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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hotels, resorts urged to screen employeees thoroughly

KOTA KINABALU - High class hotels and resorts, especially those located in isolated areas, should have conducted more stringent and thorough screening of their employees' background.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) deputy president Melanie Chia said international hotels should have a certain level of standard, terms of reference or code of ethics which they should adhere to.

Sabah, Sarawak petition for self-determination

NGOs aim 300,000 signatures for submission to UN

KOTA KINABALU - Two NGOs, Sarawak Association for Peoples Aspirations (Sapa) and United Borneo Front(UBF) in Sabah - are collaborating to collect 300,000 signatures for the Sabah, Sarawak petition. for self-determination for submission to the United Nations (UN).

The campaign which kicked off on Aug 9 is said to have received over-whelming support from the people but still lacks support from elected representative in both states.

"So far, only three leaders have signed the petition. One elected representative is worth more because he or she represents his or her constituency.It could mean their signatures are worth 100,000 signatures!

"Therefore,it is imperative that our politicians from both sides of the divide unite in support of the cause as their signature would carry more weight," said Sapa President Lina Soo after delivering her presentation at the Malaysia at Crossroad forum here, Thursday.

Politics of Malaya - Zahid: Malays paying price of non-Malay arrogance

Umno vice-president and Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says that Malays are paying the price for being kind to non-Malays.

According to a report in the Sundaily, Zaid said that non-Malays are getting increasingly arrogant and are insulting the bumiputras, the royalty and Islam.

The report yesterday, quoted him as saying that "We allowed them to be indebted to us without needing them to pay it back; they are now insulting Islam and the Malays under the pretence of democracy, freedom of speech, and globalisation.".

Deputy IGP claims to know those calling for Sabah secession

LAHAD DATU - Police have identified the individuals allegedly responsible for calling for the secession of Sabah from Malaysia.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Bakri Zinin said they would be investigated for allegedly making seditious statements.

"Stern action will be taken against them for inciting the people in Sabah to hate Malaysia," he told a press conference after opening the police headquarters complex here.

Wrong to claim Sabah belongs to Malaysia

BoPIM chief says DPM standing on thin grounds by claiming Sabah belongs to Malaysia.

KOTA KINABALU - Secession is not the right word to use if Malaysia was indeed formed by Sabah, Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya, as some activists in Borneo claim.

In that case, there’s nothing to prevent the break-up of this formation.

If Sabah and Sarawak, on the other hand, joined Malaysia, where’s the evidence that this was a voluntary exercise?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Batu Sumpah is none of Kit Siang's business

The DAP Advisor’s presence in Keningau this year is the result of political parties infiltrating the NGOs that arranged the gathering.

KOTA KINABALU - Apolitical activists in Sabah were surprised DAP Advisor Lim Kit Siang turned up in Keningau on Hari Merdeka,  to observe the ritual gathering at the Batu Sumpah in the interior city in Dusun country.

He had to satisfy himself with observing the ceremony outside the locked gates of the District Office in Keningau.

Discretion of the Selangor Sultan on appointment of the MB is flawed, says legal expert

The Selangor Sultan is bound by the Declaration of Constitutional Principles 1992 and it is pointless for him to ask for more names in the appointment of the menteri besar, a constitutional expert said today.

Dr Abdul Aziz Bari (left) said going by the Declaration of Constitutional Principles 1992, a set of guidelines for the rulers including clarifying the role of royalty in politics, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has to consent to the appointment of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as Selangor menteri besar.

IGP 'anjing BN' wants probe against tweeters who insulted him

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar wants the force's cyber investigation unit (PCIRC) to act against individuals who insulted him on twitter.

The insulting messages by two individuals' outburst could be linked to recent police's action against the Penang Voluntary Unit (PPS) earlier on.

In one posting, a man tagged Khalid and called him "anjing BN" (BN dog), while another posted, "Thanks to ruthless (Khalid), Henrich Himmler of Malaysia."

