BATU PAHAT - A 74-year-old grandmother was robbed and murdered inside her sundry shop at Jalan Jelawat in Taman Banang here.
The body of Lau Pow Ling was discovered at about 9am by her two sons.
District police chief Asst Comm Din Ahmad said Lau's family became concerned after they tried contacting her from 6.30am, but all calls went unanswered.
When they went to the shop, they found the victim's body in a room at the back of the premises.
"They knocked repeatedly at the door which was locked from the inside, and forced it open after no one answered.
"They found her unresponsive with cranial injuries.
"She is believed to have been beaten with a baseball stick," he said.
ACP Din said there was a hole in the ceiling and the counter in the shop was ransacked.
K9 and forensic units from the Johor police headquarters were sent to the scene to assist in investigations.
It is learnt that the victim was living alone in the shop that left to her by her late husband.
Relatives and friends were seen waiting anxiously outside the shop as the police carried out investigations.
According to a unidentified relative, Lau's family had planned to take her out for breakfast on Friday as it was a public holiday for the state.
"Why would someone be so cruel to a senior citizen?" she asked.
Lau's family members were seen kneeling down and crying while prayers were recited as her body was being taken to the hospital.