Cops fire shots after gamblers turn rowdy

KUALA LUMPUR — Barely a week after a police officer discharged his weapon to defend himself, a similar incident took place between some 30 gambling suspects and crime prevention personnel on
Saturday night.

The latest incident unfolded when a team of seven policemen were set upon by a group of Chinese nationals after they went to a house in Jalan Abraham off Jalan Khoo Teik Ee to check on gambling
activities at 10.30pm.

Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Shaharudin Abdullah said the suspects, comprising contract workers from a nearby construction site, became aggressive and tried to attack the officers.

“The situation got out of hand and the police personnel from the Tun HS Lee station fired four warning shots in the air,” he said.

He said four patrol teams were rushed to the scene after the seven officers requested for back-up.

No one was hurt in the scuffle.

Police arrested 68 suspects and released 60 of them after their statements were taken. The remaining eight have been remanded for three days until tomorrow.

Shaharudin said the situation could have been sparked by communication breakdown between the suspects and the police officers.

He said initial investigations showed several houses in the area had been converted to quarters for contract workers, with about 200 Chinese nationals living there.

On Nov 6, a police officer and his neighbour were attacked by a group of 15 people following a misunderstanding sparked by a traffic accident.

Hunt for syndicate selling fake ‘Datuk’ titles

JOHOR BARU — Police are tracking down a syndicate selling fake “Datuk” titles following several reports by victims and the arrest of a prominent businessman with a “Datuk” title in Batu Pahat recently.

The 57-year-old Datuk, who is also active in the Batu Pahat community policing activities, is linked to the sale of Pahang Datukships, especially the coveted “Datuk Seri” title.

A police source said the suspect, who is well known in the Johor business circles, was arrested when he turned up at the Iskandar Puteri district police headquarters after being called in for questioning on Thursday.

“We got the lead on the suspect after reports were lodged against him,” the source said.

“Police later went to the suspect’s house and seized framed photographs of him in full ceremonial uniform.”

Following the arrest, police conducted a search where items such as royal appointment letters and crests, also believed to be fake, were seized from the complainants.

At least two victims lodged police reports after they checked the authenticity of their titles.

Investigations found the suspect asked his victims to donate to the community policing association he was active in, or subscribe to fees of a so-called royal club.

State police investigators are also trying to locate another individual known as “Datuk Keith”, who is said to use the same modus operandi, but offers the titles via his personal Facebook account.

Malay Mail learnt the victims of “Datuk Keith”, who lodged separate reports at the Johor Baru South district police, were told to pay fees to join another club before they could get their Datukships endorsed.

It was learned the buyers were asked to pay RM50,000 to RM150,000 for a “Datuk” title, and RM150,000 to RM280,000 for a “Datuk Seri” title.

“Investigators believe the two individuals are linked to the same syndicate active for more than six months and had duped more than a dozen individuals, mainly Johor businessmen,” the source said.

The syndicate operates in a manner where the individuals convince their victims with personal photos of them with royalty or VVIPs.

“For those who have fully paid, the syndicate will provide ceremonial attire, royal emblems and royal appointment letters,” said the source.

Last month, a new law called the Awards Act 2017 came into force, and the Emblems and Names Act (Amendment) 2016 was amended, to punish individuals peddling fake titles and awards with a heavier penalty.

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131 held as police stop illegal race

IPOH — A total of 131 people were arrested for illegal racing here early yesterday morning.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Ali Tamby said 187 motorcycles were seized during the operation which began at 2am at Jelapang-Jalan Silibin.

“Of the 131 arrested, nine tested positive for drugs,” he said.

“We also arrested 15 women during the operations.”

Mohd Ali said the women’s role was being investigated.

Among the offences believed to have been committed by the motorcyclists, aged between 15 and 50, were riding without licences, not having road tax and insurance, jumping the red light, and having fanciful number plates.

The motorcyclists had gathered at several parts of the city in anticipation of a race.

During the operation, police also seized a motorcycle modified into a basikal lajak (modified bicycle).

Mohd Ali said it was the first time that such a motorcycle had been seized in an operation.

He said more operations would be carried out to stop illegal racing in the city.

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Ministry to give early warning on floods

PASIR MAS — The Communications and Multimedia Ministry will intensify the dissemination of information on floods so the public, especially those in low-lying areas, can take early precautions.

Its secretary-general Tan Sri Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad said the ministry was working with the Malaysian Meteorological Department and other related parties to obtain information on the floods for dissemination.

“Our ministry has determined how to spread the information, such as steps that should be taken when we face floods,” she told reporters after visiting the homes of aid recipients in the Connecting-the-Unconnected (CTU) programme at Kampung Bukit Tandak in Rantau Panjang here yesterday.

Sharifah Zarah said Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and other broadcasting stations were currently providing information on floods and preparations which the public must heed.

“For instance, RTM broadcasts awareness campaigns every day, such as not playing in floodwaters, and taking early precautions and measures for the public to evacuate when the instruction is issued by the authorities,” she said.

She advised the public to keep up with current developments such as the weather condition and water level in rivers, and not to wait until the last minute to move to evacuation centres.

Sharifah Zarah also reminded the public not to spread false information on floods as it could create panic.

On the CTU programme, she said the project to repair dilapidated homes would allow affected families to lead comfortable lives and enjoy clear television transmissions and good internet coverage.

In the case of homes which cannot be repaired, the ministry would build new ones for the families.

Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said torrential rain on Friday, which last more than two hours, caused flash floods in Seremban because drains were clogged with rubbish.

“I have always advised the people not to throw rubbish into drains and we should take the initiative to keep them clean to avoid the problem of flash floods,” he told reporters after launching the 14th general election machinery in Labu, Nilai, yesterday.

“If the drains were not blocked, probably flash floods would not have occurred, as the drains in Jalan Lee Sam and the bus terminal were filled with all kinds of waste.” — Bernama

Kit Siang gets most number of votes in DAP re-election

SHAH ALAM — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang won the most votes in the party’s re-election of its central executive committee (CEC) yesterday to retain his post as parliamentary leader for the party.

Kit Siang won 1,199 votes, coming in ahead of Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, who garnered 1,193 votes.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng came in third, ahead of national organising secretary Anthony Loke and Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong, to retain his post as secretary-general for the CEC’s 2017-2020 term.

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai was elected the new DAP chairman, and Gobind his deputy.

The national chairman’s position had been vacant since the death of Karpal Singh in 2014.

The party’s five vice-chairmen are Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen, Penang DAP chief Chow Kon Yeow, Sabah DAP chief Stephen Wong, and Pahang DAP chief Tengku Zulpuri Shah.

A total of 1,346 ballots were cast by delegates in the re-election, ordered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Among other members who made the top 20 CEC line-up were Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

The 20 elected members of the CEC line-up remained largely unchanged compared to the 2013 party CEC elections, except for two new additions.

Johor state opposition leader Boo Cheng Hau and the late former DAP national chairman Karpal Singh were out of the
line-up.

They were replaced by Batu Gajah MP V. Sivakumar and former Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu, respectively.

Independent auditors Grant Thornton conducted the election, which saw 36 spoilt votes with no indication of unreturned votes.

Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari, whose inclusion came after the party’s tabulation error in the 2012 party elections that led to the long-running standoff with the RoS, came in 19th in the vote, making it to the CEC by a comfortable margin.

The 10 appointed members of the 30-seat CEC were Stephen Wong Tien Fatt, Jannie Lasimbang, Khoo Poay Tiong, Yeo Bee Yin, Ong Kian Ming, Dr John Brian Anthony, Wong Kah Woh, Hannah Yeoh, Thomas Su and Tengku Zulpuri.

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun was elected party treasurer. — Malay Mail Online

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War dead remembered in solemn ceremony

KUALA LUMPUR — About 700 people gathered to commemorate Remembrance Day — a century since the battle of Passchendale and the end of hostility in the Great War — at the National Monument yesterday.

The memorial service also marked 76 years since the start of the Malayan campaign to honour the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian service personnel in both World Wars and later conflicts.

British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell, one of those present, said Remembrance Sunday was a day to honour those who fought on all sides and served their countries in one of the bloodiest periods in human history.

“It is an important occasion for us to show our gratitude and give thought to those who have died, suffered injuries and loss, and to those who continue to suffer
today,” she said.

Those present included ambassadors, high commissioners and defence advisers from Commonwealth and other countries alongside representatives from the Malaysian Armed Forces, Sikh Veterans Association and non-governmental organisations.

Some 170 students also attended the service compared to 600 last year.

A total of 39 wreaths were laid at the base of the Cenotaph, an apt reminder of the futility of war and of those who gave their lives in the name of peace.

The participants heard poem recitals by students from the Alice Smith International School, and choir performances by students from Garden International School.

They observed two minutes of silence as a mark of respect for the fallen and surviving heroes before the wreath laying ceremony began.

The service was held just a week after the Prince of Wales Prince Charles visited the Taiping Commonwealth War Cemetery where he met war veterans and laid wreaths on the graves of those who perished.

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6,000 join run to mark Sultan’s birthday

KUALA KANGSAR — The Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah and Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Zara Salim joined some 6,000 participants in the Sultan of Perak Birthday Run at Dataran Pavillion here yesterday.

The royal couple was joined by their children Raja Azlan Muzaffar Shah and Raja Nazira Sayfa.

The run was held in conjunction with the Sultan’s birthday on Nov 3.

The royal family arrived at 7am and was greeted by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir, his wife Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli, State Secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan, state executive councillor Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon and Kuala Kangsar MP Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid.

Sultan Nazrin flagged off the participants in the 10km and 15km events, while Raja Azlan flagged off the 7km race.

The royal family joined a 2km VIP run, which was flagged off by the sultan’s youngest sister, Raja Datuk Seri Yong Sofia.

The Sultan and Raja Permaisuri chatted with some of the participants, who took the opportunity to pose for photographs
with them.

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‘The Kid’ returns with a bang

After its successful debut last year, Malaysian-made movie The Kid From the Big Apple is set to wow audiences near and far with its sequel.

The Kid’s “second coming” is set for release nationwide this Thursday before debuting in other countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Right from when the film first made its presence felt on local shores and in Asian cinemas, it has proven to be a fruitful journey for its director, Jess Teong.

For starters, there was the Best Writing Award which she bagged at the 2015 Macau International Movie Festival in addition to the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Newscomers awards the film garnered. It was followed by the Special Jury award at last year’s Malaysian Film Festival.

Her success aside, Teong feels that what’s more important is that she was able to produce a film that delivers a profound message of love within the family institution.

It tells the tale of 11-year-old Sarah Lim from New York City who was forced to stay with her estranged grandfather in Malaysia; it portrayed key themes such as loyalty to one’s family and importance of preserving culture in a modern society.

Unsurprisingly, this philosophy is reiterated in The Kid From The Big Apple 2: Before We Forget which will see child actress Sarah Tan reprising the role of Lim who is embroiled in more sentimental situations.

Fans will also get to see their favourite characters such as Ah Bao (Jason Tan) and Chun Gen (Ti Lung) alongside Debbie Goh who takes over the role of Sarah’s mother, Sophia Lin.

The 52-year-old Teong credits her experience as a producer for her solid base in understanding film and the workings of it. She humbly stated, “I am still learning as I go. I’m blessed to have many talented and sincere people who have helped me along the way. Although I’m still new to putting on the director’s hat, I believe that as long as one has the passion and a humble heart to learn, success will not be far behind.”

The film is produced by Three Pictures Sdn Bhd, which was founded by producer/director Stanley Law in 2010.

With over 20 years of production experience, Law has produced over 300 hours of highly-popular TV programmes both locally and internationally, many of which are award-winning international productions with Hong Kong, China, Singapore and Indonesia.

Three Pictures is engaged in all aspects of filmmaking from development, production, distribution and marketing of commercial movies for main Asian territories which is its primary market.

With The Kid From The Big Apple, it became the first company here to launch an album in conjunction with a movie release.

The newly-produced album titled Togetherness consists of a compilation of the theme songs, background scores and other audio tracks in Mandarin and English. The songs are from both films.

Commenting on this, Teong said, “Good things should be celebrated twice!”

This sentiment is echoed by AFV Capital Group Berhad, the exclusive sponsor of the album and film. Its CEO, Louis CM Loh, stated, “We are absolutely proud to be the exclusive sponsor of this one-of-a-kind album. It has been a pleasure working hand in hand with Three Pictures.”

Malaysian actress and singer Chelsia Ng, who stars in the sequel, is one of the singers featured on the album. According to the director, Ng has a voice that is perfect for 1930s and 1940s tunes and this made her the ideal candidate for the rendition of the lively English song, Ain’t We Got Fun?

Bell Yu Tian, who was the voice behind Little World, the theme song in the first film, is collaborating with The Voice of China contestant Jóhannes Koo for the sequel’s theme song, When We Are Together.

The recent launch of the soundtrack album, available for pre-order on www.threemomento.com, was held at a café called LOVE 18 Chocolates, which is an outlet themed after The Kid From The Big Apple.

The café’s ambience is designed to provide patrons with a sense of having stepped into an actual scene from the film, decorated with all things similar to the film’s settings.

For more information, please visit https://www.threeproduction.net.

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Satisfying nasi lemak crave

Naming the best nasi lemak can be a touchy subject. Considered the national dish of the country, every Malaysian and even non-Malaysian has an opinion on where the most delicious one can be found.

Undeniably, deciding on the best very much depends on personal preference, though there are a few standouts in the Klang Valley.

If you don’t already know, some are conveniently a stroll away from LRT/MRT stops!

There are two “legendary” ones in Kampung Baru Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa and Nasi Lemak Wanjor — and they’re both located on Jalan Raja Muda Musa, a mere 80 metres from the LRT station. Personally, I prefer the latter though both are at best average.

But the plus point is that Kampung Baru provides an atmospheric feel of village life right in downtown KL.

It’s the perfect place, in fact, for your tourist friends since it has a thriving local food scene and the weekend night market can be an exhilarating experience. There is a good mix of Thai and Chinese restaurants in Kampung Baru though undeniably, Malay food is king here.

The basics for Nasi Lemak Wanjor is fluffy rice, which is sufficiently aromatic, served with roasted peanuts and anchovies. The sambal, like many others, is on the sweet side. While the beef rendang and paru (cow’s lung) are recommended, I personally love the fried tempeh.

The nasi lemak in both places are available from morning to lunch with breaks before continuing for dinner.

Meanwhile, nasi lemak and most of your local comfort food including Nyonya laksa, mee goreng, fried kuey teow and even kuih are available the whole day and in air conditioned comfort at Ali Muthu and Ah Hock (AMAH), just a skip away from the Pasar Seni LRT.

A bonus for this modern kopitiam would be the interior which evokes a nostalgic sentiment with its paint-chipped walls and retro furnishings. Its nasi lemak has always been compared with another famous one within the Klang Valley but I’m a fan of AMAH’s version.

The rice is light, the sambal has just the right balance of sweet and savoury and the fried chicken crispy and juicy; there is little to fault really!

When the cravings for a good Chinese style nasi lemak with thick chicken curry hits, I head to Ho Li Chow.

This non-halal outlet offers homely and comfort food of yesterday. The health-conscious will be happy to know that there is no MSG added. There are many delicious options on the menu, but for the sake of this article I’ll stick to the nasi lemak which comes with chicken curry or beef dendeng. I love options.

Elsewhere, Nasi Lemak Bumbung at Seapark is a legend for PJ “night owls”. The standard order is rice, fried egg bulls-eye style, fried chicken and sweet sambal with the standard condiments of cucumber, peanuts and anchovies.

As the crowd here is constant, you can be assured of piping hot chicken 90 per cent of the time. Heavy on spices, the skin is crispy while the flesh remains juicy. A tip break the runny yolk and mix into the hot rice with a bit of sambal. This combination yields creamy, sweet spicy rice, essentially doubling the satisfaction of eating nasi lemak!

The location is another “pull factor”. Imagine buckets of fried chicken uniquely delivered from a “sunken” kitchen and dining while sitting in the alley (which is surprisingly clean) under the sky. Thus, the name bumbung (roof) though there’s no roof over your head at all!

A legendary nasi lemak brand recently expanded to include selling via a food truck and by some stroke of luck, it started doing business daily in my neighbourhood.

I wasted no time to get reacquainted with Nasi Lemak Tanglin and went away happy with its famous bouncy, tender sambal sotong. Though pricey, I was hard pressed to think of another nasi lemak with such good squid dish!

Then there is Warung Sinarnor, whose spicy sambal had me hooked eight years ago. The love affair has lasted till today.

This shop is run by three generations of women who have been steaming their nasi lemak using wood fire for over four decades.

The rice grains stay whole and fluffy and carry a delectable santan aroma. As expected, there is a whole repertoire of dishes to go with your order, but I’m happy enough with eggs and the sambal. It is just that good.

So, there we have it, a few easy-to-access-via-public-transport nasi lemak.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Nasi Lemak Wanjor/Nasi Lemak Antarabangsa

Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.

LRT/MRT: Kampung Baru

Distance: 80-100 metres

Operating hours: 6.30am-noon, 4pm-1am

2. Bumbung Nasi Lemak Seapark

Jalan 21/11B, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

LRT/MRT: Taman Paramount

Distance: 300 metres

Operating hours: Daily: 6pm-3am, closed on Fri.

3. Ho Li Chow

40 Jalan SS 20/10 Damansara Kim, 47400, Petaling Jaya Selangor.

LRT/MRT: TTDI

Distance: 250 metres

Operating hours: 8.30am-3.30pm, 7-11pm. Closed
on Mondays.

4. Warong Sinarnor Nasi Lemak Kukus

Jalan 2/89C, Chan Sow Lin, 55200 Kuala Lumpur.

LRT/MRT: Chan Sow Lin

Distance: 600 metres

Operating hours: Daily from 7am to noon

5. Ali Muthu and Ah Hock

13, Jalan Balai Polis, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.

LRT/MRT: Pasar

Distance: 200 metres

Operating hours: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm.

6. Nasi Lemak Tanglin TTDI

Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 3,

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur.

LRT/MRT: TTDI

Distance: 200 metres

Operating hours:

7am-noon.

Pasar Seni

MRT and LRT Pasar Seni

MRT and LRT Pasar Seni

The newly-opened underground MRT Pasar Seni station is connected to the elevated Pasar Seni LRT station via a 65m linkway.

There’s a bus terminal nearby with services to many areas in the Klang Valley including Klang, Subang Jaya, Sentul and Sri Hartamas.

The Concession Registration Counter is also here. Purchase Myrapid Card for your LRT, Monorail, and RapidKL rides here and save between 18 and 35 per cent on cash fares.

There are also cards for senior citizens, the other-abled and students, each with a fare discount of 50 per cent.

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