Cambodia Registers 7th New-born Rare Mekong River Dolphin So Far This Year

A newborn Mekong River Irrawaddy dolphin calf was spotted yesterday, raising the total number of newborn dolphin calves in Cambodia to seven, so far this year, the Fisheries Administration said, in a news release.

The latest born dolphin calf was seen by a team of the Fisheries Administration and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), at a dolphin pool in north-east Stung Treng province’s Mekong River, while it swam alongside eight adult dolphins, the news release said.

“The new calf is about 20 days old,” it said.

According to the news release, seven baby dolphins have been identified so far this year, with three deaths.

The Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins have been listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species since 2004.

The Fisheries Administration estimated that there are approximately 90 Irrawaddy dolphins in the Cambodian portion of the Mekong River, in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces

Source: Nam News Network

GOVT TO ORGANISE 5,000 AGRO MADANI SALES SESSIONS THIS YEAR

The government will organise 5,000 Agro MADANI sales sessions with a target sales value of RM39 million this year, said Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu.

He said until Aug 27, a total of 1,559 sales programmes were implemented in ministries and government agencies nationwide involving sales of RM32.7 million and savings of RM9.81 million.

“A total of 25,073 entrepreneurs participated in this sales programme involving 779,000 visitors,” he said in a statement here today.

He said that through this Agro MADANi Sale, the commodities sold were expanded to include fresh products and controlled items with savings of 10 to 30 percent lower than the local market price for selected commodities.

He said the Agro MADANI Sale will continue to be strengthened as one of the government’s ongoing efforts to help ease the burden of the people while also increasing the income of agricultural entrepreneurs.

The Agro MADANI Sales Programme is one of the government’s initiatives to help people across the country, especially in areas with high population density.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KING, QUEEN ARRIVE IN TAWAU TO BEGIN ‘KEMBARA KENALI BORNEO’

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah arrived here today to begin their first-ever ‘Kembara Kenali Borneo’ tour to get to know Malaysians living in Sabah and Sarawak.

The tour, from Sept 3 to 13, starting in Tawau, Sabah and ending in Telok Melano, Sarawak, involving a distance of 2,154 kilometres via the Pan Borneo Highway which connects Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei, is a golden opportunity for the people of both states to meet the royal couple and their entourage.

The aircraft carrying Their Majesties departed from the Royal Malaysian Air Force base in Subang, Selangor and touched down at the Tawau Airport at 1.50 pm.

Their Majesties were welcomed by Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and his wife Toh Puan Norlidah R.M Jasni.

Also present were Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor and Sabah State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Kadzim M Yahya.

Their Majesties then walked past a static guard-of-honour mounted by officers and men from the 26th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment.

Sabah Mufti Datuk Bungsu @ Aziz Jaafar recited a prayer for the safety of Their Majesties and the audience, before the royal couple and the delegation left for their hotel.

Before leaving Tawau Airport in a vehicle driven by the King himself, Their Majesties took pictures with 40 children from Tadika Kemas and Perpaduan who were dressed in various traditional costumes.

Their Majesties also shook hands, took wefies and mingled with the crowd who were waiting for their arrival at the airport.

Al-Sultan Abdullah and Tunku Azizah are scheduled to attend the tour launch and a dinner with the people at the Tawau Community Hall here tonight.

The areas in Tawau look vibrant and lively with the installation of Jalur Gemilang and Sabah flags to welcome the arrival of the royal couple who are known for their humble and down-to-earth attitude.

Tawau, known as the ‘Land of Farmers’, is located on the east coast of Sabah which is about 500 km from the state capital Kota Kinabalu and is the third largest town, after Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

According to data from the Department of Statistics in 2020, Tawau district encompasses a total area of 196 square kilometres with 372,462 residents. The population in Tawau make up a great number of the Bajau, Suluk, Ida’an, Tidong, Cocos, Murut and Lun Bawang community.

A large part of the land area of Tawau district is a plantation area where oil palm and cocoa are grown, with most of the people working in oil palm plantations.

In addition to Tawau, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Raja Permaisuri Agong are scheduled to stopover in Lahad Datu, Sandakan, Telupid, Ranau, Kundasang, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Sipitang.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

JOHOR SULTAN GRANTS AUDIENCE TO PM ANWAR AT ISTANA BUKIT PELANGI

Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar today granted an audience to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim at Istana Bukit Pelangi, here, in conjunction with his visit to the state.

Also in attendance was the Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, according to a post on Sultan Ibrahim’s Facebook today.

Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi and State Secretary Tan Sri Dr Azmi Rohani were also in the meeting.

The prime minister arrived at the palace at 11.20am and the meeting lasted for about an hour, read the post.

He is also scheduled to attend the “Temu Anwar” programme at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, near here, and make a visit to Sultanah Aminah Hospital.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KING, QUEEN CONVEY CONDOLENCES TO FAMILY OF SEGAMAT ROAD CRASH VICTIMS

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, today expressed his condolences to the family of the victims of the tragic road crash in Jalan Segamat-Kuantan on Friday.

Also conveying her condolences was the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.

In a post on Istana Negara’s Facebook page, Their Majesties expressed their sadness over the passing and hoped that the family members remained patient and strong during this difficult period.

“Their Majesties pray that the souls of the deceased be showered with mercy by Allah SWT and be placed among those who believe and do righteous deeds,” it said.

The road crash had claimed the lives of married couple Amir Ruddin Ismail, 46 and Norahimah Noor Muhammad, 43, as well as their four children – Fatimatulzahrah, 17; Seri Khadijah Aqilah, 13; Rufaidatul Asyariyah, 10, and Muhammad Assyakrawi, five.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency