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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Security in Sabah now faces "the enemies within"

KOTA KINABALU -  “PM Najib, the Home and Defence Ministers need to take some time off from their Malaysian Mess politicking and do some serious thinking to solve the Sabah security problem permanently" said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on the inability of Esscom to resolve Sabah and Malaysia’s security threats with a shooting incident off Pom-Pom Island, Semporna, yesterday.

PKR-DAP Sarawak imminent collapse as ties soured

KUCHING - PKR and DAP may end up on a collision course in the coming Sarawak elections if both parties fail to iron out their differences, state PKR chief Baru Bian said.

The leader said his party is prepared to face its former Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ally if necessary although he hopes this would can be avoided.

“I hope it will not come to that stage because our common enemy is the state Barisan Nasional (BN), not our fellow opposition parties,” he told reporters.

Shooting off Pom Pom Island

Security forces shoot at suspected cross border criminals, however there were no injuries reported in the incident

KOTA KINABALU - The Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) has confirmed a shooting incident between the security forces and suspected cross-border criminals occurred in the waters off Pom Pom Island in Semporna on Tuesday (June 30) morning.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The 3 Time-bombs Under ESSCOM – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The recent statements coming out from ESSCOM only confirms what Sabahans have been saying since the 1990s that the wanton issuance of dubious ICs to foreigners to keep Umno and BN in power in Sabah will only serve to create enemies within and subject Malaysia to a reverse takeover by foreigners in time to come," said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on the Esscom statements that the enemies are within and will take time to overcome the security threats and that 200,000 illegals are waiting to be deported and that ESSCOM is roping in MACC to check the corruption and lack of integrity of civil servants and security personnel.

Sabah Earthquake updates

(1 July 2015, Wed): A weak earthquake has occurred at 05:11pm 01/07/15,6.0N 116.7E with magnitude 2.9 and depth 10km, 4km North West of Ranau,Sabah.Tremors felt in Ranau.

(28 June 2015, Sunday): A 3rd weak earthquake has occurred at 06:09am 28/06/15,5.9N 116.6E with Magnitude 2.5 and Depth 8km at Ranau.16km Southwest of Ranau,Sabah.Tremors felt in Ranau,Sabah.

A 2nd weak earthquake has occurred at 04:25am 28/06/15,6.0N 116.6E with Magnitude 2.4 Depth 14km at Ranau.12km Northwest of Ranau,Sabah.Tremors may be felt in Ranau,Sabah.

MARA overpaid by RM18 million for another property - watchdog

KUALA LUMPUR - After the Dudley House and the 333 Exhibition Street properties purchase, MARA is again in the spotlight over another property in Melbourne, Australia.

This time, MARA overpaid by RM18 million for the 51 Queen Street property, said the National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW).

Justo's arrest a ruse to throw people off 1MDB

The arrest of former PetroSaudi International (PSI) executive Xavier Justo is a ruse to throw Malaysians off 1MDB's trail, a veteran newsman says.

A Kadir Jasin said while it is good news for Umno, it has no bearing on the Malaysian economy, which has been severely impacted by 1MDB's debts, among others.

Hundreds dead after military plane crashes in Indonesian city

MEDAN, Indonesia - At least 116 people were killed yesterday when an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials said.

Buildings were left in ruins and cars reduced to flaming wrecks when the Hercules C-130 came down in a residential area of Medan, a city of two million on the island of Sumatra.

Legal action if 999-year land leases not restored - Yong

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party has warned that legal action would be initiated by land owners whose rights have been arbitrarily and without valid reason trampled upon by the government.

Its president Datuk Yong Teck Lee commenting on the latest case concerning a family homestead at Cecily (Pei Ying School area) Sandakan whose 999-year land title effective 12 November 1913 was suddenly revoked and replaced with a 99-year lease, said: “There is not even any sub-division of land in this case. From the time of their grandparents, the family has been residing on the land for 100-odd years.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Orang Asli female student beaten up by three male teachers

KUALA LUMPUR - An Orang Asli student was tied up and beaten by three male teachers after she was accused of stealing from one of them on June 15.

The matter came to light today following a Facebook posting on the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns’s (COAC) page.

