KUALA LUMPUR: Hyon Kwang-song, who is sought by police in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, is not listed as the Second Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia, according to a Diplomatic and Consular Mission Malaysia list posted online. A check by Bernama showed that the Second Secretary at the Embassy is a person named Yu Yong Nam and that the Ambassador is Kang Chol. The list - last updated in December - is a list of staff working at Embassies and High Commissions in Malaysia. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson told Bernama that the information displayed on the list was given by the embassy and not from the ministry. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday that Hyon was identified as the Second Secretary at the North Korean Embassy in Malaysia.
PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet has appointed former chief secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan (pic) as chairman of the special task force to conduct an initial probe into foreign exchange (forex) losses suffered by Bank Negara Malaysia in the 1990s. The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement on Wednesday that the task force's terms of reference would be to conduct preliminary investigations into the forex losses, allegedly amounting to billions of ringgit. The team, led by Mohd Sidek, will then submit its recommendations to the Government on further action required, such as the need to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the matter. The other members of the task force will be announced soon, comprising those who have expertise in carrying out tasks related to the discovery and disclosure of documents related to BNM's forex transactions at the time. Mohd Sidek previously served in the civil service for 38 years, including six years as chief secretary to the Government.
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today arrested a Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) senior officer over alleged power abuse. The 41-year-old man, said to be a senior general manager at the human resources department, was found to have allegedly abused his position to approve some RM80,000 allocation for skin and slimming treatment for himself. In a statement earlier, the commission said he was arrested at his home in Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras about 11am today. The suspect was appointed as the division's general manager in Jan, 2015 before being promoted again as senior manager in Dec, the same year, it added. The suspect is expected to be brought to Putrajaya magistrate's court for application of remand.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former civil engineer Koon Yew Yin, who is noted for his savvy stock pickings, has emerged as a substantial shareholder in construction company JAKS Resources Bhd A filing with Bursa Malaysia on Wednesday showed Koon owned a 5.45% stake as at Feb 16.The stake totalled 23.88 million shares. Its share price closed at RM1.31 o Wednesday.JAKS, which is building a power plant in Vietnam, is moving away from the sluggish property market in Malaysia.Earlier in February, JAKS was one of the companies which had secured part of contracts in the construction of part of the 31.8km Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE). Kumpulan Jetson Bhd and Beijing-based construction firm China Communications Construction Co Ltd jointly secured a RM201.87mil subcontract to build a stretch of the SUKE highway. http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/05/16/koon-tells-his-side-of-story/
KUALA LUMPUR: iflix and Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) have extended their entitlement to subscribers, offering eligible UniFi and Streamyx customers continued access to the former's world class service. Both new and existing UniFi and Streamyx 4Mbps and 8Mbps subscribers are entitled to unlimited access to iflix from now till Dec 31, 2017, courtesy of TM, said iflix and TM in a joint statement here. This latest offer represents a deepening of the relationship between the companies, who previously announced their collaboration to offer TM’s premium broadband subscribers a one-year of access to the iflix service valued at RM120. Jeremy Kung, the executive vice president, New Media, TM, said the collaboration allowed TM customers to enjoy an extensive library of content from iflix which complements its IPTV service, HyppTV. Meanwhile iflix, the world’s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, would continue to roll out its world-class service to key additional emerging markets in the coming months.
Magistrate Atiqah Abd Karim @ Husaini handed down the sentence on Mohamad Firdaus Abdullah, 21, who pleaded guilty to the charge. A photo of Mohamad Firdaus dressed as a woman went viral on the Internet. Mohamad Firdaus, who was released from prison two weeks ago for a similar offence, was ordered to serve the sentence from Wednesday. In mitigation, Mohamad Firdaus said he was an orphan and had no relatives. The prosecution was conducted by deputy public prosecutor Nurul Ilyani Mohd Tamam, while Mohamad Firdaus was unrepresented.
"He is a world class bowler we all know that. He has been hampered by injuries quite often, but the way he has evolved as a bowler, it's been outstanding," Kohli told reporters on Wednesday. "Like you admire world class batsmen, you admire world class bowlers as well and you respect their skills and Mitchell is one of them. Kohli is second in test rankings behind Australia counterpart Steve Smith and lauded his opposite number for developing himself into a top-class batsman. Captaincy had brought out the best in both of them as batsmen, Kohli said.
JAKARTA: Malaysia has given an assurance on the welfare and legal rights of Indonesian national Siti Aisyah (pic) who has been arrested in Malaysia over the killing of North Korean Kim Jong-nam on Feb 13. Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said Wednesday Malaysia held firm to the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty. Zahrain said Siti Aisyah would have to be subjected to the legal process and would be prosecuted if there was a case against her. Siti Aisyah, 25, is one of four people arrested so far by Malaysian police over the murder of Jong-nam, older half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The media here had quoted Indonesian authorities as saying that they be allowed to meet Siti Aisyah.
(Reuters) - West Ham United will be seeking revenge for their home loss to Watford in their previous encounter when the London rivals meet again in the Premier League at Vicarage Road on Saturday, left back Arthur Masuaku said. West Ham let a two-goal lead slip to lose 4-2 in September and Masuaku felt his team mates would have a major point to prove against the Hornets. "I don't know how we lost but we want to make amends for that defeat and hopefully we can win on Saturday." West Ham, who drew with West Bromwich Albion on Feb. 11, are 10th in the table with 32 points, two more than 13th-placed Watford with 13 games remaining. "We were unlucky not to get the three points in the last game against West Brom and we could have got the victory if certain decisions had not gone against us," Masuaku added.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has done the right thing by imposing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), evidenced by the fact that two other countries are about to do the same. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the two other countries are India and Saudi Arabia, with India planning to impose a 23 per cent GST. It is the right thing to do," he said at the Finance Ministry's programme to celebrate its retirees today. Also present were Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani and Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah. Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the country must have structural reforms even if it includes having to make tough decisions.
LONDON (Reuters) - Returning winger George North is the only change to the Wales starting line-up as they seek to get back to winning ways in the Six Nations against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. "We know what we are capable of and we want to deliver that on Saturday alongside the result, which international rugby is all about." Wales opened their Six Nations campaign with a comprehensive 33-7 victory in Italy before suffering the agonising home defeat to England. Team:15-Leigh Halfpenny, 14-George North, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Scott Williams, 11-Liam Williams, 10-Dan Biggar, 9-Rhys Webb, 8-Ross Moriarty, 7-Justin Tipuric, 6-Sam Warburton, 5-Alun Wyn Jones (captain), 4-Jake Ball, 3-Tomas Francis, 2-Ken Owens, 1-Rob Evans. Replacements: 16-Scott Baldwin, 17-Nicky Smith, 18-Samson Lee, 19-Luke Charteris, 20-Taulupe Faletau, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Sam Davies, 23-Jamie Roberts.
PETALING JAYA: A senior officer of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has been detained for allegedly abusing his position. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers picked up the 41-year-old at his residence in Bandar Tun Razak at 11am on Wednesday. The man is said to be a senior general manager at the human resources department. Sources said that he is believed to have approved an RM80,000 allocation for skin and body slimming treatments, which were not included under the Schedule of Benefits in his terms and conditions of employment. MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani confirmed the arrest.
(Reuters) - English Premier League side Liverpool announced plans on Wednesday that will see the first team leave their long-time training base in Melwood and move to a redeveloped site in Kirkby, where their youth academy is located. Melwood, the training ground of some of the biggest names in English football since the late 1950s, including Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, John Barnes and Steven Gerrard, has also been earmarked for redevelopment. Redeveloping Melwood, elevated to Liverpool's first-team training centre under former manager Bill Shankly in 1959, could provide about 160 houses in West Derby, Liverpool said on its website. "However, the Melwood site is limited in space and is unable to accommodate our longer-term ambitions, which is why we are exploring options on the Academy site." Liverpool intend to purchase land adjacent to the academy site and close part of Moss Lane between Simonswood Lane and Arbour Lane to allow the proposal to go ahead.
(Reuters) - Everton midfielder Ross Barkley is determined to reach double figures in both goals and assists by the end of the Premier League season, the 23-year-old has said. Part of my game is that I need to get more goals," Barkley told the club's website (www.evertonfc.com). "Hopefully in the last few games of the season I can get into double figures. I've got five (assists) at the minute as well and I aim to get double figures in both. "I'm a mixture of a midfielder and a striker, so sometimes when I'm higher up the pitch I need to think like a striker.
The property firm that manages the building refused to let workers retrieve the corpse using lifts and stairs, saying it was inauspicious, according to the report. Property owners in the building also asked for the body not to be transferred using the lifts, the report said. Firefighters eventually fastened the body to a stretcher and lowered it to the ground using a pulley, according to the report. Other users joked that the building would be haunted as the victim would not rest in peace because of resident's lack of sensitivity. Another popular comment on social media, addressed to the dead worker, said: "Do drop the property owners a visit from time to time."