I thought you might find yesterday’s local news to be an interesting snapshot of the kookiness of life here. I present some of the top stories without further comment.
Story 1 : The inquest into the suspicious death of Teoh, a political aide, who fell to his death from the office of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission was shown an “alleged” suicide note from Teoh. The police claimed to have found the “suicide note’ in Teoh’s belongings on July 17th 2009, just two days after his death but for some reason did not produce it to the coroner or to the inquest until over a year later.
Story 2: The Sultan of Kelantan has been ill for over a year and his eldest son, the Prince Regent, got the State authorities to agree to make him Sultan on the grounds that his father was incapacitated by illness. Now the older Sultan is suing to reverse that decision.
Story 3: Kelantan has another gem to contribute. Religious authorities has imposed new rules for those who participate in Tomoi ( a form of fighting sport which is similar to Thai boxing). The Kelantan government has announced that participants of tomoi boxing competitions must wear attire which cover the aurat (the area between the navel and knees for men). They must also wear shirts and no one can wear talismans or have tattoos on their bodies.
Story 4: In response to a dramatic increase in teenage pregnancy and abandoned babies, authorities are still debating about whether to allow sex education in schools but have decided to set up a special residential school where pregnant girls can be grouped together to continue their studies and have their babies away from prying eyes.
Story 5: A senior district police officer is under investigation after he went with some friends to go hunting in a forest reserve. It is not clear if they had permission to go hunting in the forest reserve but they went in and the police officer ended up shooting one of his friends, grazing his head and causing him to lose an eye. By way of explanation, the officer claims that they were hunting porcupines.
Okay, I know I said I would report the news without comment but “hunting porcupines”? His friend’s head should have been about five feet higher than where porcupines ought to be.