Monday, 31 October 2016

Justin Bieber drops his mic and leaves the stage after pleading with fans to stop screaming in between performances at Manchester concert

Justin Bieber performs at the Barclays Center, first of two sold out shows on his 'World Apology' tour, In New York, May 4, 2016. — NYT picLONDON,

Oct 31 — Justin Bieber penned a letter to his fans Saturday night explaining why he abruptly walked off stage mid-show during a Purpose world tour stop in Manchester, England.

During the concert, which took place on October 23, the Sorry singer dropped his mic and left the stage after pleading with fans to stop screaming in between performances.

“People tend to want to shut you down.

“What I mean by that is... people try to twist things, some people don’t want to listen,” he wrote in a note posted to Twitter.

“But I simply feel like, if I didn’t use this platform to say how I truly feel, and if I didn’t use this platform to be the man that I know I am, and speak from what’s in my heart, then I’m doing myself injustice, and I’m not doing anybody in this audience any justice.

“There’s going to be times where I say the wrong thing, because I’m human... There’s times when I get upset... times when I get angry, there’s times when I’m going to be frustrated.

“But I’m always going to be myself on this stage.”

The singer added that comments implying he stormed off because he was “angry” at his fans are false.

“All I was simply doing was wanting people to listen; to kind of hear me out a little bit,” his note reads.

“Certain cities aren’t going to want to hear me out, and you know, sometimes it’s my job to just say, ‘Hey, I’m not going to try to force anything’.”

Bieber ended his letter by thanking fans in attendance at his UK show on Saturday evening. — Billboard/Bloomberg

Four bodies with stab wounds on their torsos with their heads covered in plastic appear to have been killed elsewhere and dumped in the area

Four bodies found in Bachok: Victims killed elsewhere before dumped

SULAIMAN JAAFAROctober 30, 2016


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BACHOK: Four bodies with stab wounds on their torsos were found in a secluded location in Kampung Tanjung Hilir, Bekelam here tonight.

Kelantan police chief Datuk Dr Ab Rahman Ismail said the bodies were found in some thick bushes with their heads covered with plastic.

He said a villager who caught whiff of a foul stench found the bodies before alerting the police of the gruesome find about 6.30pm.

"The victims appear to have been killed elsewhere and dumped in the area," he said, adding that the bodies may have been left there for at least three days.

Rahman, when met at the scene, said they have yet to establish a motive or their identities but investigations are continuing into the case.

The area where the bodies were found is located about 200m from the nearest road. There is also a paddy field nearby.

© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd

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Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso is on cloud nine after winning a wet and wild Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix

Dovizioso wins wet and wild MotoGP race at Sepang

ALL MINE ... Andrea Dovizioso (left) hugging his trophy after winning the MotoGP race in the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit. - GLENN GUAN / The Star

SEPANG: Italian MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso is on cloud nine after winning a wet and wild Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix race at the Sepang International Circuit.

Pole-sitter Dovizioso held firm in the lead group throughout the 19-lap race to cross the finish line in 42:27.333 – making him the ninth winner in the premier class this season.

The other eight riders to have stood on top of the MotoGP podium so far this year are fellow Italians Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi, Australian Jack Miller, Britain’s Cal Crutchlow and Spaniards Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa.

The penultimate round of the MotoGP race was delayed due to a storm, but there were no regrets for the record-breaking 95,316 fans present at the track on Sunday.

There were plenty of spills as Crutchlow, winner of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Phillip Island last Sunday, Iannone and then newly-crowned world champion Marquez all fell in the space of two laps – leaving Dovizioso in a direct duel with Rossi for victory.

But when Rossi ran wide on entry to the first corner on lap 15, it allowed Dovizioso to sweep into the lead.

Dovizioso seized the opportunity to build up a gap as he took control of the situation all the way to the chequered flag to give Ducati their first victory at Sepang since Casey Stoner in 2009.

Rossi finished the race in 42:30.448 to confirm the runner-up position behind Marquez (278pts) in the MotoGP’s overall standings with 236 points.

Lorenzo, the 2015 world champion and Rossi’s team-mate, came in third in 42:39.257.

Sunday’s win was only his second in the premier class, but the Italian felt that “it has been a long time coming”.

His first was back in 2009 – in the British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Donington Park.

“It was very, very difficult towards the finish. From the outside, it looks like I was controlling well, but it wasn’t easy,” said the 30-year-old Dovizioso, who won the 125cc world title in 2004.

“When conditions are like these, we have no control, so I didn’t think much.

“But I didn’t give up and I really wanted to win this. It’s a nice feeling and important to get this result for Ducati.

“I’m really happy to get victory this way. It looks like I ‘cooked’ the competition today, something which I can remember when my career is over.

Rossi admitted that he took too many risks in trying to win.

“My first target was to arrive in front of Jorge for the second place, but I wanted also try to win because I felt good with the bike from the beginning,” said Rossi, who last won in Sepang in 2010.

“But I had to fight a lot with Iannone ... and Iannone was fast. After, when I went in front, I was optimistic (of winning) but when the water on the track got less and the temperature got higher, I was a bit in trouble with the tyres, especially with the front.

“I risked too much. I did a mistake and, in that moment, Dovizioso was too fast and he went away.”

China's Feng Shanshan won her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title in three years

Feng wins LPGA Malaysia title as Ko fizzles out

AFP NewsOctober 30, 2016

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Feng Shanshan of China, seen on day one of the Sime Darby LPGA at TPC Kuala Lumpur, on October 27, 2016

China's Feng Shanshan won her second Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia title in three years as a final-round charge from world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand fizzled out on Sunday.

Feng, who won in 2014, had stormed into the lead with a seven-under par 64 in a rain-interrupted third round that forced her and several others to wait until early Sunday to finish up.

She then started the final round with a bogey on the first hole but regained her footing to finish at 17-under for a three-stroke win over Norway's Suzann Pettersen at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

With the win, the ebullient Feng ended a two-year title drought.

"It's really good, especially in the last four years where I finished second, first, second, first here," she said.

"Even though I only improved one spot, I think I've had a fantastic week coming back here. Makes me feel like I'm at home."

"I really love this golf course. And actually can we have like ten LPGA events here on this course?"

Feng had finished in the top five in her four previous tournaments leading up to the event.

Ko struggled early in the tournament but jumped into contention after shooting 65 on Saturday.

She made a run on Sunday with three birdies on the front nine but her hopes evaporated when she double-bogeyed 15, and later bogeyed the final hole to finish at eight-under with a closing even-par 71.

Ko, 19, hasn't won since the Marathon Classic in July.

"I think there's still a lot of positives out there," said Ko, who used a Malaysian caddie for the tournament after parting ways with her Australian bagman Jason Hamilton earlier this month.

Feng pockets a $270,000 prize for the tournament.

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and South Korea's Amy Yang ended up tied for third at 12-under par

American Airlines that caught Fire while preparing for takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport late Friday Caused by Uncontained Engine Failure

American Airlines Fire Caused by Uncontained Engine Failure

Similar malfunction occurred on Southwest plane two months ago
Passenger reports ‘huge explosion’ in comments to Chicago TV

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An American Airlines jetliner that caught fire while preparing for takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport late Friday sustained an uncontained engine failure, the second time the rare malfunction has occurred on a U.S. airliner in recent weeks, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

It’s too early to conclude how the engine failed, senior investigator Lorenda Ward said Saturday at a news conference in Chicago. A disc in a high-pressure turbine failed, and a piece of it was found 2,920 feet (890 meters) away at a United Parcel Service Inc. warehouse, Ward said.

The American Airlines jetliner at O’Hare International Airport on Oct. 28.
Photographer: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP

Twenty people were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries ranging from bruises to hurt ankles, Juan Hernandez, district chief of emergency medical services for the Chicago Fire Department, said Friday at a news conference. American said seven travelers and one flight attendant were injured. Passengers escaped the plane on slides as the fire sent columns of thick black smoke into the air.

The Boeing Co. 767 had an engine malfunction just before the fire, said Leslie Scott, a spokeswoman for American. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration initially said the fire occurred after a tire burst and later issued a statement saying it happened “after experiencing a problem during takeoff.”

In an uncontained failure, debris escapes the hardened engine casing and can damage or penetrate the wings or fuselage, amplifying the risk to the aircraft far beyond the loss of thrust. A Southwest Airlines Co. jet was caught in a similar accident just two months ago in Florida.

“There was a huge explosion on the right-hand side of the airplane,” passenger Hector Cardenas told the ABC television affiliate in Chicago. “Everyone was sort of panicking.”
Charred Wing

Cardenas said the plane was about to take off when the explosion occurred. The last ground speed was recorded at 115 knots, or 132 miles an hour, Flightradar24 posted on Twitter. The fire blackened one side of the plane, and pictures appeared to show the charred wing on that side drooping toward the ground.

The plane was carrying about 43,000 pounds of fuel and there was “a substantial fuel leak,” Timothy Sampey, Chicago’s assistant deputy fire commissioner for airport operations, said at the news conference. “There was a heavy volume of fire on the engine and all the way to the wing tip.”

“This could have been absolutely devastating if it happened later,” Sampey said.
Incident Investigation

The pilots aborted the takeoff, said the FAA, which will investigate. Flight 383, headed for Miami, carried 161 passengers and nine crew members.

One potential cause of jet engine explosions is a foreign object that gets sucked in, said Bill Waldock, a professor of aviation safety at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, comparing the power plant to a vacuum cleaner. Issues inside the engine have also led to explosions, said Waldock, who was speaking generally and didn’t have specific details about the Chicago incident.

Explosions can send shrapnel across the plane and rupture fuel tanks and fuel lines, he said. In the case of a Boeing 767 or Boeing 777, much of the fuel actually is stored in the wing in what’s called an integral fuel tank, or “wet wing,” Waldock said.

Malaysian GP Maria Herrera and Nicolo Bulega were among seven Moto3 riders who were injured due to various incidents in a brutal race (video)

Herrera and Bulega head Sepang Moto3 injury list
Juanfran Guevara, RBA Racing Team, Andrea Migno, Sky Racing Team VR46 crash
Juanfran Guevara, RBA Racing Team after his crash
Ayumu Sasaki, Gresini Racing
Philipp Oettl, Schedl GP Racing, Jorge Martin, Aspar Team Mahindra Moto3, Nicolo Bulega, Sky Racing Team VR46, Aron Canet, Estrella Galicia 0,0 crash
Maria Herrera, MH6 Laglisse
Nicolo Bulega, Sky Racing Team VR46
Ayumu Sasaki, Gresini Racing

By: Darshan Chokhani, Editor, India
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Maria Herrera and Nicolo Bulega were among seven Moto3 riders who were injured due to various incidents in a brutal race of attrition at Sepang.

KTM rider Herrera was running ninth, battling with the Honda of Livio Loi after she started from the back of the grid, when she made contact with the Belgian at Turn 15 and crashed.

The Spaniard's accident brought out the red flags, which ended the race on Lap 15 with Francesco Bagnaia winning.

It was later revealed that Herrera fractured her right collarbone in the crash, putting her in doubt for the season finale at Valencia in two weeks' time.

On the opening lap, Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Bulega was caught up in the incident initiated after Aspar Mahindra's Jorge Martin had a high-side crash at Turn 6.

As Martin fell, it created a domino effect that took out Bulega, along with Estrella Galicia's Aron Canet and Schedl Racing's Phillipp Oettl.

Bulega got back to the pits, but was taken to the medical centre along with Martin and Oettl for precautionary checks.

There, it was found the VR46 Academy rider suffered a right humeral (shoulder) dislocation, Canet had fractured his left hand's fifth metacarpal and Oettl had fractured his left scaphoid. Martin was diagnosed with concussion.

"I touched a damp patch, went down and then another rider ran into me," Martin said. "I was pretty dizzy but I had a CAT scan and now we know for sure that everything is okay."

Elsewhere, Drive M7 SIC rider Adam Norrodin, who crashed out at Turn 7, was reported to have suffered a humeral contusion, but later on was declared fit.

The Malaysian slid into the gravel, and was followed by Brad Binder, Fabio di Giannantonio and Lorenzo dalla Porta - all three sliding out of contention but escaping injury.

Finally, Ayumu Sasaki, making his Moto3 debut in place of an injured Enea Bastianini on the Gresini Honda, crashed out at Turn 6 on the first lap and was diagnosed with concussion.

Malaysian rider Hafizh finishes 5th at the Malaysian GP Moto2

Hafizh revels in the rain to finish fifth at home Grand Prix


Hafizh Syahrin (left) and Ramdan Rosli acknowledging the crowd after the Moto2 race at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday. - GLENN GUAN / The Star

SEPANG: Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah lived up to his nickname “pescao” (fish in Spanish) yet again.

The Petronas Raceline Malaysia rider battled his way to a top-five finish in a wet Moto2 race of the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit on Sunday.

The 22-year-old made a superb start – making up seven places from 14th on the grid.

He pushed hard to get into the front group, but was thwarted by Spaniard Alex Marquez and Swiss Thomas Luthi.

Hafizh then went out of the racing line and lost precious time. As a result, he could only stay with the second chasing pack until the end.

Still, it was an impressive performance from Hafizh as he crossed the finish line in 46:15.736 to loud cheers from the home fans.

Hafizh is now ninth in the overall standings with 117 points and he is optimistic that he can defend his top-10 position in the final round in Valencia, Spain, in two weeks’ time.

“My personal target for this home race was to finish in the top five,” said Hafizh.

“I wanted to fight for the podium, but it was hard getting to the front as I had to look out for Marquez and Luthi.

“I’m still happy to get good championship points in my home race. Thanks for the support, Malaysia!”

There was more cheer for Petronas Raceline Malaysia when wildcard Ramdan Rosli finished 12th in the 19-lap race in 46:22.296.

The 20-year-old was delighted to collect four points – his first in the world championship.

“This is the world championship and it's not easy to get points. I can’t be happier than this as the conditions were difficult,” he said.

Local Moto3 hero Khairul Idham Pawi also impressed when he finished in the points for the first time since bagging his second win in Germany in July.

Rookie rider Khairul finished the crash-filled race in eighth place in 29:42.857 and is 17th in the overall standings with 62 points.

Kedah ended their eight-year wait to lift the Malaysia Cup after defeating holders Selangor 6-5 in a penalty shootout (VIDEO)

Kedah Wins Malaysia Cup Ending 8-Year Drought

SHAH ALAM: Kedah ended their eight-year wait to lift the Malaysia Cup after defeating holders Selangor 6-5 in a penalty shootout in the final at Shah Alam Stadium last night.

The match was dragged into a penalty shootout after both sides were tied 1-1 after 120 minutes of play, including 30 minutes of extra time.

The success saw the Red Eagles redeeming themselves after losing 0-2 to Selangor in the same final last year.

Kedah has now won the Malaysia Cup title for the fifth time after winning the prestigious local football competition in 1990, 1993, 2007 and 2008.

The match watched by almost 80,000 supporters, saw both teams having a fair share of the action at each other’s goal as soon as referee Mohd Amirul Izwan Yaacob whistled for the start of the match.

The invincible defence and the prolific goalkeepers on both sides saw the first half ending 0-0.

As soon as the second half began, Selangor had the chance to break the impasse in the 50th minute when an attempt by Ahmad Hazwan Bakri from a Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh pass, failed to find the target.

One minute later, Kedah midfielder Mohd Rizal Mohd Ghazali brought fans of the Red Eagles to their feet when his attempt struck Selangor player S. Veenod and lobbed into Selangor’s goal.

Kedah paid dearly in a moment of lapse, when Ahmad Hazwan equalised for Selangor in the 59th minute in a one-two play with Patrick.

Both teams continued to find the winning goal but failed and the match had to be determined in a penalty shootout.

Kedah’s success in winning the Malaysia Cup was made sweeter when Mohd Rizal was chosen as the best player of the match.

Tunku Temenggong Kedah, Tunku Sallehuddin Sultan Badlishah presented the Malaysia Cup trophy to Kedah captain, Baddrol Bakhtiar.

Also present to watch the game was Selangor Raja Muda Tengku Amir Shah, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali and Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah.


Umno Senior Member Zaharin Vents His Anger Urging PM To Look Into Actions of His Officers.

Khairuddin akan mendedahkan sesuatu dari PPBM sekiranya perlepasan keahliannya dipertikaikan.

"Saya Akan Bercakap Dengan Panjang Lebar", Khairuddin Ugut Dedah 'Skandal' Parti Pribumi Jika Diserang

KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas Naib Ketua UMNO Bahagian Batu Kawan yang baru sahaja melepaskan keahlian dari Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) akan mendedahkan sesuatu dari PPBM sekiranya perlepasan keahliannya dipertikaikan.
Khairuddin Abu Hassan berkata, beliau akan mengulas isu berkenaan dengan panjang lebar sekiranya ada dari kalangan pemimpin PPBM menyerang beliau diatas tindakan keluar parti baru-baru ini.
Kalau mereka (PPBM) serang saya, saya akan buat satu kenyataan balik yang mendalam.
“Kalau mereka (PPBM) menyerang saya, saya nak bagi amaran, saya akan bercakap sesuatu secara panjang lebar,” katanya dipetik Antarapos.
Khairuddin menerusi kenyataannya sebelum ini mengumumkan tindakannya keluar parti untuk memberi fokus terhadap kes-kes mahkamah yang dihadapinya disamping ingin meneruskan perjuangan Deklarasi Rakyat yang dianggapnya "terlalu sentimental".
Didalam kenyataan tersebut, Khairuddin meminta agar pemimpin Pribumi untuk tidak berpuak-puak dan jujur serta ikhlas dalam memperjuangkan hak rakyat.
Diminta mengenai kenyataan 'berpuak-puak' dalam PPBM, Khairuddin enggan mengesahkan perkara berkenaan namun tidak menafikan perkara tersebut berlaku.
“Dalam mana-mana pertubuhan politik, perkara ini (perpecahan) normal. Benda ini akan berlaku. Tidak siapa boleh nafi perkara ini boleh berlaku. Dan sebab itulah saya nasihat, dalam PPBM ini jangan ada berpuak-puak.
“Kalau mereka berpuak-puak, ada puak Mahathir, ada puak Muhyiddin, ada puak Mukhriz, parti akan lingkup. Akhirnya masing-masing akan jaga kepentingan (puak) masing-masing,” katanya lagi.

- Malaysian Digest

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Cats Look after PM Najibs House While He Is Away

Najib says pet cats to look after his home while away on China visit

Najib, who is heading to China for a week in a closely-watched visit, has said his cats will be happily looking after his house while he is away.PHOTO: NAJIB RAZAK/ FACEBOOK.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is heading to China for a week in a closely-watched visit, has said his cats will be happily looking after his house while he is away.

Najib will be in Beijing from Monday (Oct 31) to next Sunday (Nov 6) on a visit where he is expected to strengthen bilateral ties and secure investments from China. He will be accompanied by dozens of government leaders and business people.

Ahead of the trip, Najib on Sunday shared a light-hearted post on Facebook, where he said he had left his house in the charge of his four furry felines.

A photo accompanying the post showed the cats roaming around in what appears to be his living room. "I am going to China for an official visit for a few days, so my cats will become masters of the house, having fun," Najib wrote.

Najib has also previously shared his cat's antics on social media.

In a post on the photo-sharing app Instagram three weeks ago, Najib shared a close-up of his orange cat "Simba".

"When we take photos of Simba, it knows how to pose in style. It looks fierce, but is actually cute and pampered," Najib wrote in the post.

Najib is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. During the visit, he will meet with Mr Li and President Xi Jinping, the Sinchew Daily newspaper reported on Friday.

Relations between the two countries have turned warmer in recent months. Najib in a statement on Wednesday said Malaysia was committed to pushing ties with China to "new highs".

"We will be signing many new agreements and understandings that will elevate the relationship between our two nations to even greater heights," he said.

Najib will seek to push for Chinese investments in areas such as infrastructure and manufacturing.

Reuters reported on Friday that defence deals, including a contract to purchase Littoral Mission Ships from China, are also expected to be signed. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Malaysia loses to Pakistan in a Penalty Shootout in the Asian Champions Trophy Semi Finals.

Malaysia lose to Pakistan in penalty shootout

KUANTAN: Malaysia’s gallant run in the Asian Champions Trophy has come to an end.

And it came at the hands of defending champions Pakistan in the semi-final at the Kuantan Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

Coach Stephen van Huizen’s men fell 3-2 in a penalty shootout after both teams were tied at 1-1 in regulation time.

