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Resurrecting 1st Fleet: US Navy explores Indian Ocean options

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China's intentions over the Taiwan Strait dominated the conversation when the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's head Adm. Philip Davidson testified on Capitol Hill last month. But a little noticed exchange during the House Armed Services Committee hearing touched on a topic that could have wide implications on the Indo-Pacific.

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Kebiadapan dan keangkuhan yang tidak diundang

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-- Kenyataan Pejabat Perdana Menteri sebentar tadi meniti kebiadaban dan menjurus keangkuhan oleh seorang pemimpin tak diundang terhadap seorang pemerintah yang hak.   

 

CME proposes modern tax framework for Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center for Market Education released a new Policy Brief titled Developing a Modern Tax Framework from Malaysia, authored by Dr Veerinderjeet Singh, a prominent tax advocate and Adjunct Professor at Monash University, Malaysia.
 

P-hailing service issues comes under MyCC scrutiny

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Following the recent public outcry on issues relating to the services of food delivery platform companies, the imposition of exorbitant commission fees by such companies and the price of food and beverages on these platforms, the Malaysia Competition Commission (“MyCC”) has actively engaged with relevant stakeholders to obtain further information on the matter. MyCC is also closely monitoring and assessing the situation as to whether the conduct(s) of certain food delivery platform companies is in contravention of the Competition Act 2010 or not.

Patriot calls for the recognition of community patriotism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The National Patriot Association (PATRIOT), an NGO of retired Military and Police personnel and civilians is calling upon the government, professional bodies and business enterprises to bank on and give credence to the role and sacrifices being made by ‘community patriots’ as we battle on with a new enemy of the people and nation – Covid-19.

The Arab Spring 2011: Revolusi dan Sekuriti Makanan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Kebangkitan Dunia Arab atau ‘The Arab Spring’ pernah menghiasi berita utama yang sensasi oleh ribuan pengamal media sekitar tahun 2011. Hingga sekarang masih ada segelintir negara-negara Arab yang tidak menemui pengakhirannya.

Pembukaan sekolah mesti dikendalikan dengan baik

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia sekali lagi akan menghadapi gelombang Covid-19 jika Perikatan Nasional (PN) tidak membatalkan cadangan pembukaan sekolah September 2021 dan terus menolak untuk mempertimbangkan pandangan dan kritikan yang membina.

School reopening must be handled well

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia will face another Covid-19 wave if the government bungles the proposed September 2021 school reopening, including by refusing to listen to constructive criticism and suggestions.

A Monarchy?

History records that it was a "mad" monarch, King George III, who lost the American colonies so very long ago. British researchers have since studied his scribbled notes, the diaries of his advisors, and his royal decrees to suggest he suffered from possible psychiatric illness such as bipolar disorder.

The Golden Age of UMNO is on the Wane

The United Malays National Organization, or UMNO is once again deeply split. There is a fracture between the party grassroots, the Supreme Council or central party governing body, and the parliamentary caucus. In addition, both the supreme council and parliamentary members also have divisions, and are split about which is the best way for the party to go in the future. Just to complicate things even more, some states are controlled by warlords, who are acting quasi-independently, and engaged with their own rifts and divisions at state-level.

Russia's Secret New Fighter Jet Is Officially Out in the Open

After a week of entertaining hype, Russia officially revealed its second fifth-generation fighter jet. The “Checkmate” fighter is designed to go head to head with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, both in the skies and the export market. The plane’s fire sale price and rapid development schedule, however, seem almost too good to be true.
 

Think tanks support the adoption of the Health Emergency Action Plan (HEAP)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--We welcome the comprehensive efforts that have accelerated vaccination, which has made Malaysia among the top countries in the world for COVID-19 vaccination rate. However, our nation is still fighting an uphill battle driven by the emergence of new, more contagious variants. With a continuous rise in active cases, our public healthcare system is on the brink of collapse, especially in the Klang Valley. Our overworked health frontliners and limited health resources are at a breaking point.

Arabs Warn Biden: The War on Terrorism is not Over

As the United States prepares to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan by August 31, 2021, a growing number of Arabs are worried that the American move will not only bring the Taliban back to power there, but also lead to the re-emergence of other Islamist terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS).

First batch of the Sputnik V vaccine produced in Vietnam

MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund), and VABIOTECH, one of Vietnam’s leading pharmaceutical companies, announce the production of a test batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.

Isu Pengusiran Petani Perak- Disebalik kacamata perkauman

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Setiap kali PSM berjuang untuk petani Cina di Perak, isu ini mudah disimpulkan oleh netizen bahawa petani „haram‟ bertani ditanah Kerajaan dengan percuma dan mengaut untung. Jadi bila Kerajaan Negeri rampas tanah, mereka harus keluarlah! Kami dapat banyak komen yang negatif umpamanya - mereka adalah penceroboh kerana tidak memegang geran; mereka harus bersyukur kerana tidak dikenakan bayaran cukai tanah selama ini; mereka sudah jadi kaya raya dengan menggunakan tanah kerajaan; dan sebagainya.

Banking is no Fund. Beds to Bank on.

The Finance Minister recently proposed that the Lembaga Tabung Haji be placed under the purview of Bank Negara Malaysia because of the effect its RM82 billion funds has on Islamic financing (10% of total is it) and its sway on the Malaysian stock market.

Development of Peace in Mindanao, Philippines

 SEOUL, South Korea-On 24 January 2014, Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) offered local representatives including political and religious leaders to sign a peace agreement for the 40-year conflict in Mindanao. Currently, the civilian group-led peace agreement is at the implementation and has contributed to creating an atmosphere of peace for a peace agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro people.

COVID19 Crisis : Questions and Motives

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The significant increase in Covid 19 infections in our country in the last one week has  prompted concerned Malaysians to ask the authorities to re-strategize their approach  towards the fight against the spread of the virus. A total lockdown, some feel, where most  movements are severely curbed is not the solution. 
 

Why a test certificate can be better than the vaccination passport

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The prime minister Muhyddin Yassin said that the easing of restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be decided at the National Recovery Council meeting next week. The prime minister said the proposed relaxation would serve as a benefit or incentive for those who have completed the two-dose vaccination.

Alternative solutions on efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia--Former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman proposed that the government should form three main committees which are a Medical Committee, Economic Committee and Security Committee with each Committee must be headed by experts in their respective fields. The leader must be given a free hand to nominate their members which should be comprised of government administrators, academicians, and mar-ket players to formulate health, social and political responses to better at combatting the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus authorized in Nigeria

MOSCOW, Russia--The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria (NAFDAC).
 

Open or close.

Two different debates have arisen over the past few days.  Both are questions on authority.

𝗪𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲

As my senatorship expires this Friday 16 July, I am bidding a temporary farewell to the Malaysian parliament, both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, the august institution that I have been honoured to serve since I was first elected a Member of Parliament in 2008.
 

Afghan Withdrawal Opens the Way for China

The indecent haste with which the Biden administration has undertaken its military withdrawal from Afghanistan not only raises the prospect of handing control of the country over to the hardline Islamist Taliban movement. It also presents China with a golden opportunity to extend its influence over this strategically important Central Asian country.

Malaysians, our brothers’ keepers in this pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--A recent video released by Projek Bangsa Malaysia about the plight of front-liners in Malaysia highlighted the heart-breaking condition of a nation ravaged by the pandemic and riddled by the failures of the government.

Jangan memperalatkan bantuan kepada rakyat melalui peruntukan kawasan Parlimen untuk jual beli talian hayat politik Perdana Menteri dan kerajaan PN

GEORGETOWN, Penang--Kenyataan Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Ahli Parlimen Padang Rengas yang mendakwa kononnya telah wujud Perjanjian Kepercayaan dan Perbekalan (CSA) antara DAP dan Kerajaan Perikatan Nasional (PN) bagi memastikan Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin kekal sebagai Perdana Menteri melalui pemberian peruntukan RM300,000 bantuan bakul makanan adalah sama sekali tidak benar, dan tidak masuk akal, malah memperlekehkan usaha Ahli Parlimen dalam membantu rakyat yang sedang susah. 

Vaccination Blues: Catching Covid-19 at the PPV?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Some 204 out of 453 staff at IDCC PPV tested positive for Covid-19. That is a whopping 45 percent. And how many of them had not received their vaccine? 53 of them!

How Palestinian Leaders Are Deceiving Americans

A Palestinian man was sentenced on June 30 to seven years in prison with hard labor after he was convicted of attempting to sell land to Israeli Jews. The man, whose identity was not revealed, was sentenced by a Palestinian Authority (PA) court in the West Bank city of Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinians.
 

Fly that flu

By Your Friendly Neighbourhood EnvironMentalist 
 

CME presents a real plan to fight COVID-19 in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center for Market Education (CME) published a new policy paper titled Fighting COVID-19 in Malaysia: Mass Testing and Other Reasonable Proposals, co-authored by Dr Carmelo Ferlito (CEO, Center for Market Education, Malaysia), Dr Salvatore Chirumbolo (Clinic Biochemical Scientist, Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy), Dr Consilz Tan (Senior Lecturer in Economics, School of Economics and Management, Xiamen University (XMUM), Malaysia), Dr Veerinderjeet Singh (President of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants & the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Malaysia), Jochen Fries (Entrepreneur, Malaysia), Steven Sieff (Greenbandredband, United Kingdom), Carmine Iavazzo (Entrepreneur, Malaysia), Yow Chuan Lee (Entrepreneur, Malaysia) and Sergio Maria Calzolari (Business Advisor, ASEAN).

Sejarah Krisis Kelaparan dan Kejatuhan Kesatuan Soviet (USSR)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Pada tanggal 26 Disember 1991, kira-kira 29 tahun yang lalu, telah menandakan suatu peristiwa yang besar dan bersejarah dalam lipatan ketamadunan manusia moden. Hasil dari pembubaran Kesatuan Soviet ini telah memerdekakan lebih kurang 15 buah republik di bawah penguasaannya. Ia juga menandakan sebuah penamat kepada episod Perang Dingin antara Blok Timur dan Blok Barat.

UNCLOS: Key to safeguarding rights of ASEAN in South China Sea

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The recent intrusion into Malaysian airspace by 16 strategic transport aircraft over the Luconia Shoals in the South China Sea (SCS), on June 1 followed by another by a Chinese Coast Guard ship on June 4, is a serious reminder on the importance of international conventions in regulating maritime borders.

Decriminalisation of suicide - The government must act now

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Suicides and attempted suicides appear to be yet another critical global public health issue. Many countries the world over has seen a climb in the number of suicides and attempted suicides over the last 2 years.

Telling a good Communist story

Ever since President Xi Jinping came into power in 2012 he has set about telling “a good story about China”, and what better story to tell than the rise and success of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)?  
 

UN envoys attend event highlighting ethnic group solidarity in Xinjiang, condemn West for fabricating lies

Envoys of some 30 countries voiced support for China while criticizing the West for fabricating lies about Xinjiang to deter China's development at a sideline meeting of the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Representatives from Xinjiang shared their stories at the meeting and presented a vivid account of the solidarity among ethnic groups in the region.

Contest at Kasawari: Another Malaysian gas project faces Chinese pressure

Since early June, China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels have been contesting new Malaysian oil and gas development off the coast of Sarawak. The activity coincides with a patrol by Chinese military planes near Malaysia, which prompted scrambles by Malaysian aircraft and recriminations from Kuala Lumpur.  This is at least the third time since last spring that the CCG has harassed Malaysian energy exploration. It demonstrates again Beijing’s persistence in challenging its neighbors’ oil and gas activities within their own exclusive economic zones. And the air patrol, which was likely not a coincidence, suggests Beijing’s willingness to engage in parallel escalation to pressure other claimants to back down.
 

US pledges to 'step up' engagement with Southeast Asia

U.S President Joe Biden's point man on Asia is "astonished" by China's determination to play the leading role on the global stage and will "step up" its engagement in Southeast Asia to hold back such a trend. But the administration does not support Taiwan independence and understands the sensitivities involved, Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell said Tuesday.

The Government Should Take Heed of the Recommendations in the US Trafficking in Persons Report 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysian Bar is concerned with Malaysia’s recent downgrade to Tier 3 in the United States Trafficking in Persons (“USTIP”) Report 2021.1  We also note that the report also highlights the inaction of the Malaysian Government in addressing allegations of human trafficking, namely, in the palm oil sector and rubber industry, as well as alleged corruption among its enforcement officials.

Immediate Steps Needed to Forestall Collapse of Health Care Services in the Klang Valley

KUALA LUMUR, Malaysia--The government hospitals in the Klang Valley are at breaking point. The acute care wards for seriously ill Covid-19 cases are packed to capacity and the emergency units are overflowing with patients who have difficulty in breathing. The intensive care wards are full. The system is no longer able to provide adequate care to the 20 – 25% of Covid-19 patients who require high quality and timely treatment with oxygen, steroids and anticoagulants to pull through and survive their ordeal.

𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐭

A year ago, I published my book “The Great Reset” in a modest attempt to explain how the once-in-a-century Covid-19 crisis is going to reset our politics, the economy and healthcare system. However, the powers-that-be didn’t bother to learn much from the 18-month Covid crisis that erupted since late January 2020. This is why I believe Malaysia needs a reset in our approach towards the Covid crisis now.
 

Denial of the undeniable by blind supporters of the PSR

GEORGETOWN, Malaysia--When people put their personal interests before those of the public at large they become unable to see, nor are concerned about the long term future, i.e. real long-time running into centuries ahead. Their vision is limited to here and now, and at most the very near future during their active lifetime at the most.  

Does Iran think Israel is vulnerable at sea?

Recent reports that a cargo ship allegedly linked to Israeli owners was damaged at sea after recently being in the Gulf illustrate the complexities of defending ships at sea, especially in the murky world of commercial shipping. The reports appeared at Al-Mayadeen, which is pro-Iran and also Al-Ain media in the Gulf. Iranian media also reported the incident.

𝗜𝗻 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗰, 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Each time I look at the raids and other punitive actions such as hefty compound by the government’s enforcement agencies on helpless ordinary people for violation of SOP and other minor offences, I imagine something terrible. The image of Tunisia’s Mohamed Bouazizi setting himself on fire on 17 December 2010, which set off the Arab Spring uprising, came to mind.

White Flag: It's Time For #RakyatJagaRakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) refers to the waving of the white flag that comes from the initiative of Malaysians to alleviate the misery of life at this time. ABIM stressed, this #BenderaPutih is a manifestation of the voice of the people beyond the political interests of the party.

Crackdowns on freedom of expression is symptomatic of a failing democracy

The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH 2.0) views with grave concern in the last two days various crackdowns by the Malaysian police (PDRM) on social activists who raised issues of public concerns and ordinary Malaysians who expressed their desperation during this health and economic crisis.

Roti Yang Menghancurkan Kerajaan Dan Pemerintahan Rom

Kejatuhan Empayar Rom Barat pada tahun 476 AD berlaku kesan daripada akibat ketidakstabilan pengagihan makanan kepada rakyatnya di antara kerajaan Rom yang berpusat di Itali dan jajahannya yang berada di bahagian benua Eropah yang lain. Pemberontakan oleh rakyat golongan bawahan telah bermula dari German dan merebak sehingga ke Itali. Yang terselamat hanyalah Empayar Rom Timur yang berpusat di Konstantinopel sehingga ia jatuh kepada Turki seribu tahun kemudian.

EMCO will compromise the future of the country

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia-- The Center for Market Education (CME) is highly concerned with the announcement of an Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in many areas in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. 
 

Kabinet dan pentadbiran PN hentilah melumur arang ke muka Baginda dan Istana!

"Sidang Parlimen Khas" seperti yang dicadangkan oleh Yang Dipertua Dewan Negara, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Rais Yatim dan Yang Dipertua Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, adalah sangat berbeza dengan apa yang telah dititahkan oleh KDYMM Tuanku Agong bersama kenyataan Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu (MRRM) pada 16 Jun 2021 yang lepas.

As desperate Malaysians organise, should Muhyiddin worry?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has seen some remarkable community level organising by the Malaysian public who are independently working together to help the hardest hit among them to weather the storm.

CME: Forbid the central bank from engaging in mission creep

The Center for Market Education (CME) recently held a webinar titled THE FUTURE OF CENTRAL BANKING, an event organized by CME in cooperation with Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) – Sabah Campus, Asia-Pacific Students for Liberty and the Adam Smith Center (ASC) from Singapore. The recording is available here.

The national recovery plan

The Government has announced a National Recovery Plan. Unfortunately it is more of a time table for recovery based on the number of new cases and the dates the lockdown would be loosened. How the reduction is to be achieved during the stipulated period is not explained. The virus may not oblige and continue to plague the nation despite the time table.
 

Muhyiddin’s new tool to shore up power: University Boards

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s continuing effort to stay in power has resulted in the appointment of 35-odd politicians and ex-politicians to the boards of directors of the country’s 20 public universities, a position that carries basic financial reward and allowances but plenty of prestige.
 

ABIM: Is Malaysia moving towards a dictatorship

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) refers to the statement issued by the Attorney General of Malaysia dated 25 June 2021. The main content of the Attorney General's statement revolves around Articles 39, 40 (1) and (1A) of the Federal Constitution regarding the act of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah, that was said to be limited by the advice given by the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

How can Israel and the Gulf increase air defense cooperation?

Countries need better air-defense systems against drone and cruise-missile threats. This is particularly true in the Middle East, where new weapons are proliferating, especially among Iranian-backed groups, such as the Houthis in Yemen and Hamas in Gaza, as well as militias in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Statement by Andy Hall regarding letter acknowledging US CBP has started an investigation into alleged forced labour in IOI Corporation’s operations

I take note of today’s statement in which IOI Corporation (IOI) has made reference to a letter addressed to me by the US Customs and Border Protection Department (US CBP). It is stated in this public release by IOI that this aforementioned letter acknowledges CBP has started an investigation into alleged forced labour in IOI ‘s operations in Malaysia.

"If you want to go fast, you pay lah!"

Selepas gagal memastikan bekalan vaksin untuk rakyat Malaysia, Menteri bertanggungjawab sebagai Penyelaras Program Imunisasi Covid-19 Kebangsaan (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar nampaknya belum bosan untuk menuding jari kepada semua pihak selain daripada melihat kelemahan dan kegagalan diri dan pasukannya sendiri.

APEC Looks to Partnerships to Support Business Recovery

WELLINGTON, New Zealand--Finance ministers and business leaders from the 21 APEC member economies convened virtually on Friday to discuss the ongoing responses for businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises, during the pandemic, as well as the policies economies can focus on to help businesses recover.

The Palestinian Jihad Summer Camps

As the international community seeks ways to help the residents of the Gaza Strip after the recent war between Israel and Hamas, the leaders of the Palestinians are busy preparing the next generation for more hate and violence.
 

Russia Says Fired ‘Warning’ Shots at British Warship Near Crimea

A Russian fighter jet and border guard ship have fired “warning” shots at a British warship that the military said violated Russia’s borders in the Black Sea near annexed Crimea, the Defense Ministry told state media Wednesday in a claim Britain later denied.
 

