What a royal honour for 256 scouts
SHAH ALAM: A total of 256 scouts from all over Selangor received their King’s Scout Award from Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah during a ceremony at the Jubli Perak Hall here. The Sultan presented the certificates and badges to the teenagers, who were between 17 and 18 years old. The award is the highest rank for senior scouts who performed well in the King’s Scout rating tests performed by the Selangor King’s Scout Assessment Council.
Present were Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, Speaker Hannah Yeoh, State Secretary Datuk Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya and state Scout commissioner Ishak Mohd Jonid.
Schoolbus fares up next year
IPOH: Rising operational costs will see bus fares go up when the new school term begins next year, said the Federation of Malaysian School Bus Operators Associations.
Its president Mohd Rofik Mohd Yusof said rural folks can expect an increase of RM10, while in urban areas, it is likely to be an additional RM20.
“The increase has to be implemented because the bus operators have to bear higher maintenance and repair costs.
“Spare parts costs too have been increasing between 50% and 80% annually. Most operators will resort to the fare increase to ease their burden and enable them to continue with the service,” he told reporters after the Federation of Malaysian School Bus Operators sixth annual general meeting here yesterday.
Currently, parents in the urban areas are paying about RM80 monthly while those in rural areas pay around RM60.
However, Mohd Rofik said that before implementing the fare increase, the school-bus operators should first discuss the matter with parents to allow them to find other alternatives if they feel the price is too high.
Register with Nadma, flood victims urged
KUALA LUMPUR: Flood victims are urged to register with the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) the moment their houses are hit by floods to enable fast aid distribution, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.
He said the registration could be conducted manually at the evacuation centres or online.
“Failing to register may cause them to be excluded from the aid recipients list,” he said in reply to Senator Wilfred Yong Chen Leong during the question-and-answer session at Dewan Negara yesterday.
Shahidan said community rescue teams played an important role to provide initial assistance to flood victims.
“The community rescue team is made up of village headmen, village committee members and schoolteachers to assist in evacuating flood victims to evacuation centres.
“The team members will also inform Nadma and other agencies,” he added.
Shahidan said Nadma provided separate rooms and tents for women for their convenience in evacuation centres. — Bernama
Datuk in court for allegedly cheating businessman
KUALA LUMPUR: A Datuk landed himself in court over allegations that he duped a businessman out of a luxury car.
Datuk C. Anand Raja, 43, claimed trial to cheating Perry Yip Khing Seng, 44, by leading him to believe he intended to purchase a BMW with a deposit of RM36,232.94.
Yip handed over the car but no payment was made.
The alleged offence occurred at the Taman Damaisari apartments, off Mont Kiara in Bukit Segambut, here at 11am on June 14. If convicted, Anand Raja could face up to 10 years’ prison and a fine.
Magistrate Mahyudin Mohamad Som did not offer bail, and fixed Jan 8 next year for mention.
A ride along the river
MELAKA: Amir Abu Bakar, 37, and his family enjoying a ride on Melaka’s tourist monorail during their visit to the state.
The monorail service resumed operations recently after lying idle for four years. Spanning 1.6km from Taman Rempah in Pengkalan Rama to Kampung Bunga Raya Pantai along the Melaka River, the train operates between 10am and 10pm daily.
Services will be extended until midnight during weekends and public holidays.
The tickets are being sold at a promotional price of RM10 each in the first month of operations.
Immigration launches new feature
KUCHING: Sarawak Immigration officers Marlina Pathi (left), 33, and Sophia Lee Mohamad, 36, trying out the ‘MARS Mirror’ invented by the department. The contraption was launched during the state-level Immigration Day celebration yesterday. The award-winning MARS Mirror captures photos of children under two for passport registration purposes.
Higher demand for rainy weather shoes
KUANTAN: Sanju, an employee at a hypermarket, arranging the store’s supply of rubber shoes. The demand for rubber shoes has increased following the rainy season in the East Coast.
Musang King to get QR Code
KUALA LUMPUR: Musang King durians will be given a QR Code to ensure their authenticity, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
He added that Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology would be introduced to identify and differentiate Musang Kings from other varieties.
The trace visibility method through the RFID has been used for the distribution of swiftlet birdnests, where each nest would have its own code for the purpose of identifying where it originated.
“Accordingly, every Musang King durian as well as other varieties will be given a QR Code in the future. The public can scan the code using their mobile phones.
“In China, the majority of durians come from Thailand but with a QR Code, it is easier to identify the country of origin,” he said in reply to a question from Senator Datuk Abdul Rahman Mat Yasin during the question-and-answer session at the Dewan Negara sitting here yesterday.
Businessman’s false police report case fixed for Jan 15
BALIK PULAU: The case of a 48-year-old former company director charged with making a false police report here has been fixed for document submission on Jan 15.
Senior assistant registrar Nur Fadrina Zulkhairi set the date after the prosecution told the court that the documents for the case of businessman Teh Eng Huat were not ready.
Teh, from Sungai Nibong, claimed trial to giving false information orally to a policeman at the Queensbay police station.
He was charged on Nov 7 under Section 182 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum of six months’ jail, a fine up to RM2,000, or both.
He was allowed bail of RM1,800. Teh was represented by counsel Chuah L.P.