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Brunei Sultan to visit Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA, The Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, will be undertaking a working visit to Malaysia from this Monday till Wednesday.

He will arrive in conjunction with the 22nd Malaysia-Negara Brunei Darussalam Annual Leaders’ Consultation, and will be welcomed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad here.

This year marks the first meeting between Dr Mahathir and Sultan Hassanal under the Annual Leaders’ Consultation framework, which is the highest platform for discussion on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of common concern, Wisma Putra said in a statement.

It said that the two leaders exchanged visits in May and September last year, following the appointment of Dr Mahathir as Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister.

The 21st Annual Leaders’ Consultation was held in Bandar Seri Begawan on Nov 23, 2017.

The special relationship between both countries is based on a common heritage and culture.

Building on this special relationship, both leaders will take the opportunity of this important visit and annual meeting to appraise the progress of the on-going cooperation; and explore new potential for a more comprehensive partnership that can mutually benefit the peoples of the two countries, it added.

Wisma Putra said that the Prime Minister and his spouse, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, will also host a luncheon in honour of the Brunei Sultan during his visit.

Trade between both Asean member nations totalled US$981.2 million in 2018.

Malaysia is a major (Asean) investor in Brunei, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) amounting to US$486.74 million in 2017, or nearly 90.9 per cent of total FDI (US$535.27 million) from fellow Asean members into Brunei, it added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Sarawak Government Mulls Primary School For Special Needs Children

KUCHING: The Sarawak government is looking into setting up a special primary school for special needs children soon so that they can obtain the right education. It is said that the school would be modelled on a primary school for special needs children in Australia.

In saying this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Datuk Openg says he has instructed Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah to head a study on its viability.

According to him, children with special needs require a psychological technique to be calmed down, and with the establishment of a special school, they would be given special attention by teachers specialising in psychology and health.

He also observes that Kuching, Miri and Sibu, which are densely populated, have many children with special needs.

To raise a child with special needs is not easy, as in Australia, children with special needs are given special education to identify their abilities.

At the very least, once they enrol in secondary school, their performance will be improved by 60 per cent, he said when met after the launching the Datuk Amar Hajah Juma’ani Welfare Centre at Jalan Kulas here yesterday.

We will take a (special) primary school in Australia as our model.

The study has just started and the decision on the construction of a special primary school will be announced within the next six months. I have also identified the ideal location for the school that will be accessible to residents around Kuching.

If the first project is successful, the next special primary schools will be established in major cities such as Miri and Sibu, he said.

The Datuk Amar Hajah Juma’ani Welfare Centre provides welfare support services, as community-based rehabilitation centre (PDK) as well as a senior citizens activity centre (Pawe).

The centre, among other things, provides free family counselling to the communities in the surrounding areas and to date, a total of 60 individuals with disabilities have registered with the PDK.

Abang Johari added that the previous PDK Sri Satok at Jalan Muda Hashim here was getting overcrowded; thus, prompting the need to set up a new centre with full facilities and better environment.

The welfare centre was named after Abang Johari’s wife, Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, who is the centre’s chairperson.

Present at the event were Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Permodalan Satok Bhd executive director Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain, and Petra Jaya Welfare Association deputy chairman Dr Ismail Drahman.

Source: Sarawak Government

KPDNHEP to rope in more hypermarkets for Food Bank Programme

PUTRAJAYA, The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will collaborate with more hypermarkets especially those located close to public universities as the official partners in its Food Bank Malaysia programme.

The ministry in a statement, said its strategic partners, Food Aid Malaysia, Kechara Soup Kitchen and Mutiara Food Bank, would also be asked to assist with the immediate launch of Food Bank Malaysia programme at public universities’ branches.

During a meeting with Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today, all deputy vice-chancellors and representatives of student associations from 17 public universities have also agreed to assist with the programme in terms of providing the space and logistics for food distribution purposes.

All public universities’ representatives welcomed this initiative as a big portion of their students are from the low-income households (B40).

In fact, nearly 70 to 80 per cent of students in several public universities are from the low-income and poor families, it said.

The ministry was also informed that majority of public universities had implemented the similar effort but faced difficulty in getting continuous supplies for their programmes.

The Food Bank Malaysia programme at public universities’ campuses was launched recently at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Faculty of Medicine, as well as in Universiti Malaya and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Source: BERNAMA

Malaysia against merging of US Consulate General and Embassy in Jerusalem

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia is strongly opposed to the merging of the United States (US) Consulate General with its Embassy in Jerusalem.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) in a statement today said the move, effective March 4, 2019 was the latest unfortunate step taken by the US against Palestine and its people.

“This calls into question not only US’ credibility as mediator in the Palestine-Israel conflict but also its ultimate objective in the Middle East.

Source: BERNAMA

Brunei Sultan to visit Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA, The Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, will be undertaking a working visit to Malaysia from this Monday till Wednesday.

He will arrive in conjunction with the 22nd Malaysia-Negara Brunei Darussalam Annual Leaders’ Consultation, and will be welcomed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad here.

This year marks the first meeting between Dr Mahathir and Sultan Hassanal under the Annual Leaders’ Consultation framework, which is the highest platform for discussion on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of common concern, Wisma Putra said in a statement.

It said that the two leaders exchanged visits in May and September last year, following the appointment of Dr Mahathir as Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister.

The 21st Annual Leaders’ Consultation was held in Bandar Seri Begawan on Nov 23, 2017.

The special relationship between both countries is based on a common heritage and culture.

Building on this special relationship, both leaders will take the opportunity of this important visit and annual meeting to appraise the progress of the on-going cooperation; and explore new potential for a more comprehensive partnership that can mutually benefit the peoples of the two countries, it added.

Wisma Putra said that the Prime Minister and his spouse, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, will also host a luncheon in honour of the Brunei Sultan during his visit.

Trade between both Asean member nations totalled US$981.2 million in 2018.

Malaysia is a major (Asean) investor in Brunei, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) amounting to US$486.74 million in 2017, or nearly 90.9 per cent of total FDI (US$535.27 million) from fellow Asean members into Brunei, it added.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Keningau Diamond to be registered as Malaysia’s latest national pineapple

KENINGAU, The ‘Keningau Diamond’ will be soon be registered as the country’s latest pineapple species, said secretary-general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Datuk Mohd Sallehhudin Hassan.

Developed by well-known entrepreneur Adjunct Professor Datuk Yap Yun Fook at Ladang Bomboi Keningau here, the ‘Keningau Diamond’ is the latest national pineapple species after AC1 Moris, AC2 Sarawak, AC3 Gandul, AC4 Maspine, AC5 Josapine, AC6 Yankee, AC7 Moris Gajah, AC8 N36 dan AC9 MD2.

It will be registered, and it is known as ‘Keningau Daimond’ because it was developed here (Keningau). This variety will be taken beyond Sabah, to Peninsular Malaysia, and internationally, he told Bernama here today.

Source: BERNAMA

ASEAN youth leaders host intergrated Organic Farming Open Day

KUALA LUMPUR, Ten selected ASEAN youth leaders hosted an Integrated Organic Farming Open Day today to drive a better understanding among youths on circular economy using sustainable organic farming and proper food management system.

The open day organised by EcoKnights, an environmental organisation, held at Frangipani Organic Farm School, Gombak gathered almost 100 participants, aimed to engage the community to create awareness on global issues.

EcoKnights President Yasmin Rasyid said the open day was organised after the youth leaders had engaged with the community and other stakeholders for two weeks to get exposure and information on local and global issues surrounding future food production systems.

Source: BERNAMA