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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he is sickened by the spate of deadly attacks in Pakistan ahead of the Aidilfitri celebration.

“Disgusted by the spate of heinous attacks on the eve of Aidilfitri in Pakistan. Deepest condolences to the loved ones of those affected,” he said on Twitter today.

It was reported that more than 80 people were killed in attacks in Karachi, Quetta and Parachinar on Friday.

Malaysia has strongly condemned the attacks.


KOTA BHARU – Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the MP for Jeli who is fondly called Datuk Pa or Tok Pa, is a man in constant touch with the people despite his duties as a minister that often takes him away from Kelantan or the country.

His constituents know that they can rely on him for any help as he is as approachable as the ‘Pak Cik’ (uncle) next door.

Mustapa, 67, who has been the International Trade and Industry Minister since 2009, has made it a point to return to his home state almost every weekend since his active involvement in politics over the past 22 years.

Being the Kelantan UMNO Liaison Committee chairman and Kelantan Federal Action Council chairman means he has to travel all over the PAS-administered state to meet the people and ensure the scheduled implementation of all federal government projects.

The Jeli MP, who is also the assemblyman for the Ayer Lanas state seat within Jeli, has brought major changes to the constituency since he first won the seat in 1995.

As an elected representative, Mustapa projects a humble image and often dispenses with the need for protocol when he is with the people.

As such, it came as no surprise recently when a picture of him sitting in the public outpatient waiting room at the Kuala Lumpur specialist clinic went viral.

The picture, taken on May 16 and uploaded on the Facebook of Friends of BN on the same day, received positive comments and the people’s admiration for the minister.

“I had rashes, and had sought treatment,” he told Bernama when met in Jeli recently.

For Mustapa, waiting with other patients to obtain treatment is a normal thing. He also finds that it is a good opportunity to catch up with the people on the ground.

Back in his village, Mustapa can be seen attired in just a T-shirt and riding pillion on a motorcycle to go about to meet the villagers.

He finds this an effective approach to obtain the true picture of the people and hardships they face.

As such, every of his trip back to the state is filled with activities from morning to night. He meets farmers, fishermen, petty traders, civil servants, NGO representatives, people from the corporate sector and politicians, especially UMNO grassroots members.

“Datuk Pa even takes a taxi to go around Kelantan. I have frequently driven Datuk Pa to many places,” said taxi driver Ramli Mat Yacob, 58, who is also president of the Kelantan Taxi and Hire Car Association.

Ramli said Mustapa always engages in a conversation with him to obtain feedback on the people, including taxi drivers, and gives good advice.

“We received assistance from Datuk Pa after he heard about the plight of our 2,000 members,” said Ramli, who hails from Kampung Sungai Renyok, Kuala Balah, Jeli.

Jeli UMNO Divison executive secretary Roslan Mohamed, 52, said Mustapa always has time for the people in the constituency despite his heavy work schedule.

“He will visit at least 10 houses and attend all the feasts hosted by the people,” said Roslan who also often sees Mustapa praying at different surau or mosques to keep in touch with the people.

Mustapa is not embroiled in any controversy, and his policy of not engaging in personal attacks against his political adversaries has earned him much respect.

The manner in which Mustapa carries himself is his strength. He tries to get as many of the Kelantan UMNO leaders to emulate his example so that the party can win over the people in the opposition-held state.


KUANTAN – The Marine Operations Force (MOF) has detained 18 Vietnamese fishermen and seized two boats for encroaching into Malaysian waters last Wednesday.

The foreigners who were catching squid were nabbed in two operations about 14 nautical miles off the Nenasi beach in Rompin.

MOF Region Three commander ACP Zulkafli Sariaat said the suspects comprised two skippers and 16 crew members aged between 25 and 55.

“They were picked up between noon and 12.30pm. We have also seized their catch and two boats which are estimated to be worth about RM800,000,” he said in a statement here today.

The cases are being investigated under the Fisheries Act 1985. – BERNAMA

SANTIAGO – Chilean national police officers tear gassed several Indigenous Mapuche children during a raid in Temucuicui, Nodal reported Thursday, adding that the some of the victims fainted as a result.

The police officers, known as Carabineros, carried out the raid at the G-816 School in the autonomous Indigenous community. The Carabineros have not commented on the situation.

“This raid generated major tension in the community school, where the children remained in their classrooms,” Temucuicui community leaders said in a statement.

