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Selangor to start water rationing tomorrow, says MB

February 24, 2014

Jusli Bin Ibrahim, 56, a villager from Kampung Sungai Katali fills containers with water from a hill source to meet his daily needs. Water reserves at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 53 per cent while the reserve at Klang Gates was at 56 per cent.— Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

Jusli Bin Ibrahim, 56, a villager from Kampung Sungai Katali fills containers with water from a hill source to meet his daily needs. Water reserves at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 53 per cent while the reserve at Klang Gates was at 56 per cent.— Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Amid dwindling water reserves, Selangor will begin rationing supply in parts of the state from tomorrow, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim announced today.


According to media reports, homes in the state will alternate between two days with supply and two days of dry taps.

“I have discussed about the role that must be done by local authorities in tackling the water problems in Selangor,” Abdul Khalid tweeted in Malay on his account @Khalid_Ibrahim here.

“The state government will implement water scheduling starting tomorrow, focusing on problematic areas.”

Abdul Khalid was quoted by English daily The Star as saying that static tanks and water tankers from water concessionaire Syabas will be sent to affected areas.

He also named Bukit Tampoi, Dengkil and Batu 11, Cheras as among the affected areas, with the full list of the areas involved in the exercise to be released in a statement later today.

The hot spell starting from January caused ammonia levels in raw water sources to rise, causing Syabas to shut down its plants in Batu 11 and Bukit Tampoi.

Both water treatment plants have remained closed since January 28, according to the Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid last week.

Several places in Selangor, including Balakong, Cheras and Pandan have gone without water for the past week.

Syabas had also confirmed last week that water reserves at the Sungai Selangor dam was at 53 per cent while the reserve at Klang Gates was at 56 per cent.

Mahdzir had also announced that cloud seeding exercise will be carried out in water catchment areas soon to prevent a water crisis in the Klang Valley.

Malaysia has experienced a hot spell since early January, with some areas charting temperatures close to 40°C.

However, the Meteorological Department has explained that the hot weather is common during January and February, and does not qualify as drought.

Haze and water shortages in parts of Klang Valley have also exacerbated the condition.

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    WHENEVER any disaster strikes, a community of people, the resulting chaos of people who have lost limbs, loved ones, homes, and often everything they ever knew or owned, presents such a piteous picture that it never fails to stir hearts into giving whatever they can to alleviate the suffering of fellow man, whether it be in the next state or all the way across the world. It is part of the human condition (or assumed to be) that whether one is rich or poor, those who can should give and help those who are  in need. Give generously, and give with heart and humanity.

However, as revelations last weekend regarding British aid supplies to Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines show, not all people think it is their duty to help others in need. Based on preliminary evidence provided by a British witness, a Japanese aid worker, as well as Philippine television stations, not all the donations have reached the victims, and have instead allegedly been siphoned off by corrupt local officials. Foodstuff bought from donations given by the British public and sent by military planes have been diverted to the homes of local officials and been found on the shelves of shops in affluent districts of Manila (hundreds of kilometres away from the disaster area). Aid packages have been auctioned online, and shelter equipment and even more food supplies have been locked up in warehouses, even though there are many victims in desperate need.

Sadly though, such incidences are not uncommon. The generosity of humans ensures that a steady flow of money or in-kind goes towards whichever disaster or in-need area of the season. If these donations go to genuine aid relief efforts, victims benefit from them. But, there is also a chance that donations could end up in the coffers of unscrupulous swindlers, some of whom set up fake charities to fund their own lives. Donation-giving has always been fraught with fraudsters, and rogues, like those accused last week, only serve to affect the confidence of donors. The trick, obviously, is in sifting through all the donation boxes and finding the genuine and ethical ones — to look at whether “administrative costs” outweigh the aid given, and whether it commensurates the organisation’s performance. The sad truth is that giving to charity requires more than just opening one’s wallet and giving to whomever that asks. Don’t just give money without making it count, because the value of that money is not in the good intention of the giver, but in how much it helps the needy receiver. And for this to happen, donors have to ensure that the collecting and receiving agencies are accountable and worthy of the trust given. By all means, give generously; but give judiciously, too.

2013 SEA GAMES: Malaysia wins first gold from Wushu

By Devinder Singh

NAYPYIDAW: Diana Bong delivered Malaysia’s first gold medal of the 2013 Sea Games after winning the women’s nanquan event today.

The wushu exponent from Sarawak scored 9.70 points to edge Vietnam’s Bui Minh Phuong by 0.02. Malaysia’s Tai Cheau Xuen took bronze with 9.67.

