Chin Refugees Attacked, Extorted in Malaysia
11 December 2012: Two Chin refugees were beaten up after being forced to empty their pockets by Malaysian thugs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia yesterday.
The incident took place in the area of Sungai Long Taman Rakan while Pu Thla Nawl, 36, and Pu Noah, 45, with his family including three children, got back to their rented apartments from a church service in the afternoon.
“Pu Thla Nawl has got only 5 Ringgits in his wallet. But the thugs weren’t happy and started beating him up with their motorbike helmets,” said the Chin victim.
He was seriously injured from the attacks. “His nose was bleeding so much that he was taken to a nearby clinic where he had eight stitches,” said a Chin witness in Malaysia.
The two thugs took Pu Noah’s bag in which he kept his mobile phone and 240 Ringgits, and drove away on their scooter, according to the two victims.
“We came home by taxi from church. The two thugs who were standing near the entrance of the building asked money from us. That’s how the accident started,” explained Pu Noah.
A number of Chin Christians have suffered from a series of daylight robbing in Malaysia’s capital on Sundays, according to an editor of the Seihnam newsletter.
It is estimated that Sungai Long Taman Rakan of Kuala Lumpur is home to about 170 Chin refugees from Burma.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang