Monday, 10 May 2010

Bernama's latest embarrassment

The quality of English from Bernama is getting truly appalling. Where does the fault lie? With the reporter or the sub-editor? Or both? Here is their latest embarrassment which, I hope, won't get reproduced verbatim by the English language press tomorrow. How many mistakes did you spot?

The body of a man was found burned in the booth of a car in Ladang Sawit Elmina, Sungai Buloh near here Monday morning.

Gombak district police chief, ACP Abdul Rahim Abdullah, said the Sungai Buloh Fire and Rescue Services rushed to the scene after receiving a call at about 1am.

"After putting out the fire we found the burned body of a man in the booth.

"The police came later but could not identify him given that he was badly burned" he said when contacted by Bernama here Monday.

However, he said a burned identity card was found and the police Forensics Division was conducting investigation on the chip to determine his identity.

He said further checks on the car revealed that it belonged to a naval officer which was reportered missing since April 12.

The complainant, the Assistant Chief of Staff of Strategic Management of the Navy, First Admiral Datuk Rosli Idrus, had parked his car at a restaurant at 12.45am and which was subsequently reportered as stolen.

Abdul Rahim said the victim's body was sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for post-mortem and that police were checking on families of missing persons to identify the body.

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