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Religious teacher charged with rape, sexual assault on two underage sisters



BUTTERWORTH: A 74-year-old man has been charged with rape and sexual assault of two sisters at two separate Sessions Courts here.

The religious teacher, who teaches religious classes from his home, was slapped with 10 charges of rape and seven charges of sexual assault against the victims over the course of seven years.

In the first Sessions Court before judge Noor Aini Yusof, he was charged with three counts of raping a minor, between Jan 1, 2018, to Dec 31, 2020 when she was between the ages of seven and nine.

The charge sheet, read out in Bahasa Malaysia, said the rape took place at his home in Kampung Setol, Jalan Baru, in Prai, Butterworth.

He was charged under Section 376(1)(e) of the Penal Code for committing rape against the victim,

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Stronger laws to combat online scams needed, says Selangor top cop



SHAH ALAM: Stronger laws are needed to combat online scams, says Selangor police.

State police chief Comm Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said that state police have already recorded RM59.6mil in losses from scams.

“This is from January to June this year. And this is just one contingent and based on our investigations a huge part of losses from scams are funnelled overseas.

“From the 1,354 cases in that time frame involving cheating, only 428 cases were not online related,” he said at the launch of the anti-scam campaign at the state-contingent level at Concorde Hotel here.

With most of the suspects arrested being mule account holders, Comm Arjunaidi said that proving cases in court was difficult.

“This is why I said before we need t

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Justin Sun never gave up his digital dream, even in Geneva



The World Trade Organisation (WTO) members reached an agreement on a series of trade issues at the Ministerial Conference 12 (MC12) held in Geneva earlier this month.

It is an important achievement compared to the failure at other multilateral conferences in the past years.

MC12 has helped to materialise significant decisions on various issues. The most significant achievement is the duties on ecommerce and data trade, which removed the barrier between the fast-paced digital world and the sluggish real economy.

This decision is good news for consumers, who will continue to enjoy affordable digital lifestyles.

Many small countries such as Grenada were requesting for a better future – a digital and secure future for their people.

Gre

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10 shophouses in Sibu razed by fire



SIBU: A block of shophouses in Kampung Hilir, Kabong was razed to the ground early Wednesday (June 29) morning.

The State Fire and Rescue Department said in its daily update that it was informed of the fire, which affected 10 shoplots, at 2.53am.

"Firemen from Saratok station were immediately dispatched to the scene. The operation commander reported that the shophouses were all 100% destroyed by the fire," it added.

However, no casualty was reported.

"The cause of the fire is still under investigation," it added.


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Bangsar urban farm issued eviction notice for violating nursery licence terms



KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territory Lands and Mines Department has taken enforcement action against the Kebun-Kebun Bangsar community farm here, for violating the terms of the Temporary Occupation Licence (LMS) for nursery purposes.

FT Lands and Mines director Datuk Muhammad Yasir Yahya said the terms included the type of crops and no permanent structure should be built under the electric pylons based on the technical feedback from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

"We also received complaints of disturbances lodged by residents.

"Investigations revealed that the nursery keeps various livestock such as chickens, ducks and sheep, thus raising other issues such as odour pollution, flies and noise disturbance which led to the enforcement action," he said i

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Idris Ahmad: Ismail Sabri-led government focused on helping people



KUALA LUMPUR: The government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) has always focused on efforts to help the people, especially during this challenging economic situation, says Datuk Idris Ahmad.

He said issues other than those that touched on the people’s interests of the people, including the 15th General Election (GE15) , were never brought up for discussion by the Prime Minister when chairing the Cabinet meeting.

"At the Cabinet meeting, the focus is on how we want to help the people, how we want to provide assistance, whether it should be through subsidy, cheap sales programmes, that's what we always discussed, and the Prime Minister also wants the focus to be towards that,” said the Minister in the Prime Mini

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Covid-19 Watch: 2,025 new cases, says Health Ministry



PETALING JAYA: Malaysia recorded 2,025 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday (June 28), says the Health Ministry.

The Health Ministry said through data released on its CovidNow portal on Wednesday (June 29) that this brings the new total to 4,560,583 cases since the pandemic began.

Of the 2,025, 20 are imported cases while 2,005 are local.

The CovidNow portal also said that there were 2,367 recoveries on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active cases in Malaysia to 27,747.

Of the active cases, 95.7% or 26,541 individuals are undergoing home quarantine, while 14 people or 0.1% are being treated at low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC).

Only 4.2% of active cases or 1,155 individuals needed to be hospitalised, with 37 warde

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Malaysian Bar objects to an application for QC in Najib’s SRC case



KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar has objected to an application for Queen's Counsel Jonathan Laidlaw to represent Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in the former premier’s final appeal involving the misappropriation of RM42mil belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

Its secretary B. Anand Raj, in an affidavit filed on Monday (June 28), said Najib’s current lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah possessed more experience and qualifications compared with the British lawyer.

He also said that there were over 20,000 other experienced lawyers in Malaysia for the former prime minister to choose from.

Anand said Muhammad Shafee himself possessed extensive knowledge and vast experience as he had appeared and argued numerous cases involving criminal legal provi

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Engineer detained for assaulting traffic cop who issued him a summons



BALIK PULAU: An engineer was arrested for allegedly assaulting a traffic policeman who had issued him with a summons for using a handphone while driving.

A video showing a man assaulting a traffic policeman went viral on Tuesday (June 28).

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Kamarul Rizal Jenal said the 51-year-old man was stopped at Jalan Tun Dr Awang near the Penang International Commercial City at about 6.30pm on Monday (June 27).

He said the man was unhappy that he was slapped with a summons for using a handphone while driving.

“The man had also ignored the police's instructions to not make recordings with his mobile phone.

“The policeman told the man not to obstruct him from doing his job and tried to seize the handphone.

“The m

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