Mukhriz will be a boon for Langkawi

UMNO Youth Exco Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir has been tipped to be the next BN candidate for Langkawi. This came after the incumbent, former Agriculture Parliamentary Secretary Dato’ Abu Bakar Taib is said to be stepping down, after serving four terms representing Langkawi.

Utusan has the story on this much talked about rumour:

18/02/2008

Mukhriz sedia jadi calon Parlimen Langkawi

JEMPOL 17 Feb. – Exco Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir sedia menjadi calon di kerusi Parlimen Langkawi jika diberi peluang bertanding pada pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini.

Mukhriz berkata, terpulang kepada Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dan timbalannya, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak untuk membuat keputusan mengenai calon yang akan bertanding di kawasan itu.

Sambil menyatakan bahawa soal siapa calon adalah tidak penting sebaliknya komitmen bekerja untuk rakyat adalah lebih mustahak tanpa mengira apa juga jawatan, beliau berserah kepada takdir.

‘‘Saya bersedia menjadi calon bagi Parlimen Langkawi sekiranya dicalonkan tetapi saya menyerahkan segala keputusan tersebut kepada Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO untuk menentukannya.

‘‘Apa yang lebih penting sekarang adalah peluang bekerja untuk rakyat dalam apa juga jawatan,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia selepas majlis penutupan Seminar Kenegaraan Sempena Pilihan Raya di Kompleks Belia dan Sukan di sini hari ini.

Mukhriz menambah, beliau tidak akan kecewa jika tidak dicalonkan sebaliknya akan bekerja kuat memastikan semua calon Barisan Nasional (BN) memenangi kerusi masing-masing pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Beliau juga menasihatkan semua ahli parti agar terus bekerja keras manakala calon yang tidak terpilih perlu membantu jentera parti memastikan kemenangan BN.

Pada pilihan raya umum 2004, kerusi Parlimen Langkawi disandang oleh Datuk Abu Bakar Taib.

Sementara itu, Mukhriz melihat peluang pembangkang memenangi pilihan raya umum 8 Mac ini adalah mustahil memandangkan pakatan pembangkang tidak mempunyai asas dan matlamat yang jelas untuk membawa pembaharuan kepada rakyat.

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This is The Star’s report on the same topic:

Mukhriz tipped for Langkawi

ALOR STAR: Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir is tipped to contest in the Langkawi parliamentary seat in the general election.

He is among the new faces to contest seats in Kedah.

Mukhriz is a familiar face in Langkawi as his father, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, was instrumental in transforming the virtually-unknown archipelago into a world-renowned tourist destination.

Mukhriz, who has been directly involved in the tourism industry for 18 years, is seen as the right person to take the island to greater heights

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Some quarters within Langkawi UMNO lauded the idea of Mukhriz be the BN candidate for the island which mainstay economy is built around tourism industry. His father, former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad did a lot to develop Langkawi and exploited its most valuable asset, tourism, since the Government made the island the ‘retreat’ for the 1989 Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting.

Then in 1991, the bi-annually Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition was launched and within a few years, it became an important agenda within the civil and defense aerospace and maritime industry in the region. In 1996, the premier bicycle race in Asia, Le Tour De Langkawi was started and eventually drew a lot of attention, especially from European viewers. Then the Langkawi International Regatta. Now, Langkawi is a major yachting marina in this region.

Several five-star international hotel group is now operating in the beautiful island, which include Sheraton, Five Seasons, Mutiara, Berjaya and the elusive but highly exclusive, The Datai. So many local entrepreneurs have benefited from this explosive growth, which also saw Langkawi received a duty free haven status. The retail industry boomed then onwards.

Langkawi which was one time an agriculture based economy, especially fishery and small scale farming, was completely transformed and elevated.

Mukhriz has been hands-on in the tourism industry since 1990, when he started a sport diving tourism company. Later, he joined Reliance Pacific Bhd., the only listed travel agency in Bursa Malaysia. He is also involved in world class resorts such as Tanjong Jara, near Dungun, Terengganu and the Avillion resorts.

Mukhriz’s single largest contribution for the tourism industry of Malaysia is when he was given the task to promote Malaysia at a global level and came up with the Malaysia, truly Asia campaign for Tourism Malaysia. It has won several awards since and is the premier tourism campaign for the country, despite after seven years.

Mukhriz is amongst the few UMNO Youth Excos to be tipped seats within Kedah in the XII General Elections. Others include Dato’ Azimi Daim, Kulim and Putera UMNO Head Dato’ Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, Baling. Another UMNI Youth Exco, Ahmad Ikmal Ismail has also been said to be pitted in Kuala Kedah. Kedah Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Mahadzir Khalid, who is also the State BN Liaison Chairman would announce the list of candidates on Thursday, 21 February 2008.

Published in: on February 18, 2008 at 09:14  Comments (3)  

DAP blogger Tony Pua launched his campaign

DAP new-kid-on-the-blog (block) Tony Pua, who has been said to be vying for the Petaling Jaya Utara (PJ Utara) parliamentary seat, launched his campaign this afternoon at the Damansara Utama community hall. Amongst the others who were featured in this campaign were the candidates for the DUN seats within Damansara Utama parliament.

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A Chinese New Year luncheon was celebrated, amongst the residents and his ardent supporters and top party workers. He said that a lot of local and national issues needed to be addressed such as increasing cost of living, alarming crime rates and high profile cases and social issues.

Earlier in the month, Pemuda UMNO PJ Utara lodged a Police report not far from his service centre for the alleged flyers issued by his office that was deemed racially and religiously charge, in the midst of building intense campaign in the run up of much talked about XII General Elections.

Batu Pahat born Tony Pua, who was had an Oxford education, shot into fame when his dotcom company Cyber Village was listed in the Singapore stock exchange. This Damansara Heights resident has been appointed DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng’s Economic Adviser and also is the Editor-in-charge of the “Rocket”, English edition.

He will have to expect a tough challenge against incumbent YB Dato’ Paduka Chew Mei Fun, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Parliamentary Secretary. Chew is a likeable and approachable local personality, who has been servicing her constituency very well. The elevation of Petaling Jaya to a city status in this last term will be a boon for her campaign, on top of local issues resolved such as the illegal ‘pasar malam’ in Damansara Uptown, improved security issues and her launch of the ‘Cupid Club’, for the singles within Petaling Jaya.

Chew polled 15,000 majority ahead of DAP’s Ronnie Liu in March 2004 XI General Elections.

Published in: on February 17, 2008 at 13:28  Comments (3)  

More disobediants arrested despite process of democratical power is set

160 people were arrested this morning after Kuala Lumpur Police sternly requested the participants of an illegal assembly to disperse immediately. It was organized by the illegal body representing the Indians, Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF).

Bernama has the report:

February 17, 2008 01:54 AM

Nine Hindraf Supporters Remanded From Sunday

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 (Bernama) — Nine of the 160 participants of the gathering organised by an unregistered organisation, Hindraf, Saturday morning will be remanded beginning Sunday, said Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Muhammad Sabtu Osman.

He said eight of them were men while the other was a woman, adding that an eleven-year-old girl was released after her particulars were taken.

“Our decision to use the water cannon succeeded in dispersing the crowd. However, we must emphasise that we had never attempted to enter the temple to disperse the crowd as alleged by certain parties.

“We respect their house of worship although we know that the practice of the participants of any illegal gathering is to seek refuge in temples nearby,” he told reporters at his office, here Saturday.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Sabtu said a police constable fractured his ankle after being pushed down while attempting to disperse the crowd.

“The incident occurred near the Masjid Jamek LRT station when Constable Mohd Farid Mohd Anwar, 20, from the service branch of Bukit Aman was dispersing the crowd.

“He has been warded at the Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) and police are now tracking down the suspect involved,” he said.

Muhammad Sabtu said police would continue to maintain security in the area although several roads that had been closed to traffic earlier had been reopened beginning Saturday afternoon.

— BERNAMA

Despite that The Parliament has already been dissolved on Wednesday to make way for the 12th General Elections and everyone within the rakyat who is eligible to vote (by-law) has the opportunity and power to decide on the Government, this illegal body still vehemently denied law and organized the illegal rally, under the guise of “Rose parade”.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan assured on the same day too that permits on political rallies and ‘ceramah’s would be issued to all political parties if they fulfill the requirements set, such as avoid issues that will arouse and provoke racial and religious issues.

