GOPENG: The National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) is ready to face the upcoming northeast monsoon, says its deputy director general, Meor Ismail Meor Akim.
He said that Nadma started making preparations for the monsoon season about two months ago.
“We carry out training courses involving more than 12,000 people between OCPD, firefighters and people from the respective areas.
“For Perak, the courses were held about two weeks ago in Ipoh. As well as preparing our staff, we also have assets ready,” he told reporters at Nadma Cliff and Rescue For Monsoon Preparation in Gua Tempurung here on Friday (November 4).
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On Thursday (November 3), the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) issued an early monsoon warning across Malaysia with a forecast of recurring periods of heavy rain and turbulent winds from Monday (November 7) through March.
This year, he said, the monsoon would bring rain earlier than previously forecast and cause at least four to six periods of constant heavy rain during the five-month season.
Meor Ismail also said that while Nadma was ready, she also wanted to train people in flood-prone areas to be prepared for anything.
“While Nadma will be going into the field, we also want to make sure we have well-trained locals, as they will be the first to arrive to help those in need.
“For example, the security and rescue simulation we conducted in Gua Tempurung involved not only the Special Tactical Operations and Rescue Team (STORM) of the Fire and Rescue Department, the Civil Defense Force and the police, but also the rangers of the area.
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“To prepare for rescue missions, we often run simulations of various disasters and situations such as landslides, as well as tunnel, cave and water rescues.
“We have done it in Cameron Highlands in Pahang, Gunung Kinabalu in Sabah, and next year we will have it in Tasik Kenyir in Terengganu,” he said, adding that rescuers face various threats and obstacles during their missions.
“For cave missions, in addition to making sure there are no ground movements before rescuing victims, our staff are also exposed to wild animals like snakes. But I think these are just minor hurdles for them,” he said.
Anwar: Don’t call me ‘papa’
PETALING JAYA: Social media users have coined the term “PMX” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Photo), who has made it clear that he does not want to be called “dad” or by any other paternal nickname.
PMX refers to him as the country’s 10th Prime Minister, PM being the acronym for Prime Minister, while “X” is 10 in Roman numerals.
There have been several news articles and social media posts referring to the Tambun MP as PMX since the Yang di-Pertuan Agong took office on November 24.
On Tuesday (December 6), Anwar had
asked Malaysians not to call him dad after a netizen wished him “Good morning dad” on Twitter.
Anwar had responded with “Please don’t do that”.
Anwar, who is married to Datuk Seri MP Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail of Bandar Tun Razak, is called “dad” by his six children.
Anwar’s refusal to use a paternal nickname with the rakyat is considered to be a departure from the practice of former Prime Ministers Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who were comfortable presenting themselves as the father figure of the nation.
Ismail Sabri and Muhyiddin were referred to as “Pak Long” and “Abah” respectively.
A tech-savvy Anwar has always been active on social media, where he could be seen interacting and joking with netizens.
On December 4, Anwar, who is also the chairman of PKR and chairman of Pakatan Harapan, said that despite the increased responsibilities after assuming the country’s highest post, he will still find time to respond to tweets.
“Many complain that I rarely reply to tweets. The responsibility is increasing, but I still follow my friends’ comments on Twitterjaya. InshaAllah, I will try to find space and reply to all my friends’ tweets,” he said in a post.
Don’t challenge me, Anwar tells Muhyiddin
PUTRAJAYA: There were several processes and procedures that former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyuddin Yassib did not follow, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The prime minister said this includes the participation of companies linked to his relatives.
“I would like to remind Muhyiddin not to challenge me as it is clear that various processes and procedures were not followed,” he told the media after registering with the Finance Ministry on Monday (Dec 6).
Anwar, however, did not elaborate on the companies and the nature of the businesses they are involved in.
He said that while his intention was to focus on economic growth and people’s well-being, the matter needed to be addressed as it was being questioned.
He said certain parties had claimed they were clean.
“However, they are not, since it was found that there were approvals made without following the rules.
“This includes approvals made during the movement control order,” he said.
There have been calls for an ICR on government spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Muhyiddin, who is also the president of Perikatan Nasional, said he never embezzled or embezzled funds meant to help people and if he had, investigations would have started long ago.
Anwar sues Perak PAS commissioner for defamation
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against Perak PAS Commissioner Razman Zakaria over a speech he made allegedly linking the prime minister to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture and stating that he supported communist ideology .
Anwar filed the suit through Messrs. SN Nair & Partners in the Taiping High Court, naming Gunong Semanggol Assemblyman Razman as the sole defendant.
Based on his statement of claim, Anwar as plaintiff asserted that on November 6, defendant delivered a campaign speech during the 15th General Election at Tebuk Pancur night market, which was broadcast live on defendant’s Facebook with the username “Haji Razman Zakaria”. and was viewed more than 94,400 times, received more than 5,100 reactions, 429 shares, and more than 2,600 comments as of Monday (December 5).
The Facebook video was then posted in an article titled “Razman dakwa Anwar bawa agenda LGBT, bimbang kerjasama PH-BN” dated November 6 in Malay and English on a news portal.
The Tambun MP claimed that the defamatory statements and published article implied that he was a liar, practiced and supported communist ideology, and encouraged same-sex marriage.
Anwar also claimed that the defamatory statements were made to ruin his reputation and that the accusations made in the article were untrue as he had always upheld Islamic values and a broader reform agenda for the administration.
It added that the defendant uttered the defamatory words in an effort to sully his good name by inciting the public and creating hatred towards him and the party during the GE15 campaign period.
The defendant also breached Section 4A of the Electoral Offenses Act 1954 and did not apologize to him for his actions, Anwar said.
As such, it seeks general, compensatory, aggravated, and exemplary damages, as well as injunctive relief to prevent Defendant or its agents from repeating or causing publication of the slanderous article, in addition to seeking costs, interest, and other appropriate relief.
Anwar’s lawyer, Datuk SN Nair, confirmed the matter when contacted.- Bernama
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