RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is “decent and respectful“, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. “The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of sharia (Islamic law): that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men,” Prince Mohammed said in an interview with CBS television aired late on Sunday. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says women should be allowed to choose if they want to wear abaya or other clothing, as long as it is decent and respectful. Saudi women have started wearing more colourful abayas in recent years, the light blues and pinks in stark contrast with the traditional black. Last week, a U.N. rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia to end discriminatory practices against women including male guardianship, and give them full access to justice.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is investigating claims that Jho Low (pic) holds dual citizenship.The Ministry said the National Registration Department (NRD) has opened a file on the Malaysian-born businessman, whose full name is Low Taek Jho. "However, there has been no evidence submitted with the complaint sent to NRD, to justify any action against Low under Article 24 of the Federal Constitution (which deals with removal of citizenship when a Malaysian gets or exercises rights of foreign citizenship)," said the Home Ministry in a written reply to a question in Parliament from Ng Wei Aik (DAP-Tanjong) on Monday. "Therefore, the NRD has submitted an application to validate the citizenship status of the subject (Low) with the country concerned, and will carry out action according procedures as soon as evidence is obtained. "Ng had asked in Parliament about the investigation status and action taken on complaints raised on June 21 last year on Low's dual citizenship.
March 19, 2018 12:22 UTC
MANCHESTER: Manchester United triggered a one-year contract extension clause on Monday to retain the services of utility man Ashley Young until 2019. The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire this summer, but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months. Young, who joined United back in 2011 from Aston Villa, has rejuvenated his career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho as the former winger has made the vast majority of his 30 appearances this season at left full-back. Indeed so impressive has Young’s form been that he has been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies later this month against the Netherlands and Italy.--AFP
MANILA: The Philippines took a step on Monday towards making divorce legal with the lower house of Congress passing a law allowing people to dissolve marriages, despite opposition from the president and bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country. The Philippines, which has the largest Catholic population in Asia, and the Vatican are the only two states in the world without a divorce law, Philippine politicians say. Duterte, who is legally separated from his wife, opposes making divorce legal. His spokesman Harry Roque, who told reporters Duterte was concerned about the welfare of children whose parents divorce. Last year, a survey on divorce by independent pollster Social Weather Stations found that 53 percent of the population were in favour of legalising it.--REUTERS
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s richest woman Pollyanna Chu has seen more than half of her wealth wiped out in the last three months after warnings from regulators about her company led to stock plunges. Monday’s crash comes on the heels of a steeper slide since January after Hong Kong’s securities regulator warned the company’s shares were too concentrated in a small number of shareholders and that prices could fluctuate substantially. The stock has become the worst performer on index compiler MSCI Inc’s gauge in Asia this year, Bloomberg News reported. Chu, whose father Lee Wai-man is a veteran in Macau’s casino industry, was named Hong Kong’s richest woman by Forbes in 2017, with her fortune estimated at almost US$12 billion at the start of this year. Chu recently became part of a record US$5.2 billion deal to acquire a Hong Kong landmark skyscraper previously owned by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, according to reports by Bloomberg News and the South China Morning Post.--AFP
March 19, 2018 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has advised voters to check their polling details at least one week before polling day of the 14th General Election (GE14). It Election Academy strategic management programme head Khadijah Ishak said the move is to avoid any problems with their polling stations. She said the EC had checklists at the polling stations, but voters could only check on their polling streams, not the electoral rolls. “The main objective of the campaign is to increase public awareness of the importance of voting and to obtain the target of 85% voter turnout in GE14,” she said. As of the fourth quarter of 2017, the EC recorded 14,968,304 registered voters.
March 19, 2018 12:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A win over Mongolia on Thursday in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil is very important for the national team. For national coach Tan Cheng Hoe, he believes his team will rise and end the winless drought. National coach Tan Cheng Hoe, he believes his team will rise and end the winless drought. Everyone will give their best in the match,” said Cheng Hoe at Wisma FAM on Monday. After Mongolia, Cheng Hoe’s side will fly to Beirut to face Lebanon in their final Asian Cup qualifying Group B match on March 27.
March 19, 2018 12:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Former national doubles star, Datuk Seri Jalani Sidek has reiterated that no coach in the world can miraculously turn Malaysian badminton around. “Hire the best coach in the world, and I can tell you that nothing will change. Former national doubles star, Datuk Seri Jalani Sidek has reiterated that no coach in the world can miraculously turn Malaysian badminton around. "Norza has done his part, it's up to the players to do theirs, and to put Malaysia back on the world map," added Jalani. “I believe it is because of the players' hard work and determination.
March 19, 2018 11:48 UTC
TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and the two leaders agreed to work together to help achieve North Korea’s denuclearisation, the foreign ministry said. Abe expressed congratulations in telephone talks after Putin cruised to victory in Russia’s presidential election, giving him at least another six years in power. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after the latter was re-elected as the country President. Referring to the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, Abe told Putin that the use of chemical weapons was not acceptable. Putin’s reaction to the remarks was not available in the statement but he has denied involvement in the poisoning.--AFP
March 19, 2018 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A cleaning lady was stabbed in the chest by her son for trying to get him to take his medication. The 33-year-old suspect suffers from mental health issues and had been off medication for at least three days prior to the attack. "We received a call that the woman had been stabbed at her home at Jalan Batu Bata, off Jalan Tun Razak," he said. "The suspect also had a stab wound, believed to be self inflicted," he said, adding that both suspect and victim were receiving treatment at Hospital Kuala Lumpur. ACP Shaharuddin said checks revealed the suspect was receiving treatment for mental health issues.
March 19, 2018 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Boustead Holdings Bhd has reached settlement agreements with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and several other parties over the early termination of its subsidiary's contract to supply five helicopters.Boustead annnounced on Monday aside from Petronas Carigali, the other parties which it had reached the settlements were the joint operators -- ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc (ExxonMobil), EnQuest Petroleum Production Malaysia Ltd, as well as Sapura Exploration and Production (PM) Inc.“This follows the commencement of arbitration proceedings by the group’s subsidiary, MHS Aviation Berhad (MHS) against Petronas Carigali and the subsequent early termination of MHS’ contract to provide five EC225 helicopters for the joint operators’ use.“In view of this mutual decision by all parties involved, MHS will withdraw its arbitration proceedings against Petronas Carigali, upon full payment of the settlement,” it said.Boustead Holdings deputy chairman/group managing director Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin said: “We are glad that this matter has come to a satisfactory conclusion. The constructive negotiations with Petronas and others have resulted in a fair settlement for MHS.”Lodin pointed out that since these negotiations have been satisfactorily resolved: “Our focus will now turn towards leveraging new opportunities, both within and beyond the oil and gas sector”.He said MHS remained one of Malaysia’s helicopter charter services providers with an excellent track record in safety standards.“We are confident that this places us in a strong position for new growth,” he added.
March 19, 2018 11:37 UTC
RIYADH (Reuters) - Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is "decent and respectful", the kingdom's reform-minded crown prince said. The decision is entirely left for women to decide what type of decent and respectful attire she chooses to wear." A senior cleric said last month that women should dress modestly, but this did not necessitate wearing the abaya. It remains unclear if these statements signal a change in the enforcement of women's dress code in the kingdom. Saudi women have started wearing more colourful abayas in recent years, the light blues and pinks in stark contrast with the traditional black.
March 19, 2018 11:15 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Claims of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 wreckage parts riddled with ‘bullet holes’ are baseless. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai in rejecting the allegations, said the government had been cooperating with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concerning findings of the Boeing 777-200ER's wreckage parts since its disappearance on March 8, 2014. Liow said the claim which stated the plane's wreckage parts were found full with bullet holes in a discovery made by using Google Earth and National Aeronautics and Space Administration's images. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai says the government had been cooperating with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) concerning findings of the Boeing 777-200ER's wreckage parts since its disappearance on March 8, 2014. ATSB in response said the images used by McMahon were captured four years before MH370 went missing.
March 19, 2018 10:52 UTC
HONG KONG: Standard Chartered Plc units were fined S$6.4mil (US$4.9mil) for failing to meet Singapore’s anti-money laundering requirements, less than two years after it was punished for a similar breach in the city-state.The lender’s Singapore branch was ordered to pay S$5.2mil and its local trust unit was fined S$1.2mil by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The breaches occurred when certain trust accounts were transferred from Guernsey to Singapore from December 2015 to January 2016, the MAS said in a statement on Monday.The regulator found that risk management and controls in relation to the transfers were “unsatisfactory.” The timing raised questions over whether the clients were attempting to avoid their reporting obligations, the MAS said.Regulators in Europe and Asia have been investigating the role that Standard Chartered staff may have played in transferring US$1.4bil of private bank client assets from Guernsey to Singapore before new tax transparency rules were introduced, Bloomberg reported in October.‘Fell short’“We regret that we fell short of our own standards in adequately mitigating the risks involving some clients who might have attempted to avoid reporting obligations under the Common Reporting Standard by transferring their trusteeships,” Standard Chartered said in an emailed statement.Chief Executive Officer Bill Winters has been struggling to resolve misconduct issues during his three-year tenure at the Asia-focused lender, some of which predate his appointment.Standard Chartered received a similar penalty in Singapore in December 2016, when it was fined S$5.2mil for anti-money laundering lapses relating to 1Malaysia Development Bhd.“We self-identified this issue,” Winters said when asked about the Guernsey matter at a news briefing in Hong Kong, speaking before the MAS announced the penalties.“The important thing, apart from the fact that we recognized our own shortcomings, is that we’ve made the investment necessary to make sure that we don’t have to repeat this sort of event.” - Bloomberg
March 19, 2018 10:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: One can take Morten Frost out of badminton, but not the sport out of him. The 60-year-old Dane, who quit the BA of Malaysia (BAM) last year, made a comeback, this time as a match commentator. The ex-BAM technical director, when contacted in Birmingham, said he doesn't believe in retirement, not anytime soon at least. Frost said he is currently contracted to Infront, the company in charge of worldwide badminton broadcast. After a string of poor performances and an internal fallout, Frost quit the BAM last September, citing personal reasons.
March 19, 2018 10:07 UTC