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Commonwealth Youth City project in Tanjung Malim to be revived – Perak MB

— The Perak government will revive the Commonwealth Youth City project in Tanjung Malim that was shelved during Pakatan Harapan’s rule.

Menteri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the project that was implemented under former Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s administration, was part of plans for the Southern Perak Development Corridor.

“That plan was suspended after the new state government took over in 2018 and with its own policies introduced at that time, the project was shelved.

“Coincidently, when I was appointed Menteri Besar, the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) and the Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER), which before this only focused on development in North Perak, agreed to expand its plans to the south as well.

He was speaking to reporters after presenting letters of appointment to Perak Youth Council members for the 2021-2022 term here today.

Saarani said the project would be revived because there were several public institutions of higher learning in the district, adding that the project was also expected to have a positive impact on Proton City in Tanjung Malim, which borders the Klang Valley.

“Selangor is also becoming increasingly congested, so they (investors) are moving industries to the Perak-Selangor border. So, we want to take advantage of this by focusing on developing Southern Perak,” he said.

Tanjung Malim had been earmarked before this to be developed as the site for the first Commonwealth Youth City project in the world, leveraging on existing public infrastructure and facilities and collaborations with the government, government-linked companies (GLCs), the private sector and the general public.

This visionary project was announced by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales during the Commonwealth Youth Summit in November 2017, supported by the Malaysian government and the Perak government in collaboration with the Commonwealth Youth Innovation Centre and youth councils in Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

IMBRT to increase public transport usage in Johor – Hasni

The Johor government is confident that the Iskandar Malaysia Rapid Transit Bus (IMBRT) project, expected to begin operation in 2023, will be able to increase public transport usage in the state.

Menteri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said this was because the IMBRT has many advantages in terms of punctuality, safety and comfort, besides the use of green technology and the practical ticketing system.

“The fares for IMBRT, which will be announced later, will not be determined by its operational costs or the project development costs, but will be based on the community’s capability to use it.

“We know that there are a lot of rooms for improvement for public transportation in Johor. As such, the implementation of the IMBRT project has been deemed to be very beneficial,” he told reporters after the launch of the three-month pilot testing of the IMBRT here today.

Also present were Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, State Secretary Datuk Azmi Rohani and State Public Works, Transport and Infrastructure Committee chairman Mohd Solihan Bardi.

Meanwhile, Ismail in his speech said IMBRT emphasises system efficiency, effectiveness and affordability, as well as low-cost maintenance and reasonable construction costs.

He said, by 2025, its transportation line coverage will be increased to 90 per cent of the Iskandar Malaysia economic development area from the current 39 per cent, thus increases the usage of public transport from 15 per cent to 40 per cent.

“What more, the IMBRT service is also planned after taking into account the need to reduce greenhouse impact on the environment,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

PBAPP urges federal govt to intervene in Penang-Kedah water dispute

— Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) has warned that the ongoing water dispute between the state and Kedah may heavily impact the Northern Corridor Economic Region’s (NCER) socioeconomic recovery, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its chief executive officer Datuk Jaseni Maidinsa pointed out that the three NCER states namely Perlis, Kedah and Penang were currently striving to get on the road to recovery from the pandemic.

“Their businesses rely heavily on the water supply from Sungai Muda,” he stressed.

He said a water crisis in the NCER such as the Sungai Muda water dispute could quickly escalate to become a national health and economic crisis.

“If Penang’s water supply is jeopardised, the people of Penang will suffer. The operations of all businesses, including that of the multinational corporations (MNCs) which have operated here for decades, will be affected,” he said in a statement.

He said the federal government would also stand to lose billions of ringgit in federal tax revenue as well as potential foreign direct investment (FDI), should there be a water crisis in the northern region.

Referring to the national 2020-2021 fiscal report, he said the three NCER states contributed an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) of RM147.8 billion as well as federal tax revenue of approximately RM16.4 billion in 2019.

“Penang by itself, accounted for an estimated RM94.7 billion in GDP contribution and an estimated RM10.5 billion in Federal tax revenue in 2019,” he said.

He hoped the federal government could intervene to resolve the ongoing water dispute between Penang and Kedah which had insisted on a raw water supply charge to be imposed on its neighbour.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

PM Muhyiddin touched by former penghulu’s prayer

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was touched by the prayer recited by a frail former ‘penghulu’ (village head) he visited during the Ziarah Kasih programme in Kampung Sindang here today.

He said that Aris Johari, 74, one of the villagers he visited under the programme, had recited a prayer for the prime minister to continue with efforts to help the people.

“The prayers recited by ordinary people for leaders are extraordinary. Leaders like us always pray for our people to have good lives,” he said.

He said this when speaking at a get-together with community leaders at the Institute of Teachers Education (IPG) Tun Abdul Razak Campus, which he attended after participating in the Ziarah Kasih programme.

His wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and several federal and state ministers were also present.

Meanwhile, another resident of Kampung Sindang, Selha Slet, 67, a single mother of five children, said it was like a dream when Muhyiddin visited her home and spent about 20 minutes talking with her and her family.

“I had palpitations as soon as I found out that the prime minister wanted to visit us. All this while I only watched him on television, but today he was before my own eyes. I feel very lucky; our ‘rezeki’ that he was willing to come to our house.

“Our prime minister is very friendly and caring about the people,” said Selha, whose husband died in 2014.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

PM Muhyiddin arrives in Kuching for two-day visit

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman arrived at the Kuching International Airport here this morning for a two-day working visit to Sarawak.

The aircraft carrying the prime minister’s delegation touched down at 9.37 am. Among those at the airport to receive them were Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his wife Datin Patinggi Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and his wife Datuk Dayang Morliah Awang Daud.

Today, Muhyiddin is scheduled to attend a special meeting with civil servants at the Hotel Waterfront, visit the vaccination centre at Stadium Perpaduan Petra Jaya, call on Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at his official residence, and hold a townhall session on “Shared Prosperity Vision 2030” at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

In the evening, he is scheduled to meet Abang Johari and other leaders of Gabungan Parti Sarawak at the State Legislative Assembly building and then attend a dinner.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RTM effective medium in supporting Melaka’s development efforts – Chief Minister

The Melaka state government recognises Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) as an effective medium in disseminating news and information to assist the state’s development efforts.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali said in addition, RTM had also played a role in instilling unity among Malaysians, especially in Melaka and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the country faced the pandemic, RTM continued to be the medium of communication to keep the public informed of key announcements of developments on the COVID-19 situation thus curbing attempts to spread fake news that leave people confused.

“The state government lauds the efforts made by the staff of RTM in delivering all state government information and policies to the people of Melaka which covered all aspects of development such as economy, health, tourism and so forth.”

He said this in his speech in conjunction with RTM’s 75th anniversary celebration and the Launch of MELAKAfm’s new logo at RTM Melaka Auditorium here, which was also attended by Melaka broadcasting director Mohd Yusni Mohammed Ali and his deputy Fitri Al-Ibni Nadzri.

Meanwhile, Sulaiman said the Bicara Ketua Menteri programme aired once a month on Thursday for 30 minutes via MELAKAfm, gave him the opportunity to present the latest and accurate report on the state development and to answer to questions raised by the people through WhatsApp application and Facebook.

He also hoped that RTM Melaka would continue to help the state government in its efforts to promote the tourism sector which is the main contributor to the state’s economy, through news coverage and programmes, more so, after the sector was badly hit due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RTM must be bold in making changes to stay fresh and relevant – PM Muhyiddin

— Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), which has operated for over seven decades, to continue creating milestones in the national broadcasting and media production industry and being bold in making changes so that its services will remain fresh and relevant.

The Prime Minister said RTM should be prepared to change in line with the current development and advancement of technology while creating more success stories to bring the Malaysian Broadcasting Department to greater heights.

“The slogan RTM – Teman Setia Anda (your faithful companion) is indeed synonymous and reflects the services that it provides to the people. However, RTM must also be bold in making changes so that its services will remain fresh and relevant,” he said in his speech delivered virtually in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of RTM and 60th anniversary of RTM Orchestra today.

The anniversary celebration held at Angkasapuri here was attended by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, Deputy Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin, Secretary-General Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek and Broadcasting director-general Datuk Ruzain Idris.

In his speech, Muhyiddin also expressed hope that RTM would not be afraid to make necessary changes in the era of the fourth Industrial Revolution and to use its expertise and experiences to always improve, sustain and further develop its services.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister said the project to upgrade Angkasapuri Broadcasting Complex into a Media City is in line with the rapid advancement of the broadcasting technology and the international digital broadcasting standards.

He said once completed, the project, which is being implemented as a joint venture between the government and the private sector, will provide a high-tech, state-of-the-art broadcasting infrastructure in accordance with the government’s aspiration to develop digital television broadcasting services.

Muhyiddin said the development of the Media City is also consistent with the RTM Transformation Plan which focuses on the development and optimal utilisation of RTM media platforms to effectively achieve the department’s mission and vision.

“I believe that the plan will give great benefits not only to the organisation but also to the local creative industry.

“Among others, it will also offer the enhancement of television content, refreshment of radio presenting, and empowerment of new media to attract and increase audience loyalty,” he said.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin said during his 75 years of service, RTM had played a role as the catalyst of the country’s creative industry, especially in media development, as well as broadcasting, music and communication technology.

“Various contributions, both directly and indirectly, in the production and development of local industries have been carried out by RTM. This includes providing opportunities for employment, to be creative, development of talent and human capital, as well as various arts and artistic support services,” he added.

Apart from that, he said RTM also played a role in helping the authorities fight the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the government’s channels in disseminating authentic information in an effort to correct rumors, false news and accusations that were posted on social media.

He said the broadcast on radio and television, conducted in 24 languages and dialects, to refute false news helped a lot in providing understanding on issues at hand, thus preventing the public from easily panicking.

In his speech, Muhyiddin congratulated RTM for the launch of the RTM Sports Channel today, which he said, opened a new chapter for RTM in meeting the needs of viewers, especially sports fans.

He said the channel could also play a role as an agent of national unity, besides opening up opportunities for local production companies to produce sports programme content for RTM.

The Prime Minister also congratulated the RTM Orchestra on its 60th anniversary and prayed for the orchestra to continue to be more productive and dynamic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency