MELAKA: A 36-year-old man was stabbed to death in front of his two nieces on the first day of Hari Raya at Kampung Berangan Enam, Umbai, here.
Melaka CID Chief Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said the murder occurred at 7.30am on Thursday (May 13).
"The victim was earlier visited by a former brother-in-law who wanted to take his two daughters to celebrate Hari Raya with him.
"However, a heated argument ensued between the two when the victim was assaulted and stabbed," he said at the crime scene.
ACP Mohd Sukri said the victim tried to pacify his attacker by telling him not to behave violently on a festive day but things got out of hand.
He said a scuffle ensued when the man wanted his two daughters, aged eight and 10 years old, to celebrate Hari Raya at his home.
The suspect had divorced his wife in January.
ACP Mohd Sukri said the suspect was believed to have turned violent when he was not allowed to take his daughters before stabbing the victim with a knife.
The victim, he said, succumbed to the stab wound at Melaka Hospital.
ACP Mohd Sukri said the 32-year-old suspect fled the scene and police have launched a manhunt.
"The suspect has criminal record with one offence relating to drug abuse," he said, adding that the investigation is being carried out under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.