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Death threat against Penang rep

GEORGE TOWN: Seri Delima assemblyman Syerleena Abdul Rashid lodged a police report after receiving an apparent death threat via a note.

The note which read ‘“Death awaits you!” written in red ink was found in the mailbox of her service centre in Jalan Delima on Tuesday.

“I don’t know who sent the note and their motive. But I believe the note is meant to scare me,” she said here yesterday.

She lodged a police report and handed over the note on the same day at the Jelutong police station.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said they were investigating the case for criminal intimidation by anonymous communication.

Strong winds and heavy rain lash Sarawak

MIRI: Fierce winds and heavy rain lashed several parts of coastal Sarawak, toppling trees and blowing away roofs.

The bad weather, from Tuesday until early yesterday, affected the Petra Jaya housing area in Kuching and Sungai Rait village in Miri.

Firemen in Petra Jaya were forced to seek help from the Sarawak Energy Bhd to cut off power supply as flying zinc sheets and planks landed in between electric cables.

In Miri, heavy rain and strong winds whipped the area at dawn and lasted until late morning yesterday.

Civil Defence Department personnel helped to clear toppled trees in Sungai Rait and Lambir.

A typhoon raging near southern Philippines since Monday is believed to be causing the stormy weather in Sarawak.

Thai man and teenage son jailed two years

KUALA TERENGGANU: A father and his teenage son will spend two years in jail after the Sessions Court here found them guilty of possessing traps and keeping two endangered turtles without a permit.

Judge Azman Mustapha meted out the sentences on Thai nationals Canthi Cantupa, 44, and his son Pipop,18.

He ordered them to serve their jail terms concurrently.

They committed the offence at the Jengai forest reserve in Dungun on June 21, where they were found with 13 traps in their possession.

They were also charged with keeping two Spiny Turtles without a permit.

Tahfiz teacher nabbed over oral sex on student

KUALA LUMPUR: A tahfiz teacher has been arrested for allegedly performing oral sex on one of his students.

Ampang Jaya OCPD ACP Hamzah Alias said the 14-year-old student went back to Johor and told his family about the ordeal on June 26.

He said the incidents began in May when the suspect demanded to perform oral sex on the victim.

“The victim refused at first but later relented and allowed the teacher to perform oral sex on him for about three minutes,” he said yesterday.

“There were five other similar encounters after that. We arrested the suspect at the school here on Wednesday and he has been remanded until July 17.”

Burst water tank damages three cars

KUANTAN: A water tank atop an 18m tower at a school in Maran burst and collapsed, damaging three cars parked nearby, said police.

No one was injured in the incident which happened at 6.15am yesterday at SMA Chenor, said Maran district police chief DSP Norzamri Abd Rahman in a statement.

He said the school principal, Sharifah Hasaniah Syed Abd Rahman, said the tank had been in use for 20 years.

He also said that the Fire and Rescue Department, Pengurusan Air Pahang Bhd and Public Works Department helped to clean up the rubble. — Bernama