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'Don't tell my family I'm hurt,' pleads victim from Malaysia

'Don't tell my family I'm hurt,' pleads victim from Malaysia

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) A 19-year-old man from Malaysia who suffered serious burns to his face and body in a fire at a northern Taiwan water park on Saturday night appeared more concerned for his family than himself shortly after the accident occurred. "I beg you not to tell my family that I am hurt," pleaded Huang Liang-jie (???) shortly after being sent to Cathay General Hospital in Xizhi for treatment, according to a story in the China Times. "Please don't tell my family I'm in the hospital. My parents will get worried, and plane tickets are expensive," Huang said, when learning that New Taipei authorities were going to inform his family in Malaysia that he was injured. Of the 15 victims sent to the hospital, Huang was the only one who did not have any family members taking care of him, and that was how he wanted things to stay.
"I don't want them to know that I have become this way. I came to Taiwan to study," said the overseas Chinese student who attends Vanung University in Taoyuan, according to the report.
Local media reported, however, that Huang's pleas were ignored and Malaysian officials stationed in Taiwan notified his parents of his situation. They were expected to fly to Taipei on Tuesday to be with their son.
Huang was one of many trapped in a blaze that broke out suddenly during a party at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park (????) in New Taipei after color cornstarch powder used at the party exploded and burst into flames. The accident left around 500 people injured, and one of them has since died from the severe burns she sustained. Of the injured students, two were from China, three were overseas Chinese students, and one was an exchange student from Japan. Taiwan authorities have informed their families and offered assistance to help them to come Taiwan as soon as possible. (By Flor Wang)










Updated : 2021-09-17 19:34 GMT+08:00