Lady plonks herself on AirAsia premium seats, argument erupts

An argument erupted on an AirAsia flight when a passenger forcibly upgraded herself to the premium seats. The 22-second video of the argument between the lady and another male passenger uploaded by Bruce Lam has gone viral on social media. The video showed a man in a white shirt shouting at a woman who was…

Et Tu Brute

ADVISERS AND SYCOPHANTS ARE LEAKY VESSELS “The only constant companions in politics are treachery, deceit, betrayal and opportunism (4 flavours of political friendship).” No one ever lost a winnable election without a great deal of support from each and all of these constant companions in politics, 4 flavours of political friendship. Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar elucidates…

RTD issues over 80,000 summonses through ‘Awas’ within 3 months

A total of 82,054 summonses have been issued by the Road Transport Department (RTD) through the Automated Awareness Safety System (Awas) in the first three months since its introduction this year. Its deputy director-general (management) Datuk Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman said 72,806 of the summonses were for speeding and 9,248 for beating the traffic…

Qatar row: Six countries cut links with Doha

Six Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing it of destabilising the region. They say Qatar backs militant groups including so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda, which Qatar denies. The Saudi state news agency SPA said Riyadh had closed its borders, severing land, sea and air contact with…

Condolences stream in following death of Rehman Rashid

Condolences and heartfelt sympathies poured in for the family of veteran journalist and author, Rehman Rashid, following news of his death early this morning. Many remembered the 62-year-old for his books, particularly his 30-year-old bestselling social commentary, A Malaysian Journey, and its sequel, Peninsula: A Story of Malaysia. Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin wrote…

The hypocrites in Sarawak Report

These Mat Salleh can shove their outrage up where the sun does not shine. Calling us robbers, konon, when they robbed us and killed so many of us for hundreds of years and now act like they are upright citizens of the world. First pay Hindraf the RM1 million per Indian who were abandoned by…

Journalists drink too much, are bad at managing emotions, and operate at a lower level than average, according to a new study

Journalists’ brains apparently show a lower level of executive functioning, which means a below average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking. This is according to a new study led by neuroscientist and leadership coach Dr Tara Swart, who selected 40 journalists from…

Sir Harold Evans’ New Book Is a Master Class in How to Write

Sir Harold Evans has had more lives than the luckiest cat. Malcolm Jones writes .. The English-born former editor of The Times of London and The Sunday Times has also served as editor in chief at Random House, founded and edited Conde Nast Traveler, and worked for US News and World Report, The Atlantic Monthly,…

Why United Was Legally Wrong to Deplane David Dao

This article first appeared on the Dorf on Law site. On Sunday, United Airlines passenger David Dao was forcibly removed from his United Airlines flight when he refused to relinquish his seat. The police officers who removed him from the seat, then dragged him down the aisle of the airplane. Videos of the incident show…

Additions to the Five Journalistic “W”s

In journalism, the “Five ‘W’s” are “Who,” “What,” “When,” “Where,” and “Why.” Referring back to the Five “W”s helps journalists address the fundamental questions that every story should be able to answer. Recent events, however, have shown that traditional journalistic practices might not be working as effectively as they used to. As such, here are…

Extension of time not granted by Shariah Appeals Court

The Shariah Court of Appeal, the highest in the Shariah judicial system, today found that there was no merit in the leave to file an appeal out-of-time by Shahnaz Abdul Majid in a matter against her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib. The bench found that the imperative criteria for…

The unsolved mystery of Malaysia’s first hijacked airplane

Two days ago, it would’ve been exactly 3 years since MH370 disappeared. That same year, we also had the tragedies of MH17 and also AirAsia’s Q85301. Thankfully, since then… Malaysia’s luck with aeroplanes has gone back to normal. But before those incidents, waaaaay back in 1977, the Malaysian aviation industry had its first unfortunate spotlight, with one…

Cuban revolutionary icon Fidel Castro dies

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday, state-run Cuban Television said. He was 90. Castro has been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006. The bearded…

The Tamil Dilemma

If the Tamils of Malaysia seriously wish to improve the condition of their community and enhance the opportunities available to them, they have to engage firstly in a little introspection of themselves. It is not as if they are altogether deprived any more than say the rural Malays who also deprived of economic and education…

Kremlin’s Peskov on MH17 investigation ‘contradictions’

There are still lots of unclear things and lots of contradictions about the downing of flight MH17, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told BBC’s HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur. Asked whether he accepted the findings from the investigation, Mr Peskov said “there was nothing to accept or deny,” as he understood these were preliminary findings. “We know…

BlackBerry announces it will make no more new phones

The company was once the biggest smartphone maker in the world. Now it has stopped making them at all. BlackBerry is going to stop designing its own phone, bringing to an end one of the most iconic products of the internet era. The company used to be the biggest and most important smartphone maker in…

Lynching a Government (Updated)

One of the more intelligent bloggers around here on planet earth Gopal Raj Kumar has this piece that Malaysians ought to read to understand why the USA has adopted to take action in the 1MDB saga. A LYNCH MOB OF BLACKS DRUNK WITH POWER Loretta Lynch, a most unfortunate name for an African American in…

“An insulting pitch,” email from MK12 co-founder Ben Radatz

MK12 co-founder Ben Radatz has been pitching and producing motion design work since 1999.  Like many people who’ve been in the game for a while, he’s concerned about the direction the industry is headed. Everyone, it seems, wants more for less — in half the time. Recently, MK12 was approached to pitch just to be…

Five questions for Britain and Europe after Brexit vote

BRUSSELS: Britons voted in a referendum on Thursday to leave the European Union. Following are answers to key questions on what will happen next in Britain’s relations with the bloc: 1. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? The EU is in shock and entering uncharted territory. No member state has ever left and Article 50 of…

Number of unemployed public university graduates to soar

Former UM vice-chancellor says it could rise to 600,000 if nothing is done to improve their English proficiency and university education as a whole. Free Malaysia Today’s Minderjeet Kaur reports: The number of unemployed people who graduate from local public universities is set to rise further, an academician warned today. Not only would the unemployed…

I was fighting for AirAsia, says Fernandes

Wearing a white T-shirt, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes walked into a meeting room at klia2 the other day and dropped a bombshell: “We have renamed klia2 as LCCT2.” Is he serious? A Jalil Hamid and Bilqis Bahari write to share: Before I could say anything, he said as he walked into the room for an…

Invisible Forces Behind All of Our Decision-Making

Jonah Berger, a professor of marketing at Wharton, has spent more than 15 years investigating social influence. In his 2013 book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, he explains how and why certain products and ideas become massively popular. In his new book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces the Shape Behavior, Berger focuses on the immense…

Pizza delivery man’s voice stuns America’s Got Talent judges

Sal Valentinetti is a 20-year-old pizza delivery man from Long Island, New York with skills beyond his years. The singer proved it in Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent, knocking the socks off the judges with his charisma and voice.   “I’m gonna entertain yous like you’ve never been entertained before,” he said, showing off his…

Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s warning

A FIREBRAND AND THE SERMON ON NEP JUSTICE When Datuk Ali Ibrahim made the “Perkasa” comment that selling off an MISC related company to non Bumi interest was an unnecessary move and a departure from the essential objectives of the NEP,  long knives long  were drawn in a fast and furious attempt to silence the…

Remembering Samantha Schubert

The starscape on Malaysia’s arts scene has dimmed by one with the passing of beauty queen, actress and theatre personality Samantha Schubert following a brief but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Schubert was 47.  Those close to her had prepared themselves as best as they could for what would be a heartbreaking goodbye to a cherished…

Former Miss Malaysia Schubert loses battle with cancer

Beauty queen, actress and theatre personality Samantha Schubert has died following a brief but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Schubert had just turned 47 on Saturday. At her side as she slipped away peacefully yesterday evening were singer Melissa Indot, who was her primary caregiver, and loved ones. Schubert was admitted to Prince Court Medical…

Manifestations of religious intolerance worries woman behind G25

At the height of her career, G25 founder and retired diplomat Noor Farida Ariffin was wearing three different hats for Malaysia at the world’s legal capital – The Hague, Netherlands. MALAYSIANS KINI, a series on Malaysians you should know, provides a depth to this lady many may have not understood or misunderstood.  Here Alyaa Alhadjri…

1MDB board of directors offers to resign after PAC report

The  board of directors of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) had on Thursday morning collectively decided to offer its resignation to MoF Inc., which is the 100% shareholder. The board said on Thursday this had been a difficult decision to take but “we believe is the right thing to do, given the circumstances, in order to…

RM100,000 a month for life – in simple math, that’s what you get from an outrageous RM30 million ‘mutaah’ divorce claim

Divorces are entertaining to read, except for the former couple and families involved. Divorces of the rich are particularly stimulating, as they fight over money, and argue about interpretations and accuracy. A high profile case emerged in widespread coverage recently but first let’s get our understanding on the concept to start life anew. ‘Mutaah’ is…

Singapore freezes bank accounts (updated)

THE GOSPEL OF SIN CITY TO THE REST OF US MERE MORTALS “Singapore does not tolerate the use of its financial system as a refuge or conduit for illicit funds. Since the middle of last year, the Commercial Affairs Department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore have been actively investigating possible money-laundering and other offences…

Najib Razak PM in the Clear – Where did it all begin?

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE PM THE 1MDB AFFAIR Clearly it is not what the opposition thinks of the Prime Minister of Malaysia or what the scribes at the Malaysian Insider, Bersih, the Malaysian Bar, The Wall Street Journal or even the ABC in Australia have to say about Najib Razak that…

The Malaysian Bar Part II

THE MALAYSIAN BAR – EXCEPTIONS TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION ACT 1978 Gopal Raj Kumar in an update says Rule 43 of the Legal Profession (Practice & Etiquette) Rules 1978 (Rules) clearly states in unequivocal terms the following: “No advocate and solicitor shall volunteer advice to bring an action or to stir up strife and litigation”.…

The Malaysian Bar: A Law Unto Itself

A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN The is the first installment in a five part series of articles, analysing the Malaysian Bar and the exclusive inner workings of this organization in the heat of the Shafee defamation suit currently being played out in the courts. Blogger Gopal Raj Kumar writes .. Tan Sri Mohamed…

Private messages at work can be read by employers, says court

Employers can read workers’ private messages sent via chat software and webmail accounts during working hours, judges have ruled.  Kevin Rawlinson BBC News reports: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said a firm that read a worker’s Yahoo Messenger chats sent while he was at work was within its rights. Judges said he had…

When the anti-Najib forces are bankrupt of issues

And what about the RM20 million that Khairuddin Abu Hassan was allegedly paid to finance his attack on Najib and 1MDB? Did the money come from Muhyiddin or did the money come from Dr Mahathir? And can Khairuddin give us a detailed accounting of how he spent that RM20 million? Blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin provides…

A letter to my son Jalil

The Sultanah of Johor Raja Zarith Sofia has penned an emotional letter for her late son, Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar Ibrahim. Her letter was published on her Facebook page. My darling Lil I know the only reason you wanted to be in hospital was because you were in great pain but that you really wanted…

Calm Face Of Courage

For the first time since her son, Tunku Laksamana Johor Tunku Abdul Jalil Sultan Ibrahim, was diagnosed with liver cancer, Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah talks to Zaharah Othman in a heartfelt interview about the heavy journey of battling the big C. “NIGHTMARE is not a strong enough word to describe…

SDs and the Siddhu Factor (Updated)

PRIVILEGE -AMRICK SINGH SIDDHU & THE TRUTH While there is an element of truth in what Eric Paulsen (Lawyers for Liberty) suggests about protecting lawyer-client privilege his definition of privilege is misinformed, fanciful and incomplete. His definition is probably dictated by convenience and political expediency . Blogger G R Kumar has updated his piece which…

The Five Biggest Myths About Saving Money

According to a Millennial Investing’s simpler than it looks, says Ethan Bloch, so young people should chill.  Suzanne Woolley of WealthWatch writes: Ethan Bloch has some financial advice for his millennial peers: “Just have your f—— latte!” The 30-year-old founder of Digit, an online financial company, can get heated about espresso drinks when discussing the…