Man detained for slashing 9 foreign workers in 3 months

Mohamed Basyir

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Police arrested a jobless man for allegedly slashing nine foreign workers on separate occasions in Bukit Minyak and Bukit Tengah since June.

Seberang Prai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said the 26-year-old man was nabbed behind a restaurant in Bukit Minyak this morning.

He said premilinary investigation showed the suspect had allegdly slashed the victims because his sister was harassed by one of the foreign workers at her workplace in Bukit Minyak, forcing her to quit the job at the factory.

“The suspect then began to find foreign workers at the area and slashed them with a knife before escaping on his motorcycle with their belongings.


Police arrested a jobless man for allegedly slashing nine foreign workers on separate occasions in Bukit Minyak and Bukit Tengah since June. Pic by NSTP/ courtesy of PDRM

“The first case was reported on June 10 and the last one was yesterday morning. He rides past the victims who are walking or cycling before launching his attack.

“The suspect admitted to committing the crime but said it was because the foreign workers had harassed his sister while she was working,” he said.

Police confiscated several items, including three knives, believed to have been used by the suspect to slash the victims.

He had no past records, but at the time of the arrest, he was high on drugs.

He is expected to be remanded later today to assist in further investigation. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd