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| WEDNESDAY MAY 20 2009

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RPK’s son pleads guilty to theft, possession of stolen items
SHAH ALAM: A 32-year-old son of blogger Raja Petra Raja Kamaruddin pleaded guilty in the magistrate’s court here yesterday to four counts of stealing and possessing stolen goods worth RM17,870. On the first count, Raja Azman Raja Petra, of Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh, near here, was charged with stealing a motorcycle belonging to a production operator, Mohd Syaiful Setapa, 24, on Jalan Batas 2, 19/6B, Section 19 here at about 9.30am on March 20. The second charge was for breaking into Mohd Syaiful’s house and stealing his wallet, which contained his identity card, RM20, a road tax disc, ATM cards and driving licence at the same place, date and time. On the third count, Raja Azman was charged with stealing a handphone, watch and motorcycle chain, all worth RM3,850, belonging to a student, Saipul Adli Mohamed Yunus, 21, at a house on Jalan Sastera, U2/1K Section U2 here at about 10am on April 24. Raja Azman, who was arrested on May 6, was also charged with possessing a stolen motorcycle, worth RM6,000, belonging to student Ahmad Firdaus Jalaluddin, 23, in front of a house on the first floor of Block 1, Apartment Kinrara Court, Puchong, near here, at about 10.40pm on May 5. Magistrate Norkamilah Aziz set bail at RM10,500 in one surety for all the charges and fixed June 19 for sentencing. Deputy Public Prosecutor Siti Syakimah Ibrahim prosecuted. Raja Azman was unrepresented. – Bernama

It is worthwhile remembering that despite all the medical advances that we have today, infectious diseases are responsible for 15 million (26%) of 57 million annual deaths in a global population of 6.2 billion.”
– Prof Dr Adeeba Kamrulzaman, UMMC’s infectious disease expert

Raja Azman is led out of court after pleading guilty to four counts of stealing and possessing stolen goods.

From Mat Rempit to Thugs-On-Wheels
by Charles Ramendran
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: Police said yesterday they will now call illegal street racers Samseng Jalanan or Thugs-onWheels (TOW), instead of Mat Rempit as the term appears to have created a “glamorous” image for such rowdies. They said Samseng Jalanan or TOW are appropriate references for the havoc these people cause and the crimes they commit. “We do not want to glamorise them with the name Mat Rempit so the police have decided to call them Samseng Jalanan,” Federal traffic police chief SAC II Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof said at a press conference at Dataran Merdeka to announce a joing operation with enforcement agencies to eradicate the menace nationwide. He said police are going all-out to clamp down on the activities of these motorcyclists. Sixty-nine were nabbed in 689 operations nationwide from May 1 to 17.

Thirty-three of them have been charged with various offences and the rest are still under investigation. Sixty-two per cent of those caught were aged between 15 and 20. Abdul Aziz said police issued more than 13,000 summonses during the operations and among the main offences was riding without licences, road tax and insurance. Twenty-nine of the 589 tested for drugs proved positive. Police also seized five motorcycles which were reported stolen. Abdul Aziz said one of the measures proposed to tackle the TOW menace was mandatory imprisonment for reckless riding under the Road Transport Act. For underaged offenders who come under the Child Protection Act, police will propose they be sent to schools for juvenile delinquents. “We urge parents to monitor the movements of their children and to be in the know about their whereabouts. Only then can we succeed in completely eradicating this problem,” he said.

Abdul Aziz also said he has directed all police contingents nationwide to have their own Squad 42, a special traffic police unit formed to counter TOW. Currently, only four states have Squad 42 teams. The TOW menace is reported to be at its highest in Perak followed by Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur. In a press statement, Dr Cheah Soon Hai, Gerakan’s head of Central Bureau on Environment, Safety and Quality of Life, said the Mat Rempit and snatch theft menace are serious and the government should act fast to amend the laws to impose a harsher punishment. He said imposing a heavier penalty would be a deterrent for the culprits, as lives and injuries had been caused by snatch thieves and Mat Rempit. “In fact, the culprits should be charged with murder, especially when the victim died,” he said. Cheah urged the Home Ministry to expedite the setting up of a committee to deal with the problem.

We do not want to glamourise them with the name Mat Rempit so the police have decided to call them Samseng Jalanan.”

