A Sri Lankan student attacked by Malaysian youth, passed away from his injuries at the Surdan Hospital in Suban on Nov 30th, 40 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur, Tamil daily Virakesari said on it’s website.
Virakesari report further says, Sri Sarangan, a student of Nottingham University Engineering faculty, in Malaysia was rushed to the Surdan Hospital in a critical condition after being attacked by Malaysian youths targeting ‘Indian students’ three days ago. Sri Sarangan is an old boy (A/L 2005) of Colombo Hindu College, Bambalapitty.
According to Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry sources, the Malaysian youth had mistaken Sri Sarangan and other Sri Lankan students to be ‘Indians’ and assaulted them. A friend of Sri Sarangan was also admitted to the hospital.
The Sri Lankan Mission in Kuala Lumpur immediately informed the Malaysian Government to ensure maximum security to the Sri Lankan student community in Malaysia on the instructions of the Sri lanka Foreign Ministry.
Sri Lankan Mission officials have visited the hospital, Virakesari report said.
Australian universities such as Monash University and Curtin University, and Britain’s University of Nottingham have campuses in Malaysia.
It has been just over a year since Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi announced the country’s goal of attracting 100,000 international students by 2010 as part of its plan to become an education hub.