Diana’s win is Malaysia’s 998th gold medal in the history of the Games.

Gold medalist Diana Bong Siong Lin at the Women’s Wushu Taolu Nanquan event of the 27th SEA Games 2013 held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. — Photo by Goh Thean Howe


Read more: 2013 SEA GAMES: Malaysia wins first gold from Wushu – Latest – New Straits Times

RELENTlessly Fighting Modern Day Slavery in Malaysia

17 Jan 2013 by Timothy Tai-

In my earlier interview with lead vocalist Neil Batiancila, he revealed that when RELENT isn’t out playing gigs or leading worship at church, they hold regular jobs at an organization called Change Your World (CYW). This time, I interviewed their drummer Cuzario David to find out more about their involvement in CYW and their fight against Modern Day Slavery.


CM: Why don’t you start by telling us what you guys do at Change Your World (CYW)?

Cuzario: Well, each one of us has a different role to play in the company. Daniel is the Creative Director, Jude’s the (music) Academy Manager, Neil’s the Social Media Executive and I’m the Communications Director. As a team our goal is to creatively create awareness and educate people about the atrocity of Modern Day Slavery (MDS).

CM: For those who are hearing about Modern Day Slavery (MDS) for the first time, can you explain what it is?

Cuzario: To be forced to do something against your will, exploited and treated like slaves; forced to work with little or no pay at all while your freedom and rights are taken away from you – those are hints of what MDS is really about.

CM: Is MDS the same thing as human trafficking?

Cuzario: In layman’s terms, you could say that MDS is the mother of the issues of which human trafficking is only one of those parked under it. Other examples of MDS include mail order brides (early/forced marriage), prostitution, sex trafficking, organ trafficking, baby trafficking, forced begging, child labor, slavery by descent, domestic workers and – not known to many – deep sea fishermen who were tricked of a job and would later be mistreated and murdered at the pleasure of their captors.

CM: Is MDS really a global crisis or is it something that only affects countries like Thailand and India?

Cuzario: Statistics tell us that it is the 2nd highest organized crime and “most profitable business” ever recorded in the world, losing only to the arms (weapons) business. Some experts believe that it is only a matter of time before MDS overtakes the latter to be on top of the list. That alone paints a picture of how serious this crisis is affecting countries around the globe.

CM: But MDS isn’t something that we really read a lot about in the local papers. How real is this problem here in Malaysia?

Cuzario: It really isn’t something new in this nation and just recently over the past few months or so, we have read some success stories in our local dailies. For that, I would like to applaud the government for stepping up their game in making sure that the scene doesn’t go out of hand.

Even so, whatever that was published for the public’s eyes are only success stories. There are definitely other serious cases that went unreported or have not been covered by the media so as not to reveal the truth and scare the public about the real situation locally. That is one of the reasons why news about it isn’t widespread, resulting in the public being unaware and clueless about MDS in Malaysia.

Just last year there were news about Indonesian and Burmese maids getting abused, some to the point of death; looking further back in time, cases of missing children, many still unresolved until today. Those are just some of the stories we know locally to remind us that we are not exempted and MDS does happen in our own backyards.

Shocking statistic!

CM: I can see now why CYW came about. So what does CYW do in the fight against MDS? Do you guys raid brothels at night and rescue women and children who have been forced into prostitution?

Cuzario: As much as we want to be, we weren’t born superheroes. No we don’t do all those. Our partner Tenaganita does all that – they are the experts.

Our role in CYW, as mentioned earlier, is to create awareness about MDS. One of the ways we do that besides running campaigns and tours is by hosting gigs we call School Gigs, Campus Gigs, Office Gigs as well as House Gigs. In each one of the gigs we do not only present updated facts and news about MDS but also entertain the crowd with live acoustic set music – and that is where our role as RELENT comes to play. The whole session is like a chillaxed infotainment show. You can find out more about the gigs on our website if you like.

Other than all that was mentioned, we also handle the after-care program called the Save One Life program where together with us, volunteers raise funds to support and meet the needs of the trafficked survivors.

The Aussie media on Malaysia: Compromised representation or manicured distortion?
Australian media

It is uncommon to find an English-speaking foreign diplomat serving in Malaysia who is proficient in Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.

They can get by, by speaking English. A possible exception is the Malaysian specialist at the Japanese Embassy, who is not only proficient in Malay, but also able to read and write the Jawi script. It is rare for an Australian journalist writing and reporting on Malaysia to have a full command of, or write Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.

Consequently, they have to depend on English language sources, oral and written, including syndicated news, or cameramen-cum-field assistants.

