GEORGE TOWN - Ang Cheng Hoo, 64, always carries a knife with him for protection from street criminals when he goes on his morning walk in Tanjung Bungah.
The knife turned out to be his own undoing.
An assailant snatched the knife from Ang and slashed him to death in Jalan Loh Poh Heng.
A security guard discovered Ang's body sprawled by the roadside at about 6.30am yesterday, about 30m from his apartment.
An eyewitness claimed that she heard a commotion between Ang and another person who could be known to him.
Penang Hospital senior consultant forensic pathologist Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh said Ang died of injuries to the neck.
He said a post-mortem found that there were three slash wounds on the neck and a stab wound on the abdomen.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said they had temporarily ruled out robbery as Ang's wallet and handphone were not stolen.
He said there were many drug addicts loitering in the neighbourhood and it was dark then.
"We found the knife, believed to be the murder weapon, next to the body. So far, we have yet to establish the motive," he said at the scene.
ACP Mazlan said police had recorded statements from several eyewitnesses and the case had been classified as murder.
Ang's son, who declined to be named, said he received a call at about 7am yesterday informing him of the incident.
He said his father would go for his regular morning walks at about 5am and would return by 7am.