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Persiapan Minggu Amanah Saham Peringkat Nasional

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Dap sabotaj pas????


Kehadiran bakal calon PAS DUN Beting Maro yang disambut hambar oleh penduduk setempat menunjukkan ada sesuatu telah berlaku sebelum itu.

BACA SEPENUHNYA»



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Borneo fisherman sentenced to be hanged for tourist deaths


A Malaysian court has convicted and sentenced a fishmonger to death for murdering British medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger on Borneo island last year. He now faces death by hanging.



Zulkipli Abdullah was found guilty of stabbing Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger to death in the city of Kuching in Sarawak state last August.







"He was found guilty. The judge accepted the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses," Zulkipili's defence lawyer Anthony Tai told news agency AFP.



Both victims, aged 22 years, were medical students at Britain's Newcastle University and were on a six week work placement with a local hospital in Sarawak state.



Police said the students were found dead on the morning of August 6 last year following a fight with several local men at a Kuching bar. The Britons were two days shy of ending their work placement at Sarawak hospital.



Found guilty, Zukipili faces death by hanging. Following the verdict, Tai said his client would appeal the decision.



During the trial, Zulkipili testified he was involved in a fight with two Britons along with two friends and that he punched one of them. However, he denied stabbing them to death with a knife.



"The court ruled that his defense was merely an afterthought. The defense failed to raise any reasonable doubts in the case," Muhamad Iskandar said.



Five Malaysian men were arrested, but only Zulkipili was tried. Officials said the five others would not face charges, but would appear as witnesses for the prosecution.



Two of the men testified saying Zulkipili told them he wanted to "test his power" against bigger and taller foreigners, Muhamad Iskandar said.



After the killing, one of the witnesses said he sniffed his hands and told his friends "the blood of white men smells nice," he added.



Police found a flick knife Zulkipili used in the murder at his home, which matched the stab wounds on the medical students, he said.



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Teachers involved in illegal conversion transferred out


MIRI - The two teachers involved in the illegal conversion of a 13-year-old Christian girl to Islam have been issued official letters of transfer out of Sarawak.



Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) secretary general Datuk Sebastian Ting said on Tuesday that he had received confirmation that the Education Ministry had already sent the transfer letters to the two teachers.



Ting said the move by the ministry to take the two teachers out of Sarawak would bring closure to the controversy.



“The issue should not be prolonged any more as the ministry has taken steps to get the two teachers out of the state.



“We must be very careful about this very sensitive matter so as not to create unwanted problems that can affect multi-racial and multi-religious harmony,'' he told The Star Online.



Sarawak Minister for Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah had reaffirmed that the conversion of the schoolgirl was done without the consent of her parents and since she is a minor, her conversion is not valid.



This means her status as a Christian remains.



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GURU KANTOI,NAMUN TERLAMBAT PADAM ANTI GST DI FACEBOOK

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SPR UMUMKAN BERITA MENGENAI PERSEMPADANAN SEMULA DI SARAWAK

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Peduli APA DIKATA! PR tetap hina PDRM

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Night curfew extended again for Sabah east coast

KOTA KINABALU - The dusk-to-dawn sea curfew in Sabah's east coast has been extended for another two weeks to boost continuing efforts to curb cross-border criminal and smuggling activities.



Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said the 7pm-to-5am curfew has been extended from March 31 to April 15 under Section 31(4) of the Police Act 1967.



The police chief said continuation of the curfew that has been in place for more than eight months was to ensure the continued security and safety of tourist, fishermen and the people in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (Esszone).



He said security forces were also better placed to monitor any groups trying to enter the east coast waters illegally to carry out cross-border crimes including human and firearms smuggling,



Jalaluddin said that the sea curfew in the east coast districts had the support of resort operators and the fishing industry, as it proved effective in maintaining security in the area that was hit by at least three cross-border kidnappings last year.



Fishermen should obtain their permits from respective district police chiefs to carry out their activities during the curfew imposed three nautical miles from the shoreline.



The curfew covers Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau.



Security forces put in place a curfew on July 18 in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone after the July 12 attack at the Mabul Water Bungalows in Semporna, when a policeman was killed and another kidnapped by a cross-border group.



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DAP playing a double game, says Yong


KOTA KINABALU - DAP is playing a double game as it finds its partnership with PAS a liability to the party’s survival in Sabah and Sarawak, said Datuk Yong Teck Lee.



The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president said DAP’s split with PAS at state level was an attempt to ensure its survival in the face of Sarawak chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s success in drawing urban Chinese support.



“The DAP lies about hudud (during the 2013 general election) are coming back to haunt them,’’ added Yong, a former chief minister.



“DAP is desperately trying to dig themselves out of their mess in Pakatan. With Opposition leader (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim in jail, DAP has abandoned Anwar and now openly solicits Umno to form a so-called ‘Save Malaysia’ alliance,” he said.



DAP and PKR made gains in both Sabah and Sarawak in the last general election with DAP promising that PAS’ agenda of implementing hudud in the country would not materialise.



PAS, however, failed to gain traction with the voters in Sabah and Sarawak, losing the few seats it contested.



DAP’s advisor Lim Kit Siang has also been slammed by Sabah Barisan leaders after he threw in the names of several incumbent state cabinet ministers to lead Sabah under a new coalition.



State leaders reacted sharply, saying that DAP was dreaming and some accusing Lim of being on a political “fishing” trip.



Sabah Umno deputy chairman Datuk Salleh Tun Said said DAP was trying very hard to split the Sabah Barisan coalition by talking about a possible new chief minister under his proposed coalition to replace the Barisan.



Umno’s Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor and Datuk Masidi Manjun, Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan as well as Salleh were among the names floated by Lim as possible chief ministers in the new coalition.



“Sabah Barisan is solid and the question of unity government does not arise. DAP is just dreaming,” Salleh said.



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Singapore exit allowed Malay ultras to take over Malaysia, says Zaid


KUALA LUMPUR - Singapore’s expulsion in 1965 prevented Lee Kuan Yew from continuing to press for a “Malaysian Malaysia” and allowed Malay ultras headed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to depose Tunku Abdul Rahman, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim asserted today.



In a blog post eulogising the late Singapore founding father, the former de facto law minister lamented the lost opportunity for both Tunku and Lee to co-operate on transforming Malaysia into a flourishing democracy with strong rule of law.







“Without Singapore in the wings and without LKY articulating his mantra of ‘Malaysian Malaysia’, the ultra Malays, led by Dr Mahathir, gained huge momentum.



"They filled the vacuum with the help of a young Islamist named Anwar Ibrahim.



“They were able to push Tunku out after May 1969 and the country’s history was rewritten by the introduction of the New Economic Policy (NEP), followed by the Malay-first and Islamisation policies,” Zaid wrote on his blog today.



Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, a vocal critic of Tunku, eventually became the country’s fourth and longest-serving prime minister, while Anwar later became his deputy.



The NEP is the technically-defunct race-based affirmative action that created a system of preferential treatment for the Bumiputera in jobs, housing and access to government funding.



The policy and others taking after it are blamed for Malaysia’s declining competitiveness as well as increasing discontent among non-Bumiputera communities over what is perceived to be “second-class” treatment.



Zaid said that keeping Singapore in Malaysia and Lee in the administration would have allowed Tunku to resist the push for Malay-first policies in order to make the community competitive, progressive and reasonable.



According to the former Kota Baru MP, the country’s first prime minister would also have been able to keep Islam’s focus on charity, good and ethical conduct and compassion instead of permeating into the governance of the country.



“Malaysia has come full circle: Malays have become Arabs, Malay words have changed to Arabic, and their Western education has changed to the Islamic variety.



“Malaysia’s identity no longer follows Tunku’s vision. Singapore remained true to the dreams of its founder, and very successfully as well. That’s the tale of the two leaders, in short,” he said.



Singapore founding father Lee died on March 23 after over a month on life support following complications arising from severe pneumonia.



Singapore joined Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, but was expelled two years later by an Act of Parliament following racial tensions over the republic’s insistence on equal treatment for all citizens.



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The Selangor state government has been asked to keep politics out of sports and...

The Selangor state government has been asked to keep politics out of sports and to change their #KitaLawan slogan for its athletes at next year’s Malaysia Games (Sukma 2016) in Sarawak.



“The slogan has political connotations and should not be …





Selangor urged to change #KitaLawan slogan for Sukma







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News portal Sarawak Report claims that they were attacked by professional hacker...

News portal Sarawak Report claims that they were attacked by professional hackers on March 23, when several articles reportedly disappeared from the site.





Sarawak Report claims attack by hackers after articles go missing

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News portal Sarawak Report claims that they were attacked by professional hackers on March 23, when several articles reportedly disappeared from the site.



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Perintah berkurung di perairan enam daerah di Zon Keselamatan Pantai Timur Sabah...

Perintah berkurung di perairan enam daerah di Zon Keselamatan Pantai Timur Sabah (ESSZone) dilanjut mulai 31 Mac hingga 15 April.



Pelaksanaan bagi fasa ke-17 ini bermula dari pukul 7 malam hingga 5 pagi melibatkan jarak tiga batu nautika dari pantai …





Perintah berkurung di ESSZone dilanjut sehingga 15 April







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Kehadiran Ketua Pemuda Pas dapat sambutan hambar???

Kehadiran Ketua Pemuda PAS, Suhaizan Kaiat ke Kampung Kalot pagi tadi dalam rangka lawatan memperkenalkan calon PAS di DUN Beting Maro telah tidak mendapat sambutan dan sambutan dingin.

Hanya sekitar 15 orang sahaja yang diketuai Yang DiPertua PAS Batang Lupar, Abang Ahmad Kerdi hadir bagi menyambut dan bersama Suhaizan Kaiat.

Mengikut perancangan awal, kehadiran Ketua Pemuda PAS itu akan mengadakan pemberian sumbangan berupa barangan keperluan harian kepada beberapa buah keluarga di DUN Beting Maro.

Selain menyampaikan sumbangan keperluan, PAS juga membawa calon PAS di DUN Beting Maro, Abang Ahmad Kerdi yang akan bertanding dalam Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) Sarawak akan datang.

BACA SEPENUHNYA»



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Sabahan celeb in crusade against child-rape fantasy website


Sickened by a local website that depicts rape and incest with children, Malaysian celebrity Daphne Iking (pic) has come out to condemn its existence and urge the authorities to clamp down on the website.



The TV personality and emcee became aware of the website after she received a vulgar message in Malay from a random Facebook user and shared it on her page.



Not knowing what it meant, Iking's friend searched for the meaning of the term online and came across the child-rape fantasy website that featured stories of children aged eight or nine.



Now, the 36-year-old mother of two young girls has made it a personal crusade to get the website shut down.



Iking, who is also a StarMetro columnist, posted the link of the local website and urged her friends and followers to help her take it down.



"I am involved in an anti-human trafficking campaign. Websites which promote the sick culture of child rape, paedophilia and sex trafficking are why modern-day slavery still exists," she said when contacted.



The Sabahan urged the public to write to the Malaysian Commu­nica­tions and Multimedia Com­­mission (MCMC) and web software Wordpress to take action against the website, adding that she had informed the authorities.



"I have two girls. One turns eight this year. This is totally disgusting and dangerous," she had posted on social media yesterday.



Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft founder Dave Avran said that such a website should not be allowed to exist.



"It encourages people to look at such things as child rape, and the website can also be accessed by young children," he said.



Malaysian Netizens, meanwhile, are rallying behind Iking.



"Yes, authorities should pull the plug on these sickos immediately," said Facebook user Napsiah Wan Salleh.



Amanda Chong called on the police to identify its creator and frequent visitors.



Attempts to get MCMC to comment were unsuccessful at press time.







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Why choose to park RM4 billion in a private bank in Singapore?, ask veteran journalist


The investigation into troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) should begin with its decision to park RM4 billion in a small private bank in Singapore that has also suffered millions of dollars in losses, a veteran journalist said today.



Datuk A. Kadir Jasin, the former group editor-in-chief of The New Straits Times, said it was suspicious that 1MDB would choose BSI Bank Limited Singapore when government-linked firms, corporations or agencies normally placed their funds in large local and international banks.



“To my knowledge, private banks are usually used by rich individuals and secretive family companies who do not want too many questions asked about their sources of the wealth,” said Kadir in a post on his blog, The Scribe.



“The move by 1MDB to park the money in Singapore with BSI only heightens the suspicion that something is amiss. So the investigators have to make sure that every single sen that 1MDB purportedly deposited with BSI is accounted for.”



He said BSI was a Lugano-based Swiss private bank that became part of Brazilian group BTG Pactual last year, and was previously owned by Italian insurance giant, Assicurazione Generali SPA.



Kadir said the bank had US$1.8 billion (RM6.7 billion) share capital while its Singapore branch had a capital of US$200 million.



Its latest financial account posted on its website showed that it suffered a loss of US$722 million, he added.



“The investigators must ask 1MDB managers did they not check the credibility and financial strength of banks they deposited the company’s money in? RM4 billion is no mean sum for a financially weak company like 1MDB.



“It is not my intention to penalise BSI or cast aspersions on it but with a staff of about 2,000 and a share capital of US$1.8 billion, BSI is smaller than our Affin Bank,” said Kadir.



He added that keeping 1MDB’s money in Singapore alone was mysterious enough, given that the firm urgently needed to repay its debts to local lenders.



“But even if there is a billion-ringgit reason to park the RM4 billion in Singapore, why not keep it in Maybank Singapore or with other well-known banks like Citibank, JP Morgan and HSBC?”



“The money was taken out of the country just days before the 2013 general elections to Cayman Islands tax haven. Then some weeks ago, purportedly on its way home, it was mysteriously deposited in Singapore allegedly to fulfil Bank Negara’s regulations,” said Kadir.



The Finance Ministry said on March 11 that the balance of 1MDB’s US$1.103 billion in the Cayman Islands is now kept in BSI in order to “facilitate easier withdrawals since regulations set by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) needed its approval for transactions above RM50 million.”



Kadir said today that his sources had also said the investigators should summon Tim Leissner, the partner of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, a US investment banking group that had advised Putrajaya on the formation of 1MDB and helped in its borrowing.



“This is only a small part of the 1MDB monumental saga. But it is a good starting point to probe its operations and unearthing the truth.”



Critics have questioned the high interest rate 1MDB paid to Goldman Sachs to manage its RM5 billion Islamic bonds, but Najib has since dismissed this as baseless.



“Concerns on the 5.75% interest rate charged for the Islamic bonds (issued) back in 2009, with the perception that the interest rates are particularly high, are baseless merely because the Islamic bonds were the first Islamic bonds issued in Malaysia that had a 30-year tenure,” said Najib in a written parliamentary reply to Raub MP Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz.



He said Goldman Sachs was chosen to manage the bonds because it was one of the very few banks in the United States that has the capacity to monitor such a sizeable bond issuance with large amounts.



Ariff had asked Najib, who is also chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board, about the criteria used to appoint Goldman Sachs to manage the RM5 billion Islamic bonds at a 5.75% annual interest rate as compared with a Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) bond that paid an interest rate of 3.6% during a a period when Goldman Sachs was involved in the sub-prime loans scandal in the US.



Ariff also raised concerns on whether the interest rate was the best rate for 1MDB.



Criticism is mounting against the wholly owned Finance Ministry investment vehicle, established in 2009 and has chalked up debts of up to RM42 billion.



After exposés by whistleblower site Sarawak Report, Najib on March 4 ordered the country's auditor-general to "independently verify 1MDB's accounts", with the findings to be passed to a bipartisan parliamentary committee on public accounts.



On March 10, Auditor-General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang told the media that the national auditor's inspection of 1MDB's account had started, but did not set a time frame to complete the audit.



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Sarawak DAP quit PR, Azmin declines to state PKR's stand http://ow.ly/KVHc1

Sarawak DAP quit PR, Azmin declines to state PKR's stand

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Sarawak DAP quit PR, Azmin declines to state PKRs stand

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Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali Saturday declined to state the partys stand on Sarawak DAPs action to quit the...



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The greatest culprits are the ruling elite

Failure to progress despite knowledge, caused by ideologies, welfare programmes, and white elephant projects. In development economics, we study why some countries are rich and why some are poor. We also study why some are able to sustain more rapid growth while others have remained stagnant. People compiling global competitive rankings among nations have also […]



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Bakun Dam, or Singapore?

“Are you sure we are going to flood an area as big as Singapore?” Luyuh asked, looking totally confused. “But Singapore is big, they have so many buildings, there have so much development.” That was almost 20 years ago. I was in a Kenyah longhouse in the rural interior of Belaga, at one tributary of […]



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Gadis dakwa dirogol selepas ‘pesta minum’


SIBU: Keghairahan berparti sehingga mabuk, enam sekawan di sebuah rumah pekerja kem pembalakan di Murum, Belaga meninggalkan sejarah hitam kepada seorang gadis bawah umur apabila dia terbangun tanpa seutas benang di badan dan mendakwa dirinya telah dirogol.


Paling mengejutkan, gadis berumur 17 tahun itu terbeliak mata selepas mendapati salah seorang lelaki bersama mereka berseronok minum sebelum itu berbaring di sebelahnya ketika bangun dalam keadaan tidak berpakaian.


Insiden itu berlaku pada 22 Mac lalu ketika pengadu berasal dari Sungai Asap, Belaga dikatakan bersama empat orang lelaki dan seorang rakan wanita menikmati minuman keras sejak jam 7 malam sehingga tidak sedarkan diri.


Menurut laporan, pengadu terjaga dari tidur sekitar jam 1 pagi hairan mendapati ada seorang lelaki berada di sisinya dan percaya lelaki itu melakukan hubungan seks tanpa kerelaannya.


Berikutan dakwaan itu, pengadu tampil membuat laporan polis di Balai Polis Belaga untuk tindakan lanjut.


Difahamkan, pengadu juga dirujukkan ke Hospital Bintulu untuk menjalani pemeriksaan perubatan.


Kes dijangka disiasat mengikut Seksyen 376 kerana kesalahan merogol.


Ketua Polis Daerah Belaga, DSP Melay Tingom ketika dihubungi mengesahkan kes tersebut.







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