The explosion is believed to have happened when the victim lit a cigarette. — Reuters pic
GEORGE TOWN, Aug 20 — After three days fighting for his life, Lee Kok Eang, 62, who was badly burnt in a cooking gas explosion incident at his 20th floor unit at the Green Garden Apartments, Jalan Paya Terubong here on Thursday, died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Penang Hospital at 2.30am today.Timur Laut district police chief ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang confirmed that Lee had succumbed to his injuries.In the 8am incident, the explosion, believed to have happened when Lee lit a cigarette, blew out the walls in two bedrooms, living room and another separating a neighbouring unit.The windows of several nearby units were also shattered.Lee’s son Chye Soon, 38, his seven-month pregnant wife and their four-year-old son, who also lived there, were unhurt.Chye Soon, when met at the hospital’s mortuary, said doctors had told the family that the chances of his father surviving 80 per cent burns were very slim.“The burns coupled with the age factor and the fact that he was not physically very strong took its toll on him. We accept what has happened, at least he did not have to go through prolonged suffering,” he said.The car salesman said his family was temporarily staying at his mother-in-law’s house which is located nearby pending repairs to his home.He added that he would appreciate help to speed up the repairs.The Fire and Rescue Department has declared that there is no structural damage and that the unit is safe for occupation. — Bernama [...]
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PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim attends a meeting with NGOs in Kuala Lumpur August 20, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has chided Datuk Seri Najib Razak today for blaming the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for Malay daily Utusan Malaysia’s financial woes.The PKR president said the former prime minister made the remark simply to score political points, explaining that the paper’s situation today was due to its company’s mismanagement.“Their management issues were exacerbated somewhat due to change of government,” he told reporters here.Anwar was responding to Najib’s remarks suggesting that Umno can help save the Malay daily if the PH administration unfreezes the party’s bank accounts.Najib’s remarks came following news yesterday that the Malay daily would cease operations tomorrow after staff claimed their wages had not been paid for months.“Najib just said that to score political points.“Notwithstanding, I still maintain it is best if we could revive and help to save Utusan,” Anwar said.When asked if the government could intervene in the matter, Anwar said it is unlikely that the government will help a private company as it is not the government’s responsibility.“Utusan is a part of history, especially during the rise of the people during the fight for independence.“Some people claim that Utusan was a mouthpiece for Umno... if its editorial decisions were for the country, people and current affairs, then it could have been saved.“I wish for it to be saved because it will be sad if the Malay daily shut down,” he said.In his posting on Facebook, Najib explained that Umno’s bank accounts, including RM116 million of the party’s funds meant for the 14th general election, were confiscated by the PH government.He added that following the law, the PH government should stop the freeze order on Umno’s accounts and return the funds if there is no criminal conviction within a year.He also pointed out that the PH government knows and acknowledges that these funds are legitimate and should be returned.Najib claimed that due to political oppression, it has issued a civil suit to continue to freeze the funds to torment Umno and him.He said as a result, Utusan has also become a victim.However, it was reported today that Utusan and Kosmo! will not shut down after all, but print editions will cost an extra 50 cents.The Utusan Malaysia print edition will be an additional 50 cents from the current RM1.50 while the Kosmo! print edition will increase from RM1 to RM1.50 and Mingguan Malaysia from RM2 to RM2.50. [...]
KUCHING, Aug 20 — The Sessions Court here today set September 30 for management of the criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving former Sarawak Football Association (FAS) secretary-general Razali Dolhan.The case came up for mention today before Judge Marutin Pagan to enable the prosecution to prepare documents under Section 51A of the Criminal Procedure Code.The court also set November 26 to 28 for trial.Razali, 49, is charged with committing the offence involving RM139,920, RM21,378.70 and RM30,000 belonging to the association between January and February 2017.Earlier, Judge Dayang Ellyn Narisa Abang Ahmad recused herself from hearing the case on the grounds that she knew Razali and his family.Deputy public prosecutor Nor Azhari Yusof appeared for the prosecution.Razali’s RM8,000 bail was extended pending the case management. Additionally, he is to report to the Gita police station every two weeks.On August 2, Razali pleaded not guilty to three counts of CBT involving a total of RM191,298.70.The charges are framed under Section 408 of the Penal Code which carries up to 14 years imprisonment with whipping and liable to fine upon conviction. — Bernama [...]
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MANOKWARI – Indonesian authorities were hunting for more than 250 inmates who escaped a Papua prison set ablaze during violent riots, officials said Tuesday, as fresh protests broke out in the restive region.
The prison break happened Monday as several cities in Indonesia’s easternmost territory – where an insurgency against Jakarta’s rule has simmered for decades – saw rioting and protests triggered by the detention of dozens of Papuan students.
About half of a 500-inmate prison in Sorong city fled their cells when the prison was set ablaze by angry protesters Monday, according to authorities.
“258 inmates escaped and only five of them had returned by this morning,” said local justice ministry spokeswoman Marlien Lande.
Several prison employees were injured by rock-throwing prisoners as they tried to stop the escape, she added.
Sorong, a city of some 220,000 people, was hit by mass protests on Monday while in Manokwari, the capital of West Papua province, chaos broke out with the local parliament building torched and nearly reduced to ashes.
While calm has mostly returned to the region, some 500 people rallied again in Sorong on Tuesday as police in riot gear fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds.
This week’s demonstrations were triggered by reports that authorities tear-gassed and detained some 43 Papuan university students in the Southeast Asian nation’s second-biggest city Surabaya on Saturday – Indonesia’s independence day.
Local media and Papuan activists said police in riot gear stormed into a dormitory to force out students who allegedly destroyed an Indonesian flag. Police said the students were briefly questioned and set free.
A different group of protesters demonstrated against the students and shouting racial slurs about Papuans.
Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo called for calm and the government pledged to investigate the Surabaya incident.
Monday’s riots marked the latest flashpoint in a decades-old rebel insurgency against Indonesian rule and allegations that its security forces committed widespread rights abuses against Papua’s ethnic Melanesian population.
The former Dutch colony declared its independence in the early Sixties, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the resource-rich region following a UN-sponsored referendum that was widely viewed as a sham.
Papua, which shares a border with independent Papua New Guinea, sees frequent clashes between the military and rebels.
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According to several players in Shanghai, the most common health complaint for pro gamers is Carpal Tunnel syndrome. — AFP pic
SHANGHAI, Aug 20 — A record US$33.5 million (RM139.8 million) is up for grabs but professional eSports players like those competing in The International in Shanghai this week pay a physical price with deteriorating eyesight, digestive problems and wrist and hand damage.At first, Evgenii “Blizzy” Ri looks perplexed at the notion: “It’s impossible, how can you get injuries when you play games?”Then the 24-year-old from Kyrgyzstan discloses that a doctor urged him to take six months off to give his failing vision a badly needed rest.Ri plays for Natus Vincere, or NAVI, and this week is competing in The International, a world championship said to have the biggest prize pool in the history of eSports.NAVI and 17 other teams will play the multiplayer battle game Dota 2 in front of thousands of fans at a major indoor stadium while hundreds of thousands more will watch online.If NAVI triumph on Sunday, Ri and his team-mates will become instant millionaires — but success could come at a price.“I didn’t worry before but now I feel like my eyes are really... I can’t see so much,” said Ri, who practises up to 12 hours a day.“Ten years I’ve been playing computers so they are a bit... I’ve just got bad vision.Ri has been told to wear glasses but he does not find them comfortable and said that his deteriorating eyesight does not hinder his performance because the screen is up close.A doctor recommended simple eye exercises — moving them up and down, left and right — but he admits that he does not do them.“Actually he also told me not to play the computer for six months to get back my vision, but I didn’t listen.“I need to play.”‘My body is so sore’ According to several players in Shanghai, the most common health complaint for pro gamers is Carpal Tunnel syndrome.Not unique to gamers, it happens through repetitive hand and wrist motions and is characterised by numbness, burning and tingling of the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers.In severe cases surgery is required.Some gamers talked about wrist injuries so severe they had to quit and lower back problems related to sitting for too long, day after day.“I used to play and I had some arm and wrist problems so now I coach instead of playing because I can’t take the strain,” said Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, of the Newbee team.Another hazard of eSports, a fast-growing but little-understood sport, is the mental toll, particularly with life-changing sums of money on the table.With many players so young — most are in their 20s but there is a 17- year-old at The International — some struggle in the hyper-competitive environment.“I just sometimes feel that my body is so sore,” said Ryan “Raging Potato” Jay Qui of the Mineski team, who nevertheless says that his vision is still “20/20”.“Most of the obstacles in this kind of environment is the mentality,” said the Filipino, adding that Mineski has a “psych adviser” who helps prop up the players.Changing habits While the money at the top of eSports is soaring, in other respects gaming remains well behind many other professional sports.Newbee coach Ling said that eSports is only now starting to appreciate the need for physiotherapists and other staff specialising in physical and mental well-being, though most teams have no such back-up. Cost is the major reason.Roman Dvoryankin, general manager of Virtus.pro, said many gamers have scant appreciation of how important it is to eat well, exercise and sit properly when playing.“All the pro teams are trying to educate the players to take breaks, do some exercise, stretch properly,” he said.“It’s changing now, but what we face is that we get a player and realise that his digestive system is just not working properly and they have stomach problems,” added Dvoryankin.“We do it, but it can be hard to change their daily habits.” — AFP [...]
