Dun Terengganu bubar?

Khabar angin dan kekecohan yang diketahuinya berlaku dalam Umno Terengganu menggelisahkan Timbalan Presiden Umno, Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin sehingga beliau meminta diselesaikan segera masalah meninggalkan parti para pemimpin BN ke dalam PKR.

Di Terengganu pula, Menteri Besarnya, Datuk Ahmad Said tertekan dan sudah beberapa kali mengugut akan membubarkan Dun Terengganu jika terpaksa.

Laporan penuh Siasah Jumaat ini.

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SHAH ALAM, 29 Julai : Antara para saksi yang menunggu untuk dipanggil untuk inkues kematian Teoh Beng Hock di Mahkamah Shah Alam di sini, hari ini sebelum prosiding inkues bermula.

Inkues Teoh, 30, setiausaha politik seorang anggota exco kerajaan selangor yang ditemui mati selepas memberi keterangan kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) pada 16 Julai lepas, bermula pagi tadi di hadapan Koroner Azmil Muntapha Abas.
Inkues yang bermula pada 9.20 pagi diadakan bagi mengetahui punca kematian Teoh yang dipercayai terjatuh dari bangunan menempatkan SPRM selepas dia dipanggil memberi keterangan dalam siasatan mengenai dakwaan penyalahgunaan wang kerajaan negeri Selangor.
Inkues itu kemudiannya ditangguhkan dan akan disambung balik 5 Ogos ini.
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JKM Baling perlu selesaikan 1,800 aduan

JKM Baling perlu selesaikan 1,800 aduan

 

 
BALING – Sebanyak 1,800 aduan yang membabitkan pelbagai kes yang tertangguh dan sedang disiasat di bawah Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) Baling dikenal pasti bagi disalurkan bantuan segera.

Pengarah JKM Negeri Kedah, Zulkiply Ramli berkata, program tersebut adalah bagi membantu golongan susah, warga emas dan orang kelainan upaya (OKU) yang layak untuk menerima bantuan yang sewajarnya mengikut prosedur yang telah ditetapkan oleh jabatan.

Menurutnya, kes yang disiasat akan dirujuk segera bagi membolehkan mereka menerima bantuan segera yang disediakan oleh jabatan dengan jumlah yang telah ditetapkan.

“Sebanyak 200 pegawai dan kakitangan JKM negeri turun padang untuk berjumpa dengan keluarga terbabit untuk mendapatkan maklumat dan akan disiasat bagi memastikan kesahihan data sebelum mereka boleh mendapatkan bantuan yang sewajarnya.

“Apabila selesai sahaja siasatan dilakukan, keputusan akan dibuat sama ada mereka layak menerima bantuan mengikut syarat oleh JKM ataupun tidak,” katanya kepada media selepas membuat pelepasan Kem Pemantapan Projek Cari JKM Negeri Kedah Darul Aman, di perkarangan Kompleks Rakan Muda, semalam.

Beliau berkata, kes-kes yang disiasat adalah melibatkan seluruh kaum dan mengikut kelayakan yang ditetapkan sebelum disalurkan bantuan.

“Program ini diadakan selama dua hari berakhir hari ini (29 Julai) bagi memastikan semua kes ini dapat diselesaikan dalam tempoh itu.

“Semua kakitangan JKM membuat siasatan dan segala keputusan kelayakan akan diketahui pada 29 Julai bagi mengetahui sama ada mereka layak diberikan bantuan,” katanya.

Turut hadir sama, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Bayu, Azmi Che Husain; Pegawai Daerah, Ahmad Fisol Md Nor dan Pegawai JKM Baling, Syed Mohd Abdul Ghani Syed Ali.

Zulkipli berkata, setelah mendapat sahaja kelulusan menerima bantuan, dalam tempoh seminggu boleh mendapat bayaran yang akan disalurkan.

Menurutnya, secara tidak langsung, program tersebut dapat memberikan kemahiran kepada kakitangan JKM untuk mereka lebih mahir dalam melaksanakan tanggungjawab dengan lebih efektif.

