Dibunuh sebelum dibakar mayat pengasuh rentung ditemui di taman



SEORANG pereka dan pasangannya mengaku bersalah membakar mayat seorang pengasuh warga Perancis.

Bagaimanapun kedua-dua suspek mengaku tidak bersalah atas dakwaan membunuh wanita terbabit.

Mayat itu ditemui dalam keadaan mengerikan di sebuah taman di sebuah rumah di Southfields, barat daya London, pada 20 September tahun lalu.

Polis berdepan kesukaran bagi mengenal pasti identiti mangsa kerana keadaan mayat yang rentung.

Bagaimanapun polis akhirnya berjaya mengesahkan mangsa sebagai Sophie Lionnet, 21 tahun, berasal dari Troyes, timur laut Perancis.

Memetik sumber SkyNews, Suspek Sabrina Kuider, 34, dan pasangannya Oissem Medouni, 40, dari Wimbledon Park Road, Wandsworth, selatan London mengaku membakar mayat wanita malang itu.

Kedua-duanya mengaku bersalah pada sesi pendengaran kes di Mahkamah Old Bailey pada Jumaat terhadap dakwaan cuba melupuskan mayat Lionnet dengan cara membakarnya.

Bagaimanapun kedua dua tertuduh mengaku tidak bersalah atas dakwaan membunuh pada atau sebelum tarikh mayat itu ditemui.

Kedua dua defendan bakal dibicarakan selama lima minggu bermula 19 Mac depan.



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FT ministry looking into problems faced in people’s housing schemes – Tengku Adnan


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MO,13/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Territories Ministry will be holding a meeting with Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa regarding problems faces by residents of people’s housing projects, said its minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said the talks would encompass problems related to the buildings and maintenance issues faced by residents of Projek Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PR1MA), Perumahan Penjawat Awam 1Malaysia (PPA1M) and Rumah Mampu Milik Wilayah Persekutuan (Rumawip) housing schemes.

Among the problems were maintenance fees for halls, the rubbish removal facility, lifts and upkeep of surroundings, he said.

“Such matters must be viewed seriously more so because these housing projects are still new. We understand their grievances and want to resolve them as soon as possible.

“The Barisan Nasional puts the people’s interests first and their welfare is paramount,” he told reporters after opening the inaugural annual general meeting of the residents association (RA) of PPA1M Palma, Presint 11 here today.

Also present was Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president , Datuk Seri Hasim Ismail. Meanwhile, Tengku Adnan urged owners of PR1MA, PPA1M and Rumawip homes to set up RAs to voice out problems and suggestions so that these could be addressed quickly.

“Among others they can discuss matters like setting up a kindergarten or nurseries. RAs help promote harmonious living whereby residents look out for each other which is badly needed in an urban setting,” he said. — BERNAMA



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Port Dickson ornamental fish centre hatches bamboo shark species


PORT DICKSON: The Port Dickson Ornamental Fish Centre has succeeded in hatching, for the first time, eggs from the Hasselt’s bamboo shark species or scientifically known as chiloscyllium hasselti.

Port Dickson Ornamental Fish Centre head, Nawar A. Karim said it was the latest achievement by the centre in ornamental fish breeding technology.

“To date, five shark pups have been hatched, while several other eggs are still in the hatching process and the mating process for the breeding pair is still ongoing.

“It is an encouraging achievement and needs to be improved from time to time, especially in terms of care and growth of the shark,” he said.

Nawar said the study on the breeding technique took more than three years.

“We will continue to observe the outcome of the study,” he told Bernama here on Friday.

Nawar said the Hasselt’s bamboo shark species could be found inhabiting coastal areas of the country, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam as well as in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific Ocean.

He said that there was also a plan to document the breeding technology so that it could be shared with the future generation to further enhance Malaysia’s marine ornamental industry. — Bernama



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‘New system protects boss and maid’


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MO,13/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: The new direct hiring system for foreign maids contains an employment contract template for the protection of both employer and employee, said Immi­gration Department director-gene­ral Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali. He said although the agreement is made directly between employers and domestic helpers, without the involvement of agents, both parties still have to abide by the department’s regulations.

“The new system was introduced to protect both the employer and the maid. We do not want any cases where either party will get cheated,” he said yesterday. “Within the online system, there is a template contract to ensure that the rights of both parties are protected.”

 Since the online application service started on Jan 1, a total of 3,141 applications for maids have been received, with 76 employers submitting all the necessary documents, including the required Fo­­me­­ma medical examination results. According to the department, the work permits for those who have completed the process would be issued within the 16-working day window.

The Government had announced that it would give employers the choice of hiring domestic helpers directly from nine source countries – Indonesia, the Philippines, Viet­nam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos and India. It is estimated that employers get to save up to 90% if they hire their maids directly, compared to forking out up to RM18,000 if they go through agents.

The savings is calculated based on the RM1,635 that an employer has to pay the Government for fees, permits and other charges if their prospective maid is already in the country on a social pass.

According to an official at the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, employers wanting to hire maids from the Philippines should go through agencies registered with its government.  “They are required to hire from our registered agencies, for the protection of our workers,” said an embassy official who declined to be identified.

Malaysian Maid Employers Asso­ciation (Mama) president Engku Ahmad Fauzi Engku Muhsein said some feedback received about the system is that it crashes when too many users try to access it. “Mama is grateful to the authorities for simplifying the needs of employers through the new system.

“We hope over-the-counter services would still be offered along with the new online system,” he added.

–TheStar



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Jual mahal Manchester City rela lupakan Alexis Sanchez


HARAPAN Manchester City untuk mendapatkan khidmat Alexis Sanchez mungkin sudah bernoktah selepas kelab itu tidak sanggup membayar harga yang ditetapkan Arsenal.

Arsenal meletakkan harga 35 juta pound kepada mana-mana kelab yang mahu mendapatkan khidmat pemain kebangsaan Chile itu.

Ini tidak termasuk caj 5 juta pound lagi yang dikenakan ejen pemain itu atas peranannya dalam rundingan, sekali gus menjadikan jumlah yang perlu dibayar mencecah 40 juta pound, dua kali ganda daripada jumlah yang sanggup dibayar The Citizens.

Sanchez, 29, dijangka meninggalkan The Gunners bulan ini sekiranya ada mana-mana kelab yang sanggup membayar jumlah itu dengan syarat Arsenal mampu mendapatkan penggantinya.

Sementara itu kesediaan City melupakan Sanchez menjadikan Manchester United sebagai kelab tunggal Liga Perdana Inggeris (EPL) yang mengintai khidmat penyerang itu.

Pengurus The Red Devils Jose Mourinho pada Jumaat menyifatkan Sanchez sebagai ‘pemain fenomena’.

Bagaimanapun Mourinho tidak mahu terburu-buru bagi menandatangani sebarang kontrak kerana baginya pemain yang mahu menyarung jersi The Red Devils perlu benar-benar berkualiti.

“Saya sendiri, lembaga pengarah serta pemilik United tidak terlalu percaya kepada pasaran Januari. Kami tidak mahu sekadar mendapatkan pemain.

“Apa yang kami percaya terdapat ramai pemain dalam dunia bola sepak, jika kamu berpeluang mendapatkan mereka pada Januari, Mac atau Julai, apa salahnya?” jelas Mourinho.

Turut merisik bagi mendapatkan Sanchez adalah gerrgasi bola sepak Perancis Paris Saint Germain (PSG) namun Sanchez awal-awal lagi menolak kerana lebih berminat untuk beraksi bersama Manchester City.



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SURAT TERBUKA, ANWAR | Merdeka Online


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Assalamualaikum WW.

Yang Dihormati DS Anwar Ibrahim,

Terlebih dahulu diucapkan selamat beristirehat dan semoga sihat-walafiat hendaknya. Marilah kita mendoakan juga kepada sahabat kita di Indonesia yang baharu meninggal dunia, bapak Andi Mappatahang @ AM Fatwa (Wakil Ketua DPR Parlimen Indonesia, 1999-2004), semoga allahyarham dimasukkan di dalam syurga firdausi.

Baru-baru ini, Konvensyen Pakatan Harapan kembali meletak Tun Dr. Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri sementara. Adakah DS mempercayainya? Berapa lama sementara itu? Adakah ada apa-apa perjanjian bertulis? Bolehkah gentlemen agreement dipercayai? Kenapa PH tidak melantik Dr Wan Azizah sebagai PM Sementara yang akan memudahkan lagi perlantikan DS sebagai Perdana Menteri? Ternyata semua ini adalah game politic Tun M yang akan menjerumus DS ke lubang yang lebih dalam. Nampaknya DS tidak serik kena tipu !

DS kena beringat, Tun M tidak kisah jika ada ribuan doktor pakar atau consultant yang lebih baik dari dia, Tun M juga tidak kisah jika ada orang lebih berilmu pengetahuan dari dia, atau jika ada rakyat Malaysia lebih pandai dalam aspek lain. Tetapi Tun M tidak akan menerima jika ada orang yang lebih pandai dalam politik daripada dia, dan Tun M tidak boleh menerima hakikat jika ada orang yang lebih kaya daripada anak-anak dia. 

Sebab itulah, dalam sains politik, Tun M tidak akan membenarkan DS menjadi Perdana Menteri atau Dr Wan Azizah menjadi Perdana Menteri sementara. Sebab itulah dalam konvensyen itu, Tun M berjaya meletakkan dirinya semula sebagai Perdana Menteri walaupun hanya PM Sementara. Isunya sementara berapa lama? 

Ramai orang sekelip mata lupa bagaimana nasib DS dilebamkan di dalam penjara semasa Tun M memerintah, bagaimana DS dimalukan sebagai sodomis dan melakukan rasuah, bagaimana DS terpaksa menaiki motor untuk melarikan diri dari kepungan polis di Dataran Merdeka dahulu (1998), bagaimana rumah DS dirosakkan untuk menangkap DS ke penjara, dan banyak lagi tragedi yang memalukan. 

Sehingga ke saat ini, Tun M tidak pernah memohon maaf secara terbuka dan spesifik. Tun M tidak pernah mahu membersihkan nama baik DS walaupun dengan hanya berkata, ‘saya memohon maaf kepada Anwar kerana tuduhan-tuduhan saya dahulu sodomi dan rasuah dahulu adalah fitnah sahaja’. Tun M tidak ada keikhlasan. Sebenarnya permuafakatan Tun M sekarang hanyalah untuk menjatuhkan DS Najib bagi memastikan survival anak-anaknya dalam politik dan perniagaan, bukannya untuk melantik DS sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Saya telah berbicara dan bertukar-tukar pandangan dengan sahabat DS yang juga seorang ilmuwan di Bangi. Kesimpulan kami, DS sedang masuk perangkap kali kedua. Berhati-hatilah…



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Johor now a top tourism destination


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MO,13/1/2018, JOHOR BARU: Johor is no longer just a transit point for travellers but a top tourism destination, said state Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong. He added that Johor has seen a steady increase of tourist arrivals since 2013 with the tourism sector now playing a key role in the state’s economic development.

“The Department of Statistics listed Johor as Malaysia’s top domestic tourism destination in 2016 with 7.4 million domestic tourist arrivals and the Malaysia Tourism Council (MTC) also awarded Tourism Johor with the best domestic tourism promotion award last year.

“Tourism Malaysia statistics also show that Johor is ranked at No.3 in terms of attracting foreign tourists, with 2.6 million international tourists visiting in 2016.

Tee further noted that Senai International Airport had recorded three million passengers last year compared with just 1.99 million passengers in 2013, adding that Johor is now connected by air to 11 domestic cities in Malaysia and eight international cities — Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Surabaya, Guangzhou, Macao, Kolkata and Seoul.
–TheStar

 



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Usaha semarak Bahasa Melayu perlu diteruskan – Raja Muda Perlis


TRANG: Raja Muda Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail menitahkan agar usaha menyemarakkan Bahasa Melayu menerusi pelbagai jalinan kerjasama, diteruskan pada masa depan.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin bertitah kerjasama strategik antara Perlis dan Thailand misalnya, bukan sahaja mampu menjalinkan ukhwah malah dapat memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu sebagai medium komunikasi serantau yang dapat mengungkapkan pemikiran, perasaan dan keperluan bersama.

“Bahasa merupakan satu medium komunikasi dan keindahan bahasa yang disulami dengan keindahan budi serta hikmah bicara merupakan salah satu ciri kehalusan Bahasa Melayu,” titah baginda.

Baginda bertitah demikian ketika berkenan merasmikan Majlis Penutup Program Semarak Bahasa Melayu di sini, Jumaat malam.

Turut berangkat Raja Puan Muda Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil diiringi anakanda baginda, Puteri Sharifah Farah Adriana Jamalullail dan Syed Sirajuddin Areeb Putra Jamalullail.

Program tahunan itu merupakan anjuran bersama Majlis Agama Islam dan Adat Istiadat Melayu Perlis, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Teknologi Mara Perlis, Politeknik Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin, Kolej Universiti Islam Perlis dan Institut Pendidikan Guru Kampus Kangar.

