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PUTRAJAYA – The remand for nine individuals, including two officers-in-charge of police districts (OCPD) has been extended by five days, beginning tomorrow to facilitate investigations into corruption involving the collection of ‘protection money’ from operators of illegal gambling dens and massage parlours in Melaka.

In allowing an application from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court, magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman approved the remand period for the suspects to be extended to May 27.

The suspects aged between 31 and 54 were earlier remanded for six days, beginning May 17.

They are investigated under Section 16(a)(B) and 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009. Six of the nine are police officers in Melaka while the rest are civilians.

It was reported that the MACC had also frozen several bank accounts belonging to the suspects following investigations on the cases. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysian Navy today confirmed that a boat owned by its ship KD Perdana had gone missing in the waters off Sedili.

In a statement today, it said communication lapsed between the boat and another boat carrying a boarding team on Saturday.

It said one officer and eight personnel were on the boat which was conducting a routine maritime patrol to drive out foreign fishing boats from the area.

An initial search operation, ‘Op carilamat’ was initially mounted but when this failed to locate the missing boat, the navy activated a search and rescue operation with the assistance of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Sedili Fishermen’s Association.

Assets being used in the operation include the KD Perdana, KD Perkasa, KD Pendekar, KD Handalan, KD Terengganu, KD Kelantan, a ‘Pengalang 39’ boat, a ‘Kilat 16’ boat, a Super Lynx helicopter and a Fennec aircraft, it said.

The navy said a Carilamat operations room had been set up at its base in Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan.

“We believe the boat and boarding team are taking shelter at a shore nearby or in fishermen’s boats in Sedili waters,” it said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – It is time for police officers to put a stop to irresponsible and corrupt behaviour within their ranks, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said there were reports that some senior officers had pressured lower-ranked officers, including OCPDs, to finance “celebrations” for them during gatherings.

In the end, the lower-ranking personnel were forced to be involved in corrupt acts.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Home Minister, said such “bullying” should stop as there were complaints made on senior officers.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said there was a case of an OCPD who had to find outside sources of income to allow him to organise celebrations for the senior officers.

Such an excuse is unacceptable, he added.

“This is a stupid excuse, if this matter had actually happened, as it goes against the principle of integrity for all enforcement officers who are supposed to protect the public.

“The days of officers receiving illegal profits and income from non-halal sources are gone. We will never accept such behaviour anymore,” he said at a treasure hunt with the media organised by the Home Ministry yesterday.

He ordered Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department and the Special Branch to investigate such claims within the force.

“I don’t deny that there are a few bad apples who bring a bad name to the enforcement agencies. But this behaviour must stop immediately,” he said.

On a separate matter, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the petition signed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad calling for the release of jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is meant “to wash away his own sins”.

He said the people knew that it was Dr Mahathir who put Anwar in jail when the former prime minister was still in power.

He was also informed that there was another petition submitted by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to the Pardons Board for a royal pardon for her husband.

“I believe that is the better way. And I do not wish to interfere with the powers provided by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to the Pardons Board for them to make such a decision,” he said. – The Star Online

RIYADH – Malaysia has joined more than 50 Muslim countries in the Riyadh Summit in sending signals to the world that they are united in eradicating terrorism.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the world needed to be reminded that the Muslim lea­ders attending the meeting com­plete­ly condemned terrorism and violent extremism.

“The world should have no doubt that we stand collectively with the international community in the fight to eradicate this menace,” he told yesterday’s gathering which included United States President Donald Trump at the Arab-Islamic-US Summit at the King Abdulaziz In­­­ter­national Convention Centre here.

In thanking Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud for his initiative in hosting the summit, Najib said the gathering had sent signals to the world community on the united effort by Muslim countries in combating terrorism.

However, he cautioned that the current instability in the Middle East region had raised much concern.

“Unstable regions are fertile grounds for terrorism to flourish,” he said.

Training his sights on Iran, Najib said he was aware there was widespread belief that Iran had contri­buted somewhat to the instability in the region.

As Malaysia enjoyed and valued good relations with countries in the region, he said, Malaysia felt that Iran should avoid any action that could be interpreted as interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours.

“This is not only for the sake of regional stability but also for the unity of the ummah,” he added.

He said the fight against terrorism was not just military but also about winning hearts and minds.

Earlier, Najib, who is on a three-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, received a courtesy call from his Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Serraj here. – BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA – A police inspector is suspected of shooting dead his pregnant girlfriend in Kampung Kakai, Serian in Sarawak on Sunday.

A police report was made on the incident at 3.32pm by a neighbour of the victim.

The neighbour, Laurence Michael, said he was awoken from his sleep at his aunty’s house by a gunshot.

The report said that the victim’s mother ran over to his house to alert him that her daughter had been shot.

Michael then went over to the house and found that the victim was lying motionless on the floor.

Serian police chief Deputy Supt Aswandy Anis confirmed the incident.

It is understood that the victim was two months pregnant.

It is said that the suspect is an inspector based in Belaga.

Based on earlier investigations, the suspect had walked into the room of the victim and shot at her.

A police spokesman said that the victim was a divorcee, and a girlfriend of the suspect and not his wife.

This was because police was not able to find official records that the couple was married.

“But we do not know if he secretly married the woman,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman added that is was a “clear cut case” and investigations would focus on the personal aspects of the suspect and victim.

