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Thursday, July 29, 2021

BN Perak, Pahang gesa Muhyiddin, Takiyuddin berjiwa besar, mohon ampun Agong

 

Saarani Mohamad dan Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail menggesa supaya Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Menteri Undang-Undang, Takiyuddin Hassan memohon ampun daripada Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional (BN) Perak menyarankan Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Menteri Undang-Undang, Takiyuddin Hassan supaya berjiwa besar memohon ampun kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

Pengerusi BN Perak, Saarani Mohamad, membuat gesaan itu susulan krisis berhubung pembatalan Ordinan Darurat oleh kerajaan tanpa perkenan Yang di-Pertuan Agong menyebabkan Sultan Abdullah dukacita.

“Adalah amat malang apabila keprihatinan Seri Paduka Baginda dalam soal menangani krisis Covid-19 yang mencengkam kehidupan rakyat bukan sahaja dikesampingkan, malah tindakan kerajaan membatalkan Ordinan Darurat tanpa perkenan Agong jelas mencabuli prinsip Raja Berperlembagaan dan Demokrasi Berparlimen.

“Perdana Menteri Mahiaddin dan Takiyuddin perlu berjiwa besar untuk memohon keampunan Seri Paduka Baginda serta mengambil tanggungjawab ke atas segala kekhilafan yang berlaku,” katanya dalam kenyataan.

Jelas Saarani, BN Perak bimbang perkembangan ini bukan sahaja akan memberi implikasi besar terhadap kedaulatan undang-undang, malah dikhuatiri akan menjerumuskan negara ke kancah krisis Perlembagaan.

“Menyedari episod hitam yang berlaku hari ini berpunca daripada kegoyahan dan ketidakstabilan politik, maka perlu ada kemahuan politik dari semua pihak untuk mengembalikan kredibiliti Dewan Rakyat dalam menentukan keabsahan sokongan dan kedudukan kerajaan yang ada hari ini,” katanya.

Gesaan sama dibuat BN Pahang yang menyifatkan Muhyiddin dan Takiyuddin tiada pilihan selain memohon keampunan Agong atas kekhilafan yang berlaku.

“BN Pahang menuntut agar kerajaan pusat mengambil tanggungjawab sepenuhnya atas kekhilafan yang sangat nyata ini dan sikap membisu sehingga kini, tidaklah sesekali membantu,” kata Pengerusi BN Pahang, Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

Katanya, BN Pahang juga kesal dengan isu tersebut kerana bukan sahaja membelakangi kuasa Agong selaku ketua negara, malah prinsip kedaulatan undang-undang.

Terdahulu, Istana Negara memaklumkan Yang di-Pertuan Agong belum memperkenan pembatalan Ordinan-ordinan Darurat yang diumumkan Menteri Undang-undang Takiyuddin di Parlimen pada Isnin lalu.

Bagaimanapun, Pejabat Perdana Menteri menegaskan pembatalan ordinan terbabit dibuat mengikut landasan undang-undang. - FMT

Unable to take pollution in Sg Petani, green activist moves to Penang

 

A Department of Environment officer based in Sungai Petani claims the pollution was mainly caused by wood-based factories which had open furnaces. (Freepik pic)

GEORGE TOWN: An activist who fought against poor air quality due to open burning by illegal recycling factories in Sungai Petani has revealed that she moved out of Kedah due to such pollution.

Having spent most of her life in the northern state, Persatuan Tindakan Alam Sekitar (PTAS) Sungai Petani’s Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, 59, said her health was affected by the open burning, which continued unabated despite three years of campaigning by her group.

She said she moved back to Penang six months ago after the acrid smell of burnt plastic became worse during the movement control order (MCO), and had even endangered her life because she was already suffering from breathing problems.

At a forum organised by C4 Center today on imported waste, Ong said Kedah remained home to “hundreds” of illegal recycling factories burning non-recyclable waste in the wee hours of the morning despite repeated claims by the state that it would crack down on such operations.

She added that with Covid-19 ravaging the Kuala Muda district, where Sungai Petani is located, the factories operated with impunity. She cited a wood products factory, branded illegal by the authorities before, spewing black smoke next to a hypermarket in town “24 hours, seven days a week”.

She said when Bakar Arang, Sungai Petani’s industrial estate, was declared an EMCO area, illegal recycling factories continued burning materials “at full speed”.

Ong also claimed that a handheld air quality monitor registered 100 on the PM2.5 air quality index, which made it unhealthy to be inhaled.

“I was tired of seeing black soot on my porch daily and so decided to move to Penang. This was also to save myself from an early death,” said the former resident of Taman Intan in Sungai Petani, where she had lived for decades.

Smelting and burning different

At the same forum, Department of Environment (DoE) Sungai Petani branch chief Ya Mohammad Nazir Syah Ismail said the air pollution issue did not stem from recycling factories per se, but wood-based factories which had open furnaces.

He said three such factories in Bukit Selambau were closed down last September and this saw a drastic drop in air quality complaints.

He also said it was highly unlikely that the recycling factories contributed to the current air pollution, as the air pollutant index showed moderate levels.

“It is impossible for these (recycling) factories to cause air pollution, as they are smelting plastic, not burning them,” he said.

Ya said his branch oversaw over 1,000 pollution sources in the districts of Kuala Muda, Yan and Sik, covering over 2,800 sq km, despite having only 13 personnel, of which, nine were field staff.

He said with the lack of workers, enforcement was difficult and their scope was strictly limited to environmental pollution and impact studies. He said recycling factories fell under the jurisdiction of the local authorities and the local government ministry.

Bribery remains stumbling block

C4 researcher Wong Pui Yi said the major issue concerning plastic waste was poor monitoring and enforcement, besides alleged widespread corruption among agencies.

She said bribes had allegedly been paid to politicians in Selangor to not conduct raids, while in Sungai Petani, enforcement officers purportedly received large sums of money not to take action against illegally operating factories.

Wong said there had been claims of businessmen from China running “syndicates” in the waste recycling value chain, too. A thug-related assault against a whistleblower happened in Sungai Petani after a complaint against an illegally operating factory was lodged.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) president Meenakshi Raman said the country should ban the import of unwanted waste from developed countries altogether to stop the scourge. - FMT

A revelation, four suspensions, and a lost agenda

 

Fire and rescue department officers helping to sanitise the Dewan Rakyat. The sitting had to be suspended four times due to Covid-19 cases in Parliament. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The fourth day of the Dewan Rakyat “special sitting” saw a record of sorts – four rounds of suspensions – with the day’s agenda completely forgotten after an explosive revelation early in the day.

The order of the day was for finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz to brief the MPs and answer questions on the various economic stimulus packages announced since last year but Zaful never had the floor after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim read out a statement by the King that he had not consented to the revocation of the emergency ordinances, as announced by law minister Takiyuddin Hassan on Monday.

That brought the House to its feet with opposition MPs shouting “derhaka” (treason) and “letak jawatan” (resign) and the sitting was suspended at 12.30pm “for 15 minutes”. It was further suspended at 12.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm before finally being adjourned altogether.

Unnecessary suspension

PKR’s Subang MP Wong Chen said the suspension was unnecessary and the order of the day could have continued. He said he wanted to raise issues on the country’s balance sheet and cash flow.

“We have no details on this. How is the government planning to increase revenue and what did they do with money from the National Trust Fund (KWAN)?” he asked.

He was referring to the RM5 billion that the government appropriated from KWAN, using the emergency ordinance, for the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as for the country’s immunisation programme.

DAP’s Charles Santiago said the PH coalition was not sure if there would be proceedings on Monday.

“They should extend Parliament so the government is held accountable to the people,” he said, adding that it was not known if the stimulus packages had reached the targeted groups.

The Klang MP said he wanted to raise issues relating to the Employment Insurance Scheme (EIS) which only pays retrenched staff for six months.

“The six months have come and gone, and those affected will not have enough money,” he said, adding that the government also needs to have measures for the unemployed.

Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Karim said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should have just addressed the Palace statement so that the order of the day could continue.

Now, he said there are many unanswered questions on the country’s finances.

Covid-19 testing

The suspensions were later attributed to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Parliament with the MPs and Parliament staff ordered to undergo Covid-19 testing at 3.30pm today while some Cabinet members had already left for the prime minister’s residence.

That led to more protests as MPs asked why some ministers were allowed to leave Parliament, while they were barred from leaving the building until after they were tested.

The speaker, the silencer

The performance of Speaker Azhar Azizan Harun had also come under question, especially after he ruled that law minister Takiyuddin Hassan need not explain the revocation of the emergency ordinance until Monday.

Yesterday, he ordered Hannah Yeoh (DAP-Segambut) to shut up and switched off microphones when she asked for extended hours.

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto said the speaker had been irritable since Monday, adding that a lot of MPs were not allowed time to debate due to the time limit to end the Dewan at 5.30pm.

She, too, was not given time on Monday even though she was slated to speak. “It was on women’s issues. I just needed five minutes. He kept shutting me off and he was irritable,” Kasthuri said.

“It is not only about unparliamentary language but it also sends a bad message to others watching. I hope they are not influenced by the behaviour of the Speaker.”

Five women’s groups have since criticised the Speaker for the way he treated the women MPs, demanding that he apologise for his attitude. - FMT

Dispute over 'BN statement' backing Muhyiddin as PM

 


A dispute has erupted over complicating claims regarding the authenticity of a statement alleging that nearly all BN parliamentarians have voiced support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to remain in his post.

The disputed statement signed by Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob claims that he had chaired a meeting involving 40 MPs from the coalition, who unanimously supported “the government under Mahiaddin Md Yasin’s leadership”.

Mahiaddin is Muhyiddin’s legal name.

An aide to Ismail Sabri told Malaysiakini that the statement is authentic.

For the record, BN has a total of 42 MPs.

However, BN executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz later issued another statement (below, left) denouncing the purported statement from Ismail Sabri as fake.

A BN statement (left) denying an earlier statement (right) allegedly from Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob that he had chaired a BN meeting. 

“The BN headquarters denies the existence of the letter using the party logo and address that has been published and gone viral.

“Any official party statement can only be issued by the party chairperson or secretary-general and will only be issued through official party communications channels,” he said.

Mohamad Sahfri’s statement has been posted on BN's official Facebook.

The dispute comes amid fresh doubts over Muhyiddin’s grip on power following a rebuke from Istana Negara earlier today.

The palace had revealed that the ruler asked de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan and Attorney-General Idrus Harun to ensure that the emergency ordinances were revoked through a debate and subsequent vote in Parliament, something which the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government refused to comply with.

It reprimanded the government for failing to act in line with the Federal Constitution.

The Prime Minister’s Office countered Muhyiddin had already advised the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to annul the emergency ordinances even before the special Parliament sitting convened on July 26, and the Agong is bound under Article 40(1) of the Federal Constitution to act in accordance with the advice.

Meanwhile, at a press conference at the Parliament lobby after the Dewan Rakyat was adjourned for the week, BN’s Pekan MP Najib Abdul Razak said Muhyiddin should resign over the royal rebuke.

“Following the Agong’s wrath, I’m of the view that prime minister Muhyiddin must take responsibility for what had happened, and the best option is for Muhyiddin to step down honourably because this reflects a prime minister who takes responsibility for what happens in his government’s name.

“Even though it was done by someone else, the buck stops with the prime minister,” he said.

Najib also reiterated the Umno supreme council's decision to back the PN government but not for Muhyiddin to remain as prime minister – a decision that many Umno MPs have rebelled against. - Mkini

Kakitangan KTMB maut elak babi

 

Keadaan kereta mangsa yang remuk selepas melanggar pencawang elektrik kerana mengelak seekor babi. (Gambar facebook)

PETALING JAYA: Seorang kakitangan Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) maut selepas kereta dipandunya merempuh pencawang elektrik ketika cuba mengelak seekor babi melintas di Kota Bharu, Kelantan, pagi tadi.

Mangsa, Dozian Harun, 53, disahkan meninggal dunia ketika dirawat di Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II (HRPZ II) selepas terbabit kemalangan pada 7 pagi di Jalan Salor Baru.

Menurut Ketua Polis Daerah Kota Bharu Abdul Rahim Daud, kejadian berlaku ketika mangsa dan anak lelaki berusia 21 tahun dalam perjalanan pulang dari Kota Bharu ke Tanah Merah.

Bagaimanapun, mangsa secara tiba-tiba dikejutkan dengan kehadiran haiwan itu yang melintas di hadapan menyebabkan kereta dipandunya terus hilang kawalan.

“Memandangkan jaraknya terlalu dekat, mangsa tidak dapat mengawal kenderaannya dan terlanggar peti pencawang elektrik.

“Dia mengalami kecederaan parah di kepala akibat terhantuk,” katanya menurut laporan Berita Harian.

Katanya, mangsa dikejarkan ke hospital untuk rawatan lanjut namun disahkan meninggal dunia pada 10 pagi.

“Manakala anak lelakinya pula mengalami luka ringan akibat kemalangan itu. Kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 41(1) Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987,” katanya. - FMT

Wanita terlelap, kereta terjunam masuk sungai

 

Mangsa dikeluarkan dari kereta dengan bantuan orang ramai manakala kenderaannya pula dikeluarkan bomba menggunakan pengusung dan tali. (Gambar Facebook)

PETALING JAYA: Seorang wanita dipercayai terlelap ketika memandu sebelum kenderaannya terjunam ke dalam sungai, dalam kejadian di Kilometer 61, Jalan Sungai Rengit-Kota Tinggi, di Kota Tinggi, pagi tadi.

Kejadian kira-kira jam 7.30 pagi itu berlaku ketika mangsa, Nurul Ain Shamyra Shariff, 22, memandu kereta Proton Persona secara bersendirian dari arah Sungai Rengit ke Kota Tinggi.

Menurut Ketua Polis Daerah Kota Tinggi Hussin Zamora, mangsa dipercayai terlelap sebelum kereta dipandunya terjunam dan terbalik di dalam sungai.

“Kemalangan itu mengakibatkan mangsa mengalami kesakitan pada bahagian leher manakala keretanya rosak dan remuk di bahagian bumbung,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan.

Katanya, kes disiasat mengikut Peraturan 10 Kaedah-Kaedah Lalu Lintas Jalan 1959.

Komander Operasi Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Kota Tinggi Mohd Rafi Mohd Nor pula berkata 11 anggota bomba dikejarkan ke lokasi untuk membantu mangsa sebaik pihaknya menerima laporan kejadian pada 7.37 pagi.

Katanya, mangsa berjaya dikeluarkan dari kereta dengan bantuan orang ramai manakala kenderaannya pula dikeluarkan bomba menggunakan pengusung dan tali.

“Difahamkan, mangsa dalam perjalanan ke tempat kerja di Pasar Borong Song Seng. Operasi menyelamat ditamatkan pada jam 8.18 pagi,” katanya.

Katanya, mangsa kemudiannya dihantar ke Klinik Kesihatan Air Tawar 2 sebelum dibawa mendapatkan rawatan lanjut di Hospital Kota Tinggi. - FMT

It’s fake, BN official says of statement that 40 MPs back Muhyiddin

 

Many MPs from Umno called for Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation today, thus raising questions on the authenticity of the statement by Ismail Sabri Yaakob. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional has branded as fake a statement claiming that 40 MPs from the coalition will continue to back the government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

BN executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz said the coalition’s headquarters denied the statement currently circulating on social media which used its logo and address.

“Any official statement must be issued by the chairman or secretary-general, and it can only be issued via the party’s official channel,” he said in a brief statement, referring to the posts held by Umno’s Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Zambry Abdul Kadir, respectively

In the statement issued earlier this evening, deputy prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, apart from supporting the current Periktan Nasional-led (PN) government, BN MPs would also uphold the King’s decree on the revocation of the emergency ordinances.

“BN MPs unanimously support the government led by Muhyiddin and agree with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree to prioritise addressing the people’s issues and welfare,” he said.

The statement by Barisan Nasional executive secretary Mohamad Sahfri Ab Aziz denying the earlier report.

Ismail said the decision was made following a meeting between the 40 BN MPs today.

FMT had confirmed the authenticity of the statement with an aide to Ismail.

However, questions have been raised about the unanimous support by BN MPs, considering that many Umno MPs had said earlier that the prime minister should resign, while Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has even moved out of the government bloc in the Dewan Rakyat.

FMT had also reached out to Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan for comment. - FMT