Saturday, June 8, 2013

Malaysia: German Tourist, 28, Suffers Cuts to Hands and Legs, Fractured Arm After Being Attacked in Ipoh

German tourist Michael Peter Hem, 28, suffered cuts to his hands and legs and a fractured right arm in the 1230 hours incident that occurred near a budget hotel at the Ipoh old town area. 

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state, Malaysia. It is approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur on the North-South Expressway. There are also several impressive historical buildings from the British Colonial era such as the Railway Station, the Town Hall and the Court House.

Mr. Hem sought medical treatment at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital after being attacked.

COMMENT: Mr. Hem was walking back to his hotel when the suspects confronted him and an altercation ensued.

Initially, the tourist was attached with a glass bottle, but was later slashed with a knife after he attempted to repel two assailants. The suspects fled on a scooter after the victim shouted for help.

It is unknown as to whether the assailant’s in this case attacked the victim because he carried valuables or whether the attack occurred for no known motive.

Generally speaking, targets are urged to take a cab if they carry valuables.

If the confronted by armed assailants, it is far more prudent to surrender one’s valuables, rather than facing the risk of serious injury or death, as no amount of property is worth your life.

Additionally, all foreign tourists are urged to subscribe to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage before leaving him, as in some countries, medical treatment will be withheld until payment is guaranteed. 

Such coverage normally runs roughly UD$8 a day, which is far more reasonable than paying US$100,000 for international medical evacuation.