Johor tahfiz beating: 11-year-old still comatose, but improving

Halim Said

JOHOR BARU: Eleven-year-old tahfiz pupil, Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Ghadaffi, who was allegedly so brutally assaulted by an assistant warden that he fell into a coma, is showing signs of improvement, doctors said today.

His condition is stable following yesterday's operation to remove blood clots in his right hand. However, Thaqif, who had both his badly-injured legs amputated on Friday, is still unconscious. He is at the intensive care unit (ICU) at the Sultan Ismail Hospital here.

His mother, Felda Wani Ahmad, said her son has also undergone dialysis treatment, as his kidneys are starting to fail.

Thaqif is a pupil of a privately-managed tahfiz (Quran memorisation and studies) school in Kampung Lukut, Kota Tinggi, who is allegedly the victim of abuse by an assistant warden there.

The 29-year-old man had allegedly used a rubber pipe hose to repeatedly whip Thaqif and 14 other students about three weeks ago “for making noise” in the surau of the tahfiz.

The boy was admitted to hospital two weeks after the incident.

"I never took him to get traditional medicine (as was reported). I went to the clinic, as he had a fever at the time. Doctors at the clinic prescribed him medicine for his fever," said Felda.

When Thaqif did not recover from his fever, she sent her son to the hospital for further checks.

Meanwhile, another parent at the religious school has expressed worry over the safety of her son.

Samsiah Abd Rahman said her son and Thaqif are classmates and good friends. She claims her son was also whipped by the assistant warden in the same manner.