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SIK – The Kedah government’s effort to implement various programmes to uplift the people’s living standard has made a positive impact when the state recorded a poverty rate of 2.23 per cent as of mid-May.

Without disclosing the previous comparative percentage, state Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah said 22,260 people statewide were now out of the poverty line.

“I can say that this percentage is low and this is the result of the efforts of the federal government jointly with the state government and ICU (Coordination and Implementation Unit) to look into the poverty problem in identifying the needy group to be given assistance,” said Mohd Tajuddin, who is also Belantik assemblyman.

He said this after visiting two houses in the Belantik state constituency in conjunction with the Kembara Seindah Syawal programme implemented by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) near here today. Also present was NCIA chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq.

Mohd Tajudin said the focus group meeting chaired by the district officer was also being held monthly to discuss the issue of poverty among the people in efforts to identify the target group to be assisted by the state government.

He said so far this year 40,218 recipients in Kedah received aid through various assistance programmes implemented jointly by the federal government and state government involving an allocation of RM22.568 million.

“These programmes comprised the house aid programme, income generating programme, federal and state aid (Welfare Department), Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB) Sejahtera and cattle dividend” he added.

During the visit, Mohd Tajudin and Redza handed over aid in the form of essential food items which were donated by NCIA. – BERNAMA

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JOHOR BAHRU – Kedah lifted the Charity Cup, beating Johor Darul Ta’zim 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin here, tonight.

JDT, coached by Benjamin Mora, who replaced the outgoing Mario Gomez, scored first through captain Safiq Rahim in the 40th minute from the penalty spot.

Referee Suhaimi Mat Hassan awarded the spot-kick after JDT import player Brian Federico Ferreira was brought down in the box by Kedah’s Mohd Asri Mardzuki.

However, JDT’s joy was shortlived, as Kedah equalised in the 63rd minute through their skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar.

The 1-1 result at full time gives both teams a point in the Super League.

JDT have won the last two Charity Cups in 2015 and 2016, while Pahang were champions in 2014.

The trophy was presented to Kedah by Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) chief executive officer, Kevin Ramalingam. – BERNAMA

SUNGAI PETANI: Police have arrested a 34-year-old man after the body of his girlfriend’s two-year-old son was found stored inside a container in his flat unit in Paya Nahu here.

According to a source, police received a call at about 1.25am Thursday, informing them of a quarrel in the flat unit.

When police arrived to check at the unit, the 26-year-old mother told police that the man had beaten her four-year-old daughter and killed her son.

Police then found the body of the boy wrapped and stored in a container inside the flat unit.

Both the man and his girlfriend have been arrested to facilitate in investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Section 325 of the Penal Code for causing grievous hurt.

Initial investigation revealed that the boy died on Nov 9.

The girl has been rushed to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital for treatment.

ALOR SETAR – The Kedah Football Association (KFA) will hold a celebration at Darul Aman Stadium, here, tomorrow evening to welcome home its victorious Red Eagles who won the Malaysia Cup final last night.

KFA honorary secretary, Datuk Aminuddin Omar said the celebration was to give the fans the opportunity to view the trophy brought back to the country’s ‘rice bowl’ state.

“The celebration will start upon the arrival of the Red Eagles squad at Sultan Abdul Halim Airport about 3.30pm.

“The players will be taken on a parade ride in an open-top double decker bus from the airport to Darul Aman Stadium for them to celebrate their Malaysia Cup triumph with their fans,” he said when contacted, today.

Kedah won the Cup final by beating Selangor 6-5 in a penalty shootout when both sides were tied 1-1 after 120 minutes of exciting football at Shah Alam Stadium last night, ending an eight-year drought in the competition. – BERNAMA

ALOR SETAR – Kedah will field their strongest line-up against Terengganu in a Super League match at Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, Kuala Terengganu on Saturday.

This means that key players such as Shane Smeltz and Thiago Augusto are set to play as the Red Hawks aim to beat the Turtles to take home three points.

Head coach Tan Cheng Hoe said key players will not be rested although Kedah have a date with the Police on Sept 30 in a Malaysia Cup semi-final match.

“All the players are free of injury and can help the Red Hawks to tighten their grip on third spot in the Super League.”

Cheng Hoe said the Red Hawks are at their best and confident that the players could play according to the stragey and playing style adopted. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR: The Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah, received an honorary Doctorate in Social Works from the Management and Science University in conjunction with its 19th convocation.

Tuanku Hajah Haminah, who is the MSU Chancellor, received the award from MSU President Prof Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid, at a special convocation held at Dewan Seri Maharaja of Istana Negara.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, also attended the convocation.

Others present included MSU Pro-Chancellor Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin and the MSU board of directors and senior management.

Dr Mohd Shukri said the award recognised Tuanku Hajah Haminah’s efforts in addressing problems affecting the people, especially in social issues related to children, women and the elderly.

“She is aware of developments related to the lives of children who are the nation’s legacy. As such, on her own initiative, she set up the Sultanah Hajah Haminah Orphanage Foundation, a welfare-based body aimed at caring for less fortunate children, especially orphans,” he said.

Dr Mohd Shukri said the Raja Permaisuri also fostered ties with the people via charitable activities.

The Raja Permaisuri Agong is the patron of the Kedah Muslim Women’s Welfare Board, Kedah Girl Guides Association, Kedah Single Mothers Association and the Women’s Institute, a role she plays to provide encouragement for charitable activities. — Bernama

GEORGE TOWN: Kedah state exco member Dr Leong Yong Kong (pic), who resigned in protest over PAS’ Private Member’s Bill, have retracted his resignation from MCA.

Dr Leong said in a statement he made the decision to return to MCA after seeing the party leadership’s commitment with other Barisan Nasional component parties in opposing the Bill.

He had announced his resignation and become a Barisan-friendly independent last week over what he claimed was the party’s failure to stop the tabling of the Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament.

“I have decided to withdraw my resignation to quit the party due to the request from the grassroots and support the president and central committee in defending the Federal constitution,” said Dr Leong.

He said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had assured him that the party would remain firm in fighting the Bill.

ALOR SETAR: Police are seeking the cooperation of those with information on the incident where a state assemblyman was alleged to have assaulted a man on May 15, to come forward to facilitate investigations.

Kedah deputy police chief Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan said investigations under Section 323 of the Penal Code were still ongoing and they had recorded statements from both parties involved to complete the investigation papers.

“We will also take a statement from the doctor who treated the victim and we are now asking witnesses at the scene especially two civilians on a motorcycle, who were seen trying to break up the fight in a video footage.

“We also ask the individual who recorded the video to come forward and give a statement at the nearest police station.

The police will conduct their investigation in a transparent and fair manner to identify who is at fault,” he said after the passing out ceremony of Police Volunteer Reserve Constables at the Kedah Police Contingent Headquarters, here Monday.

In the incident which occurred at 5.45pm on May 15, a man, identified as Alif Adam Mohd Munaim claimed that he was dragged out of his vehicle and beaten up by three individuals, including the assemblyman.

— BERNAMA

JITRA: Robbers blew up an automated teller machine at a bank in Pekan Jitra I here early today, escaping with a cash loot totaling more than RM300,000.

Kubang Pasu district police chief Supt Abd Rahim Abdullah said based on the closed-circuit television recording, the crime was committed at 5.04 am by two masked men who came in a Toyota Camry.

He said the suspects were believed to have tied a one-foot long pipe bomb to the ATM’s cash dispensing slot after prising wide its top and bottom with a piece of iron.

Police also found a piece of the pipe bomb, about half a foot long, and cash scattered on the ground amounting to RM600, he told reporters here today.

Some of the bank’s glass panels also broke in the impact of the explosion but no casualties had been reported.

The case is similar to the incident involving an ATM in Simpang Kuala, Alor Setar last February in which about RM300,000 was also carted away by the culprits, according to Abd Rahim.

Meanwhile, a shopowner who only wanted to be identified as Devi, in her 40s, said the explosion was deafening even though her premises was located about 200 metres from the scene.

— 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