“Malah, dapat mengenali orang-orang kampung dengan lebih rapat dan mengeratkan lagi hubungan silaturahim antara satu sama lain.- Sinar Harian

 

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ADMIN – KedahLaNie TIME – 7:31 AM 0 Komen Anda

Kedah berusaha pertahankan RM200,00

Tiga pasukan rebut RM200,000

Oleh WAN FAKHRUL BAKAR
wanfakhrul@kosmo.com.my

KEJAYAAN Terengganu membelasah Pulau Pinang 4-1 pada aksi Liga Super malam kelmarin telah menghidupkan peluang mereka untuk mencuri kedudukan tempat ketiga keseluruhan musim ini.

Terengganu kini menghuni tangga keempat dengan 46 mata manakala Kedah di tangga ketiga dengan 48 mata dan Johor FC pula di tangga kelima dengan 45 mata.

Mereka masing-masingnya akan menghadapi perlawanan terakhir pada Sabtu ini.

Hanya tiga pasukan ini masih berpeluang untuk meraih tempat ketiga Liga Super sekali gus merangkul hadiah wang tunai RM200,000 kerana pasukan di tangga keenam, Kelantan kini hanya memiliki 44 mata dan terkeluar daripada persaingan.

Juara Liga Super dengan hadiah wang tunai RM500,000 telah sah milik Selangor manakala naib juara dengan hadiah wang tunai RM300,000 menjadi milik Perlis.

Antara Kedah, Terengganu dan Johor FC, kelebihan untuk muncul pemenang tempat ketiga berpihak kepada juara Liga Super 2007 dan 2008 iaitu Kedah.

Ini kerana, jika Kedah berjaya mencatat kemenangan ketika melayan kunjungan Pulau Pinang di Alor Setar Sabtu ini, mereka tidak mampu lagi dipintas oleh Terengganu mahu pun Johor FC.

Namun jika Kedah tewas mengejut, Terengganu mampu muncul pemenang tempat ketiga jika mereka berjaya menewaskan Negeri Sembilan di Paroi.

Bagi Johor FC, mereka seakan mengharapkan keajaiban supaya Kedah dan Terengganu tewas dalam perlawanan terakhir sambil mereka pula mencatat tiga mata penuh ke atas Kelantan di Pasir Gudang untuk menduduki tangga ketiga.

Sementara itu, jaringan hatrik oleh Ashaari Shamsudin ketika Terengganu menewaskan Pulau Pinang 4-1 malam kelmarin memungkinkan dia berpeluang memenangi anugerah Kasut Emas selaku penjaring terbanyak.

Ashaari, 24, kini berkongsi 16 gol bersama penyerang Perlis, Nizaruddin Yussof dan mana-mana pemain yang berjaya menjaringkan lebih banyak gol Sabtu ini akan muncul pemenang Kasut Emas.

 



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‘Detektif Lim’ mengaku curi buku

Oleh WAZIHA WAHID
wahid@kosmo.com.my

 

KUALA LUMPUR – Pelakon Mohd. Farid Amirul Hisham Wu Abdullah (gambar) yang memegang peranan Detektif Lim dalam drama bersiri kepolisan Gerak Khas mengaku mencuri dua buah buku di kedai buku MPH Bookstore di pusat beli-belah Mid Valley Megamall di sini Mac lalu.

Demikian keterangan penyiasat dalaman kedai buku tersebut, Mohd. Haqib Mohd. Yusof, 18, ketika perbicaraan kes Mohd. Farid di Mahkamah Majistret di sini semalam. Mohd. Farid menghadapi dakwaan mencuri dua buah buku berharga RM194.90 di kedai tersebut.

“Selepas suspek (Mohd. Farid) mengaku kepada kami dia mencuri dua buah buku tersebut, dia dibawa ke pondok polis berhampiran sebelum laporan dibuat di Balai Polis Brickfields,” katanya semasa pemeriksaan utama oleh Timbalan Pendakwa Raya, Nurul Ashiqin Zakaria.

Mohd. Farid, 43, didakwa mencuri sebuah buku berjudul The Sistine Secrets berharga RM89.90 dan sebuah lagi buku bertajuk Decoding The Heavens berharga RM105 di kedai buku MPH, Midvalley pada pukul 7.15 malam 27 Mac lalu.

Terdahulu, Haqib yang juga saksi pertama pendakwaan memberitahu, semasa kejadian dia sedang membuat rondaan di MPH apabila ternampak seorang lelaki Cina sedang menanggalkan tanda harga pada dua buah buku.

Menurut saksi itu, dia sempat mengutip tanda harga yang ditinggalkan lelaki itu di depan pintu pejabat di kedai buku tersebut sebelum mengekorinya yang berlegar-legar di rak buku bahagian muzik.

“Saya kemudian nampak lelaki itu menyelak dua buah buku dan membuang nombor kod bersiri pada buku tersebut lalu terus ke kaunter wang bagi membayar dua buah buku lain (bukan dua buku yang dicuri).

“Apabila dia keluar dari kedai, saya bersama seorang penyelia bernama Fadzilah menahannya untuk buat pemeriksaan,” katanya.

Hasil pemeriksaan, mereka mendapati dua buah buku yang sebelum itu telah ditanggalkan tanda harga dan nombor kod bersiri berada dalam beg sandang biru gelap milik lelaki tersebut.

Sementara itu, dalam sesi soal balas oleh peguam bela, Nor Azri Mohd. Arif, Haqib tidak bersetuju dengan cadangan peguam bahawa kejadian di dalam kedai buku itu sebenarnya dilihat oleh pekerja Bangladesh yang turut sama menahan tertuduh di luar pintu MPH.

“Kenapa kamu tidak setuju?” tanya Nor Azri dan jawab saksi, “Kerana tiada pekerja Bangladesh di MPH.”

Mohd. Farid yang sebelum ini melarikan diri daripada media berkelakuan sebaliknya semalam apabila merelakan wajahnya dirakam sambil melemparkan senyuman.

Dakwaan dibuat mengikut Seksyen 380 Kanun Keseksaan dan jika sabit kesalahan, dia boleh dipenjara maksimum 10 tahun atau denda atau kedua-duanya sekali.

Tertuduh pada mulanya mengaku bersalah ketika dituduh kali pertama pada 8 April lalu namun menukar pengakuan kepada tidak bersalah pada 14 Mei lalu setelah melantik peguam.

Majistret Mohd. Faizi Che Abu menetapkan perbicaraan bersambung pada 7 Ogos depan.

NI dia pak turut umno bn buat kenyataan lagi makin lemah pentadbiran depa!!!

President Ahmadinejad Alienating Allies in Iran

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    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn’t seem to have many fans left. Just days before his Aug. 5 inauguration to a controversial second term, Iran’s President finds himself in a critical struggle over his political future. One thing has led to another: an ill-advised vice-presidential pick, uncharacteristic defiance of the Supreme Leader, verbal fights with influential Cabinet Ministers. The humble son of a blacksmith is easily the most divisive figure in the 30-year history of the Republic. Could his end be just around the corner?

     

    Ahmadinejad is now fending off threats of being deposed by the country’s hard-liners, his erstwhile allies. “It seems you want to be the sole speaker and do not want to hear other voices,” declared an open letter to the President from one conservative group linked to parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani (a potential rival for the presidency). “Therefore, it is our duty to convey to you the voice of the people.” The group, the Islamic Society of Engineers, alluded to a possible coup by comparing Ahmadinejad to both Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, who was booted in a CIA-orchestrated coup in 1953, and Abol-Hassan Banisadr, the Islamic Republic’s first President, who went into exile after he challenged Ayatullah Khomeini‘s authority. (See pictures of the long shadow of Ayatullah Khomeini.)

     

    The President’s future was already shaky after unprecedented attacks from the reformist camp, led by former Presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammed Khatami, in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election. Then, last week, he angered his conservative base by appointing a deputy and in-law, Esfandir Rahim Mashaei, who was once quoted as sounding pro-Israel, as his Vice President. After Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei issued a public letter criticizing the choice, Ahmadinejad at first was defiant and then, after Mashaei withdrew, turned around and nominated him as his chief of staff. (See pictures of Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York in 2007.)

     

    The stand-off threatens to tear apart the already fratricidal conservative faction. Ahmadinejad’s enemies smell blood, and there is speculation that they may act to turn him into a lame duck, or worse, a sacrificial goat, before his second term even starts. To show that he can hold his own, Ahmadinejad on Sunday, July 26, fired his Intelligence Minister, who had earlier walked out of a Cabinet meeting to protest his vice-presidential choice amid a “verbal quarrel”; his Culture Minister also resigned over the brouhaha. The two Ministers, according to political analysts, were both particularly close to Khamenei.

     

    Ahmadinejad had originally wanted to fire as many as four Ministers, but in a sign of his weakened position among the ruling hard-liners, he was informed that firing more than one would put his entire Cabinet to a vote of confidence in parliament (he had already removed nine in his first term). Some 200 parliamentarians, a majority in the Majlis, subsequently warned Ahmadinejad to “correct his behavior so that he follows the Leader’s opinion seriously.”

     

    As one of only three Presidents in the Islamic Republic’s history who were not clerics, Ahmadinejad is a bit of an outsider in his own party. Playing political chicken with some of the most powerful figures in the theocracy is unlikely to end favorably. Meanwhile, the hard-liners who consolidated their power in the aftermath of the election crisis are now seeing Ahmadinejad not just as too much of a wild card but also as too moderate.

     

    Amid the turmoil is one almost paranoid bit of speculation: that the public brawl Ahmadinejad finds himself in is just part of the smoke and mirrors orchestrated by Khamenei or his protÉgÉs to lend Ahmadinejad more credibility. A political insider in contact with officials in the regime says Khamenei’s second son, Mojtaba Khamenei – who holds substantial influence among the ruling clergy and is seen by many as being groomed to succeed the Supreme Leader – still firmly supports the President. “He needs Ahmadinejad around to give himself legitimacy,” says the insider. “This is all just a game.”

     

    In any case, a sidelined Ahmadinejad would further radicalize the executive branch of the regime. Khamenei has shown in the aftermath of June 12 that he will not compromise with the reformists (although earlier this week, under intense opposition pressure, he ordered a prison housing political dissidents in south Tehran to be shuttered). There is thus little hope that a decommissioned Ahmadinejad would leave room for a compromise replacement who could defuse the postelection crisis; a coup would in all likelihood further fuel the opposition and throw the country into further chaos.

     

    In particular, the gang of security chiefs, or the “New Right” – including just-ousted Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei, commander of the Basij paramilitary Hasan Taeb, and head of the Revolutionary Guards Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari – may seek to further militarize the already repressive regime. One fundamentalist group linked to the Basij paramilitary force has gone public with plans to wrestle power from Ahmadinejad by advancing its own “desired Cabinet lineup.” The spokesman, Lotfali Bakhtiari, said in an interview published in the newspaper Khabar, “Our organization intends to become the government’s think tank. We want to introduce our Élite into the government to serve the country.”

     

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    Mangsa dera dibunuh suami

    Oleh TURMADZI MADUN
    turmadzi.madun@kosmo.com.my

     


    INILAH bangunan yang turut menempatkan sebuah hotel tempat mayat Subaidah ditemui mati dibunuh di Kepong semalam.


     

    KUALA LUMPUR – Sudah sembilan tahun Subaidah Abu Bakar, 30, menanggung derita kerana menjadi hamba dera suaminya yang merupakan seorang penagih dadah.

    Dalam tempoh itu, Subaidah dikatakan telah lima kali membuat laporan polis namun setiap kali laporan dibuat wanita itu pasti akan menarik balik semula laporan tersebut lantaran sayang terhadap suaminya yang berusia 34 tahun.

    Dikatakan setiap kali didera, Subaidah sudah pasti teruk dipukul bukan saja dengan tukul besi, dicucuh dengan api rokok dan kepala dihantuk ke dinding. Apa-apa saja yang tercapai oleh tangan suaminya pasti objek itu hinggap ke atas tubuhnya sebagai ‘hadiah’.

    Derita berpanjangan wanita itu berakhir semalam apabila dia ditemui mati di tingkat tiga sebuah hotel di Jalan Kepong Usaha 2 di sini dipercayai angkara suaminya.

    Mangsa dipercayai dibunuh antara pukul 12 malam dan 4 pagi. Sebelum tragedi itu, pasangan dari Slim River, Perak itu yang tinggal di hotel sejak Jumaat lalu dipercayai bergaduh ekoran si suami menuduh mangsa menjalinkan hubungan sulit dengan lelaki lain.

    Ketua Polis Daerah Sentul, Asisten Komisioner Zakaria Pagan berkata, dalam pergaduhan itu, suami mangsa yang bagai orang hilang akal dipercayai telah menghentak dan melibas kepala dan seluruh badan mangsa dengan cerek, termos dan wayar.

    Khir dakwa kongsi gelap dalangi rumah urut, judi

    KUALA LUMPUR – Bekas Menteri Besar Selangor, Datuk Seri Dr. Mohamad Khir Toyo mendakwa kebanyakan kegiatan mencuri pasir, perjudian, spa dan pelacuran di Selangor didalangi ‘gerakan bawah tanah’ dan kongsi gelap.

    Mohamad Khir turut mendakwa, kumpulan tersebut yang aktif membantu memenangkan calon pada pilihan raya lepas di negeri itu diberikan akses untuk meneruskan kegiatan haram tersebut tanpa sekatan sebagai habuan.

    Beliau berkata, ketika beliau menjadi Menteri Besar, hanya 700 lesen premis perjudian, siber kafe dan spa diluluskan tetapi mengikut perangkaan Majlis Keselamatan Negara, Selangor kini dianggarkan mempunyai lebih 4,000 premis seumpama itu yang beroperasi secara haram.

    “Kalau melihat muka depan surat khabar hari ini, mungkin ada hubungan antara ahli politik dengan gerakan underworld (bawah tanah),” katanya kepada pemberita selepas melancarkan Kad E-Amal U-Pay oleh Yayasan Bakti Khidmat Masyarakat Malaysia (YBKMM) di sini.

    Iranian exiles in Iraq report more clashes

    *In this image provided by the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, Iraqi AP – *In this image provided by the People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, Iraqi police clash with protestors …

    By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer Kim Gamel, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 12 mins ago

    BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces clashed with an Iranian opposition group for a second day Wednesday after storming a camp north of Baghdad despite U.S. appeals not to use force against exiles protected for years by American troops.

    Tehran cheered the operation, raising worrying questions about how Iraq can balance relations with its two closest allies, Iran and the U.S.

    The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran claimed seven people had been killed and scores wounded, saying the standoff continued at the camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday. A police officer at the scene, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information, confirmed the casualties.

    Some Iraqi government officials denied any deaths in the operation at Camp Ashraf and the casualty reports could not be independently verified. The camp is located at an arid area in the turbulent Diyala province and Iraqi authorities prevented reporters from reaching the facility.

    The United States, which considers the group a terrorist organization but has insisted the camp’s residents be treated humanely, urged restraint on both sides.

    About 3,500 ex-Iranian fighters and relatives live in the camp, set up in 1986 when they helped Saddam Hussein in the Iraq-Iran war. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, American troops disarmed the fighters and confined them to the compound.

    The Americans handed over responsibility for the camp to the Iraqis on Feb. 20 to comply with a security pact that took effect this year but said they would maintain a force nearby to ensure humane treatment of the Iranians. Tensions rose as the Iraqi government stepped up efforts to get rid of the group, raising concern about the future of the camp residents.

    U.S. officials said they did not get advance warning about the raid, which coincided with a visit to Iraq by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

    “We are very clear that we expect that the government of Iraq, now that it has assumed the security responsibility, will fulfill its obligations to show restraint, will not forcibly transfer anyone to a country where such a transfer might result in the mistreatment or the death of that person based on their political affiliation and activities,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Washington.

    Iran, meanwhile, thanked the Iraqi government for moving into the camp.

    “Yesterday, we heard of the Iraqi government raid on Camp Ashraf,” said parliament speaker Ali Larijani. “This is appreciated, that the Iraqi government decided to clean Iraq from the dirty presence of terrorists. However, it was a late move,” he told the Iranian legislature Wednesday.

    The responses — by the U.S. and the Iranians — reflected the conflicting interests of the two rival nations in Iraq, which has close relations with fellow majority Shiite and neighbor Iran and is at present reshaping its relationship with the United States as Washington prepares to withdraw its forces by the end of 2011.

    The People’s Mujahedeen, which has in the past given the Americans intelligence on Iran, appealed to President Barack Obama to intervene, citing a 2003 agreement with the Americans under which the camp’s residents gave up their weapons in exchange for protection.

    Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran — an umbrella group that includes the People’s Mujahedeen — claimed Iraqi forces had blown up the camp’s water purifying system. Her aides said the fifth victim of Tuesday’s violence died overnight, and two more were killed Wednesday.

    “The Americans must take responsibility for the safety of Ashraf’s residents,” Rajavi told a joint news conference in Rome with several Italian lawmakers. Many of the residents have dual nationalities with Western countries.

    Rajavi charged Iraq’s government was acting as a proxy for the Iranian regime and said her group would present a complaint against Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to international courts.

    Iraq, however, maintained it had the right to assume control of the camp as part of measures to establish security and blamed the residents for the clashes, saying they were defying efforts to impose the law.

    “The Iraqi government intends to assert its sovereignty on all sites and facilities that were controlled by foreign troops and Camp Ashraf is not an exception to this,” government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told AP Television News. “The Iraqi government is dealing with members of this camp in a humane way.”

    “The Iraqi government doesn’t intend to clash with members of this camp, but it will enforce the law decisively,” he added.

    Abdul-Nasir Billah, the governor of Diyala province, denied any deaths occurred. In a bid to gain sympathy, he said, residents pelted the Iraqi security forces with rocks to provoke them.

    The Iraqis had maintained a security cordon around the camp’s perimeter but a day before the Tuesday raid, they said they would assume complete control and promised to protect the people inside.

    The announcement raised fears the Iraqis would forcibly evict the exiles, and the group’s leaders announced shortly afterward that they were willing to return to Iran if they were guaranteed immunity from prosecution and obtained guarantees in writing from Iran, the United States, the United Nations and Iraq.

    Members of the Iranian group claimed that American soldiers observed the clashes but did not intervene.

    “I know of no advice or assistance that was requested of U.S. forces,” Army Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby told reporters Wednesday at the U.S. military headquarters on the western outskirts of Baghdad.

    Jacoby stopped short of saying no U.S. soldiers were present, saying only that there was a small base in the vicinity of the camp and that soldiers there “are always observing and taking a look at what’s going on.”

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    Associated Press Writers Ariel David in Rome and AP employees in Diyala province contributed to this report.

    Shipwrecked Haitian: Those who couldn’t swim, died

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    By JONATHAN M. KATZ and JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press Writers Jonathan M. Katz And Jennifer Kay, Associated Press Writers 1 hr 42 mins ago

    CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti – There was no warning when the overloaded sailboat plowed into a coral reef and began to break apart. In the darkness, some 200 migrants were plunged into the water, grabbing desperately at anything that might help keep them afloat.

    Joanel Pierre, a skinny 18-year-old, lifted his gray T-shirt on Wednesday to display the scratches clawed into his body by drowning shipmates.

    “The ones who knew how to swim, swam,” he told The Associated Press, speaking quietly and averting his eyes.

    “The ones who didn’t, died.”

