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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Ismail presiden Umno? PRU belum, mana datang senarai baharu, kata Ahmad Maslan


Poster saf kepimpinan Umno yang didakwa akan berlaku selepas pemilihan parti itu mula tersebar dan mendapat perhatian setiausaha agung parti Ahmad Maslan.

PETALING JAYA: “PRU belum, pemilihan belum, mana datang senarai baharu?” itu maklum balas Setiausaha Agung Umno Ahmad Maslan berhubung satu poster senarai kepimpinan baharu parti itu tersebar di media sosial.

Senarai yang dinamakan “saf kepimpinan Umno selepas pemilihan” antaranya menamakan Ismail Sabri Yaakob sebagai presiden.

“Pilihan raya pun belum, pemilihan pun belum macam mana sudah ada kepastian,” katanya kepada FMT.

Poster itu dimuat naik pengguna Twitter, @RajamohdShahrim atau Buletin RMS.

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Antara pemimpin Umno yang terpapar dalam senarai itu antaranya Annuar Musa sebagai timbalan presiden, Hishammuddin Hussein, Mahdzir Khalid dan Khairy Jamaluddin sebagai naib presiden.

Turut berada dalam senarai itu Shahril Hamdan sebagai ketua Pemuda, Mastura Yazid (ketua Wanita) dan Nurul Amal Mohd Fauzi (ketua Puteri).

Manakala, bagi setiausaha agung, Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Shahidan Kassim dinamakan menjawat jawatan itu, ketua penerangan pula adalah Noh Omar dan bendahari Umno Tajuddin Abdul Rahman. - FMT

Man arrested for assaulting traffic cop in Penang


A scuffle broke out when the police officer attempted to arrest the suspect and seize his mobile phone.

PETALING JAYA: Penang police arrested a man after he allegedly assaulted a traffic cop who was attempting to issue him a summons.

In a statement, Barat Daya district police chief Kamarul Rizal Jenal said the incident took place on June 27 after the suspect was stopped along Jalan Tun Dr Awang for allegedly using his mobile phone while driving.

The suspect, however, was unhappy and disobeyed orders not to record the incident on his mobile phone.

The police officer then attempted to arrest the suspect and seize his phone, and this led to a scuffle.

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A video clip of the incident subsequently went viral on social media.

“The suspect has been arrested and will be remanded until June 30.”

Rizal said the police officer had seized the suspect’s phone.

He said the suspect was being investigated for assaulting a public servant and preventing them from carrying out their duties as well as for failing to comply with orders from the police. - FMT

Op Patuh ends as Malaysia transitions to endemic phase


Home minister Hamzah Zainudin (second from right) greets award recipients at the pandemic SOP enforcement and compliance committee appreciation ceremony. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Op Patuh, which was implemented to curb non-compliance of Covid-19 SOPs at the national level, has ended.

Home minister Hamzah Zainudin said the enforcement ended on June 25 as the country was currently transitioning to the endemic phase.

He said the Covid-19 movement control order (MCO) SOP enforcement and compliance coordination committee was established to mobilise Op Patuh, launched in June last year.

The committee, spearheaded by the ministry, involved 32 ministries, departments and agencies. It was responsible for the enforcement of directives and laws to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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“Throughout Op Patuh until June 25, a total of 5.55 million inspections were carried out. Of the total, some 13,143 compounds were issued, and 6,383 premises were ordered to close,” he told reporters at the committee’s appreciation ceremony.

Hamzah said the government had also decided to end the appointment of officers authorised under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 on June 30.

“As the country is transitioning to the endemic phase, police will continue to work with the health ministry on the enforcement of SOPs and transition protocols under the Police Act 1967,” he added. - FMT

Save Bangsar farm that helps poor and praised by PM, founder pleads


More than 8,300 people have signed a petition on Change.org asking the authorities not to demolish Kebun-Kebun Bangsar. (Kebun-Kebun Bangsar Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A group running a vegetable farm beneath a power line on a hillside in Bangsar is pleading with the authorities to allow it to continue after the land office told it to vacate the land.

The Federal Territory office of the department of the director-general of lands and mines (JKPTG) also threatened the group with a RM500,000 fine and a jail term of five years if it failed to comply. The department also threatened to clear the land.

The 8.5 acre “Kebun-Kebun Bangsar” farm on Lorong Bukit Pantai began five years ago as a community project. The volunteers grow vegetables, fruits and flowers, which are given to the poor and to soup kitchens.

The project was praised by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who gave the farm a special mention in his World Environmental Day speech earlier this month.

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The farm’s founder Ng Sek San, 62, said nearly 300 volunteers helped till and farm the land. He said the farm was run legally as the land office had given a two-year temporary occupation licence (TOL) in 2016, with the backing of Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

However, in 2018, the TOL was not extended, with Ng only realising that the licence had expired two years later, as stated in an eviction letter. Ng has also received a nuisance notice from City Hall.

He said he had written several letters of appeal to the authorities.

Ng said 19 out of 20 residents adjacent to the farm supported the project, barring one “politically-linked VIP” who was dead-set against it.

More than 8,300 people have signed a petition on Change.org, demanding that the authorities do not demolish the farm.

Ng said the farm aimed to help those less fortunate and to make children conscious of the need to reverse climate change.

He said he wanted to continue with the project but was afraid that volunteers would be deterred from helping following the threat from the authorities.

