Saturday, August 15, 2009

Show Proof Of Attempt To Hire Locals, Says Dr S.Subramaniam

KEPALA BATAS, Aug 15 (Bernama) -- Factories intending to hire foreign workers must show proof locals are not interested in the jobs before they can do so, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam.

"They need to prove to us that they have tried to get local workers but failed to hire them," he told reporters after launching a workers' programme here, today.

He said the employers needed to offer reasonable renumeration packages and other perks to attract local workers.

"If these offers do not seem to be effective in attracting local workers, then we will allow them (the factories) to hire foreign workers," he said.

Dr S.Subramaniam said employers in the electronic and electrical sectors had failed to hire workers although there was demand for their products due to world economy recovering.

He added that the Manpower Department would make the appropirate verification first before allowing factories to hire foreign workers.

When asked about the ministry's training programme for retrenched employees, he said 300 private training institutions had been enlisted to conduct trainings to more than 33,000 retrenched employees.

On the minimum wage issue, he said he expected reasonable renumeration packages in the electronics sector would be implemented a year from now. -- BERNAMA

Warga Bangladesh tak mengaku peras ugut rakan RM70,000

KUALA LUMPUR 14 Ogos - Walaupun bersama-sama mencari rezeki di negara orang, seorang buruh binaan warga Bangladesh sanggup memeras ugut rakan senegaranya sebanyak RM70,000.

Azad Hossain, 24, yang lapan tahun lebih muda daripada mangsa, Muhammad Ibrahim, bagaimanapun mengaku tidak bersalah atas tuduhan tersebut ketika didakwa di Mahkamah Sesyen di sini hari ini.

Azad didakwa memeras ugut Muhammad yang juga seorang buruh binaan sebanyak RM70,000 di hadapan Menara PGRM, Cheras di sini pada pukul 7 petang, 13 Julai lalu.

Dia didakwa mengikut Seksyen 384 Kanun Keseksaan yang memperuntukkan hukuman penjara sehingga 10 tahun atau denda atau sebatan atau mana-mana dua daripada seksaan-seksaan tersebut jika sabit kesalahan.

Hakim Zainal Abidin Kamarudin menetapkan sebutan semula kes itu pada 9 Oktober ini.

Pendakwaan dikendalikan oleh Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Lee Keng Fatt. - Utusan.

Hanya 931pekerja asing bayar levi

KOTA KINABALU 14 Ogos - Hanya 931 pekerja asing di negeri ini membayar levi berjumlah RM513,000 bagi tempoh tujuh bulan pertama tahun ini.

Pengarah Imigresen Sabah, Datuk Baharon Talib berkata, walaupun tempoh masa bayaran telah dilanjutkan sehingga 31 Oktober ini namun jumlah ini masih ditahap yang rendah.

"Imigresen sudah memberi kelonggaran dengan menawarkan diskaun 50 peratus kadar levi bagi setiap pekerja asing selain tempoh masa dipanjangkan tetapi angka yang mendaftar tidak begitu memuaskan.

"Oleh itu, kita berharap pekerja asing di negeri ini menggunakan peluang yang ada mendaftar sebelum tempoh yang diberikan tamat," katanya pada sidang akhbar sempena majlis ramah mesra bersama media di sini hari ini.

Hadir sama Presiden Persatuan Wartawan Sabah (SJA), Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

Menurutnya, dianggarkan terdapat 312,000 pekerja asing berdaftar di negeri ini dan daripada jumlah itu hanya 175,000 membayar levi.

Beliau berkata, selepas tempoh diskaun tamat pada 31 Oktober ini, pekerja asing terlibat perlu membayar levi pada harga yang lebih tinggi.

Oleh itu, beliau menasihatkan majikan dan pekerja asing berkenaan memanfaatkan diskaun yang diberikan kerajaan.

Sementara itu, Baharom berkata, kaunter pendaftaran dan pembayaran Imigresen di seluruh negeri ini akan dibuka pada hari Sabtu dan Ahad bagi memudahkan majikan dan pekerja melunaskan pembayaran levi mereka.

Katanya, kaunter tersebut dibuka bermula pukul 9 pagi hingga 1 petang. - Utusan.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Another ammonia leak, two hurt this time

By AUSTIN CAMOENS

JOHOR BARU: Two foreign workers have been hospitalised after inhaling ammonia that leaked from a faulty refrigeration system in an ice factory in Tampoi here.

The incident occurred Friday when a faulty pipe leaked the noxious gas into the factory in Jalan Mangga.

Larkin Fire and Rescue Department hazardous materials response team (Hazmat) operations officer Mohd Shahari Noor said they received a call about the leak at about 5.30am.

“Two fire engines and a Hazmat truck were dispatched to the scene,” he said.

Mohd Shahari said that the firemen discovered both workers, in their 20s, struggling to breathe at the scene.

He said both have been sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital here for medical treatment.

Mohd Shahari said that it took his team approximately six hours to dissipate the ammonia at the factory.

He said the cause of the leak was still under investigation.

On Tuesday, six people were killed and three others hurt after inhaling ammonia gas at a jetty in Tanjung Karang in Selangor. - The Star.

Many employers yet to legalise foreign workers

KOTA KINABALU: Many employers are still not taking steps to get proper documentation for their illegal workers.

The Immigration Department believes more than 100,000 foreigners are working in the state illegally because their employers refuse to pay the documentation fee.

Since last month, 931 illegal immigrants have gone to the Immigration Department to pay their levy and apply for work permits and passports from their countries of origin.

The government recently decided to give employers a reprieve by allowing them to pay their workers' levy as well as apply for work passes from the Immigration Department and passports from their country of origin.

On top of that, a 50 per cent discount was offered across the board to all employers in a bid to encourage them to come forward with their illegal workers between last month and Oct 31.

State Immigration director Datuk Baharon Talib yesterday said the response was far from satisfactory and noted that most of the culprits were those running small businesses.

"Many major companies that employ large number of foreigners have responded to our call for them to legalise the status of their workers but not those who employ only a few workers, particularly in the agricultural and construction sectors.

In August last year, 312,837 foreigners were registered as illegal immigrants with the Immigration Department and their employers were given the opportunity to apply for proper documents within three months.

From that total, about 175,000 followed up by paying for the levy, applying for work permits and getting their passports while the rest remained unaccounted for. - NST.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Imigresen tumpas sindiket palsu dokumen

KUALA LUMPUR: Jabatan Imigresen berjaya membongkar kegiatan sindiket pemalsuan dokumen perjalanan antarabangsa apabila menahan dua lelaki rakyat Afrika dalam serbuan di Pandan Indah, di sini malam tadi.

Serbuan di sebuah rumah kedai pada jam 11.45 malam itu turut menyaksikan pihak Imigresen merampas pelbagai peralatan memproses dokumen perjalanan palsu.

Ketua Bahagian Penguatkuasaan Jabatan Imigresen Kuala Lumpur, Abang Othman Abang Mornie, berkata sindiket yang dipercayai terbesar di Lembah Klang itu telah beroperasi sejak enam bulan lepas.

"Kami terpaksa memecah masuk premis itu apabila penghuninya enggan memberikan kerjasama," katanya kepada pemberita di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata, seorang daripada lelaki itu ditahan ketika bersembunyi dalam tandas bersama cop keselamatan palsu yang turut disorok dalam tandas itu manakala seorang lagi ditahan dalam sebuah bilik yang berkunci.

"Kedua-dua lelaki berusia 33 dan 35 tahun itu berasal dari Ghana dan Nigeria dan tidak mempunyai dokumen perjalanan yang sah, Mereka kini direman selama 14 hari mulai hari ini," katanya.

Abang Othman berkata, antara barangan yang dirampas dalam operasi oleh 15 pegawai penguatkuasa jabatan itu ialah sebuah komputer, mesin cetak, dua unit komputer riba, sejumlah cop keselamatan palsu dan lima keping pelekat keselamatan Jabatan Imegresen Malaysia palsu.

Turut dirampas ialah 12 keping muka hadapan pasport pelbagai negara dan 30 keping pasport kerakyatan pelbagai negara antaranya Kenya, Australia, Amerika, Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan dan Iran.

Beliau berkata, sindiket itu juga disyaki mengedarkan lesen senjata api palsu apabila pihaknya turut menemui tiga keping lesen senjata api itu.

"Kami akan merujuk lesen-lesen senjata api ini kepada Interpol untuk siasatan lanjut manakala semua pasport yang dirampas akan dihantar ke kedutaan negara masing-masing bagi memastikan ketulenannya.

"Kami juga percaya terdapat pembabitan warga tempatan dalam sindiket ini dan masih ada saki baki kumpulan ini. Kami akan siasat dari semua sudut dan memburu mereka," katanya.

Beliau berkata, hasil siasatan juga mendapati ketika serbuan, sindiket itu sedang menghasilkan pasport Malaysia palsu dengan penemuan imej pasport Malaysia di dalam komputer yang dirampas.

"Dalam komputer itu ada imej pasport Malaysia bersama gambar seorang perempuan warga asing yang beridentiti palsu. Wanita itu dipercayai berasal dari Filipina tetapi ditulis berasal dari Kepong," katanya. - Berita Harian.

Africans Dealing In Fake Passports Nabbed

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Two African men dealing in fake passports were arrested by the Immigration Department in shop-house raid in Pandan Tengah here at 11.45pm yesterday.

City immigration enforcement head, Abang Othman Abang Nornie said the duo, aged 33 and 35, one from Ghana and the other, Nigeria, were nabbed follwing a month's surveillance of their activities.

The enforcement team confiscated a computer, printing machine, two laptops, several security stamps used in forging passports and five fake immigration department security stickers, he told reporters at his office here Thursday.

Also seized were 30 12-paged passports of various nations, among them Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Iran, Australia and United States and it was learnt the two were also trying to forge Malaysian passports.

Abang Othman added that they were also involved in producing fake firearms licenses.

We will liaise with the Interpol to investigate further on the licenses for firearms," he said, adding that both suspects, who were without legal travel documents, were being remanded for 14 days to assist investigations. --BERNAMA

Agencies Only Manage 10 Per Cent Of Foreign Worker Intake

JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- Only 10 per cent of the intake of foreign workers in the country is managed by foreign worker agencies while the rest is done through direct applications to the Home Ministry, according to the Association of Foreign Workers' Suppliers and Management Firms (Tekam).

Its president, Datuk Baharum Ghani, said the perception that the agencies were responsible for flooding the country with foreign workers was incorrect.

"The agencies are always blamed. But what really happened is that of the 2.5 million foreign workers in Malaysia, only 10 per cent were brought in by the agencies, while the rest through direct approval from the ministry," he told Bernama here Thursday.

Yesterday, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein was reported as saying that the ministry would revoke the licences and permits given to foreign workers agencies found to have breached regulations.

The minister also said the government would not be issuing new licences so as to curb the influx of foreign workers.

Baharum said that at the moment, industrial sectors like manufacturing, plantation and construction could submit their applications to hire foreign workers directly to the ministry, without going through the agencies.

He claimed that these direct applications were actually contributing to the influx of foreign workers in the country.

"Foreign worker agencies cannot bring foreign workers into the country without the approval from the ministry," he said.

Meanwhile, Baharum also commended the ministry's decision to continue the freeze on the intake of foreign workers from Bangladesh as well as putting the Human Resources Ministry, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and the International Trade and Industry Ministry to be in charge of ascertaining their respective manpower needs. -- BERNAMA

Freeze on Bangladeshi workers

PUTRAJAYA: The government will no longer issue permits to companies seeking to bring in foreign workers.

The cabinet also decided on a total freeze of Bangladeshi workers.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who announced the cabinet's decision on the matter yesterday, said at present, the 277 companies providing the service were sufficient.

"My ministry is investigating some of the companies for breaching rules in bringing in the foreign workers. If they are guilty of the offence, their licences will be revoked.

"We want only genuine companies to conduct the outsourcing," he said here.

He said the government was aware of the fact that certain sectors could not survive without foreign workers.

"From now on, three ministries -- namely Human Resources; International Trade and Industry; and Plantation Industries and Commodities -- will decide on the need of foreign workers in the sectors that need foreign manpower.

"These ministries will forward their list to the Home Ministry for vetting of the foreign workers."

On another matter, Hishammuddin said the Australian government would send a delegation here to discuss human and drug trafficking and terrorism.

He met five ministers on a working trip to Australia and spoke to them about these criminal activities. - NST.

Govt wants lower maid fees

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will push Indonesia to adhere to an agreement signed between the two countries in relation to fees imposed by maid agencies there.

In the memorandum of understanding signed in 2006, it was agreed that the agencies there fix the fees at RM3,600.

Currently, the fee for an Indonesian maid is between RM7,000 and RM8,000.

The issue of the procurement fee will be one of Malaysia's demands in talks with Indonesia scheduled this month, to iron out problems involving Indonesian maids. Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said Indonesian maid agencies were charging exorbitant fees for their services.


Dr Subramaniam said the agency fee was among the issues irking employers.

During the meeting, Indonesian authorities are expected to decide on whether to lift a temporary ban on sending maids to Malaysia, which was imposed on June 26.

The ban was imposed by the Indonesian government over the alleged abuse of Siti Hajar Sadli, 33, by her employer.

Subramaniam said isolated cases of abuse of Indonesian maids had given Malaysians a bad name even though statistics showed that more than 99 per cent were good employers.

Subramaniam also said that there were about 15,000 vacancies for unemployed youths and graduates in his ministry's job training and placement programme.

He said the government was spending about RM300 million on the programme but the response had been lukewarm.

"The main problem now appears to be that potential candidates are too fussy about leaving the comfort of their home surroundings to attend training. NST.

Malaysian cooks for Indian restaurants soon

KUALA LUMPUR: In future, Indian restaurants will mostly have Malaysian cooks, and not cooks from India, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said.

He said there had been encouraging response from locals to be trained as cooks under a ministry programme.

“We hope to reduce the number of cooks from India in stages, especially in Indian restaurants, once the first batch of locally-trained chefs graduate,” he told reporters after visiting the CQ Tec College here yesterday.

The college received its first batch of 25 trainees for an intensive, six-month programme in June.

Dr Subramaniam said the fees for the trainees were borne by the ministry through the Human Resources Development Fund, adding that they would also receive monthly allowances.

“Once they graduate, they will be able to open their own restaurants,” he said, adding that the future was promising for Indian youths.

He said the idea was mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who wanted the ministry to train local chefs and not depend on cooks from India.

Another training programme undertaken by the ministry was hair-styling, to replace barbers from India.

“We want the two sectors (restaurants and hair salons/barber shops) to rely less on foreign workers and employ locally-trained people,” he said. The Star.

Two more ‘Pak Ee’ gang members held

PETALING JAYA: Two more members of the notorious “Pak Ee” gang were nabbed by police following a raid at their hideout on Tuesday.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said the Indonesians, aged 33 and 35, were picked up from a flat in Bandar Seri Damansara sometime in the afternoon, several hours after four other members of the gang were gunned down by policemen in Rawang.

“We recovered an assortment of luxury watches in the unit as well as several house break-in tools.

“We are now contacting all the victims of this group to collect their watches,” he said when contacted yesterday.

The duo have been remanded for 14 days pending investigations.

It is also learnt that the duo have admitted to being involved in four robberies in the Klang Valley.

Sources said there were other members of the gang still at large and efforts have been intensified to locate them.

On Tuesday, four foreigners involved in at least 15 robberies and rapes were gunned down after a high-speed car chase from Selayang to Rawang.

The suspects charged at policemen with parangs and sickles after being cornered, forcing the policemen to open fire at them. - The Star.

12 pondan warga asing dicekup


Pondan warga Thailand diberkas Unit Penguatkuasaan Jabatan Imigresen Pahang dalam serbuan di kawasan hotel murah di Kuantan, awal pagi semalam.

KUANTAN 12 Ogos - Mereka tidak fasih berbahasa Melayu, namun masih mampu mencari pelanggan yang ingin mendapatkan perkhidmatan seks.

Selepas bersetuju dengan tawar menawar harga, pelanggan akan dibawa ke bilik di hotel-hotel murah di sekitar Pasar Besar di sini.

Namun, kerana terlalu asyik melayan pelanggan, seramai 12 pondan warga Thailand tidak menyedari serbuan yang dijalankan sepasukan anggota penguat kuasa Jabatan Imigresen di sebuah hotel awal pagi ini.

Operasi selama sejam yang bermula pukul 12.30 tengah malam itu bertujuan membanteras warga asing yang menyalahgunakan pas lawatan sosial ke negara ini untuk tujuan tidak bermoral seperti perniagaan seks.

Timbalan Penolong Pengarah Imigresen Pahang, Ismail Ali berkata, ketika serbuan dibuat, kebanyakan pondan yang berusia antara 21 hingga 35 tahun itu sedang sibuk melayan pelanggan masing-masing di bilik kecil di hotel murah berkenaan.

"Malah, terdapat juga di kalangan mereka yang masih sibuk tawar-menawar harga dengan pelanggan di lorong-lorong hotel berkenaan.

"Siasatan mendapati mereka semua memasuki negara ini menggunakan pas lawatan sosial melalui pintu masuk di Rantau Panjang, Kelantan," katanya kepada pemberita selepas mengetuai operasi itu hari ini.

Menurut Ismail, pihaknya juga terpaksa memecah pintu bilik hotel berkenaan untuk masuk ke dalam premis itu.

Katanya, pondan yang menjalankan kegiatan mereka di lorong-lorong kecil berhampiran kawasan pasar itu bertempiaran melarikan diri apabila melihat kehadiran pihak berkuasa, namun berjaya diberkas.

Dalam pada itu, kata beliau, operasi yang pertama kali diadakan ini melibatkan seramai 31 pegawai dan anggota. Pihaknya telah mengenal pasti tempat persembunyian mereka iaitu di sekitar Jalan Stadium di sini.

"Intipan dan risikan yang dijalankan selama seminggu mendapati, mereka menjadikan kawasan berkenaan sebagai tempat untuk mereka mendapatkan pelanggan dengan mudah. - Utusan.

40,000 jururawat am 'mati akal, kecewa'

KUALA LUMPUR 12 Ogos - Kira-kira 40,000 jururawat am di hospital dan klinik kerajaan kini dalam keadaan 'mati akal dan kecewa' berikutan sungutan mereka yang telah lama berhubung usaha meningkatkan skim perkhidmatan mereka tidak diberi perhatian.

''Mereka kini menuntut penyelesaian segera sebelum kerajaan 'kehilangan' mereka kepada sektor swasta,'' kata Setiausaha Agung CUEPACS, Ahmad Shah Mohd. Zin hari ini.

Beliau memberitahu Bernama bahawa CUEPACS telah menubuhkan sebuah pasukan petugas di peringkat tinggi untuk membuat satu memorandum komprehensif berhubung sungutan jururawat berkenaan.

Katanya, kongres itu memberi keutamaan kepada jururawat kerana 'mereka dianggap sebagai penjawat perkhidmatan kritikal' dan merupakan bahagian penting bagi sistem perkhidmatan jagaan kesihatan awam di negara ini.

''Tanpa jururawat, kualiti sistem perkhidmatan kesihatan awam kita terjejas teruk kerana mereka menyediakan jagaan rawatan yang penting kepada ribuan pesakit setiap hari,'' katanya.

Pada masa ini, jururawat diletakkan dalam kumpulan sokongan bersama-sama dengan lulusan SPM pada gred 29 (RM1,239-RM2,744).

Ahmad Shah berkata, walaupun mereka adalah lulusan SPM, mereka perlu menjalani kursus diploma selama tiga tahun untuk menjadi jururawat am dan oleh itu mereka perlu diletakkan dalam kategori pengurusan dan profesional gred 41 (RM1,471-RM5,222).

Sementara itu, tinjauan rambang Bernama mendapati jururawat am dibebani dengan tambahan tugas dan tanggungjawab berikutan kekurangan jururawat am dalam perkhidmatan kerajaan yang pesat berkembang.

Ia bukan perkara biasa bagi para jururawat untuk menjaga 50 hingga 60 pesakit bagi setiap giliran jadual kerja selama 10 jam yang memerah mental dan fizikal.

Jururawat berpengalaman juga mendapat permintaan tinggi berikutan pertumbuhan pesat hospital dan klinik swasta tempatan dan seberang laut.

Seorang jururawat am di sektor swasta tempatan memperoleh pendapatan dua kali ganda berbanding rakan mereka dalam perkhidmatan awam manakala di Arab Saudi, ia hampir empat atau lima kali ganda daripada Malaysia.

''Dengan perbezaan dalam pendapatan dan permintaan yang besar bagi mendapatkan khidmat jururawat, dan demi kepentingan negara, kerajaan perlu melihat rungutan mereka dengan segera,'' kata Ahmad Shah. - Utusan.

Amaran tarik lesen agensi pekerja asing

PUTRAJAYA 12 Ogos - Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) memberi amaran akan menarik balik lesen serta permit agensi pekerja asing yang didapati melanggar peraturan ditetapkan pihak berkuasa.

Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein (gambar) berkata, kerajaan juga tidak akan mengeluarkan lesen agensi pekerja asing yang baru dalam usaha mengatasi masalah kebanjiran pekerja asing di negara ini.

Katanya, kedua-dua keputusan itu diluluskan Kabinet hari ini selepas pihaknya menyerahkan memorandum hasil mesyuarat yang sebelum ini diputuskan oleh KDN.

''Syarikat agensi pekerja asing (yang baru) tidak akan dibenarkan lagi.

''Malah, agensi sedia ada iaitu sebanyak 277 buah akan ditarik balik permit dan lesen sekiranya tidak menjalankan kerja seperti yang sepatutnya,'' katanya kepada pemberita selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat pasca Kabinet kementeriannya di sini hari ini.

Hishammuddin berkata, keputusan membekukan pengambilan pekerja asing dari Bangladesh akan diteruskan kerana masalah kebanjiran pekerja asing di negara ini perlu dikurangkan.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, terdapat sektor tertentu yang memerlukan pekerja asing dan tiga kementerian dipertanggungjawabkan mengenal pasti keperluan pekerja asing sektor masing-masing.

Menurutnya, kementerian berkenaan adalah Kementerian Sumber Manusia, Kementerian Perusahaan, Perladangan dan Komoditi serta Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri.

''Kita menyerahkan hal-hal berkenaan kepada tiga kementerian terbabit kerana tidak mahu wujud pertindihan dengan KDN,'' katanya.

Mengulas hasil lawatannya ke Australia baru-baru ini, beliau berkata, satu delegasi daripada negara itu akan datang ke negara ini pada 26 Ogos hingga 27 Ogos ini sebagai kunjungan balas bagi membincangkan isu penyeludupan manusia. - Utusan.

Home Ministry Issues Warning To Errant Foreign Worker Agencies

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The Home Ministry will revoke the licenses and permits of foreign worker agencies found to have breached regulations stipulated by the authorities.

Its minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said besides this, the government would also not be issuing new licenses so as to curb the influx of foreign workers.

He said both decisions had been approved by the Cabinet.

"There will be no more new agencies, and the 277 existing ones risk having their licenses and permits revoked if they're not doing their jobs as they should," he told reporters after his ministry's post-Cabinet meeting here, Wednesday.

Hishammuddin said the freeze on the intake of foreign workers from Bangladesh also remained.

"For the sectors that need foreign workers, three ministries have been put in charge of ascertaining the manpower," he said.

The ministries are the Human Resources Ministry, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and the International Trade and Industry Ministry.

"We have given the three ministries jurisdiction over the matter to avoid overlapping of responsbilities with the Home Ministry," he said.

Hishammuddin said the Home Ministry was only in charge of screening in the context of security.

Commenting on his recent visit to Australia, Hishammuddin said as a follow-up to his visit, an Australian delegation would be coming to Malaysia on Aug 26 to further discuss the issue of human trafficking. -- BERNAMA

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

MTUC Demands For Minimum Wages

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) is demanding a minimum monthly wage of RM900 for the 10 million private sector workers.

Its general secretary, G. Rajasekaran, said the congress' demand was justified, in view of the fact the the government itself had acknowledged that the cost of living had gone up and wages needed to be increased.

This was reflected in the case of government pensioners whose minimum pension had now been fixed at RM720 per month.

"When pensioners could be paid that (amount), what about active workers who incur transportation, food and lodging costs? Can they survive on RM300 to RM400 a month," he asked.

In fact, Labour director-general Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim's announcement yesterday that wages in the manufacturing sector had increased to between RM650 to RM700 from RM450 previously, further showed that the hike was necessary to attract local workers.

He said, MTUC had been "fighting" for a minimum wage in the past 15 years and was being reasonable in maintaining RM900, although the cost of living over the years had increased tremendously.

--BERNAMA

Locally-Trained Chefs To Take Over Indian Restaurants

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The next time you walk into an average Indian restaurant for a hot and spicy banana leaf meal, it will most likely be cooked by locally-trained chefs and no longer those from India.

Human resources Minister Datuk Dr S.Subramaniam said today that under a training programme of the ministry, locals were being trained to take over from cooks from India in Indian restaurants, and the response from local Indians had been encouraging.

"We hope to reduce the number of cooks from India in stages, especially in Indian restaurants, once the first batch of locally-trained chefs is produced," he told reporters after visiting the CQ Tec College here.

The college received its first batch of 25 trainees last June for a six-month intensive programme.

Dr Subramaniam said the fees for the trainees were borne by the ministry through the Skills Development Fund Corporation and they would also be paid monthly allowances.

"Once they graduate, they will also be able to open up their own restaurants," he said, adding that the future was promising for Indian youths especially.

He said the idea was mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak f who wanted the ministry to train local chefs and not depend too much on cooks from India.

Another training programme undertaken by the ministry was hair-styling to replace barbers from India.

"We want the two sectors (restaurants and hair salons/barber shops) to rely less on foreign workers and employ locally trained people who are equally good," he said.

Dr Subramaniam also said that there would be more intakse of local students into the ministry-approved colleges for the two sectors.

-- BERNAMA

MTUC : DOSH Must Immediately Probe Ammonia Deaths

PETALING JAYA, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has called on the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to investigate the death of six people due to ammonia inhalation in Tanjung Karang yesterday.

It vice-president, A. Balasubramaniam, who is also the congress' DOSH committee chairman, said DOSH should make the findings public and take action against the employer, if negligence was proved.

Six workers, including two Bangladeshis, were killed when they inhaled ammonia believed to have leaked from a freezer at the worksite. Six other workers were hospitalised.

Balasubramaniam told Bernama today that the employer should make arrangements to send the bodies of two foreigners to their home country soon. "The employer should also pay appropriate compensation to the next-of-kin of the deceased and injured workers." he added.

Balasubramaniam and his committee members visited the injured workers at the Tanjung Karang Hospital last night and inspected the worksite this morning. He said it was regrettable that despite the intense campaign by the government and unions to reduce workplace accidents, they recurred. -- BERNAMA

'People being smuggled via Sg Golok'

KOTA BARU: Thai police believe a major human trafficking syndicate is using Sungai Golok district in southern Thailand as a transit point.

Sungai Golok police chief Col Tangnungsak Wangsupat said this was based on a series of arrests by Thai and Malaysian authorities over the past few months, the latest by the Kelantan Immigration Department.

"I believe they can cross over here easily as there are hundreds of illegal jetties along the Golok river."

Speaking to the New Straits Times at the launching of the Amazing Thailand 2009 exhibition at the Royal Thai Consulate office here yesterday, Wangsupat said police would continue working closely with their Kelantan counterparts to nab the culprits.

Also present at the function were Royal Consul-General Surapon Petch Vra, state police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar and Kelantan Tourism Action Council general manager Sulaiman Ismail.


The eight-day exhibition, which ends on Aug 18, was opened by state Public Works, Infrastructure and Environment Committee chairman Mohd Anizam Abdul Rahman.

Wangsupat was asked to comment on the arrests of 14 Myanmar nationals, including four children, by Immigration officers on Sunday.

The foreigners were brought into the state by a human trafficking syndicate.

Two brothers and their maid were detained in the operation at Kampung Kubang Panjang, Pasir Mas.

Rahim said all enforcement agencies were ordered to beef up their operations at the border to nab those involved in the syndicate.

"They were directed to increase their checks especially at illegal jetties round-the-clock to ensure the syndicates do not smuggle foreigners into the state again." - NST.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Police Detain Gang Leader And Members Of Agus Gang

SHAH ALAM, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Police detained eight members of the Agus Gang, including the leader and three women, during a pre-dawn raid at Taman Sri Muda on Aug 4.

Shah Alam deputy police chief Supt M. Chandrasehkaran said on Tuesday, the suspects, all Indonesians, aged between 19 to 30, were high on the police wanted list for assault and robbery, since January.

One of the woman who was arrested was the wife of the gang leader known as Agus, he said.

He added the modus operandi of the gang was to use gas cylinders to break into the houses of their would be victims.

"Police raided a house on the 4th floor of the Valencia flats in Section 25 of Taman Sri Muda at about 1am and detained all eight of them," he said.

Chandrasehkaran said with the arrest of the eight, police are confident of solving at least 16 high profile robbery cases in Bukit Jelutong and Subang Jaya, since January.

He added that during the raid, police found parang, sickle, cutter, masks, a knife and other sharp objects believed to have been used during robberies but they did not have any valid documents.

Chandrasehkaran said police also seized six hand phones, nine wallets, lap top computer bag, three ATM cards, a watch, a rubber stamp, two identity cards, 11 gold items like chain, hand chain, earrings and RM1,446 cash in Indonesian and Malaysian currencies.

However, we are still looking for other members of the gang, he said.

--BERNAMA

Boss rubs 21 masseuses the wrong way, now they want justice

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty-one Thai masseuses claim that their employer has cheated them, but he denies it. Instead he has accused the women of stealing items from his massage centres.

The masseuses had sought the help of the Thai Embassy here after their services were terminated without compensation.

Seeking help: The Thai masseuses holding up their complaint letters after lodging a report with the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

The employer, Yau Hoon Meng, claimed that some of the women had run away after stealing things from his centres in Shah Alam and Puchong.

Kannika Nakkrasae, 25, said their problems began when they went to see Yau’s wife in July to complain about unpaid salaries.

“Instead she got angry and terminated our services and asked us to leave our rooms,” said Kannika.

The women, aged between 25 and 45, had worked with Yau for almost four years.

Embassy labour affairs counsellor Pangmas Uuichiensin said the mission would act as mediator in the tussle and should that fail, the case would be referred to the relevant authority. - The Star online.

ECER Introduces Human Capital Development Programme

KUANTAN, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- The East Coast Economic Region (ECER) has produced a training and skills development programme to boost human capital.

The Corridor Growth Skills Training Development Programme will help workers and those retrenched learn new skills and help them find work or retain their current jobs in an increasingly competitive market place.

The ECER Development Council aims to train 4,000 of the ECER's employable population by year-end.

ECER Development Council chief executive officer Datuk Jebasingam Issace John said this initiative was in line with the ECER's socio-economic development and enhances the quality of life of its population.

"Part of the first stimulus package of RM7 billion, this Training Programme Fund will help ECER employees to explore entrepreneurial capabilities. This programme also fulfills the labour requirements needed by various sectors within ECER," he said in a statement.

The training programme comprises three key initiatives; skills development programme, training for fresh graduates and contract and part-time workers who have been retrenched to join back the workforce and entrepreneurship development.

The training will focus on the five main clusters of ECER including tourism, oil, gas and petrochemical, manufacturing, agriculture and education.

With 4,400 new graduates estimated to enter the ECER job market by the end of 2009, the training programme also allows for the creation of new jobs by virtue of graduate training in entrepreneurship.

--BERNAMA

Employers Seeking New Workers, Says Subramaniam

SUNGAI PETANI, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Several industrial companies are facing staff shortage after they were reported to have received product bookings and production contracts from overseas.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said the companies based in the Klang Valley and Johor, had even asked for the ministry's assistance to get new workers.

"We are looking into their problems in getting local workers. Probably, the salary offered was not so attractive, but if they are planning to hire foreign workers, we will find out how much they are willing to pay," he told reporters after opening a seminar with the agencies under the ministry here on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, he urged those who were unemployed to attend skills enhancement courses offered by the ministry at 300 institutions nationwide.

He said the government had allocated RM330 million to pay the monthly allowance for the participants.

"So far, we have about 20,000 places for various skills courses at the institutions and the people should at least, take the opportunity to attend it," added Dr Subramaniam.

--BERNAMA

Terkini : Gas bocor: 4 lelaki tempatan, 2 Bangladesh dikenalpasti maut

SHAH ALAM 11 Ogos – Empat lelaki tempatan dan dua lelaki warga Bangladesh antara yang dikenalpasti terkorban setelah terhidu gas ammonia yang bocor di belakang tokong Cina Bagan Pasir di sini pagi ini.

Dalam kejadian kira-kira pukul 8.50 pagi itu, empat lagi mangsa masih tidak sedarkan diri dan kini sedang menerima rawatan di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) Hospital Tanjung Karang dekat sini.

Keadaan mereka setakat tengah hari ini masih dilaporkan kritikal.

Pegawai Perhubungan Awam Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Selangor, Norizan Saad berkata, pihaknya sedang menyiasat punca kejadian. - Utusan

ENGLISH

Six die after inhaling ammonia gas

TANJUNG KARANG: Six people have died after inhaling leaked ammonia gas in Bagan Pasir here. -- Bernama

Terkini : 4 penjenayah ditembak mati

RAWANG 11 Ogos - Empat penjenayah dikehendaki polis yang terlibat dalam beberapa kes samun dan rogol di Lembah Klang ditembak mati di sini pagi ini.

Ketua Polis Selangor, Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar berkata, berdasarkan siasatan awal suspek dipercayai terlibat sekurang-kurangnya 15 kes samun di Lembah Klang sejak tiga bulan yang lalu.

``Kesemua penjenayah itu ditembak mati pada pukul 6.15 pagi berhampiran kilang simen Rawang,’’ katanya kepada pemberita di tempat kejadian. - Utusan

ENGLISH :

Police Shoot Dead Four Members Of Pak Ee Gang

RAWANG, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- Four "Pak Ee" gang members, who are high on the police wanted list, were shot dead near the Bristol cement factory here on Tuesday.

Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police were looking for the rest of the gang of Indonesians which was suspected to have committed at least 15 robberies in the Klang Valley since June.

He told reporters at the scene that police detected the four in a car at the Selayang wholesale market at 6.15am. Earlier, they were reported to have unsuccessfullly attempted to break into a house in Jinjang.

Khalid said that upon realising that the police were on their tail, they sped off but skidded near the cement factory.

Realising that they were surrounded, the four gang members, who were armed with parang and scythe, got out of the car and attacked the police, forcing the police to open fire, bringing all four down, he added.

Police also seized a parang, knife and a sharp iron rod in the car.

Khalid said police had been hunting the four, aged between 22 and 39, since a robbery in Shah Alam in June in which cash and jewellery worth RM500,000 were taken and a maid raped.

-- BERNAMA

Monday, August 10, 2009

HR Must Focus On Retaining, Developing Staff In Present Times

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- Human Resources (HR) practitioners in the country should balance the basic needs and use the present downturn to drive up the performance of companies, says a HR expert.

Director, Talent & Organization Performance of Accenture, Low Choy Huat said the key to successful talent management in difficult times was the ability to think ahead and strategically create a work force with capabilities to outperform the competition.

"We recommend HR to proactively focus on retaining and developing the right talent through adopting talent segmentation," Low said at a media briefing on "HR Challenges and Opportunities in Uncetain Times" here on Monday.

HR practitioners must also find innovative ways to engage the workforce while getting the right costs by optimising HR service delivery.

Low said a recent company research showed that chief executive officers of companies expected HR to make key decisions on talents.

"Only 11 percent are very satisfied with the contribution of their HR function," he added.

Low said the competition for talent will become a business challenge in the future.

"Companies that deal with the recession by cutting back too drastically on talent management practices may find themselves woefully unprepared for the long term," he added.

-- BERNAMA

Tourist Guide Charged With 26 Counts Of Human Trafficking

KLANG, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- A tourist guide was charged in two Sessions Courts here Monday with 26 counts of human trafficking of Chinese nationals last week.

Chin Fung Chu, 47, from Penampang, Sabah, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial to all the charges which were alleged to have been committed at the open car park, AMC Building, at the KL International Airport on Aug 4.

He is charged with trafficking in 26 Chinese nationals, aged between 15 and 46 years. They comprised 17 men and nine women, with six of them juveniles.

The first 13 charges were before judge Datuk Anita Harun, who allowed Chin bail of RM5,000 in two sureties, and the remainder, before judge Yong Zarida Sazali, who set bail at RM5,000 in one surety.

