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KUALA LUMPUR – The latest terrorist attacks in several districts in Thailand, Jakarta in Indonesia and clashes in Mindanao, the Philippines are related to the killing of the Southeast Asian Daesh coordinator Mohammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi in Syria, last March, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this was the finding of the study carried out by the intelligence agency which also found the existence of the ‘Katibah Nusantara’ network by the Daesh for those who became terrorists in this region.

“What happened in Southern Thailand, Jakarta and Mindanao was that the intelligence agency found there was a link to the killing of Wanndy, who was previously a Katibah Nusantara coordinator.

“We in Malaysia should not feel comfortable with this situation,”he told journalists after launching the Ópen Data Big Splash’programme at the University of Malaya today.

Thus, he said, the police via the anti-terrorism unit had always boosted its level of preparedness to prevent terrorism acts at its highest level, especially as the country was making preparation to host the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games in August and September.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, urged the people to place their full confidence in the police and other enforcement agencies on this issue.

He said such incidents as well as the bomb attack in Manchester could happen in the country if the people became arrogant in this matter.

Ï also call on the people not to take the matter lightly.

“Bombings can occur at any time, anywhere in the world and Malaysia is not excluded, and (possibly) will experience such an incident if the people are not careful and only leave it to the enforcement agencies to be prepared,”he said.

He added that cooperation between the government’s enforcement agencies with the foreign agencies such as ASEANAPOL was also being boosted to track down and monitor the movements of the terrorists.

Thailand had experienced several series of bombings with the latest incident at the Bangkok Hospital last Monday which injured 20 people while East Jakarta was yesterday shaken by a bomb attack which killed at least two people.

Last Tuesday, the Philippine government enforced martial law following bloody clashes between government forces and Daesh-linked militants in Marawi Town. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V today attended the 246th Meeting of the Conference pf Rulers at Istana Negara, here.

Also present was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The two-day meeting which began yesterday was chaired by the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail, and attended by the Malay royal rulers, accompanied by their menteri besar.

However, Kedah was represented by the Raja Muda, Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah; Kelantan by the Regent of Kelantan, Tengku Dr Muhammad Faiz Petra; and Pahang by Tengku Muda Pahang, Tengku Abdul Rahman Sultan Ahmad Shah.

The Yang Dipertua Negeri of Melaka, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak were also present at the meeting, accompanied by their respective chief ministers. – BERNAMA

KOTA KINABALU – Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said members of the security forces are on high alert for possible infiltration of militants or residents from southern Philippines into Sabah.

He said security forces in the east coast of Sabah were already prepared for any eventuality following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao by the Philippine government.

“So far the situation is under control,” he told Bernama when contacted through WhatsApp here today.

Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines declared martial law in Mindanao following heavy clashes between Filipino government troops and militants in Mindanao’s Marawi city.

Following the violence, the Philippines president who was on a visit to Russia cut short his trip to Moscow. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysians residing in Indonesia are advised to remain alert and stay away from public places or heavily guarded areas, following a bomb explosion at a bus terminal in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta Wednesday night.

Malaysia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, when contacted by Bernama, said the warning was addressed to Malaysians who were not only in Jakarta but also at other locations in the country.

“We have also requested the cooperation of the Indonesian police to ensure no Malaysians were affected in the incident and so far no such report has been received, ” he said when referring to the incident which reportedly killed five people, including three policemen.

Also killed in the 9pm bomb explosion were two suicide bombers.

Malaysian consulates in the neighbouring countries have been told to advise Malaysians to avoid public places or police guarded areas, said the Jakarta-based ambassador.

According to him, the situation so far was under control and security forces have been placed on high alert. – BERNAMA

RABAT – Supported by the government and loved by the locals, the bike-sharing company, Medina Bike, in the western Morocco city of Marrakech, has established this form of sustainable transportation in the kingdom.

Founded in November last year, Medina Bike already boasts 5,000 users and a partnership with the Moroccan government. It has 300 bicycles stationed at 10 locations throughout Marrakech available for use at any time of the day, and ambassadors of the company are always contactable should there be any problem.

Founder Lebna El Hakym says that while the target was originally tourists, more locals than tourists now use the service. However for a day’s pass at 50 Dirham (about 5.14 US dollars) or an annual pass at 500 Dirhams, the service is not cheap. Despite costing more than the bike-sharing systems in France, usage remains steady and the price helps counter theft and vandalism.

This scheme is possible thanks to the company’s partnership with the Ministry for the Environment. the Moroccan government is eager to make the country more eco-friendly, and intends for renewable energy to make up 50 per cent of its energy consumption, including in the area of transport.

Whilst there are other sources of green transport available in Morocco such as electric cars, they pose different problems. Electric cars can suffer under Morocco’s hot summer temperatures, are impractical for narrow streets, and public opinion needs to be changed. Consequently bikes are the way forward. – BERNAMA-NNN-MOROCCO WORLD NEWS

KUALA LUMPUR – The International Petanque Federation (FIPJP) has described the Petanque Arena in the Ulu Pudu Recreational Park, Cheras, which is expected to be fully completed in June, as a world-class court.

Its president, Claude Azema, said the indoor court developed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which has 24 lanes as well as eight outdoor lanes, was of the type normally used in world-class competition.

“I am really impressed, mesmerised. Malaysia has shown its seriousness to raise the standard of Petanque with such a high quality venue. I have been informed that the SEA Games is the first major championships to be held here, which will be a huge boost for the sports.

” I feel that with this advantage, Malaysia will win medals, regardless of their colours,” said Azema in a statement issued via the Kuala Lumpur 2017 (SEA Games) official website.

Azema was also present to witness the pre-SEA Games Petanque events at the venue with Malaysia Organising Committee (MASOC) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

Malaysian Petanque Federation (PPM) honorary secretary Cheah Ban Cheng also thanked DBKL for providing a Petanque court for the SEA Games.

“The condition is very comfortable in wet and hot weather but we also need seating and other facilities to host the sports for SEA Games.

” I am confident all these will be settled soon as the venue is still in the process of improvement. Apart from that, the car park is spacious and should not be a problem,” said Cheah.

Meanwhile, Zolkples said the venue was the first Petanque facility in the country and hoped that the association would put it to full use to improve the standard of national Petanque squad.

“Now that we have a world-class venue, I hope PPM will make full use of it. It is important for our athletes to train here more often and adapt themselves to the environment to get the feel of the venue,” Zolkples said.

Seven gold medals will be up for grabs in Petanque at the SEA Games, in the singles (men’s and women’s), doubles (men’s and women’s), trio (men’s and women’s as well as mixed team). – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today took time off to visit PAS p​​resident Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang who underwent heart surgery at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Tuesday.

“Thank God the surgery went smoothly, he is now in the process of recovery.

“Together we pray he has a speedy recovery and in God’s protection always,” Najib said in his Twitter and Facebook account today..

The Prime Minister spent about 15 minutes meeting with Abdul Hadi’s family and doctors who treated the Marang Member of Parliament.

According to IJN in a statement on Monday, Abdul Hadi underwent a heart valve replacement surgery for a leakage in the heart valve, which has affected his daily activities. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The electronic messages on disruption of online/Internet banking and Automated Teller Machine (ATM) services, possibly due to ransomware attacks, that have been circulating via social media are not true, said the Association of Banks in Malaysia (ABM).

The association said member banks that offered online/Internet banking and ATM services have confirmed that these services were operating as usual.

“While some ATMs around the country may experience occasional downtime during this period, such unavailability of ATM services were merely due to normal maintenance issues, such as machine replenishment requirements or routine system management,” it said in a statement today.

ABM said the commercial banking industry viewed cyber security matters seriously and had always been vigilant in managing risks relating to the same.

Efforts were continuously made to ensure that appropriate control measures and best practices involving robust check and balance mechanisms with timely transaction monitoring were in place, it added. – BERNAMA

ARAU – Chief Secretary to the Government, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa heads the list of 282 recipients of awards and medals in conjunction with the 74th birthday of the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail.

Ali Hamsa received the Seri Paduka Mahkota Perlis (SPMP) which carries the title Datuk Seri in an investiture ceremony at Istana Arau, here today.

The other recipient of SPMP was Malaysian Armed Forces chief, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

The ruler also presented Perlis awards and medals to 38 other individuals.

Malaysian Army East Field Commander, Lieutenant General Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar was the sole recipient of Datuk Setia Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail (DWSJ) which carries the title Datuk Wira.

Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka director-general Datuk Abdul Adzis Abas received the Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perlis (DPMP) which carries the title Datuk.

Four individuals were conferred the Datuk Setia Paduka Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail (DSPJ) which also carries the title Datuk.

They were State Executive Council (Exco) member Khairi Hasan, Commander of 9th Infantry Brigade , Brigadier General Dzulkafli Mustaffa, Commander of 13th Infantry Brigade (ESSCOM), Brigadier General Muhammad Anwar Abdullah and Petronas Dagangan Berhad chief executive officer and managing director, Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus.

The lone recipient of Datuk Panglima Sirajuddin Jamalullail (DPSJ) which also carries the title Datuk was lecturer of School of Chemical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Prof Dr Hasnah Osman.

Five people conferred the Setia Mahkota Perlis (SMP) were Perlis Legal Adviser, Wan Jeffry Kassim, Dewan Negara member Abdul Shukor PA Mohd Sultan and director of Inland Revenue Board, Penang, Halijah Bulat, principal assistant director Boundary Cooperation Division (National Security Council), Colonel Abdul Rahman A.Wahab and director of Syarikat Konsortium Bumita Nepta Sdn Bhd, Lee Hor Yin.

Deputy vice-chancellor (Research and Innovation) Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Prof Dr Abdul Hamid Adom and Dean of School of Mechatronics Engineering UniMAP, Assoc Prof Dr Abu Hassan Abdullah were among 28 recipients of Darjah Seri Sirajuddin Perlis (SSP). – BERNAMA

KUALA KANGSAR – The tender for the construction of the Manong Bridge at a cost of RM43.5 million would be out this June, said Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

He said the Public Works Department would go through the tender documents to evaluate the bids.

“We hope this project can be implemented soon for the convenience of residents in the area,” he told a press conference after launching the Dataran Amanjaya Manong project, near here, today.

The Manong Bridge project was approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on June 10, last year during the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat by-election campaign.

The building of the bridge across Sungai Perak will connect Kampung Seberang Manong to Manong town.

Zambry said the small town development concept implemented by the state government had gained international recognition including from the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as it could become a catalyst to development.

“We will continue with this concept as the state government’s approach in also redeveloping small towns in Perak in order to spur economic activities for the people,” he said.

Zambry said the development of 15 small towns undertaken by the Perak State Development Corporation had been completed while 10 more were under construction and expected to be ready in a few years. – BERNAMA