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Gel guns looking like the real deal seized

Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan (third from left) showing a gel gun which looks similar to the real guns used by security forces during a press conference yesterday.

The gel guns worth more than RM10,000 were seized from a trader during a raid at a kiosk in Uptown Pahlawan Walk last Frida

160 nabbed in blitz against illegal gambling

MIRI: Police arrested 160 people in 97 raids during a week-long operation as part of an ongoing blitz against illegal gambling in Sarawak.

State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the statewide raids were conducted against those involved in selling illegal 4D, cyber-gambling, gambling in gaming houses, and gambling in public places.

He said the 160 individuals, 90 of whom were men, were aged between 16 and 61.

Eight foreigners were among those nabbed and police also seized RM30,000, as well as various gambling paraphernalia, Dev said in a statement.

71 pupils down with food poisoning

ALOR SETAR: Seventy-one pupils of SK Tasek Apong in Sungai Petani suffered suspected food poisoning after eating nasi lemak with chicken during the school’s cross-country run recently.

The children reportedly suffered from vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain on Sunday and officers from the Kuala Muda District Health Office immediately went to the school, Kedah Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said.

He said in a statement that 66 of the 71 pupils did not attend school on Sunday.

Dr Norhizan said the nasi lemak was supplied by an external caterer for the run, in which 480 pupils from Year Three to Year Six took part. An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the food poisoning. ­— Bernama

Woman claims trial to extortion over porn videos

BUTTERWORTH: A 30-year-old factory worker claimed trial to extorting RM4,000 from a man for sending pornographic videos to her.

Noraniza Jelani was charged with three counts of abetting her ex-husband Muhammad Kasim A Zamzani to extort money from Yap Ing Choon in Taman Villa Mutiara, Simpang Ampat on June 13, June 14 and Aug 17, 2015.

She is alleged to have told Yap that a police report will be lodged against him for sending pornographic videos to her.

She had allegedly extorted twice for RM1,000 and once for RM2,000 to be transferred into her bank account.

Noraniza pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz.

The court then granted bail of RM10,000 and set March 9 for submission of documents and for Noraniza to appoint a lawyer.

Suspected burglar beaten up by villagers

IPOH: A 21-year-old suspected burglar was beaten up by angry villagers in Kampung Sungai Tapah Tambahan here on Sunday night.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Ali Tamby said the man had broken into a house earlier and the house occupant came home to find the front door broken and ajar.

He said the occupant confronted the burglar who then fled from the house. Villagers then helped to nab the suspect.

MMEA cripples smuggling syndicate

GELANG PATAH: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has crippled a syndicate attempting to smuggle illegal cigarettes and liquor into Johor from Indonesia.

MMEA Southern Region director Datuk Abu Bakar Idris said some 915,500 packets of contraband cigarettes and 3,048 bottles of liquor were seized from a boat off Tanjung Piai near here.

He said nine crew on board, all Indonesians aged between 25 and 53 years, including the captain, were detained for failing to produce valid documents on the seized items.

“We estimated the seized cigarettes and liquor to be worth about RM2.5mil excluding unpaid duties and taxes. This is our biggest haul this year,” Abu Bakar told reporters at MMEA Sungai Pulai jetty near here.

Paya Besar MP dies at 70

KUANTAN: Paya Besar MP Datuk Seri Abdul Manan Ismail passed away at his home in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.

His brother Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian said Abdul Manan, who is Paya Besar Umno chief, died at 6.45pm yesterday after falling in the bathroom. He was 70.

“So far, the family has yet to decide where he would be laid to rest, either here or in Kuala Lumpur,” he said here last night.

Abdul Manan was the Malaysian Intellect Property Corporation (MyIPO) chairman and had served as special private secretary to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak from 1986 to 2004. — Bernama

1,746 APM membersdeployed for CNY op

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,746 members of the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) will be deployed in “Ops Bantu XVI”, an operation organised in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration, to assist road users in difficulties.

Its chief commissioner Major General (Rtd) Datuk Azmy Yahya said the operation to be conducted in two phases–from Feb 14 to 15 and Feb 18 to 19–would involve patrols at 114 routes along federal and state roads.

M-cyclist killed in accident

KOTA KINABALU: A motorcyclist was killed while a woman sustained serious injuries following a collision with a trailer in Jalan Marakau off Ranau district in the wee hours of Monday.

Khatizah said, Sufian Ahmin, 22, died on the spot due to severe injuries.

His friend, whose identity is yet to be ascertained, is still fighting for her life at the Ranau hospital where she is being treated.

At 10am in the same district, firemen rushed to a river near a water treatment plant in Jalan Tangki following calls about a missing toddler.

The 20-month-old toddler, Adriellabetti Sfanis Maing, was found in the river at about 1.48pm where she was later pronounced dead.