Malaysian boy scalded by mum in Paris for "refusing to dance"

PETALING JAYA - The Foreign Ministry is monitoring the case of a 11-year-old Malaysian boy who had to be admitted to a French hospital after being scalded by hot water by his mother for "refusing to dance".

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the ministry had been informed of the case involving a 46-year-old Malaysian woman and her son in Paris.

"The Malaysian Embassy had made contact with local law enforcement and the family of the Malaysians involved.

"For now, the French authorities have assured us the child is in good condition under the care of the French Social Service.

"Our embassy has requested to the authorities there to meet with the child," he said.

According to Le Parisien, the boy suffered third degree burns.

The mother was called in for questioning by the police in Paris and later detained.

Apparently, both the mother and son are in a dance troupe.

According to the newspaper, during the 7.30pm incident on Tuesday at a hotel in Paris, the boy was at the reception when his mother appeared.

When his mother approached him, the boy started crying and took shelter under the receptionist's desk.

The boy later showed the receptionist the bruises around his wrists, legs and buttocks. He claimed his mother had poured boiling water on him for refusing to dance.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said police have not received any information on the case.