Nov 14: Jamaludin’s mother to file affidavit-in reply to objection by son’s widow for faraid cert

KUALA LUMPUR: The Syariah High Court today set Nov 14 for the mother of former minister, the late Tan Sri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, to file an affidavit-in-reply to an objection by her son’s widow to her application to obtain the faraid certificate on his estate, which is estimated to be worth more than RM2 billion.

The media was informed of the date by Syariah lawyer Datuk Shamsuriah Sulaiman, who is representing Jamaludin’s widow, Puan Sri Dr Kalsom Ismail, after management of the case, which was held in chambers before Syariah High Court registrar Siti Zulaiha Mohamad Mansor.

Besides Kalsom, Jamaludin’s four children – Ikwan Hafiz, 31, Nur Anis, 33, Nurul Alyaa, 27, and Noor Adilla, 23 – also filed a preliminary objection against their grandmother, Aminah Abdullah’s application for the certificate.

Aminah, 84, filed the application for the faraid certificate on March 2 this year.

The proceeding was also attended by Syariah lawyer Zuri Zabuddin Budiman, representing the four children, and Aminah’s lawyer, Nur Hidayah A. Bakar.

Aminah had filed the application to determine the division of the estate, left by the former Rompin MP, amongst those that have rights to it.

The estate includes 20 properties in Malaysia, the United States and Makkah, as well as several companies.

Jamaluddin, who was a former Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, died on April 4, 2015, when the helicopter he was travelling in from Pekan, Pahang, en route to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in Kampung Sungai Pening, Semenyih, Selangor.

Also killed in the crash were the pilot, Captain Clifford William Fournier; former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private secretary Datuk Seri Azlin Alias; businessman Datuk Tan Huat Seang; Jamaludin’s personal aide Razakan Seran; and a woman known as Aidana Baizieva. — Bernama

Parliament building declared smoke-free zone

PUTRAJAYA: Smoking-designated corners inside the Parliament building have been declared smoke-free zones, effective today, according to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

“Those who want to smoke must light up outside the Parliament building,” he told reporters after the ministry’s monthly gathering, here today.

The Health Ministry had earlier issued a directive to ban smoking at all restaurants, food outlets, and hawker stalls in the country, effective Jan 1 next year.

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye was reported as saying at present, 23 areas were designated as smoke-free zones under the Control of Tobacco Product (Amendment) Regulations 2017, including air-conditioned eateries, government premises and public vehicles.

Meanwhile, Dr Dzulkefly said the ministry had put in a request for the pneumococcal vaccine to be put under ‘special request’ in the 2019 Budget.

“However, due to the financial constraints faced by the government, the ministry has taken the initiative to establish ‘Amanah Pelaburan Hartanah Islam’ that can be used to increase its income,” he said. — Bernama

Anwar expected to play key role in govt decision-making: Analyst

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who made a return to Parliament following his thumping victory at the Port Dickson by-election last Saturday, is expected to play a key role in the government’s decision-making process as PKR president-elect.

Although he is also to play the check-and-balance role in Parliament as promised before the by-election, he is not expected to antagonise Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed in any way in order to not jeopardise Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) governance of the country.

Political commentator Tang Ah Chai said for now Anwar should be patient and give Mahathir due respect in his leadership and decision-making, and keep to their tacit agreement.

Any action that could open old wounds will not augur well for PH.

He said Anwar’s remark during the by-election campaign that Mahathir was the best man to lead the country at present, showed that the former accepted Mahathir’s leadership and was not in a hurry to force the latter to hand over the baton.

But Tang believes Anwar will set a two-year time frame for a power transfer, to indirectly tell Mahathir to keep to his promise on the premiership handover.

He told China Press in an interview published today that following his return to Parliament as the head of a component party in the ruling coalition, Anwar is expected play an active role in the PH administration’s decision-making process.

“Compared with the time he was serving a jail term, Anwar now has many platforms to get up close with the people as well as the opportunity to express his views on government policies, and understand the rakyat’s ‘suqiu’ (appeals).

“Given his stint (as minister and deputy prime minister) in the former Barisan Nasional administration, Anwar is more experienced than most of the PH leaders in administering the country,” he added.

Guan Eng’s act beats Bollywood

JOHOR BARU: Former Kempas assemblyman Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng had openly slapped his party members for receiving state awards.

Calling it an act that beats Bollywood, he said in a statement today that Lim could have issued a strong memo to his party members to quietly and respectfully decline any such offer by the state ruler.

He said by making this statement, Lim had brought disrepute to the office of the Head of State.

“I hope this pretentious act serves as a stern lesson to all Heads of States so that they won’t try too hard to please the executive branch of state governments lest they are shamed in the end,” he added.

He said Lim’s use of Tun Ghafar Baba as an example was condescending towards Malays.

Instead, he said, Lim could have used his own father or he himself as perfect examples of those who remain as “Encik” perhaps until retirement.

Anwar’s return to Parliament gets positive reaction from Cabinet members

KUALA LUMPUR: The re-appearance of PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Parliament was warmly welcomed and received a positive reaction from members of the Cabinet.

Happiness was clearly seen on the face of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail who expressed her gratitude over Anwar’s return to Parliament today since 2015 when he was Opposition Head.

“Alhamdulillah, I am happy because he was once denied the right to contest. Now he is back in Parliament after getting a pardon on the basis of a ‘miscarriage of justice’.

“He did not plead guilty, but it was on a basis of ‘miscarriage of justice”, she told reporters at the lobby of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Anwar created history when he was sworn -in as Member of Parliament today.

“This is historic. May he play the role he promised, to reform the Parliament, which was included in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto,” he said.

Similarly, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said Anwar’s participation in Parliament would liven-up the institution even more.

He said Anwar would bring useful input which would strengthen the policies of the PH government.

“I believe the Tun Mahathir-Datuk Seri Anwar combination will make Malaysia a strong nation in many ways again,” he said.

Anwar took his oath as a member of the Dewan Rakyat today in the presence of Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

This follows his victory in the Port Dickson parliamentary by-election on Saturday with a large majority of 23,560 votes.

In the seven-cornered by-election, Anwar, 71, obtained 31,016 votes, defeating PAS candidate Mohd Nazari Mokhtar (7,456 votes) and five Independent candidates, namely his former personal assistant Saiful Bukhari Azlan (82), former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad (4,230), Lau Seck Yan (214), Stevie Chan (337) and Kan Chee Yuen (154). — Bernama

Decomposed body of woman found in Kampung Tamalang Silau, Inanam

KOTA KINABALU: The decomposed body of a woman, believed in to be in her 20s, was found in a bush in Kampung Tamalang Silau, Inanam, at 5.40pm yesterday.

Kota Kinabalu district police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said the woman was found wearing in black track bottom with ‘SMK Kamabong’ written on it and a black T-shirt while her face was covered with a light blue jacket.

“The body was found in swampy part of the bush and has already decomposed,” he said in a statement today.

He said as of now, there was no information being obtained because there was no identification document found on the body.

The body was sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for post-mortem, he said.

He also urged members of the public who had lost a family member or employers who had lost their worker to contact Kota Kinabalu district police hotline at 088-221191 or Inanam police station chief Inspector Mahmud Hasan at 019-8300011. — Bernama

Abang Johari to lead Sarawak trade mission to Jakarta, Bandung

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pix) will lead a 60-member trade mission to Jakarta and Bandung in Indonesia from Oct 23-27 in conjunction with the 33rd Trade Expo Indonesia.

The trade mission is being organised by the Sarawak Business Federation (SBF), Sarawak Bumiputera Chamber of Entrepreneurs (DUBS) and the Consulate Republic of Indonesia based here.

SBF President Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg said the mission would seek opportunities to collaborate on mutually-agreed activities in the fields of trade and industry, finance, investment, tourism, medical and other sectors, as well as regional economic integration through the growth of the new economic hub for West Kalimantan and Sarawak.

He said the chief minister was also expected to witness the signing of five Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), including between Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works and Wika Wijaya Persero TBK Indonesia; Danawa Resources Sdn Bhd and PT. Trans Hybrid Communication Indonesia; SBF and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as, Dewanita DUBS and Association of Indonesian Businesswomen in Jakarta.

In Bandung, Abang Johari will witness the signing of another MoU between Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation and the Faculty of Visual Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology.

“Our philosophy is to ‘prosper thy neighbour’ in terms of increasing bilateral services, trade and investments between the two countries, especially between Sarawak and West Kalimantan,” he told a media conference to announce the trade mission here today.

Also present were Indonesian Consulate General Yonay Tri Prayinto and DUBS President Datuk Abang Helmi Ikhwan.

On strengthening mutual cooperation, specifically at the interior cross-border towns and surrounding regions, Abang Abdul Karim said the Sarawak delegation would also advocate the establishment of the Entikong-Tebedu Cross-Border Economic Zone beside the Entikong-Tebedu Gateway as an entry-exit point for international trade.

Entikong is the Indonesian border town in West Kalimantan near Tebedu on the Sarawak side, about 90km from here.

He said the mission also aimed at facilitating the use of ports in West Kalimantan and Sarawak as export-import gateways for goods-in-transit for goods such as commodities, apart from establishing more regional direct air connectivity between cities to enhance passenger flow and tourism.

Meanwhile, Yonay said West Kalimantan and Sarawak recorded a trade volume totalling US$120.85 million (RM502 million) last year, with the Indonesian province chalking up exports worth US$83.91 million (RM349 million) to Sarawak and imports of US$36.94 million (RM152 million) from Sarawak.

During the same period, Indonesia and Sarawak recorded trade volume worth US$606.90 million (RM2.5 billion), with Indonesian trade exports to Sarawak valued at US$245.03 million while imports from Sarawak amounted to US$361.86 million (RM1.5 billion), he said.

He said last year’s statistics also showed that some 513,442 Indonesians from West Kalimantan visited Sarawak, mostly for leisure and health tourism compared with 47,666 Sarawakians visiting the Indonesian province. — Bernama

Discussion over coordination between public hospitals, HPU ongoing: Maszlee

KUALA LUMPUR: The discussion over the coordination between public hospitals and university teaching hospitals (HPU) is ongoing, says Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

He said the discussion was to ensure the quality of medical services to the community and the teaching and learning sessions for HPU students unaffected and there was no overlapping of duties between the two types of hospitals.

“Public hospitals, under the purview of Health Ministry (MOH), have the main roles of providing services to the people, compared to HPU where their core role is to provide training and teaching to doctors to enhance their expertise while not neglecting medical research,” he told the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (PH-Lembah Pantai) who wanted to know whether the government could implement an initiative to ensure a balance between HPU’s main role to provide clinical training to future healthcare professionals and delivering medical services to the community.

Maszlee explained that HPU was established under the university’s constitution and subject to the approval of the university board of directors, whereas the public hospitals were under the purview of MOH.

He said his ministry also wanted to see more public hospitals to be built to accommodate the increasing number of patients seeking treatments at the HPU. — Bernama