Wednesday, October 23, 2013

HELP University awards honorary doctorate to Kim Jong-Un

HELP University Malaysia has awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics to North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un.

News of the conferment turned viral after a blog entry on Tuesday by detailing the award, started circulating on social media.

The blog quoted a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) article that reported on a ceremony conveying the certificate.

The simple ceremony was held on Oct 3 in the DPR Korean (North Korean) embassy in Kuala Lumpur and was attended by 35 invitees including the HELP University president Datuk Dr Paul Chan and the North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, who received the honour on Kim's behalf.

It was also mentioned that Kim Jong Un was the first foreign head of state to receive the honorary degree from the university.

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Cosplay killing: No indication girl was raped, post-mortem reveals

The body of Ng Yuk Tim was found stuffed into a green suitcase, clad in a T-shirt and underwear, but did not show any signs of sexual abuse.

Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said a post-mortem conducted at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) showed that Ng died of severe head injuries due to three heavy blows to the head and there was no evidence to suggest she was raped.

He also said her body bore no post-mortem injuries from placing her into the suitcase.

"She was discovered in a fetal position," he said when contacted Wednesday.

"There were no signs that her joints were broken in order to fit her into the suitcase.

"We have recorded the statements of more than two individuals, including the victim's parents as well as the 23-year-old main suspect.

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More Underage Girls missing in Malaysia

Elizabeth  ( R ) and Sheila ( L )

Elizabeth disappears for a second time, brother seeks police help

Elizabeth Momay Donny’s (right pic) sudden disappearance from her home has caused anxiety to her family.

Her brother, Edwin, 26, lodged a police report yesterday seeking police assistance to locate.

He said he not only feared for her safety but that she would also be sitting for her SPM exam in November.
Elizabeth Momay Donny

In his police report, Edwin said his sister left their family home in Lane 3, Jalan Kenari at about 3.30pm on Oct 7.

He believed a man had come to fetch her.

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Info leak ban shows insincerity in Putrajaya’s graft fight, Pakatan says

The Penal Code amendment prohibiting the leaking of government information showed that Putrajaya was not serious in combating corruption, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers said today.

PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli criticised the amendment, which was passed in Parliament yesterday, for promoting a “yes-man culture” in the civil service, pointing out that the law did not specifically protect leaks of information on corruption.

“What the amendment does is effectively creating a civil service who will not want to rock the boat because there is a heavy price to pay, even if he whistleblows on corruption,” Rafizi told The Malay Mail Online in a text message today from Mecca.

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Cosplay killing: Suspect’s confession not admissible in court

A confession alone is not admissible in court and it does not mean that the person who confessed has committed a crime, said a criminologist.

Prof Dr P. Sundramoorthy, from the School of Sciences in Universiti Sains Malaysia, said that the law was amended a few years ago so that confessions did not carry weight in court anymore.

“We can’t make assumptions. A confession alone does not mean the person is guilty.

The person could be mentally ill or covering up for someone,” he said.

He was commenting on the 23-year-old man who was remanded on Wednesday for the murder of 15-year-old Ng Yuk Tim.

The man supposedly confessed killing Ng to Selangor Community Policing founder Kuan Chee Hong.

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Cosplay killing: Is this the murder weapon?

A photo of a pair of dumbbells posted on the Facebook page of the 23-year-old suspect who allegedly killed teenage girl Ng Yuk Tim could possibly be the weapon used in the act.

The photo of a pair of dumbbells was posted on the suspect's Facebook page on Mar 31, which he described as an impulse buy.

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Three killed in mud flood after water released from Cameron Highlands dam

Three foreigners died when a mud flood occurred at Bertam Valley in Ringlet near here Wednesday.

Water gushed down to the houses constructed on the state drainage and irrigation land from the Sultan Abu Bakar dam at about 1.00am when water was released from the dam as it had reached the danger level.

Cameron Highland OCPD Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said a 51-year-old local died on his way to the hospital in Tanah Rata after a heart attack due to the incident.

The foreign workers have been identified as Md Jahangir Alam, in his 30s from Bangladesh, Kesmat, 46 from Indonesia, and Jarwati, 17.

The man who suffered a heart attack is identified as Tam Tuck Choi.

A total of 38 people have been placed at the Ringlet community hall.

He said as a result of the water released some 3km from the dam, some 10 kongsi houses located at the banks Sungai Bertam were totally destroyed.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Suspect admitted to the killing, says crime watcher

A community crime watcher said the man who last saw 15-year-old Ng Yuk Tim alive had confessed to killing her.

The 23-year-old suspect, who initially claimed that he had dropped the girl off at the Kelana Jaya LRT station at 2pm on Monday, had admitted that he lied, said Selangor Community Policing founder Kuan Chee Hong (pic).

He repeatedly questioned the man on what happened to the girl before he got the confession, Kuan told reporters after handing the suspect to the Petaling Jaya police.

Kuan added that the suspect confessed to trying to rape Ng in his house and had hit her with a dumbbell when she resisted.

Kuan said he met Yuk Tim’s mother at a restaurant in Kelana Jaya after she asked him to help her find her daughter.

“When I arrived, the suspect was also there with her.

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Cosplay killing 15 years old girl die in attempt being raped : Too late for regrets, says suspect

Cosplay killer says too late for regrets.

"Why did you do this?" asked reporters as the suspected killer of 15-year-old Ng Yuk Tim was hauled into the Petaling Jaya Magistrate's Court on Wednesday morning.

"I don't know...," he replied nonchalantly in a daze.

When asked if he regretted his crime, the 23-year-old said, "It's too late for me to regret."

The man is being remanded by police until October 29 to assist in investigations into the murder of Yuk Tim who was found dead and stuffed in a suitcase on Monday.

Petaling Jaya OCPD ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed confirmed this, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Teenager found dead in suitcase

A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing is believed to have been murdered, with the suspected killer in police custody.

The 23 year-old suspect, a male friend of the girl, led police to her body which was in a suitcase beside Jalan Kebun in Shah Alam.

Selangor deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Jaafar said the suspect confessed to killing the girl in his house and was brought in to the Petaling Jaya police headquarters at 6.30pm.

“He led police to her body in a luggage bag at the side of the road near a kerb at about 8.30pm,” he told a press conference at the site.

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Award-winning American Muslim scholar on Allah ruling: “We are laughing at you”

Reza Aslan says Christians using the word Allah do not pose a threat to Islam.

A well-known American Muslim theologian has joined a long list of critics over the recent Court of Appeal ruling on the use of the word Allah, saying it was a "political decision more than anything else".

"This notion that Malaysian Muslims need to be protected by the court because you can't think for yourself, you can't make decisions on your own. We are laughing at you," said Reza Aslan, speaking on BFM Radio's Evening Edition programme yesterday.

"That you can control people's ideas, their behaviour, their faith and their minds simply by trying to control the words that they use, is absurd. It is an embarassment to a modern, constitutional, democratic and deeply Muslim state like Malaysia," he added.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Judges “misinformed”, Allah ruling tantamount to persecuting Christians - Archbishop Pakiam

The head of the Malaysian Catholic Church today said that the decision of the Court of Appeal on the Allah issue was tantamount to persecuting Christians in Malaysia.

Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (pic) noted that the three judges were grossly misinformed in arriving at the decision to ban Catholic weekly Herald from using the word Allah.

He said Christians in Malaysia have been using the word peacefully for centuries and "we do not accept the statement of these judges".

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Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir for his narrow defeat son of Mahathir lose in UMNO election

The Umno president and his deputy offer words of encouragement and consolation to Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir for his narrow defeat in the vice-presidential race, describing it as a “victory in defeat”.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Putrajaya’s silence on calls to defend Islam from “threats and insults” is worrying, say Christians

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) is concerned over Putrajaya's inaction in cooling rising temperatures on the Allah issue, ahead of the case which will be heard at the Court of Appeal tomorrow.

Its chairman Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng said there had been calls by various groups to defend Islam from being insulted and threatened.

"The call for 'action' by some Muslims is incendiary and alarming to ordinary Malaysians.

"Worst of all, there appears to be no action or statement from any government authority calling for calm or even ordering a stop to such actions, which is clearly stoking anger," Dr Eu said in a statement.

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In Malaysia, more students getting HIV, many through sex

Young Malaysians between the ages of 20 and 39 formed the largest segment of those infected with HIV over a five-year period.

That is pretty much general knowledge, but the most alarming piece of statistic is the dramatic jump in the number of students contracting HIV.

The total number of new cases of Malaysians infected with HIV and AIDS had held steady over the five years since 2008.

The number of cases in 2008 was 4,633, while in 2012, the figure was 4,799.

The number of deaths from HIV and AIDS over the period, however, declined from 1,050 in 2008 to 702 in 2012.

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Tengku Adnan draws fire from Hindus for suggesting only their temples cause problems

At the centre of the storm, the temple which Tengku Adnan has downgraded to a 'shrine' in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. September 9, 2013.

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor stepped into a minefield when he "downgraded" a century-old Hindu temple into a shrine and then pointedly asked why the authorities "always had problems with temples and not churches, mosques or Chinese temples".

The attitude of the Federal Territories minister to a sacred Hindu spot hit a raw nerve among other politicians and the head of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, who responded strongly today.

They questioned if Tengku Adnan knew enough about Hinduism to make comments on what is a shrine or a temple and on the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman Temple, in particular.

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Motorists might pay with lives for fuel price hike, says DAP MP

There may be a deadly cost to raising pump prices for RON95 petrol and diesel without serious effort to upgrade the country’s public transport system, a DAP lawmaker warned Putrajaya today.

Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong highlighted how a previous increase had triggered road users to opt for more fuel-efficient modes of transportation to mitigate the price hike, but with deadly and unintended consequences.

“Research has shown that motorcycle fatalities shot up as a result of the March 2006 and June 2008 fuel hikes as the lower income group switched transport modes from cars to motorcycles,” Liew said in a press statement today.

“A new human disaster of more motorcycle fatalities is imminent, following the latest petrol price increase.”

Liew noted that even from Malaysia’s already high risk of road fatalities, two-wheelers faced several magnitudes more danger.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

DAP offers to help AGC convict ‘correct’ Altantuya killers -

The DAP legal bureau today offered its services to prosecutors in the high-profile murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, suggesting that an overworked Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) may have led to the acquittal of two former policemen previously convicted of the killing.

This comes as Segambut MP and bureau member Lim Lip Eng (picture) lodged a police report in Jinjang here over the Court of Appeal’s decision to free ex-police commandos Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar of their conviction in 2009 of the gruesome murder.

“Give DAP legal bureau the fiat (authorisation order), we will make sure the correct person is prosecuted and convicted,” Lim said in a statement here.

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GENTING HIGHLANDS BUS CRASH: 'We're just glad bus didn't explode'

Investigators from the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) examining the wreckage of the bus that plunged into a ravine in Genting Highlands, killing 37 out of its 53 passengers.

A smoking worker nearly sets rescue crew aflame after wreckage started leaking fuel

RESCUE personnel had a close call when the stage bus they were lifting from Wednesday's crash site started leaking fuel.

About 100 firemen and police personnel at the scene reacted immediately to avert another catastrophe.

As soon as the wreckage was laid down on the road after being hauled up by a mammoth crane, diesel started flowing from the fuel tanks onto the road. Recovery personnel scrambled to put sand and earth as well as sawdust from their rescue vehicles to plug the tanks.

Before anyone could breathe a sigh of relief, a foreign worker ambled into view with a lit cigarette, risking a massive conflagration, just metres from the wreckage.

An alert policeman shouted at the foreign worker, who immediately stubbed out his cigarette.

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GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: 10 hospitalised victims reported stable

MIROS inspecting the bus that was lifted from the ravine at KM 3.6 Jalan Genting-Kuala Lumpur here in Genting Highlands.

Ten victims of the Wednesday's Genting bus tragedy who were hospitalised at the Selayang and Sungai Buloh hospitals were reported to be in stable condition.

Selayang Hospital director Dr Siti Zaleha Mohd Salleh said all eight victims admitted to the hospital, three locals, three Bangladeshis and two Indonesians, were recovering and that some of them might be discharged soon.

"Some have been placed in the orthopaedic and surgical wards, depending on the nature of their injuries.

"As of last night, all eight are still being treated at this hospital although we have been informed that some of the foreign nationals want to be transferred to private hospitals," she said when contacted by Bernama.

On Wednesday, three of those admitted were reported to be in critical condition and the rest semi-critical.

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Bullet-riddled body of missing fishmonger found in Temerloh Read more: Bullet-riddled body of missing fishmonger found in Temerloh

The bullet-riddled body of a 47-year-old fish seller, who was reported missing since Aug 18, was found at Kampung Buntut Pulau here on Friday night.

The body of Abd Majid Abd Rahman was found by villagers near a sand dredging pump at Kampung Buntut Pulau here about 9.05pm.

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Director admits Tanda Putera a work of fiction, defends controversial scenes

The director of the controversial film Tanda Putera, which has upset the opposition, now admits it is a fictional account of events surrounding the May 13 racial riots.

Datin Paduka Shuhaimi Baba said her film is an interpretation of historical events derived from multiple opinions.

She explained that after certain parties strongly objected to a scene where a character urinated at a flagpole in front of the house of a former Selangor menteri besar, she edited the scene to tone it down.

“I made some slight edits of the scene. There were words that I removed. That scene was acted out according to those who were present at that time.

“I had to make sure I could fit in most of the opinions collected into a two-hour movie. Of course, not all of the responses we got could be enacted in the film.

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PKR: Ex-cops should be re-tried for Altantuya murder, not acquitted

File photo of ex-policemen Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar (heads covered). The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya on August 23, 2013 overturned their conviction of murdering Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

The Court of Appeal should have ordered a retrial of the high-profile murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu, instead of acquitting two former police commandos previously convicted of her killing, PKR’s R. Sivarasa said today.

The Subang MP stressed that the appellate court is empowered to do so, especially when there was a number of key witnesses who were not called during the High Court trial that led to the duo’s conviction in 2009.

“Even if the Court of Appeal found defects in the manner the High Court judge analysed the evidence and in the conduct of the prosecution in presenting the case, the proper order to make in this case was to order a retrial and not grant an acquittal,” Sivarasa told reporters here.

“There is ample power under the law in Section 60 of the Courts Judicature Act 1964 to order a retrial which is regularly done in appeals.”

In a decision that stirred controversy yesterday, a three-man panel of the appellate court unanimously ruled that Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar be allowed to appeal their charges.

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After mix-up over bus blacklisted cover up in fatal crash, MCA wants full probe

Blacklisted one day and cleared the next.

Inconsistent information surrounding one of Malaysia’s deadliest bus crashes requires a comprehensive investigation to ensure the victims and families are afforded the “truth and justice” due to them, MCA publicity chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie said today.

“As Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has proposed to set up a special investigation committee to probe the cause of the accident, we urge the committee to leave no stone unturned as this issue has befallen several times already,” she said in a statement.

“The findings must be made public.”

On Thursday, a day after the ill-fated bus that plunged into a ravine on Wednesday and killed 37 people, English daily The Star reported that the vehicle was placed on a blacklist by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) prior to its journey to Genting Highlands.

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Putrajaya approves tracking devices, rollout next month to track criminals

The Home Ministry plans to use the electronic monitoring device (EMD) on offenders charged under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 by end of next month.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail confirmed that the government had approved the use of EMDs to track organised and violent crime suspects to ensure they would not commit other crimes while out on bail.

"For me, the faster (this is implemented), the better. Of course, we would like to see this (device) used as soon as possible. We believe that it will be implemented by September," he told reporters after the Crime Prevention Forum, here today.

Abdul Gani (picture) was responding to a comment made by Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) senior analyst, Farah Intan Burhanudin, that the device would be used on suspects caught under Ops Cantas.

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Winners and losers in the Altantuya saga

Altantuya Shaariibuu, the former Mongolian model whose life was ended brutally in Malaysia, but no one faces justice for the crime. August 24, 2013.

The murder of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu has had more twists and turns than a drive up Cameron Highlands, the latest being Friday's acquittal of policemen Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar.

This has never been a simple criminal case, and today, The Malaysian Insider looks at those who have had their reputations hammered by the case and those who have been let off easy.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

3 Nigerian students die in early morning car crash

The car that the five Nigerians were travelling in was believed to have been speeding before it lost control and crashed into a tree.

Three Nigerian students of a private college here died while two others suffered serious injuries when their car crashed into a tree at Kampung Gebok, Mantin, yesterday.

A police spokesman said the driver of the car was believed to be speeding before he lost control of the vehicle, which then rammed into the tree about 2.30am.

The students, aged 29 to 33, were headed for their hostel when the accident happened.

"Preliminary investigations showed that the the car was speeding on a one-way lane and the driver lost control before it veered off the road and crashed into the tree," he said.

