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Grandmother, grandson perish in early morning fire, four survive

A 50-year-old grandmother and her four-year-old grandson died after their house in Taman Puteri Indah, Tongkang Pechah, here, caught fire, earlier today.

Penggaram Fire and Rescue Station chief, Senior Assistant Superintendent Saifulle Idris said the dead victims, Siti Zaleha Jaafar and Ahmad Shuhil Ahmad Osman were found unconscious during the rescue operation, before being pronounced dead a few hours later at the hospital.

“The residence occupied by the two victims was a two-storey house and there were six individuals in the house when the incident happened at about 1.02 am this morning,” he said when contacted today.

Saifulle said four others who were injured, were treated at the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital (HSNI).

The injured were Siti Khairiah Mohd Don, 28, Ahmad Syaihan Ahmad Osman,3, Ahmad Syahid Ahmad Osman, four months old and a woman known as Wati, 30, believed to be a maid.

He said about 70 per cent of the house was destroyed and all the victims were rescued by firemen through a window on the second floor using a ladder.

“The cause of the fire and the estimated losses are still under investigation and the rescue operation ended at 3.18 am,” he said.

Saifulle said the rescue operation involved 25 personnel from the Penggaram and Batu Pahat Fire and Rescue Stations.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the two victims were buried at Bukit Cermai Muslim cemetery, here at 3 pm this afternoon.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

DBKL: Billboard displays in KL must be vetted by DBP

— Any party wanting to install a billboard in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur needs to get it vetted by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) on the correct usage of Bahasa Melayu.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said that other languages can be used on the billboards so long as they accompany the key Bahasa Melayu phrases.

“In the issue of a billboard erected near the Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, as was the case, the relevant parties were found to have been non-compliant with the approval issued. The billboard that was approved by DBP was in Bahasa Melayu as the main language and accompanied by other languages.

“However, when the billboard was installed on the site, there was a non-compliance with the approval given, when the accompanying languages had become the main expression.

“Realising a mistake had been made, the relevant party had uninstalled the said billboard,” according to the DBKL statement today.

Earlier, the issue of the billboard near Mid Valley Megamall went viral on social media sites because it did not feature Bahasa Melayu as the main language of expression. It also received the attention of Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa on Twitter.

The statement also said that there are six types of advertising licences in Kuala Lumpur issued by DBKL and the outdoor display advertisement licence is one of them.

“This outdoor display advertisement licence is subject to the Local Government Act 1976; Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974; Advertisements (Federal Teritory of Kuala Lumpur) By-Laws 1982 and the Local Government (Election Advertisement) (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) By-Laws 1990.

“Any non-compliance with these By-Laws may be subject to enforcement action or penalties as stipulated,” said the statement.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Creative industry players need to have accreditation – Saifuddin


KUALA LUMPUR Creative industry players, especially in the national film sector, need to have accreditation in their respective fields of expertise so that they meet the required standards, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.


He said the accreditation by professional bodies was important not only to recognise their expertise and experience (in their respective fields), but also to ensure the quality of national films could be improved and further protect the local industry.


He said this after attending the ceremony for the Digital Content Fund (DKD) Letters of Offer and Incentive Feature Film (ITFC) cheque presentations and the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between National Film Development Corporation (FINAS), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) here today.




He said the signing of the MoU should be seen as a stepping stone towards realising the key vision of becoming the main body of recognition for the creative industry players, specifically in the national film sector.


“The accreditation is aimed at increasing quality and is not an academic matter, but the question is how to empower existing training; protect the local industry, including everyone involved like the crew; and encourage self-assessment among industry players,” he said.


He said it also involved cooperation which would ensure that the development of training was maintained in an organised manner and be a monitor to create a systematic database that binds industry players.



He explained that the training prepared by the accreditation bodies could also accelerate the process of career enhancement and capability and self-confidence of individuals.


Earlier, Saifuddin presented DKD offer letters given by FINAS worth 7.9 million, involving 37 production companies and 16 micro fund recipients.


In addition, he also presented ITFC cheques under the Compulsory Screening Scheme amounting to RM1.8 million to 14 companies which had produced 16 films of various genre.


The funds were handed out based on the launch of the Creative Industry Immediate Economic Action Plan (Pelaksana) on July 28.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Govt intends to produce more fertility experts – Adham Baba

KUALA LUMPUR The government intends to produce more experts in the field of fertility in an effort to make the country one of the medical tourism and fertility treatment destinations in the region.


Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the establishment of the Advance Reproductive Centre (ARC) at the Hospital Canselor Tunku Mukhriz of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) as the first oncofertility reference centre in Malaysia, was seen as a good start.


“The fertility industry is one of the top three areas in the medical health tourism industry, apart from cardiovascular (heart treatment) and oncology (cancer).




“The government welcomes this first reference centre in Malaysia which also provides conservation services or ovarian tissue freezing. In this regard, we recommend that the university not only produce talents in the field of oncofertility but also scientists who can be involved in the field of genetics and fertility.


He said this in a press conference after the launch of the  Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation (OTC) Association and the naming of the Advance Reproductive Centre (ARC) as the first oncofertility reference centre in Malaysia at the Tuanku Ja’afar Education Complex, here today.


ARC was previously known as the Medical Assisted Conception (MAC) Unit and it started from a small unit that provided artificial insemination services in 1993 before offering and providing infant tube testing services in 1997.



The MAC unit was later upgraded in 2011 as one of the hospital’s centres of excellence and in the last three years, the centre has on average carried out between 300 to 350 test tube baby cycles and 300 artificial insemination cases.


In his speech, Adham said the ovarian tissue freezing service – Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation – was a new service in Malaysia and the launch was the best step before being introduced holistically in the country.


Adham said OTC services are very important for a woman suffering from cancer to be able to reuse ovarian tissue after completing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy.


Commenting on the proposal by Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah to increase the fine for offences under Act 342 (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988) from the current rate of RM1,000 to RM10,000, he said the matter would be discussed first.


“We will consider the public’s opinion before it is brought to the cabinet for discussion,” he said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

PM’s term limit: Decision to withdraw bill made unanimously – Saifuddin


KUALA LUMPUR The government’s decision to withdraw the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2019 related to the appointment of the Prime Minister was made by the cabinet unanimously, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.


“It think it was because of a different philosophy, different government, a different way of looking at certain things,” he said when asked about the reason for the sudden change.


When asked if the decision would affect the government’s reform credentials, Saifuddin said there are many items on the reform agenda and most of them are still on the table.




“There are many items under the reform credentials; we’re still working on many things, for example on the distribution of power between the legislative, executive and judiciary. It is still on the table. On the law reform, I think we are still discussing the formation of the law reform commission.


“Political and democratic reform is still on the table, independence of Parliament, the formation of select committees…,” he said.


He told reporters this after attending a ceremony for the Digital Content Fund (DKD) Letters of Offer and Incentive Feature Film (ITFC) cheque presentations and the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Malaysian Board of Technologists (MBOT) here today.



Today the government withdrew the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2019 related to the appointment of the Prime Minister, and the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 from being tabled for the second reading in the Dewan Rakyat.


The withdrawal was made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan under Clause 62 of the Dewan Rakyat Standing Orders, after the question-and-answer session this morning.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt allocates RM10 million for urban agriculture project – Che Abdullah

TUMPAT The Federal government has allocated RM10 million for Urban Agriculture Project under the National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA).


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry II Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the project would help households to reduce their  cost of living by producing their own foodstuffs with guidance from the Agriculture Department.


He said implementation of the project would also complement the overall urban development involving urban and suburban residents, as well as support the government’s efforts in ensuring the quality and safety of  food in the country.




“This concept of urban agriculture will enable people who do not have agricultural land to participate by using technology, as well as recycles materials, to produce food.


“In Kelantan, a total of RM900,000 has been allocated, which will benefit 3,697 people at 106 locations through assistance in the form of seedlings, fertiliser, infrastructure, equipment and others,” he told reporters at the presentation of the Urban Agriculture Assistance Programme for recipients in the Tumpat parliamentary constituency.


Also present was Kelantan  Agriculture Director Nor Bahani Zakaria.



Che Abdullah said an impact study conducted by the Agriculture Department in 2-17 on a urban agriculture-related  programme found that it was able to save RM108 in cost of living a month.


“Implementation of this urban agriculture project can to some extent help reduce the cost of living of those involved, as well as provide employment opportunities and generate additional income, especially for the urban and suburban residents who are affected by the Movement Control Order (PKP) to curb the spread of COVID-19,” he added.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency


MySejahtera app may be required for certain premises – Mohd Redzuan

— Certain premises may be required to use the MySejahtera application in the future as a method to help the government curb the spread of COVID-19, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Special Functions) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof said the matter was being discussed with the National Security Council and the office of the Attorney-General, among others, on whether it could be enforced as a law.

“We want to encourage these premises when registering to open, to have the MySejahtera application so that anyone entering their premises have to use the application and no longer fill out a form.

“But we will not put a stop to the use of the form. This is a process of developing a new culture…we are carrying out various methods to make it easy for the people to help the government to curb the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

Mohd Redzuan said this during the Minister’s Question Time in response to a supplementary question from Dr Lee Boon Chye (PKR-Gopeng).

Lee had wanted to know the constraints in using the MySejahtera application as many premises still provided manual methods of filling up their customers’ personal information, the authenticity of which is doubtful.

The application, developed through strategic cooperation between the Health Ministry, National Security Council, Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Management Planning Unit (MAMPU), the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, among others, is able to help the government detect COVID-19 patients and their close contacts.

Mohd Redzuan said, as of Sunday, the number of registered users of the MySejahtera application stands at 15.1 million people, where a total of 322 COVID-19 patients, which is 3.4 per cent of the total 9,200 cases of COVID-19 , were detected through the application.

“This proves that this application can help the government in controlling the spread of the COVID-19,” he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency