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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Malaysia Envoy Says Fond Farewell To Australia

Datuk Salman Ahmad

Malaysia Envoy Says Fond Farewell To Australia

By Neville DCruz

CANBERRA, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- Datuk Salman Ahmad, the ever-popular Malaysian high commissioner to Australia, leaves Canberra for Kuala Lumpur tonight, having served what he described as "a most memorable four and a half years in this country".

"They (the years served) have been enlightening, enriching and enjoyable," he told Bernama in Canberra this week.

"The position of high commissioner in Australia is highly regarded. This is due to the strong relations, historical links and the importance of Australia to Malaysia and the region," he noted.

He said much had been achieved in recent years, particularly at the political level. This is much appreciated at both ends.

"We have achieved much in defence, education, trade and investment...culture and people-to-people relations have been and remain the main thrust that binds us strongly."

Salman paid tribute to his Asean colleagues in Canberra. "Malaysia is fortunate to be among friendly and co-operative neighbours that make the region as stable as it is.

"The Asean Canberra Committee (ACC) has worked closely to advance relations with Australia.

"We were delighted and honoured when Foreign Minister Bob Carr graced our first Asean Day reception this year," he said.

The Malaysian envoy said one of the highlights of his tenure in Canberra was the signing of the highly-anticipated Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement last year, followed by the Asean FTA.

"I was also happy to have put across Malaysia's arguments to defeat a palm oil labeling Bill at the Australian Parliament and provide input to the proposed restriction of timber-based products into Australia.

Despite having thousands of Malaysians studying in Australia, it was pleasing and encouraging that he encountered few problems with them.

"In fact, many universities have told me that Malaysian students work hard, they are polite and respectful and are a great credit to our country," he said, noting that Australians were impressed that Malaysia took the leading role in "the global movement of moderates".

"This is an initiative of (Prime Minister) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak which rejects extremism and seeks peace. This is appreciated by Australians and the foreign diplomats in Canberra."

Salman said it was most rewarding working in Canberra and could not speak more highly of the co-operation and goodwill he and his staff had received from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and officials from agencies, defence and education, in particular.

He said the Malaysian community in Australia was thriving in their professions and doing remarkably well in business and in the construction industry.

"I have many Malaysians now living and working here. I have encouraged them to return home to help in our nation-building. Almost all still have a soft spot for Malaysia

as they say, "you can take the person out of Malaysia but you cannot take Malaysia out of the person."

A keen golfer, he has enjoyed playing in Canberra and other parts of Australia, but particularly, likes the Malaysian developer Maha Sinnathmby's own golf club at Springfield near Brisbane.

Salman revealed that soon after arriving in Canberra, his wife, Tengku Karina Yusof, wanted to pack up and return to Malaysia.

"She found Canberra so quiet, lonely. It seemed our huge house was in a ghost suburb. And Canberra's cold climate did not help.

"But things changed gradually and today, Karina thinks Canberra is a marvellous city. She has made many good friends in the general public and diplomatic circles and loves the quiet and peace of Canberra."

On Monday, the Malaysian High Commission celebrated a double event

the anniversary of Malaysia's independence and Malaysia's National Day. It was attended by heads of foreign missions in Canberra, as well as Australian foreign affairs officials and armed forces officers.

It is reported that Salman's next posting will be in Berlin.


Water Treatment Plants Closed Yesterday Back In Operation - LUAS

Water Treatment Plants Closed Yesterday Back In Operation - LUAS

Water Treatment Plants Closed Yesterday Back In Operation - LUAS

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- The four water treatment plants which were closed yesterday due to the oil spill in Sungai Selangor have resumed operation in stages since early Saturday.

Selangor Water Management Board (LUAS) director Md Khairi Selamat said efforts had been made to clean the oil in the river.

"At about 1am today, I was informed the four plants have begun operation, although not fully," he said when contacted by Bernama.

The affected treatment plants are Sungai Selangor Fasa 1 (SSP1), Sungai Selangor Fasa 2 (SSP2), Sungai Selangor Fasa 3 (SSP3) and the Rantau Panjang plant

Meanwhile, Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) Assistant General Manager Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Priscilla Alfred said although the plants had resumed operation, it would take some time for the water supply to be restored.

In an related development, Alam Flora Sdn Bhd today denied claims, which had been posted on Facebook and Twitters, as well as through the short messaging service (SMS), that the company was responsible for the diesel oil spill in Sungai Selangor.

In a statement issued here, the company described the allegation made against Alam Flora as an act by irresponsible quarters.

In the 8am incident yesterday, a tanker lorry carrying diesel skidded into Sungai Selangor, causing an oil spillage in the river.

The incident forced the closure of four treatment plants which supply water to consumers in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.


Age Not A Hindrance For Senior Citizens To Show Patriotic Spirit

Age Not A Hindrance For Senior Citizens To Show Patriotic Spirit

Age Not A Hindrance For Senior Citizens To Show Patriotic Spirit

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- Age is not a hindrance for senior citizens to come to the federal capital and be part of the crowd to converge at Dataran Merdeka Saturday to celebrate the country's 56th Merdeka (Independence) Day.

Ishak Abu Bakar, 66, from Melaka, said he noticed that the crowd at this year's Merdeka Day celebration was bigger than during the previous years.

"I am here every year to watch the national-level Merdeka Day parade. This year, I could not get a good spot to be able to watch the parade clearly because there are too many people.

"I think the people have realised the importance of unity and peace. Perhaps, the intrusion incident in Lahad Datu early this year made them realise the importance of harmony in the country," said the police retiree, who took along his wife on his motorcycle to watch the event.

The couple was at Dataran Merdeka as early as 6.30am.

A housewife, M. Selvarani, 62, from Penang, said Malaysians should not forget the sacrifices made from previous leaders and security members in freeing the country from the colonials.

"We are able to live in an independent country because of their sacrifices and I pray our country will continue to progress and be peaceful," she added.

Meanwhile, a government retiree from Taiping, Perak, Abdullah Hussein, 70, said despite the country celebrating its 56th Merdeka Day, the people, especially the young generation, should continue to appreciate the benefits of Merdeka and to help maintain peace in the country.

"Do not be carried away with the luxury that we are enjoying now. The Lahad Datu incidence has a huge impact on the people in the peninsula, although it happened in Sabah.

"Many of our security members were killed in protecting the country against the foreign intruders. That should be a lesson to us, especially the young people," he added.


Merdeka Day Parade Reflects Love For Country - Najib

Merdeka Day Parade Reflects Love For Country - Najib

Merdeka Day Parade Reflects Love For Country - Najib

Merdeka Day Parade Reflects Love For Country - Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- The 56th Merdeka Day parade reflects the love for the country in accordance with the theme of the celebration 'My Sovereign Malaysia: My Homeland', said Prime Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak.

"I feel as though my hair stand on end, seeing how high the patriotic spirit shown," he said when addressing the participants and thousands of spectators shortly after the parade at the Merdeka Square here Saturday.

Accompanied by his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, who is the 56th Merdeka Day organising committee chairman, Najib commended and thanked various committees, the security forces, the public and private sectors, and students taking part in the parade.

He said the theme was very apt as "we were born in our homeland Malaysia, we grew up in our homeland Malaysia, we make a living in our homeland Malaysia, and God willing, we will be buried in our homeland Malaysia."

It also embodies a great meaning to the independence which calls on people to defend it with their life and soul, he said.

The prime minister hoped the patriotic spirit shown would be instilled among the people, particularly the younger generation in an effort to take the country to the pinnacle of success in the march towards a developed nation.

Najib commended contingents taking part in the parade, particularly the security forces.

He said the sacrifices made by the security forces in defending the country against the Sulu armed intrusion in Lahad Datu had soared the spirit of patriotism and love for the country among Malaysians.

"This is our hope, renewing the patriotic spirit in our hearts as Malaysians who love this country," he said.

Meanwhile, in his Twitter post, Najib called on the people to maintain the security and sovereignty of the country.

On the Malaysian Aidilfitri open house in Melaka which he attended yesterday, the prime minister expressed his appreciation to the people of Melaka for the joyous occasion.

About 40,000 people attended the open house which was held at the Hang Tuah Stadium.

Najib was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at the function.

Lahat Datu Incident A Reminder To Protect Country's Sovereignty

Lahat Datu Incident A Reminder To Protect Country's Sovereignty

Lahat Datu Incident A Reminder To Protect Country's Sovereignty

SRI AMAN, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- The bloody incident in Lahad Datu and security problems in the state, which led to the formation of the Rejang Area Security Command (Rascom), should be a reminder for leaders and the people to always work together to ensure unity and the country's sovereignty remain intact.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the progress enjoyed by the people in the state, especially in the rural areas, after independence was because of efficient political leadership.

"However, we cannot be satisfied with what we have achieved so far because it is crucial for us to protect and preserve unity and the country's sovereignty to enable leaders in the country to continue with development efforts in line with the agenda to turn Sarawak into the richest state by 2020," he said in his speech at the state-level 56th Merdeka Day celebration at the Sri Aman Sports Complex field here today.

The text of Abdul Taib's speech at the event, which saw 6,000 participants from 124 contingents taking part in the Merdeka Day parade, was read by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.

Abdul Taib said the theme for this year's Merdeka Day celebration, "My Sovereign Malaysia: My Native Land", was apt with Sri Aman, previously known as Simanggang and Betong.

He said the strategic location of Sri Aman and the historical places in the area, like Bukit Sadok and Batang Ai, had turned it into an administrative centre.

However, he said,, the justification that brought the name change from Simanggang to Sri Aman was linked to the surrender of the armed communist guerillas.

Prior to that, he said, they were a threat to security in the state, especially in Sibu, Kanowit and Sarikei, which were now known as Rascom.


Malaysians Celebrates 56th Merdeka Day In Patriotic Fervour

Malaysians Celebrates 56th Merdeka Day In Patriotic Fervour

Malaysians Celebrates 56th Merdeka Day In Patriotic Fervour

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 (Bernama) -- People across the country gathered for parades to mark the 56th Merdeka Day in the spirit of patriotism and love for the country, and honouring the sacrifices made by the security forces.

Spectators headed for public gatherings in the capital, state capitals and major towns to witness the celebration themed "Malaysiaku Berdaulat: Tanah Tumpahnya Darahku" (My Sovereign Malaysia. My Homeland).

In Kuala Lumpur, thousands of people and tourists thronged the Merdeka Square as early as 7am to witness the Merdeka Day parade which started shortly after the arrival of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah at 8am.

The royal couple were greeted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman.

Tuanku Abdul Halim took a salute and inspected a parade mounted by four officers and 103 men from the first battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment based in Sungai Besi led by Major Mohamad Abdullah.

This was followed by the rendition of 'Negaraku' and the hoisting of the 'Jalur Gemilang' accompanied by a 14-gun salute symbolising 14 states (including the Federal Territories) in Malaysia by the Royal Artillery Regiment.

This was followed by a pledge read out by 56 Malaysians from various races comprising students, teachers, undergraduates, civil servants, security forces personnel and people with disabilities led by Muhammad Amal Mohd Yadzan from Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya.

This year's parade honoured the sacrifices made by the security forces in defending the sovereignty of the country by thwarting the Lahad Datu armed intrusion in February.

The theme of the celebration embodies patriotic fervour, unity and national sovereignty in bolstering the nation's defence against foreign incursion.

A total of 15,280 participants from 56 contingents took part in the parade, which was divided into four segments, namely 'My Malaysia', Solidarity, National Prosperity, and My Sovereign Malaysia: My Native Land.

The segments involve 23 marching units, 16 marching bands, displaying of assets by five security agencies, five field performances, including that of the cavalry ceremonial squadron and a flypast by Sukhoi 30MKM, MIG 29 an FA 18/D Hornet jetfighters.

In KOTA BAHARU, more than 2,000 people flocked to witness a parade put up by 65 contingents involving 2,275 participants at Padang Perdana here.

Also present were Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob and his deputy, Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah.

In his speech, Ahmad said the people should appreciate the struggle of freedom fighters Tok Janggut, Mat Kilau, Datuk Bahaman an Abdul Rahman Limbong and be wary of neo-colonialism through modern technology.

In TUMPAT, about 2,000 Malaysians of Thai-Buddhist descent held the Merdeka Day celebration at Wat Machimmaram.

In PAHANG, 101 marching contingents and 22 vehicles involving 7,500 participants representing government departments, the private sector, non-governmental organisations and students took part in a parade at the Kuantan Municipal Council Field I.

A 45-minute field performance reflecting the national sovereignty was presented.

Present were Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tengku Puan of Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.

A pledge was read by three Everest climbers, namely Myrza Fasha Md Hamyrudin, Mohd Nasuha Shamsuddin and Mohd Hafizudin Ibrahim.

In KANGAR, the Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail joined thousands gathered to watch a parade involving 96 contingents.

The Raja of Perlis was accompanied by the Raja Perempuan of Perlis Tuanku Tengku Fauziah Abdul Rashid.

Present were Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail, Raja Puan Muda of Perlis Tuanku Hajah Lailatul Shahreen Akashah Khalil and Menteri Besar Azlan Man.

In KOTA KINABALU, about 8,000 people from 150 contingents representing government agencies, NGOs and students took part in a parade at the Likas Sports Complex.

Present were Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Twenty-five hardware belonging to the police, armed forces, fire and rescue department and civil defence department were also displayed at the parade.

In Tawau, the people converged outside the Tawau Municipal Council as early as 7am to watch a parade made up of 4,379 participants from 76 contingents representing the security forces, government agencies and NGOs.

The event concluded with a prayer, seeking peace, solidarity, security and continued prosperity of the people and the country.

In SARAWAK, cloudy weather did not dampen the spirit of the people VARIOUS races to witness a parade held by 124 contingents involving 6,000 participants at the Sri Aman Sports Complex.

A martial art display was presented by members of he first Infantry Division Camp based in Muara Tuang in line with the Merdeka celebration theme 'My Sovereign Malaysia: My Homeland'.

Present were Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng and Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu.