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Man found dead with hands and legs bound

Policemen removing Ibnu Panaharan’s body in Kampung Binaung Baru, Menggatal, Kota Kinabalu, yesterday.

A man was found dead, with his hands and legs bound, and mouth covered with a piece of cloth in Menggatal, near here, yesterday. There were also wounds on his neck.

Police identified the deceased as Ibnu Panaharan, 29. They believed he was killed elsewhere before his body was dumped into some bushes. He had been dead less than 24 hours when his body was discovered at 7am.

His body was discovered by two policemen who were doing a background check on a multi-purpose vehicle that was abandoned by the road, near a water tank, at Kampung Binaung Baru.

City police chief Assistant Commissioner Jauteh Dikun said police had classified the case as murder. They believed more than one person was involved, he added.

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Gang 08 open fire at police 3 gangsters caught after shoot-out

Police forensics team inspecting the car that was used by the three suspects to evade police arrest in Taman Sentosa, Klang, yesterday.

Gang 08 members open fire on police in high-speed chase

SHAH ALAM: SELANGOR police arrested three men, including one with a pistol, following an hour-long car chase yesterday.

State deputy police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan said police received a tip-off that three men in a Perodua Viva were acting suspiciously in front of a restaurant at Taman Subang Perdana, here, about 2.30am.

A police patrol car approached the vehicle and instructed the men to step out of the car.

The suspects evaded inspection by reversing it, narrowly missing one of the policemen.

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ALTANTUYA MURDER CHARGE: Two ex-policemen acquitted by Court of Appeal

In this Feb 4, 2009 archive picture, Koperal Sirul Azhar Umar (second from right) and Chief Inspektor Azilah Hadri (left) being led out of Shah Alam High Court

Two former Bukit Aman Special Forces Unit officers today succeeded in their appeal against their conviction for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuyaa Shaariibuu seven years ago.

A three member bench led by Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali allowed the appeal in the Court of Appeal here this morning.

First appellant Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri's fiancee of seven years, Norazila Baharudin, 35, was in tears when she heard the verdict.

"For seven years, we have been through so much. It is not easy for one to stay in prison," she said when met outside the court today.

Smiling while wiping away tears, Norazila, who is an operation manager at a construction firm, said she is extremely grateful to the hard work and effort put in by her fiancee's counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad.

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GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Wreckage of bus lifted

The bus that was involved in the recent accident in Genting being inspected by Puspakom and the Road Transport Department (JPJ).Picture shows the police and the Fire and Rescue Department lifting the wreckage of the bus that was involved in an accident in Genting Highlands

The police along with the Fire and Rescue Department today lifted the wreckage from the scene with the use of one crane and two trailers.

Bentong OCPD, Superintendent Mohd Mansor Mohd Nor said the bus would first be inspected at the scene of the accident and later inspected again at the Bentong police headquarters for a final analysis.

"We are unsure on how long the operation will take. There was heavy rain this morning, and the land might not be able to accommodate the weight.

"The ground is also uneven, so if the engineers feel that it's unsafe, we will halt the operation," he said.

Meanwhile 31 out of 37 bodies involved in the Genting bus crash have been identified.

Mansor said 20 out of the 31 identified bodies have been claimed. The claimed bodies were of 11 Chinese men, seven Chinese women, one Malay man and a Indonesian man.

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GENTING BUS TRAGEDY: Families console each other 37 deaths

SOMBRE MOOD AT HOSPITAL: Tears flow freely as loved ones gather to say goodbye to those who died in crash

KUALA LUMPUR: PARENTS wailed openly over the deaths of their children. Over to one side, in a quiet corner, a couple huddled together, the wife trying her best to console her husband, his head buried in his hands, tears dropping in a steady stream.

The mood at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital mortuary yesterday was sombre, the air laden with despair and hopelessness as the families of the 37, who died in the country's worst bus crash, gathered to claim the remains of their loved ones.

At the hospital's forensics department, Lee Siew Ying stared blankly. Her face was that of a mother's whose heart had been shattered into a million pieces by the death of her son, Sia Chin Shin, 22, whom she described as "a loving son".

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Genting bus tragedy 37 killed Bus was on JPJ blacklist before Genting crash

The ill-fated bus that plunged into a ravine yesterday and killed 37 people was placed on a blacklist with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) prior to its journey to Genting Highlands.

