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					Tajuk Artikel : Eurocopter deal still on

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN

PETALING JAYA: Negotiations to purchase 12 Eurocopter helicopters for the RMAF are still on, sources said.
When contacted yesterday, a source said high-level officials of the Defence Ministry had not received any
instruction from the Government to cancel the programme.

Another source said no decision had been made on the matter yet.

They were commenting on a news report published on an Internet news portal which claimed that Deputy
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had decided to cancel the purchase of the helicopters.

The Government had recently announced the purchase of 12 Cougar EC725 helicopters from the European
firm to replace the ageing Nuris at a cost of RM2.3bil.

Najib had said last week that the Cabinet had given the Public Accounts Committee the green light to
investigate the procurement process of the helicopters.

Najib, who is also the former Defence Minister, had suggested that the PAC investigate the matter.
PAC chairman Datuk Azmi Khalid had said that the committee would scrutinise the details leading to the
purchase of the new helicopters during a two-day meeting starting tomorrow.

Among those who would be called in to assist the PAC is Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abu Bakar
Abdullah.

Dzirhan Mahadzir, a correspondent of Jane’s Defence Weekly, said the helicopter purchase programme was
still at the negotiation stage between the Government and Eurocopter after the Letter of Intent (LOI) had been
issued.

Dzirhan said the LOI meant that the negotiations would still be subject to pre-conditions before the final
selection is made and a Letter of Award (LOA) given later on. He added that the LOI would enable the
Government and the vendor to plan and negotiate the best offer that could be worked out before the LOA is
handed over.

―It will be more appropriate if a postponement is announced if the Government finds that it cannot make the
deal due to external factors such as the national economic condition.

―But it will be odd if the deal is called off now, because everyone will have to go back to square one and make
a new tender. There‘s a lot of speculation in the news report about the cancellation if you ask me,‖ he added.
Tajuk Artikel : AirAsia finally makes it to India

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has finally conquered its ―last frontier‖ with the Indian government giving the low-
cost carrier approval to fly to India.

AirAsia chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said the airline would start selling tickets to Tiruchi
in Tamil Nadu at midnight tomorrow, with the first flight to take off at 7.40am on Dec 1.

―It will be a daily flight and we are looking at even adding a second flight now as the initial response has been
tremendous,‖ he told reporters at a press conference here yesterday.
Special promotional prices for the flight will cost RM49 one way while the normal ticket price will cost about
RM200 one way.

Fernandes said plans were now in the works for the next one-and-a-half years for AirAsia to fly to many more
destinations in India including Chennai, Madurai and Kochi.

It is learnt that these destinations, plus Tiruchi, are the places where many Malaysian Indians can trace their
roots and travel to for family visits.

―AirAsia X, meanwhile, will fly to places like New Dehli, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Calcutta,‖ he
added.

He said AirAsia would initially invest between RM5mil and RM7mil to set up infrastructure in India and was
confident that they would do well.

―This is an exciting period for us. I‘m looking at a load factor of at least 90% for our first flight,‖ he said.
Fernandes said it had taken the airline seven years to reach this stage and with its entry into India, his mission
as CEO was complete.

―I had said then that India would be the last place we need to go to. It is now over to AirAsia X to grow the
business to Japan, South Korea, Europe and the United States.‖

Fernandes said he expected a huge growth in Indian tourists to Malaysia and that he was not worried about
the global economic slowdown.

―I believe that you have to be innovative. While other airlines are cutting back, we are expanding and can take
up the slack.

In response to recent Malaysia Airlines advertisements, Fernandes said his battle with MAS was over and that
it was time to move on.

―We can compete fairly all the time. That is not a problem. It was only when they blocked us from getting what
we wanted that I made noise.‖
Tajuk Artikel : Fruits and veggies from China safe to eat, says Liow

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Vegetables, fruits and eggs imported from China are safe for consumption, the Health
Minister has assured worried consumers.

Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said there has been no delay in entry of perishables at ports as the
authorities were aware that the items ―cannot be stored longer than three to four days.‖

It is understood that vegetables and fruits from China make up more than three-quarters of the imported fruits
in the Malaysian market.

He was commenting on a report quoting a vegetable wholesalers‘ association as saying that shipments of
vegetables had been delayed at ports.

Liow said vegetables, fruits and eggs from China had been classified under Level 4 (Surveillance
Examination) of the Food Safety Information System of Malaysia. It means the consignments are allowed in
after samples have been taken for testing.

Liow said the authorities had never imposed a Level 5 (Hold Test Release) check on vegetable and fruits.

At Level 5, the consignment would be held back until results of the tests are released. Dairy products from
China come under this category.

The ministry recently banned the import of ammonium bicarbonate from three Chinese manufacturers,
classifying the levelling agent used for biscuit production under Level 6 (Automatic Rejection).

In a statement, Health Ministry food safety and quality division director Noraini Datuk Mohd Othman said that
under Level 4 checks, 57 samples of fruits and vegetables from China were found to be melamine-free.

Noraini said seven more food products from China and four locally produced biscuits also passed the
melamine-free test.

The China-made products are Variety Flavour Biscuits (Golden Fuji), Strawberry Flavour Round Biscuit (Aji),
Potato Cracker (Aji), Farley‘s Rusk Orange (Heinz), Farley‘s Rusk Original (Heinz), Oatmeal Cracker Coffee
Flavour (Haitai) and Mini Cornetto Blueberry & Strawberry Flavour (Wall‘s).

The local products are Rainbow Wafer (Hany), Biskut ABC Chocolate Flavour (Biscuits World), Swiss Roll
Perisa Susu (London Biscuits) and Double Choco Choco Coated Cake (Mizu).
Tajuk Artikel : Sabah: Relocate Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is proposing the relocation of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after it has been
discovered that the facility‘s main block is structurally unsafe.

Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the Land and Survey Department had been directed to identify a tract of
land in the city‘s vicinity where the hospital could be moved to.

―We feel the hospital‘s existing location is too congested and hope the Federal Government will consider this
matter,‖ he said after attending the Sabah MIC Deepavali open house yesterday.

Musa said the state Cabinet would also discuss the relocation proposal at its next meeting and would give the
matter priority as medical facilities were crucial for the people.

―Our hope is that with bigger land, the hospital would become a premier medical centre with even more
facilities,‖ Musa added.

Last week, the Health Ministry disclosed that the hospital‘s main tower block had been declared unsafe after a
series of cracks were discovered on the structure.

The ministry said the structure of the hospital‘s main tower block, the podium, the forensics block and the
boiler room would be vacated and eventually demolished.




Tajuk Artikel : Thousands at riverfront project launch to see Michelle Yeoh

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

IPOH: Thousands thronged the launch of the Kinta Riverfront project here mainly to catch a glimpse of
international star Datuk Michelle Yeoh.

The arrival of the Ipoh-born former Bond girl sparked off a chain of bright flashes from cameras as Yeoh was
escorted to the grand event held on Deepavali eve.

Welcoming her were Morubina Group of Companies managing director Ting Sing Yiew and state senior
executive councillor Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham.

Yeoh, who launched the project with Ngeh, lauded the project, adding that she hoped more people would
come forward to develop the state together with the Government.

She said the days when tin miners were the main economic force for Perak were long gone and the tourism
industry should be the foremost for the growth of the state.
Grand entrance: Yeoh walking to the stage at the launch of the project in Ipoh on the eve of
Deepavali.

With her are her father Datuk Yeoh Kian Teik (in front of her), mother Datin Janet Yeoh (behind her), and
Morubina Group of Companies managing director Ting Sing Yiew (behind Kian Teik).

Yeoh said there should be more proper facilities like five-star hotels to accommodate tourists, adding:

―When we bring our friends here, we need proper five-star hotels to accommodate them. ―We can‘t just ask
them to visit for the day and go off somewhere else. We want them to stay and enjoy because there‘s so
much to do in Ipoh,‖ she said.

