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Monday, May 30, 2016

Najib should resign if Hadi's bill passed

An MCA Youth leader has suggested that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should resign if PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's Private Member's Bill is passed in Parliament.

MCA Youth legal bureau chief Ng Kian Nam has asked Najib to state his stand clearly: whether all Umno MPs support the PAS bill, despite strong protests from other BN component parties.

If that is the case, where there are BN MPs who have opposing views and even stand together with the enemy, Ng said, as this would definitely cause the break-up of BN.

Guan Eng told to quit for promoting PAS to voters

A Penang BN leader has joined the fray blaming DAP for PAS insisting on implementing hudud by tabling a motion on the matter in Parliament in its recent sitting.

However PAS then requested that debate on the motion be postponed to the next sitting.

Gerakan national legal and human rights bureau chief Baljit Singh said it was DAP who should shoulder the blame as the party had encouraged voters to vote for PAS in the national polls, including the last general election in 2013.

"Has DAP forgotten it told the Chinese voters that hudud will not affect them, it would only affect Umno leaders?" Baljit reminded.

Sabah claim's personal issue?

MALAYSIA’s hope for a new chapter in the Malaysia-Philippines relations remains unfulfilled after the Philippine incoming president Rodrigo Duterte made public his intentions to pursue, yet again, the country’s claim on Sabah.

It is not coincidental that this issue has arisen in parallel to the support he receives from the south.

For some Filipinos, if they were to drop their claim on Sabah without concessions, this would mean an outright recognition of Malaysia’s sovereignty over Sabah.

Sex on the menu

SELANGOR - A RESTAURANT in an oil palm plantation in Kuala Langat, Selangor, serves more than food – sex is also on the menu, reported Kosmo! Ahad.

Its illicit activity is believed to have been going on for over six months before the Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG) raided the restaurant at about 10pm on Friday.

Thirty guest relations officers (GROs) and three managers – all aged between 23 and 58 – were detained.

STAGG deputy commander Senior Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa said two of the managers were Indonesians while the third was a Chinese national.

The GROs were also foreigners – 29 of them from China and one from the Philippines, he added.

Man charged with damaging idols fit to stand trial

IPOH - A medical graduate charged with damaging idols at a Hindu temple here last month is fit to stand trial, the Sessions Court was told Monday.

DPP Fadhli Ab Wahab told the Court that a psychiatric report dated May 19 from Hospital Bahagia Ulu Kinta in Tanjung Rambutan stated that Fathi Munzir Nadzri, 29, was fit for trial.

Fathi Munzir, who appeared in Court for mention of the case, claimed trial after the charge was read out to him before Judge D. Sunita Kaur Jessy.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Pandikar in stable condition after undergoing minor surgery in Singapore

KUALA LUMPUR - Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia is now in stable condition after going through a minor surgery in Singapore.

According to a parliamentary source, Pandikar went to Singapore after feeling unwell after the Dewan Rakyat sitting that ended last Thursday.

"It was only a minor surgery on his back. He is in good condition now and currently undergoing treatment in Singapore," the source told Astro AWANI.

The source also dismissed rumours that Pandikar had suffered a haemorrhagic stroke like the ones circulated in WhatsApp and social media recently.

In January 2010, Pandikar suffered a heart attack and underwent a bypass surgery.

Ex-BSI manager denied bail by S'pore court

SINGAPORE - A former wealth manager of troubled Swiss private bank BSI was denied bail by the Singapore High Court on Friday and will await his trial in prison for two of the nine charges that are part of the city-state’s investigations into money laundering.

The case is related to illicit money transfers linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which is being investigated by at least six jurisdictions.

Judge Chan Seng Onn said prosecution and defense should try to expedite the trial for the two offences of perverting the course of justice.

Sabah leaders reject Duterte’s claim on state, mixed on resolving Philippine issue

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah leaders have dismissed the latest claims on Sabah from the Philippines, noting that Sabahans and international law see the state as part of Malaysia.

However, some leaders say the Malaysian government must take a more assertive stand on ownership in response to incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte's intention to pursue his country's claim on Sabah.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the state has never recognised nor acknowledged the Philippines, or any other quarter, who staked their claim on the resource-rich Borneo state.

Sabah, Sarawak to go ‘separate ways’ if Parliament passes Hudud bill, Kurup warns

KUALA LUMPUR - United Sabah People’s Party president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup cautioned Putrajaya that Sabahans and Sarawakians may demand to split from peninsular Malaysia if the proposed amendments to Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 are passed in Parliament.

Kurup who is also minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of national unity said the Bill risks dividing East and West Malaysia and called for its withdrawal.

Gorilla shot dead to save boy, 4, who fell into zoo enclosure

A special z oo response team shot and killed a gorilla that grabbed a four-year-old boy who fell into an exhibit moat at a US zoo.

The authorities said the youngster, who fell 10 to 12 feet at Cincinnati Zoo, is expected to recover after being picked up out of the moat and dragged by the gorilla for about 10 minutes.

He was taken to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre, and zoo officials said he was alert when transported there.

Liow appeals to all MPs to vote against PAS’ bill

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pic) appealed to all MPs to vote against the private members' Bill raised by PAS.

"We want support from both sides of the political divide to come together to stop this Bill, because it is in conflict with the spirit of our Federal Constitution," he told reporters after launching Kojadi's annual general meeting on Sunday.

Though Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak reportedly said the Bill had nothing to do with hudud, Liow pointed out that if it were to be passed, the scope was "wide-enough" to give PAS in Kelantan the power to exact hudud punishment.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Sabah, S’wak lawmakers say no to hudud

The Hadi bill, an attempt to introduce hudud "bit by bit" into Malaysian society, will create precedents and encroachments into the legal system says James Masing.

KUCHING - Five political parties across the political divide in Sabah and Sarawak have stated their opposition to the hudud bill introduced in Parliament last Thursday by PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang.

There is no place in Malaysia for hudud

THE fact that the Government enabled the tabling of PAS’ controversial Private Member’s Bill on Thursday was a shock to many Malaysians, especially to the non-Umno MPs in Barisan Nasional.

This Bill, if passed, means hudud can be implemented in Kelantan.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang tried to table his Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill in the Dewan Rakyat twice last year but failed.

Almost all non-Muslim leaders in Barisan, especially from Sabah and Sarawak, declared to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that their parties would not support any amendments to federal laws that would introduce hudud in Kelantan.

Duterte’s bold statement worries Sabahans

The incoming president’s vow to pursue his country’s claim to Sabah appears to take it further than previous presidents.

YESTERDAY, Sabahans woke up to the screaming front-page headline “Duterte to pursue Sabah claim” in a local newspaper.

News junkies had already seen the story reported by Philippines news websites the night before.

No one can stake claim to Sabah as it has achieved independence

No one can lay their claims to Sabah as it has achieved its independence through Malaysia in 1963.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said that Sabah would remain independent and its sovereignty would be protected by the security forces.

"No one can lay their claim on Sabah because it has gained its independence many years ago," said Najib to cheers from the crowd here today.

1MDB investigations didn’t examine key evidence, interview Najib: WSJ

Malaysia's investigations into troubled state-development fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) didn't examine key evidence or interview Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Najib, who was chairman of 1MDB's board of advisors as well as Malaysia's finance minister, had ordered the auditor general to produce a report on 1MDB that was to be reviewed by a parliamentary committee, but that report was declared "classified" under Malaysia's Officials Secrets Act, which meant it could not be revealed to the public, the WSJ reported.

One year passed, Putrajaya says still no idea where ‘boat people’ came from

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi admitted today that Putrajaya is still ascertaining the nationalities of the refugees reportedly languishing in Malaysia’s detention centres with no recourse over their fate.

The refugees dubbed “boat people” are believed be mostly the persecuted Rohingya minority from Myanmar, but the home minister said their identities could not be confirmed due to lack of identification papers.

“We are still checking whether they are really Rohingyas or Bangladeshis because there are no documents being issued to them by either the Bangladeshi government or the government of Myanmar,” Zahid told reporters here.

Sarawak parties make strong calls against proposed Bill on hudud laws

KUCHING - Five parties from both political sides are strongly maintaining their non-support for the tabling of a Private Member’s Bill on Kelantan hudud law by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in the Dewan Rakyat.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing strongly disagrees with the proposal, believing that the passing of it could result in the creation of precedents that might lead to the encroachment on the realms of the current legal system. He stressed that the passing of the Bill could also affect the non-Muslims in this country one day.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Duterte death squad fears rise as Philippine police kill eight

Police insist the eight drug suspects were killed lawfully, with the officers only firing back after being shot at

MANILA: Philippine police shot dead eight drug suspects this week, authorities said Friday, following repeated calls by president-elect Rodrigo Duterte for security forces to kill criminals.

Gunmen on motorcycles also murdered three petty criminals in Duterte’s hometown of Davao, police said, deepening fears of mass extra-judicial killings once the controversial politician begins his six-year term on June 30.

DAP, PKR complicit in PAS hudud bid, insists Gerakan

KUALA LUMPUR - Gerakan’s Tan Keng Liang said today that PKR and DAP cannot distance themselves from PAS’s controversial bid to introduce hudud, saying the trio’s coexistence in the Selangor government showed continued ties among the former allies.

