Thursday, January 19, 2017
An electricity blackout occurred this morning and disrupted operations at Johor Bahru's Hospital Sultan Ismail.
When contacted, a hospital staff refused further comment, apart from confirming the incident, and said Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) was to be blamed.
"Yes until now there is still a blackout.
"For further information please call TNB, because this is all TNB's fault," she told Malaysiakini at 9.45am.
The staff added that they were instructed not to release further information to the public.
The extent of the blackout so far remains unclear.
According to the TNB Careline, repair works have been ongoing since 9am at TNB sub-stations in Majidee, Tebrau and Taman Mount Austin.
"If the hospital is located within these areas, then that would be the cause of the shortage," said a TNB operator.
It is understood that all public hospitals are required to maintain a centralised Uninterrupted Power Supply system as well as back-up generators in the event of such emergencies.
Another hospital staff member later said that power had been restored since afternoon but all questions should be directed to the state health department.
Malaysiakini has contacted the Johor health department and is awaiting a response.- Mkini
All parties who are in conflict today should adhere to basic principles under the Federal Constitution as the best "way out" to preserve harmony between the royal institution and the people.
In making the call, Parti Amanah Negara deputy president Salahuddin Ayub cited the principle that everyone is seen as equal under the law.
"Whether it involves the royal institution represented by the Malay rulers or the common people represented by politicians elected via the parliamentary democracy system, all parties should 'watch their steps' as to not cross into the lines defined by the Federal Constitution.
"Amanah hopes that all parties in conflict today would return to the spirit of what has been enshrined under the Federal Constitution and their oath of office as the best way out to preserve harmonious relationship between the country's royal institution and the people," he said in a statement.
"The discussion table is still wide open for both parties to put an end to their differences," said Salahuddin, who did not mention any names.
His call however was made following the royal rebuke issued by Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar towards former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamed's claims of China domination in the Forest City project.
The Johor sultan had blasted Mahathir on Monday, saying that he was "deeply offended and hurt" by the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairperson's comments made over the past weeks.
Mahathir had penned a letter in response on Tuesday but the Johor sultan yesterday said he has said all that needed to be said and was not interested in further debates.
He had previously claimed in a series of comments and blog posts that huge tracts of land around Johor Baru were being sold to foreigners with no restriction, and there would be mass immigration to take up residence in these new cities.
Mahathir raised these concerns based on a Bloomberg report that claimed Forest City would accommodate 700,000 new houses upon its completion.- Mkini
Controversy over handing of local projects to China continues with Perak questioned on its award of housing projects that do not require foreign expertise.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has spotlighted the agreement with China Huashi Enterprises Company Ltd for the second phase of the affordable housing project 'D'Aman Residensi' in Meru Raya, Ipoh, signed on Jan 16.
"We are asking what justification the state government has in awarding the project to a foreign company when there are many local developers and companies that can undertake the said project.
"This is especially since the construction of affordable husing isn’t a project that require special skills and a foreign company has to,be chosen as the developer," Perak Amanah Youth chief Hasnul Zulkarnain said in a statement.
"Such projects should really be offered to local developers, as it indirectly gives the chance for the state residents to uplift the construction sector in the state," he added.
Hasnul asked if the contractor was selected through an open tender or direct negotiations, and if the company had offered a lower project cost than local firms.
"If the cost (offered by China Huashi Enterprises) is lower, then we hope the prices offered to the people will be far lower than the current prices.
"Offer housing that we can truly afford to buy, not just afford to look at," Hasnul quipped.
The statement follows the ongoing controversy over China's recent investments that have led to some questioning if this would lead to the superpower extending its influence over the country.- Mkini
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers will hold an extraordinary session in Kuala Lumpur today to discuss the situation of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Malaysia, which requested OIC to convene the meeting, will chair the one-day event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre with all foreign ministers from 57 member countries expected to attend.
The meeting will begin at 9.30am with a senior officials meeting and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to deliver his keynote address at the meeting.
Foreign Minister Anifah Aman, who is also acting as the chairperson for the extraordinary meeting, and OIC secretary-general Yousef Ahmad Al-Othaimeen will also address the meeting.
This will be followed by the ministerial-level meeting.
According to reports, the ongoing crisis in Rakhine state has caused thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmmar with reports of atrocities, including rape and murder, which has been denied by the Myanmar government.
The Kuala Lumpur meeting is expected to issue two documents - resolutions and a joint communique to show their united stand regarding the matter.