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Hole in Nagore Road covered but framed art stays


GEORGE TOWN: The hole in Nagore Road – which became the subject matter for Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic's "framed artwork" – has been covered up, but the frame is staying in place.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, in a press conference yesterday, said a cover had been placed over the hole to prevent accidents while the frame had been left untouched.

The artwork is embedded on the road where a fire hydrant once stood.

When the hydrant was removed about 10 years ago, it left a depression in the road.

Lim said the square hole did not come under MPPP's jurisdiction but under Indah Water Konsortium.

In a news report yesterday, Lim had said the state government viewed the work in a positive light and would not demolish or whitewash any artwork even if the work was satirical and poured scorn on the state government.

Talk of another attack gives Lahad Datu residents the jitters


KOTA KINABALU: Talk of an attack along Sabah's east coast has once again caused anxiety among residents there, though many said they were confident in the preparedness of the Malaysian security forces.

Lahad Datu-based transport operator Zack Rajak said most of his friends were worried about a possible attack following various TV news reports.

"It is worrying to hear about a possible attack. But since it has been mentioned in the news, that means our security forces would be prepared for any eventuality," he said.

Eastern Sabah Security Command director Datuk Mohammad Mantek said all entry flanks were being guarded as security forces take up position to thwart any security threat.

Among the various measures taken included the deployment of quick response elite units at strategic locations to intercept any "suspicious" vessels, he said.

However, he said there was no intelligence report of any threat by Abu Sayyaf or independent militant groups of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Mantek said the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the army and police were also on alert for any suspicious activities in the border waters between Sabah and the southern Philippines.

On reports of an imminent attack by militant groups on Pulau Selingan in Sandakan, Pulau Langkayan in Beluran and Sukau Resort in Kinabatangan, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Monday that security forces had been told to intensify their readiness against potential attacks by terrorists in three areas in the east coast of Sabah.

Other areas under threat include Kudat, Sandakan, Kunak, Tawau and Lahad Datu.

According to the reports, the Abu Sayyaf terror group or a breakaway MNLF faction of Nur Misuari was planning to carry out attacks or kidnaps.

Saturday's reports claimed that about 30 armed men had left Talipao village in the Jolo island of southern Philippines and were heading towards Sabah waters.

Their whereabouts were still unconfirmed but the reports claimed that one of the group leaders was identified as Indang Susukan, believed to have been involved in last month's kidnapping of a Taiwanese couple in Pom-Pom Island, Semporna.

The reports claimed the attacks along the Sabah east coast could happen anytime before Christmas.

BR1M applications now open


KUALA LUMPUR: Applications for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) programme 2014 are now open.

Current BR1M recipients need not re-register for the assistance, but must update their personal details, including their addresses, family information and bank accounts, a Finance Ministry statement said.

"New applicants can register online or manually by filling up the BR1M 2014 form," it added yesterday.

The forms are available at the Internal Revenue Board (LHDN), Federal Development Department and Welfare Department branche­s or can be downloaded from the LHDN website at www.hasil.gov.my.

The application deadline is Jan 31.

Contributions would be given to the recipients from February and are expected to benefit 5.9 million households and two million single and unmarried individuals.

The public can call 1-800-88-2716 for more details.

The line will be opened from Dec 23, between 9am and 5pm, from Monday to Friday. — Bernama

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