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Bus owner fined and jailed for offering bribe

KUANTAN, 21 Feb -- Pemilik bas R.Muthusamy, 67, (kiri) diiringi keluar dari Mahkamah Sesyen oleh pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) hari ini, selepas dihukum penjara sehari dan denda RM11,000 selepas mengaku salah memberi rasuah RM500 kepada Ketua Pembantu Penguat Kuasa Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) Ahad lalu.Muthusamy didakwa memberi suapan itu dalam bentuk wang tunai kepada Shahrul Sharizal Mt Jawahir yang semasa itu bertugas di Stesen Penguat Kuasa JPJ Karak, Bentong dekat sini pada 2.45 petang, 18 Feb lalu.-- fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA
KUANTAN: A bus owner was fined RM11,000 and sentenced to a day in jail by a Sessions Court here for offering a RM500 bribe to a Road Transport Department officer.

Muthusamy Ramasamy, 66, pleaded guilty when the charge was read out to him before Sessions Court judge Dazuki Ali here yesterday.

Muthusamy had offered the bribe on Feb 18 to the officer in order to release his bus after it was seized for offences under the Road Transport Act.

In pleading for leniency, Muthusamy said that he has no job, no fixed income and that he relies on his son to support his wife and three other children. He paid the fine.

Mentally-ill man remanded in ambulance case

KUCHING: A man believed to be mentally-ill has been remanded for four days to facilitate investigation after he took an ambulance at the Sarawak General Hospital here a short ride.

The remand order until Feb 24 was issued by Magistrate Sandy Yvette Freddy.

In the incident yesterday, the man suddenly took control of the ambulance belonging to the KPJ Specialist Medical Centre, which stopped outside the SGH emergency zone. The paramedics were wheeling a patient out while leaving the ambulance’s engine running. – Bernama

YaPEIM launches mobile counter service

KUCHING: The Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) launched its mobile counter service to facilitate transactions, especially in areas that lacked banking facilities.

Its director-general Datuk Abibullah Samsudin said currently YaPIEM had nine mobile service counters nationwide.

Abidullah said among the services offered were the cleaning of gold jewellery or ornaments, gold purity testing, sale and purchase, mortgage transactions, YaPIEM savings and fund, as well as special savings accounts. – Bernama

Fatal accident claims fifth victim

IPOH: The fatal weekend accident in Gerik that saw four people killed in a three-car crash has claimed another victim.

Gerik OCPD Superintendent Ismail Che Isa said Azizan Desa, 60, one of the drivers who was involved in the accident on Sunday died at the Taiping Hospital at about 6.45pm on Tuesday.

It was reported that the 1pm accident, which involved an Audi, a Perodua Kenari and Nissan Frontier, occurred along the Gerik-Jeli Highway.

Those in the Kenari and Frontier were relatives who were travelling to Jeli from Gerik while the Audi was heading in the opposite direction.

Four people died on the spot while six others were injured.

Man ordered to stay off FB until case is over

Seevashankar awaiting for his case to be heard
KOTA KINABALU: A scorned 27-year-old man accused of posting obscene photos of his ex-girlfriend is not allowed to use Facebook until his case is over.

T. Seevashankar Vickneswaran who appeared before Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court judge was given the order after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Sessions Judge Ainul Shahrin ordered Seevashankar to stay off the social website and to report to the Tambun police station in Perak every month.

He is also not allowed to leave the district without permission from the police chief until his trial date set on Aug 1.

Seevashankar is said to have posted an obscene photo of the girl with the words “Eternal love 11 years and counting!” on his Facebook account page.

The posting was allegedly made at about 11.53am on Aug 16, 2017, at a building in Jalan Bandar Baru Tambun, Ipoh.

Rumours of 17,000 students failing History quashed

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry has quashed rumours that 17,000 students who sat for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2017 examination have failed the History paper.

This has been making its rounds on social media.

“The Examination Syndicate has not made any announcement regarding the SPM 2017,” the ministry said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry advised people not to believe the rumours, adding that they would be notified when the results would be released.

