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Malaysian family seeks answers amid alleged police brutality and tragic death

A Malaysian man’s family, demanding justice and answers, alleges police assault during his 29 January arrest. Tragically, he succumbed two days later to severe head trauma, sparking calls for accountability.

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MALAYSIA: A Malaysian man, suspected of being a drug addict, tragically passed away on 1 February after an alleged assault by policemen.

The family of the deceased, identified as Mohd Hafiz Salleh, is seeking justice and demanding an explanation from the police regarding the incident, which was captured in viral videos.

The man’s death was revealed by his sister, who took to her Facebook page on 2 February, gaining attention from netizens.

The incident occurred during an arrest conducted by the Langkawi Narcotics Investigation Division at Ayer Hangat petrol station in Langkawi, Kedah, on 29 January, as reported in a Facebook post.

A confrontation between the victim and the police caused significant injuries, including severe head trauma, leading to Mohd Hafiz’s admission to the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).

Regrettably, despite spending two days in the hospital, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries on 1 February and was subsequently laid to rest in his hometown at Kampung Ewa, Langkawi, as stated in the Facebook post.

The video footage depicts a group of plainclothes policemen using force during Mohd Hafiz’s arrest.

In the distressing footage, Mohd Hafiz is seen sitting on the ground with blood dripping down his face as the police attempt to handcuff him, with one of the officers delivering a kick.

Local news media have reached out to Langkawi district police chief Assistant Commissioner Shariman Ashari for comment, but as of now, there has been no feedback or response from the police regarding the incident.

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