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Muhammad Nor Farhan Burhan being escorted out of the Ipoh Magistrates court after he was charged with insulting the Sultan of Perak in his Twitter account. SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

Schoolboy fined RM5,000 for insulting Perak Ruler 

IPOH: A schoolboy from Muar, who insulted the Sultan of Perak on Twitter, was told to recite the Rukun Negara before he was slapped with a RM5,000 fine by a magistrate’s court.

SM Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah 1 student Muhammad Nor Farhan Burhan, 18, pleaded guilty to having posted an offensive comment about the Sultan using the Twitter handle @farhaleigh at Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh at 10.30pm on Oct 13.

Magistrate Siti Hafiza Jaafar said anyone convicted of such an offence would have to be sentenced to prison.

“But you are still schooling, which is why I will impose a fine of RM5,000, in default of five months’ jail, to serve as a lesson to you and other members of the public,” she said, adding that he had violated the fifth principle, which was Good Behaviour and Morality (Kesopanan dan Kesusilaan).

 Housewife charged with abusing adopted daughters 

TAIPING: A housewife has claimed trial to ill-treating her two young adopted daughters in Selama.

Also in the dock yesterday were Habibah Mat Desa’s 15-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son, according to Bernama.

Habibah, 44, and the teens also allegedly caused injury to six-year-old Nurul Shahdiana Balkis Abdullah and five-year-old Nurul Shah Liana Shakira at their house at Jalan Kampung Anak Rambutan, Sungai Bayur, Selama between 2015 and July this year.

Sessions judge Rohaida Ishak set bail at RM4,500 for Habibah and RM500 each for her two children and Dec 6 for mention.

The crocodile culled by Sarawak Forestry Corporation at Sungai Rimbas, Pusa, with some body parts found in its abdomen

Killer croc killed Sabah

KUCHING: The Swift Wildlife Action Team (SWAT) of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) managed to take down a 4.8m crocodile at Sungai Rimbas in Pusa in the Betong Division.

The special SWAT team, according to SFC in a statement, hunted down the crocodile that had recently attacked and killed Bentayan Ilah, 31, from Kampung Tambak.

“The team installed 13 baited hooks along a five-kilometre stretch of Sungai Rimbas and managed to trap the crocodile Wednesday evening.

“A post-mortem was carried out this (yesterday) morning in the presence of police officers and the victim’s family. Some body parts were found inside the crocodile’s abdomen and have been sent to the police for forensic DNA analysis,” according to the statement. — Bernama

Sabah, S’wak set to be premier biomass hub

KUCHING: Malaysia remains on the right track in the development of its biomass industry, with Sarawak and Sabah set to become the premier biomass-processing hub in the country.

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the two states possessed great potential to become key players in the industry given the vast amount of biomass, strategic location, high skilled human capital and supporting infrastructures.

The Malaysian Investment Development Authority has approved 4,661 manufacturing projects with investments of RM354.4bil between 2011 and 2016, he said in his speech at the opening of the International Biomass Conference Malaysia 2017 here yesterday.

Sarawak emerged as the third largest recipient with RM47.6bil approved investments, mainly concentrated in the basic metal products, chemicals and chemical products including natural gas.

Woman, 51, fined RM4,000 for offering cop sex

KUALA LUMPUR: A 51-year-old woman was fined RM4,000 by the court for offering sexual services to a policeman.

Magistrate Zuhair Rosli handed down the sentence on Tang Moy Lan, 51, after she pleaded guilty to soliciting RM100 from L/Kpl Mohamad Yusoff Abdullah, 56, for the purpose of prostitution at the five-foot way of Hari-Hari Department Store, Jalan Petaling, here at 10.40pm, on Oct 17.

If she fails to pay the fine, she would have to serve a default jail term of four months. The report did not mention whether she paid the fine. — Bernama

Road bully assaults food delivery man

PETALING JAYA: A food delivery man was scolded and allegedly punched by a road bully during a traffic jam in Bandar Utama here.

