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KUANTAN – The seven flood victims are still at the relief centre at Masjid Kampung Kuala Semantan, Raub , as at 10 am today, from 13 people yesterday.

Pahang Civil Defence Force (APM) director Zainal Yusoff said they were evacuated when their houses were inundated following heavy rain yesterday.

He said some of them returned home in stages this morning .

All the evacuees are expected to return home by end of the day, he said in a statement here today. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Parliament today received unusual ‘visitors’ comprising a group of deer that suddenly trodded in and were seen frolicking in the pool in the compound of the main tower of Parliament, at about 11.45am today.

According to a security guard at Parliament House known only as Azwari, a group of about seven deer from the tens of deer reared in Taman Rusa, located adjacent to the visitors parking area at the Parliament building, was believed to have become separated from the herd and entered the Parliament compound where the Senate session was in progress.

“Three of the deer went into the pool and frolicked around, while some others hovered around the fenced area near the main entrance.

“All the deer were captured and placed back in the enclosure about an hour later, without any untoward incident,” he told Bernama.

The incident attracted the attention of of Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin who was in Parliament to attend the Dewan Negara sitting today. She also posted a picture of a deer on her Facebook page, with the status ‘Today a herd of deer visited the Parliament House trying out the pool ‘.

The tens of Axis axis species of deer which were presented by former Indonesian president, Suharto, to Malaysia have been placed in an open space that has been made the Taman Rusa. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Police have detained the main suspect behind the ‘Crude Palm Oil’ (CPO) investment scam involving over RM31 million in losses.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the suspect, in his 50s, was picked up at a restaurant in Penang at 4pm today.

“The suspect will be taken to his house for the inspection and the seizure of vehicles,” he said in a statement here.

Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar shared the success story of the department on his official Twitter account.

“Well done JSJK Bukit Aman @PDRMsia just now, in Penang, detained main suspect, CPO cheating case resulting 248 people incurred losses over RM31 million. #GoPDRMGo,” he said.

Based on police investigations, a company, which has been operating since early last year, claimed to have been managing investment portfolio based on the trading of crude palm oil by offering four packages.

The company has also been promising returns up to 30 per cent and dividends to be paid on every 12th working day each month.

Initially, the company had paid the dividends as promised until it closed its operations and its board of directors ran away after most investors topped up their investments in large amount. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – A trailer caused a 4km traffic snarl on the northbound lane of the North-South Expressway from Gopeng to Simpang Pulai after it turned on its side, blocking all lanes.

Star Media Radio Traffic reported that the incident occurred at around 8am, Thursday.

“As an alternative, please exit at Gopeng, use the trunk roads and enter the Highway at Simpang Pulai,” it said in a tweet. – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA – A fifth photo of a man and a woman said to resemble two DAP leaders in close proximity has emerged.

This time, the couple is seen looking at a mobile phone with the light from the screen reflected on their faces.

On Tuesday, four pictures of the couple, said to resemble DAP Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari and DAP Youth committee member Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud were widely circulated on social media.

Zairil, however, denied that he was the man in the photo and insisted that the photos were “fake”.

“No, it’s not me. It is clearly another attempt to malign me with personal attacks.

“They are fake and that’s all I have to say,” he said in a WhatsApp message on Wednesday.

In the previous four undated photographs, the couple were seated at a table in a restaurant with at least two other people.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Dyana Sofya said it was the third personal attack on her in two months.

She said no matter who was in the photos or videos in which she was allegedly featured, these were privacy intrusions into that person’s life. – The Star Online

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK – United Airlines said on Wednesday it plans to testify at an upcoming U.S. House Transportation Committee hearing on commercial airline industry consumer issues after a passenger was dragged off an April 9 flight in Chicago to make room for crew members.

A spokesman for the House of Representatives panel did not say who the committee plans to call as witnesses. A date for the hearing has not been disclosed.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said the airline looks “forward to meeting with the committee and sharing with them the comprehensive review and the customer-focused actions we will communicate next week.”

She declined to say who would testify for United.

The airline also faces a Thursday deadline from the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to answer detailed questions about the incident.

In the carrier’s first quarter earnings call this week, United again apologised repeatedly for the incident in which Dr. David Dao was dragged from his seat on a United flight to make room for crew members. His lawyer said the 69-year-old man suffered a broken nose, concussion and other injuries when he was removed from the flight.

United has repeatedly apologised for the incident and announced two rule changes last week, including saying that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked planes.

The flight was already full when four airline crew members showed up after passengers had boarded and requested seats so they could commute to their next flight out of Louisville, Kentucky.

United said this week its chief executive met with the Chinese consulate in Chicago over the possible impact to bookings from a customer being dragged off a plane but it was too early to tell if business in China had been hit by the event. – Reuters

SHAH ALAM – The Selangor police is expected to call activist Peter Chong soon to record his statement to facilitate investigation into the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, who was reported missing since last February.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department head SAC Fadzil Ahmat said this followed reports claiming that Chong had information on the missing 62-year-old pastor.

“So, we have to check (with Chong on the information) as investigation on the missing case involving the paster is ongoing,” he told reporters after presentation of commendation letters to 18 policemen at the Selangor police contingent headquarters here today.

The commendation letters were presented by Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Datuk Wan Ramli Wan Abdullah to the policemen for turning away bribes which were offered to them while they were on duty.

Also present were Selangor deputy police chief Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff.

Prior to this, the police had classified the pastor’s disappearance as an abduction case of abduction and not kidnapping as there was no demand for ransom.

Also missing with the pastor were Peter Chong, 54, who is an aide to Subang Member of Parliament R. Sivarasa; Perlis Hope Welfare Organisation (Perlis Hope) activist, Amri Che Mat, 43; Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth.

Choong, who was reported missing last April 6, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on a Malindo flight last Sunday from Pattaya in Thailand.

Meanwhile, Fuad, in his speech, reminded members of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to stay away from corrupt activities to enhance the image of the force and the people’s confidence towards PDRM.

“All PDRM members should take drastic measures by implementing the zero tolerance towards corruption by taking action against any individuals who want or attempt to offer bribes to the police,” he added. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The Rimbun Education Programme (REP) should be enhanced and expanded to more schools in the rural areas to benefit more target groups, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P.Kamalanathan.

He said the Education Ministry supported new ideas and new programmes in collaboration with corporate bodies which enabled the students to be exposed to various interesting activities, gain new knowledge and relate what they had learnt with the outside world.

“Rimbun Capital Sdn Bhd’s collaboration with the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia is an example on how government entity and corporate body can cooperate in creating value for the community in particular the education system,” he said in his speech during the appointment of mentors and REP model handing over ceremony to 50 students from 10 schools at the Education Ministry here today.

REP is a fun learning programme, which focuses on weak students in English, Mathematics and Bahasa Melayu in vernacular schools. Its objective is to produce students who have good academic qualification together with intelligence and self-determination through fun learning.

Under this programme, a total of 22 Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia students will visit participating schools three hours weekly to conduct REP activities.

For 2017, a total of 25 students from each school are selected to participate in REP and out of the 25, five outstanding students will be selected as mentors to guide other four average or weak students.

From an initial four schools with 100 students in 2015, this year the programme involves 10 schools with 250 students.

Among the schools participating in this year’s REP programme are Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT) Vivekanda, SJKT Jalan Fletcher, Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Salak Selatan and Sekolah Kebangsaan Gombak. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – Johor state executive council member (exco) Datuk Abd Latiff Bandi and a property consultant were charged in the Sessions Court here today with 33 counts of corruption, involving RM30.3 million.

Abd Laiff, 51, and Amir Shariffuddin Abd Raub, 44, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges before Judge Mohd Fauzi Mohd Nasir.

Abd Latif was charged with conspiring with Amir to receive bribes from several individuals as inducement to obtain approval for release of certain number of Bumiputera housing lots to the public, as well as to reduce payment in contribution to the Johor Housing Fund for the Pulai Eco Botanic project.

Amir was charged with obtaining bribes from several individuals as gratuity for himself and Abd Latif for the same purpose. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – Several individuals are expected to be charged in connection with an alleged corruption and embezzlement of property case in Johor soon, said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (Operations) deputy commissioner Datuk Azam Baki.

In confirming the case, he said MACC and the Deputy Public Prosecutor was in the process of streamlining some elements of the investigation.

“I will not disclose the names of these individuals. Suffice to say that those who will be charged are among those who have been arrested pertaining to the case,” he said.

He told this to reporters when met after attending a joint operation meeting with MACC Investigations director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani and Johor MACC director Datuk Azmi Alias. – BERNAMA