“Every week, thousands come to our farm to acquaint themselves with nature. We want to be left alone to do our work peacefully. It must be protected and safeguarded by everyone, including City Hall and the other authorities.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Territory JKPTG director Muhammad Yasir Yahya said action was taken against the Kebun-Kebun Bangsar community farm as it had violated the terms of the TOL for nurseries.

Yasir said the terms included the type of crops grown on the farm and that there should not be any permanent structure built under the electric pylons based on the technical feedback from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

“The department also received complaints of disturbances lodged by residents.

“Investigations revealed that the nursery (Kebun-Kebun Bangsar) keeps various livestock such as chickens, ducks and sheep, thus raising other issues such as odour pollution, flies and noise disturbance, which led to the enforcement action,” Bernama quoted him as saying in a statement.

He said the department was supportive of the urban farm initiative but the regulations must be followed for the benefit of all parties.

FMT has contacted KL City Hall for comment. - FMT

Family of five, including 3 kids, killed in Kuantan car crash


According to the fire and rescue department, all five victims were removed from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: A family of five, including an infant, were killed in a collision involving their car and a trailer on Jalan Gambang-Muadzam in Pekan, Pahang, at about 3.20pm today.

Kuantan police chief Wan Zahari Wan Busu said the victims were identified as Muhammad Rosli Ibrahim, 33, Nor Afikah Abdullah Sani, 35, and their three children, Nur Safwa Irdina, seven, Nur Sofea Rajda, six, and an infant.

“Based on identification documents recovered, all the victims were from Simpang Empat, Semanggol, Perak,” he said in a statement.

He also said the driver of the trailer and his assistant were not injured.

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In a separate statement, Pahang fire and rescue department assistant director (operations) Ismail Abdul Ghani said 13 firefighters rushed to the scene as soon as a report was received.

Ismail said all five victims were pronounced dead at the scene. - FMT

Remove police officer from Ivana Smit task force, lawyer urges PM


Ivana Smit was found dead on the sixth floor of a condominium block in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 7, 2017. (Instagram pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The lawyer for Ivana Smit’s family has written to the prime minister asking him to remove a police officer from a task force probing the Dutch teen model’s death five years ago.

Lawyer SN Nair said the officer, Faizal Abdullah, was the investigating officer in Smit’s case when she was found dead on the ground of a balcony in Kuala Lumpur in 2017.

Nair said Faizal had wrongly concluded that Ivana had died due to natural causes or suicide without a proper probe, despite there being evidence to the contrary, made clear in an inquest and later by the High Court. The High Court then ruled that Ivana’s death was due to a “person or persons unknown”.

Nair’s letter to the prime minister comes after Ismail Sabri Yaakob assured Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte that a fair and transparent probe into her death would be held. Rutte had spoken to Ismail over the phone about the Ivana case, aside from other matters.

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In the letter handed over to Ismail’s office today, Nair said Faizal was in a clear position of conflict of interest and his inclusion in the task force would deny the “transparent, free and just” probe promised to Rutte and the Smit family.

“It is important for the task force to be appointed from amongst the members who are independent and who do not have any interest in the investigations,” he said.

“We truly believe that the appointment of Faizal in the task force is indefensible and runs contrary to YAB Dato’ Sri’s assurance on transparency and fairness in the investigation of this case,” he added.

Nair said the task force had also been formed in a shroud of secrecy, with no clear details of who the members were, barring that Faizal was part of the team.

He said Faizal’s inclusion in the task force was made known when the latter had asked for copies of Ivana’s post-mortem report from the Dutch authorities at the behest of the task force.

“No official notification has been given to the family or us by the task force to date. Representatives from the Netherlands embassy and the police attache had offered their support and assistance, but were turned down,” he said.

Nair said the Smit family was also disappointed that the task force had not obeyed the High Court’s direction to the police to start reinvestigating the case, despite a court order.

Ivana, then 18, was found dead on the sixth floor of a condominium block in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 7, 2017, purportedly falling from a 20th floor unit occupied by an American couple, Alex Johnson and Luna Almazkyzy.

Police had initially classified the case as sudden death. A coroner later ruled that there was no criminal element in the case, deciding that Ivana had died due to a misadventure.

The High Court, however, quashed the coroner’s findings, saying Ivana’s death was caused by “person or persons unknown” and there was a lack of investigation on the possibility of homicide. - FMT

Organiser says sorry for handing out pork-flavoured instant noodles


The health ministry lodged a police report on the pork-flavoured instant noodles that were given out in gift packs to blood donors. (Facebook pic)

PETALING JAYA: The organiser of a blood-donation drive in Johor has apologised for handing out pork-flavoured instant noodles in gift packs to donors, describing it as an oversight on their part.

The organising committee chairman for the event Lou Kok Meng said they would take full responsibility, Harian Metro reported.

“We take note of the matter and we are prepared to cooperate with the authorities probing the incident.

“A representative has met with the administrative department of the Hospital Sultanah Nora Ismail to provide an explanation,” Lou was quoted as saying.

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Lou added that all they could do for now was to offer an apology, especially to the blood donors.

Yesterday, Batu Pahat police chief Ismail Dollah said they received a report lodged by the health ministry on the matter.

He said gift packs were handed out to those who had donated blood.

“Some of the recipients were Muslims and they discovered that the instant noodles were pork-flavoured.” - FMT