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Mahathir calls for caution over racial, religious sensitivities

PUTRAJAYA, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today called on all quarters, particularly Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders, to exercise caution with regard to racial and religious sensitivities in the country.

The Prime Minister said that PH, as a coalition of parties comprising various races, should be careful that nothing is said to offend any race or religion.

Regardless of whether we are Muslims or non-Muslims, we must not criticise other races or religions.

If there is a problem of communication, we have to refer to the government and not give opinions in public. That’s not our way, the PH chairman said when addressing the Johor government retreat with Federal government leaders here.

Dr Mahathir said discussions had to be held within the party so that solutions could be found which demanded the compromise of all quarters.

Dr Mahathir also pointed out that all the four PH component parties – Bersatu, PKR, Amanah and DAP – should not only work for their respective parties.

All the parties had to work closely to derive the maximum benefit from the components of the coalition, he said.

He said that although the parties were different, the desire of the government was the same – to develop the country and the states under its administration.

As such, he said, more frequent meetings should be held to exchange ideas on party activities at the federal and state levels and contribute to the success of the coalition as the government.

The government is different from the opposition. If we do not succeed, we will be criticised and rejected and we may lose in the next general election, he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Crop yields not affected by hot spell

PORT DICKSON, The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry has so far not received any report of crop yields being affected by the hot and dry weather that has currently hit the nation, said its Deputy Minister Sim Tze Tzin.

Therefore, water resources are very important and require the cooperation of all parties, for example, if we manage the water resources well, we can cultivate paddy throughout the year.

The ministry through its Agricultural Drainage and Irrigation division has provided an effective irrigation schedule for farmers to avoid water shortages during dry spell season, but this will only work if all farmers follow the schedule, he told reporters after a working visit to Port Dickson today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt to change land use approach for plantation sector

PUTRAJAYA, The government has conducted a study to change the approach in land use in the country’s plantation sector, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

According to him, Malaysia was introduced to oil palm plantation sector during the era of British rule which brought lucrative returns to the colonial master.

“But we were not aware they set up mega estates of more than 10,000 hectares and therefore were able to reap huge profits.

On the other hand, local residents who imitated the old British method failed because our estates were more like small industries which are sometimes only two to three acres, he said when speaking at the Johor government and Federal government Leadership Retreat here today.

He said small industries would not be able to give high profits and may not even given sufficient returns as they are small estates.

As such Dr Mahathir said oil palm smallholders should change their approach to earn better revenue.

If we have large plantations, a portion should be used for cash crops and should not only relied on oil palm which needed a long time to start generating revenue, he said.

The Prime Minister said the local people did not copy the method of oil palm plantation by the British comprehensively.

“We are aware oil palm gives us income but we not aware for the oil palm plantation to provide good returns, we need large plantations.

As such, when the price of palm oil falls, we suffer and asked for subsidy from the government.

This we have to correct, that is our small farms must be consolidated into a large plantation managed by professionals, he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Govt to change land use approach for plantation sector

PUTRAJAYA, The government has conducted a study to change the approach in land use in the country’s plantation sector, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

According to him, Malaysia was introduced to oil palm plantation sector during the era of British rule which brought lucrative returns to the colonial master.

“But we were not aware they set up mega estates of more than 10,000 hectares and therefore were able to reap huge profits.

On the other hand, local residents who imitated the old British method failed because our estates were more like small industries which are sometimes only two to three acres, he said when speaking at the Johor government and Federal government Leadership Retreat here today.

He said small industries would not be able to give high profits and may not even given sufficient returns as they are small estates.

As such Dr Mahathir said oil palm smallholders should change their approach to earn better revenue.

If we have large plantations, a portion should be used for cash crops and should not only relied on oil palm which needed a long time to start generating revenue, he said.

The Prime Minister said the local people did not copy the method of oil palm plantation by the British comprehensively.

“We are aware oil palm gives us income but we not aware for the oil palm plantation to provide good returns, we need large plantations.

As such, when the price of palm oil falls, we suffer and asked for subsidy from the government.

This we have to correct, that is our small farms must be consolidated into a large plantation managed by professionals, he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Ferry fire starts in engine compartment

KUALA LUMPUR, The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has confirmed that the fire which broke out on a ferry in Langkawi waters on Monday, started in the engine compartment.

Its director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said the matter was confirmed by the fire forensic officers from Kedah and Putrajaya who conducted preliminary checks on the ferry.

“Now the forensic officers are inspecting the engine compartment and the results are expected to be out soon before being handed over to the Marine Department, he told reporters at the Cheras JBPM Quarters Complex here today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Ferry fire starts in engine compartment

KUALA LUMPUR, The Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) has confirmed that the fire which broke out on a ferry in Langkawi waters on Monday, started in the engine compartment.

Its director-general Datuk Mohammad Hamdan Wahid said the matter was confirmed by the fire forensic officers from Kedah and Putrajaya who conducted preliminary checks on the ferry.

“Now the forensic officers are inspecting the engine compartment and the results are expected to be out soon before being handed over to the Marine Department, he told reporters at the Cheras JBPM Quarters Complex here today.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

King attends 253rd meeting of Conference of Rulers

KUALA LUMPUR, The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, attended the 253rd meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara on the second and final day today.

The King was accompanied by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The meeting, among others, was briefed on the country’s current defence and security situation by Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, respectively.

The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, said other matters included the appointment of the high court judges and matters concerning Islamic religion, including the appointment of the chairman, deputy chairman and secretary of the National Council for Islamic Affairs.

The appointment of the deputy chairman and members of the Election Commission, Public Service Commission and Auditor-General were also discussed,” he said in a statement.

Syed Danial said all the Malay Rulers attended the meeting except for the Sultan of Terengganu.

The Sultan of Kedah, Al-Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, chaired the meeting.

Besides the King and the Sultan of Kedah, the other Malay Rulers who attended the meeting are the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar; Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah; Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah; Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Syed Putra Jamalullail, and Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Muhriz Almarhum Tuanku Munawir.

The Kelantan Ruler was represented by the Tengku Mahkota, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra Sultan Ismail Petra, and the Pahang Ruler, by the Tengku Muda, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah.

The Yang Dipertuas Negeri of Penang, Melaka, Sabah and Sarawak also attended the meeting.

The Malay Rulers were accompanied by the respective menteris besar and the Yang Dipertuas Negeri, by the respective chief ministers.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency