GEORGE TOWN: Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications (BNSC) deputy director Datuk Eric See-To has filed a defamation suit against Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng. "He had also not responded to my legal letter of demand previously. His aide accepted the writ on his behalf," See-To said in a statement on Wednesday. He said case management for the case has been fixed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Sept 20. See-To's suit against Lim was in response to Lim's threat to sue him last month for defamation over an alleged report of Lim making "veiled threats" against Penang residents.
August 23, 2017 12:39 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Police are calling for witnesses of a road rage incident along the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban Expressway yesterday, which saw a teenager allegedly run down by a car, to come forward to assist probe. Commenting on the road rage incident that took place in the country lately, Universiti Putra Malaysia’s road safety research centre head, Professor Dr Law Teik Hua said heavy punishment must be imposed on wrongdoers in such incidents that had claimed lives. He said all road users must understand and comply with road traffic regulations and the right of way in different driving situations. “Nevertheless, their own safety is always the highest priority, especially when they encounter road rage. Our society always forgives perpetrators of road rage incidents,” he added.
August 23, 2017 12:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Welson Sim has won the men's 200m freestyle gold medal – and his second of the competition – in style, breaking the SEA Games record in the process. The previous SEA Games record was 1:48.96. Quy Phuoc, the gold medal winner in Singapore two years ago, settled for silver with 1:48.07 while Yeo Kai Quan of Singapore won bronze in 1:48.98. It is the second gold for Sim, who won the 400m freestyle on Monday. See our full coverage of SEA Games 2017
August 23, 2017 12:31 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Rachel Arnold-Andrea Lee lived up to their top billing to win the women's doubles squash gold medal Wednesday. The men's pair of Ng Eain Yow-Mohd Syafiq Kamal followed with another goal after defeating Singapore's Pang Ka Hoe-Timothy Leong 11-3, 11-6 in the men's doubles final. The Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) has set a target of seven gold medals. Mohd Syqfiq Kamal (center) and partner Ng Eain Yow (left) in their men's doubles final against Singapore's Pang Ka Hoe-Timothy Leong. See our full coverage of SEA Games 2017
August 23, 2017 12:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (Aug 23): Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign debate and she wonders if she should have told him to "back up, you creep." The debate came two days after an audiotape emerged in which Trump was heard bragging about groping women. "It was the second presidential debate and Donald Trump was looming behind me. But Clinton questions whether she should have chosen the second option. Clinton says writing the book, due to be released in the coming weeks, "wasn't easy."
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August 23, 2017 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: DRB-Hicom Bhd ’s plan to develop high-end boutique luxury mixed development project in Langkawi’s Rebak Island has hit a snag.The conglomerate, which owns the Rebak Marina Resort on the island, failed to get the Kedah government’s approval to change the status of 134.76ha there to non-Malay Reserve (non-MR).Hence DRB-Hicom’s wholly owned subsidiary Rebak Island Marina Bhd and Northern Gateway Free Zone Sdn Bhd (NGFZ) mutually decided to terminate their land status swap agreement inked in December 2011.The swapping of the land status is an allowed exercise to convert the status of MR land to non-MR land subject to the relevant conditions imposed by the Kedah state government.Rebak Island Marina Bhd had sought to change the designation of 134.76ha that it owned in Rebak Island to non-MR by swapping with the non-MR status of 141.64ha of NGFZ-owned freehold land in Bandar Kota Perdana in Kubang Pasu, Kedah, for a total cash settlement of RM76mil.DRB-Hicom intended to develop a high-end “boutique” luxury mixed developments targeted mainly at the high net worth individuals.According to its announcement to the exchange on Dec 21, 2011, there was then a surge in the exodus of high net worth individuals to the Asean region which had contributed to the success of “boutique” luxury concept projects undertaken in the region, including in Phuket, Koh Samui and Bali.“Malaysia is the only country in the region that does not have the ‘boutique’ luxury concept developments,” the company said.DRB-Hicom had originally expected the proposed land status swap to be completed by the second quarter of 2012.“Approval from the Kedah state authority for the proposed land status swap exercise was not obtained despite several mutual extensions to the approval period whilst the change in the land status is crucial for the development of the Rebak land,” it said.“By undertaking the land status swap agreement termination, Rebak (Island Marina Bhd) would then be able to explore any other possible land status swap with other parties in its pursuit to develop the Rebak land.”
August 23, 2017 11:56 UTC
SEREMBAN: Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan says those accusing him of ordering that a statue of an ancient Indian poet be covered during his visit to a Tamil school here should look at his track record before making baseless allegations. "My administration has done so much for the well-being of the Indian community, which includes gazetting land for Hindu temples in the state. The management of SJKT Ladang Shanghai had also denied that the MB's office had asked the school to cover the statue. Pictures of the covered statue went viral on Monday, with a message claiming that Mohamad's office had ordered this. "The plantation where the school was located previously was owned by a company which mortgaged the land to a bank.
August 23, 2017 11:31 UTC
BELFAST (Reuters) - A legal case against two Ireland rugby internationals accused of raping a woman in Belfast last year began in a Northern Irish court on Wednesday. Ireland flyhalf Paddy Jackson, 25, was charged in Northern Ireland last month with one count of rape and one of sexual assault while Ulster teammate Stuart Olding, 24, faces two counts of rape. Neither man was required to be in the Belfast court for the opening of the case on Wednesday but their lawyers said they strongly denied the accusations and were ready to appear in person whenever required. Neither player will play at club or national level until the court process is concluded, the Irish Rugby Football Union said last month. Jackson has played 25 tests for Ireland, mainly as an understudy to British and Irish Lions flyhalf Johnny Sexton.
August 23, 2017 11:26 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Eight medical assistants will be charged with making false claims amounting RM126, 757.24 on their overtime between January and May last year. The eight – seven men and a woman aged between 26 and 38 - will be charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act at the Special Corruption court here at 9am on Thursday. MACC director Datuk Sazali Salbi said all of them were arrested at their office between 10.20am and 10.35am on Wednesday. He said the suspects who work in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Ophthalmology Department are facing a total of 38 charges under the MACC Act. "Two of them are facing an additional 20 charges under a different section of the same Act," he added.
August 23, 2017 11:24 UTC
(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson has signed a new three-year contract to extend his stay until 2020, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Dawson, who arrived at the Hawthorns from Rochdale in 2010, made 39 appearances last season and has featured in both of West Brom's victories in the league this campaign. "I've always felt very settled here and I'm delighted to have reached this agreement," Dawson said in a statement. "I've watched the club come through a challenging spell and like to feel I have played my part in helping us improve, step by step." West Brom host Stoke City in the league on Sunday.
August 23, 2017 11:03 UTC
(Reuters) - Premier League clubs have broken their own spending record for the transfer window, a sports analyst group said on Wednesday, with more deals expected before business closes next Thursday. Southampton's 15 million pound purchase of Lazio centre back Wesley Hoedt brought the overall spend by England's 20 elite clubs to 1.184.9 billion pounds, the respected website Sporting Intelligence said. The figure exceeded the £1.18 billion pounds the clubs spent in last summer's window. Across the 20 clubs, net spending stands at 565 million pounds, with 619.9 million pounds received. The Spanish club have already paid China's Guangzhou Evergrande 40 million euros for Paulinho and been heavily linked with a move for Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele.
August 23, 2017 11:03 UTC
FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) - Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker was appointed on Wednesday as head of men's tennis in his home country as the German federation (DTB) looks to revive the once hugely popular sport. In his new capacity he will also be consulting Davis Cup players as well as all top German players, as the former powerhouse looks to reduce the gap with strong tennis nations. He won 49 singles titles overall, two Davis Cup crowns and also clinched Olympic doubles gold with Michael Stich at the Barcelona Games in 1992. I love this country and I am happy again to play an important role in German tennis." "My image internationally is different than what is projected in Germany," said Becker, who will continue living in London.
August 23, 2017 10:46 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Authorities here have busted a tour company operated by a Korean dive instructor and three local guides. The Korean is now being investigated for illegally providing tour services while the locals are probed for offering their tour buses and services to the Korean. Ahamad Zaki said that the Korean could be charged under the Tourism Act 1992 for operating a tour business without licence. He said that the licenced tour operators would be investigated for business dealings with unlicenced operators and added that they could face a two-year jail sentence or a fine if found guilty. "MOTAC has the power to revoke their licence and tour bus permits with immediate effect," Ahamad Zaki said, adding this bust is part of their ongoing operations against illegal tour operators statewide.
August 23, 2017 10:25 UTC
"Today, the halal industry under the Malaysia Halal Council has provided 248,508 job opportunities." Mustapa also said the ministry wanted the gross domestic product of the halal industry at 8.7 per cent in 2020, from its current 7.5 per cent. He also paid tribute to the evolution of the halal industry in Malaysia, which kickstarted back in 1974 when the halal certification process was introduced. "Malaysia must aim for local halal products to be high-end not only in terms of quality, but also packaging, branding and marketing strategy. "This was made possible by collaborations from the Malaysia Halal Council, industry players, banking industries, religious authorities and even the scientific community."
August 23, 2017 10:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian men's badminton team are just one tie away from winning their first Sea Games gold medal since 2005 (Manila) when they qualified for the final following a 3-0 win over Singapore here at the Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil. In the first men's singles match, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin had to dig deep before carving out a 19-21, 21-17, 21-10 win over Ryan Ng for Malaysia's first point. Men's doubles Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi, who took to court in the second match, were also dragged to the deciding game before chalking up a 21-10, 20-22, 21-15 win over Terry Hee-Loh Kean Hean. Soong Joo Ven was once again the hero when he clawed back from a game down to see off Loh Kean Yew 9-21, 21-16, 21-18Malaysia will play the winner of the match between Thailand and Indonesia in the final on Thursday.
August 23, 2017 10:07 UTC