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MALAYSIA: NATIONAL DAY, A CELEBRATION OF THE PEOPLE’S VICTORY

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Aug 10 (NNN-Bernama)– The National Day celebration following the 14th general election (GE14) in May which saw the establishment of the new Pakatan Harapan government, gives Malaysians new hopes and aspirations, said academicians and political analysts.

They opined the spirit of the people’s victory should not stop at that and they should be the guiding force to monitor the effectiveness of policies and structure of the new government to realise the people’s aspirations and to strengthen unity among the people towards a more prosperous Malaysia.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Communication and Media Studies Faculty lecturer, Ahmad Farami Abdul Karim said the message Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave at the launch of the National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang campaign on Sunday, among others referred to a change in liberating the people from adverse conditions and social problems brought about by the progress taking place in the country.

“The message also means returning the country back to the people. Democracy will be more meaningful with the government of the people, by the people and for the people. It means the celebration of independence this time is in the context of the people’s sovereignty, he said.

In the launching ceremony in Penang, Dr Mahathir described the National Day this year as being more meaningful after the people succeeded in liberating themselves from the earlier administration without any violence and this showed Malaysia is among the most fortunate and peaceful land.

The celebration of our independence is even more meaningful as we are not only rejoicing the liberation from the colonial powers but also from the previous iron fist administration and kleptocratic government, said Dr Mahathir.

Commenting further, Ahmad Farami said the message in conjunction with the National Day by Dr Mahathir could bring great changes by boosting the spirit and moral of the people and invigorating their patriotism.

He said the people would be celebrating independence with full awareness about their contributions in building a new Malaysia apart from the responsibility of protecting the country.

Political analyst, Dr Ainul Adzellie said the National Day celebration would be very meaningful as the people had rejected a kleptocratic government in GE14 and chose the Pakatan Harapan government.

Dr Mahathir’s message was very significant and would bring about major changes to the people and country as the people have rejected corrupted leaders for the sake of the nation.

“The people have high hopes for the new government and it is now seen as attempting to help the people facing the high cost of living by giving Subsistence Aid to the needy group. The people have also been urged to support the policies of the government for a more prosperous future, he said.

Meanwhile Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) political analyst, Assoc. Prof Dr Azmi Hassan said the celebration of independence could be an opportunity to unite the people after GE14.

According to him, the message of independence should be celebrated by all the people regardless of their decision in GE14 as the National Day crosses political ideologies which should be put aside during this national celebration.

Moving forward, Azmi said the primary issue in celebrating the country’s independence this year was the rising cost of living and it would be more meaningful if the strategy of fighting the cost of living is felt by every strata of society.

At the moment, the benefits of lower cost of living have not been felt and with the introduction of the Sales and Services Tax (SST), there will be more significant effects of the benefits on the people.

And when this happens, the cries of independence by people would indeed be meaningful, he said and hoped the difference in political ideologies should not prevent the National Day from being celebrated together.

Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) political analyst, Dr Syed Agil Syed Alsagoff said the celebration of independence reflected the importance of the rights and roles of the people in determining the form of administration they desire.

He said it also fulfilled the call and voice of the people to demand for a more efficient and effective democratic leadership.

“The people’s wave proves the role of each individual in evaluating the performance and competency of a government was translated through the ballots, he said.

He also drew attention to the many issues and approaches of government policies which should be further refined to emphasise on improving the living standard and to add value to the people’s lives and socio economic conditions in the country.

“I hope the celebration of the country’s independence this year would not only mark the people’s victory for a new government in GE14 but also as a catalyst for the people to continue the momentum of struggling for the people and a better and more progressive country, he said.

He said the people should take on the role to monitor the effectiveness of policies and structure of the new government for a better Malaysia in future.

Source: NAM News Network

MALAYSIA’S TABUNG HAJI (TH) HAJ SOP SUFFICIENT FOR WORKERS TO HANDLE EMERGENCY CASES

MAKKAH, The Tabung Haji (TH) standard operating procedures (SOP) on safety is sufficient to guide TH workers in handling emergency cases on the holy land.(Tabung Haji is Malaysia’s pilgrimage haj management board)

Maktab 87 TH manager for the 1439H haj season Khairoddin Ahmad said the crane-collapse tragedy in Makkah in September 2015 was an experience that gave him better insight on ways to improve handling of the haj pilgrims and their welfare.

“Even during training back home (in Malaysia), we have been exposed to the risk and what should be done during emergency, he told a media conference here today.

For the current haj season, he said, the Maktab 87 management team comprised 11 workers.

“All Maktab managers have been provided the SOP for important matters in the haj pilgrimage, like movement during the Masyair, namely for the wukuf in Arafah and then to Muzdalifah and Mina.

“We need proper and coordinated planning. For the Masyair operation, the 11 of us will be assisted by workers from the welfare division, he added.

Khairoddin said he learned alot from the crane-collapse incident which occurred on Sept 11, 2015, killing 180 haj pilgrims and injuring 238 others. Seven Malaysian pilgrims were killed and 11 others injured in the incident.

The most important lesson learnt is the need for pilgrims to forge friendship, especially with their roommates, who are the people closest to them and who will help them in times of need.

So, the need for pilgrims to be cooperative and tolerant, he added.

He said 1,900 pilgrims who were accommodated at Maktab 87, out of the total 2,932 pilgrims, had arrived in Makkah.

The remaining are expected to arrive through two flights soon, he added.

Source: NAM News Network

MALAYSIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER’S REMINDER OVER DECORUM IN DEWAN RAKYAT (HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) Speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, today reminded all MP’s to maintain decorum and not use offensive language in the House.

He said, stern action could be taken against offenders under Standing Orders 44(2), including sending them out of the House for a period.

If such (offensive) words are mentioned in the House, I will not hesitate to take action, he said, after the conclusion of the session for oral questions.

Mohamad Ariff referred to the offensive language used by Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), during an argument with Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) and Su Keong Siong (PH-Kampar) on Tuesday.

He said that, if Bung Moktar repeated the offence, he would be removed from the House immediately, for a period as provided for, in Standing Orders 44.

Expressing disappointment over the incident, he said, other MP’s had also been disrespectful in the past, which tarnished the image of the Dewan Rakyat.

Mohamad Ariff said, Standing Orders 36(4) stated that, It shall be out of order for Members of the House to use offensive language or make a sexist remark.– NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

MALAYSIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER’S REMINDER OVER DECORUM IN DEWAN RAKYAT (HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) Speaker, Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, today reminded all MP’s to maintain decorum and not use offensive language in the House.

He said, stern action could be taken against offenders under Standing Orders 44(2), including sending them out of the House for a period.

If such (offensive) words are mentioned in the House, I will not hesitate to take action, he said, after the conclusion of the session for oral questions.

Mohamad Ariff referred to the offensive language used by Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), during an argument with Willie Mongin (PH-Puncak Borneo) and Su Keong Siong (PH-Kampar) on Tuesday.

He said that, if Bung Moktar repeated the offence, he would be removed from the House immediately, for a period as provided for, in Standing Orders 44.

Expressing disappointment over the incident, he said, other MP’s had also been disrespectful in the past, which tarnished the image of the Dewan Rakyat.

Mohamad Ariff said, Standing Orders 36(4) stated that, It shall be out of order for Members of the House to use offensive language or make a sexist remark.– NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

Hill Top Garden Residents Call Out MCC, Developer To Solve Road Issue

MIRI: Residents of Hill Top Garden want their developer and Miri City Council (MCC) to come up with a permanent solution to the damaged and dusty condition of Jalan Hill Top Utama as the current situation has taken a toll on their health.

A resident, wishing only to be identified as Sim, said even though the damaged road leading to the residential area was repaired last month, it has now ‘reverted’ to its previous condition due to the dozens of heavy trucks passing by on working days heading to a nearby construction site.

About four months ago in April, we made an official complaint to the developer and even had reporters come here to take photos and publish the news.

Though it took them (developer) sometime to agree to repair the road, they managed to do it last month. But to our disappointment, the resurfaced road did not last long and it is now worse because of the dust, he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Sim reiterated that the roadless than 100 metres longcan only withstand five tonnes of vehicle weight, meaning it is only for the use of small and medium-sized vehicles.

The residents have noted that there is a specially-built road leading into the construction site for the trucks, but it seems the drivers are not using it.

Instead, these usually overloaded trucks use the road in our residential area because it is more convenient for them. The drivers are also prone to driving at speed and also talk on their mobile phones, he claimed.

Sim further claimed that he has witnessed workers digging up good sections of the road using mini excavators, but not patching or resurfacing it back.

Because of the dusty road condition, we can no longer open our doors and windows nor are we able to dry our clothes outside because if we do, everything will be affected by the dust, he said.

On behalf of the residents, he implored both MCC and the developer to rectify the situation before their health is further affected.

When contacted over the matter yesterday, a representative from MCC’s engineering section assured that the council will investigate the issue and take necessary action so that the situation will not persist.

Source: SARAWAK GOVERNMENT

Hill Top Garden Residents Call Out MCC, Developer To Solve Road Issue

MIRI: Residents of Hill Top Garden want their developer and Miri City Council (MCC) to come up with a permanent solution to the damaged and dusty condition of Jalan Hill Top Utama as the current situation has taken a toll on their health.

A resident, wishing only to be identified as Sim, said even though the damaged road leading to the residential area was repaired last month, it has now ‘reverted’ to its previous condition due to the dozens of heavy trucks passing by on working days heading to a nearby construction site.

About four months ago in April, we made an official complaint to the developer and even had reporters come here to take photos and publish the news.

Though it took them (developer) sometime to agree to repair the road, they managed to do it last month. But to our disappointment, the resurfaced road did not last long and it is now worse because of the dust, he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Sim reiterated that the roadless than 100 metres longcan only withstand five tonnes of vehicle weight, meaning it is only for the use of small and medium-sized vehicles.

The residents have noted that there is a specially-built road leading into the construction site for the trucks, but it seems the drivers are not using it.

Instead, these usually overloaded trucks use the road in our residential area because it is more convenient for them. The drivers are also prone to driving at speed and also talk on their mobile phones, he claimed.

Sim further claimed that he has witnessed workers digging up good sections of the road using mini excavators, but not patching or resurfacing it back.

Because of the dusty road condition, we can no longer open our doors and windows nor are we able to dry our clothes outside because if we do, everything will be affected by the dust, he said.

On behalf of the residents, he implored both MCC and the developer to rectify the situation before their health is further affected.

When contacted over the matter yesterday, a representative from MCC’s engineering section assured that the council will investigate the issue and take necessary action so that the situation will not persist.

Source: SARAWAK GOVERNMENT

MALAYSIA: DEPUTY PM WAN AZIZAH PHONES JUSUF KALLA OVER LOMBOK QUAKE TRAGEDY

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail telephoned Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla today to express condolences and sympathies over the deaths and destruction caused by two recent earthquakes in Lombok.

She also informed him of Malaysia’s readiness to send any form of aid which the Indonesian government would require in its search and rescue operation.

Dr Wan Azizah also expressed gratitude to the Indonesian government’s assistance in sending home the remains of Malaysian Siti Nur Ies’ Mawida Ismail who was killed during the quake in Lombok on July 29, said a statement from the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office.

Seventeen people were killed in that quake, of magnitude 6.8. The second quake, of magnitude 7.0, struck Lombok on Aug 6 and reportedly claimed the lives of 142 people.

Dr Wan Azizah also took the opportunity to thank the Indonesian government for sending to Malaysia the superyacht ‘Equanimity’ which the Indonesian authorities had seized at the request of US authorities early this year.

The RM1-billion yacht, which is at the centre of a US investigation into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), is now at the Boustead Cruise Centre terminal in Pulau Indah.

Source: NAM News Network