ALOR SETAR: A total of 36 students from the Institute of Al-Quran Darul Aman (IQDAR) here had to be rushed to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB) for suspected food poisoning this morning.
The students, comprising 21 boys and 15 girls, had suffered from abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dizziness and vomiting.
Fifteen were sent to HSB from 9am, while the rest were treated at the hostel.
IQDAR deputy director Muhammad Yusni Yaakob said the institute noted something was amiss after many students failed to show up for classes at 8am.
“The lecturer then did a check at the student dormitory and found some students experiencing symptoms of food poisoning such as vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness.
“They are believed to have eaten nasi Arab with mutton and chicken delivered by a restaurant at 11pm, but based on confessions from students, some only ate the food between 1am and 5am,” he said when met at IQDAR here today.