Both judges also ordered Chin to surrender his passport to the court and set Sept 15 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutors Siti Syuhada Alwi and Siti Noorbaya Jamil prosecuted while Chin was represented by lawyer J. Ganesan.

-- BERNAMA

Three Detained For Human Trafficking, Two Still At Large

KOTA BAHARU, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- Three locals who smuggled in 12 Myanmar nationals, including three children, aimed at turning them into beggars in Kuala Lumpur, were detained by the Kelantan Immigration.

Kelantan Immigration Deputy Director Norazilawati Mustapha said the three, including two brothers and a woman, aged between 17 and 25 were detained at about 7pm for smuggling and locking up 12 Myanmar nationals in a house at Kampung Kubang Panjang, Pasir Mas, yesterday.

"We are looking for two more suspects, believed to be the parents of the two brothers, to assist investigations," Norazilawati told reporters here on Monday.

According to Norazilawati, all the Myanmar nationals whose ages were between two and 39, comprised of seven men, two women and three children (all girls), were given temporary shelter.

She said all the suspects are believed to be members of a family who have been involved in human trafficking for the past two years.

Initial investigations revealed that the suspects would take the Myanmar nationals to Kuala Lumpur and turn them to beggars on the streets.

--BERNAMA

Marine Force Nabs 21 Illegals At Tanjung Pengelih

JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 10 (Bernama) -- The police marine operations force detained 21 Indonesian illegal immigrants in the sea off Pengerang near Kota Tinggi yesterday morning.

In a blitz dubbed 'Operation Octopus', a team of policemen also seized a flatboat fitted with an outboard engine, from the suspects aged between 19 and 53.

Naval Region 2 commander ACP Mohd Khamsani Abd Rahman said in a statement today that the policemen spotted the flatboat at 12.15am.

In a 20-minute chase that ensued, the police detained the illegals, he said.

--BERNAMA

PGM Wilayah Dua tahan 21 pendatang asing

JOHOR BAHARU: Pasukan Gerakan Marin (PGM) Wilayah Dua menahan 21 pendatang asing tanpa izin di perairan Pengerang, dekat Kota Tinggi, tengah malam tadi.

Komander Markas PGM Wilayah Dua, ACP Mohd Khamsani Abd Rahman, berkata pihaknya berjaya menahan kesemua rakyat Indonesia itu selepas mengesan sebuah bot pancung mencurigakan di kedudukan 0.3 batu nautika dari pantai Tanjung Pengelih, kira-kira jam 12.15 tengah malam.

Operasi Octopus, yang dilakukan seorang pegawai dan lapan anggota PGM, berjaya menahan bot pancung itu selepas mengejarnya selama 20 minit," katanya dalam satu kenyataan, hari ini.

Mohd Khamsani berkata, hasil pemeriksaan, terdapat 21 pendatang asing tanpa izin di dalam bot itu termasuk tekong dan pembantunya.

Katanya, semua mereka yang ditahan berumur di antara 19 dan 53 tahun kini disiasat mengikut Akta Imigresen 1953/1967. Turut dirampas ialah bot pancung dan enjin sangkut bot itu. - Berita Harian.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Prove Claims That Sabah Is Human Trafficking Transit Point

TAWAU, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Noor Rashid Ibrahim urged all parties, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to prove their claims that Sabah was an entry point for human trafficking activities.

He said those who made unsubstantiated claims would only jeopardise police investigations into the activities.

"So far there is little information about the issue," he told Bernama here, today.

He was commenting on claims by a Tenaganita coordinator, Aegile Fernandez, in Kota Kinabalu recently that Sabah was the main entry point for the trafficking of children, labour and sex workers.

"She made the same allegation before and I have sent her a letter asking her to cooperate with us if she has any information. Until today she has not replied to the letter.

"Do not make baseless allegations as these will cast negative perception on us, as if the police are not doing their work," he said.

-- BERNAMA

Graduan dinasihat rajin 'meneroka'

Oleh Basir Zahrom
basir@bharian.com.my

SERDANG: Mahasiswa perlu mempunyai sikap membentuk fikiran seterusnya menentukan tindakan terbaik dan untuk terus maju kita tidak seharusnya mudah berpuas hati dengan apa yang dicapai, kata penerima anugerah Profesor Emeritus sempena Majlis Konvokesyen ke-33 Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Datuk Dr Muhamad Zohadie Bardaie, di sini, semalam.

"Lebih baik kita gagal dalam usaha meneroka sesuatu yang lebih bermanfaat daripada berdiam diri saja kerana khuatir menemui kegagalan. Inilah sikap yang perlu ada dalam diri graduan kerana anda adalah pemangkin masa depan negara.

"Graduan juga perlu sentiasa mencari jalan mengatasi batasan yang ada demi kesejahteraan negara dan saranan saya kepada ibu bapa, berilah pendidikan sempurna kerana ia adalah seribu kali lebih baik daripada meninggalkan harta kepada anak-anak, jadi dorong mereka sehingga mencapai kejayaan," katanya ketika berucap pada sesi kedua majlis konvokesyen itu, semalam.

Hadir sama, Pro Canselor UPM, Tan Sri Dr Nayan Ariffin dan Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek; Pengerusi Lembaga Pengarah UPM, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Syed Jalaluddin Syed Salim serta Naib Canselornya, Prof Datuk Dr Nik Mustapha R Abdullah.

Penerima Hadiah Pingat Emas Canselor, Noorhalizam Mohamad Noor dari Bacelor Sains Pertanian, menyifatkan kejayaannya itu hasil tiga prinsip diamalkannya iaitu pengurusan masa yang baik, pengurusan kewangan sistematik serta menjaga perhubungan dengan orang lain.

"Saya yakin ia adalah bidang satu bidang yang mampu meningkatkan pendapatan penduduk luar bandar seiring dengan penduduk bandar dan potensinya amat besar jika kita pandai mengadaptasi teknologi dengan pengetahuan diri sendiri," katanya.- Berita Harian.

Laksana idea bernas generasi muda

KUALA LUMPUR 8 Ogos - Kerajaan kini melaksanakan pendekatan pengupayaan golongan muda bagi mendapatkan idea bernas mereka untuk memacu pembangunan negara yang lebih cemerlang.

Timbalan Menteri Pengajian Tinggi, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah berkata, tiga ciri pentingnya ialah menghormati permintaan orang muda, menjadikan mereka sebagai rakan kepimpinan dan memberi ruang lebih luas mereka berfikir serta berorientasi mengikut ajaran Islam.

"Orang muda lebih mudah 'duduk semeja', mempunyai pendapat yang bijak dan mampu berbincang lebih rasional walaupun berbeza fahaman politik dan ini sudah terbukti sejak dulu," katanya pada sidang akhbar selepas merasmikan Kongres Pelajar dan Penegasan Teras-Teras Kenegaraan 2009 di Kompleks MAYC di sini hari ini.

Acara anjuran Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM) dengan kerjasama Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM) itu bersempena Majlis Perhimpunan Agung Tahunan PKPIM ke-48.

Antara tujuannya ialah memberi makna dan kefahaman jelas mengenai teras-teras kenegaraan dan merintis usaha mengubah Malaysia ke arah lebih baik.

Saifuddin berkata, kerajaan akan mengamalkan dasar terbuka dan memberi peluang kepada golongan muda memberi apa saja pendapat.

Menurutnya, jika pendapat mereka mempunyai kebaikan kepada rakyat dan negara ia akan dibincangkan ke peringkat tertinggi secara terperinci.

"Salah satu usaha kerajaan dalam mengutamakan pendapat golongan muda ini dapat dilihat apabila kerajaan menggubal Akta Universiti dan Kolej Universiti (AUKU)," katanya.

"Kini golongan muda termasuk pelajar institusi pengajian tinggi (IPT) bebas bersuara dan memberi pendapat mengenai sebarang isu berkaitan negara selagi tidak menyertai demonstrasi haram atau berjuang untuk mana-mana parti," katanya.

Menurut Saifuddin, ketika ini terdapat 50 persatuan mahasiswa berorientasikan Islam di IPT yang membabitkan 15,000 ahli.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, golongan muda boleh menyertai persatuan yang sedia ada untuk menyuarakan sebarang pendapat.

"Walaupun berbeza persatuan, golongan muda yang kaya dengan idea dan cerdik ini perlu mengambil perbezaan di kalangan mereka sebagai rahmat, bukannya titik perpecahan."Apabila kerajaan melaksanakan pendekatan pengupayaan ini, diharap ia merapatkan hubungan dan kerjasama dengan golongan muda," tambahnya. - Utusan Malaysia.

Kakitangan awam dibebani hutang

KUALA LUMPUR 8 Ogos - Sebahagian besar daripada 1.2 juta orang kakitangan awam di negara ini berhutang, menyebabkan ada di antaranya membawa pulang hanya 40 peratus sahaja daripada gaji mereka setiap bulan.

Presiden Kongres Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Di Dalam Perkhidmatan Awam (CUEPACS), Omar Osman mendedahkan, ada dalam kalangan kakitangan awam memperoleh pendapatan boleh guna yang sedikit, malah ada yang mencapai tahap teruk.

''Ada kes di mana mereka yang berumur 50 tahun belum habis membayar hutang, malah lebih teruk lagi ada yang kehabisan bayaran gratuiti kerana menjelaskan pinjaman," katanya kepada Utusan Melayu Mingguan, baru-baru ini.

(Laporan penuh mengenai beban hutang kakitangan awam ini dapat diikuti dalam Utusan Melayu Mingguan, esok).

Menurutnya, kumpulan berpendapatan sederhana dan bawahan adalah paling ketara berhutang, setidak-tidaknya membuat pinjaman perumahan dan kenderaan atau pinjaman peribadi.

Omar berkata, bebanan hutang yang terpaksa ditanggung oleh kakitangan awam boleh dilihat apabila ramai di antara mereka terpaksa bekerja secara sambilan siang dan malam.

''Dianggarkan lima peratus kakitangan awam terpaksa bekerja sambilan,'' ujarnya.

Beliau memberi contoh daripada 20,000 pemandu teksi di Lembah Klang, 10 peratus adalah kakitangan awam yang melakukannya secara sambilan.

Katanya, terdapat kes-kes teruk sehingga ada yang tidak datang kerja kerana tidak mempunyai wang.

''Jika datang sekali pun tidak buat kerja kerana hilang tumpuan akibat beban hutang,'' ujarnya yang bimbang dengan fenomena tersebut. - Utusan Malaysia.

H1N1 FLU: KLIA depot detainees for other holding centres

ILLEGAL immigrants locked down at the KLIA Immigration detention centre following the death of an inmate from Influenza A (H1N1) are being sent to three other immigration detention centres.

The depot has also stopped accepting detainees. KLIA Immigration Depot commandant Shainurin Shaari said
the three detention centres are at Semenyih in Selangor, Lenggeng in Negri Sembilan and Machap Umboo in Malacca. He said Immigration Department officers would decide where to send the detainees.

“Until the District Health Department gives us the green light, we will not accept new inmates,” Shainurin said, adding that he expects the situation to last for the next two weeks.

“Even after we reopen, we will screen every new detainee brought in for H1N1. We want to prevent the spread of the virus in the detention centre.”

The KLIA depot in Sepang was locked down on Tuesday after it was confirmed that Togolese inmate Malou-Ouro Dramane’s death last Friday was due to H1N1.

Deportation activities at the depot have since come to a halt. Officials from the Sepang Health Department screened the remaining 950 detainees and 40 Immigration staff for the influenza and the result showed that none was infected. - Malay Mail.

Masterkill Graduates Highly Sought

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- As the Masterskill University College of Health (Much) produces high quality graduates, they are highly sought-after by various companies.

Its Vice-Chancellor, Profesor Datuk Dr Ishak Tambi Kechik, said the college's recipe of success was due to its excellent teaching methods.

He said, almost all Much graduates found employment as soon as they completed their studies, adding that some had to postpone attending to their graduation due to work commitment.

Ishak said that more than 500 of the university's graduates could not attend Saturday's convocation because of work commitment.

He said this in a press conference after the first session of the MUCH convocation at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.

More than 1,800 graduates from various health science fields received their diplomas from Much Chancellor Raja Datuk Seri Azureen Sultan Azlan Shah.

-- BERNAMA
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