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Police looking for 80 more Rohingya detainees who escaped from depot

ALOR SETAR, April 23 (Bernama) — The police are still tracking down the remaining 80 Rohingya detainees who escaped from the Sungai Bakap Immigration Detention Depot near Bandar Baharu, last Wednesday.

Kedah police chief CP Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad said as of last night, 65 adult men, eight adult women and seven girls were still at large.

“So far, a total of 448 Rohingya detainees have been found, comprising 229 adult men, 89 adult women, 69 boys and 61 girls,” he said in a statement here today.

Wan Hassan said currently, there were 15 people at the depot and documentation work was being conducted to transfer them to other detention depots.

Last Wednesday, 528 Rohingya detainees escaped from the depot. However, six of them were killed when they were hit by a car while crossing a highway in their attempt to flee.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Empowering single branding helps agro-food products enter international market

More local agro-based industry products are expected to penetrate the international market through strategic public-private sector collaborations via the empowerment of single branding under the Malaysian Export Management Company–EMC (MyEMC) initiative.

Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said that under the initiative, the effort to explore the international market was consolidated through strengthening the role of the Malaysian company as EMC Malaysia abroad.

“This initiative is a strategic public-private sector collaboration with the involvement of related industry players comprising production entrepreneurs, exporters, foreign importers and marketers abroad.

“It is aimed at overcoming the problems of market entry, marketing and also promotion of agro-food products in an importing country,” he said after the flagging off session for exports of agro-food products to Japan here today.

The flag off session, implemented by EMC in Japan, namely, SD Impex Japan Co Ltd was also attended by Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) director-general Datuk Zainal Abidin Yang Razalli and Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (MAFI) Business Development and Investment Division (BDI) Secretary Khalid Ibrahim.

For the time being, he said MAFI was focusing on strengthening three EMCs in Japan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and southern Thailand.

“Towards this end, MAFI also invites any producing company and local entrepreneurs wanting to develop partnerships with the ministry under the single branding initiative, MyKitchen for the penetration of global market in other countries,” he said.

He said that the strategic co-operation with SD Impex Japan Co., Ltd had succeeded in boosting export to 992 cartons involving 36 Stock Keeping Units (SKU) comprising of over 50,000 units of Ready to Eat (RTE), Ready to Drink (RTD) and Ready to Cook (RTC) products.

These were the products of 13 producing companies and entrepreneurs nationwide and placed under the single branding initiative MyKitchen, he said.

He said the success indirectly could contribute to an increase in the value of agro-food trade between Malaysia and Japan this year, compared to USD$1.21 billion (RM5.18 billion) recorded last year, which will contribute to the recovery trend and foreign market access to Malaysian branded products,” he said.

He said as of April, 70 SKU of selected agro-food products had been promoted and marketed in Japan compared to only 12 SKU when the initiative was introduced in 2020.

Ronald had earlier witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between SD Impex Japan Co Ltd with agro-food entrepreneurs for the promotion and marketing of the products to Japan and simultaneously strengthening the brand MyKitchen and MyKitchen Fresh in Japan.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Special Aidilfitri aid of RM1,000 for civil servants in Kelantan – MB

KOTA BHARU, April 20 (Bernama) — The Kelantan state government has announced a special Aidilfitri financial aid of RM1,000 for all civil servants in the state of Grade 56 and below.

Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the aid would be paid out before the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He said the state government would also channel RM500 to village heads, halaqat (religious gatherings) officers and teachers, council members, ICT coordinators in state constituencies, and coordinators for the armalah group (single mothers) as well as pondok teachers statewide.

“Besides that, RM250 will also be given to Al-Quran teachers, Fardu Ain teachers and Kelantan Women Development Centre (PPWK) teachers (Mudaribbah),” he said in a statement today.

Ahmad also announced that the state government had agreed to declare May 5 as a public holiday for Kelantan.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Tighter security at Langkap Immigration Detention Centre following Bandar Baharu incident

IPOH, April 20 (Bernama) — The security and system of the Langkap Immigration Detention Depot will be tightened as a precautionary measure following the breakout by Rohingya refugees from the Sungai Bakap Temporary immigration Depot near Bandar Baharu, Kedah this morning.

Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad said the proactive measures need to be carried out to ensure such an incident did not recur or that the escapees may enter the state.

“Even though the matter is not under the purview of the state government, it is hoped the parties concerned would take the necessary measures as what had happened in Kedah may happen in our state.

“As we are aware, they (Rohingya refugees) are very creative in finding ways to escape. The authorities should be careful and cannot afford to be complacent after the incident.

“The detainees are aware of the schedule of depot officers for their plans,” he said.

It was reported that 528 refugees escaped from the depot which was holding 664 detainees with 357 recaptured including six who were killed when crossing Kilometre 168 of the North-South Expressway southbound near Jawi.

Earlier, Saarani handed over Raya goodies to security forces in conjunction with Aidilfitri including Perak police chief Datuk Mior Faridalathrash Wahid at Bangunan Perak Darul Ridzuan today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Golden Jubilee celebration of UM Faculty of Law on June 17

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 (Bernama) — The 50th Golden Jubilee celebration of the University Malaya (UM) Faculty of Law will be held on June 17.

UM Faculty of Law Alumni Association (Parfum) president Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the celebration, organised by the UM Law Faculty in collaboration with the alumni, was scheduled to be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also an alumnus of the faculty.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister, who will be present on June 17 to launch the golden jubilee celebration, and we are very proud that the prime minister is an alumnus of this faculty.

“Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat will also give a special address and anyone who is interested in becoming alumni, can save the date June 17 at 3 pm,” she said on the Selamat Pagi Malaysia programme on TV1 today.

Meanwhile, Dean of the UM Faculty of Law Datuk Assoc Prof Dr Johan Shamsuddin Sabaruddin, who was also a guest on the TV programme, said his faculty would pursue academic activities to enhance the prestige of the faculty and the university.

“Apart from the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme, which has attracted many international students, we also have an external programme where we open this faculty to those who may aspire to study law without having to study full time,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

YOURSAY | Reckless politicians turn an accident into a racial issue

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YOURSAY | ‘All had a share in the blame though not in equal proportions.’ Tracing Johor bicycle tragedy’s descent down a slippery slope of racism Vijay47: I fully agree this incident is taking us down that slippery road we are all accustomed to – racism. Let me again state that almost everyone involved – the motorist, the teenagers, and their parents – had a share in the blame though not in equal proportions. Many of the dead were as young as 13 or 14 years old. Where was the parents’ concern over their welfare, allowing them to be out on the roads at 3.20am, participating in dangerous antics … Read More »

Increase in flight fares will be investigated – MOT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has asked the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) and airline companies to immediately investigate on the increase in air fares during the festive season.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he conveyed the matter during a special meeting chaired by him yesterday, which also involved MAVCOM, the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and domestic airlines.

He said the meeting was held to find solutions following public complaints on increase in flight fares between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, as well as Sarawak, in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.

Wee said CAAM had approved the extension of the operating hours of air traffic control services at the required airport and assisted the airlines in planning for the additional capacity, especially with the approaching festive season.

“MOT is committed and will make every effort to reduce air fares to ease the people’s burden. MOT, through MAVCOM, will inform the public on the outcome of discussions with the airline companies soon,” he said in a statement today.

According to Wee, based on monitoring conducted by MAVCOM, airfares on April 30, 2022 (peak travel date for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festive season) have increased compared to the average airfares in 2019.

“This increase is due to increased operating costs, especially the increase in jet fuel prices, as well as limited resources for airlines to increase full capacity.

“The dynamic pricing mechanism also uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the process of determining the fare price, ” he said.

He said the airline companies also had problems to increase flight capacity immediately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the aircraft needed to go through a process of maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) before they can be approved for safe service.

Wee said for April 2022, the frequency of flights to Sabah and Sarawak was still low, at only 68 percent compared to 2019.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency