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Friday, January 19, 2018

Gabungan Sabah leaders questioned over walkabout

KOTA KINABALU - Three opposition leaders had their statements recorded yesterday by police over a walkabout programme held in Sepanggar last year.

They were Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Party Harapan Rakyat Sabah (HR) deputy president Ashim Jamat and STAR information chief Jeffrey Kumin.

The event was organised by Gabungan Sabah, a coalition of state-based parties, at Sulaman, Salut, Indah Permai and Kingfisher on December 9, 2017.

Malaysian arrested for scamming $5.4 million from victim

A woman lost $5.4 million in November last year after she was cheated into believing that she had to surrender all her money to Chinese authorities.

Police investigations revealed that she had delivered the money to different strangers at various locations in Singapore over a one-week period. The suspects then left Singapore after committing the crime.

On Jan 16, one of the suspects was arrested in Kuala Lumpur. The 20-year-old Malaysian man was taken back to Singapore two days later with the assistance of the Royal Malaysia Police.

If found guilty, he faces a fine and/or imprisonment of up to five years.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Warisan has burned its bridges with us, says Gabungan chief

Sabah opposition alliance says it has been waiting patiently for Shafie to wake up to the reality of the tough work ahead.
KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah has burned its bridges with Gabungan Sabah when it cast aspersions on the leaders of the local opposition alliance, said its chairman Mohd Noor Mansoor.

“For more than a year, we have been hoping that Warisan will wake up to reality.

“As a former vice-president of Umno, Warisan’s president Shafie Apdal surely knows that it is no easy task to defeat Umno,” he said.

“The people expect Sabah parties to combine their strengths to beat Umno but, in spite of all our efforts and patience with Warisan, it seems that Shafie has made up his mind.”

Shafie, A Stooge of Malayan Parties/Hegemony? – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “Shafie is actually still willing to serve and be subservient to Malayan parties and Malayan hegemony and control over Sabah.  As a result, he is fearful of working with Gabungan Sabah (GS) which is truly fighting for Sabah for Sabahans with patriotic Sabahans for Sabah” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, a coalition partner in Gabungan Sabah, in response to Datuk Seri Shafie’s statement that his Parti Warisan Sabah have no intention to work with Gabungan Sabah over the weekend.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Man found dead in sedan at Tg Aru

KOTA KINABALU - A 42-year old man was found dead in a four-door sedan at a secluded area, Tanjung Aru Beach 2, here, on Friday.

City Police Chief ACP M. Chandra said Liew Ka Ket (pic), 42, was found sitting in his car locked with a steaming burning charcoal in a barbeque grill.

"Initial investigation showed that two police officers were patrolling around Tanjung Aru Beach 2 when they found a suspicious black four-door sedan.

"They attempted to access the locked door as they saw it filling with smoke along with an unconscious driver.

"The Fire and Rescue Department broke the rear left passenger window, allowing them to reach the driver and found several charcoal still burning," he said.

Chandra said no physical injuries were found on the body and no weapon was found at the scene.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Peter Anthony arrested again over another corruption case

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Datuk Peter Anthony has been arrested again, this time for another corruption case involving a RM155mil land deal.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that Anthony was arrested after he turned up at the MACC office here at 10.25am Friday.

"Investigators have taken him to his house as part of the probe," he said, without elaborating.

Manhunt for five Filipinos who escaped from detention centre

KOTA KINABALU - Police have released details of five Filipino men who escaped from the temporary detention centre in Menggatal here on New Year's Day.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Student’s phone stolen as he lay dying after being hit by van in JB

JOHOR BARU (Malaysia) — A secondary four student was killed in a traffic accident in Johor Baru on Tuesday (Jan 2), and had his phone stolen by an unknown individual as passers-by were helping him.

An eyewitness known as Harry Cyclone, who posted the incident on Facebook claimed a van had struck the 16-year-old while he was riding his motorcycle after beating a red light near Jalan Tun Abdul Razak.

“All of us were helping this boy and there come this guy in all of a sudden like checking the boy’s phone to call the parents but he took the phone and ran away.

“His head was bleeding a lot and all of us were trying to help him and there comes this guy, all of a sudden under the pretence of checking the boy’s phone to call his parents,” he said in his posting.

The post was uploaded onto the JB Tracer: Johor Baru Traffic, Crime and Community Service Report Facebook page.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Demi Sabah: Brace Up for Revolutionary Changes in 2018 – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The world is undergoing a digital and political revolution in 2018.   Malaysia, with the General Elections required to be held before August, should brace up to face and handle these expected revolutionary changes”, said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, in his New Year Message.

Global politics is changing and shifting as information and communication technology broadcast violence and sharpens religious and sociological differences affecting behavioural perceptions and decisions of world leaders.

America is being isolated by the global community on account of Jerusalem but also by Trump’s own policy of “America First”.

A revolutionary development in China’s economy, science and technology is pushing China to becoming a key global player economically, militarily and politically after decades of isolation.

The emerging global influence of China is likely to be far greater than most people expect.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Report: Chinese firms came to 1MDB's rescue

Divestment of 1MDB assets to companies from China helped raised funds to repay a US$602.7 million debt to Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) by year-end, according to Singapore's Straits Times.

The report, citing sources, said 1MDB sold financial instruments and stakes by two 1MDB-related entities which held land in northern Penang and around Port Klang.

EC dismisses Parliament's dissolution, polling day, on social media

PUTRAJAYA - The Election Commission (EC) has rubbished a viral message which claims that Parliament will be dissolved on Jan 11 next year.

The message, which is widely circulating on social media, also alleges that nomination day will be March 11, while polling day will be March 25.

In a statement issued today, EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said the message is ridiculous, because the gap between Parliament’s dissolution and the polling date stated is more than 60 days.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Najib’s ‘two conditions’ for Sarawak are beyond the pale

COMMENT | So Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has set two conditions for Sarawakians if they want their rights returned.

In a report appearing in The Star on Dec 24, the prime minister was quoted as saying that Putrajaya had no problem discussing devolution of power and returning all eroded constitutional rights to Sarawak, provided that those in the state met two conditions.

“Firstly, there should be no talk of secession. The second red line is that the people must support BN.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Local opposition leaders must swallow pride, says Gabungan Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - A Gabungan Sabah leader has urged local opposition parties, including Parti Warisan Sabah and Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS), to work together with the alliance in the coming 14th general election (GE14).

Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah deputy president Maijol Mahap said he believed all local opposition parties in Sabah want the same thing for the state but their way of going about it may differ.

US will 'take names of those who vote to reject Jerusalem recognition'

UN members warned Donald Trump will take issue personally if countries back draft resolution rejecting US decision

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has warned UN members she will be “taking names” of countries that vote to reject Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In a letter seen by the Guardian, Haley told countries – including European delegations – that she will report back to the US president with the names of those who support a draft resolution rejecting the US move at the UN general assembly on Thursday, adding that Trump took the issue personally.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

To Secede or Not to Secede: Learning from Catalonia

When is it appropriate for a region of a larger geopolitical entity to secede? And what criteria should be used to decide the legitimacy of a secession bid?

The standoff over Catalan independence from Spain has split not only the region and country, but Europe as a whole.

The issue raises big questions: When is it appropriate for a region of a larger geopolitical entity to secede? And what criteria should be used to decide the legitimacy of a secession bid?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Key Abu Sayyaf member gunned down near Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian security forces have killed a key member of the notorious Abu Sayyaf group involved in kidnap for ransom incidents and cross border crimes in the state’s east coast. 

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the man known as Abu Paliyak or Kamaner Paliyak @ Yusof was killed in a shootout with security forces in waters off Pulau Kantong Kalungan near Lahad Datu at about 3am on Monday. 

He said Abu Paliyak was involved in a number of sea robberies and kidnappings in waters off Kunak and Lahad Datu since 2014. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sabah’s USA has ‘almost finalised’ GE14 seats allocation

KOTA KINABALU - The four parties in the opposition in Sabah making up the United Sabah Alliance (USA), or Gabungan Sabah, have “almost finalised” a decision on which seats each is to contest in the next general election.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee said they would make adjustments if the additional 13 new state constituencies proposed by the Election Commission took effect in the 14th general election.

Forex RCI: Finance minister concealed facts, PM implicated

KUALA LUMPUR - The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) losses due to foreign exchange (forex) dealings in the early 1990s believes that the finance minister then had misled Cabinet.

In a 528-page report tabled in Parliament on Thursday, the RCI said it also believes that the prime minister at the time had given the green light for the finance minister’s misleading statements.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New heritage law has removed protection by assembly and TYT – Yong

KOTA KINABALU - The State Heritage Enactment 2017 recently passed by the Sabah legislative assembly has removed the crucial protection that was provided for in the Cultural Heritage (Conservation) Enactment 1997,  said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

Clause 4(3) of the 1997 enactment stated that ‘no declaration (of cultural heritage or conservation area) shall be revoked or amended without the prior approval of the Sabah Legislative Assembly given by way of a resolution.’

In other words, Yong said it is only after a resolution of the assembly had been obtained that the Sabah Heritage Council and minister may present the proposed revocation of the heritage site to the Head of State (TYT) for consent.

