ALOR SETAR: A Malaysian man returning to his hotel in Haadyai, Thailand, was shot dead.
The body of Mohd Nizam Ahmad Basrah, 28, was found lying on Phadungpakdee Road in the city by a passer-by at about 4.30am (Malaysian time) yesterday.
Haadyai deputy police chief Col Khittichai Sankhathavorn said Mohd Nizam was gunned down while riding a motorcycle to his hotel.
“He was shot in the chest and buttocks.
“We found two 9mm bullet casings at the scene,” he told reporters.
He added that the body has been sent to the Haadyai Hospital.
Col Khittichai said police were now going through CCTV footage obtained from nearby premises with the hopes of identifying the assailants, adding that they were also looking for the motorcycle owner.
A check by The Star showed that Mohd Nizam was living in Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau, with his grandmother Saadiah Abu, 75.
Asked about her grandson, Saadiah said he was working in Singapore but made frequent trips to Thailand as part of his job.
A friend, who declined to be named, said he last saw Mohd Nizam on Friday.
“He told me that he was leaving for Thailand. He went there regularly but did not tell me why.
“I guess he wanted his privacy so, I never pushed him to tell me.
“He was a filial grandson. He always told his relatives to look after his grandmother whenever he’s not around,” he said.