Ngeh stressed that the state government would welcome local investors who want to bring prosperity to the
state.

The RM200mil Kinta Riverfront project, which runs along 1.2km stretch on both sides of the Kinta River, will
feature the city‘s first five-star hotel and service suites.

Replicas of the world‘s famous bridges, bazaars, shops and mini theme parks were also planned in the
project, which is expected to be completed within two years.
Tajuk Artikel : MB: Choice of non-bumi stays

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

By SHAH ALAM: Selangor is going ahead with its appointment of a non-bumiputra to helm the Selangor State
Development Corporation (PKNS).

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the appointment of its Finance and Corporate deputy general
manager, Low Siew Moi, as acting general manager was intended as a short-term measure to ensure effective
continuation of management.

On being told that some quarters were against Low‘s appointment as she is not a bumiputra, Khalid smiled
and said: ―that is their opposing views and this is mine‖.

Khalid told a press conference here yesterday that Low, 57, who was due to retire this year, had her services
extended by a year as outgoing PKNS general manager Datuk Harun Salim, whose annual contract expires
this Thursday, turns 60.

Harun retired in mid-2003 and will have to leave the government body in compliance with the Public Services
Department‘s age ceiling regulation.

Khalid said that if both of them retired at about the same time, it could affect the smooth running of PKNS and
as such the state had asked Low to defer her retirement by a year until a suitable bumiputra successor was
found.

Low, who is in Australia for a week‘s holiday, received her letter on Wednesday.

―We can‘t have two top officers retiring at the same time as we need an effective continuation of management.
Our best option is to extend Low‘s service on a contract basis to replace Harun,‖ said Khalid after he officiated
at the I-city complex here.

He added that she would work in tandem with the PKNS board of directors to steer the state‘s business arm
forward.

He said efforts had been made to find such a successor from within PKNS but there was a conflict of interests
where a group of senior officers had been found to be holding 30% shares in PKNS Infra Sdn Bhd, a
subsidiary of PKNS.

―Shocked is the word,‖ said Khalid. ―PKNS is supposed to uplift the Malays by providing them with business
opportunities but checks showed that 75% of the projects in the past were awarded directly or
indirectly to non-bumiputra firms.‖

Even the previous PKNS chairman, former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, had announced
that the state‘s business arm had made a profit of RM500mil last year but a check revealed that 50% was in
the form of extraordinary items, said Khalid.

Khalid claimed it was discovered after the financial announcement that PKNS had given a RM100,000 gift to
Dr Khir as a bonus.

―We need to clean up PKNS and bring it back to its original focus to help bumiputra businessmen, without
seeking to make personal profits or operating along political lines.‖
Tajuk Artikel : MPSJ takes 38 offenders to court

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

By LIM CHIA YING

THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has brought to court 38 offenders pertaining to cases of illegal
house renovations and premises used for other purposes. It was the first mention for the 38 cases concerned.
The cases were mentioned at the MPSJ magistrate‘s court in Subang Jaya.

Of the 38, only 20 turned up. The rest were absent, and warrants of arrest have been issued to bring the
remaining 18 to court.

The magistrate was Nur Syafawati Arifin while the prosecuting officers were Aziana Mohd Arifin and Intan
Rosalina Rasim.

Of the 38 cases, 13 dealt with offences under Section 70 (11) Road, Drainage, and Buildings Act 1974 (Act
133), which is making changes to the building without written permit from the council.

Six of the cases were for offences under Section 70 (12) of the said act, which is misuse of building other than
its original intention without written permit from the MPSJ.

Another 13 cases were for offences under Section 70 (13) involving the construction of building or structure
without permit, construction that has strayed from the approved plan, and not abiding by the order of the
council.

When their cases were read out, many of the houseowners did not admit guilt and their hearings were fixed at
a date next year.

One of the cases read out involved a developer who had not abided by the stop-work order notice that was
issued to them.

The offence was classified under Section 70 (13) d of the Road, Drainage, and Buildings Act 1974 (Act 133).

The developer was fined RM25,000 after admitting to the offence.

Another case involved a kerosene store operator who had been operating his business without licence in an
industrial area in Puchong. The offence was classified under the Licencing/Trade/Industry bylaws, for which
the magistrate imposed a fine of RM1,500 or nine months‘ jail or both.

The operator, who admitted guilt, had to pay the fine.

Also heard was another case involving the misuse of a premises in Seri Kembangan, whereby a house was
turned into a coffin-selling business, classified under Section 70 (12) of the same act.

If found guilty, the offender can be punished up to a maximum of RM25,O00.

The offender, however, did not admit guilt and asked for a hearing.

―As of this year, we have issued some 479 compounds, under different sections of the act,‖ said the MPSJ
public relations officer Azfarizal Abdul Rashid. ―The council wants to remind the public to comply to all laws
and that we are serious in enforcing our by-laws against offenders,‖ he said.
Tajuk Artikel : Sneak preview of new forest park at Putrajaya

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

By GEETHA KRISHNAN

THE canopy of tall trees isolated us from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, providing us with
refreshingly coolness and a sensation of charming relaxation.

There we were, a group of journalists, basking in the chirping of birds, the rustling of leaves and the occasional
buzzing of winged insects, enjoying the raw nature under the clear, translucent sky. It was simply beautiful and
delightful!

We were standing in a tropical forest 90m above sea level at Putrajaya for a preview of the forest-cum-park in
Precincts 14 and 15, ahead of its official launch this coming Friday.




Cool under the heat: The canopy of tall forest trees in Taman Rimba Alam offers a fun and relaxing
walk for nature lovers

Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, the wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, is scheduled to
open the forest park at 8.30am.

A first for the federal administrative capital and the country, Taman Rimba Alam was originally a rubber estate
and oil palm plantation, known as the Sedgeley and Prang Besar Estates.

It was designed as a showcase for tropical rainforest trees on a 160ha site and is one of 12 metropolitan parks
on the Putrajaya master plan.
This way: Rosslan leading the media during the preview of the tropical lowland forest in Precincts 14
and 15, Putrajaya.

Funds for Taman Rimba Alam were first allocated under the 8th Malaysia Plan and then under the 9th
Malaysia Plan.

According to resident forester Rosslan Yaacob, the project team weathered many challenges in creating the
lowland tropical forest with a balanced ecosystem.

―From a topographical viewpoint, this park was developed by preserving the natural vegetation and minimising
disturbance. The most arduous task was the sourcing for trees because forest trees are sensitive to over-
exposure,‖ Rosslan said.




Closer look: The Kasai Merawan Stand is an area planted with trees with large leaves

―In the early stages, we had a 15% tree mortality rate but the number has now declined to 5%. From the 400
species of trees, we have produce a wide range of quality wood like cengal, meranti, keruing, resak and
nyatoh,‖ he said.
The park‘s development comprises four phases, with the first beginning in 2001.

More than 94,000 trees have been planted so far and Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) will continue to identify new
species especially the ones going extinct or are rare.
Taman Rimba Alam will also serve as a gene pool for research and preservation due to PjC‘s close working
ties with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRiM) and the Forestry Department.

According to Rosslan, of the 163 meranti species found in peninsular Malaysia, 80 are available at the park.




For mounted police: A sign showing the horse trail near one of the water bodies.

―Trees are planted close to one another to encourage competition and to accelerate the growth rate.

―It normally takes around eight years to achieve a 10cm-girth around a tree trunk but with Taman Rimba Alam,
after barely four years, the girth of trees are already measuring 15cm,‖ Rosslan said.

The components of the park are:
·Avenue trees (planted near the entrance);
·Instant Forest Display (for large trees like palm);
·International Tropical Arboretum (forest trees originating from Southeast Asia);
·Red Meranti-Keruing Forest (dominant species in Malaysian forests);
·Ridgetop Hillside Forest (trees in hilly areas);
·Chengal-Kempas Forest (both important species are currently dwindling in numbers);
·Indigenous Forest Fruit Trees (to balance the eco-system);
·Planting Around Water Bodies (for high moisture species);
·Kasai Merawan Stand (represented by wide leaf trees); and
·Mixed Species Matrix (for fast-growing species).
After the tour on foot, we travelled on four wheel-drives through bumpy routes. We spotted horse trails used by
the mounted police units for training.

Activities such as camping, fishing, trekking and horse-riding will be made available to the public from early
next year.

Research, tree identification and related activities will also be opened to higher education institution students
and government agencies.

The final phase of Taman Rimba Alam will be carried out under the 10th Malaysia Plan. Included in the final
phase are the construction of a forest management and education centre, maintenance building, campsites,
chalets, washrooms and park areas.
Tajuk Artikel : World Peace Congress opens tomorrow

Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

MALAYSIA will play host to some 1,500 international and local delegates to the 18th IAEWP World Peace
Congress (WPC) and the 1st International Martial Arts Festival (IMAF) that will be held from tomorrow until
Friday at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre in Petaling Jaya.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the patron of the event, will be attending the opening
ceremony tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri
Yaakob are the event‘s special advisers, event organiser PIH Sdn Bhd announced recently.

Organising committee chairman and PIH (M) Sdn. Bhd executive chairman Datuk Shahul Hamid M.A. Bakar
said: ―We really need to focus on the deep-rooted problems that we‘re having,‖




Martial arts expert: Master Goho Wonho Chong, 8th Dan (Australia) will be among the martial arts
exponents at the International Martial Arts Festival

According to Shahul, people of various faiths and cultures are ―walking on eggshells‖ because they do not
want to offend one another or get into fights, but it is imperative that different groups €― educators,
intellectuals, corporations €― get together and talk, earnestly and with respect.

That is the point of the 18th IAEWP World Peace Congress.

―The IAEWP Peace Congress brings together an inspiring, diverse and welcoming group of educators,‖ said
PIH (M) Sdn Bhd congressional director Dr Vijay Shanmugam.

―It creates new alliances and we meet people there that we had never worked with before‖.
Themed ―Peace As A Tool For Global Integration‖, the 18th IAEWP Peace Congress will feature about 18
distinguished international speakers who will deliver the theme-focused inspiring speeches. Among them is
Professor Dr Azmi Sharom from Malaysia.

The IAEWP will also be presenting Abdullah with the ‗Presidential Medal of Honour‘ for his vision in promoting
peace as a model for development in Malaysia.

The Congress will also be designating Malaysia as ―Island of Peace‖ to culminate its global vision of conflict
resolution through diplomacy.

―It‘s not the norm in our culture to forgive,‖ Shahul said, ―We are very much an eye for an eye. But, that doesn‘t
work €― eventually, we all go blind.‖
The other component of this three-day event, the 1st International Martial Arts Festival 2008 (IMAF), which will
be held concurrently with the WPC, is supported by The World Head of Family Sokeship Council (WHFSC).




From Malaysia: Professor Dr Azmi Sharom will be among the speakers at the 18th IAEWP World Peace
Congress.

The WHFSC is an international body that brings together the founders, grandmasters and inheritors of the
martial arts styles and systems from across the globe.

This is an exclusive union of the top grandmasters of 9th or 10th dan ranking, or the equivalent, from around
the world.

The council serves as a governing board which maintains the highest integrity for martial arts and artists
(www.bushido.org/~whfsc).
Shahul said the objective of the IMAF was to showcase the biggest martial arts event in the world.

―Besides promoting world peace through martial arts by gathering participants from over 90 countries, we also
want to create Malaysia as the hub to enhance the brotherhood of the martial arts worldwide.

―More importantly, it is our aim to get Malaysians as well as the international public to appreciate what we
have already accomplished that is, created the country at the backdrop of peace and harmony that have been
a successful formula in a multi cultural society.‖
There are two major segments in IMAF: the Martial Arts Workshops, which will be conducted by 45 martial arts
grandmasters from more than 100 nations around the world, and the Martial Arts Exhibition, an assemblage of
100 local and international exhibitors displaying products and services related with martial arts.

The 18th IAEWP World Peace Congress 2008 and 1st International Martial Arts Festival are jointly organised
by Pertubuhan Seni Silat Ikatan Kalam Utama Malaysia (PIKUM) and PIH (M) Sdn Bhd.

The event is supported by the Government of Malaysia, Inter-national Association of Educators for World
Peace (IAEWP), World Head of Family Sokeship Council (WHFSC) and Majlis Seni Beladiri Malaysia
(MARCILL).
Tajuk Artikel : Tipping the exam scales

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

By Jennifer Gomez




                            Do tips providers give students false hopes?



With the SPM exam just around the corner, tuition centres are offering instensive classes that provide tips on
how to spot questions, writes JENNIFER GOMEZ

AS government examinations draw near, tuition centres provide extra tutorials on how to answer questions, with
tips on questions that may appear.

All for a fee, of course.

Students, afraid to miss out on anything that might get them their As, pester their parents to send them to these
tutorials and seminars offering, among others, spotted questions.

Parents are puzzled, wondering why the syllabus wasn't covered during regular tutorials.
Also, they are inundated with SMSes from these centres stressing the importance of these additional classes
and workshops.

In addition, their children don't want to lose out to friends who have signed up for them, too.

This is the scenario faced by urban parents and their children in the race to obtain As, be it for the Penilaian
Menengah Rendah or Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examinations.

Teachers and parents appear to agree on this issue with the SPM examination just around the corner.

National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng was against students being too
reliant on last-minute examination tips offered for a fee. She said students should not be spoon-fed.

Lok said these tipsters were not doing anything positive to help students prepare for examinations in a
wholesome manner. "They are giving students false hope. "With such tips, students focus their efforts on
spotted questions and they do not go through the whole syllabus."

But her hands are tied for now, that is, until someone makes a formal complaint.

Lok said: "Some teachers say that this is not a healthy practice. Some even suspect that these tips are being
obtained through not-so-legitimate means but no one has made an issue of it."
Teacher P.S. Han, however, said that the availability of these tips for a fee was a supply-and-demand issue.

"There's a demand for them because our examination system is focused on getting As. So, it's a business
opportunity to be sei-zed."

However, Han is against his children seeking these tips. "When I was in school, my teacher told me that his job
was to educate me and that was it. It was my responsibility to prepare for my examinations.

"That is the principle I live by as a teacher myself today."

Han, who sets his school examination papers, has made it a habit of late not to distribute his questions to other
teachers. "It's safest just with me." He said that the idea of glorifying those who got multiple As was flawed.

"Students in good urban schools are expected to get the As.
"What's so great about them? They have good schooling and private tutors.

"What about the student in a remote area in Sabah, for instance, who has to walk for miles to school and yet
passed his examination?

"In that sense, the media is also wrong to focus on the top scorers when results are announced."

Mercy Almeida, a secondary school teacher, tried to convince her son, who will be sitting his SPM examination,
and daughter, who sat for PMR examination recently, not to be too reliant on intensive tuition classes and tips.

"I told them to just keep up with what they learn in school and revise at home. They are also going for tuition.
"But my daughter went to the extent of saying to me that if I didn't allow her to go for these additional sessions,
she might fail her examination," said Almeida, troubled by the whole affair.

She said it all started with her daughter's tuition centre offering intensive classes for an additional fee when it got
closer to the PMR examination.

"They forced the students to go for the intensive classes, saying that it was necessary if they wanted to do well.

"What I didn't like was that the tutors who were teaching the regular classes were the same ones teaching the
intensive classes. Why didn't they cover everything in the regular classes?

"On top of that, we get inundated with SMSes about these intensive classes, so the students felt that they might
lose out if they didn't attend."

Despite trying to reason with her daughter, the latter insisted on going, saying that her friends had signed up for
it.

Almeida had less energy to put up an argument with her son, who is also attending these special classes, and
has signed up for an examination tips seminar on Nov 1 and 2. She said that 90 per cent of students in urban
centres were attracted to these seminars and packages offering tips. She added that even the poorer children
were taken up by these offers.