Negative pressure ambulances DO NOT IMPROVE OUTCOME nor help improve the Covid-19 situation with large monetary consequences.

The College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine of Malaysia; the Malaysian Society of Anaesthesiologists and the Malaysian Society of Intensive Care would like to respond on the press statement by the Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, as reported by the Bernama News Agency on 20th June 2021 with regards to the purchase of 500 negative pressure ambulances to transport Covid-19 patients.

MyCC WELCOMES PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON ITS MARKET REVIEW FOR SELECTED TRANSPORTATION SECTORS IN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) is inviting the public, including relevant stakeholders, to take part in a public consultation on the ‘Market Review under the Competition Act 2010 for Selected Transportation Sectors in Malaysia (Port Logistics Ecosystem and Motor Vehicle Warranty)’ by contributing opinions, inputs, and feedback on the said market review.
 

US to pull Patriot batteries from key MidEast countries

The US is moving up to eight Patriot air defense batteries from key countries in the Middle East, according to a Wall Street Journal Report Friday. The report calls it a “major realignment” of the US military footprint, potentially affecting Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, key US partners in the region. This means it also could affect Israel. Air defense batteries are key to protecting countries against Iranian missiles and other threats.

Sexual harassment is rampant in Malaysian universities

With more allegations of sexual harassment, university authorities around Malaysia appear to be turning a blind eye towards what appears to be a growing incidence of sexual harassment throughout their respective institutions. This appears to be a growing problem, however very few statistics exist, and most cases are not reported.

Virtual Conference to Introduce Peace Activities Led by Global Citizens in the Pandemic Era

On May 25, 2021, HWPL's 8th Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of World Peace was held online and attended by around 3,000 people from 150 countries around the world. This event is held annually by an international peace NGO named Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) in association with its affiliated groups, International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG).
 

Biden’s way of slamming Beijing-Moscow relations is humiliating Russia

US President Joe Biden tried his best to drive a wedge between China and Russia during a press conference after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden said, "Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now" and Russia "is being squeezed by China." He also said that Russia has "a multi-thousand-mile border with China. China is moving ahead… seeking to be the most powerful economy in the world and the largest and the most powerful military in the world. You [Russia] are in a situation where your economy is struggling."
 

Biden’s way of slamming Beijing-Moscow relations is humiliating Russia

US President Joe Biden tried his best to drive a wedge between China and Russia during a press conference after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden said, "Russia is in a very, very difficult spot right now" and Russia "is being squeezed by China." He also said that Russia has "a multi-thousand-mile border with China. China is moving ahead… seeking to be the most powerful economy in the world and the largest and the most powerful military in the world. You [Russia] are in a situation where your economy is struggling."
 

Executives of Outspoken Hong Kong Newspaper Arrested

In a blow against Hong Kong’s press freedom, the government in Beijing showed its teeth with the arrest of five senior executives of Apple Daily, the popular anti-Beijing newspaper, and Next Digital, the Hong Kong-listed firm controlled by democracy advocate Jimmy Lai which operates the paper.
 

Tamat darurat, buka parlimen dan jangan derhaka ada titah Tuanku

1. Angkatan Wanita Amanah Negara (AWAN) menjunjung kasih titah Ke Bawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di-Pertuan Agong dan Majlis Raja-Raja Melayu atas kenyataan-kenyataan yang telah dikeluarkan kelmarin. Adalah  jelas dan tuntas disebut betapa  kerajaan PN yang ada pada hari ini telah gagal untuk mengawal bukan sahaja pandemik Covid-19 tetapi juga gagal mengurus ekonomi negara dan perpaduan sosial rakyat keseluruhan.

Germany's Failed Hezbollah Ban

One year after Germany banned Hezbollah from operating on its soil, the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist group's presence in Germany is stronger than ever.
 

