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75 Orang Asli families stranded when river overflows

 

GUA MUSANG Over 300 residents from 75 Orang Asli families in Kampung Aring 5, here, were reportedly stranded after Sungai Aring overflowed, causing the main connecting road to be under three metres of water from around 2 am following heavy rain since early last night.

 

This is the third such incident for the villagers this year following heavy rain, causing the river to overflow.

 

Orang Asli Kampung Aring 5 headman, Raina Anjang said the villagers only realised the situation about 7 am today when they wanted to go out to Gua Musang town.

 

 

 

“They had to turn back, then told the other villages about the submerged road and to wait for the flood to subside, However, as at 3 pm, It has not fully subsided although the rain has stopped.

 

Orang Asli villager, Mohd Fazli Mamok, 34, said usually the flood water would subside after three hours of rain had stopped but it was taking longer this time, probably because it was still raining in the upstream area.

 

He added that the situation could prolong further if there was a downpour this evening or tonight, with the river overflowing again, worsening the situation.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MACC nabs trio for making false Socso claims

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) detained three individuals, including a father and son, suspected of forging documents to obtain more than RM540,000 worth of compensations from the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO).

 

According to sources, the man, 59, and his son, 36, along with a woman, 50, were arrested after giving their statements at the Putrajaya MACC at 2.45 pm today.

 

“The three suspects are believed to be masterminding a syndicate making false claims using the medical report of people with insurance (OB) from among SOCSO contributors who have filed claims for temporary or permanent disability and Invalidity pensions,” the sources told Bernama.

 

 

 

 

Sources said the three were believed to have been involved in the activity from 2009 to 2017.

 

Meanwhile, Putrajaya MACC director Hasbilah Mohamad Salleh, when contacted, confirmed the arrests while the case is being investigated under Section 18 of the MACC Act 2009.

 

According to him, all the suspects would be brought to the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court tomorrow to obtain remand orders.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Foul smell leads to discovery of man’s body in Indah Bay Apartment

GEORGE TOWN The mysterious foul odour emanating from a residential unit at the Indah Bay Apartment, Tanjung Bungah here, was resolved following the discovery of a bloated and partially decomposed body of a man, last night.

 

The body of Dexter Macarten Estrop, 59, was found in a sitting position on the sofa in the living room of his house by the police after receiving a call from his neighbour at 10.45 pm to report that there was a stench wafting out from the deceased’s unit over the past few days.

 

Northeast district police chief ACP Soffian Santong said firemen were called in to help to break the locked padlock to get into the man’s house.

 

 

 

“According to his neighbour, she tried to trace the source of the stench and found it came from the man’s house. She then contacted the police.

 

No foul play or criminal element was found in the circumstances of death and at the deceased’s home.  The remains were taken to the Penang Hospital,” he said when contacted here today.

 

Soffian said that based on preliminary investigations, several of the deceased’s friends including his girlfriend had last met the man who stayed alone in his apartment on July 8 and he was in good health.

 

 

He said the man was a widower and had worked as a closed-circuit camera (CCTV) operator, but had quit his job in January and had not been working since then.

 

“Based on the condition of the man’s body, it is believed that the victim died within four to five days. The autopsy report found that the cause of death was ‘unascertain due to recomposition’,” he said, adding that it has been classified as sudden death.

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Commotion in Dewan Rakyat over election of Speaker, the words ‘gelap’ & ‘bedak’

KUALA LUMPUR Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun took his oath of office as the new Speaker of Dewan Rakyat today in the middle of the commotion among the opposition lawmakers.

 

Soon after the sitting resumed at 2.30 pm, the opposition MPs did not waste any time to voice out their protests against Azhar’s, causing a very noisy disorder.

 

The credibility and firmness of the Speaker were proven when he booted Khalid Abdul Samad (PH-Shah Alam) out of the House after the latter repeatedly disturbed his inaugural speech.

 

 

 

It calmed the situation down for a moment, enabling Azhar to finish his speech and address the motion to appoint six members of the Select Committee for the 14th Parliament before Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (BN-Baling) turned up the heat by uttering words “gelap tak nampak” which implied that the person was dark-skinned when Kasthuriraani Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) stood up and questioned why there was no woman in the committee.

