The Deputy Prime Minister is famous for his PR and he even wrapped an arm around Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s shoulder as though they were BFFs. In hindsight, that was the moment before the storm for Dr Mahathir. Like the rest of us, the royals did not imagine that Dr Mahathir, 92, would turn his horse around and make a spectacular return to mainstream politics. Returning the Selangor royal awards has been condemned by the pro-royalists as derhaka or treachery. But when it comes to Dr Mahathir, everything he says is taken in a different context and that can become problematic.
December 16, 2017 23:18 UTC
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump said Saturday that the sweeping tax overhaul set to be adopted next week in Congress would be a “great” gift for the middle class. The Democratic minority has repeatedly denounced the measure as benefiting companies and the wealthiest Americans, including Trump himself, the most. Trump has promised Americans that the legislation would pass before Christmas, so that it would take effect from the beginning of 2018. And you’re going to see some numbers that are great. You’re going to see great job numbers.
December 16, 2017 23:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei exacted sweet revenge over South Korea's Son Wan Ho on Saturday to reach the final of the BWF World Super Series Finals in Dubai. Chong Wei, who went down in three games to the Korean just a day earlier in the group stage, chalked up an impressive 21-17, 21-11 win to set up a date with reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. The Dane - who last defeated Chong Wei at the Japan Open final in September - saw off China's Shi Yuqi 21-12, 21-8 in the other semi-final. Chong Wei, 35, has won the title four times, with the last being in 2013, while Axelsen is the defending champion. In the semi-finals, Sindhu defeated China's Chen Yufei 21-15, 21-18 while Yamaguchi had to slog hard before carving out a 17-21, 21-12, 21-19 win over Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon.
December 16, 2017 22:41 UTC
MILAN: Inter Milan suffered an unexpected first league defeat of the season on Saturday, going down 3-1 at home to midtable Udinese, and were knocked off the top of Serie A by Napoli after they won by the same score at Torino. The referee initially signalled a goal kick but changed his mind and gave handball against Davide Santon after consulting the VAR. Inter’s defeat opened the door for Napoli to move back to the top of Serie A with 42 points from 17 games, two clear of Inter. After failing to score in their last two league games, Napoli quickly refound their touch when Kalidou Koulibaly headed them in front after four minutes. De Paul put Udinese back in front and Inter nearly levelled again when Milan Skriniar headed against the bar.
December 16, 2017 22:41 UTC
MADRID: Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Valencia into second in La Liga thanks to Fernando Torres’s first goal at the Wanda Metropolitano to edge out Alaves 1-0 on Saturday. Valencia remain five points off leaders Barcelona in third after falling to a second defeat in three matches 2-1 at Eibar. Barca can regain their six-point lead over Atletico and open up an 11-point gap over Real Madrid ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico between the two with victory over Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday. Torres had only been on the pitch six minutes when he stretched to fire home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross for his first league goal of the season. When you score you always have the feeling that you have done a good job,” Torres told BeIN Sports Spain.
December 16, 2017 22:30 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The Foreign Ministry is monitoring the case of a 11-year-old Malaysian boy who had to be admitted to a French hospital after being scalded by hot water by his mother for “refusing to dance”. Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican said the ministry had been informed of the case involving a 46-year-old Malaysian woman and her son in Paris. According to the newspaper, during the 7.30pm incident on Tuesday at a hotel in Paris, the boy was at the reception when his mother appeared. When his mother approached him, the boy started crying and took shelter under the receptionist’s desk. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said police have not received any information on the case.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Integrated Manasik Monitoring System (Imams) for umrah visa applications which was launched on Friday, has been cancelled. Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin, who announced the cancellation, said the Government would look into a more effective way to deal with fraudulent umrah packages. Imams implementation, which was the sole official access of umrah visa applications to be processed by the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Malaysia, aimed at addressing the umrah package frauds in the country. She also gave the guarantee that those involved in the new system would be Muslims. In a tweet, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the cancellation of Imams was appropriate.
RESULTSMen’s singlesGroup B: Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt K. Srikanth (Ind) 21-17, 19-21, 21-14. Mixed doublesGroup A: Zheng Siwei-Chen Qingchen (Chn) bt Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) 21-10, 21-18. Men’s doubles semi-finals: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (Ina) bt Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) 21-10, 18-21, 21-16; Liu Cheng-Zhang Nan (Chn) bt Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) 21-17, 21-16. Women’s doubles semi-finals: Yuki Fukushima-Sayaka Hirota (Jpn) bt Huang Yaqiong-Yu Xioahan (Chn) 21-13, 21-14; Shiho Tanaka-Koharu Yonemoto (Jpn) bt Kamilla Rytter Juhl-Christinna Pedersen (Den) 21-19, 21-19. Mixed doubles semi-finals: Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping (Chn) 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.
SUBANG: Siti Nur Masitah Mohd Badrin served a pleasant surprise by winning a gold in the 25m pistol at the Selangor Shooting Championships. Tournament favourite and 10m pistol champion Bibiana Ng finished second with 22 points while Nur Zunaira Zakaria of Selangor bagged the bronze with 18 points. The unexpected win has motivated Masitah, a lieutenant in the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), to make a comeback to the national team. Nur Zunaira Zakaria (Sel) 18. Nur Zunaira Zakaria (Sel) 559.
GEORGE TOWN: Songkok maker Haja Mohideen Mohamed Shariff was all smiles upon receiving his first award after five decades of making the traditional headgear. The 69-year-old was honoured to have been awarded the Living Heritage Treasures Awards of Penang 2017 by the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT). Also present were PHT president Lim Gaik Siang and Seven Terraces founder Chris Ong. Programme convenor Loh-Lim Lin Lee said this is the 13th year since the awards started in 2004 by PHT. The awards are supported by Seven Terraces, which is a heritage hotel.
Chin, who is third among five siblings, said his elder sister and brother had also benefitted from PTPTN loans. * Grace period for loan repayment is extended from six months to 12 months upon completion of studies. And it was not just the PTPTN loan that had helped him. Back then, she took a PTPTN loan and spent about 15 years to repay the loan through monthly deductions. If there had been no PTPTN loan, she said her parents might have to resort to seeking bank loans to finance her studies.
Johor Immigration chief Datuk Rohaizi Bahari said all 48 lanes at the Second Link in Tuas will also be open. He said the department was prepared for increased traffic at the Causeway and Second Link as hordes of Malaysians and Singaporeans cross paths during the festive break. “I hope motorists plan their journeys to avoid being stuck in traffic congestion,” he told Sunday Star yesterday. He had another piece of vital advice to Malaysians – check if you are on the Immigration travel blacklist. Recently, Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said almost 800,000 Malaysians are on the travel blacklist and will not be able to travel overseas.
Trump's transition team used facilities of the GSA, which helps manage the U.S. government bureaucracy, in the period between the Republican's November presidential election victory and his inauguration in January. It asked for Congress to act immediately "to protect future presidential transitions from having their private records misappropriated by government agencies, particularly in the context of sensitive investigations intersecting with political motives." The letter said Mueller's office obtained the emails despite the fact that it was aware the GSA did not own or control the records. Langhofer, the Trump transition team lawyer, wrote in his letter that the GSA's transfer of materials was discovered on Dec. 12 and 13. On Aug. 30, the FBI requested the materials of four additional senior members of the Trump transition team, it said.
December 16, 2017 22:07 UTC
LOS ANGELES: The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California on Friday night in connection with his 2010 murder. Sherra Wright-Robinson was charged with conspiracy, first-degree murder and criminal attempt first degree murder, the Memphis Police Department said Saturday. The body of Wright, 34, was found in southeast Memphis on July 28, 2010 -- 10 days after he was reported missing. Wright played for the Memphis Grizzlies and four other NBA teams as a forward and center in 13 seasons before he retired in 2009. Wright averaged 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 778 games in his playing days with the Los Angeles Clippers, Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers.
December 16, 2017 21:33 UTC
EDINBURGH: A poll has found that 51 percent of Britons would now keep European Union membership while 41 percent want to leave the bloc, a near reversal of last year’s referendum result. The BMG poll of 1,400 people for The Independent published on the newspaper’s website on Saturday came as Britain moves into a second phase of negotiations on exiting the EU, which will focus on trade. The Independent said the lead for “remain” over “leave” was the biggest in any poll so far since the vote in June 2016. The survey was carried out from December 5 to 8. In the referendum last year, 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU and 48 percent voted to remain.
December 16, 2017 21:33 UTC