Former assemblyman's murder not political, says Malaysian cops

Former Alor Limbat assemblyman Alias Abdullah.

KUALA TERENGGANU - The killing of a former Alor Limbat assemblyman has nothing to do with politics, said Terengganu police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Rosli Abdul Rahman.

"We have ruled out politics as the motive for the killing but we are investigating in other areas including his business standings, if the victim had any debts and any link to cases he had handled being a lawyer.

"We have not obtained any specific motive to the murder," he told a press conference at the police headquarters here on Sunday adding that early investigations revealed that his murder had no links to politics.

DCP Rosli added that a special task force was formed to carry out investigations.

The former assemblyman for Alor Limbat, Alias Abdullah, was shot dead at his house in Kampung Alor Limbat in Marang.

Alias, 51, who was a legal adviser to Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, was shot in the left cheek in his kitchen after returning home from Friday prayer by one of the two assailants on an EX-5 Honda motorcycle, without a registration number, wearing a full-faced helmet.