Teacher ‘driven’ to a fiery death


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  • Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015

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Compiled by TAN SIN CHOE and  V.MENALOSHYANI

A TEACHER who claimed to be possessed by an evil spirit was burnt to death in her car in Malacca, reported Nanyang Siang Pau.

The woman, known only as Walawahidah, 37, had left a note for her sister saying: “I need to burn this spirit.

“I cannot allow it to live with us as it will bring chaos to the world. Goodbye!”

Her charred remains were found in the car by family members after firemen put out the fire at 2am on Monday.

Her father, Alimi Khan, 62, said family members woke up after hearing an explosion outside the house.

He said they did not realise Walawahidah was inside the burning car.

“We tried to put out the fire but could not. The fire even spread to a nearby car,” the daily quoted him as saying.

Alimi Khan said they never thought that Walawahidah would set her car on fire and burn herself alive.

The daily also reported that the victim had been suffering from depression for years.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a boy was still unaware that his mother had been killed after pushing him to safety in an escalator mishap at a department store in Beijing.

The boy kept asking: “Where is mummy? I want mummy. Mummy fell into the escalator. Why hasn’t she come back?”

The daily reported that family members did not know how to answer the boy.

It was earlier reported that Xiang Liujuan, 30, was killed after falling through a gap that suddenly opened at the top of an escalator.

As she fell half-way through, she pushed her son forward before a nearby shop assistant dragged him to safety.

> China Press reported that a seven-year-old girl slipped into a coma after she was beaten up by her mother for allegedly stealing money in Beijing.

Police have arrested the 25-year-old mother.

According to the daily, the mother was said to have pushed her daughter to the ground three times before the girl lost consciousness.

She rushed the girl to hospital after realising the severity of the situation.

The doctor said there was still hope for the girl, but surgery could leave her brain damaged and she may require further treatment during recovery.

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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