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39 pct of child abuse cases perpetrated by biological mothers

� Over 39 per cent or 192 from 685 child abuse cases reported in the country were perpetrated by biological mothers.

According to statistics released by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, this was followed by fathers at 158 cases (32 per cent), employees of childcare centres with 29 cases (six per cent) and stepmothers at 15 cases.

Deputy Minister Hannah Yeoh said the cases were among the total 25,868 calls received by the Talian Kasih 15999 hotline last year.

Talian Kasih recorded an increase of over 70 per cent compared with 15,046 calls in 2018 which demonstrated that the people are more aware of the services provided by the ministry.

Child abuse and domestic violence made up the highest number of cases reported, she told reporters after witnessing the signing ceremony of the MoU for Chilhood Cancer Awareness between Ronald McDonalds House Charities (RMHC) and Lions Club International at Ronald McDonald House, Hospital Canselor Tunku Muhriz, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia here today.

In the event which was also attended by Malaysian International Lions Club district governor Datuk Javern Lim and Malaysian RHMC president Azmir Jaafar, Yeoh also launched the Lions Wonderland, an outdoor playground for children at the hospital.

Meanwhile, Yeoh said four Anjung Kasih Centres were currently being built in Melaka (the Melaka Hospital), Johor Bharu (the Sultan Aminah Hospital), Sandakan (the Duchess of Kent Hospital) and Penang (the Seberang Perai Hospital).

Two other shelters would be built at the Putrajaya Hospital and another in Kota Kinabalu, by 2021, she added.

Currently, there are 12 Anjung Kasih centres all nationwide, which have benefited over 75,000 people.

Source: Bernama News Agency

Under-construction condo collapse: Two workers safely rescued

— Two foreign construction workers were safely rescued after part of the structure of a 37-storey condominium under construction collapsed in Taman Desa, Jalan Klang Lama here today.

The first victim, aged 30, was found among the debris on the first floor of the building at 5.15 pm, while the second one, aged 26, was pulled out from under the rubble at 9.30 pm.

Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said the second victim also sustained some breathing difficulties as he was trapped for a few hours under the rubble.

Other injuries suffered by these two workers will be ascertained later as they had been taken to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

I would like to thank all quarters involved in the rescue operation today, she told reporters at the scene.

The two workers, believed to be from Bangladesh, were working when a large portion of the sixth floor of the building came tumbling down at 3.30 pm.

Zuraida said following the incident, the construction work on the condominium had been ordered to stop with immediate effect pending investigation by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

She said the DOSH had been instructed to carry out an investigation to ascertain the actual cause of the collapse with the findings expected to be known in a month’s time.

I will also coordinate with the Federal Territories Minister (Khalid Abdul Samad) to find out whether or not the construction of the condominium was being carried out through the right process and according to specifications, she said, adding that any further action will be taken based on DOSH’s report.

Source: Bernama News Agency

Cradle fund: Witness didn’t inform cops about Nazrin’s death threat

An elder sibling of Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan told the High Court here today that he did inform the police about a death threat his brother had received before his passing in June 2018.

The 19th prosecution witness in Nazrin’s murder trial, Dr Malek Reedzwan Hassan, said this was because he was confident that the police would somehow get to the bottom of the case.

Dr Malek Reedzwan said he got to know of the death threat from Nazrin’s personal assistant, whom he knew as Anis.

My job was to dig for information for my own personal consumption and was I confident the police would also be investigating the case deeper.

I met Anis as I wanted to find out about possible things that could have led to (Nazrin’s) death. That was on my own initiative, he said when replying to questions from Deputy Public Prosecutor Ashyraf Ashy’ari Kamaruzaman the trial presided by Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Ashyraf Ashy’ari also asked Dr Malek Reedzwan on why he was bent on finding out events that possibly took place before Nazrin’s alleged murder, to which he replied: When the death (looked) suspicious, without any illnesses involved, there is a longing to know what really happened.

Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is representing Nazrin’s wife, Samirah Muzaffar, asked Dr Malek Reedzwan about his relationship with his younger brother.

Muhammad Shafee : Throughout Nazrin’s life, your relationship with him was not good, although you claim to meet him once annually. Have you been to his house?

Dr Malek Reedzwan : I do not agree, and I have never been to Nazrin’s house.

