Residents turn to prayer to solve body parts baby case

JOHOR BARU: Residents of the Kempas Permai public housing scheme are hoping for divine help to find those behind the gruesome case of an infant's body that was chopped up.

They are conducting tahlil (special prayers) for the infant daily and hoping for new clues to help the police in their investigations.

Kempas Permai public housing security and development committee chairman Raja Sulaiman Raja Ismail said the residents were stunned by the incident.

"Yes, we are angry about it. But the best thing we can do is pray for the infant and hope that the head and other body parts will be found so the baby can get a proper burial," he said here yesterday.

Raja Ismail also hoped God would answer the residents' prayers for those involved in the inhumane act to surrender to the authorities.

"If those involved are not heartless, then they should come forward," he said, adding that the tahlil was being done five times a day at a nearby surau.

It was reported that on Sunday, workers at a sewerage plant in the housing area found pieces of flesh stuck to a waste trap. They turned out to be from an infant chopped up into 15 parts.

The head and abdomen of the baby, whose identity and gender have yet to be determined, were also missing.

Police found more small pieces of flesh and skin, believed to be from the same baby, at the plant on Tuesday.

Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Khamsani Abdul Rahman said police were still searching for the missing parts, including the head.

He also urged those with information to contact the state police hotline at 07-221 2999 or lodge a report at the nearest police station.