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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blood spots lead to 19-year-old UiTM student who flushed baby down campus toilet

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Blood spots in a hostel room has led police to suspect that a student was involved in a baby flushing case, reported Berita Harian.
A 19-year-old student then admitted to giving birth to a baby girl that was found dead in a sewerage treatment plant in Terengganu.
Police would be detaining the student after a medical examination, while her 20-year-old boyfriend is being tracked down for questioning.
Both of them are from Selangor.
A contract worker found the baby’s body while cleaning the sewerage treatment plant at noon on Aug 29.
The culprit is believed to have flushed the baby down the toilet from the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus in Dungun.
Terengganu CID chief K. Manoharan was quoted as saying that the student had claimed responsibility.
Investigation would be carried out under Section 318 of the Penal Code for concealing birth by secretly disposing the body. - theStarOnline

Selangor bans all works near rivers

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government has ordered local councils in the state not to approve development projects near river tributaries.
Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said that the prohibition, effective immediately, would give enforcement officers time to inspect factories that were currently operating near the riverside.
“Enforcement must be increased to ensure another water contamination issue does not take place,” Khalid told a press conference after chairing the weekly executive council meeting yesterday.
“All relevant parties in the state government will continue to inspect the situation from time to time to ensure that rivers do not get contaminated,”said Khalid.
The move to freeze projects near river tributaries comes after an oil spillage in Sungai Selangor last week which disrupted water supply to several areas in the Klang Valley.
Water concessionaires worked around the clock to clean up the river after four water treatment plants – Sungai Selangor Phase 1,2,3 and Rantau Panjang were shut down.
Khalid urged the National Resources and Environment Ministry to enforce a law under the Environment Quality Act 1974,to make culprits responsible for river contamination pay for the damage caused and the cost for the required clean-up.
The Star had also reported recently about the vulnerability of rivers and the measures that must be taken to prevent their contamination.
State executive councillor in charge of environment Elizabeth Wong said that the company, which caused the oil spillage, did not have the necessary approval to operate a factory.
“I do not have the exact details with me now but the license the owner has does not allow him to run a factory,” she said.
On the long standing water restructuring issue between the state and federal governments, Khalid said that he was still waiting for the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry to revert to him for a final meeting.
“There have been numerous meetings at various levels. I am waiting for the ministry to get back to me for a final meeting between the minister and the Mentri Besar,” he said. - theStarOnline

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Movie on M'sian on death row in Singapore in the offing

Yong Vui Kong
Yong Vui Kong
PETALING JAYA: A local filmmaker will produce a movie based on the life of Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian who is facing the death penalty in Singapore for drug trafficking.
To be called Letters From Death Row, the movie was inspired by Sabah-born Yong who was caught trafficking 47.27g of heroin in the republic when he was 19.
Yong was apparently working as a mule for an unidentified criminal boss when he was arrested in 2007. He was barely 18 at the time, but the prosecution declined to reduce the charge against him, and hence, Yong faces mandatory death.
According to independent film producer Kit Lim, he was personally touched that a 19-year-old faced his own mortality with dignity, even as he is remorseful.
“I hope this film will be able to highlight the problems that arise from the mandatory death penalty, whereby young, poor and illiterate drug mules are executed while those responsible go unpunished.
“We have condemned young drug mules to death instead of going after the culprits producing these substances and putting them in the hands of children,” the 28-year-old said in an interview.
Lim said the film, in the style of a docudrama, will feature actual letters written by Yong from prison in Singapore.
Due to limited funds, Lim said he and his crew have started collecting donations online for the venture that should be completed within two years.
Shooting will take place in Yong’s hometown in Sandakan, Sabah, as well as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
“Our target is to raise US$15,000 (RM49,300), but we will proceed with this movie no matter how much we get,” he said.
Yong, now 25, may stand a chance at having his original sentence commuted to life sentence following some legal reforms in Singapore pertaining to the death sentence in certain drug trafficking and murder cases. - theStarOnline

Downpour causes flash floods, massive traffic jams in city

Flash floods along Jalan Lompat Pagar, Seksyen 13, Shah Alam. Picture posted by Twitter user @MohdFairus.
Flash floods along Jalan Lompat Pagar, Seksyen 13, Shah Alam. Picture posted by Twitter user @MohdFairus.
KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic was forced to a halt on several highways in the Klang Valley due to flash floods following a heavy downpour on Sunday.
Some of the worst affected areas were Old Klang Road, New Pantai Expressway, Federal Highway and Bangsar.
The traffic jams had also caused some KTM commuters to be stranded at several stations. 
One commuter voiced her frustrations on Twitter saying: “Stuck at KL Sentral due to flood in Subang till Batu Tiga. What am I to do here?,” said user@Ama Nona.
Motorists along the Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) heading towards Ampang and Cheras complained of massive traffic.
The situation worsened due to a stalled vehicle along the stretch.
A Malaysian Highway Authority spokesman said that by 5pm, traffic on the New Pantai Expressway was at a crawl from PJS2 to Maju Jaya and at the Taman Medan traffic light junction because of the floodings.
"Traffic was also reported to be moving slowly from Sri Petaling to the Middle Ring Road 2 on the Kesas Highway due to the wet conditions and the weekend break.
"The situation is the same from the Grand Saga Highway toll plaza heading to Plaza Phoenix and the Sunway Toll plaza to the Federal Highway on the Puchong Damansara Highway," the spokesman said.
A Fire and Rescue spokesman also said flash flooding was reported on Jalan Klang Lama and a team from the Bukit Jalil fire station had been despatched to mitigate the situation. 
Meanwhile, a Selangor Fire and Rescue spokesman said the department had to despatch teams to clear fallen trees in Klang and Pekan Meru after receiving reports to the effect from 4pm.
Twitter users had also reached for their phones in relaying messages of warning to their friends to avoid certain roads.
Tweet handle @MohdFairus said "Subang. Train railway and highway banjir. Ktm stuck for more than an hour already."

"so.. the sister cannot pick me up in nilai since komuter stuck banjir kat subang. i'm gonna have to go by myself. nah. ajak ma lah," said neh @zisisaineh

"Avoid NPE SUBANG to KL after Old Klang Road...everyone is making a u-turn," said Gayathri Vijayakumar@GayaCutedevil

"Jam all the way at federal from klang to sunway due to the heavy rain. 3roads becomes 1road cause banjir," said Charmaine@Charmaineiam.
Road user Jaswant Singh was stuck on his way to Shah Alam as water level rose to six inches.

"I was stuck there for nearly an hour trying to move through the water," he said.

Flash floods also hit the Federal Highway causing a massive crawl. - theStarOnline

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