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FRIDAY MAY 15 2009

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6 theSun | FRIDAY MAY 15 2009 news without borders Meningitis scare in Seremban after cop
Meningitis scare in Seremban after cop dies SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan Director of Health Dr Zainal
Meningitis scare in
Seremban after cop dies
SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan Director
of Health Dr Zainal Ariffin Omar has
advised the people to remain calm
following a meningitis scare at Tuanku
Ja’afar Hospital where a policeman
died yesterday.
An investigation was being con-
ducted to determine whether the
policeman had died of any contagious
disease, he said.
The body has been sent to Kuala
Lumpur Hospital for a post mortem.
“I can confirm that there has been
no case of any contagious disease
such as Influenza A(H1N1) in the
state,” Zainal Ariffin told reporters at
his office here.
He said Negri Sembilan, like the
other states, always took precaution-
ary measures in the case of conta-
gious diseases.
News of the death of the police-
man, who hailed from
Sabah, caused a stir at the hospital
after people saw the hospital staff
handling the body wearing face
masks and gloves.
Hospital director Dr Jaafar Che
Mat told Bernama earlier he did not
dismiss the possibility of the police-
man having died from meningitis.
A hospital staff approached by
Bernama said the use of face masks
and gloves was a normal procedure
to prevent the spread of any conta-
gious diseases.
A meningitis outbreak in Malacca
early this month had sent many peo-
ple to hospital there for suspected
meningitis, with 46 people still re-
maining in an Isolation Ward.
The outbreak, at the Road Trans-
port Department (JPJ) Academy there,
resulted in the death of a trainee.

All suspected H1N1 cases

tested negative

PUTRAJAYA: All the suspected influenza A(H1N1) cases tested in Malaysia have proven to be negative, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday. They include the case in Ipoh involving a man who had visited Thailand last week and that of a Sarawak woman who was admitted to the isolation ward of Sarawak General Hos- pital on Wednesday following her return from Massachusetts. “As of today (Thursday), there has been no case of influenza A(H1N1). We are a nation that is free of this virus,” Liow told reporters after chair- ing a meeting on the export of seafood products to the European Union here.

He said the ministry had examined 60 people for the virus so far, including 10 on Wednesday alone. “We will continue to monitor the situa- tion closely. I updated the cabinet yesterday (Wednesday) that long-term counter-meas- ures are in place to handle the pandemic,” he said. “We cannot treat the matter lightly and must tighten checks at all entry points to ensure the virus does not come to our shores.” Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said no new countries had been affected by the pandemic, leaving the number of countries with confirmed cases at 33. However, he said the World Health Or- ganisation (WHO) reported that the number of cases had increased to 6,079 with 63 deaths, the latest two deaths happening in Mexico. In a statement, Ismail said WHO was still maintaining the pandemic alert level at Phase Five and had not recommended any restrictions in terms of travel or trade or the need to close borders at any country. “However, it is important for people expe- riencing symptoms like fever, cough, flu or throat irritation to delay trips abroad while those returning to Malaysia from overseas with similar symptoms should seek medical treatment,” he said. Ismail said that as of midnight on Wednesday, the Health Ministry’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) received notification of six suspected cases admitted to the isolation ward of Sungai Buloh Hospital, two cases at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, Ipoh, and a case each at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu, and Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching. All the cases tested negative for Influenza


A total of 12,246 individuals were also screened at entry points. – Bernama

Court allows use of ‘keling’ in dictionary

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here ruled yesterday that the use of the word “ keling ” is allowed in the Kamus Dewan Third Edition as the word in the dictionary is for learning purposes. Justice Lau Bee Lan, who made the deci- sion in chambers, dismissed the Selangor and Federal Territory Angkatan Pelapor India Muslim’s (Apim) appeal against the decision of High Court senior assistant registrar Nik Isfanie Tasmin Wan Abdul Rahman. On Dec 29, 2006, Nik Isfanie Tasmin al- lowed Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka’s (DBP) application to strike out an originating sum- mons over the word “keling” filed by Apim. DBP’s counsel, Md Radzi Mustafa, told reporters Lau held that the use of the word in the dictionary was not mala fide for any party and that DBP was only carrying out its statutory duty in including the word in its dictionary. Asked whether the word is still being used in the fourth edition in the dictionary, he said it was still used but no examples were given. On Dec 22, 2005, Apim chairman Ramli @ Mohd Othman Ravinthranath Abdullah filed an originating summons against DBP claiming the word “ keling ” in its Kamus Dewan dictionary was an insult to the Indian community. DBP then applied to strike out the suit on the grounds that the word in the Kamus De- wan Third Edition was not meant to give the bad connotation of causing chaos, disturbing the peace, inciting hatred, animosity, riot, disharmony or disunity, as claimed by Apim. – Bernama


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animosity, riot, disharmony or disunity, as claimed by Apim. – Bernama India may be heading for

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animosity, riot, disharmony or disunity, as claimed by Apim. – Bernama India may be heading for