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Passenger inflates life jacket in plane as others follow suit

Posted: 24 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: Fearing the worst, a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH066 from Kuala Lumpur to Incheon, South Korea, inflated a life jacket after learning that the aircraft's generator had failed.

The incident happened when the flight was diverted to Hong Kong following the generator failure.

"Yes, one passenger did so and others followed suit. However, they were not instructed by our cabin crew to do so as it did not involve an emergency landing," the airline confirmed in an e-mail yesterday.

In a statement, MAS said the Airbus A330-300 landed at the Hong Kong International Airport "uneventfully" following the minor scare. It added that electrical power continued to be supplied by the auxiliary power unit during the flight.

Flight MH066 left Kuala Lumpur at 11.37pm on Sunday and was scheduled to arrive at Incheon International Airport at 5.50am local time yesterday. Following the incident, MAS said the return flight, MH067, was cancelled and its 271 passengers were transferred to other carriers and subsequent MAS flights back to Kuala Lumpur.

According to a MAS official who wished to remain anonymous, the aircraft is expected to remain grounded for an unspecified time because it would need to have usable life jackets on board for its next flight.

"Once they are inflated, they cannot be used again until they are refilled. The gas used to refill the life jackets are classified as dangerous goods and must be packed carefully before the aircraft is certified to fly again," he said.

Tackling social disorder issues

Posted: 24 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Marking the Royal Malaysia Police 207th anniversary today, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar talks of plans to tackle problems related to social disorder.

He said the police intend to collaborate with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to identify these problems.

"Several studies conducted overseas indicate that social disorder problems can cause a negative perception in the community unless they are tackled quickly," he said at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman yesterday.

Citing an example, he said the presence of a large number of illegal immigrants and beggars in the city could cause fear and discomfort in the people.

"As such, it is necessary for the police to draw up a strategy with the relevant authorities, including the community and the private sector, to resolve these problems," he said.

Khalid also said the police would continue to give priority to the welfare and security of the people while raising their confidence, trust and respect for the force.

The police would work with all quarters, including the community, to remain the premier law enforcement agency in the country, he said.

"Over the past 207 years, we have always encouraged the people to cooperate by providing information with accuracy and speed to tackle crime and other security problems," he said.

Khalid gave the assurance that the police were always ready to face challenges by adopting the necessary measures, including augmenting the number of its personnel.

He said the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah, last year and the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 8 posed major challenges for the force and it was able to learn a lot from these experiences.

He also said that the presence of policemen at public places would give the people a greater sense of security.

On the motorcycle patrol units, he said their presence in housing estates allayed fear and helped to reduce crime in localities.

"Besides looking after the security of the people, these units help the police to meet and greet the people," he said.

On measures to step up the integrity of the force, Khalid said an anti-corruption campaign would be implemented with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Integrity Institute of Malaysia to enhance awareness among policemen.

"Such cooperation is to seek the best method to ensure the integrity of each police personnel," he said.

The 207th Police Day carries the theme "Our Commitment to Com-munity Well-being". — Bernama

School trip takes a horrific turn

Posted: 24 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: A school trip took a horrific turn when a bus carrying 34 students overturned near Kampung Nanding in Hulu Langat, killing one and injuring four.

The students and a teacher from SMJK Katholik, Petaling Jaya, were returning from Lembah Azwen Resort where they had attended a leadership camp on Sunday. They were on their way to lunch at a restaurant near the village when the accident occurred at about 1.30pm yesterday.

"The road to the restaurant was very steep and the bus overturned as the driver tried to steer the vehicle away from the ravine," said Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab. The 48-year-old driver escaped unhurt.

The dead student, who was pinned in the wreckage, has been identified as 17-year-old Chin Yeong Peng.

His body had been sent to the Serdang Hospital for a post-mortem.

The four injured students were sent to Ampang Hospital for treatment. Most of the students were reportedly in shock and cried as they were escorted away from the overturned bus.

They were heard shouting for their friends who were still trapped beneath the bus.

By 4pm, all the students had safely gathered at a hut located on top of the hill and many of them had calmed down by then.

Parents of the students were asked to pick up their children from Kg Nanding.

ACP Abdul Rashid said initial investigations indicated that the brakes of the bus were malfunctioning at the time of the accident.

"The case is being probed under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act for reckless driving," said ACP Abdul Rashid.

He said four buses were assigned to transport 157 students of the school, popularly known as Catholic High, to and from the camp site. The Selangor Fire and Rescue Department despatched 12 people to the scene at about 2.30pm.

Department operations assistant director Mohd Sani Harul said the firemen had to cut the front portion of the bus to rescue the trapped students.


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