Local News Local News en Azlan Man's appointment as MB valid: State secretary
He said in accordance to the state constitution, the appointment of Azlan was consented to by the ruler of the state, Raja of Perlis Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail and could not be disputed.

"The best thing the nine Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen who did not attend the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Arau (in Perlis) yesterday is to unite and support Azlan as the Mentri Besar.

"I find it hard to advise them but it will be a good idea for them to give priority to the interests of the state," he told reporters when asked to comment on the absence of the nine assemblymen at the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Arau yesterday.

Syed Omar was met here today while participating in the Perlis government's Ops Pasir 2018 delegation to Sabah, upon the completion of the swearing-in ceremony. This annual programme started yesterday will conclude on Sunday.

He said prior to the swearing-in ceremony, the state secretary office's protocol division had made phone calls, sent short messages as well as WhatsApp messages to the assemblymen but did not get any reply.

"Of course Tuanku (Raja of Perlis) was sad that they did not attend the ceremony while three Pakatan Harapan assemblymen and two PAS assemblymen were present. It is difficult to say, but I hope a snap state election will not happen.

"Whatever it is, we will wait and see the next development," said Syed Omar, adding that Azlan's powers as the head of the state government was not affected.

He said he would further discuss the appointment of state executive councillors with Azlan on Monday.

Despite the absence of the Mentri Besar for two weeks after the 14th general election (GE14) on May 9, Syed Omar said the state government's business went smoothly as all civil servants understood their responsibilities.

In the 14th general election on May 9, BN won 10 out of 15 state seats contested to form the state government but a crisis erupted when the Perlis Umno Liaison Committee chairman boycotted the ceremony after his candidate for the Mentri Besar post failed to receive the consent from Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.

In another development, Raja Muda of Perlis Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who led the Ops Pasir 2018 delegation, handed over equipment worth RM100,000 to Kudat Hospital director Dr Eva Candra Susanti Suhali. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 12:13:49 +0000 theSundaily 550436 at
Jamalullail clan urges Shahidan, nine BN assemblymen to apologise to Raja of Perlis
The clan's spokesman Syed Zolkifli Syed Abdul Rahman Jamalullail described the action by the nine BN assemblymen who boycotted to the swearing-in ceremony for the Perlis Mentri Besar yesterday as defying the ruler.

"They should tender their apology as Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin must have felt offended and displeased ... (their action) has also caused uneasiness among the people of Perlis," he said after lodging a police report against Shahidan, who is also Perlis Umno liaison chairman, at the Arau District Police headquarters here today.

Syed Zolkifli said the report was lodged following the statement by Shahidan during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur yesterday who allegedly asked Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin not to interfere in the administration of the state.

Meanwhile, Kuala Perlis assemblyman Nor Azam Karap of PKR also lodged a police report today against Shahidan, urging the authorities to investigate the latter for allegedly making offensive remarks against the Raja of Perlis.

"On behalf of those who are dissatisfied with Shahidan's action, we ask the authorities to investigate this matter," he told reporters after staging a rally to show support for Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin in front of the Al Hussain Mosque in Kuala Perlis near here.

Perlis Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition chairman Dr Ammar Hassan in a separate press conference here today said the disrespectful attitude against the royal Institution must be discarded and proper channels should be used to voice out any opinions.

"Always be careful of what we write, maintain good manners and do not have any negative views against our ruler as it could have a bad impact to the party," he said. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 12:05:03 +0000 theSundaily 550434 at
More than 17,000 illegal immigrants nabbed this year: DG
Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the detainees were the results of 6,019 enforcement operations conducted during the period.

"Apart from that, 455 employers were also nabbed for employing and harbouring illegal immigrants," he said in a statement here today.

Mustafar said the illegal immigrants comprised 6,315 Indonesians, Bangladeshis (3,403), Filipinos (1,956), Myanmar (1,748) and the remaining number from other countries.

For the Rehiring Programme, Mustafar said 744,942 illegal immigrants and 83,919 employers had registered for the programme from Jan 1 to last night.

From the total, 482,535 were Bangladeshis, Indonesians (118,115), Myanmar (43,860), Indians (32,992) and the remaining number from other countries, he said.

Under the voluntary surrender programme or 3+1 programme, he said 92,280 illegal immigrants had registered and returned home during the same period.

"From the total, 53,129 illegal immigrants were caught for overstaying while 39,151 illegal immigrants were found not possessing valid pass or permits," he said.

According to him, the Immigration Department is committed to the call by the new Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to combat the illegal immigrant issue in the country.

"The department has taken all necessary measures and actions without comprise to combat the issue of illegal immigrants and foreign offenders," said Mustafar. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 11:17:41 +0000 theSundaily 550430 at
Thai beggars detained at Kulim Ramadan bazaars
Kulim Community Welfare officer, Mohamad Zarir Mohamad Khozali said a local man with disability who was begging, was also detained in the operation conducted from 5.30pm until late last night.

"The four foreigners aged between 18 and late 20s, suspected of collecting donations in the name of a tahfiz centre in Narathiwat, Thailand were released with a warning.

"We also seized and handed over the RM577.60 cash earned by the beggars to the religious office for further action," he said in a statement, here today.

The operation carried out simultaneously with the Kulim district 'Bijak Membantu, Elak Ditipu' campaign was carried out at the Kilang Lama and Taman Selasih Ramadan bazaars as well as around commercial areas in Kulim.

Meanwhile, in Kota Baru, foreigners from neighbouring countries have been entering the country on social visit passes with the sole purpose to beg for funds.

According to Kelantan Immigration director Wan Mohammed Saupee Wan Yusoff, these visitors would usually arrive here on the pretext of collecting donations to finance the cost of constructing 'tahfiz' (religious) centres in their respective countries.

"As they will usually converge at the busy Ramadan bazaars, the department will also conduct continuous operation around these areas in an effort to clear out beggars in the state," he said when contacted, here today.

He said in the latest operation at three Ramadan bazaars in Kota Baru, Kubang Kerian and Wakaf Baru in Tumpat yesterday, six beggars were detained, adding that four were from Thailand while two others were believed to be Rohingyas.

He said all those detained were found guilty of misusing their social visit passes under Regulation 39B of the Immigration Act 1959/63. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 13:41:42 +0000 theSundaily 550448 at
Govt retiree lodges police report against Pasir Salak MP
Mohamad Maharani Md Tasi claimed that the former Agriculture and Agro-based Minister had also used Felcra money when campagining in the 13th general election in 2013.

"All bills for feasts at his (Tajuddin's) residence used funds from Felcra Changkat Lada so much so Felcra failed to give better dividends to its participants.

"Three Felcra oil palm mills were also sold at below market price apart from a cattle rearing project that was stolen from Felcra before the big floods that hit Felcra Seberang Perak in 2014 and 2015," he told reporters after lodging the police report at the Ipoh police headquarters, here today.

He added that there were many other cases of alleged abuse by Tajuddin and urged police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to get to the bottom of the matter.

Mohamad Maharani was also PKR's candidate for the Sungai Manik state seat in the 14th general election on May 9 but lost.

Tajuddin defended his Pasir Salak parliamentary seat in GE14, by defeating PKR's Salihuddin Radin Sumadi and Zafarulazhan Zan of PAS by a majority of 7,212 votes.

Ipoh police chief ACP Mohd Ali Tamby confirmed receiving the report and said that it would be referred to the Perak Tengah police headquarters for further action.

Meanwhile, in Pasir Salak, participants of Badan Blok B Felcra Seberang Perak lodged a police report against the former chairman of its cooperative, Mohamad Maharani, who had lodged the police report against Tajuddin in Ipoh, claiming that he (Mohamad Maharani) had committed criminal breach of trust.

Mohd Razali Yahya, 39, representing the 113 participants, lodged the report at noon at the Kampong Gajah police station and urged police to leave no stone unturned in investigating the case.

Perak Tengah deputy police chief, DSP Ahmad Fauzi Saad, when contacted, confirmed receiving the report. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 11:14:53 +0000 theSundaily 550428 at
MyPPP to remain independent, not joining PH: Kayveas
Speaking at a special press conference at Wisma MyPPP today, he said the party had no intention of joining PH after having left the Barisan Nasional (BN).

"Right now, we are focused on restoring the party leadership. Honestly, I am disappointed with the treatment accorded to the party when it was in the BN," he said to reporters.

Kayveas spoke to the media after chairing the inaugural meeting of the newly-appointed 22 member Supreme Council for the 2018-2023 term.

He said the appointments were made in accordance with the powers vested in the president by the party constitution.

The appointments include five vice-presidents, namely Datuk Seri Gandi Muthusamy (senior vice-president), Datuk Zakaria Abdul Rahman, A. Chandrakumanan, Datuk Soma Sundram and Datuk Gilbert Goh Kian Puay.

MyPPP suffered an internal conflict when the party sacked Kayveas as the president, but he claimed that this was contrary to the party constitution because the president could only be replaced by holding a general assembly or extraordinary general assembly.

Kayveas said he had received an official letter from the Registry of Societies confirming him as the rightful president of MyPPP. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 10:33:25 +0000 theSundaily 550417 at
Kit Siang schools Zahid on being a good Opposition leader
Lim told the acting Umno president that he has started off on the wrong footing in his new role as Opposition leader.

"You are not starting off as a good Opposition Leader and must learn to be constructive and honest," Lim said in a statement today.

Zahid had said on Tuesday that he believed that Barisan Nasional (BN) would be able to make a comeback against a government that is built on "hatred".

"A government that is built on hatred, on issues that (BN) could not respond to due to poor communication, or not being grounded in reality – eventually that government will be punished by the people," Zahid was quoted as saying by Lim.

Lim said Zahid should not follow the example of Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak who has not woken up from the bubble of his own making, despite his disaster of a fortnight ago in the political earthquake of May 9.

The DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri said both Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional must learn their new roles, the former as the government of Malaysia and the latter as a good and constructive Opposition.]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 10:25:28 +0000 theSundaily 550414 at
Amar Singh's service will be extended: IGP
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said Amar, who was scheduled to retire next month, had his contract extended by the Police Commission (SPP) for a specified period.

Mohamad Fuzi also confirmed that Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador had been appointed as the new Bukit Aman Special Branch director effective Wednesday.

"He (Abdul Hamid) is replacing Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff who has retired and had his contract terminated according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) set by SPP," he told a press conference after handing over of PDRM Hari Raya goodies in Bukit Aman, here today.

Meanwhile, commenting on the disclosure by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull on Tuesday that his safety was threatened during a previous investigation on 1MDB, Mohamad Fuzi said so far no police reports had been lodged by Mohd Shukri.

"We are aware of what he (Mohd Shukri) revealed that his security was threatened when investigating 1MDB," he said.

Mohamad Fuzi also said that police would leave it to MACC to handle the investigation in connection with the raid carried out at the house of former Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.

"From PDRM's perspective, we have yet to receive any indication on the case, so let MACC investigate it based on their perspective, and we are just waiting for further developments," he said.

On Wednesday, the MACC seized part of Abdul Azeez's RM500,000 cash allegedly for use for a mission to Gaza, Palestine. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 10:15:41 +0000 theSundaily 550412 at
BN govt never hid national debt, says Najib
The former Umno president said he is glad that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has come clean in his statement yesterday that the official federal government debt remains at RM686.8 billion, and not RM1 trillion as previously claimed.

"All these figures are published in Treasury Reports, BNM reports, Accountant General reports, Auditor General Reports every year without fail," he said.

In a Facebook post today, Najib said the national debt of RM686.8 billion is 50.8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is much lower than the 103.4% reached during the first reign of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"The previous government had always complied with international public debt reporting guidelines as defined by the IMF and World Bank. Therefore, the figure of 50.8% is a universally accepted measurement," he said.

"Contingent obligations, such as guarantees, have never been included in the official measurement of government debt, not even during Tun Mahathir's previous reign."

Market analysts, economists and investors are all well aware of these numbers, which are manageable and can be serviced, a fact confidently admitted, by the Minister of Finance himself, Najib said.

"Therefore, we did not hide RM300 billion of debts or falsified figures as alleged. The spade had always been called a spade as per universally accepted guidelines," he said.

"Now that the truth is revealed about this 'RM1 trillion national debt', we congratulate the new government for unnecessarily spooking the market which has led to sharp falls of our stock exchange this week - capping 14 consecutive days of foreign capital outflows.

"This debacle has led to real losses to stock market investors and our GLCs such as EPF, KWAP, Khazanah and Tabung Haji. I hope and pray that PH government ministers will be more careful in making assertions in future."]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 09:45:51 +0000 theSundaily 550400 at
Nur Alya Damia did not show any strange behaviour prior to murder: Father
Hairi said the last time his daughter returned to their home in Klang, Selangor, was last week.

"She did not show any odd sign in her behaviour at the time, and I also allowed her to drive the family car to return to college and told her to drop off her younger sibling, who studies at Sekolah Menengah Teknik Seremban.

"I also spoke to her over the phone two days ago and she asked me to help look for a suitable company around Shah Alam and Klang for her to undergo her industrial training," he said when met by reporters at the Port Dickson Hospital here, today.

Hairi said his daughter stayed with three of her coursemates in a rented house in Taman Selasih, not far from the college.

One of her coursemates, Syarifah Noor Shahira Sheikh Mohd Zain, told Bernama that Nur Alya Damia seemed very cheerful during class yesterday.

She said all their coursemates were shocked and sad when they learned of her death.

"We immediately went to the scene when we received information about this incident and did not expect it to happen to (Nur Alya) Damia because we knew she had no problem with anyone," she said.

According to one of Nur Alya Damia's housemates, who wanted to be known only as Ain, at about 9 pm last night, the victim had informed her she was going to meet a guy who was also a student at the college.

"This guy lives in the same housing area as us," she said.

Nur Alya Damia was believed to have been killed in a car by her former boyfriend, before being dumped near a garbage dump site at the far end of the terrace housing area in Taman Permata PD.

Her body was found by a resident at 10.30pm and was taken to Port Dickson Hospital for post-mortem. — Bernama]]>
Local Fri, 25 May 2018 10:04:48 +0000 theSundaily 550421 at