Bad translation mangles site
The defense ministry yesterday blamed the use of Google Translate for the mangled English that appeared on its Web site sparking online ridicule. The translations from Malay into English included dress guidelines for ministry staff that prohibited “clothes that poke eye” — a reference to revealing attire. Another section of the ministry’s Web site said that after the 1957 independence from Britain, the new government took “drastic measures to increase the level of any national security threat.” Snickering people passed the bungled translations around via social networking sites. The passages have since been removed from site.
Baby abductor charged
A woman who fooled her family into believing she was pregnant has been charged with abduction after allegedly walking into a hospital and stealing a newborn baby, police said yesterday. Neha Narayan was arrested after she was found with the baby heading for the hospital car park where her partner was waiting to take her home with what he believed was their own child. Police spokeswoman Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey told reporters Narayan faked her pregnancy for nine months before telling her partner to drop her off at Auckland’s Middlemore hospital as she was due to give birth. Inside the hospital, the 24-year-old was able to roam the maternity ward. At one stage she was found holding a baby, which she said she was comforting, and later she was handed a baby by a hospital staff member who believed she was the mother, Gates-Bowey said.
Wen to visit Middle East
Premier Wen Jiabao (溫家寶) will this week visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the foreign ministry said yesterday, amid mounting international tensions over oil-rich Iran. The country is under pressure to secure the energy supplies it needs to keep its booming economy going. Wen will hold talks with leaders of the three Arab nations and attend the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi during his six-day trip, foreign ministry spokesman Liu Weimin (劉為民) said in a statement.
Smuggled tusks seized
The government seized elephant tusks worth 2.4 million ringgit (US$760,000) from South Africa in the first haul of smuggled ivory destined for the Southeast Asian country, officials said yesterday. The tusks, weighing about 500kg, were discovered during inspections at the busy Port Klang in Selangor state, Azis Yacub, the state’s customs director, said in a statement. Recently, the country has seized several large shipments of African ivory, but all were destined for other countries, making Friday’s haul “an unusual development,” according to wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC.
Man dies of H5N1
A 24-year-old man infected with bird flu died in Jakarta, the health ministry said yesterday, in the country’s third fatal case in three months. “Test results from the man who died confirmed that he was infected with bird flu,” health ministry head of communicable diseases Tjandra Yoga Aditama said. The man likely contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus from pet pigeons living around his house, Aditama said. The Jakarta Post reported that the man died on Saturday after being rejected by a hospital specializing in bird flu and had on New Year’s Eve been misdiagnosed by two other hospitals with a gastric infection and dengue fever.