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M’sians need to embrace more humour: Harith

M’sians need to embrace more humour: Harith
Published on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Malaysians need to embrace more humour into their lives albeit all the negativity splattered over the social media.

And Harith Iskander is on a zealous mission to promote the funny side of Malaysians through his #kitaOK Live Comedy Tour 2018.

“The tour is a chance for me to look back at what makes Malaysians funny,” he said, Tuesday.

“The best way to overcome all issues is to laugh at ourselves.”

Unfortunately, he said, nowadays Malaysians live on the social media – dictated by their mobile devices.

“And when you look at the social media, you can see some people are unhappy, angry about almost everything.

“If we look up, away from our devices and talk to people, yes, everybody has issues and problems, but if we can laugh together, we are actually OK.

“Things are not as bad as what we see on the social media.

“We can still cooperate and live together…we are a great nation,” he said.

Having won the Laugh Factory’s Funniest Person in the World 2016, Harith has been spending more of his time abroad the last two years.

“I will be performing in Kota Kinabalu on March 15 as part of my nationwide #kitaOK Live Comedy Tour…I love performing in KK.

“For the tour, I am covering seven cities across Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, Melaka, Kuching, Kota Kinabalu and the final show will be in Labuan.

“It is my first nationwide live comedy show in 10 years.

“Hopefully I will get to reach as many people as possible.

“For the last two years, I have been concentrating on international appearances after winning the world competition in 2016.

“So this year, I am bringing my comedy back to Malaysia.”

Harith said the show will be looking at what is it like being a Malaysian from a humorous point of view.

“Even though it is a specifically written show, I will customise it according to the location of my performance to offer something special for the people in that particular city as well.

“It will feature two opening acts…there will be a band and visual graphics to complement each show.

“It is not only just a man with a microphone,” he said.

He added, the shows will be apolitical in nature as “instead of dividing everyone, you need laughter to bring people together.”

Meanwhile, Harith said he looks forward to see more comedic talents from the State who can make it big nationally and internationally.

“East Malaysia, as everybody knows, has a large pool of talents.

“And I noticed one of the comedians from Sabab who are currently climbing up the ladder is Mad Sabah…he has a good potential.

“I understand that most newcomers have the fear of not being able to do it.

“But, if you really want it, you just have to take chances and do it…go and find a place or a show to perform.

“If I am around, they can always come to me and I am ready to give them some advice.”

Known as the Godfather of Stand-Up Comedy in Malaysia, Harith also won Asia’s Best Stand-Up Comedian Award 2014 by Top 10 of Asia Magazine.

He is also the curator of the biggest stand-up comedy festival in Asia, the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival which was held twice in 2015 and 2017.

Since 1991, Harith had performed live at hundreds of shows and entertained thousands of people with his unique and original materials.

In October 2014, he became the first Malaysian stand-up comedian to hold a show in a stadium.

Harith Iskander’s Laugh Malaysia saw 9,000 people filled up Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil and set a record in the local stand-up comedy scene by being the biggest comedy show in Malaysia, to date.

He will perform live at Hakka Hall, here on March 15 and on the next day, he will perform at Tiara Labuan Hotel, Labuan. Both shows start at 8.30pm. – Ricardo Unto


Worker feared drowned after slipping in Labuan

Worker feared drowned after slipping in Labuan
Published on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Labuan: A 37-year-old Sabah Flour and Feed Mills worker is feared drowned after he slipped off a jetty near his workplace, about 7am, Tuesday.

A search and rescue (SAR) operation was mounted at 10am after the Labuan Fire and Rescue Department received an emergency call at 9.45am.

Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) enforcement chief, Capt Maritime Che Adnan Md Isa, said the man, who was alone during the incident, fell off a jetty and disappeared under the water.

“As soon as we received the call, we immediately dispatched our patrol boat for the SAR, and based on the close-circuit television (CCTV), the incident took place about three nautical miles from the MMEA jetty” he said.

He said the SAR involved firemen, police marine and Malaysia Civil Defence Department (JPAM). – Iffah Dilaney


Don’t blame parents for children’s stunted growth, Terengganu MB told

TERENGGANU’S parents should not be blamed for their children’s stunted growth, Amanah lawmaker Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah chided Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman.

The Kuala Terengganu MP said Razif’s statement faulting the parents was uncalled for, and said the state government played a role in educating parents.

“If the parents’ attitude is why this (problem) happens, it should be corrected by government officers such as those from the Ministry of Health, and information from village chiefs and local councils.

“Terengganu has a pretty big state budget of RM2.2 billion for a population of only 1.1 million.  

“Why isn’t the money utilised to explain healthcare for children? The state government has failed to do so,” Raja Kamarul said in a press conference at Parliament today.

According to Unicef’s Children Without report, 26% of children below the age of five are stunted in Terengganu, which is the second highest state after Kelantan.

Raja Kamarul blamed the state government for being insensitive to the people’s eating problems.

Ahmad Razif responded, calling Raja Kamarul’s allegations untrue, and said that the stunting of Terengganu children was purportedly due to conditions like cerebral palsy and congenital anomalies.

Raja Kamarul also blamed the Terengganu government for wasting state funds that could have been channelled to feeding the people.

He said that the purchases of the RM3 million Amphibian bus, the RM320 million duty-free centre, and the RM350 million Knowledge Park were a waste of money.

“The (projects) were abandoned, examples of money being misspent,” he said.  

The Terengganu Amanah chief also said constituencies under Barisan Nasional ministers also were not well taken care of.

Raja Kamarul said fishermen from Kampong Teluk Ketapang took home earnings below RM460 per month and, in Kemaman, below RM500 a month.

These areas are under Razif and Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Shabery Cheek, respectively.

“Terengganu’s budget of over RM2.2 million for 1.1 million people is sufficient to ensure the people are healthy and happy, compared to neighbouring states like Kelantan and Pahang, which despite having RM700 million budgets, have many residents.

“The mismanagement and weak administration of the Terengganu state government is the cause of this situation,” he said.

Yesterday, Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid disputed the findings of the report, which claimed students were suffering deprivation and malnutrition in Malaysia.

He said government schemes, like the supplementary food programme (known by its Malay acronym, RMT), had eradicated such problems.

The Unicef report found that 34% of children below the age of five in Kelantan faced stunted growth, followed by Terengganu and Pahang (26%) and Putrajaya, Perak, Sabah & Labuan (24%).

23% of children in Sarawak faced stunted growth, followed by Perlis (21%), Penang (20%), Negri Sembilan (19%), Kedah (18%), Malacca (14%), Johor (12%), and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (11%).

The report, which compared countries with similar per capita GDP as Malaysia, said in terms of stunting, Malaysian children were worse than those in Ghana. – March 14, 2018.


Pusat tahfiz Labuan dapat tapak baharu

LABUAN: Madrasah Tahfiz Al-Quran Al Badr Labuan akan berpindah ke lokasi baharu yang bakal memberi keselesaan dan jaminan keselamatan kepada 100 pelajarnya.

Pembinaan premis baharu yang akan dilengkapi pusat pentadbiran dan surau di Kampung Lubok Temiang itu dijangka dimulakan sebaik proses pemilikan tanah selesai,

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Yayasan Kesejahteraan Bandar Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Dr Mustapha Ahmad Merican, proses itu kini pada peringkat akhir hasil bantuan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan, Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, dan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

“Kita bersyukur dan berterima kasih kepada dermawan Labuan yang menyerahkan tanah beliau untuk pembinaan pusat tahfiz ini. Pembinaan dijangka dimulakan tahun ini juga,” katanya.

Pusat tahfiz itu yang dikendalikan oleh Ustaz Ahmad Sharizal kini beroperasi di Kampung Kerupang dan tidak lagi mampu menampung bilangan pelajar yang semakin meningkat.

Pusat tahfiz itu mengikut sukatan pengajian Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan, Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) dan Kementerian Pendidikan.

“Saya juga mencadangkan agar pihak pentadbir pusat tahfiz ini bekerjasama dengan pihak JAKIM dan Kementerian Pendidikan agar sentiasa berada di landasan yang betul dan tidak terlepas maklumat berkaitan dan polisi terkini kerajaan,” katanya. – BERNAMA


Mangsa terjatuh ke dalam air di jeti Sabah Flour & Mills, Labuan belum ditemui

FOTO: ANGGOTA bomba dan penyelamat mencari dan menyelamat mangsa berhampiran dengan jeti Sabah Flour and Mills.

13 Mac 2018

LABUAN – Seorang lelaki berumur 37 tahun dikhuatiri lemas setelah terjatuh ke dalam air berhampiran dengan jeti Sabah Flour and Mills Sdn Bhd di kawasan perindustrian Rancha Rancha sini pagi tadi.

Jurucakap Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Labuan, Jainal@Zainal Madasin berkata, pihak mereka telah menerima panggilan kecemasan mengenai perkara tersebut pada jam 9.19 pagi.

“Identiti mangsa dikenal pasti sebagai Latif Ibrahim Goh iaitu pekerja di Syarikat Sabah Flour dan Mills Sdn Bhd. Rakaman CCTV di jeti menunjukkan mangsa telah jatuh ke dalam air pada jam 7.30 pagi,” katanya.

Beliau berkata lanjut, pada jam 11.30 pagi, ikhtiar menyelamat di atas air (surface water rescue and searching) telah dijalankan.

Ahli keluarga iaitu abang mangsa turut berada di lokasi kejadian ketika kerja mencari dan menyelamat dijalankan.

Turut membantu dalam operasi tersebut ialah polis, polis marin, Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) Labuan dan Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APAM).

Setakat ini, mangsa belum lagi ditemui.


Education minister rubbishes Unicef report on urban poor children

EDUCATION Minister Mahdzir Khalid has downplayed a Unicef report which on the deprivation and malnutrition among children living in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur.

He told the Dewan Rakyat during question time today that government schemes, such as the supplementary food programme (RMT), covered all schools in rural and urban areas.

“I don’t know how the Unicef report was published and how it could compare (us) with Ghana. 

“We have our own study (and) so far there is no school that shows our pupils are deprived. (And) actually, there’s no case of pupils going hungry at schools, as reported by teachers,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai).

The Unicef report, Children Without: A study of urban child poverty and deprivation in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur, published on February 26, shows that children living in low-cost flats are deprived in terms of nutrition, education, safety and other living conditions.

The study is a measure of government programmes for the urban poor.

It found that 34% of children under five in Kelantan face stunted growth, followed by Terengganu and Pahang (26%) and Putrajaya, Perak, Sabah & Labuan (24%).

Stunted growth in children in Sarawak was 23%, followed by Perlis (21%), Penang (20%), Negri Sembilan (19%), Kedah (18%), Malacca (14%), Johor (12%) and Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (11%).

The report, which compared countries with similar GDP per capita as Malaysia, said in terms of stunting, Malaysian children were worse than Ghana, despite its GDP per capita being six times higher, at 21%. – March 13, 2018.  



Labuan International Sea Challenge features jetski, deep sea fishing tournament

LABUAN: The 22nd Labuan International Sea Challenge 2018 is expected to draw a huge crowd to the duty-free island with the newly-introduced international extreme sport game of P1 Jetski Championship, which is set be the Labuan’s exciting event of the year.

The deep sea fishing tournament known as Labuan Game Fishing Tournament offering total cash prize of RM60, 000 is another main event that is also set to attract the established local and foreign anglers to take part in the nine-day event from April 21.

Labuan Corporation deputy chief executive officer Mohd Zamri Mohd Esa said the annual event is expected to attract at least 30, 000 visitors to the island.

The annual event, which started in 1997, has given Labuan a positive image internationally due to the international participation, especially in the Rolex IGFA Labuan International Fishing Tournament.

Zamri said six main events including the Labuan Cross Channel Swimming Challenge and Labuan Round Island Kayak Challenge and 20 supporting games had been listed throughout the event organised by various agencies, clubs and associations.

“Due to its potential, the event had been listed in the BIMP-EAGA Equador Asia tourism calendar and annual national tourism calendar under the National Water Fiesta Celebration and Malaysia Water Fiesta,” he said. – Bernama



Group supports rugby union as tournament’s title sponsor

The Naza Group of Companies is joining hands with the Malaysia Rugby Union (MRU) as the official title sponsor of the National 7’s Tournament organised by the union.

In support of MRU’s initiative to cultivate an interest in sports, especially rugby among the youths of Malaysia, the Naza Group is eager to contribute towards the nurturing of rugby talents in Malaysia.

“Naza aspires to be a progressive company that promotes sustainable development and growth. We are pleased to be a part of MRU’s initiative to promote rugby as a sport in Malaysia.

“The Naza Group aspires to be a nation builder by contributing to the development of the community while encouraging Malaysians to live a healthier lifestyle and be active in sports,” said Naza Corporation Holdings group executive chairman and chief executive officer SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin.

MRU president Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya received a cheque of RM200,000 from the Naza Group, together with one unit of a Peugeot Traveller MPV worth RM199,888 which will be the official car for the National 7’s Tournament.

The National 7’s Tournament is pivotal in the development of rugby sevens in Malaysia as it involves the participation of several state teams including Johor, Sabah, Labuan, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Negri Sembilan, Terengganu, Kelantan, Putrajaya, Perlis, Selangor, Kedah, Pulau Pinang and Pahang, as well as Polis Diraja Malaysia and Angkatan Tentera Malaysia.

With the growing popularity of rugby among Malaysian youths, especially at the grass-roots level, the National 7’s Tournament was held in Melaka and Johor recently, with the Perak leg to be held at Ipoh Padang on March 24 and 25.


Govt mulls raising minimum wage

THE government is considering increasing the minimum wage to help low- and middle-income earners cope with the rising cost of living.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said this was one of the long-term plans drawn up under the National Cost of Living Action Council to ensure the wellbeing of the people ,

“This is among the proposals which we think will help the people in addition to other short-term plans such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid and the Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat (people’s outreach sale) programme which offers daily necessities at lower than market prices.

“Other long-term proposal is to create more employment and business opportunities for the people to help them generate extra income,” he told reporters after officiating the Pulai parliamentary constituency-level Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat programme in Johor Baru, yesterday.

The minimum wage was last reviewed in 2016. The minimum salary was increased from RM900 to RM1,000 per month in peninsular Malaysia, and from RM800 to RM920 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. – Bernama, March 12, 2018.


Govt mulls increase in minimum wage

THE government is mulling a proposal to increase minimum wage to help low- and middle-income earners cope with the rising cost of living.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said this is one of the long-term plans drawn up under the National Cost of Living Action Council to ensure that the people’s well-being is taken care of.

“This is among the proposals that we think will help the people, in addition to other short-term plans, such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid and Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat programme, which offers daily necessities at below-market prices.

“Other long-term proposals include creating more employment and business opportunities for the people to help them generate extra income,” he told reporters after officiating at the Pulai parliamentary constituency-level Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat programme in Johor Baru today.

The last time minimum wage was reviewed was in 2016. The rate in Peninsular Malaysia was increased from RM900 to RM1,000 per month, while for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, RM800 to RM920 per month. – Bernama, March 11, 2018.


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