Two ‘hardcore criminals’ shot dead in abduction bid
by Charles Ramendran newsdesk@thesundaily.com PETALING JAYA: Two men described as hardcore criminals responsible for a number of robbery, rape and kidnapping cases were shot dead by police minutes after they abducted a foreigner in Damansara Kim here late yesterday. The men, aged 25 and 30, who were recently released from detention under the Emergency Ordinance, were bundling a Myanmar worker into a car at about 8pm when they were spotted by a special police team from the state contingent. The policemen, who were on crime prevention rounds, went to the aid of the worker but the suspects sped off with their intended victim in the car. A high-speed chase ensued before the car were intercepted about 2km away near the Damansara Specialist Centre in SS20. Selangor CID chief SAC II Datuk Hasnan Hassan said the two men dashed out of the car, leaving the Myanmar worker behind. While one of the men lunged at the policemen with a parang, his accomplice open fire with a pistol. The police returned fire and killed both men on the spot. Hasnan said one of the men is also believed to be behind the abduction of a restaurant owner and his friend in Damansara last week. In the incident, the suspects abandoned both the victims, who were gagged and tied up, at an oil palm estate in Shah Alam after relieving them of their valuables. The restaurant owner died from suffocation but his friend managed to free himself.

by Karen Arukesamy
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: The Bandar Tasik Selatan Integrated Transport Terminal project, expected to be ready by the end of 2010, will soon be the hub for all north and south destinations. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, who is in charge of the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (CVLB), told reporters after a dialogue with bus operators yesterday it is part of the government’s long-term plan to reduce traffic congestion on Jalan Pudu and the city centre He said the Tasik Selatan terminal was initially supposed to replace only Puduraya for destinations in the south but now it will replace the Perhentian Putra and Pekeliling bus terminals as well. “The public can take buses to anywhere in the peninsula from the Tasik Selatan hub. We do not want to include Puduraya in the long-term plan, we do not want it to be the hub. It has always been a temporary station,” Nazri said. Puduraya will then be used as an intracity transportation station. “Tasik Selatan is spacious, accessible by LRT and also is near the highway, so it will prevent traffic congestion and also ensure that buses stick to their schedules,” he said. The terminal is expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers of the integrated transport system, namely the Light Rail Transit (LRT), Express Rail Link (ERL) and KTM Komuter. Nazri, Finance Minister II Datuk Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah and Federal Territory Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik visited the

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Tasik Selatan terminal to be main hub

Gunmen make off with RM8.2m cash
KUALA LUMPUR: Three gunman who confronted four security guards ferrying cash in their armoured vehicle in Cheras late on Monday made off with about RM8.2 million. The robbers, who wore ski masks, left behind two bags containing about RM2 million. The guards had picked up the cash from several companies and were doing their last collection near a shopping centre in Taman Segar when the robbers took over the wheels of the armoured van at gunpoint. The robbers escaped with the cash in a car driven by an accomplice. Kuala Lumpur CID chief SAC II Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the four guards have been detained to help in investigations.

Puduraya bus terminal yesterday to observe the activities there. The short-term plan to upgrade the Puduraya bus terminal involves three phases. UDA Holdings Bhd is funding the ongoing first phase, which costs RM5.3 million. The Finance Ministry has allocated RM25 million to fund the second and third phases, which will be completed in six and 12 months, respectively. The work includes building escalators and upgrading lifts and air-conditioning, shifting the ticket counters to the first floor, and the food stalls to the fourth floor.

The chaos at Puduraya came to the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak after his walkabout in the city centre, during which he noted that it has been causing traffic congestion in the city. Nazri also proposed that a government drivers school be set up for bus and taxi drivers. He said it is the responsibility of the government to train and provide drivers for public transportation. “This will avoid irresponsible drivers who contribute to the cause of road accidents,” he said.

Nazri (left) and Raja Nong Chik during their visit to Puduraya yesterday.

11 held in protest
KUALA LUMPUR: Police detained 11 people, including an opposition MP and a state assemblyman, for attending a candlelight protest against the Barisan Nasional (BN) government in Perak at Seputeh here last night. It is understood the two are Serdang MP Teo Nie Chin and Teratai state assemblyman Jenice Lee. – Bernama