Kuala Lumpur, The recent abduction and murder of a female college student from Malaysia in Taiwan has drawn a strong response from Malaysian netizens, with many leaving messages to comfort her parents and a few calling for the death penalty.
Their messages generally offer prayers to the family of the murdered 24-year-old Chang Jung Christian University student, identified by her surname Chung (鍾), and some supported her parents’ appeal that the killer be harshly punished.
“A murderer must pay with his life,” one netizen commented, calling for Taiwanese authorities to strictly deal with the killer to bring justice to her family.
An investigation by the police found that Chung was abducted on Oct. 28 while walking on a road near the school in Gueiren District close to a railway overpass.
A 28-year-old suspect surnamed Liang (梁) was arrested the following day and confessed to strangling the victim with a rope and dumping her body in mountainous Alian District in neighboring Kaohsiung, according to police.
Police later found Chung’s body on a hillside in the district.
The Ciaotou District Court has ordered Liang to be detained without bail while the investigation continues and prosecutors consider possible indictments.
Given that the case related to Chung made headlines in Taiwan and Malaysia, Taiwan’s public security was also a topic of debate among Malaysian netizens.
Because of close cultural links between Taiwanese and Chinese- Malaysians, thousands of Malaysian students head to Taiwan every year and hundreds of thousands vacationed in Taiwan annually before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Following the killing of Chung, some Malaysians seemed reluctant to send their children to study in Taiwan or visit the country on holiday.
Some mentioned that Chung’s gruesome death was the second suffered by a Malaysian in Taiwan this year.
In January, a 25-year-old Malaysian woman who worked at a Taipei restaurant after graduating from a Taiwanese university, was murdered and dismembered by her neighbor.
Although President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) apologized to Malaysians in the wake of Chung’s killing, some Malaysians still advocated the death penalty for the suspect, with at least one calling it the most sincere apology.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel