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Malaysia has played significant role in calling for total elimination of nuclear weapons

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been actively involved in international efforts calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons through its participation in the three major international conferences on the subject since 2013.

The country’s unwavering commitment to nuclear disarmament was reflected through its participation in the first Intergovernmental Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons organized by Norway in Oslo in 2013, followed by the second and third similar conferences held in Nayarit, Mexico. and Vienna, Austria, respectively. One year later.

Hakim Hamzah, Secretary General of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRC), recalled that during the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons conference held in Vienna in December 2014, there were representatives from three different Malaysian political parties.

This clearly showed that the different political parties representing the views of Malaysians were aware of the importance of knowing the serious repercussions of the use of nuclear weapons.

“It is also hoped that regardless of which Malaysian political parties represent the government in power, Malaysian citizens can rest assured that Malaysia’s nuclear weapons policies will remain the same,” he told Bernama in an interview. Exclusive recently. in conjunction with the second anniversary of Malaysia’s ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on September 30, 2020.

Malaysia was the 46th state to ratify the treaty and this in itself is Malaysia’s great contribution to the international community towards the elimination of nuclear weapons, he said, adding that as a Malaysian he is very proud of the strong position of the country in affairs. relating to nuclear weapons.

Under the TPNW, nations are prohibited from using or threatening to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. They are also prohibited from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing or storing them.

Similarly, states parties to the TPNW must cooperate to ensure the successful implementation of the Treaty, and this includes the requirement to provide technical, material, and financial assistance to states affected by nuclear weapons.

Hakim opined that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has called for the abolition of nuclear weapons since September 1945, during the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Japan, adding that the international organization has regularly called for the “absolute ban”. of nuclear weapons ever since.

Hakim said that the risk of a nuclear conflict or accident is greater now than it has been for decades, as there are still states that hold the view that nuclear weapons are tools to ensure national and regional security and are necessary for the maintenance of the geostrategic balance.

“This is despite evidence that the risk of the use of nuclear weapons, whether by intention, miscalculation or accident, has increased in recent years to the highest level since the Cold War,” he said.

On the MRC’s efforts to promote the TPNW, he said that the MRC-ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) Facebook chat on nuclear abolition held recently showed that young people, including high school students, were also interested. in learning about the TPNW and nuclear abolition.

More than 500 young people attended the webinar and had an interactive session with speakers from MRC and ICRC. – Bernama


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Peter Anthony uses Sabah budget debate to apologise for ‘words, actions’ during GE15

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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kesejahteraan Demoktratik Malaysia (KDM) Chairman Datuk Peter Anthony (Photo) took the opportunity to apologize for any wrong words and actions that may have occurred throughout his campaign leading up to the 15th General Election (GE15).

He was giving his budget debate speech during the state legislature sitting here on Tuesday (Nov. 29), when he apologized without directly referring to any issue or issue.

“The general elections recently concluded and whatever has happened in the past, I hope it stays in the past,” he said.

“We are now in a new government and we hope we can all work together at the state and federal level to budget and move Sabah forward to bring political stability and economic growth,” Peter said.

Representing the party and all its members, he said, “if something wrong was said and done, I apologize.”

On November 5, a riot broke out at the Tenom nomination center when Peter’s nomination was rejected hours after it was accepted by the state Election Commission.

A group of supporters went on a rampage, forcing security forces to use tear gas to disperse the crowd at around 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, Peter spoke about the issues facing his Melalap constituency, which falls under Tenom’s parliamentary seat, including water and electricity supply issues, a lack of shops, economic opportunities and a lack of infrastructure development. .

I hoped that the government would take steps to address these problems, for the betterment of the people of Melalap.

He supported the State Budget 2023 which was introduced in the assembly by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on Friday (Nov 25).


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PTPTN repayment incentive taken up by over 11,000 S’wak graduates since 2019

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KUCHING: Some 11,095 Sarawakian graduates have benefited from the Yayasan Sarawak Higher Education National Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayment incentive since 2019, says Datuk Roland Sagah.

The state’s education, innovation and talent development minister said the incentive has risen to RM36.1 million since it was introduced.

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“Sarawak is the only state in Malaysia that provides such an incentive. Another 30 million ringgit has been approved for this incentive next year,” he told the Sarawak Legislative Assembly as he wrapped up business related to his ministry on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Sagah said the 30:30 incentive was part of the state government’s efforts to help ease the burden on Sarawak graduates of repaying their PTPTN student loans.

Under the scheme, the state government will subsidize 30% of the balance of graduates who have already repaid at least 30% of their loans.

For example, it said that a graduate with a loan of RM10,000 must have paid back at least RM3,000 to be eligible for the scheme.

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“With this, you are eligible for a 30% incentive on the balance of RM7,000, which goes up to RM2,100.

“Therefore, the remaining balance of the graduate’s loan will be RM4,900,” Sagah said, adding that the scheme encouraged graduates to meet their loan repayment obligations.

Sagah also said that the first Yayasan Sarawak International Secondary School (YSISS) in Petra Jaya began operations on April 4 with an initial cohort of 115 students from across the state.

READ ALSO: Abang Johari hopes Yayasan Sarawak International Schools will produce high-level students

“Once fully developed, the campus will have a capacity of 500 students in years seven to 11, which is equivalent to grades one through five,” he said.

It added that the construction of YSISS Kuching at mile 12 of Kuching-Serian Road was scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of next year, while the construction of YSISS Sibu was scheduled to start early next year.

“Both YSISS Bintulu and Miri are currently in the planning stage,” he said.


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Three killed, six injured in car-van collision in Kluang

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KLUANG: Three people were killed and six others injured after an accident involving two vehicles at KM15 Jalan Kluang – Teck Wah Hing here.

Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Bahrin Mohd Noh said the accident happened around 4pm on Monday (November 28), after a 20-year-old driver of a car lost control of the wheels and collided with a van.

“According to the initial investigation, the van was heading towards Kluang from Renggam, while the car was moving in the opposite direction.

“The driver of the car then lost control and skidded into the oncoming lane, causing the collision to occur,” he said in a statement here Monday.

He added that the family of four in the van sustained injuries and is being treated at Kluang Hospital.

“There were four people in the van, including two children between the ages of 11 and 15. They are currently receiving medical treatment at the hospital.

“Meanwhile, the four people in the van are colleagues. Two of them, including the driver, died at the scene, while one more person died while receiving treatment at the hospital,” he said.

He said the deceased are between 17 and 21 years old.

The case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.


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