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Families Recall Eerie Sense of Foreboding by Victims

KUALA LUMPUR: HEART wrenching stories of the last days of passengers onboard MH17 have emerged. After their sudden passing, family members have started recalling bits and pieces of the last few moments spent with their loved ones.

Families Brace Themselves to Receive Remains

KUALA LUMPUR: FAMILY members began preparing themselves to receive the remains of their loved ones who perished in the crash of flight of MH17 in Donetsk, Ukraine a week ago. "All of us are prepared for further developments by monitoring the news while receiving updates from my late uncle's friends in the Netherlands," said Syaza Athirah Mohamad Azman, 22, the niece of flight MH17 chief steward Mohd Ghaffar Abu Bakar, 54.

Mas Ceo Expresses Sympathy

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines yesterday conveyed sadness over the tragedy of flight MH17 and pledged full support to meet the needs of families of those who were on board. Chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the entire MAS family's thoughts and prayers were with the next-of-kin. He said no words could describe the loss of all 298 people on board the flight.

Mb Decision After Raya

KUALA LUMPUR: THERE was much excitement among members of the media when it was revealed that the Pakatan leadership was to make an important announcement after its presidential council meeting yesterday. Foremost was the fate of PKR's embattled Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Houses, Cars Thrashed As Storm Hits Malacca

MALACCA: A thunderstorm, which hit several districts of the state yesterday, damaged at least 100 houses and 10 vehicles when they were blown away or hit by trees which were uprooted by the strong winds and heavy downpour. Durian Tunggal in Alor Gajah was worst hit by the 5.45am thunderstorm, but there were no casualties reported. Many of the occupants of the affected houses had just finished their sahur and were waiting to perform their morning prayers.

2 Drown in Unfenced Pond

TASEK GELUGOR: A family is facing a grim Hari Raya when two brothers drowned in a pond near their home here. Muhammad Zakwan Ramli, 4, and Muhammad Hakim Ramli, 2, had gone to play next to the pond in Kampung Matahari Naik, Pokok Tampang, here when the incident happened at 8.30am yesterday.

Search On for `Vigilante'

KUALA LUMPUR: POLICE are seeking public's assistance to identify and locate a man caught on video beating a suspected thief last year. The man, who appeared to be in his late 40s or early 50s, was seen kicking the young suspect on his face for at least 10 times on the 62-second video, which has since gone viral on the internet.

Negri Revises Plan to Sell Water

SEREMBAN: Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the state government is no longer interested in selling water to Selangor and has now revised its previous offer to sell water from the Ngoi-Ngoi water treatment plant (WTP) via the Triang Dam. Instead, Negri Sembilan would sell water to the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya through a plan, which comprises the construction of a new dam and what could be the country's biggest water treatment plant in Lenggeng.

Many Driving Without Road Tax, Licence

MALACCA: NOT having valid driving licence and road tax was the most common road transport offences committed by motorists. Road Transport Department (RTD) Deputy Director-General (Planning and Operations) Datuk Yusoff Ayob said out of the 460,000 summonses issued by RTD last year, more than 80 per cent were related to the two offences.

Pm Thanks Merkel for Help Offer

KUALA LUMPUR: German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday conveyed her condolences to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 tragedy. Speaking to Najib via telephone, Merkel said Germany was ready to assist Malaysia, offering its assistance in finding a solution to issues related to the downed Malaysian jetliner.

41 Flee As Bus Catches Fire

KUALA LIPIS: Quick action by a 50-year-old double decker express bus driver saved the lives of 39 passengers and his co-driver after the vehicle caught fire at Km 32, Jalan Lipis-Merapoh near Felda Telang here yesterday. The driver who spotted flames and smoke emitting from the engine at 1.45pm stopped the bus and instructed all the passengers to get off the vehicle.

Malaysia United

IT'S hard not to feel proud of how parliament conducted itself at the emergency sitting to discuss MH17 yesterday. Everyone was well- behaved. Throughout the prime minister's proposal speech, there were no interjections, interruptions or barracking. Instead, there was just the solid thumping on desks to show support for all the points in the resolution. Those who had been chosen to speak came fully prepared; many seemed to have read up on the various international conventions on warfare. And,...

On the Road Towards Balance

FOR Singaporean motorist Mohd Noh Omar, his frequent visits to Johor Baru may soon come to an end following the recent news of the implementation of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) on all Singapore- registered vehicles entering Malaysia. The 39-year-old may have to settle with entering Johor Baru less than his regular twice a week visits to the southern city.

In Defiance of International Law

GAZA CRISIS: Israel must ensure that the rights and prospects for self-determination of the Palestinians are upheld, writes Rahmat Mohamad FORTY-SEVEN years have elapsed since Israel first illegally occupied the Palestinian Territories in 1967. Strangled by the illegal Israeli blockade, Palestinians in Gaza suffer from massive unemployment as well as ongoing Israeli attacks from land, air and sea.

Rules of Engagement Should Not Hinder Our Men

I AM in much sympathy with Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Jaafar, the Royal Malaysian Navy chief, when he voiced that Malaysian security forces be given the right to shoot on sight to prevent terrorists entering Malaysia from southern Philippines. Our prime minister has advised that there must be standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent possible abuses of such rights and to put in better guarantees to safeguard the innocents. The SOPs are now being compiled.

Holding Those Responsible to Account First Step to Closure

"WHO will win the blame game?". From print to the broadcast and social media, news outlets pounced upon this phrase as soon as reports about what had happened to MH17 began to emerge. It is not difficult to see why, the manner in which those accused of being culpable have been deflecting blame from themselves. It is so blatant it almost resembles a competition. But this is not a game, and given the amount of grieving involved, it is difficult to see how anyone could justify there being a winn...

Collapse of Moral Sense Led to This Evil

THE arc of human history, it is said optimistically, bends towards justice. The course indeed may be correct, but the journey to the destination cannot avoid delays and interruptions. So does the world now find its course towards justice interrupted and delayed by the wanton, barbaric shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over an ungoverned part of the Ukraine.

Keep Alive Our Culinary Traditions

TRADITIONS and culture must live on, even in this digital age of things. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was right in asking us to "Preserve bubur lambuk tradition" (NST, July, 17). What good is modernity if we were to only sit back behind the advent of technological gadgets - laptops, desktops and smartphones without interacting with people around us in real and actual living conditions?

2 Charged with Kidnap of Datuk

KUALA LUMPUR: A police lance corporal and his unemployed friend were charged at the magistrate's court yesterday with kidnapping a Datuk for RM790,000 ransom. Muhammad al-Mubarak Zulkifli, 26, and Rizal Affandi Shafiee, 35, were alleged to have kidnapped Datuk Goh Soo Wee, 33, to wrongfully confine him for ransom.

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