Bodies of 4 Myanmar nationals found
KOTA BARU: The bodies of four men recovered from an undergrowth in Bachok on Sunday have been identified as Myanmar nationals believed to be the victims of a spill-over of communal violence in their country.
They are believed to have died in the hands of their fellow countrymen after being abducted from their workplace a week ago.
The victims, whose heads were covered with plastic bags, were stabbed to death elsewhere before their bodies were dumped next to a padi field in Kampung Tanjung Hilir.
A passer-by who sensed a stench emanating from the undergrowth called the police upon finding the bodies at 7pm yesterday.
Kelantan police chief Datuk Dr Ab Rahman Ismail said yesterday that the victims were workers who were reported to have been abducted by a group of masked men at a construction site in Tunjong on Oct 25.
He said two of those abducted were among the dead.
The victims, who were in their 20s and 30s, had stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.
Ab Rahman said religious conflict between ethnic Myanmar groups is highly likely to be the motive behind the murders.
The killings were a reemergence of a spill-over of religious sentiments among Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia, with many similar cases reported in the Klang Valley and Penang in 2014.
About two dozen Myanmar Buddhists and Muslims were killed at the time.
The sporadic attacks between the groups here were eventually contained when police rounded up thousands of Myanmar nationals and recorded their identities.
They were later freed after being warned of stern action if caught taking part in any attacks.