80 PER CENT OF FATAL ACCIDENTS BECAUSE OF MOTORISTS' ATTITUDE
PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) -- Eighty per cent of the 6,381 fatal accidents reported last year occurred due to the attitude of motorists, Road Safety Department Director-General Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah said.
He said the number of fatal accidents recorded last year showed an increase from 6,349 in 2011, adding that a total of 20,473 road accidents were reported last year, from 20,662, the previous year.
"Among the cause of fatal accidents is using the telephone while driving and most of those involved are between 17 and 29 years of age," he told a media conference after the launch of the 'Fill Up With Air' (FUWA) campaign and free professional advice on tyre pressure by Michelin Malaysia Sdn Bhd at the Alamanda Shopping Centre here today.
He said despite the various campaigns by the government and the private sector, the awareness among the public to reduce statistics on road accidents was still low.
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HOUSE NOT COMPLETED ON TIME, TAMAN APAS PERMAI HOUSEBUYERS LODGE REPORT
TAWAU, July 12 (Bernama) -- Buyers of houses at Taman Apas Permai, Batu 12, Jalan Apas near here have lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the delay in the completion of their houses.
The report was lodged at the MACC office here about 2pm today.
Taman Apas Permai Action Committee chairman Baharuddin Andi Seni said the house buyers, who are mostly civil servants, were promised that the houses would be ready in 2009.
"The report is lodged to facilitate investigation by MACC," he told reporters after the report was lodged.
FARMER KILLED, THREE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THREE-VEHICLE COLLISION
KUANTAN, July 12 (Bernama) -- A farmer was killed and four others were injured, three of them with serious injuries, in a three-vehicle collision at Km118.6 Jalan Kuantan-Segamat, near Rompin today.
The three vehicles involved in the 4pm collision were jeep, a Proton Perdana car and a Honda motorcycle.
Pahang Public Order and Traffic Department head Supt Mohamed Fauzi Abdul Rahim identified the dead as Buang Awang, 60, from Muadzam Shah, who was at the wheel of the jeep.
He said Buang's front passenger, Mohd Nazi Busumi, 34, the driver of the Proton Perdana car, Aliff Shah Fuad Shah, 27, and his front passenger, Nur Khadijah Mohd Zain, 23, were seriously injured in the mishap, while motorcyclist, Nurhasimah Md Isa, 20, escaped with minor injury.
The collision occurred when Buang lost control of the wheel, causing the jeep to skid and veer into the path of the Proton Perdana car which was heading toward the opposite direction, he said when contacted by Bernama.
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PROFES TO HOST iCoTLtG2013 IN KUCHING ON OCT 20-22
KUCHING, July 12 (Bernama) -- The 2013 International Conference on Teaching & Learning Through Games (iCoTLtG2013) will be held here on Oct 20 until 22, Sarawak Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said today.
She said it would be organised by the Sarawak Society for Development of Educational Professionalism (Profes), with the cooperation of the Batu Lintang Teachers Teaching Institute (IPGKBL).
The target groups for the conference include teachers, sports agencies, trainers and students, she told reporters after a meeting with Profes chairman and deputy chairman, Dr Zulwali Kifli Merawi and Awang Hambali Awang Hamdan, respectively, at her office here today.
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INSTALLATION, UPGRADING OF TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO SMOOTHEN TRAFFIC FLOW
MELAKA, July 12 (Bernama) -- The installation and upgrading of traffic lights at the intersections of Jalan Merdeka and Taman Malinja Lebuh AMJ here, respectively, will help to smoothen traffic flow to tourist destinations in Melaka.
Melaka Tengah district police chief ACP Salehhudin Abd Rahman said the move would smoothen traffic flow in Bandar Hilir, which was often congested during the weekends, and also at Lebuh AMJ, the entry point to Melaka from Muar.
"The installation of the traffic lights at Jalan Merdeka will be carried out by the Historical Melaka City Council (MBMB) from Wednesday, and scheduled to be operational by Aug 14.
"At Taman Malinja, the upgrading of the traffic lights is to reduce waiting time by 25 per cent, from 295 seconds to 220 seconds," he told a media conference today.
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COLLECTION OF "KHAIRAT" DONATIONS WITHOUT PERMISSION IS UNLAWFUL
KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) -- Individuals caught collecting "khairat" donations (funds raise for the welfare of Muslims) without permission in the Federal Territories could be taken action under the Administration of Islamic Law (Federal Territories) Act 1993.
Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) secretary, Datuk Che Mat Che Ali, said similar action could also be taken against individuals responsible for placing donation boxes at public places, like restaurants and mosques, to raise funds.
He said an operation was conducted three weeks ago during which the council seized 133 "khairat" donation boxes in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
"The donation boxes included from foreign countries to raise funds for various purposes, but made without permission," he added.
Che Mat, who is also the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department director, said bodies in need of assistance should register with Baitulmal.
"Baitulmal gives out aid of more than RM75 million a year, from an annual collection of RM400 million a year," he added.
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MOSQUES SHOULD BE CENTRE FOR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE - RAJA MUDA
PADANG BESAR, July 12 (Bernama) -- The Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail wants the role of mosques to be expanded into an institution that generates knowledge and expertise, as well as for research and consultation.
He said mosques should not be regarded only as a house of worship, but its role should be diversified for the benefit of the local community.
Towards this end, all mosques should have a resource centre equipped with various information to be used as reference, he said when opening the Al-Azim Mosque, Titi Tinggi near here last night.
KK CITY FOLKS TOLD NOT TO LITTER
KOTA KINABALU, July 12 (Bernama) -- Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun today called for attitude change among members of the society to not litter, including to throw rubbish in drainage areas.
He said it was because of littering that caused pollution of the beaches and island areas.
"Until we change, the problem will prevail, even if the Kota Kinabalu City Hall workers were to clean the beaches everyday," he told reporters after the breaking of fast with orphans from Rumah Putera Harapan at 1Borneo, Likas, yesterday.
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POLICE LOOKING FOR NOOR IRMAN HAMZAH
JERANTUT, July 12 (Bernama) -- Police are looking for a man, believed to be the leader of a gang suspected of being responsible for several robbery cases reported since March.
Jerantut district police chief Supt Azid Ismail identified the suspect as Noor Irman Hamzah, 36, whose last known address is No23, Lrg 8, Taman Pelangi, Jerantut.
He urged those with information on Noor Irman or his whereabout to contact Investigating Officer Insp. Mohamed Syahrir Zabidi at 012 5428959/092662222 or the nearest police station.
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80 PER CENT OF EMPOWER PARTICIPANTS OPEN OWN BUSINESS
KEMAMAN, July 12 (Bernama) -- About 80 per cent of the 500 people who attended a course under the East Coast Economic Region (ECER) skill training programme have succeeded in opening their own business or find a job.
Malaysian Social Development Organisation (PKSM) project director, K. Suraindran, said the Empower Programme, handled by PKSM, offered nine courses and its target group was those from the low income earners.
The courses included repair of electrical appliances, video and photography, reflexology and spa, artistic beauty and frozen food, sewing, creative beading and cooking and hair-dressing, he told Bernama here today.
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