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MACC confirms inspecting Isa Samad’s house tonight

KOTA BARU: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) tonight conducted a search at the house of former Felda Global Ventures (FGV) Berhad chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (pix) in Selangor.

This was confirmed by MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad.

He said the inspection was a normal process conducted by MACC following an arrest of an individual for alleged corruption.

“It is a normal process … after arrest (detention) we will conduct inspection at the house (of the suspect),” he told reporters after the signing of a Kelantan Corruption Free Pledge (IBR) of Non-Government Organisations and Parent and Teacher Associations (PIBG) organised by the Malaysian Corruption Observers here tonight.

About 250 activists took part in the event.

Dzulkifli said MACC would apply for a remand order against Mohd Isa at the Putrajaya Court tomorrow.

Mohd Isa, who is Land Public Transport Commision (SPAD) chairman, was detained when he turned up at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya at 2.40pm yesterday to assist investigation over the purchase of hotels in London and Kuching by Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

Last month, MACC opened an investigation paper over the purchase of a hotel in Kensington, London, in 2014 by FIC, believed to have been paid for way higher than the market value resulting in the Felda subsidiary incurring losses of millions of ringgits.

Subsequently, MACC was also reported to have started its investigation on the purchase of a hotel in Kuching by FIC, also believed above the market price.

In another development, Dzulkifli said MACC would file an appeal to the Appeals Court for a remand order against Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh.

The remand order obtained by MACC against Phee was revoked by the Penang High Court yesterday.

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers have agreed to file an appeal on behalf of the prosecution tomorrow,” he added. — Bernama

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MMEA detains dredger illegally dumping sand near Pulau Upeh

MALACCA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has held a GT 9 sand dredger for dumping sand illegally about 1.4 nautical miles southeast of Pulau Upeh here on Sunday.

Malacca/Negri Sembilan MMEA director Capt Ahmad Faridi Ferdaus said in a statement today 15 Chinese crew of the vessel were detained at 2.50pm.

“Our personnel patrolling the Malacca Strait found the GT 9 vessel, which had no valid documents to dump sand,” he said.

He said the case would be investigated under the Customs Act 1967 and MSO Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952. — Bernama

Gambling: 324 individuals detained nationwide last week

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 324 people suspected to be involved in gambling activities were detained in operations conducted throughout the country last week, said the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pix).

He said the arrests were made by Bukit Aman’s Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gambling and Gangsterism (STAGG).

He said 1,629 computer units were also seized during the operations.

“Congratulations STAGG @PDRMsia for raiding gambling dens nationwide last week. Arresting 324 people and seizing 1,629 computers #GoPDRMGo,” Khalid tweeted.

In another tweet, Khalid said STAGG had also detained 227 guest relations officers and masseuses in an anti-vice operations conducted throughout the country last week. — Bernama

Couple among 34 detained in ‘Operasi Perdana’

KANGAR: A married couple who were released from prison about five months ago for a drug offence was among 34 suspected drug addicts detained by the Perlis National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) in a two-day operation codenamed ‘ Operasi Perdana Bil 1/2017‘ which ended Monday.

Perlis AADK director Azizah Ahmad said the couple, aged 25 and 23, were apprehended at a dilapidated house in Kampung Tanah Timbul, Kuala Sanglang, Monday morning.

She said the woman was five months pregnant with their third child and tested positive for methamphetamine.

“In the house was the woman‘s mother, who was taking care of the couple’s two children, aged one and two years, and three other children, aged between two and four, ” she told a press conference here today.

According to Azizah, the children’s case had been referred to the Social Welfare Department for further action.

She said 32 others who were detained in the operation included a 15-year-old boy.

The operation, which involved the Border Control Agency (Aksem), Immigration Department, National Registration Department and the Civil Defence Force, targetted fishing settlements such as Kuala Perlis and Kuala Sanglang, she said. — Bernama

Kedah Sultan wants teachers to think creatively and innovatively

ALOR STAR: The Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (pix) has urged teachers to dare to change and think ahead so that they are not left behind by technological advancements and society’s way of thinking in order to produce students with intellect and competitive spirit.

In fact, he said, teachers must also dispense knowledge in creative and innovative ways in line with today’s technological advancements as stated in the Malaysian Education Blueprint (PPPM) 2013-2025.

“Remember, a country will excel when its people excel, the people excel when the family excels, and the family excels when the individuals excel, and the excellent individuals are the result of teachers who are excellent,” he said in conjunction with the Kedah Teachers’ Day celebration at Wisma Negeri here today.

The Sultan’s speech text was read out by the Raja Muda of Kedah, Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah.

“Teachers are the people who are responsible for producing a successful community and at the same time, can guide the future generations.

“Teachers play a big and important role in building a society, which dares to change, make changes, and if the teachers are complacent, the outcome of this year‘s Teacher’s Day theme ‘Teachers, Builders of Nation State” will not be achieved,” the Sultan said.

Also present were the Raja Puan Muda of Kedah, Puan Sri Tengku Maliha Tengku Ariff, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah and Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.

Sultan Abdul Halim said to achieve success, teachers must work to produce students who could think creatively, critically and innovatively.

At the event, the Anugerah Khas Limpah Kurnia Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Raja Muda Kedah Darulaman was presented to a Form Two student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Badlishah, Prevena a/p Ramakrishnan for winning the Best Presenter Award and the award for ‘Best Position Paper’ at the International Model United Nations 2017 Conference in the United States held from July 15 to 29.

Former teacher Abu Bakar Md Ali received the Anugerah Tokoh Guru 2017.

Other awards presented to the recipients included the Innovative Teacher Award, Excellence Award, Director’s Special Award, Sumbangsih Award, Academic Excellent Performance Award and the District Education Excellence Award. — Bernama

Foreigner stabs girlfriend out of jealousy

KOTA KINABALU: Police have detained a 21-year-old foreigner for allegedly assaulting and stabbing his girlfriend with a knife following a misunderstanding near the Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu here.

The victim, aged 16, who works as a cook at a stall at Taman Tun Fuad, Jalan Bukit Padang, sustained injuries on the back of her head and neck.

Kota Kinabalu City police chief ACP M.Chandra, in a statement today, said the victim was sent to the Queen Elizabeth 2 Hospital for treatment and received several stitches for the injuries.

He said the suspect was apprehended by passers-by and handed over to the police.

According to Chandra, the suspect was believed to be under the influence of alcohol when he attacked the woman, believed out of jealousy.

Both of them were without personal documents, he added. — Bernama

Factory ordered to recall crispy flour packed in ceiling plaster wrapper

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry (KKM) has ordered a factory here to recall its crispy flour products, which were packed in ceiling plaster wrapper, from the market.

Its director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said KKM investigation found that the factory had mistakenly used ceiling plaster wrapper to pack the crispy flour.

“KKM takes note of the allegation, which went viral on social media, that a premises in Puchong, Selangor, have been selling banana fritters prepared using flour that was mixed with ceiling plaster to make the food crispy.

“In this regard, KKM, through the Food Safety and Quality Division, has conducted an inspection on the premises selling the fried banana and found that the crispy flour factory had made a mistake by using ceiling plaster wrapper to pack the product,” he said in a statement today.

He said the local authority had also taken action on the premises for operating without a licence. — Bernama

No ‘rift’ between Hishammuddin and I: Anifah Aman

KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman today said there was no ‘rift’ between him and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, particularly over the upcoming state visit by the Emir of Qatar, as claimed by a local news portal today.

Anifah said he and Hishammuddin, who is also Minister with Special Functions, had long been working very well and closely with each other on many occasions.

“The Government of Malaysia looks forward to the state visit by the Emir of Qatar, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with other Malaysian government agencies are currently making the necessary preparations for the visit,” he said in a statement, here, tonight.

Earlier today, a local news portal claimed that a “spat” had erupted over the Qatar emir’s visit to Malaysia.