"We conduct extra classes for poor students who cannot catch up to bring them up to par and instil confidence in
them to face their examinations, but they also want to go for extra classes."

D.F. Fernandez, a teacher in Sitiawan, said, however, that the trend had not caught on in smaller towns.

"There was a seminar here two weeks ago on examinations tips and only about 20 students from my school
went."
Tajuk Artikel : Rules for keeping passports

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday




                                           Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam



KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry is working out a scheme for employers to legally hold
passports of foreign workers for safekeeping.

"According to the law, nobody is allowed to hold another person's passport. However, many workers agree that
the employer shall hold on to their passports for safekeeping," Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S.
Subramaniam said after launching Winfield International College's School of Information Technology recently.

"I've asked the ministry to formulate regulations so that when the employer keeps the passport, they have certain
responsibilities.

"They have to ensure the passports and work permits don't expire and that they give it back to the employee
when requested."

Asked if this could lead to further abuse of a system which is criticised by non-governmental organisations as
being in favour of employers, Dr Subramaniam said: "This is already going on now. We can either close one eye
or do something about it."

He also said the ministry was trying to give domestic maids one day off a week or wages in lieu of it.
Tajuk Artikel : Office mates, families bond over bird-spotting in the wild

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday




                        Anuar Abdullah McAfee (third from left) helping his charges
                        to identify birds



KEMAMAN: The children chirped excitedly as they lined up to peek through the telescope, hoping to catch a
glimpse of the Great Hornbill perched on the branch.

Not far behind them were their parents, who were just as busy training their binoculars on the same spot.

For the families of the employees of Talisman Malaysia Ltd who are based here, this was their first bird-watching
session, which was part of a two-day workshop conducted by Malaysian Nature Society Terengganu. Some 40
people took part.

The workshop was more than just an introduction to bird-watching. It was also a bonding session between the
families.

Talisman Malaysia Ltd government and community programme assistant Tilagavathi Ramasamy said most of
their staff based here were left out in family-oriented activities organised in Kuala Lumpur, the base
headquarters.

"Owing to their busy schedules, they usually miss out on the fun so this workshop is specially for them. This way
they feel they are a part of us," she told the New Straits Times, adding that the area was a good site for birding.

Ramasamy also said that when the employees and their families get together they form a better working
relationship, which would lead to increased productivity in the workplace.

Suriyani Tukiran, a clerk in the company, said she had something new to talk about with colleagues at the office,
which brought them closer. "It also sparked a new interest for my husband and my 6-year-old daughter who
enjoyed the workshop. We're looking forward to our next bird-watching trip."

Workshop coordinator Anuar Abdullah McAfee said bird-watching as a family was a popular activity in North
America and Europe.

"Studies have shown that spending time together in family activities can promote unity and build relationships
and trust among members."
Tajuk Artikel : Help SMEs, ministry and banks urged

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday




              Orphans receiving gifts from Datuk KK Eswaran and Datin
              Vivienne Eswaran



KUALA LUMPUR: The government should help small- and medium-sized enterprises during these trying times
as they are the main drivers of the country's economic growth, the Malaysian Associated Indian Chambers of
Commerce and Industry said.

Its president, Datuk K.K. Eswaran, also suggested that all businessmen, including the Indians, should start
saving as well.

At his Deepavali open house at Bangunan Peladang in Jalan Klang Lama yesterday, he said local banks should
be kinder when dealing with loan repayments from the SMEs, which were having a tough time repaying their
loans due to the present economic situation.

"It would help if the Finance Ministry and banks help restructure their loans and give them some breathing
space.

Some 2,500 people attended the open house, including Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his
wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Gerakan
president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

Eswaran gave cash and gifts to some 350 orphans.

Also present were his wife, Datin Vivienne Eswaran, and children Eugene Sean, Derrek Sean and Adeline Vicky.
Tajuk Artikel : Yeoh urges ex-miners to invest in tourism

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday




                                               Datuk Michelle Yeoh



IPOH: Former Bond girl Datuk Michelle Yeoh has called on former tin miners and their families to invest in the
state's tourism industry and turn it into a bustling and popular tourist destination.

She said it was high time the "sleepy" capital (Ipoh) was given a boost to promote its charm and beauty.

"Ipoh is a beautiful city, but more needs to be done to promote it.

"The city was once the thriving capital when tin was the main economic resource, but those days are gone," she
said at the launch of the Kinta Riverfront project yesterday.

Also present was senior state executive councillor Datuk Ngeh Khoo Ham. The project, developed by the
Morubina group of companies, is aimed at transforming the city into a "must visit" place among tourists.
The RM200 million Kinta Riverfront development covers 16ha on the banks of the Kinta river.

It stretches 1.2km from Jalan Raja Musa Aziz until Jalan Sultan Iskandar.

Among the attractions are six pedestrian bridges above the scenic Kinta river, a five-star hotel and serviced
suites, a boardwalk of boulevard style cafes and shops, a flea market, and an open-air auditorium for concerts
and cultural shows.
Tajuk Artikel : AirAsia flights to Tamil Nadu from Dec 1

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Bhd will fly to India beginning Dec 1 with its inaugural flight to Thiruchi in the southern
Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said the airline expected a huge growth from
Indian tourism to contribute to its new route. "I anticipate very high load factor for this flight (probably) about 90
per cent from the first week, which should probably be the strongest route we have ever done," he told a media
briefing here.

He said there was a huge potential for the airline as Thiruchi was the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu with a
population of 1.6 million.

Bookings for the daily flights start on Wednesday at midnight, with offer prices from RM49 while an average fare
price of RM200 for one-way flight.

For India, AirAsia would be using 10 A320 planes. – Bernama



Tajuk Artikel : Bigger hospital planned for Kota Kinabalu

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday

By Roy Goh

KOTA KINABALU: The state capital needs a bigger hospital, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said
yesterday.

"We need a bigger hospital for the people within Kota Kinabalu and we are willing to give a plot of land big
enough to build it."

Musa said he had ordered state Land and Survey Department director Datuk Osman Jamal to find a suitable plot
within the city.

"We have good and new hospitals all over Sabah, but here, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is getting more
congested. I will bring this up in the next cabinet meeting," he said during the Sabah MIC Deepavali open house
hosted by its state liaison committee chairman, Datuk V. Jothi, at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex in Likas.

For about a week now, the Health Ministry has been evacuating patients from the 27-year-old Tower Block at
QEH following reports made by a consultant company that the building was unsafe.

The damaged Tower Block has 250 beds and several key facilities, including eight surgery rooms, the forensics
department, intensive care unit wards, radiology services and a pharmacy. The Beaufort, Keningau and Likas
hospitals are now being used temporarily to accommodate patients from QEH but the government is also looking
into the possibility of renting or buying services of private hospitals nearby.

Among its options are the Sabah Medical Centre and Damai Specialist Centre, both located within the Luyang
area. A new 10-storey building is also nearing completion in the QEH.
Tajuk Artikel : Education system to blame, says professor

Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online October 28, 2008 – Tuesday




                        Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Khim



TUITION centres are not helping to create thinking students by providing examination tips and model answers,
but they are hardly the ones to shoulder all the blame.

Historian Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Khoo Kay Khim said the exam-oriented education system was the problem.

"We should not be telling students what is coming out in examinations or how they should answer questions.

"They must figure that out for themselves.

"But, in the first place, there should not be too much emphasis on getting 16 and 17As."
Khoo said that even in universities, students would ask lecturers what were the topics to study, and then ask
what were the possible questions, and how to answer them.

"The younger lecturers fall into this trap and tell students what they want to know, partly in their attempt to be
popular.

"My students come up to me as well, and I say I don't know, just study everything."

He said that even in school, there were teachers who refused to teach the whole syllabus so that students would
attend their tuition classes outside school.

"And at these extra classes, they offer examination tips.

