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Berita | KPPK fokus masalah kekurangan bahan asas bagi industri perabot

BATU PAHAT, 13 NOV: Kekurangan bahan asas seperti kayu menjadi isu utama cabaran industri perabot dalam perbincangan antara Kementerian Perusahaan Perladangan dan Komoditi (KPPK) bersama pemain industri perabot di Batu Pahat, Johor petang tadi.

“Kekurangan bahan asas seperti kayu antara masalah utama usahawan perabot ekoran keterhadan kebun getah sebagai sumber kayu”, ujar Menteri KPPK, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Tambah Zuraida lagi, KPPK akan melihat isu ini secara terperinci dan mengenalpasti kaedah penyelesaian secara menyeluruh bagi mewujudkan kelestarian ekosistem komoditi.

“Kita akan melihat kepentingan getah bukan dari sudut menyumbang produk yang berasaskan susu getah saja, malahan sebagai sumber kayu bagi industri perabot”.

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Berita | PRN Melaka: COMWEL bangga peningkatan calon wanita – Zuraida

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 NOV : Majlis Pimpinan Politik Wanita Malaysia (COMWEL) berbangga dengan peningkatan jumlah calon wanita yang diletakkan dalam Pilihan Raya Negeri Melaka pada 2021.

Pengasas merangkap Presiden COMWEL, Zuraida Kamaruddin berkata calon wanita dalam PRN Melaka telah meningkat daripada 5 orang calon wanita pada pilihan raya 2018 kepada 16 orang calon wanita pada tahun ini.

“15 wanita daripada pelbagai parti ini akan bertanding di 12 kerusi berbeza daripada 28 kerusi di Melaka”, tambahnya lagi dalam satu kenyataan akhbar, hari ini.

Tambah ahli parlimen Ampang itu lagi, walaupun bilangan calon wanita telah meningkat, COMWEL menyatakan bahawa 15 calon wanita hanya membentuk 13.5% daripada jumlah calon yang diletakkan. Ini masih jauh daripada sasaran 30% yang bertujuan untuk memperkasakan wanita dalam politik.

Dalam PRN Melaka tahun ini, Bersatu, PAS dan Gerakan mempunyai bilangan calon wanita tertinggi iaitu 40% daripada jumlah calon wanita; diikuti Barisan Nasional (BN) dan Pakatan Harapan (PH), masing-masing menyumbang 27%; dan lain-lain, 6%. – PPI

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Berita | Gambar Facebook ‘Lahabau Melaka, Jom Undi’ ahli Parlimen DAP dikecam ramai

Tindakan wakil rakyat DAP, Teo Nie Ching memuat naik gambar Facebook dengan memaparkan perkataan “Lahabau Melaka, Jom Undi” mengundang padah dan mendapat kecaman pengguna media sosial.

Berdasarkan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) lahabau merupakan kata makian yang bermaksud tidak berguna atau tidak boleh diharap.

Difahamkan, posting gambar profil Ahli Parlimen Kulai itu dimuat naik sempena Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Melaka, secara tidak sengaja tanpa memahami maksud disebalik perkataan tersebut.

Bagaimanapun, gambar itu dipadamkan sebelum beliau memuat naik permohonan maaf di akaun Facebook sambil menjelaskan ia adalah kesilapan bahasa.

“Saya cuma ingin berkempen melalui ‘frame’ percuma yang boleh didapati di dalam Facebook tanpa memahami maksud sebenar perkataan tersebut.

“Dengan ini, saya dengan penuh rendah hati, memohon maaf atas kekhilafan menyiapkan dan memuatnaikkan bahan kempen yang telah tersalah menggunakan bahasa,” katanya dan menambah permohonan maaf itu ditujukan kepada semua terutama rakyat dan pengundi Melaka.

Walaupun beliau sudah memadam gambar tersebut, ia tersebar dalam kalangan pengguna media sosial menjadikannya viral.

Terdahulu, Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) pada sidang media penamaan calon pagi tadi mengumumkan bahawa calon dan parti politik tidak dibenarkan menjalankan aktiviti berkempen secara bersemuka termasuk ceramah dan menziarahi rumah pengundi.

Sebaliknya, mereka digalakkan berkempen menggunakan media sosial atau melalui kenderaan yang dipasang alat pembesar suara. – MalaysiaNow

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News | Sri Ram: 1MDB finances were run like a ‘coffee shop’

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 9): The financial situation of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was likened to a “coffee shop” by prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram at the 1MDB-Tanore trial on Tuesday. 

Sri Ram, who is prosecuting former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in the case, had concurred with Justice Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah to a line of questioning by Najib’s lawyer Wan Aizuddin Wan Mohammed on prosecution witness and former 1MDB CEO Mohd Hazem Abdul Rahman on drafting a prospectus submission to Bursa Malaysia for a proposed listing of 1MDB Energy (a subsidiary of 1MDB). 

Hazem said in response to the questioning that he was not involved in the drafting of the prospectus, and said the prospectus was probably submitted to the bourse in 2014, but he could not recall the exact date.

When the lawyer then asked him what the bourse listing entailed, the witness responded that he only had basic knowledge of initial public offering listings, leading to Justice Sequerah asking Wan Aizuddin: “What is the point [of your line of questioning] actually? The witness already says he does not know much about the listing. How does it relate to your client’s defence?” 

Wan Aizuddin answered that the line of questioning was to show financial mismanagement in 1MDB and the “victimisation” of Najib by fugitive financier Low Taek Jho or Jho Low. 

“It is to show negligence and mismanagement, for which my client was blamed,” said Wan Aizuddin.

At this point, Sri Ram chimed in and told the judge that they are tolerating Wan Aizuddin’s cross-examination because it was “totally irrelevant to their case”.

Chinese coffee shop

“It appears that 1MDB’s finances were run like a Chinese coffee shop on Petaling Street. 

“Our case is that Jho Low was a mirror image of the accused. That is our case. We are prepared to tolerate this line of cross-examination only because it is completely irrelevant to our case,” Sri Ram told the judge. 

After being warned by the Judge, Wan Aizuddin then moved on to another line of questioning with the witness. 

Najib faces 25 charges in the 1MDB-Tanore trial: four counts of abuse of power involving RM2.3 billion worth of 1MDB funds said to have been siphoned through Tanore Finance Corp and 21 counts of money laundering.

Last year, he was found guilty of seven criminal charges comprising one count of abuse of power and three counts each of criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering involving RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary, that ended up in his personal accounts.

He was sentenced to 12 years’ jail and a fine of RM210 million for the abuse of power offence, and 10 years of imprisonment for each of the CBT and money laundering charges. The court ordered the jail sentences to run concurrently, which means Najib would have to spend only 12 years behind bars. He is appealing the conviction and sentences. – The Edge

by Timothy Achariam & Ahmad Naqib Idris

credit photo: CommonWealthRoundtable