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Kedah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat coordinator Capt (PA) Saifuddin Abdullah said the number of evacuees at the centres had increased from 461 people from 97 families to 669 involving 149 families.

"The relocation centre at the Kampung Sungai Pial Hall, which sheltered 66 victims from 14 families was opened at 10am.

"In the Kuala Muda district, 390 evacuees from 83 families are being housed at the relocation centre at SK Bukit Kechil in the Bukit Meriam sub-district while 48 people from 11 families are now seeking shelters at the Kampung Jilid 8 Hall in the Bujang sub-district," he said in a statement here.

Saifuddin also said the number of evacuees at the relief centre at SMK Changloon in the Temin sub-district had increased to 145 people from 32 families.

The number of people being housed at the relocation centre at the Kampung Balai Hall in the Kuala Kedah sub-district remained at 20 evacuees from four families, he added. — Bernama]]>
Highlights Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:54 +0000 theSundaily 485543 at
Anwar involved in traffic accident (Updated)
The Pakatan Harapan de facto leader was shaken up following the crash, but did not suffer any serious physical injuries, according to his lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah.

"The accident took place about 12.30pm at the traffic light junction near Saujana Utama. The prison officer driving the car carrying Anwar had to brake sharply to avoid an oncoming vehicle, causing the escort car behind to knock into it.

"The car carrying Anwar suffered damage mainly to its back ... He (Anwar) has taken pain killers after being examined by the doctor at the Sungai Buloh Prison," Sivarasa said in a statement today.

He said Health deputy Director-General Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran is scheduled to visit Anwar today and decide whether further treatment was needed at the hospital.

Anwar had been hospitalised at HKL for four days due to unstable blood pressure.

Sungai Buloh police chief Supt Somu Subramaniam said that the incident happened at a traffic light junction at Saujana Utama.

"The lead car in the convoy had slammed his breaks abruptly to try and avoid a car that was trying to enter the convoy en route to the prison, Anwar's car which was behind the lead car had also slammed it's breaks abruptly and a car behind Anwar's car could not break in time and slammed in the back of the car," he informed.

He added that Anwar did not suffer any injury in the accident.

He also said that all the cars had managed to escort Anwar back to prison after the incident.]]>
Highlights Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:21:33 +0000 Amar Shah Mohsen newsdesk@thesundaily. 485479 at
Teenager charged over London Underground attack
Ahmed Hassan, who was arrested the morning after the attack on September 15, was also charged with use of the explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), a statement said.

The teenager, who is believed to be an Iraqi orphan, lived with British foster parents in the London suburb of Sunbury. The house was one of several addresses searched by police after the attack.

Earlier on Friday, London police chief Cressida Dick said the bomb set off on a packed rush-hour tube train was "very, very dangerous" and had been packed with shrapnel.

The explosion at Parsons Green station in south-west London, was Britain's fifth terror attack in six months, and was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Hassan was arrested in the southern English port of Dover shortly before 08:00 am the following day.

"Thank goodness nobody was killed at Parsons Green. It must have been absolutely horrific for the people in the train. As you know, many people suffered injuries," Dick told LBC radio.

"That was a very, very dangerous bomb. It partially detonated. It had a large quantity of explosive and it was packed with shrapnel."

Three other men, aged 17, 25, 30, remain in custody in connection with the attack. Two men aged 21 and 48 were released with no further action on Thursday. — AFP]]>
Highlights Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:42:50 +0000 theSundaily 485531 at
China, Russia can help stop violence against Rohingya, says activist
BHRN director Kyaw Win said the two major powers had substantial influence in their political and economic relationship with Myanmar.

"I believe these two countries could be the key players here because throwing their support behind Myanmar would probably end up having their own images tarnished in the eyes of the world.

"Although it is a kind of disappointment seeing not enough efforts at the moment from the Chinese and the Russians (in stopping the violence), we at BHRN welcome them to see what is actually happening on the ground.

"And if there is any country that has doubts, saying the issue was merely fabricated, we are more than happy to provide ample evidence and information," the human rights activist said.

China recently expressed support for the efforts by the Myanmar government to 'protect' its national security and profoundly opposed the recent violence in Rakhine State, which had seen almost 400 people killed in the fighting.

Other countries like Britain, France and Australia, and even Malaysia, have urged Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to push for an end to the military violence against the Rohingya Muslims.

A report released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights earlier this year cited "consistent testimony indicating that hundreds of Rohingya houses, schools, markets, shops, madrasahs and mosques were burned by the army, police and, sometimes, civilian mobs".

It also said that witnesses also described the destruction of food and food sources, including paddy fields, and the confiscation of livestock.

Kyaw Win said the issue was not actually a new phenomenon. In fact, he said, the oppressive action by the government towards the ethnic minority had been happening for many decades.

"In 1963, the government established a six-objective anti-Muslim persecution strategy, whereby no Muslim is allowed to be in the top-ranked positions of the military, politics, parliament, education and police. And no Muslim is allowed to be educated and do business either.

"And now, it is more apparent since they have introduced this National Verification Card (NVC). This for me is a trap because if the Rohingya actually accept the implementation of the NVC, there is a clause stated that it could be taken away if the authorities have 'doubt' on how they obtained it. The word 'doubt' itself is too general and could be abused," he said.

Kyaw Win explained that those who accepted the card would automatically be deprived of their indigenous status and the Rohingya could be deprived of their ethnic citizenship right by birth and their full right as Myanmar citizens could be at risk.

"So, there is an actual risk for the Rohingya to be stateless because the government is taking away their citizenship. So, the health care, the education, and other basic human rights are seriously being violated here," he said.

Commenting on the deafening silence of Suu Kyi on the Rohingya issue, Kyaw Win said the manner of the Nobel Peace Prize winner had been "very disappointing".

"I mean, she is globally recognised as the leader of the people, and the people are ready to follow whatever she directs ... but she failed again (in addressing the Rohingya issue).

"In fact, it's not only a failure, it's a falling for her because she betrayed those who sacrificed for her, and she even abused the international support which she had gained previously," the activist said.

Kyaw Win also expressed his profound gratitude over the efforts taken by the Malaysian government, especially Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in gaining justice for the ethnic Rohingya.

"We thank Prime Minister Najib for keeping his promise to raise the matter during his meeting with US President Donald J. Trump recently.

"We thank you Malaysians, particularly those who have supported the mission to ensure the Rohingya's human rights are justified," he said. — Bernama]]>
Highlights Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:21:20 +0000 theSundaily 485525 at
Protest over possible hosting of beer festival in Selangor
Its chairman, Nor Nazilah Idris, said the sultan, as the head of the Islamic religion in the state, had the authority to prohibit the holding of any activity or programme in the state that did not respect the sensitivities of Muslims.

"We handed over a memorandum on the matter to an official at Istana Bukit Kayangan this morning. We believe the matter will be brought to the attention of His Royal Highness," she said to reporters after participating in a protest against the proposed beer festival, in front of Masjid Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz Shah here today.

About 50 representatives of the NGOs, among them Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia, Biro Aduan Masyarakat Selangor and Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia, attended the protest that was held after the Friday prayers.

Last Monday, Kuala Lumpur City Hall rejected an application by the organiser of the festival, citing security reasons and violation of provisions in the City Hall bylaws.

The organiser had planned to hold the festival on Oct 6 and 7 at the Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama]]>
Highlights Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:19:06 +0000 theSundaily 485505 at
Irma's deadly passage batters Caribbean, 12 dead
The evacuation of coastal areas of Florida and neighboring Georgia was the biggest seen in the US in a dozen years, as Brock Long, head of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, warned: "It will be truly devastating.

"The entire southeastern United States better wake up and pay attention."

Barreling across the Caribbean, the rare Category Five Irma wielded monster winds and torrential rain, wreaking destruction on tiny islands like St Martin, where 60 percent of homes were wrecked, before slamming into the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

In its westward rampage, Irma packed winds of up to 295km per hour, an intensity that it sustained for 33 hours – the longest of any storm since satellite monitoring began in the 1970s.

The latest bulletin from the Miami-based National Hurricane Center included the first hurricane and storm surge warnings for south Florida and the Florida Keys, even as winds slowed slightly to 165 mph.

The storm left devastation in its wake. The International Red Cross said 1.2 million people had already been hit by Irma, a number that could rise to 26 million.

Tossed aside like matchsticks

On many islands, roofs were ripped off buildings as if by a giant's hand, shipping containers were tossed aside like matchsticks and debris flung far and wide, and airports, sea ports and mobile phone networks were knocked out.

At least two people were killed in Puerto Rico, a senior rescue official said. More than half of the territory's population of three million was without power, with rivers breaking their banks in the center and north of the island. Governor Ricardo Rossello activated the National Guard and opened storm shelters sufficient for up to 62,000 people.

Authorities on the US Virgin Islands also reported four deaths.

"We lost a significant and a good number of assets ... in terms of fire stations, police stations," Governor Kenneth Mapp said in a Facebook post, adding that the region's main health facility, the Schneider Regional Medical Center, lost its roof.

Lisa Poser, a spokeswoman for Mapp, told AFP the territory's critically wounded were transported to Puerto Rico and warned there may be more casualties as authorities continue their search and rescue.

St Martin, a pristine island resort divided between France and the Netherlands, also suffered the full fury of the storm.

France said four had died and 50 were injured, two of them seriously. Sixty percent of homes were so damaged that they were uninhabitable.

The Netherlands said the storm killed at least one person and injured several others on the Dutch part of St Martin.

The Netherlands said it was racing to provide food and water for 40,000 people over the next five days, while France said more than 100,000 packages of combat rations were en route.

Britain said it was sending two warships to help victims in the Caribbean, and earmarking US$41 million, (RM171 million) in aid.

'Everything is destroyed'

Irma also laid waste to tiny Barbuda which suffered "absolute devastation," with up to 30 percent of properties demolished, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said.

Rescue teams were scouring the island for survivors, an AFP correspondent said, as some 300 people without shelter were evacuated to Antigua.

One person is known to have died on the island of 1,600 residents, apparently a child whose family was trying to get to safer ground.

As of Thursday night the eye of the monster storm was located a few dozen miles northeast of Great Inagua island in the Bahamas.

Poor Haitians were left to face Irma's fury alone as authorities showed little sign of preparing for what forecasters said could be a catastrophic event.

Two people were injured when an uprooted coconut tree crashed onto their home near Cap-Haitien, authorities said, adding that the situation was dire in northeastern Ouanaminthe after the adjoining Massacre River overflowed, cutting off food supplies from the neighboring Dominican Republic.

Cuba moved 10,000 foreign tourists from beach resorts in the exposed part of the island, and hiked its disaster alert level to maximum.

Florida is expecting to face the brunt of the storm from Friday night, with forecasters warning of sea-level surges of up to 25 feet (almost eight meters) above normal tide levels.

Tourists in the popular Key West islands were packing their bags on a mandatory evacuation order, with a similar order for residents due to follow.

"We can't save you once the storm starts," Governor Rick Scott told a press conference.

James Nickolos, a 69-year-old theology professor in Miami, said: "This morning I went to the beach as I do every morning, and it was very empty and beautiful but I had the feeling of watching a great beauty walking on a gang-plank to their death."

Trump said he was "very concerned" about Irma, but added: "Florida is as well prepared as you can be for something like this, now it's just a question of what happens".

Irma hit the Caribbean as two other storms, Jose in the Atlantic Ocean and Katia in the Gulf of Mexico, were upgraded to hurricane status.

Katia, a Category One storm, is expected to hit the coast of the Mexican state of Veracruz before Friday.

Jose, following in the path of Irma and located east of the Lesser Antilles late Thursday, strengthened to a Category Three event, packing winds of up to 120 miles per hour, the US National Hurricane Center said. — AFP]]>
Highlights Fri, 08 Sep 2017 05:22:57 +0000 theSundaily 479940 at
BN will ensure it retains Nenggiri state seat in GE14: Ku Li
He said the focus would be on the seat in view of its incumbent assemblyman Datuk Mat Yusoff Abdul Ghani being disqualified from being a member of the state legislative assembly after being declared a bankrupt, as announced by the Speaker, Datuk Abdullah Ya'kub on June 1.

He said the state BN accepted the decision as the Speaker had the right to make the announcement to inform the people of the seat's vacancy due to the incumbent being confirmed a bankrupt.

He was speaking to reporters after a programme with the people in Bukit Chekati, here, last night.

Tengku Razaleigh who is also the MP for Gua Musang, said the loss of the seat could not be regarded as something which had tarnished the party but was due to a problem involving the individual concerned.

"It (disqualification from the state assembly) was not due to political action by us but an issue involving the assemblyman concerned, causing the loss of the seat under the provisions of the Kelantan State Constitution," he added.

