Local News Local News en Kelantan BN assemblymen to boycott next state assembly sitting
Kelantan BN secretary Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad said they were resorting to the action following the decision by the assembly Speaker Datuk Abdullah Ya'kub to give the marching orders to state opposition chief Datuk Nozula Mat Diah (BN-Paloh) during today's sitting.

"Even though Yang Berhormat Paloh has yet to fully recover from a stroke, he braved himself to be present to speak up for his constituents. The Speaker's action was uncalled for," he said in a statement here tonight.

He said that the action showed the fear of PAS in having to answer to the people after its dismal performance in managing the state.

Nozula had questioned the PAS-led Kelantan government on deforestation of about 200,000 hectares and concerns by the Orang Asli in his constituency on the state government 's proposal to build the Nenggiri Dam.

The Speaker ordered him to leave the hall after he refused to sit down while a state executive councillor was winding up debate. The sitting which began on Monday ended today. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:13:58 +0000 theSundaily 505635 at
Zambry rubbishes opposition's claims on budget
He said that he had never lied or tried to confuse the people in tabling budgets since he took over the helm in 2009.

"It looks like these facts have caused unease among some opposition assemblymen who have responded negatively and are even resorting to outright lies," he told a press conference on the sidelines of the assembly's sitting here today.

He was responding to lies by some of the opposition assemblymen that it was the seventh deficit budget in a row, that the state's reserves were declining and there was no increase in revenue.

Zambry said even though the state government tabled a deficit budget, the financial statement each year recorded a surplus.

He said since 2009, the audited financial statements showed surpluses amounting to, for 2009 (RM9.55 million), 2010 (RM30.39 million), 2011 (RM25.72 million), 2012 (RM18.49 million), 2013 (RM13.13 million), 2014 (RM7.73 million), 2015 (RM7.59 million) and 2016 (RM4.42 million).

Zambry said the opposition's claims were just "hot air" because the financial report for fiscal year 2017 would only be ready at the end of the year.

He also rubbished the claim that there was no increase on revenue saying that the records show revenue increased from RM700 million in 2010 to RM1.011 billion in 2016.

"As for the reserves, the figure including cash as of Nov 21, 2017 stands at RM1.1 billion," he said, adding that the statistics gave a clear picture on the situation as opposed to the absurd claims by the opposition. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:18:28 +0000 theSundaily 505636 at
Erawan shrine bombing: One suspect returns to Thailand
Wanna Suansan, 29, who is married to one of the still-at-large suspects of the bombing, was arrested upon her arrival at the Suvarnabhumi Airport about 3pm (local time) and brought to the Royal Thai Police Headquarters where she underwent a health checkup.

She arrived at the airport with her two children and was met by her family before being taken in by the waiting policemen.

"After the arrest and investigation, she would be handed over to the Military Court prosecutors," said deputy national police chief Gen Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul to the media here today, adding that she was not extradited from Turkey.

He also declined to confirmed whether she had arrived from Turkey.

She is expected to be presented at the Military Court tomorrow.

According to Srivara, the authorities had issued 17 arrest warrants on suspects believed to be involved with Thailand's worst bombing incident in its history at a shrine popular with foreign tourists, located in the busy Bangkok's Ratchaprasong Intersection.

He said 14 other suspects who had arrest warrants issued on them by the Thai Police remained at large with today's return of Suansan and the 2015 arrest of two Uighur men, who currently face charges of committing the bombing.

In last year's military court appearance, the two Uighur men, Mohamed Bilal, 31, alias Adam Karadeg, and Mierali Yusufu, 27, from Xinjiang, China had pleaded not guilty to the charge of carrying out the bombing, which also left 120 people injured. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:46:31 +0000 theSundaily 505619 at
One ethnic Uighur nabbed near Bukit Kayu Hitam
Kedah police chief Datuk Asri Yusoff in confirming the arrest said the detainee was captured by an armed forces team at a security post near the area at 4pm after he was found by members of the public.

"The detainee, in his 30's, entered Bukit Tangga by foot," he told reporters after meeting all secondary school principals at the Kedah police contingent headquarters here today.

Asri said the Thai authorities had been informed of the arrest and the detainee was now being held at the Jitra police station lock-up.

He said state police had stepped up surveillance to assist Thai authorities to track down the remaining escapees apart from distributing posters of escapees who are still at large at all security agencies at the border.

In a 2am incident yesterday, 20 Muslim ethnic Uighurs from China who were waiting to be deported to their country of origin, escaped from the detention centre.

Thai Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan was reported as saying five of the 20 ethnic Uighurs had been rearrested while the remaining detainees were believed to have crossed the border to enter Malaysia.

Currently about 200 ethnic Uighurs are being held at Thai Immigration detention centres, waiting to be deported to China on Beijing's insistence. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:48:31 +0000 theSundaily 505620 at
Police prioritise curbing terrorism financing
Bukit Aman's Counter-Terrorism Division (E8) assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said channelling funds to terror groups is not something new but combating and identifying the "perpetrator who donates" to the terror groups is significant.

"It is not a new aspect since the division had been arresting sympathisers since 2001 and the effort has been intensified since the Islamic State (IS) headquarters in Raqqa, Syria was destroyed.

"Just imagine if there were 10,000 (transactions), how much would that be?" he told reporters after attending the 3rd Joint Regional Counter Terrorism Financing Summit here today.

He said the transactions usually vary between RM100 and RM1,000 per person.

Ayob said between 2016 until now, 20 sympathisers aged between 20 and 40 were nabbed.

"The detainees were all locals and include professionals like lecturers, teachers, police and soldiers. These sympathisers even sold their properties or businesses to fund the terror groups," he added.

The 20 sympathisers had been charged or detained under Prevention of Crime Act 1959 or Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015.

"There is a possibility where we could arrests more sympathiser in the future with regards to terrorism financing," he said.

Police will work jointly with local banks and build good intelligence in curbing terrorism financing.

"With assistance from banks, they can monitor the possible sympathisers' accounts," he said.

Ayob pointed out that there are a lot of cases where Bank Negara Malaysia tips off police of such suspicious activities.

He added police will also keep an eye on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to see if they were involved in transferring funds to terror groups.

"We need to monitor certain NGOs sometimes where humanitarian groups will be duped to channel funds to the IS members," he said.]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:37:51 +0000 Ashwin Kumar 505602 at
Govt tracking NPOs' activities to avoid terrorism financing (Upgraded)
He said the government wants to ensure that funds meant to help the underprivileged do not end up in the hands of terrorist organisations.

“There may be some leaders or organisations who may misuse their funds and send them to terror groups.

“We will come down hard on anyone or any organisation that helps terrorists,” he said at the Third Counter-Terrorism Financing Conference here today.

He said there are two ways in which NPOs can transfer such funds, either via the financial network or underground channels.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is able to track funds on the financial network, while the police have departments to track funds moved via underground channels.

Ahmad Zahid said if there is any suspicious activities by NPOs, they will be placed on a list of suspects.

On another matter, he said the government has been informed by Thai authorities that 15 Uighurs who escaped from a detention centre on Monday, may be in Malaysia.

“We are working with Aseanpol, Interpol and other authorities to determine their whereabouts,” he said.

Twenty Uighurs reportedly escaped from the centre at about 2am (3am in Malaysia). Five were caught and the rest are believed to have crossed the border into Malaysia.

Meanwhile, AFP reported that Australia and its Southeast Asian partners will join forces to curb financing for militants.

Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan said today the move was taken amid recent concerns about the Islamic State (IS) group gaining a foothold in the region.

The new alliance aims to disrupt the funding of militant groups through enhanced financial intelligence-sharing, said Keenan, who is in Kuala Lumpur to attend the conference.

“The stability and security of Southeast Asia is of critical importance to Australia,” he said, adding that Canberra “is committed to defeating the threat posed by terrorist groups, including IS, in the region”.

Australia’s financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC and the Philippines’ Anti-Money Laundering Council will lead the coalition, named the South East Asia Counter Terrorism Financing Working Group.]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 04:34:54 +0000 Rajvinder Singh 505445 at
Govt looking at mechanism to stabilise fuel prices
He said the mechanism or measure should benefit households in the B40 (low) and M40 (middle) income groups.

Without elaborating on the mechanism, he said the government had set the ceiling price for RON95 at RM2.50/litre.

"The government is studying the mechanism and it is not finalised yet, there are two or three options.

"We will carry out in-depth study on the matter as we do not want the people to say there will be catches in the implementation," he told reporters after attending Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent's academic excellence awards ceremony here today.

On Monday, the Finance Ministry in a statement said the government would be identifying suitable measures to reduce the impact of rising crude oil prices in the world if the retail prices of RON95 and diesel exceed RM2.50 per litre continuously for three months. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:47 +0000 theSundaily 505614 at
Shafie Apdal the hypocrite, not PBS: Mositun
"This is plain hypocrisy and political opportunism. Clearly, the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president is trying to divide the Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) community by exploiting the sensitivities of Christians and inciting them against BN," said PBS secretary-general, Datuk Johnny Mositun in a statement here today.

Shafie had named Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup and Datuk Seri Madius Tangau for failing to protect their religion and not rejecting Umno's cooperation with PAS.

"All those KDM leaders named by Shafie are on record as publicly defending the rights of Christians in Sabah, including the right to use the word 'Allah' in their Bahasa Melayu Bibles and worship. The BN Government has conceded to their demands, so what is Shafie talking about?" asked Mositun.

On the PAS-Umno cooperation, he said it was the right of any BN component party to cooperate with any non-BN party, as long as it was not done to oppose the coalition. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:51:30 +0000 theSundaily 505533 at
Malaysia, Indonesia to release fishermen held for trespassing
The understanding was reached between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the 12th Malaysia-Indonesia Annual Leaders' Consultation here today.

"We realise that these fishermen are poor and it is unjust of us to shut out their source of livelihood," said Najib at a joint press conference with Joko after the talks.

Najib said it was agreed to free the fishermen immediately to enable them to resume their livelihood in their own countries.

He also said that the talks resolved many common issues discussed, demonstrating the good state of the bilateral relations.

"We reached agreement on many issues, including on political, economic and social matters, and border cooperation as well as our readiness to resolve the issues so as to open up opportunities for the people of both countries," he said.

Najib said they also discussed the restriction imposed by the European Union on the import of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The European Parliament had called for a single Certified Sustainable Palm Oil scheme for Europe-bound palm and other vegetable oil exports to ensure they are produced in an environmentally sustainable way.

Najib said Malaysia and Indonesia agreed that such restriction was unfair and should be removed because it would affect the source of income of about 600,000 Malaysians and 13.5 million Indonesians.

It had been reported that palm oil producers Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea would work together to oppose the discrimination of the EU palm oil import restriction.

The prime minister said all palm oil producing countries should adopt the same stand to tackle the issue, especially in rejecting the negative perception that cultivating oil palm destroys the forests as alleged by the European Parliament.

He also said that Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong had met European Parliament leaders, the EU commissioner and EU MPs on the issue.

Najib said Malaysia and Indonesia would send representatives to the EU to state the countries' objection to the restriction.

On the issue of the Rohingya refugees, Najib said the Indonesian government was of the view that the issue should be resolved as soon as possible.

He said that not only Malaysia but the international community wanted to see a resolution of the issue to preserve the values of universality.

Najib said he and Joko also discussed matters pertaining to their countries' common border, especially along Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan, and they agreed to reopen trade at the Entikong-Tebedu border in Sarawak as well as at two places in Sabah.

"An agreement on reopening trade at the border will have to be made soon as it will benefit the people of the two countries, besides developing the area in an integrated manner in the area of high-value agricultural products or other fields as well as the creation of free trade zones and small and medium enterprises," he said.

Najib also said that Malaysia was considering a request to buy rice from Indonesia.

On manpower agreement, he said this would be negotiated as Malaysia wanted it to be managed in accordance with the right procedure in an agreement that would be decided on soon.

Touching on security at the common border, Najib said the two governments agreed to increase the number of joint border posts and that the matter would be discussed further by the defence ministries of the two countries.

The prime minister said the long-delayed halal certification issue would be resolved to enable Malaysian and Indonesian goods to be exported without much restriction.

He also said that the two countries agreed to expand maritime cooperation.

Najib also thanked the Indonesian government under President Jokowi, as the Indonesian leader was more popularly known, for having strived to reduce the cross-border haze.

Meanwhile, Jokowi said trade between Indonesia and Malaysia was up 21% this year, and added that it was a significant increase. He said it was hoped that an agreement on cross-border trade could be sealed soon to enhance trade between the two countries.

On palm oil, he said cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia in the matter was important as it involved the future of small farmers.

Jokowi also wanted the Malaysian government to approve the setting up of more education centres for the children of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia. — Bernama]]>
Local Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:36:56 +0000 theSundaily 505550 at
Female ride-sharing driver nabbed for string of thefts
Northeast district police chief ACP Anuar Omar said the 38-year-old single mother was picked up at 6pm by the university's security department before she was handed over to the police.

He said further investigations revealed that the suspect had also been involved in theft cases at the Penang Hospital (HPP).

"The woman operated on her own and targeted the USM mosque and HPP surau to steal handbags and valuables of female members of the congregation while performing their prayers.

"Based on police investigations, the woman, who has four children, aged seven to 17, was involved in at least 20 theft cases at the mosque and surau," he said here today.

Anuar said the suspect, who tested positive for drugs, was being remanded until Friday. — Bernama]]>
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