BANGKOK: Multiple bomb attacks by suspected separatist insurgents injured at least three people in Thailand’s far south on Sunday, the military said. A decades-old separatist insurgency in predominantly Buddhist Thailand’s largely ethnic Malay, Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people since 2004, according to the Deep South Watch group, which monitors the violence. As with most attacks in Thailand’s deep south, there was no claim of responsibility. Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat were part of an independent Malay Muslim sultanate before Thailand annexed them in 1909. Some rebel groups in the south have said they are fighting to establish an independent state.
May 21, 2018 06:45 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A special task force headed by former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and three other leaders has been formed to investigate 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The task will include Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull, former MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a statement on Monday (May 21) added that the task force will include personnel from the MACC, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Bank Negara, police along with lawyers specialised in this area of law. “This special task force will be responsible on all aspects of the investigation, from financial tracking and asset acquisition which resulted from the mismanagement of 1MDB funds that are kept or invested in the country or abroad,” it said. PMO added the task force will also be responsible for obtaining the cooperation of various enforcement agencies in the United States, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada, and other related countries.
May 21, 2018 06:45 UTC
Nobukazu Kuriki, 36, was found dead while sleeping in a camp 2 tent at 7,400 metres (24,278 feet) on the 8,850-metre (29,035-feet) mountain, tourism department official Gyanendra Shrestha said from base camp. “Sherpas found his body inside the tent,” Shrestha told Reuters. In 2012, Kuriki spent two days in a snow hole at 27,000 feet (8,230 metres) on Everest in temperatures below minus 20 Celsius. Macedonian Gjeorgi Petkov, 63, died at the weekend climbing Everest, hiking officials said without giving details. Scores of climbers have successfully made it to the top of Everest this month taking the benefit of good weather, officials said.
May 21, 2018 06:33 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should not persuade Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to change his mind about not taking up the Education Minister portfolio, says senior lawyer Datuk Roger TanIt would be a good legacy that the Prime Minister leaves behind, so that his successors would not use that excuse in future to helm other powerful ministries, especially the Finance Ministry, Tan said in a statement Monday.“Some Mentris Besar in some states are already holding additional portfolios especially finance and natural resources (which oversee land matters),” he said in a statement on his Facebook page.He added that he has seen a change in Dr Mahathir from an autocratic leader to one who is prepared to make decisions based on consensus.“Some say he may have repented. Others say he may have now realised the damage done during his previous premiership when the independence of various public institutions, especially the judiciary, was compromised,” said Tan.Dr Mahathir previously named himself as the Education Minister but had to relinquish the position as he had to abide by the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.The Pakatan manifesto had promised that the Prime Minister would not take on other ministerial posts, especially that of Finance Minister.Dr Mahathir announced Dr Maszlee Malik as the Education Minister.However, Dr Maszlee's appointment sparked debates about his experience and views, especially regarding his alleged support of controversial preacher Zakir Naik.
May 21, 2018 06:22 UTC
NEW YORK: Elon Musk’s Model 3, once touted as Tesla’s $35,000 car for the masses, can now set a buyer back almost $80,000.Musk unveiled specifications for a faster and more powerful version of the Model 3 in a series of tweets over the weekend. It will cost $78,000, more than double the $35,000 base-model starting price discussed into the run-up before the electric car’s deliveries started last year. The car “will beat anything in its class on the track,” he said. “The idea that it’s supposed to be a car for everyone is kind of laughable,” Drury said. “Anyone who wanted a base model may have to wait years out.” - Bloomberg
May 21, 2018 06:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB) does not expect the pledges made by the new Pakatan Harapan Government to have an impact on the company’s ongoing projects.MRCB chief corporate officer Amarjit Chhina clarified that just over 20% of the company’s orderbook comprised government projects.“We’re in great shape. Only 23% of our projects are from the Government,” he said after the company AGM and EGM today.Executive director Mohd Imran Mohd Salim said the group will continue to tender for all kinds of projects - regardless of whether it is government-linked or otherwise.“We will aggressively tender, whether it is government-linked, private or overseas. As long as there is a tender, we will try,” he said.MRCB posted a net profit of RM167.6mil, or 6.56 sen a share for the full year ended Dec 31, 2017 (FY17) as revenue climbed to RM2.82bil.The group’s property division recorded a total sales of RM1.42bil last year, higher than its original target of RM1.2bil.Despite the stronger sales, revenue from the division dropped by almost a third to RM858.7mil, while profit declined to RM176mil.As of end of December, the group’s unbilled order book stood at RM5.2bil.
May 21, 2018 06:11 UTC
BANGKOK: He Bingjiao, China's former Youth Olympic Games champion, wants to continue her country's long standing tradition in the Uber Cup by winning the trophy for the 15th time this week. Since 1998, the China's women's team have consecutively won in all editions, except for the 2010 Uber Cup in Kuala Lumpur when they conceded a 3-1 defeat to South Korea in the final. Bingjiao attributed the previous successes to strong team spirit and believes the team this year will have to hold on to that if they want to retain the Cup. "Our past successes were all because of the team's strong spirit and will. China's first singles is World No 5 Chen Yufei, who will most likely face national No 1 Soniia Cheah.
May 21, 2018 06:00 UTC
BANGKOK: Malaysia has secured a spot in the Thomas Cup quarter-finals. On Monday (May 21), Malaysia got off to a brilliant start in the Finals when Malaysia whipped Russia 5-0 in the opening Group D tie at the Impact Arena. Malaysia will play Algeria on Tuesday and will take defending champions Denmark on Wednesday to determine the group winners. Skipper Lee Chong Wei started the ball rolling for Malaysia by beating Vladimir Malkov 21-9, 21-6. Youngster Lee Zii Jia starred in his first Thomas Cup appearance by keeping his cool to win against Sergey Sirant 21-13, 21-16.
May 21, 2018 06:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd reported lower earnings of RM1.065bil in the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 due to the strengthening of the ringgit against the US dollar and forex loss on its loans.It said on Monday the earnings in Q1FY18 fell 17.7% from RM1.295bil a year ago. Its revenue, however, rose 5.4% to RM4.951bil from RM4.695bil a year ago. Earnings per share were 13 sen compared with 16 sen.Petronas Chemicals achieved plant utilisation of 100%, as compared to 99% a year ago due to better plant performance.It said production and sales volumes rose mainly from urea production from Petronas Chemicals Fertiliser Sabah Sdn. Average product prices across all products strengthened due to higher crude oil prices and limited global supply.Revenue rose 21% to RM1.8bil, boosted by higher sales volumes and prices, partially offset by the strengthening of ringgit.Ebitda increased by 25% to RM779mil. Profit after tax also rose by 25% to RM564mil.
May 21, 2018 05:37 UTC
Nilai: A Nigerian student was killed and a woman sustained light injuries in an accident at Jalan Semarak near Taman Semarah here, today. In the 8.15am incident, the male student from a private college in Kuala Lumpur, in his 20s, died on the spot due to severe head injuries. It was learnt that the deceased’s car, which was travelling from Taman Semarak to Nilai town had skidded and hit the road divider, before it was thrown to the opposite lane and crashed into another car. “A medical team from Nilai health clinic was also deployed to the scene and the victim was pronounced dead by a medical officer. The other victim, a 39-year-old woman however sustained light injuries,” he said adding that both victims were brought to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital.
May 21, 2018 05:03 UTC
(Reuters) - Liverpool are relishing the prospect of facing Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final but manager Juergen Klopp is glad that his duel with counterpart Zinedine Zidane does not have to extend beyond the touchline. "I'm glad we're not playing against each other. I'm very glad I can send my players onto the pitch," Klopp told the club's website https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/302304-liverpool-fc-jurgen-klopp-real-madrid-zinedine-zidane. And now he's the coach of Real Madrid, a hugely experienced team on the pitch. Real have claimed a record 12 titles in Europe's elite club competition and have dominated the competition under former player Zidane since he took charge of the side in 2016.
May 21, 2018 05:03 UTC
VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISEDKUALA LUMPUR: Video has emerged on social media purporting to depict the moments leading up to a brawl in George Town, Penang on Saturday which left a 39-year-old British tourist seriously injured. One of the local men is clearly spoiling for a fight, and has to be held back by his friends, as the others trade barbs and point accusatory fingers. Suddenly, the man being held back breaks free, barrels forward and lands a punch on one of the European men. The video ends just as the scuffle is about to be upgraded into an all-out dogfight. According to Penang police, a 38-year-old man was detained and remanded, while a hunt is on for several others involved in the Jalan Penang fracas.
May 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Many authorities are looking for controversial businessman Low Taek Jho (pic), also known as Jho Low, including the Malaysian Government, but they may not have far to look. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Low was in Phuket, Thailand in May to anticipate the general election victory of his ally, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. However WSJ said Low left Thailand and has “struck a more careful posture” since Barisan Nasional was defeated in GE14. WSJ also stated in its report that Low's lawyers said he declined to be interviewed or reveal where he was. Newly-appointed Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also said that the Malaysian Government “roughly knows” where to find Low.
May 21, 2018 04:52 UTC
Enough of sending information to me," Rafizi said on his Twitter, in which he included a smiling emoticon in the tweet. "I'm not being petty but the job of Public Complaints Bureau should be directed to concerned parties," he wrote on his account @rafiziramli. To a tweet from @zainisaari that said Rafizi would be the perfect candidate for a Public Complaints Bureau as he can keep check on PH government deliveries, Rafizi said he politely declined. In a response to @imfsea_aruna who asked Rafizi to keep fighting for rights and justice, Rafizi expressed his gratitude. "I am only useful when the going gets tough," Rafizi said, asking for him to be allowed some time to himself while giving the new government time to sort things out.
May 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
What can other countries learn from the 14th General Election? Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia will soon have general elections. Meanwhile, the general election in Thailand has been postponed to next year. What can they learn from Malaysia? Countries in the region should take a leaf out of Malaysia’s book in this instance.
May 21, 2018 04:30 UTC