Saturday, August 8, 2009

Siasatan buang pekerja tempatan siap 3 hari

PULAU PINANG 7 Ogos - Jabatan Tenaga Kerja (JTK) Pulau Pinang memberi jaminan akan menyelesaikan setiap aduan yang diterima mengenai kegiatan pemberhentian pekerja tempatan oleh majikan di negeri ini dalam masa tiga hari.

Pengarah Jabatan Tenaga Kerja (JTK) Pulau Pinang, Hoe Leow Fatt berkata, selepas tempoh tersebut, satu laporan terperinci akan disediakan JTK untuk membolehkan tindakan susulan diambil terhadap majikan termasuk mendakwa mereka di mahkamah.

Justeru, JTK memberi amaran terhadap semua majikan di negeri ini supaya tidak mengutamakan pekerja asing sehingga sanggup memberhentikan pekerja tempatan ekoran kegawatan ekonomi global.

''Kami tidak teragak-agak untuk mengambil tindakan tegas termasuk menggunakan Akta Pekerja 1955 terhadap majikan yang didapati bersalah melakukan kesalahan itu.

''Namun, sehingga kini, belum ada majikan di negeri ini yang diambil tindakan mengikut akta itu yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara dua tahun atau denda RM10,000 atau kedua-duanya sekali jika sabit kesalahan," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan majlis promosi Program Penempatan Pekerjaan Peringkat Pulau Pinang di tempat letak kereta Bangunan Tuanku Syed Putra di sini hari ini.

Program yang disertai oleh 60 majikan dalam sektor pembuatan itu akan diadakan di Dewan Milenium, Kepala Batas dekat sini bermula 15 Ogos selama dua hari dari pukul 9 pagi sehingga 5 petang.

Program tersebut menawarkan kira-kira 3,000 peluang pekerjaan kepada pencari kerja.

Menurut Leow Fatt, pihaknya menerima banyak aduan daripada pekerja yang mendakwa mereka diberhentikan bagi membolehkan pekerja asing diambil bekerja oleh majikan.

''Dalam memastikan keberkesanannya, JTK negeri telah menubuhkan Skuad Khidmat Cepat untuk menyiasat aduan yang diterima daripada pekerja terlibat.

''Tetapi setelah siasatan secara terperinci dilakukan, kita dapati tiada bukti kukuh yang boleh menyabitkan majikan tersebut bersalah. Ada majikan yang terpaksa mengehadkan jumlah jam dan hari bekerja untuk menjimatkan kos tetapi bukan untuk menggaji pekerja asing dan memberhentikan pekerja tempatan," katanya.

Menurut Leow Fatt, JTK sentiasa berusaha memainkan peranan dalam melindungi pekerja tempatan dalam keadaan kegawatan ekonomi global terutama melindungi hak-hak mereka.

''Dalam masa tiga hari setiap aduan yang kita terima akan selesaikan dengan laporan yang terperinci. Jika terbukti bersalah, majikan terlibat akan terus diambil tindakan selanjutnya.

''Justeru, JTK meminta mereka yang mengalami sebarang kesulitan mendapatkan kerja atau diberhentikan kerja melaporkan kepada kita supaya kita dapat membantu mereka secepat mungkin," katanya.

Sementara itu, Leow Fatt berkata, sehingga Februari lalu, sebanyak 2,193 pekerja telah berjaya ditempatkan dalam pelbagai sektor pekerjaan melalui Program Penempatan Pekerja yang dijalankan secara berterusan oleh JTK. - Utusan Malaysia.

2 penjenayah warga asing ditangkap

PETALING JAYA 7 Ogos - Polis menumpaskan sindiket pecah rumah dan samun membabitkan penjenayah warga asing setelah menangkap dua ahli kumpulan itu, baru-baru ini.

Ketua Polis Daerah Petaling Jaya, Asisten Komisioner Arjunaidi Mohamed berkata, kedua-dua suspek berusia lingkungan 40-an itu ditahan pada Selasa lalu.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, kewarganegaraan suspek tidak dapat ditentukan kerana mereka bersama beberapa pasport.

"Polis turut merampas sebuah kereta Toyota Vios dipercayai disewa oleh suspek untuk kegiatan jenayah mereka serta dua buah telefon bimbit,

"Kami juga sudah mengenal pasti dua lagi ahli kumpulan itu yang masih bebas," katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan pondok polis di kawasan SS2 di sini hari ini.

Tambah beliau, kedua-dua suspek yang tidak mempunyai pekerjaan itu tidak memiliki rekod jenayah. - Utusan Malaysia.

Maids: Malaysia Awaits Indonesia's Response On Counter-proposals

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- Malaysia has submitted counter-proposals to Indonesia on the recruitment of maids and is awaiting a response, Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam said.

"We will wait for their response before we can fix the next meeting," he told Bernama in response to the call by the Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) to speed up negotiations between the two countries.

Papa president Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan said both sides did not meet as expected last month and that any delay would affect both Malaysian and Indonesian recruitment agencies.

He was also concerned that it might lead to Indonesian maids being brought into the country illegally.

The Indonesian government had temporarily suspended the export of maids to Malaysia recently following complaints of abuse by their employers.

Following that, officials from both countries met and reached initial agreement on several issues including giving maids a weekly day off and insurance coverage.

-- BERNAMA

Anti-trafficking law prohibits employers from exploiting maids

PUTRAJAYA: Employers found ill-treating maids can be charged under the Anti-Trafficking In Persons Act, 2007.

Failure to provide proper accommodation and renew work permits; withholding salaries, abuse of power in dealing with foreign workers, threatening and forcing them to carry out certain jobs were all chargeable offences, said department director-general Datuk Abdul Rahman Othman.

“The Act allows for action to be made against employers for exploitation. There is a large category of offences that can be included under it.

“We are warning errant employers not to think they can get away with ill-treating maids,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Abdul Rahman said employers found guilty of offences under the Act would also face stiffer penalties than before.

The department was handling 12 cases involving eight local employers to be brought to court for various offences under the Act.

Asked if the use of the Act to bring more offenders to book would help improve Malaysia’s rating in the eyes of the US State Department, Abdul Rahman replied “yes”.

The US State Department had in its 2009 report earlier this year downgraded Malaysia to Tier 3 status from Tier 2, as it had failed to comply with global efforts to fight trafficking. The Star.

Polis selamatkan 10 wanita dipaksa jual diri

PULAU PINANG 7 Ogos - Polis menahan 10 wanita warga asing yang dipaksa menjual diri di sebuah pusat hiburan di Jalan Gurney di sini semalam.

Ketua Polis Pulau Pinang, Datuk Ayub Yaakob berkata, serbuan dilakukan di pusat hiburan yang pernah dua kali diserbu sebelum ini.

Dalam serbuan itu, katanya, lapan wanita warga China dan dua warga Vietnam yang berusia antara 20 hingga 30 tahun itu ditahan.

"Polis mengenal pasti dalang di sebalik perbuatan keji ini dan akan menyerahkannya kepada pihak pendakwaan.

"Pusat hiburan ini telah diserbu untuk kali ketiga dan mereka masih tidak serik-serik lagi seolah-olah mahu mencabar kita," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar selepas selesai Program Kepolisan Komuniti bersama penduduk di Pulau Aman, Seberang Perai Selatan di sini hari ini.

Kesemua wanita itu kini ditahan reman dan ditempatkan di pusat perlindungan wanita.

Menurut Ayub, premis itu didapati tidak memiliki lesen hiburan tetapi bebas menjalankan operasi seperti biasa.

"Polis sentiasa memantau jenayah ini kerana tidak mahu negara kita dikenali sebagai pusat perdagangan manusia," jelasnya.

Tambah beliau, kes itu kini disiasat di bawah Seksyen 12 Akta Anti Pemerdagangan Orang 2007. - Utusan Malaysia

Retrenchment Rate Drops In Penang

PENANG, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- The increase in business orders in the state's manufacturing industry has helped to reduce the number of retrenchments, state Labour Department Director Hoe Lean Fatt said Friday.

He said the number of retrenchments so far this year had dropped to 2,663 from 3,011 for the corresponding period last year due to more business orders and the need for more employees in the manufacturing industry.

The number of job replacements was higher than retrenchments, meaning that most employees who were laid off had managed to find new jobs, he told reporters after launching the state-level Job Replacement Programme here.

Hoe also said that the job-matching Programme which would be held at Dewan Millennium, Kepala Batas, on Aug 15, would offer 3,000 vacancies from 60 companies in the manufacturing and service sectors.

-- BERNAMA

Over 300,000 Job Seekers Registered With Jobsmalaysia Portal

SEGAMAT, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- The government is assisting 307,214 individuals, including 133,214 graduates, in finding employment opportunities through the Labour Department's JobsMalaysia portal, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam Friday.

He said this number includes those who are already employed but are looking for more attractive offers in terms of salary and benefits, or who wish to change profession.

At the same time, he said, 62,804 employers have registered with the portal until last Wednesday.

"I call upon all employers to fully utilise this system to advertise vacancies and to look for suitable candidates," he said when launching the new Segamat Labour Department building and the Job Placement Programme here.

He said the ministry is always ready to help job seekers, but added that they must also not be too choosy.

He said the JobsMalaysia portal is used by both the public and private sector since its rebranding in November 2008.

Dr Subramaniam said from October 2008 to July 29 this year, a total of 31,176 local workers under 1,376 employers have been retrenched.

He said the Job Placement Programme organised by the ministry will allow job seekers to meet directly with prospective employers, obtain information and choose the job compatible to them.

Today only, he said, 789 vacancies for various posts are up for grabs.

He added that with a RM650 million allocation under the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package, the ministry has created and implemented various programmes to help the unemployed during the economic downturn, such as the Job Placement Programme, the Train and Place Programme, retraining programmes as well as programmes to replace foreign workers with local workers.

-- BERNAMA

100,000 Job Opportunity By 2010

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- About 100,000 jobs in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related fields are expected to be created by 2010, said Multimedia Development Corporation (Mdec) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Halim Ali.

He said demand for knowledge workers or K-Workers was projected to increase, despite the present global economic conditions.

"A recent Frost and Sullivan study also showed that over the next three-year period, a total of 50,000 new jobs will be created by MSC Malaysia status companies," he said in his speech at the MSC Undergraduate Apprenticeships and Development Programme (UGRAD) certificate presentation ceremony.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin presented the certificates of completion to the trainees.

Abdul Halim said in the last one-year period alone, despite the challenging economic environment, the MSC Malaysia community had created over 6,700 new jobs.

For this year, a total of 115 trainees from the first cohort had completed their attachment and another 285 trainees were currently undergoing the UGRAD programme.

Abdul Halim said this year, UGRAD was projected to produce 600 trainees.

-- BERNAMA

1MALAYSIA Bebas-PATI : MEF Wants Hands-On Training To Be Expanded

PETALING JAYA, 7 August (Bernama)--- The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) today called on the government to expand the on-the-job training scheme to cover other industries as it was the most effective and affordable method of imparting skills to workers.

At present, the scheme only covered unskilled workers in the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector.

MEF executive director, Shamsuddin Bardan, told bernama that employers preferred this system because it involved least disruption to their production schedule as they were able to adjust the training sessions of their employees.

He said research had indicated that the employees also learnt faster and enjoyed such training sessions as it was very practical and easy to follow.

He said the classroom system of training was considered outdated as it was too boring and uninteresting as a lot of theory was taught which did not go down well with the workers.

The scheme carried out by the Human Resources Ministry's training arm - Pembagunan Sumber Manusia Bhd (PSMB)-- came into force on May 1.

Under the scheme, an employer was given financial assistance of up to RM5 per hour per trainee by PSMB.

Shamsuddin said the Ministry should allocate more funds for such hands-on training as it would be money well spent.

Under the government's economic stimulus package earlier this year RM180 million was allocated for various training schemes including for unemployed graduates and those retrenched.

-- BERNAMA

Utara: Kerjasama dua hala kekang seludup manusia

GEORGETOWN: Kemantapan kerjasama pasukan keselamatan dua negara melalui Jawatankuasa Serantau Sempadan (RBC) Malaysia-Thailand berjaya memastikan sempadan itu tidak mudah dicerobohi terutama penyeludupan manusia.

Panglima Medan Tentera Darat, Leftenan Jeneral Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor, berkata kejayaan itu melalui perkongsian maklumat dan rondaan anggota kedua-dua negara di kawasan sempadan.

“Bagaimanapun, hasil kerjasama erat kedua-dua negara, aktiviti penyeludupan di sempadan tidak membimbangkan dan terkawal," katanya pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat RBC di sini, semalam.

Turut hadir, Panglima Angkatan Tentera Kawasan Empat Thailand, Leftenan Jeneral Pichet Wisaijorn.

Raja Mohamed Affandi berkata, kedua-dua negara memberi jaminan sempadan Malaysia-Thailand selamat dan tidak mudah dicerobohi hasil kerjasama erat dan perbincangan bersama mempertingkatkan kawalan keselamatan di situ.

"Pada ketika ini, kawalan di sempadan kedua-dua negara amat terkawal melalui RBC yang merangkumi kawalan darat, laut, udara, risikan, pengurusan sempadan dan bencana alam," katanya.

Terdahulu, beliau berkata, mesyuarat RBC kali ke-92 itu membincangkan kejayaan aktiviti yang dilaksanakan jawatankuasa terbabit termasuk kawalan dan pengurusan di sekitar sempadan Malaysia-Thailand.

Katanya, mesyuarat itu juga membincangkan kerjasama lain yang boleh dijalinkan bagi memastikan keamanan, keselamatan dan kestabilan sempadan antara dua negara berterusan.

Selain itu, katanya, kedua-dua pihak juga berpuas hati dengan langkah yang dilaksanakan bersama terutama membabitkan pengurusan bencana di kedua-dua negara.

"Pasukan RBC akan memastikan ancaman di sempadan diatasi sekali gus berupaya memberi keyakinan kepada masyarakat yang tinggal di kawasan itu menjalankan tugasan harian mereka," katanya.

Diminta mengulas mengenai penyeludupan manusia di sempadan, beliau tidak menafikan aktiviti itu ada berlaku tetapi ia masih terkawal dengan kerjasama Malaysia dan Thailand.- Berita Harian.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Malaysia-Indonesia Relations Remain Cordial - Ambassador

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- The Malaysia-Indonesia bilateral relations remain cordial despite hiccups over isolated humanitarian issues, said Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Tan Sri Da'i Bachtiar.

"Definitely there are minor problems involving Indonesian workers like the Siti Hajar's maid abuse case but it is a remote issue which should not become the main focus.

"Indonesia has the manpower while Malaysia needs workers in its development stride. So both countries need one each other. It should be seen in this light," he told reporters on the sideline of the Malaysia-Indonesia Relations Conference organised by Universiti Malaya (UM) Arts and Social Science Faculty here today.

Bachtiar said Malaysia-Indonesia relations boiled down to three aspects - government to government, the business community and people to people.

"Maybe it is people to people contact causes a lot of problems as it touches on cultural differences which are difficult to segregate as we originated from the same root.

"While the older generation understand the issue, the younger generation is after the rationale of the relations," he said.

UM Arts and Social Science Faculty dean Prof Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said the bilateral relations transcended the media and culture, economy and socio-development, social and society, history and administration, international relations, women, and education.

"There have been ups and downs in the Malaysia-Indonesia relations. If politicians were to sensationalise certain issues, the media can sell more newspapers.

"So academicians can play the role of a third party by giving the correct perspective. As the third party, our objectives must be right as we can give a big impact to the future of the relations," he told reporters after opening the conference.

A total of 114 working papers will be presented by researchers from Malaysian and Indonesian universities at the conference titled "Serumpun Merentas Globalisasi" (Racial Cluster Transcends Globalisation).

-- BERNAMA

Call On Govt To Speed Up Malaysia-Indonesia Negotiations On Maids

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Association of Foreign Maid Agencies (Papa) Thursday called on the Home and Human Resources ministries to take follow-up action to speed up the negotiations between Malaysia and Indonesia on maids.

Its president, Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan, said this was because two meetings between the two countries to discuss the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on maids, which were supposed to be held last month, did not materialise.

"Any delay or failure to hold the meeting between the two parties will have a negative impact, not only to the local recruitment agencies, but also the maid agencies in Indonesia.

"Papa is confident the the temporary freeze on the export of maids to Malaysia, if prolonged, will not benefit any of the parties concerned in the two countries. Instead, other parties may take advantage of the situation," he said in a statement here.

He said there was also a possibility that the maids would be brought into the country illegally by irresponsible parties.

Raja Zulkepley said the move by the Indonesian government to resume the export of maids to Malaysia in the near future should be consideredpending the review of the MoU.

He said both countries had initially agreed on several issues, including the condition for the maids to be given a weekly day off and insurance coverage.

If the cost structure and the minimum salary for the maids were to hamper the bilateral discussion, the matter should be resolved based on the interests of all he relevant parties.

"We are convinced that there are many more Indonesian maids who are still interested in working here," he added.

-- BERNAMA

Plantation Worker Issue To Be Discussed At Meeting

KOTA TINGGI, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- A top-level meeting will be held this month among state executive councillors in charge of human resources to discuss issues related to basic facilities and salaries in the plantation sector.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said Thursday the Plantation Welfare Committee meeting would also be attended by representatives from the relevant agencies.

Housing was among the main issues to be discussed at the meeting, to be held in Putrajaya, he said when launching a new building for the National Union of Plantation Workers here.

He said 66,854 housing units were provided for workers by 2,538 plantations, including those in Sabah and Sarawak, of which only 40,949 or 62 per cent met the minimum standards while the rest were sub-standard and required repaires and renovations.

He said 974 or 56 per cent of plantations provided electricity supply from public sources, while 763 (44 per cent) were still using electricity supplied by the employers, some of whom used bulk meters.

"The electricity supply is charged at commercial rates and this includes that supplied to the workers' homes. This is unfair to the workers because they should be charged domestic rates as enjoyed by other residents," he said.

On water supply, he said 749 plantations (43 per cent) provided water supply from public sources while 988 (57 per cent) supplied plantation homes from private sources.

He also said that the government had allocated financial aid of RM3.4 million under the Ninth Malaysia Plan for the purchase of learning aids for child daycare centres.

So far about RM1,644,113 million had been disbursed to supply daycare centre learning tools to 119 plantations across the peninsula.

He asked the Manpower Department to identify qualified plantations which had yet to apply for the aid to do so before the end of the Ninth Malaysia Plan in 2010.

-- BERNAMA

Call For Unions, Employers To Emphasise Occupational Safety And Health

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- The Human Resources Ministry today advised employees unions to give greater emphasis to workers' occupational safety and health.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan said employers should also give priority to occupational safety and health and not regard the matter lightly.

She said a report of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) had stated that there were employers who did not notify the ministry of accidents involving their employees.

"We want employers to report workplace accidents. Besides, they should also show more concern for the health of their workers to ensure consistent productivity," she told reporters after chairing a meeting on occupational safety and health at Menara Maxis, here.

Maznah, who is chairman of NCOSH, said reports were important for data collection to gauge the level of occupational safety and health in various sectors.

-- BERNAMA

Six Myanmars To Hand For Murder

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6(Bernama) -- Six Myanmars were sentenced to death by the High Court here Thursday for murdering their fellow countryman four years ago.

Justice Datuk Mohamed Zabidin Mohd Diah held that the six -- Ang Soo Uu @ Salim, 32, Wing Nyung @ Kasim, 29, Nagu Rashid, 32, Monji @ Abd Karim Hashim, 31, Saidullah @ Soso, 28 and Zaw Oo, 32, had failed to cast a reasonable doubt on the prosecution's case.

They were found guilty of murdering labourer Sadi Hussin, 21, at Pusat Bandar Utara, Km 12 Jalan Ipoh at 5.20am on June 26, 2005.

Except for Zaw, who is a car washer, the rest are labourers at the Selayang wholesale market.

They were also sentenced to three years jail for causing grievous hurt to Sadi's brother, Shafiq Hussin, 27, with a parang and screwdriver at the same place and time.

Ang received an additional three years jail for causing grievous hurt to another Myanmar, Hla Maung Thar, 35, with a screwdriver at the same place and time.

Counsel A.S.Dhaliwal represented Wing, Nagu and Zaw while the others were represented by counsel Aminuddin Ibrahim. Deputy public prosecutor Melissa Md Akhir appeared for the prosecution.

-- BERNAMA

Skilled Workers To Train The Unskilled, Says Subramaniam

JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- The government has introduced on-the-job training for unskilled workers in the small- and medium-scale enterprise (SME) sector, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said Thursday.

Under the On-the-Job Training (OJT)scheme carried out by Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB), an agency under the ministry, unskilled or new workers would work alongside skilled workers or supervisors.

"Working skills acquired through this means is the precursor for trainees to continue in skills upgrading to attain higher accredited skills competency," he said when opening a training fair organised by PSMB here.

He said the agency introduced the SME OJT scheme to help the SMEs to train workers and minimise disruption involved in sending a worker for external training.

"Under the scheme, an employer will be given financial assistance up to the rate of RM5 per hour per tr ainee for OJT training involving less than five employees per group," he said.

Dr Subramaniam said the government, through PSMB, had also allocated training incentives to encourage small employers to systematically retrain and upgrade the skills of their employees.

A training incentive of RM1 for every RM1 spent on training and skills upgrading would be provided for small employers who are registered under the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).

"This incentive will be especially useful to small employers who have zero or insufficient levy as they can continue to conduct training under the Prolus Scheme.

"As incentive is given, their training initiative will not be hampered due to insufficient levy balances," he said, adding that the incentive took effect for training programmes that commenced on May 1.

Under the Prolus or Approved Training Programme (ATP) scheme, the training providers must register with PSMB and the training programmes offered must have been granted ATP status.

Dr Subramaniam said many small employers were expected to reap the benefit of having additional funds for training and thus would be able to send more employees for various approved training programmes.

-- BERNAMA

Police Nab 46 China Prostitutes

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 (Bernama) -- Forty six women from China were arrested yesterday for misusing their social visit pass to prostitute themselves.

The women aged between 20 and 35 years were caught in a raid at 11pm, said DSP Razali Abu Samah, a staff officer of the Kuala Lumpur anti-vice, gambling and secret societies unit.

"At the time of the raid they were busy soliciting customers at a food court in Jalan Pudu."

"Initial investigation revealed that they dealt directly with customers and agreed on a rate before proceeding to a nearby budget hotel," Razali told reporters at the scene of the raid.

All the women had valid travel documents and offered their services at RM80.

-- BERNAMA

Dalang Orang Malaysia : 17 pelacur asing ditahan

KUALA LUMPUR 5 Ogos - Mereka bersembunyi di atas bumbung tetapi tindakan itu tidak menjamin mereka daripada tidak dicekup sepasukan anggota penguat kuasa Jabatan Imigresen.

Taktik itu cuba dilakukan 17 wanita dipercayai pelacur yang cuba melarikan diri daripada ditahan dalam serbuan di sebuah pusat karaoke di Jalan Pudu berhampiran bulatan Loke Yew di sini malam tadi.

Dalam serbuan kira-kira pukul 12 tengah malam itu, 10 wanita warga Vietnam dan tujuh warga China yang sebelum itu dikatakan sedang melayan pelanggan telah ditahan.
Kesemua mereka ditahan ketika sedang bersesak-sesak menyembunyikan diri di bumbung pusat hiburan itu.

Turut ditahan penjaga premis berkenaan yang berusia 40-an.
Timbalan Penolong Pengarah (Kanan), Jabatan Imigresen Putrajaya, Mohd. Radzi Ain berkata, sewaktu serbuan dilakukan bahagian dalam premis itu kosong dengan hanya lima pelanggan masing-masing berada dalam sebuah bilik kecil.

"Pemeriksaan awal mendapati, kesemua wanita itu menyalahgunakan pas lawatan sosial dengan menjalankan kegiatan tidak bermoral," katanya ketika ditemui di sini hari ini.

Ditanya mengenai beberapa bilik kosong di premis itu, beliau berkata, pihaknya yakin kemungkinan besar selepas pelanggan dihiburkan dengan karaoke, mereka akan dibawa ke sebuah bilik khas untuk 'aktiviti' lain.

Mengulas lanjut, beliau berkata, pihaknya tidak menemui sebarang kondom di dalam bilik-bilik itu.

Kesemua mereka katanya akan disiasat mengikut Peraturan 39 (b) Akta Imigresen 1959/1963 kerana melanggar syarat permit.

Serbuan itu disertai oleh 50 pegawai dan anggota Jabatan Imigresen Putrajaya.
Premis yang telah beroperasi hampir setahun itu baru pertama kali diserbu. - Utusan Malaysia.

Manfaatkan Peluang 1MALAYSIA : Johor tarik RM11.7b pelaburan

JOHOR BAHRU 5 Ogos - Johor berjaya memperoleh pelaburan bernilai RM11.7 bilion tahun lalu, meningkat 26 peratus berbanding tahun sebelumnya.

Menteri Besar Johor, Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman berkata, antara Januari hingga Mei tahun ini pula, sebanyak 54 buah projek dalam sektor pembuatan yang membabitkan nilai pelaburan berjumlah RM2.4 bilion telah diluluskan di negeri ini.

Beliau berkata, daripada jumlah projek yang diluluskan itu, sebanyak RM1.53 bilion atau 60 peratus adalah membabitkan pelaburan langsung asing (FDI).

''Dalam cabaran mengharungi krisis ekonomi global yang masih lagi tiada penamatnya, Johor tidak menunjukkan sebarang kemerosotan pada jumlah pelaburan sejak dari mula lagi.

''Saya penuh yakin kita akan lebih berdaya saing pada tahun ini dan memperoleh lebih banyak pelaburan yang akan menanam modal di negeri ini," katanya semasa merasmikan pembukaan Hotel Thistle Johor Bahru, di sini semalam.

Turut hadir isterinya, Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Jamilah Arifin; Speaker Dewan Undangan Negeri, Datuk Mohd. Ali Hassan; Pengurus Besar Thistle Johor Bahru, Philip Skitch dan Pengarah Urusan GuocoLand (M) Berhad, Paul Poh.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Abdul Ghani berkata, jumlah pelancong ke negara ini antara Januari hingga Mei tahun ini mencecah 9.4 juta orang.
Jumlah berkenaan, menurutnya, meningkat 2.6 peratus berbanding tempoh yang sama tahun lalu.

''Namun, kita menjangkakan jumlah berlaku sedikit penurunan ekoran keadaan ekonomi dunia dan penularan wabak virus selesema babi atau Influenza A (H1N1)," ujarnya.

Sementara itu, mengenai pembukaan hotel berkenaan, Paul berkata, Thistle Johor Bahru telah memulakan operasinya pada awal bulan lalu selepas melakukan kerja-kerja menaik taraf sejak Januari dengan kos RM30 juta.

Hotel itu menyediakan pusat kecergasan, spa terkini, dua restoran, dua bar, gelanggang tenis, ruang majlis dewan besar yang mampu memuatkan 650 tetamu pada satu masa serta kolam renang luar ala resort.

''Hotel bertaraf lima bintang itu menyediakan 381 bilik penginapan termasuk 125 bilik mewah, manakala bagi tetamu jangka panjang, hotel juga menawarkan 19 unit pangsapuri untuk disewa.
''Tahap piawaian hotel kami, Thistle Johor Bahru memang tiada tandingannya di bandar raya ini. Kami tidak sabar untuk membuka pintu dan menawarkan kepada tetamu sesuatu yang serba baru dengan gaya kontemporari British serta layanan mesra Asia," katanya.

Hotel Thistle merupakan sebahagian daripada Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited, dimiliki oleh Guocoland (Malaysia) Berhad, anak syarikat Kumpulan Hong Leong. - Utusan Malaysia.

Workers In Danger Of Losing Jobs

PORT KLANG, Aug 5 (Bernama) -- More than 1,000 local workers here, are in danger of losing their jobs because of the intense competition from cheap foreign labour.

Companies providing ancilliary services to the shipping industry are allegedly under-cutting each other by charging rates lower than the agreed quantum.

Some of them were able to do this by employing cheap foreign labour, according to the Union of Employees of Port Ancilliary Services (UNIPASS) secretary A. Balasubramaniam here on Wednesday.

He said this unhealthy competition would "in the long run, contribute to the deterioration of services at the port."

Balasubramaniam, who is also Malaysian Trades Union Congress vice-president, called on the Port Klang Authority which was the licensing body, to ensure companies carried out their businesses in a responsible manner, without endangering the livelihood of the workers and the reputation of the port.

-- BERNAMA

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

US welcomes our efforts to curb human trafficking

By Annie Freeda Cruez

KUALA LUMPUR: Washington is encouraged by Malaysia's energetic efforts to address human trafficking.

US Ambassador to Malaysia James R. Keith said the three main areas of focus should be sex trade, refugees and labour.

"The ministry managing women and families is leading the efforts in Malaysia to deal with those who victimise women. I think Malaysia is doing a great deal to educate the public, raid those sites where women are being victimised, and repatriate the women after separating them from criminals and sheltering them before they are sent home," he said.

He added there was always more that can be done and it was mainly a matter of generating sufficient resources. With regard to refugees being trafficked, he applauded the efforts taken by the attorney-general and the police and their message that trafficking will not be tolerated.

"There are larger issues with regard to refugees that make them potentially vulnerable. For the long term, I hope Malaysia can consider signing the UN's Convention on Refugees, which provides the international standards," said Keith.

As for the labour issue which he said was the most complicated, he said every country in the world had sensitive domestic issues surrounding immigration and migration. Malaysia was no different.

"We want to help and will continue to find ways to cooperate with Malaysia in fighting trafficking. The key thing to remember is that there are people out there -- men, women, and children -- who are victims and they need help," he added.

From a strictly humanitarian point of view, he said, everyone needed to be aware of what was happening around the world with regard to human trafficking, which was essentially a modern form of slavery.

"It is terrible to see the victims but once you do, you'll be committed to helping them. I am encouraged by the strong efforts the Malaysian government is taking to educate its citizens about this problem and the legal action to be taken against those who would take advantage of men, women and children.

"Malaysia has a strong anti-trafficking law and we want to do all we can to help Malaysia implement that law with vigour," he added.

On how the US can help Malaysia in international issues such as human trafficking and piracy, Keith said: "You raise two important policy issues that are being addressed by not only the US and Malaysia but also others in the UN and other relevant organisations.

"The key to resolving challenges to the international system like piracy and trafficking in human beings is coordination and cooperation between and among countries."

He said he was very encouraged by the two countries' good working relationship on both issues. - NST.

Mounting frustration over wait for new maids

KUALA LUMPUR: The "uncertainty'' in getting Indonesian maids is causing uneasiness among local working women who have grown dependent on them.

A survey revealed that many working women had taken leave to tend to their homes while others opted for part-time local maids to help them out during weekends.

There were others who had enlisted the help of relatives or maids of friends to temporarily overcome their predicament before getting their own help.

Economist Noraini Majid, 39, sums up the frustration of affected housewives.

"I have paid all the required fees to a local agent. Yet I am unable to get a maid because Indonesia has suddenly imposed a temporary ban on the export of its maids.

"What is worse is that we are not sure when the ban will be lifted. This uncertainty is really killing (me) because I just cannot plan anything and am now on long leave to look after my two toddlers," she said.

Bank employee Roslinda Ahmad said the delay in getting a maid to replace the one who had returned home forced her to use up her annual leave to take care of her two young children.

Just before the imposition of the ban, she said, she had made all the necessary arrangements for a new maid.

Officials from Malaysia and Indonesia were to have met on July 15 to sort things out and lift the ban, but the meeting did not materialise.

There has been no indication when the next meeting would be scheduled.

The Indonesian embassy's Information, Social and Cultural Affairs Minister Counsellor Widyarka Ryananta, said the ban was still on.

The ban was put in place following an outcry over the abuse of Indonesian maids by their Malaysian employers, the latest case involving Siti Hajar who was allegedly tortured by her Malaysian employer on June 8.

Meanwhile, Labour director-general Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim said the department was not responsible for arranging the meeting as it was under the jurisdiction of the Home Ministry.

"We merely deal with welfare and remuneration of the maids," he said. -- Bernama

Move to get talks on maids going

SERDANG: Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam will try to resolve the delay in the pending joint working group meeting to discuss the ban on Indonesian maids in the next Cabinet meeting.

He said he would bring the matter up during the meeting to reach a solution as soon as possible because the meeting was supposed to solve outstanding issues with the Indonesian Manpower and Transmigration Ministry.

“We will discuss this in the Cabinet and try to sort out the complications behind the delayed meeting,” he told reporters after visiting the Akademi Antarabangsa Clipso at South City Plaza Tuesday.

Dr Subramaniam said this when asked to comment on claims that the delay in solving the maid issue was due to Malaysia’s insistence that a cost structure on wages and agency fees be agreed to beforehand.

The meeting was supposed to be held on July 15.

Dr Subramaniam said he would also discuss with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to extend the ministry’s programme to train Indian youths in hairstyling and other fields in the service sector.

A previous allocation of RM20mil had been given to the ministry to train local Indian youths in hairstyling as the industry was dominated by workers from India.

“In the long run, the programme would be able to reduce the dependency on foreign labour and also prevent Indian youths from getting involved in social ills,” he said, adding that the programme would phase out the 2,400 foreign Indian workers in the hairstyling industry.

He expressed hopes that local youths would be given the chance to excel in the field.

Dr Subramaniam said the ministry, with its RM30mil allocation under the second stimulus package, had also approved about 200 training institutions to prepare school leavers and unemployed graduates in the fields of hospitality, beauty and heavy industries, like welding and plumbing.

“We still have vacancies in these training institutions. Those interested may visit the ministry’s website at http://www.mohr.gov.my,” he added. - The Star.

Kongsi gelap dalang seludup kenderaan

MIRI 4 Ogos - Kerajaan percaya pertubuhan kongsi gelap mendalangi kemasukan kenderaan pacuan empat roda jenis Kijang dari Indonesia untuk menyeludup barangan dan membawa pendatang asing tanpa izin (PATI) ke negara ini.

Timbalan Menteri Pengangkutan, Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew berkata, kenderaan itu dibawa masuk dari Tebedu ke Kuching dan berhenti di pintu masuk Brunei di Kuala Baram Miri.

"Kami percaya mereka dilindungi oleh pertubuhan gelap yang menyukarkan tugas penguatkuasaan," katanya.

Beliau menyatakan demikian pada sidang media selepas mempengerusikan majlis dialog di Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) Miri petang semalam.

Sehubungan itu, Hoi Chew mencadangkan kepada JPJ melakukan operasi mengejut untuk menahan pemilik kereta sapu yang dikhuatiri terlibat dalam aktiviti penyeludupan haram di negeri ini.

Setakat ini katanya, JPJ telah mengenal pasti kawasan-kawasan operasi kereta sapu serta nombor kenderaan yang terlibat dalam kegiatan haram ini.

"JPJ mempunyai pelan induk untuk mengatasi masalah kereta sapu di negeri ini di mana laporan pertamanya akan dibentangkan pada pertengahan Ogos ini," katanya.

Beliau juga berharap JPJ, polis, pihak berkuasa tempatan dan wakil rakyat meningkatkan kerjasama untuk menangani masalah ini secepat mungkin. - Utusan Malaysia.

Rela NS berkas 2,629 pendatang asing

SEREMBAN 4 Ogos - Pasukan Ikatan Relawan Rakyat Malaysia (Rela) Negeri Sembilan berjaya menahan seramai 2,629 pendatang asing tanpa izin (PATI) di sekitar negeri ini sepanjang tujuh bulan pertama tahun ini.

Pengarah Rela negeri, Mejar (B) Shamsuddin Yussoff berkata, jumlah tersebut merupakan tangkapan yang dibuat ke atas pemeriksaan 15,103 individu yang diperiksa dalam tempoh berkenaan.

Katanya, bilangan tangkapan itu meliputi warga Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam, China dan India.

''Berdasarkan statistik tangkapan, warga Indonesia mencatatkan peratusan tertinggi tangkapan iaitu sebanyak 85 peratus berbanding warganegara lain.

''Kebanyakan mereka (PATI) yang ditahan didapati menyalahgunakan pas lawatan sosial dengan bekerja di negeri ini selain memiliki pas lawatan yang sudah tamat tempoh," katanya di sini hari ini.

Tambah beliau, semua PATI yang ditahan ditempatkan di pusat tahanan di Lenggeng di sini sebelum tindakan selanjutnya.

''Mereka yang ditahan akan diuruskan oleh Jabatan Imigresen bagi dikenakan tindakan bergantung kepada kesalahan mereka," ujar beliau.

Jelas Shamsuddin, berdasarkan tangkapan yang dibuat, didapati kebanyakan PATI lebih bertumpu serta memilih lokasi yang boleh menjana pendapatan.

''Berdasarkan kaji selidik, mereka ini akan bertumpu pada kawasan yang mampu menjana ekonomi seperti kawasan perindustrian, perladangan dan pembinaan.

''Setakat ini, banyak tangkapan yang dibuat di bandar Seremban dan Nilai," ujar beliau. - Utusan Malaysia.

Peluang 1MALAYSIA : 220,000 pekerjaan baru

NAJIB Tun Abdul Razak melihat kambing biri-biri jenis Dorper ketika melawat kandang biri-biri itu selepas merasmikan Zon Ekonomi Khas Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER SEZ) dan Agropolitan Pekan di Pahang, semalam. Turut hadir (dari kiri) Timbalan Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Ahmad Maslan; Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Noh Omar; Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Majlis Pembangunan ECER, Datuk Jebasingam Issace John; Menteri Besar Terengganu, Datuk Ahmad Said dan Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat. - BERNAMA

Oleh YUSRI SAHAT
dan ZAMZURINA AHMAD
utusanpahang@utusan.com.my

PEKAN 4 Ogos – Zon Ekonomi Khas Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (SEZ-ECER) mampu menarik pelaburan RM90 bilion dan menyediakan 220,000 peluang pekerjaan menjelang 2020, kata Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Perdana Menteri berkata, ia yang merupakan zon ekonomi khas pertama di Malaysia meliputi Kerteh, Terengganu hingga ke Tanjung Agas di sini turut menyumbang sebanyak 80 peratus hasil keluaran ekonomi di kawasan ECER.

“Oleh kerana ia meliputi 51 peratus kawasan Semenanjung dan sangat luas, ia mampu menjadi kawasan pertumbuhan ekonomi terbesar di negara ini,’’ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap merasmikan SEZ-ECER dan Agropolitan Pekan di Kampung Runchang di sini hari ini.

Perdana Menteri berkata, SEZ-ECER membabitkan kawasan pembuatan bernilai tinggi, industri asas tani, gas dan petrokimia, pelancongan dan hartanah; pendidikan, teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT) serta logistik.

Menurutnya, bagi merangsang pertumbuhan SEZ-ECER, Insentif Galakan Istimewa akan diberi kepada para pelabur asing dan domestik yang berkelayakan.

“Beberapa insentif fiskal dan bukan fiskal yang baru akan disediakan agar ia mampu menarik pelaburan dan membolehkan ia terus berdaya saing dan berpotensi,” jelasnya.

Najib berkata, serentak itu Pelabuhan Kuantan akan dinaik taraf supaya mampu mengendalikan lebih 30 juta metrik tan muatan kargo setahun menjelang tahun 2020 berbanding 16.8 juta metrik tan pada masa ini.

“Pembinaan dermaga-dermaga tambahan dan pemecah ombak dijangka mampu mencapai peranannya sebagai sebuah pelabuhan utama di Pantai Timur serta sebagai pintu masuk perdagangan bagi pasaran Asia Pasifik,” katanya.

Beliau juga menjelaskan, SEZ-ECER bukan merupakan satu projek yang hanya memberi tumpuan kepada pelabur semata-mata malah lebih mengutamakan kepentingan rakyat.

“Peranan pelabur penting kerana tanpa pelaburan tidak mungkin kita dapat menjana kekayaan malah penduduk di sini juga tidak mendapat pekerjaan,’’ katanya.

Najib berkata, kerajaan juga akan mempertimbangkan mewujudkan SEZ di beberapa koridor pembangunan wilayah lain di negara ini.

Hadir sama, Menteri Besar Pahang, Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob; Menteri Besar Terengganu, Datuk Ahmad Said; Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Majlis Pembangunan ECER, Datuk Jebasingam Issace John. - Utusan Malaysia.-

Malaysia-Australia Agree To Fight Human Trafficking

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Australia have agreed to hold working group meetings at senior officer level to fight human trafficking to Australia using Malaysia as a transit country.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the first meeting, which he would chair, would be held in Malaysia in two weeks.

"Human trafficking is a serious issue which has to be addressed by both countries through a very close cooperation. The efforts by both countries should also be looked as a commitment to create a region which is free of such activity," he said in a statement here today.

Hishammuddin is on a working visit to Australia where focus is on bilateral efforts to address regional crime issues, including human trafficking.

During the visit, he met with members of the Australian Cabinet Committee, comprising Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Senator Chris Evans, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner, Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor, on border control.

Hishammuddin said the working group meetings would also focus on programmes to be carried out involving agencies, like the police, the Immigration Department, Foreign Ministry, the Attorney-General's Department and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

Besides human trafficking, other matters like on anti-terrorism, law enforcement, immigration matters pertaining to travel documents and mechanism to enhance cooperation of security agencies between both countries, were also discussed, he added.

Hishammuddin will also visit the Border Protection Control Center in Canberra and also the CCTV Center which monitors security in Melbourne.

-- BERNAMA

ECER Special Zone Sees RM90 bln Investments, 220,000 New Jobs - Najib

PERDANA Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak bersama Menteri Besar Kelantan, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat memegang anak kambing sambil diperhatikan Menteri Besar Terengganu, Datuk Ahmad Said pada Majlis Perasmian Zon Ekonomi Khas ECER dan Agropolitan Pekan di Runchang, Pahang, semalam. - Foto Azmaidi Abidin.

PEKAN, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- The East Coast Economic Region Special Economic Zone (ECER SEZ) launched by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday, is expected to attract RM90 billion in direct domestic and international investments by 2020.

The first integrated special zone in Malaysia from Kertih in Terengganu to Pekan in Pahang was also expected to create more than 220,000 new job opportunities, said the prime minister.

He said special incentives would be introduced to draw investments and make economic activities in certain areas more attractive.

"Projects outside the SEZ area will continue. Because the (ECER) area is very wide, it needs a focal location," he told reporters after launching ECER SEZ and the ECER agropolitan project in Runchang here.

He said four free zones would be established in ECER SEZ to promote and focus on the chains between industrial clusters that would give a significant impact on the ECER economy -- High Value Manufacturing, Agro-based Industry; Gas and Petrochemical; Tourism/Real Estate; Knowledge/Education and ICT as well as Logistics.

"For the 2007 period until now, foreign and local investments totalling RM24 billion would have been expected from the private sector to develop projects in ECER in the tourism, manufacturing, petrochemical and agricultural clusters," he said.

Najib said that although the zone physically covers only six percent of the total ECER area, its economic impact was very big including in its capacity to contribute 50 percent of the employment opportunities compared to ECER as a whole and 80 percent of the economic products for the whole of ECER.

He said the government would continue to be committed to the ECER development until the 11th Malaysia Plan and until 2020 through 189 projects worth RM112 billion that would be implemented in stages.

In this regard, he said, the Kuantan Port would also be upgraded and expanded so that it would be capable of handling more than 30 million metric tonnes of cargo annually by 2020 compared to 16.8 million metric tonnes presently.

This would ensure the port was able to play its roles as a main port in the East Coast and a gateway for the Asia Pacific market.

To stimulate ECER SEZ's rapid development, Najib said, the government would provide several fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to attract investment and make it competitive.

"If there are requests for additional incentives, we will consider it based on the merits of a particular case," he said.

On the ECER Agropolitan project, he said, it was an integrated development whose main objective was to eradicate hardcore poverty by end of 2010 through the involvement of the poor in the plantation and non-plantation sectors.

"I am interested in Agropolitan because besides planting oil palm, they can also breed sheep. If one works for half a day, one can get RM500 monthly and if one works the whole day, one can get RM1,000 monthly.

"This will bring them out of the poverty line," he said.

He added that those healthy would be offered such jobs while the old or sick would be given a welfare scheme.

The first 50 participants had been selected to carry out Agropolitan project activities that could accomodate up to 1,500 people, he said.

--BERNAMA

Malaysian Employers In Limbo Over Indon Maids

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- The 'uncertainty' in getting Indonesian maids is causing much uneasiness among local working women who have grown dependent on them all these years.

A random Bernama survey revealed that many working women had taken leave to tend to their homes while others opted for part-time locals to help them out on week-ends.

There were others who had enlisted the help of relatives or maids of friend's to temporarily overcome their predicament before getting their own maid.

Economist Noraini Majid, 39, sums up the frustration of affected housewives.

"I have already paid all the required fees to a local agent. Yet, I am unable to get a maid because Indonesia has suddenly imposed a temporary ban on the export of its maids.

"What is worse, we are not sure when the ban will be lifted. This uncertainty is really killing (me) because I just cannot plan anything and am now on a long leave to look after my two toddlers," she said.

Bank employee Roslinda Ahmad said the delay in getting a maid to replace the one who had returned home forced her to use up her annual leave to take care of her two small children.

Just before the imposition of the ban, she said she had made all the necessary arrangements for a new maid.

Malaysia and Indonesia were supposed to have met on July 15 to sort things out and lift the ban, but the meeting did not materialise.

There has been no indication when the next meeting would be scheduled.

The Indonesian Embassy's Information, Social and Cultural Affairs Minister Counsellor Widyarka Ryananta, said the ban was still on.

The ban was put in place, following an outcry over the abuse of Indonesian maids by their Malaysian employers, the latest case involving Siti Hajar who was allegedly tortured by her Malaysian employer on June 8, this year.

Meanwhile, Labour director-general Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim told Bernama that the department was not responsible for arranging the meeting as it was under the jurisdiction of the home ministry.

"We merely deal with welfare and remuneration of the maids, he said.

-- BERNAMA

Call On Govt To Consider First-Class Ward For Public Servants

SHAH ALAM, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- Cuepacs Tuesday called on the government to consider allowing civil servants at all levels to be warded in first-class wards while undergoing treatment in public hospitals.

Its president, Omar Osman, said the paper on the proposal would be submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak soon.

If accepted, it would make the civil servants feel more appreciated and thus motivate them to work harder to provide excellent service, he said.

"At present, civil servants are warded according to their salary scales, mostly in second-class and third-class wards even though they play the same role in the government service," he told a news conference here Tuesday.

Omar said the second-class and third-class wards in public hospitals were normally occupied by foreign nationals and it was not right for civil servants to be placed together with them.

"We are not asking for the civil servants to be given single rooms. It doesn't matter if they have to share it with four other people as long as it's a first-class ward," he said.

He said the paper also contained a call by Cuepacs to review the lodging allowance of RM80 as most hotels in the country were charging more than RM100 for a room.

He also said that Cuepacs would continue to organise briefings to explain the national key result areas (NKRAs) and the 1Malaysia concept to its members nationwide to ensure that civil servants understood and applied them in their services.

-- BERNAMA

200 Private Skills Institutes Will Be Created To Train Youths

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- The government has recognised 200 private institutes to train 200,000 youths under the youth development programme to reduce dependency on foreign workers.

Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said RM30 million had been allocated under the second economic stimulus package for training skilled workers.

He said the skills training offered were hospitality, food, beauty, handicraft, plumbing, welding, aviation engineering and locomotive engineering.

"We are preparing a workforce to meet the needs of the services sector," he told reporters after visiting Akademi Antarabangsa Clipso (AAC) Sdn Bhd in Seri Kembangan Tuesday.

AAC was one of the private institutes entrusted by the ministry to conduct hairdressing training under the Indian youths development programme.

Subramaniam said 350 Indian youths had attended a six month course where they were given a RM500 monthly allowance and lodging.

"This is important as we are having shortage of skilled workers in hairdressing. Most of the workforce presently are from India," he said.

-- BERNAMA

Nepalese Worker Killed In Mishap

PORT KLANG, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- A Nepalese worker was killed when he was struck by a container while it was lifted by a crane from a ship in North Port early today.

Uttar Dhoj Waiba, 25, died on the spot.

Klang police chief ACP Mohamad Mat Yusop said the incident occured at Wharf 20 about 5.30am.

He said the victim had a valid working permit and was working for a company at the port.

-- BERNAMA

11 Nigerian Students, A Local Woman Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Trafficking

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 (Bernama) -- Eleven Nigerian students and a local woman, believed to be involved in drug trafficking, were arrested by police during four separate raids in the klang valley early this morning.

All suspects, in their 20s, were arrested by the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Division.

During the first raid at a condominium in Subang Jaya at 6am, police found a Nigerian with 1kg of heroin and 98 capsules believed to be heroin, weighing 1kg, he told Bernama.

Following the arrest, police raided another condominium in Petaling Jaya, 30 minutes later and arrested four more Nigerians and a local woman, but no drugs were found.

He said the woman, believed to be the companion of one of the suspects.

In a subsequent raid at a condominium in Sentul, an hour later, police arrested five more Nigerian men believed to be associated with those arrested earlier.

At 8am, another Nigerian man was arrested in Nilai at 8am.

According to sources, the modus operandi of the group was to swallow the capsules containing drugs and later excrete them before selling the drugs to users.

"The method is to avoid detection by the authorities, he said.

Meanwhile, Bukit Aman Narcotics Division director Datuk Zulhasnan Najib Baharudin who confirmed the arrests said investigations were still going on.

-- BERNAMA

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

1MALAYSIA Bebas-PATI : Imigresen tahan 141 warga asing

TELUK INTAN 3 Ogos - Jabatan Imigresen Perak menahan 141 orang warga asing dalam 'Operasi Pelantar' yang dijalankan di kawasan Jalan Tepi Sungai, Hutan Melintang dekat sini, malam tadi.

Ketua Penguat Kuasanya, Irwan Zahid berkata, turut ditahan di dalam operasi bersepadu itu ialah dua warga tempatan yang bertindak melindungi pendatang asing tanpa izin (PATI).

Beliau berkata, selepas melakukan pemeriksaan lanjut, 74 daripada mereka yang ditahan dibebaskan setelah didapati mempunyai pas kerja dan dokumen perjalanan sah.

''Bagaimanapun, 67 daripada mereka terpaksa ditahan untuk tindakan lanjut dan mereka terdiri daripada 10 lelaki dan 12 wanita warga Indonesia, lapan lelaki Myanmar dan 37 lelaki Thailand," katanya kepada pemberita selepas operasi tersebut malam tadi.

Operasi tersebut yang bermula pukul 5.30 petang melibatkan seramai 120 anggota termasuk dari Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM).

Irwan berkata, PATI yang ditahan akan didakwa di bawah Seksyen 6(1)(c) Akta Imigresen kerana memasuki dan berada di negara ini tanpa pas atau permit yang sah.

Katanya, pada masa sama, sebahagian daripada mereka akan didakwa mengikut Seksyen 56(1)(1) Peraturan 39b Peraturan Imigresen 1963 kerana melanggar syarat pas.

Jelas beliau, dua lelaki warga tempatan yang melindungi PATI itu pula akan didakwa mengikut Seksyen 56(1)(d) akta yang sama.

''Jika didapati bersalah mereka boleh dihukum mengikut Seksyen 56(b)(b) yang menetapkan denda tidak kurang RM10,000 dan tidak lebih RM50,000 bagi setiap PATI yang dilindungi.

''Kedua-duanya juga boleh dipenjara tidak kurang 6 bulan dan dikenakan enam kali sebatan jika melindungi lebih lima orang PATI," katanya. - Utusan Malaysia.


BERITA LAIN :

- ENGLISH : Maid ban still pending
- Union wants monthly wages for estate workers

Monday, August 3, 2009

Agensi boleh gulung tikar

Oleh Kamarulzaman Pid
amar@hmetro.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: Agensi pembantu rumah Bumiputera dijangka ‘gulung tikar’ jika perbincangan antara kerajaan Malaysia dan Indonesia mengenai pemansuhan pembekuan kemasukan pembantu rumah negara jiran itu ke negara ini lambat diselesaikan.

Presiden Persatuan Agensi Pembantu Rumah Asing (Papa), Datuk Raja Zulkepley Dahalan (gambar), berkata sebelum ini, kedua-dua pihak bersetuju mengadakan perbincangan mengenai perkara itu bulan lalu, tetapi tidak menjadi kenyataan menyebabkan hingga kini, pembekuan itu masih dilaksanakan.

“Apabila tiada kata sepakat dicapai, kita tidak dapat membawa masuk pembantu rumah dari Indonesia dan apabila ini berlaku, agensi pembantu rumah Bumiputera yang kebanyakannya bergantung kepada sumber dari Indonesia, terjejas teruk.

“Berikutan itu, kita meminta supaya perbincangan ini diadakan segera bagi mengelak kesan buruk ke atas industri pembantu rumah di negara ini,” katanya.

Sebelum ini, Menteri Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi Indonesia, Dr Erman Suparno, dilaporkan sebagai berkata keputusan pembekuan itu dibuat berikutan banyak aduan pekerja didera majikan di negara ini dan arahan itu tidak kekal hingga Malaysia menjamin keselamatan pembantu rumah Indonesia.

Berikutan itu, Menteri Sumber Manusia, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, dilaporkan berkata kedua-duanya akan mengkaji semula MoU mengenai tenaga kerja yang ditandatangani pada Mei 2006 oleh kedua-dua pihak.

Zulkepley berkata, selagi masalah itu tidak diselesaikan, khidmat pembantu rumah dari Indonesia tidak boleh dibawa masuk ke negara ini.

“Jika perbincangan itu diadakan bulan ini atau bulan depan, khidmat mereka (pembantu rumah) dijangka hanya boleh digunakan selepas Aidilfitri kerana mereka selalunya tidak mahu datang bekerja di sini pada musim perayaan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, pihaknya bimbang sekiranya pembekuan itu terus dikuatkuasakan, pembantu rumah dari negara jiran akan memasuki negara ini secara haram.

“Jika ini berlaku, ia menimbulkan masalah besar terhadap pembantu rumah itu sendiri yang berdepan kemungkinan tidak dibayar gaji, penderaan dan gangguan seksual,” katanya. - Harian Metro.


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1MALAYSIA Bebas-PATI : DOA MENJAYAKAN 1MALAYSIA Bebas-PATI

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Dengan nama Allah yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang.


Segala puji bagi Allah Tuhan pentadbir seluruh alam. Selawat dan sejahtera semoga dilimpahkan ke atas junjungan besar Nabi Muhammad yang semulia-mulia pesuruh-Nya, serta ke atas keluarga dan sekalian sahabat-sahabatnya.

Ya Allah, wahai Tuhan kami, hidupkan kami dengan iman, matikan kami dalam iman, serta masukkan kami ke dalam syurga bersama-sama iman.

Ya Allah, ya Tuhan kami, ampunilah segala dosa kesalahan kami dan dosa-dosa kesalahan kedua ibu bapa kami, serta kesihanilah kedua ibu bapa kami sebagaimana mereka berdua mengasihani kami semasa masih kecil.

Ya Allah, Engkau bukakan hati mereka yang menyekat Penubuhan PATREE Malaysia. Sesungguhnya PATREE Malaysia adalah untuk membersihkan nama Malaysia dari pengkhianat yang sengaja memburukkan nama Malaysia dan PATI yang memasuki Malaysia secara haram dan merampas kerja Rakyat Malaysia. Hanya Engkau yang Maha Mengetahui akan niat baik PATREE Malaysia kepada umatMu yang dianiayai dan ditipu oleh kerakusan manusia yang tamak dan haloba.

Kejayaan 1MALAYSIA amat bergantung kepada insan yang jujur, amanah serta ikhlas melakukan kerja keranaMU Ya ALLAH.

Ya Allah, Jika ada di antara mereka yang sengaja menyalahgunakan ‘kuasa’ mereka yang diamanahkan untuk mereka berlaku ‘adil tetapi disalahgunakan untuk menjaga kepentingan dan kepuasan hati mereka, Engkau akhirikanlah karier mereka dengan penuh penghinaan dan ke’aiban Ya Allah.

Ya Allah, ya Tuhan kami, janganlah kiranya Engkau pesongkan iman kami sesudah Engkau kurniakan kepada kami petunjuk. Anugerahilah kami rahmat kerana sesungguhnya Engkau Maha Pengurnia.

Wahai Tuhan kami, kurniakanlah kepada kami kebaikan di dunia ini dan juga di akhirat, dan peliharalah kami daripada azab neraka.

Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat dan sejahtera ke atas junjungan kami Nabi Muhammad dan ke atas seluruh keluarga dan sahabat-sahabat baginda. Dan segala puji itu tertentu bagi Allah, Tuhan pentadbir seluruh alam.

Amin Ya Rabbal 'Alamin.

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