Mixed emotions in Kelantan as monsoon season looms

Source: The Star Online

Many still scarred by floods of 2014

KUALA KRAI: The scars of last year’s devastation are everywhere. Houses are still caked with mud, shops stay closed – just as they were almost a year ago – and some damaged homes lie abandoned. The floods last year were very harsh on the people here.

The victims cannot bear to imagine what would happen if floodwaters were to rise once more as the monsoon season lashes the east coast again.

Md Nawi Hadi, 50, whose restaurant was under 12 feet of water last December, said he could not bear to even think about flood preparations.

“We have left it to Allah. We cannot think about it and have to accept fate,” said the owner of Kedai Makan Nawi along Jalan Guchil 1. Read more

RM468,000 facility for pregnant orang asli will be ready in February

Source: The Star Online

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

In a sad state: The Kuala Bertis Transit Centre in Gua Musang is in bad shape after being hit by floods last December.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Betis Transit Centre for pregnant orang asli women in Gua Musang is in poor shape because it was badly affected by the floods last December.

But the good news is that a new RM468,000 transit centre is now being built and will be ready for use in three months.

The Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) said the pregnant women were now staying at the old centre.

“All the equipment there such as beds, mattresses, cupboards, blankets, toiletries and medicines were completely destroyed in the flood,” Jakoa said in a statement.

It was responding to a report in The Star that pregnant orang asli women were being ignored, living in harsh conditions and sleeping on cold floors in a dilapidated and non-conducive centre. Read more

Catching flies while hornets fly free – Shad Saleem Faruqi

Source: The Star Online

BY SHAD SALEEM FARUQI

Shad Saleem Faruqi - file pic

Shad Saleem Faruqi – file pic

DEATH penalty for the illegal import, export, sale or possession of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances is known to the legal systems of 33 countries. Among them are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Malaysia, Singa­pore, Indonesia, the United States, Yemen, Pakistan, North Korea and Japan. In 13 of these countries, the death sentence is mandatory.

Since 1983, Malaysia has been within the group of 13. However, Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, recently announced that the Government intends to repeal the provision for mandatory death for drug offenders and give the judiciary discretion to impose imprisonment or the gallows.

This heartening proposal will neutralise many criticisms of the current Malaysian legal position. Read more