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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Condemning the future of all Sabahans

KOTA KINABALU - “Will the 5th and final Sabah Budget for the present State Assembly to be tabled this Friday be another killer blow for the future of Sabahans with the fifth consecutive failure to include Sabah’s constitutional 40% net revenue entitlement?” asked Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku and Bingkor Assemblyman.

For the past 4 years, despite being reminded time and again, CM Musa cum Finance Minister and his Cabinet Ministers have contravened the express provisions of the Federal Constitution in failing to provide for the 40% entitlement.

Sabah Rights Mandate and Sabah Day Motions Before DUN

 KOTA KINABALU - “While the Sarawak Legislative Assembly has tabled and passed unanimously in 2015, the Motion to empower the Sarawak Government to seek the restoration of their Rights in Malaysia, Sabahans have been anxiously waiting for their Sabah lawmakers to adopt a similar resolution,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Bingkor Assemblyman and President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, in a statement released today.

Yong: Pandikar’s challenge is out of point

KOTA KINABALU - The Gabungan Sabah Alliance, consisting of four Sabah political parties, namely STAR, SAPP, Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah, has never brought up the issue of religion. There has been absolutely no thought of and no intention at all to amend  Article 5A of the Sabah constitution making Islam no longer the official religion should the Sabah opposition form the Sabah government.

Why should Mais, DBP write Malay Bibles for Christians? Sarawak DCM asks

KUCHING - Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing asserted today that Christian Malaysians find it totally unacceptable if Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) were to translate the Bible into Malay as suggested by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

“They would not understand the essence of Christianity, so why should they want to write the Bible for us?” he told reporters here when responding to a recent argument in court by Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla that DBP can produce the official Malay translation of the Christian holy book for Malaysian consumption.

Extremist links may be behind Pastor Koh’s disappearance, inquiry told

KUALA LUMPUR - Pastor Raymond Koh’s mysterious disappearance since February may be linked to extremist elements, a police officer investigating his case said today.

Assistant Superintendent Supari Mohammad who was testifying for the fourth day at a public inquiry into the disappearances of four social activists, reportedly said: “It is more towards extremist activities”.

He was responding to a question from the inquiry panel chaired by Datuk Mah Weng Kwai from the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) about the three police hypotheses for Koh’s disappearance: personal issues, extremist links or kidnap-for-ransom, theSun Daily reported on its website.

Don’t Use Religion to Divert Attention from the Real Issues – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “I have no issue with religion.  I am surprised that Pandikar is bringing up the issue of religion to divert attention from the real issues. What is his agenda?” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, who is also the Assemblyman for Bingkor in response to Pandikar’s challenge to amend Article 5A of the Sabah Constitution.

The challenge by Pandikar to the opposition is nothing more than a typical Malay/Umno-like race and religion diversion to avoid facing the real issue. Perhaps, his years of indoctrination in Umno and Malaya has honed his politics to mere and hollow race and religion politics and trying to incite division in harmonious Sabah and peace-loving Sabahans.

40 wannabe Datuks cheated

JOHOR BARU - At least 40 businessmen are believed to have been conned of millions of ringgit by an unregistered club which promised to get them Datukships from the royal household of a state.

Each victim is believed to have paid between RM180,000 and RM280,000 to get honorific titles such as "Datuk Sri" and "Datuk".

Prior to that, they also reportedly had to pay between RM20,000 and RM30,000 as membership fees to join a state honorific awards "club".

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pandikar is wrong and misleading Malaysians – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “At this time and age, it is very surprising for Pandikar Amin to be wrong and misleading Malaysians particularly Sabahans on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the 40% net revenue entitlement due to Sabah under the Federal Constitution. He may have his reasons, but he is obviously twisting facts with pure empty political rhetoric for political survival,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, who is also the Assemblyman for Bingkor, Keningau.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Keep your mouth shut, Nur Jazlan tells recalcitrant Zamihan

JOHOR BARU - Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin has been told to keep his "mouth shut" and resign from the civil service if he is unhappy with the Government.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the ministry was disappointed with Zamihan for uttering words that challenged religion and the royal institution time and time again.

He said that after expressing views that hurt various parties, Zamihan had taken things further by criticising Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a new viral video clip.

Strange hole in Kudat caused by lightning, says geologist

As locals talk about creature from earth's core coming out or aliens blasting hole in middle of the road, geologist says rare 'vertical lightning' more likely the cause

KOTA KINABALU - The mysterious appearance of a seemingly bottomless hole measuring one foot in diameter on a village road near Kudat on Friday morning has left folks in the area astounded and wondering if it was brought about by paranormal elements.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

IRB warns taxpayers of new email scam about tax refund

PETALING JAYA - The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has warned the public to not fall for an email scam that tries to get people to disclose their bank account details.

It said in a statement on Tuesday that a syndicate was using the name of its CEO, board members and the official logos of the IRB and banks to convince people that they have overpaid taxes and that the IRB requires their bank account details to facilitate the refund.

"Please note that the IRB has never sent emails requesting taxpayers to reveal their bank account number," it said.

Philippine army says Malaysian Amin Baco is dead

The Philippine armed forces believes that Malaysian militant Amin Baco has already been killed in clashes in Marawi City, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

Armed forces spokesman Major-General Restituto Padilla in a message to the media yesterday, said that the military “strongly believes” Baco died during efforts to retake Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute militant group.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shafie Apdal questioned again by MACC

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal was questioned again by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today in what was said to be a probe into another alleged corruption case.

Warisan vice-president Junz Wong told FMT the questioning had finished early afternoon and Shafie would probably fly to Kuala Lumpur later today to attend the Dewan Rakyat session.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Labuan’s return will heal Sabah’s wounds, says Yong

KOTA KINABALU - Putrajaya will only return Labuan to Sabah if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is forced to rely on Sabah and Sarawak for its political survival, said the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

Party supremo Yong Teck Lee said it was unlikely for Putrajaya to willingly return Labuan to Sabah.

However, he pointed out that it would be better to hand back Labuan because it would go a long way to healing the wounds caused by the cession of the island in 1984.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Inquiry panel on Pastor Koh’s abduction pays visit to crime scene

Supari (R) showing Mah (L) the exact spot where
Koh’s car was stopped by three SUVs
KUALA LUMPUR - Panel members of the inquiry into Pastor Raymond Koh's abduction - together with the lawyers and the senior investigating officer (IO) of the case - today visited the scene where Koh was kidnapped on Feb 13.

The decision was made by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia's (Suhakam) commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai, who chaired the inquiry, after the IO ASP Supari Mohammad refused to provide his sketch plan of the kidnapping scene during the inquiry's proceeding earlier this morning.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sympathy for Shafie? What about taking away money belonging to the public

Opposition leaders may be ignoring an important point when they condemn the arrest of Shafie Apdal as an alleged political move to smear the image of Parti Warisan Sabah ahead of the 14th general election.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claims it arrested the Warisan president to question him as it investigates the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for mainly rural projects in Sabah. It said the misappropriation occurred between 2009 and 2015, when Shafie was rural and regional development minister.

All is not lost yet with Labuan, says Sabah lawyer

KOTA KINABALU - A strong political will from both the federal government and the Sabah government could see Labuan being handed back to Sabah, said the Sabah Law Society.

However, its president, Brenndon Keith Soh, said any attempt to get Labuan back would involve an amendment to the Federal Constitution under Article 159.

“This means a two-thirds majority of the total number of members of the house supporting the amendment,” he told FMT.

Fugitive Zakir Naik finds refuge as politicised Islam grows in M’sia

KUALA LUMPUR - When Zakir Naik emerged from a prominent Malaysian mosque last month fans swarmed about him, seeking selfies with the Indian Muslim televangelist whose hardline views have sparked a criminal investigation back in his home country.

Accompanied by a bodyguard, Naik was making a rare public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, where the prime minister and his cabinet members often worship.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jack Ma stars in kung fu movie with Jet Li

ALIBABA founder Jack Ma will appear in a kung fu movie with Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung Kam-bo. The movie Gong Shou Dao (The Art of Attack and Defence) will be released on Nov 11.

Li is the producer of the movie. None of the actors are paid for their roles in the movie, Alibaba said in a Friday blog post.

The 53-year-old Ma said he will make his movie debut as a Tai Chi master. The film will also appear on China's Youku online video platform.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inquiry: Police focused more on alleged proselytisation than abduction

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's former police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has said there may have been "lapses" by police in their initial investigation into the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

The former Inspector-General of Police was agreeing to points raised on Monday (Oct 30) by lawyer Gurdial Singh who is representing Koh's family at a public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) into the disappearance of the pastor and three other people in separate incidents.

Dr Jeff: Harris Should Initiate Return of Labuan

KOTA KINABALU - “Harris Salleh should undo his handover of Labuan island to the Federal government and initiate its return to the people and government of Sabah.   It is the least he can do to atone for the mistake of handing over Labuan rather than empty rhetoric” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, State Assemblyman for Bingkor, in response to Harris’ call for the Federal government to return Labuan as he had regretted the handing over.

Dr. Jeffrey said that “at least Harris is honest enough to admit and express his regret in ceding Labuan and acknowledge of being misled by the Federal government.   There is no doubt that it was a mistake to his past action, as proven by events and the failure of the Federal government to properly develop Labuan as agreed.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lajim: Pakatan Harapan should stay out of polls in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin has advised Pakatan Harapan (PH) not to be greedy by wanting to contest Sabah’s state and parliamentary seats in the 14th general election when there are capable opposition parties in the state.

“Our goals are the same, to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. So why not let Sabah mind our own business?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Budget 2018 Must Include Sabah’s 40% Net Revenue Entitlement – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - Budget 2018 expected to be tabled on Oct 27 must take into account the 40% net revenue collected in Sabah and other provisions which amount to between RM10 and RM20 billion, said Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star).

Its president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the Federal government cannot excuse themselves of this responsibility and say these cannot be paid due to the country’s current financial situation.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shafie Apdal called up by MACC for questioning in graft probe

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal has been summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to give his statement in relation to the agency’s investigation into the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion in rural development funds in Sabah.

It was reported that Shafie is flying to Kota Kinabalu today in response to the MACC’s request. He is expected to give his statement today or tomorrow.

Inquiry: Student saw incident where Pastor Koh was taken

KUALA LUMPUR: A chambering student told the inquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Koh that he had "stumbled" upon the abduction while he and a friend were driving to a crematorium on Feb 13.

Roeshan Celestine Gomes, 25, said he first saw three black big cars surrounding a silver car in SS4 Petaling Jaya that day. Several men who were in the cars wore masks and were covered from head to toe.

Gomes said he then saw a struggle between one of the men and the driver of the silver car, adding that the windscreen of the silver car was smashed.

Malaysian militant believed among fighters killed in Marawi

MARAWI, PHILIPPINES - A top Malaysian militant is believed to be among 13 Islamic State group-linked militants killed in fighting overnight in Marawi city in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said Thursday, though his body hasn't been recovered yet.

Sporadic fighting continued even after President Rodrigo Duterte visited the battle-scarred Islamic city on Tuesday and announced its liberation, sparking hopes that hundreds of thousands of residents could finally return home after being displaced for nearly five months by a bloody siege.

Parts of the city are in ruins. Associated Press journalists who inspected the destruction of the city from Lake Marawi on the waterfront Thursday saw the skeletons of buildings with their walls charred and blasted out. The dome of a mosque bore a hole and a bullet-pocked minaret rose above the area.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jakim’s Zamihan and the ugly head of extremism

When Zamihan Mat Zin, an officer at the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), spewed his racial filth on Malaysians of Chinese origin and criticised the sultan as seen on YouTube, people were shocked by his crudeness and the absurdity of his speech.

What was more disturbing was that he was employed by Jakim, the controversial department under the Prime Minister’s Department with a yearly budget of RM1 billion. There are not much details about how this RM1 billion is spent annually.

Johor Ruler wants ties with Jakim cut

BATU PAHAT - Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) ordered the state Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to stop dealing with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

Dr Hilmi: 'Pass-out game' can cause brain death

GEORGE TOWN - The "pass-out game", which involves applying enormous pressure to the chest until a person is rendered unconscious, is dangerous and can cause brain death, said Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

The Deputy Health Minister advised students against playing the game as it could be fatal.

"Never, never press the chest, even if the friend wants to have fun. When the chest is pressed, a person is unable to breathe as oxygen is cut off.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Warisan Youth chief to give statement to MACC Monday morning

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Youth chief Azis Jamman has been given notice to come to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s office here tomorrow morning to record a statement in relation to the agency’s probe into alleged misappropriation of rural funds.

“Azis came to the MACC’s office at 10.30pm Sunday to give his details.

“He was given the notice to come again at 10.30am tomorrow,” Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking told FMT.

Yong: Why now? The answer is in the question

KOTA KINABALU - The answer to the question posed by ex-Federal Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Aqdal why is it that only now that the authorities are probing corruption in his former ministry is in the question, said SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

"Datuk Seri Shafie, who was a senior federal leader, should know better. Now that Shafie has joined the struggle for Sabah rights, he should expect that more challenges will be thrown his way, like what SAPP has been facing for the last ten years.

Lajim: Sabahans deserve to know where rural funds went

Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin says billions in development funds allegedly siphoned off 'can’t be simply swept under the carpet'.

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin says the people deserve to know what actually happened to the billions allocated for projects in Sabah under former federal, rural and regional development minister Shafie Apdal.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Malaya parties' ignorance of issues facing Sabah and Sarawak will cost them the next polls, says economist

PETALING JAYA - Jomo said the opposition parties were not sensitive to the hopes and aspirations of East Malaysians, and this was partly why they still could not work together with political parties in Sabah and Sarawak.

“The opposition is likely going to lose, not because it is weak but because the opposition in the peninsula does not want to unite with the opposition in Sabah and Sarawak,” Jomo said at the launch of a book on Malaysian history by veteran politician Syed Husin Ali today.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Military says more hostages left in Marawi than earlier count

MANILA - More hostages than earlier thought remain in the hands of terrorists in Marawi City, the military said Saturday citing information from rescued captives.

Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, said this in a press briefing Saturday morning, citing information from 17 hostages rescued from the Islamic State-linked Maute group earlier this week.

"There are estimated to be between 40 to 60 hostages. The Maute is [estimated to number around] 38 to 48. Ito po ang revelation sa atin ng mga hostages natin (This is what the hostages revealed)," said Brawner.

The military had earlier estimated that 20 hostages remain in the hands of terrorists.
"We believe we were not able to see everybody. Marami pa ring nakatago sa mga basement (There were many others hiding in basements)," he said.

Time for Soul Searching to Ditch PBS/BN for STAR

KOTA KINABALU - “The brave ones have taken the ultimate step to leave PBS and BN. For the rest of the PBS divisional leaders, the time has come for them to do some deep soul-searching and decide whether the time has come for them to ditch PBS and BN. The same goes for Upko, PBRS and other BN components in Sabah,” said Edward Linggu, Deputy President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku in a press statement released today.

Edward, a former Assemblyman under PBS, said “sadly PBS is made irrelevant and a spent force, crushed by Umno’s over-powering dominance and Malayan hegemony.    It is no longer the fearless lion and dominant entity in Sabah politics.   Its influence will further be reduced with the departure of our beloved Huguan Siou, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, from active politics.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Siphoning of funds for poor: Parti Warisan Sabah veep, 2 others first to be arrested in MACC probe

KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers have detained three people, including Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Datuk Peter Anthony, in connection with the investigation into mishandling of federal funds meant for the underprivileged in Sabah.

Also detained were a former deputy secretary of a division in the Rural and Regional Development Ministry and the owner of a construction company, sources said.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

MACC raids 15 locations involving Rural and Regional Development Ministry in theft case

More than RM150mil in cash has been seized in a day as anti-graft officers started a probe into the alleged embezzlement of funds from a ministry.

The investigators swooped in on 15 locations in Sabah during an operation which began at 10.30am yesterday.

At press time, the investigators were still compiling information to be sent to the top leadership of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

'Umno Clown' Jamal wrecks crates of beer in protest outside Selangor govt office

SHAH ALAM - Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos came up with his latest antic in protesting the beer festival outside the Selangor state government office in Seksyen 14 here.

The Sungai Besar Umno division chief arrived with several crates of beer in front of the gate, which was closed after he arrived at about 10am Thursday.

''Today I want to send all these beers to (Selangor Menteri Besar) Azmin Ali's office.

''He and his gang can drink all they want inside but not anywhere outside,'' he said.

Suhakam to hold public inquiry into disappearances of individuals

KUALA LUMPUR - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will hold a public inquiry on the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat; Pastor Joshua and his wife, Ruth Hilmi.

Declare Tambunan District as Native Reserve and Resolve Outstanding LAs first – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU  - “A big furore has been created with many netizens up in arms with the posting of a letter from the Sabah Lands and Surveys Department (“LSD”) directing issuance of a Section 13 Notice in respect of a land application by a company based in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, for 500 acres of land in Kg. Ulu Namadan, Tambunan, that had gone viral,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku cum and Bingkor Assemblyman, in response to the said posting.

Accountant loses RM100,000 to scammers

KOTA KINABALU - An accountant lost over RM100,000 when she was cheated by online scammers while trying to make a RM1mil backdoor loan.

The 38-year-old woman had initially wanted to borrow RM50,000 from the online loan service provider.

