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PADANG BESAR, Jan 31 (Bernama) -- Up to 180 people have been prosecuted so far under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007, Home Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam said here.

He said 10 of them had been convicted while the other cases were ongoing.

The act provides for a maximum jail term of 20 years or a fine of up to RM500,000, or both, upon conviction, he told reporters after delivering a briefing for officers and staff of departments and agencies under the ministry, here last night.

Mahmood said the act would be amended from time to time to plug any loophole.

Asked about the inflow of foreigners who carried the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) card, he said the matter would be handled prudently.



He said the Immigration Department and the UNHCR had discussed the question of issuing a special card to those confirmed as refugees.

However, he said, Malaysia only extended sympathy to but did not recognise the estimated 45,000 refugees in the country.

"They cannot take up permanent employment in the country but are allowed to have temporary jobs," he said.




KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi heads the list of 240 recipients of Federal Territory awards and medals in conjunction with Federal Territory Day 2010.

Abdullah is bestowed the Seri Utama Mahkota Wilayah (SUMW) which carries the title "Datuk Seri Utama".

Acting Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah is scheduled to present the awards at an investiture at Istana Negara.

Former Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, who is also the Johor Baharu Member of Parliament, is also conferred the SUMW.

Kuala Lumpur Datuk Bandar Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail is among seven recipients of the Seri Mahkota Wilayah (SMW) which carries the title "Datuk Seri".

Other recipients of the SMW are Federal Court Judges Datuk Gopal Sri Ram and Datuk James Foong Cheng Yuen, Secretary-General of the Treasury Tan Sri Dr Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Abdullah, executive vice-chairman of the Yayasan Al-Bukhary Datuk Ismail Yusof, Media Advisor to the Prime Minister Datuk Jalaludin Bahaudin and chairman of the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) Datuk Alies Anor Abdul (rpt Abdul) who was also a former political secretary to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when he was the Defence Minister.



Three media organisation heads, namely the Director-General of Broadcasting, Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya, Malay Mail editor-in-chief Ahirudin Attan, who is better known as the blogger Rocky Bru and is also protem president of the Alliance of Bloggers (All-Blogs), and Harian Metro group editor Mustapa Omar are among the 27 recipients of the Panglima Mahkota Wilayah (PMW) which carries the title "Datuk".

Also conferred the PMW are the Chief Registrar of the Federal Court, Hasnah Mohammed Hashim, High Court Judge Lim Yee Lan, Dr Sharuddin Md Salleh who was a former political secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassian when he was the International Trade and Industry Minister, and the Deputy Secretary-General (Management) of the Higher Education Ministry, Omar Abd Rahman.

The Director of the Planning, Research and Corporate Division of the Public Service Department, Dr John Antony Xavier, Director of the Narcotics Investigation Department of the Royal Malaysia Police Datuk Zul Hasnan Najib Baharudin, Deputy Secretary-General I of the Ministry of Human Resources and Environment Aziyah (rpt Aziyah) Mohamed, Senior Director of the General Building Works Branch of the Public Works Department Datuk Dr Amer Hamzah Mohd Yunus, Deputy Director-General of Education, Ministry of Education Dr Haili Dolhan and Chief Syarie Judge of the Federal Territory Syariah Court Mohamad Abdullah.

Army 4th Division Commander, Wardieburn Camp, Maj Gen Datuk Zulkiple Kassim, Director of Corporate Services of Putrajaya Corporation Muhamad Haitamin (rpt Haitamin) Ishak, former Deputy Director of the Special Branch, Bukit Aman, SAC II (Rtd) Leong Chee Woh, Executive Director of Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan Mohd Idris Mohd Isa, Bukit Bandaraya Bangsar Residents Association president Tunku Zahiah Tunku Sulong, Chairman of the Labuan branch of the Malaysian Malay Chamber of Commerce Yussof Mohammad, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Advisory Board Member and Seputeh Umno division head Mustapa Kamal Mohd Yussof, DBKL Advisory Board Member and Batu Umno division head Yahaya Mat Ghani, Federal Territory MCA Liaison secretary Lai Kong Fah, Federal Territory MIC information chief K.P Peru Karupan, People's Progressive Party (PPP) information chief A. Chandrakumanan who is also the Federal Territory PPP chairman, are also recipients of the PMW.



Professional chef Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan, former national cyclist and consultant Ng Joo Ngan and chairman of the Al-Ghufran Mosque in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Hassanuddin Ali are also conferred the PMW.

Thirty-two people are awarded the Johan Mahkota Wilayah (JMW) including the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian National News Agency (BERNAMA) Zulkefli Salleh and Managing Editor of the Media Prima Group Shaharudin Abd Latif, 30 are awarded the Kesatria Mahkota Wilayah (KMW) including the Group Editor of Kumpulan Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (TV3) Mohd Ashraf Abdullah, 43 are awarded the Ahli Mahkota Wilayah (AMW) and 90 will receive the Pingat Pangkuan Mahkota Wilayah (PPW).



Penggunaan nama Allah oleh non muslim di Indon (Bukti)

Assalamualaikum w.b.t….

Brother & sisters..
Just want to share something with you all…
Think carefully for our next future generations…
Remember the quote “to see the future of nation just look at their youth @ youngster…
What their done is the mirror of what will happen in future….”
So what happen now give big implication on our next generation…

It’s a story about using Allah as same word as other God which in Christian they believe Jesus is the son of God.
So, the Malaysian Christian (which I believe only some of them) currently claim that the word Allah not only belong to Muslim but also for them..
For me, it’s really sad they can’t even simplest thing & hurt Malaysian people really bad…
After many decade we Malay Muslim had sacrifice a lot for the others Malaysian (neither race or religion) in the name of unity but right now when it relate to ‘Aqidah’ & purity of Islam religion it’s really too much….
I don’t want our past mistake happen again & again…..
I believe this part of the Jewish plan.
So to all Muslim, please come unite & protect our beloved religion & country….
P/S : Here I attached some interesting photo that may open any Muslim eye regarding this matter….
So, please don’t say in the name of democracy, or whatever…..


What the kids will think after this if Allah can be seen at church like this??
It’ll make them confuse like ‘we can pray Allah at church’ or ‘Allah has more than one’???
What will happen next??

This already happen in East Malaysia , so please do something before its spread here…


Don’t wait until it happen like in Indonesia which lot of confusion like this….
That time ‘Murtad’ is normal & can’t be stop anymore….
Again, to all my Muslim friend lets unite and face this for sake of our future…
Allahuakbar!! Allahuakbar!! Allahuakbar!!


Hazman bin Hasim

Capability Management Dept (PEK)

Petroleum Engineering Division

Level 17, Tower 2


ext : 1-7862


PENANG, Jan 17 (Bernama) -- A teacher and a student drowned and four other students went missing after a dragon boat carrying 18 people capsized in waters about 100 metres offshore Lebuh Macallum here today, police said.

Penang Chief Police Officer Datuk Ayub Yaakob said the incident occurred at 10.20am and the body of the teacher, Chin Ai Fang, in his 20's, was recovered by a search-and-rescue (SAR) team 10 minutes later.

A spokesman of the SAR team said the body of the drowned student, Jason Ch'ng, 17, was recovered near the scene of the incident at 2.45pm.

Ayub had named the missing students as Brandon Yeoh, 17, Yong Xiang, 16, Koh Yiz Hiang, 17, and Cheah Zi Jun, 17.

The teacher, two instructors and 15 students, of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Chung Ling, Air Itam, here were on a training stint from 8am when the boat was struck by a wave some two hours later and capsized, he said.

"Of the five students, only one had reportedly worn a safety jacket," he told reporters.



Ayub said a 60-member search-and-rescue team was conducting an aerial and sea search for the missing students.

The area where the boat capsized is often used by school boating teams to train in preparation for the Penang International Dragon Boat Race scheduled for the middle of the year.



Rum bottle thrown at Malaysia mosque amid tension

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Vandals threw a rum bottle at a mosque in the first attack on a Muslim house of worship after almost a dozen similar assaults on churches in Malaysia the past week, police said Saturday.

Police have dismissed the attacks as vandalism, but they have caused disquiet in multiracial Malaysia and raised fears of more widespread religious tensions.

One Sikh temple and 11 churches have been hit _ most of them with molotov cocktails _ since Jan. 8. One church was partially gutted, though the others sustained only minor damages. No arrests have been made.

The unrest follows a Dec. 31 court ruling that allowed non-Muslims to use the word "Allah" to refer to God. The verdict upset Muslims who make up 60 percent of Malaysia's 28 million people. The government has argued allowing Christians to use the word will confuse Muslims and entice them to convert.

The bottle was thrown at a mosque in eastern Sarawak state late Friday and found smashed near an outer wall inside the compound, said local police chief Abu Bakar Mokhtar. He said they didn't know if it contained any alcohol when vandals threw it. Most Muslims consider alcohol illegal.

Abu Bakar blamed "naughty boys" for the incident.

In the latest church attack late Friday, vandals smashed a window of a church in southern Negeri Sembilan state, said Saiful Azly Kamaruddin, a district police chief.

He said the attack also appeared to be vandalism, and added police have stepped up patrols and deployed more plainclothes officials in the area.

The unrest centers on the court ruling, in which the Herald, the main newspaper of the Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia, argues it has the right to use the word "Allah" in its Malay-language edition because it predates Islam and is commonly used by Christians in other predominantly Muslims countries, such as Egypt, Indonesia and Syria. It is also used in Malay-language Bibles.

The government has condemned the attacks and assured Christians, who make up some 9 percent of Malaysia's population, they are safe.

But the attacks aren't abating. The office of lawyers representing the Herald in their legal fight was also ransacked earlier this week.

Hershey to bid at least 17.9 bln dlrs for Cadbury

US chocolate maker Hershey plans to bid at least 17.9 billion dollars next week for British confectioner Cadbury after concluding it can top US food giant Kraft's offer, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

WASHINGTON (AFP) - – US chocolate maker Hershey plans to bid at least 17.9 billion dollars next week for British confectioner Cadbury after concluding it can top US food giant Kraft's offer, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Hershey was finalizing a financing package that now includes a loan of at least 10 billion dollars from banks, five billion in new Hershey shares and at least three billion from private investors and the Hershey trust, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter.

The move would be the latest twist in an international chocolate bidding war that has seen the Cadbury board repeatedly reject Kraft's cash and shares hostile offer. The Hershey bid is seen as likely to garner more favor with the British company's chiefs.

In its current form, Hershey's bid would be equivalent to at least 800 pence (13 dollars) to 820 pence (13.33 dollars) per Cadbury share, while Kraft is offering 770 pence (12.52 dollars) a share.

That bid was approved by a special three-way transaction committee of Hershey board members that includes former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, the Journal said.

Hershey chief executive David West, who has fought against the plan for months, has now "accepted such a bid will happen," the newspaper cited one of its sources as saying.

Hershey board members have also promised him the plum post of chief executive of a combined company of the chocolate giants, a person familiar with the deliberations told the Journal, which quoted another source as saying the offer was now "75 percent to 80 percent likely."

Cadbury board members have indicated they would not recommend a price below 850 pence (13.82 dollars) a share to their shareholders, according to the newspaper, which noted that the British company would likely not accept a bid from Kraft even if it upped its offer to 800 pence or more.

It also reported that concerns over keeping an investment-grade credit rating would likely prevent Hershey from going as high as 850 pence.

The Pennsylvania-based company already has a relationship with Cadbury that includes the rights to make and distribute some of the British company's products in the United States and other countries, according to Hershey's website.

"We continue to believe that our offer presents the best immediate value and attractive upside potential for Cadbury shareholders," a Kraft spokesman told the Journal.

But Peter Langerman, chief executive of Mutual Series, a subsidiary of Franklin Resources that owns more than 100 million Cadbury shares, said Kraft's offer "materially undervalues Cadbury in our view and I think just about everyone's... If there's no deal, there's no deal."

Kraft, the world's second-biggest snacks group after Nestle, has until Tuesday to make its final offer. A British takeover panel would then set a deadline for Hershey to make its bid to take over Cadbury, the second-largest confectionery company behind Mars.

A leading chocolate manufacturer in the United States, Hershey was founded over a century ago by Milton Hershey.


BACHOK, Jan 15 (Bernama) -- Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat confirmed today that the state government, through the Kelantan Menteri Besar Incorporated, will buy back the "Bazar Tok Guru" worth RM23 million due to technical problem.

The actual price was still under negotiation with the bazaar's developer Sensa Timur, he said.

"I can only confirm that the state government has to buy back the bazaar complex which is under construction due to technical reason and to protect the interest of traders," he told reporters after opening the Asyura Porridge Fest in Kampung Sri Kemunting, Beah, near here today.

He was commenting on a blog entry which claimed that the state government had to bear losses for buying back the complex.

"I am also giving the assurance that traders who will be moved from Arkid Uda and Pasar Lama MPKB will be given priority to occupy the lots on the ground floor of the bazaar as previously agreed," he said.

Meanwhile, Nik Aziz said, the Kelantan government would meet religious leaders, including Christians and Buddhists, to enhance relations following arson attempts on churches in the country.



Projek hidroelektrik Hulu Terengganu ancam ekologi

Mohd Feroz Abu Bakar

KERAJAAN Terengganu bercadang menjadikan sektor pelancongan tulang belakang ekonomi negeri sebagai bekalan selepas sumber daripada sektor minyak dan gas kehabisan pada masa depan. Dalam ucapan penggulungan Bajet 2010 di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), baru-baru ini, Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Said menamakan Tasik Kenyir sebagai kawasan berpotensi besar untuk dibangunkan bagi lokasi utama pelancongan.

