ALOR STAR: A 71-year-old woman from Taman Malaysia here was found dead with strangulation marks after an apparent robbery on Sunday.
The body of Kau Fu Eng was found in the bedroom by her daughter upon returning home after sending her child to a tuition centre about 5.45pm.
Kedah Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the victim is believed to been strangled with a piece of cloth based on the marks found on her neck.
He said initial investigation suggested that the burglar had entered the house through the unlocked back door when the victim was alone at home.
"We believe robbery was the prime motive but probably the burglar had murdered the victim when she tried to put up a fight or tried to scream for help.
"Based on initial checks, jewellery worth about RM10, 000, a tablet and several wristwatches belonging to the victim are missing as the bedroom was ransacked.
"The robbery was pulled off by one or more suspects but our forensics team is still combing the scene for more evidence, with the assistance of the police sniffer dog unit," he told reporters at the scene.
Mior Farid added that the incident could have taken place any time between 2pm and 5.45pm Sunday.
Police have classified the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Meanwhile, the victim's other daughter Teoh Yean Sin, 41, said she immediately rushed to the house after being contacted by her older sister who made the gruesome discovery.
She said she last spoke to her mother on Sunday morning when the victim contacted her at 7am to remind her to perform morning prayers.
She said her mother asked her about her children and told her to take a good care of them.
"I can't believe the person who did this was so cruel. He could have taken whatever he wanted and not murder my mother," she said.
Teoh, who works as a teacher, described her mother as a warm person.
She said her mother had lived with her in Taman Dahlia before moving back to stay with her elder sister five years ago.