Monthly Archives: March 2015

March 31

Enough with the comics, give full list of GST-free items, says Rafidah

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, the former international trade and industry minister, says Putrajaya should do away with jargons in explaining to consumers about the GST which takes effect tomorrow.  Putrajaya must change its current approach of educating the public on the goods and services tax (GST) by publishing immediately a list of tax-exempted items in […]

March 31

Ringgit victim of ‘poor perception’

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz was in the media spotlight recently. The press conference following BNM’s release of its 2014 annual report became a spirited question-and-answer session focusing on the depreciating ringgit, said to be linked to falling oil prices and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) controversy. Grilled by […]

March 27

IGP: Was Rafizi asking for Anwar’s jailbreak?

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s directive could also be interpreted as urging supporters to break out Anwar Ibrahim from prison, said inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.   He said this when asked to comment on the Pandan lawmaker’s arrest this afternoon. “Rafizi asked his supporters to come out in full force tomorrow to release Anwar. […]

March 27

Pardon disposed, Anwar to lose MP seat – MalaysiaKini

The Pardons Board has disposed the petition filed by Anwar Ibrahim’s family and the opposition leader will be disqualified as a member of parliament, said senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh. MalaysiaKini reports: However, Anwar’s lawyer N Surendran did not wish to comment on the decision pending   confirmation before the Kuala Lumpur High Court. The decision […]

March 27

Remove all medicines from GST list, say consumer associations

Consumer associations across the country were united in wanting all medicines exempted from GST, not just the 4,215 that the Customs Department has so far listed. “It should all be exempted,” said Ahmad Hariza Hashim, vice-president of the Malaysian Consumer and Family Economics Association. “Medicine is a necessity for all, no matter what your income […]

March 26

Dr Khir apologises to Khalid, defamation suit settled

A defamation suit between two former Selangor Menteri Besar was settled when Dr Mohd Khir Toyo apologised to Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim at the Shah Alam High Court today the Star online has reported. “I sincerely offer my apologies to Khalid for the two statements I’ve made against him. “As the Opposition leader at that […]

March 26

KPMG defends 1MDB audit

Accounting firm KPMG has defended its audit conducted on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) that had entered a controversial now-defunct joint venture with PetroSaudi International Limited, says MalayMail Online in a report. Local news portal MalaysiaKini reported today KPMG insisting that the audit on the state investment arm was above board and followed “international standards.” http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/293250 […]

March 26

Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France

As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in. The New York Times has this report: A senior military […]

March 24

Tragedy hits as Germanwings airliner crashes in French Alps, reports the BBC

An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, French aviation officials and police have said. The jet belongs to the German airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa. The plane had reportedly been en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was carrying 142 passengers and six crew. French President Francois […]

March 24

The top 15 economies winning in global trade, Malaysia included

Crude oil, computers, cars and copper.  There may be 25 other letters in the alphabet but not many commodities and goods more important than these C-words in the high-stakes balancing act that is world trade. On the winning side are 36 economies expected to see surpluses in their current accounts, the broadest measure of trade in […]

March 22

Politics by gangsterism – Haniff Khatri

It was with complete and utter disbelief that I read the news report on the demand made by member of parliament, N. Surendran, in which he calls for immediate discontinuance of any investigation by the police on the “seditious statement” uttered by Nurul Izzah during the debate on the King’s speech in Parliament on 10th […]

March 20

Why we should never petition any other country in particular US to interfere in our affairs, says Lukman Sheriff

The United States manufactured “truth” to go to war. They don’t have the interest of other nations at heart. It doesn’t matter if the state interfered results in a failed state. In the case of Iraq its immaterial if 200,000 civilians die because they are not US citizens (they are mere collaterals). It matters not […]

March 20

Not unusual for 1MDB to operate in secrecy, says Azmi Hassan

Transparency could hurt sovereign fund’s business dealings, says Azmi Hassan. Free Malaysia Today reports: SHAH ALAM: It is not unusual for state-owned investment funds to operate under a veil of secrecy, said a university professor yesterday at a forum on 1MDB here. “There are about 50-60 companies like 1MDB in the world and over 90 […]

March 19

NFCorp vs Public Bank trial to resume in August

NFCorp says Public Bank failed to protect the confidentiality of its customer accounts. The High Court today set August 11 and 12 for the continued hearing of the suit brought by National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) against Public Bank Berhad. The court would also determine on March 31 whether the trial could resume instead […]

March 19

Sarawak Report Activist Hit With Copyright Complaint Over Post On Malaysian Financier

Clare Rewcastle Brown’s site could be pulled after an investigation into a jet-setting Malaysian businessman with ties to the prime minister. WASHINGTON — An independent journalist who has been a vocal critic of the Malaysian government is being targeted with a copyright complaint after she posted widely available photos of a controversial financier with ties […]

March 18

Opposition Slammed For Spreading Inaccurate Information On Nurul Izzah’s Detention

The majority of us are not familiar with the full extent of the Rules of Parliament. How many of us can honestly say that we have read them? A backbencher Tuesday slammed the opposition for deliberately spreading inaccurate information about the detention of Nurul Izzah Anwar and use it for their political mileage. Che Mohamad […]

March 16

Nurul Izzah Anwar arrested under Sedition Act

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, the eldest daughter of jailed Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, was arrested under the Sedition Act when she turned up at the Dang Wangi police station on Monday, as requested, to give a statement on the KitaLawan rally of March 7.  The Lembah Pantai MP has also been asked to […]

March 16

Fake Milo found, Nestlé warns customers

Nestlé urged consumers to lodge reports if they have purchased counterfeit versions of its Milo chocolate drink (Milo Facebook page screenshot) Food manufacturer Nestlé Malaysia started a campaign to help consumers identify counterfeits of its iconic Milo drink today, after the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry busted counterfeiters in Negeri Sembilan. Nestlé said it […]

March 15

Relieved That Jupiter Planes Did Not Crash At Langkawi Airport during LIMA ‘15

The Indonesian defence minister expressed relief that the two airplanes from Indonesia’s Jupiter aerobatics team did not crash at the Langkawi International Airport. This is because according to Ryamizard Ryacudu, if the planes had crashed at the airport which is now busy with a variety of aircraft in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and […]

March 15

Identities Of Indonesia’s Jupiter Aerobatics Team Pilots at LIMA ’15 Identified

The four pilots of two KT-1B aircraft of Indonesia’s Jupiter aerobatics team, which crashed after a mid-air collision during a practice session in conjunction with the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA ’15), have been identified. They are Arief Hartono, Sri Rahardjo, H.S Romas and Hunaidi Syarif Romas. All of them only suffered minor […]

March 15

Two AU-TNI Aircraft Crash During Aerobatic Practice at Lima ‘15

Two Jupiter Aerobatic Team aircraft belonging to the Indonesian Air Force (AU-TNI) crashed during a practice session conjunction with the 2015 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA ’15) exhibition at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Centre(MIEC) here, Sunday. A spokesman for the Langkawi Fire and Rescue Department said the accident occurred at 2.04 pm when six […]

March 15

Despite trouncing at Bar AGM, G100 members insist Leong must eat Anwar case remark

Members of the G100 remained adamant that Christopher Leong must retract his statement on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s prosecution, despite lawyers overwhelmingly rejecting its bid to censure the Malaysian Bar president for his remarks. Ahmad Kamal, one of the 100 signatories in the group, told Malay Mail Online that the G100 will not concede its […]

March 14

Motion to censure Bar Council president thrown out

Lawyers at the Bar Council annual general meeting (AGM) today overwhelmingly defeated a motion to censure its president Christopher Leong for allegedly making disparaging remarks against the judiciary.  V. Anbalagan and Elizabeth Zachariah from the Malaysian Insider report: The vote was taken at 2.30pm after close to two hours of debating and 1,194 members voted […]

March 14

Bar AGM draws unprecedented numbers over controversial motions

The larger attendance at this year’s Bar Council annual general meeting is seen to represent support for its president Christopher Leong, who faces a motion that calls for him to retract a press release on the sodomy conviction of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.  V. Anbalagan and Elizabeth Zachariah from the Malaysian Insider report: 14 March […]

March 14

Motion to censure Shafee at Bar Council AGM withdrawn after injunction served

A motion to censure Umno lawyer Mohd Shafee Abdullah at the Bar Council’s annual general meeting today has been withdrawn after he obtained a court injunction yesterday. Free Malaysia Today reports: “We have been served the injunction, we abide by the terms. The motion will not be tabled,” outgoing Bar Council president Christopher Leong was […]

March 13

EPF says 80% of workers have savings below poverty line as they turn 55

Nearly 80% of workers who will turn 55 this year will not have enough savings in their Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to live above the poverty line, according to figures released by the fund’s chief executive officer. The Malaysian Insider reports: Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said for the next 20 years, the workers would not […]

March 13

Lawyer Shafee succeeds in securing injunction from the KL High Court to prevent motion at the Malaysian Bar’s AGM

UPDATED Lawyer Mohamed Shafee Abdullah today succeeded in securing an injunction from the Kuala Lumpur High Court to prevent a motion being tabled tomorrow at the Malaysian Bar’s Annual General Meeting to debate his conduct. The Order was granted ex parte in chambers earlier today by High Court Judge Asmabi Mohamad. Shafee was represented by […]

March 12

Bar Council must respond to and account for the motion to condemn the Judiciary before Parliament

PRESS STATEMENT FROM G100 The Bar Council must respond to and account for the motion to condemn the Judiciary before Parliament 12 March 2015 We, the G100, read with grave concern this report http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/…/opposition-motion-to-ce…/. The G100 finds this statement highly contemptuous to the judiciary. One of the basis of the public opprobrium of the judiciary […]

March 11

‘Free Anwar’ petition yanked amid final push, reports MalaysiaKini

In surprising turn of events, former United States ambassador to Malaysia John Malott’s online petition has been removed from the White House website ‘We the People’ citing “a violation of their terms of participants.” The petition, which was online an hour ago, saw a dramatic jump in signatures over the past 24 hours. MalaysiaKini’s Anjulie […]

March 10

Rafizi Ramli arrested over rally

PKR’s secretary-general is detained at police station after he lodged a police report against 1MDB. Police turned the tables on Rafizi Ramli when he was arrested instead after lodging a police report on 1MDB at the Dang Wangi police station this evening, Malaysiakini reported. He was arrested for his part in the March 7 #KitaLawan […]