German visitor attacked, injured in Malaysia

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IPOH, Malaysia – A German tourist, who had just arrived to Malaysia from Singapore, was assaulted by two men who tried to rob him yesterday morning.

Michael Peter Hem, 28, suffered cuts to his hands and legs, and fractured his right arm in the 12.30am incident which occurred near a budget hotel at the Ipoh old town area.

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He lodged a report at the police beat base at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital at 4pm after receiving treatment at the hospital. When met by reporters, Hem declined to be interviewed, but allowed himself to be photographed.

He was later brought by policemen to the Ipoh district police headquarters to have his statement recorded.

Speaking to reporters at the police beat base, Hem’s friend, S. Ravindran, said the victim was walking back to the hotel after calling him (Ravindran) from a public telephone booth when he was waylaid.

Ravindran, 31, said the suspects initially assaulted Hem with a bottle, but later slashed him with a knife after the victim tried to fight off the robbers.

“They fled on a scooter after the victim shouted for help. They failed to take any of his belongings.”

Ravindran said Hem then called the police for assistance and he was brought to the hospital by an ambulance.