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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Sabah allocates RM4m to upgrade road in Pitas


The Sabah government has approved an allocation of RM4 million to tar the road at Jalan Salimpodon Mantus in Pitas for the benefit of over 1,500 residents at villages nearby.

Chief Minister Hajiji Noor (above) said the project would help enhance communication networks and the villagers’ socio-economic status, including reducing travelling time from several villages to Pitas town.

“The road tarring project will benefit residents of Kampung Solimpodon Mantus, Solimpodon Darat and several other villages,” he told reporters after the project’s groundbreaking ceremony at Kampung Solimpodon Mantus, Pitas, today. 

Jalan Solimpodon Mantus, which is located 16 kilometres from Pitas town that links the villages to Jalan Utama Pitas, is still a gravel and laterite soil road.

Hajiji, who is also Sabah finance minister, also launched the “Connect Me Now” WiFi project at Kampung Mantus as part of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government’s efforts to help people in rural areas to enjoy the Internet facilities.

The programme under the state Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, also comprises the VSAT (two-way satellite station) installation programme and, as of now, the “Connect Me Now” project at the village is the fourth implemented by the ministry.

The programme had also been implemented at Kampung Walahu, Ranau; Kampung Gana, Papar; and Kampung Kumawanan, Tambunan.

The state government plans to instal VSAT at 501 areas in Sabah in stages, starting this year.

Earlier, at an event, Hajiji said the government would build another 13 telecommunication towers in the district (Pitas), with one already completed and four under construction.

“We expect another eight towers to be completed by early next year. We want the people, especially school children, to enjoy the best of Internet facilities,” he said.

In his first working visit to Pitas as chief minister, Hajiji also announced an allocation to upgrade a road near the Pitas Community Hall to a tarred road and to build a bridge at Kampung Pondoi Kusilad in the Bengkoka state constituency. - Bernama

Be responsible when holding social events, Sabahans told

 Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the increase in the coronavirus cases was worrying and that the state government hoped the community would cooperate by complying with the required standard operating procedures (SOPs). -NSTP File Pix

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has recommended that social gatherings be held briefly or temporarily postponed in light of the spike in Covid-19 cases in the state.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the increase in the coronavirus cases was worrying and that the state government hoped the community would cooperate by complying with the required standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Such gatherings and celebrations include weddings, engagement ceremonies, aqiqah, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and retreats, among others.

"Such events are not allowed in district or locality under Movement Control Order (MCO) and enhanced MCO.

"For others, the state government encourages event registration to be done via Sabah Trace to allow the authority to monitor SOP compliance," said Masidi.

He stressed that authority's would not hesitate to take stern action by slapping a RM10,000 compound on anyone found violating SOP.

Today, Sabah recorded 131 new infections, with Tawau having the highest cases (87) followed by Lahad Datu (7) and Putatan (5).

Other districts recorded new Covid-19 cases are Sandakan (5); Tuaran (5); Kota Kinabalu (4); Semporna (3); Papar (2); Penampang (2); Keningau (1); Kinabatangan (1); Beaufort (1); Kunak (1); Nabawan (1); and Ranau (1).

Earlier today, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Lahad Datu would be placed under movement control order (MCO) for two weeks, effective tomorrow.

The decision was made after there was a sharp increase in daily positive cases with high infectious rate.

Enhanced MCO would also be imposed on Kampung Bukit Belacon, Mukim Segama in Lahad Datu beginning tomorrow.

Thus far, there were 26 positive cumulative cases reported from out of the 543 screenings carried out within the locality.

In Tawau, Kampung Muhibbah Raya will also be under enhanced MCO from April 11-24 after 30 positive cumulative cases were detected. - NST

Indonesia's Java hit by magnitude 5.9 quake, reports of one killed, damage


A damaged house affected by an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck in the ocean 91 km 57 miles south-southeast of Blitar is pictured in Malang East Java province Indonesia April 10 2021 in this photo taken by Antara Fotovia Reuters.

A damaged house affected by an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck in the ocean 91 km (57 miles) south-southeast of Blitar, is pictured in Malang, East Java province, Indonesia April 10, 2021, in this photo taken by Antara Foto/via Reuters.

JAKARTA (Reuters) -A magnitude 5.9 earthquake off Indonesia's Java island on Saturday killed one person and damaged buildings in several cities, media reports said.

The quake was felt in cities and towns across East Java, home to 40.7 million people, and nearby provinces, including the resort island of Bali, Indonesian media reported.

One person died in Lumajang after being hit by a falling boulder, news website Detik.com said, citing a town disaster official.

There had been aftershocks but there was no risk of tsunami, Indonesian geophysics agency BMKG said.

Reports of damage included parliamentary buildings, a school, a hospital and houses in several cities, while a large gorilla statue in an amusement park in the town of Batu lost its head.

The national disaster agency said authorities were still taking stock of the damage.

The quake struck in the Indian Ocean 91 km (57 miles) off the southern coast of East Java. It had a magnitude of 5.9 at a depth of 96 km, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said, after initially saying the magnitude was 6.8.

Video shared by social media users showed people running out of a shopping mall in Malang city amid the strong tremor.

"I felt the earthquake twice, the first time for two seconds and then it stopped, but then it shook again for five seconds," Edo Afizal, a receptionist at a hotel in Blitar, told Reuters by phone.

Indonesia was struck last week by tropical cyclone Seroja, which triggered landslides and flash floods killing more than 160 people on islands in East Nusa Tenggara province.

Straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is regularly hit by earthquakes. A magnitude 6.2 quake that struck Sulawesi island in January killed more than 100 people. - Reuters

King sends condolence letter to Queen Elizabeth II over passing of Prince Philip


KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah (pic) has sent a letter of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

In the letter on Saturday (April 10), which was shared on Istana Negara’s Facebook page, His Majesty described Prince Philip as a beacon of light known for his outstanding charisma and philanthropic endeavours.

As a nation, Malaysia had fond memories of Prince Philip’s many visits to the country, said Al-Sultan Abdullah.

Al-Sultan Abdullah recalled that he and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip on numerous occasions and the honour of hosting him in Taman Negara, Pahang in 1989.

"His Royal Highness will always remain in our hearts," he said in the letter.

The King said Prince Philip would be remembered for his steadfast support for Queen Elizabeth II, his unwavering commitment to the Commonwealth of which Malaysia is a proud member and his efforts to promote stronger ties between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.

"Our thoughts are with Your Majesty, the bereaved members of the Royal Family in this moment of sadness and sorrow . May God bless His Royal Highness's soul,” wrote Al-Sultan Abdullah.

Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Philip died at the age of 99 in Windsor Castle on Friday. - Bernama

Massive jam on Penang Bridge after car overturns in accident midspan


GEORGE TOWN: An accident involving an overturned car on Penang Bridge from the island heading towards the mainland has led to a major traffic jam in both directions.

All three lanes from the island to the mainland were temporarily blocked, as rescuers tried to extricate the victim and passers-by helped to turn the car over at about 7.10pm Saturday (April 10).

Traffic along the bridge from the mainland towards the island is also heavy following the accident.

Details of the victims involved have yet to be confirmed. - Star

Gemar ‘mengeteh’ punca Besut jadi zon merah


Besut menjadi zon merah susulan 24 kes positif lagi dikesan daripada Kluster Belaoh.

KUALA TERENGGANU: Daerah Besut bertukar menjadi zon merah hari ini apabila merekodkan pertambahan 24 kes positif Covid-19 bagi Kluster Belaoh menjadikan jumlah keseluruhan 49 kes direkodkan daripada kluster itu.

Pengarah Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri, Dr Nor Azimi Yunus berkata kluster yang bermula di Kampung Bela Oh di Besut itu berpunca daripada rutin penduduk yang suka ‘mengeteh’ di kedai-kedai kopi selepas selesai menunaikan solat di masjid dan surau tanpa mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang ditetapkan.

“Sekelip mata daerah Besut bertukar (status) merah. Bayangkan jika kita tidak laksanakan PKPD (Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan) di kawasan tersebut. Kemungkinan akan berlaku kluster yang besar di daerah Besut akibat pergerakan bebas kes positif yang ramai tu. Ramadan 2021 bakal menjelma tak lama lagi.

“Rakyat gembira nak sambut Ramadan nak berbuka bersama keluarga, sedangkan petugas kesihatan akan berbuka di lapangan bersama-sama kawan.

“Justeru tolong raikan pengorbanan mereka dengan cara patuhi SOP,” katanya dalam hantaran yang dimuat naik di laman Facebooknya hari ini.

Ketika ini terdapat 126 kes aktif Covid-19 di Terengganu dengan kes tertinggi di Besut (61) diikuti Kuala Nerus (27), Kuala Terengganu (17), Dungun (13), Marang (empat), Setiu (dua) dan Hulu Terengganu (dua).

Kluster Belaoh yang didaftarkan pada 6 April lepas adalah kluster komuniti yang melibatkan daerah Besut dan Marang di Terengganu serta daerah Bachok di Kelantan.

Kes indeks bagi kluster itu ialah seorang lelaki berusia 62 tahun yang dilaporkan positif COVID-19 pada 4 April hasil saringan individu bergejala.

Sehingga kini 945 individu sudah disaring termasuk penduduk di dua kampung bersebelahan iaitu Kampung PPRT Belaoh Baru dan Kampung Keruak. - FMT

Sarawak benarkan berbuka puasa di hotel, restoran, dewan


Hotel, restoran atau dewan yang menyediakan berbuka puasa mesti mematuhi syarat ditetapkan. (Gambar Bernama)

KUCHING: Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bencana Negeri (JPBN) Sarawak membenarkan majlis berbuka puasa diadakan di hotel, restoran dan dewan sempena Ramadan kali ini berdasarkan syarat tertentu.

JPBN dalam satu kenyataan hari ini memaklumkan pengusaha hotel, restoran dan dewan yang ingin mengadakan perkhidmatan berbuka puasa wajib memaklumkan pihak berkuasa tempatan dan Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bencana Bahagian masing-masing sebelum dibenarkan beroperasi.

“Tempahan berbuka berkumpulan daripada agensi kerajaan dan swasta tidak dibenarkan. Hanya kumpulan individu serta ahli keluarga terdekat dibenarkan dengan melakukan tempahan awal manakala ‘walk-in’ tidak dibenarkan,” kata JPBN.

Menurut JPBN semasa majlis berbuka puasa berlangsung, pelanggan juga tidak dibenarkan menunggu dalam barisan dan hanya boleh membuat pesanan melalui menu atau makan makanan yang dihidang di meja masing-masing.

“Bilangan pelanggan hanya 50% daripada kapasiti restoran atau maksimum 300 orang untuk dewan atau hotel. Garis panduan terperinci boleh didapati di laman web Kementerian Kerajaan Tempatan dan Perumahan Sarawak (https://mlgh.sarawak.gov.my),” kata kenyataan itu.

Sementara itu, pada hari ini terdapat 296 kes baharu jangkitan Covid-19 dikesan di Sarawak dengan empat kematian baharu. - FMT

Saya sudah divaksin, setakat ini OK, kata Najib


Najib Razak bagaimanapun tidak memaklumkan jenis vaksin yang diterimanya. (Gambar Facebook)

KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas perdana menteri Najib Razak hari ini menerima suntikan vaksin Covid-19 di sebuah pusat kesihatan.

Menurut perkongsian terbaharu di laman Facebook, beliau memuat naik gambar dan video berdurasi 42 saat proses suntikan itu.

Bagaimanapun, Najib tidak memaklumkan jenis vaksin yang diterimanya iaitu sama ada Comirnaty oleh Pfizer-bioNTech atau Sinovac dari China.

“Saya sudah divaksin. Setakat ini okey. Terima kasih kepada doktor, jururawat dan pembantu kesihatan tadi. Semoga pelaksanaan vaksinasi dipercepatkan juga untuk rakyat Malaysia,” katanya.

Sebelum ini, beliau pernah meluahkan hasrat untuk disuntik dengan vaksin Sinovac selepas Menteri Penyelaras Program Imunisasi Covid-19 Kebangsaan, Khairy Jamaluddin menjadi individu pertama menerima vaksin itu.

Terdahulu, Khairy dilaporkan berkata Najib membatalkan janji temu suntikan vaksin yang ditetapkan pada 6 Mac lalu.

Bagaimanapun, Najib menjelaskan tindakan itu adalah kerana ingin memberi laluan kepada petugas barisan hadapan untuk menerima suntikan terlebih dahulu. - FMT

Don’t force motorcycle buyers to take loans, warns ministry


Deputy minister Rosol Wahid said some motorcycle shops may be working in cahoots with financial institutions to earn more in interest. (Facebook pic)

KUALA TERENGGANU: Motorcycle shops have been warned against forcing buyers to take out hire purchase loans even if the customers insist on cash terms.

Deputy domestic trade and consumer affairs minister Rosol Wahid said his officers were monitoring motorcycle sales around the Klang Valley, following complaints that customers were apparently finding it difficult to buy in cash.

“Recently, I have received complaints from customers who say they find it difficult to buy motorcycles in cash, because sellers prefer their customers to purchase them in instalments,” he told reporters after officiating the Terengganu state-level Franchise Bay Tour Programme here today.

Bernama reported him as saying the ministry would investigate if traders were putting undue pressure on customers.

“There may be offences (committed) that we can take action against, especially if traders set different prices for the purchase of motorcycles in cash and hire purchase.”

He added that apart from keeping the people away from the burden of debt, he also did not want them to be saddled with interest payments, adding that this could be an alliance between the motor companies and financial institutions.

“Imagine if there is a charge of 5% or 8% interest over five years. How much will they earn (compared to the cash deal)?” - FMT

Lahad Datu in Sabah to go under MCO tomorrow


The movement control order in Lahad Datu is to ensure the infection rate remains under control and infections do not spread to other areas. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Lahad Datu in Sabah will come under a movement control order (MCO) from tomorrow until April 24 after a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the district.

In a statement today, senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the health ministry had reported a spike in Covid-19 cases in the district — with 103 cases recorded over the last 14 days.

“The MCO will ensure the infection rate remains under control and infections do not spread to other areas,” he said.

Meanwhile, several other areas in Sabah and Sarawak will come under an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) from tomorrow until April 24 after a similar rise in cases in these localities.

Ismail said Kampung Bukit Belacon in Segama, Lahad Datu, will be placed under an EMCO after the health ministry detected 26 positive cases following 543 tests. He added that the health ministry has observed a rise in cases in the area over the past week and a high infection rate.

Meanwhile, in the Sabah district of Tawau, Kampung Muhibbah Raya will be placed under an EMCO after 30 positive cases were detected following 113 tests.

In Sarawak, the Mukah Polytechnic College and nine longhouses in the district will also be placed under an EMCO.

Ismail said 13 cases were detected after 72 tests at the college, with the health ministry warning of a high infection rate due to the movement of students and staff within the campus.

He added that the EMCO will allow the health ministry to ensure all 1,396 students and staff are tested.

A total of 23 cases have been detected at nine longhouses under the Sungai Daun longhouse, with the EMCO in place to ensure the residents’ movements are restricted and that the infections do not spread beyond the community.

In Limbang, Sarawak, Kampung Menuang Baru will go under an EMCO after 10 positive cases were detected following 165 tests.

Meanwhile, in Kelantan, the EMCO at the Rohaniah care centre at Sekolah Integrasi Ikhwan, Kampung Gong Kulim, Pasir Puteh, will end tomorrow as scheduled after a decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases in the area.

Ismail also said 78 people were arrested by the police yesterday over MCO-related offences.

He said 74 of them were issued compound fines and four remanded.

Most of the offences were for participating in activities which made physical distancing difficult (53).

Among the other offences were crossing districts or states without permission (22) and failing to wear a face mask (10).

Meanwhile, 3,450 compliance task force teams were deployed to conduct checks on 29,327 supermarkets, restaurants, hawker stalls, factories, banks, government offices, as well as land, water and air transport terminals.

The authorities also detained 49 undocumented migrants yesterday as part of the ongoing Op Benteng. They also confiscated 13 vehicles.

On mandatory home quarantine, Ismail said 169,581 people who arrived through KLIA were screened for Covid-19 from July 24 to Feb 13 and were placed under quarantine.

Some 1,326 tested positive and were sent to hospital for treatment, while 160,728 have been allowed to return home. A total of 7,527 people are undergoing mandatory quarantine. - FMT

RM1.7 billion allocated, only RM68 million used


Economics minister Mustapa Mohamed says a large sum was allocated to help small- and medium-sized enterprises.

JELI: Only 4% of RM1.7 billion allocated for the digital sector through four economic stimulus packages has been utilised, said economics minister Mustapa Mohamed.

Mustapa, who is a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the government would conduct a study to find out why the utilisation rate of the allocation was so low. Though he did not state the actual amount, a 4% rate amounts to about RM68 million.

“There are several schemes under the stimulus packages that involve RM1.7 billion, which is a large amount allocated by the government to help small- and medium-sized enterprises and micro (enterprises) … but the level of utilisation is relatively small.

“Through several programmes such as the Digital@Jeli programme, we will ask the participants whether they know about the four packages that the government has launched previously,” he said.

He said this to reporters after attending the programme organised by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan at Pondok Moden here today.

Among the four economic stimulus packages for the sector are the SME Digitalisation Grant and the Industry Digitalisation Transformation Scheme, with allocations of RM100 million and RM16 million respectively.

Mustapa also said it was his responsibility to ensure that every government initiative, including the MyDigital-Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint, was known to every community, especially in the rural areas.

“My mission is what we do in Kuala Lumpur, I want to make sure the villagers also know and feel the (benefits),” said Mustapa, who is the MP for Jeli.

On the Digital@Jeli programme, Mustapa said it was a course to help 30 small entrepreneurs earning less than RM3,000 by teaching them to expand their business through digital platforms.

He said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission planned to improve internet access in about 13 areas in the Jeli constituency to help the people in digital business. - FMT

Minister calls for early decision on Raya travel


An early decision will help people make preparations for their trip home, says Ismail Sabri Yaakob. (Bernama pic)

JOHOR BAHRU: The government will ask the health ministry to make an early announcement on whether to allow interstate travel in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, said senior minister for security Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Ismail said an early decision would help the public to make preparations and allow those using public transport to purchase tickets to return to their hometowns.

“This matter is under the purview of the health ministry and they will conduct a risk assessment (on the matter),” he told reporters after attending an afternoon tea event with the residents of the Army Combat Training Centre in Ulu Tiram, here today.

He announced that the government had allocated about RM1.34 million to upgrade basic facilities at the centre, including its mosque, fences and accommodations. - FMT

Sarawak sets conditions for breaking of fast at restaurants


Sarawak has agreed to allow breaking of fast at hotels and restaurants during Ramadan under certain conditions.

KUCHING: The state government has agreed to allow the breaking of fast at hotels, restaurants and halls, with certain conditions, during the month of Ramadan.

The Disaster Management Committee said in a statement today that hotel, restaurant and hall operators who intend to provide breaking of fast services would be required to inform the authorities beforehand.

“No group reservations from government and private agencies are allowed. Only individuals and close family members are allowed through early reservations while walk-ins are not permitted,” it said.

Customers can only order from the menu or help themselves to the food that has already been served at their tables. They are not allowed to queue for food.

“As for the number of customers, only 50% of the restaurant’s capacity or a maximum of 300 people are allowed for halls or hotels,” the statement added. - FMT

Electric buses in Kota Kinabalu by mid-year


The six-month pilot electric bus project is expected to reduce congestion and pollution in Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: Electric buses are expected to take to Kota Kinabalu’s streets in the middle of this year in a RM200 million pilot project by a state government investment arm.

The project is to be run by government-owned Warisan Harta Sabah Sdn Bhd (WHS) through its subsidiary Kojasa Holdings Bhd.

WHS executive director Mohd Syukor Abdul Mumin said the company expects to receive 100 to 200 electric buses.

He said the existing bus operators need not worry as the electric bus service would not affect their income.

“They don’t need to worry. It (their income) will in fact increase,” he said.

“We want to reduce congestion in the city and pollution,” he said after the signing of an agreement between WHS and the bus manufacturer Gemilang Coachwork Sdn Bhd (GML) and two other companies, EPost and Go Auto Group.

The signing was witnessed by WHS chairman Salleh Said Keruak. The company was represented by chief executive Ahmad Rizal Dahli.

GML was represented by managing director Pang Chong Yong, Epost by its managing director Tobin Ng with chief operating officer Mandy Chan, and Go Auto Group by its executive chairman SM Azli Nasimuddin Kamal and executive director Farok Maasom.

Police To Record Statements Of Ahmad Zahid, Anwar Regarding Audio Clip


(Bernama) – Police will record the statements of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in connection with a recent audio clip which purportedly contains their conversation, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.

He said investigating officers were waiting for the right time to call them up to record their statements.

“If they think they have been victimised or slandered, they should come forward to lodge reports; an investigation can be opened from this angle,” he told reporters after launching the Selangor police Taman Angkat Amanita programme at the Surau An-Nur field here today.

Abdul Hamid said members of the public were welcome to lodge police reports if they felt distressed by the audio clip, which has gone viral on social media.

