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Singaporean teacher charged with abusing autistic boy in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR — A 51-year-old Singaporean was charged with abusing an autistic six-year-old boy near Ampang two weeks ago.

Sharifah Mazlan, who also has two autistic children, was accused of abusing the victim at the autism intervention centre near Bandar Baru Ampang, Selangor, at 10am on Oct 1.

Sharifah Mazlan, who also has two autistic children, was accused of abusing the victim at the autism intervention centre near Bandar Baru Ampang, Selangor, at 10am on Oct 1.

KUALA LUMPUR — A 51-year-old Singaporean was charged with abusing an autistic six-year-old boy near Ampang two weeks ago.

Sharifah Mazlan, who works as a teacher at the autism intervention centre, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to her before Ampang Sessions Court judge Norhazani Hamzah on Wednesday (Oct 13).

Sharifah, who also has two autistic children, was accused of abusing the victim at the centre near Bandar Baru Ampang at 10am on Oct 1.

The offence falls under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which carries maximum fine of RM50,000 ($16,300) or maximum 20 years imprisonment or both upon conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Suriantiazila Muhamad did not offer bail against the accused as the latter is a foreigner.

However, counsel Samy Masri who represented the accused pleaded for minimum bail.

"My client is a mother of three children and two of them are autistic," he said.

The court then set RM13,000 bail with one surety and ordered the accused to surrender her passport until disposal of the case.

The court also fixed Dec 9 for mention.

Sharifah was also later charged with overstaying.

Magistrate Nur Maizan Rahim set RM5,000 bail with two sureties against the accused.

Deputy public prosecutor Annuar Athirah Amran prosecuted the case.

It was reported that Ampang Jaya police chief Assistant Commisoner Mohamad Farouk Eshak said police arrested the accused after they received a report from the victim's father.

He said a teacher at the centre told the father that there was a red mark on the side of the boy's left forehead, claiming that the victim had hit his head on the table.

"The boy's father then viewed the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage of the scene and found that the suspect had acted violently when his son refused to eat his meal."

The woman has seven children, including the victim, under her care and all are autistic.

Further investigation also found that the centre had been operating for seven years. NEW STRAITS TIMES

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