Chin Refugees Robbed, Their Shelter Burnt Down in Malaysia
11 September 2011: A group of six Chin refugees working in a farm were robbed in their sleep by a gang of ‘unknown’ thugs in Kampar, Perak State of Malaysia in the early morning of last Monday.
The Chins, Bawi Thang from Matupi, Ling Bu, Näng Khäng, Ling Ling, Bawi Näng and Zo Hlei Thang from Mizo Community, were forced to sit down and threatened to give all their belongings by a group of thugs with weapons, according to one of the victims.
“The door was knocked in the middle of the night, and we thought it was the Malaysian authority on patrol trying to arrest us. On answering, one of our friends was beaten up with hoes,” one of the victims told the Voice of Chin Refugees.
The victim said four of them managed to escape and run away while the thugs were busy shouting at and beating up Niang Khaing inside their shelter.
A total amount of 250 Malaysian Ringgits and mobile phones were taken away, according to the victim, who is currently living with one of the Matu Community leaders in Kuala Lumpur.
Later in the morning, their shelter, farm tractor and other vehicles belonging to their employer were set on fire.
The Malaysian police are known to be investigating the incident after their employer made a report to the authority.
One of the Chin community leaders said the Chin refugee men are physically in good health but still mentally distressed and tired.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang