The police investigation into the tragic death of the violently abused 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Ghadaffi has been reclassified as murder.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who tweeted his condolences to the victim’s family, revealed the case was now being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
Police are waiting for the full medical report, and the IGP assured that their investigation would be concluded soon, as directed by a concerned Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“I want the investigations into the case to be accelerated so that we know the cause of his death and for legal action to be taken if there was an offence.”
“I am sad to receive news on Mohd Thaqif Amin’s death at the Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Baru. Condolences to the family,” said Najib in his Facebook posting.
Police had previously classified the case under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.
A 29-year-old suspect, who had previously served 30 months in jail for a criminal offence, had been arrested by police on Saturday, to help in investigations.
The suspect had been working for about a year as an assistant warden at the privately-run religious school in Kampung Lukut, Kota Tinggi in Johor, where Thaqif was a pupil.
Thaqif, who legs were amputated last Friday due to an infection, was alleged beaten with a water hose by the assistant warden of the school hostel on March 24.
The boy passed away at about 2.05pm at Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru on Wednesday before he could undergo another surgery to amputate his infected right arm.
The Health Ministry said it was waiting for the full medical report from the hospital on the cause of the boy’s death.
Minister Dr S Subramaniam said the report would reveal if the boy had suffered from other health problems which could have aggravated his condition.
The ministry will issue a statement in two weeks on the boy’s pre-medical condition and the cause of death.
Members of the Johor royal family led the flood of condolences that poured in for the family of abused boy Thaqif, who was visited by Sultanah of Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah at the hospital on Tuesday.
Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim extended his condolences with a photo of Thaqif with the words Al-Fatihah posted on both his official Facebook page and Instagram account.
A subsequent post on both official social media accounts also shared Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah’s condolences.
The Johor Darul Tazim (JDT) football team also posted on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.
“We from JDT Family would like to offer condolences to the family of Allahyarham Mohamad Thaqif Amin, who passed away on April 26, 2017. May he rest in peace. Al-Fatihah,” read the statement.
The page usually reflects the thoughts of the Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi tweeted his sympathy and condolences to the family.
An aid had been channelled through the Johor Islamic Council to help the late Thaqif’s family.