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Spying on 'friends' will affect ties, Anifah tells Australia


KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said spying activities should not be conducted among friendly countries as it would affect existing ties.

In a statement, he said that he had conveyed this message in a meeting with Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in Perth Friday on the sidelines of the 13th Ministers of Indian Ocean Rim-Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) meeting.

"The Foreign Minister took the opportunity to raise matters on recent media reports of alleged Australian spying activities in Malaysia.

"He expressed deep concern of such reports which have caused considerable anger amongst the Malaysian public.

"He further stated that such activities are not done amongst close friends as it could severely damage existing relations," the statement said.

In response to the Foreign Ministry statement, Bishop said that it is not the policy of the Australian government to comment on intelligence matters.

"However, the Minister (Bishop) accepted the concerns raised by Malaysia on the matter and assured that the Australian Government places high importance on the close bilateral relations with Malaysia," said the statement.

The Foreign Ministry on Friday summoned the United States ambassador and the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia to hand over protest notes on their alleged spying activities in Kuala Lumpur.

Deputy Secretary-General (Bilateral Ties) Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim submitted the protest notes to Australian High Commissioner Miles Kupa, and US Deputy Chief of Mission Lee McClenny, as the ambassador was not in Kuala Lumpur. - Bernama

Syed Hamid: More that 50,000 school buses not registered with SPAD


YAN: About 50,000 school buses nationwide are not registered with the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), said its chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar.

To date, only 18,000 school buses are registered.

Syed Hamid said most school bus operators did not register with SPAD because they used old buses which did not meet specifications stipulated by the Commission.

"SPAD has no problems in issuing licences for school buses, as long as they can meet the stipulated conditions. "Anybody can apply as long as he is a Malaysian citizen, has no crime record and is not a bankrupt," he told reporters after handing over a school students insurance protection scheme at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Dulang here Saturday.

He added that the Government had provided numerous facilities and incentives to help solve problems faced by bus operators including giving a cash rebate of RM10,000 and a 2% interest rate subsidy on loans to replace old school buses over 25 years old with new ones. - Bernama

Kelantan fans bring 20 Chinese drums to Malaysia Cup final


KOTA BARU: Twenty Chinese drums would be brought to Shah Alam Stadium by Kelantan's football fan club and pounded to a thunderous roar to ignite supporters' enthusiasm and cheer the Red Warriors in their match against Pahang for the Malaysia Cup on Sunday.

Drum group leader Harun Ali said they would head to Shah Alam Sunday night with the drums in their cars and vans following a convoy of 15 buses.

"We will sing the 'Yuh Ayuh' and 'Gomo Kelate Gomo' wholeheartedly with drum accompaniment. I hope the Malaysia Cup will go back to Kelantan again this year," he said when met here Friday.

Meanwhile, in Shah Alam, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has given an assurance that security would be strengthened at the final match between Kelantan and Pahang.

Its vice president Datuk Afandi Hamzah said it was decided during a meeting with Selangor police that 2,155 personnel would be based in the vicinity, the highest number ever deployed in any final game.

"At the same time, the police will use a helicopter to oversee that the match goes on smoothly," he told reporters after chairing a meeting with the team managers.

He said Kelantan team supporters would enter the stadium through the left entrance while Pahang team supporters through the right.

Meanwhile, FAM secretary general Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin advised supporters not to light up flares, an offence under the international football rules.

"We can be penalised by the Asian Football Confederation and if the practice continues, we will probably have to play without the supporters in future," he cautioned. - Bernama


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