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Monday, 5 September 2011

Motorist hurt in acid attack. #Sandakan, #Sabah

SANDAKAN: A motorcyclist splashed what is believed to be acid on the face of a motorist after an argument at Batu 9 Jalan Labuk near here yesterday.

Sandakan deputy police chief Supt Fadzil Mohd Ali said the 43-year-old man was driving to a friend’s house with his wife and two children when he found his way blocked by the motorcyclist.

“The motorist got out of the car and an argument ensued. The motorcyclist then splashed a liquid, believed to be acid, on the man’s face and fled,” Fadzil told reporters here yesterday.

The motorist was taken to the Duchess of Kent Hospital by his wife and was reported to be in a stable condition.

“We have identified the attacker but have yet to determine his motive. We are now looking for him,” Fadzil said.

This was the second acid splashing case reported in Sabah following a spike in the number of such incidents nationwide.

Last month, a man used a water gun to spray acid on a 22-year-old woman in Kota Kinabalu after he called out her name.

Ling Siew Teen sustained serious irritation to the eyes, chin, lips and cheeks after the attack in Kolombong.

In Kuala Lumpur, Ng Heng Man, 25, was splashed with acid by two men in a blue sports car while driving to his house here just after midnight.

The assailants robbed him of his valuables but failed to take his car.

On August 8, Mohd Rafie Abd Latif, 27, the nephew of the 1980s singer Datin Ramziela Radzillah, suffered injuries to his face, body and hands after he was splashed with acid near Wisma Bumi Raya in Jalan Raja Laut here.

Four days before that, in Kota Baru, a 37-year-old car salesman suffered 17 per cent burns on his body when he was splashed with acid in Taman Uda Murni.

On July 26, a despatch rider was splashed with a liquid, believed to be acid, at a petrol station in Sungai Besi and robbed of RM18,000.

A week before that, two siblings suffered serious injuries after a 31-year-old labourer splashed formic acid on them in front of his house in Felda Jengka 9 in Temerloh.

The victims, Syafiq Haikal Mat Safa Zaidi, 13, and Syaffiy Aiman Mat Safa Zaidi, 10, were cycling to a friend’s house about 8pm when the attack took place.

The labourer, Mohamad Hafiz Ismail, was caught and charged in court.

He was sentenced to eight years’ jail and given two strokes of the rotan.

Earlier this year, a motorcyclist here went on a spree, splashing schoolchildren and pedestrians with a corrosive liquid, causing injuries to the victims.

Police have set up a task force to gather information and track down the acid splashers.


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