JOHOR BARU: An 11-year-old pupil from a private religious school in Kota Tinggi here has had both of his legs amputated after he was allegedly beaten by a warden assistant using a water hose. The boy's mother Felda Wani Ahmad, 40, had claimed that her son Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi was beaten several times on both of his legs during incidents that happened in March. Meanwhile Johor Health, Environment, Education and Information committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said in a statement that the boy's condition was still critical. When contacted Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Rahmat Othman confirmed the case while the police was still waiting for a full medical report from the hospital. "We will investigate the matter by calling the warden assistant for questioning," he said while declined to elaborate further.
PETALING JAYA: Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin says his controversial poem on "cow worshippers" was actually referring to recent events in India, and not intended as an insult to local Hindus. In a Facebook posting on Saturday, Dr Asri said the poem referred to an incident in western India earlier this month, where a Muslim man was killed by "cow protection vigilantes" after being suspected of eating beef. "The poem is directed at (Narendra) Modi's government which allows Muslims to be killed just because they eat beef. Dr Asri, popularly known as Dr Maza, said that Hindus in this country should not feel offended as they do not worship cows. On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that Dr Naik had been granted permanent resident status in Malaysia some five years ago.
Its chairman Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim said nothing would justify a teacher flinging a chair at a child, and wants the authorities to look into this matter very seriously. “We stand firm that teachers who assault, bully, threaten, or victimise students sexually, verbally or physically should be kept away from students immediately pending investigation. “Once the teacher is found guilty, he or she should be fired,” Noor Azimah said in a statement. The boy’s mother, who wanted to be known as Wanie, said she would not be pursuing legal action following discussions with the teacher, the school, and the Sabah Education Department. Noor Azimah said that parents should not be afraid to take action against the teacher as “children have a right to be protected from irresponsible adults”.
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic) has hit out at Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for attempting to undermine Malaysia's economy. Abdul Rahman explained that the high inflation rate in March 2017 was because of the low base effect as pointed out by the Statistics Department. "Transport inflation rate in March 2016 was -8.2% when RON95 price dropped to as low as RM1.60 per litre. "This was why headline inflation rate hit 8-year high of 5.1% last month," he said. He then stressed that Bank Negara policymakers have been monitoring the core inflation rate which has been stable at 2.5%.
PETALING JAYA: MIC has condemned Perlis Mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin for a poem in which he allegedly insulted the Hindu community. Party youth chief Datuk Sivarraajh Chandran (pic) said the Islamic scholar should apologise for belittling the Hindu practice of worship. "MIC Youth demands that Dr Maza publicly apologise and retract his insensitive remarks towards the Hindu community," Sivarraajh said. MIC president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said on Thursday that Malaysia did not need Dr Zakir as the country's own Islamic scholars were more adept at advocating the faith to Malaysians. On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confirmed that Dr Zakir had been awarded PR status by the Government five years ago.
SINGAPORE: A 70-year-old man who was shown in a now-viral video shouting at and slapping a foreigner on a train has been arrested for causing public nuisance and voluntarily causing hurt. The police on Saturday said they received a report on Friday about a man repeatedly using offensive language and assaulting a commuter on an MRT train. He said the man was allegedly drunk and approached him and a friend and made sexual advances on him. Others on the train stepped in too, while several were taking videos, he said. Officers from Ang Mo Kio Division identified the suspect and arrested him along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 on Friday at about 10pm.
AMPANG: Ampang Jaya cops had a successful run in Ops Dadu in 2016 during which time they conducted a total of 126 raids and seized 1,071 machines under Ops Dadu, which is aimed at curbing illegal gambling. Between January and December 2016, the police arrested 134 individuals and seized 744 computers, 129 notebook computers and 198 slot machines in the operations. Ampang Jaya OCPD ACP Hamzah Alias said the success of last year's operations was due to local authorities. "They are always there to help and the case has been brought to court where we have received a court order to destroy the seized items on Apr 20," he said. Over 1,000 of the seized machines worth over RM3.01mil were later destroyed at the Hulu Kelang Police Station on Saturday morning.
KOTA KINABALU: A couple from China were rescued after being stranded among coral reefs in Sabah's east coast Semporna district. Earlier, the tourists had caused panic among Mabul Paradise resort staff when they failed to return following a kayaking outing on Friday night. Kayak operators and resort staff immediately informed security forces at 8pm when the duo failed to return to the resort. "The kayak got stuck among the coral reefs due to the low tide and they could not return," Wan Bari said. He commended the resort staff for their quick response in alerting the security forces that the duo were missing.
GAS Malaysia Bhd, via its subsidiary Gas Malaysia IEV Sdn Bhd (GMIEV), has formally launched its virtual pipeline business following the officiation of its compressed natural gas (CNG) facility in Gebeng. GMIEV is a joint-venture company between Gas Malaysia — a member of MMC Corp Bhd — and IEV Energy Sdn Bhd. In a statement yesterday, Gas Malaysia said GMIEV’s business model would address the complete value chain of mobile gas solutions from compressing natural gas at its station in Gebeng. GMIEV will purchase natural gas from Gas Malaysia and is responsible for maintaining and operating the compression and transportation unit as well as the transportation and unit pressure unit, both key components of the virtual pipeline. Gas Malaysia chairmain Datuk Hasni Harun said this was notable as the company had started to create new demand for natural gas and was opening up new avenues of opportunity.
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - New South Wales Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has conceded his future at the Super Rugby club is under the microscope in the wake of the Sydney side's embarrassing capitulation against the struggling Southern Kings on Friday. We all feel the pressure,” Gibson told local media when asked how safe he felt in his job. "When the team is in the situation it is in, those questions are going to be asked. "Horror-Tahs: NSW sink into crisis after embarrassing loss to Kings," a headline in the Sydney Morning Herald's website read. "Truly, this is an awful time for Australian rugby," wrote Pandaram.
KUALA LUMPUR: Sovereign immunity cannot be invoked by the Australian government and its tax office (ATO) in the case of a Malaysian timber tycoon with regard to his tax issue, the High Court was told. John said sovereign immunity is no longer absolute and that Malaysia practises restricted sovereign immunity to other countries. He said the defendants' decision also meant that Hii would have to pay Australia on a worldwide basis for all incomes that the tycoon has earned outside Australia. Naban argued that the matter involved a governmental act and could not be reviewed by the Malaysian court because of the sovereign immunity. He has named the Commissioner of Taxation of the Commonwealth of Australia, his deputy and the Commonwealth of Australia as defendants in his lawsuit.
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Buenos Aires is dropping out of the running to host the 2023 Pan American Games and will instead focus on a bid for the event four years later, the president of the Argentine Olympic Committee (COA), Gerardo Werthein, said on Friday. Werthein said delaying the bid would also fit into Buenos Aires' plans for a possible Summer Olympics bid. “I would like Argentina to present its Olympic candidacy for 2032, but for now I’m only thinking about (the PanAm Games in) 2027,” Werthein told reporters. “The budget necessary to organise the Pan American Games was $650 million... It’s too much for this moment in Argentina,” he was quoted as saying by the leading national daily La Nacion. The Pan American Games, which will next be held in Lima in 2019, have been staged twice in Argentina – in Buenos Aires in 1951 and Mar del Plata in 1995.
GEORGE TOWN: A Hindu priest narrowly escaped death when he was shot at outside his house at Jalan Satu in Air Itam near here. It is learnt that two men on a motorcycle rode near his house with one of them firing several shots at the priest who was outside his house on Friday night. However, none of the shots hit him but he stumbled to the ground in shock in the 9.30pm incident. Several neighbours came out of their houses thinking the gunshots were the sound of firecrackers. The police have yet to release an official statement on the shooting.
(Reuters) - Long-hitting Tony Finau stumbled at the final hole to fall back into a share of the second-round lead with fellow American Bud Cauley at the Texas Open on Friday. The one-time PGA Tour winner joined Cauley (66) at eight-under 136, with Australian Cameron Smith in a group of three players one shot behind. Cauley was upbeat after hitting the front in his quest for a breakthrough victory on the PGA Tour, after previously finishing third on three occasions. “Everything I hit, whether it was a rubbish shot or a good shot, went close to the hole. “It’s nice to know it’s something and we can do something about it,” he told the PGA Tour official website.
JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested an 18-year-old mechanic in Kedah for posting insulting remarks against the Johor Ruler, Johor Crown Prince and the Johor Royal institution on Facebook. Johor police chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said police received information about the matter on Thursday at around 2.51pm and an investigation paper was opened for further action. Police from the Kulim district headquarters later detained the suspect at the Padang Serai area at 6pm on Friday. "The case is being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," said Comm Wan Ahmad in a statement Friday. He also advised members of the public to not use the social media as a platform to spread offensive statement that could cause annoyance to the people.