South Korea's military said on Sunday that a citizen had crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea.

South Korea's military said on Sunday that a citizen had crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea.  The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it conducted a search after the person was spotted at around 9:20 pm (1220 GMT) on Saturday on the eastern side of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.  "We have confirmed that the person crossed the military demarcation line around 1040 pm (1340 GMT) and sought refuge in the north," the authority said.  The agency added that it could not confirm whether the person was alive, but sent a notice to the north via a military hotline to seek protection.  Crossing the border, which is illegal in South Korea, came as North Korea has implemented strict anti-coronavirus measures since closing the border in early 2020, although it has not confirmed any infections.  A public and political uproar erupted after North Korean forces shot dead a southern fisheries official after he went missing at sea in September 2020. Pyongyang has apologized for the incident, which it said was part of orders to combat the coronavirus.  Cross-border relations have been strained after denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since the summit between the two sides in 2019 failed.

South Korea's military said on Sunday that a citizen had crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it conducted a search after the person was spotted at around 9:20 pm (1220 GMT) on Saturday on the eastern side of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas.

"We have confirmed that the person crossed the military demarcation line around 1040 pm (1340 GMT) and sought refuge in the north," the authority said.

The agency added that it could not confirm whether the person was alive, but sent a notice to the north via a military hotline to seek protection.

Crossing the border, which is illegal in South Korea, came as North Korea has implemented strict anti-coronavirus measures since closing the border in early 2020, although it has not confirmed any infections.

A public and political uproar erupted after North Korean forces shot dead a southern fisheries official after he went missing at sea in September 2020. Pyongyang has apologized for the incident, which it said was part of orders to combat the coronavirus.

Cross-border relations have been strained after denuclearization negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have stalled since the summit between the two sides in 2019 failed.



'Want to trim me, I'm not worried, but don't violate the president'  PAS Ulama Council Committee member, Mokhtar Senik gave a stern warning to those within the party who allegedly intend to oppose PAS President, Abdul Hadi Awang.  "You want to prune me, I have never been worried and restless, because I am not an important person in the party. After all, I have no personal interests. That is why I have never" played safe "like you.  "But if you intend to offend the president then I will" story ".   "What I don't have to reprimand is even if it is detrimental to my political journey. What do I care. I am not earning a salary with a party that is far away from you," he said in a post on Facebook today.  However, it could not be ascertained to whom the statement was addressed.  Mokhtar said he believed that there were still his friends in PAS who remained steadfast in defending Abdul Hadi as president.  Therefore, he warned the parties concerned to maintain loyalty to the PAS leadership.  "He is our teacher and murabi. Don't be so brave because we are watching. Hold fast to the party's stand and be loyal to the leadership.   "While there is no statement ( statement) clear that you would order a goat eating vegetable trees, but do you let go of the goat, and tear down the fence means you are destroying vegetable gardens," he said.  'I went up not because of my father's influence'  As a record the Central PAS Ulama Council had just finished holding elections last week, and Mokhtar was among the elected leaders to line up on the PAS wing committee.  Meanwhile Mokhtar insisted he secured the position in the party ‘not because of his father’s influence’ but because of the choice of the members below.  "I went up not because of my father's influence. Not because I was sponsored by my team.  "I went up because the members of the kat below my jump. Some of them are my friends, colleagues and students who know me," said Mokhtar


'Want to trim me, I'm not worried, but don't violate the president'

PAS Ulama Council Committee member, Mokhtar Senik gave a stern warning to those within the party who allegedly intend to oppose PAS President, Abdul Hadi Awang.

"You want to prune me, I have never been worried and restless, because I am not an important person in the party. After all, I have no personal interests. That is why I have never" played safe "like you.

"But if you intend to offend the president then I will" story ". 

"What I don't have to reprimand is even if it is detrimental to my political journey. What do I care. I am not earning a salary with a party that is far away from you," he said in a post on Facebook today.

However, it could not be ascertained to whom the statement was addressed.

