Students hospitalised after eating glass shards in fried noodles meal

PETALING JAYA - Seven students under the Government's Rancangan Makanan Tambahan (Supplementary Food Programme) were admitted to hospital after reportedly eating glass shards found in a provided Mi Goreng (fried noodles) meal on Wednesday.

Kuala Kubu Baru assemblywoman Lee Kee Hiong said the children's parents suspect that a glass window on the supplier's lorry shattered during the journey to SJK(T) Ladang Nigel Gardner in Hulu Selangor, causing it to fall into the food.

"I was told that they tried to show a teacher that there was glass in the noodles on Wednesday.

"Students were told to throw it away, that it was just plastic," claimed Lee.

However, some of the children ate two plates of noodles because they were very hungry.

A glass shard allegedly from the fried noodles served to the children.

On Thursday, a few complained about feeling ill, but it was not until Friday that the situation appeared dire enough for the school to send them to the Batang Berjuntai clinic.

The staff there deemed the situation serious, prompting the parents to send the children to Sungai Buloh hospital, where the four girls and three boys were admitted on Friday.

Some found traces of blood in their vomit, while others complained of bloody stools.

"Very kesian (pitiful), because they don't know what to say, they're in pain. Other than that, they don't know what is happening," said Lee, who added that two students have been discharged since her visit on Saturday.

At time of writing, the food supplier from Batang Berjuntai has yet to appear at the hospital, though the headmaster has apologised to the parents.

However, the parents have not lodged a police report yet as they are busy caring for their children.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan, who is also Hulu Selangor MP, sent an officer to meet the students on Saturday as he is away in Mersing, Johor for an official visit.

Kamalanathan will visit the warded students upon his return tonight.