‘Best’ flood exercise to be carried out nationwide, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The district-level flood simulation exercise will be carried out throughout the country in preparation for the floods, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim.

He said it was one of the measures to be taken by the National Disaster Management Agency this year, as a lesson learned from last year’s floods. Read more

‘Commute my son’s death sentence to life term’

Source: The Star Online

Picture of Kho Jabing taken from The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR: The family of Kho Jabing is pleading with the Singapore government to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment, claiming he is not a bad person.

Jabing, 31, who is from Ulu Baram, Sarawak, faces the gallows for killing a Chinese construction worker with a tree branch in 2008 during a robbery attempt.

His mother Lenduk Baling, 54, said her son was not a bad person and had since regretted his actions.

“From the time he was born until he was in school, he never fought with his friends, teachers or anyone else. He is not a bad person,” she said, sobbing uncontrollably at a press conference yesterday. Read more

Concern over curb on newsmen at Parliament

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: A group of major local journalist organisations have decried the restrictions on the number of journalists allowed to cover Parliamentary proceedings, saying it will severely hamper their ability to perform their duties.

The groups raised their concern over the decision to limit each news agency to just three journalists to cover the proceedings.

“The decision was made supposedly due to critical working space constraints as a result of ongoing renovation work, scheduled for completion only in 2018.

“The decision, however, could be construed as an attempt to limit coverage of Parlia­mentary proceedings and stifle freedom of the press,” the groups added in a joint statement. Read more