Archives from Star Online about Myanmar Cyclone Nargis

 Archives from Star Online about Myanmar Cyclone Nargis

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Documents 1 to 10 of 63 matching the query “nargis”

[NATION  12-May-2008]
The Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) is on standby for deployment to Myanmar to provide assistance to Cyclone Nargis victims.

2.Myanmar: Mercy M’sia recruiting local medical personnel

[NATION  12-May-2008] Mercy Malaysia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with international non-governmental organisation Save the Children of UK (SCUK) and is now recruiting Myanmar doctors and nurses to provide basic medical services to Cyclone Nargis survivors.

3.Offering of alms to 300 monks at PISA on June 22

[NORTH  12-May-2008]
SOME 300 monks and thousands of Buddhist devotees are expected to throng the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) to celebrate the 2008 National Maha Sanghika Dana on June 22.

4.Call to give visas for volunteers to help cyclone victims in Myanmar

[NATION  12-May-2008]
The Myanmar Government should issue special visas for volunteers to help the victims affected by Cyclone Nargis.

5.Death toll from Cyclone Nargis’ aftermath may be alarmingly high

[NATION  12-May-2008]
Once old and battered, Yangon, Myanmar, is now strewn with debris. Cyclone Nargis not only devastated Yangon, but it now looks like a war-zone.

6.Fund raising for Myanmar

[CENTRAL  12-May-2008]
Joining in the effort to aid victims of the Cyclone Nargis, Buddhist chief high priest of Malaysia Ven K. Sri Dhammaratana Maha Nayaka Thera is organising a fund raising campaign until May 20.

7.Boat carrying aid for Myanmar cyclone victims sinks as death toll jumps to 28,000

[APWORLD  12-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar’s monumental task of feeding and sheltering 1.5 million cyclone survivors suffered yet another blow when a boat laden with relief supplies – one of the first international shipments – sank on its way to the disaster zone.

8.Myanmar’s junta holds election to cement hold on power despite cyclone crisis

[APWORLD  11-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar’s military rulers held elections aimed at solidifying their hold on power, while brazenly turning cyclone relief efforts into a propaganda campaign. In some cases, generals’ names were scribbled onto boxes of foreign aid before being distributed.
 
[NATION  11-May-2008]
The Myanmar government should be more lenient in issuing special visa passes for volunteers to help out the victims affected by Cyclone Nargis, which has killed about 60,000 people in the military-ruled nation.

10.Groups sending relief teams and aid for cyclone victims

[NATION  11-May-2008]
Peace Malaysia will send a medical team carrying vaccines and water treatment tablets to Myanmar, to help victims in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
[NATION  11-May-2008]
Protesters gathered in force near the Myanmar embassy here yesterday, in a show of defiance against the Myanmar junta’s go-ahead with yesterday’s constitutional referendum in spite of the country’s current turmoil.
[NATION  10-May-2008]
Fujifilm (M) Sdn Bhd became the latest corporate company to contribute to The Star Myanmar Relief Fund, as donations continue to pour in for the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
[NATION  10-May-2008]
They may be hard-pressed for money, but Myanmar refugees want to come forward to help their compatriots back home after the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis.
[APWORLD  10-May-2008]
UNITED NATIONS (AP): The United Nations was seeking $187 million (euro120.97 million) from donor nations to help cyclone survivors in Myanmar.
[APWORLD  10-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar’s military government pushed ahead Saturday with a referendum on a controversial proposed constitution despite a devastating cyclone that killed tens of thousands.
[NATION  9-May-2008]
PAS is sending a three-member relief team to Myanmar today to provide assistance to the victims of Cyclone Nargis.
[NATION  9-May-2008]
For a week starting today, 10 sen from every Rapid Penang bus fare paid will go to the company’s Cyclone Nargis Myanmar Victims Humanitarian Fund.
[NATION  9-May-2008]
Malaysians who wish to donate to help victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar can forward their donations to the Foreign Ministry.


[NATION  9-May-2008]
The first two Mercy Malaysia’s relief officers who flew over to Myanmar on Wednesday night have started to establish contacts there.
20.[NATION  8-May-2008]
Mercy Malaysia has received approval from the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur to allow them to enter Myanmar and deliver aid to the cyclone-hit country.

[NATION  11-May-2008]
Protesters gathered in force near the Myanmar embassy here yesterday, in a show of defiance against the Myanmar junta’s go-ahead with yesterday’s constitutional referendum in spite of the country’s current turmoil.
[NATION  8-May-2008]
Two Myanmar brothers tell of how they lost their father in the killer cyclone Nargis.
[NATION  8-May-2008]
One of the first things Dijaya Corporation Berhad group chief executive officer Tan Sri Danny Tan Chee Sing did after reading about the plight of Cyclone Nargis victims in Myanmar was direct his staff to make arrangements to help them.
[NATION  8-May-2008]
Malaysians who wish to donate to help victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar can forward their donations to the Foreign Ministry.
[FOCUS  9-May-2008]
A letter from DR TAN ENG BEE, Kajang.
[BUSINESS  7-May-2008]
It is business as usual for Malaysian companies which have operations in Myanmar despite the havoc wrought by tropical cyclone Nargis on the country.
[APWORLD  8-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Hungry people swarmed the few open shops and fistfights broke out over food and water in Myanmar’s swamped Irrawaddy delta Wednesday as a top U.S. diplomat warned that the death toll from a devastating cyclone could top 100,000.
[ASIA  8-May-2008]
Myanmar’s junta, which has appealed for international aid to cope with the disastrous impact of Cyclone Nargis, is barring foreign journalists from entering the country and has expelled one BBC reporter.
[ASIA  8-May-2008]
Hundreds of Buddhist monks were on the streets here yesterday helping residents clear roads of fallen trees and other debris caused by killer tropical cyclone Nargis.
[ASIA  8-May-2008]
The stench of death hung yesterday over this Irrawaddy delta town, where the blackened bodies of people and animals, rotting in the tropical heat, were washed aground as Myanmar’s cyclone floodwaters receded.
[WORLDUPDATES  8-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government came under pressure on Wednesday to open its borders to more international help after a devastating cyclone that a U.S. diplomat said may have killed more than 100,000 people.
[WORLDUPDATES  8-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government came under pressure on Wednesday to open its borders to more international help after a devastating cyclone that a U.S. diplomat said may have killed more than 100,000 people.
[WORLDUPDATES  8-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government came under pressure on Wednesday to open its borders to international help after a devastating cyclone that a U.S. diplomat said may have killed more than 100,000 people.
[WORLDUPDATES  8-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Aid trickled into Myanmar on Wednesday for an estimated one million victims of Cyclone Nargis in military-ruled Myanmar, with the death toll rising to nearly 23,000 and expected to go higher.
[WORLDUPDATES  8-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Aid was trickling in on Wednesday for an estimated one million victims of Cyclone Nargis in military-ruled Myanmar, with the death toll of more than 22,500 expected to mount.
[APWORLD  7-May-2008]
NEW DELHI (AP): India warned Myanmar that Cyclone Nargis was headed for the country two days before it made landfall there, an official said Wednesday.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Aid was trickling in on Wednesday for an estimated one million victims of Cyclone Nargis in military-ruled Myanmar, with the death toll of more than 22,500 expected to mount.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Military helicopters dropped food and water on Wednesday to the cyclone-stricken people of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta, where entire villages have been washed away and one million people left homeless, officials said.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
BANGKOK (Reuters) – About 1 million people were left homeless by the devastating cyclone that hit Myanmar and about 5,000 sq km remain underwater in the Irrawaddy delta, a U.N. aid official said on Wednesday.
[ASIA  7-May-2008]
Myanmar’s military government raised its death toll from Cyclone Nargis yesterday to nearly 22,500 with a further 41,000 missing, nearly all of them from a massive storm surge that swept into the Irrawaddy delta.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Military helicopters dropped food and drinking water to the cyclone-stricken people of Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta, where entire villages have been virtually washed away, officials said on Wednesday.
 
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Disease, hunger and thirst pose a major threat to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis, aid agencies said on Wednesday, urging Myanmar’s military rulers to open the doors to international humanitarian relief.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Disease, hunger and thirst pose a major threat to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis, aid agencies said on Wednesday, urging Myanmar’s military rulers to open the doors to international humanitarian relief.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Disease, hunger and thirst pose a major threat to hundreds of thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis, aid agencies said on Wednesday, urging Myanmar’s military rulers to open the doors to international humanitarian relief.
[ASIA  7-May-2008]
Rice fields littered with corpses, desperate survivors homeless and with nothing to eat or drink – witnesses paint a horrifying picture of Myanmar’s remote typhoon-devastated south.
[ASIA  7-May-2008]
Indian meteorologists tracking the cyclone that killed more than 22,000 people in Myanmar said yesterday they had given their neighbour 48 hours warning of an impending storm.
[NATION  7-May-2008]
The thoughts and prayers of Myanmars living here are with their countrymen as the death toll of Cyclone Nargis soars.
[NATION  7-May-2008]
Join The Star in extending a helping hand to the people of Myanmar.
[NATION  7-May-2008]
A four-member relief team will be sent by Mercy Malaysia to Yangon to evaluate the situation in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.
[NATION  7-May-2008]
It has been a “wet affair” for the Malaysian embassy in Yangon the last two days.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government raised its death toll from Cyclone Nargis on Tuesday to nearly 22,500 with another 41,000 missing, almost all from a massive storm surge that swept into the Irrawaddy delta.
[WORLDUPDATES  7-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military government raised its death toll from Cyclone Nargis on Tuesday to nearly 22,500 with another 41,000 missing, nearly all of them from a massive storm surge that swept into the Irrawaddy delta.
[APWORLD  6-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta, where nearly 22,000 people perished, remained largely cut off from the rest of the world Tuesday, four days after a cyclone unleashed winds, floods and high tidal waves on the densely populated region.
[APWORLD  6-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Myanmar’s ruling junta, which has spurned the international community for decades, urgently appealed for foreign aid as a Cabinet minister said that more than 10,000 people may have died from a cyclone that swept through the country.
[WORLDUPDATES  6-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Countries worldwide promised help to Myanmar after a cyclone killed 10,000 people in just one town, suggesting the overall death toll in the impoverished military-run Southeast Asian nation will be much higher.
[WORLDUPDATES  6-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta believes at least 10,000 people died in a cyclone that ripped through the Irrawaddy delta, triggering a massive international aid response for the pariah state in southeast Asia.
[WORLDUPDATES  6-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military junta believes at least 10,000 people died in a cyclone that ripped through the Irrawaddy delta, triggering a massive international aid response for the pariah southeast Asian nation.
[APWORLD  5-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP): Residents of Myanmar’s biggest city lit candles Monday, lined up to buy water and hacked their way through trees felled in a cyclone that killed more than 350 people, destroyed thousands of homes and caused widespread power cuts.
[WORLDUPDATES  5-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people have been left without shelter and drinking water in military-ruled Myanmar after a devastating cyclone tore through the Irrawaddy delta, a United Nations official said on Monday.
[WORLDUPDATES  5-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people have been left without shelter and drinking water in military-ruled Myanmar after a devastating cyclone tore through the Irrawaddy delta, a United Nations official said on Monday.
[WORLDUPDATES  5-May-2008]
YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military authorities and foreign aid workers struggled on Monday to assess the damage from a devastating cyclone that killed more than 350 people and left tens of thousands homeless.
[APWORLD  5-May-2008]
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Residents of Myanmar’s biggest city lit candles Monday, lined up to buy water and hacked their way through trees felled in a cyclone that killed more than 350 people, destroyed thousands of homes and caused widespread power cuts.
[FOCUS  8-Oct-2007]
Former Bollywood leading lady Vyjayanthimala broke the unwritten convention in the Indian society when she chose to touch upon delicate relationships with her leading men.
[FOCUS  6-Aug-2007]
Emotion does not, and should not, interfere in the administration of justice, said the judge who jailed Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt for an arms offence

Repeal draconian private healthcare Act

Repeal draconian private healthcare Act

ZARIM KAMARUL’s letter in the Star Online_

I REFER to Dr John Teo’s letter, “Act unfair to doctors” (The Star, March 28).