Malaysian opposition leader questions government’s COVID-19 data

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s opposition leader has questioned the government’s transparency in sharing the COVID-19 data, contending that statistics released to the public does not tally with the recent drop in the number of daily cases.

Top Glove ousted from 3 ESG-friendly indexes

TOP Glove Corp Bhd has been removed from three ESG (environmental, social and governance) indexes – namely the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia, ASEAN 5 and Emerging Markets Index – following the June 2021 FTSE4Good Index Semi Annual Review.

Alleged Financial and operational Irregularities at MUIS

While MUIS officer Munir Hussein is still under investigation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation bureau (CPIB) and Singapore police commercial affairs department (CAD) relating to issues arising from the ministerial inquiry into foreign halal certification irregularities, another financial scandal is coming to light.

End the emergency, open Parliament and restore the country together

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society Organizations from various backgrounds are deeply concerned and concerned about the Covid-19 health crisis which has led to various negative implications on the economy and social of the masses.

Forget politics, focus on what needs to be done

OVER the last week, political pundits have been reporting the events and rumours around the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah calling up all political leaders one by one for meetings. With each meeting, there have been various proposals made for how Malaysia should be governed in the short-term, and stories of who will step aside for who, although some of these stories are deliberately misleading to confuse.

CME: Incentivising dietary supplements consumption can generate important healthcare savings

 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The Center for Market Education (CME) published a new policy paper titled Dietary Supplements in the Malaysian Context: Policy Recommendations for Enhancing Freedom of Choice and Healthcare Savings, authored by Benedict Weerasena (CME Fellow and Economist at Bait Al-Amanah), Dr Carmelo Ferlito (CME CEO) and Prof Paolo Bellavite (Professor – retired – of General Pathology at the University of Verona in Italy). The paper is available for free download here.  

‘Tawhidic-Singularity’ as a New Philosophy of Islam

One of the realties about Islam as it is represented today is that very few understand its meaning in a contemporary social context, let alone be able to apply it to the world that is organic, emotionally unstable, and constantly evolving as patterned by organised chaos and complexity.

MANUSIA DI MASA DEPAN

Pejam celik pejam celik, antara sedar atau tidak, kita sudah pun berada di tahun 2020. Pelbagai perubahan dapat dirasakan. Antaranya seperti kepesatan pembangunan penempatan penduduk setempat, pertambahan bilangan penduduk di sesebuah kawasan atau daerah, peningkatan jumlah kenderaan secara mendadak, kepesatan teknologi yang begitu drastik dan pelbagai lagi senario.

The Effect of Communist China on America's Clean Energy Plan

"The Middle East has oil, China has rare earths", Deng Xiaoping said in 1992. Nearly three decades later, the world is almost completely dependent on China for rare earth materials. They constitute key elements in large swaths of modern technology from consumer electronics to military equipment and green technology: Mobile phones, computers, fighter jets, guided missiles, solar panels, wind turbines and electric vehicles, among others. While demand is soaring, China is virtually their worldwide exclusive producer. "To extend Mr Deng's comparison, it is as if the Middle East not only sat on most of the world's oil but also, almost exclusively, refined it and then made products out of it," wrote The Economist in 2019.

Why Malaysian university research still has a long way to go

Malaysia is spending about 5.9% of GDP on education and 1.13% of GDP on research and development. However as at 2014, no Malaysian universities have made the top 100 of the THES global or Asian university rankings, or QS World University Rankings. This is in great contrast to universities with a similar start-up time frame in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, India, and even Saudi Arabia, making the top 100 in the Asian rankings over the last few years.

Three-month moratorium repayment for SKM subscribers

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--COOPERATIVES who subscribe to the Cooperative Commission of Malaysia (SKM) Revolving Capital Fund (TMPSKM) are eligible for a three-month moratorium repayment, said the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (Medac).

