Kuala Terengganu’s drawbridge 85% done
KUALA TERENGGANU: Kuala Terengganu’s first drawbridge, costing more than RM200mil, is set to be completed by September.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said the bridge is about 85% done and will boost the state’s tourism industry when ready.
The 632m bridge connects the state capital with Seberang Takir in Kuala Nerus on the other side of the Sungai Terengganu estuary.
“Aside from being a tourist attraction, it could also reduce congestion on the Sultan Mahmud bridge,” Ahmad Razif said when met at the construction site.
Several developments are also being planned following the construction of the drawbridge, including a mixed development project by Tiara View Housing Development Sdn Bhd as well as a mall and the city’s first twin towers.
Inspired by the London Bridge, construction of Kuala Terengganu’s drawbridge began in 2014.
Snake whisperer remembered
Bentong: Local MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has handed over a cheque for RM5,000 to a representative from the Bentong Fire and Rescue Department, Fire Officer II Muhamad Ishak, for the family of “snake whisperer” Abu Zarin Hussin.
Abu Zarin, 33, died on Friday after he was attacked by a cobra during an operation in Bentong last Monday.
Liow, who is also the Transport Minister, conveyed his condolences to the firefighter’s family.
Abu Zarin, who was well-known for his expertise in handling snakes, was based at the Temerloh fire station.
Career tips for STPM and SPM Indian students
KUALA LUMPUR: Indian students who have received their STPM and SPM results are encouraged to attend a free programme to help them chart their career pathway.
The “Uyarkalvi Latchayam Payanam” (Higher Education Pathway) programme, organised by the 1Malaysia Indian Student Movement (1MISM) together with the Universiti Malaya Indian Students Alumni (PANI UM), will be held every weekend from now until April 10 at 14 locations nationwide.
1MISM president Dr D. Mahaaganapathy said the Malaysian Indian Blueprint launched by the Prime Minister last April targets a minimum 7% enrolment of Indian students in higher education institutions and public universities over the next decade.
“In line with that target, we would like to help these students and their parents by having briefings, one-on-one counselling sessions and also help them with their online registrations for those institutions,” he told a press conference.
PANI UM president M. Manivannan said the programme provides vital information for parents and students on what courses to pursue.
Those interested can check the 1Malaysia Indian Student Movement Facebook page for details.
Football fan dies while watching match at stadium
KUANTAN: A senior citizen died after falling unconscious while watching the football match between Pahang and Kedah at the Darul Makmur Stadium here on Saturday.
Kuantan Police chief Asst Comm Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said Azmi Matt, 63, from Sri Damai was pronounced dead by the doctor at the emergency unit of the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital at 11.08pm.
“The man has a record of heart ailment,” he told reporters.
The case has been classified as sudden death. — Bernama
Volunteer for community service, youths told
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians, especially the younger generation, should join community service projects to help raise the spirit of patriotism, says singer Sufian Suhaimi.
Sufian who is a volunteer in the Maju Bersama Negaraku programme at Kg Pandan, Cheras, said the event gave youths the opportunity to work together as a team towards nation-building.
Sufian was among artistes and students of the Delta Semarak Institute who took part in a gotong-royong to clean up the Kg Pandan Baiduri D Community Kindergarten.
Yesterday, through the programme, a new sepak takraw court was built for the Pertap orang asli community in Kuala Kubu Baru.
This community-based programme is a continuation of the “Negaraku” initiative, which was announced by the Prime Minister last year. — Bernama
Man tries to grab weapon at police station
PETALING JAYA: A man was arrested after he walked into a police station and tried to grab a submachine gun from one of the policemen.
In the 2.40am incident yesterday, the 23-year-old man walked into the Sg Long police station in Kajang, and tried to snatch the HK MP5 submachine gun.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said a struggle ensued with other policemen jumping in to help.
The man is believed to be high on drugs.
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