Chin Refugee Community Members Attacked in Malaysia
26 March 2012: Two members of the Chin Disciplinary Action Committee (CDAC) members were physically assaulted by South Asian thugs in Cheras Alam Jaya block of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 March 2012.
One of the two victims has been hospitalized in Malaysia’s capital due to his serious injuries in an ‘unprovoked’ attack taking place when the Chin refugee community leaders made an attempt to intervene the arrest of a Chin refugee by a group of South Asian thugs.
Chairman of CDAC, a community-based body tasked with tackling domestic issues that cause problems to the Chin community in Malaysia, said he was hit with a motorbike helmet, adding: “It was really hurting but luckily, I was not bleeding.”
It was reported that the Malaysian policemen later settled the case between the two parties after fining them 500 Ringgits each, according to the weekly newsletters published by Chin refugee communities.
“We agreed to stop fighting and shook hands in front of the police. After having a friendly chat over a cup of tea, we went home around 3:30am in the morning,” said CDAC Chairman.
In another incident, a Chin refugee man who was held to be robbed by a group of three South Asian thugs managed to escape after a timely intervention by his Chin friends.
Last Tuesday, a Chin refugee woman named Tum Zi, from Tlangkhua village of Thantlang Township, Chin State, Burma was abducted by a South Asian motor-biker while she was looking for a job in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“I was actually getting lost and he was offering a ride. He suddenly grabbed and pulled me onto the bike. I looked around, but there was no one. I was so frightened as he drove faster. I felt it was not a positive sign and jumped off the bike,” confessed Ms Tum Zi, who has only been in Malaysia for days.
Tum Zi has got bruises on her face and injuries on other parts of her body, according to the newsletters.
There are about 86,000 refugees coming from Burma out of an estimated total of 95,000 in Malaysia, of which over 45,000 are of Chin ethnicity.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang