KUALA LUMPUR: Pas deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man wants Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng to get the boot if the plan to reshuffle the Cabinet takes place. Tuan Ibrahim cited an example of what appeared to be an imbalanced budget allocation between Penang at RM10 billion and the halal industry at RM10 million. “There is also imbalanced allocation not only in Kelantan, but also Terengganu and Pahang,” Tuan Ibrahim said at the parliament lobby today. He said a cabinet reshuffle should be held as soon as possible. Tuan Ibrahim also reminded the government to stop blaming the previous administration, as it is now almost two years since they came to power.
November 21, 2019 08:03 UTC
Researchers in Canada have identified a new kind of vaping-related lung injury they believe is linked to flavourings in conventional vape pens, causing symptoms similar to the “popcorn lung” injury seen in workers exposed to flavourings in microwave popcorn. The case, published on Thursday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, involved a 17-year-old male who developed a form of bronchiolitis, a serious and irreversible lung injury caused by chemical exposure. Doctors suspected a vaping-related injury, even before the U.S. outbreak had been reported. Instead of damaged air sacs in the lungs, the teen had damaged airways, which his doctors believe were caused by chemical injury. “In patients with popcorn lung, it’s irreversible.” --Reuters
November 21, 2019 06:00 UTC
POPE Francis today expressed his pleasure over Thailand's efforts in creating a social ethics commission and inviting traditional religions of the country to participate and keep alive the spiritual memory of the Thais. Pope Francis is welcomed by Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as he arrives at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand. Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate a special mass this evening at Bangkok’s Supachalasai National Stadium. “I think Pope Francis’ visit this time around to Thailand has created enthusiasm and excitement not only among the Catholics in Thailand but also the non-Catholics. “Pope Francis’ character of humility and love resonates among the people here.
November 21, 2019 04:18 UTC
“I saw people taking a long time to buy tickets in bulk. Wong Seefei, 40, said the MobTicket application was slow yesterday and she could not make any purchases even after several attempts. KTMB said it was planning to do away with the limit imposed on ticket purchases on its website. It also wanted to review the limit set for purchases on its Mobticket application. Asri said up to 3pm yesterday, KTMB sold 126,962 tickets, of which 60,080 were sold online and 66,882 over the counters.
November 21, 2019 03:56 UTC
BANGKOK: Pope Francis will visit one of Thailand’s famed gilded temples Thursday to meet the supreme Buddhist patriarch, on the first full day of his Asian tour aimed at promoting religious harmony. The 82-year-old pontiff is on his first visit to Buddhist majority Thailand, where he will spend four days before setting off to Japan. Wellwishers wave as they wait for Pope Francis at the Wat Ratchabophit Buddhist temple in Bangkok. - AFPThe Pope’s trip to Thailand is the first papal trip to the country since pope John Paul II visited in 1984. Pope Francis arrived Wednesday in the Thai capital where he was greeted by cheering worshippers who lined the streets hoping for a glimpse of the Catholic leader in his motorcade.
November 21, 2019 03:45 UTC
Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said although the female rhino, Iman, is still producing eggs, her condition could be deteriorating further due to harvesting process. "Looking at her worsening state, it is difficult for us to harvest the egg as we fear the procedure will inflict more pain on her. Augustine added that a German expert is ready to be called for the egg harvesting process should Iman's condition shows any improvement. There was an attempt to fertilise Iman's egg two months ago in Sandakan but the sperm quality was poor. The team had used frozen semen from male rhino Tam, who had died due to old age and organs failure in May this year.
November 21, 2019 03:22 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah government will also be focusing on promoting forest reserves in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2020, said state State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew. "For the purpose of increasing tourism products at Gunung Alab, Sabah Parks has also developed several chalets and hostels to accommodate 54 people every day. Gunung Alab, with an elevation of 1,951 metre above sea, is the sixth highest mountain in Sabah. Last year, there were 1,671 visitors who came to Gunung Alab and 483 had trekked the trail. Liew, who is also deputy Chief Minister, said the state government has also been promoting forest areas such as Maliau Basin, Danum Valley, Imbak Canyon and Gunung Tingkar forest reserves through print and online media by Sabah Tourism Board.
November 21, 2019 03:00 UTC
Intrigued, I travel to Pekan to visit Pulau Keladi Cultural Complex, which houses the Pahang Royal Weaving Skills Institute (IKTPD). There are different motifs and patterns found in Tenun Pahang, and unlike other hand-woven designs such as songket (which is more intricately patterned with gold or silver threads), Tenun Pahang is more basic and finely crafted with soft colours. According to Norakama, the process of making Tenun Pahang is very tedious and needs a lot of patience. The making of the exquisite Royal Pahang SilkOne weaver will concentrate on only doing one design — which takes days — and he or she will do everything from the beginning to the end. Not too far from the royal palace is one of Malaysia’s historic polo clubs, the famous Royal Pahang Polo Club.
November 21, 2019 03:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today questioned the professionalism of some members of parliament who had been absent from the parliamentary sessions. This is the second time there is not enough quorum (in this sitting), we will have to talk to the MPs. When we become a leader we must expect this," he told reporters when asked about the sitting being halted due to the lack of quorum yesterday and Oct 17. On a separate matter, Dr Mahathir echoed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sentiment when the latter said anyone who wanted to be the prime minister shouldn't do it through the back door. "We agree that it must be through the right way," said Dr Mahathir, who had earlier launched the International Social Wellbeing Conference 2019.
November 21, 2019 02:48 UTC
Indonesia’s interim coach Yeyen Tumena couldn’t stop gushing about Malaysian striker Safawi Rasid after his team’s 2-0 loss in a pre-World Cup Group G match on Tuesday. There’s nothing like being singled out for praise by the opposition coach and nobody can deny Safawi his moment in the sun after his two-goal man-of-the-match display. “I’ve been following Safawi since the Asian Games in Jakarta last year. Indonesia’s interim coach Yeyen Tumena was impressed with Malaysia’s forward Safawi Rasid, describing him as “one of the best talents in the region”. “It doesn’t matter to me who scores as long as the team win.
November 21, 2019 02:03 UTC
The Sea Games men’s singles event in the Philippines is likely to be an open affair with shuttlers from Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia all having an even chance of winning the title. “Indonesia only had traditional rivals Malaysia to watch out for in the men’s singles in the previous Sea Games editions but it is not the case anymore. Zii Jia who suffered food poisoning recently is back in training to prepare for his second Sea Games outing. “I have been training hard and my target is to win a medal in the Philippines,” said World No 12 Zii Jia. Former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei is the most successful player in the Malaysia Masters with five titles.
November 21, 2019 01:07 UTC
BANGKOK: A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Laos near the Thai border early Thursday, the United States Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damage after the quake hit at 6:50 am (2350 GMT Wednesday). But shaking could be felt more than 700 kilometres (435 miles) away in the Thai capital Bangkok, where Pope Francis is currently on a four-day visit. I felt dizzy and scared," said Hanoi resident Tran Hoa Phuong, who felt the earthquake in her 27-storey apartment building. There was no word from his team on whether he felt the quake.
November 21, 2019 01:07 UTC
The national contingent bound for the Philippines Sea Games this month will be given polio vaccination following an advisory from the organising committee. “We’ve decided to give the athletes polio vaccination after receiving an advisory from Philippines Sea Games Organising Committee (PHISGOC) last week,” Azim said during a Bata sponsorship presentation in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. “There’s no polio epidemic there, but PHISGOC advised us that there is the possibility of polio. “The contingent will be given the polio injection during the flag-handing ceremony in Bangi tomorrow (today). The special issue shoes, which are not for sale to the public, are yellow and orange in colour.
November 21, 2019 00:56 UTC
MADRID: Robert Moreno admitted his departure as Spain coach leaves him with a “bitter-sweet feeling” but avoided criticising either Luis Enrique or the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in a statement released on Wednesday. I’ve always been a man of my word, that I wouldn’t stand in Luis Enrique’s way if he decided to return to coach. Rubiales rejected accusations of dishonesty on Tuesday and Moreno has said he remains grateful to his former employers. “I want to thank all the members of the Spanish Football Federation for the treatment I received during my time with the national team. “My experience with the national team started and finished in the same way, with a bitter-sweet feeling.
November 21, 2019 00:45 UTC
- EPATwo senior U.S. officials said the testimony puts Pompeo in a more difficult position with both his department’s career staff and international counterparts that could hasten his departure. He has already faced internal criticism for his refusal to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry and failure to defend career Foreign Service officers who have testified and have been targeted by smears. It is unclear how the latest revelations in the impeachment inquiry could affect his political support in Kansas, where he enjoys strong backing from Republicans. Ambassador to the European Union, testifies at a House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Asked by a reporter at a news conference on Wednesday at NATO headquarters in Brussels to comment on Sondland’s testimony, Pompeo replied testily, “I did not see a single thing, I was working.
November 21, 2019 00:22 UTC