Textile merchant found hacked to death

GEORGE TOWN, Malaysia - A textile merchant was found dead in a pool of blood in front of his shop at the Penang Bazaar here.

Muhammad Badusha Kalandar Mastan, 41, is believed to have been hacked to death.

It is understood that market-goers ­disco-vered his body at about 8am yesterday.

A 47-year-old suspect surrendered at the district police station in Patani Road in connection with the attack and murder.

Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi, who was at the scene, said the sharp weapon used in the attack had yet to be found.

"Initial investigations showed that the deceased was involved in an argument with the suspect, who is also a trader in the same market.

"The suspect has been detained to help in the murder investigation," SDCP Abdul Rahim said, adding that the case was deemed to have been solved after the suspect, a trader selling flowers, turned himself in.

Muhammad Badusha's sister Khadijah was distraught when met at the scene, saying that her younger brother was kind and had no enemies.

"I was with him at home (yesterday morning) before he left for work. I did not realise that it was my final moment with him," said a teary-eyed Khadijah who is in her 50s.