Worker goes berserk, burns down quarters in Malaysia

Worker goes berserk, burns down quarters in Malaysia
The 53-year-old plantation worker had stripped naked and demanded that his fellow workers beat him up.

MALAYSIA - A plantation worker burned down the quarters he was staying in after running amok at a remote village in the Ranau district.

A pick-up truck that was parked nearby was also destroyed in the 11pm incident on Wednesday.

The 53-year-old man, who is believed to have suffered psychological problems, had earlier stripped naked and demanded that his fellow workers beat him up at Kampung Mindohuon Lama.

Witnesses said he had been walking in front of the workers quarters and talking incoherently before suddenly stripping off his clothes.

His fellow workers tried to subdue him when he started shouting, asking to be beaten up.

After appearing to have quietened down, the man was left on his own.

He then grabbed a container filled with petrol and doused the wooden quarters before setting it on fire.

Ranau acting OCPD Asst Supt Rosley Hobden said the man was detained by the public following the incident.

A police team and firemen rushed to the village, which is about 80km from Ranau town, upon being notified of the incident.

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