Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ahli Parlimen BN Langkawi hina gambar mayat Karpal Singh

Amin Iskandar
Gambar jenazah Karpal Singh dan keratan akhbar berkait dengan mendiang disiarkan di akaun Facebook Ahli Parlimen Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad.
Gambar jenazah Karpal Singh dan keratan akhbar berkait dengan mendiang disiarkan di akaun Facebook Ahli Parlimen Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad.
Tatkala ahli-ahli politik daripada kerajaan dan pembangkang bersedih dengan kematian bekas Pengerusi DAP, Karpal Singh, Ahli Parlimen Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad menghina mayat pemimpin veteran pembangkang itu di laman Facebooknya.
Sambil memuatkan gambar mayat Karpal dan menyiarkan keratan akhbar penentangan pemimpin itu terhadap hukum hudud, Nawawi mengeluarkan kenyataan yang memperlekehkan pemimpin itu.
"Siapa nak sambut cabaran Karpal Singh? Sila bagi nama he he," tulis Nawawi di akaun Facebook ‘Dato Ir Nawawi Ahmad’ merujuk kepada keratan akhbar bertajuk "Mahu wujudkan negara Islam langkah mayat kami dulu - Karpal Singh". Bekas Mufti Perlis, Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin dalam reaksinya terhadap sesetengah pihak yang tidak menghormati jenazah Karpal meminta semua pihak menunjukkan nilai baik Islam dengan menghormati seseorang yang sudah meninggal dunia.
"Inilah ketinggian akhlak dan budi yang menjadikan Islam itu dihormati. Kegagalan untuk menampilkan akhlak yang baik inilah yang menimbulkan prasangka manusia terhadap Islam dan sekali gus mereka membenci umatnya," katanya dalam satu kenyataan kepada The Malaysian Insider.
Selain itu, Nawawi yang juga ahli Umno turut menulis tentang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Karpal Singh.
"Anwar berahim mesti lega bila orang yang arah 'anwar ibrahim harus bertaubat' sudah tiada," tulis Nawawi.
Sementara itu, bekas Ahli Parlimen Kulim Bandar Baru, Datuk Zulkifli Noordin seolah-olah 'lega' dengan kematian pemimpin DAP itu.
Zulkifli berkata, laluan ke arah pelaksanaan hudud Kelantan akan lebih mudah dengan ketiadaan Karpal.
“Dalam keadaan kemelut kerajaan PAS Kelantan mahu melaksanakan hudud dengan bantuan Umno, Allah matikan Karpal yang menjadi penentang utama pelaksanaannya!” tulisnya di akaTulisan Ahli Parlimen Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad mengaitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Karpal Singh.Tulisan Ahli Parlimen Langkawi, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad mengaitkan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Karpal Singh.un Twitter



@zulkiflinoordin.
“Moga perjuangan untuk melaksanakan hudud di Kelantan berjaya.
"Alhamdulillah dengan kesatuan akidah Umno-PAS dan ketiadaan Karpal, saya percaya laluan makin dipermudahkan!”
Zulkifli yang kalah dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 di Shah Alam yang juga pengamal undang-undang bagaimanapun menganggap kematian Karpal sebagai perginya seorang peguam veteran yang hebat.
“Nama Karpal akan terus tercatat sebagai satu legenda dalam sejarah,” tulisnya.
Mohd Asri yang juga pensyarah Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) berkata, umat Islam perlu memikirkan sebab mengapa seseorang bukan Islam menolak sesuatu berkaitan Islam.
"Jika dia menolak tafsiran Islam yang dibuat oleh pihak tertentu, bukan semestinya dia membenci Islam.
"Saya tidak tahu hakikat YB Karpal Singh, namun atas nama akhlak Islam yang mulia, saya ucapkan takziah kepada kaum keluarganya," kata Mohd Asri.
Karpal yang juga ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor itu maut dalam satu kemalangan ngeri di kilometer 301.6, Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan menghala utara berhampiran Gua Tempurung, Perak pada kira-kira jam 1.30 pagi ini.
Turut terkorban dalam kemalangan itu ialah pembantu peribadinya, Michael Cornandez sementara anaknya, Ram Karpal mengalami cedera parah.
Karpal yang dipercayai sedang dalam perjalanan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Pulau Pinang bagi menghadiri satu kes mahkamah meninggal dunia di tempat kejadian akibat cedera parah. – 17 April, 2014.

My last meeting with Mr Karpal Singh

BY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
APRIL 17, 2014
I met Mr Karpal Singh at his office in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, about 7pm last night and spent about 45 minutes with him.
He had called me earlier to collect a copy of a court judgment of an important case.
He told me to come as early as possible because he had to go to Penang later that night, as he was defending a client in a murder trial at the Penang court the next morning (today). Mr Karpal normally made it a point to inform me of court cases. He was one of my closest contacts on legal matters. It is through him that I get my exclusive stories.
Mr Karpal's personal assistant, Micheal Cornelius, was there to welcome me at the entrance of the office.
It was through the late Michael that I communicated with Mr Karpal over the phone, after the Bukit Gelugor MP was left paralysed following a road accident in 2005.
As I walked into the office, he was busy giving instructions to his legal assistant Zaleha al-Hayat as he would be in Penang until next Tuesday.
Mr Karpal was in high spirits and even cracked a few jokes.
As usual, after collecting the judgment, we spoke about the judiciary and the political happenings in the country.
He remarked that he had seen and gone through the best in this beloved country of ours.
But he shuddered to think what the younger generation would go through.
V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor at The Malaysian Insider, says his friendship with the late Karpal began in 1986 when he was reporting in Seremban.  Anbalagan was one of the few who was close to the late politician. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 17, 2014.V. Anbalagan, assistant news editor at The Malaysian Insider, says his friendship with the late Karpal began in 1986 when he was reporting in Seremban. Anbalagan was one of the few who was close to the late politician. – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 17, 2014.He then received a call that his son, Gobind Singh Deo, was admitted at the Pantai Hospital. He said he would have to drop by the hospital before heading to Penang.
I also told him that I intended to do a story on the coroner's court and that I needed his comments as he had been a counsel in many death inquiries.
He told me to call him around noon today.
Both of us left his office together and planned to meet again next week.
At about 3.30am, my wife woke me up to break the news that Mr Karpal had died in a road accident.
For a moment I thought I was dreaming and was in a state of disbelieve as I had just met him a few hours earlier. I checked my mobile phone and there were several messages on the accident.
I had known Mr Karpal since 1986 when I was a reporter in Seremban.
Our relationship grew and he always made it a point to call me if there were cases of public interest, even after I was transferred to work in Ipoh.
As a seasoned politician and lawyer, he knew what made news and he always kept me informed of the latest happenings.
Over the last 10 years, especially since I returned to work in Kuala Lumpur, I had more frequent contact with Mr Karpal as I used to cover court cases in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
I was among the few who had the chance to be close to Mr Karpal and he had at times divulged information to me that very few people knew.
Apart from him narrating his early days in Singapore as a student and the start of his legal career, our topics of discussion would focus on the judiciary and politics.
I always found Mr Karpal to be a straight-talker who did not mince his words. He also always cracked jokes in between our conversations.
On his conviction for sedition last month, Mr Karpal said that he did not regret what he had uttered because he believed in "free but responsible speech."
Goodbye, Mr Karpal. I will miss you and your company very much. May your soul rest in peace. – April 17, 2014.

MH370 - 'K'jaan mahu sorok maklumat kotak hitam?'



Ketua pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berkata beliau sangsi dengan tindakan Peguam Negara Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail yang berkunjung ke UK untuk membincangkan mengenai hak menjaga kotak hitam pesawat MH370.

“Mereka bimbang dengan penjagaan kotak hitam. Ini yang menarik...

“Pada saya, dalam kes ini, sesiapa sahaja boleh membaca kotak hitam... Jadi anda boleh rasa (tindakan) menyembunyikan maklumat, tetapi (untuk) mempertahankan apa?,” katanya.

Mengikut perjanjian antarabangsa, negara tempat pendaftaran sesuatu pesawat akan mengetuai penyiasatan dalam kes kemalangan udara yang berlaku di perairan antarabangsa.

Bagaimanapun, negara tersebut boleh mewakilkan tanggungjawab itu kepada negara lain, dengan persetujuan bersama.

'US courts likely to throw out MH370 class suits'



Latest developments:
  • Relatives in Beijing walk out of briefing
     
  • M'sia to form international panel, proof of transparency
     
  • Bluefin dive aborted yet again
     
  • Nothing significant in AUV data from second dive
     
  • Shipwreck finder confident of wreckage find
     
  • M'sian navy's Bunga Mas Enam enroute to search site
Follow us as we bring the latest updates and coverage for the search of Flight MH370:

Australian PM pledges to continue search

7.40pm:
 The current lead in the search for MH370 will be exhausted in about a week, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but he pledges to continue searching.

“My determination for Australia is that we will do whatever we reasonably can to resolve the mystery.

“If the current search turns up nothing, we won’t abandon it, we will simply move to a different phase,” he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

He reiterates that he remains confident that searchers are looking at the right place.

The article also mentions other options available if Bluefin-21 fails to find the wreckage, such as searching the same area more intensively or expanding the search area.

Relatives in Beijing stage another walkout

7.05pm: Relatives of the Chinese passengers on-board MH370 have staged yet another walkout this morning following a botched technical briefing, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reports.

It says the video conference in Beijing was delayed by 20 minutes and when the video feed finally came through, there was no audio.

This sent 200 relatives shouting "liar" and storming out the Lido Hotel meeting room.

A representative of the family members, Jiang Hui, told SCMP that Malaysian authorities have promised to provide an update every five minutes and fly to Beijing on the day after any significant development.

"But they had not sent anyone over for the past 13 days… We have many technical questions and other questions that we wish to talk with them about it face to face.

"It’s difficult to understand each other correctly through video conferencing, which, to make things worse, has to rely on translators," he was quoted as saying.

Lawsuits best heard by country handling probe

6.15pm: While some lawyers are persuading relatives of those on board MH370 to bring their case to US courts where compensations claims can run into the millions, an Associated Press (AP) article points out such suits are likely to be rejected.

The report says US courts have in the past ruled that it would be more convenient for the case to be heard in the country the crash occurred or where the investigation is taking place, because it is easier to obtain evidence and witnesses.

“Courts with crowded dockets are likely to dismiss foreign plaintiffs where there are language problems, esoteric laws and/or missing witnesses,” Fordham University emeritus professor of law Joseph Sweeny tells the AP.

An exception, he says, is unless wreckage can be found and used to build a case against the missing aircraft’s US manufacturer Boeing.

Malaysia earns praise from Afghanistan

5.30pm: Malaysia’s handling of the multinational search effort for MH370 has won praise, this time from Afghanistan, says Senate speaker Abu Zahar Ujang.

Abu Zahar says so when speaking to reporters after meeting the Islamic republic’s Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of Constitution (ICOIC) president Gul Rahman Qazi.

“He (Gul Rahman) also prays for all efforts to locate the aircraft to go smoothly, and that we fill find clear clues,” he is quoted as saying by Bernama.

International panel shows M'sia has 'nothing to hide'

4.50pm: Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein says Malaysia will form an international expert panel of inquiry to investigate MH370 and prove that Malaysia has been transparent in its handling of the crises.

"The cabinet will be discussing a paper with regard to an expert panel of inquiry that is going to be set up as part of the ongoing process of transparency to show the world that Malaysia has nothing to hide...

"We are forming a panel of inquiry consisting of experts from around the world... Who are respected, credible and who will make decisions and investigate without fear or favour,” he says.

The cabinet is due to make a decision on the size of the panel today before making an announcement, he adds.

Read more here.

Note - The minister later, in a Twitter posting, states that the presentation of the paper on the international investigation team, scheduled for cabinet today, has been rescheduled for next week.

'I meant one second to take action, not solve mystery'

4pm: PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim slams Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for supposedly “manipulating” his statement in an interview with China’s Southern Weekly.

He claims that the quote attributed to him had been mistranslated and he did not mean he would solve the MH370 mystery “in one second if he was prime minister”.

Instead, he says he actually meant he would have taken "one second to take immediate action and ensure flow of information".

Read the full story here.

Third time the charm?
2.18pm: The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue, says the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC).

In a statement, it says the US Navy’s Bluefin-21 has been redeployed for its third attempt to scour the seabed for any sign of Flight MH370 wreckage.

“It is currently continuing its underwater search,” it says, and adds that initial analysis of the data downloaded this morning from the underwater drone’s second dive indicates “no significant detections”.

Questions regarding China's role

1.10pm: US-based media outlets are raising questions regarding China’s role in the search for MH370, asking whether it had done more harm than good.
Among the latest is financial daily Wall Street Journal. It points out that despite China’s "forceful" response to find the plane, it had earlier missed a meeting on how to coordinate search and rescue (SAR) in the ocean.

The meeting was held by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Singapore to draw up regional plans for handling a multinational rescue effort in event of a downed aircraft at sea. It was the second year in a row that China was absent.

“Since the (MH370) plane disappeared nearly 40 days ago, people involved in the search say China proved a determined and forceful first responder, if sometimes overconfident, disorganized and incorrect.

“As an outsider to deep political and military alliances built over decades by Washington, China has demanded an inside track to information but has shown less appetite to partner with the broader 26-nation coalition,” the report adds.
It also notes the Chinese patrol vesselHaixun 01 had used the wrong equipment to detect black box pings, generating a false lead on April 5, and then supposedly relayed the information to Beijing instead of the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) in Australia.

Another publication that has raised similar questions about China's role is the New York Times. A commentator on CNN however, is more sympathetic.

“I just find it a little distasteful because in the recent past, China has been criticised for not being involved at all, so we can’t have it both ways.

“There is enough frustration going around now that no one has been successful in locating this aircraft,” former US representative to Nato Nicholas Burns tells CNN.

M'sia has right to black box, but Australia has the right tools

1pm: As searchers inch closer towards finding MH370’s black box, debate ensues on who has custody rights over it.
According to Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention 1944, that right goes to Malaysia as lead investigator.

However, the same document also stipulates that Malaysia must arrange for the black box’s data to be read out "without delay", and should be handed to another country if it does not have the required expertise.

This would most likely mean that MH370’s black box would go to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s (ATSB) labs in Canberra.

Yesterday, Bernama reports that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said Malaysia has only asked Australia to lead the search and rescue effort, while the authority to investigate rests with Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein had said he doesn’t mind which country gets custody of the black box, although Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has travelled to the UK to discuss custody issues.

'They will find the wreck of MH370'

11.30am: While JACC chief Angus Houston remains cautiously optimistic that MH370 would be found, an underwater salvage expert claims that finding the wreck is inevitable.
“While the government hasn't announced that yet, if somebody asked me 'technically do they have enough information to say that (they found the wreckage site)?', my answer is unequivocally, yes.

“They have got four very, very good detections with the right spectrum of noise coming from them and it can't be from anything else,” the Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald quotes Blue Water Recoveries director David Mearns as telling the broadcaster ABC.

The report says Mearns had previously found the wreck of the naval cruiser HMAS Sydney 66 years after it was lost to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, and also contributed in the search for Air France Flight 447 after it crashed into the Atlantic in 2009.

'No country has pulled out of SAR'

11am: Not a single country has pulled out of the search for MH370 in the Southern Indian Ocean since operations began on March 17, says Joint Agency Coordination (JACC) chief Angus Houston.
However, after 40 days of searching without any sign of floating wreckage, he says  it is about time to reconsider the need for further surface searches.

“So what is normal in these circumstances is that the partners, the countries, get together, consult, and decide what needs to be done next. And I think that consultation will take place later this week,” he says during an interview with Chinese media outlets in Perth on Monday.

Countries currently involved in the Australian-led search effort include China, US, UK, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Joint Taskforce 658 commander Peter Leavy tells the same interview that P-3 Orion aircraft will continue to drop sonobuoys for several days in hopes of hearing signals from the black box pinger, but that, too, will soon cease when the black box batteries are undoubtedly dead.

He assures that the sonobuoys will not interfere with the underwater search by autonomous underwater vehicle Bluefin-21.

Houston also tells the Chinese press that the starting point of the underwater search is the most likely place where the wreckage may be found based on four pings that ADV Ocean Shield previously detected.

To a question whether Bluefin-21’s efforts is the last chance to find MH370, Houston said if nothing is found, then JACC would have to discuss with other stakeholders on what to do next.

Read the full interview transcript here.

Bunga Mas Enam to spend 3 months at site

10am: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) auxiliary vessel Bunga Mas Enam is now underway to join the search for MH370, according to the New Straits Times.
The supply vessel left Lumut at 8.40am today and is due to arrive in the search area on April 25, and is slated to spend three months there.

The report adds that Bunga Mas Enam is the seventh RMN vessel sent to scour the Indian Ocean.

Search of seabed may take two months

9.15am: To recap, the US Navy-supplied autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 went on its maiden mission late-Monday.
It is equipped with side-scan sonar to map 40 square kilometres of the sea floor for any signs of wreckage, but was programmed to maintain a height of 30 metres above the sed bed as it cruises along.

However - six hours into the mission - it reached an area where the depth was greater than the AUV’s maximum depth rating of 4.5 kilometres, and a safety feature forced it to resurface early. Nothing of interest was found in this search.

According to CNN yesterday, the navy’s salvage chief Mark Matthews says excessively deep water was encountered at the extreme corner of the search area, so the area for the next search will be slightly shifted away.
Bluefin-21’s typical sonar-mapping mission would involve two hours spent reaching the ocean floor, 16 hours of mapping, two hours to resurface, and four hours to download the data, totalling about 24 hours.

Its sonar can map 300 to 400 metres to each side of the torpedo-shape drone, and it travels back and forth pattern like a lawn-mower in order to gather enough data for a map of the area.

It has been warned that the process could take up to two months, and does not guarantee finding MH370.

Underwater drone on second dive

6.40am: The underwater drone Bluefin-21 has gone on its second mission last night, after a botched search attempt for MH370 on the day before. Each mission will take approximately 24 hours to complete.

On the ocean surface, 14 aircraft and 11 ships will be participating in the visual search for debris from the missing jet, covering an area of 55,151 square kilometres.

Isolated showers are expected in the search area today, along with sea swells up to two metres and visibility of about five kilometres.

Background:
  • The Beijing-bound Boeing 777-200ER aircraft went missing not long after taking off from KL International Airport in the early hours of March 8, with 12 crew members and 227 passengers.
     
  • Authorities have determined the plane intentionally turned back and altered its course shortly after cutting communications with tower controllers for unknown reasons.
     
  • "Groundbreaking" data analysis on the six last 'pings' between MH370 and British company Inmarsat's communications satellite has yielded clues to the aircraft's position and heading, leading investigators to narrow down the search area to the south Indian Ocean.
     
  • Australia leads the search in the south Indian Ocean. As of March 30, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) is tasked with overseeing the operations, led by retired air marshal and former defence chief Angus Houston.

