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Penang denies neglecting fishermen in PSR project

Penang Deputy Chief Minister 1, Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman said PSR is a project which would be implemented to protect the interest and welfare of Penang residents in the future.

“The state government does not deny they (fishermen) will be affected. We are not only taking care of the fishermen’s welfare…there is a greater purpose why we want to carry out the land reclamation.

“We are running out of land. We do not have land for industries, development and others, so there is a need to carry out the project as a responsible government for the people and the state on the whole. But we will not abandon the fishermen,” he told reporters when met after the opening of a Women Development Workshop for Village Community Management Council (MPKK) today.

On Sept 4, Fishermen’s Association of Penang (Pen Mutiara) chairman Mahadi Md Rodzi repeated his claim that fishermen rejected the mega project.

He said the fishermen community would be affected by the project and alleged that the state government did not invite any representatives of the fishermen’s community to discuss compensation for them.

In reply to the claim, Ahmad Zakiyuddin said the state government is now creating an initiative and assistance to aid fishermen to maintain and improve their income.

“One of the approaches proposed is aquaculture farming using modern methods of fishing, and to teach them carry out better marketing strategy and others. In fact, we also wanted to assist fishermen who want to shift to other economic sectors if they do not want to become fishermen,” he said.

Under the PSR project, the state government is proposing a development project to reclaim 1,821 hectares including building three man-made islands in the south of Penang International Airport towards the waters of Permatang Damar Laut.

The Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) costing RM46 billion would also involve the construction of an undersea tunnel to connect the island to the mainland, highways, LRT, monorail and a comprehensive network of buses between the island and Seberang Perai.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MoF lists ministries with procurement approval via direct negotiations under PH


KUALA LUMPUR The Ministry of Finance (MoF) today released a list of ministries that had received government procurement approval through direct negotiations during the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration involving 101 projects worth RM6.61 billion.


In a statement, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the list was disclosed based on good governance and upholding transparency in administration.


The Transport Ministry received procurement via direct negotiations with the highest value at RM4.47 billion involving four projects, followed by the Defence Ministry, worth RM900 million (six projects); Home Ministry, RM517 million (eight projects); Communications and Multimedia Ministry, RM380 million (12 projects); Housing and Local Government Ministry, RM170 million (two projects); and the Education Ministry, RM87.49 million (seven projects).





The Health Ministry received procurement valued at RM10.87 million involving four projects; International Trade and Industry Ministry, RM10.36 million (nine projects); Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry, RM8.46 million (seven projects); MoF, RM9.03 million (four projects); Prime Minister’s Department, RM8.18 million (five projects); Rural Development Ministry, RM7.36 million (two projects); and Youth and Sports Ministry, RM6.45 million (one project).


Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, RM6.15 million (eight projects); Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry, RM5.67 million (13 projects); Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, RM1.18 million (one project), Economic Affairs Ministry, RM1.17 million (four projects); Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, RM0.57 million (two projects); Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, RM0.16 million (one project); and Federal Territories Ministry, RM0.096 million (one project).


Tengku Zafrul said direct negotiations are allowed based on procurement process which meets one or more of the following requirements:


Procurement for supply and services which involve an urgent necessity such that if the procurement is not implemented immediately, it can jeopardise and affect services as well as the nation’s interest;

Standardisation needs to ensure compatibility between existing goods and goods to be procured;

One source of supply or service, that is, production of product or provision of service can only be supplied from only one source;

Security/strategic which involves procurement for items or services for the sake of the country’s security and strategic interest; or

Contract with Bumiputera manufacturer that meets all conditions.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Penang govt aims to position creative industry as economic generator

The Penang government aimed to boost the arts and culture industry as an economic generating sector for the state.


In a statement today, state Tourism, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said even though the manufacturing and service industries are important for Penang, the creative industry would need a revolutionary vision to engage and transform the arts and culture sectors into a significant economic powerhouse for the state.


“As I evaluate our current environment and resources, I envision a clear direction to rejuvenate our arts and culture sector by integrating aspects of culture, arts, heritage and creativity,” he said.




He said that the arts and culture industry has been thrust into the limelight during the launch of “Beyond 2020”, an art exhibition initiated by the Penang Art Society on Aug 22.


Meanwhile, Penang Art Society president Ch’ng Huck Theng said the exhibition would feature works of more than 150 local and international artists in a showcase of creativity and solidarity against Covid-19.


“Together, we (will) become the hope to prove to the world that the pandemic did not hinder creativity but has opened up unexpected opportunities to ignite creativity despite movement restrictions,” Ch’ng said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Application to MRSM for 2021 session opens tomorrow

BEAUFORT Application for admission to the MARA Junior Science Colleges (MRSM) for the 2021 session for Form 1 and 4 students opens from 9am tomorrow (Aug 24).


MARA chairman Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said students applying for admission to MRSM for next year’s session are required to sit for the MRSM Entry Tendency Test (UKKM) to test their potential and interests in Mathematics, Science and English as well as aptitude test.


She said application can be made through the website http://www.mara.gov.my and the closing date is on Dec 4.





“Candidates must pass all four UKKM tests to qualify to be considered for entry to  MRSM and priority is given to students from low-income families. Applicants are advised to apply early to avoid any problems and facilitate the implementation of UKKM,” she added.


She told reporters this after officiating the two-day  MARA Educational Institution Carnival, at Dewan Pa’Musa here today.


The Beaufort Member of Parliament said a MARA Professional College (KPM) would be built on a 30-hectare site in Beaufort.



The college, which will be the first in Sabah, is expected to be in operation in 2023., she added.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KKMM increase collaborations with e-commerce companies to help market SME products

PETALING JAYA The Ministry of Communications and Multimedia will increase collaborations with giant e-commerce companies to help small and medium enterprises (SME) in rural areas market their products on digital platforms.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, said these collaborations through the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) were to boost the national economy which have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Efforts by the government (to strengthen digital marketing) alone are not enough, we have to work with the digital platforms which are stable and have collaborations with international brands,” he told reporters at the launch of the e-commerce platform company, Aladdin Group, here today.

He said this collaboration will focus on marketing food and halal products, especially those produced by Bumiputera entrepreneurs.

“We will also help entrepreneurs get the ‘Produk Ummah’ logo from the Malaysia International Institute of Islamic Cooperation (IKIAM).

“The logo serves to show that the product was made by Muslim entrepreneurs and will help them market their products faster while they wait for the halal logo from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia ( JAKIM ) which take a longer time to be processed,” he said.

He added that MDEC will also continue to train rural entrepreneurs how they can use the digital platform through the Perkhidmatan e-Dagang Setempat (PeDAS) initiative.

Earlier, Zahidi attended the agreement ceremony between Aladdin Group and its partner companies.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Tourism operations must grab the chance to increase domestic tourism

TANJUNG MALIM Tourism operators in Perak have been urged to take advantage of the presence of domestic tourists not just to increase profits but also to help boost the state’s economy.

Chairman of the Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee, Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi said the state government had introduced various initiatives, including organising technical and vocational courses for tourism operators, especially tour guides.

“Domestic tourism in the state is picking up and the state government through various programmes is constantly promoting it through bigger platforms to help the tourism industry recover.

“To date, we have allocated more than RM10 million for physical development, training for industry players and assistance to small traders to help the economy recover,” she told reporters after launching a tourism programme in the Mualim district organised by Universiti Pengajian Sultan Idris here today.

A total of 55 tourism product and accommodation operators as well as tourism companies are taking part in the programme which began yesterday, organised by the Perak Tourism, Arts and Culture Office in collaboration with Tourism Perak Management Berhad.

Nolee Ashilin said the programme was held to mobilise and add value to the development of human resource among operators involved in state tourism.

However, she said, although the state was promoting the tourism industry, it was also monitoring compliance to the standard operating procedure to ensure safe tourism and to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Thanks to Jalur Gemilang, restaurant takes on a life of its own

KUANTAN Killing two birds with one stone. This best describes a restaurant owner’s action of having decorated his eatery with more than 500 Jalur Gemilang in various sizes.

Wah Rahimi Wan Mokhtar, 58, said besides expressing his love for the country, the flags have also become the restaurant’s identity.

He has been sprucing up his eatery located in Peramu with the Jalur Gemilang since 20 years ago and because of that it is hard for anyone to miss his happening restaurant which has become an attraction over the years.

“Each year, in ushering the National Day, I would add more Jalur Gemilang at my eatery and replace the worn-out ones.

“My intention in installing as many Jalur Gemilang is to show the spirit of patriotism for the country and in doing so, my restaurant has been nicknamed ‘Kedai Mie Merdeka’ by customers and its popularity has taken on a life of its own,” said Wan Rahimi when met by Bernama, here, today.

Wan Rahimi could not put a price on the whole thing as the Jalur Gemilang kept being replaced every year.

“If I were to do so, since I started doing this 20 years ago, I must have spent about RM40,000 on the whole props including the biggest flag which is about 10-metre long,” he said.

He also said that his passion for decorating his shop with the Jalur Gemilang also gave him the opportunity to be nominated in the Merdeka Joy Competition, representing the state of Pahang six times.

On the actions of some quarters who allegedly hoisted the Jalur Gemilang upside down, he said it was disrespectful to do so and would give a bad image to the country.

“That is such a contrast to what I do which is flying and promoting the Jalur Gemilang.

“I urge those who fly the Jalur Gemilang upside down to stop doing so as it doesn’t bring any good to anyone,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency