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9-year-old girl electrocuted while playing near electricity pole
MELAKA: A Year Three pupil was electrocuted while playing in a pool of water at the base of an electricity pole near her house in Kampung Gedung Lalang, Bukit Rambai here today.
In the 1pm incident, the victim, Mariam Najwa, nine, was playing with her younger brother, Muiz Asyraf, three, at the pool of water about 20 metres from her house when she suddenly collapsed.
The girl's father, Massari Muhammad, 35, said he only came to know what had happened when alerted by a neighbour.
He said he was home at the time of the incident and that his wife Norazlin Azmi, 32, had brought their fifth child to see a doctor because he was not well.
He said moments later Muiz entered the house and complained of pain in his legs.
"I thought he had been bitten by insects and applied some balm while at the same time calling out for Mariam but not getting any reply," he said when met at the Melaka Hospital mortuary, here.
Massari said he immediately rushed to the scene on being alerted by the neighbour and tried to lift his daughter up but could not because electricty was still flowing through her.
He said after succeeding in lifting her out of the pool of water, he rushed her to the Bukit Rambai health clinic but was told the girl had died.
Massari, who works as a cook at a hotel in the city, said he found it hard to accept the way his daughter had died and added that he would not hesitate to take legal action if her death was due to electrocution because of the electicity pole.
Melaka Tengah police chief ACP Salehhudin Abd Rahman confirmed a police report had been received on the incident and that the case had been classified as sudden death. BERNAMA