The news broke as a video went viral on social media and drew the ire of viewers worldwide.
The video shows a small group of girls crossing a ditch filled with water. As they waded through the water, a snake was hurled at them by one of the trainers.
One of the girls immediately turned back and ran away screaming while a handful reached the edge of the ditch. They were hosed with water while more girls were shouted at to get in the ditch. The girls huddled in the ditch, and they were shouted at, hosed, and had another snake thrown at them for good measure.[iframe id="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ig2kWskF6ME"]
The condemning outrage over the video led to investigations into the matter which revealed that a group of 45 children from a primary school in Perak state took part in the exercise supervised by Civil Defence Force trainers.
Perak Civil Defence Department Director Colonel Mohd Noor Hassan Ashaari Sulaiman told the state news agency Bernama that the instructors were suspended pending investigations.
He claimed that the program instructors based the exercise on YouTube videos. He added that the snakes were not part of the approved module but were not venomous.
Kuala Kangsar ACP Termizi Abdul Haq told the Malay Mail Afternoon that a member of the civil defence force had filed a case under the Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.
The latter case is to identify and charge the person who released the video for “the transmission communication which is obscene, false or offensive in character with intent to abuse, threaten or harass.”
ACP Termizi also disclosed that no parents had filed a case in regards to the exercise.