Taiwanese president says sorry for Sibu student’s death

Tsai has apologised to the victim’s family and all Malaysians for the horrific murder. – Kyodo News photo.

TAIWANESE president Tsai Ing-wen has apologised to the family of a Sibu student murdered in Tainan, as well as to Malaysians, the country’s Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

“The president expressed her deepest apologies to the family of the student and the people of Malaysia,” Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang was quoted as saying in a Bernama report.

The incident seriously tarnished Taiwan’s image as a safe and friendly nation, and exposed problems in Taiwan’s society that must be thoroughly reviewed so as to ensure that such a tragedy does not occur again, Tsai said during a high-level national security meeting in Taipei.

Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang has also extended his apologies on behalf of the government, and has instructed the relevant agencies to assist the victim’s family in dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy.

The 24-year-old Irene Chung, who studied at a university in Tainan, was reported missing on Thursday morning.

Footage captured on CCTV cameras showed her walking by herself along a railway overpass near the university at around 8pm Wednesday.

Through the CCTV footage, police found and arrested a suspect on Thursday on suspicion that he had abducted the victim near the university.

The suspect later confessed that he had strangled the victim with a length of rope and dumped her body in the mountainous Alian District in neighbouring Kaohsiung.

Police have also discovered Chung’s body, clad only in underwear with a wire around her neck.

The suspect has been detained for voluntary manslaughter and sexual assault.

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