Monday September 3, 2012
Youth slashed over prepaid reload coupon
By LEONARD PHANG
KUCHING: A youth nearly lost his life, and all because of a prepaid mobile reload coupon.
Known only as Phang, 18, the teenager from Tapah, Mile 22 Jalan Kuching/Serian, claimed that he was attacked with a samurai sword because he was late in getting the coupon for a friend, known only as Abi, 25.
Phang told reporters that Abi, who works in Sibu, was here for a short holiday.
Around 7pm on Saturday, Abi asked to borrow Phang’s mobile phone to call a friend.
“I told Abi that I had not much credit left, but he assured me that he would ask his friend to send a reload pin number to my phone later,” said Phang. After making the call, Abi left Phang’s house.
“Not long after he left, I received a text message containing the pin number. I thought it was meant for me, so I topped up my balance with it. It was then that Abi called me up and said the pin number was not for me,” explained Phang.
Abi then demanded Phang to buy a RM10 mobile reload coupon for him in 10 minutes.
“I had no choice because he said if I failed to get the coupon, I would suffer the consequences. I rushed to a nearby grocery shop to buy the coupon and there I saw Abi wielding a samurai sword,” said Phang. According to him, Abi appeared angry.
“I explained to him that I had already bought the reload coupon but he scolded me back, saying that I was late. It was then that he swung the sword at me, aiming for my head,” said Phang, who managed to block the attack and hit back.
The attacker quickly left, leaving Phang nursing a left arm with a deep gash on it.
But apparently still not happy with the whole thing, Abi appeared briefly at Phang’s house and smashed three glass windows.
Phang immediately contacted his parents who were at a relative’s house. They sent him to Sarawak General Hospital for treatment where he received eight stitches for his wound.
Later they accompanied him to lodge a report at Simpang Tiga police station.