Peter Anthony dikuarantin, perbicaraan tangguh ke 3 Mei

Peter Anthony. (Gambar Bernama)

KUALA LUMPUR: Perbicaraan kes bekas Menteri Pembangunan Infrastruktur Sabah Datuk Peter Anthony yang didakwa atas pertuduhan menggunakan dokumen palsu ditangguhkan ke 3 Mei, selepas bekas menteri itu diarahkan menjalani kuarantin kendiri kerana menjadi kontak rapat kepada pesakit Covid-19.

Peguam D Senthinathan memaklumkan kepada mahkamah anak guamnya dikenakan perintah kuarantin selama 10 hari bermula 16 hingga 26 April.

“Oleh itu, saya memohon satu penangguhan untuk perbicaraan kes hari ini,” kata peguam itu.

Hari ini sepatutnya hari ke-5 perbicaraan kes berkenaan dengan saksi pendakwaan ke-9, bekas Pengerusi ULink Property Sdn Bhd, Abdullah Mohd Said menyambung keterangan.

Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Wan Shaharuddin Wan Ladin tidak membantah permohonan penangguhan itu namun untuk rekod mahkamah, kelima-lima saksi dari Sabah hadir untuk memberi keterangan pada hari ini.

“Saya mohon beberapa tarikh perbicaraan baharu sebagai persediaan sekiranya berlaku kemungkinan pihak-pihak lain perlu menjalani kuarantin terutamanya musim Covid-19.

“Pada tarikh akan datang, pihak kami bercadang untuk memanggil saksi dari Semenanjung iaitu bekas Perdana Menteri Najib Razak serta memanggil semula bekas Ketua Hakim Negara Zaki Azmi dan Setiausaha Bahagian Perolehan Kerajaan Hashmuddin Mohamad untuk pemeriksaan balas,” katanya.

Hakim Azura Alwi kemudian menetapkan 3, 4 dan 19 Mei; 26 dan 27 Julai; 23 dan 27 Ogos; 29 dan 30 Sept; 28 dan 29 Okt; serta 15 dan 16 Nov depan sebagai tarikh baharu perbicaraan.

Peter, 50, sebagai Pengarah Urusan Syarikat Asli Jati Sdn Bhd, didakwa melakukan sesuatu pemalsuan kepada surat pejabat Timbalan Naib Canselor Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) bertarikh 9 Jun 2014, dengan memasukkan pernyataan palsu pada tajuk surat itu, dengan niat ia digunakan untuk tujuan menipu di pejabat Ketua Setiausaha Sulit kepada Perdana Menteri, tingkat lima, bangunan Perdana Putra, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, Putrajaya antara 13 Jun 2014 dan 21 Ogos 2014.

Peter juga berdepan pertuduhan pilihan iaitu sebagai Pengarah Urusan Syarikat Asli Jati Sdn Bhd telah menggunakan suatu dokumen palsu sebagai tulen, iaitu surat pejabat Timbalan Naib Canselor UMS bertarikh 9 Jun 2014 yang mempunyai pernyataan palsu pada tajuk surat itu, dan beliau mempunyai sebab untuk mempercayai bahawa dokumen tersebut adalah palsu di tempat dan masa yang sama.

Peter didakwa mengikut Seksyen 468 Kanun Keseksaan yang membawa hukuman maksimum penjara tujuh tahun dan denda serta Seksyen 471 Kanun Keseksaan dan boleh dihukum mengikut Seksyen 465 kanun sama yang membawa hukuman maksimum penjara dua tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya, jika sabit kesalahan.

Sarawak schools in red zones ordered closed

Abang Johari Openg says drastic measures are needed, with Sarawak’s limited healthcare resources and manpower reaching fatigue level. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: All schools in Sarawak’s red zones have been ordered to close for two weeks starting tomorrow because of the spike in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Chief minister Abang Johari Openg said the decision was made after the spread of Covid-19 among school teachers, students and their families.

“I have instructed all schools in the red zones to be closed for 14 days for the health and safety of all,” he said today, adding that inter-district travel will also be restricted.

Only essential services will be allowed to cross zones with the permission of the police, starting today. Inter-district travel has been identified as one of the main contributors to the spread of the virus.

“After evaluating the situation, I have instructed enforcement agencies to tighten inter-district travel control, instead of imposing a movement control order (MCO), which will burden many industries and destroy the livelihood of many,” he said.

However, Abang Johari said, there was also a need to take drastic measures to cut the chain of infection, with the limited healthcare resources and manpower reaching fatigue level.

He said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee had decided to implement the targeted-enhanced movement control order (TEMCO), a move which had proven successful in containing the spread of the virus in longhouses, neighbourhoods and workplaces.

The surge of Covid-19 cases in Sarawak started on Jan 8, due to imported cases entering the state.

Since January, a total of 60 cases had involved returnees from overseas (Import A) and 270 cases involving those returning from other states (Import B) .

Eight clusters involving 506 positive cases have also been detected due to inter-district travel (Import C) in the past four months, while other reasons for the surge include a lack of standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance.

Abang Johari said gatherings such as funerals had reported 3,612 positive cases from eight clusters, with 31 deaths.

Meanwhile, family gatherings, birthday parties, farewell parties, festive gatherings, and events such as gotong-royong and cock fighting had resulted in 22 clusters, 1,053 positive cases and five deaths.

Five-day remand for businessman in probe on beating employees for fasting

THE Klang magistrate’s court has issued a five-day remand order on an employer who allegedly beat up his two personal bodyguards for fasting starting today.

The remand order on the 44-year-old suspect was issued by magistrate Nur Atikah Zakaria today to assist the investigation under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing injury, Section 506 for criminal intimidation, Section 298 for insulting Islam and Section 307 for attempted murder under the same code.

Businessman remanded over probe into bodyguards who were beaten for fasting in Klang

The businessman was picked up by police at 8.20pm in Kuala Lumpur, on Thursday for beating his personal bodyguards.
The businessman was picked up by police at 8.20pm in Kuala Lumpur, on Thursday for beating his personal bodyguards.

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KLANG, April 18 — The Klang Magistrate’s Court here has issued a five-day remand order on an employer who beat up his two personal bodyguards for fasting starting today.

The remand order on the 44-year-old suspect was issued by Magistrate Nur Atikah Zakaria today to assisting investigation under Section 324 of the Penal Code for causing injury, Section 506 for criminal intimidation, Section 298 for insulting Islam and Section 307 for attempted murder under the same code.

Earlier, the suspect wearing a blue collar t-shirt arrived at the court compound at about 10 am escorted by policemen.

The businessman was picked up by police at 8.20pm in Kuala Lumpur, on Thursday for beating his personal bodyguards.

The Klang Magistrate’s Court on Thursday issued a remand order on four individuals including a personal bodyguard to assist investigations into the beating of two personal bodyguards by their employer for fasting.

Three of the suspects were employees of the company owned by the employer who was remanded for five days while the personal bodyguard involved was remanded for seven days from Thursday (April 15).  — Bernama

Beating disrespect in diverse Malaysia

THE reported beating of two bodyguards by their employer for merely observing fasting as required by their Islamic faith in the holy month of Ramadan is clearly an extreme form of disrespect and discrimination.

Such an unconscionable action is appalling and deserves condemnation. It is hoped that such an incident is an isolated one.

439,286 individuals completed two-dose Covid-19 vaccination, says health minister

File picture shows a motorist riding past the Vaccine Administration Centre banner in Seberang Perai Arena, Seberang Jaya April 2, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
File picture shows a motorist riding past the Vaccine Administration Centre banner in Seberang Perai Arena, Seberang Jaya April 2, 2021. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — A total of 439,286 individuals have received both doses of their vaccine, in the first phase of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme as at yesterday, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said that, during the same period, 695,729 individuals had received the first dose, bringing the total number of doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered in the country to 1,135,015.

Based on an infographic shared on his official Twitter account today, Selangor recorded the highest number of first doses administered at 98,469, followed by Kuala Lumpur (78,087), Sarawak (68,608), Johor (65,159) and Perak (57,200).

Selangor also recorded the highest number of individuals who had completed both doses at 63,160, followed by Perak (48,802), Sabah (43,268), Kuala Lumpur (38,642) and Pahang (33,833).

Meanwhile, a total of 8,946,750 individuals, or 36.9 per cent, have signed up for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, with Selangor recording the highest number of registrations, at 2,356,484 people.

According to the immunisation programme, the implementation period of the first phase of vaccination is from February to April, involving 500,000 frontliners, including healthcare workers.

The second phase is from April to August this year, involving 9.4 million senior citizens aged 60 and above, as well as vulnerable groups with morbidity problems, and persons with disabilities.

The third phase, scheduled from May to February 2022, is for individuals aged 18 and above, targeting about 14 million people. — Bernama

Dasar Perhutanan Negara baharu tidak jelas, lemah, kata Teresa Kok

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Teresa Kok berkata, walaupun kerajaan berjanji akan mengekalkan 50% kawasan hutan negara pada Sidang Kemuncak Bumi pada 1992, namun pelaksanaan semakan dasar tersebut mengabaikan komitmen berkenaan.

PETALING JAYA: Ahli Parlimen DAP Teresa Kok mempersoalkan beberapa kelemahan dalam Dasar Perhutanan Negara (MFP) 2021 yang dilancarkan baru-baru ini.

Kok berkata, tidak ada jangka waktu pelaksanaan bagi dasar berkenaan kecuali kiasan berkenaan penjajarannya dengan Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama 2050.

“Apa yang kita dapat daripada latihan selama 5 tahun ini adalah dokumen samar yang gagal memberikan jalan untuk melangkah ke hadapan terhadap janji yang sering diulang pada setiap pertemuan antarabangsa,” kata beliau dalam kenyataan.

MFP 2021 dilancarkan sempena Hari Perhutanan Antarabangsa pada 21 Mac dengan pengenalan Dana Hutan Malaysia sebagai instrumen pendanaan terkini.

Kok menyifatkannya sebagai dasar yang signifikan kerana ia benar-benar bersifat kebangsaan, berbanding Dasar Perhutanan Kebangsaan 1972 (Pindaan 1992) yang hanya terpakai di Semenanjung Malaysia.

Namun kata Kok, kelemahan dasar ini tersembunyi dalam 11 muka surat dasar yang sudah dibahas dan dikembangkan sejak 2016.

Ahli Parlimen Seputeh itu berkata, walaupun kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) berjanji di peringkat antarabangsa bahawa ia akan mengekalkan 50% kawasan hutannya pada Sidang Kemuncak Bumi pada 1992, namun pelaksanaan semakan dasar tersebut pada 1992 mengabaikan komitmen berkenaan.

“Nampaknya, komitmen ini masih belum dapat dimasukkan ke dalam semakan terbaru dasar perhutanan paling utama dalam negara selepas hampir 30 tahun,” kata beliau.

Beliau berkata, dasar lemah seperti ini hanya akan mengundang spekulasi dan menimbulkan keraguan mengenai dasar penggunaan tanah negara dalam konteks perlindungan alam sekitar, selain kelestarian produk kayu, kelapa sawit dan getah.

“Negara melaburkan wang, masa dan usaha untuk memperbaiki imej di peringkat antarabangsa, namun hasil daripada usaha itu akan terbatal jika kita gagal menyokongnya dengan dasar domestik yang jelas,” kata beliau.

Dasar Perhutanan Malaysia menyaksikan penyatuan julung kali semua negeri di Malaysia dalam bidang pengurusan perhutanan negara yang sudah menjangkau 120 tahun.

Ketika merasmikan dasar itu bulan lalu, Perdana Menteri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata, ia menggariskan hala tuju yang jelas bagi sektor perhutanan dalam mendepani cabaran baharu di peringkat domestik dan antarabangsa.

Citigroup exit shows foreign banks ‘cherry pick’, says NUBE

NUBE general secretary J Solomon said multinational banks focus only on ‘big bucks’ like corporate Malaysia and wealthy individuals.

PETALING JAYA: The decision by Citigroup to exit from consumer operations in Malaysia shows that rich multinational banks discriminate and cherry pick by focusing on the big players while ignoring others, according to the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE).

NUBE general secretary J Solomon said the bank had also left many questions unanswered, especially on the fate of its workers who have served the organisation diligently for over 60 years in Malaysia.

According to reports, Citigroup has 11 branches and three service centres employing more than 6,000 employees in Malaysia.

“The CEO of the bank has not commented on the long-term job security of the staff, arising from the bank’s exit from retail operations in Malaysia.

“Instead, he merely offered a vague statement that there would be no immediate changes to staffing requirements, which is hardly comforting for the workers as their future prospects with the bank are in serious doubt,” he said in a statement.

He said the bank had not informed NUBE or its staff on what was actually going on.

J Solomon.

Solomon said although the CEO had invited NUBE for a meeting this week, the lack of information and the absence of any clear commitment from Citibank to ensure workers keep their jobs was unacceptable.

Last week, Citigroup announced its intention to exit from its consumer operations in Malaysia and run its operations from other countries, among them, Singapore.

The bank stated that its focus was essentially on strong growth and attractive returns the wealth management business offers.

“The bank’s latest move to focus exclusively on institutional business is the height of cherry picking and discriminatory business practices in the country. The least profitable side of banking is ignored despite being an essential service to the people.

“Instead, the bank just wants to focus on where the big bucks are, namely corporate Malaysia and wealthy individuals,” he said.

Solomon said Citibank was among a host of multinational banks which were given licences to operate in Malaysia decades ago after they gave their commitment to respect international conventions and provide equal access to the consumer banking needs of both rural and urban needs.

However, he said banks like Citibank ignored these pledges by choosing to operate almost exclusively in major urban centres and reaping hefty profits that are repatriated to their home countries.

“This practice has continued unabated for many years as there was no intervention by the government or Bank Negara. This must be stopped immediately before more B40 and M40 workers become victims of this greed,” he said.

Giant clam shells worth US$24.8 million seized in Philippine raid

PHILIPPINE authorities said they have seized some 200 tonnes of illegally harvested giant clam shells worth nearly $25 million (RM103 million) today in one of the biggest known operations of its kind in the country.

Conservationists have expressed alarm over the surging illicit trade in the endangered creatures, which are used as a substitute for ivory following a global crackdown in the trade of elephant tusks.

Penang Domestic Trade Ministry seizes cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas worth over RM22,000

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BUKIT MERTAJAM, April 17 ― The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Penang branch seized 138 cylinders of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), worth RM22,500 in a raid in an oil palm plantation area, in Bukit Minyak yesterday.

Its director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar said acting on information and intelligence carried out, they raided the area at 2.30pm and found that there were several individuals at the scene but they fled as soon as they realised the presence of KPDNHEP enforcement officers.

“The inspection found that the syndicate installed zinc wall around the area where they carried out the gas transfer, to prevent the public from seeing the activity.

“The modus operandi carried out by the syndicate is to transfer gas from 14 kilogrammes (kg) cylinders into industrial-sized 50kg cylinders, before selling it and is believed to be able to make a profit of tens of thousands of ringgit every month,” he said when contacted today.

During the raid they seized 108 LPG 14kg cylinders and 30 LPG 50kg cylinders, all worth RM22,500.

He said further investigations were still underway, including tracing those involved in the activity and the case was being investigated under the Control of Supplies Act 1961. ― Bernama

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