Local News Local News en Malbatt launches Malaysian bazaar in Marakah
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said the Malaysian Bazaar was among Malbatt 850-4's programme, namely a Lebanese community programme.

He said the 1,700-square metre bazaar site that can accommodate various business activities was formerly an idle and unmanaged area before being taken over by the peacekeeping force to be developed.

"The Malbatt team met the mayor of Marakah and discussed the matter so that the area is upgraded to a business bazaar.

"The project received good response from the community in Marakah and this shows that the Malbatt 850-4 team had discharged its duties responsibly," he told reporters after opening the bazaar on Thursday.

Mohd Johari said the local community was deeply grateful for Malbatt's efforts in helping them restore the situation in Lebanon in terms of infrastructure and economy.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Marakah, Adeel Saad expressed gratitude and thanked Malbatt 850-4 for the success of the programme.

"I really appreciate Malbatt's every effort in Lebanon for improving the economic infrastructure and restoring the situation here," he said, adding that he hoped more such projects would be carried out by Malbatt in the future. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:24:40 +0000 theSundaily 485527 at
PNB enhances syariah compliant in investments
PNB Group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, in a statement today, said he hoped that the Muslim community would continue to increase their investments in the various unit trusts managed by PNB.

He said investment by the Muslin community in Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) and Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN) was syariah-compliant.

At a meeting held last Aug 14-15, the Penang Fatwa Committee issued an edict that the Muslims community could and is allowed to invest in ASB and ASN, in tandem with an edict by the National Fatwa Council on the matter which was issued in 2008.

The Selangor Fatwa Council also issued the same ruling last April.

"This means investments ASB/ASN investments are permitted in Islam. With this latest development, I hope the Muslim community will continue to increase their investments in the various unit trust funds managed by PNB/ASNB," he said.

In conjunction with the Maal Hijrah 1439H/2017M celebration, ,another development, Wahid said Muslims should have a positive attitude and to focus on unity the society in efforts to develop the country.

The people, he said, should carry out their responsibilities efficiently, with integrity, humility, respect for others and avoid slandering others and disseminating information with first verifying it. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:19:33 +0000 theSundaily 485523 at
Najib: Sacrifice of setting aside differences nation's strength
The Prime Minister said the strength was fortified by the unity of the people that had become the asset and blessing in the strategic planning to build a successful and well-established nation state.

"It is this unity, particularly among the Muslims and the people in the country, that has enabled us to free ourselves from the shackles of colonisation to achieve independence.

"Through consolidation and consensus, we have not only brought the people out of poverty into progress, but are also paving the path of prosperity towards a high-income advanced economy," he said in his speech when officiating at the national-level Maal Hijrah celebration here today.

Referring to the economy, Najib said the government's determined efforts had borne fruit and added that the Gross Domestic Product for the second quarter of 2017 recorded an impressive growth of 5.8%, among the highest in the world.

He also said that The State of the Global Islamic Economy Report 2016/2017 by Thomson Reuters showed that Malaysia once again occupied the overall top position among 73 countries.

"More recently, in a similar report, Malaysia is not only recognised as 'the best developed ecosystem for Islamic Finance in the world', but the Employees Provident Fund is reported to have the world's biggest Islamic Savings Plan," he said.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia was not only portrayed as a model progressive Islamic state but also acknowledged as a major player in the international arena.

Najib said the government would continue to focus on the development and welfare of the people through infrastructure projects based on the 'Maqasid Syariah' foundational goals, such as the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), East Coast Rail Link, Pan-Borneo Highway and High Speed Rail that were being implemented or planned for implementation.

He also said that the government always practised the 'wasatiyyah' approach of moderation as the basis of governance.

He said that on that principle, Malaysia rejected any extreme ideology, such as the threat of Daesh or Al-Qaeda, as well as trends that were too liberal or loose.

"It is based on this principle that we have to reject LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) because it has no place in our country," he said.

