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Police tracking down man who threatens to bomb North-East IPD

GEORGE TOWN, Police are tracking down a man for threatening to bomb the North-East District Police Headquarters (IPD), here using C4 bomb in an incident yesterday as he was angry with the authorities for frequently detaining suspects.

North-East Police District Head ACP Che Zaimani Che Awang said that in the incident at about 3.30 pm, the man contacted the Pulau Tikus Police Station and spoke to a policeman before suddenly cursing the policeman with various abusive words.

He said that before putting down the telephone, the suspect threatened to explode the North-East IPD using the C4 as he wanted to see all the policemen die.

Following the threat, he said a police team from the Bomb Disposal Unit (BDU) and the Tracker Dog Unit (K9) from the Penang Contingent Police Headquarters were sent to the North-East IPD for further checks but no bomb or explosive devices were found in the area.

He said police were now tracking down the suspect concerned to assist in the investigation on the case.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

KPDNHEP mulls placing local products at airports

JOHOR BAHRU, The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) is negotiating with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) to place local products at airport terminals nationwide.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said it was one of the efforts to support local entrepreneurs and simultaneously promote made in Malaysia products.

”MAHB has 39 airports nationwide. So, (with) those boarding flights, sending and receiving…about 100 million people use the airport each year.

”So, the ministry is negotiating to place Malaysian made products at the airport terminals nationwide,” he said in his speech at the national level, Buy Malaysian Goods Campaign (KBBM) Carnival at Plaza Angsana here today.

Also present to launch the carnival was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Meanwhile, on KBBM, he said KPDNHEP, at the same time, had held discussions and engagements with retail industry players and market places.

He said numerous forms of co-operation had been fixed including a permanent listing of local products at hypermarkets and supermarkets at a minimum listing fee, KBBM promotions at their respective outlets and numerous other methods.

”To date, their receptions are good and they stated their preparedness to help in the effort of the ministry at their respective business premises.

”With such initiatives, it is hoped that more local products will penetrate the retailing market in the country,” he said.

Earlier, on the KBBM carnival in Johor which was participated by 180 exhibitors, Saifuddin said the organisation of the carnival could strengthen domestic spending by encouraging consumers in the country especially Johor and also neighbouring countries like Singapore to buy locally manufactured products.

”It is also a large-scale platform to sell Malaysia products as an option for society to spend at reasonable and lower prices in the market.

”We are also able to help manufacturers to market and promote Malaysian made products and their services, simultaneously escalating the domestic economy and boosting the development of local industries,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Private sector urged to organise more unity programmes

KLANG, The private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been urged to play an important role in organising programmes to promote unity among the different races.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waytha Moorthy said efforts to foster unity and bring the people of this country together should be the responsibility of all parties, including the private sector and NGOs.

“Fostering unity should not be left to the government alone, everyone should participate and contribute to create harmony among the races,” he told reporters at the closing of the Fiesta Perpaduan Di Hati programme here today.

Waytha added that the ministry was in the midst of discussions with the private sector in efforts to promote more programmes which could bring the community together.

“We have been in talks with malls as malls are the perfect location to hold such events as people from all racial backgrounds will gather there especially during weekends, he said.

He said malls were the best platform for the government to reach out to the people and for the community to interact with one another.

“We want more programmes to be organised as through these programmes we are able to foster and strengthen unity,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

‘Makcik Bawang Show with Nyonya Goh steals Tunku Azizah’s attention

KUALA LUMPUR, The ‘Makcik Bawang Show with Nyonya Goh’ sketch stole the attention of Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah during the Armed Forces Family Charity Welfare Agency (Bakat) get-together held here today.

Tunku Azizah, appeared to be enjoying herself watching the roles of ‘membawang’ (gossiping) played by Bakat members, was also seen filming the show using her smartphone.

The sketch was one of the activities lined up for the event, along with other performances including traditional zapin dance, fashion show and singing.

During the event, held at Rumah Bakat, Tunku Azizah also rendered a song titled ‘Can’t Take My Eyes off You’, much to the delight of the audience.

Earlier, Her Majesty, accompanied by her daughter Tengku Puteri Jihan Azizah Athiyatullah, spent more than half an hour looking at handicrafts produced by Bakat members including beads embroidery and herbal floral arrangements.

There was also cooking demonstration by Bakat members to showcase their talents in making traditional dishes including Masak Lemak Cili Api Daging Salai with Kulit Rambai, Rendang Betik, Ayam Kampung Masak Rantau and Apam Johol for the royal guests.

Also present were the wife of Defence Minister Normah Alwi and Bakat chairperson Puan Sri Rusnah A. Rahman.

Meanwhile, Rusnah, in her speech, said such event would give Bakat members the opportunity to get to know Tunku Azizah better and to seek the advice of Her Majesty, a prominent figure in charity work.

Her Majesty’s involvement in the charity work has always been exemplary and inspired Bakat to continue to contribute energy and provide assistance, which is also synonymous with this agency’s main mission in safeguarding the well-being of the families of military personnel, irrespective of religion, race and spouse’s rank, she said.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

14 police personnel detained for possessing ketum water

KUALA LUMPUR, Fourteen police personnel were detained through Op Blue Devil’ carried out at a car park of a supermarket in Shah Alam, near here yesterday.

They were all detained by personnel from the Integrity and Standard Compliance Department of Bukit Aman and the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (JSJN) of the Selangor Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK) at about 3 am.

Director of the Bukit Aman JSJN, Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd when contacted confirmed the detention of all the personnel.

He said that when the raid was carried out, there were six mobile patrol vehicles (MPV) at the location of the incident and further inspection led to the discovery of two bottles which were suspected to contain ketum juice.

“The two bottles of the juice were discovered near one of the police MPV, he said.

Mohd Khalil said all the suspects were detained and taken to the Selangor IPK for further investigation and disciplinary action would be taken against the personnel detained.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Re-emphasising gotong-royong as part of local culture

SANDAKAN, The gotong-royong practice needs to be re-emphasised as part of the local culture or customs, said Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung.

He said the gotong-royong practice is losing its importance, especially among the urban community, and fears that the increasingly individualistic attitude would hamper the government’s efforts in creating a developed and high-income nation.

We do not want the people to be individualistic, materialistic and lose the neighbourhood values where people show care and concern for their surroundings.

Therefore, it is important for the people to practise gotong-royong to raise awareness on the importance of looking after health, family and the surroundings as well as to strengthen the friendship and cooperation among the community members, he said at a community health programme in Kampung Sim-Sim here today.

Poon, who is also the Tanjung Papat assemblyman, said the authorities are developing the tourism sector in Sandakan and want to launch a large-scale project that will boost the development of Sandakan.

In realising this target, he hoped that the people of Sandakan would understand the importance of cleanliness and help to check the spread of diseases such as dengue.

Meanwhile, Sandakan Municipal Council president Wong Foo Tin said the council was planning to establish a community development section to educate the people on the importance of maintaining cleanliness, health, unity and community.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Technical committee meeting on labour law amendment postponed

IPOH, The technical committee meeting on the amendment to the labour law with the Ministry of Human Resources will be held on Nov 11.

Its minister, M. Kula Segaran said the meeting should have been held on Nov 4 but had to be postponed due to several factors.

”It will be held together with all stakeholders including the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) and National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC).

”This was following the agreement to set up the technical committee to scrutinise all proposals on the amendment,” he said.

He said this at a media conference after launching the Labour Enrichment and Professionalism (LEAP) Seminar organised by the Trade Union Affairs Department (JHEKS) with the co-operation of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) here today. Also present was JHEKS director-general Mustafa Ali.

Kula Segaran said JHEKS was also in the process of amending the Trade Unions Act 1959 (Act 262) to ensure the provisions of the law complied with the ‘International Labour Standard’ and ‘International Labour Practice’ and in line with current developments.

”Several engagement sessions were held with stakeholders to obtain suggestions and views on the amendment to the act,” he said.

He said the draft proposal on the amendment of Act 262 which focused on the adherence to the principle of freedom of association had also been uploaded onto the website of the Ministry of Human Resources to get public feedback.

He said the draft proposal and all feedback received would be discussed in the meeting which would comprise the government, workers and employers.

The draft had been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers before being tabled in Parliament to obtain approval, he said.

In the meantime, he said the percentage of workers joining trade unions was seen as dropping in the country.

”At one stage, 10 per cent of the manpower in Malaysia were members of trade unions but currently only six to seven per cent, indicating the membership is going down. So, we want to activate the trade unions,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)