Wednesday, November 30, 2011

50,000 Indonesian maids to arrive from mid January

The first batch of Indonesian maids is expected to arrive in Malaysia by mid January following the lift of Indonesia’s moratorium on its’ maids employment in Malaysia on Dec 1.


Cops say no CBT in NFC discovered so far

Police investigations have not revealed any element of criminal breach of trust so far in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) managed by the family of Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that police had interviewed over 74 people in connection with the probe, including family members of the women, family and community development minister.

Lady taxi drivers

The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry launched women taxi drivers as an alternative mode of public transportation for women.


Nga says 'sorry' for remarks 'Metallic black' statement taken out of context, says Perak DAP secretary

Perak DAP secretary and Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming has apologised for calling Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir “metallic black” and causing an outrage among the Indian community.

In a statement, Nga said: “To all who feel offended by my remarks, I wish to say sorry and apologise to them, including Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir."

However, he still defended his stance saying his statement was taken out of context since it referred to the Barisan Nasional’s Perak political takeover in 2009. He said it was an illegal power grab which was not endorsed by the will of the voters.

SIA suspends flights to London

Singapore Airlines (SIA) today suspended two flights inbound and outbound London as the the United Kingdom's public sector employees are planning strike action.

In a news flash on its website, the airline said its flight SQ308 (Singapore-London) and SQ319 (London-Singapore) have been cancelled.

SIA will contact the affected passengers for alternative travel arrangements.

"At this point, we expect to operate all other flights between Singapore and UK as scheduled," SIA said.

However, it said, the situation was fluid and "we seek our customers' understanding and offer our apologies in advance should there be further flight disruptions."

SIA said UK public sector employees' unions are planning strike action today. -


Rape victim gets some 'help' in triage room

 Lance-Corporal Shahrul Bariah Musa

She walked in accompanied by her father and sister, shoulders slumped and looking downcast.

Nadia (not her real name) looked as if the weight of the world was on her shoulders.

Her escorts prodded her on as she approached the counter at the Travers police station to lodge a report on rape.

A female officer was summoned and she led Nadia to a separate room, also known as the triage room.

Change to meet demands of generational shift

Umno must understand the importance of "generational transition" that is taking place and actively change to fulfil the demand for renewal and progress, said Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.


Police detain nine after protest


Nine demonstrators were arrested at Komtar here yesterday after they staged a protest against the state government.

They were among 300 people, from Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (Perkasa), Suara Anak-Anak Malaysia and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Insan Mulia, who marched to Komtar at noon, to hand a memorandum to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.

The hour-long protest caused massive traffic snarls at roads surrounding Komtar.

The demonstrators, some on foot and others on motorcycles, began their march in Jalan Penang at noon.

They bore placards bearing anti-Ng Wei Aik slogans as a sign of protest against the Komtar assemblyman, and gathering outside Komtar, the state's administrative centre, to voice their discontent.

Malaysia’s corruption score falls again

Malaysia’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score has worsened for the third year running, slipping to 4.3 this year from 4.4 in 2010, according to a Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) report.

Malaysia’s country ranking also fell to 60 out of 183 countries from 56 out of 178 last year.

It remained the third-least corrupt nation in Asean after Singapore (9.2) and Brunei (5.2), with Thailand (3.4) and Indonesia (3.0) following in fourth and fifth places respectively.

Singapore also placed fifth in the overall country rankings and was the highest-ranked Asian nation this year.

“Singapore is way ahead and I would like to point out that Indonesia is improving very fast and may overtake us because Indonesia has shown some will,” said TI-M secretary-general Josie Fernandez (picture).

Shahrizat: Why don't you get your president to resign?

Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil lashed out at the Opposition singling PKR Wanita chief Zuraidah Kamaruddin for asking her to resign over cow and condo issue.


UMNO General Assembly 2011 Photo Gallery

FRU disrupts Anwar's ceramah

Cops disrupts Anwar's ceramah


List still pending

Pemuda Umno chief Khairy Jamaluddin says candidates list yet to be fine-tuned.


KTMB gets a bomb scare, services resumed

ll train services between Tapah Road and Tanjung Malim resumed at 1pm after police checks showed there was no bomb along the track.

All train services between Tapah Road and Tanjung Malim resumed at 1pm after police checks showed there was no bomb along the track.

The services were halted early this morning after police received an anonymous call at 1.45am claiming there was a bomb along the track.

Tapah Police chief Superintendent Roslan Bek said the operation was called off at 12.45pm after the bomb disposal unit discovered a suspicious looking buried object that turned out to be an old plastic mat.

Najib hints that General Election is around the corner

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has again hinted that the 13th general election will be held very soon.

Najib, who is also the Umno president, in his speech at the opening of the Umno general assembly 2011 here today, reminded all party members to close ranks to face the election.

Shahrizat hits back, dares Wan Azizah to resign

Instead of backing down from pressure by the Opposition to resign over the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) controversy, Wanita Umno chief Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is coming out with guns blazing.

Yesterday, she challenged PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin to urge her own president, Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, to resign over scandals and controversies surrounding Wan Azizah's husband, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"I challenge the PKR Wanita chief, who wants me to resign, just because my husband is NFC's president. I don't have anything to do with it," Shahrizat said.

"I am carrying out my duties. My husband is carrying out his. Why am I the one who has to resign? How is it related?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Explain ban on gathering at houses of worship, Abim tells PM

The Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) today urged Datuk Seri Najib Razak to explain his rationale behind banning peaceful assemblies at houses of worship under his administration’s newly proposed law.

Voicing its disapproval of the Peaceful Assembly Bill, scheduled to be debated in Parliament on Tuesday, the Muslim group said the prime minister must explain the clause in order to avoid any futures misunderstandings.

Under the proposed Bill, houses of worship and other premises, such as schools and petrol stations, have been classified as prohibited zones. Those found participating in a rally within a 50m-radius of these premises would be liable to fines of up to RM10,000.

“Abim views such provisions as contrary to Article 10 of the Federal Constitution which guarantees citizens the right to assemble,” Abim president Abdul Manan said today.

PKR says will repeat Selangor policies in Johor

PKR promised Johor today that it will bring policies from its Selangor administration to the southern state if it seizes power in the next election.

“The welfare policies that have succeeded in Selangor, if we take power in Johor, we will implement it here,” Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim (picture) said at the party’s national congress here.

Restaurant blast at Maju Junction - Gas leak in kitchen believed to have caused explosion on Saturday night

AN explosion at Maju Junction Mall damaged a restaurant and an adjoining outlet on Saturday night.

No one was injured in the 11pm explosion, which occurred after the mall had closed.

The explosion at Noodle Station restaurant on the ground floor of the mall, which is in Jalan Sultan Ismail, was believed to have been caused by a gas leak.

This is the second time a gas leak and explosion had caused damage to a food outlet in a mall.

On Sept 28, a gas explosion destroyed a restaurant at Empire Shopping Gallery in Subang Jaya, injuring four people.

City Fire Department assistant director Azizan Ismail said a gas leak in the restaurant's kitchen probably caused the blast.

Chua: Make Mandarin a compulsory exam subject

The MCA will push for Mandarin to be made a compulsory Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) paper for students in Sekolah Menengah Jenis Kebangsaan (SMJK).

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said making the subject compulsory was important because there should be a minimum level of language proficiency for those wishing to teach in Chinese schools.

He added that the boards of SMJK nationwide were unanimous in their decision to request that the language be made a compulsory subject.

Dr Chua, however, said there would be a shortage of Mandarin teachers to teach the subject.

The party has directed its Youth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who is also Deputy Education Minister, to look into the matter.

omen taxis for vulnerable, too

The "Taxis for Women" service can also be used by the elderly, children and family, says Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Senator Datuk Heng Seai Kie.

"Although priority is given to women, the service could also be a boon to these groups as we believe they are also vulnerable to attacks when left alone with irresponsible male drivers," she told the New Straits Times yesterday.

Heng said the budget taxi service, which only covered the Klang Valley at present, was the ministry's pilot project to see the effectiveness of having such a service.

The ministry will gather feedback for a year before implementing the scheme in other states.

"It is one of our plans to have such a service nationwide. But we have to look at the feedback first to determine any weakness and improve on it before doing so."

Najib: Like the Young Tigers, we will be able to triumph

The following is the transcript of the special interview by Bernama Saturday with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is Umno president, in conjunction with the Umno General Assembly 2011.

QUESTION (Q): What will be the highlights of your message to party members against the backdrop of the political transformation which you have set in motion recently?

ANSWER (A): As a party, when a major challenge is looming, which is the general election, the party must be in a state of preparedness.

MTUC threatens ‘war’ if labour law changed

Alias speaks during the PKR annual assembly, in Johor Baru November 27, 2011.

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said today it will “declare war” on Barisan Nasional (BN) if amendments to the Employment Act are passed by Dewan Negara on December 12.

