A 27-year-old Myanmar man living in Malaysia’s Selangor state killed himself after murdering his wife and two young children, according to Myanmar Embassy officials and Malaysia-based Myanmar civil society groups.
The family members are Chin ethnics and were holding identification cards issued by the United Nations Refugee Agency based in Kuala Lumpur.
The man, who was believed to be an alcoholic, was alleged to have stabbed his 47-year-old wife and two children, aged two and 10, to death on February 12 at their home, said U Tin Win Aung, secretary at the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
“We know that the father was an alcoholic and he used to drink a lot. He killed his wife and his two children in a locked room. He then tried to kill himself when police broke down the door and entered the room,” U Tin Win Aung told The Myanmar Times.
The man was rushed to hospital but died from poisoning on February 14, according to the Kuala Lumpur-based Kathpone Free Funeral Service Soceity’s chair U San Win.
“Now, we are planning to give them a funeral service by connecting with the Chin community here,” U San Win said.
The victim and his family were UNHCR card holders, and were waiting to be relocated to another country, according to U Lain Lal, a fellow Chin national who is helping the family at the moment.
“Their family was confirmed to go to the United States since 2011. But, their trip was canceled a week before they were supposed to leave because one of their daughters eloped.
“Now, the murdered case has happened when they were waiting again to go to the US,” U Lain Lal told The Myanmar Times.
The deceased couple have three other daughters. U Tin Win Aung said the embassy is helping to arrange for a funeral service by connecting with their relatives and the Chin community.