PASIR MAS, Water supply to 48,635 consumers in Pasir Mas and Tumpat has been fully restored after the Kelar Water Treatment Plant (LRA), here, was able to resume full operation.

State Public Works, Infrastructure, Water and Rural Development Committee chairman Datuk Dr Izani Husin said the news brought relief to 13,381 user accounts in Tumpat and 35,254 user accounts in Pasir Mas.

‘Once the repair was completed, water production at the LRA increased to 80 million litres per day and was sufficient for the use of the population in the affected districts.

‘Alhamdulillah, the repair and maintenance works have been completed within 48 hours,’ he said to reporters after visiting the Kelar LRA, here today, which was also attended by AKSB general manager Izani Ismail.

‘I hope that consumers can use water wisely, in addition to taking steps to stock up on water in their homes throughout Ramadan and the upcoming Aidilfitri,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Izani said that Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd (AKSB) will complete the constru
ction of the Kelar 2 LRA within the next two years to supply sufficient water in the Pasir Mas area and the tender will be issued in June.

‘Currently, the Kelar LRA also channels water to some areas in Tumpat. Hence, with the existence of the Kelar 2 LRA, we expect it to fully cover the water supply needs in Pasir Mas.

‘In addition, the water supply in several areas on the border, including Kampung Simpangan Tumpat has been addressed through the construction of tube wells in Kuala Jambu,’ he said, adding that two more tube wells will be built in the Rantau Panjang area to meet the needs of about 6,000 users.

Previously, AKSB in its statement said that as many as 48,635 AKSB customers in Pasir Mas and Tumpat experienced water supply disruptions since last Saturday (March 30).

Source: BERNAMA News Agency


KUANTAN, The operation to put out the peatland fire in the Inderapura Department of Agriculture area, which caught fire due to hot and dry weather on March 28, is still ongoing.

Taman Tas Fire and Rescue station (BBP) chief, Mohd Hilmi Kashfi Mat Zali, said that, as of today, the estimated area affected is about 300 hectares, starting from the agricultural department before spreading to the peat forest near the Inderapura Jaya residential area.

‘Efforts to control and extinguish fires are carried out daily. It is estimated that the fire which affected 200 hectares of the agricultural area has been extinguished.

‘The fire caused thick smoke, causing discomfort to Inderapura Jaya residents. We are faced with the challenge of putting out the fire of hot and dry weather, coupled with strong winds; the peat forest soil causes the fire to spread quickly, but we will try to put it out,’ he said when contacted today.

He said that personnel involved also faced the threat of crocodiles because the area was identif
ied as the animal’s habitat when they found five crocodiles during the firefighting operation.

Mohd Hilmi Kashfi said that the extinguishing operation involved 20 personnel from the Taman Tas BBP, Kuantan BPP and Peramu BPP, also 12 staff from the Pahang Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), as well as 20 members and two officers from the Malaysian Army (TDM).

‘Today’s operation was also assisted by DID, when two pump units were used to suck water from Sungai Soi to be channelled to the affected peat forest area,’ he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KOICA to Help Enhance Dangkor Referral Hospital

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will help transform the current Dangkor Referral Hospital in Phnom Penh’s Khan Dangkor into a modern facility – CPA 2 Hospital – equipped with advanced technology and staffed by highly qualified healthcare professionals.

The minutes of discussions on the ‘Project to Improve Public Health Services at Dangkor Referral Hospital, Phnom Penh’ was signed here late last week under the witness of Phnom Penh Governor H.E. Khuong Sreng and Country Director of KOICA Cambodia Office Ms. CHOI Moon Jung.

According to a KOICA Cambodia Office’s press release, the project will be funded by a Korean government grant of US$11 million over six years (2024-2029).

The expanded Dangkor Referral Hospital will offer a wider range of services, including medium-level surgery, maternal and child healthcare, and internal medicine, significantly improving access to quality healthcare for residents of Khan Dangkor and surrounding areas, the source added.

This project exemplifies the s
trong partnership between Cambodia and Korea, with the Korean government’s grant contributing to enhanced healthcare access and improved well-being for the people of Cambodia, underlined the press release.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse


MELAKA, The ‘Melaka Explorace 2024’ treasure hunt to be jointly organised by the Melaka state government and the National News Agency of Malaysia (Bernama) will focus on tourism products and destinations in the state.

Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh said apart from tourism products, historical sites and destinations in every district will be promoted or highlighted during the treasure hunt.

‘During the (Melaka Explorace) meeting, I have also given suggestions, input and ideas to ensure the Melaka Explorace 2024 gives a big impact to the efforts of the Melaka state government in promoting the Visit Melaka Year 2024 (TMM2024).

‘I also want the organisers to ensure a bigger participation and to focus on tourism products in the state, inculcate historical elements and destinations that can propel the signifance of every district. This will help promote the uniqueness available in Melaka,’ he said.

Ab Rauf expressed his opinion through his official Facebook posting, here today.

Earlier, the ch
ief minister chaired a Melaka Explorace 2024 Coordination Meeting at Tun Bijasura meeting room of the Chief Minister’s Office in Seri Negeri today.

The meeting was attended by Melaka Tourism Promotion (BPP) Division general manager Sa’ari Basiron and Bernama Editor-in-Chief Arul Rajoo Durar Raj.

The state government has already listed the Melaka Explorace 2024 which will be organised in June or July, in the TMM2024 calendar.

The Treasure Hunt is expected to feature three categories, namely Open category, Media practitioners and government agencies in Melaka.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

His Majesty the King Appeal to Buddhist Followers to Adhere to Lord Buddha’s Teachings

His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, has called on all Buddhist followers to adhere to and widely disseminate Lord Buddha’s teachings.

The Cambodian monarch made the call in a royal message dated April 8 to his compatriots on the occasion of the International Buddhist Day.

This is a great occasion celebrated for the unity and solidarity of all sects of Buddhism and to guide Buddhists of all denominations back to strictly adhere to Lord Buddha’s original teachings, and spread the teachings more widely and actively for the cause of the growth of Buddhism and the building of peace in our society and in the world as a whole, he underlined.

His Majesty the King also took the opportunity to wish all his compatriots with the four gems of Buddha blessings – Longevity, Nobility, Health, and Strength.

The supreme Buddhist leaders from 41 countries across the five continents in the world have unanimously resolved to establish April 8, Lord Buddha’s Birthday, as the Inte
rnational Buddhist Day, at the Sixth Buddhist Summit conference held in Kobe, Japan in 2014.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse