9 students in Malaysia arrested over viral 'Happy Birthday' assault video

PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

PETALING JAYA - Nine secondary school students have been arrested in relation to the viral video which saw a secondary school student beaten up by his classmates to "celebrate" his birthday.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said the nine 17-year-old boys were all from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Bukit Jelutong.

He said that the nine were arrested before being released on police bail.

"They were picked up around 11.30am on Monday before being released on 4.45pm," he said when contacted on Monday (April 16).

This was following the 17-year-old victim lodging a police report around 9pm on Sunday (April 15) regarding the issue.

"We are investigating the case that allegedly occurred on February 8," he said.

The video depicted eight students, including one in a prefect's uniform, singing "Happy Birthday" to the victim before assaulting him with a broom, kicks and punches.

It is understood that the assault is traditionally practised by students in the school to "celebrate" a student's birthday.