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Blind need RM180,000 

KUCHING: The Sarawak Society for the Blind is short of some RM180,000 to furnish its new building, which is under construction here, with equipment to provide vocational training for the visually impaired.  

Society chairman Robert Tham said Phase One of the new building which was designed to cater to the special needs of the blind at Jalan Ong Tiang Swee was expected to be ready by next month.  

He said the society had to buy equipment because over 42 blind secondary school students were expected to undergo vocational training at the centre once they had completed their formal education from this year to 2007.  

Callous drivers rapped 

KANGAR: Malaysians may be known for their tolerance and civility but, once they get behind the wheel and hit the road, many become callous, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said. 

He said it was this unfeeling attitude that led many of them to commit traffic offences and cause preventable road accidents. 

Speaking to reporters at a Hari Raya open house he hosted at Kompleks Warisan here yesterday, he said the number of traffic offences and road accidents could be reduced if drivers practised tolerance and showed courtesy. – Bernama 

186 die in road crashes 

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven deaths were recorded nationwide on the last day of the Ops Sikap VII festive season traffic operation on Saturday. 

A Bukit Aman traffic police spokesman said the deaths yesterday involved three motorcyclists, two motorists, a van passenger and a pedestrian. 

This brings to 186 the total number of fatalities since the launch of the operation on Nov 7 to reduce the number of accidents during Deepavali and Hari Raya. – Bernama 

Two die as bikes collide 

KUALA TERENGGANU: Two motorcyclists were killed and their pillion riders injured when the machines they were on collided in Bandar Baru Cheneh, Kemaman, on Saturday night. 

Kemaman OCPD Supt Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said Azuan Ariffin, 18, from Felda Neram Dua, died at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan at about midnight while Wan Mohd Sabri Wan Mohamad, 20, from Bandar Baru Cheneh, died while on the way to the Cheneh Health Centre. – Bernama 

Driver killed in pileup 

KUALA TERENGGANU: A motorist was killed and five people injured in a four-car pileup at the 115th kilometre of the Kuala Terengganu-Kemaman road yesterday. 

Kemaman OCPD Supt Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said Ismail Ali, 36, from Felda Kertih Tiga in Paka, Dungun died in the 6.30am incident, which occurred when one of the cars touched another while overtaking. – Bernama  

Puteri’ open house 

KUALA PILAH: Puteri Umno will be holding its Hari Raya open house at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 2 beginning at 7pm. 

Its chief Noraini Ahmad said more than 10,000 people, including Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi were expected to attend the event. – Bernama 

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