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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Teen wins suit against the Government and Civil Defence Department



ALOR SETAR: A 15-year-old boy has won a total of RM27,500 in a suit filed against the Government and Civil Defence Department for negligence over his severed finger tip that was thrown into a toilet bowl.
Session court Judge Maznah Abdul Aziz on Tuesday ordered the amount to be paid to SMK Pendang student Muhammad Shaeidil Amir after a settlement was reached between the plaintiff and the defendants in court here.
In the suit filed through his mother Zuraiza Omar, 39, Muhammad Shaeidil named the Civil Defence Department director-general and the department as the first defendant and the Malaysian Government as the second defendant.
He received RM25,000 in general and special compensation and RM2,500 in costs.
In the suit, Muhammad Shaeidil claimed that he accidentally cut off the tip of his index finger at his home in Kampung Batu Menunggol, Air Putih in Pendang here on Nov 2, 2007.
After the incident, Zuraiza put the small tip in an ice pack and brought it to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital where she sent her son for treatment.
Upon arrival at the hospital, Zuraiza handed the package containing the finger tip to a Civil Defence Department personnel while Muhammad Shaeidil was pushed to the emergency ward.
However, he claimed that the Civil Defence Department personnel threw the tip into a toilet bowl.
In the suit, the plaintiff regretted that the Civil Defence Department personnel had failed to consult either one of them or the doctor before throwing off the finger tip.
Counsel Simon Murali represented the plaintiff while Federal Counsel Adlina Nujumudin represented the Civil Defence Department and the Malaysian Government. - theStarOnline

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