PUTRAJAYA: All existing summons issued under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) will be wiped out, with offending drivers getting off the hook. Transport Minister Anthony Loke said there were 3.1 million unpaid summonses as of May, which could be worth up to RM430mil. After Sept 1, JPJ (Road Transport Department) will fully take over the operations of AES and any summons issued then has to be paid. He also “apologised” to road users who had paid for their AES summons, adding that no refunds would be given. "Since 2012, only 690,000 AES summons that were issued have been paid, which is about 18% of the total.
August 17, 2018 07:38 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Pharmaniaga Bhd ’s net profit for the second quarter slipped 43.3% to Rm5.4mil on the back of higher corporate tax as a result of increased profitability of certain subsidiaries.The group’s revenue for the period, however, rose 12.5% to RM582.7mil in line with increased demand from Government hospitals.The group said profit before tax (PBT) for the three months ended June 30, 2018, had increased to RM12mil from RM10mil in the same quarter last year as a result of improved contributions despite higher operating expenses including finance costs, provision for stock obsolescence, depreciation and amortisation.For the first half of the year, the group’s revenue surpassed the RM1.2bil mark, an increase of 5.7% from RM1.1bil a year ago.Consequently, the Group’s PBT grew to RM41mil compared with RM38 million in last year’s corresponding period on the back of better contributions, albeit higher operating expenses.The manufacturing division posted a PBT of RM34mil, on par with last year’s corresponding period primarily due to reduced orders under the concession business.Meanwhile, the Indonesia division's PBT of RM1mil was also on par with the same period last year, mainly due to the depreciation of the Ringgit against the Indonesian Rupiah and increased finance costs.“Moving forward, the Group is committed to expanding its market presence in the private sector, particularly in the consumer healthcare segment via strategic marketing initiatives.“Pharmaniaga’s Indonesia operations remain a key contributor and the Group is focused on strengthening business synergies between its subsidiaries, PT Millennium Pharmacon International and PT Errita Pharma, to tap into opportunities in this growing market,” it said.
August 17, 2018 06:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The police have rubbished rumours that the RapidKL bus driver responsible for ramming several vehicles along Jalan Ampang has died. He said the police would decide whether to detain the driver further, depending on his state of health. On Thursday night, footage of a RapidKL bus ramming into several vehicles on a busy road, believed to be in Ampang, went viral on social media and messaging apps. The bus is shown weaving recklessly through traffic before ramming into two cars, then knocking into several other vehicles before being halted by gridlocked traffic. Related stories:RapidKL driver in Thursday night bus rampage picked up by policeRapidKL driver was beaten up, company urges stop to speculationRapid Bus forms taskforce to look into insurance claims
August 17, 2018 06:33 UTC
HONG KONG: China appears to be propping up the yuan just as the government prepares to restart trade negotiations with the U.S.After falling to a one-year low, the offshore yuan -- one of the world’s weakest currencies in recent months -- on Thursday surged the most since January 2017 as cash supply dwindled and the central bank set its daily fixings at stronger than expected levels. “We will see intense defense if the yuan moves closer to seven per dollar.”U.S. President Donald Trump has accused China of keeping its currency artificially weak to garner a trade advantage, saying on television channel CNBC last month that the yuan is “dropping like a rock,” to America’s detriment.The yuan has fallen more than 8 percent versus the dollar since March as the People’s Bank of China eased monetary policy to support a slowing economy while trade friction with the U.S. worsened. But Chinese policy makers worry a disorderly drop could trigger capital outflows and threaten financial stability.“China wouldn’t want the yuan to slide too quickly before important meetings, and that could be one of the reasons why the policy makers moved to support the currency,” said Nathan Chow, senior economist at DBS Bank Hong Kong Ltd. “The yuan will still face pressures as there are many uncertainties with the low-level trade talks. I don’t think China will bend to the U.S. that easily.” - Bloomberg
August 17, 2018 06:11 UTC
JAKARTA (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): He smokes about 40 cigarettes a day and takes puffs in between cups of coffee. Indonesian Rapi Ananda Pamungka is only two years old but he has already made international headlines for his chain-smoking habits. According to local news website SukabumiUpdate, Rapi became addicted to smoking after he picked up used cigarette butts off the floor. In 2010, a YouTube video of an Indonesian toddler who reportedly smoked 40 cigarettes a day shocked health experts in the country. In 2014, video footage of a Chinese toddler smoking in the street as passers-by did nothing to stop him similarly sparked outrage.
August 17, 2018 06:11 UTC
The motorcyclists are then heard shouting as the bus driver tries to flee on foot. Another video shows a man clad in an orange shirt – believed to be the bus driver – sitting on the ground. His face is bruised and an angry crowd can be heard shouting at him while someone asks him why he tried to run away. Azri also claimed that he pursued the bus from Taman Keramat AU2 to Ampang near the Middle Ring Road 2 junction. The bus driver has been taken to the Ampang Hospital for medical treatment.
August 16, 2018 15:52 UTC
(Reuters) - Arsenal's veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will start Saturday's Premier League clash against his former club Chelsea despite criticism of his performance in last weekend's defeat by Manchester City, manager Unai Emery said on Thursday. Cech struggled with Emery's tactics, which involve playing out from the back, in the 2-0 loss to the defending champions. He was criticised by some supporters who called for new signing Bernd Leno to take his place for the London derby. Emery suggested that he would persist with his style despite being outplayed by City and sought a strong response from his players. Against City, the team kept their ideas, kept their spirit in the game for the full 90 minutes even when we were losing," Emery added.
August 16, 2018 14:03 UTC
BALIK PULAU: A school in Teluk Kumbar, Penang, denies that it is the venue for a "masturbation contest" as alleged in a viral screenshot of a Facebook post. OCPD Supt A.A. Anbalagan said the assistant principal learnt about the post on July 30 and he alerted the school's principal the next day. "Initial investigations show that the complainant had received the message and the Facebook post was also spread online," he said. Anbalagan said the school had no plans for any event on Aug 19 as it was the first day of school holidays. He added that the fake post was recycled from a similar one two years ago.
August 16, 2018 14:03 UTC
BANGKOK (Bernama): A drug dealer known as "Mr T", or "Malaysian Iceman" and his female Thai accomplice have been found guilty of drug smuggling by a Thai court on Thursday (Aug 16) and sentenced to death. However, their death sentences were later reduced to life imprisonment as they had cooperated with the authorities during the investigation. They were accused of being in the same cross-border drug syndicate in which the Malaysian mastermind played a key role. The Malaysian, who spoke fluent Thai, resided in Hatyai and has a Thai wife. The court was also told of the various communications between the accused and one of the two Malaysian men via messaging system and coded conversation about their drug smuggling activities.
August 16, 2018 13:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Parliament has agreed for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Auditor-General to open fresh investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. The motion to reopen investigations was tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and was passed after heated debate. He said the investigations by the PAC and Auditor-General would allow the rakyat to know the truth behind 1MDB and bring closure to the scandal that has rocked the nation. "Why had you (Hasan) altered the final PAC Report without even informing us as PAC members?" He said the proper manner would be for the PAC to table their findings in Parliament once completed.
August 16, 2018 13:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan government intend to buy out toll highway concessionaires will cost less than RM400bil, says Damansara MP Tony Pua (pic). "That is why it will not reach RM400bil," said Pua. Earlier this week, Works Minister Baru Bian said the Government would have to pay concessionaires an estimated RM400bil if tolls were abolished. It was reported that the Works Minister had assured that the Pakatan Government would abolish toll collection when the country's economy stabilises. In its election manifesto, Pakatan promised to abolish tolls in stages if it formed the Federal Government.
August 16, 2018 12:45 UTC
A poet-politician, Vajpayee was one of the most popular leaders of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). But unlike Modi, who critics say is a polarising figure despite his pledge of inclusive development for India's 1.3 billion people, Vajpayee was the moderate face of Hindu nationalism, admired even by prominent political foes. Vajpayee served as prime minister briefly in 1996 then again from 1998 to 2004. Vajpayee called the 1992 destruction of a 16th-century mosque on a disputed site by Hindu fanatics India's darkest hour. He gave the go-ahead for underground nuclear tests in 1998 believing nuclear weapons would be deterrent against China and Pakistan.
August 16, 2018 12:28 UTC
Dr Mahathir, during his first stint as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, visited China multiple times. "During my 22 years of tenure as prime minister, I had pushed for close relations with China," he said. He said the new government certainly wanted "close relations" with China and would look for China's support for the recovery of Malaysia's finances. Describing China's development in the past several decades as "something of a miracle," Dr Mahathir said China had developed into "the centre of manufacturing for the whole world". The Prime Minister said he also attached importance to closer people-to-people ties between the two countries.
August 16, 2018 11:37 UTC
(Reuters) - Huddersfield Town must use the positives from last season's results against Manchester City as motivation to collect at least a point against the Premier League champions in Sunday's match, defender Florent Hadergjonaj has said. Swiss international Hadergjonaj is confident Huddersfield can emulate that performance and recover from their opening 3-0 league defeat by Chelsea last weekend. "We have shown last year that we can take points off every team," Hadergjonaj told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. "Last year we got a 0-0 result against Manchester City away, so I don't see why we can't do that again in the new season. Hadergjonaj also backed Huddersfield to avoid relegation for the second season in a row following the club's 16th-placed finish last term.
August 16, 2018 11:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The idea to start a "soda tax" on soft drinks to increase government revenues and encourage healthy living is just a personal proposal, said Damansara MP Tony Pua. Soft drinks, with their high sugar content, have been blamed for the increasing obesity rates in the country. The government is expected to see a shortfall of about RM21bil in tax revenues following the removal of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "But I don't think we should say who can or cannot consume soft drinks. Preferably everyone should minimise the consumption of soft drinks," said the former Youth and Sports Minister.
August 16, 2018 10:41 UTC