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PETALING JAYA: Social media is abuzz with a video, produced by the Perak police force for Hari Raya, done with a dose of hip-hop music style minus the loud fashion sense and blings.

The five-minute long video starts with a police officer preparing to head home on the eve of Raya, before being informed that he needs to stay for a roll call at midnight.

He then receives a call from his child who reminds him to be home in time for Raya celebrations.

Despite the light-hearted approach, the lyrics to the songs offer a touching rendition of how the men in blue have to sacrifice family time in the line of duty.

“Go home to celebrate, we will watch over. We will stay here and work,”

“We will eat the kuih Raya in the patrol car and just drink water. God willing, we will meet mom and dad another year,” they sing.

It is then followed with visuals of the officers on patrolling duties around malls and catching thieves.

The video which was posted by PolisPerak on their Facebook on Tuesday, has since garnered almost 4,000 views and 112 shares.

Those who will be away for a long time are advised to fill up the ‘borang balik kampung’ by the police and submit it to the nearest police station.

KUALA LUMPUR: Traffic flow on several major highways was smooth and under control as at 9am, Tuesday.

A spokesman of PLUS Malaysia Berhad, when contacted by Bernama, said traffic flow heading to the north was under control, although slow moving at several stretches.

He said traffic was slow moving from Sg Buaya to Rawang due to a lorry which skidded at KM440.7 in the southbound direction of the North-South Expressway.

It is causing an obstruction on the middle and right lanes, but the affected vehicle is being shifted, he added.

He said the traffic flow heading towards the federal capital and other places was reported to be smooth.

A spokesman of the Malaysian Highway Authority said traffic was smooth in both directions on the East Coast Expressway.

The public can obtain the latest traffic information via the toll-free Plusline 1800-88-0000 and its Twitter at www.twitter.com/plustrafik or the MHA line 1800-88-7752 and its Twitter account at www.twitter.com/llminfotrafik. — Bernama


KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims in Malaysia will celebrate Aidilfitri tomorrow.

The announcement was made by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad.

“In keeping with the command of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, following the consent of the Rulers, I hereby declare that the date for Hari Raya for the states in Malaysia has been set for July 6,” he said. — Bernama


KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak uploaded a musical video clip and Hari Raya Aidilfitri greeting that were recorded at his official residence, Seri Perdana, in Putrajaya on Facebook Sunday.

In the video clip, the Prime Minister offered his Hari Raya Aidilfitri wishes and advised all Malaysians to be careful while driving to their respective destinations.

“As we usher in Aidilfitri, I hope motorists will be cautious and careful when driving home to spend Aidilfitri with their loved ones in their hometowns, God willing.

“I and my family would like to take this opportunity to wish all Malaysians a happy and prosperous Hari Raya Aidilfitri,” said the Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The musical video featuring the song Suasana Hari Raya was recorded by the children of the Permata Seni Group and children from three homes – Baitul Barokah Wal Mahabbah, Rumah Kasih Harmoni and Asrama Darul Falah – at Seri Perdana. – Bernama

SINGAPORE: Traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas is expected to be heavy ahead of the Aidilfitri holidays next week.

In a statement Friday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said traffic is expected to be particularly heavy on July 5 and 6.

“Security at our checkpoints remains ICA’s top priority against any potential threats to Singapore.

“With security checks, traffic build-up is inevitable, especially when a large number of travellers use the checkpoints at the same time,” it said.

To avoid a surge of travellers and vehicles seeking clearance at the land checkpoints, the ICA advised travellers to adjust their travel plans if possible.

The ICA will continue to take necessary measures to improve clearance efficiency as much as possible without compromising security, it said.

“We seek travellers’ understanding and cooperation when using the land checkpoints during the peak periods,” it added. – Bernama

KANGAR: Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) will organise an Aidilfitri celebration on the first day of Hari Raya to fete students and its staff who are not going back to their hometown.

Its Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Prof Dr Zul Azhar Zahid Jamal said the function was scheduled to be held at the Kubang Gajah Campus Multipurpose Hall and about 300 foreign students and staff of Islamic faith who had to celebrate the festive season here were expected to attend.

“We are aware that celebrating the ‘Hari Raya’ without family members is something that is very sad for those who cannot return to their hometown.

“At the UniMAP, we are all like a big family, I hope such a gathering will reduce the feeling of sadness of spending the festive season away from home,” he said in a media statement, here today.

He said that such a celebration indirectly gave an opportunity to the foreign community to learn of the way Malaysians celebrated Aidilfitri which would give them a lasting and beautiful memory.–BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA: The government has agreed to grant special leave to federal civil servants on July 8 (Friday) if Hari Raya Aidilfitri falls on July 6, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa announced today.

However, he said, the special leave from work would not be applicable if the first day of Raya is declared to be on July 5 (Tuesday).

“Members of the public who plan to obtain government services on the special leave day are encouraged to visit the departments and agencies before the Hari Raya public holidays,” he said in a statement.

Ali, meanwhile, thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for agreeing to the special leave proposed by public servants, particularly CUEPACS.

“Hopefully, public servants will benefit from the special leave in celebrating Aidilfitri with their families and continue to be productive and give the best services when they return to work,” he said.– BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA: Hari Raya cannot come sooner for Australian showman Tomás Ford, whose song “Esok nak Raya” (it’s Raya tomorrow) that featured him attempting to cook rendang and ketupat has gone viral.

Ford’s Hari Raya themed cover of Black Eyed Peas hit “I Gotta Feeling” was sung in Malay and dedicated to Malaysians.

The music video has been viewed over 104,000 times and shared over 3,000 times since it was uploaded on Sunday.

Ford collaborated Malaysian electropop singer Sarah Zainal, or better known as Ze Rebelle, who wrote the Malay lyrics to the song.

The lyrics featured ketupat, duit raya and to “makan sampai pengsan” (eat till you faint).

Ford even tried his hand at cooking his own rendang and ketupat.

Unfortunately, his ketupat “tak jadi” (did not turn out), but that did not stop his cat from eating the remnants of his ketupat.

“I’m pretty sure my pronunciation is as good as my terrible cooking skills. Hope it gives you a laugh,” wrote Ford on his Facebook page.

Ford said that he is slowly starting to learn Malay, but is only at the “numbers and colours stage of language learning”, but said that he is “having so much fun”.

He also mentioned his plans to make a new show to bring to Malaysia, and expressed his hope to meet his Malaysian fans sometime this year.

This cover was not Ford’s first song in Malay. Three weeks ago, Ford released his song “Kerje je je je” which was a Malay cover of Rihanna’s song “Work”.

Ford also filmed a Ramadan greeting two weeks ago that featured him reading Malay off cue cards and thanking viewers for supporting his “Kerje je je je” video.

KUALA LUMPUR: Global e-commerce marketplace 11street expects its e-mall sales to increase by 30 to 35 per cent this upcoming festive season, said Chief Executive Officer Hoseok Kim.

Kim said an online survey, the Ramadhan Spending Survey 2016, which aimed to provide a better understanding of Malaysians’ expenses as Hari Raya approaches, shows more than 95 per cent of Malaysians are positive about online shopping,

“As Hari Raya approaches, we are expecting more people to turn to online shopping in the interest of convenience and time,” he told reporters after a briefing on the survey findings here today.

Over 60 per cent of the respondents indicated their intention to save for Hari Raya with the rising cost of living, he noted.

“Rising cost can also be translated as increased spending during the festive period, since the need to celebrate remains a priority.

“At 11street we plan to give a lot of promotions and great products to consumers without putting too much strain on the wallet,” he added.

Kim said 11street’s ‘Manis Ramadhan, Meriah Lebaran’ campaign offers up to 90 per cent discounts and RM10 milion worth of coupon giveaways.

The survey of 2,062 respondents was conducted by 11street and a publication from May 16 to June 6.

KEPALA BATAS: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has set the ceiling prices for 21 types of food items under this year’s Hari Raya Puasa Festive Price Control scheme.

The ceiling prices are effective between July 7 and July 23.

The ministry’s deputy secretary-general Datuk Azmi Lateh said of the 21 items, 19 of the controlled-price items would be implemented nationwide.

“The ceiling price for imported beef is only enforced in Sarawak and the controlled price for Yellow Tail (tongkol) fish will only be applicable in the east coast of the peninsula.”

He said there was an increase in the prices of onions, and local and imported beef this festive period.

“The slight increase could be due to the drop in the country’s currency exchange.

“Another contributor is the higher cost of production.

“However, the ceiling price of mackerel fish this year is RM1 lower than last year’s RM12 per kilogram.

“The ministry has not received any reports about shortages of daily essentials but demand for parsley is high,” he said after visiting Mydin hypermarket in Bandar Putera Bertam yesterday.

“The public should lodge a report if they find unscrupulous traders selling products above the controlled prices,” he said.

Azmi said the ministry had made available 21 complaint boxes to be placed at various places in Penang.

“Six of the boxes will be placed in selected village headmen’s offices, five in shopping centres and the other 10 in various public markets,” he added.-The Star