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Saturday, 16 December 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

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Suspected scammers nabbed in Kuching

Three Chinese nationals and two Indonesians, suspected to be involved in several scams in the city, have been arrested in a sting operation. 

The suspects, aged between 27 and 50, were picked up at 5pm during a raid on a house in Taman Stampin Tengah. 

Padawan deputy police chief Deputy Supt Merbin Lisa said the arrests came following a police report lodged by a 58-year-old Chinese woman, claiming she was duped of RM4,000 in savings and jewellery.

Police seized RM6,618 in cash, 1.76 million Indonesian rupiah, HK$610, BN$2, 1,150 Chinese yuan, an assortment of jewellery, eight mobile phones and a rented car. 

Police believe the suspects could also be involved in another case in Padawan, in which a 60-year-old businessman lost nearly RM900,000. 


5m python caught in Sibu after a ‘fight’

SIBU: A snake catcher wrestled down a 5m-long python after more than two hours. Lai Lee Siew said a house owner in Jalan Lim Han Swee called him up, complaining that a python had made a meal out of his cat.

“I caught the reptile as it was about to slide out of the house. However, I lost hold of it as it was too strong,” he said.

Lai said he gave chase and spotted the snake inside a drainage pipe.

“I went down the drain and with the help of six youths, we managed to force it to come out using a stick,” he said, adding that he finally captured the reptile.


Ex-GM and plantation owner acquitted of CBT

KOTA KINABALU: A former general manager of a state agency and a palm oil plantation owner have been acquitted of criminal breach of trust involving RM9mil.

George @ Juaari Majid, formerly with the Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB), walked out of the Sessions Court a free man after judge Abu Bakar Manat ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove a prima facie case against him.

Abu Bakar also freed How Kim San, 55, who had been accused of abetting George.

George was alleged to have approved the RM9mil payment to How in four transactions between March 22 and Aug 14, 2013.

He was accused of approving the payment for 164ha of land at Kampung Babason, Sook, in Keningau district and the compensation for the crops on the plot without the approval of the SLDB board of directors and the state Finance Ministry.


Selangor cops hold GE14 drills

Selangor police carried out two live exercises to prepare themselves for the upcoming 14th general election.

Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab said a total of 276 personnel from Sabak Bernam were involved in the exercise.

“One of the scenarios is a clash between two groups of supporters outside Dewan Seri Bernam.

“We simulated the clash and deployed a light strike force unit to calm the situation,” he told reporters at the police headquarters yesterday.

DCP Ab Rashid said they had identified several shortcomings and measures were being put in place to improve the handling of such a situation.


Housewife found guilty of insulting Islam

IPOH: Dressed flamboyantly in a Union Jack top and bright yellow cardigan, housewife Tham Yut Mooi’s mood was anything but cheerful when a magistrate’s court here found her guilty on three counts of insulting Islam.

Sighing out loud as she stood in the dock waiting to be sentenced, her composure cracked when magistrate Siti Hanum Md Sah meted out a six-month jail sentence and RM5,000 fine for each charge.

The 49-year-old mother of two was found guilty of having deliberately uttered words to demean Islam at the solat room of Masjid Abu Ubaidah in Taman Perpaduan, Ulu Kinta, at about 5.30pm on May 4 last year.

The court, however, ordered Tham to serve the jail sentences concurrently from yesterday and to be jailed an additional three months if she could not settle each of the fines.

She has been granted a stay of execution pending an appeal.


Jan 15 date for cop facing RM300 graft charge

The case of a policeman charged with receiving a RM300 bribe has been fixed for case management on Jan 15.

Sessions Court judge Sitarun Nisa Abdul Aziz set the date for L/Kpl Mohd Syafiq Abd Rahman, 27, after the submission of documents yesterday.

The policeman claimed trial last month to accepting RM300 from Badrul Hisham Ahmad, 41, as inducement not to take action against him for allegedly impersonating as a cop.

The offence was allegedly committed while the accused was on patrol in Lorong Relau 3 in Bukit Jambul at around 8pm on Oct 13, 2016.


Penang handing out RM105mil to flood victims

GEORGE TOWN: The state government is giving out RM105mil cash aid to flood victims which is the largest in Malaysia, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

“The main objective of the Penang Bounce Back programme is to help restore and rebuild the lives of all of the flood victims,” he said yesterday.

Out of the 52,950 applications between Nov 21 and Dec 2 for the relief aid, 48,424 were approved while 1,316 were rejected.

The remaining 3,210 applications were incomplete or needed further investigation before they could be approved, Lim said.

Yesterday, the state began giving out the RM700 one-off payment to the Nov 4 and 5 flood victims.

A total of 41,892 families received the payment, totalling RM29.3mil, while another 5,925 families will get their aid amounting to RM4.147mil at Komtar today.

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