Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wed 17th Oct 2007 - Hui Vi can move hands actively

KUALA LUMPUR: Heart transplant patient Tee Hui Yi, 14, is recuperating well at the National Heart Institute and also appears to be more cheerful.

According her mother, Dina Bato Sam Bua, 46, she can move her hands and fingers more actively and is even able to smile although hooked on to a ventilator.

The ventilator will be removed once the doctor who is caring for Hui Yi, Dr Mohamed Ezani Md. Taib returns to work after celebrating Hari Raya soon,” Dina said when contacted yesterday

Dr Mohamed Ezani Md. Taib

Wed 17th Oct 2007 - Police willing to brief AG why suspects in Nurin murder probe released

KUALA LUMPUR: The Police will brief Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail the reasons for the release of suspects detained in the Nurin murder probe if asked, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.

“I myself will explain to him should he (AG) want to know the details,” he told reporters after witnessing the handing over of duties ceremony for Bukit Aman’s new logistics director yesterday.

He said this when asked to comment on a report in an English newspaper on Friday which said that the AG wanted an explanation why all the suspects detained in connection with the case were released. Asked on the three men seen getting into a Perodua Kenari car that was recorded on the CCTV System of the shop where eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin’s body was left in a sports bag, Musa said they had no links to the case.

The three men turned up at the Petaling Jaya police station on Friday to give statements after pictures taken from the video recording showing their presence at the crime scene were published in all the major newspapers.

On the investigations as to how autopsy pictures of Nurin’s body could have been circulated on the Internet, Musa said, “We will get to the bottom of this barbaric act.”

He declined to comment on the latest developments in the murder probe.

Nurin went missing on Aug 20 after going on her own to a night market near her house in Wangsa Maju here. On Sept 20, her naked body stuffed in a sports bag was found left underneath the staircase of shop lot in PJSI/48.

A total of five suspects including an Indonesian woman were detained in connection with case but all were later freed.

DCP Datuk Mashuri Zainal took over as Bukit Aman’s new logistics director from his predecessor DCP Datuk Zainal Mohd Tahir, who retired from the force yesterday.

Wed 17th Oct 2007 - Invite to futsal teams for Kronos Cup

KOTA KINABALU: Teams are invited to take part in the Kronos Cup Futsal Cup 2007 to be held at the KK Futsal Arena next month.

Scheduled to start on Nov 11, the tournament offers a total of RM3,000 in prize money plus vouchers, trophies and medals.

The entry fee is RM200 per team. Each team taking part in the tournament to be played on the full-sized international pitch will also receive seven Kronos jerseys valued over RM300.

However, the tournament will limit the number of participating teams to 32 and the closing date is on Nov 4.

Those interested can get registration forms and further details at KK Futsal Arena situated at Lot 23 Block 8, Jalan Pelabuhan in Kota Kinabalu or contact 088-249002 for person in-charge at the Arena.

Wed 17th Oct 2007 - Voters’ names missing

15pc of women in Kalabakan unable to find names in poll rolls, says Women Chief

TAWAU: About 15 percent of the women voters in Kalabakan who had voted in the previous election could not find their name in the current electoral rolls.

Umno Women Kalabakan Chief Datuk Hjh Hamisa Samat, who revealed this yesterday, said she has reported the matter to the Umno Secretary General, and she hoped steps are being taken to reinstate the missing names as it would be a loss during the coming election.

“These women had voted in Kalabakan before, but their names are missing from the Election Commission’s electoral rolls,” she said when interviewed during her Hari Raya open house here yesterday.

Hamisa revealed the matter when asked about the Umno Women’s election preparation in Kalabakan for the coming election.

On the preparation, she said the Umno Women’s movement had never stopped its election machinery since the last election and to date, it has 9,918 registered members in Kalabakan.

On another matter, Hamisa said the younger generation’s “picky” altitude needs to be addressed so that they will accept whoever is chosen as a candidate during election.

She said the ‘Ketua 10’ (10 Chiefs) had studied the voters’ altitude during their house-to-house visit to update their information.

She said the K10, with each woman branch leader looking after 10 houses, found out that the elderly voters would choose BN regardless of who is standing under the BN banner, but the younger generation would vote based on who is the candidate.

“The Umno Wanita needs to explain to all voters the need to accept whoever is chosen as the candidate,” she said.

On the Umno Wanita Kalabakan’s stand on calls for the Merotai seat to be given back to Umno, Hamisa said they have no problem on the matter.

“We have no problem with it even if the candidate is not from Umno. We would support whoever is chosen from the BN component parties,” she said.

Meanwhile, in Kota Kinabalu, State BN Secretary Datuk Karim Bujang said all Barisan Nasional (BN) supporters will put their differences aside during the election to ensure victory for the ruling coalition and continued development for the people.

He said yesterday that despite arguments and difference of opinions about seat allocations and different views before any elections, the BN component parties, their members and supporters will at the end of the day still work together and abide by the leadership’s final decisions.

“Over the years, seat allocations have been a very hot topic, especially as election time draws near, but we can be assured that when the party leadership makes a statement and comes up with a decision, everybody will comply with it,” he told reporters during his Hari Raya Open House at his residence in Putatan, yesterday.

Karim said there was nothing wrong with requesting for extra seats and voicing one’s opinion, describing it as ‘normal’ but he believed that at the end of the process, everyone will accept the leadership’s decision.

Wed 17th OCt 2007 - Assemblyman to wed CM’s daughter

KOTA KINABALU: One of Sabah Umno’s most eligible bachelors is marrying the only daughter of the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Membakut Assemblyman Mohd Ariffin Mohd Arif, 44, will marry 26-year-old Lenny Natasha Musa Aman in Sandakan this weekend.

Ariffin, an Islamic studies graduate, said yesterday that the akad nikah ceremony would be held on Thursday(Oct 18) and the Bersanding on Saturday (Oct 20) at Musa’s residence Sri Libaran.

“It is fated.” said Ariffin in hesitantly admitting that he and Lenny had known each other for some time now.

He shied away from talking about his courtship with Lenny, who is pursuing a course with Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (Unitar) here.

Ariffin, a former public relations secretary to the Chief Minister, was picked as the Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the new Membakut state seat which he won in 2004.

Ariffin, who is the Chairman of the Sabah Native Affairs Council, said that he would be holding a reception at Kampung Pimping in Membakut on Oct 28.

VIPs and guests from around the country are expected to attend the wedding ceremony of Ariffan and Lenny this weekend.