Teen with Down Syndrome chained for own safety


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 19 Jun 2014

A 19-YEAR-OLD youth suffering from Down Syndrome has to spend his days chained at his sister’s house in Rantau Panjang because she lacks the proper resources to care for him, reported Berita Harian.

Rohani Abdul Rahman claimed that her brother Muhamad Saiful had to be chained for his own safety because he had tried many times to lie down in the middle of the road near their house.

She said he started to do this after becoming fixated on the cars driven along the road.

“His legs have to be chained for 24 hours daily because he will become aggressive without supervision. I know many people would criticise me as cruel but I have to do this for his own protection,” said Rohani.

During the interview with the Malay daily, Muhamad Saiful was seen chained to a wooden platform on the porch. He is chained to his bed at night.

Muhamad Saiful, who was seen playing with his sister’s four children during the visit, moved into his sister’s house 10 years ago after their mother passed away.

> Kosmo! reported that a raid on an entertainment centre in Bandar Bukit Raja, Meru, resulted in the arrest of 18 guest relation officers.

Selangor Anti-Vice, Gambling and Secret Societies Department deputy superintendent Abdul Ghaffar Ah­mad said the women were pole dancing when officers stormed the place at 10pm on Tuesday.

For customers who tipped the women with floral garlands made up of RM10 notes, the GROs would dance with them.

Abdul Ghaffar said preliminary investigation showed the women, who were all foreigners, had entered the country on social visit passes.

Of the 18 women aged between 20 and 40, eight are from Thailand while the rest are from Vietnam.

Some of them were also found to be involved in prostitution activities, for which customers were charged RM148 per session.

?  Found in Translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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