KUALA LUMPUR: Some 100 student protesters gathered in the city to protest against the government’s plans to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC).
A video, shared by organiser Gabungan Mahasiswa Islam Se-Malaysia (Gamis) on Facebook, shows the protesters clad mostly in black with red headbands chanting “Hidup rakyat” (Long live the people) and “Bantah UEC” (Oppose UEC) during the protest.
“We are here today, not because we are racists, but because we want to uphold our national education system,” an unidentified speaker at the rally said.
According to Utusan Malaysia, most of the participants were students from Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia.
The demonstration began at Masjid Negara, but police had barred the protesters from marching to Sogo.
The protest ended two hours later.
Snatch thief ‘arrested’ by the public
MIRI: A snatch thief was caught and beaten up after he was seen preying on a woman along a road at the Boulevard Commercial Centre in Miri.
The victim, in her 30s, was left with injuries on her forearm and scalp after falling and getting her hair entangled in one of the wheels of the suspect’s motorcycle.
Several witnesses caught the suspect, in his 20s, and tied him up before alerting police who arrived shortly after to take him into custody.
The victim received treatment at a hospital while the suspect was remanded for investigations.
Curious case of a school bus and car
LANGKAWI: The sight of a school bus and a car marooned on a stationary barge for days at sea near Teluk Burau here raised eyebrows among visitors to Paradise 101, a man-made island in the area.
However, staff on the island told Bernama the vehicles had been written off and were about to be towed by local fishing boats further out to sea to be sunk to become artificial reefs.
“Rough seas over the last couple of days had prevented the fishermen from proceeding with their plan and forced them to anchor the barge there.
“It is just one of the initiatives taken by local fishermen to create more artificial reefs as breeding grounds to maintain the fish population,” said one of the staff.
‘Over 8,000 job vacancies in Kedah’
SUNGAI PETANI: Job seekers in the state are urged to fill 8,165 out of the total 14,830 job vacancies involving various categories and professional positions offered throughout Kedah this year.
Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said based on information on the job search portal Jobstreet, so far, 6,665 of the total vacancies had been filled.
To date, there were 14,034 job seekers registered in Kedah with 4,089 registered new job seekers this year, he said after holding a Walkabout session in conjunction with the Career Carnival @ Sungai Petani at the Sungai Petani Municipal Council’s (MPSPK) Dewan Kenangan near here, yesterday.
The carnival, which ran from 9am until 4pm today, offered 1,200 vacancies from 25 employers nationwide. — Bernama
Pahang Regent: Do more to save our forests
PEKAN: The Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, has called on the Forestry Department to implement more policies and programmes related to forest conservation.
He said that even though logging is undeniably a source of revenue for the state, logging activities should be managed properly to limit damage to the surrounding forests and environment.
“Illegal logging has been the main problem... and we are all trying to find ways to put a stop to this,” he said after the DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia 5th Convocation Ceremony here yesterday.
Tengku Abdullah was commenting on calls by residents of Janda Baik, Bentong near here, urging the authorities to pay attention to problems of development and effects of logging activities in the area.
At the ceremony, 707 graduates received their diplomas and certificates, the highest number ever recorded since the university’s first convocation ceremony. — Bernama
Differently capable trader
Disabled trader Chong Chon Hai, 39, busy making souvenirs with his daughter at the charity carnival organised by the Beautiful Gate Foundation in Kuala Lumpur.
The carnival was attended by Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh. — Bernama