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KUALA LUMPUR – Two high-powered motorcycle riders were killed, one was seriously injured while a motorist escaped unhurt in an accident on the Karak Highway near here at 11am today.

It is learnt that the three superbikes had collided with a car at KM25km of the highway.

City Fire and Rescue Department Senior Assistant Superintendent Ahmad Aidil Ab Majid said the department received a call on the incident at 11.22am and a team arrived at the scene five minutes later.

“We found two motorcyclists killed – one was charred by a burning motorcycle while the other was found sprawled on the road unconscious, and later died, believed to have been hit by another vehicle and a third was seriously hurt.

He said the injured motorcyclist and the bodies were sent to the Selayang Hospital. – Bernama

SHAH ALAM – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Sunday attributed Malaysia’s securing of a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council also to its success as a multiracial and multireligious nation.

“We can show the world in a humble way through our concept of moderation and politics of compromise,” he said when opening the 43rd national delegates conference of Gerakan at the Setia City Convention Centre here.

Najib said the Barisan Nasional (BN) rejected any form of extremism in its efforts to build the nation in accordance with the foundation laid by past leaders.

Past leaders had drawn up the Federal Constitution based on the politics of compromise and they believed in national integration and not racial assimilation, he said.

“We have Bahasa Melayu as the national language but allow the use of other languages in the country; we also have Islam as the official religion but we allow the practice of other religions without any prohibition,” he said.

Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, PPP president Tan Sri M. Kayveas and former Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon were also present at the opening ceremony.

Najib, who is also BN chairman, said Gerakan’s victory in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election in May reflected the resurgence of the party.

He praised Mah for his willingness and courage to take the risk of being the BN candidate in the by-election to fight the young Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud fielded by the DAP.

“When the Teluk Intan seat fell vacant, doomsayers felt that it would be difficult for the BN to reverse the 7,313-vote deficit. Many also thought that it will be difficult for the BN to win the seat and that Mah will be committing political suicide if he stood as a candidate.

“I am proud of him and admire him. He was prepared to risk his position as the president of Gerakan. If he were to lose, it will have been impossible for him to defend his position as the president in the moral sense. That was a risk that Mah was prepared to take and he made a political sacrifice,” he said.

In the by-election, held on May 31, Mah, who is now a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, beat Dyana Sofya by 238 votes. He polled 20,157 votes to Dyana Sofya’s 19,919.

Najib said he wished to see the Teluk Intan by-election victory as the beginning of Gerakan’s political resurgence that would culminate in the recapture of Penang from the opposition.

The prime minister said Gerakan should have a comprehensive plan to win over the people of Penang and added that he was convinced the party had the capability to do that.

“We should ask the DAP how many affordable houses they have built (in Penang) and how much of investments they have brought to the state compared with the period when Penang was administered by Gerakan leaders, such as Koh (Tsu Koon).

“Don’t keep quiet; attack them with facts, not with lies. They attack us with lies, and that is why we have to have a plan to show the way (to recapture Penang),” he said.

Najib called on all component parties of the BN to be more focused and to cooperate as a family to ensure the coalition’s survival.

He also touched on the cooperation between Gerakan and MCA and said it had improved, particularly during the Teluk Intan by-election.

“Gerakan must work together with MCA; we need to be together as a family. We supported each other in Teluk Intan where the MCA and Gerakan worked very well and Umno, MIC and PPP also worked together very well.

“I am convinced that if we can practise such BN spirit, Gerakan will continue to be very relevant in the context of Malaysia,” he said.

Najib reminded the leaders of all the BN component parties to practise policies of moderation and balance to ensure that the people continued to support the coalition in the next general election.

He said that under the democratic process practised in the country, the absolute power to elect leaders was in the hands of the people and they were exposed to a lot of inaccurate information on the Internet.

“The people today have a lot of information, sometimes too much of it. They are instigated over the Internet. Not all the information is accurate; there is much untruth.

“During the 13th general election last year, the Chinese votes for the BN dropped because the opposition claimed that the BN had brought in 40,000 voters from Bangladesh, and many believed this.

“This is the problem. As such, we must educate the people to think more rationally,” he said. – Bernama

JOHOR BAHARU – Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said Iskandar Malaysia is expected to receive another ‘big’ investment, which will continue to strengthen the region’s image as an attractive investment destination in the country.

Mohamed Khaled however declined to comment further on the investment.

“We have to wait for the announcement of the big investment as it is the federal government’s project. I expect the announcement will be made soon,” he told reporters yesterday.

Mohamed Khaled who is also Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) joint Chairman said this after launching the Iskandar Malaysia Conference here.

He said the big investment which is now at Finance Ministry level would have spillover effects as it would also attract investments from other supporting companies to Iskandar Malaysia.

He said with the inflows of local and foreign investment, Iskandar Malaysia is expected to create 1.5 million high-income jobs in 2025.

The state government he said would ensure that the investments received by Iskandar Malaysia would be beneficial to the local residents in line with the government’s People’s Economy agenda.

Two days ago, Mohamed Khaled in a statement said Iskandar Malaysia had secured investments worth RM10 billion in the third quarter of this year, bringing the total cumulative committed investments since its inception in 2006 until September 30 this year to RM156.35 billion. – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR – The ‘Kempen Jalanan #dermaorgan’ organ donation campaign from Oct 11 to today has received overwhelming response with 7,411 individuals signing up, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

He said on the first day of the campaign alone, 5,103 new donors from all levels of society pledged to donate their organs.

“This effort would not have been successful without the support of all quarters. The Health Ministry also hopes the media will continue to do its part in this endeavour,” he said at the “Organ Donors Appreciation Nite 2014” at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

Also present were Public Organ Donation Awareness Action Committee chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye and chief clinical manager of the National Transplant Resource Centre, Datuk Dr Fadhilah Zawyah Lela Yasmin Mansor.

The campaign by the Health Ministry adopted a new approach whereby the campaigners hit the streets to get people to donate organs unlike previously where closed door approaches were made targetting small groups of people. – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR – The government, via the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), has identified the technologies to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said one of the technologies identified was Clean Coal Technology being used in all coal-based power plants in the country.

“I am told that new coal-based power plants under construction will use more sophisticated technology that comply with standards namely Ultra Supercritical Clean Coal Technology,” he said in his keynote address at KeTTHA Excellence Awards 2014 here, Saturday night.

Text of the keynote address was delivered by Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

Kumpulan Melaka Berhad won the Energy Excellence Award, Harta Maintenance Sdn Bhd won the Green Technology Excellence Award while Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad won the Water Excellence Award. Muhyiddin said the energy sector was facing new challenges, including finding mechanism to develop a more sustainable and eco friendly power generation.

The use of coal as a source of main fuel for generating electricity in Malaysia which was expected to increase from 42 per cent to 58 per cent by 2020.

However, the over dependence on coal could affect Malaysia’s commitment to reduce 40 percent carbon intensity by 2020.

“The challenge faced by developing countries is balancing between the cost of electricity and conservation of the environment.”

The government was studying eco friendly technologies such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) and nuclear energy.

He said KeTTHA was also finalising guidelines on energy efficiency (EE) via the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP).

“This plan will, among other things, facilitate and spur the development of EE to a higher level.”

The government was committed to ensure that green technology industry continues to grow by giving tax exemptions and loans to industry players.

They include Goods and Services Tax (GST) exemption on green products with MyHIJAU recognition, cost to obtain certification of green products and services and soft loan for solar PV via Green Technology Financing Scheme(GTFS).

The government was also considering to give Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) and Income Tax Exemption (ITE) to promote the use and production of products and green services among small and medium industries (SMI).

MELAKA – The Melaka government will receive 40 new electric buses in stages, with five of them scheduled to arrive by end of the year.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said the electric bus was part of the initiative under the 2015 Budget.

“The buses have been tested and we are satisfied with its performance. These electric buses will replace the existing buses gradually,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Earlier, he presented Deepavali contributions to 150 senior citizens and people with disabilities at a programme organised by the Welfare Association of Wives of Melaka Barisan Nasional Elected Representatives.

Each recipient received RM100 and a food hamper sponsored by Mamee, Double Decker (M) Bhd and Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd.

Meanwhile, Idris, who is also the President of the World Assembly of Youth, congratulated Malaysia on it being elected as one of the five non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York, Thursday. – Bernama

MILAN – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak gave Asean and European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA) a push at the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit here.

Najib said when Malaysia assumed the chairmanship of Asean in 2015, one of the key areas to be given emphasis would be to encourage the Asean-EU FTA process.

Najib, who is the Coordinator of the ASEM Asean sub-group, said the regional Asean-EU FTA could complement the existing EU FTA with Singapore as well as the near-concluding FTA with Vietnam.

“In due course we hope there will be Asean-EU FTA and that will complete the inter-regional integration between EU and Asean,” he said in a joint press conference at the end of ASEM Summit here yesterday.

Other ASEM leaders at the presse conference were European Commission president Jose Manuel Barraso, European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and Mongolia president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.

Over 50 leaders from Asia and Europe were in the Italian city for the two-day ASEM Summit to deliberate on issues of common interests.

Najib said intra- and inter-regional integration would be one the key areas for Malaysia to continue to work on when it assumed the chairmanship of Asean next year.

He said Asean should be attractive to European companies with the ongoing integration process as the ease in doing business would be enhanced.

Najib said Asean would emerge as the economic community with about 600 million people with US$2.5 trillion of combined gross domestic product.

“It will make it attractive for European companies to invest in single market when we declare ourselves economic community,” he said.

Najib said Malaysia was all for to give a strong emphasised on Asean-EU relations.

“I see a lot of exciting possibilities and I agree with the view, Asean-EU partnership will grow from strength-to-strength,” he said. – Bernama

JOHOR BHARU – Johor Football Association (PBNJ) president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today explained that his action in kicking a corner flag post after the end of the Malaysia Cup second leg quarter-final match at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium here last night was an expression of celebrating Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT)’s win.

The Tunku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ) said the action was something normal for a human and a sports enthusiast in his expression of joy.

“It is my way of showing satisfaction with the results, more so after JDT was confronted with various speculation in the past one week or more,” he told reporters here today.

He was commenting on the criticisms by some quarters on his action after the matched ended with JDT beating Terengganu 3-1.

In this regard, Tunku Ismail questioned the action of a private television station which only showed him kicking the flag post as it could lead to misunderstanding among local football fans.

According to him, the media should be responsible in broadcasting the matter accurately to avoid any implications.

Meanwhile, Tunku Ismail also announced that PBNJ had signed a cooperation agreement with Borussia Dortmund of the German League to develop football in the state which encompassed the development of a football academy at Kulaijaya, loaning instructors and sending young players to gain exposure with the club.

He stressed that the agreement showed the club had confidence in the capability of PBNJ.

On Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah’s decision contest for a seat in the International Football Federation (FIFA) executive committee, Tunku Ismail said he gave his full support as it would help advance the overall quality of football. – BERNAMA

THE Albanian Football Association has stated its players were attacked by police and stewards as well as by opposition supporters during the violence that marred the Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia, with Lorik Cana claiming it was “a miracle” that no one was seriously injured.

Tuesday night’s match in Belgrade descended into chaos and was abandoned by the English referee Martin Atkinson after a remote-controlled drone carrying the insignia of so-called “Greater Albania” flew over the pitch. Uefa has charged both nations following the ensuing mass brawl but the controversy continued on Thursday.

A statement released by the Albanian FA accused stewards and police officers of attacking players who were retreating down the tunnel. It also alleges that its president, Armando Duka, was hit with a piece of concrete. Cana, the Albania captain, claimed “our lives were in danger”.

“Making their way to the dressing rooms, in the tunnel, Albania players were repeatedly hit by Serbia supporters, security personnel and the police,” read the statement. “Also, before the Albanian players were allowed to leave the stadium, with orders from Belgrade prosecutor general (according to the police) the entire staff and players of the Albania national side were physically searched. Police went through each member’s and player’s personal belongings.”

