Volunteers help voter registration in Miri
MIRI: Non-governmental social group Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE) is helping out in the registration of new voters in Sarawak.
Over the weekend, its volunteers helped to secure the registration application from hundreds of Catholics in Miri.
The volunteers, with the permission of Miri Catholic Bishop Richard Ng, set up booths outside the church entrance.
Parishioners were seen lining up after mass to have their registration process done.
ROSE will forward their applications to the Election Commission after each registration exercise.
Firemen clean up mercury spill in school lab
GUA MUSANG: Firefighters were deployed within five minutes to save three SMK Tengku Indra Petra 1 students from mercury poisoning.
Gua Musang Fire and Rescue Services station chief Anuar Abas said an immediate evacuation exercise saved the Form Four students from being adversely affected by mercury poisoning yesterday.
The mercury spill occurred at about 8.30am in the school laboratory when a thermometer was dropped on the floor, shattering into pieces.
“We received a distress call at 8.36am, and our team started the clean-up operation at 8.41am.
“It took the firefighters about 40 minutes to completely remove the contaminants. Teachers and students were barred from entering the laboratory until the contaminants were safely removed,” said Anuar.
He said the three students, who were rushed to hospital, showed signs of poisoning.
Trailer driver in deadly accident freed on bail
PETALING JAYA: The driver of the trailer that was involved in a seven-vehicle pile-up that killed four people has been released on bail.
Selangor Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department chief Supt Azman Shari’at said the man, 45, was detained after he was discharged from the hospital for a broken arm.
“We released him on police bail after we finished recording his statement and completed other investigation procedures,” he said when contacted on Sunday.
Police have also taken urine and blood samples from the driver.
The case is being investigated Under Section 41(1) (A) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless driving.
Supt Azman also urged witnesses to contact investigating officer Insp Mohd Rohaizad Hashim at 012-292 4420.
In the 12pm incident on Saturday, the trailer, which was heading north out of Kuala Lumpur, bumped into two cars before going out of control and onto the opposite side of the road colliding with four other cars.
Four people died while three others were injured, including a 10-year-old boy who is in critical condition.
Trusan sub-district office razed
MIRI: The Trusan sub-district office building in northern Sarawak was destroyed in a fire.
Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said the two-storey office was burnt to the ground in the 11.30am fire yesterday.
Firemen who rushed to the scene had to source water from a hydrant some 300m away in order to douse the flames.
Trusan is located about 20 minutes from Lawas town near the state border with Sabah.
Dead monkey found at wildlife sanctuary
KOTA KINABALU: A proboscis monkey has been found dead at the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sabah Wildlife Department public relations officer Siti Nur’Ain Ampuan Acheh said the dead monkey, a protected species, was found by a researcher.
She said the Danau Girang Field Centre researcher told them that an adolescent male proboscis monkey’s carcass was found not far from the research centre last Friday.
“It was buried after a post-mortem,” she said.
The official also said the proboscis monkey had an open abscess on its right hip and right lung that may have caused the death.
Sabah revives anti-illegal logging special panel
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has reactivated the state’s anti-illegal logging special committee.
Shafie said the committee under the Chief Minister’s Department will be tasked to oversee all logging-related activities and at the same time enforce and execute laws under the Forestry Enactment 1968.
This is among the proactive measures taken by the state government to check the illegal timber trade.
“We are not saying that the problem is rampant, but it exists and we do not want it to continue for the sake of our resources and economy,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Sabah firm fined RM110,000 for polluting the sea
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) Sdn Bhd was slapped with a RM110,000 fine for discharging fuel into the sea three years ago.
Sessions Court judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad ordered the company to pay the fine after its representative pleaded guilty here yesterday.
According to the facts of the case, SFI discharged oil from a marine fuel oil shore tank into Brunei Bay waters at about 9.40am on Aug 10, 2015.
The company had also discharged the oil without a licence from the Environmental Quality director-general as required under the Environmental Quality Act.
SFI committed the environmental offence at its premises at Kompleks SFI, Jalan Jeti in Sipitang district, some 140km from here.
The offence under the Environmental Quality Act 1974 carries a maximum five-month jail, RM500,000 fine or both, upon conviction.
PLUS issues traffic diversion notice
PETALING JAYA: There will be a traffic diversion near the Ayer Keroh Overhead Bridge Restaurant (Northbound) today from 8am to 6pm to facilitate maintenance works.
PLUS Malaysia Bhd said in a statement that highway users were advised to plan their journey well, follow all traffic signage and instructions given by PLUS personnel on site during the period.
PLUS also said all facilities at the Ayer Keroh Overhead Bridge Restaurant (Northbound) will be closed to the public, including the petrol station, food court, surau and public restrooms.
“As such, highway users from the south are advised to utilise the Ayer Keroh Rest and Service Area (Northbound) or Pedas Linggi lay-by (Northbound) to freshen up or refuel their vehicles,” said PLUS.
Something 'sounds' fishy in this speaker
KUALA LUMPUR: A HiFi system can literally get the audience high – police found RM13,600 worth of drugs hidden inside.
“On July 15 at about 4.40am, a police team conducted a check at a night club in the Shamelin area. Investigations in the control room led to the discovery of the drug-filled speaker.
“Among the drugs found were 211g of ecstasy powder, and 192g of cannabis,” said Cheras acting district police chief Supt Kamal Khan Mohd Shariff in a statement yesterday.
The club had been raided in the past, and had only recently restarted operations under a new management.
“Between 2017 and 2018, police have raided the club four times and those raids had led to arrests. However, there were no arrests this time,” he said.