Local News Local News en Immigration Dept empowers prosecutors via witness training course
Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said a total 30 immigration officers nationwide underwent a six-day Witness Training Course here, beginning March 17.

"This is our collaboration with the international body in terms of capacity building to ensure not only the witnesses in court but the participants who are also the prosecutors to gain exposure from the experiences and cases discussed during the course.

"Through this course, it will also increase the efficiency of immigration officials in matters of court submission and evidence, as well as the criminal justice system we uphold," he told the media after the closing of the course today.

Also present was British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Victoria Treadell.

Mustafar said in today's borderless world, prosecutors faced challenges to prove the case as suspects were increasingly daring to challenge the law.

"Through the course, this is how we strengthen our capabilities in presenting the evidence in court," he said.

He said out of the 16,700 illegal immigrants arrested last year, 70% were taken to court.

Meanwhile, Treadell said the course was an example of cooperation between the two countries in combating crime.

"We are delighted to support this important course like how to present evidence during prosecution.

"It is the first of many more collaborations and working with the Malaysian Immigration Department and their personnel on how we can look at challenges and how we can find common solutions," she added. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:27:08 +0000 theSundaily 535073 at
Foreign fishermen after high-quality squids
MMEA Eastern Region Maritime deputy director (Operations) Captain Maritime V. Pannir Selvan said 20 foreign fishing boats were nabbed during the squid season in Terengganu between January and March last year.

"This year, MMEA nabbed 15 foreign fishing boats and based on the trend, each year more foreign fishermen will encroach into the country's waters to reap lucrative profits during the squid season," he told a press conference here. today.

The MMEA successfully arrested a foreign fishing boat believed to be from Vietnam at 3 pm yesterday about 62 nautical miles from Kuala Kemaman.

Pannir Selvan said an inspection of the boat found that all seven crew including the skipper, aged 23 to 32 years, did not have valid identification documents. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:27:07 +0000 theSundaily 535075 at
Three held, stolen vehicles, rifle seized
Sarawak CID chief Datuk Dev Kumar M. M. Sree Shunmugam said two of the men possessed military identification documents of a neighbouring country.

Elaborating on the arrests and seizure, he said in a statement that the police stopped two men on a motorcycle at about 3am and found that the machine had been reported stolen in Sekama, Kuching, last year.

"One of the men was carrying an SS1 rifle and a magazine with 15 rounds of ammunition," he said.

While the police were questioning the men, a 4WD vehicle came at high speed from Lundu and abruptly stopped, apparently after the occupants spotted the police, he said.

Dev Kumar said two men alighted from the vehicle and started to run into the nearby oil palm plantation, but the police caught one of them.

"The 4WD vehicle had been reported stolen yesterday and a motorcycle being transported had been reported stolen in Kota Samarahan earlier this year," he said.

Dev Kumar added that the three men were being held at the Lundu District Police headquarters for investigation under the Firearms Act 1960 and for immigration offences. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:57:24 +0000 theSundaily 535082 at
Gadget-addicted children could contract pseudo-autism: Childhood specialist
Early Childhood Education specialist, Dr Putri Afzan Maria Zulkifli said 'Pseudo-Autism' was similar to Autism, meaning children lacking in social skills and seeming to live in their own world.

She said this could be the result, if children spent too much time playing with gadgets and watching television.

"Age one to six is a critical time in the development of children's neurons, but when there is a lack of physical activity and interaction, it impedes the growth of their brain which should grow up to 90% during the period," she told Bernama after appearing as a guest on the Nine11 programme broadcast on Bernama News Channel, here today.

She said neurons which are not fully developed or utilised would die, thus creating various complications for the children involved.

Dr Putri Afzan Maria said that apart from 'Pseudo-Autism', other complications which could occur included a failure to think sanely, having no creative thinking, being unable to interact and speak well, besides impeding the development of emotions and intellect.

"In a worst case scenario, it will put these children into a situation where they are unable to control their feelings or stress, causing depression," she added.

Hence, she advised parents to control their children's use of gadgets while helping them carry out other activities which were more appropriate for their age to stimulate the development of neurons, including emotional and intellectual development.

"Parents can still allow their children to use gadgets, but only for up to one hour per day for children aged one to three, and a maximum of two hours per day for those aged four to seven," she added. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:51:18 +0000 theSundaily 535080 at
BN to come up with the best manifesto: Tengku Razaleigh
The BN manifesto would be realistic and unlike the manifesto of the opposition which was released on March 8, he said.

"I am confident that all the promises in the BN manifesto will ensure the well-being of the people. The federal government has never failed to implement its promises," he said to reporters after opening the general meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Chiku 2 here.

Tengku Razaleigh said the opposition manifesto was confusing and many of the promises were beyond their ability to implement.

He said he was optimistic the BN manifesto would be well-received by the people and enable the BN to remain in power. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:35:50 +0000 theSundaily 535079 at
Man jailed, fined RM20,000 for hitting daughter with iron rod
Judge Hilmiah Yusof meted out the sentence on Ng Beng Chun, 41, who pleaded guilty to the charge.

