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KUALA TERENGGANU – The Terengganu police received 14 multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) and 14 scooters for the Women’s Peace Police Squad (Amanita) to curb crime in the state.

Terengganu Police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa said the police also received eight four-wheel-drive vehicles for patrolling duties in towns and interior areas.

He said the addition of assets, namely, Proton Preve and Nissan Navara would strengthen the police frontline in the state while the Honda scooters were used by the Amanita squad.

“The MPV will be provided for all the districts to replace the old ones and will be value-added in ensuring a better security for the communities,” he said after a handing over ceremony of the vehicles at the Terengganu Police Contingent Headquarters here, today. – BERNAMA

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ALOR SETAR – The police have detained five men and a woman in connection with the seizure of an assortment of drugs worth RM110,000 in three separate raids at Kuala Kedah and Langkawi since Wednesday.

Kedah Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department chief Supt Abdul Razak Mohd Zin said 2.47kg of heroin and 657g of syabu were seized during the raids.

He said on Jan 21, a police team nabbed two men about 11am in Kuala Kedah after seizing 10 packets of syabu and heroin found hidden in a car.

“We believe the drugs were intended for the addict population in Alor Setar and Sungai Petani,” he said at the Kedah police headquarters here today.

The suspects, aged 35 and 45, have been remanded for seven days.

The following day, a police team picked up a 32-year-old man at the Kuah Jetty, when he allegedly tried to smuggle 250gm of syabu into Langkawi.

Following the arrest, the police raided a house in Kedawang, Langkawi about 1.30pm, the same day and detained a 30-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man after seizing 72.6g of heroin and 0.5g of syabu.

On Jan 23, another man was arrested in Taman Nilai on the island in connection with the seizure of 100g of heroin. – BERNAMA

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The Royal Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysian Police are looking into a disturbing new sartorial development: tailors in KL have been selling official (or at least official-looking) uniforms to civilians.

Chief of the Malaysian Royal Armed Forces, General Zulkefli Mohd Zin, told Harian Metro that official military uniforms are tailored by appointed contractors, and are strictly prohibited for sale to the public.

“These arbitrary sales are not supposed to happen. I will instruct the Malaysian military to lodge a police report on the matter, and to report the Bangladeshi tailors alleged to have been selling Army uniforms to the public.

“I stress once again, these uniforms have been gazetted, and it is an offence for civilians to wear and use them,” Zulkefli said.

Several tailors in the Sungai Besi area, which is where an Air Force base is located, have been reported to sell military and law enforcement uniforms to members of the public.

The Royal Malaysian Police have pledged to take similarly stern action against these tailors.

Kuala Lumpur chief of police Tajuddin Md Isa promised to crack down on offenders, as the sale of official law enforcement uniforms to the public is a clear violation of the Police Act.

KL Crime Investigation Division (CID) chief SAC Zainuddin Ahmad said, “If the uniforms are similar in colour to officially-sanctioned uniforms worn by the police, it’s not an issue. But if they’re selling uniforms that are exact replicas, complete with name tags, PDRM insignias and rank badges, it’s a clear offence.

“Wearing uniforms of that sort could confuse and mislead the public. Besides, it’s against the law to sell these uniforms to civilians.”-KL Coconuts

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KUALA LUMPUR – The police have detained two men who allegedly used a rented house in Chow Kit as a ‘drug laboratory’ to process methamphetamine.

During a raid on Jan 14, a police team also seized an assortment of drugs worth about RM150,000 from the house in Lorong Haji Taib 1 about 10.30pm.

Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said the drugs comprised one kilogramme of crystal-like sustance believed to be syabu, 12 tubes of heroin and several drug-making paraphernalia and chemicals used to process methamphetamine.

He told a media conference here today that the suspects, aged 42 and 50, tested positive for methamphetamine.

The duo have been remanded for seven days, beginning Jan 15 to facilitate investigations under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act which carries the mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

Earlier at a handing-over of duties ceremony, SAC Zainuddin Ahmad took over as the new Kuala Lumpur CID chief from ACP Abdul Razak Abdul Gahfur who was acting CID chief.

Abdul Razak resumed his original post as Kuala Lumpur CID deputy chief.

Zainuddin’s previous post as CID and Community Security chief was taken over by ACP Mohd Firdaus Abdullah. – BERNAMA

Johor Plans New Tourist Attractions In pontian

PONTIAN – The Johor government plans to establish new attractions in this town to draw more tourists, said State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong.

He said the Pontian District Council plans included the building of a new landmark in this town and the painting of murals on the walls of buildings.

“The 3D murals would beautify the buildings. At the same time, the signboards would be revised to make it easier for tourists,” he told reporters after taking a first-hand look at several tourism products in the district yesterday.

Accompanying him was Pontian District Council president Suhairi Hashim.

Tee, who is the state assemblyman for Pulai Sebatang, said the efforts to transform Pontian were expected to be completed by August this year.

A week-long festival was also being planned in August for small- and medium-scale traders, he said.

Tee said that besides the town centre, the Pontian district was also rich in many types of natural tourist attractions which could generate the economy.

“Existing tourist attractions, including the Tanjung Piai National Park; Pulau Kukup National Park; Pineapple Museum; Bugis Museum and the seafood restaurant in the Kukup Laut fishing village, would continue to be promoted,” he said.

Tee said it was estimated that more than 4,000 tourists, especially from Singapore, visited Kukup Laut each week. – BERNAMA

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SEREMBAN – Police arrested five men following the incidents of defacing the Hubbul Watan surau in Taman Seremban Jaya Phase 10 and the Rembau Umno division office in Jalan Seremban-Tampin, here, yesterday.

Seremban district police chief, ACP Muhamad Zaki Harun said all the five, aged between and 32 years, believed to be from the same group, were detained to assist in the investigation.

He said the offence involved vandalising public property and place of worship.

“Forensic experts have taken samples of the paint used by the individuals involved for further action to be taken. It’s still too early to make any assumption,” he said, here, today.

In the incidents about 4am yesterday, the surau and Umno division office which are located near to each other, were defaced with a swastika symbol and some words.

Police reports were lodged on the incidents by Rembau Umno division executive secretary, Zuliana Mohd Ridzuan, and former chairman of Surau Hubbul Watan, Abd Ghani Ismail. – BERNAMA

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ALOR SETAR – A man believed to be mentally unsound claimed trial in the Sessions Court here today to voluntarily causing hurt to a policeman last week.

Zawawi Jasni, 28, allegedly slashed Mohd Abdul Halil Osman with a knife at a house at Kampung Kerkau, Pendang around 4.30 pm on Nov 27.

Judge Ibrahim Osman ordered the accused to be sent to Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta, Tanjung Rambutan in Perak for psychiatric assessment, and set Jan 7 for re mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Azlena Hashim appeared for the prosecution while the accused was unrepresented. – BERNAMA

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REMBAU – Members of the public have been reminded not to climb Gunung Datuk because the current rainy spell makes the hilly terrain unsafe.

Rembau district police chief DSP Ibrahim Sharif said climbing activities were unsuitable during the Monsoon season and could pose a host of danger.

“I advise members of the public to wait until good weather to start climbing activities. They must follow all the safety rules.

“If the climb starts at 8 am, come on time. Don’t wander alone or leave the group,” he told Bernama here, Sunday.

They should to bring along communication equipment so that the authorities can detect their position if they lose direction.

Ibrahim reminded them to carry flashlights for night activities.

Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan Fire & Rescue Department director Norazam Khamis said the Forestry Department had been instructed to limit climbing activities at Gunung Datuk.

“I discourage climbing activities during rainy season for fear of thunder and lightning that can cause loss of life.”

