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Officer remanded in graft probe

KANGAR: A Perlis Veterinary Services Department senior officer was remanded for four days to facilitate investigations into alleged abuse of power and bribery of RM9,600.
Sessions judge Rosita Md Lazim granted the remand order yesterday after allowing an application by the MACC.
The 44-year-old suspect, who is also a doctor, was alleged to have abused his position by approving the Poultry Farming and Other Activities licence under the name of two firms without complying to procedures.
It is believed the suspect had occupied a house owned by the companies without paying rent from November 2016 until November 2017.
Also remanded was the 39-year-old company owner from Alor Setar, Kedah. – Bernama
Two Anih Berhad patrol unit personnel Shahrizad Mahmood (right) and Mohd Ridzuan Zainal Abidin (centre) helping a highway user replace a punctured tyre in Temerloh while on duty at the East Coast Expressway (LPT1). – Bernama
250 students in Kuala Nerus get aid
KUALA NERUS: Bank Rakyat Foundation (YBR) handed out school aid to 250 students in the Kuala Nerus parliamentary constituency to ease the financial burden of their families.
YBR general manager Norashikin Shaharudin said a total of 4,250 students nationwide had received RM100 and a schoolbag each since the programme started in January.
“After Kuala Nerus, this programme will continue in Kerteh, Kemaman and end in Johor next month,” she said yesterday.
Man gets 40 years for raping stepdaughter
KOTA KINABALU: A man was sentenced to 40 years’ jail and 20 strokes of the rotan for two counts of raping his stepdaughter at a house in Menggatal.
Sessions Court judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad handed down the sentence yesterday after the 45-year-old man pleaded guilty to the charges.
He was sentenced to 20 years in jail and 10 strokes for raping the girl when she was 12 in December 2015. He received another 20 years and 10 strokes for raping her at the same house in February 2016.
The judge ordered him to serve the sentences consecutively.
‘Taking care of lives is compulsory’
BATU PAHAT: The refusal of some parents to have their children vaccinated can contribute to a rise in infectious diseases, according to Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat.
He said such action by the “anti-vaccine group” was at a worrying level, especially so when several diseases, such as tuberculosis or TB, had been on the rise as there was no vaccination since birth.
“Some of them refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated, citing religious reasons and so on. However, we have to bear in mind that taking care of lives is ‘wajib’ (compulsory),” he told reporters after opening the state-level World Tuberculosis Day 2018 at the Advance Technology Training Centre (ADTEC) near here yesterday. – Bernama
British tourist dies after fall in park

MIRI: A British adventurer died after he fell during a climb at the pinnacles inside the Mulu National Park in northern Sarawak.
Nigel Bevan died after sustaining serious head and body injuries.
The 50-year-old tourist was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.
Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department deployed a helicopter to fly out his body from Mulu National Park to the Miri Hospital. The police have been notified.
First phase of ECRL will involve 44 tunnels

DUNGUN: The first phase of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) will involve the construction of at least 44 tunnels across the states of Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.
Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) head of construction Noor Azlan Salleh said the total length of the tunnels was 39.1km.
“This includes the twin tunnel measuring 16.3km from Bentong to Gombak, which is expected to help it become the longest rail tunnel in Malaysia. In Terengganu, the construction involves three tunnels measuring 3.3km,” he told journalists after a visit to the ECRL main camp yesterday.
Noor Azlan said the first phase was divided into eight sections running from Kota Baru in Kelantan to Gombak in Selangor.
“Sections 3, 4 and 5 involve Terengganu, whereby Section 3 is from Setiu to Marang, Section 4 from Marang to Kemaman and Section 5 from Kemaman to Kuantan.”

Sultan of Johor meets envoys from three European countries

Johor Baru: The Sultan of Johor, who is determined to boost Johor’s international profile, held talks with ambassadors from The Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.
According to a statement by the Royal Press Office, the audience with Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baru yesterday involved envoys from The Netherlands’ Karin Mossenlechner, Denmark’s Gunn Jorid Roset and Norway’s Jesper Vahr.
Also present were the Permaisuri of Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah and other members of the Johor royal family.
The visitors were also feted to lunch at the palace.
Later, the envoys presented Sultan Ibrahim with mementoes from their respective countries.
Car rams into youth on m-bike after wrong turn
GEORGE TOWN: A 24-year-old motorcyclist is battling for his life after being knocked down by a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) going the wrong way.
The youth, who sustained serious injuries, is being treated at the Penang Hospital after the accident at Persiaran Tunku Kudin at about 10pm on Monday.
OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said the MPV driver, 37, from Bukit Mertajam, told police he was driving the wrong way as he was unfamiliar with the area.
“Our investigations revealed that the driver was heading out from a hypermarket and he made a wrong turn at the junction.
“His vehicle then collided head-on with the motorcyclist,” he said in a statement.
Trailer runs over m-cyclist, child pillion rider injured
BUKIT MERTAJAM: A 36-year-old motorcyclist died after he was run over by a lorry trailer in Jalan Bukit Minyak near here.
His three-year-old son, who was the pillion rider, cheated death but was rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries.
Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said investigation showed that the lorry trailer was turning out from a junction into Jalan Bukit
The motorcyclist, who was coming from the opposite direction, crashed into the right back tyre of the trailer in the 10.45am incident yesterday.
“The motorcyclist fell and the trailer ran over him. He died on the spot of severe head injuries.”
Lending a hand on the highway

Two Anih Berhad patrol unit personnel Shahrizad Mahmood (right) and Mohd Ridzuan Zainal Abidin (centre) helping a highway user replace a punctured tyre in Temerloh while on duty at the East Coast Expressway (LPT1). – Bernama