Transfer of 20 senior police officers commence next month

(07-07-2018)

The head of Bukit Aman’s Integrity and Standard Compliance Department Asri Yusoff and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) secretariat head Zamri Yahya are among 20 senior police officers involved in transfers next month. IGP Secretariat PDRM Corporate Communications head Asmawati Ahmad, in a statement, said all the transfers took effect from Aug 6. Leading the list is Asri who takes over as Bukit Aman Management director while Zamri takes over from Asri. Mohd Roze Shaari, who is from Bukit Aman’s management division will be made deputy director of the Crime Investigation Department’s forensic, databank DNA/strategic planning unit. Roze is replaced by Melaka police chief Jalil Hassan.

Replacing Jalil as Melaka police chief is CID forensic, databank DNA/strategic planning deputy director Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah. Meanwhile the secretary of the IGP secretariat Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf will take over as head at the IGP’s office. Kuala Lumpur PDRM College management science studies centre head Muhammed Hasbullah Ali takes over as Sarawak crime prevention and community security head from Shafie Ismail, who takes over Hasbullah’s post. Petaling Jaya police chief Mohd Zani Che Din swaps with Bukit Aman crime prevention and community safety department’s motorcycle patrol unit/e sector, ground operations division assistant Mohd Soaihami Rahim. Others in the transfers are Bukit Aman integrity and standard compliance (wellness/organisation) department assistant director Habibi Majinji, who will be made Kota Kinabalu police chief, replacing M Chandrasehkaran, who takes over as Sabah strategic resource and technology head.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur crime prevention and community safety department community policing head Noor Azmi Yusoff is the new Wangsa Maju district police chief. Meanwhile, two ambassadors appointed by the previous Barisan Nasional government have refused to resign, despite being told to do so by the Pakatan Harapan administration, as reported by The Star. It said the two political appointees are reluctant to return to Malaysia, and have expressed to the chief of the administrative staff their plans to continue in their present roles for a while longer. “The matter has been conveyed to Wisma Putra,” a Foreign Ministry source told the English daily. “However, the ministry has insisted that these two ambassadors return immediately.” The source said one of the diplomats had asked for his tenure to be extended, while the other is seeking another foreign posting. Both have argued that the letter from ministry, ordering them to return immediately, was signed only by a senior Wisma Putra officer, and not the minister. They said their appointments, by former prime minister Najib Razak, were based on the recommendations of then foreign minister Anifah Aman.

“Therefore, they cannot accept the letter signed by a senior Wisma Putra officer,” said the source, adding that the ministry is looking to take action against the duo, including suspending their salaries and allowances, should they refuse to comply. The report said there are currently 15 designated ambassadors-in-waiting, all of whom are career diplomats, to fill up the vacancies. “These would-be ambassadors are experienced and qualified officers for the job. They are all ready for deployment,” said the source. “These posts (heads of mission) are reserved only for career diplomats and those who have served the ministry. There will be no more political appointees to such positions.” Among those who have been asked to return are Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, First Ambassador to the Vatican Bernard Dompok, Ambassador to Finland Blanche O’Leary, Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre in Taiwan president Adeline Leong and High Commissioner to Brunei Ghulam Jelani Khanizaman.

Najib saman Shukri Abdull, Amar Singh dan Tommy Thomas

(06-07-2018)

Bekas Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak memfailkan saman terhadap tiga pegawai kanan penguatkuasa yang menyiasat skandal 1Malaysia Development Berhad, dalam tindakan yang dilihat sebagai “serangan balas perundangan”, lapor Reuters. Bekas perdana menteri itu memfailkan saman ke atas Ketua Pesuruhjaya Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Mohd Shukri Abdull; Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial, Amar Singh dan Peguam Negara, Tommy Thomas. Hilang kuasa pada PRU Mei lalu, Najib ditahan dan didakwa berkaitan transaksi meragukan bekas subsidiari 1MDB, SRC International. Beliau yang konsisten menafikan sebarang salah laku mengaku tidak bersalah Rabu lalu. Dalam ‘serangan balasnya’, Najib memfailkan saman terhadap tiga pegawai yang terlibat dalam siasatan 1MDB.

Dalam tiga pemfailan sivil minggu lalu namun hanya dilihat Reuters pada Rabu, peguam Najib mendakwa Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial Bukit Aman Datuk Amar Singh dan Peguam Negara Tommy Thomas bersikap prejudis terhadap Najib ketika siasatan mereka. Najib menyaman tiga pegawai kanan itu bersabit kenyataan mereka sepanjang tempoh siasatan kes tersebut yang dianggap memprejudiskan dirinya sepanjang tempoh siasatan kes tersebut, lapor Reuters. Dalam samannya, Najib memohon kos dan sebarang perintah yang dirasakan munasabah oleh mahkamah. “Kita memohon keputusan mahkamah apakah ada elemen konflik kepentingan antara pihak yang mengendalikan kes ini,” kata Badrul Rahman, yang dipetik Reuters dan dilaporkan sebagai antara peguam yang mewakili Najib. Badrul Abdullah yang mengetuai salah satu firma guaman yang mewakili Najib berkata, saman dibuat berdasarkan kenyataan sebelum ini yang dibuat tiga individu itu. Beliau mahu mendapatkan keputusan mahkamah sama ada wujud unsur konflik kepentingan di kalangan individu yang mengendalikan kes ini. Badrul berkata anak guamnya menuntut ganti rugi kos dan arahan serta relief lain yang dianggap sesuai oleh mahkamah. Rekod mahkamah menunjukkan tiga permohonan itu difailkan 30 Jun lalu dan menamakan Najib sebagai pemohon. Peguam Najib dan responden dijadual bertemu dengan dua hakim pada 16 Julai ini bagi pendengaran praperbicaraan.

Najib minggu ini dituduh di mahkamah atas tiga tuduhan pecah amanah dan satu tuduhan salah guna kuasa sebagai perdana menteri dan menteri kewangan, membabitkan RM42 juta dana SRC International Sdn Bhd, bekas anak syarikat 1MDB. Beliau mengaku tidak bersalah dan dibebaskan dengan ikat jamin RM1 juta sementara menunggu pengurusan kes yang ditetapkan pada 8 Ogos ini. Pada Mei lalu, Shukri berkata siasatan ke atas 1MDB pada 2015 merupakan penindasan, manakala Amar Singh mengetuai polis dalam serbuan yang dibuat di kediaman peribadi dan beberapa premis yang dikaitkan dengan Najib serta rampasan barangan berharga bernilai hampir RM1.1 bilion. Sementara itu Thomas mengetuai pendakwaan yang dibuat pada Rabu untuk mendakwa Najib dengan tiga pertuduhan pecah amanah dan satu pertuduhan dalah guna kuasa membabitkan SRC International Sdn Bhd yang mana wang sebanyak RM42 juta didakwa disalurkan ke akaun peribadi beliau. Najib dan keluarganya menjadi tumpuan selepas kerajaan Barisan Nasional yang diterajuinya kalah teruk pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 14. Beliau tewas kepada mentor yang kini menjadi musuh politiknya, Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang kini membuka semula siasatan kes 1MDB. Sejak itu, Najib dan isterinya disekat dari ke luar negara. Pihak berkuasa Malaysia turut menyoal siasat pasangan itu serta anak tiri Najib serta membekukan ratusan akaun bank yang disyaki menerima wang daripada syarikat pelaburan negara itu.

Sementara itu, siasatan agensi anti rasuah ke atas anak tiri Najib Razak, Riza Aziz kini sudah melampaui 30 jam, dipercayai yang paling panjang sejak siasatan berhubung skandal 1Malaysian Development Berhad (1MDB) dibuka semula oleh kerajaan Pakatan Harapan. Riza yang hadir ke Ibu Pejabat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di Putrajaya pagi tadi, meninggalkan bangunan itu pukul 7.35 malam tadi. Hari ini adalah hari keempat beliau hadir memberikan keterangan, setelah sebelum ini didakwa menggunakan duit yang diseleweng daripada 1MDB untuk menerbitkan filem di Hollywood. Riza hari ini berada di ibu pejabat SPRM lebih kurang sembilan jam. Semalam, beliau dipercayai memberi keterangannya lebih kurang tujuh jam. Siasatan ke atasnya pada hari pertama pada Selasa berjalan sembilan jam sebelum disambung pada Rabu selama enam jam. Baik Riza ataupun SPRM, tiada yang mengeluarkan sebarang kenyataan kepada media. Riza yang memakai kemeja kuning dan jaket hitam meninggalkan Putrajaya dengan menaiki kereta jenis Audi berwarna hitam tanpa bercakap dengan wartawan yang menunggu sejak pagi. The Malaysian Insight cuba menghubungi SPRM untuk mendapatkan penjelasan apakah siasatan terhadapnya sudah selesai atau apakah beliau masih perlu datang semula. Riza disiasat SPRM lebih kurang sebulan selepas agensi itu memanggil Najib dan isteri, Rosmah Mansor untuk diambil keterangan berhubung siasatan ke atas SRC International Sdn Bhd, bekas anak syarikat 1MDB.

Beliau merupakan penerbit filem dan juga pengasas bersama syarikat produksi Hollywood Red Granite Pictures. Difahamkan SPRM juga cuba mencari kaitan antara Riza dengan ahli perniagaan Malaysia yang kini dalam pelarian Low Thaek Jho, yang juga dikenali sebagai Jho Low. Riza kini kurang menonjol selepas namanya menjadi tumpuan Jabatan Kehakiman AS berhubung kaitannya dengan usaha untuk mendapatkan semula aset yang dibeli menggunakan wang yang didakwa dicuri daripada 1MDB. Pada Mac, penerbit filem “The Wolf of Wall Street” itu bersetuju membayar AS$60 juta (RM243 juta) kepada kerajaan AS untuk menyelesaikan saman berhubung dakwaan filemnya dibiaya menggunakan wang yang dicuri daripada 1MDB. CNN melaporkan Red Granite Pictures, yang turut menghasilkan filem komedi bermodal tinggi “Daddy’s Home” dan “Dumb and Dumber to”, diminta membayar jumlah itu secara ansuran sebanyak tiga kali, menurut dokumen yang difailkan mahkamah di California. Red Granite Pictures didakwa menerima AS$64 juta yang didakwa dicuri dari 1MDB. DoJ percaya wang itu dipindahkan ke akaun yang dikawal oleh Riza. DoJ juga menyatakan, Riza mendakwa wang berjumlah AS94 juta yang diterimanya adalah “hadiah”. Riza dituduh menggunakan dana itu untuk membeli hartanah mewah dan juga poster filem daripada Jho Low. DoJ kini cuba merampas aset bernilai kira-kira AS$1 bilion yang didakwa dibeli menggunakan dana yang dicuri daripada 1MDB.

Siasatan skandal 1MDB dibuka semula selepas Pakatan Harapan menang pada Pilihan Raya Umum ke 14. Bapa tiri Riza, Najib Razak didakwa atas tiga pertuduhan jenayah dan penyalahgunaan kuasa berhubung skandal 1MDB. Pihak berkuasa Malaysia mengumumkan, pendakwaan tersebut hanyalah satu permulaan.

Corruption rot so deep, Dr M questions the loyalty of civil servants

(06-07-2018)

Many Malaysian civil servants were openly campaigning for the Barisan Nasional coalition during the recent general election, raising doubts over their loyalty to the new Pakatan Harapan government and their ability to carry out their duties, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said. “We find that many civil servants, whether voluntarily or otherwise, campaigned for Barisan Nasional (BN) in the general election. We question their loyalty, whether they are loyal to the previous administration or to us,” Tun Dr Mahathir told a news conference. “This affects our administration, as we want to run the country according to our methods and manifesto. We are not sure if we can get their cooperation or not, as they are not supposed to side with any parties,” he said.

He noted that there were videos of civil servants wearing BN’s blue uniforms and actively campaigning for the coalition during the general election held on May 9. The Prime Minister, however, stopped short of saying the errant civil servants would be sacked. He said: “We don’t want to punish unnecessarily because that is not our way of doing things. “But we need to know the loyalty of these civil servants because, unfortunately, they had commissioned themselves so deeply towards propagating the propaganda of the previous government. “We hope that they will change their attitude and become neutral again because they have to carry out the policies and instructions of the government.” Dr Mahathir said civil servants should be backing the government of the day as the new administration will be implementing its own policies. “We want to govern with our own manifesto. Their jobs are to implement what the government of the day’s initiatives are, which are from PH. “Now, we need to make sure that they are with us and they should impartial.” Dr Mahathir also said the present government will not take any action against civil servants unnecessarily.

“That is not our way (to handle things). We do not want to punish them unnecessarily. But we need to see and know their loyalty. Unfortunately, they have committed themselves to the propaganda of BN,” he said. “There are also other issues that we are looking at to ensure that everything is going as planned.” Asked on the number of civil servants involved in disseminating BN propaganda, Dr Mahathir said they are not sure but there are many. There are about 1.6 million civil servants in Malaysia. Dr Mahathir’s latest revelation came as the new Pakatan Harapan government embarked on its reform of institutions, agencies, and government-linked companies. The Mahathir administration, in one of its first steps after winning the polls, terminated the contracts of 17,000 political appointees who had served under the previous government. Dr Mahathir said it was essential to “trim excess fat” and to cut government spending in order to reduce the national debt of RM1 trillion (S$335.7 billion). “We had to take action (by sacking them) because their positions were not needed.” The administration also shut down several government bodies which it said were unnecessary and “political”, and cut the salaries of Cabinet ministers, as part of its austerity drive.

The rot is so deep in the civil service, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad, that the new administration has trouble finding capable officers to replace corrupt department heads. At times, the new government had to go three to four ranks down in a department’s senior officer corps in order to find someone clean and trustworthy, the prime minister said in an interview with business portal Investvine. He, however, said the administration was not going after errant officers simply because they were BN members or they were loyal to ousted prime minister Najib Razak. Dr Mahathir said the culture of corruption in the civil service, which he blamed on Najib, would hamper PH’s aims to reform government institutions and implement the rule of law. “Most heads of departments were not just involved helping the previous government,” Dr Mahathir told Investvine. “Most became corrupted as they saw opportunities to make money for themselves and they could not keep away from such temptations. “We are not taking revenge by removing them. But when you find that a person or officer is involved in wrongdoing it would be wrong to retain him.

“It is difficult to change corrupt heads because there will be corrupt officers below them. Sometimes, we have to go down three or four steps before we can find an officer who is not involved (in corruption). “Because without a head of department who is clean, we will not be able to bring about the reforms that we need or to apply the rule of law.” As part of its clean-up, more than a dozen heads of key government institutions, agencies, and corporations have been removed within the administration’s first 50 days. “If they were openly campaigning for the previous party, we cannot expect them to carry out their jobs without being affected by their loyalties. That is the main problem we face.”

Pusat asuhan kanak-kanak di semua agensi kerajaan menjelang 1 Januari hadapan

(06-07-2018)

Kerajaan mensasarkan untuk mewujudkan pusat penjagaan kanak-kanan di seluruh agensi perkhidmatan awam persekutuan dan negeri menjelang 1 Januari tahun hadapan kata Timbalan Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat; Hannah Yeoh. Selain sektor awam, pihak swasta juga katanya digalakkan untuk menyediakan kemudahan tersebut melalui insentif pengecualian cukai 10 peratus selama 10 tahun bagi ubah suai dan penyelenggaraan bangunan untuk pusat asuhan. “Kerajaan telah mengeluarkan Pekeliling Perkhidmatan Awam Bil. 6/1989 di mana Perkhidmatan Persekutuan dan Negeri hendaklah menyediakan pusat penjagaan kanak-kanak di tempat kerja untuk kemudahan ibubapa yang bekerja menghantar anak-anak mereka bagi mendapat pengasuhan yang berkualiti. “Kementerian ini akan membuat audit di semua agensi kerajaan bagi memastikan semua agensi kerajaan mempunyai pusat jagaan kanak-kanak di tempat kerja terutamanya mereka yang bekerja secara syif,” katanya, dalam sidang media hari ini.

