Another pygmy elephant found dead
KOTA KINABALU: Another Bornean pygmy elephant has been killed in Sabah’s east coast but its tusks were intact.
The carcass of the bull elephant was found with bullet wounds at an oil palm plantation along Jalan Merotai-Kalabakan in Tawau two days ago.
Confirming the find, Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said it was likely the elephant was shot at another location but managed to flee.
Plantation workers had discovered the dead elephant and informed their managers who in turn alerted the Wildlife rangers.
‘Test early storm warning system thoroughly’
GEORGE TOWN: Penang plans to adopt an early storm warning system from China but it needs to be tested locally, Water Watch Penang president Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng said.
He said it appears workable as advanced countries like the United States and Britain were already using such a system.
“However, we need to do a lot of testing to completely understand how it works and to determine the warning level and when to issue the warning.
“Warnings must be accurate and timely, otherwise people will lose confidence in it and eventually ignore it,” he said yesterday when commenting on the proposal by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng that they were looking into the system from China as an alternative to the early warning system of the Malaysian Meteorological Department.
Gombak free of illegal gambling activities
GOMBAK: There have been no illegal gambling activities here for the past three months, says the district top cop.
OCPD Asst Comm Ali Ahmad said it was due to strict and thorough enforcement action by his officers and rank-and-file personnel.
“If we find any outlets operating out there, rest assured we will shut them down,” he said after the district monthly assembly yesterday.
ACP Ali said the commitment shown by his men had resulted in overall reduction in the number of crime cases.
He said for the first 10 months of this year, the crime index dropped some 20% or 659 cases as compared to the same period last year.
UPSR results out next Thursday
PETALING JAYA: The UPSR results will be released next Thursday.
The Education Ministry said candidates can collect their results from their schools after 10am.
Candidates can also obtain their results by sending a mySMS message to 15888. The service is available after 10am on Nov 23 until 6pm on Nov 29.
A total of 443,794 candidates sat for the UPSR exams this year.
Search for missing man
KOTA KINABALU: A search operation is being conducted for a man who went missing after going fishing near Pulau Matukud near here.
The victim, 48-year-old Ariffin Madong, had gone out to sea at about 2am on Tuesday and was supposed to return the following day.
But his friends found an overturned boat believed to belong to Ariffin near the island at about 8pm on Wednesday when they searched for him.
Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) Sabah and Labuan director First Admiral Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som said the friends lodged a report soon after, prompting a search for the victim.
Robber opens fire at businesswoman
KUALA LUMPUR: A businesswoman escaped unhurt after she was shot at by an assailant in an apparent robbery attempt.
The 30-year-old was approached by a man on a motorcycle on Wednesday afternoon as she was parking her car in Setapak here.
The suspect instructed her to exit her car but she refused. Fearing for her safety, she sped off but the suspect fired shots which hit the side mirror and a tyre.
A police report was lodged following the incident.
MACC nabs cop over graft
KOTA BARU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has detained a police sergeant on suspicion of demanding and receiving a bribe in Jeli yesterday.
Kelantan MACC director Datuk Moh Samsudin Yusof said the 29-year-old sergeant was detained at his workplace at 12.30pm as soon as the agency received a complaint against him.
The sergeant was said to have demanded RM2,000 in exchange for settling a positive urine test for drugs from the complainant, he said here.
He said the suspect would be remanded six days for investigation. — Bernama
Former kindergarten teacher claims trial
KAJANG: A former kindergarten teacher was brought to the magistrate’s court here over allegations of hurting one of the children under her care.
R.P. Nishalini, 18, claimed trial to intentionally causing harm to a four-year-old at a kindergarten in Taman Damai Indah, Hulu Langat, at around 4.30pm on Oct 31.
Although she was arrested on Nov 2, Nishalini went to court as a summoned person, and sat outside the dock when the charges were read out to her.
Magistrate Nor Afidah Idris allowed bail at RM3,000 with one surety and fixed Jan 9 for next mention.
Six Malaysians hurt in MRT crash
PUTRAJAYA: Six Malaysians were injured in the train accident at the Joo Koon Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station in Singapore on Wednesday, said Wisma Putra.
It said in a statement that they were sent to a nearby hospital.
“The High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore is working closely with local authorities to monitor and obtain further updates on the incident,” it said.
Twenty-nine passengers sustained injuries when their train knocked into a stationary train at the Joo Koon station on the East-West Line. — Bernama