News of a 15-year-old boy alleging that his friends set him on fire after accusing him of having stolen RM100 shocked netizens over the weekend. The incident, which took place around 3 a.m. in Kampung Perasing Jaya on Friday (July 22) left the boy with 40% burns on his neck and back.
Kemaman district police chief Superintendent Hanyan Ramlan told reporters that police believe that the boy had been doused with a liquid, most likely petrol, before being torched by some of his friends over the accusation.
The victim returned home shortly after, to his distraught father, and is now being treated at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan, Pahang. Reports say that he is in stable condition.
According to Supt. Hanyan Ramlan, all of the accused perpetrators, aged 18 to 28, were apprehended at various locations throughout the district between Friday and Saturday.
“Three of them work in factories,…