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Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologised on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for hours over the comments.
Naik, who faces charges of money laundering and hate speech in India, has come under fire for comments that pitted Malaysia's ethnic and religious minorities against the predominantly Muslim Malay majority.
Malaysian police grilled Naik for 10 hours on Monday about a speech earlier this month in which he said Hindus in Malaysia had "100 times more rights" than the Muslim minority in India, and that Malaysian Chinese were guests of the country.
Race and religion are sensitive issues in Malaysia, where Muslims make up about 60 per cent of its 32 million people. The rest are mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians, most of whom are Hindus.
Naik, who has lived in Malaysia for about three years, apologised for his remarks but insisted that he was not a racist. He said his detractors had taken his comments out of context and added "strange fabrications to them". [...]
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A man practises khat calligraphy in Balik Pulau, Penang August 6, 2019. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has called on the public to move on from the controversial khat issue, following feedback from Putrajaya.According to the PKR president, issues of national concern take precedence over minor ones like the teaching of the Malay-Arabic calligraphy in vernacular schools.“Let’s work together, move on and save the country. Realise that this is our common duty,” said Anwar during a press conference today after meeting the Federal Territories Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders here at the Darul Puteri Community Centre.Anwar was responding to Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof who claimed that Malays have compromised too much with “racists” and urged them to rise up.“This siege mentality and harbouring of racial sentiments, it is an attempt to placate extremist sentiments or rationalise some of our limitations.“There is nothing stopping us from embarking on more effective efforts to enhance the quality of education and level of proficiency of Bahasa Malaysia to disseminate Islam as a religion of the federation and provisions to protect the provisions under Article 153,” Anwar said.Article 153 of the Federal Constitution grants the King responsibility for “safeguarding” the special position of the Malays and natives of any of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the legitimate interests of other communities in accordance with the provisions of said Article.“This has never been sabotaged or opposed by the non-Malays,” he added.Mohd Redzuan was referring to the objections to the introduction of khat lessons in the Standard Four Bahasa Malaysia textbook.The Education Ministry has since reduced the planned six pages of lessons to three and revised it to simply an introductory lesson on the jawi script. [...]
Abdul Hamid Bador
KUALA LUMPUR: No more warnings will be given to those who try to incite racial and religious sensitivities, Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.
He said those involved including political leaders will be investigated and arrested immediately.
“I will not hesitate to arrest them (those inciting racial issues). I have instructed my men to investigate cases classified as involving religious and ethnic sensitivities. Don’t wait, investigate and arrest. I repeat, no more warnings,” he told the Bernama News Channel here today.
Abdul Hamid said many had been led astray by certain agendas created by irresponsible parties to create unhealthy situations in the country.
He said the deceived individuals then shared unconfirmed news, recorded racist videos and posted them on social media as well as insulted and ridiculed the country’s leaders.
“I urge the public not to be fooled by the political games of certain parties. Before they realise it, they are trapped and the person who viralled the video has no clue how it all started and is eventually arrested and charged.
“My advice is to not to act recklessly and emotionally,” he said, adding that such acts of disrespect had left the people confused, scared and the country looks as if it were in complete chaos.
Abdul Hamid said various racial issues were and have been resolved by the police to ensure peace and order prevailed.
“I call on political leaders to have a sense of responsibility this month (National Month) because we want to celebrate National Day. Many irresponsible statements are made, they (political leaders) should be held accountable after we had successfully upheld the democratic process (change in government after the 14th general election).
“Now it’s like a total mess. All races and the people are afraid with what is going on in our country. Be responsible, do not issue statements without thinking, stop all this,” he said. – Bernama
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SHAH ALAM, Aug 20 — Two Indonesian workers died after a concrete wall under construction collapsed and crashed on them at a building site in Section U16, Denai Alam here today.Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Hafisham Mohd Noor said the two killed in the incident were Sahrullah and Mattalha, both aged 42 and from Pamekasan, Jawa Timur, Indonesia.“The Selangor fire station received an emergency call at 4.07pm and immediately sent nine firemen in one fire engine.“On reaching the scene, they found the two pinned under slabs of concrete from a wall being built at a drain which is also under construction,” he said in a statement here.He said Sahrullah was freed by members of the public and was believed to have suffered serious neck injuries and broken hands.Firemen took about 20 minutes to pull out Mattalha by using special equipment to break the concrete slab, he said. He suffered serious head injuries.“Both victims were pronounced dead by a medical team and the case has been handed over to the police for further action,” he said. — Bernama [...]