The 40-year-old identified by family members as Casthillo Maladan, from Kg Sulim, had three children aged between six and 15. Papar Police Chief DSP George Abd Rakman said preliminary investigations showed that Casthillo had gone to the premises with a friend where they had several drinks.
The man, however, got into an argument with the group of men while his companion who did not want to get involved fled the scene at about 2.30am, only to return to find him lying unconscious at the roadside.
"He was taken to the Papar Hospital at about 3.35am where he succumbed to severe head injuries five minutes later," said George, adding they believe the injury was caused by assault with a blunt object.
The remains have been sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for post mortem. The motive behind the attack is still unknown.
"No arrests had been made and we urge those with information to contact their nearest police station to facilitate investigations," he said.
Barely two weeks ago, three local men were attacked by a group of up to eight men armed with parangs, iron rods and planks following a misunderstanding during an alcohol drinking session in the Keningau Township.
The victims sustained slash injuries and several stitches after being slashed with parang, fortunately all of them survived the attack.
In Tuaran, a concrete house in Kg Dempelang was razed in a fire on Wednesday, however no casualty was reported.
Two fire engines manned by 11 personnel from the Tuaran Fire and Rescue Department went to the scene following a distress call at about 12.15pm.
The operation ended at about 12.45pm, while the cause of fire and estimated losses is still being investigated.