Topic of the Day, Dec. 07 2017

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UMNO TO JOIN PAS TO PROTEST AT US EMBASSY

Umno will join PAS in a protest at the US embassy here on Friday (Nov 8) over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, said Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Umno vice president said the party would not be joining the protest in a big way as it is in the midst of its general assembly, which ends Saturday (Nov 9), however Umno will hold talks with other political parties and non-governmental organisations for a more concerted protest.

“We will hold a solidarity rally to show our support for the people of Palestine who are facing this huge challenge,” he told reporters after the attending the Umno presidential address at the general assembly. "It is sensitive issue for all Muslims who will not take the matter calmly. "There will not only be protests but my worry is that extremist groups will take unpredictable action," he said

He was asked to comment on whether Umno would join PAS in its demonstration in front of the US embassy after Friday prayers.

Earlier, during his presidential address at the Umno general assembly, party president Najib Razak told delegates that Malaysia rejects and will never accept the US proposal to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. – THESTAR


7-YEAR-OLD PENANG GIRL MOLESTED BY SENIOR CITIZEN NEIGHBOUR FOR OVER A YEAR

A 61-year-old man here has been detained for allegedly molesting his 7-year-old neighbour repeatedly over the past one year.

The man’s “dark secret” came to light when the young victim finally related her ordeal to a family member, who subsequently contacted the Talian Nur hotline to lodge a complaint.

It is learnt that the man bought the girl’s silence by providing her ice cream treats and money each time he finished molesting her. “The victim also alleges that the man had penetrated her private parts, fondled her and (forced her to) engage in indecent acts on numerous occasions (at several places), including her house in Air Hitam,” a source revealed.

It is understood that a team from the Welfare Department rushed to the victim’s house to meet the victim’s father, before a decision was made to lodge a police report.

“Checks showed that there were old tears in the victim’s private parts, but a doctor has yet to ascertain the cause of the tears,” the source added. – NST


HOUSEWIFE CONNED INTO SURRENDERING CASH, VALUABLES WORTH RM855,000 FOR CURE-ALL HERBAL TREE

A housewife lost about RM855,000 to two Chinese nationals who misled and conned her into believing that they had a herbal tree that could cure every type of diseases.

Ipoh District Police chief ACP Mohd Ali Tamby said the victim lodged a police report yesterday claiming she was put under a spell and was cheated of her valuables.

The victim claimed that she was at the Menglembu market on Nov 28 when she overheard two women talking about a herbal tree that could cure all diseases.

“The housewife was interested to see the tree and the women and two of their friends brought her in a silver car. The victim was told by the women that she had a chronic disease which must be treated immediately before it spread to other members of her family,” he said in a statement.

Mohd Ali said as a condition to treat the disease, the housewife must surrender her valuables to the women. “The victim gave them cash and foreign currencies amounting to RM195,000; two Rolex watches worth about RM60,000 as well as a ring and gold necklace worth about RM600,000,” he said.

Mohd Ali said after handing over the valuables, the victim was given a black plastic bag with an instruction that she could only open it after one month. The victim felt something was amiss and opened the plastic bag yesterday where she found it only contained fruits and fruit juice and made a police report. — BERNAMA


EMPLOYERS CAN ACT AGAINST EMPLOYEES WHO BUYS FAKE MCS: SUBRAMANIAM

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam today reiterated that employers can take action against employees who buy fake medical certificates (MCs).

He said the offenders could be subjected to their company’s disciplinary board and actions would be based on the board’s recommendation. “Falsification is a criminal issue. The police should take serious actions against the perpetrators. The Health Ministry is continuously upgrading the systems involved in printing, storage and issuance of MCs to ensure irresponsible people do not misuse it,” he said. – NST

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