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Monday, May 4, 2015

2 coast guard men, village chief, abducted in Philippines

Gunmen clad in military uniform abducted two Philippine coast guard personnel and a village chief Monday morning on a southern island then sped away in two motorboats, police said.

It said the unarmed victims were snatched in a village hall on Aliguay island in southern Dapitan City. They were being pursued.

Philippine rebels kill 'most-wanted terrorist suspect'

The Philippines' most wanted Islamist militant Basit Usman has been killed in a firefight, according to officials.

The Philippines' most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials say.

Protracted police operations to arrest three Islamist high-value targets had become the biggest political crisis in five years for President Benigno Aquino and put at risk his government's peace efforts with Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Sedition Act, the noose that tightens freedom of speech

The world marked the Press Freedom Day on May 3, which was set by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 to highlight the freedom of the press and remind those in power about freedom of the press and expression.

On this day, a campaign selling bracelets bearing names of journalists, who were imprisoned for criticising or covering news unfavourable to those in power, was initiated by journalism students of the University of Maryland. The campaign was meant to remind the world about the unfair treatments received by journalists.

Female gangsters recruiting schoolgirls

In MALAYA - It’s the sort of girl power that Malaysia can do without. There are 1,300 female triad leaders in the country, says a crime prevention body.

Apparently, these leaders are recruiting more schoolgirls to join their female gangs.

United Malaysia Crime Prevention Organisation (UMCPO), which works closely with the Home Ministry, revealed that at least 12% of the current membership base of the notorious gangs were females.

Ismail Sabri's offer is clear election bribery, but EC is silent

GEORGE TOWN - Umno Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s offer on May 1 of agricultural approvals in Permatang Pauh, subject to the BN candidate winning the parliamentary seat in the May 7 by-election, is a blatant attempt at electoral bribery punishable by a jail sentence of up to two years.

That warning comes from lawyer and Padang Serai MP N Surendran.

Under Section 10(a) of the Elections Act 1954, a person is guilty of bribery if he offers or promises any “valuable consideration” to electors in order to induce them to vote for any candidate, pointed out Surendran who also heads PKR’s Political Bureau. "Ismail Sabri’s offer of agricultural approvals is clearly a ‘ valuable consideration’; and thus in clear breach of section 10(a).”

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cop hailed as hero for saving man from burning car

PETALING JAYA - Like a ray of sunshine amidst a gloomy day of rain, the story of a policeman rescuing a man from a burning car has warmed the hearts of Malaysians.

Lans Korporal Al Aliff Alzam, 28, was on his patrol at 5.30am on Friday when he saw smoke billowing from a Perodua Alza on the opposite side of the road near Medan Damansara.

Small tsunami hits Japanese islands

Tokyo - A minor tsunami hit a group of Japanese islands in the Pacific early on Sunday following an earthquake, but there were no reports of damage or injuries, officials and news reports said.

The magnitude 5.7 quake struck at 16:50GMT on Saturday, about 456km south of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey said.

Wake up, Bung Moktar tells Umno leaders

ROMPIN - Outspoken Sabah Umno MP Bung Moktar Radin has given Umno’s top leadership a wake-up call.

Speaking at a Felcra event in the midst of the current by-election campaign here, Bung Moktar said the party’s internal crisis must be addressed by the leaders.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Malaysian student jailed over extreme child porn

KUALA LUMPUR - By day, he was a scholarship holder studying at London’s Imperial College.

By night, he was a child porn addict who had 30,000 videos and photos of smut in what British police called the “most extreme material they have ever come across”.

British newspapers reported that police stormed the bedroom of Malaysian student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin in Queensborough Terrace, London, last Nov 21, where they found the 23-year-old sitting next to a life-sized mannequin of a boy.

Wan Azizah backs hudud?

PERMATANG PAUH - Some PAS grassroots members here are starting to campaign for PKR’s Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail because they now believe she is supportive of hudud.

Suhaimi Harun, who is leading the Kubang Semang PAS machinery, said only the non-Muslims in PKR were against hudud.

Ransomware virus a real-world threat

PETALING JAYA - Imagine suddenly not being able to access any programs or files on your mobile phone or computer!

