KUALA LUMPUR ― An angler fishing from the embankment of the Klang River off Jalan Tun Sambanthan, near the Pos Malaysia headquarters, got a rude shock when he was set on fire on Sunday.
The 42-year-old victim was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance summoned by passersby.
Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharuddin Abdullah said police had detained three suspects on Monday in connection with the incident.
They also obtained swabs of petrol for analysis after burnt residue was discovered at the scene.
Shaharuddin clarified the victim had been doused with petrol, and not acid as speculated over social media.
The victim suffered 30 per cent burns to his body and is undergoing treatment at a hospital.
Police were able to piece together what had transpired when they visited the victim on Monday.
“The victim claimed he could not remember much except that it took place near Jalan Tun Sambanthan and not Jalan Pekeliling as reported earlier.”
Investigators went to the location and interviewed three witnesses who confirmed the incident occured at around 9pm on Sunday.
Investigations revealed the victim had gone to the bridge near the Pos Malaysia headquarters to fish with his cousin and two friends at around 8pm on Sunday.
According to Shaharuddin, one witness told police the victim was fishing with several others under a bridge before a suspect poured petrol over the angler and ignited the petrol with a lighter.
He said the motive of the attack was due to the suspect’s unhappiness with the victim over his frequent drunken behaviour.
The victim dived into the river to save himself. He swam to safety and fell asleep by the river bank until the following morning, when he decided to return to the location where the incident took place.
Passersby who were shocked to see his condition telephoned emergency services.