There are only three Opposition members in the state assembly, whose performances can only be termed as decent at best so far. After witnessing the state assembly proceedings last year, I sorely miss the experience of Umno’s seasoned politicians. Former Opposition Leader Datuk Jahara Hamid or ex-Bertam assemblyman Shariful Azhar Othman would have kept Pakatan Harapan exco members on their toes. This is the kind of debate which must happen at the assembly, where government backbenchers must have their voices heard and continuously fight for their constituents. Chow, in an interview with The Star, once said that in a healthy democracy, when there is a weak Opposition, backbenchers play a more active role in scrutinising government policy.
April 23, 2019 01:30 UTC
THE Sogo Members’ Day sale is back from April 26 to 27. There are discounts of up to 80% storewide and members will get additional reward points when they spend a minimum of RM1,500 in a single receipt. Members will be further rewarded with a RM20 coupon with every purchase of RM200 on cosmetics and/or fragrances. With the purchase-with-purchase deal, get a three-piece rectangular glass container set at RM15.90 with a minimum spend of RM150 or redeem with 2,400 Sogo reward points. New members will receive a reusable bag upon registration and activation of e-card.
April 23, 2019 01:18 UTC
“I have an autistic child and I can understand the challenges faced by parents with autistic children,” Khairul said. Kantin Komuniti is already attracting a lot of interest, with many signing up as volunteers and part-timers. Another special needs person, Tariq Fredericks, 18, who spends his spare time painting, will be joining the community canteen soon. Kantin Komuniti is open from 11am to 6pm daily and ASD part-time workers are there from 11am to 3pm. Headstart Academy and Kantin Komuniti was launched by Pekawanis president Masdiana Muhamad, the wife of Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.
April 23, 2019 01:18 UTC
When the Vietnamese woman refused to have sex with him, Chew Teng Wee robbed and raped her at knifepoint. As his mother slept in her room, Chew took the sex worker to his room. Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Gail Wong sought 15 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane, arguing that there was some premeditation. The DPP noted that Chew took a "needlessly convoluted route" to his flat to prevent the woman from being able to identify his flat. He said Chew took a longer route to his flat because he did not want his neighbours to know that he was bringing a prostitute home.
April 23, 2019 00:45 UTC
East Rail Line services in Hong Kong were disrupted on Monday evening after a man was hit by a train at Tai Wai station and died. An MTR Corporation spokesman said security camera footage from the station appeared to indicate the man had jumped onto the tracks as a train approached. Services between Kowloon Tong and Sha Tin were suspended during an investigation, but the spokesman said they would return to normal around midnight. The service between Hung Hom and Kowloon Tong stations had been reduced to every other 10 minutes, as had the service between Sha Tin and Lo Wu. The MTR Corp was running a free shuttle bus service between Kowloon Tong and Sha Tin stations, and travellers had earlier been advised to use alternative means of transport.
April 23, 2019 00:33 UTC
Compiled by ALLISON LAI, MEI MEI CHU and R. ARAVINTHANA WOMAN who was driving using her husband’s licence told the police officer that she had a sex change when she was stopped at a roadblock, reported China Press. From top to bottom,” she reportedly told the officer. Feeling something amiss, the officer asked whether her voice also went through a “complete transformation”, much to her embarrassment. He said he would not be using the garlic in his cooking but would keep it instead. Tan helped raise her tuition fees, paid for her living expenses and also sponsored her sisters.
April 23, 2019 00:22 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Two expert witnesses testifying in the inquest into the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim claim they have been threatened. "Both lodged the report around 9.30pm at the Subang Jaya police station. He added, however, that there will be no further information on the case as the inquest is still underway. On Monday, the issue of recalling an expert witness to testify in the inquest became a bone of contention during the proceedings. Inquest conducting officer Faten Hadni Khairuddin, in her argument, urged the court to consider an application to recall the 24th witness, HKL forensic expert Dr Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, 40, who carried out a post-mortem on the firefighter.
April 23, 2019 00:20 UTC
The experience made him determined to do his part to end bullying, which is why he has returned as a #StandTogether Kindness Ambassador, supporting the National Kindness Week campaign for a second year running. WATCH: #StandTogether Kindness Ambassador Jinnyboy visits SK Jalan Empat for National Kindness WeekNot only is he using his influence to spread kindness, he also went on-ground to visit SK Jalan Empat as part of the #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign, where he managed to learn more about the school’s kindness project, which included a “Kindness Chain” and “Kindness Checklists”. What is your message to the young Malaysians who participated in National Kindness Week? The #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign will culminate in a free Kindness Concert on May 4 at Setia City Convention Centre 2. WATCH: Jinnyboy invites YOU to the #StandTogether Kindness Concert this May 4!
April 23, 2019 00:11 UTC
“It’s crucial that the ministry addresses this matter soon as more contract HOs are quickly becoming floating MOs,” he said in an interview. The ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Chen Chaw Min told The Star then that there were 1,219 contract HOs from Dec 1, 2016 to January 2017. He also asked if he would be breaching the contract if he did not get a permanent MO post. “As such, the officers are responsible for carrying out their duties as MOs and qualified for allowance that permanent MOs get,” he said. “The posting of all officers involved will be made known with the decision on whether they get permanent or contract posts.
April 23, 2019 00:11 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Unable to stand or walk on his own, Oi Chin Xiang, 19, certainly “stood” tall during the state STPM Excellent Award for 2018. I hope to become an accountant.”Chin Xiang was among 42 STPM top scorers who received the award at The Top Ballroom in Komtar recently. The state government gave RM125,500 to SPM students and RM62,000 to STPM students. Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the state government was proud to present the incentives to the top scorers. “We hope the awards can inspire students and boost the image of the state by bringing these top scorers closer to the Penang 2030 vision,” he said.
April 23, 2019 00:00 UTC
SINGAPORE: Oil rose to the highest level in almost six months as the US government was said to eliminate sanction waivers that allowed buyers to import Iranian crude. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver the decision that no waivers from sanctions will be renewed to importers of Iranian oil, according to four people familiar with the matter. The US will also announce offsets through commitments from other suppliers such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “Prices are rallying as expectations are growing that global supply will be immediately curtailed with the US said to be scrapping its Iran oil waivers,” said Kim Kwangrae, a commodities analyst at Samsung Futures Inc. in Seoul. Meanwhile, Samsung Futures’ Kim said that further gains in oil prices would hinge on Russia’s stance on the output-reduction pact.
April 22, 2019 23:37 UTC
BEIJING: China’s cash-strapped companies are going to new lengths to raise money from the booming stock market, even if it comes at a cost to existing shareholders. Chinese companies face restrictions on how much, how often and at what price they can sell new shares through private placements, the hitherto most popular method to raise money via the equity market. The curbs on private placement were put in place in 2017, when new listings were picking up pace, alarming regulators that they may drag down the stock market by adding supply. The Shanghai Composite Index has risen more than 30% this year through last Friday, the best-performing stock market in the world. Some analysts warn the issuance could be a temporary drag on the equity market.
April 22, 2019 23:37 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The cap on the price of RON95 petrol may be removed once the government subsidy, which is expected to be limited to recipients of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH), comes into effect. In February, the government announced that the price of RON95 petrol would be capped at RM2.08 for all users regardless of any increase in global oil prices. “We could remove the cap once the targeted subsidies come into effect, or we could maintain it. It was reported that the government was looking at introducing a targeted petrol subsidy to benefit BSH recipients, and banking in money directly into the accounts of those eligible each month. “The savings we get from this more efficient form of disbursement can be used to enable more Malaysians to enjoy the petrol subsidy – particularly the M40 group (middle 40%).
April 22, 2019 23:26 UTC
The four academics, Mohamed Arshad said, should debate openly about their stand on the matter and defend their academic integrity and accountability. “Patriot is proud to endorse the April 27 public forum Malaysia & Rome Statute,” he said. It was established in 2002 and is governed by the Rome Statute. The ICC’s powers are limited to only those four crimes – genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression – and it only prosecutes individuals, not groups or countries. As of March 18, 122 countries have been signatories to the Rome Statute.
April 22, 2019 23:26 UTC
Syed Azmi, who is also a past award winner, said he was honoured to be part of the panel. Star Golden Hearts Award aims to honour those who have dedicated their time and efforts to helping the underprivileged. Nominations are open to Malaysian individuals or groups, who carry out selfless acts or long-term initiatives to help others, irrespective of race, religion or background. Star Golden Hearts Award is among some of the key initiatives by Star Foundation, the group’s charitable arm. Related story:Golden Hearts Award to have new logo and three new judges
April 22, 2019 23:15 UTC