- Single mum fined RM34,000 for abusing son
- Technology coordination needed to combat trans-border crime: Hisham
- Centre to research under-utilised crops
Posted: 27 Jun 2011 06:34 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: A single mother was fined RM34,000 by a Magistrate's court after she pleaded guilty to three charges of abusing her eight-year-old son last November.
Lai Sok Ping, 37, a sales promoter, was fined RM15,000 for caning her son eight times on his thighs at their home in Sungai Besi at 10.30pm on Nov 27, 2010.
She was fined another RM15,000 for placing the boy's hands on a lighted stove at the same time and place.
The two charges were brought under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act punishable by a maximum 10-year jail term or fine of not more than RM20,000 upon conviction.
Lai was further fined RM4,000 for leaving the child without reasonable supervision.
She will have to serve a year's jail each if she defaults on the fine.
Lai had pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir to all the charges during the morning proceedings but changed her plead in the afternoon. - Bernama.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
Posted: 27 Jun 2011 06:17 AM PDT
PUTRAJAYA: Enforcement agencies and the relevant government agencies need coordination in terms of technology and information sharing to combat trans-border crime together, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said the eradication of such crimes was no longer limited to certain agencies.
"I have been to Germany where such technology is available. What we want to see from GPEC Asia is for this technology to be used by all relevant agencies such as the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), Immigration Department, Customs Department and Bank Negara.
"This is because trans-border crimes involving money laundering and human trafficking require the cooperation of non-traditional agencies," he told reporters after launching the 2nd General Police and Special Equipment Exhibition and Conference Asia (GPEC Asia 2011) at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here on Monday.
Hishammuddin said it was time for agencies such as the immigration, customs and the central bank to take part in fighting trans-border crime.
"Therefore, what we need is data and information to be fully used for the security of the people and country," he said.
Hishammuddin also said that Malaysia was the first to forge cooperation between the RMP and MAF in tackling trans-border crime, following the implementation of the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).
"Malaysia pioneers this transformation and new approach which may be used by other countries facing similar threats.
"We will make more announcements, not only in terms of training and joint patrols, but cooperation between the MAF and Prisons Department.
"There are more programmes to prove and even though it is a new approach, it does not need additional funds," he added. - BernamaFull Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
Posted: 27 Jun 2011 05:40 AM PDT
KUALA LUMPUR: A centre is to be set up here specifically designed to evaluate under-utilised crops for food and non-food uses.
The Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) is expected to receive a funding of nearly RM113mil (US$40mil) over seven years from the government to carry out research on a whole range of under-utilised crops.
The centre, the first of its kind in the world, is co-hosted by the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in Semenyih in partnership with the government.
"Out of the total fund, RM46mil will go towards infrastructure which will take about 18 months to complete, while the remaining money will cover operational costs over seven years," said CFFRC CEO Prof Sayed Azam-Ali.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the facility Monday.
The centre will have access to facilities at the University of Nottingham campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, national agencies such as the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute, and leading universities in Malaysia.
It will also have operational links with other CFF entities, Biodiversity International and other international agencies in Africa and South Asia.
"In poor and impoverished regions of the world, there are plants that have survived despite no research and science. This is our chance to find out what those plants would be like as crops for the future," Sayed said.
He said the centre would seek out crops which may have the potential to be grown for human sustenance or on commercial basis for food, pharmaceutical or biomaterials.
The main architectural features of the CFFRC are three iconic domes housing living laboratories.
It will be surrounded by botanical gardens of alternative plants which can be studied in the field and under more controlled conditions in laboratories and polytunnels.
The building will be constructed using environmentally-efficient technology and materials. - Bernama.Full Feed Generated by Get Full RSS, sponsored by USA Best Price.
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