Macabre Malaysian Girl's Murder in Cambodian Migrant Community

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Macabre Malaysian Girl's Murder in Cambodian Migrant Community

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:37 am

Kemahang, Pekan, Malaysia, Cambodia News: On January 30, 2019, a distraught mother, Solihah Abdullah, 35, lodged a police report about her missing daughter. Then, more than a week later, the body of the missing young girl, 11-year-old Siti Masitah Ibrahim, was discovered decomposing in some bushes in a nearby palm oil plantation. The body was tied up, she had been severely beaten about the head with a piece of wood, and it is reported that she had been mutilated and that some of her internal organs were removed.

State Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Othman Nanyan said that police had detained a suspect, a 23-year-old Cambodian, about 2am in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir here on Jan 31. He said the suspect, who was the last person seen with Siti Masitah before she was reported missing, was a family friend who used to live in the same village.
The suspect denied any involvement in the crime, until the body was discovered and he confessed. He said that his motive for the murder was revenge and anger against Siti Masitah’s family. The girl's mother has said that he was always treated as a member of the family and she is bewildered by his motive.
The suspect, who had no identification documents, has been remanded until Feb 17 under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

The family of the dead girl are also Cambodian migrants, Muslim Cham villagers, who arrived in Malaysia from Cambodia in the 1980's after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. Siti Masitah’s parents - Ibrahim Ali, 39 and Solihah Abdullah, 35, - do not have any identification documents or permanent residency card. He does low-paid menial work and she looks after the children. Their Malaysian-born children have birth certificates, but they are listed as non-citizens, so they have little rights and are turned away from schools, although religious classes for children of primary school age are conducted daily in their village.

The family is living in a village with hundreds of others like themselves, poor Cham migrants without legal status. The community remains close-knit and closed to outsiders, and some members do not speak Bahasa Malaysia. The whole community participated in the search for Siti Masitah when she went missing, and they were deeply shocked to learn that the evil had been done by a fellow member of their migrant community.
SOURCE: New Straights Times
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