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					Tajuk Artikel: PM: Silent majority have spoken – we don’t want demos

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN

PETALING JAYA: The silent majority of Malaysians have spoken up and they want a stop to street
demonstrations which disrupt people’s lives and cause disharmony among the country’s multi-racial
population.

Representatives of Damai Malaysia – an umbrella body comprising 395 non-governmental organisations –
handed over to Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday a memorandum criticising the illegal street
rallies.

The Prime Minister said the memorandum was a sign that people were angry with illegal protests and
violent acts.




                      They want peace: Representatives of NGO groups under
                      Damai handing the memorandum to Abdullah yesterday
                      expressing their wish that peace be maintained.


“The country’s successes and achievements didn’t come about due to street demonstrations or illegal
protests.
“We have progressed because we have been able to maintain democratic institutions which respect the law
while the people enjoyed the fruits of peace and political stability.

“If freedom cannot be respected and used in a responsible manner, the people themselves will be at the
losing end.

“As can be seen from today’s memorandum, the people who remained silent have now stood up to make
their stand. They want peace to be maintained.”

He said he was informed that the street demonstrations had caused a 10% cancellation of hotel room
bookings and rental of tour buses, while retail stores also reported a drop in sales.

Abdullah was speaking to newsmen after receiving the memorandum before flying off to visit flooded
districts in Pahang.

At the outset, the group of about 20 people led by Damai chairman Mohd Saiful Adil Mohd Daud was not
allowed to enter the Royal Malaysian Air Force Subang airbase but after waiting for the airbase authority to
get back to them, they were finally allowed to go in.

Mohd Saiful Adil gave a brief speech before proceeding with five other representatives to hand over the
memorandum. The group applauded before they left the place.

The whole episode took less than 15minutes.

Damai represents 1.5 million members and its representatives include those from 75 Chinese-based and 20
Indian groups and associations.

In the joint declaration read by Mohd Saiful Adil, the members expressed their disgust at street
demonstrations and the use of religious and racial issues to create hatred among Malaysians.

They condemned individuals and groups who used lies and slander against the country and asked for
foreign intervention in Malaysia’s internal affairs.

“We also condemn accusations that the country’s leaders had allowed ethnic cleansing to occur in the
country,” he added.

Damai advisor and Bukit Bintang MCA chief Senator Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng said the Bersih and Hindu
Rights Action Force (Hindraf) illegal demonstrations last month had caused tourists to cancel trips to
Malaysia.

Cheras Hindu Youth Organisation vice-president S. Ariivazhagan regretted that Hindraf had used religion to
protest.

“Hindraf has presented the wrong view to the world that the Indian community here is being persecuted.
This group is not fighting for our rights,” he said.

On arrival in Kuantan, Abdullah labelled those who solicit support from outsiders as traitors and the action of
Hindraf, which claimed to fight for the rights of the Indian community in Malaysia, as an attempt to destroy
the country and racial unity, Bernama reports.
“Was there ethnic cleansing? There was nothing about wiping out the Indians in the country,” he said at a
function to welcome him and his wife, Datin Paduka Seri Jeanne Abdullah at the RMAF base.



Tajuk Artikel: Ministry wants to weed out corrupt medical college agents

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PUTRAJAYA: Unscrupulous recruitment agents for foreign universities, be warned - your name will be
published in the newspapers.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed issued the warning yesterday, adding that the ministry,
Health Ministry, Consumer Complaints Tribunal, and MCA Public Services and Complaints Bureau had
received many complaints about agents not delivering on their promises.

“In Parliament next year, we will bring up the issue of imposing fines on agents who flout the law,” he said.

He said that in August, an agent cheated 40 students and their parents of RM4mil after promising them a
place at the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India.

Mustapa added that legal action had been taken against this agent and a police report lodged.

He also said agents who recruited unqualified students were breaking the rules.

“Many students have the ambition to become doctors and some agents make deals to help these students
enrol into a medical programme,” said Mustapa.

He said the ministry was also worried with the quality of doctors from several foreign universities.

“Medicine is a noble profession and we want to ensure that the high quality of doctors is maintained at all
times,” he told reporters after a meeting with 42 agents at the ministry.

There are now 63 registered agents authorised to recruit medical students.

Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) Medical Education Committee chairman Datuk Dr N. Athimulam
called on parents to be careful.

“Don’t go and beg the agent, and undercut to get a place for your children if they don’t have the grades to
qualify,” he said.

Dr Athimulam advised parents to countercheck on agents by calling or e-mailing the institution to confirm if
their son or daughter was officially enrolled.

He said a book entitled How to join medical colleges, locally and overseas by MMA had been distributed
through the Education Ministry to secondary schools nationwide.

The book lists all 344 recognised medical institutions abroad.
The list of institutions can also be viewed online at http://www.jpa.gov.my.



Tajuk Artikel: Situation necessitates the use of ISA, says Abdullah

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

By SIMON KHOO

KUANTAN: Any action taken by the Government is solely based on the necessity of the situation, Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.

He said it was his duty to act accordingly if the country’s peace and security was threatened.

“It is my responsibility. The people want to see prompt action taken to address the situation.

“They do not want to see the country in total chaos,” he said after a closed-door meeting with state Barisan
Nasional leaders and party members yesterday.

Abdullah said he had signed the detention orders for five Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders under
the Internal Security Act (ISA).

“Yes, I have signed the detention orders and there is nothing more to explain.

“When I feel the situation warrants it, I just sign,” he said, declining to comment if more people would be
picked up.

When brought to his attention that another top Hindraf leader was overseas, Abdullah said:

“Never mind. There may be or may not be.

“It depends, but you will know if there are (more arrests).”

Abdullah said he was least bothered if the Opposition used the issue to gain political mileage during the
general election.

“They are never happy with anything. It is their job anyway to oppose, so be it,” he added.

Abdullah said that the country’s peace and security superseded the freedom of speech.

“I value what is freedom, but law and order is more important and needs to be preserved.

“The people are free to express their views. This is not a country which the people are kept in silence. The
people, too, are not mute,” he said.

He added that freedom must always come with responsibility.
Tajuk Artikel: Immigration dept only acts on orders, says Radzi

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PUTRAJAYA: The Immigration Department will not stop Malaysians leaving or entering the country unless
requested to do so by the Government, or authorities like the police.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the department had no right to stop anyone on
its own accord.

“We have no power to stop anyone, Hindraf leaders or anyone else. So no one should blame the
department if they are stopped from either entering or leaving the country because it is not the department’s
initiative,” he said.

He said Hindraf leaders and even PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim were free to move in and
out of the country as they pleased.

On Anwar’s allegations that Immigration officers at the KL International Airport had questioned him upon his
return from Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec 11, Radzi clarified it was the police who had questioned him.

“The Immigration Department and police are the authorities at the airport and as far as I know, Immigration
officers did not detain him (Anwar) for questioning,” he said.

“Anwar got his passport verified manually and department officers had instructions for him to go see
‘somebody’ else, so we told him to go see the ‘somebody’,” Radzi told reporters after attending the
ministry’s quality day yesterday where the National Registration Department was named the department
offering the most efficient service to the public.

Radzi said the Government had a watch list of those under its scrutiny, but added that he did not know off-
hand who was on it



Tajuk Artikel: Abdullah tours flood-hit areas in Pahang

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

KUANTAN: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was briefed on the flood situation in Pahang during his one-
day visit to the state.

He visited Maran, the worst-hit district, Temerloh and Bera for a first-hand look at the situation.
                              Fun time: Children wading through a flooded
                              street in downtown Kota Baru yesterday. —
                              AP


He later received 2,000 bags of rice from TSR Capital Berhad for the flood victims.

Abdullah later visited Women, Family and Community Development Ministry parliamentary secretary Datin
Paduka Chew Mei Fun at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital where she is recuperating from Sunday’s car
accident near Maran.

In Pekan, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said the estuary of the Pahang River at
Kampung Tanjung Agas would be closed to overcome the worsening flood in Pekan.

The estuary had hampered the flow of floodwater to the sea, causing it to almost converge on Kampung
Pulau Syed Hassan.
                      First-hand look: Abdullah and Jeanne speaking to Nor Azreen
                      Ramli, 23, of Kampung Baru Sungai Cheding at a flood relief
                      centre in Maran, Pahang, yesterday. — Bernama


“We have asked the armed forces to study the possibility of closing the Pahang River estuary at Kampung
Tanjung Agas,” he told reporters when handing over aid to 200 flood evacuees at SM Sains Sultan Haji
Ahmad Shah.



Tajuk Artikel: Plan to shift villages to higher spots

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

MUAR: Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will propose that flood-
prone villages be relocated to higher ground.

He said the Government could not be paying compensation to flood victims each time they were hit by
floods.

“Climate change has brought frequent flooding to Johor and other parts of the country and affected most
villagers living along riverbanks and low-lying areas,” he told newsmen after visiting flood victims in Bukit
Serampang yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is the Pagoh MP, recalled that the Government had resettled flood-hit villagers back in the
1970s.

He said since the floods could not be avoided, it would be good for state governments to consider this long-
term option.
He said his ministry would consult the National Disaster Committee on whether any payment should be
made to those who lost crops, cattle or fish due to the floods.

The minister said many managed to save their belongings and livestock as they were better prepared this
time.

On a suggestion by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi that rivers should be realigned in
Johor, Muhyiddin said the DID should look into this.

“It is a long-term flood-mitigation measure to prevent flooding, especially in villages along the rivers, and to
speed up water flow to the sea,” he said.



Tajuk Artikel: PMR and UPSR exams to be pushed back

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PUTRAJAYA: Next year’s Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) exams, usually held in early October, will be
pushed closer to the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exams, which usually begins in the middle of
November.

The Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will be postponed by only a few weeks from its usual dates in
early September.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who announced this yesterday, added that the
dates of the exams would be announced by the Malaysian Examinations Syndicate later.

“I’ve also gotten the agreement of the Schools Division for the final exams in schools to be postponed.”

He also announced that about 80% of textbooks had been delivered to schools around the country.

“I received a report from the Textbook Division that the supply of textbooks is going out according to
schedule. We have backup supplies if there are not enough books,” he told reporters after chairing the 2008
New School Term Committee meeting yesterday.

Under the 2008 Budget, all students will get free textbooks under the Textbook Loan Scheme from next
year.

He said the ministry had set up a hotline for queries on textbooks. The number is 03-8884 4290.
Tajuk Artikel: Hisham: Additional fees not a must

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PUTRAJAYA: It is not compulsory for parents to pay any additional fees requested by schools or parent-
teacher associations (PTAs), said Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He explained that these payments were not school fees, and that the amount was determined at the school
level by the school’s leaders and the PTA.

“We have decided that it is not compulsory for parents to pay (these additional fees).

“Secondly, those who cannot afford to pay can request for help from, for example, the Poor Students’
Provident Trust Fund, if they wish to pay.

“They can pay in instalments,” he said, adding that the ministry had also set up a hotline to receive
complaints.

The hotline number is 03-8888- 8445/446/443.

“I hope school leaders responsible for making decisions do not pass on the responsibility to the state
education department or the ministry to answer matters that were decided at the school level,” he said after
chairing the 2008 New School Term Committee meeting yesterday.

The ministry had earlier issued guidelines on the maximum amount in additional payments schools can
impose on students.

Schools were divided into three packages based on the socio-economic level of their student body. For
example, schools in Package A, the “high socio-economic” group, can impose additional payments up to
RM38.50 for primary schools and RM55.50 for secondary schools.



Tajuk Artikel: RM650,000 goods seized in Ops Gaji

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PETALING JAYA: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has conducted checks on 996,408
business premises in the country under Ops Gaji, since the pay increase for civil servants was announced in
May.

Deputy Minister Datuk S. Veerasingam said 1,433 traders were compounded for failing to display price tags,
while another 81 cases were brought to court for various other offences.

He said goods worth RM650,103.51 were confiscated and compounds totalling RM268,630 were issued.

“We want to make sure traders do not take advantage of the pay increase and we have been aggressive
with enforcement,” he told reporters at a hotel here yesterday after launching a consumer seminar jointly
organised by the ministry and the Malaysian Trade Union Congress.
Veerasingam said consumers should spend and buy necessary items wisely.

He said that up to Sept 5,106 complaints on errant traders had been received through the ministry’s hotline
and SMS services.

Veerasingam also urged those who just started their careers to be careful in their spending when using a
credit card.

He said there were a total of 1,497 bankrupts in 2005, and a total of 8.8 million credit cards issued since
January this year.



Tajuk Artikel: Sultan: Reject extremism

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

KLANG: There is no room for extremism in Selangor, said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

He said extremists were bent on achieving their selfish motives without having the slightest care about
causing untold difficulties to others.

“Demonstrations and unlawful gatherings should never be the avenue for residents in Selangor as all these
would only destabilise public order,” he said.

“Unlawful gatherings would only end up in violence and unrest.”

Sultan Sharafuddin was speaking at the launching of a website at Istana Alam Shah. The website has the
names of recipients who received their Datukships from 2000 to 2007. It can be accessed at
awards.selangor.gov.my.

He urged the people of Selangor to be wary of those out to stir up emotions.

“Never allow your emotions to run high that could lead to unnecessary circumstances such as going against
the law or even God’s divine laws,” he said.

“Our multiracial communities comprising the Malays, Chinese, Indians and other minorities are able to live
together as values and wisdom have prevailed to become the bedrock for a harmonious existence.

“But if individuals choose to conduct themselves in such a manner then I would order that these individuals
be punished according to the gravity of their act, irrespective of race or status in society,” he said.

Sultan Sharafuddin said people should also not resort to short-cut methods such as cheating, robbery,
extortion and other illegal ways in achieving wealth.

“If my subjects are not happy about something, feel free to channel the complaints to the respective
departments that are willing to hear and help them,” he said.
He also urged the people to be patient and give their utmost cooperation as at times a particular complaint
needed time to be resolve.

“For the civil servants, they must give their full commitment in executing their work and go the extra mile in
attending to the people in an efficient and professional approach,” he said.



Tajuk Artikel: Nine dirty business premises compounded

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

by FAZLEENA AZIZ

NINE business premises at Pandan Indah in Ampang have been compounded for not complying with the
cleanliness guidelines.

During a joint spot-check operation by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) and the Hulu Langat
health office, most of the premises were found to have a level cleanliness below 50%.




                               Check: Mohd Redwan Jaffar, an officer from
                               the Hulu Langat District Health Department
                               Office, inspecting the premises of the shop in
                               Pandan Indah.


Owners who were compounded were issued a two-week notice under Sections 10 and 11 of the Food Act
1983 to have their premises cleaned up, or face further action.
The enforcement and health officers gave the business premise owners some advice and guidelines on how
they should comply with the rules before they could reopen for business.

Among the requirements are typhoid injections for all the workers, sending the workers for the food handling
courses, labelling and covering foodstuff and ingredients at all times, reducing the congestion in the fridges
and use of head gear and wearing boots at all times.

MPAJ council member Sheikh Aziman Sheikh Ali, who was present during the operation, said that most of
the owners were more concerned about profit than about people's well-being.

“The most disgusting things we found are the dirty kitchens, smelly toilets, disorganised storage spaces and
the unkempt washing areas,” he said.

“The authorities have been very considerate and understanding, so they should co-operate by complying
with the guidelines before resuming business,” Aziman said.

“We only resort to closure after giving ample warnings and advice, “ he said.

Aziman said that constant monitoring would be conducted to ensure the business premises were clean.



Tajuk Artikel: No Christmas cheer for pub

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

By CHRISTINA TAN

IT WILL literally be a silent night at one pub in Bandar Baru Klang during Christmas this year. It has been
sealed by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) for operating without a licence.

Meanwhile, three other pubs in Bukit Tinggi were compounded for operating beyond the permitted time.

During the recent night spot checks on pubs in Klang, three TV sets, speakers and audio equipment were
seized from the illegal Bandar Baru Klang pub.
                     Spot check: MPK officers checking the licence of one of the pubs
                     during the raid in Bukit Tinggi.


According to MPK enforcement unit assistant chief Shahrul Hazri Abdul Majid, at least three summons
tickets had been issued to the owner of the Bandar Baru Klang pub before the council decided to step in
and stopped its illegal operation.

“There were several customers in the Bandar Baru Klang pub when our enforcement team, accompanied by
the police, arrived,” he said.

                          Shahrul said the pub was sealed last year for having no permit to operate, but it
                          reopened this year under a new owner.

                          Meanwhile, the three pubs in Bukit Tinggi were compounded RM1,000 each for
                          staying open after 1am.

                          Shahrul said the council would continue its spot check operations from time to
                          time, and warned all entertainment outlets to stick to the rules and regulations.

                          According to Shahrul, the latest raid was the 43rd spot check on the
                          entertainment outlets by the council this year.

»There were several       “A total of 156 seal orders and summonses have been issued to entertainment
customers in the          outlets for breaking various rules,” he said.
Bandar Baru Klang pub
when our enforcement
team, accompanied by
the police, arrived«
SHAHRUL HAZRI
ABDUL MAJID
Tajuk Artikel: Motorcylists cause of SJ folks woes

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

by Elan Perumal

RESIDENTS of USJ18 in Subang Jaya have expressed their concern over motorcyclists making an illegal
turn at the traffic light junction. They claim that these motorists were courting danger for themselves and
other motorists.

“The motorcyclists using Jalan Kewajipab and heading towards The Summit turn into Jalan USJ18 and
make an illegal U-turn just after the road divider on the road in order to get back on to Jalan Kewajipan
without having to wait for the light to change to green.




                     Dangerous: A motorcylist making an illegal U-turn along the
                     USJ18 road.
                        “They do not have the patience to wait,” said Tan Chee Ling, 35, a resident.

                       Tan said several accidents involving motorcyclists and other vehicles had occurred at
                       the spot and the residents feared that someone could be killed if the situation was
                       left un-checked.

                       She said the irresponsible motorcyclists did this during peak hours.

                       Residents Committee Zone 7 chairman Lee Thong Kin said he had received
                       numerous complaints from residents on the matter.

Lee: 'The only way    “The only way to solve this problem is by extending the length of the divider so that
to solve this problem the motorcyclists would be discouraged from making the illegal U-turn,
is by extending the
length of the divider “They find it easy now because the divider is short and they can make a small detour
                      across Jalan USJ18 to get back to Jalan Kewajipan,” he said,



Tajuk Artikel: 5 Hindraf leaders a 'threat to national security'
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

By : Alang Bendahara and Marc Lourdes

KUALA LUMPUR: Described as a threat to national security and public order, five Hindu Rights Action
Force (Hindraf) leaders were yesterday detained under the Internal Security Act.


The five were lawyers P. Uthayakumar, R. Kengadharan, V.
Ganabatirau, M. Manoharan and a senior executive with Malaysia
Building Society Bhd, K. Vasantha Kumar.

The four lawyers were legal advisers for Hindraf while Vasantha
Kumar was the movement's co-ordinator.

All five were picked up in simultaneous operations in Bangsar,
Petaling Jaya, Pantai, Brickfields and Seremban between 12.30pm
                                                                        Lawyer V. Ganabatirau who was
and 2.30pm yesterday, according to a police statement.
                                                                        detained in Seremban being brought
                                                                        to Bukit Aman yesterday.
Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharum said the
detention orders for the arrest of the five were signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,
who is also internal security minister, yesterday morning.
Johari said: "It was based on reports by police that the five were a threat to national security and public
order.

"This action is necessary as they have been a menace to the public."

He said under Section 8(1) of the Internal Security Act 1960, the five would be sent to the Kamunting
detention centre in Taiping for two years.

The five were key officials of Hindraf, which organised a rally here on Nov 25 where some 10,000 Indians
protested against alleged racial discrimination.

There were also clashes between police and the pro-testers several hours earlier that day when police tried
to break up an illegal gathering at the Sri Subramaniam temple in Batu Caves. The protesters were also
accused of damaging several vehicles.

Several policemen were attacked in both those incidents.

After the Nov 25 illegal assembly, there were similar gatherings at the courts in Shah Alam, Selayang and
Kuala Lumpur when the protesters were charged with taking part in illegal assemblies.

On Tuesday night, there was a large gathering outside the Pudu prison when protesters demanded the
release of Uthayakumar who was arrested earlier.

Abdullah had warned that he would invoke the ISA "without feeling guilty, without feeling sad" if Hindraf
leaders and their supporters continued with their street protests, which could lead to racial unrest.

He had said he was aware of reports that Hindraf had been canvassing for support and help from terrorist
groups and local gangsters.
He had also accused Hindraf of telling lies and accusing the government of cruelty and ethnic cleansing. He
was referring to the memorandum sent by Hindraf to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The last time the ISA was used was in June 2006 when police nabbed 11 Darul Islam Sabah militants, who
had allegedly helped organise the 2002 Bali bombings.

The 11 - six Malaysians, three Indonesians and two Filipinos - who had allegedly been smuggling firearms
and ammunition into the region were arrested in Sandakan, Tawau and Klang.

There are 74 people, mostly suspected Muslim militants, in detention under the ISA.

The ISA, which was enacted in 1960, was initially intended to combat the communist threat.

Detainees can be held for 60 days without legal counsel, and preventive detention can then be renewed
every two years. Most detainees are held at the Kamunting detention centre.



Tajuk Artikel: PM: Moves to run down country act of treason

Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

By : Shahrum Sayuthi

KUANTAN: Moves by certain quarters to run down the country and plead for sympathy from foreign powers
are tantamount to treason.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday condemned such
groups, particularly members of the Hindu Rights Action Force
(Hindraf), whom he described as willing to see the country suffer to further their interests.

The prime minister said Hindraf's allegations, such as on "ethnic cleansing", had hurt the country's image
and could seriously impair efforts to attract investors and tourists.

"These actions could be deemed a treachery."

Abdullah said this to Barisan Nasional supporters who greeted him upon his arrival at the air force base
here for a one-day working visit to flood-hit Pahang.
The claim of government-sponsored ethnic cleansing by Hindraf was contained in a letter to British Prime
Minister Gordon Brown which has been widely circulated on the Internet.

Hindraf leaders are also reportedly seeking political support overseas, particularly in India, the United
Kingdom and the United States.

Abdullah said Hindraf leaders' claims of atrocities committed by the government against non-Malay
communities could not possibly be true.

He said Hindraf's allegations that the Indian community was marginalised were also false as Indians
remained the strongest BN supporters, based on the percentage of votes garnered at every election.
Abdullah reiterated the government's stand of providing equal opportunities for every Malaysian.

"Anyone in this country can be successful as long as he works hard."

Admitting that the system of governance may at times be imperfect, he said continuous efforts were being
made to improve it for the benefit of all Malaysians.

Abdullah said the government had no option but to act against any group resorting to unlawful means, such
as street demonstrations, to air their grouses.

"We will never accept street demonstrations as part of our culture.

"Malaysian society as a whole rejects street demonstrations and these have not in any way been able to
change the government's policies."

Abdullah expressed confidence that the people supported the government's action against demonstrators
as they had caused hardship, particularly among the business community.

He told the crowd that a group of concerned citizens had approached him with a memorandum supporting
the government as he was about to board the plane to Kuantan yesterday.

The group, calling itself Damai Malaysia, represents 395 non-governmental organisations.

Its memorandum rejected any unlawful act, including street demonstrations, which could jeopardise political
stability and inter-racial harmony.

"I am glad that the silent majority has voiced its opposition to street demonstrations," said Abdullah.

Abdullah said that instead of demonstrations, Malaysians should resort to lawful means to voice their
grievances, such as dialogues, group resolutions, association meetings and complaints to their wakil rakyat.


Tajuk Artikel: 'Silent majority' speaks out against protests

Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

By : Ranjeetha Pakiam

PETALING JAYA: The silent majority of Malaysians has spoken up for
peace.

Fed up with the unrest that followed street demonstrations and illegal
rallies, a coalition of non-governmental organisations, calling itself Damai Malaysia, made its stand in a
memorandum to the prime minister yesterday.

Twenty representatives met Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to hand over the document that rejected
street demonstrations and the use of racial and religious issues to incite hatred among Malaysians.

Abdullah appreciated the fact that the silent majority had spoken up, saying this showed that Malaysians
were a peace-loving people.
"I appreciate the message of support. The rakyat is angry that some parties have gone overseas to drum up
support against our country by making false accusations and stories.
"It is as if they don't love their country. They are greedy for power, so they do not care about what happens
to the country.

"They are so obsessed with their beliefs that they do not think of the damage they are doing to the country
and its people," he said after receiving the memorandum from Damai Malaysia co-ordinating chairman
Mohd Saiful Adil Daud at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base.

Abdullah hoped more Malaysians would see the need to protect public safety and not abuse the freedom to
speak.

He also spoke on the negative impact of street demonstrations on retail businesses and the tourism
industry, which had suffered losses after cancellation of hotel rooms and tour bookings.

He reminded the people that street demonstrations were not part of Malaysian culture.

"We have been successful so far not because we have such demonstrations, but because we uphold the
sanctity of the law and the sovereignty of the Constitution.

"This is why Malaysians have enjoyed peace and political stability for so long, while still being able to voice
their opinions and beliefs freely."

Damai Malaysia is a coalition of 395 NGOs representing 1.5 million Malay-sians who have declared their
stand against street demonstrations.

It is made up of 75 Chinese-based NGOs and 20 associations which are Indian-based with the rest being
Malay.

Saiful said the coalition was formed recently to oppose all forms of street demonstrations which disrupted
peace in the country.

He said the memorandum had been drafted during a forum held on Dec 6 at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman.

"As peace-loving citizens, we are responsible for supporting the government in its efforts to put a stop to all
this nonsense.

"If there are issues affecting some people, they should go through the proper channels instead of resorting
to such measures," Saiful said.

The coalition plans to invite former appellate court judge Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah to speak on clauses in
the Federal Constitution which touched on racial integration as well as Bumiputera privileges and the rights
of others.




Tajuk Artikel: Flood round up: Army may have to blast sand bar
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PEKAN: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the armed forces had been asked to study the
possibility of blasting a huge sand bar partially blocking the Sungai Pahang estuary.

Najib, who is also Pekan MP, said the sand bar was hampering the flow of floodwaters to the sea and
needed to be removed, adding that this had also been done during the major flood of 1971.

He was speaking after handing out donations to flood victims here. The flood situation in Pahang continued
to worsen, with the number of evacuees now above 22,000.

In Kuantan, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah braved
the bad weather on a tour of some of the badly-hit areas.

However, they were prevented from reaching their final destination in Kuala Krau in Temerloh as the
worsening downpour and high winds forced the Royal Malaysian Air Force Blackhawk helicopter they were
in to be re-routed back to Kuantan.
"We will ensure everything needed to assist the victims will be given top priority," he told reporters later,
adding that additional flood mitigation projects will be implemented in all flood-hit states, especially Johor,
Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan.

In Muar, Kampung Jawa residents in Lenga who have resigned themselves to spending the next two weeks
at flood relief centres are now facing new hazards.

Swarms of flies are posing a threat to the health of the 347 people at the centres despite the best efforts of
the state Health Department.

Village headman Md Sahar Sabino said the flies, which had earlier been hovering around chicken coops in
the village, had moved to the centres.

He fears the flies may spread diseases such as conjunctivitis, poliomyelitis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis,
cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery.

Another headache for villagers is the threat of crocodiles, snakes and poisonous insects.

"Children like to play in floodwaters as there is nothing much for them to do inside the centres," Sahar said.

In Kuching, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan has warned of heavy rain in the catchment areas
over the next few days.

He said this would lead to flooding, especially during high tide. "If heavy rains come at the same time as the
high tide, then we can expect more areas to be flooded in the Sibu and Kanowit districts."

Dr Chan said Sungai Rajang and its tributaries had burst their banks and caused flooding in many low-lying
areas.

A spokesperson for the Sibu Division's flood operation centre, said most of Sibu town was still under a metre
of water.

A spokesperson at the Kanowit flood relief centre said the area could only be reached by heavy vehicles
from Sibu through Jalan Durin. As of 3pm yesterday, 32 longhouses had been affected.
In Kota Baru, the number of evacuees in the state continued to rise with 3,090 people reported at relief
centres in six districts yesterday.

The most affected district was Kota Baru with 958 victims, followed by Tanah Merah (620), Kuala Krai (607),
Pasir Mas (442), Tumpat (249) and Machang (214).

A police spokesperson said 13 flood victims at Gua Musang and 315 in Jeli had returned home.

The situation in other districts was expected to improve as water levels at five flood assessment points had
dropped.


Tajuk Artikel: 'Burdened' parents get hotlines

Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

PUTRAJAYA: Headmasters and principals will be hauled up if they cannot explain the rationale behind the
"unreasonably high payments" imposed on parents.

Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said parents who felt that the payments were a
burden should call the ministry's hotlines at 03-88888445/446/443.

They can also call 1-800-88-4774 or fax their complaints to 03-88888431.

He said the ministry had issued a circular dated Oct 30 on the maximum amount of contributions from
parents to enable schools to carry out co-curricular and other activities.

For primary and secondary schools, the amounts are RM38.50 and RM55.50 respectively.
Starting next year, parents no longer have to pay for their children's textbooks and school examination fees
as all this will be borne by the government.

However, they still have to make payments for co-curricular activities, computer classes and annual sports
fees.

The poor need not pay.

"But if they want to contribute, they can do so by paying in staggered amounts," Hishammuddin said after
chairing the ministry's post-cabinet meeting yesterday.

"As headmasters, they are leaders of their respective schools and they should be fair in deciding on the
amount of contributions that should be made.

"If the complaints are genuine and they are found to have imposed such a high rate, they will have to
explain. There will be no compromise on this," he said.

For next year's school terms, the ministry has set aside RM1.14 billion for its food assistance programme for
school hostels, RM276 million for its additional food programme, RM181.94 million for the tuition scheme,
RM26.7 million for the school milk programme, RM268.5 million for scholarships, RM13.8 million for special
children, RM188.8 million for uniforms for poor students and another RM214.7 million for the poor students'
trust fund.

He said residential school students whose parents earned less than RM600 a month would be assisted
through the ministry's Fully Residential Schools (SBP) programme.

Under the programme, poor Form One students will be given RM700, Form Two (RM300), Form Three
(RM350), Form Four (RM500) and fifth formers (RM450) to enable them to pay for hostel fees and other
things.

He also said about 79.7 per cent of textbooks had been supplied to schools.

Students of private schools and Mara Science Junior Colleges can call the ministry's textbook help desk at
03-88844290 if there is a shortage of textbooks.

Hishammuddin also said the Malaysian Examination Syndicate would announce the date of the Penilaian
Menengah Rendah examinations that would be pushed back later to keep students in school until the
holidays begin.

In a move to curb truancy, schools from next year will hold year-end examinations in the last two weeks
before the long school break.

The dates for the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah will also be pushed back.

The ministry decided on this after complaints about increased truancy.

Many students said they skipped school as there was nothing more to learn and that teachers had also
stopped teaching since the year's syllabus had been completed.


Tajuk Artikel: PM: I am duty-bound to act

Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

KUANTAN: The five Hindraf members were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in the interest of
national security, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.

He said even though the government gave freedom of expression to every citizen, national security was
para-mount.

"Between the freedom of expression and public safety, I will give importance to public safety. If you want to
speak up, you must follow procedures.

"This is not a nation that shuts the mouth of everyone. The people are not dumb.

"If we want freedom, we must be responsible.
"Freedom cannot be given without responsibility," he said after chairing a closed-door meeting with the
Pahang Umno liaison committee.

"Our action is justified. We've to take action if something undesirable to national security and public safety
happens. I am duty-bound to act because the people want the government to take action.
"The people don't want to see this country in chaos."

In Johor Baru, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu described the arrests of five as a timely move.

"It is necessary for the sake of maintaining peace and security in the country," he said, adding that the
government had taken a bold move to arrest the leaders who were out to jeopardise the country's security
and show the world that the country was not peaceful.

In Putrajaya, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said Malaysia did not need the sanction of
others to use the ISA against those who posed threats to the nation.

He said it was within the lawful rights of the government to invoke the ISA when there was subversion of
security, to prevent it from worsening.

Speaking at a special briefing for heads of foreign missions in Malaysia, Syed Hamid cautioned other
countries not to interfere in Malaysia's internal affairs and reminded some that the ISA was just like their
own preventive laws, such as the Patriot Act.


Tajuk Artikel: Five Hindraf leaders detained under ISA

Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

Charles Ramendran

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 13, 2007): Five key members and leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf)
were detained under the tough detention-without-trial Internal Security Act (ISA) in a sweep by the federal
police Special Branch (SB) today.

Police said the five are lawyers P.Uthayakumar, M.Manoharan, V.Ganapathirao and R.Kengatharan while
the fifth person is Malaysian Building Society Berhad senior executive P.Vasantha Kumar.

According to a staff of his law firm, Hindraf leader lawyer P.Uthayakumar was in his Menara Mutiara office in
Bangsar when about 10 policemen, one in uniform and the rest in plainclothes turned up in unmarked cars
at about 2.40pm and told him that he was being detained under the ISA.

Uthayakumar was told by police to leave his belongings, including his handphone before being led away to
Bukit Aman.

It is learnt that Kengatharan was picked up in his Petaling Jaya office at 12.30pm while Vasantha was roped
in while having lunch in a restaurant in Brickfields.

Ganapathirao, who was ordered to report to Negri Sembilan police, is said to have been held in the state's
police headquarters.

The ISA allows the police to hold the five for two months (60 days). The Internal Security Minister, who is
also Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, will then decide whether to extend the detention up
to two years in the ISA detention centre in Kamunting, Perak.
It is learnt that the SB personnel who carried out the arrests had told the five men that they were being held
for their roles in Hindraf and as a preventive move to halt the group's plans to hold another massive rally
soon.

In a statement by Bukit Aman, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said police had launched
the operation covering the Klang Valley and Seremban at 12.30pm and arrested all the five men within two
hours.

He said the five have been sent to the Kamunting, Taiping ISA Detention Camp, where they will be held in
accordance with the detention order under Section 8 of the ISA.

Musa said the roles of the four lawyers were advisers to the unregistered group called Hindraf while
Vasantha was the organising secretary.

Reuters, quoting a police official who declined to be named, said Hindraf had stunned the government by
bringing more than 10,000 ethnic Indians on to the streets to complain of racial discrimination.

Uthayakumar, who had already been charged with sedition for alleging that Malaysia practised "ethnic
cleansing" of Indians, which make up about 7% of the population.

"They said they were arresting him under the ISA (Internal Security Act), but they didn't say where they were
taking him," said Shantha, who answered Uthayakumar's mobile phone after news of the detentions and
said she was his secretary.

Abdullah, who came to power four years ago promising more transparent and open government, had said
this week he would have no trouble signing a detention order to ensure public security and national stability.

The Hindraf rally was one of two mass protests last month. A separate crowd of around 10,000 people had
earlier turned out on the streets of the capital to demand fairer elections, amid expectations of a snap poll by
March 2008.

But the Indian rally, though largely peaceful, aroused deep concerns within government, and also among
many ordinary Malaysians, because of the country's history of tense and sometimes explosively violent race
relations.

In 2001, five people were killed and 37 wounded in riots between majority ethnic Malays and Indians which
began after an Indian kicked a chair over at a Malay wedding. In 1969, hundreds were killed in rioting
between Malays and ethnic Chinese.

A source in the Special Branch, the police force's intelligence arm, said today that Hindraf's protests and
allegations of ethnic cleansing at the hands of a Malay-dominated government had angered many Malays,
who are Muslims.

Police were keeping a close watch on Malay activists and mosques, the source told Reuters.

"This is a multiracial country and it takes little to upset the balance," said the source, who declined to be
named.
But the opposition has accused the government of using the spectre of racial violence as an excuse to crack
down on peaceful dissent, noting that police were enforcing a blanket ban on all forms of anti-government
protest, regardless of the issue.

"We condemn these arrests," said Lim Guan Eng, head of the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP).

"It is a desperate act of last resort and if the government has any evidence, it should charge them in an
open court," he added.

"We urge the government to seek national reconciliation, not confrontation with disaffected, marginalised
and dispossessed Malaysians."



Tajuk Artikel: Traitors, that's what they are, says PM

Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

KUANTAN (Dec 13, 2007): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today labelled those who
solicit support from outsiders as traitors and the action of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), which
claimed to fight for the rights of the Indian community in Malaysia, as an attempt to destroy the country and
racial unity.

Speaking upon his arrival this morning for a one-day visit to Pahang, Abdullah said: "This is a betrayal of our
country. Was there ethnic cleansing? There was nothing about wiping out the Indians in the country."

He said the Barisan Nasional (BN)-led government always listened to the views of the people which were
conveyed through the proper channels like the elected representatives, associations, non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) and certain committees.

When he left the Subang airforce base earlier, Abdullah said those who defame the country overseas were
people who did not love their country.

"The people are also angry at those who go overseas to seek support and cook up baseless allegations.
Actually they don't love the country. They only hunger for power and don't care about what happens to the
country," he said after receiving a memorandum from the Damai Malaysia group opposing street
demonstrations.

Abdullah, who is internal security minister, said those who were obsessed with their views did not care
about the consequences of their acts.

"We are the ones who have to face everything. We have to defend the peace and well-being of the people."

Damai Malaysia, a group of NGOs, submitted a five-page memorandum from 395 NGOs, which jointly
rejected street demonstrations and called on the government to act sternly against the culprits.

Abdullah said the country had become developed and successful based on the practice of democracy which
respected and upheld the law and constitution.
Malaysia still gave the people the freedom to voice their opinions, including in the mass media, he said. "If
this freedom is used in an irresponsible manner, the people will suffer."

He said the recent street demonstrations caused various sectors, especially the tourism and business
sectors, to suffer losses.

He was told hotels in Bukit Bintang received cancellation for 10% of their room reservations and that tour
agencies and bus operators also received cancellations.

The memorandum submitted by Damai Malaysia coordinating chairman Mohd Saiful Adil Mohd Daud
contained a declaration condemning the organisation of any street demonstration and rejecting discussions
on sensitive issues like race and religion through this means.

The declaration also condemned certain parties who resort to fraud, defamation and sedition to get the
support of foreign countries and powers to interfere in Malaysia's internal affairs.

Among the NGOs in Damai Malaysia are the Federation of Peninsular Malay Students, Malaysian
Association of Youth Clubs, Felda Youth Council Malaysia, Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia
and the United Indian Welfare Organisation.



Tajuk Artikel: PASSPORT SCAM!

Sumber / Tarikh: The Malay Mail Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

MARIAM THANY

A SYNDICATE helping illegal immigrants obtain Malaysian passports was uncovered recently with the
arrests of four people.

The syndicate uses birth certificates of locals to apply for Malaysian passports.

Immigration enforcement director Datuk Ishak Mohamed said the scam came to light when an offi cer found
an applicant behaving suspiciously at the Seberang Jaya passport offi ce on Monday.

“Each client is charged between RM3,000 and RM7,000 for a birth certifi cate,” he said, adding the
department is after the mastermind.

A SYNDICATE helping illegal immigrants obtain Malaysian passports was uncovered by the Penang
Immigration Department recently.

The syndicate uses birth certificates of locals to apply for Malaysian passports.

Immigration enforcement director Datuk Ishak Mohamed said this is the latest scam uncovered by the
department.

He said two men, in their mid- 30s, and a six-year-old girl, an Indian immigrant, were arrested at the
Passport Department in Seberang Jaya on Monday.
“The officer at the counter was suspicious because the girl seemed unsure of her answers and her body
language showed she was uncomfortable with the situation,” he said.

Ishak said one suspect led enforcement officers to his sister’s house, in Lunas, Kedah, where she was
arrested.

The other suspect said he was asked by his accomplice to pretend to be the girl’s father and to use his third
daughter’s birth certifi cate to get a passport for the girl from India.

“Checks revealed that one suspect was contacted by his sister after she received a call from a man in Kuala
Lumpur who wanted her brother’s help to come up with the necessary documents to apply for a passport for
the girl,” said Ishak. The young girl had entered Malaysia in 2005 with her mother and had been staying in
Penang.

“When we questioned the girl, she kept telling us that she did not know the exact location of her residence.

“It seems the girl’s mother wanted a passport for her and she contacted a man in Kuala Lumpur for help,”
said Ishak.

The girl was coached to say that the first man was her father, she was seven years old and had five siblings.

She was also told to say that she lived in Kulim. One suspect had used his son’s birth certifi cate twice to
get Malaysian passports for two boys from India.

“Investigations revealed that the syndicate, whose mastermind is based in Kuala Lumpur, managed to
obtain two passports on Nov 6 and Nov 22.

“I have directed the Penang Immigration Department to cancel the two passorts and we are after the
mastermind,” said Ishak.

“Each client is charged between RM3,000 and RM7,000 for a birth certifi cate,” he said, adding that each
suspect received RM1,000 for the job while the rest went to the mastermind.

The two men will be remanded and the girl was taken to the Immigration detention depot in Juru.




Tajuk Artikel: Nine eateries fail clean test
Sumber / Tarikh: The Malay Mail Online December 14, 2007 – Friday

DARSHINI KANDASAMY

FOLLOWING a raid by authorities on Wednesday, nine restaurants in Pandan Indah were asked to close
with immediate effect for failing to attain the necessary cleanliness grade.

In Ops Premis Tak Suci conducted by the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council with the Hulu Langat District
Health Office, the restaurants attained a grade of less than 50 per cent.

“The nine restaurants were compounded and instructed to close immediately for two weeks to clean up their
premises,” MPAJ public relations officer Nurhayati Ahmad told The Malay Mail yesterday.

She said this was not the fi rst time all nine restaurants had been told to clean up.

Despite that, Nurhayati said during the raid, it was found that the kitchen, wash areas and store rooms were
filthy and not up to standard.

The closure was in accordance to the Section 10 and 11 of the Food Act 1983.

The restaurants also violated some food handling regulations.

According to a report, the restaurant operators and staff do not wear aprons while preparing food, wash
dishes on the floor, poorly manage wastes and have dirty toilets.



Tajuk Artikel : 5 pemimpin Hindraf kena ISA

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Zulkofli Jamaludin, Jalal Ali Abdul Rahim, Hardi Effendi Yaacob, Ifwan Tun Tuah dan Nahar Tajri
Penahanan berasas kewajaran: PM

KUALA LUMPUR: Lima pemimpin Barisan Bertindak Hak-Hak Hindu (Hindraf) ditahan mengikut Akta
Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) dalam operasi polis di sekitar Lembah Klang dan Negeri Sembilan,
semalam.

Mereka ialah P Uthayakumar, 46; V Ganabatirau, 34; M Manoharan, 46; dan R Kengadharan, 40 – semua
Penasihat Undang-Undang Hindraf, manakala seorang lagi penyelaras pertubuhan berkenaan, K Vasantha
Kumar, 34. Ganabatirau dan Manoharan juga adalah ahli DAP.

Kelima-limanya dibawa ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Bukit Aman sebelum dihantar ke Kem Tahanan dan
Perlindungan Kamunting di Taiping, Perak untuk menjalani perintah tahanan serta-merta.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan dalam kenyataan dikeluarkan Bukit Aman, berkata,
Kengadharan ditahan di Jalan SS2/55 Petaling Jaya pada jam 12.30 tengah hari, diikuti Manoharan di Jalan
Pantai Baru, Bangsar (1.55 petang) dan Vasantha Kumar di sebuah restoran di Brickfields (2 petang).
Ganabatirau pula ditahan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Negeri Sembilan (2.10 petang) dan Uthayakumar di
pejabatnya di Menara Mutiara Bangsar di sini (2.30 petang).

Di KUANTAN, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, berkata penahanan pemimpin Hindraf
itu mengikut ISA dibuat berasaskan kewajaran kerana tindakan mereka mengancam keamanan dan
keselamatan negara.

"Menjadi kewajipan saya untuk bertindak segera kerana rakyat tidak ingin melihat negara kita dalam
keadaan porak-poranda," katanya pada sidang media selepas mengadakan pertemuan dengan pemimpin
parti komponen Barisan Nasional (BN) Pahang.

Mengenai kemungkinan tindakan itu dipolitikkan pembangkang, beliau berkata: "Sejak bila pembangkang
tak guna macam-macam helah? Pembangkang, kerja dia membangkang."

Ditanya sama ada ramai lagi pemimpin Hindraf akan ditangkap, Perdana Menteri berkata: "Saya tidak boleh
cakap... tandatangan, tangkap."

Sementara itu, Timbalan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum,

berkata perintah tahanan itu ditandatangani Abdullah selepas meneliti laporan polis pagi semalam yang
menunjukkan kegiatan pemimpin Hindraf itu boleh menggugat keselamatan negara.

Mengikut Seksyen 8(1) ISA 1960, Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri mempunyai kuasa menandatangani
perintah menahan mana-mana individu sehingga dua tahun tanpa perlu perbicaraan. Tempoh tahanan itu
boleh dilanjutkan atas persetujuan menteri berkenaan.

Pada 6 Disember lalu, Musa mendedahkan Hindraf sedang berusaha untuk mendapatkan sokongan dan
bantuan kumpulan pengganas antarabangsa serta merancang menggunakan kumpulan gangster bagi
menghalang pihak berkuasa merobohkan kuil pada masa depan.

Sehari selepas itu, Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail pula mendedahkan Hindraf mempunyai
hubungan dengan kumpulan pemisah Harimau Pembebasan Tamil Eelam (LTTE) berdasarkan laporan
polis yang dibuat orang awam.

Kumpulan pemisah itu diisytiharkan sebagai pengganas oleh Amerika Syarikat, Britain, Kesatuan Eropah,
India dan Australia.

INFO: Siapa mereka

       K Vasantha Kumar, 34 - Eksekutif kanan di Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB). Juga
        penyelaras Hindraf dan namanya digunakan dalam permohonan permit bagi perarakan pada 25
        November lalu tetapi ditolak.

       V Ganabatirau, 34 - Penasihat Undang-Undang Hindraf dan juga Penasihat DAP Cawangan Sri
        Muda Shah Alam, Selangor. Namanya turut tersenarai dalam perintah mahkamah melarang
        perhimpunan haram pada 25 November lalu.

       R Kengadharan, 40 - Mempunyai firma guaman sendiri di Petaling Jaya. Turut mengendalikan kes
        sivil di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur.
       M Manoharan, 46 - Penasihat Undang-Undang Hindraf ini adalah graduan ekonomi yang
        kemudian menjadi peguam. Ahli DAP dan sudah berkecimpung dalam politik selama 15 tahun.
        Mewakili Uthayakumar, Ganabatirau, dan Waythamoorthy ketika ketiga-tiga mereka ditahan dua
        hari sebelum perhimpunan haram pada 25 November.

       P Uthayakumar, 46 - Penasihat Undang-Undang Jawatankuasa Police Watch and Human Rights
        Committee. Pernah didakwa atas dua kesalahan di mahkamah. Pada 20 Mei 2004 dia ke United
        Kingdom mendapatkan suaka politik, kerana mendakwa diancam dan diawasi polis.



Tajuk Artikel : Golongan sebar fitnah pengkhianat negara

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Sariha Mohd Ali dan Abdul Razak Raaff

SUBANG: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi semalam menegaskan golongan yang membuat fitnah
terhadap Malaysia di luar negara serta membawa masuk budaya demonstrasi jalanan dan perhimpunan
haram, sebenarnya mengkhianati dan tidak sayangkan negara.

Perdana Menteri berkata, majoriti rakyat yang selama ini berdiam diri juga marah dan tidak senang dengan
tindakan golongan yang tidak patriotik itu.

"Rakyat paling marah kepada golongan yang pergi ke luar negara untuk mencari sokongan, simpati, buat
cerita dan tuduhan yang bukan-bukan. Mereka sebenarnya tidak sayangkan negara, sebaliknya tamakkan
kuasa dan tidak kisah apa yang akan terjadi kepada negara.

"Mereka tidak peduli walaupun rakyat mengalami kerugian kerana sikap mereka yang terlalu taksub dengan
pandangan mereka walaupun kesannya akan merosakkan kesejahteraan rakyat dan ini langsung mereka
tidak fikir," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita di Pangkalan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) di sini,
selepas menerima memorandum Damai Malaysia – gabungan 395 badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang
membantah demonstrasi jalanan dan perhimpunan haram.

Memorandum itu diserahkan Pengerusi Penyelaras Damai Malaysia, Mohd Saiful Adil Mohd Daud, sebelum
Perdana Menteri berlepas ke Kuantan untuk lawatan kerja sehari serta melawat mangsa banjir di Pahang.
Abdullah berkata, Malaysia maju dan berjaya bukan kerana demonstrasi jalanan, sebaliknya kerana
berpegang teguh kepada amalan demokrasi yang menghormati undang-undang dan Perlembagaan
Persekutuan.

Beliau juga menjelaskan apa yang kerajaan laksanakan selama ini sebenarnya bertujuan memastikan

rakyat dapat menikmati keamanan dan kestabilan politik, di samping masih boleh bersuara termasuk
menerusi media massa.

"Kalau kebebasan digunakan dengan tidak bertanggungjawab, maka rakyat yang mengalami kerugian
seperti yang berlaku sejak kebelakangan ini (demonstrasi jalanan)," katanya.
Abdullah juga kesal kerana tindakan Barisan Bertindak Hak Hak Hindu (Hindraf) serta Gabungan Pilihan
Raya Adil dan Bersih (Bersih) mengadakan demonstrasi jalanan menyebabkan pelbagai sektor, terutama
industri pelancongan dan peruncitan, mengalami kerugian besar.

Beliau dimaklumkan kira-kira 10 peratus tempahan bilik di kebanyakan hotel di kawasan segi tiga emas di
pusat bandar raya ini, termasuk Bukit Bintang serta di negeri lain, dibatalkan akibat demonstrasi jalanan itu.

"Kalau sudah 10 peratus tempahan bilik hotel dibatalkan, ini satu kerugian besar yang terpaksa ditanggung
pihak hotel dan saya percaya ada juga agensi pelancongan, pengusaha kereta sewa dan bas pelancong
yang menerima nasib sama.

"Mungkin apabila mereka (pelancong) datang ke Kuala Lumpur, mereka nak juga ke destinasi lain di negara
ini seperti Sabah dan Sarawak atau negeri lain dan hotel yang sepatutnya mereka menginap juga
mengalami kerugian sebab pembatalan tempahan.

"Ini juga berlaku kepada peniaga yang mengharapkan pelancong datang dan membeli produk mereka.
Kerugian yang ditanggung mereka ini berlaku bukan saja di pusat bandar raya tetapi juga negeri lain,"
katanya.

Terdahulu, Perdana Menteri juga meminta Mohd Saipul Adil membacakan deklarasi Damai Malaysia yang
antara lain menyatakan komitmen NGO terbabit untuk terus meneguhkan amalan toleransi dan kerjasama
antara kaum dan menjadi pendukung budaya demokrasi yang bertanggungjawab di kalangan generasi
muda.

Sementara itu, ketika berucap di hadapan 2,500 pemimpin masyarakat dan Barisan Nasional (BN) Pahang
setibanya di pangkalan TUDM, Kuantan, Abdullah berkata, pandangan rakyat pelbagai kaum yang mewakili
395 NGO itu menunjukkan majoriti rakyat menentang demonstrasi jalanan.

"Akhirnya, saya mendengar majoriti rakyat yang selama ini berdiam diri, membuka suara mereka
menentang demonstrasi jalanan kerana ini bukan cara dan budaya kita.

"Kita mengambil tindakan sebab kerajaan tahu kehendak rakyat yang tidak mahu demonstrasi jalanan
kerana boleh mengancam keselamatan. Jadi tanggungjawab kita untuk bersama menjaga keamanan,"
katanya.

Abdullah berkata, kerajaan selama ini mendengar suara rakyat yang dinyatakan secara aman melalui
dialog, awatankuasa pembangunan, persatuan dan wakil rakyat bagi menjayakan projek pembangunan.

"Walaupun saya Perdana Menteri berbangsa Melayu yang mengetuai Umno, tetapi kekuatan saya kerana
mendapat sokongan BN yang mewakili semua kaum," katanya.

Perdana Menteri juga berkata, kerajaan akan terus melaksanakan pelbagai projek bukan hanya untuk
menghadapi pilihan raya, sebaliknya ia sudah dirancang untuk dilaksanakan satu persatu menggunakan
peruntukan disediakan.

"Kita perlu masa melaksanakannya dan jika kita menghadapi pilihan raya tidak lama lagi, kita akan tetap
teruskan kerja. Kita yakin majoriti rakyat akan terus menyokong kita," katanya.

Sementara itu bercakap pada majlis perjumpaan dengan penjawat awam di sini malam tadi, Perdana
Menteri berkata, kakitangan sektor awam perlu terus meningkatkan tahap perkhidmatan mereka ke arah
yang lebih baik walaupun prestasi mereka sekarang berada pada tahap memuaskan.
Beliau berkata, kritikan yang dilemparkan media dan badan lain terhadap prestasi perkhidmatan awam
sebelum ini berjaya mengubah prestasi sehingga perkhidmatan awam kini mampu bersaing dengan sektor
swasta.

"Sekarang sudah ada tanda perkhidmatan awam kita bertambah baik berdasarkan kurangnya kritikan dan
teguran yang dilemparkan.

"Namun, saya mahu kakitangan awam terus berusaha memberi perkhidmatan lebih baik kerana hasilnya
akan dinikmati rakyat yang menjadi pelanggan kita," katanya.




Tajuk Artikel : Boleh lapor salah laku penguat kuasa, polis

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Sazarina Shahrim


KUALA LUMPUR: Suruhanjaya Aduan Khas yang akan ditubuhkan bagi menyiasat aduan mengenai salah
laku polis dan pegawai semua agensi penguat kuasa, diberi kuasa memasuki, menggeledah dan menyita
premis serta memberhentikan kenderaan tanpa waran.

Mengikut Rang Undang-Undang Suruhanjaya Aduan Khas 2007 yang dibentangkan di Dewan Rakyat
semalam, pengadu atau pemberi maklumat juga akan dilindungi dan identiti mereka akan dirahsiakan.

Rang undang-undang itu diperkenalkan hasil syor Suruhanjaya Diraja Penambahbaikan Perjalanan dan
Pengurusan Polis Diraja Malaysia, tetapi Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz
menjelaskan ia juga akan meliputi semua pegawai penguat kuasa dan bukan saja membabitkan polis.

Nazri yang membentangkan rang undang-undang itu, berkata tidak adil untuk mengkhususkan suruhanjaya
berkenaan menerima aduan salah laku polis saja kerana banyak aduan turut diterima membabitkan agensi
penguat kuasa lain.

"Suruhanjaya ini akan menjadi tempat untuk orang ramai membuat aduan mengenai salah laku semua
agensi penguat kuasa, termasuk Kastam Diraja Malaysia, Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan dan Jabatan
Imigresen," katanya kepada pemberita di lobi Parlimen di sini.

Mengikut rang undang-undang itu, suruhanjaya berkenaan perlu menimbang semua aduan yang dibuat
sama ada bertulis atau lisan, tetapi boleh menolak aduan yang membabitkan hal prosiding di Pihak
Berkuasa Tatatertib, mahkamah serta yang sudah diputuskan mahkamah dan dalam penyiasatan agensi
penguat kuasa.

Jika suruhanjaya itu berpuas hati bahawa ada merit dalam aduan yang dibuat, ia perlu dirujuk sama ada
kepada Pihak Berkuasa Tatatertib, pasukan petugas suruhanjaya atau diselesaikan sendiri agensi penguat
kuasa berkenaan.

Setiap agensi penguat kuasa juga perlu bekerjasama dan membantu suruhanjaya berkenaan dalam
menjalankan tugasnya.

Suruhanjaya itu boleh melantik pegawai Badan Pencegah Rasuah (BPR), Bank Negara Malaysia,
Suruhanjaya Sekuriti, Jabatan Audit Negara, Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dan pegawai kerajaan lain
sebagai ahli pasukan petugas untuk membantunya melaksanakan tugas.
Anggota suruhanjaya dan ahli pasukan petugas itu juga mempunyai kuasa sebagai pegawai polis daripada
apa jua pangkat seperti yang diperuntukkan di bawah Kanun Tatacara Jenayah.



Tajuk Artikel : Projek tebatan banjir diutamakan: Abdullah

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Zulkofli Jamaludin


Langkah kurangkan kerugian di negeri teruk ditimpa bencana

KUANTAN: Kerajaan akan membina projek tebatan banjir di negeri yang teruk dilanda bencana itu seperti
Johor dan Pahang bagi mengurangkan kerugian harta benda, kata Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Perdana Menteri berkata beliau membuat lawatan bagi mendapatkan maklumat mengenai situasi banjir dan
mengenal pasti sama ada kerajaan negeri membuat persiapan secukupnya menghadapi bencana itu.

Beliau bagaimanapun tidak menjelaskan mengenai projek tebatan yang akan dilaksanakan itu.

"Saya lihat Pahang sudah menyediakan semua keperluan bagi membantu mangsa banjir," katanya pada
sidang media selepas melawat keadaan banjir di daerah Bera dan Maran semalam.

Perdana Menteri yang ditemani isteri, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah mengadakan lawatan kerja sehari ke
Pahang. Turut sama Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

Beliau bagaimanapun membatalkan lawatan ke Kuala Krau, Temerloh berikutan helikopter yang dinaiki
terpaksa berpatah balik kerana cuaca tidak mengizinkan.
Sebelum melawat mangsa banjir, Perdana Menteri mendengar taklimat mengenai banjir di Pahang selama
90 minit di Wisma Sri Pahang yang turut dihadiri Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Hingga jam 5 petang, seramai 22,143 daripada 5,496 keluarga berada di sebanyak 204 pusat pemindahan
di lapan daerah di Pahang, berbanding 12,063 daripada 2,123 keluarga kelmarin.

Peningkatan jumlah mangsa banjir kerana daerah Lipis turut dinaiki air lewat malam kelmarin yang
menyebabkan 104 daripada 22 keluarga dipindahkan.

Sementara itu, Perdana Menteri berkata beliau mengadakan lawatan kerja untuk mengetahui pelaksanaan
yang dirancang dalam Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan (RMK-9).
"Ada beberapa permintaan dalam Koridor Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER) di Pahang dan kita akan
mempertimbangkan permintaan itu," katanya.
Abdullah juga mahu pentadbiran di Pahang dapat menjayakan semua perancangan dalam ECER dengan
cekap.




Tajuk Artikel : Sultan tak mahu imej Selangor calar

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Wan Jailani Razak




                   TEKNOLOGI MAKLUMAT: Sultan Sharafuddin melancarkan laman
                   web rasmi darjah kebesaran Selangor, sambil diperhatikan Tengku
                         Amir Shah dan Dr Mohamad Khir di Klang, semalam.

KLANG: Sultan Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah menegaskan rakyat yang melanggar undang-
undang wajar dikenakan hukuman setimpal tanpa mengira bangsa atau taraf bagi menjamin kesejahteraan
dan keharmonian negara.

Berikutan itu, baginda menasihatkan rakyat sentiasa berfikir secara waras dan berwaspada sebelum
terbabit kegiatan yang menyalahi undang-undang seperti demonstrasi jalanan dan perhimpunan haram.

Baginda bertitah, ini kerana perbuatan itu hanya akan berakhir dengan keganasan serta huru-hara sehingga
menjejaskan ketenteraman awam dan merugikan kerajaan serta perniagaan.

Titah baginda, ia akan memburukkan nama Selangor seterusnya menyebabkan pelabur luar negara yang
berhasrat melabur berasa ragu.

"Janganlah rakyat menjadi ekstremis kerana ia bukan saja akan merosakkan diri sendiri tetapi juga
Selangor. Golongan ini mempunyai pemikiran sempit dan tidak mengira jika mereka menimbulkan
kesusahan kepada orang lain," titahnya pada majlis jamuan teh di Istana Alam Shah, di sini semalam.

Majlis diadakan sempena Hari Keputeraan Ke-62 baginda. Hadir sama, Raja Muda, Tengku Amir Shah;
Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo, kerabat diraja dan Exco kerajaan negeri.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah bertitah, sebagai negeri maju, Selangor mempunyai banyak potensi untuk
rakyat mencari rezeki dan mereka perlu mengambil peluang itu bagi meningkatkan taraf hidup.

Terdahulu, Sultan Selangor melancarkan laman web rasmi darjah kebesaran negeri Selangor, pertama
seumpamanya dibangunkan di negara ini bagi membolehkan rakyat mencapai maklumat penerima pingat
dan darjah kebesaran setiap tahun.

Laman web itu boleh dilayari menerusi http:awards.selangor.gov.my.
Dengan melayari laman web itu, rakyat boleh mendapatkan maklumat mengenai darjah kebesaran negeri
secara tepat.


Tajuk Artikel : Laporan tak tepat jejas pelancongan

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Irwan Shafrizan


Kementerian kesal isu huru-hara takutkan pelawat ke Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Pelancongan kecewa dengan gambaran tidak tepat media luar negara
mengenai keadaan negara ini sehingga menjejaskan kedatangan pelancong terutama dari Eropah yang
banyak membatalkan percutian ke Malaysia.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, berkata ramai pelancong dari Amerika, Russia dan
sebahagian besar negara Eropah membatalkan kunjungan mereka selepas melihat laporan media
antarabangsa termasuk mengenai demonstrasi haram di negara ini.

"Operator pelancongan di luar negara memaklumkan banyak pelancong yang sebelum ini membuat
tempahan awal membatalkannya kerana bimbangkan keselamatan mereka selepas melihat keadaan huru-
hara disiarkan media luar mengenai Malaysia.

"Berapa ramai yang membatalkan kedatangan mereka kami belum tahu lagi kerana masih menunggu data
daripada operator di luar negara," katanya selepas Mesyuarat Bersama Pengarah Luar Negeri Pelancongan
Malaysia, di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Ketua Setiausaha kementerian, Datuk Dr Victor Wee; Ketua Pengarah Pelancongan Malaysia,
Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab; dan Ketua Eksekutif Penerbangan Malaysia (MAS), Datuk Seri Idris Jala.
Tengku Adnan berkata, bagaimanapun pihaknya sudah mengambil beberapa pendekatan untuk menangkis
laporan tidak tepat media luar mengenai keadaan di negara ini.

"Baru-baru ini, Ketua Pengarah Pelancongan sudah berjumpa dengan ketua editor beberapa media
antarabangsa seperti Al-Jazeera, CNN dan Perbadanan Penyiaran Britain (BBC) bagi menerangkan
keadaan sebenar di Malaysia.

"Kita juga menjelaskan apa yang berlaku di Malaysia hanya perkara kecil dan tidak seteruk demonstrasi
berlaku di negara lain dan cubaan puak tertentu untuk memburukkan imej negara ini," katanya.
Beliau juga kecewa dengan tindakan puak tertentu yang sanggup menghancurkan dan menggugat
keamanan dan keharmonian rakyat yang sudah lama dikecapi di Malaysia.
"Puak ini yang bencikan Malaysia sepatutnya keluar dari negara ini dan jangan duduk serta cuba
mengkucar-kacirkan keadaan sehingga mengganggu keamanan negara," katanya.

Ditanya mengenai jumlah kedatangan pelancong ke negara ini biarpun beberapa masalah dihadapi
termasuk banjir dan perhimpunan haram, Tengku Adnan berkata, sasaran yang ditetapkan untuk tahun ini
yakin boleh dicapai.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata, mesyuarat yang diadakan bertujuan menggesa semua pengarah
pelancongan meningkatkan usaha mereka untuk mempromosi Malaysia sebagai destinasi pelancongan
bertaraf dunia.

"Selain pelancong luar, usaha juga perlu ditumpukan untuk menarik lebih ramai rakyat tempatan
mengunjungi dan menikmati tempat pelancongan di negara sendiri," katanya.




Tajuk Artikel : Semua kenderaan perlu ada label E52

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Magendran Rajagopal


Pengeluar wajib patuhi piawai Unece tahun depan

PUTRAJAYA: Semua kenderaan, alat ganti dan komponen bermotor yang dihasilkan di negara ini wajib
memenuhi piawaian Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (Suruhanjaya Ekonomi bagi Eropah) atau Unece
apabila diwartakan kerajaan pertengahan tahun depan.

Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar, berkata semua barang
terbabit perlu menepati piawaian Forum Sedunia Untuk Pengharmonian Peraturan Berkaitan Kenderaan
(WP29) dan wajib menggunakan label E52 yang dikhususkan kepada Malaysia oleh Unece .

"Sehubungan itu, mulai pertengahan 2008, semua kenderaan, alat ganti dan komponen bermotor untuk
jualan pasaran tempatan atau eksport perlu mempunyai label E52 sebagai pengiktirafan sudah memenuhi
piawaian antarabangsa.

"Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) sedang bekerjasama dengan Jabatan Peguam Negara bagi melakukan
penyesuaian terhadap undang-undang sedia ada sebelum mewartakan peraturan WP29, yang sudah
diterima pakai kebanyakan negara dunia, terutama Asia.

"Kita akan memulakan kempen kesedaran supaya sektor industri bersedia menerima dan mematuhi
penetapan piawaian seragam ini," katanya selepas merasmikan seminar Unece WP29: Wawasan Peraturan
Kenderaan di Malaysia, di sini, semalam.
Hadir sama, Ketua Setiausaha Kementerian Pengangkutan, Datuk Zakaria Bahari; Timbalan Setiausaha
Kementerian Pengangkutan (Perancangan), Datuk Long See Wool; dan Ketua Pengarah JPJ, Datuk Ahmad
Mustapha Abdul Rashid.
Tengku Azlan menjelaskan, seminar terbabit antara usaha memperkenalkan peraturan WP29 Unece dan
memupuk kesedaran pengusaha sektor automotif tempatan mengenai penggunaan label E52 supaya tidak
wujud masalah ketika pelaksanaannya tahun depan.

WP29 bertujuan mewujudkan satu peraturan teknikal standard pembinaan kenderaan motor untuk
menyokong perdagangan automotif pada peringkat antarabangsa dengan memenuhi syarat ditetapkan
Pertubuhan Perdagangan Dunia (WTO) serta Kawasan Perdagangan Bebas Asean (Afta).

Tengku Azlan berkata, Malaysia mempersetujui penggunaan WP29 pada April tahun lalu dan sudah
menerima pakai peraturan tertentu dari semasa ke semasa, tetapi tidak diwartakan menjadi undang-
undang.
Malaysia secara rasminya diterima PBB bagi menjadi negara yang memeterai Perjanjian Timbal Balik
Perakuan (1958) dan Perjanjian mengenai Peraturan Teknikal Global atau Perjanjian Global 1988 menerusi
Forum Sedunia Untuk Pengharmonian WP29.

Tegas beliau, negara yang menerima pakai WP29 diberi kod masing-masing bagi memudahkan usaha
mengenal pasti di mana peralatan tertentu dihasilkan, dengan E52 dikhususkan untuk kenderaan, alat ganti
dan komponen dikeluarkan di sini.

Ahmad Mustapha berkata, pengiktirafan WP29, bermakna pengeluar kenderaan dan komponen kenderaan
di Malaysia yang mendapat kelulusan E52 tidak perlu mengulangi proses mendapatkan pelbagai sistem
kelulusan yang mahal atau membebankan.




Tajuk Artikel : Syor badan khas kaji isu pemandu bas dibantah

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

KUALA LUMPUR: Persatuan Pengusaha Bas SeMalaysia tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan Kementerian
Sumber Manusia untuk menubuhkan suruhanjaya siasatan bagi mengkaji pelbagai isu termasuk masalah
gaji pemandu bas.

Presidennya, Datuk Afrar Ali berkata, penubuhan suruhanjaya itu tidak perlu kerana tidak berlaku sebarang
penganiayaan terhadap pemandu bas yang berkhidmat dengan pengusaha bas yang sah.

Beliau berkata, syarikat bas terikat dengan Akta Pekerja dan sering dipantau oleh kementerian Sumber
Manusia dan Lembaga Pelesenan Kenderaan Perdagangan (LPKP) untuk memastikan tiada kesalahan
dilakukan.

“Rungutan seperti gaji rendah, waktu kerja lebih dan rehat tidak mencukupi hanya berlaku kepada pemandu
bas yang bekerja di syarikat bas haram atau pengusaha ‘ali baba’,” katanya ketika dihubungi Berita Harian,
di sini, semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian bagi mengulas hasrat Kementerian Sumber Manusia untuk menubuhkan
suruhanjaya siasatan bagi mengkaji rungutan pemandu bas seperti masalah gaji rendah, waktu kerja lebih
dan rehat yang tidak mencukupi.

Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn, berkata, penubuhan suruhanjaya siasatan itu juga
mungkin menjurus kepada pembentukan majlis penetapan gaji yang akan menentukan struktur gaji
pemandu bas.
Afrar berkata, setiap pemandu bas diberi gaji antara RM400 hingga RM1,000 dan elaun perjalanan sehari
antara RM40 dan RM100.

Katanya, gaji pemandu bas dan elaun bergantung kepada kemahiran dan pengalaman mereka.

Beliau berkata, persatuan tidak boleh memberi gaji yang lebih berikutan kos operasi yang tinggi serta faktor
kenaikan harga minyak.

“Pengusaha bas sentiasa mengikut jadual dan tidak pernah memaksa pemandu bas untuk bekerja lebih
masa,” katanya.


Tajuk Artikel : Kabinet arah siap laporan nahas

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Magendran Rajagopal


Kemalangan di Plaza Tol Jelapang

Jemaah menteri mahu langkah proaktif diambil segera bagi akhiri tragedi babitkan bas

PUTRAJAYA: Kabinet mengarahkan Kementerian Pengangkutan menyiapkan laporan lengkap selepas
melakukan siasatan terperinci bagi mengenal pasti punca nahas bas di Plaza Tol Jelapang, Ipoh Selasa lalu
yang mengorbankan lapan nyawa manakala 27 lagi cedera, termasuk tiga parah.

Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar, berkata Kabinet memandang
serius kejadian terbaru itu dan mahu langkah proaktif diambil bagi mengelakkan kejadian sama berulang.

"Saya dimaklumkan oleh Menteri (Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy) dalam mesyuarat pascaKabinet kelmarin
bahawa jemaah menteri mahu penyelesaian segera bagi mengakhiri tragedi membabitkan bas dan meminta
laporan lengkap mengenai kaedah mengatasi masalah ini.

"Ketika ini, Kementerian pengangkutan bekerjasama dengan pihak berkenaan bagi menyiasat kemalangan
ini daripada pelbagai aspek.
"Kita perlu pastikan sama ada kemalangan berpunca daripada keadaan bas yang kurang sempurna atau
disebabkan kecuaian manusia," katanya selepas merasmikan seminar Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu
Suruhanjaya Ekonomi bagi Eropah (UNECE WP29) di sini, semalam.

Seminar bertema `Wawasan Peraturan Kenderaan di Malaysia' itu turut dihadiri Ketua Setiausaha
Kementerian Pengangkutan, Datuk Zakaria Bahari; Timbalan Setiausaha Kementerian Pengangkutan
(Perancangan), Datuk Long See Wool; dan Ketua Pengarah Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), Datuk
Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid.

Ahmad Mustapha berkata Pusat Pemeriksaan Kenderaan Berkomputer (Puspakom), Jabatan
Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) dan Institut Penyelidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya Malaysia (Miros).
Dalam perkembangan lain, mengenai penggunaan lampu Xenon 'High Intensity Discharge' (HID) yang
memberi kesan silau serta mengganggu penglihatan pemandu lain, beliau berkata, hanya lampu menepati
spesifikasi dan siap dipasang pada kenderaan sebagai aksesori standard dibenarkan.
"Kebanyakan kereta buatan Eropah sudah menjadikan lampu Xenon ini sebagai aksesori standard tetapi
ada pemilik kenderaan yang mengubah suai lampu ini sehingga mengganggu pemandu lain. Ada lampu
Xenon dalam pasaran yang tidak dibenarkan dan ada yang mematuhi spesifikasi.

"Keadaan ini sama seperti penggunaan cermin gelap tidak lama dulu. Kita dapati masih ramai yang
menggunakan cermin terlalu gelap, jauh melebihi tahap dibenarkan walaupun tahu ia menjadi kesalahan.

"JPJ kini mempergiatkan kempen kesedaran bagi memahami tujuan melarang penggunaan cermin gelap
dan lampu Xenon yang tidak mengikut spesifikasi," katanya.




Tajuk Artikel : Imigresen tiada kuasa halang

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

PUTRAJAYA: Jabatan Imigresen tidak mempunyai kuasa menghalang pemimpin Barisan Bertindak Hak-
hak Hindu (Hindraf) meninggalkan negara kerana tidak menerima arahan Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam
Negeri (KKDN) melarang mereka keluar dari Malaysia.

Menteri Hal Ehwal Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, berkata Jabatan Imigresen tidak
boleh mengambil inisiatif sendiri menghalang pemimpin Hindraf meninggalkan negara kerana arahan itu
perlu dikeluarkan KKDN.

Mohd Radzi berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan Hari Kualiti Kementerian Hal Ehwal
Dalam Negeri (KHEDN) 2007 serta menyampaikan hadiah kepada pemenang Pertandingan Anugerah
Kualiti 2007 pelbagai kategori, di sini semalam.

Pada pertandingan kali ini, kumpulan Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) mengulangi rekod tahun lalu
muncul juara keseluruhan.

Mohd Radzi berkata, setakat ini Jabatan Imigresen tidak menerima arahan KKDN melarang pemimpin
Hindraf meninggalkan negara.
Tajuk Artikel : Jawatankuasa kaji bantuan

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Junita Mat Rasid




                        SEDIA BANTU: Muhyiddin (kanan) meluangkan masa
                     membantu mangsa banjir mengupas bawang ketika meninjau di
                       pusat pemindahan di Sekolah Kebangsaan Lenga, Muar,
                                             semalam.

MUAR: Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani akan mengemukakan laporan kemusnahan tanaman,
hasil tani dan ternakan di kawasan yang terbabit banjir di Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan dan Johor kepada
Jawatankuasa Bencana Negara.

Menterinya, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata pihaknya masih memantau banjir dan menjalankan tinjauan
di kawasan pertanian yang terjejas teruk akibat dinaiki air.

Katanya, laporan kerosakan kawasan pertanian akan diserahkan kepada Jawatankuasa Bencana Negara
yang akan mengambil keputusan sama ada bantuan perlu disalurkan.

"Saya bersimpati dengan masalah petani dan penternak apabila banyak kawasan dinaiki air. Kerajaan
belum memutuskan bentuk bantuan itu dan kita akan menunggu keputusan Jawatankuasa Bencana
Negara," katanya selepas mendengar taklimat banjir di Kompleks Pekembar Pagoh, semalam, sebelum
meninjau keadaan banjir dan pusat pemindahan sementara mangsa banjir di kawasan Parlimen Pagoh.

Setakat ini, 13 kampung di kawasan itu dilanda banjir dengan lebih 1,000 penduduk ditempatkan di pusat
pemindahan sementara.

"Tahun lalu, kerajaan memberikan bantuan (kepada petani mangsa banjir) dan kita akan pantau keadaan itu
dan berharap bantuan akan diberikan untuk mengurangkan beban petani," katanya.
Sementara itu, Muhyiddin berkata, pihaknya akan membuat kajian mengenai cadangan Perdana Menteri,
Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, supaya sungai diluruskan bagi memudahkan aliran air ke laut.
Tajuk Artikel : Belum ada aduan harga barang naik

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Hanneeyzah Bariah Baharin


KUALA LUMPUR: Harga barang keperluan masih kekal dan tiada peniaga menaikkan harga setakat ini,
walaupun beberapa negeri dilanda banjir sejak awal bulan lalu,’ kata Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Dalam
Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna (KPDNHEP), Datuk S Veerasingam.

Beliau berkata, walaupun banjir menyebabkan bekalan beberapa barang keperluan sukar diperoleh,
kementerian berpuas hati kerana setakat ini belum ada peniaga dilaporkan mengambil kesempatan
menaikkan harga barang, malah ada sesetengah barang dijual lebih murah daripada harga ditetapkan.

“Kementerian sentiasa menempatkan pegawai untuk memantau harga barang di pasaran, terutama apabila
beberapa negeri kini dilanda banjir. Setakat ini, tiada peniaga mengambil kesempatan menaikkan harga
walaupun bekalan barang berkurangan dan sukar diperoleh kerana banjir dan cuaca kurang memuaskan.

“Malah, ada barang yang dijual lebih murah. Di Johor, ayam dijual RM5.10 sekilogram berbanding harga
biasa, antara RM5.70 hingga RM6,” katanya pada sidang media selepas merasmikan Seminar
Kepenggunaan anjuran KPDNHEP dan Pergerakan Pengguna Pekerja Malaysia (PPPM) di sini, semalam.

Veerasingam berkata, pengguna turut dinasihatkan tidak panik dan membeli barang berlebihan daripada
keperluan kerana ia akan menyebabkan keputusan bekalan dan menyukarkan pengguna lain.

“Walaupun banjir, kita pastikan bekalan barang di semua tempat mencukupi. Setakat ini bekalan masih
mencukupi. Tak perlulah beli minyak sampai 10 kilogram (kg) sedangkan keperluan hanya sekilogram
kerana nanti tak cukup di pasaran dan akan menimbulkan masalah kepada pengguna lain.
“Pegawai kita bersiap sedia berdepan sebarang kemungkinan masalah terputus bekalan, terutama
sepanjang kejadian banjir di beberapa negeri,” katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata, KPDNHEP mengutip kompaun berjumlah RM268,630 daripada 1,433
peniaga yang dikesan melakukan pelbagai kesalahan termasuk penipuan harga melalui 996,408
pemeriksaan sejak Ops Gaji dilancarkan 21 Mei lalu hingga semalam.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Veerasingam berkata, kadar muflis di kalangan pengguna kad kredit makin
meningkat dan membimbangkan dengan purata setiap pengguna memiliki tiga kad kredit dan orang ramai
dinasihat bijak mengurus belanja.

Beliau berkata, seramai 1,497 pemegang kad kredit diisytiharkan muflis berbanding 1,152 pada 2003 dan
1,117 pada 2002.
“Sebelum ini orang muflis kerana tak mampu bayar hutang bank, tapi kini ramai muflis akibat beban hutang
kad kredit. Proses mendapatkan ‘wang plastik’ ini sangat mudah kerana mereka bergaji serendah RM1,000
sebulan pun boleh memohon,” katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Tarikh PMR, ujian akhir tahun dianjak

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Syuhada Choo Abdullah


Pindaan elak masa senggang terlalu lama sebelum cuti

PUTRAJAYA: Jadual peperiksaan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) tahun depan akan dianjak
menghampiri tarikh peperiksaan Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) bagi mengelak masa senggang yang terlalu
lama sebelum cuti akhir tahun persekolahan bermula.

Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, berkata keputusan itu dicapai dalam mesyuarat
Jawatankuasa Khas Penggal Persekolahan 2008 yang dipengerusikannya selepas mengambil kira
permintaan orang ramai berhubung perkara berkenaan.

"Ini adalah sebagai tindakan awalan, manakala bagi Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) pula,
setakat ini, Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia (LPM) sanggup menganjakkannya beberapa minggu saja atas
sebab tertentu.

"Bagaimanapun, saya sudah meminta tempoh antara selepas peperiksaan itu hingga cuti akhir tahun diisi
dengan pelbagai program supaya pelajar ada aktiviti dan perkara ini sedang dikenal pasti serta diperhalusi.

"Semua ini akan diperinci serta dimaklumkan lebih mendalam oleh LPM nanti," katanya pada sidang akhbar
di sini, semalam.
Sambil menjelaskan LPM sudah mengambil kira pelbagai aspek berkaitan pelaksanaan itu, termasuk dari
segi penggunaan bilik kebal, beliau berkata, peperiksaan akhir tahun di sekolah akan turut dianjakkan.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata sehingga kini, 79.65 peratus bekalan buku teks sudah dibekalkan ke sekolah
seluruh negara dengan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya mencatat peratusan tertinggi, iaitu sebanyak 99
peratus.

Ini diikuti Pahang dan Terengganu (90 peratus), Perak (88.9 peratus), Melaka (88.3 peratus), Kelantan (85
peratus), Negeri Sembilan (83.1 peratus), Selangor (81.4 peratus), Kedah (75 peratus), Perlis (73 peratus),
Pulau Pinang (72.7 peratus), Johor (65 peratus), Sarawak (64 peratus) serta Labuan dan Sabah (60
peratus).

Menjelang sesi persekolahan tahun depan, katanya, dijangka semua sekolah akan menerima bekalan buku
teks mencukupi.
"Selain itu bagi menangani bekalan buku teks di pasaran terbuka untuk sekolah swasta dan Maktab Rendah
Sains Mara (MRSM), kementerian akan melakukan pemantauan ke kedai buku seluruh negara, terutama di
bandar besar, demi memastikan ia mudah diperoleh.

"Pemantauan akan dilakukan dari 16 Disember ini hingga minggu pertama tahun depan. Malah,
kementerian sudah menghantar surat arahan kepada penerbit bagi memastikan mereka menyediakan
bekalan buku teks mencukupi di pasaran terbuka," katanya sambil menjelaskan orang ramai boleh hubungi
talian hotline Bahagian Buku Teks 03-8884 4290 untuk bantuan berkaitan.

Sementara itu beliau berkata, sebanyak 30 sekolah masih ditakungi air akibat banjir yang melanda empat
negeri dengan Kelantan mencatat bilangan tertinggi.

Beliau berkata, jumlah itu berdasarkan maklumat sehingga jam 12 tengah hari kelmarin, meliputi 14 sekolah
di Kelantan, diikuti Pahang (10) dan masing-masing tiga sekolah di Johor serta Terengganu.

Selain itu, katanya, tujuh sekolah di Johor dan tiga lagi di Pahang terputus hubungan, manakala 67 yang
lain dijadikan pusat pemindahan mangsa banjir.


Tajuk Artikel : Sentral: Harta dua premis kena sita

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Faizatul Farhana Farush Khan


Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam terpaksa ambil tindakan kerana tungakan cukai taksiran lebih lima tahun
hampir RM93,000

SHAH ALAM: Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam (MBSA) menyita harta dua premis perniagaan kerana gagal
menyelesaikan tunggakan cukai taksiran bagi tempoh lebih lima tahun berjumlah RM92,959.78.

Pegawai Tadbir Bahagian Pengurusan Hasil MBSA, Juliah Alimun, berkata MBSA terpaksa berbuat
demikian selepas mereka tidak mengendahkan pelbagai amaran yang dikeluarkan sehingga 26 November
lalu.

Katanya, dalam operasi di sebuah restoran di Seksyen 19, MBSA menyita dua televisyen dan sebuah radio
selepas pemiliknya gagal membayar tunggakan cukai berjumlah RM69,332.98.

Di sebuah syarikat di Seksyen 20 pula, MBSA menyita sebuah televisyen selepas gagal menerima
tunggakan cukai berjumlah RM23,626.80 walaupun sudah diberi tempoh setahun untuk berbuat demikian.

"Lapan pemilik premis lain diberi amaran tegas supaya menjelaskan tunggakan cukai mereka dalam
tempoh seminggu atau dikenakan tindakan sita kerana ada antara mereka sudah 10 tahun tidak membayar
cukai.
"Antara premis itu ialah sebuah syarikat percetakan yang sebelum ini dikatakan memberikan 'cek tendang'
kepada MBSA untuk menyelesaikan bayaran tunggakan cukainya," katanya kepada pemberita selepas
operasi itu, di sini, semalam.

Operasi yang disertai 20 pegawai dari Bahagian Pengurusan Hasil dan 10 penguat kuasa MBSA itu
dijalankan selepas pemilik premis terbabit gagal menjalankan tanggungjawab membayarnya walaupun
MBSA sudah mengeluarkan pelbagai dokumen sejak setahun lalu.

Dokumen berkenaan termasuk Borang E, Pemberitahuan Tindakan Waran Tahanan, Pemberitahuan
Tindakan Undang-Undang dan Penyerahan Inventori serta Notis (Borang G).

Sebelum ini, MBSA mengepos 26,029 Notis Pemberitahuan Tindakan Waran Tahanan bagi memaklumkan
setiap pemilik harta bahawa waran tahanan sudah diproses dan tindakan boleh diambil kerana gagal
menjelaskan cukai.
Juliah berkata, pemilik premis yang mahu mendapatkan semula harta itu perlu datang ke Pejabat MBSA
untuk menyelesaikan semua tunggakan cukai dan membayar denda RM50.

Katanya, MBSA akan melelong harta terbabit jika mereka mereka gagal menebusnya.

Pegawai Perhubungan Awam MBSA, Shahrin Ahmad, berkata tindakan itu selaras saranan kerajaan negeri
supaya pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) meningkatkan kutipan hasil cukai taksiran.

Katanya, operasi sita itu diharap dapat menyedarkan pemilik premis supaya melaksanakan tanggung jawab
mereka kerana cukai yang dikutip penting dalam membantu MBSA menyelenggara kawasan
pentadbirannya dengan lebih berkesan.

"Longkang, lampu jalan, jalan, taman awam, dewan orang ramai dan gerai perlu disenggara dengan baik
bagi manfaat masyarakat setempat," katanya.


Tajuk Artikel : RM2.79j untuk kegiatan NGO

Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Mohamed Sahidi Yusof

Peruntukan besar selaras usaha tingkat keupayaan wanita dalam memberi perkhidmatan sokongan yang
cekap

JELI: Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat menerusi Jabatan Pembangunan
Wanita (JPW) sudah menyalurkan peruntukan RM2.79 juta kepada 21 pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO)
bagi melaksanakan program peningkatan kapasiti wanita negara ini.

Ketua Pengarahnya, Datin Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad, berkata langkah itu selaras usaha membina
keupayaan wanita sebagai penyumbang terhadap pembangunan negara menerusi penyediaan
perkhidmatan sokongan yang cekap dan berkesan.


Beliau berkata, bidang diberi keutamaan termasuk literasi undang-undang, kepekaan gender, teknologi
maklumat dan komunikasi, program kempen kesedaran gangguan seksual dan keganasan terhadap wanita
serta perkongsian bijak menerusi skim bantuan khas.

"Pelaksanaan mekanisme pemantauan dan penilaian program pula dilakukan bersama antara JPW dengan
NGO terbabit dan kita mengharapkan wanita di negara ini merebut peluang yang disediakan itu.

"Wanita harus lebih bersedia dengan pengetahuan, semangat dan jati diri bagi mengharungi pelbagai
cabaran mendatang pada era globablisasi ini," katanya pada program sehari bersama Majlis Pembangunan
Wanita dan Keluarga (MPWK) Parlimen Jeli, di Bukit Nangka, dekat sini, semalam.
Sharifah Zarah berkata, pada masa sama kementeriannya juga memperuntukkan kira-kira RM1.4 juta di
setiap MPWK bagi membolehkan mereka menjalankan pelbagai program menerusi JPW sejak 2002 lalu.

Katanya, peruntukan tambahan RM140 juta turut disediakan bagi program latihan peningkatan kemahiran
menerusi skim projek khas.
"Kementerian akan terus berusaha dan bergiat aktif di setiap peringkat untuk menentukan wanita bukan
hanya dapat menikmati manfaat pembangunan negara tetapi boleh menjadi ejen perubahan dalam proses
pengisian kemerdekaan yang dicapai 50 tahun lalu," katanya.



Tajuk Artikel : Letupkan muara Sungai Pahang untuk alir air banjir ke laut

Sumber / Tarikh : Utusan Malaysia Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

PEKAN 13 Dis — Bagi mengatasi masalah banjir yang semakin buruk di Pekan, Pahang, Timbalan Perdana
Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, muara Sungai Pahang di Kampung Tanjung Agas perlu
diletupkan untuk membolehkan air mengalir keluar ke laut.

Katanya, muara Sungai Pahang di kampung terbabit telah menghalang pengaliran air dan ia kini hampir
bercantum dengan kampung berdekatan iaitu Kampung Pulau Syed Hassan.

Najib, yang juga Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pengurusan Bencana Negara berkata, langkah sedemikian
pernah dilakukan pada 1971 ketika banjir besar melanda Pekan.
“Muara Sungai Pahang di Kampung Tanjung Agas telah menghalang laluan air ke laut jadi kita minta
Angkatan Tentera Malaysia mengkaji kemungkinan meletupkan muara sungai terbabit,” katanya kepada
pemberita selepas melawat dan menyampaikan bantuan kepada 200 mangsa banjir di Sekolah Menengah
Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Pekan di sini hari ini.

Najib, yang juga Menteri Pertahanan berkata, Kementerian Pertahanan akan menambah sebuah lagi
helikopter khusus untuk kerja penghantaran bekalan makanan ke kawasan yang terjejas di Pekan. Pada
masa ini, tiga helikopter digunakan untuk tujuan itu.

Selain itu katanya, enam buah bot akan ditambah untuk memindahkan mangsa-mangsa banjir di Pekan.
Keadaan banjir di Pahang bertambah buruk petang ini dengan sejumlah 22,143 mangsa di seluruh negeri,
termasuk seramai 4,245 di Pekan, dipindahkan.

Najib berkata, banjir di Pekan pada tahun ini menyamai malahan mungkin lebih buruk berbanding banjir
pada 1971.

“Walaupun sekarang tiada masalah logistik dan sebagainya, namun apa yang lebih penting kita mahu
pastikan adalah tiada kelompok masyarakat tertentu seperti Orang Asli dan pekerja ladang terjejas dengan
bencana ini seperti tidak dapat keperluan makanan dan lain-lain,” katanya.

Najib kemudiannya meninjau keadaan banjir di sekitar Rompin dengan menaiki helikopter Dolphin milik
Agensi Penguatkuasa Maritim Malaysia sebelum singgah di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Leban
Chondong, Rompin untuk melawat dan memberi bantuan kepada 201 mangsa banjir di situ.
Seramai 3,424 orang daripada 633 ditempatkan di 23 pusat pemindahan di seluruh Rompin.- Bernama
Tajuk Artikel : ISA: Penahanan lima dalang perhimpunan haram demi
               keselamatan negara

Sumber / Tarikh : Utusan Malaysia Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

KUANTAN 13 Dis — Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata, penahanan lima orang, yang mendalangi
perhimpunan haram di ibu negara bulan lepas, mengikut Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negara (ISA)
berkuatkuasa hari ini dibuat berdasarkan kewajaran menjaga keselamatan negara.

Sekalipun kerajaan memberikan kebebasan kepada semua pihak untuk bersuara, Perdana Menteri berkata,
keselamatan negara dan ketenteraman awam negara adalah keutamaan penting.

“Kalau (antara) kebebasan untuk bercakap dengan ketenteraman awam, saya utamakan ketenteraman
awam. Kalau nak bercakap (mesti) ikut peraturan, ini bukan negara yang membisukan semua orang, dan
rakyat tak bisu.

“Kalau nak kan kebebasan kita mesti bertanggungjawab. Kebebasan tidak boleh diberikan tanpa
tanggungjawab...,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas mengadakan pertemuan tertutup bersama Badan
Perhubungan Barisan Nasional Pahang di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri
Adnan Yaakob.

Abdullah, yang dalam rangka lawatan sehari ke Pahang berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas
mengenai penahanan lima orang — P. Uthayakumar, M.
Manoharan, R. Kenghadharan, V. Ganabatirau dan T. Vasanthakumar — yang bergerak di sebalik
kumpulan tidak berdaftar yang dinamakan Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), mendalangi perhimpunan
haram pada 25 Nov lepas.

Ditanya lanjut mengenai penahanan mengikut ISA itu, Abdullah, yang juga Menteri Keselamatan Dalam
Negeri, berkata: “Kenyataan telah dikeluarkan berhubung tahanan ISA dan saya tidak ada apa hendak
dijelaskan lagi.”

Beliau juga enggan mengulas jumlah sebenarnya yang akan ditahan mengikut ISA dan sama ada lebih
ramai lagi akan ditahan mengikut akta itu.Menjawab satu soalan, Abdullah berkata: “Tindakan kita mesti
diasaskan kepada kewajaran, kita ambil satu tindakan kalau berlaku sesuatu yang menggugat keamanan
dan keselamatan.

“Menjadi kewajipan kepada saya kerana rakyat memerlukan tindakan, rakyat tidak ingin melihat negara
dalam keadaan porak peranda.

Mengenai kebimbangan tindakan itu akan dipolitikkan pembangkang, beliau berkata: “Sejak bila
pembangkang tak guna macam macam helah? Pembangkang, kerja dia membangkang.”- Bernama
Tajuk Artikel : Mengemis sokongan asing khianati negara – Abdullah

Sumber / Tarikh : Utusan Malaysia Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh BAHAROM MAHUSIN, ARSHAD KHAN, AIZAWATI AHMAD dan NIZAM YATIM

KUANTAN 13 Dis. – Pihak yang mengemis sokongan orang asing di luar negara bagi memburuk-burukkan
Malaysia adalah pengkhianat, kata Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Perdana Menteri menegaskan, pembohongan yang dilakukan oleh kumpulan itu, khususnya dakwaan
mengenai kerajaan Malaysia terlibat dalam penghapusan etnik, adalah ‘satu pengkhianatan kepada
negara’.

Dalam ucapannya kepada kira-kira 2,500 penyokong Barisan Nasional (BN) yang menyambut ketibaannya
untuk lawatan kerja sehari ke Pahang di Pangkalan Udara Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) di sini
pagi ini, Abdullah berkata, beliau bertanggungjawab memastikan keselamatan negara terus terpelihara.
“Walaupun saya ini orang Melayu tetapi kekuatan saya adalah kekuatan BN.

“Inilah kekuatan kita. Rakyat tidak suka cara lain (seperti demonstrasi jalanan). Cara kita selama ini adalah
cara yang berjaya,” katanya.

Rakyat, kata beliau, kini sedar tentang keburukan politik demonstrasi jalanan dan menyokong langkah-
langkah yang diambil oleh kerajaan untuk menangani perbuatan pihak-pihak berkenaan termasuk
perhimpunan haram yang dianjurkan oleh Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).
Kumpualan majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang selama ini senyap kini telah bersuara, kata Perdana Menteri.
Sementara itu, ketika bercakap kepada pemberita di SUBANG sebelum berlepas ke Kuantan, Perdana
Menteri berkata, majoriti rakyat marah dengan tindakan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab mengadakan siri
demonstrasi jalanan di ibu negara sejak kebelakangan ini.

Menurut beliau, rakyat juga marah dengan tindakan pihak terbabit menjaja fitnah terhadap Malaysia di luar
negara dengan tujuan meraih sokongan antarabangsa.

‘‘Golongan ini yang terlalu taksub dengan pandangan mereka tidak sayangkan negara. Mereka hanya
tamak kuasa dan tidak langsung mempedulikan kesan daripada tindakan itu yang kita semua perlu hadapi.
‘‘Saya ingin mengingatkan bahawa demonstrasi jalanan bukan budaya kita dan selama ini kita maju dan
berjaya kerana mengamalkan institusi demokrasi yang menghormati undang-undang,’’ katanya.
Pada satu majlis ringkas di Pangkalan Udara TUDM Subang, Abdullah menerima memorandum daripada
Damai Malaysia, sebuah gabungan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) yang membantah demonstrasi
jalanan.

Damai Malaysia yang mewakili 395 NGO menyerahkan memorandum lima muka surat yang sepakat
menolak demonstrasi jalanan dan menggesa kerajaan bertindak tegas terhadap mereka yang terlibat dalam
perhimpunan haram.

Abdullah memberitahu, demonstrasi jalanan menyebabkan banyak sektor ekonomi mengalami kerugian
terutama pelancongan dan perniagaan.

‘‘Saya dimaklumkan bahawa hotel-hotel di kawasan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur mengalami pembatalan
tempahan bilik sebanyak 10 peratus akibat demonstrasi jalanan.
‘‘Kesan ini turut dirasai oleh pengusaha hotel di seluruh negara termasuk Sabah dan Sarawak kerana
pelancong terbabit yang tidak jadi ke Kuala Lumpur turut membatalkan lawatan ke negeri-negeri lain.
‘‘Turut menanggung kerugian ialah agensi pelancongan, pengusaha kereta dan bas yang telah ditempah
pelancong serta pekedai yang mengharapkan pelawat asing membeli barangan mereka,” katanya.

Mengulas mengenai memorandum oleh gabungan NGO berkenaan yang mempunyai 1.5 juta ahli itu,
Abdullah berkata, ia adalah suara majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang membantah demonstrasi jalanan.
‘‘Orang yang selama ini senyap telah pun menyatakan pendirian mereka dan saya amat menghargainya
kerana ia adalah untuk keamanan dan kesejahteraan rakyat yang kita kena pertahankan,’’ katanya.
Menurut Abdullah, larangan mengadakan demonstrasi jalanan adalah bagi memastikan negara ini terus
stabil.

‘‘Ia bukan bermakna rakyat tidak boleh bersuara melalui saluran yang betul. Tengoklah surat khabar, bukan
main lagi (rakyat bersuara) dengan bermacam-macam berita dan kadangkala semuanya keluar. Begitu juga
dengan Internet yang hebat juga,’’ katanya.

Memorandum Damai Malaysia itu yang diserahkan oleh Pengerusi Penyelaras Damai Malaysia, Mohd.
Saiful Adil Mohd. Daud turut mengandungi deklarasi mengutuk pihak-pihak yang menggunakan isu agama
dan perkauman bagi menimbulkan kebencian serta melakukan fitnah untuk mengheret pihak asing
mencampuri urusan dalaman negara ini.

Damai Malaysia yang telah mengadakan perhimpunan pertama di Kelab Sultan Sulaiman, Kampung Baru
pada 6 Disember lalu turut disertai 75 NGO yang mewakili kaum Cina dan 20 NGO kaum India.
Terdahulu, Abdullah yang tiba bersama isterinya, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah disambut oleh Timbalan
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak; Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob dan
Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Seri Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis.



Tajuk Artikel : Penahanan pemimpin Hindraf bawah ISA wajar

Sumber / Tarikh : Utusan Malaysia Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

KUANTAN 13 Dis. – Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata, penggunaan Akta Keselamatan Dalam
Negeri (ISA) bagi menahan beberapa pemimpin kanan Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) adalah wajar
bagi memelihara keselamatan dan ketenteraman negara.

Perdana Menteri berkata, tindakan itu bukan langkah untuk ‘membisukan’ rakyat tetapi satu kewajipan bagi
beliau selaku pemimpin untuk menjaga kepentingan majoriti penduduk yang mahukan kestabilan.
Menurut beliau, di negara ini, mana-mana pihak yang tidak berpuas hati mempunyai saluran untuk
menyuarakan pandangan masing-masing tanpa perlu menggugat ketenteraman negara.

Jelasnya, sebarang bentuk luahan rasa harus mengikut lunas undang-undang agar tidak menimbulkan
suasana huru-hara.

Abdullah berkata, beliau melihat tindakan menahan pemimpin Hindraf di bawah ISA adalah satu keperluan
dan bukannya pilihan dalam menangani unsur-unsur yang bersifat mengganggu-gugat ketenteraman awam.
“Jika perlu memilih antara ketenteraman awam dan kebebasan untuk bercakap, saya mengutamakan
ketenteraman awam. Kalau hendakkan kebebasan, kita mesti bertanggungjawab... kebebasan tidak boleh
diberikan tanpa tanggungjawab,” kata Perdana Menteri pada sidang akhbar di kediaman Menteri Besar
Pahang di sini lewat petang ini.
Abdullah yang dalam rangka lawatan kerja sehari ke Pahang pagi ini menghadiri majlis taklimat banjir di
Wisma Sri Pahang di sini sebelum meninjau dengan helikopter keadaan banjir di daerah Maran, Temerloh
dan Bera.

Beliau kemudian mengadakan perjumpaan dengan para pemimpin Barisan Nasional (BN) negeri yang turut
dihadiri oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dan Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri
Adnan Yaakob.

Hari ini, polis menahan lima pemimpin kanan Hindraf iaitu P. Uthayakumar, M. Manoharan, V. Ganabatirau,
T. Vasanthakumar dan R. Kengadharan di bawah ISA.

Abdullah berkata, beliau bersetuju dengan tindakan ISA ke atas para pemimpin Hindraf itu kerana
merasakan masanya sudah tiba untuk kerajaan berbuat demikian.

Katanya, tidak ada sebarang kompromi dalam isu-isu yang menggugat keselamatan majoriti rakyat.
“Saya menghargai kebebasan, tetapi undang-undang berkaitan keamanan negara adalah amat penting,”
katanya.
Ditanya sama ada akan lebih ramai lagi pemimpin Hindraf dan penganjur perhimpunan haram akan ditahan
di bawah ISA, Abdullah berkata: “Kalau ada adalah, kalau tak ada, tak adalah.”

Mengenai bilangan penganjur perhimpunan haram yang akan ditahan di bawah ISA, Abdullah memberitahu:
“Yang (telah) ditandatangani (penahanan di bawah akta itu), ditangkaplah.”

Perdana Menteri juga ditanya mengenai kemungkinan tindakan menggunakan ISA itu akan dipolitikkan oleh
parti-parti pembangkang. Beliau menjawab, semua tindak-tanduk kerajaan walaupun bertujuan baik pasti
tidak akan disenangi pihak itu.

Katanya: “Sejak bila pembangkang tak guna macam-macam helah? Pembangkang, kerja dia
membangkang.”


Tajuk Artikel : Pelekat kebal: Ramai lagi akan disiasat

Sumber / Tarikh : Utusan Malaysia Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

PUTRAJAYA 13 Dis. – Ramai lagi pegawai Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) terutama di Johor, Pulau
Pinang, Perak dan Selangor akan disiasat berhubung kes ‘pelekat kebal.’

Ketua Pengarah JPJ, Datuk Ahmad Mustapha Abdul Rashid berkata, pihaknya masih meneruskan siasatan
berhubung perkara itu dan akan menyerahkan kepada BPR untuk tindakan selanjutnya.

“Kita tidak tolak kemungkinan ada beberapa pegawai lagi akan disiasat.
“Bila sampai masanya kita akan dedahkan mana-mana pegawai yang terlibat dan kita akan ambil tindakan,”
katanya ketika ditemui di sini hari ini.

Ahad lalu, tiga pegawai Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) dan seorang anggota polis adalah antara lapan
orang yang ditahan kerana disyaki menjadi dalang melindungi lori-lori dan kenderaan perdagangan
daripada ditahan melalui sindiket penggunaan ‘pelekat kebal.’

Mereka ditahan oleh BPR dalam operasi di Negeri Sembilan dan Selangor baru-baru ini.
Para pegawai JPJ terbabit, yang salah seorang daripadanya kini bertugas di Jabatan Keselamatan Jalan
Raya (JKJR) Putrajaya, di samping anggota polis berpangkat Lans Koperal dari Balai Polis Nilai dipercayai
menjadi dalang kepada sindiket ‘pelekat kebal’ itu.

Sindiket ‘pelekat kebal’ itu selalunya menjadikan syarikat atau pemilik lori yang sering membawa muatan
berlebihan sebagai pelanggan untuk mengelak daripada dikompaun serta diheret ke mahkamah.


Tajuk Artikel : Kerugian petani, penternak dikurangkan

Sumber / Tarikh : Utusan Malaysia Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

MUAR 13 Dis. – Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani kini memberi tumpuan kepada usaha bagi
mengurangkan kerugian dan kerosakan yang ditanggung oleh petani dan penternak di negeri-negeri yang
dilanda banjir.

Menterinya, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin berkata, keadaan banjir tahun ini yang tidak meningkat secara
mendadak berbanding tahun lalu membolehkan ikhtiar difikirkan dan diambil untuk mengurangkan kerugian.
Katanya, keadaan itu memberi kesempatan kepada penternak seperti penternak ayam dan itik untuk
mengambil langkah-langkah keselamatan lebih awal.

‘‘Saya lihat di kawasan penternak ayam dan itik, mereka bertindak memindahkan ternakan masing-masing
ke kawasan selamat sebagai langkah berjaga-jaga seandainya banjir besar berulang kembali.
‘‘Ini adalah satu ikhtiar baik bagi mengelak kerosakan dan kerugian yang banyak,” katanya pada sidang
akhbar selepas melawat mangsa-mangsa banjir di Balai Raya Kampung Jawa di Kampung Jawa, Lenga di
Pagoh dekat sini.

Terdahulu, Muhyiddin yang juga Ahli Parlimen Pagoh menyampaikan bantuan makanan dan keperluan
harian kepada mangsa-mangsa banjir yang ditempatkan di Sekolah Kebangsaan Lenga.
Mengenai bentuk bantuan yang bakal diberikan kepada penternak dan petani yang terlibat pada musim
banjir kali ini, Muhyiddin memberitahu ia belum diputuskan lagi oleh Jawatankuasa Bencana Negara.

‘‘Kementerian akan menyediakan laporan yang diperlukan untuk diteliti oleh jawatankuasa tersebut tetapi
terpulang kepada kerajaan sama ada untuk memberikan bantuan yang sama seperti bencana seperti dulu,”
jelasnya.

Sementara itu, beliau berpuas hati dengan tindakan agensi kerajaan dan swasta dalam membantu usaha
menyelamat dan memberi bantuan kepada mangsa-mangsa banjir di kawasan Pagoh.

Sehingga petang ini, lebih 1,008 mangsa daripada 250 keluarga di tiga kawasan di Pagoh iaitu Bukit
Kepong, Lenga dan Bukit Serampang telah dipindahkan di 13 buah pusat pemindahan sementara.
Ini berikutan air Sungai Muar mula naik sejak enam hari lalu dan disifatkan sebagai berbahaya.

Malah, beberapa jalan raya iaitu di Kilometer 16, Jalan Bukit Kepong, Durian Condong dan Bukit Kepong di
Labis telah dinaiki air dan ditutup untuk kenderaan ringan.
Tajuk Artikel : PMR minggu akhir sekolah

Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 14 Disember 2007 – Jumaat

Oleh Hayati Ibrahim

PUTRAJAYA: Berkuat kuasa tahun depan, peperiksaan Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) akan
dianjakkan pada minggu terakhir sebelum cuti sekolah akhir tahun bagi mengelak gejala ponteng sekolah di
kalangan calon selepas menduduki peperiksaan.

Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, berkata keputusan itu diambil selepas mendapat
persetujuan Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia (LPM).

“Mulai tahun depan, kita bersetuju melewatkan peperiksaan PMR hampir kepada tarikh peperiksaan Sijil
Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) supaya calon berkenaan tidak mempunyai terlalu banyak masa senggang
selepas peperiksaan.

“LPM akan mengumumkan tarikhnya kelak dan keputusan itu diambil mengikut kehendak orang ramai yang
mahu kita menganjak tarikh peperiksaan.


“Pada masa sama, kita juga mendapat persetujuan bahagian sekolah untuk melewatkan peperiksaan akhir
tahun di setiap sekolah,” katanya pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat Jawatankuasa
Penggal Persekolahan 2008, di kementeriannya di sini, semalam.


Hadir sama, kedua-dua timbalannya, Datuk Noh Omar dan Datuk Hon Choon Kim serta Ketua Setiausaha
kementerian, Tan Sri Dr Zulkurnain Awang.

Bagaimanapun, katanya keputusan melewatkan peperiksaan Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR)
masih dikaji.

“Setakat ini, LPM hanya sanggup melewatkan peperiksaan beberapa minggu di atas sebab-sebab tertentu,
jadi kita akan perincikan perkara ini dan maklumat lanjut akan diumumkan LPM kelak.

“Namun begitu, saya meminta pihak sekolah mengadakan program pengisian dalam tempoh antara waktu
peperiksaan hingga cuti persekolahan supaya pelajar mempunyai aktiviti sepanjang berada di sekolah,”
katanya.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Hishammuddin berkata, bekalan buku teks yang akan disalurkan kepada
sekolah pada sesi persekolahan akan datang adalah mencukupi.

“Sehingga kini, secara purata 79.65 peratus bekalan buku teks sudah dibekalkan ke sekolah seluruh
negara, jadi kami jangkakan semua sekolah menerima bekalan yang mencukupi,” katanya.

				
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