Menerusi program itu, para guru dari beberapa sekolah terpilih di wilayah Trang, diberi pengetahuan asas Bahasa Melayu bagi meningkatkan kemahiran komunikasi dalam bahasa itu.

Tuanku Raja Muda juga berharap agar program berkenaan dapat diperkembangkan dalam kalangan pelajar sekolah pada masa depan.

“Oleh itu kerjasama perlu dipertingkatkan demi iltizam memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu,” titah baginda. — Bernama



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Wanita diasingkan kerana haid akhirnya mati sesak nafas



ADAT, budaya atau tradisi. Bagaimanapun, ada di antaranya dilihat memudaratkan jika sesuatu komuniti itu taksub untuk mengaplikasikan adat, budaya dan tradisi tersebut.

Perkara itu berlaku di sebuah kawasan terpencil di Nepal apabila tradisi memaksa wanita yang datang haid untuk mengasingkan di sebuah bangsal bersendirian membawa padah.

Terbaharu, seorang wanita berusia 21 tahun di kawasan terpencil di Nepal itu ditemui mati dipercayai sesak nafas akibat asap daripada api yang dinyalakan bagi memanaskan diri dengan suhu tinggi kampung di pergunungan itu,” katanya pegawai kerajaan Tul Bahadur Kawcha.

Wanita itu dilaporkan meninggal dunia pada Isnin.

Malah, kematian tetap berlaku walaupun pengubal undang-undang tahun lalu menetapkan amalan memaksa wanita keluar dari rumah ketika haid adalah salah.

Di bawah undang-undang, sesiapa yang menguatkuasakan amalan itu berdepan hukuman penjara tiga bulan dan denda $30.

Amalan ini, yang dikenali sebagai Chhaupadi, telah menjadi tumpuan selepas sekurang-kurangnya dua wanita meninggal dunia tahun lalu ketika tidur di bangsal.

Ramai wanita haid masih lagi meninggalkan rumah mereka di bawah tradisi Hindu purba dan berlindung di pondok yang tidak bersih, tidak selamat atau bangsal lembu sehinggalah kitaran bulanan mereka berakhir.

Semasa diasingkan, wanita-wanita ini berdepan ancaman cuaca sejuk melampau atau serangan haiwan liar selain keadaan yang tidak bersih yang boleh menyebabkan jangkitan penyakit.

Wanita yang datang haid atau yang baru melahirkan kadang-kadang dilihat sebagai ‘tidak suci’ atau  ‘pembawa nasib buruk’.

Mereka dilarang menyentuh lembu dan lelaki, serta dihalang daripada menggunakan tandas.

Pengasingan mereka ke ‘pondok haid’ itu juga mengehadkan wanita-wanita muda pergi ke sekolah.



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Selection of Dr M threatens to split Selangor PKR


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MO,13/1/2018, KLANG: The selection of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) and Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as prime minister and deputy prime minister designates by the Pakatan Harapan leadership is threatening to split the Opposition front in Selangor. Not only is Selangor PKR in disagreement with its state DAP, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) counterparts, differen-ces are also brewing within the party.

Some veteran leaders are unhappy with the Selangor PKR members who are openly disputing the top leadership’s decision. Apparently, many Selangor PKR members were expecting their deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Pribumi deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir to be the prime minister and deputy prime minister designates.

“Those protesting against the decision cannot be faulted because they were not informed about the selection before the convention,’’ added a PKR division leader who declined to be named. He said Dr Mahathir and Dr Wan Azizah were only selected on Friday evening by the presidential council and the announcement was made at the convention on Sunday.

But as a veteran party member, the division leader said, he understood the wisdom behind the decision. “Everyone has forgotten about Pribumi president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. “If Azmin and Mukhriz were to be named as top leadership designates, it would appear that Muhyiddin, who is more senior, has been sidelined,’’ he added. Selangor PKR information chief Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei said the protests were expected.

“They are voicing their opinion perhaps because they were not told earlier,” said Mat Shuhaimi. He added that PKR had a clear-cut process whereby all matters were first discussed at the division and state levels before going up to the national leadership.

This, he added, was not followed. Mat Shuhaimi said every party had the right to voice its support or dissent. Meanwhile, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil said disagreements reflected the fact democracy was alive and well within the Pakatan parties.

“With any democracy there can always be room for discussion, debate and disagreements,’’ he said.

–TheStar

 



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