Wednesday, October 10, 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Mat Rempits Menance under Control? – Numbers are Multiplying & Spreading; Weekend Oct 6 07 - 84 Arrested includes Pillion riders

Mat Rempits on the Run - Saturday Oct 6 2007

MORE PICS & Video – Mat Rempits Menance under Control?Numbers are Multiplying & Spreading; Weekend Arrest 84 includes Pillion riders for various offences around Dataran Merderka & Raja Laut Areas.

Malaysiakini does not pay much attention to these Mat Rempits and its current latest focus is on Suhakam's Batu Buruk Riots fact finding mission

Batu Buruk riot: No Suhakam public inquiry Andrew Ong | Oct 9, 07 5:20pm and

Suhakam: Conflicting accounts on police shooting Andrew Ong | Oct 9, 07 7:14pm and there

Malaysiakini-Tv coverage on it

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This social menace can only be found in Malaysia and Putera Umno chief Datuk Abdul Azeez must be given credit for legitimizing them in the early days - classifying them as Mat Cemerlang Then infantile and immature Putera Umno wants to turn Mat Rempits and their races into a "tourist attraction". He justified their existence thus: “Not all Mat Rempits are a menace to society. Mat Rempits have a bad reputation because of bad apples among them.” He believed that Mat Rempits if harnessed, they could be an asset to Putera Umno. And even KJ at one time suggested to recruit these kamikaze Mat Rempits as Umno youth members. We can imagine in the next GE, they can be rounded up to form convoys of supporters ferrying young voters to the polling stations and themselves swelling their majority?
But the IGP put a stop to these suggestions and efforts and also outcry from the public as illegal street races could give a negative impression of lawlessness in the country and can undermine inbound tourism in the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

This menace may be under control by the Police but their numbers are multiplying by the scores daily and spreading to every part of the country. What are the sociologists in the Ivory Towers proposing to overcome this problem? Now the police are wasting much resources (rather than fighting crimes) especially during the weekends to conduct raids on their usual racing grounds. But their mobility outsmarts the Police. When roadblocks are placed in their favorite haunts, they were quick to get the messages through SMSs and divert to the outskirt roads. So the police are playing a cat and mouse game with these mat rempits. Over the weekend on Oct 6 07, 84 were rounded up literally with the Police chasing them on foot and pulled some of them from the machines when they tried to escape. Many were riding with licenses, valid road tax and insurance and weapons were found on some of the machines. All were taken to Jalan Bandar Traffic police Hq for recording of particulars and further actions.

ABOVE: A Mat Rempit was caught with his motorcycle and BELOW he tried to run away but was subdued by two Officers
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ABOVE: Another with Bike pulled down BELOW: did not resist arrest

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ABOVE & BELOW: Road blocks are set up along Jalan Raja Laut, Dataran Merdeka & Jalan Tun Perak by Squad 42
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ABOVE: One was quick and scooted off at high speed and BELOW: the not so fast one was caught, held aroun the neck

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ABOVE & BELOW: another rounded up on that night

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ABOVE: No escape for these two and BELOW: on the right, the one involved in illegal racing was singled out and held

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BELOW: The final ultimate check, Up the cushion to check for chassis numbers and valid road tax

Oct 7 07

Mat Rempit under control


KUALA LUMPUR: The Mat Rempit menace is under control. That’s the assurance from top Kuala Lumpur and Malacca traffic officers despite concerns sparked after the recent attack on two undercover traffic police officers. Kuala Lumpur traffic police chief Assistant Commissioner A. Wahab A. Raman said sustained operations have resulted in a drop of public complaints against this group. “We are conducting operations daily, especially at Tasik Sri Pemaisuri, Bulatan Pahang, Jalan Parlimen, Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Raja Laut.”

He said until July, 235 motorcyclists had been investigated under Section 42 of the Road Transport Act for reckless and dangerous driving and 105 pillion riders under Section 111 for abetting. In July, he said 77 motorcyclists were detained under Section 42 — the highest so far this year. This is followed by February and June with 32 motorcyclists detained. When asked if any Mat Rempits were involved in criminal activities, he said it was not under traffic police jurisdiction. “We put up roadblocks to check the licence, road tax, plate number and chassis number to find out if they have been involved in other crimes.

“We have seized knives, parang and cutters from illegal racers and believe they were involved in other criminal activities.” He said these suspects are handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department. “Our priority is to curb illegal racing which is not only dangerous to motorcyclists but other road-users.” On last weekend’s incident where two police officers were assaulted by Mat Rempits, he said illegal racers become aggressive when approached by police personnel. “Section 42 of the Act involves imprisonment and those afraid to be caught often become aggressive.” Those convicted under the section face jail terms not exceeding five years, and a fine of not less than RM5,000 and not more than RM15,000. A second or subsequent conviction means a jail term not exceeding 10 years and a fine of not less than RM10,000 and not more than RM20,000. Wahab said most of the illegal racers are aged 19 to 25. He said Kuala Lumpur has become a magnet for illegal racing as “the city doesn’t sleep”. He said there are many entertainment and shopping centres that attract them. They choose Kuala Lumpur to show off their stunts. They wouldn’t choose a lonely road.” Their activities, he said, are “under control”, especially with the presence of Squad 42, which was formed last year to curb illegal racing.

It was reported that Federal traffic chief SAC II Hamza Taib had urged other States to form similar squads by the year-end. Hamza had said that illegal racing activities had spread to other cities like Johor Baru, Penang, Ipoh, Alor Star and Malacca. He said 1,557 riders had been detained nationwide from 2005 until July this year. Malacca Tengah traffic chief Assistant Superintendent Ahmad Salam said the problem is under control. “It’s not happening every single night as police conduct patrols daily.” He said it has become a trend for youngsters to be involved in such activities. “Sometimes, they get wind of our operations and move into the outskirts to race, but we are monitoring them and arrests have been made.”

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= = == == = =News UPDATE October 09, 2007 13:55 PM

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Will Blast Off For ISS Tomorrow

FIRST ASTRONAUT… Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Sheikh Mustapha (ABOVE), 34, will be the first Malaysian astronaut to blast off to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

From Abdul Rahman Ahmad

BAIKONUR (Kazakhstan), Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor has been chosen by the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) as Malaysia's first angkasawan (cosmonaut) to join a space mission tomorrow. The 35-year-old orthopaedic surgeon from Seremban will spend 10 days on the International Space Station (ISS). Joining him are Commander Peggy Whitson from the United States and Russian flight engineer Yuri Malenchenko. The spacecraft that will take them to the ISS will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7.21pm local time (9.21pm Malaysian time). Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was selected based on Malaysia's original recommendation to Roscosmos naming him as the first-choice candidate and Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed, 27, as the second choice. He said the Roscosmos selection panel studied all reports submitted by the various training units which had prepared the two men for the mission. The minister told Malaysian journalists covering the space mission that Dr Sheikh Muszaphar, Dr Faiz and their respective team members were present when the announcement was made. He said the selection panel which met for 30 minutes also agreed that Dr Faiz be included in the 2008/09 space mission and allowed to undergo training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Moscow. Dr Jamaludin said he would inform the Cabinet about the panel's recommendation pertaining to Dr Faiz. The minister, however, did not rule out the possibility of changes in the crew line-up four hours prior to lift off. "On behalf of the Malaysian government, I would like to say thank you to Russia for making this mission possible. It's going to be a truly historic moment for Malaysia which is celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence this year. "It's also a significant event for Russia as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first man-made satellite (Sputnik) ," he said.

Dr Jamaludin also thanked the Russians for having assisted Malaysian scientists in making preparations for the research work to be conducted by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar during his space sojourn. He said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Dr Faiz also addressed the selection panel in Russian. The programme to send a Malaysian to space was conceived in 2003 when Russia agreed to send a Malaysian to the ISS as part of Malaysia's RM3.4 billion purchase of 18 Russian-made Sukhoi jet fighters.

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= = = Latest developments on Nurin's case, there is a relentless search for "post-mortem pics". According o one commenter in a blog

"Talking about the pictures, if u look carefully, someone took it with a handphone or without flash. It means some one entered the forensic lab n took this pictures"

but the finger points at the Police themselves

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Although post-mortem photographs Nurin were posted on the internet, Police warned stern action would be taken against anyone distributing such pictures. Selangor Chief Police Officer Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said investigation is underway under the official Secrets Act (OSA) and warned those distributing such photographs by email to stop or the risk being prosecuted under the OSA or in possession of pornographic materials. Datuk Khalid said he was directing this warning particularly to his men who have direct accesses to those photographs.

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MORE PICS - Sports Bag Dead Girl Picture - Left in Verandah; Police looking for Woman in 20s, Clad in Red Top & black pants as Seen in CCTV

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MORE PICS – Nurin 2nd DNA TEST - Confirm With Siblings. Parents Denial Mood; Unable to Accept Body - Nurin; Believe she is alive & Search to Continue

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and H E R E ON

MORE PICS & Video – Nurin Jazlin Laid to rest - 21 Sep 07; We grief for the Loss of a young Soul so brutally taken away by a senseless inhuman being

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MORE PICS & Video - Hui Yi Double Heart Transplant Girl Road to Recovery; Alert & Well – Off the Ventilator; Message: Thank U for Everything & Everybody Concern & Well Wishes”

When the headlines screamed 'Have a heart, Give a heart!' to save a life just about everyone understood that the need was for a heart donor for teenager Tee Hui Yi, who has been surviving on a mechanical heart. Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussein was quoted as saying: "Sometimes, we look at every issue from the perspective of race and religion. But when it comes to life and death, when there is a child on the operating table, it doesn't matter whether it is a Muslim heart or not."

The same applied to blood; it doesn’t matter if it is Muslim or non-Muslim blood, blood is basically blood and is red. But prejudices prevailed in the donation of organs and there is still the debate over the definition of “brain-dead” and the exact line to draw.

October 09, 2007 19:50 PM

Heart Transplant Girl Hui Yi Off Respiratory Tube

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- Heart girl Tee Hui Yi, recuperating from a double heart transplant, was taken off the respiratory tube today as she is able to breathe on her own. National Heart Institute Heart and Lung Transplant Unit Clinical Director Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib (ABOVE) said Tee was breathing well. "Tee was breathing very well throughout last night with minimal support of the ventilator. At about 9.30am today, our anaesthetists, Datuk Dr Mohamed Hassan Mohd Ariff and Dr Syarifah Suraya, decided to take her off the ventilator. "We did a trial period during which she was basically breathing on her own but there was still a tube in her nostril, this lasted for about half-an-hour. "When we were happy she was able to breathe on her own, we took out the tube at about 10am. Since then she has been breathing well.

ABOVE & BELOW: Tee was in the ICU after the 2nd Op

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ABOVE: With the mother at her side and BELOW: the attending nurses & doctors; she has the "semangat" spirit to live on

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ABOVE: With a Marker pen and some prompting she wrote the message BELOW: without much effort

and now there is an appeal/request from a 19-year old girl for Donation; anyone with a heart can respond

October 09, 2007 21:20 PM
Girl With Heart Problem Appeals For Donation

KULIM, Oct 9 (Bernama) -- "Every Raya I have never been happy unlike other people because I'm sick," said 19-year-old Siti Zauyah Mohamad. She said doctors at the National Heart Institute (IJN) had informed her that her lungs were in critical condition due to a hole in the heart problem she was diagnosed with when she was a child. She said she was becoming weak and required RM36,000 to undergo a surgery urgently.
"I am now dependent on medication from the IJN since a month ago," she said when met at a function hosted by Padang Serai member of Parliament Datuk Lim Bee Kau for patients with chronic illnesses. Siti Zauyah said she stopped going to school she was at Standard Six and had been working as a cosmetics salesgirl in Taman Petaling Jaya over the past two years. Her father, Mohamad Saad, 62, said: "My earning as a taxi driver and my daughter's salary are not much and we don't know what to do because we cannot afford to pay RM36,000."
He said Siti Zauyah's medical bills were RM2,500 monthly and she also
had to go to the IJN for monthly check-ups. Mohamad who has six other children, said he applied for assistance from the fund for patients with chronic illnesses through the Kulim Social Welfare Department last month and was still waiting for its reply. Meanwhile, Lim said Siti Zauyah's case would be referred to the Health
Ministry for further action. The public can contact the family at No. 127,
Kampung Keladi, 09000 Kulim, Kedah or by phone 012-4141421.

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Background to the TWO Transplants

October 06, 2007 17:33 PM
Tee Hui Yi Remains Stable, Moves Her Hand (after 2nd Transplant)

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Bernama) -- The girl with a mechanical heart, Tee Hui Yi, who had successfully undergone a second heart transplant operation at the National Heart Institute (IJN) here yesterday, is now able to react to doctors treating her. The IJN Heart and Lung Transplant Unit Clinical Director, Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib, said Tee, 14, who is now more stable, could move her hand and was trying to talk.
"The whole of last night, Tee was doing well with her new heart and there were not much problems. This morning, Tee had responded when we called her name. "She tried to talk but it was rather difficult as there was a tube in her mouth," he told reporters at the IJN, here Saturday. He said Tee also pointed to her chest when asked if she was feeling any pain.

Dr Mohamed Ezani said Tee was still being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was still using a respirator as she was still weak. However, he said the Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump, a device that assists the functions of a problematic heart, had been removed this morning. He also said that a surgery was carried out this morning to clean her wounds to prevent infection. Dr Mohamed Ezani said that Consultant Cardiologist Datuk Dr David Chew Soon Ping had carried out ultrasound tests on Tee's heart and found that it was functioning well. On Tee's recovery, Dr Mohamed Ezani said if all the treatment went well and Tee continued to respond positively, the teenager could be moved to a normal ward within the next five days. "Usually we will do a biopsy by inserting a small tube through a vein in her neck to take a sample of her heart for analysis at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre to determine if there was any rejection.

On the 39-year-old patient who had undergone a lung transplant at the same time as Tee's first operation, he said the patient was also stable and doctors might take off the respirator from him soon.

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October 05, 2007 21:29 PM

Hui Yi Stable After Second Heart Transplant

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 (Bernama) -- "Mechanical heart" girl Tee Hui Yi is stable after undergoing a seven-hour second transplant at the National Heart Institute (IJN) today. Chief Cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub said the second transplant was performed by the team headed by him and Heart and Lung Transplant Surgery Clinical director Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib. The same team performed the first transplant yesterday. "Hui Yi is stable, her heart condition and heart beat are satisfactory, but she is still in the intensive care unit," he told reporters.

Dr Mohd Azhari said they were not happy with Hui Yi's heart beat and her blood pressure was erratic after the first transplant. "We believe Hui Yi's body resistance rejected the first transplant. This rarely happens but it can happen as it happened to Hui Yi though the patient and donor blood was compatible," he said. He said the IJN has been trying since last year for a donor heart and was grateful to God for getting two heart donors in two straight days. Pressed for details about the second heart donor, Dr Mohd Azhari (ABOVE) said: "Please respect the family's privacy at this moment of grief. Please don't enquire the details of who they are."

An English daily reported today the second donor was a mechanic from Johor Baharu who was also killed in a road accident. The first donor was a 15-year-old Malay boy who was killed in a road accident in Ipoh on Wednesday. The 14-year-old Batu Pahat-born Hui Yi, kept alive by a "mechanical heart" since September last year, received a new lease of life after undergoing a heart transplant at IJN yesterday. The donor heart was brought to IJN from the Ipoh Hospital via an RMAF mercy flight.

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October 04, 2007 20:42 PM

Tee Remains Critical In ICU (after 1st Transplant)

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- "Mechanical heart" girl, Tee Hui Yi,remains in critical condition after undergoing a heart transplant at the National Heart Institute (IJN) today. The heart implant surgery was performed at 1.30am after the heart, from a Malay teenager who died in a road accident yesterday, was brought to IJN from the Ipoh Hospital via a Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) mercy flight. The surgery ended the 14-year-old girl's waiting for a year for a donor heart after being put on the mechanical heart assist device since

September last year. The transplant team of six cardiothoracic surgeons, six anaesthetists, one physician from the Respiratory Research Institute and 30 paramedics was headed by chief cardiothoracic surgeon Datuk Dr Mohd Azhari Yakub and clinical director for heart and lung transplants Dr Mohamed Ezani Md Taib (BELOW) the IJN said in a statement today. The surgery procedures started at 10.45pm and the Batu Pahat-born Tee was wheeled out from the operation theatre to the Intensive Care Unit at 9.05am today.

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October 04, 2007 15:09 PM
Mechanical Heart' Girl Undergoes Heart Transplant At IJN

HEART FINALLY FOUND? Two IJN staff carry two bags of hearts; one of them donated by a patient who died from an accident in Perak. The heart was donated to Tee Hui Yee, 14, who has been spending the last 12 months at IJN and surviving with the help of a mechanical heart.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 (Bernama) -- "Mechanical heart" girl Tee Hui Yi, who received a donor heart Wednesday, underwent a heart transplant at the

National Heart Institute (IJN) here this afternoon. She was operated on by a team of heart surgeons, assisted by special nurses, since 10pm last night. After spending the last 12 months at IJN and surviving with the help of a mechanical heart, the 14-year-old received the heart from a 15-year-old donor who was killed in a road accident in Ipoh yesterday. A 13-member medical team comprising heart surgeons and special nurses were flown to Ipoh Hospital last night to operate on the donor to retrieve his heart, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek told reporters.

The donor not only donated his heart but also his lungs, liver and kidneys with the consent of his family, he told reporters after being briefed on Tee's heart transplant by IJN's Chief Executive Officer Razif Mohd Yunus and Medical Director Datuk Seri Dr Roba'ayah Zambahari. Dr Chua said the donor's lungs were also transplanted on a 39- year-old patient."Two transplants were done simultaneously today. I can imagine how a dead person can save many patients who are waiting for organs," he said.

Dr Chua said Tee's heart transplant was quite risky as she has been hooked to a mechanical heart powered by a 9kg battery since a year ago. "Since she has been waiting for a donor heart for too long, it has affected her health and appetite," he said. The Batu Pahat-born teenager has been appealing for a donor heart since a year ago as the life span of her mechanical heart will expire in
September next year. Dr Chua said he was happy Tee finally received a heart donour and was thankful to the donor's family who set a very good example in the country. "The family members have asked the donor's name be kept confidential. We respect their wish.

"The donor's family is exemplary. They have noble intentions when they agreed to donate the organs. I hope Malaysians realise if there are no donors, many patients awaiting organs will die," he said. Dr Chua said it was disheartening that despite many fatal accidents occurring in the country every year, the number of organs saved for donation was negligible due to disagreement from victims' families. The nation needs about 1,200 kidneys, 450 hearts, 450 corneas and 200 livers a year to save patients' lives, he said. Thanking the media for the extensive publicity given to Tee's plight, the minister said the publicity blitz had indirectly created awareness among the people on the importance of organ donation.

Dr Chua said his ministry would intensive promotions to boost public awareness on organ donation, particularly in convincing family members or the donor's next-of-kin, many of whom are opposed to organ donation. He said every single procedure in signing up as an organ donor or as a recipient would be done professionally and according to ethics. "One of the problems faced by the ministry is that though many pledge to donate their organs, when they die, their family members object. "Up to June, 108,000 people have pledged to donate their organs. Nevertheless, only 25 people donated due to family objections at the last minute," he said. Their reservations are largely due to religious and cultural reasons though no religion in this country forbids organ donation, he said. Of the 108,000 organ donors, 62 per cent are Chinese, Indians (23 per cent), Malays (12 per cent) and other races (three per cent), he said. Fifty-four per cent of them are women, he added.

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