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Build second Penang bridge on shorter route: Anwar
OPPOSITION Leader Datuk Seri rationale behind a second bridge, billion, including compensation to the government is so stubborn that it will On measures to liberalise the
Anwar Ibrahim urged Prime Min- but wondered why it should cost so companies that secured the project not change its mind on this matter,” economy which Najib had an-
ister and Finance Minister Datuk much. (China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd Anwar said at the parliament lobby. nounced, Anwar said that while he
Seri Najib Abdul Razak to consider “The bridge is planned for cons- and UEM),” he said. He said that although the project recognised the government’s efforts
the construction of a second Penang truction on the southern part of the “The alternative route is only had already been awarded to the to attract investors, the policy was
Bridge on an alternative route to save island, which is longer. Based on facts 10km-long and would cost about RM7 Chinese company, legal problems not comprehensive enough.
the government RM4 billion. that I have gathered, there is a proposal billion to RM8 billion (compared to the would not arise if the government “The policy does help in market-
After his urgent motion to debate to the government to build the bridge originally planned 24km bridge which could pay compensation and allow it ing, attracting investors and accel-
the matter was rejected in chambers, on an alternative route in the north. It would cost some RM12 billion). to proceed with construction on the erating development, but it must be
Anwar said that he did not reject the will be shorter and will help save RM4 “I cannot understand why the alternative route. linked to social justice.”

Husna Yusop and Giam Say Khoon at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday
Nazri: EAIC will not Jamil Khir Baharom said.
“By achieving the values
be a ‘mail box’

Panel recommends RM1,000
stated in the 10 pillars of Islam
THE Enforcement Agency Integ- Hadhari, the people and the
rity Commission (EAIC) will not be country would be able to create
a “mail box” to receive complaints 1Malaysia, irrespective of religion
against federal enforcement and race,” he told Mohd Yus-
agencies and then to forward madi Mohd Yusoff (PKR-Balik
them to the relevant agencies. Pulau).

