BATU PAHAT: A 31-year-old man was killed after jumping out of a moving vehicle in an attempt to escape being handed over to police after he was caught stealing oil palm fruits.
Batu Pahat OCPD Asst Comm Ismail Dollah said that the police received a call from the security officer of an oil palm plantation about the incident at 12.01am on Thursday (July 29).
"The security officer of the oil palm plantation caught the man stealing two sacks of palm oil fruits on a motorcycle at about 11pm on Wednesday (July 28).
"He then proceeded to bring the suspect to the Yong Peng police station with two of his colleagues.
"At around 11.50pm, when they were heading towards the police station in a private vehicle, the suspect jumped out in an attempt to escape," he said in a statement here on Saturday (July 31).
He said that upon arriving at the scene at KM4 of the Yong Peng - Pagoh road, the police found the man lying motionlessly in the middle of the road.
"He was confirmed dead by medical officers from the Yong Peng health clinic.
"His body has been sent to a hospital and a post-mortem was conducted at about 11.30am on Friday (July 30).
"Early inspection revealed that he suffered injuries on the head but we have yet to receive the official post-mortem result," he said, adding that the case has been classified as sudden death and that further investigations will be conducted.