US hopeful about exit after a quiet July in Iraq

The son of  Monther al-Tamimi, mourns by his body outside a hospital in Baqouba, AP – The son of Monther al-Tamimi, mourns by his body outside a hospital in Baqouba, 60 kilometers (35 miles) …

By KIM GAMEL, Associated Press Writer Kim Gamel, Associated Press Writer 13 mins ago

BAGHDAD – July is on track to be the least deadly month for American troops and one of the quietest for Iraqis since the war started, a decline in violence that has led the U.S. to consider stepping up its withdrawal plans just a month after pulling its combat forces back from Baghdad and other cities.

The optimism was tempered by two bombings that killed 12 civilians to the north and west of Baghdad on Thursday. While such attacks have become a daily fact of life for Iraqis, overall violence levels remain low.

At least 274 Iraqis have been killed in attacks so far in July, according to an Associated Press count. Only two months — both this year — have seen fewer Iraqis killed since the AP began tracking war-related fatalities in May 2005. There were 242 deaths in January and 225 deaths in May.

Only seven U.S. troop deaths have been recorded this month, the lowest monthly total since the war started in March 2003, according to an AP tally. In all, at least 4,329 members of the U.S. military have died in the Iraq war.

By contrast, July was the bloodiest month for U.S. forces in the eight-year Afghan war, with at least 41 dead.

The encouraging numbers from Iraq came a month after the Americans turned over responsibility for protecting cities to government forces and withdrew to bases outside urban areas.

A spike in bombings and other attacks that killed about 300 people in the 10 days leading up to the June 30 city withdrawal deadline sparked concern that the move would jeopardize security gains. But that level of violence did not continue into July.

Jim Dobbins, director of national security research at RAND Corp., said the relatively smooth transition was one reason for Wednesday’s remarks by Defense Secretary Robert Gates that the U.S. may speed up its withdrawal plans if the trend toward reduced violence continues.

“I think the fact that they were able to (take over the cities) so relatively successfully and the fact that they’ve continued to try to expand their own autonomy and limit the U.S. role, particularly the visible U.S. role, was a factor,” he said. “It demonstrates a sense of self-confidence that the U.S. wants to encourage.”

A U.S. Army adviser to the Iraqi military command in Baghdad, Col. Timothy R. Reese, argued in an internal memo that the U.S. should “declare victory and go home” next year, 16 months ahead of schedule.

Reese wrote that the years-long American effort to train, equip and advise Iraqi security forces has reached a point of rapidly diminishing returns, and that Iraqi forces already are good enough to defend the government against the weakened terrorist and insurgent forces that remain.

He concluded that Iraq’s Shiite-dominated security forces are capable of defending their country despite corruption, poor management and the inability to resist political pressure.

“The massive partnering efforts of U.S. combat forces with ISF (Iraqi security forces) isn’t yielding benefits commensurate with the effort and is now generating its own opposition,” Reese wrote in a memo early this month to U.S. military officials in Baghdad.

Reese argued for ending the U.S. military mission in Iraq in August 2010. That is the date when President Barack Obama has said all combat troops will have withdrawn. A residual force of 35,000 to 50,000 troops will remain to continue training and advising the Iraqi security forces until a final pullout by December 2011.

On Wednesday, Gates said after visiting Iraq that conditions have improved so much that it might be possible to accelerate slightly the withdrawal of combat forces this fall. But he did not address the separate question of whether to shrink or eliminate the post-August 2010 residual force.

The rationale for leaving a fairly large residual force beyond August 2010 rests on an expectation that the Iraqi government will require continued American military assistance even after the combat mission ends.

U.S. commanders say security gains are fragile and reversible, and the Iraqi government needs years of assistance in developing a force capable of defending against external threats.

The Iraqi government says it wants the U.S. troops to leave as fast as possible but that its troops need more weapons and equipment.

Spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the Americans would leave behind a “significant amount of equipment and arms” and the government would buy more “either from the U.S. or from any other source we choose.”

