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Doctor to be summoned over cadet’s death

KLANG: The Health Ministry will summon a doctor of a private clinic who had treated Malaysian National Defence University (UPNM) student Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain, but allegedly did not report his injuries to the police.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said the doctor should have raised a “red flag” with the police if there were injuries on the 21-year-old student.

“Whenever a doctor attends to any case suspected to have criminal elements, a report must be made.

“It is standard practice,” he said after opening a new school block at SJK(T) Ladang Highlands in Bukit Tinggi here yesterday.

Dr Subramaniam said that if a doctor does not raise a red flag, the police could initiate an investigation into the reasons behind it.

“As for the ministry, we will summon the doctor (to explain) based on professional ethics,” he added.

It was reported that Zulfarhan was initially brought to a clinic in Bandar Baru Bangi on May 27.

He was told to go home after receiving treatment and to return for treatment again four days later.

However, Zulfarhan was found with burn marks and bruises in a 25th-floor apartment in Serdang at around 8pm on June 1 and was pronounced dead at about 9pm at Hospital Serdang.

Police confirmed they are conducting a murder investigation, and five UPNM students have been charged with his murder while another was charged for abetting.

Together with the six students, 13 others were charged with voluntarily causing hurt to force a confession from Zulfarhan over the alleged theft of a laptop.

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