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Saturday, December 20, 2014

IS fighters borrowed RM100K and more for one-way ticket to jihad

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysians leaving to fight for militant group Islamic State (IS) took bank loans of up to RM100,000 ― that they do not plan on repaying ― to fund their jihadist lifestyle, the police said in a New Straits Times (NST) report today.

The police said the fighters would also dispose of most of their assets here, and the money would then be used to buy firearms when they arrive in Syria, among others.

Car thieves' escape caught on video


KOTA KINABALU -  In a dramatic bid to escape arrest, two suspected car thieves brazenly rammed into four vehicles including a police motorcycle.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ex-NS trainer detained for terrorism influence

PETALING JAYA - A 30-year-old trainer formerly attached with the National Service Training Department in Kuantan, Pahang, was detained Wednesday morning for suspected links with the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar, said the Counter Terrorism Unit would also investigate if he had influenced trainees under his supervision or other staff in the camps where he served.

Ceiling price for 12 controlled items to be enforced for 5 days beginning Dec 23

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has announced the ceiling price for 12 controlled items under the Christmas Festival Price Control Scheme, which will be enforced for five days beginning Dec 23.

Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said traders were required to sell the affected items based on the stipulated price and to tag them with the special pink tags during the period.

City Hall will take photo evidence of vehicles committing offences on new year's day

KOTA KINABALU: The Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) will produce evidence when issuing summonses to vehicle owners such as photos of the vehicles committing offences starting January 1, next year.

Disclosing this here yesterday, Mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir said motorists should give their full cooperation to the City Hall by showing their parking coupons otherwise they could be fined up to RM500, the maximum amount under the city’s by-law for failing to comply with the newly introduced Coupon Parking System (CPS).

Befrienders' appeal to those depressed

KOTA KINABALU - Befrienders Kota Kinabalu has appealed to those depressed and in need of help to call them at 088-255788, anytime between 7pm-10pm, daily.

Its publicity director, Jessie T. Yong, said apart from that they also provide another phone line 03-79568144, which is open 24 hours, a Facebook account at Befrienderskk where they can send private message and email at befrienderskk@gmail.com.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ICs issued dubiously between 1996 and 2000

KOTA KINABALU - “Reading between the lines, the RCI Report infers that the 229,484 non-departing Indonesians between 1996 and 2000 were given ICs dubiously along with 11,741 Filipinos. Although there were no figures given for Pakistanis, Indians and other nationalities, it would not be surprising if these non-departing foreigners were also issued ICs dubiously,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on the missing Indonesians and Filipinos that came into Sabah officially but with no records of their departure.      

Couple killed in horror accident

PENAMPANG - An elderly couple on a motorcycle was killed in an accident involving a trailer lorry, a Mitsubishi Pajero vehicle and another motorcycle at the Sigah Roundabout in Donggongon, here, Wednesday.

The couple's daughter, identified only as Maria in her 40s, claimed seeing photos of the accident circulated via WhatsApp but did not suspect it was her parents.

Maria, the eldest of 10 siblings, said she only knew that the fatal accident involved her parents when she received a call from the police in the afternoon.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kelantan PAS to table hudud bill on 29 Dec

Eight technical meetings, five state and three federal-level discussions later, Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah is confident that the state's plan to implement hudud will come to fruition soon.

No matter the warnings by its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ally, DAP, whose adviser Lim Kit Siang said last night that PAS's insistence on hudud could well be the opposition pact's downfall.

All the state government is waiting for now, Amar said, was the proposal and recommendation from both state and federal committees before moving to table in Parliament a private member’s bill on the implementation of the Islamic law.

Peshawar school attack: 132 school children and 10 staff massacred by Talibans

The Pakistani city of Peshawar has begun three days of mourning as funerals started to be held for the 142 victims of the Taliban attack on a military-run school.

Mourners gathered around coffins draped in flowers as prayer vigils were held across the nation and in other schools after the official mourning period started in the wake of the massacre.

Seven militants, armed with guns and explosives strapped to their bodies, opened fire on students and staff at the Army Public School during the eight hour siege yesterday.

PKR Lajim denies Inanam assemblyman Roland Chia has resigned

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah PKR Leadership Council chairman Datuk Seri Lajim Ukin today dismissed a rumour in the social media that Dr Roland Chia has resigned as the state assemblyman for Inanam.

"As of now, it is just a rumour. I checked with the Sabah legislative assembly speaker (Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said) and was informed that there has been no resignation of any assemblyman," he told Bernama.

When told that the announcement of the resignation was carried in Chia's Facebook account, Lajim said it could be possible that the account was hacked.

Lajim said he and Chia had attended a meeting together last week but the Inanam assemblyman had not said anything about stepping down.

PKR sec-gen Rafizi confirms Inanam rep ‘very sick'

PKR’s Inanam assemblyman Dr Ronald Chia has a health condition, party secretary-general Rafizi Ramli confirmed today shortly after news broke of the Sabah lawmaker’s resignation.

But Rafizi stressed that he is still verifying details on the matter, adding that Dr Chia is currently overseas and could not be reached.

“He is overseas. I have spoken to his officers. He is apparently very sick,” Rafizi told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

When asked whether PKR was aware of Dr Chia’s condition, Rafizi said “we heard about it”, but added that there has been no official verification so far from the Inanam assemblyman.

Inanam rep Roland Chia tweets "resignation"

KOTA KINABALU - A Facebook and Twitter posting by Inanam assemblyman Dr Roland Chia of his intention to quit as the representative is causing a stir among political circles here.

In the posts, Dr Chia said he would be stepping down as assemblyman due to health reasons.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

At least 84 children among hundreds killed by Taliban in Pakistan school (updated)

A Taliban attack on an army-run school in north-west Pakistan has left at least 104 people dead and dozens wounded, local authorities say.

PESHAWAR - Sources at the scene said at least six armed men had entered the military-run Army Public School in Peshawar.

Sharif Khan, a doctor at Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, told the AFP news agency they had received 35 wounded, two of them teachers, as well as the bodies of three students.

Sydney cafe ends in shootout: Gunman, two hostages dead