Bangladeshi teen found in container in Malaysia dies

30 Apr 2023 03:41pm
The teenager found in a container in Westport, Port Klang last January.
The teenager found in a container in Westport, Port Klang last January.

SHAH ALAM - A teenage boy from Bangladesh, who was sent home last February after being found in a container in Port Klang, Selangor, has reportedly died near his home.

News portal Bdnews24.Com said the police said Ratul Islam Fahim had drowned while he was alone in a pool near his house in Monohargonj, Comilla district, yesterday.

His father, Faruk Mia, told the police that Ratul, who was mentally ill, did not know how to swim.

Faruk further said that Ratul was bathing alone because everyone else had gone out to harvest rice in the fields.

"How can I live after this?" he said on his eldest son of three siblings.

According to Bdnews24.Com, Ratul was buried without undergoing an autopsy process after his family received permission from the local authorities.

The report also said that the authorities will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident.

The story of the 16-year-old teen had caught the attention of international media, especially in Malaysia, after he was found in a container unloaded from a ship at Westport in Port Klang on January 17.

The boy had reportedly survived for six days without any food or drinks.

He told the authorities that he was playing in the container with his friends in Chittagong before he was locked inside.

Ratul then received treatment at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Klang before he was transferred to a temporary care centre.

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The Home Ministry helped prepare his documents with the Bangladesh High Commission in Malaysia before he was sent home on February 22. - Awani