Zahid promises NO PROTECTION for UPSR leak culprit

The police will not protect those individuals or senior officers involved in leaking the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) Science and English papers.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the police had opened an investigation paper and were liaising with the education ministry to jointly carry out a detailed probe into the leakages.

“More information will be unearthed by the police, especially on the method of distribution of question papers of not only UPSR, but also other examinations.

“The education ministry and the Examinations Syndicate have given us much information to facilitate investigations.

“I wish to give my assurance that the police will not do a cover-up on any individual or senior officer involved in the leakage,” he told reporters after opening the Batu Kawan Umno division delegates meeting today.

Meanwhile, the police today detained four teachers during a raid in Penang and Parit Buntar, Perak over the leakages in the examination papers. – Bernama, September 14, 2014.

 

Zahid Hamidi : “We can absorb cleared members of PPS”

The Home Ministry is vetting through the membership list of Penang’s Volunteer Patrol Unit (PPS), which has been pronounced illegal by the Inspector-General of Police, to identify those who can still operate for community policing bodies recognised by the Federal government.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said the state government has given him the full list of the members following the arrest of 154 of them on August 31.

“We will complete the scanning on almost 10,000 of the members and legal action will be taken on any of them that have criminal records,” he said.

“We will then send the cleared list to the Penang government,” he added.

“They are members of an illegal organisation. So we are in the midst of discussing with the state government how best these people can be absorbed into legal organisations if they are really sincere in helping in the safety of their community,” he said.

Zahid said this after officiating at the Umno Batu Kawan division’s delegates’ conference in Seberang Perai.

The 154 members were investigated under section 43 of the Societies Act 1966 for being involved with an unlawful organisation.

The Penang government has maintained that PPS was legal and legitimate as it was instituted as a body under the state to provide help during emergencies and disasters, and for community policing.

The 154 members were detained after they had participated in the march-past during the state-level Merdeka Day celebration in George Town.

In his speech, Zahid said chief minister Lim Guan Eng had contacted him following the arrests but was told that there cannot be any compromise on the issue as the PPS was not registered.

“I asked him to immediately stop all PPS activities, and he agreed to my request,” Zahid said.

He added that community policing is needed to support the police in curbing crime, especially on the streets, but only the federal government is empowered over security issues.

He said that was why bodies like Rakan Cop, Rela Corps, the Civil Defence Department and Rukun Tetangga were formed under federal authorities.

On the recent leaks in the UPSR examination papers for English and Science subjects, Zahid said the police are working with senior officials from the Education Ministry and the Malaysian Examination Board to conduct detailed investigations on the matter.

The investigators are also looking at the methods and procedures of distribution of the papers to the examination centres to plug any shortcomings.

He added that there will be no cover-up by the police on any individuals, including senior personnel, and any agency involved in the fiasco.

The new sittings for the English and Science subjects have been scheduled for September 30. – September 14, 2014.

Muhyuddin Yassin To Nai’mah : You’re FIRED !!

PUTRAJAYA: It must have felt like a bolt out of the blue for Examinations Syndicate director Dr Na’imah Ishak.

In the morning, she was helping Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh demonstrate to the media how UPSR papers were secured before being transported to examination halls.

By afternoon, she had been suspended from duty by Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who gave the order from Vientiane, Laos, where he is attending the Asean Education Ministers Meeting.

The deputy director of operations at the Examinations Syndicate, Dr Wan Ilias Wan Salleh, was also suspended.

Dr Na’imah declined to comment on the action, saying she was in no position to make a statement.

The 58-year-old assumed the post in August 2011 after serving in several positions, including as deputy director (policy and planning), head of policy sector at the educational planning and research division, and deputy director at Institut Aminuddin Baki, an educational management institute.

Dr Na’imah was also a teacher at SMK Bentong in Pahang where she taught History, Bahasa Malaysia, Malay Literature and English to students in Forms Three and Four.

