A doula (home birth companion) known as Masyitah Md. Hassan has won the court case against a specialist doctor who tried to warn the public regarding the danger of home birth procedures and other medical myths. As a result, Dr. Sakinah Sulong has been ordered to pay a total of RM230,000 to the traditional practitioner.

According to a Facebook post shared by Masyitah’s husband, Muhammad Zaki Omar, the court found that Dr. Sakinah had uploaded “defamatory statements” (which was intended to raise awareness) against Masyitah on her Facebook posts on 7th, 8th and 12th February 2018. This came following the viral story about the death of an infant who was delivered through a home birth process on 4th February 2018.

Dr. Sakinah
Source: FB

In the post, Zaki also revealed that the court has ordered Sakinah (as the defendant) to do the following:

  • Pay general compensation to the plaintiff (Masyitah) – RM100,000
  • Pay punitive damages – RM100,000
  • Cover the overall cost for the plaintiff – RM30,000
  • Post an apology statement to the plaintiff on the defendant’s Facebook account.
  • Order of injunction to not publish any statement linking Doulamas to the occurrence of the birth and death of an infant on 4th Feb 2018.

The issue managed to catch the attention of many netizens. Many of them came to Dr. Sakinah’s defence. In this case, a lot of them weren’t pleased with the court’s decision about the case involving the duo. Check out some of the reactions from Twitter below:

Dr. Sakinah is currently trending on Twitter, as many social media users continue to leave uplifting and supporting comments to the medical practitioner.

Source: Lowyat Forum.

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