ALOR STAR: A mentally-challenged man is paralysed from the waist down after he was allegedly thrown off a balcony at a private religious school here on Tuesdat.
Mohd Asymuni Ilias, 27, underwent a five-hour surgery on his spine at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here where doctors said he may never walk again.
Asymuni's father, Ilias Mustafa, a 52-year-old building contractor, said two of his son's schoolmates, rushed to his house in Taman Nilam here to inform him of the incident.
"I rushed to the school and found my son groaning in pain. He could not move.
"He told me that several schoolmates had pushed him off the balcony from the first floor of the double-storey building."
He said Asymuni, who is enrolled as a part-time student to study the Quran for almost 10 years, claimed he was attacked as a punishment for allegedly stealing a watch from one of his schoolmates.
"I know my son. He is a slow learner but he is not aggressive."
He said Asymuni often complained that he was being bullied but he never paid attention to his son's concerns.
"My son is a slow learner, but he has never hurt anyone or caused trouble at school.
"He is now paralysed and I am very sad and angry with those responsible for this," he said, adding that he had lodged a police report on the matter.
Ilias also complained that the school authorities showed very little concern over the incident.
"I pay RM100 to the school every month, but nobody seemed to care about my son's plight now."
Kedah Islamic Religious Department director Datuk Khairuddin Zain said he had directed his officers to check if the school was registered with the department.
"This is a very serious matter and we will work closely with the police to find out what had really happened," he said. - NST