In response, mixed doubles shuttler Shevon Lai Jemie has vowed to bounce back stronger than ever, as Malaysia gear up for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month. Shevon — who makes up the national No 1 mixed doubles with partner Goh Soon Huat — were among the Malaysian shuttlers who were knocked out in the opening round in Birmingham last week. Only men’s singles Lee Chong Wei, and men’s doubles Goh V Shem-Tan Wee Kiong, reached the All England quarter-finals. This is a far cry from last year’s achievement, with Chong Wei claiming the title, and mixed doubles’ Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying reaching the final. Last Sunday, in an NSTP Sport report, Norza slammed the national shuttlers for their lacklustre display and inconsistency in recent tournaments.
March 20, 2018 14:48 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Only lawyers will gain from lawsuits if 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) took legal action against those making baseless allegations about the company, says its chief executive officer Arul Kanda (pic). He said that proving 1MDB can resolve its debts was of more importance than suing individuals. Arul also said the 1MDB assets, largely in the property sector, currently stood at RM43bil, much higher than its total debt of RM31bil. "The company assets for now is more than enough to pay off the company's debt," he added. Arul, however, did not deny that the 1MDB management earlier lacked experience and was a contributing factor to its problems.
March 20, 2018 14:15 UTC
Joe Hart, who has 75 caps for England, was between the posts in nine of England's 10 qualification games, conceding only three goals. Former England defender Martin Keown thinks it might be a case of better the devil you know. "If they're not going to prove they're better than him, do you take that risk to play them," he told the BBC. DEFENSIVE CONCERNSNot long ago, Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill appeared a shoe-in for England central defence, most likely alongside Manchester City's John Stones. For the Netherlands and Italy, matches against England will mark the first steps in a rehabilitation in time for qualification for the 2020 European Championship.
March 20, 2018 14:03 UTC
BANGKOK: A major Laos drug lord dubbed 'Mr X' was jailed for life on Tuesday by a Bangkok court, as Thailand battles record meth trafficking through its borders. "Due to his confession during the investigation process, the court decreases his sentence to life imprisonment," a Criminal Court judge said in his ruling. Evidence pulled from mobile phones linked Xaysana with a smuggling network that used Nong Khai, the Thai border point with Laos, to move drugs south, the judge added. He faces another trial for possession of 3.3 million yaba pills die to start in July. In January a Thai naval patrol seized 11 million meth pills (with an estimated US$100 million street value) from traffickers using the Mekong River to move drugs Laos into Thailand.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has never engaged big data outfit Cambridge Analytica and its parent company SCL Group in any way. A statement by the Prime Minister's Office said contrary to media reports, neither Cambridge Analytica nor its parent company SCL Group had ever – now or in the past – been contracted, employed or paid in any way by Barisan Nasional (BN), the Prime Minister's Office or any part of the government of Malaysia. "However, the SCL Group country representative today confirmed to the government that Cambridge Analytica's advice on the 2013 general election was provided personally to (Datuk Seri) Mukhriz Mahathir, PPBM deputy president. "With wins in 21 out of 36 state seats and 10 out of the 15 parliamentary seats in the state, BN enjoyed a landslide victory," it said. Cambridge Analytica is a London-based political consulting firm which had been accused of extracting the personal data of up to 50 million Facebook users without consent to help Donald Trump in his US presidential campaign in 2016.
LONDON: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was knighted at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and joked with reporters afterwards: "I expect you to use my title." The 77-year-old, originally from Liverpool and now based in Los Angeles, was honoured for his services to music in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's honours list. McCartney was knighted 21 years ago and Tuesday's ceremony came 53 years after the Beatles received MBEs in 1965. Accompanied by his wife, Barbara Bach, Ringo was knighted by Prince William with a ceremonial sword to become Sir Richard Starkey. "I don't know how to use this (title) properly," he said as he showed the medal to a BBC reporter after the ceremony, "but I expect you to use it."
KUALA LUMPUR: Thirteen luxury watches and various types of jewellery were submitted to the Sessions Court here Tuesday as case exhibits at the trial of former Youth and Sports Ministry finance division secretary Otman Arsahd. He was charged with 32 counts of power abuse and with submitting false claims involving RM38.4mil, six years ago. Among the luxury watch brands were Cartier, Rolex and Tag Heuer, while most of the jewellery were of Cartier's. “The approved allocation will be channelled to them via electronic fund transfer (EFT),” he said during examination-in-chief by deputy public prosecutor Norzilati Izhani Zainal. Otman was represented by Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali, while Abdul Gafar and Siti Rohanah were represented by lawyer Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos.
March 20, 2018 13:41 UTC
LONDON: A British parliamentary committee on Tuesday asked Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to appear before it to explain in person claims that millions of users’ data was harvested for political campaigns. But it follows allegations that data from up to 50 million Facebook users was harvested by a British company, Cambridge Analytica, for use in the election campaign of US President Donald Trump in 2016. “Following material published in the UK Guardian and The New York Times over the past few days, the committee would like to request that you appear before us to give oral evidence,” Collins wrote. “The committee has repeatedly asked Facebook about how companies acquire and hold on to user data from their site, and in particular about whether data had been taken without their consent. “Your officials’ answers have consistently understated this risk, and have been misleading to the committee.
March 20, 2018 13:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The man who was injured after he crashed his motorcycle into a tree that became uprooted in Jalan Ampang here on March 5, died at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL). He passed away at 5.15am on Friday (March 16) after fighting for his life. A source told Bernama that Nor Azrul Ahmad, 37, had been transferred from the intensive care unit to a normal ward but died on Friday. It is learnt that Nor Azrul, who lived in Ampang, was laid to rest at the Gombak Muslim cemetery. They were on their way to work at Ampang Point when the tragedy happened.
March 20, 2018 13:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A lorry heading down Bukit Hulu Langat ploughed into four vehicles on Tuesday afternoon. Pictures of the horrific accident went viral on social media with a message claiming that one person had died in the crash. Selangor Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief Asst Comm Azman Shariat said the incident occurred at about 3.15pm on Tuesday. "The lorry was heading down Bukit Hulu Langat and was approaching the Sri Bayu traffic light junction when the driver lost control of his vehicle. "The lorry drivers and the driver of the car suffered multiple injuries while the others escaped unhurt," he said when contacted.
March 20, 2018 13:13 UTC
MARYLAND: A Maryland high school was on lockdown following a shooting on Tuesday morning, the local school district said in a statement, but the incident has since been “contained.”The shooting took place at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County, and it was not clear whether there were injuries. It occurred amid a re-energized national debate over school shootings in the United States following an attack on Feb 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 students and faculty. The St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office confirmed an incident at the school and urged parents in a Twitter post not to approach the school. Federal investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were heading to the school, the agency said. Great Mills is a town about 70 miles (110 km) south of Washington.
March 20, 2018 13:07 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Suhakam is calling for justice after a "Datin" escaped jail time for abusing her Indonesian domestic worker, calling the sentence "incomprehensible". "Suhakam is dissatisfied with the sentence because a migrant worker has suffered severe physical mistreatment and violence at the hands of her employer," he said. Razali highlighted public complaints about the sentence, adding that the lesser charge and sentence can be interpreted as a gross application of selective justice. She suffered multiple injuries to her eyes, both her legs, her hands and internal organs. On March 15, Rozita was sentenced to a good behaviour bond of five years by the Petaling Jaya Sessions Court even though the prosecution had called on the court to mete out a jail sentence.
March 20, 2018 13:07 UTC
“He (Mr. Y) told me that the company had hired a new actress and actor to make the video more lively on YouTube. “We stand at the check-in counter before Mr. Y pointed out the actor to me and put an oily substance into my hand. “I arrived at about 8am and call him (Mr. Y) many times but he had switched off his phone. Q: Do you have any evidence that Doan knew it was Kim Chol or Kim Jong Nam? Kim Chol was later established to be Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
March 20, 2018 12:56 UTC
SHAH ALAM: A kissing scene in a "prank" show stole the limelight at the trial for the murder of Kim Jong-nam on Tuesday (March 20). As a reward, Quang Bek was allowed to kiss her on the lips. At that point in time, I called her ‘Baby’,” Quang Bek said. Hisyam: Did you go to Hanoi to track Quang Bek after you received the affidavits? ASP Wan Azirul: Yes, I agree.
March 20, 2018 12:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A woman from Johor took the unprecedented step of undergoing the ‘bersanding’ ceremony alone after her husband, a fireman, was unable to get leave to attend their own wedding. Badriyah Amirullah, 26, was garbed in the full ‘pengantin’ outfit as the ‘bersanding’ ceremony took place in Teluk Intan, last Sunday. Badriyah and her husband Syaiful Izwan during their akah nikah ceremony in November 2017. She said, when she learnt that her husband would not be able to attend the ‘bersanding’ ceremony, she almost broke down tears in front of her in-laws. As the days led up to the bersanding, Badriyah said she did not want to wear the ‘baju pengantin’ as she felt it would be awkward.
March 20, 2018 12:33 UTC