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Desperately seeking this loan shark

KUALA LUMPUR: A mechanic, who finally raised enough money to repay a loan shark, is now looking for him to get his car back.
But the problem is the illegal moneylender, who goes by the name “BM” is nowhere to be found. And so is the borrower’s car with the number plate BKF 8902.
The 38-year-old, who wished to be known as “Choong” said he surrendered his grey-colour Proton Saga some two weeks ago as he could not afford to repay the RM500 loan.
Choong borrowed RM1,000 from BM and had paid back half the amount, together with interests.
He has sought MCA Public Service and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong to help locate the loan shark and his car.

Teens nabbed for bullying mentally disabled man

KLUANG: Police have arrested two teenagers for allegedly bullying a mentally disabled man at a community centre here.

The 20-year-old victim was at the playground in Taman Sri Kluang when the two suspects, both 18, approached him at about 8.30am on Tuesday.

One of them was said to have used a tree branch to intimidate the victim.

A 30-second video clip of the incident has since gone viral after it was uploaded on Kami Anak Jati Kluang, Johor, Facebook page.

OCPD Asst Comm Mohamed Laham said the suspects were detained at Taman Gunung Lambak and both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Swoop on illegal foreign workers

MIRI: Dozens of illegal foreign workers were rounded up during a swoop by the police and Immigration officers at a private hospital construction site.

The 10am raid yesterday was part of an ongoing operation to weed out illegals, who are working in the state without permits.

In total, 41 Indonesians were detained and brought to the Immigration depot for questioning.

Two Chinese were also arrested for allegedly harbouring them.

All the foreigners are expected to face stern action, including deportation to their country.

M-bike transfer of ownership fee set at RM3 nationwide

PUTRAJAYA: The fee for the transfer of ownership of motorcycles will soon be standardised at RM3 nationwide, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

The Transport Minister said the move would take effect from next month.

“We have decided to standardise the rate in line with the Government’s continuous efforts in ensuring that the people’s welfare is taken care of, especially those in the B40 group.

“The Government is always aware of the people’s needs when it comes to cutting down on expenses,” he told reporters after his post cabinet meeting yesterday.

At present, the fee is RM3 for the peninsula, RM5 in Sarawak and RM40 in Sabah.

When you need a cop and two arrive!

SERDANG: Two cops, who came to the aid of an injured man, received praises from the victim’s family.

They took the man to a nearby clinic after he fell off his motorcycle while making a U-turn during a heavy downpour in Bukit Serdang.

The man’s daughter – Charlene Chea – expressed her gratitude through a Facebook posting.

“Initially, no one helped my father but luckily, the policemen in their MPV (mobile patrol vehicle) were in the neighbourhood,” she posted.

OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohammad Aminudin Megat Alias commended his personnel for setting a good example.

Boyfriend of woman found dead in cupboard sought
GEORGE TOWN: A stench from a locked room in a flat in Paya Terubong caused two Nepalese men to break into the premises, only to find a dead woman in a cupboard.
The men, aged 22 and 23, who were staying nearby, decided to break the lock of the room at about 10.30pm on Tuesday.
OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the police were called in after the body was found and the two men were arrested to assist in investigations.
“The deceased identified as 25-year-old Santi Restauli Simbolon is believed to be the girlfriend of the duo’s roommate.
“She was staying on the 17th floor but her body was found at the boyfriend’s place on the 25th floor,” he said yesterday.
ACP Anuar said the woman and suspects were all working at the same factory, adding that police were now looking for her 27-year-old boyfriend for questioning.
“A post-mortem revealed that she was strangled to death. All motives are being looked into including jealousy,” he added.