He said an investigation paper had been opened and a copy of the audio recording had been sent to a forensic labouratory to determine its authenticity.

Abdul Hamid, however, could not say how long the labouratory analysis on the audio clip would take.

“The findings of the analysis will be sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, for it to classify any offence that may have been committed.

“In whatever case, we try to settle the matter fast so that investigation can be speeded up,” he added.

The audio clip contains a conversation between two individuals with voices resembling those of Ahmad Zahid and Anwar, discussing matters related to the Umno General Assembly last month.

Kenapa Anwar Ibrahim Enggan Menjawab?


Anwar Ibrahim ditanya, suara yang di dalam rakaman perbualan yang bocor itu adakah suara dia atau bukan, dia tidak mahu menjawab dan menukar cerita tentang isu lain pulak yang tidak ada kaitan dengan soalan yang ditanya.


Confirm: Pakatan Harapan Buka Pintu Untuk Kerja Dengan Umno


Pendekatan tersebut diumumkan tidak lama selepas tularnya rakaman audio dikatakan perbualan di antara Presiden PKR merangkap Pengerusi PH Anwar Ibrahim dan Presiden Umno merangkap Pengerusi BN Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

(Malaysiakini) – Pakatan Harapan (PH) kini mengambil pendekatan “khembah besar” bagi menyatupadukan rakyat Malaysia tanpa mengira latar politik mereka bagi memulihkan demokrasi negara.

Pun begitu, kata gabungan tersebut, kleptokrat tidak dialu-alukan untuk berada di bawah “khembah besar” berkenaan.

Pendekatan tersebut diumumkan tidak lama selepas tularnya rakaman audio dikatakan perbualan di antara Presiden PKR merangkap Pengerusi PH Anwar Ibrahim dan Presiden Umno merangkap Pengerusi BN Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Kami akan terus gigih berusaha menjuarai aspirasi rakyat dengan mengambil pendekatan ‘khemah besar’ untuk menyatupadukan rakyat Malaysia dari pelbagai lapisan masyarakat tanpa mengira pegangan politik.

“Ini penting bagi memulihkan kembali sistem demokrasi berparlimen dengan menamatkan penggantungan Parlimen,” kata Majlis Presiden PH dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Ia ditandatangani bersama oleh Anwar, Presiden Amanah Mohamad Sabu dan Setiausaha Agung DAP Lim Guan Eng.

Ia dikeluarkan selepas tamat pemukiman PH di Port Dickson yang berlangsung pada 8 dan 9 April lalu.

Justeru, kata mereka, PH akan mengumpulkan tandatangan semua ahli parlimen yang menyokong pembukaan semula parlimen menerusi satu memorandum untuk dipersembahkan kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong di Istana Negara.

“(Ini) senafas menjunjung titah nasihat Agong bahawasanya darurat tidak menghalang parlimen untuk bersidang.

“Kami menegaskan kesediaan untuk berunding dan bekerjasama dengan mana-mana pihak berdasarkan prinsip dan agenda reformasi demi kepentingan rakyat, tanpa melibatkan kleptokrat,” kata mereka lagi.

Ia merupakan gesaan terbaru pemimpin-pemimpin kanan PH untuk menolak kerjasama dengan “kleptokrat” seperti yang disuarakan mereka sehari selepas Anwar tidak menolak kemungkinan wujud kerjasama dengan Umno bulan lalu.

Beberapa hari lalu, tersebar audio yang didakwa perbualan antara Anwar dan Ahmad Zahid berkenaan Perhimpunan Agung Umno dan ucapan ahli parlimen Bagan Datuk semasa perhimpunan berkenaan.

Kedua-dua pemimpin menafikan ketulenan video berkenaan.

Parlimen digantung akibat pelaksanaan darurat yang berkuat kuasa dari 11 Jan hingga 1 Ogos. Menurut Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin Yassin, langkah itu perlu diambil bagi membendung penularan Covid-19.

Bagaimanapun, Muhyiddin berdepan kritikan hebat daripada pembangkang dan tidak ketinggalan sekutunya sendiri dari Umno supaya membuka semula parlimen bagi membolehkan ahli Dewan Rakyat bersidang.

Just explain 'Anwar' audio clip to party, Shahidan tells Umno president


Umno supreme council member Shahidan Kassim believes there is no further need for either party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi or PKR president Anwar Ibrahim to lodge a police report over the alleged audio recording between them.

