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Deputy Minister Maznah breaks arm in accident

KUALA TERENGGANU, 15 Feb 2009: Natural Resources and Environment Deputy Minister Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan broke her left arm in an accident at Jalan Tengku Ampuan Intan Tengah Zaharah here today.

Maznah was travelling along with three others in a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle belonged to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) after attending an event in Batu Rakit when the accident occurred at 1.30pm.

State public order and traffic chief Supt Farid Mahmud said they were passing by the Ninth Battalion of the General Operations Force base when a 4WD vehicle belonged to the Health Department, which was travelling in the opposite direction, skidded and rammed into the DID vehicle.

He said the Health Department’s vehicle apparently went out of control when the driver attempted to avoid hitting a car in front, which suddenly ground to a halt.

He told reporters at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital that Maznah and the three others, as well as two people who were travelling in the Health Department’s vehicle were taken to the hospital by the Civil Defence Department.

Meanwhile, State Health Department deputy director Dr Mohammad Omar said an X-ray scan showed that Maznah broke her left arm.

The three who were travelling with Maznah were Kuala Terengganu DID chief clerk Norizan Salleh, 50, Maznah’s bodyguard Mohd Azhar Kamaruddin, 25, and DID driver Mohammad Muda, 55. All of them sustained minor injuries.

Two Health Department staff members — Health Education Officer Nurul Ashikin Abdullah , 41, and driver Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah — also sustained minor injuries.

Among those who visited Maznah were her husband Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman as well as state executive council member Toh Chin Yaw and Kuala Nerus member of parliament Datuk Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri. — Bernama


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