It was after 17 hours that the body of a 92-year-old South Korean woman bundled in a blanket with her hands tied was found inside the bathroom of a hotel room at Genting Highlands yesterday
According to District police chief Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor, the attack on the elderly woman is believed to be an act of revenge.
Initial investigations have shown that the suspect had a misunderstanding with the elderly women's eldest son, involving money-lending activities at the resort, he said.
The victim's 46-year-old daughter and a Malaysian maid were also assaulted by the attacker during the brutal attack on 14 August
According to a report in New Straits Times (NST), at about 3.30pm on Monday, 14 August, the suspect, armed with a knife, broke into the room and ordered the elderly woman and her maid to keep quiet before tying their hands and legs.
He then hit the maid and punched the elderly woman before dragging her into the bathroom, where he continued to hit her until she passed out, NST reported.
Following which, he locked the woman in the bathroom and waited for the elderly woman's daughter, who had gone out. When she returned back to the room, the assailant also assaulted her and tied her up.
He fled the scene at about 7am the next morning, 15 August, following which the victim's daughter and the maid alerted the hotel management.
There's now a manhunt for a 57-year-old man who is believed to have murdered the woman, who was identified as Xiang Lian Jin
The suspect is said to be a South Korean by the name of Sung Kyukseok.
According to reports, the victim, a Chinese national who was born in South Korea, was found with severe injuries bundled in a blanket inside the bathroom with her hands tied.
The victim's handphones, cash and the family car was also missing after the attack, revealed State CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Othman Nanyan.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder
Meanwhile, those with information about the suspect are urged to contact the nearest police station or the Bentong police station at 09-2222222.