On the broader issue of ongoing difficulties between the Arab Quartet and Qatar, Anifah said the Malaysian government’s position had been made very clear through the statement issued by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on July 12, this year.

In the statement, Najib had called on all parties to take immediate steps to comply with all agreements reached by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, specifically the 2014 Riyadh Agreement.

He said Malaysia believed that the agreement was an acceptable basis for a solution to the current crisis, while urging all parties to positively participate in the mediation efforts initiated by Kuwait to find a solution to the ongoing GCC crisis.

“Malaysia strongly supports the efforts by the Emir of Kuwait to mediate in the face of escalating tensions, and we stand ready to assist if our contribution is needed.

“We have always upheld the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other sovereign countries and urge all nations to do the same,” Najib had said.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing the Gulf state of supporting terrorist organisations.

Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin when commenting on the issue earlier today, denied the report’s allegation, describing it as ‘rubbish’.

He said the rift was between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and had got nothing to do with him and Anifah, stressing that the “Qatar-Saudi crisis will not jeopardise my relationship with Anifah”.

“Do you really think I can stop the Emir of Qatar if he wants to come? This is all fake news because to me, if the Emir of Qatar wants to come to Malaysia, it is an honour for us. Why should we prevent him from coming here?

“Nothing new lah guys,” he told reporters at Parliament building. “In the run-up to the 14th general election, there will be more of it (fake news) but they (the perpetrators) should be a bit more creative in trying to cause friction among us,” he added .— Bernama

Two more flood evacuation centres opened in Malacca

MALACCA: Two new evacuation centres were opened in Malacca to accommodate the increase in flood evacuees, with the latest tally at 522 people (from 114 families) as of 9 pm today, from 374 people (90 families) in the afternoon.

Head of the secretariat of the Malacca Disaster Management Committee Lt Col (PA) Effendy Ali said the two centres were opened in the Alor Gajah district, bringing the total of evacuation centres in the district to four, while there were four more evacuation centres in Jasin district.

He said the two new evacuation centres were Tadika Jaim Kampung Pulau which accommodated 18 victims and the Kampung Panchor Community Hall which had 68 students of the Sekolah Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal Khiraat Ainur Syukriah and six other victims from two families.

In a statement issued here tonight, Effendy who is also the director of the Civil Defence Force said heavy rain since 3 am caused the water level to rise in several areas and advised the public to be cautious.

He said in Jasin, the areas affected by floods were Kampung Tehel, Kampung Tersusun Seri Mendapat, Kampung Kilang Berapi and Kampung Tedong; while in the Alor Gajah district, they were Kampung Seri Jeram, Kampung Bukit Balai, Kampung Pulau and Kampung Panchor. — Bernama

Two more flood evacuation centres opened in Malacca

MALACCA: Two new evacuation centres were opened in Malacca to accommodate the increase in flood evacuees, with the latest tally at 522 people (from 114 families) as of 9 pm today, from 374 people (90 families) in the afternoon.

Head of the secretariat of the Malacca Disaster Management Committee Lt Col (PA) Effendy Ali said the two centres were opened in the Alor Gajah district, bringing the total of evacuation centres in the district to four, while there were four more evacuation centres in Jasin district.

He said the two new evacuation centres were Tadika Jaim Kampung Pulau which accommodated 18 victims and the Kampung Panchor Community Hall which had 68 students of the Sekolah Tahfiz Al-Quran Wal Khiraat Ainur Syukriah and six other victims from two families.

In a statement issued here tonight, Effendy who is also the director of the Civil Defence Force said heavy rain since 3 am caused the water level to rise in several areas and advised the public to be cautious.

He said in Jasin, the areas affected by floods were Kampung Tehel, Kampung Tersusun Seri Mendapat, Kampung Kilang Berapi and Kampung Tedong; while in the Alor Gajah district, they were Kampung Seri Jeram, Kampung Bukit Balai, Kampung Pulau and Kampung Panchor. — Bernama