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Johari fuels talk with quips

Posted: 09 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUCHING: Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has been cracking jokes throughout the weekend outside PBB's meeting room and his positive vibes have fuelled speculation that he is the man most likely to take over from Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud as Chief Minister.

Next to Taib, Johari has been attracting the most media attention.

However, instead of giving straight answers to prying questions, he keeps deflecting them with humorous replies.

When reporters stopped Johari between the meeting room and dining hall yesterday, he quipped: "Wait for the official announcement. There might be no lunch left for me inside!"

Later, asked if he was the chosen one, Johari quickly replied that the question was premature, adding: "We unanimously agreed to give him (Taib the mandate to select). That's the principle. There must be ethics."

Political scientist Dr Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak is among those who believe that Johari is the frontrunner.

"There are many factors. On stage, he is the best public speaker. To lead the state election, you need someone who is seen as enthusiastic," Jeniri told The Star. "Of the names suggested, Johari is also probably the one with the most support from the Chinese community."

Taib's endorsed list of successors comprise Johari, senior vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Information chief Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Jeniri said Johari and Adenan were both "in the final lap".

"Adenan could still be CM's pick, but Adenan is not in the best of health. Tengah is last for one simple reason – he is the most junior,"

"Tengah was an officer under Johari; it was Johari who brought him into politics."

Adenan was elected to public office in 1979, Johari in 1981, and Tengah, 1987.

While Johari has been all smiles lately, Tengah has been more reserved. Immediately after Taib's announcement on Saturday, Tengah said he would "support whoever he (Taib) decides".

Yesterday, he said he was "surprised to be named as one of the potentials".

"I'm just a small man, so whatever it is, whoever is chosen by Taib, we will support," Tengah said.

"The most important thing is to carry on all the good things that have been started by the CM. He laid a strong foundation and this needs good teamwork among all leaders."

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Six nabbed for digging up grave

Posted: 09 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

ROMPIN: Police detained six men, including a 14-year-old boy, for digging up an orang asli grave here, purportedly for treatment purposes, without authorisation.

Rompin OCPD Deputy Supt Johari Jahaya said police, who were informed of the incident in Kampung Deraman, Batu 3, Kuala Rompin by villagers, succeeded in nabbing those involved at 9.30pm on Saturday.

"Six suspects, aged between 14 and 43, were detained with the help of villagers.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the suspects is on the wanted list, and another has a criminal record," he told reporters yesterday.

He said the suspects confessed that they had dug up the grave to find a bone for medical purposes. — Bernama

Housewife killed after thieves grab her 'thali'

Posted: 09 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

IPOH: A 26-year-old housewife was killed when a snatch thief grabbed her thali, resulting in her falling off her motorcycle and hitting her head near the Slim River Hospital.

Tanjung Malim OCPD Supt Othman Nayan said that in the 4.30pm incident on Saturday, M. Shemavarthini was on her way to fetch her aunt, who worked as a cleaner at the hospital.

"She was oblivious to three individuals trailing her on two motorcycles," he said.

"One of them grabbed her thali from behind.

"This caused Shemavarthini to lose her balance and control of the motorcycle," Supt Othman said.

"She fell, hitting her head on the cement curb along the road as her helmet had come off."

A thali is a special gold chain worn by married Hindu women.

Supt Othman added that Shemavarthini was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead.

A post-mortem found the cause of death to be haemorrhaging in the brain.

Supt Othman said that only the victim's thali, which was worth about RM5,000, was taken by the snatch thieves.

Police are looking for Farizul Hezry Mohamad, 29, whose last known address was at Taman Genting Permai, Batang Kali, Selangor and 16-year-old Shamsiah Asrik from Kampung Sungai Masin, Batang Kali to help in the investigations.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Tanjung Malim police station at 05-452 6999 or contact investigating officer Asst Supt Sila Kadong at 019-265 9641.


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