SUNGAI PETANI - A home-made explosive was thrown into the porch of a double-storey terrace house in Taman Desa Jaya early on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The container, apparently filled with petrol, thinner and paint, exploded and woke the family of three and neighbours.
As the flames spread in the 5am incident on Monday, lorry driver Oon Teck Bak, 60, his wife H'ng Mooi Yuh, 48, an accounts clerk, and their daughter Oon Hui Sian, 16, ran out of their home.
The explosion also damaged the automatic front gate of the house but Oon forced it open with his bare hands so that the family could get to safety. He suffered burns on his hands while his feet were also hurt when he ran barefoot across the burning floor.
"He then used a garden pipe to put the fire out," said H'ng.
"Our neighbours also came to help and the fire was put out after about 10 minutes," she added.
"The porch is partially burnt and the paint from the explosive device splashed onto my husband's car."
She estimated the damages to total about RM4,000 (S$1564).
H'ng said they found a container of paint with a fuse attached to it near the gate.
"We lodged a police report at about 5.30am," she said.
"I am shocked. I believe our house was wrongly targeted," she said, adding that they did not have any known enemies.
The family had been staying in the area, which has about 200 homes, for the past 15 years.
According to H'ng, a neighbour saw a white car with three men inside passing by several times before the incident.
Kuala Muda Deputy OCPD Supt Ong Aik Chang said police would investigate the incident under Section 6 of the Explosives Act 1957.