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EC rejects claim of new voters from armed forces


MO,17/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has rejected the allegation that it has received new applications from the armed forces to register their members as new voters or to open a new locality at the Paloh Camp in Johor in the 2017 fourth quarter Supplementary Electoral Roll (RDPT).

Its chairman, Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, in a brief statement today, stressed that the allegation made by certain quarters that new voters among members of the military and their spouses were registered at the Paloh Camp from the Mahkota Camp in Sembrong parliament, is untrue. “The allegations are totally untrue and the stakeholders can review the RDPT of the 2017 fourth quarter which is on display beginning today to Jan 30 at nearby exhibition venues,” he said.

It was reported previously that DAP’s Kluang members of parliament Liew Chin Tong, had challenged Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to ensure there won’t be shifting of voters to areas such as Segamat, Hutan Melintang (Bagan Datuk), Bera, Pagoh, and Paloh (Sembrong) before the next general election.

Liew had also accused Hishammuddin of lying when he denied that an army camp was being built in Paloh, which is a state seat within the Sembrong constituency in Johor.


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300 pay their last respects to teen killed by falling chair


MO,18/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Some 300 people, including friends, schoolmates and re­­latives, crowded the narrow corridor of the Seri Pantai People’s Housing Project to attend the funeral of S. Sathiswaran, who died after a chair hit him. The 15-year-old died after being struck by an office chair, believed to have been hurled from the upper floor of his family’s flat in Pantai Dalam.

During the funeral, which started at around 10am at the family’s unit on the 16th floor, some had turned up crying and wailing. Among the crowd was the victim’s mother, S. Kasthuri Bai, 45, who looked inconsolable as Sathiswaran’s body was taken away in a hearse. Friends and relatives of the SMK La Salle schoolboy looked on as the final rites were performed.

At 2.20pm, the boy’s body was taken away in a coffin borne by his friends and family members, to be laid to rest at the MBPJ Damansara Hindu Cemetery at about 4pm. One of the residents who turned up at the funeral said the management needed to do something about the hazards at the flats.

“There is junk everywhere. People just leave trash and discarded furniture around. “We pay RM48 monthly for maintenance but things like the elevators break down regularly and old people like me are forced to use the stairs,” said the man who only wished to be known as Ganesan. Ganesan is in his 60s. The victim’s brother, S. Yogeswaran, 18, also shared the same sentiment.

“I don’t want this to happen to anyone or their brother. Something needs to be done to make sure this does not recur,” he said.


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Newborn panda – a symbol of Malaysia-China relations


MO,18/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: A newborn panda in Malaysia was described as a new envoy of China-Malaysia friendship here. A statement from the Chinese Embassy said the cub’s birth at Zoo Negara on Jan 14, just as people are starting to embrace the new year, appears to be a good sign to ties between the two countries.

“ We wish the baby panda would grow up in good health and bring good luck to the China-Malaysia relations,” the embassy said. The cub is the offspring Xing Xing and Liang Liang, two giant pandas from China on a 10-year loan stint in Malaysia since 2014 when the two countries celebrated its 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

The embassy said news of Liang Liang giving birth for a second time was “indeed a piece of good news”. The gender or the cub however has yet to be established. “The panda family has attracted a lot of attention and enjoyed great fancy from the Malaysian people and is regarded as a symbol of China-Malaysia friendship,” it added.

Liang Liang first gave birth to a female, Nuan Nuan, on Aug 18 in 2015. It was last year sent to China as part of the agreement where rhe offspring were to be returned after it reaches the age of two.

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BEI floor collapse: I thought it was bomb attack, says MSU lecturer


MO,18/1/2018, SEPANG: “I thought it was a bomb attack.”  Those are the answer given by Management & Science University (MSU) lecturer Nur Lalua Rashidah Mohd Rahsiad when asked about her experience during the floor collapse incident at the Indonesia’s Stock Exchange (BEI) building in Central Jakarta last Monday.

Nur Lalua Rashidah was one of the 22 MSU delegates representing Malaysia to the CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge 2.0 which was being held at the BEI building when the mishap occurred. “Alhamdulillah, it was not what I thought it was and although the floor collapsed just 50 metres away from our event venue, all the Malaysian delegates escaped unhurt,” she told reporters upon arrival at the KLIA here tonight.

She said after the loud bang, the situation at the building turned chaotic with people rushing out to safety, while others, who were injured, screaming for help. “We were also panicked and I told the delegates to gather at one place before the CIMB officials took us out to nearby building,” she said.

The mezzanine floor at the BEI building in Jalan Jenderal Sudirman, Senayan, Central Jakarta, collapsed into the building’s lobby during the midday trading break on Monday, injuring tens of workers and civilians. It was reported that a group of university students from Sumatra, who were on a field trip to the BEI, were among those injured.

“We were lucky because our earlier application to join the field trip with the students from Sumatra was rejected by BEI due to time constraint,” Nur Lalua Rashidah said. She said the MSU would provide counselling to all students and lecturers involved to prevent traumatic stress.

Meanwhile, MSU won fourth place at the CIMB ASEAN Stock Challenge 2.0 and received cash prize of US$2,500.


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75 school administrators to undergo 2-year leadership programme


MO,17/1/2018, PORT KLANG: Some 75 principals, headmasters and senior assistants from 24 primary and secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have been chosen to take part in the Global School Leaders (GSL) Malaysia programme. The two-year pilot programme, aimed at providing continuous professional development for school administrators, will see them attending 11 workshops organised by GSL Malaysia, centred around themes such as leading people and improving their respective institutions.

The school administrators will also receive training that revolves around technology in classrooms as well as utilising technology for school management in a collaboration between GSL and FrogAsia, an advocate for 21st century learning. Supported and funded by YTL Foundation, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad and Tan Chin Tuan Foundation, GSL Malaysia was launched by Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan at Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampung Idaman, whose headmaster and senior assistant were also picked to be part of the programme.

Also present were YTL Foundation programme director Datin Kathleen Chew, GSL chief executive officer Sameer Sampat and GSL Malaysia country director Cheryl Ann Fernando. Kamalanathan said programme, emulated from the successful India School Leadership Institute programme but adjusted to suit our local approaches, is inline with the ministry’s vision.

“We want to provide school leaders with the needed skills, motivation and knowledge to help them transform their schools. “I understand that the 24 schools chosen to be in the pilot programme consists of school leaders who are highly motivated and ready to pave the way for their schools’ success. “This will assist the school leaders to improve their competency which will definitely benefit students holistically.

“The schools will receive positive impact from this where the generation of high performing students can be shaped and fulfil the nation’s aspirations. “I am confident that the school administrators will be able to lead effectively and lead with their hearts,” said Kamalanathan. Cheryl Ann said the GSL Malaysia programme took 10 months of planning and research.

“I am confident the schools under this programme will be able to learn and employ new strategies in hopes of improving student learning and teaching practices. “It is also very heartening to see the enthusiasm of school principals, headmasters and senior assistants coming forward in an effort to strive to do better for their schools.” she said.


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Axiata Group pledges to be free from corruption


MO,17/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd and its group of companies recently reaffirmed their pledge to be free from corruption. The group – comprising operating companies of Celcom Axiata Bhd, Axiata Business Services Sdn Bhd, Axiata Digital Services Sdn Bhd and edotco Group Sdn Bhd – pledged to practise and uphold the highest levels of integrity and corporate governance as one of Malaysia’s leading corporates with a presence in 11 countries across ASEAN and South Asia.

Axiata President/Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, led his senior management team and group employees in making the pledge in the presence of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Director of Community Education Department, Datuk Abdul Samat Kasah here yesterday.

“As both a leading international telecommunications group and a government-linked company, Axiata is honoured to be a part of this move driving towards greater levels of transparency, governance, integrity and ethical standards, not just in Malaysia, but across all of our markets,” said Jamaludin.

Axiata has been recognised for its excellence in corporate governance by the Malaysian Shareholders Watchdog Group as being in the top 10 in corporate governance. Axiata also ranked among the top 15 in the Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance for 2017.


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Falling chair death: Case reclassified as murder


MO,17/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The case involving a teenager who died after being struck by an office chair at a low-cost flat here has been reclassified as murder. City police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said the case was initially classified as manslaughter. It is also learnt that police have recorded statements from 31 people.

Mazlan said while police have yet to identify the perpetrator, they have taken the DNA sample from the office chair as well as from five people, who have had their statements recorded, for further analysis. He said police are still waiting for the post-mortem report from Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.

On Monday, 15-year-old S. Sathiwaran and his mother S. Kasthurivai, 45, had just finished grocery shopping and were on their way home. They were about to enter Block 102 of the Seri Pantai People’s Housing Project (PPR) at 8.30pm when a blue office chair, thrown from one of the upper floors, struck Sathiwaran.

He sustained severe head injuries and died at the scene. Mazlan said those who have information regarding the case can contact Assistant Superintendent Firdaus Sharil at 012-3388164 or Deputy Superintendent Tonny Lunggan at 014-6225262.


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MMEA thwarts attempt to smuggle endangered birds


MO,17/1/2018, ALOR GAJAH: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) thwarted an attempt to smuggle about 300 endangered birds into Indonesia at 4.97 nautical miles off Tanjung Gabang, Selangor, yesterday. Melaka/Negeri Sembilan MMEA director Maritime Captain Amran Daud attributed the success to information received from the public on smuggling of endangered birds through the Straits of Malacca.

Following an investigation, he said, a MMEA vessel on patrol in the area spotted a boat heading out of a neighbouring country’s territorial waters. “Upon realising the presence of the MMEA personnel, the boat skipper and three crew, all Indonesians, threw the bird cages into the sea,” he said in a statement here today. Amran said the MMEA personnel were able to retrieve 279 birds which were thrown into the sea, but only three were alive.

As for the Indonesian skipper and his crew, aged between 38 and 55, he said, they were detained after failing to produce valid personal documents. Amran said the birds were believed to have been smuggled from Vietnam by land into Thailand, and also Malaysia, as transit centres, before being smuggled to Indonesia.

The birds are endangered species and protected under the World Wildlife Foundation, one of them is “burung Branjangan” or the Horsfield Bush Lark, he said. The case had been handed over to the Wildlife Department for further action.


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Najib Adakan Lawatan Kerja Ke Sabah Esok

imageMO, 17/1/2018, KOTA KINABALU – Lawatan kerja Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak selama dua hari ke Sabah, esok, adalah manifestasi keprihatinan Perdana Menteri terhadap kesejahteraan, kebajikan dan nasib rakyat negeri ini.

Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri Musa Aman, berkata walaupun sibuk dengan tugas dan tanggungjawab rasminya, perdana menteri tetap meluangkan masa turun padang untuk merasai denyut nadi rakyat di negeri ini.

“Sabah tidak pernah diketepikan oleh Kerajaan Pusat, malah sentiasa diberikan perhatian yang sewajarnya di bawah kepimpinan Perdana Menteri. Banyak program dan projek pembangunan dilaksanakan (di Sabah) untuk manfaat dan kesejahteraan rakyat,” katanya mengulas lawatan kerja perdana menteri itu di sini hari ini.

Najib, yang juga Menteri Kewangan dan Pengerusi Barisan Nasional (BN). akan mengadakan lawatan kerja ke beberapa kawasan di negeri ini iaitu Penampang, Nabawan dan Kota Marudu, esok dan lusa.

Menurut Musa, lawatan Najib berkenaan sudah tentu akan mencetuskan impak dan manfaat yang besar kepada rakyat di negeri ini.

Sebagai contoh, katanya, lawatan Najib ke Kota Marudu untuk merasmikan bangunan baharu Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Bandau adalah bukti perdana menteri begitu mengambil berat keperluan pendidikan dan keselesaan anak-anak Sabah dalam aspek pendidikan.

Katanya, ia juga membuktikan bahawa Najib serius dalam membangunkan modal insan berkualiti di negeri ini.

Untuk rekod, SMK Bandau ditubuhkan pada tahun 2000 namun sekolah itu menumpang bangunan di Sekolah Kebangsaan Ongkilan. Pada Mac 2014, SMK Bandau mula menggunakan bangunan sekolah baharu mereka sendiri.

“Pembinaan Klinik Kesihatan Baharu di Nabawan pula bukti perdana menteri menyelami hati nurani rakyat pedalaman yang memerlukan kemudahan kesihatan yang baik,” kata Musa.

Justeru, beliau meminta rakyat Sabah agar terus menyokong kerajaan yang diterajui BN demi kelangsungan pembangunan Sabah yang sedang berjalan dengan pesat.

Katanya, hanya kerajaan BN mampu memenuhi aspirasi rakyat dan menjamin kestabilan dan perpaduan rakyat di negeri ini.


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Najib: Women’s role in nation-building to be expanded


MO,17/1/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Countries that exclude women from the nation-building process and development will fall behind the competition, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today. He also said governments that sidelined women had learned a “difficult lesson” on the importance of gender equality in creating a prosperous nation.

“For Malaysia and its government, we are committed to elevating the roles and status of women. We have a very good track record in this regard, but there is still room for improvement. “We want to give women more opportunities and get them to be more involved in the decision-making process,” he said at the launch of the 2018 Women Empowerment Year’s (TMW18) logo and branding.

Present was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and other Cabinet ministers. The TMW18 logo depicts a rose with five round petals, which represent the country’s economy, education, security, health and culture.

The themes are in line with objectives outlined in the National Women Policy. The midnight blue rose was chosen to reflect the strength of women and their wellbeing. This logo will be used for all women empowerment programmes at the federal and state levels.

Najib, in his speech, said women would be included in all major government programmes, including the investment literacy initiative and preparations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. “If these programmes can be fully implemented, we will see significant improvement among (Malaysian) women in the context of mainstream development.”

The prime minister also said it was important to improve the livelihoods of those from the Bottom 40 (B40) income bracket by boosting their incomes. “Things will improve significantly for a B40 family if both the husband and wife work,” he said. Meanwhile, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said women must look ahead and plan for the future.

“It is my KPI (key performance indicator) to ensure that 59 per cent of Malaysian women are in the job market by the year 2020.” She also said the slew of upcoming programes for women would be uploaded TMW18’s official portal, Rohani added that the ministry would close monitor the programmes to gauge their effectiveness.

During the tabling of the 2018 Budget last year, Najib announced the 2018 Women Empowerment Year and promised various measures to increase the participation of women in nation-building. One such measure is a tax exemption to be given to women for the first 12 months after a lapse of two years from employment.

The tax exemption can be claimed for the assessment years of 2018 to 2020. The government had also allocated RM20 million for training and entrepreneurship programmes for women, including the PEAK Entrepreneur Programme under the MyWin Academy.


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