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Friday, June 18, 2021

KK hit by severe flash floods on Friday (June 18) after four-hour downpour


KOTA KINABALU: A downpour that lasted more than four hours wreaked havoc on the suburbs of the state capital, leaving waist-deep water in homes and shoplots even at locations not normally known to flood.

Hundreds of motorists were caught in jams and city residents whose homes did not have flooding problems previously found water gushing into their homes and compounds after rain that started at about 2pm on Friday (June 18).

Based on postings on social media, numerous incidents of flooding were reported in Kota Kinabalu and its suburbs. There were also reports of water levels rising in the neighbouring Penampang and Putatan districts.

According to some residents, floodwaters entered some homes in Kg Likas, an area not known to have any flooding problems.

The area has also been under a two-week enhanced movement control order (MCO) since last week.

Many sections of Jalan Tuaran, Jalan Teluk Likas and Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens main roads were reported flooded, with motorists stuck in jams that built up after office hours.

According to witnesses, floods also hit shops in the Kolombong light industrial area, as well as nearby places including Inanam and Manggatal.

Most residents affected by the flash floods, especially in the Likas area, said such floods were never seen in their locality before.

Likas assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt urged Kota Kinabalu City Hall, the Public Works Department and the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) should immediately act to clear the housing estate and main drains.

He also urged the authorities to improve the drainage system to avoid future flash floods.

Various agencies including Civil Defence Force personnel have mobilised teams to monitor the situation.

There was no immediate need for any evacuation as light rainfall continued into the night. - Star

NGOs revive call for sexual harassment law after latest allegations


A group of NGOs have revived calls for the government to table the Sexual Harassment Bill following the latest allegations of sexual misconduct at educational facilities.

The urged Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rina Harun and Education Minister Mohd Radzi Jidin to take the experiences of students seriously and push ahead with the promised tabling of the bill.

They also want the government to set up a framework for protecting students from harassment and predatory behaviour.

“These incidents point to a larger issue in managing sexual harassment cases […]

“Ultimately, survivors are at the mercy of individual policies and guidelines of their universities and schools, where existent. The absence of a standardised framework for the prevention and management of sexual harassment cases enables institutions to protect perpetrators absolving them of accountability.

“This protects individuals in positions of power, such as lecturers. This is extremely dangerous and detrimental for student survivors, as evidenced in the poor management by University of Malaya’s Integrity Unit last year.

“A poll on sexual harassment conducted by the All Women’s Action Society (Awam) found that 59 percent of respondents did not report the incident, with one reason being fear of repercussion as the perpetrator was in a position of power.

“Sexual harassment must be stopped. We must not protect perpetrators any longer and the ministries of women and education are directly mandated to keep students safe from sexual exploitation,” they said in a joint statement today.

The statement is issued by the Women’s Aid Organisation, and also endorsed by 16 other groups including Awam, Sisters in Islam, Undi 18, and several student groups.

The statement came after former students accused a foundation lecturer at a Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) campus in Selangor of sexual grooming and harassment.

UiTM has lodged a police report and a complaint with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission over the allegations, and pledged to conduct an internal investigation as well.

The allegation is only the latest in a string of sexual misconduct claims involving schools and universities.

In May, Universiti Malaya student Soleil Ching (not her real name) said she is filing a civil suit against an associate professor who sexually harassed her two years ago.

The move came after the university’s Integrity Unit failed to reveal the punishment meted out against the culprit based on her official complaint, while police stopped pursuing the issue on grounds that the now-retired associate professor had faced disciplinary action.

In April, 17-year-old Ain Husniza Saiful Nizam exposed a male teacher’s rape jokes in class, but suffered backlash including a rape threat from a schoolmate.

Citing a 2019 survey YouGov, WAO said 28 percent of Malaysian respondents said they have experienced sexual harassment. One-fifth of them occurred in schools and universities.

Previously, Rina had assured that the Sexual Harassment Bill - which has received bipartisan support - would be debated in the Dewan Rakyat this year.

However, these plans were put on hold after the proclamation of emergency since Jan 11 suspended parliamentary proceedings.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah has said that Parliament should reconvene immediately, but also said this is to debate the emergency ordinances and the national recovery plan. - Mkini

Assembly to sit in August if Sultan Selangor grants consent, says speaker

 The Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting in Shah Alam July 13, 2020. — Bernama pic

The Selangor State Legislative Assembly sitting in Shah Alam July 13, 2020. — Bernama pic

SHAH ALAM, June 18 — Speaker of Selangor State Legislative Assembly, Ng Suee Lim will seek the consent of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to convene the assembly sitting in August.

Ng said the assembly would be sending a letter to Sultan Sharafuddin soon after holding a discussion on the opening of the assembly with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari yesterday.

“We have discussed with the mentri besar on the matter yesterday, the proposed date which we have set would be presented to the Sultan of Selangor soon.

“If our proposal to hold the assembly sitting during the ongoing emergency receives the consent of the Sultan, the mentri besar will send a letter to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to seek His Majesty’s consent for approval to hold a special state assembly session, “ he said when contacted Bernama.

Ng said among the main issues to be discussed if the Selangor state assembly was allowed to convene were the issues of infection and the fight against Covid-19 as well as the development of the state which would be highlighted by the mentri besar.

The media reported that the Malay Rulers who attended a meeting at Istana Negara on Wednesday supported and shared the view of Al-Sultan Abdullah that Parliament must reconvene at the earliest opportunity.

The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad said at state level, the Rulers also took the stand that the state legislative assemblies be allowed to convene as soon as possible. — Bernama

All registered in MySejahtera will get Covid-19 vaccine, says Health Ministry

 Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the public need not worry about that as the government had secured adequate access to the vaccine and the next batch expected to arrive in July would be in a large quantity. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the public need not worry about that as the government had secured adequate access to the vaccine and the next batch expected to arrive in July would be in a large quantity. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

GEORGE TOWN, June 18 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) has given assurance that all individuals who have registered for vaccination in the MySejahtera app will be given appointment dates to receive the vaccine.

As such, Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali said the public need not worry about that as the government had secured adequate access to the vaccine and the next batch expected to arrive in July would be in a large quantity.

“As long as their names are there (in MySejahtera), they need not worry...all will get the vaccine because we are not only targeting that 80 per cent of the people will be vaccinated, we want foreign workers too to be vaccinated,” he told reporters after visiting the vaccination centre (PPV) at the Pantai Hospital here today.

Dr Noor Azmi said this when asked about the concern of the public on not getting the appointment dates despite having registered in MySejahtera for quite some time.

He also expressed confidence that the vaccination rate could be accelerated between next month and August as targeted by the government.

Dr Noor Azmi also said that the government had secured the CanSino one-shot vaccine which would be given to residents in rural and remote areas who were having difficulties going to the PPV.

Meanwhile, Dr Noor Azmi also urged all private hospitals, private general practitioners (GP) and private specialist hospitals to register as PPV.

He said the national target was to have 75 private hospitals operating as PPV this month but only 67 were operational to date including seven in Penang.

“Indeed, we are urging more private hospitals and GP to come forward and help the government in the national immunisation programme,” he added. — Bernama

Shariah courts now open but under strict SOPs


Shariah courts nationwide have been allowed to operate as usual since June 15.

KUALA LUMPUR: Shariah courts nationwide have been allowed to continue to operate as usual since June 15, after the National Security Council (MKN) listed judicial matters as permitted activities during the current lockdown.

Syariah judiciary department director-general Mohd Na’im Mokhtar, who is also shariah chief judge, said however, that the operation and SOP for shariah courts in states are under the jurisdiction of the respective state governments.

“At our level, we are trying to standardise (the SOP) but it depends on the respective state governments to allow the shariah courts to operate and (to decide) on the SOP,” he told Bernama.

Na’im said previously, there were shariah court proceedings conducted online but it depended on the agreement of all quarters including the court, judge, lawyers and clients.

“This is because currently, there are no specific legal provisions related to online proceedings for shariah courts,” he said.

Meanwhile, Na’im advised the public to check with their respective shariah courts on whether they can come directly or need to set an appointment.

“They can visit the (respective) shariah court’s website or social media accounts. For legal consultations, they can also contact shariah lawyers or the court hotline for assistance,” he said. - FMT

‘Yang hubungi saya hanyalah ex-boyfriend kucing saya,’ Rafizi nafi dihubungi Azmin


Naib Presiden PKR Rafizi Ramli menafikan dirinya dihubungi Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Azmin Ali.

PETALING JAYA: Naib Presiden PKR Rafizi Ramli menafikan dirinya dihubungi Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Azmin Ali.

“Whatsapp bahawa Azmin hubungi saya berlegar. Ramai yang dok mesej tanya. Setakat ini yang hubungi saya hanyalah ex-boyfriend kucing saya,” katanya di Twitter.

Rafizi turut berkongsi mesej WhatsApp tular itu di Twitternya. Asal usul mesej itu tidak dapat disahkan.

Antara lain mesej itu dipetik, “Selepas nadanya semalam yang menyokong saranan YDPA agar Dewan Parlimen dibuka dengan segara, Azmin menjelaskan “saya telah menghubungi beberapa orang otai reformasi semasa kami sama-sama berjuang untuk reformasi dulu. Antaranya Ezam dan Rafizi.”

Rafizi, dalam ciapannya, turut meminta orang ramai tidak mempercayai perang psikologi politik.

“Jangan percaya macam-macam psywar politik,” kata Rafizi dalam ciapan itu.

Rafizi dan Azmin dilihat sebagai seteru politik dan hubungan tegang antara mereka dalam PKR diketahui umum.

Azmin adalah timbalan presiden PKR sebelum keluar parti itu susulan perbalahan terbukanya dengan Anwar Ibrahim.

Azmin kini menjadi menteri kanan dalam kabinet Muhyiddin Yassin dan dilihat antara penggerak utama “Langkah Sheraton” tahun lalu yang membawa kepada kejatuhan kerajaan Pakatan Harapan selepas berkuasa 22 bulan. - FMT

FAM to study TMJ’s offer to take charge of Harimau Malaya


The Harimau Malaya squad which played in the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifying campaign in the United Arab Emirates recently. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s wish to take charge of the Harimau Malaya squad must be studied in detail.

FAM president Hamidin Mohd Amin said in a statement today that the national football governing body had to go through certain procedures and meetings before making any decisions or rulings.

However, Hamidin said FAM had taken note of the proposal put forward by Tunku Ismail, who is also the owner of Johor Darul Takzim (JDT), regarding the national team recently.

On Monday, Tunku Ismail, through a series of Instagram posts, offered to take charge of the Harimau Malaya squad to propel the national football team to long-term success.

FAM president Hamidin Mohd Amin.

The Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) also said that he would provide the team with the best training facilities and coaches.

Meanwhile, in the same statement, Hamidin instructed that a discussion be held regarding the hotly debated issue of naturalised players.

“I have instructed the FAM secretariat to have this issue jointly discussed by the FAM naturalisation programme committee, the FAM technical and development committee, and FAM technical director Ong Kim Swee to study the effectiveness of the naturalised player programme,” he said.

In the meantime, Hamidin said the FAM national team management committee would wait for the full post-mortem report of the Harimau Malaya’s performance throughout the second round of the 2022 World Cup/2023 Asian Cup qualifying campaign in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which ended on Wednesday.

He said the same committee also expects to receive a report on the preliminary preparation for the national team ahead of the third round of the 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled to begin next February, for discussion and detailed study at the committee meeting.

“All matters to be discussed at the committee meeting will then be tabled at the FAM executive committee meeting for confirmation,” said Hamidin. - FMT