KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan government should undertake the management buyouts (MBOs) of highway toll concessionaires so that roads and highways are made free to benefit the people and not be used as tools for profiteering. He also proposed that the government undertake the MBOs of government-linked companies (GLCs) which have been criticised for competing with private sector firms. Subang member of parliament Wong Chen suggested that the Pakatan Harapan government should undertake the management buyouts (MBOs) of highway toll concessionaires so that roads and highways are made free to benefit the people and not be used as tools for profiteering. The Pakatan Harapan lawmaker said the government should study these options in efforts to accumulate more revenue for its coffers before embarking on MBOs of toll companies and GLCs. Wong said with the revision on toll rates, consumers should be paying less and “that’s at least a start” in lessening the people’s burden.
May 20, 2018 04:07 UTC
NEW YORK: A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan’s artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched a half million at auction on Saturday. The guitar, a 1965 Fender Telecaster that belonged to Robbie Robertson, Dylan’s guitarist, was used by Dylan, Eric Clapton and George Harrison, Julien’s Auctions said Saturday. It had been expected to fetch between US$400,000 (RM1.6 million) and US$600,000 (RM2.3 million). A star-shaped diamond ring donated by Elvis to an admirer at a concert in 1975 brought in a sparkly US$100,000. A leather jacket and pants suit from the late “Thriller” singer, with a yellow shirt, brought in $217,600, Julien said.
May 20, 2018 03:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Buying and eating food sold by Muslim traders who do not cover their aurat is allowed according to Islamic law. Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said this was so long as the food was halal and thayyib according to Islam’s terms of preparation, cleanliness and sales. He said there was no detailed evidence in the Quran and sunnah on the prohibition of buying and eating food from such traders, as opposed to the obligation of Muslims to eat good food throughout their life on Earth. Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri“Many Quranic verses and sunnah tell Muslims to eat halal and good food. However, if they choose not to buy food from such traders, it is allowed, so long as they do not prevent others from doing so.
May 20, 2018 01:30 UTC
REMBAU: A male dormitory at the As-Sofa Islamic High School in Kampung Chengkau here was destroyed in a fire at 1.58am this morning. Rembau Fire and Rescue Department chief Mohd Fuad Majid said three fire engines and 20 firemen rushed to the scene after receiving a distress call. The hostel’s warden then contacted the Fire and Rescue Department for help. He said no casualties were reported and investigations are ongoing to identify the cause of the incident. On Sept 28 last year, the school’s female dormitory, which housed 37 students, was destroyed in a fire at about 1.50am.
May 20, 2018 01:18 UTC
Don’t expect, to quote today’s phrase, same old same old. This public demonstration of reconciliation between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim holds the key in managing the nation. Dr Mahathir accepted Anwar, then a popular youth leader, when the latter decided to join Umno. The fact that Dr Mahathir had received Anwar in the Prime Minister’s Office instead of Umno’s headquarters was probably not a coincidence either. Dr Mahathir and Anwar have clearly shown that.
May 20, 2018 01:07 UTC
The education system has undergone rapid changes and we are moving towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, emphasising digital classroom, Internet of Things, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) education. As the country is going through institutional reforms, the education system is one area that needs a complete overhaul. Here is a wish list to revamp the education system:MOST Malaysians are not ready for a single-stream school system, but the first step can be taken to pave the way for a better school system in years or decades to come. Right now, we have a multiple-stream school system, which includes national schools, vernacular schools, religious schools, vocational schools, international schools and private/independent learning centres. The students in national schools do not get the exposure and learning facilities as the students in international schools.
May 20, 2018 00:56 UTC
THE unexpected return of billionaire Robert Kuok to the Malaysian scene has added optimism among investors and the public in the new government of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. However, many, including Dr Mahathir, came to his defence. His Kuok Brothers retains control of hotel, cinemas, flour, palm oil and property businesses in Malaysia after selling the local sugar business. “I believe Robert Kuok can help our Government to renegotiate contracts with China and help resolve any issue pertaining to these negotiations,” says Yeoh of Asli. Indeed, Kuok’s ability and China contacts should have impressed Dr Mahathir, who had witnessed how the tycoon helped Malaysia pass secret messages to China.
May 20, 2018 00:22 UTC
The Ipoh-born envoy was a junior diplomat in Kuala Lumpur in the 1980s when Dr Mahathir first served as Prime Minister back then. “I also saw Tun Mahathir and Margaret Thatcher interact over CHOGM in 1989 in Kuala Lumpur. Treadell said she was the Malaysian delegation liaison officer when she served Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali in Edinburgh. On that occasion, I saw Tun Mahathir every day over three days, accompanying his party,’’ said Treadell, who called on Dr Mahathir at the Perdana Leadership Foundation on Friday. The envoy said it was “a privilege” for her to have met Dr Mahathir so early on in his tenure as the country’s seventh Prime Minister.
May 20, 2018 00:11 UTC
Part of the newspaper cutting declaring Ramadan in 1943HUMBLE BEGINNINGSThis immediately brings to mind the oldest mosque in Penang, Masjid Kapitan Keling. Located strategically at the corner of Lebuh Buckingham and another road that bears its name, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, this prominent Islamic centre originated from humble beginnings. One was on the present site of Masjid Kapitan Keling, while the other was located at the end of Queen Street. As a result, Basheer brought the Masjid Melayu cannon to Masjid Kapitan Keling and promptly fired it to declare the end of Ramadan. It reported that Friday prayers only resumed at Masjid Kapitan Keling during the onset of Ramadan which fell on Sept 4, 1942.
May 20, 2018 00:00 UTC
Most of us know the humble ones, such as Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed and Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. Google reveals a holding room to be a space located in a licensed facility for the storage or holding of human bodies, prior to being disposed. For hospitals, the holding room is where final preparations are made before a patient is wheeled into the operating theatre. As I wrote in a piece before, the holding room, naturally, must be paid by the organisers despite it being under-utilised. And can we get straight to the point when speeches are made, without having to address every honorific such as Tan Sri, Puan Sri, Datuk Seri, Datin Seri, Datuk and Datin, and instead, settle on the ordinary mortals?
May 19, 2018 23:48 UTC
Back then, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was said to have been deeply unhappy that the courts had set Anwar free but now, Dr Mahathir is the one who enabled his release. His party had promoted him as Malaysia’s 7th Prime Minister at their party congress last year and if things go smoothly he will be the 8th Prime Minister. Dr Mahathir swung the election for Pakatan and it would not be good for Anwar to immediately demand that Dr Mahathir makes way. In the meantime, Dr Mahathir passed an important hurdle and was finally able to present a partial Cabinet list to the King. The Prime Minister is planning to pare down the Cabinet to 25 portfolios, from 31 ministries during the Barisan Nasional days.
May 19, 2018 23:37 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is shocked and upset that his children’s personal items and gifts were seized from their apartments. Harpal said personal items from the condominium of Najib’s daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib were also seized. “It is also shocking and disappointing that wedding gifts gifted to the couple on their wedding were seized and removed by the raiding party without any attempt to identify the nature of the items seized,” said Harpal. Speaking out: Harpal talking to the media near Najib’s residence at Jalan Langgak Duta in Kuala Lumpur. In his report, Najib also claimed that cash seized by police in raids at Pavilion Residences were donations from his friends and were meant for Barisan Nasional’s election campaign.
May 19, 2018 23:34 UTC
Malaysia coach Datuk Misbun Sidek believes the badminton world is on the verge of a change of guard. On the team line-up when Malaysia begin their campaign tomorrow against Russia, Misbun said the best team would be fielded. Group C: Japan vs Hong Kong, Taiwan vs Germany. UBER CUPGroup A: Japan vs Australia, India vs Canada. Group C: South Korea vs Mauritius, Denmark vs Russia
May 19, 2018 23:33 UTC
TOWERING Vladimir Ivanov of Russia is set to play in two events – doubles and singles – in a bid to bury Malaysia’s hopes in the Thomas Cup. 10 partnership with Ivan Sozonov in the men’s doubles and is ranked 1,824th in the men’s singles. “I’ll play as the first doubles with Ivan and probably as my team’s third men’s singles player,” said Ivanov, who stands at 1.97m. Ivanov said the team were motivated after finishing runners-up to Denmark in the European Championships last month. “Denmark are the favourites as they have a balanced team led by world champion Viktor (Axelsen).
May 19, 2018 23:26 UTC
“From May 18-31, GST will stand for Great Savings Today as we offer our customers an early taste of a zero-rated GST shopping experience,” the retailer said yesterday. Confectionery-maker Famous Amos Malaysia posted on Facebook that customers need not wait till June 1 to purchase items at GST zero rate. Mydin is enjoying a boost in its sales even before the implementation of the zero-rated GST. Malaysia-Singapore Coffeeshop Proprietors’ General Association president Ho Su Mong said with zero-rated GST, more coffeeshop owners would be moved to reduce the price of drinks and foodstuff. “And, we hope that this would not be seen as cheating.”Related story:Car sales to jump with big savings from zero GST
May 19, 2018 23:15 UTC