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Friday, October 31, 2014

Seizure of Christian materials a violation of Malaysia Agreement

The pastor whose Christian books and CDs containing the word “Allah” were seized by Customs officers at klia2 in Sepang last Saturday, said he has been cheated of his rights as a Sabahan to practise his religion as promised in the Malaysia Agreement.

The Customs notice of the seizure of Christian books and CDs. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2014.The Customs notice of the seizure of Christian books and CDs. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2014.Maklin Masiau, who was detained and questioned for 40minutes by the Customs officers before his books and CDs were seized, said he was now prepared for the protracted process of getting the authorities to release the materials.

200 Malaysian men fell victim to naked scam

OVER 200 men in Malaysia have become victims of a syndicate who extorted them by threatening to upload chat videos of them taking off their clothes, reported Harian Metro.

The syndicate used attractive and sexy women to entice them via social websites. Some of the men would even willingly undress over Skype after getting acquainted with the women for less than 12 hours.

Duo shot dead believed to be Sulu army recruiters

Two men shot dead by police in the vicinity of a shophouse in Penampang Baru, Sabah Thursday evening are suspected to be members of the Sulu Rebel Army and the "driving force" behind the recruitment of new members.

Initial police investigations revealed that the duo, in their 30s and 50s, had arrived from Kota Kinabalu and attempted an armed robbery in the area.

In the 5pm incident, a police team intercepted a vehicle in which the two men were travelling. At that juncture, the duo tried to resist and the police were forced to open fire, killing them on the spot.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

'World's future richest man' arrested with valuables worth RM50 million

THE "world's future richest man", Zhang Jian, was found to be in possession of RM50 million worth of valuables when police arrested him at his posh mansion in Phuket on Monday.

According to a China Press report today, Zhang, whose YSLM (Yun Shu Mao) multi-level marketing business courted controversy in Malaysia several months ago, made a failed attempt to bribe the arresting party.

A source told the daily, Thai police were surprise to find such a huge amount of valuables in the house, including cash, jewelleries, land titles and bank passbooks.

Apart from arresting Zhang, 37, a Chinese national whose real name is Song Miqui, police also detained his assistant Gen Lianbao in the raid on the mansion. Police later picked up Zhang's wife Wang Wenfang (Yoyo), 29, in Bangkok.

Sabah cops involved in shooutout, shophouses forced into lockdown

KOTA KINABALU - Police have locked down four blocks of shophouses in the Penampang new township following a shootout between police and suspected armed robbers.

Shopkeepers were ordered to shutter their premises and car owners told to remove their vehicles as police focussed their attention on one of the shops located in the middle of the blocks.

Photographers were not allowed to take pictures while Penampang OCPD Deputy Supt Ratan Kumar was seen directing his men and urging members of the public to move away.

Some people close to the scene said they heard gunshots fired in the 4pm incident, with others claiming that two suspected robbers had been killed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Long overdue RCI probe to be tabled soon

The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) probe into the Sabah illegal immigrants issue has been been completed and will be tabled soon, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Ahmad Zahid said that either he or the chairperson of the commission will table the report, which is long overdue as RCI finished its hearings almost a year ago in Kota Kinabalu.

He said so while responding to a supplementary question on stateless children by Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan) during question time in Parliament today.

Anwar's defence team claimed semen samples were tampered with

PUTRAJAYA - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s defence team argued today that the Court of Appeal’s conclusion on the semen samples taken from Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan was “unsubstantiated” as it did not consider the possibility of degradation.

Counsel Ramkarpal Singh pointed out today that by the time the samples had reached the government chemist lab for testing, 96 hours had elapsed since the alleged sodomy incident took place between his client and Saiful.

This, he said, brings into question the integrity and “preservation” of the samples that were tested.

Sabah PKR rep to appeal in bid to reverse land grab suit

KOTA KINABALU - Lawyer and Api Api state assemblyman Christina Liew will appeal against a court ruling ordering her and two others to pay RM557 million for unlawfully inducing participants in a land case to breach their joint venture agreement (JVA).

Liew said that she and her lawyers have filed a notice of appeal and are working on the grounds for their bid to reverse the judgment made in the High Court in Tawau on September 30.

In the court case, High Court Judge Chew Soo Hoo awarded Borneo Samudera Sdn Bhd RM557 million in damages against three individuals: first respondent, Siti Rahfizah Mihaldin who was formerly Liew’s clerk; second respondent Samsuri Baharudin, the purported attorney of a group of 819 smallholders; and third respondent Liew, the appointed representative of the group.

Alvin Tan defends his facebook vulgarity

Sex blogger hits out at IGP, Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng while claiming Ali Abdul Jalil sought his advice to seek asylum.

In a Facebook posting, notorious sex blogger Alvin Tan defended his use of vulgarity saying that was the only way to grab a reader’s attention and convey the writer’s true state of mind.

Tan posted, “Why do we use “crude language” when trying to send a message? It’s simple: rudeness captures the attention so well that ignoring it becomes very difficult.

Sodomy II: Verdict likely on Friday, says prosecutor

PUTRAJAYA - The verdict on Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy appeal will most likely be delivered on Friday, lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said.

Shafee said he expects the defence submission on DNA profiling by Anwar’s counsel, Ramkarpal Singh, to carry on until Thursday as it was a complicated subject.

“Ram will speak until tomorrow at the rate we are going, because DNA is not easy to understand.

No justice for my son in Malaysia, says activist Ali’s father

As devastated as Abd Jalil Abd Rahman is by his activist son Ali’s decision to flee Malaysia and seek political asylum in Sweden, the man knows that either he let the 29-year-old go, or risk the boy's life by urging him to stay in the country.

"For me, what is more important is his safety, so I don't mind so much where Ali is as long as he is safe," Jalil told The Malaysian Insider.

So he swallowed the bitter news and supported his son's decision to leave the country, although saddened by the separation.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Supermarket employees robbed RM200,000 by masked robbers

PENAMPANG -The Servay hypermarket in Penampang Baru, here, was robbed of RM200,000 cash while the money was in the process of being transported to the bank.

It was reliably learnt that at least two people who wore ski masks and long sleeve shirts had waited nearby for the staff to emerge with the cash before making their move.

A senior Servay staff and several workers were apparently on their way to the bank but decided to stop at the hypermarket headquarters located not far away at 3pm to collect three days' cash.

Their plan was to proceed to the bank to deposit all the money at one go.

One of the two men was then said to have approached the van that the staff were travelling in just as they were about to park.

Sodomy II: Final hearing

Malaysia’s top court on Tuesday began hearing a final appeal filed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction widely regarded as a means to neutralize the threat he poses to the country’s ruling coalition.

Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male aide in 2008 after Malaysia’s appeals court overturned an earlier acquittal.

“I am confident of winning the case if we have judicial independence,” the 67-year-old said before entering the Federal Court, where around 200 of his supporters had gathered. “I’m mentally prepared, but I don’t have much hope.”

Isma conference not approved by Sarawak government

The Sarawak state government clarified yesterday that controversial Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) never received state approval to hold a conference in Kuching last week.

The Borneo Post cited a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Department saying it was not aware of the conference taking place, or it might not have permitted Isma or its members to enter or remain in Sarawak.

PBB says DAP a party of jokers

DAP can make sky high claims or try to match BN in every aspect, but “the rakyat and public are PBB’s judge and jury”.

SIBU - PBB Supreme Council member, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, has described the claim by the Sarawak chapter of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) that it could deliver basic infrastructure facilities to the rural people at a fraction of what it would cost the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) as “the biggest joke of the week”.

“The Opposition just wants to hoodwink the people with the state polls around the corner,” said Abdul Karim, who is Assistant Minister of Youth Development and Asajaya assemblyman. “DAP’s Impian Sarawak Programme and Go Rural Campaign are just to create some publicity for the party.”

“When they (DAP) say they can do a road in Sri Aman for RM 7000 instead of the RM 70,000 that the BN would need if it were to do it, I can’t help laughing.”

He was commenting on DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s address and its Bintulu Declaration at the party’s 17th Sarawak Annual Convention on Sunday in the seaside town of Bintulu in Central Sarawak.