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120 SPM Candidates Ferried By Trucks To Their Examination Hall

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  BUTTERWORTH – About 120 students sitting for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination in SMK Datuk Haji Ahmad Said had to be ferried by trucks to their examination hall after floods hit waist level near Jalan Sungai Dua here. This is despite the students staying overnight at the school’s mosque located about 300 metres…

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Penang Reports Rising Number Of Flood Victims

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  GEORGE TOWN – The number of flood victims in five districts in Penang continues to rise with 5,845 recorded this morning, compared to 3,779 last night. They are currently sheltered at 62 evacuation centres. Seberang Perai Utara district recorded the highest number with 3,371, who are staying at 30 centres, followed by Seberang Perai…

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Storm Havoc In Penang: Bangladeshi Man Killed After Tree Tumbles Onto House

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  BUTTERWORTH – A Bangladeshi man was killed while a friend of his is missing after a tree fell on their rented house in Kampung Perlis, Jalan Assumption here during the storm havoc in Penang last night. Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) police chief ACP Noozainy Mohd Noor said the public notified police about the mishap…

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Region’s Oldest Girls Convent In Penang To Close

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GEORGE TOWN – Three schools, including the oldest girls convent in Southeast Asia, are closing down in Penang. The land on which Convent Light Street, its primary school and Convent Pulau Tikus, are situated on does not belong to the Education Ministry and it is learnt that the landowner wants to sell the land. The…

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Over 20 People Feared Buried In Penang Landslide

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  GEORGE TOWN: A rescue operation is underway after a landslide left some 20 people trapped under rubble at a construction site at Tanjung Bungah here today. In the 8.50am incident, a 10m-high hill slope came crashing down next to a construction site not far from the Penang campus of the Tunku Abdul Rahman College.…

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Businessman Strikes Largest Jackpot In M’sia History

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KUALA LUMPUR- A Penang businessman hit the largest ever jackpot in the nation’s history, by taking home RM69.6 million. The lucky punter won the top prize at the Grand Toto 6/63 jackpot in the Sept 13 draw. The 40-year-old winner, who came to collect his winnings two days later, revealed that he only spent RM50…

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Teacher Boosts Image Of Interior School

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MARUDI: A Penang-born teacher was among those who jumped up in ecstacy when a short video titled ‘Marung Usu’ or The Power Of Hands’ was announced the winner of the Best Story Telling Award at Kid Witness News (KWN) at the 2017 Global Summit in Tokyo, Japan in early August. Muhammad Saffuan Jaffar, 28, was…

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Landslides Triggered As Penang Floods Worsen

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GEORGE TOWN- Rescuers here saved 17 people who were trapped in their homes which were inundated by floodwaters as a heavy downpour continues to pummel the state. Eight of those rescued were children. Many low-lying areas here are completely inundated, with waters at chest-level. Among the worst-affected areas are Balik Pulau, Jelutong, Air Itam and…

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Penang: Over 100 Homes Flooded, Cars Seen Floating

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BUTTERWORTH- More than 100 homes in Penang were flooded after Friday’s downpour. According to the Fire and Rescue Department, the affected areas were 60 houses in Kampung Malaysia and Mak Mandin, Taman Cantek (12), Kampung Sethu (20) and Kampung Permatang Rawa (20). Floods were also reported in 32 locations which include Jalan Bagan Jermal, Jalan…

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Non-Stop Rain Brings Flooding Misery To Penang

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GEORGE TOWN: Heavy rainfall which began last night has inundated several low-lying areas here. The ongoing downpour, which began at 10pm, has caused rivers to burst their banks, resulting in water overflowing into nearby streets. Amongst the worst hit areas are Jalan Kuantan, Jalan P Ramlee, Jalan Langkawi, Jalan Batu Feringghi, Jalan Masjid Negeri and…

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Penang Police Step Up Security For National Day

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GEORGE TOWN – Penang police will step up security surveillance and preparedness in facing any possibility although it has received no information on any threats in the run-up to the state’s National Day celebration tomorrow. State police chief, Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye said police would not take it easy but would step up security precautions…

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New Film Of Bruce Lee’s Young Life To Be Shot In Penang

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GEORGE TOWN – A joint US-China production is producing a new film on the legendary martial arts exponent and movie star, Bruce Lee, in Penang. Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, who is co-producing the film, said shooting for the movie, titled ‘Little Dragon’ would be carried out over the next three months here. “I am so…

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Penang House Of Music, A Trove Of Heritage Music

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  GEORGE TOWN – Music genres like boria, ronggeng, dondang sayang, inang, joget and keroncong, which were once popular, are seldom heard now and may sound alien to some of the young generation. Realising this, the Penang House of Music (PHOM), set up in November last year at Komtar here, is making efforts to preserve…

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Foreign Woman Found Stabbed To Death In Penang

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BUKIT MERTAJAM – A 28-year-old Myanmar woman was found dead in Taman Belimbing, Bukit Tengah after being stabbed six times. Central Seberang Prai district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the factory worker Tin Mar Moe, clad in her uniform, was found lying covered in bloodstains by passers-by at 8pm. Closed-circuit…

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More Than 10 Areas In Penang Flooded After Heavy Downpour

