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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Duterte vows to annihilate Abu Sayyaf after new beheading

MANILA, Philippines – Upon hearing a report that another Abu Sayyaf hostage has been beheaded, President Rodrigo Duterte repeated his directive to troops to "destroy" the terrorist group.

“My orders to the police and armed forces against enemies of the state: seek them out in their lairs and destroy them... The Abu Sayyaf, destroy them, period,” said Duterte during an early morning press conference on Thursday, August 25, in Davao City.

Bullies ram boy's private part to a pole

PETALING JAYA - Bullies have taken their technique to another level with the emergence of a viral Facebook video showing a group of youngsters force ramming a boy’s private part to a pole.

The 11-second video shows a group of five culprits forcefully lifting the victim and placing his legs between a pole, before pulling and pushing the victim’s private part against the pole continuously.

The culprits incessantly ram the private part to the pole six times, and cries of “sakit” (painful) could be heard from the victim throughout the agonising ordeal.

The clip was shared by a Facebook user Ryyan Hidayat and has since garnered more than 195,000 views and around 3,000 shares.

Caption that followed the video alleged that the incident involved secondary school pupils in Klang.

Abu Sayyaf beheads 18-year-old hostage

ZAMBOANGA CITY, the Philippines - The Philippines’ military said Thursday that a severed head believed to belong to an 18-year-old Filipino held hostage by a Daesh-linked militant group has been recovered in a troubled southern island province.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said in a statement that the head, believed to belong to Patrick James Almodovar who was kidnapped July 16, was wrapped in a plastic bag found in Indanan town in Sulu -- an Abu Sayyaf stronghold.

Johor sultan tells Dr M to keep his mouth shut

KUALA LUMPUR - Johor monarch Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has cautioned Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to keep his nose out of matters related to his state, including the “Bangsa Johor” concept used to rally its people.

Dr Mahathir’s antagonism towards world leaders had put Malaysia “in a spot” in the past, the sultan was reported by The Star as saying today in a scathing response to the former prime minister’s remarks yesterday that such notions promoting affinity to individual states over the country will divide Malaysians.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face. Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” Sultan Ibrahim was quoted saying.

Court ordered Namewee released but cops held him back

GEORGE TOWN - Controversial rapper Namewee has been ordered to be released after the Penang assistant court registrar denied a police remand extension request today.

The police however, did not let him go immediately and took the 33-year-old Johorean born Wee Meng Chee back to the district police headquarters, prompting a cry of foul play from the singer’s lawyer.

Gabung Sabah to celebrate Sabah Day August 31

KOTA MARUDU: Gabungan Sabah (USA) or United Sabah Alliance will be celebrating Sabah Day on August 31 at the Kota Marudu New Township.

At least 247 killed in earthquake in central Italy

At least 247 people were killed after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday, according to Italy's Civil Protection Department.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

36 Killings a Day in the Philippines

More than 1,900 people have died in the seven weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte took office and began his war on crime.

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte promised to begin a war on crime when he took office. Seven weeks into his presidency, more than 1,900 people have died, more than half of them in vigilante killings.

The National Police Chief, Ronald Dela Rosa, first gave the Philippine Senate inquiry a figure that was 100 deaths fewer, but by Tuesday he had revised that number to about 36 deaths per day. Of these, Dela Rosa said, police killed at least 712; the others, he said, were killed by vigilantes who often leave behind signs that warn others against becoming involved in drugs.

'Datuk Seri' suspect allegedly owns 31 luxury condo units

The 'Datuk Seri' who was arrested by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist in a corruption investigation is believed to own 31 luxury condomimium units worth more than RM15.5 million, reported Utusan Malaysia.

These units located in Kuala Lumpur were 'purchased' from five housing developers which had dealings with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Australia to study drift of MH370 debris

SYDNEY - Replicas of a large piece of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 will be set adrift and tracked by satellite in the hope of helping find the plane’s crash site, Australian officials said Wednesday.

Canberra is leading the search for the aircraft which vanished in March 2014 with 239 people onboard and is currently probing the Indian Ocean floor off the Australia’s far west coast.

In a regular update on the underwater search, which has so far failed to find a sings had been working to model the drift of MH370 debris over the past 18 months, a “further intenle piece of debris from the plane, the Australian government said a new drift modelling study would be done.

