Saturday, 31 December 2016

200,000 graduates every year, 1 out of 4 remain unemployed after 6 months



200,000 graduates every year, 1 out of 4 remain unemployed after 6 months

It is back to school on Tuesday (Jan 3, 2017) but tens of thousands will also be waiting for their SPM and STPM results to decide how they may want to pursue tertiary education.


It will be wise for those who are waiting for their examination results to sit down and ponder hard on their road to tertiary education and graduation.

“In fact, it is the most important time to make decisions on how and what type of tertiary education that such students need to pursue.

“They have to think very, very carefully what they like to pursue and what is most suitable to their likes, dislikes and ability. Once that is decided, it is almost a road of no return,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said students must be honest to themselves and face reality on their academic abilities when choosing their road to tertiary education and graduation.

“You must decide what is best for yourself and what is within your ability to achieve excellence. You must never decide based on what others think or just to keep up with the Joneses,” he added.

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said those waiting for their examination results “are in a crucial crossroad of their life”.

“The decisions that you make are likely to affect your career and future for life, for better or for worse,” he said.

Syed Razak said: “I thus find the article titled ‘What You Didn’t Know About Fresh Graduate Unemployment in Malaysia [Infographic]’ by EduAdvisor a worthwhile read for students waiting for their examination results.

“In fact, parents should also read and analyse the article to face reality. Let your children decide what they like and what is best for them.

“They know better what is within their academic grasp. They are the ones who have to labour for excellence, not you as parents.”

Syed Razak said the facts and statistics should interest such students when making decisions on what and how they want to pursue their tertiary education.

“What is most important is to face reality that being a university graduate no longer guarantees you a job. It is attitude, talent and skills that decide whether one succeeds in working life,” Syed Razak said.

Here’s the EduAdvisor article for students and parents to analyse carefully:

"What You Didn’t Know About Fresh Graduate Unemployment in Malaysia [Infographic]

Michelle Leo

19 Jan 2016

Career PlanningInfographicJobsUnemployment

“Study hard. Get a degree. Find a good job. Live happily ever after.”

Sounds familiar?

Every year, over 200,000 students graduate from institutions of higher learning. Shockingly, 1 out of 4 graduates remain unemployed 6 months after graduation, with the majority being Degree holders. These graduates make up 35.3% of those who are unemployed.

Here’s the hard truth — being a university graduate no longer guarantees you a job.

As the number of graduates continue to climb each year, students are facing tough competition amidst a shaky economy.

In this infographic, find out the truth behind why fresh graduates are unemployed in Malaysia, and learn about what you can do as a student to increase your employability!

 Note: This article was originally published on 3rd November 2015 and has been updated as of 19th January 2016 to reflect more current information

Remember that the Degree that you choose to study does not determine your entire future! While a Degree will equip you with the right knowledge related to your field of study, other skills (both hard skills and soft skills) are crucial too.

Most importantly, make sure you keep learning and have the right attitude so that you can be a desirable candidate for future employers! - EduAdvisor"



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Friday, 30 December 2016

No mercy for those found guilty of assaulting maids

 AP pic
No mercy for those found guilty of assaulting maids
Those found guilty of abusing and assaulting maids must face the full wrath of the law.

There is simply no excuse, whatsoever, for any employer to inflict pain and injury on a fella human being.


“The police and the Attorney-General’s Chamber should be praised for their swift action in bringing a Datin to face a charge of attempted murder,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said the problem with such employers “is that they seriously lack humanity and are plain cruel in nature”.

“I wonder whether such employers will inflict the same pain and injury on their children or loved ones? It wouldn’t surprise me if they did the same,” he added.

“It is a shame that the attempted murder on the Indonesian maid happened in N.37 Bukit Lanjan. We must apologise to the maid if the Datin is found guilty as charged,” said Syed Razak who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

malaysiandigest.com pic

As posted in this blog previously, Syed Razak reiterated that community civics programmes and forums should be organised regularly to help instill a sense of love and belonging in neighbourhoods.

“This will help remind ourselves that we must, at all times, uphold the virtues of humanity, thereby promote neighbourhood and community unity.

“It is certainly time for both state and federal governments to give serious attention to moral problems. Funds must be allocated to community leaders to organise programmes and forums to promote humanity and neighbourhood unity,” he added.

Here are the two The Star Online reports on the maid abuse in Damansara Mutiara:

"Nation

Home > News > Nation

Friday, 30 December 2016 | MYT 11:06 AM
'Datin' charged with attempted murder of Indonesian maid

BY JOASH EE DE SILVA

PETALING JAYA: A "Datin" has been charged in the Sessions Court here with attempting to murder her Indonesian maid.

Dressed in a black dress, black hijab and sunglasses, Datin Rozita Mohamad Ali, 43, claimed trial after the charges were read out to her in front of Sessions Court Judge Mohamad Kamil Nizam on Friday.

Rozita allegedly tried to kill Suyanti Sutrinso, 19, using a kitchen knife, a clothes hanger, a steel mop and an umbrella, causing multiple injuries to the victim's head, hands, legs and internal organs.

The alleged offence was committed between 7am and 12pm on Dec 21 at a house in Mutiara Damansara.

Rozita was charged under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempt to murder.

Rozita's lawyer Rosal Azimin Ahmad pleaded for a bail of RM5,000 for his client, whom he said has asthma and is unemployed.

Judge Mohamad Kamil, however, set bail at RM20,000 with one surety and ordered that Rozita's passport be held by the court.

He also fixed the case for mention on Feb 7, 2017.

Nation

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Indonesian maid to stay at embassy

Badly bruised: Suyanti ran away because she had reached her breaking point.

PETALING JAYA: A 19-year-old Indonesian maid allegedly abused by her employer is to be placed at the Indonesian Embassy while her case is under investigation.

Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Herman Prayitno said his staff members were in touch with the police and visited the maid at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC).

“Once she is discharged, she will stay in the embassy while waiting for the case (to be investigated),” he said.

He hoped that employers and employees can understand each other and work together as stipulated in their contracts.

“Employers shouldn’t mistreat their workers.

“I hope that the perpetrator can be brought to justice and face the consequences of her action,” he said.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat ruled out more arrest.

He said a 43-year-old woman, who is the maid’s employer, had been detained but dispelled talk that she was a Datin. A remand order for her detention until next Wednesday has been obtained by the police.

Petaling Jaya Deputy OCPD Supt Mohd Ali Thamby said the maid was in a stable condition.

“We hope the public can refrain from speculating on the matter,” he said.

The maid, who only wished to known as Suyanti, claimed that she had been working for her employer for two weeks.

“I was slapped and punched every day while being called an animal. I feared for my life,” she said.

Suyanti, from Medan, said she was not allowed to bathe and was only permitted to eat once a day.

“I was hoping that my employer will change her ways someday.

“However, I reached my breaking point.

“One day, I climbed a ladder near a fence of the house and jumped over. I ran as fast as I could until I collapsed from exhaustion,” she said.

On Wednesday afternoon, a security guard found an unconscious Suyanti by a drain in Mutiara Damansara and her plight went viral on social media.

Her employer surrendered to the police at about 10.30pm the same day.
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What’s up doc? Just the foreskin please, not the penis!


A boy is inspected by surgeons prior to having his foreskin removed during an annual circumcision ceremony in Malaysia - EPA pic
 What’s up doc? Just the foreskin please, not the penis!

What is it with Malaysian doctors and penises, especially those in the federal capital Kuala Lumpur?


Are they on a vigilante birth-control campaign to turn Malaysian males into eunuchs?

“Circumcision is a non-complicated surgery but two teenagers have had their penis severed by doctors/general practitioners in a month. This is really too much for Malaysians to stomach!” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

“Are the two unfortunate painful experiences of the two boys a reflection of the incompetency and questionable qualifications of Malaysian doctors in Kuala Lumpur today?

“That the two incidents had happened in the federal capital and not in the rural areas make it the more worrying. What type of doctors do we have in practice that a simple non-complicated circumcision procedure or surgery can go that very wrong?” he asked.

Syed Razak said: “I find it very depressing that I have to talk about and question the quality of our medical profession just two days after doing so. (Read this for context: 
http://syedabdulrazakalsagoff.blogspot.my/2016/12/unregistered-clinic-in-kl-operates-for.html)

“Again, the Health Ministry and authorities are in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. What is the use of knee-jerk reactions after every bad incident.

“What is the use of investigations if there is no effort to review and improve on its enforcement and quality control of the medical profession?” asked Syed Razak who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

He reiterated that the Health Ministry must seriously look into the botched circumcisions and come up with measures on reducing the risk of such cases.


“If the two cases are caused by incompetence or lack of professional qualifications, then this is a matter of weaknesses in enforcement and monitoring SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures).

“Malaysians and Bukit Lanjan residents are eager to know whether the doctors and general practitioners are suitably qualified to carry out circumcision surgeries.

“Will the Health Ministry enlighten us how the botched circumcision occurred and how such boo-boos can be avoided?” he asked.
Young boys are sprayed with water to clean prior to their operations in Malaysia -EPA pic
Here’s the New Straits Times report on the second botched circumcision:

"Second botched circumcision this month sees boy lose penis

TEOH PEI YING

December 29, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: In what is becoming a worrying trend, another botched circumcision case has occurred, this time involving a nine-year-old boy at a clinic in Jalan Ipoh.

Unlike the previous case – where a 10-year-old boy's penis head (glan) was accidentally severed via laser but later successfully reattached – the victim in this case was not as fortunate.

Lawyer P. Uthayakumar said the latest incident occurred on Dec 15, when the boy's father brought his son to the Jalan Ipoh clinic for a routine circumcision.

He said that during the surgery, the doctor accidentally severed the boy's penis using surgical scissors.

"The doctor sewed it back before referring the boy to a private specialist centre," he said.

“The doctors at the specialist centre later referred him to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for a reattachment surgery. The surgery was conducted on the same day,” he said.

However, the situation deteriorated two days later when the boy's penis began to blacken. Doctors were then left with no choice but to cut it off on Dec 27.

Uthayakumar said the family has lodged a police report over the matter, and that he would hold a press conference tomorrow (Friday).

In the previous incident on Dec 20, a 10-year-old boy underwent a traumatic experience when his penis glan was accidentally severed during circumcision at a clinic in Taman Cheras Utama.

The boy was later taken to the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM), where surgery was done to reattach the severed part.
The operation was successful. - New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd"

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Malaysia tops ‘10 Most Lazy & Inactive Countries In The World’ - What rubbish!


Malaysia tops ‘10 Most Lazy & Inactive Countries In The World’ - What rubbish!

video

Before you read on this blog posting, first view the above attached video clip E10L (Epic10List), titled “10 Most Lazy & Inactive Countries In The World”.

The video clip is being shared and circulated via WhatsApp.


“It not only insults Malaysia, but the intelligence of Malaysians as well,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

“I really wonder why Malaysians would even want to share such rubbish, unless you agree with the contents of the video clip. Perhaps the people sharing it really believes what has been projected by foreigners.
“There is little evidence and findings to back the contents of the video clip. This is a classic example why Malaysians must not be so gullible to such ‘foreign attempts’ to run down Malaysia,” he added.

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said: “I certainly believe the majority of 30 million Malaysians do not agree with the contents of the video clip.

“Bukit Lanjan residents most certainly do not agree with the insulting video clip. Malaysians are one of the most hard working communities in the world.”

“Malaysia’s six decades of economic and infrastructural development and progress since Merdeka (Independence) is proof of a hardworking workforce.

“It is this type of foreign insults that Malaysians must strongly condemn. If you still want to share it, make sure you clearly condemn it and defend Malaysia with your comments,” he added.


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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Unregistered clinic in KL operates for 15 years without detection?


Unregistered clinic in KL operates for 15 years without detection?

Can a doctor legally open a clinic in Malaysia without registering with the Health Ministry?

If not, how did an unregistered clinic in Taman Cheras Utama operate for 15 years without any detection from state and federal health enforcement officers?



“And it took a 10-year-old boy losing his penis in a botched laser circumcision to expose the clinic. Certainly, there must be a serious weakness in health enforcement and monitoring of general practitioners in private clinics in Malaysia,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

“I pray and hope there are no such unregistered clinics in Bukit Lanjan. Residents seeking medical consultation and treatment from clinics are advised to give some attention to the credentials of doctors in attendance.

“It is better to be safe than sorry later. With the cyberspace era, it is possible to run a background check on doctors or with the Health Ministry,” he added.

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said “it will do well for state and federal health enforcement officers to seriously review their monitoring system”.

“The painful experience of the 10-year-old boy is a matter that should not be taken lightly. It has exposed weaknesses that must be plugged.

“Public health is not a matter to be taken lightly by any government, be it local, state or federal,” he added.

Syed Razak said the health authorities should treat the case as a “wake-up call” for them to urgently beef up the effectiveness of their enforcement and monitoring SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

The boy’s painful nightmare was reported by The Star Online:

"Nation

Home > News > Nation

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 | MYT 8:46 AM
Boy loses penis during botched laser circumcision

BY JASTIN AHMAD TARMIZI

A file picture of a boy undergoing a traditional circumcision ceremony. - AFP

KAJANG: A routine circumcision for a 10-year-old boy went horribly wrong when his penis was severed during a laser-based procedure at a clinic in Taman Cheras Utama here.

It is learnt that the incident occurred at about 8.15pm on Dec 20 at the clinic during the surgery, which was performed using a laser scalpel.

Soon after the procedure, the doctor told the father of the boy that he had accidentally cut off the head of his son's penis.

The boy was rushed to the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM), which then referred him to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) for surgery to reattach the head of his penis.

The father of the boy lodged a police report at HKL upon advice from a doctor there.

It is learnt that the doctor who performed the initial surgery has 21 years of experience and is a graduate from the University of Karachi in Pakistan.

It is learnt that the clinic, which has been operating for 15 years, is not registered with the Health Ministry.

The doctor has since lodged a report over the incident, admitting that an accident had occurred during the procedure.

When contacted, Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Othman Nanyan confirmed that the incident had indeed taken place. - The Star Online
"


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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

A-G’s Report - Expose those who did wrong, not just recover


A-G’s Report - Expose those who did wrong, not just recover

Over the years, the annual Auditor-General (A-G)’s Report tabled in Parliament, has become meaningless to Malaysians.


Plenty of leakages have been exposed in the past decades but public perception is that those who did wrong got away without any action or reprimand.

“I say perception because action could have been taken discreetly but that is not doing the federal government and Parliament any good.

“Those who did wrong, causing the federal government to lose billions of ringgit in taxpayers’ money for decades, must be exposed to rid the perception that those who did wrong went unpunished,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

Syed Razak was commenting on a news report that the federal government had recouped about RM2 billion after successful auditing exercises.

“With the rakyat (people)’s poor perception of leakages and corruption in the more than one million civil service workforce, revealing the recovery of RM2 billion is not good enough.

“It may perhaps be just the tip of the iceberg. You cannot expect the rakyat to be satisfied and praise you for a job well done with the recovery.

“Reveal the culprits who caused the leakages or took advantage of the weaknesses in the system. Tell Malaysians who they are, what sort of reprimand (like demotions) or punitive action have been taken or meted out,” he added.

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said “exposing the culprits is the only way to regain public confidence in the system and rid the perception that those who did wrong are protected”.

“Civil servants are not above the law. They must be punished and subject to the law just like any other citizen.

“If not for the billions of ringgit in leakages, and perhaps even more, the rakyat (including those staying in Bukit Lanjan) may have been able to benefit from more development projects and nation-building activities,” he added.

Here’s the online news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) report on the RM2 billion recovery:

"Govt recoups about RM2b after successful auditing

December 23, 2016

Auditor-General Ambrin Buang says weaknesses uncovered in government departments, agencies four years ago were corrected and helped to recover RM2 billion.


KUANTAN: The government has recouped about RM2 billion which was found to have leaked from government departments and agencies but recovered following the auditing process by the National Audit Department.

Auditor-General Ambrin Buang said the money was recovered from the audit carried out beginning four years ago on government departments and agencies which previously had weaknesses in managing funds.

“We made the audit based on samples, we cannot audit 10,000 schools, so we took a limited sample, and based on this sample, we were able to identify (the weaknesses).

Ambrin said these audits were carried out each year, and reviewed to see how much had been collected.

“If the audit is not conducted, nobody will know (how much has been lost),” he said.

“A positive effect of this auditing is that the government departments and agencies were able to recover the money,” he told reporters after delivering a talk in a programme on integrity here yesterday.

Meanwhile, Ambrin also urged all civil servants to be conscious of their responsibility to perform their duties well and properly so that there were no leaks in managing government funds.

In his talk, Ambrin said the money was recovered after the government departments and agencies corrected their weaknesses including the process of payment for projects, supplies and services.

The programme was organised by the Integrity Unit of the Pahang State Secretariat with the cooperation of the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)."


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Monday, 26 December 2016

How many more have to die before any concrete enforcement action is taken to prevent fatal bus crashes?


How many more have to die before any concrete enforcement action is taken to prevent fatal bus crashes?


Fourteen people were killed when an express bus plunged into a 10m-deep ravine off the North-South Expressway (NSE) near Muar on Christmas Eve 2016.


It’s nothing short of tragedy for the loved ones of the dead but could the bus crash have been avoided?

“The tragedy could have been avoided if there was solid traffic enforcement to deter bus operators and drivers from flouting safety guidelines and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures),” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

“What is most worrying are news reports that the driver of the ill-fated Goldstar Express bus had only three hours of rest before taking to the steering wheel again.

“If the news reports are accurate, then Goldstar Express and its owner/s must be charged with recklessly operating the bus or even culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

“The least is to have the Goldstar Express owner/s blacklisted for life from operating any form of public transport. It’s an unforgivable irresponsibility,” he added.

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said the federal government, particularly the Transport Ministry, must stop dilly-dallying on a matter involving public safety and human lives.

“Yes, no matter how much enforcement or rules, road crashes will still occur. But if the road traffic enforcement is solid and effective, the risks can be reduced.

“Look at how European countries, particularly in Italy, enforce road traffic rules strictly and effectively. No bus driver will dare drive more than nine hours a day,” he added.

The European Union Rules on Drivers’ Hours, enforced since April 11, 2007, states, among others:

How long must I take for a break? - You must take a 45-minute break. This may be either: an uninterrupted break of 45 minutes; or a 15-minute initial break followed by a later 30-minute break during the 4.5 hour driving limit. During the break, you must not drive or do any other work. The break must be spent exclusively on resting.

How long may I drive each day? - The maximum time you may drive each day is nine hours. This may be extended to 10 hours no more than twice during a week. Driving time includes any off-road parts of the journey where the rest of the journey is made on a public road. Journeys taking place entirely off-road would be considered “other work”.
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“What’s so difficult for the Road Transport Department (RTD) to enforce such rulings or guidelines? What’s preventing them from doing so?

“In fact, as what Ravinder Singh has written and published by online news portal Malaysia Chronicle, after the Genting Highlands crash on Aug 21, 2013, the worst ever road tragedy in the country that killed 37 people and injured 16 others, an independent advisory panel was set up to probe the causes.

“It came up with 51 recommendations to prevent such incidents in the future. The report had proposed 16 recommendations involving roads, 20 recommendations on vehicles, eight recommendations on safe operation practices, four recommendations on emergency response and rescue as well as three recommendations on strengthening and empowering the public for road safety.

“The independent advisory panel was then upgraded by the Cabinet and made the National Transportation Safety Board. 
More than three years later, buses are still crashing and killing innocent people …,” Syed Razak quoted Ravinder Singh.

“I really wonder what type of excuses the RTD and ministry have in dilly-dallying on public road safety after the deaths of the 14 express bus passengers.

“While bus drivers in Europe dare not flout the law because they are liable to a heavy fine or even risk losing their driving licence, why is it that our bus drivers have no fear for the RTD or police?”

"Nation

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Sunday, 25 December 2016 | MYT 10:40 AM
Johor bus crash: Driver only had three hours' rest

BY ARNOLD LOH

Rasidah (right) bidding farewell to her son Zakeer and granddaughter Nur Natasya at the Muslim cemetery at Masjid Jamek Hashim Yahaya in Jalan Perak on Sunday.

GEORGE TOWN: The driver of the ill-fated bus that took the lives of 14 passengers only had three hours' rest prior to his trip.

His relative Syahril Redzwan, who is a lawyer, said Zakeer Zubir had been driving for nine hours, departing from Penang at 2pm on Friday and arriving in Johor Baru at 11pm.

"He only had three hours' rest before driving again at 2am," he told reporters after the burial of Zakeer, 32.

Zakeer's baby daughter, Nur Natasya Zahara, also died in the bus crash. Father and baby shared a grave.

They were buried in the Muslim cemetery at Masjid Jamek Hashim Yahaya in Jalan Perak on Sunday at 6.40am.

His wife Marsi Kemart, believed to be an Indonesian, was also travelling in the bus. She survived the crash and is now in a hospital in Johor.

Syahril said the family is contemplating taking legal action against the bus company, Goldstar Express, after the authorities have completed their investigation.

Fourteen people were killed and 16 others injured when the bus plunged into a 10m deep ravine along the North-South Expressway near Muar at 4am on Christmas Eve.

Zakeer's uncle, Abdul Shukoor Abdul Rahim, 63, said the family also wanted an explanation from the company as to why Zakeer did not have co-driver.

He said the company's representative had met them on Saturday after the crash but he was not satisfied with their answer.

He also clarified that Zakeer was not an express bus driver before the mishap as was previously reported but had only started working as one three months ago.

"Before he joined the company, he was a factory bus driver and petty trader," he added.

Zakeer's mother, Rasidah Abdul Rahim, 61, told reporters that he went to see her before driving off.

"He told me he was tired of the job and did not want to continue. He couldn't take the strain and wanted to quit.

"Then he asked me to look after his two older daughters because he wanted his wife and baby to accompany him this time," she said.

Rasidah said it was the first time he wanted the company of his wife on a bus trip.

"He said he was bored of the journey and needed his wife as a companion. They brought the baby along because she was less than a year old."

Zakeer also asked his mother to arrange for their mosque to recite prayers at a feast he wanted to hold to celebrate the birthdays of two of his daughters on New Year's Eve.

His four-year-old daughter is celebrating her birthday tomorrow, while Nur Natasya who perished would have turned one on Jan 14. - The Star Online

NO POLITICAL WILL, ALL ‘DEDAK’: HOW MANY MORE MUST DIE BEFORE THE CABINET TAKES ACTION

Politics | December 26, 2016 by | 0 Comments


After the Genting Highlands crash on 21/8/2013, the worst ever road tragedy in the country that killed 37 people and injured 16 others, an independent advisory panel was set up to probe the causes. It came up with 51 recommendations to prevent such incidents in the future.
The report had proposed 16 recommendations involving roads, 20 recommendations on vehicles, eight recommendations on safe operation practices, four recommendations on emergency response and rescue as well as three recommendations on strengthening and empowering the public for road safety.

The independent advisory panel was then upgraded by the Cabinet and made the National Transportation Safety Board.
More than three years later, buses are still crashing and killing innocent people. This year alone has seen several crashes.
Recommendations in beautifully bound reports mean nothing if they do not translate into actions that brings about improvement.
Different agencies are responsible for road safety matters – the Road Transport Department, SPAD, MIROS, the police.
These agencies are not laws unto themselves as they have a political master, i.e. the government. The Government’s Executive is the Cabinet.

Hence, if the relevant agencies, for whatever reasons, have not been able to implement measures to prevent passengers in buses suffering death and injury, the blame should fall on the shoulders of the Cabinet for not having the political will to make travelling in buses safe.
If the Cabinet had the political will to make long distance bus rides safe, and officers responsible for taking appropriate action were not performing their jobs, then the Cabinet should show them the door.


If the bus industry lobby does not want to change the status quo, then the Cabinet should not give them face but tell them that they either change or else close shop.

If there is corruption in the industry and regulatory and enforcement agencies, it should be weeded out.

It all boils down to political will. So long as this is lacking, investigations of crashes followed by reports and recommendations is not going to change anything.

Is the lack of political will on this matter in the Cabinet a consensus decision?
Perhaps the Minister of transport can enlighten us.
Ravinder Singh – MAILBAG - Malaysia Chronicle"


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Sunday, 25 December 2016

So, Singaporeans not so goody-goody after all



So, Singaporeans not so goody-goody after all

A Singaporean social worker was jailed five years for stealing S$340,000 (RM1.05 million) from the Community Care Endowment Fund (ComCare), money meant to help the less fortunate.

Such greedy and dishonest social workers have also been exposed in Malaysia in the past, but there could be many who have yet to be caught or exposed.

“Governments should subject such disgraceful and dishonest citizens to the full brunt of the law,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

He said to steal money meant for the needy or less fortunate “is just unforgivable”.



Syed Razak said those doing social work in communities or neighbourhood must remain honest and not steal funds not meant for them.


“It is not only a sin but they also disgrace their communities, neigbourhoods and country,” he added.


Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said community programmes inculcating good principles of life “can help remind and dissuade social and potential social workers to not take the wrong path”.

“Malaysians have become too busy with their work to put food on the table for their loved ones daily that they have forgotten about the need to inculcate good morals through education or community and civic forums.

“State and federal governments can play a big role on this matter. Funds can be allocated to elected representatives, on application, to run such forms for the benefit of promoting unity in communities and neigbourhoods,” he added.

Here’s the news report posted by The Star Online on the social worker turned thief in Singapore:

"Regional

Home聽>聽News聽>聽Regional

Friday, 23 December 2016 | MYT 12:48 PM

Singaporean social service worker lived high life with funds meant for the needy


When police raided Chia's home, they found 21 branded items worth nearly $30,000. He also used about $130,000 to settle debts owed by him and his relatives, and gave family members about $100,000 in cash as gifts.

SINGAPORE: For stealing money meant for the poor and spending it on the rich lifestyle he wanted, Chia Kwang Hwee was sentenced to five years and four months in jail on Thursday.

Over nearly three years, the 33-year-old social service worker stole more than $340,000 (RM1.05mil) from the Community Care Endowment Fund (ComCare), money meant to help the less fortunate.

The poor were counting on the money for basic necessities, but Chia spent $110,000 (RM340,611) on expensive spa and hair salon packages, pricey meals, holidays and branded goods.

When police raided Chia's home, they found 21 branded items worth nearly $30,000 (RM92,893).

He had splurged $5,000 (RM15,482) at Louis Vuitton boutiques alone.

He also used about $130,000 (RM402,540) to settle debts owed by him and his relatives, and gave family members about $100,000 (RM309,646) in cash as gifts.

Chia had earlier pleaded guilty to 19 charges: Two each for criminal breach of trust as a public servant and transferring criminal proceeds, and 15 for accessing a computer to commit criminal breach of trust.

Another 107 similar counts were taken into account in sentencing.

The $343,780 (RM1.06mil) that Chia pilfered from November 2011 to August 2014 was meant for 42 low-income and needy individuals and families.

Between June 2009 and June 2013, Chia was a manager at the South East Community Development Council (South East CDC), and from July 2013, a manager at the Social Service Office (SSO) in Geylang Serai. At both workplaces, he was responsible for disbursing ComCare monies.

Between Jan 1, 2012, and Dec 31, 2013, Chia collected about 300 cheques totalling $197,060 (RM610,189), issued by South East CDC or Geylang Serai SSO on behalf of beneficiaries, but cashed them as his own.

The cheques had been made out to "cash" as the beneficiaries did not have bank accounts.

In November 2012, as a team leader at South East CDC, Chia was granted access rights to a computer system used to administer ComCare funds to beneficiaries.

He also had system administrator rights and could reset the passwords of other account users.

Between December 2013 and August 2014, while at Geylang Serai SSO, Chia entered his bank account details into the system instead of the beneficiaries'.

He also misused his administrator rights to reset the passwords of 15 social service officers' accounts, and then used his colleagues' accounts to approve and transfer $67,100 (RM207,772) in beneficiaries' payouts into his own account.

In a press statement sent out immediately after Chia was charged on Aug 3 this year, the Ministry of Social and Family Development said it was contacted by a beneficiary who had not been getting his payouts.

Chia was suspended from his duties on Aug 19, 2014, after his crimes were discovered. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Muslims reminded to return to the path of peace, love and tolerance


Muslims reminded to return to the path of peace, love and tolerance

It is most most heartening to note that the Johor Sultanah, Raja Zarith Idris, has again reminded self-centred Muslims to return to the path of peace, love and tolerance.

She stressed that Malaysian Muslims extending festive greetings or wishes to the rakyat (people) of other faiths did not make them less Muslim.

Instead, Raja Zarith Idris said “what is most important is that we regard one another as fellow citizens and treat each other with respect, regardless of our race or religion”.

“This is what national unity is all about. It is about 1Malaysians and 1Malaysia,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak said.

“This blog has been consistent in its contents. And I say it again. I am Malaysian First,” he added.

Syed Razak reiterated that the only way for Malaysia to progress towards a happy, harmonious and prosperous developed nation “is for Malaysians to be united, focusing all their energy on consolidating national unity and nation-building”.

“And that is how, as I had previously stressed, that Bukit Lanjan communities must strive to achieve together and be a role model for other to emulate.

“And that is also how politicians from both sides of the political divide must behave and act to serve rakyat dan negara (people and country),” he added.

Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan, also reiterated that politicians from both sides of the political divide must stop politicking after every general election and focus all their attention and energy on consolidating national unity and nation-building activities and programmes.

“Politicians are elected to serve rakyat dan negara, not play politics everyday, throughout the year. And it will most certainly help unite Malaysians to work towards nation-building if we and leave racial and religious issues out of politics,” he added.

Online news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) posted the following X’mas message from Johor Sultanah Raja Zarith Idris:
"A Xmas note from Johor Sultanah

December 24, 2016

A call for a return to the days when saying 'Merry Christmas' offended no one.

COMMENT


By Raja Zarith Idris

During the days before Christmas last year, I wished my friends who were celebrating it “Merry Christmas” in much the same way they would wish me “Selamat Hari Raya” or “Happy Eid”.

I find it rather sad that such a simple greeting – one which I grew up with and which I have never regarded as something that would compromise or de-value my own faith – is now regarded as something so religiously incorrect for us Malaysian-Muslims.

When I was at boarding school in England, I had to go to church every Sunday because it was part of the rules. My father advised me to consider it as part of my “education” and he had no doubt that the experience would strengthen, rather than weaken, my own faith.

I was able to see the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam. I learned more than the average Malaysian-Muslim would about Christianity. I learnt that just as we Muslims categorise ourselves according to the four different schools of thought of the four Imams (Imam Malik, Imam Al Shafi, Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Ahmad Abn Hambal) and are either Sunnis or Shias, so Christians too are divided into different sects or churches.

Going to church did not make me less of a Muslim when I was a young girl, and neither does saying “Merry Christmas” make me less of a Muslim now. My faith has not been shaken just because I wished some friends a time of joy with their families. Neither will I suddenly suffer from amnesia and forget what my religion is.

What I do not wish to forget, however, is that there are good, kind people who are not of the same faith as me.

As Harun Yahya, the Turkish writer (he was selected last year as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan) noted: “Islam is a religion of peace, love and tolerance.”

Today, however, some circles have been presenting a false image of Islam, as if there were conflict between Islam and the adherents of the two other monotheistic religions. Yet, Islam’s view of Jews and Christians, who are named “the People of the Book” in the Quran, is very friendly and tolerant.

“This attitude towards the People of the Book developed during the years of the birth of Islam. At that time, Muslims were a minority, struggling to protect their faith and suffering oppression and torture from the pagans of the city of Mecca. Due to this persecution, some Muslims decided to flee Mecca and shelter in a safe country with a just ruler. The Prophet Muhammad told them to take refuge with King Negus, the Christian king of Ethiopia.

“The Muslims who followed this advice found a very fair administration that embraced them with love and respect when they went to Ethiopia. King Negus refused the demands of the pagan messengers who asked him to surrender the Muslims to them, and announced that Muslims could live freely in his country.

“Such attitudes of Christian people that are based on the concepts of compassion, mercy, modesty and justice, constitute a fact that God has pointed out in the Quran.”

I do not wish to be a self-centred Muslim who expects friends of other faiths to wish me Selamat Hari Raya or, for those who are not Malaysians and therefore do not know about Hari Raya, a Happy Eid and yet do not return their goodwill when it is Christmas, Chinese New Year, Deepavali or Vesak Day.

Every year, friends who are Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs or those without any faith come to our home to celebrate Hari Raya with us. They do so with sincerity and as a mark of respect for one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar. Why should we not reciprocate their kindness, show them the same mark of respect for their religion and wish them the same joy on their holy days of celebration?

An Islamic scholar and lecturer also reminded me that as Muslims we must remember the importance of both the five Pillars of Islam and in the six Pillars of Iman (Faith), which are:

Belief in Allah;

Belief in the angels;

Belief in the revealed Books (which include the Bible, the Torah and the Holy Quran);

Belief in the Prophets (May Peace be Upon Them);

Belief in the Resurrection and the events of Kiamah, the Day of Judgement; and

Belief in the predestination (Qada’ and Qadar) by Allah in all things.

The prophets include not just Muhammad (May Peace Be Upon Him) as the last prophet and as the Messenger of Islam, but also in the 24 earlier ones who are mentioned in both the Bible and the Quran. Four of them are Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Daud (David), and Isa (Jesus).

So, if Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Isa (Jesus), a prophet respected and revered in Islam, is it so wrong to wish a blessed day for those who celebrate it?

We are now in the second decade of the 21st century. Surely, we should, now more than ever, be far more enlightened at a time when information of any sort and of all kinds are so readily available to us.

What is most important is that we regard one another as fellow citizens and treat each other with respect, regardless of our race or religion.

The writer is a Royal Fellow, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and holds a BA (Honours) degree in Chinese Studies, University of Oxford. The writer is also the Permaisuri of Johor."


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