GEORGE TOWN - Revenge over things that happened in Myanmar has been identified as the main motive behind the murder of the 18 Myanmar nationals in the state, said state police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi.
"We rounded up 15 Myanmar nationals, in their 30s to 50s, including one in Rawang, Selangor, over the past two weeks to help in our murder investigations.
"The modus operandi of the killers is to chop up their victims to dispose of them as they have no access to firearms," he told reporters after launching an awareness campaign on violence against women at the Kampung Sungai Gelugor Federal Village Security and Development in Gelugor yesterday.
It was reported that there were 51 murders in the state this year out of which 18 victims were Malaysians and 33 foreigners.
Of the 33, 18 were Myanmar nationals while the others were Bangladeshis, Vietnamese and Indonesians and 10 of unknown nationality.
Many discoveries of human parts were also made in the state this year, with six cases last month alone and one this month.
Bodies were found dumped at industrial areas with most of them wrapped in white cloth, bedsheets or sarong and left by the roadside.
Asked to comment about Permatang Pauh Umno chief Datuk Mohd Zaidi Mohd Said who was quoted on an online news portal that some Chinese in Penang are rich due to illegal and immoral activities, SDCP Abdul Rahim reiterated that there were no immoral activities like illegal gambling or prostitution taking place in the state.
"There are no mesin haram (illegal gambling machines) or GROs (guest relations officers).
"If anyone has any information regarding such activities, please forward it to the police and let us take action."