Mum ‘rents out’ daughter to beg


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  • Friday, 20 Jun 2014

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Compiled by ALLISON LAI, MAZWIN NIK ANIS and A. RAMAN

A WOMAN in Johor Baru claimed that she had no choice but to “rent out” her 11-year-old daughter to a group of friends to beg at the mosque every day, reported China Press.

The woman, who is in her 30s, said her husband’s monthly wage of RM900 was not enough for their family of seven and that the “commission” of between RM50 and RM60 from her daughter’s “rental” was used to buy groceries.

The woman hid the matter from her husband, fearing he would scold her – until the daughter was picked up outside a mosque in Pasir Gudang during an operation by the Welfare Department.

When questioned by the authorities, the woman insisted that she was not abusing her daughter because the girl only begged for between two and three hours each time.

Department officers also picked up three women, aged between 26 and 46, and four children, aged between two and 11, for begging following a public tip-off.

One of the women admitted to bringing her own two-year-old son to beg and bringing other people’s children sometimes.

> The daily also reported that a man barged into a flat in Lobak, Seremban, and flashed his private parts at the residents before robbing them of money and valuables with a knife he snatched from the kitchen.

During the 2.50pm incident on Wednesday, the residents – two women and their three young children – were at home when the man stopped outside the door to ask for directions.

However, he suddenly rushed in and flashed himself at them. While they were still stunned, the man went into the kitchen to pick up a knife.

He then threatened them into surrendering a gold chain, some cash and their mobile phones.

One of the women was injured on her hands when she tried to fight back.

> A 34-year-old man injured his spinal cord from a massage at a leisure club in Shenzen, Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported.

A friend of Liu Fulong, who was in the same room, said Liu was sitting on the edge of the bed on Sunday when the masseuse suddenly twisted his head forcefully.

The friend said he heard a crack before Liu’s eyes turned white and he collapsed on the masseuse’s lap.

Doctors later confirmed that Liu could be paralysed due to an injury to the spinal column.

Insiders claimed that some leisure clubs hired young, pretty women as masseuses after training them for about 10 to 15 days.

  • 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 a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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