Harakah slammed for giving Anwar prominence


  • Nation
  • Monday, 09 Nov 2009

PAS’ official newsletter Harakah has been slammed for giving more prominence to Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim than the party’s own leaders, reported Mingguan Malaysia.

It quoted Selangor PAS representative Sallehen Mukhyi as saying that even in the reports of the debate on Budget 2010, the newsletter quoted Anwar more often than PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

“This (prominence to Anwar rather than PAS leaders) should not happen because as PAS’ official mouthpiece, Harakah should give more coverage to its own leaders,” he said, adding that quarters within the party should not discuss party issues and problems on their blogs.

> All quarters have been urged to allow the “work from home” programme adopted by the Public Works Department for its draughtsmen to run for at least three months before criticising it, Metro Ahad reported.

Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor was quoted as saying that the programme, to start from Jan 1, had already received calls for review over claims that it would incur additional water and electricity costs at home for the draughtsmen, and involve a different working environment.

Shaziman assured all parties that a special body would monitor all aspects of the programme including productivity, work quality and wor-king hours, as well as gather feedback from those involved.

“I give my assurance as the minister responsible for the programme that I will not hide any of the facts or feedback received over the programme once it is implemented,” he said.

> Berita Minggu reported that the training modules for the Civil Defence and Rela will be changed to attract more young people.

It quoted Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as saying the ministry wanted to attract the nine million youths in the country who were not members of any movement to be involved in such activities aimed at increasing integration of the races.

He said checks had found that youths were less inclined to join such movement as the existing training modules did not appeal to them.

> Other News & Views is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a sub-heading, it denotes a separate news item.

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