ALOR SETAR: Tunku Temenggung Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah chatting with eight-year-old patient Nurul Fatin Nasuha Abdullah at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah. She was attending the Hari Raya contribution event at the hospital’s children ward, which was organised by the Sultanah Bahiyah Foundation and Kedah Islamic Women Development Board. — Bernama
Curfew in Sabah waters extended
KOTA KINABALU: The dusk to dawn curfew in Sabah waters which ended yesterday has been extended for another two weeks until June 12, says Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.
The extension is needed due to persistent threats at the sea fronts.
He said the 6pm to 6am curfew covers areas three nautical miles off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.
“There is a need to continue the curfew in these waters to prevent encroachment from terrorists and criminals who can threaten the safety of Malaysians, international researchers and tourists on islands,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Ramli said that according to intelligence information, kidnap-for-ransom groups and Abu Sayyaf militants are still trying to commit cross-border crimes.
Former S’wak deputy chief minister dies
KUCHING: Former Sarawak deputy chief minister Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem died at his home in Jalan Urat Mata, Tabuan Jaya here yesterday. He was 82.
According to his widow Datin Seri Ivy Tajem, the former deputy chief minister died about 7am after complaining of breathing difficulties.
“We are shocked over my husband’s sudden death because he never had heart-related problems. He was a diabetic but it was under control,” she added.
Tajem, a former high commissioner to New Zealand, is also survived by three children and seven grandchildren.
He was the deputy chief minister from March 23, 1981 until 1987. — Bernama
18 families evacuated due to flash floods
Sepang: Some 66 victims from 18 families were evacuated to community halls following flash floods in two villages at midnight.
KLIA Fire and Rescue Station chief Khairuddin Jamaludin said the victims were from Kampung Salak Tinggi and Kampung Giching.
However, the victims have started to return home in stages since yesterday morning after the water levels in their respective areas began to recede. — Bernama
Flood relief centres opened in Taiping
IPOH: Four flood relief centres have been opened in the Taiping district to accommodate 395 flood victims from 112 families.
According to a statement by the Perak State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat, the victims were placed at the Kampung Bemban Nurul Hidayah mosque (110 people from 32 families), SK Temelok Trong in Kampung Temelok (200 people from 58 families), Kampung Jawa surau (28 people from eight families) and SK Batu Hampar (57 people from 14 families). — Bernama
Body of drowning victim recovered
MIRI: A housewife was found drowned in Sungai Sepencur in remote Julau district in central Sarawak.
The body of Ebiliny Linty, 23, was found by Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department teams at 7am yesterday, three days after she went missing with two other relatives when their boat capsized.
On Saturday, the bodies of her relatives, a six-year-old boy and a 46-year-old woman, were found.
The bodies of the recovered victims have been handed over to the police.
The incident in the river occurred when the three people were travelling to a longhouse.
Over 250 Lunas folk moved to safer ground
ALOR SETAR: More than 250 residents in Lunas had to be evacuated after 10 villages were hit by flash floods due to heavy rain which began from 2pm until 8pm on Saturday.
Lunas state assemblyman Azman Nasrudin said all the victims were temporarily housed at the Sungai Seluang mosque and Taman Sang Kancil surau.
“The main road connecting Padang Serai to Lunas was also flooded, cutting off access to Kampung Nagalilit and Kampung Permatang Durian,” he added.
“We would provide relief assistance such as food supplies, blankets and mats to the victims,” Azman said. — Bernama
M-cyclist killed in crash with car
PETALING JAYA: A restaurant server was killed in an accident along Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car.
Goh Khung Hwee, 38, was hit by a car early yesterday while he was heading towards Shah Alam.
Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said investigations revealed that the car hit the motorcyclist from behind.
The driver was believed to have fled the scene after the crash.
“Efforts to trace and detain the driver is still ongoing,” he added.
ACP Mohd Zani said Goh’s next-of-kin has been notified.