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What Say You President @ BarackObama ? Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill 3 Israeli teens!

July 27, 2014

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All [Updated]

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When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.

But now, officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiwork after all.

BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts in the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be a foolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions:

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she was proven right:

Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas. This pattern of deception continues under the ongoing military offensive in Gaza. For example, last week in collaboration with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Abbas, in its efforts to alienate Hamas, Israel announced a bad-faith cease-fire proposal, which Hamas was not consulted on and never agreed to but whose violation supposedly justified Israel’s expansion and intensification of the military campaign into Gaza.

Despite continued negotiations, the violence shows no signs of letting up, and after Thursday night’s massive protests in the West Bank, there is still no ceasefire agreement. On Friday, it became clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to broker a seven-day truce were rejected by Israeli officials. Instead, Israel will apparently widen its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, despite international outcry about the civilian death toll. According to unnamed officials, the proposed truce was too generous to Hamas’s demands.

Hamas, meanwhile, still hasn’t weighed in on the agreement, whose details are being kept secret, but continued to launch rockets into Israel. International peace talks are set to resume in France this weekend, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Updated, Sat. 11:44 a.m.: This claim was also reported by BBC’s Jon Donnison, who spoked to Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld:

AMU/FIMA convoy of 16 trucks carrying USD 500K worth of medicines-surgical supplies entered Gaza at 0125 hours 25 July.

July 27, 2014

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29 Ramadhan 1435 / 27 July 2014

 

FIMA GAZA RELIEF UPDATES NO. 14

Alhamdulillah! Our second AMU/FIMA convoy of 16 trucks carrying USD 500K worth of medicines and surgical supplies entered Gaza at 0125 hours 27 Ramadhan 1435. The first also an AMU/FIMA convoy entered on the 5th day of the genocide, on 15 Ramadhan 1435 / 13 July 2014.

So you can rest assured that all your contributions have seen its passage into the Central Medical Stores of the Ministry of Health Gaza to replenish the fast depleting supplies due to the increasing reports of mortalities and injuries.  Apart from medical & surgical supplies our next convoy would also include 20 new ambulances required urgently by the MOH and is expected to cost us USD 800K.

The death toll is fast exceeding 1,000 people (40% children and women) and in excess of 5,000 wounded. The collateral damage among the civilian population is unacceptable. This genocidal madness must stop!

In an open letter to the Lancet (23 July 2014) 24 doctors and scientists who have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years have written “… on the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel …” You can join the campaign and  sign the petition at:

http://www.thelancet.com/gaza-letter-2014

Sir Ian charmers, amongst the pioneers of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)  has been consistent  in his condemnation of the complicity of the Israel Medical Association (IMA) in the torture of Palestinian prisoners. With 700 others he petitioned for the removal of IMA from the World Medical Association.

Derek Summefield, a South African knows first hand the pain and suffering of Apartheid.

Ang Swee Chai,  a Malaysian orthopod,  witnessed Shabra Shatila first hand, the massacre of Palestinians under the watch of Ariel Sharon in 1982.  Read her book. “From Beirut to Jerusalem”.

Prof Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian, is presently in the thick of the massacre in Gaza, and you may have read his letter and impassioned plea to the US president; “Mr. Obama – do you have a heart? I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.  I am convinced, 100%, it would change history. Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.”

Let us all do our little humanitarian duty and act within our circle of influence. Spread the word.

To add insult to injury, sixty-four public figures, including seven Nobel Peace Prize winners, published a letter in the British Guardian newspaper calling for an international arms embargo on Israel for its “war crimes and possible crimes against humanity” in Gaza.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/arms-trade-israel-attack-gaza

Concurrently, whilst continuing to heal the wounded and relieving their injured psyche, our workers on the ground in Gaza, the likes of Hani Thuraya (VPM representative), Ahmad Thabet (Aqsa Syarif representative) etal are feeding the poor, sheltering the homeless, supplying tanks of clean water,  delivering baby diapers, comforting bereaved families etc.

A more mammoth task awaits us when a ceasefire is declared and with our partners we have to strategize a blue print of action to tackle the economic issues of massive unemployment, sheltering the homeless, feeding the poor, scholarship programs for the students, equipping their educational institutions, financial independency programs for the widows or women whose husbands are prisoners in Israel and rehabilitate the Gaza economy.

We and our partners have an excellent infrastructure in both Gaza & West Bank with our continued  presence there since 2009. This also opens the opportunity and space for all who had planned to enter Gaza during the acute phase but failed, since priority is for the medical professionals to contribute to the mid and long term nation building of Gaza.

