Neighbour from hell arrested after her antics were caught on camera

A screen grab from the video showing the woman hurling an object onto the driveway of a neighbour’s house.

For years, a Malaysian woman terrorised her neighbours in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

She would damage their cars, break flower pots at their driveway and hurl vulgarities at them.

On Monday, the woman was arrested by police after her antics were captured on video.

Another neighbour, who wanted to be known only as Mr Tan, said the woman had been that way since she moved into the neighbourhood more than six years ago.

"She sprayed water on my late wife, followed her around and even spat on her," said the 58-year-old man.

"She shattered my car windows with marbles and also damaged two other cars belonging to my family,” he said, adding that on Monday, the woman smeared paint all over a car belonging to his son’s girlfriend.

Broken porch lights

Mr Tan said he had no idea why the woman was acting this way.

"She constantly hurls vulgarities at us," he said, adding that he made a police report about the latest incident.

The woman is said to have eight police reports lodged against her.

Acting Wangsa Maju Deputy Superintendent A. Asmadi Abdul Aziz said police were forced to step in after the latest incident.

"We were alerted after a police report was lodged that the car had been smeared with red and black paint.

"The woman had also broken the porch lights and some flower pots in front of her neighbour’s house," he said on Tuesday.

The incident was recorded on video by another neighbour, he added.

Climbed the gate

"We sent police personnel to the woman’s house at around 4.30pm on the same day.

"They rang the door bell several times, but the woman simply ignored them," he said.

Police officers climbed over the gate and knocked on the door, but the woman who answered the door started screaming at them.

"She refused to cooperate with my personnel and asked them to wait for her brother-in-law to come over," he said, adding that the man came about half an hour later and told the woman to open the gate.

The 46-year-old woman was arrested shortly after.

Worried for family's safety

DSP Asmadi said the woman has no record of mental illness.

"We have remanded the woman to facilitate further investigations. We will be sending her for a psychological evaluation," he said.

Another neighbour, Ranur Gathevi, 49, said she was worried for the safety of her family.

"I’m afraid she may get more aggressive once she is released from police custody," she said.

Source: The Star Online

Family forgets child, leaves him in R&R area along M'sian North-South Expressway

A boy, 8, was abandoned by his family at a petrol station in an R&R area along the Malaysian North-South Expressway after his father absent-mindedly drove home without him on Sunday (Dec 14). 

According to Sinar Harian, the family had forgotten that they had left young Iskandar Zulkarnain in the toilet. 

A couple from Changlun, Kedah, saw the boy in tears and chased after his father's car, calling out to them.

"We tried chasing after the father’s vehicle, but to no avail," said Siti Masmerah Arifin, 38.

Siti Masmerah and her husband took the boy to a wedding in Bagan Serai, Perak, while trying to find a way of contacting the child's parents. 

After the wedding, Iskandar told the couple that his father was "PU Yeop" and that they lived in Simpang.


The boy was later reunited with his family at around 3.30pm on the same day. 

“With Iskandar’s help and directions, we drove over to his house where the boy and his family were reunited,” Siti Masmerah said

Iskandar's father said he realised his son was missing after arriving home. 

He added that he had been preoccupied with a religious talk he was set to deliver in Kuala Kangsar.  

He had called the police and the highway operator upon discovering his son's disappearance. 

Source: The Star Online


Slaughter of innocents: Pakistani children who were killed in Taliban attack

Indian schoolchildren prepare lighted candles ahead of a vigil in the northern city of Jalandhar late December 16, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army school in the restive city of Peshawar.
Indian schoolchildren prepare lighted candles ahead of a vigil in the northern city of Jalandhar late December 16, 2014, as they pay tribute to slain Pakistani schoolchildren and staff after an attack on an army school in the restive city of Peshawar.

It was the murder of children on an unprecedented scale by terrorists and the world is still reeling from it.

Pakistan woke up to 3 days of mourning on Wednesday after Taliban militants killed 132 students at an army school in the city of Peshawar in a grisly attack which shocked the world and put pressure on the government to do more to tackle the insurgency.

The slaughter of innocents made the cover pages of many newspapers all over the world. 



Pictures of the students have been shared on social media as people try to comprehend the scale of the attack, which Taliban deemed as revenge on soldiers for attacks on their camps.




The scene at the hospitals was captured in this tweet on the list of victims. 



There were heart-breaking pictures of families griefing.



The Pakistan cricket team which is in New Zealand.playing a series of matches was shattered by the news.  



