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									Tajuk Artikel : Government to channel RM50mil straight to boards of Chinese schools Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN PETALING JAYA: In an unprecedented move to provide financial assistance to Chinese schools, the Government announced that the boards of directors of Chinese schools will receive RM50mil in direct funding from financial allocation under the economic stimulus package. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the move was part of the Barisan Nasional Government’s new policy concerning educational empowerment by channelling the money directly to school directors. The Deputy Prime Minister said a total of 237 Chinese schools nationwide would first receive a total of RM27mil, adding that the rest would be given out in due time. ―The funding includes various payment for development, improvement works and equipment purchases. ―Religious schools have already received the money while missionary and Tamil schools will get theirs next. I will go to Sabah and Sarawak later to hand over the funds. ―All the allocations should be used by the end of the year,‖ he told reporters after handing over the funding to representives of Chinese schools at SJK (C) Chee Wen, Subang Jaya, yesterday. Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, announced in November last year that RM200mil would be given out to Chinese, Tamil, religious and mission schools under the Government’s stimulus package. The direct allocation was the biggest test of trust given by the Government to the boards of directors of Chinese schools, he said. He said he had mulled over the idea with Cabinet members and had strong support from Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, and the presidents of MCA and Gerakan. ―I had always wanted to see that there should be value for money in development projects. I decided that this is the right time to present to the Cabinset the idea of direct funding for the schools,‖ he said. Najib said a positive outcome of providing direct allocation to Chinese schools was that the school board members could choose the best contractors who could build at cost. Earlier, in his speech, Najib said Malaysia practised the concept of ―democratisation of education,‖ in which everyone should be given a minimum 11 years of quality school education. He added that Malaysia was unique as unlike Indonesia or Thailand, Malaysians could choose his or her own type of school to go to. ―While this presents its own set of challenges and complexities, the basis of educational democracy is strong,‖ he added.

Tajuk Artikel : No action against 3,000 NS dodgers Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By K. KASTURI DEWI BALIK PULAU: Police will not take action against some 3,000 national service dodgers who failed to attend training since its inception in 2004. National Service Training Department director-general Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said the decision was made following police recommendation of no further action (NFA) against these dodgers. He said about 6,000 school-leavers had failed to attend training but police only recommended NFA for 50% of them. He declined to say why half the youths escaped action, but it is believed that police could not trace them due to change of addresses. ―We submitted the names of the dodgers to the police and after investigations they recommended NFA on 3,000-odd cases. ―The remaining 3,000 still have to attend NS training,‖ Abdul Hadi told reporters after the launching of the first batch of the 2009 programme by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop at the White Resort NS camp in Balik Pulau yesterday. Some 300,000 youngsters have undergone NS training since the start of the programme. Abu Seman said many parents were now keen to include their children in the programme, a far cry from the strong objections when NS was first introduced five years ago. ―At that time, parents were sceptical of sending their children for fear of their safety.‖ NS Training Council chairman Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe said the council would propose to the department to impose heavier penalties on youngsters who failed to attend training. ―It is not to scare them and parents away but to encourage them to join the programme,’’ he said.

Tajuk Artikel : 6,000 officers for Ops Sikap Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By ROYCE CHEAH KUALA LUMPUR: The 19th edition of Ops Sikap begins on Monday and will involve more than 6,000 enforcement personnel, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said. Ong said Ops Sikap XIX would be carried out from Jan 19 to Feb 2 in conjunction with the balik kampung rush for Chinese New Year, adding that there would be greater private sector participation in the operation. Some of the contributions from the private sector include car stickers with safety messages, reflective jackets for motorcyclists and child helmets. Ong said that although fatal accidents still occurred, the effort to ensure road safety would continue.

Stop on red: Ong being briefed by Suret Singh on the safety features of a crash helmet during the launch of a road safety campaign at KL Sentral Thursday. — Bernama ―It will not break our spirit. It is actually a challenge that we must face,‖ he said at the launch of the Chinese New Year integrated road safety campaign here yesterday. Ong urged motorists to have the right attitude when driving and be serious about safety. ―The public needs to understand the meaning of safety. Campaigns are not carried out just because it has to be done or for propaganda.‖ At a press conference later, Ong expressed confidence about the ongoing Road Safety Education initiative carried out jointly by the Transport and Education ministries. ―By focusing on the youngsters, we will be able to inculcate the right attitude and values in relation to behaviour on the road.‖ This move, he said, would help reduce the ratio of death to vehicle to 2:10,000 by 2010 compared to the current 3.5 deaths for every 10,000 vehicles. Ong also said that the rear seat belt ruling which came into force on Jan 1 was taking effect with a marked improvement in compliance in most urban areas. Road Safety Department director-general Datuk Suret Singh said 2,452 summonses had been issued so far by the department to those who did not wear the rear seat belts.

Tajuk Artikel : Ministry looking into ways to make EPF savings last a lifetime Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry is looking into setting up a pension scheme for private sector employees so that their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) savings can last a lifetime. Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said that through the scheme, the employees would receive a monthly pension instead of withdrawing all their savings upon retirement. He said findings showed that many EPF contributors used up all their savings within two years and were left without any source of income. ―A pension will ensure that they receive a regular monthly income,‖ he told The Star. The ministry was now drafting a working paper for the Finance Ministry. The scheme is under the purview of the Finance Ministry.

―We are still studying the matter and do not have a concrete mechanism for the scheme,‖ Dr Subramaniam said when asked how the scheme would work, if it would be a scheme by itself and if it would be made optional or mandatory. He said the working paper would be ready in the next few months. The views of interested parties, such as employers and workers groups, were welcomed, he said. Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said such a scheme should not be forced on EPF contributors. ―If it is a blanket ruling, you are suggesting that EPF contributors cannot manage their own money. And rightfully, the money belongs to the employee. He said the scheme should not be associated with pension unlike ―the government pension scheme where the money has a source, is non-contributory but based on the years of service.‖ MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mahmud said the scheme would be acceptable if the Government set up a separate fund to help poor retirees.

Tajuk Artikel : Najib: World opinion will turn against Israel and US Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
PETALING JAYA: World opinion will turn against Israel and its close ally the United States if the violence in Gaza continues unabated, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He said Malaysia would apply all available means, including voicing its concerns at international forums such as the United Nations to influence Israel to stop its campaign of violence against the Palestinians. ―At the end of the day, it’s a world power such as the United States that can decide if the Tel Aviv regime will change its attitude. ―But there will be a rise of world opinion against the two countries if the attacks continue unabated. They have to change course,‖ he told reporters after handing over the funding from the economic stimulus package to representatives of Chinese schools at SJK (C) Chee Wen Subang Jaya yesterday. Najib said US president-elect Barack Obama had not said that there would be changes in the US policy on Israel and the Palestine problem. On another matter, Najib said there was a marked improvement in the support from the Chinese community for the Barisan Nasional in Kuala Terengganu.

Tajuk Artikel : PLUS gives CNY discount Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR: Class 1 motorists using the North-South Expressway and the North-South Expressway Central Link (Elite) highways will enjoy a 10% discount on toll fees in conjunction with Chinese New Year. Highway concessionaire PLUS managing director Noorizah Abd Hamid said in a statement yesterday that the discount would be applicable from 12.01am to 7am on Jan 21, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. It is in addition to the 10% discount already enjoyed by Class 1 vehicles travelling during off-peak hours on both expressways since Jan 1, she added. For example, motorists who use the Jalan Duta-Ipoh Selatan stretch would only have to pay RM23.80 instead of the usual RM26.50 at off-peak hours, Noorizah said.

Tajuk Artikel : Fireworks worth RM12mil seized Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
PUTRAJAYA: Greater efforts by the Customs Department have resulted in bigger seizures of banned firecrackers and arrests of those involved in the illegal trade. Customs Department deputy director-general Datuk Mardina Alwi said the department seized RM12.25mil worth of contraband firecrackers in 241 smuggling cases nationwide last year compared with RM7.89mil worth in 199 cases in 2007. She said Customs officials arrested 122 suspects in connection with the smuggling of firecrackers last year against 93 the year before. ―We are not letting up and we are pushing for even more stringent checks this year,‖ she added. Mardina said the department had started to raid places used to store illegal firecrackers as well as increased roadblocks and patrols along land and sea routes known to be used by smugglers. The department hoped to disrupt the delivery system. ―I also want to warn the public not to purchase, store or play with banned firecrackers during the coming Chinese New Year,‖ she said. All firecrackers other than the Pop Pop and Happy Boom or Magic Pop crackers are banned. Under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 anyone found smuggling, distributing, selling, carrying, keeping or possessing banned firecrackers can be fined up to 20 times the value of the items or jailed a maximum of three years for their first offence. Those who know of traders storing or selling illegal firecrackers can contact the department at its toll free line 1-800-88-8855 or the closest Customs office.

Tajuk Artikel : Bus pick-up points outside old terminal Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
Stories and photo by ELAN PERUMAL THE move to create new pick-up points at the North Klang bus terminal site has not gone down well with commuters and bus operators in Klang. They are questioning the wisdom of the authorities to close the terminal and the need for the new pick-up points at the site. For commuters’ convenience: The Wawasan Sutera buses operating from Jalan Pasar. The Klang Municipal Council (MPK) has kept the terminal closed since the bus service operation was moved to Klang Sentral in Jalan Meru. A check by StarMetro revealed that the council has turned the site into a pick-up point area, allowing the buses to pick up and drop passangers along Jalan Pos Baru without entering into the old terminal. While the old terminal area appeared deserted, the roads leading to the former terminal are as congested as before. Besides the presence of the state buses serving the local routes, the existence of taxis along the shops at the stretch outside the terminal also makes the situation worse. Commuters are puzzled about why MPK has closed the terminal and then introduce the pick-up scheme. They want to know why the Pick-up Point 2 is located less than 200m away from Pick-up Point 1 at the terminal area. ―They should allow the buses into the North Klang terminal so that we can enjoy the service from under the shelters as there aren’t shelters here,’’ bus commuter Norlaila Mohd Noor said. She said it was ridiculous that she had to board a bus to Klang Sentral and another one to Kapar to return home and vice-versa. ―This is causing me extra travel time and money,’’ the 33-year-old nurse said. Norlaila said the additional trip to Klang Sentral cost her RM1. College student Teo Chee Yong, 18, said he found it hard to accept that the commuters had been deprived of the former direct access to their destinations due to the relocation of the bus service operation to Klang Sentral.

He said the move had made life difficult for the commuters and the authorities should have considered all aspects before deciding on the move. ―Fortunately, the Wawasan Sutra buses are still operating from North Klang or I can’t imagine the hassle involved in my trip between my house in Jalan Kapar and the college in Klang,’’ he said. According to Wawasan Sutra Travel and Tours operations manager L. Loges, the company, which operates 70 buses, has not moved its operation to Klang Sentral. He said the company had been operating services to various parts of Klang, Banting, Kapar, Kuala Selangor and Kuala Lumpur from a stretch in Jalan Pasar. ―We have no choice but to operate just near the old bus terminal to service the commuters,‖ Loges said. ―The Klang Sentral plan will not work. Hence, our buses will continue to operate from the old terminal site,’’ he said. Loges said the MPK decision on relocating the terminal operation had caused a lot inconvenience to the public. Taxi driver Azmir Che Mat, 46, said there were hardly anyone at Klang Sentral and this situation had resulted in him operating from the old terminal site. According to Tan Chai Seng, 52, a committee member of the Klang Rental Taxi Association, the 100 plus members of the association had been operating at the Jalan Kepayang station for more than 30 years. ―Our business has dropped sharply since the relocation of the terminal operation and we are also in a fix on whether to shift to Klang Sentral or continue at the old venue,’’ he said. Trader Zulkifli Osman, 35, who operates a snack stall in the sidelane of Jalan Pos Baru, said the relocation had affected his business, causing him to lose more than 50% of his income. ―I expect the situation to get worse in the near future with more buses shifting their operation to the new place,’’ he said. Ahmad Salimin Ahmad Sak-iman, 37, who operates a booth selling toys at the Plaza MPK next to the old terminal site, said the traders at the complex depended on the bus commuters for business. ―The complex will die a natural death soon,‖ said the trader, who has been operating business in the area for more than 15 years. Tan Chee Seng, 52, who operates an ice-kacang and food stall at the fourth floor of the Plaza MPK, said business was bad and that he had resorted to personal delivery service to his customers to survive. MPK president Mislan Tugiu said the council had done a thorough study before implementing the relocation move. ―We are sorting out the teething problems and hope things will be all right soon,’’ he said.

Tajuk Artikel : 1,580 PPR housing units left vacant Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By YIP YOKE TENG MANY people cannot afford to buy houses from the open commercial property market and so look to the government authorities to build cheap and comfortable housing units for them. The demand for public housing is a never-ending problem as the population keeps increasing but the high cost and scarcity of land, especially in the urban areas, are a big constraint on the authorities in their bid to build affordable houses for the people. Rotting underneath: A file picture of Loh inspecting the site of Tan’s house. So, it is ironic that five blocks of 13-storey flats built under the Public Housing Projects (PPR) programme in Kelana Jaya, with 1,580 fully completed units, are left to rot for several years. No notice board has been put up at the PPR project site to explain what the problem is, but word is going around that the buildings built on a former landfill are not fit for occupation. Maintenance workers at the site said they had heard claims that the soil emitted contaminated gas which could cause health problems. According to the workers, the buildings had actually been left empty for nearly five years. A clue to this heavily cloaked mystery was literally ―unearthed‖ when a family of a nearby terrace house renovated their house in May last year. The family was shocked to discover that their house was standing precariously on just a thin layer of soil measuring only 15cm in depth and there was nothing but compressed garbage underneath. ―Plastic bags, tyres, styrofoams — these were what we found. That is the foundation of our house,‖ Nana Tan said.

A mystery: The five blocks of flats in Kelana Jaya that have been left vacant for several years. ―We bought the house with our life savings. This is our only house and we are still paying for it with our hard-earned money. Imagine the big blow when we found out what lay underneath our home,‖ she said. Tan said she had no choice but to spend a big sum of money to excavate the garbage and fill up the hollow with soil. ―The workers dug out tonnes of rubbish. The lorries had to make almost 20 trips just to dispose of the mess,‖ she said. The complaint was brought to the attention of Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne and Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Loh and Sivarasa’s aide Aloysius Francis Pinto visited the site last year and filed a report with the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and the Selangor state government. Loh told StarMetro yesterday that they had checked through many channels and had pressed for a solution, but their efforts came to a dead end when they found out that the housing estate was developed by a subsidiary of the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS). ―The state is in need of more PPR housing units for the people and the five blocks are as good as abandoned. This is a waste of ratepayers’ money and the people must be told what is happening,‖ Pinto said, when contacted. ―Termite infestation, foul smell, mosquitoes, all these are there but why isn’t any action taken?‖ he asked. Today, six months after their site visit, they are still unable to get an answer from the authorities. Meanwhile, a study conducted by the solid waste laboratory of Universiti Malaya confirmed the area’s surface soil contamination and residents are advised to refrain from agricultural activities. The study revealed that the landfill closed in 2000 was formerly a mining area. During its operational period, it received a total volume of 1.57 million cubic metres of solid waste. The lack of a liner system caused the land to be contaminated by waste residue, leachate and landfill gases. About half of the houses are unoccupied. A check with the current occupants, who are mostly tenants, revealed that they knew little about soil contamination, let alone the questionable stability of the buildings’ foundation. A house owner, who had just bought the property, said he did not know about the area’s landfill problem but heard that he was not supposed to plant fruit trees there. ―I like this place. It is peaceful and strategically located,‖ he said.

It is apparent that cracks are appearing in many of the houses, while the grounds have shown some signs of cave-in. The fact that a condominium is standing right next to these terrace houses is also worrying. But developer Selaman Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Yaacob Jailani insisted that the company’s houses built near the PPR site had a strong foundation and there was no risk to the residents. ―It is safe to stay there because the houses are on piles, and had been further reinforced with suspended slabs. There is no reason for worry,‖ he said when contacted. Yaacob said the landfill had been closed for quite some time and the company’s consultant engineers had confirmed that the area was fit for development, adding that the MBPJ had granted them approval. He said the 120 terrace houses in the area and two blocks of low-cost five-storey apartments further away, had received the certificate of fitness for occupation three years ago. Yaacob said he did not know what was wrong with the PPR flats because they were under another developer. Efforts to contact the MBPJ on the matter were futile.

Tajuk Artikel : Waiting for 12 years Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
Story and photo by GEETHA KRISHNAN A 12-year wait for their new homes will hopefully end this year for a group of residents in Taman Mudun, a medium-cost housing area in Cheras, Selangor. They were supposed to relocate to another area within Taman Mudun following a decision made by the previous Selangor government after two rows of 18 houses were deemed to be in imminent danger of a landslide. Too close: Taman Mudun residents standing in front of the steep slope near their houses. Behind them is Tower 4 of the Venice Hill Condominium. Those residing in Jalan Petunia and Jalan Lantana began voicing their fears back in 1995 when Tower 4 of the Venice Hill Condominium was constructed on a steep slope near the houses. Taman Mudun relocation action committee chairman Soofi Ali, 59, said the condominium developer, Venice Hill Resort Living Sdn Bhd which has since gone bankrupt, only built a retaining wall after numerous complaints were lodged. ―Still, the 7m-high slope was too close for comfort. Moreover, the space between the slope and 18storey tower was also narrow,‖ he told the StarMetro.

Few can identify with the emotions felt by homemaker Linda Yap, 50, who lives closest to the slope and clings on to the hope of finally shifting. ―Only after much dilly-dallying did the developer finally built the slope. It hasn’t been maintained since then and cracks have begun to appear because tree roots are pushing through,‖ she said, adding that soil erosion has begun to occur. After further checks by the relevant authorities, the developer was instructed to build new homes for the residents in a separate plot of land in Taman Mudun. ―But after depositing RM1.18mil with the Kajang Municipal Council for the purpose in 2007, the developer went bust,‖ said Soofi. What materialised following the about turn of events were countless meetings with no end in sight. Residents began to grow increasingly frustrated with representatives who attended the briefings but were unable to make decisions. Following councillor Carmen Leong’s intervention, a meeting was held on Jan 11 where it was decided that a quantity surveyor would be appointed by Rimbun Capital Sdn Bhd to work out the costing for the relocation project. Rimbun Capital is one of three companies appointed by the state government to revive abandoned projects. Council president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abd Rahman said the sum estimated previously might fall short of the total cost because infrastructure cost should also be considered. ―We estimate an additional sum of RM300,000 to RM500,000 would be needed for pipe-laying work and sewage systems. The quantity surveyor has been given a week to 10 days to come up with the costing,‖ he added. Following the breakthrough, residents are hopeful they will finally get their new homes.

Tajuk Artikel : Kindergarten did not apply for licence, says MPAJ Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By Fazleena Aziz THE Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has said that they had never received any licence application from the kindergarten to operate in Jalan 6, Taman Ampang Utama, Ampang. StarMetro had featured on Jan 13 the grouses by the residents, who are facing traffic congestion with the kindergarten located in the residential area. Not legal: One of the bungalows converted into a kindergarten.

According to MPAJ public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad new notices had been issued to the school operators in the area. ―A kindergarten operator needs to obtain permits from the education department, Fire and Rescue Department supporting letter, development approval if located at residential area (to change the land status from residential to commercial) and the teachers’ qualification certificates. ―We had issued a notice to the kindergarten operator to stop operation on Oct 8 last year. ―We had advised them to move to another place, which is more suitable. We are advising them again to find a more accommodating place and this is at the discretion of the council. ―If the operators fail to adhere to the new notices, we will have to take legal action if necessary,‖ she said.

Tajuk Artikel : Oil royalty paid every quarter Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By : Hamidah Atan PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Government has started channelling oil royalties directly to the Terengganu government. The money goes back to the people of Terengganu and will be managed by the state government for its development programmes, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak. There should be no more doubts about the use of the funds, the deputy prime minister said. He was responding to opposition allegations in the run-up to the Kuala Terengganu by-election that the government would stop paying royalties to the state. In 2000, shortly after Pas took over the state, the Federal Government decided to disburse the funds for development projects through a federally administered wang ehsan. Last month, Najib presented a RM408.6 million cheque to the state government. The sum represented oil royalties for the second half of 2008. He added the Federal Government would bank in the royalties every quarter to give the state a constant revenue stream for development programmes, especially to tackle hardcore poverty. Najib said at his office yesterday that the royalties would boost development in Terengganu. "There is no doubt that development will increase significantly and be more dynamic as the money will be managed by the state government." The Barisan Nasional deputy chairman urged voters in Kuala Terengganu to choose the best candidate or party on polling day tomorrow. "They should look at the records of Pas as well as BN. "They have been through the leadership of both parties, so they can distinguish between the two and choose the best to represent them. "The opposition has been attacking our candidate (Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh). It is not his personality that matters but the good service he can render the people."

Najib said BN supporters must accept the fact this by-election would be a tough fight. "But historically, we have won more times than we lost. "We are defending this seat like the defending champion. The BN machinery must work hard till the end to make sure every single one of our supporters comes out to vote. The seat is winnable." He also said BN took the long view in its plans for the nation. "This will remain our main consideration in whatever policies or projects we carry out for the people, unlike the opposition, whose emphasis is on populist gimmicks." Najib said Pas, which led the state between 1999 and 2004, had failed the people. "It made all kinds of promises, to remove assessment tax, implement hudud and build mosques, but these were not fulfilled. It closed the Kemas kindergartens when it was in power. "The people went through a dark period but when BN recaptured the state in 2004, the situation improved significantly." Najib said the outcome of the by-election would not in any way reflect on the administration of BN president and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi nor would it be a referendum on him as Abdullah's successor. "This is a by-election whose focus is on local issues not national ones."

Tajuk Artikel : Tun Dr Ismail's reminder ignored, says Raja Nazrin Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By : R. Sittamparam KUALA LUMPUR: No one will oppose the New Economic Policy if it was implemented according to the original plan, which neither enriches nor marginalises any group. Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah said if the spirit of the NEP as drawn up by its architects the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, had prevailed, no particular group would feel it was losing out or being deprived of its rights. Speaking at the close of the 3rd Islamic Economic Congress here yesterday, Raja Nazrin said the NEP was formulated with the objective of restructuring society to even out the economic disparity between different races. "Today, the NEP, which is fundamentally good and genuine, is criticised, with calls to bury it all due to the slip-ups at its implementation." He said criticisms against the NEP had stemmed from the Malay community having ignored Dr Ismail's recommendations at the close of the 2nd Islamic Economic Congress. "Tun Dr Ismail's reminder that beneficiaries of special rights (under the NEP) be modest and closely adhere to regulations in upholding the dignity of the community and Islam, was buried with him after his death in 1973.

"In ignoring that valuable reminder, the community has brought about this catastrophe (in relation to the NEP) upon its race and religion." Raja Nazrin said whatever resolutions drawn up at the present congress could only be implemented if the community comes together in the interest of safeguarding its honour and the country's dignity. It would also reflect on whether the Malay community was still too dependent on government assistance or was becoming strong enough to stand on its own. "If the government's role is important to the community, then it is important that there is a strong and stable government. "The government should also possess a background of high understanding and sympathy towards the community to ensure its continued progress." Raja Nazrin also spoke on the importance of maintaining records of proceedings and resolutions of the Islamic Economic Congress and Bumiputra Economic Congress.

Tajuk Artikel : 15 illegal jetties on Sungai Golok closed Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
By : Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah TUMPAT: The Pengkalan Kubor Marine Police recently closed 15 illegal jetties along the Golok River in retaliation after their teams were pelted with marbles and threatened with scythes during an operation. Commanding officer Deputy Superintendent Tan Cheng San said the incident occurred on Monday when his teams were tailing the smugglers' boat ladened with coconuts. Although none of his men were injured, he said the smugglers managed to escape by jumping into the river, leaving the contraband behind. "In retaliation, we closed down 15 illegal jetties along an eight-kilometre stretch from Pengkalan Kubor to Kuala Jambu on Wednesday. We either station our men there, or make regular patrols." However, the closure also affected the locals who made daily crossings into Thailand using the passenger boat service. Tan said two illegal jetties located in Geting and Mentuan were still allowed to operate but the boats are checked regularly for contraband. In a previous incident two years ago smugglers attacked the General Operation Force members patrolling along the river in Rantau Panjang with stones and firecrackers.

Tajuk Artikel : 2,452 fail to follow rear seat belt rule Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 2,452 motorists have been issued summonses by the Road Transport Department since the rear seat belt ruling came into effect on Jan 1. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat said summonses were issued to motorists nationwide for not buckling up their passengers. "These figures were recorded in the first 13 days of the year," he told reporters after launching the Chinese New Year Road Safety campaign in KL Sentral yesterday. "The awareness level on wearing rear seat belts is high in urban areas. But the same cannot be said in rural places." He also said that the speed limit for all federal and state roads would be reduced from 90kph to 80kph and from 80kph to 70kph, respectively. Ong said the ruling will be enforced during the Chinese New Year period from Jan 19 to Feb 2 and would be monitored by the police and also RTD officers.

Tajuk Artikel : Study on monthly payout from EPF Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Resources Ministry is studying the feasibility of introducing a monthly "pension" scheme for workers in the private sector via the Employees Provident Fund. The cabinet has agreed in principle to look into the proposal and has directed the ministry to work with the Finance Ministry to come up with a paper. Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the scheme would ensure retirees from the private sector get a monthly "pension" according to their accumulated contributions with the EPF. "This will ensure that the worker has some money coming in every month until he dies." Asked to elaborate further, he said, details could only be provided once the study had been completed. Malaysian Trades Union Congress president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud said introducing monthly pension scheme was nothing new as the EPF had introduced the system to its contributors. He said to tackle the problem of members exhausting their funds within one to 10 years, EPF, through its "Beyond Savings" initiative, had introduced flexible modes of payments so that members have more options to make their savings last longer. As of last month, the EPF has 12 million members, of whom 5.6 million were active. Of this number, 4.6 million, or 82 per cent, earned less than RM3,000 a month. "It's the workers money and I think they should decide what to do with their money. "It's not proper for the government to decide how a worker's money must be given," Syed Shahir said, adding that the ministry should concentrate on more pressing issues such as the retrenchment fund.

Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said the EPF money belonged to the contributor and he had every right to withdraw it upon reaching 55 years. He said the money in EPF was that of the workers' and the word "pension" was inappropriate. He said splitting workers' contributions to monthly payments would jeopardise their retirement plans.

Tajuk Artikel : Najib: We'll press Obama on Gaza Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
SUBANG JAYA: Malaysia will press US president-elect Barack Obama to end Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza when he takes over on Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Obama, the first black president, had yet to indicate a change in policy in the Middle East. "There is no statement from Obama as yet on a substantive change, especially in relations between the US and Israel," he said, adding that only a superpower like the US could change the situation in Gaza. He added Malaysia would try various means to pressure Israel to end its atrocities against the Palestinians. "We will continue to voice our regret on the stand adopted by the US on Israel. "If the Israeli atrocities go unabated, it will certainly have an effect on the US's image and goodwill towards achieving truce and peace in Gaza," he said after presenting RM26 million as financial aid to representatives of 237 Chinese schools under the economic stimulus package 2009 at SJK(C) Chee Wen here yesterday. Najib said Malaysia's calls to the United Nations were not directed at sowing hatred against the US or Israel but a rejection of war as a means to settle conflicts. Najib said the Gaza war was not about religion but over land repossessed from the Palestinians. On the economic stimulus package, Najib said a further RM27 million would soon be given to Tamil, missionary and religious schools to enhance the quality of education. "Unlike before, when the Public Works Department undertook projects, the money is now given directly to the schools at the disposal of its board of governors. I trust they will invest in worthy projects." Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, government-aided schools will receive RM350 million, RM200 million of which has been allocated under the economic stimulus package for education. Najib said the funds for vernacular and religious schools were not a political ploy but in line with the country's education policy. "So don't politicise the issue." On tomorrow's by-election in Kuala Terengganu, Najib hoped the people would appreciate the efforts of Barisan Nasional. "There is a saying that one should not forget who dug the well from where they drink water. So don't forget what BN has done for you," was his message to voters.

Tajuk Artikel : Secondary schools raise RM6,300 Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KOTA BARU: Two secondary schools have raised almost RM6,300 towards the NSTP Fund for Gaza. The students and teachers of SMK Kubang Bemban in Pasir Mas spent two days collecting RM4,778 while SMK Alor Pasir in Tanah Merah's one-day fund raising effort raised RM1,515. Both schools sent representatives to NST's branch office here yesterday to hand over the donations. SMK Kubang Bemban's headmaster Norashimah Ab. Rashid said the students and teaching staff wanted to help ease the sufferings of the victims. "We were talking about the plight of the Palestinians and one teacher then suggested that we do more than just talk. "That's when we came up with the idea of raising awareness about the plight of the Palestinians among our students. "We held screenings of video clips and talks, performed Solat Hajat and passed the hat around for two days. "We were surprised when some of our students put in as much as RM50 from their savings," she said, adding that the school planned to continue the fundraising effort. SMK Alor Pasir's teacher Sanusi Yusof said their pupils were mostly from poor families but they wanted to chip in and help by donating their meagre savings. "We try and do the best we can."

Tajuk Artikel : Abdullah happy Malaysians contributing generously to Palestine Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA TERENGGANU (Jan 15 , 2009) : Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi tonight expressed happiness over the willingness of the people of various communities and religions in the country in extending contributions to ease the suffering of the people of Palestine. The prime minister said their concern showed that Malaysians were one in thought and character in offering assistance to the victims of cruelty of the Zionist regime. "I am most happy that the people coming forward with contributions are just Muslims and Malays but of all communities and religions and they are united in spirit in providing the aid," he said after attending special prayers seeking the safety of the people of Palestine, at the Stadium Negeri here. Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said, International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Palestine ambassador to Malaysia Abdelaziz Aboughosh and the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election, Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, joined the 500 people at the prayers. Abdullah said the stand of Malaysians that the Israeli atrocities in Palestine should cease immediately reflected the strong unity in this country.

At the function, Ahmad handed over to Abdelaziz the Terengganu government's contribution of RM1 million for the people of Palestine. Last Monday, the Dewan Rakyat held a special sitting to condemn the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip and urged the United Nations to hold an emergency general assembly session to discuss the matter. The UN is scheduled to hold a special general assembly session tomorrow. – BERNAMA

Tajuk Artikel : More toll discounts for vehicle users Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 15 , 2009) : Class 1 vehicle users on PLUS and ELITE expressways will be given an additional 10% discount in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, said PLUS Expressways managing director Noorizah Abd Hamid. "Users who pay toll between 12:01 midnight until 7am now enjoy a 10% discount, but those travelling during this time on Jan 21, 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30 will get another 10%discount," she said in a statement here today. She said the 10% discount was on top of the 10% discount given to Class 1 vehicles using the PLUS and ELITE highways outside peak hours starting Jan 1. "With the 10% discount, a PLUS user on the Jalan Duta-Ipoh Selatan route outside peak hours will only pay toll of RM23.80 instead of RM26.50. They will get another 10% discount on certain days and will only pay RM21.40." Noorizah said the discounts were incentives aimed at distributing traffic flow outside peak hours to give highway users a comfortable and smoother trip. "It will give highway users the chance to choose and enjoy added value with lower toll on certain days and at certain times," she added. -- BERNAMA

Tajuk Artikel : Govt maintains GDP forcast at 3.5% Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 15 , 2009) : The government is not reviewing the gross domestic product (GDP) forecast of 3.5% for this year, Second Finance Minister Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop said today. He said it was not a tradition for the government to keep changing the forecast on a daily or weekly basis. "We understand the world is changing. It is a very dynamic situation and we have to watch the situation," he told reporters after the launch of Maybank Investment Bank's new corporate logo. "For now, there's no plan to change the forecast," he said when asked whether the government has plan to review the forecast. Several research houses have lowered their forecast for the GDP this year due to the continuing slowdown in the global economy.

Maybank Investment Bank, formerly known as Aseambankers, recently lowered its GDP forecast to 1.5% in its first quarter research note. On the stimulus package, Nor Mohamed said the RM7 billion had been given to relevant ministries and was expected to be fully disbursed by end of this year. "If there's need, we will have another one (stimulus package). Treasury is always looking at various projects that can be implemented with extra funds. In that sense, the work is going on," he said. Earlier in his speech, Nor Mohamed said the capacity for policy stimulus to manage the risks to growth was supported by the conducive financial environment as well as strong financial system. He said ample liquidity amid a relatively low interest rate environment and strong balance sheets of financial institutions have sustained the accessibility to generate economic activities. "This will continue to provide the flexibility for the nation to better manage the risks of moderation in global growth, particularly in the event that a more pronounced and protracted slowdown occurs in the major developed economies," he added. Nor Mohamed also said that the government would continue to take measures to minimise the impact of the potential of a more protracted global economic slowdown. -- BERNAMA

Tajuk Artikel : Reduce by 10kph from Monday Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 15, 2009) : From Monday to Feb 2, the speed limit on all state and federal roads is reduced by 10kph for the safety of the "Balik Kampung" rush home by holidaymakers to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ox. "Certain heavy vehicles are also prohibited to be on the roads on Jan 24 and 25, and on Jan 31 and Feb 1. This is to help ease traffic congestion and minimise the risk of road accidents," said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat. He also said temporary bus licences would also be issued to all bus operators to cater to the expected surged in demand because of the long stretch of holiday. Issuing a statement at the launch of a ministry Road Safety Campaign today, Ong said buses more than 12 years old would not be allowed to do more than 300km per trip. "Buses that had not been on the road for more than six months must pass the Road Transport Department (RTD) examination before obtaining the licence to operate. "A joint enforcement operation will be carried out by the police, RTD, Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board, National Anti-Drug Agency and Tourism Board in the 15-day speed limit. A total of 1,200 RTD officers and 5,000 police officers will be deployed nationwide to nab speedsters and traffic offenders. "The police will also set up 16 control towers on federal roads and three on the North-South Expressway to monitor and nab the offenders," he added. To ensure smooth traffic flow, Ong said all road maintenance work would also stop during the 15-day speed limit period, except for critical repair work.

"The Public Works Department will identify such roads and divert trafic to alternative routes," said Ong. The minister reminded rear passengers to buckle up, motorcyclists to use SIRIM-certified crash helmets and parents to hold their children's hands when crossing roads. On criticisms that the enforcement of the rear safety belt would induce corruption, Ong sadi: "If motorists and passengers do not violate the laws, there is nothing to worry. The key question is whether we do it right or wrong. Even if we have violated the laws, we have the right not to give (bribes). It is just a matter of principle."

Tajuk Artikel : Raja Nazrin: No opposition if true NEP spirit practised Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online January 16, 2009 – Friday
KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 15, 2009): There will be no opposition to the New Economic Policy (NEP) if the true spirit of the policy has been practised, with no segment of the society feeling neglected or deprived of what is rightfully theirs, the Raja Muda of Perak, Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, said today. "Today the time-tested policy is being questioned, a policy in principle was good and noble, has been blamed and demanded to be scrapped due to deviations at the implementation stage," he said when closing the Third Islamic Congress. He said the NEP was enacted with sincerity, with noble objectives to restructure society aimed at creating a balanced economy among the various races and to eradicate poverty regardless of race. A policy that was carefully carved out, well planned, with noble intentions and implemented fairly and justly will continue to receive support to be retained, he said. "It is a planned formula for economic development drawn up collectively by the multiracial Malaysian society after the racial clashes on May 13, 1969. "The words used by (former prime minister) Tun Abdul Razak Hussein and (former deputy prime minister) Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman, the two main architects, who drew up the NEP, did not say the policy was enacted to enrich a particular race or want to victimise a certain race." Raja Nazrin said this as a reminder to whatever reaction that might arise from the resolutions adopted on the final day of the four-day congress today. "How the country's leadership is to use their wisdom to manage this delicate situation in ensuring that when implementing the priority, must reflect fairness and when implementing fairness priority is not sidelined," he said. He said the NEP can be interpreted as a manifestation that emanated from the voice of the Malays at the first Bumiputera Economic Congress in 1965. The Steering Committee of the First Bumiputera Economic Congress comprised 18 members headed by then Education Minister Mohd Khir Johari, including two committee members who were then Works, Post andTelecommunications Minister Datuk V.T. Sambanthan, and the then Local Government and Housing Minister Khaw Kai Boh, he said. The presence of the two non-Malay members symbolically reflected that Malaysians from the Indian and Chinese origins were brought together to at least undertand the voice of the Malays, he said.

Six main themes -- capital formation, services, marketing, training, industries and land -- were discussed, he said. Recollecting past developments, Raja Nazrin said the late Tun Dr Ismail, when speaking at the closing of the Second Islamic Economic Congress 37 years ago, had reminded that those enjoying special treatment from the special Malay and Bumiputera rights and privileges must practise them modestly and according to regulations that preserved the dignity of the Malays and Islam. "These words are words of wisdom, a valuable reminder and a priceless will. A message that should serve as a do's and don'ts; a will that must be adhered to and respected at all times," said Raja Nazrin. "So short is the memory of the Malays, Tun Dr Ismail passed away in 1973," he added. The will of Tun Dr Ismail is as though buried at the National Mosque; forgotten and not being practised, he said. "When forbidden practices are ignored, when a will is sidelined, then the respect for a race will be tarnished, the sanctity of a religion will be smeared and disaster may befall on the people, he added. -BERNAMA

Tajuk Artikel : 244 terima bantuan JKM Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
Oleh Sharifah Salwa Syed Akil Program e-cari kesan individu layak terima sumbangan SELAYANG: Seramai 244 orang terdiri daripada orang kurang upaya (OKU), orang tua, kanak-kanak dan pesakit kronik di sekitar Selayang dekat sini menerima bantuan bulanan berjumlah antara RM150 hingga RM450 daripada Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM). Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun), Taman Templer, Datuk Subahan Kamal, berkata di bawah program e-cari, pemimpin termasuk pemimpin masyarakat digerakkan untuk mencari dan mengenal pasti individu yang layak menerima sumbangan berkenaan. Beliau berkata, program yang dilancarkan Julai tahun lalu itu membuktikan bukan saja kerajaan prihatin terhadap kebajikan rakyat malah tidak pernah meminggir golongan berkenaan. ―Program ini tidak akan berhenti setakat ini kerana kita akan berterusan mencari rakyat yang tidak berkemampuan di kampung sekitar Selayang untuk diberikan bantuan. ―Kita tidak kisah siapa penerima sumbangan ini kerana hasrat kita adalah untuk memberikan bantuan tanpa mengira bangsa, keturunan dan agama. Kerajaan pusat sudah memberikan peruntukan itu dan kita salurkan ia sebaik mungkin kepada golongan sasar,‖ katanya pada penyampaian sumbangan di sini, baru-baru ini. Beliau berkata, sebanyak RM160,000 sebulan diagihkan JKM kepada golongan sasar di DUN Templer sejak diperkenalkan Jun tahun lalu. ―Sebahagian penerima bantuan hari ini adalah dikenal pasti penerima bantuan bulanan JKM sebelum ini. Mereka yang layak menerima bantuan boleh mengisi borang di pusat khidmat atau terus ke JKM. ―Untuk memudahkan pencarian golongan sasar saya mengambil inisiatif meletakkan seorang pegawai dari sini (pejabat khidmat masyarakat) di pejabat JKM,‖ katanya. Sementara itu, penerima bantuan dari kategori pesakit kronik, Hamsatun Shaarani, 46, berkata, dia amat bersyukur menerima bantuan bulanan itu bagi pihak anaknya, Siti Khairiah Mohd Hatta, 8, yang menghidap penyakit kejang. ―Bukan sedikit perbelanjaan yang diperlukan Siti Khairiah setiap bulan kerana dia tidak boleh mengambil makanan keras dan hanya minum sejenis susu khas. ―Setiap bulan dia memerlukan empat tin susu berkenaan yang berharga RM50 setin selain lampin pakai buang,‖ katanya.

Tajuk Artikel : Perkemas pentadbiran hospital: PM Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
Oleh Abdul Halim Yusoff

ABDULLAH melihat model Kompleks Pakar Materniti dan Kompleks Psikiatri Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) sambil diperhatikan Liow (kanan), Ahmad dan Pengarah Kesihatan Terengganu, Dr Nordiyanah Hassan di Kuala Terengganu, semalam. Pengurusan berkesan tingkat khidmat kesihatan rakyat KUALA TERENGGANU: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi meminta pentadbiran hospital memperkemaskan sistem pengurusan bagi memenuhi keperluan kakitangan supaya mereka dapat memberikan perkhidmatan terbaik kepada orang ramai. Perdana Menteri berkata, sistem pentadbiran dan pengurusan yang kemas dan berkesan penting sejajar dengan langkah kerajaan meningkatkan mutu perkhidmatan kesihatan kepada rakyat. Beliau berkata, pentadbir hospital perlu memahami keperluan bagi doktor, pegawai perubatan dan kakitangan lain serta cuba memenuhinya. "Dengan itu, pegawai perubatan dan kakitangan mereka dapat menyediakan perkhidmatan kesihatan terbaik untuk rakyat," katanya berucap pada majlis peletakan batu asas Kompleks Pakar Materniti bernilai RM115 juta dan Kompleks Psikiatri bernilai RM65 juta di Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) di sini, semalam. Hadir sama pada majlis itu Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Said dan Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Liow Tiong Lai. Abdullah berkata, kerajaan memberi penekanan kepada perkhidmatan kesihatan kerana ia penting bagi memastikan kesejahteraan rakyat terbela terutama bagi memacu pembangunan modal insan. Perdana Menteri berkata, kemudahan perkhidmatan kesihatan bermutu yang disediakan kerajaan adalah untuk semua rakyat tanpa mengira latar belakang agama, kaum atau status. Sementara itu, Liow dalam ucapannya berkata, pembinaan Kompleks Pakar Materniti adalah untuk meningkatkan mutu kesihatan rakyat Terengganu dan diharapkan kadar kematian bayi dan ibu akan dapat dikurangkan.

Katanya, kompleks lima tingkat itu akan menempatkan wad bersalin dengan 242 katil, dewan bersalin, dewan bedah, klinik pakar obstetrik dan pusat panggilan ambulans.

Tajuk Artikel : Peruntukan sekolah bantuan modal melalui lembaga pengelola Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUALA LUMPUR: Peruntukan kerajaan kepada sekolah bantuan modal akan disalurkan terus kepada lembaga pengelola sekolah berkenaan bagi mengupayakan mereka menentukan pelaksanaan perbelanjaan mengikut keperluan masing-masing, kata Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, saranan beliau itu sudah diluluskan Kabinet baru-baru ini dan sebagai permulaan akan dilaksanakan untuk Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) bagi melihat keberkesanannya sebelum diperluaskan kepada sekolah lain. "Sebelum ini, apabila peruntukan disalurkan menerusi Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR), wujud masalah dari segi prosedur tender, penyeliaan serta pembahagian pada kontraktor selain timbul kemungkinan ada yang mahu mendapat untung berlebihan dan sebagainya. "Sebaliknya, lembaga pengelola sekolah kini boleh pilih kontraktor yang terbaik dan biasanya kontraktor bagi projek sekolah ini tidak menganggapnya sebagai kontrak membuat keuntungan, malah ada yang sanggup melakukannya pada harga kos. "Pendekatan ini memberi kelebihan kewangan kepada lembaga pengelola sekolah bagi menampung lebih banyak keperluan pelajar," katanya pada sidang media selepas majlis penyampaian cek bantuan kewangan kepada SJKC di bawah Pakej Rangsangan Ekonomi Negara 2009, di sini semalam. Hadir sama, Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein; Menteri Pengangkutan merangkap Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat; Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong dan Presiden Gerakan, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Najib yang juga Menteri Kewangan berkata, sumbangan RM27 juta kepada 237 SJKC yang disampaikan semalam hanya pusingan pertama dan selebihnya akan diagihkan secara berperingkat, dengan arahan semuanya harus habis dibelanjakan tahun ini juga. "Seperti prosedur ditetapkan Kementerian Kewangan, lembaga pengelola sekolah perlu mengemukakan butiran perbelanjaan dan penyata akaun untuk setiap sen yang diterima serta dibelanja kerana semua ini wang rakyat. "Lepas ini kita adakan taklimat untuk menerangkan kepada mereka (lembaga pengelola sekolah) mengenai kaedah yang perlu dipatuhi. Ini ujian besar bagi mereka kerana buat pertama kali kerajaan beri kepercayaan untuk kendalikan projek penambahbaikan sekolah," katanya. Terdahulu, dalam ucapannya, Najib berkata Malaysia adalah satu-satunya negara di Asia Tenggara yang mempunyai sistem pendidikan mengikut permintaan kaum masing-masing selain memberi pilihan untuk belajar di Sekolah kebangsaan. "Ini pengiktirafan kepada semua kumpulan etnik yang bekerjasama mencapai kemerdekaan negara. Kita mahukan integrasi yang membolehkan agama dan identiti budaya masing-masing terus dipertahankan, bukannya asimilasi yang memaksa seseorang menggadaikan asal-usulnya," katanya.

Tajuk Artikel : Dunia mesti tekan Israel, AS: TPM Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
Oleh Magendran Rajagopal

NAJIB menerima poster menentang kegasanan daripada SMK SS16 yang diwakili Adura Jamari, pada majlis penyampaian cek bantuan kewangan kepada SJKC di ibu negara semalam. Selain sesi khas PBB, forum akan dilaksanakan bagi sekat kekejaman Israel KUALA LUMPUR: Masyarakat antarabangsa, terutama kuasa besar harus meningkatkan tekanan terhadap Israel dan sekutu utamanya, Amerika Syarikat supaya menghentikan keganasan terhadap rakyat Palestin di Gaza, kata Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata walaupun Pertubuhan Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) mengadakan sesi khas di New York hari ini bagi membincangkan kezaliman Israel, usaha lain harus dipergiatkan bagi mempengaruhi regim Zionis mengakhiri kekejaman di wilayah itu. "Kita akan cuba melalui pelbagai kaedah dan forum untuk memastikan kerajaan Israel tidak lagi meneruskan kekejaman dan pencerobohan mereka di Gaza serta melancarkan serangan terhadap rakyat Palestin. "Selagi mereka meneruskan tindakan ini, selama itulah dunia harus suarakan kekesalan sehingga imej Israel dan Amerika Syarikat rosak di kaca mata dunia selain hubungan politik mereka dengan negara asing terjejas. "Kita sedar pada akhirnya hanya kuasa besar seperti Amerika boleh tentukan sama ada rejim Tel Aviv akan berubah sikap," katanya selepas penyampaian cek bantuan kewangan kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) di bawah Pakej Rangsangan Ekonomi Negara 2009, di sini semalam. Hadir sama, Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein; Menteri Pengangkutan yang juga Presiden MCA, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat; Timbalan Menteri Pelajaran, Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong dan Presiden Gerakan, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Ditanya sama ada bakal Presiden Amerika, Barack Obama, yang dijadualkan mengangkat sumpah Selasa ini akan membawa perubahan, Najib berkata, setakat ini belum ada kenyataan daripada beliau yang menunjukkan dasar Amerika akan berubah, terutama terhadap Israel dan Palestin.

Katanya, selagi Obama tidak mengeluarkan kenyataan, beliau tidak dapat membuat kesimpulan, namun ramai berpendapat tidak rasional meletakkan harapan terlalu besar akan berlaku perubahan ketara dalam dasar luas Amerika, terutama dalam isu Israel dan Palestin. Najib menegaskan, sekiranya Israel tidak berganjak daripada pendiriannya meneruskan serangan di Gaza, negara dunia dan PBB perlu merumus langkah memaksa gencatan senjata bagi membolehkan rundingan damai diadakan. Katanya, konflik Israel-Palestin sebenarnya bukan berpunca daripada agama kerana masyarakat Islam dan Yahudi sudah hidup aman sejak berkurun lama, sebaliknya apa yang berlaku sekarang ialah akibat tindakan Israel merampas tanah serta menindas dan menyisihkan rakyat Palestin. Diminta mengulas mengenai sikap dunia Arab yang masih membisu sedangkan negara asing seperti Bolivia dan Venezuela bertindak memutuskan hubungan diplomatik dengan Israel, Najib berkata hanya mereka yang berkenaan dapat menjawab soalan itu.

Tajuk Artikel : Family Dr mampu pulihkan asma Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat

PENGGUNA menjalani rawatan terapi elektrik secara percuma produk Al Jabbar Healthcare di Taman Prima Saujana Kajang, Selangor.

Pesakit akan berasa perubahan taraf kesihatan "SAYA menghidap penyakit asma sejak tiga tahun lalu. Saya juga terpaksa menggunakan steroid untuk memastikan badan bertenaga. Kesukaran berjalan dengan baik turut menjadi masalah kepada saya. Tetapi sejak menggunakan mesin terapi elektrostatik Family Dr, asma saya semakin berkurangan, badan lebih bertenaga dan mampu berjalan laju," kata Habsah Dewa. Beliau adalah antara pembeli mesin itu yang mendakwa tahap kesihatannya bertambah baik selepas menjalani terapi mesin elektro-statik, edaran syarikat Al- Jabbar Healthcare Sdn Bhd. Tidak dinafikan dewasa ini, banyak penyakit kronik berlaku di kalangan masyarakat. Gaya hidup tidak sihat yang diamalkan, terutama dari segi pemakanan turut menyumbang kepada peningkatan kes penyakit kronik. Tanpa senaman yang teratur juga menyebabkan badan mudah terdedah dengan pelbagai penyakit.

Tiada guna wang berjuta-juta ringgit jika kesihatan tubuh terjejas, sentiasa sakit dan tidak selesa. Justeru, luangkan masa untuk mendapatkan rawatan terapi bagi mendapatkan tubuh yang sihat kerana inilah rahsia kehidupan yang sempurna. Kaedah rawatan terapi medan elektrostatik menggunakan mesin yang dikenali Family Dr, edaran syarikat Al-Jabbar Healthcare ini memberi peluang kepada orang ramai mencuba rawatan alternatif. Antara kelebihan mesin terapi ini ialah berkonsepkan mampu milik, dilengkapi alat kawalan jauh, butang mesra pengguna, bersaiz kecil, jaminan kualiti antarabangsa dan sesuai untuk seisi keluarga. Ketua Pegawai Operasi Al- Jabbar Healthcare, Burhanuddin Hussin mendakwa mesin yang diimport dari Jepun itu berfungsi membersihkan saluran darah, meningkat daya ketahanan badan, menyelaras sistem saraf yang tidak terkawal, merawat sel badan dan mempertingkat sel rosak atau mati. Katanya, selepas menjalani terapi ini selama satu hingga dua minggu, pesakit akan mendapati perubahan taraf kesihatan mereka. "Keistimewaan mesin terapi ini ialah harganya lebih murah, mudah alih, kecil, ringan dan mampu dimiliki semua. "Mesin Family Dr adalah kaedah alternatif membantu merawat penyakit kencing manis, darah tinggi, strok, asma, jantung, sakit buah pinggang, lemah sendi, tekanan dan lemah syahwat," katanya. Bagi mereka yang ingin mengetahui maklumat lanjut mengenai produk ini boleh melayari laman web di alamat www.aljabbar.com.my atau hubungi talian 03-87379476 atau 03-87346372 atau 012-2475922. Jika ingin melihat mesin ini lebih dekat atau menjalani sesi rawatan terapi secara percuma bolehlah datang sendiri ke No 13, Jalan Prima Saujana 1/1A, Taman Prima Saujana, Seksyen 1, Kajang, Selangor.

Tajuk Artikel : Skim pencen bagi swasta Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
Kabinet teliti secara terperinci KUALA LUMPUR: Kabinet secara dasarnya bersetuju mewujudkan skim pencen kepada lebih lima juta pekerja swasta di negara ini melalui Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) seperti yang dinikmati kakitangan ke-rajaan ketika ini, kata Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam. Bagaimanapun, Subramaniam berkata kerajaan masih belum memuktamadkan keputusan itu dan mengarahkan kementeriannya menyediakan kertas kerja bagi membolehkan Kabinet meneliti perkara itu secara terperinci. Beliau berkata, kementeria nya sudah menyiapkan kertas kerja itu dan akan menyerahkannya kepada Kementerian Kewangan dalam tempoh terdekat ini. Kata Subramaniam, beliau yakin skim itu akan menjamin pesara sektor swasta mendapat pencen setiap bulan mengikut jumlah caruman mereka dalam KWSP. "Saya yakin skim ini akan menjamin masa depan pekerja swasta kerana ketika ini kita melihat ramai pencarum KWSP menghabiskan simpanan mereka dalam tempoh dua tahun selepas bersara," katanya

kepada Berita Harian, semalam. Subramaniam berkata, kerajaan memberi reaksi berkenaan selepas beliau membangkitkan cadangan itu pada mesyuarat Kabinet baru-baru ini bagi memastikan masa depan pekerja swasta turut terjamin. Kata beliau, Kementerian Kewangan juga akan meneliti kertas kerja itu sebelum merangka satu garis panduan baru kepada KWSP bagi membolehkan kumpulan berkenaan menguruskan skim berkenaan jika kerajaan meluluskan skim berkenaan.

Tajuk Artikel : Kekalkan profesionalisme, media sarawak diberitahu Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUCHING, 16 Jan (Bernama) -- Pengamal media di Sarawak diminta mengekalkan profesionalisme mereka dalam menyalurkan maklumat kerana jumlah pembaca yang berilmu kian meningkat yang akan mempersoalkan integriti penulis atau syarikat penerbitan mengenai laporan beritanya. Menteri Perumahan Negeri Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg berkata profesionalisme merupakan kriteria yang akan menentukan sama ada masyarakat, dengan aksesibiliti kepada semua jenis media, termasuk portal berita, blog dan video You Tube, akan menerima bahan berita dalam persekitaran yang banyak cabaran dan sering berubah di mana mereka beroperasi. "Pada akhirnya, kebenaran akan terungkai, dengan itu, wartawan mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk memberikan liputan yang adil mengenai perkara yang mereka tulis kerana pembaca akan memberikan penghakiman yang betul dengan menilai kualiti yang ditulis," katanya pada Perjumpaan Tahun Baru anjuran Persatuan Wartawan Bahagian Kuching (KDJA) di sini malam tadi. Beliau memuji KDJA kerana usaha berterusannya untuk meningkatkan profesionalisme anggotanya dan sumbangan kepada masyarakat tempatan termasuk membantu orang miskin dan yang memerlukan. Liputan berita yang cepat dan cekap yang disediakan oleh media cetak dan elektronik tempatan mengenai banjir yang melanda Bahagian Kuching, termasuk kawasan pilihan raya beliau, Satok pada awal minggu ini, membolehkan ramai penduduk dipindahkan ke pusat bantuan pada masanya, kata beliau. Pada majlis ini, beliau menyampaikan geran RM30,000 daripada kerajaan negeri untuk pelbagai aktiviti KDJA tahun ini.

Tajuk Artikel : Kerajaan perlukan sokongan rakyat untuk perkukuh ekonomi, Abdullah Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUALA TERENGGANU, 16 Jan (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi hari ini berkata kerajaan memerlukan sokongan rakyat untuk memastikan pelaksanaan pakej rangsangan bernilai RM7 bilion berjaya kerana ia penting untuk melindungi ekonomi. Perdana Menteri berkata pakej itu untuk semua, dan bukan untuk memperkayakan kumpulan tertentu. "Saya mengharapkan dengan jumlah yang besar itu, kami memerlukan sokongan anda. Kami tidak

mahu memberikannya hanya kepada sekumpulan rakyat, namun kami memberikannya kepada semua. Buat apa bagi senang pada orang-orang tertentu saja, kalau nak senang biar sama-sama senang," kata Abdullah ketika bersarapan pagi bersama pengundi Cina di sini hari ini. Abdullah berkata semasa krisis ekonomi 1997, kerajaan berjaya meningkatkan ekonomi kerana rakyat memberi peluang untuk kerajaan berbuat demikian. "Kita ada RM7 bilion sekarang dan kerajaan ingat nak belanja bagi ekonomi lagi tahan, lagi kuat, jadi kalau ada apa-apa berlaku ekonomi kita boleh bertahan. "Orang boleh kata macam-macam, tapi yang penting kerajaan mesti jaga ekonomi jangan bagi susah," katanya.

Tajuk Artikel : Isu PSMI diputuskan selepas kajian selesai - Abdullah Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUALA TERENGGANU, 15 Jan (Bernama) -- Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata keputusan mengenai pengajaran Sains dan Matematik dalam Bahasa Inggeris (PSMI) hanya akan dibuat selepas kajian mengenainya selesai. "Ini bukanlah suatu isu yang kerajaan mendiamkan diri dan ini juga satu isu yang tak boleh dibuat macam-macam komen sebab kalau nak buat komen biarlah komen diasaskan kepada kajian," katanya kepada pemberita di sini, Khamis. Abdullah diminta mengulas mengenai taktik pembangkang yang kini menggunakan isu itu sebagai bahan kempen untuk memancing undi khususnya pengundi Melayu pada pilihan raya kecil Parlimen Kuala Terengganu. Perdana Menteri menjelaskan buat masa ini Kementerian Pelajaran masih meneliti perkara berkenaan berdasarkan beberapa aspek termasuk keputusan terkini peperiksaan Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) dan Peperiksaan Menengah Rendah (PMR). "(Kajian juga dibuat) berkaitan keupayaan guru yang mengajar, yang ada hubung kait dengan kedudukan misalnya Bahasa Melayu, juga perlu dikaji daripada segi Perlembagaan, selain membuat perbandingan prestasi antara sekolah luar bandar dan sekolah di bandar. "Jadi apabila maklumat aspek-aspek ini telah diperoleh dan laporan akan dibuat dan dibentangkan dalam mesyuarat Jemaah Menteri dan lepas itu keputusan akan dibuat selepas perbincangan di Jemaah Menteri," katanya. Abdullah sebelum itu hadir pada majlis 'Jasa Mu Dikenang' di sini yang diadakan bagi menghargai jasajasa bekas pemimpin belia daerah Kuala Terengganu dan juga atlet-atlet negeri. Terdahulu semasa berucap, Perdana Menteri berkata menjadi tanggungjawab generasi muda untuk menambah baik kemajuan yang telah dicapai selain merealisasikan impian mereka demi generasi akan datang. "Apa yang ada hari ini adalah hasil impian generasi muda terdahulu. Sebaik saja mencapai kemerdekaan kami mempunyai niat dan cita-cita iaitu mengisi kemerdekaan itu untuk menjadi bangsa merdeka, bangsa berdaulat dan bangsa mulia. "Apa yang diusahakan ketika itu adalah untuk rakyat Malaysia. Itulah impian kita pada masa itu. Oleh itu

generasi muda sekarang juga perlu memastikan kesinambungannya yang telah ditambah baik untuk generasi akan datang," katanya.

Tajuk Artikel : Skim Pencen pekerja swasta melalui KWSP Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUALA TERENGGANU, 15 Jan (Bernama) -- Kabinet bersetuju secara prinsip untuk mewujudkan skim pencen bagi pekerja-pekerja swasta melalui Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP), kata Menteri Sumber Manusia Datuk S. Subramaniam. Beliau berkata skim itu akan menjamin para pesara sektor swasta mendapat pencen setiap bulan mengikut jumlah caruman KWSP masing-masing. Ramai pencarum KWSP menghabiskan wang mereka dua tahun selepas bersara, kata Subramaniam pada majlis penyampaian faedah Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial(Perkeso) kepada 15 pencarum di sini hari ini. Subramaniam berkata Kementerian Kewangan akan bertanggungjawab dalam melaksanakan skim itu. Kabinet, katanya telah meminta Kementerian Sumber Manusia untuk menyediakan kertas kerja mengenai skim itu untuk diserahkan kepada Kementerian Kewangan.

Tajuk Artikel : PM mahu pentadbir hospital prihatin kehendak kakitangan Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUALA TERENGGANU, 15 Jan (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi mahu pentadbir hospital meningkatkan sistem pentadbiran bagi memastikan mereka berupaya memenuhi kehendak pegawai perubatan dan kakitangan. Perdana Menteri berkata langkah itu amat penting khususnya dalam usaha kerajaan meningkatkan kualiti perkhidmatan kesihatan di negara ini. "Pentadbir hospital mesti fahami hal-hal yang dipentingkan oleh doktor, pegawai-pegawai perubatan dan kakitangan lain. Keperluan mereka mesti dipenuhi dan pentadbir mesti tahu apa yang mereka kehendaki. "Dengan cara ini pegawai perubatan dan kakitangan akan dapat memberikan perkhidmatan keshatan yang lebih baik lagi kepada rakyat," katanya. Abdullah berkata demikian ketika berucap pada majlis peletakan batu asas Kompleks Pakar Materniti dan Kompleks Psikiatri Kesihatan Mental Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, di sini. Turut hadir ialah Menteri Kesihatan Datuk Liow Tiong Lai dan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said. Perdana Menteri berkata kerajaan amat menekankan aspek perkhidmatan kesihatan memandangkan ia adalah kunci kepada kesejahteraan ummah khususnya dalam membangunkan modal insan. "Adanya perkhidmatan kesihatan yang berkualiti akan memastikan anak-anak kita yang belajar di sekolah-sekolah dan juga peringkat pengajian tinggi berada dalam keadaan sihat.

"Sekali gus ini membolehkan mereka mengikuti proses pembelajaran dengan baik dan ini membantu meningkatkan pencapaian mereka dalam pelajaran," katanya. Abdullah turut menegaskan perkhidmatan kesihatan yang disediakan oleh kerajaan adalah untuk semua tanpa mengira kaum, agama atau pangkat. Sementara itu, Liow dalam ucapan alu-aluannya sebelum itu berkata kedua-dua kompleks yang akan dibina itu menelan belanja RM180 juta iaitu RM115 juta untuk kompleks pakar materniti dan RM65 juta untuk kompleks psikiatri kesihatan mental. Liow berkata pembinaan kompleks pakar materniti itu dijangka membantu meningkatkan kadar kelahiran hidup di negeri itu. "Kadar kelahiran di hospital ini juga telah meningkat iaitu daripada 18,104 kelahiran pada tahun 2006, kepada 18,254 kelahiran pada 2007," katanya. Liow berkata secara keseluruhan kadar kelahiran di hospital kerajaan menunjukkan peningkatan daripada 91.4 peratus pada tahun 2006 kepada 92.9 peratus pada tahun berikutnya. "Ini menunjukkan rakyat semakin yakin dan menerima saranan kerajaan supaya mendapatkan rawatan di hospital kerajaan," katanya.

Tajuk Artikel : Terus desak Israel henti kekejaman Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
SUBANG: Kerajaan Malaysia tidak akan berputus asa malah akan menggunakan pelbagai kaedah dan forum untuk mempengaruhi Israel supaya menghentikan kekejaman terhadap rakyat Palestin terutama kaum wanita dan kanak-kanak. Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, berkata walau apapun keputusan diambil Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) berhubung isu itu, negara tidak akan menyerah kalah sebaliknya melipatgandakan usaha demi keamanan sejagat. ―Kita sedar pada akhirnya hanya kuasa besar seperti Amerika Syarikat (AS) sebenarnya yang boleh menentukan rejim Tel Aviv akan mengubah sikap mereka atau sebaliknya. ―Tetapi, selagi mereka meneruskan kekejaman ini, maka selagi itulah masyarakat dunia akan menyuarakan kesal mereka dan mengkritik, seterusnya imej Israel dan AS semakin rosak terjejas di mata dunia,‖ katanya kepada pemberita semalam. Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas menyampaikan cek bantuan kewangan di bawah Pakej Rangsangan Ekonomi Negara 2009 kepada Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina SJK (C) di SJK (C) Chee Wen USJ 1, di sini. Sehubungan itu, Najib berkata Israel dan AS hendaklah berubah dan bersetuju untuk mengadakan gencatan senjata sekali gus penyelesaian bagi mencapai keamanan berpanjangan. Ditanya mengenai perubahan dasar luar yang akan dibawa bakal Presiden AS, Barack Obama, beliau berkata sukar membuat kesimpulan berikutan Obama masih belum mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan yang boleh dijadikan pengukur.

Tajuk Artikel : Gagal peroleh harta isteri dibunuh Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
Oleh Erywan Norshal SHAH ALAM: Bekas eksekutif Petronas Carigali, Muhamad Suhaimi Abdul Aziz, yang dituduh membunuh isterinya sembilan tahun lalu, gagal mendapat harta peninggalan wanita itu selepas Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah di sini semalam menghalangnya mewarisi harta berkenaan. Hakim Syarie Saarani Ismail membenarkan permohonan Amanah Raya Berhad (plaintif) untuk menghalang Muhamad Suhaimi, 49, (defendan pertama) mendapat tiga bahagian daripada peninggalan harta arwah isterinya, Faizah Arshad berjumlah RM319,445.02. Saarani berkata, keputusan itu dibuat selepas mengguna pakai pendapat mazhab Syafie yang menjadi amalan di Selangor. Menurutnya, keputusan turut dibuat bagi menjaga kepentingan keluarga arwah Faizah yang lebih berhak terhadap harta itu. ―Mahkamah turut membenarkan satu permohonan teratur untuk pembahagian harta kepada pihak yang layak dan memerintahkan kos ditanggung Muhamad Suhaimi selepas ia ditaksirkan ketua pendaftar mahkamah,‖ katanya. Saarani dalam penghakimannya berkata, keempat-empat mazhab iaitu Imam Hanafi, Imam Hanbali, Imam Syafie dan Imam Malik sepakat bahawa seseorang pembunuh dihalang mewarisi harta, tetapi berbeza berpendapat berhubung pembunuhan yang dilakukan. Katanya, walaupun Muhamad Suhaimi dibebaskan oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan dengan alasan tidak siuman, dia tidak dinafikan terbabit dengan pembunuhan berkenaan. Menurutnya, mahkamah bersetuju dengan hujahan dikemukakan peguam syarie yang mewakili ibu bapa dan tiga anak mangsa bahawa alat digunakan pembunuh boleh disabitkan dengan niat membunuh. ―Dalam kes ini, laporan mengatakan defendan pertama menggunakan pisau dan konsisten dengan pendapat mazhab Imam Syafie bahawa alat yang dikategorikan sebagai alat pembunuh iaitu tajam dan boleh memotong daging atau benda keras. Jadi ini boleh dikategorikan sebagai bunuh dengan niat. ―Mahkamah bersetuju mengikut Imam Syafie bahawa seorang pembunuh adalah terhalang mewarisi harta peninggalan mangsa termasuk mereka tidak siuman. ―Selain itu, pendapat ini adalah untuk menjaga hubungan kekeluargaan pewaris kerana pembunuh boleh dikatakan cuba mempercepatkan pewarisan harta kepadanya,‖ katanya. Selepas keputusan itu, Muhamad Suhaimi yang memakai kemeja putih dan seluar coklat terus meninggalkan mahkamah dan enggan ditemuramah wartawan manakala ibu bapa Faizah serta tiga anaknya tidak hadir pada prosiding. Bagaimanapun, peguam syarie Musa Awang yang mewakili Muhamad Suhaimi ketika ditemui di luar mahkamah memberitahu anak guamnya kecewa dengan keputusan itu berikutan terpaksa menanggung kos. Menurutnya, pihaknya masih menunggu arahan daripada Muhamad Suhaimi sama ada akan membuat rayuan terhadap keputusan itu.

Plaintif diwakili peguam syarie Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, manakala peguam syarie Hairunnajmi Najmuddin mewakili lima defendan iaitu ibu bapa Faizah, Arshad Shafie, 81, (defendan dua) dan Mariam Abdul Latif, 74, (defendan tiga) serta tiga anak pasangan terbabit. Mereka ialah Muhamad Fariz, 18, (defendan empat); Muhamad Syafiq, 16, (defendan lima) dan Sarah, 13, selaku defendan enam. Sebelum ini, Amanah Raya Berhad pada Februari tahun lalu mengemukakan permohonan untuk membatalkan sijil pembahagian harta (faraid) bertarikh 13 Oktober 2000 berdasarkan Enakmen Pentadbiran Agama Islam (Negeri Selangor) 2003. Plaintif memohon mahkamah mengeluarkan sijil perakuan harta yang baru dengan mengeluarkan Muhamad Suhaimi sebagai penerima pusaka harta arwah isterinya Faizah Arshad bernilai RM319,445.02. Plaintif mendakwa si mati iaitu Faizah meninggal dunia pada 25 September 1995 dan sah di sisi hukum syarak dia sebagai isteri Muhamad Suhaimi, tetapi kematiannya itu disebabkan tindakan Muhamad Suhaimi membunuhnya. Muhamad Suhaimi menikam mati Faizah, pegawai sumber manusia Petronas Carigali, dalam bilik air di rumah mereka di Bukit Damansara pada 3 petang. Dia bagaimanapun dibebaskan daripada tuduhan itu atas alasan kurang siuman dan menjalani rawatan pemulihan di Hospital Bahagia, Tanjung Rambutan atas perkenan Yang di-Pertuan Agong sehingga 4 Okt 2007. Dia kini menjalani hidup seperti biasa di bawah jagaan bapanya di Terengganu

Tajuk Artikel : Israel bom pejabat PBB Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
BANDAR GAZA – Tentera Israel semakin mengganas apabila menjadikan ibu pejabat Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) di Genting Gaza sebagai sasaran serangannya semalam. Bangunan itu menjadi tempat berlindung beratus-ratus penduduk Gaza yang melarikan diri daripada serangan kejam tentera Israel di wilayah itu. Jurucakap PBB, Chris Gunness berkata sekurang-kurangnya tiga orang cedera dalam serangan tersebut, yang berlaku ketika Setiausaha Agung PBB, Ban Ki-moon berada di Israel untuk cuba merundingkan gencatan senjata. Sementara itu, usaha-usaha dipertingkatkan untuk mewujudkan gencatan senjata termasuk cadangan gencatan senjata sementara selama 10 hari antara Hamas dan Israel. Ketika Hamas membayangkan persetujuannya untuk menerima cadangan gencatan senjata Mesir, Israel pula masih menunjukkan keangkuhan dengan menegaskan ia tidak berada dalam keadaan tertekan pada masa ini. Usaha gencatan senjata itu dibuat ketika jumlah kematian rakyat Palestin di Gaza akibat serangan tentera Yahudi meningkat kepada 1,041 orang manakala mangsa yang cedera berjumlah 4,850 orang. Di bawah cadangan Mesir, Hamas akan menarik balik tuntutannya supaya tentera Israel berundur dari Gaza dan sempadan dibuka semula dengan segera sebagai sebahagian usaha menghentikan pertempuran.

Tentera Israel akan terus berada di Gaza sepanjang tempoh 10 hari gencatan senjata itu sehingga butiran mengenai keselamatan sempadan dihasilkan.

Tajuk Artikel : Projek pembangunan di Terengganu lancar : PM Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
KUALA TERENGGANU - Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi bersyukur dan gembira kerana segala projek pembangunan yang dirancang oleh kerajaan di Terengganu mampu dilaksanakan dengan baik tanpa sebarang sekatan. Perdana Menteri berkata, kerajaan telah memastikan setiap rancangan pembangunan di Terengganu tetap diteruskan walau apa juga keadaan sekalipun dan menjadikan impian rakyat negeri ini sebagai satu kenyataan. ―Saya bersyukur kemajuan di negeri ini berterusan, tak nampak tersangkut, tidak nampak tersekat. Apa yang dirancang, kerajaan telah memastikan ia tetap akan dibina... ini yang saya kata impian itu dikotai dan jadikan kenyataan,‖ katanya. Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Majlis Peletakan Batu Asas Kompleks Pakar Materniti dan Kompleks Psikiatri Kesihatan Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ) di pekarangan hospital itu, semalam. Menyifatkan projek terbaru itu sebagai kejayaan yang dibawa Barisan Nasional (BN) kepada rakyat negeri berkenaan, Perdana Menteri berkata, kerajaan turut memberi perhatian serius dalam usaha membasmi kemiskinan. Menurut Abdullah, kerajaan begitu komited menghapuskan kemiskinan dan sejak berada di bawah pentadbiran kerajaan BN, peratus rakyat miskin di Terengganu menurun sebanyak 8.9 peratus iaitu dari 15.4 peratus kepada 6.5 peratus. ―Ini adalah satu kejayaan yang baik dan tentu sekali faktor perkhidmatan, perubatan dan program kesihatan awam turut menjadi pembantu dalam menjayakan program membasmi kemiskinan di negeri ini,‖ katanya. Pada ucapannya itu, Abdullah yang juga Presiden BN turut menegaskan bahawa setiap program dan projek pembangunan di negeri berkenaan dilaksanakan untuk kepentingan semua rakyat bukan golongan tertentu sahaja. ―Kita tidak mahu perubatan yang baik, berkualiti diberikan kepada golongan tertentu saja, orang ada wang, orang yang mampu buat pembayaran untuk mendapatkan perubatan baik, ini (projek) untuk semua rakyat tanpa mengira kaya atau miskin. ―Kita tidak kira keturunan, bangsa, agama, kita tak ambil kira semua itu, apa juga usaha kerajaan adalah demi kepentingan dan kebajikan semua rakyat,‖ katanya. Perdana Menteri berkata, Kerajaan Pusat dan kerajaan negeri Terengganu telah berjaya menjalinkan hubungan baik antara satu sama lain dan ia terbukti apabila Terengganu semakin ke depan dan meningkat maju ke peringkat lebih tinggi. ―Kita mahu bukan hanya peringkat ini saja (kerajaan) tapi peringkat rakyat juga, kita mahu wakil rakyat mempunyai niat, matlamat sama melaksanakan rancangan yang telah diusahakan kedua-dua buah

kerajaan (negeri dan Pusat). ―Oleh itu, lebih logiknya pada kawasan ini (Kuala Terengganu) wakilnya adalah wakil sama dengan kerajaan yang memahami apa yang perlu dilaksanakan, yang akan berusaha melaksanakan projek dirancang,‖ katanya.

Tajuk Artikel : Hanya AS boleh hentikan kekejaman: Najib Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 16 Januari 2009 – Jumaat
SUBANG – Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, hanya Amerika Syarikat (AS) sahaja yang mampu mempengaruhi Israel menghentikan kekejaman yang sedang berlaku di bumi Palestin. Beliau berkata, walaupun kebanyakan negara anggota Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) terus mengutuk kekejaman Israel di Semenanjung Gaza, kuasa besar akhirnya menjadi penentu untuk menghalang rejim Zionis terus menceroboh Palestin. ―Kita sedar pada akhirnya kuasa besar sebenarnya...cuma Amerika Syarikat sahaja yang boleh menentukan sama ada rejim Tel Aviv ini akan mengubah sikap mereka atau sebaliknya,‖ katanya pada sidang media selepas Majlis Penyampaian Cek Bantuan Kewangan kepada SJK (c) di bawah Pakej Rangsangan Ekonomi Negara 2009, di sini, semalam. Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas mengenai harapan beliau terhadap sesi tergempar khas Perhimpunan Agung PBB yang dijadualkan bersidang semula hari ini (semalam) bagi membincangkan kezaliman Israel di Gaza. Menurutnya, jika AS dan Israel meneruskan tindakan itu, seluruh dunia akan terus menyuarakan sikap kesal mereka dan imej kedua-dua negara terbabit semakin rosak di kaca mata dunia. ―Mereka akan kehilangan kebaikan hubungan politik sekiranya mereka terus mengendahkan suara dunia. Jadi mereka harus berubah, berhenti buat serangan dan mempersetujui gencatan senjata untuk keamanan yang berpanjangan. ―Lagi lama ia berlaku, lagi teruk imej Amerika akan terjejas di mata dunia,‖ katanya. Mengulas mengenai kemungkinan akan berlaku perubahan pada dasar AS terhadap isu Palestin sekiranya Barack Obama mengambil alih Rumah Putih 20 Januari ini, Najib berkata, Obama sehingga hari ini belum mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan bahawa dasar mereka akan berubah. ―Selagi dia (Obama) belum keluarkan apa-apa kenyataan, saya tak boleh buat kesimpulan walaupun ramai yang mengatakan bahawa kita tak boleh meletakkan harapan yang terlalu besar bahawa akan berlaku perubahan yang besar atau bersedia untuk berubah dari segi dasar luar AS terutama sekali dalam konteks hubungan dengan Israel dan masalah di Palestin,‖ katanya. Dalam pada itu, kerajaan Malaysia katanya akan terus berusaha melancarkan berbagai kaedah dan forum untuk cuba mempengaruhi Israel agar tidak meneruskan kekejaman dan pencerobohan di Gaza. Katanya, cara itu juga adalah satu cara untuk menyampaikan mesej kepada Israel bahawa peperangan merupakan cara yang ganas, buruk dan keterlaluan untuk menyelesaikan masalah kerana akhirnya ramai rakyat tidak berdosa menjadi mangsa kekejaman


								
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