Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR: A mental patient used a lighter to start a fire at the mental patient isolation room of the Emergency Department at Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) early Friday.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said the cause of the fire at 12.30am was traced after studying footage of closed-circuit television (CCTV) in the room.
“Hospital staff used fire extinguishers to put out the fire and save the mental patient but he died as the fire spread quickly,” he said in a statement here on Saturday.
He said other patients and Emergency Department staff were evacuated until the fire was put out by the Fire and Rescue Department at 12.55am.
Before the fire, the aggressive mental patient was taken by police accompanied by two family members to the Emergency Department at 10.15 pm.
The patient was placed at mental patient isolation room in accordance with the standard operating procedures for aggressive mental patients.
The fire disrupted the department's services for 94 minutes and resumed at 1.20am as it only destroyed the isolation room.
“No other patients or medical staff was injured in the fire. A post-mortem on the body found the cause of death was soot inhalation.”
Dr Hasan said only the mental patient died and not two as reported by some newspapers as the two had died from road accidents.
“The ministry regrets the fire and sympathise with family members of the deceased and will make improvements if investigation finds weaknesses in handling of the case,” he added.- Bernama
KUALA TERENGGANU: Mohd Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 25, who failed in his bid to change his name to Aleesha Farhana after undergoing a sex change operation in Thailand, has died at the intensive care unit of Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah.
Bernama reported that he was admitted to the hospital at 3am on Thursday after experiencing heart problems and low blood pressure and died at 5am on Saturday.
His father Abdul Aziz Ahmad, 60, when contacted, said the family was waiting for family members and relatives to return to Kuala Terengganu and that the funeral would be held after the mid-day prayers Saturday.
Doctors at the hospital on Friday said he was suffering from unstable angina with cardiogenic shock.
Mohd Ashraf Hafiz, 25, had applied to the Kuala Terengganu High Court for an order to change his name and gender but it was rejected on July 18.
In Kuala Lumpur, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said that she was deeply saddened that her ministry was not able to provide counselling in time to Mohd Ashraf Hafiz.
Mohd Ashraf Abdul Aziz, 25, who wanted to change his name to Aleesha Farhana and gender after undergoing a sex change operation in Thailand in 2009, died at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu at 5am today after having been admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit on Thursday for heart problems and low blood pressure.
Shahrizat said her ministry from early on had offered to provide counselling to Mohd Ashraf but now fate had intervened.
“We were concerned about his wellbeing. My ministry is welfare-oriented and we are non-judgemental.
“We try to understand and counsel anyone who needs our help, especially people who feel desperate like in the case of Ashraf, but for him, it is too late now,” she said when met on arrival at Putra World Trade Centre here where the Wanita Umno chief was due to chair a meeting of the Umno wing's executive committee.
Shahrizat also extended her condolences to Mohd Ashraf's family and hoped they would remain strong in this difficult time.
“If the family needs any help they can contact me or the nearest Welfare Department office,” she said.
Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil will be held at 8pm Saturday by Seksualiti Merdeka in front of the Bar Council at Lebuh Pasar Besar. - theStarOnline
Friday, July 29, 2011
|Office overrun - a large crowd of foreign workers waiting to be registered|
at the Immigration Department HQ in Putrajaya.
PETALING JAYA: A commotion broke out at the Immigration Department headquarters in Putrajaya as thousands of foreign workers converged outside the office to register themselves a scene that was repeated in many immigration offices in other states.
As workers dashed for cover to avoid the rain in Putrajaya, some were said to have been trampled.
Shouting ensued while a few were seen to trade blows, but prompt action by Immigration officers who were assisted by some Rela personnel prevented any untoward incident.
As of Wednesday, the Immigration Department had registered 504,007 people from 36,249 employers and the figures were expected to reach 600,000 or more by yesterday.
In JOHOR BARU, state Immigration director Nasri Ishak said the department would turn its attention to registering illegal workers and immigrants after the biometric registration programme of legal foreign workers was completed.
The registration of illegals would be made at the department's Taman Tasek Utara office and not at the headquarters in Taman Setia Tropika, he added.
About 100,000 foreign workers in Johor have registered themselves so far. Long queues were also seen at the headquarters yesterday.
A human resource manager for a manufacturing company in Senai, Alami Mahmood, complained that the long wait of more than a day had caused a production slowdown in his company.
In BUTTERWORTH, several company representatives and their foreign employees crammed into the state Immigration Department in Seberang Jaya in a rush to meet the Sunday deadline.
Some had camped outside the building in Jalan Kelasah as early as 4am to collect registration numbers, which were snapped up within a few hours after officers started giving them out at 8am.
Department director Abdul Qadir Siddiq Ahmad said 66 officers, mainly from the enforcement unit, were handling the registration between 8am and 10pm daily since the exercise started on July 13.
“Until July 27, we registered 36,419 workers out of 97,000 in the state,” he said.
In KOTA KINABALU, there was a low turnout due to rumours that illegal workers might end up being blacklisted.
Immigration Department director Mohammad Mentek dismissed the claims, saying the workers would be allowed to return to Sabah once they obtained proper documents.
Over 34,000 illegal immigrants have registered so far under the 5P (Registration, Amnesty, Monitoring, Enforcement and Repatriation) programme implemented in Sabah since July 18.
He said only those with criminal records, including those who left their employers, would be blacklisted. - myStarOnline
|Thousands of Malaysian fans thronging Bukit Jalil National Stadium to cheer the national team against Singapore during the second round of the World Cup qualifier yesterday. — NST picture by Yazit Razali|
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians united in support of Harimau Malaya against Singapore in a second-round World Cup qualifier last night.
|The national team can depend on fanatical support from the fans. — NST picture by Osman Adnan|
Cars were parked by the roadside and highways as far as 5km from Bukit Jalil National Stadium, bringing traffic to almost a standstill.
|About 100 motorcyclists came on old and new Vespas to Bukit Jalil National Stadium yesterday to cheer the national team. — NST picture by Nik Hariff Hassan|
At the stadium, the atmosphere was loud and festive, with the presence of more than 80,000 supporters who thronged the stadium from as early as 3pm.
|Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah (right) and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (second from right) watching the national team in action at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium last night. — NST picture by Mohd Yusni Ariffin|
Jalur Gemilang was seen everywhere. Spirited fans waved the small ones proudly while a sea of fans in yellow and blue jerseys held up the big ones. Cheers echoed and trumpets blared even before the game started at 8.45pm.
|Fans packed a food court in Ipoh to catch the big game on a large screen yesterday.|
The 3,000 Singapore fans in red were all but drowned out by the presence of the Malaysian fans, who stood shoulder to shoulder and cheered for glory.
|TEARS OF FRUSTRATION... Striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, who could not play in last night’s match because of injury, being consoled by his wife while watching the World Cup qualifier second leg between Malaysia and Singapore at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. The match finished 1-1, ending Malaysia’s campaign. — NST picture by Osman Adnan|
The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but Singapore qualified for the next round on an aggregate win of 6-4. - NST
KUALA LUMPUR: The late Tun Nguyen Cao Ky, the former prime minister of South Vietnam, loved Malaysia and once told a friend that although he was born in Vietnam, he would one day die here.
It was because of this that his family chose to have his wake here.
Ky's youngest daughter, Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen, said her father, who died at the Serdang Hospital of lung infection on July 23, had frequently visited Malaysia and thought of it as a peaceful country.
“We believe his spirit chose this place. So, we do not want to disturb his body and move it out of the country,” she said at the Buddhist funeral service at the Nirvana Memorial Centre here yesterday.
Ky was awarded a Tunship by the Malaysian Government in 1965.
He was 80 and leaves behind 11 children and 14 grandchildren.
Duyen, 46, said her father was in Malaysia to set up an international school and to establish a scholarship in his name.
“Property has already been acquired for the project. Efforts to build the school, which will specialise in teaching English, will continue even after my father's death as it was his last wish,” said Duyen who is a Vietnamese-American entertainer.
Asked what she would miss most about her father, she said: “I will miss his wisdom. He was a very wise man and I could listen to him speak for hours.
“His views and philosophy on things were very captivating.”
Nguyen Cao Dat, Ky's third son from his first marriage, said his father was a very warm person and had a special way of reaching out to people.
Ky's body will be cremated at the Nirvana Crematorium in Shah Alam today.
His ashes will be taken to the United States for his friends to pay their last respects.
Ky, a former air force general, became the prime minister of South Vietnam in 1965, when US involvement in the Vietnam War was at its highest.
He ruled the country for two years. - theStarOnline
Thursday, July 28, 2011
|Royal collaboration: Yap and Iskandar speaking at a press conference in London yesterday. — Bernama|
The awards, founded in 2008 with Tuanku Mizan as the patron, are a leading global competition dedicated to identifying viable designs for a more sustainable future.
The showcase is an important part of Prince of Wales Prince Charles' START exhibition, which encourages the public to take simple steps towards more sustainable living.
The showcase will commence with an exclusive reception.
Tuanku Mizan was invited to tour the exhibition with Prince Charles at 6pm local time (1am Malaysian time today).
Earth Awards founder Datin Nicole Yap said they were honoured to be re-invited by Prince Charles to take part in the START exhibition.
"Last year's Earth Awards held on Sept 16 saw 500 entries from 65 countries and attracted some of the most forward-thinking institutions, such as Yale, Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Oxford and Cambridge.
"Entries were judged by a selection committee and the winners were announced at a gala dinner here.
"She said entries for this year's awards were expected to increase and the winners would be announced at a gala dinner here in February next year.
The innovations are divided into six categories, namely Build Environment, Product, Fashion, Systems, Social Justice and Future.
The winner in each category will receive US$10,000 (RM30,000) and the grand prize winner will receive US$50,000.
"The winning designers will also be introduced to investors to bring the best ideas to the market," said Yap. -- Bernama
KOTA KINABALU: Two teenage Muslim girls were arrested by state Islamic officials for hugging and kissing each other publicly in Tawau.
The girls aged 16 and 17 were detained along Jalan Pesisiran during an integrated operation by the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department together with the Tawau Municipal Council on Tuesday.
The department's officer Abdul Imam Basiron said the two girls faced charges under Section 83 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 1995 that carries a maximum fine of RM1,000 or jail of up to six months or both upon conviction.
Abdul Imam said during the operation they also detained three Muslim men aged between 20 and 60 for gambling.
They were caught buying 4D tickets at three premises.
During the operation, they also acted against two restaurants for displaying copies of the halal logo from other establishments.
He said restaurants were allowed to sell food to Muslims but they could not consume it within the premises during fasting hours.
He said the department would be conducting checks on Muslims who were not fasting during Ramadan.
Those caught could be charged under Section 58 of the enactment that carries a maximum fine of RM500 or up to six months' jail or both upon conviction. - theStarOnline
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
SHAH ALAM: It was almost the perfect crime. Two lovebirds, fresh out of college, staged their own kidnapping to demand a RM1.48 million ransom.
The two were a law graduate and her Nigerian boyfriend, both in their 20s.
The Nigerian contacted the girl’s father, an accountant in Kuching, claiming to be the kidnapper. He demanded US$500,000 (RM1.48 million) for their release.
While police from four states were scrambling to rescue the “victims”, the two college sweethearts were living it up in luxury hotels in Langkawi and Penang.
Their ploy failed when police tracked the couple down to a hotel in Penang where they were arrested last Saturday.
The two later admitted to police that they needed the money as they wanted to go abroad.
The drama unfolded on Thursday when the woman’s family in Kuching received an anonymous call saying that their daughter and her boyfriend had been kidnapped.
The caller demanded a ransom for their release. The woman’s father lodged a report with Kuching police and a task force was set up, supervised by the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman.
Over the next two days, the “kid - napper” contacted the family several times, with police monitoring the calls. They also monitored the woman’s handphone and started getting suspicious when they noticed that calls were made from her handphone to hotels in Langkawi and Penang.
Police advised the family not to pay the ransom while they began looking deeper into the couple’s activities. A police party, which was sent to the hotel in Langkawi, discovered that a couple staying there had just checked out.
Another police team was sent to a hotel in Penang and the couple were spotted at the lobby near the lift area.
Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Mohd Adnan Abdullah said it was only then that police’s suspicions, that the kidnapping had been staged by the “victims”, were confirmed.
Investigations showed that the calls to the woman’s family were made by the Nigerian. The Nigerian had been in the country for the past two years and only recently started a relationship with the woman.
Both suspects are being held under remand. - NST
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
CHENNAI: The once flamboyant Malaysian-born actor Ravichandran, who shot to stardom in his first movie, the super-hit 'Kaadhalikka Neramillai' (No time to love) in 1964, died on Monday after a brief illness.
He will be buried Tuesday.
The 71-year-old, who had dazzled the South Indian cine world in the 60s and 70s, succumbed to lung infection and kidney ailment at a private hospital in Chennai on Monday morning, reported The Hindu newspaper.
Ravichandran wanted to become a medical doctor. But chicken pox derailed his much-cherished ambition and he ended up being seduced by the glamour world of movies, acting in nearly 100 films.
He was so popular in Malaysia that many babies in the 60s and 70s were named after him.
At the peak of his acting career, he stood among prominent south Indian movie stars of yesteryear, such as iconic movie greats M. G. Ramachandran, better known as MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Jaishankar.
He also played a role along 'superstar' actor Rajinikanth in the 1997 movie, 'Arunachalam'.
The twice-married actor is survived by current wife, Vimala, a daughter and two sons.
His first marriage was to the legendary Malayalam actress Sheela.
An ardent athlete, he studied at St Joseph's College in Tiruchi. - Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Female fans of silky tenor David Archuleta screamed his name and clapped delightedly when the American Idol 2008 runner-up appeared at the Kuala Lumpur Hilton Hotel yesterday.
David Archuleta will perform at Stadium Negara tonight
Fresh from a showcase in Vietnam, the 20-year-old from Utah is to perform a full concert tonight at Stadium Negara, presented by his distribution label, Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia.
This is the first time Sony Music is arranging an artiste's concert, "all because of Facebook requests from fans", said the label's managing director, Adrian Lim, at a press conference at KL Hilton.
Archuleta said he thought Malaysian girls "are really cool", adding that he remembered the large crowd of fans the last time he gave a mini-concert at Sunway Lagoon in 2009.
He also announced the Asian Tour Edition of The Other Side of Down, which will have five new singles and karaoke versions of the original music videos of Crush, Touch My Hand, and Something 'Bout Love, among other songs.
Archuleta also commented on the death of British singer Amy Winehouse on Saturday.
"I know she had gone through a difficult life. She made some great music which had a huge impact on the music industry. I encourage people to get out of any kind of addiction. You can do it if you are motivated."
Winehouse shot to fame with Rehab, and won five Grammy Awards in 2008.
Archuleta has a combined album sales of 19,000 units locally, reaching the Platinum status.
Tickets for the 8pm concert range from RM90 for free seating to RM300 for VIP.