Top student in Malaysia died from 'ruptured blood vessel'

PASIR PUTIH: Student Nur Syazwani Arifin had a ruptured blood vessel that led to her death while taking the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination at Maahad Saniah here on Wednesday.

District police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Kamal Zainal said the cause of death stated in the post-mortem report was "bursting of a blood vessel to her heart".

"Police have ruled out any foul play," he said yesterday.

Nur Syazwani, 17, the fourth of six siblings, was reported to have fallen from her chair while sitting for the Bahasa Malayu paper in her school on the first day of SPM, at 8.30am.

She was rushed to Tengku Anis Hospital here, where she was pronounced dead.

School principal Rusdi Ariffin had said Nur Syazwani was one of 120 students in the examination hall when the incident happened.

Kamal said surgeon Dr Wan Zamri Wan Nawawi from Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru performed the post-mortem at Tengku Anis Hospital at 7.30pm on the same day.

Her body was buried at the Kampung Tandak cemetery at 11pm after it was claimed by her parents from the mortuary.

Scores of her family members, relatives, friends and teachers from her school paid their last respects at her home in Kampung Kemudu Bongkok, Gaal here, before the funeral.

Attempts to talk to her mother Wan Noriah Wan Deris, 47, who is a teacher, were futile as she was too distraught.

In Kuala Terengganu, SMA Ittifakiah student, Noor Salwana Mohd Safawai, 17, died at Besut Hospital at 5.12am, three days after she was warded with breathing difficulties.