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Agong receives D.K.M award

KUALA LUMPUR, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was today conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia (D.K.M) by the government of Malaysia at the Istana Negara, here.

At the same ceremony, the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (D.M.N).

The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who represented the government.

The arrival of the Royal couple to the ceremony at 2.30 pm was greeted by Dr Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15, this year and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31 this year. The King’s coronation is scheduled to be held on July 30.

The awards presentation ceremony was also witnessed by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad and Pahang Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Agong receives D.K.M award

KUALA LUMPUR, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was today conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia (D.K.M) by the government of Malaysia at the Istana Negara, here.

At the same ceremony, the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (D.M.N).

The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who represented the government.

The arrival of the Royal couple to the ceremony at 2.30 pm was greeted by Dr Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15, this year and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31 this year. The King’s coronation is scheduled to be held on July 30.

The awards presentation ceremony was also witnessed by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad and Pahang Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Agong receives D.K.M award

KUALA LUMPUR, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was today conferred the Darjah Yang Maha Utama Darjah Kerabat Diraja Malaysia (D.K.M) by the government of Malaysia at the Istana Negara, here.

At the same ceremony, the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah was conferred the Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara (D.M.N).

The awards to the King and Queen were both presented by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who represented the government.

The arrival of the Royal couple to the ceremony at 2.30 pm was greeted by Dr Mahathir and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Sultan Abdullah was proclaimed as the sixth Sultan of Pahang on Jan 15, this year and took the oath of office as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31 this year. The King’s coronation is scheduled to be held on July 30.

The awards presentation ceremony was also witnessed by the Chief Secretary to the Government, Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar, the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad and Pahang Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

MOE to fully cooperate with MACC in fight against graft – Maszlee

PUTRAJAYA, The Education Ministry (MOE) will lend its fullest cooperation to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in efforts to cultivate a culture of zero tolerance to corruption, its minister Dr Maszlee Malik said today.

Commenting on the recent statement by Latheefa Koya, the newly appointed MACC chairman, who said that education will play a bigger role in the fight against graft, Maszlee said education was essential when it comes to educating society on the evils of corruption.

On behalf of the ministry, I would like to invite Latheefa for further discussions on how both parties can explore various forms of cooperation towards a corruption-free society, he said in a statement here, today.

In her first statement as MACC chief, Latheefa said she would be looking into long-term measures, including education, to create a culture of intolerance to corruption.

Latheefa, who was appointed MACC chairman effective June 1, said it was the fundamental right of every Malaysian to live, work and prosper in a corruption-free society.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

N9 Sungei Ujong Walk: platform for budding artistes to showcase talent

SEREMBAN, N9 Sungei Ujong Walk in Jalan Dr Murugesu here is seen as a platform for artistes in the state to exhibit and develop their talents through street performances held in the area.

Negeri Sembilan Women’s Affairs, Family and Welfare Committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon in a statement today said, take an example of Sai Yeung Choit Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong which has made street performances a healthy culture, the same thing can be done in this state.

Many parents spend a lot of money sending their children to study various musical instruments such as piano, guitar, violin, flute, saxophone, guzheng, erhu, tabla, sitar and veena.

It would be nice if these children can showcase their talents and hone their skills through street performances or busking. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to invite artistes to start performing at N9 Sungei Ujong Walk, said Nicole.

She said, Hong Kong’s famous artiste Anita Mui also started by doing street performances before going on to become a star.

Those who are keen could contact her or WhatsApp to 012-3626977, she added.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Police arrest four suspects from three states in drug bust

KOTA BHARU, The police detained four suspects originating from three states and seized RM8,000 in drugs during a raid at a house in Padang Bongor early today.

Kota Bharu District Police deputy chief Supt Noor Halim Nordin said all the suspects, which included a woman, were aged between 26 and 36.

“In (the operation codenamed) Op Tapin, carried out from 5 pm yesterday and to 3 am today, we conducted raids based on information from the public.

“The inspection revealed that there were four individuals in the house with some drugs as well. Further investigation found that all the suspects came from Kelantan, Kedah and Terengganu,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Kota Bharu Police headquarters here today.

Noor Halim said further checks also revealed that one of the suspects had a drug-related criminal record in 2013, while two others tested positive for methamphetamine.

“We also seized a Honda EX-5 motorcycle and a Perodua Viva car worth about RM21,000,” he said, adding all the suspects had been remanded for seven days from today.

The case is being investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Section 12 (2) of the same Act which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

‘RWMF Is Here To Stay’

KUCHING: After 22 years of success, Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) has now been established as a major international world music festival and is set to continue to be staged for years to come.

This was stated by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah who also noted that the festival has managed to sustain itself throughout the years.

I was informed that during its first year, there were only 300 festival goers attending the festival � throughout the years the numbers kept increasing and up until last year, 22,000 people went to the festival.

To be able to sustain itself through two decades is quite commendable, and I am happy to see that RMWF has reached its 22nd year, Abdul Karim said during the RWMF 2019 press conference at 11 Ridgeway here yesterday.

He commented that the festival has reached its peak number of visitors due to the limited size of the venue of the festival, which takes place at Sarawak Cultural Village.

With the 20,000 visitor mark, we have more or less reached the maximum number of festival goers visiting there.

We’re unable to reach much further due to some limitations, most notably the size of the festival venue.

With the state’s tourism initiatives, promotional activities and the Visit Sarawak Campaign that was launched December last year, he hoped to see more tourists coming to the state.

Under the five elements of CANFF (Culture, Adventure, Nature, Food and Festivals), our promotional activities that we have done for Sarawak are not to make it as a shopping paradise to tourists.

RWMF captures all the five elements of CANFF, and in turn the festival goers will visit other tourist hotspots situated outside of Kuching and throughout Sarawak.

Last year, the festival has brought in 22,000 visitors � 40 per cent of them consisted of non-Malaysian visitors such as those who came from Europe.

Abdul Karim commended Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) for their efforts to promote three festivals under the ‘Three Festivals, One Destination’ initiative in an effort to have more visitors to the state.

With Rainforest Fringe Festival, RWMF and Borneo Jazz Festival all taking place in July this year, tourists especially festival goers will definitely extend their stay here to visit the festivals during the month.

He also announced that the state government will be supporting the festival with the introduction of SarawakPay.

Through SarawakPay, the state government is encouraging cashless mode of payment and serves as one of the payment options for the purchase of online tickets as well as items sold at the festival.

By using the app for their transactions at the festival, festival goers will get up to 15 per cent cashback. Also present during the press conference were Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, STB chief executive officer Sharzede Datu Saleh Askor and RWMF production manager Yu Puay.

This year’s RWMF will feature a line-up consisting of 39 bands and rarely-seen performances from countries such as Jamaica, Nagaland from north-eastern India, Bhutan, Estonia, Canary Islands, west Kalimantan in Indonesia, Mauritius and the Ainu Culture of Japan.

What About Kuching (WAK) will also make its return at the festival.

Tickets are now available for purchase at www.rwmf.net

Source: Sarawak Government