Car goes up in flame near res­i­den­tial area

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KUCHING: A com­pact car went up in flames near a res­i­den­tial area at Mile 5 here on Fri­day. The in­ci­dent was spotted at Lorong 11A, Jalan Semaba at 7.55pm, which prompted a dis­tress call to the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment (Bomba).

Ac­cord­ing to Bomba spokesper­son, fire­fight­ers from the Batu Lin­tang fire sta­tion were rushed to the scene.

Upon ar­rival the fire­men no­ticed that the unat­tended car was al­ready en­gulfed in flames. The fire­men im­me­di­ately put off the fire. There were no re­ports of in­juries dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Sep­a­rately, a com­pany ex­ec­u­tive lost RM900 to a Ma­cau scam af­ter the syn­di­cate suc­ceeded in con­vinc­ing the man that he was in­volved in an il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

State CCID chief Supt Mustafa Ka­mal Ab­dul Ghani said the vic­tim, aged 24, claimed to re­ceive a tele­phone call from MACC who in­formed him that he was in­volved in an il­le­gal trans­ac­tion made via on­line bank­ing and was told to pro­vide his per­sonal bank­ing de­tails (CIMBclicks user­name and pass­word) in order to solve the mat­ter.

Mustafa added that the sus­pect then re­quested for the vic­tim to share his ex­act lo­ca­tion via What­sApps, and that a few min­utes later the vic­tim re­ceived a text mes­sage from CIMB bank re­gard­ing the trans­ac­tion.

The vic­tim claimed he was un­aware that a trans­ac­tion was made un­til he re­ceived the text mes­sage from his bank no­ti­fy­ing that a trans­ac­tion of RM900 was made to a Bank Mua­malat ac­count un­der the name of Norhaiza on Fri­day.

The flam­ing ve­hi­cle near a res­i­den­tial area in Mile 5 here.

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