It was the first match between the two sides in the Serbian capital since 1967 but, despite the tension between the nations following the Kosovo conflict and that disputed territory’s independence in 2008, Uefa did not keep the teams apart in the qualifying draw.

The European governing body, which is expected to severely punish both Serbia and Albania, does separate certain sides – including Russia and Georgia and Spain and Gibraltar – citing three determining criteria: whether two nations have normal diplomatic relations, whether there is an ongoing military or armed conflict; and whether there has been a request made by either association.

However, Cana told L’Equipe that it “was a miracle that we only had six or seven injured.”“If you saw some of the bodies – they really caught it. What would have happened if instead of a chair, it had been a knife? Our lives were in danger.”

In a separate interview with BBC radio 5 live the Lazio defender claimed that he was personally struck by an official. He said: “I got hit twice on the pitch by a steward, some of my teammates as well. And after, when we were trying to reach the tunnel, that was I think the most dangerous part because the fans were throwing everything on us – stones, batteries and everything was very, very dangerous. Some of my team-mates were hurt on the face, on the back. Some of us were kicked by some fans coming in and in that moment, in that tunnel, it was a kind of chaos.”

The Serbian interior minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic, said on Thursday that Albania was “not mature enough” to join the EU casting doubt on a planned visit next week from the Albanian prime minister, Edi Rama, to Belgrade, the first such trip in 70 years.

No away supporters were permitted to purchase tickets for the match, with the Albanian statement describing in detail its version of events in the buildup to, and after, kick-off. It said: “Making our way to the stadium the Albania side bus was hit with stones thrown by Serbian fans. Before the team warm-up, a part of the Albanian delegation led by the AFA president Mr Armando Duka was hit with a piece of concrete which was received as evidence by the Uefa delegate present.

“Each time the team or a member of the team appeared on the pitch, the atmosphere became extremely hostile and aggressive on the part of Serbia supporters. At the end of warm-up Albanian players were hit by a shower of coins, lighters and other objects thrown at them as they were making their way to the tunnel that takes players inside. For the entire duration of warm-ups before the game, the offensive chants of 30,000 strong repeated ‘Kill the Albanians’ and ‘Death to Albanians’. Tens of Serbian supporters went over the lateral fence at the left side and were not apprehended by police for the entire duration of the minutes played.”

The Serbian Football Association has blamed Albania for the violence and described the drone incident as an act of terrorism. Michel Platini, the Uefa president, said the remarkable scenes on Tuesday were “inexcusable”. – The Guardian

NEW YORK – Malaysia won a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), taking 187 out of the total 192 votes.

The voting took place at the United Nations General Assembly hall to fill five vacancies among the Security Council’s non-permanent membership.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was at the hall to cast the vote for Malaysia.

Malaysia needed to garner at least 130 votes to get elected.

A total of 193 representatives of UN member countries were eligible to cast their votes to elect the five new members of the council.

The new members will take up their seats on Jan 1, 2015 and will serve on the Council until Dec 31, 2016.

The five seats available for election in 2014, distributed regionally, are: one seat for the African Group (currently held by Rwanda); one seat for Asia-Pacific Group (currently held by the Republic of Korea);

One seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, (currently held by Argentina); and two seats for the Western European and Others Group (currently held by Australia and Luxembourg).

Lithuania will maintain for another year the seat for the Eastern European Group.

The respective winners for other vacancies were Angola (Africa), Venezuela (Latin America and the Caribbean) and New Zealand (Western European and Others Group) while Spain and Turkey are involved in a third round of balloting to fill the remaining seat.

The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Along with Lithuania, the non-permanent members that will remain on the Council until the end of 2015 are Chad, Chile, Jordan, and Nigeria.

Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. Each of the Council’s members has one vote. Under the Charter, all UN Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.

The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or acta of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.

The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations.

And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.

Prior to this, Malaysia has been on the UNSC thrice – in 1965, 1989 till 1990 and 1999 till 2000. – Bernama