Chin Refugees Robbed, Their Shelter Burnt Down in Malaysia
Kampar, Malaysia (Source: Google Map) 11 September 2011: A group of six Chin refugees working in a
farm were robbed in their sleep by a gang of 'unknown' thugs in Kampar, Perak
State of Malaysia in the early morning of last Monday. The Chins, Bawi Thang
from Matupi, Ling Bu, Näng Khäng, Ling Ling, Bawi Näng and Zo Hlei Thang from
Mizo Community, were forced to sit down and threatened to give all their
belongings by a group of thugs with weapons, according to one of the victims.
"The door was knocked in the middle of the night, and we thought it was the
Malaysian authority on patrol trying to arrest us. On answering, one of our
friends was beaten up with hoes," one of the victims told the Voice of Chin
Refugees. The victim said four of them managed to escape and run away
while the thugs were busy shouting at and beating up Niang Khaing inside their
shelter. A total amount of 250 Malaysian Ringgits and mobile phones were
taken away, according to the victim, who is currently living with one of the
Matu Community leaders in Kuala Lumpur. Later in the morning, their shelter,
farm tractor and other vehicles belonging to their employer were set on fire.
The Malaysian police are known to be investigating the incident after their
employer made a report to the authority. One of the Chin community leaders
said the Chin refugee men are physically in good health but still mentally
distressed and tired.