Peddling ignorance in halal trolleys

Malaysian Insider’s Abdar Rahman Koya writes: In 2015 Malaysia, we still practise segregation, whether enforced by law or by little napoleons in skull caps who collect their salaries every month after issuing sound bytes they say were from the prophet, all from the comfort of Putrajaya. Just go to our schools and see how children…

A professional pharmacist’s view on nicotine

The popularity of vaping reached an all time high after the increase in cigarette prices. Yes, indeed nicotine is a controlled substance, controlled medicine. If, it is indeed medicine, it must be used to treat something, right? Lim Kah Poh explains .. A quick look at any medical book and you will see that nicotine…

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A total of RM3.12bil was withdrawn under the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) “Flexible Age 55 Withdrawal” scheme in the second quarter of 2015.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,…

Volkswagen: The scandal explained

What is Volkswagen accused of? It’s been dubbed the “diesel dupe”. The German car giant has admitted cheating emissions tests in the US. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), some cars being sold in America had devices in diesel engines that could detect when they were being tested, changing the performance accordingly to improve…

Does China’s government hack US companies to steal secrets?

This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping is making his first official visit to the US. It takes place against a background of accusations flung by both the US and China over state-backed hacking. BBC’s Mark Ward reports: On Monday this week, a US national security adviser warned China that the hacking must stop and said…

It’s smog, not haze

FOR starters let’s get our terminology straight … It’s not HAZE, it’s SMOG – thick smothering SMOG! Cecil Rajendra explains: According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), haze is a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere caused by particles of dust, etc. Smog, however, is defined as fog or haze intensified by smoke or other…

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,…

“I will drink when Najib is done,” says Clare Rewcastle

Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown, in conspiring with others against Malaysia, had sensationally told Xavier Andre Justo that she was changing the “destiny of one country” and that she would celebrate with a glass of champagne when “Najib is done”. NST has the story here: A shocking new revelation following the Aug 17 jailing of…

Why people are fleeing Syria: a brief, simple explanation

With the refugee crisis worsening as many Syrians attempt to flee to Europe, many people may find themselves wondering just how the war in that country got so bad, and why so many are fleeing now. Here, then, is a very brief history of the war, written so that anyone can understand it. Zack Beauchamp…

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,…

Middle class may need housing subsidies if property sector not reformed, say researchers

Middle-class Malaysians may end up needing government subsidies for housing if current property prices continue to increase, a report by the Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) said, calling for immediate intervention by all stakeholders to transform the housing sector in Malaysia. KRI research director Dr Suraya Ismail said the median price range for housing was “skewered”…

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…

Exaggerated wealth for mutaah claim not real, they are forgeries masquerading as hacks, says Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib

Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today continued his testimony in the Shariah High Court of Kuala Lumpur in a re examination by his counsel, testifying that an international politically motivated conspiracy had evolved from his divorce maintenance hearings against him and his family, in particular, his father Tun Pehin Sri Abdul…

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…

Was Kok Wing a scapegoat for #nothingtohide?

We end up in one mess after another because we take the easy way out instead of delving into what really ails the country. People in general love punching bags, especially when things don’t go their way. Scapegoats are another favourite for people who want to avoid taking responsibility. Shahril Ahmad Idrus comments at Free…

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…

Omar Sharif, the legendary actor and gambler, died angry and alone

The lonely Lothario: He bathed in bubbly, out-caroused O’Toole, seduced Hollywood co-stars galore and gambled away millions. But Omar Sharif squandered his talent – and died angry and alone Omar Sharif died aged 83 after suffering a heart attack in Cairo  Egyptian film star rose to fame in classics like Lawrence of Arabia  But admitted…

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…

Sarawak Report, did you just fall into a Trap?

Politics and socio-economics blogger Lim Sian See in busting propaganda, says Sarawak Report has just fallen into a trap. In a recent post on his blogsite LSS, we are told in greater detail how deep a hole Clare Rewcastle Brown may have fallen in. Thuds aside, we all know Sarawak Report has been known to…

Ramadan rush brings business windfall to London

Qatari shoppers spend an average £1,432 ($2,237, 1,992 euros) per transaction — the top amount among Middle Eastern visitors — closely followed by tourists from the United Arab Emirates at £1,120. LONDON: Inside an upmarket London department store a genteel Middle Eastern woman glides by, trailing flowing robes and the distinctive smell of oud, a…

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…

Lim Kok Wing’s toughest challenge in public relations

Remaking Prime Minister Najib Razak’s image is probably the toughest challenge ever faced by public relations consultant Lim Kok Wing, political analyst Shahbudin Husin says in his latest blog posting. But it might just work if Lim gathers the best local PR consultants to rally with him, say some quarters. There are many other media…

Don’t doubt PAC’s 1MDB investigations, Nur Jazlan tells critics

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has urged critics to refrain from making accusations and comments about its ongoing investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), following a prominent blogger’s suggestion that the probe could fall victim to sabotage. PAC chairman, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that all parties, including bloggers, should not doubt the committee’s probe…