Namun, pada masa sama, kerajaan negeri juga meluluskan beberapa projek pembangunan yang dilihat akan memusnahkan sistem ekologi di tempat terbabit yang sepatutnya menjadi lokasi pelancongan pada masa akan datang. Terbaru ialah Projek Hidroelektrik Hulu Terengganu yang akan menenggelamkan 6,130 hektar hutan di kawasan sensitif alam sekitar peringkat 1, dalam Hutan Simpan Tembat.

Klasifikasi Peringkat 1 mengikut Rancangan Fizikal Negara itu bermakna tiada pembangunan, pertanian dan pembalakan yang dibenarkan kecuali ekopelancongan berimpak rendah, penyelidikan dan pendidikan. Projek berkenaan akan mewujudkan bukan satu malah dua empangan baru yang jaraknya kira-kira 25 kilometer ke utara Tasik Kenyir.

Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) percaya kerajaan Terengganu perlu bekerjasama dengan Tenaga Nasional Bhd bagi membina jana kuasa yang akan mengeluarkan kira-kira 212 MegaWatt (MW) kuasa elektrik demi pembangunan negara. Tetapi, pertubuhan bukan kerajaan itu membantah cadangan kerajaan negeri untuk turut membalak kawasan lebih 12,600 hektar di sekeliling bakal Empangan Tembat dan Empangan Puah.

SAM bimbang kerana kawasan di sekeliling kedua-dua empangan berkenaan sepatutnya menjadi kawasan tadahan air untuk menjana tenaga bagi Projek Hidroelektrik Hulu Terengganu.

Pegawai Penyelidik Lapangan SAM, Meor Abdul Razak Meor Abdul Rahman, berkata kawasan cadangan pembalakan Hutan Simpan Tembat kaya dengan kepelbagaian hayat berskala besar yang masih kekal terpelihara di Terengganu, bersempadan dengan Taman Negara Pahang.

“Kawasan cadangan pembalakan itu sebahagian kompleks hutan 'Tulang Belakang Tengah' dan Koridor Hidupan Liar dalam gugusan hutan Taman Negara Pahang, banjaran timur. SAM tidak membantah pembalakan hutan seluas 6,130 hektar yang akan ditenggelami air kerana pembalakan sudah dijalankan dengan giat.

“Bagaimanapun, kami membantah cadangan pembalakan di sekeliling kawasan berkenaan yang lebih luas daripada hutan yang bakal ditenggelami air pada 2012,” katanya. SAM menerusi Presidennya, SM Mohammad Idris mahu kerajaan Terengganu membatalkan pembalakan di kawasan lebih 12,600 hektar itu atau mengecilkan skalanya.

SM Mohammad Idris menyatakan bantahan mereka melalui surat kepada Menteri Besar pada 14 Disember lalu.

Pembinaan Empangan Kenyir pada 1980-an sudah cukup banyak memusnahkan flora dan fauna termasuk memaksa haiwan di tanah rendah seperti gajah dan badak sumbu meninggalkan habitat semula jadi mereka. Kawanan gajah kini boleh dilihat di Jalan Tasik Kenyir-Gua Musang, tanda haiwan berkenaan tertekan dengan pembalakan dan habitat mereka ditenggelami air.

Apa perasaan anda jika diusir dari rumah sendiri dan kampung halaman? Meor Abdul Razak berkata, ekspedisi SAM ke kawasan pembalakan ke Hutan Simpan Tembat pada Oktober lalu juga dikejutkan dengan kehadiran harimau kumbang yang melintas di laluan balak. Itu satu lagi tanda binatang liar terpaksa merayau-rayau di luar habitat asal kerana hutan semula jadi sedang dimusnahkan dengan giat.

Ironinya, jika Tasik Kenyir dan jirannya Empangan Tembat atau Empangan Puah hendak dijadikan kawasan ekopelancongan besar-besaran, apa lagi yang tinggal untuk ditunjukkan kepada pelawat?

Santuari Gajah Sungai Ketior dalam Hutan Simpan Tembat pun masih belum diwartakan sebagai kawasan perlindungan atau pemuliharaan semula jadi. Satu lagi projek yang menjadi kebimbangan SAM di Terengganu ialah projek berskala besar penternakan udang di kawasan seluas 1,000 hektar di Penarik, Setiu, hanya beberapa kilometer dari pantai.

