian Bukit Minyak 7.

"Upon reaching the factory, they told the taxi driver to wait for them for 30 minutes.

"A short while later, they dragged the victim out and forced him into the taxi. Another man then held the driver at knife-point."

After dropping the suspects and the victim near the construction site at Taman Impian, the taxi driver immediately lodged a police report.

SAC Mazlan said a police team assisted by a dog unit was despatched to the scene to conduct a search at the nearby oil palm estate. Police found a piece of wood at the scene believed to have been used in the murder.

He added that police have identified the suspects and were tracking them down. Those with information on the incident can call 04-538 2222 or the nearest police station.

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