HONG KONG: A woman from southwest China who had been kidnapped, tied up and locked in a car boot had a lucky escape after a tailgating driver accidentally smashed it open, according to news site reports. A video published by website btime.com shows the woman sitting on the road surrounded by traffic after she had fallen out of the white Audi. On Tuesday evening, the Qingyang district police issued a notice online stating there was a “kidnapping near the Gaosheng bridge on May 21”. The report said the suspect had been arrested and had confessed after interrogation, adding that investigations into the case continue. The video footage also included comments posted on social media by people who had claimed to have witnessed the event.

May 23, 2018 12:22 UTC

TUTICORIN: A protester was killed by a rubber bullet in southern India Wednesday, a day after 10 were shot dead when police opened fire on a rally demanding the closure of a copper plant, officials said. “We were forced to fire rubber bullets which unfortunately hit one man in the spine and he died,” he added. Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami ordered a judicial inquiry into Tuesday’s shootings but defended the police response. Stalin, leader of the main Tamil Nadu opposition party the DMK, said police were guilty of “atrocities.”“Mass Murder of Innocent People,” he tweeted Wednesday. Tamil Nadu is one of India’s most industrialised states and similar protests over environmental concerns have turned deadly in the past, including in Tuticorin.

May 23, 2018 12:22 UTC

PUTRAJAYA: 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has confirmed that it is unable to service its debt obligation which is due this May 30. Lim met with 1MDB chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy and two of its directors, Datuk Norazman Ayob and Datuk Kamal Mohd Ali today. Arul Kanda was accompanied by former 1MDB chief financial officer Azmi Tahir and former 1MDB legal adviser Ivan Chen. Following that, Lim said he had instructed Arul Kanda to brief him and clarify if 1MDB was able to pay the sum due next week. "Both 1MDB directors confirmed that 1MDB is ‘insolvent’ and can't pay its debts.

May 23, 2018 11:00 UTC

RIYADH: French midfielder Paul Pogba has posted a video of himself at the holiest site of Islam in Saudi Arabia, as he prepares to join his French squad for the World Cup next month. "This a beautiful place – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Pogba, who will be a key member of France's World Cup team in Moscow, made a similar pilgrimage last year during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He told the BBC last week that he and his France team-mates must approach the World Cup finals with the right mindset, as that counts more than technical ability. Away from the World Cup, and despite speculation over his future at Manchester United, Pogba is determined to lift the Champions League with them in what is his second spell there.

May 23, 2018 10:52 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is expected to save around RM500 million annually following its disbandment of four bodies as agencies, as announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The four entities are the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD), Special Affairs Department (JASA), National Council of Professors (MPN), and Federal Village Development and Security Committee (JKKP). Economic expert, Prof Dr Barjoyai Bardai, said the government can save around RM200 million annually on wages, and RM300 million a year on administrative costs. Dr Mahathir yesterday announced the disbandment of JASA, MPN, SPAD and JKKP, after chairing the Pakatan Harapan government’s first Cabinet meeting. “The dissolution of these institutions is not just to save management costs, but also reduces bureaucracy, duplication of duties and expediting the decision-making process,” he said.

May 23, 2018 10:52 UTC

BANGKOK: The women’s doubles department may see drastic changes following the Uber Cup team’s dismal performance. National women's doubles coach Rosman Razak said: "Many said we would do well here following Vivian Hoo-Chow Mei Kuan’s gold medal feat at last month’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Maybe it is time to give more exposure to the younger players as the older ones are not really going anywhere," said Rosman, who took charge of the women’s doubles department last month. On whether he was looking at axing under performing shuttlers, Rosman replied: "Yes. “Next year, we will also have some players moving up the ranks from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS),” he added.

May 23, 2018 10:07 UTC

BANGKOK: BA of Malaysia (BAM) president Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria has slammed the women’s doubles players for their poor form at the ongoing Uber Cup. "I am disappointed with the women's doubles players. However, I have to be fair with Lee Meng Yean as she only returned recently from an injury. “Apart from Soniia Cheah and Jin Wei, others players in S.Kisona and Lee Yin Ying also performed well. We should focus on these new players,” Norza added.

May 23, 2018 09:56 UTC

“Industries and landowners need to be held more accountable for the death of elephants on their land. The background to this issue is the expansion of oil palm plantations in Sabah, eating into the natural forest habitat of the elephants. WWF-Malaysia commends Sabah’s Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s recent orders for a probe on the elephant deaths. WWF-Malaysia added that the recent deaths of Borneo elephants in Sabah is perhaps the wakeup call needed to view elephant deaths in a more serious manner. Related stories:Sabah CM orders probe on six dead elephantsMinister: More rangers to be deployed at plantations to protect Sabah wildlife

May 23, 2018 09:31 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: It’s sea of red on the local bourse, with losers outpacing gainers, mirroring the performance on key Asian markets.The benchmark FBM KLCI plunged 40.78 points, or 2.21% to 1,804.25, its intra-day low at closing. The index opened 1.63 points weaker at 1,843.40.In the broader market, there were 763 losers against 234 gainers while 351 counters unchanged. About 2.59 billion shares, valued at RM3.08bil, changed hands.Dealers said the weak earnings results and dampened investor sentiment sparked a broad-based selldown in equity.Adding to the downbeat note, regional sentiment was weak following US President Donald Trump’s remarks that he was not happy with the current progress in resolving the US-China trade conflict.At Bursa Malaysia, the top losers was Dutch Lady that plunged 96 sen, or 1.37% to RM69.02, Panasonic Manufacturing shed 68 sen to RM38.94 while Ajinomoto closed 64 sen lower at RM22.90. The gainers included DRB-Hicom , Hong Leong Industries and KLCC.Axiata, which tumbled 12.62%, or 64 sen to RM4.43, dragged the index down by 10.377 points. CIMB shed 43 sen to RM6.22 and Tenaga lost 40 sen to RM14.94.On the external front, MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.3%.Japan’s Nikkei tumbled 1.2% to 22,690, after sliding to 22,650 earlier, the weakest intraday level since May 11.Hong Kong stocks posted their biggest intraday fall in seven weeks on Wednesday, pulled down by energy shares which slumped after Beijing intervened to cool the red-hot coal market.The Hang Seng index ended down 1.8% at 30,665.64, while the China Enterprises Index closed 2.1% lower at 12,090.79 points.

May 23, 2018 09:11 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd (MSM), the country’s leading refined sugar producer and a subsidiary of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV), swings back to the black in its first quarter (Q1) ended March 31, 2018. MSM posted a net profit of RM15.81 million against a net loss of RM34.62 million recorded a year ago. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, MSM said earnings per share for the quarter under review stood at RM2.25 against RM4.93 in loss per share in Q1 2017. “While the circumstances were unfavourable in 2017, the first quarter performance shows encouraging signs towards a healthy balance sheet. MSM continued to strengthen its operational focus by marking down its raw sugar cost by 23.1 per cent against the same quarter last year.

May 23, 2018 08:48 UTC

(Reuters) - Arsenal appointed former Paris St Germain boss Unai Emery as their manager on Wednesday. The Spaniard replaces Arsene Wenger, who left the Premier League club at the end of the season after nearly 22 years in charge. Began his playing career in 1990 as a midfielder with Real Sociedad B in the second-tier of Spanish football. Made five appearances for the Real Sociedad first team in La Liga before representing Spanish sides Toledo, Racing Ferrol, Leganes and Lorca Deportivo. MANAGERIAL CAREERAfter his playing career ended in the 2004-05 season due to a knee injury, Emery took charge at Lorca Deportivo.

May 23, 2018 08:48 UTC

“We reached the consensus at our very first state exco (executive council) meeting. We will appoint new councillors and village heads accordingly,” he told a press conference on Wednesday (May 23) after the state exco meeting at his office. Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the Investment and Corridor Development committee chairman. Abdul Aziz Bari will take over the Education, Science, Environment, Green Technology and Information committee chairman post. Hasnul Zulkarnain Munaim is the Communications, Multimedia, Non-Governmental Organisation and Cooperatives Development committee chairman.

May 23, 2018 08:26 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will review and possibly end its agreement with a private U.S. firm searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Wednesday (May 23). Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, in one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries. The previous Malaysian administration had agreed in January to pay Houston-based Ocean Infinity up to US$70mil (RM278.5mil) if it found the plane during a search in the southern Indian Ocean that is expected to end in June. The announcement came as Dr Mahathir's administration moved to cut government spending after reviewing the country's debt levels. The Seabed Constructor vessel has covered 86,000 sq km so far but has yet to identify any significant findings, Ocean Infinity said in its weekly search update on May 15.

May 23, 2018 08:15 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have swung behind a social media campaign to hand chocolates to police in a rebuke of ousted leader Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who complained officers combing his family's properties for evidence of corruption helped themselves to their sweets. Najib ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years and is accused of siphoning millions of dollars from the country's coffers. Najib's lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, who made the initial complaint, said he did not know what type of chocolates Najib was concerned about. "They were important to my client, who told me to include that in the statement," he said. Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh, has promised "stern action ... if the allegations are found to be true".

May 23, 2018 07:52 UTC

KUALA LUMPUR: Axiata Group Bhd is looking at a possible technical impairment of between RM2bil and RM3bil when the merger between its associate Idea Cellular and Vodafone takes places.President and group CEO Tan Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim said the merger of the two telcos is likely to take place in the next quarter, with two approvals still pending.Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday, he stressed that the group was not concerned about this as the impairment was non-cash and would not have an impact on its normalised earnings and dividend-paying ability.Idea is currently an affiliate of the group and the dilution post merger will make it a simple investment.The group had announced its first quarter results yesterday, recording a net loss of RM147.4mil, down from a net profit of RM239mil a year ago, mainly attributed to losses on dilution of the group’s investment in India.The group’s revenue for the period ended March 31, 2018, also decreased by 2.3% to RM5.75bil due to unfavourable forex translation arising from the stronger ringgit, compared with the same quarter last year (1Q17), from all its major operating companies except for the Malaysian mobile operating entity.On the group’s outlook for the year ahead, Jamaludin said they were cautiously optimistic.“Due to the technical impairment, and if the ringgit is still strong, it will be tough.“We are cautiously optimistic. We are still doing well in most of our companies,” he said.

May 23, 2018 07:52 UTC