Meor Abdul Razak berkata, walaupun projek itu dibangunkan di Hutan Tanah Kerajaan dan Jabatan Perhutanan Terengganu mengkategorikan kawasan dipenuhi pokok gelam itu sebagai hutan miskin atau tiada hasil, tapak projek adalah lapangan banjir. Laporan kesan alam sekitar (EIA) menunjukkan tapak projek itu adalah kawasan paya menjadi tadahan air, iaitu lapangan limpahan air Sungai Chalok yang terdedah kepada kesan pasang-surut.

“Kerajaan negeri menebus-guna tanah paya yang selama ini menjadi kawasan limpahan air secara semula jadi. Selepas ini, ketika musim tengkujuh di Pantai Timur, air hujan berlebihan tidak dapat melimpah dan keadaan lebih buruk jika air laut pasang.

“Fenomena ini sudah pun dialami di Kerian, Perak selepas air Tasik Bukit Merah tidak dapat mengalir ke kuala akibat air pasang, ditambah pula dengan mendapan akibat pembalakan di Hutan Simpan Pondok Tanjung lebih 1,400 hektar untuk projek penternakan kambing boer.

“Akibatnya, sawah padi dan rumah penduduk kampung yang tidak mendapat sebarang manfaat daripada projek berkenaan ditenggelami air,” katanya.

Laporan EIA juga memaklumkan projek penternakan udang di Penarik akan mengancam secara kritikal tuntung dan tuntung laut yang membiak di Sungai Setiu dan Sungai Chalok. Atas dasar itu, SAM Idris sekali lagi merayu kerajaan Terengganu mengecilkan skala projek itu agar tidak menjejaskan ekologi kawasan sekitarnya.

-dipetik dari Berita Harian-

2 laporan polis terhadap Suara Keadilan, patologis Thai

SHAH ALAM: Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) membuat dua laporan polis semalam, terhadap akhbar Suara Keadilan dan pakar patologi terkenal Thailand, Dr Pornthip Rojanasunan selepas akhbar itu menyiarkan laporan bertajuk 'Pornthip sahkan Beng Hock dibunuh' dalam keluaran bertarikh 29 Disember 2009 – 5 Januari 2010.

Laporan polis itu dibuat dua pegawai SPRM Putrajaya, Raub Ghani dan Hisyam Mohd Yusoff, di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Shah Alam, kira-kira jam 10.30 pagi.

Menerusi laporan polis yang dibuat secara berasingan itu, mereka mendakwa terbaca mengenai artikel itu ketika membaca akhbar Suara Keadilan di kafe Bintang Walk di Seksyen 7, di sini, kira-kira jam 2 petang kelmarin.

Artikel berkenaan menyatakan laporan forensik Dr Pornthip selepas bedah siasat kedua terhadap mayat Setiausaha Politik seorang Exco Selangor, Teoh Beng Hock, di Hospital Sungai Buloh, menyimpulkan lelaki itu mati dibunuh.

Mereka membuat laporan polis itu terhadap Dr Pornthip kerana mengesyaki pakar itu membocorkan maklumat laporan forensik kepada pihak yang tidak sepatutnya dan disiarkan dalam akhbar Suara Keadilan.

Mereka menyifatkan perbuatan itu satu tindakan subjudis dan melampaui kuasa inkues yang masih berjalan.

Raub dalam laporan polisnya berkata, laporan polis itu dibuat kerana perbuatan Dr Pornthip adalah perbuatan melampaui keputusan mahkamah dan ia akan memburukkan lagi imej SPRM.

Sementara itu, Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed, yang ditemui, berkata beliau akan mendapatkan laporan daripada pegawainya mengenai penyiaran artikel itu.

Beliau yang baru saja memulakan tugas selepas bercuti, berkata beliau akan mendapatkan perincian mengenai artikel berkenaan.

-dipetik dari Berita Harian-


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 (Bernama) -- The issue of non-Muslims using the word 'Allah' must be handled with utmost care by all parties involved said Minister of Family, Women and Community Development, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

"Actually, non-Muslims in the country accept the fact that the word 'Allah' belongs to Muslims. I am concerned that the issue can 'explode' if not handled wisely and with utmost care.

"In a country like Malaysia, culture, tradition, convention and ethics, apart from the law, play a critical role in ensuring harmony among the races," she said in a statement here today.

Shahrizat who is also the Umno Wanita Chief said the wing would always monitor the situation of the case and would wait for the appeal.

Yesterday, the High Court ruled that the Catholic weekly, The Herald, can use the word 'Allah' in its articles to propagate Christianity among its followers.

Judge Datuk Lau Bee Lian had ruled that usage of the word was constitutional as long as the periodical was confined to educate the followers of the Christian faith.