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Ministry of Foreign Affairs in contact with Malaysia over baby dumped in trash bin

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in contact with Malaysian officials about the case of a Samoan national detained by Police officers in Malaysia in connection with the suspected dumping of a newborn child.

The 33-year-old Samoan woman was suspected to have dumped a newborn baby into a trash bin in a restroom on the ground of the National Monument in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. 

The C.E.O. of the Ministry, Peseta Noumea Simi, confirmed the Ministry is aware of the case. 

“We are aware of the issue but I am not at liberty to disclose the information," Peseta said in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

The Samoa High Commission in Wellington in New Zealand yesterday revealed that Peseta has details of the case and that the Ministry was working with Malaysian authorities. 

It is unclear if the woman is a local Samoan who was in Malaysia for employment related reasons. 

A Malaysian newspaper, The Star, quoted a senior local police official she was in Malaysia for a health course.

“The woman arrived in Malaysia yesterday to attend a health course,” Dang Wangi District police chief ACP Mohd Fahmi Visunathan Abdullah was quoted as saying. 

"An inspection found that the baby still had its umbilical cord and was wrapped in a shawl inside the bin," he said to The Star Online.

"Investigations revealed that the woman had joined a group to the National Monument and stayed inside the toilet for more than an hour

Several attempts to get a comment from the Dang Wangi District police, where she was detained and Kuala Lumpur Hospital, where she was treated since last week were unsuccessful. .

Mohd Fami said the woman was treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital while the body of the newborn was sent to the same hospital for post-mortem examination.  

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