Fatal Car Wash Stabbing Latest Attack on Burmese in Malaysia

By The Irrawaddy 4 June 2013

RANGOON — A 20-year-old Burmese man was found slashed to death at a car wash in Malaysia in the latest in a series of attacks on Burmese in the Muslim-majority country.

The as yet unnamed man was one of eight Burmese migrant workers at the car wash in Ampang Jaya village who were attacked with parang—traditional Malaysian long knives—on Tuesday morning, Malaysia’s state news agency Bernama reported.

Ampang Jaya deputy police chief Nazri Zawawi told Bernama the victim had been slashed on the back, neck and ribs and two of his roommates had also suffered injuries.

The fatal attack follows another attack against Burmese migrants in Selayang, Malaysia, in late May. Burma’s state newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reported on Tuesday that three Burmese were recovering from the attack in Selayang and that six others had been released from hospital.

Presidential spokesman Ye Htut wrote on Facebook on Tuesday about the attacks: “The Burmese Embassy in Malaysia has diplomatically urged the Malaysian Foreign Ministry to investigate the crimes against the Burmese citizens and take care of security for the Burmese residing in the country.”

He added that the Malaysian police had also arrested several people connected to the Selayang attack.