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Man murdered after breakfast KAJANG: A 42-year old businessman was bludgeoned to death and his body left beside his luxury car here yesterday.

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Drugs worth RM20m seized in apartment By ZAMRI ABU BAKAR | news@enp.com.my

JOHOR’S BIGGEST DRUG HAUL: Cops nab three, including jet-setting couple, seize processing equipment MUAR: POLICE on a routine narcotics bust stumbled onto a drug laboratory and seized drugs worth RM20 million at a posh apartment yesterday, making it the state’s biggest haul this year. Officers from Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department, who took part in the pre-dawn raid, found drugs,

140,000 take 10,000 steps to record By ZUBAIDAH BTE KASSIM | news@enp.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: THE 10,000 held yesterday at 75 areas launched the national- level Steps Merdeka Walk and districts nationwide, and Health Carnival in Kota programme will enter the involved 140,000 people. Kinabalu. Malaysia Book of Records The participants walked for The route was decofor having the most par6.5km while waving the Jalur rated with banners carrying ticipants in simultaneous Gemilang throughout the Merdeka Day messages and health campaigns nation10,000- step walkway. information on adopting a wide. Here, ministry secretaryincluding syabu, heroin, Ecstasy and healthy lifestyle. Kamarul ZaOrganise by the Health general Datuk Kamarul Za- man said the event encourEramin 5 pills, hidden in the apartment Ministry to celebrate man Md Isa flagged off 5,000 aged more Malaysians to lead in Jalan Junid here. Several drug proparticipants while Minister cessing equipment and packing material Merdeka Day and as part a healthy life. of its health carnival, it was Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai were also seized. Police also arrested three people, Hot demand for 11 years on, the including a couple, aged between 20 and Felda LBJ homes pain still lingers 50. NEW LEASE OF LIFE: Abandoned 9/11 TRAGEDY: 3 Malaysians killed SPOTLIGHT: Making properties belonging to ex-millionaires It was learnt that the couple had been Shafie’s passion in New York terror attacks remembered hairdressing a ‘pro’ job snapped up by investors GAINING POPULARITY: With leading a jet-set lifestyle for several preserves zapin the revelation that the hairdressing POPULAR ALL OVER: Heritage art months from their ill-gotten gains beindustry generates a staggering RM10 form features a ‘secret’ manual, elegant billion yearly, fore the arrest. dress, and diversity

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Man murdered after breakfast Friday, 5 September 2012

By ZAKARIA BIN DAUD | news@enp.com.my

Won Sin Keong from Cheras, was found lying facedown beside his BMW M5 at Jalan Mahkota 1, near Bandar Bukit Mahkota here, by a passerby at 7.50am. Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said a baseball bat, believed to be the murder weapon, was found n the car’s front passenger seat. Checks found scratch marks on both sides of the victim’s black car, believed to be from collision with other vehicles. “The victim’s valuables including a gold chain, wallet and watch, were not taken. “The victim suffered blunt force trauma to his head. His face and right eye were also bruised,” he said, adding that the victim was attacked and murdered at the location. Won Sin Keong from Cheras, was found lying facedown beside his BMW M5 at Jalan Mahkota 1, near Bandar Bukit Mahkota here, by a passerby at 7.50am. Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said a baseball bat, believed to be the murder weapon, was found n the car’s front passenger seat. Checks found scratch marks on both sides of the victim’s black car, believed to be from collision with other vehicles. “The victim’s valuables including a gold chain, wallet and watch, were not taken. “The victim suffered blunt force trauma to his head. His face and right eye were also bruised,” he said, adding that the victim was attacked and murdered at the location. Won Sin Keong from Cheras, was found lying facedown beside

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2,500 bikers gather in PD to create record By SYAHFIQ BIN FIRDAUS | news@enp.com.my

State Tourism, Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Razi Kail congratulated the organisers and bikers for making the 10th edition of the event a success. “It is the 10th time this is being held at Eagle Ranch PD as well.” Razi said he hoped bikers would continue coming here every year to make the event a success. “We are lucky to have the support of our menteri besar and with his determination, keep adding tourist numbers to the state.” Eagle Ranch Resort managing director Jimmy Tee said the event provided opportunity for bikers to exchange ideas, network and establish strong bonds. “It is also a perfect way for local and foreign bikers to learn about each other’s culture while promoting peace and harhis BMW M5 at Jalan Mahkota 1, near Bandar Bukit Mahkota here, by a pasmony.” Bandar Bukit Mahkota here, by a passerby at 7.50am. The bikers were from Singapore, the serby at 7.50am. Kajang police chief Assistant ComPhilippines, Australia and the United Kajang police chief Assistant Commissioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said a States. missioner Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said a baseball bat, believed to be the murder “To show our continued support we are baseball bat, believed to be the murder weapon, was found n the car’s front paslaunching an Eagle Ranch Biker Club weapon, was found n the car’s front pas- senger seat. membership card for all biker enthusisenger seat. Checks found scratch marks on both Checks found scratch marks on both sides of the victim’s black car, believed to asts,” said Tee. One of the standout participants was sides of the victim’s black car, believed to be from collision with other vehicles. technician, Hanafi Ahmad, 35, who had a be from collision with other vehicles. “The victim’s valuables including a 4.6m long bike. “The victim’s valuables including a gold chain, wallet and watch, were not He said he bought the machine for gold chain, wallet and watch, were not taken. “The victim suffered blunt force taken. “The victim suffered blunt force trauma to his head. His face and right eye RM16,000 and spent RM22,000 modifying it. trauma to his head. His face and right eye were also bruised,” he said, adding that Hanafi recalled that his first bike was a were also bruised,” he said, adding that the victim was attacked and murdered at Virago. the victim was attacked and murdered the location. “My passion started growing and I at the location. Won Sin Keong from weapon, was found n the car’s front started getting into modification as well.” Cheras, was found lying facedown beside passenger seat. his BMW M5 at Jalan Mahkota 1, near

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By ADIBAH BTE HELMI | news@enp.com.my

Drugs worth RM20m seized in apartment

“Investigators believe the suspects had been operating for several months and the tight security features of the highend apartment had bolstered their confidence that their activities would not be detected.” It is learnt that police were still trying to determine the actual value of the drugs seized. They were also trying to identify the mastermind and the extent of the distribution network. Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief, Assistant Commissioner Kamarudin A. Aziz confirmed the incident, but declined to elaborate. The seizure came three months after another high-profile drug seizure from a laboratory which was partially destroyed in a fire at the Pekan Nenas New Industrial Estate three months ago. “We are lucky to have the support of our menteri besar and with his determination, keep adding tourist numbers to the state.” Eagle Ranch Resort managing director Jimmy Tee said the event provided opportunity for bikers to exchange ideas, network and establish strong bonds. “It is also a perfect way for local and foreign bikers to learn about each other’s culture while promoting peace and harmony.” “The victim’s valuables including a gold chain, wallet and watch, were not taken. “The victim suffered blunt force trauma to his head. His face and right eye were also bruised,” he said, adding that the victim was attacked and murdered at the location. Johor Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief, Assistant Commissioner Kamarudin A. Aziz confirmed the incident, but declined to elaborate. The seizure came three months after another high-profile drug seizure from a laboratory which was partially destroyed in a fire at the Pekan Nenas New Industrial Estate three months ago. Eagle Ranch Resort managing director Jimmy Tee said the event provided and establish strong.

insula had 106,104ha of mangrove CULTURAL EXCHANGE: Japa- mals and birds. nese, Mara college volunteers plant The collaboration was also aimed area, only 1.8 per cent was in its original state. at spreading awareness about the saplings in Kg Sepetang To date, about 32,367 trees had TAIPING: A GROUP of Japanese earthquake and tsunami which hit been planted nationwide by various university students helped to plant Japan in March last year and the groups. mangroves in support of the state’s tsunami in Malaysia in 2004. About 1,000 saplings were planted Studies have shown that mangrove rehabilitation of degraded manat the Kuala Sepetang mangrove for- forests along the coasts could reduce groves project yesterday. the impact of tsunamis and coastal About 1,000 saplings were planted est here yesterday. storms by absorbing some of the at the Kuala Sepetang mangrove for- They were brought together by waves’ energy. OISCA to create awareness of the est here yesterday. About 200 students from Maktab importance of a healthy mangrove The programme in Kampung SepeRendah Sains Mara and 20 volun- ecosystem among the local commu- tang will also enhance the tourism teers from the Japan-based Organi- nity, while learning about Malaysian potential of the area. The volunteers stood knee-deep in culture. sation for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement International The OISCA group is planting man- mud to plant the saplings, which will groves in different states, including help provide food source, shelter and (OISCA) took part in the event. nesting areas for fish, reptiles, mamSabah and Sarawak. They were part of the “mangrove mals and birds. planting and Malaysian cultural ex- Ismail said: “We learned about It is learnt that police were still the importance of preserving our change programme with Japan”. The volunteers stood knee-deep in mangroves after the 2004 tsunami trying to determine the actual value mud to plant the saplings, which will and how it impacted the country and of the drugs seized. help provide food source, shelter and people.” nesting areas for fish, reptiles, mam- He added that although the pen-

Invest income, farmers urged

By ZIKRI BTE HASHIM | news@enp.com.my

JULAU: The good market prices for rubber, oil palm and pepper have enabled rural folk to earn good income. However, some are wasting their hard-earned money through irresponsible spending, said Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang yesterday. Salang, who is also Julau member of parliament, was speaking at the launch of Amanah Saham Nasional Bhd’s 360 Days Investment seminar at the community hall here. “If they can save a portion of their

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income by investing in trust funds like the Amanah Saham Nasional, Amanah Saham Bumiputera and others, they will have something to hold on to after they retire. “Parents can look after their families... they can finance their children’s education.” He said the time had come for heavy spenders to change their habit. “Invest your money in the government-initiated trust funds. “The more you save, the more dividends you earn. “There are many banks you can approach. “You can invest as much as you want.”

“The victim’s valuables including a gold chain, wallet and watch, were not taken. “The victim suffered blunt force trauma to his head. His face and right eye were also bruised,” he said, adding that the victim was attacked and murdered at the location. “We are lucky to have the support of our menteri besar and with his determination. Eagle Ranch Resort managing director Jimmy Tee said the event provided opportunity for bikers to exchange ideas, network and establish strong bonds.


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140,000 take 10,000 Malaysia’s oldest steps to record man dies at 117 Kamarul Zaman said the event encouraged more Malaysians to lead a healthy life. Present were directorgeneral Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman and Putrajaya Corp president Tan Sri Dr Aseh Che Mat. To ease congestion at toll plazas, Shaziman said PLUS had set up 750 temporary toll booths, bringing the total number of booths to 1,500 nationwide. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units. Shaziman said the KLKarak highway’s daily traffic volume of 97,850 vehicles was expected to increase by 84 per cent to 180,000 vehicles throughout next week. To ease congestion at toll plazas, Shaziman said PLUS had set up 750 temporary toll booths, bringing the

total number of booths to 1,500 nationwide. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units. to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned Shaziman said the KLKarak highway’s daily traffic volume of 97,850 vehicles was expected to increase by 84 per cent to 180,000 vehicles throughout next week. To ease congestion at toll plazas, Shaziman said PLUS had set up 750 temporary toll booths, bringing the total number of booths to 1,500 nationwide. District police chief Superintendent Azman Salim said the thieves had gained entry into the shop through the empty shoplot next to it at Jalan Besar here.

“The theft was discovered by the shop’s employees when they came to open for business today at 9am,” he said here yesterday. “We are investigating whether the incident was an inside job,” he said, noting that this was the first theft incident at the goldsmith shop. The latest operation saw 11 people, including a woman, arrested after a robbery at a house in Taman Pelangi here at 10.25am on Aug 16. Sources said the thieves had initially targeted the safe box which kept the more valuable jewellery. Those wishing to view the latest traffic updates can do so by following @LLMinfotrafik or @plustrafik on Twitter or calling PLUS at 1-800-880-000 for more details.

HEALTHY HABITS: Pak Man only ate fresh food and never smoked

JERTIH: CENTENARIAN Abdul Rahman Abu Bakar, reportedly Malaysia’s oldest man, died at his house in Kampung Denger, Bukit Puteri, here, on Sunday. He was 117. His eighth wife, Saadiah Hamat, 71, and son Mohamad Deraman, 56, were by his side when Abdul Rahman, who was also known to many as Pak Man, died. One of Pak Man’s daughters, Arina Abdul Rahman, 46, said her father started losing appetite about two months ago. “He was fit up till the middle of Ramadan, when he was unable to fast,” she said. Before his death, Pak Man, who had been married eight times, earned national attention after being highlighted by the media recently. According to his relatives, Pak Man maintained a healthy lifestyle by eating fresh food and vegetables while refraining from unhealthy habits like smoking, which lead to his long life. He was buried at Tanah Perkuburan Kampung Denger yesterday afternoon. The state Health Department had ac-

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corded him the Senior Citizen’s Icon during the state-level World Health Day celebrations held recently. From his eight marriages, Pak Man had five children, 25 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Pak Man, who had worked as a caretaker, also avoided unhealthy food that contained excessive amounts of sugar or salt, or those deemed too oily and high in cholesterol.

11 more Rat Gang members held

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JOHOR BARU: POLICE believe they have smashed the notorious Rat Gang with the arrest of its members in a series of operations in Taman Seri Alam here recently. The latest operation saw 11 people, including a woman, arrested after a robbery at a house in Taman Pelangi here at 10.25am on Aug 16. It is learnt that police were alerted to the gang’s activities based on the way the suspects operated and their profile. Later, at 4.30pm the same day, police raided another location and seized a parang, toy pistol and housebreaking tools. They also recovered a stolen car, RM3,000 in local and foreign currencies, five computers, four laptops, five mobile phones, two watches and 14 handbags. Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said police acted immediately after receiving the report and managed to round up the suspects within several hours. “The suspects, aged between 25 and 35, have been detained in connection with the robbery. Investigators also believe that they are part of the Rat Gang that has been high on the wanted list since this month,” he said at the state police headquarters yesterday.

Shafie’s passion preserves zapin

JOHOR BARU: THE office of Shafie Ahmad at the Johor Heritage Foundation building, Jalan Petrie is only a little larger than the usual work cubicle in other companies. But it belies the cultural officer’s passion for his work which revolves mostly around the conservation and

Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff showing the items seized from the gang. Pic by Zulkarnain Ahmad Tajuddin. Mokhtar said the arrest of the 11 brought the total to 16 suspects held by the police. He said four suspects in the preservation of an age-old art form, the zapin dance, which originated from Hadramaut, Yemen, and now laced with local accents and style. Shafie’s flamboyance in regaling his work is reflected in his gratitude towards the foundation’s unrelenting efforts to study and archive various zapin styles in the districts of Johor for more than a decade. “Once we went to a house, but I’m not sure in which district. “The zapin master had not been practising. He is an imam now. “We tried for days to persuade him to teach that particu-

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recent arrest had convictions for theft, rape and burglary, while another was wanted for theft. On Aug 4, police arrested four men and an Indonesian woman, aged between 25 and 30, for a series of burglaries and car thefts in south Johor. State police then issued a state-wide all-points bulletin for the remaining members of the gang. With the latest arrest, Mokhtar said police were confident of solving seven robbery cases in the city. “However, police are still on the lookout for the leader. ”The criminal group was named after its de facto 40-year-old leader, who is known as “The Rat”. On Aug 4, police arrested four men and an Indonesian woman, aged between 25 and 30, for a series of burglaries and car thefts in south Johor. State police then issued a state-wide all-points bulletin for the remaining members of the gang. “The suspects, aged between 25 and 35, have been detained in connection with the robbery. Investigators also believe that they are part of the Rat Gang that has been high on the wanted list since this month,” he said at the state police headquarters yesterday. lar style. However, the old man refused. “We knocked on his door almost every night. “He scolded us, and at one point, tried to chase us away. “But in the end, he gave in and we managed to learn so much about zapin from him.” The zapin dance, which is an iconic symbol of traditional Johorean art, is popular for its dexterous and graceful moves, which involve detailed footwork and gyrations of the body, accompanied by an ensemble of musicians playing the fiddle-like gambus, the small drum marwas.


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“1Malaysia concept benefits all“ KUDAT: The 1Malaysia concept has benefited everybody, especially in ensuring that no group is neglected, said Wanita Umno division chief here, Datin Aminah Ambrose. Read more: ‘1Malaysia concept benefits all’ - General She said attempts by the opposition to look for flaws and cook up negative stories about the concept were gimmicks to gain political mileage. “Nobody can deny that the 1Malaysia concept, mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has fostered national unity. “On the other hand, the opposition pact is fragile. “However, they refuse to admit their weaknesses,” she said at the Kudat Wanita Umno division delegates’ meeting and Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house here on Sunday. Bernama

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Traffic may increase 300pc on highways By PUNITHA KUMAR | punithak@nst.com.my

“The reality is that all these highways will see an increase in the number of vehicles because of the Raya and school holidays,” he said during a press conference at Persada PLUS yesterday. “I urge all motorists to be patient on the road and drive safely.” As for the East Coast Expressway (LPT), its concessionaire Anih Berhad, predicted an increase of 130,000 vehicles to its daily average of 32,843 vehicles, resulting in a 295 per cent traffic increase. Shaziman said the KLKarak highway’s daily traffic volume of 97,850 vehicles was expected to increase by 84 per cent to 180,000 vehicles throughout next week. To ease congestion at toll plazas, Shaziman said PLUS had set up 750 temporary toll booths, bringing the total number of booths to 1,500 nationwide. It had also increased MUAR: Police detained the number of PLUS Ronda a lorry driver and seized contraband cigarettes with teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from unpaid tax of more than RM1.4 million during a Op 139 to 153 units. Selamat roadblock here at 2am on Sunday.

Driver held over untaxed cigarettes

Anih Berhad had also increased the number of toll lanes from 99 to 126 lanes for the Raya week. “Temporary contraflow lanes will also be placed to ease congestion on strategic locations such as the Sungai Dua toll plaza heading southbound and between Km32 and Km39 heading east towards the Genting Sempah tunnel until Aug 18.” Shaziman said the KLKarak highway’s daily traffic volume of 97,850 vehicles was expected to increase by 84 per cent to 180,000 vehicles throughout next week. To ease congestion at toll plazas, Shaziman said PLUS had set up 750 temporary toll booths, bringing the total number of booths to 1,500 nationwide. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units. Shaziman said the KLKarak highway’s daily traffic volume of 97,850 vehicles was expected to increase by 84 per cent to 180,000 vehicles throughout next week.

Deputy Muar police chief Superintendent Sahadan Jaafar said police detained the white Inokom 3-tonne lorry at the Jalan Bari second link and found 310 boxes of contraband cigarettes. He said police arrested the 30-year-old lorry driver from Alor Star, Kedah. The cigarettes are valued at RM155,000 with unpaid Customs duty of RM1.41 million. Sahadan said the suspect, upon conviction, could be fined 10 times the value of the cigarettes or RM1.55 million. He said initial investigation revealed the driver was instructed to deliver the cigarettes, believed to have been smuggled from a neighbouring country, from Air Hitam in Johor to Malacca. “The suspect claimed he had met an individual in Singapore who offered him

The bumber-to-bumper crawl on the Penang Bridge yesterday as people head back to their hometowns for hari Raya Aidilfitri. The traffic volume on the bridge and other highway is expected to increase tremendously today and tomorronw. To ease congestion at toll plazas, Shaziman said PLUS had set up 750 temporary toll booths, bringing the total number of booths to 1,500 nationwide. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units.

It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units.to 24-hour patrols on its highways, from 139 to 153 units. It had also increased the number of PLUS Ronda teams assigned Those wishing to view the latest traffic updates can do so by following @ LLMinfotrafik or @plustrafik on Twitter or calling PLUS at 1-800-880-000 for more details.

Probe into ‘suspicious’ Suara transactions Friday, 5 September 2012

TRANSFER OF FUNDS: Companies Commission finds that foreign firms sent between RM500,000 and RM600,000

KUALA LUMPUR: INITIAL findings by Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) revealed an array of “highly suspicious” fund transactions between Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd and human rights group Suaram. They included several groups transferring funds of RM500,000 and RM600,000 into Suara Inisiatif accounts in 2009 and 2011 respectively, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Ismail Sabri said the groups included the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, Open Society Institute in New York, Southeast Asian Centre for e-Media and the German embassy . He said SSM would

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (right) and Companies Commission of Malaysia chief executive officer Mohd Naim Daruwish at the press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Pic by Zulfadhli Zulkifli often involved fund transacbe probing Suara Inisiatif Sdn mere 0.06 per cent,” he said tions between several internaBhd, which has been funding during a press conference at the SSM headquarters yester- tional groups. Suaram. SSM will also look “We will carry out the day. into the fiduciary duties of necessary investigations on He said this led the authorities to believe that the Suara Inisiatif as there were the Suara Inisiatif transactions which were deemed company was established for “some doubts and suspicions” the sole purpose of receiving that questioned the nature of ‘highly suspicious’. the trading company. “Suara Inisiatif is reg- funds and transferring them “If necessary, SSM to a third party, which in this istered as a trading company case was Suaram. will call upon the company’s with SSM, but SSM’s initial secretary, auditors and acfindings have revealed that He said the reports countants for elaboration on their trading activities were a showed that the activities

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad being presented with a honorary doctorate in Leadership and Empowerment of Malay Communities by UNS-Solo rector Prof Dr Ravik Karsidi at Universitas Sebelas Maret yesterday.

Dr Mahathir: Malays can lead the way

TRANSFER OF FUNDS: Companies Commission finds that foreign firms sent between RM500,000 and RM600,000

mission of Malaysia (SSM) revealed an array of “highly suspicious” fund transactions between Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd and human rights group Suaram. KUALA LUMPUR: INITIAL They included several findings by Companies Com- groups transferring funds of www.extranewstimes.com

RM500,000 and RM600,000 into Suara Inisiatif accounts in 2009 and 2011 respectively, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Ismail Sabri said the groups

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included the US-based National Endowment for Democracy, Open Society Institute in New York, Southeast Asian Centre for e-Media and the German embassy . He said SSM would be probing Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd, which has been funding Suaram. “We will carry out the necessary investigations on the Suara Inisiatif transactions which were deemed ‘highly suspicious’. “Suara Inisiatif is registered as a trading company with SSM, but SSM’s initial findings have revealed that their trading activities were a mere 0.06 per cent,” he said during a press conference at the SSM headquarters yesterday. He said this led the authorities to believe that the company was established for the sole purpose of receiving funds and transferring them to a third party, which in this case was Suaram. He said the reports showed that the activities often involved fund transactions between several international groups.

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the allegations.” Ismail Sabri also said if Suaram was misusing its funds, it did not fall under CCM’s duties to carry out the investigations. “If investigations are required, Bank Negara should probe Suaram’s sources of money under the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001.” Ismail Sabri said since this issue had sparked intense public interest, necessary action against Suaram could only be taken by Bank Negara or after seeking consultation with the AttorneyGeneral and finally taking the group to the court. On calls for SSM chief executive officer Naim Daruwish’s resignation by several groups here on the lack of action against Suara Inisiatif, Ismail Sabri said these were baseless as SSM was carrying out its duties. Naim was present at the press conference.

Thieves bore into goldsmith’s shop

SUNGAI SIPUT: Taking advantage of an empty shoplot situated next to a goldsmith’s shop which they had targeted, a group of thieves bore a hole into the jewellery shop and carted away an unspecified amount of gold items. District police chief Superintendent Azman Salim said the thieves had gained entry into the shop through the empty shoplot next to it at Jalan Besar here. “The theft was discovered by the shop’s employees when they came to open for business today at 9am,” he said here yesterday. Initial investigation showed that the shop’s alarm had been disabled. “We are investigating whether the incident was an inside job,” he said, noting that this was the first theft incident at the goldsmith shop. Sources said the thieves had initially targeted the safe box which kept the more valuable jewellery.


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Miri in festive mood past week

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MIRI: This oil town has been in a festive mood this past week as it hosts this year’s state-level celebration of Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng’s 91st birthday. It culminated yesterday with a mass rally and parade at an open stadium. Awash with hundreds of flags and bunting hoisted along the town’s main streets, which were gaily lit up at night, a festive mood was whipped up not only among the people here but also the hundreds who had streamed across the border from Brunei to join in the festivities. State Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg on Friday described the celebration as a “three-in-one celebration” -- the birthday, Merde-

ka Day which fell on Aug 31 and Hari Raya Aidilfitri which Muslims celebrated on Aug 19. Abang Johari, who is also the minister in charge of the celebration, said the theme of this year’s celebration was development achieved by the state. More than 10,000 people from 97 uniformed and non-uniformed contingents took part in the parade. The celebration proper kicked off on Friday night with a thanksgiving at Masjid At-Taqwa. Yesterday, Abang Salahuddin hosted a tea party for all those conferred honorary titles. Since Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963, the state has had five Yang Dipertua Negeris. Abang Salahuddin was the third and sixth Yang Dipertua Negeri, making him the first person to

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hold the post twice. He was first appointed in 1977 for a five-year term to succeed Tuanku Bujang Tuanku Othman. Abang Salahuddin was reappointed in 2001 to succeed Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce Mohamed Noor, who died in office in 2000. His private secretary for 12 years ACP Khir Busrah yesterday described the Yang Dipertua as a “most down to earth leader who can mix around with all”. Awash with hundreds of flags and bunting hoisted along the town’s main streets, which were gaily lit up at night, to join in the festivities.

Orang Asli kids refuse to sit exams By ZIKRI BTE HASHIM | news@enp.com.my

MIRI: This oil town has been in a festive mood this past week as it hosts this year’s state-level celebration of Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng’s 91st birthday. It culminated yesterday with a mass rally and parade at an open stadium. Awash with hundreds of flags and bunting hoisted along the town’s main streets, which were gaily lit up at night, a festive mood was whipped up not only among the people here but also the hundreds who had streamed across the border from Brunei to join in the festivities. State Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg on Friday described the celebration as a “three-in-one celebration” -- the birthday, Merdeka Day which fell on Aug 31 and Hari Raya Aidilfitri which Muslims celebrated on Aug 19. Abang Johari, who is also the minister in charge

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Since Sarawak joined Malaysia in 1963, the state has had five Yang Dipertua Negeris. Abang Salahuddin was the third and sixth Yang Dipertua Negeri, making him the first person to hold the post twice. He was first appointed in 1977 for a five-year term to succeed Tuanku Bujang Tuanku Othman. Abang Salahuddin was reappointed in 2001 to succeed Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce Mohamed Noor, who died in office in 2000. His private secretary for 12 years ACP Khir of the celebration, said the theme of this year’s celBusrah yesterday described the Yang Dipertua as ebration was development achieved by the state. More than 10,000 people from 97 uniformed and a “most down to earth leader who can mix around non-uniformed contingents took part in the parade. with all”. Awash with hundreds of flags and bunting hoisted The celebration proper kicked off on Friday night along the town’s main streets, which were gaily lit with a thanksgiving at Masjid At-Taqwa. Yesterday, Abang Salahuddin hosted a tea party up at night, to join in the festivities. for all those conferred honorary titles.

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