Date
17 October 2017
The arson victims face the media. They are criticizing the MTR for refusing to compensate them for their injuries. Photo: TVB
The arson victims face the media. They are criticizing the MTR for refusing to compensate them for their injuries. Photo: TVB

MTR under fire for refusing to compensate arson victims

Victims of the Feb. 10 arson attack at the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station are lashing out at MTR Corp. for refusing to compensate them for their injuries.

MTRC said it is also a victim of the attack and that liabilities arising from the incident should be borne by the arsonist who has died.

Legislative councilor Roy Kwong Chun-yu accused the company of inhumane treatment of the victims.

Kwong accompanied five of the victims to meet with the media on Monday.

One of them, Martin Cheng, said he had to spend six months in hospital for his injuries.

Cheng said he had worked in a kitchen for more than 10 years but now he cannot hold a knife and has developed a fear of open flames.

Cheng was seriously injured after the arsonist, Cheung Kam-fai, threw a firebomb onto a crowded MTR compartment. Cheng helped put out the fire before being taken to hospital.

Most of the burns he sustained were to his lower limbs. Cheng now has a hard time standing or sitting for a long periods and even defecating becomes a difficult task.

“After the trauma, I realized that being able to urinate without people’s help is a blessing,” he said.

Psychiatrists said he has social anxiety after the attack.

Kwong accused the MTR of being cold-hearted after he sent letters thrice to follow up on the case only to be told the MTRC would not pay any compensation as it had reacted quickly to the events and tried its best to prevent the arson.

Kwong said the MTR has no sense of social responsibility and its aims are to “maximize profit”.

MTR chairman Frederick Ma has done nothing but pay lip service to the poor victims, Kwong said.

Cheng said he hopes the company will step up and take some responsibility. “If this is not the MTR’s responsibility, whose responsibility is it?” he said.

The MTR said the victims can seek compensation from insurance.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Frank Chan Fan said he investigate the events and explore how to provide help to the victims.

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