News in brief -- Bernama Aug 3
WATCH ON SUBSIDISED GOODS AT BORDER
PADANG BESAR -- Perlis police today launched an integrated Op Contraband to curb the smuggling of subsidised goods into Thailand.
Padang Besar district police chief ACP Mohd Shokri Abdullah said the operation involved the Perlis police contingent headquarters (IPK), Padang Besar district police headquarters (IPD) and is assisted by the Perlis division of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).
"We are inspecting pick-up vehicles from Thailand to detect any subsidised goods hidden among other items," he said here today.
He said most pickup vehicles enter the country to pick up raw materials for export around Padang Besar. "We have inspected 38 pickups but no violation was detected today," he said.
Also, present to participate in the operation was the head of the Perlis Criminal Investigation Department, Wari Kiew.
FREE SYARIE LEGAL SERVICES FOR UNDER-RM3,000 EARNERS
SHAH ALAM -- The Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) has changed the eligibility requirement related to total gross income to RM3,000-and-below compared to RM1,500 previously, to qualify for free syarie legal assistance in malpractice cases in the Syariah Court in Selangor.
MAIS secretary Dr Ahmad Shahir Makhtar said the resolution of family cases through legal aid was in line with its role to help the needy, especially the B40 group, to improve the social well-being of the Muslim community in Selangor.
"Other conditions are that applicants must be a Malaysian citizen, complete the application form provided and pass the interview to assess the suitability of the case," he said in a statement today.
More information and the application form can be found on the MAIS website at https://www.mais.gov.my/bantuan-guaman-syarie-kategori-umum/ or call 03-5514 3643.
FOUR DIRTY EATERIES CLOSED IN PENANG
GEORGE TOWN -- The Penang City Council (MBPP) ordered four eateries, two around Jalan Utama and two in Tanjung Bungah, to be closed immediately for failing hygiene standards following the discovery of cockroaches and rats on the premises.
MBPP Licensing Department officer M. Bawani said the four food premises were given a temporary closure notice for 14 days from Aug 3-17 in accordance with the Food Establishment Bylaws 1991 for comprehensive cleaning while no compound was issued.
"There was no anti-typhoid vaccination for food handlers, which is the main legal provision required. Pest controls on cockroaches, flies, rats, mosquitoes were non-existent and grease traps not working," said the Environmental Health officer after conducting an operation in Jalan Utama here today.
She said all the eateries in today’s closure list had been previously inspected and forewarned but still saw no improvement, hence the enforcement action to close the outlets.
RM1.6 MLN OF VAPE SEIZED IN SELANGOR SINCE 2019
SHAH ALAM -- The Selangor State Health Department (JKNS) seized vape liquid suspected of containing nicotine poison worth approximately RM1.657 million from 2019 to July, 2022, said its director Datuk Dr Sha'ari Ngadiman.
He said as many as 32 investigation papers were opened during that period with 31 cases prosecuted in court where a total of RM108,400 in fines was collected.
He said the public can channel complaints related to the sale of nicotine-laced vape liquid through the website http://www.pharmacy.gov.my or the Public Agency Complaint Management System (SisPAA) portal http://moh.spab.gov.my or any nearby pharmacy enforcement or via 03-78413200.