Search ongoing for elderly man missing after boating mishap


AN elderly man was swept away by strong river currents after the boat he was travelling in capsized near Giam in Song, Sarawak, Berita Harian reported.

A spokesman from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department said the incident occurred on Saturday morning.

“According to a witness, 10 people were travelling in the boat when it capsized. While the other nine managed to save themselves, an elderly man is missing, believed to have been swept away by the strong currents,” said the department.

During the incident, the group had been travelling by boat from the Inggang longhouse in Tapang towards Song.

The department said a rescue operation to find the missing man was ongoing.

> Harian Metro reported that Terengganu’s Pulau Perhentian was abuzz with visitors again following its reopening to tourism on Sept 20.

Many local tourists were seen making a beeline for the island – either for day trips or to spend a few nights there.

Visitor Azizan Khamis, 53, said he and 18 other family members took a day trip to the island to enjoy its beautiful scenery.

“I live in Kedah and wanted to go to Kelantan to visit my in-laws so I decided to make a stop at Perhentian along the way for a holiday,” he said.

Tour boat operator Raja Zulkarnain Raja Mansor, 24, said it was a relief to see tourists at the island again.

> Actress Sweet Qismina, who is known for her role in Hikayat Putera Syazlan, has built up a fan base not just in Malaysia but in neighbouring Indonesia as well, Berita Harian reported.

The 24-year-old, who recently made the list of top five most popular actresses in the Anugerah Bintang Popular BH based on public votes, said that most of the support came from Indonesia.

“The support is very unexpected, with many sending me messages saying that they would continue to vote for me,” said Sweet.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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