Malaysian Couple gets Death Sentence for Murder of a Cambodian Citizen

October 31, 2015

COMMENT: This is a piece of good news coming out of Malaysia. AlthoughDin MericanYcapital punishment is not sanctioned in many countries, I feel that justice must done. No one has the right to kill someone’s daughter or son, brother or sister and anyone else for that matter, and get away with it.

For this Malaysian couple, the time has come for them to face the consequences of their brutal murder of a Cambodian national who came to work for them. Justice is served when the Appeal Court reversed the High Court decision. The convicted couple has, however, been granted the right to appeal to the Federal Court whose decision will be final.

Let this serve as a start to reminder to all Malaysian employers that they have a duty to take good care of their staff and respect their human rights. I congratulate to The Royal Government of Cambodia for its decision to stop the employment of maids and workers by Malaysians.–Din Merican.

Malaysian Couple gets Death Sentence for Murder of a Cambodian Nasional

by Ida Lim

Death sentence

The Court of Appeal today (October 30,  2015) convicted a Malaysian couple for the murder of their Cambodian maid, who they starved to death in 2012.

In its unanimous decision, the Court of Appeal found that there were merits in the prosecution’s bid for the duo to be convicted under the original charge of murder, which carries a mandatory death sentence.

“We set aside the conviction and sentence imposed by the High Court and substitute with an order of conviction and sentence under Section 302 of the Penal Code,” Court of Appeal judge Datuk Seri Zakaria Sam said when reading out a three-man panel’s decision.

This means that Soh Chew Tong and his wife Chin Chui Ling, aged 46 and 43 respectively, will face the death sentence unless today’s decision is overturned.

Chin broke down and sobbed after the decision by the panel chaired by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat and also composing of Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi.

When met outside the courtroom, their lawyer Datuk K. Kumaraendran confirmed that his clients have instructed him to file an appeal with the Federal Court.

On May 16, 2013, the Penang High Court convicted the duo of the lesser charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304(a) of the Penal Code, sentencing them to 24 years’ imprisonment each for causing the death of 24-year-old Mey Sichan.

The crime was said to have occurred at the couple’s residence at a shoplot in Bukit Mertajam, Penang between January 1 and April 1, 2012.

The 148 cm-tall Mey was found dead at the shoplot on April 1, 2012 and weighing only 26.1kg.

At the Penang High Court, the Judge reportedly noted that 29 old and new injuries were found on Mey’s body, including lacerations and bruises.

These injuries and the lack of fatty tissue or muscle layer at her body’s abdominal parts and chest led to the forensic pathologist’s conclusion that she had lacked food for several months, the High Court judge said.

Both the lack of food and injuries was said to have worsened her gastric ulcer which led to acute peritonitis and her subsequent death.

9 thoughts on “Malaysian Couple gets Death Sentence for Murder of a Cambodian Citizen

  1. The brutality of some Malaysians is beyond belief. The death sentence is welcome and will vindicate the poor Cambodian’s sufferings. However, I wonder what awaits our Pekan thief’s fate?

  2. A President or Prime Minister can murder and commit capital crimes and will not be charged or prosecuted because he/she appoints and controls the Police AG, Judges, Anti-corruption Agency etc

    Politicians are crooks and gangsters (Asahi Shimbun)


  3. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Some people might not agree that verdicts should also, besides punishment for the culprits, serve as a deterrent. I feel, however, that there had been too many similar cases of inhuman treatment to fellow human beings. Time to take a stand.

    As for the supremely privileged alluded to here, they too should pay for their crimes. If not possible now, perhaps one day…

  4. We can only begin to imagine the horror and pain the maid went through, alone and helpless in a foreign land.
    Didn’t any neighbor, or relative of the employers see or do anything? Were the authorities asleep?

    Recently bolehland had its own killing fields with the discovery of mass graves in perlis. I guess if murder on such a scale can go on without the authorities knowing about it, what is there to prevent folks from being thrown out of windows or blown to bits by those whose ambition and greed are advanced by such acts of violence.

  5. Quote:- “This is a piece of good news coming out of Malaysia”

    This is actually bad news that we still have such people living among us in this day and age.

    Good news is when the country’s most famous murderer meet his long awaited appointment with the hangman.

  6. Din

    Mey died only 7 months working. Both employers do not look deranged…

    Yes, Chinese everywhere have definitely been mistreating maids. I for one argued with my family members on fate of maids in Hong Kong. But, for this case, ….

    (Their lawyer) said the prosecution failed to adduce evidence to show that the deceased did not suffer from other diseases which could have led to the progressive wasting and emaciation of her body.

    I don’t know. I guess I really do not know in this specific case and hope that the judges are fairminded.

    In any case, I do not personally wish to see any corrupt officials get hanged. I do not wish to see Malaysia goes to the same road like today’s China of catching tigers and swapping flies. The world is beginning to see Xijingping having a more difficult time transfering his premiership to someone else when his 10 years term is up. Another Putin could be in the making.

    If we could learn to forgive and work towards a better system, the nation would be able to grow stronger and transformed more thoroughly. Else, it would be just an endless cycles of violent takeovers.

    Vice of democracy? Yes.. it is still the best system for people like us with all the vice.

    We have elected all of our political leaders and allowed them to abuse us. The older we are, the more we should own up that we have let them have their ways.

  7. Seriously while I still agree of having death penalty, I believe mandatory death penalty should be used sparingly. Otherwise, people like Martin Mcguiness should be gutted over and over and over again rather being the Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. Ku Li will tell you what Martin and his gangs done over his entire IRA life

    John Oliver’s take on death penalty

    Roy Jenkins was the one who spearheaded in abolishing death penalty. Come to think, don’t you think Hun Sen should be sentenced to death too over this……

  8. I agree . Those who resort to any means to kill a person, no matter who they are, must be duly punished for their sins. There are far too many cases of innocent people being killed for no reason at all. This must stop. God Almighty will see that justice is done to the victims.

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