KUALA LUMPUR: An interim chairman for the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) will be appointed within the board members said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri. The position held by Tan Sri Isa Samad has since been vacant after his arrest by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) yesterday. Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said following the recent events, an interim chairman will be chosen among the SPAD board members. “We cannot be sure how long the interim chairman will hold the position as the case has just begun,” she added, when questioned on the duration that the interim chairman will be helming the position. Two months ago, the Prime Minister's Office had announced that Isa has been appointed acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).
August 16, 2017 15:11 UTC
The success also marked coach Ong Kim Swee's first win against Singapore as Malaysia's trainer in four Sea Games meetings since 2011. Malaysia were slightly of the mark in the first half as Singapore took the lead through Amiruldin Nodin in the 37th minute. Malaysia were creating chances but they showed a distinct lack of composure whenever Singapore attacked on the counter. It looked like the momentum was on Malaysia when they forced a third scoring chance, only for Adam Nor Azlin to hit his freekick straight to Singapore keeper Zharfan. In the second half, Kim Swee brought on Thanabalan and Nor Azam for Syahmi and Amirul Hisyam Awang Kechik.
August 16, 2017 14:48 UTC
JOHANNESBURG: Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police said Wednesday, confirming she had not fled the country. “The suspect(’s) lawyers and her government representatives made verbal representations... that the suspect wished to invoke diplomatic immunity cover,” a statement from the police ministry said. The 52-year-old wife of President Robert Mugabe is accused of attacking Gabriella Engels on Sunday evening at a Johannesburg hotel where the first lady’s two sons were staying. Grace Mugabe allegedly arrived at the Capital 20 West Hotel with bodyguards and accused Engels of partying with her sons Robert and Chatunga, who are both in their 20s and live in Johannesburg. Grace Mugabe is 41 years younger than her 93-year-old husband, and the couple has two sons and a daughter.
August 16, 2017 14:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Othman Mahmood has resigned as a director of TH Plantations Bhd to assume a new post as deputy chairman of the Election Commission effective today. TH Plantations, in a filing to Bursa Malaysia, explained that the resignation is on the back of Article 114 Clause 4(b) of the Federal Constitution which states that a member of the EC shall not engage in any paid office or employment outside the duties of his office. Othman has hold several key positions prior to the appointment. This included Finance Ministry deputy director, secretary of the financial and development division and deputy secretary general in the Prime Minister’s Department.
August 16, 2017 14:15 UTC
KLUANG: A runaway lorry that was parked on a slope in front of a hotel on Jalan Kluang killed a motorcyclist and injured his pillion rider. Kluang OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Laham said the parked lorry had rolled backwards and ploughed into the motorcycle ridden by R. Suresh, 47, and his wife S.R. "The victims were on their way to Kluang Barat from Kluang town before the accident occurred," said ACP Mohamad. Suresh later succumbed to severe head injuries and died at Hospital Kluang at 9am. Guna Sundari is being treated at the same hospital and is in a stable condition, he said.
August 16, 2017 13:59 UTC
NIBONG TEBAL: An Indian-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) has alleged that several Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) councillors have abused their powers by calling on the authorities to not allow them to proceed with the annual Deepavali carnival here. The DAP councillor further said that this to ensure that Rajasegar would not abuse his power as a power councillor. "Why are they (MPSP councillors) spreading my photo and claiming that I am no longer a friend of Pakatan Harapan? "Whatever it is, I will still go on with the Deepavali carnival as I have obtained the necessary approval from the police and the Land Office," he added. This year's Deepavali carnival has been slated to take place from Oct 7 to 17.
August 16, 2017 13:52 UTC
NATIONAL weightlifter Muhammad Erry Hidayat will not be held back by the burden of expectations when he steps up to the bar at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017). Erry, who only turns 18 in November, has not set any lofty targets for himself on his games debut. "I had only expected to compete in the pre-Sea Games competition but after Hafifi was ruled out I got the call. I was quite shocked especially as the competition (KL2017) is only a few days away," said the Sarawak Malaysia Games gold medallist. This is my first Sea Games and the goal is to do the best that I can.
with pix byGEORGE TOWN: Bukit Mertajam lawmaker Steven Sim today denied that no action has been taken against the screw-coating factory in Bukit Minyak. "It is totally a lie to say that no action was taken on the screw-coating factory issue in Bukit Minyak," he said. "The lab test were done on March 11 and 22 last year on the factory's three chimneys and the reading of non-methane volatile organic compound (NM-VOC) was between 1.037mg/Nm3 and 5.725mg/Nm3. Till today, he has not taken up the offer nor sent us any lab report on this matter." keywords: Bukit Mertajam lawmaker, Steven Sim, screw-coating factory, Bukit Minyak, Kampung Tok Suboh, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, MACC
KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas launched its National Day and Malaysia Day campaign today, to celebrate the country's progress, post-independence. The campaign incorporates Petronas' 43-year journey in developing not only Malaysia’s oil and gas sector as well as its contributions towards the country’s progress, but also in helping improve the well-being of Malaysians. The campaign will showcase a special exhibition entitled "Julang", at Galeri Petronas and a web film titled, "Piala Taman Thomas". The exhibition was launched by the national oil corporation's chairman, Tan Sri Sidek Hassan at the Petronas Twin Towers. The web film is up on Petronas' official brand channel - www.petronasofficial.com.
KUCHING: State-owned Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has completed its RM2.5 billion ringgit acquisition of the Bakun Hydroelectric Plant (HEP), the largest hydropower plant in the country, today. Following the completion of SSA, SEB via its subsidiary, SEB Power Sdn Bhd, have acquired 100 per cent shares in SHSB from the Finance Ministry and Federal Lands Commission. He had said that the takeover will include the land surrounding the dam and reservoir area from Federal Land Commission. The Bakun dam was completed in 2010 and partly commissioned in the following year before being fully commissioned in July 2014. Sarawak also has the 944MW Murum Dam and the 100MW Batang Ai Dam apart from the Bakun Dam.
August 16, 2017 13:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The country's premier national spelling competition has not only grabbed the attention of students and teachers, but parents as well. "My husband and I are here today to show our support for the event, as well as to the parents and students who will be participating in the competition. Tang and her husband, Wu Swee Woo, spent the afternoon chatting with friends and people from the organising committee whom they had known from past SIR events. Even after secondary school, he tutored several state champions for past SIR competitions." She added that parents should help nurture the potential in their children by tapping into their talent.
August 16, 2017 13:18 UTC
SHAH ALAM: A Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member claimed that the objects that were thrown during the fracas at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum on Sunday were meant to hit him. Shah Alam Pribumi committee member Wan Mohammad Ashraf Nasjaruddin said the objects, including a slipper and chair, were not meant to hit party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. "We protected Dr Mahathir during the Bersih rally and worked hard but we receive no thanks," he said, adding that he received death threats following the incident. The fracas took place as Dr Mahathir was answering a question on the Memali incident in 1982. Several items, including a slipper and chair, were thrown by identified people while Dr Mahathir was talking on the stage.
August 16, 2017 13:07 UTC
KUCHING: Schools inundated with floodwaters or located in low-lying areas have been instructed to follow the standard operation procedure (SOP) in the wake of uncertain weather in Sarawak. State Education Department director Rakayah Maadon said this was to ensure a smooth evacuation process and to avoid untoward incidents if a school was affected by floods. “We have an SOP to guide district education offices and schools on what to do when there is a flood. “The safety of children as well as teachers and non-academic staff at the affected schools is our priority,” she said when contacted today. The New Straits Times learned that schools affected by floods are required to form a disaster committee, which will formulate an action plan to prepare for floods.
August 16, 2017 13:07 UTC
ARAU: Two Fire and Rescue Department officers were caught red handed by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for receiving RM1,200 as kickback to not to take action against a man for flouting a building safety regulation. Perlis MACC director Yaacob Angah said the officers, aged 45 and 49, were detained in Pauh for allegedly soliciting and accepting the bribe. "The two officers attached to the Perlis Fire and Rescue Department headquarters were arrested at about 12.15pm today shortly after receiving the money. He said the case is being investigated under Section 17(aO) of the MACC Act 2009 which carries up to 20 years' imprisonment and RM10,000 fine or five times the value of the bribe whichever is higher, upon conviction. Meanwhile Perlis Fire and Rescue Department director Mohd Fadzil Haroon when contacted said he would extend a full cooperation to MACC.
August 16, 2017 13:05 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Students are all hyped up for the newly introduced digital version of the RHB-New Straits Times (NST) National Spell-It-Right Challenge 2017. "The competition this year is really different compared to previous years," he said after trying out the app at the RHB-NST National Spell-It-Right Challenge 2017 launch in Balai Berita in Bangsar today. Ng Wan Wei, 15, from SMK St. Francis, Melaka who was crowned the national secondary champion, said using the app can help him save both time and money. The website for the RHB-NST National Spell-It-Right Challenge 2017 is www.sir.nstp.com.my. The SIR Challenge app can also be downloaded starting August 20.
August 16, 2017 12:56 UTC