KOTA KINABALU: Iman, Malaysia’s last surviving Sumatran rhino, resting as she recovers from a burst uterine tumour she suffered about three weeks ago.
Veterinarians are keeping a close watch on her as they are unable to conduct an endoscopic cauterisation procedure in her current weak condition.
Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said they are in consultation with veterinarians from the United States, Africa and Germany on options available to stop the bleeding.
“Iman is sometimes lethargic as she is losing a significant amount of blood each day. She sleeps mostly half of the day and browses on the foliage several times a day.”
High Court grants G25 leave for judicial review
KUALA LUMPUR: The G25 group of eminent Malays has been granted leave for a judicial review by a High Court to challenge the ban of its book, Breaking the Silence: Voices of Moderation Islam in a Constitutional Democracy.
The group’s counsel, Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, told reporters that High Court (Appellate and Special Powers) judge Justice Kamaludin Said has fixed Jan 23 as the next mention date to be heard before a High Court deputy registrar.
Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, Suzana Atan and Nik Azrin Zairin appeared for Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is the respondent.
The five members, led by Datuk Noor Farida Mohd Ariffin, filed the judicial review in October last year seeking an order to quash the ban of the book dated July 27 last year.
Melaka Peranakan Chetti community leader dies
MELAKA: A well-known activist of the Peranakan Chetti community here, K. Nadarajan Raja, passed away yesterday morning after a year battling leukaemia.
The 54-year-old had been instrumental in preserving the heritage and culture of the Chetti community since the 1980s.
He leaves behind his wife and three children. His remains were cremated at the Jelutong memorial park here according to Hindu rites on the same day.
Melaka Public Affairs, Human Resources and NGO Affairs committee chairman Datuk M.S. Mahadevan described Nadarajan as a soft-spoken man and easy to mix around with.
Melaka Museum Authority general manager Datuk Khamis Abas said he had lost a good friend.
More flood evacuees seek shelter in Pahang
KUALA LUMPUR: There is an increase in the number of flood evacuees in Pahang while the number remains unchanged in Johor.
At least 426 evacuees are staying at eight relief centres in Pahang yesterday afternoon compared to 379 in the morning.
Pahang Civil Defence Force director Kol Zainal Yusof said Pekan had 281 people at five relief centres, 38 evacuees in Maran while 51 victims at SK Chegar Perah in Lipis were allowed to return home yesterday.
In Johor, 17 evacuees are housed at two relief centres in Segamat.
“Right now, the water is receding slowly but residents’ houses are still flooded. We hope the situation will improve but it all depends on the level of Sungai Buloh Kasap,” said State Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat. — Bernama
MetMalaysia warns of strong winds, rough seas
KUALA LUMPUR: A worker cleaning up the area surrounding Taman Tasik Titiwangsa after a spell of heavy rain in several locations in the capital city.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) has issued a warning on strong winds and rough seas off Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, east Johor, Sarawak, Sabah (interior, West Coast and Kudat) and Labuan from today until Sunday.
Strong north-easterly winds of 40-50kph with waves up to 3.5m are expected in the coastal areas of these states.
“Strong winds and rough seas are a danger for small crafts, recreational sea activities and sea sports,” the statement added.
MetMalaysia said the coastal areas of Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and east Johor are vulnerable to sea level rise expected to occur from tomorrow until Sunday.
Phone store owner and staff claim trial to fraud
SEPANG: A phone store owner and his staff were brought before the Sessions Court here over allegations they had registered SIM cards without confirming user information.
Tan Shi Wei, 26, and Chee Han Hing, 38, claimed trial to 18 counts of accessing Digi Telecommunication Sdn Bhd’s Multi Channel Portal system to edit it without the necessary authority, by registering phone numbers without legitimate user information.
They are alleged to have committed the offence at their phone store, CW Teleshop in Jalan Sultan Alam Shah, Banting, on Feb 27, 2016.
Judge Saifulakmal Mad Sod allowed bail at RM10,000 for each, with one surety and fixed Jan 22 for next mention.
23 MRSM students down with food poisoning
IPOH: Some 23 Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) students came down with mild food poisoning in Gerik, about 120km from here.
The students had shown symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting yesterday morning and were taken to hospital for outpatient treatment, said Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
“All 11 boys and 12 girls have been given outpatient treatment. No one was warded.
“Based on initial information, there is a possibility that the poisoning was caused by what they had for dinner on Sunday.
“They had some spaghetti with minced meat that evening,” Dr Mah said, adding that there were a total of 444 students there.
Viviana Lin Winston, an Iban native from Sri Aman, taking a wefie with other contestants of the 2018 Miss 1Borneo Beautiful. – ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star
Jelebu Farmers Organisation general manager Rahmat Sohod inspecting a durian tree at an orchard in Titi yesterday. Jelebu is slated to be known as a “fruit valley” that produces local fruits, especially durians. The soil and cool weather conditions in Jelebu, which is surrounded by hills, have resulted in durians with a unique taste. — Bernama