KUANTAN – Authorities in Malaysia have reported that the tied-up, mutilated body of an 11-year-old girl was discovered by villagers in an oil palm plantation at Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir, in Malaysia’s Pahang state.
Malaysian media reports said the mutilated body of 11 year-old Siti Masyitah Ibrahim was found with her limbs tied up at an oil palm plantation in Tanjung Medang Hilir, Pekan.
The girl’s parents – Ibrahim Ali, 39 and Zaleha Abdullah, 35 – were immediately informed of the 5pm discovery, and they rushed to the scene to positively identify their missing daughter.
“It broke my heart to see the mutilated body of my daughter. Her hands and legs were tied, and her head was separated from her body.
Ms Zaleha, who has three other children, told Malaysian media that her daughter had asked for RM1 (S$0.33) at about 5pm on the day she went missing so she could buy something at a shop.
The girl, described by her mother as a jovial child, had promised to return home swiftly.
“Who would so cruelly kill my daughter? How could someone murder a little girl? What did she do wrong?” Ms Zaleha said to Sin Chew.
Local villager Mohd Rosli Mat Rasat, 38, said he was among the first to arrive at the site after being told by a friend that Siti Masyitah’s body had been discovered.
Foreigner Nabbed on the Day Siti Masyitah was Reported Missing
New Straits Times reported that prior to her disappearance on Jan 30, Siti Masyitah Ibrahim, 11, was spotted riding pillion on a motorcycle with a man in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir, near here.
Later the same day, police picked up the man, a foreigner, to facilitate investigations into the missing girl’s case.
District police chief Superintendent Amran Sidek said the suspect, who is currently serving a 14-day remand order, was believed to be the last person spotted with the missing girl.
“The victim was last seen riding a motorcycle with the man on Jan 30. We have detained him for questioning and he is remanded under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for failing to provide any valid travel documents,” he said in a statement today.
It is learnt that the suspect is a family friend.
Amran however was reluctant to confirm if the decomposed body found at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tanjung Medang Hilir about 5pm on Saturday was Siti Masyitah’s, saying that police will wait for the post-mortem report before commenting on the matter.
“We will wait for the post-mortem and DNA results to confirm the victim’s identity. The post-mortem will be conducted at Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital at 10am tomorrow (Monday).
“A detailed report on the case including the cause of death, gender, along with other details will be known after the procedures are conducted tomorrow,” he said, adding that for now, the case has been classified as sudden death.