Johor cops seek help to identity man who set himself ablaze in Taman Bukit Indah

Chuah Bee Kim

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Police are trying to identify a man, who is in critical condition due to 90 per cent burns he suffered when he set himself on fire in Taman Bukit Indah here on Sunday.

Iskandar Puteri district police chief Superintendent Noor Hashim Mohamad said the victim, in his 30s, is currently warded at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital.

In the 5.10pm incident on Sunday, the man was seen dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire at Jalan Indah Utama in Taman Bukit Indah.

He said passers-by went to his aid. The incident was also recorded and uploaded on a social media site, and had gone viral.

Noor Hashim said the lead police have on the case so far was that a man had lodged a report about his mentally-ill son who went missing in the area.

"As the victim does not have any documents on him, we need to go through a process to see if he is the son of the man who had lodged the police report.

"The complainant said his son is in his 30s, was divorced, and has undergone treatment at a mental hospital and also Cure and Care 1Malaysia Clinic," he said, adding that police have ruled out foul play in the case

The offence is being investigated under Section 309 of the Penal Code for attempted suicide which carries a one year jail term or fine, or both upon conviction.

In a separate case, police have detained a 22-year-old motorcyclist and seized a stolen lorry in Bandar Baru Kangkar Pulai at 4.46pm on Saturday.

The motorcyclist was nabbed when he want to get the lorry. Police seized a parang, three spanners, a motorcycle and RM108, among others, from the suspect, who also tested positive for morphine.

The case is being investigated under Section 379 of the Penal Code for vehicle theft which carries a maximum jail term of seven years and also a fine.