Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Daim ally, Razak Baginda named as ‘political network agents’ in Scorpene probe

Secret documents obtained during the ongoing Scorpene submarine probe have revealed the roles of an alleged ally of former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin as well as Abdul Razak Baginda in procuring major defence contracts between France and Malaysia, Suaram has said.

The human rights group said that police have seized documents in the form of a note for the French Minister of Defence dated June 2, 1999. This was in relation to an interview on Malaysian and French strategic defence ties with the then Malaysian Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The group said the note read that pursuant to major defence contracts between France and Malaysia, there was a “requirement” that a substantial transfer of money had to be channelled to individuals and/or political organisations.

BWF rounds up Thomas and Uber Cup

The Badminton World Federation deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho speaks to the press on the just-concluded Thomas Uber Cup Finals and rumours of badminton being dropped from the Olympics. The Badminton World Federation deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho speaks to the press on the just-concluded Thomas Uber Cup Finals and rumours of badminton being dropped from the Olympics.


Pakatan courts Indian community at Indraf 2.0 rally

The opposition-backed Indian Rights Action Force (Indraf 2.0) drew a crowd of over 1,000 this evening for its maiden rally here, organised amid widespread predictions that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would bleed Indian electoral support in the coming polls.

The star-studded event saw PR leaders dish out pledges to resolve the longstanding problem of “stateless Indians” in Malaysia as well as highlight the alleged “abuses” against the community by the ruling Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).

Samsung Galaxy S III arrives in Malaysia

Designed for humans and inspired by nature, the third-generation Samsung Galaxy S is a smartphone that recognizes your voice, understands your intention, and lets you share a moment instantly and easily.


‘I elbowed, kicked and bit my attackers’

WHERE IT HAPPENED: The B2 car park at The Curve in Mutiara Damansara

IT was at 5.22pm on Sunday and I was alone, walking towards my boyfriend’s car in level B2 of The Curve, Mutiara Damansara.

He was not in town, and I was running errands with his car.

Just as I was putting my shopping bags in the rear seat, the rear car door was slammed against my back, and a meat cleaver was pressed against my throat.

A man covered my mouth with his hand, and whispered not to scream.

He then shoved me onto the floor of the backseat of the car and waved the cleaver at me, reminding me not to scream.

Terror in mall basement carpark

Police have picked up a suspect in connection with the dramatic robbery and assault of a 25-year-old woman, an incident that went viral after she posted her harrowing experience at a basement mall carpark on Facebook.

In the incident on Sunday at the Curve, Mutiara Damansara, B2 carpark, Chin Xin Ci (pic) said she jumped off her moving car after a struggle with two men.

WWW 1 bid: Nizar being investigated under Sedition Act over remarks about Johor Sultan

: Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is being investigated under the Sedition Act for his alleged remarks over the Sultan of Johor's successful bid for the car registration number WWW 1.

It is learnt Johor police have formed a task force to investigate after five police reports were lodged in the state over the matter since Tuesday.

Former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin

Friday, May 18, 2012

Irene Fernandez says cops yet to call over sedition probe

Investigated for sedition, prominent activist Irene Fernandez said today the police have yet to contact her for statements into her alleged remarks on Malaysia being unsafe for migrant workers, published in an Indonesian daily recently.

The Tenaganita executive director told The Malaysian Insider she was not aware of the investigation and had not received any phone calls from the police.

“No, no there were no calls,” she said when contacted, sounding surprised.

Fernandez (picture) declined to respond today, saying she will hold a press conference on Monday instead.

Two cops deny assaulting photographer during Bersih rally

Two policemen have pleaded not guilty to assaulting Guang Ming Daily photographer Wong Kin Onn during the chaotic April 28 Bersih 3.0 rally in the city.

Mohd Khairul Asri Mohd Sobri and Shahrul Niza Abd Jalil were allowed bail at RM3,000 each after they claimed trial at the magistrates’ court here.

If convicted under Section 350 of the Penal Code for using criminal violence, they face up to three months’ jail and/or a RM1,000 fine.

Bersih 3.0 : Police car crash in chaos at SOGO

A police car crashed trying to flee angry protestors but then crashed into at least two people.
Two police patrol cars had stopped at the traffic lights on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman near Pertama Complex.

A male protestor then leapt on the bonnet of one car while surrounding protestors threw stones and water bottles at the vehicle, causing the windscreen to shatter.

When the lights turned green, the driver accelerated but skidded out on control and crashed on the sidewalk outside Sogo shopping complex and hit at least two people, injuring them.

The angry crowd then surrounded the policemen but volunteers from PKR's Jingga 13 formed a human shield around the officers, saying "don't blame them, it's not their fault."


Umno's 66th anniversary celebrations at Bukit Jalil Stadium

The National Stadium at Bukit Jalil is a sea of red as thousands of Umno members converged to celebrate the party's 66th anniversary.


Give Najib a chance, says Tunku Aziz

Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim has made an impassioned call to the people to support the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Give Najib the chance and time to see his transformation programmes currently being implemented, come into fruition, he said.

