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Eight drug suspects detained in raids at homestay

MIRI, Eight suspected drug traffickers, including an Indonesian woman, were arrested when the police raided three homestays here yesterday.

Sarawak Narcotic Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Sahar Abdul Latif, in a statement here today, said drugs, comprising 213.19 gm of syabu and 31 erimin 5 pills, a BMW 320i car and a R25 motorcycle were seized in the raids.

He said the first raid was conducted about 6.30 pm during which a local man was arrested after the police found drugs in a sling bag he was carrying.

Following his arrest, police raided two homestays, where the remaining seven suspects were arrested, he added.

He said the eight suspects comprised six women, including an Indonesian, and two men. They are between 25 and 46 years of age.

All of them tested positive for drug and they are being detained for five days for investigation under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act, he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Dr Sahruddin must be firm in discharging duties, ensuring people’s wellbeing – Anwar

KUANTAN, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has expressed hope that Dr Sahruddin Jamal will be able to discharge his new duties as the Menteri Besar of Johor firmly, especially in ensuring the wellbeing of the people.

He also expressed gratitude for the smooth running of the succession process despite some confusions in the initial stage.

Anwar said PKR had always been firm in its stand that the post belonged to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) and hence, supported the appointment of Dr Sahruddin as the new Menteri Besar of Johor.

We would like to congratulate him (Dr Sahruddin) and we hope that he will be able to enhance performance to uphold government policies and protect the interests of the people of Johor, he told reporters after opening Pahang PKR headquarters at Kuantan Avenue here today.

Also present were Pahang PKR Leadership Council chairman Fuziah Salleh and Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who is also Indera Mahkota MP.

Dr Sahruddin, 43, who was Johor Health, Environment and Agriculture Committee chairman before this, succeeds Datuk Osman Sapian who stepped down as Menteri Besar of Johor on April 8.

He took his oath of office as the 17th Menteri Besar of Johor before the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene, earlier today.

In his speech, Anwar also described Osman’s resignation as the proof of PH government’s firmness in upholding its principles.

Never in our history did we have a menteri besar serving for only 10 months…until now. It happened because we promised not to wait or take too long to correct a mistake. If this happened in the previous government, would they do the same he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

US urged to remove Malaysia from ‘K’ list

KUALA LUMPUR, The Foreign Ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protests the decision of the US government to subject Malaysia in the newly-introduced ‘K’ indicator, it said in a statement today.

The ministry noted that Malaysia’s inclusion was announced in a travel advisory issued by the US State Department on April 9.

It said the move reflected the US government’s concern about potential kidnapping or hostage-taking situations in certain areas of eastern Sabah.

The ministry said the new travel advisory lacked objectivity and did not reflect the reality on the ground, particularly the security situation in eastern Sabah which remained safe and protected for tourists.

This is borne by the fact that the number of tourist arrivals in Sabah has grown by 5.5 per cent, reaching 3.87 million last year.

Further, the number of kidnapping incidents has dropped significantly to almost nil. Eastern Sabah continues to attract world-class divers, the statement said.

This success, it said, was the result of proactive measures taken by the Malaysian government, such as increasing the number of patrols, closer security cooperation with neighbouring countries and the strategic positioning of security assets to secure the areas.

Given these facts, Malaysia urges the US to be more objective in its assessment. We urge the US to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list. The US ambassador to Malaysia will be summoned to provide clarification on the new travel advisory, the ministry said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

US urged to remove Malaysia from ‘K’ list

KUALA LUMPUR, The Foreign Ministry is urging the United States to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list and will summon the American envoy here for clarification.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protests the decision of the US government to subject Malaysia in the newly-introduced ‘K’ indicator, it said in a statement today.

The ministry noted that Malaysia’s inclusion was announced in a travel advisory issued by the US State Department on April 9.

It said the move reflected the US government’s concern about potential kidnapping or hostage-taking situations in certain areas of eastern Sabah.

The ministry said the new travel advisory lacked objectivity and did not reflect the reality on the ground, particularly the security situation in eastern Sabah which remained safe and protected for tourists.

This is borne by the fact that the number of tourist arrivals in Sabah has grown by 5.5 per cent, reaching 3.87 million last year.

Further, the number of kidnapping incidents has dropped significantly to almost nil. Eastern Sabah continues to attract world-class divers, the statement said.

This success, it said, was the result of proactive measures taken by the Malaysian government, such as increasing the number of patrols, closer security cooperation with neighbouring countries and the strategic positioning of security assets to secure the areas.

Given these facts, Malaysia urges the US to be more objective in its assessment. We urge the US to immediately remove Malaysia from the ‘K’ list. The US ambassador to Malaysia will be summoned to provide clarification on the new travel advisory, the ministry said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Malaysian doctors circumcise south Thailand’s children

PATTANI, A group of Malaysian doctors are providing charity circumcision services to children in Pattani, south Thailand.

Headed by Kuala Terengganu’s Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital (SNZH) neurosurgeon, Dr Nujaimin Udin, the Nusantara Charity Circumcision Programme had circumcised 100 children aged from six to 12 years in the turbulent region.

He said 80 doctors, paramedics from SNZH and volunteers took part in the programme this time.

Dr Nujaimin, who is also Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital Post Graduate Medical Education Society (PGMES) chairman, said this was the fourth involvement of the programme in south Thailand.

”We hope the programme can help children of the very poor in Pattani to be circumcised,” he told Bernama here today.

Prior to this, the same programme was held in Sungai Golok, Yala and Narathiwat in south Thailand.

The Nusantara Charity Circumcision Programme, organised by the Terengganu Malaysian Association of Medical Assistants (MAMA) was held in conjunction with the school holiday and had also been held in countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, other than in Sabah and Sarawak, Malaysia.

”We target between 100 to 150 children for each programme organised,” he said.

Other than providing circumcision services, Dr Nujaimin said doctors and volunteers also contributed schooling aid and donations from Malaysians to the children.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Osman willing to use experience to help new Johor MB

JOHOR BAHRU, Former Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian is willing to use his 42 years of experience in politics to help his successor Dr Sahruddin Jamal in administering the state.

The Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said he was also willing to give his advice should Dr Shahruddin, who is also Bukit Kepong assemblyman, need it.

If he (Dr Sahruddin) asks for help, I will help. I am still an assemblyman (of Kempas)…a senior assemblyman and a former Menteri Besar. I have experience. I am open to giving advice if he wants it, Osman told reporters when met at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Office here today.

Osman, who is also Johor Bersatu chairman, said he was confident with Dr Sahruddin’s credibility to take up the responsibilities of Menteri Besar.

If he was not credible, he wouldn’t have been nominated to contest as PH candidate in the last general election, he said.

Dr Sahruddin, 43, took his oath of office as the new Menteri Besar of Johor before the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene, earlier today.

He was appointed as the 17th Johor Menteri Besar following Osman’s resignation on April 8.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Osman willing to use experience to help new Johor MB

JOHOR BAHRU, Former Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian is willing to use his 42 years of experience in politics to help his successor Dr Sahruddin Jamal in administering the state.

The Johor Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman said he was also willing to give his advice should Dr Shahruddin, who is also Bukit Kepong assemblyman, need it.

If he (Dr Sahruddin) asks for help, I will help. I am still an assemblyman (of Kempas)…a senior assemblyman and a former Menteri Besar. I have experience. I am open to giving advice if he wants it, Osman told reporters when met at the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Office here today.

Osman, who is also Johor Bersatu chairman, said he was confident with Dr Sahruddin’s credibility to take up the responsibilities of Menteri Besar.

If he was not credible, he wouldn’t have been nominated to contest as PH candidate in the last general election, he said.

Dr Sahruddin, 43, took his oath of office as the new Menteri Besar of Johor before the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar at Istana Bukit Serene, earlier today.

He was appointed as the 17th Johor Menteri Besar following Osman’s resignation on April 8.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)