Dr Noor Hisham receives surgeons’ fellowship
KUALA LUMPUR: Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been awarded the Fellowship Ad Hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).
He received the fellowship during an induction ceremony in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday, cementing his place in an international network of over 17,000 fellows and members of RCSEd, which has a history dating back to 1505.
“For a surgeon and an administrator, receiving the Fellowship Ad Hominem is the highest honour and a lifetime achievement.
“This award is a global recognition from my international peers at the highest level. I am deeply humbled by this honour,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
Recently, he was appointed to the Executive Board of the International Society of Surgery as the Councillor at Large (2017-2021), making him the first Malaysian appointee. — Bernama
Pan Borneo Highway hit by floods
MIRI: Parts of the Pan Borneo Highway linking Sri Aman to Kuching in southern Sarawak were hit by floods following a torrential downpour.
The floods caused several parts of the highway near Sabal, about 100km from Kuching, to be closed to traffic.
The authorities have issued an alert, warning all motorists using the highway to be extra cautious as only one lane is passable in certain parts until further notice.
Suspect in Sabah railway graft probe out on bail
KOTA KINABALU: A suspect detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged involvement in a corruption case involving the Sabah State Railway Department infrastructure project has been released.
Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie yesterday ordered the 60-year-old contractor to be released on a bail of RM50,000 with two sureties.
The suspect, who was remanded for a week after being arrested on Jan 27, was also ordered to report to Sabah MACC once a month.
So far, seven suspects have been arrested to assist in investigations.
Cash amounting to RM1.6mil was seized during the raids while another RM5.3mil in several bank accounts was frozen as part of the ongoing investigation. — Bernama
Felda Lurah Bilut hosts extreme sport event
BENTONG: Felda Lurah Bilut made history once again after playing host to the large-scale extreme sport event – Lembah Digital Bilut International 2018.
The event, which comprised a mountain bike race and a trail run, saw the participation of over 1,000 locals and foreigners from Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand and Kenya.
It was organised by Felda in conjunction with the launching of Felda 2.0 initiative by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak scheduled for today.
Felda director-general Datuk Ab Ghani Mohd Ali said the event was aimed to introduce Felda Lurah Bilut as a tourism destination.
“We want to promote Lurah Bilut to the world as it was the first settlement to be opened back in 1958,” he said. — Bernama
S’pore low-cost carrier Scoot flies to Kuantan
KUANTAN: Singapore low-cost long-haul carrier Scoot has started direct flights between Singapore and Kuantan, making the Pahang capital its sixth destination in the country after Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Ipoh and Kuching.
Pahang Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said Kuantan was chosen as the airline’s latest destination due to the number of tourist attractions in the state frequented by Singaporeans and other international travellers.
“The airline’s confidence in launching the route is due to the 241,000 inbound and outbound passenger movements at the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport up to December last year.
“We are pleased that this new route will indirectly boost the tourism industry and the economy,” he told a press conference after the maiden flight landed here yesterday.
Scoot will fly three times a week to Kuantan – Monday, Wednesday and Friday – and tickets are priced from RM45 one way. — Bernama
Woman dies after being flung off motorcycle
BALIK PULAU: A 20-year-old woman who was riding pillion on a motorcycle died on the spot after she was flung off the machine while travelling along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.
The male rider, 21, is now warded at Penang Hospital after the 3.20am accident yesterday.
Both of them were heading towards Batu Maung from George Town at the time.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said investigation showed the rider had lost control of his machine while negotiating a bend before ramming into a concrete barrier.
He said a post mortem report showed the woman had died of severe head injury.
He added that the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving.