KOTA KINABALU - Police in the east coast Beluran district are mounting a manhunt for two men who shot dead an oil palm plantation supervisor as his seven-year-old son could only watch in horror.
Beluran police chief Deputy Supt Shivananthan Velautham said on Saturday that the gunmen also grabbed RM31,000 (S$S11,825) from 37-year-old plantation supervisor Edoh Sultan, 37, after killing him on Jan 30.
He said Edoh was on the way back to the Nam Wah plantation from the oil palm fruit collection centre where he had received the money to be paid to estate workers at about 5pm when the incident occurred.
Shivananthan said Edoh was driving a tractor with his son beside him when the gunmen, one of whom was believed to be armed with a homemade shot gun fired, at him.
He said Edoh was killed on the spot while his son sustained injuries in the hands after hit with the shotgun pellets.
The gunmen let the boy after grabbing the money and he ran about 5kms towards a fuel depot for help. He said police were only alerted of the incident at about 10.30pm and it took them six hours to reach the scene due to the poor road conditions in the area.