Cold snap grips the peninsula


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MO,13/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: It has been cold, damp and, in some places, extremely wet. The warm clothes are out and people are all wrapped up. The west of Peninsular Malaysia is in the grip of a cold snap, with the Klang Valley experiencing the coldest weather it had in months, with temperatures dipping to 22°C. Kuala Pilah in Negri Sembilan was among the places that registered a low 21°C since midnight, very much lower than the normal 31°C to 32°C, according to the Meteorological Department.

For once, Cameron Highlands felt like Europe, reportedly recording 15°C yesterday. Meteorological Department director-general Alui Bahari said the cold weather was the usual phenomenon during the period of the northeast monsoon, from November to March. “The cold weather occurs mainly in the interior and inland areas. Between midnight and early today, the meteorological stations in southern Peninsular Malaysia recorded a minimum 22°C and a maximum 25°C compared to the normal 30°C to 31°C,” he said.

Alui said the situation also occurred because it was cloudy and drizzling in several states such as Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Melaka and there was moderate rain in Pahang and Johor. “However, the states in northern Peninsular Malaysia did not experience a big drop in temperature,” he said, adding the weather is expected to return to normal after the rain eases off.

On Twitter, Malaysians expressed shock at the cool weather, but they were loving it, too. “The weather in Malaysia is actually cold. This literally does not happen all the time living in a tropical climate,” @mabeses wrote. Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak weighed in on the weather discussion upon his arrival home from Saudi Arabia, tweeting yesterday morning: “Wah, it’s really cold in Malaysia today, like Jeddah! Alhamdulillah back home safe.”

Some netizens, however, lamented having to be all wrapped up in Malaysia. “I had to wear a jacket, which feels dumb in the tropics,” tweeted @diandujour. The big question now is how long the cold snap is going to last. Some weather forecasters have said that many parts of Malaysia will stay cool and cloudy for a while but the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) says there is no sign of temperatures dipping further.

It said the current phenomenon is actually due to the north-east monsoon affecting the east coast of the peninsula. “The rainy season in the area is pushing the north-eastern wind and the clouds to the west. “That is why we have seen less sun these past few days and the temperature has not risen,” said a MetMalaysia spokesman.

He added that the cold spell is expected to end tomorrow. “We can expect to see more sun from Sunday onwards,” he said.
–TheStar

 



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Tujuh warga asing ditahan rokok seludup RM1.86 juta dirampas


KUALA LINGGI: Tujuh lelaki warga Indonesia ditahan Pihak Berkuasa Malaysia di Perairan Tanjung Bidara, Melaka malam tadi, setelah bot yang mereka naiki dikesan berada dalam keadaan mencurigakan.

Sewaktu pemeriksaan, pihak berkuasa menemui 12 juta batang rokok putih jenama Canyon dan U2, dengan nilai rampasan keseluruhan dianggarkan RM1.86 juta.

Timbalan Pengarah Operasi DM5, Komander Maritim Azman Samsudin berkata, pihaknya menghantar bot laju DM5 untuk memeriksa bot berkenaan pada kedudukan 6.2 batu nautika dari pantai Tanjung Bidara.

Beliau berkata dalam operasi berkenaan, pihaknya menahan seorang tekong berusia 50 tahun dan enam awak-awak berusia antara 22 hingga 36 tahun.

“Hasil pemeriksaan ke atas bot menemui seorang tekong dan awak-awak seramai tujuh orang.

“Mereka didapati membawa muatan sejumlah besar rokok putih pelbagai jenama dibawa ke Malaysia secara tidak sah,” ujar beliau.

Tambahnya kesemua mereka ditahan dan dibawa ke jeti APMM Linggi pada 3.55 pagi.

Bot berkenaan turut dikesan melakukan pelbagai kesalahan iaitu gagal melapor ketibaan, kapal dalam keadaan bergelap dan memasuki perairan negara secara tidak sah.

Kesemua suspek turut melakukan kesalahan nombor dokumen perjalanan tidak sama dengan senarai awak-awak selain beberapa kesalahan di bawah Akta Kastam 1967.

Kesemua suspek dibawa ke mahkamah untuk mendapatkan perintah reman.



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MACC looking at how RM305mil was paid


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MO,13/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: Investigators are now looking at the process of the RM305mil payment given to companies appointed to conduct the feasibility studies for the Penang undersea tunnel. Sources familiar with the case said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was also looking into the competency of the companies and experts appointed to determine if they had the ability to conduct such a study.

It is learnt that there is a set expertise standard to conduct feasibility studies, including that of undersea tunnels. “It doesn’t matter if the experts are from the government or private firms, what is important is that they are competent enough to carry out the feasibility and detailed design studies for the project,” sources said.

When contacted, MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki said the anti-graft agency raided nine more companies in Penang and Kuala Lumpur yesterday to gather more documents. The investigating team also recorded statements from eight people, including a company secretary, advisers and consultants. Azam said more “important witnesses” would be called up for questioning.

“Give us some space to carry out our investigations. We are still in the process of recording statements from important witnesses that we believe may help to wrap up the probe,” he said. The Star had reported that the graft-busters were zooming in on the land swaps of two plots of land in Bandar Tanjung Pinang. Two high-ranking bosses of develop­ment and construction companies were remanded on Wednesday in connection with the case.

The major swoop on the controversial Penang undersea tunnel began on Tuesday when MACC raided seven premises of state government agencies and three property development and construction firms. On Thursday, MACC raided 12 more locations in Penang and Kuala Lumpur and questioned 12 people.

–TheStar



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Neymar ke Old Trafford Manchester United sanggup bida 443 juta pound


TAHUN lalu, Paris Saint Germain PSG mengejutkan dunia bola sepak apabila berjaya mendapatkan Neymar daripada Barcelona dengan nilai 198 juta pound .

Ia sekaligus menjadikan penyerang sensasi Brazil itu sebagai pemain termahal dunia.

Rekod berkenaan mungkin akan terpadam tahun ini. Menariknya, siapa yang bakal jadi pemain termahal dunia tetap orang yang sama, Neymar.

Menurut laporan media Perancis Le 10 Sport, Manchester United dilaporkan sanggup membayar 443 juta pound bagi mendapatkan khidmat penjaring berbisa itu.

Mengapa The Red Devils sanggup membuat pelaburan sebesar itu? Jawapannya kerana Neymar bukan calang-calang pemain.

Buktinya baru 22 perlawanan bersama PSG, penyerang prolifik berusia 25 tahun itu sudah meledak 20 jaringan.

BACA: Neymar bukan lagi bayang-bayang Messi

Memahami betapa cerewetnya pengurus Manchester United, Jose Mourinho dalam memilih pemain bagi membarisi skuadnya, kesungguhan untuk mendapatkan Neymar kerana kelab itu ketandusan kejuaraan Liga Perdana Inggeris (EPL) dan Liga Juara -Juara Eropah sejak beberapa musim lalu.

BACA: Jual mahal, Manchester City rela lupakan Alexis Sanchez

Kehadiran Neymar mungkin penawar paling mujarab bagi United memadam badi berkenaan.

Bukan hanya United, gergasi bola sepak Sepanyol Real Madrid juga dilaporkan berminat untuk membawa kembali Neymar ke kancah La Liga selepas berdepan prestasi mengecewakan musim ini.



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“Biar betul, kami dah beli tiket penerbangan!” – Peminat berang konsert Sheila Majid ditunda


61515729606_sheila-konsert-tunda-headerMO, 13/1/2018 – PEMINAT setia ratu jazz negara, Datuk Sheila Majid meluahkan rasa kesal berikutan pengumuman penundaan konsertnya di Jakarta yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 20 Januari depan.

Menerusi pengumuman yang dibuat menerusi akaun Instagram rasmi IME Indonesia semalam, konsert itu terpaksa ditunda berikutan masalah teknikal.

