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									Tajuk Artikel: Present way to raise bumi equity a dead end, says PM
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By NELSON BENJAMIN and HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

MUAR: A new strategy is needed to increase bumiputra equity from the 18.9% it has been stuck at in the last 19
years, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Handing out shares has clearly not worked, he said. He said it was time to help bumiputra companies that were
capable and have the potential to succeed domestically and globally.

To date, Najib said some RM54bil in shares had been allocated to bumiputras but only RM2.4bil was left because
they were often sold off immediately.

He said the reasons for the mass sell-out included poor holding power, not being serious about holding onto the
shares, the high gearing cost of buying the shares or not being able to take part in the running of the company since
the shareholders did not have a 30% stake.

Najib, who said this when opening the Pagoh Umno delegates meeting here yesterday, had everyone in stitches
when he pointed that those who received bumiputra shares were not ordinary folk but mainly influential people “who
sat in the front rows at functions such as Tan Sris and Datuk Sris.”

Noting that was why the bumiputra equity had stood at only 18.9% in the past 19 years, he said it would be madness
to continue hoping the outcome would improve.

One way to change the situation, said Najib, was through Equi-nas Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas), a private equity fund for
bumiputras.

He said he wanted to see bumiputra entrepreneurs who would not only become champions domestically but also
internationally.

Najib, who said the details of Ekuinas would be made public today, added that the fund would help bumiputra
entrepreneurs look for capital and adopt efficient management styles.

Najib also talked about the liberalisation of the services sector, changes to Umno, the abolition of teaching science
and mathematics in English, his 1Malaysia concept and preparedness to face the next general election.

On liberalisation, he said Malaysia’s closed services sector was similar to Myanmar.

“We invest in other countries but we do not allow others to invest here,” he said, adding that Indonesia, Cambodia
and Thailand had opened up their services sector.
Tajuk Artikel: Najib to maintain strong ties with his deputy
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

MUAR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants to maintain a strong relationship with his deputy, Tan Sri
Muhyiddin Yassin, to overcome all challenges, strengthen Umno and develop the country. Najib said he understood
that strong ties between them would send a strong message to others.

                                                 Meaningful gift: Najib receiving a memento from Muhyiddin
                                                 after launching the Pagoh Umno meeting Sunday.

                                                 “In the past, we (Umno) have gone through a time when the
                                                 relationship between the Prime Minister and his deputy had
                                                 problems.

                                                 “I want to tell the people of Pagoh and the whole country that we
                                                 will both work together to strengthen the party and to develop the
                                                 country,” he said in his speech at the opening of the Pagoh Umno
                                                 delegates’ meeting near here yesterday.

                                                 Najib said when he first became Prime Minister, he had told
                                                 Muhyiddin about the importance of delegation of duties. The Prime
                                                 Minister said that while his own post required him to play an active
                                                 role internationally, the Deputy Prime Minister would need to pay
                                                 attention to domestic affairs.

“That is why I told Muhyiddin that the duties of an Education Minister are important in shaping the country’s future
and that is why the DPM is handling it,” he said, adding that both of them had remained positive and would not give
up in the face of economic challenges and political upheaval.



Tajuk Artikel: 1Malaysia set to become influential brand, says Muhyiddin
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

MUAR: 1Malaysia is set to become a very influential brand name to promote Malaysian businesses among both
domestic and global investors. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the concept was adopted by
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak to turn Malaysia into an excellent nation.

Speaking to Pagoh Umno division delegates, Muhyiddin said it was important for the people to support the concept
as it symbolised unity and solidarity among the races.

“The concept gives priority to peoples’ needs and makes performance of utmost important. “At the same time, the
Prime Minister had also introduced the Key Performance Indicators to ensure Government leaders are more
committed in serving the people,” he said at the division’s general meeting, which was opened by Najib yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who was accompanied by Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and other state party leaders, said
leaders should work as one team and for all races. He also urged Umno leaders at all levels to ensure that reforms in
the party were transparent and accepted by all. He added that the people were waiting to see changes and the
leaders should take on the burden of responsibility to ensure that these did not take too long to realise.

Muhyiddin said that as the deputy prime minister, he had pledged to serve Najib and do his best in achieving unity in
Umno and to strengthen the Government.
Tajuk Artikel: Najib: Government willing to provide venues for people to vent anger
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By NELSON BENJAMIN and HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH

MUAR: The Government is prepa-red to provide suitable venues including stadiums for people to gather and air their
grievances or opinions without having to resort to demonstrating on the streets, said Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun
Razak.

The Prime Minister said people should not take part in street protests as it would only inconvenience others.
“We can provide them stadiums where they can shout themselves hoarse till dawn, but don’t cause disturbance on
the streets,” said Najib in commenting on the illegal assemblies in several areas in the federal capital on Saturday.

He said there were stadiums in Opposition states like Selangor that could be used for such gatherings, adding that it
was unnecessary to inconvenience other road users.

Najib also defended police actions, saying that they were done in the interest of public order and safety.
Asked if more Opposition leaders would be arrested in connection with the demonstrations, Najib said it would be up
to the police to decide based on the findings of their investigations.

Speaking to reporters after opening the Pagoh Umno delegates meeting here yesterday, Najib said the police have a
duty to preserve safety and order and could take action against those responsible for disrupting the peace.

“It is up to the authorities. Street demonstrations should not continue,” he said.

Najib added that the Opposition were trying to portray the Govern-ment as cruel.

On a statement by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim during a gathering in Muar two days ago that the
Opposition would start attacking Umno’s bastion in Johor, Najib dismissed it as wishful thinking.

He expressed confidence that the state leadership would be able to quash any such attempt.




Tajuk Artikel: FT Minister : Protest cost RM100mil in damage
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

Reports by SIRA HABIBU, LOURDES CHARLES, ANDREW SAGAYAM, NELSON BENJAMIN, MARTIN
CALVALHO, HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH, OH ING YEEN, LESTER KONG, IVAN LOH, SHAUN HO, ISABELLE LAI,
ROSLINA MOHAMAD, IAN MCINTYRE, GLADYS TAY and DESIREE TRESA GASPER

KUALA LUMPUR: The anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) illegal rally has caused business losses and damage to
property estimated to run into millions of ringgit, said Federal Territories Minister Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja
Zainal Abidin.

Ministry staff will be going to the affected locations today to assess the damage, reported Bernama. “My estimate is
between RM100mil and RM200mil,” he told reporters after launching a carnival organised by the Desa Tasik
Residents Association here yesterday.

The damage assessment would take into account the estimated revenue from the weekend shopping and purchases
to be made for Hari Raya next month.
Business owners in shopping complexes along Jalan Raja Laut expressed mixed reactions about the illegal rally.

Some were frustrated their businesses were affected, while others were unfazed as they saw it coming.
Witnesses said the Sogo complex and Pertama Complex were closed from 2.30pm to 6pm. Jewellery store manager
Eric Chuah said his shop lost about 50% in sales.

Samuel Tang, who sells handphones and accessories in Pertama Complex, said his customers did not seem anxious
about the shutdown.

“Maybe they have experienced it during the protest about two years ago when the complex was closed for half an
hour. “However, we did not expect the situation to be worse this time.”

A shop assistant at an outlet selling skincare product in Sogo, who declined to be named, said it was business as
usual.

“Some customers continued shopping during the shutdown. However, the tear gas filtered in and affected us.

“Those near the entrance ran to the other side of the complex. A man covered his head with a plastic bag to avoid
inhaling the gas,” she said.

Some traders along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman said they were forced to close shop early during the rally.

“People started running towards our area, shouting and making lots of noise. We had to quickly pull down the
shutters so they wouldn’t run in,” said Kelly Chong, 28, a shop assistant.

She said the rally affected business revenue, which could be as high as RM3,000 on a busy Saturday.
Taxi drivers were also affected as the protests caused massive jams throughout Kuala Lumpur. “A usual 15-minute
journey took me three whole hours,” said Abu Bakar, 67.

Another taxi driver Yuhaimee Yusof, 40, said the protesters should be considerate of neutral parties whose work and
income had been disrupted.



Tajuk Artikel: 10 years jail for those who use kids as human shields
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

Reports by SIRA HABIBU, LOURDES CHARLES, ANDREW SAGAYAM, NELSON BENJAMIN, MARTIN
CALVALHO, HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH, OH ING YEEN, LESTER KONG, IVAN LOH, SHAUN HO, ISABELLE LAI,
ROSLINA MOHAMAD, IAN MCINTYRE, GLADYS TAY and DESIREE TRESA GASPER

KUALA LUMPUR: Parents, guardians and organisers who bring children to street demonstrations risk being jailed 10
years and/or fined RM20,000.

Women, Children and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil warned that action would
be taken against those who intentionally exposed children to dangerous situations under the Child Act, 2001.

Strongly condemning parents and organisers who used children as human shields during rallies, Shahrizat said 44
children under the age of 18 were detained during the anti-ISA demonstration on Saturday.

“They have since been released. But the police will continue with investigations and take action.
“Perhaps many people are not aware that action can be taken against parents and guardians, including school
authorities if children are exposed to possible physical injuries,” she told a press conference yesterday.
She also said that the organisers were so desperate to ensure a large turnout that they resorted to bringing in
children from boarding schools.

“Some of the children were not aware of what was in store for them,” she added.
She also condemned mothers who bring children to rallies.

“Some of the mothers are professional demonstrators. Even their children refused to divulge information when caught
demonstrating with their mothers.”

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, who expressed shock and anger towards the parents and
guardians who were willing to risk the lives of children, said the police were seriously considering taking action
against them.

“Several of the parents and guardians even told their children not to show their identity cards to policemen.

“We will discuss with the Attorney-General on what action to take.”

Musa said the police would be calling up PKR leaders including Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for questioning.

He said Anwar and several others were believed to be behind the illegal gathering on Saturday.
“We will investigate and see if they were directly involved or not.”



Tajuk Artikel: Schools to get masks and sanitisers
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

IPOH: Schools can expect to get their hand sanitisers, masks and thermometers this week.
Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong confirmed the Education Ministry had disbursed a total of RM3.6mil to all
state Education Departments to buy the items to help contain the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak.

Speaking to reporters after opening the fourth National Union of the Teaching Profession Sports Meet here on
Saturday evening, Dr Wee said schools should be receiving the items this week subject to stock availability.

“The ministry agrees that each school must have at least a thermometer, while hand sanitisers and masks are to be
distributed at the discretion of the Education Department.”

Asked whether the allocation to each school was dependent on the student population, Dr Wee said it depended on
the number of schools in each state.

”The respective education departments have received clear guidelines on the matter.”
Dr Wee also said that he would chair a meeting today to monitor the impact of the outbreak on schools.
Tajuk Artikel: 11-year-old boy is sixth H1N1 death
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

PETALING JAYA: An 11-year-old boy has died of Influenza A (H1N1), bringing the total number of deaths from the
disease to six.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said in a statement that the boy died at 8.30am yesterday at
Hospital Sultanah Aminah Johor Baru after having fever. He was admitted into the hospital on July 29.

Dr Ismail said his condition worsened and he was admitted into the intensive care unit a day later.
He said further checks revealed that he was suffering from inflammation of heart and lungs.

“On Aug 1, he was confirmed to be infected with the virus,” he said.

                                                              Racing against flu A punter reading an A (H1N1) flu
                                                              awareness leaflet at the Penang Turf Club (PTC)
                                                              yesterday. The PTC became the first turf club in the
                                                              country to stage an awareness campaign .

                                                              Counters manned by nurses were set up on the
                                                              weekend to educate the racing publi c . “It’s part of our
                                                              corporate social responsibility,” said PTC general
                                                              manager Leow Khin Ming.

                                                              The boy’s death follows the death of a 10-year-old girl
                                                              from Bagan Serai.

Dr Mohd Ismail said the girl had been ill since July 27 but she did not suffer from any breathing problems when she
received outpatient treatment at a private clinic.

On the night of July 28, the girl complained of breathing difficulties and received treatment at a Bagan Serai health
clinic the next day.

While receiving treatment, she was in stable condition and did not complain of breathing difficulties or cyanosis and
was given outpatient treatment including antibiotics and cough medicine. However at 3am on Friday, she complained
of breathing difficulties, fever and cough before arriving at the Bagan Serai Health Clinic for treatment.

While receiving treatment, she passed out. She was pronounced dead at 5.30am. The post mortem done at the Alor
Setar Hospital on Friday revealed that she died of severe pneumonic changes.

Tests on phlegm taken from the girl by the Institute of Medical Research showed that the girl had the A (H1N1) virus.

Meanwhile, Dr Mohd Ismail said 39 new flu cases were reported yesterday, taking the total number of cases to 1,429.

Thirty-five of 39 were from eight new cluster cases while four were sporadic cases. Of the 1,429 cases, 60% were
local transmission while the rest were imported. He said 19 cases, eight of which were in ICU, were currently in
hospital and were being given anti-viral treatment.

In Ipoh, state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said SMKA Shamsul Maarif Al-Wataniah in
Tanjung Piandang, Kerian, had also been ordered closed after 38 people from the school developed influenza-like
illnesses.

“This brings the number of institutions closed since the outbreak to 16,” he said, adding that 18 people are currently
in various hospitals in the state for the disease.
Tajuk Artikel: Bandar Country Homes folk worry for their safety
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By STUART MICHAEL

BANDAR Country Homes residents are fed up that the problem of faulty streetlights in their township has not been
solved. The residents also complain that some of the roads in their area do not have streetlights. Despite numerous
complaints to the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), the streetlight problem remains unsolved, forcing some
residents to remain indoors at night for fear of their safety.

According to Bandar Country Homes Residents Association chairman Soong Beng Khoon, the residents have been
facing the streetlight problem for the last 10 years.

“The main road Jalan Desa Utama has 10 streetlights, but not even one is in working condition,” said Soong, adding
that the situation has been like that for the last three months. “It is the same with Jalan Artistik 33/1 and Jalan Desa
10/2 leading to Phase 10, where streetlights are faulty.

“Residents here are afraid to travel at night fearing that there will be robbers waiting to pounce on them,’’ said Soong,
adding that there were 15 snatch theft cases recorded in the last six months.

Soong added that since the roads at the township had sharp bends and were steep, it is very dangerous for motorists
to travel at night.

Pusat Bandar Country Homes MIC chairman Madhu Marimuthu said residents held meetings with with the police
requesting for a police station to be built there to check the high crime rate in the area.
However, the request has yet to be granted.

“During the dialogue sessions, we have also requested for an increase in police patrol in the area,’’ he said.
Madhu has urged MPS to step up their efforts in ensuring that streetlights must be lit up at the main roads.




Tajuk Artikel: NUTP: Schools KPIs achievable
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Teaching Profession feels that key performance indicators set for the
education sector are realistic and achievable, with “some adjustments“, its secretary-general, Lok Yim Pheng said.

She said adjustments were needed to draw up and develop good quality content for a curriculum which should
include English Language skills.

Focus should also be given to pre-schools to ensure that the children were taught the three basics — reading, writing
and arithmetic, she added.

She said it was heartening to note that the union’s proposal of making pre-school education part of the national
education system was accepted by the Government as one of its key indicators.

“This is the best way forward in achieving quality education because a strong foundation needs to be laid in the
formative years before the child begins attending school formally,” she said.

On the KPI of rewarding principals and headmasters based on the school’s achievements, Lok said it should be
adjusted to include teachers and pupils as well. – Bernama
Tajuk Artikel: Low sugar supply in Selangor
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

PETALING JAYA: Small sundry and grocery shops in several areas in Selangor are experiencing a sugar supply
shortage since the past two weeks.

Residents in Sekinchan, Tanjong Karang and Kuala Selangor say retailers are claiming that they cannot buy the
commodity.

Rahim Md Sherif, 19, of Tanjong Karang, who had a fruitless search at several shops, had to call his siblings in Klang
and Kuala Lumpur to get him small packets of sugar.

Another complainant, who declined to be named, said it was difficult to cook and make drinks for her school-going
children as she had been out of sugar the past few days.

A check by The Star at several sundry and grocery shops in Kuala Selangor and Tanjong Karang and some areas in
Damansara showed the commodity was in low supply.

Asked to comment on the situation, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said it was
possible that sugar was being smuggled out because it was cheaper than in other countries.

“We don’t know how far this is true, but we are investigating ... the issue of raising or reducing the sugar quota does
not arise,” he told reporters after opening the D’ Tandoori restaurant in Damansara Utama here.

“Those who want to hoard sugar with the hope that we will raise the price of sugar, forget it. No way!”
Ismail said he would meet sugar industry players, police, Customs and anti-smuggling unit today to thrash out
measures to ensure sufficient sugar supply.




Tajuk Artikel: Caring gesture by Murugiah
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By JADE CHAN

DEPUTY Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk T. Murugiah will allocate a month’s salary to settle the
RM11,438.74 electricity bill arrears owed by 21 residents of Block C, Enggang Flats in Bandar Kinrara 6, Puchong.

There are 225 flat units in Block C, which serve as Council Homes under the Subang Jaya Municipal Council
(MPSJ).

The MPSJ had directed the disconnection of electricity supply to 112 units two weeks ago as the residents, many of
whom were squatters relocated from Puchong, had not settled their arrears that ranged from one month to two years.

“I had initially planned to discuss with the MPSJ president to work out an instalment payment scheme, but I
symphatise with the poor residents who cannot afford the payment. Hence, I decided to use my salary as I don’t have
any allocations to settle this problem.

“My priority is the people, as the Prime Minister has instructed all the wakil rakyat (people’s representatives) to go
down and help the people,” he said, adding that he had also directed the MPSJ to reconnect the electricity supply
immediately.
                                                                           Helping the poor: Murugiah (second from
                                                                           right) having a chat with some of the
                                                                           residents as Selangor Welfare
                                                                           Department assistant officer Mohd U.
                                                                           Asmazie Mat Jusoh (right) takes down
                                                                           their details.

                                                                           Murugiah thanked Sri Serdang
                                                                           assemblyman Datuk Dr Mohamad Satim
                                                                           Diman for earlier helping 35 residents to
                                                                           settle their electricity and water bill arrears
                                                                           totalling RM28,910.15, which was paid in
                                                                           early July.

                                                                     Meanwhile, Murugiah appealed to Syabas to
                                                                     not disconnect the water supply despite the
estimated RM60,000 arrears owed, and said that he would work with the relevant government agencies and
ministries to look for a solution to assist the residents.

“The state welfare department will conduct a census soon to find out how many poor families there are in Block C
and why they are living in such conditions,” he said.

“We need to find out the source of their problems, like whether they are unemployed, and see how we can help if
they need assistance. “For example, the Education Ministry has education assistance allowances for poor children,
and the Housing and Local Government Ministry has special aid for monthly house rental,” he said.

According to Satim, he had helped settle the backlog bills for 35 residents using his Federal Government allocation
when they approached him for help.

“The electricity supply was cut off on June 30. The residents appealed for my help and to get the MPSJ to reconnect
the electricity supply. They were then given one week to settle their arrears.

“A second group comprising 21 residents asked for my help in late July after the electricity supply was cut off again,
and Murugiah has kindly agreed to settle their bills,” said Satim, adding that several others had settled their bills on
their own.

He estimated that there were 40 remaining residents who had yet to pay their bills or come forward to register for
assistance.

Asked to comment on this, Murugiah said they could be supporters of opposition parties who were ashamed to ask
the Federal Government or Barisan Nasional representatives for help.

He assured that under the 1Malaysia concept, the government would extend help to the people regardless of their
race, religion or political affiliation.

He advised the residents to stop delaying their monthly bill payments and to start paying regularly from now onwards.

Also present at the meeting with the residents were Selangor Welfare Department director Adnan Abu Bakar, MPSJ
(Property Management) Evaluation assistant officer Mohd Musyiri Ismail, as well as representatives from Syabas,
Fire and Rescue Services Department and Umno.
Tajuk Artikel: Rubbish mars Pusat Bandar Puchong
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By THO XIN YI

WITH no designated bins for domestic rubbish, the commercial area in Pusat Bandar Puchong has become a filthy
and unpleasant place.

The tenants and residents are disposing of their garbage at parking lots and five-foot ways along Jalan Bandar Satu
and Jalan Bandar Dua.

Mattresses and cardboard boxes are among the items dumped at the sites. This unhygienic practice has also
attracted stray dogs to the area.

Shopowner T. Pukalenthi said rats could also be seen scurrying about everywhere. “This has been happening for
many years. Whenever we complain to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), they will clean up the mess.

“But this is not a permanent solution. What we need is a big rubbish bin for people to throw their garbage,” he said.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council councillor Tan Jo Hann said he had suggested to the council to place public bins at
certain spots to curb the problem.

“The shopowners have also bought their own bins but these were stolen.
“Nonetheless, the long-term solution is educating the people on the correct ways of handling waste,” he said.




Tajuk Artikel: Clean Zone title for dirty neighbourhood
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By SALINA KHALID

INSTEAD of feeling proud, residents of Taman Sri Muda in Shah Alam felt ashamed when their neighbourhood was
named as part of the city’s Clean Zone early this year.

“People are laughing at the title because they know the real conditions here,” said Zone 9 residents’ representative
council (MPP) committee member Robert Pang.

The entire Zone 9, which covers the whole of the Taman Sri Muda (Sect 25) area, was named a Clean-Zone by the
Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) in April this year, and it will hold the dubious honour until the end of the year.

                                                                Strewn with garbage: A backlane in Taman Sri
                                                                Muda.

                                                                “Most people do not understand what it means as
                                                                they probably think that it is an honour to receive the
                                                                title.

                                                                “But every one here knows that it is not so,” Pang
                                                                said.
Pang, who lives in Taman Sri Muda, said one of the biggest problems they faced was indiscriminate garbage
disposal by the residents.

He said various efforts had been made by the authorities, including the MPP, to improve the situation, but to no avail.

                                                                            “People would just throw their garbage
                                                                            wherever they want, although we have
                                                                            tried to tell them to dispose of their waste
                                                                            properly.

                                                                            Unhealthy state: A clogged drain in
                                                                            Taman Sri Muda.

                                                                            “It does not help that there is a large
                                                                            number of foreigners staying in this area.
                                                                            They rent units in the apartments and just
                                                                            do not care about anything, including
                                                                            where they dispose of their rubbish,” he
said.

He added that the committee had been making its rounds to nab those who disposed of their garbage
indiscriminately and advise them on how to throw it in a proper place.

Most of the time, though, their efforts were mocked by the residents.

“Some people just throw their garbage, including soiled baby diapers, out of their window without giving a thought to
whether it might hit anyone below.

“They even dump their old mattresses on the roadside, adding to the eyesore,” he said.

Pang said the residents’ irresponsible act had triggered a chain reaction, and there were now traders who set up
stalls by the roadside and shop owners who routinely dumped their waste into the drain, without installing a proper
filtration system.

He said the traders – many of whom were operating without a permit – would leave their garbage at the spot where
they were trading. Since they did not get a permit, they are not required to pay the fee for cleaning up services in the
area.

“The number of these illegal traders is increasing by the day and there is nothing we can do, since every one says
that it is the economic situation that has forced them to conduct their businesses.

“Nevertheless, they should be more responsible and make sure they clean up the mess afterwards,” he said.

Another committee member, Steven Perumal, said they had distributed flyers and notices to residents in the area,
urging them to improve the situation.

“This problem has been going on in the past 10 years and it is about time we do something about it.
“We are willing to go all out to improve the situation; holding this title of Clean Zone is not something that we should
be proud of unless it is clean for real,” he said.

Steven said they would organise gotong-royong and other programmes to ensure the area would indeed become the
cleanest zone in Shah Alam be the end of the year.

When contacted for clarification on the title, MBSA public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad confirmed that the title was
actually awarded to the dirtiest zone.
He said that, under the State Government’s directive, the city council had to identify the zone that was perceived to
be in greatest need of improvement in terms of cleanliness.

It is hoped that by the end of the programme, the area would be transformed into the cleanest area for real.

“The programme is aimed at creating awareness in the community of the importance of keeping their area clean.

“Various programmes will be held in their neighbourhood to instil awareness and to encourage their participation
towards achieving the programme objective,” he said.

He added that stricter measures would be taken against the errant residents and traders who did not dispose of their
garbage properly. Action would also be taken against those who did not keep their area clean.

“We will also put up signboards in the neighbourhood to inform the public about the ‘Clean Zone’ programme.
“More bins will be placed throughout the neighbourhood, too,” he said.

Other areas in Selangor that have been identified as Clean Zones are Jalan SS2/52 in Petaling Jaya, Jalan
Berangan, Taman Gembira, Port Klang in Klang, Bandar Baru Bangi in Kajang, Bandar Baru Selayang, Taman Bayu,
Bukit Sentosa Bus Terminal and Bandar Utama Batang Kali in Hulu Selangor, Pasir Penambang in Kuala Selangor,
Taman Seroja in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, Sepang, Kampung Baru Sungai Jarum and Pasar Sungai Jarum in Kuala
Langat, and Pasar Awam Sekinchan in Sabak Bernam.




Tajuk Artikel: Have activities for all, students abroad told
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

MELBOURNE: Malaysian students overseas have been advised to organise activities of a multiracial nature involving
all Malaysian communities.

Malaysian International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, who made the call, said many
activities organised by these students were confined to certain groups.

“There is a need to organise more activities involving all Malaysian communities and every individual must be sincere
and have respect for one another,” he said after attending a forum with about 100 Malaysian students in Australia, at
Malaysia Hall.

Mustapa urged the Malaysian mission to play an active role in disseminating relevant information to the students and
to help organise activities involving all Malaysian communities.

At the forum, Mustapa answered questions from the students on political and economic developments in Malaysia,
as well as the 1Malaysia concept and the Internal Security Act (ISA). — Bernama
Tajuk Artikel: Better results from DVD raids
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: The numerous raids on DVD pirates are beginning to produce results, at least in the Klang Valley.

Whereas at one time, pirated DVDs could be purchased for as low as RM8, prices now have skyrocketed to RM20
per disc

An industry source told the New Straits Times that due to the heat of various raids all over the Klang Valley, suppliers
had elected to take a break and lie low for a month or two.

"The main players in the supply line have always had their fingers in several pies, including illegal bookmaking, vice
and illegal money lending," the source said. "Now that the heat has been turned up in this particular industry, the
suppliers have turned their sights to other ventures which still rake in a comfortable income for them."

Optical disc peddlers, once seen everywhere, have disappeared after the recent crackdown by police and the
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.

The skyrocketing prices, however, are confined to the Klang Valley, as checks in Johor and Penang revealed that the
business was still thriving in these states.

In Johor, the latest movies are available for between RM10 and RM12 while in Penang, RM4 a piece was the going
rate. There are also various offers for those who by in bulk. Down south, if a buyer purchases five DVDs, the sixth is
free while up north in Penang, the offer is buy 10, get one free.

Penang and Johor are the two states where the demand for pirated optical discs is biggest besides the Klang Valley.



Tajuk Artikel: New approaches needed to help Bumis, says Najib
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By Shahrum Sayuthi and Syed Umar Ariff

PAGOH: Policies formulated to help the lot of Bumiputeras but which have failed would be discontinued, Prime
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday.

"We simply have to find new and better ways (to help the Bumiputeras). "The methods may be different but our
objectives will remain the same," he said when opening the Pagoh Umno division meeting here yesterday.

Najib said among measures to improve Bumiputeras' standing in the economy was the intro-duction of Ekuiti
Nasional (Ekuinas), which he would launch today. He said Ekuinas would assist Bumiputera companies in
competing in the domestic and global markets.

"For example, Ekuinas can help in improving management efficiency that seems to be lacking among such
companies."

Najib said he would reveal the details of Ekuinas during its launch. "We need to have such programmes as there
have been many instances when well-meaning policies have failed to help increase the Bumiputera equity
shareholding, which seems to be stuck at 18 or 19 per cent.

"It is madness if we continue with these policies even after they had failed for up to 19 years."
To highlight the failure of such policies, Najib said shares totalling up to RM54 billion had been distributed to help the
Bumiputera companies since the inception of the New Economic Policy, but they had only managed to hang on to
just RM2.4 billion at present.

"We cannot continue to indiscriminately dish out shares to them as this is not actually going to help. "We should
instead concentrate on helping those who have shown potential to succeed, not only locally, but also at the
international level."

Najib said the decision to stop the teaching of Science and Mathematics in English was also aimed at improving the
lot of Bumiputeras.

"We had studied the matter carefully before deciding to scrap the policy. "We had decided to do it in a different way -
- by increasing the hours spent on English in the classrooms and improving the quality of the teaching methods."

Najib credited Johor Umno as being the first with the foresight to object to the use of English in the teaching of
Science and Mathematics, insisting that English could be better learnt by studying it as a subject on its own.

Also present were his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who heads the Pagoh division, and Johor Menteri Besar
Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is Johor Umno chief



Tajuk Artikel: '1Malaysia reflects our success'
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

PAGOH: The 1Malaysia concept that highlights Malaysia's successful multi-racialism could project a better image for
the country, particularly among potential investors.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said presenting Malaysia as a successful melting pot of races was becoming
very important, particularly with the emergence of new economies such as China, India and the Middle Eastern
countries

"It would be a pull factor for investors from these countries if they can see us living together with everyone being
treated with fairness regardless of our ethnic backgrounds," he said when opening the Pagoh Umno division meeting
here yesteray.

Najib said changes of policies inspired by the 1Malaysia concept included the liberalisation of the country's services
sector. "We have to do this as previously our services sector was actually at the same level as Myanmar in terms of
its openness."

Najib said the liberalisation of the country's economy should not be viewed with pessimism by the Malays and other
Bumiputera communities as their special rights were still protected in the Constitution. "In fact, strategic sectors of
the economy are still being protected to secure their interests."

On another issue, Najib said when he took office as prime minister, he had divided the various tasks between him
and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to ensure a stable management of the government. Saying that the prime
minister and his deputy must complement each other in governing the country, Najib said he was fortunate that he
had a good and professional relationship with Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin, who is also the Pagoh Umno division head, had in his speech earlier described Najib as the "perfect man"
appointed to help overcome the current political and economic challenges faced by the country
Tajuk Artikel: 'Up to RM200m business losses from demo'
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territory Ministry has estimated that losses incurred by businesses and damage to
property as a result of Saturday's illegal demonstration were between RM100 million and RM200 million.

Its minister, Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, said his staff would go to the locations today to
assess the losses and damage

"We will try to get all estimates of losses and damages and it will be in the millions.

"My estimate is between RM100 million and RM200 million at least," he said after launching the 1Malaysia carnival,
themed "Realising the Country's Vision", organised by the the Desa Tasik residents' association here yesterday.

He said the estimate would take into consideration the fact that Saturday was a weekend with people out shopping
and it was close to Hari Raya, which would be celebrated by Muslims next month. He added he would himself go to
the locations to study the situation.

On Saturday, the Abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) Movement's estimated 10,000 supporters had a street
demonstration to protest against the ISA at several popular locations like Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka, the
National Mosque and along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman where the Sogo shopping complex is located.

Commenting on the group's action which caused massive congestion in the city, he said they were "prodded" by
certain quarters to carry out the demonstration.

"Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had already said that the ISA would be reviewed. They should give the
government the chance to review and give its views.

"They can give their views on the PM's blog, even email. If we say we won't review, then they can protest, but we
want to review the ISA so they should not protest.

"I feel this matter has been politicised. That's all. This gives a bad image of the country to the outside world," he said.
-- Bernama




Tajuk Artikel: Pahang's superfast Internet
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By Zuraimi Abdullah

KUALA LUMPUR: Pahang will revive a RM10 billion project to provide high-speed Internet access to up to 2.5 million
premises in the state. "The initial phase of the project will be carried out in the next few months.

"The entire development is targeted to achieve a customer base of up to 2.5 million by 2015," state Information,
Science and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said in an interview.

The proposed project, a private finance initiative, is a key component of the Pahang Multimedia Super Corridor
(MSC) Malaysia initiative, which will be launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Putra Square in
Kuantan tomorrow. Sharkar said funding for the broadband project would come from the private sector.

It will offer access speeds of up to 100 Mbps (megabits per second) to homes and commercial premises.
"It will involve laying fibre optical cables to homes, business premises and office buildings, with its own nationwide
backhaul infrastructure."

The broadband project is among the 15 programmes designed to jump-start the state's MSC Malaysia initiative, said
Sharkar, who is deputy chairman of Pahang Technology Resources Sdn Bhd.

The programmes are the thrust of four strategic building blocks of fast-tracking enablers: information and
communications technology (ICT), industry development, public service upliftment and education.

Sharkar said Pahang had decided to develop its MSC Malaysia Cybercentre area in phases, starting with a smaller
scaled development at Putra Square. One block of shop-offices there had been upgraded with the MSC Malaysia
infrastructure.

Putra Square, on full completion in 2012, will house office towers, a convention centre and a five-star hotel, in
addition to its current shop-office blocks and shopping complex.

The office tower, expected to be ready in 2011, will meet the MSC Malaysia Cybercentre infrastructure standards.

The tower was the next area of expansion of Pahang's designated MSC Malaysia Cybercentre, Sharkar said.

"The Cybercentre at Putra Square will serve as the physical location, enabling business environment to catalyse,
nurture and support the growth of ICT and ICT-enabled industries in Pahang.

"Companies engaged in MSC Malaysia qualifying activities will be facilitated to apply for MSC Malaysia status."

An MSC Malaysia-status incubator will be created within the designated Cybercentre building at Putra Square to
nurture new local entrepreneurs and start-up companies in ICT or ICT-related activities.




Tajuk Artikel: More anti-viral drugs ordered, says Liow
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

GENTING HIGHLANDS (Aug 2, 2009): More anti-viral drugs have been ordered as a contingency measure until an
anti-influenza A (H1N1) vaccine becomes available at the end of the eyar, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong
Lai.

                               "I have instructed there be a sufficient stockpile of anti-viral drugs to treat Influenza
                               A(H1N1) patients in combating the outbreak of the disease in the country," he told
                               reporters after attending Pahang MCA's annual convention here today.

                               He said the special inter-ministerial committee on the outbreak, chaired by Deputy
                               Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin, would be meeting on Tuesday to formulate further
                               plans, including involving state governments and local authorities, to join the effort to
                               stem the spread of Influenza A (H1N1) in the country.

                               On another note, Liow said Malaysia was also working closely with the 167 countries
                               affected by Influenza A (H1N1) outbreaks to combat the pandemic.

                            According to the World Health Organisation's statistics, the number of cases of the
disease has reached 183,826 with 1,301 deaths.

Malaysia has recorded over 1,000 cases with six deaths. – Bernama
Tajuk Artikel: RM100-200mil estimated losses due to illegal demo
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2, 2009): The Federal Territory Ministry today estimated that losses incurred by businesse as
well as the damage to property as a result of the illegal demonstration yesterday were between RM100-200 million.

Minister Senator Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said however his staff will go
to the locations tomorrow to assess the losses and damage.

"We will try to get all estimates of losses and damages and it will be in the millions. At
least, my estimate is between RM100-200 million," he told reporters after officiating the
1Malaysia carnival themed 'Realising the Country's Vision' organised by the the Desa
Tasik Residents Association here today.

He said the estimate would also take into consideration that yesterday was a weekend
day and people were out shopping and it was close to Hari Raya which will be
celebrated by Muslims next month.

Raja Nong Chik said he would also go to the locations to see for himself the situation       Datuk Raja Nong Chik
there.

Yesterday, the Abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) Movement's estimated 10,000 supporters had a street
demonstration to protest against the ISA at several popular locations like Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka, the
National Mosque amd along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman including outside the Sogo shopping complex.

Commenting on the group's action that caused massive congestion in the city, Raja Nong Chik said they were
"prodded" by certain quarters to do so. "Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak had already said that the ISA
would be reviewed. They should give the government the chance to review...give views.

"They can give views on the PM's blog, even e-mail. If we say we won't review, then they can protest, but we want to
review so they should not protest. I feel this matter has been politicised. That's all. This gives a bad image of the
country to the outside world," he said. - Bernama




Tajuk Artikel: Bukit Antarabangsa folk happy with remedial work
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

By Tan Yi Liang

PETALING JAYA (Aug 2, 2009): Residents of areas affected by last year’s landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa are
happy with remedial work at the site, Bukit Antarabangsa Action Committee chairman Datuk N. Muneandy said.

“Four contractors are doing the remedial work, supervised by MPAJ (Ampang Jaya Municipal Council), and they are
making quick progress. They are doing slope piling and restructuring the whole slope. A retaining wall is part of the
work and we are happy with the progress, “ he said.

Muneandy today said a majority of residents had moved back, and that the rest would return after restructuring work
had been completed.

“The residents of Jalan Wangsa 5 have yet to move back as they are right on top of the slope where work is ongoing.
Once the work is completed, all residents will be able to move back by February 2010.
“All other residents have moved back, except for a few houses in Taman Bukit Mewah on Jalan Bukit Antarabangsa.
Those who have not moved in are still renting houses outside. Three people have decided not to move back until
remedial work is completed,” he said.

However, Muneandy added, many residents had decided to leave the area for good in the aftermath of the Dec 6
landslide which buried 14 homes and killed five people.

“Quite a few residents left Bukit Antarabangsa for other areas in Ampang, but some have come back. The majority
who have left are from the areas surrounding the landslide area, mainly Impian Selatan, Bukit Mewah, Jalan Wangsa
5 and Jalan Wangsa 7.”

“The problem is for new buyers. The bank is willing to give only a 50% loan, so new buyers have to come up with the
remainder from their own pockets.”

The hillslope along Jalan Wangsa 5 gave way after days of heavy rain, just four days short of the 15th anniversary of
the collapse of the nearby Highland Towers condominium in December 1993 which killed 48 people.

A 2002 landslide in nearby Taman Hillview Park destroyed the home of Affin Bank chairman Tan Sri Ismail Omar,
killing eight people.




Tajuk Artikel: Minister explains purpose of Safe City Initiative
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

by Eva Yeong

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2, 2009): The Safe City Initiative announced in October 2004 is to reduce opportunities for
crime, and not to prevent crime entirely, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

“It is to reduce and make it difficult for crime to happen, specifically street and property crime,
not violent crime,” he said.

The ministry has not abandoned the 23-step initiative, he said.

Kong was responding to an article headlined ‘Safe cities: Will they materialise?’ published in
theSun on July 28, in where columnist Goh Ban Lee wrote: “Malaysians could be forgiven if they
conclude that the ministry has abandoned the Safe City Initiative. Housing and Local
Government Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha owes the public an explanation.”

Kong said 38 out of a total of 104 local authorities in the country have adopted the initiative, with some having
implemented all 23 steps while others have implemented the effort to a certain extent.

The number of local authorities which adopt the measures and the extent to which they implement the 23 steps are
out of the ministry’s control, he said.

“We can provide guidelines, but if the local authorities don’t follow, there’s not much we can do.

People must understand that local authorities come under the state government,” he said.

Kong said local authorities are encouraged to adopt the 23 steps but there is no law compelling them to do so.
“All local authorities are aware of the measures, and some have implemented them to a certain extent. Of course, we
would like all of them to participate and adopt the measures but there isn’t a definitive number or percentage on the
effectiveness of the measures,” he said.

He said while some of the 23 steps may be implemented by local authorities, other steps may be implemented by
individual property developers in their development projects. Each local authority also has its own measures and to
varying extent, therefore it is difficult to measure the effectiveness, he said.

Some local authorities also implement fewer than 23 steps, depending on how developed the local authorities are
and the affordability of the steps. For example, installation of CCTVs are costly, he said.

“We assist local authorities in whatever way we can, for example, guiding them, providing officers with training and
advice such as the best areas to install CCTVs. We’ve also given them funding, and upon request have approved
(funding) according to what we can afford,” said Kong.

“As far as crime prevention is concerned, it is more than just this safe city programme; it is about creating awareness,
mindset and culture among the people from a young age,” he said.

“We have to get to the root of the problem. To me, crime is something that people commit due to other reasons and
the most basic reason is drug abuse and addiction. Some crimes are manifestations of drug problems,” he said.

On the availability of information on the Safe City Initiative such as steps implemented by the various local
authorities, Kong said it is up to the individual local authorities to disseminate such details.




Tajuk Artikel: Government prepared to provide suitable venues for peaceful
gatherings, says Najib
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

MUAR (Aug 2, 2009): The government is prepared to provide suitable venues like
stadiums for the people to hold peaceful gatherings instead of parading in the streets
and inconveniencing others, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.

"We can provide them stadiums where they can shout themselves hoarse till dawn, but
don't cause disturbance in the streets," said Najib when commenting on the illegal
assemblies organised in the federal capital on Saturday.

The demonstrators, numbering some 10,000, were protesting against the Internal
Security Act (ISA).

Najib, who is also Umno president, told reporters after opening Pagoh Umno's annual
delegates meeting here today that the government was leaving it to the police whether
to take action against opposition leaders who were involved in Saturday's street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur.

Also present was Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the division's chief.

Najib said police had a duty to preserve peace and order, and did not want incidents like Saturday's to continue
unabated. "It is up to the authorities (whether to take action against the leaders involved). Street demonstrations
should not continue and the authorities can take action," he said.

He said the opposition were using demonstrations for political capital in trying to paint the government as cruel.
Police detained 589 people who were among the participants of the illegal assemblies in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman had said police would investigate the involvement of
opposition leaders in the demonstrations, among them Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar
Ibrahim; PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali; Batu MP Tian Chua; DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang;
PAS president Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang and PAS Central Committee member Mohamad Sabu.

The demonstrations brought traffic to a standstill in a number of roads in the city besides causing difficulties for
traders and city folk. -- Bernama




Tajuk Artikel: 1M'sia concept strategically important for nation, says Najib
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

MUAR (Aug 2, 2009): Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said the 1Malaysia concept needed to be seen as strategically
important for the nation especially in expanding relations with new world economic centres like China and India.

According to the Prime Minister, the
1Malaysia concept could be looked at
from various dimensions, among them
national unity and the nation's strategic
interests.

"Through the 1Malaysia concpet, foreign
countries can see Malaysia as one which
is multi-ethnic. They can identify with
Malaysia's pluarity through 1Malaysia,"
he told a press conference at Kompleks
Seri Pekembar, Pagoh here today.

Najib, who is also Umno president, said
this after opening Pagoh Umno's annual
delgates meeting which was also
attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Najib shakes hand with supporters after opening Pagoh Umno's annual
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin is delgates meeting which was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister
also the division's chief.              and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin is also the division's chief.

Najib said besides China and India and countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia would also emerge as new
economic powers in the world in the short and medium term. He said although the world was facing an economic
crisis now, China was able to record a high growth rate of 7.6% and that the same was happening in India.

Middle East countries, he said, had excess capital now which could be invested in Malaysia while Southeast Asian
countries like Indonesia were of very high economic importance to the country.

The Prime Minister said, because of the global economic meltdown, the United States (US) could no longer be able
to be a big consumer market like before and the situation was compounded by problems in its financial systems.

"Though this is the case, we must still continue economic relations with the US and Europe, but we should not be
over reliant on them," he said.

Najib also said tomorrow he would be announcing the names of those appointed to the board of EKUINAS (Ekuiti
Nasional), an investment body set up by the government to help bumiputeras expand equity ownership. - Bernama
Tajuk Artikel: 528 anti-ISA demonstrators released
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 03, 2009 – Monday

by Charles Ramendran

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 2, 2009): Police released 528 out of 589 people who were detained on Saturday for taking
part in a rally organised by the Anti-ISA Movement (GMI) against the Internal Security Act (ISA), including a 13-year-
old boy.

                                Police had their hands full when an estimated 15,000 people took part in the anti-ISA
                                rally which caused massive traffic jams, road closures and chaos in the city.

                                Another group of about 120 people who were in support of maintaining the ISA
                                launched their own rally at the same time. None of the pro-ISA protestors were
                                detained.

                                Following their arrest between 8am and 9pm on Saturday, the detainees were sent to
                                several police lock-ups including that at the Bukit Jalil police station and Petaling
                                police station.

                                In a statement issued by Kuala Lumpur police chief DCP Datuk Mohd Sabtu Osman,
                                40 women and and 20 teenagers under the age of 17 were among those held.

The top figure detained was PKR deputy president R.Sivarasa who was still being held at the Bukit Jalil police station
as at 5pm.

Earlier, a female magistrate only known as Naziah arrived at the station to issue remand orders against those still in
custody. About 15 lawyers from the Legal Aid Bureau and the Bar Council's Human Rights Committee were also
there to negotiate their release.

According to Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Elzabeth Wong who was waiting outside the perimeter of the police station,
Sivarasa will be charged in court today for taking part in the rally. About 100 people comprising Pakatan Rakyat
members, supporters and familiesof the detainees, gathered outside the police station as early as 6am.

Among them was Bad Latiff Mansur, 43, the father of the 13-year-old teenager who was picked up together with his
mother. Bad Latiff said his wife and son had gone shopping and were detained outside the Sogo shopping centre on
Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The teenager was released from the police station at about 2pm today. Lawyer Johnny Chan said he was
disappointed with the Welfare Department for failing to intervene in the arrest of minors. "We do not want children to
be dragged into political issues. The Welfare Department failed to respond until the teenager was released." he said.

He said police had proposed a remand order be issued on the teenagers as well but it was rejected by the
magistrate.
Mohd Sabtu said the 529 protestors were released on bail after having their statements recorded.

He said police are investigating the case for illegal assembly and also under the Societies Act to determine if the GMI
was a legally registered body.
Tajuk Artikel : Gagasan 1Malaysia diperluas dalam kepentingan strategik
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin


MUAR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak berkata, selain perpaduan nasional, gagasan 1Malaysia perlu dilihat dari sudut
kepentingan strategik, terutama bagi memperluaskan hubungan Malaysia dengan pertumbuhan ekonomi dunia
termasuk China, India, negara Asean dan Timur Tengah.

Perdana Menteri berkata, ia kerana dalam jangka masa pendek dan sederhana, pertumbuhan dunia akan tertumpu
di empat kawasan berkenaan, tetapi pada masa sama negara akan meneruskan hubungan dengan Amerika Syarikat
(AS) dan Eropah.

"Gagasan 1Malaysia boleh kita kupas dari pelbagai dimensi, iaitu usaha memperkasakan perpaduan nasional dan
sudut strategik untuk menumpukan masa depan negara kepada perhubungan yang lebih baik dengan pusat
pertumbuhan dunia.

"Masalah ekonomi menyebabkan negara perlu menumpukan hubungan ekonomi dengan keempat-empat kawasan
tumpuan itu yang tumbuh sebagai pusat ekonomi dunia yang baru," katanya selepas merasmikan Persidangan
Umno Bahagian Pagoh, di Kompleks Sri Pekembar di sini, semalam.

Turut hadir, Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang juga Ketua Umno Pagoh, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Menteri Besar,
Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Najib juga berkata, beliau akan mengumumkan senarai ahli lembaga pengarah dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Ekuiti
Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) yang ditubuhkan bagi mengenal pasti syarikat Bumiputera berpotensi, hari ini.

Najib berkata, Ekuinas akan memperkukuhkan lagi bidang pengurusan syarikat, sekali gus memberi peluang lebih
baik untuk terus berkembang sehingga dapat disenaraikan dalam bursa saham.

"Pendekatan Ekuinas lebih sesuai kerana kita ingin membantu syarikat mempunyai potensi. Dua kekangan untuk
syarikat Bumiputera maju ialah dari segi dana dan kemahiran kecekapan pengurusan," katanya.

Najib berkata, pada asasnya, Ekuinas lebih bertumpu kepada usaha membantu syarikat Bumiputera, walaupun
mungkin ada syarikat yang sedikit sebanyak mempunyai pegangan bukan Bumiputera.

Beliau berkata, syarikat sederhana atau perusahaan kecil dan sederhana (PKS) juga akan diberi perhatian jika ia
menunjukkan prestasi baik dan mencapai kejayaan.

"Tidak bermakna jika syarikat itu sederhana, mereka tidak diberi perhatian. Ekuinas lebih kepada usaha membantu
syarikat Bumiputera. Mungkin syarikat itu ada sedikit sebanyak bukan Bumiputera, tetapi asasnya untuk menolong
syarikat Bumiputera.
Tajuk Artikel : Budak 11 tahun korban keenam
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin
Oleh Syuhada Choo Abdullah
choo@bharian.com.my




                          ORANG ramai terpaksa beratur panjang untuk mendapatkan
                              pemeriksaan kesihatan H1N1 di Hospital Melaka.


Mangsa masuk Hospital Sultanah Aminah Rabu lalu kerana demam

KUALA LUMPUR: Seorang budak lelaki berusia 11 tahun menjadi mangsa korban keenam jangkitan selesema babi
atau Influenza A (H1N1) di negara ini apabila meninggal dunia ketika di rawat di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) Hospital
Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, 8.30 pagi semalam.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican, berkata mangsa dimasukkan ke hospital berkenaan
pada 29 Julai lalu dengan simptom demam selama satu hari, tanpa simptom batuk dan tanda lain gangguan
pernafasan.

"Ketika dalam rawatan, keadaan pesakit bertambah tenat dan dimasukkan ke ICU pada 30 Julai lalu. Hasil
pemeriksaan mendapati pesakit mempunyai jangkitan paru-paru dan myocarditis.

"Pesakit disahkan menghidap jangkitan Influenza A (H1N1) pada jam 11 pagi 1 Ogos (kelmarin). Akibat daripada
komplikasi jangkitan, pesakit disahkan meninggal dunia pada jam 8.30 pagi 2 Ogos (semalam) ketika dalam rawatan
di ICU," katanya dalam kenyataan, di sini, semalam.

Berikutan perkembangan terbaru itu, Malaysia sehingga semalam mencatatkan jumlah terkumpul sebanyak 1,429
kes dengan enam kematian. Daripada jumlah itu, 1,394 kes (98 peratus) sudah sembuh, manakala hanya 19 kes
(satu peratus) pula sedang menerima rawatan antiviral di hospital dan lapan daripadanya berada di ICU. Sepuluh
orang lagi (satu peratus) sedang menerima rawatan antiviral di rumah.

Bagi memastikan rawatan awal dengan antiviral influenza dapat diberikan segera bagi mereka yang berisiko tinggi
dan menunjukkan simptom jangkitan influenza, Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, Kementerian Kesihatan membuat tiga
ketetapan serta-merta.

"Ketetapan itu ialah semua kes yang mempunyai simptom jangkitan influenza serta berisiko (mengandung, obesiti,
asma, penyakit paru-paru kronik, diabetes dan imuniti rendah), hendaklah diberi rawatan antiviral serta-merta tanpa
perlu membuat ujian pengesahan H1N1.

"Ujian pengesahan jangkitan influenza hanya perlu untuk kes ang dirawat di hospital dan pelajar, termasuk penuntut
institusi pengajian tinggi harus mengelakkan diri daripada menghadiri kelas atau kuliah, termasuk aktiviti
berkumpulan. jika mempunyai simptom influenza. Mereka hanya dibenarkan menghadiri aktiviti ini selepas satu hari
disahkan bebas daripada jangkitan itu," katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau berkata, lapan kluster baru H1N1 membabitkan Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara di Miri,
Sarawak; Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Clifford, Kuala Lipis dan Pusat Latihan Agensi Penguatkuasaan
Maritim, Indera Mahkota, Pahang.

SMK Yu Yuan, Sandakan dan SMK Pasir Putih, Tawau, Sabah; SMK Undang, Rembau, Negeri Sembilan; Program
Latihan Khidmat Negara (PLKN) Kem Sekakap, Mersing, Johor dan Universiti Malaya (UM) Nilam Puri, Kelantan.

Mengenai situasi global sehingga semalam pula, Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, sejumlah 183,826 kes dengan 1,301
kematian dilaporkan dari 167 negara, iaitu peningkatan sebanyak 940 kes dengan 95 kematian berbanding hari
sebelumnya. Pertambahan negara ialah Channel Island dan Moldova.




Tajuk Artikel : Badan khas MIC kaji RMK-9
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

JOHOR BAHRU: MIC bercadang menubuhkan satu jawatankuasa khas bagi menilai dan mengkaji pelbagai aspek
pada Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan (RMK-9) yang boleh dipertingkatkan untuk Rancangan Malaysia Kesepu-luh
(RMK-10) dalam memenuhi keperluan masyarakat India di negara ini.

Presidennya, Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu, berkata jawatankuasa khas itu akan dianggotai beberapa pakar dan diketuai
Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, sebagai merangka dan membentuk dasar serta program baru yang memanfaatkan
masyarakat India.

"Ia juga langkah awal yang akan dilaksanakan MIC bagi memudahkan Unit Perancang Ekonomi (EPU), Jabatan
Perdana Menteri, mengenal pasti permintaan masyarakat India pada RMK-10," katanya pada sidang media selepas
berucap pada Konvensyen MIC Johor di Dewan Serbaguna Skudai, di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk Dr S Subramaniam yang juga Setiausaha Agung MIC.



Tajuk Artikel : KPI sektor pendidikan realistik
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

Hanya beberapa ubah suai diperlukan sedia kurikulum berkualiti: NUTP

KUALA LUMPUR: Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) berpendapat Petunjuk Prestasi Utama
(KPI) sektor pendidikan adalah realistik dan boleh dicapai dengan beberapa pengubahsuaian.

Setiausaha Agungnya, Lok Yim Pheng, berkata pengubahsuaian perlu dilakukan dalam membentuk dan
membangunkan kandungan kurikulum berkualiti, termasuk kemahiran dalam bahasa Inggeris.

Beliau berkata, fokus perlu diberi pada pendidikan prasekolah bagi memastikan kanak-kanak diajar tiga perkara asas
iaitu membaca, menulis dan mengira.

"Kesatuan berasa bersemangat apabila cadangan kesatuan untuk menjadikan pendidikan prasekolah sebagai
sebahagian sistem pendidikan kebangsaan diterima kerajaan dan dijadikan satu daripada KPI.
"Ini adalah satu langkah terbaik untuk mencapai pendidikan berkualiti kerana asas kuat pendidikan perlu diwujudkan
pada tahun awal pembentukan sebelum anak-anak memulakan alam persekolahan rasmi," katanya.

Lok berkata, pada masa ini hanya kira-kira 60 peratus kanak-kanak berpeluang mengikuti pendidikan prasekolah
berikutan faktor kos dan kemudahan.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, kerajaan perlu memberi perhatian mewujudkan peluang mendapat kemudahan pendidikan
prasekolah kepada golongan kurang berkemampuan dengan memastikan bayaran kelas prasekolah berpatutan dan
dikendalikan oleh mereka yang berpengalaman serta terlatih.

Beliau berkata, jika tindakan yang betul diambil sekarang, KPI yang memastikan semua murid memasuki Tahun 4
pada 2012 boleh membaca, menulis dan mengira akan dapat dicapai.

Mengenai KPI untuk memberi anugerah kepada pengetua dan guru besar berdasarkan kepada pencapaian sekolah,
Lok berkata, ia perlu diubahsuai dengan meliputi guru dan pelajar kerana tanpa kerjasama penuh dan penyertaan
guru dan pelajar, sekolah tidak akan mencapai matlamat dan sasarannya.

Beliau berpendapat kenaikan gaji, pangkat, elaun khas bagi guru dan meningkatkan kemudahan di sekolah
terutamanya dari segi teknologi komunikasi maklumat (ICT), perpustakaan, sukan dan kemudahan lain akan
memberi manfaat kepada pelajar dan warga sekolah.

Mengenai usaha menjadikan 100 sekolah bestari sebagai pusat kecemerlangan pendidikan, Lok berkata, ia boleh
dicapai jika jurang perbezaan antara sekolah bandar dan luar bandar dapat dikurangkan dan peluang yang sama
diberikan kepada tenaga sumber manusia serta penyediaan kemudahan. – Bernama




Tajuk Artikel : Kerajaan Pusat sedia RM12b perkasa prasarana luar bandar
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

PELABUHAN KLANG: Kerajaan Pusat memperuntukkan antara RM8 bilion hingga RM12 bilion bagi
memperkasakan prasarana luar bandar dan pedalaman di Semenanjung, Sabah serta Sarawak, selaras enam teras
Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara (NKRA).

Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, berkata beberapa sasaran sudah
digariskan untuk dicapai dalam tempoh dua atau tiga tahun menjelang 2012.

Beliau berkata, antara pembangunan prasarana itu termasuk pembinaan dan menaik taraf jalan sepanjang 1,500
kilometer di seluruh negara, pembinaan 50,000 rumah untuk penduduk miskin tegar, bekalan elektrik dan air bersih
kepada penduduk luar bandar serta pedalaman.

"Kita juga akan naik taraf jalan tanah merah dan bagi kawasan yang tidak ada jalan, kita akan bina jalan," katanya
pada sidang media selepas merasmikan mesyuarat Umno bahagian Klang, di sini, semalam.

Mohd Shafie berkata, sesetengah projek itu dimulakan tahun ini dan ia akan rancak dilaksanakan tahun depan
termasuk pembinaan rumah untuk rakyat miskin tegar.

"Ketika ini, kira-kira 13,000 rumah untuk rakyat miskin tegar sudah dibina," katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Sentral: Air paip keruh silap pengguna
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin


Oleh Zulhilmi Hat
hilmi@bharian.com.my




                       ABDUL HALEM dan Pengurus Kualiti Air Syabas, Abdul Latif
                       Kamaruddin (kiri) menunjukkan tangki air kotor pada Program
                          Turun Padang Bersama Media di Jalan Khatib Koyan
                                             Kampung Baru.


Tangki rumah tak diselenggara, paip berkarat punca air warna merah

KUALA LUMPUR: Sering kedengaran pemilik kediaman merungut apabila mendapati air paip di rumah berwarna
kemerahan dan menyalahkan pihak berkaitan kerana membekalkan air yang tidak bersih. Namun apa yang pemilik
kediaman ini tidak tahu ialah, punca masalah ini sebenarnya dari mereka.

Masalah sebegini timbul kerana tangki yang terletak di dalam rumah rumah atau paip yang menyambungkan air dari
punca utama tidak pernah diperiksa atau diselenggara dengan kerap. Ini menyebabkan mendapan serta timbunan
seperti ‘bisul’ melekat pada tangki menyebabkan air berubah menjadi kemerahan.
Pengurus Besar Komunikasi Korporat dan Hal Ehwal Awam, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas), Abdul
Halem Mat Som, berkata punca utama pengguna menerima bekalan air karat bermula dari rumah bukan dari tangki
utama yang dikendalikan pihaknya.

Katanya, keadaan ini berlaku apabila pemilik sesebuah kediaman itu tidak pernah memeriksa tangki dan besi paip
berkenaan.

“Sebanyak 165 aduan diterima pihaknya sejak 16 April hingga 15 Julai lalu mengatakan bekalan air di rumah mereka
tidak jernih lagi atau berwarna kemerahan ketika mandi atau membasuh.




                          PENGURUS Besar Bahagian Komunikasi Korporat dan Hal
                         Ehwal Awam SYABAS, Abdul Halem Mat Som, menunjukkan
                          contoh air dari tangki air yang kotor (kanan) dan contoh air
                         yang melalui paip besar sebelum melalui ke dalam tangki air
                                                       (kiri).


“Selepas dibuat pemeriksaan didapati tangki dan paip besi dalaman rumah berkarat dan tidak pernah diselenggara
sejak tinggal di situ.

“Keadaan seperti inilah yang menyebabkan seluruh bekalan air dalam kediaman itu menjadi kotor,” katanya selepas
meninjau kerja-kerja pemantauan kualiti air di kediaman pengguna di Kampung Baru di sini.

Katanya, ada juga berlaku, terdapat bangkai tikus mati di dalam tangki menyebabkan air menjadi busuk dan akhirnya
mengeluarkan air berkarat.

“Sebilangan tangki pula tidak mempunyai penutup menyebabkan binatang kecil seperti tikus atau sampah sarap
akan mendap dalam tangki dan menyebabkan airnya menjadi kotor,” katanya.

Abdul Halem berkata, setiap bulan sejumlah 1,000 contoh air akan diambil oleh Jabatan Kimia dan Kementerian
Kesihatan dari stesen pencontohan air Syabas di setiap kawasan.

Pemeriksaan dilakukan untuk memantau kualiti air yang dibekalkan Syabas agar tidak berlaku sebarang
pelanggaran parameter yang ditetapkan.

Abdul Halem berkata, terdapat langkah untuk mengatasi masalah ini bagi mengekang air berkarat berlaku
berlanjutan.
“Isi rumah dinasihatkan menggunakan tangki jenis Poly (PolyTank) daripada bahan HDPE atau paip dari jenis yang
sama untuk mengelakkannya berkarat.

“Selain itu, pemeriksaan dan penyelenggaraan secara berkala sekurang-kurangnya enam bulan sekali perlu bagi
memantau kualiti air yang terdapat dalam tangki itu,” katanya.

Untuk rekod, Syabas mempunyai kira-kira 1,000 kolam air di Selangor yang membekalkan kira-kira 3,900 juta gelen
air sehari kepada penduduk di Selangor, Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya.

Sementara itu, penduduk Umar Hamid, 71, berkata isu mengenai bekalan air berkarat sudah lama diperkatakan
penduduk di sini.

Katanya, selepas diperjelaskan oleh Syabas mengenai punca sebenar masalah ini, barulah mereka faham dan
mengambil tindakan sewajarnya untuk menyelenggara sendiri tangki atau paip dalaman.

Salamiah Saad, 61, pula berpendapat, faktor lain seperti kekerapan banjir di kawasan Kampung Baru antara
menyumbang kepada kemerosotan kualiti air yang diterima.



Tajuk Artikel : Sentral: Gangguan air berperingkat di Selangor
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

Oleh Nurhasyima Hasim
nurhasyima@bharian.com.my

Syabas pasang 'water balance meter' hari ini, 5 dan 8 Ogos

KUALA LUMPUR: Gangguan bekalan air akan berlaku di beberapa kawasan sekitar Selangor pada hari ini serta 5
dan 10 Ogos berikutan kerja pemasangan 'water balance meter' (WBM) di kawasan Kuala Lumpur dan Selangor.

Pengurus Besar Bahagian Komunikasi Korporat dan Hal Ehwal Awam Syabas, Abdul Halem Mat Som, berkata kerja
pemasangan itu dilakukan bertujuan memastikan bekalan air disalurkan kepada pengguna di kawasan berkenaan
pada tahap optimum dan mencukupi.

Katanya, gangguan bekalan air di wilayah Klang akan berlaku pada hari ini bermula 6 petang hingga 5 pagi esok
membabitkan seluruh kawasan Seksyen 2, Seksyen 3, Seksyen 12; seluruh kawasan KGSSAS, Seksyen 13;
sebahagian kawasan Seksyen 11 meliputi Jalan 11/2, 11/3, 11/4 dan 11/5; Kelab Shah Alam, Seksyen 13 dan
kuarters Syabas Tadisma, Seksyen 13.

Beliau berkata, gangguan di wilayah Sepang pula akan berlaku pada 5 Ogos bermula 8 malam hingga 5 pagi
keesokannya membabitkan seluruh kawasan Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi; Pusat Latihan Bomba KLIA; MIAT; Kolej
Teknologi Timur; Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Salak Tinggi; Kampung Chincang; LIMO KLIA; IKTBN; Mobil Nilai; Asia
Group; Sirim; Hotel Empress dan Kilang WRP.

Sementara bagi wilayah Kuala Lumpur, gangguan bekalan air akan berlaku di seluruh kawasan Sri Hartamas;
seluruh kawasan Bukit Sentul; seluruh Jalan Pahang (persimpangan Jalan Pahang - Jalan Tun Razak hingga
persimpangan Jalan Titiwangsa - Jalan Pahang) pada 10 Ogos bermula 5 petang hingga 6 pagi keesokannya.

Turut terjejas Jalan Tun Razak (persimpangan Jalan Pahang - Jalan Tun Razak hingga persimpangan Jalan
Langgak Golf - Jalan Tun Razak); seluruh Jalan Semarak; sekitar kawasan KLCC; Jalan Ampang (persimpangan
Jalan Tun Razak - Jalan Ampang hingga persimpangan MRR2 - Jalan Ampang); sebahagian Kampung Baru dan
kawasan Taman Duta.
Selain itu, gangguan bekalan air juga akan berlaku di kawasan Bukit Tunku, kawasan Tasik Perdana; kawasan
Parlimen; Jalan Sultan Salahuddin; Jalan Tun Ismail; Jalan Dato’ Onn; Jalan Lembah Ledang; Jalan Perlis; Jalan
Kedah; Jalan Selangor; Jalan Johor dan Jalan Negeri Sembilan.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, pengguna dinasihatkan menyimpan bekalan air secukupnya serta menggunakan air
secara berhemah sepanjang tempoh gangguan berkenaan.

Orang ramai yang mempunyai sebarang pertanyaan boleh menghubungi Pusat Perkhidmatan Pelanggan (Puspel)
menerusi talian bebas tol 1-800-88-5252 atau SMS dengan menaip PUSPEL, jarakkan serta taip aduan atau
pertanyaan dan hantar ke 39222.




Tajuk Artikel : Sentral: Ops Rentap berjaya kurangkan kadar jenayah
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

PETALING JAYA: Projek perintis operasi bersepadu dinamakan 'Ops Rentap' oleh Polis Selangor di kawasan Sea
Park, dekat sini, berjaya mengurangkan kadar jenayah jalanan di kawasan itu.

Ops Rentap diadakan sejak tiga minggu lalu termasuk membabitkan rondaan Unit Anjing Pengesan (K-9) di kawasan
yang mempunyai hampir 200,000 penduduk.

Dalam operasi Rabu lalu, anjing K-9 yang sebelum ini hanya dibawa ke lokasi selepas berlaku kes jenayah,
ditugaskan melakukan rondaan di sekitar kawasan SS2 bagi tujuan pencegahan jenayah, sekali gus dapat
mengurangkan kebimbangan orang awam terhadap keselamatan mereka.

Ketua Polis Daerah, Asisten Komisioner Arjunaidi Mohamed berkata, Taman Sea menjadi kawasan pertama di
Selangor melaksanakan pendekatan itu bagi mengurangkan jenayah itu.

“Selepas kira-kira tiga minggu memulakan operasi ini, kita dapati kes jenayah jalanan menurun agak ketara. “Kita
percaya dengan kerjasama penduduk setempat maka lebih banyak kejayaan akan kita peroleh,” katanya.

Isnin lalu, Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, mengumumkan sasaran enam teras Bidang Keberhasilan
Utama Negara (NKRA) dan satu daripadanya mengurangkan 20 peratus kadar jenayah jalanan pada akhir tahun
2010.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Balai Sea Park, Cif Inspektor Mohd Sahar Mohd Yunus, berkata anggota K9 membantu
membuat rondaan di kawasan dikenal pasti berlakunya banyak kes ragut dan samun. Katanya, kawasan ‘panas’ di
Sea Park termasuk Jalan SS2 serta Seksyen 14 dan 20.
Tajuk Artikel : Penjawat awam perlu tetapkan pemikiran beri tumpuan laksana
NKRA - Najib
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

PUTRAJAYA, 3 Ogos (Bernama) -- Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini mahu anggota pentadbiran
dan penjawat awam menetapkan pemikiran bagi memberi tumpuan terhadap enam Bidang Keberhasilan Utama
Negara (NKRA) yang telah diumumkan baru-baru ini agar dapat dilaksanakan dengan penuh komitmen dan
kesungguhan.

Beliau berkata langkah itu bagi memastikan dua tujuan utama dapat dicapai iaitu memenuhi hasrat dan jangkaan
rakyat serta dapat melihat transformasi besar terhadap negara. "Sekarang ini, kita dah masuk dalam "action mode",
dan bukan lagi tentang matlamat atau sasaran tetapi kaedah tindakan iaitu apa yang patut dilakukan," katanya pada
majlis perhimpunan bulanan Jabatan Perdana Menteri di sini Isnin.

Isnin lalu, Najib mengumumkan Petunjuk Prestasi Utama (KPI) enam teras Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Negara
(NKRA), termasuk membabitkan bidang usaha bagi mengurangkan kadar jenayah, dan memerangi rasuah.

Bidang-bidang lain termasuk meluaskan akses kepada pendidikan berkualiti dan berkemampuan; meningkatkan taraf
hidup rakyat berpendapatan rendah; memperkasa prasarana luar bandar dan pedalaman; dan menambah baik
pengangkutan awam dalam jangka masa sederhana.

Najib berkata enam bidang keberhasilan utama negara telah dikenalpasti dan setiap bidang itu mempunyai KPI yang
merupakan satu komitmen anggota pentadbiran dan penjawat awam untuk bersama-sama dalam satu pasukan bagi
memenuhi apa yang telah ditentukan.

"Ini berkait rapat dengan kebertanggungjawaban atau akauntabiliti yang bererti kita sanggup meletakkan
kepentingan kita malah kita sanggup dikritik atau dihukum jika kita gagal untuk mencapai sasaran utama yang telah
kita tetapkan itu," katanya.

Katanya kerajaan berasakan amat penting meletakkan bidang keberhasilan utama dan juga sasaran yang perlu
dicapai dalam jangka waktu tertentu kerana setiap bidang berkait rapat dengan citarasa dan jangkaan rakyat.
"Sehubungan ini, saya ingin melahirkan rasa terima kasih saya dan apresiasi saya yang amat tinggi bukan sahaja di
kalangan anggota pentadbiran tetapi penjawat awam, daripada KSN (Ketua Setiausaha Negara) sampailah kepada
pegawai-pegawai tertinggi kerajaan yang amat komited untuk menjayakan bidang keberhasilan utama negara.

"Ini adalah satu petanda baik apabila kita amat komited dengan semangat kebersamaan ini. Saya percaya ada
kemungkinan besar apa yang diharapkan oleh kerajaan dan apa yang menjadi jangkaan rakyat itu, ada harapan
besar untuk dicapai oleh kita," katanya.

Najib berkata tujuan beliau mengisytiharkan kaedah KPI akan menjadi piawaian kepada kaedah pentadbiran
kerajaan kerana percaya cara seperti itu merupakan radas imbangan kerja yang amat berkesan.

"Saya percaya bukan saja kita dapat memenuhi jangkaan rakyat tetapi dalam usaha kita untuk membangunkan
negara, saya dapat simpulkan bahawa kita ingin melakukan bukan sahaja perubahan tetapi transformasi terhadap
negara," katanya.

Katanya transformasi akan hanya dapat dicapai jika berdasarkan kepada pencapaian berasaskan kepimpinan.
"Ini adalah kerana penilaian yang paling bermakna sekali ialah pencapaian, bukan dari segi slogan, retorik, pidato
yang sangat bermutu tetapi semuanya mengenai pencapaian.

"Jika kita boleh menentukan pencapaian kita itu merupakan pencapaian yang amat bermakna, amat berkesan, saya
yakin dan percaya apa yang kita hasratkan iaitu transformasi besar negara kita sama ada nak jadi negara maju, atau
sebagai sebuah negara yang mempunyai ekonomi berteraskan inovasi, maklumat, atau model berpendapatan tinggi,
kita tak dapat lari daripada pencapaian," katanya.-- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel : Kerja-kerja tepati sasaran NKRA telah bermula, kata Mohd Shafie

Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

KLANG, 2 Ogos (Bernama) -- Kerja- kerja melaksanakan kemudahan jalan, bekalan air dan elektrik di Sabah dan
Sarawak di bawah Bidang Keberhasilan Utama Nasional (NKRA) telah bermula bagi menepati sasarannya pada
2012.

Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal Ahad berkata kementeriannya menerima
peruntukan di antara RM8 bilion hingga RM12 bilion bagi melaksanakan projek-projek prasarana tersebut.

Katanya sejumlah RM3 bilion diperuntukan bagi membina 1,500 kilometer jalan raya di Sabah dan Sarawak serta
RM1 bilion bagi menurap jalan yang terletak lima kilometer daripada jalan bertar di Semenanjung Malaysia.

Mohd Shafie, yang juga Naib Presiden UMNO, berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan mesyuarat
perwakilan UMNO Bahagian Klang di Pandamaran di sini hari ini.

Selain kemudahan jalan raya, bekalan air bersih meliputi 90 peratus di Sabah dan Sarawak dan 95 peratus bekalan
elektrik di kedua-dua negeri itu akan dilaksanakan mengikut perancangan NKRA, katanya.-- BERNAMA



Tajuk Artikel : Malaysia dan negara dilanda wabak H1N1 bertukar pendapat

Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

GENTING HIGHLANDS, 2 Ogos (Bernama) -- Malaysia dan negara lain yang sedang menghadapi pandemik
Influenza A (H1N1) saling bertukar pendapat dan cadangan untuk menangani wabak itu, kata Menteri Kesihatan
Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai Ahad.

Beliau berkata kerjasama dengan 167 negara terlibat juga berada pada tahap yang baik berikutan pertambahan kes
jangkitan influenza A (H1N1) di seluruh dunia telah mencecah 183,826 kes dengan 1,301 kematian.

"Kita juga mendapat banyak panduan dan cadangan daripada Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) untuk
menggerakkan langkah yang berkesan bagi mengawal wabak ini," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri
persidangan tahunan MCA Pahang di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata memandangkan ketika ini vaksin Influenza A (H1N1) hanya akan diperoleh pada akhir tahun ini,
rawatan yang berkesan perlu diberi kepada pesakit.

"Walaupun tiada vaksin, tapi melalui pengambilan anti viral adalah satu-satunya cara yang ada sekarang untuk
mengubati pesakit Influenza A (H1N1).

"Kita telah menempah lebih banyak ubat antiviral. Saya telah mengarahkan pihak terbabit agar memastikan
simpanan antiviral dalam negara mencukupi supaya kita dapat menghadapi dan mengatasi wabak ini secara
bersama," kata Liow.

Mengenai kematian keenam melibatkan seorang kanak-kanak lelaki berusia 11 tahun di Hospital Sultanah Aminah,
Johor Baharu pagi ini akibat jangkitan wabak itu, Liow berkata: "Saya rasa sangat sedih. Kita kena kerja lebih keras".

Sementara itu, beliau berkata Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Influenza Antara Kementerian Selasa depan yang akan
dipengerusikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, akan melibatkan kerajaan negeri dan Pihak
Berkuasa Tempatan untuk bersama-sama menangani wabak berkenaan.-- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel : MB Selangor cadang penentuan kiblat sebagai tambahan syarat
kelulusan PBT

Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

SHAH ALAM, 1 Ogos (Bernama) -- Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim pada Sabtu mencadangkan
agar Pihak Berkuasa Tempatan (PBT) di negeri ini menentukan pemaju menetapkan kedudukan arah kiblat yang
betul sebagai syarat tambahan bagi kelulusan pelan projek.

Beliau berkata setiap pemaju perlu mendapatkan maklum balas awal daripada Jabatan Mufti bagi memastikan
kedudukan arah kiblat yang betul diperolehi di kawasan pelan projek yang dibangunkan.

"Saya berharap melalui syarat ini semua pihak akan lebih prihatin dengan kedudukan kiblat yang menjadi perkara
penting dalam ibadah umat Islam," katanya ketika berucap sekaligus merasmikan Konvensyen Falak Selangor 2009
kali ke-5 di sini.

Abdul Khalid berkata pihak pemaju perumahan juga diminta mendirikan replika tanda atau petunjuk arah kiblat di
taman-taman perumahan yang baru dibuka sebagai panduan kepada penduduk setempat.

Selain itu, beliau berkata petunjuk arah kiblat yang betul perlu diwujudkan di ruang solat setiap rumah, pejabat,
premis perniagaan, hotel dan kawasan rehat di negeri itu.

Katanya, masjid dan surau yang hendak dibina di negeri itu juga diminta mendapatkan nasihat Jabatan Mufti bagi
memastikan kiblat yang betul. "Terdapat beberapa kes yang arah kiblat di atas pelan tidak tepat dengan kedudukan
sebenar di tapak pembinaan, jadi kita tidak mahu surau atau masjid yang dibina dengan nilai jutaan ringgit tetapi
tidak tepat kedudukan kiblatnya," katanya.

Sementara itu, Jabatan Mufti Selangor hari ini melancarkan Sistem Aplikasi Arah Kiblat Secara Online yang akan
membolehkan permohonan menentukan arah kiblat di tempat-tempat ibadah dan premis-premis perniagaan
dilakukan dengan lebih mudah.

Sistem aplikasi tersebut merupakan yang pertama diwujudkan di negara ini dan borang permohonan boleh diperolehi
dengan melayari laman web www.muftiselangor.gov.my.

Mufti Selangor Datuk Mohd Tamyes Abd Wahid berkata sistem aplikasi itu diperkenalkan sejak pertengahan tahun
lepas dengan purata kira-kira 30 permohonan sehari.-- BERNAMA




Tajuk Artikel : Tahap kualiti udara seluruh negara sederhana
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

KUALA LUMPUR: Kualiti udara di kebanyakan kawasan di seluruh negara mencatatkan tahap kualiti sederhana pagi
ini, demikian menurut Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS). Bacaan terkini Indeks Pencemar Udara (IPU) sehingga jam 11
pagi menunjukkan sebanyak 59 peratus atau 29 daripada 49 kawasan yang dipantau di seluruh negara mencatatkan
tahap kualiti udara sederhana.

Sejumlah 20 kawasan lagi mencatatkan kualiti udara sihat termasuk Muar, Johor (44), Langkawi, kedah (28), Kg Air
Putih, Taiping, perak (35) dan Seberang Jaya 2, Perai di Pulau Pinang (31).

Kawasan yang mencatatkan kualiti udara sederhana antaranya Bukit Rambai, Melaka (73), Port Dickson, Negeri
Sembilan (76), Sibu, Sabah (75), Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor (93) dan Samarahan, Sarawak (95). - Bernama
Tajuk Artikel : Batal lesen
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin

Oleh Ahmad Shahrul Nizam Muhammad
ahmadshahrul@hmetro.com.my

PETALING JAYA: Tindakan tegas termasuk pembatalan lesen akan dikenakan terhadap pihak yang cuba
mewujudkan agenda tersendiri bagi menaikkan harga gula dalam pasaran di negara ini.

Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, berkata buat
masa ini, bekalan gula mencukupi dan tidak ada sebab harga barangan kawalan itu perlu dinaikkan.

Menurutnya, beliau tidak menolak kemungkinan kekurangan bekalan berkenaan disebabkan wujudnya kegiatan
penyeludupan barangan itu ke negara jiran.

“Anggapan itu (penyeludupan) mungkin ada asasnya berdasarkan harga gula di negara ini jauh lebih rendah
berbanding di negara jiran.

“Oleh itu, persoalan kuota gula tidak timbul sama sekali dan jika ada pihak yang cuba menyembunyikan gula dengan
harapan harganya akan naik, saya memberi jaminan harga gula tidak akan dinaikkan dalam tempoh terdekat atau
menjelang hujung tahun,” katanya dalam sidang media selepas merasmikan Restoran D’Tandoor Damansara Utama
di sini, semalam.

Turut hadir, Pengerusi D’Tandoor Food Industries Sdn Bhd (DTFI), Datuk Seri Azman Ujang dan Pengasas dan
Pengarah DTFI, Abdul Malik Abdullah.

Mengulas lanjut isu itu, Ismail berkata, beliau tidak faham kemungkinan ada pihak yang cuba menyimpan atau
menyembunyikan stok gula.

Menurutnya, perbuatan itu jika wujud menjurus kepada usaha bagi memperoleh keuntungan mudah apabila berlaku
kenaikan harga gula.

“Saya menasihatkan pihak terbabit supaya melupakan sebarang usaha untuk melihat kenaikan harga gula kerana ia
tidak akan berlaku.

“Malah, mereka yang dikesan melakukan perbuatan itu akan dikenakan tindakan tegas termasuk pembatalan lesen
dan tindakan bersepadu lain yang boleh dibuat agensi penguat kuasa lain.

“Kami tidak akan berkompromi dengan aktiviti penyeludupan gula kerana apa saja perbuatan yang menyukarkan
hidup rakyat bakal dikenakan tindakan tegas,” katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : 1Malaysia konsep strategik negara

Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 03 Ogos 2009 – Isnin




MUAR - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, konsep 1Malaysia juga perlu dilihat daripada sudut kepentingan
strategik terutamanya di dalam memperluas hubungan Malaysia dengan pusat-pusat ekonomi dunia yang baru
seperti China dan India.

Perdana Menteri itu berkata, konsep 1Malaysia boleh dikupas daripada pelbagai dimensi, sama ada yang
bermaksud perpaduan nasional dan kepentingan strategik negara.

“Menerusi konsep 1Malaysia, negara-negara luar boleh melihat Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara yang majmuk.
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Mereka boleh kenal pasti dengan kemajmu� Malaysia menerusi 1Malaysia,” katanya pada sidang akhbar di
Kompleks Seri Pekembar, Pagoh di sini, semalam.

Najib, yang juga Presiden UMNO, berkata demikian selepas merasmikan persidangan perwakilan Umno Bahagian
Pagoh yang turut dihadiri oleh Timbalannya Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, yang juga Ketua Umno Bahagian Pagoh.

Selain China dan India, Najib berkata, negara-negara di Timur Tengah dan Asia Tenggara di dalam tempoh jangka
masa pendek serta sederhana akan muncul sebagai pusat ekonomi dunia yang baru.

Walaupun pada ketika kegawatan ekonomi global pada masa ini, China katanya masih mampu mencatat
pertumbuhan yang tinggi pada kadar 7.6 peratus dan perkara sama turut berlaku di India.

Kata beliau, negara Timur Tengah turut memiliki lebihan modal yang boleh dilabur di Malaysia, manakala negara
Asia Tenggara seperti Indonesia merupakan kawasan ekonomi yang penting kepada negara.

Najib berkata, disebabkan masalah kegawatan ekonomi antarabangsa ketika ini, Amerika Syarikat tidak mampu
menjadi pasaran pengguna yang besar seperti dahulu disebabkan oleh masalah perbankan serta kadar
tabungannya.

“Walaupun begitu kita mesti meneruskan hubungan ekonomi dengan Amerika Syarikat dan Eropah, tetapi
disebabkan masalah-masalah itu kita tidak boleh mengharapkan mereka,” katanya. - Bernama

								
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