It urged people to contact the ministry if they have questions on the matter.

A total of 443,883 candidates registered to sit for the SPM at 3,363 exam centres throughout the country in 2017.

MB replants uprooted iconic Ipoh Tree

IPOH, 21 Feb -- Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir menyempurnakan penanaman semula pokok Ipoh atau dikenali dengan nama saintifiknya Antiaris Toxicaria di hadapan Dataran Stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) Ipoh hari ini.Sebelum ini, pokok asal yang berketinggian kira-kira 50 meter dan berusia 37 tahun telah ditanam oleh Menteri Besar Perak yang ketujuh, Datuk Seri Wan Mohamed Wan Teh sempena ulang tahun ke-50 Kelab Rotary Ipoh, pada 18 Januari 1980.--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

IPOH: The Ipoh Tree which was uprooted due to heavy rain and strong winds on April 28, was replanted by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir at Dataran Stesen Keretapi Tanah Melayu here.

The tree-planting ceremony was also witnessed by Perak Health, Public Transportation, Non-Islamic Affairs, National Integration committee chairman Datuk Mah Hang Soon;

Dr Zambry noted that the replanting of the iconic tree which the city was named after, was crucial as it possessed historical value.

“I hope that the three-year-old tree will flourish under the care of the Ipoh City Council personnel and continue to be an icon of the city.” he said

The previous Ipoh Tree was planted by seventh Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Mohamed Wan Teh in conjunction with the Ipoh Rotary Club’s 50th anniversary on Jan 18, 1980. – Bernama

More bite to nation’s defence capabilities

KUALA NERUS, 22 Feb -- Anggota 18 Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja (RAMD) Briged Para pada Upacara Pengisytiharan Pengoperasian 18 Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja (RAMD) Briged Para di Lapangan Terbang Sultan Mahmud (LTSM) hari ini.Majlis tersebut disempurnkan oleh Panglima Tentera Darat (PTD) Jeneral Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim.18 RAMD adalah batalion standard yang ditubuhkan pada 1 Mei 1976 dan telah distruktur semula untuk dijadikan Batalion Infantri (Para) pada 11 Mei 2015.--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA TERENGGANU: The nation’s defence capabilities have been further strengthened now that the 18th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment based in Seberang Takir has been up­­graded to become part of the Malaysian Rapid Deployment Force.

Part of this upgrade also includes the appointment of four army officers and 46 personnel of varying ranks who were selected out of 800 personnel at the army base to be trained as paratroopers at the Special Warfare Training Centre in Melaka.

Army chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim said this means the 18th Batallion is now ready to be deployed as part of an elite team under the auspices of the 10 Paratrooper Brigade.

“With this new addition, the 10 Paratrooper Brigade now has four infantry battalion paratroopers, an artillery regiment, and an armoured squadron,” he said at a ceremony officiated by Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

Fire leaves 17 families homeless

JOHOR BAHRU, 21 Feb -- Anggota Parlimen Pasir Gudang Datuk Normala Abdul Samad (kanan) meninjau lokasi kebakaran rumah setinggan di Jalan Imam Kampung Melayu Pandan hari ini.Kejadian yang berlaku pada pukul 6.30 petang itu turut mengakibatkan enam buah rumah hangus menyebabkan 30 orang mangsa dari 17 buah keluarga hilang tempat tinggal.--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

JOHOR BAHRU: “Within five minutes everything was gone,” said Nor Hafifi Nor Asri, a victim of the fire at Jalan Imam, Kampung Melayu Pandan, here which saw six houses destroyed leaving 17 families homeless.

He said when the fire broke out he was at home with his mother Salina Saim, 52, younger brother, Muhd Afiq, 15, and two nieces aged four and two.

“I was getting ready to go out at about 6.45pm when I saw thick black smoke billowing through the roof. I shouted out to my mother to get my nieces out of the house. Everywhere was ablaze, strong winds were blowing and the fire spread rapidly. We escaped the fire with only the clothes on our back,” he said when met by Bernama, here today.

He added that the villagers tried to put out the fire but to no avail as the fire was too intense. – Bernama

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