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DPM: BM the language of unity


KANGAR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the national language to be the tool for unity among all Malaysians.

As the language is widely spoken and understood, it is logical to promote it as a language which can unite and inspire Malaysians, he said when launching the national-level Bahasa Malaysia celebrations month at Dewan Wawasan 2020 here.

Both the public and private sectors must adopt and conceive programmes which use the national language to unite our diverse communities, said Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister.

He also urged institutions of higher learning to take the initiative to strengthen the learning, use and promotion of Bahasa Malaysia thro­ug­hout their campuses.

Muhyiddin also pointed out that more rewards and incentives must be given to entice academicians to produce more journals in Bahasa Malaysia.

Writers should also be encouraged to focus more of their work in Bahasa Malaysia, he added.

"English is an internationally recognised language which must be mastered but similarly, Bahasa Mal­aysia is an iconic element in Malay­sia.

"The language belongs to all Mal­aysians and we must take pride in ensuring its rightful place in society.

"It, too, must be preserved and its reach must be expanded even on the Internet to ensure that everybody comprehends and appreciates this language," he said yesterday.

Later, at the Seri Malaysia Hotel, Muhyiddin witnessed an agreement signing between Terramark Sdn Bhd and the Perlis Government to develop an integrated poultry farming project in Chuping and Titi Tinggi.

Company chairman Datuk Rosli Sharif represented Terramark while Mentri Besar Azlan Man represented the state.

With the agreement, Perlis hopes to become a top producer of halal poultry.

Rosli said the initial investment would be around RM270mil with 15,000 chicken being hatched within one year.

The infrastructure will consist of a breeding farm, a feedmill, a hi-tech hatchery and a training centre.

Rosli said the company's long-term goal was to help Malaysia reduce its production costs.

Perlis Agriculture Committee chair­man Datuk Sabri Ahmad said the company would create 700 jobs.

Malaysia to highlight efforts to check terror and crime


BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Malaysia will highlight efforts taken by dialogue partners to combat terrorism and transnational crime during the Asean Plus One Summit which begins here today.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said Kuala Lumpur will also raise issues on disaster management, pandemic preparedness and response, as well as maritime security during the two-day event.

"We will highlight the progress and involvement of dialogue partners in various functional cooperation in Asean as well as on trade and investment, culture and education, as well as capacity building for intellectual property protection and enforcement," he said in a statement at the conclusion of the senior officials meeting here.

Anifah said the summit is also expected to touch on other regional and international issues such as disputes between nations in the resource rich South China Sea, situation in the Middle East, including in Syria and Palestine.

Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines, Vietnam, China and Taiwan have claimed various parts of the South China Sea which has some of the world's most important shipping lanes as well as rich fishing grounds.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is also scheduled to meet Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon at the sidelines of the summit here.

He said apart from the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on the Asean Community's Post-2015 Vision, leaders are expected to, among others, adopt the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on Youth Entrepren­eurship and Employment, the Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases in Asean, the Asean Declaration on Enhancing Cooperation in Disaster Managem­ent, the Declaration on Elimination of Violence Against Women and Elimination of Violence Against Children in Asean, the Joint Statement on Commemoration of the 10th An­­niversary of the Asean-China Stra­tegic Partnership, and the Declara­tion of the 8th East Asia Summit on Food Security Cooperation.

Sabah Mufti to face native court


PENAMPANG: Sabah Mufti Bungsu Aziz Jafaar (pic) has landed himself in a controversy following his alleged description of the Kadazans as "an invented race".

Kadazandusun leaders are not amused and would be hauling him up before a native court to answer to the community for the alleged insult.

The Kadazan Society Sabah (KSS) filed a customary saman malu (a summons to appease the humiliation) at the Penampang district court against Bungsu here yesterday.

KSS deputy-president Sylvester Disimon, who filed the summons at the office of district chief (Customary) OKK Christopher Mojungkim, said Bungsu's remarks had drawn anger from the Kadazan community.

"Our feelings and dignity will be hurt beyond repair if it is not settled through the native court.

"Mufti Bungsu is therefore required to make appeasement to the Kadazan community in accordance with native customary law," he told reporters.

Bungsu had reportedly made the remarks at a symposium discussing the Malay leadership crisis in Putrajaya on Sept 28.

He had said that for the sake of the Malay Muslim community, natives in Sabah who are already Muslims must be recognised as Malays, referring to the Dusun, Bajau, Murut and other ethnicities that make up Sabah's many indigenous people.

He further compared the situation to the Kadazans, which according to him was an "invented" ethnic group made of non-Muslim Dusun people, who are mostly Catholics.

Disimon said the term "Kadazan" was never invented and is not of recent origin, as claimed by Bungsu. He said there is evidence the term had been used long before the 1950s.

He cited the book The Pagans of North Borneo by Owen Rutter in 1929 that stated a Dusun usually describes himself generically as a tulun tindal (landsman) or, on the west coast of the state, particularly at Papar, as a Kadazan.

Rutter worked in North Borneo (now Sabah) for five years from 1910 and left the state in 1914 when World War I broke out.

"So, if this misconception is left unchecked and not rectified, other communities might think that Bungsu's statement is correct," added Disimon.

Mojungkim said Bungsu is obliged to appear at the Penam­pang native court within 21 days (of the summons being field).

"If he fails to appear in the native court, we will work with the police to issue a warrant (of arrest) on him," he added.

Bungsu, of Brunei-Suluk ancestry, has yet to respond to the calls for him to explain his remarks.

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