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MOE sets up special committee to probe freak student death involving lawn tractor

Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid giving a press conference on February 8, 2018. — Bernama pic
Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid giving a press conference on February 8, 2018. — Bernama pic

SEREMBAN,  Feb 13 — A special committee  will be set up by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to conduct an internal inquiry on the death of a Form Two student who was hit by a flying blade from a lawn tractor in a freak incident at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Gemas, Negeri Sembilan.

Two other students were also injured in the incident.

According to a statement  issued by the ministry, the committee would be chaired by Negeri Sembilan Education Director. 

“MOE expresses sadness, sympathy and regrets over the incident and also expresses its condolences to the family of the student involved.

“MOE  also seeks the cooperation of all quarters to stop spreading information on the incident as a respect for the family of the student involved, as well as the teachers and students at the school,” it said.

The ministry  said based on preliminary report, the incident happened while students at the school were having a rehearsal for the sports’ day parade at the school field.

“During the rehearsal, a lawn tractor was cutting grass nearby, about 30 metres away. 

“When the tractor stopped, a loud sound was heard by students involved in the rehearsal, and at the same time, teachers supervising the rehearsal found three students injured on the head, involving two Form Two students and a Form One student,” it said. — Bernama

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