GUA MUSANG, The Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department Air Unit conducted a medical evacuation (Medevac) operation yesterday, flying two Orang Asli patients from Pos Balar and Pos Bihai to the Gua Musang Hospital for treatment.

Subang, Selangor, Central Region Base, public relations officer, asst fire chief Mohd Rizzan Jefri, stated that both patients were flown on the same Agusta Westland (AW) 139 aircraft, which departed from Penang at 12.30 pm yesterday.

“The flight arrived at Pos Balar at 1.58 pm to pick up seven-month old male infant, Zulfahmi Ikhwan Sani, and flew on to Kampung Tendrik, Pos Bihai at 2.20 pm to pick up an elderly female patient, Andak Itam, 64.

“The infant, who was experiencing shortness of breath and coughing, was accompanied by his mother, father, and sister. The elderly patient, who was accompanied by a caregiver, was suffering from fatigue, weakness, and had not eaten in three days,” he said in a statement today.

Mohd Rizzan added that the aircraft arrived at the Gua Musang Fire a
nd Rescue Station at 2.40 pm, and both patients were immediately transported to the Gua Musang Hospital for treatment.

“The crew departed back to Subang, Selangor at 2.45 pm, with the entire round trip taking two hours and 54 minutes,” he said.

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PUTRAJAYA, The statement by Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor regarding the water issue in Penang is inflammatory and racially charged, Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said.

Fahmi, who is also the spokesperson for the Unity Government, said Sanusi frequently speaks without factual basis and spreads misinformation.

‘He opens his mouth and lies. This behaviour is highly unbecoming of a Menteri Besar,’ he told the media after the Cabinet meeting today.

At the launch of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) machinery for the Sungai Bakap by-election last Saturday, Sanusi claimed that the water issues in the area remained unresolved due to discrimination by the Penang government.

‘Why is there no water in this area (Sungai Bakap), but there is water in Tanjung (George Town)? This is an area of Tok Lebais (PAS supporters),’ Sanusi was quoted as saying by the media.

Fahmi said Sanusi frequently makes unfounded statements, citing another example regarding the election victory of Education Ministe
r Fadhlina Sidek, who is also the Nibong Tebal MP.

‘On stage, he (Sanusi) claimed that the Education Minister, Nibong Tebal MP Fadhlina Sidek, won by 100 votes, but a quick Google search shows that Fadhlina Sidek won with a majority of 16,000 votes.

‘So, if he fails on such basic facts, how can he manage state administration properly? He also announces many private projects, and when these projects do not proceed, he says it’s not his problem. He’s very problematic,’ said Fahmi.

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ALOR GAJAH, The Melaka government is fine-tuning the form of assistance to be channelled to mussel breeders and fishermen, especially those affected by the ban on the sale of bivalves since April.

State Rural Development, Agriculture and Food Security Committee chairman Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh said that previously there was assistance which had been channelled to affected breeders by the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM).

‘Affected mussel breeders and fishermen can contact us… we are indeed working on something (to help), but not in a large amount.

‘As for the fishermen, it cannot be said that they are completely affected, because they can still catch fish, prawns and other seafood except bivalves,’ he told reporters, after the fishermen’s house key handover ceremony, officiated by Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh, here, today .

Yesterday, the media reported that more than 30 mussel breeders and fishermen at the Pengkalan Sebatu fishing jetty, in Jasin, suffered huge losses becaus
e they have been unable to sell hundreds of thousands of kilogrammes of mussels for the past three months.

He also hoped that mussel fishermen and breeders would be patient, as the ban on the sale of bivalve involves health issues and the authorities are constantly monitoring the current development of water and mussel samples in the state waters, which are still contaminated with dangerous biotoxins.

He said that the samples are collected every week by the Fisheries Department, and the analysis data can be obtained from the department.

‘We have taken samples for the 10th week, and the toxin readings are getting lower, but it is still not safe for consumption. We hope that, within this month, the ban can be lifted after the analysis found that Melaka waters are completely free of biotoxin pollution,’ he said.

Earlier, at the event, as many as 36 out of 60 fishermen received house keys under the Kuala Sungai Baru Ilir Fishermen Resettlement project, involving an allocation of RM8.9 million.

The project, i
nvolving the construction of 60 housing units on 5.6 hectares of land, developed under the allocation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS), was started in 2014, but was delayed before it was successfully completed and handed over to the recipients today.

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ALOR SETAR, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) has achieved a significant improvement in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2024, announced today, under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

UUM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan said the university has shown commendable progress, moving up to the 301-400 bracket in the global rankings.

‘I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the entire UUM community for this achievement. It reflects the continuous and dedicated efforts from all parties to elevate the university’s reputation both nationally and internationally.

‘This improvement is a result of UUM’s steadfast commitment to its role as an educational institution that positively impacts society and the environment. Our goal is not only to excel academically but also to support students in need by providing them with access to quality education,’ he said in a statement today.

He said the THE Impact Rankings 2024 assess universities worldwid
e based on their achievements concerning 17 SDGs.

Overall, UUM excelled in five of the 17 SDGs: SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

‘In particular, UUM stood out in providing fair and equitable access to education across all societal layers, including scholarship programmes and financial aid for underprivileged students, ranking 72nd globally for SDG 10,’ Mohd Foad said.

He said UUM ranked 101-200 for SDG 4, SDG 11 (ranked 201-300), SDG 16 (ranked 101-200) and SDG 17 (ranked 201-300).

Mohd Foad said this achievement further strengthens UUM’s position as one of the nation’s leading universities and showcases its capacity to make a significant global impact through higher education.

THE Impact Rankings 2024, released annually, listed 1,963 universities worldwide for the 2024 ratings.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUALA LUMPUR, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof paid a courtesy call on Singapore Prime Minister Lawrence Wong, who is on a working visit to Malaysia, at a hotel here today.

The two leaders had a one-hour meeting which started at around 4.30pm to exchange views on billatetal matters as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Wong was accompanied by the republic’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Singapore High Commisioner to Malaysia Vanu Gopala Menon.

This marks the end of Wong’s two-day working visit to Malaysia, his first after being sworn in as Singapore’s Fourth Prime Minister on May 15.

Earlier today, Wong met his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at the Seri Perdana Complex for a four-eyed meeting and lunch.

Wong’s visit underscores the two neigbouring nations’ shared commitment to bolstering the long-standing relations and as preparation for the Annual Leaders’ Retreat to be hosted by Malaysia at the end of this year.

In 2023, Malaysia an
d Singapore were each other’s second-largest global trading partners. Singapore was also Malaysia’s largest trading partner among ASEAN countries with total trade valued at RM363.13 billion (US$79.60 billion)

Source: BERNAMA News Agency