Not tongue tied on social media


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  • Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015

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A DISABLED woman, who has lost the use of her limbs, keeps herself tech-savvy by using her tongue to press the keys on her smartphone.

Nor Salmawati Mahmud, 30, said her disability did not stop her from being on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and WeChat.

“I opened my Facebook account in 2011. Today, I have 1,200 friends online. I also follow radio broadcasts on the social website,” she told Harian Metro.

Nor Salmawati, whose arms and legs are “curled up”, had been mostly immobile since she was a one-year-old.

The Kedah resident learned how to use her tongue when she was eight to play games on a Nokia 3310 that belonged to her uncle.

With a RM300 monthly allowance from the Welfare Department, she saved enough to buy a laptop, too.

However, she explained that the smartphone was easier for her because of its compact size.

Nor Salmawati’s mother Saudah Shaari said her daughter had struggled with depression but her wellbeing improved after she learned to use the Internet to connect with her friends online.

> The daily also reported on a 40-something married Datin being caught with her lover inside a car in Bandar Sri Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, on Monday.

A source told the tabloid that the woman got to know the man, who is also married, at a class about a year ago. They often met to discuss what they learned from the class.

It came to a point where she often compared the new man in her life to her husband, saying that the boyfriend was a pious man.

Selangor religious officers detained the couple following complaints by the public.

They were found inside a heavily tinted car parked by a roadside.

Apparently, the man’s private parts were exposed while the woman was in a white undergarment and sleeveless top when they were caught.

> 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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