Malaysian among 36 killed in Shanghai New Year's Eve stampede

BEIJING: A Malaysian student was among the 36 people killed in a stampede during a New Year's Eve celebration in Shanghai while another Malaysian was injured.

The deceased student, identified as Tan Wei, was an agriculture resources and environment undergraduate of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

The injured is Ooi Hooi Yi, who is in China for a holiday.

At least 36 people aged between 16 and 36 were killed in the stampede at the Chen Yi Square on the Bund, which is the city's famous waterfront attraction, late Wednesday night while more than 47 people were injured.

Malaysian Students Association in China president William Chow said the two students, both 20, were cousins.

"Tan's mother flew to Shanghai immediately from Harbin after learning about the incident while Ooi has a brother who is studying in Shanghai," he said.

When asked about Tan, he was too distraught to elaborate. Chow and Tan were classmates.

In a statement, Wisma Putra said Ooi was suffering bleeding in the eyes and minor bruises and had been given medical attention at the Changzheng Hospital in Shanghai.

"The officer from the Consulate General Malaysia in Shanghai had visited her at the hospital and reported that she is in a stable condition.

"The consulate office is checking the list of victims to confirm if there are other Malaysians involved," the ministry of foreign affairs said.

During the incident on late Wednesday night, large crowds gathered at the Chen Yi Square to watch a light art presentation show.

The city authorities said the stampede was possibly caused by the visitors to the square rushing to pick up coupons thrown from a building overlooking the Bund.

Witnesses said the coupons looked like bank notes.