MP lodges report over death threat


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Mar 2003

PENANG: Tanjung MP Chow Kon Yeow lodged a police report after he received a death threat and two live bullets in the mail yesterday. 

He believed he received the threat because he recently highlighted the transvestite and prostitution problems in Jalan Irving and Lorong Perlis. 

The note in Chinese warned him not to be a busybody or face the consequences of his son growing up to be a transvestite and daughter a prostitute, he told a press conference yesterday. 

Chow, who is also state DAP chairman, found the bullets and letter in an envelope around 11am at the party headquarters' mailbox in Jalan Talipon. 

The writer mentioned that Chow's election was due to the support of not so highly educated people and members of the underworld.  

The letter was signed off with “Die, die, die.” 

It also threatened to destroy Chow's family. 

Chow, who lodged a police report at the Patani Road police station, urged the police to conduct a thorough investigation.  

DAP deputy secretary-general Chong Eng said the sender had targeted the wrong person as Chow was merely acting on public complaints. 

She said police action against the illegal brothels in Lorong Perlis and Jalan Irving was not solely based on Chow's complaint but was part of its Ops Anakonda to curb vice activities in the country. 

Chong said it was impossible to wipe out red light districts but the Government needed to urgently adopt and implement better control and regulations. 

She added that a study by the Coalition Against Trafficking Women showed there were 43,000 to 142,000 prostitutes in Malaysia. 

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