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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Petron confirmed that its Port Dickson refinery cannot receive crude oil to produce refined products due to an SPM problem


Hengyuan, Petron unable to offload crude oil at Malaysia's Port Dickson


Wednesday, 23 Oct 20197:04 AM MYT




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Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd (PMRMB) confirmed that its Port Dickson refinery cannot receive crude oil to produce refined products due to an SPM problem, and said it had taken necessary measures to import more refined products to meet its needs.


SINGAPORE: Refineries at Port Dickson on Peninsular Malaysia's west coast are unable to receive crude oil after a port facility that carries crude from the ships to the plants broke down.

A system known as a single point mooring (SPM) unit, a loading buoy anchored offshore that allows tankers to offload their crude via pipeline to the refineries, has been out of service, the refinery operators said.


The SPM connects to a refinery operated by HENGYUAN REFINING COMPANY BHD

image: https://cdn.thestar.com.my/Themes/img/chart.png (HRC), a subsidiary of China's Shandong Hengyuan Petrochemical Co, and a second plant owned by the Philippines' largest refiner Petron Corp.



Petron Malaysia Refining & Marketing Bhd

image: https://cdn.thestar.com.my/Themes/img/chart.png (PMRMB) confirmed that its Port Dickson refinery cannot receive crude oil to produce refined products due to an SPM problem, and said it had taken necessary measures to import more refined products to meet its needs.





The SPM is anticipated to return to normal operations by early November and the company's temporary inability to process crude oil at the refinery will not impact its supply of finished products to the market, PMRMB said.

A Shandong-based official with Hengyuan's parent company confirmed the refiner was replacing a broken valve of the pipeline of the SPM unit, but said he has no knowledge how long the repair work would take.

Hengyuan's refinery has a capacity of 156,000 barrels per day (bpd), while Petron's refinery has a crude distillation capacity of 88,000 bpd, according to their websites.

The outage appears to have delayed two ships that were scheduled to unload at the port, shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon showed.

Royal Dutch Shell has chartered the Maran Plato, a Suezmax-sized tanker, to discharge on Oct. 18 and the Torm Valborg, an Aframax-sized vessel, on Oct. 16, the data showed.

But the tankers were still anchored off the port laden with crude as of Tuesday, the data showed.

Shell declined to comment.

When contacted by Reuters, the Port Dickson Marine Department said the companies that have operations in Port Dickson run their own mooring operations and the department was not aware of any delay in shipments as they did not receive any complaints.= Reuters


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Home Ministry bans ‘Superman’ Hew’s pro-China comic book


Home Ministry bans ‘Superman’ Hew’s pro-China comic book


Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019 06:35 PM MYT

BY DANIAL DZULKIFLY
MALAY MAIL
The Home Ministry has officially banned the ‘Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism’ comic by former DAP activist Hew Kuan Yau. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 — The Home Ministry has officially banned the Belt and Road Initiative for Win-Winism comic by former DAP activist Hew Kuan Yau.

In a statement today, the Home Ministry had deemed the comic as insensitive towards multicultural Malaysia and also inappropriate as it promotes “communism and socialism” as well as spreading confusing facts” on its struggle here in the country.



“The contents of this publication among others try to promote the ideology of communism and socialism as well as spread wrong and confusing facts about communists while trying to raise support and sympathy towards the communist struggle.,

“It could raise the reader’s doubts especially to younger generations on Malaysia’s history, thus disputing the struggle by past national leaders in fighting for independence and the development of the country


“The contents of this publication is seen to not take into account the sensitivity of Malaysia’s diverse races and religion as well as seen to be a concern in disrupting the harmony and unity of its people,’’ said the statement.


Those who print, import, produce, publish, sell, or distribute the comic, if charged, can be jailed not more than three years, or fined not more than RM20,0000 or both under the Printing under Section 8(2) of the Printing Presses and Publication Act.

Members of the public who wish to report on the illegal distribution of the book can do so via the Home Ministry’s enforcement line at 03-88868047 or fax 03-88891682. Members of the public can also email the Home Ministry at http://moha.spab.gov.my.

The book was released to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Malaysia and is edited by Hew.

Hew resigned from DAP in 2014 following criticism for his statements and fiery speech but continued to present in the party’s campaign, especially in the Chinese-majority areas.

Hew was appointed the chief executive officer of the Malaysia-China Business Council that is headed by DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai after Pakatan Harapan’s historic win last year.

The comic book, which is available in Mandarin, Malay and English has a foreword written by DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and photos of both Hew and deputy education minister Teo Nie Ching were circulated on social media.

The Education Ministry said last week it did not approve the distribution of the comic book in secondary and vernacular schools.

It told state education departments and district education offices to ensure all schools do not accept or distribute this comic book from any supplier.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) said any reduction of palm oil imports from Malaysia by India will hit hard the migrant workers from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu


New twist to Malaysia-India palm oil issue


Wednesday, 23 Oct 20192:15 PM MYT




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A political body in South India has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi government not to reduce palm oil imports from Malaysia.


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia-India palm oil issue has taken a new twist. Amidst the call by an Indian trade association for importers to shun palm oil from Malaysia, a political body in South India has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi government not to reduce palm oil imports from Malaysia.

The Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) said any reduction of palm oil imports from Malaysia by India will hit hard the migrant workers from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu currently employed in Malaysia.


TNCC president K.S. Alagiri said that at least 500,000 people from Tamil Nadu are working in the Information Technology sector and restaurants in Malaysia.

"They also send almost 90 per cent of their wages to their families living in India, ” he said in a statement which he shared via his official twitter handle @KS_Alagiri. TNCC is a wing of the Indian National Congress in Tamil Nadu.



According to the World Bank, India tops the global list of remittance recipients, with US$79 billion (RM331 billion) last year, mainly from the Gulf nations. Malaysia ranks in the top 20.

Besides, Malaysian Indians make up the third-largest community in Malaysia and a majority of them are Tamils whose ancestors came from Tamil Nadu.

Alagiri explained that reducing palm oil imports from Malaysia will also have an impact on the Malaysian Indian community as many of them work in the oil palm and rubber estates in Malaysia.

"Thus, the Tamil Nadu Congress party is urging the Modi government not to reduce the import of palm oil from Malaysia, ” he said.

India, the world's largest vegetable oil importer, relies on Indonesia and Malaysia for its palm oil supply. Malaysia exported palm oil worth US$1.65 billion (RM6.9 billion) to India in 2018.

Last Monday, the Solvent Extractors' Association (SEA) of India, which represents oilseed crushers, advised its members not to buy palm oil from Malaysia, taking a cue from New Delhi's protest against Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's remarks on the Kashmir conflict.

The Indian government on Aug 5 revoked Jammu and Kashmir's legal autonomous status and imposed many unprecedented security measures, including cutting off Internet and phone services, to prevent protests in the region.

Dr Mahathir, in his speech at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, had said that "despite the UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied”, and called on India to "work with Pakistan to resolve this problem".

India's Ministry of External Affairs had on Oct 4 protested against Dr Mahathir’s reference to Kashmir.

It is to be noted that the Indian government has yet to state anything officially with regard to the ongoing palm oil issue. - Bernama


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2019/10/23/new-twist-to-malaysia-india-palm-oil-issue#IHjV26CoxIve2TI1.99

Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin disaran berhenti daripada menjadi mufti jika mahu berpolitik, kata Pengarah Komunikasi Amanah, Khalid Samad


Asri harus berhenti jadi mufti jika mahu berpolitik, kata Khalid Samad
FMT Reporters
-October 23, 2019 12:07 PM
Khalid Samad berpandangan Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin seharusnya berhenti dari menjadi mufti Perlis jika mahu berpolitik.

PETALING JAYA: Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin disaran berhenti daripada menjadi mufti jika mahu berpolitik, kata Pengarah Komunikasi Amanah, Khalid Samad selepas dikritik hubungan parti itu dengan DAP.

“Seharusnya berhenti dari menjadi mufti kalau nak berpolitik.

“Dahlah tu, analisis politiknya agak lemah,” katanya di Twitter sambil merujuk kenyataan mufti Perlis itu, semalam.

Asri mengkritik hubungan Amanah dengan DAP, mengatakan parti serpihan PAS itu begitu setia dengan rakannya dalam Pakatan Harapan (PH).


Dalam satu wawancara dengan pendakwah kontroversi Muhammad Zamri Vinoth Kalimuthu, Asri berkata Amanah dilihat mengikut pendirian DAP dalam pelbagai isu dan berdiam diri daripada mengulas isu yang dikaitkan dengan masyarakat Islam.

Asri juga memetik kontroversi pengedaran komik “Inisiatif Jalur dan Jalan” dan penangkapan individu yang didakwa ada hubungan dengan Harimau Pembebasan Tamil Eelam (LTTE), mengatakan tiada apa-apa yang didengar mengenai perkara itu.

Dalam pada itu, Khalid berkata jangan terkejut jika Asri bakal menjadi calon ‘geng Melayu’ pada pilihan raya umum ke-15 (PRU15).

“Hairan dengan kesanggupannya bersama dalam Kongres Maruah Melayu dengan mesej perkaumannya tapi faham apa tujuannya,” katanya.

Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was kicked out of the Dewan Rakyat today for accusing speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof of bias


Baling MP booted out of Dewan
Adam Abu Bakar
-October 23, 2019 12:02 PM

FMT

KUALA LUMPUR: Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was kicked out of the Dewan Rakyat today for accusing speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof of bias.

Azeez is believed to have made the remark during a heated discussion between MPs on a spat which occurred in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) said RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) had yet to retract a statement in which the latter had called him “bodoh”.

Ariff then instructed Rayer to retract his statement.


As the MPs were speaking, he said: “I heard that, Baling. Retract your statement. I already instructed him (Rayer) to retract his statement. Baling, you accused me of being biased, is that correct?

“If he repeats his claim one more time, I will boot him out,” he said before instructing for Azeez to be escorted from the hall.

However, Azeez, who appeared caught off-guard, said he had retracted his remark.

“Why am I being booted out?” he added. “I have retracted my statement. I can only be booted out if I didn’t retract what I said.”

However, Ariff said he did not accept Azeez’s retraction and ordered him out once more.

Opposition leader Ismail Sabri Yaakob later told reporters at the Parliament lobby that Azeez had been suspended for two days despite apologising and retracting his statement.


“We have never seen any action taken against the Jelutong MP, as if he is immune, while an opposition MP is kicked out even after he has apologised and retracted his statement,” he added.

He said Ariff should be fair as he does not represent any party while on the bench.

“He is the speaker who represents everyone in the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.

Malaysian wants ‘offensive’ HK drama to be taken off the air




Malaysian wants ‘offensive’ HK drama to be taken off the air
NATION
Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019

A fan of Hong Kong drama Heart of Greed 3 is demanding it be taken off the air, alleging that it portrays Malaysians in a bad light, reports Sin Chew Daily.The daily has received a letter from a reader who claimed that the drama had portrayed Malaysians to be arrogant and disrespectful.

“The Hong Kong TVB actor was dressed in a baju melayu complete with a songkok. He uses rude and disrespectful language when speaking with the King of Tea (a character in the drama).

“It is as if they are trying to insult Malaysians in front of the entire world!” he wrote.

The reader was referring to episode three of the 2017 drama which tells the story of a bubble tea competition.

The character in the baju melayu is known as the King of Malaysian Bubble Tea, who issued a challenge to his Hong Kong counterpart.

The show is being aired on 8TV.

When contacted, 8TV’s branding department replied, saying “we will make sure Hong Kong’s TVB gets the complaint”.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/10/23/fan-wants-offensive-hk-drama-to-be-taken-off-the-air#ibxfoyBlreHuvmYP.99

PAS Ex- deputy chief Nasharudin slapped with 33 counts of corruption involving RM4mil

Presiden Jokowi Perkenalkan Menteri Kabinet Indonesia

Sports Minister Syed Saddiq denies woman in viralled on social media is his PA dan Cleopatra is not a transgender





"Cleopatra bukan transgender, bukan PA saya" - Syed Saddiq jawab fitnah

Harits Asyraf Hasnan, Astro Awani | Oktober 22, 2019 15:27 MYT

Gambar Syed Saddiq mengadakan mesyuarat dengan Cleopatra dan beberapa pegawai lain menjadi tular dan mengundang pelbagai spekulasi. - Gambar Instagram Cleopatra_x3
KUALA LUMPUR: Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman hari ini memberi penjelasan berhubung pelbagai fitnah dan tohmahan bukan sahaja kepada dirinya, malah individu di dalam video yang tular baru-baru ini.

Menteri Belia dan Sukan itu dengan tegas menafikan melantik pembantu mahupun setiausaha sulit daripada golongan transgender.

Menurut beliau, khabar angin yang tular berserta video serta gambar wanita berkenaan di pejabatnya bukan seperti yang didakwa.

“Ada fitnah berkata dia PA (pembantu peribadi) atau setiausaha saya, itu jelas fitnah. Kalau nak semak boleh tanya pegawai tertinggi KBS.
“Kalau tengok portal kementerian, itu pun tahu tak betul,” katanya di lobi Parlimen hari ini.



Syed Saddiq berkata, beliau dimaklumkan individu yang menemuinya itu adalah wanita sejati, selain mempunyai dua orang anak kandung.

“Saya dengar berita tular bahawa dia datang jumpa saya dikatakan transgender sampai mereka (netizen) guna perkataan pondan.

“Lepas itu saya terus semak dan dia datang secara berkumpulan, saya dimaklumkan bahawa dia ada anak dua orang, anak kandung,” katanya lagi.



Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman dan Cleopatra bersama pegawai-pegawai lain dalam mesyuarat di Kementerian Belia dan Sukan baru-baru ini. - Gambar Instagram Cleopatra_x3


Tular satu video berdurasi satu minit memaparkan Syed Saddiq mengadakan pertemuan dengan seorang wanita cantik di pejabatnya.

Wanita yang menggunakan nama profil ‘Cleopatra’ di laman Instagramnya itu didakwa netizen seorang transgender yang bekerja dengan Syed Saddiq.



A VERY COOL CLEOPATRA POST- A Single mummy with two babies,  end the fiasco!




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PKR Deputy President Azmin: Let Dr Mahathir finish full term as PM,



Azmin: Let Dr M finish full term as PM

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2019
TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be allowed to complete his full term as Prime Minister to respect the people’s wishes, said PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic).

“I challenge anyone to publicly declare that there is an agreement of a set date (for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to take over as Prime Minister). There is none, ” he said.


“What was decided by the Pakatan Harapan leadership was just based on “a spirit of understanding without mentioning an exact date”, he said when asked to comment on reports that he was named as one of the leaders who was trying to form a back-door government that would see DAP and Amanah being left out and that Anwar would be stopped from assuming the PM post.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Azmin said “desperate” parties calling for a change in Malaysia’s top leadership were the ones trying to form a back-door government.


Azmin urged all parties to respect the mandate given by people in the last general election.

“I hope those who are desperate to be in power will respect the mandate given by the rakyat.

“So if there are any parties who want to change the government earlier, within one or two years, that is the real meaning of a backdoor government, ” he said.

Azmin, who is Economic Affairs Minister, said that any mention of a change in leadership would only create more problems including loss of confidence among investors and this would affect the economy.

“I hope all of us will stop talking about the transition plan and focus on the economy, ” he said.