Financial secretary Alias Awang Ibrahim said the umbrella body of 390 labour unions representing 802,323 members, will then offer its support to any political party that pledges to repeal the changes that officially recognise third-party labour providers.

“If it is passed in Dewan Negara on December 12, then MTUC will declare war on them. There is no room for compromise,” he told PKR delegates at the party’s national congress here.

Dewan Rakyat has already passed the contentious amendments to the law on October 6, which MTUC claimed would “bring back slavery” and erode protection for workers as employers will no longer be directly responsible for the welfare of their employees.

Sexing things up at the movies - Local filmmakers tend to inject steamy and controversial scenes in their movies to draw in a bigger audience. But does this tactic work? Read more: Sexing things up at the movies

Aku Masih Dara

SEX scenes in local movies are usually very tame, just enough to create a little controversy and boost ticket sales.

In 2006, a controversial scene involving Farid Kamil and Julia Hana in bed not only sparked controversy but helped the film Remp-It, directed by Ahmad Idham Admad Nazri, to rake in RM4 million at the box office.

In 2008, James Lee's horror film Histeria showed a brief lesbian kissing scene between Nurliana Samsuddin and Scha Al-Yahya. That set tongues wagging and the movie made RM3 million.

The next year, Syamsul Yusof's controversial film, Bohsia Jangan Pilih Jalan Hitam, collected a handsome RM4 million at the box office.

Since then, local film producers are continuing to include such scenes in their movies. This adds "spice" to their movies and they hope that people will come in droves to watch it.

Practise moderation, says king ,Malaysians advised to let go of misunderstandings and unite

YANG di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin yesterday advised Malay-sians to practise moderation in their everyday lives.

He said social moderation referred to doing things in a wise manner, not acting recklessly and not oppressing others.

"In other words, we should not make an issue out of small misunderstandings, but should instead resolve them in the best possible ways," he said at the opening of the 1433 Maal Hijrah national-level celebration at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre.

Present were Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and wife Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman as well as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

This year's Maal Hijrah theme is "Mutual Understanding the Foundation for Unity of the Community".

In expressing his concerns over an increasingly individualistic society, the king said he hoped neighbourliness and togetherness would prevail.

PM hanya untuk Melayu

Ketua Angkatan Muda Keadilan Shamsul Iskandar Md Akin mencabar Umno supaya menukar Perlembagaan Persekutuan ...


MCA says Malay PM guarantee unnecessary

MCA leaders have rejected PKR Youth’s suggestion to amend the Constitution and guarantee a Malay prime minister, saying the post would stay with the country’s largest ethnic community.

MCA vice-president Datuk Chor Chee Heung even declared his party was not interested in the position as it was “convention” for a Malay to be appointed prime minister in Malaysia.

“Since independence, BN (Barisan Nasional) has been in control of the government and all this while, not withstanding the Constitution, the prime minister must be from Umno or a Malay... it is the convention.

“MCA is not even interested to ask for its representative to be the prime minister,” Chor said.

The Cabinet minister also said that it was a natural selection as the Malays make up the majority race in the country.

Mandarin school teachers in demand

MCA president Datuk Seri Chua Soi Lek met up with representatives of 78 conforming schools to discuss their needs for progress.


Pakatan now ready to form federal government, says Anwar

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today that Pakatan Rakyat was now ready to form the federal government after helming five states following the landmark 2008 election.

He said that if the electoral pact had taken Putrajaya three years ago “we may have been careless” but governing the states it won three years ago provided a “training ground” for the fledgling coalition.

“The party has struggled and suffered not one or two years, but over 10 years. If in 1999 we had won, we were not ready,” the PKR de facto leader (picture) said of the election that followed immediately after his sacking as deputy prime minister.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sue me, Pua tells KR1M boss

Tony Pua says Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin can sue if he is unhappy over remarks by the DAP publicity chief concerning allegedly substandard Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia goods, The Malay Mail reported today.

“Sue me if you are not happy with my statements or claims. Take me to court if you have to,” the Petaling Jaya Utara MP told the daily.

Kedai Rakyat is a chain of government-backed thrift shops run by local hypermarket operator Mydin Mohamad Holdings Bhd, which is headed by Ameer.

New BN slogan launched

Re-branding of two wing by launching a new slogan “Barisan Nasional - Pilihan Orang Muda” (Barisan Nasional - the choice of the younger generation).


PKR claims NFC funded umrah packages, Singapore firms

Funds meant for the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) were used to fund umrah packages and set up two Singapore-based companies, both owned by Senator Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s family, PKR alleged today.

In their latest round of exposes on the scandal-tainted federally-funded cattle project, PKR leaders claimed to have proof that NFC executive chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail, Shahrizat’s husband, had ordered payment of RM31,580 to be made for his and his son Wan Shahinur Izran Mohamad Salleh’s haj pilgrimage in 2010.

“PKR has clear proof that orders for the umrah package to be paid using this public fund had come from the NFC executive chairman’s office,” PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution (picture) said today.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shahrizat not directly involved in NFC, says DPM

The call made by Barisan Nasional (BN) backbenchers' deputy chief Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin, the BN's Kinabatangan Member of Parliament, for Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to resign is unwarranted and uncalled for.

At a Press conference here yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar had already given a lengthy and comprehensive explanation following the National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd's (NFC) fiasco as revealed by the Auditor-General’s 2010 Report recently.

“Shahrizat is not directly involved in NFC because this is the company’s operational matter managed by her family. Whether Bung's comment is called for, it is up to him to figure it out himself," said Muhyiddin, also Education Minister, in coming to Shahrizat's defence.

Football Every Day: Nov 16, 2011

Nelsen Ng, Zack Yusof and Ian Yee talk about the previous week’s matches, including a short discussion about Ireland’s long awaited join into Euro 2012.


Smuggling of drugs amplified

KLIA drug bust
HIDDEN: Govinden (centre) showing the syabu packets stashed inside the amplifiers

WHEN a courier agent came to the Royal Customs Department Complex at KL International Airport (KLIA) last Saturday at 10pm to pick up three mid-size consignments, there wasn't a reason for the authorities to doubt anything.

Except, for the fact the man came in a Perodua Viva and not a lorry -- the common transport of choice for cargo pick-ups.

Suspicion further heightened when Customs officers found the packages, declared as megaphones on the consignment documents, to be heavier than what the cone-shaped horn used to amplify voices or sounds, should be.

The officers asked the agent to open one of the boxes. Inside was an amplifier.

Suspecting something amiss, Customs opened the amplifier to find five packets of syabu stashed inside its components.

Drugs at your feet

KLIA drug bust
BUSTED: Govinden (far right) showing the hidden syabu. The floor mats were sealed with blue carbon plastics

THE floor mats stuffed inside his backpack did not raise suspicion. But his movements about the KL International Airport (KLIA) did.

On Monday at 7.42am, KLIA Customs officers saw an Indian national suspiciously roaming about the airport's Passenger Terminal 1 Complex with a backpack. The man had just arrived from Delhi on a transit flight from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur.

KLIA Customs director, Datuk M. Govinden, said when officers screened the bag, they only saw three floor mats and clothes inside it.

"He was casually dressed and from his style, we thought he was on a day-visit to Malaysia."

The man, 34, began acting up when officers sought to open and check his bag.

'Explain unexplainable decision' Submitted by shaza on Thursday, November 17th, 2011 * Local * News * PKFZ scandal * Politics Cabinet ministers who opposed the PKFZ project were 'yes men', says Pas vice-president

PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar has urged Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz to divulge what transpired during past Cabinet discussions on the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.

He said Nazri's statement many ministers opposed the project but later agreed to it for fear of it turning into "a big issue", was unacceptable.

"What does Nazri mean by they had to agree to the project in the end, despite having many ministers opposing it because they are afraid of it becoming a bigger issue? What is this 'bigger issue'?

"Nazri needs to give an explanation to the rakyat about what happened during the meeting and what the opinions of the other ministers were.

"The rakyat need to know because Nazri was among the Cabinet members present when (the Then Transport Minister) Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik proposed the PKFZ project," said the Pokok Sena MP at a Press conference at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

UEM, EPF to waive Plus Expressway's RM2.6 bil compensation

UEM Group Bhd and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) have agreed to waive Plus Expressways Bhd's current outstanding compensation balance totalling RM2.9 billion from the government.

In a statement today, UEM said there will also be no compensation for the toll rate freeze until 2015 which will otherwise cost the government RM3.6 billion.

EPF and UEM Group have concluded the negotiation with the government on the proposed acquisition of assets and liabilities of PLUS Expressways and Penang Bridge Sdn Bhd.

Najib to hold special briefing for Youth and Puteri wings

Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will hold a special briefing for Umno Youth and Puteri prior to the wings' annual general assembly.

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