Friday, 31 August 2018

Teenage sailor Fauzi Kaman Shah won the Laser 4.7 Open category to claim the sixth gold medal for Malaysia at the Asian Games 2018

Teen sailor delivers Malaysia's sixth gold


Friday, 31 Aug 20185:39 PM MYT

by lim teik huat

A file picture of Fauzi Kaman Shah (left) with his coach Mohd Afendy Abdullah.

JAKARTA: Teenage sailor Fauzi Kaman Shah won the Laser 4.7 Open category to claim the sixth gold medal for Malaysia at the 18th edition of the Asian Games at Ancol Beach Marina here Friday (Aug 31).

The 15-year-old finished 12 races with nett 19 points to come in first ahead of China's Wang Jianxiong.

The Chinese sailor earned nett 39 points while India's Harshita Tomar took bronze with nett 50 points.

It was Malaysia's 4th gold in Asian Games sailing history.

It will be the third Olympic campaign for Khairulnizam, who had to settle for second place behind two-time defending champion Ha Jee-min of South Korea.

Malaysia also got two bronze medals from Nuraisyah Jamil-Norasyikin Mohd Sayed in women's 470 class and Nuur Fatin Solehah Abdul Rahman-Ilham Wahab in mixed RS One.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2018/08/31/teen-sailor-delivers-malaysias-sixth-gold/#s5ADY1DvHAMr7OaH.99

AG Appoints A Senior Lawyer and An Ex Judge as lead prosecutor in cases against ex pm Najib Razak and 1MDB Related cases

Tommy Thomas steps aside as lead prosecutor in Najib's 1MDB case

Friday, 31 Aug 20182:58 PM MYT

PETALING JAYA: Attorney General Tommy Thomas has stepped aside as lead prosecutor in the criminal case against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and has appointed Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah to replace him.

In a statement on Friday (Aug 31) Thomas said that his responsibilities as Attorney General took precedence and he was unable to devote time to the case.

"I have come to the realisation that I cannot combine these onerous commitments with the simultaneous preparation and conduct of a seven-week trial in PP v Najib Razak, fixed to commence on February 12, 2019 and completing on March 29, 2019," he said.

Thomas said that he would therefore use his discretion under Section 379 of the Criminal Procedure Code and appoint Sulaiman to lead the prosecution instead.

He also said that Sulaiman would be waiving all fees and was offering his services on a pro bono basis.

Thomas also announced the appointment of Datuk Seri Gopal Seri Sri Ram as a deputy public prosecutor, who similarly offered his services pro bono.

He said that the retired Federal Court Judge would aid the case once investigation papers into the alleged fraud relating to 1MDB were submitted to the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC).

On the incoming personnel, Thomas said; "Datuk Sulaiman is one of the nation's leading barristers, having substantial experience in criminal law, including white collar crime. His eloquence is unmatched, and his intellect second to none. Datuk Sulaiman has impeccable integrity, and is a principled lawyer. "Datuk Seri Sri Ram ... has substantial experience in criminal law matters. His strong and determined personality will no doubt enhance the investigation and prosecution in all matters pertaining to the 1MDB scandal," he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/31/tommy-thomas-steps-aside-as-lead-prosecutor-in-najib-1mdb-case/#TDDqBbUwH0VQbfXE.99

Sidang Media Penuh SPRM Tentang Tangkapan 9 orang termasuk bekas KP MEIO, Jabatan Penyelidikan / Research Department

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) telah merampas sekitar USD6.3 juta (RM26 juta), termasuk dua jam Rolex dan sebuah komputer riba dari beberapa lokasi, termasuk sebuah kondominium di Cyberjaya.

Malaysia National Day Parade 2018 I Perbarisan dan perarakan Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan 2018 - Full Video

Perbarisan dan perarakan Sambutan Hari Kebangsaan 2018

Video : Malaysia Stuns India in Semi Finals To Qualify for Final at Asian Games 2018

Malaysia shocks India to book place in men's hockey final


Thursday, 30 Aug 201810:28 PM MYT


JAKARTA: Malaysia's men’s hockey team stunned defending champions India in the 18th Asian Games semi-finals to inch closer to an early ticket for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Goalkeeper S. Kumar was the hero for Malaysia when the team won 7-6 in a nail-biting sudden death penalty shootout, after the match ended 2-2 at Gelora Bung Karno Hockey Stadium on Thursday (Aug 30) night .

The first shootout ended 2-2 forcing the sudden death which saw Malaysia triumph 5-4.

Malaysia will take on the winner of the other semi-final between Japan and Pakistan. The champions get automatic entry to the Tokyo Games.

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In a topsy-turvy match, India’s Harmanpreet Singh scored a penalty corner in the 32nd minute but the lead only lasted five minutes as forward Faisal Saari scored a field goal in the 39th minute to equalise.

India got back in front almost immediately after Varun Kumar scored through a penalty corner.

Malaysia were trailing until near the end when Razie Rahim got the crucial tying goal to take the match into a shootout.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/hockey/2018/08/30/malaysia-shocks-india-to-book-place-in-mens-hockey-final/#tzgtmQ9mkBcRrrKg.99

The National Day 2018 celebrated on Friday (Aug 31) is an occasion to unite all Malaysians (Full Parade VIdeo)

Malaysians unite to celebrate historic National Day

Friday, 31 Aug 20189:48 AM MYT

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The National Day 2018 celebrated on Friday (Aug 31) is an occasion to unite all Malaysians in instilling a spirit of patriotism and the importance of unity for the well-being of the nation.

This year's National Day celebration culminated with a parade in Putrajaya, featuring four similar components with the theme "Sayangi Malaysiaku" (Love My Malaysia), namely patriotism, public order, national security and unity of the people.

Upon the arrival of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at Dataran Putrajaya, the ceremony which was witnessed by millions of Malaysians through their presence at the venue and live broadcast on television and social media sites, began with the singing of the national anthem, Negaraku, and followed by the recitation of the Rukun Negara pledge.

The Putrajaya air space was filled with the sounds of five helicopters comprising two EC 725 AP and a Sikorsky S61A-4 Nuri, belonging to the Royal Malaysian Air Force, an Augusta 109 belonging to the Royal Malaysian Army and a Super Lynx from the Royal Malaysian Navy as a guard of honour to Seri Paduka. 

14 states in Malaysia, was executed by the 41st Ceremonial Battery of the Royal Artillery Regiment and accompanied by the hoisting of the Jalur Gemilang while the singing of the Negaraku also filled the air.

Also present to witness the National Day 2018 parade were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Cabinet ministers, including Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo and foreign representatives.

This year's celebration is a historic milestone because of its significance in celebrating the administration of the Pakatan Harapan led Federal Government and new leadership with Dr Mahathir back at the helm at the age of 93.

The choice of Putrajaya as the location of the National Day 2018 celebration, after 13 years as host to the celebration, is also special as Dr Mahathir was the person who mooted and inspired the development of the area, previously known as Prang Besar, to become the country's administrative centre in 1995.

The last time the National Day parade took place in Putrajaya was in 2005.

An estimated 300,000 people thronged Dataran Putrajaya as early as 5am to enliven the atmosphere, bringing along their Jalur Gemilang to witness the National Day parade.

The recital of the Rukun Negara pledge involving 50 students, including two disabled students, was led by Muhammad Aiman Shafiq Mohd Shah Noor Yong from the Royal Military College, Kuala Lumpur's Sungai Besi Camp.

Shouts of "Merdeka" for seven times, which was also led by Muhammad Aiman Shafiq, resounded at the Dataran Putrajaya.

A special performance, "Sayangi Malaysiaku", showcasing various community performances through the participation of 600 youth from the arts group, also attracted the attention of the crowd.

Leading the parade was the 60-member contingent carrying the 80 ft by 40 ft gigantic flag.

This was followed by the 660 carriers of the Jalur Gemilang and 1,340 carriers of the state flags as well as multi-coloured flags.

Throughout the event, the atmosphere was enlivened by the rhythm of tunes from the integrated uniformed band of 524 members.


National Day celebration at Dataran Putrajaya.-Bernama

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/31/malaysians-unite-to-celebrate-national-day/#fZlEvWtWklxD0SLV.99

Jacky Cheung fans camp out at the Quill City Mall since Tuesday night to buy Tickets Going On Sale This Sunday

Camping out for Cheung tickets
Friday, 31 Aug 2018
by meriem arif

Not taking chances: Cheung fans camped out at the Quill City Mall, despite a sign advising them not to do so, for tickets that will go on sale on Sunday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian fans of Hong Kong’s God of Songs Jacky Cheung just can’t seem to get enough of the singer.

After his three sold out shows in January this year, the singer is coming back to serenade fans in Malaysia. And this time, fans who missed his shows are not taking chances.

About 25 hardcore Cheung fans were already in line outside Quill City Mall as early as Tuesday night even though tickets to the 57-year-old singer’s upcoming A Classic Tour shows in Kuala Lumpur will only go on sale on Sunday.

These fans arrived at the venue well prepared with camping gear, water bottles, travel bags, fans and portable air conditioners.

“It is quite challenging staying overnight outside the mall for a few days. But I am sure it will be worth the effort,” said Cheah.

Only 800 tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis where a queue number will be given to customers an hour before the start of the sale at 1pm on Sunday.

Each customer is entitled to purchase four tickets only. Online sales begin on Sept 4 at 11am.

Cheung’s A Classic Tour concert is slated for Oct 5, 6 and 7 at the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil.

Tickets are priced at RM988, RM888, RM748, RM618, RM488, RM368 and RM258.

In January this year, Cheung staged three sold-out shows at the same venue. Tickets to his shows were snapped up as soon as they went on sale in 2017.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/31/camping-out-for-cheung-tickets-fans-roughing-it-out-say-its-worth-it/#txZYqKRjCCz3DpLF.99

Tun Dr. Mahathir:our aspiration for Malaysia to be progressive, peaceful and fair will remain forever. Love this Malaysia of ours.

Dr M: We have been given a second independence

Thursday, 30 Aug 20189:15 PM MYT

The following is the full text of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's National Day message:

Assalamualaikumand Salam Sejahtera to all Malaysians.

It is for the umpteenth time that we are celebrating the National Day. Officially, it is our 61st National Day, calculated from the announcement of independence on Aug 31, 1957, by Tunku Abdul Rahman at the Merdeka Stadium.

The Federation of Malaya, and later Malaysia, has been witness to many events since achieving independence from British colonial rule and becoming a sovereign state free to chart its own course its own mould

The challenges were not few. As a newly-independent nation, everything had to be done starting from scratch.

It was not something easy almost all areas, experience and expertise belonged to the colonial administrators and intellectuals and very few among us had the capability to fully take over these responsibilities.

It was difficult even to implement certain portions of the administrative and legal systems left behind because these were designed to suit the needs of the colonialists. The local people found that it was inappropriate to fully accept these.

But we were better off than some other countries which had to endure situations far worse because the colonialists left them in disarray, without trained administrators and the appropriate legislation to implement.

Our country was fortunate because of the wisdom of the national leadership at that time which secured independence through negotiations and not rebellion and bloodshed. As such, the former colonialists were able to assist in terms of the security, administration and plans of the country.

Their assistance was not solely due to feelings of responsibility. It was due to the need for stability and peace to ensure that their investment in plantations and mining was safe.

The Federation of Malaya, which replaced the Malayan Union, was rich in terms of natural resources. This wealth contributed a great deal to the progress of the colonialists.

In this context, the independence gained will only be meaningful when we are able to wean neo-colonialism or economic colonisation from our tarnished independence. With our persistent efforts, we have been able to develop our country to redeem our wealth. One of these efforts was the ‘Dawn Raid' to buy our Guthrie Plantation legally. But we were accused of having committed a seizure or nationalisation.

Nevertheless, we were still willing to accept foreign direct investment (FDI), including from the country of our colonial masters. But they were not allowed to interfere in the country's politics and administration. We preserved our independence.

Then, the Federation of Malaya evolved into Malaysia. No one can dispute or match the willingness of the Malays to compromise.

Although Malaysia had its fair share of races and ethnic groups, it remained peaceful and stable and developed rapidly to become known as an Asian Tiger. Indeed, Malaysia remains capable of becoming a developed nation by 2020.

Unfortunately, a change in the administration had brought about a change of policies and approach. The lawful systems of democracy and administration were discarded and replaced with other means. As a result, Vision 2020 became an empty dream.

Such was the damage and pressure that the people endured, so much so that they felt they had achieved independence once again when the 14th General Election brought about a change of government.

Yes, the people achieved success due to their firm stand. But the benefits do not come rushing just because victory has been achieved. The action against the criminals, too, cannot be fulfilled immediately.

Just as we disliked the ways of the previous administration, we cannot put into practice the methods that we have hated. It takes time to bring about an administration by the rule of law. But, believe me, the criminals will eventually be punished in accordance with the offences they have committed.

In the meantime, the people and government should work together to revive the country. Ours is a heavy task. But no power can come between a people and government working together.

We have seen how countries defeated and destroyed in war have risen again in a short time and progressed due to the spirit and efforts of the people and government.