Violence has fluctuated throughout this year, but overall levels remain low compared with previous years when sectarian bloodshed between Sunnis and Shiites pushed the country to the brink of civil war.

More than 111,000 Iraqis have died in violence since the U.S.-led invasion, according to figures compiled by the AP. The number is a minimum count because of thousands who are still missing and civilians who were buried in the chaos of war without official records.

An average of at least nine Iraqis have been killed in war-related violence each day this year compared with an average of 50 Iraqi deaths per day in 2007 at the height of the conflict.

“Every month that goes by with a substantially diminished level of violence creates the presumption that the Iraqi government is stable and this is not going to fly apart,” said John Pike, director of, which follows security and defense issues.

But obstacles remain, including the possibility that violence will re-emerge over the refusal of the Shiite-led government to satisfy demands of the minority Sunnis as well as Kurdish-Arab tensions in the north.

U.S. commanders have also warned attacks could escalate ahead of national elections next year. The United States has about 130,000 forces in Iraq, with current plans calling for most combat forces — or more than 100,000 troops — to remain in the country until after the Jan. 16 vote.

In the latest examples of the dangers still faced by Iraqi civilians, a bombing in the Diyala provincial capital of Baqouba, north of Baghdad, killed at least seven people, while a suicide truck bomber targeting a police station killed five other people west of the capital, according to police.

The Iraqi government, meanwhile, said seven people were killed when it seized control of a camp housing an Iranian opposition group north of Baghdad on Tuesday — its first confirmation of casualties in the bold raid that defied U.S. calls to avoid force. The People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran raised its toll to 12 people killed.

About 3,500 ex-Iranian fighters and relatives live in the camp, first 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 camp, but the Iraqis assumed responsibility for them under this year’s security agreement.


Associated Press Writers Robert Burns in Washington, Qassim Abdul-Zahra in Baghdad and the AP News Research Center in New York contributed to this report.

Petrol subsidi diseludup lagi



SEORANG pegawai UPP menunjukkan tayar gantian sebuah pikap yang diubahsuai menjadi tangki minyak untuk diseludup di Kem UPP Padang Besar, Perlis semalam.


PADANG BESAR – Kegiatan menyeludup petrol subsidi yang sepi sejak setahun lalu muncul kembali selepas sebuah kereta jenis pikap dari Thailand yang membawa 1,500 liter petrol ditahan di Jalan Kaki Bukit-Wang Kelian dekat sini kelmarin.

Pada mata kasar, Toyota Hilux yang dipandu oleh seorang warga tempatan berusia 40-an itu tiada istimewanya namun sebenarnya terdapat 10 tangki petrol telah diubahsuai di bawah kenderaan tersebut. Ia ditemui ketika pemeriksaan anggota Unit Pencegahan dan Penyeludupan (UPP).

Komander UPP negeri, Deputi Superintenden Zakaria Abdul Rahman berkata, kenderaan jenis itu kini dilihat semakin banyak mengisi petrol di stesen minyak di sekitar Padang Besar.

“Kegiatan ini aktif semula mungkin kerana harga petrol di Thailand telah melonjak sehingga RM3.30 seliter berbanding di negara ini yang cuma RM1.80 seliter,” katanya kepada pemberita di sini.

Police beat mourners in new wave of unrest in Iran

Iranian police, protesters clash Play Video Video:Iranian police, protesters clash

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By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer Nasser Karimi, Associated Press Writer 41 mins ago

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian police fired tear gas and beat protesters to disperse thousands chanting “Neda lives!” Thursday at a memorial for victims of post-election violence held at the gravesite of the woman whose death made her an icon of the pro-reform movement, witnesses said.

The new wave of unrest showed the opposition’s continuing ability to harness anger over the crackdown, and more protests could erupt around the inauguration next week of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose government has been virtually paralyzed by the crisis.

Thursday’s memorial gathering marked the end of the traditional 40-day mourning period for Neda Agha Soltan, a 27-year-old music student who was shot to death June 20. Her dying moments were filmed and circulated widely on the Internet, making her name a rallying cry for the opposition.

