Couldn’t count from 11 to 18, so four-year-old is beaten and dies

Mar 29, 2016 09.11AM |

SHE abused her four year old son until he died, just because he could not count from 11 to 18 in Malay. In a pattern of abuse that lasted from 2012 to 2014, Noraidah Mohd Yussof, 34, would push, stamp on, and beat her son for his mistakes. At one point, Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) even sent the boy to live with an uncle. Noraidah confessed to beating him again on July 30 and Aug 1, 2014, causing her son to suffer head injuries that would prove fatal. Angry that he continued to recite the numbers, even after he was told to get ready to leave the house, as they were about to pick his sister up from school, she held him up by his neck against the wall until he started gasping for air and then stopped moving. Noraidah is being charged with causing grievous hurt, but her family members are trying to convince the court that she suffers from Asperger’s syndrome; the trial continues.

The G will develop “Industry Transformation Maps” for more than 20 sectors to lift productivity, invest in skills, drive innovation, and promote internationalisation. Teams comprising officers from the Economic Development Board (EDB), Spring Singapore, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will engage trade associations and companies, although dates for the unveiling of these roadmaps were not confirmed. It’s a commendable effort from the G, but it begs the question: Why don’t companies do these things themselves? How much of a push do they need from the G to overcome their current weaknesses and reluctance to change… and will these “roadmaps” really do the trick?

Islamabad has launched a crackdown on the group who claimed responsibility for the Easter playground bombing that has taken 72 lives so far, 29 of whom are children. About 340 were wounded, with 25 in serious condition. While the Pakistan Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims that Christians were the target of the attack, police officials said that most of the dead were Muslim.

Unrest in the South China Sea continues as Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin  Hussein insisted that there was no trespassing by a reported 82 Chinese fishing boats that were escorted by Chinese coast guard vessels and seen in Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone in disputed waters. Just last week, a Chinese Coast Guard vessel interfered with Jakarta’s seizure of a fishing vessel by ramming the Chinese boat as it was being towed away. Japan, meanwhile, has strengthened its military presence with radar installations on an island chain close to the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, provoking China’s ire.

And finally, football fans can expect more French/Liverpudlian influence here as Tampines Rovers signs on legendary manager and coach Gerard Houllier as an international ambassador. The arrangement allows the Stags to consult him on anything football-related… and best of all, Houllier will do it for free. It must be quite a pitch that Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra and vice-chairman Leon Yee made to him.


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