Saturday, November 10, 2007


Dancing has never done so much for the community as organisers of the Jazzercise Charity Workout at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex multi-purpose hall yesterday raised some RM100,000 for four schools in Sabah.
An extension of the Jazzercise international charity project From Sweat to Smiles, the funds raised were for development of facilities at Maktab Nasional, SRS Datuk Simon Fang and Lok Yuk in Kota Kinabalu and SM St Francis Xavier in Keningau.
The facilities include additional classrooms for Lok Yuk, a new multi-purpose hall for Maktab Sabah and SRS Datuk Simon Fung and a new classroom block to replace the existing wooden structure housing classrooms at SM St Francis Xavier.
Mayor Datuk Iliyas Ibrahim in his officiating speech, commended the organisers of the Charity Workout, adding that it would help in City Hall’s constant promotion of a healthy lifestyle among city dwellers. We always encourage city dwellers to practise a healthy lifestyle, hence the creation of recreation parks in the city such as Taman Ujana Tropika, Taman Prince Phillip, Taman Tun Fuad Stephens and the most recent one, the Double Six Memorial Park in Sembulan. “We believe by providing an avenue for people to work out or exercise is one way of encouraging city dwellers to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “I encourage city dwellers to make full use of the facilities provided for their benefit ... let us be committed in valuing the importance of health and fitness and enhance the overall quality of our lives,” he said. Leading the participants in the Jazzercise workout was Kenny Harvey, Jazzercise Incorporation US vice president of International Operations and Corporate Events, who was assisted by Jazzercise Asia region instructor trainer Christina Yap and local instructors from Music Mart, which organised the event. Earlier the crowd was also entertained by a live jazz performance from the Sabah Institute of Arts Jazz Syndicate, who will represent Sabah at the Jimmy Boyle Jazz Competition at the Penang Jazz Festival end of this month after winning the Sabah preliminaries.


KOTA MARUDU: A lorry driver was killed after the vehicle he was driving developed a mechanical problem and plunged into a cliff at Kilometer 11, Kota Marudu Road yesterday morning. Ramli Majinkin, in his 30s, died from serious head injuries while his nephew, also in his 30s, sustained minor injuries in the 1l am incident. According to District Police Chief DSP Mohd Isa Yusof, the three-tonne lorry suddenly developed engine problem while ascending a hill near Kampung Piso and began to slide backwards down the steep road. “The driver tried to stop the vehicle but the brakes did not work. The lorry slid off the road and went into the cliff,” said Mohd Isa.


Police here yesterday issued a stern warning against buying stolen items following the arrest of six people for buying stolen CD players. District Police Chief DSP Madang Usat said all the suspects, in their 30s, were picked up from here and Kota Kinabalu following the arrest of two ex-convicts earlier this week who admitted to have stolen seven car CD players recently. He said the duo, both locals in their 20s, used a motorcycle to search for their targeted vehicles and were active in Penampang areas “This is a reminder to the public … do not buy stolen items or risk the consequences,” he said, adding police had recovered all the CD. players from the buyers. Meanwhile, police had also recovered a Kembara vehicle reported stolen in Jalan Penampang Baru on Tuesday. He said the vehicle was located in Keningau a day after the report was lodged by its owner. Police also detained a 25-year-old man who was driving the vehicle ,Madang added.


Five teenagers were detained by police in connection with a series of break-ins here, in Petagas and the State Capital recently.
The boys, aged 16-19, were apprehended on Thursday and Friday.
District Police Chief DSP Madang Usat said the police recovered suspected stolen items worth about RM10,000.
Among the items were a laptop belonging to a Government Department, jewellery and electronic equipment, he said.
With the arrest of the suspects, police believed they have solved at least five burglary cases reported in recent months.


A double storey house in Kampung Warisan, Inanam was destroyed in a late afternoon blaze yesterday. Three fire engines, two from Sembulan and one from the Lintas fire station, were dispatched to the scene. The firemen managed to put the fire out before it spread to the adjacent houses. Eyewitness Rosnani Beraing said the fire started from one of the bedrooms at the upper level of the house and it was believed to be caused by a short circuit. She said the fire spread quickly and it took only minutes before engulfing the house. Five persons lived in the house but there was no adult at home during the incident. Two children, aged six and 13, were in the living room at the lower level of the house when the fire broke out but managed to escape unhurt. The spokesman for the Fire and Rescue Services Department said they were alerted to the incident at 5.3Opm and the fire was completely put out at 6.1 3pm. No casualty was reported and the actual cause of the fire and amount of losses were still being investigated.


Two Form Four students of SM Ken Hwa here died while two of their classmates were severely injured yesterday when the Kancil car they were travelling in collided with a lorry laden with sand at a bend along Jalan Kampung Feri here at 1.3Opm.
District Police Chief DSP Zahari Mohammad said Karen Shin, 16, died on the spot while Jubinia Lo, also 16, died after she was admitted to the District Hospital.
Both victims succumbed to severe head injuries, according to him.
Zahari said the other two students Berlina Chin, 16, sustained serious injuries including a broken right leg, while Stephenie Ng, also 16, had minor injuries.
He said the Kancil driver, Alexios Joseph, 21, sustained a broken right leg and injuries to his hands.
The injured students and car driver were treated at the hospital. The 29-year-old lorry driver escaped unhurt.
Zahari said blood samples from the car driver had been taken for a test to determine if he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

He said the car driver had apparently crossed into the other lane while negotiating the corner when it collided with the lorry coming from the opposite direction.
He said the lorry was coming towards the town from the Pegalan Quarry site at Kampung Village.
“It was raining and the road was wet when the accident occurred,” said Zahari.
He said the school management had been notified of the accident. Police traffic records showed the Kancil car had been served with three traffic summonses in the Peninsular Malaysia from its previous owner.
“Both the driver are in possession of valid driving licence,” said Zahari, who added the case is being investigated under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1997.