KLUANG: Police are investigating the death of an eight-month-old baby boy who died at a hospital in Johor Baru recently.
Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Low Hang Seng said they were alerted about the baby's case by Hospital Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom here at around 2pm on March 23.
"The infant had wounds on his forehead, right cheek and right arm when he was admitted to the hospital.
"The baby was then sent to Hospital Sultanah Aminah in Johor Baru for medical treatment but he was pronounced dead on March 29," he said, adding that the reason for the baby's death was not immediately identifiable and is pending laboratory investigations.
"No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.
"We have called up several witnesses, including the baby's parents, who are in their 20s, to record their statements," he said.
He was referring to a post on Facebook published by a user on April 18 claiming that the baby had been abused, which led to his death.
ACP Low said such claims could cause unrest among the community and action could also be taken against those who spread baseless claims under Section 233(3) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988.
The section, targeted at those who make false or inflammatory statements, carries a fine of not more than RM50,000 or up to a year's imprisonment, or both upon conviction.
He called on those with information on the case to head to the nearest police station or contact the Kluang police headquarters at 07-7784 256 or Johor police hotline at 07-2212 999 to assist investigations