Police station in Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. Photo: Google Maps

A 23-year-old Myanmar man is wanted by Malaysian police after he allegedly stabbed to death a compatriot colleague on Sunday night during a quarrel. After the incident, which took place at an onion factory in Central Seberang Perai, Penang, the wanted man reportedly ran away with a friend, who is also a Myanmar national.

At about 8.45pm on June 10 the victim, who was named as Sai Ko Ko and was in his late 20s, allegedly got into a dispute with the suspect while they were drinking alcohol outside their lodgings at the factory, China Press reported.

The victim was stabbed twice in the chest, and was later pronounced dead at the scene. Video footage captured by a security camera showed the suspect fleeing on foot with another Myanmar friend.

The suspect and the victim had allegedly been working at the onion factory in Jalan Bukit Tambun of Juru for two months. However, neither of the workers had records of entering Malaysia or permits to work at the factory where the incident took place.

Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said four locals and two Nepali individuals, aged between 30 and 58, were taken to the police station to assist the investigation. The hunt continues for the suspect and his friend.