The PHFSA (Private Healthcare and Facilities Act) was created in 1993 at the urging of consumer associations as they claimed they often handled complaints from the public on poor services provided by private hospitals and clinics.

But they were told that the Health Ministry’s hands were tied.

This is untrue.

The Medical Act 1971 is very clear, especially in trying to apprehend bogus doctors.

Doctors wanting to practise in Malaysia must have graduated from a recognised university, must have registration with the Malaysian Medical Council and must posses a valid Annual Practicing Certificate.

Anyone not complying is a fraudulent or unlicensed doctor and is liable for a fine or jail term of two years or more.

The Medical Act 1971 is in itself comprehensive.

But what was absent was enforcement.

One of the bizarre edicts of the new law was that it applied only to private doctors but not to government ones.

Among others, private practitioners will need to work in specified clinic conditions, pay a suspicious registration fee of RM1,500 and buy medical equipment they may never use.

The Act was passed in parliament despite the objections by MMA presidents.

The recent elections have shown that the Government must pay attention if unfair laws are proposed or are being promulgated.

This country must not exchange democracy for the rule of little Napoleans as the de facto method of governance in the civil service.

The PHFSA must be repealed.

ZARIM KAMARUL,
Shah Alam.

Act unfair to doctors

DR JOHN TEO’s letter in Star Online

AS our Prime Minister announced his new Cabinet and as the unprecedented general election results unfolded before our eyes, what was clear to all Malaysians, regardless of race, gender, religion and profession, was that our destiny and objectives are the same. That is: equality, fairness and the ability to share and prosper together as one race in this great nation of ours. 

One of the very important tasks ahead for the new Health Minister and the Cabinet to look at is the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 which came into force last year amid an outcry by private doctors throughout the country. 

With the usual government modus operandi of implementation of similar regulations like the introduction of Fomema to monitor foreign workers’ health and the proposed E-kesihatan to monitor transport workers’ health which was later scrapped, the stakeholders i.e. the private doctors and even patients do not play any major part in its formation.  

The threat of a RM300,000 fine for not registering is enough to send all private doctors scurrying for the registration forms. The concession was that the authorities will not use the Act without due care and disregard to the private practitioners and that its main objective is to weed out bogus doctors and unqualified practitioners. 

It is now necessary to ask why is a fully qualified doctor from a local university with a valid annual practising certificate that qualifies him to practise professionally in this country as in the case of Dr Basmullah Yusom languishing in jail because of the PFHSA?  

His only crime is of course failing to register his clinic as he is planning to move to another locality soon. 

I speak for myself, but I also believe that I speak for a big majority of private doctors in this country, that the PFHSA should be repealed. 

Most doctors, whether in government service or the private sector, have only one main objective in mind and that is only their patients’ welfare and health first and foremost. 

I am not suggesting that errant doctors or practices should not be regulated. But there are many Acts in place already to do that and the fact remains that the PFHSA has too many regulations that can be yielded and enforced in so many forms that many doctors are objecting too. 

In all fairness, the PFHSA should also be renamed and revamped as the Facilities and Health Services Act without the word “private” as I believe that the same high standards should be demanded for all health facilities and services, be it private or government, as all Malaysians are equal under the law in this great nation of ours. 

It is the fervent wish and hope of many doctors that this great injustice called the PFHSA is corrected swiftly and effectively by the new Cabinet in this dawn of a new era in Malaysian history. 

DR JOHN TEO,
Kota Kinabalu.
 

The value of trust

The value of trust

Excerpts from the WINNING WAYS by PUAN SRI T.D. AMPIKAIPAKAN

It is something that has to be earned, yet is not difficult to attain. 

“When people honour each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.” – Blaine Lee 

WE do not trust each other anymore. That’s the feeling I get looking at the events that have taken place over the past few weeks. The word “trust” has become highly overrated and has lead to scepticism. Ask anyone today about trust and they will tell you how difficult it is to trust people.  

If we are lucky enough to trust someone implicitly, the reasons we do so are based on the promises that were never broken or the commitments that were always fulfilled. But many feel that promises made are broken and commitments unfulfilled. 

Few leaders today have the capacity to earn the trust of the people they lead. This is not an easy task. The demands of the people are limitless and juggling these demands with what is available is impossible, particularly when you also have to deal with people’s greed. 

Yet, gaining the trust of those around you is not an unachievable task. Ask a child and she will tell you that if her parents kept their word and fulfilled their promises, trust was generated. Ask a student and she will tell you that if her teacher made sure that the students were adequately-prepared for the next level of their education, then trust was created by the teacher.  

Ask an employee and he will tell you that if the boss honoured his word to the staff, then trust was achieved. In all these situations, even small actions made trust possible. Trust was created because of the following: 

  • The feeling that you can depend on someone or anyone. 

     

  • The cooperation and experience of working within a team. 

     

  • The ability to take risks and be protected. 

     

  • The experience of communication, whereby people believe each other. 

    We all know that the best way to maintain a trusting work environment is to prevent distrust. This means a strong corporate vision and mission, a show of integrity of the leadership, truthfulness and transparency of the communication with staff within the organisation, all of which are critical factors. All this boils down to is, “I trust my boss/my supervisor/my staff … to do the right thing all the time”. 

    In the real world, there are many things that can go wrong daily and trust is often compromised. It is a fact that you may do a hundred things right and no one will even think about how trustworthy you are. But you do one thing wrong, or one promise is unfulfilled, and it will never be forgotten and trust would be lost.  

    Employees also learn to mistrust even in the best of workplaces because of their life experiences, often, bad ones at the hands of an unfair boss or unscrupulous leader. On the other hand, bosses will tell you that no matter how well the employees are looked after, they will still walk away if someone offers them a better deal.  

    It is quite apparent that trust is an issue, to some degree, in most organisations. 

    How do we build trusting relationships in an organisation? It is all about the way you conduct yourself and the values you have, which promote trust in the relationships.  

    Here are some ideas that might work: 

     

  • Look at people who are capable of developing good interpersonal skills with others in the organisation. Encourage them to build trust within the firm so that, although everyone may be different, they will behave in a professional way. 

     

  • Make sure that the people you hire are trainable in the manner you want them to behave to ensure trust is created and nurtured. 

     

  • Your staff members must be kept informed of whatever is happening in the organisation. It is really wise to give them whatever information you can safely divulge in any given situation so that gossip and misinformation do not destroy the trust created by the organisation. 

     

  • See that staff in supervisory positions act with integrity. They are expected to keep their commitments and if they cannot do so, then they must explain why. 

     

  • If there are issues, deal with them in a timely fashion. People watch you all the time and if you are unable to create the necessary checks and balances in the workplace, you lose their trust. 

     

  • Protect the interests of all your staff. We should know by now that discrimination of any kind creates distrust.  

    As a supervisor, if you are not competent in what you do, you lose the trust. If you do not know something, admit it and your staff will admire you for it. 

    If you profess to be a leader of an organisation, do engage in trust-building activities only when you desire a trusting, empowering, team-oriented work environment.  

    Engaging in these activities is only for the honourable and not for the dishonest. People will know the difference, or when they eventually find out, they will never trust you again. 

    “The glue that holds all relationships together – including the relationship between the leader and the led – is trust, and trust is based on integrity.” – Brian Tracy