Local begonia herb declared extinct

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has the dubious distinction of being the country with the only species to be declared extinct on a global conservation list this year.

The woolly-stalked begonia (Begonia eiromischa) is a herb found only on Pulau Betong in Penang.

According to the report released by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the plant has has not been sighted in the last 100 years, despite extensive searches in its known habitat.

It is only known from collections that were made in 1886 and 1898 on Pulau Betong.

I wonder when would parliament monkeys go extinct? ;)*****************

It’s jail, rotan now for raping your wife

KUALA LUMPUR: Beating one’s wife into having sex can now land a man in serious trouble.
The punishment is a jail sentence of up to 20 years and whipping. This penalty is provided in an amendment on rape in the Penal Code which came into effect last Friday.

An example would be when the husband refuses to take “no” for an answer and then proceeds to slap or punch his wife into submission.

The amendment has classified rape and aggravated rape and each category carries different penalties.

Aggravated rape will include having sex with a girl aged below 12 and those found guilty could be sentenced up to 30 years and whipped.

Good move.

To friends and readers of Monsterblog who are Muslims, I wish that you have a good Ramadhan. Remember the true purpose of the fasting month, and gorging yourselves at buffet spreads is not one of them ;)