Mohd Shahril Saabah put Malaysia ahead in the 18th minute before Abdul Khan equalised for Pakistan in the 34th minute.

In the shootout, Malaysia scored through Mohd Firhan Azhari and Faizal Saari while Faiz Helmi, Shahril and Fitri Saari missed theirs.

Abdul Khan, Mohamed Rizwan Senior and Mohamed Irfan Junior netted for Pakistan, who will face India in Sunday’s final.

India also needed a shootout to overcome South Korea. The teams were level at 2-2 in regulation time and India prevailed 5-4 in the lottery shootout.

India were winners in 2011 while Pakistan won in 2012 and 2013.

Malaysia, who finished third in all three editions, will face South Korea in the third-placing match.

National coach Stephen admitted that his men were below par.

“It wasn’t a good performance ... we did not do well as in previous matches,” he said.

“But we have a bigger target – the World League second round next year. The players must learn from this experience.”

The biggest surprise in the Malaysian line-up was the inclusion of Faizal Saari, who started the match despite arriving from Ipoh just hours before the match.

He had travelled to Ipoh to visit his wife, who had given birth to their first child – a boy.

In the earlier semi-final, it was India who took the lead in the 15th minute through Talwinder Singh.

South Korea then hit back to go 2-1 up with goals by Seo In-woo (21st) and Yang Ji-hun (53rd pen).

India levelled the score through Sardar Singh (55th) to take the game into a shootout.

“It’s always tough at the semi-final stage,” said India’s midfielder Sardar.

“We played well and had ample opportunities to get more goals.

“Luckily, we prevailed in the shootout. We’re looking forward to a good final.”

If the coaches in the M-League are to be believed, then Kedah should be crowned Malaysia Cup champions as 10 Pick them 8 Pick Selangor

Malaysia Cup final: A battle too close to call

Selangor coach K. Gunalan (left) and Kedah counterpart Tan Cheng Hoe during the press conference ahead of the Malaysia Cup final at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday. - Bernama

PETALING JAYA: If the coaches in the M-League are to be believed, then Kedah should be crowned Malaysia Cup champions for the fifth time.

As things stand, 10 coaches have picked the Red Eagles to win Sunday’s Malaysia Cup final against record 33-time winners Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium.

Eight coaches have chosen the Red Giants to repeat last year’s feat – when they beat Kedah 2-0 in the final at the same venue.

If this Cup final had been held a few months earlier, then perhaps the 10 coaches would have a valid point.


After all, Selangor were in turmoil then and that led to the sacking of coach Zainal Abidin Hassan in August.

He was replaced by K. Gunalan, who has since steadied the ship.

Gunalan has described his team’s dramatic fightback to turn their season around as bearing “the true hallmark of champions”.

“I don’t deny that we have an experienced set of players. We have many who played in last year’s final.

“Yes, we had our ups and downs in the league ... but that’s in the past.

“We’re back on the right track and we have a good shot at winning the Cup again,” said Gunalan.

Still, the smart money is on the Red Eagles to lift the prestigious Cup, which they last won in 2008 – beating Selangor 3-2 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

If there is one factor that may favour Selangor, then it has to be the venue – the Shah Alam Stadium, which is the Red Giants’ home ground.

Selangor have won four Malaysia Cup finals here – against Pahang twice in 1995 and 1997; Sabah in 1996; and Kedah last year.

Unfortunately, Cup finals have a tendency to throw the form book out of the window.

Both teams are of equal strength and both have their own “match winners”.

Selangor have the unpredictable Patrick Wleh leading their attack. Although the Liberian has netted 19 goals so far this season, he hasn’t scored for almost three months.

He has promised to come good in the final.

If he doesn’t, then the Selangor fans will be praying and hoping that Ahmad Hazwan Bakri will stand up and deliver – like he did when he scored a brace in last year’s final.

One department Selangor can expect to control is the midfield as they will have skipper Andik Vermansyah and the energetic S. Veenod in attendance.

So, does that mean Selangor hold the upper hand?

Don’t bet on it.

Not when the Red Eagles have revenge on their minds, although their coach Tan Cheng Hoe refuses to admit it.

“As for me, this is a repeat final. I don’t believe in taking revenge ... the better team in the final usually win,” said Cheng Hoe, who looked a little concerned over the fitness of skipper and defensive stalwart Khairul Helmi Johari.

If there’s one man who could swing the tie in Kedah’s favour this time, it has to be former New Zealand World Cup striker Shane Smeltz.

The 34-year-old Kiwi, who jetted in during the second transfer window in July, played for former A-League side Sydney United and has notched 10 goals in 10 matches for Kedah so far.

This is one final that’s too tough to call.

The police confirmed today that three former ministers will be investigated for allegedly breaching their ministerial oaths

Cops to probe Muhyiddin, Husni for alleged secrecy breach

October 29, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 ― The police confirmed today that three former ministers will be investigated for allegedly breaching their ministerial oaths by revealing details about Cabinet meetings in Parliament.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Husni Hanadzlah and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal will have their statements recorded soon under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 for their speeches in the Dewan Rakyat last week.

“Yes, soon,” Khalid told Malay Mail Online when contacted today.

The investigation is expected to commence sometime next week, Khalid added.

Several NGOs had lodged reports against the trio last week for purportedly violating the OSA by divulging details on Cabinet proceedings when they were ministers.

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin, and Shafie were dropped from the Cabinet last year after a surprise reshuffle by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Similarly, Husni who was the second finance minister and spokesman for state-owned fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd was also dropped this year

Valentino Rossi in front Row as Andrea Dovizioso took pole position on Saturday for the Malaysia MotoGP

Dovizioso grabs Malaysia pole, Rossi lurks

AFP NewsOctober 29, 2016

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Ducati's rider, Andrea Dovizioso, clocked a lap of 2min 11.485secs to take his second pole of the seasonMore

Andrea Dovizioso took pole position on Saturday for the Malaysia MotoGP as fellow Italian Valentino Rossi helped his own chances of finishing second in the world championship by storming to the front row.

Ducati's Dovizioso clocked a 2min 11.485secs lap for his second pole of the season on a newly repaved Sepang circuit that riders complained was taking too long to dry after Malaysia's tropical rains.

"I'm really happy to make a pole position because the conditions were difficult," said Dovizioso, who pitted amid qualifying for a tyre switch that confirmed the pole.

"I was able to improve on the last lap with the hard tyre and ... was able to go much faster. So I'm really happy about that speed."

"It wasn't easy but we did a great job."

With Honda's Marc Marquez of Spain having clinched the MotoGP crown two weeks ago in Japan, Sunday is set up for a contest between Rossi and Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo for runner-up honours in the world championship.

The 37-year-old legend Rossi leads the Spaniard by 24 points with two races left.

In the frantic late stages of qualifying on Saturday, Rossi leap-frogged Lorenzo into second position, finishing just 0.246 behind Dovizioso.

It was a far better result for Rossi than in Australia the previous week, when he managed only 15th on the grid yet still stormed to a second-place finish behind winner Cal Crutchlow of Honda.

- 'Anything can happen' -

"Everybody is hoping for a dry race tomorrow because we will be able to see a good fight," Rossi said.

"It's not the normal conditions," he said of the slow pace of drying in some spots.

"So anything can happen tomorrow."

Lorenzo, the 2015 world champ, rounds out the front row, while Marquez leads the second line after finishing fourth in qualifying despite battling gastroenteritis for days.

No rider has been as successful at Sepang as Rossi, who has won here six times.

But the nine-time world champion has not won in Malaysia since 2010, which was also the last year he took the MotoGP world title.

Track temperatures have been moderate this week, but can top 50 degrees centigrade (122 Fahrenheit) -- straining both man and machine.

The tropical humidity and sudden heavy downpours also can pose control issues.

Riders had to contend with a heavy rain Saturday that soaked the track before final qualifying got going and were still adapting to the repaving.

"We have to work in these conditions, but starting in the front row is really good," Rossi said.

Modifications to some turns also have made it a learning process this week, with several riders going down at various points.

Track officials said all the changes were aimed at improving run-off and tyre grip.

But some riders have complained in particular about the difficulty negotiating the modified hairpin final curve, which now slopes away from the direction of the turn.

Lorenzo called the curve "strange" but praised the repaving overall for resulting in "excellent" tyre grip.

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has been released on police bail following her arrest in Kota Marudu

Maria Chin released after arrest in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has been released on police bail following her arrest in Kota Marudu on Saturday afternoon.

Kota Marudu police chief Supt Izaan Abdullah said Maria was released on police bail at about 4.15pm after they recorded her statement and completed their investigations.

He added that Maria was arrested when distributing leaflets at Langkon, about 90km from Kota Kinabalu.

The convoy was headed to Kota Marudu from Kudat when it was stopped at Langkon

Supt Izaan said that she was held under Section 11 of the Printing and Publications Act 1984 at about 1.45pm.

When contacted, Sabah Bersih chief Beverly Joeman said they were puzzled by the actions of the police.

“Section 11 refers to printed materials like leaflets that have the name of the publisher. In our case, Bersih was clearly stated as the publisher of the leaflets that were distributed,” she added.

Beverly said they were also puzzled by the actions of some policemen, as they had asked for the identity cards of individuals who accepted the Bersih leaflets.

She added that this was the first time that the police stopped the Bersih convoy, adding that this was the fifth event held in Sabah by Bersih this year

Former 1MDB Chairman Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin has ceased to be deputy chairman of Affin Holdings Bhd

Friday, 28 October 2016 | MYT 7:52 PM
Lodin steps down as Affin Holdings deputy chairman

Lodin, who is LTAT's chief executive, has been AHB deputy chairman since July 2008.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Lodin Wok Kamaruddin has ceased to be deputy chairman of Affin Holdings Bhd after more than eight years in the position.

The Armed Forces Fund Board’s (LTAT) financial services arm said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia that Lodin, 67, stepped down due to “completion of directorship.”

Lodin, who is LTAT's chief executive, became director of AHB in July 1986. He was appointed as its managing director in February 1991 and redesignated as deputy chairman in July 2008.

The Bursa filing did not announce his successor or why his contract was not renewed.

Lodin is at present the chairman of Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd, Boustead Petroleum Marketing Sdn Bhd, Pharmaniaga Bhd and MHS Aviation Bhd as well as the deputy chairman and group mnaging director of Boustead Holdings Berhad.

Saudi Arabia has allegedly intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen towards Islam's holiest city of Mecca

Saudi Arabia has allegedly intercepted a ballistic missile launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen towards Islam's holiest city of Mecca, Saudi state media reports.
According to the Saudi-led coalition, Houthi rebels launched a Scud missile from Saada province towards Mecca at 21:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on Thursday. The Saudi air defense system was able to intercept and destroy the missile 65 kilometers (40 miles) from the target site. Saudi authorities said the missile caused no damage.

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Major General Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, accused Iran and Hezbollah of supporting the rebels and training them to use technology which enables them to launch such attacks. Asiri also announced retaliatory strikes against the Houthis.

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The Houthis confirmed the launch of a Scud-type ballistic missile known as Burkan-1 into Saudi Arabia via Saba news agency, but said the projectile was targeting the kingdom’s busiest airport in Jeddah – not Islam’s holiest city, which lies just over 60 kilometers (37 miles) away.
This is not the first time that Houthi rebels have been accused of firing missiles into the vicinity of Mecca. Earlier this month, a ballistic missile launched from Yemen targeted a Saudi airbase in Taif, located outside the Muslim holy city. Sporadic rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia continue as the coalition upholds its military campaign in Yemen.
Tensions escalated in Yemen after Shia President Saleh was deposed in 2012 and replaced by Saudi-backed Sunni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Saleh’s Houthi supporters, aided by Iran, eventually seized the capital city Sanaa in 2014 and advanced towards the south, seizing large parts of Yemen and sending Hadi into exile.
In March 2015, the Saudi-led coalition responded with airstrikes in order to stop Houthi advances and reinstate Hadi back into power. The Houthis and their allies hold most of Yemen’s northern half, while forces loyal to Hadi share control of the rest of the country with local tribes.
Up to 10,000 people have so far been killed since the fighting began, including 3,800 civilians, according to UN estimates.
Mecca is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim faith itself. Only Muslims are allowed in the city, with millions arriving for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to attend the central Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) which surrounds the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred shrine.
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