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AKSEM drones will monitor M’sia-Thai border

PASIR MAS The Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM) will use drones to monitor the situation along the Malaysia-Thailand border, especially to curb the entry of illegal immigrants into the country.


Its deputy director-general Mohd Redzuan Mohd Zain said 25 units of high-tech drones would be used in the four states bordering with Thailand, namely Kelantan, Perlis, Kedah and Perak.


“AKSEM had requested for 25 units of drone and they are expected to be commissioned by July 1. Two drone units will be established in each state and they will be tasked with monitoring the country’s land and maritime borders.




“These will facilitate us in addressing the problem of illegal immigrants entering into the country,” he told reporters after inspecting an illegal jetty in Rantau Panjang here last night.


Mohd Redzuan said AKSEM had also applied for 25 units of four-wheel-drive vehicles to be used by the agency.


He said the four-wheel-drive vehicles are very important to facilitate the agency’s task at the border due to the terrain and road condition which required stronger vehicles to enable them to operate better.



“For instance, the distance between Kelantan and Perlis is 662 kilometres with 137 rat routes while the Malaysia-Thailand border at Sungai Golok  is 95 kilometres long and most rat routes are in this area.,” he added.


On the “Ops Benteng” conducted since implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO),   Mohd Redzuan said it had reduced  the number of illegal cross-border movement.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

15 women in zumba fitness exercise issued RM1,000 compound each for gathering during CMCO

ALOR SETAR  Fifteen women who participated in a Zumba fitness exercise at a premises in Taman Pekan Baru, Sungai Petani, have been issued compound of RM1,000 each for defying the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Adzli Abu Shah said they were caught doing so by a police team during a CMCO patrol in the area at 6.30 pm last Friday.

All the women, aged between 25 and 50, could not provide valid reasons for gathering at the premises, he said in a statement today.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Petronas brings cheer to many including family of five, senior citizen

KUCHING The country’s oil and gas company, Petronas has brought cheer to a poor family and a senior citizen living in Bintulu in conjunction with Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak celebrations.


The family of Mohamad Ismail Ahmad, 43, and Sedi Kedit, 80, were among the 1,200 recipients of the Petronas ‘Sentuhan Kasih’ programme to help ease the burden of the less fortunate in Sarawak.


“The programme is part of the corporate social responsibility conducted by the Petronas Foundation which aims to improve the quality of life of more Malaysians and support the economic development of this target group,” Petronas said in a statement.




Mohamad Ismail who lives with his wife and three children in a small house with no electricity and water in Kampung Baru, Likau, Bintulu had not planned to celebrate Hari Raya this year due to their deteriorating living conditions following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO).


“My family and I had no plans to celebrate Hari Raya this year because we could not afford it,” said Mohamad Ismail, who works as a security guard at a workshop in Bintulu.


Sedi who was fondly known as ‘Indai Man’ has been living alone, since her husband, Juti Digat, died about four years ago was touched by the aid she received from the Petronas delegation who visited her at her residence at Batu 36, Jalan Bintulu-Miri.



“For the past two years, I have not celebrated Hari Gawai as I live alone. That’s why I’m so grateful and touched by Petronas’ kind gesture that has brought me joy during this festive season,” she said.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RM205,000 in compound issued by KPDNHEP during 10-day festive season price control scheme

KUALA TERENGGANU Compound worth RM205,000 was issued by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) against errant traders during the 10-day Festive Season Price Control Scheme implemented since May 20 for this year’s Aidilfitri,  Kaamatan Festival and Gawai Day celebration.


Its deputy minister,  Datuk Rosol Wahid said the compound was issued in 70 cases, mostly for selling control items, such as chicken, egg and vegetables, above the ceiling price.


“Checks were conducted at 22,852 premises, including wholesalers and retailers, nationwide since May 20 until yesterday.




“The number of cases recorded is small and this shows the traders’ compliance and responsibility in carrying their business,” he told reporters during a visit to Pasar Payang 2 here today.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Bukit Antarabangsa: Piling works underway to shore up soil at landslide spot

KUALA LUMPUR Work to install flat soil retaining metal pilings is underway behind the Jalan Kelab Ukay 4 residential area, Bukit Antarabangsa, here, where a landslide took place early this morning.


Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis said the immediate repair work at the location was being carried out by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).


‘’Currently, the Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) is only helping the affected residents to move their belongings.




“The JBPM will monitor the situation round-the-clock in the affected area in case of further landslides,” he told Bernama today.


Meanwhile, an affected resident, Ahmad Zulhairi Mahadi, 36, thanked all parties involved who had helped move his belongings to a safe place.


“I thank those who have helped my family. We are now putting up temporarily staying at my aunt’s house in Keramat,” he said.



In addition, Normal Seirin, 55, said he was pleased at the assistance of all those involved in the mishap such as providing temporary accommodation at the Hotel De Palma Ampang, here.


“So far I am very satisfied, but I will see other developments in the future from time to time,” he said.


Meanwhile, a Bernama survey found that the Public Works Department (PWD) and MPAJ were present at the scene to look at and monitor the progress of repair work to the affected areas following the landslide at 2.21 am.


As of 6.11 pm, Bernama observed that work to install flat soil retaining metal pilings was still under way and being monitored by the PWD.


Bernama understood that the work would be completed within a week depending on the current weather conditions.


Today, Bernama reported that Minister of Housing and Local Government Zuraida Kamarudin had allocated RM2 million to build a retaining wall at the landslide area that affected seven homes at Taman Kelab Ukay, Bukit Antarabangsa, here.


As a result, all the affected residents would have to temporarily stay at the Hotel De Palma before choosing a place to stay, an apartment or other accommodations, for the next six months.


The cost, at an estimated RM3,000 a month per family, would be borne by her Ministry and Bukit Antarabangsa State Assemblyman Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Man believed electrocuted by electric pole in Bukit Mertajam

BUKIT MERTAJAM A man died after he was believed to have been electrocuted at the roadside at Taman Usahaniaga, here, today.


Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief ACP Shafee Abd Samad said the 51-year old man’s body was found by a passerby at 3.40 am before being brought to Bukit Mertajam Hospital for further check up.


“When found, the victim was only wearing a pair of knee-length pants with his right hand touching the electric pole on the road.




“Further checks on the victim’s body revealed burn marks on his right elbow believed to have been hit by electric shocks. A post-mortem report revealed victim had died of electric shocks,” he said here, today,


He added there was no element of crimes found and the case was classified as sudden death.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID-19: M’sia hopes to break infection chain not long from now – Health DG

Malaysia is optimistic that it will be able to break the COVID-19 infection chain not too long from now, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.


He said currently, almost 95 percent of COVID-19 tests returned negative.


Also, hospital bed occupancy has reduced to a rate of 15 percent, he added.




“To date, there are only nine COVID-19 patients being treated in the intensive care unit with only two requiring ventilators.”


“At one time, the number surpassed 100 patients,” he pointed out at the daily COVID-19 media briefing at the Health Ministry (MOH) here today, while also expressing his appreciation towards the MOH workforce for a job well done.


He said what was important now is to successfully carry out the six criteria outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as part of the soft landing ‘exit strategy’, which among others include close monitoring, hospital capabilities and border control.



They also include the protection of senior citizens, standard operating procedures compliance and community empowerment, he added.


Dr Noor Hisham also said that resolute public health action coupled with a strong ability to detect COVID-19 cases contributed to zero fatalities reported in the country in the last eight days.


He said detection ability was now at almost 30,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests a day.


“Besides this, Malaysia has 200,000 antigen rapid test kits with only less than 5,000 kits used so far,” he said.


To date, Malaysia’s COVID-19 death toll remains at 115 cases, or 1.4 percent of the 7,762 infection case tally.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency