Wife of Cradle CEO slams investigation into his death

The wife of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan, who died in a fire at his house in June, today spoke out against the authorities involved in the investigation into his death, in particular the Fire and Rescue Department. Free Malaysia Today reports: Samirah Muzaffar said she and her family had been kept in…

The importance of facts and sources

The dangers of relying on the word of activists, not governments, is evident in the calls for an investigation into Sarawak Governor Taib Mahmud. Daniel Read of Free Malaysia Today provides us with some great insights .. Malaysian prosecutors and investigators have been weighed down with information as, in the wake of Barisan Nasional’s (BN)…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Massive withdrawals of RM3.12 billion in Q2 2015 from EPF

A total of RM3.12bil was withdrawn under the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) “Flexible Age 55 Withdrawal” scheme in the second quarter of 2015. It said on Monday this was an increase of 72.3% from the RM1.81bil in Q2, 2014 and also higher by 16.4% from RM2.68bil in Q1 2015.The EPF also said in Q2 2015,…

The fury over ‘hand luggage’ plane evacuees

British Airways passengers came in for harsh criticism when they were pictured grasping their hand luggage as they evacuated an enflamed plane in Las Vegas. Was that fair? BBC’s Ashley Gold reports: The plane, bound for London, forced the evacuation of 170 people and 14 people were hospitalised, although they were all later discharged. People…

Google denies collaborating with MCMC

Google had quashed a rumour that it has collaborated with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to enable the latter to “watch” local blogs. The Mole’s Zaidi Azmi reports: Such rumour was floated in the cyberspace when several anonymous bloggers pointed out that their domain suffixes were changed from .com to .my. However, Google…

Apple’s new upgrade program will keep you addicted to iPhone

Apple is planning to make it easier than ever to stay addicted to the iPhone with the introduction of its new iPhone Upgrade Program that will allow fans to upgrade to a new device every single year. Cult of Mac reports: Phil Schiller announced the new program on stage at Apple’s keynote today, revealing that…

Lawyers, police sources say Justo’s conviction in Thailand could have repercussions in Malaysia, Singapore and UK

The three-year jail sentence against Xavier Andre Justo, a heavily tattooed Swiss IT expert, for corporate blackmail by a Thailand criminal court could spark criminal probes and lawsuits in Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Bernama reports: Justo pleaded guilty to the theft of huge amounts of corporate data from his former employer PetroSaudi International,…

MH370: France confirms wing part found is from missing plane

French prosecutors confirmed Thursday that a wing part found on a remote Indian Ocean island was from ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a month after tests on the flaperon began. “It is possible today to say with certainty that the flaperon discovered on Reunion island on July 29 came from flight MH370,” Paris prosecutors said…

Ex-wife exaggerated my wealth, Mahmud says

Sarawak entrepreneur Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today demolished suggestions made by his former wife that he is a multi-billionaire, telling a Shariah court here instead that 90 per cent of his stake in Cahya Mata Sarawak was pledged with banks as collateral for loans, while purported offshore bank accounts were false. “My personal liabilities in…

Ringgit slumps to 17-year low on 1MDB debt woes, growth concerns

Malaysia’s ringgit sank to a 17-year low as concern about the finances of a state investment firm at the heart of a political scandal worsened the outlook for an economy rocked by plunging oil prices and an emerging-market sell-off.The ringgit depreciated 1.3% to 4.2680 a dollar as of 10:17 am in Kuala Lumpur, reversing Tuesday’s 1.2% gain,…

High Court notified of Mahmud’s successful appeal

The Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court was today informed that the Shariah Appeals Court had on July 14 ruled in favour of Sarawak entrepreneur Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib in the child maintenance claim brought by former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid against him. The decision was conveyed to Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court Registrar Nor Faiz…

Zeti rules out return to 1998 ringgit/USD peg

Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz has ruled out the ringgit being pegged again to the USD as done in 1998 during the Asian Currency Crisis. Free Malaysia Today Joe Fernandez reports: “The economic fundamentals are strong,” said Zeti who added that her current term ends next year and that she has no intention of…

Shahnaz’s legal team delays for a second time, irks judge

A decision would have been reached today on the itemised matrimonial assets division claims of Shahnaz Abdul Majid against her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, had it not for the absence of her lead counsel to articulate the oral submission. Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court Judge Ibrahim Deris was…

MACC information leak investigation postponed for now, says Khalid

Police will temporarily postpone the investigations on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) alleged leakage of information which was published in the Sarawak Report portal, said Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. He said that although more people would be called to facilitate in the investigation, the case was postponed to avoid numerous…

That still does not put The Edge in the clear

Are we really trying to seek the truth or are we trying to delay getting to the truth? While The Edge attempts to present itself as doing things in good faith, this action demonstrates mala fide rather than bona fide. And why is The Edge suddenly trying to play ‘good citizen’ when it has thus…

Mahmud wins preliminary battle in child maintenance saga

In the heavily contentious multi-million Ringgit child maintenance demands filed by Shahnaz Abdul Majid against her former husband Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, the Kuala Lumpur Shariah Appeals Court, today unanimously ruled in Mahmud’s favour that their only son was matured enough to apply for maintenance on his own. The highest…

The Edge confirms Home Ministry letter

Ho Kay Tat, Publisher and CEO of The Edge Media Group says: I would like to confirm online news reports that we have received a show-cause letter from the Home Ministry giving us seven days to provide a written explanation on why action should not be taken against The Edge Malaysia and The Edge Financial…

Divorce proceedings blown up into ‘international slander’

The Shariah High Court here was today told that news of the divorce maintenance proceedings between Sarawak entrepreneur Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib and his former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid had reached the far corners of London and Switzerland. Mahmud was asked by lawyers acting for Shahnaz to clarify the ‘global conspiracy’ cited in a news…

Indonesia executes foreign drug convicts, defying global anger

Ambulances carried coffins away from the island where the men were put to death, with some shrouded in embroidery and others made of plain wood. CILACAP: Indonesia executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad Wednesday, causing Canberra to withdraw its ambassador over the “cruel” punishment. Authorities put the seven plus a…

Shahnaz’s lawyers dare Mahmud to take conspirators to court

Despite the heavy badgering at the Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court today, Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib remained cool, calm and collected, denying all accusations hurled by the lawyers acting for his former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid in their ‘mutaah’ (conciliatory gift) hearing. Mahmud was queried on the names of his…

NFCorp: Challenge on BAFIA, a delay tactic by Rafizi Ramli

Pandan MP and PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli’s move to challenge the constitutionality of the repealed BAFIA banking law he was charged with violating in his exposés on the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) in 2012, is an attempt to avoid conviction. Free Malaysia Today reports: If Rafizi Ramli is found guilty, he could be liable to…

Rafizi Ramli’s BAFIA blunder will likely be his political downfall

It was almost forgotten that Bank Negara Malaysia and the police did a dawn raid on Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) secretary general Mohd Rafizi Ramli some three years ago. Rafizi was arrested and charged for contravening the provisions of the Banking and Financial Institutions Act, 1989 (BAFIA). The Pandan member of parliament was accused of…

Southern Indian Ocean theory on MH370 ‘fabricated’

Southern Indian Ocean theory on MH370 ‘fabricated’ Shane Fuentes | March 25, 2015 Expert claims that the theory lacks “corroborative evidence”. KUALA LUMPUR: Military aviation technology expert, Andre Milne, has written to the Australian government to debunk its theory that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is lying in the southern Indian Ocean. In a letter…

Shafee Abdullah’s statement on Anwar’s Sodomy II

There has been wide coverage on Anwar Ibrahim from the lead-up to the declaration of a guilty verdict on 10 February 2015. Malaysia which had been a divided nation with two schools of thought, reacted to the outcome with mixed feelings. Those for Anwar were completely outraged. The prosecutor presents his views here on the…

Shahnaz reprimanded by KL Shariah court

Shahnaz and her legal team were reprimanded for their continued absence in their RM100 million muta’ah hearing. KUALA LUMPUR: Shahnaz Abdul Majid and her legal team were today reprimanded by the Kuala Lumpur Shariah Court for their continued absence in their RM100 million muta’ah hearing. The plaintiff and her legal counsels Mohamad Rafie bin Mohd…

Airlines to track halal food choices

As part of a global push to combat terrorism, airlines in the USA will now keep a register and record passenger information of those who request halal meals and EU will now ban certain facebook, twitter, and google from displaying results in order to curb radicalization. World Bulletin / News Desk According to a statement…

Salleh moves to strike out CBT charge

Legal counsel argues RM250 million to NFCorp chairman was a loan, not a grant, rendering it a civil, not criminal matter. KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur High Court today heard an application to strike out two CBT charges against National Feedlot Corporation chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail for RM9.1 million and RM40 million. The court was…