JOHOR BARU - The owner of a labour supply agency and his mother were found dead with a knife and a pair of scissors near their blood-soaked bodies at their apartment in Tampoi here.
Victims S. Suba, 40, and S .Patmavathy, 63, had been the only tenants in the unit until recently, when two foreigners who worked with him came to live there temporarily.
Police have ruled out robbery as the motive for the double murder and believe there was a scuffle before the two were killed at their 13th floor unit of the Kipark apartment block.
It has not yet been ascertained when the murders took place but Suba's brother, S. Raja, 48, said he had been trying to contact them since Monday.
"I found it strange that both my mother and brother did not answer my phone calls," he said, adding that he was shocked to see the living area splattered with blood when he opened the door of the unit at around 1pm on Wednesday.
Raja said he did not dare enter the house and quickly informed the security guards, who immediately alerted the police.
The bodies of the victims were found in a bedroom.
Raja was too distraught to comment further on the tragedy when met at the Sultan Ismail Hospital mortuary here yesterday.
A family friend accompanying him, Timothy Warren, said two foreigners had been staying at the unit with the victims but he did not know how long they had lived there.
"I also do not know if there was an argument and what could have sparked it," he said.
Johor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ismail Yatim confirmed that nothing was stolen from the victims, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
Police are looking for two suspects, in their 20s, to help in the investigations.
Police have appealed to witnesses and those with information to contact the Johor police hotline at 07-2212 999 or the nearest police station.