On the 3rd of March 2021 at approximately 8.50pm, a 56-year-old Malaysian immigrant who has been living in the U.S for 20 years was attacked by a random passerby in New York.
From the surveillance footage, the construction worker named Teoh Ming Soon was walking at the Manhattan train station when the perpetrator suddenly elbowed him, threw punches then walked away causing Teoh to drop to the ground. The suspect was seen wearing a red bandana that covered his face. (Source:NYPDnews Twitter).
Teoh was left with a bruised on his left eye and was taken to the hospital after the incident. He told reporters that the motive behind the attack was uncertain to which he added, “I don’t know why he attacked me. Maybe because I’m Asian?”.
To those who have more information about the incident or the suspect is encouraged to come forward and will be rewarded US$2,500 by the police.
Hate crimes against Asians in the U.S have been on the rise lately and is mostly stemmed from xenophobic and prejudiced thoughts and beliefs. It has mostly been due to the Covid-19 outbreak which makes some Americans believe that any “Asian” looking person (in their assumption, anyone with oriental features) is carrying the virus. Not only is this highly inaccurate but also incredibly stupid. Not to mention, most of the hate crimes are carried out against elderly people that are not able to defend themselves. How cowardly must one be to attack someone who can’t fight back?. More news about these hate crimes against Asians in the U.S can be read on NextShark. These hate crimes need to stop and attackers must be punished heavily.
Credits to Coconuts.co for the initial coverage.