Dzulkefly: Preliminary report on Kuala Koh Orang Asli ready next week

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  • Saturday, 27 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The preliminary report on the bodies of the 12 Orang Asli who died in the jungle around Kuala Koh near Gua Musang, Kelantan, will be handed to the Health Ministry next week, says Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

The Health Minister said that his ministry, the Chemistry Department and police had a meeting on Friday (July 26) and added that the preliminary report will be brought up with the Prime Minister once it is ready.

"The full report will include the results of  DNA tests of the 12 bodies, the results of toxicology and heavy metals tests on eight bodies and the results of entomology tests on 10 bodies," he said after launching the Run for Fit Hospital Sik 2019 programme in Kedah Saturday (July 27).

Dzulkefly said that the full report from the Chemistry Department will take at least four weeks.

Recently, four Orang Asli in Kuala Koh died of complications from measles, while the cause of death of 12 recovered bodies is still being investigated.

On the allegation that Orang Asli women in Perak were forced to take contraceptives, Dzulkefly said that Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has received the full report and added that it will be handed to him next week.

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