KOTA KINABALU: Kimanis MP Datuk Seri Anifah Aman will not be joining any national political party, say sources. Sources close to Anifah said that he does not wish to join any national party, owing to his past personal experience of being handicapped when pursing Sabah's rights when he was with a national party. “That is why he wants to set up a local Sabah-based party that meets the aspirations of the people of Sabah and Sarawak,” said the source. The source added that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) would be the forefront of the party's struggle. He supports the call by the Sarawak Government to establish a Consultative Committee, comprising of the Federation of Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak.
December 14, 2018 09:45 UTC
IPOH: The Prime Minister’s Department did not give any directive to local television stations to bar a list of Muslim preachers from appearing in its programmes. Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said the list was definitely not from his office. Unaware of who had come up with the list, which has been making its rounds online, Mujahid, who is in-charge of Islamic Affairs, said his office only issued general guidelines for religious sermons and preachers. “As far as I am concerned, my office has not issued any such directive to ban the preachers,” he said. Mujahid said some preachers have been issuing non-encouraging views about the government, but that did not result in his office blacklisting them.
December 14, 2018 08:03 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A comprehensive settlement is in the works to resolve the land issue involving the Seafield Sri Maha Marimman temple in USJ 25, says Attorney General Tommy Thomas. The AG said that an arrangement has been reached during a meeting earlier this week with the lawyers representing all the parties involved in the dispute of the land. Thomas added that to ensure impartiality and neutrality amongst the various groups in the issue, the AG should be represented in all the applications before the High Court. One City Development Sdn Bhd, also in a statement responded saying that it supported the settlement put forth by the AG. “This includes a proposal to transfer the one acre plot of land on which the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is located to a trust, subject to terms to be agreed upon by the parties involved.
December 14, 2018 08:02 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The exodus from Sabah Umno was started by Umno leaders in the peninsular, who themselves had no courage to leave the party, claims Datuk Masidi Manjun. The former Umno Sabah secretary and Sabah tourism minister said that it was not the question if the Sabah Umno exodus will instigate a similar wave in the peninsular, but why those Umno leaders who keep harping on leaving did not. "There was no mastermind behind the exodus … it was a unanimous decision among those who decided to leave Umno after much discussion. "We will give ourselves about a month or so to decide on our future political direction," said Masidi. Masidi said the former Umno leaders are currently busy at their respective divisions to explain their move to the grassroots leaders.
December 14, 2018 07:52 UTC
The court allowed the dental centre to pay the fine in stages, with RM25,000 to be made today (Dec 14), and the balance of RM295,000 from Jan 21 to Jun 28 next year. The specialist dental centre was initially charged with nine counts pertaining to Syed Alman Zain's death, but was ordered to enter their defence for five charges. On the sixth count, the centre was charged with failing to provide the necessary measures to save Syed Alman Zain's life, namely by not providing oxygen. Lawyer P. Sreekant, representing the dental centre, said the clinic had made many improvements since the incident. Syed Alman, the husband of Datuk Nurulhidayah, the eldest daughter of Ahmad Zahid, reportedly became unconscious while undergoing treatment at the dental centre, and was referred to UMMC before being confirmed dead.
December 14, 2018 07:41 UTC
Our pioneering digital initiatives, including the recently launched WhatsApp Business solution, exemplify this,” he said.Izham said during the Q3, the tough competition, rising fuel costs and unfavourable currency conditions continued.The airline faced stiff competition, rising fuel prices and adverse foreign exchange movements, further exacerbated by crew shortages, especially in July and August.“Yield came under pressure in Q3. This was in part due to the inability to deploy planned peak up-grading of aircraft to a widebody during the period, as a result of crew shortages which impacted revenue,” the carrier said.Malaysia Airlines had since activated an extensive recruitment exercise, supported by an aggressive cadet enlistment and training programme to build a strong pipeline of crew and is confident that the situation will be stabilised by early 2019.Total revenue average seat per km (RASK) remained resilient with an increase of 1.4% year-on-year (YoY). This was mainly driven by higher cargo revenue, up 29% YoY. On-time performance (OTP) also increased during the quarter, up by 8% YoY, as a result of improved operational efficiencies in engineering and ground handling.Continued focus on improving customer experience and enhancing the product offering has seen an overall improvement in Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI), which was up 7% YoY, with the airline’s Net Promoter Score (NPS) increasing by a significant 21 points in the period.Call centre satisfaction ratings were up 7% to 74%.Passenger load factors also increased in the quarter up by 3%. Recovery in international business continued in the quarter with a load factor of 81.7% in 2018 versus 78.4% in 2017.Fleet developments during the period include the addition of the airline’s sixth A330-200 to its fleet of 21 A330s deployed on higher density regional routes across Asia Pacific.The B737-800s continue to provide domestic and regional connectivity while the airline prepares for delivery of 10 B737 MAX8 in 2020.
December 14, 2018 07:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysia and Singapore, as close neighbours, share maritime boundaries and not all disputes on boundaries have been resolved. March 17, 2002: Singapore's reclamation works are affecting the Johor ports of Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Pelepas, says the Johor Port Authority. Recent eventsOct 25, 2018: Malaysia publishes Federal Government Gazette P.U (B) 587: Declaration of Alteration of Port Limits for Johor Baru Port. Nov 5, 2018: Singapore conveys a Diplomatic Note protesting the extension of the Johor Baru port limits. Dec 10, 2018: Prime Minister Dr Mahathir says Malaysian vessels will stay put in the disputed waters along the Malaysia-Singapore maritime border until the negotiation process on the maritime border between the two countries is settled.
December 14, 2018 07:18 UTC
JOHOR BARU: All government buildings nationwide have been required to get a fire certificate (FC) from the Fire and Rescue Department starting from January, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin“Starting from Jan, 2019, all government building must have the FC because it is already a requirement for privately owned buildings," she said. Zuraida added at a press conference on Friday (Dec 14) that the paperwork pertaining to the matter has been completed and would be presented to Cabinet soon. She also said that the Fire and Rescue Department has already conducted checks on government buildings to help with the enforcement.
December 14, 2018 07:07 UTC
IPOH: Former Gerakan MP Datuk Loo Yeng Peng has joined Parti Amanah Negara. Loo, who was Puchong MP from 2004 to 2008, handed in his application form to join the party three days ago. A former central committee member of Gerakan, Loo left the party in 2013, and did not join another. "People must be wondering why I, as a non-Muslim, am joining Amanah. Loo said non-Muslims should consider joining Amanah because of their objectives its struggles for moderation, openness and integrity.
December 14, 2018 06:11 UTC
IPOH: Parti Amanah Negara has yet to decide if they will accept any former Umno assemblymen or MPs who want to cross over, says Mohamad Sabu (pic). The Amanah president, who is also known as Mat Sabu, said the party had not discussed the matter in detail. "If there are any applications to join the party, we will not only discuss within ourselves, but with the Pakatan Harapan leadership as well," he told reporters after launching the national Amanah convention at a hotel here. Mohamad said that members leaving Umno appeared to be an intelligent move, describing the party as a "sinking ship". "Let all of them leave the party first, then we in Amanah will discuss the matter.
December 14, 2018 06:00 UTC
He also noted the Puspakom centre is located next to Sekolah Pendidikan Khas Setapak and the Setapak Vocational College. "Parents of students face traffic congestion every morning when rows of lorries line up for inspections. Loke said under the plan, a new Puspakom centre would be built located on a 4.45ha site before demolishing the existing one. "The site for the new Puspakom centre must be approved by the ministry, and must be built away from the city. "The developers will also have to build a new JPJ office to replace the existing building as well as workers' quarters," he added.
December 14, 2018 06:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI lost nearly all its gains from the previous session as the rally in global equities fizzled on Friday.China's sales growth, showed to be the weakest since 2003, and slowing industrial growth triggered the selldown as they pointed to further signs of an economic slowdown.At 12.30pm, the FBM KLCI fell 11.25 points to 1,664.75. Turnover was 845 million shares valued at RM563.5mil. There were 470 decliners versus 190 advancers and 273 counters unchanged.The KLCI's top three heavyweights were on the slide. WTI crude slid 19 cents to US$52.39 a barrel while Brent crude dropped 42 cents to US$61.03 a barrel.In currencies, the ringgit fell marginally against the US dollar to 4.1820. It rose 0.3% against the pound sterling to 5.2827 and 0.1% against the Singapore dollar to 3.0475.
December 14, 2018 04:52 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The recent case of a 32-year-old transgender woman being beaten to death has sparked outrage among Malaysians. Many were angered by the murder, adding that that no one had a right to harm or kill others, just because they are different. Just justice", and Yewah Yim added "death penalty is a must." Others said that Malaysia was not ready for the abolishment of the death penalty, especially in the light of cases like this. Echoing the same sentiment, Nageswary Parthiban says: "With the death penalty taken off, we might see more of these cases".
December 14, 2018 04:07 UTC
MIRI: An 11-year-old boy was among 18 people nabbed by Miri police in anti-crime swoop here. They were allegedly responsible for 74 crime cases, said Miri police chief Asst Comm Lim Meng Seah. “We have recovered jewellery, stolen vehicles, including SUVs, two other cars, a motorbike, computers, handphones, electronic items and others, following the arrest of the 18. ACP Lim said the 11-year-old was arrested on Dec 13, following the arrest of an adult man. The arrests mean that Miri police have solved 74 cases of such crimes, he said.
December 14, 2018 03:45 UTC
Passenger Service Charge (PSC), better known as airport tax, is charged on departing passengers by airports. Airlines typically collect airport tax on behalf of airport operators as part of the air fare. On 1 February 2018, MASSB increased the airport tax charged on non-Asean international passengers departing from klia2 to RM73. Raising non-Asean international passengers airport tax to RM73 from RM50 effectively equalised PSC between klia2 and KLIA. AirAsia is not obligated to collect airport tax for MASSB, and we have refused to collect the additional charge from passengers on behalf of MASSB for the following reasons:a.
December 14, 2018 03:37 UTC