KOTA KINABALU: A woman was killed while two others sustained serious injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in skidded and crashed here early Thursday (Dec 14).A man and the 27-year-old driver escaped unscathed near the Lido traffic light where there was construction work at the area during the incident.The driver had to make an emergency swerve to avoid a four-wheel-drive, which is believed to have made an illegal U-turn into his lane, but ended up crashing in the 2.30am mishap.The four-wheel-drive driver sped off following the accident.Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra said the 23-year-old woman was killed on the spot. "Two women, aged 25 and 29, were severely injured while a man and the driver escaped unscathed," he said in a statement Thursday.He said initial investigations found that the accident was a result of the four-wheel-drive's illegal U-turn. "We urge those with information to the accident or the said four-wheel-driver to come forward and assist probe," ACP Chandra said.The mishap is being investigated for driving recklessly and causing death under the Road Transport Act.
December 14, 2017 15:00 UTC
The commemorative banknotes were issued in honour of the contributions by the Council (which was later known as “Conference”) of Rulers towards realising the nation’s Independence on Aug 31, 1957. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V today launched commemorative banknotes issued by Bank Negara in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Federation of Malaya Independence Agreement. The commemorative banknotes were issued in honour of the contributions by the Council (which was later known as “Conference”) of Rulers towards realising the nation’s Independence on Aug 31, 1957. — fotoBERNAMAAt the event, Sultan Muhammad V was also presented with commemorative coins issued in conjunction with His Majesty’s installation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Sultan Muhammad V was also presented with commemorative coins issued in conjunction with His Majesty’s installation as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
December 14, 2017 14:55 UTC
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the opposition was hoping for a “coup“, during a marathon press conference that marked his first major public appearance since announcing he would seek a new six-year term in March 2018 elections. Liberal opposition representative and possible presidential 'candidate against all', Ksenia Sobchak (centre) adjusts her make up prior to a press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia. The press conference kicked off with a question from a Moscow radio station on why Putin was seeking re-election. “To improve quality of life for Russians,” said Putin, who has been in power since 1999. As in previous years, there was a carnival atmosphere in the press conference hall.
December 14, 2017 14:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Anonymity on social media should be protected because some people can only express their thoughts through a pseudonym to protect themselves, said an academician. University of Nottingham assistant professor Gayathry S. Venkiteswaran said they are unable to speak freely and openly because of their identity and position. Gayathry said this at the "Use of Social Media to Express Opinions on the Government and Public Institutions: When Is This a Criminal Offence" forum here on Thursday (Dec 14). Meanwhile, lawyer Nizam Bashir said there is no statutory provision where a person is mandated to identify himself or herself on social media. Nizam gave the example of a blogger who writes commentaries under the pseudonym Sang Kelembai.
December 14, 2017 14:45 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: One woman died and two people were severely injured when their car was involved in an accident in the city this morning. A white car in front of the victims’ vehicle had attempted a sudden U-turn near a set of traffic lights. This caused the trailing car, which was carrying five people, to swerve out of control. Two were injured and sent to the hospital, while the rest were unharmed. District police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the case will be investigated under Section 41(1) Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving.
December 14, 2017 14:37 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The Prevention of Crime (Amendment) Act 2017 (POCAA) will come into effect on Friday (Dec 15). In line with the amendment, the Second Schedule of Act 297 has included new offences where the EMD could be used. “This amendment will enable the police to take more effective preventive measures against those who commit offences listed under the amended Second Schedule,” Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said in a statement here Thursday (Dec 14). He said under Section 22 of Act 297, the Prevention of Crime (Amendment of Second Schedule) Order 2017 and the Prevention of Crime (Amendment of Third Schedule) 2017 would also be enforced Friday. It includes preventing recidivism among detainees and potential offenders from committing crimes.
December 14, 2017 14:03 UTC
MANAMA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) will be the first foreign leader to be conferred with Bahrain's King Hamad Order for Development on Friday (Dec 15). “This is the first time the country's highest award will be conferred on a foreign leader,” he told Malaysian journalists here on Thursday (Dec 14). The Prime Minister will be conferred the King Hamad Order for Development by the Ruler of Bahrain King Hamad Isa Al Khalifa at the Shaik Hamad Palace here. The Crown Prince who is also the Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister will then host lunch for Najib. Agus said Najib would be the only foreign leader invited to attend the country's National Day celebration at Sakhir Palace here Saturday in the presence of King Hamad.
December 14, 2017 13:41 UTC
Under the new policy, digital currency exchangers will be categorised as reporting institutions under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA). “The invocation of reporting obligations on digital currency exchangers is the first step towards making digital currency activities more transparent in Malaysia,” Bank Negara said in a statement. It also does not connote authorisation, licensing, endorsement or validation by Bank Negara on any entities involved in the digital currency exchange services. “Digital currency businesses are not covered by prudential and market conduct standards, or arrangements that are applicable to financial institutions regulated by Bank Negara,” it said. “Members of the public are advised to carefully evaluate the risks associated with dealings in digital currencies,” Bank Negara said.
December 14, 2017 13:18 UTC
PETALNG JAYA: The acceptance condition to take Ipoh-based Hovid Bhd private has once again been revised down. Ho is a major shareholder and prime mover of Hovid, a manufacturer of phamaceutical products. Together with Fajar Astoria, they have proposed to take buy out the Hovid shares at 38 sen each. So far they have received acceptance of up to 62.32% of the shares and 76.68% of the warrants. When the offer was first made in October, the acceptance condition was set at 90%.
December 14, 2017 12:56 UTC
Fan Fan is 26 and feels old and burnt out. She works 10 hours a day, sometimes more, on weekdays. She is an internet live-streaming celebrity in China making a living off virtual gifts from followers who watch her sing, dance and eat. Wu Yongning, a rooftopping star, fell to his death last month from a 62-storey skyscraper in south China’s Hunan province, where Fan is originally from. She wakes up at 9am and works till midnight every day, with the live-streaming alone taking five to six hours a day.
December 14, 2017 12:00 UTC
Britain's Prince Harry arrives at St Paul's Cathedral for a memorial service in honour of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. “December 14 will be a special day for our community,” said Shahin Sadafi, who chairs the Grenfell United survivors’ group. Grenfell residents had voiced concerns about a lack of sprinklers and the single staircase escape route – a common feature of 1970s tower blocks. Firefighters arrive at St Paul's cathedral for a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service in central London. “The people in Grenfell Tower were forgotten about and ignored before the fire,” said Jacqui Haynes, chair of the wider Lancaster West estate’s residents’ association.
December 14, 2017 11:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: UBS Investment Bank is expecting a six per cent growth in the Malaysian economy in 2017 and expects the trend growth to continue in 2018, but closer to five per cent. UBS Investment Bank economist Alice Fulwood said as trade slows from around 10 per cent in 2017 to seven per cent in 2018, it will impact the growth outlook. The upcoming general election and infrastructure projects like the east coast rail line would contribute to growth in 2018. On the global front, UBS is looking to a robust 3.8 per cent growth outlook for 2017 and 2018, powered by Chinese property, US shale, and commodity rebound. UBS expects Bank Negara Malaysia to be concerned about inflation as the output gap likely closed last year.
December 14, 2017 11:26 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David kept alive her bid for a ninth World Championship title after a hard-won battle with Asian rival Annie Au in Manchester yesterday. Former World No 1 Nicol downed Hong Kong's Au 11-7, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 in 33 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals where she faces second seed Raneem El Weleily tomorrow. "I knew she (Au) would fight for some of the game and I know she is gifted in the court," said Nicol, who last won the world title in 2014 in Cairo. "I am really pleased with the way I played today and in the fourth game I knew I just had to keep the pressure on. Egyptian El Weleily, a two-time World Championship runner-up, reached the last-eight with an 11-5, 15-13, 11-13, 11-5 win over England's Victoria Lust in the second round.
December 14, 2017 11:15 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) launched a pilot version of cashless mobile payment option using QR codes, called 'Maybank QRPay', making it the first bank to introduce such a service in the country. Maybank said the Maybank QRPay aims to promote greater use of cashless transactions in the country as it can be easily installed or used by any individual or business wanting to adopt cashless payment modes. "Our new service is versatile, allowing any merchant to accept QRPay transactions from Maybank customers regardless whether its account is with Maybank or not. Lim said the pilot phase will see all 33 stalls at the food court in Laman Menara Maybank adopting the Maybank QRPay option for customers. "Any merchant can apply to use the service by registering for Maybank QRPay via the Maybank QRPay merchant App, where they can indicate their own bank account number for payments to be channeled to.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Aeon Credit (M) Service Bhd fell to its two-month low of RM13.06 after the Inland Revenue Board issued notices of “additional assessment with penalties” to it involving a collective RM96.82 million for the 2010 to 2016 assessment years. The stock, however, saw 35.30 per cent higher trading volume to 560,800 shares than Wednesday. Aeon Credit was served with notices of additional assessment for the years of assessment 2010 to 2016 with penalties by the IRB. However, Aeon Credit said it has appointed tax solicitors and is initiating proceedings to challenge the validity and legality of the said notices of additional assessment. Aeon Credit added that there are reasonable grounds to challenge the validity of the notices of additional assessment raised by the IRB and the penalties imposed.
December 14, 2017 10:41 UTC