A message then pops up on your screen, telling you that you have to pay a fee to “unlock” these files.

More Malaysians are finding their devices infected with “ransomware”, which is being used by cyber criminals to extort money from their victims.

PAS supporters stage anti-PKR demo, demands apology

Even though the top Pakatan leaders have declared that problems within the coalition in Permatang Pauh have been solved, PAS grassroots think otherwise.

A crowd, numbering around 20, expressed this at a rally demanding PKR to apologise for the statement made by PKR Youth.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Malaysia Airlines selling off entire Airbus fleet after Flight MH370 and MH17 tragedies

MALAYSIA AIRLINES is reportedly selling off a fleet of its aircraft as the company seeks to recover from a disastrous year, which saw one of its flights disappear without trace and another shot down.

The Asian aviation group lost two Boeing 777-200ERs last year, when Flight MH370 disappeared while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur and Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine.

May Day Rally: Lockdown at Padang Merdeka, other areas cordoned

KOTA KINABALU - Police personnel are seen on standby at Padang Merdeka downtown here as early as before noon, which will be the location of the Himpunan May Day at 3pm.

The field vicinity was cordoned with yellow tapes as policemen on duty stood by to stop any individuals trying to enter the premise.

There was a slight drizzle at the city as of 1.30pm and so far no civil society organisations (CSOs) representatives were present at the location. The rally organised by Bersih Sabah, was aimed as a peaceful assembly on GST and related issues.

Nepal earthquake: Death toll climbs over 6,000; almost 14,000 injured

KATHMANDU (AFP) - The death toll in Nepal from last weekend's devastating earthquake has risen to 6,204, the National Emergency Operations Centre said in its latest update on Friday.

A further 13,932 people were injured in last Saturday's 7.8-magnitude quake, according to the centre.

More than 100 people in neighbouring India and China also died in the quake, officials say.

I am not involved in May Day Rally – Bumburing

KOTA KINABALU - Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS) president Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing has denied any involvement in the May Day Rally scheduled to be held in the state capital on Friday (May 1).

Bumburing, who denied yesterday, also demanded that authorities remove his name as a respondent in the public disorder proceeding which implied that he is involved in the rally.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

No fuel price hike for May

The price of RON97 and RON95 petrol and diesel for the month of May remains unchanged.

The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry confirmed that fuel prices will remain at the current rates of RM1.95 per litre for RON95 petrol and diesel, and RM2.25 for RON97 petrol, inclusive of GST.

RON95 petrol and diesel are not subject to GST.

Sabah Esszone curfew extended to May 17

KOTA KINABALU - The dusk to dawn curfew in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone) which was due to end on May 1 has been extended to May 17.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the decision to extend the curfew was made to ensure security of tourists and the people of Sabah.

Customs Dept makes another U-Turn and postpone directive to stop charging GST on pre-paid cards

PUTRAJAYA – The Customs Department has decided to make a U-turn and decided to postpone its May 1 directive for telecommunications companies to cease charging customers the additional six percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on pre-paid cards until further notice.

This was in line with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s (MCMC) announcement yesterday that a survey was being conducted by the companies, said Customs Director-General Datuk Khazali Ahmad.

Bersih Sabah to challenge Court Order on rally

KOTA KINABALU - Bersih Sabah has not been served any Court Order, or notice of any intention by the police to obtain such an Order to stop the May 1 Assembly planned by over 50 NGOs at the Padang Merdeka in Kota Kinabalu.

Sabah Bersih spokesperson Jannie Lasimbang also confirmed that its legal team was ready to challenge the Court Order when served. “It was obtained ex-parte,” she said.

Adenan welcomes motion to ban Umno from Sarawak

CM however makes it clear the motion would only go through if other peninsula-based parties like DAP, PKR, PAS and others are included.

KUCHING - Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has agreed to back Kota Sentosa Assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen’s motion in the Assembly, banning Umno from the state, provided it includes other peninsula-based political parties like DAP, PKR and PAS, among others.

“As long as you (party) receive orders from Kuala Lumpur, you are not welcome in Sarawak,” said Adenan in the Sarawak Assembly, suggesting that Chong who is DAP Sarawak Chairman re-table the motion. “We welcome the motion provided it includes other parties besides Umno.”

Prepaid phone cards revert to pre-GST prices, effective 30 April

PUTRAJAYA - Prepaid phone card users will pay the pre-Goods and Services Tax (GST) price when they purchase reload cards today.

Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad said the GST implementation on prepaid reload cards has to be done through "tax inclusive" which refers to the service tax imposed before pre-GST.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Raja Bomoh teachings to be declared deviant

The Perak Fatwa Council will be issuing a fatwa to gazette the infamous Raja Bomoh, whose real name is Ibrahim Mat Zin, as deviant.

Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria confirmed that a decision to issue the fatwa was made at a meeting and several processes, including getting the approval of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, was underway.

"The practices and teachings of Raja Bomoh will soon be gazetted as "haram" and "sesat" for deviating from religion," he said.

Tony Abbott to recall Australia's ambassador to Indonesia

Australia will withdraw its ambassador to Indonesia in protest at the “cruel and unnecessary” execution of two citizens on Wednesday.

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, announced the decision hours after Indonesia proceeded with the firing-squad execution of the Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan and six other people for drug offences.

“Court Order on HMD Misleading and Wrong – Dr. Jeffrey and Datuk Seri Bumburing”

KOTA KINABALU - “The Court Order obtained by the police authorities on Monday restraining the Himpunan May Day (HMD) in Kota Kinabalu and naming us as defendants is misleading and wrong and has given the wrong perception of our involvement and of the HMD Rally to the public” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, STAR Sabah Chief cum Bingkor State Assemblyman and Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing in a joint statement released today.

Najib: Bugis seafarers never raised the white flag

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said surrender is not an option, despite “facing a raft of hurdles and attacks”.

“As a transparent government, I as the prime minister and the head of the leadership, with the honourable deputy prime minister and supported by the minister as wells as members of the administration, would never for a moment budge or surrender.

“Instead, we would remain steadfast and continue our struggle, charting a million new paths for the people and nation,” he said to applause.

Israel gives details of ‘Hamas training Palestinian students in Malaysia’

Israel's secret service Shin Bet has for the first time presented details of its allegation last year that Hamas was training Palestinian students in Malaysia to conduct military operations, Israeli daily Haaretz reports.

Malaysia had previously denied a claim by Israel that the Palestinian movement was training its operatives in paragliding techniques in the country.

Wife of VIP gave Chong Wei cordyseps

The wife of a "very influential man" gave national shuttler Lee Chong Wei herbal medicine which resulted in his eight-month ban from competing.

According to the 12-page Badminton World Federation (BWF) report, the wife would purchase cordyseps and have them ground and capsulated at a shop in Kuala Lumpur.

Lee would consume two every morning. The report said Lee named the wife in camera to avoid having her face any dire consequences.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Coffins arrive at Indon prison as executions near

Ambulances carrying coffins arriving at prison island
CILICAP, Indonesia — Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.

The nine inmates, all convicted on drug charges, were given 72-hour notices over the weekend that they would be executed by a firing squad, prompting a flurry of last-minute lobbying by foreign leaders. The United Nations has argued that the inmates’ crimes are not egregious enough to warrant the ultimate punishment.

Najib just cannot keep his silence, says Pak Lah

Former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi urged his sucessor Najib Abdul Razak to respond to criticisms from former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"Najib has to do something about it. Anyone who is the prime minister, has the responsibility to (inform) the people," he told a press conference after attending a forum held by the Institute of Islamic Understanding in Kuala Lumpur.

Sabah Bersih condemns police over court order, denial of rights

Court notices in front of Padang Merdeka
Sabah Bersih today condemned police for denying people their right to voice out their concerns despite giving their word that it would be done in a peaceful manner.

According a spokesman, Jannie Lasimbang, the non-governmental organisation had not been served any court order or notices by police to call off the May 1 Himpunan May Day (HMD) at the Padang Merdeka here.

Prepare for worse if peace efforts fails in Philippines

Sabah should prepare for the worse yet to come out of the likely breakdown in peace efforts in the Southern Philippines, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He said political and security developments in the Philippines over the last one week revealed that, even with the direct intervention of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC), the warring factions of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front had not been able to reach a consensus on the Bangsamoro Basic Law to create a Bangsamoro homeland in Mindanao.

Petaling Street stripper charged for indecency

KUALA LUMPUR: A Sabahan spa worker claimed trial to committing public indecency at Petaling Street last week.

Persana Avril Sollunda was charged at the magistrate's court today with perpetrating the offence along the road at Jalan Petaling, Dang Wangi here, around 2.07pm on April 23.

A video recording of the alleged incident went viral online. Police arrested the 32-year-old part-time model two days later.

Persana may be sentenced to not more than three months in jail, fined, or penalised with both sentences if found guilty.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Google executive killed in Nepal earthquake while hiking Everest

Google executive Dan Fredinburg died while climbing Mt. Everest during the massive Nepal earthquake on Saturday.

Fredinburg was privacy director for the company's Google X team, which is responsible for some of the search company's more forward-thinking initiatives, including driverless cars and Google Glass.

Eight-month ban on Lee Chong Wei will be backdated from August 30

KUALA LUMPUR - Former World No.1 Lee Chong Wei was today handed an eight-month sanction for a doping violation but the Malaysian star shuttler will be able to return to international badminton next month as the ban was backdated from August 30.

The 33-year-old Malaysian was temporarily suspended by the BWF on November 11 last year after traces of the banned substance dexamethasone was detected in his system while competing in the World Championship in Copenhagen in August.

Petaling Street stripper tested positive for meth

PETALING JAYA - The woman who was recorded stripping off her clothes in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the police on Sunday.

Cops also said the stripper has no recollection of incident.

"A urine test was conducted on the suspect who was detained following a report of public indecency under Section 509 of the Penal Code, and her urine tested positive for methamphetamine," said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainol Samah.

Nepal earthquake death toll rises above 3,400

KATMANDU, Nepal — Each time this city shuddered with aftershocks from the earthquake that convulsed Nepal, Samaj Gautam felt an urge to join the millions of residents who fled to safety outdoors. But working in a hospital emergency ward inundated with the wounded, and their broken limbs, fractured skulls and other physical traumas, Dr. Gautam said Sunday night, he and his colleagues had to suppress their fears and stick to treating patients.

Dr M roadshow vs Najib TV show

As predicted, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has embarked on Phase II of his campaign against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak - the roadshow.

The first of which was held in a small hall in Hulu Kelang on Saturday, where some 500 people attended, punctuated with chants "Undur Najib (Resign Najib)" on some of Mahathir's more poignant points.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cops foil terror plot with arrest of 12 men linked to IS planning attacks

PETALING JAYA - Police have arrested 12 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) militants who were planning attacks in the Klang Valley, according to Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on Sunday.

In a two-day crackdown, the Inspector-General of Police said the 12 men, aged between 17 and 41, had planned to launch attacks on "strategic" and “high-value targets”.
“On Saturday and Sunday, the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division in an operation in Hulu Langat, Selangor and Cheras arrested members of a terror cell suspected to have links to the IS.

Bali nine men brace for execution on Tuesday

Time is running out for Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran,
who will be executed within days.
Myuran Sukumaran has painted what could be his last self-portrait: a torso with a palm-sized black hole over the heart dripping with blood.

The eerie painting, brought back from Nusakambangan by their lawyer Julian McMahon, is a portent of Bali nine pair's  ghastly fate –  death by firing squad.

More than 1,900 killed by 7.8-magnitude quake in Nepal

ITANAGAR, India — At nightfall, Nepal’s capital became a tent city, as thousands of residents displaced by Saturday’s devastating earthquake stayed in their dark gardens and out on the cracked streets and lanes, afraid to go back inside because of waves of aftershocks, including a powerful jolt Sunday that the U.S. Geological Survey said measured 6.7 magnitude and which sent people fleeing for open ground and safety.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

DAP shoots PKR for 'DAP populist' remark

A DAP leader is peeved at PKR vice-president Tian Chua who described the party as "populist", accusing him of falling into Umno's trap and politicising the hudud issue.

