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Zahid: Foreign vessels to follow designated routes off east coast of Sabah

Posted: 07 May 2014 07:54 AM PDT

LAHAD DATU: All foreign vessels entering and exiting the east coast of Sabah will have to follow designated routes especially in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) with immediate effect.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zahid Hamidi said on Wednesday that the Government had decided on seven gazetted entry zones into Sabah and all foreign vessels will have to follow the legal routes or face action under Malaysian law.

In line with the decision, he said all boat owners in Sabah would have to register their boats to show that the vessels were owned by them and not foreign vessels.

"These two steps are proactive actions that will take immediate effect to ensure the security and safety of the people particularly those in the Esszone," he told reporters after visiting Pulau Baik where a fish farm manager was abducted by gunmen in military fatigues on Tuesday morning.

Chinese national Yang Zai Lin was abducted from Wonderful Terrace Fish Farm by five gunmen at 2.45am Tuesday.

Yang's abduction is the second recent kidnapping of a Chinese national in the area. Last month, Chinese tourist Gao Huayun, 29, and Filipina resort worker Marcy Dayawan, 40, were seized from a resort in Sabah.

Zahid also said that seven new outposts will be set up as soon as possible to further strengthen the Esszone.

He added that more assets and equipment would be added for the various security forces (police, armed forces and MMEA) operating in the area to carry out more patrols and strengthen security.

He said these actions were part of short and long term plans for the Esszone and efforts to secure the east coast of the state.

Zahid, who was with minister in Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim and East Coast Security Command (Esscom) director-general Datuk Mohammad Mentek, said that many agencies had also sent up various proposals which were being considered.

Zahid will be meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Aman with regard security issues in the Esszone on Thursday.

Health Ministry to increase water testing in Selangor

Posted: 07 May 2014 06:46 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry will be increasing water testing at treatment plants in Selangor to ensure water supplied to consumers is not polluted by dangerous substances and is safe for consumption.

Health Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said under normal circumstances, the testing frequency was once a month to check for chemicals and metals, but would now be done once a week.

"If the Selangor government's decision to draw raw water from former mining pools is continued, we will step up testing to ensure the water supplied meets the Health Ministry's standards," he told reporters here Wednesday.

He was responding to a front page report in a local daily which had alluded that water from the former mining pools was not safe for consumption.

Subramaniam said according to sampling done two weeks ago, treated water in Selangor was determined to be safe for consumption and did not contain any dangerous elements.

He also urged the Department of Environment (DOE) and Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (Luas) to do continuous checks on the contents of raw water and issue warnings if there were adverse changes in the water quality.

"The cooperation of all agencies responsible is important to ensure raw water drawn and treated water are safe," he said, adding that if the ministry found raw water sourced in Selangor to be not safe, the state government would be asked to stop drawing the water from their respective sources. – Bernama

Questioning PAS' Hudud law not an anti-Islam stance, says Wee

Posted: 07 May 2014 06:16 AM PDT

SHAH ALAM: Questioning the bid by PAS to implement hudud law in Kelantan should not be seen as an anti-Islamic stance, said Datuk Wee Ka Siong.

"When people question PAS' Hudud, it should not be seen as anti-Islam, there is no correlation. We will defend the Constitution under which Islam is holy, and this has been MCA's consistent stand," said the MCA deputy president, who spoke as a panellist at the "Hudud: Are we ready" forum on Wednesday.

He pointed out that the private member's bill which PAS plans to table at the next Parliament sitting to bring hudud to Kelantan was not the first attempt by the party to implement the Islamic penal code in its home state.

"If we look at our history, PAS had plans to introduce hudud but it was rejected by Tunku Abdul Rahman because of the social contract that became our Federal Constitution. We are a multicultural society and we have Muslims and non-Muslims living together," said Wee.

He also said there would be discrepancies in the punishments faced by Muslims and non-Muslims should PAS' hudud be implemented.

In response, fellow panellist Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said that a Muslim facing punishment under PAS' hudud had chosen to accept Islam as their religion, including all its criminal laws.

"This would be because the Muslim chose Islam as their religion, and therefore has chosen to accept all of Islam including its criminal laws, and therefore amputation would be fair," said the Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar.

He said the party's main intention in tabling the Bill was to show PAS' hudud did not go against the Constitution, adding that its actual implementation was still subject to much discussion.

At a press conference later, Wee repeated his earlier statement that MCA would reconsider its position in Barisan should Umno leaders vote in agreement with the Bill tabled by PAS.

"Yes, this is true because we would have our cause to fight.

"We have not come to that stage yet. Umno MPs have voiced their support but MCA as a Barisan component party says otherwise," said Wee.

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