KUALA LUMPUR: Umno grassroots have been reminded not to use its branch meetings to point fingers at one another and as a fighting field. Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the branch meeting, to be held tomorrow, should be used to fix the determination and struggle of the party together. He said restructuring the grassroots’ movement through the meeting should be a starting point in order to improve Umno in returning to lead in the political arena. Umno supreme council had previously set an annual meeting for branches, women’s wing as well as the youth and puteri starting tomorrow till June 10 while the division level is on June 30. Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced his resignation as the BN chairman and Umno president three days after the election.
May 18, 2018 13:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been served notice to appear at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya on Tuesday to have his statement recorded. Sources said the notice was served today when eight MACC officers went to Najib’s house in Jalan Langgak Duta about 3.50pm. The four MACC officers arrived in two Proton Preve cars. Some of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers seen leaving Datuk Seri Najib Razak residence in Jalan Langgak Duta, Taman Duta. As such, Apandi had returned the three IPs – one regarding RM2.6 billion in funds and the others involving SRC International – to MACC and ordered investigations closed.
May 18, 2018 13:07 UTC
KOTA BARU: The eldest son of the late PAS icon Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has been barred from leading prayers at a mosque in Pulau Melaka here. Nik Omar Nik Abdul Aziz (pic), who was shunned by his family for contesting as Pakatan Harapan candidate in the recent general election, confirmed that he was barred from preaching and leading prayers at the mosque near his family home. "My brother Nik Abduh (a PAS loyalist) told me at dawn on Friday that I am no longer allowed to be an imam. "He told me it is our family's decision," Nik Omar said during a morning sermon at Wisma Tok Guru in Salor. Nik Omar said his family had cancelled his routine weekly sermons at the Tok Guru mosque in Pulau Melaka.
May 18, 2018 12:56 UTC
(Reuters) - Swansea City have parted company with manager Carlos Carvalhal after they were relegated from the Premier League, the Welsh club said on Friday. The 52-year-old's contract expired at the end of the campaign and Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said the club had decided to "move in a new direction". Swansea are now looking to appoint their fifth permanent manager in two years. "Naturally, we are all disappointed with the club’s relegation from the Premier League, and following discussions with Carlos, we felt it was in the best interests of both parties that we move in a new direction. Swansea will also start next season without key players Angel Rangel and Ki Sung-yueng, who both left the club following relegation.
May 18, 2018 12:36 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Daim Zainuddin defended himself against crony capitalism allegations, stating that he had never been charged with any misconduct. “Everytime someone lodged a report, the police and the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) comes and investigates me. Daim said he has been investigated for such matters under three past prime ministers - Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Anwar had called Daim the architect of crony capitalism and that the latter was unable to explain his past problem. Meanwhile, when asked if this could be an Umno 2.0, Daim answered in the negative.
May 18, 2018 12:22 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer has been included in their squad for the German Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and will start on the bench, coach Jupp Heynckes said on Friday. Neuer, who won the World Cup in 2014 and has been Germany's first choice keeper for eight years, has been racing to get fit and started training with the team this week. Germany coach Joachim Loew said this week Neuer would have no chance of making the final squad for Russia next month without match practice but Heynckes sounded confident the keeper would be there. He will be a big support at the World Cup," Heynckes added. But for me a German Cup final in Berlin's Olympic stadium -- the German Wembley -- is a wonderful event," he said.
May 18, 2018 12:00 UTC
WINDSOR: Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at her glittering wedding to his son Prince Harry on Saturday after her own father had to pull out because of ill health. "Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," Harry's office Kensington Palace said in a statement. "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to The Royal Family in this way," the palace said. Markle said in a statement on Thursday she was sad he could not make it. Harry, 33, the younger son of the late Princess Diana, has always been a popular member of the royal family.
May 18, 2018 09:33 UTC
BERLIN: Manuel Neuer’s World Cup hopes received a boost on Friday when Bayern Munich announced he is in their squad for the German Cup final after eight months on the sidelines. The 32-year-old Germany captain and goalkeeper has not played since fracturing his foot last September, but has made the squad for Saturday’s final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Neuer is expected to start on the bench at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium with Sven Ulreich in goal for Bayern. Making the cup final squad is a significant boost to Neuer’s hopes of being fit for Germany’s opening World Cup match on June 17 against Mexico in Moscow. Neuer has been included in the extended Germany squad for Russia 2018, but will need to prove his fitness at a fortnight-long training camp which starts on Tuesday in north Italy.
