Cancelling HSR will cost a ‘very large sum of money’ – Dr M

(27-5-2018)

Cancelling the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (HSR) project will cost the government a “very large sum of money”, says Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Thus, he said the government is looking into ways to lower the compensation needed to be paid to Singapore should the project be cancelled.

“The terms and agreement for the HSR are such that if we decide to drop the project, it would cost us a lot of money. We have entered into an agreement with Singapore. If we break the agreement, we have to pay a very large sum of money,” Mahathir was quoted as saying by The Edge Weekly. The HSR, worth RM100 billion, is one of several mega-projects initiated by former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s administration that Putrajaya is in the midst of reviewing. Another mega-project that could end up on the chopping block is the RM60 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL). Mahathir said it was “crazy” that Najib rolled out both projects at the same time.

“He didn’t seem to think about how we were going to pay for all these,” he said. “(He) knew very well that the ECRL, for example, is something we could not afford. It is not going to serve any purpose. It is not going to give us any returns. And yet, he went ahead and decided to build it,” he added. The prime minister said that the ECRL contract was “strange” as Malaysia had to fund the project with a loan from China, while also hiring contractors from that country. However, while the ECRL might be scrapped, the new Mahathir administration is not distancing itself from China.

The South China Morning Post reported that an internal memo from Mahathir dated May 14 to Foreign Ministry secretary-general Ramlan Ibrahim said that “our strong ties with China … will continue to flourish”.

Report: Jamal still missing, 30 hours after disappearing from hospital

(27-5-2018)

There is still no trace of Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Md Yunos after he disappeared from a hospital in Kuala Lumpur yesterday while his bail was still being processed.

Astro Awani quoted Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat as saying that police were still looking for him. “As of (10pm) we have yet to determine his location. We hope he will turn up and co-operate to complete the bail process,” Fadzil said. The Red Shirts leader was charged by a magistrate at the KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital yesterday under Section 290 of the Penal Code, which is related to being a public nuisance. He claimed trial and applied for bail, but disappeared at about 3.30pm before the process was complete.

His lawyer Mohd Imran Tamrin said that Jamal’s disappearance from his hospital ward yesterday was unintentional, and could be due to unfamiliarity with out-of-court bail proceedings.

Perak MB: Talks under way on free water to targeted groups

(27-5-2018)

The Perak state government will soon fulfil one of the 31 promises in its 14th general election manifesto, that is to provide free water to targeted groups.Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said discussions about the matter were being carried out with related parties including the Perak Water Board (LAP).

“We have a very good chance to fulfil that particular promise soon.“So, we will first give a clearer definition of the targeted groups that will enjoy the free water,” he told reporters after attending a breaking-of-fast event at Masjid Jamek Ar-Rahmaniah, Chenderiang near Tapah tonight.The Chenderiang assemblyperson said although the free water initiative was among the state Pakatan Harapan’ promises that should be implemented within the first 100 days of its administration, it would depend on the state’s financial ability.

DAP MP wants MACC to probe Perak Corp Bhd over RM340.6m loss

(26-5-2018)

IPOH, May 26 — DAP Member of Parliament Nga Kor Ming today urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate Perak Corp Bhd (PKNP), after an external auditor’s report showed that the group incurred a net loss of RM340.6 million in a single year (2017).

Nga said Ernst & Young reported that the group’s liabilities exceeded its current assets by RM158.5 million for the year 2017.“The lost suffered by Perak Corp is among the biggest in the group’s history. And what’s more worrying is their debt, which is bigger than their assets.“At any time, the group could be bankrupt or face issues of insolvency. Therefore, I urge MACC to investigate the company as we have reason to believe it is worth opening a file on this matter,” he told reporters at DAP’s headquarters here today.“I’m not making any accusation, but I believe it is the responsible of MACC to investigate so that the people who are involved in the wrongdoing and laundering can be brought to justice,” said the Teluk Intan MP.

Nga also said that the reason for the loss incurred is due to weakness in the management of the previous state administration as well as the debt caused by the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) project.“The group said they will sell their lands and assets to cover the loss, but how many lands and assets have they left and how long are they going to do it.“The group also said it will rely on its ultimate holdings corporation (state government) to provide financial assistance to meet its liabilities,” he said.Nga said Pakatan Harapan had on many occasions warned the previous Barisan Nasional government not to proceed with the MAPS project as they do not have the expertise in managing and operating such a theme park.“The responsibility of a state government is to take care of the people’s welfare and develop the state and not to open a theme park.