“Kami sangat kesal untuk memaklumkan bahawa Sheila Majid The Concert Jakarta 2018 yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 20 Januari 2018 terpaksa ditunda kerana masalah teknikal.

“Tiket yang dibeli masih sah untuk konsert baharu yang akan diumumkan tarikhnya,” maklum akaun penganjur konsert tersebut.

Penganjur turut memohon maaf atas masalah tersebut dan meminta peminat menghubungi pihak terbabit untuk pertanyaan lanjut.

PEMINAT setia ratu jazz negara, Datuk Sheila Majid meluahkan rasa kesal berikutan pengumuman penundaan konsertnya di Jakarta yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 20 Januari depan.

Menerusi pengumuman yang dibuat menerusi akaun Instagram rasmi IME Indonesia semalam, konsert itu terpaksa ditunda berikutan masalah teknikal.

“Kami sangat kesal untuk memaklumkan bahawa Sheila Majid The Concert Jakarta 2018 yang dijadualkan berlangsung pada 20 Januari 2018 terpaksa ditunda kerana masalah teknikal.

“Tiket yang dibeli masih sah untuk konsert baharu yang akan diumumkan tarikhnya,” maklum akaun penganjur konsert tersebut.

Penganjur turut memohon maaf atas masalah tersebut dan meminta peminat menghubungi pihak terbabit untuk pertanyaan lanjut.



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Kedah rancang buka pelabuhan baharu gantikan Pulau Pinang


Alor Setar: Kedah bakal membangunkan sebuah pelabuhan baharu sebagai alternatif kepada pelabuhan di Pulau Pinang yang dilihat semakin sesak.

Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah berkata, perairan negeri itu yang dalam terutama di Kuala Kedah dan Yan dilihat sesuai untuk dibangunkan sebuah pelabuhan dagangan.

“Kita juga perlu ada satu pelabuhan di Kedah untuk elak kesesakan di pelabuhan Pulau Pinang. Ini adalah perancangan kita. Pelabuhan berkenaan mungkin akan dibina di Kuala Kedah atau Yan,” kata Ahmad Bashah.

Pembukaan pelabuhan itu pada masa sama bersesuaian dengan perancangan Kerajaan Negeri untuk menjadikan Bukit Kayu Hitam yang merupakan sempadan dengan negara jiran, Thailand sebagai sebuah pelabuhan darat.

“Pelabuhan darat di Bukit Kayu Hitam akan memainkan peranan sebagai lokasi mengumpulkan barangan sebelum dibawa ke pelabuhan laut.

“Ini bermakna jika barangan dari Songkhla tidak lagi perlu ke Pulau Pinang malah akan terus ke pelabuhan yang terdapat di Kedah dan kemudian akan terus dieksport ke Singapura,” katanya lagi.

Setakat ini, Kerajaan Negeri masih dalam perbincangan dengan Kerajaan Pusat mengenai perkara itu.

Ahmad Bashah ditemui pada Majlis Pecah Tanah Projek Perumahan dekat Langgar, Alor Setar, Kedah di sini, hari ini.



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Malaysians want a safe digital world, says Khairy Read


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MO,13/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: A safe digital world is one of the aspirations voiced by Malaysians under the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogues and this can be achieved through parental awareness, says Khairy Jamaluddin. The Youth and Sports Minister said the digital space was both a boom and a boon for children and youths as it helps in learning and fostering creativity.

“But at the same time, it is also filled with threats such as online predators and cyberbullies. “So parents must play an important role in helping their children to navigate the digital world safely. The crux of the problem today is with easy access to the Internet, children are vulnerable to bad influences every day,” he said at the launch of Celcom Axiata Bhd’s Parents Unite for Online Safety programme, an initiative to advocate public awareness for online safety, at Menara Celcom yesterday.

He said apps such as KidSafe with parental controls, developed by Celcom Axiata and launched in September last year, could be useful. Apart from threats within the digital world, he said parents should also be aware of the negative impact of too much screen time for their children. “It takes away real human interaction, leading to impaired social learning. Children will get addicted to the screen posing serious consequences,” he said.

On the programme, Khairy said Celcom Axiata would equip 175 1Malaysia Internet Centres around the country with the KidSafe app. Celcom deputy chief executive officer Azwan Khan said the app could be used to monitor usage of the Internet and filter content which was unsuitable for children and youths.

Azwan opined that some Malaysian parents were still not aware of the dangers faced by their children online. “While we can see bruises from physical bullying, cyberbullying is a lot more difficult to detect,” he said. Also present at the launch were Celcom CEO Michael Kuehner and chief corporate officer Zuraida Jamaluddin.



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Kakitangan Astro AWANI luangkan masa bersama anak yatim


KUALA LUMPUR: Kakitangan Astro AWANI hari ini mengunjungi Rumah Jalinan Kasih Anak-Anak Yatim Miskin Selangor sebagai sebahagian dari inisiatif tanggungjawab sosial korporat (CSR) Astro.

Mereka meluangkan masa menjalankan pelbagai aktiviti termasuk membersihkan pekarangan rumah dan membina perabot.

Lebih menarik apabila para penghuni di rumah itu turut berpeluang mengikut kelas kewartawanan yang dianjurkan kakitangan Astro AWANI.

Rumah Jalinan Kasih Anak-Anak Yatim Miskin Selangor yang bertempat di Batu 9 di sini menempatkan kira-kira 50 anak yatim, anak yatim piatu dan asnaf terbiar sejak 2010.

Saksikan pengalaman kakitangan Astro AWANI bersama anak-anak Rumah Jalinan Kasih Anak-Anak Yatim Miskin Selangor.



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Heavy rain expected to hit several states


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MO,13/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: Heavy rain is expected to continue in several areas in Johor, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Melaka, Terengganu and Sarawak until today. The Malaysian Meteoro­logical Department has issued a severe weather warning for several areas in Johor and Pahang.

“Heavy rain is expected to continue in Johor (Segamat, Kluang, Mersing, Kota Tinggi, Johor Baru and Kulai) and Pahang (Rompin, Pekan and Kuantan) today,” it said in a statement.

The department has also issued a weather warning alert for Negri Sembilan, Melaka, several areas in Johor including Tangkak, Muar, Batu Pahat and Pontian, and several areas in Pahang including Bentong, Temerloh, Maran, Bera and Jerantut.

 

 



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METMalaysia nafi suhu terendah 17 darjah Celsius yang ditularkan


KUALA LUMPUR: Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia hari ini menafikan mengeluarkan maklumat berhubung penurunan suhu sehingga 17 darjah Celsius yang kini tular menerusi media sosial.

Dalam satu kenyataan di sini, jabatan itu berkata suhu minimum yang direkodkan hari ini ialah 21 darjah Celsius di Mersing dan Kuala Pilah manakala kawasan-kawasan lain merekodkan suhu minimum sekitar 22 darjah Celsius yang lazim berlaku pada awal pagi.

“Keadaan ini berlaku berikutan cuaca mendung, hujan berterusan dan pergerakan angin sejuk monsun timur laut yang dijangka berterusan sehingga Ahad (esok),” demikian menurut kenyataan itu.

Jabatan tersebut turut menasihati orang ramai mendapatkan maklumat sahih berkaitan cuaca menerusi laman sesawangnya di www.met.gov.my atau aplikasi mudah alih (myCuaca), laman Facebook malaysiamet, Twitter @malaysianmet dan talian 1 300 22 1MET (1638).

Maklumat yang tular itu antara lain mendakwa berdasarkan ‘Info Cuaca Jabatan Meteorologi Malaysia’ seluruh negara mengalami penurunan suhu dengan Tawau mencatatkan suhu terendah pada 17.6 darjah Celsius serta menasihati orang ramai memakai baju tebal pada malam ini bagi mengelakkan suhu badan turun secara mendadak dan seterusnya membawa demam panas.

–BERNAMA



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