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DPM says thank you to Cambodian govt for freeing 47 Malaysians

KUALA LUMPUR, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has expressed her thanks to the government of Cambodia for their cooperation in releasing 47 Malaysians held at the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison.

All 47 Malaysians detained in the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison had been freed. Thank you to the government of Cambodia for their cooperation to the Malaysian government, she said in her Twitter site tonight.

All Malaysians were released late this evening after several rounds of negotiations between the governments of Cambodia and Malaysia.

International NGO head, Datuk Dr Mustapha Ahmad Marican who confirmed the matter said the decision to release was made by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen after finding all the prisoners were duped by an illegal employment agency syndicate.

Wisma Putra on Thursday confirmed a report on the detention of 47 Malaysians since Dec 11 last year on charges of cheating, opening and conducting illegal online gambling activities.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

One more victim of roof collapse dies, taking toll to three

BUKIT MERTAJAM, A Myanmar national, who was reported to be seriously hurt when several pillars and roof frame of a factory building under construction here collapsed today, died while receiving treatment at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

Amir Udin Abol Kasim, 20, was confirmed dead at 6.20pm, said Seberang Perai Tengah District Police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid today.

This brings the death toll to three, after two others died at the scene of the incident at Lorong Perusahaan Maju 8 here at 4.40pm.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Three students reported missing have been found safe

KANGAR, All three occupants of Rumah Kanak-Kanak Arau, Guar Nangka reported missing yesterday have been found safe at the Taiping Railway Station at about 6.30 pm today.

Arau District police chief Supt Nanda Maarof said one of them Nirosha a/p Nantha Gopal, 14, had returned to Rumah Kanak-Kanak Arau, while her elder sister, Nishanty, 17, and her friend Amira Anisa Aziman, 16, were still at the Taiping Police Station.

“According to their statements they wanted to go to Amira Anisa’s house in Taiping as they were bored and wanted to do something, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Supply vessel ‘Ocean Cooper 2’ sinks in Malaysian waters – transport ministry

PUTRAJAYA, A supply vessel, Ocean Cooper 2, yesterday capsized and sunk in Malaysian waters, the Transport Ministry confirmed today.

The ministry in a statement today said it received a report from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Southern Region that a ship had sunk at 3.8 nautical mile southeast of Tanjung Penyusop, Johor ie at latitude coordinate 01 20.00 ‘U, longitude 104 20.00 ‘T.

According to the ministry, all three crew members in the Ocean Cooper 2 vessel were rescued by a ship nearby, the Jolly Rachel.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Suggestion Sabah and Sarawak as one entity, Masing should have sought verification – Warisan member

KOTA KINABALU, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing should have sought verification on Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s suggestion to make Sabah and Sarawak as one entity, said Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) member, Captain Dr Zulfikar Zulkifli.

He said that as a prominent leader and seasoned politician, Masing should have made an effort to seek verification on the matter and not simply jump the gun.

“He (Masing) should have taken the initiative to get a clarification instead of being impulsive and allowing emotions to get the better of him.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Selangor govt to provide aid to Tanjung Karang storm victims

TANJONG KARANG, Victims of a storm which hit the area here on Sunday can breathe a little easier as the Selangor government will channel immediate aid of RM500 per affected household as well as replace their damaged roofs.

Selangor Menteri Besar Amiruddin Shari said the aid would be distributed by Monday the latest while the roof and other major repairs would be done in stages.

An estimated 165 homes were affected by the storm, which also caused damage to schools and mosques, he said after visiting some affected houses here today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Policeman pleads not guilty to accepting bribe

JOHOR BAHRU, Feb 11 (Bernama) � Policeman, Corporal Mohd Shariff Ahmad, 51, who is facing three charges of demanding and receiving a bribe to cover-up a drug case, pled not guilty during his arraignment before Sessions Court judge, Kamarudin Kamsun, today.

In the first charge, Mohd Shariff, who was with the crime investigation department of the Kulai district police headquarters (IPD), is accused of demanding a cash bribe of RM10,000 from Muhammad Audi Musa in front of a workshop in Kulai as inducement to cover-up a drug case being investigated by the IPD narcotics department.

In the second charge, Mohd Shariff, is accused of agreeing to receive RM3,000 cash from Muhammad Audi, and in the third charge, receiving RM3,000 cash from said individual.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)