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PUTRAJAYA – The remand for nine individuals, including two officers-in-charge of police districts (OCPD) has been extended by five days, beginning tomorrow to facilitate investigations into corruption involving the collection of ‘protection money’ from operators of illegal gambling dens and massage parlours in Melaka.

In allowing an application from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the Putrajaya Magistrate’s Court, magistrate Nik Isfahanie Tasnim Wan Ab Rahman approved the remand period for the suspects to be extended to May 27.

The suspects aged between 31 and 54 were earlier remanded for six days, beginning May 17.

They are investigated under Section 16(a)(B) and 17(a) of the MACC Act 2009. Six of the nine are police officers in Melaka while the rest are civilians.

It was reported that the MACC had also frozen several bank accounts belonging to the suspects following investigations on the cases. – BERNAMA

SUNGAI BESAR (Selangor) – The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, and the Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, today visited several tourist attractions in and around Sekinchan near here.

They were accompanied by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin visited the Paddy Gallery at Kilang Beras Rakyat Sekinchan Sdn Bhd and the paddy field at Bund 5 famous for its beautiful scenery. The sultan also tried his hand at operating a mechanical paddy harvester.

Their Royal Highnesses also visited an electric goods factory and an SME that produces the ‘bahulu’ cake popular in the district.

At the end of their visit, Sultan Sharafuddin and Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin attended a royal luncheon with the local people. – BERNAMA

KUCHING – The Sarawak state government will table a new ordinance to govern development and management in all aspects, of the digital world.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the proposed ordinance to be tabled in the next State Assembly sitting before year end, would provide the legislative framework for establishing a new entity to be called Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA).

“SMA will be set up by early January 2018,” he said in his winding up speech on the last day of the 18th State Legislative Assembly sitting here today.

The chief minister would take the SMA chairmanship to ensure that policies for Digital Sarawak were properly formulated and developed to economically benefit the state and people of Sarawak.

He said SMA would be guided by a board of directors who are experts in various aspects of the digital world.

SMA would further create and oversee the development of two new entities – the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) and the Centre of Excellence for Digital Economy.

The role of SDEC would be to implement the policies and programmes for the development of Digital Sarawak in line with the policies of the SMA.

“SDEC will also be responsible for the Digital Highway, Big Data and the Big Data Analytic Engine and managing the implementation of Cybersecurity, E-commerce and talent management,” he added.

Another area to be formulated by SMA is Digital Village, an ecosystem for start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors or even government agencies to develop and express their ideas and innovation.

Abang Johari said SMA would develop a digital village framework for youths as well, and through SDEC, oversee its development and encourage the setting up of similar environment by the private sector.

He said SMA would also facilitate funding for technopreneurs and help them access markets through the Digital Village. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Royal Malaysian Navy today confirmed that a boat owned by its ship KD Perdana had gone missing in the waters off Sedili.

In a statement today, it said communication lapsed between the boat and another boat carrying a boarding team on Saturday.

It said one officer and eight personnel were on the boat which was conducting a routine maritime patrol to drive out foreign fishing boats from the area.

An initial search operation, ‘Op carilamat’ was initially mounted but when this failed to locate the missing boat, the navy activated a search and rescue operation with the assistance of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency and Sedili Fishermen’s Association.

Assets being used in the operation include the KD Perdana, KD Perkasa, KD Pendekar, KD Handalan, KD Terengganu, KD Kelantan, a ‘Pengalang 39’ boat, a ‘Kilat 16’ boat, a Super Lynx helicopter and a Fennec aircraft, it said.

The navy said a Carilamat operations room had been set up at its base in Tanjung Gelang, Kuantan.

“We believe the boat and boarding team are taking shelter at a shore nearby or in fishermen’s boats in Sedili waters,” it said. – BERNAMA

PEKAN – A storm damaged 17 houses in Taman Dato’ Shahbandar and Benta Jambu near here yesterday evening.

The strong winds and rain lashed these places at about 4 pm, causing the roofs of the houses to be blown off and damaging property within, said District Disaster Management and Aid Committee chairman Datuk Ali Syahbana Sabaruddin.

He said 92 people from 17 families had to be accommodated at two temporary relief centres, at the Pekan Community Development Office and Kampung Benta Umno premises.

“Discussions are ongoing to determine the damage and undertake the repair of the houses,” he said to Bernama.

The storm also damaged the roof of the garage of the Taqwa Mosque and some stalls in the Peramu area. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – When Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand established ASEAN 50 years ago, they aimed to establish greater political stability in the region.

The next half a century will be about the ability of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to mark economic greatness and the biggest challenge for the region is to move forward to meet the expectations of a whole new generation, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

Noting that the younger generation of ASEAN aspires to a better life, an ever-higher standard of living, he said they are generally better educated, more tech-savvy and they believe in the benefits of ASEAN membership.

“We must strive to ensure ASEAN can become a catalyst for inclusive growth, better jobs, better education opportunities and investment in infrastructure that will result in ever-higher standard of living for this generation.

“Herein lies the challenge to meet the trust and expectations in the next 50 years. Addressing the economic concern of people, especially the young ones, is key in building ASEAN’s economic greatness,” he said in his keynote address at the ASEAN 50I50 Symposium: Projecting the Future of a Community, here today.

He said regardless of what the future global scene holds, be it another group of superpowers or new sets of jobs, ASEAN’s future will forever be bright if the younger generations have a sense of belonging to the 50-year old association.

“To do that, we need to engage them because we would not know what they want if we don’t ask them. But, more importantly, they will not care about ASEAN if we don’t ask them their shared goal for this region.

“And if they do not care, we will be under-utilising the strongest asset of ASEAN, which is the people. Our leaders have led ASEAN on a great journey for the past 50 years but the next 50 years will be charted by every single young people of ASEAN,” he said.

Held by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) in conjunction with ASEAN’s 50th anniversary this year, the symposium aimed to critically review ASEAN’s milestones and, importantly, its readiness to anticipate medium to long-term challenges.

Khairy also shared the Malaysian experience engaging with the younger generation in its national discourse series towards shaping the National Transformation 2050 (TN50).

According to him, two key lessons he learned from the youth engagement process of TN50 were that the future of Malaysia relies dominantly on young Malaysians and that young Malaysians care about the future of Malaysia if they were engaged.

The TN50 was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak while tabling Budget 2017 in the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 21 and is coordinated by the Youth and Sports Ministry. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU – The period of the dusk-to-dawn curfew in the waters off seven districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) which ended today has been extended to June 7, said Sabah Police commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

He said the curfew covered the waters off the Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Sandakan and Beluran districts.

The curfew requires all residents in these districts to refrain from entering the waters between 6 pm and 6 am, he said in a statement here today.

“The curfew period has been extended to prevent intrusion of terrorists who threaten the security of international researchers and tourists visiting the resort islands,” he said.

Ramli said that based on investigations, the Abu Sayyaf and other militant groups in the southern Philippines attempted cross-border crimes including abductions.

According to him, the curfew was extended to ensure the security and well-being of Sabahans, especially those who used the waters.

The curfew also facilitated enforcement and the monitoring of boat movements to ensure the safety of and to give confidence to chalet operators and fishermen with the presence of security forces vessels in their areas, he said.

” I have also authorised all the relevant district police chiefs to issue permits to applicants who meet the conditions for fishing and other pressing needs in the areas under curfew,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – It is time for police officers to put a stop to irresponsible and corrupt behaviour within their ranks, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said there were reports that some senior officers had pressured lower-ranked officers, including OCPDs, to finance “celebrations” for them during gatherings.

In the end, the lower-ranking personnel were forced to be involved in corrupt acts.

Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is Home Minister, said such “bullying” should stop as there were complaints made on senior officers.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said there was a case of an OCPD who had to find outside sources of income to allow him to organise celebrations for the senior officers.

Such an excuse is unacceptable, he added.

“This is a stupid excuse, if this matter had actually happened, as it goes against the principle of integrity for all enforcement officers who are supposed to protect the public.

“The days of officers receiving illegal profits and income from non-halal sources are gone. We will never accept such behaviour anymore,” he said at a treasure hunt with the media organised by the Home Ministry yesterday.

He ordered Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department and the Special Branch to investigate such claims within the force.

“I don’t deny that there are a few bad apples who bring a bad name to the enforcement agencies. But this behaviour must stop immediately,” he said.

On a separate matter, Dr Ahmad Zahid said the petition signed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad calling for the release of jailed PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is meant “to wash away his own sins”.

He said the people knew that it was Dr Mahathir who put Anwar in jail when the former prime minister was still in power.

He was also informed that there was another petition submitted by Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to the Pardons Board for a royal pardon for her husband.

“I believe that is the better way. And I do not wish to interfere with the powers provided by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to the Pardons Board for them to make such a decision,” he said. – The Star Online

RIYADH – Malaysia has joined more than 50 Muslim countries in the Riyadh Summit in sending signals to the world that they are united in eradicating terrorism.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the world needed to be reminded that the Muslim lea­ders attending the meeting com­plete­ly condemned terrorism and violent extremism.

“The world should have no doubt that we stand collectively with the international community in the fight to eradicate this menace,” he told yesterday’s gathering which included United States President Donald Trump at the Arab-Islamic-US Summit at the King Abdulaziz In­­­ter­national Convention Centre here.

In thanking Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud for his initiative in hosting the summit, Najib said the gathering had sent signals to the world community on the united effort by Muslim countries in combating terrorism.

However, he cautioned that the current instability in the Middle East region had raised much concern.

“Unstable regions are fertile grounds for terrorism to flourish,” he said.

Training his sights on Iran, Najib said he was aware there was widespread belief that Iran had contri­buted somewhat to the instability in the region.

As Malaysia enjoyed and valued good relations with countries in the region, he said, Malaysia felt that Iran should avoid any action that could be interpreted as interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours.

“This is not only for the sake of regional stability but also for the unity of the ummah,” he added.

He said the fight against terrorism was not just military but also about winning hearts and minds.

Earlier, Najib, who is on a three-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, received a courtesy call from his Libyan counterpart Fayez al-Serraj here. – BERNAMA

KENINGAU – The implementation of the Communication For Behavioural Impact (Combi) programme must continue to be empowered because it can become an important strategy to boost awareness in society on the danger of dengue.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the implementation of the programme would increase the mobilisation of the communities via voluntary involvement in prevention activities such as gotong- royong and making inspection and eradication of Aedes mosquito breeding sites.

“The government, through the health ministry, is very serious in its efforts to eradicate the dengue problem in the state, but it needs the cooperation of all quarters including local communities to ensure the eradication of the epidemic is successful,” he said in his speech at the state level 2017 ASEAN Dengue Day celebration here today.

His speech text was read by Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Radin Malleh.

Pairin said the government always endeavoured to create awareness on the danger of dengue but the level of awareness on curbing its spread was not encouraging among society.

He said health ministry statistics showed that 743 cases of dengue were recorded in Sabah, as of May 13. – BERNAMA