SOP in the works to fight terrorism

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Asean will be coming out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for programmes to combat terrorism in the region.

And Malaysia will be counting on its long history of dealing with such problems – going all the way back to 1948 – to help develop the SOP.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Malaysia was on the frontlines again in Asean’s efforts to come up with long-term plans like rehabilitation activities for terrorists arrested.

“Malaysia will be hosting a conference on deradicalism in the Asean region on Jan 25 and 26 next year, in which Asean, along with eight dialogue partners, will discuss three main themes and present eight papers on the aspects of terrorist rehabilitation.

“This includes approaches like psychology and engagement programmes with those arrested for terrorism, including a proposal for engagement programmes involving ­families and loved ones, so the rehabilitated terrorists can be accepted into society again,” he told a press conference after chairing the Special Asean Ministerial Meeting on the Rise of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism (SAMMRRAVE) here yesterday. Read more

Ibu bapa Orang Asli khuatir kanak-kanak hilang mangsa penjual organ

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Dalam siri pertama daripada dua bahagian mengenai 7 pelajar Orang Asli yang hilang tanpa dapat dikesan dalam hutan di Gua Musang, Kelantan lebih sebulan lalu, ahli keluarga memberitahu The Malaysian Insider tentang ketakutan dan kekecewaan tetapi pada masa sama menaruh harapan dapat bersatu semula dengan anak-anak mereka.

Kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang belajar di Sekolah Kebangsaan Tohoi di Gua Musang, Kelantan, berdiri hadapan hostel mereka pada 29 September, 2015. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Nazir Sufari, 3 Oktober, 2015.

Kanak-kanak Orang Asli yang belajar di Sekolah Kebangsaan Tohoi di Gua Musang, Kelantan, berdiri hadapan hostel mereka pada 29 September, 2015. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Nazir Sufari, 3 Oktober, 2015.

Lebih sebulan selepas 7 kanak-kanak Orang Asli hilang daripada asrama sekolah di Pos Tohoi di Gua Musang, Kelantan, ahli keluarga yang semakin tertekan kini percaya mereka diculik penjual organ haram.

Mereka juga perlahan-lahan kehilangan harapan untuk melihat kembali anak-anak mereka, kerana operasi mencari dan menyelamat melibatkan beratus-ratus penjejak, lebih kurang 80 kilometer persegi hutan simpan Balah sekitar kawasan itu, menemui jalan buntu.

“Saya rasa kanak-kanak itu diculik. Tidak pernah kejadian sebegini terjadi. Malah, tiada langsung kesan tapak kaki,” kata Midah Angah, ibu kepada Norieen Yaacob, 10 dan Haikal, 8, antara 7 yang hilang pada 23 Ogos.

Kekecewaan semakin semakin menggunung dengan ibu bapa semakin putus harapan dan mendakwa pihak berkuasa tidak menguruskan kes dengan serius serta yakin ini kerana mereka “hanya anak-anak Orang Asli”. Read more

Pacific trade negotiators working on medicines deadlock, say sources

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Protesters call for the rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that is under negotiation in Atlanta, Georgia. – AFP pic, October 3, 2015.

Six Pacific trading partners are resisting a US push to set rules that would protect patented next-generation medicines from competition from generic drugs for eight years and are insisting on a shorter period of five years as part of a sweeping trade pact, two sources close to the negotiations said on Friday.

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) entered a third day of talks in Atlanta still deadlocked over the treatment of biologic drugs, next-generation drugs, which are made from living cells and used to treat cancer and other diseases.

A spokesman for the US Trade Representative (USTR) said the United States had not made a formal proposal on biologics but TPP partners “continued to work on creative solutions toward agreement”. Read more