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FRIDAY MAY 15 2009

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Malaysia to resume fishery exports to EU by Maria J. Dass newsdesk@thesundaily.com and those that
Malaysia to resume
fishery exports to EU
by Maria J. Dass
newsdesk@thesundaily.com
and those that were imported.
He said: “Based on the outcome of
the inspection, six fisheries processing
establishments and five farms have
been relisted and licensed to export
fisheries products to the EU, while
another nine aquaculture farms have
applied for licences.
“Health Ministry officers will con-
duct audits at these nine farms first
and give our report to the FVO before
they can obtain their licences.”
Liow said there is more work to
be done as the current relisting is for
aquaculture alone.
“There is still more work to be
done with regard to sea catch which
we expect to complete by next year,”
he said.
Liow also said that the Malaysian
authorities will work closely with
their counterparts in EU to ensure that
standards are met.
European Commission ambassador
and head of delegation in Malaysia,
Vincent Piket, who also attended the
press conference, said the EU had ear-
marked €2 million (RM9.6 million) in a
programme to modernise the country’s
fisheries sector.
The programme aims to develop
traceability systems through the sup-
ply chain to ensure food safety and
sustainability, and will also address the
needs of small-scale producers, namely
fishermen and processing plants.
Min-
ister of
Agricul-
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will resume
fishery products export to European
Union (EU) countries effective May 14
after it was relisted on the Third Coun-
try Establishments List on May 1.
This followed the outcome of a re-
inspection mission by the European
Commission’s (EC) Food and Veteri-
nary Office (FVO) from March 3 to 12
to evaluate the control systems put
in place by the Malaysian Competent
Authorities (CA) along the supply
chain.
In Junelast year, Malaysia volun-
tarily requested the EC – the executive
arm of the EU – to delist all Malaysian
processing establishments and a freez-
er vessel to avoid a ban on imports of
fishery products from Malaysia.
Following this, the CA implemented
a comprehensive action plan involving
stakeholders to address all the short-
comings including problems with the
cleanliness of jetties, fishing vessels
and ice factories.
The EU is the largest importer of
seafood from Malaysia, and the value
of fisheries export to the EU is RM600
million annually.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow
Tiong Lai told the media the scope of
the FVO mission was confined to raw
materials obtained from aquaculture
ture and
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expedite the
application
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process, a task force comprising repre-
by Isaac Hiew
Maxis
newsdesk@thesundaily.com
ambassador
sentatives from his ministry, the Health
Ministry and industry players has been
formed.
“The task force will formulate
regulations and work towards fast
implementation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Liow said both minis-
tries are working towards releasing the
RM500 million in loans promised to
seafood exporters via the Agrobank.
“This is now in the final stages and
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we
promised to bring it up again so that
approvals can be obtained soonest,” he
added.
Malaysian Frozen Foods Processors
Association chairman Ch’ng Chin Hooi
said the loans were supposed to help
members to improve their facilities
and services.
Suspected car thief shot dead
by Charles Ramendran
newsdesk@thesundaily.com
KUALA LUMPUR : A suspected car thief was
shot dead when he resisted arrest and instead
tried to grab a policeman’s pistol following a
car chase in Taman Taynton View, Cheras late
yesterday.
It is learnt that initially policemen in a patrol
car had spotted a Proton Waja with four men in
it behaving suspiciously, at about 7pm on Jalan
Tilam at Taman Mutiara Barat.
When the policemen approached the car, it
sped off, leading to a chase by police for almost
2km before it was forced to stop because one
of its front wheels came off.
Cheras OCPD ACP Ahmad Amir Mohd
Hashim said the four men then abandoned the
car and fled on foot, but the police patrolmen
managed to arrest one of them.
He said another suspect was running past
a nearby community police beat base when an
alert policeman stationed there stopped him.
A struggle ensued when the policeman tried
to handcuff the suspect.
He said during their scuffle, the man tried
to grab the policeman’s pistol but the latter
drew his weapon and fired a shot which hit the
suspect on the head, killing him on the spot.
Ahmad said checks showed the suspect,
whom they identified as Mohd Noor Shadikin
Sharuddin, 20, had previous records for car
theft. He said the abandoned Proton Waja also
bore a false number plate.
Police are now looking for the remaining two
men who escaped.
Kudus wants police to reopen bullet threat case
by Charles Ramendran
newsdesk@thesundaily.com
KUALA LUMPUR: Many turn to Google Maps when
they need to find a specific location, especially busi-
ness venues.
Now, local business people can add and show-
case their business locations on the search platform
or search for others on it at a reasonable cost.
Google Maps Malaysia (http://maps.google.com.
my) is a search platform that enables users to find
local geographic information such as online maps,
satellite imagery, driving directions, addresses and
business listings – on their PCs or mobile phones.
The Malaysian version of Google Maps will include
information on roads, addresses and more than
100,000 businesses nationwide to provide users with
a comprehensive, fast and easy-to-use source of local
information.
The service is offered not only in English, but in
Malay, Chinese and many other languages, further
increasing its reliability and accuracy.
Google Southeast Asia product manager Andrew
McGlinchey said it is part of Google’s focus to organise
world information and make it universally accessible
and useful.
“Google Maps Malaysia is an exciting step forward
to help Malaysian users quickly and easily find geo-
graphic information they need in their daily lives at
home, work and while on the go,” he said.
Google South Asia head of marketing Derek Cal-
low sees Google Maps Malaysia as an invaluable tool
to help local businesses better present themselves
locally and around the world.
“This is a great start and we’re looking forward
to working with more Malaysian organisations to
enhance the quality, features and usefulness of the
local version of Google Maps,” he said.
Local organisations such as Super Pages, KLue,
iProperty.com Malaysia, Virtual Malaysia and Maxis
have contributed content to Google Maps Malaysia
for the interest of users.
Users may check out events or movies, get infor-
mation on local attractions, research the locations of
properties and get information on a host of others
such as shopping, dining and entertainment.
Users may also add places and locations that they
think are interesting by inserting a “pin” and upload
reviews or pictures of that venue and publish it to
the world.
SHARIL AMIN ABDUL RAHIM/ THESUN

the owner of Sri Steven’s Corner between May 2001 and May 2004, said yesterday that in August 2006 he had received a live bullet and a note which warned him not to bring up Kayveas’s name in court. He said he lodged a report at the Brickfields police station the follow- ing day and gave his cooperation to investigators in the probe but the outcome remained unknown. He said he made a second report yesterday as the similari- ties in the threat received by him and deputy minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk T. Mu- rugiah on Monday appear to raise

questions if they came from the same source. He made the report at 1pm accompanied by lawyer M. Manoharan. An hour later, the bickering between the “Kayveas” and “Muru- giah” factions in the PPP continued when the party’s former supreme council member N.A. Shamuga- nathan held a press conference at an Indian restaurant not far from the police station. Shanmuganathan, who is also Selangor PPP treasurer, claims that Kayveas had removed him and Murugiah as supreme council members and sacked two others in

the party unlawfully. He said Kayveas had an axe to grind with Murugiah as he has become more popular than him. He alleged Kayveas had sought payments of between RM3,000 and RM30,000 from members seeking top posts in the party. Countering these allegations soon after the press conference was PPP vice-president Datuk Maglin D’Cruz who waited for pressmen outside. He said Shanmuganathan was removed as supreme council mem- ber as it was discovered that he was declared a bankrupt in 1986.

KUALA LUMPUR : Former Ampang Jaya Municipal Council enforce- ment director Kapt (R) Abdul Kudus Ahmad who was embroiled in a tiff with People’s Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M. Kayveas over alleged corrupt practices in 2003 lodged a police report yes- terday urging police to reopen a report he made three years ago over a death threat. Abdul Kudus, who was charged with 24 counts of soliciting and tak- ing bribes totalling RM59,000 from

 

Missing Johor teens found in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: Four teenagers including three girls, who were reported missing in Taman Permai, Johor Baru two days ago, were found at a flat in Lebuh Maccalum here yesterday. Penang police chief Datuk Seri Ayub Yaakob said the boy, aged 15, and the girls, all aged 16, were traced to the flat after receiving a tip-off from residents there. They were with five other youths, three boys aged 16 and two girls aged 16 and 21. Police have picked up all nine for questioning. Ayub said the youths were believed to have planned the rendezvous at the Saujana Flats. He said police are trying to find out who enticed the youths to come to Penang and whether they had been abused. “We found in their handphones photographs of activities that may need further probing,” Ayub said, adding that their parents and families have been informed. He said the youths are now undergoing medical check-ups, including tests for drugs and signs of abuse.

 

Kelantan Sultan admitted to hospital

Five more die of dengue fever

KOTA BARU: The Sultan of Kelantan Tuanku Ismail Petra Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yahya Petra was admitted to Univer- siti Sains Malaysia Hospital in Kubang Kerian yesterday, believed due to an asthma attack. His Highness, 59, was admitted at about 3pm. Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who visited the Sultan with several state executive councillors at

4pm, told reporters later that His Highness was in stable condition. “I urge the Kelantan people to pray for His Highness’ health so that he recovers quickly,” he said. The hospital’s senior deputy director (clinical) Dr Rosdi Abdul Rahman refused to disclose the cause of illness but said the Sultan’s condi- tion had returned stable. – Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: Five deaths due to dengue fever were recorded in the week ending May 9, raising to 48 the number of people who have died of the disease so far this year. Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said there was also a rise in the number of dengue fever cases in the country during that week, to 874 from 870 in the previous week, ending May 2. “The number of cumulative cases so far this year is 19,275 compared to 13,891 with 33 deaths

in the same period last year,” he said in a statement yesterday. He said seven states recorded an increase in the number of cases so far this year, with Kedah regis- tering nine, Kelantan eight, Johor 23, Penang 22, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya 20, Malacca three and Perak 13. Up to May 9, 63 hotspots were reported, with 57 of the localities in Selangor, four in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and the rest in Johor, he said. – Bernama

with 57 of the localities in Selangor, four in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and the rest

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