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RM830,000 for Felcra’s Wadira | Merdeka Online


MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Grants worth RM830,000 will be channelled to Felcra Bhd’s Women Dynamic Association (Wadira). The Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said the allocation was in line with Wadira’s 2018-2022 Transformation Plan. “With Wadira’s high aspirations and agendas, I was informed that Felcra would provide a total of RM10,000 to each Wadira branch. “I was informed there are 83 Wadira branches throughout Malaysia with 17,540 members comprising staff and participants.

“I applaud Felcra’s actions and congratulate them for emphasising on the formation of entrepreneurial communities among women,” she said at the launch of the 2018 Wadira Convention at the Putra World Trade Centre, today. “I have learned that this convention is the first of its kind to bring together Wadira leaders and members to give exposure and knowledge for them to grow their businesses. “I welcome the convention that emphasises business, entrepreneurship, finance, beauty and spirituality,” she said.

More than 1,500 people attended the two-day convention, a first since Wadira’s establishment in 1979. In the same event, Rosmah was also elected as Felcra’s Wadira Inspirational Icon for her contributions in the development of women and children. Meanwhile, Rosmah urged for a nursery to be established in every Felcra office nationwide.

“I urge Felcra and Wadira to establish a nursery for early childhood education at their work place which would enhance women’s productivity. “Permata will be willing to cooperate with Felcra and Wadira in this effort,” she said.


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Maybank expects 100m debit transactions this year


MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) expects its debit card transactions to increase to 100 million this year, with over RM17 billion worth of transactions, 57 per cent higher than the previous year. Maybank Head of Cards and Group Community Financial Services B. Ravintharan said in 2017, the group saw a significant increase in the number of debit card transactions, with more than 65 million transactions worth over RM11 million.

He said the Maybank debit card had evolved into eight product variants, with over nine million active debit card holders. “Our debit card usage have similarly been expanding over the years, growing at an annual average of 22 per cent,” he told reporters following the appointment of newlywed celebrities Fattah Amin and Nur Fazura Sharifuddin as Maybank Debit Card Brand official ambassadors, here today.

Ravintharan said 62 per cent of Maybank ldebit billings now came from the young professional segment aged between 21 and 40 years. Meanwhile, Maybank also launched a three-month debit card usage campaign for new and existing card holders to win a holiday package with the Debit Brand Ambassadors. The campaign starts today until May 15, 2018 with minimum spending of RM250 in a single receipt for five lucky couples.

Maybank is the leader in the debit card business with a 37.4 per cent market share in debit card billings It also leads in merchant transaction volume for both debit and credit with a 38.7 per cent market share.

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MACC: No raids conducted over Ijok land issue


MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied raiding the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office and several other state government-linked offices over the land deal issue in Ijok. “Regarding the raid at the MB’s office… it is all fake news”, said its chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad.

“There was no raid at the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office or offices linked to the state. “Based on the latest information we received yesterday (Feb 21), we went to five companies including one legal firm and seized some necessary documents to assist investigations,” he told a press conference at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy on Thursday (Feb 22).

On Monday (Feb 19), Selangor Barisan Nasional said it would lodge a report on the land issue in Ijok to the MACC within a week. Selangor Barisan information chief Datuk Dr Mohamed Satim Diman said several settlers would also lodge a report to the MACC as the compensation they received was not at the latest market price. The Selangor government, meanwhile, has denied having any role in the agreement between the developers and the settlers because the latter owned the land in Ijok.

Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali has since dismissed allegations of irregularities in the matter. He also explained that not all of the land given to the settlers more than 20 years ago was in dispute.


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Local contractors get to bid at least 30pct civil works for ECRL in April


MO,22/2/2018, BENTONG: Up to 30 per cent of the civil works contracts for the RM55 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will be offered to local contractors to bid in April. Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd head of construction Noor Azlan Salleh said the contracts, valued at ‘a few billion ringgit’, will see two sets of tenders to be dished out this year, one in April and the next possibly in October.

It was reportered that Gamuda Bhd, IJM Corp Bhd, Gabungan AQRS Bhd, WCT Holdings Bhd, WZ Satu Bhd and Fajarbaru Builder Group Bhd being the serious contenders and will see a boost their orderbook if they clince the deal. “What we are trying to do this year is to start infrastructure works, specifically the permanent works. Advanced works are currently being handled by the main contractor, China Communications Construction Company.

“To start the permanent work, 30 per cent of civil works will be awarded to local contractors in April. But works for the local contractors are not just limited to that. They get to bid for other works like system works and so on,” he told a media briefing here. “We have no exact value for the first tender to be awarded to the local contractors as we are still formulating the whole thing but it is estimated to be a few billion ringgit,” he added.

Azlan said 60 per cent of the total construction works for the ECRL project consists of infrastructure works and the remaining 40 per cent make up the system works.


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Teacher goes viral after ‘vandalising’ school wall

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MO,22/2/22018, PETALING JAYA: Vandalism is usually associated with the damage of public property, but it is a different story for one teacher in Johor who was showered with praise for doodling on the walls of her schools. Sarah Muhammad Fauzi’s doodles, which are drawn with a whiteboard marker on the walls of SK Sri Pulai Perdana, Johor Baru, are not her first but she is undaunted in repeating the act of “vandalism”.

The English language teacher said she purposely likened the action to a form of vandalism, but that there is meaning between the lines.”It is not a form of vandalism with an intention to damage school property – it’s more of an outlet for me to express my feelings. That’s the way I calm myself. “I know students will pass by there when I’m busy doodling, so I insert messages in English to attract their attention,” she said

The 30-year-old had aimed to perfect the wall doodle in a month, but due to a lack of time will take longer to complete. The three-metre doodle was scribbled spontaneously with no specific theme, as it was done for fun. The educator, who hails from Penang, often uses unique approaches during learning sessions to stoke interest in her students about the English language subject.

“I’m the type that’s easily bored, so I wanted to create something new for them. I don’t see this as a talent, but more of a hobby,’ said Sarah. She added that she did not expect her post, which was uploaded on Sunday evening (Jan 18), to go viral and receive 3,013 shares and more than 11,000 likes. Netizen Liza Masrina Ibrahim commented: “So beautiful! Congrats, not every teacher would be willing to take on extra responsibilities in addition to their existing work. You are one of them.”


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21 telecommunication towers, worth RM50.4m, to be built in Kudat, Pitas: Salleh


MO,22/2/2018, KUDAT: The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is building 21 communication towers, worth RM50.4 million, in Kudat and Pitas to increase Internet access in the affected areas. Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, said 13 of the towers, costing RM31.2 million, would be built in Pitas, while the remaining eight towers, costing RM19.2 million, would be built in Kudat.

“We will implement it this year. Tender for the project has been called and it will be finalised soon. “With the construction of the communication towers, it will increase Internet coverage in the affected areas,” he said. Salleh, who is also Umno treasurer, told this to reporters after a lunch with Kudat Barisan Nasional (BN) here today.

He said the better Internet access, it would help to increase the socio-economic standard of the residents in the area. “The government will focus on three matters in telecommunication. First, the coverage, second is the speed and third, the cost,” he said. He said since there were still areas in Sabah which did not have Internet facility, it was the government’s responsibility to provide it.

“With the construction of the telecommunication towers, it will ensure Internet facility and higher speed in the areas concerned,” he said. — Bernama

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Polis siasat rakaman viral CCTV kes gaduh

KOTA KINABALU 14 FEBRUARI 2018. Ketua Polis Daerah Kota Kinabalu, Asisten Komisioner M Chandra ketika sidang media di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Kota Kinabalu. NSTP/EDMUND SAMUNTING

MO, 22/2/2018, KOTA KINABALU: Polis menyiasat rakaman kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) pergaduhan sekumpulan lelaki di pusat bandar berhampiran Bulatan Todak yang viral di media sosial.

Video berdurasi 57 saat itu merakamkan kejadian berlaku jam 10 malam pada 12 Februari lalu dan memaparkan sekumpulan lelaki bergaduh serta membelasah dua lelaki lain di kawasan itu.

Difahamkan, video itu viral di Facebook dan aplikasi WhatsApp, sejak semalam.

Ketua Polis Daerah Kota Kinabalu, Asisten Komisioner M Chandra, berkata pihaknya menyedari rakaman video daripada CCTV itu viral di laman sosial namun setakat ini belum ada laporan rasmi dibuat oleh mana-mana pihak.

“Bagaimanapun, risikan dan siasatan sedang dilakukan polis,” katanya menerusi kenyataan di Facebook Polis Kota Kinabalu, hari ini.

Sehubungan itu, Chandra meminta saksi atau mangsa kejadian tampil membuat laporan polis bagi membantu siasatan.

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Royals entitled to speak up


MO,22/2/2018, KUANTAN: The royal institution is entitled to give advice and comment on issues that are of interest to the rakyat, said Regent of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah . He said this was in line with the constitutional monarchy system, that acts to maintain cultural and religious diversity, as well as stemming threats to the nation’s prosperity and security.

“This has been explained by Universiti Malaya law lecturer Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi, who said rulers may reprimand, advise and offer solutions when public harmony and unity is threatened. “This role became vital after the 2008 general election when the constitutional crisis involving the appointment of the Perlis, Perak, Selangor and Terengganu mentri besars were resolved through the credibility and discretion of the rulers,” he said today when officiating at the Wacana Diraja: Raja, Perlembagaan & Patriotisme event organised by the Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives (Mubarak).

Also present were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and Mubarak president Tan Sri Dr Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman. Tengku Abdullah said constructive, patriotic people would question and criticise to improve the country. They would feel anger and shame over the inappropriate actions of some that might negatively impact the country. “This is contrary to the concept of blind patriotism, where they refuse to criticise and be criticised. They believe that all their policies, rules and actions are good, accurate and are faultless.

“These blind patriots will only bring problems to the country, because this kind of thinking is the basis of an authoritarian government, and I call on all to emulate a constitutional monarch that practises constructive patriotism.” Tengku Abdullah also said the role of the royal institution as a symbol of unity was still relevant, as the country possesses diverse political, social, religious and economic demographics.

