Boat brides: Girls sailing to M’sia to get married
A loan shark-debt collector, Loo Chon Wen, 33, was charged yesterday with killing his nine-year-old son Evan and burying the boy under a new layer of cement in the kitchen (pix below).
Loo was read the murder charge in Mandarin at a Magistrate’s Court and his case is set for mention on Aug 6.
Evan’s body was found two weeks ago by workers carrying out renovation on the rented house vacated by the Loo family in Taman Usaha Jaya, Kepong, KL.
Interviews with the victim’s siblings revealed how the boy had been repeatedly punched in the face and stomach by his father for disturbing the man’s sleep.
The Loo children told police investigators that their mother pleaded for her husband to stop the beating, but he would not. The authorities were told too that Loo had frequently bashed up his wife who lived in fear of him.
Fearing further violence, the mother was coerced into helping Loo cover up the crime. Both suspects were apprehended by police in Sabah where they had fled.
BELOW: Excerpt from 7 Dec 2014 Straits Times (Singapore) report:
“A total of 18 Myanmar nationals have been killed this year , and many had their bodies chopped up.
Another 10 bodies remain unidentified and could also be from Myanmar.
All the murders are believed by police to have taken place on mainland Penang, and the bodies, or parts of bodies, scattered in plantations and other remote areas.
The 28 killings were part of 51 murders that took place in Penang this year, Malay Mail Online news reported last Friday. Eighteen of the victims were Malaysians.
The big number of murder cases in Penang involving many Myanmar nationals had alarmed the public, who wondered whether a serial killer was on the loose.
There was also speculation that the murders were linked to events in Myanmar, where nationalist Buddhists had attacked and killed Myanmar Muslims and the stateless Muslim Rohingyas from Rakhine state.
‘We can tell from the way the victims died… it was revenge they brought here from their country,’ Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi was quoted as saying by Malay Mail Online.
‘The assailants did not use firearms in their killings. They used machetes to chop their victims into pieces,’ he added.”
BELOW: Excerpt from 17 May 2015 The Guardian report:
“Crowded under tarpaulin tents strewn with rubbish and boxes of water, the Burmese and Bangladeshi migrants speak of horrors at sea: of murders, of killing each other over scarce supplies of food and water, of corpses thrown overboard.
‘One family was beaten to death with wooden planks from the boat, a father, a mother and their son,’ says Mohammad Amin, 35. ‘And then they threw the bodies into the ocean’.”
The Guardian also reported that “others in the camp from Bangladesh are also quick to identify themselves as ethnic Rohingya Muslims, some saying they were travelling to Malaysia for work, to get married or to join their family members”.
The fate of the Rohingya appears to no longer interest Hannah ‘have mercy’ Yeoh (who mouths standard sympathy lines like “No words can explain your grief. May your hearts find rest & comfort in God’s love”).
The DAP evangelista prolific twit has not tweeted anything on the boat people since last middle of month.
BELOW: A pregnant 20-year-old who gave her name as ‘Noor’ had tried to come to Malaysia by boat.
The latest Rohingya news
Reported in The Burma Times on 10 June 2015.
Excerpts from article ‘One in ten Rohingyas fled by boat since riots‘:
- One in ten Rohingyas have fled by boat over the past three years, according to the Arakan Project.
(Rakhine state in Myanmar has an estimated population of 1.3 million Rohingya. 1/10 of 1,300,000 is 130,000 boat people knocking on Malaysia’s door as the No.1 preferred destination.)
85% of those who have left are young men
- “This has meant the cost of a dowry for women in Rakhine has soared. Families are now sending their daughters on boats to Malaysia to get married.”