Instead, Shahidan said Zahid has to explain the matter to the party and face the music if the recording is real.

The audio clip purportedly has Anwar congratulating Zahid's handling of the Umno general assembly. Both men claim the recording is fake.

However, Anwar said today even if the audio clip real, there was no criminal element to it.

Shahidan said the PKR president's remarks indicated that the recording was indeed authentic.

"When Anwar said 'What is the issue here?' that shows as though he was admitting the audio clip is real, so why would they (Anwar and Zahid) need to lodge police reports?" Shahidan told Malaysiakini.

Neither Anwar nor Zahid have lodged police reports over the matter although a police probe is underway.

"It is better for Zahid to just explain (the recording) to the party (Umno). No need for a police report.

"I want my beloved president to explain. If it's true, then we take disciplinary action because Umno members appear to be suspended arbitrarily at the moment," Shahidan said.

Shahidan is currently at odds with Zahid over the party's decision to sever ties with Bersatu.

The Arau MP insists that cooperating with Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional in the next election would benefit Umno. - Mkini

Perak MB: 4,200 football fields worth of forest reserves cleared illegally


3,000 hectares, or 4,200 football fields, of forest reserves in Perak were detected to have been illegally cleared to date, according to Menteri Besar Saarani Mohamad.

He said the issue was being addressed through the state Forestry Department, with five cases brought to court and several others currently being investigated.

“Some people have been chopping down trees and extracting timber illegally from the forest and sold them. Some others have been cultivating crops on the land. This is illegal deforestation.

“We urge all of them to stop the activities immediately because we have a specific law for timber extraction. If logging activities are not controlled, it will cause mud floods,” he said at a press conference today.

Saarani (above) was speaking at the Greening Malaysia Programme: Tasik Raban Lenggong in conjunction with the Perak-level 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign at Dataran Tasik Raban, about 60km from Ipoh.

Also present was Energy and Natural Resources Minister Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.

Saarani said a special committee was formed to deal with the issue and the state Forestry Department has also identified those involved with the illegal deforestation sites.

Earlier in his speech, he said Perak has planted 100,000 trees since early January and would intensify its efforts to encourage people’s participation in the campaign, so as to achieve the state’s target of planting 10 million trees by 2025.

At the same news conference, Shamsul said to date, 5.8 million trees have been planted nationwide, with Sarawak recording the highest number.

“I’m confident we can achieve the target (of planting 100 million trees nationwide by 2025) based on our achievement so far. We hope various quarters will volunteer to take part in the programme together with government-linked companies and corporate bodies,” he said.

Earlier, Saarani and Shamsul planted several trees that are related to Perak such as the Ipoh, Beruas, Kangsar, and Sungkai trees in the Tasik Raban area.

On Jan 5, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin launched the 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign 2021-2025.

The campaign was also launched simultaneously at the state levels by the respective Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers.


Home Minister has no power to meddle in police affairs, says MP


Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim today urged the Home Minister to retract his order for the inspector-general of police (IGP) to postpone the transfers of several senior police officers.

He said the minister has no right and no authority to meddle in police affairs.

"I received information that the IGP made a decision to transfer senior police officers as stipulated in the law, which provides him with the power to command and control the police force as an officer appointed by the king.

"Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin has no power under the law to postpone, let alone to defer the decisions that the police chief has made.

"I look at this attempt by the home minister as something serious. Although the country is now in a state of emergency and the Parliament is suspended, it does not mean the home minister has the power beyond what has been provided by the law that he can usurp the IGP's jurisdiction," Hassan (above) said in a statement.

The PKR leader pointed to recent revelations by IGP Abdul Hamid Bador about the existence of a "cartel" in the police force and that the country has become a target for international drug cartels as a transit point.

"As an MP, I would like to advise the home minister to retract his order to the IGP. The IGP must be given the room and support to combat crime in this country and make the police force able to function professionally with integrity as an agency that protects the country's security," Hassan said.

According to media reports, a message went viral on Facebook yesterday alleging there was interference in a police transfer exercise.

The message claimed that transfers of officers ordered by the IGP had been postponed under the order of the minister in charge of home affairs.

Today, Abdul Hamid reportedly told reporters he would be meeting Hamzah soon to proceed with the plan and to explain his action in issuing the order. - Mkini