21-yr-old Chin Refugee Stabbed to Death in Malaysia
14 October 2011: A Chin refugee young man, Simon Lian Uk, was knifed to death last night by two unknown thugs who appeared to be of South Asian origin, near Time Square Shopping Center in Kuala Lumpur around 8:20pm.
The 21-year-old, from Falam Town, Chin State, Burma died soon after he was stabbed several times in an unprovoked attack while walking along Jalan Brunei near Pudu LRT Station to go home, according to an eyewitness.
Salai Bawi Ling, who witnessed the incident, told the Malaysian police and forensic team Simon Lian Uk was running about 20 metres and falled into a ditch after being attacked.
Simon Lian Uk, who arrived in Malaysia in April 2010 and has already got registered as a refugee with the UNHCR, is known to his community as a quiet, promising young man, according to Coordinator of the Falam Refugee Organisation (FRO), Salai David Nun Tho.
Salai David Nun Tho said Simon was a good man and he didn’t smoke or drink alcohol, adding: “The Chin communities as a whole in Malaysia have come across many incidents like this but this is the very first time FRO has suffered from a sudden loss.”
The body of Simon Lian Uk is currently kept in General Hospital in Chowkit of Kuala Lumpur for a postmortem examination.
Speaking to Chinland Guardian, Pi Sui Khaw Nuam, mother of the victim, said: “I don’t know what to say. My son is dead. We don’t even know who did this. Please don’t forget us in your prayer.”
The Falam Refugee Organisation and Chin communities are said to be in liaison with the local Malaysian authorities regarding the funeral service.
Simon Lian Uk, who has got one elder brother and one younger sister, is the second son of Pu Khaw Za Thawng and Pi Sui Khaw Nuam, who arrived in Malaysia in 2008.
Van Biak Thang