SEPANG, Lembaga Haji (TH) always reminds pilgrims under its management to comply with every new rule imposed by the Saudi Arabia government to avoid any problems, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Mohd Na’im Mokhtar.

He said these new regulations included the enforcement of a penalty of 10,000 Riyals (SAR10,000) for violating the rules and instructions of the Haj season including entering seven areas — Makkah, the Central Region, Masyair, the Haramain train station in Rusayfah, security control centre. isolation centre and temporary security control centre — without a Haj permit in the country.

The penalty will be effective from June 2 to 20, 2024 and the ministry explained that the SAR10,000 penalty will be imposed on all individuals including citizens, residents, and visitors who are caught in the geographical area without a Haj permit.

In addition, non-citizens who are arrested will be deported to their country of origin and banned from entering Saudi Arabia
for the period stipulated in the law.

Earlier, Mohd Na’im, together with the management of TH, spent time greeting the pilgrims who departed for the Holy Land at 12 am.

The first group of 282 Malaysian pilgrims departed for the Holy Land at midnight tonight on a Malaysia Airlines flight.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH8050 from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 1 to Madinah departed at 12.05 am and is expected to arrive at Putera Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Madinah at 3.50 am local time.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Transport Ministry Hosts Policy Dialogue on Road Safety for Children and Adolescents in Cambodia

Policy Dialogue on Road Safety for Children and Adolescents in Cambodia was held here on May 9 to collect inputs related to road safety, particularly for children and adolescents in contribution to road safety promotion in Cambodia.

The event was presided over by H.E. Peng Ponea, Minister of Public Works and Transport, with the participation of Dr. Will Parks, UNICEF Representative in Cambodia.

The event also attracted some 50 representatives from relevant ministries/institutions, development partners, UNICEF Headquarters, The George Institute for Global Health (TGI), NGOs, the private sector, researchers, and health and traffic safety experts.

Addressing the opening ceremony, H.E. Peng Ponea was optimistic that the Policy Dialogue would provide opportunities for all stakeholders to discuss road safety situation, mainly among children and adolescents.

The participants were also encouraged to exchange views on suggested policy recommendations and measures responding to the above said issue to contribute to
enhancing road safety, reducing risk of road accidents on children and adolescents through the issuance and implementation of effective and inclusive road safety policy.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse


SERI KEMBANGAN, The Ministry of Transport (MOT) plans to collaborate with HRD Corp to tackle the shortage of commercial vehicle drivers in the country, as the problem can have a significant impact on the industry.

Minister Anthony Loke said the government has funds for training to address this problem.

“There is a shortage, especially of courteous, adequately trained drivers who meet market demands,” he told a press conference at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2024 here today.

Loke said the training would elevate the professionalism of these drivers, including making them more aware of their responsibilities regarding road safety.

“The MOT is keen on upgrading the profession, as driving is considered a highly skilled job. Professional truck driving, which involves delivering goods to the people, will see an increase in training for these professionals.

“Industry stakeholders are also encouraged to collaborate with the government, and MOT is taking proactive measures for collaboration. Togeth
er, we can work out mechanisms to fund the training of drivers as well,” he added.

MCVE 2024, which showcases local and international commercial vehicle brands, is being held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) here from today until Saturday.

It is open from 10 am to 7 pm and admission is free.

The organiser, Asian Trucker Exhibition Sdn Bhd, said MCVE 2024 is the sixth to be held and is Malaysia’s biggest commercial vehicle expo focusing on future transport solutions.

Members of the public can visit for more information.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

AVI, IRAG to Cooperate on Geopolitical Research and Analysis

The Asian Vision Institute (AVI) and the Information, Research and Analysis Group (IRAG) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC) have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish and enhance cooperation on the basis of common interests on ‘Geopolitical Research and Analysis’.

The MoU was signed here early this week between Dr. CHHENG Kimlong, President of AVI, and H.E. Dr. NEY Samol, Chief of IRAG, under the witness of H.E. Bundit Sapheacha Dr. SOK Siphana, Chairman Emeritus of AVI, Honorable NORITADA Morita, Chairman of the Advisory Board of AVI, H.E. Dr. UN Kheang, Secretary of State of MFAIC and H.E. Dr. KHY Sovanratana, Secretary of State of MFAIC.

According to an AVI’s press release AKP received this afternoon, during the MoU ceremony, both sides expressed strong confidence that this cooperation would serve the common purposes and contribute to producing in-depth analysis on a variety of regional and global issues and affairs.

Through this collaboration, th
e two institutions will bring together experts, talented researchers, and young scholars, to provide policy recommendations, and also to produce a comprehensive analysis in geopolitical and geoeconomic trends in the region and beyond.

In essence, the AVI-IRAG collaboration and partnership covers a wide range of research analysis on such topics as geopolitics, economic development, social policy, environment and political analysis in AMS, Mekong sub-region and Asia Pacific.

The AVI-IRAG cooperation also represents a high-quality model of think tank cooperation in geopolitical, geostrategic and geoeconomic research and in response to the ongoing, growing tensions among major and middle powers.

In fact, the MoU signing forms an enhanced institutionalisation of cooperation to produce on-demand research articles focusing on geopolitical, geoeconomic, geo- security, environment, digitalisation, and other topics of regional and global interests.

Both parties expressed positive outlooks and stronger commitment to
deepen their cooperation and partnership on significant research and analytic in order to foster long-term cooperative partnership.

The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a roundtable dialogue on ASEAN Geopolitical Updates 2024-2025 presented by a high-level panel of experts and attended by about 30 scholar participants.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse


KAJANG, Malaysia is standing firm in not supporting activities of terrorist groups and remains committed to combating the financing of terrorist activities, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

According to him, the Home Ministry (KDN) understands the concerns raised by the United States (US) regarding the alleged channeling of funds to terrorist groups in this country.

“This morning, Brian Nelson (Under Secretary of the US Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence) and his delegation met me and a KDN team. The matter (terrorism financing) was presented.

“They asked about our commitment to combating the financing of terrorism. We mention (the country’s position) from the point of view of our regional commitment at the ASEAN level or at the global level or even in policy at the KDN level,” he said.

Saifuddin said this when met by the media at the National Anti-Drug Agency’s (AADK) Aidilfitri Celebration Award Ceremony for Outstanding Services and Instilling Noble Vales Programme
here today.

According to Saifuddin, the US representative was also informed that Malaysia has a very clear strategic plan in dealing with illegal financing activities and money laundering.

“The policies and strategies outlined by us (KDN) are in line with global regulations either at Basel II or Basel III level (Independent statistics of the risk index of money laundering and terrorist financing). They (US) are clear about that and they appreciate the efforts that we (KDN) do,” he said.

He said Nelson also touched on the alleged involvement of organisations, individuals and companies in this country in terrorism financing activities.

“What they present to us is based on the one-sided information they have, which requires some verification process at our level.

“We emphasise that Malaysia’s policy only recognizes sanctions put forward by the United Nations Security Council (UN) and not sanctions by a single country and the US delegation respects our position,” he said.

In the meantime, Malaysia is open o
n working with the US to combat the issue of terrorist financing and the matter should be comprehensive and should not be a unilateral effort.

“At the same time, Malaysia is a country that upholds the principle of the rule of law, which is to practice the principle of the supremacy of the law and we have clear rules and legislation to manage matters related to the matters (issues) that they (the US) have raised,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency