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LANGKAWI – The Menteri Besar of Kedah today warned the people to be wary of so-called promises by certain quarters in their bid to wrest the state from Barisan Nasional (BN).

Datuk Seri Ahmad Basha Md Hanipah cited new parties such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia which had been making many promises claiming they were better and more able to bring development to the people.

“We have a government and a great leader; BN has brought many changes,” he said at the launch by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of the National Grade System rural electrification project at Pulau Tuba here today.

He said the people should appreciate the Prime Minister’s recognition of Kedah as the ‘heart’ of UMNO, “which is not a light responsibility to carry”.

“As the heart of UMNO, we must look ahead; the BN government always fulfills its promises and we have been highly acknowledged by the prime minister who had made sure that the whole of Kedah progresses.

“It is our duty as the people of Kedah to repay that kindness and show our gratitude,” said the MB. – BERNAMA

SUNGAI PETANI – The Kedah state government will take drastic measures to clean up areas known to have various social problems, including drugs, especially at the Paya Nahu People’s Housing Scheme, near here.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the main focus would be to wipe out the drug menace, illegal electricity and water connections.

“We will conduct a check and review the list of owners since there are houses that are empty and there are houses where tenants are staying illegally. We will work closely with Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Syarikat Air Darul Aman to overcome the problem of illegal connections,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters here today after visiting a four-year-old girl who was hospitalised at the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital after being brutally abused by her mother’s boyfriend at the People’s Housing Project in Paya Nahu Flat 2.

Ahmad Bashah also visited the Paya Nahu flats where police discovered the decomposing body of the abused girl’s two-year-old brother, who was wrapped in a blanket and stuffed inside a cooler box at a three-bedroom flat unit where the 34-year-old boyfriend of the siblings’ mother lived.

The body was discovered after police checked on the house following a domestic quarrel complaint.

It was reported that initial investigations showed that the boy had died on Nov 9 and both the 26-year-old mother and her boyfriend were remanded for seven days for further investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – The Kedah football squad will be duly rewarded should they bring back the prestigious Malaysia Cup.

Kedah Football Association (KFA) president Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the reward will be announced on Saturday.

“The announcement is held back until Saturday as the reward is still being discussed by the KFA.

“There may be an increase involved,” said the Kedah Menteri Besar after chairing the State Exco meeting at Wisma Darul Aman here, today.

Kedah will play against Selangor in the Malaysia Cup final at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday (Oct 30). – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – The statement by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin claiming that Barisan Nasional (BN) will fall in Kedah in the coming general election is merely wishful thinking or ‘angan-angan Mat Jenin’.

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said the statement was merely aimed at wooing the people’s support for the leadership of the new party in general.

“That is his (Muhyiddin’s) political game…but he does not realise that he himself will lose,” he said after officiating the Online Networking Entrepreneurs (ONE) Carnival organised by the Companies Commission of Malaysia, here today.

In a statement to a local newspaper, Muhyiddin claimed that the Kedah BN would fall in the coming general election because of the public sentiment after the Kedah menteri besar was replaced early this year.

He claimed that after Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir relinquished the post of Kedah Menteri Besar, BN must be toppled as the people purportedly perceived Ahmad Bashah as not having the calibre of Mukhriz.

The UMNO state liaison chairman said the people in the state were wise in choosing the party to lead the government and did not want to be cheated twice after being ruled by the opposition in the 12th general election previously.

He pointed out that UMNO and BN were not afraid of the statement and instead continued to work hard to ensure that the party machinery was ready to face the poll besides having a secret weapon to be used during the campaign later.

“They (PPBM) can say what they like…because I’m confident the people of Kedah are smart in making an evaluation as they do not want to suffer again. I’m confident the people will defend UMNO and the BN to continue to rule the state,” he added. – BERNAMA

GEORGE TOWN – Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah on Wednesday chaired a state executive council meeting at the meeting room, Intensive Care Unit of Penang Hospital (HPP), here.

The meeting which started at 11 am, was also attended by nine other state exco members.

It was held at HPP as Ahmad Bashah is still receiving treatment at the hospital after undergoing intestine surgery on June 6.

Prior to that, he was warded at Kedah Medical Centre after feeling faint while attending a meeting with Kedah Barisan Nasional assemblymen on June 4. – BERNAMA

PENDANG – Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who is recovering from an intestinal surgery at Penang Hospital, is eager to return to work.

State Industrial and Investment, Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs and Cooperatives Committee chairman Datuk Dr Ku Rahman Ku Ismail said the menteri besar would chair the state executive council (exco) meeting to be held at the hospital tomorrow.

“Ahmad Bashah said he has recovered and is able to chair the exco meeting. I’m sure he has obtained doctor’s advice to be allowed to chair the meeting tomorrow,” he told reporters at a breaking of fast with community leaders at Sultanah Haminah Mosque, Tanjung Radin here, yesterday.

Wednesday is the day when the state exco meet for their weekly meeting.

Ku Rahman said the meeting would discuss normal matters.

Ahmad Bashah was previously treated at the Kedah Medical Centre (KMC) after he felt faint during a meeting of Kedah Barisan Nasional assemblymen at Grand Alora Hotel in Alor Star last June 4 and was transferred to Penang Hospital on June 6 where he underwent the surgery. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah is recuperating well after surgery for an intestinal complication, said his wife Datin Seri Hizam Awang Ahmad.

He has started to walk again with the help of a cane after undergoing physiotherapy and can consume drinks by himself, she said today.

Hizam said Ahmad Bashah was expected to be moved to a normal ward soon at the Penang Hospital where he underwent the surgery on June 7.

“He was to have been transferred to a normal ward but asked to be kept in the Intensive Care Unit for privacy. This will also help speed up his recovery.

“He is not thinking too much about work as doctors have advised him to get a lot of rest in order to recover faster. I hope the people will continue to pray that he gets well soon,” she said after the donation of Aidilfitri cookies by the Association of Wives of Kedah MPs and State Assemblymen (Bidara) here today.

Hizam said Ahmad Bashah was scheduled to chair a meeting of the Kedah State Executive Council on June 22 at the Penang Hospital.

Ahmad Bashah was sent to the Kedah Medical Centre on June 4 after he complained of dizziness during a meeting with Barisan Nasional state assemblymen at the Grand Alora Hotel in Alor Setar. He was moved to the Penang Hospital on June 6.

Earlier, Hizam presented the Aidilfitri cookies to 300 recipients, comprising orphans, single mothers, the poor as well as representatives of the Police Force, Armed Forces, Fire and Rescue Department, and the Immigration Department. – BERNAMA

GEORGETOWN – Penang Hospital has the latest and more complete equipment to treat Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah who is suffering from an intestinal complication, said Penang Health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan.

She said a decision was made today by medical specialists and agreed to by family members for Ahmad Bashah to be transferred to Penang Hospital.

“I was informed today that Ahmad Bashah will be transferred to Penang Hospital and I immediately instructed my officers to make the arrangements to assist the process,” she told Bernama when contacted today. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah was transferred to the Penang Hospital today from the Kedah Medical Centre where he was warded last Saturday for an intestinal complication.

He was moved to the Penang Hospital at about 2.30pm, said his political secretary Datuk Shaiful Hazizy Zainol Abidin.

“This hospital has the latest and complete equipment and he will be under the care of more specialised experts,” he said in a statement. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR: Kedah Menteri (MB) Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah chaired his first State Executive Council (exco) meeting today at 9.20 am, at Wisma Darulaman.

The nine state councillors who had taken their oath of office before Kedah Regency Council chairman, Tan Sri Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah at Istana Anak Bukit on Monday were at the meeting.

The nine were retained from the exco under former menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir.

Ahmad Bashah who assumed the post after Mukhriz’s resignation on Feb 3, arrived at his office at 9 am and was briefed by Kedah state secretary Datuk Bakar Din before starting the meeting.

The MB has also taken up the Economic Planning, State Planning, Land Affairs, Land Revenue and Natural Resources, State Action Council, Finance and State-Owned Companies portfolio.

Minor changes had also been made to portfolios held by five councillors.

Guar Chempedak assemblyman Datuk Dr Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail is Industry and Investment, Domestic Trade, Consumer Affairs and Cooperatives, and Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) exco.

Tanjung Dawai assemblyman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain is exco for Education, Transport and Non-Governmental Organisations, while Kuala Nerang assemblyman Badrol Hisham Hashim holds the Housing and Local Government, Water Supply, Water and Energy Resources portfolio.

Ayer Hangat assemblyman Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid holds the Religion, Tourism and Heritage, and Works portfolio while Gurun assemblyman Dr Leong Yong Kong is exco for Environment, Chinese, Indian and Siamese Community Affairs, Health and Solidarity.

Among the four councillors who kept their portfolios are Jitra assemblyman Aminuddin Omar (Youth and Sports, Arts and Culture, Human Development) and Belantik assemblyman Mohd Tajudin Abdullah (Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication).

Two others are Bandar Baharu assemblyman Noorsabrina Mohd Noor (Science, Innovation and Information Technology, Communications and High Technology and Information Resource) and Sungai Tiang assemblyman Suraya Yaacob (Women Development, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Entrepreneurial Development and Social Welfare).

— BERNAMA