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Rule of Law paramount in handling South China Sea issues, says Najib

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 08:24 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The rule of law must reign supreme in resolving issues in the South China Sea, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said he was "concerned and deeply worried" that measures taken by the engaged parties to affirm their declared rights, no matter how small they might be, would only complicate matters and would not be in anyone's interest in the long run.

"We must hold steadfast to the principles of non-use of force and the peaceful settlement of disputes.

"There should not be any action taken to further aggravate the situation and increase tensions," he said in a speech read by Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid at the opening of the 28th Asia Pacific Roundtable here, Monday.

Najib, however, expressed confidence that "the bonds of friendship that bind us are stronger and more durable that the differences that divide us".

The parties involved should not stray from the proven path of dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts, he said, adding that he remained hopeful that good sense would prevail.

Najib expressed Malaysia's strong commitment towards the recent Joint Declaration of the Asean Defence Ministers on Defence Cooperation towards a Peaceful and Prosperous Asean Community.

He described it as a significant step forward in strengthening the political-security pillar of the Asean Community.

"It's only with the assurance of peace that it would be possible for this region to attract investments, encourage innovation and create jobs for its people," he said.

Najib noted that Southeast Asian nations wanted peace, prosperity and predictability besides being independent, strong and economically vibrant.

"Our aim is to have a region where nations respect each other while observing rules and norms, and where honour and dignity are manifested by peaceful intentions, visionary policies and good leadership.

"We aspire to a region where the strongest guarantees of peace and prosperity lie in nations working together, not against each other," the Prime Minister said.

Najib also touched on the need to maintain and enhance the habit of cooperation, like the one seen in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, across a whole range of issues.

"Countering the threat of terrorism, for example, requires a great deal of intelligence-sharing and coordination among our security agencies," he said.

Najib alluded to the recent detention by Malaysian police of foreign nationals believed to be involved in planning terrorist attacks on foreign consulates in India, including the American consulate-general in Chennai.

Elaborating on the disappearance of MH370 with 239 people on board on March 8, Najib said that never before had people witnessed such intense cooperation between so many countries in this region.

"Although MH370 has not yet been found – and I'm confident that we will eventually find it – our joint and coordinated efforts have already shown the value of harnessing the collective strengths of countries in times of need," he said. – Bernama

Four-year-old boy chokes to death on fishball

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 08:13 AM PDT

SUNGAI PETANI: A four-year-old boy choked to death after eating a fishball which he had taken from his mother.

The incident occurred at about 4pm Monday at the boy's relative's house at Resort Home in Persiaran Cinta Sayang here.

It is learnt that the deceased, identified as Lim Wei Kiat, ate the fishball, which was the size of a 50 sen coin, in a hurried manner.

A relative, identified only as Wong, rushed the child to the Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital for emergency treatment where he died three hours later from oxygen deprivation.

It is understood that medical assistants at the hospital's emergency unit attempted to carry out emergency rescue procedures to save the boy but were unsuccessful.

When contacted, Kuala Muda district police chief Assistant Commissioner of Police Khalil Arifin confirmed the case and said that it had been classified as sudden death.

Government willing to negotiate oil royalties increase with Sarawak, says Najib

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 07:26 AM PDT

MIRI: The Federal Government is willing to negotiate Sarawak's request to increase oil royalties from 5% to 20%, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"The State Assembly has approved a motion to seek an increase of oil royalties from 5% to 20%. Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan (Satem) has whispered in my ears about this," said Najib at the National Level Gawai Dayak celebrations in Miri, Monday night.

"We are willing to listen and talk. Whether it will be such an increase in oil royalties or whether we can look at other forms of increasing the allocation direct into the state accounts, let us consider."

Najib referred to Putrajaya and Sarawak's excellent working relationship and stated that the Federal Government would have no problem negotiating the matter.

The Sarawak state assembly sitting in May approved a special motion to seek royalties from the state's oil and gas revenue to be increased from 5% cent to 20%.

The Prime Minister is on a two-day visit to the state. On Monday morning, he visited the Orang Ulus in Long Silat, Ulu Baram before gracing the national level Gawai Dayak Open House grand celebrations at the Miri City Fan Recreational Park in the evening.

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