Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 31

New pump prices: Ron95 at RM1.70

The Government announced a revision of retail petrol prices with effect from Feb 1. The new price per litre for Ron95 is RM1.70 (from RM1.91), Ron97 at RM2 (RM2.11) and diesel at RM1.70 (RM1.93). This follows the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry’s decision to set the market price of Ron 95 and diesel based […]

January 31

Eligible MH370 next-of-kin to get SOCSO payment

The Social Security Organisation (Perkeso) will start processing payments to the next-of-kin of 12 crew members and nine Freescale Semiconductor Malaysia Sdn Bhd staff who were on board Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, based on their eligibility. Human Resource Minister Richard Riot Jaem said under the Perkeso scheme, the next-of-kin will receive RM1,500 as funeral […]

January 27

Indonesian military stops search and recovery for remains of AirAsia QZ8501

Rope snaps in attempt to raise AirAsia fuselage 03:14 Story highlights The military chief orders teams to pull out of the wreckage area “We are really disappointed,” a family member of people on the flight says Indonesia’s search and rescue agency will continue looking for bodies Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN)The Indonesian military said Tuesday that it […]

January 26

Malaysia Airlines website hacked

Malaysia Airlines’ website has been hacked by a group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate. The group appears to align itself with with the Islamic State (also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). A KiniBiz report says – Its homepage opened up to a full screen picture from the hackers. It showed a Malaysia […]

January 25

Sue them, Zaid rallies highway protestors

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim told a 400-strong crowd today to take legal action against the developers of the proposed Kidex and Dash highways to stop the two projects which face stiff opposition from unhappy residents. At a protest rally in Dataran Petaling Jaya today, Zaid said: “Let’s take them to court. We have to […]

January 25

Malay Mail is anti Islam, says lawyer

Let’s call a spade a spade: MM is anti Islam. Lawyer Lukhman Sheriff Alias tells us on his Facebook page. The evidence is incriminating. Someone posted a dated Malay Mail article on his FB this morning. The title of the article is “In Friday sermon, Jakim warns Muslims against ‘tricks and agenda’ in K-entertainment.” See […]

January 24

EPF Withdrawal For Members Affected By Flooding

Following the recent flooding situation, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) wishes to inform that members whose homes have been affected by the floods are allowed to withdraw their EPF savings from Account 2 to purchase or rebuild their homes. Members have the option to make EPF Housing Withdrawals according to the Fund’s current procedures. Those […]

January 23

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah dies

The BBC reports Abdullah bin Abdulaziz was the fifth of his brothers to take the throne and became king in 2005, reports Caroline Hawley Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died in hospital, royal officials have announced. A statement, made early on Friday, said his brother, Salman, had become king. Before the announcement, Saudi television […]

January 22

KLIA2 receives negative feedback from PAC

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said the failure to provide detailed clarification on the National Airport Master Plan (NAMP) 2008, which became the reference for the development of KLIA2, has given rise to negative feedback on the construction of the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) including from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Designed to accommodate 45 […]

January 21

Taib’s son was legally married to Australian

Despite claims to the contrary, checks show Taib’s son was married to Aida at the time of his sister’s wedding in August 2000, not 1999. Doubts were today cast when Sarawak business entrepreneur Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib was accused of having brought an unmarried Australian woman to the wedding of his sibling Hanifah Hajar Taib […]

January 17

1MDB chief should testify before parliamentary panel, says Pua

DAP lawmaker Tony Pua has challenged 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief Arul Kandasamy to testify to the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the strategic investor’s state of affairs, saying that this would ensure its engagement was fair and free of politics. “Since ‘public scrutiny of 1MDB is a good thing’, the new CEO, Arul […]

January 16

Should baju kurungs be exclusive?

A school should never be obsessed over uniforms at the expense of the students’ education. Scott Ng in a commentary on Free Malaysia Today expresses:   We can’t seem to go through a week without some controversy or other to tickle our fancies or provoke our rage. Just as we are recovering from the brouhaha […]

January 15

Malaysian passports now reduced to RM200

The Immigration Department has reduced the application fee for the international passport from today. Applicants aged 13 to 59 will only have to pay RM200 instead of RM300 for a five-year period, said the department’s corporate communications division in a statement. Applicants aged 60 and above and 12 and below as well as Haj pilgrims […]

January 13

Mega bank merger called off

The proposed merger between CIMB Group Holdings Bhd and two smaller Malaysian lenders to create one of the largest banks in Southeast Asia has been cancelled, sources said. CIMB’s merger with RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd (MBSB) was expected to make it the world’s largest Islamic bank.Board members of the banks will […]

January 12

White Paper needed to explain falling reserves

Bank Negara’s announcement last Thursday that our foreign reserves fell dramatically by RM36 billion in 2014 is worrying. It calls for a full explanation in a White Paper. Malaysians need a full explanation as to why the decline is happening and what will be done to arrest this serious problem. We need to be assured […]

January 07

Shafee nails Nurul for malice, tears her credibility to shreds

In the cross examination today, Lembah Pantai MP and PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar admitted she had not attempted nor verified the banking information revealed by her counterpart PKR strategy director Rafiizi Ramli. She told the court she had assumed and presumed the bank documents were loan accounts for eight KL Eco City properties. […]

January 06

1MDB’s failure to settle debt seen driving down ringgit, says economist

Tonight our sleep may be somewhat disturbed. As it is, our day today had been disturbed by news of a weakening Ringgit against the US Dollar. The Edge Financial Daily and its sister news portal Malaysian Insider posted this report – 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) failure to settle an RM2 billion loan to local lenders […]

January 06

Bank Negara grills top executives as 1MDB fails to settle RM2 billion debt again

Today Malaysians wake up to this piece of news. And I really mean wake up. Malaysian Insider and its counterpart The Edge Financial Daily report – Not only is heavily indebted 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) getting a new chief executive officer (CEO), but it has also failed for a second time to pay a RM2 […]

January 05

NFCorp sues Nurul and PKR for defamation and malice

The trial of the suit between National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) and its chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail (Plaintiffs) against Lembah Pantai MP and PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar and Parti Keadilan Rakyat represented by its then secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution (Defendants) began in earnest today. In his testimony before Judge Datuk […]

January 04

Singapore aviation authority says flight QZ8501 approval ‘based on air rights’

So there were air rights given, at least from the Singapore end. Well, come Monday, Indonesian authorities are set to clarify. This will allay fears, especially with regard to insurance claims and payouts. Malaysian Insider reported today that the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said it had given its approval for the Surabaya-Singapore flight […]

January 03

Flight QZ8501 unauthorised. Will insurance pay?

Free Malaysia Today reports via AFP that the AirAsia plane that crashed last weekend was flying on an unauthorised schedule. Indonesia’s transport ministry said Saturday, adding it had now frozen the airline’s permission to fly the route. This interestingly begs the question if the flight, passengers and plane are covered by insurance? What is also […]

January 02

Was QZ8501 brought down by a microburst?

A microburst or sudden gusts of strong winds could have caused the Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 to crash last Sunday, according to local daily New Straits Times. MyMalayBlogger read from the hard copy of the NST early this morning. No online version is available. So do get your copy of the NST of Friday 2 […]