New Vet Dept deputy director found murdered at rented home


IPOH: For the past week, the state's new Veterinary Services Department deputy director Dr Rohani Kassim had been under a lot of stress.

Barely a month after being transferred to the department from the Sintok Veterinary College, Dr Rohani's Permai Lake View apartment unit, where she lived alone, was broken into and she lost RM15,000 in belongings and valuables.

She also told her elder sister Ruzaina on Saturday that she was stressed by the department directive prohibiting the slaughter of pregnant livestock.

Early yesterday, everything came to a tragic end after the 38-year-old was found murdered at her rented unit here.

Her body was found wrapped in a mattress at 4.30am by the apartment's security guard.

Perak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said three men had been arrested to help investigations into the murder.

He said the men aged between 21 and 26 were arrested in Tambun and Tanjung Malim. They have since been remanded.

Dr Rohani, who was a registrar at the Sintok Veterinary College in Kedah, was transferred to the department on July 1.

Ruzaina, 41, when met at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun's mortuary, said the victim moved into the apartment unit last month following her transfer.

“A week before the start of Ramadan, her apartment unit was broken into and she lost about RM15,000,” she said.

Ruzaina said that when they last met at their family home in Bagan Serai, Dr Rohani had complained that she was under stress following the directive on the slaughter of pregnant livestock in the state.

Her mother Sharifah Razali, 72, said Dr Rohani left the family home after sahur (dawn meal) on Monday.

Dr Rohani's former colleague Roslizan Nekmat said the victim was still at her office when he called her at 4.15pm on Wednesday.

Roslizan, 45, said Dr Rohani had asked him to buy her grilled fish for breaking of fast.

“I arrived at her apartment at 7.15pm but there was no answer even after I repeatedly knocked on her door.

“After some time, I decided to leave the fish on the doorknob and left,” he said, adding that his subsequent calls to Dr Rohani also went unanswered.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir and state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon visited the grieving family at the mortuary.

Dr Zambry handed a RM8,000 personal donation to the family.

Police appealed to those with information on the case to get in touch with the investigating officer, Asst Supt A. Nirmala, at 05-253 1500.


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