Ebola claims 1552 lives, infects 3062

Nigeria has confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in West Africa hit by the epidemic.

The woman's husband, who was also a doctor, died in the city of Port Harcourt on August 22 after treating a patient who had contact with the Liberian man who brought the virus to Nigeria in late July.

The woman was in stable condition at an isolation unit in the financial capital, Lagos, said Sampson Parker, the health commissioner of Rivers State, of which Port Harcourt is the capital.

Nigeria's medics have paid a heavy price in the outbreak: of the six people who have died from the disease in Africa's most populous nation, two have been doctors and two others nurses.

SAPP: BN & PR - reap what they sow

If SAPP remains fearless, the members proud, it’s because its struggle remains honourable, according to Yong. “The reason is that what we have said before is being vindicated.”

KOTA KINABALU - “Humiliating defeat”, “disastrous”, “makan telur”, “close shop” and other mocking, if not obscene, words were thrown at the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) in the wake of the 13th General Election last May.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

51 years Sabah Merdeka on 31 August

COMMENT - I’m proud that Sabah was one of the countries to form Malaysia, as opposed to joining Malaysia.

ON Twitter, in a tweet in which I was tagged, someone asked the Government to take action against Sabahans wearing black T-shirts as part of a campaign to make known historical facts to Malaysians.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book claims MH370 pilot depressurised cabin, killing all on board, before ditching into ocean

A "murder/suicide" by pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah was to blame for the loss of Malaysia Airlines MH370, according to a new book. 

“Goodnight, Malaysian 370.”

They were the last words from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, issued at 1.19am on March 8th.

They're also the title of a new book that alleges the man who issued them - pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah (53) - went on to depressurise the cabin, starve his passengers and crew of oxygen, and ditch his plane in the south Indian Ocean.

The book, 'Goodnight Malaysia 370: The Truth Behind the Loss of Flight 370', is the work of journalist Geoff Taylor and Ewan Wilson, a commercial pilot and air accident investigator. It claims to solve one of the most tragic puzzles in aviation history - the disappearance of MH370, along with all 239 of its passengers and crew, apparently without trace almost six months ago.

Satellite call could leave clues to MH370 search area

Shortly after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from radar, airline officials on the ground tried repeatedly to call the crew of the Boeing 777 using a satellite phone that might have left clues to the jet's flight path.

Now an analysis of those failed attempts to reach flight MH370 could alter the search for the plane.

Malaysia's 57th independence a distortion of its history

KOTA KINABALU - The effort to achieve "Satu Bangsa Malaysia", where citizens across the nation share the same spirit of oneness and mutual respect towards each other, must begin with telling and recognizing the true history of Malaysia and how this great federation was born.

Distortion of facts, misinterpretation of history and simple ignorance about Sabah and Sarawak among the vast majority of citizens from Peninsular Malaysia have long been a huge stumbling block and source of dissatisfaction among the east Malaysians.

This growing dissatisfaction, according to one forum speaker, Zainal Ajamain, could one day throw the country into chaos and instability if not addressed urgently.

Malaysia Airlines to delist, cut 6000 jobs

Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional, which owns 69.4 per cent of Malaysia Airlines, has announced in Kuala Lumpur it will delist the airline and establish a new company to take over the airline's business as a private company.
The delisting would be completed by the end of the year.

Khazanah will provide a RM6 billion ($2 billion) funding injection for the new company.

Jeffrey: ‘Selangor virus’ could create constitutional crisis

Jeffrey Kitingan says a government should be formed based on the law and constitution, not emotion.

KENINGAU - The Federal Government has been urged to ensure that the Constitution is followed in naming a Menteri Besar in Selangor and ending the protracted political crisis in the state which is rapidly developing into a constitutional one.

Failure to do so, warned Star Sabah Chief Jeffrey Kitingan, places all states in the country at risk as the “Selangor virus” could spread and engulf them too.

Musa Hitam: Pakatan real letdown over Selangor MB crisis

Tun Musa Hitam has expressed his disappointment with the goings-on at Pakatan Rakyat over the Selangor Menteri Besar issue, saying it was a real let-down as he had hoped for a strong and organised opposition to challenge Barisan Nasional.

"Pakatan governing Selangor, which is the wealthiest and most sophisticated state in Malaysia, was a real test for the opposition. I am personally disappointed with what has happened," the former deputy prime minister told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview.

Musa said Selangor was also one of the most difficult states to govern in Malaysia, hence it was a real test of Pakatan's calibre in administering the state.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Umno can stay out of Sarawak, including DAP, PAS and PKR, says Adenan

Tan Sri Adenan Satem said he supported Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s call for Sarawak’s Barisan Nasional component parties to work with the opposition and keep Umno out of the state.

However, the Sarawak chief minister said it was conditional support.

Chong , Adenan said, needed to add DAP and its coalition partners in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) – PAS and PKR – to the list of parties to be banned from the state.

Stay away from Malaya's racial and religious issues, Sabah teachers told

Stay away from racial and religious issues — Sabah Education Department director Datuk Jame Alip has warned teachers in the state.

“Participating in forums or dialogues on the two issues would not only affect the existing peace and harmony we have been enjoying now, but also destabilises the country, and state, in particular,” he said.

He warned the department will not hesitate to take action against teachers who are caught making racist statements in public, or on the social media.

Philippine Muslim rebels oppose Islamic State 'virus'

The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has condemned extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and vowed to stop the spread of their "virus" into the Southeast Asian nation.

After decades of armed rebellion that claimed tens of thousands of lives, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a peace agreement in March that commits it and the national government to share power in the area.

PAS against PKR-DAP stand, instead nominates 3 from PKR

Upon emerging from a meeting with Selangor PAS yesterday, the party’s secretary-general, Mustafa Ali said PAS would obey the Sultan and nominate three candidates for the post of Selangor Menteri Besar.

It may surprise some observers that he said all three PAS nominees would be from PKR, but he explained that this was in accordance with the Pakatan Rakyat agreement that the Selangor Menteri Besar post is PKR’s and “PAS respects that.”

Still, the decision to nominate three candidates flies in the face of PKR’s and DAP’s stance that only one name be submitted to the Sultan.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Malaysian women join Middle East on sexual jihad

Malaysian women are believed to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces to offer Jihad Al-Nikah or sexual jihad, senior intelligence officials told an online media.

Authorities confirmed that three Malaysian women have journeyed to the Middle East to join up with Isis forces.

Jihad Al-Nikah refers to a controversial concept where Sunni women allegedly offer themselves in sexual comfort roles to fighters for the establishment of Islamic rule.

Sarawak wants higher oil royalty

At the same time, Sarawak wants to participate in the oil and gas industry, “not just stand and stare”.

KUCHING - Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem has confirmed that he will seek an upward revision to the present 5 per cent oil royalty “to spur its development under the 12th Malaysia Plan”.

He disclosed that the Sarawak government was still engaged in talks with the Federal government and Petronas, the national oil corporation, on the quantum of increase.

Kahumbo identifies targets for kidnappers

KOTA KINABALU - Apo Kahumbo @ Mubin Halil is an intelligence gatherer for Abu Sayyaf, whose main duty is to identify possible targets for the gunmen to kidnap.

Describing him as an urban operative, Mindanao State University lecturer Octavio A. Dinampo said Kahumbo, who is in his mid-30s, was a native of Patikul in Jolo island.

“I know of him and I’ve met him,” he said, describing Kahumbo as being “skinny, 5ft 7in tall and has spiky hair”.

MB crisis drags on, seems never-ending

LONG, dragging, never-ending, and tiresome. That’s how a lot of people, especially Selangorians, feel about the circus surrounding the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) position. And yes, many of those people include the supporters of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) too.