 

The words prompted Kasthuriraani and R.S.N Rayer (PH-Jelutong) to use the Standing Orders demanding Azhar to order Abdul Azeez to withdraw the words as they were deemed to be racist.

 

Azhar said the matter raised by Kasthuriraani could be discussed during the debate and, without making any ruling on the words used by Abdul Azeez, he went on to ask for the debate to proceed.

 

 

Several MPs from the opposition bloc, including Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PH-Setiawangsa), Chang Lih Kang (PH-Tanjong Malim) and P. Prabakaran (PH-Batu), however, continued demanding for Azhar to make a ruling on Abdul Azeez’s remarks.

 

Abdul Azeez, at the same time, defended his words, saying that he was also dark-skinned and the problem can be solved simply by dabbing some bedak (powder), which was like pouring fuel on the fire, as Kasthuriraani claimed that she felt persecuted by the allegedly sexist remarks.

 

The ruckus among the opposition MPs went on for about 10 minutes before Abdul Azeez finally withdrew the words.

 

Due to the commotion, the motion on the appointment of the Select Committee was passed by majority vote without debate.

 

It also caused the sitting to be adjourned much earlier than its scheduled time of 5.30 pm following a motion by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan which was seconded by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

 

The sitting was adjourned at 3.32 pm and will continue tomorrow.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

COVID-19: Indonesia records 1,282 new positive cases, 50 deaths in 24 hours

 

 

JAKARTA The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has climbed to 76,981, with another 1,282 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

 

Indonesian government spokesman for COVID-19 Achmad Yurianto said that from 12 noon yesterday to 12 noon today, there were 50 more fatalities, bringing the death toll to 3,656.

 

“A total of 13,439 patients are still under surveillance,” he told a daily media conference aired over the official YouTube channel of Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).

 

 

 

East Java province continues to record the highest positive cases with 16,877, followed by Jakarta (14,797 cases) and the remaining cases in other provinces.

 

The province of East Java also recorded the highest overall death toll of 1,226, followed by Jakarta (697), Central Java (240), South Sulawesi (226) and the rest in the other provinces.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Heavy rain causes flash floods around the country

KUALA LUMPUR Heavy rain overnight caused flash floods in several places in the country today, affecting a hospital, leaving people stranded, forcing evacuation of villagers and submerging several cars.

 

No one was injured in the floods.

 

The Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital was affected by the flash flood that hit 22 low-lying areas in Muar and Tangkak in Johor at about 10 am following 60 mm of rainfall since 4 am.

 

 

 

Hospital director Dr Muhammad Yusof Sibert said the flood did not jeopardise operations and that the floodwaters receded at about 10.30 am.

 

Up to 227 people in Muar and Tangkak were evacuated to three relief centres, said Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan.

 

The Muar District Disaster Management Committee secretariat said the affected areas included the Muar town centre; Kampung Sabak Awor; Kampung Seri Menanti; Kampung Parit Tengah; Jalan Bentayan;  Parit Perupok and Kampung Dato’ Seri Amar Diraja.

 

 

Over 300 residents from 75 Orang Asli families in Kampung Aring 5, Gua Musang, Kelantan, were reportedly stranded after Sungai Aring overflowed.

 

The swollen river also caused the main connecting road to be under three metres of water from around 2 am following heavy rain since early last night.

 

Orang Asli Kampung Aring 5 headman Raina Anjang said the villagers only realised what had happened when they wanted to go to Gua Musang town at about 7 am and had to wait until 3 pm for the floodwaters to recede.

 

A total of 308 people from 72 families were affected by flash floods in several areas in Negeri Sembilan, namely Kampung Jimah Lama in Port Dickson; Kampung Bemban in Seremban; Kampung Sega Hilir and Kampung Sega Hulu in Rembau; and Kampung Janging in Chuah, Port Dickson.

 

The Negeri Sembilan Disaster Management Committee said 48 people from seven families in Kampung Jimah Lama were evacuated to a relief centre in Sekolah Kebangsaan Jimah while other families are staying with relatives and that 20 people from Kampung Sega Hilir have been relocated to Sekolah Kebangsaan Sega Hilir.

 

Five expatriates on holiday at a resort in Taman Negara in Jerantut, Pahang, had a shock this morning when they found their cars submerged in a flash flood following heavy rain.

 

Jerantut District Police chief Supt Mazlan Hassan said the five cars were among six vehicles involved in the incident at about 5.30 am. The sixth car belonged to a resort worker.

 

“The continuous rain had resulted in a column of water from Sungai Kuala Tahan hitting the area, causing the flash flood this morning,” he said in a statement here.

 

Mazlan said the expatriates, aged between 33 and 52, were from Australia, Britain, China, France and the Netherlands, and had addresses in Kuala Lumpur.

 

He also reminded tourists to be alert to the changes in the weather when participating in water activities.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

Former Education Ministry sec-gen denies making Rosmah a scapegoat

 

KUALA LUMPUR A witness in the corruption trial of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor over the supply and installation of solar energy systems in 369 schools in Sarawak, was accused of making the former prime minister’s wife a scapegoat in the case.

 

Counsel Datuk Akberdin Abdul Kadir who was representing Rosmah suggested former Education Ministry (KPM) secretary-general (KSU) Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad was doing so to save himself from being linked to the solar project contract fraud by Jepak Holdings.

 

“I am proposing that your statement is just a self-saving statement, you only wanted to make my client as a scapegoat,” said Akberdin and Alias replied “disagree’.

 

 

 

The 12th prosecution witness was giving his statement on the 15th day trial of the case in which Rosmah, 68, is facing a charge of soliciting RM187.5 million and two charges of receiving a bribe of RM6.5 million from Jepak Holdings managing director, Saidi Abang Samsudin.

 

The bribe was allegedly received via Rosmah’s former aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor as gratification for helping Jepak Holdings to secure the Hybrid Photovoltaic Integrated System as well as the maintenance and operation of genset/diesel for 369 rural Sarawak schools valued at RM1.25 billion in direct negotiation with KPM.

 

The offences were allegedly committed at Lygon Cafe, Sunway Putra Mall, Jalan Putra, here; her residence at Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta and at Seri Perdana, Persiaran Seri Perdana, Precinct 10, Putrajaya between January 2016 and Sept 7 2017.

 

 

In his earlier statement, Alias told the court that Rosmah had asked him to expedite the signing of the hybrid solar project contract in Sarawak apart from asking him on the development of advance payment to     Jepak.

 

Akberdin when cross-examining Alias, 62, was also seen pressuring the witness who held the post of KSU from Sept 5 2016 to May 22 2018 including accusing Alias and former Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid of working in cahoot with Jepak.

 

Akberdin: I am suggesting that you and Mahdzir were actually in cahoot with Jepak and that is why you did not take action against Jepak which admitted committing fraud under the terms of the contract.

 

Alias: Disagree, this is an accusation against me. KPM had given three proposals to settle the issue , including conducting an internal investigation, amending the contract and lodging a police report.

 

Akberdin: Was a police report made?

 

Alias: I was informed that the three proposals were not carried out as I learned the related files had been taken by MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) and that is why it was not carried out.

 

Akberdin: MACC was not in the picture (investigating) at that time, actually you did not allow KPM to lodge the police report. Forgive me, I am saying you are responsible for obstructing your officer from making the police report.

 

Alias: Disagree, it is a serious allegation against me.

 

Akberdin was later seen attempting to prove the close relations between Alias and Saidi to the court when he presented two photographs of Alias with Saidi and Mahdzir at a wedding.

 

The lawyer proceeded to ask Alias whether he had attended the wedding of one of Saidi’s children and the witness replied never.

 

“The picture was actually taken at the wedding of my daughter and it was attended by Mahdzir and Saidi. I did not invite him (Saidi) but he came with the minister (Mahdzir),” said Alias.

 

When cross-examined by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Akram Gharib, Alias said in his 37-year service in the ministry , the hybrid solar project in Sarawak was the only one which violated the guidelines stipulated by treasury.

 

Ahmad Akram: As the guarding officer then, why did you allow the violation to happen?

 

Alias: There was approval from the then Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak through a letter dated Nov 7 2016 to speed up awarding the project to Jepak as well as project procurement process and there was a request by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to expedite the signing of the contract of the hybrid solar project in Sarawak.

 

The trial before Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan continues tomorrow.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency