GEORGE TOWN - A 16-year-old student of a residential school in Balik Pulau, about 20km from here, was attacked by groups of bullies who were allegedly on a list the Form Four boy had prepared for the students' disciplinary board on those who smoked in school.
The attacks came twice at a dormitory of the Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) between 11.30pm on Saturday and 2.30am on Sunday.
Some 20 boys were said to have been involved in the attacks on the boy, who allegedly received death threats.
Police said they detained eight boys for questioning and released them on police bail.
The victim, a member of the disciplinary board, said he had been instructed by his leader to prepare a list of Form Four students who were suspected of smoking in school.
"I had prepared the list and submitted it to my leader, but somehow the information reached the ears of some other students," he said, when met at his family home in Gelugor yesterday. Also present was his father, Anuar Abu Kassim, 50, who lodged a police report against the bullies.
Recalling his ordeal, the victim said in the first attack on Satuday night, about 20 boys dragged him from his bed and brought him to the back of the dormitory where they beat him up.
"There were students who were awake in the dormitory but were just too afraid to do anything," he said, adding that two Form Five students who heard the commotion came to his rescue to disperse the boys.
"However, a few hours later at about 2.30am, five more students came to my bed and started questioning me over the list.
"They too started punching me and one of them took out a glass window pane and pointed it to me and said, 'Lebih baik mati je la you (It's better that you die)'. The five boys then banged my head against a wall," said the victim, who suffered bruises at the back of his head, stomach and shoulder.
Anuar said he would let the school and the police take the necessary action against the bullies.
A school official refused to comment on the incident.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Mohd Hatta Mohd Zain said the case would be investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting.
"We'll increase the frequency of our visits to the school to prevent such incident from recurring," he said.