JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An argument between a chef and a Myanmar waiter ended with the former being stabbed to death at a bakery outlet in Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir on Saturday (March 18).
Johor Baru South Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh identified the victim as a 32-year-old local man.
The chef, Mr Zhang, had just returned to Malaysia after working in Singapore, China Press said.
He was stabbed three times in his abdomen, the paper reported.
Mr Sulaiman said the argument was believed to have started when the victim chided the 26-year-old suspect for chatting too long with his girlfriend.
It is learnt that the suspect had allegedly stabbed the victim with a knife in the 11.50am incident.
"Initial investigation showed the murder took place in the kitchen of the bakery where the victim was stabbed in the stomach with a 14-inch knife," he said in a statement.
Mr Sulaiman said the suspect fled the crime scene immediately after stabbing the victim and threw the knife into a pond near the area.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder which carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.