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Bagan PAS division information chief Muhammad Hafiz Alias (pix), said the reclamation project would affect 300 fishermen and their families who would lose their source of income.

"The state government said the reclamation project was to overcome the traffic congestion problem in the state.

"But instead of solving the problem, they created another problem," he said while debating the youth wing's keynote address at the 58th PAS youth Muktamar at the Kedah PAS Complex today.

Muhammad Hafiz also criticised DAP and Pakatan Harapan for participating in ceramah and roadshow campaigns with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"They are busy with saving Malaysia, but who wants to save Penang, who wants to save our land," he said.

He also berated PKR Penang state assembly representatives, especially Batu Maung state assemblyman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim for not doing anything to protect the interest of the Malays who voted for him.

He also claimed that DAP and PKR did not protect the interest of Islam in the state.

"That is why we in Penang have no regret to break the tahaluf siyasi (political cooperation) with PKR, even though the decision is not a normal one," he said.]]>
Local Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:34:42 +0000 Imran Hilmy 442131 at
Najib visits M'sian-owned bakery in Manila
"This is the kind of entrepreneur we want to support. They are young entrepreneurs. We should encourage more young entrepreneurs to try and be more adventurous.

"They have recovered their capital within nine months," Najib said.

Located in Belmont Hotel at the center of Manila's Entertainment Center, Resorts World, Naah!im Bakery started as a conceptual idea in bringing varieties of food and beverage particularly Boulangerie, Western and Asian delicacies to all the major cities in the continent.

It serves almost 50 types of bread that changes daily on the bread counter.

"To be honest, we also serve Malaysian food as well.

"I think we are the first to introduce Malaysian food here, replied Ungku Raad Azeraai Bin Ungku Mohd, 39, a partner in the bakery, to the prime minister when asked how they made themselves distinctive.

He also explained that the types of bread they served was totally different from what was available in the market.

It is understood that Ungku Raad and his three other partners, Ahmad Ferman bin Tjandra Ahmad, Mohd Kurniawan Naim bin Moktar and Mohd Farez bin Yusof planned to spread their wings further in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, in his Facebook posting Najib praised the four young entrepreneurs by uploading a picture of the appetizing items served in the bakery with a caption saying ""Supporting four young entrepreneurial Malaysians who have opened a very successful bakery in Metro Manila and samples of their pastries (with a thumbs-up emoji sign)" — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:18:35 +0000 theSundaily 442125 at
Repair works on burst water pipe completed
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas), in a statement today said, with the completion of repair works, water supply restoration has already started in the affected areas.

"Water supply to the affected areas in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling, Klang and Shah Alam are being restored in stages.

"Premises located on higher ground and at the end of the water distribution systems will take a longer time to fully recover," Syabas said.

Initially it said the repair works for the burst pipe was estimated to be completed within 48 hours, and water restoration will take three days after the completion of repair works.

This would have left more than a million people in 280 areas in the Klang Valley facing dry taps for the next five days due to one burst pipe.

Syabas said that this involves 300,000 accounts of households and premises in these areas including schools, the Sungai Buloh Hospital, Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, and the Sungai Buloh Prison.

Syabas corporate communications head Amin Lin Abdullah explained that the water restoration can only be done in stages.

"(This is because) upon completion of the repair works, water has to be channelled to all service reservoirs in all affected areas.

"Water will only be supplied to premises when the service reservoirs is filled with water," he told theSun.

In a statement released earlier today, Syabas said an unscheduled water supply disruption occurred following a main pipe burst behind the ELC International School, at Jalan Sierramas Barat, Sg Buloh.

"We are doing our best to expedite the repair works as well as water restoration.

"Repair works will be done all round the clock until it is completed," Amin said when contacted.

Syabas has activated its Emergency Response Plan, where water tankers will be sent to affected area with priority given to critical users like hospitals.

Consumers can request for relief water supply by sending an SMS to 15300 (Type: TankerName & Address).]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:26:46 +0000 Karen Arukesamy 442001 at
Senate approves maximum 28-day detention under Sosma for another five years
The motion on the review of the implementation of subsection 4 (5) of the Act was submitted by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed who said the proposed extension to the 28-day detention period under subsection 4 (5) of Sosma was the first to be made since it was enforced on July 31, 2012.

Nur Jazlan, when winding up the debate on the motion, highlighted the fears of certain quarters who claimed the act was being arbitrarily used to carry out political detentions.

"We look at Maria Chin's (Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah) case. She is not a political detainee. What is her political party? So, the allegation that Sosma is being used on political detainee is not true," he said.

Throughout the enforcement period, there was no incident of detainees dying or injured from abuse in detention, he added.

Meanwhile, the Senate also passed the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was seen as, among others, an effort to combat sexual crimes in general.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim, when winding up the debate on the bill, said the amendment was aimed at expanding the use of Section 326A of the Penal Code to cover offences committed on former husbands or wives, children, handicapped adults or other family members.

"Sexual crimes and domestic violence in our society today have becoming rampant and and if not tackled, can destroy the family institution, affect social harmony, and in fact, can destroy the future of the nation.

"In line with the effort of the government to curb domestic violence cases and cases related to sexual crimes, the government plans to make several improvements in the Penal Code. And it is not only subject to those in legitimate relationships," he said.

He said the amendment was aimed at expanding the existing sections to sexual cases involving the insertion of any parts of the body such as fingers or tongue other than the penis into the vagina or anus of the victims. — Bernama]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:57:05 +0000 theSundaily 442027 at
Private religious, tahfiz schools to be registered under Jakim soon: Mahdzir
He said the move under the National Tahfiz Education Policy (DPTN) which was proposed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak would be implemented after Jakim finalised several issues, including the terms of registration for these schools.

"As the prime minister has said, these tahfiz centres will be fully registered under Jakim. When this happens, all private religious schools will be registered and it will be easy to implement any procedure on these schools," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Last March, Najib announced that the government, through Jakim was in the process of drawing up the DPTN to empower the Quran tahfiz educational institutions in the country.

Commenting on the proposal to draw up guidelines for caning in religious schools, Mahdzir said private educational institutions including religious schools must follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the ministry.

"Private religious schools, whichever jurisdiction they come under, must abide by the ministry's SOP whether in matters of discipline, welfare or responsibility of teachers and students.

"Similarly, when it comes to caning, there are set procedures," he noted.

Yesterday, National Parents-Teachers' Association chairman Datuk Mohamad Ali Hasan said there should be guidelines for caning in religious schools, like the ones currently under the ministry while there are currently none for those under the religious departments. — Bernama]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:14:05 +0000 theSundaily 441987 at
Expect more water supply disruptions: Awer president
Having foreseen and highlighted the issue since 2010, Piarapakaran said currently the reserve margin for treated water in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya is less than 5%.

"It is getting lesser and lesser as the years go by and when any emergency occurs such as burst pipes, and the dry season among others, it would only worsen the situation and put consumers at risk," he told theSun when contacted, today.

With a population of 7.2 million people in the Klang Valley, Piarapakaran said the area has the highest water consumption rate in the country with 6,000 million litres per day (mld).

"Due to the low reserve margins, there is not enough treated water in Selangor, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur. The treatment plants are either operating at maximum level or overloading which also puts it at risk for disruption.

"The ideal reserve margin levels for treated water supply should be at 20% or if possible the operational reserve margin should be at 10%. That would ensure that any emergencies would either result in zero disruption or partial disruption to the water supply system," he said.

As a first step, he stressed that the authorities must act to contain the scenario by reducing the non-revenue water (NRW) which is currently at 30%.

"At present the current water supply is seriously affected by NRW which comprises 30% of the total amount of treated water supplied to the Klang Valley.

"The authorities needs to fix or replace the old pipes that causes the leakages. However this would also result in temporary disruptions which will be unpopular to the consumers," he said.

Piarapakaran said even with the completion of the Langat 2 water treatment plant in 2019, it remains uncertain if the water reserve margin would increase.

"While the new plant would be able to produce 1,130 million litres per day (mld) and is sorely needed to alleviate the water problem in the Klang Valley, if the treated water flows through a leaking system, the NRW would increase.

"It must be noted that with Langat 2, the demand and usage of water would increase leaving little room for an increase water reserve margin," he added.

According to a report, last year, the country has an average NRW of 35.5%, which means for every one litre of treated water produced, 0.355 litre is lost.

His comments follows a major water disruption in the Klang Valley which has affected some 280 areas due to a burst pipe in Sungai Buloh.

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas), in a statement, said it would take at least three days to restore water supply upon completion of the repair works.]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:48 +0000 G. Surach 441981 at
Hadi Awang sues Sarawak Report editor
Party secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said the suit was filed at the London High Court on April 21.

He added Abdul Hadi was seeking for damages and an injunction order from the court, in relation to an article published by Sarawak Report on Aug 6 last year titled "As Najib denies all over 1MDB, let's not forget his many other criminal connections".

Takiyuddin said the article had suggested that Abdul Hadi had personally received a big amount of bribe from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak as an exchange to compromise PAS' political stand.

"All of the allegations were not true at all. The allegations of corruption has clearly destroyed and affected the reputation of the PAS president ...," he said in a statement.

Takiyuddin said Abdul Hadi had appointed a London-based legal firm, Carter-Nick, to submit a letter of complaint to Rewcastle at the end of last year.

He added the letter had demanded for Rewcastle to remove or delete the article and publish an apology to Abdul Hadi.

"However, Miss Rewcastle Brown has failed to provide a response to the complaint and made several public statements that had complicated the situation," he said.

Takiyuddin said the suit need to be made as the article had affected his reputation in Malaysia and Singapore, as well as in England and Wales.

"Taking into consideration the heavy accusation, the PAS president will not let it go unchallenged and has no choice but to initiate legal proceedings," he said.]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:44:42 +0000 Haikal Jalil 441976 at
MACC detains YaPeim ex-deputy president
The arrest of the 69-year-old man took place at the commission's headquarters here when the suspect was summoned for questioning over the case at 1pm.

However, the suspect was released at about 6pm after questioning.

He was held following the arrest of a 47-year-old senior director of the foundation on Tuesday.

Sources said both men were allegedly in cahoots when they siphoned the sum which they claimed was allocated for 1,000 poor people and 24 households in Rompin.

It is learnt that the suspects had filed in names and MyKad details of non-existent people or the dead as recipients before initiating the programme.

However, investigators learnt there was not a single recipient of the aid.

MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abdul Ghani who confirmed the latest arrest said the case is being probed for criminal breach of trust under Section 409 of the Penal Code.

It was not the first time YaPeim officials were hauled up for questioning over alleged abuse of power and misappropriation of funds.

In October 2015, the foundations top officials were summoned for questioning over alleged siphoning of funds meant for those displaced in massive floods, said to be the worst ever to hit Kelantan in 2014, leaving over 200,000 homeless.

Another police report was also lodged by a whistleblower non-governmental organisation against the foundation alleging over RM400,000 allocated for an orphanage was used to fund a work and recreational trip of a minister to the USA.]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:16:03 +0000 Charles Ramendran 441973 at
Death of tahfiz student : MCPF wants commission of inquiry set up
MCPF senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye (pix) said the commission could also give teachers and parents an opportunity to express their views and information on the case.

He said besides looking at the aspects of protection for the students, discipline and school management, the commission could also submit a comprehensive report and recommendations to the government for improvement.

"There are many issues involving religious (tahfiz) schools which are not monitored by the (education) ministry or state governments, and (hence) the government must set up a commission of inquiry to fully investigate this case," he added in a statement here today.

Pending the setting up of the commission, school authorities, parents and members of the community must work together to prevent a recurrence of similar incidents in the future, noted Lee.

Lee said the authorities must take stern action against schools and staff who did not perform their duties in accordance with the regulations set up under the law.

He also proposed that a background check be conducted on every school warden and discipline teacher so that those with mental and criminal issues were not hired.

"School authorities should cooperate with the police and hospital in the screening process to ensure that only those who are mentally and physically fit are employed."

Lee also urged the school authorities to install closed-circuit television camera sets in school compounds to monitor activities without infringing on the privacy of students and staff, as well as advise parents to be concerned over their children's welfare.

"What happened recently should be a lesson to all of us that stringent laws alone cannot solve the problem of abuse among children if we do not carry out our responsibilities well," he said.

Mohamad Thaqif Amin died at 2.05pm yesterday at the Sultan Ismail Hospital in Johor Baru, where he had sought medical treatment on April 19 for injuries sustained in the alleged abuse.

His legs were amputated due to bacterial infection and he was scheduled to undergo another operation to amputate his right hand from the fingers to the elbow.

However, the operation was postponed when his heart showed signs of instability.

The police have classified the case as murder. — Bernama]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:08:23 +0000 theSundaily 441965 at
WhatsApp group admins must restrain malicious content: Govt
Communications and Multimedia Deputy Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said currently the government has no plans to draft a new law to penalise WhatsApp administrators, but stressed that information which jeopardise harmony should not be spread.

"As it is, the current laws still prevail, we have the Communications and Multimedia Act, Sedition Act, Defamation Act and the Penal Code.

"They (public) should not place the responsibility solely on the government. So as an administrator, they have to manage their WhatsApp groups and implement its due diligence," Jailani said after launching the E-Commerce Delivery Symposium and Awards 2017 at the Marriot Hotel here.

He said his ministry, together with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have implemented many programmes to educate the public, especially those who manage chat groups to have a sense of responsibility with regards to the content shared.

"The problem in our society is we like to be the first to receive and forward a message, it will give us some sort of good feeling and will make us feel famous.

"If you forward something which is informative in nature then its okay, but if you spread something that could create havoc or tension, I reckon these things must be stopped, so responsible parties such as the MCMC, PDRM or any other agencies must take action against them," he said.

Meanwhile, Jailani said there is a need to transform the existing five-digit national Postcode system to a "Housecode" system to leapfrog the delivery performance across the country.

He said the ministry and MCMC is studying the matter thoroughly as Putrajaya aims to transform the National Postcode and Addressing system, where it would enhance the delivery capacity to three million in 2025.

"We have successfully implemented the Postcode system since 1976 that identifies the area but not the location.

"As technology evolves, with the introduction of Google map, it is time for us to embark on an Address code system that could pinpoint the actual house or location," he said.]]>
Local Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:54:15 +0000 Aiezat Fadzell 441940 at