Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:28

Interior Minister wants media to cooperate

BANGKOK, Nov 17 -- Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda asked the mass media to help create a positive atmosphere in the country.

Gen Anupong said he has no problem with any symbolic and peaceful gathering.

BANGKOK, Nov 17 - Ruangkrai Leekitwattana, a Pheu Thai Party legal aide, has asked the prime minister to probe the operations of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) relating to its stance on the past sales of assets of bankrupt financial institutions.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS, Nov 17 - No more high rise buildings like hotels or condominiums in Cameron Highlands says Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.

"A programme to plant one million trees will be activated. We are discussing with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Based Industry and Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. We do not want high rise buildings in Cameron Highlands," he told reporters after meeting non governmental organisations to discuss environmental issues involving Cameron Highlands, here Sunday.

He said one million trees will be planted in Cameron Highlands, especially hill slopes to reduce soil erosion and avoid landslides.

Palanivel said the programme to plant trees would start in stages for over a three-year period with the cooperation of Persatuan Pencinta Alam Malaysia (MNS), Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (Reach) and Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam (Peka).

He said the ministry would also acquire 11 plots of land along the river banks of Sungai Bertam, Ringlet here, currently owned by individuals, under the Land Acquisition Act 1960, he said.

Palanivel said the land acquisition was to enable works to be carried out in the area, especially to deepen the river, since the government had already allocated RM40 million for the purpose.

Asked about the proposed relocation of residents occupying the river banks and river reserves especially in Lembah Bertam, Ringlet where landslides and mud flood hit the area recently, and the refusal of residents to move to a new area, Palanivel said it was the responsibility of the state government to take the necessary steps.

Meanwhile, the President of Reach, R. Ramakrishnan said land on the highland was not designated for tourism but Cameron Highlands has become a tourist attraction because of the cool weather conditions.

"Development carried in the area is illegal because the issuance of temporary occupation licence (TOL) was freezed in 2007. We need the commitment of the state government and the federal government to save Cameron Highlands," he said.

Ramakrishnan said Reach, MNS and Peka would like to take Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to Cameron Highlands so that he (Muhyiddin) can witness what has happened to the area.

Peka President Sharifah Sabrina Syed Akil said enforcement was either lacking or not being carried out effectively in Cameron Highlands.

"If they have money and machinery, they just do it. There is no proper enforcement action," said Sharifah.

Ramakrishnan and Sharifah Sabrina were also not satisfied with the discussion with Palanivel and a number of government agencies with regard to follow up action after the Ringlet town was hit by landslides and a mud flood when water from a nearby river overflowed after a heavy downpour.

In the incident, five people died and five others were injured while 203 residents from 47 families in Kampung Baru and Bertam Valley were evacuated to the Ringlet community hall.

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:51

S. Korean part-time workers top 2 mln: data

SEOUL, Nov. 17 - The number of part-time workers in South Korea has topped the 2-million mark, data showed Monday, as the government is striving to create more jobs amid concerns that Asia's fourth-largest economy may relapse into a slowdown.

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:50

China to promote Silk Road travel in 2015

SHANGHAI, Nov 17 - China will promote travel to countries along the Silk Road in 2015, according to the latest decision by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

Monday, 17 November 2014 13:47

Tourists flock to shivering North, Northeast

CHIANG RAI, Nov 17 -- As temperatures atop Phu Chi Fah in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai dropped to 14 degree Celsius before dawn Sunday, about 1,000 Thai and foreign tourists braved the chilly weather to see the sun rise and the sea of fog. 

BANGKOK, Nov 17 -- Police yesterday questioned an American suspected of sending three boxes of infant body parts to the United States, police said. 

BANGKOK, Nov 27 -- Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda will inspect a possible drought in the Northeast and will give his policy for dealing with the problem to senior officials during his visit to Khon Kaen province on Wednesday. 

BANGKOK, Nov 15 -- The Transfer Baggage Terminal (TBT) service at Savarnabhumi International Airport has started operation with the aim of facilitating passengers on transferring flight, said the airport director Prapon Pattamakitsakul.

BANGKOK, Nov 15 -- Owners of fishing trawlers operating in Indonesian territorial waters are asked to closely monitor information on Indonesian fishing laws which will be amended and become stricter for foreign fishing vessels, said Fisheries Department director-general Joompol Sanguansin on Friday.

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