Italy earthquake leaves 38 dead, Amatrice town in ruins

A strong earthquake hit central Italy, leaving terrified residents huddled outside collapsed buildings and others trapped beneath the rubble.

Harris: Syed Kechik made RM483m from Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Mohd Salleh told the High Court, here, Tuesday, that Tan Sri Syed Kechik made RM483 million from Sabah in his 10 years as former aide of Tun Mustapha.

He said that by "cutting off Syed Kechik's financial oxygen to make more money from Sabah," he (Harris) and his Berjaya Party earned much animosity from Syed Kechik. He also said that Syed Kechik (who was from Kelantan) became a "Native" of Sabah because it was easier for him to buy native lands at RM100 to RM150 an acre.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Troops, Abu Sayyaf clash in Basilan

According to the military, one soldier died while three others were wounded in an encounter which sparked around 10:20 a.m. at Barangay Dugaa, Tuburan town.

Based on early reports that reached the Basilan Crisis Management Committee (CMC), four were killed from the government side, including three Army Special Forces and a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU). Names of the slain soldiers have yet to be verified on ground.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said troops from the Joint Task Force Basilan (JTFB) were pounding the Abu Sayyaf group since Tuesday morning.

“We have yet to determine the casualties on the Abu Sayyaf group,” Tan said. “As of press time firefight is ongoing.”

Datuk 'suspect' mastermind in Bill Kayong’s murder located in Australia

However, Australia may have issues sending the suspect back here for questioning as the country does not recognise the death penalty in Malaysia.

Australian police have tracked down the whereabouts of the mastermind said to be behind the murder of PKR’s Bill Kayong and hiding there.

However, it is not that easy to bring him home to face justice.

The Malay Mail Online quoted Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia Rod Smith as saying the suspect’s extradition to Malaysia “is subject to a legal process in Australia”.

Petronas under fire again for terminating services of Sarawakian and Sabah tour companies

PETALING JAYA - Petronas has come under fire in Sarawak again, this time for terminating the services of Sarawakian and Sabahan tour companies which have been handling the travelling needs of its personnel.

According to a Borneo Post Online report, the Sarawak chapter of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) has urged Petronas to explain the termination of services of tour companies which had been servicing Petronas for years, in favour of a Kuala Lumpur-based company as its panel agent.

'Oh My God' video is well-intentioned to promote religious harmony - Namewee

Controversial singer reiterates his innocence over the ‘Oh My God’ video, adding he returned from overseas, risking arrest, as he had done nothing wrong

PETALING JAYA - Controversial entertainer Namewee has reiterated his innocence over the “Oh My God” video issue, saying that he does not need to run away as he had not done anything wrong.

Namewee, whose real name is Wee Meng Chee, updated his Facebook status yesterday afternoon, while behind bars, following his four-day remand, reported China Press today.

US 'deeply concerned' about Philippines drug war deaths

MANILA - The Philippines has recorded about 1,800 drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took office seven weeks ago and launched a war on narcotics, far higher than previously believed, according to police figures.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa told a Senate committee on Monday that 712 drug traffickers and users had been killed in police operations since July 1.

Police were also investigating 1,067 other drug-related killings, Dela Rosa said, without giving details. On Sunday, Duterte railed against the United Nations for criticising the wave of deaths.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dramatic moment child caught with 'ISIS suicide belt' strapped to body

SHOCKING footage has emerged of a boy being stripped of an explosive bomb belt just moments before an attempted terror attack.

The young lad – aged between 12 and 13 – was stopped by police before the bomb exploded in Kirkuk, north of Baghdad.

The boy reportedly burst into tears after he was arrested by police.

It is unclear if the youth was a brainwashed jihadi or he was forced into the attack by twisted ISIS militants.

Typhoon Mindulle hits Tateyama after Typhoon Kompasu hits Hokkaido

TOKYO - A strong typhoon stuck near Tokyo today, with heavy rain and winds grounding more than 400 flights as officials warned of landslides and flooding.

Typhoon Mindulle made landfall at about 12:30pm in Tateyama city, roughly 80km southeast of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of noon, the storm was packing gusts up to 180 kilometres per hour and heading north at a speed of 20kph, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage.

Lee Chong Wei to quit after 2017 world meet

RIO DE JANEIRO (Brazil) — Sadness was written all over Datuk Lee Chong Wei’s face.

He struggled to speak as he choked on his emotions.

Three times he was close to the summit of Mount Olympus, yet on all three occasions he failed to reach the top.

A lesser player would have given up but not Lee.

Two policemen bitten by couple at roadblock

KUCHING - In an unusual case of occupational hazard, two policemen were bitten by a couple whose vehicle they were checking at a roadblock here.

OCPD Asst Comm Abang Ahmad Abang Julai said the incident occurred Sunday night when police stopped a Perodua Kancil at a roadblock in Jalan Matang Baru.

While police were checking the boot of the car, a 44-year-old man came out and hurled abusive words at them.

Students Group: Ali Tinju to blame for any public disorder

Students backing the 'TangkapMO1' rally said the 'red shirt' group planning a counter-rally should be blamed for any disruption to public order on Aug 27.

“If there is anything that happens on that day, Ali Tinju is responsible.

"Please do not come after us. Go after him because he is already starting to provoke us,” said Asheeq Ali, president of Student Unity Front.

Masing: We, Sarawakians aren't stupid

Sarawak deputy chief minister ticks off MTUC Sarawak for assuming the state government would prioritise employment for locals at the expense of quality

PETALING JAYA - A Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister has hit out at the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak for assuming the state government would prioritise employment for locals at the expense of quality.

Former Sabah CM sues author of book "Vendetta and Abuse of Power:.."

KOTA KINABALU - The Kota Kinabalu High Court is hearing a libel case brought by former Chief Minister Harris Salleh against author Shaari Isa, the New Sabah Times reported.

Harris is suing Shaari over allegations made in the latter’s book “Vendetta and Abuse of Power: Quest for Justice in the Land Below the Wind – Political Vilification Against Syed Kecik in Sabah (1975-2013)”.

DPM vows to preserve duty-free status in Labuan

LABUAN - Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has vowed to personally oppose any move to abolish or alter Labuan’s duty-free status, adding that the island should not be penalised because of the smuggling of such goods.

“Labuan’s duty-free status will be maintained and if there is any problem due to smuggling, the way to go about it is to improve law enforcement. It will be wrong to victimise the people of Labuan for something that is not their doing,” he said when opening the Labuan Umno meeting here yesterday.

Penang headed for ‘disaster’ due to reclamation, warns expert

Marine biology professor says the massive reclamation works going on in Penang will come to 'bite' the island in the long run
PETALING JAYA - Penang is opening itself up to the possibility of having more natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis, due to coastal reclamation works going on in full swing, reported New Straits Times today.

The report quoted Dr Zulfigar Yasin, a Universiti Sains Malaysia marine biology professor, saying the reclamation works would also affect the island state’s fishery and tourism industry.

Singapore PM 'ill' during speech, not in serious condition

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong took ill while delivering a National Day rally speech on Sunday but returned to the stage after about an hour's break.

Iraq hangs 36 men over 2014 Camp Speicher massacre

(CNN)Iraq has hanged 36 people for taking part in the massacre of as many as 1,700 men in ISIS-controlled territory in 2014, a local governor said.

Namewee remanded for four days

GEORGE TOWN - His hands in cuffs behind his back, rapper Namewee was brought to the Penang courthouse at about 10.25am today as police seek a remand order over his controversial music video Oh My God.

The 33-year-old Johorean born Wee Meng Chee had caused a stir after several religious groups accused him of blasphemy with his music video that had purportedly been filmed in several houses of worship here.

Drug peddlers preparing for violence against cops

KUALA LUMPUR - In an all-out war against the drug menace over the last eight months, police seized 76 firearms and grenades, and arrested 128,008 people including nine kingpins and 5,420 foreigners.

Of the firearms, 12 were from five drug syndicates deemed dangerous while others were from individuals.

Bukit Aman Narcotics CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said drug peddlers were preparing for violence with pistols, revolvers, shotguns, hand grenades and rifles in their possession.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

MACC questions Bung over case involving Felcra

KUALA LUMPUR - Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin was questioned yesterday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as part of an investigation involving Felcra Berhad.

National newspaper New Straits Times reported that the Felcra chairman had his statement recorded under the MACC Act 2009 at the agency’s headquarters in Putrajaya.

Namewee arrested on arrival at KLIA

Rapper Wee Meng Chee, better known as Namewee, was arrested upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport today.

This was confirmed by George Town district police chief Faridalathrash Wahid, according to The Star Online.

Faridalathrash was quoted as saying that the 33-year-old artist will be transported to Penang for further investigations.

Namewee was reportedly arrested at 3.30pm. He is expected to be remanded tomorrow.

Three more TNB officers remanded over corruption case

KOTA BARU - Three more Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) officers are being remanded for seven days from today to facilitate investigations into a corruption case.

The remand orders on an engineer and two technicians were issued by magistrate Ahmad Adha Amir Yasser Amri, here, today.

According to an officer from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the three TNB officers, aged between 30 and 50, were being investigated under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009 for allegedly using their post or position to obtain bribes.

At least 50 killed including women and children by IS suicide bomber at wedding in Turkey

The terror attack happened in the city of Gaziantep which is located 40 miles from the Syrian border
AT LEAST 50 people have been killed and dozens injured after a suspected suicide bomber targeted wedding celebrations in Turkey.

The wedding party had been dancing in the street in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, about 40 miles from the Syrian border, when the bomb exploded in one of the deadliest attacks this year.

Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan has now said it was likely that Islamic State militants carried out the late-night attack.

Malaysian teens as young as 16 being influenced by IS

SERDANG - Police are working together with public universities to monitor possible Islamic State (IS) elements among students.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said IS would try to influence and mislead the youths into thinking that IS fights in the name of Islam.

The militants, he said, has exploited social media including blogs, Facebook, and Twitter as tools to connect with the youths.

Agong's cousin warns Langkawi MP for dragging the King into 'MO1' matter

Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad should not have dragged the Agong and the palace into the Malaysian Official 1 matter, said the Majlis Kerabat Diraja Kedah.

The NGO. led by the ruler, Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah's cousin, Syed Idrus Syed Baharom, said the institution should not be toyed with.

"Tuanku is the ruler of the country, he is not an administrator. Why was he even dragged into this?" Syed Idrus asked at a press conference in Alor Setar.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Senior politician to face MACC in tenders probe

News report says the man's wife was called in two weeks ago to have her statement recorded

KUALA LUMPUR - A senior politician is reportedly under investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over allegations of abuse of power in awarding tenders.

The New Straits Times said the man’s wife was called in two weeks ago to have her statement recorded, and the politician was expected to be called to MACC today.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Isis 'unveils' first ever burqa-clad female spokesperson to lure muslim women in the west

The Islamic State (Isis) have for the first time used a female spokesperson in one of its infamous propaganda videos in an attempt to lure western women to their self-proclaimed caliphate. As Daesh (Isis) lose ground in the Middle East the group have begun a charm offensive to woo disenfranchised Muslims in the west.

And the terrorists, who have taken thousands of captured women as sex slaves, murdered adulterers and forced many into suicide bombings, have decided to show off their feminist credentials by allowing a burqa-clad female deliver a message to wannabe 'jihadi brides'.

Uber's Self-Driving Cars Soon To Be Available In Pittsburgh

SAN FRANCISCO - The option to hail a ride in a self-driving car, which was science fiction just a few years ago, will soon be available to Uber users in Pittsburgh, the first time the technology has been offered to the general public.

Within weeks, the company announced on Thursday, customers will be able to opt into a test program and summon an autonomous Ford Fusion. But since the technology has not been perfected, the cars will come with human backup drivers to handle any unexpected situations.

1MDB-linked Khadem arrested in UAE

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Abu Dhabi police had arrested Khadem Al-Qubaisi, a key person in the 1MDB money laundering scandal.

However, the report said no charges had been filed against him yet.

Khadem has been earlier barred from leaving the United Arab Emirates and has had his assets in the country frozen.

Indonesian military chief to employers: Don't pay ransoms to Abu Sayyaf

JAKARTA - The government urged the employers of Indonesian sailors held captive by the Abu Sayyaf group not to pay ransoms demanded by the militants in exchange for the hostages, Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo said on Thursday.

The companies operating the vessels must support the government’s stance, which is to strictly refuse giving money to the militant group, he said.

