Father and three kids injured in accident
JASIN: Three young siblings on their way to Sekolah Rendah (T) Merlimau were seriously injured in an accident outside their school compound yesterday.
The three were riding pillion on their 51-year-old father’s motorcycle when an oncoming car driven by an 18-year-old rammed into them before colliding into two other cars in the 7.15am accident.
Deputy OCPD Supt Arshad Abu identified the victims as motorcyclist, D. Chandran from Kampung Paya Buloh, Merlimau here and his children Siva Shangkari, 12, Sathi, seven, and Ravanan, eight.
The children suffered head and bodily injuries while Chandran sustained injuries to his right hand and thighs. The teenage driver had chest injuries while the two other drivers escaped unhurt.
Indonesia: Six Malaysian fishermen will be freed
JAKARTA: Indonesia has given an assurance on the release of six Malaysian fishermen arrested for encroaching into the republic’s waters.
The assurance was given by Indonesian Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti during a meeting with Malaysian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek yesterday.
“Indonesia has given assurance on the release but not simultaneously, as there are matters regarding the administration, laws and procedures to be adhered to,” said Ahmad Shabery here.
The fishermen will be released in stages and the process is expected to be fully completed by February at the latest.
Malaysia also committed to releasing Indonesian fishermen held for encroachment, he said. — Bernama
‘I hope Ponggal brings about economic growth’
PETALING JAYA: The Ponggal or Harvest Festival should be seen as a time to rejuvenate the inner soul and move towards success, said the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MAICCI).
In a statement, its president Tan Sri Kenneth Eswaran said Ponggal, which falls on Sunday, signifies a new beginning and hoped it will bring about a prosperous economic environment for Malaysia.
“For all entrepreneurs, I am confident the harvest festival will bring new opportunities, and for the Indian community, let us bring the spirit of unity and work together for the betterment of the community and nation,” he said.
A Tamil festival, Ponggal is a time when people give thanks to the sun in a celebration that lasts four days.
Lovers jailed for secretly burying baby’s body
PETALING JAYA: A youth and his girlfriend were each sentenced to 12 months’ jail by a magistrate’s court for hiding the birth of their daughter and burying the baby’s body when it died after a premature birth.
Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir sentenced Faizal Said, 20, and Nur Fitri Iryani Sani, 19, after they pleaded guilty to deliberately concealing the birth by secretly burying the baby’s body when the infant died after birth at an apartment in Kelana Jaya at 10pm on Aug 23 last year.
The two, who are still studying at a private college, were charged under Section 318 of the Penal Code which provides for a jail term of up to two years or a fine, or both.
After the sentencing, Nur Fitri Iryani was seen crying. Her family was also present in court.
Two behind feline investment scam nabbed
SHAH ALAM: The police have arrested the owner and manager of a pet retailing business in Section 14 for their alleged involvement in a feline investment scam in three states, involving losses of RM1.56mil.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm S. Sasikala Devi said the two men aged 55 and 34 who were at the premises were arrested following police reports by 35 victims.
The two men are also believed to be responsible for disseminating information on the cat investment scheme since last year.
SAC Sasikala said the modus operandi was to deceive victims into “purchasing” imported cat breeds to be reared in the shop, promising returns of up to 70% from the subsequent sale of their offspring.
Victims are duped into purchasing imported breeds of cats, among them the Maine Coon, British Shorthair and Pedigree at prices ranging from RM7,000 to RM30,000 for mating with other types of cats at the premises. — Bernama