Navy officer cadet's post-mortem report revealed to family on July 2, says Health Dept

Zahratulhayat Mat Arif

IPOH: The final and conclusive post-mortem report on Royal Malaysian Navy officer cadet J. Soosaimanicckam was revealed to his family on July 2, state Health Department director Dr Ding Lay Ming said.

The 27-year-old man had died during a training session on board KD Sultan Idris in Lumut.

She said the post-mortem was conducted by Seri Manjung Hospital medical officers according to the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“However, the deceased’s family was not satisfied over the report and had lodged a complaint with the public complaints management system against the hospital and the department last month,” she said today.

Hospital representatives were supposed to meet Soosaimanicckam’s family members on Thursday to give an explanation on the post-mortem results.

“However, the meeting could not be carried out since the family requested to bring in their lawyers during the meeting,” she said.


The final and conclusive post-mortem report on Royal Malaysian Navy officer cadet J. Soosaimanicckam was revealed to his family on July 2, state Health Department director Dr Ding Lay Ming said. (NSTP file pic)

“The request was politely rejected by the hospital as it is against the SOP. However, this matter is likely to have been misunderstood by the family’s advocate.”

Dr Ding said the hospital and the department were ready to assist the family if they required the details of the case.

It was reported yesterday that the family’s lawyers, Zaid Malek and Mahajoth Singh, had in a joint statement urged the Health Ministry to look into alleged unprofessional conduct and lack of transparency on the part of the hospital and department.

The lawyers claimed that, despite repeated requests, Seri Manjung Hospital had refused to release the final and conclusive post-mortem report.

The lawyers who had accompanied J. Calvin, the brother of the deceased, to the meeting with hospital representatives were asked to leave. The order came from the department’s deputy director, Dr Noorisah Mahat Noor.

N. Surendran, another lawyer hired by the family, was quoted as saying that the family was concerned because the preliminary report had stated that the cadet had died of fluid in the lungs.

He said this was strange as the medical report, prior to the training session, had revealed that he was fit.

On May 20, a news portal had quoted Manjung district police chief assistant commissioner Muhammad Hanif Othman as saying that the forensic report had ruled out foul play in the officer cadet’s death and that he had died of fluid in the lungs. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd