GEORGE TOWN: A Barisan Nasional lawmaker today has urged the Penang government to explain the delay in implementing a demolition order issued in 2015 against an illegal carbon filter factory in Sungai Lembu. "Is the demolition order still delayed until today, pending a directive from the state executive council?" Does it mean that the state government took seven years just to identify illegal factories operating in the state?" "This meeting minutes showed that Phee had done his job and dealt with the environmental aspect of the Sungai Lembu illegal factory. "This also answers questions on how Phee carried out his duties," he was quoted as saying at his office in Komtar here.
August 22, 2017 15:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Lee Chong Wei was close to speechless after his shock loss to Frenchman Brice Leverdez in the first round of the World Championships in Glasgow today. I will take a break before making any decisions," said Chong Wei, when met after the match. Chong Wei, however, admitted that his opponent put him under pressure in the match and was the better man on the day. Chong Wei also lost to Leverdez in the second round of the Denmark Open in October. V Shem-Wee Kiong and will play South Korean pair Chung Eui Seok-Kim Dukyong in the second round tomorrow.
August 22, 2017 14:15 UTC
KUANTAN: The Royal Malaysian Navy has found a body in the search and rescue operation for 10 missing US sailors following the collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off Johor. The body was found eight nautical miles west of the location of the collision, according to a statement by the navy on Tuesday. The navy said the body has been transferred to the frigate KD Lekiu and will be handed over to the US navy on Wednesday. "Our prayers and thoughts remain with the families of those missing from the USS John McCain after Monday’s tragic incident," said Royal Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin. He said the navy remains resolute and steadfast in its efforts to continue with the search and rescue operation, together with its foreign counterparts and other agencies.
August 22, 2017 12:48 UTC
JAKARTA: A jailed Indonesian cleric has been named as a suspect in a suicide bomb attack that killed eight people in Jakarta last year and was claimed by the Islamic State group, police said Tuesday. They said Aman Abdurrahman is suspected of masterminding the attack in January 2016, which killed four attackers and four civilians. "He has been officially named a suspect in the Thamrin attack," national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto told AFP, referring to the street where it took place. The country has seen a surge in plots and attacks linked to the jihadists over the past year. Abdurrahman was named a suspect on August 18, Wasisto said.
August 22, 2017 12:33 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Gerakan and the People's Alternative Party have demanded the DAP led state government to come clean on the Sungai Lembu illegal carbon filter factory issue. State Gerakan vice-chairman Oh Tong Keong said the state government's silence on the issue was an excellent example of why various quarters were complaining about the state government's lack of transparency. "Why only declassify a meeting minutes from two years ago. "Releasing the meeting minutes is not good enough to show that they had taken action over the carbon filter factory. Today, the Penang government revealed a two-year-old meeting minutes in an effort to show that it had taken action against the illegal factory.
August 22, 2017 12:00 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid today clarified that students with serious disciplinary problems would only be required to visit prisons instead of undergoing rehabilitation programmes there. “When I said students with disciplinary problems should be taken to prison, I didn’t mean that they should be detained or undergo rehabilitation programmes in prisons. Mahdzir was commenting on reports which quoted him as saying that students with serious disciplinary problems would be taken to prisons soon, as part of the ministry’s efforts to fight social problems in school. He was quoted as saying that students with disciplinary problems such as bullying should be given harsher punishments. Mahdzir said he would be meeting representatives from various quarters next month to gain feedback on punishments which could and should be meted out against students with disciplinary problems.
August 22, 2017 12:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers are entitled to use their own discretion to decide if a handcuff is needed on a suspect during arrest. Corruption Prevention Advisory Board (LPPR) member Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, in saying this, however stated that the MACC officers must be able to justify their action for handcuffing the suspect. "Isa has the right to take legal action against the MACC for dressing him up in lockup uniform which give the negative perception that he has been convicted. "However, I believe the MACC officers must have a reason to make him wear the lockup uniform." Meanwhile, Musa said that since Isa was arrested and detained at the MACC lockup recently, he is also bound by the lockup rules and hence was required to put on the lockup uniform when present in court.
August 22, 2017 11:48 UTC
ALOR SETAR: A 56-year-old assistant engineer from the Kedah Road Transport Department was arrested on Tuesday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for money laundering and possessing RM1,113,250 believed to have been obtained from illegal activities. State MACC director Datuk Mohd Fauzi Mohamad said the man was arrested at the Commission's office here after he was called in for questioning. "He will be investigated under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money-Laundering, Anti- Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.We are investigating his involvement in money laundering and possession of the money," he said in a statement. The assistant engineer will be charged at the Alor Setar court on Wednesday.
August 22, 2017 11:38 UTC
SEMPORNA: A man was burnt to death, while another suffered minor injuries when the car they were travelling in met with an accident at Km1 of Jalan Seri Melur-Semporna here early this morning. Meanwhile, a 28-year-old male passenger miraculously escaped from the car with only minor injuries. “By the time police arrived at the location at 2.20am, they found the car on fire and upside down on the street. “The (surviving) victim was brought to the district hospital for treatment,” the Semporna district police said in a statement. Preliminary investigations point to negligence by the driver, who drove at high speed, as the cause of the accident.
August 22, 2017 11:37 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: A body was found floating near a jetty at the marine police base at Presint 8 here at 12.55pm today. The remains were identified as those of 23-year-old Wan Muhammad Najmuddin Wan Ahmad, who had been reported missing. Federal district police chief Assistant Commissioner Rosly Hassan said Wan Muhammad Najmuddin's body was identified by his father, Wan Ahmad Wan Mohamad. The body was sent to the Putrajaya Hospital for a post-mortem, Rosly added. Rosly said there is no sign of foul play and police have classified the case as “sudden death.”
August 22, 2017 11:26 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Human negligence could be a factor investigators would look into in the collision between a United States navy warship and merchant tanker near Johor waters, said a marine technology expert. University Teknologi Malaysia's (UTM) Marine Technology Centre director, Prof Dr Ab Saman Abd Kader said many factors needed to considered to determine the cause of the collision. He was commenting on the collision between United States navy guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain and Liberian-registered oil tanker Alnic MC east of Singapore at 5.24am yesterday. Ten sailors remain missing, while another five sailors were injured in the collision, which was the second accident involving a US navy ship in Asian waters within three months. "Vessels need to fully comply to Collision Regulations (Colreg) to prevent any form of collision at sea," he said.
August 22, 2017 11:15 UTC
BESUT: Police have detained a 34-year-old housewife in a raid at her house in Kampung Beris Lampu, here, on Sunday, for helping her husband sell ketum juice in the village. Present in the house during the raid were the woman’s four-month-old son, her 34-year-old male helper and a 27-year-old man, believed to be a customer. “After checking the house, my men found 36 packs of ketum leaves, 120 packs of ketum juice, 139.6 litres of cough syrup, 48 carbonated drinks and several equipment used to boil the ketum leaves,” he said today. He said the drugs and ketum juice were worth RM11,000. “We believe that the husband is now in hiding and he hired the 34-year-old helper from Kampung Kok Lanas, Kelantan to help him process the ketum juice,” he added.
August 22, 2017 11:01 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Two Myanmar football supporters were injured after they were beaten up by several men at a parking lot near Shah Alam Stadium, last night, after the Sea Games football match between Myanmar and Malaysia. The incident took place after yesterday’s Sea Games Group A football match, which saw Malaysia confirm their semi-final spot. The video shows a man clad in red shirt believed to be the Myanmar football jersey lying on the ground, surrounded by several people. Facebook user Hafiz Zul said as Sea Games host, every Malaysians had to behave and not act like hooligans. Another netizen, Mohamad Zain Mohamad Tawil said the Sea Games was held to strengthen ties with other countries, other than to introduce Malaysia to the outside world.
August 22, 2017 10:52 UTC
The ban, extended to 18 months, will expire in April 2018, CAS said. Norway's Olympic Committee originally banned Johaug for 13 months after she tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid, last September, but the International Skiing Federation (FIS) called for an extension. Johaug won the gold medal in the 4x5km relay at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and also claimed a silver and bronze in Sochi four years later. In its ruling, the CAS said Johaug had used a cream bought by a team doctor in Italy to treat acute sunburn on her lips. "I want to return to the top of the podium," Johaug said.
August 22, 2017 10:32 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: AMMB Holdings Bhd and RHB Bank Bhd had on Tuesday scrapped their proposed merger as they were not able to agree on mutually acceptable terms and conditions for the corporate exercise. Both banks will resume trading on Wednesday. In a joint statement issued, they said that after much deliberation and negotiations during the three month period, they could not reach an agreement.“Both banking group had mutually agreed to end the negotiations and not proceed with the proposed merger.“In this respect, the exclusivity period pursuant to the exclusivity agreement between the parties dated June 1, 2017 will lapse with immediate effect,” they said.RHB Banking Group managing director Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli said following the decision, “ we will now continue to execute our initiatives under our current strategy to create value for our shareholders, and focus on delivering superior customer experience”.Meanwhile, AmBank Group CEO Datuk Sulaiman Mohd Tahir said given the heritage and strength of the group, “we are confident of moving forward despite the fact that the merger did not materialise”.Sulaiman said the group’s strategy and direction remains the same as it aspired to deliver on its Group Top 4 growth aspirations.“We remain focused on our FY2018 business plan in line with the Group’s Top 4 strategy as we work towards running the bank better and changing the bank while delivering optimal returns for our shareholders,” he said.It was earlier reported that both the lenders would submit to the authorities on whether or not to proceed with their merger by the end of this month.The proposed merger, if it happened, would create the country’s fourth-largest banking group. Both banks had previously said that they were exploring an all-share swap deal for the merger.Based on the figures as at the end of last year, the combined assets of RHB-AMMB stood at RM368.3bil, trailing behind Public Bank Bhd ’s RM389.73bil.RHB is the fourth-largest lender, while AMMB is the sixth-largest based on asset size.
August 22, 2017 10:31 UTC