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Legendary goalkeeper dies at 69

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia’s legendary goalkeeper from the 1960s, Chow Chee Keong, passed away yesterday.

Chow was being treated at the University Malaya Medical Centre when he breathed his last. He was 69.
In a Facebook post by his son Adrian Chow wrote the goalkeeper had “fought hard and long for a long time to stay with us.”

His wife, Christina Kwok, 64, said his cause of death was still undetermined.

“He had developed an infection and it had spread to his organs but we are unsure if that was the cause of death,” she told Malay Mail.

“He had bypass surgery on January 17 and was recovering well, but some time later he started bleeding internally for a week, and doctors could not identify the cause of it.”

“He also had urinary bladder cancer so before he could be treated for that, his blocked arteries had to be dealt with. He took the risk of having the bypass,” she added.

Kwok added that despite his age, Chow remained active while teaching golf.

“He was otherwise healthy, till his last breath he remained a fighter,” she said.

Chow made his national debut in the football arena when he was 15-years-old and played professionally for a decade after.

He played alongside other Malaysian greats like Abdul Ghani Minhat, Robert and Richard Choe, Dali Omar, Ibrahim Mydin, Abdullah Nordin and Syed Ahmad.

The wake service will be held at Carnation Room 11, Nirvana Memorial Centre Jalan 1/116A off Jalan Sungei Besi today and tomorrow from 2pm to11pm.

The funeral service will be held at 10am on Saturday.

The cremation will take place at the Nirvana Crematorium in Shah Alam.

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Woman claims trial to causing maid’s death

BUKIT MERTAJAM — A woman was charged with murder yesterday over the death of an Indonesian maid whom she allegedly abused and forced to sleep outdoors with the family dog.

According to national news agency Bernama, S. Ambika, 59, was accused of causing the death of Adelina Lisao at Medan Kota Permai 2, Taman Kota Permai, in Penang on Feb 10.

If convicted of the murder charge, she will face the mandatory death penalty. Ambika did not enter a plea.

The woman’s daughter, R. Jayavartiny, 32, was charged under the Immigration Act with hiring the Indonesian without a valid work permit.

The offence is punishable by a fine of between RM10,000 and RM50,000, up to a year’s jail, or both upon conviction.

Magistrate Muhamad Anas Mahadzir set April 19 to mention both cases and allowed the daughter bail of RM15,000.

The case appalled the nation after it was alleged that the family forced Adelina to sleep outdoors in their porch for months.

It also renewed Indonesia’s concern about the treatment of its citizens working here as domestic helpers.

Malaysian ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said last night that Adelina’s family has received RM63,900 in compensation that included salaries that her employers had withheld.

Jail for two who caused deadly Duke crash

KUALA LUMPUR — Two motorists charged with reckless driving that resulted in the death of three family members on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (Duke) three years ago were found guilty of the offence and sentenced to three years’ jail and fined RM10,000 each by the magistrate’s court here yesterday.

Magistrate Zilfinaz Abbas sentenced restaurant supervisor Siti Noor Aini Mohd Said, 39, and self-employed Mohammad Fizal Reza Jamauddin, 34, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.

Zilfinaz said the testimony by both the accused in their defence was inconsistent and merely a denial.

Both the accused are ordered to be imprisoned for two years if they fail to pay the fine, and they also lost their eligibility to hold a driving licence for five years.

The court, however, allowed a stay of the sentence pending their appeal at the High Court, and increased their bail from RM9,000 to RM14,000 each and for them to also report themselves to the nearest police station once a month pending disposal of the case.

On May 8, 2015, Mohammad Fizal and Siti Noor Aini pleaded not guilty to the charge of reckless driving at Km6, Duta-Ulu Klang expressway while driving their Myvi cars towards Jalan Duta from Ulu Klang, between 12.31am and 12.35am on May 2, 2015.

Their reckless driving resulted in a crash with a vehicle which Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, his wife Nova Safitri Azhari, 27, and their six-month-old baby Nur Firuza Annisa were in. — Bernama

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Dad charged with murder of baby girl

BUKIT MERTAJAM — A man was charged at the magistrate’s court here yesterday with murdering his own 46-day-old baby girl last week.