Liow: Hudud against BN's principles and position

KUALA LUMPUR - MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai reiterated the party’s objection to PAS’s proposed amendments to hudud laws through a Private Member's Bill.

“MCA will not support any bill that will grant powers to impose Hudud in this country,” he said in a press statement today.

“It is not a government Bill neither it is in line with Barisan Nasional’s principles and position,” he added.

Chinese state media warns G7 against meddling in sea issue

BEIJING - Chinese state media warned the Group of Seven nations not to “meddle” in South China Sea disputes, as leaders from the bloc gathered for talks in Japan.

The commentary came as Euro­pean Council President Donald Tusk said on the sidelines of a summit in Ise-Shima yesterday that the bloc should take a “clear stance” on China’s contested maritime claims.

Beijing has angered several South-East Asian neighbours by claiming almost all of the South China Sea and rapidly building reefs into artificial islands.

NGOs cancel planned gathering over Sabah MyKad issue

KOTA KINABALU - The organisers of the “Majlis Himpunan Rakyat – Membantah Penarikan MyKad di Sabah" (People's Gathering to Protest the Withdrawal of MyKad in Sabah) have agreed to cancel their event scheduled for May 31 at a hotel here.

City police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra said the organisers, comprising a group of NGOs, were advised to cancel the private event because it would touch on public sensitivity and risk raising public unease.

‘Genuine’ IC holders need not fear RCI

The IC issue in Sabah needs to find closure as the state cannot continue to have people holding personal documents to which they are not entitled and not eligible to hold.

KOTA KINABALU - A human rights advocate has pointed out that genuine MyKad holders in Sabah need not fear the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Illegal Immigrants in the state. “The Technical Working Committee on the RCI Report, headed by Huguan Siou Joseph Pairin Kitingan, is bound by the Federal Constitution and the National Registration Act,” stressed Daniel John Jambun in a telephone interview.

Vivian jailed for 'seditious' post on ‘bak kut teh’

KUALA LUMPUR - Blogger Vivian Lee May Ling was jailed for six months on a sedition charge for publishing a ‘bak kut teh’ image during Ramadan three years ago.

Sessions Court judge Abdul Rashid Daud ruled that the prosecution had proven the charge against her beyond reasonable doubt, the test of the burden of proof in criminal cases.

“The accused is found guilty under Section 4(1)(c) of the Sedition Act and sentenced to six months in prison from today,” he said. “This is a serious offence as it involves sensitive issues for Islam.”

Pinoy president to pursue Sabah claim

Philippines’ incoming president Rodrigo Duterte vowed to pursue the Philippines’s claim to Sabah, widely reported by the Fillipino press yesterday.

The Phillipines Star quoted Duterte saying, “I’ll stick to our claim,” when asked for his stand on the country’s claim to Sabah.

Pressed if he would recognize the claim of the sultanate of Sulu on Sabah, Duterte replied: “Yes. What has been the policy will always be the policy of the government especially those for the interest of the country. We have to stake our claim.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Child sex offenders in Indonesia to face execution or chemical castration

JAKARTA - Child sex offenders could be executed or chemically castrated in Indonesia under a crackdown following the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Indonesia, especially Bali, is a blackspot for Australian paedophiles - in 2014 it eclipsed Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia to become the number one destination for Australian child sex tourists.

About 100 people involved in Immigration system sabotage, says minister

PUTRAJAYA - About 100 people are suspected of being involved in the possible sabotage of the Malaysian Immigration System (myIMMs).

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, announcing this today, said some have been detained to assist in police investigation.

"Most of them are mostly immigration officers and syndicate members.

"Based on a three-month surveillance, there is no evidence to suggest that top level officers in the Immigration Department are involved.

Man claims he was shortchanged over 'fake' Citizens' Declaration signatures

A man today claimed that he was cheated by a person who had allegedly purchased nearly 900,000 names from his database to forge signatures for the Citizens' Declaration.

Azharuddin Othman, 26, told a press conference that the names were needed to collect 1.2 million signatures and he was contacted by the person on April 27 with promise of RM5,000 in payment.

The database, he said, was one that was made available to all political parties during the 13th general election.

3 journalists disappear in Colombia within days

Spanish journalist Salud Hernandez
(CNN) - First, Spanish journalist Salud Hernandez went missing while working on a story in Catatumbo, a remote region in northern Colombia with a heavy guerrilla and organized crime presence.

Then Colombian TV network RCN said two of its journalists, correspondent Diego D'Pablos and cameraman Carlos Melo, disappeared in the same region while covering the disappearance of Hernandez.

Military captures Abu Sayyaf camp in Sulu

METRO MANILA (CNN Philippines) - Government forces have captured a camp of the terror group Abu Sayyaf after a firefight in Maimbung, Sulu, the military said Wednesday (May 25).

Maj. Filemon Tan, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said troops from the Army’s 14th Special Ranger Company fought an unknown number of lawless elements under ASG leader Idang Susukan in Barangay Gulangan for about 45 minutes on Tuesday (May 24) before the bandits withdrew.

More possible MH370 debris wash up in Mauritius

THREE more possible pieces of wreckage from MH370 have been found in Mauritius and Mozambique.

The first, an 80cm by 40cm piece of suspected fuselage, was found by a French tourist on the north east coast of the mainland at Îlot Bernache more than two weeks ago.

The man reportedly gave it to the captain of a boat he had hired to take him to the spot, known in English as Goose Island, for safekeeping.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

No logic in Penang undersea tunnel

Penang people want to build an undersea, and that reminds me of former Melaka CM's wish to build a bridge across to Indonesia's Dumai.

The cross-strait bridge to Indonesia made a major laughing stock when the proposal was first announced

People saw it as a joke not because it was technically unfeasible but because there was no such a need for the bridge at all. Imagine a bridge that crosses the Straits of Melaka should have been both miraculous and desolate. How much money do we need to pump in to build a bridge like that? What about the manpower involved? Will the input be proportionate to to the revenue?

1MDB not allowed to borrow any more

The government will not allow 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to borrow any more money as its business model is unsustainable, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.

Speaking in Parliament, Johari said the troubled state fund won't be allowed to borrow from even public funds such as the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) and Pilgrimage Fund Board (Tabung Haji).

Twitter drops photos, videos from 140-character limit

Twitter said on Tuesday that user names and media attachments such as photos and videos will no longer count toward the length of a tweet but the 140-character limit will remain.

Twitter said the change, part of its efforts to simplify its microblogging service, will happen in the next few months.

"A few simple changes to make conversations on Twitter easier! And no more removing characters for images or videos!" Chief executive Jack Dorsey said in a 115-character tweet.

Swiss financial authority seized RM400 million in illegal profits from BSI Bank

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma), which identified serious lapses by BSI Bank in its dealing with accounts linked to 1MDB, announced the confiscation of almost RM400 million in profits generated by the bank.

"The serious breaches of supervisory law linked to the client relationships the bank maintained over the period under investigation enabled it to charge high fees.

Finma has ordered the disgorgement of illegally generated profits in the amount of 95 million swiss franc (about RM394 million).

Komulakan: Umno's infamous Project IC is treachery, supports Mykad recall

KOTA BELUD - Komulakan UPKO has reiterated its full support for the recall of all identity cards (MyKad) issued in Sabah and for a re-registration to be done to issue new MyKad to genuine Malaysians in the state.

Its chief, Ewon Benedick, said the issuance of MyKad is a security issue which topped the list of concerns by genuine Sabahans.

“When you issue MyKad to illegitimate individuals, it opens a door for them to be part of the public service, security team, electoral list and whatever opportunities the locals are privileged to. That is tantamount to selling national sovereignty the kind of which led to the infamous Lahad Datu intrusion in 2013,” said Ewon.

Hit by low oil price, Sabah Shell forced to adjust expenditures

KOTA KINABALU - The current tough oil price environment hit many oil and gas companies hard, including oil giant Shell Holdings Bhd, forcing them to find new balance in order to sustain its business in the State and elsewhere.

Sabah Shell Malaysia General Manager Ian Lim said due to the low price of Brent crude oil, the entire industry had had to make adjustments including deferring or stopping projects and restructuring to achieve lower costs.

Petronas denies talk of assets, stake sale to Russians

KUALA LUMPUR - Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has denied news reports that it is in talks with a Russian party for the disposal of its stake or assets.

"We wish to clarify that Petronas has not been and is currently not in discussions with any Russian party for the abovementioned purpose," Petronas said in a statement today.

The company was referring to a number of press reports originating from Russia on purported discussions for the corporate exercise.

Philippine death squads very much in business as Duterte set for presidency

On May 14, five days after voters in the Philippines chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president, two masked gunmen cruised this southern city's suburbs on a motorbike, looking for their kill.

DAVAO, Philippines - On May 14, five days after voters in the Philippines chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president, two masked gunmen cruised this southern city's suburbs on a motorbike, looking for their kill.

Philippine fishermen had encroached into Msian waters, clarifies Foreign Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR - The three Philippine fishermen detained by the Royal Malaysian Navy earlier this month, had encroached into Malaysian waters.

Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican said the trio were not detained in Philippines territorial waters in the disputed Spratlys, as reported yesterday.

“The incident happened in the Commodore Reef located in northern Sabah. When the Malaysian navy detected them, they were within 10 nautical miles off the reef, within the Malaysian maritime boundary,” he said, adding that the navy acted within the law.

Robbed RM100,000 at KK traffic lights

KOTA KINABALU - A 60-year-old woman who just retired from the civil service will not be able to enjoy her hard-earned pension money of RM100,000 – she was robbed in broad daylight by two men at the traffic lights opposite Wawasan Plaza, here, Tuesday.

The victim withdrew all the cash from a bank at Api-Api Centre at about 9.20am and intended to invest all in the Amanah Saham Bumiputra (ASB) when the robbers struck 30 minutes later.

Speaking to Daily Express here on the same day, the victim said all the money was kept in a big envelope placed inside her handbag which she put on the car floor.

Upon reaching the traffic lights on the second lane from the right, she was shocked when a man smashed her left car window with a sharp object before grabbing her handbag.

She tried to stop the robber until some cash fell on the road but failed. She sustained wounds on her thumbs and index finger in the process.

Malaysians waste 15,000 tonnes of food daily

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians waste 15,000 tonnes of food daily, including 3,000 tonnes that is still fit for consumption and should not be discarded.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Nogeh Gumbek said the increasing food wastage, especially during festive seasons should not be made a habit and should be curbed.

“Research conducted by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) shows that 28.4 percent of the padi produced is wasted. As for fruits and vegetables, 20 to 50 percent is thrown away,” he said after opening the ‘MySaveFood’ forum here, today.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rafizi to reveal Sex and Money allegations amid plans to remove him

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli's WhatsApp text about graft allegations which went viral last week has indirectly caused friction within PKR even as it gears up to fight the coming by-election.

Yesterday, the Pandan MP added more fuel to the alleged 'sex and money' scandal by announcing publicly that he will hand over evidence to PKR party president,Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Speaking in the Parliament lobby, he told reporters that he hoped that it will be brought up at the party's political bureau meeting which will be held tonight.

BSI ordered to shut by Singapore over investigation into 1MDB

Singapore ordered BSI SA’s unit in the city-state to shut down as Swiss authorities began criminal proceedings against the bank, the biggest fallout suffered by a financial institution to date from global probes related to a troubled Malaysian state fund.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore served BSI Bank a notice of intention to withdraw its status as a merchant bank for breaches of money laundering rules, it said in a statement, the first time in 32 years it’s withdrawing a license from a merchant bank.

Gas supply (Amend) Bill 2016 passed in Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR - The Dewan Rakyat yesterday passed the Gas Supply (Amendment) Bill 2016 for the implementation of third-party access (TPA) system in an effort to enhance competition in the national gas supply industry.

The amendment also involved the provision of Clause 4 of the bill which applies to Sarawak after obtaining the approval from the Sarawak Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar in winding up debate on the bill, said the amendment would create competition with the participation of third parties in the gas industry.

Man sentenced to hang for burning wife

GEORGE TOWN - The High Court here sentenced an unemployed 42-year-old man to hang for murdering his wife in Bukit Mertajam three years ago.

Chiam Nguang Huat was found guilty of setting his wife Lai Siew Fong, 37, on fire and killing her.

Chiam did not show any reaction when Judicial Commissioner Nordin Hassan read out the sentence.

SPM: Education Ministry to determine if Msia ready for compulsory pass in English

KUALA LUMPUR - The Education Ministry is setting up indicators to determine whether the country is prepared to implement the condition of a compulsory pass in English Language in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said the process involved getting feedback from the public and interested parties, including teachers.

Swiss bank probed in connection with 1MDB scandal

GENEVA (AP) - The Swiss attorney general's office has opened criminal proceedings against a Swiss bank in connection with a probe into suspected embezzlement of a Malaysian state investment fund.

The office said Tuesday that it "suspects deficiencies in the internal organization" of BSI bank, based in Lugano.

It added in a statement: "It is believed that due to these deficiencies, the bank was unable to prevent the commission of offenses currently under investigation in the criminal proceedings relating to 1MDB."

Jeffrey ‘alarmed’ at reports Russia studying Petronas assets

Selling off oil rigs in the waters of Sabah and Sarawak would mean "infringing" on the territorial rights of the two Borneo nations.

KOTA KINABALU - Bingkor Assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan has expressed extreme concern on speculation arising from a website http://teknoblog.ru and the Tass news agency, both reporting that Moscow was considering buying out Petronas assets.