Court sentences teacher
A court on Friday sentenced a teacher to six weeks in jail for maid abuse, media reports said. Mat Nooh Sajari, 38, was found guilty of abusing her 33-year-old maid, identified as Ms Sulastri, on several occasions in February 2007, but he appealed the verdict and was released on bail of S$10,000 (US$6,845). Mat Nooh, a father of two, was found guilty of kicking the maid in the belly, slapping her for not preparing curry puffs properly and throwing a chair, pot lid and cup at her, the online edition of the Straits Times newspaper reported. The maid, who suffered injuries to her right arm and toes, eventually fled the apartment and reported the abuse to the police.
Fetuses’ sex a secret
Doctors who reveal the sex of a fetus to parents could lose their licenses, state media reported yesterday. The proposal by the Ministry of Health is designed to address an imbalance in the number of boys to girls, said Duong Quoc Trong, deputy head of the General Department of Population and Family Planning. He was quoted by Vietnam News. In May the UN Population Fund noted a steadily increasing sex ratio at birth in the country. The ratio is now 112 boys born for every 100 girls, compared with a usual ratio of 105 or 106 boys without sex selection, it said. Trong said it would not be easy to detect and punish doctors who reveal the sex of a fetus after an ultrasound, because they may just give the parents a verbal report and not make a written record.
Police find Afghan migrants
Authorities have found 15 of the 74 Afghan migrants who went missing in treacherous waters en route to Australia, police said yesterday. The asylum seekers, who have been missing since Wednesday, are being held by police on Sumbawa island, Bima city police chief Tjatur Abrianto said. He said that the migrants’ boat had been damaged and they had reached the coast through the help of local fishermen. The Indonesian navy had been searching for the boat after being told it had gone missing by Australian police.
Swine flu likely to kill 1,200
Up to 1,200 people are likely to die from swine flu over the next three years, when the virus is expected to infect almost half the population, media reports said yesterday. Prasert Thingcharoen, chairman of the Public Health Ministry’s subcommittee overseeing the outbreak of the A(H1N1) strain of the flu, said the virus was likely to infect up to 30 million of the country’s 65 million people as it runs its course over the next one to three years, of whom 30,000 to 130,000 would show symptoms and 1,200 might die, the Bangkok Post reported.
Alleged smugglers charged
Two men were charged with the trafficking of two Myanmar refugees, it was reported yesterday, the first such case in the country of people smuggling for the purposes of “forced labor.” Second-hand goods trader Azhar Yusof, 32, and self-employed Mohamad Nazeri Mat Hussein, 50, appeared separately in court on Friday, the New Straits Times reported. The two Malaysians, who allegedy made 1,500 ringgit (US$419) in each deal, face up to 20 years in jail and a fine of 500,000 ringgit if convicted. Both denied the charges. Prosecutor Mohamad Dusuki Mokhtar said they were believed to be part of a human trafficking syndicate.
Liquid cocaine seized