Saturday January 12, 2013
That’s not a baby, that’s infant formula
OTHER NEWS & VIEWS
Compiled by LOH FOON FONG, ALLISON LAI and A. RAMAN
A GANG of female thieves, all pretending to be pregnant, stole milk powder worth some RM400 from a mini market in Segamat, reported China Press.
Shopkeeper Aini Rahman, 22, said the group of nine women entered the shop on Wednesday at about 5pm with three men.
“I did not suspect anything when the group of pregnant women arrived at the same time. I thought they were members from a club of expectant mothers.
“They behaved naturally and even chatted and laughed among themselves,” said Aini, adding that six tins of milk powder were later found to be missing.
In a CCTV recording, one of the women was even overheard saying: “I am two months pregnant and you're eight months pregnant. You should be able to take more.”
> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that some Japanese agencies were offering “friends” to rent to loners in universities.
The agencies, who mainly dealt with maids and domestic services, offered the “friends for hire” because many Japanese youths had few or no friends.
The charges range between 10,000 yen and 15,000 yen (RM350 and RM520) per hour, with customers getting to choose the gender and age of their “friends” who would accompany them for shopping, meals and movies.
However, the “friends” were not allowed to stay overnight or have physical contact with the customers.
> Nanyang Siang Pau highlighted the tragic love affair of a nonagenarian in a village in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, who faced objections over her relationship with a man 50 years her junior.
The 90-year-old woman had been with her 38-year-old lover since they developed feelings for each other over 12 years ago.
Their rare love story was featured in a news report after it drew the attention of the local media.
Other News & Views 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 this > sign, it denotes a separate news item.