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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Son of Australian man killed in Bali can't meet killer mum

THE son of an Australian man killed in Bali has been turned away from a visit to his mother, who is in custody accused of plotting the crime.

JON and Peter Ellis, Perth-based students, are in Bali after the body of their dad Robert, 60, was found wrapped in plastic and dumped in a ditch on Tuesday.

Jon, 23, tried to visit his Indonesian mother Noor at a Bali police station on Saturday.

He hid his face with a towel and ran past waiting media.

But the meeting had to be scratched, says Ms Noor's lawyer Nyoman Wisnu, because he was unable to be present.

Safe in Sweden, activist tells of threats by thugs, racist Malays

Activist Ali Abd Jalil, who became the second Malaysian in weeks to seek asylum abroad after being charged with sedition, has emerged on social media to confirm he is "now safe in Sweden".

On his Facebook page today, Ali thanked those who made it possible for him to leave Malaysia.

"Now I am in Sweden, looking for asylum… the Malaysian government and sultan treated me like rubbish.

"I have been threatened by gangsters and racist Malay groups in Malaysia. Malaysia is not safe for me, police and gangsters are following me all the time."

After Oktoberfest and ‘Pet-a-dog’ event, Muslim group now warned against Halloween

KUALA LUMPUR - Several Muslim groups are now training their guns on the coming Halloween festival, warning that the annual event to remember the dead is part of Western culture and could wrongly influence local Muslim youths.

According to a Sinar Harian Online report, banners promoting the October 31 event at a Seremban international school have triggered unease among the Muslim residents in the Negeri Sembilan township.

Ikatan Guru Muslim Malaysia (IGMM) deputy president Mohd Azizee Hassan said that the Halloween celebration is inappropriate as it clashes with Malaysian culture and traditions.

Bocchi not seen in Zamboanga, whereabouts a mystery

PETALING JAYA - Italian businessman William Bocchi has not been spotted in Zamboanga City despite Sabah police having traced him to boarding a ferry bound for the destination in the southern Philip­pines.

Zamboanga City police director Senior Supt Angelito Casimiro said they had no information yet on Bocchi.

“We will check first with the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation as well as with Aleson Shipping,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer here yesterday.

(the man) 52-year-old Italian William Bocchi who was reported missing after visiting Lahad Datu on Oct 13.

Define ‘high income’ before implementing MyKad-for-petrol plan

The government should provide a clear definition on those referred to as “high income earners” before implementing new regulations on the subsidised RON95 petrol.

Federation of Malaysian Consumers Associations (Fomca) deputy president, Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman said this was because the definition of this group differed according to the situation and where they were located.

While describing the announcement as something much awaited, Yusof said the rich were those who were not the least affected by the rise in costs.

Why was first 4 hours of MH370 kept secret?

MH370 Over seven months after the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, the cause of the disaster remains a mystery and government officials have pointed to its black box as the only way to uncover the truth.

But a leading aviation expert has pointed out that the Malaysian government is in possession of more information which thus far it has refused to release.

Des Ross, a pilot and air traffic management specialist with 35 years experience, wrote in Australia-based Aviation Business that there are several recordings that would shed light on the first four hours of Flight MH370 going missing.

Sabah, 51 years after achieving independence, who is to blame?

Many Sabahans don’t feel they are well represented in Parliament, but the voters are also easily swayed.

MANY people in Sabah commended Datuk Ghapur Salleh, MP (BN) of Kalabakan, for his straight talk in Parliament recently. I jotted down a few catch phrases that people liked with regards to the economic comparison between the peninsula and Sabah.

He said that the gap between the peninsula and Sabah is seperti langit dan bumi (like the sky and the earth), meaning Sabah people are poor, that “people in the kampung still dug holes for toilets” and on the issue of the Pan Borneo Highway construction, “Why give peninsula firms development jobs?”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amok woman re-arrested a day after hospital escape

Police today rearrested Muhdalenna Ahmad, the woman who escaped from police custody at Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru yesterday.

The 30-year-old woman was picked up in Ayer Keroh, Malacca early this morning, reports the New Straits Times.

Muhdalena made headlines two years ago when she allegedly ran amok with a sword-wielding man, Khalil Afendi Abd Hamid outside the B Complex of the Prime Minister’s Department two years ago.

Top US official says IS is world's wealthiest terrorist group

A top United States administration official has termed the Islamic State (IS) world's wealthiest terror group that generates tens of millions of dollars a month from "deep and diverse" sources that include, black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion.

David Cohen, Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said on Thursday that the terror group is the "best-funded terrorist organization" confronted by the U.S., reported News 24.

Sex video resembling ustaz Azhar Idrus goes viral

PETALING JAYA - A short video clip of a man, who resembles a well-known religious figure, having sex with a voluptuous young woman, has gone viral.

It has shocked ardent supporters of the ustaz who attracts massive crowds to his ceramah sessions.

Sources said the young woman in the video could be his third wife.

“But since all his three wives wear veils over their faces, it is quite difficult to confirm her identity,” said a source.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Three suspected kidnap group informants nabbed in Sabah waters

KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian security forces have arrested three men whom they believe were informants for trans-border criminals operating in Malaysian and Philippine waters.

Eastern Sabah Security Command chief Datuk Rashid Harun said the trio were arrested in waters near Pulau Mabul, off Semporna district at about 8.30pm on Wednesday.

RON95 at market price for higher income group starting next June

Starting June next year, the purchase of RON95 petrol for those in the high income bracket will be according to market prices, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

He said the mechanism and methods of implementation were being finalised by the Finance Ministry and Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry either through the use of MyKad or other cards.

Missing Italian holidaying in Philippines, case solved

KOTA KINABALU: Police confirmed that missing Italian businessman William Bocchi went to southern Philippines for a holiday.

State Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said Bocchi, 52, had boarded the Philippines-based Danica Joy ferry in Sandakan for the overnight trip to Zamboanga on Oct 14.

"He went there for a holiday. We considerthis case closed,” he added.

Trained professionals, not doctors to cut off limbs

KUALA LUMPUR - PAS-led Kelantan is inching closer to rolling out its controversial hudud law next year, having settled the issue of who will carry out the amputation of limbs for convicted offenders after the country’s medical doctors balked at performing the deed.

The amputation will be done by “trained professionals” appointed by the state sultan, New Straits Times reported today, citing Datuk Dr Mohamed Fadzli Hassan, the deputy chairman of the state technical committee on the Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment.

Diver found dead at popular Sabah dive site

SEMPORNA - A dive instructor was found dead after he went solo diving at Pulau Sipadan near here, early this week.

The diver, identified as Chen Hui, 36, from China had gone to the world renowned dive site with three oxygen tanks, on Monday.