“Our country’s uniqueness requires an independent institution of high position to advise and give opinions. ‘If such an institution does not exist, then the patriotism, unity and loyalty of the rakyat towards the nation will deteriorate,” he said.


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Tindakan pantas bomba selamatkan nyawa mangsa

LABUAN 22 FEBRUARI 2018. Penolong Penguasa Bomba Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM) Labuan, Pain Muzal memberi rawatan awal kepada mangsa dalam kejadian kemalangan di Jalan Patau-Patau, di Labuan. NSTP/IHSAN PAIN MUZAL.

MO, 22/2/2018, LABUAN: Tindakan pantas seorang pegawai bomba memberi rawatan awal berjaya menyelamatkan nyawa seorang lelaki dalam kemalangan di Jalan Patau-Patau, di sini, semalam.

Penolong Penguasa Bomba Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia (JBPM) Labuan, Pain Muzal, berkata dalam kejadian jam 5.20 petang itu, beliau dalam perjalanan pulang dari tempat kerja ke Kampung Sungai Keling.

Katanya, kemalangan berlaku apabila motosikal merempuh belakang sebuah kenderaan lain sehingga menyebabkan penunggang terpelanting ke tengah jalan raya.

“Tanpa membuang masa, saya meminta bantuan orang ramai untuk membuka topi keledar yang dipakai mangsa dan membaringkannya sebelum melakukan teknik ‘Head Tilt Chin Lift’ bagi membuka saluran pernafasan mangsa.

“Saya terus membuka mulut mangsa sebelum memasukkan jari menggunakan teknik ‘Finger Swept’ untuk membetulkan semula kedudukan lidah yang menutup saluran pernafasan mangsa,” katanya ketika menceritakan detik beliau membantu penunggang motosikal terbabit.

Pain berkata, beliau berbuat demikian kerana denyutan nadi pada pergelangan tangan mangsa lemah dan tidak sedarkan diri.

Katanya, beliau sedar mangsa boleh diselamatkan tetapi kemungkinan besar saluran pernafasannya tersumbat.

Difahamkan, ketika itu, orang ramai sudah menghubungi ambulans namun bantuan belum tiba.

Katanya, selepas 20 saat memberikan bantuan rawatan awal, mangsa mula memberi tindak balas sebelum mengubah kedudukan mangsa dalam posisi pemulihan.

“Mujur saya tahu cara memberi bantuan rawatan awal kerana mangsa dipercayai tidak mendapat bekalan oksigen kira-kira empat minit. Jika bantuan lewat, mangsa mungkin boleh meninggal dunia.

“Beberapa minit selepas diberi rawatan awal, pihak ambulans tiba sebelum mangsa dibawa ke hospital untuk rawatan lanjut,” katanya yang bertugas di Unit Perkhidmatan Bantuan Kecemasan Perubatan (EMRS) JBPM Labuan.

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Malaysian bond yields spike amid volatile markets


MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian bond yields faced upward pressure in tandem with increasing global yields amid the volatile world markets, said RAM Rating Services Bhd. It said global stock markets underwent a massive sell-off and correction in early February. “The turmoil had followed the release of US wage data and President Trump’s proposed expansionary budget, which signalled a possibly faster-than-expected acceleration in inflation.

“This may, in turn, hasten the pace of the US Federal Reserve’s rate-tightening cycle and increase the attractiveness of bond investments,” it said. RAM said the yield on the 10-year US Treasury had rallied to 2.72 per cent as at end-January and rose further to 2.91 per cent in mid-February. It said in line with rising global yields, those of Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) spiked up towards the end of January. The yield of one-year MGS had increased 28 basis points month-on-month to 3.19 per cent by end-January, and has exceeded 3.2 per cent since then.

Similarly, the 10-year MGS posted a 4.6 basis points month-on-month rise in yield to 3.96 per cent as at end-January, before increasing further to 4.04 per cent in mid-February. “The second US government shutdown for the year – albeit short-lived – had also contributed to the widespread capital market volatility. “Although the global stock markets have stopped plummeting, we cannot discount the risk of further market response to rising interest rates,” it said.

RAM said foreign investors had increased their holdings of Malaysian bonds by RM4.5 billion in January, elevating the value of foreign bond holdings to RM211.2 billion, representing a 2.2 per cent growth month-on-month. “The inflows were mainly driven by demand for government securities, which posted a cumulative net inflow of RM4.9 billion at month–end. “We believe the rise was also supported by expectations of rising domestic interest rates, coupled with the strengthening ringgit in January,” it said.

RAM said amid steady economic growth, Bank Negara Malaysia raised the overnight policy rate by 25 basis points to 3.25 per cent during the recent Monetary Policy Committee meeting in January – the first hike in more than three years. The Malaysian corporate bond market kicked off 2018 with RM9.6 billion of bond and sukuk issuance in January, in contrast to the sluggish RM1.6 billion a year earlier.

Notably, RM8.6 billion of this amount originated from the private sector. Similarly, issuance of government bonds, including short-term papers, came in at a healthy RM13.5 billion.


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