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Don't list garbage bins and toilets as birthplace, NRD told

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

JOHOR BARU: Babies born or found at public places including toilets, bus stops and even sheds have to go through a lifetime of humiliation as their exact place of birth is stated in their birth certificates, says Johor Health and Environment exco member Datuk Ayub Rahmat.

He urged the National Registration Department (NRD) to be more considerate in naming the places of birth of such children, which are common among those born out of wedlock and others who are abandoned.

Ayub said the exact place of birth of these children was usually written in their birth certificates when parents register their children with the NRD.

"These children are stuck and have no choice but to write their place of birth as stated in their birth certificates whenever they fill up a form.

"This means if they were found in a 'tong sampah' (garbage bin) here, their birth certificate would state exactly that," he added.

Ayub, who expressed his disappointment over the naming of the places of birth, urged the NRD to refrain from continuing with such practices. "We hope that the department would immediately look into this issue for the sake of the children involved," he said after the launching of the Generasiku Sayang seminar here yesterday.

"It never used to be this way. But recently we have seen more and more of such children coming forward," he said adding that the children themselves would be forced to face a lifetime of embarrassment.

"These victims will have to face humiliation even in other countries, as the place of birth is also clearly stated in their passports.

"Highlighting the exact location in the official documents is not only an act of discrimination but is also completely unfair to the innocent victims," he said.

An NRD official, who was contacted about the matter, said the birth certificates of babies born or found at public places will list the location of where they were born. But the certificates would not record things such as "tong sampah" as the birth location.

Giving an example, the official said a newborn baby found in a surau at Kampung A would only have "Kampung A" listed as the birthplace.

"In deciding the location of the births to be listed in the certificate, the NRD will rely on evidence that could include things like the information contained in the police report lodged by the person who found the baby.

"However, if there have been instances where our personnel had recorded specific locations such as 'tong sampah', the child's guardian can apply to the NRD to make an amendment," she said.

TNB pole to be relocated but houseowner must pay fee

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

JOHOR BARU: The hindrance posed by Tenaga Nasional Bhd's awkwardly placed electricity transmission pole will no longer bother houseowner M. Sandra soon.

The 43-year-old flower shop worker said two TNB officials visited her home yesterday following The Star's report of the matter on the same day.

Sandra was taken to the TNB branch at Pasir Gudang.

"They informed me that they would have to charge me a nominal fee," she said.

Sandra lived with the pole, which obstructed her gate from being fully opened, for two decades.

A single mother with two children, Sandra claimed that the officials told her that it would cost RM10,000 to shift the pole.

However, TNB Pasir Gudang branch manager Mohd Isran Che Mustapha said that there was no record showing that TNB had sought RM10,000 from Sandra.

"There must have been some miscommunication somewhere. The average amount to relocate a pole is only about RM1,500," he said

When questioned on why the pole was put there in the first place, Mohd Isran said that it was done after receiving approval from the developer and consultant.

"The complainant's house initially did not have a gate as it is a low-cost housing area," he said.

"We placed the pole there after getting the relevant approvals," he said, adding that a contractor would relocate the pole once the price had been agreed upon.

Shafee is lead prosecutor against sodomy acquittal

Posted: 11 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

PUTRAJAYA: Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is the lead prosecutor in today's appeal against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal of a sodomy charge.

Yesterday, the Federal Court dismissed Anwar's second application to disqualify Shafee.

This time, he tried to use a statutory declaration (SD) by former Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim to support his application.

However, Chief Judge of Malaya Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that the SD was an "out of court statement".

"We cannot accept the contents," he said. "Without the SD, the rest of the allegations by the applicant (Anwar) is hotly disputed," Justice Zulkefli held.

Agreeing with him were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Justice Richard Malanjum and Federal Court judges Justices Suriyadi Halim Omar, Zaleha Zahari and Jeffrey Tan Kok Wha.

Earlier, Anwar's lead counsel Tommy Thomas had urged the court to bar Shafee from appearing for the prosecution as he had breached the legal profession's etiquette rules.

Thomas submitted that the allegations were serious and that Anwar's right to a fair appeal would be prejudiced.

Shafee responded that their complaint should be made to the Attorney-General: "They are barking at the wrong place."

He argued that he had acted independently in cases against the government, a political party and high profile persons and there was no conflict of interest in his appointment.

Meanwhile, Anwar has filed an application to recall retired investigating officer Supt Judy Blacious Pereira to testify in the appellate court or trial court to determine whether his evidence can withstand scrutiny and is credible in light of the High Court's rejection of Pereira's application for admission to the Bar on Jan 10.

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