She also lectured at the Faculty of Education in Universiti Malaya (UM).

Born on Nov 30, 1956, she received her undergraduate degree in History from UM in 1978, followed by a diploma in education majoring in History with a minor in Geography at the same university in 1979.

She obtained a master’s degree in curriculum development from Acadia University in Canada in 1988 and a PhD in programme assessment from the University of Oregon in the United States in 2000.

During the demonstration, Idris and Dr Na’imah showed how the UPSR (Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah) test papers were sealed in two transparent plastic bags and then placed in a canvas bag that was also sealed for transportation.

Also shown to reporters was an 800-page document that contained the Examinations Syndicate’s standard operating procedure for the security of test papers and the conducting of public examinations.

Another Near Disaster For Malaysian Airlines ??

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH198 flying from Kuala Lumpur en route to Hyderabad, India, made a turn back, shortly after takeoff, according to reports.

The plane landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang.

Initial reports suggest that the plane had to make an emergency landing due to “burning fuel”.

A tweet by Flightradar24 said: Malaysian Airlines flight #MH198 holding and burning fuel after departure http://www.flightradar24.com/MAS198/451ce1e Reason unknown

 

Zahid Hamidi – Dont Disturb 4 Key Thrusts Of Social Contract

BESUT: All quarters have been reminded not to try to disturb the four key thrusts regarding racial relations enshrined in the Federal Constitution as the national social contract, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The Umno vice-president, while stressing that Umno would be on the front line defending the thrusts, said any disruption would affect racial stability in the country.

The four main thrusts are Islam as the official religion in the Federal region, Malay Rulers, Malay rights and Bahasa Malaysia as the national language.

“Don’t try to disturb these four key thrusts because we, Umno, and the Government, will ensure that stern legal action will be taken against those who dare to do so.

“I would like to stress that there will be no compromise in this matter and to whom it may concern.

“Don’t try to challenge the Federal Constitution,” he said when opening the Besut Umno divisional delegates’ meeting in Kampung Gong Kemuntong, Jerteh, here Saturday.

Also present were Umno supreme council members Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Tan Sri Dr Abdullah Mat Zin, as well as Besut Umno chief Nawi Mohamad.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the recent action taken against several individuals under the Sedition Act was proof that the Government had never compromised with any quarter who tried to create disharmony in the country.

Meanwhile, he said all quarters should put their trust in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in matters concerning the Sedition Act, which was said to be replaced with a new law with similar functions.

“Let’s not worry about the Sedition Act because it is still in effect and has yet to be tabled (in Parliament). Even if it is replaced with a new law, the essence of the law will still be found in the new law. – Bernama

PM Harap Pengkalan Kubur Pilih Calon BN

PRK-Pengkalan-Kubur

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berharap calon Barisan Nasional (BN) Mat Razi Mat Ail dapat mempertahankan kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Pengkalan Kubor untuk BN dalam pilihan raya kecil (PRK) kawasan itu.

“Saya yakin Ustaz Mat Razi merupakan calon BN yang paling ‘sung’ untuk PRK Pengkalan Kubor. Moga dapat mempertahankan kerusi BN,” kata Najib yang juga Pengerusi BN dalam catatan di laman Facebook beliau.

Rabu lalu, Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Timbalan Pengerusi BN Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menamakan Mat Razi, 48, bekas penolong pegawai pendidikan daerah Tumpat, sebagai calon BN bagi PRK itu 25 September ini.

Mat Razi adalah ahli Jawatankuasa Umno Tumpat. Beliau akan berdepan dengan calon PAS, Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim yang merupakan setiausaha PAS kawasan Tumpat.

PRK itu diadakan berikutan kematian Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar, 57, akibat kanser hati pada 20 Ogos lalu.

Pada pilihan raya umum lepas, Allahyarham mengalahkan calon PKR Saharun  Ibrahim dan calon Bebas Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary dengan majoriti 1,736 undi.

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya menetapkan hari ini sebagai tarikh penamaan calon manakala hari pengundian pada 25 September.

 

Malaysian Girl Dies After Being Flung From Ride in Australia

Australian authorities are investigating the death of a Malaysian girl who was flung “like a doll” from a spinning ride at the Royal Adelaide Show where showgoers laid flowers for her today.

The girl, 8, who was reportedly visiting Australia with her family, was thrown from the AirMaxx 360 ride yesterday, South Australian police said in a statement.

She was treated by paramedics and taken to an Adelaide hospital but died a short time later, police said.

Malinda Dunwoodie said she was near the ride when she saw the child “flying through the air”.”She was hanging by her legs off the ride, trying to block herself,” Dunwoodie told Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser.”She went flying through the air about 10 to 15 metres up in the air and I started sprinting towards her. I was shaking so much, she looked like a doll flying through the air.

“It was so shocking – it was like a horror movie. I didn’t see her land in the crowd but when I made it over to her I couldn’t see her eyes moving. Everyone was screaming.”

Showgoers today laid stuffed teddy bear toys and flowers at a makeshift memorial in the showgrounds.

“It’s just complete sadness and it’s a tragedy that should have been avoided,” Katherina Ritson, one of the event’s staff who placed flowers, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

A spokesman for the High Commission of Malaysia told AFP they were working with the country’s Honorary Consul in South Australia to assist the family.

South Australia’s work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA, said the ride – which was operating for the first time at the show – would be shut for the rest of the event as they investigate the incident with police.

The ride, about 15 metres long and 18 metres wide, resembles a giant spider and can carry up to 24 people.

The Royal Adelaide Show attracts about half a million visitors every year and is South Australia’s largest event. It features amusement rides as well as farming exhibitions with live animals. – AFP, September 13, 2014.


Malaysia AgroBazaar in Singapore by Nuzila Rahim

Drop-in at Agrobazaar, Sultan Gate in Singapore. Taste the fresh delicious fruits and food stuffs from the best. Truly Malaysian. Buy Malaysian Product.

Agrobazaar Malaysia in Singapore is Malaysia’s 1st of it’s kind. The moment you enter the three lots double storey shoplots, you will be amazed with the beautiful vibrant lights and colors, the props, the fruits, the foodstuffs, the cafe corners, etc. They compliment one another and displaying a place you would love to hang out and have a durian feast. For those durian lovers out there, check out the delicious yellow creamy of Musang King. It never gets out of stock. 🙂

Agrobazaar serves as a One-Stop-Centre where you gets your grocery at first level and have your lunch or dinner at the dinning rooms at the second level or can have your durian or fruits served at the open roof-top restaurant. There is also a cafe bar at the first level for a taste of Malaysian truly black, white, habbastus sauda coffee. At another corner you can find the cakes, ice-creams, kinds of fruits beverages. Roselle cordial among the favourites. Can say the list goes on. All truly from Malaysian fruits.

Agrobazaar project is a brainchild of Malaysian’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak Tun Razak with perfect completion by FAMA (The Federal Agricultural and Marketing Authority). A three in one concept – fruits serving, grocery and eatery. The beauty of the concept is to provide customers or patrons with utmost conveniences. Good place, good shops, good foods make perfect day. 🙂

The setting-up of Agrobazaar Malaysia in Singapore :-
– To promote & increase sale of agro-food products in Singapore (locals & tourists)
– To introduce and increase awareness of Malaysian products to Singaporeans
– A platform for promoting SMEs best to Singapore market
– A One-Stop-Centre for consumers to obtain halal products from Malaysia.
FAMA is committed in providing the best from Malaysia delivers to Agrobazaar and FAMA has done an awesome job making it to perfection in meeting the objective of the project.

Customers or patrons can leisurely buy their grocery or having the taste of the fruits serve to them at a roof-top or having Malaysian traditional cuisine from the kitchen. All at affordable prices.