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Thursday, March 4, 2021

National Library to reopen Tuesday

 Services at the National Library of Malaysia (PNM), including the Community Library, will be reopened to visitors beginning Tuesday (March 9). - Photo credit Facebook/Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR: Services at the National Library of Malaysia (PNM), including the Community Library, will be reopened to visitors beginning Tuesday (March 9).

PNM deputy director-general Datin Jamaliah Mohd Nayan in a statement today said that the services to reopen are the Information and Membership Registration Counter; Malaysian and Overseas Reference Centres as well as bulk loan services at Menara PNM and Wisma Sejarah, as well as the Children's Library Service at Anjung Bestari.

The operating time will be from 10am until 5pm, Tuesday until Saturday.

Meanwhile, the operating hours for the Bukit Damansara Community Library, Mahkota Cheras Community Library (BMC Mall), AEON Library at AU2 Setiawangsa (AEON AU2, Setiawangsa), Buku2U @ Radia Library (Radia, Bukit Jelutong) and Keramat UTC Community Library (Mini UTC, Keramat Mall) are from 10am to 5pm every Tuesday to Saturday.

Jamaliah also advised visitors to always adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) and embrace new norms, besides informing that the Fine Free Programme (no fines on overdue book returns) has been extended until March 31, 2021. -- BERNAMA

BN, Pakatan urge Agong to invoke powers and summon Parliament since government will not

 The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah delivers the royal address during the opening of the first meeting of the third session of the 14th Parliament in Kuala Lumpur May 18, 2020. — Bernama pic

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah delivers the royal address during the opening of the first meeting of the third session of the 14th Parliament in Kuala Lumpur May 18, 2020. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Pakatan Harapan counterpart Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim issued separate statements tonight that both demanded the restoration of Parliament.

Both insisted that this must be done given that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has unequivocally decreed that the federal legislature can convene notwithstanding the current Emergency.

Zahid said there was no reason not to reconvene Parliament given that the movement control order will expire today.

“The supremacy of the Federal Constitution must be upheld to allow Parliament to play its fair role in ensuring check and balance,” he said in a statement.

Today, Zahid said BN was appealing to the Agong to, if he saw fit, invoke his powers as contained in the Emergency Ordinance to urgently summon Parliament for a meeting.

The Umno president said there were urgent matters affecting Malaysians, the country’s political stability, and economic prospects that must be discussed among federal lawmakers.

Separately, Opposition leader Anwar said PH lawmakers were extremely disappointed with the government’s refusal to heed the Agong’s decree.

In seemingly coordinated remarks, Anwar also cited the supremacy of the Constitution in urging for the urgent restoration of Parliament.

As with Zahid, Anwar argued that Section 14(1)(b)of the Emergency Ordinance (Necessary Powers) 2021 in conjunction with Article 40(2) of the Federal Constitution empowered the Agong to summon Parliament by decree.

“[We] humbly and sincerely beseech Tuanku Agong, if he so desires, to decree that Parliament convene for the following matters to be tabled,” Anwar said in the statement.

The statement goes on to list matters requiring Parliament’s attention, such as the current powers of the government under the Emergency, the country’s Covid-19 situation, the welfare of lower income groups, and Malaysia’s economic recovery.

On February 24, the Agong issued a decree saying Parliament could convene during the current Emergency and should do so soon.

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan claimed it was still unsafe to convene Parliament, purportedly because many parliamentarians were in the high-risk group for Covid-19 infections.

He also said there was no need for Parliament as the government could enact laws without the legislature using Emergency powers. - malaymail

Bersatu: Umno's decision to cut ties will have a major impact on any future cooperation


Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin. - Bernama

PUTRAJAYA: Umno's decision to terminate ties with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and Perikatan Nasional will have major implications on any future cooperation.

"We view the letter by the Umno president dated Feb 26 seriously.

The contents of the letter will have a serious impact on future cooperation between Umno, Bersatu and Perikatan.

"Bersatu will remain focused on strengthening cooperation with our friends in Perikatan, namely PAS, STAR, SAPP and Gerakan, based on a struggle that is honest and sincere to serve the interests of the people," said Bersatu secretary-general Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin on Thursday (March 4).

Umno had sent a letter, signed by president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, stating that the party supreme council, in a meeting on Feb 19, had agreed not to cooperate with Bersatu in the next general election.

The letter, addressed to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Bersatu president and Perikatan chairman, also stated that Umno would continue to support the Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved.

Muhyiddin chaired Bersatu supreme council meeting to decide on Umno's letter on Thursday.

Hamzah also said that Bersatu is of the view that the Perikatan administration, under Muhyiddin's leadership, remains strong and functional.

"In dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and a challenging economy, political stability is paramount to ensure that whatever the government has planned can be implemented effectively.

"Bersatu would like to express its appreciation to all political parties that remain loyal to defend the aspirations of the Perikatan government," said Hamzah.- Star

Annuar Musa doesn't speak for Barisan, says Nazri


Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz. -filepic

PETALING JAYA: Umno leaders are expected to toe the party's line, including any decision made regarding the political ties with Bersatu, for the General Election, says Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The Padang Rengas MP, who was responding to concerns from Tan Sri Annuar Musa over Umno's decision to withdraw support for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, said the latter did not speak for Barisan Nasional.

"He may have an opinion, but once the party decides, then we have to support.

"If he feels otherwise, then that's his problem, not the party's," Nazri told The Star.

Annuar has been vocal against Umno's decision to terminate cooperation with Bersatu and had claimed the decision was never conveyed to Umno divisions and grassroots.

Meanwhile, Nazri said Barisan, as a 70-year-old political coalition, must be strong-willed and courageous enough to take on the election alone.

He cited the past experiences of DAP, PAS and PKR.

"DAP and PAS lost many times in the elections and yet they still go to the elections alone. So, why shouldn't Umno?" he questioned.

"We don't want to tumpang (free ride). We are a dominant party with more than 70 years of history, why should we be the second party? We must be dominant and believe in ourselves."

Nazri also said Barisan had learned its bitter lesson of cooperating with Perikatan Nasional in the Sabah state election last year.

"We ended up losing the chief minister's position, sabotaged by them in three-cornered fights. So, I think we learned from this experience."

During the Sabah state election last year, BN, PN and PBS, which are part of Gabungan Rakyat Sabah, clashed in 17 seats.

At the same time, Nazri also said he does not believe in a Malay-Muslim government.

"I believe in a Malaysian government. We have to be multiracial, that's why I insist on Barisan, not Umno," he added.

Earlier Thursday (March 4), Umno secretary general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said the decision to notify Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of severing ties with Bersatu came about after considering the views of party grassroots.

Ahmad also said the decision was made after careful consideration, and after weighing the pros and cons of the party's inclusion in the Perikatan government.

Recently, an Umno letter signed by Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had circulated on social media, claiming that the party's supreme council had decided in a Feb 9 meeting not to cooperate with Bersatu in the 15th general election.

The letter addressed to Muhyiddin also stated that Umno would continue to give its support to the Perikatan government until Parliament is dissolved. - Star

Ku Li calls for Umno to immediately cut ties with PN


Umno stalwart Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has called for his party's supreme council to immediately hold a meeting and decide to leave the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government before the Parliament is dissolved.

The Gua Musang MP's statement came after Bersatu held a meeting this evening to decide on its cooperation with Umno. 

Umno had sent a letter dated Feb 26 to relay its wish to only be with the PN government until the Parliament is dissolved and the 15th general election is called.

"My advice to Umno members who are in the government and GLCs, (prime minister) Muhyiddin Yassin had threatened to kick us out.

"What are you waiting for? Stop (supporting) immediately, protect your dignity and the party's dignity," he said in a statement.

Subsequently, after the meeting, Bersatu in a statement reiterated its stand to strengthen its cooperation with allies in the Perikatan Nasional coalition.

PN coalition members include Bersatu, PAS, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku Rakyat Sabah (Star), Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp), and Gerakan.

BN chairperson and Umno president Zahid Hamidi had also released a statement appealing to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to order Parliament to convene as soon as possible.

Since working together to form the federal government, the relationship between Umno and Bersatu became strained after Umno accused Bersatu of sidelining them and for attempting to steal their members.

Apart from that, the cooperation between Umno and PAS, via the Muafakat Nasional political pact, which was formed before the Pakatan Harapan government collapsed, is also being tested after PAS was seen as leaning towards Bersatu.

The Muafakat pact was never officially registered. - Mkini

MACC: Zahid received 2 cheques worth RM6m


The High Court was told today that Umno president Zahid Hamidi received two cheques valued RM6 million from Datasonic Group Berhad (DGB) Deputy Managing Director Chew Ben Ben, which was then handed to Messrs Lewis & Co.

MACC investigating officer Mohd Hizar Farhan Abdul Razi said both cheques were handed over by Chew to Zahid at the former deputy prime minister's official residence in Seri Satria, Putrajaya in 2017.

The court was told before this that Lewis & Co was the trustee of Yayasan Akalbudi, a foundation owned by Zahid.