Asked whether he had raised the matter with Anwar, Azmin said he only wanted to focus on the country’s development and not discuss politics.

“This is because the rakyat is tired of the politicking all the time.

“The people want services and focus on national development, ” added Azmin.

It was reported that Anwar had previously confirmed that he had discussed the transition plan with Dr Mahathir but noted that the exact date was not decided.


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AG tells High Court Najib orchestrated SRC fraud from beginning,


Najib orchestrated SRC fraud from beginning, AG tells High Court


Tuesday, 22 Oct 20198:06 PM MYT




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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak orchestrated the SRC International Sdn Bhd fraud from the very beginning, which he had benefited from for more than three years, says Attorney-General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas.

He said the accused was also the "shadow director" of SRC that benefited financially from the coffers of SRC, whose property he was entrusted with dominion over.


Thomas also said Najib had an interest over SRC.

"The interest that the accused had in SRC was camouflaged by smoke and mirrors, behind the guise of missing persons and questionable characters, ” he said in his submission at the end of the prosecution case before High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali Tuesday (Oct 22).


However, Thomas said the facts indicate that it was the accused and his proxies that pulled the strings behind the curtain of SRC.

"Why was the government was so interested and pulled all the strings to assist SRC, a newly established company with no track record, barely 12 months into operation, and so keen to facilitate a RM2 billion loan followed by a second RM2 billion loan within a space of eight months of each other to SRC?

“The inescapable conclusion must point to the interest of the accused in SRC, ” he said.

Thomas further submitted that the powers to "hire and fire" given by the SRC constitution to the accused had the effect of making him the ultimate decision-maker in SRC.

"Nothing of importance could be decided by SRC without the input of the accused, and none were, ” he said.

Najib, 66, is facing three counts of criminal breach of trust, one count of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering involving SRC International Sdn Bhd funds amounting to RM42mil.

The hearing of submissions before Justice Mohd Nazlan continues Wednesday (Oct 23). - Bernama


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Man charged with rape, murder of 85-year-old woman


Unemployed man charged with rape, murder of 85-year-old woman
Tuesday, 22 Oct 20198:27 PM MYT




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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): An unemployed man was charged in the Ampang Magistrate’s Court here Tuesday (Oct 22) with the murder of an 85-year-old woman last month.

K. Sathiaraj, 27, nodded to indicate he understood the charge that was read out to him before Magistrate Haslinda A. Raof.


No plea was recorded as the murder case is under the jurisdiction of the High Court.

Sathiaraj is accused of having caused the death of the elderly woman at a house at Jalan Tasik Tambahan 2, Ampang, between 11.40am and 1pm, on Sept 19.


The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

Meanwhile, in the Ampang Sessions Court, Sathiaraj pleaded not guilty to raping and committing unnatural sex on the elderly woman after the charges were read out to him before judge Norhazani Hamzah.

He was alleged to have committed the offences on the same date, place and time under Section 376(1) and Section 377C of the Penal Code, respectively.

Deputy Public Prosecutors S. Sangitaa and Raihanah Abd Razak appeared for the prosecution while the accused was unrepresented.

Both courts set Dec 18 for case mention.

Prior to this, the media reported that an elderly woman was found dead with her hands tied and head covered with a piece of cloth in her Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS) apartment.

The body was discovered by her second son when he came home from work. - Bernama




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Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Florida woman, 28, is sentenced to 20 years in prison for having sex with a 11-year-old boy

Florida woman, 28, is sentenced to 20 years in prison for giving birth to an 11-year-old's baby while she was working as his live-in nanny

  • Marissa Mowry had sex with an 11-year-old boy in Hillsborough County in January 2014 and fell pregnant 
  • Mowry was 22-years-old at the time and working as the boy's live-in nanny 
  • On Wednesday, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual battery
  • The victim, now aged 17, appeared at Wednesday's sentencing with the child, who is now five years old
  • Mowry has also reportedly given birth to another baby from another teenager she is accused of sexually abusing 
Marissa Mowry was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for sexual battery. She became pregnant with her 11-year-old victim's baby before continuing to abuse him
Marissa Mowry was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for sexual battery. She became pregnant with her 11-year-old victim's baby before continuing to abuse him
A Florida woman who gave birth to an 11-year-old boy's baby has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexual battery. 
Marissa Mowry, 28, plead guilty to the crime and her fate was handed down in Hillsborough County Courthouse on Wednesday. 
Mowry was working as the boy's live-in nanny when she had sex with him in January 2014.
At the time, she was 22 and the victim was aged 11. 
In October of that year, Mowry gave birth to the boy's son - but his unsuspecting parents had no idea.
They believed Mowry's boyfriend was the father of the child, and she stayed working at the family home.  
Mowry abused the boy at least 15 times over the course of several months, according to WFLA
He did not report what had happened to him until 2017, at which point Mowry was arrested.  
The victim - who is now aged 17 - appeared at the sentencing with his and Mowry's five-year-old child.   
Mowry was initially facing life in prison before she struck a plea deal. She will also have to register as a sex offender when she is released from jail.   
Mowry abused the minor at least 15 times over the course of several months while working as his nany
Mowry abused the minor at least 15 times over the course of several months while working as his nany
The victim - who is now aged 17 - appeared at the sentencing with his and Mowry's five-year-old child. He is pictured with  his shortly after the  birth in October 2014
The victim - who is now aged 17 - appeared at the sentencing with his and Mowry's five-year-old child. He is pictured with  his shortly after the  birth in October 2014 
The boy's mother spoke outside the courthouse and said parents should be warned about the dangers of 'female predators'. 
She added that she has been left betrayed by the acts of abuse. 
'I thought of her almost [Mowry] as a second daughter,' she told WFLA.  
The family even went to visit Mowry in the hospital after she had given birth - with a chilling photo obtained by that news network showing the young victim holding his infant son.  
Mowry was initially facing life in prison before she struck a plea deal. She will also have to register as a sex offender when she is released from jail.
Mowry was initially facing life in prison before she struck a plea deal. She will also have to register as a sex offender when she is released from jail.
'It cost my son his childhood. He's not going to know his teen years like a normal teenager, 'the victim's mother added. 
The teen is now in his senior year of high school, juggling his school commitments with raising his young child. 
The victim's mother says he is excelling at fatherhood.  
Meanwhile, WFLA reported that Mowry has also given birth to another baby from another teenage boy she is accused of sexually abusing. No charges appear to have been filed in relation to that case. 
Mowry was 22-years-old at the time while the victim was 11. She will now spend two decades behhind bars. Hillsborough County Jail is pictured
Mowry was 22-years-old at the time while the victim was 11. She will now spend two decades behhind bars. Hillsborough County Jail is pictured

Tahfiz school sexual abuse suspects not charged due to insufficient evidence, AG Says October 14 report about Letter from him untrue,


Tahfiz school sexual abuse suspects not charged due to insufficient evidence, says AG

NATION


Monday, 21 Oct 201910:25 PM MYT




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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) did not prosecute the suspects claimed to have sexually molested a male pupil of a tahfiz school as there was insufficient evidence to prove a prima facie case against them, says Tan Sri Tommy Thomas.

The Attorney General said public interest in the matter required the true facts to be disclosed.


"The investigation into this case began with police reports lodged by a mother on Aug 14,2016 claiming that her minor son, then aged 10 years old, (the victim) was allegedly sexually molested by three senior students, aged between 12 and 18 (the suspects), at their school in Manjoi, Perak.

"The police conducted their investigations by interviewing the victim, the suspects and witnesses such as teachers, staff and the victim’s roommates and other schoolmates, ” he said in a statement Monday (Oct 21).



Thomas said the victim had also undergone a medical examination at a public hospital, and the statements recorded by the police and the medical report formed part of the investigation papers (IP) that were in the usual way referred to the AGC for decision.

He said the IP was considered by the Chambers and the Deputy Public Prosecutor assigned to the matter was of the view that no offence had been committed.

"As there was no other evidence then available for the police to conduct further investigation, ‘No Further Action’ (NFA) was ordered by the DPP in September 2016.

"The matter rested there. The IP was re-opened in February 2017 following availability of new evidence and the IP was resubmitted to this Chambers.

"The DPP assigned to the case reviewed every piece of evidence made available by the police, including the new evidence.

"Due to insufficient evidence to prove a prima facie case against the suspects or anyone else, the DPP concluded for a second time in February 2018 that investigation need not continue, ” he said.

Thomas said again that the matter rested there until the involvement of a magistrate.

He said a complaint letter dated June 3,2019 was sent by the mother to the magistrate complaining that no action had been taken against the alleged perpetrators although she had previously lodged two police reports in 2016.

Thomas however said that the letter was not copied to the Chambers.

"The magistrate decided to take cognisance of the mother’s complaint. On Aug 5,2019, the magistrate served on the Perak state Public Prosecutor’s Office (Perak Prosecution Office) a notice to state that this case had been fixed on Oct 9,2019 before the magistrate for the mother to be examined in relation to her complaint letter.

"The examination was to be conducted by the Magistrate purportedly in the exercise of the magistrate’s power under Section 133 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC).

He further said the Perak Prosecution Office responded to the magistrate by letter dated Aug 27,2019, giving information on the actual status of the investigation and explaining that NFA was ordered.

The Perak Prosecution Office explained that the mother should not have filed a complaint under Section 133 of the CPC because the police had opened investigation papers in relation to the mother’s police reports lodged in 2016, the matter was investigated and NFA decision was taken by the DPP, he said.

"Last week, the media reported that the magistrate dismissed the mother’s application under Section 133 of the CPC.

"A news portal, Malay Mail reported on Oct 14 that the magistrate made the decision after the court was provided with a letter from the Perak state Legal Adviser’s Office detailing a written directive by me under Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution.

"The report was untrue. There was no written directive issued by me and in fact, none was mentioned in the Perak Prosecution Office’s letter to the magistrate, ” he said.

Thomas said the same report also stated that the Malay Mail was seeking clarification from him as to why the case was ordered to be dismissed.

"Again, this is untrue. Neither this Chambers’ public relation office nor I personally have received any enquiry for clarification from the Malay Mail. Their inaccurate report of Oct 14 was picked up by numerous other portals, ” he said.

Thomas said in law, the magistrate should not have taken cognisance under Section 133.

He said the mother’s complaint that no investigation was conducted in relation to her police reports in 2016 was not true.

"The magistrate could only exercise his or her power to examine the complainant under Section 133 of the CPC if no investigation was conducted at all by the police, which clearly was not the case, ” he said.

Further, he said the DPP’s decision to NFA the case was in the exercise of the Attorney General’s power under Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution.

He said the Constitution confers on the Attorney General (as Public Prosecutor) the "power exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for any offence”.

"He has control and direction with respect to all criminal prosecutions under the law.

"In the instant case, as in thousands of other cases, the power not to institute criminal proceedings/NFA was exercised by a DPP on behalf of the Public Prosecutor, ” said Thomas. - Bernama


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1MDB scandal: Court hears how US$700 million was paid for US$1 company


1MDB scandal: Court hears how US$700 million was paid for US$1 company





Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi revealed how fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low had constantly impressed on him the importance of "keeping the Arabs happy" whenever he was asked to rush things at 1MDB. - NSTP/MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA


By Sharanjit Singh
October 21, 2019 @ 7:27pm
NEW STRAITS TIMES
KUALA LUMPUR: The former chief executive of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) today gave further insights on how the sovereign wealth fund was run, including his mindset of doing things in Team Najib while managing affairs.
Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi revealed how fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low had constantly impressed on him the importance of "keeping the Arabs happy" whenever he was asked to rush things at 1MDB.
The 49-year old also admitted that because of this he never bothered to check some very important details or do something which could have prevented the sovereign wealth fund from drowning itself in debt.
This included the fact that 1MDB would be taking on a US$700 million debt immediately upon signing a joint venture agreement (JVA) with PetroSaudi Holdings (PSI) (Cayman) Ltd in 2009.
Shahrol acknowledged that he never bothered to inform the 1MDB board of directors of the debt before the joint venture agreement was inked.
All this was revealed when he was cross-examined by lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is the lead counsel in Datuk Seri Najib Razak's defence team.
Shahrol, who is the ninth prosecution witness, started off by answering questions on how 1MDB was established from its original existence as the Terengganu Investment Authority (TIA).
He said almost immediately after that 1MDB signed the JVA, even though he knew that PSI had entered into a loan agreement with its Cayman-based holding company to the tune of US$700 million.
Shahrol said he had flown to London with the then 1MDB executive director (business development) Casey Tang - a Jho Low appointee in1MDB - to visit the law firm which had handled the loan agreement.
Shafee: Did you see the agreement? To say that this is a loan agreement is a misnomer. It is actually an agreement for PSI to buy a US$1 company in the Caymans for US$700 million
Shahrol: I cannot remember whether I saw the agreement. However I may have been shown the agreement during one of the Public Account Committee (PAC) hearings in 2010 and 2016
Shafee: This is not something one can easily forget. It involves putting 1MDB US$700 million in debt immediately after it signs the JVA
Shahrol: Correct...but I was briefed by Jho Low that this was because of the value of assets which were injected by PSI into the JVA.
Shafee: Obviously the 1MDB board never knew of this agreement before entering into the JVA. Otherwise they would never have agreed to it
Shahrol: I agree
Shahrol then went on to explain that he left it to Casey Tang to handle the issue due to the latter's superior experience.
He said that he never asked for further details as "I was led to believe this is a government to government transaction involving trustworthy partners.
"So my framing at that point was more towards executing the deal to ensure we meet the deadlines.
"For the lack of a better phrase, it was to keep our partners happy, This whole thing was based on friendship and political considerations," he said.
Asked if he had ever checked with Najib on the veracity of Jho Low's claims that Najib wanted it done, Shahrol acknowledged that he never did so.
He said this was because at that time he recognised that working in Team Najib` involved working in silos where he need not worry about the details as it was managed by Jho Low.
However, Shahrol said he always felt discouraged to find out more about what was going on throughout his tenure as 1MDB CEO from 2009 to 2013.
Shafee: Did Najib ever tell you not to ask questions?
Shahrol: I had the opportunity to stand next to him during a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme once. I asked him if there was anything that could be done to get our money back. However, he just answered that I should talk to Jho Low. From then on I felt discouraged to find out anything beyond my silo.
Shafee: But no one stopped you from finding out
Shahrol: Nobody stopped me
Shafee: So you chose not to.
Shahrol: I was discouraged from finding out further.
Najib, 66, is facing 25 counts of misappropriating 1MDB funds, money laundering and abuse of power.
The trial before High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues on Thursday.
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Former 1MDB CEO reveals how money ended up in fake Aabar account, and more





Former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief executive officer, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi today revealed how the Goldman Sachs Group hit pay dirt following its involvement in the issuance of bonds for the sovereign wealth fund. (NSTP/MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA)


By Sharanjit Singh
September 30, 2019 @ 8:09pm
NEW STRAITS TIMES
KUALA LUMPUR: Former 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) chief executive officer today revealed how the Goldman Sachs Group hit pay dirt following its involvement in the issuance of bonds for the sovereign wealth fund.
Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi said the Wall Street bankers walked away with hundreds of millions in brokerage fees following the issuance of US$1.75 billion (RM5.2 billion) in bonds in 2012.
"They (Goldman Sachs) got several hundred million in fees...it was all in US dollars," he said.
The bonds were issued in connection with 1MDB's take over of Tanjong Energy Holdings Sdn Bhd, which also saw the fund taking another RM6.17 billion loan from two local banks.
The 49-year old, who is the ninth prosecution witness to testify in the trial involving former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, said the bond deal was dubbed Project Magnolia.
Shahrol said 1MDB should have made money from its acquisition of Tanjong Energy, which was supposed to be listed, but it never happened.
"I can't remember any flow of cash upwards...the profits should have come from the public listing of Tanjong Energy but it never happened," he said when asked by lead prosecutor Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram if the acquisition of Tanjong Energy showed any returns and if the publiic listing of the company ever happened.
Shahrol was also asked on the US$577 million which had been paid by 1MDB as security deposit for the bonds.
The money was paid to Aabar Investments PJS Limited (Aabar BVI), which has since been revealed as the fake Aabar and not the actual subsidiary of International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).
Sri Ram: Do you know what happened to the money?
Shahrol: I don't know
Shahrol said at that time he thought everything was above board but only knew that 1MDB had been duped after finding out that the real Aabar is named Aabar Investment PJS, without the Limited.
Earlier, Shahrol also revealed how fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low had pushed everyone to quickly seal the deal over the acquisition of Tanjong Energy Holdings.
He said the entire timetable and deadlines for the deal were set by Low, who pressured 1MDB daily to wrap things up as quickly as possible, almost daily.
During the morning proceedings, Shahrol was shown pictures of Najib, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and their children Norashman and Nooryana Najwa with several individuals linked with the 1MDB scandal, namely Low, former CEO of the fake Aabar, Mohammed Badawy al-Husseiny, and PetroSaudi International Ltd (PSI) executive Tarek Obaid.
Shahrol identified all the individuals in the pictures and circled each one of them with a red ink pen after being asked to do so by Sri Ram.
It was reported that Al Husseiny has since been sentenced to 10 years' jail in Abu Dhabi after being convicted of financial crimes.
Al Husseiny, along with Khadem al Qubaisi - another individual linked with the 1MDB scandal who was handed a 15-year jail term, were also ordered to pay about US$336 million in fines, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported in June.
Najib, 66, is facing four charges of using his position to obtain gratification totaling RM2.3 billion in 1MDB funds and 21 counts of money laundering related to the amount.
The Pekan member of parliament is alleged to have committed the offences at the AmIslamic Bank, Jalan Raja Chulan branch between Feb 24, 2011, and Dec 19, 2014, and the money laundering charges between March 22, 2013 and Aug 30, 2013, at the same place.
Hearing before High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues.

Thailand's King Strips His Royal Consort Of Her Title Over Alleged Disloyalty







Thailand’s new queen: From general to royalty






  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn stripped Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, 34, of her title
  • She was dismissed as 'Chao Khun Phra' because of 'disloyalty to the king' 
  • King Vajiralongkorn officially anointed her in a bizarre ritual in August this year 
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Thailand's 67-year-old King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old concubine of all titles - less than three months after she got the position in a bizarre kneeling ceremony.
Former army nurse Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was dismissed from the rank of 'Chao Khun Phra' for 'disloyalty to the king,' the Royal Gazette said, as well as 'acting against the appointment of the Queen for her own ambitions'.
She was appointed the king's official consort after they met when she was part of his royal bodyguard - less than a year after he married the Queen of Thailand. 
Vajiralongkorn is known as Thailand's playboy King because he has been married four times and caused a scandal when he was pictured in a tight crop top and with a back tattoo that he later claimed to be fake.
The statement announcing Sineenat's public downfall added her actions show 'she does not give any honour to the king and does not understand royal tradition. Her actions are to benefit herself', the statement said, adding she was attempting to elevate her position to the same as Queen Suthida.
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort (pictured together) of all titles, less than three months after she was bestowed with the position in a bizarre kneeling ceremony
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort (pictured together) of all titles, less than three months after she was bestowed with the position in a bizarre kneeling ceremony
Former army nurse Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi (left) was dismissed from the rank of 'Chao Khun Phra' for 'disloyalty to the king'. Queen Suthida is is sitting to the King's right watching the ceremony
Former army nurse Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi (left) was dismissed from the rank of 'Chao Khun Phra' for 'disloyalty to the king'. Queen Suthida is is sitting to the King's right watching the ceremony
A statement said Sineenat was attempting to elevate her position to the same as Queen Suthida (pictured)
Queen Suthida is pictured in varying outfits, from military uniforms to formal wear
A statement said Sineenat was attempting to elevate her position to the same as Queen Suthida (pictured left and right)
Her behaviour is 'deemed disrespectful to His Majesty's grace... and caused divisions among courtiers and misunderstanding among the people', the statement added.
Queen Suthida, 40, from Bangkok, married King Maha Vajiralongkorn (also called King Rama X) on May 1
Queen Suthida, 40, from Bangkok, married King Maha Vajiralongkorn (also called King Rama X) on May 1
She was stripped of all military ranks, decorations and royal titles. 
The statement also described Sineenat as 'ungrateful'.
'Royal Noble Consort Sineenat is ungrateful and behaves in ways unbecoming of her title. She is also not content with the title bestowed upon her, doing everything to rise to the level of the queen,' the statement said.
'She lacks the understanding of the good traditions of the royal court. She displays disobedience against the king and the queen.'
Details on exactly what the former consort did to cause such offence have not yet been released. 

The Thai monarchy is protected by a harsh defamation law, making open discussion on the institution all but impossible. King Vajiralongkorn had made the woman his consort during his birthday ceremony attended by his new wife in August, marking the first time the country's modern monarchy has publicly admitted to polygamy.  
He has dramatically bolstered his authority since his 2016 ascension to the throne, pulling the immense wealth of the crown under his direct control and restructuring key army units to his command.  
And the August ceremony was less than three months after he made another royal consort his wife - Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, who had been a Thai Airways flight attendant.
He poured ceremonial water over Ms Sineenat's head to officially anoint her a concubine during a televised service.
During the service she lay on the floor to remain lower than the King's feet, in accordance Thai royal tradition.  
Born in the northern province of Nan on January 26, 1985, Sineenat, graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College at the age of 23.  
The move marked the first time a Thai king publicly had more than one partner since an absolute monarch ruled the country in 1932.
Major General Sineenat was also given four medals, such as 'most noble order of the crown of Thailand' and 'most exalted order of the white elephant, special class', as well as being lauded for her time as a senior officer in the King's bodyguard team the Ratchawallop Police Retainers.
Ms Sineenat, who is known as Koi but used to be called Niramon Ounprom, was formerly a nurse at the Ananda Mahidol army hospital.
Born in the northern province of Nan, she graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College, trained as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, and served in the king's royal bodyguard unit, reaching the rank of major-general in May. 
A cycling and aviation enthusiast who spends much of his time abroad in Germany, Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned in May in an elaborate three-day ceremony that Sineenat participated in. 
Vajiralongkorn, who has been married four times, spends much of his time with his wife and mistress at the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl in the German resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Yet Queen Suthida reportedly spends most of her time at Hotel Waldegg in Engelberg, Switzerland, without her husband. 
The King was educated at Millfield boarding school in Somerset and was described by his roommate the journalist Rupert Christiansen as a 'vile bully', according to the Times.
Harsh lese-majeste laws have shielded public scrutiny of his colourful private life, and all media in Thailand must self-censor.King Vajiralongkorn had made the woman his consort in a ceremony attended by his new wife in August, marking the first time the country's modern monarchy has publicly admitted to polygamy
King Vajiralongkorn had made the woman his consort in a ceremony attended by his new wife in August, marking the first time the country's modern monarchy has publicly admitted to polygamy
Ms Sineenat (pictured in 2017), who is known as Koi but used to be called Niramon Ounprom, was formerly a nurse at the Ananda Mahidol army hospital
Ms Sineenat (pictured in 2017), who is known as Koi but used to be called Niramon Ounprom, was formerly a nurse at the Ananda Mahidol army hospital
Thailand's king anoints mistress as his royal noble consort


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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn standing with former royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, while holding his cherished poodle
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn standing with former royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, while holding his cherished poodle
Born in the northern province of Nan, she graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College, trained as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, and served in the king's royal bodyguard unit
Born in the northern province of Nan, she graduated from the Royal Thai Army Nursing College, trained as a pilot in Thailand and abroad, and served in the king's royal bodyguard unit 
Sineenat, who is known as Koi but used to be called Niramon Ounprom, was formerly a nurse at the Ananda Mahidol army hospital
Sineenat, who is known as Koi but used to be called Niramon Ounprom, was formerly a nurse at the Ananda Mahidol army hospital
General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi adjusts the straps on her helmet before take-off
General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi adjusts the straps on her helmet before take-off
Major General Sineenat takes part in a parachuting drill
The royal couple in combat fatigues
Major General Sineenat takes part in a parachuting drill (left) and with an assault rifle draped across her front with the king (right)
The king named Sineenat, a former nurse and his bodyguard, as former Royal Noble Consort on his birthday last month
The king named Sineenat, a former nurse and his bodyguard, as former Royal Noble Consort on his birthday last month
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn looking impressed as former royal noble consort Sineenat goes through her paces
King and his former consort standing together in army fatigues
Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn pictured left looking impressed as former royal noble consort Sineenat goes through her paces. Pictured right is the King and his former consort standing together in army fatigues
Former Royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, at a firing range
Sineenat Bilaskalayan as part of the guard
Former royal noble consort Sineenat Bilaskalayani, also known as Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi, at a firing range (left) and as part of the royal guard (right)
Dressed as a military paratrooper, the former royal noble consort is pictured in a variety of roles in the new photos
Dressed as a military paratrooper, the former royal noble consort is pictured in a variety of roles in the new photos
Sineenat's appointment was the first such appointment in almost a century, long before the end of absolute monarchy in 1932
Major General Sineenat was also given four medals, such as 'most noble order of the crown of Thailand' and 'most exalted order of the white elephant, special class', as well as being lauded for her time as a senior officer in the King's bodyguard team
Major General Sineenat was also given four medals, such as 'most noble order of the crown of Thailand' and 'most exalted order of the white elephant, special class', as well as being lauded for her time as a senior officer in the King's bodyguard team

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