KUALA LUMPUR: BTS singer J-Hope has surprised fans with a V Live broadcast on his birthday yesterday. During the broadcast titled “Hang Out With J-Hope”, he updated fans on what he has been up to and thanked them for their birthday wishes from his studio. Many BTS fans are eagerly waiting for the release of J-Hope’s mixtape, which he and fellow BTS members frequently brought up last year. You can say that I spent all of last year on the mixtape.”BTS singer J-Hope has surprised fans with a V Live broadcast on his birthday yesterday. The BTS member reassured fans that although the group sometimes surprised them by releasing content at midnight, his mixtape would not be so.

February 19, 2018 05:48 UTC

SHAH ALAM: Two people were killed on the Federal Highway here when the car they were in slammed into a pillar at the unused Batu Tiga toll plaza early Monday. He said initial investigations revealed that the car, travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Shah Alam, is believed to have been speeding when it went out of control and rammed into the pillar of the unused toll plaza. Baharudin said their bodies were sent to the Shah Alam Hospital for a post-mortem and the case was being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. However, PLUS Malaysia Berhad, which is responsible for the highway, only expects the demolition of the two toll plazas to be completed in late March. Both toll plazas ceased operations from Jan 1 following the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the 2018 Budget in October 2017.

February 19, 2018 04:30 UTC

MIRI: A car crashed into a palm oil tanker with so much force on the Tatau-Bintulu section of the Pan Borneo Highway here Tuesday that half of the vehicle was wedged beneath the tanker. The 27-year-old driver of the car, Sia Sung Hung, died on the spot in the 7am tragedy. Firemen from Tatau and an ambulance were rushed to the scene, but the driver had already died by the time they arrived. Firemen had to use rescue tools to prise open the badly twisted wreckage to remove the body. The driver of the tanker was not injured and police have already obtained his statement.

February 19, 2018 04:07 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: Construction, marine engineering and civil engineering firm Hock Seng Lee Bhd (HSL) could see a revival in construction earnings this year, following a lacklustre performance in the first nine months of financial year 2017 (9M17).Maybank Investment Bank Research said on Monday that HSL’s construction earnings could play catch up in FY18 as work accelerates.“Despite its robust orderbook, HSL’s 9M17 earnings had been lacklustre due to the slow progress at major projects. Our existing estimates imply a strong 68% core net profit recovery in FY18.“We keep our forecasts for now. HSL is due to release its FY17 results on Feb 27. Construction progress was at about 2% at end-Dec 2017.Apart from that, HSL’s Pan Borneo Sarawak Highway Package 7 has also progressed slower-than-expected. HSL has a 70% stake in the project, valued at RM1.7bil.On a positive note, the company’s RM333mil-Package A of the Centralised Wastewater Management System for Miri Phase 1 is on track for completion in the first quarter of 2021, with an overall progress rate of 6%.Maybank Research has maintained its “hold” call on HSL, with an unchanged target price of RM1.61.“Stronger-than-expected earnings in the coming quarters are a potential re-rating factor for the stock,” said the research firm.

February 19, 2018 04:07 UTC

KOTA KINABALU: A faulty braking system is believed to have triggered a fire that destroyed a tourist bus with 39 Chinese tourists on board along the Tamparuli-Ranau road, about 45km from the city here Sunday night. "After realising a rear tyre was on fire, he immediately asked all 39 tourists to get off the bus and attempted to put out the fire," he said in a statement Monday. However, DSP Dzulbaharin added that the extinguisher used was not sufficient to put the fire that had spread rapidly, eventually destroying the entire bus. He added that the bus company provided another vehicle to take all the tourists back to Kota Kinabalu. Related story:Tourist bus catches fire, passengers escape injury

February 19, 2018 03:45 UTC

(NSTP/COURTESY OF SABAH SHARK PROTECTION ASSOCIATION)The rays had apparently been transported to the island on boats by fisherman residents of a water village next to the lodge. (NSTP/COURTESY OF SABAH SHARK PROTECTION ASSOCIATION)Sabah Shark Protection Association Chairman Aderick Chong told the NST that one of the manta rays slaughtered yesterday has been confirmed as an oceanic manta (Manta birostris), while others were Devil Rays. The oceanic manta is the world's largest species of ray and is on the verge of extinction. The sharks are Sphyrna mokarran (great hammerhead shark), Sphyrna zygaena (smooth hammerhead shark), Eusphyra blochii (winghead shark) and the Carcharhinus longimanus (oceanic whitetip shark). The rays are Manta birostris (oceanic manta) and Manta alfredi (reef manta).

February 19, 2018 02:48 UTC

Yet, in the days of social media — oh, how often we hear this phrase these days — we are actually co-conspirators to the industry of faking news. Fake news exists due to the opportunistic happenstance of technological advancement and human proclivity to indulge in lies and gossip. There are presumably many reasons for fake content, but most important is that someone is creating it to win our hearts and minds. Perhaps, the best way to combat fake news is to raise our level of sophistication in evaluating content. zainulisa@gmail.comThe writer, a former NSTP group managing editor, is now a social media observer.

February 19, 2018 02:37 UTC

“The pimp was a Korean and he was part of a big sex trafficking ring,” Hernandez said. “When I started talking about sex trafficking, [the victims] just thought ‘I’m an illegal alien, speak little English and won’t have any luck’.”Samantha Hernandez. Legitimate massage parlour in Thai Town, claimed by the Thai CDC to be helpful with assistance. The six blocks of Thai Town in East Hollywood, known for authentic Thai cuisine, including durian, is also ground zero for assistance for Thai trafficking victims. Panida, the organisation’s lead attorney, recently assisted victims of a sex trafficking ring that was exposed in Minnesota last year.

February 19, 2018 02:37 UTC

BANGKOK: A 67-year-old British man was arrested in Bangkok early on Monday for allegedly robbing and drugging a fellow countryman in his hotel room. Lumpini police say a British tourist, Michael Travers, 69, filed a complaint with police on February 12 that he had been robbed and drugged in his room at a luxury hotel in the Ploenchit area of the city. Travers said a Panerai watch worth Bt200,000 and 19 other items, were taken with a total value of Bt440,781. They say Lane has denied the charges but he was identified by the victim. Police believe Lane might also be responsible for robbing several other elderly tourists at luxury hotels in the Lumpini and Thonglor areas.

February 19, 2018 02:37 UTC

Most women wear either a hijab – a loose-fitting headscarf or a variation that covers the chest – or no headscarf at all. Once, Tri Ningtyas says, someone threw a plastic bottle at her, but she refuses to confront her aggressors. Tri Ningtyas began wearing a niqab three years ago after reading that it was a sunnah – highly recommended Islamic practice. Tri Ningtyas now heads the Jakarta branch of the Niqab Squad. The name Niqab Squad was chosen deliberately to give the group a “modern twist” and make it easily identifiable, says Indadari… (CONTINUED)To read the rest of this article CLICK HERE

February 19, 2018 02:37 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia opened higher today after the Chinese New Year break, on continued positive sentiment, brought on by Malaysia's strong gross domestic product figure announced last week, dealers said. At 9.03 am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 3.67 points higher at 1,841.95, after opening 4.74 points better at 1,843.02 from last Thursday’s close of 1,838.28. He said with the volume having gone up the previous week, Bursa Malaysia is likely see an upward momentum this week. The FBM Emas Shariah Index gained 34.56 points to 13,469.66 and the FBM Ace added 19.62 points to 6,262.18. Sector-wise, the Finance Index was 28 points higher at 17,622.41 and the Industrial Index improved 1.53 points to 3,204.19.But, the Plantation Index shed 24.22 points to 7,972.75.

February 19, 2018 02:11 UTC

IT is my eighteenth Chinese New Year (CNY) in Malaysia. This particular aspect of the CNY tradition is alive and well among the young, the not so young and the young at heart alike. CNY celebrations are a truly inclusive affair. Every car porch features red lanterns and long chains of giant, fake firecrackers, mine included, and this regardless of the provenance or cultural background of the resident. “Gong Xi, Gong Xi, Gong Xi Ni Ya.”Every child in Malaysia knows the lyrics to this song.

February 19, 2018 02:03 UTC

LANGKAWI: The operator of the Langkawi SkyCab cable car system here will carry out an investigation to determine the exact reasons behind a system failure that left over 1,000 tourists stranded on Sunday. "We will carry out a post-mortem," he told reporters after receiving the stranded tourists earlier Monday morning. The breakdown, which occurred at 5.48 pm, is the worst to affect the cable car system since it started operating in 2002. Azizan said assistance was also provided to the stranded tourists, including accommodation for the night and arranging flights for those who missed their departure times due to the incident. – BernamaRelated stories:Langkawi SkyCab: Tourists sent to hospital for observation88 rescued after cable car mishap leaves them trappedLangkawi SkyCab: Cable car system restored

February 19, 2018 01:51 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar today amid continuous weakness in the greenback. At 9am, the local note stood at 3.8860/8910 against the greenback from Thursday’s close of 3.8910/8980. The ringgit also traded higher against a basket of other major currencies. It rose against the Singapore dollar to 2.9628/9673 from 2.9659/9724 on Thursday, and strengthened against the Japanese yen to 3.6557/6611 from last week’s 3.6559/6635. The ringgit appreciated versus the British pound to 5.4556/4634 from 5.4704/4818 and firmed up vis-a-vis the euro to 4.8272/8338 from 4.8583/8678.

February 19, 2018 01:41 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar on Monday amid continuous weakness in the greenback, a dealer said.At 9am, the ringgit stood at 3.8860/8910 against the greenback from Thursday's close of 3.8910/8980.OANDA Corp head of trading for Asia Pacific Stephen Innes said with the US interest rate to foreign exchange correlation broken, the US dollar continued to sell off despite US dollar bond yields pushing higher.However, he said with markets still suffering the hangover effect from the Chinese Lunar New Year, a plethora of US Federal Reserve speak along with the Federal Open Market Committee minutes, is likely to cause an uptick in volatility this week.Against a basket of major currencies, the ringgit traded higher.It rose against the Singapore dollar to 2.9628/9673 from 2.9659/9724 on Thursday and strengthened against the Japanese yen to 3.6557/6611 from last week's 3.6559/6635.The ringgit appreciated versus the British pound to 5.4556/4634 from 5.4704/4818 and firmed vis-a-vis the euro to 4.8272/8338 from 4.8583/8678.

February 19, 2018 01:41 UTC