Man beaten to death over reprimand


  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003

MAJOR Chinese dailies yesterday highlighted the tragic death of a 47-year-old man, who was set upon by his six nephews and their 10 friends after he reprimanded them for using foul language on him. 

In its front-page story “Nephews hack uncle to death,'' China Press reported that the incident happened in a low-cost apartment in Kepong during the Pai Thnee Gong ceremony on Saturday night. 

The daily reported that construction worker Tan Choon Beng was beaten up in the car park of his apartment.  

He was rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he died 14 hours later without regaining consciousness. 

Tan’s mother, Khoo Kuan Lian, 71, told Sin Chew Daily that a quarrel broke out between Tan and one of his nephews shortly after the ceremony at her house at 2am.  

She said Tan was heard scolding his nephew for using foul language when talking to him. 

The daily reported that about 3am, Tan’s six nephews returned with their 10 friends, who were all armed with iron pipes and sticks.  

They demanded that Tan meet them at the car park, where a scuffle ensued.  

Tan’s nephews and their friends escaped in three cars after Tan collapsed in a pool of blood, according to Nanyang Siang Pau

Police who arrived at the scene found that Tan’s six nephews had disappeared from their residence. 

Nanyang also reported that police detained the husband of a woman, whose body was found in the lift control room of the Petaling Indah apartment on Jan 18. 

The daily reported that Cheras CID chief ASP Tan Ah Chuan confirmed the man was detained to assist police investigations into the death of 28-year-old Jackie Tam, whose naked body was found with her hands and legs tied with her panties and bra. 

Sin Chew Daily also highlighted that many lo kam mandarin orange importers had their fingers burnt in their attempt to make quick money during the recent Chinese New Year. 

Tai Kong Lin, president of the Kuala Lumpur Fresh Fruits Importers Association, told the daily that many of the importers, especially non-traditional importers, suffered losses because of the excessive orders they placed and the shortage of refrigeration facilities.  

He said the shortage of refrigeration facilities forced many of them to sell the 5kg crate at RM7 each, resulting in a loss of RM3 per crate. 

Tai said the non-traditional importers, like hardware dealers, shoe merchants and processed food traders, had imported several containers each. 

There are about 4,000 crates in a container, according to Tai.  

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