Please continue to raise funds for the beleaguered medical, educational, housing and economic infrastructure of Gaza.

All forms of generous contributions are acceptable including Zakat & Sadaqah. Kindly find our banking details, for your banking convenience as attached below.  Kindly email your corporate logo to relief@amueg.org for our display banners on the trucks.

May Allah reward you all abundantly for your prayers and contributions during this blessed month of Ramadhan.  

Dr Ashraf Jedaar (+27836754103)Director, FIMA Relief

 

A/C Name: FIMA

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Constantia branch: 025309

A/C No: 071848770

SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ

 

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin (+6012-3200564)Chairman, FIMA Advisory Council / Viva Palestina Malaysia

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Swift Code : MBBEMYKL

 

Middle East War and the US –what you don’t see can’t hurt

July 26, 2014

Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem, Ian Black and Patrick Kingsley in Cairo,  The Guardian, Friday 25 July 2014 19.15 BST

Gaza

Smoke from an Israeli air strike rises over the Gaza Strip. Photograph: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto/Corbis

The US failed to secure agreement on a ceasefire to end 18 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza on Friday night but insisted that efforts were continuing to arrange a humanitarian truce in time for a Muslim holiday early next week.

John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said he was confident of a breakthrough despite a reported decision by Israel’s cabinet to reject the proposed terms. Israeli officials later announced a 12-hour “pause” from 8am on Saturday. Hamas was said to have agreed, according to al-Quds TV.

But in one of a flurry of contradictory moves, Israel’s defence minister also warned that the army was preparing to expand ground operations in the coastal enclave, where the offensive has already claimed almost 900 Palestinian lives, three-quarters of them civilians.

Israeli tank shelling killed 18 Palestinians from a single family in southern Gaza on Saturday, Reuters reported, shortly before the 12-hour pause came into effect.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said that the Al-Najar family had been trapped inside their house in Khuzaa village east of Khan Younis since Thursday and that many others were wounded in Israeli tank shelling.

Hamas has also signalled its opposition to the terms of the US ceasefire plan, which it deemed too favourable to Israel.

Its leader, Khaled Meshaal, has insisted on an end to the siege of Gaza; Israel on an end to cross-border attacks. The gap between the two sides remains wide.

“We are working toward a brief seven days of peace,” Kerry said in Cairo. “Seven days of a humanitarian ceasefire in honour of Eid in order to be able to bring people together to try to work to create a more durable, sustainable ceasefire for the long run.

“The basic outline is approved by everyone. People believe that if the structures are right, a ceasefire is right. But it obviously has to be in ways that either side feels prejudiced.” Israel, he said, “had some opposition to some concepts.”

From Cairo, Kerry will fly to Paris, where he will meet officials from France, the UK and EU as well as Turkey and Qatar – two countries with influence over Hamas. “The whole world is watching tragic moment after tragic moment unfold and wondering when everyone is going to come to the their senses,” he said.

Underlining the scale of the crisis, Unrwa, the UN refugee agency, said 160,000 people were now seeking shelter at its facilities. Palestinian militants again fired rockets from Gaza, triggering sirens across southern and central Israel, including at the main airport. No injuries were reported, with the Iron Dome interceptor system knocking out many of the missiles.

Israel army radio reported that Binyamin Netanyahu and his cabinet had been divided over the wisdom of accepting Kerry’s proposal, which was supported by the UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon. Hawkish ministers were said to favour widening the ground operation in Gaza and warning against any gain for Hamas.

Under the US plan, Israeli troops could stay behind after a ceasefire to continue destroying cross-border tunnels. A week-long truce would be followed by talks on more permanent arrangements, under Egyptian supervision.

General Sami Turgeman, head of Israel’s southern command, said his forces needed more time to destroy the tunnels. Hinting at the growing pressure for a ceasefire, he said: “We know that there are other timetables that can affect us, and we will use all the time that we have at our disposal.” Turgeman said Hamas fighters were in poor shape and were finding it harder to launch rockets into Israel.

At least five West Bank deaths on Friday followed a big demonstration on Thursday night at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, in which 10,000 demonstrators marched in solidarity with Gaza.

Two men were shot dead by Israeli troops and about 250 people injured, mostly from gunshots.

“Ambulances were coming every minute,” said a doctor in the hospital’s emergency department. “We have seen this before but not since the intifada,” he said, referring to the last Palestinian uprising.

