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Labourer held over murder of Indonesian woman in Kalabakan

TAWAU, A man, believed to be an Indonesian was apprehended to assist investigation over the discovery of a woman’s body in a plantation in Kalabakan near here.

Tawau police chief ACP Peter Ak Umbuas said the suspect, 40, who did not have any identification documents admitted to be involved in the murder of the 24-year-old woman when in police custody, even though the motive was still being investigated.

The victim was reported missing on Nov 3 and her body was found in a bush in a plantation in Imbak, Luasong, Kalabakan on Friday (Nov 8) by her family.

Acting on information, a police team from Tawau CID conducted an operation to track down the suspect and nabbed him at 9.21 pm (Nov 8) in Jalan Tanjung Batu, he said in statement here tonight.

Peter said further investigation found the suspect who was working as a plantation labourer was tested positive for drugs when detained.

He said the suspect was remanded since yesterday until Nov 15 to assist investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Positive, encouraging feedback on IPCMC public hearing – Ramkarpal

KOTA KINABALU, The feedback received during the fourth and final session of public hearing on the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill held here today has been positive and encouraging.

Ramkarpal Singh, chairman of the Parliamentary Special Select Committee tasked with looking into the draft legislation, said the feedback received at hearings conducted in Sarawak, Penang, Johor, and Sabah, beginning Oct 26, comprising supportive views and some suggestions as well as of those who were against the establishment of the IPCMC.

The purpose of the committee is to gather feedback from the various parties and to consider issues of public concern and suggestions put forward by the stakeholders, he said.

He said this at a press conference held in conjunction with the IPCMC public hearing here today which was also attended by Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah, who is also committee secretary.

Ramkarpal said he had submit the report before or on Nov 18 before it was to be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Among those attended the public hearing today were police personnel, academics, lawyers, associations and several representatives of the people of Sabah.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Family of six found shot to death in the southern Philippines waters

KUALA LUMPUR, The Sabah Police today confirmed a family of six, including two women and an eight-year old boy were killed, believed to have been shot in the southern Philippines waters on Tuesday.

The state Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah who confirmed the incident, told Bernama all victims, who were undocumented, were from Pulau Denawan, Semporna, Sabah.

He said the victims were believed to be heading to Siasi in the southern Philippines to celebrate Maulidur Rasul with their families.

While on a boat to Siasi during night time, they were believed to have ran into an unknown boat.

A group of individuals on the unknown boat had approached their boat and fired shots, he said, adding the shots killed six while two others on the boat managed to hide and were found safe.

He said the families of the victims who were worried about them when they failed to arrive at their destination went out looking for them and found a boat drifting with six bodies and two survivors on it.

“Their families brought them back to Pulau Denawan for burials before the public found out about it and lodged a police report, he said, adding that all victims were buried on Friday.

Omar said the public lodged the police report at the Semporna District Police Headquarters.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

TSR Sg Toh Pawang boasts its own solid waste management

SUNGAI PETANI, The Taman Sejahtera Rakyat (TSR) Sungai Toh Pawang in Bedong near here, has become the country’s first rural village to boast its own systematic solid waste management.

Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun said the implementation of the system was in line with the Rural Development Policy (DPLB) 2030’s vision of ‘Luar Bandar Sejahtera’ (Prosperous Rural Area).

The villagers are brave enough to accept the challenge from the ministry to implement sustainable management of solid waste … the cooperation given by the villagers here has been excellent, she told reporters after launching the Sustainable Rural Solid Waste Management project and the TSR Sungai Toh Pawang Phase Two near here today.

Rina said her ministry would later extend the initiative to other rural villages in Johor, Terengganu and Kelantan by inculcating awareness on the importance of systematic solid waste management.

She said courses and activities related to the systematic waste management as well as advice would also be provided to the villagers to assist them in realising the project.

The systematic waste management could also generate income to the population when the waste was turned into fertiliser to be used on crops or recycled as handicraft products, she said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Agriculture sector’s development need to be expedited – Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR, The agriculture sector need to be developed in tandem with efforts to drive the country’s economic growth to ensure that the farmers are not left behind.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said in developing the sector, the needs and problems faced by the farmers had to be identified for appropriate action to be taken, thus enabling the sector to thrive.

As such, he said, government leaders needed to go down to the field to address the problems faced by the group to ensure that matters were discussed at the government level.

We, in the government, have to provide solutions, not to make excuses. People are tired of hearing about things. We have to come up with the alternatives, if we have given them the opportunity and space, but if it still doesn’t work then we can talk to them, he said in his speech at the ‘Jalinan Mesra Peladang 2019’ programme, here, today.

Also present were Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin, National Farmers Organisation (Nafas) chairman Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi and National Fishermen’s Association (Nekmat) chairman Abdul Hamid Bahari.

He added that current technological developments could facilitate the rapid growth of the agriculture sector.

Anwar, who is also Port Dickson MP, said Nafas and Nekmat should play the key roles in linking the government with the farmers in efforts to drive the sector forward.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

24 police reports on Tanjung Piai by-election received

JOHOR BAHRU, A total of 24 police reports had been received by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) regarding the Tanjung Piai (P165) by-election.

Johor Police Chief, Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din however said so far only three investigation papers had been opened.

He said that among the cases that had been opened for investigation included the case of party flags which had been installed but were reported to have been pulled out around Kebun Kampung Baru Permas.

“Consequently, the case on the statement by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister (Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub) which carried seditious elements was still under investigation under Section 4A (1) Election Act 1954.

“The third case reported concerned the statement by Datuk Zahid (Hamidi) on ‘basikal lajak’, he told reporters at a media conference in conjunction with the Johor PDRM Monthly Assembly, here today.

He said, however. two of the cases had been referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers to assist in the investigation.

On the poll, Mohd Kamaruddin said the police expected the campaign would become more aggressive by polling day on Nov 16.

Meanwhile, he said PDRM was preparing 3,050 personnel who would be on duty in case floods occurred.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Education Ministry vows to ensure students gain access to quality education

PONTIAN, The Ministry of Education vows to ensure all students in the country can gain access to a quality education, regardless of where they live or go to school.

Its minister Dr Maszlee Malik said this was important to enable the students, whether in the urban or rural areas, achieve success in academic, co-curricular activities and sports.

I am happy to see our children are able to represent districts and states, even though they live in the rural areas. This shows that wherever we are, we can succeed, he told reporters after attending the Sekolah Kebangsaan Parit Patah 2019 Academic Excellence Awards here today.

Meanwhile, during his visit to Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Tah Tong here, Maszlee said multicultural arts programme should be expanded to all schools in the country to foster unity.

During the visit, the minister was impressed with the ‘kompang’ (hand drum) performance by the pupils.

“We usually watch lion dance performances by Malay and Indian students but at this SJKC they have a kompang group, he said, adding that such programmes could help deal with disciplinary problems among students.

The 94-year old school has 393 students of which 18 are Malays.

Later in the day, Maszlee held a dialogue with teachers from Pontian district and officiated ‘Assalamualaikum YB’ programme that took place at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seri Pontian here.

In its statement later, the ministry said about 300 teachers attended the programme that intended to explain the latest education policies and the presentation of the ministry’s 2019 report card.

In ensuring the delivery system of the government is transparent and teacher-oriented, the Education Minister will always go down to the ground to hold dialogues with them. The ministry is committed to ensuring the education policies reach the grass root and are implemented successfully at the teacher’s level, it added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)