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    Tajuk Artikel: Putrajaya is 5°C hotter than other local cities

    Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

    By GEETHA KRISHNAN
    geetha@thestar.com.my
    Photos by ROHAIZAT MD DARUS

    THE heat is on, literally, in Putrajaya. In March, it was revealed that Putrajaya is 5°C hotter than other cities in
    Malaysia. As a new Urban Heat Island (UHI), Putrajaya has joined the ranks of Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor
    Baru.

    UHI is a modern-day affliction attributed to rapid development and scant supply of trees.

                                Concrete jungles trap solar energy in the day and release heat at night so UHIs are hot
                                night and day. Man-made surfaces like asphalt, bricks and concrete have low reflectivity
                                thus absorbing heat. These factors lead to soaring temperatures of up to 40 °C.

                                UHIs affect air quality, public health and energy usage.

                                Hotter air increases the frequency and intensity of ground-level ozone, affecting air quality.
                                Heat waves cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke while climbing temperatures lead to
                                increased energy usage, contributing to global warming.

                                Putrajaya is a planned garden city with 1,826.5ha or 37.0 % of the land area dedicated to
    "We need to plant large
                                green and open spaces but it wasn’t spared the UHI phenomenon.
    shady trees instead of
    low-maintenance
    palms"- AHMAD FUAD          Should future city planners consider the International Council for Local Environmental
    EMBI                        Initiatives (ICLEI) guidelines?

    Drainage and Irrigation Department deputy director-general (I) Ahmad Fuad Embi thinks it is a good idea.

    “Even temperate countries are implementing such measures and they only experience warm weather some four
    months in a year. We on the other hand are having hot, humid summers around the year.

    “If you ask any city dweller, they will admit to the debilitating heat of our Malaysian afternoons. Yet, just go under any
    large shady tree and you’ll immediately notice the fresh coolness.
                               No shade: Pedestrians shielding themselves from the
                               heat with an umbrella, even though it's only a short walk
                               from the car park.


“We need to plant large shady trees instead of low-maintenance palms. It is all about shading large, open areas of
heat-absorbing tar and concrete,” he said. While we cannot stop concrete jungles from being built, there are ways to
avoid the UHI phenomenon.

A simple and cheap strategy is to plant more trees. Foliage cools directly by shading and indirectly through the
release of water vapour, a process known as evapo-transpiration. “However, planting low-maintenance plants like
palms and dwarf varieties, instead of mature trees that provide shade, do not help to cool temperatures,” said Ahmad
Fuad.

This is true of certain parts of Putrajaya where main roads are lined with short trees incapable of countering the heat
absorbed by the tarred roads.

In some residential precincts, trees planted more than five years ago have not grown much and do not offer shade.

Putrajaya resident Borhann Mohamed said his son would return home from school perspiring heavily after the five-
minute walk and he attributed this to the lack of shady trees.




                               Brief respite: A worker watering a tree in Putrajaya.
“Even the choice of trees selected for the children’s playground in my area is wrong. There are thorny shrubs and
plants with sharp leaves that are pretty but pose a danger to children,” he said.

His wife Aniza Abu Kassim said Putrajaya needed to find a balance between the aesthetic and the functional.

“Maybe the ICLEI guidelines were not readily available when Putrajaya was planned but it is not too late to counter
the UHI phenomenon for future precincts,” she added.

According to Ahmad Fuad, there are no specific guidelines issued in Malaysia to counter the UHI phenomenon but
ICLEI guidelines have received strong support from many countries especially developed countries, Singapore
included.

The guidelines specify that carparks and similar open areas should try for 50% shade with trees and grass. The
many marble, granite and ceramic-paved areas of Putrajaya need to be protected from the sun with large shady
trees.

The Putrajaya Master Plan obtained from local authority Putrajaya Corporation dedicates 600ha or 12% of
Putrajaya’s area to lake and wetlands.

Its president Tan Sri Samsudin Osman was on leave and was unavailable for comment.




                                Concrete jungle: Man-made structures contribute to the
                                UHI phenomenon by trapping heat during the day and
                                releasing it at night.


“The Putrajaya Lake, as I see it, will help in that at least that area will not be converted into a jungle of concrete
buildings and tarmac-tile like Dataran Putrajaya,” said Ahmad Fuad.

In Putrajaya, the size of a neighbourhood is planned so residents are within walking distance of its centre where daily
needs are available. This reduces the number and length of automobile trips and contributes towards energy
conservation.

NGV (natural gas vehicle) buses under the Nadi Putra internal transport system also contribute to a friendly
environment.
Another exception towards a better environment is the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry at Parcel E. It is
a LEO (Low Energy Office) building consisting of aerated concrete walls and exterior surface with light colours to
reduce solar heat.

There is hope yet for Putrajaya.

                      ICLEI guidelines

                      1. Cool roofs - Use reflective roofing materials. Conventional, dark-
                      coloured and low-sloped roofs reflect between 10 to 20% of incoming
                      solar radiation, converting the remainder into heat absorbed by the roof.

                      2. Lighten streets and cool parking lots - Construct, replace, or
                      reconstruct roads and parking lots with reflective or cool paving
                      materials. Planting shade trees in hot spots like parking lots can reduce
                      surface temperatures and temperatures inside parked cars.

                      3. Green your community - Trees placed on the west, northwest and
                      east-facing sides of buildings significantly reduce cooling costs for a
                      typical home or low-rise building. Preserve and increase urban tree
                      canopies throughout the community. Replace asphalt playgrounds with
                      green spaces to provide children with interesting, safe, and cooler places
                      to play at school.

                      The six cool policies to institute the practices listed above:

                      1. Use cool community strategies in public buildings
                      2. Amend building codes to include reflective roofing standards
                      3. Amend landscape and development standards to include shade
                      coverage requirements
                      4. Include cool community guidelines in master plans and in agreements
                      with developers
                      5. Create incentives for cool action
                      6. Sponsor demonstration projects and contests
Tajuk Artikel: Pak Lah on visit to enhance ties with Russia

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

MOSCOW: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has arrived here for a three-day visit to Russia, his first since
becoming Prime Minister in 2003. The visit is to strengthen bilateral ties between Malaysia and Russia, which have
enjoyed close and friendly ties over the past 40 years.




                              Official visit: Abdullah inspecting the guard of honour
                              upon his arrival at the Vnukovo Airport in Moscow on
                              Monday. — Bernama


On hand to receive Abdullah and his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah at the Vnukovo Airport yesterday was Russian
Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov.

Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin, Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, Kedah Mentri
Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and 10 Asean ambassadors were
also at the airport.

Earlier, Boris Marchuk, Chief-of-Protocol of the Russian Foreign Ministry, and Malaysian Ambassador to Russia
Datuk Mohammad Khalis Ali Hassan boarded the private jet to greet and invite Abdullah and Jeanne to alight from
the aircraft.

Abdullah was then accompanied to a special dais to take the salute from a Russian military guard-of-honour followed
by the playing of the national anthems of the two countries.

Russian and Malaysian dignitaries were then introduced to Abdullah. – Bernama


Tajuk Artikel: Second chance for ex-drug addicts

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Former drug users can return to public service if amendments to the General Orders of the Public
Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993 come through. “We want to give those who have undergone
rehabilitation a second chance,” said Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharum.

Now, those who had undergone rehabilitation could not get a job and it was not fair on them, he added.

“We discussed the amendments at the ministerial level two months ago and we’ll see if this needs the Cabinet’s
approval or the Public Services Department’s,” he told newsmen after launching a seminar on drug prevention at the
workplace yesterday.

Currently, public servants who are involved in drugs and are below 40 years old would have to resign from the
service while those above 40 would have to go for early retirement and have their gratuity cut by 40%, he said.

At the seminar, National Anti Narcotics Agency treatment and rehabilitation director Nasir Ahmad said that there were
269 civil servants involved in substance abuse last year. The army had 134 cases, the police 28 and the general civil
service 107, he said.

Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar said employers should carry out urine tests on their
employees every six months to ensure they were not addicts. “Currently, many employers do not emphasise urine
tests and drug abuse cases were discovered when the users were involved in accidents,” he said at the seminar.

He urged employers to set up committees against substance abuse.

“I hope employers will not keep employees who were tested positive but send them to rehabilitation centres,” he
said. “I don’t see why we should be tolerant of these workers because they jeopardise their own health and influence
others to adopt the bad habit,” he said.




Tajuk Artikel: Do well or be replaced, senior cops warned
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

By LOURDES CHARLES

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior police officers, especially those in command posts, who fail to perform up to expectations,
will be replaced. In his strongest ever warning to his officers, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said
no more “extra time” would be given to them, as they knew what was expected of them.

“I will not accept reasons that they need time because they are new to the post. They have been in the force for so
long and should know what is expected of them. “They must not wait for instructions from Bukit Aman to carry out
operations or investigations,” he told The Star after opening a crime prevention meeting for state police chiefs, state
CID chiefs and district police chiefs at the senior police officers college here.

Criminal Investigations Department (CID) director Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee organised the brain storming
session.

Musa said public expectations were high and the police force must be able to deliver by putting service above self.
He said the Government had recently approved the salary increase as proposed by the police force together with
other benefits to ensure quality service was provided.
“We must be thankful for what has been given and not betray the trust given. There is no room for traitors in the
force,” he said.

During the meeting, three senior police officers representing the three categories of officers present vowed to work
harder to reduce crime and ensure the success of the five-year strategic plan drawn up by Musa. Selangor police
chief DCP Ismail Omar said Selangor police would go all out to ensure crime was checked and assured Musa that
his officers would give their full support to his leadership in taking the force to greater heights.

Penang CID chief SAC (II) Datuk Abdul Samah said the IGP had set a high standard for them and they would do
their best to provide quality service. He said Musa wanted syndicated crimes to be wiped out and had given CID
officers his full backing.

Ampang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Amer Awal said all OCPDs were confident that the police were capable of reducing
the crime rate in the country. He also said they would work towards realising Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi's as well as Musa’s vision of making the police force a world class force.




Tajuk Artikel: MTUC plans to hold pickets
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) plans to stage pickets at various places in the country
if the Government does not respond positively to its request for a minimum wage and cost of living allowance (cola)
for private sector employees.

It has given the Government a one-week ultimatum to respond.




                              MTUC’s views: (Front row, from left) MTUC deputy
                              president Mohamed Shafie BP Mammal, Syed Shahir,
                              Rajasekaran and vice-president Abdullah Sani
                              preparing to hand over the memorandum in Putrajaya
                              on Monday.


It plans to picket simultaneously in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Bangi, Shah Alam, Klang, Johor, Kuching and
Penang next Monday between 5pm and 6.30pm.
It is seeking legislation to fix a minimum wage of RM900 as well as cola at RM300.

MTUC president Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud and secretary-general G. Rajasekaran were among nine people who
presented a five-page memorandum to the Prime Minister’s senior private secretary, Ahmad Yaakob, at 11.30am
yesterday.

Syed Shahir said he was told that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is in Russia and would be returning only next
week. “The picket will go on as scheduled,” he said.

Syed Shahir told reporters that 40% of the 10 million workforce in the private sector were earning salaries below the
poverty income level of RM691 per month and that it was timely for their request to be fulfilled now that the civil
service had been given a pay rise and increased cola.

“The minimum salary in the civil service should be a benchmark for the private sector to follow,” he said, citing an
example of a hospital attendant who had initially earned RM490 and was now earning RM600 salary and RM300
cola, amounting to RM900.




Tajuk Artikel: Rela doing a great job
Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

I REFER the letters written by Azrul Mohd Khalib (The Star, June 12) and SH (The Star, June 13).

Rela welcomes any comments, ideas or responses that can improve its efficiency and role.

Up to May 31, Rela had 480,023 participants, of which 43,1867 are Relawans and 48,156 Relawatis. They come
from different backgrounds and education levels and are of various ages.

The authority that was given to Rela since March 2005 was for only the 290 Rela officers appointed by the
Government. The 480,023 Rela participants were not vested with this authority.

This has to be clarified, as many parties are confused over Rela's authority so much so it has become a major issue,
raising questions about the integrity of Rela.

Rela members are only given the authority when they are involved in operations that are led by at least one Rela
officer.

Their authority will only last during the duration of the operation and shall expire once the operation is completed.

Members of Rela are required to wear their uniforms during any operation and the public can request identification
from members of Rela if they are suspicious of their actions.

A Rela member can also be identified by his name and platoon number that appears on the uniform.

Between Jan 1 and June 13, Rela arrested 18,445 illegal immigrants in 3,713 operational areas.
The increasing number shows the commitment and sacrifices of Rela members who are willing to help the
Government deal with the influx of illegal immigrants.

An allegation that Rela members are only interested in the payment of RM80 for each illegal immigrant is not true.

The Government has also declared that the problem of illegal immigrants is the second biggest problem after drugs.

This issue is serious as illegal immigrants cause problems for the country, including the spread of social ills and
diseases.

Everyone should be thankful for Rela's contribution, which has to be seen positively because there have not been
enough volunteers in this country.

Rela's sense of patriotism and responsibility has to be respected and it is unfair if some of us try to deny its
contribution and call for the force to be disbanded.

Rela is not just involved in operations but also in social activities, human development and socio-economic
programmes.

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO), associations and individuals should help Rela overcome its weaknesses
and come out with suggestions, ideas or guidance so that the Government can continue to support and protect Rela
against unnecessary criticism or comments.

The suggestion to disband Rela is not practical.

 RAZALI BIN HAJI MOHAMED YASSIN,

On the behalf of the Director-General,

Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia (RELA) Ministry of Home Affairs.




Tajuk Artikel: Reduce use of plastic bags and save the environment

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

YOUR report “What A Waste” (Sunday Star, June 17) is a real eye opener.

It is true that Malaysians have a habit of using plastic bags excessively. And many crisp new plastic bags are
disposed of after one-time use. In another report it looks like Malaysians will continue forking out money to purchase
black plastic garbage bags for household rubbish disposal, citing that the grocery bags collected are insufficient.

I do not agree with this. I collect all crisp new plastic bags and fold them neatly and reuse them for garbage disposal,
packing and other uses. I do not need new garbage bags and even have lots left over. I take them to the night
market, wet market or sundry shop to reduce the usage of new bags.

This effort always meets with disagreement with some shopkeepers, they would say:
“Don't worry we have plenty of plastic bags” or “ No, don't use the old one, use this new bag.” I also separate
grocery bags , bringing those to the specific store and reusing them. This also elicits lots of explanation as well as
remarks by the cashiers.

Only one hypermart cashier praised me, saying that while he was in the UK, people there were more aware of
conserving. I hope that hypermarkets will reduce the use of plastic bags by giving some incentives to buyers. In the
United States, shoppers are encouraged to 'bring your second hand grocery bags,” and those who do get a rebate.

Another store gives no bags, and the goods are cheaper. Should shoppers need shopping bags, they would need to
purchase them. Let us do something to reduce pollution!

 MS NG WEE GWEK, Malacca.




Tajuk Artikel: DPP: Razak planned it

Sumber / Tarikh: The Star Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

By CHELSEA L.Y. NG and CECIL FUNG

SHAH ALAM: Abdul Razak Baginda and C/Insp Azilah Hadri planned the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu before the
police officer carried it out with his subordinate Kpl Sirul Azhar Umar, the High Court here was told. The prosecution,
in kick-starting the much-awaited murder trial yesterday, said it would prove this as well as all events leading to it
through direct evidence and circumstantial evidence.

In his opening statement, DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said the prosecution would produce evidence to show
that Abdul Razak, 47, had known the deceased since 2004, and frequently met her and gave her money during the
course of their relationship.
           'Mrs Razak Baginda' Mazlinda Makhzan accompanying her husband political analyst Abdul
           Razak Baginda into the Shah Alam High Court for the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial
           Monday. She and her family members wore white T-shirts which spelled out their relationship
           with Abdul Razak in a major show of support for him. - AZHAR MAHFOF / The Star



Despite ending their relationship in August 2005, the political analyst continued to give money to the Mongolian
translator whenever she asked for it until early 2006 when he started declining her demands.

As a result, the Mongolian beauty hired a private investigator to track down Abdul Razak and came to Malaysia
several times to demand money from him. On arriving in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 8 last year, the 28-year-old Altantuya
tried in vain to meet Abdul Razak who refused to see her.

In desperation, she left several notes for Abdul Razak, including a threat that his daughter would be in danger if he
did not give her money. The political analyst then hired a private investigator to trail Altantuya and also watch his
house to prevent her from harassing him but despite all his efforts, the harassment and threats continued.

Tun Abdul Majid said that upon confiding in a senior police officer friend about his problems, Abdul Razak was
advised to lodge a police report in view of the serious threats.

However, the political analyst did not do so and in turn, asked his friend to keep whatever he told him a secret. Abdul
Razak then met C/Insp Azilah at his office at the Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli on the morning of Oct 18 after his
friend gave him his number.

Tun Abdul Majid said the evidence would show that C/Insp Azilah, 31, and Abdul Razak planned Altantuya’s murder
together and a few hours after their meeting, the officer, together with Kpl Sirul Azhar, 36, went to Hotel Malaya
where Altantuya had been staying.

He said a note seized from C/Insp Azilah’s office, which had the deceased’s name written on it in addition to her
address and phone number as well as the name of Abdul Razak’s private investigator, would be tendered as part of
the evidence.

In addition, the prosecution would also produce evidence to show that Altantuya had gone to Abdul Razak’s house
on the evening of Oct 19 last year and the political analyst, on learning that she was there, asked the private
investigator to “entertain her until his men arrived.”

Subsequently, Abdul Razak contacted C/Insp Azilah, who later came to his house in a car with Kpl Sirul Azhar to take
Altantuya away. The two policemen were the last people seen with the deceased.

According to the opening statement, Altantuya might not have been shot dead before she was blown up with
explosives, as widely believed. Tun Abdul Majid said evidence would be adduced to show that the deceased’s cause
of death was “probable blast-related injuries”, which means she may have died the cruel death of being blown up
alive.

Altantuya, in a police report lodged some eight hours before her disappearance, had stated that if anything were to
happen to her, the police should look for someone named “Razak Baginda.” Apart from that, the prosecution would
also rely on a confession made by Kpl Sirul Azhar to his superior, and also on some items belonging to the deceased
found in his house for this case.

In addition, a pair of bloodstained slippers was also found in the corporal’s car, and a DNA test concluded that it was
the deceased’s blood. Tun Abdul Majid said that it was C/Insp Azilah who led police to the crime scene.

The two policemen are charged with jointly murdering Altantuya between 10pm on Oct 19 and 1am on Oct 20, 2006
at Lots 12843 and 16735 in Mukim Bukit Raja, Shah Alam. Abdul Razak, who is accused of abetting them, had his
charge amended yesterday to having committed the offence between 9.54am on Oct 18 and 9.45pm on Oct 19 in
2006 in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

In the original charge, he was accused of committing the offence between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18 at Level
10, Bangunan Getah Asli, 148, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.



Tajuk Artikel: News Focus : 40,000 secure varsity places
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007




                      Co-curricular marks were the deciding factor in courses such as
                      medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

PUTRAJAYA, Tues: It was almost a repeat of last year’s incident.

Some 40,000 of the country’s best and brightest students gained entry into public universities this year but 27,994 did
not. But the number of unsuccessful applicants was lower than last year because of fewer applications.

Higher Education Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Hassan Said attributed this to options at private universities and
more scholarships, grants and other funds from the government.

There were 68,110 applications this year compared with 74,967 last year. Again, not all of the 4.0 cumulative grade
point average performers in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia examination and matriculation are getting into
medicine — the most coveted course among top scorers.

Marks for co-curricular activities were once again a major deciding factor as it was last year when it was reinstated
after a four-year hiatus.


The co-curricular marks were the deciding factor in courses such as medicine,
dentistry and pharmacy. These were provided by the Education Ministry this year as
opposed to the Higher Education Ministry last year,

A total of 925 students will study medicine, dentistry (205) and pharmacy (280). The
number of seats offered remained the same as last year.

Hassan said the co-curriculum marks were significant as a student with an
exceptional CGPA of 4.0 and poor co-curriculum marks could lose out to someone
with a CGPA of 3.7 and high co-curriculum marks.

"There were several cases where candidates had a CGPA of 4.0 but because they
had low co-curriculum marks, their merit standing was lower than those with a lower       Datuk Dr Hassan Said says there
CGPA and a higher mark for co-curriculum. There are some in the former category           are fewer applicants this year
who did not get into their first-choice courses."

Hassan said a candidate’s success depended on merit marks and also the choice of programme.

"If their merit marks are not high and the eight choices they applied for are in competitive courses, then there is a
higher possibility of rejection."

Those who applied to popular institutes of higher learning also faced fierce competition and hence stood a higher
chance of rejection.

To accommodate as many students as possible with high merit marks, the ministry is offering them similar courses at
another institution.

Asked about cut-off points for certain courses and the number of CGPA 4.0 students who failed to get into their
chosen programmes, Hassan said the ministry was still analysing the data.

The task is expected to be completed in the next few weeks.

 Public universities will be sending offer letters to successful candidates from today. Students can also print out their
offer letters through several websites listed on www.mohe.gov.my.

Hassan said only appeals from those who failed to receive any offer or those who received offers outside their
chosen eight courses may appeal through the ministry’s e-Rayuan system.

The closing date for e-Rayuan is on June 29.
Tajuk Artikel: Parliament in Brief :Repairs to cost RM13m
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

REPAIRS to the roof of Parliament House is estimated to cost RM13 million. Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy
Vellu said his ministry had awarded the job to Jasaman Sdn Bhd.

"The letter of intent has been issued but the value of the contract has yet to be finalised." In a written reply to Loh
Seng Kok (BN-Kelana Jaya), Samy Vellu said the work would include replacing the waterproof membrane of the
concrete roof and replacing the rain water channels. In May, opposition leader Lim Kit Siang had drawn attention to
the leaks in the foyer.




Tajuk Artikel: Parliament in Brief :Book on riots not banned
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

A BOOK on the May 13 race riots which had created a stir will not be banned, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi said.

Abdullah said the book, May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969, posed no danger to the
country’s security. He said the police had never seized any copy of the book written by Dr Kua Kia Soong or issued
any warning about the book. He said this in a written reply to Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Tanjong) who wanted to know
the outcome of a review of the book.



Tajuk Artikel: No escape from floods for KL folk
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

The flash floods which occurred in Kuala Lumpur on June 10 caused chaos.

THE people of Kuala Lumpur will have to live with flash floods. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk
Seri Azmi Khalid said although much had been done, flash floods were likely to plague Kuala Lumpur.

"In the Masjid Jamek area in particular, there is a lot of development. And when the drainage system cannot cope,
flash floods will occur."

Speaking in the parliament lobby, Azmi said among the reasons for the rising floodwaters was blocked drains.

The onus therefore lay on individuals and companies to stop littering waterways and drains.

Asked whether compensation would be paid to those affected by the floods in Kuala Lumpur recently, he said: "The
cabinet has yet to decide on the matter."

Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, the DAP MP for Bukit Bintang, Fong Kui Lun, tabled a motion on the floods which
occurred in Kuala Lumpur on June 10.

Fong urged the government and City Hall to "go the extra mile" in finding a solution to the flash floods that
periodically occurred in the city. He said since the start of the millennium, Kuala Lumpur had been hit by eight major
flash floods which had left losses running into millions of ringgit.

He added that many of the businesses were still recovering from the last flash flood last year. He called on the
government to offer compensation to the victims. "Last year during the floods in Johor, the government offered
compensation to the victims for their losses. I hope the government will consider the same for the Kuala Lumpur flood
victims," he said.

Tan Kok Wai (DAP-Cheras) said over the last two decades, the authorities had outlined many plans to mitigate flash
floods in Kuala Lumpur, including the ambitious SMART tunnel to manage storm water during heavy rain, but nothing
had come of it.

Datuk Mohd Aziz (BN-Seri Gading) said city folk might be able to accept the floods if they occurred once every 30
years. "But the frequency has increased and the people are saying that there is something wrong with Kuala
Lumpur’s planning," he added.



Tajuk Artikel: WATER: Selangor can learn from Penang’s success
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

By : RICHARD CLIVE GIVNEY, Ampang, Selangor

OBVIOUSLY, it was a mistake. First, the government was all for the privatisation of the treatment and supply
of water in 1997.

It separated the low-risk water treatment function — now handled by three private firms, including Puncak Niaga —
from the high-risk distribution, pipeline maintenance and billing function, which was taken over by then state-owned
PUAS (now Syabas).

Water treatment plants are the easiest things to run. There are no worries about wastage and bill collections.
Water is derived freely from the rivers; you just have to treat the commodity without worrying about its distribution.

Most of the losses incurred are in the distribution, with almost half of the water lost underground.

From then on, problems crop up in the distribution side and also non-revenue water due to leaks or theft.

It is no wonder that Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said "water treatment
and water supply players do not see eye-to-eye with water distributors".

Hence, the government faces the awkward prospect of having to re-nationalise one of the country’s profitable
privatised ventures — water.
So the mistake is rectified. But can the state handle it?

The sterling performance of Penang’s state-linked and owned companies in water supply management —
Perbadanan Bekalan Air Pulau Pinang and Penang Development Corporation, the investment arm of the state —
could be emulated by Selangor. Selangor’s water tariff is one of the highest at 77 sen per cubic metre for domestic
consumption compared with only 31 sen in Penang.

Surely Selangor, with its successful government-linked companies, could tap their experience to run the water supply
management.

Learning from Penang, Selangor could choose to operate its water supply management autonomously and free from
political interference. Penang is proof that a state-linked and owned company can be financially and organisationally
independent.

Selangor already owns a stake in Konsortium Abass and Splash through its state investment arm, Kumpulan Darul
Ehsan Bhd. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo’s recent announcement to form a consortium to combine
water treatment and distribution to lower costs and tariffs is indeed a wise and smart move.




Tajuk Artikel: FLOODS IN KL: We need to be sure that the system will work
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

By : A. MUSTAFFA BABHJEE, Bukit Damansara Kuala Lumpur

I AM sure taxpayers want to know what will be the final bill for flood mitigation schemes in Kuala Lumpur.

The impression given was that the RM2.168 billion spent on the Stormwater Management and Road Tunnel (Smart
tunnel, now renamed Bestari) would solve the flood woes of the city. It came as a shock to me and even my engineer
friends that another monstrous sum of RM6 billion would be spent to build water retention ponds in Kuala Lumpur by
the Drainage and Irrigation Department and a yet undisclosed sum for another two Smart tunnels by City Hall.

I cannot figure out why we filled up hundreds of mining ponds we had around Kuala Lumpur in the first place. Those
ponds would have cost the government peanuts to acquire.

Motorists using the Smart motorway experienced some terrifying moments when they were trapped for 15 to 25
minutes in the tunnel due to the massive jam at the single lane exits of the motorway.

Friends who were caught in the jam said they came out frightened and smarting. I feel that the taxpayers should be
informed of the real financial burden and given some assurances that the system will work and the money was
justifiably spent.

As a naturalist, I see the solution in preserving the environment around all rivers and restoring them to their former
state.
Tajuk Artikel: FLOODS IN KL: Fault lies in poor planning
Sumber / Tarikh: New Straits Times Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

By : DATUK MARIMUTHU NADASON, President Federation of Consumers Associations of Malaysia

THE floods in Kuala Lumpur last week caused a lot of damage and inconvenience. It has also created a bad image
about the country during Visit Malaysia Year. It was reported that the overflow of river water largely contributed to the
massive flooding.

When the Klang Valley was greener, the forest acted as a sponge to absorb increases in rainfall and, thus, swelling
of rivers. However, rapid development and deforestation has reduced this effect dramatically.

The usual measure is to develop the town and drainage accordingly, with additional measures to reduce the effect of
occurrences like the recent floods. It is very much the case of no proper town planning and a lack of communication
among the Drainage and Irrigation Department, City Hall, developers and relevant government bodies.

How can the agencies assure residents that such incidents would not recur?

There was also a report by a Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia lecturer that this was a La Nina phenomenon and it
was unlikely to go away soon. Yet, an official of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US
Department of Commerce, has said "there is no El Nino or La Nina taking place right now, but conditions have in
some respect been La Nina-like for the past few months. There is also the possibility, based on current conditions
and forecast, that La Nina may develop later this year."

The relevant agencies should make planning documents available to the public and must take into consideration the
public’s views, concerns and ideas to improve the planning.
Tajuk Artikel: Razak plotted murder: DPP
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online Tuesday 19th June 2007



The high-profile Altantuya Shaariibuu murder trial opened
in the High Court today with the prosecution saying that
police special unit Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Cpl
Sirul Azhar Umar killed the Mongolian on instructions of her
lover, political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.

DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said the prosecution
will prove:

    •    Abdul Razak planned and ordered the killing of
         Altantuya, and that two officers of the police elite
         unit executed the order.
    •    He had ignored a senior police officer's advice to
         lodge a police report regarding Altantuya's
         harassment, instead telling him to keep secret
         what he had been told.
    •    Abdul Razak had met Azilah and a few hours
         later, Azilah and Sirul Azhar were seen at Hotel
         Malaya, where Altantuya stayed.
    •    Altantuya's blood was found on a pair of slippers
         in Sirul Azhar's car. Some of her belongings were
         also found in his possession. Sirul Azhar had also
         confessed his crime to his superior officer.

First prosecution witness, private investigator P.
Balasubramaniam, testified:

    •    He was hired by Abdul Razak to stop a Mongolian
         woman from meeting him. Also told to follow his
         daughter as a threat had been made against her.
    •    On Oct 9, he got a call the Mongolian was in front
         of Bangunan Lembaga Getah Asli in Ampang
         where Abdul Razak's office is located.
    •    He called the police and two policemen turned up. One of them spoke to a woman named "Aminah"
         (Altantuya).
    •    He was told by the policemen that the woman wanted to meet her husband who works in the building. He
         called Abdul Razak but he had left.
Tajuk Artikel: 'Altantunya's blood found on accused's slippers'
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

R. Surenthira Kumar and S. Tamarai Chelvi

SHAH ALAM (June 18, 2007): Police found the blood of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu on the slippers of Kpl Sirul
Azhar Umar of the police special action unit, the prosecution told the High Court when outlining its case on day one
of the high-profile trial.

Prosecution team leader Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah said police also found several items belonging to Altantuya in
Sirul Azhar's possession and Sirul Azhar had also made a confession to his superior officer.

He said they also have evidence to show that Chief Insp Azilah Hadri and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda had
met at Razaks office, and that a few hours later, Azilah and Sirul Azhar were seen at Hotel Malaya, where Altantuya
stayed.

Tun Abdul Majid told trial judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yasin the prosecution will prove beyond reasonable doubt that
Sirul Azhar, 35, and Azilah, 30, murdered the 28-year-old Mongolian and Abdul Razak, 47, who was her lover, had
abetted them by planning and ordering the killing.

To do this, he said, they will rely on direct and circumstantial evidence.

"Our case will also depend on expert, scientific, documentary testimony and also Sirul Azhar's confession to the
crime to his superiors," he said.

At the outset, the prosecution got the court's approval to amend the charge against Abdul Razak, regarding the time
he allegedly committed the abetment.

The amendment stated the offence was committed between 9.54am on Oct 18, 2006 and 9.45pm on Oct 19, 2006.
(The original charge had put it at between 9.45am and 11.05am on Oct 18, 2006)

Tun Abdul Majid laid out the facts of the case, saying Abdul Razak had known Altantuya from 2004 until August
2005, when their relationship ended.

He said during the time, Abdul Razak had given money to Altantuya but decided to stop doing so in 2006, after which
the woman came here from Mongolia to demand for more money.

He said evidence will be adduced to show the following:

    •     Altantuya had arrived in Kuala Lumpur with two friends on Oct 8, 2006 to meet Abdul Razak.
    •    Altantuya had left notes to Abdul Razak in an effort to meet him and demand money and she had made
         threats that if her demands were not met, his daughter's life would be in danger.
    •    To avoid being harassed, Abdul Razak had hired a private investigator to tail the victim and provide security
         for his home to prevent the victim from harassing or meeting him.
    •    Despite the private investigator being hired, Abdul Razak continued to be harassed and threatened by the
         Mongolian woman.
    •    Abdul Razak had related the threats and problem faced by him to a friend, a senior police officer, and
         sought his advice.
    •    The friend had advised Abdul Razak to lodge a police report because of the seriousness of the threat but
         the political analyst had refused to. Abdul Razak had instead asked the senior police officer to keep secret
         what he had told him.
    •    He instead asked the friend to introduce a police officer from the Brickfields police station to help him
         overcome his problem.
    •    That officer had said he knew an officer from the Special Action Unit, the officer being the first accused
         Azilah.
    •    The Brickfields officer had given Azilah's contact number to Abdul Razak.
    •    Azilah had met Abdul Razak at Razak's office between 9.54am and 11.05am on Oct 18, 2006.
    •    Altantuya caused a ruckus at Abdul Razak's home on Oct 19, as a result of which she was taken to the
         police station to lodge a report, but Abdul Razak, through a private investigator, had asked her not to do so
         for fear it would be publicised in the newspapers.
    •    Evidence from witnesses shows Altantuya was taken from Abdul Razak's house on the fateful day, based
         on CCTV recordings, and telephone communication transactions would reveal the connection and planning
         among the three accused in committing the murder.
    •    The private investigator hired by Abdul Razak had suggested to him to get the Immigration Department's
         help to send Altantuya home, but the advice was ignored.
    •    Azilah and Sirul Azhar were the last persons seen with Altantuya before her killing.

Tun Abdul Majid said Altantuya was taken to the scene of the killing and Azilah and Sirul Azhar had blown up the
victim with explosives.

"Evidence will be forwarded to show 'probable blast-related injuries' was the cause of death, based on the
pathologist's report," he said.



Tajuk Artikel: Private eye: Razak hired me to stop woman from meeting him
Sumber / Tarikh: The Sun Online Tuesday 19th June 2007

SHAH ALAM (June 18, 2007): The prosecution's first witness - a private investigator -
told the High Court he was hired by Abdul Razak Abdullah to stop a Mongolian woman
from meeting him as she was threatening him for money.

P. Balasubramaniam, 47, said he met Abdul Razak after getting a call from a person
called "Magen".

He said he went to Abdul Razak's office on the 10th floor of Bangunan Lembaga Getah
Asli and met him, either on Oct 6 or 7.

Abdul Razak told him he had received a threatening call from a man, believed to be a
policeman, and that he sounded like a Chinese. He said Abdul Razak told him he
recorded the call on his handphone.
                                                                                              P. Balasubramaniam
Balasubramaniam said he told Abdul Razak to lodge a police report but was told he had
a family lawyer, whom he later met to discuss his payment.

He said Abdul Razak also gave him the following instructions:
    •    A Mongolian woman would come to his office and that he was to stop her from meeting him. He was to
         follow Abdul Razak from office to his home.
    •    The next day, Abdul Razak told him to follow his daughter to and from her school in Damansara.

Asked by DPP Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah during examination why he was ordered to follow the daughter, he said
the threat was made against Abdul Razak's daughter. He said he was also asked to "stand by" at Abdul Razak's
office, and to call him should the woman appear there.

Balasubramaniam said that on Oct 9, 2006, he received a call saying the woman was in front of the building.

He said he was at Plaza Pekeliling between 9am and 10.30am and he told his assistant, K. Suras Kumar, to go to the
building first. He arrived five minutes later and went up to the 10th floor.

There, receptionist Siti Aishah Mohd Azlan told him three women and a man had gone down to the lower ground
floor.

He said he was also told by Siti Aishah one of the women had slipped a letter on the floor in an office.

Balasubramaniam said he went down and saw the women outside a gate and looking at the office. He said he was
with Suras at the lobby.

Later, when the Mongolian women were standing near the stairs, Suras borrowed a lighter from one of the woman
and struck up a conservation with them while the man was waiting in the car.

Balasubramaniam then called Razak and told him to leave the building from the back entrance.

He said he then called the police and two policemen turned up. One of them, V. Palaniandy, spoke to a woman
named "Aminah" (Altantuya).

The policeman later told him that Aminah's "husband" worked as an executive director in the building and that they
were waiting to meet him.

He said he called Abdul Razak again and was told he had left the building. He continues his testimony today.
Tajuk Artikel: Pak Lah senang dijaga: Jeanne

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

Daripada Zaharah Othman

LONDON: “Keutamaan saya adalah untuk berada di sisi Datuk Seri dan menjaga beliau,” kata isteri Perdana
Menteri, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah.

Beliau, yang singgah di sini dalam perjalanan menemani Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi melakukan lawatan ke
Russia mengaku kehidupannya banyak berubah selepas berkahwin dengan Perdana Menteri kira-kira dua minggu
lalu.

“Kehidupan saya banyak sekali berubah tetapi tidak ada siapapun yang mengenakan apa-apa desakan pada diri
saya. Peranan saya memang sudah berubah dan kini keutamaan saya adalah untuk berada di sisi suami, membantu
dan menjaganya,” kata Jeanne ketika beramah mesra dengan Perwakilan London di sini, kelmarin.

Majlis itu dianjurkan oleh isteri Pesuruhjaya Tinggi Malaysia ke United Kingdom, Datin Munah Razak serta ahli
Perwakilan London terdiri daripada isteri diplomat dan pegawai Malaysia di sini. Kira-kira 40 ahli Perwakilan London
hadir untuk berkenalan dan beramah mesra dengannya.

Jeanne yang nampak riang dan selesa dalam pertemuan pertamanya dengan anggota misi Malaysia di luar negara
berkata, mengikuti lawatan 10 hari Perdana Menteri ke luar negara bermakna beliau berjauhan dengan dua anaknya
Nadiah, 29 dan Nadene, 27.

“Kami bertiga begitu rapat dan selama 15 tahun hanya kami bertiga. Saya merindui mereka selalu, terutama sewaktu
berpisah sebegini. Apabila saya membuat keputusan untuk mengahwini Datuk Seri, saya memanggil mereka untuk
mendapatkan sokongan dan mereka memberi sokongan penuh kepada kami,” katanya.

Sebagai seorang yang pernah menguruskan Kompleks Seri Perdana, Jeanne tahu keperluan Perdana Menteri dan
tidak menghadapi banyak masalah dalam menjalani kehidupan barunya sebagai isteri Abdullah.

“Saya sudah lama menjaga Datuk Seri dan peranan saya kini berubah sedikit. Datuk Seri adalah seorang yang baik
hati dan memang senang untuk menjaganya,” kata Jeanne.

Beliau bagaimanapun mengelak soalan bagaimana Abdullah melamarnya. “Tentu sekali beliau tidak berlutut, tetapi
biarlah itu kekal sebagai rahsia kami berdua,” katanya sambil ketawa.
Tajuk Artikel: Langkah cergaskan pasaran disokong

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Pengenalan sebarang peraturan yang menghalang syarikat tersenarai di Bursa Malaysia daripada
diambil alih atau dijadikan firma persendirian, akan mengurangkan minat syarikat untuk disenaraikan, kata Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Perdana Menteri yang juga Menteri Kewangan berkata, pengenalan peraturan seperti itu juga tidak membantu
mencergaskan pasaran dan dagangan saham di Bursa Malaysia selain menjejaskan minat pelabur.

"Pasaran saham wujud antara lain adalah untuk syarikat merealisasikan nilai mereka dan bagi pelabur memperoleh
keuntungan daripada pelaburan.
"Oleh itu, pasaran mesti memberi laluan kepada aktiviti korporat, umpamanya pengambilalihan dan percantuman
yang boleh meningkatkan nilai syarikat tersenarai. Ia dapat membantu pasaran lebih cergas," katanya.

Perdana Menteri berkata demikian dalam jawapan bertulis terhadap lapan soalan dikemukakan Ahli Parlimen
kerajaan dan pembangkang mengenai Maxis Commmunications Bhd (Maxis) yang dicadangkan dijadikan syarikat
persendirian.

Mereka bertanyakan alasan kerajaan melalui Suruhanjaya Sekuriti (SC) dan Jawatankuasa Pelaburan Asing (FIC)
membenarkan syarikat gergasi telekomunikasi itu dijadikan syarikat persendirian.

Perdana Menteri berkata, syarat menentukan pemilikan ekuiti berada dalam tanggungjawab kementerian atau agensi
pelesenan dan apabila sesebuah syarikat diswastakan, perubahan dalam pemilikan ekuiti tertakluk kepada syarat
ditetapkan Kementerian atau agensi berkenaan. Katanya, kajian The Edge Financial Daily menunjukkan harga 17
tawaran tunai syarikat awam adalah 21 peratus lebih tinggi daripada harga seminggu sebelum penggantungan
saham syarikat berkenaan.

Malah Abdullah berkata, pada minggu selepas pengumuman Maxis itu, harga saham DiGi dan TM (Telekom
Malaysia) serta saham lain berkaitan indeks meningkat apabila pelabur mula mengubah suai portfolio masing-
masing.

Beliau berkata, hasil tawaran pengambilalihan kebiasaannya mengalir semula ke pasaran oleh pelabur Malaysia dan
antarabangsa yang terus berminat mengekalkan pegangan aset dalam pasaran modal.

"Selain itu, pihak membuat pemerolehan berkemungkinan mengambil peluang ke atas pasaran bon dan sistem
perbankan Malaysia bagi membiaya tawaran pengambilalihan.

"Dalam konteks ini, persekitaran kadar faedah yang rendah pada masa ini menggalakkan penjanaan pembiayaan
daripada pasaran bon. Oleh itu bida pengambilalihan akan turut membantu menggalakkan pertumbuhan pasaran
bon negara," katanya.

Perdana Menteri juga berkata, bukti yang menyokong dakwaan tindakan menjadikan syarikat tersenarai sebagai
firma persendirian menyebabkan aliran keluar dana daripada pasaran domestik, amat sedikit.
"Pelabur juga boleh menolak sekiranya mereka berasa tawaran itu tidak menarik. Kerajaan pula akan memastikan
tawaran itu adil bagi pelabur minoriti, mematuhi undang-undang dan peraturan sekuriti serta syarikat melaksanakan
tadbir urus yang baik,” katanya.



Tajuk Artikel: Harga ayam, ikan terus meningkat

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Sebahagian harga barang keperluan di ibu kota didapati terus meningkat terutama barangan
basah seperti ikan kembung dan ayam sementara di beberapa negeri, harga sayuran seperti cili merah dan tomato
menunjukkan penurunan.

Tinjauan Berita Harian di Pasar Chow Kit, di sini, mendapati harga barang basah terus mencatatkan peningkatan.
Harga ayam naik 50 sen daripada RM5.30 kepada RM5.80 sekilogram (sekilo), ikan kembung naik RM4 kepada
RM9, udang sederhana naik RM2 kepada RM12 dan kacang buncis naik RM1 kepada RM6.

Harga sebahagian sayuran didapati menurun seperti tomato turun RM1 kepada RM3.50, cili merah dan kubis
masing-masing turun 50 sen kepada RM5 dan RM2.

Di Pasar Keramat, tinjauan mendapati harga kembung menunjukkan peningkatan ketara sebanyak RM4 kepada
RM10 daripada RM6, manakala harga udang dan kacang panjang masing-masing turun RM1 kepada RM13 dan
RM4 dan bayam turun 50 sen kepada RM2.50.

Di PERLIS, harga kembung naik RM1 kepada RM7, bawal putih naik RM2 kepada RM20, bawang merah naik 50
sen kepada RM3 dan bawang besar naik 20 sen kepada RM2, manakala harga sawi turun 50 sen kepada RM3.50,
cili merah dan kacang buncis masing-masing turun RM1 kepada RM8 dan RM5.

Di MELAKA, harga ayam naik 20 sen kepada RM5.20, cili merah naik RM1 kepada RM6, sawi dan tomato masing-
masing naik 50 sen kepada RM3 dan RM4.50 manakala harga cencaru turun RM1 kepada RM5.

Di KOTA KINABALU, harga ikan bawal putih naik RM3 kepada RM18 manakala udang sederhana turun RM2
kepada RM14 dan ayam turun 20 sen RM7.

Di JOHOR BAHRU, harga kembung naik RM1 kepada RM10, kubis dan tomato masing-masing naik 50 sen kepada
RM2.50 dan RM5 manakala cili merah turun RM1 kepada RM7 dan sawi turun 50 sen kepada RM2.50.
Tajuk Artikel: 900 peminjam PTPK disenarai hitam

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

Oleh Amin Ridzuan Ishak

Bekas pelajar tak lunas hutang disekat pinjam bank
KUALA LUMPUR: Kira-kira 900 peminjam Perbadanan Tabung Pembangunan Kemahiran (PTPK) sesi 2002 yang
gagal melunaskan pinjaman berjumlah RM600,000 hingga RM800,000 tidak akan dibenarkan memperoleh pinjaman
daripada mana-mana institusi kewangan, termasuk untuk membeli kereta atau rumah.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif PTPK, Lam Lai Meng, berkata mulai Julai ini, nama mereka akan disenarai hitam dalam
rekod Credit Tip Off Service Sdn Bhd (CTOS) dan Bris Information Services Sdn Bhd (BRIS).

Beliau berkata, tindakan ini kali pertama dilaksanakan dan mereka yang disenarai hitam dalam CTOS dan BRIS
tidak boleh membuat pinjaman dengan mana-mana institusi kewangan di negara ini.

"Kumpulan pertama ini adalah graduan yang gagal menghubungi kami dan langsung tidak membuat pembayaran
atau menghubungi kami selepas tamat pengajian. Surat amaran sudah diberi sejak dulu lagi tetapi nampaknya
mereka tidak menghiraukan amaran kami.

“Jika peminjam ingkar ini masih berdegil, PTPK juga akan menghantar notis tuntutan dan mendakwa mereka di
mahkamah, sekali gus mengundang risiko dipenjarakan atau harta mereka disita,” katanya ketika kepada Berita
Harian di sini.

PTPK diwujudkan Kementerian Sumber Manusia bertujuan menyalurkan pembiayaan kepada pelatih untuk
mengikuti program Majlis Latihan Vokasional Kebangsaan (MLVK) di Pusat Bertauliah (PB) swasta di seluruh
negara.

Lam berkata, tindakan tegas terpaksa diambil bagi mengutip semula hutang peminjam yang mencecah RM289 juta
sejak 2002.

“Sebelum tindakan ini (senarai hitam) diambil, kami mengiklankan nama mereka di akhbar hujung bulan ini sebagai
peringatan terakhir dan mereka diberi tempoh dua minggu untuk menghubungi PTPK sebelum nama mereka
disenarai hitam dalam CTOS dan BRIS,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, peminjam disenarai hitam dalam CTOS serta BRIS perlu menghubungi PTPK bagi berbincang
mengenai pembayaran hutang sebelum nama mereka dikeluarkan daripada senarai berkenaan.

“Jika mereka masih gagal berbuat demikian, kami akan mengenakan kadar faedah tambahan sekali ganda
berbanding tiga peratus sekarang. “Daripada rekod kami, kira-kira 50 peratus daripada 150,000 pelajar yang
mendapat pembiayaan PTPK mempunyai pekerjaan. Hanya 2,433 orang sudah membayar balik sepenuhnya jumlah
pinjaman mereka,” katanya.

Lam berkata, PTPK akan mengetatkan syarat pinjaman pengajian mulai sesi pengajian depan bagi memastikan
peminjam membayar balik hutang mereka.
“Kami hanya menaja program yang mampu memberi peluang pekerjaan seperti bidang perhotelan, masakan,
automotif dan pembuatan. “Selain itu, kami mengetatkan syarat pemilihan penjamin dari segi gaji iaitu penjamin
harus berpendapatan minimum RM1,000 sebulan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, dalam usaha mengesan semula pinjaman tegar, PTPK sudah mengadakan perbincangan dengan
Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN), Pertubuhan Keselamatan Sosial (Perkeso) dan Kumpulan Wang Simpanan
Pekerja (KWSP).



Tajuk Artikel: Buku mengenai 13 Mei dibenar

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

DATUK Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi berkata buku May 13: Declassified Documents on the Malaysian Riots of 1969
dibenarkan dijual kerana kandungannya tidak memudaratkan keselamatan negara.

Perdana Menteri yang juga Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (KKDN) berkata, keputusan itu dibuat selepas
kementerian menyemak kandungan buku itu.

"Kementerian mengambil keputusan bahawa buku itu tidak dikenakan perintah larangan mengikut Seksyen 7(1) Akta
Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan 1984. Buku ini dibenarkan dijual kerana kandungannya tidak memudaratkan
keselamatan negara," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian dalam jawapan bertulis kepada soalan Chow Kon Yeow (DAP-Tanjong) dan M Kulasegaran
(DAP-Ipoh Barat) yang bertanya keputusan KKDN selepas menyemak buku itu.

Buku yang ditulis bekas Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya (DAP), Dr Kua Kia Soong dan didakwa ditulis berdasarkan
dokumen sulit Pejabat Rekod Awam di London itu antara lain mendakwa rusuhan dalam peristiwa itu tersebut
berpunca daripada konspirasi kelas menengah untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan.

Perdana Menteri berkata, polis juga tidak pernah membuat rampasan atau mengeluarkan amaran berhubung
penerbitan buku itu.
Tajuk Artikel: Ujian dadah, arak enam bulan sekali

Sumber / Tarikh: Berita Harian Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

Oleh Mohd Azis Ngah

Majikan ingkar boleh dipenjara, denda RM20,000

KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan akan memastikan semua majikan di negara ini menjalankan ujian saringan dadah,
alkohol dan bahan terlarang terhadap pekerja mereka enam bulan sekali bagi memastikan mereka bebas daripada
gejala negatif itu.

Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar, berkata, majikan yang gagal mematuhi peraturan
itu boleh dikenakan hukuman penjara maksimum dua tahun atau denda sehingga RM20,000, atau kedua-duanya
sekali. Katanya, peraturan mewajibkan semua majikan membuat ujian itu sudah ditetapkan dalam Kod Amalan
Pencegahan dan Pembasmian Penyalahgunaan Dadah, Alkohol dan Bahan di Tempat Kerja yang bertujuan
memastikan Akta Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerja 1994 dipatuhi.

“Arahan mengenai perkara itu sudah lama dikeluarkan, tetapi ia gagal dikuatkuasakan sepenuhnya dan kita dapati
masih ramai majikan tidak mematuhi peraturan berkenaan atau sengaja bersikap tidak ambil peduli,” katanya di sini,
semalam.

Beliau berkata demikian pada majlis perasmian Seminar Perdana dan Pameran Pencegahan Dadah di Tempat Kerja
2007 yang dirasmikan Timbalan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri yang juga Presiden Persatuan Mencegah
Dadah Malaysia (Pemadam), Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum.

Menurut Akta Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerja 1994, semua majikan yang yang mempunyai lebih 40 pekerja
mesti menubuhkan Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan bagi membantu mencegah masalah
penyalahgunaan dadah di kalangan pekerja.

Abdul Rahman berkata, jawatankuasa itu kemudian boleh membantu majikan untuk melaksanakan ujian saringan
dadah terbabit kepada semua pekerja setiap enam bulan dan membantu menyediakan laporan mengenainya.

Beliau berkata, kementerian mengeluarkan 500,000 pekeliling mengenai peraturan itu kepada majikan di seluruh
negara bagi mengingatkan mereka berhubung tanggungjawab mengadakan ujian terbabit.

Katanya, tindakan itu dilakukan sebagai bukti komitmen bahawa kerajaan sentiasa serius dalam menangani masalah
penyalahgunaan dadah di tempat kerja, sekali gus memastikan guna tenaga negara bebas daripada masalah
terbabit.

“Ramai majikan yang tak ambil berat hal ini. Mereka hanya sedar ada pekerja yang terbabit dalam gejala dadah
apabila berlaku sesuatu kes, misalnya selepas mereka terbabit dalam kemalangan dan disahkan positif,” katanya.
Tajuk Artikel: Perdana Menteri tiba di Rusia

Sumber / Tarikh: Utusan Malaysia Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

Daripada AZIZ ISHAK




 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi memeriksa kawalan kehormatan sejurus tiba di Moscow, Rusia untuk lawatan rasmi tiga
                                   hari ke negara itu, semalam. – AP.

MOSCOW 18 Jun – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan isteri, Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah tiba
di sini petang ini bagi memulakan lawatan tiga hari ke Rusia yang dijangka membuka fasa baru hubungan yang lebih
strategik.

Ketibaan mereka disambut dalam upacara ringkas dan perbarisan kawalan kehormat di Lapangan Terbang Vnukovo.

Abdullah dan isteri kelihatan ceria ketika beramah mesra dengan para diplomat termasuk 10 duta negara ASEAN di
Rusia.

Inilah lawatan ke luar negara yang kedua menyaksikan Abdullah diiringi Jeanne selepas mereka bernikah pada 9
Jun lalu. Dua hari selepas diijab kabul, mereka bersama-sama ke Brunei menghadiri majlis pernikahan puteri Sultan
Brunei.

Ketibaan Perdana Menteri dan isteri disambut oleh Timbalan Menteri Luar Rusia, Alexander Saltanov.

Turut berada di lapangan terbang ialah Menteri Penerangan, Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin dan Menteri Pengajian
Tinggi Datuk Mustapa Mohamed, Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid dan Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk
Musa Aman.

Mereka adalah sebahagian anggota delegasi lawatan tersebut selain Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar dan
Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis yang tiba berasingan petang ini.

Malam ini, Abdullah dan Jeanne diraikan pada majlis makan malam anjuran Duta Malaysia, Datuk Mohamad Khalis
Ali Hassan di bangunan kedutaan di sini.
Esok, Perdana Menteri akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan Presiden Rusia, Vladimir V. Putin dan diikuti
mesyuarat dua hala, yang dijangka menyentuh beberapa isu kepentingan bersama.

Inilah lawatan pertama Perdana Menteri ke Moscow sejak dilantik ke jawatan itu. Kunjungan beliau juga dilihat
istimewa kerana tahun ini merupakan ulang tahun ke-40 hubungan diplomatik Malaysia-Rusia terjalin.

Malaysia dan Rusia setakat ini menikmati hubungan yang baik dan menampakkan kemajuan pesat dalam kerjasama
ekonomi, perdagangan, sains, pertahanan dan pendidikan.

Kedua-dua negara juga berkongsi pendirian dalam banyak isu antarabangsa.

Semasa di Moscow, Perdana Menteri akan menerima kunjungan dua calon angkasawan Malaysia, Dr. Sheikh
Muszaphar Shukor dan Dr. Faiz Khaled yang kini giat menjalani latihan menjelang misi ke Stesen Angkasa Lepas
yang dijadulkan pada 6 Oktober ini.

Malaysia juga telah membeli 18 pesawat pejuang Sukhoi SU-30MKM buatan Rusia, dua daripadanya akan dihantar
sedikit masa lagi untuk kegunaan Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM).– Utusan



Tajuk Artikel: Uji air kencing pekerja enam bulan sekali

Sumber / Tarikh: Utusan Malaysia Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR 18 Jun – Kementerian Sumber Manusia meminta lebih 500,000 majikan di negara ini mengadakan
ujian air kencing setiap enam bulan sekali ke atas pekerja mereka bagi mengenal pasti bilangan pekerja yang terlibat
dalam penyalahgunaan dadah.

Timbalan Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar berkata, ketika ini banyak majikan tidak mengambil
berat keperluan mengadakan ujian tersebut.

Akibatnya, kata beliau, banyak kes pekerja yang terlibat kemalangan dikesan positif dadah hasil ujian air kencing
yang dijalankan oleh pihak berkuasa.

Menurutnya, Majlis Negara Bagi Keselamatan dan Kesihatan Pekerjaan (MNKKP) tahun lalu mengeluarkan garis
panduan tentang penyalahgunaan dadah, alkohol dan bahan berbahaya kepada lebih 500,000 majikan di seluruh
negara. ‘Jadi, kita minta pemeriksaan air kencing ini menjadi perkara wajib setiap enam bulan sekali bagi
mempastikan pekerja mereka tidak terlibat dengan dadah.

‘‘Ia juga bertujuan mengenal pasti pekerja yang terlibat dengan dadah,’’ katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas
perasmian Seminar Perdana Pencegahan Dadah Di Tempat Kerja dan Pameran 2007 anjuran Jawatankuasa Kecil
Pencegahan Dadah Di Tempat Kerja di Hotel Legend di sini hari ini.

Perasmian seminar sehari itu dilakukan oleh Timbalan Menteri Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Datuk Mohd. Johari
Baharum.

Abdul Rahman berkata, mana-mana pekerja yang didapati positif dadah perlu dihantar ke pusat serenti untuk
menjalani pemulihan. ‘‘Saya tidak nampak mengapa kita mesti bertolak ansur dengan penagih-penagih, pemabuk-
pemabuk atau penyalahgunaan kimia di tempat kerja. ‘‘Ia bukan sahaja memudaratkan diri tetapi juga boleh
mempengaruhi pekerja lain, sekali gus mengurangkan produktiviti majikan dan negara,’’ katanya.



Tajuk Artikel: 147 diberi notis pindah

Sumber / Tarikh: Harian Metro Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

Oleh Noraini Hussin

SELAYANG: Sebanyak 147 keluarga setinggan di Bukit Botak, dekat sini, yang tercicir daripada program
penempatan semula setinggan sudah diberikan notis oleh Majlis Pembandaran Selayang (MPS) agar
mengosongkan rumah mereka mulai semalam. Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (Adun) Templer, Datuk Ahmad Bhari
Abd Rahman, berkata tindakan itu diambil bagi memastikan penempatan setinggan di kawasan terbabit mampu
dihapuskan sepenuhnya.

Menurutnya, keluarga terbabit adalah sebahagian daripada mereka yang tidak layak memohon penempatan semula
bagi sesi sebelum ini dan bersetuju berpindah selepas notis dikeluarkan.

“Kita (kerajaan negeri) perlu mencari dan menyediakan penempatan baru bagi keluarga terbabit agar mereka
mendapat tempat berlindung dengan kadar segera. “Pembinaan penempatan baru untuk mereka itu penting bagi
memastikan golongan berkenaan mempunyai penempatan baru di samping untuk menjaga kebajikan mereka dan
kerajaan negeri harus mengambil serius hal ini,” katanya ketika meninjau kawasan berkenaan, semalam.

Ahmad Bhari turut melakukan pemantauan di penempatan semula setinggan Kampung Selayang Bahagia selain
meninjau keadaan tanah tinggi di Persiaran Templer.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Penyelaras Setinggan Bukit Botak, Sulaiman Abdul Hamid, berkata kebanyakan penduduk
di kawasan terbabit terdiri rakyat tempatan dan warga Indonesia yang menetap lebih 20 tahun dan sebahagian
daripada mereka sudah mendapat kerakyatan Malaysia.

“Sebanyak 23 daripada 50 keluarga Indonesia terbabit layak menerima penempatan semula setinggan setelah
ditemuduga pihak yang berkenaan,” katanya.

Shamsidar Lebai, 54, penduduk setinggan di Bukit Botak berkata, dia berat hati meninggalkan rumah yang didirikan
hasil titik peluhnya bersama suami. “Saya sedih kerana terpaksa meninggalkan rumah yang saya diami bersama
keluarga sejak 24 tahun lalu. “Buat sementara waktu saya terpaksa menyewa rumah di Keramat, sementara menanti
penempatan baru yang akan disediakan untuk kami sekeluarga,” katanya.

Penduduk setinggan di kawasan itu akan dipindahkan ke 156 unit penempatan baru di kawasan berkenaan apabila
kawasan berkenaan dimajukan kelak.
Tajuk Artikel: Penyampai Radio, TV Perlu Ikuti Seminar Penggunaan Bahasa Malaysia

Sumber / Tarikh: Bernama Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

PETALING JAYA, 18 Jun (Bernama) -- Semua penyampai radio dan televisyen perlu mengikuti seminar khas
penggunaan Bahasa Malaysia dalam media penyiaran bagi memastikan penggunaan istilah bahasa yang betul, kata
Timbalan Menteri Penerangan Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Beliau berkata satu seminar bertemakan "Kecelaruan
Penggunaan Bahasa Malaysia" anjuran Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) akan diadakan pada 18 dan 19 Julai
depan yang dirasmikan Raja Muda Perak Raja Nazrin Shah.

"Seminar itu wajib dihadiri semua penyampai radio dan televisyen kerana ia akan membantu mereka menggunakan
Bahasa Malaysia dalam tugas mereka dengan lebih baik," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas mempengerusikan
Mesyuarat Jawatankuasa Tetap Penyelarasan dan Penyeragaman Bahasa Dalam Media Penyiaran di sin.

Mesyuarat pada hari ini turut memutuskan beberapa resolusi lain, antaranya menggunakan sebutan Johor-Riau
dalam penyiaran kecuali untuk kata pinjaman dan mengelakkan penggunaan bahasa rojak dalam semua siaran radio
dan televisyen yang boleh menghalang perkembangan bahasa yang baik.

Ahmad Zahid berkata jawatankuasa turut bersetuju untuk mematuhi semua ketetapan berhubung ejaan, peristilahan
dan sebutan yang telah ditetapkan DBP dalam situasi yang formal dan pendekatan yang lebih liberal akan digunakan
untuk bidang penyiaran sesuai dengan laras bahasa penyiaran agar mudah difahami masyarakat. Selain itu, katanya
jawatankuasa akan memberikan anugerah kepada 10 individu bukan Melayu yang terlibat dalam bidang politik,
akademik, perniagaan dan penyiaran yang menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia dengan fasih.

Mengenai penggunaan Bahasa Malaysia dalam media elektronik yang lebih diberi penekanan oleh jawatankuasa itu,
beliau berkata media elektronik memberikan pengaruh yang lebih besar kepada masyarakat disebabkan kadar
peratusan penonton yang lebih tinggi berbanding media cetak.

"Kita khuatir jika penggunaan bahasa tidak diperbetulkan dalam media elektronik, ia tidak dapat memartabatkan
bahasa kebangsaan," katanya.

Ahmad Zahid berkata pemantauan komunikasi secara lisan dan tulisan telah dilakukan oleh jawatankuasa itu untuk
kesemua stesen televisyen dan radio tempatan dengan merekodkan dan menganalisis kesalahan penggunaan
bahasa serta menyediakan laporan pemantauan secara berkala.

Katanya hasil pemantauan itu mendapati RTM1 dan TV9 menggunakan 90 peratus Bahasa Malaysia dalam program
mereka, diikuti TV3 (75 peratus), RTM2 (17 peratus), 8TV (tujuh peratus) dan NTV7 (tiga peratus).

"Antara program yang menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia dengan baik ialah Berita Perdana, Selamat Pagi Malaysia,
Majalah Tiga dan Medik TV manakala penggunaan bahasa rojak dalam tajuk program antaranya Datin Diaries, Apa-
Apa Aje dan Akademi Fantasia," katanya.-- BERNAMA
Tajuk Artikel: Tindakan Tatatertib Bagi Kakitangan Kerja Sambilan

Sumber / Tarikh: Bernama Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

KUANTAN, 18 Jun (Bernama) -- Kakitangan kerajaan yang didapati membuat kerja sambilan di luar waktu pejabat
walaupun telah menerima kenaikan gaji akan dikenakan tindakan tatatertib, kata Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri
Pahang Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Salleh.

Beliau berkata perbuatan itu bukan sahaja merupakan satu kesalahan di sisi undang-undang seperti yang telah
digariskan oleh kerajaan malah ia juga boleh menjejaskan tumpuan mereka ketika bekerja di pejabat. Tegasnya,
kakitangan kerajaan terbabit perlu meletakkan jawatan jika merasakan pendapatan yang mereka peroleh daripada
kerja sambilan jauh lebih tinggi berbanding pekerjaan sekarang.

"Sejak kerajaan mengambil keputusan untuk menaikkan gaji kakitangan awam baru-baru ini, sewajarnya mereka
tidak lagi melanggar undang-undang tersebut kerana pendapatan bulanan kakitangan kerajaan kini sudah mengatasi
garis kemiskinan tegar," katanya kepada pemberita selepas menyampaikan Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang/
Terbaik 2006 dan Berkhidmat Setia 2007, Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK) di sini hari ini.

Katanya kerajaan selama ini telah banyak berlembut dalam perkara berkenaan dan tindakan tegas penting bagi
memastikan kualiti dan produktiviti jabatan kerajaan bertambah baik. Katanya kakitangan kerajaan kebiasaannya
terlibat dengan perniagaan secara kecil-kecilan seperti berniaga di pasar malam, jualan langsung atau menjadi
pemandu teksi selepas waktu pejabat.

Sementara itu, beliau turut memuji langkah MPK menubuhkan satu pusat sehenti bagi memudahkan orang ramai
berurusan dengan pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) khususnya dalam permohonan pertukaran status tanah. "Kita
yakin penubuhan pusat sehenti ini akan mempercepatkan proses permohonan daripada setahun kepada empat
bulan.-- BERNAMA



Tajuk Artikel: Buku Panduan Lengkap Untuk Pelancong Ke Ibu Negara Dilancar

Sumber / Tarikh: Bernama Online 19 Jun 2007 – Selasa

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Jun (Bernama) -- Melancong ke ibu negara kini lebih mudah buat pengunjung dalam dan luar
negara apabila sebuah buku panduan lengkap mengenai destinasi pelancongan dan restoran menarik di sekitar
Lembah Klang dilancarkan hari ini.

Buku berbahasa Inggeris berjudul "Insight City Guide: Kuala Lumpur", terbitan APA Publications GmbH dan Verlog
KG (Cawangan Singapura) dengan kerjasama Discovery Channel itu dilancarkan Timbalan Menteri Pelancongan
Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai.

"Buku ini memudahkan pelancong mengenali bandaraya Kuala Lumpur dengan lebih dekat lagi apabila mereka
datang melancong ke sini. "Ia turut dilengkapi dengan panduan percuma untuk pelancong menikmati makanan di 60
buah restoran terkenal di sekitar ibu kota," katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan buku itu, di sini.
Lim berkata sebagai permulaan sebanyak 15,000 naskhah telah dicetak untuk menilai penerimaannya di peringkat
antarabangsa. Beliau berkata penerbit bercadang untuk menterjemah buku itu ke dalam bahasa-bahasa utama
Eropah seperti Sepanyol, Jerman dan Perancis.

Buku itu memaparkan pelbagai tarikan pelancongan di sekitar Lembah Klang, termasuk mercu tanda utama ibu
negara dan sejarah Kuala Lumpur serta penduduknya selain panduan ke restoran terkenal yang menyajikan
pelbagai hidangan di sekitarnya.

Lim berkata pelancong akan lebih mudah untuk mengunjungi tempat-tempat menarik sekitar ibu negara kerana
dalam buku itu, ia diterangkan secara terperinci dan lengkap dengan peta.

"Segala keistimewaan yang ada di sini dapat ditonjolkan dengan lebih jelas lagi terutama kehidupan pelbagai budaya
serta makanan," katanya. Seorang daripada enam penulis buku itu, Shanon Shah berkata para penulis yang diambil
untuk berkarya di dalam buku ini terdiri daripada rakyat tempatan.

"Ini akan memberikan gambaran yang lebih lengkap dan betul mengenai tempat tumpuan pelancongan di sini serta
ia akan lebih meyakinkan pelancong yang membaca buku ini kerana ia ditulis oleh mereka yang fasih dan arif
tentang ibu kota," katanya.

Selain dijual di luar negara, buku itu boleh dibeli di kedai-kedai buku utama di Kuala Lumpur pada harga RM49.90.
-- BERNAMA

								
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