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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Autonomy will turn into independence if unfulfilled – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The recent poll results showing that 67% of Sabahans wanting autonomy for Sabah to be implemented is not surprising.  In fact, if the pollsters had asked whether the people whether they wanted independence, the results may be similar in numbers,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of STAR who is also the Assemblyman for Bingkor, Keningau, who had long championed for Sabah to be restored as an equal and autonomous partner in the Federation of Malaysia.

UN urges Indonesia to free jailed Jakarta governor

JAKARTA - The United Nations pressed Indonesia on Monday to release Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor and repeal blasphemy laws which they say undermine religious freedom in the Muslim-majority nation.

The call came as the family of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as Ahok, unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy, which had been submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier.

Philippine forces kill another Abu Sayyaf militant

KOTA KINABALU - The Philippine military is continuing its operations against fleeing Abu Sayyaf gunmen, killing a militant known only as Imbo, a key man to the notorious Alhabsi Misaya who was killed in late April.

The Philippines Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) commander Brig-Gen Cirilito Sobejana Jr said Imbo was a key kidnap-for-ransom contact and facilitator keeper of Alhabsi’s firearms and boats used in kidnapping from Bahalaw island off Jolo island in the Sulu province.

Borneo Agenda not only Alive and Kicking but Stronger and Better Supported – STAR

KOTA KINABALU - “The AGENDA BORNEO is certainly alive and kicking.  In fact, the Agenda Borneo is much more active and getting stronger and better supported than it was years ago when Juliana Siton still had her conscience to support it,” said Jeffrey Kumin, Information Chief of the Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, in response to her wild accusation that the Agenda Borneo no longer exists.

“We are pleased that the Agenda Borneo has even received support globally and that Dr. Jeffrey still has his conscience unlike her who seem to have lost her direction as well,” added Jeffrey.

The calling of Sabah for Sabahans, Sarawak for Sarawakians, even SSKM, and the demands for full autonomy as well as for the restoration of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners and the implementation of the constitutional rights of Sabah and Sarawak are all parts of the Borneo Agenda.

I am disappointed with IGP, says Pastor Koh’s wife

PETALING JAYA - The wife of missing pastor Raymond Koh, Susanna Liew, has expressed her disappointment with the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for investigating her husband's alleged proselytising instead of solving his abduction.

Liew said her trust has been in vain after she had read a report in a Malay daily on April 6 stating that the police are investigating her husband and unnamed others for allegedly trying to convert unnamed Muslim youths in Perlis.

"According to the IGP, Raymond is now being investigated under Section 298 (A)(1) of the Penal Code for trying to disrupt the country's harmony by using religion.

Pastor Koh abduction: 100 days and still no answers

PETALING JAYA - It has been 100 days since Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted, and there has been no update from the police on investigations into his disappearance.

Report: North Korean cyber warfare cell that worries the West has links in Malaysia

SEOUL - North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

North Korea has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries.

At least 22 dead, 50 injured after explosion at Ariana Grande concert in England as evil strikes

At least 22 people were killed and 50 injured Monday night in an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that police are treating as a possible suicide bombing.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Curfew in ESSZone waters extended to June 7

KOTA KINABALU - The period of the dusk-to-dawn curfew in the waters off seven districts under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) which ended today has been extended to June 7, said Sabah Police commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

Nine Navy men still missing off Johor waters

PETALING JAYA - Nine Navy personnel have been missing since Wednesday after their boat lost contact during a routine patrol in waters off Johor.

The Navy said the boat with an officer and eight personnel was patrolling the waters together with fast attack craft KD Perdana off Tanjung Sedili when both vessels lost communication with each other.

"The Royal Malaysian Navy has confirmed an incident where KD Perdana lost communication with a boat ferrying a Boarding Team in the waters of Sedili at 201300H (8.13pm) on Wednesday," said a Navy statement on Sunday.

Breathtaking image of futsal court in remote Sabah goes viral

If Lord of the Rings' Rivendell had its own elvish futsal team, this is where they would train.

Yong criticises politicians without principle

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee yesterday criticized the opposition parties in West Malaysia for not having principle and honour as they were unable to let go of their government posts even after their parties have gone separate ways.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

‘Defend M’sia as secular nation’

KUALA LUMPUR - All Malaysians must defend Malaysia as a secular country as inspired by the nation’s founding father Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj, said a former Court of Appeal judge.

Datuk Seri Mohd Hishamudin Yunus (pic) said the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (RUU355) was not suitable and would not be accepted by most Malaysians.

The argument that the RUU355 will not affect non-Muslims also cannot be accepted, he said.

Penang court rejects application to remand JJPTR founder Johnson Lee, two aides

BUKIT MERTAJAM - The magistrate's court here has rejected a fresh application to remand JJ Poor To Rich (JJPTR) founder Johnson Lee and two of his aides.  

The trio, led by police, arrived around 10.55am Sunday at the Bukit Mertajam courthouse from the Central Seberang Prai district police headquarters in Bandar Perda. 

At about 1.50pm, their lawyer G. Jaya Prem walked out and announced to reporters that their remand application has been rejected by magistrate Diannee Ningrad Nor Azahar.

What did Melania Trump wear in Saudi Arabia?

RIYADH - What women wear can often be the focus of critique and controversy -- all the more so when the woman is an ex-model, married to the US president and disembarking in Saudi Arabia.

The question of what first lady Melania Trump would wear on her husband's first foreign trip echoes similar debates around Michelle Obama's decision to wear colour -- blue and white -- and not cover her hair on a visit to ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

JJPTR founder, aides rearrested after release

KUALA LUMPUR - Under investigation for cheating, JJ Poor To Rich (JJPTR) scheme founder Johnson Lee and two aides have been rearrested shortly after their release from the Klang police custody and are to be taken to Penang today.

North Klang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Yusoff Mamat said the trio would be passed over to Penang police for “their side of the investigation into the money scheme”, The Star daily reported.

Lee and his two senior aides who have not been named were arrested in Petaling Jaya, Selangor last Tuesday following a joint raid by government agencies including the police on eight JJPTR offices.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Trump alleges ‘witch hunt’, denies trying to kill FBI probe

Lashing out after a high-powered special counsel was appointed to investigate events around the 2016 election, Trump denied he ever plotted with the Kremlin to win the White House.

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of the “greatest witch hunt” in American political history Thursday and slapped down accusations he tried to quash a probe into collusion between his campaign team and Russia.

I wasn't being rude, says David Teo on slapping incident

KUALA LUMPUR - Film producer David Teo described the incident which saw him being slapped by a fellow artiste at the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue last night, as his “most embarrassing” moment to date.

“This (the incident) was the most embarrassing thing to happen to me ever since I first got involved in the local entertainment industry,” he said.

Sabah family forced to live under flyover

KUALA LUMPUR - A family of six has been staying under a flyover in Pandan Perdana near Cheras here with just a tent, a stove and some basic personal possessions for the past two months.

Jeffry Husin, 41, and his family were evicted from their unit in the Low Cost 700 flats here after failing to pay rent for the past two months.

Jeffry, his wife Siti Nor Sazila Zakaria, 30, and their children Siti Nurfadhilah, eight, Siti Nurfatihah, six, Nur Farisha Alesha, four, and nine-month-old Nur Cahaya Ada­wiyah had been staying at the rented flat for the past 11 years.

Cops: JJPTR moved millions overseas

LEDANG - Investigations into JJ Poor to Rich (JJPTR) suggest tens of millions of ringgit could have been moved to overseas accounts.

There were no traces that its computers were hacked as claimed by its operator Johnson Lee.

Police sources said investigations did not show the company was involved in any foreign exchange trading (forex).

It is learnt that a team of officials from Bukit Aman and Bank Negara has frozen some accounts worth millions of ringgit.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Australian suspect in viral airport videos faces 11 charges

SINGAPORE - He is believed to be the man seen tussling with policemen at Changi Airport last month, an incident which was captured in two videos that went viral online.

China to donate 23,000 M4 rifle to PNP — Gen. Bato

MANILA - PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has confirmed that China will donate 23,000 M4 rifles to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Philippine troops kill 149 Abu Sayyaf militants

55 militants arrested, 70 high-powered firearms recovered in offensives launched since January 2017

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Nearly 150 Daesh-linked terrorists have been killed in the all-out offensives launched by government troops since January this year in the country's troubled south.

In a statement on Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command, confirmed the deaths of 149 Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu and neighboring provinces.

Police receive false report over sighting of armed men in Lahad Datu?

KOTA KINABALU - Police had before the  latest reported claim, received a report on  the alleged sighting of armed men in Lahad Datu but it turned out to be a false alarm, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din.

He said he himself had received a phone call from a person claiming that there was a group of armed men in Lahad Datu over two months ago.

"I had asked the Lahad Datu district police chief to send officers to the (said) location as soon as I received the report.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fuel prices go up across the board

Petrol prices across the board will go up for the third week of May compared to the previous week, ending a three-week period of declining prices.

The price of RON95 and RON97 will go up by 7 sen to RM2.08 per litre and RM2.36 per litre.

The price of diesel will go up by four sen from RM1.95 to RM1.99 per litre.

Kinrara robbery-and-rape victim lodges report

SERDANG - The woman who was raped by two armed robbers at an illegal gambling den in Bandar Kinrara last Thursday has come forward.

Serdang OCPD Asst Comm Megat Mohamad Aminuddin Megat Alias said the victim, a 33-year-old Indonesian woman, came to the district police headquarters here on Tuesday evening to lodge a report.

