Cops say lung infection caused Orang Asli deaths

Investigations are being carried out into allegations of 13 deaths among Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh. (Facebook pic)

GUA MUSANG: Two Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh here died of viral infections in their lungs which caused severe coughing, police said, and not of any “mysterious disease”.

Gua Musang police chief Taufik Maidin also clarified that two people died, not 13 as alleged in media reports.

A 30-year-old man died on May 29 and a 21-year-old woman died yesterday.

“The post-mortem results showed that they died after a severe coughing fit and not of any mysterious disease.

“In fact, investigations found that there are many other members of the community who have been suffering the same illness, including 31 who are currently receiving treatment,” he told Bernama.

He said 13 people had been warded at Gua Musang hospital. Two, in critical condition, were transferred to Kuala Krai hospital, while the rest received out-patient treatment at the Aring 1 and Chiku 3 health clinics.

The Kelantan-Terengganu Orang Asli Development Department is awaiting a full report on allegations that 13 Orang Asli residents had died within a month.

Hashim Alang Abdul Hamid, director of the department, said he only received two death reports so far, but investigations were being done to ascertain the actual situation and to get the names of those who allegedly have died.