Thursday, January 3, 2008


No plans to raise fuel prices for now, PM
PUTRAJAYA: The Government does not intend to increase fuel prices for the time being, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday.
He, however, said that when the time came for prices to be increased, the government would be forced to do so.
"When the time comes when we feel that they have to be increased, we will increase. If we feel that we can still hold on to the present prices, then the present situation will remain," he told a press conference here.
The Government was constantly monitoring the price situation, he said when asked whether it intended to raise fuel prices since the increased cost of crude oil meant that it would have to fork out more in fuel subsidies.
The Government spends more than RM30 billion annually in fuel subsidies.
The last time when fuel prices were increased in the country was in February 2006. This saw an 18.5 percent jump in the price of petrol to RM 1. 92 a litre when crude oil was sold at US$60 (RM210 at the then prevailing exchange rate) a barrel.
But crude oil prices have since soared to around US$96 a barrel of late and the highest level was recorded on Nov 21 last year when it reached US$99.29 a. barrel. - Bernama


JPs being shortlisted to be Second Class Magistrate
KOTA KINABALU: The courts are in the process of shortlisting justices of Peace (JPs) to become Second Class Magistrate to help out in handling small cases.
Sessions Court judge Duncan Sikodol disclosed this after attending the swearing-in ceremony of 12 JPs before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum at the latter's chambers yesterday morning.
"We are now in the process of shortlisting those JPs to become the Second Class Magistrate to help out Magistrates to handle small cases such as summonses by Kota Kinabalu City Hall, traffic cases and other small cases," Duncan said.
"These JPs can also handle remand cases when a District Officer (DO) or Assistant District Officer (ADO) is not available.
"There will be no need for cases in Sipitang or Kuala Penyu to be brought to Beaufort to obtain a remand order during the absence of the DO or the ADO as they can get the remand Duncan added when cases from Sipitang are brought to Beaufort to get the remand order, it is troublesome as the suspects may escape.
"If possible the JPs are spread out not only in Kota Kinabalu area but also in rural areas as it is very useful," Duncan said.
The 12 JPs sworn in were Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang Miow Sin, Papar Member of Parliament Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Datuk Voo Min @ Voo Thien Fui, Haji Adenan
h Mohd Yussuf,.Daniel b Kinsik, David Tiongin Lumbok, Penampang Member of Parliament Donald Peter Mojuntin, Gordon Leong Vui Cheung, Jimmy Wong Chee Kiong, Dr Hj Mohd Ariff b Hassan, Peter Govind @ Tuan Haji Mohd Farid Abdullah and Linton Paul.


Jins Shamsudin to meet fans
KOTA KINABALU: Fans of actor and famous film director Senator Tan Sri Datuk Jins Shamsudin have a chance to meet him at Dewan Kuliah Pusat 1, University Malaysia Sabah tomorrow (Jan 4) at 2pm.
Jins Shamsudin will be a speaker at the film premier preview, video production workshop and file discussion session in conjunction with the fifth Malaysian Student Film and Video Festival (FFVPM) jointly organised by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS).
Dean of Science Social School cum director of FFVPM, Dr Asmady Idris, said the actor would discuss about his acting and his own film production.
"Tan Sri Jins Shamsudin will spend his time to meet with his fans after the film discussion session has ended. This is an opportunity to know him better," said Asmady after he officiated the FINAS workshop on video camera technique here yesterday.During the event, the organiser has listed several films for discussion such as Mukhsin, Gong and two international films from Holland and Korea respectively