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Woman pleads guilty to negligence involving two babies at Johor childcare centre

CNA – A Malaysian woman pleaded guilty yesterday to negligence while caring for two babies at a childcare centre in Skudai, Johor.

Nurul Shahira A’shiqin Sulaiman pleaded guilty at the Johor Bahru Sessions Court to two charges of negligence that may have led to physical injury to an 11-month girl and a nine-month boy.

Last week, Johor police chief Kamarul Zaman Mamat told local media 28-year-old Nurul Shahira A’shiqin had been arrested by local police in Skudai.

He confirmed that this was the same woman who was seen in two video clips treating two infants inappropriately. The clips have been circulated widely on WhatsApp and Telegram.

In one of the clips, the woman was seen screaming at a crying infant while grabbing the baby’s head in a rough manner.

Nurul Shahira A’shiqin Sulaiman leaving the Johor Bahru Sessions Court after pleading guilty to negligence while caring for two infants. PHOTO: CNA

In another clip, the woman was seen picking up and putting a crying baby onto a mattress roughly.

Malaysian singer and songwriter Ariz Ramli, also known as Caprice, shared the videos on his Instagram page.

In the post dated last Monday, Ariz urged police to investigate the matter and take necessary action. “I will bring up this case during a meeting with political leaders,” he added in comments in response to netizens.

The post garnered over 30,000 likes, 1,500 comments and has been shared over 4,300 times.

During court proceedings yesterday, deputy public prosecutor Nurul Syafiqah Sha’ari requested that bail be set at MYR15,000 for each charge.

However, Nurul Shahira A’shiqin’s lawyer Syufri Samad asked for bail to be lowered as the accused only earns about MYR1,500 per month and is taking care of her elderly mother.

Judge Che Wan Zaidi Wan Ibrahim then set bail at MYR8,000 for each offence and one surety with the additional stipulations of handing over her passport to the court and that she would not harass the victims and the witnesses of the case.

The case will be mentioned in court again on August 2.

If found guilty, Nurul Shahira A’shiqin may be fined up to MYR50,000 or jailed for up to 20 years, or both.

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