SIBU, Sept 23 — A 62-year-old female government retiree here claimed to have suffered losses amounting to RM10,000 yesterday due to a suspected Macau Scam scam in which she was alleged to have been linked to the 1MDB money-laundering scandal.
In a police report she lodged today, the victim said she had received a phone call from a man who claimed to be a sergeant from a police headquarters in Negeri Sembilan informing her that her bank card had been used by an individual named Jimmy Wong, as part the crime.
“The victim had earlier received a call on her home phone in Sibu Jaya from a man who claimed that her line was being used to conduct online gambling activities,” said Sibu District Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit in a statement here today.
Following the call from the so-called sergeant, the call was connected to an ‘Inspector’ who said the victim needed to transfer RM10,000 to the National Audit Department if she wished to resolve the matter.
“Due of panic, the woman went to a bank in Jalan Kampung Datu near here at around 12.30 pm and transferred RM4,950 for the first transaction, and the same amount in the second, and RM100 in the third transaction to an account belonging to a man named Shamsudin Abu Hassan.
“The victim only realised she had been duped after returning home, and then filed a police report,” he added.
Two Malaysian Youths To Represent Malaysia At Y4C Summit In Milan
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Two Malaysian youths will represent Malaysia at the Youth4Climate: Driving Action (Y4C) Summit in Milan from Sept 28 to 30.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia and Malaysian Youth Delegation (MYD), in a joint statement, said the youths are Sahana Kaur, 17, and Mogesh Sababathy, 23, who are co-organising the Pre-Youth4Climate Workshop with UNICEF Malaysia, jointly supported by MYD, the British High Commission, and the Italian Embassy.
The outputs from the Pre-Youth4Climate Workshop which will be held on Sept 25 will be incorporated in a climate youth report reflecting youth voices from Malaysia that will be conveyed at the summit in Milan.
“At the Pre-Youth4Climate Workshop, Sahana and Mogesh, in partnership with UNICEF Malaysia, hope to promote youth engagement in climate action and highlight opportunities in local and global platforms for youth in Malaysia to take action.
“The inputs and feedback gained aim to build an evidence base of climate-related impacts on young people to position the rights of the youth at the centre of climate policy discussions and negotiations in Malaysia and international circles,” the statement said.
The statement also said that UNICEF Malaysia is providing support to Sahana and Mogesh in the lead-up to the Y4C Summit, as the international aid agency is committed to protecting children’s rights in climate change and facilitating youth engagement and advocacy.
The summit, hosted by the Italian government, is one of the preparatory steps to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will take place in November in Glasgow, Scotland.
Meanwhile, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and Special Representative to Brunei Darussalam Dr Rashed Sarwar said UNICEF will continue to join forces with the youth and key stakeholders in advancing children’s rights to a safe and sustainable future.
“Sahana and Mogesh represent a new generation of young people who recognise the climate crisis as a child rights crisis. This is because children and young people are the most vulnerable to climate change and will bear the brunt of climate-related impacts despite contributing the least to climate change”, he said.
The British High Commission and Italian Embassy in a joint statement congratulated Sahana and Mogesh’s selection to the Y4C Summit and they expressed their support to the two youth for their contributions in advancing youth advocacy in the climate sphere.
The statement also said that the UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index recently revealed that 1 billion children are at ‘extremely high risk’ of the impacts of climate change with Malaysia ranking 61st place on least performing countries where children are most at risk.
According to the index, Malaysia is among the top 100 countries at risk of increasing child vulnerability as the unpredictability of floods, heatwaves, and climate-related illnesses such as malaria and dengue grow.
This was also confirmed by the National Youth Climate Change Survey Malaysia conducted by UNICEF and UNDP with support from EcoKnights in 2020, in which nine in 10 Malaysian youth said to have experienced climate and environment-related effects in the last three years.
Water Supply To Six Areas In Shah Alam Restored In Stages – Air Selangor
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Water supply in six areas in Shah Alam, Selangor, affected by the unscheduled water supply disruption due to a burst pipe incident at Persiaran Perusahaan in Seksyen 23, has been distributed in stages from 6.15 am today.
Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) Corporate Communications head, Elina Baseri, in a statement here said repair work on the burst pipe was completed at 6 am today.
However, she said the duration of the water supply recovery in the affected areas would vary, depending on the distance of the location of the consumers’ premises.
“Water supply in the six affected areas is expected to be fully restored at 12 pm today,” she said.
The areas affected by the unscheduled water supply disruption that began at 10 pm yesterday, were Seksyen 18, Seksyen 19, Seksyen 20, Seksyen 23, Seksyen 24 and Seksyen 25.
Consumers may refer to all of Air Selangor’s official communication channels, namely the Air Selangor application, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or contact the Air Selangor Contact Centre at 15300, while inquiries and complaints can also be submitted to the Help Centre via www.airselangor.com and the Air Selangor application.
Budget 2022: CUEPACS Seeks Rise In COLA Allowance For Sabah, Sarawak Civil Servants
KUCHING, Sept 24 — The Sarawak Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (CUEPACS) wants the government to consider giving an additional RM50 a month in cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to civil servants in Sarawak and Sabah in Budget 2022.
Its chairman Omar Bahrein Unin said this was especially important in tackling the rising cost of living in the two states.
He added that the increase could also provide additional income for civil servants in Sarawak and Sabah as enjoyed by civil servants in the peninsula since January 2020.
“Although civil servants in Sabah and Sarawak receive ‘elaun wilayah’ (regional allowance), it is an existing allowance that has been enjoyed without an increase of RM50 per month like what civil servants in the peninsula receive since Jan 2020,” he said in a statement today.
Omar Bahrein said Sarawak CUEPACS also asked the government to review the payment rate of the regional allowance for federal civil servants serving in Sarawak and Sabah.
He said the allowance had not been reviewed since it came into effect in 1988.
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