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Fatal cracker incident, child succumbs

PETALING JAYA (ANN/THE STAR) – A tragic incident unfolded at Penang Hospital (HPP) as one of two children, critically ill after consuming suspected rat poison-laced crackers, succumbed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on Wednesday morning, July 10. 

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the children’s mother, 25-year-old Nurain Hasnorizal, in a statement to Sinar Harian on the same day.

Nurain said her eldest son, Muhammad Akil Syauqi Nur Sufian, 3, breathed his last at 8.40am.

“My son is dead. Now I’m waiting for the autopsy process,” he said tearfully.

The two brothers, Muhammad Akil and Muhammad Luth Syauqi, 2, were being treated at the Penang Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) after eating what are believed to be poison-laced crackers in Kampung Padang Ubi, Labu Besar, Kulim in Kedah on Sunday (July 7).

On Monday (July 8), Kulim district police chief Supt Mohd Azizul Mohd Khairi said the mother of the two brothers became aware of the incident at 11am after her children vomited and were foaming at the mouth.

The two victims are believed to have taken a packet of crackers containing rat poison, which was hung on the fence of a nearby garden and believed to be used to kill monkeys.

Muhammad Akil Syauqi (left) breathed his last at 8.40am on Wednesday while receiving treatment at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of Penang Hospital. PHOTO: ANN/THE STAR SOURCE