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6 theSun | MONDAY JUNE 29 2009

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Glitch in gazetting Jerejak
by Himanshu Bhatt Gerakan’s former state executive council- lor for tourism and environment, Teng Chang
Yeow, said the department had told him several
GEORGE TOWN: Plans to gazette Pulau Jerejak as times between July 2007 and February 2008
a permanent forest reserve have been delayed as sev- that steps were being taken to ascertain the
Two Sikh eral plots of land there were previously given away on boundary of the forest to avoid overlapping as
women leasehold basis to private hands. the nearby pieces of land belonging to Penang
browse State Environment, Health, Welfare and Caring Development Corporation (PDC) and Urban
through the Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said Development Authority (UDA).
pages of yesterday the state was pushing to have the island, Chief Minister Lim Guan

RTM to air cultures of the newly
book on
a former penal colony,
gazetted as soon as pos-
Eng said last week that the
state was planning to gazette
the island by the end of the

ethnic minorities the Sikh
in Malaysia.
“I have submitted a
report on the matter to
the state executive coun-
year, and that the 295ha
island was being planned for
preservation and controlled
KUALA LUMPUR: Radio Televisyen work with them,” he told reporters cil,” he said. “I will push development for eco-tourism
Malaysia (RTM) will give more av- after the launch of a coffee table for it to be gazetted as fast projects.
enues for the broadcast of cultural book entitled The Sikh Community as possible.” The state currently has
and arts programmes of the coun- in Malaysia by the Sultan of Perak Phee said although the four forest reserves in Teluk
try’s ethnic minorities, Information Sultan Azlan Shah here. Penang state assembly Bahang, Relau, Bukit Pan-
Communication and Culture Min- The 266-page book was written had approved the move chor and Cheruk Tok Kun
ister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said by Malaysia National Sikhs Move- to gazette the island in with a total land area of
yesterday. ment (Gerak Sikh) president Tan Sri May 2007, it was still not 5,139 ha.
He said the culture and arts of Darshan Singh Gill. done due to issues to be Phee also hit out at state
the minority groups such as the Rais also said that RTM’s move settled with private parties, opposition chief Datuk
Sikhs, Portuguese, Orang Asli, the was in line with the 1Malaysia con- including a resort operator Azhar Ibrahim for saying
Babas and Nyonyas and the natives cept which emphasised the future of and shipyard, that occupied the DAP was using the
of Sabah and Sarawak should be an integrated cosmopolitan society. parts of the island. state government’s senior
brought to the fore. For a start, he said, RTM “It showed the lack of citizens registration pro-
“We will also seek out the other would broadcast several musical urgency of the previous gramme to recruit mem-
minority groups and see how they programmes related to the Sikh state government,” he said in bers into the party.
can all get their rightful place under community. “Then, we will provide response to Gerakan’s state- “I am giving him 48
the Malaysian sun. several windows for this community ment on June 25 slamming hours to provide proof
“We have to give them the to express their involvement in cul- the state Forestry Department that we are doing this,
chance, and convince them the ture, arts and heritage, information for failing to gazette Pulau failing which I will take
government is sincere in wanting to and communication,” he said. Jerejak. action,” he said.

