MALACCA - Newspaper vendor Yeo Han Boon was doing his usual round of delivering papers in Kampung Atap in Ujong Pasir here when he was attacked with a parang by robbers who pretended to ask for directions.
Yeo, 63, from Banda Hilir was attacked by a gang of five men at about 6am yesterday.
He suffered injuries and received seven stitches to his head and three stitches to his left thumb, which was also fractured during the attack.
Relating his ordeal at the Malacca Hospital, Yeo said he did not see anyone tailing him from his rear view mirror upon turning into the main road of Kampung Atap.
"When I reached the third house along the street, suddenly three motorcycles with five men rode up to me.
"Everything happened so fast. One of them asked me about the place, another quickly pulled out the motorcycle key and a third started hitting me on my back with a parang," he said.
Yeo tried defending himself with his hand, but the assailants kept assaulting him on his head even after his crash helmet fell off.
"One of the men yanked my pouch as I shouted 'Curi, polis, datang'. A resident nearby switched on his house lights and the men all sped off," he said.
Yeo was rushed to the hospital. He lost his pouch containing RM70 (S$27) and personal documents.
It is learnt that a 53-year-old woman fell victim in a similar attack at about 7am near a hawker centre, some 500m away from Kampung Atap.
The woman, who is believed to be on her morning walk, was hit on the head with a wooden club by several assailants on motorcycles.