Ample time is given to all parties, including the oppositions to state their case and convince the rakyat to give them the mandate and confidence representing them. The long campaign period (26 days) for this GE is even lauded by Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang.

However, some people still ‘test the system’ and ‘physically provoke’, for their narrow but morbid political agenda based on sympathy, to stay relevant in the mainstream political arena. For that, it is so clear that the rally organised today has malicious narrow morbid political agenda, like the one held previously.

The follow through on these nine persons remanded will be watched. Especially when the ‘Flip-Flop’ decision to allow the very same people went scott-free the last time HINDRAF organised an illegal assembly and demonstration which turned ugly on 25 November 2007.

Published in: on February 17, 2008 at 01:43  Comments (1)  

BigDogDotCom is exactly a year old

At 4.56pm today, BigDogDotCom is exactly a year old. Exactly a year ago, BigDogDotCom published an article , “Siapa berani mencabar Barat selepas Dr. Mahathir?”, as a sum-up of Perdana Global Peace Forum III which was concluded slightly over a week earlier in PWTC. Also former UMNO President’s Tun Dr. Mahathir’s landmark call in Johor Bahru for UMNO ‘not fear pre-mature leadership changes’.

Since the first article, BigDogDotCom has posted altogether 381 articles. Many were uploaded into several political portals and websites and one scoop was actually uploaded into a French Navy website and tranlasted into French.

This blog had its first anniversary celebrations at The Loaf, Harbour Park, Pantai Kok, Langkawi.

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We would like to express our utmost sincere gratitude and appreciation for the interests and support that have been given to us.

Thank you, all.

Published in: on February 16, 2008 at 16:57  Comments (16)  

Nominations 24 February, Polling 8 March & PM ‘Flip-Flop’ meet Sultan Johor today

Elections Commission which met this morning, after PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sought an audience with HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong yesterday and obtained the approval for the dissolution of the Dewan Rakyat, after His Majesty signed the instrument, announced that Nominations Day for the XII General Elections is set on Sunday, 24 February 2008 and Polling Day on Saturday, 8 March 2008.

Bernama.com has this report:

February 14, 2008 12:00 PM

Malaysians Go To The Polls On March 8

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 14 (Bernama) — Polling for the general election will be held on March 8 and nominations on Feb 24, the Election Commission (EC) announced today.

EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman said the election would involve 222 parliamentary and 505 state seats in 12 states except for Sarawak which held its state election in 2006.

He said 10,922,139 were eligible to cast their votes based on the electoral roll gazetted on Feb 5.

Abdul Rashid made the announcement at the EC headquarters here at 11.40am. The announcement was carried live by RTM dan TV3.

— BERNAMA

There are 10.9 million eligible and registered voters.

At 3.00pm this afternoon, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is expected to seek an audience with HRH Sultan Iskandar Al Haj Almarhum Sultan Ismail, The Sultan of Johor at Istana Bukit Serene, Johor Bahru, Johor. In the XI General Elections, the ‘nominated’ Menteri Besar of Johor Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin was asked to stand down and given back the Pasir Gudang parliamentary seat, 6 ½ hours before nominations as HRH Sultan Iskandar found him ‘undesirable’ to assume the post.

The post of MB Johor is very politically very strategic, since Johor has 27 Parlimentary constituencies and that also means that there is 26 UMNO Divisions. UMNO Johor also boast over 500,000 members, of the 3.2 million UMNO members nationwide.

Dato’ Ghani Othman, who had served Johor since April 1995, served another term till yesterday. It will be interesting who would be the ‘nominated’ MB this round. Khaled went to serve as the Minister of Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development and two controversies during his tenure was exposed in this blog last year.

Published in: on February 14, 2008 at 12:25  Comments (12)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir lecture on global peace in IIUM

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, has been invited by IIUM President Tan Sri Sanusi Junid to speak on global peace, during Ummatic week, at Cultural Activity Centre (CAC), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Gombak, Selangor, 11.00 am, Saturday 16 February 2008.

All are invited.

Published in: on February 13, 2008 at 21:59  Comments (2)  

The real issues Vs ‘sensational’ issues

Bread and butter matters

By ZULKIFLI ABD RAHMAN and FLORENCE A. SAMY

PETALING JAYA: The cost of living, social issues, the crime rate and illegal immigrants – these are the issues that matter most to Malaysian voters, according to a survey conducted ahead of the general election.

These bread and butter issues are the prime concern of voters now.

Even hot issues like politics ranked lower than economic factors and crime.

The survey revealed that 96% of respondents were concerned with the current economic situation such as the rising cost of consumer goods, while 88% said they were worried about the incidents of crime in the country.


Dr Syed Arabi: ‘Certainly the Government is not passive about these issues’

The opinion poll was commissioned by The Star and carried out by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). It involved 2,930 respondents and was conducted in 58 clusters in 12 states in the peninsula from Dec 8 to Dec 29 last year. The survey has a margin of error of less than 4%.

“Economic issues were considered important to Malaysians,” said the IIUM Dean of the Communications Department Prof Datuk Dr Syed Arabi Idid, who headed the survey.

“People are concerned over the rising prices of basic necessities and the high cost of living, especially with the looming global oil prices.

“Crime is also a worry to them,” he said yesterday.

However, Dr Syed Arabi said the Government did respond to these concerns.

He cited the National Price Council as one of the measures taken to tackle the rising prices of consumer items and cost of living. Under the price council, the Government announced recently that a national stockpile of essential goods like rice and cooking oil would be created to ensure that prices and supply remained stable at all times.

The price council, headed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, will monitor, advise and oversee the government’s price policy, competitive market structures and the efficiency of subsidy schemes.

The price council is also aimed at preventing unfair and collusive trade practices affecting supply and prices of essential goods and services, and eventually softening the impact of rising prices on the cost of living.

“The prime minister himself has gone to the ground to initiate measures to beef up security, such as rehiring capable retired police officers,” said Dr Syed Arabi.

Abdullah, who is also the Internal Security Minister, announced recently that there would be a police station at every corner, and more than 3,000 more patrol cars and 4,000 motorcycles would be deployed to combat crime.

He also said that 60,000 police personnel would be recruited, while the police department would rent shoplots to set up the police stations.

A total of 1,756 respondents were aged between 21 and 35, 1,181 respondents polled were in the 36-50 age group, and 719 respondents were those above 51 years old.

The third main concern of the respondents was the influx of foreigners into the country, with 40% regarding it as a problem.

This was followed by other concerns on politics, unity, the environment, internal and external threats, road traffic problems and leadership.

Prof Dr Syed Arabi said 2% of respondents expressed concern over internal and external threats and considered the rising number of vehicles as a bane, while only 1% said leaders must be proven to be capable.

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UMNO Pulai TV dilancarkan

Seorang pemimpin UMNO yang beraspirasi untuk pergi jauh, telah mendukung ICT sebagai alat untuk menyebarkan maklumat dan memaparkan aktiviti beliau sebagai pemimpin UMNO tempatan. Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Tan Sri Hamid Jumat, Naib Ketua Bahagian UMNO Pulai telah melancarkan web TV, yang dinamakan UMNO Pulai TV.

Anak mantan Naib Presiden UMNO itu mengunakan sepenuhnya peluang yang meluas dalam ruang cyber untuk terus menentukan kesinambungan Perjuangan, yang diwarisi ayahandanya.

Difahamkan, ICT digunakan kerana peluang untuk pemimpin UMNO peringkat sedemikian diberikan perhatian dan ruang oleh media perdana amat tipis kerana ruang terhad.

Tengku Putra telah berjaya menganjurkan program sempena memperingati 50 Kemerdekaan di Danga Bay, Johor Bahru, Johor pada 11 Ogos 2007.

 

Published in: on February 12, 2008 at 23:55  Comments (4)  

Artis India menyanjung Tun Dr. Mahathir

Mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad merupakan negarawan ulung yang begitu terkenal, malah disanjungi masyarakat global diseluruh pelusuk benua. Ini merupakan kisah bagaimana seorang artis luar negara menyanjung dan menhargai Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad:

 
Vivek gets his wish

PUTRAJAYA: When Tamilnadu’s famed comedian A. Vivekanandan received a surprise call from Putrajaya granting his request to meet former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he boarded the next plane to Kuala Lumpur without a second thought. 

The popular comedian, better known as Vivek, arrived from Chennai yesterday morning and headed straight for the Perdana Leadership Foundation here to meet a man he most admired. 

“Meeting Dr Mahathir is a dream come true. I compare him with (Dr APJ) Abdul Kalam (India‘s former president). 

“I have admired him from afar and have read a lot about him and the development he had brought to Malaysia

“I have been waiting to see him for the last three years,” he said, adding that he missed an appointment three years ago when he was filming in Ipoh due to a massive traffic jam. 

“Last month, I made another appointment to see him when I was filming here but he was not well and when I suddenly got a call yesterday, I came straight over,” he said, adding that he was now busy acting in five films. 

Vivek, who presented Dr Mahathir with a Tanjore Plate made of copper and silver and a miniature Taj Mahal, was especially impressed with Dr Mahathir’s reply on what drove him. 

“He immediately said that it was his love for the nation,” he said, adding that he would treasure the 30 minutes with Dr Mahathir forever.  

Vivek had also asked the former Malaysian prime minister to autograph a book.

 

Published in: on February 12, 2008 at 11:41  Leave a Comment  

Missi kemanusiaan Aman Malaysia berjaya serah bekalan kepada Palang Merah Gaza

Penyelaras Aman Malaysia Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir, yang mengetuai missi kemanusiaan membawa bahan bahan ubatan, makanan, cokolat dan permainan kanak kanak petang tadi menyerahkan semua bekalan kepada pihak Persatuan Palang Merah Gaza di Kaherah. Dalam penyerahan pertama, bekalan ubatan bernilai suku juta ringgit telah diserahkan pagi tadi.

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Persatuan Palang Merah Gaza akan mengusahakan membawa bekalan ini masuk ke Gaza, melalui pintu sempadan tiga penjuru Mesir-Gaza-Israel Karm Abu Selm beberapa hari lagi. Pintu ini dibawah penguasaan tentera rejim Zionis Israel. Keputusan ini dibuat kerana semua pintu pintu sempadan ke Gaza ditutup.

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Dalam perhubungan terus menerus dari Kaherah, Dato’ Mukhriz juga menyerahkan 80kg cokolat Famous Amos (yang dibekalkan UMNO Cheras) dan permainan kanak kanak (yang dibekalkan YAM Raja Zarith Sofia Almarhum Sultan Idris, isteri Tunku Mahkota Johor) kepada kanak kanak Palestin di hospital Palang Merah Gaza di Kaherah tengahari tadi (waktu Mesir). Turut berada semasa penyerahan tersebut ialah Pengarah Hospital Palestin di Kaherah Dr. Zaghloul dan Duta Besar Palestin ke Mesir, Munther Ezzidin Al Dajani.

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Ketua missi kemanusiaan Aman Malaysia Dato’ Mukhriz mahathir amat puas hati dengan sempurna penyerahan kedua ini dan penghantaran kepada kumpulan sasaran. Kejayaan melaksanakan missi bermakna pasukan Aman Malaysia ini sudah bersedia untuk pulang.

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Pasukan missi keamanan Aman Malaysia ini yang berlepas dari KLIA petang Khamis, 7 Februari 2008 akan bertolak balik ke Kuala Lumpur malam esok (waktu Mesir).

Sebagai seorang pemimpin Pemuda UMNO yang amat prihatin dengan nasib masyarakat Palestin di Gaza dan amat fokus dalam melaksanakan tanggung jawab sebagai Exco Pemuda Hal Ehwal Antarabangsa, beliau sanggup meninggalkan alam politik tanahair yang sedang dalam kesibukan persiapan untuk Pilihanraya Umum ke XII, yang dijangkakan diumumkan bila bila masa dalam tempoh terdekat ini. Semoga keikhlasan dan kesungguhan mereka yang mengusahakan dan menyumbang kepada missi kemanusiaan Aman Malaysia ke Gaza ini diberikan ganjaran sewajarnya sebagai fardhu kifayah.

 

Sumbangan seterusnya boleh dimasukan terus kepada akaun:

Peace Malaysia, No. Acc.: 1420-0007389-058 CIMB

atau menyerahkan derma kepada alamat

Blok B-13-D2, Plaza Mont Kiara,

No 2, Jalan Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

 

*Perkembangan terkini pada 10.45 malam, Ahad 10 Februari 2008

Laporan Bernama.com atas missi kemanusiaan ke Gaza ini, dari Kaherah:

10 Februari, 2008 22:14 PM  

Pasukan Aman Malaysia Tidak Akan Memasuki Rafah

Daripada Syed Azwan Syed Ali

KAHERAH (Mesir), 10 Feb (Bernama) — Pasukan Misi Kemanusiaan Gaza Aman Malaysia tidak akan memasuki Rafah untuk menyampaikan bantuan ubat-ubatan dan makanan kepada penduduk Gaza, selepas pihak berkuasa Mesir menghentikan pergerakan keluar dan masuk di kawasan sempadan Gaza-Mesir itu.

Penyelaras Aman Malaysia Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir berkata Duta Palestin ke Mesir Munther Ezzidin Al-Dajani menasihatkan pasukan Aman Malaysia supaya tidak memasuki kawasan itu kerana keadaannya yang tidak selamat.

Beliau berkata bekalan ubat-ubatan sumbangan rakyat Malaysia akan disalurkan kepada Pasukan Palang Merah Palestin, menerusi Dr Salah A. El Khaldi dari Kementerian Kesihatan Palestin yang berpusat di wilayah Gaza.

“Kita tidak akan ke Rafah tetapi misi utama menghantar ubat-ubatan kepada 1.5 juta penduduk Gaza yang memerlukan akan diteruskan,” katanya kepada Bernama selepas menemui Munther di Kedutaan Palestin di sini tengah hari waktu tempatan.

Dalam pertemuan itu Munther berkata, bantuan Aman Malaysia amat dialu-alukan pihak berkuasa Palestin memadangkan krisis kemanusiaan di Gaza semakin meruncing sejak rejim Israel menutup semua pintu sempadannya Jun lalu.

Beliau berkata tindakan Israel itu bertujuan membangkitkan isu berkaitan krisis kemanusiaan bagi menyekat keamanan di wilayah berkenaan, dan menurutnya bantuan Aman Malaysia itu sedikit sebanyak akan dapat meringankan beban penderitaan rakyat Gaza.

“Bantu kami tamatkan pendudukan ini,” katanya menerusi penterjemah ketika ditemui di luar pejabat Kedutaan Palestin di dini, yang dipenuhi rakyat Palestin yang ingin memohon pelbagai bantuan.

Pasukan Aman Malaysia yang tiba di Kaherah sejak Selasa lepas telah berusaha untuk memasuki Rafah, kira-kira 300km dari sini, melalui pelbagai saluran, namun keadaan bergolak di kawasan itu tidak mengizinkan mereka berbuat demikian.

Difahamkan insiden berbalas tembakan dilaporkan berlaku hampir setiap hari di kawasan itu.

“Pasukan Palang Merah Palestin akan menyalurkan ubat-ubatan yang kita beri kepada 198 klinik kecemasan di Gaza,” kata Mukhriz yang juga Pengerusi Biro Hubungan Antarabangsa dan Badan Bukan Kerajaan Pergerakan Pemuda Umno Malaysia.

Difahamkan pihak berkuasa Mesir mengadakan sekatan jalan sehingga ke El-Ariesh, kira-kira 35km dari Rafah dan Sinai di sebelah Israel, atas sebab-sebab keselamatan. Hanya sempadan Karm Abu Selm (sempadan tiga penjuru antara, Mesir, Gaza dan Israel) masih dibuka tetapi dikawal oleh rejim Israel.

Lapan puluh lima peratus atau 800,000 orang daripada 1.5 juta penduduk Gaza yang bersempadan dengan Mesir, Israel dan Laut Mediteranian, kini mengalami krisis kemanusiaan teruk dan memerlukan bantuan daripada luar.

— BERNAMA

 

Published in: on February 10, 2008 at 20:12  Comments (7)