Compiled by C. ARUNO, R. ARAVINTHAN and SIRA HABIBU
SEVERAL Indian men and women who lost their jobs in Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic have successfully opened their own food court in Johor, reported Makkal Osai.
The Ottrumaiye Nam Balam (unity is our strength) food court is located in Tampoi Indah about 10km from Johor Bharu.
The foodcourt serving Indian, Chinese, and Malay food is said to the first of its kind with all the stalls operated by Indian entrepreneurs.
M.Prema, 41, who sells ‘nasi penyet’ at the foodcourt said she lost her job after working for 15 years in the neighboring country.
With her husband also losing his job here in Malaysia, they decided to start the foodstall to support their family.
B. Geetha, 39, a housewife, opened a ‘satti soru’ (pot rice) stall after her husband lost his job at Changi Airport.
Meanwhile S. Sathiyan, 34, put his 15 years experience working in a hotel in the island nation to good use by making and selling popular Arabic foods.
Sathiyan said losing his job will not stop him from continuing to work hard. He intends to to take online orders as well.
> Five men in Bihar, India raped a woman and then threw her and her five-year-old son into a canal killing the boy, reported Makkal Osai.
Last year, on average, one rape case was reported about every six hours in the North Indian state according to the Bihar State Crime Records Bureau.
The woman was walking to a bank with her son when the group of men forced them to a secluded area and raped the woman.
They then tied up the victim and the toddler, and then threw them in the canal to kill and cover up their crime.
Passersby who heard the woman’s cries managed to rescue her, but the young boy unfortunately drowned.
Police have arrested one man.
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.