Investigate fake Sabah ICs as well, not just Native Certs

KOTA KINABALU - “While the MACC and police investigations on fake and dubious Native Certificates are welcomed and long overdue, they should focus on and investigate fake ICs and MyKads issued not in accordance with the law which is more treasonous and threaten the sovereignty and security of Malaysia to its core” asked Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief why there are no investigations despite numerous reports on the fake ICs and MyKads issued not in accordance with the law and the enrolment of illegal voters in the electoral rolls.

SAPP urges speedy action by Committee on illegals

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has expressed concern that the proposals submitted to the Technical committee on Immigrant Management have not been deliberated on.

Its deputy president, Edward Dagul, said in a press statement yesterday that following the Independent Monitoring and Action Committee (IMAC) meeting with Tan Sri Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan and the Technical Committee on Immigrant Management on April 15, SAPP has through its president, Datuk Yong Teck Lee, submitted further materials on April 24 for the Technical Committee’s further action.

Extend Investigations on Fake Native Certs - Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The MACC and the police should extend their investigations on fake Native certificates and Native certificates which are dubiously issued to unqualified persons which is long overdue to weed out sham certificates that rob natives of their native land rights” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief commenting on reports of the investigations on the non-native holder of the purported Native certificate owning some 300 native titles and ASN investments of more than RM7 million.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fearing of more tragedies

COMMENT Of lately there are many things to be worried about in Sabah, personal safety among them; mugging on the streets, knocked down by fast driving cars due to bad roads and bad drivers, fear of attack by Abu Sayyaf from Southern Philippines.

No laughing matters if you are living in the east coast of Sabah. With the continued threat from the pirates, kidnapping and extorting foreigners and local businessmen alike, no amount of assurance could soothe the anxiety.

Mara deal: Melbourne property inflated, bribery involved

Vendors for Dudley International House in Melbourne have admitted in a sworn testimony that they inflated the price of the property, rubbishing claims by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) that it paid lower than the market rate for the property, The Age said.
The Australian paper's regional editor and journalist told The Malaysian Insider the evidence they obtained in exposing the transaction proved "beyond reasonable doubt" that price inflation and bribery took place involving Malaysian officials.

Dr M: 'Tampered' data claim a ruse

Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has dismissed suggestions that 1MDB's critics owe Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak an apology following the arrest of a former executive in PetroSaudi International Ltd.

Mahathir said that the fundamental issue surrounding 1MDB's controversial joint-venture with PetroSaudi was the return of USD1.9 billion in funds after the deal went sour.

Jho donates $67m

WASHINGTON - Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho has donated US$50 million (S$67 million) to a United States project that is working to turn a supercomputer into a cancer expert able to analyse patients' questions about their condition.

The project is located at the University of Texas' MD Anderson Cancer Centre, the tycoon told the Washington Post newspaper in an interview.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

British American cigarettes to increase 30 cents

PETALING JAYA - Smokers of brands from British American Tobacco (BAT) cigarettes will have to fork out an additional 30 cents for their cigarettes, effective tomorrow (June 29).

In a statement by the tobacco company, its managing editor Stefano Clini said the price revision took into account the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that was implemented in April.

“The company has been absorbing the GST subsequent to its implementation on April 1,” he said.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Social activist Tan Sri Lee urges Government to review dress code

NUSAJAYA - The Government has been urged to start reviewing the dress code ruling for visitors entering government offices or departments to put on end the controversy.

Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the Chief Secretary to the Government has to lead a committe comprising of the representatives of the non-goverment organisations (NGOs) as well as senior civil servants.

Just fancy that! Women go ape over gorilla

TOKYO - A giant gorilla with brooding good looks and rippling muscles is causing a stir at a Japanese zoo, with women flocking to check out the hunky pin-up.

Shabani, an 18-year-old silverback who tips the scales at around 180kg, has become the star attraction at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, striking smouldering poses the movie model in Zoolander would be proud of.

Heart broken and conned, tuition teacher kills herself

KUALA LUMPUR -  A broken heart and an empty bank account apparently drove a 32-year-old tuition teacher to commit suicide from the 10th floor of the Kampung Aman flats in Seri Kembangan on Sunday.

Liew Wai Yi from Seri Kembangan is believed to have transferred RM75,000 to a person called Aslam Roger Lloris Mustafaa who she had befriended in February through an instant messaging service only to find out she had been duped.
 Her family lodged a police report about her death on Sunday and another on Tuesday alleging that she had been driven to suicide by Aslam to whom she had lent the money.

Man behind Nothing2Hide quits Umno posts

"A brave decision. Wish there were more like him in BN,"

Khairul Anwar Rahmat, the organiser of the aborted Nothing2Hide dialogue, has announced that he is stepping down from all Umno posts.

Khairul, who is Kluang Umno Youth chief, Johor Umno Youth vice-chief and head of the Umno legal secretariat, confirmed his resignation from his party posts effective July 11 in a statement early this morning.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dr M: Malaysia is sliding backwards towards arabisation

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is “sliding backwards and acting like Saudi Arabia” in its zeal to impose a dress code on non-Muslim women, the country’s former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said on Thursday (Jun 25).

“Soon, not only shorts will be an issue. If a woman leaves a house without a burqa, it will be considered wrong,” Malaysian media quoted him as saying. "We are acting like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia. That's their culture. When we try to turn it into our culture, it becomes a problem."

Geologist says it's fool's gold

It's fool's gold, says geologist of substance found in rivers post Sabah quake

KOTA KINABALU - That is the advice of geologist Prof. Felix Tongkul has for those who believe the recent earthquake near Mount Kinabalu may have spat out gold.

Social media has been abuzz with the rumour and he advised people not to be over excited as the glittery yellow substance found embedded in the rocks at the Kadamaian river is actually copper.

Are knee-length shorts indecent dressing for men?

KUALA LUMPUR - Following the flurry of complaints on overly-strict government department dress codes, another disgruntled Malaysian — a man this time — has claimed he was a victim of a similar incident last month at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

According to blogger and businessman Wilson Ng, he was forced to don long trousers to enter KLIA’s Baggage Services Lost and Found section after airport security told him his knee-length shorts were inappropriate.

Ng said the incident took place on May 7 after his family’s return from a holiday in Taipei and questioned the intent and purpose behind such a dress code at a place where tourists fly in and out daily wearing all kinds of clothing.

South Korea's MERS outbreak death toll rises to 31

Two more South Korean patients have died from MERS and another patient has contracted the virus, the country's health ministry said Friday.

The announcement brings the total number of deaths from the South Korean outbreak to 31.

A total of 181 South Koreans have been infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, including those who have died and those who have recovered.

Man obtains 300 native land titles using fake native certificate

KOTA KINABALU - A non-native Sabahan who used a falsified Sabah Native Certificate to obtain about 300 native land titles has been detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

It is learned the man had fraudulently obtained about 1,000ha of native land using the fake native certificate.

The suspect is believed to have bought land through a series of purchases in the Sandakan areas.

The man, in his 50s, had purportedly used a fake native certificate issued from Sabah's northern Kota Marudu.

S'wak Report shows proof of "no tampering"

Whistleblower portal Sarawak Report today produced the leaked documents belonging to PetroSaudi International (PSI) that were alleged to have been tampered with, to prove that there were no actual changes to the contents.

The portal acted in response to a report by Umno-linked New Straits Times, quoting cyber intelligence firm Protection Group International (PGI), which made the tampering claim.

Dr M says arrest of former PetroSaudi Int exec over leaked documents suspicious

KUALA LUMPUR - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today expressed suspicion over Thailand’s arrest of a former PetroSaudi International executive who leaked documents about 1Malaysia Development Bhd, claiming industrial espionage wouldn’t have merited the detention.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since Xavier Justo was arrested on Monday, the former prime minister and trenchant critic of 1MDB said there was no reason for Thailand to detain the man allegedly blackmailing PetroSaudi over its abortive deal with the Malaysian firm.

Fast and furious Ferrari crash goes viral

KUCHING - The crash of one of Sarawak's costliest cars not only caused heavy traffic on the road where the accident happened but has also gone viral online.

In the accident, which occurred at about 10am Thursday, a Ferrari 458 crashed into the guardrail along Jalan Tabuan Court, a busy road linking the state capital's airport, residential and commercial districts.

Thai psychic claims Malaysia will have a series of calamities within two years

KOTA KINABALU - Thai psychic Navaracha Pinitlokakorn aka Prai has made a mind-boggling prediction, claiming that in two years time, a strange phenomenon would cause Peninsular Malaysia to ‘split’ into two.

This was highlighted by online news portal, quoting an exclusive interview with Prai by the Feminine Magazine, recently.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sarawak for Sarawakians okay, motorists can stick the message on their vehicles

KUCHING - The police have assured motorists that no action will be taken against them for pasting the S4S (“Sarawak for Sarawakians”) stickers on their cars and motorcycles as the slogan is not considered to be instigating.

This was stated by Kuching district police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad in response to rumours that police and JPJ would mount operations to remove such stickers from vehicles.

Police conducts raids following expose of MARA corrupt deal

The Australian Federal Police have conducted raids in Melbourne following the expose of the purchase of the Dudley International House involving a high ranking Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) official, a senior official of the government-linked company and a former politician.

Mt Kinabalu to reopen to climbers in Sept

KUNDASANG - Mount Kinabalu is expected to be reopened to climbers in early September, said Sabah Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

The mountain, which stands at 4,095 metres, was closed to climbers following an earthquake in the state on June 5 that claimed the lives of 18 people comprising climbers and mountain guides.

Zahid off the mark over 1MDB issue

COMMENT Home Minister Zahid Hamidi is way off the mark by going after the media over the disclosures surrounding the 1MDB scandal. It is the job of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to explain to the public his (mis)handling of the mother of all scandals and not for Zahid to try to protect him.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Masterminds in tanker’s hijacking identified

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)  intelligence has identified two to three masterminds who are believed to be involved in the hijacking of the MT Orkim Harmony tanker.

MMEA deputy director-general (operations) Rear Admiral Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar said MMEA was collecting information on the kingpins, including their movement and citizenship.

Confiscation of student’s crucifix necklace uncalled for

KOTA KINABALU - The Education Department and the Education Ministry have been urged to explain whether there is restriction on students to wear religious symbols to school such as the crucifix which is worn by individuals as a necklace around their neck.

1 year imprisonment awaits Muslim women who wears "too short or tight" in Pahang

KUANTAN – Muslim women in the state who fail to adhere to a “decent” dress code during the month of Ramadan can end up in jail for a year or fined up to RM2,000, a local English daily reports.

Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) head of investigation Mohd Anis Azmi said that checks done at a few local Ramadan bazaars have shown that many Muslim women were clad in dresses that were “too short or tight”, something he considers as “inappropriately dressed”.

Top government official, 2 others linked to RM65 million Melbourne property scam, says Aussie paper

A “top” Mara officer, senior official and former politician have allegedly spent millions of government funds to buy an apartment block in Melbourne in a property scam, The Age newspaper said today.

In the exclusive report, the Australian paper alleges that “a group of super-rich Malaysian officials” overpaid by A$4.75 million (RM13.8 million) for an apartment block in the city in 2013.

The trio had allegedly “overbid” for the building, called Dudley International House, from A$17.8 million to A$22.5 million (RM65.3 million), with the difference pocketed as bribes back home.

Ranau earthquake: A record 91 earthquakes reported

RANAU - A fourth weak earthquake has occurred at 6:39pm 23/06/15,6.0N 116.7E with magnitude 3.0 and depth 10km at Ranau, Sabah.

Just minutes before third earthquake occurred at 6:26pm 23/06/15,6.0N 116.6E with magnitude 2.6 and depth 5km at Ranau, Sabah.

Residents as far as Kota Kinabalu areas also felt a short tremor at 5:33pm 23/06/15,6.1N 116.5E with magnitude 4.3 and depth 10km at Ranau, Sabah.

While this morning, a weak tremor measuring 3.5 on the Ritcher scale has caused roof of a religious school here to collapse.

