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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Is PCS trapped or greed motivated

Gabungan Sabah is surprised by this latest turn of events because PCS has, at the last two meetings of the Gabungan Sabah Full Council, reiterated their position to remain in Gabungan Sabah, said Datuk Haji Mohd Noor Mansoor.

The Chairman of Gabungan Sabah said this in a statement issued in response to the press conference held by PCS President today to inform of PCS decision to leave Gabungan Sabah.

The only issue that arose in between those meetings and the PCS decision today is the issue of Ketua Pembangkang in the Dewan Undangan Negeri, added Datuk Mohd Noor, the Chairman of Gabungan Sabah.

RIDICULOUS! 'Seductive' dress gets girl barred from chess tournament

PETALING JAYA - A 12-year-old girl was forced to withdraw from a chess championship for wearing a dress that was allegedly deemed "seductive" by the organisers of the National Scholastic Chess Championship 2017 on April 14 in Putrajaya.

Malaysian chess player and coach Kaushal Khandhar said that the girl, who is his student and a school chess champion of her district in Kuala Lumpur, felt "harassed and humiliated" by the actions of the tournament director and chief arbiter.

"In the middle of Round 2, without stopping the clocks, the chief arbiter informed my student that the dress she wore was improper," said Kaushal in a Facebook post on Thursday night.

He said that the chief arbiter told the girl and her mother that the tournament director deemed that his student's dress was "seductive" and a "temptation from a certain angle far, far away."

Hadi explains why Nanyang’s monkey caricature forgivable but not Sarawak Report

While PAS can forgive Nanyang Siang Pau, the same sentiment cannot be extended to UK-based website Sarawak Report, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today.

The Islamist party president noted that the Chinese daily had been quick to apologise for publishing a caricature depicting him and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia as monkeys after the fast-track tabling of his private member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 earlier this month.

After JJPTR, ‘investors’ in more forex trading schemes may lose billions

KUALA LUMPUR - "Investors" who had pumped in money for what seemed like a guaranteed way to make quick and easy money may lose over billions in ringgits, as more foreign exchange trading schemes head into trouble.

Just like the year-old Penang-based JJPTR which recently unnerved its so-called "investors" who were promised 20 per cent returns by claiming a RM500 million loss to hacking, these three other schemes have also failed to pay its contributing members the promised monetary returns.

Philippines says it has killed most notorious commander of Abu Sayyaf

The Philippine military chief says marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in the country's south.

Military chief Gen. Eduardo Ano tells The Associated Press that Alhabsy Misaya was slain in a clash with marines late Friday in the jungles between the towns of Indanan and Parang in Sulu province. Misaya has been blamed for abductions of dozens of Malaysians and Indonesian hostages, including one who was beheaded.

Ex-Sabah DAP chief wins legal suit against Ex-Deputy

KOTA KINABALU - Former Sabah DAP Chief Jimmy Wong won the legal suit against his former Sabah DAP colleague over press statements which allegedly ruined his image and reputation.
High Court Judge Ravinthran N. Paramaguru awarded Wong RM100,000 in damages and also ordered the defendant, Fred Fung Kong Win, to pay RM30,000 in costs to Wong.

Ravinthran, in delivering his decision on Thursday, held that the defendant failed to prove the defence of justification on balance of probability and therefore gave the judgement in favour of the plaintiff.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Another student claims abuse in religious school

KLANG - Another case of a beating in a religious school has surfaced with an 11-year-old boy claiming an ustaz (religious teacher) in a private religious boarding school had abused him and threatened him with more punishment if he complained to his parents.

“He also said my brain would not be able to memorise the Quran if I complained about an ustaz,” said Muhammad Resan Abdullah.

The ustaz has since been charged in court but after reading about the fate that had be­fallen Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, his parents engaged a lawyer yesterday to re-examine the case.

MyKad being sold to foreigners for RM4,500

A syndicate, headed by a man who claims to have served the National Registration Department for 10 years, is reported to be selling MyKads to illegal immigrants

The issue of Malaysian identity cards being sold to foreigners has cropped up again.

In Malacca, a syndicate is said to be selling fake MyKads to many foreigners for prices ranging from RM4,500 to RM10,000.

According to a report in The Star, which carried out an undercover operation, the mastermind offering MyKads to illegal immigrants and foreigners who overstay claimed to have worked at the National Registration Department (NRD) for 10 years.

