Parents of students hurt in Taiwan blast seek privacy

PETALING JAYA - The parents of two Malaysians who were injured during a freak explosion at a Taiwan water park have pleaded for privacy for their children to recover in peace.

Malaysia's Federation of Alumni Associations of Taiwan Universities, which is keeping watch on Malaysians studying in Taiwan, said both undergraduates were still in hospital, a week since the incident.

"We have contacted the parents.

"They did not wish to say much except to say that their children are receiving adequate treatment," said its president Datuk Lee Ser Chong.

"They had also requested for privacy, saying their children should be allowed to recover in 'peace'."

Speaking to reporters after the launch of its tertiary education fair at SS2 yesterday, Lee said both undergraduates were conscious despite their injuries.

"Right now, their treatment is covered by insurance and the Taiwan government. The best we can give them now is our care and concern," he said.

He said the association had contacted the families of Lim Sh Li, 23, and Wah Liang Jie on Friday.

Both students were injured in an explosion at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei City when powder that was sprayed over the spectators ignited.