SEOUL: The chairman of South Korea's LG Group, Koo Bon-moo, instrumental in transforming the country's fourth-largest conglomerate into a global brand, passed away on Sunday after a year-long battle with brain disease. LG Group said in a statement Koo, 73, had been ill for a year. Major affiliates are LG Electronics Inc, display maker LG Display and electric car battery maker LG Chem. Prior to its chairman's death, LG Group had established a holding company in order to streamline ownership structure and begin the process of succession. DAP assemblymen were appointed as the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister II and the six executive councillor posts.
May 20, 2018 08:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The newly-formed 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigation committee is in the midst of scrutinising terms and conditions of its tasks. Committee chairman, Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, said it had to early to elaborate on its status since it was just been established on Friday. The Council of Eminent Persons had on Friday set up the committee to investigate matters relating to 1MDB. The other committee members are PwC Risk Assurance Services partner, Nik Shahrizal Sulaiman; Naqiz & Partners’ senior partner, Syed Naqiz Shahabuddin Syed Abdul Jabbar; Financial Services Authority Indonesia senior adviser, Faris Rabidin and Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism founder, Cynthia Gabriel. It was reported that former finance minister, Tun Daim Zainuddin, who led the Council of Eminent Persons, said the team would submit a report on cases involving 1MDB that would then be handed to the government for further actions.
May 20, 2018 08:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Ramadan and Aidilfitri will never be the same again for award-winning actor Zul Ariffin. And our best moments together have always been during Ramadan and Hari Raya,” he said in a news report yesterday. Zul, 32, revealed that every Ramadan, his mother who lived in Taiping, Perak never failed to visit him and his siblings in the Klang Valley. I’ll still go back to Taiping to visit my father, but on the second day,” he said. “She would have been on top of the world had she attended the recent Anugerah Drama Festival Kuala Lumpur in Putrajaya, where I won Choice Actor.
May 20, 2018 08:03 UTC
PARIS: Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother's wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday. Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding, the French firm said. That compared with 1,821,669 tweets across a similar timeframe for Prince William when he married Kate Middleton back on April 29, 2011, when Twitter, founded in 2006, was in its relative infancy. The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message: "One day you're 15 and posing outside Buckingham Palace and 22 years later you're marrying the Prince.
May 20, 2018 07:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Council of Eminent Persons head Tun Daim Zainuddin confirmed that Tan Sri Robert Kuok will return to Malaysia next week to attend a government advisory council meeting. “In the meantime, he has a nominee; Tan Sri Oh Siew Nam, who was with me 20 years ago in the National Economic Council (NEC),” he said. The Council of Eminent Persons head Tun Daim Zainuddin (Right) confirmed that Tan Sri Robert Kuok will return to Malaysia next week to attend a government advisory council meeting. (NSTP file pic)Kuok was one of Council’s members, along with Daim; former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz; former president and CEO of Petronas Tan Sri Hassan Merican and prominent economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram. When asked if Kuok will stay in the country for 100 days, Daim said; “No, he got a nominee.
May 20, 2018 07:18 UTC
TELUPID: Establishing an elephant-friendly zone with easy access for Bornean pygmy elephants to look for food can help tackle the problem of these animals intruding into settlements. …Maybe (we) need to establish an elephant-friendly zone here where there is easy access (for the wildlife) to get food such as bananas and grass, among others,” he said. Establishing an elephant-friendly zone with easy access for Bornean pygmy elephants to look for food can help tackle the problem of these animals intruding into settlements. Forever Sabah project coordinator Claudia Lasimbang also shared a similar view about setting up an elephant-friendly zone, adding such projects were aimed at identifying suitable locations for wild elephants to roam. “The creation of an elephant zone will encourage the rehabilitation of selected areas with food sources and elephant safety as priority,” she said.
May 20, 2018 07:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA has raised concern over the formation of a Council of Elders, which it claims is not provided under the Federal Constitution. MCA publicity spokesperson and religious harmony bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker said the constitutionality, legality and authority of the Council must be explained or defined. Meanwhile, Ti said despite being the opposition, MCA would continue to support all good efforts, policies and governance by the PH government. He said although MCA suffered defeat, it will continue to exist and function as a friendly party for the people. We have had educational institutions and programmes, 1MCA Medical assistance, insurance scheme for bereavement, assistance for elders and young mothers among others.
May 20, 2018 06:11 UTC
With Nur Affizza being a busy working mother herself, it seems rather apt that she was chosen for this event. Instead of tomato sauce, I’m using tom yam paste mixed with raisins, and will also use raisins as the topping. WORK-LIFE BALANCEWhat’s your Ramadan routine like, I ask Nur Affizza, a journalism graduate from University of South Australia, Adelaide. It’s not easy to balance work and family, especially when one has a young child to care for, she concedes. Despite the challenges, Nur Affizza believes that it’s not an impossible feat to find that elusive balance.
May 20, 2018 06:10 UTC
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Team Wellington qualified to take on some of the best teams in the world at December's Club World Cup after winning the Oceania Champions League for the first time on Sunday. Mexico's Guadalajara and Al Ain, who qualify as champions of the host country, have also already qualified and will be joined by the other winners of the top club competition in each of football's continental confederations. Liverpool and Club World Cup champions Real Madrid will face off in the European Champions League final next weekend but the winner of South America's Libertadores Cup will not be known until November. Team Wellington are the junior professional team in the New Zealand capital as Wellington Phoenix play in the A-League in Australia, which moved from the Oceania to the Asian confederation in 2006. Their triumph ended a run of seven straight Oceania Champions League titles for Auckland City, who have managed three wins from 15 matches over nine Club World Cup appearances.
May 20, 2018 06:00 UTC
PETALING JAYA: DAP adviser Lim Kit Sianghas made it clear that he did not want to be made a minister in the new Cabinet.China Press reported that the Iskandar Puteri MP had declined any position in the new Cabinet, claiming that there was enough capable talent in the new ministerial line-up.Despite not having a minister post, Lim assured that he will continue to push for reforms to create a better Malaysia.In the current ministerial line-up announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, DAP has four ministers consisting of Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Transport Minister Anthony Loke, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Minister Gobind Singh Deo and Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran.
May 20, 2018 05:15 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Apart from nasi kandar, nasi beriani is among the popular and must-try dishes in Penang. Usually, nasi beriani sold in restaurants is cooked in large pots, but a chef, T. Gunaseelan, 26, from Sungai Nibong near here, cooked the fluffy and fragrant beriani in bamboo tubes. "People are so excited to see the beriani inside bamboo tubes because it's something different. Gunaseelan said the bamboo beriani received overwhelming response from customers. "At first I only used 50 bamboo tubes, then I have to add 50 more tubes because of the overwhelming response.
May 20, 2018 04:52 UTC
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
Do garden owners no longer need to take care of their green spaces with a robotic lawn mower? That’s not entirely true. It’s advisable to keep an eye on the device at all times – above all when children are nearby.Product testers from the leading consumer association in Germany simulated accident situations using mock feet and fingers.While all eight lawn mowers tested were able to recognise standing children as an obstacle, two of the robotic lawn mowers did not stop for crawling children, according to the Stiftung Warentest. They rode right over the dummy feet.That means in the event of such an accident, the mower's sharp blades would easily cause severe injuries to a toddler.Even if individual models received a score of “good” in categories for mowing and ease of operation, testers gave none of the eight robots an overall ranking higher than “satisfactory” – namely because they deducted a half-point from each robot’s respective overall score over security concerns.
May 20, 2018 03:00 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