NILAI: Cycling twins, Muhammad Ameer Ahmad Kamal and Muhammad Ameen Ahmad Kamal, 22 , were stunned to win a gold medal for the country in their first Sea Games appearance. The twins said they could not believe the ears when it was announced the national cycling team had won the team time trial event. Apart from the twins, the team also comprised Nik Mohd Azwan Zulkiflie, 27, and Muhammad Fauzan Ahmad Lutfi, 31, who was team leader. “My brother and I are touched by the gold medal in our first attempt. He added that they also ended a 12-year drought in the event for Malaysia with the last gold won the 2005 Sea Games in Manila, Philippines.
August 22, 2017 10:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has approved a group insurance scheme for 250,000 village committee members as well as a discount card for them. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that Cabinet approved the scheme last week for the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK), Federal Village Development and Security Committee (JKKKP) and the JKKK orang asli. The Government will contribute RM10 for each committee member per year while each of the members will contribute RM7. The insurance will provide a compensation of RM5,000 for death by accident and RM2,500 for death as a result of natural causes, he said during the JKKK/JKKKP and Desa Perdana Awards ceremony Tuesday. The JKKK discount card, which Najib launched, will provide discounts for the purchase of products such as groceries, school supplies, lodging, agriculture products and express bus service.
August 22, 2017 10:08 UTC
The officers, who were driving the vehicles to the Pasir Akar police station, were held at knifepoint by the men. The enforcement unit officers had earlier gone into the forest reserve following a tip-off from villagers that two backhoes were operating there. However, while moving towards the forest reserve, the officers stumbled upon a lorry filled with logs and arrested a suspect about 7.30pm. State Forestry Department director Datuk Ahmad Fadzil Abdul Majid said all but one of his men were unharmed. “Despite this incident, our men will continue to check on illegal logging as it affects the economy of the state.”
August 22, 2017 10:07 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Police are hunting for several male suspects who beat up two Myanmar supporters outside the Shah Alam stadium following the SEA Games match between Malaysia and Myanmar on Monday night.Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Shafien Mamat (pix) confirmed that they had received information of the incident, which occurred at the Bazarena parking lot outside the stadium close to midnight.He said the two victims, aged 29 and 34, suffered injuries to their faces and bodies after being punched and kicked by the suspects.“The victims were sent to the Shah Alam Hospital for treatment. One of the victims received outpatient treatment while the other is still being treated at the hospital,” Shafien said in a statement on Tuesday.The incident had earlier gone viral on social media, with reports that the victims had suffered serious injuries while one of them was robbed of his handphone.ACP Shafien said investigations were still being carried out, and advised members of the public not to speculate on the matter.He added that an operation was underway to arrest the suspects involved, and urged those with information to report it to the police.The case is being investigated under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting.
August 22, 2017 09:47 UTC
(Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's return to the top of the world rankings is a testament to the Spaniard's longevity in the game and is as impressive as any of his career achievements, men's tennis chief Chris Kermode has said. The 31-year-old Nadal became the world number one for the first time since July 2014 after replacing Britain's Andy Murray at the top spot on Monday. 1 ranking nine years after having first reached it is unprecedented," ATP president Kermode said in a statement. "Rafa has been setting records throughout his remarkable career and this one is as impressive as any. Nadal has claimed four titles on tour this season, winning 49 matches and losing nine in a stellar 2017.
August 22, 2017 09:22 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Police arrested 21 illegal immigrants in the state capital area in an operation yesterday dubbed “Ops Bersepadu”. The operation took place at six squatter areas here, and in Menggatal and Alamesra. “They are among 52 people who were inspected during the eight-hour operation which began at 1am,” District police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said. Ops Bersepadu involved 74 personnel from the police, the state National Security Council, the Registration Department, City Hall and several other agencies. Chandra added that City Hall marked the squatter premises housing the illegal immigrants for demolition, while Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd had cut off illegal power connections in the areas.
August 22, 2017 09:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s diving queen Cheong Jun Hoong will only be taking part in the women’s individual 1m springboard in the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games. “My physical condition is not that good, after the World Championships the time to recover was too short. The coach is also of the view that sometimes I have to let go something to get more in the future. Jun Hoong ended the domination of the Chinese in world diving when she collected 397.50 points in Budapest. On her injury, the Ipoh-born diver said it did not affect her training and was looking forward to her event on Aug 27.
August 22, 2017 09:22 UTC
MELAKA: A 53-year-old housewife is desperately seeking help from the authorities and the public to help locate her elder brother who went missing a month ago. Together with her husband, Jay Pillay, 56, P. Thamarai Selvi Sarkunamary searched high and low for her missing brother, Francis Devasagayam T.A. However, at 7.30pm on the same day, Thamarai Selvi received a call from her brother, saying that he was lost. Thamarai Selvi said her brother was unmarried and lived alone in a rented room in Jalan Parameswara in Banda Hilir, here. My husband is only an agent for a courier service, but I hope the public can help,” she said.
KUALA LUMPUR: National boxer Muhammad Fuad Mohd Redzuan eased into the final of the men's under-49kg category at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) today. Fuad suffered a nose injury after taking a direct blow early in the first round but bounced back strongly to overcome Lasavongsy Bounpone of Laos in their semi-final bout. He (Lasavongsy) came out very aggressively and I took the opportunity to defend and counter attack," said the 26-year-old. "The target was to win a silver medal here but after this win, I feel more confident. Fuad added that he will use the rest-day prior to the final on Thursday to study his next opponent.
KOTA KINABALU: Three people including a woman were detained at Sembulan near here on Monday for suspected drug trafficking. A team from Kota Kinabalu Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division seized RM25,000 worth of syabu from one of them. They were suspected to be in the middle of a drug transaction, he added. “There were no illegal items found on the other two, a 28-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, both also unemployed. Chandra said checks also showed the 23-year-old suspect has one previous criminal record of drug possession.
SHAH ALAM: It is understood that Universiti of Selangor (Unisel) president and vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman has had his statement recorded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officers. This came following a raid conducted by MACC at Unisel this morning. Mohammad Redzuan, who was seen arriving at Unisel administration building in Section 7 at 11am, spent about two hours giving his statement to the MACC investigating officers. MACC is currently investigating a settlement contract between Unisel and its concession company, Jana Niaga Sdn Bhd (JNSB). Earlier, six MACC officers were seen arriving at the university's administration office at 10am.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces has deployed six vessels and two aircraft to aid in search and rescue efforts for 10 sailors missing after a US warship collided with a merchant vessel in the waters off Johor. The sailors went missing following a collision between a the destroyer and the merchant ship 4.5 nautical miles off the coast of Teluk Ramunia. He said on Tuesday that the Royal Malaysian Navy has deployed six vessels — the KD Handalan, KD Gempita, KD Lekiu, Super Lynx, a B101 boat as well as the KD Duyong — and a diving team. "We also deployed two helicopters from the Royal Malaysia Air Force and Royal Malaysian Army," he said adding that the search and rescue mission is ongoing. Malaysia is leading the search and rescue operation for the 10 missing sailors.
August 22, 2017 08:05 UTC
Over the past couple of week there have been numerous news reports of children being sexually assaulted by father, grandfathers, brothers, cousins and stepfathers. In the past two weeks alone, I read some 10 stories of children being sexually assaulted by their family members. Most of the time, family members are complicit in concealing such incidents for fear on embarrassment and due to economic factors. Fourth, the government recently implemented a more complete legal architecture to deal with such sexual crimes against children. It is heart breaking to see family members sexually assault their children and abuse their children and forever destroy their lives.
August 22, 2017 07:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) saw its international reserves climb past the important US$100bil level, rising to US$100.40bil as at Aug 15.The reserves are at the highest since mid-July 2015.According to BNM's statement on Tuesday, the reserves were up US$1bil from the US$99.40bil as at July 31.In ringgit terms, the reserves at Aug 15 were RM431bil --- up RM4bil from RM427bil at July 31.“The reserves position is sufficient to finance 7.9 months of retained imports and is 1.1 times the short-term external debt,” it said.
August 22, 2017 07:12 UTC
(Reuters) - Manchester United's Paul Pogba is the world's best midfield player and has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or in the next five years, the Frenchman's club and national team mate Anthony Martial has said. Pogba, who rejoined United from Juventus in 2016, scored five goals and provided four assists in 30 Premier League appearances last campaign. "Paul is very mentally strong and he is very sure of himself," Martial told United's website (www.manutd.com). I would say he is probably the best midfield player in the world. "We want to win a lot of trophies together at United, and we also want to win the World Cup with France," the 21-year-old added.
August 22, 2017 06:45 UTC