fine for Umno Youth leaders
A PARLIAMENTARY select committee investi- a prison sentence of up to seven years.
Minister in the Prime Min-
ister’s Department Datuk Seri
Nazri Aziz said the EAIC could
initiate hearings on its own and
demand updates from agencies
upon receiving complaints.
“If the commission felt it was
Malaysians can
work abroad
THE government will not
stop Malaysians from seeking
employment abroad espe-
gating a case in which Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit “A RM1,000 fine is laughable. It was supposed in public interest to act on any cially during the economic
Gelugor) was obstructed from entering the House to be a very heavy punishment in 1952 (the year complaint, it could start work im- downturn, Deputy Human
has recommended that four Umno Youth leaders in which the Act was enacted), but this is 2009 … mediately. It did not have to wait Resources Minister Senator
each be fined RM1,000 for their part in the fracas. I am sure these four people will be laughing away A RM1,000 for the agency involved to take Datuk Maznah Mazlan said.
disciplinary action,” he said.
A report on the inquiry tabled stated that the (because) it took only RM1,000 to be heroes. It is fine is Replying to points raised dur-
She said the decision was
committee led by Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin very cheap,” he said, asking for a response from the laughable. in line with the principle of
Mulia had found Petaling Jaya (Utara) Umno Youth authorities as to whether the four would be charged ing the debate on the EAIC Act, human capital mobility and
chief Latt Sharizan Abdullah, Gombak Umno Youth under the Penal Code. It was Nazri said the EAIC would have to citizens’ right to employment,
supposed account for all reports it received
chief Megat Zulkarnain Omar Din, Shah Alam At a separate press conference, Karpal said it was either at home or abroad.
from the public and the agencies
Umno Youth chief Azhari Shaari and Serdang an insult to MPs to be admonished by the speaker. to be a faced with complaints will have
Replying to Fong Po Kuan
Umno Youth chief Ungku Md Salleh Ungku Abd “There is no provision in the Act for the commit- very heavy (DAP-Batu Gajah), Maznah
to write a reply to the EAIC.
Jamal guilty under Section 9 of the Houses of Parlia- tee to admonish us. Admonishing an MP is a very said the ministry, however,
ment (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952 for their act serious matter.
punishment “They have 14 days to
would continue to encourage
in 1952, complete the investigation and
of confronting Karpal. “I hope the speaker will do the necessary to en- highly-skilled Malaysians to
update the EAIC,” he added.
Chaos erupted outside parliament on Feb 26 sure that there will be a debate because we cannot but this is The Act was passed by the
return to utilise their expertise
when Karpal was obstructed from entering the and will not accept the recommendations. Much 2009 … I House amid attempts by the
in the country’s development.
House by a group of Umno Youth members. The more than recommended has be done,” he said. am sure Opposition to introduce several
day before, he had called them celaka and accused Karpal said intimidating MPs in parliament was
these four changes to the Bill at the commit- ‘7.9% of staff in
them of sending him a death threat and two live a serious offence and the fine would not send the
bullets two weeks earlier. correct signal to people who think they can do so. people will tee stage. biggest GLCs Indian’
The committee also recommended that eight “Unfortunately, the inspector-general of police be laughing Selangor records
CLAIMS that the Indian com-
opposition MPs – Karpal, Fong Po Kuan (DAP- thinks he has no jurisdiction in parliament or to away munity is not given a fair chance
Batu Gajah), Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut), N. take action against anyone, including for a criminal (because) most cases of to hold top posts in government-
linked companies (GLCs) are not
Gobalakrishnan (PKR-Padang Serai) and Fong offence. That is ridiculous.”
it only took domestic violence true, Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang) – who refused to Asked if the committee could punish the four
attend the inquiry as witnesses, as well as Lim Kit youth leaders under the Penal Code, Karpal said the RM1,000 to SELANGOR recorded the high- Najib Abdul Razak said.
est number of cases of domes- Najib said 17,507 or 7.9% of
Siang (DAP-Ipoh Timur), Datuk Kamarudin Code could only be invoked by the attorney-general be heroes. tic violence with 102 last year,
Jaafar (PAS-Tumpat) and R. Sivarasa (PKR- or the public prosecutor for the purpose of charging the 222,382 employees in the 20
It is very Women, Family and Community biggest and listed GLCs were of
Subang), who refused to attend the inquiry as someone in a court of law.
committee members, be admonished by Pandikar “The IGP should do the necessary now and have cheap.” Development Minister Datuk Indian descent.
Amin. the matter investigated … The committee should – Lim Kit Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said. “A total of 175 employees
At a press conference at the parliament lobby, have recommended that the IGP lodge a report for Siang She said 60 cases had been or 5.1% hold top management
Lim said the four youth chiefs must be charged un- the purpose of getting those responsible charged reported in the first three posts (managers and above) in
der the Section 124 of the Penal Code which carries under Section 124 of the Penal Code,” he said. months of the year. Penang GLCs,” he said in a written reply
had the second highest to Dr P. Ramasamy (DAP-Batu
number with 64 last year, and
Govt doing its best to contain H1N1, says Liow 22 cases reported this year.
“According to statistics, 90%
Kawan). – Bernama

THE government is doing its best to motion on H1N1 tabled by Dr Lee Boon have to take mitigation measures.” of the victims were women.
MyDaftar attracts
contain the local transmission of the Chye (PKR-Gopeng). He said when it is deemed necessary, A number of steps are being 2,950 applications
Influenza A(H1N1) virus. Liow said the government is ready for the government will have to take several implemented to protect such THE Home Ministry received
The situation is under control despite the actions to be taken at each stage of important precautionary measures like victims,” Shahrizat said in re- 2,950 applications for identifica-
the rising number of locally-transmitted a pandemic, according to the National closing down work places including fac- ply to Mohsin Fadzli Samsuri tion documents, including identity
cases, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Plan, tories and offices and the people must be (PKR-Bagan Serai). cards and birth certificates, under
Tiong Lai said. which has been in place since 2005. prepared for this. Shahrizat said a root cause the National Registration Depart-
“Local transmission cases are still un- He said the government is doing its “If the factories are closed, they have of domestic violence was the ment’s MyDaftar programme in
der control because we know the source best to contain the local transmission to think of about the workers’ salary, their perception that there is no the last seven months.
and the contact points of the patients. It cases as the more people infected with business plans, and all. So, I’m calling on gender equality. – Bernama Of this, 412 were from the
has yet to reach the community-sustained the disease, the higher the possibility of all factories and institutions to take own- peninsula, 857 from Sarawak,
local transmission,” he said. fatal cases. ership of this pandemic and not leave it Islam Hadhari- and 1,681 Sabah, Deputy Home
“If we have reached this level, the “If more people are infected, more entirely to the Health Ministry,” he said. Minister Datuk Abu Seman Yusop
community would not be able to detect people will die. This was what happened Liow said it is important for everyone 1Malaysia link said in reply to a question from
where they got the virus from. So, at that in US, Mexico and Canada. So, we have to to cooperate with the government in this FORMER premier Tun Abdullah Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing
time, we have to close down most of the reduce the number of those infected with situation to lessen the impact on the Ahmad Badawi’s Islam Hadhari (BN-Bintulu).
schools in the area and impose social dis- H1N1. We cannot take it lightly. It must be country’s economy. concept and Prime Minister Of the total, 1,570 applications
tancing measures by reducing or limiting contained. To another point, he said all ministries Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s had been approved – 252 in the
social activities.” “Now we are still under containment have been told to use the term H1N1 1Malaysia concept are closely peninsula, 195 in Sarawak, and
Liow was replying to points raised stage, unlike Thailand and Singapore instead of swine flu as it would create a related, Minister in the Prime 1,123 in Sabah – while the rest
by MPs during a 30-minute debate on a which already have the outbreak. So, they misconception. Minister’s Department Datuk were still being processed.

Court says it can hear Anwar’s appeal
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here ruled Wha, also granted the application by Anwar’s including the original closed-circuit television tween 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26 last year.
yesterday it can hear Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s lead counsel, Sulaiman Abdullah, for a stay of camera recordings taken at several locations in The case is fixed for trial before High Court
appeal against the High Court’s decision that his proceedings related to the case in the High Court the condominum, DNA samples, and statements Judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah on July 8.
sodomy trial be heard in the High Court. pending the disposal of the appeal. of witnesses, including that of the complainant, Earlier, Solicitor-General II Datuk Mohamed
Justice Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong, in “Tomorrow (Wednesday), both parties have Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Yusof Zainal Abiden submitted that under Sec-
dismissing the prosecution’s preliminary objec- to come here (Court of Appeal). Please inform Anwar, who was present in court, is appeal- tion 3 of the Courts of Judication Act, the High
tion, said that under Section 3 of the Courts of the High Court judge that you are coming here ing against the High Court decision on March 5 Court’s decision on the transfer was not appeal-
Judicature Act 1964, the High Court’s decision on tomorrow. It’s all right, you (defence team) can which reversed the sessions court’s decision to able as it was only a procedural process because
the matter was appealable. The court fixed today quote me,” he said. retain his sodomy trial in the sessions court. the trial had yet to start.
to hear the merit of the appeal. Today, the High Court is scheduled to hear Anwar, 62, is charged with sodomising former Sulaiman argued that the High Court’s deci-
Abdull Hamid, who sat with Justices Datuk Anwar’s preliminary application for the pros- aide Mohamad Saiful, 23, at Unit 11-5-1, Desa sion had finally disposed of Anwar’s right for a
Abu Samah Nordin and Datuk Jeffrey Tan Kok ecution to provide him with several materials, Damansara Condominium, Bukit Damansara be- fair trial. – Bernama