Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry to probe, eval­u­ate SOP of such ac­tiv­i­ties

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FAREZZA HANUM RASHID KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry yes­ter­day di­rected all higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes to ter­mi­nate out­bound train­ing or any ac­tiv­ity re­lated to it.

Its deputy min­is­ter, Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching, made the an­nounce­ment af­ter vis­it­ing Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM) student Muham­mad Haziq Redzuan, one of the vic­tims of the Janda Baik Lata Charok wa­ter­fall tragedy.

“The di­rec­tive takes im­me­di­ate ef­fect. The min­istry will con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and eval­u­ate the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of such ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

On May 13, 140 Sports Sci­ence stu­dents and four lec­tur­ers of the in­sti­tu­tion were camp­ing at the site when a tree fell on them, killing two and in­jur­ing five.

The de­ceased were Muham­mad Kamil Md Sukri and Noorain Mo­htar.

Haziq, 21, who suf­fered brain haem­or­rhage, was sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal (KLH) while the other four were taken to Ben­tong Hospi­tal.

KLH Neu­ro­surgery De­part­ment med­i­cal of­fi­cer Dr Paul Vi­jayan­dran said the surgery went smoothly and Haziq was re­cov­er­ing.

When asked if the family had plans to take le­gal action against UiTM, Redzuan said he had not thought about it.

In Kuan­tan, Univer­siti Malaysia Pa­hang deputy vice-chan­cel­lor (student and alumni af­fairs) Pro­fes­sor Datuk Dr Yuser­rie Zain­ud­din said the in­sti­tute had al­ways sat down with those plan­ning to or­gan­ise out­door ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure they were safe and fol­lowed pro­to­cols. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by T.N. Alagesh


Deputy Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching (right) vis­it­ing Muham­mad Haziq Redzuan at Kuala Lumpur Hospi­tal yes­ter­day. With her are Haziq’s par­ents Redzuan Ka­marud­din (left) and Has­mah Yusuf.

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