SEREMBAN: A 31-year-old man was killed when a lorry and two cars rammed into the vehicle he was in during a five-vehicle pile-up at the 273.5km of the North-South Expressway near here early yesterday.
The victim, identified as Tan Poh Leng, of Lukut, was travelling from here to Kuala Lumpur in the 3.30am incident.
DAP: Uphold Tunku’s call
PETALING JAYA: The DAP will launch the National Day celebrations with a call for Malaysians to reaffirm the late Tunku Abdul Rahman’s call for a democratic, secular, multi-religious, tolerant and progressive country.
Its secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock said the first activity would be to distribute a leaflet on Friday to call on the people to uphold Tunku's legacy to “not turn Malaysia into an Islamic state.”
74 cases reported
KUCHING: Seventy-four disciplinary and criminal cases have been reported against servicemen in Sabah and Sarawak so far, said Army Field Commander Lt Jen Datuk Khairuddin Mat Yusof.
He said the soldiers’ involvement in such cases must be stop immediately as if left unchecked, would bring disrepute to the rank and file in the force.
“The rank and file should play their role to curb these unhealthy activities instead of leaving it to the officers to do the job,” he said during his farewell visit at the First Division headquarters yesterday. – Bernama
Tunnel to jewellery
JOHOR BARU: A pawnshop owner lost some RM30,000 worth of unclaimed jewellery when a thief broke into the place by digging an underground tunnel into the shop at Jalan Wong Ah Fook here.
Johor Baru (South) police chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Hashim Yusof said yesterday that the thief had dug a 0.6m wide tunnel in an empty lot next to the pawnshop.
However, the opening at the other end of the tunnel was only big enough for his hand to reach into the drawers in the pawnshop to steal the jewellery, he said, adding that the incident was believed to have occurred over the weekend when the shop was closed for business.
Taylor cancels concert
KUALA LUMPUR: Veteran rhythm and blues (R&B) singer James “JT” Taylor, formerly the front man of Kool & The Gang, has cancelled his concert at Genting Highlands Arena of Stars this Sunday.
“Taylor’s mother has taken ill in the United States and she is in critical condition.
“The singer intends to reschedule his concert to early next year,” said a spokesman for Kristasia Sdn Bhd, the organiser of Taylor’s concert.
For refunds, ticket holders are advised to return to the outlets. For enquiries, call 03-2718 1118 or 03-2162 0881.
New look for pasar tani
JOHOR BARU: The pasar tani (farmers' market) in Shah Alam, Kelana Jaya and Taman Melawati will be adopting the hypermarket-style of business environment to make it more appealing to shoppers.
Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority director-general Datuk Wan Ibrahim Wan Daud said products at the pasar tani would be wrapped and nicely packed before being sold to the public.
Sabah plans for more padi
KENINGAU: Sabah plans to implement high-technology farming to boost the state’s padi production to 10 tonnes a hectare for each planting season to reduce rice imports.
Its Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said Sabah had the technology to boost its yield from the current five to seven tonnes a hectare each season.
Efforts should be promptly made to use the modern farming techniques to improve the state’s capability to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, he said when opening the Sabah Agriculture Department officers’ annual conference here yesterday. – Bernama
Sabah BN to consider idea
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional is keeping an open mind on an Election Commission's proposal for the state and general elections to be held simultaneously.
“We need to see the pros and cons of holding both the state and parliamentary elections together though we have no problems with either situation,” Sabah Barisan secretary Datuk Karim Bujang said.
Karim was responding to a proposal by commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar that the Sabah polls be held simultaneously with the general election to save time, money and other resources.
Copter lands on beach
MIRI: A helicopter flying a pregnant woman from Bintulu Hospital to the Miri General Hospital here had to make an emergency landing at Bakam beach following a technical alert on board the aircraft.
The aircraft, carrying a pilot, doctor, nurse and the woman, landed on a vacant plot on the beach, some 15km from the town centre here, at 2pm yesterday.
Miri Airport manager Simon Wong said those on board were safe and the emergency landing was due to technical problems.
Two die in m-cycle crash
IPOH: A youth and a man were killed while another youth was injured in an accident involving several motorcycles at the 249.3km of the North-South Expressway yesterday.
A police spokesman said Liew Chin Hong, 16, died at the Ipoh Hospital while Mohd Khir Anuar, 21, died at the Kuala Kangsar Hospital after the 1.25am accident.
Another youth, known only as Shahrul Rizal, 18, has been admitted to the Taiping Hospital with serious injuries, he said. – Bernama