Vietnam, China coast guards finish joint patrol

Hai Phong: This year’s first joint patrol of the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) and the China Coast Guard (CCG) in the vicinity of the countries’ demarcation line in the Gulf of Tonkin was wrapped up on April 29.

This three-day joint patrol spanned 255.5 nautical miles across 13 points. The route started from a point lying 48 nautical miles northeast of Con Co island to another point 14 nautical miles southeast of Tran island.

This is the 8th time such a joint patrol between the sides in the area has been organised since the nations’ fisheries cooperation agreement expired on June 30, 2020.

Vietnam and China each sent two vessels to join the patrol, along with with representatives from the Vietnamese border guard, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development of northern coastal provinces and cities, and Hai Phong Customs Department.

During the joint patrol, the two coast guards conducted activities, including talks, telephone calls, inspection and supervision of the nations’ fishing vessels operating in th
e adjacent waters of the demarcation line, dissemination of relevant legal regulations for the two countries’ fishermen.

Besides, the VCG established an interdisciplinary working group to directly inspect Vietnamese fishing vessels’ compliance with law, and implementation of recommendations of the European Commission (EC) on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing as well as warn and strictly handling cases of IUU violations.

The VCG also distributed leaflets, gave gifts, and national flags to local fishermen./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

April 30, 1974 victory a brilliant milestone, source of support for other nations: expert

Havana: The date Apil 30, 1975 was not only a brilliant milestone in the history of Vietnam but also a source of support for other nations to fight against colonialism and regain national independence, said Dr. Ruvislei Gonzalez Saez, one of leading researchers on Vietnam in Latin America.

In a recent interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency, the senior researcher at the Cuban Centre for International Policy Research (CIPI) emphasised the significance of the great victory on April 30, 1975 to Vietnam and the world.

He said that the victory, which led to national reunification, reflected the persistency and unyieldingness of President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese people. It was an iron affirmation that there is only one Vietnam and also paved the way towards socialism nationwide.

He described Vietnam as a lighthouse of hope for the world and a steel rampart against imperialism, noting its victory proved that a nation with unanimity and resolution is indivisible.

After the reunification, Vietnam conti
nued facing countless difficulties and challenges. Thanks to the clear-sighted leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and the change of mindset appropriate to the new context, from one of the 15 poorest countries in the world in 1980 – 1981, Vietnam is now among the 15 most dynamic and the fastest-growing countries, and aims to become a developed nation by 2045, Ruvislei Gonzalez Saez said.

Highlighting Vietnam’s achievements in all socio-economic areas, the researcher perceived that its experiences and foreign policy provide a lesson for the world, especially amid the complex international relations at present.

With the stance of being a friend with all countries, Vietnam is an example for not only the countries in the southern hemisphere but powerful nations as well, he said, considering the ‘bamboo diplomacy’ policy as a crucial factor of its successful integration into the world.

Unity, peace, and stability have helped turn Vietnam from a recipient of foreign aid into a country able to assist oth
ers, and from a country just receiving foreign investment into a foreign investor in other countries, Ruvislei Gonzalez Saez went on.

He expressed his belief that Vietnam will continue enhancing its great national solidarity to move forwards on the path of building a new society./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency


HULU SELANGOR: Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari has refuted claims that the Aidilfitri Open House organised by the state government in Kuala Kubu Baharu (KKB) town yesterday violated the provisions of the Election Offences Act 1954.

He clarified that there were no campaign elements in the programme, adding that it was not limited to KKB residents alone but open to all Selangorians.

‘The programme is held on a rotation basis. Previously, it was held across all districts but we chose this area because it happens to be the first location of the Rumpun Selangor programme by the Raja Muda of Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

‘Looking at the positive response, we decided to hold the open house here as the Chinese New Year celebration recently took place in Dengkil or in the Sepang district. Perhaps for the Merdeka Day celebration, we can rotate the location to get closer to the community.’

He told reporters this after attending the Riuh Raya #KitaSelangor 2024 programme he
re last night.

Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) recently questioned the location and timing of the open house on nomination day for the KKB by-election.

The KKB by-election sees a four-cornered fight between candidates from Pakatan Harapan, Perikatan Nasional, Parti Rakyat Malaysia and an Independent candidate.

It is being held due to the demise of its incumbent, Lee Kee Hiong, 58, from DAP, on March 21 due to cancer.

Polling day is set for May 11, with early voting scheduled for May 7.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


HULU SELANGOR: Two candidates contesting in the Kuala Kubu Baharu state seat by-election crossed paths this morning after filing their nomination papers yesterday.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Pang Sock Tao came face to face with the candidate from Perikatan Nasional (PN), Khairul Azhari Saut, at the Batang Kali morning market, where both had chosen to kickstart their respective campaigns.

Both candidates exchanged pleasantries before continuing the campaign with members of their election machinery.

Pang, who continued her campaign to the Batang Kali flea market, about 1.8 kilometres from the morning market, when met by reporters, expressed hope that all parties could conduct the campaign in a healthy manner.

‘This is a good thing as we run the campaign in a friendly manner. I hope this spirit continues,’ said Pang who was accompanied by two central DAP Committee members, Bangi Member of Parliament (MP) Syahredzan Johan and Bentong MP Young Syefura Othman.

Meanwhile, Young Syefura said her experience w
hen she first became a people’s representative in Ketari state constituency and Bentong Parliament, both in Pahang, would be used to assist Pang.

‘Hence, my role here is to encourage and advise Pang when dealing with various communities. Pang is just like the late Lee Kee Hiong and she will serve well and be able to make a better change for Kuala Kubu Baharu,” she said.

The campaign atmosphere appeared to be lukewarm despite the flag war between contesting parties.

The KKB by-election will witness a four-cornered clash involving Pang, Khairul Azhari (PN), Hafizah Zainuddin from Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and Nyau Ke Xin (Independent). It is being held following the death of incumbent Lee, 58, on March 21 due to cancer.

The EC has set polling day for 11 May with early voting on May 7.

A total of 40,226 registered voters are eligible to vote in the upcoming by-election.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


HULU SELANGOR: The chairman of the United Rights of Malaysian Party (Urimai) must take responsibility if the people in the Kuala Kubu Baharu (KKB) state constituency elect an ‘inappropriate’ leader in the upcoming by-election to drive development in the area.

Deputy Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk R. Ramanan, also PKR Deputy Information chief, said that if the campaign is successful, the former Penang Deputy Chief Minister will have to face the constituents when problems arise.

‘Would Ramasamy help the constituents if the elected assemblyman (not a Unity Government’s candidate) could not help them?

‘Because I often see those elected giving excuses – that they are not the state government, they don’t have allocations (so) they cannot help. I would like to ask if Ramasamy would help them then?’ he told reporters after today’s Sembang Santai Vanakam MADANI, a get-together with the KKB residents.

It was reported that Ramasamy had started his campaign trail, urging the voters to reject
Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The KKB by-election, the nomination of which was yesterday, sees a four-cornered fight among candidates from Pakatan Harapan (PH), Perikatan Nasional (PN), Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and an Independent candidate.

The by-election is being held due to the demise of its incumbent, Lee Kee Hiong, 58, from the DAP, on March 21 due to cancer.

Early voting is on May 7, and polling is on May 11.

On Vanakam MADANI, Ramanan said it was held to provide information to the Indian community and allow them to share their views with the Unity Government directly.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


HULU SELANGOR: Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) today launched its Kuala Kubu Baharu (KKB) by-election manifesto which contains six offers.

The six offers include establishing a herbal plant technology hub for the purpose of traditional practices; encourage KKB citizens to be involved in eco-tourism economic activities; ensure the infrastructure of public facilities, government buildings, police stations and drainage systems are in good and safe condition.

Also contained in the manifesto is to increase welfare allocations to the families of low-grade civil servants, women, the elderly, the disabled (PwD) and children.

PRM candidate Hafizah Zainuddin when contacted by Bernama said the by-election manifesto was launched at the 53rd PRM National Congress held at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) in Kuala Lumpur today.

The KKB by-election campaign which entered its second day today saw a four-cornered battle involving former press secretary to the Minister of Housing and Local Government
Pang Sock Tao (Pakatan Harapan), acting head of Hulu Selangor Bersatu Khairul Azhari Saut (Perikatan Nasional), Hafizah and Nyau Ke Xin ( Independent).

It was held following the death of its incumbent Lee Kee Hiong, 58, on March 21 due to cancer.

The Election Commission set the voting day for the by-election on May 11 with early voting on May 7.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


HULU SELANGOR: Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Pang Sock Tao will launch PH’s manifesto in conjunction with the Kuala Kubu Baharu (KKB) by-election next week.

The former press secretary of the Minister of Housing and Local Government said that the manifesto is being studied and planned.

“When it is launched later, the entire machinery will work hard to ensure the entire community here knows and has information about our offers.

“Of course this is also a challenge because the incumbent (the late Lee Kee Hiong) had done her job well and was very active with community activities here. So apart from the manifesto offer, I will try to maintain that momentum including the good relations with all village leaders and councillors for the well-being of the people,” she said.

She said this in a press conference after joining National DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo in a form submission ceremony to set up a new Malay DAP branch at the Kuala Kubu Baru assemblyman service centre here today.

Asked about the recepti
on of the Malay voters in the state constituency on her representing the Unity Government, Pang said the reception was very good.

“So far I have been to the Malay areas around Batang Kali and their response has been very good and many have given me speeches and words of encouragement thus giving me confidence to defend this KKB seat,” she said.

Commenting on the status as a ‘non-local’ candidate, Pang said it was not an issue since KKB was no stranger to her as she had followed the late Lee’s work including courting the community before.

“I’m from Selangor, I studied in Selangor, my heart has been captivated by the beauty of Kuala Kubu Baru… our only challenge now is to attract outside voters to come back to vote,” she said.

The KKB by-election candidate nomination yesterday saw Pang opposed by three challengers, namely the acting head of Hulu Selangor Bersatu Khairul Azhari Saut representing Perikatan Nasional (PN), Hafizah Zainuddin of Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) and Nyau Ke Xin (Independent).

The by
-election was held following the death of incumbent Lee, 58, on March 21 due to cancer.

The Election Commission (EC) set the polling day for the by-election to be on May 11 and early voting on May 7.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency