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SEGAMAT – The Segamat District Islamic Affairs Office will handle the burial of a two-year-old girl found dead, allegedly from abuse, last Sunday at a rented room here, according to police.

Segamat Police chief Supt Raub Selamat said the girl had no relatives except for her mother and an elder brother who were in police custody over her alleged abuse.

“The body of the girl is at the Segamat Hospital mortuary and will be claimed by the Social Welfare Department and handed over to the District Islamic Affairs Office.

“However, the body can only be claimed after a second identification by the girl’s mother,” he said to reporters here today.

Raub said the girl was expected to be buried at the Kampung Berata Muslim Cemetery here today.

The girl was found dead at about 1 am on Sunday at the rented room of the family at a shophouse here. She had bruises on her head and body.

Police yesterday remanded for a week up to July 16 the girl’s 42-year-old mother and 23-year-old elder brother, who is believed to be mentally disabled, to help in the investigation. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Police have arrested a couple on suspicion of causing the death of their nine-year-old son in Subang Jaya, near here last Friday.

Subang Jaya district police chief ACP Mohamad Azlin Sadari said the couple, aged 33 and 36 years, were the victim’s biological parents.

“Around 3 pm on Friday, the couple brought their son to a clinic in Subang Jaya for a medical examination, but the victim was pronounced dead three minutes after receiving treatment at the clinic.

“On examining the victim, the doctor found bruises on the face, arms, legs and backside which showed the victim had been abused,” he said in a statement today.

Mohammad Azlin said the body was sent to Serdang Hospital for post-mortem and it was confirmed that the victim had died of internal bleeding believed to have been punched and beaten with a cane.

‘Checks revealed that the victim’s father has a criminal record involving drugs while his mother was involved in fraud and burglary cases,” he said.

He said the couple were remanded for seven days from yesterday until June 2 for further investigations. – BERNAMA


JOHOR BARU – The 11-year-old student whose legs were amputated due to alleged physical abuse at a religious school in Kota Tinggi is currently undergoing surgery which will likely see him lose his right arm.

His aunt Dzuraidah Ahmad, 38, said that the boy entered the operating theatre of Hospital Sultan Ismail at around 8am on Wednesday. However, the procedure has been delayed as his heart rate is not stable.

She said the decision to amputate Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi’s right arm came after there was no improvement to the condition of the limb.

It was reported that his right arm and fingers had turned black due to damaged blood cells and tissue despite showing signs of improvement on Sunday.

“The doctors told us that the most important thing is saving the boy’s life and we trust them as they tried their level best to avoid cutting off his arm earlier.

“We want to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of his body and causing more problems,” she said when contacted.

The 11-year-old is now likely to lose his right arm in addition to both his legs following the alleged abuse by the school’s assistant warden.

The suspect, 29, an ex-convict, reportedly whipped the boy and several other students with a water hose to punish them.

His police remand ends Wednesday. – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA – A participant of the 9th season reality singing competition, Mohammad Azri Abdullah, pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to a charge of abusing his step daughter.

Mohammad Azri, 30, who is married to 5th season Mentor champion, Salma Andi-Asis, after the charge was read out to him before Judge Mohammed Mokhzani Mokhtar.

He was charged with committing the offence on the girl, now aged 10, by dipping her hands in hot water at an apartment at Section 9, Subang Jaya here, at 8 am on May 5, 2016.

The charge, under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, provides an imprisonment for up to 20 years, or fine, or both, if found guilty.

Deputy public prosecutor V. V. Suloshani, who prosecuted, offered bail at RM15,000 with one surety, but lawyer Fahmi Abd Moin, representing Mohammad Azri, said his client was the sole family breadwinner and had three children and a mother to take care of.

The court then set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and fixed May 15 for mention.

Mohammad Azri married Salma on Jan 31 last year and the couple has a child from the marriage. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – A Datuk and Datin who have been embroiled in the alleged abuse of children in a welfare home in Ipoh, have finally decided to tell their side of the story.

Breaking their silence after nearly a month, the Datuk and Datin denied all allegations of abuse and ill-treatment of the children in the Society of Caring Hands Ipoh (Sochi), which was reported in theSun on Dec 27, 2016.

On the contrary, the Datin said in 2012, her husband, who is a doctor, had received RM2million from a patient as a donation for the home and that he, the Datuk had matched the donation with RM2million of his own money.

The elderly couple, aged 74 and 71 respectively, spoke to theSun on condition of not being named, and in the presence of their lawyer recently.

The Datin said she and her husband had started Sochi in 2003 as a community service after her retirement as a teacher in an all boys Chinese vernacular school in Ipoh.

The Datin denied all allegations made by Sochi’s committee and the children levelled against her including:
> caning or abusing them;
> taking the children to her house when they did something wrong;
> making any of the children stay overnight at her house
> using her dogs to chase and frighten the children
> making any children sit inside her dog cage and having her dogs eat from their hands
> rationing food at the home.

“I deny all the allegations. I have spent a lot of time with the children. They were very good children (but) like all children they have negative qualities, (and) the negative qualities have been brought out of them,” she said.

Stressing that she keeps a diary of everything that happened in the home, the Datin claimed that the children were “lying”, “not telling the truth” and “have been coached” to make the allegations against her.

Although the Datin admitted that she did punish and discipline them, she did not elaborate on how she went about it.

“They were disciplined … You cannot run a home for children without having some form of discipline but they were not abused. If they were abused they wouldn’t have stayed there,” she said.

“The most common punishment will be grounding, and that is what they hate the most, like going for a party and not staying back. So when there is a party coming, everyone is well behaved.

“Other kinds of punishment are like how anybody would give them … like writing lines, standing in a corner.

“But I did not whip them. There was no whip there, I did not cane them, I did not abuse them at all,” she added.

She further claimed that none of the teachers and volunteers who had gone to teach the children have ever complained of any abuse, or noticed any scars on the children.

The children, in their testimonies claimed the Datin stopped caning on their hands as it was noticeable and would cane on the soles of the feet whenever they did anything deemed wrong to her.

When told that the children’s complaints have been corroborated by medical examinations conducted by a senior consultant paediatrician, the Datin alleged that the paediatrician had not complied by the Guidelines for the Hospital Management for Child Abuse and Neglect.

“The doctor came to check, the police and social welfare department were also asked to come to testify that but the welfare department didn’t ask the doctor to do it,” she said.

In the medical report by the senior consultant paediatrician of Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun, it was stated that the doctors and his team were asked to review the children “by one of the Society of Caring Hands Committee members, the police and Welfare Department” as they were suspected of being abused.

The Datin, who initially claimed that she doesn’t know the paediatrician later said he was one of the panel of doctors for the home.

Asked if she had taken the children to her house when they did something wrong, the Datin said “no” while the Datuk nodded his head to the question at the same time.

She was quick to elaborate, “It was not like that. I have brought them to my house for my daughter’s wedding. They have never stayed in my house,” she said, adding that her two Labradors, are friendly and harmless dogs and have never chased the girls.

As for the provisions for the home, she said would buy what is needed and would give the caretaker RM1,000 every month to buy whatever the children ask for.

theSun had reported in December that 12 girls staying at the Caring Hands (Kakum Karangal) welfare home run by Sochi are said to have been subjected to physical and emotional abuse for years.

According to 12 ill-treated girls aged between seven and 18, the “abusive hands” were allegedly those of the home manager, a Datin and wife of a Datuk who is a senior official of the society.

The alleged abuse case is now under investigation by the authorities. – The Sun Daily

SEREMBAN – The three-year-old toddler, Muhammad Adam, who was found alone at a house in Gemencheh, Tampin yesterday is now in good condition and active.

The medical reports issued by the Tampin Hospital also stated that there were no signs of physical abuse on the boy, said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Karim.