Muhammad Shafee : There have been a few incidents to show your relationship with Nazri was not good at all. For instance, when you were at the hospital that conducted Nazrin’s post-mortem, you turned angry after not being allowed to snap photographs of his body. True?

Dr Malek Reedzwan : Yes.

Muhammad Shafee : You wanted to take photographs of his charred body for memories? This despite Dr Aziz (Dr Abdul Aziz Hassan, another older brother of Nazrin’s) also not being able to take pictures after Samirah disallowed him to do so?

Dr Malek Reedzwan : Yes, for memories.

Muhammad Shafee : And because you could not snap pictures, you became so angry that you went straight home to Johor Bahru and missed your own brother’s funeral prayers and burial?

Dr Malek Reedzwan : Yes.

Muhammad Shafee : That was very unbecoming of an older brother. You are supposed to pray for him and help in the funeral arrangements. I am now putting to you that those are not the traits of a responsible brother. Agree?

Dr Malek Reedzwan : I don’t agree.

Meanwhile, Ashyraf Ashy’ari also touched on Dr Malek Reedzwan’s state of anger and decision to return to Johor Bahru after he was stopped from snapping the photographs and also missing Nazrin’s funeral.

The witness, however, insisted that it only for memories as his brother, before his death, was a successful and good looking person but ended up dying in such a manner.

I am a person who is always learning in life. Although we can be intelligent and good looking, but we can end up (dying) like that. (So) why can’t I snap the pictures? It’s not as if I wanted to post them on social media. It was for my personal collection. To avoid a fight during a time of anger, the best thing to do was to return home, he said.

Samirah, 44, who was also a former senior executive at the Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia, and two of her teenage sons aged 17 and 14 were charged together with an Indonesian national, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, with the murder of Nazrin.

They were charged with allegedly committing the offence in a house at Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am on June 14, 2018.

The hearing continues on May 8.

Source: Bernama News Agency

Bedridden cancer patient appeals for financial aid

� Housewife Sharifah Sharimah Syed Ali, 41, is appealing for financial aid after being diagnosed with stage four skin cancer last month.

The mother of three from Kampung Kolon here used to sell nasi lemak, but as her health has deteriorated and she is now bedridden, her family is depending solely on her husband Mohd Yusof Awang’s income.

However, Mohd Yusof, 47, a rubber tapper, has no fixed income and spends a lot of time taking care of Sharifah Sharimah.

Our life keeps falling apart, what more with my husband having to take time off his job to bring me to the Penang Hospital for treatment.

The next appointment is on Feb 24, and we need RM500 for treatment cost alone, apart from expenses on transport and food, she told Bernama here today.

Sharifah Sharimah said the cancer has spread to her brain and the financial hardship the family is facing is wearing her down even more.

Therefore, she is hoping for assistance from the Social Welfare Department and Kedah State Tithe Board (LZNK) to ease her husband’s burden.

Meanwhile, Sahabat Charity Balqish (SCB) chairman Rukiza Abu Bakar, who heard of Sharifah Sharimah’s woes, handed over food such as rice and biscuits as well as monetary aid to her at her house today.

Members of public who would like to help can donate to her Bank Islam account 02075025100097 under the name Sharifah Sharimah or contact Mohd Yusof at 013-8406931.

Source: Bernama News Agency

Govt urged to hasten construction of secondary school on Pulau Tanjung Aru

— The construction of a secondary school on Pulau Tanjung Aru here should be hastened to ensure the safety of students from the island who have to travel via boat daily to reach school in Sandakan town.

Sukau assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman said this was following a boat collision in the waters off Sandakan yesterday which involved students from the island.

I hope the request can be included in the 12th Malaysian Plan, he told reporters after presenting financial aid to the victims of the incident here today.

Saddi also proposed that a dormitory be built in Sandakan town for students from Pulau Tanjung Aru to avoid such unfortunate incident from recurring, pending construction of the secondary school.

Currently, Pulau Tanjung Aru has only one primary school and a pre-school.

In the accident at about 6 am, a passenger boat with 37 on board, including students, was involved in a crash with a boat being towed by a ship, leaving 14 people injured.

General Operations Force (GOF) personnel Asman Ongkal, 40, has been reported missing in the incident.

Source: Bernama News Agency