Ng was ordered to serve the jail sentence from today.

Before handing down the sentence, Hilmiah told Ng that as a father, he should protect his daughter.

"To educate a child should not be to an extent of causing hurt, although the child is your own. As a child, she/he has the rights as a citizen to be protected under the law.

"Accept the punishment as a lesson," she said.

Ng, who is self-employed was charged with committing the offence at a house in Pangsapuri Cempaka, Jalan Prima 7/1, Taman Puchong Prima, here at 7pm on July 8, 2016.

He was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which provides a fine of up to RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to 20 years, or both, upon conviction.

Earlier, the prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Shafiq Hasim asked for the prison sentence to be meted on the accused on grounds that he admitted to abusing the child since she was six years old.

"The medical report also showed many old scars on the child," he said.

In mitigation, Ng said his intention was to educate the child and that he had lost his marriage, family and job because of the case. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:31:14 +0000 theSundaily 535044 at
Lim calls on EC to explain redelineation report
Lim said that for several states, the redelineation exercise by the commission has raised questions over the report which was eventually submitted.

"I have not seen the report yet as I was not there (in parliament) yesterday, but from what I know, it was available online," he said during a press conference today.

The Bagan MP also said the EC should clarify the differences and why there is a sudden change in the report.

Yesterday, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia told MPs that the report which was placed on their table, was embargoed until March 28.

The soft copies however, were uploaded onto a website and made available online.

Meanwhile on a separate issue, Lim has challenged MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai to a debate.

Lim said the debate will be focused on the Penang Undersea Tunnel and on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He believes the debate will invoke public interest and both him and Liow can come clean on the important issues.

"I invite him to a debate, if he accepts then we will make further arrangements," he added.]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:29:27 +0000 Imran Hilmy 535040 at
DAP Youth hits out at Gerakan over Guan Eng posters
DAP Socialist Youth publicity secretary Wong Yuee Harn said Gerakan's Jason Loo should have followed the guidelines set by the local authorities.

"Loo as a professional lawyer should know how things are done.

"I believe people in Penang don't want to see their beloved state turned into a mess with many illegal poster or banners," he told reporters at Jalan Macalister today.

"As long as the guidelines are followed, I don't see any reason why the council will reject his application unless you know the content has already violated the rules and regulations," he said.

He also slammed Gerakan chief Teng Chang Yeow, saying the latter should have known better as he had served as an exco member before.

"Teng should have known well that this would lead to unnecessary waste of government and public resources," he said, adding that sixty Penang Island City Council personnel were employed to remove the posters in an operation which took up to 12 hours.

On Tuesday, Teng said some 500 to 600 posters, hitting out at Lim and the state government, had been strung up as part of its election machinery dry run.

The posters were in Bahasa, English, Chinese and Tamil.

He said the putting up of posters in the early hours was to remind Penangites of the 51 promises unfulfilled by Lim.]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:14:22 +0000 Imran Hilmy 535065 at
New modus operandi in drug trade a challenge for police
Bukit Aman Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) director Commissioner Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said that this was one of the biggest challenges that his department faces in tackling the drug problem in Malaysia.

"Trends in drug trafficking have changed in the modern day. If we talk about the 20th century, which was the 70's to the 90's, drug trafficking only took place by traditional straightforward means through distributors, buyers and transporters.

"Since the beginning of the 21st century, beginning in the year 2000, the trend has become more sophisticated and complicated, as synthetic drugs started becoming a threat and progress in technology which proved challenging for law enforcement," he said at a press conference in Bukit Aman today to celebrate the 211th National Police Day celebrations.

He said the postal drug issue was brought up when he attended a conference organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria recently.

According to Mohmad Salleh, orders for drugs are purchased by consumers through the dark web, before being sent to them via post in small batches, and these sites are easily accessible.

He said that his department will have to get involved in activities organised by law enforcement in other parts of the world, which will give them input and knowledge of current global drug trends and smuggling techniques that are constantly changing.

Meanwhile, he also said that he would not hesitate to take action against any of his staff that become involved in narcotics.

Mohmad Salleh also added that in the two decades that the narcotics department has been operating, they have arrested almost two million people for drug abuse and seized a whopping RM3 billion worth of drugs.]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:55:34 +0000 Timothy Achariam 535032 at
Rescuers find two of 14 missing crewmen of capsized vessel
The two men were brought in a boat of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to the Pantai Leka fishermen's jetty in Parit Jawa here at 3.20pm and 4pm, respectively, and were sent to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital here in an ambulance.

Reporters at the scene learned that a press conference would be held soon.

Divers from the Royal Malaysian Navy and private companies searching for the missing crewmen overnight had heard knocking sounds from within the vessel, JBB Rong Chang 8, about 12 nautical miles from Tanjung Tohor here.

One crewman was found dead and three were rescued following the capsizing of the vessel that had 18 crewmen, one of them Malaysian and 17 foreigners, on board. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:40:20 +0000 theSundaily 535029 at