From a young age, many boys, while growing up, are taught to always protect those who need protecting– to always put others before themselves in times of trouble, to be selfless. The aforementioned qualities were represented yesterday in it’s purest form by a college student after he died protecting a female friend from getting slashed by machetes here in Kota Kinabalu.
The college student, an 18-year-old Eurasian identified as Yaacob Nasran lost his life after he and a group of eight other friends intervened in a divorced couple’s fight at Jalan Coastal here in Kota Kinabalu early this morning.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner M Chandra told NST that Nasran and his friends had just left a pub at the Asia Star City Complex here at about 4am when they saw a couple fighting, and tried to intervene and break up the fight, which only aggravated the man.
“The man had asked his cousin, who was in the vicinity, to attack them with a machete,” he said during a press conference, adding one of them was carrying the weapon with him. One of them was swinging the machete randomly at the group but Yaacob shielded a female friend from getting injured.
Chandra said the boy died due to excessive bleeding from the slashed wounds on his left forehead, left neck and back.
Yaacob’s brother, Nabiel, 19, who is still studying in Singapore, was also injured with slashes on his chin and thumbs, while another victim Muhammad Mirhabbil Mirdat, 18, had 16 stitches on his lower lips.
Chandra added the police had arrested the two men at Bukit Padang at 10am and another four people from a pub, including the 23-year-old ex-wife of the man who had attacked the group.
Police later recovered two samurai swords believed to have been used in the attack following the arrest of the two main suspects.
To add distaste to the already pent-up anger among netizens after learning of the incident, the two main suspects allegedly took selfies while in the police station following their arrests, with big dirty smirks on their faces, as reported by Says.
It goes without saying that this was an incredibly heart-wrenching incident. The Inscriber sends forth the highest of salutes to Nasran’s brave soul, and also our condolences to his family and loved ones.
Cited from NST