“If they wanted to open a theme park, they should invite Genting Berhad or Disney Land and give them land to open the theme park. Let them invest and we can impose taxes on them. This is how it should be done,” he said.“But, they were stubborn and did not want to listen to us and now as a consequence, all Perakians have to suffer due to their negligence. Why should we bear their responsibilities now?” he said. Nga also called for the group’s board and chairman to resign.“It’s better for them to resign before they are sacked. If they refuse to resign, then the state government should call for an annual general meeting and sack them,” he said.

Nga said there is no immediate solution to solve this problem and he hopes the mentri besar will call a meeting soon to discuss this matter.

A Negeri Sembilan Primary School Held The Cutest ‘General Election’ Ever

(22-5-2018)

Just a week after Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, comes the celebration for Teachers’ Day, May 16. A primary school in Negri Sembilan creatively held their own cute version of a ‘general election’! It was almost like a scene out of GE14 with polling booths and ballot boxes, but instead of indelible ink, the students dipped their index fingers in red food coloring.

Pre-schoolers and primary students of SK Felda Pasoh 2 in Jempol gathered on Teachers’ Day to vote for the school’s Most Handsome Teacher, Most Active Teacher, Best Teacher and other titles. The whole idea was derived from a teacher, Mohd Yunus Shahar, 34, who had volunteered as a polling clerk for the Election Commission during GE14. He then decided to bring a slice of the election atmosphere to this school in a Felda scheme. “I wanted to pass down my experience to my students and teach them about democracy and their right to vote.” Source: The Star MUST READ Primary School Teacher Injured And Students Traumatized After Thief Robs Her In Classroom. According to Mohd Yunus, the voting process was similar to the General Elections, but slightly simplified, because there were 21 teachers who were contesting and ‘candidates’.

“In the beginning, the students were confused. But after we explained the objective of the Teachers’ Day election and what their ‘rights’ as students are, they started to grasp the concept of voting. “We only issued one ballot paper and the students voted by writing the teacher’s candidate number next to the preferred award.”  Just a week after Malaysia’s 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, comes the celebration for Teachers’ Day, May 16. A primary school in Negri Sembilan creatively held their own cute version of a ‘general election’! It was almost like a scene out of GE14 with polling booths and ballot boxes, but instead of indelible ink, the students dipped their index fingers in red food coloring.

Pre-schoolers and primary students of SK Felda Pasoh 2 in Jempol gathered on Teachers’ Day to vote for the school’s Most Handsome Teacher, Most Active Teacher, Best Teacher and other titles. The whole idea was derived from a teacher, Mohd Yunus Shahar, 34, who had volunteered as a polling clerk for the Election Commission during GE14. He then decided to bring a slice of the election atmosphere to this school in a Felda scheme. “I wanted to pass down my experience to my students and teach them about democracy and their right to vote.” MUST READ Primary School Teacher Injured And Students Traumatized After Thief Robs Her In Classroom. According to Mohd Yunus, the voting process was similar to the General Elections, but slightly simplified, because there were 21 teachers who were contesting and ‘candidates’.

“In the beginning, the students were confused. But after we explained the objective of the Teachers’ Day election and what their ‘rights’ as students are, they started to grasp the concept of voting. “We only issued one ballot paper and the students voted by writing the teacher’s candidate number next to the preferred award.” Mohd Yunus said he discussed the idea with the school headmistress Mazda Ujang who immediately agreed to the school ‘election’. He jokingly added that the election was a success with a 100% turnout rate. “183 students participated in the elections, the student had fun, the parents were happy, the whole school had a good time.” At the end of the day, the Music and Sports teacher was voted as Most Active Teacher. Aside from all the fun and games, Mohd Yunus had introduced a new culture and tradition to the school.

“We plan to have an election for the Head Prefect and the Deputy Head Prefect for 2019, at the end of this year.” He added that teachers and students will vote together in this election. Just like any credible election, the candidates will have to launch their own manifesto on how they will contribute to the school. “This is a new tradition for SK Felda Pasoh 2, but I hope other schools in Malaysia will also adopt this tradition.” This is so cute, and it is also good for the children. This way, they wouldn’t be as confused about voting in General Elections as some of us were when we were casting our votes for the first time! Bravo!

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