We are also capable of that. We, too, can revive our country, Malaysia.

The government can administer well, exercise thrift, be disciplined and control greed. This is being done. The success in reducing debt is being seen, although it is still a little. The damaged administrative machinery has been restored. Insya-Allah (God willing), the actions being taken and to be taken will nurse the nation to health again.

But the people have to play their role as well. If the government is unable to provide money as in the past, which was due to the wastage before, it will jeopardise the recovery process. After all, this government does not steal public funds to give part of the loot to the people.

That's not the best way. This government will create more jobs and business opportunities. In this way, the income earned gives more satisfaction. This is returns from one's own sweat and, of course, it is halal.

In this context, the government will provide education and training as well as scholarships. Workers' expertise will be enhanced so that their income can grow.

We will raise wages according to ability. But it must be remembered that a rise in wages will be meaningless if the cost of living rises as well.

To ensure that wage increases raise purchasing power, productivity must be enhanced through more efficient management, increased worker efficiency, use of machines, robotics and automation, and additional investment by employers.

The government will give incentives and rewards to those who raise productivity at the lowest cost. The rising prices of industrial products must be controlled.

The government will always help the people who are genuinely poor or disabled. They will be given aid better than BR1M, for instance. Giving RM500 or RM1,200 annually is not enough to enable one to live a comfortable life. Yes. BR1M will be gradually reduced but the poor and unemployed and those unable to work will be given more meaningful assistance.

We are celebrating the National Day this time with a sense of relief and comfort. Indeed, this is our second independence. We are free from the shackles of a ruthless regime. Our lives are more comfortable. This PH government guarantees justice for all the people, irrespective of race or religion.

In line with the achievements and feeling that we have experienced and shared, the theme of this year's National Day is ‘Sayangi Malaysiaku'.

It is hoped that this feeling will remain with all of us. I am sure that so long as this feeling remains with all of us, Malaysia will remain strong and progressive whatever the differences, contradictions and suspicions that may arise.

Happy National Day.

Hopefully, our aspiration for Malaysia to be progressive, peaceful and fair will remain forever. Love this Malaysia of ours.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/30/mahathir-national-day-speech/#OrgQiAfR4Xd94XTo.99

Azizulhasni Awang Wins Cycling Sprint Gold at Asian Games 2018

The moustache comes off for Azizul after sprint gold


Friday, 31 Aug 2018

IT was time for the moustache to come off after Azizulhasni Awang kept to his word by delivering a cycling gold medal for Malaysia in superb style.

Azizul earned the perfect gift for the nation’s 61st Merdeka Day celebrations by powering his way to the sprint title at the Jakarta Interna­tional Velodrome yesterday.

The 30-year-old cyclist was all pumped up as he beat Tomohiro Fukaya of Japan in two heats to become the first Malaysian to win cycling’s blue riband event in Asian Games history and later shaved off his moustache at the side of the track.

“I went into the sprint with a game plan from the start and I also tried ways to make me look fierce at the start line,” said Azizul, who beat Josiah to win the keirin title in his Asiad debut in Guangzhou four years ago.

“I think, psychologically it helped to unsettle my rivals and these small things help add to my performance as you need to be very, very strong to win the sprint event.

“This gold medal is for my country. Selamat Hari Merdeka, Malaysia. I’m so happy I won the sprint to complete my individual Asian Games gold collection.

“I finished fourth twice before (Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014) in sprint, so it’s a milestone for me today but it did not look easy,” said Azizul.

Azizul, who struggled with a viral infection and failed to finish on the podium at the Gold Coast Common­wealth Games in April, left them all trailing with one of his best performances in recent years yesterday.

Azizul became the first Malaysian cyclist since Josiah Ng in Busan in 2002 to reach the sprint final after he outsprinted South Korean Im Chae-bin, who broke the Games record in qualifying a day ago, in both semi-final heats.

He had defeated Japan’s Yuta Wakimoto in two heats as well in the quarter-finals.

“My most tense moment was against Chae-bin. I was confident after winning the first semi-final heat as I know I was just one step away from the final.

“I executed my plan well in the final against the Japanese cyclist and stayed focused.

“After winning the first race, I know I had no problem winning the gold. I saw that his fighting spirit was also down at that time.”

Azizul, in a buoyant mood, will be gunning for his second gold in Jakarta when he races in the men’s keirin on the final day of track competition today.

“The job is done and I want to go back to sleep and rest well so that I can be in top condition tomorrow,” he said.

“Keirin is very tactical and anything can happen. The best rider can go out in the first round and I can’t be too confident at the same time.”

Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom failed in his bid to get a second medal for Malaysia in the sprint after he was edged by Chae-bin in three heats to decide who takes the bronze.

Anis Amira Rosidi and Farina Shawati Mohd Adnan failed to reach the women’s sprint quarter-finals earlier.

Anis lost to South Korean Cho Sun-young while Farina failed to get the better of Indonesian Putri Crismonita Devi in the one-lap duel at the last-16 stage.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/sport/cycling/2018/08/31/cleancut-champion-the-moustache-comes-off-for-azizul-after-sprint-gold/#Kh2Xl7QRwkPKOOKf.99

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong cancelled the Sept 9 official birthday celebrations, Funds Allocated to Tabung Harapan Malaysia

Agong cancels birthday celebrations, returns funds to govt

Thursday, 30 Aug 20188:58 PM MYT

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

PETALING JAYA: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on Thursday (Aug 30) cancelled the Sept 9 official birthday celebrations and the royal tea reception.

In a statement, Comptroller of the Royal Household Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz vowed that the allocated funds will be returned to the government via the Tabung Harapan Malaysia.
"His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V expresses his gratitude to the Government who had planned the official events in conjunction with His official birthday celebration for 2018," the statement read.The statement however continued to state that the other events in conjunction with the Agong's birthday will go on as planned.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/30/agong-cancels-birthday-celebrations-donates-to-tabung/#Dy6qxX03TsG5RV0X.99

Putrajaya clarifies after cronyism allegation, Petron, Petronas and Shell all supplier of fuel for the federal government’s vehicles

Petron not sole fuel supplier, Putrajaya clarifies after cronyism allegation

Raynore Mering
Malay Mail30 August 2018

The allegations cropped up after a government circular on Petron’s appointment as a supplier through indent cards went viral.More

PETALING JAYA, Aug 30 — The Finance Ministry has denied that Petron Fuel International Sdn Bhd has been appointed the sole supplier of fuel for the federal government’s vehicles, after it sparked allegations of power abuse and cronyism on social media.

The ministry emphasised that state oil and gas giant Petronas and global firm Shell, which have been supplying petrol and diesel for government vehicles since 1997, will also continue to do so.

It said in a press statement this evening that Petron’s recent appointment would serve to encourage “healthy competition among suppliers.”

“The government also does not limit the number of suppliers whereby any supplier with integrity and a network of stations throughout the country can apply,” it added.

The ministry also said Petron’s appointment was done administratively and did not involve any financial implication for the government.

The allegations cropped up after a government circular on Petron’s appointment as a supplier through indent cards went viral.

The point of contention was that Mirzan Mahathir, a son of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is a director of Petron Corporation.

A “Middle Eastern source” may have provided US$12 million to intelligence officers currently under probe by MACC

Former ‘spies’ received US$12m from ‘Middle Eastern source’ pre-GE14?

Zurairi Ar
Malay Mail30 August 2018

MACC deputy chief commissioner, Datuk Seri Azam Baki, holds up a bundle of US dollar notes totalling US$1.6 million during a news conference in Putrajaya August 30, 2018. — Reuters picMore

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — A “Middle Eastern source” may have provided US$12 million (RM49.3 million) to the former local intelligence officers currently under probe by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), a report claimed today.

Quoting an anonymous senior investigation officer, Malaysiakini reported that the cash was brought into the country prior to the 14th general election (GE14).

“What we found so far is that the suspects used their authority to get special access through the airport [in Malaysia],” the source was quoted as saying.

He said the graft busters are currently investigating if the funds were used in the polls, but refused to divulge more details on the money.

“The question now is on the breach of our national security. First, there is an issue of how the money was brought into our country undetected. We believed that they declared the cash as something else to pass through airport security,” the source said.

“This is a breach of security at our country’s entry point.

“Secondly, what business does a government department have in receiving funds from a foreign source, and for what purpose? So, there is also a concern if national security was breached,” he added.

The Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 and Exchange Control Act 1953 state that any traveller carrying cash, traveller’s cheque, bankers draft, bearer cheque, bills of exchange, promissory notes, postal order or money order equivalent to US$10,000 and above must declare so at the point of entry.

Earlier today, MACC said it seized a total of US$6.3 million in US currency from various locations nationwide while investigating the Malaysian Internal External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) for allegedly siphoning funds meant for the polls.

MACC Chief Commissioner of Operations Datuk Seri Azam Baki also revealed today that the latest US cash seizure was US$4.07 million when his men arrested a businessman in Kelantan last night.

He did not rule out the possibility investigations could involve 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), saying it was among the angles being covered by investigators.

The arrest of the 47-year-old businessman brings the total number of suspects in custody to nine people, including a former MEIO director-general and seven officers from the “spy” agency parked under the Prime Minister’s Department.

Putrajaya has said it is disappointed with Batu Caves temple management for giving its staircase a new lick of paint

Batu Caves temple committee in hot water with Putrajaya over staircase renovation

A. Ruban
Malay Mail30 August 2018

The colourful steps leading to the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves. ― Picture by Hari AnggaraMore

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Putrajaya has said it is disappointed with Batu Caves temple management for giving its staircase a new lick of paint, saying the renovation was not approve by the National Heritage Department.

The department will now issue a warning letter to the Batu Caves Sri Mahamariamman Temple Devasthanam committee for violating regulations over Section 40 of the National Heritage Act 2005.

Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik was quoted as saying that the management must first get the nod from the department, and the absence of the application was a violation of the regulations.

“I am very disappointed with the building management (Tan Sri R. Nadarajah), especially when the department’s officers informed me that they had met his son Datuk N. Sivakumar a few times, advising him that any renovation or painting job within 200m of the heritage site requires written permission from the department,” he was quoted as saying in The Star Online.

“He was aware that any building registered under the heritage registry must comply with the regulations under the Act,” he added.

He explained that the approval of the Heritage Department must be made before submitting an application with the local council, and in this case being the Selayang Municipal Council.

Muhammad Bakhtiar, however, said the violation would not result in the temple being de-listed from the heritage registry.

“We cannot simply do that, considering the amount of time and effort spent getting the temple registered as a national heritage site in the first place.

“But they must respect the rules and follow accordingly. In fact, I hope this message goes out to all building owners whose buildings are registered as national heritage — to not simply carry out renovation or painting jobs without first getting consent from the heritage commissioner,” he was quoted as saying.

Section 40 of the Act, he said, clearly stipulates the specific guidelines that must be adhered to before a renovation work begins.

“For the Batu Caves Temple, the main staircase leading up to the cave temple is within the Batu Caves reserve and bordering Lot 1197, 4557 and 6020 which have been designated as national heritage sites and require permission from the department for any upgrading work.

“I was told that the commissioner (heritage) was not consulted and a team was sent to check on the work recently. I was informed that the painting [job] has disturbed the harmony, integrity and originality of Batu Caves,” he was quoted as saying.

It was reported that Batu Caves had the staircase painted five days ago and that all 13 temples in its vicinity underwent renovations at a cost of RM6.1 million.

An unemployed man was today charged for proclaiming himself on social media as Tengku Mahkota Kelantan and the adopted son of Sultan Muhammad V.

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Unemployed man charged for claiming to be Kelantan royalty, adopted son of Yang di-Pertuan Agong

Mohd Zulkifli Zainuddin
New Straits Times30 August 2018

KOTA BHARU: An unemployed man was today charged at the magistrate’s court for impersonating a member of the Kelantan royalty. Nik Muhammad Hafilzul Adzhar Abdul Razak, 24, was allegedly proclaimed himself on social media as Tengku Mahkota Kelantan and the adopted son of Sultan Muhammad V. 

He was accused of uploading derogatory status and comments on his Instagram account with the intent to annoy, abuse and harass the Kelantan Royal institution on April 4 at 9.30pm. 

The accused, who was unrepresented, was also allegedly referred himself as ‘beta’ (first person pronoun to be used only by royal families) in his social media post. 

He pleaded not guilty to the charge read before Magistrate Izuddin Mohd Shukri. The offence under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 carries a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment and a RM50,000 fine, with RM1,000 fine each day for subsequent conviction

. The court granted a RM4,000 bail with one surety. Mention was fixed on Sept 24. © New Straits Times Press

Tabung Harapan Malaysia will cease accepting donations next month

Tabung Harapan to stop collecting donations in September

New Straits Times30 August 2018

KUALA LUMPUR : Tabung Harapan Malaysia will cease accepting donations next month said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"We had not decided on the date, but maybe by next month," he replied when asked on whether there was any truth that collection to the fund will be stopped.

Speaking to reporters after attending a roundtable discussion with Aseam Business Leaders, here today , Dr Mahathir denied that move to stop collection was because of some companies were making use it as a lobbying mechanism.

"It could be, but we are not affected. There was one very big donation from a company that had problems, we refused to accept it, " he said.

"It is actually a way of knowing how people love the country, they are willing to sacrifice in order to overcome our problems, money problems."

“I think it is quite clear, that people who have even small sums are willing to help save the country", Dr Mahathir said.

The Tabung Harapan was established by Prime Minister on May 30, to enable Malaysians to donate towards reducing the RM1.087 trillion national debt.

As of yesterday, more than RM180 million has been put into this fund.

Meanwhile on the Johor government’s plan to construct a third link between Malaysia and Singapore to reduce traffic congestion on the Johor Causeway, the Prime Minister just said: " There are some planning."

Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said the third link, once completed, would connect Pengerang in east Johor to Pulau Ubin in Singapore.

He also said the state government will draft a proposal for the construction of the link before submitting it to the federal government for approval. — Reports by Manirajan Ramasamy, Tasnim Lokman and Nurhayati Abllah © New Straits Times Press (

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Timbalan perdana menteri berkata beliau 'sangat tidak gembira' dengan pelantikan Rahim Noor tetapi

Saya ingatkan Dr M tentang panas baran bekas KPN, kata Wan Azizah

FMT Reporters | August 30, 2018

Timbalan perdana menteri itu berkata beliau 'sangat tidak gembira' dengan pelantikan Rahim Noor tetapi akan 'memaafkan semua'.

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail berkata pelantikan Abdul Rahim Noor sebagai pendamai di selatan Thai adalah keputusan prerogatif perdana menteri.

GEORGE TOWN: Timbalan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail hari ini menyuarakan keraguannya berhubung keputusan kerajaan memilih bekas pegawai tertinggi polis yang memukul suaminya pada 1998 sebagai fasilitator baru rundingan damai di selatan Thailand.

Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor, yang memegang jawatan sebagai ketua polis negara dari 1994 hingga 1999, menumbuk mata Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sehingga lebam pada 20 September 1998.

Wan Azizah berkata beliau “sangat tidak gembira” dengan pelantikan Rahim yang memainkan peranan dalam usaha rundingan damai antara Bangkok dengan pejuang Islam di selatan Thai, iaitu keputusan prerogatif Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Dalam temu bual dengan stesen radio BFM, katanya, beliau bertemu dengan Dr Mahathir baru-baru ini untuk menyuarakan pendapatnya.

“Dr Mahathir beritahu saya Rahim mempunyai pengalaman semasa pemberontakan dan aktiviti pengganas.

“Tetapi saya menjelaskan kepadanya kenapa anak perempuan saya ragu-ragu dengan keputusan itu akibat peristiwa lalu. Ia tidak mudah untuk kami menerimanya,” katanya.

“Dia (Dr Mahathir) berkata Rahim mempunyai pengalaman. Saya kata baiklah, dia ada sedikit panas baran.”

Beliau berkata adalah penting bagi Malaysia memberi tumpuan kepada perkara yang dihadapi supaya masalah itu dapat diselesaikan dan calon yang dipilih dapat menyampaikannya.

Apabila ditanya sama ada beliau sukar memaafkan Rahim berbanding Dr Mahathir, Wan Azizah berkata beliau akan “memaafkan semua”.

“Jika ada rasa dendam di hati saya, ia akan berbeza. Saya benar-benar berfikir, semoga saya berhati mulia, kami melakukannya dengan baik, banyak perkara yang kami bersyukur dan saya bertuah kerana mendapat rahmat dari Allah.

“Saya rasa saya boleh laluinya, tetapi kita adalah manusia dan kadang-kadang mengalami perasaan turun naik,” katanya.

Rahim, yang meletak jawatan pada 1999 kerana menyerang Anwar, dipenjarakan selama 2 bulan pada tahun berikutnya.

Beliau menggantikan Datuk Seri Ahmad Zamzamin Hashim yang dilantik oleh kerajaan Barisan Nasional sebelum ini sebagai fasilitator rundingan damai antara Bangkok dengan pejuang Islam di selatan Thai.

Pelantikannya menerima kecaman daripada beberapa pihak, termasuk anak perempuan Anwar yang juga Ahli Parlimen Permatang Pauh Nurul Izzah Anwar, bekas ketua Pemuda Umno Khairy Jamaluddin dan veteran DAP Dr Boo Cheng Hau.

Two men were arrested in connection with the fake bomb threat at TV3's Media Prima

Duo arrested over fake bomb threat at Media Prima office

Thursday, 30 Aug 20187:49 AM MYT
by m. kumar

PETALING JAYA: Two men were arrested in connection with the fake bomb threat at the Media Prima office in Bandar Utama on Tuesday (Aug 28) night.

The two men were picked up in Temerloh, Pahang around 8.20pm on Wednesday (Aug 29), said Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din when contacted.

"They will be remanded tomorrow morning (Aug 30)," he said.

According to a live video, which was posted on 8TV News' official Facebook page at about 11pm on Tuesday, police were seen in front of the building in Bandar Utama, with staff, including media personnel, lingering along Persiaran Bandar Utama.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/30/duo-arrested-over-fake-bomb-threat-at-media-prima-office/#V1DBoEXXW5G1MHHx.99

After 13 years, the National Day celebration will once again be held at the administrative capital of Putrajaya

Putrajaya plays host again after 13 years

Thursday, 30 Aug 2018

Participants from the National Department of Culture and Arts performing with the Jalur Gemilang during the full dress rehearsal for the National Day parade in Putrajaya. They will be among the 12,714 people taking part in the celebration. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: After 13 years, the National Day celebration will once again be held at the administrative capital of Putrajaya.

The 61st National Day celebration will go down in history as the first ever held under the Pakatan Harapan government, led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who became the seventh Prime Minister at 93.

Dr Mahathir was the fourth prime minister from July 16, 1981 to Oct 31, 2003.

Putrajaya was the brainchild of Dr Mahathir, and as such its selection as this year’s venue adds a certain meaning to the celebration.

The area was originally known as Prang Besar before it was developed into the administrative capital in 1995.

The National Day celebration has been held in Putrajaya only twice before this – once in 2003 and again in 2005.

“Malaysians are riding high on the Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia) spirit, so this year’s National Day celebration is one that is anticipated by many,” said Putrajaya Corp­oration (PPj) corporate communications director Tengku Aina Tengku Ismail Shah.

PPj has put up 2,000 flags along the main roads in Putrajaya since mid-August and has also distributed some 3,000 flags among Putrajaya residents.

PPj has been put in charge of handling the logistics for the National Day parade and has begun preparations for the event as early as June, said Tengku Aina.

“We believe around 300,000 people will be coming to Putrajaya for the celebration on Aug 31,” she added.

She advised those intending to join the celebration to arrive before 7am to avoid being stuck in traffic jams as several roads would be closed to make way for the event.

The roads affected include Laman Perdana, Persiaran Perdana, Lebuh Wawasan, Lebuh Saujana, Lebuh Bestari, Lebuh Setia, Jalan Perpaduan, Jambatan Wawasan, Jalan Pembangunan, Jalan Kemerdekaan and Jalan T.A. Rahman.

Around 6,000 parking bays are provided for visitors and shuttle bus services are also available to ferry visitors from Putrajaya Sentral to the celebration venue.

This year’s parade will involve 12,714 participants, 25 dogs, 60 horses, 251 land assets and 54 air assets from the police, the Malaysian Armed Forces and other agencies.

The contingents will march 3.2km along Persiaran Perdana from 8am.

The Kembara Merdeka Jalur Gemilang 2018 convoy, which was flagged off by Dr Mahathir in Padang Kota Lama, Penang on Aug 4, will also be arriving at Dataran Putrajaya tomorrow.

The convoy, comprising 133 participants and 52 vehicles, is touring across Malaysia.

Themed SayangiMalaysiaku (Love My Malaysia), the 2018 National Day celebration in Putrajaya will be graced by the presence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V. — Bernama

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/30/putrajaya-plays-host-again-after-13-years-admin-capital-expects-300000-to-join-in-national-day-celeb/#0SiMtoG6Bvh3Wk5c.99

The Sales and Service Tax (SST) threshold for eateries will be increased to RM1.5mil

SST only imposed on eateries with turnover above RM1.5mil

Thursday, 30 Aug 201810:43 AM MYT
by joseph kaos jr and mei mei chu

PUTRAJAYA: The Sales and Service Tax (SST) threshold for eateries will be increased to RM1.5mil, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.

This means only eateries that make RM1.5mil and above annually will be subject to SST.

“We received feedback from owners of coffee shops and nasi kandar restaurants, (and) they have asked for the threshold to be increased from RM500,000 (under the GST).

“Some have asked for it to be increased to RM3mil annually, which it is a bit too much.

“So only if your annual turnover is above RM1.5mil will you be subject to SST,” said Lim at a media briefing on SST at the Treasury building here Thursday (Aug 30).

Lim said he hoped the increase in the threshold would prevent restaurant owners from increasing prices.

“But we urge consumers to become our eyes and ears. If they find that eateries have increased their prices due to SST, they can complain to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry,” he said.

Lim said the government’s approach with the SST was to ensure the people’s well-being were taken care of.

“We want to ensure that the people are not burdened. The government views this as more important than collecting revenue from taxes.

“What is the point of having nice-looking figures, if the people are suffering?” said Lim.

Also present at the media briefing were Customs director-general Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement director Datuk Roslan Mahayudin. The SST, which replaces the GST, will come into force on Sept 1.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/30/sst-only-imposed-on-eateries-with-turnover-above-rm1_5mil/#OUPe17yTPmROsW6a.99

The Esscom is not happy with Malaysian actor who claimed he and a co-star were almost kidnapped by pirates

Actor cries ‘Kidnap’, Esscom sees red

FMT Reporters | August 29, 2018

Esscom commander Hazani Ghazali believes 'fake' statement could have been made to create cheap publicity for actor's new movie next month.

The online version of the story by Harian Metro.

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) is not happy with a Malaysian actor who claimed he and a co-star were almost kidnapped by pirates while filming in Sabah’s east coast Semporna district.

Harian Metro published the story yesterday quoting the actors with the headline “Lanun nak culik kami berdua!” (“Pirates wanted to kidnap the two of us”).

Esscom commander Hazani Ghazali said the statement by the actor Hairul Azreen, who was with a crew shooting the film “Paskal”, was baseless as there was no such incident as reported throughout the period of the shoot, which was under the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).

Esscom commander Hazani Ghazali warns action can be taken against actor or anyone who makes ‘fake’ statements affecting security in Esszone.

“Throughout the filming, they (crew) were under the watch of a trained Paskal (naval special warfare forces) team and I do not believe there was any kidnapping attempt on them.

“The statement has caused a negative perception among the public on the level of security in the Esszone waters,” he said in a statement here today.

Hazani said Hairul’s statement might have been intended as a promotional gimmick for the film.

“Don’t use such a statement just for the sake of attracting cheap publicity to draw people to watch the movie, scheduled to be screened this September.

“According to our records, there were no kidnapping attempts or actual kidnappings for the whole of 2017 and 2018 so far,” he said.

He urged the public to be careful in issuing statements, especially when it comes to national security.

“Legal action can be taken for coming up with a fake statement and also for causing anxiety among the community, involving security and public peace in Esszone,” Hazani said.

As such, he called on the actor to come forward and lodge a proper police report if indeed such an attempt was made on him so that Esscom can take appropriate action.

DNA samples of the Dutch model Ivana Smit and that of an American-Kazakh couple were found on sex toys and a used condom.

Sex toys had Ivana and US couple’s DNA, inquest told

Vinodh Pillai | August 29, 2018

DNA specialist to provide more details next month related to this and her analysis on other items after hours were spent in court today going through sampled evidence.

Dutch model Ivana Smit was found dead on the balcony of a condo unit at CapSquare Residences in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 7. (Instagram pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The inquest into the death of Ivana Smit last year was today told that DNA samples of the Dutch model and that of an American-Kazakh couple were found on sex toys and a used condom.

All of these and more were shown in the Coroner’s Court here today for chemist and DNA specialist Nor Aidora Saedon to confirm if the items seized by the police and forensics unit were used in her DNA sampling on Dec 12.

Chemist and DNA specialist Nor Aidora Saedon.

This took several hours during this morning’s proceedings, where a good number of sealed and boxed samples were brought to the court for examination by the witness, who is the 19th person to testify.

The items included a peach-coloured dildo used by the trio, at least two other brightly-coloured sex toys, one used condom, nail clippers, several panties, undergarments and other clothes that belonged to Smit.

Deputy public prosecutor N Joy Jothi and SN Nair, the lawyer holding a watching brief for Ivana’s family, were unable to examine Nor today because of this delay, and will only begin questioning the witness on Sept 5.

The couple, Alex Johnson and Luna Almaz, had hosted Smit at their 20th floor condo unit at CapSquare Residence off Jalan Dang Wangi in Kuala Lumpur on the morning the model died on Dec 7.

The duo claim Smit frequently had sex with them in the weeks leading to her death.

