SEPANG: AirAsia Bhd has fulfilled the dreams of four orang asli pupils from SK Satak in Raub, Pahang; it flew them to Langkawi – their first time on a flight.
In a statement, the budget airline said the initiative is part of its efforts to empower young people in the country by giving them a glimpse of the aviation industry.
Thirty-seven other pupils of the school were taken on a tour of the CAE training centre to see emergency aircraft evacuation procedures, safety training for cabin crew, and the inside of an aircraft simulator.
The group visited the AirAsia headquarters, RedQ, in Sepang, in addition to getting an interactive-learning experience at Kidzania in Mutiara Damansara and a stay at a Tune Hotel.
The airline has offered its “AirAsia experience” to more than 5,000 students across the country.
Marine cops swoop in on illegals
JOHOR BARU: Marine police have detained 23 Indonesian illegals who were hiding in the jungle on Pulau Hijau, near Bandar Penawar in Kota Tinggi.
Southern Region Two commander Asst Comm Paul Khiu Khon Chiang said the illegals, aged between 21 and 48, were rounded up in five simultaneous raids between 1.05am and 1.30am yesterday.
“An initial investigation showed that they had been hiding for about a week and were waiting to exit the country,” he said in a statement.
ACP Khiu said the Indonesians told police that they had been forced to stay on because of bad weather and rough seas.
They were held under the Immigration Act and were brought to the Bandar Penawar police station.
Johor wants to get into cheese making, says MB
PENGERANG: The state wants to position itself as a key cheese producer in the country.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said it is possible to achieve this goal.
He said Johor’s Bio Desaru Organic Food Valley in Kota Tinggi is able to supply the cow’s milk for cheese production.
“We already have cattle breeding there,” he said, adding that cheese-making is a viable by-product of the activity.
He was speaking at the opening of the 188-room Lotus Seaview Beach Resort Pengerang.
Khaled said more details on the proposed project will be revealed when the state budget for next year is tabled this month.
Man killed when pickup truck plunges into drain
PETALING JAYA: A man was killed and two others seriously injured when a pickup truck crashed into a drain at Silk Highway in Semenyih.
A spokesman for the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department said it was alerted to the incident at about 3.15pm yesterday.
Firemen were able to free the three victims, which included a woman, pinned in the wreckage.
But the man died from his injuries later.
The other victims are warded at Serdang Hospital.
Teen missing after boat collision found dead
KOTA KINABALU: A teenager, who went missing in a boat collision in waters off Tambisan, has been found dead.
The remains of Abu Sabri Jalani, 18, was spotted near the Tambisan Darat jetty at about 1.30pm yesterday.
Villagers stumbled on the body and alerted the authorities. It was sent to Sandakan Hospital for a post-mortem.
Abu was travelling to Tambisan Darat on a boat with his 16-year-old brother Asraf and their friend Mohamad Yazer, 11, on Oct 8 when it was hit by another vessel.
Group plans new haemodialysis centre
TEMERLOH: A fund-raising dinner will be held in Mentakab to raise funds for a new haemodialysis centre to benefit renal patients in the district.
Pahang Buddhist Association (PBA) president Datuk Franky Chua Goon Eng said it hoped to raise RM3mil for the centre that will be in Taman Rimba.
“This will be the second such centre managed by PBA after the facility at Jalan Bukit Ubi in Kuantan.
“The new centre will be operational in stages, starting early next year,” he said.
Two killed as taxi rams into m-cyclists
JOHOR BARU: Two teenage motorcyclists died and another was seriously injured after they were hit by a taxi along the Pasir Gudang coastal highway.
A 15-year-old student from Taman Scientex in Pasir Gudang died on the spot while a 19-year-old trader from Taman Cendana succumbed to his injuries at Sultan Ismail Hospital.
The third motorcyclist, a 17-year-old trader from Taman Pandan Jaya 2 in Rengit, Batu Pahat, was warded with broken legs.
Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Shahurinain Jais said a taxi driver, 38, heading to Pasir Gudang from the city centre, lost control of his vehicle.
It skidded into the opposite lane and ploughed into the motorcyclists who were stopped on the road shoulder because one of their machines had broken down, said ACP Shahurinain.
Vietnamese woman charged in RM800,000 bribery case
KUANTAN: A Vietnamese woman pleaded not guilty to a charge of offering a RM800,000 bribe to two Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency officers.
Tran Thi Mai, 41, who has been living in the country for the past 17 years, entered her plea before Sessions Court judge Dazuki Ali.
The mother of four allegedly gave the money to an anti-graft officer posing as the middleman who would hand it to the officers, Kpt Nurul Hizam Zakaria and Kpt Amran Daud.
She was charged with committing the offence at a hotel at about 9.40am on Nov 5.
The bribe was apparently an inducement to release nine Vietnamese fishing boats seized under the Fisheries Act 1985. — Bernama