Mokhtar said he believed that there were still his friends in PAS who remained steadfast in defending Abdul Hadi as president.

Therefore, he warned the parties concerned to maintain loyalty to the PAS leadership.

"He is our teacher and murabi. Don't be so brave because we are watching. Hold fast to the party's stand and be loyal to the leadership. 

"While there is no statement ( statement) clear that you would order a goat eating vegetable trees, but do you let go of the goat, and tear down the fence means you are destroying vegetable gardens," he said.

'I went up not because of my father's influence'

As a record the Central PAS Ulama Council had just finished holding elections last week, and Mokhtar was among the elected leaders to line up on the PAS wing committee.

Meanwhile Mokhtar insisted he secured the position in the party ‘not because of his father’s influence’ but because of the choice of the members below.

"I went up not because of my father's influence. Not because I was sponsored by my team.

"I went up because the members of the kat below my jump. Some of them are my friends, colleagues and students who know me," said Mokhtar.


Flood victims in five states increased, two states dropped  The number of flood victims at temporary evacuation centers (PPS) in Sabah, Pahang, Melaka, Johor and Negeri Sembilan recorded an increase this afternoon, while Kelantan and Terengganu showed a decrease.  In Sabah, the number of flood victims continued to increase to 1,161 people from 399 families at noon compared to 717 people from 212 families this morning.  The Sabah State Disaster Management Secretariat informed that 18 areas in Telupid were affected by the floods followed by Kota Marudu (10) while Paitan, Beluran and Sandakan each had one affected area.  Five new PPS were also opened in Kota Marudu making a total of seven PPS opened, to accommodate 969 people from 353 families, while one new PPS was opened in Telupid with a total of three PPS operating to accommodate 43 people from eight families.  Two PPS were opened in Paitan (50 people from 13 families) while one PPS in Beluran (38 people from eight families) and one PPS in Sandakan which housed 61 people from 17 families.  In Pahang, the number of victims of the second wave of floods increased this afternoon, to 986 people compared to 649 people this morning, with the total number of PPS operating so far as 38 units.  The Pahang Disaster Management Committee Secretariat reported that Jerantut was the latest district to be hit by the second wave of floods after Raub, Lipis, Maran, Bera and Rompin.  For the major floods that started on Dec 18, 11 PPS are still operating in Temerloh and Pekan to accommodate 1,063 victims, while the last PPS in Bentong was closed this afternoon, when all 92 last occupants were allowed to return.  The secretariat also reported that several locations in six roads were closed, namely Jalan Sungai Lembing in Kuantan, Jalan Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan (Maran), Jalan Kuantan-Segamat (Pekan), Jalan Kuala Lipis-Jerantut (Jerantut) and Jalan Temerloh-Jerantut as well as Jalan Paya Luas-Perlok both in Temerloh.  The official portal of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) reported that seven rivers had exceeded the danger level with three of them in Lipis namely Sungai Tanum in Chegar Perah, Sungai Lipis in Benta and Sungai Jelai in Lipis jetty, besides Sungai Pahang in Paya Gintong (Jerantut), Sungai Pahang in Kuala Krau (Temerloh), Sungai Serting in Padang Gudang (Bera) and Sungai Luit in Kampung Subuh (Maran).  In Melaka, the number of flood victims increased slightly at 12 noon today to 1,225 victims involving 313 families compared to 1,122 people from 279 families at 8 this morning.  Melaka Director of the Malaysian Civil Defense Force (APM) Lt Col (PA) Cuthbert John Martin Quadra said all the victims were from 14 areas in Alor Gajah, seven areas in Central Melaka and three areas in Jasin.  "A total of 682 victims from 186 families were housed in nine PPS in Alor Gajah, while 493 victims from 117 families were housed in six PPS in Central Melaka and 50 victims from 11 families were housed in two PPS in Jasin," he said in a statement today.  In Johor, Kota Tinggi became the third district affected by the floods with the number of victims increasing to 1,827 people from 466 families as of 12 noon today compared to 1,646 people from 425 families recorded at 8 this morning.  Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said there was an increase of four PPS, namely three in Segamat and one in Kota Tinggi, making a total of 32 PPS opened with 30 PPS in Segamat, while one PPS each in Kota Tinggi and Tangkak.  "In Kota Tinggi, a total of 16 people from four families are placed at Sekolah Kebangsaan Teluk Ramunia, Pengerang while in Tangkak, a total of 40 people from 10 families are placed at Sekolah Agama Bandar Tangkak," he said in a statement today.  Two rivers still recorded danger levels, namely Sungai Segamat in Bandar Segamat recorded 9.28 meters (m) and Sungai Tangkak in Kampung Sri Makmur, Tangkak at 4.29 m while four rivers exceeded the warning level, namely Sungai Muar in Kampung Olak Sepam, Muar with a level of 2.03 m; Muar River in Buloh Kasap, Muar, (8.9 m); Sungai Lenik in Ladang Chaah, Segamat (5.95 m) and Sungai Kesang in Telok Rimba, Tangkak, recorded a level of 3.3 m.  In Negeri Sembilan, the latest data through the Social Welfare Department's (JKM) Disaster Info application showed that the number of flood victims involving 18 PPS in the state increased to 2,166 people from 555 families as of 12 noon compared to 1,767 people from 460 families involving 16 PPS this morning.  In Kelantan, according to the same application, the number of flood victims recorded a decrease as of 12 noon, namely 255 people from 94 families compared to 308 people from 109 families, this morning involving three PPS in Kuala Krai and Jeli.  Meanwhile, the DID's official portal reported that none of the major rivers in Kelantan were at danger level while four rivers recorded warning level readings, namely the Kelantan River in Kuala Krai; Sungai Kelantan and Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas; and the Kelantan River in Kusial, Tanah Merah.  In Terengganu, following the closure of one PPS in Kemaman, the number of flood victims recorded a slight decrease to 137 people from 42 families this afternoon compared to 147 people from 44 families this morning, according to the State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat.  Dungun is the only district still hit by floods with two PPS, namely the Kampung Shukor Public Hall which accommodates 68 people from 20 families followed by the Kampung Pasir Raja Public Hall (69 people, 22 families).  The DID official portal informed that no river reading station exceeded the danger level, however, two rivers still recorded altitudes above the warning level, namely Sungai Besut at Keruak Bridge, Besut and Sungai Kemaman at Rumah Pam Paya Paman, Kemaman.