Bank staff threatened over sales targets: NUBE
Widow of drowned diver PETALING JAYA: Employees of a
leading local bank are being threat-
is affecting their well being.”
He disclosed that the bank’s head-
Solomon claimed.
He said the union had a “long list
awarded RM25,000 ened with dismissal and transfers by
their superiors if they fail to meet cer-
quarters had given the managers
certain targets to achieve within a
of complaints from its members on
how these managers were treating
KUALA TERENGGANU: Teacher Wan Mohd Nor said the depart- tain sales targets, the National Union specific period under its performance them”.
Matziyah Mohd Ladar, 39, of Kan- ment strived to ensure that its of Bank Employees (NUBE) claimed management system (PMS) and if Among them was harassment,
gar, yesterday received RM25,603 in personnel adhered to international yesterday. they did not meet them they would threats of demotion, transfers,
compensation following the drown- procedures to avoid mishaps. This has arisen as the managers of not be eligible for the bonuses or dismissal and stopping of increment.
ing of her husband, Aladi Hasan, dur- “We will not compromise on this the bank want to achieve their own promotions. The NUBE represents some 30,000
ing a search-and-rescue operation in issue. We follow the international targets to qualify for hefty bonuses High-performing managers earn bank employees and about 6,000 of
the Kenyir Lake on June 16. standards,” he told reporters. and promotions themselves, NUBE about RM80,000 or more in bonuses them are
A cheque for the amount was He said Aladi’s case, however, secretary-general J. Solomon told per year. in the affected bank. Solomon
presented to her by Fire & Rescue was clearly an accident. Bernama. “Because of this, managers re- said the union would soon meet the
Department deputy director-general Aladi, 41, a diver with the Tereng- He said: “This is causing much sort to unethical means to get their bank’s top management to discuss the
Datuk Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim here. ganu Fire & Rescue Department div- fear among the general workers and subordinates to achieve the targets,” matter.
The department had also pre- ing squad, drowned in the operation
sented an immediate donation of to find a missing researcher in the
RM10,000 to the family earlier. lake. – Bernama
Pekan police chief Supt Yahaya Kelantan royalty lodges
Othman said the injured trainees
were given outpatient treatment in report over royal council
the Pekan Hospital. KOTA BARU: A member of the Kelan-
The incident occurred at 8pm on tan royalty, Tengku Iskandar Tengku
Public forum on future Saturday when two trainees aged, 17 Ahmad, 68, yesterday lodged a police
and 18, had started to quarrel when report claiming that the State Royal
of English gathering in an assembly organised Council is invalid as it has contravened
PETALING JAYA: The Wawasan Open by the camp management. the Kelantan state constitution.
University (WOU)’s Centre for Professional Yahaya said the trainees started Contacted by Bernama, Tengku
Development and Continuing Education shoving one another and other train- Iskandar said he made the report at the
and School of Education, Languages ees joined in and exchanged blows. Pasir Mas police station at 11.30am.
and Communications is holding a public They exchanged blows and four of He said under Article 7 of the state
forum on the issue of making English a them were slightly injured in the head constitution, the State Royal Council
compulsory pass subject in the Sijil Pela- and arms. – Bernama must comprise the chairman, deputy
jaran Malaysia (SPM) Examination. chairman, state secretary (who is also
The half-day forum, themed “Future Ketamine in kitchen the council secretary), state mufti,
of English in Malaysian Schools”, is four members of the Kelantan royalty,
scheduled for Saturday in WOU’s Kuala grinder, woman held and not less than six and not more
Lumpur regional office from 10am. CHENNAI: An Indian businesswoman than 12 members who are Malays.
It seeks to gather views from the who tried to outwit Customs officials by “However, it has been found
public to be sent to Deputy Prime trying to smuggle 18 kg of ketamine to that the mufti and deputy chairman
Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Malaysia by concealing them inside a are not on the council’s list whose
Muhyiddin Yassin and ministry officials. kitchen grinder was nabbed at the Tiruchi membership are provided for under
The key speakers are Malaysia Airport on Saturday. Article 7 of the state constitution,”
English Language Teaching Association Air Customs officers at the airport he claimed.
president Dr Ganakumaran Subrama- detained the 45-year-old suspect from
niam and Prof Madya Dr Saidatul Akmar the Virudhunagar district in Tiruchi when 59 illegal immigrants
Zainal Abidin from UTM. she was preparing to board a flight to
To participate, call 03-92817323 ext Malaysia, Bernama reports. nabbed off port
131 or email to The contraband, worth nearly PORT KLANG: Fifty-nine illegal immi-
reserve a seat. RM400,000, was found when Customs grants, who were suspected of leaving
officials were scanning her luggage. the country for Indonesia, were picked
17 NS trainees held “We seized the drugs when we were up from two boats in the Lumut Straits
scanning her luggage. We found the and Sungai Condong near here, over
after fight ketamine inside the grinder. The suspect the past two days. They comprised 36
PEKAN: Police have detained 17 male admitted that a man gave the item to her Afghan men, six Pakistani men and 17
National Service (NS) trainees of the to deliver in Kuala Lumpur,” T. Sivasanka- Indonesians including three women, said
Chini camp here to help its probe into a ran, Joint Commissioner of Air Customs Port Klang Marine Operation Force com-
fight which saw four trainees injured. of Tiruchi Airport, told Bernama. manding officer DSP Marzuki Ismail.

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