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25 Vietnamese in two boats detained for encroaching into Malaysian waters

PASIR PUTEH, Two Vietnamese fishing boats with 25 crew, all Vietnamese nationals, were detained by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) for encroaching into Malaysian territorial waters last Wednesday.

Acting Kelantan MMEA director Maritime Commander Ismail Hamzah said the two boats were caught conducting fishing activities between 87 and 100 nautical miles off Tok Bali at 6.52 am and 8.48 am, respectively.

However, only one of the boats could be towed to the MMEA jetty as the other had faulty engine and left to sink there it said in a statement today.

He said all the foreign fishermen, aged between 23 and 43, failed to produce their personal identification documents and were brought to the MMEA jetty for further action.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

‘Red liners’ ensure safety of haj pilgrims

MAKKAH, Malaysian haj pilgrims need not worry when performing their obligations during the pilgrimage at the Masjidil Haram as there will be Tabung Haji Board (TH)’s barisan merah (red liners) who will look out for them and provide assistance.

Wearing red t-shirts, these TH staff will patrol the mosque and its surrounding areas, all day every day of the week to keep an eye out for the pilgrims.

TH Makkah operations director TH, Datuk Ahmad Sohaimi Abd Rahim said the patrols will be conducted by groups of 18 staff under one leader who will not only look after the safety of the pilgrims but also provide aid such as ensuring they do not stray from their targeted locations.

The common locations are seven in the Masjidil Haram area including the gates in the Marwa area and where are pilgrims move towards Safa’. Outside, it is at the Misfalah juncture.

I remember in 2015 when the cranes collapsed, our patrol officers were the first to get information and pass it on to the TH office, he said in a press conference held at the TH headquarters at Abraj Janadriah here today.

This year, TH has provided nine hostels in 13 buildings here and 30,200 Malaysians will perform their haj, assisted by 640 staff.

Ahmad Sohaimi said the patrol team will be in two groups, working in three shifts, and among the most common complaints are from pilgrims who lose their way while returning to their hostels.

He added among the biggest challenges faced by the team was the hot weather here and he hoped the red liners themselves will take care of their health by drinking a lot of water and staying out of the sun.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

MOE gathering input on teaching Maths and Science in English

JASIN, The Ministry of Education (MOE) is actively gathering information and views of various parties on the teaching of science and mathematics in English (PPSMI).

Its Deputy Minister Teo Nie Ching said the move was to find ways on improving the policy implementation while adding that at the moment the dual language programme (DLP) is an option introduced by the MOE for schools to teach science and mathematics in English.

“Give us some time to do a comprehensive study and get feedback on the PPSMI issue as the MOE does not have any specific timeframe to implement the policy,” she told reporters after the launch a RM600,000 building Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Jasin Lalang here today

Earlier, Teo also visited the computer laboratory project at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Iskandar Shah scheduled to complete on Nov 11 at a cost of RM676,000.

Also present were Bemban assemblyman Dr Wong Fort Pin and State Communications, Multimedia, Non-Governmental Organisations, Youth and Sports Development chairman, Kerk Chee Yee.

Recently, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told the Dewan Rakyat that the government is making an in-depth study of a new system of teaching science and mathematics in English, with the lessons recorded by the best teachers replicated in every school through information technology.

The policy on the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in English, which was introduced in 2003, was replaced with the policy on ‘Enhancing Bahasa Malaysia, Strengthening the English Language’ in stages from 2010.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Extended operation hour of more large public clinics could reduce congestion in hospitals

KUALA LUMPUR, Extending the operation hour of large public clinics (KK) across the country can be seen as an alternative to reduce congestion of patients in most government hospitals.

Malaysian Medical Association President Dr N. Ganabaskaran said the extension of operation hour at some KK has proven to be able to reduce congestion at some busy hospitals.

He also suggested that redistribution of manpower was needed with decentralization of services away from busy Emergency and Trauma Departments (ETDs).

The extended hours in bigger Klinik Kesihatan, for example KK Kuala Lumpur, have taken a small burden away from the ETD of HKL (Hospital Kuala Lumpur), but this needs to be extended to all KK in the country with an increase in the services provided.

As such if the primary care services are invested in and improved, the workload in the hospitals can be reduced, he told Bernama.

The Auditor-General’s Report 2018 Series 1 which was released on Monday, stated that the increase in patient arrivals of between 5.7 and 95.6 percent at ETDs, workload constraints faced by the hospitals, coupled with a lack of medical equipment, limited space, and poor ICT systems have affected the department in terms of providing rapid and appropriate emergency treatment services to patients.

The reports further revealed that ETDs also experienced a deficit of 11.6 to 53.1 per cent in terms of workforce required based on the Workload Indicators of Staffing Need 2010.

Dr Ganabaskaran added, the manpower needs of the healthcare system had to be revised as most of the existing manpower requirements had increased but were not able to be met, despite the increase in services rendered.

The manpower requirements are still based on numbers used 20 years ago or even more. Most hospitals have used up their entire position allocations but the actual manpower is still short of optimum to meet the increase in the number of services we provide for the health of the people,

The issue is not the lack of manpower but the lack of positions available. There are many graduates awaiting postings and positions but no availability given to them, he added.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad through his statement on Twitter said the ministry will continue to improve health care (HC) delivery and systems to the public.

I welcome the findings of AG’s Report 2018. Underfunding is key to perennial problems of health care (HC) delivery. Despite limited resources and increasing workload, staff working hard.

MOH (Ministery of Health) will continue to enhance HC delivery through efficient spending and ‘Innovation’, he tweeted on Tuesday.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Court reduces jail term for woman who stole nappies and baby food

KUALA LUMPUR, A 25-year-old woman broke into tears today when the High Court here reduced her 10-day jail term to five days for a conviction for stealing napkins and baby food for her infant.

Chong Ann Ni, 25, a mother of a 15-month-old baby girl, was convicted by the Magistrates Court on July 15 and ordered to begin her jail term the same day at the Kajang Prison.

Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan today granted her application made on July 16 for a reduced term and declared that she was free to depart from prison, as the young mother had already served five days from Monday.

In his judgement, Mohamed Zaini said the 10-day sentence meted out to Chong, a first-time offender and the mother of a nursing infant, was excessive.

He said other factors he had taken into consideration was Chong’s admission of guilt and the fact that she had already served time in jail.

Lawyers Chan Yen Hui and Raj Surian Pillai who appeared for Chong appealed to the court for the reduction on the grounds that their client had resorted to stealing items needed for her baby because of hardships faced on account of her husband being out of work since December last year.

Chong had committed the act of theft on June 2 at 6.30pm at the AEON supermarket at Mid Valley Megamall here, and was convicted under section 380 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment with the possibility of a fine.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Establishment of APPGs on the horizon

KUALA LUMPUR, The Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) is seriously considering developing the idea of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to foster greater engagement between civil societies and Parliament.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof noted that the House Committee had decided and agreed in principle to establish APPGs in Malaysia.

“When all procedural formalities are finalised, the first Malaysian APPG will be the one on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” he said in his keynote address when opening the 2019 National Forum on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and SDG here today.

As an informal mechanism, he said, the scope of work of APPGs would not be confined to formalities and that it could be as wide as the boundaries of society.

Rising above political divide and putting the people first, Mohamad Ariff said APPGs could, among others, shape the agenda by providing information and advocacy; act as a watchdog for specific issues; advocate on the legislative implications of law or policy; and ensure legislation was enforced.

He said that guidelines on the formation of APPGs were already drawn up, such as membership will be open to all Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara members; external organisations like the Malaysian Civil Society Organisations (CSO)-SDG Alliance will be admitted as partners; each group will have a minimum of five members of parliament from cross-party; and each APPG will be expected to hold a minimum of two formal meetings per year.

Mohamad Ariff said institutionalising APPGs was a start to a stronger Parliament.

“The partnerships with CSOs will lead to clearer actions and recommendations on policies and laws to enable Parliament to play a key role in putting in place the legislative framework reflective of putting the people’s needs first,” he said.

Once the APPGs are formally established in the Malaysian Parliament, it would also mark another step in the fulfillment of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto promise No. 16 which seeks, among others, to encourage greater collaboration and engagement between civil societies and Parliament.

The forum is jointly organised by the Kingsley Strategic Institute and the Parliament of Malaysia, in association with the Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance and the United Nations Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)

Establishment of APPGs on the horizon

KUALA LUMPUR, The Dewan Rakyat (House of Representatives) is seriously considering developing the idea of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to foster greater engagement between civil societies and Parliament.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof noted that the House Committee had decided and agreed in principle to establish APPGs in Malaysia.

“When all procedural formalities are finalised, the first Malaysian APPG will be the one on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG),” he said in his keynote address when opening the 2019 National Forum on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and SDG here today.

As an informal mechanism, he said, the scope of work of APPGs would not be confined to formalities and that it could be as wide as the boundaries of society.

Rising above political divide and putting the people first, Mohamad Ariff said APPGs could, among others, shape the agenda by providing information and advocacy; act as a watchdog for specific issues; advocate on the legislative implications of law or policy; and ensure legislation was enforced.

He said that guidelines on the formation of APPGs were already drawn up, such as membership will be open to all Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara members; external organisations like the Malaysian Civil Society Organisations (CSO)-SDG Alliance will be admitted as partners; each group will have a minimum of five members of parliament from cross-party; and each APPG will be expected to hold a minimum of two formal meetings per year.

Mohamad Ariff said institutionalising APPGs was a start to a stronger Parliament.

“The partnerships with CSOs will lead to clearer actions and recommendations on policies and laws to enable Parliament to play a key role in putting in place the legislative framework reflective of putting the people’s needs first,” he said.

Once the APPGs are formally established in the Malaysian Parliament, it would also mark another step in the fulfillment of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto promise No. 16 which seeks, among others, to encourage greater collaboration and engagement between civil societies and Parliament.

The forum is jointly organised by the Kingsley Strategic Institute and the Parliament of Malaysia, in association with the Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance and the United Nations Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)