School claims Thaqif autopsy report proves no abuse


PETALING JAYA: The Madrasah Tahfiz Al-Jauhar has claimed the post-mortem report on the death of its student, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi, 11, proved there was no abuse at the school.

The Quran recitation boarding school in Kota Tinggi, Johor, said the report cleared the school of wrongdoing in the death of the student.

“We consider this case to be concluded and the medical statement issued has shown the truth,” the school said in a statement today.

“As we were convinced and have explained before this, based on the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera recording, the whole madrasah’s premises are monitored well,” it added.

On April 25, Federation of National Associations of al-Quran Tahfiz Institutions (Pinta) president Mohd Zahid Mahmood had claimed that the boy, who was then warded in hospital, was only beaten on the sole of his foot, based on the school’s CCTV recording.

He said this information was obtained during a visit to the school and a meeting with the principal and teachers.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah yesterday said the second autopsy report on Thaqif had found he had succumbed to leptospirosis.

He said the death on April 26 was not due to trauma or physical injury as previously alleged on social media.

The first autopsy, which was conducted at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, where Thaqif was warded and subsequently died, failed to reveal the cause of death.

Thaqif had been admitted to the hospital for leg injuries allegedly sustained after a beating by a 29-year-old assistant warden.

The injuries were alleged to have caused his legs to become infected, following which they had to be amputated.

Doctors wanted to amputate his right arm, which was also infected, but he died before this could be done.

The religious school was grateful for the report and said it would improve its standard operating procedures and existing systems.

Police today announced they would not pursue the murder charge in the case.

Thaqif’s mother, Felda Wani Ahmad, had yesterday refused to accept the findings of the report.

“Logically speaking, why was there a need to amputate his legs if it was leptospirosis? Also, wouldn’t it have been detected earlier if it was indeed leptospirosis?

“I’m a teacher; don’t try to spin it. I’m disappointed. When Thaqif was first hospitalised, the doctors could not detect anything, and now all of a sudden it’s leptospirosis.”