An Indonesian migrant worker could face the death penalty after being charged with the murder of a man on the side of a road near Kota Tinggi in the southern Malaysian state of Johor on November 4.

Zainul Watoni, 31, was charged under Section 302 of the penal code with killing Rizal Muhamad, 37, The Borneo Post reported. He pleaded not guilty in a court appearance on Monday.

Evidence was given that the murder was committed between 7.15pm and 10pm at a roadside in Tanjung Sedili, close to Kota Tinggi. Watoni was also charged with entering the country without valid documents.

The case was adjourned for mention on December 24, while police obtain a post mortem report on the victim and submit documents.