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Iskandar ketuai kemaraan Malaysia Terbuka Switzerland


ALOR SETAR 08 FEBRUARI 2018. Pemain badminton negara,  Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin ketika beraksi menentang pemain Chinese Taipei, Lin Yu Hsien pada Kejohanan Berpasukan Badminton Asia di Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Jalan Suka Menanti. NSTP/AMRAN HAMID

MO, 22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Pemain perseorangan lelaki kebangsaan, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin mengetuai kemaraan pemain negara ke pusingan kedua Kejohanan Badminton Terbuka Switzerland, di Basel, semalam.

Iskandar yang mara daripada pusingan kelayakan, terpaksa bekerja keras sebelum mengatasi pemain bukan pilihan Finland, Heino Eetu, dengan 21-23, 21-14 dan 21-10 dalam pusingan pembukaan kejohanan yang diadakan di St Jakobshalle Arena, menurut laman web Persekutuan Badminton Dunia (BWF), www.bwfbadminton.com.

Iskandar dijangka bertemu pemain Denmark, Jan O Jorgensen dalam pusingan kedua, pada hari ini selepas bekas pemain nombor empat dunia itu mengejutkan pemain pilihan kelapan negara, Lee Zii Jia, 21-15 dan 21-14 dalam satu lagi pertemuan pusingan pertama.

Soong Joo Ven juga berjaya ke pusingan kedua selepas menewaskan Adulrach Namkul dari Thailand; 24-22 dan 21-19.

Gandingan beregu lelaki negara, Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yil turut melangkah ke pusingan kedua selepas mencatat kemenangan 16-21, 21-19 dan 21-7 dalam perlawanan menentang pasangan Titon Gustaman-Stilian Makarski (Indonesia / Bulgaria).

Bagaimanapun rakan sepasukan mereka, Shia Chun Kang-Tan Wee Gieen, tersingkir daripada kejohanan itu selepas kalah 9-21 dan 19-21 kepada pilihan teratas, Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen dari Denmark.

Harapan negara dalam beregu campuran luntur selepas dua pasangan – Hoo Pang Ron-Peck Yen Wei dan Chen Tang Jie-Cheah Yee See ditewaskan lawan masing-masing dalam pusingan pembukaan pada Selasa.

Malaysia tidak menghantar sebarang wakil perseorangan dan beregu wanita dalam kejohanan yang menawarkan hadiah berjumlah AS$150,000 (RM586,313) itu.

 

– BERNAMA



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Malaysia tidak akan muflis | Merdeka Online


KUALA LUMPUR, 22 Feb -- Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak memberi ucapan ketika hadir pada Program Bajet 2018 Bersama Rakyat dan Pelancaran Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050 (ADAM50) di Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia hari ini.?--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

MO, 22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak sekali lagi mengulangi negara tidak akan muflis kerana berjaya mengurangkan hutangnya kepada 50.4 peratus berbanding 55 peratus had yang ditetapkan sendiri.

Perdana Menteri berkata, rizab asing yang tinggi serta projek infrastruktur berterusan antara pencapaian diraih hasil keputusan berani yang diambil kerajaan melaksanakan Program Transformasi Ekonomi.

“Kita sendiri menetapkan had 55 peratus daripada KDNK dan kita sendiri juga berjaya menurunkannya kepada 50.4 peratus. Hasilnya, 2.26 juta pekerjaan diwujudkan dengan purata pendapatan meningkat lima dan enam peratus setahun.

“Ketika krisis kewangan Asia, rizab negara susut kepada AS$20 bilion (RM78.37 bilion), kita tidak bankrap pun. Kini rizab kita AS$124 bilion (RM485.89 bilion) Macam mana kata kita bankrap?” soalnya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sesi perkongsian #Bajet2018 Bersama Rakyat mengenai Kesejahteraan Isi Rumah di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PPUKM) di sini, hari ini.

Najib berkata, Malaysia berjaya mencapai pertumbuhan memberangsangkan dan diiktiraf dunia dengan kadar inflasi dan pengangguran yang rendah.

“Ini gambaran yang besar. Pencapaian kita ini dapat ulasan yang sangat baik daripada organisasi antarabangsa seperti Pertubuhan Perdagangan Dunia yang memuji Malaysia memandangkan ekonomi kita bergerak ke arah yang betul, dan dasar kita menunjukkan hasil positif termasuk beberapa langkah yang kita ambil,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Perdana Menteri berharap Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia (ADAM50) akan menggalakkan kadar kelahiran yang lebih tinggi dalam kalangan rakyat Malaysia memandangkan negara ini sedang mencapai kematangan ekonomi.

Najib berkata, negara yang sedang menuju kematangan ekonomi biasanya akan mengalami penurunan kadar kelahiran dan Malaysia kini menghadapi situasi yang sama.

“Mereka yang ingin melahirkan anak, teruskan berbuat demikian, ini mesej saya kerana kita memerlukan pertambahan penduduk,” katanya.



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Petronas tandatangan kontrak bekal LNG ke India


petronas_logo.jpg.transformed_1MO, 22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: PETRONAS melalui anak syarikatnya, PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL) menandatangani perjanjian jual beli (SPA) dengan H-Energy Mideast DMCC (HEMD), bagi membekalkan gas asli cecair (LNG) ke India.

Menerusi perjanjian itu, ia sekali gus merekodkan kejayaan bagi PLL dalam mendapatkan kontrak pertama LNG di pasaran India.

HEMD berpangkalan di Dubai dan anak syarikat milik penuh H-Energy Global Limited, iaitu sebahagian daripada Hiranandani Group.

Syarikat berkenaan kini menumpukan kepada pemerolehan bekalan dan perdagangan LNG, minyak mentah, produk petroleum dan petrokimia.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif dan Pengarah Urusan PLL, Ezhar Yazid Jaafar, berkata perjanjian itu selari dengan strategi pertumbuhan PETRONAS dalam memperluaskan bekalan LNG dan membantu memenuhi permintaan yang semakin meningkat ke atas tenaga bersih dan boleh dipercayai dalam ekonomi keempat paling pesat berkembang di dunia itu.

“Sebagai penggiat LNG ketiga terbesar dunia, PETRONAS diperakui sebagai pembekal LNG yang boleh dipercayai dan fleksibel, beroperasi dari pangkalan bekalan utama syarikat di Bintulu, Sarawak,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini, hari ini.

Perjanjian SPA itu ditandatangani pada 24 Januari lalu yang membabitkan Ezhar Yazid dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif HEMD, Darshan Hiranandani.

PETRONAS, yang memiliki pengalaman lebih 30 tahun dalam LNG, kini sudah mempelbagaikan portfolio bekalan LNG sejak beberapa tahun lalu dengan memasukkan Australia Gladstone LNG dan kemudahan LNG terapung pertama di dunia (PFLNG Satu).



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Haram sebar berita palsu | Merdeka Online


DWniypwVwAIYQmsMO, 22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Perbuatan menyebar berita palsu adalah haram dan mereka yang melakukannya boleh menanggung dosa.

Pengarah Pusat Pengajian Siswazah, Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa, Dr Mohd Farid Ravi Abdullah, berkata penyebaran berita palsu bukan saja boleh mewujudkan suasana tidak sihat dalam masyarakat, malah turut memberi pelbagai kesan buruk terhadap keadaan politik, ekonomi, sosial dan budaya negara.

“Kebanyakan berita disebarkan tidak boleh ditarik balik dan hukumnya haram kerana perkara yang disebarkan itu membawa bencana kepada pihak tertentu.

“Malah, penyebaran berita jika ia benar sekali pun tetapi boleh menyebabkan keaiban kepada orang lain adalah lebih baik untuk tidak disebarkan,” katanya pada Forum Bicara BH bertajuk ‘Bisa Fitnah Siber’ di Balai Berita di sini, hari ini.

Forum turut disertai dua lagi ahli panel iaitu Ketua Pegawai Keselamatan Rangkaian, Pematuhan Media Baru, Pematuhan dan Advokasi Suruhanjaya Komunikasi Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM), Dr Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif KRU Studios, Datuk Norman Abdul Halim.

Wartawan Pendidikan BH, Meor Ahmad Nasriin Rizal Ishak, bertindak selaku moderator.

Forum anjuran BH dengan kerjasama SKMM itu bertujuan menyedarkan pengguna mengenai kesan maklumat palsu terhadap ekonomi, keselamatan dan keamanan negara serta reputasi individu.

Ia adalah siri pertama daripada enam siri yang akan diadakan dengan kerjasama SKMM.

Mohd Farid berkata, penggunaan ayat dan cara penyampaian mesej juga penting bagi mengelak bahan cuba disampaikan tidak menjadi berita palsu yang mengelirukan ramai pihak sehingga mencetuskan fitnah.

Apabila seseorang terjebak atau terbabit dengan fitnah, katanya, memang sukar untuk keluar daripada perkara berkenaan seperti yang disebut dalam al-Quran menerusi surah Al-Ankabut.

“Allah mengumpamakan perbuatan fitnah seperti sarang labah-labah yang sangat rapuh, tetapi apabila ada serangga yang tersangkut pada sarang berkenaan, susah untuk mereka keluar darinya,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, langkah mengelak daripada fitnah adalah sikap perlu dimiliki semua lapisan masyarakat matang terutama umat Islam yang terkait dengan hukum melarang fitnah sesama manusia.

 

– Berita Harian



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MAIPS contributes RM1.45m for three educational institutions in Perlis


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MO,22/2/2018, KANGAR: The Perlis Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MAIPs) contributed RM1.45 million to three religious educational institutions in the state, including two under the Pertubuhan Himpunan Lepasan Institusi Pendidikan Malaysia (HULUAN).The Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, who is also MAIPs president, handed over the contribution to the recipients at a ceremony at Surau Ma’ahad Attarbiyah Al-Islamiyah (MATRI) Tunjung, Beseri, near here yesterday.

MATRI is one of the educational institutions under HULUAN which received the contribution, The other is Sekolah Rendah Attarbiyah Al-Islamiyah (SRAATI), which is registered as a “Sekolah Agama Rakyat” under MAIPs. The third recipient of the contribution is a private education institution, Institut Pengajian Tinggi Islam Perlis (IPTIPs).

MATRI and SRAATI were represented by their headmasters, Omar Salleh and Ishak Osman, respectively while IPTIPs, by its director, Prof Dr Ismail Jusoh. Also present were MAIPs chief executive officer Mohd Nazim Mohd Noor and HULUAN adviser Datuk Prof Dr Ahmad Yusoff Hassan, who is also a member of IPTIPs board of directors.

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Najib: Malaysia not going bankrupt


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MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has reiterated that Malaysia would not go bankrupt as it had managed to reduce its debt to 50.4% against the self-imposed ceiling of 55% and had garnered higher foreign reserves, while works on infrastructure projects are in full swing.

The Prime Minister said the government had made bold decisions such as implementing the Economic Transformation Programme to boost the economy, creating 2.26 million jobs and raising income to between 5.0% and 6.0% per year.  “We have a self-imposed limit of 55% of GDP (gross domestic product), we have reduced it to 50.4%.

“During the Asian Financial Crisis, our reserves were down to US$20bil, we didn’t go bankrupt then. Now, our reserves are about US$124bil. Can you say we’re bankrupt?” he said at the Budget 2018 with the Rakyat programme here on Thursday.

Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, said Malaysia’s economic growth of 5.9% in 2017 was among the highest in the world, while its inflation and unemployment rates were low.

“That is the big picture. Our achievements have received very good reviews from international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation who commended Malaysia as our economy is moving in the right direction and our policies are showing positive results, including some measures that we have taken,” he said. – Bernama



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Liow: 11 beacon posts to be constructed at cost of RM10mil


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MO,22/2/2018, SABAK BERNAM: Eleven beacon posts for fishermen and merchant ships will be built at strategic locations this year, says Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. The Transport Minister said that six beacon posts meant for fishermen will be built in Batu Gajah in Lumut and Sungai Tiang in Perak; Sungai Chuah in Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan; Sungai Haji Dorani and Sungai Tengkorak in Selangor; and Sungai Duyong in Melaka.

Five other beacon posts to guide merchant ships will be erected in Kuala Langat, Port Klang seafront, Sarang Lang (between Northport and Southport), Lumut waterfront and Kuantan Port area. “Construction of the beacons by the Fisheries Department will cost RM10mil and they will be built this year.

“The beacons will guide fishermen and merchant ships through the dangerous shallows in and back from the sea. “It will help warn vessels of danger and prevent them from being stuck in shallow parts,” he said after launching the new RM1.77mil beacon post at Pantai Redang in Sekinchan here Thursday. Also present were Fisheries Department director-general Datuk Baharin Abdul Hamid and local fishermen.

The Pantai Redang beacon, which stands at 12m and equipped with red guiding lights visible up to five nautical miles at sea, was constructed in June last year. Following a change implemented by the Drainage and Irrigation Department in 2012, the old beacon – which was built in 2005 – was too far from the shoreline and unsuitable for vessels.

It also became difficult and dangerous for vessels to navigate back to shore, especially during rainy and windy weather or choppy waves, as trawlers and medium-sized vessels would be forced to deviate from their routes and get trapped near the shoal.

–TheStar



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PM Najib hopes ADAM50 will encourage higher birth rate


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MO,22/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hopes the Amanah Dana Anak Malaysia 2050 (ADAM50) scheme will encourage a higher birth rate among Malaysian as the country moves towards reaching economic maturity. The Prime Minister said a country that is heading towards economic maturity would normally see its birth rate dropping. Malaysia, he said, was now facing a similar situation.

