KUALA LUMPUR: The foreign agent of a Malaysian beauty queen who participated in a Chinese pageant has disappeared, along with her prize money and travel expenses. Khoo, who tried to contact the liaison on Liow's behalf, said that the man became evasive after the promised money did not materialise. Khoo claimed that the liaison owed the Malaysian pageant organisers and the two Malaysian beauty queens a total of RM30,000. She added that the Chinese sponsors were also trying to locate the man, who had disappeared after taking their money, originally meant as prize money and travel expenses for the two Malaysians. I want the public to be aware of people like him so that they won't be fooled," said Khoo.
March 21, 2018 09:33 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin came with mismatched socks to the Cabinet meeting but it was not a wardrobe malfunction. "My mismatched socks today are a tribute to World Down Syndrome Day," said the Youth and Sports Minister in an Instagram post on Wednesday (March 21). Khairy said that World Down Syndrome Day, which falls on March 21, is about loving people as they are. Khairy said that his mismatched socks were also in honour of his niece Aisha, who has Down Syndrome. "Happy World Down Syndrome Day.
March 21, 2018 09:22 UTC
The death of a woman who was struck by a self-driving Uber in Arizona on Sunday has auto-safety advocates demanding that US regulators and lawmakers slow down the rush to bring autonomous vehicles to the nation’s roadways. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s policy guidance for self-driving vehicle safety, released in September, used the word “voluntary” 57 times. The National Transportation Safety Board has also sent a team to investigate. In a Feb 7 response to the transportation safety board by NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King, the agency said it preferred “voluntary guidance” instead of mandatory new requirements. If public opinion gels against self-driving vehicles, it could harm business plans, tamp down investment and slow consumer acceptance of the technology.
March 21, 2018 09:11 UTC
PETRONAS Dagangan Bhd (PDB) has revised its Mesra card loyalty point structure, awarding three points instead of one for every litre of fuel purchase.PDB’s Head of Retail Business Aadrin Azly said their aim was to find a balance and strike a win-win relationship.“Today’s cost of living has become increasingly challenging. Nevertheless, our customers still have to set aside a monthly budget to tank up their vehicles," said . "While we can’t offer them free fuel, we are looking at ways than can help cushion the impact of rising cost on them. This new point structure is one of the ways, as we believe it will provide them with greater savings, where they can redeem points in a faster and more convenient manner, at any of our over 1,000 stations nationwide," he said.He said the company wanted to help customers cushion the impact by offering instant and real benefits.Currently the highest value being offered in the fuel retail market, Mesra points accumulated can be used to redeem fuel, which definitely helps drivers to save more as they spend.Mesra card members can also choose to utilise the points earned to redeem items from PDB's convenience stores, Kedai Mesra.“Additionally, we have many rewarding programmes and campaigns in place running all-year long. And it is this caution for the unforeseen circumstances that insurance coverage has increasingly become a necessity, and in tandem, escalated the premium cost over the years, said Aadrin.
March 21, 2018 08:48 UTC
JAKARTA: Indonesia has won an appeal against the European Union in a dispute over the bloc's anti-dumping duty on biodiesel, the Ministry of Trade said in a statement on Wednesday.The European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court, ruled that the bloc must do away with anti-dumping duties of between 8.8 to 23.3 percent on imports of Indonesian biodiesel products. "With the elimination of these duties, businesses can once again export biodiesel to the EU," said Oke Nurwan, director general of foreign trade at the Indonesian trade ministry.He added that the elimination of duties was valid from March 16, 2018.The ruling reinforces a decision made by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) earlier this year, which said that the EU needed to bring its measures into conformity with WTO agreements.
March 21, 2018 08:48 UTC
TAIPEI: Taiwan said Wednesday it had scrambled jets and sent ships to track a Chinese aircraft carrier which passed through the Taiwan Strait as Beijing’s leader gave the island a fierce warning against separatism. Chinese warplanes conducted 25 drills around Taiwan between August 2016 and mid-December last year, according to Taipei. The Liaoning, China’s sole operational aircraft carrier, left around noon Wednesday, Taiwan’s defence ministry said. It sailed past Taiwan again last July en route to Hong Kong and returned in January this year. The carrier’s latest voyage came days after President Donald Trump signed new rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan.
March 21, 2018 08:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: One crew member was killed and 14 others, most of them Chinese, were missing Wednesday after a sand-dredging vessel capsized off Muar, Johor with some believed trapped alive inside the sunken hull. Two boats were sent to the scene and found one Chinese citizen dead and three others alive, the coastguard said. A search is continuing for the 14 sailors – 12 Chinese, one Indonesian and one Malaysian – still missing, said a coastguard statement. Sanifah Yusof, a senior coastguard official, told AFP that divers searching for the missing crew believed some could still be alive inside the overturned boat. Last year two foreign vessels manned by Chinese crew were seized off Malaysia's west coast for allegedly conducting illegal sand-dredging.
March 21, 2018 08:26 UTC
The woman’s family could sue, claiming Uber’s self-driving technology was to blame. While any jury would likely weigh her actions, under Arizona law, the company may still have to pay, according to David Logan, a law professor in Rhode Island. The state required defendants – even those found minimally at fault – to pay a commensurate percentage of the damages, Logan said. Any claim over the death is likely to be settled, said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond. Uber executives “don’t want to litigate this, given all the bad publicity that flows from it,” he said.
March 21, 2018 08:26 UTC
MOSCOW/TORONTO: Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab plans to open a datacentre in Switzerland to address Western government concerns that Russia exploits its anti-virus software to spy on customers, according to internal documents seen by Reuters. The US last year ordered civilian government agencies to remove the Kaspersky software from their networks. The US allegations were the "trigger" for setting up the Swiss datacentre, said the person familiar with Kapersky's Switzerland plans, but not the only factor. The new Swiss facility is dubbed the Swiss Transparency Centre, according to the documents. The company will also move the department which builds its anti-virus software using code written in Moscow to Switzerland, the documents showed.
March 21, 2018 08:15 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Actress Serina Redzuawan, who had always kept her family troubles private, chose to air her grievances yesterday via a lengthy post on her Instagram account. Serina, 35, tied the knot with British expat businessman, Gavin Edward O'Luanaigh, 41, on January 1, 2010. Actress Serina Redzuawan, who had always kept her family troubles private, chose to air her grievances yesterday via a lengthy post on her Instagram account. Pic by NSTP/ courtesy from SERINA REDZUAWAN Instagram“Before this, I could see my kids every day. He has changed the law according to his whims and stopped me from seeing my kids,” she wrote.
March 21, 2018 07:52 UTC
HONG KONG: China's biggest smartphone makers are collaborating to promote download-free "fast apps", in a move backed by the government and likely to threaten Tencent Holdings' grip on mobile traffic with its wildly popular WeChat app. The "fast apps" are similar, HTML-based lite apps that can be instantly launched without downloading, and introduced by a group of 10 Chinese smartphone vendors and a government agency, they said in a joint statement on Tuesday. They will standardise formats so that app developers need to just design one "fast app", instead of 10 "fast apps" tweaked to each vendor's hardware. Xiaomi, which said there are already more than 100 "fast apps" in its app store, told Reuters the alliance is aimed at enhancing user experience and is not targeting any particular company. Smartphone makers plan to promote the "fast apps" through AI-enhanced recommendations, they said in the statement.
March 21, 2018 07:52 UTC
Amazon.com Inc, locked in a margin-crushing price war, is offloading costs onto suppliers and limiting the number of single, low-priced items shoppers can purchase in an effort to offset rising shipping costs. Amazon scrapes the websites of competitors to make sure its prices are competitive and has been cutting them drastically. For instance, in March the price of a 12-pack of Barilla whole grain spaghetti on Amazon dropped 38% to US$17.76 (RM69.63). Amazon needs to keep prices low because Walmart is closing the gap between them, according to Profitero. Hence Amazon’s push to cut costs and foist them on suppliers – a tactic Walmart has been using for decades.
March 21, 2018 07:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) has warned investors over the increase use of blogs, forums and social media platforms to spread false and misleading information on certain companies in order to perpetrate ‘pump and dump’ schemes.In a statement, the SC said perpetrators would accumulate shares at lower prices before posting positive sentiments about the companies, with the intention to spur interest in the shares in order to drive up its price.“When unsuspecting investors buy the shares, it gives the perpetrators an opportunity to sell the shares they hold at a profit. Investors who have bought shares at the inflated price will suffer losses when the hype eases,” it said.The SC and Bursa Malaysia have recently identified a blog ‘Bonescythe Stock Watch’ which was found to have published various articles that contain statements and forecasts that were misleading and deceptive, an offence under Section 178 of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 (CMSA).Following SC’s intervention action, the blog has been removed.“The SC advises investors to always exercise diligence and verify the legitimacy of information before making an investment decision. Investors are reminded to be cautious of the risk of fraud and when in doubt, to seek advice from persons who have been licensed by the SC,” the regulator said.
March 21, 2018 07:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Retailers are not permitted to impose surcharges for payments using debit cards and a similar prohibition is applied for credit card payments under the rules of international card schemes such as Visa and Mastercard under the Payment Card Reform Framework, said Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM). "Consumers who encounter merchants that impose surcharges are advised to lodge a complaint with their respective banks or payment card issuers," it said. In general, the central bank said, the MDR for credit card was higher than the MDR for debit card. Globally, it said, countries had adopted different approaches in dealing with the issue of surcharges imposed by retailers for card payments. BNM said retailers who could afford to pay the higher MDR for credit card were encouraged to liaise with their respective acquiring bank to accept only debit card payments.
March 21, 2018 07:30 UTC
Uber Technologies Inc halted autonomous vehicle tests in the wake of the accident and officials in Boston asked that similar tests in that city be suspended as well. It’s too soon to draw any conclusions from the preliminary information that has emerged, said Brian Walker Smith, a law professor at the University of South Carolina who has studied autonomous vehicle liability. In Boston, self-driving startup NuTonomy Inc halted its tests after city officials requested a pause following the Arizona crash. We have complied with the City of Boston’s request to temporarily halt autonomous vehicle testing on public roads,” a NuTonomy spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. The NTSB opens relatively few highway accident inquiries each year, but has been closely following incidents involving autonomous or partially autonomous vehicles.
March 21, 2018 07:18 UTC