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Entrepreneurs welcome proposal for private sector workers to wear batik

KOTA BHARU, Batik entrepreneurs in Kelantan welcomed the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s proposal to encourage private sector employees to wear batik to work, as practised by civil servants.

The owner of Perindu Batik, Sayani Ismail, 53, said the proposal by the government was timely as craft and textile industry was experiencing a bleak phase in the past few years, due to uncertain economic situation.

Majority of small and medium-sized batik entrepreneurs decided to keep stock of their batik at home rather than opening an outlet to reduce cost, said Sayani who has been involved in the industry for 20 years.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Mara Patani suspends peace talks with Thai government

KUALA LUMPUR, Efforts to find peace in southern Thailand have been thrown into disarray following the decision by the dialogue panel of Majlis Syura Patani (Mara Patani) to suspend all peace dialogue meetings with the Thai government.

Its head of dialogue panel, Shukri Hari, said the decision to suspend the talks until after the conclusion of the country’s March general election, followed the group’s disappointment with the attitude shown by the head of Thai peace panel General Udomchai Thammasarorat.

Both Mara Patani and the Thai dialogue teams arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 2 for the introductory meeting. However, we were informed that the Head of Thai panel, General Udomchai would not attend the meeting. He would only meet me personally and separately.

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Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

NGO brings cheer to young cancer patients in HKL

KUALA LUMPUR, Six-year-old Bajai Karat has just vomited after his chemotherapy treatment and appeared weak at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) Paediatric Institute Cancer Ward here.

His mother, Noresah Awet, 25, who was beside him said they had been staying in the ward for the past two months after being referred there from Raub Hospital.

The Orang Asli boy who is from Raub, Pahang and diagnosed with blood cancer is among 24 children being treated in the ward.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Vehicles with summonses banned from Singapore: Malaysia seeks further discussion

BATU KAWAN, Malaysia will hold further discussions with Singapore on the order from the neighbouring country barring foreign vehicles with outstanding summonses from entering the republic from April, says Deputy Foreign Minister Senator Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

He urged all quarters against issuing any statement at the moment which could give a negative perception to the Malaysia-Singapore ties.

”We understand the ban has been issued effective April 1, 2019. We are in the process of discussion with Singapore and we need to discuss further on the matter.

”We have our own method to discuss this matter with Singapore. The discussion will be conducted simultaneously with the bilateral meeting with the republic later,” he told reporters after a ceremony to hand over Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia membership forms from Bandar Cassia residents, Batu Kawan Division here today.

Marzuki said this to comment on the Johor International Trade, Investment and Utility Committee chairman Jimmy Puah Wee Tse yesterday who said Malaysia also had the right to make the same rule.

Yesterday, Singapore in a statement, announced the possibility of not allowing foreign vehicles which had unpaid traffic, parking and emission of excessive smoke summonses from entering the republic from April 1.

In another development, Marzuki said the series of discussions between Malaysia and Singapore on bilateral issues, specifically involving air space and harbour limit had shown positive developments.

”We had a meeting on the matters with the Singapore representatives who came to Wisma Putra last week and the results are very good.

”We will continue the discussion on a date to be decided later with the possibility the meeting will be held in Singapore,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

State-Owned Airline Plan Revisited

KUCHING: Sarawak is currently working out the details regarding the proposal for it to set up its own airline company.

According to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, Sarawak government is trying to revisit this ‘old proposal’ � previously, it had intended to take over MASwing, the regional community carrier owned by Malaysia Airlines Bhd.

The chief minister said at that time, Malaysian Airline was reluctant to sell MASwings to Sarawak.

Now, we have a few options to have our own small airline to connect Kuching with other strategic destinations across the region.

We are working out the details now, he told a press conference after the launch of ‘Air Asia Sarawak Campaign Livery’ at Kuching International Airport (KIA) yesterday.

Asked when the proposed state-owned airline would take off, Abang Johari replied: As soon as possible � that is my expectation.

In relation to this, Abang Johari acknowledged that at the moment, AirAsia is having difficulties in getting the right slot for the Kuching-Shenzhen flight. Moreover, Sarawak also has a lot of people coming in from Jakarta via Pontianak, he added.

Because of that, we are seriously looking at having our own airline.

At the ‘Experience Sarawak’ programme in Kopi-O Corner here recently, Abang Johari had expressed Sarawak government’s wish of having its very own airline company and among the key reasons for this was for the state to have more direct international flights.

When we have the additional funds, we will either buy our own airplanes or set up our own airline company, he was quoted as having said then.

Abang Johari believed that upon having its own airlines, Sarawak’s tourism industry would get a boost as more foreign tourists would find it easier to visit the state.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and AirAsia non-independent, non-executive director Datuk Abdul Aziz Abu Bakar were also present.

Source: Sarawak Government

NEED FOR MIXED FARMING TO AVOID DEPENDENCE ON ONE CROP – PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today proposed to local farmers to optimise their agricultural land by practising mixed farming to avoid being dependent on just one crop.

He said mixed farming had been seen capable of preventing the farmers from being trapped and affected by the drop in the price of certain commodities, such as oil palm and rubber.

If we have land, we must venture into mixed farming.

Let’s not hold on to just one crop…because if the price drops, we’ll be in trouble. Even among cash crops, we have cucumber, chilli, tomato and if we rotate them according to the market, we will not lose our income just because of a drop in the price of one of the crops.

Dr Mahathir said this in a video uploaded onto his Facebook page after his visit to Jalan Kebun Permanent Food Production Park in Klang; Agro-Fertigation Farm in Kajang; and the orchid nursery at the Bukit Changgang Agrotechnology Park in Banting, today.

I was surprised and impressed with the very organised vegetable farms. This is how we can depend on agriculture to support our lives.

The farm need not be wide, but if we only plant it with oil palm and the price drops, we’ll be crying…but if we plant one part of the land with oil palm and the other part with cash crop, then we will not be trapped or affected by the drop in the price oil palm or rubber, he said.

Dr Mahathir said farmers, especially the young ones, must be willing to accept the new trend and must also be highly disciplined to make it a success.

If we do not have discipline, we cannot progress…we have to work hard, we have to reduce dependence on workers, especially foreign workers. What we can do ourselves, we do ourselves.

We have to change our way, we want to succeed as modern farmers, gentleman farmers…that’s our aspiration, he added.

Source; Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia

Trader who allegedly insults Agong, seeks forgiveness from Sultan Abdullah

KUANTAN, A trader who was arrested earlier for leaving a comment insulting the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in his Facebook (FB) page has been released on police bail.

Pahang police chief Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad, said the 46-year-old man from Kuantan was released at 10 am yesterday after being detained for two days since 8pm on Friday at the Kuantan and Temerloh police headquarters.

Apart from that, two men, aged 32 and 36, who were believed to be involved in committing criminal intimidation against the trader were also released on police bail after having their statements taken at Kuantan police headquarters yesterday, he said when contacted here today.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)