Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Only four out of the 28 Russian fighters jets owned by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) are able to fly

Mat Sabu: Only four out of RMAF's 28 Russian fighter jets can fly

Tuesday, 31 Jul 20188:56 PM MYT
by martin carvalho

A file picture of Mohamad Sabu standing next to Sukhoi Su30MKM fighter jets.

KUALA LUMPUR: Only four out of the 28 Russian fighters jets owned by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) are able to take to the skies, says Mohamad Sabu.

The Defence Minister said that the RMAF had 18 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKM and ten MiG-29 jetfighters.

"Only four of the Sukhois are able to fly well," he said, adding that the remaining 14 are under repair

In his reply during the motion of thanks on the royal address in Parliament Tuesday (July 31), Mohamed Sabu said the RMAF was unable to properly maintain the fighter jets' airworthiness.

Mohamad Sabu also informed the House that the ten MiG-29 multi-role jets entered service in 1995, while six Sukhoi Su-30MKM Air-Superiority Fighter were delivered in 2007 and the remainder in 2009.

Earlier, he said that the ministry would stop awarding honorary ranks to politicians to avoid any instances of them "pulling rank" and abusing their position.


China has expressed confidence that Malaysia will prosper under the new administration led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir

China expresses confidence in Malaysia with Dr M at the helm

Tuesday, 31 Jul 201810:28 PM MYT
by joseph kaos jr

Saifuddin (right) with China's Wang Yi at Wisma Putra in Putrajaya on July 31, 2018. - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: China has expressed confidence that Malaysia will prosper under the new administration led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

China's state councillor and minister of foreign affairs Wang Yi, during his first official visit to Malaysia, also said relations between the two countries will reach new highs under the present government.

"We are happy to see that since the assumption of office by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir, in keeping with the wish of the people, there has been new dimensions being opened up in the national development of Malaysia.

"As Malaysia's good friend, China is happy to see these achievements that Malaysia has made and we have confidence that under Dr Mahathir's leadership, Malaysians will stay united and will achieve new glories.

"We believe Malaysia is also bound to play a more active and important role in regional and global affairs," said Wang at a joint press conference with his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah at Wisma Putra here Tuesday (July 31) night.

Wang, who is on a two-day official visit to Malaysia, will also call on Dr Mahathir on Wednesday.

With Dr Mahathir's scheduled visit to China looming, Wang said his own visit to Malaysia was also to prepare for the event.

"The prime minister is an old and good friend of the Chinese people.

"We dearly cherish what he has built over the years and we believe during his visit there will be stronger mutual trust built between leaders of our countries," said Wang.

Meanwhile, Saifuddin said the two had discussed several bilateral issues such as its ongoing bilateral cooperation in areas of trade and investment, education, tourism, agriculture and security.

"As a trading nation and a pro-business government, I assured his excellency that Malaysia welcomes China's participation in our economy development, as long as they are aligned with Malaysia's national interests and are carried out based on principles of equality and mutual respect," said Saifuddin.

The minister added that on the South China Sea issue, both countries have agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region.

"Disputes should be addressed through peaceful means, including through regional dialogue and discussions amongst the parties concerned, without resorting to threats or the use of force," he said.


Jamal Yunos released on Bail after the High Court reviewed a magistrate's court decision

Ex-fugitive Jamal freed on RM20,000 bail
Tuesday, 31 Jul 20189:18 PM MYT

SHAH ALAM: After spending nearly a month at the Sungai Buloh prison, Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos (pic) has been released on bail by a High Court here.

The Sungai Besar Umno division chief was freed on a RM20,000 bail involving three different bailors after the High Court reviewed a magistrate's court decision which rejected bail for Jamal, 47, on two charges of trespassing.

Justice Yazid Mustafa allowed the application by the former fugitive – who fled from the country before being apprehended by Indonesian police – to review the lower court's decision. He was represented by senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.

The judge, after considering the facts and situation of the case against Jamal for the charge of escaping from a hospital, allowed him a bail of RM10,000 to be paid by a bailor.

"Based on this, I allow bail of RM5,000 for each (tresspassing) case with two different bailors," the judge said.

Jamal was also represented by Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin while DPPs Mohd Fairus Johari and Fatin Hadni Khairuddin prosecuted.

The bail was paid and Jamal was released.

On Monday (July 30), the Ampang magistrate's court revoked the bail orders against Jamal on charges of trespassing.

On July 5, the controversial politician pleaded not guilty on charges of escaping from police custody at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital's premium ward, where he was undergoing treatment for back pain.


The Research Department @ Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), the local spy agency employs over 1,000 personnel worldwide.

Lawyer: Malaysian spy agency employs over 1,000 personnel worldwide

Tuesday, 31 Jul 20186:36 PM MYT
by razak ahmad

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), the local spy agency, employs over 1,000 personnel worldwide.

"I am not authorised to say how many agents, officers and operatives are maintained by the agency, but I can tell you it's well over 1,000 all over the world, and its important that such a leak should not have happened," said Datuk Shaharudin Ali, the lawyer for former MEIO chief Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid (pic).

He said Hasanah was concerned that the trust and credibility of the MEIO would be affected by the leak of a letter issued to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Shaharudin added that Hasanah was also worried about the safety and morale of MEIO officers.

In a written statement, Hasanah said the MEIO uses the formal name of the Research Division, Prime Minister's Department.

The division is one part of the country's national security covert intelligence agency and was set up in the 1960s.

She also said that the MEIO has covert intelligence sources throughout the world and the information provided is collected, analysed and reported to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Special Branch, Military Intelligence and others.

"The MEIO has contributed much to national security. This includes resolving the communist threat, confrontation with Indonesia, regional conflicts, and most recently, the Daesh (Islamic State) threat," Hasanah said in her statement.


Tun Dr. Mahathir should be given space to administer the country in his own style, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar: Give Dr M space to lead, not everything has a political agenda

Tuesday, 31 Jul 201810:59 PM MYT

by tarrence tan

Anwar (second from right) speaking to Jamilah Sahak (left, in black), the widow of the late Suhaimi Shafiei after Tahlil prayers on July 31, 2018. – Bernama

KLANG: There is no need to interpret every move made by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a political context and he should be given space to administer the country in his own style, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The PKR de facto leader was responding to speculation that Dr Mahathir was attempting to sideline him by appointing Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as the Economics Affairs Minister and to the Khazanah Nasional Bhd board.

"No, that is a bit far-fetched… He has his arguments. He thinks for the interest of the nation and the institutions," he told reporters when met at the house of the late Sungai Kandis assembyman Shuhaimi Shafiei for tahlil prayers.

He added that any concerns about Azmin's appointment into the Khazanah board should be discussed within closed doors among party colleagues.

Anwar said it was not out of the ordinary for Dr Mahathir to employ his own style of leadership, adding that he would do the same too once appointed into the Cabinet.

"He (Dr Mahathir) should be given the latitude to run the country. But you can't stop people from making all sorts of interpretations," he added.

Anwar is currently campaigning for Pakatan Harapan in the Sungai Kandis by-elections, which will take place on Saturday (Aug 4).

The Sungai Kandis polls is set to see a three-cornered fight between PKR's Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni, Umno's Datuk Lokman Adam and an independent candidate.

In GE14, Shuhaimi had won the seat with a 12,480-vote majority.


The sex predator department head in a hospital told to go on leave

'Sex predator' in hospital told to go on leave

Tuesday, 31 Jul 20183:46 PM MYT

PETALING JAYA: The department head in a hospital who had allegedly sexually abused his housemen has gone on leave indefinitely.

According to sources on Tuesday (July 31), the senior doctor had been told to go on leave following media reports of alleged sexual harassment against housemen.

On Monday (July 30), Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic) issued a statement that an independent inquiry body would be set up to look into the case of alleged sexual harassment and bullying of female housemen by an orthopaedics department head of a Klang Valley hospital.

The body will have representatives from the Health Ministry, Women, Family and Community Development Ministry and other relevant government agencies.

On Sunday (July 29), The Star carried a front page expose of the sex predator in a Klang Valley hospital and since then, more victims, including housemen, have come forward to lodge complaints of sexual abuse that occurred in hospitals, said the Health Ministry.


New Members of the Board of Khazanah Nasional Announced

Dr M, Azmin on Khazanah board

PETALING JAYA: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali will join Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on the board of Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

The others appointed to the board are former Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) president and chief executive Tan Sri Hassan Marican, former Bank Negara deputy governor Sukhdave Singh and former Securities Commission (SC) executive director Goh Ching Yin.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the appointment of the managing director of Khazanah will be made at a later date.

Last Tuesday, nine directors on Khazanah’s board, including MD Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar, gave their undated resignation letters to the government, ending 11 weeks of impasse on the future direction of the sovereign wealth fund.

The strongest signal that the new government wanted to see a change in Khazanah came after Dr Mahathir criticised the sovereign wealth fund for deviating from its original objectives.

After failing to see Dr Mahathir, Azman and the board handed in their undated resignation letters last Tuesday. It is learnt that the resignations were accepted and dated as of July 28.

It is believed that Azman will meet Dr Mahathir today.

A new MD is to be named in the next two days to replace Azman. At least four people have been identified and leading the pack is Datuk Yusof Annuar Yaacob, the chief executive of Deutsche Bank Malaysia.

The others are Datuk Charon Mokhzani, the group MD of Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd, and Datuk Mohd Zafer Mohd Hashim, who was formerly the chief executive of Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd.

The fourth is Raja Shahreen Raja Othman, who is currently the chief executive officer of Selangor’s Menteri Besar Inc. He has served the state since 2014.

The appointment of Azmin to the Khazanah board underlines the carving out of the sovereign wealth fund from the Finance Ministry. Previously, Khazanah was under the Finance Ministry, but under the new government, it is expected to be under the Prime Minister’s Office.

Hassan is a member of the Council of Eminent Persons and serves several oil and gas and energy companies in Singapore that are majority-owned by Temasek Holdings. Since leaving Petronas in 2010, the only notable Malaysian company that he was a director in was Sarawak Energy Bhd.

Dr Sukhdave resigned from Bank Negara in November last year, ahead of the expiry of his term as deputy governor in April 2019. He had served the central bank for 31 years.

Speculation was rife that he left after not being able to work with former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim, who has since resigned.

Goh is an investment banker and was appointed as executive director of the SC in 2007. He left the SC in 2016 and is now on the boards of Maybank Investment Bank and other companies such as Shangri-la Hotels (M) Bhd


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Raja Shahreen Raja Othman, who is currently the CEO of Selangor’s Menteri Besar Inc, believed to be among the three who could be the next MD.

PETALING JAYA: Two more names have emerged as possible successors to Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar as the managing director of Khazanah Nasional Bhd.

The most recent one is said to be Raja Shahreen Raja Othman, who is currently the chief executive officer of Selangor’s Menteri Besar Inc (MBI).

The other candidate is Datuk Yusof Annuar Yaacob, who is the chief executive of Deutsche Bank (Malaysia).

The other two being considered are Malaysian Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF) group MD Datuk Charon Mokhzani and former Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd chief executive Datuk Mohd Zafer Mohd Hashim.

“Most of the candidates are already earning a substantial package and would need to take a pay cut if they were to accept the job,” said sources.

Previously, it was reported that the new government felt that the success of government-linked companies was in some parts due to the government and hence the head honchos should not earn a high salary.

Nevertheless, a new MD to replace Azman is expected to be named in the next few days. This comes after a new board of directors was appointed to Khazanah yesterday.

In a statement yesterday, it was announced that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would be the chairman of Khazanah. Also appointed is the Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

The other three are former Petronas president and chief executive Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican, former Bank Negara deputy governor Sukhdave Singh and former Securities Commission director Goh Ching Yin.

The new appointments come hot on the heels of the resignation of the nine members of the Khazanah board last week. All nine gave their undated resignation letters last Tuesday. It is believed that it was accepted on Saturday.

Since the changes to the board, speculation is rife on the appointment of the MD of Khazanah that has assets of RM115bil under its belt.

Raja Shahreen, 51, is also the chairman of Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd

image: and has helmed MBSI since 2014.

Prior to his role in MBI, he was the CEO of an oil and gas company as well as Pos Malaysia Bhd

image:’s subsidiary. He started his career with Ernst & Young.

Meanwhile, Yusof, 53, has been with Deutsche Bank since 2014 and is a chartered accountant by profession.

Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he was the MD and chairman of the corporate finance division of Goldman Sachs Malaysia, between 2010 and 2014.

Prior to joing Goldman Sachs, Yusof was the chief financial officer of telecommunications firm Axiata Group Bhd

image: before its demerger with Telekom Malaysia Bhd


Charon was appointed as the new group MD of MIDF earlier this month.

He is no stranger to Khazanah, having served as the MD of Khazanah Research Institute. Prior to his role in Khazanah, he was a deputy chief executive of CIMB Group


The other candidate is Mohd Zafer, who is an accountant by training and banker by profession.

A graduate from the London School of Economics, he was previously the president and group MD of Bank Pembangunan and had a stint in Maybank Investment as the chief financial officer.

Mohd Zafer, 48, was also a board member of Felda Global Investment Bhd when the company was going through changes after the departure of Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad in June 2017.

Azman’s term as MD, a position he had held since 2004, was supposed to conclude at the end of the first quarter of next year.

Earlier, Khazanah had said that there were two internal candidates to replace Azman. They are Datuk Seri Azmil Zahruddin Raja Abdul Aziz and Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn.


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Rafizi delivers and emotional speech and unveils dream team in PKR party polls; Nurul Izzah to vie for VP Post as part of his team.

Highlights of PKR deputy president candidate Rafizi Ramli’s speech at the ‘Reformasi 20 Tahun’ event on Sunday when he formally announced his teammates contesting the top positions in the Aug 24 party election. In his speech, Rafizi stated his intention to go for PKR’s no. 2 post to help Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim become prime minister, and vouched never to abandon the needs of the grassroots. 

Rafizi also hinted that party vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar has agreed to defend her post as a part of his team but added that it would be best for her to make the actual announcement. ‘Reformasi 20 Tahun’ was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ‘reformasi’ movement.


Rafizi’s dream team for PKR polls: Izzah, Fuziah, Nik Nazmi among others

Published 1 day ago on 29 July 2018

By Ida Nadirah Ibrahim
Rafizi Ramli launches his PKR election campaign at De Palma Hotel Ampang July 29, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 — PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli today formally announced several big names to be part of his camp for the party’s internal election next month.

He named several PKR lawmakers — including Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar for vice-president, deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh for Wanita chief, and Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad as a member of its central leadership council.

Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul, Selayang MP William Leong and Sungai Siput MP S. Kesavan were three others endorsed for the vice-presidential posts.

Rafizi also endorsed Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail for the Wanita deputy chief.

Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasir was tipped by Rafizi to take over the baton from incumbent Youth wing chief Nik Nazmi, and Sabah Youth chief Raymon Ahuar for the deputy wing chief.

Aside from Nik Nazmi, 18 out of 20 endorsed by Rafizi to contest for the council posts included Kapar MP Datuk Abdullah Sani, Subang MP Wong Chen, and Hulu Selangor MP June Leow.

“I am only campaigning based on idealism our value and votes are based on the reformation idealism that we had upheld the past 20 years.

“Our mandate to the people is to uphold the reformation agenda don’t think if we are not careful, we would remain in power we should not be comfortable, otherwise we will be like Umno,” he said in his speech when announcing his election team.

Rafizi gave four reasons behind him contesting, which included helping PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s purported transition into the country’s eighth prime minister, stamping out the culture of feudalism within the party, strengthening the party, and helping the grassroots.

The party will go to the polls at the end of August.

Thanks to Shafee The Ampang magistrate's courts here have revoked the bail orders issued to Sungai Besar Umno division chief Jamal Yunos

Jamal Yunos to remain in prison, bail orders revoked

Monday, 30 Jul 20189:35 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Ampang magistrate's courts here have revoked the bail orders issued to Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos (pic), who is charged with two offences of trespass in Taman Kosas, two years ago.

Magistrates Muhamad Firdaus Sadina Ali and Haslinda A. Raof allowed an application by the prosecution team, comprising deputy public prosecutors Nurhashimah Hashim and Raihanah Abd Razak, to withdraw the bail of RM3,000 each with one surety issued to Jamal.

The petition to withdraw the bail orders were made due to the fear that Jamal would flee again.

He was present in court when the orders were revoked, attired in a suit and songkok with his hands handcuffed behind his back and accompanied by police personnel.

Jamal was charged with four others who are still at large with trespassing into the Happy Toys Shop, located at No. 23, Jalan Kosas 1/2, Taman Kosas, here.

He was also charged with another person, while another is still at large, with intruding into Starcom Trading and Services, located at No. 23 and 25, Jalan Kosas 13, in the same area.

Both offences were allegedly committed between 3.30pm and 3.40pm on Dec 29, 2016. He was charged under Section 448 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code which carries a maximum jail sentence of three years, a fine of up to RM5,000 or both, upon conviction.

Jamal, who is also the chairman of the Malaysian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Coalition, has also been charged with deliberately fleeing from police custody.

He was charged with committing the offence at the KPJ Ampang Puteri Hospital here between 2pm and 3pm on May 25, according to Section 224 of the Penal Code which carries two years' jail or a fine or both, upon conviction.

The court fixed Aug 10 for the mention for all three cases. Jamal was represented by lawyer Khairul Anuar Kashim. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Previously, Jamal was charged with two cases under Section 448 of the Penal Code at the Ampang magistrate's court and another case under Section 290 of the same code at the Shah Alam magistrate's court.

Meanwhile, lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who heads the defence team, when met by reporters outside the court said he would be filing for a judicial review on the orders at the Shah Alam High Court on Tuesday (July 31). - Bernama


Report on MH370 - Investigation Team analysed Pilots of MH370 plane on many aspects and found no abnormalities. Many unanswered Questions Remain

BEST FBKL: It is ridiculous that the investigation team can't come up with a joint report together with the police. I would think many aspects of the police investigations will be crutial to their reporting.

Why the need to release a report now in this manner?

The NEW Malaysian PH Government should Look into this again:

-Release CCTV footage of those who boarded the plane, maybe some one watching the footage may be able to recognise someone who should not have been on board like a criminal or a known terrorist

Is there any truth that A US technology company which had 20 senior staff on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, had just launched a new electronic warfare gadget for military radar systems in the days before the Boeing 777 went missing.

Was the full cargo manifest investigated and were the ground handlers & cargo staff investigated.

-Why were 4.5 Tonnes of Out of Season Mangosteens on board '
-Why 221 Kg of Lithium Ion Batteries put on board without passing the scanners as it was packed  in a such a way it was too big for the airport scanner. SHOULD THIS COMPANY BE CHARGED FOR NEGLIGENCE ???  Was there any link between this company and the chinese patent holders US company
Were there CCTV footage of what was put on board the aircraft 

Was is investigated if it is a coincidence that MH 3 - 7 -0 disappeared on MARCH 7, 2014 -US TIME / (March 8 in Malaysia) and MH 17 shot down on 17 July 2014, where the dates are so similar to the planes call signs.
Was it just coincidence for Malaysia to lose two planes in 2014 to unusual circumstances???.

Malaysians want answers, if no answers are available then at least investigate the theories and reveal the outcome.

MH370 remains a mystery
Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018
by mazwin nik anis and joseph kaos jr

PUTRAJAYA: The team investigating the safety aspects of MH370 has concluded that they are unable to determine the real cause of the disappearance of the plane but did not rule out the possibility that “unlawful interference” by a third party had caused the incident.

The Malaysian International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Annex 13 Safety Investigation Team, which released its 449-page report after a four-year wait, also allayed concerns that their findings were final.

Chief investigator Datuk Kok Soo Chon said the team had analysed the pilot and first officer of the fateful MH370 plane on many aspects and found no abnormalities.

However, evidence such as the aircraft turn back, which was done manually, no malfunction and that the transponder was switched off “irresistibly” suggested unlawful interference, said Kok.

Flight MH370, which was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, vanished on March 8, 2014, with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

The disappearance of the aircraft has been dubbed one of the greatest aviation mysteries of all time.

The report also quelled concerns over the pilot’s possible role in the missing plane.

“We analysed the pilot and first officer on many aspects including behavioural, psychological, social and also their medical history. There were two psychiatrists in the team and they even viewed footages of the pilot and first officer before the flight.

“They concluded that there were no behavioural signs of social isolation, change in habits or interest, self-neglect, drug or alcohol abuse of the pilot-in-command and flight officer,” said the report.

Kok told the media that background checks were also done on the crew and passengers of MH370 and all were given “a clean bill of health”.

He said the Boeing 777 was fitted with four emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) and the search team could not detect any signals from the plane’s ELTs.

“ELTs do not work if submerged under water, if cables are broken or its antenna is damaged,” he said.

Kok said there was nothing unusual about MH370’s ELTs not working and pointed out that in 170 air incidents recorded by the ICAO over the past 30 years, only 39 cases of signals from ELTs were detected.

On the aircraft underwater locator beacons, he said that although the battery for the equipment had expired in 2012, it could still function for a few days.

On the report, Kok pointed out that his team was only responsible to conduct the safety investigation while the judicial probe, as well as the search for the missing, was conducted by other authorities.

“This is not the final report. It would be presumptuous of us to say the wreckage is found when there are no victims. There must be a closure,” he said.

Earlier, the team held a briefing to the Malaysian next of kin. A similar session will be held in Beijing on Aug 3.

Kok explained that the report could not be released earlier as the search for the missing plane was ongoing.

“After the tripartite search ended, Ocean Infinity conducted a search. When this stopped in May, it gave us two months to prepare the report and here it is today,” he said.

Kok said he was unaware of claims that the next of kin were given 48 hours’ notice to attend the briefing as the team had no communication with them and neither did they call for a press conference as these matters were dealt with by different teams.

On the fate of the team, he said that with the release of the report, its members had agreed to offer termination of their contract within a month from now.


We’ll never give up: Grace (centre) speaking during the press conference after being presented with the final investigation report on the missing flight in Putrajaya. — AFP
We’ll never give up: Grace (centre) speaking during the press conference after being presented with the final investigation report on the missing flight in Putrajaya. — AFP
PUTRAJAYA: Air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City did not act according to standard operating procedures on March 8, 2014, causing a significant delay in detecting the disappearance of Flight MH370.
According to the MH370 safety investigation report that was released yesterday, the blunder happened when the Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines plane was about to enter Vietnamese airspace.
It was about the time when MH370 made the turn back.
The Kuala Lumpur air traffic control centre had transferred control of MH370 to its Vietnamese counterparts at 1.19am as the aircraft approached the Igari waypoint, three minutes earlier then when it should have.
“The Ho Chi Minh City air traffic control centre was not aware that MH370 had been transferred at 1.19am.
“Also, by transferring at 1.19am, the KL air traffic centre controller did not comply with established procedures,” said Datuk Kok Soo Chon, the head of the safety investigation team at a media briefing here.
The report also stated that based on procedure, Ho Chi Minh City’s air traffic controllers should have notified Kuala Lumpur it could not establish a two-way communication with MH370 within five minutes.
It, however, only did so at 1.39am, which meant that MH370 had gone off radar for a good 20 minutes before air traffic controllers were alerted.
“The air traffic controllers did not initiate the various emergency phases as required, thereby delaying the activation of the search and rescue operations,” said Kok.
Kok added that there is no record to suggest that the air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur did not take any action to alert the Royal Military Air Force Joint Air Traffic Control Centre.
“There is also no evidence that the air traffic controllers in Kuala Lumpur had kept continuous watch on the radar display,” he said.
Kok, however, stressed that the report was not assigning blame on any party for the disappearance of MH370.


Ahmad Maslan: Pakatan Harapan won’t be government today if they had told about SST in GE14 campaign

Shuttlers from all over the world have sent heartfelt wishes to ill national men’s singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei


Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018

NANJING: Shuttlers from all over the world have sent heartfelt wishes to national men’s singles ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei, who is undergoing treatment for a respiratory-­related illness.

Five-time world champion Lin Dan, with whom Chong Wei has forged a great rivalry and unique friendship with over the last decade, led the messages by saying that he was looking forward to the Malaysian player’s return to the court.

“As his opponent and friend, I hope that he will recover soon,” said Lin Dan during the World Championships.

“His absence from the World Championships and the Asian Games will be a huge loss to the men’s singles.image: 

“I really hope Chong Wei will get well soon and that the treatment will go well.

“Best wishes from me and we hope to see him back,” said Axelsen after opening his world title defence with a 21-8, 21-7 triumph over Duarte Nuno Anjo of Portugal yesterday.

Brice Leverdez of France, who was drawn to face Chong Wei in the rematch of last year’s first round at the world meet, described the latter’s absence from the international stage as “not good” for the sport.

“The players like to play against those (top) guys and the crowd loves to see them play too.

“Hopefully, he’ll get better soon,” he said.

In Glasgow, Scotland, last year, Leverdez beat Chong Wei in the first round of the World Cham­pionships, ending the Malaysian player’s elusive chase for his first world title.


MACC Deny Freezing Lee Chong Wei's Accounts

MACC denies freezing Chong Wei's bank account

Monday, 30 Jul 20189:11 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied freezing the personal account of national badminton ace Datuk Lee Chong Wei because of links to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund.

MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Azam Baki when contacted by Bernama confirmed it. “It's not true at all,” he said briefly on Monday.

Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman denied similar allegations.

Syed Saddiq said Chong Wei's withdrawal from the World Championships and Asian Games had nothing to do with 1MDB.

He has been forced to rest and undergo treatment. - Bernama


Laporan pertikaian antara Timbalan Ketua Menteri II Pulau Pinang, P Ramasamy dan Mufti Perlis Datuk Seri Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin telah diselesaikan

Monday, 30 July 2018

Ucapan BONGKAK Najib di Sg. Kandis

Ucapan BONGKAK Najib di Sg. Kandis

The Malaysian Stadium Corporation (MSC) has refuted singer Michael Wong’s claim about the high cost of renting the Axiata Arena i

BEST FBKL : After the boming at the Ariana Grande concerts most major stadiums insist that organisers use their panel contractors and suppliers so there can be more control from the security viewpoint in view of  terrorism threats. Food vendors are vetted to limit possibility of food poisoning and other hygene issues. Ushers and security have to be from the stadium authorities as they will know the security measures and evacuation procedures in case of emergency. People who question all these issues have no idea what they are talking about and simply want to make more profits.

MSC refutes Michael Wong’s claim over Axiata Arena’s high rentals

Published 1 hour ago on 30 July 2018

By R. Rohaizam
MSC, through its communications manager Noriza Md Ali, said in a statement that the concert organisers had met with MSC’s staff to book the venue for Wong’s concert slated for next year.

PETALING JAYA, July 30 — The Malaysian Stadium Corporation (MSC) has refuted singer Michael Wong’s claim about the high cost of renting the Axiata Arena indoor stadium in Bukit Jalil.

MSC, through its communications manager Noriza Md Ali, said in a statement that the concert organisers had met with MSC’s staff to book the venue for Wong’s concert slated for next year.

“Our staff has informed the organisers of the rental rates as well as the use of the services of Kuala Lumpur Sports City (KLSC) panel of contractors -- which includes the stage preparations, audio and visual system, ticketing system, cleanliness, catering and more.

“The organisers were clear with the terms and conditions and did not have any negative response,” the statement said.

Wong held his last concert three years ago at Axiata Arena, which was then known as Putra Indoor Stadium.

He plans to hold a concert in Malaysia next year, but his team learned the rental at the Axiata Arena had increased.

“Besides the higher rental, there are eight requirements we have to fulfil, which we think are unreasonable.

“One of them is to rent the sound system and equipment from designated companies,” he wrote on Facebook.

MSC said the statement regarding the increased rates due to the usage of KLSC panel is untrue.

“Usually there will be another discussion session if the organisers want to use Axiata Arena.

“We will give special rebates if the organisers utilises all of the KLSC panel of contractors.

“The contractors are under us after the end of the SEA Games 2017,” the statement said.

The panel of contractors ensures all facilities are always maintained and will facilitate organisers to coordinate their events.

“All appointed panels are aware and understand KLSC’s terms we have set which can facilitate agreements between the organisers and us.

“MSC has always been open for discussion to help realise the wishes of all parties who want to organise events here.

“However, there are some who do not want to negotiate and conclude that the rental rates at KLSC are high.

“As a venue management organisation, it is the responsibility of MSC to ensure every service provided is the best and meets every customer’s demand,” the statement said.

The Ipoh-born Wong has achieved successes in Taiwan, mainland China, Hong Kong and Malaysia since 2000.

He has also helped several other successful singers by composing songs for them, including the famous ballad Courage by Fish Leong.

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Beberapa Ahli K-Pop TWICE menangis apabila melihat peminat peminat berkumpul di lapangan terbang KLIA selepa konsert mereka dibatalkan (VIDEO)

Konsert batal, TWICE menangis peminat berkumpul di KLIA

Diterbitkan: Sabtu, 28 Julai 2018 2:23 PM


Beberapa anggota kumpulan TWICE dilihat menitiskan air mata kerana terharu dengan sokongan peminat terhadap mereka. Foto Ihsan Twitter @Tzu_Deng & @naboongs
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ANGGOTA kumpulan TWICE dilihat mengalirkan air mata kerana berasa terharu dengan sokongan peminat mereka di Kuala Lumpur yang berkumpul di ruang menunggu pelepasan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA) pada pagi Sabtu.

Kumpulan itu berlepas pulang ke Korea Selatan selepas konsert pertama mereka di negara ini, TWICELAND ZONE 2: Fantasy Park in Kuala Lumpur yang sepatutnya berlangsung pada malam Jumaat terpaksa dibatalkan disaat akhir atas faktor keselamatan.

Walaupun kecewa dengan keadaan itu, peminat yang menggelarkan diri mereka sebagai ONCE berkumpul di KLIA bagi menunjukkan sokongan terhadap kumpulan itu selain mengucapkan selamat tinggal.


Peminat berkumpul di ruang menunggu KLIA.

TWICE yang melalui kawasan menunggu sempat meluangkan masa melambai ke arah peminat yang menunggu kehadiran mereka sehingga ada di antara mereka menitiskan air mata kerana terharu dengan sokongan peminat.

Mereka juga dilihat menyarungkan kain batik dibahu mereka dipercayai hadiah daripada peminat setia kumpulan itu.

Kumpulan itu turut memuat naik video ucapan kepada peminat di Instagram berbunyi; Jumpa lagi Malaysia!


TWICE turut memuat naik video ucapan kepada peminat di Malaysia.

TWICE dianggotai oleh Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung dan Tzuyu.

Ditubuhkan pada 2015 dan popular dengan lagu hit termasuk TT, What Is Love, Likey, Heart Shaker, Dance The Night Away, Candy Pop, Knock Knock, Signal, Like Ooh Ahh dan banyak lagi.

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Jalan Sungai Besi will have lane closures in stages between now and Aug 10

Road closure in KL city centre

Monday, 30 Jul 2018

TUNNELLING works for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Kuala Lumpur is currently in progress.

Over the next two weeks, the Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) will be traversing below Jalan Sungai Besi – the main gateway that connects to the city centre and other suburbs in Kuala Lumpur.

The current section being mined consists mainly of weathered limestone formations.

Weathered limestone is a geological formation known for its complexity and intrinsic challenges to TBM operations.

“While the TBM is equipped for the challenging terrain, further measures have been taken to safeguard the public from any untoward incident,” said Gamuda Engineering Managing Director Datuk Ubull Din Om.

“One preventive measure is ground treatment, which is done progressively ahead of the TBM’s arrival where the ground investigation shows anomalies.”

Ground treatment involves pumping significant amounts of concrete/mortar into targeted areas underground to strengthen the ground before mining.

This would give the TBM greater stability as it mines against solid blocks of concrete instead of the natural karstic elements of weathered limestone which can be unpredictable and unfavourable to mining operations.

However, not all areas along the TBM travel paths are accessible for ground treatment works, hence giving rise to hidden risks.

“Apart from more intensive monitoring of the TBM as it makes its way through these highly sensitive zones, a team has been put together for on-ground monitoring 24/7.

“Known as the ‘bull gang’, the team comprises personnel who are constantly on the lookout for the smallest of inconsistencies on the ground.

“The bull gang goes on foot patrol, allowing for immediate investigation and action to be taken to treat the ground in time,” Ubull said.

Despite the extensive soil investigation and the ground treatment carried out, the risk of road settlement or a sinkhole appearing cannot be totally dismissed.

As a contingency, Jalan Sungai Besi will have lane closures in stages between now and Aug 10.

The scheduled closures covering a total of 50m across 13 lanes will happen in stages over two weeks.

However, should any emergency situation arise requiring full traffic closure, road closures will be immediately announced.

From Aug 28 to Sept 10, a second TBM will trail the same path to cross Jalan Sungai Besi. As such, the same lane closures will be implemented.

Roads users are advised to use alternative routes to Jalan Istana, Jalan Tun Razak and to Seremban during peak hours to reduce traffic build-up during the two weeks when each machine crosses Jalan Sungai Besi.

Road users can call 1800-82-6868 for further information.


Designated Entertainment Zones allowed to operate until 5am but outlet not adhering to DBKL rules such as sound proofing premises

Residents left sleepless after nightclub moves in next door

Monday, 30 Jul 2018
by bavani m

Still staying on: Jalan Beranang, which is in one of Kuala Lumpur's Designated Entertainment Zones, still has some houses occupied by the original owners who are living next door to entertainment outlets operating till the wee hours. —ART CHEN / The Star

IT IS 3AM and 60-year-old Y.M. Lou is abruptly awoken by the loud thumping base reverberating throughout her house in Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang.

The noise is so loud that everything shakes to the beat of the music that rattles the window panes of her father’s five-decade-old house.

Lou, who suffers from hip osteoarthritis, had to struggle with the aid of a cane to get to her father’s room as quickly as she could and found the 84-year-old sitting wide awake in his bed.

The octogenarian has been having sleepless nights, no thanks to the loud music courtesy of their neighbours.


Without a soundproofing system, and only a thin wall separating her father’s house from the nightclub next door, Lou and her father have been subject to the noise that has robbed their peace of mind and turned their home into a nightmare.

A resident looks out at the bright lights of restaurants and bars outside her house in Jalan Beranang as she tries to block out the din.

Nightmare on Jalan Berangan

It all started late 2015 when new tenants moved into the residential house next door to Lou and turned it into a nightclub. Everything was fine until the music started.

“My entire living room would reverberate from the thumping base of the music, which usually starts at about 10pm and only stops at 3am to 3.30am the next day,” Lou said, adding that even the walls and ceiling would reverberate.

“When I knew it was not going to stop and worried for my father and my own health, I decided to do something about it,” she said.

Lou started taking recordings of the noise each time it happened, and on some days, the party did not end until well after 8am.

On top of that, there is the daily sight of highly intoxicated party-goers stumbling out of the club next door, making noise loud enough to be heard a few doors down the road.

At times, Lou said they would start fighting and there was even a time when one of them was injured in a fight and fell bleeding in front of her gate.

She compiled all her evidence and made her way to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to seek help.

Insufficient action

Over the next two years since she first lodged a complaint with DBKL, Lou has made numerous complaints to the local authority.

She even went as far as to lodge a complaint with the Public Complaints Bureau of the Prime Minister’s Department and made several police reports over the matter but nothing was done about the problem.

According to Lou, enforcement officers from DBKL would come, and after talking to the neighbour, would leave without offering any solution.

“Any establishment seeking to open a commercial enterprise on Jalan Berangan must get permission from their neighbours and put up a signboard calling for feedback before anything is built,” she said.

A public hearing must be carried out and residents must be informed before a house can be turned into a commercial establishment.

“There was a house that was turned into a hotel and they did put up a signboard. But the same courtesy was never offered to me,” Lou said.

“I want to know how DBKL can allow a nightclub to operate next to a residential house; allow the extensions and LED signage, which is also causing a nuisance.

“Not forgetting the cars parked in front of my house all day and night. My fundamental right as a resident in a house I have been living in since I was six has been taken away.

“I wonder whether my father ever thought things would turn out this way when he bought this house 50 years ago?” she said.

In her research, she also discovered that there were premises operating there that did not have entertainment and premises licences and many also did not install soundproofing systems to ensure there was no noise pollution.

Her struggle for justice continues well after the May 9 election, as her neighbours continue to play their music into the wee hours of the morning with the bass turned up as high as possible and her father’s health continues to worry her.

A residential property located right next to a premises that has been turned into a restaurant and nightclub.

Much ado about nothing?

Complaints on noise pollution are not a new phenomenon in Bukit Bintang. In 2010, the entertainment licences of five clubs in the Jalan P. Ramlee stretch were revoked, depriving the clubs of the right to have any live band or deejay performing on the premises.

According to then Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, the club owners were repeatedly told to tone down the volume before DBKL decided to take action.

The permitted level for areas such as Jalan P. Ramlee is 60 A-weighted decibels (dBA), but when DBKL officers went to inspect, the reading was over 80dBA, which is considered very loud.

According to DBKL enforcement officers who went to check out the noise, the loud floor vibrations and music could be heard by guests staying at the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

The clampdown on noise lasted for a week before the ban was lifted after the club owners, on the advice of the mayor, made a successful appeal to the then Federal Territories minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.

Operators promised the issue would never arise again as they would install sound-proofing to ensure the music would be contained within the premises and that the sound level would not exceed the stipulated limit which, according to Nong Chik, should not exceed 65dB during the day and 55dB at night.

Since then, complaints have been reported by residents living in condominiums around the area for years now.

Residents living in Jalan Ceylon have often griped about noise pollution and rowdy crowds and drunken brawls originating from Changkat Bukit Bintang. But club operators argue that the noise is part of city living and pointed out that the condos were built after the clubs began operating.

No permission from residents

Unlike Changkat Bukit Bintang, originally a street of shophouses built in the 1940s, which is now a designated commercial zone, Jalan Beranang is a residential area.

However, the land status was changed to commercial but with a caveat that any attempt to open a commercial business in the stretch required consent from the residents still living there.

DBKL also has very clear conditions for entertainment outlets.

They must be at least 100m away from schools, residential areas with a Muslim majority as well as places of worship. This itself was in violation of the rules.

When the matter was brought to the attention of mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, he said operating hours of entertainment outlets in Dedicated Entertainment Zones (DEZ) were extended until 5am.

DEZ covers Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Nagasari, Jalan Doraisamy and Jalan Berangan.

Amin Nordin said entertainment outlets in these areas could operate with extended hours after being granted special permission by the Cabinet in 2015.

“But this is subject to the operators following the rules and guidelines including installing CCTV and soundproofing systems,” Amin Nordin said.

Compliance with DEZ guidelines also stipulate that the premises needs to be soundproofed, located away from residential and religious areas, have adequate security and public transportation options, and are convenient for tourists to patronise.

Amin Nordin said the general rule on operating hours for entertainment outlets outside of the DEZ was until 3am, but some went beyond that.

On the Jalan Berangan issue, the mayor said there were clearly multiple infringements and action will be taken against the culprits.



An Orthopaedics head of department allegedly sexually harrassed and made sexual advances against house officers, MOH To get to the bottom of thsi

Health minister vows to uncover sexual predator hospital department head

Zurairi Ar
Malay Mail29 July 2018

Dzulkefly Ahmad says the Health Ministry will probe a hospital head of department accused of being a sexual predator. — Picture by Mukhriz HazimMore

KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 ― Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad promised today that his ministry will investigate a hospital head of department accused of being a sexual predator in a news report today.

“To those who asked about the case the ministry will get to the bottom of this,” he said on his Twitter account.

“I want to assure you all especially the aggrieved victims,” he added, referring to the house officers.

The Star reported today several victims’ complaint of an Orthopaedics head of department in a Klang Valley public hospital, who allegedly sexually harrassed and made sexual advances against house officers.

Kpd semua yg bertanya mengenai kes ini..."A sex predator in the house"...

MOH will get to the bottom of this...

A housemanship usually runs for two years. If a house officer is failed by their superiors, they would have to extend their term. A maximum term for a housemanship is three and a half years.

One of the victims interviewed even said that she had lodged a police report last year, but no action was taken
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