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Focused: Izwanizam sitting for his PMR examination in one of the wards at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu.
ALOR SETAR: Six food poisoning victims from a wedding feast where four people died were among 37,945 Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) candidates who sat for the examination in Kedah.
State Education Department director Mansor Lat said two of them sat for the examination at the Yan Hospital, one in Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital in Sungai Petani and one in Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here.
Meanwhile, the two students in Yan Hospital said they still felt weak but were determined to sit for the examination.
Nurul Syakiroh Dahalim, 15, from SMK Seri Badong in Merbok said she was feeling a bit sleepy due to the medication but tried to focus when answering the papers, adding that she managed to do some revision while in the hospital.
Her schoolmate Nurul Asyikin Mahamad Nor, 15, said she was sad since she was unable to sit for the examination with her friends in school.
It was reported that four people died in a food poisoning incident in Kampung Huma, Tanjung Dawai.
Three of them died on Monday, one died on Tuesday while 40 and 38 people were still being treated at Yan and Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital, respectively.
There was another tale of grit in Kota Kinabalu when 15-year-old Muhammad Izwanizam Suhaili sat for the exam with a broken arm and 24 stitches on the head.
Izwanizam sat for the examination at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after falling from a moving train on his way to Kimanis on Sept 29.
The SMK Agama Limauan Kimanis student said he was heading to school in the train when he fell.
“I do not really remember what happened because I am still in a daze,” he said yesterday.
Passersby came to his aid and rushed him to the Papar hospital. He was subsequently transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here.
He said he aimed to achieve seven As out of the nine subjects.
Izwanizam was among 39,936 students, including students with special needs, taking the PMR examination in Sabah this year.
Meanwhile Universiti Putra Malaysia food scientist Prof Dr Son Radu said hygiene and thorough cooking were key factors to preventing the transmission of Salmonella sp from chickens to humans, which may result in food poisoning.
“The main culprit in any food poisoning-related case is cross-contamination,” he said.
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