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Lucky escape for RMAF six

Posted: 23 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: Six Armed Forces personnel had a lucky escape when their Nuri helicopter crash-landed in Pulau Perak, Kedah.

Sources said the helicopter, which departed from the Butterworth air base, landed on the island at about 11.34am on Sunday.

It is learnt that four of those on board suffered minor injuries. They were treated at the Seberang Jaya Hospital in Penang.

A Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) spokesman said the pilot's expertise and quick-thinking enabled him to safely land the aircraft, saving the lives of everyone on board.

"The squad was on a mission to send supplies to other air force personnel near the Pulau Perak area," he said.

"The RMAF has already formed an investigation board to probe the cause of the incident," added the spokesman.

The last Nuri crash was on Aug 15, 2004, when three RMAF personnel were killed. Their helicopter had crash-landed about 15km from Ba'Kelalan, near the Sarawak border with Kalimantan. Seven others survived.

National level open house at Esplanade

Posted: 23 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

GEORGE TOWN: About 20,000 people are expected to turn up for the national level Christmas open house at Esplanade.

Penang Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the state would assist the Tourism Ministry to hold the event, scheduled to start from 10am to 6.30pm tomorrow.

Since Penang is the host, state secretary Datuk Farizan Darus will provide the ministry with details on the local logistics, such as the venue, traffic and transport.

"Invitations have been sent out to the national-level (bodies), state exco, some local organisations and communities," he said during a press conference at Komtar yesterday.

Chow said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would be present.

Penang state secretary Datuk Farizan Darus said Light Street would be closed from 10am to 6.30pm during the celebration.

Rapid Penang creative communications manager Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Kassim said free shuttle bus services would be available from 9am to 7pm tomorrow.

The main event will officially start from 2pm.

A host of activities has been lined up including cultural performances and exhibitions.

No subsidy for foreigners

Posted: 23 Dec 2013 08:00 AM PST

GEORGE TOWN: The Health Ministry (MOH) is looking into getting foreign workers to pay for their actual cost of medical treatment in government hospitals.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said at present the Government is subsidising the rates for foreign workers.

"We want them to pay the actual cost and not the subsidised rate," he said.

Dr Hilmi said the ministry was also in the process of reviewing medical charges at government and private hospitals.

"Our hospital charges have not been reviewed since 2003," he said after the launching of the "Back to School" programme organised by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) at Balik Pulau yesterday.

Dr Hilmi said the MOH is promoting peritoneal dialysis to tackle the demand for dialysis treatment in the country.

He said peritoneal dialysis is quite common in other countries but is relatively new in Malaysia.

"We are promoting peritoneal dialysis, which can be done at home. However, people are still not very confident with it (peritoneal dialysis) here. We can train them and their family members and they can do it at home themselves. The effect is the same as haemodialysis," he said.

He also said that the MOH is planning to add more clinics with dialysis machines next year.

"Almost all government hospitals have dialysis machines except three. We are also extending haemodialysis treatment to clinics. So far this year, we have three haemodialysis treatment clinics.

"We are adding another four clinics to offer dialysis and next year, we are planning to buy 1,000 more dialysis machines.

"Each clinic will have three to five machines," he said.

When asked about dialysis centres that did not meet MOH requirements, Dr Hilmi said the MOH is very strict on the management of the centres.

The "Back to School" programme saw 200 school children from the Balik Pulau constituency aged seven to 12, receiving two sets of uniform, a pair of shoes and socks, as well as a school bag; worth RM250 each.


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