PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The tenure of Datuk Zamri Man (pic) as Ipoh mayor was shortened to Feb 17, 2019, based on medical grounds, according to the Public Service Department (PSD). In a statement on Wednesday (April 24), the PSD said that Zamri was placed under the Perak state secretariat from Feb 18, and will undergo rehabilitative treatment. "The Perak state secretariat has identified suitable replacement candidates and will carry out an exercise to fill the position soon," added the PSD. Hence, the PSD said that claims of Zamri being removed from the position because of his "disappearance" for several months was inaccurate. He had claimed that Zamri was deemed to have gone awol because he had not submitted any medical certificates for several months.
April 24, 2019 15:11 UTC
BEIJING: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport here Wednesday (April 24) for a five-day working visit to China. He was accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and their plane landed at 8pm. Dr Mahathir is here for the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF2), to be held from Thursday to Saturday. The Prime Minister visited China in August last year. The Prime Minister will also spend some time visiting China's leading telecommunications company, Huawei Technologies.
April 24, 2019 13:30 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian police raided the offices of Anderlecht and the national football association on Wednesday in relation to a money laundering investigation involving agents and player transfers. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor said: "We had some questions for the agents who took care of the transfers. VRT and other local media said prosecutors were looking into transfers made before a 2017 change of ownership at Anderlecht and had also raided an agent's office in the capital. The raids come at a miserable time for Anderlecht, champions in 2017 and historically Belgium's most successful club. Now, the two-times holders of the Cup Winners' Cup and 1983 UEFA Cup winners are on the verge of failing to qualify for European competition next season for the first time in 55 years.
April 24, 2019 13:18 UTC
LISBON (Reuters) - Benfica teenager Joao Felix is arguably the most exciting young player to have burst onto the European football scene this season yet there is already talk of where he will play next. Three years ago, Renato Sanches made a similar impact for Benfica but his career has stalled after an early move to Germany. Joao Felix only made his first-team debut in August but has already scored 18 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions. Sanches appeared to have the world at his feet after he capped an impressive debut season at Benfica by helping Portugal win Euro 2016. Lage suggested that Benfica was the ideal environment for Joao Felix to develop.
April 24, 2019 12:11 UTC
The benchmark palm oil contract for July delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was at 2,170 ringgit (US$526.06) a tonne at the close of trade. A Kuala Lumpur-based futures trader said the market had recovered on expectations of better export demand, gains in U.S. soyoil and technical buying. Malaysian palm oil export data for the April 1-25 period is scheduled for release by cargo surveyors after 0400 GMT on Thursday. In other related oils, the May soyoil contract on the Dalian Commodity Exchange fell 1%, and the Dalian May palm oil contract also declined 1%. Palm oil prices are affected by movements in soyoil, as they compete for a share in the global vegetable oil market.
Source:The Edge Markets
April 24, 2019 11:48 UTC
KUCHING: The Education Ministry has reached an agreement with the Sarawak government on the use of the latter's RM1bil loan repayment for repairing dilapidated schools in the state. The RM1bil loan repayment for dilapidated schools came under the spotlight recently when Putrajaya made an apparent U-turn on the matter. Maszlee had said in February that the federal government had agreed that the loan repayment from the state government would be used to repair dilapidated schools in Sarawak. They will help us in terms of implementation and also to train teachers to teach Mathematics and Science," he told reporters. He added that the state government had already introduced several initiatives with the Education Department and local universities to train Mathematics and Science teachers to teach in English.
April 24, 2019 11:26 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The ruling party of a state can reject a mentri besar candidate endorsed by the constitutional monarch through a vote of no-confidence, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic). Their position would be guaranteed by the Constitution which would be the supreme law of the country. Dr Mahathir said that the party winning the election would name the prime minister, chief minister or mentri besar, which the constitutional head would endorse. "Should the constitutional monarch refuse to endorse and proposes his own candidate and endorses him, the winning party can reject him in the assembly – 'dewan', through a vote of no-confidence," he added. He also said that the constitutions of Johor and Terengganu – which were promulgated earlier – were nullified by the new constitution and accepted by all Malaysian states.
April 24, 2019 10:52 UTC
NEGOMBO (AFP): Chilling CCTV footage has emerged showing a suicide bomber calmly patting a child on the head and shoulder moments before he walked into a packed Sri Lankan church, unleashing carnage. Security camera footage from outside St Sebastian's Church in Negombo shows a bearded man in a light blue shirt, navy trousers and sandals appear on a pathway and cross a courtyard outside the church. As he approaches his target, he passes a young girl and briefly pats her head and shoulder, with the young girl glancing up at him as he continues on towards the church. Those who could not find a seat in the packed church had gathered outside to listen, some holding children in their arms. The suspect walks past two open doors connecting the church to the covered passageway outside, and enters the church through the third.
April 24, 2019 10:18 UTC
CYBERJAYA (Bernama): From 2015 to 2018, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has blocked more than 400 websites containing child sexual abuse content through collaboration and information-sharing with the police and Interpol. The two-day seminar, which began Wednesday, was jointly organised by MCMC and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef). Meanwhile, MCMC's head of digital literacy department Elvira Shamsuddin in her presentation on trends in Malaysia said only 12.2% of parents used parental control services to ensure their children's online safety. "Other parents choose to check their child's social media account or browser history, discuss with their children about online safety, sit with their children when they are using the Internet and set limits of Internet usage to their child," she said. Elvira said society needed to do more to ensure the safety and well-being of children when using the Internet.
April 24, 2019 09:20 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) academician Wan Shawaluddin Wan Hassan has recommended the state government to issue birth certificates to stateless children, so they can access basic rights such as education and healthcare. Wan Shawaluddin said the issue of statelessness in Sabah has to be approached from a human rights perspective. "Stateless children also have the right to have a birth certificate of their own. There are many problems going on in the state now, because the government don't allow them to get birth certificates. "If the children are documented, at least there would be data on them," he explained, adding that children with documents would have access to education and healthcare.
April 24, 2019 08:26 UTC
KANGAR: Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim has been given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Sessions Court here for the alleged molest of an underage girl. The decision to discharge Shahidan was delivered in chambers by Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad after the victim retracted her report. The court heard the testimony of three witnesses, including the complainant, before coming to a decision. Shahidan's lawyer Zamri Ibrahim said since the complainant had withdrawn the case after testifying, the case would now be withdrawn and the bail returned. Related stories:Shahidan may lose MP seat over chargeShahidan’s sexual assault case to be mentioned on March 18Two witnesses called as ex-minister’s sexual assault trial starts
April 24, 2019 07:41 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The proposal for the realignment of the East Cost Railway Link to pass through Nilai was just a suggestion, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke. "I was just making a suggestion in the Negri Sembilan state assembly. He said he suggested that there be a station in Nilai for integration purposes as there was already a KTM Komuter station in the area. At the Negri Sembilan state assembly on Tuesday, Loke – who is the assemblyman for Chennah – made the proposal. He said having an ECRL station there would help in the development of Malaysia Vision Valley 2.0.
April 24, 2019 07:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman is following all leads in the search for M. Indira Gandhi’s daughter and ex-husband, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. Last week, Ingat chairman Arun Dorasamy said the IGP had agreed to form a task force to search for the father and daughter pair. During the meeting, Arun said they were given a presentation on what the police had been doing to locate Prasana and Muhammad Riduan. Ingat lodged an official complaint on alleged human rights violation by the police and the government for refusing to act on police reports by Indira Gandhi. Riduan, who was known as K. Padmanathan before he converted to Islam, took Prasana from Indira Gandhi when she was just 11 months old.
April 24, 2019 07:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of RM85mil was transferred out of SRC International Sdn Bhd's bank account from July 2014 and February 2015. AmBank branch manager R. Uma Devi confirmed that the fund transfers were made after receiving a letter from the company that was signed by its then-managing director Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil and director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin. Uma Devi also testified that RM4bil was credited into SRC's current account 2112022009736 between August 2011 and March 2012. RM2bil was credited into the account on Aug 29, 2011 in four tranches of RM500mil each while another RM2bil was credited on March 28, 2012. Related stories:Najib claims video of court proceedings does not come under OSANajib's SRC trial: Consulting firm paid RM300k to monitor Chinese mediaNajib's SRC trial: Former PM paid RM240k for Malaysian Digest expenses, court toldNajib's SRC trial: Lawyer received RM2.5mil cheque in 2015 from corporate figureNajib's SRC trial: Ihsan Perdana received RM50mil from Gandingan Mentari
April 24, 2019 06:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest inflation rate among the other states in the country in March at 0.9% from a year ago, compared with the national average of 0.2%. The Statistics Department said on Wednesday the higher inflation recorded in Kuala Lumpur was due to a 4.2% increase in food and non-alcoholic beverages index. Penang state recorded a 0.6% increase while for Selangor and Putrajaya (0.3%) and Negeri Sembilan (0.3%). These states' inflation rate surpassed the national consumer price index (CPI) rate of 0.2% in March from a year ago, it said. “In addition, being a net importer of food, Malaysia is also exposed to imported inflation due to ringgit depreciation hence initiating food inflation to stay at the high-side.
April 24, 2019 06:45 UTC