“The idea of having to get a resolution of the legislative assembly beforehand is to ensure a strong deterrent against abuses by the government. This is because the process of obtaining a resolution of the assembly will necessarily bring the proposed degazetting of the heritage conservation area into the public arena. This will force the ministers and officials to explain and defend their decision (to revoke a heritage area) to the public. It is to be expected that media and environmental groups will come to know about the proposed revocation of a heritage site and make their views known. Public opinion or outrage will act as a deterrent against abuses by the government.

Malaysia Agreement a very important document, says Abang Johari

KUCHING - Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has called out Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on his recent statement where he insinuated that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was unimportant.

“I beg to differ with what Pandikar Amin has said on the Malaysia Agreement.

“You cannot just describe that the Agreement is not important because it is a very important document where the territorial rights of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia is the basis of the Malaysia Agreement,” he told reporters when met after officiating the 20th Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and International College of Advanced Technology (i-CATS) Sarawak at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fourth suspect held, RM1.1m cash stashed in apartment

KOTA KINABALU - Immigration officials have remanded a 46-year-old local woman in connection with the discovery of the RM13 million cash haul suspected to be from vice earnings during a raid in the city last week.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the woman was wife of one of three suspects arrested earlier in a prostitution syndicate sting, adding that his men found RM1.1 million in cash stashed in several boxes all over the apartment where she was arrested.

“After further investigation from the current suspects, we went to her house to arrest her.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Once a loan shark, now a debt counsellor

SINGAPORE: It takes a crook to deal with a crook, says Wong Kee Soon.

This is why the 63-year-old believes he has a special advantage in his chosen profession of helping borrowers with loan-shark woes.

After all, he used to be a loan shark and was one of the leaders of a secret society.

"I was a former loan shark, so I know their scare tactics and I'm not afraid of them (or it they) use them back on them," he told The Straits Times. "If they shout at me, I will shout back. I also tell those under my care not to be scared."

Man in viral video hypnotized us, say two women

PETALING JAYA - Two women have said that one of the men in a viral video showing two men hypnotising a senior citizen was the man who once hypnotised them in Kuala Besut.

Sinar Harian reported that one of the women, 59-year-old Zaidah Dollah confirmed that one of the men who appeared in the video clip the same man that hypnotised her in June 2015.

"I still remember the face and the shape of the body of the man donning the songkok in this video. But the other man is not the same man that had hypnotised me back in 2015," said Zaidah, who added that she was shown the video by her child.

Greedy DAP to contest for Jeffrey Kitingan’s seat

KOTA KINABALU - DAP has announced that it will contest in the Bingkor state constituency, an opposition stronghold currently held by Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) president Jeffrey Kitingan.

Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong said the party had chosen its Keningau division chief, Peter Saili, to be its candidate there in the 14th general election.

Jeffrey reacted to the announcement by questioning DAP’s motive in targeting the seat instead of one held by BN.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 235

CAIRO - Armed attackers on Friday killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, in the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory.

A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said.

3 men arrested and RM13 million seized from suspected prostitution ring in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Immigration Department seized RM13 million from a suspected prostitution syndicate and arrested three men in Kota Kinabalu in the early hours yesterday.

In an operation codenamed “Ops Gegar”, the trio, aged between 30 and 50 years old, were detained for suspected involvement in the syndicate at a hotel.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said one of men was a Filipino and the others were locals.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Sabah Stands to Benefit From Sabah Rights/MA63 Debates – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The persistence of the Sabah Rights fighters and activists in leading the claims for the restoration of Sabah Rights as well as those of neighbouring Sarawak are slowly but surely bearing fruits.  The testimonials are plain to see with the raging and often heated controversies and debates on Sabah/Sarawak Rights and MA63” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Bingkor Assemblyman and President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, in a statement released today.

Over RM10 million cash seized by Sabah Immigration during raid

KOTA KINABALU - Over RM10 million in cash were seized in a raid by the State Immigration department here.

The recovery was made by a team in a swoop dubbed Ops Gegar here in the early hours today.

A total of 21 people were held in the operation from about 1am. Of the total 19 were foreign women.

The operation saw the raiding party checking a fitness centre at a hotel here and was later led to an apartment unit in the vicinity.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cops' lack of follow-up action on items linked to pastor Koh found in suspect's home

SUHAKAM INQUIRY | Nothing seems to have come out of the discovery of four items related to missing pastor Raymond Koh in the home of a suspect who police shot dead in June, according to Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Mah Weng Kwai.

Mah told the Suhakam public inquiry today that the apparent lack of subsequent action on the discovery was a question mark that continued to linger over the pastor’s disappearance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

GENEVA - North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint US-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang’s atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a US nuclear threat.

In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration has said it is preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a US list of states sponsoring terrorism.

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

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.