By Chew Lip Song
A BINTULU woman threatened MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing with a cleaver after the latter visited her house to talk her into removing vegetation she had planted on state land nearby.
Tiong and several Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) officials had gone to the woman’s house in Kampung Pisang in Kidurong asking her to remove the plants so that work could commence on a flood mitigation project there.
Unhappy with the directive, the woman started to hurl verbal abuses at the visitors and used a cleaver to threaten them.
Tiong posted a video of the incident on his social media where the woman was heard telling the visitors: “If you touch my plants, there will be malapetaka (tragedy)!”
Tiong who is also the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China said: “the area was prone to floods and the government wanted to expand a ditch on one end of Kampung Pisang.
“But, a resident had occupied the DID‘s reserved land to grow some plants, blocking the path of heavy vehicles needed to be used for the project.”
He said the woman also made unreasonable demands like huge compensations for removing her plants.
She was the only stumbling block in the DID project, which was why the department had enlisted Tiong’s help to intervene and mediate.
Recounting the visit, Tiong said he and the DID officials had waited at the gate of the woman’s house for a long time before she emerged with a cleaver and speaking aggressively and in a threatening manner.
Shortly after, the woman’s husband and son reached home to calm her down.
A police report has also been lodged over the incident.