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BANGKOK: Doctors performing the wrong operations on their patients are the stuff of medical malpractice lore, so perhaps it was inevitable in plastic-surgery-obsessed Thailand: a woman who went in for cosmetic eye surgery emerged from the operating theater with a nose job instead. Nattha Masa, 40, paid the Ruamphaet Clinic in her home province of Samut Prakan 8,000 baht to have an extra fold surgically added to each of her eyelids, thus giving her a more Occidental appearance. On the morning of February 15, she reported to the clinic, where she was given three sedatives and told to sleep for two hours. Later, a driver arrived from the MD Clinic on the first floor of the popular Mahboonkrong shopping center in Bangkok. He said he had been told to transport the patient there, where her procedure would be carried out. Arriving there in a dopey state at about 2 pm, K. Nattha was given three more pills and told to get changed and wait for plastic surgeon Dr Pradit Charoenpong, who would carry out the delicate procedure. The doctor arrived at about 6 pm and soon K. Nattha was on the operating table, where she received local anesthetic injections to her face. Once she was comfortably numb, the doctor started cutting away. “During the surgery, I heard his mobile phone ring three times. I thought it was strange that he kept telling the callers, ‘I can’t talk to you now, I am doing a nose job.’ But I was just too groggy to say anything,” K. Nattha explained afterward. When the work was done, K. Nattha was told to rinse out her mouth. But when she did so, it was full of blood – just as it had been when she had nose surgery eight years previous. The full extent of the botch-up became evident when she looked into the mirror and saw that it was her nose, not her eyelids, that was covered in gauze. When she complained that she was in for eye surgery, not a nose job, the doctor said. “Oh, why didn’t you tell me that in the first place?” “He told me my nose was bad luck, and that’s why he had to fix it,” she said, adding that he then simply walked away when she tried to get an explanation, refusing to take any responsibility for having performed the wrong operation. She went to the clinic counter and picked up a bag of pills – you can’t leave a clinic in Thailand without doing so – and then went back to the first clinic to complain. Dr Pairoj said he would take responsibility, and got on the phone with his colleague at the shopping mall. Later the same evening, Dr Pradit told the press that the first clinic had sent the patient to him without any information. Seeing the state of the patient’s nose, which was out of alignment from her first surgery, he naturally assumed that a nose job was the order of the day. “I asked her how long it had been since her first nose surgery and told her I was going to fix her nose – but she didn’t say anything,” he explained, adding that he would refund 4,000 baht, do the eye surgery, and do any further work she wanted done on her nose free of charge. It was not reported if K. Nattha planned to take him up on the offer. Reports of such medical malpractice among Thailand’s plastic and reconstructive surgeons raises some frightening prospects. Given the rising popularity of “gender reassignment surgery” in Thailand, one can only wonder how long it will be before some poor male patient goes in for a face-lift and ends up losing his family jewels.

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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers.

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China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers. | The Thaiger

China is the least believing country in the world but belief in a God gets 100 per cent mention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and Philippines, according to the survey by Gallup International.

According to the survey exploring religious tendencies of 66,000 people in 68 countries across the world, 62 per cent of people in the world define themselves as religious, 74% of people globally believe we have a ‘soul’ and 71% believe in a God. Another 56% believe in heaven, 54% in life after death and 49% in hell.

China has the highest percentage of atheists in the world with 67% not believing in any religion. Every seven out ten people are atheists, more than double than any other country. 23% consider themselves as non-religious. Less than 10% identify themselves as religious in China.

China’s atheist percentage is followed by Japan, a long way behind in second place at 29%, Slovenia (28%) and Chech Republic (25%). Despite rapid industrialisation and urbanisation religion has stayed relevant in the South Korean region with only 23% identifying as atheist.

China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers. | News by The Thaiger

European countries like Belgium (21 %), France (21%) , Sweden (18%) and Iceland (17%) also have a large percentage of believing population.

Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines are the most believing countries with entire population claiming to believe in God, soul, hell and heaven. Thailand and Pakistan have 99% believing population, followed by India, Vietnam and Mongolia.

The survey shows that the levels of religiosity diminish as income and education levels increase. While 66% of people with low income affirm to be religious, this percentage drops to 50% among people with higher incomes. The same trend is verified in relation to education levels: 83% of people with lower education level are religious against 49% of higher level.

According to the survey there is a connection between religiosity, beliefs and socio-demographic characteristics like age, income and education level. As education and income levels grow higher, religiosity levels tend to go down. Also, the expression of different beliefs is higher among young people.

The level of education has a considerable influence on the perception of religion by the society. Women and young children show higher percentage for spiritual forces.

China has the most atheists. Indonesia and Philippines the most believers. | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: Data Leads

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Stunning Malaysian election result ousts Barisan Nasional

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Stunning Malaysian election result ousts Barisan Nasional | The Thaiger


Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition has crossed the minimum threshold of 112 seats needed to form government in Malaysia. The Election Commission continue to count a few remaining votes this morning but have confirmed the win of the Pakatan Harapan party and coalition members.

The result brings to an end the rule of Barisan Nasional (BN) and it’s leader Najib Razak. Barisan Nasional, a nationalist right-wing government with strong links to it’s ethnic Malay constituency, has dominated Malaysian politics for decades.

In a press conference just before the official confirmation, opposition leader and former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad, now 92 years old, said his party had achieved a victory.

He said he hoped a swearing-in ceremony would be held on Thursday. Mr Mahathir will become the oldest elected leader in the world.

The final official results indicate PH had won 115 seats, with BN on 79 (these numbers will alter slightly as the counting finishes today).

The 92 year old pledged a government that would include a “young person”, referring to criticism during the campaign that he was too old to lead Malaysia again. Mahathir said he would honour his agreement to help secure a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The two became the odd couple of Asian politics after decades working together, then becoming bitter enemies. Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy PM at one stage but then fell out of favour.

But the two formed a curious coalition to bring down PM Najib Razak who they claimed was corrupt and had stained the country with the 1MDB financial scandal.

Mahathir said Anwar would have to win a by-election or be elected senator in order for him to take over as prime minister from Dr Mahathir, as per their agreement.

An upset was on the cards when unofficial results started trickling in about four hours after the ballot boxes were closed at 5.30 last night.

• 9pm – Bernama reported that caretaker Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai, the president of BN component party Malaysian Chinese Association, had lost his Bentong seat.
• Caretaker Health Minister S Subramaniam, of BN coalition party Malaysian Indian Congress, was the next major casualty, losing his Segamat seat in Johor.
• 9.30pm, there was respite for BN when word came in that incumbent PM Najib Razak had successfully defended his Pekan seat in Pahang.

By 9.45pm last night, another four deputy ministers fell. At about the same time, it emerged that Mahathir would make a return to parliament after winning his Langkawi seat.

The result throws into doubt Najib Razak’s position in his party.
While he had been praised for his fiscal policies, he was also unpopular for rolling out a goods and services tax in addition to being a target of unwanted international attention over allegations funds were misappropriated from a state fund he advised, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). He has denied consistently any wrongdoing.

Mahathir had accused his former protege Najib of corruption and abuse of power before quitting UMNO to form his own party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

But Mahathir has vowed: “We are not seeking revenge. We want to restore the rule of law.”

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92 year old PM-elect Mahathir Mohamad, with a shirt emblazoned with his name, in case he forgot it whilst campaigning for the historic election.

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