May 18, 2018 09:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd will absorb the six per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) for purchase of selected Honda models from today until May 31. This is in conjunction with the announcement by the government that GST, currently set at six per cent, will be zero-rated effective June 1. Honda said customers who purchase selected Honda models during the period of May 18 to May 31 will be entitled for the zero-rated GST and the on-going “Welcome Ramadhan Rewards”** Honda bonus. Honda models entitled for the GST Bonus are City (Petrol Variants), Civic, CR-V and HR-V.Other Honda models namely Jazz, BR-V, Accord, Odyssey, Civic Type R, Jazz Hybrid and City Hybrid are not entitled to the GST Bonus but only entitled to the on-going “Welcome Ramadhan Rewards”** Honda bonus. Honda Malaysia will soon announce on its new vehicle pricing in conjunction with Goods and Services Tax (GST), will be zero-rated effective June 1, 2018.
May 18, 2018 09:00 UTC
KUCHING: A semi-automatic Smith-and-Wesson gun which was found in a toilet in Wisma Seberkas last Wednesday has been confirmed to belong to Serian Member of Parliament Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem. Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department Chief SAC Denis Leong Soo Kuai said police confirmed that the pistol belonged to Riot after receiving a report of its loss and the matter investigated. “Further investigations are being carried out and a statement obtained from Datuk Seri (Richard Riot), the case is being investigated under Section 35 of the Arms Act 1960,” he said when contacted today. Last Wednesday, a supervisor at Wisma Seberkas lodged a police report after a pistol and six bullets were found in a toilet in the building at about 8pm. A police team then rushed to the location and the pistol was brought back to police station for further investigations to identify its owner.--BERNAMA
May 18, 2018 09:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The French Ambassador to Malaysia Frédéric Laplanche has caused a stir online in a congratulatory video to Malaysians on the results of the recent 14th general election (GE14). In the video which was posted on the official Facebook page of the French consulate and embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Laplanche delivered a one-minute message in the Malay language which earned him praises for his impressive pronunciation. The clip, entitled Tahniah, Malaysia (Congratulations, Malaysia), was posted on Thursday evening and has garnered over 20,000 likes and 1,600 comments at the time of writing. In it, Laplanche begins with several attempts at the speech, peppered with bloopers and false starts, before rolling along in fluent Malay with a breezy jazz tune humming in the background. He says: “I would like to congratulate all citizens of Malaysia for the change through the GE14 and congratulations to Tun Dr Mahathir for being appointed as the Prime Minister.
May 18, 2018 08:48 UTC
NEW YORK: British political consulting group Cambridge Analytica filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York, court documents showed. The firm, whose attorney filed late Wednesday, announced early May that it would close and file for bankruptcy in Britain and the United States after failing to recover from the Facebook data scandal. The documents, seen by AFP, listed Cambridge Analytica LLC’s estimated assets in the range of US$100,001 and US$500,000, with estimated liabilities between US$1 million and US$10 million. Meanwhile, another whistleblower said Britons’ personal data may have been misused by a pro-Brexit campaign ahead of the 2016 referendum in which Britain voted to leave the European Union. Wylie has also since told a Senate panel on interference in the 2016 US election that CA had used Russian researchers and shared data with companies linked to Russian intelligence.
May 18, 2018 08:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Cosmetic company founder, Datuk Seri Aliff Syukri Kamarzaman claimed to have been robbed by one of his helpers on Wednesday, with loss estimated over RM40,000. Aliff Syukri, 30, said he was robbed of cash and furniture by the woman who had been working for him for a few months. He had also posted three pictures and screengrabs taken from two videos related to the incident on his Intagram account. She had abused my trust and stole cash and items from me. “It was not my intention to shame her (by viralling the pictures and videos), but I have repeatedly asked her to return my belongings.
May 18, 2018 08:37 UTC
Seremban: On the first day of the fasting month yesterday, four Ramadan bazaar stall operators were issued warnings for failing to display price tags. Four traders were given written warnings for not displaying prices clearly,” state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) director Ain Arjuna Aziz Zaman told the New Straits Times today. “Errant traders can be compounded under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011. Individuals face a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or two years’ imprisonment or both, and companies face a maximum fine of RM50,000 upon conviction.”She said 30 enforcement officers and 30 price watch officers were deployed at the bazaars. Complaints may be directed to the ministry’s toll-free line 1-800-886-800 or 03- 8000 8000, or emailed to email@example.com.
May 18, 2018 08:26 UTC
(Reuters) - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says the sometimes bitter feud between himself and Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte has ended ahead of the sides' meeting in Saturday's FA Cup final. Conte, in turn, described former Chelsea manager Mourinho as a "little man" and "a fake". The pair will face off once again when United aim to win a record-equalling 13th FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday. It hasn't quite gone to plan in the league and other cup competitions but we want to go for the FA Cup and win silverware," McTominay told United's website http://www.manutd.com. Chelsea's seventh and most recent FA Cup triumph was under Roberto Di Matteo in 2012, and the London outfit were defeated in last year's final by Arsenal.
May 18, 2018 08:26 UTC