“Based on her report, she was working there with a Bangladeshi man when the incident occurred.

Govt sets May 31 BR1M appeal deadline, wants supporting documents

Those who are appealing for 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) have until May 31 to do so, said the Finance Ministry.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry also reminded applicants who have registered companies under the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) to submit supporting documents in their appeals.

Viral 'Dance of the Hillary' WhatsApp message a hoax

A viral WhatsApp message claiming that a video called "Dance of the Hillary" is a virus which formats their mobile phone is actually a hoax.

The message - which initially circulated in India  - also warned users that ATMs would be closed for the next few days due to the ransomware cyber attack, and urged them not to perform any online transactions until the issue was fixed.

Another three senior Melaka cops to be remanded

PETALING JAYA - Three more senior Melaka police officers, including two police district chiefs, are set to be remanded for suspected graft.

Among those nabbed are the Melaka Tengah district police chief, who is an ACP, and the Jasin district police chief, who holds the rank of DSP.

Both senior cops were picked up early Wednesday at their homes.

Another police officer, said to be an inspector, was also detained in the pre-dawn swoop.

Syrians brave mines, execution to flee IS savages in Raqa

Civilians fleeing the Islamic State group said there was no more local support for IS, and residents were waiting for the city to be liberated

AIN ISSA - The main section of a camp for the displaced in the northern Syrian town of Ain Issa is full, but civilians fleeing the Islamic State group keep on arriving.

The camp is a stark affair, with dusty tents flapping in the wind atop white gravel that covers inhabitants in a fine white dust.

White House on edge: 'We are kind of helpless'

Recent scandals have left White House staff feeling besieged.

It was, in the words of one senior White House official, the worst day of Trump’s presidency.

White House officials spent early Tuesday wondering who was leaking details of President Donald Trump’s classified conversations with Russian officials about intelligence shared by the Israelis, and moving to contain the fallout ahead of Trump’s planned trip to Jerusalem next week. They spent the evening facing a report that before he fired FBI director James Comey, Trump directly asked him to stop investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties—and worrying what else might yet be revealed.

Hacking group threatens to sell code as cyber attack eases

WASHINGTON - Governments turned their attention to a possible new wave of cyberthreats on May 16 after the group that leaked US hacking tools used to launch the global WannaCry "ransomware" attack warned it would release more malicious code.

The fast-spreading cyber extortion campaign, which has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide since May 12, eased for second day on May 16, but the identity and motive of its creators remain unknown.

Last Two Abu Sayyaf Fighters Killed on Bohol

Philippine security forces on the island of Bohol have killed the last remaining members of a group of terrorists who had infiltrated the island an attempt to attack tourists.

"All the Abu Sayyaf Group members who landed in Bohol province aboard [three boats] in early April 2017 were all neutralized. Bohol is now cleared of Abu Sayyaf Group elements," said AFP spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

JJPTR closes shop after arrests

GEORGE TOWN - Offices of JJPTR have reportedly been closed since last Friday following raids by a task force investigating the scheme. There was no sign of employees or investors at its offices in Perak Road, Bandar Baru Air Itam and Bayan Baru yesterday.

Investors too seem resigned to the fact that they will not be seeing their money after JJPTR founder Johnson Lee and two of his key leaders were remanded in Klang. Facebook pages and social media sites promoting the scheme have also gone silent.

Claim of armed men seen in Lahad Datu not confirmed yet – CP

KOTA KINABALU - Investigations into the allegation of armed men in camouflage seen at Ladang Sawit Blok 8, Felda Sahabat 2 in Lahad Datu is ongoing, Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said.

So far investigations had yet to confirm the allegation, he said when met after the Sabah Road Safety Council meeting here yesterday.

Ramli however questioned why it took the complainant two weeks to lodge the report on his alleged meeting with the five armed men.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

'WannaCry' ransomware a possible North Korea connection

Cybersecurity researchers said Monday that the massive "WannaCry" virus that has infected computers around the globe was developed using some of the same code used in the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, raising the possibility that the hackers may have a connection to North Korea.

Investigators said they had detected code similar to that used by a shadowy cybercrime network implicated in the Sony attack, the Lazarus Group, though they stressed that more investigation was necessary.

Sabah police probing presence of 5 heavily armed men at Felda Sahabat

LAHAD DATU - Police are investigating claims that five heavily armed men were allegedly spotted at an oil palm plantation in Felda Sahabat near here.

It was learnt that a farmer allegedly came across the men armed with M60 general-purpose machine gun as well as M16 and M14 rifles at about 6.20pm, on April 30.

The five were also allegedly clad in camouflage pants, boots, sling bag and red cloths wrapped around their shoulders.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ahok's verdict: Legal theatrics or political power play?

