Kuala Lumpur, June 16 2017: When Malaysians caught the news that assault victim T. Nhaveen had died without regaining consciousness in Georgetown, Penang on Saturday, many took to social media to express their sadness and anger.
The teenager’s case had been raging in cyberspace ever since it became viral, raising sympathy, concern, despair and anger.
It came soon after the death of navy cadet Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain on June 1. He was assaulted by a group of fellow students of the National Defence University Malaysia.
On Wednesday, 19 cadets have been charged with his murder.
In Nhaveen’s case, five young men are now being investigated.
Nhaveen was viciously attacked by a group of teenagers known to him.
There was outrage when both cases were reported.
Malaysians wanted justice for them, saying that this should not be the norm in school, colleges or in the community.
Get to the root of the problem, many echoed.
Last evening, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in his message of condolences to Nhaveen’s family, said justice and stern action will be taken against his assailants.
“Saddened to receive expressed news of the passing of T. Nhaveen’s,” he wrote on his FB wall
Early this morning tributes were posted on Facebook for Nhaveen from a cross section o Malaysians.
“RIP Nhaveen” resonated on social media.
“I’m sorry, boy‘, wrote journalist Elvina Fernandez on FB, expressing a sense of helplessness.
“Very sad indeed. What is happening to our young? How can they be so violent? RIP Nhaveen. I hope you and your family get the justice you deserve,’ another journalist Chan Cheng Tuan said.
Public Relations consultant-cum-chef Hasnah Abdul Rahman had this on her wall:
“RIP dear boy. You are with angels now. No more pain. And to your family, be strong. The whole nation weeps with you.
Lawyer Azhar Harun wrote :”Dear Nhaveen, the world was cruel to you. May the heavens shower you with love. R.I.P”.
Many others expressed the hope that the authorities, the community as well as schools and colleges look seriously into this.
“Let not their deaths be in vain.” one said.