133 Year-Old Temple Destroyed in Fire


BUKIT MERTAJAM: The 133-year-old Pek Kong Cheng Tua Pek Kong temple, located within the heart of town here, was destroyed in a fire tonight.

The fire struck about 8.40pm to the surprise of traders and customers at a nearby food court. Firefighters were rushed to the scene but by then the fire had engulfed the temple almost entirely.

A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman said they managed to control the flame by 9pm.

“We are doing our best to put out the fire,” he said.

Video footage of the raging fire has since made its way into social media.

Built in 1886, the temple is known locally as the Pek Kong Cheng Tua Pek Kong temple.

64-year-old woman found abused in a flat in Bukit Mertajam

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Bukit Mertajam: A 64-year-old woman was found abused at her flat in Bukit Mertajam, PenangThe victim, who was staying with her two children and daughter-in-law, was injured in the head and had bruises all over her body. 

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said police received a call at around 1pm on Wednesday (March 13), saying that the victim could not get out of her house to receive treatment at the hospital. It is believed that the family was poor and stressed due to family issues, and they were severely lacking in food as well.

ACP Nik Ros Azhan said initial investigations revealed that the victim’s children could be mentally ill. Her two children and her disabled daughter-in-law lived in a flat, and they received Zakat and aid from the Social Welfare Department (JKM).

A representative from JKM said the hospital would be conducting psychiatric treatment to the victim and her children. The victim was treated at Hospital Bukit Mertajam, and initial medical reports found that the victim had mental illness and a history of depression. The case is being investigated for causing hurt under Section 324 of the Penal Code.

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Source: TheSTAR Online


Innapropriate Rubbish Disposal at Kampung Baru Market

Innapropriate Rubbish Disposal at Kampung Baru Market 2019

Bukit Mertajam- These are the images of the the condition of the Kampung Baru Market's parking lot where rubbish and other waste is dumped and the placement of the disposal area is deemed innapropriate by the residents there. A concerned resident who lives in that area sent us this images expressing his regret on how such condition has caused great inconvenience, not just to him but other residents who come to the market as well.

The entire parking area smells really bad, with a strong pungent smell that creates discomfort among those who have to park their cars in the area. Moreover, the area has gone filthy with pests and other stray animals taking over the area and feeding on the rubbish and waste there.

Many resident depend on the availability of the parking lot as the market already has a pre-existing parking issue, where there is not enough spots for cars to be parked. Residents are forced to park there despite the filthy condition of the area. The condition also indirectly contributes to the chances of residents being exposed to diseases due to this unhealthy and unhygenic manner of waste management and disposal.

SPT News urges the MPSP to act immediately to resolve this issue, not just to clean the area but to come up with a different location of the disposal bins placement to avoid any further inconvenience to the residents visiting the market and using the parking lot. Moreover, we also request MPSP and the relevant departments to look into the issue of lack of parking spots. Our residents deserve a clean, sustainable and condusive enviroment and it is our collective duty to work together towards creating such enviroment.

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Kulim Airport, CM Chow awaits further discussion

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Georgetown- Chief Minister, Y.A.B. Mr. Chow Kon Yeow stated that his administration was waiting for further discussions with the Transport Minister, Anthony Loke Siew Fook and the Kedah State Government on the status of the proposed construction of the Kulim Airport. He said the oral reply of the Minister in the Dewan Rakyat on March 12, 2019 among others, suggested that the proposed new airport construction would be tabled at the National Physical Planning Council (MPFN) meeting for Government research.

"That is, proposals have already begun for the past few years, no decision (but) has recently been raised by the State Government. This will be tabled for discussion in a National Physical Council (Planning) meeting (MPFN)."

"As an added note, I've raised the matter two weeks ago, in the Prime Minister's Meeting with the Ketua Menteri and Menteri Besar. I raised this matter, the decision was recorded by the Minister of Transport to discuss with the (Kedah) and Penang (Government) of the proposal. "So, we are waiting for a meeting or further discussion by the three parties," he said, who is also the Exco of Land Affairs & Land Development, Transport and Communications at a press conference here." 

Quoting the same oral response source, Kon Yeow said the Ministry also considered the proposed expansion of the Penang International Airport (PIA) to increase the passenger's annual capacity from 6.5 million to 12 million.

"To cover the cost of PIA's expansion, the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Finance together with MAHB is studying the development model and the appropriate financing method for the expansion project to be implemented in a cost effective manner," he said quoting the Minister's oral response."

Housing Executives, Local Government and Town & Country Planning, Jagdeep Singh Deo, Exco of Tourism, Heritage, Culture and Arts Exco, Yeoh Soon Hin, Women, Family Development, Gender and Religious Inclusiveness Apart from Islam, Chong Eng, Exco Agriculture & Agro-Based Industry, Rural Development and Health, Dr. Afif Bahardin and Domestic & International Trade Exco, Consumer Affairs and Entrepreneur Development, Dato 'Abdul Halim Hussain were also present during the press conference.

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47 day-old infant tortured to death by parents

47 day old infant tortured to death

Bukit Mertajam- A 47 day-old infant has died, apparently due to being tortured by her own parents. The baby was found with injuries all over her body, including her genitals. Perliminary post mortem has found that the baby has her both left and right ribs broken, along with broken bones in its left thigh and right arm.

The Seberang Perai Tengah District Chief Police, Assistant Commisioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abd Hamid, has said that the victim has also sustained injuries and bruises all over her body."Punca kecederaan luaran disebabkan objek tumpul dan keras seperti lantai, dinding dan pintu termasuk juga perbuatan cubit dan hentakan."

The post mortem has also identified internal injuries due to extremely heavy impact on the head that has cause internal bleeding of organs like the victim's brain. The are also marks of the baby being bitten on both of the infant's arms however the cause of death is due to cerebral hemmorage, which is bleeding from the brain.

Nik Ros Azhan added that the urine screening test against the baby's parents found them free from drug influences. The parents of the 47 day-old baby were remanded to assist in investigations under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001.

The victim died when she was taken to hospital by her father at Seberang Jaya Hospital at about 10.45am on Thursday. Meanwhile, the parents of the baby were remanded seven days today to assist in investigating their baby girl's death.

-Astro Awani-

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