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  • Tuesday, 03 Apr 2007

Bid to trace drugs at airports  

THE Government is trying to acquire new technology or high-definition cameras to trace drugs at airports especially in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, said Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar. 

On drugs traced at airports, Tengku Azlan said four cases were recorded for 2004, 16 in 2005 and six last year. 

He said there were also no plans to conduct 100% checks for drugs on baggage at international and domestic terminals. 

“The airport X-ray machines are specifically to track the presence of explosives and prohibited items such as firearms, sharp objects and dangerous weapons,” he said. 

95% of bills paid within a week  

THE Finance Ministry last month paid 95% of bills received from contractors within a week. 

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Husin said 141 out of 148 bills were paid in seven days and the rest 14 days. 

He told Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang that the Government channelled RM3mil through the Implementation and Coordination Unit to each parliamentary constituency to carry out projects. 

He said the projects were being implemented and most would be completed soon. 

Ahmad: FTA talks with US still on  

MALAYSIA will continue discussions on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States although the March 31 deadline is over. 

Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah said there were various sensitive issues such as the sovereignty of bumiputras that needed to be looked into. 

“The FTA will benefit the country especially in market access, investments and capacity expansion,” he said at the Parliament lobby. 

No political asylum for refugees here 

THE Government is not compelled to grant political asylum to refugees recognised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 

Foreign Ministry parliamentary secretary Ahmad Shabery Cheek told Mohd Daud Tarihep (BN – Kuala Selangor) that Malaysia had not signed the 1991 Convention on Refugees or its additional protocol in 1997. 

He said Malaysia had never granted anyone political asylum.  

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