GEORGE TOWN - A doctor and a staff nurse suffered burns after a man said to be mentally unstable threw a petrol bomb inside the clinic of a private hospital here.
Dr Leong Wing Seng, in his 50s, suffered 30 per cent burns on his body while K. Preama, in her 30s, sustained 5 per cent burns on her face and chest during the 4.30pm incident.
They are reportedly in stable condition.
The suspect, in his 30s, was also scalded on both hands. He was overpowered and handed over to the police.
Two other staff nurses and a Taiwanese woman said to be a patient also suffered light injuries.
It is learnt that the suspect had earlier dashed into the clinic before throwing the petrol bomb.
An eyewitness who declined to be named said she was waiting outside the clinic before the incident.
She said she saw a staff nurse wailing and covering her face with her uniform.
"I believe she was scalded in her face. I saw smoke billowing from the clinic before hearing shouts inside. It was chaotic.
"I also ran for safety," said the woman, adding that she saw a man being overpowered and tied to a bed later.
Perak Road Fire Station chief Ismail Mohd Zain said a distress call was received at 4.55pm, adding that the first fire engine reached the scene at 5.04pm.
"The sprinklers already put out the fire when we got there,'' he added.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang confirmed that police detained a man.
He said police were investigating the motive, and also if he was unsound.