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Firms eyeing KL-S'pore rail project


TOKYO: Several international firms, including Japanese ones, are eyeing the 330km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed rail link project.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said that during his discussions with leading Japanese corporations – three namely Hitachi Ltd, Sumitomo Corporation and Mitsui & Co – had voiced their interest in the project.

He added the Government was still conducting a project feasibility study. Once completed, the international bidding process would be carried out.

"The companies, including Japanese firms, could then take part in the process," he told the Malaysian media.

Najib said there were also Chinese and European companies that were interested in the high speed rail link project.

Earlier this year, Malaysia and Singapore announced the rail link, which is expected to cut land travelling time between the two countries to just 90 minutes.

Targeted to be completed by 2020, it is reported to cost about RM40bil.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who held a bilateral meeting with Najib earlier, urged for Japanese technology to be considered in the rail link construction.

"This is something which Malaysia should consider adopting as Japan has the Shinkansen high speed railway system," he said.

Najib said there were opportunities for Japanese companies to take part in the development of Malaysia's infrastructure through the process of open bidding.

On the second wave of the Look East Policy, Malaysia is eyeing high value investments from the Land of the Rising Sun and those that are up in the value chain, the Prime Minister said.

This comes after the positive effect of the first wave of the policy which started in 1982 where Malaysians learned skills, values and the good work ethics practised by the Japanese.

"I told Prime Minister Abe that we are not interested in getting labour intensive investments but are eyeing those that are high tech and that would create a high supply chain."

The Prime Minister also held discussions with Tokuyama Corporation which confirmed a RM5bil investment for the second phase of its polysilicon plant in Malaysia.

The company had already spent RM3bil and invited Najib to launch the second phase some time next year.

Japanese firm Toshiba has also confirmed its partnership with 1MDB to set up a high-tech cancer treatment centre, the Prime Minister added.

Plucky schoolgirl fights off molester


IPOH: A schoolgirl bravely fought off her molester at a shopping centre here.

Recalling her ordeal, 19-year-old "Vicky" (not her real name) said she punched and kicked the man, believed to be a foreign worker, when he hugged and kissed her during the 4pm incident last Saturday.

"I was about to use the toilet when a man came in and told me that it was out of order.

"He, however, told me to use it before he went out of the toilet.

"Then I heard someone opening the door and switching off the lights," Vicky said when met at the district police station yesterday.

When she came out of the toilet cubicle, Vicky claimed that the same man hugged and kissed her lips. Vicky said she managed to force her way of the toilet and screamed for help.

"The man fled and I saw somebody giving chase but I think he managed to escape," she said.

Vicky said she could identify the man who tried to rape her.

"I hope the police will arrest the man soon. I am now terrified of using public toilets alone," she said, adding that a report was lodged at the Sungai Senam police station later that night.

Bercham assemblyman Cheong Chee Khing, who brought the girl to the police station to meet the investigation officer yesterday, urged the police to expedite the investigation.

"I also urged the shopping centre management to increase security patrols to prevent similar incidents from recurring," he added.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said he had instructed the investigation officer to act on the matter urgently.

When contacted, a spokesman from the shopping centre said the man was a contract staff who was employed for refurbishment works at the premises.

"We have contacted the contractor to look for the culprit but he is believed to have fled."

10 points to show Mat Sabu linked to deviant teaching


PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry has listed 10 points to show that PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu has links with the Shi'ite branch of Islam considered deviant in Malaysia.

Among the points was that Mohamad, popularly known as Mat Sabu, had attended religious classes conducted by two Shi'ite ustaz in Bukit Merah, Perak in 2011.

Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said Mat Sabu had also expressed his admiration towards the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

"He stated that Khomeini's leadership and struggles had charted his thoughts. This was expressed in his speech as PAS deputy president on June 13, 2011," Abdul Rahim told a press conference here yesterday.

The revelation came days after Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the PAS No. 2 was involved in Shi'ite activities.

Abdul Rahim said Mat Sabu also wrote an article in Harakah dated July 15, 2008, urging Muslims to follow the example of the Islamic leadership of Khomeini. He said Mat Sabu's friend of 20 years known as C.N Afghani had told a Home Ministry official that the former also often visited Iran.

Abdul Rahim said another person by the name of Dr Abdul Aziz Hanafi had also told ministry official Ustaz Zamihan Mat Zin that Mat Sabu recited the Shi'ite version of "selawat" (invocation of the Holy Prophet) during a PAS ceramah in Arau in 2005.

"One Tuan Guru Abd Rahim from Sungai Jagung, Pendang, also claimed that he had seen Mat Sabu performing the prayers with a small stone underneath the prayer mat. This is synonymous with the Shi'ite practice," he said.

Abdul Rahim added that there was a video clip on YouTube which clearly proved Mat Sabu's admiration towards Lebanese Shi'ite secretary-general Sayyid Hassan Nasrullah.

"Based on information, we also found that Mat Sabu had visited a Shi'ite mosque in Kampung Alur, Satun, Southern Thailand in 2011," he said.

Abdul Rahim added that the Home Ministry through the police and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) would continue their efforts to curb Shi'ite activities.

Mat Sabu in an SMS reply said he would make a statement after meeting his lawyer.

In GEORGE TOWN, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the ministry was focusing on the security issue when it decided to expose the alleged involvement of Mat Sabu in Shi'ite activities.

"We don't play politics here and we have no political agenda as far as security is concerned. We just want to reveal the evidence that he was indeed involved in the teaching," he said after visiting the state police contingent headquarters.

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