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  • Thursday, 25 Nov 2004

Stopping hunger strikes 

KUALA LUMPUR: Suhakam will be coming up with recommendations to help prevent future hunger strikes in detention centres. 

Following Suhakam’s visit to Simpang Renggam Rehabilitation Centre in Johor where 236 detainees went on hunger strike, commissioner Datuk S. Siva said: “We will come up with recommendations and suggestions to be tabled at the commission’s meeting next month.” 

He added that the detainees went on strike not because of conditions in the centre but because they were upset that their detention period had been extended. 

Brothers feared drowned  

KOTA BARU: Two brothers aged nine and seven are feared drowned after they fell from a jetty into Sungai Dabong in Kuala Krai on Tuesday.  

A Kuala Krai police spokesman said Fadil Rashdan Shaari and his younger brother Fadil Shahdan were playing on the jetty with another sibling at 5.30pm when they slipped and fell into the river. 

He said the remaining sibling alerted their parents, who mounted immediate rescue efforts with the help of villagers. He said police and firemen later joined the search, which was stopped at 7.30pm yesterday and would resume today. – Bernama 

Youth held over rape 

BANTING: Police have picked up a youth for raping a 14-year-old girl on Monday in Taman Datuk Hormat, Teluk Panglima Garang near here. 

The 17-year-old suspect, who was arrested on Tuesday night near his house, was the third suspect to be picked up. Two other suspects had been arrested earlier that day.  

Kuala Langat district police chief Supt Shah Gzali Khan said police would be arresting one more suspect, also aged 17 in connection with the case. 

DNA test for remains  

KUCHING: The human skeletal remains found in a black plastic bag dumped in the jungle in Bau would be sent for DNA testing to determine the identity of the victim, state CID chief SAC II Karn Kam Peng said yesterday. 

Police have not ruled out that the remains could be those of Indonesian Bidayuh woman Niyo Midin, who was abducted three months ago. 

Midin was abducted together with her businessman husband outside a clinic. Her husband was later released by his captors to raise money for ransom. 

Briton on murder charge 

JOHOR BARU: A British engineer was charged at a magistrate’s court with the murder of a 26-year-old woman at Taman Daya here.  

Anthony David John King, 32, has been accused of killing Ang Sze Yeong at a petrol station on Nov 14 at 4am. No plea was recorded. 

Magistrate Noor Fajri Ismail fixed Dec 2 for re-mention.  

46,000 updated EPF info 

KUALA LUMPUR: The EPF's campaign to encourage members to update their personal information has borne fruit with more than 46,000 members responding in the past three months. 

“It is important to have an updated membership database to avoid complications in the future when they want to withdraw their savings,” said EPF senior public relations manager Nik Affendi Jaafar. – Bernama  

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