KOTA KINABALU: An Abu Sayyaf member convicted by a Philippines court for attempted murder and kidnapping, has found that the arm of the law is long indeed. The 32-year-old, who is currently serving a six-month jail term for entering the state illegally, is responsible for kidnappings in southern Philippines and fought with the military there. Marsan admitted being a member of the militant group in Sabah between July 31, 2012 and March 15 this year. The Philippines government also confirmed that Marsan was an Abu Sayaff member in Basilan, southern Philippines, and acted as a “hunter” for kidnap-for-ransom in Zamboanga City. Police investigations also revealed that Marsan admitted to being a member of the Abu Sayyaf group since 2010 and had fought against the Philippines army three times since 2016.
July 23, 2018 10:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The move to blacklist National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan defaulters from leaving the country by the previous government is unfair, said Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching. She said this was the reason why the Pakatan Harapan government, through its manifesto for the 14th general election, pledged to remove the loan defaulters’ names from the Immigration Department blacklist. “If you look at those who take loans from banks, their names will not be placed on the Immigration Department blacklist if they stop paying or are inconsistent in their repayments. She said this in reply to a supplementary question from Dr Azman Ismail (PH-Kuala Kedah) who asked why the Government made the pledge to lift the travel ban on PTPTN loan defaulters at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here Monday. Last month, PTPTN chairman Wan Saiful Wan Jan said that the names of 429,945 loan defaulters have been removed from the Immigration Department blacklist in stages beginning May 24.
July 23, 2018 10:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A policeman who hit his ex-wife, a police officer, in the face and causing her to bleed at the mouth, was fined RM1,300 by the magistrate's court here Monday (July 23). The accused who was not represented by counsel appealed for a lighter sentence, saying he was the sole breadwinner of the family. “I have two children who are still schooling and am also looking after my parents ... Deputy Public Prosecutor Noorelynna Hanim Abd Halim urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence, taking into consideration the safety of the public and the victim. “Any problem can be solved civilly and there is no need for violence ... the accused should have acted rationally,” she said.
July 23, 2018 09:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Telekom Malaysia and Tenaga Nasional have decided to shelve their proposed nationwide fiberisation plan with immediate effect.Both companies announced to Bursa Malaysia they had mutually agreed to discontinue the MoU which was to collaborate to set up a detailed joint proposal for the plan.However, they said this discontinuation, does not preclude them from considering other collaborations should there be future business opportunities that are beneficial to both parties.
July 23, 2018 09:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Blue chips edged higher on Monday, regaining their momentum on fund buying of IHH Healthcare, Petronas Chemical and Axiata.At 5pm, the KLCI was up 3.29 points or 0.19% to 1,757.96. Turnover was 3.13 billion shares valued at RM2.24bil. The blue-chip CSI300 index rose 0.9% to 3,525.75 while the Shanghai Composite Index ended up 1.1% at 2,859.54.At Bursa, consumer stocks were among the top gainers with Nestle up 60 sen to RM148.60, BAT 48 sen to RM34.18 and Heineken 32 sen to RM23.16. Carlsberg lost 10 sen to RM18.88.Vitrox rose 34 sen to RM5.79 after the tech-related stock was upgraded while chip-maker MPI gained 22 sen to RM11.74 and KESM gained 20 sen to RM17.50.Country Heights jumped 21 sen to RM1.50 on expectations that it would be back in favour.Among the KLCI stocks, IHH added eight sen to RM6.08 and gave the index a 1.17 point lift, KLCC added 19 sen to RM7.78 but Tenaga fell four sen to RM14.78. Genting Malaysia rose one sen to RM5.13 but Genitng Bhd four sen lower to RM8.81.US light crude oil rose 29 cents to US$68.55 and Brent added 58 cents to US$73.65.Petronas Chemical added seven sen to RM8.81, Petronas Dagangan 20 sen higher at RM26 but Petronas Gas fell six sen to RM18.30.
July 23, 2018 09:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The sixth accused in the murder trial of Datuk Anthony Kevin Morais told the High Court here that he and five other accused were threatened to admit to the Deputy Public Prosecutor's murder at the trial. “On April 10, after I returned from attending the trial, three prison officials had asked me to pass motion. "While in the toilet, one of them approached me and said that he had met with S. Ravi Chandran (the seventh accused) on several occasions to ask Ravi Chandaran to admit to the case. The fifth defence witness said that he later lodged a police report on the matter on April 17 after Ravi Chandaran, who is his uncle, asked him to do so. At the proceedings today, five accused, Dinishwaran, 26, Thinesh Kumar, 25, Vishwanath; 28, Nimalan and Ravi Chandaran, 47, were represented by counsel Rajehgopal while Dr Kunaseegaran, 55, was represented by counsel Datuk N. Sivananthan.
July 23, 2018 09:34 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's economy is currently in a good position so the government should focus on growth and not austerity, said AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes.He said the government must focus on increasing its efficiency and productivity in order to grow jobs and be a driving force in ASEAN.“Focus on those industries that can bring income quick, and technology and ideas that can bring big growth (for the country),” he added in his latest post on Twitter.Fernandes said having economic growth would enable the government to handle its debt.He also believes the ringgit will strengthen to about 3.80 against the US dollar soon.Bank Negara Malaysia had announced that the Federal government debt totalled RM686.8 billion as at end-2017, equivalent to 50.8 per cent of the gross domestic product.Subsequently, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the Federal government debt and liabilities amounted to RM1.08 trillion as at Dec 31, 2017.This included the RM686.8 billion in Federal government debt and RM199.1 billion of government guarantees to pay on behalf of entities, which were unable to service their debt, he said.He said the government was also committed to RM201.4 billion in lease payments for rental, maintenance and other charges for public-private partnership projects such as the construction of schools, hostels, roads, police stations and hospitals.Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the government was considering securing a loan facility from Japan to reduce the 'high cost of money' as the interest rate on debt taken by the previous administration was too high at six per cent.He said the value of the Japanese yen was cheaper than the ringgit with one yen equalling 1 US cent, while RM1 was worth 25 US cents, and repaying Malaysia's debt in the Japanese yen meant the country would not be burdened with a high interest rate of more than six per cent.
July 23, 2018 09:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Retail Association (MRA) is urging the government to make a firm decision over the black shoe ruling for schools nationwide. Loke proposed for the government to implement a grace period of 12- 18 months in making the switch from white to black shoes, if the black shoe ruling is implemented. At present, Loke pointed out that 70-80% of school shoes in the market are white. “We believe many white shoes are already made or at various stages of productions. “What will happen to all the white shoes in the market which are already in the millions?"
July 23, 2018 08:37 UTC
PETALING JAYA: PKR vice-president Tian Chua welcomes Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s decision to contest the party’s president post. He said if Anwar is elected to the post, it will quash all uncertainties and instil confidence among party members and the public. I call upon all party members to put aside differences and personal ambition. He was far-sighted in anticipating the need for a political party that embraces diversity to reflect our multi-ethnic pluralistic society,” Chua said. We shall be mindful that the perception towards our party leadership has great implication to the public confidence in the ruling coalition,” he said.
July 23, 2018 08:26 UTC
SHAH ALAM: Developer Sime Darby Property Bhd is optimistic about the prospects of its Malaysian Vision Valley (MVV) development despite the fact that the Kuala Lumpur High-Speed Rail (HSR) project has been scrapped.Sime Darby Property township COO Datuk Wan Hashimi Albakri said the developer has engaged the new government about MVV, who are also optimistic.“The project will be a game-changer and is set to be a boost to Negeri Sembilan and the Malaysian economy,” he said earlier today following a signing ceremony with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).The HSR has been scrapped by the new Pakatan Harapan government as it was deemed to not be financially viable.Under the proposed project, the Seremban and Muar HSR stations were supposed to be located within the MVV.Hashimi said Sime Darby is in talks with developers to participate in MVV.The development will span 379,000 acres, and is focused on a variety of industries, including healthcare, education and tourism. It is located in Negri Sembilan, bordering Selangor.Meanwhile, Sime Darby Property has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UNICEF to build Malaysia’s first inclusive playground at the developer’s City of Elmina project.Sime Darby Property has set aside an initial budget of RM1mil to build the inclusive playground.Scheduled for completion in the first half of 2018, the inclusive playground in City of Elmina will enable children with and without disabilities to play together as equals, creating opportunities for inter-generational interaction within families and social cohesion of the wider community.Sime Darby Property is Malaysia’s largest property developer in terms of landbank with 20,743 acres of remaining developable land as at Dec 31, 2017.
July 23, 2018 08:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor will be making an application to the court to strike out the RM60mil lawsuit against her by Lebanese jewellery firm, Global Royalty Trading SAL. The lawyers of the former prime minister’s wife have filed her defence in the suit earlier on Monday (July 23). “The said suit filed by Global Royalty contravenes the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001. “Accordingly, the suit filed by Global Royalty against our client is clearly unlawful, frivolous, vexatious and/or an abuse of the court process. On June 26, Global Royalty filed the legal suit against Rosmah at the Kuala Lumpur High Court over a consignment of “missing” jewellery.
July 23, 2018 08:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak denied signing off any cheques to Umno using money from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). "It's not from 1MDB funds. It was previously reported that Barisan Nasional had received RM300mil from 1MDB for the 2013 general election, and that Umno received about RM145mil of these funds from Najib's AmBank account. The Pekan MP was given a slate grey, three-tier vanilla cake, which featured a caricature of him, as well as the words "Thank You Sir Dato' Sri Najib Razak" written on the cake. He was also gifted a commemorative video of his tenure as prime minister and his contribution to the nation, as well as to Umno and Barisan Nasional.
July 23, 2018 07:52 UTC
That is down almost 25 percent from an all-time high of 19.38 euros last August.The results come after EasyJet, Europe's second-biggest low-cost airline, raised its profit guidance, forecasting earnings could soar by as much as 45 percent this year. Fast-growing budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle earlier in July also beat expectations with a second-quarter net profit. "UNREASONABLE DEMANDS"Ryanair, which flies in 37 countries and carried 130 million passengers last year, averted widespread strikes before Christmas by deciding to recognise trade unions for the first time in its 32-year history. But it has since struggled to reach agreement on terms with several of them.It cited strikes as one of the reasons why average fares would be lower than expected this summer, with high competition and a heatwave in Northern Europe also weighing.Average fares are expected to grow by 1 percent in the three months to September 30, down from an earlier forecast of 5 percent growth, O'Leary said. "While we continue to actively engage with pilot and cabin crew unions across Europe, we expect further strikes over the peak summer period as we are not prepared to concede to unreasonable demands that will compromise either our low fares or our highly efficient model," O'Leary said.
July 23, 2018 07:41 UTC
(Reuters) - Chelsea's players must quickly adapt to new manager Maurizio Sarri's demands as the Italian looks to reshape the team for the new Premier League season, midfielder Cesc Fabregas said. The 59-year-old Sarri replaced sacked compatriot Antonio Conte at the helm this month and is known to favour an attacking approach as seen at his former club Napoli. "He is bringing a different style, a different formation and we just need to grow into it," Fabregas told the club's. "He likes to play football, likes to press high, to try to have control of the ball and control of the game," Spaniard Alonso said. Chelsea begin their campaign in the Community Shield against champions Manchester City on Aug. 5.
July 23, 2018 07:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit was higher against the US dollar early Monday as accusations of currency manipulation by China and the European Union by President Donald Trump set it at a disadvantage. At 9 am (0100 gmt), the local note was quoted at 4.0490/0540 versus the greenback from Friday's close of 4.0600/0630. Public Investment Bank Bhd said further support for the ringgit was the internal feuding between the Federal Reserve and US President Donald Trump who criticised the Fed's monetary policy. It depreciated against the Singapore dollar to 2.9748/9796 from Friday's 2.9687/9718 and eased against the euro at 4.7551/7614 from 4.7315/7366. The ringgit declined against the British pound to 5.3216/3298 versus 5.2861/2904 and fell against the yen to 3.6500/6549 from 3.6108/6138 registered previously.
July 23, 2018 02:03 UTC