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Give army a boost, firms urged


KOTA TINGGI: Local companies involved in weapons research and development have been urged to assist the army boost its capability.

The Lahad Datu incident was a reminder that a threat to the country could come from anywhere and anytime, said Armed Forces chief Jen Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

"The incident in Sabah has become a yardstick for the army to protect our country from outside forces.

"This shows how important our defence is especially in terms of weaponry," he said after witnessing the Panah Jaguh exercise here at Tanjung Logok yesterday.

Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi said the armed forces would continue to give its best in protecting the country's sovereignty.

On the exercise, he said that 120 officers and 600 personnel were involved.

He added that the main objective of the exercise is to test the army's weaponry, especially air defence.

"This is a long-range firing exercise carried out twice a year with arms such as the Jernas missile, Igla missile, Anza MK II missile, FN-6 missile and the 35mm Oerlikon canon," he said.

Parliament: Ministry blocks 6,640 websites


THE Communications and Multimedia Ministry has blocked 6,640 websites which contravened the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for phishing, content plagiarism as well as carrying pornographic materials, says its deputy minister Datuk Jailani Johari.

"Twenty cases are now being investigated under the same Act, including a person who had used social media to insult the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the royal institution.

"In the latest case, a 28-year-old suspect was charged with insulting the Sultan of Johor via Facebook and was fined RM20,000 at a Sessions Court," he said.

However, Jailani said there was no plan to set up a special task force to handle issues involving social media.

The cases of complaints about social media were very small and could be handled by the ministry on its own.

"Our role is to facilitate investigations and after completion of a probe, we will forward it to the relevant agency for further action," he told Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN-Lipis).

Jailani said that between Jan 1 and Sept 30 this year, the ministry, through the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) recorded 8,101 cases, whereby 63% of them involved complaints regarding services, slow Internet connection and poor 3G coverage.

A total of 37% involved SMS, television and radio, including telecommunication infrastructure and radiation, cyber crimes and other reports which are beyond the ministry's purview, he added.

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Precious gems trader survives assassination attempt


KOTA BARU: A precious gems trader survived an assassination attempt by two assailants who opened fire at him when he was on his way home.

Lokman Zakaria, 49, was in his Mercedes-Benz when the suspects, riding on a motorcycle, directed five shots at him from a distance of 120m at Sering in Binjai here at 6.45pm on Tuesday.

Kota Baru district police chief Asst Comm Azham Othman said Lokman was shot in his shoulder and his left arm.

He said the victim was then sent to Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian by residents from Kampung Sering and is now in stable condition.

"Based on the crime scene forensics report, there were three bullet holes on the right side of the car and another two on the rear side.

"The forensics team also found a bullet embedded in the back of the driver's seat of the car and is trying to determine the bullet calibre," he said.

He added that police were still trying to ascertain the motive of the shooting and would hunt down the suspects.


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