A belief that almost everything is available in English in Malaysia is somewhat true. But there is much, much more in Malay, Mandarin, Tamil, Iban and Kadazan that are rich, complex and newsworthy.

Arguably, being dependent on English sources means that what is offered to the Australian public, at best, is a compromised representation about Malaysia, or, at the other end of the continuum, a manicured distortion.

In contrast, for those diplomats and journalists working in and reporting from Indonesia, a proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia is almost mandatory.

Some can even converse in Javanese, Sundanese and other local dialects – an impressive achievement indeed.

Therefore, it is imperative for Australian journalist, and embassy staffs, covering Malaysia to acquire the language proficiency skill in Malay, comparable to that of their colleagues, in Bahasa Indonesia, who report on Indonesia.

Indeed they also have to acquire proficiency at least in one other language, either Mandarin, Tamil, Iban or Kadazan.

Without doubt, such linguistic proficiency, a fundamental skill in communication, is necessary to provide not only accurate, up-to-date and quality reporting, but also nuanced and sophisticated analysis.

The yawning gap of quality and sophistication between Australian media reporting on Indonesia and Malaysia will never be able to be closed, in view of the fact that journalists from major Australian news outlets are based in Jakarta, Bangkok, and/or Singapore.

This could mean one or two things: first, Malaysia is of a secondary interest to Australian media; or, since English is widely spoken in Malaysia, access to locals and local news sources aren’t as difficult as in Indonesia, where a good command of Bahasa Indonesia is a must.

As such, those reporting on Malaysia inevitably have to depend heavily on urban middle-class English-speaking Malaysian, most likely, those who are among the 300,000 Australian university graduates, about ten per cent of which are bumiputeras.

It is not a surprise, therefore, since the historic 12th General Election of 2008, in which the opposition coalition with the support of urban middle-class had inflicted the heaviest lost ever to the ruling party coalition, namely, the National Front, news on Malaysia in Australian mainstream media, based on content analysis, has increased noticeably.

The run-up to the 13th General Election of 2013 was well reported, with views from both sides of the political divide given almost equal attention.

However, the report centered around political activities in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in the highly urbanized Klang Valley region, and very little on what happened in Sarawak and Sabah.

Not surprisingly, the peak of the reporting reached its height when Senator Nick Xenophon, a known supporter of Anwar Ibrahim, the Malaysia opposition leader, was refused entry into Malaysia and deported back to Australia on February 13, 2013.

Reaction from Australian and Malaysian media was widespread up until early April.

In spite of this, Anwar was still unhappy over Australia’s refusal to send observers for the May 5 elections.

This news of the refusal was widely covered in mainstream media in Australia and Malaysia.

But, Anwar was not happy because the Australian media didn’t put enough pressure on the Australian government to support his request.

He believed his coalition could win the election, but predicted it would be prevented from doing so at the polls, by what he claimed as “massive fraud.”

The opposition lost the election. A series of protest rallies, ala-Arab Spring against the “massive frauds” was immediately organised throughout major cities in Malaysia.

Around the same time, major rallies led by educated and disorganized middle-class protesters took place in Brazil, China, Turkey and in Egypt.

But such a protest in Malaysia quickly faded away, when the opposition party leaders and their Members of Parliament were sworn-in at Parliament, willingly, without any protest or the issue of the “massive fraud” being raised.

It could be argued that a lack of language skills of the main vernacular languages including Malay resulted in poor coverage of the May Malaysian election by the Australian media.

That Malaysia is relatively stable and peaceful, and really not an ideal source of sensational news could be another factor.

Bluntly put, news on Malaysia doesn’t sell as well as news from the ‘troubled’ islands in the Oceania, especially, if the news relate to the implementation of Australia’s contested immigration policy, namely, about the ‘boat people,’ which has now become an important issue in the campaign for the forthcoming Australian elections.

Shamsul AB, a Monash University alumnus, is a professor and media commentator on Malaysian current affairs, for local and international media, as well as a keen observer of anything Australian and also Australia-Malaysia relations since the 1980s.

Car Insurance Claim Void, Malaysia


In any case, when making a police report, you must ALWAYS report that the CAR WAS STOLEN without your knowledge. If you reported it as the car was driven away when it was left in the car wash, no insurance will pay you. You can only sue the company for negligence. Advice: Let the professional do the report!I have a car crashed and broke a lampost, and the towing agent told me to pay RM100 to let him and “theprofessional” do the standard report that can guarantee dapat the insurance claims! I got the claims and escape paying for the broken lampost! I was warned: If I were to report the actual reasons my way on how the car crashed, I won’t be able to get the insurance claims.

Note:Reasons such as tyre bursts, driver tidur, car skidded, heavy rain, car went out of control, road slippery, etc all these reasons will be rejected by insurance companies and you get zero claims. It must be reported as an accident not because of your fault, the car’s technical fault, road fault, weather’s fault but must put the blame on others as the cause of accident!

You can declare yourself as the cause of accident, can still get the insurance claim, but the Police will fine you first RM300 and you have to pay for the replacement of the damaged lampost!

A Lampost at Plus Highway will cost you RM4000 !

In an unrelated event:Loss of I.C.If you lose your IC and go to get a replacement at the Bahagain Pendaftaran, the fine is RM100 for a first offender.
If you lost your IC again, the fine will be doubled and so on. If you made the police report that your IC was pick-pocketed (somewhere, say Pasar Malam) the Bahagian Pendaftaran won’t fine you! You get the replacement for free within 24 hr! Just trying to out smart them.

Same thing if you parked your car under a tree and a branch fell off and damaged your car. If you report as a parked car – your claim will not be entertained.
You have to report that while you are driving your car, the branch fell and damaged your car.


Be careful, if you have the habit of sending your car for car wash or other similar places such as car jockey at car park, while in shopping complex etc..

Two weeks ago my nephew sent his Toyota Harrier for a car wash in the car park of Bangsar Shopping Complex while he had an appointment there. He handed the car keys to the car wash people and left the car park for his appointment.

After the appointment he went to collect his car, & the car wash people told him that his car had been collected. HOW COULD IT BE!?

After a prolonged argument without any results, he had no choice, but to make a police report… and follow up with an insurance claim.

The Insurance company rejected his claim because the car was not stolen. The point of contention was why he had handed over the car keys to someone unknown, and why he had not waited till the car washing was finished.
So, be careful next time. If you really need to send your car for a car wash, better stay there and wait for your car, if not, this may happen to you..

Please forward this message to all your friends to warn them.

” I am agent of MSIG, ZURICH and BERJAYA SOMPO confirm that if you hand over the keys of your car for someone to take care example :- Car Wash, Car Park and on your return if the Car is ‘taken’ away, Insurer WILL NOT PAY for the ‘Loss’.




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Stupid ‘Racing’ driver on Genting Highlands Road, Malaysia

Malaysian mother, 18, is jailed after ‘sadistic’ beating of her ten-month-old baby girl was captured by worried friend on

mobile phone

  • The clip was filmed in Petaling Jaya, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur in May 2011
  • Unmarried mother, 18, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for child abuse
  • Abused baby is now ‘doing well’ in foster care


First blow: The mother ,seen raising her hand before hitting the child is seen sitting on a bed, while the baby girl, is in the corner of the mattress, crying hysterically as she lays face downFirst blow: The mother, seen raising her hand before hitting the child, sits on a bed, while the baby girl is on the corner of the mattress, crying hysterically as she lies face down

Disturbing viewing: The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming babyDisturbing viewing: The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming baby

Thought to be filmed on a mobile phone, the mother, who is unmarried, is seen sitting on a bed, while the baby is on the corner of the mattress, crying hysterically as she lies face down.

The woman hits the child over the head repeatedly with a cushion and at one point throws her mobile phone at the screaming baby.

As the wailing intensifies the woman pinches her arms and thighs and kicks her – the helpless baby just lays on the mattress, unable to fend off the blows.

When the distraught baby lifts her head up, she flops forward again, dazed from being repeatedly hit on the head.

Abusive: At one point the mother grabs the baby's head and slams it back down onto the mattressAbusive: At one point the mother grabs the baby’s head and slams it back down onto the mattress

The baby looks for comfort
The baby looks for comfort

Looking for help: In a heartbreaking move, the baby still crawls over to her mother and tries to rest on her knee for comfort,  but she is promptly shoved so hard that she falls on to her back

At one point the mother roughly grabs the baby’s head, pinches her face and slams her back down onto the mattress as a young child, nibbling food, wanders into shot and watches the abuse.

In a heartbreaking move, the baby still crawls over to her mother and tries to rest on her knee for comfort, but she is promptly shoved so hard that she falls on to her back screaming out.

It is unclear what the woman is saying, but the voice of another woman, assumed to be the person recording the incident, can also be be heard in the video.

Harmful: As the mother repeatedly pinches the screaming baby, a young child, nibbling food, wanders into shot and watches the abuse Harmful: As the mother repeatedly pinches the screaming baby, a young child, nibbling food, wanders into shot and watches the abuse

According to Arjunaidi Mohamed, the chief of police in Petaling Jaya, the mother was 18-years-old when she inflicted the beating on her 10-month-old child in May last year, reported CNN.

He refused to disclose the mother’s name, but said she was convicted of child abuse and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The baby was put into the care of a foster family after her mother’s arrest and is now doing ‘very well,’ said Fatimah Zuraidah Salleh, deputy director of the children division of the Social Welfare Department to CNN.

After watching the distributing video, many users felt compelled to voice their disgust in the comment section.

One user wrote ‘I literally cried after watching this video.. Cant even imagine beating up any kid like she did.’

‘How can those other people in the room just stand by and watch this happen? That poor little baby just wants to be picked up and all she can do it continually beat it,’ wrote another user.

The court will decide whether the mother, who is due to be released in late November, will be allowed to regain custody of the child.

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Ibrahim Ali to Najib: Be firm on ‘Allah’ issue, for once
By Syed Jaymal ZahiidJuly 12, 2013


Ibrahim Ali said Marino’s statement was another display of non-Muslim “rudeness” towards the status of Islam as the country’s official religion. – Picture by Choo Choy MayIbrahim Ali said Marino’s statement was another display of non-Muslim “rudeness” towards the status of Islam as the country’s official religion. – Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali  wants Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to stand up as a Muslim leader and defend Islam against what the Perkasa president believes to mark the Vatican’s intrusion into Malaysia’s domestic religious affairs.

Ibrahim also condemned the Holy See’s first ambassador to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, for backing the local Catholic Church’s claim to “Allah” — viewed by some Malay hardliners as being exclusive to Islam.

“We demand the prime minister to display some firmness as prime minister of Umno and someone who is a Muslim.

“For once, be firm when defending the sanctity of Islam,” Ibrahim told a news conference at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru here—a symbol of the Malay nationalism.

Perkasa, a self-professed staunch defender of Malay and Muslim rights, have condemned and demanded for the apostolic nuncio to retract his statement. Failing to do so, the group and other Muslim NGOs will apply pressure on Putrajaya to shut down the Vatican’s office here and “kick them out of the country”.

In his first media interview here, the Vatican’s first envoy to Malaysia, Archbishop Joseph Marino, observed that the “Allah” storm that has been raging here for the past five years was unique to this Southeast Asian nation due to the widespread use of the Malay language, the lingua franca of Malaysia’s Bumiputera Christians.

He indicated that the local churches have presented a “logical and acceptable” argument to counter the allegations by some hardline Muslims here that “Allah”, a word of Middle Eastern origin, was exclusive to Islam.

But Marino carefully pointed out that the ongoing appeal by the Home Ministry to reverse a 2009 High Court judgment in favour of the Catholic Church was an “internal matter” when asked to comment further on the dispute.

Conservative scholar and president of another Muslim rights group Datuk Hasan Ali speaking at the same press conference noted that Marino’s statement could have been taken out context.

“He must either retract or deny making the statement,” he said.

The former PAS leader, sacked for his opposition towards the party’s more “progressive” Islamic brand, also called on all Muslim leaders across the political board to join forces in condemning Marino’s statement.

“This is the time for us to restore our dignity,” he said.

On Monday, Malaysia’s Catholic Church filed an application to strike out the Home Ministry’s appeal.

The High Court had stirred waves when in ruled in 2009 that the “Allah” word was not the exclusive right of Muslims, and the Catholic Church’s newspaper, Herald, could publish it in its Bahasa Malaysia section, which caters to its Bumiputera congregation.

The “Allah” row erupted in 2008 when the Home Ministry threatened to revoke the Herald’s newspaper permit, prompting the Catholic Church to sue the government for violating its constitutional rights.

About 64 per cent of the Christians here are Bumiputeras and Malay-speaking.

Marino also appeared to be on the ball when he was asked to weigh in on other religious concerns affecting Malaysia’s minorities, such as the recent uproar over a conversion law of children to Islam by only one parent.

He referred to the statement by the country’s leading non-Muslim interfaith group, and described the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism’s (MCCBCHST) stand as being “logical and respectful”.

“Malaysia is a very cultured country and highly educated people here so let’s hope common sense will prevail in all these issues,” Marino said in the interview at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

But Ibrahim said Marino’s statement was another display of non-Muslim “rudeness” towards the status of Islam as the country’s official religion.

“This is not the first time Islam has been insulted,” he said.

The Perkasa president had previously called for the burning of all bibles which contain the word “Allah”, triggering public uproar and calls for action. The authorities, however, did not act.

Ibrahim had also accused Najib of sidelining his group despite having help Umno increase its Malay support in Election 2013.

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