Gaza officials said Israeli strikes killed 55 Palestinians on Friday, including the head of media operations for Hamas and his son.

Israel announced that an army reservist had been killed in Gaza, bringing to 34 the number of soldiers lost since its ground offensive began.

The Israeli military said that one of its soldiers who had been missing since a battle in Shujai’iya on Sunday was dead.

“Oron Shaul is defined as ‘a soldier killed in action whose burial site is unknown’,” said an Israel Defence Forces statement. The soldier was in an armoured vehicle ambushed by Palestinians.

The bodies of six other infantrymen were recovered but Shaul’s fate had been unclear. If Hamas is holding Shaul’s body, that may give the group leverage in bargaining for the release of prisoners which it is demanding as part of a ceasefire deal.

Unrwa issued a strongly worded statement about the Israeli military when a team including an international weapons expert visited the school at Beit Hanoun which came under attack on Thursday, causing at least 15 deaths and 200 injuries.

“The aim of the visit to the site was to survey the scene in the aftermath of the incident,” Unrwa said.

“The Israeli army had been notified in advance about the composition of the team, the time and purpose of the visit. The mission had to be cut short and the team was forced to leave the area after gunfire around the school. We again underline our call for an immediate and comprehensive investigation.”

Violence in the Palestinian territories was echoed in neighbouring Jordan, where about 2,000 people demonstrated in Amman after Friday prayers, chanting: “We sacrifice our blood and souls for you, Gaza” and “Bomb and destroy Tel Aviv.” Protests were held in the northern cities of Zarqa and Irbid as well as in the south, in Karak.

In Iran hundreds of thousands of people took part in nationwide rallies in solidarity with Palestinians. Images showed demonstrators holding banners, such as one reading “Stop killing babies in Gaza”. A group of demonstrators set fire to Israeli flags and carried puppets of Israeli and American officials.

In Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah, said: “This is the most critical period in the region’s history since the rape of Palestine.”

MH17: Malaysians Stand United on ‘Terror Against Humanity’

July 24, 2014

Dzulkefly Ahmad

Published: 23 July 2014 (TMI)

Never could anyone ever imagine that a second disaster would befall the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) after MH370. The downing of MH17 close on the heels of the first, barely four months, must surely be a bizarre and an uncanny coincidence in modern avionic history.

While MAS is still reeling from the impact of the first tragedy, the calamity on MH17 is anticipated to permanently impair the confidence of many, for a long time to travel on MAS. That is about the worst and of toughest perception problem to turn-around.

Doubtless, the blame-game and finger-pointing has started. But this time around though, it shall no longer be about partisan parties outwitting the other and upping the ante to discredit political foes. No heroism is required here. Insisting on political posturing would incur the wrath of the nation already in an unending grief.

That said, all Malaysians would want the political leaders, on a bi-partisan basis, to get to the bottom of the problem (i.e. identifying the perpetrators and criminalising their act of terror). The blame-game, if ever it needed pursuing, shall be shifted to the warring power players in a proxy-battle for global domination.

Granted that a special parliamentary session is convened for the MH17, there couldn’t be any better platform to exude total commitment of political leaders, across the divide, to defending our national interest and our citizenry.

Bluntly put, the federal opposition parliamentarians are expected to exhibit solidarity with the federal government and not run them down at the slightest opportunity.

While many, like the Sydney Morning Herald, have been critical of how the Malaysian’s prime minister managed to broker a deal with the pro-Russians separatists, to get possession of bodies and the black box, political leaders must always remain unflinching and focus on solving national tragedy and not be frivolous. If anything the prime minister must be commended for achieving what more powerful nations arguably couldn’t.

Admittedly both MAS and the Malaysian Federal Government came under heavy criticism for their management or more of the lack of finesse, in handling the mysterious disappearance of MH 370. MH17 shall not be a repeat of this mishap.

Similarly Malaysians are also lethargic at the MAS-bashing antics of some of the social media. Doing more of the same wouldn’t help the nation to regain its lost confidence and dignity. Hence, like the partisan players, the social media must be equally more empathic and positive to carry the nation through this very harrowing time.

To this end, let us get one thing addressed right away. Questions were raised about the “irresponsible” MH17’s choice of flying over a hostile territory, after it emerged that some other carriers had avoided the area for months – though many companies were flying in the same area, rerouting only after Thursday’s disaster. Is this accusation true?

Amidst claims and counterclaims on this issue, a quick check reveals the following information.

Online flight-tracking service Flightradar24 observed 66 other airlines had crossed Ukraine’s skies last week, along the same corridor that saw MH17 being downed by a surface-to- air missile.

According to its data, MAS flew there 48 times, fewer than Germany’s Lufthansa which criss-crossed the Crimean air space 56 times, Ukraine International Airline (62 times), Singapore Airlines (75 times) and Russian’s Aeroflot over 86 times.

Continue reading here…

 

*This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

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DONORS of the World! Please help to rehabilitate the savage assault on medical facilities in Gaza.

July 24, 2014

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26 Ramadhan 1435 / 24 July 2014

FIMA GAZA RELIEF UPDATES NO. 13

Reports from Gaza narrated that Hospitals have not been spared of the Israeli attacks.

In Shuhada Al Aqsa Hospital, Central Gaza, 4 persons were killed and 20 injured. Wafa Hospital in East Gaza and Hospital in Beit Hanun, North Gaza were also attacked. 23 health facilities in Gaza have sustained damage. This is against all norms of accepted international warfare ethics.

There is massive shortage of drugs (28%) and disposables (50%). MOH Gaza requires USD 3.2 million monthly to secure the needed drugs and disposables. They require immediately 8 anesthesia machines, 10 ventilators, 5 electrosurgical units, 20 vital sign monitors, ECG machines, 5 defibrillators. There is also a need for fuel as  to run the hospitals basic operations. Al Shifa hospital urgently needs neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, plastic and general surgeons, and orthopedic specialists, as well as 20 ICU beds, a digital C-ARM machine for orthopedic surgeries, three operation tables and a lighting system for the five operation rooms.

The FIMA convoy is set to move to Rafah sometime today to deliver USD 500K of medicines & surgical equipments and disposables. This is the second consignment after the first 7 trucks moved in on the fifth day of the invasion on 13 July 2014. Mercy Malaysia has procured USD30K medical supplies and USD100K medicines from AMU (Arab Medical union). Aqsa Syarif Malaysia has procured USD60K medical & surgical supplies and donated USD120K for the purchase of 4 ambulances. Viva Palestine Malaysia has sent USD50K for medical supplies and USD90K for three ambulances.
Doctors World Wide Turkey (DWW) is planning to purchase a total of USD500K worth of medical, surgical supplies and ambulances. South Africa has raised 1 million Rands for medical relief. 5 WHO Health kits weighing 5,000 kgs airlifted by Islamic Medical Association North America (IMANA is presently at Cairo Airport due to be transported to Gaza via Rafah. And with other contributions from Islamic Medical Associations (IMA) and charity organization in Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan a total of 20 ambulances will be bought for the MOH Gaza.

All FIMA doctors are now stationed in Cairo. Egypt has tightened check point controls all the way leading to Rafah. No foreign personnel is allowed to travel pass Ismailia and those who manage to get through up to el-Arish have been escorted back to Cairo by the military.

Our FIMA representatives in Cairo are still in negotiations with the Egyptian authorities. We have been given verbal consent to enter Gaza but are still awaiting written permission from the Egyptian authorities.

 

Thus far, 16 days of the invasion, only 5 European doctors have been allowed into Gaza to relief the fatigued and overworked doctors in the MOH Gaza. Let us pray that we are allowed into Gaza to ease the strain on the Gazan doctors.

 

A Tunisian plane bound for Gaza loaded with medicines and medical supplies was refused permission to land by Egyptian authorities. The plane was supposed to air lift patients who sustained serious wounds during the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza to receive treatment in Tunis.

 

We further appeal to all our generous individual and corporate donors to help rehabilitate the struggling medical facilities in Gaza.

All forms of generous contributions are acceptable including Zakat & Sadaqah. Kindly find our banking details, for your banking convenience as attached below.  Kindly email your corporate logo to relief@amueg.org for our display banners on the trucks.

May Allah reward you all abundantly for your prayers and contributions during this blessed month of Ramadhan.

 

Dr Ashraf Jedaar (+27836754103)

Director, FIMA Relief 

 

A/C Name: FIMA

Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa

Constantia branch: 025309

A/C No: 071848770

SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ          

 

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin (+6012-3200564)

Chairman, FIMA Advisory Council / Viva Palestina Malaysia

A/C Name: PERTUBUHAN VIVA PALESTINA MALAYSIA

Bank: Malayan Banking Berhad

Block C, Damansara Offices Complex, Jalan Dungun, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Account no : 5-64324-601324

Swift Code : MBBEMYKL

 

Kewangan lemah, hutang kerajaan melebihi tahap siling, kata MIER

July 23, 2014

Pengarah Eksekutif Institut Penyelidikan Ekonomi Malaysia (MIER), Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid bercakap pada sidang akhbar mengenai Indeks Keadaan Perniagaan, Indeks Sentimen Pengguna, Indeks Ekonomi Malaysia dan indeks terkemuka lain di pejabat MIER, hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Afif Abd Halim, 22 Julai 2014.

