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					Tajuk Artikel : 25,000 pupils to get laptops
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

By R.S.N. MURALI

KUALA TERENGGANU: All Year Five pupils in Terengganu will be given broadband-enabled laptop
computers under the state‘s electronic textbook or e-book programme.

State Education, Higher Education, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman
Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said some 25,000 pupils are expected to get the computers in phases.

With the computers and broadband connection, he said the pupils would gain access to archives or
other vital resources.

Ahmad Razif said the first batch of 150 students here would receive their e-books in the first week of
January.

For the first batch, the laptop computers would be procured from Taiwan and distributed by Intel
Electronic, he said.

Ahmad Razif said all students would get their e-books by April next year. He added that Dewan
Bahasa dan Pustaka would help install the required programs for the computers.

The state government is expected to spend RM30mil for the procurement of the computers.
Ahmad Razid said the state government decided to embark on the e-book project to reduce the
burden of school children who had to carry many books to school.

There was also a need to keep pace with globalisation, he added.

Ahmad Razif said the state government also planned to work with Intel Electronic to set up a factory
in Gong Badak to produce similar laptop computers for Year Four, Three, Two and One pupils.
The factory is projected to produce 10,000 units a month.



Tajuk Artikel : 15 housing estates in Ampang and Pandan face possible
landslides
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: It‘s not just Bukit Antarabangsa that has to live in fear of landslides. Fourteen other
housing estates in the Ampang and Pandan areas have been identified to be at risk of landslides, too.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who revealed this yesterday, said local authorities for
those housing estates would continuously monitor the areas.
    The Selangor state government also announced several measures to help the victims of the Bukit
    Antarabangsa. They include:
           Discounts on rental or the purchase price of Selangor State Development Corporation
    houses for those whose houses were completely destroyed in the recent landslide,
           RM1,000 rental assistance for families that cannot return to their homes because they have
    been declared unsafe,
           Families who lost their loved ones will get RM5,000 while those injured will get RM1,500.




    Tajuk Artikel : 14 more hillside areas at risk of landslides
    Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

    Reports by YUEN MEIKENG, LESTER KONG and FAZLEENA AZIZ

    KUALA LUMPUR: Fourteen hillside housing estates in the Ampang and Pandan areas besides Bukit
    Antarabangsa have been identified by the Selangor Government as being at risk of landslides.

    Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the areas would now come under continuous
    monitoring by local authorities.

    The areas are Bukit Antarabangsa, Ukay Heights, Taman Hijau, Taman Hillview, Dataran Ukay (all in
    the Bukit Antarabangsa state seat and Ampang parliamentary constituency), Taman Melawati, Ukay
    Perdana and Taman Kemensah (all in the Hulu Klang state seat, also in the Ampang constituency).

    In the Pandan constituency, the risky areas are Taman TAR and Bukit Sungai Seputih (in the Lembah
    Jaya state seat). In the Teratai state seat in the same constituency, the areas are Bukit Teratai, Bukit
    Permai, Taman Saga, Taman Mega and Bukit Segar.

    He revealed this during a briefing session with the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide victims yesterday.
    Khalid said the areas were found to be risky by state government agencies.

    ―We have also asked the Federal Government through the Public Works Department to conduct more
    thorough research on the locations.

    ―This is because the department has a slope-engineering branch which will be able to make more
    accurate assessments,‖ he added.

    Khalid said landowners had to be responsible for maintaining hillslopes that are part of their land.
    ―Letters would be sent to all hillside landowners in the state to remind them of their responsibility.

    ―They must consider the risks before deciding to construct buildings on slopes,‖ he added.

    Khalid said the state government would take action against developers who refused to improve their
    safety standards.

    ―If they are recalcitrant, we will take over the land in the interest of the public under Section 13A of the
    National Land Code,‖ he added.

    Ampang Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Mohammad Yacob said the council would take swift
    action to ensure that hillside landowners take responsibility in maintaining slopes.
―We have given the respective companies instructions to rectify the structures. The landowners must
also be responsible for their development,‖ he said.

On the aid given to Bukit Antarabangsa landslide victims, Mohammad said the council would follow
through with the decisions made by the state government.



Tajuk Artikel : Selangor Government outlines aid for disaster victims
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: Victims of the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide will get help from the Selangor
Government ranging from financial aid to discounts on rents or new houses, Mentri Besar Tan Sri
Khalid Ibrahim said.

He said families from the 14 houses completely destroyed by the landslide would be eligible for a
discount of up to 15% for the purchase or 50% discount on the rental for a year of Selangor State
Development Corporation (PKNS) houses.

For the 81 families who cannot return to their homes because they were declared unsafe, they would
get the following:

> RM1,000 a month to help them in rental until they are able to return home; and
> PKNS will offer them 14 semi-detached houses in Cheras at minimal rental of RM100 per month for
the first three months and RM500 per month after that.

For the 175 families which have been allowed to return to their homes, Khalid said local authorities
would provide them with logistical assistance.

Yayasan Amal Selangor would also dispatch a medical unit once a week for a month to aid Impian
Selatan Condominium residents, he added.

                                                                              In discussion: Khalid
                                                                              (third from left) talking
                                                                              with acting PKNS
                                                                              general manager
                                                                              Datuk Low Siew Moi
                                                                              (left) and Selangor
                                                                              local government,
                                                                              studies and research
                                                                              committee chairman
                                                                              Ronnie Liu (second
                                                                              from left) at the PKNS
                                                                              centre at Bukit
                                                                              Antarabangsa
                                                                              Sunday.

Any of the 268 families affected by the landslide with school-going children from preschool to Form
Five would be given RM120 vouchers by PKNS for each child to help with school bags, uniform and
shoes.

Families who lost their loved ones would be given RM5,000 cash tokens by the state government
while those injured in the landslide would be given cash tokens of up to RM1,500.
Families with disabled people and those whose household income is RM1,500 a month or less would
also be given RM500 per month for the next three months, Khalid said.

Khalid announced the aid during a briefing with residents at Surau Ad-Diniah in Bukit Antarabangsa
here yesterday.

He also gave the state government‘s version of the Public Works Department landslide report.
―Information centres will be set up at Taman Bukit Mewah, Impian Selatan Condominium, Taman
Bukit Jaya and Jalan Wangsa 11 in Taman Wangsa Ukay to coordinate the efforts,‖ Khalid said.

He said the main information office would be at the operation room near the surau at Jalan Bukit
Antarabangsa.

Those in need of help may register at their respective residential area‘s information centres or at the
main office. The centres will be open for three days beginning today.

Khalid said another report would be presented in a month‘s time to determine the status of the 81
families who could not return to their homes.

―If the second report reveals that the areas are unsafe, the state government shall offer the same
assistance that those whose houses were destroyed in the landslide are getting,‖ Khalid added.



Tajuk Artikel : Bukit Taman Melawati occupants afraid of hillslope
development
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

PETALING JAYA: Residents of Bukit Taman Melawati have been living in fear of several proposed
hillside projects since 2006.

They had appealed time and again as 70% of the development is on Class 3 and 4 slopes.

Taman Bukit Melawati Resident Association member Dr Faridah Jalil Safwan said the previous
developers had carried out massive hill cutting to build roads to the top of the hill in the 1970‘s before
abandoning the project.

―Now, the current developer wants to build more projects on the hill. And these projects are directly
above the 30 existing houses (at Bukit Taman Melawati),‖ she said.

                                                                    Last Wednesday, Dr Faridah said
                                                                    the Town and Country Planning
                                                                    Board announced that the planning
                                                                    permission for the developer had
                                                                    expired on Aug 30 and a fresh
                                                                    application was needed.

                                                                    In danger: A filepic of Bukit
                                                                    Taman Melawati, where residents
                                                                    are worried of the massive
                                                                    hillslope development projects in
                                                                    the area.
―Hopefully after Bukit Antarabangsa (landslide tragedy) and the new ban on Class 3 and 4 slope
development, the state government and MPAJ (Ampang Jaya Municipal Council) will reject any fresh
application,‖ she said.

Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib said hillslope developments on river banks near Kg
Kemensah had caused flooding in some areas and affected slope integrity.

The area near Taman Zooview, where part of a slope collapsed near Kg Pasir and killed four people
in 2006, has a 40 degree incline, he said.

―We want to stop any more development there too,‖ he said. Teratai assemblyman Jenice Lee said
she disagreed with the state government‘s interim report on Bukit Antarabangsa that five areas in her
constituency were considered high-risk.

―The only one that must be monitored is Bukit Permai. We have been constantly monitoring the other
areas since the general election,‖ she said. Lee is also worried that developers had never carried out
repairs to the slopes after developing the area.

The report also listed Bukit Teratai, Taman Saga, Taman Mega and Bukit Segar as high risk areas.



Tajuk Artikel : Felda to pay out bonus next week
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

MARAN: Felda will start paying out the productivity incentive bonus amounting to RM144.44mil to
settlers next week, said its chairman Tan Sri Dr Mohd Yusof Noor.

He said the bonus showed that Felda appreciated the commitment and contribution of the settlers and
would still help them even with the current economic uncertainties.

―Each Felda settler will receive a bonus of RM2,000 and this will help them ahead of the start of the
school term,‖ he told reporters after a function by the Malaysia Felda Hostel Alumni at SMK Jengka
Pusat yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on Nov 21 that 84,581 Felda settlers
nationwide would receive the incentive bonus.

He said the bonus had been distributed to the management of 11 Felda territories nationwide to be
paid to settlers who sold their produce to Felda. — Bernama



Tajuk Artikel : Muslims with HIV should not marry
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

IPOH: Muslim couples should not marry if one or both of them are HIV-positive, said Perak Mentri
Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin.

He said it would be unfair to themselves and to their child if they decide to have one.

―I think it is a gross error to allow somebody very sick like that, an HIV carrier, to marry.
―It would be even worse if both are HIV-positive. You would be passing the disease to the embryo.
This is unjust,‖ he told reporters after meeting mosque officials here yesterday.

Nizar added that a person with HIV would find it difficult to lead a normal life because they would be
beset by psychological and emotional problems.

On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Muslims planning to marry
would have to undergo mandatory HIV screening from next year due to the rising rate of HIV infection
among Malay–sian women.

On another issue, Nizar questioned the need for a proposed National Disaster Emergency Act that
would allow the Federal Government to take charge whenever there was a disaster.

He said he welcomed such legislation as the state needed federal assistance but not if it gave the
Federal Government the power to take over a state.

He pointed out that in PAS-led Kelantan, the federal and state agencies were able to work together to
overcome emergencies over the past 18 years.

He was commenting on Minister in the Prime Minister‘s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul
Aziz‘s statement that the Government might introduce the Act to enable swift and effective response
during disasters, especially in Opposition-held states.

Nazri cited the Bukit Antara–bangsa landslide tragedy as an example.

                                                                               Healthy lifestyle: Liow
                                                                               (in yellow) visiting a
                                                                               booth that is set up
                                                                               during the HIV
                                                                               Awareness Campaign
                                                                               and Healthy Lifestyle
                                                                               Programme Sunday.
                                                                               Looking on are Johor
                                                                               Health Department
                                                                               director Dr Mohd
                                                                               Khairi Yakub (right)
                                                                               and event organiser
                                                                               Michael Tay (thrid
                                                                               from right).

                                                                        In Johor Baru, Health
                                                                        Minister Datuk Liow
Tiong Lai said women needed to be more courageous in facing HIV and AIDS.

He said the ministry was setting up a committee to look into ways to prevent more women from being
infected.

He encouraged non-Muslim couple to go for pre-marital screenings even though it was not
compulsory.

―One can go for a full check-up and get the HIV screening as well,‖ he said at an HIV awareness
campaign and healthy lifestyle programme yesterday.
Tajuk Artikel : Retrenched workers can apply for jobs in Johor
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian workers retrenched from factories in Singapore can apply for jobs in
Johor, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said.

He said the ministry had set up an operations room in Johor Baru to register those retrenched and
help match them with jobs available in Johor. There were at least 12,000 job vacancies in Johor Baru
presently.

During a meeting with the labour attache from Singapore attended by employer and employee
representatives in Johor last week, he said there was no indication that a large number of Malaysians
retrenched in Singa-pore would return here.

―So, it is only an anticipation. They think it might happen,‖ he told reporters after attending the Young
Indian Entrepreneurs Award 2008 here last night.

On the fate of 1,500 workers laid off by American hard-disk manufacturer Western Digital which had
ceased operations in Sarawak, he said the company had already issued notices to workers about the
impending retrenchment.

He said ministry officials had been in discussion with the factory and the company had offered the
workers to be transferred to its factories in peninsular Malaysia.



Tajuk Artikel : Residents happy with government action
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

By FAZLEENA AZIZ

RESIDENTS of Bukit Antarabangsa are generally happy with the announcement on aid,
                                                                 precautionary measures and
                                                                 assurance made by Selangor
                                                                 Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid
                                                                 Ibrahim yesterday.

                                                                         Khalid, who met the residents,
                                                                         detailed the steps taken by the
                                                                         state government to ensure the
                                                                         welfare and security of the
                                                                         affected residents.

                                                                         Sorry sight: One of the
                                                                         affected houses in Jalan
                                                                         Bukit Mewah 2.

Bukit Antarabangsa Residents Action Committee vice-president and secretary Raymond Jagathesan
said the announcement was very positive.

―It is more than what we had expected. The Mentri Besar has looked at every angle regarding the
welfare, needs of children, the sick and senior citizens.
―The tension ran high during the meeting but he (Khalid) has diffused the situation.

―When people walked in, they did not know what to expect but we now realise that a lot of effort and
consideration has been put in. He has also showed his willingness to arrange a meeting with the
Finance Minister to hear our plea.

―When the detailed reports comes out in a book, we will get a copy and get our engineers to have a
look as well.

―This is not to go against any findings but merely to look into areas where we can help,‖ he said.

                                                                        Making a point: Khalid (right)
                                                                        and state Local Government,
                                                                        Studies and Research
                                                                        Committee chairman Ronnie
                                                                        Liu speaking to residents of
                                                                        Bukit Antarabangsa.

                                                                        K. Thanarajah, who lost his wife
                                                                        Dr N. Yogeswari, said: ―We
                                                                        hope that they will look into the
                                                                        micro aspects of the various
                                                                        problems.

                                                                        Now they have just touched on
                                                                        the macro level because some
                                                                        people are suffering more.

―We hope the Federal government will extend their help because the banks have started calling some
of us and are not aware of where we are now,‖ he said.

Thanarajah said the family was managing with the help of family and friends.

Offshore engineer Tariq Shahrum, 25, is more concerned on the remedial slope measures.

―Although the local council will carry out the work, the Public Works Department and Public Works
Institute have the expertise.

―To what extent are they going to fix the problem. The people affected are eager for the one-month
report.

―Does their action plan include building a retaining wall like the one in Setiawangsa or are they just
going to clear the rubble and put a canvas.

―If you look at old photos, the slope was harmless with two tiers but now it has not been maintained.

The main concern is to help those directly affected at ground zero. They want answers on what is
going to happen to their property as well as the short-term and long-term mitigation plan.‘‘
Tariq also said the authorities need to make the place liveable again.
Tajuk Artikel : Night traders back in business
Sumber / Tarikh : The Star Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

By TAN KARR WEI

THE Uptown D‘Kota night traders in Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, have been allowed to resume
business on Friday nights.

The trading area at the Kompleks Muhibbah Section 3, was used by traders of an agriculture market,
a night bazaar and a night market on Fridays.

                                                       Free to go: Nasir (third from right) and
                                                       MBPJ councillor Syed Abd Malik Syed A
                                                       Hamid Al Jafree (second from right)
                                                       releasing pigeons as a symbol of peace
                                                       between the various traders at the
                                                       Uptown D’Kota bazaar.

                                                       A dispute arose last month between the
                                                       Friday night market traders who claimed that
                                                       some of the night bazaar traders had started
                                                       setting up their stalls before their alloted time
                                                       of 10.30pm.

Kota Damansara assemblyman Dr Nasir Hashim said the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had for
the past three weeks stopped the night bazaar traders from operating on Fridays until they settled
their differences.

―All parties involved should work together for everyone‘s benefit and we hope that the traders can
continue to co-operate with each other,‖ Nasir said during an appreciation ceremony organised by the
Kota Damansara Uptown Night Bazaar Traders Association.

He and representatives from the MBPJ and the traders then released pigeons as a symbol of peace
between the various traders. He also officially opened the new office of the traders association.



Tajuk Artikel : One fixed price for sugar nationwide by February
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

By : Desmond Davidson




                                            Price of Sugar
KUCHING: The price of sugar in all the main towns in the country, including those in Sabah and
Sarawak, could be the same by February next year.

The commodity would be the first of the many price-controlled essential goods that the Domestic Trade
and Consumer Affairs Ministry hoped would be sold at the government fixed price whether it is in towns
in the peninsula or towns in Sabah and Sarawak.

The price of sugar now varies from one part of the country to another as distributors in the supply chain
add the cost of transportation.

Doing away with the price difference only needed a nod from the cabinet, said Domestic Trade and
Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad here on Saturday.

However, he said the decision could only be made when the cabinet meets after the Christmas and
New Year holidays.

At a get-together with the press here on Saturday night, Shahrir said the mechanics of fixing the uniform
price had been worked out and it could include subsidies to offset the transportation charges to Sabah
and Sarawak.

"The proposal is either to raise the price in the peninsula to that in Sabah and Sarawak, or reduce the
price in the two states to that in the peninsula."

He said if the price of sugar in the peninsula is raised to match those in Sabah and Sarawak, then the
sugar producers need to be subsidised.

But Shahrir said lowering the price in the two states looked like the most likely option. He said next
month, his ministry would undertake a pilot project to "to test out his theory that the price of essential
items and other goods are influenced by the cost of transportation".

The one-year study involves the transporting of goods by road to the small rural town of Saratok, about
400km from Kuching.

The ministry, the minister said, would subsidise the cost of distribution to ensure that the goods "reach
the furthest shop".

On the government's effort to reduce the cost of transporting goods by river to the more interior parts of
the state and ensure people there get their supply of food and other essential items, Shahrir said one of
the proposals they hoped to implement in the New Year was to give a rebate of RM750 to owners of
boats with outboard engines to transport the goods.

It would be a one-off payment. He said 31,000 such boat owners had registered themselves for the job
with the district office in their respective areas.

Price of goods, including "price-controlled" goods, in the rural areas are often three times higher than
that in the urban areas.
Tajuk Artikel : 15 hill areas in Ampang deemed high risk
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday




                                           The affected areas

KUALA LUMPUR: Fifteen hillsides in Ampang have been classified as high risk by the Selangor
government.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the slopes were located near housing areas in Bukit
Antarabangsa, Hulu Kelang, Lembah Jaya and Teratai state constituencies.

He said the authorities would continuously monitor these areas.

"However, we ask the Federal Government, through the Public Works Department, to carry out a more
in-depth study of the areas.

"We believe the PWD is most suitable as their slope engineering division can conduct a more detailed
study and formulate a more accurate solution," he said at a press conference after a briefing for Bukit
Antarabangsa residents.

Khalid said the state government was also keeping an eye on the Gombak, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor
and Petaling districts, all of which face landslide risks.
Tajuk Artikel : Oversupply 'killing' chilli growers
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday




                    Growers Chew Yei Peng (right) and Razali Musa at the Permanent
                                 Food Production Park in Ara Kuda

TASEK GELUGOR: Local chilli growers are getting hot under the collar over the sharp decline in prices.
They blame excessive supply following the government's decision to allow imports from China and
Thailand.

They said they had only been getting RM4 per kg since last week, because chillies from China were
sold to wholesalers at RM3.80 per kg.

Grower Chew Yei Peng said the price had dropped by half, from RM8 per kg earlier this month.

The decision to import chillies was made because of shortage due to a weak harvest. At the peak of the
shortage, the price had risen from RM7 to RM18 per kg.

But Chew said since last week, the yield had improved but the imports were "killing my business".
He produces 100 to 200kg of chillies a day on his 0.8-hectare farm in the Permanent Food Production
Park in Ara Kuda, and he said the current selling price was barely enough to cover his costs .

Another grower in the park, Razali Musa, said the authorities must be more sensitive to the changes in
supply and demand so domestic growers don't suffer.

"We can accept the fact that the government has to allow the import of chillies during shortages or
festive seasons. But it should take note when the situation recovers."

Although the price of fuel has declined significantly, he said the prices of fertiliser and pesticides --
which constitute about 60 per cent of their costs -- had only gone down by five per cent.
Tajuk Artikel : Cash for landslide evacuees
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

By : Boseph Sipalan




                   Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim explaining
                   to Bukit Antarabangsa residents the various forms of aid offered
                   by the state government

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Antarabangsa residents affected by the Dec 6 landslide will be given cash and
and other aid by the Selangor government.

A RM1,000 monthly allowance will be given to 81 families who have to wait for the all-clear to return to
their homes.

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said RM150,000 had been set aside for the
allowance.

The owners of 12 houses which were destroyed or badly damaged by the landslide will be offered a 15
per cent discount if they buy houses built by the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS).

Alternatively, they may rent PKNS houses at a 50 per cent discount for a year.
Khalid said both offers would also be extended to the owner of house No. 39, who allowed army
engineers to knock down a wall to make way for the temporary route.

He said if the 81 houses were eventually declared unsafe, the owners would be offered the 15 per cent
discount to buy PKNS houses.

The state would also give RM5,000 to each family that lost a family member. As well, RM1,500 would
be paid for each individual who was injured in the landslide.

A RM500 monthly allowance would also be given for the next three months to families who have
disabled senior citizens.

PKNS will also provide coupons, valued at RM120 each, for school supplies (comprising a school bag,
uniforms and shoes) for each school-going child from the 268 families affected.

Children from pre-school to Form 5 are eligible for the coupons.
For the 175 families who have been allowed to return to their homes, Khalid said the state government
would mobilise staff from local councils to help them move back.

"This assistance will be provided over the next three days (from today to Wednesday).

"If the residents still need help after that, they may approach our information and help desk, which will
be set up at the surau here," he said, adding that additional desks would be set up at all affected areas.

The help desks will also serve as a registration centre for the various forms of assistance offered by the
state.



Tajuk Artikel : Non-Muslim groups say screening not foolproof
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday




                                          Datuk A. Vaithilingam

KUALA LUMPUR: Non-Muslim religious bodies are willing to consider mandatory pre-marital HIV
screening for non-Muslims but need more convincing arguments from the authorities.

Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Taoism president
Datuk A. Vaithilingam said religious leaders had discussed the issue of mandatory HIV screening for
non-Muslim couples a long time ago.

Although they had initially agreed to the idea, they later developed mixed feelings about it.

"But we are willing to cooperate and discuss with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the
Health Ministry. We have not decided against it and it is up to the deputy prime minister and Health
Ministry to convince us."

On Saturday, Najib said the government would study whether it was feasible to extend mandatory pre-
nuptial HIV/AIDS screening to non-Muslims.

Last week, Najib said Muslim couples in the peninsula would be required to undergo mandatory
premarital HIV screening next year.

Vaithilingam, who is also the president of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, said most of the non-Muslim
religious leaders were doubtful about the reliability of the test and questioned whether a negative result
was a 100 per cent guarantee that an individual was truly free from AIDS.

"A person may be HIV positive but a test a week before his marriage may not show this."

Tenaganita director Irene Fernandez said there should be no mandatory screening at all as it only
worsened the stigma and discrimination against those with HIV.

"Furthermore, without proper pre- and post-counselling, the screenings will be disastrous. Besides, the
couples go for the screening before marriage, but what about after marriage? The tests only create a
false sense of security."

She said it was better to create more awareness so that Malaysians would voluntarily go for HIV
screening and counselling. She also urged the government to train more HIV counsellors.

The Bar Council's Human Rights Council chairman Edmund Bon said HIV screening should not be
made mandatory.

"The screenings will not reduce the number of HIV cases in the country, but merely show who has the
virus."

He said creating awareness, promoting the use of condoms and making them more accessible was a
better way to reduce the number of HIV cases.



Tajuk Artikel : Khalid: We'll reveal the owners of hillslope land
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor government will reveal the identities of owners of hillslope land within
Bukit Antarabangsa within two months.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the hillslope landowners had been warned to maintain
the slopes, failing which the state would seize the land.

The information will be in a booklet that will be made available to the public. If the hillslopes are being
developed, the identity of the developers, engineers and all the professionals involved will be included.

"The state government has written to all hillslope landowners to remind them that it is their responsibility
to maintain the slopes.

"If nothing is done to maintain the slopes, the state government has the power to do the necessary work
and charge the fees to the landowner.

"If the landowners continue to be hard-headed, we can take over ownership of the land in the interest of
the community, as provided for under section 13(a) of the National Land Code," he warned.

"We also want to find out which areas are state land. Right now there is a lot that we do not know," he
said at a briefing for Bukit Antarabangsa residents yesterday.

He urged the residents to seek a meeting with Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whom he said
was the best person to help them with their requests to defer their housing loans.

On the residents' security concerns, Khalid said: "The police are trying their very best but they have
limited personnel. I think the community must do its part and develop its own surveillance team." He
said it would take at least 21/2 years to complete an alternative access road into the area.

Eighty-one houses have been classified as unsafe for habitation by the Public Works Department until
further notice, on top of the 14 houses destroyed or damaged in the pre-dawn landslide on Dec 6.



Tajuk Artikel : Illegals resorting to Komuter
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

By Suganthi Suparmaniam

KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd's (KTMB) Komuter train service is fast becoming a
popular choice of transport for illegal immigrants. More than 200 of the foreigners were arrested in the
trains yesterday.

In a joint operation involving the Immigration and National Registration Departments and KTMB, the
foreigners were detained in trains plying the Klang to Kuala Lumpur and Rawang to Kuala Lumpur
routes.

Those detained did not have their original passports with them.

KTMB senior manager operation (central region) Mohd Hider Yusoff said this was the second time the
operation, code-named Ops Tegas, had been carried out.

He said during the first operation in March last year, 40 illegals were detained.

"This year, we have more personnel deployed to check commuters' identity cards and passports," Hider
said yesterday.

He said the majority of those detained were Indonesians (136), followed by Bangladeshis (42) and
Myanmar nationals (16).

Nigerians, Vietnamese and Indian nationals were also detained during the four-and-a-half hour
operation, added Hider.



Tajuk Artikel : 20 new cases of chikungunya
Sumber / Tarikh : New Straits Times Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

ALOR STAR: At least 20 more cases of chikungunya have been reported in the state, bringing the total
number of suspected victims to 77.

State Health Department deputy director Dr Shahidan Hashim said the new cases were found in the
Pendang and Kuala Muda districts.

Dr Shahidan said two cases had been reported in Kampung Watt Padang Peliang in the Pendang
district while the rest were from five villages in the Kuala Muda district.

The number of patients seeking treatment at the six hospitals in the state had increased from five to 31.
Tajuk Artikel : Selangor to help landslide victims
Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

by Charles Ramendran

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 21, 2008): The Selangor government will give monetary aid and housing at
subsidised rates to the 269 families affected by the Bukit Antarabangsa landslide on Dec 6.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who made the announcement today, after meeting the affected
residents at the landslide site, said the state government has come up with both short and long-term
plans for them.

The state government had received a report from the Public Works Department on Friday on the status
of the affected houses.

Khalid said out of the 269 affected families, 174 have been allowed to return to their homes. They can
seek the help of the local authorities stationed at the site for transportation to ferry their belongings.

He said 14 families lost their houses which were either buried or badly damaged while the remaining 81
families have been barred from returning to their homes due to their unsafe state.

He said the 81 families may have to wait at least a month for a further report on the ongoing evaluation
on the structures and hillslope. He said the state government will give each of the 81 families up to
RM1,000 a month to temporarily rent a house until they get the green light to return to their homes.

Khalid said the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) has also offered 14 houses in Cheras to
them at a rental of RM100 for the first three months and RM500 for each subsequent month.

He said the children from all 269 families who are studying between pre-school and Form Five will each
receive a RM120 voucher sponsored by the PKNS for the purchase of their schooling necessities.

He said the state government will also give relief of RM500 to the disabled and those whose income is
below RM1,500 for the next three months. The 14 families who lost their houses will be offered a
discount of between 10% and 15% if they purchase a property from PKNS.

Khalid said the families whose loved ones were killed in the disaster will also receive a consolation sum
of RM5,000 while those who suffered injuries will be given RM1,500 each.

―This special relief we are giving out may not commensurate with what those affected had gone through
but we have tried to do our best for all parties involved,‖ he said, adding those who require the relief
could apply for it at the information centres set up close to their respective homes which will operate for
three days from tomorrow.

He said 15 hillslope residential estates in the district of Ampang have been identified as landslide
prone. The districts of Gombak, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor and Petaling have also been found to be
at risk of soil erosion.

Khalid said land owners should be aware that the monitoring of hillslopes in the area is their
responsibility. ―We will write to the owners of such land to remind them of this responsibility. Then at
least they can calculate the risks involved before deciding to erect a building on a hillslope,‖ he said.

The initiative drew mixed reactions from the 100 residents who turned up for the meeting.
Engineer K.N. Wong, whose house was cleared as safe, said his family will return to their home
although his place is just 100m from where the soil erosion had begun.

Asked why he was returning and whether he felt it was still risky to occupy his house, he said: ―It‘s a 50-
50 feeling but I have lived here for 21 years and my family and children grew up here. The authorities
have assured us it is safe to return and we are taking their word for it.‖

Bukit Antarabangsa Action Committee secretary Raymond Jegathesan said the affected residents are
happy that Khalid kept his word last week that he will return with a solution for those affected within a
week.

However, he said those affected had expected a better deal such as higher discounts for the houses
offered for sale.



Tajuk Artikel : AIDS Council rejects compulsory HIV screening
Sumber / Tarikh : The Sun Online December 22, 2008 – Monday

PETALING JAYA (Dec 21, 2008): The Malaysian AIDS Council is against mandatory pre-marital HIV
screening for all Muslim couples from next year, saying it would will further make HIV a disease to be
feared and stigmatised and thus discourage individuals, especially those at risk of infection, from
coming forward to be voluntarily tested.

It said while the pre-marital testing policy, meant to curb the rise in infections, would make HIV
testing more broadly available and worthy of praise, the MAC could not support a move to remove the
voluntary nature of the tests.

―We would like to once again reiterate that mandatory testing all Muslim couples before marriage is not
the solution,‖ its president Prof Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman said in a statement today.

She gave four social and medical reasons for the council‘s position:
» pre-marital testing is a one-off test while the risk of acquiring HIV is potentially life long. A negative
test before marriage does not guarantee that the individual or his/her partner will remain negative
thereafter if the person continues to put him or herself at risk of HIV through their sexual activities or
injecting drug use. A negative HIV result at the time of marriage may lead to a false sense of security in
both parties throughout the marriage.

» mandatory HIV testing has been shown to have a limited impact in controlling the spread of HIV
infection without specific interventions being undertaken to prevent transmission of these infections.

» it is highly unlikely that the confidentiality of the test results can be guaranteed. Because of the high
level of stigma and discrimination that exist against HIV positive individuals, those diagnosed with HIV
and their families are frequently rejected and ostracised within the community they live.

» Disclosure of a positive HIV result must be followed up with proper counselling. It fears that those
charged with implementing this policy nationwide, including the religious officers, and even health care
workers have been adequately trained and prepared for this task.

In Johor Baru today, Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai said the compulsory screening was not
meant to stop Muslim couples from marrying, but to ascertain their health standard. He said that with
80,938 HIV cases recorded until last year, the move was necessary to prevent its spread.
Tajuk Artikel : Harapan leraikan kes Nurin
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin




Polis guna sistem baru jelaskan imej lelaki misteri dalam CCTV

KUALA LUMPUR: Polis mendapat harapan baru bagi meleraikan kebuntuan siasatan kes pembunuhan
kejam Nurin Jazlin Jazimin apabila sebuah syarikat tempatan menawarkan teknologi yang dikatakan
mampu menjelaskan imej lelaki bermotosikal dalam rakaman kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) berhampiran
tempat penemuan mayat kanak-kanak itu.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, berkata teknologi dari luar negara itu diharap dapat
memberi petunjuk baru bagi membantu polis menyelesaikan kes berkenaan.

Beliau berkata, teknologi itu dikatakan mampu menjelaskan imej rakaman CCTV terbabit, terutama
nombor pendaftaran motosikal yang digunakan lelaki yang dikaitkan dengan kes pembunuhan Nurin.

"Sebelum ini kita menghantar rakaman CCTV itu kepada Biro Siasatan Persekutuan (FBI), namun ia
tidak banyak membantu.

"Imej dalam rakaman itu masih tidak dapat dijelaskan dan ini menyukarkan kita mengenal pasti suspek
termasuk nombor pendaftaran motosikal yang digunakan," katanya ketika ditemui selepas merasmikan
Program Merakyatkan Seni Budaya (PMS) di sini, semalam.

Difahamkan, polis akan mengadakan pertemuan dengan wakil syarikat berkenaan pada minggu ini bagi
membincangkan lebih terperinci mengenai sistem dan teknologi yang ditawarkan itu.

Nurin Jazlin, 8 tahun, ditemui mati selepas 27 hari dilaporkan hilang ketika keluar bersendirian ke pasar
malam berhampiran rumahnya di Seksyen 1, Wangsa Maju, 20 Ogos tahun lalu.

Mayat murid Tahun Dua Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Desa Setapak itu ditemui dalam sebuah beg
sukan yang ditinggalkan di depan sebuah premis perniagaan di Petaling Jaya dan hasil bedah siasat
mendapati mangsa mati akibat didera secara seksual.

Bapa Nurin Jazlin, Jazimin Abd Jalil, ketika dihubungi pula gembira selepas sekian lama tidak
mendengar sebarang perkembangan mengenai siasatan kes pembunuhan anaknya.
"Saya orang paling gembira sekiranya sistem berkenaan mampu menjelaskan rakaman CCTV itu.
Sekurang-kurangnya jika ia berjaya mendapatkan nombor pendaftaran motosikal dalam rakaman itu,
saya percaya itu sudah mencukupi.

"Sekiranya pembunuh anak saya dapat ditahan, bukan saja saya, mungkin seluruh rakyat negara ini
akan tumpang gembira. Setidak-tidaknya, kematian anak saya terbela," katanya.



Tajuk Artikel : Penduduk bayar bil air terima notis pemotongan
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin




                              ABDUL WAHAB menunjukkan notis
                            pemotongan yang diterima di rumahnya di
                                           Johol.


KUALA PILAH: Sebahagian penduduk beberapa kampung di Pekan Air Mawang, Johol, dekat sini
terkejut menerima notis pemotongan bekalan dari Jabatan Bekalan Air Negeri Sembilan (JBANS)
selepas dikatakan gagal menjelaskan tunggakan bil.

Notis bertarikh 2 Disember lalu memberi tempoh sehingga 14 Disember lalu untuk mereka menjelaskan
tunggakan antara RM200 hingga RM1,000 dan jika gagal bekalan akan dipotong.

Bagaimanapun, penduduk mendakwa mereka sudah menjelaskan bil setiap bulan di Pejabat Pos Johol
dan Tampin tetapi hairan pembayaran tidak direkodkan dalam sistem komputer JBANS.

Seorang wakil penduduk, Abdul Wahab Samah, 83, dari Kampung Lanjut Lumpuh, Sikota, Air Mawang,
berkata beliau terperanjat menerima notis JBANS menuntut menjelaskan bil tertunggak sebanyak
RM641.73.

"Saya hairan kerana pada setiap bulan saya menjelaskan bil di Pejabat Pos Johol dan kadang-kadang
apabila ke Tampin, saya membuat bayaran di Pejabat Pos Tampin.

"Bagaimana saya boleh menerima notis tunggakan bil dan pemotongan bekalan itu sedangkan saya
sudah membuat bayaran. Ini bukan membabitkan saya seorang tetapi ramai penduduk menerima notis
sama," katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : 17,000 rumah PPRT dibina tahun depan
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

Oleh Rosman Shamsudin

Kerajaan negeri diminta sedia lokasi bersesuaian

TANJUNG MALIM: Kementerian Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah (KKLBW) akan membina 17,000
unit rumah dalam Program Pembangunan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT) membabitkan kos RM500 juta di
seluruh negara mulai tahun depan.

Menterinya, Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, berkata projek perumahan itu adalah usaha
kerajaan menyediakan rumah kepada golongan miskin tegar terutama di kawasan luar bandar.

Projek perumahan di kawasan di kawasan Tuaran, Sabah saja membabitkan RM40 juta dengan
pembinaan kira-kira 1000 unit rumah PPRT untuk penduduk yang dikenal pasti miskin tegar.

―Kementerian prihatin nasib golongan miskin tegar, terutama apabila pihak media sering memaparkan
kisah kemiskinan rakyat.

"Berikutan itu, kementerian mengambil langkah membantu golongan miskin tegar, iaitu isi rumah yang
pendapatan mereka kurang RM720 sebulan," katanya selepas merasmikan mesyuarat agung
penubuhan Persatuan Jalinan RAO Malaysia (Jaro) di Dewan Sri Tanjung, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan
Idris, di sini semalam.

Turut hadir, Yang Dipertua (YDP) penaja Jaro, Datuk Seri Mohammed Khalil Hussein; Timbalan YDP,
Datuk Zainal Abidin Noordin dan Datuk Abd Wahab Abd Majid; dan Setiausaha penaja, Tahirrudin
Ahmad.

Muhammad berkata, pembinaan sebuah rumah PPRT di semenanjung membabitkan kos RM33,000
seunit, manakala di Sabah dan Sarawak RM40,000 seunit.

Muhammad berharap kerajaan negeri termasuk yang dikuasai pembangkang membantu menyediakan
tanah untuk tapak bagi membina rumah golongan miskin tegar berkenaan.

"Kita meminta kerajaan negeri diterajui pembangkang di Perak, Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Kelantan dan
Selangor turut menyediakan lokasi bersesuaian bagi membina rumah PPRT,‖ katanya.
dan menambah pelaksanaan projek itu memberi peluang kepada kontraktor kelas F membina rumah
berkenaan.

Sementara itu, Muhammad berkata, menjelang 2015 kementerian mensasarkan melahirkan lebih
40,000 usahawan desa dengan mengetengahkan produk tempatan berpotensi untuk pasaran tempatan
dan antarabangsa.

Beliau berkata, kementerian turut menyediakan kemudahan pinjaman, bantuan dan latihan kepada
warga muda desa yang memilih bidang keusahawanan.
Tajuk Artikel : 'Drama, filem seram tak sesuai ditayang'
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

KUALA LUMPUR: Kebanyakan drama atau filem berunsur seram dan mistik yang banyak ditayangkan
ketika ini tidak sesuai ditonton kerana mengandungi unsur tahyul dan khurafat yang keterlaluan.

Pegawai Agama Istana Negara, Datuk Abu Hassan Din Al-Hafiz, berkata cerita seumpama itu
menimbulkan perasaan takut dan kepercayaan karut pada perkara mistik, khususnya di kalangan
kanak-kanak yang mudah terpengaruh.

―Cerita daripada negara seberang khususnya Indonesia banyak mengandungi kepercayaan karut,
walaupun ada unsur agama diterapkan,‖ katanya ketika di hubungi Berita Harian, semalam.

Beliau berkata, Jakim mempunyai satu unit khas yang bertindak sebagai lembaga penapisan drama
dan filem yang mana ia bertanggungjawab menapis drama dan filem mistik sebelum ditayangkan.

―Satu organisasi dilantik berhubung perkara ini, namun drama yang ditapis hanyalah untuk siaran RTM
saja, walhal sepatutnya ia meliputi semua saluran televisyen di Malaysia,‖ katanya.

Sementara itu, pendakwah dan pengamal perubatan tradisional, Datuk Dr Amran Kasimin
menasihatkan orang ramai supaya sedar dan tidak terpengaruh dengan drama yang ditayangkan.
―Kita tidak mahu masyarakat khususnya orang Islam dibelenggu dengan cerita karut, tahyul dan
khurafat kerana ini akan menyebabkan fikiran masyarakat terganggu dan tidak matang,‖ katanya.



Tajuk Artikel : KWSP umum dividen Februari
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

PUTRAJAYA: Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) akan mengumumkan kadar dividen kepada
lebih 11.4 juta pencarumnya selewat-lewatnya Februari depan, kata Pengerusinya Tan Sri Samsudin
Osman.

Bagaimanapun, Samsudin berkata, pemberian dividen banyak dipengaruhi keuntungan pelaburan
KWSP dan mengambil kira keadaan ekonomi global ketika ini.

"Setakat ini kita belum tahu jumlah dividen yang akan diberikan. Tahun lalu, KWSP mengumumkan
dividen 5.8 peratus iaitu tertinggi sejak 2001," katanya pada sidang media selepas menyampaikan
hadiah kepada pemenang Pertandingan Sukan Ekstrem Putrajaya 2008, di Dataran Putrajaya di sini,
semalam.

Ditanya bilangan pencarum yang sudah memohon mengekalkan caruman 11 peratus, Samsudin
berkata pihaknya belum menerima data lengkap.

Bagaimanapun, Samsudin berkata pihaknya sudah mengedarkan borang kepada pemohon yang ingin
mengekalkan kadar lama caruman masing-masing mulai 1 Disember lalu.

"Borang lengkap perlu dikemukakan kepada majikan untuk diserah kepada kami sebelum 31 Disember
ini dan mereka yang bermasalah boleh menghubungi mana-mana cawangan KWSP terdekat," katanya.
Samsudin berkata, walaupun dunia berada dalam kegawatan ekonomi, KWSP akan meneruskan dasar
untuk membenarkan pencarumnya mengeluarkan wang bagi pembiayaan pembelian rumah baru
seperti sekarang.
Sebelum ini, KWSP diumumkan meraih pendapatan pelaburan RM2.06 bilion dalam suku ketiga tahun
ini, merosot 60.4 peratus daripada RM5.19 bilion dalam suku sebelumnya kesan ketidaktentuan
ekonomi global.

Ketua Eksekutifnya, Datuk Azlan Zainol, dilaporkan berkata pendapatan lebih rendah dalam tempoh
Julai hingga September itu susulan penurunan pulangan pelaburan saham, daripada RM2.54 bilion
pada suku kedua kepada RM1.26 bilion.



Tajuk Artikel : Syor kerajaan naik gaji doktor pakar dalam negara
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin
KANGAR: Kerajaan diminta menumpukan kepada kebajikan pakar perubatan dalam negara seperti
menaikkan gaji berbanding mengajak mereka yang sedang berkhidmat di luar negara pulang ke tanah
air.

Presiden Alumni Doktor Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof Datuk Dr Haron
Ahmad, berkata lebih baik jika kerajaan mengambil langkah tertentu bagi memastikan pakar perubatan
yang sedang berkhidmat dalam negara berhijrah tidak ke sektor swasta.

"Sebenarnya, negara tidak mengalami kekurangan pakar perubatan kerana difahamkan ramai daripada
mereka tertumpu di kawasan bandar selepas berpindah ke sektor swasta.

"Justeru, kerajaan perlu menjaga kebajikan, terutama gaji setimpal kepada pakar sedia ada daripada
memberi pelbagai keistimewaan yang melampau kepada pakar tempatan yang berkhidmat di luar
negara," katanya selepas Kejohanan Lawan Pedang Kebangsaan Grand Prix 3/2008, di Dewan
Warisan di sini semalam.

Raja Muda Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail dan Raja Puan Muda, Tuanku Lailatul
Shahreen Akashah, turut berangkat. Hadir sama Naib Canselor Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
Brig Jen Prof Datuk Dr Kamarudin Hussin.

Dr Haron berkata, tidak adil untuk membezakan tahap kepakaran pakar perubatan hanya kerana
golongan terbabit berpeluang melanjutkan pelajaran di luar negara.

Beliau juga berkata tindakan membezakan itu boleh mewujudkan persepsi orang ramai kononnya pakar
perubatan luar negara adalah yang terbaik.

"Walaupun gaji ditawarkan kerajaan kepada pakar dan doktor tempatan sekarang realistik, tumpuan
lebih perlu difikirkan untuk mengelak mereka berpindah ke sektor swasta," katanya.

Beliau berkata, pakar perubatan yang mendapat bantuan kewangan kerajaan seharusnya pulang
berkhidmat tanpa perlu meminta keistimewaan dan gaji yang tinggi.

Katanya, golongan itu tidak boleh menyamakan gaji yang diperoleh di luar negara dengan Malaysia
kerana kos sara hidup di sini lebih rendah.

"Pakar yang berkhidmat di luar negara tidak perlu dipujuk untuk pulang kerana menjadi tanggungjawab
mereka sendiri untuk berbakti kepada negara selepas menerima bantuan kerajaan," katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Harga makanan payah diturun
Sumber / Tarikh : Berita Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

SEPERTI kita sedia maklum, kerajaan sudah menurunkan harga minyak sebanyak tujuh kali, seiring
dengan penurunan harga bahan api di pasaran dunia. Jika dulu ketika harga minyak melambung tinggi,
peniaga, peruncit dan pengusaha restoran menjadikan harga minyak sebagai alasan menaikkan harga
barang berikutan kos operasi naik.

Baru-baru ini, saya makan di sebuah restoran yang beroperasi 24 jam di Asia City, Kota Kinabalu
bersebelahan Centre Point Kota Kinabalu. Apa yang saya perhatikan, harga makanan yang dipamerkan
masih menunjukkan harga ketika minyak melambung tinggi.

Nasi goreng yang sebelum kenaikan harga minyak RM4.50 tetapi selepas kenaikan harga minyak
harganya RM5.90. Makanan lain juga dijual pada harga RM6.90, minuman sejuk seperti milo ais, RM2
segelas.

Persoalannya, apakah alasan untuk mengekalkan harga makanan seperti ketika kenaikan harga
minyak? Kenapa harga makanan tidak diturunkan sedangkan kerajaan bersusah payah menurunkan
harga bahan api sebanyak tujuh kali?

Saya berharap pengusaha restoran di negara ini haruslah peka dengan keadaan semasa di samping
pemantauan harga makanan oleh pihak berkuasa secara berterusan.

-PENGGUNA



Tajuk Artikel : Perdana Menteri di Tehran untuk perbincangan dengan
Ahmadinejad
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin
TEHRAN, 22 Dis (Bernama) -- Perdana Menteri Malaysia Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi akan
mengadakan perbincangan dengan Presiden Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad di Pejabat Presiden di sini
Isnin.

Pertemuan itu merupakan antara tumpuan lawatannya selama empat hari ke republik itu.

Pemimpin Malaysia itu, yang ditemani isterinya Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, tiba di lapangan terbang
Tehran pada Ahad dan disambut Menteri Luar Iran Manouchehr Mottaki.

Berkenaan lawatan rasmi kedua Abdullah ke Iran sebelum peralihan kuasa di Malaysia pada Mac tahun
depan, beliau diiringi beberapa menteri, timbalan menteri, anggota Parlimen Malaysia, tokoh korporat
dan pegawai tinggi kerajaan.

Mereka turut disertai Duta Malaysia ke Iran, Datuk Syed Munshe Afdzaruddin.

Abdullah melakukan lawatan rasmi pertama ke Iran sebagai Perdana Menteri pada 2005 tetapi sering
melakukan lawatan ke negara berkenaan sebelum itu sebagai Menteri Luar Malaysia dan kemudian
Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

Pemerhati berkata perbincangan Abdullah-Ahmadinejad akan lebih mendorong perkembangan dalam
hubungan antara Malaysia dan Iran, yang ketika ini sangat mesra, termasuk dalam bidang
perdagangan dan pelaburan.
Kedua-dua pemimpin itu juga dijangka menyaksikan majlis menandantangani beberapa memorandum
persefahaman dan perjanjian, seperti dalam hal memerangi pengedaran dadah, kerjasama sains dan
teknologi, program pemasangan kereta Gen-2 Proton di Iran, selain yang berkaitan sektor minyak dan
gas.

Abdullah juga dijadualkan melawat Perbandaran Penyelidikan dan Teknologi pada Isnin. Pada malam
Ahad, Abdullah dan Jeanne telah menghadiri jamuan malam anjuran Syed Munshe di kediaman rasmi
duta.



Tajuk Artikel : Ujian Saringan HIV Ke Atas Bakal Pengantin Bukan Sekat
Individu Dari Berkahwin
Sumber / Tarikh : Bernama Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

JOHOR BAHARU, 21 Dis (Bernama) -- Kementerian Kesihatan hari ini berkata ujian saringan HIV yang
akan diwajibkan kepada bakal pengantin beragama Islam mulai tahun depan bukan untuk menyekat
mana-mana individu daripada berkahwin, sebaliknya memberi peluang mengetahui tahap kesihatan
masing-masing.

Menterinya, Datuk Liow Tiong Lai berkata dengan sejumlah 80,938 kes HIV direkodkan sehingga akhir
tahun lepas, maka tindakan mengetahui status HIV adalah langkah berkesan bagi mencegah virus
berkenaan.

"Ujian saringan HIV bukan perkara baru di negara ini. Sehingga kini, antara 0.05 hingga 0.1 peratus
daripada mereka yang menjalani ujian saringan HIV pra perkahwinan didapati postif HIV," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas merasmikan program gaya hidup sihat dan kempen kesedaran HIV
sempena Hari Aids Sedunia 2008 anjuran ahli lembaga pelawat Hospital Sultanah Aminah dengan
kerjasama Persatuan Tindakan dan Penyelidikan Aids Johor, di sini, Ahad.

Liow berkata walaupun ujian saringan HIV diwajibkan ke atas bakal pengantin beragama Islam, namun
kerajaan terus menggalakkan semua bakal pengantin dari pelbagai kaum tampil melaksanakan ujian
itu.

Katanya, adalah tidak mustahil untuk Malaysia mencapai matlamat pembangunan millenium sebelum
tahun 2015 iaitu untuk menurunkan jangkitan HIV kepada 11 kes bagi setiap 100,000 penduduk
sekiranya trend penurunan HIV berlaku.

"Ekoran daripada program kawalan dan pencegahan yang dilaksanakan, trend jangkitan HIV telah mula
menurun iaitu daripada 6,978 kes atau 28.5 kes bagi setiap 100,000 penduduk pada tahun 2002
kepada 4,549 kes atau 16.7 kes bagi 100,000 penduduk pada tahun 2007.

"Bagi tahun 2008 adalah diunjurkan sejumlah 3,452 kes jangkitan HIV akan berlaku atau 12.8 kes bagi
setiap 100,000 penduduk. Sekiranya trend penurunan ini berkekalan, maka tidak mustahil kita
mencapai matlamat pembangunan millenium itu," katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Sinar baru kes Nurin
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

Oleh Iskandar Shah Mohamed

KUALA LUMPUR: Misteri pembunuhan kejam Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, 8, yang belum terungkai lebih
setahun lalu menemui ‗sinar‘ baru apabila sebuah syarikat swasta tempatan menawarkan sistem
teknologi terkini kepada Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) untuk membantu siasatan kes berkenaan.

Difahamkan, sistem itu menggunakan teknologi luar negara dan mampu menghasilkan imej rakaman
kamera litar tertutup (CCTV) yang lebih jelas sekali gus membantu mengenalpasti nombor pendaftaran
motosikal milik suspek pembunuhan kanak-kanak perempuan terbabit.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, berkata satu mesyuarat membabitkan PDRM dan wakil
syarikat berkenaan dijangka diadakan minggu ini untuk membincangkan perkara itu.

―Polis sudah menghantar rakaman CCTV yang diambil sekitar lokasi mayat Nurin ditemui kepada Biro
Siasatan Persekutuan (FBI) namun sehingga kini masih gagal membantu siasatan.

―Ia berikutan imej rakaman CCTV berkenaan agak kabur dan menyukarkan usaha mengecam wajah
suspek termasuk nombor pendaftaran motosikal digunakannya,‖ katanya ketika ditemui selepas
merasmikan Majlis Program Merakyatkan Seni Budaya di sini, semalam.

Menurut Musa, pihaknya bagaimanapun berharap sistem milik syarikat berkenaan dapat memberi
petunjuk baru untuk menyelesaikan kes terbabit.

―Melalui mesyuarat itu, kita akan memutuskan sama ada mahu menggunakan sistem terbabit atau
sebaliknya sekali gus membantu polis melengkapkan siasatan,‖ katanya.

Sementara itu, bapa Nurin, Jazimin Abdul Jalil, 34, ketika dihubungi berkata selain bersyukur, dia
adalah orang paling gembira sekiranya sistem berkenaan dapat membantu mengesan sekali gus
menahan suspek yang membunuh anak perempuannya itu.

―Bagi saya, sekiranya nombor pendaftaran motosikal berkenaan dapat dicam, ia sudah cukup bagi polis
untuk memberkas penjenayah kejam terbabit.

―Selain itu, kami sekeluarga menganggap kematian Kak Ngah (Nurin) terbela selepas sekian lama tidak
dimaklumkan sebarang perkembangan mengenai kes berkenaan,‖ katanya.

Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, murid Tahun Dua Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Desa Setapak, hilang pada 20
Ogos tahun lalu selepas keluar bersendirian ke pasar malam berhampiran rumahnya di Seksyen 1,
Wangsa Maju.

Mayatnya ditemui 27 hari kemudian dalam sebuah beg sukan yang diletakkan di depan sebuah premis
perniagaan di Petaling Jaya dan hasil bedah siasat mendapati mangsa mati akibat didera secara
seksual.

Namun, sehingga kini, lelaki bermotosikal yang dirakamkan CCTV membawa beg sukan dipercayai
mengandungi mayat kanak-kanak itu dan meletakkannya di sebuah premis di Taman Petaling Utama,
16 September, gagal dikenal pasti.
Tajuk Artikel : Penentu dividen KWSP
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

Oleh Hayati Ibrahim

PUTRAJAYA: Pemberian dividen kepada 11,834 juta pencarum Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja
(KWSP) dipengaruhi keadaan ekonomi semasa dan keuntungan pelaburan bakal diperolehi KWSP
sepanjang tahun ini.

Pengerusinya, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, berkata pengumuman kadar dividen itu dilakukan selewat-
lewatnya Februari atau Mac 2009.

Sehingga ini, kami belum tahu berapa banyak dividen diberikan kepada pencarum berikutan perlu
menunggu sehingga selesai mesyuarat lembaga pengarah.

―Tahun lalu, kami beri dividen 5.8 peratus iaitu kadar tertinggi sejak 2001,‖ katanya pada sidang media
selepas menyampaikan hadiah kepada pemenang Pertandingan Sukan Ekstrem Putrajaya 2008, di
Dataran Putrajaya di sini, semalam.

Sebelum ini, KWSP dilaporkan meraih pendapatan pelaburan RM2.06 bilion dalam suku ketiga tahun
ini, merosot 60.4 peratus daripada RM5.19 bilion dalam suku sebelumnya kesan ketidaktentuan
ekonomi global.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Datuk Azlan Zainol, dilaporkan berkata pendapatan lebih rendah dalam
tempoh Julai hingga September itu susulan penurunan pulangan pelaburan dalam saham, daripada
RM2.54 bilion pada suku kedua kepada RM1.26 bilion.

Malah, ketidaktentuan ekonomi global menjejaskan pasaran saham di seluruh dunia termasuk pasaran
tempatan.

Mengulas mengenai jumlah pencarum yang memohon mengekalkan caruman 11 peratus, Samsudin
berkata, pihaknya belum menerima data lengkap.

Bagaimanapun, Samsudin berkata pihaknya sudah mengedarkan borang kepada pemohon yang ingin
mengekalkan kadar lama caruman masing-masing, bermula 1 Disember lalu.

―Borang lengkap diisi perlu dikemukakan kepada majikan untuk diserah kepada kami sebelum 31
Disember ini. Mereka bermasalah boleh menghubungi mana-mana cawangan KWSP terdekat,‖
katanya.
Tajuk Artikel : Penduduk bengang
Sumber / Tarikh : Harian Metro Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin
Oleh Helmy Abd Rahman
KUALA LUMPUR: Pembangunan yang menyusahkan! Itu tanggapan sebahagian besar penduduk
kawasan perumahan fasa empat Taman Sri Kuching di sini yang bengang dengan langkah syarikat
pemaju memasang pagar sehingga menutup sebahagian Jalan Matang 3 yang menjadi laluan utama
penduduk sekali gus menyebabkan kesesakan lalu lintas di tempat itu.

Penduduk mendakwa, langkah pemaju berkenaan juga boleh membahayakan nyawa sekiranya berlaku
bencana seperti kebakaran berikutan laluan yang tinggal kini terlalu sempit.

Rata-rata penghuni taman perumahan itu juga hairan dan curiga dengan status projek komersial
berkenaan yang menurut mereka berada dalam lokasi dizonkan kawasan kediaman.

Wakil penduduk, YC Yong, 43, berkata sejak pagar berkenaan dipasang awal bulan ini, lori sampah
turut sukar mengutip sampah di kawasan itu.
 ―Cuba bayangkan, untuk mengangkut sampah di 10 rumah, mereka terpaksa mengambil masa hingga
setengah jam.

―Atas sebab itu, lori sampah tidak lagi datang mengikut jadual seperti biasa dan cuma mengambil
sampah seminggu sekali menyebabkan kawasan ini berbau.

―Selepas pagar itu dipasang, jarak jalan dengan rumah penduduk jadi begitu sempit sehingga tidak
sampai 20 meter dan tentunya sangat bahaya jika berlaku kebakaran.

―Berkemungkinan besar juga projek ini belum diluluskan kerana langsung tiada papan tanda
memaklumkan projek yang bakal dilaksanakan dalam kawasan berpagar ini. Persoalannya, mengapa
sehingga sekarang belum ada tindakan diambil,‖ katanya pada sidang akhbar di sini, semalam.

Hadir sama, Ahli Parlimen Segambut, Lim Lip Eng yang sempat melakukan lawatan di kawasan
berkenaan.




Tajuk Artikel: ‘Bukan semua tepat’
Sumber / Tarikh: Harian Metro Online 22 Disember 200                          – Isnin
Oleh Maiamalina Mohamed Amin

KUALA LUMPUR: ―Bukan semua ujian saringan HIV dilakukan tepat. Kadangkala berlaku juga kes
ketidaktepatan atau ‗false positive‘ menyebabkan mangsa dikatakan positif HIV,‖ kata Presiden
Persatuan Perubatan Malaysia (MMA), Datuk Dr Khoo Kah Lin.

Beliau mengulas rintihan pemuda berusia 24 tahun yang kebingungan dan buntu selepas disahkan
pembawa virus berbahaya iaitu HIV meskipun bukan seorang penagih dadah atau kaki perempuan.

Menurutnya, walaupun sebelum ini mangsa sudah menjalani beberapa ujian pengesahan, dia digalak
ke hospital kerajaan bagi mengikuti ujian khas yang dapat memastikan, sekali gus menjelaskan
kebenaran sama ada benar-benar penghidap HIV atau tidak.

―Saya sarankan supaya mangsa ke hospital kerajaan serta jalani ujian ini untuk pengesahan semula
kerana terdapat kes ujian saringan tidak tepat dan secara tidak langsung memberi keputusan salah.
 ―Sekurang-kurangnya dengan mengikuti semula ujian boleh memberi kepastian kepada mangsa
dengan keputusannya boleh diperoleh dalam tempoh empat minggu,‖ katanya ketika dihubungi,
semalam.

Dr Khoo berkata, banyak faktor yang boleh menyumbang kepada jangkitan virus HIV termasuk aktiviti
seks rambang, penagihan dadah, perkongsian jarum suntikan, memperoleh suntikan daripada jarum
yang kotor dan diwarisi daripada ibu bapa.

―Dalam kes mangsa ini pula, sukar untuk dipastikan dari mana dia boleh peroleh kerana banyak faktor
yang perlu dikenal pasti secara mendalam. Kita juga tidak boleh sesuka hati menyalahkan ibu bapa
sebagai pembawa virus tanpa usul periksa.

―Pada zaman ini, orang ramai sudah semakin peka dengan bahaya HIV dan ibu mengandung juga
sudah tahu dan mula jalani pemeriksaan bagi memastikan bayi dikandungnya tidak dijangkiti virus. Jadi
tidak boleh letakkan kesalahan pada orang lain tanpa bukti kukuh,‖ katanya.

Metro Ahad semalam melaporkan, pemuda dikenali sebagai Kamal, 24, buntu apabila doktor
mengesahkan dia pembawa virus HIV Julai lalu selepas menjalani ujian saringan syarat untuk
perkahwinan sedangkan mendakwa bukan seorang kaki perempuan atau penagih dadah.

Katanya, dia tidak pasti bagaimana dijangkiti virus maut itu walhal tidak pernah menjalani pemindahan
darah dan hanya pernah sekali dimasukkan ke hospital kerana nahas jalan raya.




Tajuk Artikel: 15 kawasan cerun bukit dikenal pasti berisiko runtuh
Sumber / Tarikh: Harian Metro Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin
KUALA LUMPUR: Sebanyak 15 kawasan cerun bukit di kawasan Parlimen Ampang Jaya dan Gombak,
serta empat daerah di Selangor dikenal pasti sebagai kawasan berisiko tanah runtuh, kata Menteri
Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

Beliau berkata, kawasan cerun bukit berisiko di kawasan Parlimen Ampang Jaya dan Gombak dikesan
melalui pemantauan agensi kerajaan negeri, yang dibahagikan mengikut empat Dewan Undangan
Negeri (DUN) iaitu DUN Bukit Antarabangsa, DUN Hulu Klang, DUN Lembah Jaya dan DUN Teratai.

―Empat daerah yang dikenalpasti mempunyai kebarangkalian untuk berlakunya tanah runtuh terdiri
daripada daerah Gombak, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor dan Petaling,‖ katanya kepada pemberita
selepas mengadakan sesi dialog dengan penduduk Bukit Antarabangsa di Surau Addiniah di sini,
semalam.

Khalid berkata, kawasan DUN Bukit Antarabangsa meliputi kawasan Bukit Antarabangsa, Ukay
Heights, Taman Hijau, Taman Hillview, dan Dataran Ukay manakala DUN Hulu Klang meliputi kawasan
Taman Melawati, Ukay Perdana dan Taman Kemensah.
 ―DUN Lembah Jaya meliputi kawasan Taman Tunku Abdul Rahman dan Bukit Sungai Seputeh, dan
DUN Teratai meliputi Bukit Teratai, Bukit Permai, Taman Saga, Taman Mega dan Bukit Segar,‖
katanya.

 Khalid berkata, pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) akan membuat pemantauan, bagaimanapun,
tanggungjawab menjaga kawasan cerun ini terletak di bawah tanggungjawab pemilik tanah itu sendiri.
— Bernama
Tajuk Artikel: Diskaun 15 peratus harga rumah kepada mangsa
Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

ULU KLANG – Kerajaan Negeri Selangor memberikan diskaun 15 peratus kepada 12 pemilk rumah
yang ranap dalam kejadian tanah runtuh di Bukit Antarabangsa 6 Disember lalu untuk membeli rumah
yang dibina oleh Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS).

81 keluarga yang tidak dibenarkan pulang ke rumah masing-masing juga bakal menerima insentif yang
sama sekiranya laporan penuh yang akan dikeluarkan oleh Jabatan Kerja Raya sebulan lagi
mengesahkan rumah mereka tidak selamat untuk diduduki.

Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata, 12 keluarga berkenaan juga ditawarkan untuk
menyewa mana-mana rumah yang disediakan PKNS dengan diskaun 50 peratus bagi tempoh setahun.

―Bagi 81 keluarga yang tidak dibenarkan pulang, kerajaan negeri akan membiayai kos sewa rumah
sehingga RM1,000 sebulan sehingga mereka dibenarkan pulang ke kediaman masing-masing.

―PKNS juga telah menawarkan 14 buah rumah di Cheras untuk disewakan dengan kadar minima
RM100 sebulan untuk tiga bulan pertama dan RM500 bulan berikutnya,‖ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas bertemu dengan penduduk yang terlibat dalam
kejadian tanah runtuh, di sini semalam.

Turut hadir, Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kerajaan Tempatan, Kajian dan Penyelidikan, Ronnie Liu
dan wakil dari Pejabat Daerah Gombak, Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ) dan Syarikat
Bekelan Air Selangor (Syabas).

Abdul Khalid berkata, pemilik rumah bernombor 39, Jalan Bukit Mewah 2 yang membenarkan lalaun
dibina di kawasan rumahnya juga ditawarkan insentif yang sama dengan 12 keluarga yang rumahnya
ranap.

Menurutnya, kerajaan negeri juga akan memberikan saguhati RM5,000 kepada keluarga mangsa yang
terkorban dan RM1,500 kepada mangsa yang mengalami kecederaan.

―Kerajaan negeri juga akan memberikan bantuan RM500 sebulan selama tiga bulan kepada keluarga
yang berpendapatan RM1,500 ke bawah, orang kurang upaya (OKU) dan warga emas yang hilang
upaya,‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, bagi 175 keluraga yang dibenarkan pulang ke rumah, kerajaan negeri akan memberikan
bantuan logistik untuk mengurangkan beban proses pemindahan dengan mengerah beberapa pihak
berkuasa tempatan (PBT) menyediakan kenderaan.

―Satu unit perubatan Yayasan Amal akan beroperasi seminggu sekali selama sebulan di Kondominium
Impian Selatan bagi mengurangkan beban penduduk,‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, selain bantuan berkenaan, kerajaan negeri juga akan memberi bantuan balik ke sekolah
kepada semua anak-anak dari 268 keluaraga yang menjadi mangsa tanah runtuh bermula daripada pra
sekolah hingga Tingkatan 5.

―Mereka akan diberikan baucer RM120 untuk pembelian beg, baju dan kasut sekolah, PKNS telah
berbesar hati menaja bantuan baucer ini,‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, satu pusat informasi akan ditempatkan di setiap kawasan yang terlibat iaitu di Taman Bukit
Mewah, Kondominium Impian Selatan, Taman Bukit Jaya dan Jalan 11, Taman Wangsa Ukay untuk
penyelarasan bantuan selain daripada pejabat induk di bilik gerakan berhampiran surau Addinniah.

Katanya, semua penduduk yang layak untuk mendapat sebarang bentuk bantuan dari kerajaan negeri
perlu mendaftar di pusat-pusat berkenaan yang akan beroperasi bermula hari ini sehingga Rabu.

―Semua bantuan khas ini mungkin tidak setimpal dengan apa yang mereka telah alami, tapi kami telah
cuba untuk membuat yang terbaik untuk semua pihak.

―Kerajaan negeri mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pihak tentera, polis, PBT pejabat ADUN, NGO dan
semua pihak yang bekerja keras dalam usaha menolong dan menyelamat mangsa, kami berdoa dan
berharap tragedi sebegini tidak berulang lagi,‖ katanya.

Sementara itu, penduduk yang ditemui, Abdul Rashid Abdul Majid, berkata, kerajaan negeri seharusnya
memberikan bantuan yang setimpal dengan kerugian yang dialami bagi membolehkan mereka
membina hidup baru.

―15 peratus hanya untuk rumah yang runtuh bukan untuk yang dipindahkan, tapi 15 peratus sangat
sedikit lagipun tidak ada apa yang kita boleh buat dengan 15 peratus.

―Rumah sekarang pun harga dah lebih dari RM1 juta, bagi orang seperti saya perlu mencari rumah lain
dan sebagainya, kita perlukan nilai yang sepatutnya walaupun mungkin mustahil, namun kerjaan negeri
perlu buat satu formula,‖ katanya.

Menurutnya, beliau enggan berpindah semula ke rumahnya walaupun laporan awal mengesahkan
rumah tersebut selamat untuk diduduki kerana laporan yang diberi tidak menyentuh tentang punca
kejadian tanah runtuh 6 Disember lalu.

Katanya, kerajaan negeri juga tidak memberikan jawapan dan rancangan jangka panjang yang
komprihensif untuk menyakinkan beliau tragedi sama tidak berulang




Tajuk Artikel: Khalid umum 15 kawasan berisiko runtuh
Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

ULU KLANG – Sebanyak 15 kawasan cerun di seluruh Ampang yang berada dalam empat kawasan
Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) dikenal pasti berisiko mengalami tanah runtuh.

:Kawasan berkenaan melibatkan Bukit Antarabangsa, Ukay Heights, Taman Hijau, Taman Hillview dan
Dataran Ukay di DUN Bukit Antarabangsa, Taman Malawati, Ukay Perdana dan Taman Kemensah di
DUN Hulu Kelang, Taman Tun Abdul Rahman (TAR) dan Bukit Sungai Seputih di DUN Lembah Jaya
serta Bukit Teratai, Bukit Permai, Taman Saga, Taman Mega dan Bukit Segar di DUN Teratai.

Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim berkata, pihaknya melalui pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT)
akan menjalankan pemantauan secara berterusan di kawasan berkenaan.

―Kerajaan negeri meminta Kerajaan Persekutuan, melalui Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR) untuk membuat
kajian lebih menyeluruh di kawasan tersebut.

―Penglibatan JKR amat sesuai kerana jabatan itu mempunyai cawangan Kejuruteraan Cerun yang
boleh membuat kajian yang lebih terperinci dan sekaligus merangka penyelesaian lebih tepat,‖ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian selepas mengadakan pertemuan dengan penduduk yang terlibat dalam
kejadian tanah runtuh di Bukit Antarabangsa bagi mengumunkan bantuan yang kerajaan negeri
sediakan kepada mereka.

Abdul Khalid berkata, pihaknya juga telah mengenalpasti beberapa daerah yang berkemungkinan
berlaku tanah runtuh iaitu di daerah Gombak, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor dan Petaling.

Menurutnya, kerajaan negeri akan menulis surat kepada semua pemilik tanah cerun untuk
mengingatkan mereka bahawa tanggungjawab penjagaan kawasan berkenaan merupakan
tanggungjawab mereka sendiri.

―Kerajaan negeri mempunyai kuasa untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap pemaju dan pemilik tanah
sekiranya gagal menyelenggara tanah milik mereka.

―Sekiranya mereka enggan, kerajaan negeri boleh mengambil semula tanah berkenaan mengikut
seksyen 13A Kanun Tanah Negara kerana kepentingan awam,‖ katanya




Tajuk Artikel: Ini ‘democrazy’ bukan demokrasi: Musa
Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

KUALA LUMPUR – Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan menganggap tindakan sesetengah pihak
yang mengadakan demonstrasi jalanan untuk menuntut hak mereka adalah satu tindakan yang boleh
mengancam masa depan negara.

Beliau yang ditemui selepas merasmikan Program Merakyatkan Seni Budaya (PMS) Komuniti
Beruniform di Pusat Latihan Polis Kuala Lumpur (Pulapol) semalam berkata, ia adalah satu tindakan
akibat berfikiran pendek.

―Mereka menuntut demokrasi daripada kerajaan namun cara tersebut (demonstrasi) adalah salah,
bukankah boleh disalurkan melalui saluran yang betul seperti perbincangan.

―Ini bukannya demokrasi yang mereka perjuangkan sebaliknya ia adalah ‗democrazy‘,‖ kata beliau.

Musa turut mengingatkan setiap pihak yang mahu mengadakan sebarang perhimpunan seharusnya
memohon permit daripada pihak polis terlebih dahulu sebelum mengadakan perhimpunan.

―Setelah itu, pihak polis akan menilai perhimpunan yang bakal dijalankan dan sekiranya terdapat
sebarang unsur ancaman dan mungkin mendatangkan masalah kepada pihak lain maka permit tidak
akan dikeluarkan.

―Jerit jelas tidak mendapat permit daripada polis dan mereka secara terang-terangan melanggar
undang-undang maka tindakkan ke atas mereka adalah tepat.

―Mereka juga melanggar Seksyen 32 (b) Akta Kanak-kanak 2001 kerana menggunakan kanak-kanak di
bawah 18 tahun dalam perhimpunan tersebut,‖ katanya.

Tindakan ibu bapa yang membenarkan anak mereka menyertai perhimpunan tersebut juga dilihat
sebagi satu usaha yang kurang kesedaran kerana ibu bapa seharusnya memberikan satu contoh dan
teladan yang baik kepada anak-anak mereka
Tajuk Artikel: Rakyat perlu kreatif atasi krisis ekonomi
Sumber / Tarikh: Sinar Harian Online 22 Disember 2008 – Isnin

IPOH - Rakyat disarankan menggunakan kreativiti baru dalam pasaran bagi mengatasi keadaan
ekonomi yang tertekan pada masa ini.

Timbalan Menteri Kewangan 1, Datuk Husni Hanadzlah berkata, pihak swasta mahupun rakyat
mempunyai peranan besar ke atas keadaan ekonomi dunia dan negara.

―Rakyat mesti sedar bahawa kita sebagai rakyat akan sejahtera kalau ekonomi negara sejahtera,‖
katanya pada sidang media selepas merasmikan program mesra rakyat Taman Klebang Restu di sini,
semalam.

Pada majlis tersebut, beliau turut menyampaikan hadiah bagi pertandingan kanak-kanak Tabika
Kemajuan Masyarakat (Kemas) serta penyerahan cek kepada para peminjam Tekun Nasional.

Menurut Husni yang juga Ahli Parlimen Tambun, pengerusi bank dunia yang pada awalnya meramalkan
pertumbuhan ekonomi tahun ini jatuh sebanyak 3.5 peratus kepada dua peratus turut menjangkakan
pertumbuhan ekonomi dunia akan mengalami kejatuhan lebih teruk lagi pada tahun hadapan.

Kata beliau, sistem ekonomi Malaysia yang berintegrasi dengan sistem ekonomi dunia sepatutnya
dipelbagaikan dari segi pasaran dan tidak bergantung kepada Amerika Syarikat semata-mata.

Sebaliknya kata beliau, pasaran perlu diperluaskan kepada negara lain dan jalan terbaik adalah dengan
memfokuskan kepada negara-negara seperti Asia Barat, Jepun dan China.

Selain itu, beliau turut menyentuh berkenaan pengurang pemotongan caruman Kumpulan Wang
Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) iaitu 11 peratus kepada lapan peratus yang dilihat sebagai salah satu lagi
langkah untuk menyuntik ekonomi negara menerusi perbelanjaan rakyat.

Dalam pada itu katanya, usaha Bank Negara yang telah mengurangkan dasar kadar semalaman
(overnite policy rate) daripada 3.5 peratus kepada 3.25 peratus dalam mengurangkan pinjaman bank
sekali gus meningkatkan kecairan sektor perbankan yang akan membolehkan rakyat berbelanja
membeli kereta, rumah dan usahawan membuat lebih pinjaman bagi meningkatkan produktiviti.

				
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