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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Extradition disallowed for fugitive conman

KOTA KINABALU - A self-employed local man sought by the Philippine authorities for alleged fraud and cheating cases will not be extradited after all.

The Sessions Court was on Monday told that the Home Affairs Minister had decided to not have him extradited to the Philippines which means Mohammad Kamal Sa'aid, who was held under custody since his release from prison for a passport offence, is now a free man.

Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad discharged the 48-year-old as a fugitive criminal.

Police stations on alert for missing Italian

KOTA KINABALU - An Italian financial advisor cum compressor salesman has been reported missing for seven days since arriving in Lahad Datu.

William Bocchi, 52, was supposed to return to Italy on October 16 but there has been no news from him to date.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman confirmed the case yesterday, adding that the police had been searching for the man since the report was lodged several days ago but there has been no news thus far.

The person who lodged the police report was 33 year-old Mr Sia, a manager at MP Machinery in Lahad Datu.

Curfew on Sabah's east coast extended for seventh time

KOTA KINABALU - The curfew on Sabah’s east coast has been extended for the seventh time, restricting sea activities from 7pm to 5am in the six districts under Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone)

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman announced the extension will last until November 6, following the expiry of sixth phase of the curfew today.

Monday, October 20, 2014

NGOs want Gerakan man charged under Sedition Act for calling Malays ‘pendatang’

Fuming over a Gerakan member's claim that Malays, too, are “pendatang” (immigrants), a coalition of Malay NGOs called Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (Pembela) today lodged a police report at the Dang Wangi police station over the issue.

Pembela vice-chairman Aminuddin Yahaya said the NGOs were asking Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail to charge Johor's Gerakan delegate Tan Lai Soon under the Sedition Act 1948.

"Pembela condemns the seditious statement which has given rise to a tense situation and triggered anger among Malays.

PAS Kelantan’s Friday prayer by-law treats muslims like hardened criminals

KUALA LUMPUR - PAS-led Kelantan’s move to enforce a 10-year-old by-law that fines and jails Muslim men who skip Friday prayers three times in a row is an overkill, Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said today.

The legal activist group’s executive director Eric Paulsen pointed out that Section 104 of the Kelantan Council of the Religion of Islam and Malay Custom Enactment 1994 was against the country’s highest law by confining the movement of Muslims in the state.

Prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" is ridiculous, says Muslim Brotherhood leader

Prohibiting non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" is ridiculous, says Kuwait's Muslim Brotherhood leader Dr Tareq Suwaidan.

He said this was because there was no law or ruling within the Islamic realm which prevented the use of the word by non-Muslims.

"I have been following this development in Malaysia, this use of the word 'Allah'... there is no law in Islam that says so," he told a forum organised by PAS international committee last night.

Where is the RM1 billion allocation for school repairs?

KOTA KINABALU - “Where is the RM1 billion allocation for school repairs promised by DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin this February?  The more Sabahans and Sarawakians look at Budget 2015, the more anger and despair it generates due to the absolute neglect of the Borneo States as though they are not part of the Malaysian federation” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, querying on omission the verbal promise of the RM1 billion to rebuild 600 dilapidated schools in Sabah and Sarawak in Budget 2015.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zairil Khir, Dyana on passionate photos surfaces in social media

PETALING JAYA - Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari has termed the recent circulation of photos allegedly showing him and DAP's Dyana Sofya kissing each other to be "gutter politics at its lowest".

Though the photos were seemingly uploaded on what appeared to be a Facebook account with his profile picture, the 32-year-old Opposition MP did not respond as to whether the social media account was fake, or if it was the job of a rogue hacker that infiltrated his personal account.

Reject all forms of racial extremism, says Najib

SHAH ALAM - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today called on the country’s leaders to reject all forms of racial extremism to preserve peace and unity in Malaysia.

Najib, in a speech when officiating Gerakan’s 43rd National Delegates Conference (NDC) here today, said he regretted the actions of certain individuals who advocated extremism to gain political mileage.

He said political and community leaders should instead practise moderation and steer clear of racial or religious radicalism.

NGO: Perkasa, get the hell out of Sabah!

NGO’s president says Sabah, like Sarawak is about the Orang Asal living in harmony with others.

KOTA KINABALU - The Angkatan Gabungan Rakyat Asli Sabah (Agaras) on Friday lodged a police report against hate group Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa) stating that it does not want the latter to be in Sabah or conduct any activities in the state.

“Agaras is strongly against Perkasa as they are a threat to the unity of our people, especially the youths, whom they are manipulating into joining their organisation,” said Agaras’s President, Cornelius Frederick @ Michael F. J. Sulip. “We don’t want the NGO to be in Sabah under the guise of Bumiputeraism and the unity of the Bumiputera.”

Exempt Sabah/Sarawak from GST or Return 40% of Revenues Collected - Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “There are more than sufficient reasons to exempt Sabah and Sarawak from GST.  If the federal government insists on collecting GST, then it should return 40% of the GST revenues collected from Sabah and Sarawak in accordance with the Tenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief in reference to the imposition and collection of GST and non-exemption of GST for the Borneo States.

It seems very obvious that the PM cum Finance Minister and the federal government have no regard for the Federal Constitution and the laws of Malaysia and do not care for the welfare and well-being of Sabahans and Sarawakians as far as the Budget on GST is concerned.

It is clearly spelt out in Article 95B(3) of the Federal Constitution that sales tax, which includes the GST, is deemed to be a matter under the State List under the Ninth Schedule and not under the Federal List.

Malays are 'pendatangs' too, Umno told

A Gerakan delegate today cautioned Umno leaders against "pendatang" (immigrants) remarks, reminding them that Malays were immigrants as well.

"Let me make Malaysians' position clear, Malays, Chinese and Indians were all pendatang, except the Orang Asli, Sabahans and Sarawakians, who are the original bumiputera," said Johor delegate Tan Lai Soon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Will Sabah Umno BN Leaders Come Out of Hiding?

KOTA KINABALU - “Kudos to Datuk Ghafur Salleh for his lone and sober voice and advice to Putrajaya to listen to the grouses of the people instead of threatening them with arrest. It certain put to shame another federal Minister from Umno Sabah and other BN leaders who have parroted Malayan federal leaders in threatening Sabahans and Sarawakians with arrest for voicing out the rights of the Borneo States” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Chairman of STAR Sabah in supporting Datuk Ghafur’s call to Putrajaya to listen to grievances of the people.

Alleged ransom payment for freed Germans Abu Sayyaf’s propaganda

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Saturday denied any negotiation or payment of ransom for the release of two German nationals who were abducted by bandit group Abu Sayyaf in Sulu last April.

AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc denied the claim of Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Ramii that his group released the victims upon payment of ransom.

"He can claim that... that may be a propaganda," Cabunoc said.

Boko Haram agrees to truce and release Chibok girls

MORE than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April will be set free under an agreement the government has reached with Boko Haram militants, according to the military.

There will also be an immediate ceasefire between the jihadist group and the Nigerian army, according to Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, the chief of defence staff. The government said that both sides had told their fighters on the ground to cease hostilities.