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Massive landslide at Bukit Antarabangsa

KUALA LUMPUR: A massive landslide occurred in Bukit Antarabangsa at 4am Saturday. As of 10.45am Saturday, four people are confirmed dead and 15 injured.

The landslide cut off access by the main road to the residential areas at Bukit Antarabangsa, trapping hundreds of residents.

A total of 3,000 to 5,000 residents in the vicinity of the landslide are going to be evacuated, said Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar.landslide brian 03

He said the military has been roped in to create a slip road to enable trapped victims to be evacuated from the area.

Among the dead are a 30-year-old mother, her two-month-old baby and her maid.

A total of 93 people have been rescued while seven are still reported missing.

Also affected are 14 houses in Jalan Bukit Mewah and Jalan Mewah Utama.

The injured and the remains of the dead have been rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

A total of 160 police, army, Ampang Jaya City Council (MPAJ) and medical personnel are involved in the search and rescue operation.

According to BERNAMA, the injured were given first aid at the Addinniah surau before being sent to hospital. At least 12 ambulances were spotted at the scene.

One of the affected bungalows is owned by Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, the principal private secretary to the prime minister.

Thajudeen and his family are safe. They were not at home at the time.

Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali said at the scene that earth movement continued to take place and that electricity supply to several housing estates in Bukit Antarabangsa was disrupted.

The site of Saturday’s landslide is believed to be 1.5km from the Highland Towers apartment building which collapsed on Dec 11, 1993, killing 48 people.

06/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Pengundian 17 Jan di Kuala T’ganu

Hari penamaan calon bagi pilihanraya kecil Kuala Terengganu jatuhnya pada 6 Januari dan pengundian pula 17 Januari, memberikan 11 hari berkempen, demikian diumumkan Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR).
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Timbalan Pengerusi SPR Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar berkata bilangan pengundi kali ini 80,229 orang, sedikit berbeza berbanding 80,325 orang dalam pilihanraya umum Mac lalu.

Jumlah ini termasuk 1,035 pengundi pos.

Dakwat tidak mudah padam di jari pengundi, seperti yang pernah dijanjikan akan diamalkan oleh SPR, tidak akan dilaksanakan dalam pilihanraya ini.

Ia diadakan susulan kematian penyandangnya Datuk Razali Ismail, yang juga timbalan menteri pelajaran, Jumaat lepas.

Wakil rakyat BN itu menewaskan Naib Presiden PAS Mohamad Sabu dengan majoriti tipis, 628 undi.

05/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Malaysians paying a premium for fuel

MALAYSIANS were paying RM1.52 per litre for petrol when crude oil was below US$50 per barrel 3½ years ago.

Today, we are paying RM1.90 per litre as crude oil hovered at US$48 per barrel yesterday.

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Based on crude oil price at US$50 per barrel, the market price for RON 97, the most popular petrol grade sold at local pumps, is estimated at RM1.40 per litre. RON 97 accounts for about 80% of the more than one billion litres of fuel sold at local pumps every month, according to some estimates.

Analysts believe that pump operators have been paying duties for all fuel products since October. At current prices, that would translate to about 50 sen per litre in extra fuel revenue for the Government.

The volatility in the international crude oil market and the lack of transparency on how local fuel price is calculated make it very difficult to accurately estimate how much duty the Government has collected in recent weeks.

Crude oil hit a record US$147 in July, resulting in the Government having had to subsidise every drop sold at local pumps.

The global financial crisis turned worse after that, sending crude oil prices plunging. This resulted in six price cuts at local petrol pumps since August.

Recently, there had been talk about setting a floor price for fuel sold at local pumps. The extra income from duties collected for fuel sale will help the Government cut its budget deficit.

The funds could also be channelled towards pump-priming activities to prop up the economy, said RHB Research Institute in a note.

If a policy to set a minimum price for fuel were introduced, the additional revenue should be diverted to improve public transport facilities.

Fast-tracking projects such as expanding the Light Rail Transit network in the Klang Valley and building a new one in Penang, should be a priority.

Such projects would also give a much needed boost to the construction industry and alleviate traffic woes in the cities.

In the US, fuel sold at pumps is taxed. The money collected is used mainly for transportation-related projects. If not, then drivers should pay for fuel at market price, said Bank Islam senior economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin.

He said the Government should divert funds from fuel revenue into developing alternative sources of energy. In Brazil, almost all light vehicles can run on ethanol made from sugarcane.

Back home, palm oil is blended with fossil fuel to make biodiesel, but its usage remains below expectations. Increased use of alternative fuels will lower demand for traditional fossil fuel, and help keep prices of petrol and diesel in check.

Using palm oil-based fuels would also lend support to the plantation industry that is now struggling to cope with the sharp decline in the price of crude palm oil.

05/12/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Saiful quashed claims of contracting STD

Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the former aide of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is accusing the PKR advisor of sodomizing him has denied claims on certain blogs on the internet that the his critically ill after contracted a sexually-transmitted disease. He said “I wish to clarify that I am physically fit and healthy as you can see and am not bedridden or ill as claimed by some parties in their blogs and I certainly do not have STD,”

29/11/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Intercultural Friendship, Understanding Needed

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 (Bernama) — Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said intercultural friendship and understanding were much more in demand today, as the people tended to migrate to other countries where the cultural composition was unlike that in their countries of origin.

“There is therefore, a greater need for everyone to learn and understand the differing cultures, in particular those related to the religion of other members of the population in their new countries,” he said at the International Multicultural Symposium in Melbourne, Australia Saturday.

The text of his speech titled, ‘Social Cohesion, Intercultural Friendship and Understanding’, was e-mailed to Bernama here.

The event was organised by Darul Uloom Academy of Brisbane, the Australian Islamic Friendship Association and the Lebanese Muslim Association.

Dr Mahathir said for Muslims, this was doubly important as more and more Muslims were now residing in non-Muslim countries whose cultures were contrary to the cultures they were used to.

“Without losing faith in their religion, they must make adjustments within what is prescribed by Islam, since Islam is not so rigid as to stand in the way of such adjustments,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said there was a need to promote tolerance, especially tolerance of the different cultures and religions of each other, since it was becoming more important currently, as migrants from different countries were found everywhere.

He also reminded that “there is a need for everyone to be sensitive to the feelings of everyone else.” “A common practice in Malaysia is for hotels to prepare all kinds of foods for Muslims for the iftar, and often the guests are non-Muslims.

“But in deference to the Muslims, everyone waits for iftar before eating and the non-Muslims are quite comfortable with this and they are sensitive to the feelings of the Muslims during the fast,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said it was also a practice in Malaysia for peoples of different faiths to participate in each other’s religious festival by holding open houses where all were welcome.

He said there was also a need to promote common values which could reduce the differences, and this could be found in sports and music.

“Ethnic foods have been accepted as national food in many countries. In Britain, chicken tikka is as much accepted by the peoples of different groups as their national food, such as steak and potatoes,” added the former prime minister.

— BERNAMA

11/10/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment

Petrol At RM1.92 Per Litre

Petrol At RM1.92 Per Litre If World Crude Oil Price Dips To US$72 A Barrel

By: Ramjit

–>JOHOR BAHARU, Oct 10 (Bernama) — The retail price of petrol can dip as low as RM1.92 per litre, the price two years ago, if the world crude oil price drops to US$72 a barrel, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said Friday.

He said a continuous deflation of the fuel price was possible if the demand from the developed countries were reduced and there was an economic downturn.

“The government will reduce the fuel price based on the exchange rate of the ringgit against the US dollar. For example, in 2006, the world crude oil was priced at US$65 a barrel and at RM1.92 per litre with the ringgit being traded at RM3.80 for each dollar.

“So, if we want to enjoy RM1.92 per litre now, the price of crude oil must fall to US$72 per barrel. It is possible if there is less demand from the developed countries such as Japan and the United States,” he said after launching the RM6.4 million zipper factory owned by YKK (Malaysia) Sdn Bhdin Larkin here.

Meanwhile, commenting on the rise in price of coconut milk in the market, Shahrir said it was beyond the ministry’s control as only grated coconut was a controlled item, not coconut milk.

He said, however, that the government via Fama had imported 600,000 coconuts from Indonesia in a bid to reduce the price of coconut milk in the market.

— BERNAMA

10/10/2008 Posted by | Dalam Negeri | Leave a comment