Muhamad Firdaus Saidon, 22, was alleged to have caused the death of his daughter, Nurul Ain Umairah Muhammad, at their house at No 893, Kampung Tok Panjang, Bukit Tengah here, at 10.45am on Feb 15.

The man, who is a lorry driver, merely nodded in understanding when the charge was read to him before magistrate Muhamad Anas Mahadzir. No plea was recorded.

The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries a mandatory death penalty upon conviction.

The girl was reported to have died following suspected abuse. The post-mortem revealed that she succumbed to severe brain haemorrhage and multiple bodily injuries.

April 19 was set for remention and submission of chemical and post-mortem reports. — Bernama

Three in court over fake baby formula

JOHOR BARU — Three family members were charged at the Sessions Court here yesterday with selling counterfeit infant formula last year.

Yap Kai Chai, 59, faced three charges, one where he was jointly charged with his sister-in-law, Ling Mei Nar, 42, and two with his son, Yap Chang Hong, 26.

Kai Chai and Ling, partners of TCM Yongtai Lian, were charged with selling the infant formula using a false trade description “Enfalac A+ Step 1” (1.8kg) as if the items were of the registered trademark “Enfalac”.

They allegedly committed the offence at a TCM Yongtai Lian outlet at Jalan Utama 34, Taman Mutiara Rini, Skudai, at about 1pm on Dec 7.

On the second count, Kai Chai and Chang Hong, partners in the Yong Thye Lian medicinal business, were charged with committing the same offence at their shop at Jalan Bestari 4/2, Taman Nusa Bestari Skudai, at about 2pm on the same day.

On the third count, Kai Chai and his son were charged with possessing 208 units of the formula with the false description with the intent to supply, at a premises in Jalan Orkid 17, Taman Seri Orkid, at 4.40 pm on the same day. Jailani set March 23 for mention. — Bernama

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Sg Gasi drowning victims buried

SUNGAI BULOH — Silawati Zailan, who drowned after she was swept away by strong currents while fishing at Sungai Gasi earlier this week, was buried at the Merbau Sempak cemetery here.

The funeral rites were performed earlier yesterday for the 31-year-old at the Nurul Amin Mosque.

She is survived by her husband, Mohd Rizal Mat Desa, also 31 and their three children.

In the incident that happened at about 5.40pm on Monday, eight people who were out fishing were reported missing.

Besides Silawati, four others who drowned were an Indonesian man named Hashir, 38; Jeleha Hashim, 48; Jamaluddin Rapawi, 14, and his father, Rapawi Jum’ada, 37.

The three who survived were Silawati’s husband, Mohd Rizal, Syamsul Azhar Ismail, 33, and Tain Asik, 31.

Two other victims were laid to rest Wednesday morning.

Jeleha was buried at the Kampung Kemensah cemetery, Hulu Klang, while Rapawi was laid to rest at Paya Jaras cemetery near here.

Their bodies were claimed by next-of-kin on Tuesday after the Sungai Buloh Hospital forensic pathologists had completed the post-mortems.

The body of Hashir was repartriated to his home country yesterday.

Surge in MAHB net profits

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd’s (MAHB) net profit surged more than three fold to RM237.09 million for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2017 against RM73.17 million registered in 2016.

The group’s revenue in 2017 rose 11.5 per cent to RM4.65 billion from RM4.17 billion, previously, attributed to growth in both airport and non-airport operations.

“Airport operations recorded revenue growth of 9.8 per cent, mainly driven by the aeronautical and non-aeronautical segment,” it said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

In the fourth quarter, MAHB registered a decrease in net-profit to RM27.85 million from RM37.12 million in the previous corresponding quarter in 2016.

On outlook, the airport operator said 2018 held promise of being another exciting year for MAHB.

“The group remains committed in delivering high quality services to our stakeholders by embedding a customer-centric culture in airport operations to provide an innovative and digitalised airport experience for passengers, airlines and retailers,” said MAHB.

