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Debris of China’s Long March 5B rocket crossed Malaysia’s airspace

PUTRAJAYA, July 31 (Bernama) — Re-entry of debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket into the Earth’s atmosphere was detected at 12.55 am Sunday (July 31), according to the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA).

MYSA, through continuous monitoring by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and a statement from the China Space Agency, informed that the rocket debris had caught fire while entering the Earth’s atmosphere and the movement of the burning debris also crossed Malaysia’s airspace and could be detected in several areas including Sarawak’s airspace.

“The debris were recorded falling around the Sulu Sea, in the area between latitude 9.1 degrees North and longitude 119.0 degrees East, today,” MYSA said in a statement here.

The matter went viral on social media with netizens sharing video recordings believed to be on the debris of the rocket that happened above Kuching, Sarawak early this morning.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Instil fighting spirit of warriors, love or country – PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today urged Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian Family) to instil the fighting spirit of warriors and love for the country in conjunction with the Warriors’ Day celebration this year.

In a post on his Facebook page, he also reminded Malaysians about the struggle and sacrifices made by these warriors in defending the country’s sovereignty.

“On July 31, we celebrate Warriors’ Day to commemorate the nation’s soldiers and to remember the services of all security forces, whether military or police, before and after our country’s independence.

“Their fighting spirit is so great that they are willing to sacrifice their lives for their beloved homeland. Happy Warriors’ Day 2022,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

No fear, just passion to defend country – National warrior

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 (Bernama) — His success in eliminating and capturing communists ranks high among the treasured moments of former soldier Capt (Rtd) V. Panir Chellvum’s 12-year career in the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF).

Panir Chellvum, 67, said the most memorable experience of his life was his participation in the ‘Ops Pagar’ joint operations by MAF and the police to hunt down a band of communists in Gerik, Perak, on Feb 14, 1977.

Recounting his experience to Bernama recently, Panir Chellvum said he was then a 22-year-old Second Lieutenant leading a five-man group assigned to ambush the communists based on ‘category A’ police intelligence.

Driven by the desire to defend the country’s sovereignty, his team moved fearlessly in the dark of the night into the operation area deep in the jungles.

But as they were laying claymore mines at the location, the team were surprised by a ray of torchlight shone from behind. One of his squad members immediately opened fire.

It resulted in a bloody 30-minute gun battle with the enemy group numbering about 15.

“Amid the din of the gunfight, we heard shouts of ‘cau’ in Chinese from the enemy asking their members to flee, which prompted us to stop shooting. Then we heard crackling sounds of dried leaves being stepped on in front of us. Instinctively, I knew the enemies were moving closer to our location.

“When the noises drew near us, I hurled five grenades towards the direction of the sound, and four of them exploded.

“They fled and I immediately contacted the artillery fire team to provide us ‘illuminating rounds’. I saw many sling bags of the enemy scattered about and one communist member lying on the ground in front of me,” he added.

Panir Chellvum rushed at the enemy and opened fire, killing him. He then returned to his original position and stood guard until the next morning.

When patrolling the area surrounding the battle scene the following day, Panir Chellvum captured a communist insurgent who was in fear after being deserted by his friends. On questioning, the captive told Panir Chellvum that he guy he killed was his leader.

For his success, Panir Chellvum was awarded the Pingat Gagah Berani in 1978.

Meanwhile, former police officer Charan Singh Hajara Singh, 75, said the ‘Lada Pedas’ operation in Sarikei, Sarawak, in 1970 was the most unforgettable event of his more than 30 years’ service in the force.

Charan, who was then with the Signals Unit, had the honour of finding the answer to how his platoon was ambushed by the enemy.

“My commander and team were in deep discussion about the attack on our platoon. Three booby traps had gone off. Curious to find out more about the attack, I bravely climbed the side of a hill near where the explosions occurred.

“I then saw three trenches and cooked rice which was quarterly eaten in kerosene tins. Over there, there was a battery with a wire at one side that was already connected and the other wasn’t,” he said.

Based on the tactical operation knowledge he learned in the force, Charan decided to connect the black wire on the battery, and thankfully, everything went well and he emerged unscathed.

“Clear pot, two of them exploded. The enemy had planted five booby traps, about four yards apart,” he said.

After the operation, Charan and his team returned to their base in Ipoh/Ulu Kinta in Peninsular Malaysia, from where they conducted several operations against the communists.

Charan’s last posting was in Kuala Lumpur before he retired in 1995. He had also served with the Marine Police in Langkawi and Special Branch in Alor Setar.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Sultan Ibrahim congratulates Mohamad Aniq for winning country’s first gold

JOHOR BAHRU, July 31 (Bernama) — The Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar today congratulated Mohamad Aniq Kasdan for winning the first gold medal for the national contingent at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, yesterday.

The national weightlifter from Segamat, Johor, performed brilliantly to secure gold in the men’s 55 kilogrammes (kg) category with a combined total weight of 249kg after successfully lifting 107kg in the snatch and 142kg in the clean and jerk.

Mohamad Aniq, 20, also managed to set a new Commonwealth Games record.

“You have made us all proud! May you continue to work hard and achieve more success,” said Sultan Ibrahim in a post on his official Facebook page.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Sultan Nazrin graces Warriors’ Day celebration in Perak

IPOH, July 31 (Bernama) — The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah graced the state-level Warriors’ Day 2022 celebration at Dataran Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan here today.

His Royal Highness who arrived at 9 am was accompanied by Raja Muda Perak Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa and Raja Dihilir Perak Raja Iskandar Dzulkarnain Sultan Idris Shah.

Also present were Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad and State Police Chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid.

The ceremony began with the singing of the Perak anthem followed by an inspection of a guard-of- honor by Sultan Nazrin, which consisted of three senior officers and 102 junior police officers from the 1st Battalion of the General Operations Force led by DSP Md Shazni Md Shariff while the flag bearer was Insp Mohd Izar Ramli.

Following the inspection of the guard-of-honour, the Last Post was played and the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) was lowered.

The ceremony then continued with the recitation of a special Warriors’ Day prayer by ASP Mohd Mahyuddin Mohd Mokhtar from the Ipoh District Police Headquarters followed by the recitation of a poem entitled “Pahlawanku” by ASP Ahirrudin Mat Saad, who is also an officer from the General Operations Force Training Centre.

Thereafter, the Rouse was played and the Jalur Gemilang raised again followed by the Perak anthem sung again before the guard-of-honor exited the parade marking the end of the ceremony.

Sultan Nazrin then graced a reception and watched some singing and pantomime performances in the reception Hall before returning to the palace.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Residents feel more secure with ESSCom’s presence

LAHAD DATU, July 31(Bernama) — Residents living around the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) are able to go about their daily life without fear and they believe the peaceful situation will continue with the presence of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

Most residents have expressed confidence in the commitment and dedication of the security forces comprising the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) in working together under ESSCom to maintain the security and protect the sovereignty of the nation.

Kampung Bakapit Village Development and Security Committee (JPKK) member, Mohd Shah Abd Hassan, said residents are now able to go out to earn a living, even late at night, safe in the knowledge that regular land and sea patrols are being carried out by the security forces.

“Before the set up of ESSCom, people were afraid to go out to work, especially late in the day, as their villages are located close to the sea,” he told Bernama.

Mohd Shah, 55, said security has been strengthened through information sharing following close cooperation developed between the Kampung Bakapit community and the security forces.

Meanwhile, Juliana Binjin, a Kampung Remang JPKK member said, the establishment of ESSCom was like giving the residents a second chance to lead a prosperous life because the terrorist invasion in Tanduo in 2013 was a traumatic experience for the people of Lahad Datu.

“With ESSCom, we feel more secure, because we see people going out to work,” she added

Juliana, 48, also proposed that the government set up ESSCom control posts along the coastal areas.

A retail shop trader in Kampung Ulu Segangan here, Abd Hamid Abd Rasyid, 58, also proposed that control posts be set up at floating villages to prevent illegal immigrant infiltration and cross-border crimes.

“If we study the earlier statistics, ESSCom managed to prevent several kidnapping attempts. When kidnappings occur, that does not mean ESSCom is no longer effective.

“Instead, we need to reinforce weaknesses in order to further strengthen control in the ESSZone to make it harder for illegal immigrants to gain entry,” he said.

According to Abd Hamid, ESSCom is always relevant to carry out the responsibility of maintaining security in the waters of the ESSZone and this government initiative to protect national sovereignty through the security forces should not be politicised.

In Semporna, seaweed entrepreneur Manan Aliraman, 50, from Pulau Menampilik, said the peace and security enjoyed by the people in Semporna must be attributed to the diligence and continuous efforts of the government.

“Semporna was once very much feared by visitors and outsiders because of the security threat here, but now, the place is swarmed by tourists,” he said adding that the peaceful situation has allowed residents to earn their livelihood at sea, including cultivating seaweeds.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Angler dies in suspected crocodile attack

KINABATANGAN, July 31 (Bernama) — A woman was found dead today, believed to have been attacked by a crocodile while fishing on a riverbank in Kampung Tanjung Bulat Sinar Jaya, Kota Kinabatangan, near here.

The Sabah Fire and Rescue Department, in a statement, said the body of the woman, identified as Norsila Sayong, 32, was found by a search team at 6.53 am today, at a spot about 800 metres from where she was last seen alive.

The department sent five firemen from the Kota Kinabatangan station after it was alerted to the disappearance of the woman at 3.42 pm yesterday.

That part of the river, which joins with Sungai Kinabatangan, is a popular fishing location during high tide.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency