ISTANBUL, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin today summarised his five-day working visit to Turkiye since last Sunday as having achieved its objectives, as well as being meaningful, valuable and beneficial for Malaysia’s defence industry.

He said the results of the visit could further strengthen the defence cooperation between the two countries.

‘In general, we are satisfied and would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making this visit a success as it was aimed to obtain information and discuss the latest development of the defence industry, as well as enhancing defence cooperation,’ he told a press conference here.

Today is the last day of Mohamed Khaled’s official visit to the Eurasian country located between the European and Asian continents since he was appointed Minister of Defense on Dec 12 last year.

During the visit, several meetings were held with his Turkish counterpart, Yasar Guler, in addition to meeting with the industrial implementation agency, the Turkish defenc
e industry secretariat as well as the country’s renowned defence companies such as Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS), Savunma Teknolojieri Muhendiskil (STM), Aselsan, and Makine ve Kimya Endustrisi (MKI).

On the possibility of the ministry increasing the number of asset purchases from Turkiye, Mohamed Khaled said it depends on the situation because Malaysia has already purchased three Medium Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Aerial Systems (MALE UAS) and three coastal mission ships (LMS) of the second batch from Turkiye .

‘I believe that we cannot deny the strength of the Turkish defence industry. As long as the goods (received) are of good quality, the price is reasonable, good terms or cooperation can be achieved, then Turkiye will continue to be Malaysia’s priority and attention,’ he said.

Mohamed Khaled said Turkiye respects and sees Malaysia on an equal standing to be a producer country for the defence industry and that was made possible because Malaysia was deemed a close friend.

During the visit,
Mohamed Khaled also attended the Malaysia-Turkey High Level Committee Meeting which was held for the first time at the Turkish Ministry of National Defence in Ankara.

He also signed a government-to-government (G2G) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the procurement of defence products as well as collaboration and cooperation agreements involving Malaysian and Turkish defence industry players.

Mohamed Khaled also witnessed the handing over of the Letter of Acceptance (LOA) for the purchase of the second batch of LMS to Turkiye defense company STM on Tuesday.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


SEREMBAN, A total of 24 students from Form One to Form Five at a boarding school in Jempol were hospitalised for suspected food poisoning after having lunch in the school dormitory yesterday.

Negeri Sembilan State Education Department (JPNS) director Datuk Dr Roslan Hussin said nine of the students were discharged today, while 20 others were given medication for mild cases.

‘All of them are suspected to have experienced food poisoning after having lunch in the school dormitory dining hall. Around 8 pm, they complained of diarrhoea and vomiting to the warden on duty before being sent to the Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hospital (HTAN) in Kuala Pilah.

‘Fifteen students are still in the hospital, and all are in stable condition,” he told Bernama today.

He added that the District Health Office (PKD) is still investigating the exact cause of the incident and advised the public not to speculate on the matter.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


ALOR SETAR, The Technology Preview and Showcase (TPS) of the Targeted Promotion Programme will help increase the level of adoption of nuclear technology in potential sectors.

Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) secretary-general Datuk Ts. Dr. Aminuddin Hassim said the programme was also able to increase interest in learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

“TPS is one of the ongoing platforms of the Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuklear Malaysia) in the framework of promoting peaceful and safe nuclear technology products, services and training to the people and industry.

‘Through this programme, the research and development results from Nuklear Malaysia researchers can be highlighted across various fields such as the application of nuclear technology in the agro-agriculture sector, radiation processing technology, industrial applications, environmental management, medicine applications, radiation health and safety, nuclear engineering and training,” he said.

He was spea
king the TPS Targeted Promotion Programme Series 2 and launch of the Nuclear Paddy Gallery by the Raja Muda of Kedah Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Sultan Sallehuddin at the Kedah Paddy Museum near here today.

According to Aminuddin, visitors to the Kedah Paddy Museum will have the opportunity to obtain information and (find out) the role of Nuklear Malaysia in the production of the new paddy seed variety, NMR 152, throughout the two days of the programme (June 13 and 14).

He added that through the MOSTI Strategic Research Fund (SRF) project, two more new national paddy varieties are targeted to be produced by the end of 2026 using advanced drip irrigation.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


MAKKAH, The Presidency Religious Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has achieved another milestone in serving Muslims by introducing smart guidance robots capable of responding to religious and fatwa inquiries.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) report, the artificial intelligence robots which offer fatwa services in 11 languages, marked the latest significant advancement witnessed by the Presidency for Religious Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

The 11 languages used by the guidance robots are Arabic, English, French, Russian, Persian, Turkish, Malay, Urdu, Chinese, Bengali, and Hausa.

Each robot features high-definition cameras for panoramic site capture, high-clarity speakers, and advanced noise-cancelling technologies for clear sound capture as well as a high-quality microphone for clear audio transmission, the report explained.

‘The robots roam the courtyards of the Grand Mosque, performing their functions. They are particularly popular among pilgrims and Umrah performers, answering their question
s about rituals and other religious matters,’ the report stated.

Each robot also has a 21-inch touchscreen that can be utilised for various services important to visitors to the Grand Mosque, such as guidance, direction, and religious opinions.

With four wheels for smooth movement and a smart stopping system, the report highlighted that the robot operates on a wireless network with a 5GHz speed, enabling fast and efficient data transfer, while providing fatwa services throughout the Grand Mosque.

The report also said that the initiative was part of its investment in modern technology and AI, a central pillar of its strategies to enhance the services provided to pilgrims.

‘The presidency also aims to provide fatwas electronically at the holy mosques, in accordance with Islamic teachings characterised by tolerance and inclusion.

‘The wise leadership greatly cares for the visitors to the two holy mosques, ensuring their comfort and developing smart services to help them,’ it added.

Source: BERNAMA News Ag


BUKIT MERTAJAM, Three men suspected of being exploited as forced labour in a ‘fucuk’ (bean curd sheets) processing factory were rescued by police through ‘Ops Pintas Mega’ in the Juru industrial estate here yesterday.

Penang police chief Datuk Hamzah Ahmad, when contacted, said the three foreign nationals are suspected of being victims of trafficking.

‘We rescued three men who were believed to be in forced labour and the investigation was conducted under Sections 12 and 14 of the Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants (Atipsom) Act 2007,’ he said.

The six-hour operation starting at 2 pm was carried out by a team from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Penang police contingent headquarters (IPK) together with the Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) IPK, who were joined by the Manpower Department (JTK), Seberang Perai City Council (MBSP), the Penang Health Department (JKNPP) and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN).

The three victims aged between 17 and 21 have onl
y been employed for three months. They were forced to process ‘fucuk’ at the factory for nine hours every day.

It is understood that the employer warned them not to leave the factory area to avoid arrest by the authorities and they duly complied in order to get their monthly wages.

In the raid, a total of nine foreigners, including four women aged 25 to 42 who were apparently employees, were arrested, in addition to a 66-year-old man who was also the factory’s employer.

All of those detained were taken to Seberang Perai Tengah police headquarters for further action.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency