Kuok has played a pivotal role in our young nation's journey and his words will contribute to the study of modern Malaysian history. However, I must caution that autobiographies are more of a "his-story" than history because the "facts" come from an individual perspective and are rarely unbiased. It is wiser to have a stake in the nation's progress and development and grow in tandem with the country. So while some may laud someone's "his-story" over actual history, it is fundamental to appreciate how the nation was founded and the challenges we faced. Only then can a true and meaningful study of history take place, and only then we will not repeat the mistakes of the past.
December 15, 2017 03:30 UTC
IPOH: A woman was sentenced to jail and fined by a magistrate's court here after being found guilty of deliberately uttering words that insulted the Islamic faith at a mosque last year. Tham Yut Mooi (pic), 46, was accused of uttering the insulting words at Masjid Abu Ubaidah in Taman Perpaduan, Ulu Kinta here at about 5.30pm on May 4, 2016. The housewife and mother of two, who was slapped with three charges, was sentenced to six months' jail and fined RM5,000 for each charge under Section 298 of the Penal Code. Magistrate Siti Hanum Md Sah ruled that Tham would serve the jail sentences concurrently from Friday (Dec 15). The court also allowed defence counsel Chiang Woei Chien's application for a stay of execution pending appeal, imposing a RM5,000 bail with one surety while ordering Tham's passport to be impounded.
December 15, 2017 03:22 UTC
“Some people may say that complaints are not good, but we view complaints from a different perspective. “What we have realised is that, there will always be recycled (fake) news or content – at least four times a month,” he said. Up to last month, Zulkarnain said, three cases of fake news had been brought to court. He also said MCMC was bracing for an increase in complaints of fake news and content next year due to the upcoming election. Other complaints were on false content, including online impersonation and fake news (1,203), obscene content or posts (783), indecent content and posts (77), and menacing content or posts (10), he said.
December 15, 2017 03:11 UTC
A COBBLER has been reunited with his three-year-old daughter a week after she was taken by his Vietnamese wife. Loh Mun Kit, 39, said his daughter, Xin Yue, was found together with her mother Nguyen Thi Xuyen, 36, in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 1. Mun Kit’s daughter was reported to have been taken away by his Vietnamese wife on Nov 24. The incident is said to have happened after an argument and between Mun Kit and Nguyen. Mun Kit said he is relieved now that his daughter is back by his side.
December 15, 2017 03:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit extended Thursday's gains to be higher against the US dollar early Friday, boosted by strong sentiment towards the local currency, dealers said. A dealer said the demand for the ringgit has strengthened following the positive outlook from international rating agencies and research houses, projecting Malaysia's economy to end 2017 on a firm note and forecasting a stronger 2018. Meanwhile, Moody's Investors Service projected Malaysia would be able to maintain its strong growth trend with the economy's long-term potential growth to stay robust at around five per cent, significantly stronger than most other A-rated sovereigns. It said Malaysia's fiscal deficit would narrow from 2.8 per cent of GDP in 2018, as and when strong nominal GDP growth boost revenue. “These positive outlook help spur risks appetite for the ringgit making it among Asian currencies biggest gainer,” a dealer told Bernama.
December 15, 2017 02:58 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Circle International Holdings has made its debut on the National Stock Exchange of Australia with 180 million shares issued at 31.5 Australian cents (97 sen) apieceIt joins other Malaysian companies on Australia's second largest listing market, including E-Plus Ltd, an events management company that listed in January this year.According to its press release, Circle International is a new media technology company with a strong base in China and Chinese-speaking markets across the region.Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, more than 50% of the group's revenue is derived from international sales from mobile and digital media channels from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.Its principal business activities are its Business Circle mobile app, a Chinese language digital business publication in China and Asean; and the Worldwide Excellence Awards, which recognises elites from different industries.Moving forward, the group plans to focus on "predictive advertising" including expanding into artificial intelligence to grow revenue and venturing into fintech.
December 15, 2017 02:58 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and 69 other World Trade Organisation (WTO) members aim to advance electronic commerce work to enhance the benefits of electronic commerce for businesses and consumers internationally. “Malaysia views the work programme in WTO as an important impetus to facilitate further integration of small businesses into the global trading system,” MITI said in a statement. MITI said the group will initiate exploratory work towards future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce. Participation shall be open to all WTO Members and will be without prejudice to participants’ position in future negotiations, it added. MITI said electronic commerce can help lower barriers to entry and operating costs for businesses, particularly Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
December 15, 2017 02:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have the highest level of job satisfaction at 67 per cent as compared to their regional counterparts in Singapore (64 per cent) and Hong Kong (50 per cent), according to the latest Asia Pacific Employee Pulse Study by Qualtrics. The survey said employees clocking in more hours at work were least likely to leave their jobs, despite experiencing significant amounts of stress. “Contrary to popular beliefs, long working hours do not necessarily contribute to high employee turnover rates in Malaysia,” it said. In addition, only 11 percent of employees in the finance sector are at risk of leaving their jobs despite the long working hours (37 percent). A deep dive into the employment landscape further reveals that most Malaysia employees remain highly positive despite the stressful work environment.
December 15, 2017 02:37 UTC
IT is that time of year again when we look back on what the year about to pass had been like and, more importantly, look forward to what the year ahead holds. But 2018 should prove to be even more so. To be sure, there has always been room for improvement and that remains probably even truer with the formal attaining of high-income nation status. What about populist political grandstanding? email@example.comThe writer views developments in the nation, the region and the wider world from his vantage point in Kuching, Sarawak
A RECENT visitor to Manukan Island is upset that visitors still feed the fish around the popular islands within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She claimed she even advised the visitors not to feed the fish but her words fell on deaf ears. “I also don’t see Sabah Parks’ staff patrolling the beach to monitor visitors’ activities or to warn them against any wrongdoing,” she said. Sabah Parks manages six marine parks —TARP, Pulau Tiga Park, Turtle Islands Park, Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Sipadan Island Park and Tun Mustapha Park. “We don’t want to take punitive action against the visitors because they may not be aware of the ban.
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 DEC 2017 - Shopee, an e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, recorded 2.5 million orders across the region within 24 hours on December 12, a five-fold increase compared to last year’s performance. In Malaysia, more than 500,000 items were sold as shoppers snapped up massive promotions across six million products, as part of the Shopee Birthday Sale celebrations. “The 12.12 Mega Deals, Shocking Sale flash deals, and Upsized Mall Highlights, that were pushed out as part of Shopee’s birthday celebration were all extremely well received. |We are excited to have partnered leading brands including PETRONAS, Digi, Havaianas and MR. DIY to make this year’s Birthday Sale a success. To qualify, users will need to spend a minimum of RM100 and make payment via FPX online banking.
INTERNATIONAL law is power politics. Those were the unforgettable words of my lecturer in public international law, delivered in late 1969. The Security Council also declared that Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem was in violation of international law. French president Emmanuel Macron rejected Trump’s decision, stating that the final status of Jerusalem must be settled by peaceful negotiation. A truly sad day for international law.
December 15, 2017 02:17 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit extended yesterday’s gains to open higher against the US dollar today. At 9am, the local unit stood at 4.0760/0800 from 4.0830/0860 at yesterday’s close. Against other major currencies, the ringgit was traded mostly higher. It rose against the Singapore dollar to 3.0276/0321 from 3.0294/0321 on Thursday, strengthened versus the British pound to 5.4769/4835 from 5.4929/4985, and appreciated against the euro to 4.8040/8091 from 4.8253/8305 yesterday. However, the local note depreciated against the yen to 3.6286/6328 from yesterday’s close of 3.6200/6233.
December 15, 2017 02:15 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Market conditions in Malaysia are still “Good Enough” to warrant continued investments in the local bourse, said PublicInvest Research.The research house said on Friday that while foreign investors may be less of a factor in the coming year, this may be inconsequential given the ample domestic liquidity.It said the country’s finances were not “in too bad of a shape” particularly with crude oil prices hovering steadily above the US$55 per barrel mark, a boon to national income and investment sentiment.“External trade is improving steadily, with GDP growth expected to remain above the 5% level next year.“While the ringgit has strengthened sharply in recent months, we think there is still some room to improve, albeit muted and not in the manner seen in 2017,” it said in its market strategy report.The research house noted that Malaysia had emerged relatively unscathed from several debilitating headwinds such as Brexit and the global commodity price collapse, thanks to its resilient fundamentals.“With a projected growth rate of 5.2% in 2018, Malaysia, by all accounts, may become the second fastest growing economy in the region, behind only the Philippines.“Although the downside risks to growth are muted but we remain cautious as the external environment is still sensitive to variety of factors, amongst which are geopolitical negativities,” it said.Being an open economy, the research house noted that Malaysia would still be at risk.PublicInvest Research remains Overweight on the Oil and Gas and Construction sectors for the on-going positive news flows and probable earnings uplifts, and the broad-based Manufacturing sector for demand growth on account of strong global trade.For stocks, it likes AMMB Holdings , Hibiscus Petroleum, SKP Resources, Chin Hin Group , Mega First Corporation, N2N Connect, Yong Tai and TRC Synergy.
December 15, 2017 02:15 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday on the back of a record 15 successive Premier League wins, and on the basis of their visitors’ recent away form, a 16th victory appears to be the likely outcome. Since he took over as manager in 2014, they have won only one of 17 away matches against Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s team have won seven home league matches in succession and haven’t been beaten at the Etihad Stadium in the league since Chelsea claimed a 3-1 league win on Dec. 3, 2016. Should Tottenham get a positive result on Saturday, second-placed Manchester United will have the chance to cut the gap at the top when they visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Third-place Chelsea sit 14 points adrift of City and host Southampton on Saturday, while fifth-placed Liverpool travel to Bournemouth on Sunday.
December 15, 2017 02:03 UTC