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Skirmishes and heavy traffic mar polling day


YAN: Sporadic reports of skirmishes and massive traffic jams along the main roads marred an otherwise smooth polling day in Sungai Limau.

Tensions ran high in several locations in the constituency, such as Sungai Limau, Sungai Dedap and Ulu Sedaka, while traffic was reduced to a crawl for more than 20km, stretching from Sala to Dulang.

In Ulu Sedaka, a Wanita Umno member lodged a report at the Guar Chempedak police station, claiming that she was punched by a PAS supporter, following a dispute.

Norsidah Abu Bakar, 50, said she was standing with other Barisan Nasional workers near SK Ulu Sedaka at about 9am when a group of PAS supporters told them to move.

"We refused because we were there first. A policeman then came to help resolve the situation and gave us guidelines as to where we should stand.

"Suddenly, one of the PAS supporters threw a punch at me. I was hit on my right eye. I felt dizzy and fell down to the ground," said the Batu Umno committee member after receiving outpatient treatment at the Yan Hospital.

Kedah police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said police had gathered information over the incident, adding that it was being investigated under Section 354 of the Penal Code for outraging modesty.

Police have detained a man in relation to the incident.

Later, Barisan Nasional candidate Dr Ahmad Sohaimi Lazim alleged that his Honda CRV was set upon by PAS supporters while it was parked not far from the SK Sungai Dedap polling station.

Sungai Dedap, one of 19 polling districts in Sungai Limau, is generally regarded as a PAS stronghold.

Tempers also flared in the Sungai Limau polling district where PAS won by a razor thin 12-vote majority in the last general election.

Police were quick to avert a brawl after Barisan and PAS supporters went into a shoving match outside SK Sungai Limau.

Affordable readers in the market to verify an applicant’s MyKad


PUTRAJAYA: Employers can now check if their job applicants are using genuine or fake documents by using MyKad readers that are now sold at affordable prices.

Many of these devices are already available in the market and buyers can check the list of devices endorsed by the National Registration Depart-ment (NRD) at its website.

An NRD official and several suppliers confirmed to The Star that businesses could purchase these reader devices directly from the suppliers without having to apply to the NRD.

The devices, also known as card acceptance devices, come in several forms, including fingerprint scanners, mobile card readers and key ring readers. Their prices range from as low as RM52 to RM2,800 each, depending on its functionality to match the requirements and needs of a business.

Most of these devices are capable of reading the MyKad, MyKid, or both.

As of yesterday, only four manufacturers were listed on the NRD website as suppliers of specific types of these devices: Iris Corporation Berhad, Tricubes Sdn Bhd, TMT Solutions Sdn Bhd and Yasmin Technology Sdn Bhd.

Concerns over the authenticity of MyKads presented by job applicants arose after two robbery incidents occurred over the span of one week involving security guards with fake MyKads.

The first was the killing of AmBank bank officer Norazita Abu Talib in Subang Jaya on Oct 23 and the other was a robbery at a jewellery store in Setapak on Oct 31.

The two incidents were carried out by their own security guards, both of whom were discovered to have possessed fake MyKads.

Asian Professional Security Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Mustapa Ali said that employers at security firms usually made the common error of assuming that applicants carried genuine MyKads.

He urged employers to go the extra mile to verify the authenticity of the identification documents by using the electronic verification devices.

Jessie Ooi hopes to be first female state MCA Youth chief


KUALA LUMPUR: Jessie Ooi is hoping to make history in MCA by being the party's first female state MCA Youth chief.

This is the first time, since its inception in 1958, that the wing has opened its door to females under 40 after amending its constitution.

Ooi, 34, is in a straight fight with Chong Sin Woon (male) for the Selangor MCA Youth chief's post after nominations closed at 8pm yesterday.

Asked if she thinks she could win, the businesswoman and mother of three, said: "I think I have a chance."

Elsewhere, six state Wanita chiefs — Datuk Lee Pit Chern (Negri Sembilan), Datuk Heng Seai Kie (Perak), Datuk Lim Nget Yoon (Pahang), Datuk Lim Bee Kau (Kedah), Lee Liew Loo (Kelantan) and Wang Kim Lian (Perlis) — have retained their seat uncontested.

The 62-year-old Lee, who is Negri Sembilan Wanita chief since 1986, is the longest serving chief.

The nominations for Wanita and Youth were held nationwide between 4pm and 8pm yesterday. The state elections for the Youth and Wanita will be on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

In Johor, it is a straight fight between lawyer Wong You Fong, 42, and Yap Swee Hua, 44, for the state Wanita chief's post.

Yap said she decided to go for the post after returning from China two days ago.

Many had expected Wong to win uncontested after she was made the state's acting Wanita chief, replacing Tan Ah Eng, who died recently.

In Selangor, the tussle for the Wanita chief's post is between Ng Siok Hwa and Ong Chong Swen.

Its incumbent chairman Chew Lee Giok, who recovered from a recent stroke, is going for the deputy chairman's post instead and she is in a straight fight with Lim Ah Yew.

In the Federal Territory, the fight for the Wanita chief's post is between Ooi Saw Choo and Chai Yat Chiew.

For the Youth, the tussle in Perak is between Ting Tai Fook and Liew Mun Hon; while Tan Kok Eng and and Soo Jing Wey are locking horns for the Federal Territory Youth chief's post.

Tan is the son of MCA veteran Datuk Seri Tan Chai Ho.

In Pahang, Leong Kim Soon, who is the former political secretary to Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, won the state chief's post uncontested.

The Negri Sembilan Youth chief's post will see a three-cornered fight between Leaw Kok Chan, Tan Tiong Lai and Lee Chun Fatt.

In Penang, incumbent Tan Cheng Liang will battle her predecessor Ooi Siew Kim for the state Wanita chief's post while for the Youth chief post, it will be a face- off between two new faces — Ong Tang Chuan and Lee Beng Seng — as the incumbent Tan Hing Teik has decided not to defend his post.


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