7 Malaysian students hospitalised after eating glass shards in noodles provided by govt programme

Kuala Kubu Baru assemblywoman Lee Kee Hiong visiting one of the hospitalised students.
Kuala Kubu Baru assemblywoman Lee Kee Hiong visiting one of the hospitalised students.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Seven students under the Malaysian government's Supplementary Food Programme were admitted to hospital after reportedly eating glass shards found in a provided meal of mee goreng (fried noodles) on Wednesday (Feb 24).

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 when they tried to show a teacher that there was glass in the noodles on Wednesday, the students were told to throw it away, that it was just plastic," claimed Ms Lee.

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

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 Ms Lee, who added that two students had been discharged since her visit on Saturday.

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

Datuk Kamalanathan will visit the warded students upon his return tonight.