DAP deputy secretary-general P Ramasamy said that this was not the time to issue such an "irresponsible and immature" remark, when the Permatang Pauh by-election is around the corner.

"If Tian (right) wants to reply to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang, he can do so on behalf of PKR, but he has no right to comment on behalf of DAP," the Penang deputy chief minister told Malaysiakini.

Dr M to Najib: You sure you’re not alone?

Continuing his verbal war with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed today that those who have expressed support for the prime minister amid growing calls for him to quit may have been bribed to do so.

The country’s longest serving prime minister’s assertion followed Najib’s sarcastic remark that he was “not alone”, which was apparently said in response to Dr Mahathir’s persistent attacks towards his leadership in recent months.

Kelantan government all set to implement hudud

TUMPAT: The PAS-led Kelantan government is definitely ready to implement hudud law in the state, said Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob.

He said the state government had made thorough preparation in terms of the method and infrastructure to implement the law.

"We are fully prepared and the rules are already there, now (we are) just waiting for the green light.

Is arrested Petaling street stripper really a Sabahan?

KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman who was allegedly caught on video stripping her clothes at Petaling Street.

The video, which was taken down a few hours after being uploaded on YouTube, had caused a stir on social media.

Dang Wangi OCPD  Asst Comm Zainol Samah confirmed that the suspect, who is from Sabah, was arrested in a hotel in Jalan Sultan at about 5.30am Saturday.

"Initial information from the public was that she could be Iranian but it is not true. She is a Malaysian from Sabah," he said adding that police would conduct a urine test to ascertain if she was on drugs.

Friday, April 24, 2015

1MDB refuses comment on latest expose

This comes after The Malaysian Insider sought the company's comments on allegations that it had given false bank statements pertaining to its subsidiary’s accounts to the Singapore branch of BSI Bank.

"Thank you for your e-mail. While we welcome media enquiries, 1MDB does not comment on speculation and market rumours," said the reply from the company's corporate communications vice-president Grace Tan.

There is no free lunch in the world!

Various kinds of scam companies with growing scale can be found everywhere in recent years and these cunning companies have swept away large sums of money, emptying the savings of their victims. In deed, many people were fooled due to greed, however, if law enforcement authorities have good preventive and anti-fraud measures, they can prevent more people from becoming the next victims.

Thai police recently arrested eight suspects for involvement in pyramid marketing, which has allegedly swindled 120,000 people in Thailand, and the damages are estimated to be as high as RM4.2 billion. Among the eight arrested suspects, three are Malaysians and it was reported that Thai police is still hunting more executives of UFun Store Co Ltd, including a "Datuk". More incredibly, it was said that the big boss behind UFun is Zhang Jian, who had been involved in the infamous YSLM scam in Malaysia.

Missing MH370: Aviation expert claims wreckage lying in the Bay of Bengal

LONDON - An aviation technology expert has reportedly claimed that he has spotted the remains of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 but needs 1.3 million pounds to find it.

Andre Milne, who has been investigating the case independently since the flight disappeared in March last year, has said that he located the wreckage in the ocean between Malaysia and India, reported The Mirror.

Woman ‘strips’ to avoid paying RM18 for chicken rice

KUALA LUMPUR - A woman stripped off her clothes to avoid paying for a meal worth around RM18 in Petaling Street here.

The woman, believed to be a foreigner, went to a chicken rice restaurant with a man around 3pm, Thursday.

A nearby stall owner identified only as Wong said the woman had two plates of chicken rice before trying to leave without paying.

"When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there.

"However, she was shown a CCTV recording of her eating in the restaurant, so she started stripping to avoid paying," said Wong, who runs a jewellery stall beside the restaurant.

Entertainers to Jakim: Explain what is excessive laughter

SELANGOR - Entertainers are unclear about how the Malaysian Islamic Development Department's (Jakim) new guidelines will be enforced when it comes to jokes that should not cause excessive laughter.

Comedian Ahmad Nabil Ahmad, popularly known as Nabil Raja Lawak, said Jakim was "just doing its job' but questioned how the department was planning to monitor comedians.