Taxi drivers happy with card boon
GEORGE TOWN: Taxi drivers (from left) Mohammad Azman Chew Abdullah, 60, Hamid Mat, 64, Lai Teek Lee, 60 and Umar Farook Mohamed Jameel, 43, showing off their Kad Bantuan Teksi 1Malaysia (1Malaysia Taxi Drivers Welfare Card) which they received at the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) office in Bayan Baru here yesterday.
The card, which carries a value of RM800, can be used to purchase petrol or natural gas for vehicles at Petronas stations across the country. The cards will be distributed at SPAD branch offices until July.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the cards on April 13. About 67,000 taxi drivers will receive the cards, which involved RM53.6mil in funding. — Bernama
Two hurt in homemade bomb explosion
JELI: Two men were injured when a homemade bomb to catch fish exploded in Kampung Sungai Seting, Lubok Bongor here.
Jeli police chief DSP Mohd Yusoff Jaafar said the first victim, aged 34, suffered a broken left wrist and crushed right hand in the incident around noon yesterday.
The victim was sent to Jeli Hospital, but transferred to Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in Kota Baru, and was reported to be in critical condition.
DSP Mohd Yusoff said the second victim, aged 22, who hurt his fingers and sustained injuries on several parts of the body, was sent to Tanah Merah Hospital and is reported to be stable.
He said the incident occurred in front of a house in Kampung Sungai Seting, Lubok Bongor, when the first victim was holding the bomb to compress it. — Bernama
Search ongoing for missing fisherman
KOTA KINABALU: A fisherman has gone missing after a boating mishap near Mengalum Island not far from here.
Husain Isak, a 23-year-old Indonesian, had gone out to sea on a fishing boat at about 6pm on Saturday. It was reported that about 45 minutes later the boat capsized.
Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency Sabah and Labuan regional director Datuk Mohd Zubil Mat Som said they received a call from a man who apparently witnessed the vessel sink.
He said a search and rescue team was sent to the area to locate the missing man at about 7.25am on Sunday.
The victim remains missing as of yesterday and search operations are ongoing.
Stillborn baby found at playground
KOTA KINABALU: A stillborn baby was found at a playground in Kolombong near here.
Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP M. Chandra said the baby, believed to be almost eight months old, was discovered by passers-by at about 8am yesterday.
Initial investigations, he added, revealed that the baby’s mother might have suffered a miscarriage and had allegedly left the dead baby there as she did not know what to do.
“We are trying to find out when this incident happened,” he said, adding that the body was sent for a post-mortem.
ACP Chandra said police are looking for the child’s mother and that anyone with information can call the investigating officer at 013-280 9231.
Malaysian Civil Defence Force honours 72 with medals
KUALA LUMPUR: Seventy-two Malaysian Civil Defence Force (MCDF) members were honoured with medals at the force’s headquarters here.
Chief commissioner Major General (Rtd) Datuk Azmy Yahya who attended the event yesterday was on hand to congratulate the recipients. He said the MCDF is ready to increase the number of its members on duty during GE14 on May 9 according to need.
He added, so far, 14,000 members had been called up to be stationed in 14 states nationwide.
“MCDF has also identified places that have no roads especially in Sarawak and will provide assistance if they need help,” he added. — Bernama
‘USNS Mercy’ arrives for annual disaster response drill
PORT KLANG: US Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy has docked at the Boustead Cruise Centre Terminal in preparation for the Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP 18).
During the five-day visit that ends this Friday, the crew will engage in civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness seminars and community outreach engagements in the greater Kuala Lumpur area.
PP18 mission commander Capt David Bretz said PP18 is the largest annual multilateral disaster response preparedness exercise in the Indo-Pacific region designed.
The 70,000-tonne USNS Mercy, which can carry up to 65 civil service mariners and 1,215 naval medical personnel first came to this region to render aid when the tsunami that devastated parts of South and South-East Asia struck in December 2004. — ernama
Flag-planting hikers rescued after getting lost
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of hikers who went up Bukit Batu Caves in Gombak to put up a political party flag had to be rescued after they lost their way.
It was learnt that the group, comprising 20 men aged between 20 to 70 years, had trekked up the hill at about 9am on Sunday.
They were believed to have lost their way down the hill due to poor visibility.
One of the trekkers managed to use his mobile phone to call rescuers.
Firemen from Gombak, Selayang, Sri Serdang and Kepong volunteer firemen brought the hikers down about 30 minutes past midnight.
A Selangor Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said the trekkers were unhurt.
Cigarette smugglers caught in Lahad Datu
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) foiled a smuggling attempt in waters off Lahad Datu on Sunday evening, and nabbed two suspects in the process.
Lahad Datu MMEA base director Lieutenant Commander Radzil Allexender Raphael said a patrol vessel spotted a boat near Kampung Air Puyut at 5.33pm.
The boat sped off but the MMEA patrol ship managed to stop it. The boat contained 44 cartons of cigarettes worth about RM12,400.
Lt-Comm Allexender said the cigarettes were believed to have been smuggled into Sabah and meant for the local market here.
Ahmad Mazani Ngah, a worker at the Hulu Paka Agricultural Centre in Dungun, checking on kelapa pandan or fragrant pandan coconut palm. The centre is the largest producer of kelapa pandan in the country, with 30,000 seeds produced annually. — Bernama