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Child bride rape case reopened


PUTRAJAYA: The case of a 12-year-old girl who married the man who raped and then divorced her has been reopened by the Attorney-General's Chambers.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said he directed the police to do so after taking into account public concerns on the issue.

He said a decision on whether to prosecute will be announced next week after he received the police findings.

"The DPP at that time withdrew the case on certain grounds.

"When the arrest was made, we only had five statements from the victim, her father, aunt and two suspects but no confession was recorded by the magistrate," Gani told a press conference here.

He declined to provide details on the medical report on the victim, but said her "blood pressure was normal about four to five hours after the (alleged rape) incident."

The Star reported last week that Nor Fazira Saad had lodged a report at the Kulim police station on July 15 last year, alleging that she had been raped by two teenagers including Mohd Fahmi Mohamed Alias, now 20, who later married her.

Mohd Fahmi was charged with committing the offence together with another youth but was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal after the victim and her father Mohd Saad Mustafa withdrew the police report.

Abdul Gani said the other youth had pleaded guilty and was sent to a juvenile rehabilitation centre in Paya Terubong, Penang.

It was reported that Nor Fazira married Mohd Fahmi four months after the alleged rape.

Mohd Fahmi pronounced a talak satu divorce on his young wife last week.

Mohd Fahmi also denied he had raped her and then married her to avoid being prosecuted, although the girl's father has insisted otherwise.

Highway cost overshoots by RM800mil


PETALING JAYA: Construction delays in sections of the East Coast High-way 2, a mega project under the Ninth Malaysian Plan, had cost the Federal Government an additional RM800mil, according to the Auditor-General's Report 2012.

The construction of the 184km, four-lane, two-way highway, which starts at Jabur, Kemaman and ends at Kampung Gemuruh, Kuala Tereng­ganu, was divided between the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Malaysian Highway Autho­rity (LLM).

LLM completed its portion that covers 64km, from Bukit Besi to Telemung along with a 16km spur route, on May 18 last year while the sections under PWD includes managing the construction of stretches from Jabur to Bukit Besi and from Telemung to Kampung Gemuruh.

This included 120km of roads, in addition to a 19.4km spur road, which was projected to cost RM2.09bil but had since risen to RM2.9bil.

The work was divided into 16 sections which PWD tendered out to 12 companies.

Eight contractors failed to complete their projects on time, despite being given extensions of between eight and 18 months, along with variation of price (VOP) which went up to RM31.87mil.

Among these companies were Arah Jitu Sdn Bhd and GPQ Bukit Putri JV, which were contracted to build two sections each. Arah Jitu failed to complete both sections while the latter managed to finish one.

The errant companies had their contracts terminated and the work was re-tendered in 2010.

This process took between 11 and 19 months, causing further delays along with cost due to damage at the construction sites during the period.

To date only 66.92km of the PWD's project has been completed, but only 11.58km is open.

PWD attributed the delays to the time taken by the Works Ministry to approve the re-tendering work and getting additional allocations for the project.

Hamas seeks Umno’s help to reconcile with Fatah


KUALA LUMPUR: Palestinian liberation group Hamas has requested Umno to help in its reconciliation with rival Fatah.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Hamas felt that Umno was close to both Palestinian groups.

The request was made by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in Malaysia to attend the Umno general assembly tomorrow.

"Khaled has asked me to convey this to the Prime Minister," said Ahmad Zahid. "Hamas has chosen Umno because they are confident with the party and has witnessed the transformation which we have done, not only within the party but for the country," he said.

Hamas and Fatah have been in dispute since 2007, resulting in Hamas controlling Gaza while its rival controls the West Bank.

In January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak visited Gaza as a humanitarian gesture of solidarity with the plight of the people in the occupied territories.

Ahmad Zahid said Khaled's visit was also part of an effort involving leaders from Umno as well as PAS and PKR.

The effort is being conducted by a body known as the Palestinian Cultural Organisation of Malaysia, under the patronage of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad while Ahmad Zahid is the adviser.

Other members of the organisation include PKR's Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa and Dr Syed AzmanSyed Ahmad Nawawi, also from PAS.

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