On Nov 7, a female student of Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) Alor Gajah campus was reported missing on Gunung Datuk.

Thirteen students from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Seremban campus were reported missing on Gunung Datuk on Nov 21.

In both cases, all the victims were found safe by rescuers. – BERNAMA

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KUANTAN – The police have detained 18 people, including 13 Bangladeshi men and a woman, in connection with a syndicate which stole Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) cables worth about RM200,000.

The suspects were picked up in three separate raids in Jalan Jabor Lama, near Cherating.

Kuantan police chief ACP Abdul Aziz Salleh said in the first raid last Sunday, a police team nabbed a 25-year-old man who was cutting cables in the area about 2pm.

From the suspect, he said, the police seized a sack containing cables weighing 10kg, as well as tools such as a saw and machete.

“Upon questioning, the suspect told the police that he had stolen cables from the premises more than 10 times,” he told reporters here today.

In the second raid on Wednesday, at a premises selling scrap metal, the police picked up a 53-year-old man and his 39-year-old Bangladeshi employee about 12.30pm.

Abdul Aziz said an inspection on the premises found a large sack filled with cables estimated to weigh 300kg, among others.

In a follow-up operation, he said the police rounded up 16 people, including a store supervisor and his two children, lorry driver and 12 Bangladeshis at a store located near the premises at 9.30pm the sae day.

“At the time, they were moving cables estimated to weigh more than 4,000kg, as well as 24 lorry batteries into a lorry for sale in Kuala Lumpur,” he added. – BERNAMA

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GEORGETOWN – Police will be investigating an incident where a group of 14 students of a residential school in Jalan Masjid Negeri here was bruised and scarred on the back after being caned on Friday.

Northeast district police chief ACP Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police were also investigating the cause of the incident which occurred between 7 am and 7.30 am.

“So far, police have yet to receive any police report from any party involved in the incident but the investigation will go on,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

A local daily reported that most of those involved were form five students sitting for their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), who were caned and scolded for not performing their morning prayers at the school surau.

The group of students who allegedly did not perform their morning prayers after studying late at night, were caned four times by the warden while a school prefect who also did not perform his morning prayers was caned eight times and was left bruised on the back.

Meanwhile, Penang Education director Datuk Osman Hussain said he had been informed of the incident but was still waiting for a report.

He said the school and Northeast district education office were conducting investigations on the incident.

“Let the school and the district office carry out their investigations first as any action or decision on the incident will depend on their reports,” he said. – BERNAMA

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KOTA KINABALU – The two criminals shot dead in Penampang Baru yesterday are believed to have been involved in three armed robberies this month, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said today.

He said the robberies took place at an electrical outlet in Penampang on Oct 6, a supermarket in Kota Kinabalu on Oct 9 and a goldsmith shop in Tuaran on Oct 16.

Jalaluddin said the two men shot dead were aged 50 and 45 and were Filipinos whom the police had been hunting for about three months.

“Based on police intelligence, we often set up roadblocks to haul up suspects of robberies and armed robberies,” he told a press conference.

Asked whether the criminals had had any connection with Sulu militants and had been recruiting new members, he said the matter would be investigated.

Jalaluddin said that at about 4 pm yesterday, a special task force tailed the two men, who were in a four-wheel-drive vehicle, from Kota Kinabalu towards Penampang Baru.

The police recognised the men from photographs of wanted men.

“The vehicle stopped in front of a restaurant and one policeman went to the driver’s door and another policeman, to the front passenger’s door.

“After the policeman at the driver’s door knocked on the window and identified himself as a policeman, the policeman on the passenger’s side spotted the passenger holding a pistol and shouted ‘pistol’. A shootout followed,” he said.

The shootout ended with the two men being shot dead.

Jalaluddin said the police seized two handphones, a wallet, a Browning pistol, a bullet and two shells.

He advised the people not to speculate on the incident, and not to easily trust the news on it in the social media.

He said the situation was under control. – BERNAMA