IPOH: A 69-year-old political contributor for a local Tamil newspaper was beaten up twice within 24 hours, allegedly by individuals who were unhappy with his articles.

S. Muthukrishnan was first assaulted near his home in Buntong here by three men on 8pm on Monday, and again at 4.30pm on Tuesday.

In the first incident, Muthukrishnan said he was confronted by three men as he was walking home from a grocery store.

“They asked for my name and after telling them, they hit me with a piece of wood,” he said in a police report.

He added that they fled when he was on the ground, leaving him bruised.

On Tuesday, Muthukrishnan said he was ambushed by three men who came out of an abandoned house as he was returning home from a grocery store.

“They told me to stop writing and punched my face, causing a tooth to break,” he said, adding that a friend helped him to a clinic for treatment.

“I only lodged a report on Wednesday as I was scared something might happen to me again,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran said he accompanied Muthukrishnan to file a police report.

“We believe that Muthukrishnan was targeted because of articles that are thought to be critical towards the government,” he said, adding that the former teacher had been writing for Tamil dailies for about 40 years.

“He is shaken up and I understand that he will continue writing,” he added.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong confirmed the matter and said an investigation would be conducted.

-TheStar