THE selection of Sri Sandakan port naval commanding officer Capt Nasharuddin Othman as chief of staff for the security monitoring operations unit under the auspices of the United Nations at West Sahara (Minorso) is an honour to the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Utusan Malaysia quoted RMN Territory II commander Laksamana Datuk Abdul Aziz Jaafar as saying it was the first time the navy was given a big and important responsibility by the UN.
This also proves that our officers can carry out their duties not only at sea but also on land and on air. It enhances our worth because Capt Nasharuddin has been entrusted to lead military officers who represent 198 countries in West Sahara, he said.
Minorso is a unit comprising security teams from various countries under the UN, which maintains peace in racially tensed West Sahara.
Kapt Nasharuddin, with 29 years in the Malaysian navy, will take charge of the unit for more than a year.
Laksamana Abdul Aziz hoped that Nasharuddin would perform his task well and present a good image of the service and Malaysia.
Nasharuddin, 48, from Teluk Intan, Perak, started off as a naval officer in Woodlands, Singapore in 1977 before pursuing a military course in Australia.
Utusan also ran a story saying that a policeman died after he was crushed by a lorry while chasing a motorcyclist, suspected to be a drug addict in Sungai Petani on Sunday.
Kuala Muda OCPD Asst Supt Abu Bakar Ibrahim said L/Kpl Mazlan Mansor, 41, died at the scene because of serious head injuries. He said the motorcycle that Mazlan was riding, came into contact with the suspects motorcycle and the policeman fell on the road.
He was crushed by a lorry coming from the back at 10.15am, said Abu Bakar.
The lorry driver tried to avoid the policeman but failed and crushed him, said Abu Bakar, adding that the drug addict and his pillion rider escaped.
Berita Harian carried an article saying that the police had identified 20 people, including senior members of triads, who were involved in underground activities such as organised gambling, vice and illegal money laundering.
The article quoted a source that said that most of them controlled certain areas in the country and were dangerous and would not hesitate to turn violent. The source added that police would make public their names to facilitate arrests.
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