Mengulas tragedi malang kematian adik Adam Rayqal Mohd Sufi yang berusia lima bulan di rumah pengasuhnya semalam, Hannah berkata ia merupakan tragedi yang sangat mengejutkan dan ia tidak boleh diterima sama sekali. “Saya sempat bertemu dengan keluarga mangsa di Hospital Kuala Lumpur semalam dan telah menyampaikan salam takziah kepada kedua ibu bapa dan seluruh ahli keluarga mereka. “Saya juga ingin merakamkan penghargaan dan syabas kepada pihak Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) kerana bertindak pantas menyiasat dan menyelesaikan isu ini,” katanya. Ujarnya, tragedi malang itu menunjukkan terdapat ruang yang boleh ditambahbaik terutamanya kategori taska kanak-kanak yang di bawah Akta 308. Antara penambahbaikan yang sedang dipertimbangkan oleh kementerian katanya ini adalah mengkaji keperluan penubuhan Suruhanjaya Kanak-Kanak atau badan bebas kanak-kanak yang akan melapor dan membuat cadangan kepada Parlimen. “Saya akan berbincang dengan Timbalan Perdana Menteri merangkap Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat mengenai perkara ini,” katanya lagi.

Sementara itu, Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat juga sedang mengkaji elemen antun (sexual grooming) yang wujud dalam kes kes perkahwinan kanak-kanak perempuan berumur 11 tahun baru-baru ini. Menterinya, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail berkata, para pegawai kementerian tersebut sedang menyiasat perkara itu sekiranya ia berkaitan dengan Akta Kesalahan-Kesalahan Seksual Terhadap Kanak-Kanak 2017. “Pada masa ini, penyiasatan terhadap kes ini masih berlangsung. Pegawai-pegawai saya sedang bekerjasama dengan pelbagai agensi penguatkuasaan dan kementerian berkenaan untuk memperhalusi kes ini dengan lebih teliti termasuk meneliti elemen antun (sexual grooming) yang merupakan satu kesalahan di bawah Akta Kesalahan-Kesalahan Seksual Terhadap Kanak-kanak 2017,” katanya ketika sidang media hari ini. Wan Azizah yang juga Timbalan Perdana Menteri berkata, perkahwinan kanak-kanak itu dengan lelaki berumur 41 tahun tidak sah ekoran tidak ada permohonan dibuat terlebih dahulu oleh ibu bapanya di mahkamah. “Di bawah Enakmen Keluarga Islam yang dikuatkuasakan di semua negeri usia minimum bagi lelaki adalah 18 tahun manakala bagi perempuan adalah 16 tahun.

“Sekiranya mereka di bawah umur, perkahwinan hanya dibenarkan jika ada kebenaran mahkamah atau Ketua Menteru atau Menteri Besar dan persetujuan ibu bapa mereka. Saya suka menegaskan, sehingga hari ini tiada kelulusan berkaitan makantiada kelulusan telah diberikan untuk membolehkan perkahwinan tersebut berlangsung seperti didakwa,” tambahnya. Sebelum ini, beberapa keping gambar menunjukkan seorang lelaki melangsungkan perkahwinan dengan seorang budak perempuan 11 tahun sebagai isteri ketiganya, tular dalam media sosial apabila ia dikongsi oleh isteri kedua lelaki terbabit. Berikutan itu, pengguna laman sosial pelbagai lapisan masyarakat mengecam tindakan lelaki terbabit yang berasal dari Gua Musang. Keluarga kanak-kanak perempuan itu yang juga warga Thailand tinggal di Gua Musang dengan mengambil upah menoreh getah. Tindakan seorang peraih getah berusia 41 tahun ini mengahwini seorang kanak-kanak perempuan berumur 11 tahun yang difahamkan berasal dari selatan Thailand mencetuskan polemik apabila ia disifatkan bercanggah dengan Akta Kanak-Kanak 2016 dan Enakmen Keluarga Islam. Mengulas lanjut, Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat telah menemui ibu bapa kanak-kanak itu termasuk suaminya di Gua Musang, Kelantan.

