SIBU – A shortlisted candidate for the General Election 2014 (GE14) from the Sarawak United Peoples’ Part (SUPP) was injured in an acid attack here yesterday.
SUPP Dudong Branch Deputy Chairman Wong Ching Yong, 59 (pix), sustained injuries to his face and the left side of his body after he was splashed with acid by two persons on a motorcycle at Lorong Tuanku Osman 4.
In the 12.15pm incident, Wong was walking to his car that was parked near his office when the two assailants approached and called out to him.
Sibu police chief SAC Saiful Bahri Abdullah said Wong, who is an accountant, was attacked when he turned to face them.
“The victim suffered 18% acid burn on his face,” he told Bernama in a Whatsapp reply.
Wong rushed to a nearby shop to wash his face, hands and body before he was taken to a private hospital by his brother.
Police have yet to identify the assilants. The case is being investiagted under Section 326 for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means.
Wong is one of the three SUPP candidates shortlisted to stand for the Lanang parliamentary seat.
“I have no idea who would have done something like this to me. I have never done anything to cause harm to others. Even when I am handling insolvency cases, it is to help others to solve their problems where for most of my cases, I settled outside of court,” the Borneo Post quoted Wong as saying.
Wong said he could not recall anyone who would have wanted to cause him such harm.
“Yesterday morning, I did go to lodge a police report for an insolvency case which I am handling,” he said.
However, he did not want to make any connection between the attack and the report he lodged on Wednesday.
He did not dismiss the possibility that the attack could have been due to his political involvement or his profession as an accountant undertaking insolvency cases.
“Regardless, I believe that politically or professionally, violence should not be used as a means to settle issues or problems. I condemn violence,” Wong said. – Bernama