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  • Monday, 06 Nov 2017


20 hurt when bus rams highway divider

PETALING JAYA: Twenty people were injured, nine of them seriously, when an express bus crashed into a divider and overturned at the North-South Expressway, near Rawang.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Sani Harul said the victims were sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt Lim Bak Phai said the bus driver was believed to have lost control of his vehicle before it rammed into the divider and crashed into the opposite lane.

The bus then fell into a ditch and overturned.

It was travelling from Sungai Petani to Kuala Lumpur before continuing to Kuantan.


Flash flood traps students on camping trip

IPOH: Ninety-seven university students were rescued after getting trapped near a river during a flash flood at Kampung Sumpitan in Lenggong.

The students, from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, were on a camping trip on the banks of Sungai Temelong when the flood occurred at about 11am yesterday.

“The water had started to recede but we did not take chances and evacuated them to higher ground,” said Perak Fire and Rescue Department director Datuk Yahya Madis.

They were then sent to a temporary shelter at the village’s community hall.

Already at the hall were 18 families, comprising 57 villagers, taking shelter from the flood.

In Perak Tengah, some 103 villagers were displaced as Kampung Simpang Tiga and Kampung Serapuh were inundated by floodwaters.


RM5mil in contraband ciggies seized

ALOR GAJAH: An attempt to smuggle in RM5.2mil of contraband cigarettes in Kuala Linggi has been foiled by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

Its personnel spotted a barter trading boat off Tanjung Tuan on Saturday morning and chased it for a distance before stopping it. Kuala Linggi MMEA director Maritime Capt Ahmad Faridi Ferdaus said the vessel was on its way from Singapore to Satun, Thailand, loaded with the contraband.

“The cigarettes were supposed to be transferred to smaller boats before being sent to black markets in the Klang Valley, Negri Sembilan and Melaka,” he said yesterday.

Eight Indonesians, aged between 21 and 47, were detained.


Have local public varsities embrace UEC, Govt urged

KOTA KINABALU: The Government should expedite the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) by local public universities, said the Liberal Democratic Party.

Its president, Datuk Seri Teo Chee Kang, said the UEC certificate has gained worldwide recognition and is accepted by many foreign universities, as well as local private universities.

“We see no reason why local public universities cannot accept the UEC as an entry qualification,” he said at the opening of the party’s 28th conference yesterday.


Young boy falls to his death at condo

PETALING JAYA: A seven-year-old boy fell to his death from the sixth floor of a condominium unit in Pandan Jaya.

It is learnt that the boy, who was playing with his 10-year-old sister on the balcony, fell as he was climbing the railing at about 6.45pm on Saturday. Ampang Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Zaid Hassan said the boy died from severe head injuries.

The boy’s aunt was looking after him and his older sister while their parents were at work.


Cops nab thieves stealing power cables

KOTA KINABALU: Three men were caught red-handed stealing underground power cables. One was nabbed by auxiliary policemen while digging in the Karamunsing flyover area on Thursday night.

On Saturday, two others were arrested for digging in the same area. They also had tools for cutting cables.

Sabah Electricity corporate communications general manager Chendramata Sinteh said the damage to the cables, that supply electricity to various parts of the city, amounted to RM80,000


Driver dies in bus at Malaysia Cup stadium

SHAH ALAM: A bus driver who ferried Kedah football supporters to the Malaysia Cup final here died from a heart attack in the vehicle.

Shah Alam district police chief Asst Comm Shafien Mamat said M. Batumalai, 51, was found unconscious by his friend and co-driver.

He was slumped in the driver’s seat in the bus that was parked near the stadium at about 7pm on Saturday.

“A medical team from Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang, pronounced him dead,” he said. — Bernama



MMEA nets boat crews for fishing too near shore

KOTA KINABALU: More than RM1mil worth of seafood was seized from four fishing vessels that had encroached waters off Papar and Tuaran.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) also impounded the vessels, detaining the 19 foreign and one Malaysian crewmen aboard them.

Kota Kinabalu MMEA director First Admiral Adam Aziz said MMEA personnel spotted the boats between 11pm and 11.50pm on Friday and intercepted them for breaching the Fisheries Act 1985.

“Their licences do not allow the vessels to operate less than three nautical miles from the shore,” he said. It is a requirement to encourage sustainable fishing.


Rape suspect not a GrabCar driver 

PETALING JAYA: The 27-year-old man arrested for allegedly raping and robbing a student in Shah Alam is not a GrabCar driver as reported, said Grab Malaysia head Sean Goh.

“The person arrested is not registered with us,” he said in a statement yesterday.

It was reported that the man was arrested at an apartment in Port Klang on Friday after he allegedly robbed and raped the woman in Seksyen 7 on Wednesday.


Graftbusters getting more public tip-offs

KOTA KINABALU: More people are tipping off the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) following the agency’s aggressive crackdowns and community-based activities.

Sabah MACC deputy director of operations Hasbilah Mohd Salleh said there have been walk-in informants and information sent via e-mail or through the phone.

“We are seeing better awareness among the public and they are more willing to speak up,” he said after launching the Kembara Jelajah Rasuah 2.0 event yesterday.

Hasbilah said the MACC has received some 6,000 membership applications from Sabah residents under the Anti-Corruption Revolution Movement that was launched earlier this year.

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