Tunku Abdul Aziz who quit the party on Monday to defend his stand against holding the Bersih 3.0 demonstration on April 28, repeated his view that the transformation programmes were good for the country.

“What the prime minister has done now is the right thing and we need to support him,” he said, adding that Najib’s transformation process for change would certainly take time.

“By definition, the process will take a little bit of time,” he said while stressing that this included Najib’s administration on improving the democratic process of the country.

Guan Eng defends banning Utusan in Penang, calls it ‘party organ’

Lim Guan Eng today defended Penang’s decision to ban Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia, calling it a “party organ” masquerading as a newspaper following criticism that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) bloc does not guarantee media freedom.

On Wednesday, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) said in its report that a Pakatan Rakyat-led government was no guarantor of media freedom due to its banning of Utusan in Penang and Kelantan.

But the Penang chief minister insisted today that when it came to media freedom, newspapers must “walk the talk”.

“When you talk about newspapers, you have to be clear, are they newspapers or party organs? You cannot have party organs that masquerade as newspapers,” he told reporters at a press conference here.

Ambiga says attempted break-in at office

Datuk Ambiga Sreenavasan reported a possible break-in attempt at her office in Damansara Heights here this morning after a staff member found the security box at the premises dismantled.

But the Bersih co-chair told The Malaysian Insider that it was not immediately certain if anyone had made it into her office as nothing was believed to have been stolen.

“But I am more afraid of people planting things rather than stealing things,” Ambiga (picture) said when contacted. “Still, I do not know if anyone came in.”

She said her staff member, who is lodging a police report on the incident now, had made the discovery at about 8 this morning.

“The security box, where you swipe your card to enter, was completely dismantled,” she said.

RM5m worth of imitation sports wear confiscated


250,000 fake jerseys of top football teams seized at two sites

DOMESTIC Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (MDTCC) enforcement officers seized more than RM5 million worth of imitation football jerseys in raids on two locations here yesterday.

In what was described as the biggest seizure in Selangor this year, 250,000 fake jerseys carrying premium brands were confiscated from the two premises in Sri Damansara 5 and Sri Damansara 13.

Both premises, which doubled up as storerooms for the goods, were believed to be run by a syndicate.

Accused struck tourist with liquor bottle FORAY'S MURDER french tourist murder

FRENCHWOMAN Stephanie Foray was killed by petty trader Asni Omar, who struck her with a liquor bottle, the prosecution said in the opening of the trial yesterday.

Deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Salim Soib @ Hamid told the High Court here that Asni was the last person seen with 30-year-old Foray on Pulau Tioman on May 10 last year. He said the prosecution would prove that it was Asni who had killed Foray and buried her body in a cave.

"During interrogation at the Mersing police headquarters on Aug 8 last year, the accused told Inspector Mohd Zairi Badderul that Foray had died and her body was buried in a cave behind his house in Kampung Tekek, Pulau Tioman," said Salim, adding that Asni took police to the cave on the same day.

Police later retrieved a liquor bottle which was allegedly used by Asni to kill the victim at a waste disposal site in Tanjung Gemuk, Rompin.

WWW last day bid

Bidders plead, cajoled with JPJ in a bid to have their very last minute application for the www registration numbers accepted.


Deputy minister urges action

Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Heng Sai Kee wants authorities to address the "butt exercise" routine conducted by Malaysian Arm Forces Veteran Association members outside Datuk S. Ambiga's home in Bukit Damansara on Wednesday.

She said that although she too did not support the Bersih 3.0 rally, headed by Ambiga, she felt the action of the army veterans was inappropriate.

"I do not see the 'butt exercise' as sexual harassment. It was more of a nuisance. Nonetheless, the matter should be addressed by the Defence Ministry's Department of Veterans Affairs.

"We are not sure if the routine is part of the army's exercise regime," she said.

However, Heng said that if Ambiga felt the ritual has affected her life or privacy, she could always filed a complaint.

All of us were fully clothed, say army vets

The "butt exercises" event at Bersih co-chairman Datuk S. Ambiga's house was only a form of "healthy exercise" by 10 former army personnel, said the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Association (PVTM).

Its president, Mohd Ali Baharom, who was one of the 10, said they did not define their behaviour on Tuesday as sexual harassment as "all of us were fully clothed".

"If she didn't like us being there, surely she would not have offered us drinks. She would have totally ignored us," he said, "but she even spoke with us and accepted a poster we gave her."

Ambiga had reportedly said she only greeted the protesters and offered them drinks because she was trying to emulate Mahatma Gandhi's footsteps in "responding with kindness to those against you".

Dr M: Hold polls after Raya

Former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes the best time for the general election is after Hari Raya.


Cops probing Irene Fernandez for sedition over ‘unsafe Malaysia’ remark

Police have opened an investigation paper on Irene Fernandez for sedition, following the prominent activist’s remarks that Malaysia was unsafe for migrant workers, published in an Indonesian paper recently.

City Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the investigation was based on two police reports filed two days ago.

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