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Duo arrested over car break-ins

Posted: 27 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

IPOH: Police believe they have solved 10 car break-in cases with the arrests of two men near the Wooley Food Court in Ipoh Garden here.

OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said police trailed the duo, aged 35 and 21, for two days before nabbing them on Thursday night.

ACP Sum said the two unemployed men were behaving suspiciously in their Honda Civic car and were believed to be targeting another victim.

"We have seized a machete, two screwdrivers and a mobile phone from the suspects.

"The younger suspect tested positive for drugs, while the other man has three previous records for car break-ins."

"We believe they are involved in 10 cases of car break-ins in Sungai Senam, Kampung Tawas, Simpang Pulai and Ampang," ACP Sum told journalists yesterday.

ACP Sum explained that the arrests of both men were in response to a car break-in report lodged in Ampang Baru on Dec 17.

"The window of the complainant's car was smashed and he lost four gold rings, a mobile phone and some personal documents," he said.

"During the arrest, we only recovered the complainant's insurance card. We are still tracking where his other belongings have been sold."

ACP Sum said the duo were believed to have been active from the beginning of the year.

Both men, he said, would be remanded to facilitate investigations.

In an unrelated case, state commercial crime chief Supt Maszely Minhad said police had removed 253 loan shark banners in four districts – Ipoh (137), Taiping (25), Teluk Intan (26) and Manjung (65) during its Ops Vulture on Dec 26.

Supt Maszely said the police had also arrested two men, 35 and 27, believed to be involved in illegal activities near Lahat.

"We seized two mobile phones used to contact victims and two ATM cards belonging to victims to pay off the loan sharks," he said.

FMM: Businesses suffer as ships bypass Penang

Posted: 27 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

GEORGE TOWN: Businesses in the northern region are expected to suffer substantial losses if ships continue to bypass the Penang Port, which has a shallow draught depth.

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) Penang branch is urging the Federal Government to take immediate steps to address the problems of siltation, which is the cause of the shallow draught depth, by dredging and upgrading the port.

An FMM spokesman said the larger ships were bypassing the Penang Port and would sail to other ports such as Port Klang and the Tanjung Pelepas port in Johor.

"The larger vessels are bypassing Penang as their port of call due to its shallow draught depth. This will have a serious impact on manufacturers and cross-border businesses in the northern states and the region.

"The cost of shipping and doing business will escalate, given the need to use feeder vessels or land transport to move their cargo through Port Klang, for example.

"It incurs an additional cost because of the transportation of the goods from other ports to the northern region. There is also the delay because of the longer time it takes for the transportation of goods," he said in a statement yesterday.

However, he could not estimate the losses should the situation continue.

The spokesman said the North Channel is subjected to heavy siltation and capital dredging is periodically required to maintain the required draught of 14m to enable bigger vessels to call at the Penang Port.

"The Federation views with concern the shallow draught depth at the North Channel, which the Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) has confirmed to be at 10.5m currently," he said.

PPSB managing director Datuk Ahmad Ibnihajar could not be reached for comment.

In November, he had said the delay in the port's privatisation had, in turn, put several projects on hold such as the RM350mil seabed dredging and the abandonment of a RM60mil contract with Belgian Lhoist Group.

The privatisation of the port was announced in 2010 when Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhari, the Tanjung Pelepas Port and the Johor Port owner, won the bid in a limited open ten- der.

MTUC proposes a RM300 monthly cost of living allowance

Posted: 27 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: The MTUC has proposed a RM300 monthly cost of living allowance (Cola) for the 10 million private sector workers in view of the escalating cost of living.

Its president Khalid Atan said it was essential for the Government to introduce the regulation on Cola because almost five million private sector workers were now earning just about RM30 above the poverty line of RM870 per month.

At present, the minimum wage for workers in peninsular Malaysia is RM900 and for those in Sabah and Sarawak it is RM800.

Khalid said MTUC was working out strategies to help ease the workers' burden.

Khalid had suggested that companies provide subsidised food and lodging for their workers.

In turn, he said the workers would also help the companies to increase productivity, and that would result in a win-win situation for all parties.

Khalid said the congress was concerned about the immediate impact of the increased transportation, food and schooling cost particularly on workers from the lower income group.

He assured that MTUC, as a responsible organisation, would not go to the streets to demand for its rights but would instead prefer peaceful negotiations.


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