Sunday, December 23, 2007


Crime-solving rate drops sharply
The number of in crime cases solved in the district this r year dropped sharply to 19.86 per he cent from a high of 50.88 per cent last year. District Police Chief, DSP Madang Usat, who disclosed this yesterday, said to date, they have solved 179 crime cases compared to 29O cases over the same period last year. Until November this year, a total of 577 crimes were reported, an increase of seven cases against that of the same period last year. “Despite the drop in solving rate, everything is in order and crime is under control. Police will exert extra effort in crime prevention by making more patrols in housing areas and villages here,” he said during a crime prevention campaign near the Giant Supermarket in Putatan, yesterday, He disclosed that 354 drug-related cases were recorded until last month. an increase of 130 cases from last year. “We hope to get greater cooperation from public and help fight crime,” he said. Madang believed that the solving rate could be improved if everyone cooperates by playing their part. He said one of the methods that could help reduce crime is the implementation of Neighbourhood Watch, adding anti-crime programmes by the private and government sectors, and non governmental organisations are also welcome.

SUNDAY-23RD DECEMBER 2007-Jeffrey to spend Christmas in Hospital

Jeffrey to spend Christmas in hospital
The condition of Keadilan vice president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan is improving but he is likely to spend the Christmas celebration in hospital, said his political secretary Kanul Gindol. “I am told by neurospecialist Dr Kantha that Dr Jeffrey has made a marked improvement over the last few days and he currently is able to move all this limbs after been administered treatment at Neuro Ward,” he said in a statement yesterday. The specialist also told me that Dr Jeffrey is recovering slowly but surely, and that with support and motivation from friends and family, he should make good recovery. “I am also made to understand by Dr Kantha that Dr Jeffrey sustained spinal cord injury with cord odema (swelling) at the C3 to C5 level.” “Since Datuk Dr Jeffrey is likely to spend Yuletide in hospital, his scheduled Christmas Open House in Bingkor, Keningau on December 29 is now postponed indefinitÚIy Kanul said Jeffrey requested him to convey his best wishes of Merry Christmas to everybody. He said Jeffrey was sorry to be unable to celebrate the Christmas with his friends and supporters but his heart and joy are with them all.


Boy, 10, feared drowned in Papar
A 10-year-old boy was feared drown after falling into the river at Kampung Buang Sayang I here, yesterday. The boy, identified as Johan Nasir, a Bajau-Filipino, was playing with two friends on a jetty when he lost his balance and fell into the river at around lOam. His friends panicked and ran to the boy’s house to alert his father, who later made a frantic but futile search for him. Police were quickly alerted and, with the assistance of Fire and Rescue Services Department and villagers, they also tried in vain to locate Johan. As At 6pm yesterday, the boy was still not found while the search and rescue effort continues today.