Pengarah Eksekutif Institut Penyelidikan Ekonomi Malaysia (MIER), Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid bercakap pada sidang akhbar mengenai Indeks Keadaan Perniagaan, Indeks Sentimen Pengguna, Indeks Ekonomi Malaysia dan indeks terkemuka lain di pejabat MIER, hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Afif Abd Halim, 22 Julai 2014.

Prestasi kewangan bagi kerajaan persekutuan masih lagi lemah dengan pendapatan rendah bagi tempoh suku tahun pertama tahun ini dan hutang meningkat melebihi tahap siling, kata Institut Penyelidikan Ekonomi Malaysia (MIER).

Pengarah Eksekutif MIER, Dr Zakariah Abdul Rashid berkata, berdasarkan prospek ekonomi Malaysia, hutang bagi kerajaan persekutuan meningkat melebihi tahap siling iaitu 55%.

Jumlah hutang kerajaan persekutuan bagi suku tahun pertama tahun ini ialah pada RM560.6 bilion.

“Kerajaan mesti berhati-hati dalam perkara ini dengan mengambil pendekatan lebih serius, iaitu mengawal perbelanjaan dengan bijaksana.

“Dan bagi pendapatan negara pula, ia bergantung kepada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK). Sekiranya KDNK kita meningkat, maka lebih banyak pendapatan diraih kerajaan,” katanya pada sidang media di Bangunan MIER, Bukit Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Akta Pinjaman Tempatan 1959 mengehadkan hutang negara pada had siling 55% kerana sekiranya hutang negara melebihi had siling, ia akan menyebabkan negara mufllis.

Bagaimanapun, Zakariah berkata, situasi itu tidak harus dipandang negatif kerana ia melibatkan banyak faktor terutama pembangunan dalam dan luar negara selain pertumbuhan KDNK.

“Saya tidak fikir ini negatif. Sebenarnya, peningkatan nisbah juga dijangka kerana meskipun kita mencatat kenaikan KDNK iaitu sebanyak 6.2% bagi suku tahun pertama, ia tidak boleh dianggap terlalu bagus.

“Bagaimanapun, penurunan atau kenaikan KDNK bukan sesuatu yang boleh dikawal,” katanya.

Beliau berkata sekiranya Malaysia mencatatkan pertumbuhan KDNK lebih memberangsangkan, ia boleh membantu meningkatkan pendapatan.

Katanya, kerajaaan juga tidak boleh berbelanja sembarangan dan hanya perlu melihat perbelanjaan produktif dan mempunyai nilai hasil tambahan.

“Pertumbuhan pesat KDNK dipengaruhi cara kerajaan berbelanja, kerana ia perlu dilihat dari pelbagai faktor seperti eksport, import dan juga perbelanjaan isi rumah.

“Namun tidak semua perbelanjaan itu mendatangkan hasil atau kebaikan. Justeru, amat penting berhati-hati menggunakan dana dengan mengamalkan sikap berdisplin dan berhemah,” katanya.

Putarajaya dikritik ekoran pendedahan laporan Audit Negara bagi 2013 dan 2014 menyaksikan pembaziran perbelanjaan jabatan dan agensi kerajaan.

MIER yang merupakan badan penyelidikan ekonomi dan kewangan di Malaysia turut mendedahkan kadar inflasi negara ini bagi tempoh 6 bulan pertama terus meningkat lebih sekali ganda berbanding tahun lepas – dari 1.6% ke 3.4%.

Beliau berkata situasi itu turut dipengaruhi hutang isi rumah yang dilihat mencatatkan peningkatan bagi suku tahun pertama dan kedua 2014.

“Kerana itu Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) pada 10 Julai lalu bertindak meningkatkan kadar polisi semalaman (OPR) atau faedah dari 3% sebelum ini kepada 3.25%. Ia sebagai pendekatan mengimbangi inflasi dan juga hutang isi rumah,” katanya.

Beliau turut menjangkakan peningkatan hutang isi rumah akan terus bertambah terutamanya menjelang perayaan Aidilfitri kerana dipengaruhi kos barangan dan perkidmatan yang semakin tinggi.