“The children cried and shouted out of fear of seeing so many policemen,” they added, firmly condemning the “recent violent intervention of the military police.”

The Mapuche of Chile are one of the largest Indigenous communities in South America and make up an estimated 10 percent of the country’s population. They have been involved in a continued struggle to defend their native land and traditional way of life despite many of their leaders being imprisoned.

Mapuche people are more likely to be killed by Chilean police than those who are non-Mapuche, according to Human Rights Watch.

In 2012, the organization called for Chilean authorities to carry out a “prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation” into the unlawful use of force by police against the Indigenous community. – BERNAMA-NNN-TELESUR

MIRI – Sarawak PAS is yet to decide whether to field its candidate for the coming Pujut by-election scheduled to be held on July 4.

PAS Sarawak commissioner Jofri Jaraiee said the party would make the announcement next week after the Kuching High Court decides on June 19 the originating summon filed by former Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon to challenge his disqualification.

“Many factors will be taken into account including our preparation for the 14th General Election (GE14) that is expected to be held this year before a final decision can be made, we must prepared for GE14 also,” he told Bernama here today.

Meanwhile DAP Sarawak is expected to name its candidate for the by-election on Friday with the party secretary, who also former Piasau assemblyman Alan Ling Sie Kiong, likely to be nominated.

In 2016 state election, DAP’s Dr Ting won the Pujut seat with a majority vote of 1,759 defeating Barisan Nasional (BN) direct candidate Datuk Hii King Chiong, PAS’ Jofri and independent candidate Fong Pau Teck . – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Cobra Rugby 10s tournament showcasing international teams will be held on Nov 10 and 11 this year to give Malaysians an opportunity to watch spectacular rugby action live at their own backyard.

Cobra Rugby Club president Lt. Col (Rtd) Tommy Pereira said top clubs from rugby playing nations have been invited for the 16-team competition as part of Cobra’s 50th anniversary celebrations this year.

First held in 1967 among local clubs and a handful of invited foreign teams, the tournament took on an international stature from 1992 with the participation of Club teams from all over the world, featuring top players.

He said the club had carved a name for itself as the home of rugby 10s since it had introduced a tournament with 10 players in each side which eventually became a yearly tournament in Malaysia and hosted by Cobra Club.

“The concept of the Cobra 10s tournament is to make the game speedier and give a chance to Malaysian players who are smaller, than the Fijians, Aussies, Kiwis and others, a chance to put up a strong showing and win. This would be difficult in the traditional 15-a side game,” he said.

As part of the anniversary celebrations a legends’ rugby game featuring prominent players of the past, a golf tournament and a gala dinner would be organised in November and attended by Cobra members and friends from all over the world, to mark the Club’s achievements.

Pereira said the Cobra Club has grown into one of the premier rugby clubs in the region with a track record of producing excellent players, hosting exciting tournaments and being in the forefront of rugby development in the country.

Since it was established on June 8, 1967 by rugby enthusiasts with the aim of encouraging young Malaysians to continue playing rugby after leaving school, Cobra has since achieved milestone after milestone in embarking on rugby development programmes for adults and juniors for both genders.

Its achievements apart from producing players of calibre also include producing coaches from schools to national level, referees and officials with rugby administration and management know-how.

Pereira said the Cobra 10s Rugby programme for boys and girls between the ages of four and 14 has been highly successful in introducing the game to youngsters and there are dedicated foreign and local coaches contributing their time and effort every Sunday from 4pm to 6pm to train them.

“Cobra’s senior and junior teams have also excelled in local and regional tournaments and are in the top divisions of their respective leagues. These are through the dedication and efforts of Cobra members and supporters,” he added.

Tan Sri Krishnan Tan, who was Cobra president from 1995 to 2009, said the groundwork established by the club can be clearly seen today in terms of the number of enthusiasts playing the game after leaving school, youngsters who have matured into State, national and even international players and the rise in the number of coaches, referees and those in rugby administration.

“Cobra has been a leading contributor to the development of rugby in the country and this was showcased by the local and regional tournaments won by the Cobra teams and also the awards the Club has received,” he said.

In 1996, the club was awarded the National Sports Leadership Award by the National Sports Council of Malaysia for their contribution towards the promotion and development of rugby in Malaysia.

In 2002, COBRA was awarded the IOC Diploma by the International Olympic Council for its contribution to sports. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A tanker lorry transporting palm oil caught fire today near the Taman Connaught exit of the Cheras-Kajang Expressway, causing massive traffic congestion for up to four kilometres.

The police had to divert road users to ease the traffic congestion on the highway following the incident at 10.15 am as the lorry was going from Cheras Sentral to the city, said Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Khiruddin Drahman.

He said a fire truck with nine fire-fighters was sent to the scene from the Cheras Fire and Rescue Station.

“Upon arrival there, we found the left and right rear tyres of the lorry on fire and quickly sprayed foam to check the fire. The flames were put out at 10.45 am,” he said.

No one was injured in the incident, he said, adding that the cause of the fire and damage were being determined. – BERNAMA

SHAH ALAM – The remains of the younger sister of the Sultan of Selangor, Tengku Puteri Sofiah Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, 68, who died yesterday, were buried at Shah Alam Royal Mausoleum in Seksyen 5, here today.

Earlier, the remains were prepared and accorded funeral prayers led by the Deputy Mufti of Selangor, Dr Anhar Opir at Masjid Istana Diraja, Klang.

The remains were then taken by hearse to the royal mausoleum.

Pallbearers then carried the remains of Tengku Puteri Sofiah which were laid to rest at 11am.

Accompanying the remains are the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin and Raja Muda Selangor, Tengku Amir Shah.

Also present were Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Azmin Ali and his wife, Datin Seri Shamsidar Taharin.

In addition to royalty and palace officials, the people also paid their last respects to the remains of Tengku Puteri Sofiah.

Meanwhile, Tengku Puteri Sofiah’s eldest son, Raja Jasril Ashrull Raja Jaafar, 37, said his mother was receiving treatment at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, Klang since six months ago due to kidney and liver complications.

“Yesterday, my mum suddenly asked to be moved out of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) ward to the ordinary ward where she died at 3.10pm,” he added.

The late Tengku Puteri Sofiah is survived by a son and two daughters. – BERNAMA

IPOH – Perak Police have rescued 11 Thai boys and men who have allegedly been subjected to forced labour or begging in an operation conducted in Gombak, Selangor, early today.

The Op Pintas-Pengemis raid at Batu 10 Jalan Gombak came following the questioning of a 36-year-old Thai man who was arrested last Tuesday, said Perak CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee.

The 11 people, aged between 16 and 44, were rescued by a team of personnel from the Secret Societies, Gambling and Vice Division and Perak CID at 12.40 am, he said in a statement.

He also said that the police seized RM1,900 cash, 11 international passports of the victims, six Thailand identity cards, 17 files and eight clutch bags.

“Police also seized a Toyota Corolla car with a Thailand registration plate, nine handphones and various items used to beg with,” he said.

Gan said the suspect and the victims as well as the seized goods were sent to the Prima Sri Gombak police station in Selangor for further action.

Last Tuesday, police rescued five Thai males aged between 18 and 28 who said they were forced to beg in Ipoh and at Ramadan bazaars on the pretext of building a mosque in Narathiwat, Thailand.

Gan said they were forced to beg for more than 10 hours daily and were denied meals if their collection was less than RM100 per day.

He said the victims were brought into the country by the suspect, who acted as their guardian, and another man known as Ustaz or Pok Teh through Padang Besar, Perlis, and they had been Ipoh for about 11 months. – BERNAMA

AirAsia and AirAsia X’s female pilots will henceforth don the white Naelofar Hijab that is specifically tailored to meet their workday needs, an outcome of a collaboration between the airline and leading hijab brand, Naelofar Hijab.

“This is the first time ever for AirAsia to collaborate with a designer to produce hijab wear for our female pilots. We are currently looking into revamping hijab designs for our ground staff as well,” Regional Head of Branding for AirAsia Rudy Khaw said in a statement today.

Neelofa, founder of Naelofar Hijab, said being given the opportunity to redesign the female hijab was very exciting and gave the company the opportunity to create a special piece that is comfortable, functional and stylish.

“Working closely with AirAsia and their female pilots on every aspect of the design was a pleasant experience and we are happy with the final product,” she said.

AirAsia female pilots were involved throughout the design process where they worked closely with Naelofar Hijab designers to create a functional, yet comfortable headscarf suitable for their day-to-day operations.

Before being rolled out, prototypes undergo multiple wear testing by members of the airline’s pilots.

Using fabric materials with enhancement properties, the new hijab allows great stretch and recovery for easy movement along with adornment of the signature Naelofar Hijab symbol in Swarovski crystals for a finishing touch. -MYNEWSHUB.CC