“Neda is alive! Ahmadinejad is dead!” chanted protesters, many holding up single red roses tied with green ribbons, the signature color of the opposition.

Plainclothes forces dispersed the crowd with tear gas and batons — and with chants of “Death to those who are against the supreme leader,” according to witnesses and state television.

The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisal. The government has banned media from covering some events, including Thursday’s memorial.

Demonstrations that drew thousands more later spread to other parts of the capital, Tehran, and more clashes with security forces erupted. Police fired tear gas, shots in the air and paintballs at hundreds of protesters on Vali Asr Street and other major avenues, witnesses said. Protesters set tires and trash cans ablaze in response. There was no word on casualties.

The opposition claims Ahmadinejad’s election victory was a fraud and his government has been virtually paralyzed by the 7-week-old crisis. The president has come under attack from both the opposition and his own supporters, who were angered by his appointment of a controversial first vice president he was later forced to sack.

The government says 30 people have been killed in the crackdown, though human rights groups say the true number is likely much higher. Hundreds were arrested in the sweeps, including young protesters, politicians and longtime critics of the government.

Soltan and at least 24 others killed in the crackdown are buried at Behesht-e Zahra, the vast cemetery on Tehran’s southern outskirts, according to rights groups tracking the dead.

The site holds great symbolic weight. Many of those killed during the 1979 Islamic revolution are buried there, and the revolution’s leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini has a gigantic mausoleum complex nearby. Those killed in Iran‘s 1980-1988 war with Iraq are also buried in the cemetery, and families frequently visit the graves.

During the revolution, the deaths of protesters prompted similar marches after the 40-day mourning period, which were often answered by security forces attacking mourners in a cycle that helped fuel the street uprising.

Police barred opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi from joining the crowd around Soltan’s grave Thursday, witnesses said. Mousavi and his supporters claim he is the true winner of the election.

An amateur video of Thursday’s memorial showed thousands marching through the cemetery, chanting and flashing victory signs. Some wore green T-shirts — the color of Mousavi’s movement.

When Mousavi tried to approach the grave, hundreds of police surrounded him as supporters chanted “Yaa Hossein, Mir Hossein” — comparing their leader to the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein, who is the most revered Shiite saint. Police forced Mousavi to leave, said witnesses who asked not to be identified out of security concerns.

Afterward, his supporters remained at the grave, chanting, “Death to the dictator,” as the crowd swelled to several thousand.

The police charge came when an ally of Mousavi, Mahdi Karroubi — who was also a candidate in the election — tried to give a speech. Karroubi had to flee the site, and several of his aides were beaten and harassed, according to pro-opposition Web sites.

After the clash, thousands of supporters continued to pay their respects at Soltan’s grave. Passengers riding the subway from the cemetery to central Tehran chanted slogans against Ahmadinejad, shouting, “Traitor Mahmoud, we want you to become homeless,” witnesses said.

Police arrested two prominent Iranian filmmakers when they tried to lay flowers at Soltan’s grave — Jafar Panahi, whose film, “The Circle,” criticized the treatment of women under the Islamist government and is banned in Iran, and a female documentary maker, Mahnaz Mohammadi.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly criticized the use of force to disperse the mourners, saying it was “particularly disturbing … to break up a group of people who are trying to exercise an important ritual under Islam, the mourning after 40 days.”

Thousands more gathered at the main Mosalla mosque in central Tehran, with heavy security forces nearby and at other major intersections.

Though massive protests and deadly clashes erupted in the days and weeks after the disputed election, Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard and its allied Basij militia have since adopted a zero-tolerance stance. Demonstrators have managed to hold several smaller protests in recent weeks, however.

Thursday’s protests showed the opposition movement still has momentum, fueled by growing anger over abuses of detainees and continuing arrests. Ahmadinejad is scheduled to take his oath of office before parliament on Aug. 5 and there is talk in some opposition circles of demonstrations in front of parliament and calls to wear black in mourning.

Ahmadinejad’s government has been paralyzed by a double blow — the election crisis and heavy criticism from within his own conservative camp over his appointment of Esfandiar Rahim Mashai as first vice president.

