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KULIM – A Form Four student fractured her left leg after falling down from the second floor of a school building in Lunas here.

She landed on the open space at the ground floor where the school assembly is usually held.

Kulim OCPD Supt Ahmad Nasir Jaafar said the girl was rushed to Kulim Hospital after the 1pm incident yesterday.

“We are still investigating the actual cause of the fall as the girl was reluctant to tell us what actually happened.

“Even the girl’s parents were perplexed over the incident,” he said.

It is learnt that the girl was earlier seen wandering outside her classroom before the fall. Nobody witnessed the act. – The Star Online

PETALING JAYA – A video of a group of students playing truant and getting drunk has gone viral on social media.

The two-and-a-half-minute video clip was uploaded on the Facebook page of Malaysian Tamilar Kural at 6pm Thursday.

In the video, eight boys are seen hanging out in an isolated area.

The video begins with an intoxicated boy being supported by two other boys.

The other boys, including the one taking the video, is heard repeatedly telling the intoxicated boy to dance.

“Dance la, this is your moment, dance away,” he is heard saying in Tamil.

One of the other boys asked for the time and someone is heard saying that it is 10am and that they needed to be somewhere by 11.

Another boy, who is attempting to hold on to the intoxicated boy, says “he is dancing like he is possessed”.

To which the boy taking the video says, “Jeeva, just let him go, let him go Vicky, let him dance as much as he wants.”

“Play that song, let him dance to it. Take the bottle from the ground and give it him to him, let him hold it and dance,” he added.

After shouting profanities at each other, the boy shooting the video, dressed in a red shirt, leaves the phone and goes over to join the others.

He forces the other two boys to stop holding on to the intoxicated boy, saying that he would be fine on his own.

But the other boys are heard saying, “no, he might fall” during which time one person is heard saying, “if he falls, punch him in the stomach and he will sober up”.

The video has received over 15,000 views and 530 shares, with many condemning the actions of the boys, and asking them to repent. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – The tragic news of the passing of student T. Nhaveen, who was brutally assaulted by a group of youths in Jalan Kaki Bukit in Georgetown, Penang last Saturday, received not only local but also international attention on the social media.

The 18-year old died at the Penang Hospital at 6pm today.

Earlier today, India’s iconic music composer A. R. Rahman, who was Nhaveen’s idol, posted on his Twitter:

“Dear Nhaveen, prayers & love for a speedy recovery. Let all acts of savagery end & people come to senses…Peace!” with replies to the tweet from the public informing Rahman of Nhaveen’s death.

A Chennai-based online news portal in India also tweeted about Nhaveen, with the headline “This #Malaysian ‘brain dead’ teen wanted to be like #ARRahman.”

Apart from that, a petition was started on www.change.org by R. Mukhesh entitled ‘Justice For T. Nhaveen And For All Bullied Victims’ that has so far gained 4,782 supporters.

A leading Tamil music director-cum-actor from India, Vijay Antony shared on his Facebook page the petition with the status ‘RIP (Rest In Peace)’.

Malaysian actress Ida Nerina shared on her Facebook page: “My heart just got wrenched for the poor mothers of Nhaveen and Zul (Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain). Wrenched and twisted.”

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also posted on his Twitter that justice and stern action would be taken over Nhaveen’s death. Najib expressed his condolences to the teenager’s family.

Meanwhile, netizens such as Luqman Abdul Samad who goes by the Twitter handle @LuqmanSamad said “Late T. Nhaveen and allahyarham Farhan (Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain) could (have) become great musician and great soldier one day if they lived longer…RIP.”

Another Twitter user, Sherlina or @sherlinakr said: “Rest in power, Nhaveen and Zulfarhan. May all of us look out for one another.”

In the 2.10am incident at Jalan Kaki Bukit, Nhaveen and another person, aged 19, were buying burgers when they spotted two individuals known to them and they allegedly started mocking each other, before six others arrived.

Nhaveen and the teenager were believed to have been hit with crash helmets, as well as punched and kicked by the group before the teenager fled from the scene and informed his uncle on the incident. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – Police have made fresh arrests in their ongoing probe into students with suspected gang ties.

“We caught three suspects on Thursday in Klang for suspected ties to Gang 24. All are still students, between Form Four and Form Five,” said Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat after a handing over of duty ceremony at the state police headquarters Friday.

He added that the suspects were believed to be involved in the viral videos that showed a gang of students creating a ruckus outside schools.

The three SMK La Salle Klang students will be remanded from Friday.

This brings the number of arrests to 41. The remaining 38 suspects – including 33 youths – have been granted bail.

On April 20, two videos showing students and motorcyclists with possible gang ties raising a commotion outside a school went viral, which led to the police forming a task force for the case.

The video also showed the youths holding up banners, with one bearing the numbers “24”, “TD4” and a black swastika.

The next day, a similar incident occurred near SMK Simpang Lima, Klang. The incident was caught on camera and shared with the media by the police. – The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR – Former Master’s student Siti Noor Aishah Atam wanted to end her life if she was not allowed to go to Syria, the High Court heard.

Her intention was mentioned in a police report lodged by her father Atam Jusoh on Feb 18, 2014, in an attempt to stop her from going there.

DPP Mohamad Mustaffa P. Kunyalam said her intention was further illustrated in a note that she wrote on one of the books that she was caught with entitled Merentas Jalan Jihad fie Sabilillah.

In the note that was written in red ink, Siti Noor Aishah wrote several lines which included: “Wahai Pemberi Rahmat … percepatkanlah kematianku jika dunia masih melengahkan langkahku dari menyahut seruan Mu dan dari melaksana­­kan seluruh Syariat-Mu…” (O Giver of Grace, hasten my death if the world still delays my path from heeding Your call and executing Your law).

“The writing is consistent with the father’s police report which clearly stated that she wanted to go on a ‘jihad’ (holy war) in Syria and would kill herself if she was not allowed,” Mohamad Mustaffa said in his submission at the end of the defence case here yesterday.

He also said the facts in the case were consistent with the accused knowing the contents of the 12 books in her possession.

Siti Noor Aishah is accused of having in her possession books on Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda (AQ) at Lot 1241, Jalan Lapangan Terbang Sura, Dungun, Terengganu at 12.25pm on March 22, last year.

She is facing imprisonment of not more than seven years or a fine or forfeiture of any of the items, upon conviction under Section 130JB(1)(a) of the Penal Code.

Lawyer Mohd Kamaruzaman A. Wahab, who represented her, said his client owned a large book collection of various genres.

“But the police purposely seized these books to charge her under this offence,” he said.

The court fixed May 2 for decision. – The Star Online

WASHINGTON – The State Department on Tuesday urged North Korea to free an American college student detained in the communist nation for more than a year, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

The University of Virginia student, Otto Warmbier, was arrested in January 2016 while on the trip to the North for allegedly stealing a political propaganda sign from a hotel. He has since been sentenced to 15 years of hard labour.

“We believe that he’s being held unjustly. He’s gone through the criminal process, and he’s been detained for, as you noted, more than a year. We believe his sentence of 15 years hard labor is unduly harsh — harsh, rather, for the actions that Warmbier allegedly took,” State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said at a regular briefing.

“We urge North Korea to pardon him and grant him special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” Toner said. “We would also like to have access to him, regular access, through our protecting power, which I believe is Swedish embassy.”

Toner also said he strongly advises against traveling to the North.

American visitors have often been detained in North Korea on charges of anti-state and other unspecified crimes. Widespread views are that the communist nation has used the detentions as bargaining chips in its negotiations with Washington.

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary, served two years of detention in the North before being released in November 2014 when US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made a secret trip to Pyongyang to win his release and that of another US detainee. – BERNAMA

MIRI – Police today detained two men to assist in the investigation into the attempted rape of a Form Four female student yesterday.

Miri police chief ACP Khoo Leng Huat said the local suspects aged 18 and 19 had been remanded while the case was being investigated under Section 376/511 of the Penal Code.

The student broke her left leg while trying to escape by jumping out of the car which the two men were in.

One suspect was sitting with the victim in the back passenger seat while the other drove the vehicle to Batu 1 Baram but refused to send her home. – BERNAMA

KUCHING – The bodies of two Nigerian students reported missing when a boat capsized in Tasik Taman Negara Loagan Bunut, Miri last night were found by a search and rescue team at 12.45pm and 5.15pm.

According to the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department director Nor Hisham Mohammad, the body of Amate Mohamed Amate, 26, was found about 50m from where the boat had capsized at 12.45pm while the body of Emine-Imoh Daniel, 23, was found about 30m from where the boat had capsized at 5.15pm.

The bodies of Amate and Daniel, both students at the Curtin Universiti in Miri, has been sent to the Miri Hospital for post-mortem.

The two victims were among six students from Curtin University, Miri, conducting observation and research on wildlife in the lake area when the boat capsized.

Four other students, namely one each from Oman, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Malaysia and the skipper of the boat were reported to be safe.

A passing boatman who witnessed the incident reported the matter to park manager Anthony Chong, who sent a rescue team of five men to the location.

The search and rescue operation involved the fire and rescue department, police and a team from Taman Negara Loagan Bunut. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A hotel employee was fined RM6,000 by the Ampang Magistrate’s Court here today, when he pleaded guilty to two charges of using criminal force and flashing his genitals to a teenage university student in April.

Shamsudin Kadar, 27, had used criminal force on the 18-year-old woman with the intention of outraging her modesty.

He had also displayed his genitals to insult her modesty.

For the first charge, magistrate Mohamad Firdaus Sadina Ali fined Shamsudin RM3,500 or a year’s jail.

For the second charge, the hotel employee was fined RM2,500 or eight months’ jail.

The offences were committed at a stairway in Jalan Cahaya near the Cahaya LRT station in Taman Cahaya here at 2.30pm on April 30. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – All 1,200 Malaysian students studying in eight universities in Universiti di Christchurch, New Zealand, which was rocked by a strong earthquake yesterday, are safe, said Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

He said the Malaysian Education Department (Education Malaysia) and the Malaysian High Comission in Wellington had contacted all of them and found that none were hurt.

“Education Malaysia in New Zealand has advised Malaysian students there to remain vigilant and follow advice issued by New Zealand’s Civil Defence Department,” he said in a statement here today.

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake hit South Island at 7.02pm yesterday. Its epicentre was 92km northeast of Christchurch and a tsunami warning was issued. So far two people have been reported killed.

The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said a magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted New Zealand’s South Island again at 8.34am today but said it posed no tsunami threat. – BERNAMA