A man set himself on fire in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur after allegedly discovering that his wife of 18 years was having an affair with her female boss.
Police reports say the couple’s 18-year-old son was surfing the internet at home when he heard his mother scream, Malaysian newspaper The Star reports.
‘He rushed out of the room and saw his father on fire and tried to put out the flames using water from the bathroom,’ said the Ampang Jaya district police officer in command of the incident, Assistant Commissioner Amiruddin Jamaluddin. ‘Neighbors also helped him.’
The husband, a 50-year-old surnamed Lim, is now in the critical care unit of Ampang Hospital and his wife is having leg burns treated in the emergency ward.
Malaysia’s government has been internationally condemned for its anti-gay rhetoric and policies. Human Rights Watch criticized the authorities for ‘demonizing’ LGBT people it a report earlier this year.
‘Same-sex attraction is not a Western invention, as being taught in Malaysian classrooms, but a universal human experience,’ said Tamil Selvan Ramis in a comment piece published on Free Malaysia Today.