GEORGETOWN: The man wanted by police for allegedly pouring hot water on his daughter has a temper, according to his father-in-law.
80-year-old Manaf Taha said the man would scold his kids for the smallest of mistakes.
When met at his home in the Kampung Melayu flats, Air Itam, here, Manaf expressed his disappointment with his son-in-law for pouring hot water on his granddaughter.
"It is regrettable what he did and I hope he turns himself in to the police as soon as possible to facilitate investigation," Manaf said.
The man and his wife, who is Manaf's adopted daughter, went into hiding following what happened.
The couple have four children and they fled with their youngest child.
Their eldest and third children are staying with their grandmother while their eight-year-old who was scalded with hot water has been placed under the care of the Welfare Department.
"What is the point in running, sooner or later the police will catch you," Manaf said.
He added that his adopted daughter and her husband have not returned since the incident, adding that they all live in the same neighbourhood.
It was initially reported that the father scalded his only daughter after accusing the girl of stealing RM10 from her mother.
Following investigations, it was found that the man had acted violently towards his own child because his four children, aged between three and nine, including the victim, had finished all the food prepared by his wife.
In the 1am incident, the man woke all of his children up, scolding and hitting them, as he was hungry.
It was then that he splashed hot water on the eight-year-old.
Meanwhile, Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Che Zaimani Che Awang said police are still in the midst of tracking down the 41-year-old suspect who works as a prepaid card agent and urged him to surrender.