Murdered Refugee Girl Laid to Rest
By Salai Za Uk Ling – 11 April 2007 – Kuala Lumpur: Dally Sui Hlei Par, a 7 year-old refugee girl who was found murdered and mutilated a week after she went missing on March 20 was finally laid to rest in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.
More than 500 Chins and local sympathizers attended the emotional funeral and burial service at Cheras Christian cemetery. Funeral goers braved the drizzling rain to pay their last respect to Dally whose decomposing body was discovered under the bushes near the family’s home with both her hands severed at the wrists.
Dally’s peers and classmates sang an emotional farewell song dedicated to her memory.
Like other refugee and undocumented children, Dally didn’t have access to formal primary education in Malaysia. Chin refugee children receive informal education in community schools run by groups such as Chin Students Organization and Chin Women’s Organization.
Dally is the fourth person to die of a violent dead in the Chin community in Malaysia in less than three months. On New Year’s Eve, two Chin youths were brutally stabbed to death by assailants. No suspect has been apprehended in the case. On 20 January 2007, another Chin youth was dead after falling off a high rise building under construction in downtown Kuala Lumpur. More than 87 Chins have died in Malaysia since 2004, according to Kuala Lumpur-based Chin Christian Fellowship.