GEORGE TOWN - The Penang Hospital's compound was shrouded in sadness when a large crowd came together as one to offer prayers for 18-year-old assault victim T. Nhaveen.
Many, including family members and friends, could be seen fighting back tears as they chanted mantras during the 30-minute candlelight vigil.
Besides praying for Nhaveen's recovery, the group also dedicated the session to 19-year-old T. Previin, who is scheduled to undergo surgery for a fractured bone under his right eye today.
Both of them were attacked by a group of people with helmets in Bukit Gelugor on Sunday. Nhaveen is in coma at the hospital.
Nhaveen's uncle R. Thiyagarajan briefed the crowd on the teen's condition and asked everyone to include him in their prayers.
The vigil was organised by a non-governmental organisation called Malaysian Tamil Kular.
Its Penang chairman S. Jegadish Waran said they would hold similar vigils in other states as well.
"We want to create a positive vibe for Nhaveen who is still fighting for his life.
"His condition is critical but we know that God is great," he said.
Also present were Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer.