MIRI: A 41-year old man died after using exhaust fumes from his own car to gas himself to death as he locked himself inside the vehicle at the Miri Hospital compound. On Wednesday, Miri police chief Asst Comm Lim Meng Seah said police probe had concluded that it was a case of suicide. "The man took video of himself inside the car as he was about to commit suicide and sent it to his wife. It was the son who found the man inside the car," he said. Police found the car locked from inside and had to force open the door.
April 24, 2019 06:33 UTC
JAKARTA (Bloomberg): The death from exhaustion of more than 100 Indonesian election workers and police officers during the world’s largest one-day vote has triggered calls for a review of the simultaneous presidential and legislative polls. More than seven million workers were deployed as almost 245,000 candidates vied for about 20,000 posts, according to the General Elections Commission. While 119 officials were confirmed dead as of Tuesday, more than 500 fell ill, the commission said on its website. The country’s first simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on April 17 saw the participation of an estimated 81% of the 193 million eligible voters. The election commission plans to discuss separating the presidential and legislative elections with a lawmakers’ panel overseeing the rules and the government, CNN Indonesia reported, citing Viryan Azis, a commissioner.
April 24, 2019 06:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Bank Bhd targets to grant RM31 billion in new and additional financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by 2021.Group managing director Datuk Khairussaleh Ramli said this was part of the bank’s efforts to provide SMEs with easy access to financing, in line with the government’s push to spur greater SME economic participation.The bank had approved RM7.2 billion last year to support the growth of more than 4,000 SMEs in Malaysia.“In the next three years, we target to grant more than RM31 billion in new and additional financing which will benefit approximately 18,000 SMEs,” he told reporters after the bank’s annual general meeting here today.
April 24, 2019 06:11 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Cabinet has yet to make a final decision on the removal of the cap on the price of RON95 petrol, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. Referring to media reports on his statement on the removal of the price cap for the fuel, he said in a statement that RON95 petrol is now capped at RM2.08 per litre as a government measure to protect the people from being exposed to high and volatile petrol prices. He also said that stabilising the retail price of fuel and implementing a targeted subsidy are commitments stated in the Pakatan Harapan manifesto for the 14th general election last May, and not setting the retail price of RON95 petrol at RM1.50 as is going viral on social media. Saifuddin said measures to stabilise the retail price of the fuel have been implemented and the government is committed to implementing the targeted subsidy so that only the eligible and needy group of people receive the benefit. “The government is always open to proposals from the people on the implementation of this targeted subsidy so that the intention and objective behind this policy are achieved,” he said in a statement here Wednesday (April 24).
April 24, 2019 04:30 UTC
A man from northwest China has successfully sued a local supermarket that short-changed him out of 0.04 yuan (0.6 US cents), according to a local news website. In the video Xiao showed a receipt showing he had bought 54.76 yuan worth of items from Yonghui on February 2. “I paid 55 yuan in cash, and they gave me 0.2 yuan in change,” he said. “They illegally took 0.04 yuan. “In regard to this, we apologise again to Mr Xiao and the wider public.”For the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app.
April 24, 2019 04:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The statement by National Art Gallery chairman Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah that characters from Japanese anime Doraemon be used to promote Visit Malaysia 2020 was just a personal view, says Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi. Mohamaddin said Malaysian animated characters would have been his first pick, if the ministry wanted to use cartoon characters in the campaign. Lat’s fan page admin said he was baffled and disappointed by what Rashidi said, as there were many popular local cartoon characters that could be used. Created by the Fujio F. Fujiko, Doraemon is a robotic cat who produces amazing gadgets to help his friend Nobita out of trouble. Popular among Malaysians, the cartoon features other characters such as bully Giant, rich kid Suneo and Nobita's love interest, Sizuka.
April 24, 2019 04:16 UTC
Toyota, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Subaru kicked off the festivities last Wednesday with five introductions of all-new or refreshed SUVs, one after another. Here are the show’s key developments so far:Subaru’s Outback adds turbo optionIt is back to the future for Subaru Corp’s best-selling Outback crossover, which adds an optional turbocharger for the first time since 2009. A turbo also will likely improve fuel economy on the sixth-generation all-wheel-drive vehicle, though the Japanese carmaker has yet to announce estimated miles per gallon. Nodding to the love the Outback gets from owners, Subaru made few major visible changes to the exterior metal or extensive plastic cladding it proudly says is meant to resemble a hiking boot. The Korean automaker worked to generate buzz for its latest entry — the subcompact Venue SUV — with Times Square billboards two days before its official introduction at the show last Wednesday.
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April 24, 2019 03:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Comm Datuk Kamarulzaman has taken over as Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) director on an acting capacity. He takes over from outgoing director, Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, who is retiring on Thursday (April 25). Comm Mohmad said it had been an honour to serve in the police force. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, who witnessed the ceremony, commended Comm Mohmad on his distinguished career. Mohamad Fuzi revealed that Comm Mohmad was just 10 days older than him.
April 24, 2019 03:33 UTC
To recap, Najib abruptly pulled the brakes on the deal for TRX City Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) then, to divest its 60% equity stake to IWH-CREC Sdn Bhd on May 3, 2017. IWH-CREC will acquire a 60% stake in Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which is wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance, for RM7.41 billion. IWH-CREC is a 60:40 joint venture (JV) between Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) and state-owned China Railway Engineering Corp (M) Sdn Bhd (CREC). Businessman Tan Sri Lim Kang Hoo holds a 63% stake in IWH, while Kumpulan Prasaran Rakyat Johor Sdn Bhd owns the remaining 37%. The commencement of the Bandar Malaysia project has raised concern that it will worsen the property glut in the Klang Valley.
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April 24, 2019 01:06 UTC
TAWAU: The body of an Indonesian man who was mauled to death by a crocodile was found lying by Sungai Pamburung near an oil palm factory here. The victim was identified as Zainuddin Bedda, 61. A representative from the Sabah Fire and Rescue Task Force Centre said six firemen were deployed to the scene after a distress call was received at about 8.56am on Tuesday (April 23). The victim's body was discovered by the river at around 11.34am and handed over to the police for the next course of action. The operation ended at approximately 11.38am.
April 24, 2019 00:22 UTC
Compiled by HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, LIEW JIA XIAN and R. ARAVINTHANTENGKU Mahkota Kelantan Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra and his wife Sofie Louise Johansson made their first public appearance together by having breakfast in town, reported Utusan Malaysia. Restaurant owner Tan Kiat Eng said the royal couple arrived at his shop without any protocol and enjoyed their coffee, toast and half-boiled eggs. “For me, it was a very special day because His Highness brought his wife and she was very friendly. Tan said he was contacted by Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz’s officers late Sunday night and told to prepare four tables for the entourage. He added there was no protocol every time Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz visited his shop.
April 24, 2019 00:06 UTC
I have only given a handful of speeches to small groups and the last two times gave me severe stomach cramps. According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, this fear called glossophobia affects 75% of the population. Apart from the dramas, I listen to K-pop and I am, ahem, a BTS fan. I am a long-winded ahjumma (aunty in Korean) and I figure I need to give visual clues to my Korean audience to help them along. There are tonnes of advice from public speaking gurus on the Internet like using the right body language and making eye contact with the audience.
April 24, 2019 00:00 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The proposed amendments to the Employment Act 1955 will include regulations to protect domestic workers, said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran (pic). The minister said there would also be a stand-alone law in the near future to protect domestic workers. Kulasegaran said the proposed amendments to the Employment Act would also include the issue of discrimination in the workplace. Kulasegaran admitted that the proposed amendments to the seven laws had taken some time to be tabled in Parliament as it required discussion with the stakeholders. He also said two more proposed laws would be tabled in the near future; one of it is the Social Security Organisation (Socso) benefits for 1.4 million housewives.
April 23, 2019 23:48 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: Allegations that 4,500 acres (1,821ha) of land will be given to China for free in the re-negotiation of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) contract are incorrect, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. “So far, I think we have not been informed that 4,500 acres of land have been given for free. He also claimed China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) was being given around 4,500 acres of land to develop industrial parks along the ECRL corridor in the east and west coast of the peninsula. The MoU, which Raja Petra allegedly sighted, also included development of TOD (transit-oriented development) in seven ECRL project stations. You have that (land) given for all LRT and MRT projects but it is not given for free,” he said.
April 23, 2019 23:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Medical officers (MOs) should remain at their current housemanship training hospitals as a temporary placement, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. He said that the Human Resource Division of the Health Ministry through a letter dated Feb 7 has notified all states and training hospitals. Those undergoing housemanship training at the University Hospitals will be relocated to a nearby or appropriate public hospital, he said in a statement released in response to the issue of delay in confirming the first batch of contract house officers (HOs) for a permanent or contract MO posts highlighted in The Star yesterday. However, the officer may be posted to other temporary placement, upon request, subjected to certain conditions, he said. The ministry is currently processing both the permanent or contract appointments for HOs who have completed their training and the actual placement will be determined after the process is finalised, he said.
April 23, 2019 23:26 UTC