Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 30

Malaysian auxiliary policeman among Batam murder suspects

Four Malaysians, including a member of the auxiliary police, have been arrested in Batam, Indonesia for suspected murder, reports The Jakarta Post.   Batam, Rempang and Galang (Barelang) City Police arrested the four who are believed to have murdered fellow Malaysian citizen Amar Aswan, 29, on April 24 at the BCC Hotel and Residence in […]

April 29

Indonesia executions: Australia recalls ambassador, reports BBC

Australia has recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men were executed for drug smuggling.  Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were among eight people from several countries executed by firing squad shortly after midnight on Wednesday on the prison island of Nusakambangan. Brazil’s government also expressed its “deep dismay” at the execution of one […]

April 29

Tourism Sector, Sixth Highest Contributor For Malaysian Economy, says ETP

Malaysia’s tourism sector was the sixth highest contributor to the country’s economy in 2014, with the new record in tourism arrivals growing to 27.4 million and receipts at RM72 billion compared with RM65.4 billion in 2013. According to the Economic Transformation Report 2014, the results highlighted the industry’s resilience despite the nation’s twin aviation tragedies […]

‘Facebook nanny’ suspect in death of six-month-old

A six-month-old boy died from head injuries here after he was allegedly abused by a 26-year-old nanny his parents met on Facebook. Royal Malaysian Navy officer Muhammad Izzat Emir Mohd Rahim, 30, said he and his wife, Siti Norazila Onn, 32, never imagined they would lose their youngest son, Izz Harith Hafizi, when they placed […]

April 27

Politically motivated conspiracy had evolved from his divorce maintenance hearings

The Sarawak Governor’s son, businessman Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, today denied a string of accusations by his former wife’s lawyers, including the allegation that there were many women in his life. Testifiying in the Syariah High Court here in the “mutaah” (conciliatory gift) suit brought by Shahnaz Abdul Majid, he also denied that his father, […]

April 27

Elizabeth Wong is wrong ― Concerned Lawyers for Justice say

Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) refers to the Malay Mail Online news report of 21 April 2015 titled “Churches may operate in commercial areas without permits, Selangor exco says”. CLJ notes that the news report quotes Elizabeth Wong, a Selangor executive councillor and co-chair of the Selangor state committee on non-Islamic affairs (HESI) stating that […]

April 25

1MDB to media: no comment on speculation or rumours

Singapore branch of Swiss bank alleges that certain 1MDB documents were falsified, giving an inaccurate impression of company assets. Free Malaysia Today has this report on Malaysian Insider’s attempt to get clarifications from 1MDB: “Thank you for your e-mail. While we welcome media enquiries, 1MDB does not comment on speculation and market rumours.” That was […]

April 24

My thoughts on 1MDB – Mahathir Mohamad

Former prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad writes his thoughts on 1MDB: 1. The management of government finances is governed by laws, rules, regulations and practices. Companies also have similar systems but the government manages huge sums of money, basically the people’s money, and it is imperative that the managers follow the laws, […]

April 22

NFCorp boss: Rafizi Ramli denying me justice

National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) chairperson Mohamad Salleh Ismail decries what he believes is PKR’s Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli’s attempt at delaying justice for Mohamad Salleh and NFCorp. MalaysiaKini reports: He says this of Rafizi’s move to challenge the constitutionality of the Banking and Financial Institution Act (Bafia), which he is charged under for his exposes […]

April 22

Helicopter investigations are spinning out of control

The helicopter crash on April 4, which killed all six on board, has raised more questions than have been answered. The weather was fine, the aircraft in good condition and there appeared to be nothing untoward. Preliminary investigations threw up several contradictions: A witness saw an explosion, but the authorities claim the black box indicates […]

April 20

Rafizi mounts challenge against constitutionality of repealed banking law

PKR’s Rafizi Ramli moved today to challenge the constitutionality of the now-repealed banking law he was charged with violating, in his exposés on the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) controversy in 2012. His lawyer, Padang Serai MP N. Surendran, said the Banking and Financial Institutions 1989 (Bafia) is unconstitutional as it violates provisions in Article 5 […]

April 14

Malaysia ‘deliberately lied’ about MH370

The “elephant in the room” on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, according to an Australian website, is that “Malaysia lied from the beginning about what it knows on the missing flight”. MH370 was on a routine Kuala Lumpur-Beijing flight on March 8 last year when it went missing while over the Gulf of Siam. […]

April 14

Senate calls for improvements to implementation of GST – Bernama

Members of the Senate want the government to get supermarkets to display the price of items pre- and post-GST to help consumers. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 13, 2015. Issues on the goods and services tax (GST) have attracted the attention of several members of the Senate who feel that the GST implementation […]

April 08

Rafizi Ramli blunders, acknowledges statement by BMW, declines to admit mistake

Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli has acknowledged the statement by BMW Group Malaysia, but declined to admit his mistake in alleging that six BMW cars were purchased by the Government. Tan Yi Liang of the Star OnLine reports his blunder: “I have been informed that BMW said that the six BMW cars on display were sponsored […]

April 07

PKR Sec-Gen Mohd Rafizi Ramli’s BAFIA Trial set for 27 April

The Sessions Court here Tuesday today fixed April 27 for the trial of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary general Mohd Rafizi Ramli. The Pandan member of parliament is accused of leaking confidential banking information involving the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), three years ago. Judge Rozina Ayob also set May 26, 27 and 28 for continuation […]

April 06

Court orders Rafizi to stand trial over NFC bank leaks

PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli will stand trial for allegedly leaking confidential bank details linked to the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), after the Federal Court today dismissed his appeal to strike out the charge. Malaysian Insider has the report: The Pandan MP had turned to the Federal Court in his attempt to have the charge against […]

April 06

RM521 million divorce claims appeal adjourned

The contentious and protracted multi-million Ringgit divorce demands by Shahnaz Abdul Majid against her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, at the Kuala Lumpur Shariah Appeals Court was today adjourned. Counsel Mohd Rafie Mohd Shafie representing Shahnaz requested for the adjournment citing his indisposed health. However, Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu […]

April 05

Jamaluddin left PM’s daughter wedding reception early to attend dinner in KL

The late Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis (JJ) who had attended the wedding of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s daughter in Taman Tasik Sultan Abu Bakar, Pekan had left the reception early to attend a dinner function in Kuala Lumpur. Bukit Ibam state assemblyman Datuk Wan Kadri Wan Mahussin who was actually with Jamaluddin […]

April 04

Those who say I’m senile are lying to themselves, says Tun Mahathir

Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) will be defeated in the next general election (GE) unless Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak steps down, said Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The former premier unleashed his most vitriolic attack on Najib on the eve of the prime minister’s sixth year in office. KiniBiz reports: In a blog post today, Mahathir […]

April 02

Minister defends arrests, says The Malaysian Insider cries wolf

Communications and Multimedia Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek has defended the arrest of The Malaysian Insider (TMI) editors, arguing that the journalists were intentionally giving a false alarm. The minister made his point in his Facebook posting. Come to think of it, he has merit. Aren’t Editors gate keepers to accurate reporting? If journalists hold that […]

April 01

Another vile insult to royalty by opposition lawmakers

Opposition legislators sitting in the Perak Legislative Assembly caused a stir yesterday when they turned up for the first sitting of the assembly’s third term dressed in black instead of their usual ceremonial dress.  The assembly was due to be officially opened by Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, who was making his first appearance as the […]

April 01

Telcos under investigation for increasing price of top-up cards

Several telecommunication companies (telcos) are being investigated for increasing the price of prepaid top-up cards in light of the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST), going against Customs Department instructions. In a Star Online report, journalist Joseph Kaos reports: Customs GST director Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy said some telcos have acted in contrary to a circular […]