Quit all Selangor govt posts if ties with PKR cut, PAS told

PETALING JAYA - PAS should relinquish all posts in the Selangor government if it is severing ties with PKR, says Datuk Saifuddin Nasution (pix). 

The PKR secretary-general said PAS appeared to be on the offensive against the party during its ongoing muktamar, including attacking Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. 

"It is better if they don't wait any further. The respectful thing PAS members can do is to relinquish all posts in the state government once the decision to sever ties is finalised," he said in a statement on Friday. 

Jimmy claims DAP Sabah chief broke ‘Shanghai’ promise

KOTA KINABALU - Former Sabah DAP chairman Jimmy Wong yesterday claimed that current chairman Stephen Wong had on three occasions promised not to challenge him for the post in the party’s election.

The Kota Kinabalu MP made the claim when asked to confirm Sabah DAP deputy chief Dr Edwin Bosi’s allegation over an agreement they had made in Shanghai, China just before the party’s ordinary convention in 2015.

2 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender

TWO Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered to the government forces brought about by pressure of the continuous military operations in Sulu, an official said. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Jr. (pic), Joint Task Force Sulu commander, identified the Abu Sayyaf surrenderees as Husain Nasirin, 22, and Hasir Asara, who surrendered around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, April 27.

He said the two are followers of the late Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Hairulla Asbang, who died while undergoing medication at a hospital in Davao City.

Lawmen arrested Asbang in December 2016 at a private hospital in Zamboanga City where he was admitted for a gunshot wound he sustained in a clash with government troops in Sulu. Sobejana said they turned over an M-16 Armalite and Garand rifles.

Johnson’s dad resigns from university college

GEORGE TOWN - Lee Thean Chye (pic), the father of JJPTR founder Johnson Lee, has resigned from the university college he has been serving for the past year.

The former assistant professor of Southern University College (SUC) in Johor was on a week’s leave beginning Tuesday.

He tendered his resignation letter a day later.

The SUC board members announced yesterday that Thean Chye’s resignation was accepted and would take effect immediately.

United Airlines reaches settlement with passenger dragged from plane

CHICAGO (Reuters) - United Airlines and the passenger who was dragged from a Chicago flight earlier this month have reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum, they said on Thursday, in the carrier's latest step to contain damage from an incident that sparked international outrage.

Viral videos of Dr. David Dao being dragged down the aisle of a United jet and Chief Executive Oscar Munoz's handling of the incident touched off a public outcry, prompted calls from congressmen for new industry regulation, and led United's board of directors to reverse an agreement to make Munoz company chairman in 2018.

Trump: ‘Major, major’ conflict with N. Korea possible

President Donald Trump said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he is hoping for a peaceful solution to the problem, Reuters reported.

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview on Thursday.

Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve the crisis, but is not taking the military option off the table.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

We’re giving too much space in our media and lives to Naik

With the whole nation and the media talking about him, the controversial preacher has been elevated to superstar status and is probably gloating on his triumph

Surely Malaysia and its people are on a much stronger footing than to be threatened by one man who claims to be an interfaith scholar but has a skewed view of everything around him.

WhatsApp group admins worried about legal action

Administrators of WhatsApp group chats are worried about being prosecuted for their group members spreading offensive or fake content.

This follows a news report in a Malay daily that said they may face legal action for failing to stop the spread of false information.

As an administrator of several group chats on WhatsApp, 25-year-old Joe said that he would think twice before becoming an administrator of any more group chats.

Donald Trump risking war with North Korea for 100 Days legacy

ANALYSIS: Donald Trump has been in office fewer than 100 days, but already the United States is closer to war with North Korea than at any point in a half-century.

As his 100-day plan founders in the face of an antagonistic Congress and an unyielding judiciary, Trump is turning to North Korea to look presidential.

Trump stepped into the Oval Office talking tough on North Korea and pressuring China to take action against the insular dictatorship.

WhatsApp group admin may face legal action over spread of false info

Administrators of WhatsApp groups may face legal action if they fail to stop the spread of false information among members that may cause a threat to national security.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said provisions under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 can be considered as holding the admin accountable.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fuel prices to drop midnight

Effective midnight, the retail price for RON 95, RON 97 and diesel will drop, according to Chinese media reports.

Both Sin Chew Daily and Oriental Daily News reported that RON95 and RON97 will drop by six sen, bringing the respective pump prices to RM2.21 and RM2.48.

Whereas for diesel, there will be a drop of seven sen, bringing the new retail price to RM2.14.

IS leaders ‘infuriated over Wanndy's failure to carry out attacks in Malaysia’

EXCLUSIVE: MALACCA - Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi is desperate to retain his title as the top Malaysian Islamic State (IS) operative, with the terror network having lost faith in him.

“He has failed to carry out attacks in Malaysia as planned. This has infuriated its (IS) Syrian and Iraqi leaders,” an intelligence source told The Star.

Among the botched IS attacks in the country was the Movida nightclub bombing in Puchong last May.

Police have spoken to Peter Chong over missing pastor case

SERDANG - Police have recorded a statement from former Petaling Jaya councillor Peter Chong, who says he has information on the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

The statement was recorded on April 19, Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said after a visit to Hospital Serdang in conjunction with the 210th Police Day on Wednesday.

Pastor Koh was abducted from his car by a group of men on Feb 13, and CCTV footage showed at least 15 men and three black SUVs involved in the abduction.

Lessons from Ahok’s defeat

Former Jakarta governor lost not because of his poor ability or performance, but the religious and identity disapproval

The defeat of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama aka Ahok has not only disappointed his supporters in Indonesia, but also the Chinese here in Malaysia.

Many said before the election that Ahok’s triumph in the gubernatorial race would signal the rise of minority politics and that a competent leader like him would surely win the support of majority of voters in a democracy.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Panic-buying nuclear bomb shelters in Japan as threat of war looms

Companies are also selling out of air purifiers to protect against poison gas after warnings Kim could launch deadly sarin

SALES of nuclear bomb shelters and air purifiers to protect against poisonous gases have suddenly surged in Japan as the threat of war with North Korea looms.

Tensions have been rising in the region after repeated missile tests by Kim Jong-un’s despotic regime.

The rogue state recently showed off its new breed of missiles in a massive military parade in Pyongyang.

Sarawak government wants end to cabotage policy

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg and state cabinet view repeal of policy as a way to lessen the price of goods in Sarawak

KUCHING - The Sarawak government has proposed to the federal government to abolish the cabotage policy which requires all goods to enter the state through Port Klang.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said he and the state cabinet viewed the repeal of the policy as among the ways to lessen the price of goods in Sarawak.

JJPTR promises to return money to investors in May

The reported collapse of the JJPTR scheme may cause “investors” ― including from Malaysia ― previously promised steady monthly 20 per cent dividends to collectively lose RM500 million.

JJPTR's founder Johnson Lee, whose Penang-based forex trading company claimed its accounts were hacked resulting in RM500 million losses, last Sunday reportedly urged “investors” to not lodge police reports as there was still money left in its accounts.

Chinese leader urges U.S. restraint over North Korea in a call to Trump

As  the world braces for a possible North Korean nuclear test, Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday urged restraint in a call to President Donald Trump. American's U.N. envoy warned of a strike if Pyongyang attacks a U.S. military base or tests an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Xi's phone call with Trump came amid signs Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test explosion since 2006, or the latest in a rapid series of missile tests, further advancing its ambitions of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.

Ex-sprinter Watson Nyambek lodges report, mulls legal action

He says the programme has belittled not only he and his father, but the people of Sarawak.

Former national sprinter Watson Nyambek has lodged a police report against a TV production company and is considering legal action over a programme which apparently belittled his late father.

This is despite Primeworks Studios chief executive officer Ahmad Izham Omar issuing an apology on behalf of TV3 and TV9 yesterday.

India says looking into Zakir Naik’s Perkasa appearance

KUALA LUMPUR - An Indian law enforcement agency said it will examine Dr Zakir Naik’s recent visit to Malaysia, after Putrajaya confirmed that the fugitive preacher was granted permanent residency (PR) here five years ago.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which recently served a non-bailable warrant against Dr Zakir, also said it is aware of his visit to an April 16 event by Malay rights group Perkasa here, where he was given honorary membership and an award.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Selangor PAS ready to contest 45 state, 15 parliamentary seats

PAS is ready to contest in 45 out of 56 state seats and 15 out of 22 parliamentary seats in Selangor, barring any other agreements reached on seat distributions for the next 14th general elections.

Selangor PAS commissioner Iskandar Abdul Samad said the decision will be made based on current developments, so long as the party is no longer tied to any arrangements it previously had with the former Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

KK MMEA launches its Voluntary Reserve Team

KOTA KINABALU - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here on Saturday launched its district-level Voluntary Reserve Team.

Officiated by its Kota Kinabalu Director, maritime commodore Adam Aziz, the event held at the agency's premises involved 174 volunteers comprising 18 officers and 156 personnel.

"It is set up on the approval of the Cabinet to assist the agency in its tasks. It will serve as a force multiplier in safeguarding the country's waters," he said.

Smoking banned in public parks

KOTA KINABALU: Smoking is now banned in public parks in Sabah, said Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.

She said public parks in Sabah have agreed to be gazetted as no-smoking zones starting February 1 this year.

Dr Christina said the Health Ministry, through the State Health Department, would be educating the public of the new enforcement from February 15 to May 31.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Philippine troops kill three more Abu on tourist island

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine soldiers have killed three more Islamic State-linked militants on a resort island where they were hiding after a failed attempt to kidnap tourists, a military spokesman said on Sunday.

The Islamist militants from the Abu Sayyaf group were killed in a clash on Saturday on Bohol island, a considerable distance to the north of their strongholds in the far south of the predominantly Christian country.

Two or three of them were still at large, said Colonel Edgard Arevalo, chief of the military's public affairs office.

Two UMS students killed after car crashes into tree

KOTA KINABALU - Two Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students were killed in an accident after the car they were in smashed into tree along the city’s Likas coastal road during the wee hours of Sunday.

Indonesia’s wrong turn

Voting based on race and religion is the beginning of the end of Indonesia’s nascent democracy and its commitment to pluralism and religious tolerance

After a hotly contested and highly divisive campaign, former minister Anies Baswedan has apparently won the contest for the governorship of Jakarta. He beat the incumbent, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known widely as Ahok, a Christian of Chinese descent. Ahok, according to Indonesian press reports was an effective and clean administrator and was a shoe-in to be re-elected until he ran afoul of religious groups which accused him of blasphemy.

North Korea says ready to strike US aircraft carrier

The Rodong Sinmun paper likened the aircraft carrier to a "gross animal" and said a strike on it would be "an actual example to show our military's force".

SEOUL - North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a US aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, as two Japanese navy ships joined a US carrier group for exercises in the western Pacific.

US President Donald Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and its threats to attack the United States and its Asian allies.

Assistant warden in remand for allegedly beating student

KOTA TINGGI - An assistant hostel warden of a private religious school is in remand for four days for investigation in a beating case involving an 11-year-old tahfiz student.

Magistrate Mazana Sinin issued the remand order, which expired this Wednesday, on the 29-year-old man, following an application from the police.

The suspect was detained at his house in Felda Lok Heng Barat here, yesterday, after the student’s mother lodged a police report.

Respect and recognise the rights of Sabah and Sarawak - Law expert

KUALA LUMPUR -  A law expert has urged Putrajaya to recognise the rights of Sabah and Sarawak amidst rising tension over a conflict between civil and shariah laws.

Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi said the rights of both states were entrenched in the 20-point (Sabah) and 18-point (Sarawak) agreements as conditions to set up an enlarged federation in 1963.

Among the notable rights to be accorded is freedom of religion.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pyongyang drivers scramble as gas stations limit services in North Korea

Drivers in Pyongyang are scrambling to fill up their tanks as gas stations begin limiting services or even closing amid concerns of a spreading shortage.

A sign outside one station in the North Korean capital said Friday that sales were being restricted to diplomats or vehicles used by international organizations, while others were closed or turning away local residents. Lines at other stations were much longer than usual and prices appeared to be rising significantly.

Seoul on high alert as N Korea readies for army anniversary

South Korea was on heightened alert yesterday ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

North Korea will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its Korean People's Army on Tuesday, as it concludes winter military drills at the same time as US and South Korean exercises running until the end of April, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesperson Lee Duk-haeng said.

Cops nab 6 men for offering Astro content illegally

Police say suspects believed to be part of syndicate that allegedly offers Astro channels illegally via Android set-top boxes at much-lower monthly fees.

Police have detained six men believed to be members of a syndicate that allegedly offers illegal Astro channels with a lower monthly subscription via online streaming and card sharing.

Bukit Aman (Federal Police) Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said the suspects, aged between 39 and 53, were picked up in raids in the federal capital and Johor Bahru since yesterday.

I don't know how I survived: Man who walked away from crushed car in trailer accident

SINGAPORE - The man whose car was crushed by a trailer in the Tuas tunnel on Wednesday (April 19) afternoon has posted a new video of the extremely close shave.

Mr Eddie Wong, who escaped with just bruised fingers, posted a video from his car's dashboard camera on Friday (April 21) night.

The new clip he shared on his Facebook page has been viewed more than 3,000 times in just an hour. It shows the trailer veering suddenly towards his vehicle before the footage ends in a blur.

Hindu priest shot at point blank by gunman miraculously unhurt

GEORGE TOWN - A man believed to be an Ah Long’s agent fired three shots at a Hindu priest at point blank range at his home in Air Itam here Friday night yet missed.

In the 9pm incident outside 14-N, Jalan Satu off Jalan Air Itam, a lone gunman on a motorcycle fired at the priest, in his late 50s, while he was watering his plants.

The priest quickly fell to the ground but the gunman then fired another three shots at him, but all the shots missed.

‘Raja Bomoh’ nabbed in Johor, says report

Controversial shaman Datuk Ibrahim Mat Zin has been arrested by authorities in the early morning yesterday, Malay daily Harian Metro reported today.

Ibrahim, the self-styled “Raja Bomoh” or “Shaman King”, was nabbed at a hotel in Segamat, Johor at 2.30am yesterday, according to an anonymous source.

Malay Mail Online is currently seeking verification from Islamic authorities who are seeking his arrest.

Friday, April 21, 2017

New drift modelling research raises new search hope for MH370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has said new “drift modelling” research by the CSIRO has confirmed its view that the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lies in a proposed new search area of the Indian Ocean.

The announcement raises hopes that Malaysia, which under international law has responsibility for the investigation into the loss, might be persuaded to the resume the hunt for the Boeing 777 which was suspended in January.

More than 600 attend vigil for Pastor Raymond Koh

MIRI - More than 600 people attended a vigil at the Mei Ann Methodist Church on Thursday night here for Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, who has been missing for 68 days since he was abducted by unknown men.

Suanna Liew, Koh’s wife, who spoke at the vigil which started at 7pm, said her family was going through a harrowing time without news or clues from the police on his whereabouts, well-being or his abductors.

Abu Sayyaf days are numbered, says police chief

CEBU CITY: “Their days are numbered.”

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday issued this warning after President Duterte offered a P1 million dead-or-alive bounty for every Abu Sayyaf member still in the mountains of Inabanga town, Bohol province.

He told reporters here past midnight that the cash reward dangled by Duterte would be a big help in catching the remaining members of the bandit group.

ISIS claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed

PARIS - A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris last night in an attack carried out days before presidential elections and quickly claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the “cowardly killing” on the Champs Elysees boulevard, in which the assailant was himself shot dead by police, was an act of terrorism.

Instant permanent residence for Zakir while long queues for others

YOURSAY | ‘Some honest hard-working people couldn’t even get PR status despite being in our country for years.’

usahKes: Look to whom Malaysia opens its doors to - North Korean businesses, ICs (identity cards) for Bangladeshi nationals, and now this – PR (permanent resident) status for an Indian national who is facing charges of money laundering and terrorism activities back in his home country.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Duterte offers 1 million Pesos bounty for every Abu captured, ‘dead or alive’

PHILIPPINE president Rodrigo Duterte has offered a bounty of P1 million for each of the eight remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who engaged government troops in a gunfight in Barangay Napo, Inabanga, Bohol last week.

Johor Umno exco quits after graft charge

KUALA LUMPUR - Datuk Abd Latif Bandi resigned today as Johor state executive councillor after he was charged with 33 counts of corruption involving RM30 million over a housing and land scandal.

Abd Latif, whose housing and local government portfolio was taken over by Mahkota assemblyman Datuk Md Jais Sarday since last month in an acting capacity, thanked his family, friends, colleagues, Mersing residents, NGOs and others who have supported him throughout the legal process.