KUALA LUMPUR: Investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors for the first three quarters fell by 26.5 per cent compared to a year ago to RM113.5 billion. Six principal hub projects valued at RM1.5 billion have been approved in the third quarter of 2017 after the completion of the policy review for this scheme in July 2017. “ We expect more investments to be approved under this scheme. The majority of these investments are in the machinery & metal products, chemicals, global establishment as well as green technology industries. Some of these investments are expected to be approved in the next six months, he added.
December 15, 2017 06:11 UTC
IPOH: The first phase of the non-profit health insurance scheme will cover foreign workers, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam (pic) said. He said the scheme, to be launched next year, will target these workers first as it was mandatory for them to have healthcare insurance. “The next phase, we will go for other groups, and slowly we will grow at a pace that we are comfortable with to ensure the success of the initiative,” he told reporters after the ground-breaking ceremony for SJK(T) Gunung Rapat. Dr Subramaniam had said in May that the scheme was aimed at ensuring that the cost of private medical treatment in the country is reasonable and affordable. He said that the Cabinet had approved the scheme and preparations were ongoing.
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Zaid Ibrahim (pic) has failed in his bid to review the Chief Justice's refusal to recuse himself from a case involving the Attorney-General's (A-G) closing of an investigation. A Federal Court panel led by Court of Appeal president Justice Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin dismissed the application, ruling that it did not fall within the principles and scope of Rule 137 of the Federal Court Rules 1995. The court also dismissed a similar application filed by former Umno leader Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan. On Jan 26 last year, the A-G directed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close investigations into the case. Zaid was represented by Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram and Khairudin by Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, while Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Amarjeet Singh acted for the A-G's Chambers.
WELLINGTON: Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson on Friday accused Harvey Weinstein of orchestrating a smear campaign decades ago against actresses who have since come forward to accuse the disgraced producer of sexual harassment. Both actresses were among the first to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Jackson said in the late 1990s Judd and Sorvino were in the running for roles in his Tolkien blockbuster before Weinstein’s Miramax Films stepped in. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. “My experience, when Miramax controlled the ‘Lord of the Rings’, was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies,” said Jackson.
December 15, 2017 06:11 UTC
(Reuters) - Premier League leaders Manchester City are on a "frightening" run of form but Tottenham Hotspur are looking forward to the challenge of halting their record-breaking 15-game winning streak, Spurs defender Danny Rose has said. City have opened up an 11-point lead, while Tottenham, in fourth, trail them by 18 points. "They do look very frightening - scoring goals and they've kept a clean sheet against Swansea. "We were the first ones to beat City last season and we disrupted Chelsea's unbeaten run. Since Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager in 2014, Spurs have won only one of 17 away matches against Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.
PETALING JAYA: A non-governmental organisation has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate news portal The Malaysian Insight (TMI), alleging that there are irregularities in terms of its funding. Azwanddin was speaking in reference to allegations that RM3mil was given to TMI with no proper transaction records indicating where the money came from. “We received a complaint from Myaduan Rasuah and also obtained a few documents which we believe were authentic and given by a source in TMI,” he said. Azwanddin alleged that the news portal published articles that undermined the Government, defamed the Prime Minister, and threatened the nation's economy. Faridah is Jahabar's sister and the wife of Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.
IPOH: A housewife was sentenced to six months prison and RM15,000 fine by the Magistrate’s Court here today after being found guilty of three counts of insulting Prophet Muhammad in May last year. The accused, Tham Yut Mooi, 46, was charged with insulting the Prophet at 5.30pm on May 4 last year in the prayer hall of Abu Ubaidah mosque, Jalan Perpaduan in Taman Perpaduan Ulu Kinta here. She was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad and was overheard by three individuals, Abdul Rahim Mat Diah, 53, Mohd Yunos Harun, 73 and Mohd Halim Buyong, 44, believed to be done to insult them. The prosecution was carried out by deputy public prosecutor Fadhli Ab Wahab while the accused was represented by lawyer WC Chiang. The court requested for the sentence to run simultaneously on the day of charge, and Tham faces an additional three more months in prison if she fails to pay the fine.
December 15, 2017 05:48 UTC
Prince Harry’s fiancee creates a global frenzy for the bag she carried during her first official visit. ON December 1st, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their first official visit together since announcing their engagement, attending a World AIDS Day event at the Terrence Higgins Trust in Nottingham. Markle chose to carry a Strathberry Midi Tote Tri Colour - Burgundy/Navy/Vanilla. As a result of the publicity that followed, Strathberry saw web traffic to Strathberry.com increase by 5,000 per cent Owing to this level of interest, Strathberry relaunched production the following week. Integral to the Strathberry ethos is a passion for quality craftsmanship and each bag can take up to 20 hours to make.
December 15, 2017 05:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Syamsul Yusof is popular, not only for on-screen performances, but also for his work behind the camera. "No, I'm not the director this time - that's Kamal G," said Syamsul in a recent interview with mStar Online. However, the 33-year-old actor admitted he also advised Kamal, and they frequently shared ideas about the storyline and action scenes of Makrifat Cinta, which was filmed late last year. As a result, he sought my opinions on improving the script and action scenes - this, perhaps, explains why some people think it's a Skop project!" Makrifat Cinta is Kamal's first film and it was shot in a month around the Klang Valley.
December 15, 2017 05:26 UTC
KUALA SELANGOR: Police have arrested a 38-year-old factory worker in connection with the case in which an elderly couple and their two grandsons were allegedly slashed to death and set on fire at their home in Tanjong Sepat. Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the man was arrested at around 1am on Friday. “The suspect is believed to be the boyfriend of the daughter of the deceased elderly victims,” he said. Police have said they were investigating if a suspect known to the four victims carried out the murder-arson. Related stories:DNA tests done for murder-arson caseTanjong Sepat murder-arson: Cops probe if victims knew suspectFire deaths turn out to be murder-arson
December 15, 2017 05:02 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: EcoWorld International Bhd (EWI) recorded a strong sales growth, with cumulative sales achieved as at Oct 31, 2017 rising to RM7.71bil and for the new financial year, it is targetting RM2bil sales, excluding sales from its new joint venture with Be Living.Announcing its results and outlook on Friday, EWI said the RM7.71bil cumulative sales were RM2.42bill higher than the cumulative sales as at Oct 31, 2016 of RM5.29bil. The group’s share of unbilled sales increased by RM1.68bil to RM5.85bil as at Oct 31, 2017.During the financial year under review, the group achieved RM2bil sales with its projects in London contributing RM1.69bil while those in Australia generated RM315mil.EWI said sales in the UK were steady with continuing interest in all three ongoing projects despite Brexit uncertainties.The group’s various local and international roadshows to promote these projects enabled the group to record sales of RM309mil in the fourth quarter of FY17, indicating the underlying strength of the London residential market.However, in Australia, sales were lower than expected which contributed towards the group's FY17 sales falling below the target of RM2.5bil.EWI explained this was largely because local Australian home buyers, who are the main target customers for the Yarra One project, tend to buy closer to Melbourne’s most sought-after suburbs.“Nevertheless, given the positive response the development has received and its location in one of confident that sales will pick-up as construction works progress. The attractive stamp duty incentives recently introduced by the state government to assist local home buyers, which took effect from July 1, 2017, will also help boost local sales.On the outlook for FY18, EWI targets to achieve RM2bil sales (excluding sales from its new joint venture with Be Living).It said that upon completion of the acquisition of its 70% equity stake in Be Living’s residential development business and the new project in Macquarie Park, the group will have nine projects in the UK (with the possibility of adding on another six sites from the Be Living Stage 2 acquisitions) and three projects in Australia.“This augurs well for its future growth prospects and the long-term viability of its business model as an international developer with a strong local presence in each of its target markets,” it said.
December 15, 2017 04:42 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Despite (or perhaps due to) being banned for a while by local authorities from receiving airtime on several local radio stations, Luis Fonci Despacito (featuring Daddy Yankee) tops the list of most-watched music videos on YouTube in Malaysia this year. The second most-viewed music video is the official video for Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You. At fifth place is another Malaysian band, Floor 88, for the official music video of its hit Zalikha. Armada’s Asal Kau Bahagia’s official lyric video came in next. 9 and Ismail Izzani’s official music video with lyric for Sabar rounds it up at No.
December 15, 2017 04:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia has enhanced order types and validity trading features to enable investors to manage orders as well as refine trading and risk management strategies with greater flexibility. Chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tajuddin Atan said the introduction of new and enhanced trading features is aligned to the growing sophistication of market participants. As Bursa Malaysia becomes one of the leading centers for trading in the region, the exchange will continue to extract further value from its trading engine to broaden trading opportunities for market participants, he added. The enhanced feature, on the other hand, includes Stop Market and Stop Limit which allows investors to submit these order types with pairing of Day, Good-Till-Date or Good-Till-Cancel validity. These enhancements also allow Stop Orders to be submitted during Pre-Opening and Pre-Closing phases.
December 15, 2017 04:18 UTC
SHAH ALAM: Two suspected snatch thieves were nabbed by civilians who witnessed the attempted crime at a bus-stop here. Police took down a statement from one witness, the man who handed the suspects over. “The injured suspect was also found in a drunken state and was later brought to Hospital Shah Alam for treatment,” ACP Shafien said. His accomplice was brought to the Shah Alam police district headquarters for questioning. “We are trying to trace the victim as she has yet to make a police report,” ACP Shafien.
December 15, 2017 04:18 UTC
NEW YORK: The New York Knicks lost star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a left knee injury in the second half, but held on for a 111-104 NBA victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday. Courtney Lee scored a season-high 27 points for the Knicks, who notched a third straight win. Michael Beasley, who replaced Porzingis, added 15 points, while Turkish center Enes Kanter contributed 13 and nine rebounds. The Knicks were already without their second-leading scorer Tim Hardaway Jr., who missed his seventh straight game with a stress injury in his lower left leg. It’s a stress injury so you can’t really rush anything.
December 15, 2017 03:33 UTC