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Tenggol resort trio to arrive in Dungun at 11 pm – APMM

DUNGUN, Three resort workers who were found safe by Thai fishermen are expected to arrive in Kuala Dungun here at around 11 pm tonight.

Terengganu Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency director Capt Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli said he had deployed the off shore patrol vessel KM Pekan to the Petronas Bunga Orkid oil drilling platform, where the trio had been dropped off by the Thais, to bring them back.

“When they were rescued, Fauzi Mohamad, 40; Mohamad Hafiz Abd Rahim, 22; and Muhammad Firdaus Mohd Awalluddin, 25, were in a state of fatigue. They recovered slightly after being given treatment, as well as food and drinks by the Bunga Orkid crewmen, he said in a statement today.

Last Wednesday, three Pulau Tenggol resort workers were reported missing while on their way from the Aking Jetty, Seberang Pintasan, here to Pulau Tenggol to deliver food supplies and necessities. All of them were found safe by Thai fishermen earlier today.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Firdaus father, Mohd Awalluddin Adam, 51, when met at the Aking Jetty here today, said he would take his son back to Johor tomorrow and hold special prayers.

He said since his son’s disappearance on Wednesday, he was unable to sleep and cried often, before deciding to head to Dungun this morning.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Couple find assortment of machetes in front yard

JOHOR BAHRU, A married couple found nine machetes while they were cleaning their front yard at Taman Nusa Perintis, Gelang Patah, near here yesterday.

Iskandar Puteri Police Chief ACP Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said the assortment of machetes wrapped in black and white plastic sheets were found at around 11 am before the 48-year-old housewife lodged a police report at 12.16 pm.

“Besides the machetes, there was also a broken silver-coloured padlock. The complainant (housewife), in fear of their safety, contacted the Gelang Patah Police Station for further action, he said in a statement today.

Dzulkhairi said the machetes measured between 58 centimetres and 75 centimetres in length.

He said the housing area was unguarded and there was no closed-circuit cameras footage either.

The police were tracing the parties responsible and the case is being investigated under Section 6 (1) of the Corrosive, Explosive and Dangerous Weapon Act 1958.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

One tonne ‘Mr Trump’ draws huge crowds in Pasir Puteh

PASIR PUTEH, An American Gray Brahman bull named ‘Mr Trump’ and valued at RM20,000 has received a lot of attention from visitors at the Kelantan Farmers, Livestock Breeders and Fishermen’s Day at Pantai Bisikan Bayu here.

The bull, weighing about one tonne, from the Cancun Park, Bukit Tuku in Pasir Mas, was imported from the United States via Thailand.

The bull is the only one in the country, said Cancun Park manager Nasrul Saat, 32, to Bernama when met during the five-day celebration that would end tomorrow.

More than 10,000 visitors turned up at the five-day event that saw other livestock up close and personal, including dozens of other cattle breeds, goats, rabbits, deer and buffalo.

Nasrul said the presence of the bull at the event was to give exposure to the public that they had the opportunity to breed it commercially.

“The food can be processed through readily available ingredients in villages, including rice straw and chunks produced from tapioca or cassava, which can be grown easily around the house, he said.

However, those who are interested can contact the Kelantan Veterinary Services Department to obtain the breed, which is produced through artificial semination as the farm does not have the expertise.

He said with proper feeding and management practices, the bull could grow over one kilogramme a day after 90 days of breeding.

Visitor Hussin Samat, 53, said this was the first time he had seen such a large bull as he had only seen it previously on television.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

No dangerous substances in ‘Ghost Smoke’ candy

IPOH, Preliminary studies conducted on the Ghost Smoke candy has found that it does not contain any dangerous ingredients, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

However, he said, although it did not have any dangerous ingredients, children should not be encouraged to take it as it could influence them to become smokers.

We have analysed the candy which was found not to have any dangerous food content but its use is similar to smoking, so it is not encouraged for children.

We are still studying the mechanism of how the ‘Ghost Smoke’ candy can produce smoke and we sent samples to several universities for testing and so far, there has been no result, he said.

Dr Lee who is also Gopeng Member of Parliament was speaking to reporters after presenting contributions to 200 senior citizens and the poor at Taman Song Choon here today.

On a separate issue, Dr Lee said the Health Ministry was working with the industry to stop the sale of electronic cigarette devices or vape shaped like watches or pens on the market which were gaining popularity among schoolchildren in the country.

He said the ministry has held discussions with vape producers who agreed to withdraw the sale of devices shaped like watches or pens from the market.

The manufacturers have voluntarily withdrawn the sale of vape in the shape of wristwatches and pens on the market as many schoolchildren were using them.

Parents and teachers must also give more serious attention to see if students were using wristwatches or pens in suspicious forms as the use of vape could affect their health and result in addiction, he said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

M’sians now more mature in assessing threats to unity – PM

MELAKA, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that Malaysians are now more mature in assessing the situation and deciding for themselves when facing threats that can disrupt unity.

The prime minister said such capability was also in line with the country reaching its maturity, and that it would serve as an impetus for the government to develop Malaysia so that the prosperity achieved could be shared by all.

Malaysia has reached 62 years without the colonial grasp. Although there are times when voices of dissent seek to disrupt the peace of the people by raising racial issues, Malaysians as a whole reject such narrow beliefs and hold to the principle of tolerance and respect.

Understanding has been cultivated since independence which enabled us to achieve national agendas aimed at prospering and advancing the people and the nation.

I hope this rally will further fuel our spirit to jointly redouble our efforts to make Malaysia a highly respected country, he said when launching the national-level National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) at the Dataran Pahlawan here tonight.

Also present were Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo, who is also 2019 National Month Celebration Main Committee chairman, Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari, Cabinet ministers and state executive councillors.

Speaking to about 10,000 attendees, Dr Mahathir said various initiatives had been put in place by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in pursuit of the shared prosperity as announced in conjunction with the New Malaysia’s first anniversary.

He said they include measures to restore the integrity and improve governance of public services, government-linked companies (GLCs) for the benefit of the country’s economy, as well as the Felda transformation programme, Lembaga Tabung Haji recovery plan, the launch of the National Entrepreneurship Policy 2030 and the regional development programme.

The prime minister said in efforts to realise the initiatives, the people should give their full support and confidence to the new government to carry out the tasks entrusted to them.

The people must rise together with the determination to help the government achieve this shared prosperity goal.

The philosophy and framework for building a nation that is based on a unified society must be used as the basis of our consistent struggles, he said.

In this regard, Dr Mahathir said issues of understanding and racial integration would continue to be the key agenda of the government.

Practising good values in life and avoiding bad practices should also continue to be applied by the society in this country, he said.

Dr Mahathir also called on all Malaysians to make this effort possible and to appreciate the theme of this year’s National Day celebration, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’.

The prime minister said the people should also be grateful for the peaceful and prosperous life they currently enjoy, while at the same time realising that today’s success was the result of the sacrifices of the previous generations.

The history of the country for the past decades, said the 94-year-old leader, should serve as the guide in shaping and determining the direction of the country.

Every citizen needs to have a sense of responsibility because the image of the nation’s excellence depends on our ability to meet the challenges and obstacles in achieving the success. We need to focus on the next level of excellence by addressing all the shortcomings and weaknesses so that it will serve as a guide for the future generation.

All of this can be carried out when we have the self-awareness pertaining to the country’s journey through the decades, he said.

Dr Mahathir also emphasised that during the National Day celebration every year, it re-enlightened the people on the importance of patriotism and love for the nation, which were among the key features of building a nation of multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society so that the people can continue to live in harmony and peace.

The Jalur Gemilang, the prime minister said, symbolises loyalty, unity and patriotism, so it is important that the spirit and values of nationalism and patriotism be instilled in all Malaysians.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

M’sians now more mature in assessing threats to unity – PM

MELAKA, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that Malaysians are now more mature in assessing the situation and deciding for themselves when facing threats that can disrupt unity.

The prime minister said such capability was also in line with the country reaching its maturity, and that it would serve as an impetus for the government to develop Malaysia so that the prosperity achieved could be shared by all.

Malaysia has reached 62 years without the colonial grasp. Although there are times when voices of dissent seek to disrupt the peace of the people by raising racial issues, Malaysians as a whole reject such narrow beliefs and hold to the principle of tolerance and respect.

Understanding has been cultivated since independence which enabled us to achieve national agendas aimed at prospering and advancing the people and the nation.

I hope this rally will further fuel our spirit to jointly redouble our efforts to make Malaysia a highly respected country, he said when launching the national-level National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang (national flag) at the Dataran Pahlawan here tonight.

Also present were Minister of Communications and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo, who is also 2019 National Month Celebration Main Committee chairman, Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari, Cabinet ministers and state executive councillors.

Speaking to about 10,000 attendees, Dr Mahathir said various initiatives had been put in place by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government in pursuit of the shared prosperity as announced in conjunction with the New Malaysia’s first anniversary.

He said they include measures to restore the integrity and improve governance of public services, government-linked companies (GLCs) for the benefit of the country’s economy, as well as the Felda transformation programme, Lembaga Tabung Haji recovery plan, the launch of the National Entrepreneurship Policy 2030 and the regional development programme.

The prime minister said in efforts to realise the initiatives, the people should give their full support and confidence to the new government to carry out the tasks entrusted to them.

The people must rise together with the determination to help the government achieve this shared prosperity goal.

The philosophy and framework for building a nation that is based on a unified society must be used as the basis of our consistent struggles, he said.

In this regard, Dr Mahathir said issues of understanding and racial integration would continue to be the key agenda of the government.

Practising good values in life and avoiding bad practices should also continue to be applied by the society in this country, he said.

Dr Mahathir also called on all Malaysians to make this effort possible and to appreciate the theme of this year’s National Day celebration, ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku: Malaysia Bersih’.

The prime minister said the people should also be grateful for the peaceful and prosperous life they currently enjoy, while at the same time realising that today’s success was the result of the sacrifices of the previous generations.

The history of the country for the past decades, said the 94-year-old leader, should serve as the guide in shaping and determining the direction of the country.

Every citizen needs to have a sense of responsibility because the image of the nation’s excellence depends on our ability to meet the challenges and obstacles in achieving the success. We need to focus on the next level of excellence by addressing all the shortcomings and weaknesses so that it will serve as a guide for the future generation.

All of this can be carried out when we have the self-awareness pertaining to the country’s journey through the decades, he said.

Dr Mahathir also emphasised that during the National Day celebration every year, it re-enlightened the people on the importance of patriotism and love for the nation, which were among the key features of building a nation of multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society so that the people can continue to live in harmony and peace.

The Jalur Gemilang, the prime minister said, symbolises loyalty, unity and patriotism, so it is important that the spirit and values of nationalism and patriotism be instilled in all Malaysians.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Gapena to empower language, culture through international relations

KOTA KINABALU, The Federation of National Writers Associations of Malaysia (Gapena) would continue to empower language and culture through international relations with culture and literature-related non-governmental organisations in Southeast Asia.

Gapena chief I Datuk Zainal Abidin Borhan said in order to achieve this goal, several regional dialogues involving ASEAN countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei and Singapore have been held.

He cited the Borneo-Kalimantan dialogue, Southern dialogue and Northern and Southern dialogues with the countries involved.

“Gapena is also willing to cooperate with the government in making the Malay language as the ASEAN language,” he said at the 14th Borneo Kalimantan Regional Dialogue here today.

The dialogue was officiated by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka board chairman, Prof Datuk Dr Mohamed Hatta Shahrom.

Meanwhile, Zainal Abidin said cultural cohesion could be created through consensus and unity of authors and culturalists from the Malay archipelago.

He said Gapena had become the secretariat in promoting international relations, especially in uplifting the Malay language and forging cooperation with Malays in Southeast Asia and the world.

More than 150 participants from Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and the Province of Kalimantan participated in the three-day dialogue from Aug 2-4.

Also present were Sabah Language and Literature president Datuk Jasni Matlani; Brunei Darussalam Asterawani chief I, Assoc Prof Dr Ampuan Ibrahim Ampuan Tengah; Indonesian Consul (Implementation of Social and Culture Functions) Cahyono Rustam; and Province of Kalimantan representative, Prof Dr Ibrahim Sharif Al Kadri.

An anthology book of poems and short stories entitled ‘Anak Nusantara’ featuring 53 authors from Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei was also launched.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)