The airport operator proposed a final single-tier dividend of eight sen per MAHB ordinary share for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2017.

Together with the earlier interim dividend of five sen per share, the total dividend declared for 2017 would amount to 13 sen per share against 10 sen per share declared in 2016.
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KTMB back on track

KUALA LUMPUR — Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) registered an unaudited net profit of RM4.6 million for its 2017 financial year, continuing from the RM8.9 million in profit it booked the year before.

The two successive years of profitability reflect the swift success of the rail operator’s revival plan introduced in 2014.

“Our transformation that involved our operations, management, finance and engineering division resulted in cost savings of around RM100 million annually.

“We had also divested some of our property assets that saw the company turn around,” KTMB chairman Datuk Nawawi Ahmad told Malay Mail yesterday.

The latest results were a marked improvement from the net loss of RM226.25 million in the 2015 financial year and the RM43.48 million worth of red ink recorded the year before that.

Cumulatively, the firm’s losses to date stand at RM2.6 billion.

The company previously sought to improve its bottom line by closing down its cargo services that had incurred losses averaging RM55 million a year.

It had also ventured into real estate development in Bangi, Shah Alam and Klang in Selangor, with the the Ministry of Finance Inc as its controlling shareholder.

Nawawi added that the company managed to return to profitability without cutting any jobs, and simply by re-aligning employees’ job functions.

KTMB historically struggled with high wage costs. In 2015, employee emoluments totalled RM294.5 million or 57 per cent of its revenue for that year.

Nawawi added that KTMB is expected to remain profitable in the current financial year.

Tengku Abdullah: Royal institution still relevant

KUANTAN — The royal institution, as a symbol of unity and catalyst of nationalism, is still relevant in this country which has a variety of political affiliations and socio-economic background.

The Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said the royal institution was even more needed when the country faced various globalisation threats through the spread of the modernisation theory and the western template of democracy which had resulted in a clash of national identity.

“The constitutional monarchy acts as a unifying mechanism to a landscape of diverse cultures and religions, protecting the prosperity and security of the country.

“The unique condition of our country is such that it also requires a neutral supreme institution that can reprimand, advise and share their viewpoint. If such an institution is absent, unity, patriotism and loyalty to the country will also erode,” he said during the dialogue session entitled, ‘Royal Discourse: Rulers, Constitution and Patriotism’ at the Grand Darul Makmur Hotel yesterday.

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak) president Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman.

Tengku Abdullah stressed that when the harmony, unity and well-being of the people were under threat, rulers used their sovereign power to find solutions.

“As seen during the 2008 General Election, the constitutional dispute over the appointment of Mentri Besar for Perlis, Perak, Selangor and Terengganu was resolved through the wisdom of their rulers,” he said.

Tengku Abdullah also urged that the government improved on the country’s current parliamentary democracy system, making it in line with current trends. — Bernama

Dr M, Kadir Jasin quizzed over purchase of shares

KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk A. Kadir Jasin and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should explain if they purchased shares in Realmild Sdn Bhd worth billions in 2000, a former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leader said.

In a Facebook post, Anina Saadudin claimed it would have cost Kadir and Dr Mahathir that much to purchase 30 and 70 per cent of Realmild’s shares, respectively.

Realmild is a private entity that once owned controlling stakes in New Straits Times Press Bhd and TV3.

“How did you get the money to purchase the 30 per cent of shares? What happened to the billions in profit after selling off your shares? Is it true that Dr Mahathir owned 70 per cent of the shares through a trust deed held by a law firm?” she asked in the video posted on Facebook.

Anina went on to say that the purported purchases suggested the duo had huge amounts of money in their personal accounts, possibly held on Umno’s behalf then.

If this was the case, she said they had no right to accuse Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of having large sums in his personal account.

She said her questions were also reinforced by a statement by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during an Umno Supreme Council session in 2015 when he admitted a special presidential fund exists in the party.

Anina said she hoped her questions would be answered with clarity and honesty soon.

She quit PPBM last year, saying that its leaders could not take criticism.

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