She said her ministry viewed the incident seriously and the Social Welfare Department (JKM) would continue to monitor the case closely.

“The ministry, through JKM, has conducted an early intervention session with the counsellor-in-charge of the case upon the child’s admission to the Tampin Hospital.

“JKM will also complete its investigation to put him under the care of the proper person namely his grandfather who has expressed the desire to take care of the child before obtaining a temporary injunction for him from the court,” she said in a statement here today.

Rohani said according to Section 31 and Section 33 of the Child Act 2001, it was an offence for parents or a guardian to leave a child without reasonable supervision.

“According to Section 31, parents may be fined not more than RM20,000 or jailed for a term not exceeding 10 years and Section 33 carries a fine of not more than RM5,000 or two years’ jail or both upon conviction,” she said. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: A 30-year-old woman, who had chained her daughter’s leg to a lamp post at Bandar Sunway near here, was briefly questioned and released on Wednesday night.

Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohammad Azlin Sadari said police were alerted about the incident at the Lagoon Perdana apartment here at Bandar Sunway about 6.35pm on Wednesday.

“When our men arrived at the scene, a group of people had already gathered around the girl who was chained to a pole,” he said.

Ten minutes later, the mother arrived and admitted to chaining her daughter.

Police then advised the mother to release the eight-year-old girl who was chained as punishment as she often refused to go to school.

He added that both mother and daughter were brought to the Subang Jaya district police headquarters for questioning.

ACP Azlin said that it was the first time the girl was chained and police later released the woman and girl.

He added police were investigating the case under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for neglect and exposure of a child to physical injury.

IPOH: A two-year-old boy with brain haemorrhage who was left by the roadside (pic) to die is recupe­rating at the hospital here.

A passer-by found the unconscious boy inside a box in Jalan Ampang Baru 6 at about 1.30pm on July 30 before sending him to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital.

He has now regained consciousness and is able to breathe on his own.

Suspecting that the boy was a victim of child abuse, police are urging eyewitnesses to come forward.

Those with information should contact investigating officer Asst Supt Kamariah Jamaludin at 016-524 9091 or 05-245 1628/1629

SUNGAI PETANI: A two-year-old girl died on the way to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital here suspected to have been physically abused by her mother and boyfriend.

Kuala Muda police chief Asst Comm Md Zukir Md Isa (pic) said Ainul Solehah Mohd Husamuddin was rushed to the hospital by her 22-year-old mother.

“The victim was pronounced dead by the hospital at 9.40pm Wednesday,” he said in a statement.

ACP Md Zukir said the girl had new and old bruises all over her body including her stomach and private part.

“Post-morten result found out that there was a swelling at the top of her head and she fractured her right shoulder,” he said.

“The victim sustained the injuries over two to three days, believed to be from Aug 8 after she returned home from her mother’s house in Manjung,Perak” he said.

On Jan 9, the girl was also found to have been abused by her babysitter who has been charged in court on Feb 1.

“The victim’s mother and her 24-year old male companion had been arrested and remanded for one week from Aug 11 to assist in murder investigations,” said ACP Md Zukir.

SUNGAI PETANI: A ‘ustaz’ (religious teacher) is being held under remand for four days from Friday to assist a police probe into caning injuries suffered by three male pupils at a religious school here.

The 27-year-old ustaz was arrested in Parit Buntar, Perak, at 10.10pm yesterday after the incident at the school went viral over social media, said Kuala Muda Police chief ACP Md Zukir Md Isa today.

He told Bernama the teacher was being remanded under Section 324 of the Penal Code relating to voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means.

The penalty, upon conviction, is imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with whipping or any two of such punishments.

Md Zukir said the police had recorded statements from two of the pupils, aged 12 and 10, from Tikam Batu, Sungai Petani, and Bayan Lepas, Penang. The third pupil had yet to be contacted, he added. – Bernama