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Workers’ cooking leads to a fire 

PETALING JAYA: A fire broke out on the fifth floor of a building under construction at Persiaran Surian, Kota Damansara here, on Monday

Damansara firestation chief Ramli Harun said they were alerted to the fire at about 2.18pm and firemen managed to bring the blaze under control in about 10 minutes.

No casualties were reported. Firemen believe the fire may have been accidently caused by workers who were cooking at the site.

Ramli added that the fifth floor was used as a temporary lodging for the workers.

RM220,000 for crosscultural programmes 

PUTRAJAYA: Some 220 schools across the country received RM220,000 from the National Unity and Integration Department for the implementation of cross cultural programmes.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said the programmes were part of a module that would serve as a guideline for teachers in charge of Rukun Negara clubs in schools.

He said the Rukun Negara would be easier to understand with the inclusion of cross cultural elements.

“To date, there are 6,338 Rukun Negara clubs in schools,” he said at the Rukun Negara pledge-reading ceremony at SK Putrajaya Presint 8(2) yesterday.

Moorthy Seethiah (white shirt) and Kumar Vadiveloo being led out of the court after they were sentenced to one week jail and fined RM10,000.  SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

Fined for offering bribe to enforcement officer

IPOH: Two men were fined RM10,000 each and a week’s jail by the Sessions Court after they admitted to offering a bribe to a Road Transport Department enforcement officer.

Lorry owner S. Moorthy, 51, and driver V. Kumar, 57, pleaded guilty before Sessions judge S. Inderu Nehru. The case was heard behind closed doors after both accepted a plea bargain.

T. Ellanggovan, who represented Moorthy, said both the prosecution and defence agreed to the plea bargain after the application was made under Section 172C of the Criminal Code.

“Their jail term starts today,” said Ellanggovan. “There will be no appeal. They will also pay the fine to avoid a further four months in jail.”

Earlier, the two claimed trial to a charge of trying to bribe Azlee Ahmad with RM600 in 2014.

Luck runs out for eight in Selangor 

SHAH ALAM: Police arrested eight people in the ongoing fight against illegal gambling in Selangor.

State police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said police have conducted 45 raids so far. He told a press conference at the Selangor police headquarters yesterday that 428 gambling machines had been seized.

He urged the public to help by contacting the Selangor police Secret Society, Gaming and Vice Division (D7) hotline immediately if they suspected any premises were being used for illegal gambling.

The hotline number is 03-55145121.

houses in Kpg Lereng Bukit in Miri hit by landslides after heavy rain. Bomba pic

Ensure Canada Hill is safe, PWD told

MIRI: The Public Works Department has been told to carry out slope-stability checks on the historical Canada Hill in Miri City after a steady downpour caused landslides.

Houses at the foot of the hill, along with some vehicles and roads, have been damaged.

Miri Fire and Rescue Department chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said personnel from his department have been deployed to monitor the site and to check on the damage.

The 200m-high Canada Hill, overlooking Miri city, is the site of the country’s first oil well, that was dug in the 1890s.

Apart from hill erosion, there were flash floods in various housing estates in Miri and Bekenu districts too.

MIRI: Sarawak police nabbed 50 people during raids on 36 premises statewide from Nov 6 to Sunday.

In a statement, Sarawak CID chief Datuk Dev Kumar said 32 of the raids involved illegal 4D sales while the rest were for cybergambling and providing reload services for illegal online betting.

Teenagers and foreigners were among the suspects nabbed. Dev said police also seized RM8,049 cash, mobile phones, portables printers, calculators and betting slips, among others. Seized in the cybergambling raids were RM2,841 cash, mobile phones and tablets. — Bernama

New Zealand Navy Chief Rear Admiral John Martin inspecting the Guard of Honour during his first visit to Malaysia at Wisma Pertahanan in Kuala Lumpur.......Sam Tham/Star Publication

Navy wants better coverage for mobile app

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy wants to increase the level of confidence among the maritime community by expanding the reach of its K3M mobile app to areas with poor cellular coverage.

Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin said the navy is in talks with Telekom Malaysia to get the app working through satellite connections.

“Hopefully, it will be ready by next month,” he said.

Earlier, he welcomed his New Zealand counterpart Rear Admiral John Martin, who is on a three-day visit to Malaysia.

Niosh: Accidents getting worse

KOTA KINABALU: The number of industrial and commuting accidents nationwide over a five-year period since 2012 is worrying, says National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

According to statistics from the Social Security Organisation, the number of industrial accidents recorded a 0.02% increase from 35,296 cases in 2012, to 35,304 cases last year.

The number of accidents involving workers commuting between home and workplace was also of concern, having recorded a 19% increase from 26,256 cases in 2012 to 31,314 cases last year, Lee added. — Bernama

To go with Myanmar-politics-lifestyle-art,FEATURE by Hla Hla HtayThis picture taken on September 2, 2012 shows a visitor looking at paintings by Myanmar artist Htein Lin during an exhibition at a hotel in Yangon. Painted on scraps of clothing with carved soap, cigarette lighters and even syringes, Htein Lins artworks were his lifeline during years in Myanmar jails -- and the spark for an extraordinary love story. AFP PHOTO/Soe Than WINRESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY CREDIT OF THE ARTIST, TO ILLUSTRATE THE STORY AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

Painting a picture of his early days with mum

KUALA LUMPUR: Myanmar’s renowned artist Htein Lin’s moveable monument is a tribute to his mother.

Describing his masterpiece, Lin said his temporary work of stitched pieces of coloured cloth that resembled a tent was created as a tribute to the 80-year-old woman.

“It is part of my childhood memories. My siblings and I still remember my mother’s efforts to sew our school bags out of cloth scraps from the local dressmakers because she could not afford to buy them.

“At that time, we felt embarrassed and envied our friends who owned branded bags,” he recalled. “However, when we grew up, we realised how valuable our bags were,” he said during a meet-and-greet session with a number of artists in conjunction with the “Allegory: Contemporary Art Expressions from Malay Manuscripts” exhibition yesterday.

Lin is one of 12 international and local artists taking part in the exhibition from Nov 14 to Feb 4 at Galeri Petronas. — Bernama

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