“OPR ini merupakan satu langkah diambil BNM bagi mengawal isi rumah namun bagi kita ia lebih kepada sikap individu itu sendiri bagaimana mengurus perbelanjaan mereka.

“Kita rasakan penting kadar OPR terus dinaikkan. Bagaimanapun kita akan lihat kadar baru ini. Kemudian baru kita umumkan langkah seterusnya,” katanya.

Sebelum ini BNM menegaskan pertukaran kadar OPR dilakukan bagi mengimbangi pertumbuhan prospek di negara ini dengan inflasi yang masih lagi tinggi.

“Pada kadar OPR baharu ini, pendirian dasar monetari terus menyokong ekonomi negara, memandangkan kadar faedah itu tidak dinaikkan dalam tiga tahun lepas, sejak Mei 2011.”

Menurut BNM, selepas mencatatkan kadar sederhana pada suku pertama, ekonomi global telah kembali pulih secara beransur-ansur.

“Aktiviti ekonomi di negara maju utama terus berkembang pada kadar sederhana.

“Di Asia, pertumbuhan disokong sektor luaran yang bertambah baik di samping keadaan permintaan dalam negeri yang terus berkembang.

“Dalam persekitaran ini, pasaran kewangan antarabangsa secara relatifnya kekal stabil,” katanya. – 22 Julai, 2014

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DONORS of the World! Please help to rehabilitate the savage assault on medical facilities in Gaza.

July 16, 2014

 

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17 Ramadhan 1435 / 16 July 2014

FIMA Gaza Relief Updates No 11

 

The incessant attacks on the Gaza Strip has caused at least 172 deaths (~40% women and children) and injured 1,260 (~65% women and children). The MOH facilities have not been spared of the savage assaults. Two hospitals, six clinics, three ambulances and a water desalinization centre have been damaged and the toll is increasing.  The MOH has less than six days of fuel reserves to power hospitals, as attacks on the electricity lines have exacerbated the pre-existing power shortages and resulted in complete reliance on generators for 20 hours a day.

Even prior to the invasion, at the end of June, the Ministry of Health (MOH) central drug stores reported that 28% of essential medicine items were at zero stock and half of surgical consumables were at zero stock.

 

All MOH hospitals stopped elective surgeries three weeks ago to save resources and are struggling to cope with the deluge of emergencies. Chief Surgeon and Medical Director of Shifa Hospital, Dr Sobhi Skaik described the situation as impossible!

The immediate priority of our FIMA humanitarian efforts is the resuscitation of the beleaguered health system made worse by the current invasion. Our estimates of the emergency list of medical & surgical supplies as requested by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Gaza costs at least USD10 million. And this has not even begun to take into consideration the shortfalls and deficiencies inflicted by the chronic siege and blockade of Gaza.

Our joint endeavour is to provide basic and essential supplies for health care and help restore basic health services to the hospitals and clinics of the MOH of Gaza.

The 7 trucks that have entered Gaza the previous 48 hours have offloaded about USD200K worth of medical & surgical supplies. We are targeting a second convoy to deliver at least USD500K worth of essential medicines, medical equipments, surgical instruments and consumables.

FIMA has successfully purchased and stored most of these essential goods in Cairo, with the assistance of our partners in Egypt, Arab Medical Union (AMU), Islamic Medical Association of Egypt (IMAE) and PIMA (Palestinian International Medical Aid).

We further appeal to all our IMAs in the various countries and our individual, corporate and country donors to help rehabilitate the struggling medical facilities in Gaza.

All forms of generous contributions are acceptable including Zakat & Sadaqah. Kindly find both our banking details, for your banking convenience as attached below.  Kindly email your IMA or corporate logo to relief@amueg.org for our display banners on the trucks.

May Allah reward you all abundantly for your prayers and contributions during this blessed month of Ramadhan.

Dr Ashraf Jedaar (+27836754103)

Director, FIMA Relief 

 

A/C Name: FIMA

Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa

Constantia branch: 025309

A/C No: 071848770

SWIFT code: SBZAZAJJ          

 

Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin (+6012-3200564)

Chairman, FIMA Advisory Council / Viva Palestina Malaysia

A/C Name: PERTUBUHAN VIVA PALESTINA MALAYSIA

Bank: Malayan Banking Berhad

Block C, Damansara Offices Complex, Jalan Dungun, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Account no : 5-64324-601324

Swift Code : MBBEMYKL

 

 

 

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