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Abandoned M'sia teen with special needs dies

When Malaysian immigration officers made checks to weed out illegals at a block of flats in Nilai in June last year, they were shocked to find a malnourished teen.

Muhammad Firdaus Dullah, then 15,​ was covered in filth and his own faeces.

All he had was the tattered and soiled T-shirt on his back.

While there was a wheelchair in the room, the teen could only move on his buttocks and could not use his legs.

Investigations revealed that he had been left there by his relatives as they could not care for him, Star Online reported.

Family problems

A babysitter who previously took care of the teen for eight years until she got married in 2012 and moved away said he used to be able to stand up and speak a few words.

She added that she didn't believe the teen's mother would abuse him:

"(His mother) has a lot of problems and suffered a miscarriage recently." 

He was eventually placed under the care of the Social Welfare Department's children's institutions.

 

Abandoned and malnourished, the teen died after suffering a seizure. PHOTO: STAR ONLINE

The 16-year-old suffered a seizure recently and died at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban.

Negri Sembilan welfare, women and family development committee chairman Datuk Norhayati Omar confirmed Firdaus' death in a short statement. 

Sources: Star Online, The Straits Times

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