Taiwan to compensate family of murdered Malaysian student Irene Chung

GEORGE TOWN: The family of the 24-year-old Malaysian student who was murdered while she was studying in Tainan, Taiwan, last year will receive compensation of RM300,000.

According to China Press, Taiwanese officials have agreed to pay the compensation to Irene Chung’s family.

It reported that the money would be handed over once the family submits the required information to the authorities in Taiwan.

The daily also reported that in April, the Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office had approved the application filed in March by the family members for bereavement damages.

Chung’s family members would receive over TW$2mil (about RM300,000) as compensation for funeral and interment expenses, the report said.

The bereavement award would cover expenses for support and emotional distress.

China Press also reported that the deceased’s family was entitled to the damages in accordance with Article Six of Taiwan's Crime Victim Protection Act.

Chung, 24, a student of Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) in Tainan, Taiwan went missing on the evening of Oct 28.

She was found dead the next day and a suspect who was arrested confessed to the abduction and killing.

According to a Channel News Asia report, the suspect admitted killing the victim by strangulation before disposing of her body.

Chung's parents flew to Taiwan on Oct 30 to bring back her remains, and she was laid to rest at Nirvana Memorial Park here on Nov 21.

Chung’s family then filed a civil suit against several authorities in Taiwan for “misconduct and negligence” that led to her death.

The family's lawyer Yap Hoi Liong said earlier at a press conference that Chung might not have died if preventive measures had been taken.

In November, CJCU set up a scholarship in Chung's name.

It also designated Oct 28 as Campus Safety Day in her memory.

Related stories:

M’sian student found dead in Taiwan, foul play suspected

Lawyer: Malaysian student’s family to sue Taiwan authorities, alleging negligence over her death

Varsity in Taiwan sets up scholarship fund named after Irene Chung to remember her

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