MALAYSIA - A national-service trainee in Malaysia who was found unconscious and later died, had been beaten - for queue-jumping during breakfast on Sunday.
Mr Muhammad Suhaimi Norhamidi was allegedly hit repeatedly by several other trainees, causing him to suffer internal head injuries.
About half an hour after the incident, the 18-year-old was found sprawled on the bathroom floor of their hostel. The camp commandant rushed him to a hospital, where he died.
The Pahang Criminal Investigation Department deputy chief, Superintendent Mohd Haris Daud, said three trainees, aged between 18 and 20, were detained on Monday to assist in investigations. He said that two of them had fractures in their hands, believed to be due to the hard blows they landed on the victim.
"Initial investigations revealed that the victim had cut a queue during breakfast before a group of trainees confronted him, resulting in a scuffle. We believe another fight occurred later in the day before he collapsed and succumbed to head injuries," he said on Tuesday.
Rompin police official Johari Jahaya said the police had classified the case as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code, after obtaining the post-mortem report. He said: "The report revealed that the victim died from internal bleeding in the head due to blunt trauma. All three trainees have been remanded for a week until (next Monday)."
Meanwhile, the victim's mother, Ms Zuraida Zainudin, 40, said she spotted bruises on her son's ears and face while identifying his remains at the mortuary after being informed by her former husband, Mr Norhamidi Bakar.
She said: "I had a feeling that he was being assaulted by others in the camp." She added that there were also traces of blood from his nose and mouth.