SINGAPORE - The spat between a father and his daughter was over a petty issue - who was to blame for a towel that dropped to the floor.
But the quarrel became ugly when Nordin Mohamad, 54, picked up a bamboo pole and pointed it at his eldest daughter, Miss Noor Lina Nordin, 26.
Then he shouted "Aku bunuh kau", Malay for "I will kill you".
Fearing for their lives, Nordin's wife grabbed their two daughters and ran to their neighbour's home, where they called the police.
In court yesterday, Nordin was sentenced to a month's jail for criminal intimidation to cause death. He was also given two years'' jail for possession of methamphetamine.
One charge of possession of drug-related utensils was taken into consideration. The sentences will be run concurrently.
The court heard that on the morning of Jan 6, Nordin had been quarrelling with his wife.
When Miss Noor Lina left the bedroom to take a bath at 6.30am, she saw that the kitchen was in a mess.
Her bath towel lay on the kitchen floor. She saw her father trying to find something in the kitchen.
They started arguing angrily.
The spat escalated when Nordin found a 2m-long bamboo pole beside him and threatened to hit his daughter with it.
His death threat alarmed her.
Miss Noor Lina's mother heard the threat and quickly grabbed her and her younger sister and ran to their neighbour's unit to seek help.
Nordin gave chase, but stopped at the door of his own unit.
According to court papers, Miss Noor Lina then called the police, saying: "(My father) threatened to kill me...I think he is high on drugs."
Nordin was arrested when the police arrived.
A packet of crystalline substance, containing the drug methamphetamine, was found during a police search of the Pasir Ris flat.
Nordin had been convicted of drug possession in 1991 and had served a one-year jail term.
During an earlier hearing, Miss Noor Lina had tried to withdraw the charge of criminal intimidation against her father, but the judge said the decision to proceed with the charge lies with the prosecution and not the victim.