SINGAPORE: Former Channel 8 actress Apple Hong quietly married her long-time boyfriend on Oct 10, said local reports. In an interview with a website, she said: "I accidentally got married, I'm already a wife." The couple also held a banquet in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 30, on the same day as former actress Tracy Lee's wedding to businessman Ben Goi. Hong recalled that when Lee asked her to attend her wedding, "I said, 'Aiyah, sorry ah, I'm also getting married that day'". Asked about her baby plans, Hong said she would take a "let it be" attitude and not worry about having a child or not.
October 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Kenanga Research expects FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBMKLCI), on technical aspect, to move upward in the near term to potentially touch 1,783. FBMKLCI opened on a positive note today, 1.04 points higher to 1,750.03 from Tuesday’s close of 1,748.99. However, bucking the trend, the FBMKLCI hovered mostly sideways in the red throughout the session. It lost 5.38 points to end lower at 1,748.99. Broad market sentiment was slightly negative, with 395 gainers against 468 losers, while 415 counters traded unchanged.
October 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia opened on a positive note today, supported by mild buying interests for the local stocks, a dealer said. At 9.08am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 1.04 points better at 1,750.03 from Tuesday’s close of 1,748.99. The market was closed on Wednesday for Deepavali holiday. On the broader market, gainers outpaced losers by 124 to 60, with 194 counters unchanged, 1,474 untraded and 19 others were suspended. Turnover stood at 96.76 million shares worth RM36.02 million.
October 19, 2017 01:30 UTC
Khairy said that the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) had trained 22,575 players, aged seven to 17, under 1,025 coaches at 126 academies nationwide. In this regard, Khairy also wanted all parties to have a positive mentality and not to impulsively criticise national football and FAM leadership without deeper thoughts. “I am sad to see the polemics of national football which attack individuals without checking any facts or run down and mock football personalities. “We have a competent FAM leadership led by Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who has an impeccable record as JDT owner. I hope we will all give him time to build a successful national football squad.
October 19, 2017 01:18 UTC
JOHOR BARU: An increasing number of foreign workers are being caught committing khalwat (close proximity) in budget hotels here, Johor State Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) assistant director Mohd Hafiz Abdul Rahman said on Wednesday. He said the foreigners, who work in the state’s industrial areas, treat budget hotels as “vice dens.”"In contrast with the Islamic prohibition on gambling, drinking alcohol and fornication, the khalwat offence is the highest among (Muslim) foreigners (here)," he said. Hafiz revealed that in a two-hour operation to combat vice activities at Permas Jaya and Seri Alam budget hotels on Tuesday, 12 men and 10 women, aged between 18 and 40, were nabbed for khalwat. He said eight of the foreigners were from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
October 19, 2017 01:07 UTC
(Reuters) - Former United States international Landon Donovan is considering running for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), Sports Illustrated reported on its website on Wednesday. Si.com reports that Donovan is "seriously considering" throwing his name into the mix for the election early next year. Current president Sunil Gulati has not yet said he was standing again but was expected to run for his fourth three-year term. "Donovan, who had no comment, has been asked by a number of respected figures in American soccer to contemplate running," according to the report. A senior economics lecturer at Colombia University in New York, Gulati has presided over a period of economical stability as USSF chief.
October 19, 2017 00:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Share prices of Pan Malaysia Holdings Bhd and Luxchem Corp Bhd are poised for further upside with current indicators signaling reasonable entry level, said Public Investment Bank (Public Invest). The research house said Pan Malaysia’s share price is showing sign of recovery while Luxchem’s share price picked up on an uptrend after undergoing minor pullback. “We expect continuous improvement in both momentum and trend in near term for Pan Malaysia’s share price. “Should resistance level of 18 sen be broken, it may continue to lift price higher to the subsequent resistance level of 20 sen,” it said in a note. However, failure to hold on to support level of 15.5 sen may indicate weakness in the share price and hence, a cut-loss signal, it added.
October 19, 2017 00:56 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Strong winds and torrential rain have felled at least 110 trees across urban and suburban areas in the state since Monday, the Sabah Fire and Rescue Department said. "Seventy-two trees fell on main roads, 23 on houses, 11 on (utility) poles and four on vehicles. “(However), there are no reports of injuries or casualties,” the Department’s operations centre said in a statement on Wednesday night. It added that 34 cases of uprooted trees were recorded on Monday, 30 on Tuesday and 46 on Wednesday.
KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIAN Aviation Commission (Mavcom) will roll out a quality of service framework for airports in the country in phases from next year. The framework will set out service standards and key performance indicators for airports. Meanwhile, the quality of service framework covers cleanliness of washrooms, wayfinding, availability and quality of infrastructure, queuing times and quality of Internet connections. Pushpalatha said the objective of the framework was to enhance passenger comfort and ensure that airports prioritised consumer service levels and improved facilities. With this framework, airports and other agencies were anticipated to improve their service levels, she added.
KUALA TERENGGANU: School bullies should not be expelled from schools as they can be rehabilitated, Deputy Education Minister II Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon said. He said expelling these students would worsen their behaviour as they would feel shunned by society and be deprived of an education. “We need to remember that these students are our future leaders,” he said at the National Counselling Psychology Symposium 2017 here. He said students were increasingly exposed to smartphone applications and the threats were not only physical, but also mental. To address the issue, he said the ministry would place more professional counselling teachers in schools.
ODENSE: Lee Chong Wei marched into the men's singles second round at the Danisa Denmark Open with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Pablo Abian of Spain. Chong Wei, who will turn 35 on Saturday, said revenge was on his mind after losing to the Indian in the second round of the Indonesian Open this year. "I'm the old man here but I'll not make it easy on the youngsters. Seasoned campaigner Lee Hyun-il also got off to a brilliant start when he upset Chen Long of China 21-19, 22-20 to enter the second round. Meanwhile, Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean kept the Malaysian flag flying high in the women's doubles when they defeated Ashwini Ponnappa-Reddy N. Sikki of India 15-21, 21-18, 23-21 to enter the second round.
October 19, 2017 00:22 UTC
KUCHING: The Rural and Regional Development Ministry is committed to ensuring that no projects are delayed in Sarawak. Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it was his personal commitment to the late former chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to resolve delayed projects in the state. Ismail Sabri said the ministry had set up a committee, chaired by the ministry’s secretary-general, to oversee “sick” projects. He had also announced the setting up of two committees in Sarawak and Sabah to monitor the implementation of rural projects in both states. For this year, the government spent RM94.4 million to run housing projects for the hardcore poor in Sarawak,” he said.
KOTA KINABALU: Fifty-seven high-impact power supply projects in Sabah and Labuan have been approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan with an allocation of RM2.3 billion. Fifty-six projects were to be carried out in Sabah while one was for Labuan. Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said 41 projects costing RM1.4 billion had been executed. He said nine new projects worth RM371.11 million were developed by the Sabah Special Project Planning and Delivery Unit (Sapadu) in Sabah and Labuan. Present were representatives of SESB, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, Sabah Economic Planning Unit and Energy Commission.
It is a tiring and treacherous journey that Hariyadi, 10, has to endure to attend school in Pulau Balambangan here. The distance between Kampung Koksimpul and SK Pulau Balambangan is 6km, a gruelling two-hour walk. Representatives from SK Pulau Balambangan and Petronas touring the proposed site for new dormitories at SK Pulau Balambangan, Kudat, recently. Dubbed the “Rural Daily Hostel” project, Petronas will build dormitories for students in SK Pulau Balambangan and SK Orang Kaya Muda Pakeri in Paloh in Sarawak. The building at SK Pulau Balambangan will house 120 pupils (60 boys and 60 girls), with facilities including a cafeteria, surau and medical room.
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump was snarled in fresh controversy Wednesday after he was accused of being disrespectful to a US soldier slain in an ambush in Niger, as well as showing insensitivity to the grieving family. “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband,” Sergeant La David Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told the Washington Post. Trump denied making the comments, tweeting Wednesday: “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). And she said ‘he didn’t even know his name,’” Wilson said, referring to Trump and the dead soldier. Trump had faced criticism for not contacting the families of the soldiers killed in Niger right away.
October 18, 2017 23:48 UTC