KUALA LUMPUR: The DAP leadership has strongly condemned the death threat made against its vice-chairman Theresa Kok, who is also the Seputeh Member of Parliament.

DAP secretary-general Anthony Loke said all acts of violence are unacceptable, especially in addressing differences of opinion in politics.

“The entire DAP leadership stands in solidarity with her in facing this threat,’ he said in a statement uploaded on his Facebook page today.

Loke, at the same time, thanked the police for acting swiftly after receiving the report regarding the death threat.

“I am confident that the police will investigate the case thoroughly and arrest those responsible for the crime,’ he said.

Police had earlier confirmed receiving a report from the MP about an envelope in her mailbox yesterday that contained two bullets and a warning note on a white A4-sized paper.

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GEORGE TOWN, The DAP will continue the legacy of the party’s late political figure and former chairman, Datuk Seri Karpal Singh, in its struggle, says National DAP chairman Lim Guan Eng.

He said in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Karpal Singh’s death, the 58-year-old party would continue to uphold the principles emphasised by the ‘Tiger of Jelutong,’ which was to firmly adhere to the struggle based on the Federal Constitution.

“We must ensure the supremacy of the Constitution; that is our principle. Whenever Karpal dealt with any matter or made a decision, he would always ask if it was constitutional or not. So we use the same principle,” he told the media after attending the ‘Karpal Singh Tribute Forum’ here today.

Meanwhile, DAP National deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo said he hoped all parties and especially those in the Unity Government would embrace and continue Karpal’s Singh fighting spirit for the sake of the country.

The second of Karpal’s five children said his father had made a profo
und impact on the people, as evidenced by the many who still remembered his contributions.

“Karpal was indeed firm in his struggle… always appearing as a lawyer for those in need, sometimes doing it for free because they could not afford to pay (legal fees). His struggle must be continued,” he said.

Gobind, who is also Digital Minister, said his late father’s struggle in politics and law, especially helping the underprivileged to obtain justice, had become an inspiration for today’s youth.

Meanwhile, former deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Institutional Reform), and Karpal’s third child, Ramkarpal Singh, said he was confident that his father would support the establishment of a Unity Government if he were still alive, as the latter always put his country and party first.

‘The country today is very different from what it was in the early 2000s but one thing I am very certain of is that he always put the nation first and his party. If you look into that context, perhaps he would
approve the Unity Government today. I think he would,’ he said.

He also hoped the Unity Government would continue Karpal’s noble efforts for the people despite facing several issues typically experienced by every new government administration.

Also present at the event were former DAP adviser Tan Sri Lim Kit Siang, Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and Deputy Finance Minister Lim Hui Ying.

Karpal, 74, died in an accident on the North-South Expressway near Gua Tempurung, Gopeng, in March 2014, which also claimed the life of his assistant, Michael Cornelius, 39.

Having served as the Member of Parliament for Jelutong from 1978 to 1990 and Bukit Gelugor from 2004 to 2014, Karpal was the third DAP national chairman from 2004 until his death.

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PENDANG, The family of Senior Non-Commissioned Officer from Malaysian Battalion 850-11 (MALBATT 850-11), Sergeant Faridah Abd Rahman, who died in Lebanon yesterday, have come to terms with her passing, describing it as a peaceful departure.

Her mother, Salmah Hassan, 57, said that although they are deeply saddened, the family accepts the reality and is grateful for the time they had with Faridah at their family home in Sungai Mati, Tobiar near here, before she returned to her duties for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeping mission last Friday.

“She was only 39, but she passed away while serving in a very honourable manner, and I accept this fate. Throughout her life, she never troubled me, was never sick, and always healthy.

“She always had a strong passion for the military. She went through many interviews before finally securing this job,” she told Bernama when met at her home in Tobiar here tonight.

Salmah said that before departing for Lebanon in November last year, her d
aughter had been stationed at the Sungai Petani Airport Camp and had served in the military for 18 years.

“When she received the order to work in Lebanon, she arranged for her children to return to school in the village. Her husband is also from here, so it was easier to manage the children with the family close by,” she said, adding that the news of her daughter’s death was personally delivered by senior military officials who visited her home yesterday morning.

Faridah’s husband, Noor Azmi Ariffin, 39, said his wife had been healthy throughout her month-long holiday in the village and never complained of feeling unwell until the day she left for Lebanon last Friday.

“She never had any illnesses. The only times we went to the hospital were for our third daughter, who has Down syndrome and a heart condition that requires ongoing treatment.

“Our other children are coping as usual. The younger ones don’t quite understand yet, but the older one does,” said Noor Azmi, who is self-employed.

The couple’s child
ren are Nurul Syifa, 13; Muhammad Afnan, 10; Nurul Jannah, seven (Down Syndrom) and Ainul Mardiah, 4.

Earlier, the Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters (MK ATM) reported that the MALBATT member passed away at 2.25 a.m. Lebanese time (7.25 a.m. Malaysian time).

According to MK ATM, Faridah, who served as the MALBATT 850-11 Islamic Affairs senior supervisor at Camp Marakah, collapsed after disembarking from a bus at the camp and was pronounced dead by medical officers.


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IPOH: The situation in flood-hit areas in Perak improved this morning with the number of evacuees dropping to 100 from 29 families as at 8 am from 529 (163 families) last night.

Perak Disaster Management Committee Secretariat said in a statement that the evacuees were being accommodated in five relief centres, four in the district of Taiping and one in Kuala Kangsar.

In Taiping, 66 people from 22 families are being housed at Batu Hampar Trong Public Hall, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Matang, Kampung Sungai Baru Trong Public Hall and SK Temerlok Trong.

In Kuala Kangsar, 34 people from seven families are at the relief centre at Kampung Talang Masjid Public Hall.

The statement also said that two roads, namely FT 004 Jalan Raya Timur Barat (Kupang Gerik-Jeli) and FT 1152 Felda Trolak Selatan, each had one lane open due to landslides.

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ALOR GAJAH, Melaka will be building the first international remote control car circuit in the state on a one-hectare site near Tanjung Bidara beach here, in November.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh said the Melaka state government successfully obtained approval for an allocation of RM300,000 from the Ministry of Youth and Sports (KBS) to realise the construction of the circuit after the proposal was completed last year.

“Melaka Youth and Sports Department (JBS) has conducted a study and identified a suitable location to implement the project and we are currently looking for sponsors to be involved in the facility upgrade project there and the circuit is expected to be fully completed within 18 months .

“With the existence of the circuit, we believe it can be used by all remote control car enthusiasts, whether from Melaka or abroad, and this circuit can also become a training centre for fans of this sport,” he told reporters at the KBS Masjid Tanah Complex here today.

Earlier he officiated the Me
laka Chief Minister’s Cup Remote Control Car Championship which was also attended by JBS director Khairul Adri Rosli.

Commenting further, Ab Rauf said that the remote control car circuit could also boost the arrival of tourists to Tanjung Bidara beach and the state government is also planning to develop a recreational vehicle (RV) centre near the location.

He said apart from that, the Melaka government is also trying to upgrade the facilities including the stalls around the resort’s beach area so that it is more attractive and focused for tourists.

“The various facilities there can certainly attract more visitors to Tanjung Bidara beach in the future and indirectly boost the local economy,” he said.

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