30 Sep 2011

Tajudin vs GLCs suit not resolved yet

The suits by various government-linked corporations (GLCs) against tycoon and former Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chairperson Tajudin Ramli have not been resolved yet, and the court in Kuala Lumpur has fixed Nov 3 for further case management.

This was confirmed by Tajudin's lawyer Lim Kian Leong when met by reporters today.The case was initially fixed before newly-appointed President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Md Raus Sharif, who is the managing judge for the appellate court.

At the last session, Justice Md Raus fixed today for case management for the tabling of a global settlement.Today, it was to have been heard before lone Court of Appeal judge Justice Zaharah Ibrahim.

However, there was no sign of Umno lawyer Mohd Hafarizam Harun, who has been designated by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz as counsel for the GLCs to resolve the settlement, as per the minister's Aug 8 letter.

27 Sep 2011

IGP: Cops recover part of KLIA robbery loot


The police have recovered a sum of money, believed to be part of the loot of a robbery allegedly committed by three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers at the KL International Airport (KLIA) on Sept 15.Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar has however, declined to disclose the amount of money recovered.“Investigations are proceeding smoothly and there are still some issues which need to be resolved, including tracking down two men who are believed to be linked to the case,” he said after attending a Hari Raya gathering at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

On the three MACC officers whose remand ended yesterday, Ismail said it was extended by another three days, beginning today.The trio, attached to the Putrajaya MACC headquarters, were detained by police on suspicion of robbing a money-changer of foreign currencies amounting to about RM900,000.

They comprised an acting assistant commissioner, a senior assistant superintendent and an assistant superintendent.The MACC, in a statement recently, said the three officers had been suspended from investigation work while awaiting the outcome of police investigations.Meanwhile, to a question on two brothers linked to a bomb explosion in Sungai Golok and said to be in Malaysia, Ismail said the police were in the midst of tracking down the duo, aged 26 and 27.

“We have ongoing cooperation with the Thai police and take care of each other's interests in resolving this matter.“We have an understanding with the Thai security forces to ensure the security of the border between the two countries,” he added.In the bomb explosion on Sept 16, four Malaysians were killed and 19 others injured.


Source : Bernama

China Press ( 27-09-2011)


Lawyer for Sarbaini's kin: Decision hard to believe ( UPDATE )

The family of Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed wants more time before commenting officially on the finding of the inquest into his death.His brother-in-law Mohd Shah Jaafar said Ahmad Sarbaini's widow was tired today as she had gone to the Tabung Haji.

NONEMasiah @ Maziah Manap (right) and Ahmad Sarbaini were slated to perform the haj this year.Following Sarbaini's death, her son will be accompanying her to the Holy Land.

The family's lawyer, Awtar Singh, in commenting on the finding, said it is hard to believe the late Sarbaini had climbed out of the window to run away.

“Why must he do that? He (went there) on his own free will. Furthermore, there are no visible fingerprints near the window and they did not take the clothing of the MACC KL head of investigations, Mohamad Fauzi (Husin), to conduct a DNA test.”

Awtar said the MACC should be held liable for Sarbaini's death as it occurred within its premises.

“We are thinking of filing a judicial review but I will await instructions from my client.”
Awtar also pointed out that Sarbaini was not the kind of person to run away as he was a responsible and religious person.

PAS wants royal panel to probe AG for graft

In light of serious allegations of graft and judicial abuse made against Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, PAS wants the public official to be investigated by a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI)."This is a black mark against the AG's Chambers, as a national institution enacted by constitutional provisions," PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

The allegations, said Mahfuz, were made by former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) panel member Robert Phang, self-exiled blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin and even former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Mat Zain Ibrahim in a series of open letters.An RCI is vital to look into the matter, the Pokok Sena MP added, since the institution Gani heads has a direct connection with the federal constitution, appointed as he is by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

26 Sep 2011

Lawyer for Sarbaini's kin: Decision hard to believe

The family of Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed wants more time before commenting officially on the finding of the inquest into his death.His brother-in-law Mohd Shah Jaafar said Ahmad Sarbaini's widow was tired today as she had gone to the Tabung Haji.Masiah @ Maziah Manap (right) and Ahmad Sarbaini were slated to perform the haj this year.

Following Ahmad Sarbaini's death, her son will be accompanying her to the Holy Land. The family's lawyer, Awtar Singh, in commenting on the finding, said it is hard to believe the late Sarbaini had climbed out of the window to run away.

“Why must he do that? He (went there) on his own free will. Furthermore, there are no visible fingerprints near the window and they did not take the clothing of the MACC KL head of investigations, Ahmad Fauzi (Husin), to conduct a DNA test.”

Awtar said the MACC should be held liable for his death as it occurred within its premises. “We are thinking of filing a judicial review but I will await instructions from my client.” Social Care Foundation chairperson Robert Phang, who was present, said that, while he respects the coroner's decision, it does not absolve MACC of blame.

“We have had one incident in (the case of) Teoh (Beng Hock) and again with Ahmad Sarbaini and I feel the authorities should get to the bottom of the matter," he said.“Abu Kassim (Mohammed), the MACC chief commissioner, should really do some housekeeping to bring it to good repute. The public is clearly watching closely what is happening.”


Source : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/176916

23 Sep 2011

IGP: BN may lose power if ISA issue not addressed


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Barisan Nasional (BN) may lose the next general election if the ruling coalition does not tackle issues surrounding the Internal Security Act (ISA), says top cop Tan Sri Ismail Omar.The Inspector-General of Police wrote this in a book that was published before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced plans to repeal the security law last week.In the book titled “1 Malaysia Menjana Negara Sejahtera dan Bahagia Menjelang 2020”, Ismail said the law, introduced in 1960, would continue to be a hotly-debated political issue, increasing support for the opposition.
 
“The government is said to continue using the double-edged sword of the ISA. For the government, it is important to maintain peace and national security but the opposition will continue to gain public sympathy and voter support,” he wrote.He said “if the government does not manage this issue well, it will lead to defeat in the next general election.”Ismail, who replaced Tan Sri Musa Hassan as police chief in September 2010, said that even though the government had promised to review the ISA when Najib became prime minister in April 2009, many had doubted this pledge.

22 Sep 2011

Najib announces rural change scheme, RM50m grant


PUTRAJAYA, Sept 22 — The government will soon launch the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) to spur economic development in rural areas, starting with a multi-million ringgit distribution centre in Gopeng, Perak.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) will help small-scale rural entrepreneurs forge better links with the market in order to boost demand for their products.“It will be used as an agro-food and agro-business supply centre that will connect suppliers with consumers,” he told some 2,000 entrepreneurs and their families here.
Najib also announced an early allocation of RM50 million to some 10,000 rural businesses under the Usahawan Kecil Dinamik (Dynamic Small Entrepreneurs) programme that will be administered by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara).He added that there were other RTP programmes in the pipeline but said he would only announce them at the upcoming Budget 2012 next month.Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal later told reporters that, in addition to helping entrepreneurs reach a wider market, the RTC will also be a one-stop centre for business financing and training.

“We have provided kiosks kitted out by the Rural Development Ministry with all the information entrepreneurs need,” he said.“The kiosk is a place where you can have access to all sorts of information, with regards to how to get loans and training.”Shafie said the centre, which will service rural businesses within a 100km radius, will be ready in “two of three months”, adding that his ministry had already identified at least four other locations for future RTCs, including in East Malaysia.The RTP is a cross-ministry effort to drive economic development in rural areas that also involves the agriculture and agro-business, health, education, home affairs and defence ministries.


Source : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/najib-announces-rural-change-scheme-rm50m-grant/

21 Sep 2011

MACC officers held for RM1 mil ‘robbery’

PETALING JAYA: Three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior officers have been arrested in connection with an extortion-cum-robbery case involving RM1 million.The alleged victims were said to be three money changers from Singapore.According to a source familiar with the case, the money changers were at KLIA last Thursday night to board a flight to Singapore.

The source said the trio were carrying foreign currencies amounting to about RM2 million which they had declared to the customs authorities.“When they alighted from the satelite train, the money changers were confronted by five men who identified themselves as MACC officers.

“The trio were then taken to a nearby eatery, where the MACC officers had demanded for US$100,000 from each money changer.“When they refused, the officers took them to a toilet, where there are no CCTV cameras, and opened the bags containing the cash. The officers then took three bundles of US$100,000.

“The officers also warned the money changers not to report the matter,” claimed the source.When contacted, Selangor police chief Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah confirmed that three senior MACC officers were arrested. He told FMT that the trio have been remanded for seven days to facilitate investigations and added that the incident had turned from extortion into robbery.


Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/09/21/macc-officers-held-for-rm1-mil-robbery/

AG’s Chambers to host open seminar on sedition


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 — The Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers is holding an open seminar to discuss the law on sedition and its usefulness in societies, according to Bernama Online.The seminar titled “Efficacy of the Sedition Act 1948”  intends to give the public a better understanding of the law, therefore there will be greater awareness to balance the right to express and the harms that may be present in speech.
The seminar will deal with seditious content in print media and also the Internet, which will make it appealing especially to bloggers to attend, according to a statement released by the AG chambers.It stated that sometimes satire and parody ends up defaming individuals.

The speakers slated are AG chambers’ own prosecutor Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah and UiTM legal professor Professor Emeritus Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi.Joining them will be deputy head of the civil division in the AG’S chambers, S. Amarjeet Singh, Media Prima chairman and newspaper columnist, Datuk Johan Jaaffar, and executive director of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Mustaffa Fazil Mohd Abdan.Some prominent bloggers are expected to attend and present their views at the seminar.It will be held on September 26 and 27 at Dewan Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Yusof, Level 3, AG’s Chambers in Precinct 4, Putrajaya.

Those interested to attend the seminar can contact Hamidi Mohd. Noh at 03-88855111 or email to hamidi@agc.gov.my, Izazi Muhamedin (03-88722239 or izazi@agc.gov.my), or T. Deepa Nair (03-8872 2231 or deepa@agc.gov.my) of the AG’s Chambers.


Source : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ags-chambers-to-host-open-seminar-on-sedition/

15 Sep 2011

PKFZ: Ex-MCA minister's case sent to KL High Court

The Putrajaya Sessions Court has transferred former transport minister Chan Kong Choy's cheating case to the Kuala Lumpur High Court.Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Nordin Hassan sought the transfer under Section 418A (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

Chan, 55, who served in the position from 2003 to 2008 in former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's cabinet, was charged with cheating the latter over the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) multi-billion ringgit fiasco. Judge Azhaniz Ateh Azman allowed the prosecution's application for transfer but asked Chan's lawyer, Tan Hock Chuan for his views on the stay application the defence had applied for last month.

Dr Ling signed but didn’t write letter to PM, witness reveals


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — At Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s cheating trial today, the spotlight fell on a three-page letter he signed and sent to the then prime minister in 2002 that appeared to set the outcome of the now scandal-tainted Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.A former senior transport ministry official revealed today that Dr Ling, then the minister in charge of the port project, had played no part in writing or even drafting the letter, which had been heavily revised on certain facts that are now being disputed.

Datuk Zaharaah Shaari, who was the Ministry of Transport’s (MoT) secretary-general at that time and was tasked with preparing the letter, told the High Court her ex-boss had read the letter dated April 3, 2002 to which he affixed his signature, but “was not involved” in writing or drafting its contents.She admitted, after persistent questioning by Dr Ling’s lawyer, Wong Kian Kheong, that she had made several “corrections” to an original draft by former Port Klang Authority (PKA) chief Datin O.C. Phang.“The biggest amendment I remember was to paragraph five,” she told the High Court, referring to a lengthy explanation over the problem of obtaining the required 1,000 acres of land from Pulau Indah landowner Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) for the project that was to turn Port Klang into a mega distribution hub.

13 Sep 2011

Ex-Transport Ministry official claims ignorance over PKFZ valuation report


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 13 — A former senior Transport Ministry official whose job was to take care of all financial and administrative paperwork appeared to have been kept in the dark over crucial dealings of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ), Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s trial heard today.Datuk Zaharah Shaari was secretary-general of the Ministry of Transport (MoT) from June 1999 to July 2005 when the PKFZ deal was sealed.But she testified in the High Court today that she had not seen or was not told of the contents of a number of letters and memos, including a much-disputed valuation letter on a piece of land on Pulau Indah the government wanted for the project; an initial ministry offer letter to Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) for the land dated October 2, 2000; as well as KDSB’s subsequent letter of acceptance three days later.

Nazri: MACC to probe any report lodged with them

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will investigate any report lodged with them, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz.He was responding to a question from the press on behalf of the MACC chief commissioner, Abu Kassim Mohamed, regarding whether the anti-graft agency had started investigations against attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, who is allegedly involved in a corruption case concerning a construction company.

“I think, put it this way, any information or report made to the MACC, the MACC will investigate it without fear or favour. I think that's fair to the role of MACC,” said Nazri at a press conference after launching the 'Waging War against Corruption through Taxies' campaign in Putrajaya today.Under Section 29(4) of the MACC Act 2009, Nazri said, that the agency has the right not to reveal any information when an investigation is ongoing.

Abu Kassim remained mum during the press conference.

12 Sep 2011

Transport ministry ignored MoF fears over PKFZ


KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 12 — The Transport Ministry had climbed into the bed of the now scandalised Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) despite grave misgivings by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) just three weeks before the deal was inked in November 2002, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s trial heard today.The MoF had then also accused Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) — the owner of 1,000 acres of land on Pulau Indah and the main contract to develop the port project — of “fraudulent representation” and had demanded the Ministry of Transport (MoT) clear the air over these allegations.

A former transport ministry official, in charge of logistics in the maritime division, told the High Court the MoF had been confused by several points in the Pulau Indah land deal that was to be got for the PKFZ project, and had sought an explanation from it.“The confusion was actually MoF had alleged there were many encumbrances on the land,” he replied when questioned by Dr Ling’s lawyer, K.K. Wong.
In property, the word “encumbrance” carries a technical meaning and refers to anything that affects or limits the title of the property, such as mortgages, leases, easements, and restrictions.

9 Sep 2011

MACC OFFICERS MUST NOT BE DISHEARTENED BY CRITICISMS BUT MUST RISE TO THE OCCASION!

PRESS STATEMENT BY:-
TAN SRI DATUK ROBERT PHANG MIOW SIN
Justice of Peace
Chairman – Social Care Foundation


Following the revelation by Malaysia Today pertaining to allegations of corruption against AG Gani Patail involving Ho Hup Berhad, on 26th August 2011, I had issued a statement captioned “AG GANI PATAIL: MACC MUST SHOW INDEPENDENCE AND NOT IMPOTENCE”.

I am made to understand that my statement had caused many MACC officers to feel disheartened and demoralized believing that I had accused them of “IMPOTENCE” whereas I was once an Advisory member of the MACC Panel.

Let me clarify that my statement was never intended to demean nor demoralize the MACC or its officers. After all, I still regard myself as part of the MACC support group. Far from demeaning the MACC, my statement was intended to challenge, motivate, provoke and fire-up the MACC and its officers to act vigilantly in the genuine fight against corruption.

8 Sep 2011

MACC 'visits' Ho Hup's office

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) officers were at the headquarters of the Ho Hup Construction Company Bhd, a company alleged to have done renovations for Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail's house. Popular political blog Malaysia Today broke the news late yesterday evening, calling the incident yesterday afternoon a “raid”.

When contacted, a Ho Hup official who requested anonymity said the incident was merely a short visit. “It was not a raid as portrayed and they were here to question my boss. However, as he was not around they waited for 10 minutes until he arrive.

“After having a short discussion, they left,” the official said, adding that the MACC spent less than 30 minutes at the scene. When asked whether the MACC took any documents with them as alleged, the official replied in the negative and the source said he does not know what the visit was about.Phone calls and text messages to MACC director of investigations Mustafar Ali and chief commissioner Abu Kasim Mohamed to obtain a clarification went unanswered.

DPM To Name Five BN MPs Of Parliamentary Committee Soon, Says Nazri

PUTRAJAYA - Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will name the five Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs of the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on the electoral process soon, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nazri Aziz said on Wednesday.Muhyiddin would submit the list of names to the Parliamentary Rights and Privileges Committee chaired by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, he added.
"The three opposition MPs and the sole independent MP could also submit their names to Pandikar before I table the motion at the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat, in October," told a news conference at the Legal Affairs Division in the Prime Minister's Department, here.

Last month, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that a PSC would be formed to look into ways to improve the country's electoral process.The committee is to be chaired by a cabinet minister.Nazri said he tabled a memorandum prepared by the Election Commission (EC) on the formation of the PSC at yesterday's meeting of the cabinet."The cabinet has agreed to the framework. If you look at the framework, it is very wide... to look into matters which will strengthen the EC to ensure free and fair elections.
"If you go on specifics, then we are limited to the specifics only. But here, anything to strengthen the EC and to ensure free and fair elections can be discussed... anything to improve the country's electoral process," he said.

7 Sep 2011

Noramfaizul's kin to get RM50,000 in insurance

Bernama chairman Abdul Rahman Sulaiman said RM50,000 would be paid out by the insurance company where Bernama had taken a term life insurance policy for the late BernamaTV cameraperson Noramfaizul Mohd Nor.In a statement today to clear the air about insurance coverage for Bernama employees, he said the term life policy covered death and also partial or total permanent disablement, and the next of kin of the insured would receive a maximum of RM50,000.

“In the case of our late Noramfaizul, the insurance company has agreed to the payment of RM50,000 not only as a matter of honouring the policy but also in full compliance with it,” he said.Last Friday, Noramfaizul was shot dead while covering a Malaysian humanitarian mission in Mogadishu, Somalia. Abdul Rahman said Bernama provided two types of 24-hour worldwide insurance coverage for its employees - term life policy and group personal accident policy.

As for the group personal accident policy, he said, it also covered death, partial and total permanent disablement and had similar exclusion clauses like the term life policy.“The only difference is that it does not cover death caused directly or indirectly by war, invasion, hostility or civil war where the insured has taken part directly or indirectly.

“Nonetheless, we have filed a claim with the insurance company. We are pleased that the company has agreed to pay some form of compensation and we will be told of the amount later.”Abdul Rahman said besides these policies, Bernama employees were also accorded benefits under the Group Hospitalisation and Surgical Benefit Insurance Scheme.

“In summary, I would like to state that we have one of the best medical and insurance coverage for staff in this country,” he said.Abdul Rahman said Bernama had also been informed that aid for the family of the late Noramfaizul would also be provided by Socso, the Defence Ministry via a special fund set up in the mid-1980s and 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

In addition, Putera 1Malaysia Club president, Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, announced yesterday that Noramfaizul's family would receive RM200,000 via a group insurance coverage while Social Care Foundation chairman Robert Phang had also donated RM50,000.

 
Source- Bernama

6 Sep 2011

REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY

PRESS STATEMENT BY:-
TAN SRI DATUK ROBERT PHANG MIOW SIN
Justice of Peace
Chairman – Social Care Foundation
On Chinese Representation in the Government


I am amused by the statement made by Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, the so-called de facto Minister for Law, who declared that he would fight tooth and nail to ensure Chinese representation in a Barisan Nasional (BN) government even if the Chinese component party, namely MCA fails to secure a single parliamentary seat in the coming polls.

That seems to be a truly “Jantan” statement in championing the Chinese cause. If that statement is supposed to elevate Nazri Aziz in the eyes of the Chinese community, then he is mistaken. That statement would in fact constitute an insult to the Chinese electorates.

Who is Nazri to make such offers if the Chinese voters have rejected this Chinese-centric component party? Who appointed Nazri to be the Chinese champion on this issue? Since it is a historical fact that the BN political parties are race-based parties, it is best that Nazri look into his own backyard. I am sure my Malay brothers and sisters would appreciate to have their welfare being continuously taken care of by a vocal Malay Minister like Nazri Aziz, and not only during elections time.

'Create special fund for welfare of scribes'

A SPECIAL fund should be set up to protect journalists in the course of duty.This, according to Social Care Foundation chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang, is vital in ensuring they are provided for if something untoward happens to them in the line of duty.Phang was speaking to the media present at the house of the late Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, a Bernama TV cameraman who was shot dead while on a humanitarian mission in Somalia.Phang had earlier donated a sum of RM 50,000 to Noramfaizul's family."It is sad enough to lose a loved one, and more so if it happens during the Raya festivities.Most people choose to stay back home during festive seasons. But here was a man who went on a humanitarian mission instead," Phang said.

Earlier, former Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's department, Datuk T. Murugiah, visited Noramfaizul's family in Taman Serdang Raya.Murugiah, representing the Malaysian Tamil Schools Development Foundation , said he personally knew Noramfaizul during his tenure in the PM's Department."I met him several times when he came over to do news coverage there."Murugiah also handed contributions to Noramfaizul's family.


Source : http://www.mmail.com.my/content/81573-create-special-fund-welfare-scribes

National Press Club donates RM3,000 to family

                 Slain BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor’s mother, Naemah Abdul Majid (centre), and his widow, Norazrina Jaafar (right), receiving a
                 donation of RM3,000 from National Press Club adviser Datuk Nuraina A. Samad at the family’s house in Serdang Raya yesterday
                                                  


KUALA LUMPUR: The National Press Club (NPC) yesterday donated RM3,000 to the family of BernamaTV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor.NPC president Mokhtar Hussain said the aid was raised under the Journalist Welfare Fund to help pay expenses for the slain cameraman's family.

"We hope the donation would at least help ease their burden for now," he said after the donation was handed over to Noramfaizul's widow, Norazrina Jaafar, 37.He said the club would soon launch a campaign to collect donations from the public for the BernamaTV cameraman's family.
"I hope Malaysians, whom we claim to be generous people, will lend a helping hand to assist the family."

Social Care Foundation chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin also came to the house yesterday to donate RM50,000 to the family."It is for the family of a fallen Malaysian who deserves not only our sympathies but also our financial support to go through life," he said.


 
Source : http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/4ahnpc/Article

5 Sep 2011

LET US UNITE IN SHOWING SYMPATHY FOR A TRAGEDY

PRESS STATEMENT BY:-
TAN SRI DATUK ROBERT PHANG MIOW SIN Justice of Peace
Chairman – Social Care Foundation
On the Donation of RM50,000/- to the Noramfaizul Fund


Over national TV yesterday, Malaysians saw Bernama TV cameraman Noramfaizul Mohd Nor (left) being given a hero’s burial. In this morning’s national newspapers, we hear the PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak calling on all Malaysians to stop the blame game. So let us be clear on one thing - the death of Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, was for a noble and worthy cause. His shooting, on Friday 2nd September, while covering a Malaysian humanitarian aid mission in famine-hit Somalia by Putera 1Malaysia Club, should not be politicized. Only by honoring his death can we find honor and respectability for ourselves as one united people, one nation- 1Malaysia!

His death is made more poignant by the fact that while most Muslims and Malaysians here were celebrating and feasting for the Hari Raya AidilFitri, these selfless patriots sacrificed their family time to spread Malaysian goodwill in a far away war torn and famine stricken country. So, let us not scar the memory of the great deeds of a simple ordinary man by our divisiveness.