In MELAKA, a parade was held in front of the Merdeka Declaration Memorial, Bandar Hilir, the historic site of the declaration of the independence date by first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.

A total of 6,850 participants from 132 contingents involving government agencies, private companies, NGOs and students participate in the parade.

Present were Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob and his wife, Toh Puan Zurina Kassim, Chief Minister Datuk Idris Haron.

In IPOH, about 10,000 people thronged the municipal hall compound as early as 7am to watch 110 contingents consisting of government departments and agencies, institutions of higher learning, uniformed and NGOs participated in the colourful parade.

Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah and Raja Puan Besar Tuanku Zara Salim also attended the celebration.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, a state-level parade was held at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium with 145 contingents involving 5,120 participants from government departments, the private sector, NGOs and schools.

Present were Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said and his wife, Toh Puan Seri Norliza Mahmud.

In his speech, Ahmad urged the people not to build walls due to political differences, instead they should inculcate unity and love for the country.

In ALOR SETAR, a parade involving 3,234 participants from 98 contingents was held at Dataran Tunku in front of the Pekan Rabu Complex.

Present were Kedah Council of Regency chairman Tan Sri Tunku Annuar Sultan Badlishah and Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir.

An unarmed combat display was put up by the Sixth Military Police Brigade based in Sungai Petani accompanied by music by a brass band display from the Kepala Batas Air Force College.

In SEREMBAN, about 15,000 participants involving 129 contingents from various agencies, departments and NGOs took part in a parade at the Seremban Municipal Council field.

Present were Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir, Tunku Ampuan Besar Tuanku Aishah Rohani Tengku Besar Mahmud and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

In PENANG, about 5,000 people flocked to watch a parade displayed by 95 contingents at the Dataran Pemuda Merdeka, Jalan Bagan Luar, Butterworth.

Present were Penang Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas and his wife, Toh Puan Majimor Shariff, and Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

In KOTA TINGGI, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin led a procession made up of heads of departments for a distant of about 500 metres to the Bandar Penawar Stadium.

Ninety-one contingents from various agencies, departments and NGOs took part in a parade from Dataran Bandar Penawar to the stadium.

Permas Jaya police station deputy head Sarjan Yusuf Ramji heightened the spirit of patriotism by reciting a poem entitled "Daulat" (sovereignty).

In his speech, Mohamed Khaled asked the people to translate the spirit of patriotism into their daily life as it should not be restricted to merely symbols and songs.


Flag-Raising Ceremony Held In Melbourne To Mark Merdeka

Flag-Raising Ceremony Held In Melbourne To Mark Merdeka

Flag-Raising Ceremony Held In Melbourne To Mark Merdeka

MELBOURNE, Aug 31 (Bernama) - A small crowd assembled at the Consulate General of Malaysia's Office here for a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 56th anniversary of Merdeka.

Counsel General of Malaysia to Melbourne Datuk Dr Mohd Rameez Yahaya said Malaysia had grown and prospered since independence and now occupied an important place on the world stage.

The consulate general office, which opened two years ago, has become a focus point for Malaysians in regard to immigration, cultural and documentation matters.

Melbourne, which this week was named by the Economist as the world's most liveable city, attracts many Malaysians, including tourists.

It is reported that there are between 70,000 and 80,000 Malaysians living in Melbourne as well as more than 8,000 students.

The Australia-Malaysia Business Council (AMBC) will hold a gala dinner at the Malaysian-owned Marriott Hotel here on Tuesday to mark the Merdeka Day and Malaysia Day.


Foto - Erin Malek Bercuti, Ibu Disangka Kakak

Foto - Erin Malek Bercuti, Ibu Disangka Kakak

Foto - Erin Malek Bercuti, Ibu Disangka Kakak

Pada 9 Ogos lalu, pelakon yang terkenal menerusi drama Misiku Kuza, Erin Malek difahamkan telah terbang ke Brisbane, Australia bagi meluangkan masa bersama keluarga tercinta.

Erin dikatakan berada di sana selama seminggu dan mereka sekeluarga telah selamat pulang ke Malaysia pada 15 Ogos lepas.

Foto - Erin Malek Bercuti, Ibu Disangka Kakak

Sepanjang berada di negara tersebut, Erin telah sempat berkongsi beberapa foto menariknya bersama peminat dan dalam banyak-banyak foto yang dikongsikan itu, OHBULAN! tertarik dengan sekeping foto yang tertulis caption berbunyi :

Melalui foto tersebut, ibu pelakon itu kelihatan sangat muda dan mereka kelihatan seperti adik beradik. Beberapa orang peminat turut menulis komen mengatakan ibu Erin Malek muda dan juga cantik. Apa kata anda pula?

Bagaimanapun, untuk semua peminat Erin Malek, jom layan beberapa foto menarik pelakon tersebut selepas ini. Enjoice!

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