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  • Saturday, 06 May 2006

DUE RECOGNITION: The Jasin Mara Junior Science College has been renamed the Tun Ghafar Baba Mara Junior Science College in tribute to the late former deputy prime minister, who died on April 23. This move has been made in recognition of his contributions to nation-building and efforts to enhance the socio-economic status of bumiputras. Ghafar was Mara chairman from 1967 to 1971. 


NO HANKY-PANKY: Cuepacs president Datuk Nordin Abdul Hamid has urged civil servants and private sector doctors not to abuse the trust placed on them by the Government in relation to medical certificates (MCs). This call comes in the wake of the recent Public Services Department announcement that MCs from private clinics and hospitals do not have to be endorsed by government doctors. 


KIN OF RETIREE SOUGHT: Family members of Ong Ah Chye, 65, should claim his body from Malacca Hospital. According to Bandar Hilir state assemblyman Goh Leong San, the retired civil servant died at the hospital on Thursday. Odd-job labourer Chua Ah Lian, 72, who also rents a room in the house Ong was living in, had sought help from Goh in locating the deceased's family. It is understood that Ong had a sister in Perak. 


MAN CLAIMS TRIAL: Lorry driver Sam Ban Hin, 43, pleaded not guilty yesterday to extorting RM1,080 from Chia Keng Yong, 63. He was said to have committed the offence with four others still at large in Kepong Baru, Kuala Lumpur, on Nov 10. Sam also claimed trial to two charges of assaulting Chia Keng and his son Ai Fuh, 35. Magistrate Manira Mohd Nor set bail at RM6,000 and fixed June 6 for mention. 


ARMED ROBBERY: Two men have pleaded not guilty to robbing a housewife of her valuables worth RM200,000 and her silver Mercedes Benz last month. Unemployed Megat Shamsul Kamal Mohd Shohor, 33, and trader Mazalan Kamarudin, 40, are said to have robbed Zaida Mazita Shaari, 40, while armed with a parang in Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, on April 1. Magistrate Manira Mohd Nor yesterday fixed June 6 for mention. 

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