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									Tajuk Artikel: Health Ministry to hire more private docs
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

By YUEN MEIKENG

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry wants to hire more private doctors to work in government hospitals to
supplement the 50% shortage of medical officers and specialists in the country.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the ministry would ensure private doctors were given
deserving salaries and promised that their admission into public hospitals would take as fast as two weeks.

―The private doctors can work based on contract or sessions. They can work two weeks in a private hospital and
spend the rest of the month in a government hospital. It would be like putting one leg in the public hospital and
the other in a private hospital,‖ he said.

Dr Ismail was speaking to the press after delivering his keynote address on ―Building A Safety Culture Through
Accountability‖ at the 8th Ministry of Health Malaysia – Academy of Medicine of Malaysia Scientific Meeting 2009
at the Institute for Health Management here yesterday.

He said the ministry had started advertising since last week to rope in more private medical practitioners.

―In private hospitals, doctors are highly qualified but do not get extensive experience while government hospitals
have too many cases but lack skilled medical officers. Therefore, we want to integrate both sides so that patients
may get optimum treatment,‖ he added.

Dr Ismail said the ministry had received complaints from doctors who wanted to join public hospitals but waited
up to a year for their applications to be processed.

―But now the ministry wants to adopt a friendly approach and we welcome anyone interested to join us,‖ he said,
adding that the ministry also wanted to retain skilled public hospital doctors even if they were aged over 65.

He revealed that there were currently a total of 25,000 doctors in the country but the health sector still lacked
manpower in every department, especially for positions such as anaesthetists, physicians and surgeons.

Those interested to work in public hospitals can download the application form from www.moh.gov.my.
Tajuk Artikel: Sugar supply likely to fall as unusual weather hits the globe
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

PETALING JAYA: Sugar is expected to be in short supply worldwide this year because of freak weather.
This is expected to keep the price of the commodity high. Raw sugar traded in the New York futures market has
risen 86%.

Bad weather in India and harvesting delays and crop damage in Brazil – the world‘s largest producer of sugar –
have contributed to lower supply of the commodity. India is battling its worst drought in 83 years.

On the domestic front:
> Supplies continue to run low at many sundry shops in the Klang Valley but stocks are starting to reappear
in super and hypermarkets,
> Other parts of Malaysia seem to be adequately stocked with sugar,
>     Authorities blame local sugar refineries for cutting back on production after over-producing in the first half
of the year.




Tajuk Artikel: Enough sugar in hypermarkets
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

Reports by YENG AI CHUN, IVAN HO, JOSHUA FOONG, R.K. SHYAMALA and AUSTIN CAMOENS

PETALING JAYA: Consumers are heading for the hypermarkets and supermarkets to get their supply of sugar
as most sundry shops and convenience stores are running low on stock.

Most major hypermarkets in the country were sufficiently stocked with the commodity for the festive season.

A spokesperson for AEON Co (M) Bhd, which manages the Jaya Jusco supermarkets and departmental stores,
said the company did not have a shortage in sugar supply and had enough stock at all stores.

―We have limited the purchase of sugar to 2kg per customer to be fair to everyone. This is to ensure that supply
will reach even the small households,‖ she said when contacted yesterday.
                                              No laughing matter: Shopkeeper Wan Salleh Wan Jusoh
                                              standing next to a sign saying there has been no sugar for
                                              one week at his shop near Taman Nakhoda in Kuala
                                              Terengganu.

                                              A Carrefour Malaysia Sdn Bhd spokesperson said although there
                                              had been shortages in some of its outlets, the hypermarket chain
                                              had enough supply.

                                              ―We stock up our shelves every day and we urge consumers not to
                                              panic-buy because there is enough supply for everyone,‖ she said,
                                              adding that each family was limited to purchase 3kg of sugar.

                                              Housewife Agnes Chee, 63, from Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
                                              complained that sugar was unavailable at the sundry shops in her
                                              neighbourhood.

                                              ―This is why I am at a hypermarket today,‖ she said.

                                              Heng Keok Poh, 48, who owns a biscuit business here, said he
                                              found the limitation hypermarkets and shops imposed on the
purchase of sugar annoying.

―As I am limited to only four packets of sugar, I had to bring my wife along to buy more sugar, and have to make
frequent visits to the hypermarket,‖ he added.

Shopkeeper A. Syed Farook, 47, said he had not been selling sugar for the past 10 days.

―When I contacted the suppliers, they claimed that they had run out of stock and were unsure when it would be
available,‖ he said.

In Klang, a grocery shop owner who only wanted to be known as Raja said he had been limiting every customer
to 1kg of sugar.

He added that his customers had scolded him and vented their frustrations on him for the shortage.
In Johor, state Tourism, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Hoo Seong Chang said
there was sufficient supply in the state as it received about 8,000 tonnes of sugar monthly.

―There are 38 wholesalers here who receive sugar directly from the Central Sugar Refinery in Shah Alam,‖ he
told newsmen after launching a price-listing campaign at a hypermarket in Taman Tampoi Indah yesterday.

He added that 170 officers from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry would be working
closely with Customs officers at all entry points to check sugar smuggling.

In Sabah, Bernama quoted state Consumer Affairs and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd
Dun as saying that the shortage in the state would be alleviated with the arrival of 300 tonnes from the peninsula
soon.
Tajuk Artikel: Face masks now a price-controlled item
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

By DERRICK VINESH

BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Government will control the retail price of surgical masks sold at exorbitant rates while
the Health Ministry vows stricter enforcement against people who fail to wear masks if they have flu-like
illnesses.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government would make the single-pry surgical mask
as a price-controlled item indefinitely during the current Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

He said the item only costs 30 sen each but some people were selling it for RM5 per piece because of the
pandemic.

―Selling surgical masks at exorbitant prices during a pandemic is like mencekik darah (squeezing blood from
customers),‖ he said.

―Under the Price Control Act 1946, we can include face mask as a price-controlled item in the context of a health
emergency,‖ he told newsmen at the Permatang Pasir by-election nomination centre here yesterday.

Muhyiddin said the ruling would be imposed on producers, distributors and retailers of masks, adding that they
should also ensure there were adequate supply of masks.

He said he would direct Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri
Yaakob to have the item gazetted, adding that the necessary licences would be issued to the distributors.

                                                           Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said ―it is
                                                           mandatory for those suffering from influenza-like
                                                           illnesses to wear face mask and if they don‘t, we
                                                           would take stern action against them under the
                                                           Disease Control Act 1988‖.

                                                           ―We want the people to practise personal hygiene to
                                                           reduce the spread of the flu,‖ said Liow, who was at
                                                           the Youth Skills Development Institute here
                                                           yesterday.

                                                           He said two more deaths from the flu were recorded
                                                           yesterday – a seven-month-old baby and a 74-year-
                                                           old woman, bringing the death toll to 64. There are
                                                           4,225 cases reported so far.

―To date, we have 284 patients still warded in hospital, of which 33 are in the intensive care unit, including 17
who are from the high-risk group – people who are obese or with chronic asthma, diabetes and undergoing post-
natal recovery,‖ he added.

Later in Kuala Lumpur, Liow said the Government would declare a national curfew to slow down the spread of
Influenza A(H1N1) if the patients‘ mortality rate exceed 0.4% based on 20 times of the current confirmed cases,
according to World Health Organisation guidelines.
He said the current rate was hovering between 0.1% and 0.4%, adding that the Government was treating the
situation as a health emergency situation due to persistent community transmissions.
―We have taken various steps to ensure the situation can be controlled well,‖ he said after opening the Asi a
Healthcare Conference 2009 yesterday.

Liow added that a health emergency meant that there was ―dynamic and persistent‖ community transmissions
between 200 and 400 reports of confirmed cases a day.

Meanwhile, the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) has called on pharmacies and other
traders to sell surgical masks with minimal profit or at cost price as a national service to fight the spread of
Influenza A(H1N1).

―The normal price would cost around 50 sen but the price has shot up to RM 3 to RM4 each due to great
demand,‖ said its secretary-general, Muhammad Shaani Abdullah.



Tajuk Artikel: Four keys to better learning
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The English language is one of four key aspec ts of the education system needing special
attention to meet the demands of a knowledge and innovation-based economy, said Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr
Nazrin Shah.

The other three are the curriculum; assessment system and the teaching methods.

English, said Raja Nazrin, was of paramount importance in the 21st century workplace.

It was also the lingua franca of the knowledge and innovation economy, and those proficient in the language
would enjoy many advantages in the global workplace, he added.

On the assessment system, Raja Nazrin said perhaps Malaysia could do with less national examinations and
reduce the anxiety of teachers, school administrators and parents.

                                                                     Teaching tool: Raja Nazrin asking
                                                                     questions about one of the gadgets on
                                                                     display during the International
                                                                     Conference on Education For All in Kuala
                                                                     Lumpur Monday. — Bernama

                                                                     He said the examination-oriented system
                                                                     had also led to schools focusing on high
                                                                     achievers to the exclusion of
                                                                     underachievers, who unfortunately were
                                                                     usually from poorer backgrounds.

                                                                     As for the curriculum, Raja Nazrin said it
                                                                     was too bogged down with teachers and
                                                                     university instructors dispensing chunks of
information to passive students.

―Perhaps it is time to reduce the amount of content disseminated and spend the extra time on developing skills
and competencies needed in the 21st century,‖ he said at the opening of the ‗International Conference on
Education For All‘ here yesterday.
Raja Nazrin said school teachers and lecturers often lamented they did not have enough time to complete the
syllabus and feared reducing the content would deprive learners – without realising that, in fact, less might be
more.

―The ‗more‘ comes from students learning to inquire and discover the facts and concepts of a discipline by
themselves.

―With the billions of web pages available at the click of a mouse, the earlier notions of the ‗sage on the stage‘
may have to give way to the ‗guide on the side‘,‖ he said.

On teaching learning methods and strategies, he said the focus should be on students engaging in projects,
analysing case studies, solving real-world problems, making decisions in different situations, making
presentations and arguing their case and constructing their own knowledge. — Bernama



Tajuk Artikel: Apex status for three polytechnics, says Saifuddin
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

IPOH: At least three polytechnics will be accorded apex status to change the negative perception that such
institutions of higher learning are second choice.

One of the polytechnics might even be alleviated to university status under the Tenth Malaysia Plan, said Deputy
Higher Education Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

―Generally, the people still feel that polytechnics are second choice; and polytechnic trainees are second-class
students because they failed to enter other institutions of higher learning,‖ he said yesterday.

The truth was that polytechnic graduates were much sought after by companies, said Saifuddin.
―In fact, the number of unemployed among university graduates is higher than polytechnic graduates,‖ he told
reporters after launching the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Politeknik Ungku Omar here.

Asked about the advantages of polytechnics having apex status, Saifuddin said the chosen instituti ons would be
more specialised in certain technological fields.

―They will be involved in research and development and more allocation will be provided,‖ he added.
On another matter, Saifuddin said the ministry‘s polytechnic studies and community college department was
trying to get polytechnics in Malaysia to be listed under the Dublin Accord.

―If Malaysia is successful in joining, it will be used as a benchmark among polytechnics worldwide,‖ he said.

The Dublin Accord is an agreement among four countries for the international recognition of engineering
technician qualifications.

The national engineering organisations of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa and Canada
signed an agreement mutually recognising the qualifications in May 2002.
Tajuk Artikel: MBPJ to make greening mandatory
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

Story and photos by YIP YOKE TENG

DEVELOPERS of industrial and commercial projects in Petaling Jaya have to set aside at least 10% of the land
for an open space for recreational activities, with a minimum 60% of this area be covered with greenery.

As for residential projects, the developer will have to set aside 20% for green area if the development exceeds
1ha, including reserving a minimum of a two-metre width of perimeter planting strips along its boundaries.

Trees with more than 80cm in girth will be protected while the public are prohibited from causing any damage to
them unless permitted by the council for safety reasons such as posing risks to health and safety.

These requirements may sound too sweet at the moment especially for Petaling Jaya folk who are on a constant
tug-of-war with developers over green space, but these are some of the highlights in the soon-to-be-introduced
Parks and Trees By-Law.

                                                                             Urban wildlife habitat: Taman Aman
                                                                             is one of the five parks maintained
                                                                             by the Petaling Jaya City Council.
                                                                             Under the rebranding exercise, the
                                                                             council hopes to enhance the parks
                                                                             with more greenery, including
                                                                             special species, to create wildlife
                                                                             habitat right in the city.

                                                                             Compulsory greening
                                                                             The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)
                                                                             is currently drafting the by-law to be
                                                                             submitted to the Selangor government
                                                                             for approval and scheduled to be
                                                                             implemented early next year.

It is part of the council‘s all-out greening effort with a vision to ―recreate nature in the city to provide a
comfortable, healthy and quality living environment‖. It kicked off last month with the rebranding of its landscape
development, now renamed Landscape, Urban Greening and Ecology Department.

―Our target is to have more than 500,000 trees in the city eventually, which is at least one tree to a resident,‖
said mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.

Currently, Petaling Jaya has about 150,000 trees and 443 parks or open space totalling 355ha, which is 3% of
the city that sprawls over 9,720ha.

Last year, 197,000 plants and 12,489 trees were planted while another 80,800 plants and 6,000 trees were
added between January and July this year. About 70% of these plants were contributed by developers.
                                                                      Cooling: Roads shaded by dense foliage
                                                                      in Bandar Sri Damansara is a soothing
                                                                      and welcoming sight in the city.

                                                                      At this rate, the council has a long way to
                                                                      reach its target but it hopes to achieve that
                                                                      in five years with a higher budget and active
                                                                      public involvement.

                                                                      The new trees will be planted at existing
                                                                      public parks, neighbourhood parks, buffers
                                                                      or open spaces, roadsides or medians and
                                                                      school compounds. The council will invite
                                                                      the private sector, NGOs, residents
                                                                      associations and schools to take part in
mass planting while planting guidelines will be disseminated.

Budget allocated for tree-planting this year was RM200,000 and the council proposes to set aside RM500,000
for 2010. The budget has yet to be approved.

Another beautiful picture painted by the council under this effort is to have the open space in the city linked up
with green strips or corridors created by tree-lined roads.

―This is what we have to do now for our future generation,‖ said Roslan when interviewed at his office, adding
that the team that went on a study trip to Singapore did pick up good tips.

―In Singapore, one needs to pay S$200 (RM488) to plant a tree but here we do it free for our people,‖ he noted.

Wildlife Habitat in the city
To be a little more ambitious than just making it greener for better climate and environment, the council wants to
also create wildlife habitat right in the city to bring forth an improved urban ecosystem.

In line with this, the five retention ponds under its care will be enhanced with more greenery, including species
rarely seen in the city, to attract wildlife.

The remaining five retention ponds in Petaling Jaya are maintained by the respective developers.
Taman Aman, Taman Bandaran (Kelana Jaya) and Taman Jaya lakes have been identified to take the lead
while Taman Rimba Riang in Kota Damansara and another in PJS10 will follow suit.

                                                                      Skilled and passionate: Abdul Rahman
                                                                      Razali growing plants at MBPJ’s nursery
                                                                      in Kelana Jaya. Good landscape workers
                                                                      are harder to find as the young
                                                                      generation seldom have interest in tree-
                                                                      planting.

                                                                      At these lakes, the council hopes to create a
                                                                      scene similar to that of Lake Cova in PJU5,
                                                                      that has attracted flocks of migratory birds
                                                                      like egrets and herons.

                                                                      Landscaping director Zuraidah Sainan said
                                                                      the move could maximise the potential of
the retention ponds meant for flood mitigation.
―Developers of newer projects have been urged to equip retention ponds with recreational facilities but we face
difficulty in upgrading the older ones, especially those in PJ Selatan, due to space constraint,‖ she said.

Everyone’s responsibility
Keeping the lakes clean is part and parcel of the task but the council cannot do it alone.

―We would love to have sediment ponds to keep our lakes clean but it is costly, so what we can do is to desilt the
lakes or to place aerators to induce oxygen into the water,‖ she said during a visit to several parks in the city.

―The onus is on every one of us to keep our lakes and rivers clean by not throwing rubbish into the drains. Last
month, we scooped out a whopping three tonnes of dead fish from the Kelana Jaya lake over two weeks and we
could not identify the source as the lake is connected to our drainage system.

―In the past, we have seen mattresses stuck in the lake‘s garbage trap,‖ she said. She said the council had
allocated RM3.6mil for lake and landscape maintenance, adding that RM4mil had been proposed for next year.

Under the rebranding exercise, the council‘s nursery facilities at Kelana Jaya and Penchala will be upgraded to
cater for more plant production while workers and contractors will be provided hands-on training so that plants
are better handled to minimise replacements.

―The council needs co-operation from all walks of life,‖ urged the mayor, adding that communities and
developers are encouraged to adopt the parks and help out in planting trees.

But at the end of the day, the ―not-in-my-backyard‖ attitude of many PJ folk should change. ―We have had
residents chopping down matured trees, because they don‘t like the trees to be too near to their houses,‖ he
said.



Tajuk Artikel: Bright new look for Klang’s Little India
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

By ELAN PERUMAL

THE beautification work in Klang‘s Little India is nearing completion with the structures already put in place.

A tourist information centre, several gazebos and kiosks for selling souvenirs have been built in the area.

Decorative lamps have also been installed. Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Mislan Tugiu said the
installation of decorative iron railings along Jalan Tengku Kelana had also been completed.



                                                                            New image: A paved walkway and
                                                                            grille border a gazebo and kiosks
                                                                            which have been built near the
                                                                            places of worship.

                                                                            He said the five-foot way along the
                                                                            road and Jalan Dato Hamzah near St
                                                                            Barnabas Church had been paved,
                                                                            too.
―They are putting the finishing touches now,‖ he said, adding that the beautification project was being undertaken
at a cost of RM3mil through a federal government programme.

Mislan said the project had given Little India a new image that was vital to its popularity with shoppers and
tourists.

He said the street looked cleaner and more neat, while the presence of the gazebos near a Hindu temple, a
church and a mosque added tourism value to the area.

―This is also in line with the government‘s plan to promote the area as a tourist destination in Selangor,‖ he said.



Tajuk Artikel: Danger posed by TNB feeder pillars with missing casings
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

By GEETHA KRISHNAN

SEVERAL Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) feeder pillars in the Taman Megah Light Industrial Area in Cheras,
Selangor, are missing their metal casings as a result of thefts in the area.

What is more worrying is that Taman Megah residents say the utility provider has yet to act on the complaints
lodged with the company by several individuals.

                                                                      One of them, Serdang MCA organising
                                                                      secretary Allan Liew, said he had personally
                                                                      called the hotline thrice but action was still
                                                                      pending.

                                                                      ―Cables through which live current runs are
                                                                      now exposed.

                                                                      Worrying: Liew (right) looking at one of
                                                                      the TNB feeder pillars which has its
                                                                      casing missing in the Taman Megah
                                                                      Light Industrial Area. With him is Chay.

                                                                      ―With the morning market operating here
                                                                      daily and the night market on Thursdays,
this area is a hive of activity.

―If a curious child were to touch one of the cables, he or she could be electrocuted. ―For now, one of the pillars is
covered with a plastic sheet but this is hardly a deterrent,‖ he said.
According to Liew, a TNB technician was present during a recent site visit by Balakong assemblyman Yap Lum
Chin but the stolen casings had yet to be replaced.

Taman Megah Residents Association chairman Chay Yun Chin said TNB should take action immediately to
avert a tragedy. He said the association was doing its part by constantly highlighting the problem but it was
getting frustrated with the lack of action by TNB.

―By now, TNB would have a record of all our complaints. Yet, nothing has been done to ensure public safety,‖ he
said.

In response, the TNB corporate communications department said it would look into the matter.
Tajuk Artikel: Illegal food court expands
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

By THO XIN YI

AN ILLEGAL food court in Taman Sri Pinang, Klang, is still in full operation although the local authority is aware
it is illegal. When StarMetro highlighted the matter in April, the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) confirmed that the
Klang Public Food Court had been built without approval.

A stop-work order and a compound were issued, as well as a notice to demolish the structure. However, the food
court, located opposite TMpoint at Bukit Rajah, is still operating as usual.

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was puzzled over the fact that the food court had even
                                                                          expanded. A row of new stalls has
                                                                          been added to the left of the food
                                                                          court.

                                                                               The resident added that as the
                                                                               food court was located near the
                                                                               residential area, the residents were
                                                                               exposed to daily noise pollution as
                                                                               patrons visited the food court from
                                                                               early morning until late at night.

                                                                                  New stalls: A row of new stalls
                                                                                  has been added to the illegal
                                                                                  food court.
―The stalls turn on the radio at full blast, and tenants wash plates until about 2am.

―I don‘t get good sleep nowadays as I would be awakened by the noises,‖ the resident said. He wondered why
the food court had not been demolished. ―I am sure the public will lose confidence in the local authority if no
action is taken,‖ he said.

MPK public relations officer Norfiza Mahfiz said the case had been brought to the municipal court for judgment.
―While we proceed with the court case, we will take action on the expansion of the illegal food court,‖ she said.



Tajuk Artikel: People of Taman Puchong Permai want facilities to be upgraded
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

Story and photos By CHARLES FERNANDEZ

RESIDENTS of 10 low-cost apartments in Taman Puchong Permai have urged the relevant authorities to look
into upgrading the facilities in their area so they can lead a more comfortable life.

Among the problems they want the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to look into are the poor garbage
disposal system and the frequent lift breakdowns.

The residents highlighted some of these problems when Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo attended the weekly
meet-the-residents session.
                                                                     Creating a mess: A man seen going
                                                                     through the garbage looking for
                                                                     recyclable items.

                                                                     According to the residents, although there
                                                                     were proper garbage disposal areas at all
                                                                     the 10 buildings, some irresponsible people
                                                                     threw their garbage out of their windows
                                                                     from the high-rise buildings.

                                                                     And even garbage bags were not left alone,
                                                                     as most of the time the bags were opened
                                                                     by those looking for recyclable items.

                                                                      Resident Roslan Kamaruddin, 42, said he
                                                                      was fed-up with the attitude of the residents
who gave little imporance to hygiene and urged the culprits to stop their irresponsible acts.

Nizar Mohd, 28, and Zahari Mohd Yiden, 30, said anti-litter campaigns held in the area was only effective for a
short period.

―It all boils down to attitude.

―Moreover part of the problem can be solved if the lifts were in working condition,‘‘ said Nizar.
He said although each block had two lifts, only one was operational at any given time and the residents had
been putting up with the inconvenience for a very long time.

―We had brought up the issue several times with the council but no action was taken.

                                                                     An inconvenience: The motorbikes
                                                                     blocking the entrance to the shoplots in
                                                                     Taman Puchong Permai.

                                                                     ―There is always a long queue for the lifts.
                                                                     Sometimes there is a long queue even with
                                                                     two lifts operating, so imagine the rush when
                                                                     only one is operational,‘‘ said Nizar.

                                                                     Zahari also pointed out that there was a
                                                                     need to install individual water meters at all
                                                                     the units as the bulk meter system was
                                                                     causing misunderstandings among the
residents.

Residents who religiously pay their water bills have their supply disrupted because of those who don‘t settle their
bills and this had caused problems with the management committee.

Meanwhile the shoplot traders complained about motorbikes being parked indiscriminately in front of their
premises, blocking the entrance.

After the meeting, Gobind said he would bring up the matter with the authorities and work out a solution.
Tajuk Artikel: Influenza A(H1N1): SARS experience helpful, says Health DG
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

                                    KUALA LUMPUR: All hospitals including smaller district hospitals should
                                    prepare their own plans to handle the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic.

                                    Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said: "The public hospitals,
                                    especially those designated for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome),
                                    have a head start in terms of preparedness and capacity.

                                    "The institutional experience from previous outbreaks has helped enormously
                                    in tackling the current H1N1 pandemic," he told the New Straits Times.

                                    He said stockpiles of personal protective equipment had been readied and
                                    training of staff and simulation exercises carried out.

                                    A father returning home after having his child examined for symptoms
                                    of the H1N1 flu at the Shah Alam health clinic yesterday. — NST picture
                                    by Sairien Nafis
                                    He added that although some clinical services were already stretched, the
                                    preparatory work had helped to lessen the impact.

"The private hospitals have also been encouraged to come up with their own preparedness plans. "Some have
done more than others."

Dr Ismail said although a lot of media attention had been given to H1N1, it was clear that the ministry had to
continue to work on improving awareness, and more importantly, improving understanding. "That is why the
ministry is working hard to find more effective ways to empower the public with the knowledge and tools to
respond to the pandemic," he said.

Dr Ismail expressed unhappiness over many people who were infected with H1N1 and did not cooperate with
the ministry in preventing local transmission. "People must understand that though symptoms may be mild, the
H1N1 virus can spread to others when they cough or sneeze."



Tajuk Artikel: Influenza A(H1N1): Price control likely on masks
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

Lee Keng Fatt

It's daylight robbery if price is increased from 40 sen to RM5, says Muhyiddin.

BUKIT MERTAJAM: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government plans to include face
masks in the controlled items list to prevent suppliers from inflating prices. He said the government was aware
the prices of face masks had increased tremendously as the demand for them rose due to the influenza A
(H1N1) outbreak.

"It is acceptable if the price of each mask is increased from 30 sen to 60 sen. "However, it is daylight robbery if
the price is raised from 40 sen to RM5 each."

Muhyiddin said if the masks came under the controlled items list, retailers would have to be licensed to sell them.
He said under the Price Control Act 1946, action could be taken against suppliers who raised prices.
Muhyiddin said this after accompanying Barisan Nasional candidate Rohaizat Othman to the nomination centre
at Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara in Jalan Berapit here for the Permatang Pasir by-election.

He was asked to comment on the difficulties in getting face masks from supermarkets, hypermarkets and
pharmacies in major towns.

The rush for masks is due to the sudden spread of influenza A (H1N1) which has so far claimed 64 lives.

"Those who wish to sell the item must apply for a licence. They can, however, return their licence when the
outbreak comes under control."

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was also at the nomination centre, welcomed the proposal.



Tajuk Artikel: Influenza A(H1N1): It's improper to penalise the public, says
Fomca
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

R. Sittamparam

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has no right to threaten the public by invoking the Disease Control Act as
a means to stop the spread of influenza A (H1N1).

Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) president Datuk N. Marimuthu described the move as
improper. He was commenting on Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai's warning to the public on Sunday
that his ministry would enforce Section 12 (1) of the Disease Control Act against people with influenza-like illness
symptoms but who failed to seek treatment, isolate themselves or wear masks.

He said those found guilty could face a maximum fine of RM10,000 or two years' jail, or both.

"The Health Ministry is supposed to find ways to curb the spread of the disease and contain it, not blame the
people or threaten them. "Why doesn't the ministry take the logical step of closing down schools for a week or so
and stop the holding of public functions until the situation improves."

"I'm sure temporarily stopping the movement of people at affected places will be a better way of preventing the
spread of the disease."

However Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine president Dr. S. Vellayan supported the
Health Ministry's public warning.

Dr Vellayan, who is also associate professor in parasitology at the Faculty of Medicine in Universiti Teknologi
Mara said: "The important thing in disease prevention is one has to be very strict." He said the rapid spread of
the virus was alarming and unless the Health Ministry took stern action the situation could get out of hand.

"The research on the virus conducted by the ministry at the tightly-controlled laboratories at the Sungai Buloh
Hospital and Institute for Medical Research was also vital.

"I hope our limited pool of researchers are able to keep track of the virus to identify if there is any mutation
occurring."

Dr Vellayan said although the US had developed a vaccine for H1N1, there was the problem of mass importation
and risk of domination by a single com-pany
Tajuk Artikel: Charity group funds computer centre
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is upbeat that a community project to set up
a learning centre to help poor urban students will improve academic performance.

The My Tuition centre at Taman Bukit Angkasa here allows children from Kampung Kerinchi and Pantai Dalam
to use up-to-date facilities.

"I believe the centre can help the children improve their academic performance, and next year's examination
result should show good progress," he said at the launch of the community project yesterday.

The My Tuition learning centre and the language centre were sponsored by the Tan Sri Muhyiddin.

                                                                        Deputy Prime Minister and Education
                                                                       Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
                                                                       (centre) observing SMK Sri Pantai
                                                                       students using the facilities at the My
                                                                       Tuition centre. With him are Federal
                                                                       Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik
                                                                       Raja Zainal Abidin (right) and Tan Sri
                                                                       Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas (standing,
                                                                       second from left).

                                                                       SMK Sri Pantai was chosen for the My
                                                                       Tuition pilot project

                                                                       Some 1,200 students will benefit from the
                                                                       learning centre, which offers supplementary
                                                                       education opportunities through computer-
                                                                       based learning materials and free tuition.

                                                                  The centre has 50 computers and the
students can improve in four core subjects -- Bahasa Malaysia, English, Science and Mathematics -- using
interactive multimedia tools.

Teachers from the school will guide the students. Both centres are open seven days a week, from 10am to
10pm.

Muhyiddin, who is also the education minister, said the success of the programme relied on parents and their
children's commitment to use the facilities and not abuse them.

The Taman Bukit Angkasa project will be assessed in six months to determine if more such centres should be
built. There are plans to build 45 My Tuition centres in the Federal Territory.

Muhyiddin urged higher learning institutions in the Klang Valley, such as Universiti Malaya and teacher training
colleges, to support the My Tuition project. The community project is also aimed at promoting adult learning.

The language centre cum library will allow adults to improve their knowledge by providing books on a wide range
of subjects.

The 10 computers in the centre offer special language modules aimed at improving their English.

The library with 500 books will be operated by the National Library.
Tajuk Artikel: Drug ring busted with arrest of 10
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: An international drug syndicate led by an Indian national was crippled on Saturday when
police recovered various drugs worth RM1.5 million and arrested 10 men.

City deputy police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said the 10 men, aged between 30 and 40, included three
Indian and two Myanmar nationals.

"All suspects were remanded for a week. We also seized a Nissan Sentra and RM32,000 from the suspects," he
said yesterday.

On Saturday, a team from Bukit Aman raided a shophouse in Jalan Dang Wangi and nabbed eight men.
Police found 59.7kg of ketamine, 400g of heroin, 79 Ecstasy pills, 150 Erimin 5 pills, 13g of ganja and 19g of
syabu.

Follow-up operations saw police arresting a man at Pertama Complex and another man at a restaurant in
Selayang. The syndicate is believed to have been operating for more than a year.

Samah said investigations began last month when police received a tip-off about an Indian national
masterminding the smuggling of ketamine into Malaysia.

"The syndicate was very active in the Klang Valley. The Indian nationals were working with Malaysian pushers
who distributed the drugs to those in the entertainment scene," he said.

The syndicate also catered to demand for ketamine from Thailand Indonesia. The ketamine was processed in
India and smuggled into Malaysia through various means.

"One method was hiding the ketamine in small quantities inside photograph frames or in pots and pans," Samah
said.

The foreigners who were arrested had valid documents and work permits. They apparently worked as store
assistants or waiters to cover up their criminal activities.

Most of the Malaysians nabbed had previous convictions, ranging from vehicle theft to drug possession.
One of the suspects had been detained at Simpang Renggam previously under preventive law.



Tajuk Artikel: Hypermarts told not to cut prices of subsidised items
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Retailers have been instructed against lowering the prices of four subsidised products to
protect smaller businesses.

Sugar, bread, all-purpose flour and cooking oil are not allowed to be sold below their fixed price from Aug 1, the
Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism Ministry said in a recent circular.

Typically, hypermarkets and other big retailers have been holding promotions where they sell these items below
the fixed price to woo more shoppers.

A copy of the circular obtained by New Straits Times stated that retailers were not allowed to advertise
subsidised control items and had to stick to the price list.
The ministry's secretary-general, Datuk Mohd Zain Mohd Dom, when contacted, said the action was taken to
help small retailers by creating a level playing field for them to compete with larger rivals

He said hypermarkets were buying in bulk and were willing to sell at a loss. This had resulted in smaller retailers
not being able to make money on these items.

This year, the government will spend RM1.91 billion to subsidise the four products -- much higher than last year,
as sugar was included as a subsidised product this year at a cost of RM720 million to the government.

An industry executive said the move to stop anyone selling below the listed price was to suppress demand,
especially since several festival celebrations were coming.

Any additional demand would involve the government having to fork out more money to subsidise the items, he
said.

However, if this was the case, the directive would not work because the four items are basic goods and demand
for them stays the same whether the price goes up or down, said chief economist at RAM Holdings Bhd Dr Yeah
Kim Leng.

Bank Islam economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin said the government move was puzzling.

The generosity of retailers and wholesalers in selling these controlled items below cost would go a long way to
relieve the people's burden, he said.




Tajuk Artikel: Kelantan gets extra supply of sugar
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

KOTA BARU: Kelantan will receive an additional 750 tonnes of sugar for Ramadan and it should be enough to
meet the needs of the people for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

State Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism director Che Halim Abdul Rahman said the state
received 4,200 tonnes in July and expected to get 4,950 tonnes this month.

"We are watching the situation closely and will act immediately if problems crop up," he said after launching the
state-level price labelling campaign at the Siti Khadijah wet market.

Che Halim said supermarkets were now limiting sale of sugar to 2kg per person to prevent hoarding.
On reports that sugar was taken into the Rantau Panjang duty-free zone for smuggling into Thailand, he said the
ministry had banned the entry of sugar, flour and cooking oil into the area since December 2007

"The entry of these essential items into the area must be declared to the Customs, otherwise it is deemed illegal.
The licences of wholesalers involved will be withdrawn if it is found that they were sending the items there."

Meanwhile, the sugar shortage in Sabah is expected to be overcome with the arrival of 300 tonnes of the
commodity today.

Bernama reports that it is being sent from the peninsular to Sepanggar port in Kota Kinabalu.

Once the consignment arrives, it would be distributed to the various districts experiencing a shortage, state
Consumer Affairs and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said.
Tajuk Artikel: Raja Nazrin: Kids losing out due to focus on exams
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

By June Ramlee

KUALA LUMPUR: The education system is too examination-oriented, placing a heavy burden on teachers to
complete the curriculum and students to "regurgitate" what they have been taught.

As a result, schoolchildren are not being taught the skills they need to compete in the 21st century workplace,
the Raja Muda of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah said at the launch of "Education For All" yesterday, an international
conference organised by Universiti Malaya and the Malaysian National Commission for Unesco.

"School teachers and university instructors lament that they have insufficient time to complete the syllabus so
non-examination subjects are given less emphasis and sometimes completely ignored.

"The emphasis is on memorisation and regurgitation of facts, and teaching tends to be examination-driven.

"The examination-oriented system has led to schools focusing on high achievers to the exclusion of
underachievers, who, unfortunately, tend to be from poorer socio-economic backgrounds," Raja Nazrin said.

While the number of As scored is important, he said, it was equally important to ensure that all students master
the knowledge and skills required to function effectively in the workplace of the 21st century regardless of their
background.

Raja Nazrin also stressed the importance of the English language.

"It is the lingua franca of the knowledge and innovation economy. Many employers are using English proficiency
as one of the deciding factors in selecting workers," he said.

"Every possible teaching-learning method should be employed to enhance English proficiency of all learners.

"Teachers should be better trained. Standardised tests could be introduced to allow teachers to determine at
each level of schooling how their students are fairing and if necessary undertake immediate remedial measures."

And the standard of teachers in the country, he added, could be improved by having only the best in the industry.

"In Finland, all new teachers must have a Master's degree. South Korea recruits primary school teachers from
the top five per cent of graduates; Singapore and Hong Kong from the top 30 per cent.

"In these countries, teaching is a high-status profession. And in these countries, education produces the best
results."
Tajuk Artikel: 10,000 doctor vacancies, only half filled
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

KUALA LUMPUR: Government hospitals and clinics are facing a severe manpower shortage with over 10,000
vacancies for doctors. By June only half of the jobs for government doctors were filled, forcing the Health
Ministry to hire foreign doctors.

More than 1,100 dentists, 1,044 pharmacists and 5,634 staff nurses are also needed in the public service.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the government was looking at ways to attract medical personnel
by improving the incentives. And ties with the private sector should also be improved to fill the gap, he said.

"Government hospitals are under tremendous pressure. We have prepared a master plan to work with the
private sector."

Liow said the plan was to tie up public and private hospitals and clinics and exchange data through online
networking. Now, a lot of time was wasted because patient data was not available from one clinic to another, so
if someone visited more than one clinic each one had to start from scratch, he said.

"If everything is online and connected, then the exchange of infor-mation and consultation would be faster and
more efficient," he said after the opening ceremony of the Asia Healthcare 2009 conference yesterday.



Tajuk Artikel: Universities can decide on closure
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

PUTRAJAYA: The management of local universities can decide to close their respective universities due to the
influenza A (H1N1) outbreak without having to inform the Higher Education Ministry.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said: "If the outbreak reaches a critical stage, closure of
universities will be entirely up to them. It is for them to decide ... no need to wait for the ministry's approval, no
need for red tape or bureaucracy when a decision, involving life and death, has to be made fast. The varsities
must be able to decide on their own."



Tajuk Artikel: A(H1N1): National health emergency declared
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

Himanshu Bhatt

SEBERANG PERAI (Aug 17, 2009): The federal government has declared a health emergency in Malaysia due
to the A(H1N1) outbreak which has so far taken 64 lives, and a health curfew similar to the week-long shutdown
of non-essential services and industries in Mexico has not been discounted.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai however said any curfew can only be considered if the virus mortality
rate of those infected breach 0.4%, and even then, it has to be decided by the National Security Council.

However, he said the character of the virus remained unchanged for now as it is still attacking the high-risk
group.
Mexico, which was the first and hardest hit by the A(H1N1) pandemic had ordered
a shutdown of businesses and public places, including dancing halls, bars, sports
centre, arts centres, cinemas and parks, for a week from May 1 to contain the
spread. Restaurants were allowed to open, but only serve take-away food.

"We are discussing in-depth the health curfew move that was taken in Mexico,"
said Liow, adding that the Health Ministry was monitoring the infection and
mortality cases and the proliferation of the disease daily.

For now, the government wants the public to do their part to contain the outbreak
by wearing masks if they have influenza-like illnesses (ILI) and to practice self-
quarantine.

Those having ILI symptoms and found not wearing the mask in public can be charged under Section 12(1) the
Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988, which carries a compound fine of RM10,000 or two-year
jail term, Liow said.

In line with the declaration of health emergency, the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives And Consumerism Ministry
will fix the ceiling prices for various types of masks and an announcement will be made soon.

                                Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was wearing a face-mask
                                at the Permatang Pasir state by-election nomination centre today, said the face
                                mask can be listed as a controlled item under the Price Control Act on grounds of
                                necessity and health for about a year.

                                He said this after Liow, who was also present, reported to him that the masks
                                were being sold for as much as RM5 each by unscrupulous traders.

                                To date, the country has registered a total of 4,225 cases of people infected with
                                A(H1N1) virus, most of whom have already been treated.

                                There have been 64 deaths, including a 7-month old boy who died on Aug 15
                                and a 74-year old woman who succumbed on Aug 12, he added.

                                  Later, speaking to reporters after launching the Asia Healthcare 2009
                                  Conference, Liow said the ministry has directed all private and government
doctors to prescribe anti-viral drugs for patients who suffer from fever longer than two days and influenza-like
illness with co-morbid condition.

He said this is because late anti-viral treatment was one of the reasons for a number of deaths and the ministry
did not want patients to wait for test results before receiving the treatment.

Liow also disclosed that the government healthcare sector is facing a serious shortage of manpower.

He said as of June 30, there were 240,236 vacancies for doctors approved by the Public Services Department
but only 13,902 (57.4%) positions were filled; 2,549 for dentists but only 1,442 (66.6%) filled; 4,030 for
pharmacists but 2,086 (47.1%) filled; and 44,897 for staff nurses but 39,263 filled.
Tajuk Artikel: A(H1N1): Don't take the risk, D-G tells flu victims
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

Karen Arukesamy

PETALING JAYA (Aug 17, 2009): Health director-general Tan Sri Mohd Ismail Merican today criticised those
infected with Influenza A(H1N1) or show influenza-like illness (ILI) but disregard the Health Ministry‘s repeated
calls for social distancing.

"We learnt that there are still many patients, who are infected with Influenza
A(H1N1), who are not cooperating to help control the spread of the virus," he said in
statement.

The ministry urged those with ILI, even mild, not to visit public places, use public
transport, or go on tours, to work or to school. "Such actions would increase their
own health risks and further spread the virus in the community, especially to those
from the high-risk group," he said.

"Those with ILI must understand that although mild, the virus can still be spread to
others when they cough or sneeze. Thus they should stay at home until they do not
show any ILI symptoms."
                                                                                        Mohd Ismail Merican
He said if they have to do any important outdoor activity, they must wear face
masks and practise personal hygiene throughout the day.

Mohd Ismail reminded those in the high-risk group for health complications to immediately seek treatment even if
they have mild ILI symptoms.

Those in the high-risk category are:
> Children below five years old;
>Those aged 65 years and above;
> Children and adolescents (below 18 years) on long-term aspirin therapy;
> Pregnant women;
> Adults and children with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, organ failure, cardiovascular disease,
hepatic, heamatological, neurologic, neuromuscular or metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus;
> Adults and children who have immunosuppressant; and
> Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities.
A seven-month-old boy and a 74-year-old woman are the latest Influenza A(H1N1) victims, bringing the number
of deaths to 64.

The baby was referred to the ICU on Aug 7 after having fever, cough and breathing difficulty for two days and
received antiviral treatment the next day.

He also had asthma and received treatment at a private clinic on Aug 6. "He was confirmed to be infected of the
virus on Aug 12. He died on Aug 15 due to severe pneumonia with acute respiratory failure," Mohd Ismail said.

The second fatality involved a diabetic senior citizen, who also had congestive cardiac failure. She was admitted
to hospital on Aug 10 after she passed out at home and was reported to have fever and cough since Aug 8.

She received antiviral treatment on Aug 11 but died on Aug 12 due to severe pneumonia and she was confirmed
positive for A(H1N1) the next day. Two hundred and eighty-four patients are being treated, with 33 in ICU,
nationwide.
Seventeen of those in ICU are from the high-risk group: eight with chronic diseases, three asthma patients, two
with obesity, two mentally-diabled, one pregnant woman and one post-delivery.

Mohd Ismail said immediate antiviral treatments without the A(H1N1) confirmation test are given to people from
three categories:

> Those who show ILI symptoms and have high-risk factors:
> Tthose with ILI symptoms without high-risk factors but have high fever (more than 38°C) for more than 48
hours; and
> Those who go through the "‗rapid test" and found to be positive of A(H1N1) and have severe symptoms within
48 hours.




Tajuk Artikel: Fomca calls on mask retailers to help nation
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday

PETALING JAYA (Aug 17, 2009) : The Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) today called
on pharmacies and other traders to sell surgical masks with minimal profit or at cost as a national contribution to
fight the spread of Influenza A (H1N1).

"This is the time to show their loyalty to help the nation in its battle against the disease and not to take
advantage of the situation and hike prices," its secretary-general, Muhammad Shaani Abdullah, told Bernama
here today.

Supporting Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's proposal today to make surgical masks a
controlled item so that the price could be controlled, he urged the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and
Consumerism Ministry to gazette the move immediately.

The normal price normally cost around 50 sen but the price has shot up to RM3 to RM4 each due to the great
demand.

Muhyiddin had said that the government is considering making surgical masks a controlled item to prevent
suppliers from inflating prices.

Muhammad Shaani said priority should be given to poor schoolchildren, the elderly and similar vulnerable
groups to obtain free masks.

"People should also be educated on how to use the mask effectively and to change it frequently if soiled. "It is
no use wearing a dirty mask as it would do more harm than good," he said. -- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel: Air quality continues to improve
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online August 18, 2009 – Tuesday


KUALA LUMPUR, (Aug 17,2009) : The air quality in the country continued to improve today with no area
recording any unhealthy reading on the Air Pollutant Index (API).

According to the Department of Environment's website, as at 11am, 38 of the areas monitored showed good
readings while 12 recorded moderate readings.

In Sarawak, Bintulu recorded the best API reading of 18 while Miri registered 19.

Other areas with good air quality Alor Star (38), Bakar Arang (32), Sungai Petani (32), Langkawi (30), Larkin
Lama (44), Muar (50), Melaka City (34), Nilai (49), Port Dickson (50), Seremban (47), Indera Mahkota (42),
Kuantan (42), Jerantut (35), Jalan Tasek in Ipoh (35), Kampung Air Putih in Taiping (35), Sekolah Kebangsaan
Jalan Pegoh in Ipoh (37).

Sri Manjung (38), Kangar (35), Perai (32), Seberang Jaya 2 (33), Universiti Sains Malaysia (23), Keningau (42),
Kota Kinabalu (36), Sandakan (31), Tawau (42), Kapit (37), Kuching (28), Sarikei (35), Sibu (42), Sri Aman (40),
Kemaman (40), Paka (31), Petaling Jaya(49), Batu Muda in Kuala Lumpur (50), Putrajaya (43) and Labuan (28).

Areas with moderate reading are Kota Tinggi (52), Pasir Gudang (53), Kota Baru (59), Balok Baru (60), Tanjung
Malim (51), Samarahan (52), Country Heights in Kajang (52), Kuala Selangor (53),Port Klang (64), Shah Alam
(52), Kuala Terengganu (54), and Cheras (52).

An API reading of 0 to 50 is considered good, 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy)
and 300 and above (hazardous). -- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel : TPM gesa peguam tambah ilmu
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

Oleh Azrina Ahzan
bhnews@bharian.com.my
Pusat Latihan AALCO diminta buat lebih banyak program tingkat kepakaran

PUTRAJAYA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, mahu semua peguam kerajaan berusaha
meningkatkan ilmu pengetahuan dan kepakaran masing-masing bagi memastikan ia seiring keadaan semasa.

Katanya, perkembangan era globalisasi menyebabkan negara berdepan pelbagai isu baru yang kompleks dan
memerlukan kepakaran peguam dalam bidang tertentu.

"Kita sekarang hidup dalam dunia tanpa sempadan, jadi kita perlu bersedia berdepan pelbagai isu yang
menjangkaui sempadan negara seperti migrasi, pemerdagangan manusia dan kegiatan lanun yang menjejaskan
pendapatan negara.

"Isu seperti sempadan maritim ini memerlukan kepakaran tertentu kerana ia membabitkan keselamatan negara,"
katanya berucap merasmikan Persidangan Tahunan Ke-48 Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization
(AALCO) di sini, semalam.

Teks ucapannya dibacakan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
Persidangan bermula semalam dan berakhir Jumaat ini akan membincangkan pelbagai isu semasa
membabitkan hal ehwal perundangan seperti sempadan negara, maritim, migrasi dan pemerdagangan manusia.

Hadir sama, Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail dan Setiausaha Agung AALCO, Prof Dr Rahmat
Mohamad.

Sehubungan itu, Muhyiddin berharap Pusat Latihan AALCO dapat mengadakan lebih banyak program latihan,
penyelidikan dan pendidikan bagi mempertingkatkan kepakaran serta kemahiran ahlinya dalam pelbagai bidang
khususnya yang membabitkan undang-undang antarabangsa.

"Pusat Latihan AALCO boleh menjalankan program latihan dan pertukaran bagi membolehkan ahli bertukar
pandangan khususnya membabitkan isu semasa undang-undang antarabangsa.
"Program ini bukan saja dapat memastikan kita sentiasa peka dengan isu semasa, malah turut dapat m emahami
nilai dan undang-undang yang menjadi amalan semua negara di Asia-Afrika," katanya.

Beliau berkata, jika program itu berjaya melahirkan lebih ramai pakar perundangan antarabangsa, ia dapat
memastikan kepentingan negara Asia dan Afrika dilindungi, terutama membabitkan isu tertentu.

Sementara itu, Abdul Gani berkata, persidangan tahunan itu diadakan bertujuan membincangkan pelbagai isu
perundangan semasa.

Katanya, antara topik yang dibincangkan ialah isu kewangan antarabangsa, maritim, sempadan negara, migrasi
dan pemerdagangan manusia.
Tajuk Artikel : Kerjasama jitu antara kaum asas bentuk negara maju
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

JOHOR BAHRU: Perpaduan yang jitu antara kaum di negara ini adalah asas dan m enjadi kunci kepada
pembentukan sebuah negara yang aman, maju dan bersatu padu, kata Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, asas berkenaan sudah disedari pemimpin terdahulu seperti Tunku Abdul
Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Tun Tan Cheng Lock dan Tun VT Sambanthan apabila bersepakat untuk
mewujudkan kerjasama antara kaum dan memimpin negara ini secara bersama.

Beliau berkata, hasilnya pada hari ini rakyat berbilang kaum di negara kita bebas untuk mengecap nikmat
kemakmuran negara dan melaksanakan hak sebagai warga yang merdeka.

―Bagi generasi muda, anda semua bebas untuk membangunkan potensi diri dan mengejar impian masing-
masing. Yang dituntut daripada kita semua sebagai warga negara hanyalah taat setia yang tidak berbelah
bahagi kepada Raja dan negara, menghormati Perlembagaan, dan mematuhi prinsip Rukun Negara,‖ katanya.

Beliau yang juga Menteri Pelajaran berkata demikian pada Majlis Bersama Pemimpin sempena Perhimpunan
Perpaduan dan Integrasi Pemimpin Murid Peringkat Kebangsaan dan Jemputan Antarabangsa 2009 di Pusat
Persidangan Antarabangsa Johor (Persada) di sini, malam tadi.

―Inilah juga yang menjadi asas kepada Gagasan 1Malaysia, yang dicetuskan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib
Razak, untuk menjadikan Malaysia sebuah negara yang bersatu padu, di mana rakyatnya bersedia untuk
menerima antara satu sama lain dan berkongsi kejayaan dan kemakmuran negara secara bersama,‖ katanya.




Tajuk Artikel : Pekeliling tegah beri keterangan tak sah
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

Oleh Azrina Ahzan

Arahan Kerajaan Selangor larang pegawai temui SPRM di luar waktu pejabat salah: Gani

PUTRAJAYA: Pekeliling Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Bilangan 4 Tahun 2009 melarang pegawainya memberi
keterangan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) selepas waktu pejabat atau di luar
pejabat mereka adalah tidak sah dan terbatal, kata Peguam Negara, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.

"Kita akan memfailkan permohonan di mahkamah untuk mengisytiharkan arahan itu sebagai tidak sah dan
terbatal. Dari segi undang-undang, perkara ini salah.

"Saya akan memfailkan permohonan itu dalam minggu ini," katanya pada sidang media bersama Menteri di
Jabatan Perdana Menteri. Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz selepas perasmian mesyuarat tahunan ke-48 Pertubuhan
Perundingan Perundangan Asia-Afrika (AALCO) di sini, semalam.

Abdul Gani berkata, permohonan perlu dibuat selepas mendapati pekeliling itu bercanggah dengan undang -
undang kerana SPRM menjalankan tugasnya mengikut Akta SPRM 2009.

"Jika pekeliling itu bercanggah dengan undang-undang ia bukanlah satu peraturan, kerana SPRM menjalankan
tugas mengikut peruntukan undang-undang, jadi pekeliling itu adalah arahan pentadbiran semata-mata,"
katanya.
Mohamed Nazri pula berkata tindakan kerajaan Selangor boleh ditafsir sebagai cubaan menghalang pegawai
SPRM menjalankan tugas.

"Tiada pekeliling oleh mana-mana kerajaan negeri boleh menghalang SPRM menjalankan siasatan mereka.
Saya rasa ini satu cubaan Khalid (Menteri Besar Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim) untuk menghalang
pegawai SPRM melaksanakan tugas mereka," katanya.

Mereka berkata demikian ketika mengulas keengganan pembantu kepada seorang Exco kerajaan negeri
Selangor, Wong Chuan How mengikut pegawai SPRM ke ibu pejabatnya di Putrajaya kerana mendakwa beliau
terikat dengan pekeliling kerajaan negeri itu.

Wong ditahan di pusat khidmat wakil rakyat Adun Sungai Pelek di Sepang, Jumaat lalu, bagi membantu
siasatan berhubung salah guna peruntukan Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Selangor membabitkan projek
bernilai hampir RM500,000.

Dalam pada itu, Nazri meminta SPRM menjalankan tugas dengan penuh tanggungjawab dan mengetepikan
ugutan daripada mana-mana pihak termasuk pembangkang.

"Saya tidak boleh bayangkan reaksi pembangkang jika Perdana Menteri mengeluarkan pekeliling seperti itu.

"Pada satu masa mereka mempertikaikan SPRM dan menuduh ia dikuasai kerajaan Pusat tetapi apabila SPRM
menyiasat mereka... mereka cuba menakut-nakutkan pegawai itu.

"Berapa ramai Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) sudah disiasat tetapi kita tidak campur tangan kerana kita
menghormati SPRM," katanya.

Mohamed Nazri juga menolak dakwaan bahawa SPRM mensasarkan pemimpin bukan Melayu.

"Anda tahu tak berapa ramai ahli Umno yang disiasat? Kenapa jadikan ini sebagai isu perkauman? Kenapa bila
ahli Umno disiasat tiada siapa yang cakap apa-apa?

"SPRM adalah badan bebas dan akan mengambil tindakan tanpa mengira bangsa, takut atau pilih kasih,"
katanya.



Tajuk Artikel : Sentral: Jalan pintas               erdebu
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

SEPANG: Ia adalah satu-satunya jalan yang memudahkan pergerakan penduduk Bandar Saujana Putra dekat
sini untuk berurusan di Puchong Prima atau menghantar anak ke sekolah. Selain memberikan kemudahan, ia
dapat mengelakkan perjalanan lebih jauh menggunakan lebuh raya serta membayar tol RM1.50 sehala.

Namun, laluan pintas itu berdebu, berlubang dan gelap pada waktu malam dan masalah ini dihadapi penduduk
sejak dua tahun lalu. Laluan sama juga terpaksa digunakan penduduk untuk menghantar anak ke Sekolah
Kebangsaan Puchong Utama, satu-satunya sekolah paling hampir dengan kawasan perumahan itu.

Justeru, penduduk meminta pihak berkuasa memperbaiki dan menurap laluan itu untuk kemudahan mereka
berulang-alik.

Penduduk, Jawariah Harun, 34, berkata kerajaan wajar membuka sekolah di kawasan itu memandangkan
penduduk semakin ramai dan kanak-kanak tidak perlu berulang-alik sejauh 10 kilometer setiap hari.
Katanya, pelajar yang menaiki bas atau dihantar ibu bapa pula terpaksa menggunakan laluan berkenaan
sebagai laluan paling singkat.

"Banyak masa terpaksa diambil hanya untuk menghantar atau menjemput anak di sekolah kerana pemandu
terpaksa memperlahankan kenderaan berikutan jalan berlubang serta berdebu.

"Laluan sama juga digunakan lori untuk mengangkut tanah dan pasir bagi projek pembinaan kediaman di
kawasan berhampiran, sekali gus menimbulkan bahaya kepada pelajar," katanya.

Katanya, selain laluan asal itu, penduduk boleh menggunakan lebuh raya tetapi ia lebih jauh dan terpaksa
membayar tol RM1.50 sehala.

"Kesihatan anak kami juga terjejas kerana bas sekolah tidak dilengkapi alat pendingin hawa menyebabkan debu
memasuki kenderaan," katanya yang mempunyai dua anak bersekolah di Sekolah Kebangsaan Puchong Utama
dan menaiki bas.

Penduduk lain yang juga seorang peniaga, Nurfazlin Muhammad, 23, berkata debu daripada jalan itu
berterbangan sehingga ke kawasan perumahan dan kedai tempat mereka berniaga.

"Seboleh-bolehnya saya mengelak untuk pergi ke kawasan Puchong Prima kerana terpaksa menggunakan
laluan berdebu itu sebaliknya akan ke Putrajaya untuk membeli barangan keperluan," katanya yang berpindah
ke kawasan itu kira-kira dua bulan lalu.

Beliau berkata, laluan itu juga gelap pada waktu malam kerana tiada lampu jalan, selain berbahaya kerana jalan
berlubang.

Peniaga gerai, Rosli Ibrahim, 43, berkata perkara paling dibimbangi ialah tahap keselamatan jika penduduk
terus menggunakan laluan berkenaan.

Katanya, pihak berkuasa perlu mengambil tindakan segera menyelesaikan masalah itu.

"Kenderaan penduduk juga cepat rosak kerana melalui jalan yang berlubang-lubang selain menyebabkan
kenderaan kotor," katanya.



Tajuk Artikel : Sentral: Wangsa Maju, Desa Petaling bergegar
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Gempa bumi 6.9 pada skala Richter yang berlaku di 56 km Tenggara Siberut, Selatan
Sumatera, Indonesia pukul 3.38 petang Ahad lalu turut menggegarkan sekitar perairan pantai barat
Semenanjung.

Bagaimanapun, gempa bumi itu tidak menyebabkan tsunami. Gempa itu berpusat di latitud 1.6 darjah Selatan
dan longitud 99.4 darjah Timur, dan kira-kira 541 km Tenggara Melaka.

Gegaran itu turut dirasai di beberapa kawasan di bandar raya ini. Jurucakap Bilik Gerakan Bomba dan
Penyelamat Jalan Hang Tuah, di sini memberitahu Bernama, pihaknya menerima laporan daripada orang ramai
mengenai keadaan itu di Wangsa Maju, Desa Petaling dan Bandar Tun Razak.

Penghuni kondominium Mentari di Bandar Sri Permaisuri, Mashitah Omar, 40, yang tinggal di tingkat 13, antara
kawasan yang merasai gegaran itu berkata, pada waktu kejadian beliau berehat bersama keluarganya dan
berasa pening serta nampak kipas siling dan lampu di ruang tamu rumahnya bergoyang.
"Saya mengarahkan anak turun bersama penghuni lain," katanya.

Katanya, gegaran itu dirasai dua minit dan beliau bersama penghuni lain terus berkumpul di kawasan lapang
apabila diarahkan pihak bomba.

Pegawai Operasi Balai Bomba dan Penyelamat Bandar Tun Razak, Zamrus Zainal, berkata pihaknya
menghantar satu jentera bersama lapan anggota ke kondominium itu selepas mendapat panggilan daripada
penduduk mengenai gegaran itu bagi menyiasat struktur bangunan berkenaan.

"Bomba tiba di tempat kejadian mengarahkan semua penghuni berkumpul di kawasan lapang. Blok B yang
paling merasai gegaran itu termasuk ada kesan retakan di belakang blok itu," katanya.

Beliau berkata, punca retakan berkemungkinan kerana kawasan itu adalah bekas kawasan lombong yang
mengalami gerakan tanah sewaktu gegaran berlaku.

Ia adalah gegaran kali keempat dilaporkan di kondominium itu sejak tahun lalu, katanya.




Tajuk Artikel : Kuasai BI penting dalam pasaran kerja
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa
Oleh Norliza Wasilan
norlizawasilan@bharian.com.my
Bahasa Inggeris antara 4 aspek utama pendidikan

KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Muda Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah bertitah bahasa Inggeris adalah antara empat aspek
utama dalam sistem pendidikan yang perlu diberi tumpuan khusus ke arah memenuhi keperluan ekonomi
berasaskan pengetahuan dan inovasi.

Baginda bertitah, tiga aspek lain adalah kurikulum pada semua peringkat pendidikan, sistem penilaian serta
kaedah pengajaran, pembelajaran dan strateginya.

Menjelaskan aspek mengenai kepentingan untuk menguasai dan fasih berbahasa Inggeris yang kini sebagai
lingua franca, Raja Nazrin bertitah, penguasaan dalam bahasa Inggeris begitu penting dalam pasaran pekerjaan
abad ke-21 kerana ia adalah bahasa ekonomi berasaskan pengetahuan dan inovasi.

"Sesiapa yang mempunyai kefasihan dalam menggunakan bahasa itu akan menikmati banyak kelebihan dalam
dunia pekerjaan global. Ramai majikan menjadikan faktor fasih dan menguasai bahasa Inggeris sebagai perkara
utama sebelum memilih pekerja.

"Oleh itu, guru perlu dilatih dengan sebaiknya, ujian yang standard juga perlu diperkenalkan bagi membolehkan
mereka menentukan kemampuan pelajar masing-masing, dan jika perlu mengambil langkah segera untuk
membetulkannya," titahnya.

Baginda bertitah demikian ketika Majlis Perasmian Persidangan Antarabangsa Mengenai Pendidikan Untuk
Semua 2009 (ICEFA) anjuran Universiti Malaya (UM) di sini, semalam.

Persidangan tiga hari bermula semalam itu turut dihadiri Naib Canselor Universiti Malaya (UM), Dr Ghauth
Jasmon dan Pengarah ICEFA 2009, Noraini Idris.

Menjelaskan aspek kurikulum di semua peringkat pendidikan pula, baginda bertitah, guru dan pensyarah di
universiti terikat dengan memberikan maklumat terlalu banyak kepada pelajar dan penuntutnya menerima
secara pasif.
"Guru sekolah dan pensyarah universiti juga didapati sering merungut bahawa mereka tidak mempunyai masa
mencukupi untuk menghabiskan sukatan mata pelajaran selain sering bimbang kandungan yang disampaikan
kurang sehingga merugikan pelajar, tanpa menyedari bahawa sesuatu kekurangan itu ada kelebihannya," titah
baginda.

Mengenai sistem penilaian pula, baginda bertitah, sistem pendidikan ketika ini lebih berorientasikan peperiksaan
yang mana pelajar perlu menduduki empat peperiksaan awam sebelum masuk ke universiti.




Tajuk Artikel : Debat Kemerdekaan mampu sedarkan rakyat mengenai roh
1Malaysia
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 0gos (Bernama) -- Debat bukan sahaja mampu menjadi wadah utama dalam
pembentukan ketamadunan bangsa, tetapi dapat berperanan sebagai satu daripada penyumbang utama ke
arah merealisasikan gagasan 1Malaysia yang dilaungkan kerajaan ketika ini.

Menteri Penerangan Komunikasi dan Kebudayaan Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim berkata aktiviti berdebat mampu
menyedarkan pendengar dan mendalamkan pemahaman rakyat tentang roh 1Malaysia yang bertunjangkan
sejarah.

"Seterusnya mampu menyatu padukan rakyat bagi mencipta kejayaan lebih besar untuk kemajuan negara,"
katanya dalam ucapannya pada majlis penutupan pertandingan akhir debat kemerdekaan ala Parlimen antara
Universiti-universiti Malaysia di Auditorium Perdana Angkasapuri di sini, pada hari Selasa.

Teks ucapan beliau dibacakan oleh timbalannya Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum.

Rais berkata kemahiran berdebat telah terbukti mampu mencipta dan mengubah ketamadunan sesuatu bangsa
kerana sejarah telah membuktikan debat menjadi asas paling utama dalam mencipta ketamadunan Yunani,
Rom dan Islam.

"Malah sejarah juga telah menunjukkan bahawa debat yang disulami emosi tanpa fakta mampu menjadi pedang
tajam dalam memecahbelahkan sesebuah masyarakat," katanya.

Menyentuh mengenai debat kemerdekaan ala Parlimen anjuran Jabatan Arkib Negara, program yang memasuki
tahun ke-10 penganjuran itu, Rais berkata ia bukan lagi sekadar satu wadah untuk melatih mahasiswa dan
mahasiswi untuk petah berbicara dan meningkatkan keyakinan diri semata-mata, tetapi agar mereka mampu
memainkan peranan merealisasikan gagasan konsep 1Malaysia.

"Melalui program ini peserta didedahkan dengan teknik berdebat yang betul selain berpeluang memahami
tatasusila dan peraturan sebenar perdebatan di Parlimen dan ini penting sebagai pendedahan awal sebagai
persediaan mereka untuk menjadi wakil rakyat yang berilmu dan berdisplin di masa depan," katanya.

Rais berkata, program ini juga menjadi bukti kerajaan amat menghargai idea dan pandangan mahasiswa kerana
dalam masa yang sama, ia memberikan ruang kepada kerajaan melihat erti kemerdekaan dari kaca mata
generasi muda.

Beliau berkata, untuk itu generasi muda, khususnya mahasiswa dan mahasiswi universiti perlu diberi
pendedahan dengan teknik berdebat yang betul kerana ia berupaya membina keyakinan diri seterusnya
membantu kerajaan melahirkan pemimpin pewaris yang akan menjadi tunjang pembentukan generasi masa
depan.
"Menjadi pendebat yang baik memerlukan penguasaan ilmu yang tinggi dan sekiranya mereka yang berilmu ini
diberikan latihan dan pendedahan yang betul, kepetahan mereka mampu mempengaruhi pemikiran seseorang
serta berupaya membentuk hala tuju dan ketamadunan bangsa.

"Apa yang ingin ditekankan ialah melalui penglibatan dan penguasaan teknik perdebatan yang baik dan
berilmiah sesuatu generasi itu akan dilihat lebih berkeyakinan dan masyarakat juga akan menghargai mereka
seterusnya diangkat menjadi pewaris dalam mempertahankan kejayaan bangsa," katanya.

Dalam pertandingan tahun ini, pasukan Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) berjaya mempertahankan
kejuaraan yang dimenangi mereka sejak tahun lepas, setelah mengalahkan pasukan Universiti Multimedia
Malaysi (MMU).

UTP menerima hadiah wang tunai RM7,000, piala pusingan dan sijil penyertaan, dan naib juara MMU
memperolehi RM5,000 dan sijil penyertaan. Pendebat UTP Myer Iyemman Yusof diumumkan sebagai pendebat
terbaik dan memperoleh wang tunai RM500.—BERNAMA




Tajuk Artikel : Program Sekolah Berkembar tingkatkan hubungan Australia -
Malaysia
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

Oleh Neville D. Cruz

MELBOURNE, 18 Ogos (Bernama) -- Lembaga Penasihat Institut Australia-Malaysia (AMI) mengiktiraf
pencapaian enam buah sekolah Victoria yang menyertai program perintis sekolah angkat Australia-Malaysia.

Pengiktirafan itu diberikan oleh AMI dalam satu majlis yang diadakan di sebuah hotel di sini apabila Pengerusi
AMI Prof Lance Twomey menyampaikan $2,000 (RM5,831.79) kepada setiap sekolah yang terlibat sebagai
tanda penghargaan ke atas hasil kerja mereka yang menjayakan program perintis itu.

Sekolah-sekolah terbabit didapati begitu aktif dalam membentuk hubungan mereka menerusi e-mail, blog dan
wikis serta bekerjasama dalam membangunkan kurikulum bersama dalam mata pelajaran bahasa Inggeris,
matematik, seni, sains dan bahasa, sejak ia dimulakan pada tahun 2008. Program itu juga membabitkan
pertukaran guru dan pelajar secara dua hala.

AMI akan bekerjasama dengan Jabatan Pendidikan dan Pembangunan Awal Kanak-kanak Victoria untuk
memperluaskan program sekolah angkat itu kepada enam lagi sekolah di Victoria dan Malaysia.

Lembaga AMI juga akan bertemu dengan wakil organisasi pelajar Malaysia di negara itu untuk mendengar
pengalaman mereka sebagai pelajar antarabangsa di Australia dan kebarangkalian mengadakan kerjasama
dalam sesuatu projek di masa depan.

Lembaga itu juga sedang menimbangkan beberapa kertas kerja yang baik untuk beberapa projek dalam bidang
seperti polisi awam, pelajaran, sains, kesihatan, media dan sukan yang akan mempertingkatkan lagi hubungan
antara organisasi dan institusi kedua-dua buah negara.

AMI ditubuhkan oleh kerajaan Australia pada 2005 dengan tujuan mempertingkatkan lagi hubungan Australia -
Malaysia menerusi perhubungan yang luas dan projek-projek yang dijalankan bersama membabitkan rakyat
kedua-dua buah negara.

Ahli Lembaga AMI adalah Prof Lance Twomey, Christian Bennett, Geraldine Doogue, Rechelle Hawkes, Dr Alia
Imtoual, Kathe Kirby dan Prof Anthony Milner. -- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel : Kerajaan perlu fikir kaedah baru tingkat penguasaan BI - NUTP
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Ogos (Bernama) -- Kementerian Pelajaran perlu memikirkan kaedah baru bagi
mempertingkatkan penguasaan bahasa Inggeris di kalangan pelajar sekolah rendah, menengah dan institusi
perguruan kerana corak pembelajaran yang sedia ada sudah tidak lagi sesuai digunakan.

Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP) yang mengesyorkan perkara itu berpendapat bahawa
bagi menjayakan usaha tersebut kementerian perlu memberi tumpuan kepada soal pengukuhan tatabahasa dan
juga pertuturan.

Presidennya Hashim Adnan berkata NUTP mencadangkan agar kementerian terbabit mewujudkan Makmal
bahasa Inggeris yang akan menjadi pusat bahasa bagi pelajar dan juga guru.

Makmal seumpama itu akan memudahkan pelajar dan guru belajar dan mencari maklumat berhubung bahasa
Inggeris dan mata pelajaran lain, katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri Seminar "On The Teaching and
Learning of The English Language in Schools" anjuran kesatuan itu, di sini Selasa.

Beliau berkata selain menubuhkan makmal bahasa, seminar itu juga mencadangkan kerajaan menyediakan
cakera padat (CD) yang mengandungi pengajian komunikasi bahasa Inggeris bagi memudahkan pelajar belajar
di mana sahaja.

"Dengan cara ini ia dapat meningkatkan kemahiran dan keyakinan diri seseorang pelajar," kata Hashim.

Beliau berkata di samping itu guru bahasa Inggeris perlu dinilai pengetua tentang cara pengajaran seseorang
guru kerana dengan cara itu sekolah mempunyai strategi tersendiri untuk meningkatkan keberkesanan
penggunaan bahasa Inggeris di sekolah.

"Kami juga akan mengusulkan cadangan kepada kementerian untuk menjadikan mata pelajaran bahasa
Inggeris sebagai syarat wajib lulus di peringkat Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)," katanya.

Seramai 75 guru bahasa Inggeris yang rata-rata mempunyai pengalaman mengajar bahasa berkenaan lebih 20
tahun menyertai seminar dua hari itu.-- BERNAMA



Tajuk Artikel : Nilai kesan Influenza terhadap ekonomi - Pakar

Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Ogos (Bernama) -- Syarikat, jabatan dan agensi kerajaan, industri dan pihak berkaitan
seharusnya sudah mula melakukan penilaian terhadap kesan ekonomi akibat wabak Influenza A (H1N1) atau
apa jua wabak lain.

Dalam gesaan itu, Pengarah Perubatan Bagi Asia Selatan dan Tenggara, International SOS Global Medical
Services, Dr Michael Mitakidis berkata selain penilaian yang berkaitan dengan faktor perubatan dan dasar
kesihatan, adalah berfaedah bagi menilai kemungkinan kesan ekonomi akibat wabak selesema yang kini
melanda.

Beliau berkata berdasarkan kajian kes korporat dan kaji selidik di samping data wabak di dunia, adalah
dianggarkan Keluaran Negara Kasar (KNK) dunia akan mengalami penurunan besar.
"Berdasarkan andaian munasabah mengenai penularan dan kadar kematian (masing-masing 30 dan 0.4 peratus
mengikut jumlah penduduk dunia), enam bulan dari Oktober 2009 dan maklum balas daripada sektor isi rumah
dan perniagaan terhadap pandemik, kami menganggarkan bahawa KNK dunia akan menyusut lebih daripada
US$2.5 trilion atau 3.5 peratus KNK 2009," kata Mitakidis yang berpejabat di Singapura.

Beliau membentangkan kertas bertajuk "Perancangan Perniagaan Berterusan, Iktibar Daripada Inluenza A
(H1N1) 2009" pada siri tahunan ketiga Penjagaan Kesihatan Asia 2009, anjuran Institut Strategik dan
Kepimpinan Asia (ASLI) di sini hari ini.- BERNAMA




Tajuk Artikel : Harga siling penutup hidung, mulut diumum esok

Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

PAPAR, 18 Ogos (Bernama) -- Harga siling bagi penutup hidung dan mulut akan diumumkan Rabu, kata
Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob pada
Selasa.

Beliau berkata pengumuman itu termasuk jenis penutup atau topeng yang akan dikawal harganya berikutan
sikap kebanyakan peniaga yang tidak bertanggungjawab menjual barangan itu pada harga tinggi semasa
negara dilanda penularan virus Influenza A (H1N1).

"Hari ini pegawai-pegawai kementerian saya bermesyuarat dengan Kementerian Kesihatan untuk menentukan
harga dan jenis topeng yang akan dikawal harganya.

"Saya tidak boleh membuat sebarang pengumuman kerana dalam hal kesihatan, saya mesti mendapatkan
maklum balas dan cadangan daripada Kementerian Kesihatan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas
merasmikan Pusat Latihan Kecemerlangan Koperasi dan Konvensyen Dasar Koperasi Negara Kedua di sini.

Katanya selepas harga siling ditetapkan, mana-mana peniaga atau pembekal penutup hidung dan mulut yang
menaikkan harga akan dikenakan tindakan undang-undang mengikut Akta Kawalan Negara 1946.

Ismail Sabri berkata akta itu memperuntukkan denda sehingga RM15,000 atau penjara tidak lebih dua tahun
atau kedua-duanya sekali jika disabitkan kesalahan.

"Saya lihat peniaga kita terlalu tidak beretika. Biasanya 50 sen sahaja harga topeng itu. Dia boleh pergi sampai
RM5.

"Bayangkanlah kalau orang miskin, anak ada enam orang, dah RM30. Bermakna beratus-ratus ringgit dia kena
keluarkan untuk topeng sahaja semata-mata untuk menyelamatkan nyawa keluarga dia," katanya.

Beliau juga berharap syarikat-syarikat besar tampil menjalankan tanggungjawab sosial masing-masing untuk
membantu golongan kurang berkemampuan.—BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel : MOSTI cadang tubuh Majlis Penyelidikan Negara pada 2010
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

PETALING JAYA, 18 Ogos (Bernama) -- Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (Mosti) merancang untuk
menubuhkan Majlis Penyelidikan Negara (NRC) untuk menyelaras pembiayaan penyelidikan dalam negara.

Menterinya Datuk Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili berkata Mosti akan membentangkan c adangan berkenaan
kepada Kabinet pada Disember ini.

"Saya harap konsep itu dapat dimuktamadkan sebelum akhir tahun dan majlis berkenaan ditubuhkan pada
2010," kata beliau kepada Bernama selepas merasmikan Mesyuarat Saintifik Bagi Persatuan Biologi Molekular
dan Bioteknologi Malaysia di sini Selasa.

Beliau berkata NRC akan termasuk dan bebas dengan Mosti menyediakan kemudahan dan sokongan institusi.

Ongkili berkata majlis itu akan bertanggungjawab memastikan penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) dalam
negara diperkukuhkan supaya pemindahan pengetahuan dapat dioptimumkan.

"Anggota majlis akan terdiri daripada tidak kurang 10 orang dan akan membabitkan wakil daripada pelbagai
industri seperti mikrobiologi, sains kimia dan sains teknologi perindustrian.

"Presiden Sains Akademik akan menjadi pengerusi majlis dan pada masa yang sama bertindak sebagai
penasihat sains kepada perdana menteri," katanya.

Beliau berkata kementerian mengakui kepentingan mewujudkan persekitaran kondusif untuk penyelidikan dan
akan menerajui dalam membaharui dan menambah baik keseluruhan ekosistem bagi menguruskan R&D dalam
negara.

"Mosti meninjau amalan terbaik antarabangsa terutamanya di negara-negara yang berjaya memanfaatkan
sumber yang terhad dalam modal insan dan serta infrastruktur dalam keadaan yang paling berkesan," katanya.

Ongkili berkata kementeriannya berharap kerajaan akan meningkatkan pembiayaan bagi R&D di bawah
Rancangan Malaysia ke-10 (2011-2015), terutamanya dalam industri bioteknologi.

"Kita memerlukan lebih banyak geran dan dana untuk menerajui R&D dalam sektor bioteknologi memandangkan
jumlah yang dibelanjakan dalam sektor ini masih rendah," katanya sambil menambah bioteknologi kini diterima
sebagai jentera pertumbuhan selepas evolusi teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi.

Beliau berkata menjelang 2020, sektor bioteknologi dijangka dapat mewujudkan 280,000 pekerjaan dan
menyumbang lima peratus kepada keluaran dalam negara kasar (KDNK) negara.

Sektor berkenaan kini menyumbang hanya 0.6 peratus kepada KDNK negara, kata beliau.

Ongkili berkata jumlah pelaburan dalam sektor ini dianggarkan mencecah RM25 bilion dalam masa 15 tahun
akan datang.

"Kementerian akan memastikan pembiayaan dalam sains asas dan fundamental, seperti biologi molekular, tidak
hanya digabungkan ke dalam program kita tetapi diberikan jumlah yang sewajarnya," katanya.-- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel : Noh mahu PPK beri maklumbalas keberkesanan program
kementerian

Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

SHAH ALAM, 18 Ogos (Bernama) -- Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan (PPK) perlu memainkan peranan bukan
sahaja untuk meningkatkan pengeluaran hasil tani di dalam negara tetapi memberi maklum balas kepada
Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani mengenai keberkesanan program sama ada ia mencapai
matlamat atau menepati golongan sasaran.

Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani Datuk Noh Omar berkata terdapat 711,000 anggota PPK di seluruh
negara dan kerajaan memerlukan mereka memberi maklumat memandangkan kebanyakannya menerima
bantuan dan subsidi daripada kerajaan.

"Mana-mana ahli PPK jika menerima bantuan tidak mengikut standard atau tidak memberi manafaat kepada
pengguna atau merupakan satu pembaziran... saya harap PPK maklumkan kepada kementerian," katanya
kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan mesyuarat agung Pertubuhan Peladang Negeri Selangor ke-32 di sini
Selasa.

Noh berkata kementerian pernah membatalkan kontrak pembekalan baja daripada sebuah syarikat kerana
terdapat aduan mengenai baja yang dibekalkan. Ini menunjukkan bahawa kementerian mengamalkan polisi
terbuka dan polisi boleh ubah asalkan ia memberi manfaat kepada rakyat sejajar dengan gagasan "rakyat
didahulukan, pencapaian diutamakan", katanya.

Noh berkata beliau ada menerima maklum balas daripada akar umbi bahawa baja-baja yang dibekalkan kepada
petani pada masa ini tidak mengikut kesesuaian tanah dan perkara ini perlu diperhalusi bagi meningkatkan
produktiviti pertanian negara.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Noh mahu sesebuah PPK itu diuruskan sebagai sebuah entiti perniagaan bagi
memastikan perniagaan diceburi oleh PPK berkembang dengan lebih maju lagi.

Katanya PPK perlu menjalin kerjasama dengan sektor swasta bagi mencari pasaran untuk anggota mereka
melibatkan diri dalam bidang perladangan kontrak seperti dilakukan PPK Pasir Puteh Kelantan, yang kini
menjadi pembekal cili kepada Nestle Malaysia.-- BERNAMA



Tajuk Artikel : Bantu kawal Influenza A
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

PETALING JAYA: Gabungan Persatuan Pengguna Malaysia (Fomca) menggesa farmasi dan peniaga supaya
menjual penutup mulut dan hidung pada harga minimal, malah jika boleh langsung tidak mengambil untung
daripada penjualannya. Setiausaha Agungnya, Muhammad Shaani Abdullah, berkata ia sebagai sumbangan
kepada negara dalam membantu membanteras penularan virus Influenza A (H1N1).

Menurutnya, ini masa bagi mereka menunjukkan kesetiaan dengan membantu negara dalam membanteras
penularan jangkitan penyakit itu.

Beliau yang menyokong langkah kerajaan mengkaji kemungkinan menjadikan penutup mulut dan hidung itu
sebagai barang kawalan bagi tempoh tertentu jika pembekal menaikkan harga barangan itu sewenang-
wengangnya menggesa Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK)
mengambil tindakan sewajarnya berhubung perkara itu dengan segera. — Bernama
Tajuk Artikel : Beri kupon beras ST15 Oktober depan
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

PUTRAJAYA: Pemberian kupon membeli beras super tempatan 15 peratus hancur (ST15), kepada kira-kira
100,000 keluarga miskin tegar dan miskin di negara ini dijangka dilaksanakan Oktober depan.

Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Noh Omar, berkata menerusi langkah itu, kerajaan dapat
mengurangkan jumlah subsidi yang perlu dibayarn kepada pengilang beras yang mengeluarkan beras jenis itu
ketika ini iaitu sebanyak RM60 juta sebulan.

―Kalau sistem kupon ini digunakan, kerajaan tak perlu keluarkan subsidi sebanyak itu kerana subsidi yang perlu
dikeluarkan tak sampai RM3 juta sebulan.



Tajuk Artikel : H1N1: Kerajaan belum boleh isytihar darurat
Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR - Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai berkata, belum masanya kerajaan
mengumumkan darurat kesihatan walaupun angka kematian akibat dijangkiti virus selesema babi atau Influenza
A (H1N1) setakat semalam mencecah angka 64 orang.

―Apa yang saya boleh katakan Malaysia ketika ini masih dalam peringkat kecemasan dan keputusan unuk
mengisytiharkan darurat terletak di tangan Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) dan bukannya pihak Kementerian
Kesihatan.

―Mereka kini sedang memantau setiap hari dan akan memaklumkan kepada kami apa juga sebarang
perkembangan terkini,‖ katanya.

Tiong Lai berkata, kementerian memantau rapi perkembangan bilangan pesakit yang menerima rawatan di
hospital.

Antara aspek yang dititikberatkan adalah memberi tumpuan kepada aspek pencegahan awal dan rawatan
khusus terhadap pesakit-pesakit H1N1 yang berisiko tinggi seperti mereka yang menghidap sakit jantung, asma
dan tibi.

Sebelum itu, beliau merasmikan Persidangan Kesihatan anjuran Institut Strategi dan Kepimpinan Asia (ASLI), di
Hotel Maya, Kuala Lumpur.

Pada masa yang sama, Tiong Lai turut mengingatkan Pertubuhan Kesihatan Dunia (WHO) kini telah
mengeluarkan kenyataan agar penduduk dunia berjaga-jaga kemungkinan akan berlakunya gelombang kedua
virus selesema babi atau Influenza A (H1N1) yang lebih dahsyat.

Ia berikutan, musim sejuk serta musim tengkujuh akan tiba pada penghujung tahun ini. Kebiasaannya pada
musim tersebut, ramai yang akan menghidap selesema dan ia dikhuatiri akan mempercepatkan lagi proses
penularan wabak tersebut.

―Saya menyeru agar orang ramai tidak panik dan sentiasa jaga kesihatan diri dan keluarga. Sentiasa patuhi
segala larangan seperti tidak pergi ke tempat yang sesak," katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Bayi tujuh bulan, warga emas korban terbaru selesema babi
Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR - Seorang bayi lelaki berumur tujuh bulan dan seorang wanita warga emas berumur 74 tahun
adalah dua korban terbaru Influenza A (H1N1), menjadikan jumlah kes kematian di negara ini seramai 64 orang.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican berkata, sehingga 9 pagi ini, sejumlah 284 pesakit
H1N1 sedang dirawat di wad, manakala 33 pesakit yang disahkan menghidap H1N1 sedang dirawat di Unit
Rawatan Rapi (ICU) di seluruh negara.

Daripada 33 kes ini, 17 kes didapati mempunyai faktor risiko. Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, bayi tersebut yang
menghidap asma dimasukkan ke ICU hospital pada 7 Ogos lepas kerana demam, batuk dan sesak nafas
selama dua hari.

―Bagaimanapun bayi tersebut meninggal dunia pada 15 Ogos lepas disebabkan ‗severe pneumonia with acute
respiratory failure‘,‖ katanya dalam satu kenyataan di sini, semalam .

Beliau berkata, wanita warga emas itu pula yang menghidap diabetes dan kegagalan jantung dimasukkan ke
hospital pada 10 Ogos setelah pengsan di rumahnya dan meninggal dunia pada 12 Ogos lalu disebabkan
‗severe pneumonia‘.

Dr Mohd Ismail berkata, Kementerian Kesihatan mendapati masih ramai pesakit yang mengalami jangkitan
Influenza A yang tidak memberi kerjasama yang baik dalam mengawal penularannya dan meminta agar
perhatian wajar diberikan dalam hal ini.

―Mereka yang bersimptom Influenza perlu memahami bahawa walaupun simptom yang dialami adalah ringan,
virus H1N1 masih boleh disebarkan kepada orang lain apabila mereka ini batuk atau bersin,‖ katanya.

Beliau berkata, sesiapa yang mempunyai simptom Influenza mesti berada di rumah atau tidak mengunj ungi
tempat awam, tempat kerja atau sekolah sehingga pulih. – Bernama



Tajuk Artikel : Isu kuil: Tiga lagi memorandum diserahkan
Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa




SHAH ALAM – Sebanyak tiga lagi memorandum bantahan diserahkan oleh penduduk Seksyen 23, semalam,
bagi membantah projek pembinaan sebuah rumah ibadat di kawasan perumahan mereka.

Timbalan Pengerusi Ahli Jawatankuasa (AJK) Bertindak Bantahan Pembinaan Kuil Seksyen 23, Ibrahim Sabri
berkata, memorandum yang diserahkan antara jam 12 tengah hari hingga jam 1 petang itu ditujukan kepada
Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Menurutnya, dua lagi memorandum diserahkan kepada Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kesihatan, Pekerja
Ladang, Kemiskinan dan Kerajaan Prihatin, Dr Xavier Jayakumar dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Hal Ehwal
Islam, Adat Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam, Dr Hasan Mohamed Ali.
―Kami berasa terpanggil untuk menyerahkan memorandum ini ekoran kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Dr Xavier
pada 11 Ogos lalu, yang mengumumkan mengenai pemindahan kuil di Seksyen 19 ke Seksyen 23 tanpa
berbincang dengan penduduk.

―Kami mengalu-alukan kehadiran Tan Sri Abdul Khalid dalam masa terdekat bagi mengadakan perbincangan
dengan penduduk Seksyen 23, seterusnya mempertimbangkan untuk membatalkan pembinaan kuil berkenaan,‖
katanya.

Katanya lagi, penduduk di Seksyen 23 tetap bertegas membantah dengan sekeras-kerasnya pembinaan kuil
berkenaan di tapak yang telah diluluskan oleh Exco Kerajaan Negeri.

―Saya rasa yang berhormat YB Rodziah (Ahli Dewan Negeri Batu Tiga) sendiri ‗tidak nampak‘, dia tidak melihat
kepada majoriti dan sensitiviti penduduk di kawasan itu. ―Kedua, kelulusan Exco yang dibuat tanpa pengetahuan
kami, tetapi dia (Rodziah) menafikan sekeras-kerasnya perkara berkenaan apabila kami mengajukan soalan itu
kepadanya,‖ katanya.

Dalam pada itu, Ibrahim berkata, memorandum turut dihantar kepada Rodziah tetapi tidak mendapat maklum
balas. ―Kuil seharusnya dibina di Seksyen 22, tetapi kenapa ia dipindahkan daripada Seksyen 19 ke Seksyen 23
yang telah ditetapkan sebagai lot industri.

―Sebenarnya Rodziah dan Khalid Samad yang ‗tidak nampak‘ serta tidak memahami sensitiviti kaum di situ, dan
kita tidak mahu terjadi isu perkauman sekali lagi di Seksyen 23, seperti mana yang terjadi di Kampung Medan
dan Seksyen 19 sebelum ini.

―Justeru, kami dengan ini mendesak Rodziah supaya menarik balik kenyataan yang beliau buat sebelum ini,‖
katanya.

Menurutnya lagi, pihaknya tidak akan memberi kata dua, tidak akan berundur dan berganjak daripada keputusan
untuk membantah sekeras-kerasnya pembinaan kuil berkenaan dan akan mempertahankan Seksyen 23 walau
apa pun terjadi.

Turut sama menghantar memorandum bantahan itu ialah AJK Bertindak Bantahan Pembinaan Kuil di Seksyen
23, Mohd Aznil Mohd Zin dan Jamil Mohd Isa.

Sementara itu, memorandum yang diserahkan kepada Menteri Besar diterima oleh Ketua Setiausaha Sulitnya,
Norzaton Aini Mohd Kassim, memorandum kepada Dr Xavier diterima oleh Penolong Khasnya, Razak Ismail,
manakala memorandum kepada Dr Hasan Ali diterima oleh Pegawai Teknikal Exco Hal Ehwal Islam, Adat
Melayu, Infrastruktur dan Kemudahan Awam, Shaiful Rahman Amiruddin.

Manakala Dr Xavier Jayakumar mengesahkan bahawa beliau menerima memorandum bantahan daripada
penduduk Seksyen 23, semalam. Beliau ketika dihubungi Sinar Harian berkata, keputusan berhubung
pembinaan kuil di Seksyen 23 diputuskan oleh Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Selangor (MTES).

Menurutnya, pembinaan kuil berkenaan jauh daripada kawasan penempatan penduduk dan tidak seharusnya
timbul masalah.

―Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak sendiri menyatakan bahawa kita perlu bergerak ke arah
1Malaysia. ―Tetapi tulisan dan tindakan yang diambil pihak tertentu tidak menunjukkan semangat 1Malaysia,‖
katanya.

Kata Dr Xavier, perkara ini akan dibincangkan di dalam mesyuarat Exco sekiranya diketengahkan oleh Ahli
Dewan Negeri (ADUN) Batu Tiga, Rodziah Ismail. ―Perkara ini tidak seharusnya ditimbulkan kerana berdasarkan
Pelan Bandar, tanah berkenaan memang diperuntukkan sebagai tempat ibadat,‖ katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Terseksa bekalan air terputus

Sumber / Tarikh : Sinar Harian Online 18 August 2009 – Selasa




KEPONG - Lebih 1,000 penduduk kawasan A dan D Perumahan Awam Jinjang Utara kini ‗terseksa‘ setelah
bekalan air mereka terputus sejak empat hari yang lalu.

Masalah yang didakwa berpunca dari kerosakan pam tangki air itu menyebabkan penduduk kini sukar untuk
mendapatkan bekalan air bersih sama ada untuk memasak dan atau membersihkan diri.

Menurut penduduk, S Subramaniam, 61 , tiga cucunya berusia satu hingga tiga tahun juga tidak dapat minum
susu secukupnya disebabkan hal itu.

―Memang benar pihak Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) ada membekalkan dua air tangki sejak Jumaat,
tetapi ia tidak mencukupi,‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, dia sendiri tidak merasa air yang dibekalkan berikutan penduduk berpusu-pusu mendapatkannya
sejak bekalan air terputus Jumaat lalu.

C Puspavelli, 56, berkata dia tidak dapat meneruskan perniagaan nasi lemaknya seperti biasa berikutan
kesukaran untuk mendapat bekalan air bersih.

Dia yang tinggal di kawasan perumahan itu sejak 16 tahun yang lalu berpendapat DBKL sepatutnya
menyediakan bekalan air yang cukup untuk penduduk.

―Sudah dua hari kena ulang alik ambil air dari tangki menyebabkan badan mula sakit-sakit kerana tangki terletak
jauh dan ini bukan kali pertama kami terputus bekalan air.

―Dulu pun ada terputus bekalan air tetapi sekejap-sekejap, tapi ini yang paling lama,‖ katanya.

Tinjauan Sinar Harian ke kawasan perumahan awam itu semalam mendapati penduduk berpusu-pusu
mendapat bekalan air dari paip pecah akibat dilanggar oleh bas.

Sementara itu Kamaruzaman Hassan, 54, berkata, masalah itu boleh diatasi jika sekiranya DBKL menukar
ataupun menyelenggarakan dengan baik sistem pam.

―Pam ini mungkin sudah terlalu lama dan uzur, kenalah tukar yang baru kerana kos untuk membaik pulih pam itu
sejak dari dulu sampai sekarang nilainya mungkin sudah boleh tukar dengan pam baru.

―Kami merayu dan berharap agar masalah air ini dapat dia atasi menggunakan cara yang lebih baik tanpa
menyusahkan penduduk yang kebanyakannya adalah warga emas,‖ katanya.

Kontraktor tidak arif

Pengerusi Persatuan Penduduk Kawasan A, G Yanaparagasan berkata, dia kesal kerana sejak Jumaat lalu
tiada tindakan serius diambil terhadap aduan yang dibuat.
―Khamis minggu lepas bila terputus sahaja, saya terus hubungi DBKL, mereka hantar kontraktor untuk baiki
tetapi ia tidak bertahan lama kerana beberapa jam kemudian bekalan air terputus semula,‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, keadaan dulu tidak begini, sejak kontraktor baru mengambil alih banyak masalah berlaku dan
sepatutnya sebagai kontraktor mereka kena tunggu serta siapkan kerja sehingga kerosakan dapat dibaiki
sepenuhnya.

―Masalah ini tidak selesai jika sekiranya pihak yang dipertanggungjawabkan tidak menyelesaikan kerja yang
diamanahkan.

―Jika sistem pam ini sudah terlalu lapuk untuk digunakan, kita minta pihak DBKL buat saluran air dari tangki
terus ke rumah tanpa menggunakan pam seperti di kawasan B dan C,‖ katanya.

Kata Yanaparagasan, kawasan B dan C tidak pernah menghadapi masalah kerana mereka tidak menggunakan
sistem pam, jadi ada baiknya langkah ini diikuti untuk mengurangkan masalah bekalan air yang kerap terputus di
sini.

―Mujur ada paip pecah boleh juga penduduk dapatkan bekalan air, nak harap bekalan air yang dibekalkan
memang tidak mencukupi,‖ katanya.

Perlu ada pegawai, pemantau khas masalah air

DBKL perlu mempunyai badan mahupun pegawai khas bagi memantau masalah kemudahan asas di setiap
kawasan perumahan dibawah seliannya.

Pengerusi Penyelaras Barisan Nasional Kepong, Lau Hoi Keong berkata, ia sebagai langkah awal bagi
memastikan masalah seperti terputus bekalan air ini tidak seharusnya berlarutan selama beberapa hari jika
langkah awal diambil.

―Dalam ramai-ramai penghuni di perumahan awam ini misalnya pasti ada golongan yang sakit, bayi dan anak-
anak kecil yang memerlukan bekalan air bersih, jika sehingga dua hari atau empat hari tiada bekalan air ia
sudah merumitkan keadaan,‖ katanya.

Jelasnya, jika ada pegawai atau skuad khusus yang memantau masalah seperti ini sekurang-kurangnya bekalan
bersih sementara yang dibekalkan tidak akan putus.

Sebelum ini masalah lebih kurang sama berlaku di Blok C. Projek Perumahan rakyat (PPR) Beringin
menyebabkan penduduk terputus bekalan air selama dua minggu namun DBKL sudahpun mengatasi masalah
itu.

Hantar jurutera untuk kenalpasti masalah

Pihak Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) akan menghantar juruteranya hari ini untuk mengenal pasti
punca masalah terputus bekalan air di kawasan itu.

―DBKL akan lakukan siasatan kemudian barulah ketika mengetahui punca sebenar kerosakan yang berlaku.

Bekalan air akan disambung secepat mungkin setelah kerja-kerja baikpulih selesai

Jurucakap DBKL ketika dihubungi memberitahu bahawa bekalan air akan dihantar sekerap mungkin sehingga
bekalan air dapat disambung kembali.

								
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