GEORGE TOWN: Don’t let what happened to my son happen to other children – that was the heartfelt plea of teenage murder victim T. Nhaveen’s mother to a Cabinet minister on the day of his funeral.
When D. Shanti saw Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim arrive to pay respects at her son’s wake, she could not contain her grief.
“Let the death of my son be the last. Don’t let something like this happen again! Please don’t let this happen to other children. Pity their parents,” Shanti tearfully begged Rohani.
She then asked for those who murdered her son to be punished to deter others from committing similar acts.
“Pity him, I can’t imagine the pain he endured. There was no one to help him,” she said.
Rohani’s tears flowed freely too when she spoke to reporters yesterday.
She gave her assurance that justice would be served and announced that her ministry would start a campaign, going from school to school to curb bullying.
“We will incorporate the anti-bullying campaign into the roadshows on the Child Act (Amendment) 2016 and sexual crimes. It will begin after Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” she said.
“We used to hold anti-bullying campaigns and things became better.
“Now it has become rampant again. We must not let our country’s image be tarnished by such cases.”
Rohani said this incident should be a lesson to the nation.
“A family with love and respect will not produce bullies. You don’t have to show your strength by being brutal.
“What is there to be gained by showing strength like this?
“This is getting out of hand. Even if it’s two or three cases in Malaysia, it is too many already.
“We know there are bullies around and we will get to the root of it,” she added.
Rohani also provided emergency financial aid to help with the funeral expenses.
In Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported that Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam had called for more serious and drastic action by the authorities to curb bullying and gangsterism among youths.
Dr Subramaniam, who is also MIC president, said this was to ensure that savage assaults and abuse, as in Nhaveen’s case, did not recur.
“I urge stern action against the perpetrators of this heinous crime,” he said in a statement.
Nhaveen, 18, died at the Penang Hospital on Thursday, five days after he was savagely beaten with crash helmets and abused by several youths believed to be his former schoolmates while buying burgers at Jalan Kaki Bukit in Bukit Gelugor here.
He was found unconscious with serious injuries and burns on his back. A blunt object had been shoved into his anus.
His friend T. Previin, 19, who was also assaulted, suffered a fracture beneath his right eye.
Five youths have been arrested over the incident.
The attack occurred just 10 days after navy cadet officer Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, 21, died after being beaten and tortured by fellow students from the National Defence University of Malaysia – all over a laptop dispute.
Five students have been charged with his murder and a sixth for abetting them.
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