NUMBER OF KOTA TINGGI FLOOD VICTIMS REMAINS AT 300


KOTA TINGGI, The number of flood victims in the district remained at 300 people from 69 families as of 8 am today.

Johor State Secretary Tan Sri Dr Azmi Rohani said the victims are from Kampung Temenin Baru and Kampung Desa Makmur.

“The relief centre at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Lintang was opened yesterday following more than two hours of continuous downpour,” he said in a statemen today.

Azmi, who is also State Disaster Management Committee chairman, said the water level of five major rivers in the district is still normal.

Meanwhile, Kota Tinggi district police chief Hussin Zamora, in a separate statement, reminded all road users to exercise caution and adhere to warning signs, especially in flood-affected areas.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

HIKAYAT HANG TUAH 1758 MANUSCRIPT TO BE DISPLAYED AT EXHIBITION NEXT MONTH


MELAKA, The Hikayat Hang Tuah manuscript, dated 1758, is among the historical artefacts and materials to be displayed at the month-long Hang Tuah Exhibition at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) next month.

State Tourism, Heritage, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman said preparations for the exhibition are underway, adding that the showcase is expected to draw visitors, allowing them to have a closer look at the latest discoveries regarding the legend of Hang Tuah.

“The Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf and I have just returned from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to observe the latest discoveries related to Hang Tuah…after researching and searching for solid documentation about Hang Tuah; they will be displayed during the exhibition.

“…some people have claimed that Hang Tuah is a myth and this is not true because the state government has conducted research and sought solid evidence that Hang Tuah indeed existed through the manuscripts obtained,” he told reporters her
today.

Earlier, Abdul Razak accompanied Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam to visit the world’s largest traditional Chinese wooden sailing ship, Fu Ning, at the Tanjung Bruas port.

Meanwhile, Abdul Razak said the committee would discuss with the Fu Ning management team the consideration of opening the ship to tourists so that they can get a closer look at the unique architecture of the traditional vessel.

“It would be a great opportunity for Melaka…as it could draw more tourists to the state,” he said.

The ship, measuring 41.6 metres in length, 12 metres in width and with a main mast height of 29 metres, has nine crew members and 12 passengers.

The ship’s journey is part of its owner, Lin Chang Jiu’s aspirations to honour Admiral Cheng Ho’s achievements and retrace his path along the Maritime Silk Road.

It started the voyage from Huangpu in Guangzhou, China, on Jan 31 and docked at One15 Marina, Sentosa Cove, Singapore, for the Singapore Yachting Festival before arriving in Melaka o
n May 1.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

PROPOSAL FOR EACH LEADER TO LOOK AFTER A VILLAGE TO BE TABLED AT CABINET MEETING – ANWAR


BUKIT MERTAJAM, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has suggested that every leader in the country, including the prime minister, be responsible for looking after a village to have first-hand knowledge of the problems faced by these villages.

Speaking at the ‘Kenduri Rakyat Aidilfitri Perpaduan’ at Galeri Pejuang Cherok Tok Kun in Bukit Mertajam today, he said that the proposal would involve the Cabinet Ministers, top government leaders and government-related companies.

As such, Anwar, also the Finance Minister, said the proposal would be tabled at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (May 8).

“It will start in Cherok Tok Kun. (I) Anwar Ibrahim will take care of Cherok Tok Kun in Bukit Mertajam. How I will do it… I will call all the community representatives in the village and they must tell me all the problems they face here.

“(For example, let me know) about the jobless, marginalised, hardcore poor, whose houses are dilapidated, then (about) drug problems, crime issues, need for TVET (Technical and Voc
ational Education and Training) and all that the villagers discuss and tell them directly to the one who is responsible,’ he said.

Anwar described the proposal as the best way to resolve problems faced in the villages, in addition to district and government officers continuing to carry out their duties.

He is confident that the proposal, which will be tried out for the first time, would facilitate the streamlining of allocation given by the Federal Government, with the cooperation of village heads or representatives.

According to him, the practice of every leader looking after a village would bear fruit because it would directly involve all ministers, top government leaders and government-related companies in listening to the problems faced by the village communities under their care.

“If we have KSN (Chief Secretary to the Government), state secretaries, if we gather them all, we will have 2,000 people of high posts and then we invite the companies.

“The chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the executive
director of Petronas. He will look after his village. He will go there not as a Tan Sri, he will go as a village resident to hear the problems of the villagers. So, he will try to resolve the issues… easier that way,’ he said.

Anwar also said that the proposal was a result of his meetings with the community leaders of Permatang Pauh and Cherok Tok Kun this morning.

On government subsidies, the Prime Minister stressed that the prices of fuel, sugar and rice in the country are still under control and are among the lowest compared to other countries due to government subsidies.

“Do you know how much petrol costs in Saudi Arabia? RM2.95, how much is it in Malaysia? RM2.05. Think, Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil producer. It can’t lower the price more than that because the government can’t afford it. It has to retain the price.

“Meaning, our oil price is under control. (As for) Sugar, ours is cheaper than Thailand’s, cheaper than Singapore’s, cheaper than Indonesia’s. Our rice is even cheaper. Fuel is
the cheapest,’ he said.

Also present at the event were Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek, Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong and Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

SABAH GOV’T COMMITTED TO RESOLVING PULAU BANGGI WATER WOES – HAJIJI


KOTA KINABALU, The Sabah government will seek a report from the Sabah State Water Department (JANS) on the cost of building a water treatment plant (LRA) in Pulau Banggi, Kudat, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

He said the government was committed to resolving the water issues faced by the residents of Pulau Banggi through the construction of a new LRA specifically for the island.

He said the state government always listened to the concerns of the people on the island regarding their water supply problem and is looking for the best way to overcome it.

“I want to get a report from JANS on the cost to resolve the problem faced by the people, including on water supply and other necessities,’ he said in a statement after visiting the island today.

Hajiji said that besides the problems in Pulau Banggi, he would also pay attention to the problems faced by residents in Tanjung Kapor and other areas in the state.

Hajiji also attended the Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House organised by the Banggi and Tan
jung Kapor divisions of Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah (Gagasan Rakyat) in Kudat today.

At the event, he advised Gagasan Rakyat party members not to entertain the various accusations hurled by the opposition towards the party and the state government.

Instead, he urged leaders at all levels to jointly focus on serving the people.

At the event, Hajiji also handed over the SMJ Rumah Mesra house keys to the eligible recipients and the state government assistance of RM540,000 to 27 heads of households who were victims of the Tanjung Kapor Hujung village fire.

He also presented the government’s assistance of RM300,000 to the Basel Christian Church of Malaysia to construct its museum in Kudat.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

FATHER, TWO CHILDREN DROWN DURING OUTING IN SUNGAI BALAK


KUALA LUMPUR, A father and two of his children drowned during an weekend outing at Sungai Balak near Batang Kali today.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Wan Md Razali Wan Ismail said that their bodies were found at 1.35 pm today following a brief search after the department received a distress call at 1.09 pm.

A team of 12 personnel from the Kuala Kubu Baharu, assisted by the Shah Alam and Port Klang water rescue team, rushed to the location of the incident following the call.

“Initial reports indicated that the three victims were a man (the father) and two of his children, a daughter, aged nine and a nine-year-old son.

“They were found around 30 metres from where they went missing and there was no water surge when the incident occurred,’ he said in a statement today.

All three victims were confirmed dead by the Health Ministry team and their bodies have been sent to the Kuala Kubu Baharu Hospital for further action.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency