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Malaysia Soccer Star in Critical Condition After Acid Attack

Acid Attack

Faisal Halim, a star player for Malaysia’s soccer team, is in “critical but stable condition” after an acid attack left him with severe burns, officials said late Tuesday. Halim, 26, was assaulted with concentrated sulfuric acid outside a shopping mall near Kuala Lumpur on May 5, resulting in significant injuries to his face, neck, shoulders, hands, and chest.

Here are some details according to the report of CNN International.

Impact on Halim’s Health

The Football Association of Selangor reported that Halim’s speech and movement were affected, and he is expected to undergo at least two more surgeries. Shahril Mokhtar, the deputy president of the association, stated that Halim has fourth-degree burns. These burns can damage deep tissues and even bones. He is currently being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is under close monitoring by medical specialists.

“The left side of his body and arm are severely affected, which impacts his movement,” Mokhtar said. “It’s quite bad; he can’t really feel his left arm and couldn’t communicate clearly after surgery.”

Images of Halim after the attack circulated widely on social media, causing shock among soccer fans and raising safety concerns. In the photos, he appeared stunned, sitting with a towel wrapped around him, surrounded by police officers and medical personnel. His skin was visibly burned and peeling in several areas.

This incident marks the second violent attack on a Malaysian soccer player within a month. Earlier, national team player Akhyar Rashid was attacked by armed robbers in Kuala Lumpur, suffering a gash on his forehead.

Authorities Investigate, Two Suspects Arrested

Malaysian police are investigating the acid attack, but the motive remains unknown. Two suspects, one in his late 30s and the other in his 20s, have been detained in connection with the assault. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim visited Halim in the hospital and condemned the attack. He also wished Halim a speedy recovery and a swift return to soccer.

Halim has been a prominent figure in Malaysian soccer since his debut with the national team in 2019. He was instrumental in helping Malaysia qualify for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup in Qatar and scored the winning goal in a World Cup qualifying match against Kyrgyzstan last year. He plays as an attacker for Selangor Football Club, which finished second in the last Malaysia Super Liga season.

The football community in Malaysia is rallying behind Halim and calling for stricter safety measures to protect players. The new Malaysia Super Liga season is set to start later this month, but the recent attacks have brought increased scrutiny to player security and public safety.

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