Nazri: Pick Ramly Zahari for Kuala Kangsar seat

Nazri: Pick Ramly Zahari for Kuala Kangsar seat

KUALA LUMPUR: Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has pitched Ramly Zahari as Umno’s candidate for the Kuala Kangsar by-election.

In a report in Malaysiakini, Nazri said his choice of Ramly, 57, as the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary candidate was due to the latter’s long service.

“He was state assemblyman for four terms. Even when he was dropped in the last general election, he did not show he was disgruntled, but continued to work hard for the people of Kuala Kangsar.”

The Padang Rengas MP also said Ramly had close ties with the community.

Ramly was dropped in the 2013 general election. He was previously the Manong assemblyman.

Ramly, when approached, said he was prepared if nominated for the MP post and said had the full support of all the component parties.

A by-election will be held to fill the vacancy created after Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad was killed in the Sarawak helicopter crash last week.

Among the other five killed was Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, who was the MP for Sungai Besar.

The Election Commission (EC) has received notice from the Dewan Rakyat that the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar constituencies have fallen vacant. It will announce details of the by-elections on May 13.

Mum gets Mother’s Day gift after burying son

Mum gets Mother’s Day gift after burying sonPETALING JAYA: Fauziah Musa did not have the courage to open a postal package she received from her son barely six hours after burying him.

It was a Mother’s Day gift from the late Ahmad Sobri Harun, who was one of the six people killed in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak, on Thursday, according to the New Straits Times (NST).

Despite his busy schedule, he had taken the time to buy and courier a box of ikan terubok, his mother’s favourite, from Sarawak.

He had sent the 2.73kg fish to Kamaludin Muda, his parents’ neighbour, as they were seldom at home.

The box reached Fauziah’s hands at 2.30pm on Sunday, barely six hours after she attended her son’s funeral at the Tok Mek Ngah Muslim cemetery in Kuala Terengganu.

A childhood friend of Sobri’s, Talahah Nukman, had visited the parents yesterday and saw the parcel placed under a table in the living room. However, the parcel still remained intact, although it contained perishable goods.

“It was not even put inside the refrigerator. She loves ikan terubok… but not this time,” he told NST.

He added that Sobri’s mother had not opened the parcel as she felt it would overwhelm her with too many memories.

Sobri was the bodyguard of Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, who also died in the crash near Sungai Batang Lupar in Sarawak.

EC to meet Friday on two by-elections

 

EC to meet Friday on two by-electionsPETALING JAYA: The Election Commission (EC) will meet this Friday to discuss the parliamentary seats of Sungai Besar in Selangor and Kuala Kangsar in Perak.

The EC, in a statement today said that Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia informed them of the vacancy of the two seats yesterday.

The seats fell vacant after the two elected representatives from Barisan Nasional (BN) – Noriah Kasnon and Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad – died in a helicopter accident in Sarawak last week.

The meeting this Friday in Putrajaya will be chaired by EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah, and will discuss the nomination and polling dates for the two by-elections, the statement said.

BN defeated PAS in close contests for both seats in the last general election on May 5, 2013. Noriah won Sungei Besar with a 399-vote majority while Wan Mohammad Khair-il took Kuala Kangsar with a 1,082 majority.

Rohani: Stop spreading photos of heli crash victims

Rohani: Stop spreading photos of heli crash victims

PETALING JAYA: Stop circulating photographs of the May 5 helicopter crash victims, Batang Lupar MP Rohani Abdul Karim said.

Borneo Post Online quoted the Women, Family and Community Development minister saying that this should be done as a sign of respect to families of the crash victims.

“It is unethical and I urge everyone to stop spreading and sharing those images,” she said at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) morgue yesterday.

According to her, forensic specialists are still conducting an autopsy on the last body recovered from Batang Lupar yesterday – the identity of which is yet to be ascertained.

A representative from the Philippines Embassy will be arriving in Kuching today to arrange documentation and delivery of the body, believed to be that of the helicopter pilot Captain Rudolf Rex Ragas, back to his home country.

Ragas flew the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter that crashed in Sebuyau last Thursday during a flight from Betong to Kuching, during campaigning for the state election.

The remains of five others on board the same chopper have been recovered and identified.

They are Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Muhammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry Secretary-General Dr Sundaran Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard, Ahmad Sobri Harun.

Umno prepares for Sg Besar, Kuala Kangsar by-elections

Umno prepares for Sg Besar, Kuala Kangsar by-elections

PUTRAJAYA: Umno has initiated preparations to face two parliamentary by-elections, in Sungai Besar, Selangor, and Kuala Kangsar, Perak, party Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.

He said the party had identified several potential candidates and was also studying the list of voters and the demography.

The seats fell vacant after Sungai Besar MP Noriah Kasnon and Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad were killed in a helicopter crash in Sarawak last Thursday.

“Although it is still early, the Umno headquarters has initiated the preparations, including identifying potential candidates.

“We will furnish the information to Umno President Najib Razak at the Umno Supreme Council meeting, expected to be held at the end of this month,” he told a press conference at his office here.

Tengku Adnan said he was confident the Barisan Nasional would retain the two seats in the by-elections.

He also said that the party disciplinary board had completed a report on the investigation into alleged indiscipline by former Deputy President Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir.

The report would be tabled at the next meeting of the party supreme council, he added.

– BERNAMA

Umno 70th anniversary celebration postponed to May 12

Umno 70th anniversary celebration postponed to May 12

PUTRAJAYA: The celebration marking the 70th anniversary of Umno, scheduled for May 11, has been postponed by a day to May 12, Umno Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said.

The event has been postponed by a day in view of the Meeting of the Conference of Rulers scheduled for May 11 and a banquet the same night, he added.

The decision on the change of dates had been conveyed to all state Umno and Umno divisions, he told a press conference here today.

Tengku Adnan said the celebration at the Putra World Trade Centre would be held on a moderate scale with ‘yassin’ and ‘tahlil’ prayers for past leaders and the Umno struggle, as well as party members who died in a helicopter crash in Sarawak last Thursday.

Umno President Najib Razak had also decided to cancel all anniversary programmes and activities as a mark of respect over the helicopter mishap that claimed six lives, he said.

The cancelled programmes are an Umno Day Carnival scheduled for May 14 at Dataran Merdeka as well as Umno sports meets and Flag Run that were already underway nationwide, he said.

Umno leaders Noriah Kasnon (Sungai Besar MP, Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister) and Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad (Kuala Kangsar MP, Chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Board) were killed in the accident.

Also killed in the tragic helicopter accident during a flight from Betong to Kuching were Noriah’s husband Asmuni Abdullah, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry secretary-general Dr Sundaran Annamalai, Noriah’s bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun and Filipino pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas.

– BERNAMA

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

KUCHING: A search team today recovered what is believed to be the body of the pilot of a helicopter that went down in Sebuyau last Thursday.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Muhammad Sabtu Osman said marine police found the body at 10.15am about 5.5km from the Triso ferry terminal.

He said the police would only be able to confirm if the body was that of Filipino pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas after identification and verification by forensic specialists.

Ragas was the pilot of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter that crashed in Sebuyau on Thursday during a flight from Betong to Kuching. The remains of five others on board the same chopper have been recovered and identified.

They are Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Muhammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry Secretary-General Dr Sundaran Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard, Ahmad Sobri Harun.

Muhammad Sabtu said the body recovered today was taken to the search team’s control centre in Lingga about 11am and would be sent to the Sarawak General Hospital for a post-mortem.

He added that search operations would continue in order to recover more wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter.

– BERNAMA

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

KUCHING: A search team today recovered what is believed to be the body of the pilot of a helicopter that went down in Sebuyau last Thursday.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Muhammad Sabtu Osman said marine police found the body at 10.15am about 5.5km from the Triso ferry terminal.

He said the police would only be able to confirm if the body was that of Filipino pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas after identification and verification by forensic specialists.

Ragas was the pilot of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter that crashed in Sebuyau on Thursday during a flight from Betong to Kuching. The remains of five others on board the same chopper have been recovered and identified.

They are Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Muhammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry Secretary-General Dr Sundaran Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard, Ahmad Sobri Harun.

Muhammad Sabtu said the body recovered today was taken to the search team’s control centre in Lingga about 11am and would be sent to the Sarawak General Hospital for a post-mortem.

He added that search operations would continue in order to recover more wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter.

– BERNAMA

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

KUCHING: A search team today recovered what is believed to be the body of the pilot of a helicopter that went down in Sebuyau last Thursday.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Muhammad Sabtu Osman said marine police found the body at 10.15am about 5.5km from the Triso ferry terminal.

He said the police would only be able to confirm if the body was that of Filipino pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas after identification and verification by forensic specialists.

Ragas was the pilot of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter that crashed in Sebuyau on Thursday during a flight from Betong to Kuching. The remains of five others on board the same chopper have been recovered and identified.

They are Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Muhammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry Secretary-General Dr Sundaran Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard, Ahmad Sobri Harun.

Muhammad Sabtu said the body recovered today was taken to the search team’s control centre in Lingga about 11am and would be sent to the Sarawak General Hospital for a post-mortem.

He added that search operations would continue in order to recover more wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter.

– BERNAMA

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

Search team recovers body believed to be of copter pilot

KUCHING: A search team today recovered what is believed to be the body of the pilot of a helicopter that went down in Sebuyau last Thursday.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Muhammad Sabtu Osman said marine police found the body at 10.15am about 5.5km from the Triso ferry terminal.

He said the police would only be able to confirm if the body was that of Filipino pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas after identification and verification by forensic specialists.

Ragas was the pilot of the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter that crashed in Sebuyau on Thursday during a flight from Betong to Kuching. The remains of five others on board the same chopper have been recovered and identified.

They are Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah, Kuala Kangsar MP Wan Muhammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry Secretary-General Dr Sundaran Annamalai and Noriah’s bodyguard, Ahmad Sobri Harun.

Muhammad Sabtu said the body recovered today was taken to the search team’s control centre in Lingga about 11am and would be sent to the Sarawak General Hospital for a post-mortem.

He added that search operations would continue in order to recover more wreckage of the ill-fated helicopter.

– BERNAMA