Mashai came under attack by conservatives for once calling Israelis friends of Iran, and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered Ahmadinejad to dismiss him in a humiliating setback. That was seen as a bid by Khamenei to prevent his hard-line supporters from splintering in the face of the opposition attack on the country’s clerical leadership. The top clerics were already deeply divided over the election outcome and the crackdown.

Allegations of torture against jailed protesters have become an embarrassment to the clerical leadership, bringing criticism from top clerics and even fellow conservatives.

Hundreds were arrested in the sweeps, including young protesters, politicians and longtime critics of the government. Many have been held in secret locations, without contact with relatives. In recent weeks, the bruised bodies of several young protesters have been handed over to families. The opposition has said detainees were tortured to extract false confessions for the courts.

Soltan’s mother, Hajar Soltan, said she was waiting for her daughter’s killers to be arrested and brought to justice.

“Her death has been so painful,” she told the British Broadcasting Corp. “Words can never describe my true feelings. But knowing that the world cried for her, that has comforted me. I am proud of her. The world sees her as a symbol and that makes me happy.”

Islamist sect leader in Nigeria killed in custody

Heavy gunfire in search of fleeing Nigerian extremists AFP – A Nigerian police officer looks at the body of an alleged self-styled Nigerian Taliban in the northern …

By NJADVARA MUSA, Associated Press Writer Njadvara Musa, Associated Press Writer 27 mins ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – The leader of the Islamist sect blamed for days of violence in northern Nigeria has been shot and killed while in police custody, officials said Thursday.

The police commander of Borno state announced on state radio that Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of the sect some call the Nigerian Taliban, has “died in police custody.”

He gave no further explanation, but the state governor’s spokesman Usman Ciroma told The Associated Press: “I saw his body at police headquarters. I believe he was shot while he was trying to escape.”

Yusuf’s death could provoke more violence, though his followers in the Boko Haram sect may be in disarray after troops shelled his compound in the northern city of Maiduguri on Wednesday. Yusuf, 39, managed to escape with about 300 followers, some of them armed. His deputy, Bukar Shekau, was killed in the attack, according to Army commander Maj. Gen. Saleh Maina.

Troops killed about 100 militants by an AP reporter’s count, half of them inside the sect’s mosque. Soldiers then launched a manhunt, and Yusuf was reportedly found in a goat’s pen at the home of his in-laws.

Human Rights Watch called reports of Yusuf’s killing “extremely worrying.”

“The Nigerian authorities must act immediately to investigate and hold to account all those responsible for this unlawful killing and any others associated with the recent violence in northern Nigeria,” said Corinne Dufka, the group’s senior West Africa researcher.

“The local commissioner of police should be immediately removed pending an investigation into Mr. Yusuf’s killing,” she said in a statement.

Seeking to impose Islamic Shariah law throughout this multi-religious country, the militants attacked police stations, churches, prisons and government buildings in a wave of violence that began Sunday in Borno and quickly spread to three other northern states.

But, leading Nigerian rights groups accuse security forces of killing bystanders and other civilians. A military spokesman denied the charge and said it was impossible for rights workers to tell who was a civilian and who was a member of Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sin” in the local Hausa language.

The government warned people to evacuate the area before the attack on the compound Wednesday, then shelled the compound and stormed the group’s mosque inside, setting off a raging firefight with retreating militants armed with homemade hunting rifles and firebombs, bows and arrows, machetes and scimitars.

An AP reporter saw soldiers shoot their way into the mosque under fire and then raked those inside with gunshots.

The bodies of barefoot young men littered the streets of Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, on Thursday morning as the army pursued the manhunt on the outskirts of the city. Police said most of the dead were fighters with Boko Haram. Army Col. Ben Anahotu said three police officers were killed.

Officials said at least 4,000 people have been forced from their homes by Wednesday afternoon, but it was not known how many have been killed, wounded and arrested.

President Umaru Yar’Adua said that security agents had been ordered to attack when the movement started gathering fighters from nearby states at its sprawling Maiduguri compound in preparation for “the holy war.”

The militants are also known as Al-Sunna wal Jamma, or “Followers of Mohammed’s Teachings,” and some Nigerian officials have referred to them as Taliban. Analyst Nnamdi K. Obasi of the International Crisis Group said a few have fought with that radical movement in Afghanistan.

League for Human Rights director Shamaki Gad Peter said that after the siege rights workers saw the bodies of up to 20 people who were unarmed and appeared to have been shot from behind, possibly trying to escape the mayhem, he said.

Military spokesman Col. Mohammed Yerima initially denied allegations that the military intentionally killed civilians but said that the militants were indistinguishable from civilians.

“All the civilians that were living in that place were evacuated, to our knowledge,” he said. “And those that remained in that enclave are loyalists and members of the group. So the issue of whether we have killed innocent civilians is not true.”

He added, “The issue of identifying who is the Taliban or not, the human rights groups are not fair to security agencies because they don’t have any marks on their faces. There is no way to know if this is Taliban or this is not.”

Maiduguri resident Linda Dukwa said she had seen police execute two men Monday, frightening her and her family so badly that they did not venture out of their house, even for food, for days afterward.

The men “were dressed in white robes,” she said, indicating they were sect members. “They were held by policemen. Then they shot their feet. After they fell on the ground, they (police) shot their heads.”

National police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu denied such allegations of executions.

“We respect the rules of combat,” he said.

Nigeria‘s 140 million people are roughly divided between Christians in the south and northern-based Muslims. Shariah was implemented in 12 northern states after Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999 following years of oppressive military regimes. More than 10,000 Nigerians have died in sectarian violence since then.

Dire poverty is at the heart of the violence, which analysts say reflects decades-old grievances of Nigerians whose governments are so corrupt and ineffective they do not deliver even basic services like running water and electricity.

Boko Haram members are particularly angry that full Shariah has not been implemented, especially the law’s demand for a social welfare system helping poor people.

In recent months, police have been raiding Boko Haram hideouts and finding explosives and arms. The house at the compound in Maiduguri included a laboratory the military said was used to make bombs.


Associated Press writers Muhammad Wahab in Bauchi, Bashir Adigun in Abuja and Michelle Faul and Anita Powell in Johannesburg contributed to this report.

Peniaga bingung gula kurang



SEORANG peniaga, Rustam Jinis meletakkan tanda ‘gula habis’ di kedainya setelah bekalan itu terputus di kedainya di Hulu Langat semalam.


HULU LANGAT – Belum pun bulan Ramadan bermula, masalah kekurangan stok gula kembali ‘menghantui’ para peniaga runcit dan ia dikatakan sudah berlarutan sejak sebulan lalu terutama di Lembah Klang.

Puncanya, pengeluar gula dikatakan mengenakan kuota kepada semua pemborong dan pembekal atas alasan tidak mahu bekalan itu tidak mencukupi semasa perayaan Hari Raya Aidilfitri nanti.

Tinjauan Kosmo! di beberapa kawasan sekitar Hulu Langat dan Cheras di sini mendapati ada di antara peniaga runcit hanya mendapat sedikit bekalan gula daripada pembekal sehingga ada yang sudah lima hari kehabisan stok gula.

Akibatnya, orang ramai serta pengusaha kedai makan dan pembuat kuih di kawasan berkenaan terpaksa keluar mencari gula di pasar raya besar untuk kegunaan seharian.

Salah seorang pemilik kedai runcit, Rustam Jinis, 49, berkata bekalan yang diterima daripada pembekal ketika ini tidak mencukupi untuk menampung permintaan pelanggan.

“Sebelum ini saya dapat satu tan seminggu, kemudian turun kepada setengah tan tapi sekarang tinggal suku tan sahaja. Secara logik mana cukup. Lebih perit, pelanggan tuduh saya simpan gula tapi hakikatnya memang gula tidak ada,” katanya ketika ditemui di Taman Seri Nanding di sini semalam.

Amelina dipaksa kosongkan rumah



AMELINA dan Reduan mengarahkan perabot yang dikeluarkan dari rumah sewa mereka
di Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam semalam dimasukkan semula ke dalam rumah.

KERATAN Kosmo! 7 Julai 2009.


SHAH ALAM – Suasana pekarangan banglo berkembar dua tingkat yang disewa bekas ratu dangdut, Amelina di Kota Kemuning di sini semalam kecoh apabila dia dan suaminya cuba menghalang tindakan pemilik kediaman itu, K. Madhavankutty, 47, daripada mengeluarkan perabot dan barangan peribadi mereka.

Madhavankutty bertindak demikian selepas mendapat perintah Mahkamah Majistret di sini pada 21 Julai lalu yang membenarkan pelaksanaan Writ Distres (milikan secara pecah masuk).

Amelina atau nama sebenarnya, Norazlina Amir Sharifuddin, 35, bersama suaminya, Reduan Mahamood tiba di kediaman itu pada pukul 10.50 pagi sewaktu operasi mengeluarkan barangan mereka dilakukan selepas rantai dan kunci mangga pagar dipecahkan oleh kontraktor.

Amelina mendakwa, pemilik rumah itu tidak berhak berbuat demikian kerana pihaknya telah membuat segala bayaran kepada mahkamah, sekali gus menangguhkan perintah pecah masuk tersebut.

“Kami sudah bayar semua kepada mahkamah berjumlah lebih RM4,000 dan sepatutnya tindakan melelong barangan milik kami di rumah itu tidak boleh diteruskan.

“Pemilik rumah sengaja mahu malukan kami di depan pemberita. Ini perbuatan zalim kerana kami ada writ menghalang tindakan ini,” luahnya kepada pemberita di sini semalam.

‘Orang dalam’ seludup eramin 5

AyUb (tengah) menunjukkan dadah eramin 5 bernilai RM20 juta yang dirampas di Sungai Dua, Pulau Pinang semalam.


PULAU PINANG – Kemasukan pil eramin 5 bernilai RM20 juta dari Taiwan melalui kargo udara di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Bayan Lepas (LTABL) secara mudah Selasa lalu disyaki membabitkan ‘orang dalam’ di kompleks kargo LTABL.

Ketua Polis Pulau Pinang, Datuk Ayub Yaakob berkata, kesemua pil khayal dipercayai berjumlah sejuta butir itu dibawa masuk dengan kontena yang melalui kargo udara LTABL dari Taiwan tanpa sebarang masalah.

“Kita sedang siasat dan teliti semua dokumen perjalanan kontena yang membawa dadah bagi mengenal pasti siapa yang terlibat memudahkan kemasukan dadah itu,” kata beliau di sini semalam.

Kelmarin, seorang ahli perniagaan bergelar ‘Datuk’ adalah antara enam lelaki dan dua wanita yang diberkas berhubung penemuan sejumlah besar pil khayal Selasa lalu dalam serbuan di sebuah gudang yang terletak di belakang sebuah restoran di Sungai Dua di sini.

Dalam serbuan itu, polis turut merampas dadah jenis ketamin seberat 374 gram dan menahan lima lelaki yang berada dalam gudang itu bagi membantu siasatan.

Manohara lantik dua firma guaman


KERATAN Kosmo! 21 Julai 2009.


Tengku Muhammad Fakhry


KUALA LUMPUR – Manohara Odelia Pinot yang terbabit dalam krisis dengan suaminya Tengku Temenggong Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra melantik dua firma guaman untuk mewakilinya dalam dua kes Mahkamah Syariah dan satu kes saman di Mahkamah Tinggi.

Bagi kes di Mahkamah Syariah, Manohara akan diwakili Tetuan Faiz Adnan & Associates dengan tiga barisan peguam syarie diketuai Mohd. Faiz Adnan manakala Tetuan Fakrul Hisham Abdullah & Associates akan mewakili Manohara serta ibunya Daisy Fajarina dalam kes saman sivil di Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil di sini.

Kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh firma guaman terbabit semalam menyebut, peguam dan wakil dari kedua-dua firma guaman telah bertemu dan berbincang dengan anak guam mereka (Manohara dan Daisy) di Jakarta pada 28 dan 29 Julai lepas bagi mendapatkan arahan seterusnya daripada mereka.

“Justeru, semua penyampaian saman, notis, dokumen dan surat-menyurat kepada anak-anak guam boleh diserahkan ke pejabat peguam-peguam berkenaan di sini,” menurut kenyataan akhbar itu.

Tangki air ada bangkai – Hasil pemeriksaan Syabas di rumah pengguna



KEADAAN tangki air yang dikeluarkan oleh Syabas dari sebuah rumah di Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur semalam begitu menjijikkan.


KUALA LUMPUR – Pantang ada masalah air kotor berlaku, rata-rata kebanyakan 7.5 juta pengguna air di Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya danSelangor biasanya ‘menuding jari’ kepada Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn. Bhd. (Syabas).

Kadangkala tuduhan itu bukan semuanya salah Syabas malah ia juga berpunca daripada sikap pengguna sendiri mengakibatkan air yang disalurkan kotor, keruh dan berkeladak.

Pengurus Besar Bahagian Komunikasi dan Hal Ehwal Awam Syabas, Abdul Halem Mat Som berkata, masalah air kotor itu kebanyakannya berpunca daripada sistem paip dalaman di rumah pengguna yang tidak diservis dengan baik.

Hal itu terbukti melalui beberapa siri pemeriksaan tangki air rumah yang dilakukan Syabas sejak beberapa tahun lalu. Penemuan terbaru dibuat di sebuah rumah di Kampung Baru di sini semalam.

Sungguh menjijikkan apabila melihat tangki air yang diperiksa. Ia disaluti karat tebal, berlendir dan mengeluarkan bau busuk hingga kelihatan seperti sebuah tangki najis.

“Kebanyakan pengguna Syabas tidak menyedari bahawa masalah bekalan air paip kotor di rumah mereka kebanyakannya berpunca daripada sistem paip di dalam rumah,” katanya ketika ditemui selepas program Turun Padang Syabas di sini semalam.

Menurut Abdul Halem, pemeriksaan Syabas mendapati kira-kira 80 peratus daripada 1,076 aduan bekalan air kotor yang diterima pihaknya sejak 6 April lalu berpunca daripada sistem paip atau tangki air di dalam rumah yang telah usang dan berkarat.

Pengacara terkenal dakwa Obama rasis

GAMBAR fail menunjukkan Gates (kiri) digari di rumahnya di Cambridge, Massachusetts pada 16 Julai lalu.


Glenn Beck



WASHINGTON – Seorang pengacara terkenal televisyen di Amerika Syarikat (AS) iaitu Glenn Beck mendakwa Presiden AS, Barack Obama sebagai seorang yang bersifat perkauman, lapor sebuah akhbar semalam.

Beck yang merupakan pengacara Fox News Channel, menuduh Obama memiliki sifat kebencian yang keterlaluan terhadap orang kulit putih dan budaya penduduk yang memiliki kulit berwarana itu.

Dakwaan itu dibuat berikutan kenyataan Obama yang menuduh pihak polis bertindak ‘bodoh’ apabila menahan Profesor Henry Gates dari Universiti Harvard pada 16 Julai lalu.

Dalam kejadian itu, Gates yang baru pulang dari China ditahan ketika dia memecah masuk ke rumah sendiri di Cambridge, Massachusetts setelah pintu hadapan kediamannya gagal dibuka.

Tuduhan terhadap Gates digugurkan pada 21 Julai lalu tetapi insiden itu mencetuskan kritikan kerana Obama kesal dengan tindakan polis dengan menganggapnya sebagai tidak wajar.

“Saya tidak menyatakan dia (Obama) tidak menyukai mereka yang berkulit putih. Saya menyatakan dia (Obama) mempunyai masalah dan saya percaya dia amat bersifat perkauman,” kata Beck secara terbuka kelmarin. – Agensi

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