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PM: Strive for more

efficient public service
ALOR STAR: A public ad- always give priority to enhanc-
ministration which is efficient, ing productivity and quality of
responsive, flexible and dares to service.
make changes will help explain “I am confident that with pro-
the 1Malaysia concept, said Prime ductivity and creativity, coupled
Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul with innovation, the efficiency and
Razak. effectiveness of the civil service can
Najib said he was happy that be enhanced further,” he said.
the initiative to modernise the The prime minister also hoped
public administration, which was that civil servants would use
launched when he took over the facilities provided by the govern-
country’s leadership, was sup- ment to enhance productivity and
ported by members as well as quality of work.
leaders of the public service. On the administrative complex,
Speaking at the opening of the which houses about 40 state and
Bandar Mu’adzam Shah federal federal departments and agencies,
government administrative com- Najib said he hoped that it would
plex in Anak Bukit here yesterday, further enhance the cooperation
he said the modernisation was not among the agencies concerned.
“top down” in nature but also in- “We should inculcate the
volved all segments of the public culture of cooperation and work
service. together as a community irrespec-
The Sultan of Kedah, Sultan tive of our department, rank, race
Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, or religion,” he said.
opened the RM270 million com- Meanwhile, in conjunction The Sultan of Kedah
plex which is located on a 16.1ha with the opening yesterday, the waters a newly-
Najib said the modernisation
process not only involved a para-
Sultan of Kedah, accompanied by
Sultanah Hajjah Haminah Hami-
dun and Najib, visited the Syariah
planted sapling to
mark the opening of
the administrative
Meeting on Indonesian
digm shift among civil servants
but also structural changes to keep
the public service abreast with the
Court building, one of the main
components of the complex.
Also present was Chief Secre-
complex, while the
Sultanah, Najib and
Datin Seri Rosmah
maids postponed
country’s achievement. tary to the Government Tan Sri Mansor look on.
“As public officers, you should Mohd Sidek Hassan. – Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: The bilateral The bilateral meeting, he issues would be discussed at
meeting between Malaysia and said, would involve him and the next meeting.
Indonesia on the Indonesian Indonesian Labour Minister The meeting comes in the
housemaids issue, which was Erman Suparno in Kuala Lumpur wake of Indonesia’s decision
supposed to be held tomorrow, at the end of this month. to stop sending housemaids
has been postponed to the end He said Malaysia has agreed to Malaysia following reported
of the month. on four issues regarding Indo- cases of maid abuse.
Human Resources Minister nesian housemaids, namely “The discussion will be
Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said one day off per week, insurance continual.
the delay was requested by coverage, improving the “We will agree on areas
Indonesia. standard contract and monthly which we think we can agree
“The date (of the meeting) or regular salary payment. on and we are also asking
has been deferred as they Subramaniam said these them to fulfil some of our re-
requested. (The meeting) ... not were the only areas that both quests so that we can create
this Wednesday,” he said after countries had agreed upon an environment which both
launching the Asia e-Learning following discussions several sides are happy about,” Subra-
Conference here yesterday. months ago while the other maniam said. – Bernama

Serial rapist to spend next 50 years in jail

PUTRAJAYA: A serial rapist resentend, had asked the court sessions court on Jan 16, 2007,
will spend the next 50 years to reduce his two sentences after he pleaded guilty to seven
in jail after the Court of Ap- amounting to 50 years jail and counts of raping, committing
peal yesterday dismissed his 34 strokes of the rotan because carnal intercourse against the
appeals against his jail terms he did not want to spend the order of nature and sodomising
and 34 strokes of the rotan for rest of his life in jail, saying that three people, including a 10-
committing rape, sodomy and he might even die there. year-old child in various places
carnal intercourse against the However, Alauddin said: in the city between Dec 9, 2004
order of nature on women and “You repeatedly committed the and Aug 3, 2006.
children. offences. This court cannot en- He received another 20
Court of Appeal president tertain your appeal. Your appeal years jail and 10 strokes of the
Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff is unanimously dismissed.” rotan from the Ampang ses-
and Appeals Court judges Datuk Deputy public prosecutor sions court on May 10, 2007
Hasan Lah and Datuk Ahmad Siti Rafidah Zainudin, in stress- for raping and having carnal
Ma’arop unanimously dismissed ing the seriousness of the intercourse against the order
the appeals of salesman Ismail offences, said Ismail Shah had of nature with a 15-year-old
Shah Abdul Wahab, 26. pretended to ask for directions behind SMK Hulu Kelang at
When asked by Justice Alaud- to the mosque before bundling 4.50pm on Aug 19, 2004.
din what was going through his his victims into his car and rap- The Kuala Lumpur and
minde when he committed the ing them. Shah Alam high courts upheld
offences, Ismail Shah said he Ismail Shah was sentenced the sentences and the Court
regretted what he had done. to 30 years jail and 24 strokes of of Appeal was his last resort.
Ismail Shah, who was unrep- the rotan by the Kuala Lumpur – Bernama

Mischief case fixed for Dec 7 In the third charge, the two were alleged to
have splashing petrol on the carpet and scribbling
KUALA LUMPUR: The case of two students who al- on the wall of the main hall.
legedly splashed petrol on the carpet of a main hall
at the Universiti Malaya (UM) will be heard on Dec 7
to 11, 2009. Sessions judge Rozana Ali Yusoff fixed Fined for insulting police
the date when the case was mentioned yesterday. KUALA LUMPUR: A trader was fined RM80
Mohamad Izzuddin Hilmi, 21, and Muham- in default a week’s jail by the magistrate’s
mad Syahrul Deen Ahmad Rozli, 20, claimed trial court here yesterday for insulting and hurling
to three charges. abusive words at a police officer last year.
In the first charge, the two, together with three Norazimah Mohammad Nor, 34, pleaded
others who are still at large, are alleged to have guilty to hurling the words “police are stupid”
committed mischief by fire at the main hall of at Supt Sulaiman Salleh, who was on duty
Islamic Studies Academy Faculty at 4am on June at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in
24, 2009. They are also charged with committing Jalan Hang Tuah here at 9.10pm on July 16
criminal trespass at the same place and day. last year. – Bernama