MALAYSIA - An old woman and her son ended up with head wounds so bad they needed to be stitched up. Both alleged that they were attacked by the son's wife with a metal spatula.
And the fight was over joss paper.
It all started when Lim Kae Poy, 67, went to her 31-year-old daughter-in-law's condominium in Bandar Baru Klang on Saturday, to collect schoolbooks belonging to her grandson.
"As soon as I entered, she accused me of stealing joss paper from the living room and threw a metal can at me but I dodged it," she told reporters yesterday.
"She then hit me on the head with a metal spatula."
Lim managed to get away and fled to the Bandar Baru police station to lodge a report, but the policemen took her to the Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital because she was bleeding profusely. She needed five stitches on her head.
Her son, Liew Pang @ Low Pang, 37, who had earlier tried to break up the fight, was also allegedly whacked on the head by his wife.
He stayed back in the condominium when his mother fled, in order to restrain his wife.
Liew later sought treatment at a clinic. He too needed five stitches to close his head wound.
He told reporters that when he went to lodge a police report the following day at the Sungai Kapar police station, he was instead detained for four days.
The police told him his wife had reported earlier that he had beaten her up.
North Klang OCPD Asst Comm Shukor Sulong confirmed that police reports have been lodged by all three.