Probe on possible connection between dead women


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 06 Feb 2003

POLICE are investigating whether two women found dead near each other in Semenyih, Selangor, were victims of the same incident. One has not been identified while the other was identified by her family as Norhanani Yahya, an employee of the Maybank branch in Ampang, reported Utusan Malaysia. 

Kajang CID chief Deputy Supt Zainuddin Ahmad told the paper that that police had set up an investigative team to determine whether there was a connection between the two women and the motive for the deaths. 

He was quoted as saying that Norhanani, 30, had been living separately from her husband although the couple were still married. The husband, Sufian Mat Noor, is a trader in Trolak, Perak. 

Norhanani’s body was found in a decomposed state, with signs of head injuries, believed to have been caused by a blunt object. Her mouth was gagged with tape. 

Norhanani was reported missing on Jan 28, the day her son Mohd Fauzan Naim was found at the edge of a jungle near a rubbish dump in Jalan Tekali, near Semenyih. 

On another matter, Utusan Malaysia reported that those who registered less than three months before Parliament is dissolved are not eligible to vote in a general election. 

It is reported that for a voter to be eligible for an election, for example in July or August, he has to be registered by April. 

The daily quoted Election Commission secretary Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar as saying that the commission needed at least three months to upgrade the voters list for verification 

He urged the estimated 1.7 million citizens who are eligible to vote to get their names on the voters list as the 11th general election could be held anytime. 

The commission, he said, had been criticised by even those who did not register in the last polls in 1999. 

He was reported to have said that the target of having 10 million voters in the coming elections would not materialise if those involved failed to respond. In the last election there were 9.7million voters. 

A total of 650 registration counters have been set up at post offices.. 

In its editorial, Berita Harian blasted a district council for ignoring the Cabinet decision to disallow highlands from being cleared for development work, be it for agriculture or industrial purposes. 

Citing the clearing work being carried for the setting up of a farm using high technology in Cameron Highlands on the former site of the Blue Valley Tea plantation, it said the district council was weak in its enforcement. 

Besides, the quantum of compounds issued has not been a deterrent to profit-makers,  

It further said that even though there was an assurance from Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Adnan Yaakob that the state government would not compromise on the errant parties, the order had been ignored. 

The council should have a close monitoring strategy, otherwise encroachment on the environment, fraud and untoward incidents such as landslides would occur, it said. 

The district councils, in general, should take note, it added.  

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