Gambar: Pokok Tumbang Berhampiran KLCC, 2 Cedera

5 03 2018

Gambar ihsan Astro.

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 Mac — Seorang penunggang motosikal dan pemboncengnya cedera selepas dihempap sebatang pokok tumbang di Jalan Ampang berhampiran Menara Berkembar Petronas KLCC di sini hari ini.

Pengarah Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Kuala Lumpur Khiruddin Drahman berkata kejadian berlaku pada kira-kira 7.30 pagi.

 Beliau berkata kedua-dua mangsa telah dibawa ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

“Dalam kejadian itu, sebuah kereta turut dihempap tetapi pemandunya tidak mengalami sebarang kecederaan.

“Ketika ini kerja-kerja pembersihan serpihan pokok tumbang di jalan itu sedang dilaksana oleh Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL),” katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama.

Kejadian yang berlaku pada waktu puncak ketika orang ramai menuju ke tempat kerja atau urusan lain itu menjurus kepada penutupan sementara jalan, namun anggota polis trafik berjaya mengawal keadaan.

Wartawan Bernama yang berada di KLCC berkata petugas DBKL dilihat bertungkus lumus melakukan kerja-kerja memotong pokok yang tumbang itu kepada beberapa bahagian dengan bantuan jentera berat sebelum dialihkan.

Setakat 10.15 pagi, peringkat akhir kerja pembersihan masih berjalan.

Insiden yang berlaku dalam keadaan cuaca baik itu menarik perhatian orang ramai yang mengambil kesempatan merakamkan gambar dan video serta dikongsikan dalam media sosial. — Bernama

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(Photos) – London Horror Attacks London Bridge, Borough Market and Vauxhall

4 06 2017

A vehicle is said to have ‘mowed into people’ on London Bridge. Credit Sunday Express.

London was hit by horror attacks in three different areas, with at least two people were killed and many more were injured by a van attack and stabbings.

Witnesses told that a white van had appeared to purposefully hit pedestrians on the London Bridge at 10.08pm.

Dozens of people were on the bridge at the time of the attack.

The Telegraph reported that witnesses said 20 people were run down by a van and pedestrians were attacked with knives at 10.08pm.

There were also multiple reports of rapid gunfire at the scene.

It was also reported that a police officer at the scene urged people to run from the bridge and that the London Bridge is closed at both ends.

The London Bridge incident was followed by another incident in Borough Market on the south bank of the River Thames where three men ran towards the market, stabbing people as they ran.

The Telegraph also reported that police entered bars and restaurants in the Southwark area around 11pm and told customers to get down on the floor amid reports that the incident was still ongoing.

People outdoors were told by yelling police officers to run from the area as the atmosphere turned to one of “hysteria”.

Guests staying at Premier Inn on Borough High Street were evacuated as the police cordon extended.

The third incident happened in Vauxhall, South London, after the two incidents in Central London.

Metropolitan police tweeted at 11:44pm tonight that officers were on the scene.

It was later declared that this incident has nothing to do with the first two incidents.

Police have advised people to keep away from the area while The Shard and the News Building are also on lock down.

The Met urged people in the three affected areas to run, hide and call the police.

Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism.”

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Photos: Ariana Grande Concert (Manchester Arena) Explosion Killed 22

23 05 2017

Scenes of carnage in the Manchester Arena foyer after the suicide bomb attack. (The Sun)

At least 22 people including children were killed in an explosion at the Ariana Grande pop concert which was held at the Manchester Arena last night.

The horrific blast sent thousands of adults, teenagers and children screamed and fled in panic from the packed Europe’s largest indoor arena as people were leaving the arena after the concert ended.

The Sun reported that, “Witnesses told of seeing shards of metal tearing into concert-goers in the foyer area of the world-famous concert venue – leaving dozens lying in pools of blood.”

According to The Telegraph, at least 59 others were injured and many others are still missing and desperate parents have spent the night searching for loved ones, some as young as eight years old, who have been missing since the explosion.

The Telegraph also reported that police believe that the attack was carried out by one man who died at the scene, although they are still working to establish if he “was acting alone or as part of a network”.

The suicide bomber was reported to detonate an explosive device in the foyer outside the main hall of the arena.

Sixty ambulances flooded the area and more than 400 police officers were deployed.

The first victim to be named after an explosion is Georgina Callander, 18.

Prime Minister Theresa May suspended all election campaigning due to the incident.

My deepest condolences to all the family and friends of the victims.

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Paris Gun And Bomb Attacks – Locations And Photos

14 11 2015
The locations of the tragic Paris attacks, Friday November 13, 2015.

The locations of the tragic Paris attacks, Friday November 13, 2015.

Series of gun and bomb attacks in Paris Friday night had shocked the world.

By 09:02 GMT, French prosecutors have a provisional death toll of 128 with another 99 in critical condition, according to Reuters reports.

The attacks took place in six different places in Paris including the Bataclan concert hall, the Stade de France, and on bars and restaurants not far from the Place de la Republique and the Place de la Bastille.

  1. Bataclan concert venue, 50 boulevard Voltaire, 11th district (gun and suicide bomb attacks).The attack on the 1,500-seat Bataclan concert hall in central Paris where Californian band Eagles Death Metal had been playing to a sell-out crowd, was the deadliest of Friday night’s attacks. At least eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage. The siege ended when security forces stormed the building.

  2. Stade de France, St Denis, just north of Paris (explosions near venue). NBC News reported a police union official, Gregory Goupil, said the bombings killed at least three people, near two of the entrances to the stadium and a McDonald’s. The stadium where President Hollande and 80,000 other spectators were watching a friendly international between France and Germany was the first site targeted. The explosions was reported as suicide blast.

  3. Le Carillon bar, 18 rue Alibert, 10th district (gun attack).

  4. Le Petit Cambodge restaurant, 20 rue Alibert, 10th district (gun attack).

  5. La Belle Equipe, 92 rue de Charonne, 11th district (gun attack).

  6. La Casa Nostra restaurant, 2 rue de la Fontaine au roi, 11th district (gun attack).

NBC News reported that the Paris prosecutor Francois Molins’ office said that eight attackers were dead, seven of them via suicide bombing while one of the attackers was killed by security forces when they raided the the Bataclan.

Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city.

French President François Hollande ordered a state of emergency in Paris and closed the country’s borders immediately after the violence broke out.

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In Photos: Aftermath Of Paris Attacks

14 11 2015
Paris Concert Hall Attackers 'Killed' In Raid.

Paris Concert Hall Attackers ‘Killed’ In Raid.

The Guardian reported that at least 158 people were killed in multiple gun and bomb attacks in Paris on Friday night.

At least 100 people are reported to have died at the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris while others died in a reported suicide blast near the Stade de France and gun attacks on city centre restaurants.

France has declared a national state of emergency and has closed its borders after the attacks.

About 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city and Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors.

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Malaysian PM Confirms Plane Debris Is From Flight MH370

6 08 2015

Utusan – On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeks and months that followed have been a period of torment for the families of those on board.

The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amount of evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviation history, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located.

Neither could investigations by the world’s leading aviation experts answer why MH370 veered off course and went dark. While the plane’s disappearance remained a mystery, we have shared the anguish of those who could find no comfort.

Last week, on 29th July, we were informed by the French authorities that part of an aircraft wing had been found on Reunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean.

Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370.

We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.

This is a remote, inhospitable and dangerous area, and on behalf of Malaysia I would like to thank the many nations, organisations and individuals who have participated in the search.

The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370. They have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia is committed to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened. MH370’s disappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation.

And I promise you this: Malaysia will always remember and honour those who were lost onboard MH370.

My View On Waco’s Twin Peaks Shooting

4 06 2015

A shootout between rival biker gangs on a Sunday afternoon at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, had killed 9 people and injured 18 others.

Sadly, shootings and violent incidents seems to becoming a norm in once a civilised country. 
The Guardian reported that sergeant Patrick Swanton, a spokesperson for Waco police department, said in a press conference on Monday after the incident that:

Police in Waco have charged 170 people with “organised crime in reference to … capital murder” in what could potentially represent the largest mass arrest on a capital charge in American history. – The Guardian.

The Guardian also reported that sergeant Patrick Swanton as saying:

“What happened here today could have been avoided,” he said. “They [the restaurant management] failed and this is what happened.”- The Guardian.

So, the incident could have been avoided?

He added: “We have been made aware over two months that rival gangs are meeting here and that the potential for violence is increasing.” – The Guardian.

Police were already present at the scene because authorities were aware of the likelihood of trouble between the gangs, Swanton said,”The Guardian.

The police had suspected some violent incident to happen during the meeting between the gangs; so they were there at the scene; but they do not have the rights to interfere before the incident happen because they have no rights to do so!

He said that police had attempted to get the local management to assist but they “would not cooperate”. – The Guardian.

The First Amendment in the American constitution says:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As what I had asked before, is too much freedom good for us?

This shooting could have been avoided if:

  1. The police had the rights to take actions to prevent  the violent incident from happening.

  2. The government of United States does not give the total freedom of owning and carrying guns to their citizens.

In this case, the police had done their job and they were actually there before the shooting started but sadly, their hands were tied.

The police can’t do anything because not like Singapore, the United States does not have laws like the Internal Security Act (ISA) of Singapore (Cap. 143, 1985 Rev. Ed.), where police can take actions to prevent such crime if they have information that it could happen; furthermore carrying guns is legal in the United States.

Innocent people and children could had been killed and the police could not do anything to stop it from happening in the first place.

It is sad that such a violent incident that could had been prevented can’t be stopped.

After all the mass shootings in the United States, is it right for the United States to tell Malaysia to repeal the Sedition Act after the Western powers and the United Nations had forced Malaysia to abolish the ISA?

Without the laws, mass shooting and mass killing like the Sandy Hook shooting incident could be a norm in Malaysia just like in the United States.

I am surprised that the United States had not learnt that too much freedom and the rights to carry guns are part of the reasons that had caused the many incidents of mass shootings and mass killings and expect other country to abolish laws that could prevent such incidents.

Perhaps the government of Singapore can brief the United Nations on why they still keep the ISA.

Is total freedom to do anything they want as demanded by the human rights groups is more important than preserving a peaceful community and the safety  of minors and old people who may not be able to protect themselves? 

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