“So, those of you who are still of child bearing age, continue to give birth, that’s my message, because we need the size of the population,” he said during the Budget 2018 Bersama Rakyat programme at Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia here on Thursday.

Under ADAM50, which was introduced in Budget 2018, all Malaysian children born from Jan 1 this year to Dec 31, 2022, will receive 200 trust fund units in either Amanah Saham Bumiputera or Amanah Saham 1Malaysia to start a savings scheme.

Also present at the programme on Thursday, with actor and entrepreneur Fizo Omar as the moderator, were Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah and Permodalan Nasional Berhad chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar.

– Bernama



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IGP: Eleven arrested over IS links


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MO,21/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Eleven people, including individuals arranging for the safe passage of militants to the southern Philippines, have been arrested for suspected links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group. The suspects — 10 men and a woman — were detained in Johor and Sabah between Jan 25 and Feb 6 by the police’s counter terrorism division. The first series of arrests were made on Jan 25 and Jan 26 against five men — two Malaysians and three Philippine nationals aged between 33 and 50 — in Sandakan, Sabah.

“Two of them were labourers, one an un-licensed moneylender, one a boat operator and another was jobless.”One of the suspects — a 39-year-old Filipino — was receiving orders from a senior IS leader in southern Philippines to arrange safe passage for militants from Sandakan to Zamboanga, where they would join the IS faction there,” Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement on Wednesday.

The same suspect also received weapons training in the southern Philippines and training from the terror group, he said. “The other four are believed to have assisted the main suspect in smuggling militants to the southern Philippines via Sandakan,” he said. Mohamad Fuzi said the next series of arrests was against four individuals — two male Filipinos and a Malaysia woman aged between 27 and 32 — in Penampang, Sabah on Feb 4.

“One of the suspects — a 27-year-old man — is a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, which is based in Basilan, while another one — a 32-year-old man — had helped a foreign militant make his way to the southern Philippines,” he said. Follow-up operations led to the arrest of a 48-year-old Filipino man, who has Malaysian permanent-resident status, on Feb 6 in Sandakan. The country’s top cop said the other arrest was of a 38-year-old Malaysian man who was deported to Malaysia on Feb 2 after being detained in Singapore on Jan 18.

“The suspect, who is from Penang, is suspected of having planned to head to Syria to join the IS there. “He was arrested by Singaporean authorities on Jan 18 and was handed over to the counter terrorism division in Johor Baru on Feb 2,” he said. Based on the arrests in Sabah, Mohamad Fuzi said it was learned that the Abu Sayyaf group was attempting to form a terror cell in Sabah so that they could successfully arrange for the safe passage of IS militants in the region to the southern Philippines.

“The militants were to receive weapons training in the Philippines. “The same terror cell in Sabah would later have been used to launch attacks in the state,” he said.

–TheStar



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JICA conducts food waste survey in Cameron Highlands


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MO,21/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is conducting a feasibility survey for food waste composting and recycling loop in Cameron Highlands, Pahang, from November 2017 until February 2019. It was jointly conducted by a Japanese company – the Merry Corporation, with the support of the Kitakyushu City Government and in collaboration with Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation, the agency said in a statement here today.

The survey, which aimed to examine the potential use of the Merry Corporation’s compost machines and know-how to solve the problem of handling food waste in Cameron Highlands, had been carried out twice in Malaysia, in November 2017 and January to February 2018. Through the survey, JICA said information had been collected, which is necessary to establish a system for collecting and transporting segregated food waste, for producing high quality compost for agriculture and building a “recycling loop” in Cameron Highlands.

Merry Corporation, a company focusing on providing solutions to environment issues with a core specialisation in food waste management, had involved in JICA Partnership Program (JPP) on improvement of solid waste management in Fraser Hill, Pahang, throughout 2014 to 2016. The company collected food waste from markets, hospitals, supermarkets and restaurants, which amounted 1,300 tonnes (in 2016) and brought it to its recycling centrer which equipped with composting machines to produce compost for farmers.

It has promoted the same concept of recycling loop in Japan and has supplied composting machines to 500 business facilities (in Japan) with the total processing capacity 45,000-tonne per year. “Currently, the landfill in Cameron Highlands is small and is an open dumping type. The waste is difficult to incinerate at the incineration plant due to heavy moisture content. Therefore, the waste was transported to another landfill in the distant place.

“In order to resolve the issue, segregation of food waste from general waste for composting was considered appropriate in reducing a large amount of heavy moisture content and to turn it into burnable waste,” said JICA, adding the local market, farming and hotel operators have shown interest in joining the recycling loop. – Bernama



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