Three-year-old boy is latest Kuala Koh Orang Asli death, state dept director says


Three-year-old Nasri Rosli was pronounced dead at 6.45pm yesterday, nine days after being hospitalised. — Bernama pic
Three-year-old Nasri Rosli was pronounced dead at 6.45pm yesterday, nine days after being hospitalised. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — A toddler from the Batek tribe who was in the Intensive Care Unit of Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Baru, Kelantan has died as the authorities fight against the clock to find the source of the illness afflicting the Orang Asli from Kuala Koh in Gua Musang.

National news agency Bernama reported the Kelantan/Terengganu director of the Orang Asli Development Department Hashim Alang Abdul Hamid said three-year-old Nasri Rosli was pronounced dead at 6.45pm yesterday, nine days after being hospitalised.

A post-mortem examination is underway at the same hospital to find the cause of his death.

“Follow-up action will be taken as soon as we have the post-mortem examination results,” he told Bernama.

Two other Orang Asli from the same tribe and village in Kuala Koh have been confirmed to have died from pneumonia prior to three-year-old Nasri.

Twelve more Batek Orang Asli who died recently and whose remains were exhumed from their scattered graves in the area have been also been sent for autopsies to find out their causes of death.