Labuan-Sabah bridge vital: Yong

LABUAN - A bridge link between Labuan and Sabah is important and necessary, said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He said here: "The Yong key issue here is development and this should not be blurred by other perspectives.

He said that under the circumstances the government should make a commitment to undertake the project.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Khalid to stay as MB until replacement found

The Sultan has asked Pakatan Rakyat to nominate more than two candidates.

SHAH ALAM - The Sultan of Selangor has decreed that Abdul Khalid Ibrahim should stay as Menteri Besar until a replacement is found.

The Sultan’s private secretary, Mohamad Munir Bani, said in a press statement today that the Sultan has asked PAS, PKR and DAP to nominate more than two qualified candidates for the post.

Hadi admits offering Azmin MB post in unity government with Umno

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang yesterday told a stunned central committee meeting that he had offered Azmin Ali to join the Islamist party with a few of his PKR members to form a unity government with Umno in Selangor.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Anwar, Azmin continue to shadow-box in PKR

SHAH ALAM - The conclusion of the 10th PKR National Congress yesterday marked the end of another shadow boxing round between PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and deputy president Mohamad Azmin Ali.

It is presumably the longest party polls in the world as it took five months to be concluded recently. The party claims to have 500,000 members.

Sabah cops up with strategy to catch kidnappers

KOTA KINABALU - Police have put in place a strategy to catch the three Tawi-Tawi-based kidnappers and killers behind a series of kidnapping activities in Sabah waters.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abd Rahman said they believed the trio fled and escaped to their homeland in the Philippines after evading capture when spotted in Pulau Maiga off Semporna at about 5.30pm on Thursday.

Indon president-elect promises to reinvestigate May 1998 riots

JAKARTA - Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo promises that he will instruct the National Human Rights Commission to reinvestigate the May 1998 riots.

However, he refused to comment on whether he will apologise to Indonesian Chinese, particular families of the victims in the tragedy.

Although it has been 16 years after the outbreak of the "Black May riots", the victims' families still gather at the presidential residence on Thursdays to request for the truth and thus, he will address the issue after taking the office, Widodo told Sin Chew Daily in an interview at his office in Jakarta on the eve Indonesia's Constitutional Court ruled on an appeal against the presidential election result by defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Cybersex gang in Bulacan busted by cops

BULACAN, Philippines - Bulacan-Police said they had broken up a suspected cybersex gang in Bulacan province that, they said, had been blackmailing foreigners, who were lured into performing sexual acts online, and could have amassed up to P100 million (S$9.5 million) from the illegal activity.

Eight people were arrested on Thursday in a series of raids in San Jose del Monte City and Norzagaray town. Police also took into custody six young women whose jobs were to persuade foreigners into interacting with them sexually.

Bereaved relatives go online to solve MH370 mystery

Chinese physics student Jimmy Wang had no interest in aviation until March 8, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing with his 58-year-old father Wang Lijun on board.

But Wang, 31, now spends evenings combing through aviation blogs for Boeing 777 technical specs, exchanging what he finds with fellow MH370 next-of-kin.

Greater for PH peacekeepers at home amid Ebola

MANILA - The Department of Foreign Affairs on Sunday confirmed that the pull-out of Filipino soldiers working as United Nations (UN) peacekeepers in Liberia and Golan Heights were due to the Ebola epidemic and worsening armed conflict.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cops: Brothers behind Sabah kidnappings

SEMPORNA - Police have identified the Muktadil brothers as the key suspects in a series of cross border kidnappings and murders in Sabah's east coast.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abd Rahman identified the brothers as Nilson Muktadil, in his 30s, and Badong, in his 40s, as the key suspects. He added that authorities are trying to identify a third accomplice.

Burning of party flag, PKR sacks one Khalid's supporter, suspends four others

A PKR member and supporter of Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was sacked yesterday for burning the party flag.

PKR disciplinary board chairman Datuk Dr Tan Kee Kwong said in a statement today that the member, Aidil Haryman Mat Nor, had publicly posted on Facebook a picture of himself burning the flag.

He said the move gave a bad impression to the image and credibility of the party in the eyes of the public, hence the board came to the decision to sack him from the party.

“He also admitted to burning the party flag and challenged to be sacked from the party,” added Tan.

The decision was made yesterday after the PKR disciplinary board presented this and other disciplinary cases at the PKR leadership council meeting that was chaired by party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Gunmen in Sabah waters chased by security forces

KOTA KINABALU - A group of gunmen sneaked into Sabah waters on Thursday evening, leading to a chase with Malaysian security forces.

The country security personnel had also engaged in a shootout with the suspects after they were detected at waters off Semporna, around 7pm.

It is believed that the gunmen are still within the state waters and had gone into hiding, possible in one of the many islands.

UN Security Council condemns James Foley's killing

UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council condemned the "heinous and cowardly" killing of American journalist James Foley and said the Islamic State militant group "must be defeated."

In a statement, the council called the killing "a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria."

Sex assault victim petrified as MAS steward put his hand down her pants

Three hours into the half-full flight to Paris, Laura Bushney, 26, said Mohd Rosli Bin Ab Karim sat beside her and allegedly began massaging her legs under the guise of "comforting her" and later put his hand down her pants.

She told Sunday Night, in an interview to air this week, she was terrified when the 54-year-old steward allegedly began touching her, but was "frozen in panic".

Ebola outbreak: 5 reasons why it's out of control

Health officials in West Africa have underestimated the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said in a blunt statement on Friday.

Since the Ebola outbreak started, 2,615 probable, suspected or confirmed cases have been reported, including 1,427 deaths, according to the WHO's latest numbers.

Liberia and Sierra Leone have been the hardest-hit, while Nigeria is still trying to contain a handful of cases stemming from one airline passenger who brought the virus into the country in July.

The WHO says Liberia and Sierra Leone have underestimated the virus the most of all the affected countries, particularly in terms of how their populations are reacting to the outbreak.

Here are some of the challenges facing health officials and the WHO in containing Ebola's spread.

Friday, August 22, 2014

BHF: Be Serious in Solving Problems, Stop Cheating the People

I wish to respond to the press report made by Datuk Salleh Said Keruak, (Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly) captioned “Call to act on secession talk”

Leaders should listen more and understand the voices of dissension and unhappiness ( and not jump to conclusions)

I am surprised that Salleh as a Sabahan leader do not care about the concerns of Sabahans and the injustices suffered by Sabahans as a result of the way Malaysia has turned out to be:-

What Fish Does to Your Brain

Have you ever considered undergoing brain-thickening surgery, only to find that such a thing does not exist? And that the guy in the van was probably not actually a surgeon? Well, consider fish.

Dr. Cyrus Raji, a resident radiologist at UCLA, appreciates value far beyond the cosmetics of a thick cerebral cortex. He's the lead researcher in a new study in the current American Journal of Preventive Medicine that found that people who regularly eat fish have more voluminous brains than those who do not—in such a way that should protect them from Alzheimer's disease.

Singapore urged to abolish ‘barbaric’ punishment

PETALING JAYA - Human Rights Watch (HRW) today urged the Singapore government to “immediately and unconditionally” abolish caning as a punishment for crimes.

The call came just hours before the Singapore Court of Appeal was to hear the case of Malaysian national Yong Vui Kong. Yong was found guilty of drug trafficking in 2008. His death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment and caning. His lawyer is in court today to challenge the caning part of the sentence.

Malaysian killed in Syria member of militant group, say police

The Malaysian who was reportedly killed in Syria recently was a Kumpulan Militan Malaysia (KMM) member who had previously been arrested for making firearms.

A senior police officer told The Malaysian Insider that Mat Soh had been arrested in 2001 for his involvement in the Southern Bank robbery in Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Malaysian militants bought bomb material to plan attack

KUALA LUMPUR - Suspected Malaysian militants loyal to the extremist Islamic State movement bought bomb-making material ahead of a proposed attack on a Carlsberg brewery near the capital Kuala Lumpur, a top anti-terrorism official said.

The plan, which the official said was at a "discussion" stage, would be the first time Southeast Asian militants inspired by Islamic State's rise have sought to launch a major attack at home, adding to officials' fears of a domestic "blowback" from Islamic State's expansion in Syria and Iraq.

7 reasons Dr M has withdrawn support for Najib

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has listed seven reasons, from direct cash aids to trade pacts, which have upset him enough to withdraw support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak this month.

News portal Asia Sentinel today quoted a businessman with strong Umno links as saying that Dr Mahathir had sent a letter to Najib which reportedly listed seven demands.

However, Najib instead sent Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to meet Dr Mahathir and ask him to withdraw the letter, but the former prime minister refused.

Missing MH370: New underwater hunt claims 'reasonable chance' of finding missing plane

Believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean far off the west coast of Australia

A new underwater hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had a "reasonable chance" of finding the plane, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, adding that searchers would not give up easily.

Flight MH370 vanished inexplicably en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, and there has been no sign since of the aircraft or the 239 people onboard.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chinese hackers 'stole classified data from Msia's MH370 probe'

Chinese hackers 'stole classified data from Malaysia's MH370 investigation with virus disguised as fake news report a day after plane went missing' 

Chinese hackers stole classified information from Malaysian officials involved in the search for MH370 a day after the plane disappeared, it was claimed today.

Yong: "Address grievances, not threaten"

KOTA KINABALU: The best way to deal with secession talk is to address the grievances of Sabahans over the failure of the government to fulfill the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement 1963, said former Chief Minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

He said Borneonisation of the civil service, autonomous control over immigration, security, land rights, oil and gas, religion, unemployment, poverty and cabotage policy are some key issues that are long overdue for a solution.

ESSzone curfew extended

LAHAD DATU - State Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman yesterday announced the extension of dusk-to-dawn curfew in the six districts in Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) from August 20 to Sept 2, but a change in time from 7 pm to 5 am instead of 6 pm to 6 am.

He told a press conference at the police headquarters here yesterday that the phase three curfew order would begin on August 20 (today) until September 2, from 7pm to 5am at the same areas that have been fixed during the first phase.

1962 Brunei rebellion, a British instigation?

The UN does not normally intervene in the internal matters of member countries.

KUCHING - The United Nations (UN) office in Kuala Lumpur struck a cautionary note when activists from Sarawak handed it a Peoples’ Petition which was signed in Miri on Aug 9 by activists in Borneo.

This was disclosed by Lina Soo, the President of Sarawak Association of People’s Aspiration (SAPA), in a statement issued in Kuching after her return.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Two killed while armoured vehicle overturns

SANDAKAN - Two soldiers died while four others were hurt after the armoured vehicle belonging to the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) overturned on Jalan Sungai Tiram, Mile 19, near here, this morning.

In the 11.40am incident, the two victims died at the scene, while four seriously injured were sent to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for treatment.

Salleh calls for stern action against people in social media on secession

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah State Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said yesterday called on the relevant authorities to monitor the activity of certain individuals and groups who are using social media platforms to incite people to separate Sabah from Malaysia.

Salleh, who is also Usukan assemblyman, said such an extreme ideology spread by those quarters via Facebook and Twitter should be monitored and controlled as it was dangerous and could shake the country’s stability and safety.

“I found that in Sabah, there is an effort being done by certain groups and individuals to promote the idea of having Sabah separated from Malaysia,” he told reporters after attending Aidilfitri open house organised by Sabah Information Department at Wisma Dang Bandang here yesterday.

Yazidis haunted by cries for help as militants bury victims alive

Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind.

Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die.