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Two friends killed in road accident


KULAIJAYA: The worried mother had called her son at around 2am on his mobile phone, urging him to come home as it was late.

The 19-year-old assured her that he was on his way after having supper with his best friend.

Choo Chee Ying never made it home. He died in a car accident together with 19-year-old Seah Jun Wen.

Seah lost control of the car and it rammed into a tree on their way home to Skudai.

The two were travelling on KM27 along Jalan Johor Baru-Air Hitam when the incident occurred at around 2.15am on Sunday.

"Seah, who was driving Choo's Honda Civic, lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a corner and crashed into a tree on the road shoulder," said district OCPD Supt Zulkefly Yahya yesterday.

"The car then spun a few times before hitting a divider on the right side of the road," he said, adding that according to an eyewitness, the Hon­da was travelling at a high speed.

Supt Zulkefly added that a Toyota Vios, which was behind the Honda, managed to swerve away in time when the accident occurred.

The bodies were sent to Hospital Temenggung Seri Maharaja Tun Ibra­him. Both friends were the youngest in their respective families.

Choo and Seah had known each other for 13 years and were pupils at the same primary, secondary schools and university college together, until Choo dropped out last year to help in the family's recycling business.

Elsewhere, in Alor Setar, Kedah, Muhammad Isham Zamri, 13, a Form One student of SMK Tunku Laksa­mana, was killed in an accident in Jalan Batu Enam in Kuala Kedah, near here, after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a 4WD at about 7am yesterday, said Kota Setar OCPD Asst Comm Adzaman Mohd Jan.

In Temerloh, Pahang, assistant school principal Gan An Peng, 47, of Taman Meranti Indah, Bera, and businesswoman Yip Lai Cheng, 53, of Lorong Bukit Ubi, Kuantan, were killed in a head-on collision involving their cars.

"The accident occurred at KM138 of the Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan road at 8.15pm on Saturday," said OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Salleh.

'Fears over GST unfounded'


PETALING JAYA: The public's fears over the goods and services tax (GST) are unfounded as they would pay less compared to the current sales and service tax (SST), Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants (Mata) president Abd Aziz Abu Bakar said.

He said a GST of between 4% and 7% should not adversely effect a consumer who now pays a 10% sales tax and 6% service tax.

"In addition, basic necessities are exempted from GST so there should be no changes in prices for these goods," he added.

Abd Aziz said based on their discussions with the Customs Department, public transportation, toll and financial services would not attract GST.

He said the GST was a tax levied on the supply of goods and services at each stage of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the retailer.

"They are currently passing on the cost of the SST to consumers. The GST is a mechanism to ensure that this does not happen," he said.

HSS Advisory Sdn Bhd CEO Datuk Harjit Singh Sidhu said most Malay­sians were still in the dark on the impact of the GST as there was no clear explanation from the Govern­ment.

"The general perception is that the GST is going to be a burden," he added.

He said should the Government consider introducing the GST in Budget 2014, it should be fixed at 4% because the public was still unfamiliar with the tax.

Harjit also proposed for the current tax exempt bracket to be raised from RM2,500 and below to RM5,000 to enable taxpayers in this bracket to cope with the recent increase in fuel cost and the impending GST.

MTUC president Mohd Khalid Atan urged the Government to put off implementing the GST yet.

"Consumers will have to bear the consumption tax if GST is implemented and this will definitely affect the poor," he said.

In Malacca, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said the implementation and initial percentage rate of the GST would likely to be unveiled in Budget 2014.

He said the GST, which has been implemented in many countries worldwide, would see a lower charge rate than the current 16%.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will table Budget 2014 in Parliament on Friday.

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Nabbed — thief who broke into police officer’s house


IPOH: It was a case of bad luck for two thieves who tried to break into a high-ranking police officer's house. One of them was caught at the scene.

The police officer is based in Penang but owns a double-storey terrace house in Taman Falim Indah in Menglembu, near here.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said the 21-year-old suspect was caught red-handed around 2am yesterday outside the unoccupied house, while his accomplice managed to escape.

ACP Sum said police personnel, together with help of Rela and Rakan Cop Community members, rushed to the house following a tip-off.

Arriving at the scene, they noticed that the grille door to the house had been forced open.

When they approached the house, two men tried to escape, but the team gave chase and caught one of them.

ACP Sum said initial investigations revealed that the two men had arrived in a black Wira Aero­back, driven by the runaway suspect.

The case is being investigated under Section 448 of the Penal Code for trespassing.


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