> Beggars rake in RM300 per hour during Ramadan
Generous Malaccans have enabled beggars, especially foreigners, to collect up to RM300 per hour this Ramadan. Many beggars head to Ramadan bazaars in groups, together with young children, to profit from charitable locals. Social Welfare Department director Zulyadain Limat said a number of detained beggars, aged between 34 ando 45, had entered the state on the premise of seeking jobs as they are still fit and able to earn an honest living. However, begging became their ‘career’ of choice due to its lucrative returns. The detained foreign nationals have been handed over to the Immigration Department for further action.
> USM students win international award for research on good bacteria
Two PhD students from Universiti Sains Malaysia clinched third prize in the Young Scientists Award 2014, which was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Beneficial Microbes (ICOBM 2014) in May. Tan Pei Lei, 28 and Chuah Li Oon, 30, from the Industrial Technology Studies Centre (PPTI), earned the accolade for their research on good bacteria. After three years of study on about 200 types of good bacteria, Tan had succeeded in discovering a lactic acid bacteria which helped wounds heal 20% faster than conventional treatment. Chuah had also developed research into the use of good bacteria not resistant to antibiotics to produce food safe for consumption.
> Unpleasant smell leads to discovery of decomposed body
An unpleasant smell detected by an angler from beneath a bridge in Kampung Luar, Mukim Siong, led to the discovery of a decomposed male body on Thursday. Baling OCPD Deputy Supt K. Wari said the victim, identified as Ahmad Tarmizi Desa, 31, was found along with a sack of wild fern shoots at 4.30pm. “We believe the victim died more than a week ago, as the body is badly mangled,” said K. Wariu, who added that Ahmad lived in poverty after the death of his parents led to a solitary life in the village. His body was identified by his uncle, Jamrus Yaakob, 59, who had made a police report regarding Ahmad’s disappearance on Monday. The cause of death remains uncertain, and the body has been sent to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Setar for a post-mortem.
> Sources: Anwar prefers wife to be Selangor MB
PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim may recommend his wife PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the Selangor Mentri Besar post. Anwar would be meeting PKR division chairmen and state assemblymen to discuss about a new candidate for the post on Friday. Sources said even though some of the assemblymen supported party deputy president Azmin Ali for the post, Anwar preferred Dr Wan Azizah. PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang also informed Anwar that PAS had no interest to fight for the post. Sources added that DAP and PRK had reached a consensus to support Dr Wan Azizah to replace current Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
> Parents of 20-year-old accident victim donate organs
The parents of 20-year-old Lee Thong Xuan from Kluang, Johor decided to donate his organs after doctors had certified him as “brain dead". Lee, who is a handphone shop employee, met an accident when he was delivering goods in Simpang Renggam at about 3pm on Wednesday.