"Every player in the team is very disturbed and shattered over the killing of innocent children but for me it is my home province and these children are like my own children. It is heart breaking." - Senior batsman Younis Khan, who hails from Mardan, which is in the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province where the attack took place.

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012, said she was "heartbroken" by "the senseless and cold blooded" killing.

In a video message, she said: "I condemn these atrocious and cowardly acts and stand united with the government and armed forces of Pakistan whose efforts so far to address this horrific event are commendable."



Schools all over neighbouring India held 2 minutes of silence in memory of the victims. 



People from around the world felt the grief. 






Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong conveyed his condolences.




This tweet captured the heart of it:




Source: Twitter, AFP

UN: Many Malaysians marrying 'too early', leading to health and career issues

United Nations resident coordinator in Malaysia Michelle Gyles-McDonnough warns that too many Malaysians are getting married too early in life, jeopardising their health and career development.

"The 2010 population census indicated that about 80,000 married women in the country were aged between 15 and 19 years, while the corresponding number of young married men was 70,000.

"Far too many young people are married very early, putting their mental and physical health at risk because they have to shoulder the commitments of marriage," said Gyles-McDonnough to reporters after launching the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of the World Population 2014 report in Johor yesterday (Dec 16).

She said that "too early marriages" involved youths below 18 years of age. 

Life of dependency

"Couples who marry too young are not equipped to be part of a productive labour force within a high-income nation, rather, they are relegated to a life of dependency.

"Also, child marriage, because it usually results in early pregnancy, is linked to deaths from complications arising during pregnancy and childbirth," said Gyles-McDonnough.

The report highlighted that among 1.8 billion people aged between 10 and 24 worldwide, most of them were based in developing countries.

It also took note that child marriages were among the challenges faced in these countries, including Malaysia.

Source: The Star Online

Sydney Siege hostage, 83, recounts escape: 'I've never felt such relief'

Mr John O'Brien recount how he escaped from the cafe that was under siege.

​He went into the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney to get a coffee before he went for his annual visit to his optician. 

But Mr John O'Brien did not get his eyes checked that day because he was taken hostage along with 16 others by Man Haron Monis, who is believed to have been mentally unstable with a violent history.

He was one of the five hostages who managed to escape hours into the siege that claimed the live of two hostages, cafe manager Tori Johnson, 34, and customer Katrina Dawson, 38, a lawyer who was a mother of three young children. Monis was also killed.

Mr John O'Brien said: "I have never felt such a relief as I did when I turned that corner and saw the armed police waiting."

The escape

The Guardian reported that two men had asked to go to the toilet. One of them was a staff member who was asked by Monis to escort the other man.

The other man asked the staff member if the green button at the base of the door would open it.

The staff member did not know and said to him: "I've only worked here for about a week."

Even so, the men took a risk when Monis' attention wasn't focused on them.

The pushed the button, the doors slid open, and quickly ran to safety.



Mr O'Brien added that he has been playing tennis to de-stress since the escape but still continues to struggle with what happened.

Source: ABC Australia, The Guardian

Real Madrid cruise into Club World Cup final

Real Madrid's players celebrate after scoring during the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup Semi final football match Real Madrid Vs Cruz Azul in Marrakesh

European champions Real Madrid crushed Cruz Azul 4-0 to cruise into the Club World Cup final on Wednesday morning, totally outclassing their Mexican rivals.

Goals from Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Garreth Bale and Isco saw Madrid record a 21st consecutive win in this semi-final at a packed and noisy Grand Stade de Marrakech, scene of last year’s final where Bayern Munich beat Raja Casablanca 2-0.

“This team deserves to win the world title,” said Real Madrid’s Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti after the easy and impressive win.

Iker Casillas did have to face a penalty in the 40th minute after Ramos was harshly judged to have pushed Cruz’s Argentine striker Mariano Pavone, but the veteran Spain stopper was equal to Gerardo Torrado’s weak spot-kick.



With FIFA and UEFA bosses Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini in the crowd, Ramos proved in the 15th minute what a lethal header of the ball he is, taking advantage of a mistimed run by goalkeeper Jose Corona to open Madrid’s account from a trademark Toni Kroos cross.

French centre-forward Benzema showed his astonishing speed in the 36th minute to pounce on Daniel Carvajal’s cross before the defence could even flinch to make it 2-0 after 36 minutes.



Cristiano Ronaldo provided the ammunition for the next two.

Weaving unchallenged down the left-wing Ronaldo provided an inch perfect delivery that Bale nodded home totally unmarked in the 50th minute.



The Portuguese icon who was cheered every time he got the ball, then teed up the impressive Isco, who weaved past two defenders before unleashing a precise shot into the bottom corner in the 72nd.

