Highlights in Malaysian History — For the Week Nov 15-21 THE YEAR: 1998. US Vice President Al Gore triggers a major diplomatic row in Kuala Lumpur. At the 6th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, he throws Washington’s support behind pro-reform groups in Malaysia which have sprung up since the sacking of deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim in September…
TODAY is Sunday, November 15, the 319th day of 2009. There are 46 days left in the year.
1958 Nov 16: The country’s first unit trust opens for subscription. Managed by Malayan Unit Trusts Limited, the units priced at $1 each, with full buy back guarantee. Dividends are to be paid half-yearly, in August and February.
1976 Nov 16: Petronas has reached full agreement on the key economic and fiscal terms on the production sharing agreements for oil and gas with four oil companies — Sarawak Shell Berhad, Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited, Pecten Malaysia Company and Exxon Production Malaysia Incorporated.
Nov 17: Noridah Haji Ibrahim, 28, is Malaysia’s first woman to hold a Ph.D in Engineering. She gained her doctorate in Control Eng ineering from the University of London.
1977 Nov 19: Malaysia’s first nuclear reactor is to be ready by 1979. Costing RM4.9 million, the N-reactor will be installed at Puspati (Pusat Penyelidik Atom Tun Dr Ismail) in Sungai Buloh, says Tan Sri Ong Kee Hui, the Minister of Science, Technology and Environment.
Nov 20: The RM12.8 million abattoir (Kompleks Rumah Sembelih) in Shah Alam, one of the best in this region, has won praise from foreign visitors. Built on 4-acres of a 20-acre site earmarked for project and its expansion, it has the potential to cater for Selangor and Federal Territoryresidents’ needs for the next 50 years.
1978 Nov 15: Just-appointed envoy to Pakistan, Ismail Budin, 37, who was Under-Secretary (Economics) in the Foreign Ministry, is the country’s youngest ambassador.
Nov 15: Bad drivers? The new driving test system, implemented two months ago, has “resulted in a high rate of failure” – about 6,500 persons (97%). Slightly more than 200 who take their tests passed.
1984 Nov 17: University Malaya’s first blind Law undergrad Mah Hassan Omar, 23, makes a mark in moot proceedings (mock court for training purposes). From Besut, Terengganu, he is, he says, from a poor family “rich in encouragement and support.”
1993 Nov 17: Malaysia’s most senior High Court judge, Datuk Lal Chand Vohrah, 59, is appointed to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, the first since World War II. it will prosecute those accused of atrocities in the Yugoslav conflict.
1998 Nov 16: US Vice-President Al Gore speaks in support of the reformasi movement at the APEC Business Summit dinner attended by about 1,000 business leaders. Gore, deputising for President Bill Clinton at the 6th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting, says: “And so, among nations suffering from economic crises, we continue to hear calls for democracy, calls for reform in many languages – People’s Power, Doi Moi, Reformasi… We hear them today – right here, right now – among the brave people of Malaysia.”
There are indignant protests from members of the public, and businessmen take out full page newspaper advertisements rebuking Gore for his “lack of manners and interference in the internal affairs of Malaysia”. And In his first public comment on the incident, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed tells reporters at the end of the summit that he did “not know of any differences” with Mr Gore.
2007 Nov 15: Experts from local universities will be enlisted in researching transgender issues, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil says.
Nov16: Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Muhamad is sentenced to 5 years’ jail for abetting in CBT involving the diversion of RM11 million from the hardcore poor development project fund. (The former Rural Development Ministry secretary-general’s conviction was overturned upon appeal on the grounds of insufficient evidence on 6 Nov last year)
2007 Nov 18: Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo shrugs off controversy over his `broom award’ saying “it was given to the non-performing local councils and not to individuals.” Members of the public — and recepients — were appalled. (In December, Khir Toyo justified his move by providing statistics on improved performances of awardees.)