    Fifteen bodies had been recovered Wednesday, and another 70 people remained missing as the U.S. Coast Guard warned that prospects for finding more survivors were becoming dim. And the 118 who had already been rescued began to tell the story of their doomed voyage.

    The blue-and-white sailboat set out before dawn Saturday filled with people from miserably poor northern Haiti. Their families had saved up $500 apiece to send them to what Haitians call “the other side of the water.”

    In this case the destination was the Turks and Caicos Islands, a tourism-dependent British territory where there are jobs in construction and maintenance — and sometimes, a little hope for a better future. Pierre hoped to work as a mechanic.

    The boat was jam-packed with people. Men filled the deck, exposed to the hot sun, while women and men alike filled the dark, nearly airless hold below, survivors later told rescuers. Pierre said the hold was packed so tight that nobody could lie down.

    During the two-day journey, the migrants ate twice, they said — rice and beans both times. There was also water aboard.

    About 10 p.m. Sunday, Pierre clambered onto deck for some fresh air, and was rewarded with a welcome sight: the lights of Providenciales gleaming on the horizon.

    But before he could savor the moment there was a powerful jolt and a skidding sensation, “like a car had blown its tire,” Pierre said. The hold began to splinter as the waves smashed the vessel against a reef, survivors said. People spilled into the water.

    “People started yelling, `God help me!'” Pierre said.

    Pierre spoke Wednesday in Cap-Haitien, the northern Haitian city where he and dozens of other survivors were flown back from the Turks and Caicos. Others were still being held in a gym in Providenciales, while the worst-off were being treated at a hospital there.

    Like most of those who made it, Pierre managed to swim through 6-foot swells to the jagged reef that sank the boat and clung to it for his life. The sun was scorching, and there was no food or water.

    “We were hungry, thirsty, uncomfortable,” he said. “We went through every misery at once.”

    Others held onto to pieces of the boat — all that remained of the homemade craft — terrified as they drifted that their bleeding wounds would attract the black tip and tiger sharks that come to the area to eat snappers, the fish that spawn there in the summer.

    Early Monday, a boat passed nearby. Survivors waved and screamed, but it didn’t veer from its course, said rescuer Dja Castel, recounting what survivors told him. Many gave themselves up for dead.

    By the time the first rescuers arrived, the survivors had been in the 15-foot-deep water for 17 hours, and nobody was strong enough to scream.

    Castel, who was on a boat in the area, spotted a red piece of clothing waving in the wind — someone’s shirt. As he approached, he couldn’t make out people amid the wreckage of the boat.

    Eventually the rescuers spotted a man clinging to a piece of wood. Two others were trying to swim toward a reef where about 20 people clung to the coral.

    The rescuers threw a rope to one of the swimmers and pulled him aboard. The other swimmer was going under, and Castel dived in to help. The swimmer’s arms flailed in the waves.

    “He was fighting the water,” Castel said.

    On the boat, Castel gave the man mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Water poured from his nose and mouth and ran down the sides of his face.

    After 10 minutes, the crew pronounced the man dead and turned their attention back to the living.

    Some on the reef were wearing only their underwear.

    “They looked like someone who had lost hope,” Castel said.

    He said it was easy to get them aboard: “It was like you use a net to catch fish. All of them came together.”

    The parched survivors gave their thanks to God.

    At a government clinic in Providenciales, doctors hooked IV drips to survivors’ arms. The patients, many bleeding, cried out in weak voices in pain and for the people they had lost.

    “They were so dehydrated they looked like mummies,” said Robert K. Houseman, a local photographer.

    Back in Cap-Haitien on Wednesday, relatives gathered at the airport to meet returning survivors being flown home by Turks and Caicos immigration authorities.

    Pierre, who was reunited with his mother, said for all the horrors of the voyage he was still desperate to get out of Haiti, where 80 percent of the people survive on less than $2 a day.

    “I’m not going on the water again,” he said. “But if God made it possible for me to get a plane ticket, I would go.”

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    Kay reported from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

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