GEORGE TOWN - Police are checking clinics near the area where two stillborn babies were found in an abandoned cupboard in Macallum Street Ghaut to identify the mother.
OCPD Asst Comm Mior Farid Alathrash Wahid said doctors had been asked to be on the lookout for a woman seeking post-natal treatment.
"We are also checking the maternity records of hospitals and clinics for possible clues.
"So far, we have recorded statements from five people, including the janitor who discovered the bodies," he said yesterday.
It was reported that the bodies of the twins, wrapped in a towel and with their umbilical cords still attached and the placenta placed inside a plastic bag, were found by a janitor who was cleaning the seventh floor of the flat at 10.30am on Monday.
Police believe the babies were of foreign nationality as most of the residents there were immigrant workers.
A Penang Hospital pathologist report said the babies were stillborn during the seventh month of pregnancy.
ACP Mior Faridalathrash said the case was being investigated as concealment of a birth by secret disposal of a dead body under Section 318 of the Penal Code.
Women with unwanted pregnancies can seek help from the Family Development Centre, managed by the Penang Family Health Development Association, in Perak Road. It can be contacted at 04-2825191.
The Penang Social Welfare Department can also be reached at 04-6505259.