"One wonders where they get their tips from because not everything is above board these days."
Tajuk Artikel: 11,834 pencarum KWSP pilih skim fleksibel

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Seramai 11,834 pencarum Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) memilih pengeluaran
caruman secara fleksibel apabila mencapai umur 55 tahun membabitkan tunai sebanyak RM728 juta sehingga
Jun lalu sejak skim itu dilancarkan pada November 2007.

Pengurus Kanan Perhubungan Awam, KWSP, Nik Affendi Jaafar, berkata kaedah yang fleksibel ini
membolehkan ahli menguruskan simpanan persaraan mereka dengan lebih tersusun selain terus berpeluang
menikmati dividen tahunan sehingga berusia 75 tahun.

Beliau berkata, melalui skim ini bayaran pengeluaran boleh dibuat melalui dua kaedah iaitu pengeluaran
sebahagian, iaitu ahli boleh mengeluarkan sekurang-kurangnya RM2,000 bagi setiap pengeluaran dalam
tempoh 30 hari sekali. Ahli perlu mengemukakan permohonan pada setiap kali membuat pengeluaran.
Kaedah kedua, pengeluaran bayaran secara bulanan dengan kadar minimum RM250 sebulan bagi tempoh
sekurang-kurangnya 12 bulan, dengan syarat ahli memiliki minimum RM3,000 di dalam akaun mereka.

―Kaedah bayaran yang fleksibel ini bertujuan menggalakkan ahli supaya tidak mengeluarkan simpanan secara
sekali gus. ―Kajian menunjukkan sebahagian besar ahli membelanjakan simpanan mereka dalam tempoh
kurang dari 10 tahun selepas mengeluarkan secara sekali gus,‖ katanya kepada Berita Harian.

Beliau berkata pengeluaran fleksibel mengelakkan pencarum kehabisan sumber pendapatan dalam tempoh
singkat sekiranya gagal mengurus kewangan mereka.

Sehingga Jun lalu KWSP membayar RM2.7 bilion kepada 62,270 pencarum yang membuat pengeluaran penuh
sekali gus.



Tajuk Artikel: Telur di pasaran bebas melamin

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani semalam mengesahkan telur ayam yang
dipasarkan di negara ini tidak tercemar dengan melamin kerana semua produk berkenaan adalah keluaran
tempatan bukannya diimport.

Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar, Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Jamaluddin, berkata Malaysia tidak
mengimport telur sama ada dari China atau mana-mana negara kerana pengeluaran tempatan sudah cukup
untuk menampung permintaan.

―Kita memang tidak pernah membuka permit import untuk mana-mana negara bagi produk telur kerana sudah
mempunyai 115 peratus pengeluaran telur ayam yang mencukupi untuk menampung permintaan pengguna dan
juga pengusaha kek, roti dan pastri.
―Jadi orang ramai tidak perlu ragu-ragu untuk membeli telur di pasaran kerana produk berkenaan bebas
daripada pencemaran melamin,‖ katanya ketika dihubungi di sini, semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian bagi mengulas isu telur ayam di Hong Kong yang diimport dari China mengandungi 4.7
satu bahagian per sejuta (ppm) melamin, melebihi tahap yang dibenarkan iaitu 2.5 ppm.

Sementara itu, Pengarah Bahagian Keselamatan dan Kualiti Makanan Kementerian Kesihatan, Noraini Mohd
Othman, berkata pihaknya tidak akan mengambil sampel produk berkenaan di pasaran tempatan untuk diuji.
Tajuk Artikel: Keistimewaan Melayu kekal

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

Oleh Mohd Feroz Abu Bakar
IPOH: Hak keistimewaan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera seperti diperuntukkan dalam Perkara 153
Perlembagaan Persekutuan akan terus dipertahankan walaupun berlaku perubahan kepemimpinan negara pada
Mac depan, kata Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, pada masa sama, hak kaum lain dan kepentingan bukan Melayu serta
kehendak mereka akan tetap terus diberi perhatian oleh kerajaan.

Beliau berkata, pihak lain juga tidak wajar mempersoal peruntukan yang sudah dipersetujui dalam
Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menjadi asas kepada pembentukan negara ini.

―Sehari dua ini disebut mengenai kontrak sosial. Perlembagaan negara, peruntukan 153 dalam Perlembagaan
yang menentukan hak istimewa orang Melayu adalah sesuatu yang kita akan pertahankan.

―Begitu juga kita akan pertahankan hak rakan bukan Melayu. Yang mempunyai hak yang patut dan wajib
dipertahankan kepentingan mereka serta kehendak mereka. Kita jangan sekali-kali menyalah-gunakan kuasa
kita.

―Kita tidak mahu orang mempersoal apa yang sudah termaktub dalam Perlembagaan negara, sebagai tiang seri
kepada negara.

―Dasar kita boleh ubah dan dasar kita boleh rundingkan. Kepentingan kaum kita boleh jaga ... serta masalah
setiap kaum kita boleh bela. Tetapi asas tiang seri negara tetap akan dipertahankan. Inilah yang menjadi
landasan untuk kita mengorak langkah ke hadapan,‖ katanya pada majlis Aidilfitri Umno Perak di sini, malam
kelmarin.

Hadir sama Naib Presiden Umno, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, Menteri di
Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi dan Pengerusi Badan Perhubungan Umno Perak,
Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali.

Dalam ucapannya, Najib berkata, beliau akan mengekalkan hubungan baik dengan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi selepas mengambil alih jawatan Presiden Umno Mac ini.

Katanya, beliau akan meneruskan semua program baik yang dilaksanakan Abdullah dan tidak akan mengubah
sebarang pengisian untuk kepentingan nasional.

"Saya akan jaga perasaan sesama kami. Saya akan jaga perasaan Pak Lah kerana saya hendak hubungan
saya dengan Pak Lah berterusan.

―Setiap daripada kita tetap boleh mainkan peranan untuk tentukan masa depan kita. Sebab menjelang Mac nanti
bukan perubahan kerajaan, cuma perubahan kepemimpinan. Kami masih lagi dalam satu keluarga.

―Dari segi pengisian tidak akan ada yang berubah. Mana yang baik yang dibuat oleh Pak Lah, saya tetap akan
teruskan,‖ katanya.

Najib berkata, program seperti Misi Nasional, Islam Hadhari dan koridor pembangunan akan dikekalkan demi
pembangunan jangka panjang negara.
Tajuk Artikel: RM12.6j naik taraf sekolah Tamil

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

Oleh Mohd Hamizar Hamid




                         MOHD ZIN menyampaikan sumbangan Deepavali kepada 400
                         orang masyarakat India di Taman Permata, Dengkil, Sepang,
                                                  semalam.

Peruntukan untuk penuhi keperluan asas SJKT di Sepang

DENGKIL: Sejumlah RM12.6 juta daripada RM42 juta peruntukan Kementerian Pelajaran dan Kementerian
Kewangan sudah digunakan bagi menaik taraf 12 sekolah jenis kebangsaan Tamil seluruh daerah Sepang.

Menteri Kerja Raya yang juga Ahli Parlimen Sepang, Datuk Ir Mohd Zin Mohamed, berkata sekolah berkenaan
dinaik taraf supaya setanding sekolah lain di daerah itu dan Putrajaya.

"Semua SJKT dalam Parlimen Sepang, kerajaan sudah menyediakan peruntukan dan ini akan dapat
menyelesaikan segala keperluan asas sekolah yang berada di dalam Parlimen Sepang.

"Peruntukan ini adalah adalah sebahagian daripada sejumlah RM42 juta yang diperuntukkan di seluruh negara
membabitkan semua sekolah bantuan modal SJKT," katanya pada sidang media selepas menyampaikan
sumbangan Deepavali kepada 400 penduduk Taman Permata di sini, semalam.

Sekolah yang menerima peruntukan Kementerian Pelajaran ialah Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT)
Dengkil, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, Ladang Ampar Tenang, Ladang Tumbuk, Ladang Teluk Merbau, Ladang
West Country, Taman Permata, Sepang dan Ladang Bute.

Semua sekolah berkenaan sudah menjalani skop kerja ubah suai dan naik taraf.

Sekolah yang menerima peruntukan Kementerian Kewangan di bawah Akaun Amanah SJKT Kementerian Kerja
Raya adalah SJKT Ladang Tumbuk, Kuala Langat; SJKT Teluk Merbau, Sungai Pelek di Sepang dan SJKT
Ladang Ampar Tenang di Dengkil.

Pembinaan satu blok dua tingkat bilik darjah berserta kantin ketiga-tiga sekolah itu kini pada peringkat penilaian
tender.

Mohd Zin berkata, pihaknya berharap semua masalah yang dihadapi sekolah jenis kebangsaan itu akan selesai
dengan pelaksanaan projek berkenaan.

"Saya sedar masih banyak sekolah yang memerlukan bantuan dan kita sedang berusaha menjalankan kerja
mengaudit bangunan pada seluruh sekolah jenis kebangsaan Tamil," katanya.
Tajuk Artikel: Kerajaan disyor wujudkan Pelan Pekerjaan Nasional

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan disaran mewujudkan Pelan Pekerjaan Nasional sebagai polisi atau garis panduan
khusus bagi mengatasi kebergantungan negara terhadap pekerja asing.

Pengarah Eksekutif Persekutuan Majikan Malaysia (MEF), Shamsuddin Bardan, berkata langkah itu dijangka
mampu meningkatkan penggunaan sumber tenaga kerja tempatan secara optimum di samping mengurangkan
pekerja asing dengan berkesan selaras kehendak kerajaan.

Beliau berkata, kerajaan perlu mencontohi Jepun yang berjaya merangka dan melaksanakan pelan itu bukan
saja untuk mengurangkan pergantungan terhadap pekerja asing malah berjaya menarik sumber tenaga kerja
tempatan di kalangan wanita berkeluarga dan pesara untuk bergiat semula dalam semua sektor pekerjaan.

―Negara kita contohnya, hanya memanfaatkan 46 peratus sumber tenaga kerja wanita walhal setiap tahun
institut pengajian tinggi (IPT) tempatan mengeluarkan lebih 60 peratus siswazah wanita yang berkebolehan.
Suasana ini terjadi kerana kebanyakan wanita bekerjaya berhenti kerja apabila mula berkeluarga dan
mempunyai anak.

―Negara juga mempunyai hampir 800,000 tenaga kerja profesional serta kakitangan awam yang bersara wajib
pada umur 56 tahun setiap tahun dan kebanyakan mereka masih mampu menyumbang kepada negara tetapi
sumber tenaga mereka tidak digunakan sepenuhnya.

―Pelan Pekerjaan Nasional boleh merangka polisi dan undang-undang buruh yang lebih anjal dalam menarik
kembali wanita berkeluarga dan pesara profesional ini bekerja semula. Jika negara menggunakan sepenuhnya
60 peratus siswazah wanita yang dikeluarkan IPT tempatan, negara mampu mengurangkan sehingga 1.2 juta
pekerja asing setiap tahun,‖ katanya ketika dihubungi, semalam.




Tajuk Artikel: Malaysia tuan rumah Persidangan Air Antarabangsa

Sumber / Tarikh: Bernama Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Okt (Bernama) -- Malaysia akan menjadi tuan rumah kepada persidangan air
antarabangsa yang akan berlangsung selama dua hari mulai 18 Nov ini semasa dunia berhadapan masalah
kekurangan air global.

Persidangan Air Asia Pasifik 2008, yang pertama seumpama itu dianjur, akan menyaksikan pertukaran
pendapat dan berkongsi amalan terbaik dalam pengurusan sumber air di kalangan pakar-pakar dari Malaysia,
Filipina, Amerika Syarikat, Russia, Jerman, Singapura, Indonesia, Denmark dan India.

Persidangan bertemakan "A Shared Future In Water" yang akan diadakan di Hotel Sheraton Subang di Subang
Jaya dekat sini itu adalah anjuran bersama Institut Kajian Antarabangsa dan Strategik (ISIS) dan Persatuan Air
Selangor, Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya (Swan), menurut satu kenyataan.

Persidangan itu diadakan bagi membantu mengatasi masalah air di bandar-bandar yang mengalami krisis itu,
mencari penyelesaian yang praktikal dan memenuhi pengekalan air global berikutan fenomena seperti
pemanasan global, pembangunan pesat dan pencemaran air, kata kenyataan itu.
Kenyataan itu turut menggambarkan suasana suram mengenai keadaan bekalan air -- 1.1 bilion orang tidak
mempunyai akses kepada air bersih untuk minum dan 65 peratus penduduk dunia tidak akan mempunyai
bekalan air minum yang bersih menjelang 2025.

Jangkaan lain ialah: Satu pertiga daripada penduduk dunia kini hidup di negara-negara yang mempunyai
masalah air dan ia dijangka meningkat kepada dua pertiga menjelang 2025, lebih dua kali ganda daripada kadar
perkembangan populasi manusia.

"Krisis air memerlukan penyelesaian segera di peringkat akar umbi, terutama pencemaran air dan pemusnahan
alam sekitar," kata kenyataan itu.

Kenyataan itu berkata industri air di Malaysia menghadapi masalah besar sejak 15 tahun lepas seperti krisis air
di Melaka pada 1990, Selangor pada 1998 dan Negeri Sembilan serta Johor pada 2005.

Ini menyebabkan kerajaan mempercepatkan tindakan termasuk menswastakan industri bekalan dan rawatan air.

Kenyataan itu berkata di bawah Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan sehingga 2010, kerajaan Malaysia
memperuntukkan RM16.54 bilion untuk pembangunan air, air kumbahan dan industri berkaitan alam sekitar.—
BERNAMA




Tajuk Artikel: MARA hantar 200 pelajar tajaan ke Romania tahun depan

Sumber / Tarikh: Bernama Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

TEMERLOH, 27 Okt (Bernama) -- Seramai 200 pelajar tajaan MARA akan dihantar ke Romania bagi mengikuti
pengajian dalam bidang perubatan, petroliam, dan gas, tahun depan.

Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi Datuk Noh Omar berkata penghantaran pelajar itu adalah
susulan kepada hasil memorandum persefahaman (MoU) antara MARA dan dua universiti berprestij di
Romania; Universiti Carol Davila dan Universiti Ploiesti, yang ditandatangani baru-baru ini.

"MoU ditandatangani semasa lawatan empat hari saya ke Romania pada 21 Okt lepas," katanya ketika ditemui
pemberita pada majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri Parlimen Temerloh, di sini, hari Isnin.

"Sebagai permulaan 200 pelajar tajaan MARA akan dihantar ke negara itu tahun depan bagi mengikuti
pengajian dalam bidang perubatan di Universiti Carol Davila, manakala bidang gas dan petroliam di Universiti
Ploiesti," tambahnya.

Turut hadir pada majlis rumah terbuka itu ialah anggota parlimen Temerloh Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah yang juga
Timbalan Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi.

Noh berkata beliau berharap lebih banyak kerjasama dapat dimeterai dengan negara Romania di masa
hadapan.—BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel: Lebih banyak layar bestari jika projek perintis di Kapit berjaya -
Ahmad Shabery

Sumber / Tarikh: Bernama Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

KAPIT, 27 Okt (Bernama) -- Tayangan wayang gambar bergerak oleh Jabatan Penerangan yang kini dinamai
sebagai "Layar Bestari" akan diperluaskan di seluruh negara jika projek perintisnya yang dilancarkan di sini hari
Isnin mendapat sambutan hangat masyarakat.

Menteri Penerangan Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek berkata Layar Bestari merupakan satu lagi medium untuk
menyalurkan polisi kerajaan kepada rakyat.

"Ia juga berguna untuk memperolehi maklum balas daripada rakyat akar umbi mengenai polisi yang dilancarkan
oleh kerajaan.

Ia merupakan pendekatan paling ideal dan lebih kos efektif untuk mendekati penduduk pedalaman dan rumah
panjang," katanya kepada pemberita sebelum melancarkan program pertama Layar Bestari yang berwajah baru
menerusi penggunaan sistem audio visual canggih, di sini Isnin malam.

Layar Bestari atau Wayang Pacak yang dikenali sebelum ini, mendapat sambutan terutama di kalangan
penduduk luar bandar ketika belum meluasnya pemilikan peti televisyen di kalangan mereka.

Mereka sanggup datang beramai-ramai pada waktu malam untuk menonton gambar yang ditayangkan menerusi
kain layar besar yang dipacak di kawasan lapang, oleh Unit Begerak Jabatan Penerangan.

Ceramah mengenai kempen atau polisi kerajaan akan diselitkan oleh Pegawai Jabatan Penerangan kepada
penonton, ketika gambar diberhentikan seketika di separuh tayangan.

Yang turut hadir pada majlis pelancaran itu ialah Anggota Parlimen Hulu Rajang, Datuk Billy Abit Joo dan
Anggota Parlimen Kapit, Alexander Nanta Linggi, Pembantu Menteri di Pejabat Ketua Menteri, Larry Sng Wei
Shien, Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Penerangan, Datuk Abdullah Morad dan Pengarah Penerangan Negeri, Resat
Salleh.

Ahmad Shabery berkata Sabah akan menjadi venue pelancaran Layar Bestari seterusnya.—BERNAMA




Tajuk Artikel: Peniaga masih liat turun harga barang

Sumber / Tarikh: Harian Metro Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa
Oleh Mohd Azam Shah Yaacob

KUALA LUMPUR: Pengumuman kerajaan mengenai cadangan menurunkan harga petrol dan diesel untuk kali
keempat dalam masa terdekat ini masih tidak membawa apa-apa perubahan apabila kebanyakan peniaga
didapati masih belum menurunkan harga barangan yang dijual.

Walaupun sebelum ini kerajaan sudah tiga kali menurunkan harga petrol dan diesel antara 10 hingga 20 sen
dalam tempoh tiga bulan iaitu pada 24 September lalu (10 sen) dan 23 Ogos lalu (lapan sen hingga 22 sen),
kadar harga barangan masih tidak berubah dan rata-rata pembeli ketika ditemui merungut berikutan
pengumuman kerajaan itu tidak memberi sebarang kesan terhadap harga barang.

Tinjauan Harian Metro di Pasar Chow Kit, di sini, mendapati peniaga masih mengekalkan harga dengan alasan
harga diperoleh daripada pemborong masih tinggi, menyebabkan mereka terpaksa mengekalkan harga
barangan terbabit kerana tidak mahu menanggung kerugian semata-mata pengumuman yang dibuat pihak
kerajaan.

Seorang peniaga yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Mohd Ali berkata, memang banyak rungutan disuarakan
pelanggan berikutan harga beberapa barangan keperluan harian masih kekal, namun pihaknya tidak dapat
berbuat apa-apa kerana harga yang diperoleh daripada pemborong masih tinggi.

Namun, dia berkata, kebanyakan peniaga bersedia menurunkan harga barangan yang dijual jika pihak
pembekal menurunkan harga barangan terbabit kerana kenaikan harga itu turut menjejaskan pendapatan
peniaga serta membebankan rakyat.

―Dari segi harga barangan, kami memang tidak dapat berbuat apa-apa kerana pemborong sendiri menjual
kepada kami dengan harga yang tinggi. ―Memang ramai pelanggan merungut harga masih mahal walaupun
kerajaan sudah menurunkan harga minyak di pasaran, namun apa yang kami (peniaga) boleh buat. Pemborong
letak harga tinggi, takkan kami hendak jual dengan harga murah,‖ katanya ketika ditemui di sini, semalam.

Tinjauan mendapati, harga barangan seperti ayam proses masih dijual pada harga RM6.70 sekilogram, cili
merah (RM11) dan cili hijau (RM10).

Suri rumah, Mariani Mohamad Shahid, 48, berkata harga ditetapkan peniaga masih tidak menampakkan
penurunan kerana kebanyakan barangan seperti sayur, ayam, ikan dan daging masih dijual mengikut kadar
lama




Tajuk Artikel: LPKP keluar garis panduan operasi musim perayaan

Sumber / Tarikh: Harian Metro Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa
KUALA LUMPUR: Lembaga Pelesenan Kenderaan Perdagangan (LPKP) akan mewujudkan satu panduan yang
menggariskan perkara yang perlu dan tidak perlu dilakukan pengusaha syarikat bas dan agensi kerajaan
berkaitan, sepanjang musim perayaan.

Ia akan menekankan beberapa perkara penting yang harus diutamakan pengusaha syarikat serta agensi
berkenaan termasuk Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), Agensi Antidadah Kebangsaan (AADK) dan polis
ketika menjalankan pemeriksaan terhadap kenderaan pengangkutan awam, khususnya bas ekspres.

Pengerusi LPKP, Datuk Markiman Kobiran, berkata garis panduan itu perlu diwujudkan berikutan dapat
membantu semua pihak menguruskan operasi pengangkutan awam dengan lebih baik selain dijadikan rujukan
berguna pihak media.

Katanya, setakat ini beliau sudah mengarahkan Institut Penyelidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya Malaysia (Miros)
melakukan kajian menilai kelemahan dan kekuatan penguatkuasaan serta pemeriksaan bas awam sebelum
dirujuk pihaknya.

―Sebaik selesai kajian ini, Miros akan kumpul semua maklumat bentuknya menjadi satu panduan standard,
kemudian bentangkannya sebelum pihak saya buat keputusan sama ada ia perlu diaplikasikan secara terus
atau dirujuk kepada kabinet.

―Bagaimanapun jika tidak membabitkan sebarang dasar sebaliknya sebahagian kecil peraturan, maka tidak
perlulah panduan ini dibincangkan hingga ke Kabinet, kita boleh laksanakannya secara terus sekurang-
kurangnya sebelum Tahun Baru Cina ini.
―Saya berharap semua pihak, khususnya pengusaha syarikat bas malah agensi kerajaan tahu apa perlu
dilakukan mereka ketika hendak menyambut musim perayaan,‖ katanya ketika dihubungi semalam.

Markiman berkata, usaha membentuk panduan standard kebangsaan itu adalah hasil ideanya bagi melihat
perkembangan positif industri perkhidmatan pengangkutan awam termasuk memberi keselesaan maksimum
kepada pengguna.

Mengenai memanfaat panduan itu, beliau berkata pengusaha tidak harus melihatnya sebagai beban yang boleh
menaikkan kos operasi syarikat sebaliknya, langkah mendisiplinkan kakitangan dan pemandu bas.




Tajuk Artikel: Kontraktor digesa lakukan kerja sempurna

Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa
SHAH ALAM - Kontraktor yang melaksanakan kerja-kerja pangkasan dan pembersihan di kawasan Majlis
Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) digesa supaya memastikannya dilakukan setiap masa.

Menurut Datuk Bandar Shah Alam, Mazalan Md. Noor, semua kontraktor perlu memastikan pangkasan dan
pembersihan di jalan-jalan persiaran, taman awam dan permainan dilakukan dengan lebih cekap, efisien dan
mengikut spesifikasi kerja yang ditetapkan.

―MBSA pada setiap masa mempergiatkan usaha berterusan untuk mewujudkan persekitaran yang indah dan
nyaman di Bandaraya Shah Alam melalui perancangan dan pengurusan bandar terancang dan harmonis.
―Aktiviti penanaman pokok secara sistematik dilakukan pihak majlis di tempat lapang, padang permainan, taman
awam dan permainan seluruh kawasan pentadbiran MBSA,‖ katanya.

Tambahnya, MBSA dengan kerjasama pemaju mengadakan pelbagai program penghijauan dan penanaman
pokok secara bersistematik melalui program 'satu kunci satu pokok'.

"MBSA menyasarkan menanam 120,000 batang pokok setahun di kawasan pentadbiran kami. Komitmen pihak
MBSA untuk menghijaukan Bandaraya Shah Alam ini juga direalisasikan melalui pertandingan anugerah
landskap Shah Alam yang diadakan setiap tahun.

―Beberapa kategori dipertandingkan meliputi taman awam terbaik, rumah teres, banglo, pangsapuri, rumah
tradisional sehingga kepada sekolah dan kilang terbaik di kawasan MBSA,‖ jelasnya. Beliau berkata demikian
ketika merasmikan kursus penyelenggaraan landskap untuk kontraktor dan kakitangan MBSA yang diadakan di
Dewan Bankuet, MBSA.

"Kursus setengah hari yang dikelolakan Jabatan Taman dan Rekreasi MBSA ini bertujuan memberikan
pendedahan kepada peserta berhubung aspek yang perlu dilaksanakan dan diambil kira semasa melakukan
kerja-kerja pangkasan. Ia juga memberikan pendidikan kepada peserta untuk mengambil langkah proaktif bagi
memastikan landskap di persekitaran Shah Alam lebih tersusun," jelasnya.

Beliau memberitahu, peserta juga diberi pendedahan tentang pangkasan pokok yang betul, landskap sesuai dan
tip berguna untuk mewujudkan satu pelan dan hasil landskap terbaik untuk menceriakan persekitaran Shah
Alam.

Ia adalah melalui pembentangan kertas kerja penceramah jemputan seperti Noriah Othman dari Universiti
Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Eric Simon (Sunrise, Mount Kiara); Afendi Hussin (Institut Penyelidikan Perhutanan
Malaysia) dan Zulkifli Endut (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur).
Tajuk Artikel: Kempen konsumer bantu masyarakat

Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

BUKIT SENTOSA – Dalam usaha mendidik masyarakat pengguna men enai kenaikan harga bahan makanan
dan bahan api, satu Kempen Tanam Sendiri Jimat Belanja dilancarkan.

Kempen tersebut bersempena dengan Kempen Konsumer Kebangsaan 2008/2009 yang menggabungkan
empat organisasi kerajaan iaitu Gabungan Persatuan-Persatuan Pengguna Malaysia (FOMCA), Majlis
Kebangsaan Pertubuhan Wanita (NCWO), Kongres Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Di Dalam Perkhidmatan Awam
(CEUPACS) dan Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM).

Presiden FOMCA, Datuk N Marimuthu berkata, kempen yang bertemakan ‗Perubahan Bermula Dengan Saya‘
itu bertujuan menggalakkan pengguna Malaysia membuat perubahan minda sebagai langkah menghadapi
keadaan semasa.

―Kempen ini juga bermaksud agar golongan pengguna sedar bahawa mereka tidak boleh menyalahkan orang
lain akibat daripada keadaan yang berlaku.

―Sebaliknya mengubah sikap dan tabiat ‗selesa‘ dengan mempelajari ilmu dan kemahiran baru dalam
menguruskan kehidupan yang lebih baik,‖ katanya pada sidang media selepas melancarkan kempen tersebut di
Padang Bukit Sentosa 8, di sini, kelmarin.

Hadir sama pada majlis pelancaran itu, Ketua Eksekutif FOMCA, Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman dan Yang Dipertua
Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor, Tukiman Nail.

Pada hari tersebut juga, sebanyak 50 benih pokok cili diagihkan kepada penduduk setempat.

Marimuthu berkata, salah satu cara membantu rakyat di negara ini dalam meringankan beban kewangan ialah
melalui tanaman sayur-sayuran sendiri.

―Untuk menanam sayur-sayuran sendiri sebenarnya tidak memerlukan tanah. Sebagai contoh bagi mereka yang
tinggal di pangsapuri atau rumah teres, mereka boleh berbuat demikian dengan hanya menggunakan pasu atau
'poly beg',‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, dengan usaha yang sedikit, beban perbelanjaan dapat dikurangkan dan dalam masa yang sama
mampu memperoleh sayur-sayuran yang segar serta terjamin kebersihannya.

Jelasnya, selain daripada faedah yang diperoleh daripada tanaman tersebut, ia juga mampu memberikan
kepuasan apabila sayur-sayuran tersebut hidup subur dan dimakan sendiri.

―Kepuasan diri ini merupakan sesuatu yang tak dapat digambarkan. Malahan tabiat menanam sayur-sayuran
juga boleh mewujudkan jaringan perkongsian maklumat di kalangan rakan-rakan dan jiran mengenai masalah
tanaman mereka sekaligus dapat menghasilkan tanaman yang subur serta segar,‖ katanya.

Beliau berkata, Malaysia bukan sahaja kaya dengan tanah, malah memiliki sistem pencahayaan matahari dan
penurunan hujan pada kadar yang banyak.

―Sekiranya kurniaan itu dapat dimanfaatkan dengan sepenuhnya, maka ia bukan sahaja dapat menjimatkan
pengaliran wang, malah tenaga dan air.

―Krisis air yang pernah berlaku di negeri ini pada tahun 1998 perlu dijadikan pengajaran. Pengguna perlu
memainkan peranan bagi mengelakkan krisis ini berulang,‖ katanya.
Tajuk Artikel: Sikap penduduk punca masalah sampah

Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 28 Oktober 2008 – Selasa

KELANA JAYA – Sikap segelintir penduduk yang mementingkan diri sendiri boleh mendatangkan pelbagai
masalah kepada penduduk lain.

Inilah yang berlaku di Flat Desa Mentari Fasa Empat, apabila segelintir penduduk di sini mengambil jalan mudah
dengan membuang sampah di kawasan semak berhampiran tanpa memikirkan kesan kepada jiran tetangga dan
penduduk setempat.

Lebih menyedihkan, rumah sampah yang disediakan di situ tidak digunakan dengan baik dan sempurna di mana
sampah bertaburan dan dihurung lalat kerana ada penduduk yang membaling sampah dari tingkat atas flat.

Salah seorang penduduk, Zulharaimi Zainal, 29, berkata, sikap penduduk amat mengecewakan dan langsung
tidak menunjukkan sensitiviti terhadap hidup bermasyarakat dan hanya mementingkan diri sendiri.

―Kemudahan telah tersedia, tetapi ada penduduk yang masih membuang sampah di kawasan semak. Sikap
penduduk yang suka membaling sampah dari tingkat atas bukan sahaja perbuatan yang tidak
bertanggungjawab malah boleh mendatangkan kecederaan kepada penduduk yang melalui kawasan tersebut,‖
katanya.

Tinjauan ke kawasan tersebut mendapati, terdapat bungkusan sampah yang tersangkut di atas bumbung rumah
sampah akibat perbuatan penduduk yang membaling bungkusan sampah dari tingkat atas flat.

Manakala, kawasan semak berhampiran belakang flat turut dipenuhi sampah sarap yang dibuang penduduk.

Sementara itu, Zulharaimi turut mendakwa perbuatan membaling dan membuang sampah di kawasan semak
bukan sahaja di lakukan penduduk tempatan tetapi penyewa dari kalangan warga asing juga turut melakukan
perbuatan tersebut.

Tambahnya, apabila beliau cuba menegur perbuatan mereka, penyewa warga asing berkenaan akan
menyindirnya kerana penduduk tempatan juga melakukan perbuatan yang sama.

―Saya amat berharap penduduk dapat meningkatkan kesedaran dan menjaga alam sekitar di kawasan tempat
tinggal mereka sendiri.

―Dengan cara ini, tahap kebersihan di kawasan ini dapat dikekalkan dan tahap kesihatan di kalangan penduduk
terjamin. Kita tidak mahu ada penduduk yang akan menghidap penyakit kesan dari sikap tidak
bertanggungjawab sesetengah penduduk,‖ katanya.

				
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