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Najib begins working visit to San Francisco and New York


SAN FRANCISCO: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has arrived here to begin his working visit to the United States until Sept 29.

Najib, accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, arrived on a special flight yesterday which departed from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 5.45pm on Saturday.

Najib is on a working visit here to attend the 3rd Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) meeting that ends tomorrow.

He will also open the high-level Forum on Green Future and Green Energy, which will be participated by international and national council members who are global experts on science and innovation.

The GSIAC was initiated by the Prime Minister in 2010 as part of his efforts to transform Malaysia into a high-income economy through enhancing Malaysia's capabilities in science and innovation.

The Prime Minister will also attend the 7th BIO-International Advisory Panel meeting and visit Silicon Valley, which includes a tour of the headquarters of Twitter and Google.

Among the highlights of his visit to Silicon Valley, his first since he became Prime Minister in 2009, are meetings with the senior management teams at Twitter and Google, tweeting from Twitter's headquarters and chatting with Malaysian staff at Google.

Najib is accompanied by Cabinet members, including Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek and Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, and senior government officials here.

The Prime Minister will leave for New York tomorrow to lead Malaysia's delegation to the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly from Wednesday to Sunday.

On Thursday, Najib is scheduled to deliver a statement at the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Nuclear Disarmament and on Saturday, Malaysia's statement during the General Debate.

Also on Saturday, Najib is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at an Asia Society event and meet with key industry players from Asean countries and the United States during a luncheon with the US-Asean Business Council and the US Chamber of Commerce.

He will host a dinner for the Malaysian community in New York later that day. — Bernama

Lee lauds cops for a job well done


PETALING JAYA: The police deserve a pat on the back for making headway in reducing crime under Ops Cantas Khas, the Malaysian Crime Pre­vention Foundation (MCPF) said.

Its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said that Ops Cantas Khas had proven successful in taking firearms and violent criminals off the streets.

"This operation is very encouraging and brings confidence back to the people," he said when contacted yesterday.

He hoped the operations would be ongoing to ensure that the crime rate continues to drop in the future.

"The police definitely need to be commended and deserve a pat on the back for doing a good job under Ops Cantas Khas.

"However, that being said, the Government needs to look into better equipping the police force so that they can stay ahead of the game," Lee said.

He added that criminals were adapting their strategies to avoid getting caught and, likewise, the police needed to keep themselves updated with technology and be better equipped to stay ahead of criminals.

"Police personnel also need to be adequately trained to ensure efficiency and integrity," he said.

Dave Avran, the founder of Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch (Marah), also commended the police for their success in arresting over 10,000 criminals since Ops Cantas Khas was launched on Aug 17.

"Marah has been following Ops Cantas Khas closely since its launch and we praise the police for a job well done.

"We urge the police to continue with Ops Cantas Khas as it is needed for the rakyat to live without fear for their safety.

"We have to fight crime, which is a relentless battle, and the current police action must be continue.

"We are especially watching out for the third phase of Ops Cantas Khas, which is aimed at crippling the underworld by nabbing the kingpins and freezing their assets," he added.

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Cops deal crime a crippling blow since Ops Cantas Khas launch

Nearly 17,000 critically-ill patients need organs


KUALA TERENGGANU: The Public Awareness for Organ Donation Action Committee revealed that there are 16,978 critically-ill patients in the country in need of organ donors to continue living.

Its chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said as at Aug 31, there were 16,945 kidney and 17 liver patients awaiting organ donation.

He said at present, the committee had listed 235,573 people pledging their organs but they were not adequate to meet the demand.

"Since 1976 to August this year, only 432 people had donated their organs after undergoing matching procedures," he said.

Lee revealed that at the moment, the country was desperately in need of donors for kidneys.

"For organ donation after death, the rate of organ and tissue donation in the country is just 0.6 donation for every million of the population," he told reporters after launching the first series of an organ donation tour here yesterday. — Bernama


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