On June 1, Abdullah declared that Mat Yusoff was disqualified from being Nenggiri assembyman due to his bankrupcy, thus rendering the seat vacant.

The state assembly received the announcement letter from the Selangor branch of the Department of Insolvency Malaysia on May 28 that Mat Yusoff from Barisan Nasional had become a bankrupt.

Mat Yusoff, 55, had been Nenggiri assemblyman for three terms since the 2004 general election. — Bernama
Highlights Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:17:04 +0000 theSundaily 452503 at
Kim Jong-nam had US$120,000 in cash when assassinated
The investigation team reportedly recovered four bundles of mostly new US$100 notes in stacks of 300, as well as a laptop and two mobile phones. Since Kim Jong-Nam held a diplomatic passport, his luggage was not subjected to a thorough search at the airport.

According to the report, Kim met with a US citizen at a hotel four days before the assassination. The American, presumably, has links to an intelligence agency.

Malaysian authorities suspect Kim might have been paid for some kind of information, the source told Asahi Shimbun, adding, that the sum in question had not been withdrawn at any bank in the country prior to the assassination.

Kim Jong-Nam, 45, was murdered before boarding a plane to Macau from KLIA2 on Feb13. The investigation found that Kim's killers used the military-grade nerve agent VX.]]>
Highlights Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:16:45 +0000 theSundaily 452502 at
MCMC receives 7,837 complaints on telecommunications, new media content
MCMC Network Security and Enforcement chief officer Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin said 70% of these complaints were about telecommunication problems while the rest were connected to content in new media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Selangor recorded the most complaints with 1,534, followed by Pahang (1,036) and Johor (730). Sabah was among six states with the least number of complaints," he said in a statement issued to the media at the Empowering Consumers seminar here today.

The seminar was attended by about 250 participants comprising local university students and representatives of consumer associations and government and non-governmental agencies here today.

On the seminar, Zulkarnain said it was aimed at increasing public awareness on consumerism issues which are often faced in the communications and multimedia industry in this country.

"Programmes such as these are held to expose the consumers to critical issues in cyber space such as ransomware, hacking, online cheating and various social issues which involve the new media," he said.

Speaking to reporters later, Zulkarnain advised the public to refer to the relevant authorities when they get any messages on cyber attacks in the country, whether through WhatsApp, Facebook or other social media.

"Do not spread any information which has not been verified. To ensure if it is true or not, we should refer to the National Security Council or Bank Negara Malaysia if the information concerns banking," he said.

Zulkarnian was commenting on the false message spread on the social media recently that automatic teller machines (ATMs) in the country would be shut down for two to three days following the ransomware cyber attack.

He said to tackle the false news, the MCMC had adopted several initiatives including starting the portal. Bernama

"We will upload information connected to the false news so that the public will know it is untrue," he said. — Bernama
Highlights Thu, 18 May 2017 05:33:27 +0000 theSundaily 446416 at
Najib shares wisdom on how to survive politics
He said he had managed to stay in the country's political arena for more than four decades as he was a "resilient" man.

"In politics, we cannot be too sensitive as it can backfire to us and our blood pressure can rise up. When it goes up, we 'jalanlah' (pass away)," Najib said during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with arts activists at Seri Perdana.

Also present were Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

Najib also jokingly said he had a "switch off" button when dealing with pressure from becoming a politician when asked by the dialogue moderator Datuk Rosyam Nor on how he maintained his composure in politics.

"I can switch off ... Whenever I am too stressed when people are attacking me, I will go back home and switch (myself) off," he said.

Najib also said that the government did not expect everyone to agree with its policies, adding that he was open to any constructive criticisms.

"we can accept any opinions that are realistic and good, but not from those who only know how to criticise or giving illogical opinions," he added.

He also took a swipe against parties that could simply make promises but did not take action to realise it.

"It is easy to talk, words are cheap. But the value lies on those who executes it, not in words but action," Najib said.

Najib also gave his assurance that arts activists would not be sidelined as the country progressing forward to achieve TN50, adding that those in the entertainment industry should be put into the mainstream.

He said local artists should not only be seen as entertainers as they could play an important role to define the nation's path.

"Arts activists can be made into idols. They can help to mould the future generation to raise the country," he said.]]>
Highlights Wed, 17 May 2017 16:50:27 +0000 Haikal Jalil 446337 at