MALACCA: A 43-year-old ex-convict, who with several others pretended to be policemen to rob three Indonesian labourers, was killed when the victims fought back.
The labourers, who work at a sandpit in Bukit Senggeh, Selandar, here, put up a fight against the ex-convict and his accomplices when they realised that they were not policemen.
The policemen had allegedly gone to the kongsi where the labourers lived and robbed them of a total of RM2,100 in cash and a handphone yesterday.
State police chief SAC I Ayob Mohamed said the ex-convict, identified as Abd Aziz Sarif, from Segamat, Johor, together with one or two others, armed with a parang and impersonating policemen, were believed to have gone to the kongsi at 2.30am.
One labourer was robbed of RM1,700 and a handphone while another had RM400 taken from him. It is believed that there was a third Indonesian labourer at the kongsi at the time.
SAC Ayob said that when the labourers realised that their visitors were not policemen, one of them grabbed the parang from the policemen and attacked Abd Aziz while the others fled.
Abd Aziz, who was slashed on the back of the head, collapsed 85m from the kongsi. His accomplices fled in a dark brown Proton Wira.
Police have set up roadblocks throughout the state to look for the suspects, said SAC Ayob.
He added that Abd Aziz had been jailed for drug and theft offences and was on the wanted list for another drug-related offence since 1996.
Police have also appealed for witnesses to come forward.
A parang was recovered at the scene.
The two Indonesian workers, both from East Java, were warded at the Malacca Hospital for minor injuries.