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 Reason unknown


Great Incentives For Airlines Fly To Langkawi

ALOR SETAR: The Transport Ministry plans to give out incentives to airlines that bring in international passengers to Langkawi.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said doing so would boost tourism in the resort island as there were currently only two international flights going there weekly.

“When there are more routes overseas, we can bring in more international tourists to Langkawi as well,” he said.

“We’ll also be adding more chartered flights into the island besides the existing ones from Moscow,” Liow said after opening the Kedah MCA annual convention here yesterday.

On Singapore’s Land Transport Authority’s move to increase toll charges at its side of the Causeway by five-fold starting Oct 1, Liow said Malaysia and its southern neighbour had always enjoyed good bilateral relations.

“Both nations will continue to have discussions to ensure that the people are not burdened. I will look into the matter,” he said.

In his speech earlier, Liow, who is also MCA president, said the RM12.5bil Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-tracking project would stimulate economic growth in Kedah, Perlis, Penang and Perak upon its completion in November.

“We will see a tremendous economic multiplier effect in the four states,” he said.

In Kedah, he said it would bring economic benefits, especially to those in the tourism and agricultural industries.

Spanning 329km, the project links Ipoh in Perak to the northern end of the country at Padang Besar in Perlis.

In a message delivered by deputy MCA president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong at the Perlis MCA convention earlier, Liow, who is in Pengkalan Kubor for the by-election nominations, said the project would enable Arau, Bukit Keteri and Padang Besar to each have a modern train station.

Later in the evening, after opening the Penang MCA annual state convention, Liow said the Government would ensure the Malaysian team sent to recover the MH17 wreckage and search for passengers’ remains was fully equipped for the task.

In his speech earlier, Liow described Pakatan Rakyat as a troika which did not have a common understanding among its component parties.

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

Bank of Tokyo Boosts Islamic Business With Sukuk Launch

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU), Japan’s largest lender, hopes to expand its Islamic finance business across Asia and the Gulf, buoyed by a landmark multi-currency sukuk programme set up in Malaysia, a bank official told Reuters.

Efforts by conventional banks such as BTMU are helping Islamic finance win wider appeal, with France’s Societe Generale and Goldman Sachs also planning sukuk of their own.

BTMU, part of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, set up its sukuk programme in June, aiming to become the first Japanese commercial bank to tap the market.

The programme will allow its wholly-owned Malaysian unit, BTMU Malaysia Berhad, to raise the equivalent of US$500 million (S$631.7 million) via sukuk with tenors of up to 10 years.

South Indian Movie Award in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR: It was a night of glitz and glamour at the South Indian International Movie Awards (Siima) when south Indian stars descended here for the award ceremony.

Siima, in its third year, was held over two days at Stadium Negara for the first time.

Over 90 awards were given during the show, where Malayalam and Telugu stars were honoured on Friday.

Yesterday, Tamil and Kannada movie actors were presented with awards for their achievements in the entertainment industry.

Singer and musician Anirudh was presented with the Best Music Director award in Tamil, beating fellow nominee Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman.

Heartthrob Sivakarthkeyan accepted the award on his friend’s behalf and entertained the crowd.

Veteran star K. Bhagyaraj received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his friends and colleagues – actors Karthik, Chiranjeevi and Radhika, who regaled fans with anecdotes about the multi-talented actor and director.

South Indian film fans here were enamoured by the presence of celebrities such as Tamanna, Kushboo, Amala Paul, Silambarasan and Trisha.

The event was organised by Siima and supported by Malaysia Major Events (MME).

PM Harap Pengkalan Kubur Pilih Calon BN


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.