Malaysia, he said, would continue to be concerned for and play an active role in humanitarian issues around the world, particularly in assisting people of the same faith in Palestine and the Rakhine province in Myanmar.

Najib also dismissed an allegation by an opposition leader that he (Najib) had not raised the Rohingya refugee issue with United States President Donald Trump during their recent meeting at the White House.

"Look at the official statement issued by the White House after the meeting. There were also many witnesses (at the meeting), including our Tok Pa (International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed), who can vouch that I raised the Rohingya issue with President Trump," he said.

Najib said he was informed that following the White House meeting, the United States approved an allocation of US$32 million (RM134.3 million) to help the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

The Prime Minister also said that the Maal Hijrah celebration should not be seen as being only ceremonious but should be observed as a significant day which offered lessons to be learned.

The Maal Hijrah celebration, carrying the theme of 'Unity of the Ummah, Prosperity of the Nation', was aimed at remembering the historic journey of Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Makkah to Madinah.

In conjunction with the celebration, former Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri and former chief minister Tun Sakaran Dandai was awarded the 'Tokoh Ma'al Hijrah' (Maal Hijrah Personality) award.

The Maal Hijrah event was also attended by Najib's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and several other Cabinet ministers. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:43:05 +0000 theSundaily 485441 at
Flood victims urge authorities to take immediate action
A Kampung Telok Nipah resident, Md Nazri Yahya, 49, said the village was hit by flash floods twice this month and it not only caused damage to the residents' homes, but also affecting their daily lives.

"This month alone, my house was hit by flash floods twice ... and this is the worst so far.

"As such, I hope that the authorities will take immediate action, especially to upgrade the drainage system here to address the problem," he told Bernama at the flood relief centre at SK Bukit Kechil here today.

Meanwhile, Rohana Hashim of Kampung Keda Bukit Tukang Jusoh said the heavy rain since Wednesday caused her house to be inundated in flood water.

"The water was knee-deep and we have to move the electrical appliances such as washing machine and refrigerator to higher ground outside the house.

"My husband, our two children and I have been at the flood relief centre since yesterday. It is our hope that the problem can be addressed once and for all," said the 55-year-old woman.

For Asiah Ismail, 40, also from Kampung Keda Bukit Tukang Jusoh, it was the first experience for her and her family to be evacuated due to flash floods since staying in the village over the past 12 years.

"About 45 out of 75 houses in the villages were inundated in flood water and we were evacuated to the relief centre yesterday afternoon.

"Today, the water seemed to have receded and many of the victims have returned
home to clean up their houses," she said, adding that the authorities should take immediate action to prevent the recurrence of flash floods.

A check by Bernama found that the flood water at Kampung Telok Amboi, Kampung Keda Bukit Tukang Jusoh, Kampung Pulau Sayak and Kampung Pantai Merdeka has started to recede and many villagers have returned to their respective homes. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:16:05 +0000 theSundaily 485501 at
Maal Hijrah celebration calls on Muslims to stay united, set aside differences
Themed “Kesatuan Ummah Kesejahteraan Negara”, the beginning of the new Islamic year was celebrated on moderate scale in all states, but brought an important message for all Muslims in commemorating the ‘hijrah’ or emigration of Prophet Muhammad and the Muslims from Makkah to Madinah.

In the capital, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor attended the national-level celebration at the Federal Territory Mosque.

In his speech, he said the sacrifices made by all quarters in setting aside their differences was the basis of Malaysia’s strength that had made it a progressive and dynamic Islamic state.

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and other Muslim Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers.

In PERAK, the state-level celebration was held at Dewan Shariff of the Royal Malaysian Navy base in Lumut and was graced by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah.

Also present was Raja Permaisuri of Perak Tuanku Zara Salim.

During the celebration which was attended by over 2,000 Muslims, the Sultan also presented a Special Award of Ar-Ridzuan to the State Mufti Tan Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria and the Perak Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award to former Perak Syarie Chief Judge Datuk Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

His Majesty also presented the Hammam Award to Al-Adli Mosque of Pekan Lumut; Best Muslim Cemetery Management Award to Kampung Chabang Lima Muslim Cemetery, Tanjung Malim; and Best Mosque Management Award to An-Nur Mosque, Batu 8, Hulu Kinta).

In SABAH, Yang Dipertua Negri Sabah Tun Juhar Mahirruddin called on the people to be vary of the attempts undertaken by certain quarters who wanted to destroy peace and harmony in this multi-racial and multi-religious country.

He said those culprits would do anything, including spreading lies and promoting politics of hate among the people, to achieve their goals.

As such, he said the people should set aside their differences and give priority to the effort to restore and preserve peace and unity, which had been enjoyed all these years.

The state-level celebration was held at the Dewan Sri Libaran, Sandakan, and was also attended by Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

At the event, former State Secretary Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Egoh was announced as the recipient of the Sabah Tokoh Maal Hijrah 1439 Award.

In SARAWAK, the celebration at Dewan Suarah Bintulu was graced by Yang Dipertua Negri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.

In the afternoon, a special experience-sharing event will be held at the Surau Darul Iman, Kampung Jepak, Bintulu, involving speaker A. Kadir Omar, followed by a Maal Hijrah Forum at Masjid Darul Makmur, Kampung Jepak in the evening.

In TERENGGANU, Tengku Seri Temenggong of Terengganu, Tengku Baharuddin Sultan Mahmud graced the state-level celebration held at State Stadium, on behalf of the Sultan of Terengganu Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman, State Secretary Datuk Wan Nawawi Wan Ismail, State Assembly Speaker Datuk Mohd Zubir Embong and State Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifly Muda were also present at the celebration which was attended by 3,000 people.

The State Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award was conferred to educator Jaafar Hassan, while Masjid Hadhari Jerteh, Besut, received the Best Mosque Management Award and Seri Malaysia Hotel received the Best Halal Restaurant Award.

In KEDAH, Sultan Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah and Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff attended the state-level celebration at Wisma Darul Aman, Alor Setar.

Also present was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.

At the event, the Sultan also conferred the Kedah Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award to former Kedah Mufti Datuk Paduka Syeikh Hasbullah Abdul Halim.

In JOHOR, approximately 2,000 people attended the celebration at Dewan Besar Pusat Islam Iskandar here today.

The celebration was enlivened by nasyid performance and Maal Hijrah talk by Harryanto Rizal Rokman.

Former State Mufti Datuk Sha'ri @ Shangari Abdullah, 68, was named as the recipient of the Johor Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award.

In PAHANG, the state level celebration held at the Pahang RTM Auditorium was graced by Pahang Regent Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Approximately 3,000 people attended the event, including Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, State Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Abdul Rahman Osman and State Cabinet line-up.

The Pahang Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award was conferred to former State Mufti Datuk Sulaiman Ahmad. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:35:31 +0000 theSundaily 485509 at
Najib: Malaysia moves up the ranks in global human capital report
"Through the National Transformation Policy, Malaysia is now listed as second best in Southeast Asia and 33rd in the world in Human Capital Development according to the World Economic Forum," he said in a post on his official Twitter account.

According to the report, issued by the WEF on Sept 13, Malaysia progressed from 42nd position in 2016 to 33rd this year by earning an overall total of 68.29 points.

"Malaysia performs ahead of the rest of ASEAN other than Singapore, with strong scores across Capacity, Development and Know-how, but its held back by its Development sub index performance, due to considerable employment gender gaps," the report said. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:14:15 +0000 theSundaily 485497 at
Tun Sakaran Dandai conferred National Tokoh Maal Hijrah 1439H Award
As the recipient of the award, Sakaran, 87, also received cash reward of RM100,000, a medal and certificate of appreciation, which were presented by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

Also present at the national-level celebration held at the Federal Territory Mosque here were Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and Malaysian Islamic Development Department director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha.

In his speech, Sakaran said the award was an honour, not only for him, but for all Malaysians especially the Muslims in Sabah and the United Sabah Islamic Association (USIA) members, which he serves as the president.

He said the award would strengthen the ties and brotherhood between the people in the peninsula and those in Sabah and Sarawak, especially in facing the current challenging world.

“Social solidarity is the main key to achieve a harmonious nation and country as promoted by Prophet Muhammad,” he said.

Born in Semporna on 15 April 1930, Sakaran received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Semporna from 1937 until 1941, before proceeding to the Government Vernacular School, Semporna.

Married to Toh Puan Siti Rukaiyah Panglima Abdullah, they have seven children. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:41:19 +0000 theSundaily 485515 at
PWD to intensify monitoring of hill slopes
State PWD director Ahmad Redza Ghulam Rasool said landslides had been reported at 41 locations since last Sept 15.

However, he said, they were not serious and did not affect building structures.

"We will carry out continuous inspection at all hill slopes where they are signs of slope failure, such as leaning tree, dysfunctional drainage system and also cracks," he told reporters during a visit by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to the site of a landslide at Pangsapuri Kayangan Puri Mutiara, Medan Fettes, here today.

Ahmad Redza said cleaning work would be carried out immediately at locations where the landslide occurred and if it obstructed traffic flow, the clearing and cleaning works would take two hours.

According to PWD's standard operating procedures (SOP) for landslide, he said, priority should be given to ensuring the safety or road users and local residents.

"After that, we will clean the slope and ensure the drainage system is functioning so that the rain water will not flow down the slopes. Then, we will cover the slope with plastic sheets to contain the flow of rainwater before taking steps to safe the slope from erosion," he said.

Ahmad Redza advised residents staying near hill slopes to be on the alert and to inform the department or Penang City Council should they see signs of slope failure.

Meanwhile, Lim said the state government would provide financial aid of RM400 to each family affected by the flash flood last Sept 15.

He said the application form would be available next Monday at the offices of the state government elected representatives.

Heavy rain since early yesterday morning caused nearly 50 areas in Penang to be hit by flash floods, with land slides and fallen trees reported in several areas.
The flash flood is said to be the tail effects of Typhoon Doksuri. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:38:05 +0000 theSundaily 485455 at
Former EC secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria dies
His wife Datin Seri Noor Azman Ahmad, 61, said her husband passed away at 5 am.

She said prayers were held at Surau Al-Furqan, Precinct 11, Putrajaya before the funeral at the Muslim cemetery in Precinct 20 here after Friday prayers.

"He was a good husband, father and grandfather who was responsible and caring. Besides, he loved his grandchildren and always looked after them well," she said when met at her residence here today.

Kamaruddin was appointed EC secretary on Oct 1, 2010 and retired on Aug 13, 2013.

He leaves behind a wife, three daughters and a son, all aged between 27 and 35, and two grandchildren. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:35:20 +0000 theSundaily 485459 at
Welfare of e-hailing drivers should be considered too
He was commenting on the government's move to legalise e-hailing services.

Liew said the amended act only recognises, registers and deals with e-hailing companies without dealing with the drivers, the front runners of the industry.

He also said a tribunal should be formed within the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) to handle the complaints of all taxi and e-hailing drivers.

Liew said, currently, Uber charges drivers 25% of their fares as commission while Grab charges 20%.

He said e-hailing drivers put in their time, the use of their personal vehicles and their lives on the road for meagre incomes while e-hailing companies who have a global and regional presence take huge cuts and repatriate their profits overseas.

DAP has repeatedly called for the government to put a 15% cap on commission so that drivers earn slightly more from their hard work.]]>
Local Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:01:22 +0000 Low Sock Ken 485443 at