Flash Floods Hit Sipitang, Sabah

The English dailies today reports on PM Najib’s announcement on federal allocation for 13 flood mitigation projects in the state and the latest update on flood levels in Penang and Kedah.

Federal Government Comes To Penang’s Aid - As Penangites vent their frustrations on the state government over its poor handling of the floods, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak says the Federal Government has committed RM150 million to address the problem and will consider additional allocations, reports theSun, MalayMail and New Straits Times. After surveying the devastation, Najib says Penang needs 13 flood mitigation projects, costing RM1 billion. Yesterday, federal agencies descended on Penang to see how they can help.

Landslide Alert - As rain continues to beat down on parts of the peninsula contributing to flood levels in Penang and Kedah not subsiding, 946 slopes along federal roads have been classified as ‘very high hazard’, sparking fears of more landslides, reports The Star. On Penang Hill alone, there were some 330 landslides after the recent storm.

The Malay dailies highlighted the 39 deviant religious organisations in Selangor, PM Najib’s visit to Penang, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal’s exposure during the Bajet 2018 debate, and horrific fire that took 5 innocent lives away.

Selangor Jadi Pusat 39 Ajaran Sesat ( 39 Deviant Religious Groups Identified In Selangor) - Syiah, Millah Abraham and Daesh are some of the few deviant pseudo-religious groups in Selangor that could do a lot of damage to country, reports Kosmo!. Chairman of the Standing Committee on Islamic Affairs, Malay Customs and Selangor Heritage, Datuk Dr. Ahmad Yunus Hairi said that during the year, 246 arrests have been made by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) over deviant teachings.

Pulau Pinang Perlukan RM1 Billion (Penang Island Needs RM1 Billion) - Datuk Seri Najib Razak explained how this amount involves 13 projects that has been legislated by Department of Irrigation and Drainage, reports Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian. The Federal Government has approved the RM150 million and is ready to consider any provisional conditions.

Shafie Dedah Rahsia (Shafie Implicates Others In Corruption Probe ) - During the Budget 2018 debate in Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal had implied that individuals related to Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman had also been awarded projects linked to the Rural and Regional Development Ministry during his tenure as its minister. He alleged those individuals are not implicated in the ongoing MACC probe, reports Sinar Harian.

Api Balut Tubuh (Burning Flames Engulfed Their Bodies) - Things won’t be the same anymore for Jamil Tikan, 60, as the cries of horror from his neighbours would linger in his mind forever, reports Harian Metro. Five of his neighbours had been burnt alive from a tragic fire that engulfed their home last night.

The vernacular dailies also front paged the news on the political parties setting their differences aside to come together to help Penangites as well as the the unsung heroes of 100 volunteers from three different organisations who came to the rescue after the flash flood incident in Penang.

All Parties Rise Above Politics In Responding To Penang Floods - China Press reports on MCA, DAP and Gerakan Khas leaders had put on hold their differing political views and extended their co-operation proving that they could set aside political differences for the safety of the people.

Tribute To Unknown Heroes - On its front page today, Sin Chew reports on more than 100 volunteers from three organisations as they began a major clean-up on various places that had been hit hard by last Saturday’s flash floods in Penang.

-mD

Source : http://www.malaysiandigest.com/frontpage/29-4-tile/706780-what-are-today-s-headlines-08-10.html

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