A man suffered 96% burns on his body after setting himself on fire in a car at Jalan Kampung Syed Omar, Perlis on Wednesday morning (16 February).
Kangar District Police Chief Superintendent Wari Kiew said the police received a call at 8.49 pm from a 38-year-old board factory worker who informed that there was a burning car and a man in the vehicle.
At the same time, the Kangar Fire and Rescue Department was informed of this incident and a team of 10 members and emergency medical services immediately over to the scene.
When the fire and rescue team arrived at the scene, they found a vehicle completely engulfed in flames with a man sitting inside of it.
In one of the videos that went viral on social media, the victim can be seen walking out of the flames with his entire body on fire. A civilian who stopped his car behind the burning car then got out of the car and calmed the man, as well as extinguished the fire on the victim’s body before contacting the authorities for help.
“Firefighters who arrived at the scene managed to extinguish the fire on the victim’s car and the victim was taken to the Emergency and Trauma Department of Tuanku Fauziah Hospital (HTF), Kangar for treatment,” Wari Kiew said.
He said that the investigations found that the 28-year-old man is a psychiatric patient receiving outpatient treatment at HTF’s psychiatric department.
The father of the victim revealed that the victim had tried to commit suicide in January and last Tuesday, before being saved by the family both times.
“The cause of the victim’s suicide attempts is believed to be disappointed with his ex-girlfriend who has found a new lover,” Wari Kiew said.
He added that the father had suspected that his son was going to make another attempt last night and rushed to the police station for help after seeing him down a bottle of petrol and leaving the house.
Unfortunately, the victim did not survive the incident while receiving treatment at HTF.