Cancer-stricken former MP 'spared' during robbery

JOHOR BARU - Cancer-stricken former Gelang Patah MP Tan Ah Eng slept through a robbery at her home after her husband pleaded with the four parang-wielding men to leave her alone.

The masked robbers had climbed in from the front gate into the single-storey house in Taman Sri Lanang in Kota Tinggi here.

Tan's personal assistant Goh Teck Guan said there were six people in the house, including Tan, who was asleep in her room during the incident at 7.30am on Tuesday.

"The robbers ordered Tan's husband Tan Hee Miang, their two children, her brother-in-law and their maid to be quiet or risk being harmed.

"Hee Miang told the robbers not to disturb his cancer-stricken wife inside the bedroom and the robbers adhered to the request," Goh said yesterday.

Goh said the robbers fled with their loot without hurting anyone.

Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Mohd Nor Rashid said the robbers got away with three laptop computers, several mobile phones and RM2,000 (S$792.88) in cash.