However, after she was shown a cheque allegedly for her approved loan through social media, she asked if she could borrow up to RM1mil.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Catalonia to declare independence 'by early next week', president says

Spain's biggest political crisis in decades appears to be worsening.

The head of the Catalonian government Carles Puigdemont says the region will declare independence by early next week.

Last night, Spain's King Felipe addressed the nation on TV, and called Catalonia's independence referendum "illegal" and "undemocratic".

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Failed MH370 search lasted over 1000 days

MORE than 1000 days were spent looking for missing flight MH370 with no success, but authorities say they now have a better understanding of where it might be.

Beware of religious intolerance, Sabahans cautioned

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah does not have any problem with religious intolerance although the people must be cautious, lest they be influenced by such sentiments which can destroy the society here, warned Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah.

Its president, Lajim Ukin, said Sabahans should continue to be a model of unity in the country.

“Religious intolerance so far is restricted to the peninsula. Here, there are many Chinese coffee shops renting space for halal food sellers. It is normal to see a nasi lemak stall next to a Chinese stall.

42 guns, loaded high-capacity magazines found in Vegas shooter's hotel room and Nevada home

A total of 42 guns were found in the suspected Las Vegas shooter's hotel room and house, police said Monday night.

Las Vegas Police Department Assistant Sheriff Todd R. Fasulo said that 23 guns were found in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino room where suspected shooter Stephen Paddock fired into a crowd, and 19 were discovered out of his Mesquite, Nevada home.

Multiple loaded high-capacity magazines were found in the hotel room, law enforcement sources said earlier on Monday.

Among the guns and ammunition police found the in the room being used by Paddock were some high-powered rifles considered capable of penetrating police armor. There were also some handguns in the room.

The additional ammunition indicates that the shooting, which left 59 people dead and injured over 500, could have been worse, had police not intervened when they did. Police believe that Paddock took his own life.

A modified bump stock rifle was also found, which allows a gun to simulate rapid automatic gunfire. Law enforcement officials are still in the process of examining firearms to determine if they were capable of firing automatically.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Spain can blame only itself for Catalonia's resistance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stuck stubbornly to his script on Sunday night while the rest of the world watched an entirely different movie unfold in Catalonia. "There was no referendum. What we have seen was a mere dramatization," Rajoy insisted. He sounded a little like a Kremlin spokesperson brushing aside a separatist uprising in, say, Chechnya. Nothing to see here, folks.

Only there was plenty to see and cameras everywhere to document riot police firing rubber bullets into crowds of peaceful protesters, dragging voters by the hair and using truncheons. The injury estimates were continually revised higher; more than 800 were reportedly injured in clashes with Spanish police. Spanish authorities downplayed those reports.

Cops: Two more navy men hospitalised after alleged abuse

IPOH - Another two navy personnel have been allegedly abused at the Sungai Wangi detention room in Sitiawan, and are now receiving treatment at the Manjung Hospital.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said the two sailors, both in their 30s, sustained similar injuries suffered by the late Laskar Kelas 1 (Able Rate) Muhammad Lailatulman Mohd Sukri, and Laskar Kelas 1 Nik Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat.

He said two more suspects aged 29 and 37, who are naval policemen there, were arrested on Sunday and remanded at the Seri Manjung court.

North Korea ship seized with huge weapons cargo en route to Egypt

A NORTH Korea ship was seized after it was caught carrying a huge supply of weapons to Egypt as tensions continue to mount with the US.

More than 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades discovered on board the freighter named the Jie Shun which the hermit kingdom had decorated with deceptive Cambodian colours.

Despot leader Kim Jong-un’s cargo was stopped in its tracks when the US warned Cairo about the incoming ship.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Duterte hopes Marawi battle over 'by the end of the month'

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he hopes that the deadly Marawi siege, which has dragged on since May, will be over by the end of the month despite the military’s failed attempts to meet previous deadlines to retake the city.

“Today, we are still fighting but I hope that by the end of the month, we’d be able to resolve the issue,” Duterte said in a speech in Eastern Samar.

“As I have said, we are all Filipinos and if, by the grace of God, we’re able to finish everything, the business of stopping the rebellion, not necessarily killing, we will be happy,” he added.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tahfiz fire: Two teens charged with 23 counts of murder each

Two of the seven teenage suspects arrested in connection with a deadly fire at a tahfiz school were charged with 23 counts of murder each at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court today.

The murder charges were under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

According to the charge sheet, the two were also charged under Section 34 of the Penal Code, which states that “each of several persons liable for an act done by all, in like manner as if done by him alone.”