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  • Saturday, 04 Dec 2004

Waiting for DNA results

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia is waiting for the outcome of the DNA test on the skeletal remains believed to be those of the three East Ocean tugboat crew members taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf gunmen six months ago. 

“The Philippines National Police is carrying out the DNA test in Manila. So we have to wait for the results,” the army’s Kuching-based First Division Commander Mej Jen Datuk Effendi Mustaffa said yesterday. 

Filipino military officials believed they were the remains of the East Ocean crew – two Malaysians, engineer Toh Chiu Tiong of Sibu and crane operator Wong Siu Ung of Miri, both 52, together with their Indonesian tugboat skipper Walter Sempel, 53. 

Airline hub under study

PENANG: The pros and cons of having a low-cost airline hub in Subang or Sepang are being studied and the report will be submitted to the Cabinet for a decision soon. 

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said all views and suggestions on the issue were being considered and the two sites were being studied for suitability. 

Singer lodges report

PETALING JAYA: Veteran singer Datuk SharifahAini Syed Jaafar has lodged a fifth police report against Karyawan chairman Zaienal Abidin Omar, alleging that he is tarnishing her reputation by making unfair statements about her. 

She lodged the report yesterday at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters.Petaling Jaya OCPD Senior Asst Comm II DatukGhazali Md Amin confirmed that she had lodgeda report. 

Found dead in pond

GOPENG: The body of an 18-year-old youth was found floating in a disused mining pond at Kampung Tersusun Kota Baru here early yesterday. 

A police spokesman said divers from the Fire and Rescue Department found the body of Ahmad Harimai Shaari at 1am. 

Ahmad Harimai, a former KTM Bhd contract worker, drowned while on a fishing trip at the pond at Lorong Kenanga on Wednesday. – Bernama 

Killed by falling branch

KUANTAN: A farmer who was cutting down a tree branch in his farm was killed after the branch fell on him at Kuala Terlak in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands. 

State Deputy CID Chief Supt Mokhtar Mohd Ali said K. Raja Manikam, 48, from Tanah Rata succumbed to severe head and facial injuries in the 4pm incident yesterday. 

“The victim’s son rushed him to the Tanah Rata Hospital but he died on the way,” Supt Mokhtar said. – Bernama 

Millionaire dies

SIBU: One of the country’s earliest millionaires, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Ling Beng Siew, died in San Francisco on Thursday. He was 86. 

Community leader Temenggong Tan Sri Tai Sing Chi said that Ling died of a heart attack. 

He said his remains would be brought back here tomorrow. 

“We are still making the funeral arrangements and have tentatively fixed Tuesday for his funeral,” Tai said. – Bernama 

Strong winds expected

KUALA LUMPUR: Strong north-easterly winds of 40kph to 50kph are expected over the coastal waters of the peninsula’s east coast, Sarawak and west Sabah from tomorrow until Monday night. 

According to the first category warning issued by the Meteorological Service Department yesterday, rough seas with waves of up to 3.5m were expected throughout the period, making it hazardous for small boats. – Bernama  

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