Thursday, March 03, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: Eight schoolchildren were left screaming in pain after being splashed with a liquid by a motorcyclist yesterday here in Bukit Bandaraya.
The eight were pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Bandaraya in Bangsar.
They were waiting for their transport outside school when the attack took place.
The children, all in Year Five and Six, suffered burn sensations on their faces, arms and bodies.
They were taken to the University Malaya Medical Centre where they received outpatient treatment.
According to teacher R. Ragu, the incident occurred at 4.45pm when the eight, four boys and four girls, were waiting outside the school for their van.
“A motorcyclist clad in black and wearing a full-faced helmet rode past the schoolchildren and suddenly splashed some liquid on them,” he said at the hospital.
“I only realised what had happened when I heard several of them screaming and crying in the toilet.”
The van driver, Faridah Md Rahim, who rushed the children to hospital said the eight were frantically washing their hands and faces when she went into the school to look for them.
“When I heard what had happened, I quickly sent them to the hospital.”
Also at the hospital was parent Normah Shamsudin, 43, who said she rushed from her office at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre when she received a call from her daughter, Nurfarah Najihah, saying she was on the way to the hospital.
“I was worried when my daughter told me about the incident and that she had suffered burns.”
Of the eight, the worst casualty was 11-year-old Wan Mohd Arif Wan Din, who suffered a swollen eye when the liquid was splashed on his face.
His father, Wan Din Wan Sulaiman, 42, said he was notified by a teacher that his son had been involved in an accident and was in the hospital. He only learnt what had happened later on.
Event coordinator Sanie Abdul Rahman, 36, said her son, Aiman Bahzi, 11, suffered minor burns and expressed hope that the Education Ministry would intervene to ensure their children’s safety.
It is understood that this was the second time such an incident had occurred at the school.
It is believed that the same suspect had struck at the same school and Sekolah Menengah Bukit Bandaraya on the same day two weeks ago.
It is learnt that the victims in those incidents were parents waiting for their children outside the schools.
Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid confirmed yesterday’s incident but declined to comment further.