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Move toprotect children frompornography

TUARAN (SABAH): A cam- paign on the use of gadgets and cyber-smart families could curb children frombeing exposed to pornographic material, saidDeputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri DrWan AzizahWan Ismail. She said such a campaign could be carried out through government agencies in colla- borationwith non- governmental organisations to raise awareness within communities and families. “Such a programme should involve the cooperation of various parties in ensuring the future well-being of families in Malaysia,” she saidwhen officiating at a “Family Against Pornography” seminar at the Teachers Training Institute Kent Campus here yesterday. Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew and state Assistant Finance Minister Kenny Chua. Wan Azizah said the fifth Malaysian Population and

Family Survey 2014 showed that themediumof communication among teenagers and their parents were through telephone (73%), short messaging system (54.6%) and social media (15.6%), revealing that the use of gadgets among them was significant. On another matter, she said statistics from the National RegistrationDepartment showed that 4,992 children were born out of wedlock to women aged 18 and below in 2017. As of last month, the number of such childrenwas 1,664, she said, adding that there were 120 cases of abandoned babies recorded last year. “These figures showed that the role of the familymust be strengthened and given added value to control and curb familymembers from (being involved in) such negative activities,” she said. – Bernama

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Wan Azizah at the launch of the ‘Family Against Pornography’ campaign yesterday at the Teachers Training Institute Kent Campus in Tuaran, Sabah.

B R I E F S PUA:MYCHOICENOTTOBE INCABINET PETALING JAYA: Damansara MP Tony Pua has said he was not made a Cabinet member because he preferred to remain as Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s special officer, a non-paid position. “It is a choice and I think it is the right choice because the ministry is really huge. There is no one person who can run the show,” Pua said, adding that he was not neglected by the party nor that the party doesn’t want him. Pua and Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming were made Lim’s special officers beginning May 22, both without pay. Ong was later made deputy minister of Trade and Industry. MINIMUMWAGEPARTOF5-YEARPLAN ALOR STAR: The new RM1,500 minimum wage for the private sector is of part Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) five-year plan. Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the matter should be made clear that the issue was not included in the coalition’s manifesto items to be fulfilled within 100 days of forming the government. “Before the end of PH’s five-year term, we will think of a way to implement it,” he said. – Bernama

TunM: Sosma tobe repealed

IPOH: Perak will recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) provided its holders obtain an SPMcredit in BahasaMalaysia. Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said as a Pakatan Harapan (PH) state government, Perak will follow the federal government’s lead in recognising UEC. “The minister (MaszleeMalik) has said recognition is going in that direction, and if the federal govern- ment agrees, we will follow,” Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said after presenting scrolls to 800 graduates from community colleges in Perak yesterday. He said the state was also open to recruiting UEC holders into the civil service if they could speak BahasaMalaysia and acquire an SPM-level credit. “There is no reason to hold back opportunities for UEC holders. There was some misunderstanding about the PHmanifesto. There were assumptions that there would be (a decline in the) command of BahasaMalaysia,” he added. Perak to recogniseUEC BY RAJVINDER SINGH newsdesk@thesundaily.com SHAHALAM: The government plans to repeal the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma), that was passed in 2012 andwidely seen as a replacement to the Internal Security Act. PrimeMinister TunDrMahathir Mohamad said the Act was unfair and the people would suffer under it. “People arrested under the Act had no access to court (proceedings) and if they died under custody, there would be no inquiry and those >RepressiveAct unfair andwould causepeople to suffer, says PM

responsible would not face any action.” Mahathir said unlike the previous administration, PakatanHarapan would uphold the rule of law. He said under former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s leadership, the government machinery had been seriously damaged. “We need time to recover and repair the damage done. “We have already started taking action to remove those senior (officials) whowere there only to serve Najib,”Mahathir told a gathering of about 3,000 people who had donated RM3.47million to Tabung HarapanMalaysia. He also thanked everyone for having the courage to vote out

BarisanNasional andNajib. He said the damage cause by Najibwas widespread and involved those from the police, Armed Forces and the civil service. He said the peoplemust give the government some time to recover because not only had the government machinery been damaged, it had also beenmisused. He added that the debt burden was far worse than previously suspected but with the help and sacrifice of the people, the nationwill be able to recover. Mahathir said the people had rejected the “dictatorship” that had been ruling the country and they have given the duty of running and improving the country to Pakatan Harapan.

Didgovt promise ‘toomuch, toosoon’?

PETALING JAYA: There should be no excuses for PakatanHarapan (PH) not to fulfil their “10 promises in 100 days”, analysts said. The coalition has implemented only two of its election promises as the 100-daymark nears. “They should not make excuses, high hopes on them, and (that was) one of the reasons people voted them in,” said political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Jeniri Amir. “Some peoplemay feel cheated. But a promise is still a promise.” Jeniri said voters were likelymost influenced by the promise of postponing repayments to the National Higher Education Fund Corporation and reducing the cost of living. He also called out the government over the “excuses” announced in recent weeks, that included the RM1 trillion national debt and certain laws supposedly because before they came upwith those promises, they should have known people have put

hampering its progress. “They should have studied everything before drafting themanifesto. Why did they come upwith such promises if they know they cannot deliver? Economist Tan Sri Ramon

Navaratnam ( pix ) said it was highly unlikely that PH would fulfil all its promises, adding that the coalition had promised “too much, too soon” in its bid towin votes. “Themanifesto

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was strongly, politically- motivated, like all other manifestos. My only hope is theywill stick to the manifesto and accomplish themall, albeit (taking) slightly longer,” he said. “They have tomake promises that may not be very practical in terms of timing (to gain votes), but theymust still be fulfilled even if it is not (done) within 100 days. The former Treasury deputy secretary-general urged the public to give the first-termgovernment more time and space to carry out its duties.

WEDID IT ... Youth and SportsMinister Syed Saddiq SyedAbdul Rahman (centre) poses with graduates and officials of theMalaysian Youth Council at its convention in Bangi yesterday. A total of 504 graduates from11 colleges under the council received their scrolls.

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