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GEORGE TOWN – At least 10 spots in Penang were inundated after heavy rain with strong winds struck the island since 7pm this evenng. According to a Penang Fire and Rescue Department spokesman, the areas flooded included Lorong Batu Lanchang, Jalan P Ramlee, Sungai Pinang, Jalan Taman Free School, Jalan Bukit Relau, Sungai Ara, Paya…

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Shooting Of Woman Not Linked To Triads, Says Penang Police Chief

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GEORGE TOWN: Penang police stressed that the 49-year-old woman who was killed in a shooting incident in Taman Pekaka near here was not pregnant or linked to any triad. “I would like to stress that based on the report by my officers, she was not pregnant. “At the moment, there is no indication of the…

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Newborn Dumped In Toilet

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BALIK PULAU: A security guard was collecting sea shells along the Tanjung Assam beach when he was alerted to a gruesome find. Mohd Zuhairi Mohd Shamri rushed over and what greeted him was beyond words. The 24-year-old almost broke down upon seeing the remains of a baby boy with his umbilical cord still intact. The…

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Croc Caught Near Penang Market, Another At Large

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GEORGE TOWN: A saltwater crocodile has been caught near the Jelutong market, days after a similar reptile was spotted on mainland Penang. It is believed to have been bred in captivity and could have escaped from its owner. Several traders spotted the reptile, which is about 1m long and weighs 10kg, at a vegetable stall…

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Anwar Arrives At Penang Court for Defamation Case Against Newspaper

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GEORGE TOWN: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has arrived at the Penang High Court for his RM70mil defamation suit against an English daily and three other parties which goes on trial Monday. The former Opposition leader arrived at 9.15am under heavy police presence while a small crowd cheered outside. Roads around the courthouse were blocked since…

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Penang Islamic Hospital To Begin Operations In 2020

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GEORGE TOWN – The Penang Islamic Foundation (YIPP), in collaboration with the Penang Islamic Religious Council, is building the Penang Islamic Hospital (HIPP) costing RM280 million in Bayan Baru. YIPP Chairman Datuk Mansor Othman said construction on the 200-bed hospital on a one-hectare site would begin after its groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday. He said the…

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IGP: Suspect In Penang Shooting Believed To Have Mental Issues

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GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard who fired shots on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, causing the death of his boss and two passers-by, is believed to have been suffering from mental illness. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said preliminary investigations and interviews with the man’s family members revealed that he has mental…

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Two Remanded Over Penang Bridge Shooting

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GEORGE TOWN: The bodyguard who shot dead his boss in the incident on Thursday at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway has been remanded seven days. The 37-year-old bodyguard was remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations into the incident which saw three people in total killed and four others injured. The man is understood…

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Bodyguard ‘Went Mad’ Before Shooting His Boss

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PETALING JAYA: One of the injured victims in the Penang expressway shooting told someone over the phone how “the bodyguard had gone mad” before he shot his Datuk boss dead. According to a witness who lodged a police report Thursday, she was driving along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway when she noticed a…

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Penang Second Bridge To Be Upgraded By Early 2017

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BATU KAWAN – Jambatan Kedua Sdn Bhd (JKSB) expects the upgrading and repair work on Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (JSAHMS) to be completed by January 20, 2017. JKSB managing director Datuk Mohd Ashari Alias said Phase 1 (East Bound) of the project, which begin in July and covers an area from Batu Maung…

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Penang Hit By Flash Flood

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GEORGE TOWN – Some 50 houses in Batu Maung and Permatang Damar Laut here were flooded early today morning after several hours of continous rain. According to residents, the area experienced heavy rain around 5.30am before it started to flood at 6am. Based on observation, the area which is a low lying area is going…

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Firefighters Rescue 5 People Trapped In A Landslide Due To Downpour

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GEORGE TOWN – Four individuals were rescued by firefighters after their car was hit by a landslide due to heavy rain in Jalan Thein Teik, Air Itam. According to a Penang Fire and Rescue Department spokesperson, the department had received a call from one of the victims, Choo Ming Liang, saying he and another three…

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Search Continues For Man Who Jumps Off Penang Bridge

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GEORGE TOWN: Search and rescue operation will continue today for a 39-year-old man who fell from the second Penang bridge. Mohd Shukri Saad from Lahar Yooi in Tasek Gelugor had stopped his motorcycle at the 11th kilometre on the island-bound side of the bridge before the incident at about 8.30am yesterday. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency…

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City Legacy Being Chipped Away

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GEORGE TOWN – A heritage activist has questioned if the local council and state government are serious about enforcing the Special Area Plan (SAP) for the George Town World Heritage Site. He is claiming that many times, renovation work on prewar buildings had been carried out without permits. Citing an example. George Town Heritage Action…

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Penangites Find It Tough To Own A House

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GEORGE TOWN – For some time now, housing has been the bane of Penangites. They find houses in the state getting more expensive to purchase or rent, while affordable housing projects are hard to come by. To purchase one, potential buyers need to wait in line and to follow the criteria set by the state…

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Senior Citizen Charged With Murder Over Durian Quality

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: A senior citizen was charged in a magistrate’s court here with the murder of a durian seller over the quality of the fruits sold by the latter. Self-employed Ooi Chang Ang, 60, who was wearing a white shirt, nodded as the charge was read to him in Hokkien. No plea was recorded. He…

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