Later, Nor said DNA analysis showed there were traces of Smit, Alex and Luna’s DNA in the inner lining of the condom when she tested it against blood samples she had received from the trio.

Today is the 11th day of the inquest.

Smit’s body was found sprawled in the nude on a sixth-floor balcony at CapSquare Residences shortly after 2pm on Dec 7.

She is believed to have fallen from a 20th-floor condo unit belonging to Alex and Luna, who claim to have engaged in sexual relations with Smit the morning of her death.

Police had originally classified the case as sudden death, but it was re-opened this year after pressure from Smit’s family, who claimed that there were elements of foul play and a cover up.

The inquest is to determine how Smit had died and whether there is enough evidence to eventually take the case to trial.

This will be decided by Coroner Mahyon Talib in open court about a month after the inquest officially ends.

The inquest has now been extended with four extra days in September after Nor and another witness scheduled to testify this month informed the court they could not do so owning to work and personal related reasons.

Jothi confirmed to FMT today that the court has agreed to extend the inquest, which was originally only eight-days long, with four extra dates beginning Sept 5 for the four remaining witnesses, including Nurliza and Nor, to testify.

The new dates for the inquest are Sept 19, 24 and 25.

Jothi added it was nothing out of the ordinary to have an inquest go on for several months either.

“Inquests take a lot of time. It’s not easy getting witnesses to testify in the original timeframe we expected (of eight days).

“We’re not postponing or delaying the inquest. It’s just an extension with more dates.

“We return to court next week anyway,” Jothi told FMT when approached in court after today’s proceedings.

Hospital Kuala Lumpur forensic consultant pathologist Dr Nurliza Abdullah, who supervised Smit’s post-mortem last year and was scheduled to testify this week as well, is currently performing the haj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Two more witnesses from the police force will join Nurliza and Nor in taking the stand next month, bringing the number of witnesses testifying in the inquest so far to 22.

The inquest continues next Wednesday.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd has issued a winding-up notice on ADM Ventures (M) Sdn Bhd and initiated bankruptcy proceedings against its two company directors

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KL City Grand Prix fallout sees organising company file bankruptcy suit against its directors
Wednesday, 29 Aug 20186:57 PM MYT
by nurbaiti hamdan

KUALA LUMPUR: GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd has issued a winding-up notice on ADM Ventures (M) Sdn Bhd and initiated bankruptcy proceedings against its two company directors for failure to indemnify a RM2.5mil sum owed to Cityneon Contracts Sdn Bhd and a repayment of RM10.9mil in relation to the organisation of the KL City Grand Prix 2015.

Cityneon Contracts had on Nov 7, 2016, initiated a civil action suit against GT Global Race for the rental, installation, demolition of grandstand and exhibition facilities for the KL City Grand Prix 2015 for a total contract sum of RM13.4mil.

The event was held between Aug 7 and Aug 9, 2015.

However, GT Global Race only paid it a sum of RM10.9mil, leaving an outstanding balance of RM2.5mil owed to Cityneon Contracts.

In the same suit, GT Global Race initiated a third party proceedings against two of its directors, M. Thrinakarasi @ Arasu and M. Thirumaren, and ADM Ventures (M) Sdn Bhd, which owns 50% share of GT Global Race, seeking an indemnity of the unpaid balance of RM2.5mil it owed to Cityneon Contracts and repayment of the RM10.9mil that has been paid to Cityneon Contracts as a result of breach of fiduciary duties and fraud.

On April 26 last year, Justice Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab granted a summary judgment of RM2.5mil against GT Global Race.

Subsequent to the summary judgment, the third party proceedings between GT Global Race and the third parties (Thrinakarasi, Thirumaren and ADM Ventures) went to trial.

On July 27, Justice Mohd Zaki ordered the third parties to indemnify the unpaid balance of RM2.5mil to Cityneon Contracts and a repayment of the RM10.9mil.

The third parties have not satisfied the judgment sum of RM2.5mil and the RM10.9mil.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/29/kl-city-grand-prix-fallout-sees-organising-company-file-bankruptcy-suit-against-its-directors/#fogXjAGTRGT5M0Yw.99

JPJ BLacklist for those who fail to Settle DBKL summonses from before Sept 1 within a month

Settle DBKL summonses from before Sept 1 within a month, or face JPJ blacklist


Wednesday, 29 Aug 20184:46 PM MYT

by steven daniels2

ERRANT motorists with outstanding Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) traffic summonses have been given a month to settle fines issued before Sept 1, 2018 or face being blacklisted by the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

To make the deal sweeter, DBKL is offering steep discounts to motorists with a flat rate of RM20 for motorcycle offenses, RM30 for car, MPV, van, lorry, 4WD and SUV, as well as RM50 for heavy vehicles such as bus, tractor, large lorry, crane and trailer.

DBKL Corporate Planning Department director Khairul Azmir Ahmad said the discount was only applicable for wrongful parking offences at metered parking spots, and for summonses issued by DBKL.

“Motorists are given a month, between Sept 1 and 30, to settle their outstanding traffic offences, and there will be no extension given, following of which, they will be blacklisted by the JPJ,” he said in a statement.
He added that offences that were already blacklisted or were currently on-going in court or where an arrest warrant had been issued were not applicable for the special discount.

Motorists can settle their fines via DBKL payment counters, Pos Malaysia branches nationwide, DBKL payment kiosks, www.myeg.com and the DBKL Mobis app that can be downloaded from the Google Playstore or Apple App Store.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/08/29/settle-dbkl-summonses-from-before-sept-1-within-a-month-or-face-jpj-blacklist/#ybD5OMk0CwWmtUO2.99

Dato Seri Vidas Cryptocurrency LaVida Coin goes on consumer alert list for schemes which are neither authorised nor approved

Lavida Coins enters Bank Negara’s financial consumer alert list

 | August 29, 2018
List consists of companies and websites which are neither authorised nor approved under the relevant regulations administered by BNM.
KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has listed VI Profit Galaxy (DSV Cryptoclub & LUX Galaxies), the operator of the cryptocurrency called LaVida Coin, in its financial consumer alert list.
The list consists of companies and websites which are neither authorised nor approved under the relevant laws and regulations administered by BNM.
“Please take note that the list is not exhaustive and only serves as a guide to members of the public, based on information and queries received by BNM,” it said on its website.
The latest list consists of 423 companies.
On Monday, the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) said that it was in the midst of reviewing all available information in relation to a newly-launched cryptocurrency known as LaVida Coin to determine whether there had been any breach of securities laws.


7 Fishy Things We Noticed When Looking into Dato’ Vida’s LaVida Coin

by  August 27, 2018
The LaVida Coin is the latest ICO launched by Datuk Seri Hasmiza Othman or better known as Dato’ Vida, beauty mogul and a divisive figure in Malaysia.
Perhaps because of Dato’ Vida’s reputation as a successful businesswoman, the LaVida Coin has attracted attention from those who may not otherwise consider investing in cryptocurrency. I’m concerned that certain Malaysians, seeing the success of sudden bitcoin millionaires circa 2017, look to the LaVida Coin as an opportunity to join a cryptocurrency early in anticipation for a future explosion in value.
The mogul plans to raise a staggering $1.5 billion from the endeavour. According to the website, the funds raised will be broken down as per below:
  • an entrepreneur-focused online entertainment channel ($1 billion)
  • development of a LavidaPay payment gateway ($100 million)
  • construction of a mosque, described as non-profit ($400 million)
Many crypto-experts would agree that this isn’t quite a healthy mindset to have at this point in cryptocurrency history.
I don’t mean to cast any aspersions on Dato’ Vida or her intentions, but when we looked into the coin, we noticed some fishy things about the whole endeavor that would raise the hackles of any seasoned cryptocurrency enthusiast.

1. No Recourse for If the Project Is Underfunded

How many of the 3 projects end up getting completed will depend on how much the team raises by the end of the ICO, according to the white paper. The white paper also mentions that it has no concrete measures in place in case the project is underfunded.

2. Token Sold as a Coin

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After a cursory glance of the social media discussions, it seems like public considers the LaVida Coin as a coin, even though it is actually a token—and these are two different beasts.
To put things very simply, think of a coin as currency. Coins have characteristics similar to a traditional currency and can be used to buy and sell goods and services as long as merchants accept it as tender.
Meanwhile, think of buying into a token like buying into stocks: you’re investing money into the company and project in hopes that it will become successful. The tokens bought could either be a Utility Token (where you trade the coin for products and services within a specific platform) or a Securities Token (most typically, a token that represents shares in a company).
For more information about coins versus tokens, this Medium post outlines things in a simple and concise way.
Page 8 of the white paper calls the LaVida Coin a utility token, and intended to eventually be used in all three projects as a means for buying and selling. Despite this, there are very little details on token economics and how both these functions will be merged.

3. No Mention of a Legal Entity

As a general protip, any aspiring crypto-investor looking into ICOs should steer clear of white papers that do not mention the legal entity (for Malaysian companies, look for the Sdn. Bhd.s or Ltd.s).
Update: It’s been bought to our attention that an earlier version of the website mentions a legal entity, DSVGalaxier Ltd based in London. However, this was not reflected in the white paper released and has since been removed from the latest version of the website. 

4. No Mention of the Network This Crypto Will Be On

When it comes to tokens, issuers will usually either put it on the Ethereum network, in which they’ll be subject to Ether protocols, or develop their own network.
If it will be on the Ethereum network, the white paper will mention this, and if it’s on its own network, the issuer should go into detail about what this network’s protocols are.
Neither of these details are available in LaVida Coin ‘s white paper.

5. No Team Members Listed

Besides Dato’ Vida herself, there’s absolutely no mention of the team behind the ICO, neither the organisations or individuals that will be developing any of the 3 projects listed.
Many ICOs will list the team members for discerning investors to look into the team to determine whether they have the chops to work on the task assigned to them.

6. Vague Roadmap for Project Completion

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The roadmap is on the website, but not in the white paper.
Of the projects outlined, besides an estimated completion date there are very little details provided to justify the huge sums requested.
Of the three key projects outlined:
Entertainment Channel
“At this time, the entertainment platform is in the inception stage, and there is no overall strategy in place regarding the types of programming it will broadcast, and the exact viewer demographics it will target. These tasks will be completed during the initial development stage once development funding has been secured.”
Muslim Community Complex
LaVida Coin has aspirations towards building a community complex of the likes that hasn’t been seen in Malaysia before, where the LaVida Coin can be used within it as accepted currency, and probably the lowest-priority project of the three listed.
Besides the fact that there will be a mosque at the centre of it all, it will be auctioned of upon completion and that it is a “one-stop shop, a place to meet and gather within a Muslim community”, there is very little information about what is supposedly a massive $400 million endeavour.
There are some voices in the industry that have expressed concern that the team is using religion as a marketing gimmick to target the Muslim-majority population in Malaysia.
However, it is worth noting that this type of project is not off-brand for Dato’ Vida, who has dabbled in mosque-based projects before.
Payment Gateway
According to the white paper, the payment gateway is intended to compete with the likes of Paypal, Skrill, Alipay, and Neteller, in which the LaVida Coin can be used with “authorized independent merchants and vendors who accept LaVida Coin “, or the issuer itself.
Generally, payment gateways for fiat and cryptocurrency are separated, because while they are intended for the same purposes, have very different underlying technologies behind them.
If the LaVida Coin is intended as a utility token, there is no mention of whether it will be used as its own currency in-platform, in exchange for Dato’ Vida’s products, discounts, or any other functions.

7. Guaranteed Returns?

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While many ICOs will project for the success of their ICO, quotes on Utusan Malaysia seemingly record Dato’ Vida guaranteeing it. This is often a cause for alarm.
Loosely translated from Malay, Dato’ Vida was reported as saying buy now, because the token is cheap and you can sell it back by Christmas since the price of this cryptocurrency (described as mata wang) is expected to soar at that time.
As we have said before, anyone guaranteeing returns for any investments is a huge cryptocurrency no-no, because the scene is volatile and nascent for such statements.
You don’t even have to take this from just us. A screenshot depicting David Low, Luno Malaysia’s country manager, has been circulating the internet with the following to say:
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The project lacks too much crucial information.

It’s possible that deficiencies come from a lack of experience in producing a white paper, but what becomes clear from our dive is that even if this project is produced with the best of intentions, it is too unfocused and too vague to be a good investment.
With a timeline and deliverables that will shift and change based on how much money they end up raising, we feel like the whole three-layer project lacks conviction from the team, as they seem unsure of whether they can achieve their goals. Separately, all three projects linked seem to be in very early stages not fit for fundraising yet.
This vagueness can’t be good for the final value of the LaVida Coin.
We wouldn’t be kicking up a fuss if this is just another crowdfunding project, but by branding this project as a cryptocurrency and seemingly promising returns for investors, we’re worried that this project would tarnish Malaysian ICOs and devalue other projects if it does end up falling through.
Perhaps sharing in our concerns, the Securities Commission has announced that they’re reviewing the LaVida Coin  for possible securities-law breach.

Featured Image Credit: Linda Alatiff on Facebook. 
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