“I think the squad is very big,” the former Austrian international striker told reporters. “We have a very good youth academy in this club and it’s a goal for us to bring them forward again,” the coach told Southampton newspaper the Daily Echo. “In history there were a lot coming ... out of the youth academy and that’s the goal for the future. With just nine points from their opening 15 matches, Southampton are above bottom side Fulham and 19th-placed Burnley only on goal difference. A win on Saturday would see them leapfrog Cardiff, two places above them with two points more.
December 07, 2018 11:37 UTC
"When we got our independence, our team played in the Merdeka Cup and used to be a force in football. Asian teams feared us in the past, especially Japan," said Dr Mahathir. Once upon a time, Japan learned football from us but now they are regularly in the World Cup. Dr Mahathir then said that discipline and a good lifestyle were necessary for Malaysia to be the best. During the meeting, Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin gave Dr Mahathir a customised national jersey with the number "7" and words 'PM' emblazoned on it.
December 07, 2018 11:26 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was not involved in any alleged tampering of the final 1MDB audit report, claims Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed. Abu Kassim, who now heads the governance, integrity and anti corruption centre, said he had spoken to the then-auditor general on the report. "We tried to get a briefing on the report which was not published," he said. On Nov 25, Auditor General Tan Sri Madinah Mohamad said that one of the changes made to the 1MDB final audit report was the removal of a paragraph or paragraphs mentioning the presence of fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho. Madinah said the original 1MDB final audit report without the amendments and removal of paragraphs was handed over to the MACC and police for their action.
December 07, 2018 11:15 UTC
In a video posted on his YouTube page, Dr Mahathir thanked anti-Icerd rally organisers for their support, despite not seeing a need for the rally to take place. "Let's celebrate democracy together," Dr Mahathir said. The anti-Icerd rally will take place from 2pm to 6pm on Saturday (Dec 7) along Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur. Earlier, a Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) event celebrating Human Rights Day supposed to take place on the same day was postponed. Umno and PAS have said that a total of 500,000 of its members are expected to attend the anti-Icerd rally.
December 07, 2018 11:02 UTC
MIRI: A heavy downpour has brought flash floods and traffic chaos to the city. Torrential rain fell for an hour, bringing floods to the streets in the city centre from about 5pm on Friday (Dec 7). Many roads inside the city and in the outskirts saw waters rising to knee level, catching many people and vehicle owners off-guard. Traffic is especially heavy in Miri on Friday and Saturday, mainly due to the influx of thousands of Bruneians from across the border for shopping and entertainment.
December 07, 2018 10:30 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Many Malaysians are relieved that the government has decided to put the controversial new repayment scheme for National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) borrowers on hold. However, they said on social media that the government should have thought the idea through before making the announcement over the Income-Contingent Loan Repayment scheme. On Wednesday (Dec 5), PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan announced the new scheme of monthly deductions for borrowers with salaries of RM2,000 and above starting Jan 1. The deductions will range from 2% to 15% of the borrower’s salary. On Friday, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik then announced that the repayment scheme will be suspended for the time being until the ministry receives "collective inputs and feedback from all stakeholders".
December 07, 2018 10:30 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Selangor's Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has denied rumours that he will be attending the anti-Icerd (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally on Saturday (Dec 8) along with the Pahang and Johor sultans. In a statement on the Selangor Royal Office's Facebook page, Sultan Sharafuddin urged all parties not to include his name in any rally, be it political or NGO-related. The Selangor Ruler is not supposed to be involved in any rally organised by any party," the statement read. This was in response to viral posts and messages on social media, claiming that the Selangor Ruler, alongside the Johor and Pahang Sultans, would be attending the anti-Icerd rally. The anti-Icerd rally will begin at 2pm on Saturday (Dec 7) on Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur.
December 07, 2018 10:18 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: A "Musang King" investment plan that promises attractive returns with low deposits has resulted in over 155 people being cheated and more than RM3.1mil of losses incurred over the past four months. “This victim paid RM8,400 and has not seen the returns promised,” Comm Omar said. He said the investment offered four simple packages for customers - the first was to put in RM350 and get RM12.25 per day for 66 days, which makes the total returns to RM808.50. The fourth is a RM6,000 investment which promises the client a RM300 return for 66 days. “The two suspects, aged 33 and 37, were arrested around the city on Nov 25 and 26,” Omar said.
December 07, 2018 10:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips closed in the red for the fourth straight day on Friday as investor sentiment was impacted by uncertainties about the US-China trade tension truce and ahead of the massive rallies over the weekend.At 5pm, the KLCI was down 2.8 points or 0.17% to 1,680.54. Turnover was 1.91 billion shares valued at RM1.51bil. There were 292 gainers, 427 losers and 402 counters unchanged.After market close, Moody's Investors Service affirmed the government of Malaysia's local and foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings at A3. The outlook remains stable.“Government debt will stay high for longer and the government's fiscal policy choices will narrow the revenue base and reduce fiscal flexibility further,” it said in a statement.On the external front, Hong Kong stocks closed lower as the arrest of a senior Huawei executive dampened hopes of a lasting resolution to the US-China trade conflict.The Hang Seng index fell 0.4%, the China Enterprises Index lost 1.1%, Japan's Nikkei 225 tose 0.82%, China's Shanghai Compositie eked out a 0.03% gain while Singapore's STI added 0.08%.At Bursa, Petronas Chemical fell seven sen to RM9.20 and wiped out one point from the KLCI, Dialog lost five sen to RM3.18, Petronas Gas and Petronas Dagangan were flat at RM19.10 and RM25.30.Tenaga continued to lose ground, down six sen to RM13.70 and erased 0.6 of a point, Genting Malaysia and Genting Bhd shed two sen each to RM2.87 and RM6.26.IHH was flat at RM5.36, Sime Darby gained one sen to RM2.34 while MISC added four sen to RM6.10.Among the banks, Public Bank fell eight sen to RM24.80 and erased 0.55 of a point, Maybank and CIMB shed two sen each to RM9.42 and RM5.78, HLFG dour sen to RM19.36, Hong Leong Bank two sen to RM20.60 while RHB Bank was unchanged at RM5.34.AmBank rose 10 sen to RM4.40 ahead of its inclusion into the KLCI on Dec 24.Telekom and KLCC, which will be removed from the KLCI, rose two sen each to RM2.61 and RM7.83.Digi gained four sen to RM4.49, Axiata one sen to RM3.88 and Maxis shed three sen to RM5.40.As for plantations, KL Kepong fell 24 sen to RM24.14, PPB Group was flat at RM17, IOI Corp rose one sen to RM4.35 and Sime Plantation tywo sen to RM4.69.MAHB was the top gainer among the KLCI stocks, up 21 sen to RM7.81 and added 0.62 of a point to the index.
December 07, 2018 10:07 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: Corruption must be taken seriously if Malaysia wants to join the ranks of developed countries, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic). "To be the tigers of Asia again, then we need to take corruption seriously. Describing corruption as an "awful thing", Dr Mahathir said it could cause irreparable damage to society and the nation. "It is not the people who engage in corruption whom we should look up to, instead we should celebrate the people who are working to fight it every day," said Dr Mahathir. Eight individuals from different countries were recipients of the Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence award.
December 07, 2018 09:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service has affirmed the government of Malaysia's local and foreign currency issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings at A3. The rating agency said the affirmation of Malaysia's A3 rating recognises that Malaysia's fiscal strength has weakened. Moody's has also affirmed the backed senior unsecured US dollar trust certificates issued by Malaysia Sovereign Sukuk Berhad and the backed senior unsecured debt issued by Malaysia Sukuk Global Berhad, special purpose vehicles established by the Government of Malaysia at A3. Moody's has also affirmed the local currency ratings on the backed senior unsecured debt issued by Khazanah Nasional Berhad at A3. Malaysia's long-term foreign currency (FC) bond ceiling is unchanged at A1 and its long-term FC deposit ceiling is A3.
December 07, 2018 09:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd will be undertaking a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) in a strategic review of its business to strengthen its position in the market. Astro continues to be proactive to reinvigorate the Group in order to strengthen its position in the market and to remain relevant in the years ahead," said Henry Tan, CEO designate of Astro. The company noted that the media and entertainment industry is currently experiencing an unprecedented rate of disruption. "Industry players are required to reinvent and adapt swiftly to remain relevant in this new reality," it said. The company added that it will put in place measures to ensure that customer satisfaction will not be impacted by the exercise.
December 07, 2018 09:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Two government hospitals and three others are seeking to strike out a negligence suit filed by a teenager, who suffered permanent disability after a circumcision procedure went awry eight years ago. The defendants - a doctor at Kuala Lipis Hospital, the director of Kuala Lipis Hospital, a doctor at Selayang Hospital, the director of Selayang Hospital and the government - were named as the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth defendants each in the suit. The first defendant (medical assistant) had also filed the striking out application but later withdrew the application. The plaintiff said he underwent a surgery to reattach the glans after five hours of arriving at the Selayang Hospital. The first defendant also said the suit was filed out of the six years’ timeframe.
December 07, 2018 08:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will postpone its Human Rights Day celebration to Sunday (Dec 9). "The Prime Minister said that he would not be attending the celebration and advised Suhakam to postpone it. The Suhakam human rights celebration will now be held at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya from 9am to 3pm on Sunday (Dec 9). In an earlier press release, Suhakam said it would be postponing its Human Rights Day celebration, which was supposed to take place on Saturday (Dec 8) with Dr Mahathir as the chief guest. The Human Rights Day celebration was originally scheduled to take place on the same day as the anti-Icerd rally being held in Kuala Lumpur, which is supposed to be attended by up to 500,000 Umno and PAS members.
December 07, 2018 08:33 UTC
“We know this is frustrating and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible,” Instagram said in a post on Twitter. We know this is frustrating and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible. — Instagram (@instagram) December 6, 2018Users were quick to take to Twitter to ask Instagram what was going on. Other users complained about apparent glitch involving a pop up window that said “Action Blocked”, although it wasn’t immediately clear if the issues were related. Downdetector.com, a website that tracks glitches across the Internet, said Instagram had been having issues since 1.16pm New York time.
December 07, 2018 08:15 UTC