Man sets ablaze Singapore lawmaker

January 12th, 2009 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Singapore, Jan 12 (DPA) A 70-year-old man Monday faced charges of grievously harming a Singapore legislator by setting him on fire during a Sunday afternoon community club event.Ong Kah Chua, a former taxi driver, was remanded in the custody of the Institute of Mental Health and is to reappear in court Jan 23, Channel News Asia reported.

He is accused of attacking Member of Parliament Seng Han Thong at the club, causing burns to 10 to 15 percent of his body.

Chua had poured paint thinner over the legislator and set him alight.

Also injured during the incident was the 69-year-old chairman of a Chinese temple, Aw Chui Seng.

News reports said Seng, 59, had undergone skin grafts at a local hospital after suffering severe burns to his face, arms and upper body.

Aw has also undergone skin grafts as he suffered burns when helping Seng beat out the flames.

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