English daily The Star reported that this was confirmed from checks on the bus’ records in the JPJ website. It is not known, however, the reason for the blacklist.

According to the daily, Bentong OCPD Supt Mansor Mohd Noor revealed that the bus belonged to Genting Highlands Transport Sdn Bhd, a KL-based firm.

The paper also quoted a spokesperson for Genting Malaysia Berhad as saying that the vehicle is a public transport bus.

“It is not ours,” the spokesman said, before offering condolences to the families of the dead and accident victims.

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Pakatan MPs demand A-G explain after ex-cops walk from Altantuya murder

Surendran ( R )said that despite Altantuya’s death over six years ago, no one has been brought to book for the murder. Gobind ( L ) said the Attorney-General must explain why it failed to call material witnesses in support of its case.

The Attorney-General must explain how his prosecutors allowed two former police commandos to go free for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu after the Court of Appeal today reversed the 2009 conviction, Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers demanded.

The Court of Appeal overturned Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar’s 2009 conviction of the high-profile murder of the Mongolian woman, reportedly ruling that there was a misdirection by the High Court judge in the trial then.

The DAP’s Gobind Singh Deo said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail must now answer for the prosecution team’s failure to ensure a safe conviction.

“The A-G must explain why is it they failed to call material witnesses in support of their case in this prosecution,” Puchong MP said.

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Azilah, Sirul freed of Altantuya murder charge

Sirul Azhar's lawyer, Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin, speaking to the media outside the court. The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, August 23, 2013.

Two former police commandos were freed today after the Court of Appeal allowed their appeal and overturned their conviction for the 2006 murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu (pic).

A three-member bench comprising judges Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali, Datuk Linton Albert and Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat made the unanimous decision to allow the appeal by former chief inspector Azilah Hadri and former corporal Sirul Azhar Umar.

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GENTING BUS TRAGEDY UPDATE: Police call off search for bodies

Police have called off the search and rescue operation for victims of the bus crash incident, which killed 37 people and severely injured 16 others, at Km3.5 in Jalan Genting near Chin Swee Temple.

Bentong district police chief Superintendent Mohd Mansor Mohd Nor said the police were now concentrating on finding belongings of the bus passengers.

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GENTING BUS TRAGEDY UPDATE: Post mortem on 30 bodies, done - Dead passengers identified

Police have identified at least 15 passengers who were among 37 killed in the Genting bus crash near the Chin Swee Temple yesterday.

Bentong district deputy police chief Deputy Superintendent Wan Azharuddin Wan Ismail said police are still in the midst of ascertaining the identities of the remaining victims.

The tragedy, said to be the worst in the nation’s bus crashes, saw 16 other passengers, seriously injured.

Preliminary police investigations showed the bus was out of control for about 100 metres before it plunged into a 60m-deep ravine at KM 3.5 from the peak of the popular hill resort.

Pahang police chief Datuk Sharifuddin Ab Ghani said the bus had first hit the side of a hill before careening off the road.

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At bottom of Genting ravine, lives cut short in their prime

A relative of one of the Genting bus crash victims weeps in anguish over the loss of his loved one. Thirty-seven people died in the tragic accident Wednesday, when an express bus plunged down a 60m ravine near Genting Highlands. A man weeps silently after confirming that a relative was one of the victims of the tragic Genting Highlands bus crash Wednesday.

All Kwan Chin Yii wanted to do was earn some pocket money when she took up a part-time job at the popular mountain resort of Genting Highlands.

She had just finished her shift that Wednesday afternoon.

Meeting up with her boyfriend Sia Chin Shin near her work place, the couple proceeded to take the journey back to Kuala Lumpur together as planned.

They got on an express bus, and that was the last thing they told their families they were going to do. They never made it home.

"His girlfriend asked him to go pick her up from Genting after she was done with work. He never got home.

"We tried calling both their handphones, but we couldn't get through. We were not sure what had happened," said Sia's childhood friend, who only identified himself as Goh.

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Court allows Putrajaya’s appeal against ‘Allah’ ruling

The Catholic Church today failed to strike out Putrajaya’s appeal against the 2009 landmark High Court ruling that upheld Christians’ right to refer to God as “Allah”.

Court of Appeal Justice Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin ruled that the subject matter of the appeal was “not academic”.

“It is still a live issue,” Abu Samah said in his judgment today.

“The controversy has yet to be resolved,” he said to a packed courtroom.

With the decision, the church will have to duke it out in the courtroom with Putrajaya again next month, prolonging the over four-year-long legal tug-of-war between Muslims and Christians here over one word — Allah.

Abu Samah was heading a three-man Bench that included Justices Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Datuk Rohana Yusuf.

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Smaller turnout than expected at ‘Allah’ protest

The highly-anticipated protest against the Catholic Church’s “Allah” appeal today drew a smaller turnout than expected despite Malay rights group Perkasa’s repeated calls for its members and supporters to turn up in a show of Muslim solidarity.

Around 200 people gathered outside the Court of Appeal here as they awaited the court’s decision on the Catholic Church’s application to dismiss the government’s appeal against the landmark decision to allow non-Muslims to use the word “Allah”.

“We’re not here today to protest but the show solidarity and support to our fellow Muslim lawyers to fight for us.

“Let’s respect one another and don’t do anything to provoke anyone,” Iqbal Hakim from Persatuan Belia Islam Nasional told the crowd.

On Monday, Muslim-Malay supremacy group Perkasa vowed to rally outside the court to protest the church’s attempt to use the word “Allah”, which it has insisted belongs exclusively to Muslims.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Bring it on, police tells gangs

The police have sent a clear message to gangsters challenging the forcea - Bring it gangster parade slain gang member funeral in roads and spray graffiti in police station wall.

Genting crash: Bus plunges into ravine

A bus carrying passengers has plunged into a ravine at KM3 going down Genting Highlands at 3pm Wednesday.

Funeral for slain gangsters in Penang brings traffic to a standstill

The funeral processions for slain gangsters in Penang bring traffic to a standstill as many youths on motorcycles accompanied the hearses along the way to the crematorium.

37 dead in Genting bus crash

Thirty seven people were killed in Malaysia's worst road tragedy, after a bus carrying 53 plunged into a ravine near Genting Highlands on Wednesday.

37 dead, 16 injured in Malaysia’s worst accident

Thirty-seven people have been confirmed dead in Malaysia's worst road accident when a bus plunged into a 200-foot deep ravine as it made its way down from the Genting Highlands resort in Pahang this afternoon.

Rescuers gave the death toll as police dog units scoured the undergrowth in the ravine for any more survivors of the accident that happened just before 3pm, some four km from the popular hill resort. The driver, in his 40s, also died in the accident, police said.

The 16 passengers who were rescued, 10 men and six women, were sent to hospitals in Selayang, Kuala Lumpur, Sungai Buloh and Bentong. Some of them suffered severe injuries, said authorities.

There were a total of 53 people in the bus which came from the resort, 55km away from Kuala Lumpur. Initial reports had put the total number aboard the bus at 49.

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Express bus plunges down Genting ravine, death toll now at 37

An express bus carrying 49 passengers has plunged 30 metres into a ravine, some 2km from the Chin Swee Caves Temple en route to Kuala Lumpur near Genting Highlands resort today.Rescuers have so far pulled out 16 people and one body from the wreckage.Two rescue personnels using a crane to get down into the ravine in order to bring the victims up.

Thirty-seven people died in a horrific bus crash near mountain resort Genting Highlands today, in what is arguably the worst road accident involving an express bus in recent years.

Citing Fire and Rescue Department deputy director-general Datuk Soiman Jahid, The Star Online reported that the dead were among 53 passengers who were on board the bus when it plunged down a thirty meter ravine at around 3pm.

Soiman confirmed that 41 of the passengers, including survivors, had been pulled out of the wreckage as at 8.50pm.

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Police promising stern action over Gang 04 graffiti at police station wall

Police will not tolerate any group or gang that seek to challenge the authorities.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday the police would not allow any criminal to challenge or even make fun of the force.

"No criminal can win against the police.

"We will use the full extent of the law to hunt down and bring all criminals to justice," he told a press conference after presenting certificates of appreciation to 50 good drivers in conjunction with Ops Selamat.

Commenting on acts of vandalism at the Kuala Langat police headquarters, Khalid said police have already identified the culprits.

"We have identified those responsible for the graffiti and we will take action," he said.

An assemblyman was shocked when he found a plastic bag containing five bullets in his house's compound.

Meanwhile in Banting the police are promising stern action against gang members, in light of a wall at a police headquarters here being defaced with graffiti of Gang 04 symbols.

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