Malaysia to take up big bikers plight with Thailand in G2G meeting


MO,7/2/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will engage with Thailand through the government-to-government (G2G) to address the plight of Malaysian superbike riders crossing into the kingdom. Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the ministry will bring up the issue to the Thailand government through the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) which is hosted annually. He said this following a memorandum submission by the Bikers United Club Malaysia (BUCM) today, at the ministry’s headquarters here.

The BUCM had urged the ministry to intervene in the problem faced by riders and their families in the event of an accident or death during their road expedition to the kingdom. In the memorandum, BUCM cited several incidences where the families of the deceased bikers are demanded to pay a hefty sum to retrieve the remains of their loved ones. In addition they are seeking a review of the high penalty the bikers had to pay Thai authorities when they are involved in minor road accidents and accidents where they are not at fault.

In accepting the memorandum, Reezal said their greviances will be submitted at the G2G meeting with Thailand. “I believe there is a serious lack of knowledge of regulation, laws and insurance structure by Malaysians in Thailand. “Therefore at the meeting, matters such as the type of insurance to be taken and the appointment of established and reliable insurance companies to represent Malaysians, how to resolve language barrier between to parties, and engagement with a panel of lawyers will be raised,” he added.

Malaysians are also urged to observe and be vigilant of the domestic law of the country they are visiting, so that they will be protected, Reezal adviced. “The bikers are also advised to inform the consulate general office and the embassy each time they plan for a trip. “This will make sure that they stay under the radar of the ministry and we would be able to render help if needed,” he added. BUCM vice-chairman Azuan Abu Bakar hoped that amicable solution will be reached through the G2G meeting.

“We have lost many lives during our expedition to neighbouring country and their families were slapped with high payments to retrieve their remains. “This is not fair. We are not blaming anyone but we only want justice to be done,” he added. The BUCM, with a member of 10,000 crosses the Thai border as frequent as twice a month.

Azuan said in the latest case of a Malaysian superbike rider who was killed while his wife was seriously injured in an accident in southern Thailand Jan 16, the family was asked to pay RM27,000 to retrieve the remains. “Since the family didn’t have that much of money, the club president had paid RM10,000 and mortgaged two bikes to pay the authorities,” he added.


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Sama seperti yang dijelaskan oleh Pemangku Raja Pahang sebelum ini, sesiapa sahaja yang dianugerahkan dengan pingat darjah kebesaran perlu menjaga etika mereka masing – masing.

Sekiranya mereka yang menerima anugerah darjah kebesaran itu tidak mampu untuk menjaga nama baik diri mereka sewaktu memakai gelaran tersebut, seeloknya ia dipulang semula.

Dan jika mereka enggan, pihak Istana mempunyai hak untuk menarik semula gelaran tersebut dari mereka yang telah menerimanya sebelum ini tanpa memberi sebarang sebab sekali pun.

Mungkin itulah nasib malang yang menimpa Si Husam Musa tu apabila darjah kebesaran yang membawa gelaran Datuk yang dia terima dari Sultan Kelantan sebelum ini ditarik balik.

Naib Presiden PAN itu dalam satu kenyataan media hari ini mendakwa dia menerima penarikan balik anugerah ‘Datuk’ yang dikurniakan oleh Sultan Muhammad V dengan hati terbuka.

Namun dalam masa yang sama, Husam juga turut menjunjung kasih dan taat setia kepada baginda walaupun tiada sebab yang dikemukakan oleh pihak istana diatas tindakan tersebut.

“Tuanku Sultan mana-mana negeri berhak mengurniakan anugerah ataupun menarik balik sama ada menyatakan sebab atau tidak. Itu tidak menjadi masalah dan saya akan tetap meneruskan khidmat sebagai ahli politik dan ketaatan saya pada baginda kekal seperti biasa.

“Saya menerima surat daripada Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri Kelantan, Datuk Mohd. Faudzi Che Mamat yang memaklumkan perkara tersebut petang semalam,” katanya ketika ditemui di Mahkamah Tinggi di sini hari ini.

Dalam satu kenyataan media, Husam juga memaklumkan pingat berkenaan diserahkan semula selaras dengan surat yang dikeluarkan oleh Setiausaha Negeri Kelantan petang semalam.

Pembatalan darjah kebesaran Jiwa Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Mulia (DJMK) (Al-Ismaili II) termasuk seorang lagi Pengerusi PAN Kelantan, Wan Abd. Rahim Wan Abdullah berkuatkuasa pada 6 Februari lalu.

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Sneaky Signs You Need a Sleep Doctor

You constantly drop the ball

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Poor sleep quality has direct effect on concentration—everyone has experienced that. (Here’s an easy trick to improve your concentration in 24 hours.) But a restless night also hurts memory. “When sleep suffers, so does cognitive performance. In fact, it may be the reason why you spaced on that dental appointment, put the milk away in the pantry and the cereal in the refrigerator, or forgot to call that client back,” says insomnia specialist and nurse practitioner Ellen Wermter.

You’re physical performance is sub-par

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Adequate sleep impacts physical performance. “Studies have shown slowed reaction times, reduced accuracy, and decreased endurance in subjects deprived of sleep,” says Wermter. “If your tennis game isn’t what it used to be, take a closer look at your sleep to elevate your game. Is your weight training moving in the wrong direction? Studies have suggested that prolonged partial sleep deprivation may reduce maximal ability in weight lifting, so make more sleep part of your pre-workout ritual.” Check out these 13 sleep better secrets from sleep doctors.

You’re disconnected from your family and friends


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Feeling less connected to your friends and family? “Sleep deprivation can cause a significant reduction in our feelings of empathy for others,” says W. Christopher Winter, MD, sleep specialist and author of Sleep Solution. Dr. Winter also notes that when you’re sleep deprived, your capacity to accurately read the emotions of others, control and communicate your own emotions, and use good judgment to manage your relationships is compromised. “Lack of quality sleep impairs your emotional intelligence and can make for a rocky road of misunderstandings and disagreements with spouses, coworkers, and friends.”

You have unhealthy cravings

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Sugar and carbs are easy to love, but if you find yourself craving them more so than usual, sleep may be to blame. “When you don’t get enough sleep, your brain craves glucose to keep itself running,” says Adam Tishman, co-founder of the personalized mattress company Helix. “Getting a full eight hours of sleep is an essential part of dieting and healthy living.”

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You’re gaining weight

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If you’re overeating carbs to make up for lost sleep, you’ll likely pack on pounds. “While weight gain is often associated with physical activity and eating habits, it is also deeply linked to sleep,” says Tishman. “In fact, many studies show that people who sleep for less than six hours per night are more likely to be overweight. If you notice yourself unexpectedly gaining weight (your nutrition and physical activity haven’t significantly changed), this might be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep.”

You’re impulsive

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People become less inhibited when they’re exhausted and more likely to do or say things they normally wouldn’t. “For instance, if it’s more difficult than usual to say no to that candy bar or pastry or you find yourself lashing out at a coworker, you might be in dire need of some shut-eye,” says Tishman. Make sure you don’t have one of these 12 common sleep disorders.

You feel drunk

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According to sleep scientist and biometrics expert at Bedgear, Lorenzo Turicchia, a lack of sleep not only magnifies the effects of alcohol, but also makes you feel like you’re drunk even if you haven’t had a drink. “Being sleep deprived at the wheel is just as bad as being under the influence while driving.”

You’re unable to fight off a common cold

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Sleep is a way for your body to restore and repair itself. “If you’re not getting enough rest, your body’s immune system is compromised, which affects your ability to fight off illnesses,” says Turicchia. Find out all the amazing things your brain does when you sleep.

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You have high blood pressure

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“One of the well-known health risks that occurs with deficient sleep is high blood pressure,” says Raghu Idupuganti, MD Adult and Pediatric Anesthesiology, NYC Surgical Associates. “Lack of sleep also leads to increased risks of other heart-related illnesses, such as heart attacks and irregular heartbeats.”

You have no sex drive

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Sleep deprivation can take a serious toll on your sex drive. “Testosterone is key for sex drive (especially in men) and not getting enough sleep lowers testosterone,” explains Edward A. Alvarez, DDS, who specializes in treating snoring and sleep apnea. “In women, if the sleep cycle is interrupted, the body won’t release as many reproductive hormones, which affects overall fertility and desire for sex.”

You’re feeling depressed

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According to Dr. Idupuganti, sleep deprivation can lead to depression and anxiety over time. And, if it’s bad enough, you could ultimately suffer from visual and/or auditory hallucinations. Try making some of these little changes that can help you sleep better starting tonight.

You fall asleep too quickly

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If you fall asleep within minutes of your head hitting the pillow, this is not a sign that you’re lucky—it’s sign that you’re sleep deprived. “The process of falling asleep usually takes 15-20 minutes, if it is shorter you should look at sleep quality,” says sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus, PhD.


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You’re always hitting snooze

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If you hit the snooze button more than twice, Dr. Breus says you likely have a problem. “It’s a sign that your body is either not following its natural circadian rhythm or that you are not getting enough quality or quantity sleep.” (Ever wonder why the snooze button is nine minutes long instead of ten?

You need a daily energy drink

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“If you have an energy drink daily, this could be a sign that your sleepiness could be a factor in your energy level, which may speak to sleep quality,” says Dr. Breus. If you need more reasons to give up the sugary habit, just wait until you find out what those energy drinks are doing to your body.

You wince when you chew your bagel

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Sensitivity with chewing or easily fatigued jaw muscles can be a sign of bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), which can be related to sleep apnea, according to Wermter. Check out these surprising home remedies for teeth grinding.

You can’t see straight

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Your eyes could be feeling dry and scratchy: “Sleep deprivation impairs our tear production, setting us up for problems with diseases affecting the surface of our eyes,” says Dr. Winter. Here are some silent signs that you may have dry eye syndrome.

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That post-lunch slump is even more painful

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“Humans are part of the 85 percent of mammalian species shown to be polyphasic sleepers, meaning we’re meant to sleep in two phases during a 24-hour period,” explains Tishman. “Studies have shown that humans are built to take a midday nap as well as sleeping for eight hours at night. If you aren’t getting the necessary eight hours at night, your body’s urge for that midday nap may be extra excruciating.”

Next up, find out what your sleep position reveals about your personality.

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Beckham kecut perut berdepan lebih 10000 nyamuk

DIKERUMUNI media dan peminat itu biasa bagi sosok bernama David Beckham. Namun ikon bola sepak ini merasai pengalaman baharu berdepan ribuan ekor nyamuk.

Itu yang dilakukan Beckham, 42, demi menjayakan video kempen anti malaria. Video bertajuk Malaria Must Die itu menerima sentuhan pengarah Gladiator, Ridley Scott.

Video berkenaan memberi tumpuan kepada Beckham yang diserang lebih 10,000 nyamuk ketika dia ditempatkan di sebuah kotak kaca kecil. Dia turut menerima beberapa gigitan daripada serangga itu.

Demi menyedarkan orang ramai mengenai bahayanya malaria, Beckham tidak mengambil sebarang bayaran pun untuk menjayakan video ini.

Meskipun malaria boleh dibendung, kurangnya kesedaran menyaksikan ribuan nyawa jadi korban saban tahun oleh penyakit tertua di dunia ini.

Pesan Beckham kepada pemimpin dunia, ambillah langkah sewajarnya bagi elak ramai lagi menjadi korban malaria.

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Roket Falcon Heavy Berjaya Melakukan Pelancaran Sulung – Amanz

Dalam dunia Marvel wujud watak Tony Stark yang merupakan hartawan pintar yang juga adiwira berbaju zirah. Di dalam filem yang dikeluarkan Marvel, watak Tony Stark mendapat inspirasi dari hartawan pintar sebenar Elon Musk.

Hari ini Space X, syarikat milik beliau berjaya melancarkan Falcon Heavy yang kini memegang takhta sebagai roket paling berkuasa yang masih beroperasi. Roket paling berkuasa pernah dihasilkan ialah Saturn V yang digunakan untuk tujuh misi ke bulan NASA tetapi telah ditamatkan perkhidmatan sejak 1973.

Dalam pelancaran sulung ini, Falcon Heavy membawa kargo dalam bentuk kereta TESLA Roadster milik Musk ke planet Marikh. Falcon Heavy menggabungkan tiga roket Falcon 9 yang boleh mendarat semula ke bumi secara automatik selepas usai melancarkan kargo. Kejayaan ujian ini akan menjadikan impian Musk untuk mengkoloni planet Marikh semakin hampir menjadi nyata.

Namun pelancaran pertama ini tidak berjalan dengan sempurna. Hanya dua daripada tiga Falcon 9 yang digunakan berjaya mendarat semula dengan selama. Roket ketiga terhempas ke permukaan laut. Pada waktu yang sama Elon Musk mengumumkan kerana kesilapan pada peringkat terakhir, kereta beliau akan terlepas orbit planet Marikh, Akibatnya kereta beliau kini dalam perjalanan ke sabuk asteroid yang terletak di-antara Marikh dan Musytari.

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Prestasi kewangan TH lebih baik dari tahun sebelumnya

thhibah7f.transformed_0MO, 7/2/2018, PUTRAJAYA – Tabung Haji (TH) mencatatkan prestasi kewangan lebih baik pada tahun 2017 berbanding 2016, dengan pendapatan kasar meningkat sebanyak RM1.1 bilion atau 31 peratus kepada hampir RM4.5 bilion, berbanding tahun kewangan 2016 sebanyak RM3.4 bilion.

“TH juga merekodkan keuntungan bersih selepas zakat sebanyak hampir RM2.8 bilion iaitu peningkatan sebanyak RM0.3 bilion (13 peratus) berbanding tahun 2016 sebanyak RM2.5 bilion,” katanya.

Tambahnya, anak-anak syarikat TH turut menyumbang kepada pendapatan tersebut sebanyak RM1.1 bilion antaranya BIMB Holdings Berhad (RM706 juta), TH Properties Sdn Bhd (RM113 juta), Kumpulan TH Hotel & Travel (RM104 juta), TH Trust (RM82 juta), Kumpulan LTH Property Holdings Ltd (RM82 juta) dan TH Plantations Berhad (RM50 juta).

Selari dengan amalan pengurusan portfolio baik, Jamil Khir berkata TH juga telah melakukan rosot nilai sebanyak RM470 juta bagi pelaburannya di dalam syarikat minyak dan gas yang telah dan masih terjejas ekoran kemelut melanda industri itu.

Dalam pada itu, Jamil Khir berkata TH telah membelanjakan sebanyak RM356 juta bagi pengurusan haji pada tahun 2017, dengan RM298 juta adalah subsidi haji dan RM58 juta bagi kos tidak langsung termasuk kos kesihatan, kaunseling dan bimbingan haji.

Katanya, sebanyak RM2.41 juta pula diperuntukkan bagi membiayai 713 warga tua dan kurang berkemampuan untuk menunaikan haji melalui Dana Tabung Warga Tua.

Bagi tahun ini, Jamil Khir berkata TH menanggung subsidi haji sebanyak RM12,470 atau 56 peratus daripada kos haji bagi seorang jemaah haji muassasah kali pertama.

Katanya ia melibatkan jumlah keseluruhan sebanyak RM400 juta, susulan kenaikan kos haji sebanyak 15 peratus kepada RM22,450.

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Body Parts as Unique as Your Fingerprint

10 Quick Brain Exercises You Can Do Right Now

Iris iStock/avidraifort Eyes are the window to your soul and your identity. The iris, a muscle that opens and closes the pupil to control how much light enters the eye, has tiny textural patterns. DNA determines the color and structure of the iris, but its random pits, furrows, swirls, and rifts occur during fetal development, […]

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Saintis dedah rupa dan wajah penduduk asal Britain

WAJAH penduduk terawal Britain akhirnya dikenal pasti.

Dikenali sebagai ‘Cheddar Man’, fosil manusia yang lengkap dan dianggarkan berusia lebih 10,000 tahun itu ditemui pada tahun 1903 di Gough’s Cave di Cheddar Gorge, Somerset.

Juga dianggap sebagai moyang penduduk Britain yang tertua, ‘Cheddar Man’ dipercayai mempunyai kulit hitam gelap, mata biru cerah dan rambut kerinting gelap, mengikuti analisis asid deoksiribonukleik (DNA) yang terbaharu.

Penyelidik dari Natural History Museum mengekstrak DNA dari fosil itu, sebelum sekumpulan saintis dari University College London menggunakan analisis genom berikutnya untuk pembinaan semula wajah.

“Bukan sahaja warna kulit yang menarik, gabungan pelbagai ciri yang ada padanya menjadikannya kelihatan tidak seperti masyarakat Britain yang anda lihat hari ini,” kata Prof. Ian Barnes, salah seorang pengkaji dari Natural History Museum, seperti yang dipetik dari portal The Independent.

Analisa juga menunjukkan ‘Cheddar Man’ tidak mempunyai ketinggian seperti lelaki Britain hari ini, iaitu hanya sekitar 5 kaki 5 inci, dan meninggal dunia pada usia awal 20an.

Warna kulit yang cerah mungkin tiba di Britain selepas penghijrahan beramai-ramai penduduk dari Asia Barat sekitar 6,000 tahun yang lalu. Kumpulan penduduk ini mempunyai kulit pucat dan cerah serta mata coklat, dan populasi masyarakat yang mempunyai ciri-ciri seperti ‘Cheddar Man’ semakin berkurangan sedikit demi sedikit.

Ini bukan percubaan pertama untuk menganalisis DNA dari Cheddar Man. Pada akhir 1990an, ahli genetik Oxford University, Brian Sykes pernah melakukannya, namun keputusannya tidak pernah direkodkan dalam mana-mana jurnal akademik.

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Pengurusan cekap lonjak bonus TH – PM

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MO, 7/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata pengurusan yang cekap membolehkan Tabung Haji (TH) mengumumkan agihan hibah atau bonus kepada pendeposit sebanyak 4.50 peratus selain hibah haji 1.75 peratus.

Perdana Menteri berkata, nilai yang merangkumi keseluruhan 6.25 peratus itu adalah kompetitif serta lebih tinggi daripada tahun lalu.

“Alhamdulillah, hasil pengurusan cekap, TH hari ini isytiharkan hibah tahunan 4.50 peratus dan hibah haji 1.75 peratus untuk jumlah keseluruhan 6.25 peratus, nilai cukup kompetitif serta lebih tinggi daripada tahun lalu,” katanya menerusi entri di laman sosial rasminya hari ini.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, hari ini mengumumkan agihan hibah atau bonus kepada pendeposit selain tambahan hibah haji kepada yang belum menunaikan haji bagi tahun kewangan 2017 membabitkan pembayaran sebanyak RM2.7 bilion.

Bayaran hibah sebanyak 6.25 peratus ini akan memberi manfaat kepada 93 peratus atau 8.7 juta pendeposit yang belum menunaikan ibadat haji.

Bagi 600,000 pendeposit yang sudah menunaikan haji akan menerima hibah sebanyak 4.50 peratus

Tahun lalu, TH mengumumkan 4.25 peratus hibah tahunan dan tambahan hibah haji sebanyak 1.5 peratus kepada pendeposit yang belum menunaikan haji bagi tahun kewangan 2016 membabitkan pembayaran berjumlah RM2.88 bilion.

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