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Liow: Teach Anwar a lesson

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

KAJANG: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's track record in handling education issues speaks volumes about his "character", said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He is best remembered as the education minister who suppressed Chinese education and triggered the Operasi Lalang in 1987.

Liow said Anwar was no stranger to the Chinese community, particularly those in Kajang where the Chinese educationist group, Dong Zong, was active.

He said Anwar – the Pakatan Rakyat designated-candidate for the upcoming Kajang by-election – had also started to make all sorts of promises to fish for votes.

Citing examples, Liow said Anwar had suddenly shown concern over Dong Zong's land issue – something Anwar had been evading all this while.


Caring gesture: Liow giving out roses and goodie bags to market-goers and traders to mark Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Meh at the Sungai Chua market in Kajang. With him is Dr Wee (centre).

"This is Anwar Ibrahim and the people should teach him a lesson for the damage he had caused and also for continuing to make empty promises in many instances," Liow said after visiting the Sungai Chua market here yesterday.

Earlier, Liow and his deputy Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong distributed 1,000 stalks of red roses and 1,500 goodie bags with chocolates, mandarin oranges and groundnuts to market-goers and traders to mark Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Meh.

The two dates coincide every 19 years.

On the by-election, Liow said the MCA survey had shown good response from the ground and this was a big encouragement for the party to face the polls with full confidence.

He urged the people to support Barisan Nasional because an elected representative would enable the coalition to serve the people better.

Change in dengue virus variation behind outbreak

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: The current surge of dengue cases is the result of a change in variation of the dengue virus, the Health Ministry said.

Deputy Health director-general Datuk S. Jeyaindran said there was usually an outbreak whenever there was a change in the dengue virus serotype as fewer people would be immune to the serotype after the change.

Moreover, the current serotype, DEN-2, was more virulent, he said, adding: "That is why we are seeing more deaths."

It was reported that 10,712 cases and 19 deaths were reported this year up to Feb 6 compared to 2,836 cases and eight deaths over the same period last year.

Based on previous reports, Malaysia experienced its worst dengue outbreak in 2008 with 49,335 cases, while the highest death toll was in 2010 with 134 fatalities from 45,901 reported dengue cases.

The numbers dropped the following year until last year when it began to increase again.

Dr Jeyaindran said that the DEN-2 serotype was discovered sometime mid-last year.

"Before that, it was the DEN-4 serotype," he said.

"The DEN-2 serotype cases appeared to have started in Singapore and then were found in Johor at the end of last year and subsequently reached Malacca, Negri Sembilan and Selangor," he said.

Dengue infections are caused by four closely related viruses, namely serotypes DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4.

Each has different interactions with the antibodies in human blood serum.

The change in serotype is one reason a major dengue outbreak could occur as individuals are protected from infections with the remaining three serotypes for only two to three months after the first dengue infection.

When two or more dengue cases are detected in a village or a residential area, it is considered an outbreak.

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Youth stabbed for being noisy

Posted: 14 Feb 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: A 21-year-old college student was chased down by a man and stabbed in the back with a knife — all for joking and laughing too loudly with his friends at a fast food outlet.

The student had been queuing up with his friends to make his order at the outlet in Jalan Genting Klang, Setapak at around 6pm yesterday when the man scolded him for being too loud.

He then got into a quarrel with the man, which escalated into violence.

The man, who is believed to be aged between 30 and 35, waited outside the outlet for the student to finish his meal with his friends before chasing him down the street and then stabbing him in the back.

The student was rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital but was later discharged.

City acting CID chief Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa said that although the police have yet to make an arrest, they have obtained CCTV footage from the outlet to help in their investigations.

"We are studying CCTV footage within the area to ascertain the man's identity.

"We hope that anyone with information will come forward," he said.

Those with information can contact the police hotline at 03-2115 9999 or go to the nearest police station.


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