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KUALA LUMPUR – Sponsorship for the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and 9th ASEAN Para Games (KL2017) has surpassed RM100 million, thanks largely to the participation of Government Linked Companies and private sector said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

“Forty companies have so far contributed to the KL2017 with sponsorship amounting to more than RM100 million,” he told reporters at the TNB Sports Complex Multipurpose Hall, here today.

With 16 days to go for the SEA Games, the Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee (MASOC) today received sponsorship pledge from the country’s main energy provider, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).

Through the pledge, TNB becomes the Official Energy Partner for the KL2017, with a contribution of between RM3 million to RM7.5 million in cash and kind (generators and other equipment to be on standby).

TNB’s sponsorship pledge was presented by Datuk Wira Roslan Ab Rahman to MASOC chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong.

“Throughout the KL2017, an operations room with staff on standby duty for 24 hours, would be set at strategic locations like the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, KL Sports City, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre, Putrajaya plus venues in Negeri Sembilan, Kedah and Terengganu,” he said.

TNB also handed RM52,000 as incentives to the National men’s hockey squad that qualified for the 2018 World Cup in India. – BERNAMA

MAKKAH – Almost half of the 30,200 Malaysian Haj pilgrims for the 1438 Hijrah season have arrived in Makkah dan Madinah.

Malaysian Haj delegation deputy head (Welfare), Nurrin Anuwar Shamsuddin said until Aug 1, about 14,000 or 46 per cent of the pilgrims were already in the two holy cities, since the first flight from Malaysia to Madinah arrived on July 24.

“Of this number, 10,900 are in Madinah and the rest in Makkah. The first group of pilgrims who arrived in Madinah have started going to Makkah since Aug 1,” he told a press conference at the Makkah Tabung Haji (TH) headquarters, Wednesday.

Those already in Madinah are entering Makkah in stages to perform the Fifth Tenet of Islam.

Nurrin Anuwar said of the 110 flights to the Holy Land this Haj season, 37 had already arrived, out of which, 29 landed in Madinah and the rest in Jeddah, where the pilgrims would then travel by bus to Makkah, about 70 km away.

He said TH was also organising various activities for pilgrims arriving in Makkah, including performing the Umrah, besides conducting revision lessons on the Haj rituals.

“We have prepared eight Haj guidance modules, with each maktab (lodging for pilgrims) having a guide, and held four management briefings by the lodgings’ management and one briefing on health,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Malaysian pilgrims in Madinah and Makkah are reportedly in good health, generally.

Less than 10 pilgrims have received treatment at the TH health centre in Madinah due to fatigue and fever, while none in Makkah so far.

The last of the 110 flights carrying Malaysian pilgrims to the Holy Land will be on Aug 26. Out of the total are 46 direct flights to Madinah and 64 to Jeddah.

The wukuf (congregation) at Mount Arafah for the Haj tenet is expected to be on Aug 31.

Nurrin Anuwar said 565 out of the 600 TH personnel to help manage this year’s Haj programme for Malaysian pilgrims were now in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah while the rest would be arriving within this week. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – In view of the upcoming 14th general election (GE14), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today urged more than 3.7 million Malaysians who have yet to register as voters to immediately do so because the future of the country lies in their hands.

“Do not take your future for granted and let other people to decide what your future will be because that decision will have a major impact on your life and your family,” he said in his blog najibrazak.com.

The prime minister also stressed that the voices of the people were important to shape their future, and the future of their children and the country.

While citing the Election Commission’s report, Najib said over 3.7 million Malaysians aged 21 and above have yet to register as voters as at March 31 this year.

He said the statistics somehow indicated that the level of public awareness on their rights and responsibility to the country was still low.

As such, he called upon all the relevant agencies to intensify efforts to explain and to register those who are eligible to vote.

“The voter turnout (at the GE14) should be increased from that at the 13th general election, which saw only 84.84 per cent or 11.2 million voters cast their votes,” he said.

Elaborating, Najib said some people were wrong when they thought that the voter registration process would be troublesome because the whole process would only take less than five minutes.

“Just bring your identity card to any post office or EC office or state election office near you,” he said.

The prime minister said voting is the responsibility of every eligible citizen of the country to determine their future, as well as the future of their families and communities.

“It is a democratic process in which the people have the power to choose their leaders and form the government…which has a vision and capability to drive the country towards becoming a fully developed nation,” he added. – BERNAMA


KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian women’s football team lose 0-2 to India in a class  ‘A’ international friendly match at  Selayang Municipal Council Stadium (MPS) tonight.

Substitute player Pyari  Xava was the toast of India when she scored two goals in the second half to ensure a valuable win for the South Asian Confederation Cup champions.

Malaysia will face Singapore on August 9 as final preparation before opening their Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 (KL2017) campaign on Aug 15 against the Philippines.

For the record, Malaysia’s best result was at the 1995 SEA Games in Chiangmai, Thailand when the team won the silver medal. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Some one thousand units of People’s Housing Programme (PPR) will be built in Taman Harmoni, Sandakan while another 830 units will be built in Kampung Bubul Ria, Semporna to relocate residents of water villages under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the relocation involved residents from five water villages in Sandakan and nine in Semporna.

He said as at July 31, 2017, 640 families had moved to phase 1 of Taman Harmoni PPR and the remaining houses will be fully occupied by year end.

“For Bubul Ria PPR in Semporna, the process of relocating residents from the villages has not begun. They will be offered PPR houses by end of the year,” he said when replying to a question by Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy (DAP-Kota Kinabalu) on efforts to relocate squatters including those on the coast of eastern Sabah to reduce the problems of rubbish, crime and terrorist activities.

The relocation of all water village residents started following the intrusion by Sulu terrorists in 2013.

According to Shahidan, ESSCom with the cooperation of Sandakan Municipal Council and the Semporna District Office had implemented two pioneer projects despite facing the challenges of transformation on 82,694 squatters in the water villages there.

He said each old unit vacated would be demolished the moment the occupants moved out.

“After the residents moved in, ESSCom will launch programmes to create awareness on health, social-economic development, fire prevention and a harmonious environment,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Police arrested seven Pakistani men believed to have been involved in a group that attacked a policeman at a carpet shop in Nilai 3, Negeri Sembilan, yesterday.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said police were still investigating the cause of the 4pm incident.

“We are investigating the incident… if the policeman was attacked for no reason then he should be defended,” he told a press conference at the launching of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) Song ‘Cemerlang’ (Outstanding) and the PDRM Sports Council’s Flag handing ceremony in conjunction with the World Police and Fire Games 2017, here today.

He said all the suspects were arrested under Section 148 of the Penal Code for rioting with weapons.

“Initial probe found that there was a possibility of a misunderstanding and we will conduct a thorough investigation and action will be taken,” he said.

According to Noor Rashid, all suspects have been remanded since yesterday to assist investigations. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has arrested the former chief executive officer of Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) to assist in the investigations into the purchase of a hotel in Kensington,  London.

MACC Investigation Director Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the matter, saying that the man was arrested at the MACC headquarters at 9.20 pm.

The man had turned up at the MACC headquarters this morning to give his statement in connection with the case.

Simi said the MACC would file a remand application against the man at the Magistrate’s Court here tomorrow. – BERNAMA

TANJUNG MALIM – The annual Malaysian University Staff Sports (Sukum) will help bring athletes and employees of public universities in the country closer says Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

He said Sukum which had been organised since 1974 is also a platform to drive the sporting performance of participants and even unearth new talent.

“The spirit of unity and brotherhood built during the meet would go a long way to further strengthen the network among university employees,” he said when opening the 42nd Sukum at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) Stadium, Sultan Azlan Shah Campus, Proton City here tonight.

In this regard, Zambry said the championships in UPSI was timely in conjunction with the 2017 Visit Perak Year that was launched by the state government.

A total of 21 public universities are competing in 21 sports in Sukum which began on Saturday and will end on Aug 5. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 442 people have been arrested for offences related to violence and security as of June 30.

According to the Home Ministry, of the total, 310 arrests involved members of the terrorist group Daesh and the remainder involved the other terrorist groups.

“Since February 2013, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) have succeeded in thwarting 15 attempts by the militant Daesh militant group, which clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to curb elements of the Daesh terrorist group from growing and threatening security,” the ministry said in a written reply circulated in Perliament today.

It was in reply to the question from Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang) who wanted to know the position of the Daesh terrorists in the country and its threats in terms of the number of arrests.

In a written reply to a question by Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad (PAN-Kuala Terengganu) on the measures taken to restrict the entry of Daesh members into the country, the ministry said PDRM had taken several initiatives to address the matter.

“Among the actions taken are to increase security in strategic locations such as tourist centres, foreign interests and important targets throughout the country.

“This security control is made using the concept of the ‘National Blue Ocean Strategy’ which is the cooperation of national security agencies especially the police and the Malaysian Armed Forces,” he said.

In addition, monitoring all major national gateways, whether air, land or sea are also being upgraded including controls along the national border.

Cooperation between the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) was also enhanced to monitor social media so that ideological developments and influences could be checked from pervading the minds of the people.

According to the ministry, close co-operation with the intelligence agencies of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines and enhancing capabilities and expertise on existing technologies were also among the steps to curb the entry of Daesh terrorist groups into the country.- BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The National Transformation 2050 (TN50) plan will give Malaysia a new face in 2050, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

He said that based on government discussions with various quarters on TN50, the new face was about the people leading a good life, adequate job opportunities, high income, a quality of life similar to that in developed countries, being homeless-free and a non-smoking nation.

“TN50 is a gift from the leaders to the generation of 2050. So, young people should take advantage of this government policy to illustrate the new face of Malaysia from now on,” he said in a post today on his blog, sskeruak.blogspot.my.

Salleh said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced TN50 as the new vision for Malaysia in October 2016 when tabling Budget 2017 with the aim of making Malaysia the 20th ranked country in terms of per capita income and as a developed nation with the identity of a Malaysian nation.

The discussions on TN50, he said, had involved various sectors of society such as students, lecturers, social activists, civil servants and corporate leaders to generate ideas.

“Let’s together contribute to the nation. Our future begins now, not tomorrow. 2050 is already in motion from today,” he said.

TN50 is an effort to shape Malaysia’s future for the period 2020 to 2050.

The Youth and Sports Ministry has been entrusted with the responsibility to muster youths throughout 2017 in the spirit of the TN50 aspiration following the announcement of the 30-year national transformation plan by Najib. – BERNAMA