Police also revealed that the suspect escaped using a police car.

At 9.35pm, police confirmed that they arrested the suspect in front of the Emart supermarket at Matang.

“His weapons and bullets have been confiscated,” a police report said, adding that the suspect did not resist arrest. – The Star Online

RIYADH – The action lasted mere seconds, but it has split social media and left people pondering: When is a bend a bow?

During the first stop on his inaugural trip abroad, President Donald Trump, like presidents before him, was honored with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud.

But no sooner had the 6-foot-2-inch President leaned in so that the much shorter Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud could place the medal around his neck than the politically tinged questions started flying: Was it a bow? A curtsey? Some awkward combination thereof?

Whatever the answer, it was, perhaps, the one muted note of social media discord in an otherwise controversy-free first day of travel.

That’s in part because in 2012, after flirting with the idea of running for president, Trump sharply criticized President Barack Obama for bowing to then-Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz when he got his award a few years earlier.

Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, denied at the time of the visit that that 6’1″ Obama had bowed, saying the President “bent over … to shake with both hands.”

But Trump questioned that on Twitter during the 2012 campaign: “Do we still want a President who bows to the Saudis …?” he asked. – CNN

KUALA LUMPUR – Police have launched two new portals which allows city folk to make non-criminal related police reports online and another system to check on the status of police reports made nationwide.

Kuala Lumpur Police chief Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh said the E-Reporting System and Online Checks System (SSO) are portals which will make it easier for those making police reports and want to know the status of their reports.

He said with the E-Reporting those who had lost their identity cards or passports could now lodge their reports online.

The websites for the two systems are – http://ereporting.rmp.gov.my and http://sso.rmp.gov.my

Amar Singh said the E-Reporting system which was initially a pilot project at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station, now have been extended to 24 stations in the city.

“The effort towards modern policing is in response to the country’s agenda and its national transformation movement which aimed at enabling police as a leader in maintaining the peace and security of the nation.

“These projects would facilitate members of the public to lodge police report on non criminal cases such as the loss of important documents and cases of domestic helpers running away from the employees in the city,” he said after launching the two systems at the General Operation Force headquarters here today.

“If we refer to the statistics of the total reports lodged in the city last year, about 365,024 reports were lodged. About 85% out of the report were not investigated because there were no elements of crime involved in it. For this year, about 168,274 police reports have been lodged as of now and 25 E-Reports have been lodged at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station.

“The new system is aimed at easing the burden of the public, as it will allow people to lodge such reports from their homes. Meanwhile, for the SSO, the public nationwide can check their report status anytime via online,” added Amar.

E-reporting is only open for Malaysians aged 18 years and above.

On March 10, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar launched e-reporting pilot project as an initiative under its Modern Policing project.

He said the success of the project would serve as model and benchmark for the structure and system of the police stations that are deemed suitable. – The Sun

PETALING JAYA – All Muslim countries and leaders must make it absolutely clear to the world there is nothing Islamic about terrorism, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Authentic Islam is a religion of enlightenment, civilisation and scholarship, not of destruction and death,” he said.

The Prime Minister said this in his blog in conjunction with his attendance at the two-day Arab-Islamic-US Summit in Riyadh. It ends today.

The summit gathers leaders of the Islamic world as well as United States President Donald Trump.

Strengthening security ties is also a main concern in the summit .

“High on the agenda will be the fact that although the so-called caliphate established by Daesh in Iraq and Syria is diminishing, none should doubt that the threat from terrorists who blaspheme the name of Islam remains high,” said Najib yesterday.

“We must ensure the barbarism we see in Syria and Iraq is rooted out.

“We must show that we stand ready to confront terror swiftly. We must never surrender.”

The Prime Minister, who arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday afternoon, said the summit could not be more timely or more necessary.

He expressed confidence that the gathering would renew and re-energise the friendship between all the countries present, as well as produce new roadmaps for cooperation, security and understanding.

Najib also noted Malaysia’s experience in rehabilitating those who had strayed has been successful.

“Our de-radicalisation programme has worked with hundreds of extremists, and has had a 95% success rate in re-integrating them so that they can return to the mainstream.

“This shows that even those who have fallen prey to false and evil ideologies can ultimately reject them, and be a warning, an example and an instruction to others,” he said. – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA – Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin announced her resignation in the wing’s top post.

Zuraida, who is also the Ampang MP, said her deputy Haniza Talha will take over.

“The time has come for me to hand over the duty of championing the PKR women’s struggle to my deputy, Haniza.

“I am confident that Haniza, as the next leader will bring a new breath of leadership,” Zuraida said in her policy’s speech when officiating the PKR National Women’s Congress 2017 held at Dewan Sivik Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) here. – The Sun

JAKARTA – Three people were killed and about 168 others went missing after a ferry caught fire in waters off the East Java province in western Indonesia on Friday evening, China’s Xinhua news agency reported rescuers as saying.

Ferry Mutiara Sentosa caught fire in waters off the Masalembo of Sumenep district, spokesman of the national search and rescue agency Marsudi told Xinhua by phone.

Several reports said around 110 people have been rescued safely from the ferry, but Marsudi denied them.

“They are wrong, only ten people, three of them dead and the others were rescued safely,” he said.

A search and rescue operation for the missing is under way, involving two helicopters, scores of ships and around 200 personnel.

— BERNAMA