Some one must really hate Mr Seng Han Thong (成汉通). First, we learn how Mr Seng had been punched in the face by an irate former cabby about two and a half years ago. Now this.
I am wondering what drove the assailant to do something like this. I am no lawyer, but hurling a flammable liquid at a MP is no joke – depending on how the charges are meted out, it can jolly well be construed as an act of terrorism, with indefinite jail term under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
The breaking news below via Straits Times.com:
MP Burnt, Sent to SGH
Jan 11, 2009
MR SENG Han Thong, MP for Yio Chu Kang, was taken to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Sunday afternoon for burn wounds after someone hurled a flammable liquid at him.
The Straits Times understands that someone threw the liquid at Mr Seng, 58, while he was at grassroots event at Yio Chu Kang commmunity club.
Mr Seng was burnt on his face, neck and back.
Another man, said to be the chairman of a temple, was also hurt and has been brought to SGH.
The suspect, believed to be a man, has been arrested.
Mr Seng had been attacked before in July 2006 when he was punched in the face by an irate former cabby.
That incident took place at around 9pm, during a Meet-the-People session held at a PAP Community Foundation kindergarten at Block 644, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. According to a report in Shin Min Daily News, Mr Seng was assaulted by a 74-year-old man who was angry with the MP for not helping him to get his revoked taxi licence reinstated.
After voicing his displeasure, the man was said to have punched Mr Seng once, before he was held back.
Senior Minister of State Sadasivan Balaji is at the hospital to visit Mr Seng.
News video report on CNA and Channel U, via Wayang Party:
UPDATES: Additional reports are available from the links below:
Straits Times.com: Attacker set MP ablaze
omy.sg: 议员成汉通 3年前见选民遭老汉打伤唇
omy.sg: 国会议员成汉通被泼油烧伤 总理透露其烧伤程度达10%。
omy.sg: 成汉通遭纵火 右脸严重烧伤
Wayang Party: Photos of Yio Chu Kang Community Club where MP Seng Han Thong was set upon fire
Wayang Party: Phone interview with eye witness at scene of kerosene attack on PAP MP Seng Han Thong
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i’m surprised no one was taking video of the event, a cover up? hahah of course not i’m exaggerating
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