"If the government insists on not paying, then [none of us] should pay because as a nation we could be exploited," Gatot said in a statement on Thursday.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Asean should unit against IS, Abu Sayyaf terrorists

KUALA LUMPUR - Asean should confront Abu Sayyaf and Islamic State as a unified force because these terror groups have become a common threat to the region, said an expert on terrorism.

There was a need for the regional grouping to unanimously decide on action to be taken against these militant groups, said associate professor Dr. Aruna Gopinath, desk officer on South-East Asian Studies at the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies of Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia.

2nd Indon sailor manages to escape Abu Sayyaf captors

MANILA, Philippines - A second Indonesian sailor escaped from Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines on the same day his colleague swam to freedom after almost two months in captivity, officials said Thursday.

Ismail, the chief officer of a tugboat whose seven crewmen were abducted near Philippine waters in June, was recovered by troops Wednesday along a road in southern Jolo Island's Luuk town, said Maj. Filemon Tan, a regional military spokesman.

NSC Act disrupted the chain of command from Agong

KUALA LUMPUR - The National Security Council (NSC) Act that authorises the council to declare an emergency has disrupted the “chain of command” from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, lawyer Andrew Khoo asserted today.

Speaking at the civil society conference on national security here, Khoo said that the NSC Act was not accompanied by a legislation that passes on the emergency declaration powers from the Agong to the council.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Swiss private bank Falcon barred from new Singapore business

Swiss private bank Falcon has been blocked from taking on new business in Singapore by the local central bank and financial regulator, Swiss newspaper Finanz und Wirtschaft said today, citing information it had obtained.

Falcon is one of the banks under investigation by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) for a possible breach of anti-money laundering rules in handling transactions linked to scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB.

MT Vier Harmoni not hijacked, crew sailed vessel away due to dispute with employer

KUALA LUMPUR - MT Vier Harmoni was not hijacked. Instead, its crew sailed it to Batam, Indonesia following a dispute with their employer.

Clarifying the matter this evening, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) chief Datuk Ahmad Puzi Abdul Kahar said preliminary investigations suggest that the drama rose following a disagreement between their crew and their employer, the ship’s owner. This, he said, led to the crew taking matters into their own hands.

2 Well-fortified Abu Sayyaf camps captured

Government forces have successfully captured two well-fortified camps of terrorist group Abu Sayyaf (ASG) in the hinterlands of Basilan province. Along with captured terrorist camps were explosives.

Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson Major Filemon Tan Jr. said one of the camps which was captured Monday, August 15 is located at Hill 355 in Barangay Silangkum, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan province.

One Indonesian held by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines escapes

Indon Mohd Safyan (above right) is examined by a doctor
One of seven members of an Indonesian tugboat crew kidnapped by a ISIL-affiliated group from a tugboat in the Sulu Sea has escaped, according to police and military authorities.

The seven -- kidnapped June 23 -- were due to be executed Aug. 15 after a ransom deadline of $5.4 million passed.

Maj. Filemon Tan Jr., spokesman for the army's Western Mindanao Command, confirmed Mohammad Safyan escaped from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf on Wednesday.

Citing an official report from the Sulu Provincial Police Office, Tan said Safyan, 28, was found stuck in fishing nets by locals on the shore of a town in southern Sulu province at around 7.30 a.m. (2330GMT Tuesday).

"Sayfan was seen by the residents floating and was trapped in fishnets at the place of rescue," Tan said. "He was immediately brought by the residents to the Municipal Police Station of Luuk, Sulu."

Yong: Is Federal making Sabahans fearful about our security?

KOTA KINABALU - The absence of the Sabah Chief Minister at a major security event in Kuala Lumpur last week casts a doubt on what the priorities are of the Sabah Government in protecting Sabah from external and internal threats, said Sabah's former Chief Minister.

"Of direct relevance and importance to Sabah's well being is the security situation in the Southern Philippines," Datuk Yong Teck Lee said.

Malaysian oil tanker hijacked

KUALA LUMPUR - An oil tanker carrying 900,000 litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, Malaysian maritime authorities said.

The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said in a statement that the ship, Vier Harmoni, has been located in the waters off Batam, Indonesia.

The MMEA said they have yet to confirm the identity of the hijackers. The ship, which sailed from the Tanjung Pelepas port in Johor on Monday, was carrying diesel with an estimated value of RM1.57 million.