PORT DICKSON: PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim rubbishes talk that his faction is behind a plot to topple Datuk Seri Azmin Ali by releasing video clips allegedly showing homosexual acts between his deputy and another party man. The Port Dickson MP said there was no reason for him or his supporters to be involved in such a despicable act. "There is already an attempt to slander one person and the reason why that happened cannot be justified by another slander. Anwar also disagreed with calls by Otai Reformasi that Azmin should go on leave till police concludes its probe. Asked if the episode would erode members' faith in the party, Anwar said he believed it would not.
June 15, 2019 15:26 UTC
(Reuters) - Sweden defender Nilla Fischer's statue was vandalised in Linkoping, an incident which, according to midfielder Caroline Seger, raises deeper questions about gender equality in the country. Swedish media reports said a local resident noticed on Saturday morning that the main body of the statue had been knocked from its plinth. The statue is one of four commissioned before the women's World Cup, and the Fischer statue was placed in Linkoping as she is set to join the local club from VfL Wolfsburg when the tournament is over. "It illustrates very much how this initiative was completely right," Seger told reporters ahead of Sweden's group stage clash against Thailand on Sunday. Sweden press officer Fredrik Madenstam told reporters that Fischer was made aware of the incident and could comment after the Group F match in Nice.
June 15, 2019 15:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Saturday (June 15) confirmed former national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei as the Malaysian contingent’s chef de mission (CDM) for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020. "All delegates representing sports bodies unanimously agreed to the nomination of Datuk Lee Chong Wei, which was proposed by the Youth and Sports Minister (Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman) recently. Mohamad Norza said the appointment of Chong Wei was a positive development for sports and for the three-time Olympic silver medallist. "Chong Wei has been involved in all major games in the world and the Olympic Games are no stranger to him. "The appointment is good exposure for him and we will invite him to join a seminar on CDM for the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, which will be held in August,” he added.
June 15, 2019 13:52 UTC
LONDON (Bernama): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad in London Saturday (June 15) to thank Malaysia for its support of Pakistan’s bid to avoid being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Dr Mahathir, who is in the United Kingdom for a three-day working visit, took the six-minute call at the Malaysian High Commission here. With Malaysia’s backing, Pakistan now has the support of three nations. After taking the call from Imran, Dr Mahathir told the Malaysian media present at the Malaysian High Commission that Malaysia showed its support to Pakistan as the country has upped its war against money laundering. Dr Mahathir also touched on the irony of trade wars, where the world promoted trade on one hand and on the other imposed sanctions.
June 15, 2019 12:22 UTC
MELAKA: Melaka's youngest executive councillor (exco) Kerk Chee Yee pays tribute to his late father - former DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock (pic) - for making him a tough politician, hours before Father's Day. Kerk said he was 12-years-old when his father quit frontline politics but said he had always reminded him, as the only son, to keep politics clean. "Foremost, my father was a fighter for justice and never gave up easily while he refrained from running down opponents or insulting them. Kerk said his father was also a pragmatic person who analysed his strategies before taking action or making statements. He was first diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2002 and was cancer free in 2007 until he had a relapse in 2015.
June 15, 2019 11:37 UTC
NICOSIA (Reuters) - The UAE's foreign minister said on Saturday a "state sponsor" was involved in a May 12 attack on oil tankers in the Gulf, but did not name any particular country. He did not mention attacks on two other tankers this week in the same area. The United States has said Iran was involved in both the May and the June incidents - accusations dismissed by Tehran. Earlier on Saturday, Arabiya TV's Twitter account quoted Al Nahyan as saying Iran's fingerprints were clear on the May 12 attacks. The May 12 attacks targeted two Saudi tankers, an Emirati vessel and a Norwegian tanker, causing no casualties but fueling tensions between the United States and Iran during weeks of escalating rhetoric.
June 15, 2019 10:36 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's foreign ministry said on Saturday Hong Kong matters were a Chinese internal affair and no country, organisation or individual has a right to interfere. The comments come after Hong Kong's leader, under pressure from public protests, announced the suspension of a proposed bill that would have allowed extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the ministry had taken note of Lam's announcement. He said China's determination to safeguard the country's sovereignty and security, and Hong Kong's prosperity and stability, was unshakable. (Reporting by John Ruwitch in HONG KONG and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
June 15, 2019 10:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz is free to leave the country following his release on police bail, says his lawyer Ramesh Sivakumar. Speaking to the media shortly after Haziq was released from custody at Dang Wangi police station at 5.45pm Saturday (June 15), Ramesh said his client has no travel restrictions. "The investigating officer informed me that Haziq will not be remanded as we had feared but is being released on police bail instead. On Friday (June 14), Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed confirmed that Haziq was arrested at the international departure hall of KL International Airport (KLIA). Related stories:CID director: Haziq may be remanded if investigation not completedHaziq taken to Dang Wangi police station after medical examination at KL Hospital
June 15, 2019 10:18 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): A total of 130 illegal immigrants, mostly from nations on the African continent, were nabbed in two raids in Kajang and Puchong Friday (June 15) night. Immigration director-general Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud said that several officers were injured during the operation after wrestling with some illegals who refused to co-operate. "Some jumped out through windows to escape while the immigration officers had to break down doors during the operation as the illegals refused to open them," he told reporters here Friday. According to Khairul Dzaimee, 118 foreigners were investigated in the first raid at an apartment area and 90 were found not to have proper documentation. Khairul Dzaimee said some of the African nationals were busy surfing social media on their laptops using pseudonyms when they were busted.
June 15, 2019 09:33 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping celebrated his 66th birthday on Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who Xi considers a close friend and who gave Xi ice cream as a present, Chinese state media reported. State television showed pictures of Xi and Putin holding up champagne glasses to toast Xi's birthday at the hotel he is staying at in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, where they are both attending a regional summit. While Putin gave Xi Russian ice cream - the flavour was not mentioned - Xi gave Putin back some Chinese tea, the report said. Xi thanked Putin and said that in China Putin was extremely popular, it added. Pictures on Chinese state television's website showed the two men inspecting a white cake decorated with red and blue confectionary flowers with the words written on it, in somewhat shaky red-coloured Chinese characters, "good fortune double six".
June 15, 2019 09:11 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Brazilian great Ronaldo and other legendary footballers will be in action in a charity football match at Larkin Stadium on June 30. These players have won major trophies in their respective careers, including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League and league championships in Europe's major football leagues. The football legends will also conduct a coaching clinic and will be available for autographs and photo opportunities on July 1. All proceeds will be donated to the Tunku Laksamana Johor Cancer Foundation, National Cancer Society of Malaysia and the Women's Aid Organisation. The statement also urged football fans not to miss the opportunity and catch the charity game that would be held for the first time.
June 15, 2019 09:00 UTC
BEIJING (Reuters) - Those who insult Chinese people should pay the price in order to deter would-be offenders from following suit, Chinese state media said in a sharply worded commentary, after remarks by a UBS economist about pigs sparked an outcry in China. It matters if you like eating pork in China," Donovan said in comments that some interpreted as referring to people, not livestock. His comments caused a furore in Chinese social media and even prompted one Chinese firm to suspend all dealings with Switzerland's largest bank. UBS apologised for any misunderstanding caused by Donovan's comments and put the economist on leave. "Whenever Chinese nationals respond to insults by foreigners, some people would quickly criticise Chinese people for having 'hearts of glass'," the People's Daily wrote.
June 15, 2019 07:41 UTC
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday delayed indefinitely a proposed law to allow people to be extradited to mainland China for trial after widespread anger and large-scale protests in the Asian financial hub. In one of the most significant climbdowns by the government since Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997, Lam said the city's legislature would stop all work on the bill. About 1 million people marched through Hong Kong last Sunday to protest the bill, according to organisers of the march. Street demonstrations through the week were met with tear gas and rubber bullets from the police, plunging the city into turmoil. The extradition bill, which will cover Hong Kong residents and foreign and Chinese nationals living or travelling in the city, has many concerned it may threaten the rule of law that underpins Hong Kong's international financial status.
June 15, 2019 07:30 UTC
He said the investigation into the case was expected to be completed today and Haziq Abdullah would likely be freed on a police bail. If it is completed, Haziq Abdullah will be given bail, but if not my team will apply for a remand. "It will be arranged by the investigation team and the magistrate later if necessary," he said on Saturday (June 15). Meanwhile, Haziq’s lawyer, Ramesh Sivakumar, when met by Bernama at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, announced that his client was now at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. It is understood, Haziq Abdullah was sent there to undergo an examination by a doctor.
June 15, 2019 07:30 UTC
SIBU: Two men from Sarawak have been arrested in South Korea for allegedly being involved in illegal voice phishing, said Bukit Assek assemblyman Irene ChangShe said on Saturday (June 15) that the two are currently awaiting trial, and added that the case has been affecting the well-being of the families of the detainees"I have already liased with the Malaysian embassy in South Korea," she said. The duo were believed to have been enticed by scammers who offered them lucrative deals"People need to be careful not to fall into such traps," she said. She said she was also a victim of scammers when someone created a fake Facebook account using her name and profile photo to con a friend from Sarikei a week ago. "The scammer messaged the man to inform him of a purported Federal government program which gave grants to people who required financial assistance," she said. She added that the impersonator told the man that the 'program' was a collaboration between the Federal Government and the World Bank to help those in need of financial assistance for various reasons.
June 15, 2019 07:18 UTC