Supporters of outgoing Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama could not hold back their tears. The international community was also shocked. The verdict from five-judge panel exceeded the demand from the prosecutors, who had earlier dropped the blasphemy charges.

Ahok, who had left remarkable legacies for Jakarta and is loved by many – judging from the numbers of citizens, flowers, and balloons flooding the City Hall, was brought immediately to Cipinang detention center. Coincidentally, the place served as a home for many political prisoners during New Order era, most notably Col. Latief, former Air Force chief of staff Omar Dhani, and former vice prime minister Soebandrio.

One of two suspects in gambling den rob-and-rape case arrested

SERDANG - One of the two suspects in the rape and robbery case at a gambling den in Bandar Kinrara has been arrested.

Abu Sayyaf remnants in Bohol take 2 civilians hostage

THE local police and military troops in Calape, Bohol, are currently responding to a reported hostage incident involving a man and two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Pangangan Island.

Big Foot scare has villagers hiding indoors after dark

Reports of two six-foot monkey-like creatures calling out to villagers in Bachok, Kelantan, has left them in a state of utter panic

The myth of Big Foot lives on – at least for folks in a village in Bachok, Kelantan, who fear two larger-than-life mammals are terrorising them nightly with their evil ways.

According to The Star Online that quoted an article in Sinar Harian, most of the villagers now scurry home as dark descends upon them and stay indoors all night for fear that the two Big Foot will harm them.

Major Bukit Aman reshuffle after arrest of senior cops

A major reshuffle at Bukit Aman is expected following the arrests of 16 policemen, including senior officers, in investigations into drug syndicates, said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim (pic).

It was reported recently that the policemen, who included a deputy superintendent (DSP) and an Inspector, were arrested under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012.

The policemen, some of whom were attached to the Narcotics Department, were alleged to have protected the syndicates instead of going after them.

Lawyer Blames Anwar For Bringing In Wahhabism And Brainwashing Malaysians

Siti Kassim, a 53-year-old outspoken activist and lawyer, began to get attention when she stood up to fight for the rights of the Orang Asli. More recently, Malaysians are starting to give more attention to her when she 'flipped the bird' to a group of hecklers during a forum recently.

Because of her outspoken attitude, she had to endure many criticisms and have people ridicule her by talking about her appearance.

Yesterday, she spoke with a local English news daily about how she handles the harsh criticism directed at her and her choice of not to pay attention to them, Malay Mail reports.

Mahathir and Sabah's Changing Political Landscape – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “At a glance,, Sabah’s politics and political landscape appears complicated with the return of former PM Mahathir to active politics to helm the national opposition while putting  newly minted Warisan, as proxy, to take on Sabah and pitting local opposition coalition, United Sabah Alliance (USA), into temporary disarray with the controversial but expected withdrawal of PCS from the coalition.”

Complicated?   No, not really responded Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidarity Tanah Airku, who is also the Assemblyman for Bingkor, Sabah.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Police will arrest JJPTR founder if necessary

Enforcement officers load items that were seized
during a raid on JJPTR's main office, in Penang
GEORGE TOWN - Police will haul up troubled high-yield investment scheme JJ Poor To Rich (JJPTR) founder Johnson Lee to assist in investigations if the need arises.

Penang police chief Commissioner Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye however said the case was now handled by a task force from Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Department (CCID), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Securities Commission Malaysia (SSM) and other authorities.

"We will detain him if we need to but so far there is no arrest yet," he said when asked on whether Lee has been called up to facilitate the probe.

Wan Azizah says hudud law still a possibility in Malaysia, if opposition wins

PETALING JAYA - The implementation of hudud law in the country is still a possibility if the Opposition captures Putrajaya in the next general election, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

North Korea fires unidentified missile

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons programme, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue.

The U.S. Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be of a new type.

Malaysia also hit by WannaCry ransomware

Malaysia’s cyber security agency has issued an alert as the country emerged as one of the nearly 100 nations hit by a massive global cyberattack of ransomware.

CyberSecurity Malaysia, an agency under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, urged all Internet users and system admi­nistrators to secure their machines and networks to protect against the “WanaCrypt0r 2.0” ransomware.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

20 Abu Sayyaf killed as military overruns bandits' camp in Basilan

METRO MANILA (CNN Philippines, May 13)  — At least 20 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed after government forces launched a massive operation in Sumipsip, Basilan on Thursday, the military said.

Combining air and ground assault, the military said the bandits were "shocked" and were forced to flee with minimal resistance.

"The supersonic jet's swooshing sound may have sounded as a whisper of death to the ASGs," a special forces team leader said.

Police arrest 19 individuals associated with JJPTR scheme

The police have arrested 19 individuals associated with controversial investment company JJPTR in several raids around Penang on Friday.

This was confirmed by Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar via his official Twitter account.

He said the raids were conducted by Bukit Aman's Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) with help from a number of agencies including Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).