Talks on Tun M to visit China after suspending RM81 billion worth projects

(06-07-2018)

Malaysian and Chinese officials are in talks for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to visit Beijing soon, two sources with knowledge of the discussions told Reuters, after Kuala Lumpur suspended China-backed projects worth more than US$20 billion. Mahathir, who came to power in May following a stunning election defeat for then prime minister Najib Razak, is reviewing major projects signed by the former government, saying many of them do not make financial sense for Malaysia. His trip to Beijing has been provisionally agreed for mid-August, according to one source involved in planning it. A Malaysian foreign ministry source said both sides had yet to finalise dates, but Mahathir was “looking forward to visiting China”.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to talk to the media on the subject. A spokesman for Mahathir did not comment. China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment. Najib courted billions of dollars of Chinese investment and was one of Southeast Asia’s most enthusiastic supporters of President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative. Arrested this week on charges of corruption, Najib pleaded not guilty and was freed on bail on Wednesday. Reuters on Thursday reported authorities were investigating whether his administration made use of Chinese funds for two pipeline projects to pay the dues of scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Mahathir has been highly critical of the benefits of certain Chinese projects in Malaysia. Since taking office, he has vowed to renegotiate terms even as construction work continued. But in a surprise move this week, the finance ministry, under Mahathir’s orders, called a halt to work on three projects: the US$20-billion East Coast Railway Link (ECRL) and two pipeline projects worth US$2.3 billion. The 688km ECRL will connect the South China Sea off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia with the strategic shipping routes of the Straits of Malacca to the west.

The other two projects are a petroleum pipeline stretching 600km along the west coast of peninsular Malaysia and a 662km gas pipeline in Sabah, the Malaysian state on the island of Borneo. Chinese state-owned firms are involved in all three projects. “The decisions are solely directed towards the related contractors, relating to the provisions mentioned in the agreements, and not at any particular country,” the finance ministry said in a statement on Thursday. Calling the halt was part of a negotiation strategy ahead of high-level government talks, said two other sources familiar with the government’s thinking, since the Belt and Road status of the ECRL makes a successful outcome critical for the Chinese. “It’s sending a message to the Chinese,” said one of the sources, a senior finance ministry official. “They don’t want a failure to taint their name.” Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has said Najib’s government understated the true cost of the ECRL, which was 50 per cent higher, at US$20 billion, than the earlier estimate. Organised before his election victory, Mahathir’s first overseas visit as prime minister, to Japan last month, was nonetheless seen as a signal he would look beyond China for key foreign investment. “We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,” he said in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, it was reported through Bernama two crude oil storage tanks at the Teluk Kalong industrial park in Kemaman, Terengganu, burst into flames at 6.15pm yesterday evening. Checks by Bernama found that as of 10pm, firemen are still working to prevent to blaze from spreading to other tanks. Several fire engines were at the scene, and a police post has been set up about 500m from the entrance of the industrial park. Ahmad Aliff Azizi Ahmad Mokhtar, 26, who lives about 4km away in Bukit Kuang, said he felt tremors as a result of the explosion of the tanks, which belong to the Kemaman Bitumen Company. “I was at home when the explosion occurred. I saw smoke coming out from the industrial park. “I found out about the fire through a WhatsApp group, and I went to the location of the fire. When I arrived, the fire was still going strong and a lot of people were at the area before the authorities ordered everyone to keep away.” Afifah Abdullah, 26, a lecturer in workplace health and safety at the Ranaco Education and Training Institute, said the blast could be felt in Chukai, 5km away. According to a source, by 9.30pm, the fire had spread to a third tank. However, rescue workers have managed to control the blaze at the first two tanks by up to 80 per cent and were now laboriously working on containing the fire at the third tank.

It was learnt that the first tank holding 4,800 litres of crude oil had burst into flames, with thick, black smoke covering the airspace around the area, and which could be spotted for several kilometres. A while later, a 13,700-litre tank caught fire before the flames spread to the third tank. Dozens of Fire and Rescue Department vehicles and 23 personnel, led by operations commander Kasyfi Syahmi Ghazali, from the Chukai, Kemaman, Kerteh, Kijal and Paka stations have been mobilised to the scene to contain the blaze. They were assisted by the Kemaman Mutual Aid (Kema) volunteer brigade comprising workers from nearby factories.