In the 6.30pm incident on Tuesday, the victim was riding his motorcycle when he was forced to slow down due to a minor accident caused by a traffic jam on Jalan Tengkat Bandar Utama.

As he slowed down, he heard a loud honk from a vehicle behind, before the driver got out and started yelling and then allegedly punched him several times before an auxiliary policeman broke up the scuffle.

The victim suffered bruises and a black eye and the case is being probed by police now.

Three cops being probed for soliciting bribe

IPOH: Three policemen are being investigated for soliciting money from a member of the public.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said police are in the process of recording statements from those involved.

According to a source, one of the suspects with the rank of sergeant major had asked for RM1,000 from a complainant.

The complainant, however, only had RM500 to give, and lodged a police report after the incident.

All three were tested negative for drugs.

Three cooking gas smugglers nabbed 

TAWAU: Three men were detained for attempting to smuggle out 50 canisters of cooking gas to Indonesia.

They were detained separately in a joint operation off Tanjung Batu between the Tawau Marine Police Force and the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry. Tawau Region 4 Marine Police Force commanding officer DSP Mohd Nazri Ibrahim said the first suspect was caught attempting to smuggle out six tanks of cooking gas, while the second and third suspects were nabbed with 17 and 27 canisters of the cooking gas, respectively.

“The value of the 50 canisters of gas that were seized in three boats is RM103,570,” he said in a statement here yesterday. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Okt -- Timbalan Ketua Balai Polis Daerah Cheras Sub Inspektor Mohd Dalila Mansor menunjukkan baju yang digunakan untuk melakukan Sukan Skuba ketika ditemubual di Pusat Latihan Polis (Pulapol) baru-baru ini.Bernafas di dalam air, bergerak bebas tanpa graviti sambil ditemani hidupan akuatik yang menakjubkan adalah keseronokan yang dicari bagi peminat aktiviti selam skuba.Walaupun dunia ini diliputi 70 peratus lautan namun hanya sebilangan kecil sahaja yang dapat menyaksikan keindahan dan keasyikan dunia di dalamnya.--fotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

Cop achieves highest scuba-diving credentials

KUALA LUMPUR: Sub-inspector Mohd Dalila Mansor learnt to scuba dive some 20 years ago as part of his job after he joined the elite special operations tactical unit of the Royal Malaysian Police.

He grew to love the activity so much that, he is now a licensed dive instructor and instructor examiner, which is the highest-ever qualification one can attain in the industry.

Mohd Dalila, 49, who is deputy head at the Cheras district police station, is currently the only instructor examiner in Malaysia, and possibly South-East Asia who is certified by Rebreather Association of International Dives (RAID), a reputable international diver training organisation based in Sweden.

As an instructor examiner, according to Bernama, he is qualified to evaluate dive instructors in all parts of the world who wish to upgrade their competency level.

College student, 22, falls to his death 

PADANG BESAR: A 22-year-old man, believed to be a student of a higher education institution, died after he fell from the fifth floor of a student residential building in Sungai Chuchuh here.

His body was found by security guards patrolling the student’s residential area at about 1.30am yesterday morning.

Padang Besar district police chief Supt Ghazani And Ghani, who confirmed the incident, said the victim was from Kuala Kangsar, Perak, and the case was classified as a sudden death.

The body was taken to the Tuanku Fauziah Hospital near here for a post-mortem. — Bernama

Malaysian Innovation Agency CEO Naser Jaafar (left) exchanges MoU documents with Banana Tree Sdn Bhd CEO Tho Tze Bing, as Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and UiTM Sarawak rector Datuk Dr Jamil Hamali (centre) looks on. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

Agreement signed to fund research on gluten-free banana flour

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Sarawak is working with the Malaysian Innovation Agency (AIM) and Banana Tree Sdn Bhd to commercialise its new innovative product, the gluten-free banana flour.

In a tripartite agreement signed at the university campus, AIM and Banana Tree would be funding the research, production and marketing process.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said UiTM lecturers and researchers took about one year to fine-tune the gluten-free banana flour product innovation before declaring it ready for commercialisation.

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