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A worker collects palm oil fruit after being harvested at a plantation in Kampung Bukit Hijau, Kuala Selangor March 14, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Malaysia must be one step ahead in planning ways to react to the price volatility in the palm oil market to protect the country’s source of income, as well as the wellbeing of the smallholders, Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin said.He said since Malaysia is a small country and 80 per cent of its crude palm oil (CPO) and palm oil-based products are exported, it is vital for the country to team up with Indonesia, the world largest producer of the commodity, especially in tackling the challenges from the European Union and the US-China trade dispute.“We must work together with Indonesia because Malaysia alone is a small nation (with 31 million people as at 2017) and together with Indonesia, home to 264 million people, we can fight the battle together,” he told Bernama.Noting that the price of CPO depends on the market forces, he said: “This is normal even during my time. So it’s not something new, but now, with the ongoing threats coming from the EU and the US-China trade dispute, we need to be smart.”Daim said while it is a good news that the US and China are about to wrap up their trade talks, the Malaysian government, its agencies and industry players must also be alert on what transpired during the deals.In March last year, US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on Chinese imported goods and likewise the Chinese government retaliated by imposing tariffs of 25 per cent on US$110 billion (RM455 billion) worth of US goods, including soybean, which is the US’s most important agricultural export crop.This has opened up more opportunities to the other edible oils, including palm oil.“But don’t react when it’s too late, because it might affect our market and the smallholders,” he said.China is the third largest buyer of Malaysian CPO after India and the EU.But following the signing of the new deal on the East Coast Rail Link project on Monday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Putrajaya will take advantage of the agreement and work out the purchase of palm oil from China.Meanwhile, Daim, who was former finance minister, urged youths to venture into modern agriculture using the latest technology.“There are crops that we can plant using science and technology and they can either grow vegetables, fruits or they can also be in the fishery industry. They can consider this to be their full-time or part-time job.“I went to Sabah recently where I’d visited one entrepreneur’s farm. He has about 5,000 cows, fish ponds, as well as pineapple and durian plantations. I asked him how much revenue he earned. He did not answer but I’m assuming he must be earning about RM500 million yearly.“I believe we can also do that here but the most important thing is that we need to ensure that we produce good quality products.“We also need the full commitment from the government on modern farming,” he said. — Bernama [...]
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KL police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim speaks to reporters after conducting a walkabout at Cheras Leisure Mall in Kuala Lumpur January 23, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — Police will be calling for a meeting with Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to discuss cooperation in raising the level of security of commuters in public transport areas soon.Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said this followed the case of a woman who was attacked before being robbed in the lift of Taman Mutiara MRT station last month.“We have ordered the mobile patrol vehicles (MPV), motorcycle patrol unit (URB) and other action squads to assist in ensuring security at MRT stations,” he said at a media conference on a High Profile Policing (HPP) programme in Tesco Extra area in Taman Midah, Cheras near here today.He said the security personnel in a public service area had been told to report any criminal activities to police. “Do not act alone as the criminal may react unexpectedly including hurting anyone. “I am also proposing that the party responsible increase the number of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to improve coverage,” he said.Meanwhile, he said Kuala Lumpur police had succeeded in lowering the crime index by 17 cases or by 68 per cent last year in Taman Midah Tesco Extra area. “This indirectly showed the effectiveness and commitment of police in carrying out their duties to ensure public safety,” he said. — Bernama [...]
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The motorcade of Kim travels enroute to his hotel, ahead of the North Korea-US summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. — Reuters photo
BEIJING: China’s foreign minister expressed hope yesterday that US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take a ‘new step’ toward denuclearisation and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Wang Yi made the remark in Beijing a day before Trump and Kim kick off a two-day summit in Hanoi, Yonhap news agency reported, quoting the ministry’s office.
“This year, the whole world is facing hope and challenges,” Wang was quoted as saying by his office.
“This week, in particular, is a very important period that draws the international community’s attention.”
“The second North Korea-US summit is soon to be held and a new step is expected to be taken with regard to denuclearisation and establishment of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula,” he added.
Kim arrived in Hanoi after more than a 60-hour train trip from Pyongyang through China.
He didn’t make a widely expected stop in Beijing on his way to the Vietnamese capital and instead took what is seen as the shortest route running through the central region of the country.
Kim visited Beijing early last month and held his fourth summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in less than a year.
The meeting came before Pyongyang and Washington decided to hold their second summit. — Bernama [...]
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The National Patriots Association says the Royal Malaysia Police needed reforms beyond the still-to-be-legislated IPCMC. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 — Independent oversight of police misconduct is but one of over a hundred recommendations to fix the law enforcement agency, said the National Patriots Association (Patriot).While public attention was centred on the Independent Police Complaints & Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), the group representing retired security personnel said the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) needed reforms beyond the still-to-be-legislated entity.“Patriot agrees and welcomes the establishment of IPCMC. But it also believes that it should only be carried out after or along with the implementation of other 124 proposals,” Patriot vice-president DCP (Rtd) Datuk Zulkifli Mohamed said in a statement.He noted that the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the RMP produced 125 proposals in the area, of which the IPCMC was one.However, he said public clamour for the IPCMC — the most significant and controversial of the proposals — indicated their lack of confidence in the police’s ability to self-regulate.The leadership of the police must take the initiative to implement remaining measures recommended by the RCI in order to arrest the decline of public confidence in the agency, Zulkifli said.“The image of the RMP has taken a serious battering following the few recent incidents that cast doubt over the integrity of its senior officers in particular and the Force as a whole.“Patriot urges the RMP to seriously address this issue in order for it to regain the public confidence.”In September last year, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that Putrajaya will form the IPCMC to replace the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) that had been introduced as a compromise after the police resisted the formation of the commission.Unlike when the commission was first mooted after the 2005 RCI, however, the police this time accepted the announcement and even lauded it, with Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim saying it would enhance the agency’s integrity and capabilities.The final form of the IPCMC is still unknown as the government has yet to table the Bill for its formation.Groups such as the Malaysian Bar have urged the government to prioritise forming the IPCMC while others such as Human Rights Commission have told it not to present a diluted version and to simply propose the commission in the form envisioned by the 2005 royal inquiry. [...]
File photo of ex-policemen Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar (heads covered).A tribunal in Sydney on Monday dismissed Sirul’s appeal, upholding their previous rejection of his bid for political asylum. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 — An Australian court has rejected Sirul Azhar Umar’s application for political asylum there after concluding his conviction for killing Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was not a political in nature.Malaysia intends to seek the extradition of the former police commando — one of two sentenced to die for the murder — but must still repeal the country’s death penalty before Australia can legally comply.Australia abolished the capital punishment and its laws prevent it from extraditing a person to a destination where he may be sentenced to death.According to ABC News, a tribunal in Sydney, Australia, on Monday dismissed Sirul’s appeal, upholding their previous rejection of his bid for political asylum.“There are serious reasons for considering that the applicant committed in Malaysia a serious non-political crime before entering Australia,” ABC News quoted from the tribunal’s ruling.In 2009, Sirul and Azilah Hadri were found guilty of murdering Altantuya in 2006 but were released in 2013 on appeal.The Federal Court reinstated their death sentence in 2015 but Sirul fled to Australia prior to the apex court’s ruling and has been detained there since.He previously sought a moratorium on his sentence in return for “tell-all” about the murder that has been linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak by way of former aide Abdul Razak Baginda, but the Malaysian government rejected this.Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk VK Liew said Putrajaya’s plan to repeal the death penalty could reach Parliament as soon as next month’s session, but added that this has yet to be approved by the Cabinet.In Malaysia, police have reopened Altantuya’s murder investigation while her family has finally succeeded in getting their civil suit over her death to trial. [...]