Personnel of the Perak Civil Defence Force had conducted a “motivational camp” for boys and girls aged between 10 and 12 at the force’s headquarters in Kuala Kangsar, Malaysia. The camp, held from Friday to Sunday, was jointly organised by the force and local school.
A footage showed young girls screaming and crying after they were asked to step into a pit with two blood pythons in it. Perak Civil Defence Force director, Col. Mohd Noor Hassan Ashari Sulaiman, said the department had suspended four coaches and six assistants.
“The programme has also been suspended. We want to ensure justice is served and the appropriate punishment is meted out to those found guilty, in accordance to our procedures,” he said.
Mohd Noor told this was the 32nd edition of the programme which started in 2012 involving 1,622 school children over the past four years. “This should not have happened. I am appalled by the incident,” he added.