Compiled by C. ARUNO, JO TIMBUONG and R. ARAVINTHAN
ABANDONED by their father, eight young siblings have no other choice but to fend for themselves while staying in an old hut in Pulau Besar, Melaka, Harian Metro reported. The siblings, aged between six months and 16, were supposed to have been cared for by their 42-year-old father while their 36-year-old mother underwent drug rehabilitation.
However, social welfare department officials found that the father had run away when they came to check on the children, who were living in deplorable conditions.
With their parents gone, the eldest child is struggling to care for his siblings and could not even afford to buy milk.
Officials later helped them apply for a birth certificate for the infant as well as two other siblings, aged two and three.
> A mother didn’t expect a minor surgery at a hospital to remove a boil from her five-year-old daughter’s head would result in the child having to deal with kidney failure, Kosmo! reported.
Siti Masiyah Mohamad, 30, from Felda Tenggaroh 1 in Mersing,
said her child Naurah Zulaikha Nizamzaki developed a high fever after the operation and was once again rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with gastroenteritis.
However, Siti Masiyah suspected that her child was given the wrong medication and suffered kidney failure.
“We asked the hospital whether it could have been the medication but they denied doing so,” she said.
Naurah is now undergoing scheduled haemodialysis while doctors are running more tests to determine the cause of her illness.
> Former local hip-hop queen Mizz Nina has lost interest in singing, choosing instead to channel her creativity in other arts, Utusan Malaysia reported.
Once a member of the Teh Tarik Crew, Mizz Nina, 39, chose to don the hijab in 2013 and limited her performances to female audiences.
However, she said she had since lost interest in singing.
The singer, whose real name is Shazrina Azman, has spent the last two years working on her biography about her religious journey but said the memoir was not yet ready for publication.
The above articles are 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.