The World Player of the Year Ronaldo had come close to opening the scores in the second minute, and also sent a couple of free-kicks fizzing narrowly wide, but the man who has scored 25 league goals in 15 games this season was unable to score here.

That however did not stop him from attempting to score a spectacular by an attempt that is being called a "rabona volley".



Luis Fernando Tena’s North American champions had struggled to beat Western Sydney Wanderers to make the semis and rarely troubled Ancelotti’s almost full strength side.

“We knew it was going to be hard and my players gave everything. But they were so much better than we were and the result reflects that fairly,” said Tena.

New Zealanders Aukland City take on South American champions San Lorenzo of Argentina on Wednesday (Dec 17) to see who will meet Madrid in the final on December 20th, when Real should also welcome back Colombia’s World Cup star James Rodriguez, who missed Tuesday’s game with a calf strain.

Source: Reuters, Vine

Bill Cosby won’t be charged over decades-old sex claim: US prosecutors

This March 16, 2009 file photo shows US entertainer Bill Cosby at the Jackie Robinson Foundation annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.
This March 16, 2009 file photo shows US entertainer Bill Cosby at the Jackie Robinson Foundation annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

US prosecutors declined on Tuesday to charge Bill Cosby over allegations he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl in the Playboy Mansion in 1974, in a rare piece of good news for the veteran comic.

About 20 women have accused the 77-year-old Emmy and Golden Globe winner of sexual assault or rape in alleged incidents dating mostly from decades ago, but so far only former Playboy hostess Judy Huth has taken legal action.

Prosecutors cited the statute of limitations – which limits how long legal action can be taken after an alleged crime – in declining to pursue the case brought by Huth earlier this month.

“Given that 40 years have passed since the alleged incident, prosecution (on a misdemeanor count)... is declined due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.” - Deputy District Attorney Victor Rodriguez.

“Even if there was an applicable... charge, the statute of limitations that existed in 1974 for felony sex crimes was three years. Therefore prosecution today for any potential felony sex crime from 1974 would also be barred,” said Deputy District Attorney Victor Rodriguez.

Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, representing Huth, did not immediately respond to a request for reaction to the prosecutor’s decision.

Cosby is famous for his role in “The Cosby Show,” a popular family sitcom that aired in the 1980s and 1990s.

Playboy Mansion 

In her lawsuit, Huth said she and a friend met Cosby on the set of a film being shot in San Marino, northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The actor invited them to his tennis club the following Saturday. When they got there he allegedly gave them alcohol, they played billiards, then they went to the Playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner’s infamous home near Beverly Hills.

At one point she needed to use the bathroom, and Cosby directed her to a lavatory within a bedroom suite.

“When (Huth) emerged from the bathroom, she found Cosby sitting on the bed. He asked her to sit beside him,” said the lawsuit, which detailed the sex assault accusations against Cosby.

Cosby’s wife speaks

On Monday Cosby’s wife lashed out at media reporting on the claims against her husband, saying he was the victim of unfounded accusations and was “a wonderful husband.”

Camille Cosby compared the coverage of her husband to last week’s Rolling Stone story about alleged rape at the University of Virginia, for which the magazine later apologised.

“There appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers before stories are published or aired. An accusation is published, and immediately goes viral.” - Bill Cosby's wife Camille in a statement widely cited by US media.

Cosby’s 38-year-old daughter Evin also released a short statement Tuesday, telling Access Hollywood: “He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today’s tv reality show.

“Thank you. That’s all I would like to say :),” she added.

At the weekend Cosby himself made some cryptic comments, breaking his silence on the whole affair.

“Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” Cosby told the New York Post.

The actor also praised his wife of half a century. “Love and the strength of womanhood,” he said. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.” - AFP


China national arrested over death of girlfriend in early morning drama in Tampines

A woman was found dead in a rental flat at Tampines Central early on Wednesday (Dec 17) morning.
The suspect sustained injuries and was bleeding profusely when police arrested the 37-year-old Chinese national.
Police confirm that investigations are ongoing.

A man was arrested after allegedly killing his girlfriend in their rented flat in Tampines Central early Wednesday (Dec 17) morning.

The 37-year-old Chinese national fled from the unit they shared with other tenants from China but police spotted him at the next block, just 10 metres away.

Residents said the Singapore Civil Defence Force deployed an airbag in case the suspect, who was bleeding profusely, fell.

The victim, also from China, was dead when paramedics arrived.

Police have classified the case as murder.

Read the full report in our print edition on Dec 18.

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