District fire and rescue chief Jimmy Lagon said the library roof of SMKA Mohamad Ali collapsed five minutes after the earthquake occurred at 10.54am.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Court upholds order for return of 'Allah' CDs to clerk

PUTRAJAYA - The Court of Appeal has upheld an order compelling the Home Ministry to return eight CDs containing the word "Allah" to Sarawakian clerk Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill.

The court ordered for the CDs to be returned within a month.
Court of Appeal judge Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, chaired a three-man panel, to decide on the Home Ministry’s appeal as well as a cross appeal by Bill, 34, who contended that she used the word “Allah” in her prayers and religious education.

OMG! Sarong case strikes again!

PETALING JAYA - Another sarong case yet again ... this time involving a woman who was not allowed to enter the Sungai Buloh Hospital recently for wearing a white t-shirt and black shorts.

In a Facebook post by the victim, who goes by the username Nisha Daddygal, she claimed she was stopped by a few security guards, and was forced to borrow a towel and wrap it round before being granted permission to enter the public institution.

“The moment I reached the visitors gate there were few security guards who stopped me and said ‘you can’t go in because you’re wearing shorts’,” the Facebook post dated June 21 reads.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Local online NGO MARAH launches their Sarawak chapter today

Malaysian crime and safety awareness NGO MARAH (Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft) have announced the launch of their Sarawak chapter today, following the online NGO’s inception in 2012.

In a statement today, MARAH founder Dave Avran said that MARAH Sarawak aims to create various platforms not only to share information, safety tips and warnings on hot crime areas and to function as a support group for victims, but also to set up a 24/7 real time crime watch portal for crime prevention, crime hotspots and pattern detection to tip off the police and residents in affected areas.

MERS: 2 more deaths, 3 new infections reported in South Korea

South Korea reported two MERS fatalities on Monday taking the death toll to 27. Three more were diagnosed with the virus taking the total number of people infected to 172.

South Korea on Monday reported two MERS fatalities and three new cases, taking the country’s death toll to 27 in the largest outbreak of the virus outside Saudi Arabia.

Sarong 2 - duo denied entry into Selangor state secretariat building over skirts

SELANGOR — An English daily reporter and a resident from Klang were this morning denied entry into the Selangor state secretariat (SUK) building for wearing skirts that were deemed inappropriate.

The incident comes less than a month after the Road Transport Department (RTD) was slammed by social media users for insisting that a woman wear a sarong at its premises.

The two women today were stopped by security personnel at the entrance of the SUK when they arrived for a press conference.

Court of Appeal to render another ‘Allah’ decision tomorrow

KUALA LUMPUR - The Christian community in Malaysia will once again train its collective eyes on the Court of Appeal when the appellate court is called upon tomorrow to render a decision on the right of Christians to use the term “Allah” in worship.

'Teacher told non-Muslim pupils to drink urine'

In MALAYA - A senior teacher at a primary school in Sungai Petani, Kedah, had allegedly told non-Muslim students not to drink water in class but to do so in the washroom.

The teacher, who is in charge of student affairs, also allegedly told the pupils that if they don't have water, they could drink from the "tap or their own urine" instead.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

MH17 crash: Whistleblower has come forward with information, claims PI

SIOBHAN FENTON - A whistleblower has come forward with information about flight MH17, a German private detective has claimed.

298 passengers and crew on the Malaysia Airlines aircraft died when it crashed in Ukraine last July.

US officials have said that there is a "solid case" that the plane was shot down by a missile fired by pro-Russian forces in the region. They have suggested that the rebels mistook the commercial aircraft for a military plane and shot it down in confusion.

Weak earthquake hits Ranau this afternoon

A weak earthquake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, hits Ranau, Sabah at 1.15 pm today.

The Meteorological Department in a statement today, said the quake’s epicentre was at (5.7N 117.3E) 41km south-west of Beluran, Sabah.

BTN’s own slides already proven racism

KUALA LUMPUR - A deputy minister has been taken to task for displaying ignorance of the “disgusting methods of brainwashing’ used by the controversial federal government’s Biro Tata Negara.

The MP for Batu Kawan, Kasturi Patto, said six slides, and one entitled “Racism” displayed on the BTN website last week were concrete proof of the racist intent of the bureau’s work.