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Malaysian superbiker killed in southern Thailand, wife injured

PHATTALUNG (Thailand): A Malaysian superbiker was killed while his wife was seriously injured in an accident along the Petchakasem Highway between Haadyai and Phattalung in southern Thailand on Tuesday.

In the 4pm incident, Muhammad Arif Suhery, 34, died at the scene. His wife Nur Arissa Ruri Ahon, 34, was riding pillion.

“They were in a convoy with four friends on the way to Koh Samui in Surat Thani province when their machine collided with a vehicle which had suddenly stopped at a police roadblock,” said a source from the Paborn police station here. Muhammad Arif’s wife was sent to the Phattalung Hospital.

Night-time sea curfew extended again in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The curfew in the waters off seven districts in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone has been extended to Feb 2, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

With the extension, he advised those living in the affected areas to remain on land between 6pm and 6am during the curfew.

“Outsiders will not be allowed to enter or be in the curfew areas,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The curfew covers the waters off Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran.

Man charged with killing girlfriend’s daughter

MIRI: A 33-year-old furniture shop worker was charged in the Sessions Court with murdering a 13-year-old schoolgirl in Miri.

Yap Kak Min was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code with killing the youngest daughter of his girlfriend at a house in Desa Pujut, Kuala Baram, between 9am and 5pm on Jan 9.

Judge Steve Ritikos fixed Feb 22 for mention pending the forensic and post-mortem report.

The prosecution was led by Asst Supt Mary Ong while Yap was unrepresented.

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh opens office at UKM

PETALING JAYA: The world’s first Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh International Office has been launched at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre.

The college is the world’s oldest surgical institution with over 500 years of history.

The ceremony at the university’s Advanced Surgical Skills Centre (ASSC) was graced by Tuanku Muhriz Ibni Almarhum Munawir, the Yang Di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan.

In a statement, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the office will serve as a hub for the college’s education, training and assessment programmes, along with its charitable activities in Asean.

It has 24,000 fellows and members worldwide and is held in high regard in the field of surgery.

Dr Noor Hisham said the college also announced the accreditation of ASSC UKM as its first accredited skills centre outside Britain along with the launch of the Tuanku Muhriz Fellowship.

Exotic bird smugglers throw cages into sea

MELAKA: Authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle about 300 rare and exotic birds out the country – but at a high cost.

Melaka and Negri Sembilan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director Maritime Captain Amran Daud said officers from its Kuala Linggi base intercepted three Indonesians in a boat about five nautical miles from Tanjung Gabang waters near Selangor at 3pm on Tuesday.

He said the trio were attempting to smuggle about 300 birds, including the near-extinct Javanese chirping bird, into Indonesia.

Unfortunately, the smugglers flung the cages containing the live birds into the sea upon seeing the MMEA vessel.

Capt Amran said the three suspects did not have identification documents and the case has been referred to the Wildlife and National Parks Department.

Two held in RM700,000 fraud probe released on police bail

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A magistrate court here rejected the remand extension of two women arrested in connection with several fraud cases involving RM700,000.

The women, aged 42 and 48, who were picked up on Monday, were released on police bail after court registrar Nor Hapipah Abdullah rejected the police’s remand application yesterday.

The suspects were brought to the court on Tuesday and a oneday remand order was obtained to detain them.

They had allegedly conned their victims into taking part in a scheme that promised returns of 1% a day, or 30% per month.

Several victims lodged police reports after they failed to get their returns as promised.

The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which provides for a jail term of one to 10 years and whipping.

Special unit removes bomb which turns out to be a dud

BALIK PULAU: A resident lodged a police report after discovering a bomb near his house.

The resident saw the bomb between some trees about 2m from his house in Kampung Terang here.

He lodged a police report on Tuesday night and a bomb disposal unit was deployed to the scene to take away the bomb.

OCPD Supt A. Anbalagan said the bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene at 10pm after the report was received.

“A member of the unit found an old 81mm mortar bomb which was later confirmed to be a harmless inert practice bomb.”