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VAT 69 commando recalls how gunmen fired on them during recon op

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysian security forces were taken by surprise when Sulu gunmen suddenly fired on them during a close reconnaissance operation in Kampung Tanduo last year, the High Court heard yesterday.

VAT 69 commando Sjn Mohd Rosli Sidek, 53, said he was inspecting houses in an area of the village with his team when they heard gunshots.

"We immediately left our inspection duties and started running in the direction of the gunshots when suddenly, shots were fired at us," he said, adding that they had to take cover and retaliate.

Earlier, Rosli testified they had entered Kampung Tanduo in Lahad Datu to carry out a close reconnaissance at about 1am on March 1 last year.

"My team and I were in charge of inspecting five identified houses in the village. After I inspected the fourth house, I heard gunshots," he said at the trial of 30 people charged with involvement in the intrusion of Sulu gunmen into Lahad Datu and Semporna.

Rosli said he was with his team leader, whom he identified as Insp Sahar, at that time.

He added that they soon ran into their other colleagues.

After taking their positions and retaliating, Rosli said they saw two men fully clad in fatigues behind some oil palm trees on their right.

"A shootout lasting about 10 minutes broke out before Insp Sahar beckoned towards me to pull back," he said.

Asked by Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar on the reason for pulling back, Rosli said the team was at an exposed and dangerous position with only young oil palm trees for cover.

"The intruders were heavily armed and they had matured oil palm trees as cover," he said.

The team, said Rosli, then retreated to a small forest further away from the shooting area and maintained a ground defence until 1.30pm on the same day when they received other instructions.

The trial continues today.

Good Samaritan willing to carry on as organ donor

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

A YOUNG Malaysian, who donated part of her liver to a stranger, is willing to continue donating her organs if she is fit to do so, Guang Ming Daily reported.

Lai Mei Yi (pic), 27, from Ipoh, made headlines in local Chinese dailies in February for donating 60% of her liver to a 16-year-old Malacca boy, who was diagnosed with end-stage Caroli disease.

Recalling the first time she read about the plight of Teng Cyun Shen, Lai said she quickly made a call to Singapore's National University Hospital to express her intention to help.

"I felt really sad to see the photo of a boy lying restlessly on the bed," she said.

When Lai was told that she was fit for the organ donation. Her family members, who had initially been worried, supported her decision.

"I was smiling through the entire process as I had saved a life. I was confident that the operation would not kill me as I did not think that God would be so cruel to me," she said.

To Lai, the post-operation scar on her body is the most beautiful "tattoo".

Teng, who was discharged from the hospital last month, is now recuperating in Singapore.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a child was slapped by a female passenger after complaining about having to give up her seat to others on a bus in Shenyang, China.

The daily reported that the passenger, who was with a senior citizen and a man, had asked the child to give up her seat.

The child obliged but grumbled about it, irritating the passenger, who then hit her. The child's mother then called the police for help.

●  Found in Translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

MMA: Unhealthy meals, not operating hours, cause obesity

Posted: 02 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Medical Association has defended the operating times of 24-hour eateries but urged that they serve healthy food.

Its president Datuk Dr N.K.S. Tharmaseelan said 24-hour eateries were not the source of obesity problems but the types of food served were.

"The eateries must be advised to serve healthy food, and it should be made mandatory for menus to show the amount of calories of each meal as this would contribute as a 'disincentive' to consume that food," he said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said Malaysians should be taught and encouraged to reduce caloric intake and indulge in regular physical activity.

On Sunday, the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity president Prof Dr Mohd Ismail Noor said the Government had to be more serious about controlling the environment that encourages obesity and all food outlets should be closed by midnight instead of being allowed to operate 24 hours.

Dr Tharmaseelan said most developed countries did not have 24-hour food outlets like Malaysia and yet obesity was prevalent.

He said the livelihood of thousands of Malaysians would be affected if these outlets were asked to close down or limit their operating hours and this would have financial implications for the nation as a whole.

He argued that most tourists saw the 24-hour eateries as an attraction as their food was cheap and easily accessible round-the-clock.

Night-shift workers and students, too, thronged these places as they might not have the time to cook, he said.

"Instead of banning, we should wean them off eating unhealthy and excess food. They should be encouraged to lead healthy lifestyles," he said, adding that persistence was needed.

Dr Tharmaseelan said the Government should make bold moves in withdrawing unhealthy foods and raising taxes on all types of sweetened drinks and food besides coming up with incentives and a long-term plan to address obesity.

More recreational centres and parks, too, should be built and maintained properly, he said.


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