Acid attack victim still waiting for justice - 13 years on
Thu, Jan 07, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

GEORGE TOWN: A part-time taxi driver who became badly disfigured after two acid attacks is still waiting for the culprits to be brought to justice - 13 years after the first attack.

Eng Choon Tee, 50, became blind in the right eye following the first attack in July 1997.

He was disfigured on the right side of his face and arm. "I was working as a motorcycle mechanic in Johor Baru during the first attack," he said.

The second attack took place on June 19, 2002, at Jalan Mesjid Negri here.

"This time around, I was disfigured on the left side of my body and face and my left arm, which cannot be straightened properly now," he told a press conference at Datuk Keramat assemblyman Jagdeep Singh Deo's office yesterday.

He said each time he called the investigating officers, they would assure him that action was being taken.

"On Oct 8 last year, I identified my assailant at the Jelutong police station but no action has been taken against him.

"I just want whoever is responsible to be brought to justice," he added.

"My wife left me after the first attack in 1997 and I lost my livelihood in Johor Baru, which was why I came back to Penang with my children to live with my mother."

His daughters, now aged 24 and 25, are living with his mother. Eng, who first approached Jagdeep Singh in 2001, said he believed he was attacked over some debt issues.

He said he could now only work at night as his skin itched when exposed to sunlight.

Jagdeep Singh said he would write to both the Johor chief police officer and Johor Baru police about the matter.

Penang deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm I Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the purported assailant was actually arrested by the Brickfields police a few months ago.

"But he had to be released as there was insufficient evidence.

"We are now working hard to track down the actual culrpit," he said in a statement.

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