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The WEATHER on SATURDAY (21 Sep 2002): Partly cloudy and slightly hazy. Showers likely in the early afternoon over northern and western Singapore.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SUNDAY & MONDAY: Slightly hazy. Late morning and early afternoon showers are expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   11.41am  2.5m   11.24pm  2.9m      SUN Sunrise  6.55am    Sunset 7.02pm   MOON  Moonrise  7.02pm   Moonset   6.39am    PSI: 51 (moderate)   TEMPERATURE: 26-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Following the arrest and detention of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) (Islamic group) members in Dec 2001 under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for terrorism-related activities, the Internal Security Department (ISD) continued its investigations into the JI group.

The investigations have led to the arrest of another 21 persons, mostly JI members, on 16 Aug 2002. The persons arrested, all Singaporeans, are:

Ab Wahab bin Ahmad, 42, delivery man
Syed Ibrahim, 30, despatch clerk
Simon bin Sabtu, 38, canteen operator assistant/proprietor
Mohamed Noor bin Sulaimi, 32, project co-ordinator
Munain bin Turru, 41, driver
Naharudin bin Sabtu, 33, part-time trainer
Sanin bin Riffin, 40, driver
Nordin bin Parman, 39, taxi-driver
Mohd Jauhari bin Abdullah, 37, assistant engineer
Salim bin Marwan, 31, butcher
Mahfuh bin Haji Halimi, 40, manager
Azman bin Jalani, 39, unemployed
Abdul Majid s/o Niaz Mohamed, 40, driver
Said bin Ismail, 45, fitter
Faiz Abdullah Ashiblie, 37, unemployed
Zulkifli bin Mohamed Jaffar, 42, used car salesman
Habibullah s/o Hameed, 45, part-time foot reflexologist and religious teacher
Husin bin Ab Aziz, 52, businessman
Fauzi bin Abu Bakar Bafana, 37, technical officer
Mohammad Hisham bin Hairi, 34, transport worker
Sajahan bin Abdul Rahman, 54, businessman

19 of them were established to be or have been members of the JI. They belonged to the same clandestine JI organisation as that uncovered by the ISD in Dec 2001, and most of them were in fact followers of JI leaders like Ibrahim B Haji Maidin and Mohd Khalim bin Jaffar who were earlier detained in Jan 2002. [The remaining 2 who were arrested were not JI members but had links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). One of them was deeply involved with the MILF.]

All those arrested except Fauzi bin Abu Bakar Bafana (Fauzi), Mohamad Hisham bin Hairi (Hisham) and Sajahan bin Abdul Rahman (Sajahan) have been served with Orders of Detention for 2 years under Sec 8(1)(a) of the Internal Security Act on 14 Sept 2002.

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Home-grown insurer Cosmic Insurance Corporation, a prominent insurer of school buses and their passengers, was yesterday ordered by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to stop accepting new business and renewing policies, and may have to wind up its business if it cannot raise enought money for a capital shortfall. This is the first time the MAS has taken such action in the insurance industry. (6)

Six teenagers were arrested yesterday for rioting with a dangerous weapon, after what is believed to have been a fight that led to a boy's hand being severed in Woodlands Ring Road  on Thursday evening. (H2)

ExxonMobil has joined BP and Caltex in raising petrol pump prices. ExxonMobil raised pump prices by between one and four cents at all its Esso and Mobil service stations here. (H2)

The Government last year paid out a record S$27.2 million in Medifund claims to needy patients who could not pay their hospital bills. In 2000, the payout was S$17.6 million, a jump of about S$3 million over amounts paid in 1999 and 1998. Medifund was started in April 1993 with an initial capital of S$200 million. Additional funds have been injected into the capital fund when there are budget surpluses. Today, the capital sum stands at S$800 million. (H2)

Singapore yesterday signed an agreement with the United States to support the move to screen America-bound containers for dangerous cargo, the first port in Asia to do so. (H3)

A man was jailed for three months yesterday for kicking his maid. LOH Jin Thong, 37, a sales manager, had grabbed Miss Tri Sujati, 22, by the neck and kicked her buttocks as she was bending over to pick a towel up off the floor in his apartment at Signature Park condominium in Toh Tuck Road. LOH has a pending charge of abusing another Indonesian maid. LOH is now appealing his conviction and sentence. (H4)

A Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesman has said that all motorised mini- scooters are banned for road use because current models "have been unable to comply with the technical requirements for use on public roads". Anyone caught riding them on the road would be considered guilty of using an unregistered vehicle, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of a S$2,000 fine or three months' jail for the first offence, and a S$5,000 fine or six months' jail for subsequent offences. Motorised or electric bicycles are allowed on the roads as long as their power output does not exceed 23 cc or 200 watts. These bikes which have been on sale in Singapore since 1995  "have similar construction and performance characteristics as conventional bicycles", said an LTA spokesman. (H12)

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Kuala Lumpur: In a major policy shift, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced yesterday that Malaysia will now focus on building up its local industries and rely less on foreign trade and investment as its engine of growth. (4) 

  

 

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