Based on the 14th and 15th charge, Zahid is alleged to have received bribes amounting to RM6 million from Chew as an inducement to appoint Datasonic Technologies Sdn Bhd (DTSB) to implement a five-year passport chip project.

The project involved 12.5 million chips for the Malaysian passport polycarbonate biodata page for the Immigration Department through direct negotiations under the Home Affairs Ministry.

Hizar said the cheques were obtained from Chew following a shortage of passport supply in 2016 after DTSB was awarded the passport chip supply contract in 2015.

"Chew was called to meet the accused (Zahid) on Sept 16, 2016 to explain the lack of supply in passports.

“A few months later, in mid-April 2017, Chew was again called to meet the accused at his official residence in Seri Satria, Putrajaya and at the meeting (end of April 2017), Chew handed over two cheques amounting to RM6 million to the accused," he said.

Hizar was reading out his witness statement during the main examination by Deputy Public Prosecutor Gan Peng Kun.

He was speaking during the trial of the former deputy prime minister, who is facing corruption, abuse of power, and money laundering charges involving millions of ringgit in funds from Yayasan Akalbudi.

The 91st prosecution witness said Zahid, who was also Home Minister then, had instructed the Home Ministry secretary-general to act on DGB’s application for the supply of chips.

“Following this, the secretary-general directed the then secretary of the ministry’s procurement division, Abd Aziz Md Nor to provide comments and views to the Finance Ministry on the matter.

"Only after Abd Aziz received a letter from the Home Minister's office dated Sept 8, 2014 priority was given to the application for the supply of passport chips for five years or 12.5 million chips for the Malaysian passport polycarbonate biodata page.

"After receiving a letter from the office of the Deputy Prime Minister dated Oct 20, 2015, Abd Aziz instructed the assistant secretary-general of the ministry’s procurement division to expedite the decision on price negotiations to the Procurement Board so that the Letter of Acceptance can be expedited as directed by the accused," he said.

When asked by Gan during re-examination, the witness agreed that the contract awarded to DTSB to supply the passport chips was in accordance with proper standard operating procedures.

Gan: If the accused had not agreed to the contract being given to DTSB, would the (Finance Ministry) have awarded it?

Mohd Hizar Farhan: No.

Zahid, 68, faces 47 charges, 12 of them for criminal breach of trust (CBT), eight for corruption, and 27 for money laundering involving tens of millions of ringgit of funds from Yayasan Akalbudi.

The trial before Judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues tomorrow.


Menantu, mentua bertengkar bawa maut


Dua suspek itu ditemui bersembunyi dalam pondok hasil maklumat orang ramai.

KUANTAN: Polis menahan dua beradik lelaki hari ini, kerana disyaki membunuh seorang peneroka selepas satu pertengkaran di sebuah rumah di Felda Mempaga 3, Bentong kira-kira 188km dari sini, semalam.

Ketua Polis Daerah Bentong Zaiham Mohd Kahar berkata suspek yang berusia 26 dan 34 tahun itu ditahan semasa bersembunyi di sebuah pondok di Empangan Lembah Klau, Raub yang terletak sekitar 30km dari lokasi kejadian, pada 10.30 pagi tadi, berdasarkan maklumat orang awam.

“Siasatan awal mendapati suspek berusia 34 tahun yang tinggal bersama mangsa telah bertengkar sekitar 2.15 petang Rabu dan semasa itu, suspek kedua yang tinggal berhampiran telah datang ke lokasi kejadian dipercayai bagi membantu abangnya.

“Suspek kedua dikatakan telah naik berang dan menendang mangsa di dada kiri mengakibatkan si mati mengadu sakit dada dan muntah beberapa kali sebelum rebah, menyebabkan kedua-dua suspek terus melarikan diri,” katanya menerusi kenyataan media di sini, hari ini.

Zaiham berkata mangsa berusia 59 tahun adalah bapa mentua kepada suspek yang berusia 34 tahun.

Beliau berkata isteri suspek yang juga anak mangsa menghubungi klinik kesihatan berdekatan, namun mangsa disahkan telah meninggal dunia oleh pegawai perubatan di lokasi kejadian.

Bagaimanapun, punca kematian mangsa masih belum diketahui sehingga bedah siasat dijalankan di Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan (HTAA) di sini, selepas selesai ujian pengesanan Covid-19.

Zaiham berkata siasatan awal juga mendapati kedua-dua suspek yang bekerja sendiri positif heroin dan methampethamine serta mempunyai rekod jenayah berkaitan dadah.

Siasatan lanjut dijalankan di bawah Seksyen 302 Kanun Keseksaan kerana membunuh yang memperuntukkan hukuman mati mandatori, jika sabit kesalahan. - FMT