Victim looking forward to a new life


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 May 2003

BY BEH YUEN HUI

DENGKIL: Tan Sow Hoon, who was allegedly tortured and treated in inhuman manner, was relieved and glad she escaped from the clutches of her abusive employer. 

She appeared cheerful and was talkative when met yesterday, saying she was no longer afraid as her employer had been detained by police. 

“The ‘tigress’ is not here and cannot harm me anymore. I am not scared now and plan to start a new life at my uncle’s house. 

“I hate her (the employer) but I have no intention to take revenge,” she said when she was taken back to the scene – her employer’s house in Taman Baiduri here and factory in Olak Lempit, Banting, – by Klang MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew’s special assistant Yew Boon Lye. 

Tan also thanked her neighbour, she identified only as Yap, who stayed about 100m away, for giving her advice and assistance during her ordeal. 

Tan:'I hate her but I have no intention to take revenge'

Among the people she met at the factory, where she worked for a sub-contractor, was 72-year-old security guard Baizuri Jaafar who was happy that Tan had finally lodged a police report. 

“I told her to do so a long long time ago but she said she was too frightened that the situation might be worse after she reported to the police. 

“Everyone here knows about it. I have seen the employer using her fingers to stretch open Tan’s month until it bled,” he said. 

Baizuri added they could not do much because Tan was unwilling to report and her employer was actually a sub-contractor at the factory.  

In Klang, ELAN PERUMAL reported that police have arrested a 26-year-old woman from Meru for allegedly torturing Tan for seven years. 

Klang OCPD Asst Comm A. Paramasivam said the woman, who was believed to be a distant relative of the victim, was picked up from a house at 6pm on Tuesday after Dr Tan lodged a police report.  

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