Boy, 15, found covered in faeces and urine
Discovery of teen shocks M'sian officials
Malaysian immigration officials were shocked by the sight of a severely malnourished and handicapped teenager when they were conducting checks at a block of flats in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.
The 15-year-old boy, who is also believed to be mentally challenged, was wearing only a tattered, soiled T-shirt, and was covered in his own faeces and urine in one of the rooms of the unit, reported Malaysia's The Star.
Officers themselves were stunned. "Oh god! This is so cruel," said the officer who stumbled upon the boy.
State Immigration director Faizal Fazri Othman said investigations revealed the teenager's name was Muhammad Firdaus Dullah.
"He was incredibly thin and we could see all the bones in his emaciated frame," he said, adding that the teen was unable to stand or sit on his own.
The teenager's limbs were also deformed, believed to have been caused by severe malnutrition.
Mr Faizal said the teenager looked only half his age due to his condition.
"The entire unit was full of filth with used polystyrene packs scattered all over the place," he said, adding that officers found the teen's birth certificate in the unit.
Nilai police spokesman Superintendent Abdullah Roning said that a woman, believed to be employed as a helper in a catering company in Sepang, was arrested on Saturday evening.
"We have obtained an order to remand her till Wednesday," he said, adding that the case was being investigated.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said she was appalled and saddened by the incident.
She said preliminary investigations showed that the boy was living with his mother and that his parents are divorced.
The boy's mother told authorities that she did not abuse or neglect her child.