GEORGE TOWN: A civil servant crept into his wife’s bedroom early yesterday morning and splashed acid on her and their sleeping daughter.
His badly burnt wife slipped into a coma and died about 10 hours later while his daughter is in the hospi-tal’s intensive care unit. She could lose her eyesight.
Police are still trying to find out why the Penang Municipal Council staff had attacked them.
Both housewife Cheong Swee Lin, 50, and daughter Tan Hui Lan, 17, were sleeping in their home in Jalan Batu Lancang when the man came in at 3am and splashed acid over them.
The acid burnt about 80% of Cheong’s body and she slipped into a coma. She died at 1pm yesterday.
Tan, who suffered 20% burns on her face and torso, ran screaming outside to seek help from the neighbours who rushed them to the Penang Hospital.