Compiled by RESHMI KENNEDY, ZHE QUN, OH ING YEEN and R. ARAVINTHAN
BANGLADESHI workers have turned to trafficking in their own nationals – even for prostitution – reported Harian Metro.
According to the Malay daily, places like Kota Raya, Jalan Silang and Lebuh Pasar in Kuala Lumpur have become focal points for work permit forgery and prostitution.
It quoted a source as claiming that premises in these areas were being rented out for prostitution, with many of the customers being Bangladeshis as well.
“The syndicate would lure women from Bangladesh with high salaries to work in Malaysia.
“If the women have no money to come over, the syndicate is willing to support them with the condition that they must settle their debt once they start working.
“However, once they reach Malaysia, they are forced into prostitution to pay off their debts, ” he said.
> The daily also reported that popular actor Zizan Razak was admitted to a hospital in Shah Alam after contracting Influenza A.
Zizan, 35, whose full name is Mohammed Razizan Abdul Razak, is said to have caught the virus while on the set of his film, Polis Evo 3, in Bukit Bintang.
Admitting that he might have caught the flu while filming, Zizan said he was currently receiving treatment and was under medical observation.
“I am taking my medication and Insya-Allah, in a few days, my blood count will return to normal, ” he said, adding however that he was unsure when he could get back to filming.
> Multi-talented comedian Datuk Afdlin Shauki has collected donations to help people in Syria and Palestine brave the harsh winter season, reported Sinar Harian.
The 48-year-old said the donations, which were collected via the Afdlin Shauki Fund, now totalled some RM300,000, adding that he aimed to reach RM1mil before Jan 9.
“Our plan is to go to the Jordan-Syria border and disburse these donations to the refugees there, ” he said, adding that January was an especially hard time due to the very low temperature and insufficient resources.
Afdlin said these refugees lived in tents and would not have all the resources to help them survive the winter.
“The snow is thick and they need heaters and other tools to help them through the weather, ” said Afdlin.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.
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