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22 dead after Indonesia quake


LAMPAHAN, Indonesia: The death toll from a strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian province of Aceh has climbed to 22, a disaster official said on Wednesday.

"So far 22 people have died, 210 people were injured, and thousands of buildings and homes were damaged in the quake (on Tuesday)," National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a text message.

The casualties were spread over the two worst-hit districts of Central Aceh and Bener Meriah, the agency said.

In Central Aceh, six children were killed and 14 others were trapped when a mosque collapsed as they were having a Koran reading session, officials in the district said.

A huge quake struck off Aceh in 2004, sparking a tsunami that killed 170,000 people in the province on Sumatra and tens of thousands more in countries around the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. - AFP

Man fakes dad’s death to cheat four friends of RM22,400


FOUR friends lent Chia Wei Jian S$9,000 (RM22,400) for his dad's funeral expenses – then went to his home where the "dead man" opened the door.

Chia, 28, now a chief technology officer, was yesterday fined S$8,000 (RM19,900) for cheating.

He had pretended to weep when he called buddy Loh Chung Howe, 39, on April 29 last year, begging to borrow S$3,000 (RM7,400) after texting him the tragic news five hours earlier.

He then drove to Loh's house at 11.30pm and took him to an ATM to withdraw the money.

He also told Loh that the wake was to be held at a funeral parlour in Lavender Street.

The next day, Loh visited the parlour to pay his respects – but there was no sign of any wake for Chia's father.

Loh then called three other friends who had also lent money to Chia, and they decided to go to his house.

They rang the doorbell – and were shocked to be confronted by Chia's father. Loh went to the police on May 1 that year.

Chia admitted to the offences.

Police investigations revealed that Chia had suffered huge losses in trading shares early last year.

Pleading for leniency, Chia said that he had returned the full sum of S$12,800 (RM31,800) to the victims.

District Judge Low Wee Ping told Chia that he had committed very serious offences and it was fortunate that the prosecution was not pressing for a jail sentence. — The Straits Times/ Asia News Network

Doc who charged RM60mil loses appeal


THE highest court in Singapore has dismissed an appeal by cancer surgeon Susan Lim against her conviction on charges of professional misconduct over the amount she charged a patient from the royal family of Brunei.

In a 109-page written judgment, the three-judge Court of Appeal said Dr Lim's case was "clearly one of the most serious cases – if not the most serious case so far – of overcharging in the medical profession in the local context".

The court dismissed her claims that she was justified and there was no ethical obligation to charge a fair and reasonable amount and pointed out her approach showed she had shown no remorse.

In the judgment, it ruled there is an objective ethical limit on medical fees that operates outside contractual and market forces.

The court found that, given a doctor's specialised knowledge and training, there arises an ethical obligation on the part of a doctor not to take advantage of his patient.

And this ethical obligation to charge a fair and reasonable fee is not superseded by a valid agreement between the doctor and his patient, the court held.

Last year, Dr Lim was found guilty of 94 charges of professional misconduct by a Singapore Medical Council disciplinary committee for charging about S$24mil (RM60mil) for the services provided to Pengiran Anak Hajah Damit Pg Pemancha Pg Anak Mohd Alam for 110 treatment days from January to June 2007.

Dr Lim was then given a three-year suspension and fined S$10,000 (RM25,000) – which was upheld by the appeal court. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network


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