‘Muara family’s death caused by carbon monoxide poisoning’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
CARBON monoxide poisoning caused the deaths of a local couple and an elderly woman at the Muara Police Station Barracks, police said.
The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday confirmed the deaths of the three family members were related to carbon monoxide poisoning, following a post-mortem on the deceased.
An investigation into the incident is still ongoing, however no foul play was suspected after the individuals were found dead in their home last Saturday.
The deceased included a police personnel and his wife, both aged 33, as well as his 63-year-old mother. A nine-year-old child and an infant, who was born a few days before the incident, were believed to have survived.
It is unclear whether the orphaned children have been placed in the care of relatives, but the Community Development Department (JAPEM) disclosed no application for custodial care had been made.
Meanwhile, some social media users speculated that the three family members died as a result of a postnatal traditional practice known as berdiang.
Authorities declined to comment on whether berdiang caused the carbon monoxide poisoning, pending completion of the police investigation.
Sometimes referred to as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell, taste or colour. Flames in an enclosed space, such as a room, produce carbon monoxide when fuels such as gas, oil, coal or wood do not burn fully.
The Brunei Times