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Saturday September 27, 2008 MYT 6:41:40 PM
By RASHITHA A. HAMID
KUALA LUMPUR: Two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the family home of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok in Taman Rainbow, Jalan Ipoh near here at 2.55am Saturday. No one was hurt in the incident.
A warning letter containing threatening words and vulgarities was also attached to one of the bottle’s which was left outside the house.
Teresa’s parents and her siblings were in the house at the time.
The incident was witnessed by Teresa’s brother, Sow Kuen, 41, who was using the computer in the living room. He said he saw a man on a motorbike throw one of the bottles towards the house.
Teresa’s father, Kim Tong, 74, said that he was woken up by Sow Kuen and immediately alerted the police who arrived about 20 minutes later.
He said he was surprised as the family does not have any enemies.
“We don’t have any enemies. I’m not sure if this could have something to do with Teresa,” he said at a press conference in their house on Saturday afternoon.
He said he was happy with the police investigation and the officers who were very helpful.
Teresa told the media that her family members are shaken and now fear for their lives.
“I view this act as most despicable and criminal designed to instill fear and anxiety in me and to prevent me from performing my duties as an elected representative.
“I also attribute this despicable act to certain media and blogs that have deliberately demonised and portrayed me as chauvinistic, anti-Malay and anti-Islam,” she said.
Teresa urged the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter and bring the culprits to justice as soon as possible.
Also present at the press conference were fellow MPs Lim Kit Siang, Lim Lip Eng, Tian Chua and lawyer Sankara Nair.
Sentul OCPD Asst Comm Zakaria Pagan said Kim Tong officially lodged a report at the Sentul police headquarters at 4.40am.
He said police seized the bottles and nails sprawled around the house compound.
“According to Sow Kuen, the suspect was small sized and was wearing a helmet,” he said, adding that the police would increase their patrols in the area to avoid such incidents in future.
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