Flood victims in five states increased, two states dropped

The number of flood victims at temporary evacuation centers (PPS) in Sabah, Pahang, Melaka, Johor and Negeri Sembilan recorded an increase this afternoon, while Kelantan and Terengganu showed a decrease.

In Sabah, the number of flood victims continued to increase to 1,161 people from 399 families at noon compared to 717 people from 212 families this morning.

The Sabah State Disaster Management Secretariat informed that 18 areas in Telupid were affected by the floods followed by Kota Marudu (10) while Paitan, Beluran and Sandakan each had one affected area.

Five new PPS were also opened in Kota Marudu making a total of seven PPS opened, to accommodate 969 people from 353 families, while one new PPS was opened in Telupid with a total of three PPS operating to accommodate 43 people from eight families.

Two PPS were opened in Paitan (50 people from 13 families) while one PPS in Beluran (38 people from eight families) and one PPS in Sandakan which housed 61 people from 17 families.

In Pahang, the number of victims of the second wave of floods increased this afternoon, to 986 people compared to 649 people this morning, with the total number of PPS operating so far as 38 units.

The Pahang Disaster Management Committee Secretariat reported that Jerantut was the latest district to be hit by the second wave of floods after Raub, Lipis, Maran, Bera and Rompin.

For the major floods that started on Dec 18, 11 PPS are still operating in Temerloh and Pekan to accommodate 1,063 victims, while the last PPS in Bentong was closed this afternoon, when all 92 last occupants were allowed to return.

The secretariat also reported that several locations in six roads were closed, namely Jalan Sungai Lembing in Kuantan, Jalan Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan (Maran), Jalan Kuantan-Segamat (Pekan), Jalan Kuala Lipis-Jerantut (Jerantut) and Jalan Temerloh-Jerantut as well as Jalan Paya Luas-Perlok both in Temerloh.

The official portal of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) reported that seven rivers had exceeded the danger level with three of them in Lipis namely Sungai Tanum in Chegar Perah, Sungai Lipis in Benta and Sungai Jelai in Lipis jetty, besides Sungai Pahang in Paya Gintong (Jerantut), Sungai Pahang in Kuala Krau (Temerloh), Sungai Serting in Padang Gudang (Bera) and Sungai Luit in Kampung Subuh (Maran).

In Melaka, the number of flood victims increased slightly at 12 noon today to 1,225 victims involving 313 families compared to 1,122 people from 279 families at 8 this morning.

Melaka Director of the Malaysian Civil Defense Force (APM) Lt Col (PA) Cuthbert John Martin Quadra said all the victims were from 14 areas in Alor Gajah, seven areas in Central Melaka and three areas in Jasin.

"A total of 682 victims from 186 families were housed in nine PPS in Alor Gajah, while 493 victims from 117 families were housed in six PPS in Central Melaka and 50 victims from 11 families were housed in two PPS in Jasin," he said in a statement today.

In Johor, Kota Tinggi became the third district affected by the floods with the number of victims increasing to 1,827 people from 466 families as of 12 noon today compared to 1,646 people from 425 families recorded at 8 this morning.

Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said there was an increase of four PPS, namely three in Segamat and one in Kota Tinggi, making a total of 32 PPS opened with 30 PPS in Segamat, while one PPS each in Kota Tinggi and Tangkak.

"In Kota Tinggi, a total of 16 people from four families are placed at Sekolah Kebangsaan Teluk Ramunia, Pengerang while in Tangkak, a total of 40 people from 10 families are placed at Sekolah Agama Bandar Tangkak," he said in a statement today.

Two rivers still recorded danger levels, namely Sungai Segamat in Bandar Segamat recorded 9.28 meters (m) and Sungai Tangkak in Kampung Sri Makmur, Tangkak at 4.29 m while four rivers exceeded the warning level, namely Sungai Muar in Kampung Olak Sepam, Muar with a level of 2.03 m; Muar River in Buloh Kasap, Muar, (8.9 m); Sungai Lenik in Ladang Chaah, Segamat (5.95 m) and Sungai Kesang in Telok Rimba, Tangkak, recorded a level of 3.3 m.

In Negeri Sembilan, the latest data through the Social Welfare Department's (JKM) Disaster Info application showed that the number of flood victims involving 18 PPS in the state increased to 2,166 people from 555 families as of 12 noon compared to 1,767 people from 460 families involving 16 PPS this morning.

In Kelantan, according to the same application, the number of flood victims recorded a decrease as of 12 noon, namely 255 people from 94 families compared to 308 people from 109 families, this morning involving three PPS in Kuala Krai and Jeli.

Meanwhile, the DID's official portal reported that none of the major rivers in Kelantan were at danger level while four rivers recorded warning level readings, namely the Kelantan River in Kuala Krai; Sungai Kelantan and Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas; and the Kelantan River in Kusial, Tanah Merah.

In Terengganu, following the closure of one PPS in Kemaman, the number of flood victims recorded a slight decrease to 137 people from 42 families this afternoon compared to 147 people from 44 families this morning, according to the State Disaster Management Committee Secretariat.

Dungun is the only district still hit by floods with two PPS, namely the Kampung Shukor Public Hall which accommodates 68 people from 20 families followed by the Kampung Pasir Raja Public Hall (69 people, 22 families).

The DID official portal informed that no river reading station exceeded the danger level, however, two rivers still recorded altitudes above the warning level, namely Sungai Besut at Keruak Bridge, Besut and Sungai Kemaman at Rumah Pam Paya Paman, Kemaman.

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