Fun-filled day for 520 kids and orphans
IPOH: About 520 special children and orphans across the nation celebrated an early year-end school holiday when they were treated to a day of fun-filled activities at the animation theme park here.
The event was hosted by Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.
MAPS chief marketing officer Jeffrey Hanafiah said the programme was held in collaboration with Kiwanis Malaysia to fulfil the children’s dreams of enjoying thrilling rides, interactive international shows and other attractions such as Boboiboy and The Smurfs.
He added that the CSR event also marked the Kiwanis 1 Day celebration which is practised in more than 80,000 countries by 600,000 Kiwanians.
“On this day, we come together to conduct service projects that would benefit hundreds of thousands of children.
“With this collaboration, we are witnessing the kids having a wonderful time while they bring back fond memories of their life,” said Dr Mario del Castillio, Kiwanis Malaysia’s governor.
Wild jumbo terrorises villagers
BALING: A wild elephant that acquired a taste for bananas, rubber tree saplings, coconuts and oil palm fruits has been terrorising some 600 villagers.
It trundles into farms after midnight and destroys crops in Kampung Bukit Hijau, Kupang, Kedah.
“The elephant not only destroyed our crops, but it also poses a risk to us as it had damaged our roofs,” said Bukit Hijau Village Development and Security Committee chairman Idris Yaacob.
Cop suffered heart attack while driving
MIRI: A policeman died from a heart attack while driving and his vehicle ended up crashing into a parked vehicle in front of a busy commercial centre here.
Kpl Martin Peter, 54, was found dead in his seat at about 10.15am yesterday.
Miri fire station chief Law Poh Kiong said they received a distress call and rushed to the scene to find the driver dead.
“We believe he suffered a heart attack while driving before hitting another vehicle,” he said.
The case has been referred to the police for further action.
Fire victims in stable condition
KUALA LUMPUR: The five victims of a fire which broke out in a double-storey house in Bangsar are in stable condition.
The 4.20am incident yesterday killed a woman.
A relative said all five, aged between 12 and 60, have been warded for observation due to smoke inhalation.
Fireman who arrived at the scene upon being alerted found the fire had spread from the guestroom downstairs.
They managed to break down a door to allow two of those trapped in the house to escape.
Ironsmith found dead after falling into drain
BALIK PULAU: A 45-year-old ironsmith died after he fell from his motorcycle into a monsoon drain and was swept away by strong currents at Jalan Tun Sardon here.
A police spokesman said firemen found the body of Goh Teng Thye, from Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, near a river in Relau at 3.45am yesterday.
“We received a distress call and launched a search and rescue operation.
“The man was found with head and chest injuries, believed to have been sustained after hitting a rock near the river,” the spokesman said.
This is the second fatal incident after a factory worker drowned during a downpour when she was swept into a ravine while riding her motorcycle along Jalan Paya Terubong in Relau on Sept 15.
Girl killed in freak accident
ALOR SETAR: A five-year-old girl died when one of the broken pieces of a sharpening stone used by her father to sharpen the blade of a grass-cutting machine pierced her right chest at a village house in Mukim Kubang Rotan near here.
The victim – Nur Aliya Syifa Murad – died in the 5.30pm incident on Friday.
The victim’s father, a mechanic, said he rushed her to a nearby clinic for immediate treatment.
The girl was then transferred to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital where she died later.
‘Datuk Seri’ bashes three Rela members
PETALING JAYA: A man, said to be a “Datuk Seri”, lost his cool and beat up three Rela members on duty after a perceived lack of respect shown by them.
The incident occurred on Friday morning near a temple in Ampang because his car was allegedly blocking the road.
MCA Public Service and Complaints Department chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong said the three Rela members had earlier spoken to the man’s driver about the issue.
Later, the man got into an argument and proceeded to attack the three victims.
Ranbo Lee, 27, was hit in the face while the two other victims – Jackie Leong, 21, and Melvin Cheong, 19 – were kicked and punched in the head and body.
Ampang Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Zaid Hassan confirmed that a report has been lodged but no arrests have been made.
Cops bust illegal online gambling outlet
KOTA KINABALU: Police have busted an illegal online gambling outlet at a double-storey house in Penampang near here.
Sabah CID chief Datuk Salehuddin Abd Rahman said a 76-year-old senior citizen was among the seven gamblers arrested during the raid.
He said police also nabbed two women, aged 32 and 69, who are believed to be the caretakers.
Apart from 11 computers, police also seized cash totalling RM4,171.
CM: Bridge toll should have been abolished
BUTTERWORTH: The Federal Government should have also abolished the Penang Bridge toll as the cost of construction would have been recovered by now.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he was disappointed that the Penang Bridge was not in the list.
“I feel very disappointed because only four tolls will be abolished and the Government will bear the cost.
“The construction cost has already been recovered but toll collection has been extended to 2038 to cover the cost of building the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge,” said Lim after a book launch yesterday.
On Friday during the tabling of Budget 2018, it was announced that toll collection at Batu Tiga and Sungai Rasau in Shah Alam, Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah and the Eastern Dispersal Link in Johor will be abolished from Jan 1 next year.