PM’s science advisor receives global award


  • Nation
  • Friday, 01 Dec 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Science advisor to the Prime Minister and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) co-chair Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid was presented with the Global Competitiveness Award for his contributions, competitiveness and sustainable innovations in science and technology.

The award was presented at the Global Innovation Summit 2017 Gala Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.

The award was established in 2016 by the Global Federation Competitiveness Councils to recognise leaders who have advanced regional national competitiveness at the nexus of the public and private sectors.

These role models serve to inspire the next generation of men and women who will lead their countries, businesses and societies on uncharte pathways into a future in which disruption and change are the new normal.

Curfew extended in waters off east Sabah 

KOTA KINABALU: The dusk-to-dawn sea curfew in eastern Sabah waters was extended for another two weeks from yesterday.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the curfew, scheduled to have ended at 6pm yesterday, was extended until Dec 16 in view of the ongoing cross-border security threats in the east coast.

Under the sea curfew which encompasses Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran, people are advised to remain indoors between 6pm and 6am, he said.

“The curfew has been extended to ensure the waters remain safe from any criminal or terror threats to the people, tourists and international researchers,” he said.

Ramli said intelligence indicated that Abu Sayyaf militant and kidnap-for-ransom groups from southern Philippines were still active and were possibly continuing plans to carry out raids in Sabah waters.

Perak cops make their biggest drug bust of the year

IPOH: State police bagged their largest haul of methamphetamine this year, seizing over 17kg of the drug with a market value of some RM1.2mil. Perak Narcotics chief Asst Comm R. Ravi Chandran said the drugs were found in 15 plastic bags, labelled as Chinese tea, in a box during a raid at a hotel room in Sungai Siput on Tuesday at about 11.30pm. “We arrested a 32-year-old foreign national,” he said at a press conference yesterday. ACP Ravi Chandran said police believed the drugs were for distribution to other areas and Sungai Siput was just a transit point.

More cops on the ground for Umno assembly

PETALING JAYA: More police officers and personnel will be deployed for the upcoming Umno general assembly. City police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim, after visiting Putra World Trade Centre yesterday, said around 1,200 officers and personnel will be stationed there at the start of the assembly on Dec 5. “We will be stationing our men at strategic locations to ensure safety is maintained,” he said. Comm Datuk Mazlan said there were areas of concern but he was satisfied with the security preparations so far.

Woman perishes in fire that razed her house

KOTA KINABALU: A 55-year-old woman was killed in fire that destroyed her house in Kota Belud, about 80km, from here, early yesterday. The charred remains of Arimah Sagi was found by firemen beside the front door of her house at Kg Tambilaung, Kota Belud fire station chief Rozlan Osman said. He said the woman was living with six other family members. The others managed to get out safely although three motorcycles were destroyed in the fire.

Prof Sundra appointed to Fifa judicial council

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration director Professor Datuk Sundra Rajoo has been appointed deputy chairman of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Ethics Committee of the Fifa Council, sitting alongside three other deputy chairmen from Canada, Rwanda, and American Samoa.

The Ethics Committee is one of Fifa’s judicial bodies, primarily responsible for investigating possible infringements of the Fifa Code of Ethics.

It has the power to investigate potential violations and hand down appropriate sanctions unto its members.

Since its establishment in 2006, the committee has comprised independent advisors charged with the mandate of promoting accountability and transparency of the council’s governance.


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