Rosmah terkejut, lutut menggeletar, badan lemah



Isteri perdana menteri Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor berharap masyarakat menghentikan sebarang spekulasi berhubung kehilangan pesawat Malaysia Airlines MH370 demi menjaga hati dan emosi anggota keluarga penumpang dan anak kapal.
  
"Jangan buat spekulasi selagi tak dapat maklumat sahih. Saya harap seluruh dunia dapat memikirkan perasaan kaum keluarga 239 orang yang menaiki pesawat itu," katanya.
  
Katanya sesiapa yang mempunyai maklumat sahih dan kredibel perlu tampil ke depan dalam usaha ke arah mengesan pesawat itu yang hilang sejak 8 Mac lepas.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditemu bual dalam rancangan Ruang Bicara selama sejam terbitan BernamaTV yang disiarkan secara langsung malam tadi. Ia juga disiarkan secara langsung melalui laman web Bernama.
  
"Jangan seperti anda baling batu dan sembunyi tangan (dalam membuat spekulasi). Itu pengecut namanya, jangan mengata saja, tak bagi solution (jalan penyelesaian)," katanya.

Penerbangan MH370 bersama-sama 239 orang berlepas pada 8 Mac dari Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa KL pada 12.41 tengah malam dan hilang daripada imbasan radar kira-kira sejam kemudian ketika terbang di ruang udara Laut China Selatan.
  
Pesawat itu sepatutnya mendarat di Beijing pada 6.30 pagi hari sama.
  
Gerakan mencari melibatkan pelbagai negara dilancarkan untuk mengesan pesawat itu, mula-mula di Laut China Selatan dan kemudian diperluas ke Selat Melaka serta Laut Andaman dan kini di selatan Lautan Hindi.
  
Rosmah berkata sebagai seorang wanita dan ibu, beliau dapat menyelami kesedihan dirasai anggota keluarga terbabit yang terpaksa berdepan dengan pelbagai persoalan tentang nasib orang tersayang yang berada dalam penerbangan itu.
  
Mengimbau kembali pertemuan dengan anggota keluarga berkenaan, beliau berkata ada antara mereka memintanya memberi kepastian mengenai apa yang berlaku.
  
Bagaimanapun katanya beliau merasa terkilan kerana tidak dapat banyak membantu dalam perkara ini.
  
"Saya rasa helpless (tidak berdaya)...nak tolong tapi tak boleh tolong. Apa yang saya boleh buat ialah setakat menenangkan mereka," katanya.

Ditanya tentang reaksi pertamanya apabila mendapat berita berhubung insiden itu, Rosmah berkata beliau merasa sedih dan terkejut.
  
"Saya terkejut, lutut menggeletar, badan juga rasa lemah, malah terus berdoa kapal terbang segera ditemui," katanya.
  
Katanya, perkara pertama yang terlintas di fikirannya ketika itu ialah pesawat itu kemungkinan mengalami masalah mekanikal.
  
Dalam pada itu, beliau melahirkan penghargaan kepada pasukan mencari yang menunjukkan dedikasi tinggi dalam usaha pencarian yang kini tertumpu di selatan Lautan Hindi. Kehilangan pesawat itu kini memasuki hari ke-38.
  
"Berilah kepercayaan kepada mereka yang bekerja keras dalam usaha pencarian itu," katanya.

Menurut Rosmah lagi, hubungan baik yang terjalin antara Malaysia dan negara lain menyaksikan pelbagai negara tampil membantu mencari MH370 dengan pelbagai aset dan kelengkapan canggih.
  
Beliau turut berkongsi sedikit dengan penonton mengenai perbualan telefon Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak dengan pemimpin asing berhubung perkara itu.
  
"Belum sempat suami saya habis bercerita mengenai insiden kehilangan pesawat tu, ramai yang terus menyatakan kesediaan untuk membantu dan bertanyakan apa yang boleh mereka bantu," katanya.
  
Usaha mencari itu pada satu ketika melibatkan sehingga 26 negara dan ia dilihat sebagai operasi pencarian paling besar dalam sejarah penerbangan.
  
Dalam perkembangan lain, Rosmah yang juga Penaung Permata turut menyentuh mengenai Pusat Permata Kurnia yang memberi perkhidmatan khusus bagi kanak-kanak autisme akan beroperasi April tahun hadapan.
  
Katanya program intervensi awal untuk kanak-kanak penghidap autisme dan keluarga mereka yang berpusat di Sentul di sini akan berkerjasama dengan Autism Speaks, sebuah pertubuhan sains, kesedaran dan nasihat autisme terkemuka dunia, yang berpangkalan di New York City.
  
"Kita ingin supaya mereka (penghidap autisme) diberi perhatian dan pusat ini akan beri persekitaran pembelajaran yang kondusif untuk bolehkan mereka kembangkan kemahiran yang ada," katanya.
  
-Bernama 

Karpal maut dalam nahas, anak cedera



Ahli parlimen Bukit Gelugor dan peguam kanan Karpal Singh maut dalam kemalangan di Kilometer 306.1 Lebuhraya Utara Selatan laluan utara di Kampar awal pagi ini.
 
Pembantu peribadi beliau, Michael Cornandez turut maut dalam kemalangan itu yang membabitkan kenderaan serbaguna (MPV) yang dinaiki mereka dengan sebuah lori dalam perjalanan menuju utara berhampiran Gua Tempurung.

Anaknya Ram Karpal dan pemandu kereta itu dilaporkan cedera.
 
Gambar di kawasan kemalangan menunjukkan kenderaan yang dinaiki Karpal rosak teruk.
 
Seorang jurucakap polis memberitahuMalaysiakini kemalangan dipercayai berlaku apabila Toyota Alphard tersebut merempuh lori yang menukar laluan tanpa memberi isyarat.
 
Karpal, 74, menjadi lumpuh dan menggunakan kerusi roda selepas terbabit dalam satu kemalangan pada 2005.

Ahli politik lantang ini mendapat ijazah perundangan dari Universiti Singapura dan berkhidmat sebagai peguam sebelum bertanding kerusi Parlimen pada tahun 1978.
 
Perkhidmatan lama beliau sebagai MP Jelutong sebelum ini serta ucapan berapi di Dewan Rakyat menyebabkan beliau digelar 'Harimau Jelutong'.
 
Karpal melepaskan jawatan Pengerusi DAP baru-baru ini selepas didapati bersalah dalam kes hasutan.
 
Sementara itu Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak mengucapkan takziah melalui laman sosial twitter.
 
"Saya baru mendarat di Ankara (Turki) apabila mendapat khabar YB Karpal terbunuh dalam kemalangan jalan raya. Takziah kepada keluarga beliau," tulis twit tersebut.

Sementara itu, Bernama memetik Ketua Polis Daerah Kampar Supt Ng Kong Soon berkata Karpal dan Cornelius, 40-an, maut di tempat kejadian.
  
Selain itu, katanya, pembantu rumah Karpal Singh, seorang wanita warga Indonesia cedera parah dan mengalami pendarahan di bahagian otak sementara anak lelaki Karpal, Ram Singh, 38, dan pemandu kenderaan MPV tidak mengalami kecederaan dalam kemalangan pada pukul 12.40 pagi itu.
  
"Siasatan awal polis mendapati kenderaan MPV jenis Toyota Alphard berwarna putih yang membawa lima penumpang termasuk Karpal Singh, dalam perjalanan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Pulau Pinang dipercayai hilang kawalan apabila tiba di kawasan kejadian dan melanggar bahagian kanan lori yang sedang bergerak di sebelah kiri
laluan itu," katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama hari ini.
  
Beliau berkata lori lima tan yang membawa muatan simen, besi dan mozek itu dipercayai bergerak perlahan di sebelah kiri laluan ke utara itu memandangkan ia membawa muatan berat dan tempat kejadian juga merupakan kawasan laluan berbukit.
  
Ng berkata kesemua mangsa dibawa ke Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun di Ipoh.
  
Operasi menyelamat kesemua mangsa dalam kemalangan itu dibantu anggota Bomba dan Penyelamat di tempat kejadian, katanya.

Karpal killed in accident near Kampar



Veteran opposition MP and lawyer Karpal Singh was killed in an accident near Kampar in Perak this morning.

His long-time personal assistant Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu, 39, was also killed.

Karpal's son Ram Karpal and the driver were believed to be injured in the accident which occurred at 1.10am near 301.6km northbound marker along the the North-South Highway.

Malaysiakini learnt that Karpal and his son, who is also a lawyer, were heading north for a court case later today.

Photos taken at the scene of the accident - near Gua Tempurung
in Kampar - show the white Toyota Alphard badly damaged.

Contacted later, an Ipoh police spokesperson told Malaysiakini that it is believed the MPV collided with a lorry which switched lanes without indication.
Karpal's other son and Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo (left) told The Star that his father had died on the spot.

"My brother Ram is slightly injured but we are trying to get through to him," he added when the daily contacted him at 3.30am.

According to a police statement later, Ram and driver of the ill-fated car, C Selvam, were not injured. However, Karpal's Indonesian maid suffered severe injuries and she is warded at Ipoh's Hospital Permaisuri Bainun.

The driver of the lorry, which was hit behind by Karpal's car, and its three passengers escaped without injury.

The police said the MPV carrying Karpal and four others hit the slow moving lorry at a hilly stretch of the highway.

The five-tonne lorry was carrying a load of cement, steel and mosaic tiles.

Karpal, 74, was involved in a previous car accident in 2005 where he was paralysed and wheelchair-bound.

The vocal politician graduated from University of Singapore and started his law practice before running for Parliament in 1978.

His long tenure as Jelutong MP and fiery speeches in the Dewan Rakyat earned him the moniker "Tiger of Jelutong".

Karpal had recently relinquished his post as DAP chairperson pending the disposal of his appeal against a sedition charge.

Last month, the High Court found him guilty of uttering seditious words against the Sultan of Perak at the height of the constitutional crisis in 2009.

PM offers condolences

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak conveyed his condolences via Twitter.
"I have just landed at Ankara when I heard the news that YB Karpal Singh died in a road accident. My condolences to the family," read the premier's tweet.

Other netizens also expressed condolences and shock over Karpal's passing.
"Shocked and sad news! DAP chairman Karpal Singh passed away in accident tonight. Malaysia has lost a truly patriotic son," wrote Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming.
 
"Our dear Mr Karpal is no longer with us... I just can't accept it...," said Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching.

The bodies of the two deceased, Karpal and Michael, arrived at the Ipoh General Hospital at 7.20am.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (right) and his deputy Mohd Rashid Hasnon, and former Perak menteri besar Nizar Jamaluddin were there.

They conveyed their condolences to Karpal's sons Gobind and Jagdeep. Karpal's wife was seen crying, while a relative tried to prevent photos from being taken. The bodies were sent for post-mortem.
Gobind said that the family expects the post-mortem to finish at10.30am, after which they will bring the body back to their family home in Penang by 1pm.
 
He added that he was informed about the accident at 2.15am, and together with his wife, rushed to the scene. Gobind and his mother, Gurmit Kaur, managed to see Karpal's body.
 
The funeral for the veteran politician is expected to be either on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, he added.
 
"Mr Karpal has family and friends overseas and we are waiting for them to return for his funeral," he said.
 
"His body will be kept in our ‎family home along Jalan Utama (Penang)," he added.
 
Gobind said Ram, who sustained slight bruises, is well.
He also thanked all well-wishers for their support and requested the public to give the grieving family some privacy.
 
"We will be keeping everyone informed with regular updates," he added.