Local News Local News en CIDB and DOSH will look into cause of landslide - Fadillah
Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said, however, currently, the focus was given to the search and rescue (SAR) operation or at least extricating the victims out of the collapsed area.

He said the Penang Public Works Department (PWD) had been ordered to assist with whatever equipment available to ensure the operation could be conducted as soon as possible.

"I have just arrived from Abu Dhabi and was told about the mishap. Other than ordering the Penang PWD, I have also directed CIDB, together with DOSH, to be at the scene to investigate the cause of the mishap," he said.

He said this to reporters after launching the 2017 MetroCity "Break Off" Programme here this evening. — Bernama]]>
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Kedah Sultan happy KUIN will become IPTS soon
He said it was all the sweeter when the name of his elder brother, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah had been immortalised at the institution which would later be known as Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (UniSHAMS).

"I am thankful the aspiration of the late Sultan of Kedah to see the setting up of KUIN as an IPTS under the Kedah state government has been fulfilled by Allah and the name UniSHAMS immortalised," he said at the Declaration of Chancellor and 19th Convocation Ceremony of KUIN at Dewan Tuanku Permaisuri Hajah Haminah, KUIN, near here today.

KUIN has officially received approval for the setting up of a full university from the Ministry of Higher Education with the name UniSHAMS on Aug 11.

However, the registration of KUIN as a full university is expected to be realised latest by the end of the year after the conditions set were met.

At the ceremony, the Sultan was declared the new KUIN Chancellor to replace the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah.

The declaration was read by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah during the ceremony.

Also present at the ceremony was the Sultanah of Kedah, Sultanah Maliha Tengku Ariff.

The convocation ceremony saw the involvement of 1,169 graduates including those from Kolej Islam Antarabangsa Sultan Ismail Petra Kelantan and Kolej Universiti Islam Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah which concluded their twinning programme with KUIN. — Bernama]]>
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Appointment of MAS new CEO should be welcomed - Najib
He said it should also put an end to criticisms against the government, including over the appointment of two non-Malaysians (Christopher Mueller and Peter Bellew) who resigned before their contract period as GCEO of the national carrier was completed.

"When Peter Bellew resigned I was also criticised. Now that we've appointed a Malaysian they should be happy, they wanted a Malaysian in the first place.

"The trouble with these people (opposition) is that everything we do, they take the opposite view, whether it is right or not, it doesn't matter," said Najib during a dialogue session on TN50: Malaysia Chinese Youth Summit 2017 at Wisma Huazong, Serdang near here, which was also attended by MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Izham, currently the chief operating officer, has been appointed the airline's executive director and GCEO- designate with immediate effect yesterday (Oct 20).

The announcement came after the surprise resignation of current GCEO Peter Bellew, who is returning to Ireland's airline, Ryanair on Dec 1. — Bernama]]>
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PAP urges Penang govt to set up technical committee to probe landslide tragedy
Describing the incident as a developmental catastrophe, PAP vice-president Rahmad Isahak said the public needed to know if it was caused by human negligence.

"Now is not the time to point fingers. Investigations should be carried out to determine whether the site was originally in the development zone and the engineering plan was according to the existing guidelines," he said in a statement.

Rahmad said the incident should serve as a lesson on giving approval to developers, especially for development projects near hill slopes.

In the 8.57am incident, three construction workers were killed, one rescued while 10 others are feared still buried in the landslide. — Bernama]]>
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Tg Bungah landslide: Najib expresses grief, prays for smooth rescue mission
"(I feel) Sad about the landslide in Tanjung Bungah. Hopefully, the search and rescue mission runs smoothly, let us pray together," Najib said in a note on his official Twitter account.

So far, three victims have been found dead, and one injured, while 10 others are still feared missing under the rubble at a construction site of an affordable housing project.

The incident was reported to have involved 14 victims comprising one local, as well as several Indonesian, Rohingya and Bangladeshi workers.

Search and rescue efforts are still underway. — Bernama]]>
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Police detain farmer on suspicion of raping stepdaughter
Kinabatangan district police chief Supt A. Sahak Rahmat said the 47-year-old man was detained after the victim, accompanied by her mother, lodged a police report at the Tongod Police Station at 11.35am.

He said the victim claimed she was raped by her stepfather on the river bank of Kampung Tongodon since 2014, and the last was on Sept 1.

The victim told her mother about the rapes on Oct 1 when she was at her grandmother's house in Kampung Entilibon Tongod, he said in a statement today.

He said the victim was the fourth of five siblings and her mother married her stepfather in 2008 after she separated from their father.

A. Sahak said the man was detained under Section 376 (3) of the Penal Code. — Bernama]]>
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Police ready to perform DNA tests on Dr Mahmud's body
Bukit Aman's Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division assistant director Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the police had already taken the preliminary measure of obtaining DNA samples from family members of the former lecturer.

He said it was difficult to confirm the death of Dr Mahmud without evidence or DNA testing on the militant's body.

"We need to look at the body to confirm he was killed, and if the body was destroyed, we have to perform DNA tests (to verify)," he told reporters after attending a dialogue session at the Malacca police headquarters today, officiated by former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam.

Ayob Khan said the Malaysian government was still waiting for a formal statement on the matter from the Philippine authorities.

"We cannot take a statement that is reported by the international media as an official statement, before first verifying the body or by conducting a DNA test on the deceased," he said.

Ayob said the police believed the death of Dr Mahmud would somewhat weaken the terrorist movement in the region, and they would take some time to find a new leader.

Bernama yesterday reported that the Defence Ministry was still awaiting confirmation from the Malaysian Armed Forces' (MAF) intelligence unit regarding Dr Mahmud's death.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said although the Philippines' highest authority had confirmed the militant's death, the MAF had yet to receive a report on the matter. — Bernama]]>
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Rescheduled Malaysia Airlines flight to arrive in KL tomorrow
Originally MH1, the flight was rescheduled after it returned to London Heathrow airport on Oct 20 an hour into the approximately 12-hour journey due to a problem with the water supply system onboard.

The flight to Kuala Lumpur was operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft.

The airline apologised for the disruption to passengers' travel plans, saying it would assist with rebooking of flights for passengers with onward connections from Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama]]>
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Nearly 59,000kg trash collected from Klang Valley rivers
"Based on data collected by the Drainage and Irrigation Department, the trash collected in 2015 amounted to 59,316 kg during the corresponding period, while there was a two-fold increase or 123,154 kg of collected trash in 2016.

"The government is taking this issue seriously because we are worried about the increasing trend of the collected trash from the rivers every year," he said during the opening ceremony of the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya level of National Environmental Day 2017, here today.

His speech text was read out by the ministry's deputy secretary-general (Planning and Development) Datuk M Noor Azman Taib.

Tengku Adnan said in order to overcome the issue, the enforcement to control the illegal dumping activity and awareness programmes had to be expanded. — Bernama]]>
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Bronze medallists at WSC 2017 receive incentives, advanced diplomas
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot announced the incentives upon the return of the Malaysian contingent from WSC 2017 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here, today.

Mohd Asyraff, 22, of Kolej Universiti DRB Hicom took part in the automotive technology category, while Lai Jia Yi, 21, of Taylor's College, participated in cooking.

Mohd Asyraff was also recognised as the best Malaysian participant (Best of Nation) and took home RM4,000 in cash.

Malaysia also won nine Medallions for Excellence in welding, refrigeration and air conditioning, beauty therapy, hair styling, fashion technology, piping and heating, web design, cabinet manufacturing and mechatronics. The recognition is given to those having a very high level of skills.

The nine Medalion for Excellence winners also received RM4,000 incentives and were awarded the Malaysian Skills Diploma.

The Malaysian contingent at the event from Oct 15-18 comprised 21 participants in 20 fields, namely winners of Youth WorldSkills Malaysia 2015 Competition (national level) and ASEAN Skills Competition 2016.

Malaysia won a bronze medal in hairdressing in the biennial competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2015. The WSC is held to enhance Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at the global level.

Meanwhile, Riot said Malaysia's success at the WSC proved it was on the right track to achieve the target of 35% local skilled workforce by 2020.
In 2015, 28% or 3.4 million of 12.8 million of skilled manpower in the country comprised locals.

"We expect the percentage of skilled manpower in the country to increase to 31% this year," he told reporters here, today.

He hopes the national contingent's achievement at WSC 2017 would become a catalyst for the country to continue the quest for more medals, including the gold medal at WSC Kazan, Russia, in 2019.

Malaysia has participated in the WorldSkills Competition 13 times since 1993. — Bernama]]>
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