Tiger ‘as big as cow’ seen


  • Nation
  • Monday, 22 Jan 2007

A GROUP of orang asli who were collecting firewood in the jungle on the fringes of their village in Jeli, Kelantan, ran helter-skelter when a tiger – described as being “as big as a cow” – appeared in their midst. 

Kosmo! Ahad reported that the incident happened on Saturday near Kampung Manok, when the beast spotted a dog that was following the villagers and started chasing it. 

Several people who heard the screams for help rushed into the jungle and the tiger, on seeing the villagers, purportedly took cover in a forest at the Kampung Sungai Rual border. 

Villager Abdul Rasib, 27, claimed it was the seventh time that a tiger had intruded into the kampung, adding that the village folks had reported the sightings to the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan). 

> Berita Minggu reported that judges have the right to question the authenticity of medical certificates produced by lawyers requesting to postpone cases. 

Bar Council president Yeo Yang Poh told the weekend paper that the court had the right to accept or reject such request by looking at the reasons given. 

He said lawyers should comply if the court decided that the case had to go on. 

Syariah Lawyers Association president Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar said most postponed cases were due to a shortage of judiciary staff, such as judges and court registrars, and not because lawyers were on medical leave.  

> In an article headlined “Poligami sukar difahami” (Polygamy is hard to understand), Mingguan Malaysia columnist Dr Amran Kasim said for many Malays it is better to keep the matter secret if it involved them. 

Responding to a woman who wrote that she was prepared to share another woman’s husband, Dr Amran wrote in the Soal Jawab Agama column, that she should forget the idea if it was merely to show gratitude that he had supported her tertiary education. 

The columnist said Islam provided for polygamy to happen largely on charitable grounds and only if the man could accord fairness to all his wives. 

“If a man’s wife is invalid or old and cannot fulfil her husband’s sexual desires, the husband can take a second wife to prevent him from having sinful ties with another or with other women.” 

Dr Amran, however, advised those intending to marry again to first get the permission of their first or earlier wives.  

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