I was caned severely, boy tells court


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003

BY RAPHAEL WONG

KUALA LUMPUR: An 11-year-old boy, allegedly tortured and abused by eight people from the Sakya Buddhist Missionary two years ago, testified that he had received more than 100 lashes of the cane each time he was punished. 

The boy said the caning normally occurred at night in a meditation room at a temple and was conducted in intervals by several people. 

“I was caned severely and sometimes my parents had to pay money to stop the caning. There were times when my father begged them to stop caning me, and he was caned instead,” he told a magistrate's court yesterday. 

The boy said he had scars on his back, hands, legs and buttocks, which he claimed were from the caning. 

“During the caning, I wailed and cried. When it was over, I walked out of the room alone in tears and my sister applied ointment on my wounds,” he said. 

He then showed the court the scars on his hands, legs and back. 

He said he was never taken to a clinic for treatment of the wounds. 

Later, his mother took him to Mentakab, where his uncle sent him to a clinic and made a police report, he said. 

During cross-examination, the boy admitted his mother had caned on the palms of his hands for stealing RM400 five years ago. 

He said he had taken the money, which he used to buy two “virtual pets” or tamagotchi, after his mother refused to buy them for him. 

The boy also testified that his mother was a patient woman, but had also caned him for not doing his homework. 

The boy was testifying against his mother and six others charged with assaulting him, by using a cane and hitting him on his back, legs, buttocks and hands. 

The others are Kew Wey Woon, 29, Kew Pei Ling, 33, and Kew Bin Woon, 35, Ng Choon Yan, 36, Lee Boon Hwa, 39, and Chai Chiou Ling, 34. 

The alleged offence was committed at Sakhya Buddhist Missionary in Jalan Tiram, Taman Taynton View, Cheras, between Oct 2000 and July 10, 2001. 

The boy's father is accused of neglecting and abusing Lee Sean at the same place and time under Section 26(1) of the Child Protection Act 1991. 

Hearing before magistrate Tengku Amir Zaki Tengku Abdul Rahman continues on Nov 17.  

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