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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Proton has released a sneak peek of their latest Compact Car

Proton offers sneak peak of new compact car

A compiled picture of the new Proton Compact Car.
A compiled picture of the new Proton Compact Car.
   
PETALING JAYA: Proton has released a sneak peek of their latest Compact Car, with teaser images now uploaded to a microsite.
The six images on the website www.betulbetulonz.com.my shows several features, including dual front, side and curtain airbags, three rear headrests as well as rear and front cup holders.
"Dual front, side and curtain airbags are fitted into your ride to keep not just you, but your passengers safe and sound," said Proton on the microsite.
Proton also shared images of the car's dashboard display, which shows new features such as Bluetooth and an integrated map system in a built-in dashboard touchscreen display.
"It functions as a WiFi hotspot, so you and your passengers can catch up on all those social media updates," added the national carmaker.
Proton also revealed the car has rear sensors and a reverse camera with rear-view mirror display and added that the car will feature a key-less ignition system.
"No more fumbling for your car keys to unlock your car. Just take your seat, push a button and drive," said Proton.
Sneak peeks of the new car posted on the microsite.

Cross-border kidnapping mastermind Apo Kahumbo was shot dead by Philippine security forces within 72 hours of his arrest

Published: Sunday August 31, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday August 31, 2014 MYT 11:07:11 AM

THE STAR EXCLUSIVE

Kahumbo shot dead in ‘black ops’

   
KOTA KINABALU: Notorious cross-border kidnapping mastermind Apo Kahumbo was shot dead by Philippine security forces within 72 hours of his arrest in what is suspected to be a black operation to prevent his eventual release.
The 44-year-old was killed when he purportedly tried to escape while being escorted under heavy guard from a court appearance in Bongao, the administrative capital of Tawi Tawi islands in southern Philippines.
Tawi Tawi police chief Col Joey Salido confirmed yesterday that Mobin Sahibudin Hailil alias Apo Kahumbo was killed by Philippine police on Friday.
He said investigations would be carried out on the shooting of Kahumbo, who was arrested for illegally possessing a .45 Colt loaded with six bullets and an MK2 grenade at a mobile checkpoint at Sanga Sanga village in Tawi Tawi province on Tuesday.
A Philippine police report seen by The Star stated that two security teams from Bangao had escorted Kahumbo to the provincial prosecutor’s office to charge him with illegal possession of firearms and explosives.
According to the report, Kahumbo was charged before a judge and later transported along a road at Pagasa village in Bangao to the provincial jail.
“The suspect pulled the firearm of a security team member and resisted. That gave reason for the security team to shoot Kahumbo, resulting in his instant death.
“Team medics immediately applied first aid and brought Kahumbo to the hospital but he was declared DOA (dead on arrival).”
Intelligence sources in Philippines and Malaysia suspected that Kahumbo might have been killed in a “Black Ops”.
They said that it would have been difficult to find him guilty in court as he had the protection of someone influential in southern Philippines.
“It would be difficult to find him guilty on either illegal possession of weapons or kidnapping.
“Security forces know that he would eventually be freed and that is why they executed him,” said one source.
Kahumbo is believed to be one of the masterminds behind several cross-border kidnappings and was a member of Abu Sayyaf, which held hostages snatched from Sabah until ransom was paid.
Kahumbo’s base of operations was the Tawi Tawi chain of islands, less than a half hour from Sabah by boat.
Kahumbo and his group of gunmen were also connected to the notorious gang of kidnappers headed by the Muktadil brothers, who are believed to be responsible for the recent spate of kidnappings from Sabah.
The sources said Kahumbo might have been involved in the Pulau Mabul attack on July 12 when Filipino gunmen shot dead Marine Police Kpl Abdul Rajah Jamuan, 32, and kidnapped his colleague Kons Zakiah Aleip, 26.

The nation’s top cop wants action taken against social media users who had posted abusive remarks against him on twitter

Top cop calls for probe into ‘abusive’ tweets over PPS arrests

The nation’s top cop wants action taken against social media users who had posted abusive remarks against him on twitter after police rounded up Penang voluntary patrol squad members (PPS) today.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) instructed the Federal Commercial Crimes Investigation Department to begin investigations immediately.
Khalid tweeted: "PCIRC @PDRMsia sila ambil tindakan terhadap org biadap ini yg menggelar IGP 'Anjing BN'."  (Please take action against this rude person who called the IGP BN's dog.)
The tweet had allegedly been posted by Nasrul Omar (@ennasrul) at 12.50pm today.
Khalid also singled out another offensive tweet against him where he was compared to notorious Nazi commander Henrich Himmler.
Twitter user Viktor Wong (@wonghoicheng) tweeted: "Bastardization of @PDRMsia. Thanks to the ruthless @KBAB51 Henrich Himmler of Malaysia.
Khalid responded: "PCIRC @PDRMsia, juga dikesan seorg lagi yg biadap ini untuk di ambil tindakan."
(Another rude person has been detected for action to be taken against.)
Penang police arrested about 250 PPS members during the state-level Merdeka celebrations, following earlier warnings issued by Khalid.
The PPS members were stopped by the police immediately after they had participated in the official march-past, as part of the annual parade in Penang.
Police took the 250 PPS members to the Lebuh Pantai police station for questioning, while the federal reserve unit cordoned off the area.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had criticised police for declaring the PPS illegal.
The Penang government launched the PPS in 2010 as a volunteer group aimed at providing help during disaster, festivities, weddings and funerals and currently counts some 7,702 members.
Lim said that the state government would pay for legal aid if police arrested PPS members for non-criminal wrongdoing.
Earlier, Khalid had told Bernama that PPS had strayed from its original objectives after police reports were lodged against its members.
PPS members were alleged to have assaulted journalists and members of the public, which prompted the police reports. – August 31, 2014.

In Merdeka parade, a more steely Malaysia on display

In Merdeka parade, a more steely Malaysia on display

In Merdeka parade, a more steely Malaysia on display

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 31 — Known for its showcase of the country’s multicultural heritage, this year’s Merdeka Day parade took different tone and instead appeared almost to be a display of Malaysia’s military might.
In place of dancers in colourful traditional costumes, the avenue in front of the historic Merdeka Square here was swathed in olive drab as contingents of battle tanks and armoured vehicles trundled down the street.
Behind them, uniformed soldiers marching in lock-step with weapons held high in salute.
The icy display was perhaps a reflection of the tragedies that have befallen the nation in recent months, as though the aviation disasters of MH370 and MH17 have strengthened the nation’s resolve but also hardened its soul.
Still, it did not stop thousands of Malaysians from thronging the Merdeka Square and its vicinity, waving the Jalur Gemilang with gusto as the procession went on.
But even the crowd hinted at what was ailing the nation.
On a day that the country commemorates the independence jointly won from the British by its various communities 57 years ago, those gathered to mark the occasion were overwhelmingly Malay.
The largely Malay assembly blew on party horns, with some garbed head-to-toe in the colours of the Malaysian flag. Many also donned pro-Palestine scarves being sold along the road leading to the historic square.
Scattered among them were foreigners who came to view the spectacle. Those from the country’s other communities were largely noticed for their absence.
But despite reports of growing friction among the communities, those present were optimistic of the country’s future.
“I think we are doing better as a country. We are all still united despite the news, so it’s still relevant for us to celebrate,” 30-year-old Juliana Abdul Rahman told Malay Mail Online.
A family of five dressed fully attire in the design of the Malaysian flag attire, was waving their flags enthusiastically throughout the whole procession.
The father, Rosli Hassan, 39 was also happy with the direction the country is heading toward.
“I think there has been improvement, we are all closer together... They failed to make everything racial,” he said.
An Indian Muslim family of four told Malay Mail Online that they have been coming to the Merdeka Day celebrations 10 years in a row.
They, too, shared the same positive sentiments.
“I think we are getting okay; it’s reasonable,” Sharif Osman, 50 said.
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