‘Set up committee to investigate death of navy cadet officer’

Lee-Lam-Thye-bullyKUALA LUMPUR: The higher education ministry (MOHE) has been urged to set up a committee to investigate the death of a Malaysian National Defence University (UPNM) undergraduate on Thursday.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) senior vice-chairman Lee Lam Thye said bullying cases in higher learning institutions must be taken seriously and preventive measures should be taken immediately to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

“Such an incident is not acceptable, and I hope that the ministry will be able to set up a committee to probe into how such an incident can happen in a university.

“What more, it occurred in a military university in which we expect a high standard of discipline and security,” he said in a statement here today.

It was reported that Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21, a third year electrical engineering undergraduate at the university, died at the Serdang Hospital on Thursday with bruises and burn marks on his body.

He is believed to have been a victim of bullying.