Arabs: Hamas and Iran Turned Gaza into Cemetery for Children

Hamas's claim that it "won" the last war with Israel has become the subject of ridicule and mockery by many Arabs who are not afraid to call out the Iranian-backed terrorist group for lying to the Palestinians and the rest of the world.

Why there is no academic freedom in Malaysia

The Malaysian Government is trying to develop the country into an education hub. Most universities seek awards of excellence and to get their institutions into the rankings.

What you need to know about the COVID-19 lab-leak hypothesis

Months after a World Health Organization investigation deemed it “extremely unlikely” that the novel coronavirus escaped accidentally from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, the idea is back in the news, giving new momentum to a hypothesis that many scientists believe is unlikely, and some have dismissed as a conspiracy theory.

China needs a voice that matches its national strength, international status: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China needs "to develop a voice in international discourse that matches China's comprehensive national strength and international status," as Chinese top leaders had a group study session on strengthening China's capacity for international communication on Monday, with experts saying China will not keep silent amid a stigmatization and propaganda warfare launched by the US and its allies, and China has the confidence to shape a more "reliable, admirable and respectable image."

We urgently need a 21-day total mobilisation campaign against Covid-19

In fighting this Covid-19 pandemic, we must first accept that we are at war. It is not something we can afford to take lightly. We must mobilise all resources to fight this war, and not to be distracted by anything else. If the response is not greater than the spread of the virus, Covid-19 wins and Malaysia loses.

Zafrul must lose his banker’s hat

One of the hallmarks of an emergency period are the vast powers placed in the hands of the government of the day. Vast, legal and constitutionally sanctioned powers.

Malaysia’s Border Problems

If land and sea borders are the nation’s doors, Malaysia’s doors seem wide open. Terrorism, piracy, smuggling, narcotics trade, human trafficking, and illegal immigrants are all major problems that need to be tackled at the country’s boundaries.

Reject reclamation, save our seas

Penang Forum has repeatedly called for the cancellation of the Penang South Reclamation (PSR) and we are heartened to hear a chorus of voices in support. Penang Forum is a broad coalition of non-governmental organisations working towards local democracy and sustainable development in Penang. 

The COVID antibody test might help us reach herd immunity faster

The authorities screened 188,000 migrant workers staying at 43 workers’ hostels in Singapore in the second quarter of 2020. The RT-PCR test was used to detect Covid-19 virus RNA in nasal-pharyngeal swabs and a blood test was done to screen for antibodies to Covid-19. 

Strategic Threats Do Not Sleep! Continue To Invest In Defence

In the midst of a “total lockdown” to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysians woke up to the shocking news of 16 People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft of China flying over Malaysian maritime zone airspace close to Sarawak on 31 May 2021. The PLAAF aircraft consisted of Ilyushin Il-76 and Xian Y-20 multi-role airlifters.

Covid-19 death toll could hit 26,000 by September

A study has found that the Covid-19 death toll in the country may reach up to a staggering 26,000 by September based on the current trajectory, said World Health Organization (WHO) science council member Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman.

Diana, Dodi and investigating deaths in custody

Some are mad with me because in my last post (link) I wrote that in Malaysia, it's the police who must investigate deaths in custody. They say the responsibility lies with coroners.

What Has Befallen Our Foreign Policy

Earlier today, FMT reported that the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) was deployed to intercept 16 of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force planes which had strayed into Malaysian waters just slightly north of Borneo.

Fighting Corruption Requires a Pandemic-like Response

What do corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common? They both have deep and wide-spread repercussions for development in all countries. If appropriate curtailment measures are not taken on time, the pandemic will rage across the entire population with its impact felt by future generations. 

One fatal mistake DAP keeps making over and over again

The DAP is so close to regaining power. The rakyat is extremely frustrated with disappointment after disappointment from the Perikatan Nasional government. But as they did in 2018, 2013 and even before the 2008 tsunami, they keep repeating the same mistake.

New direction and way forward for public transport in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--4PAM would like to take this opportunity to thank Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for his quick decision and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz for his equally quick action in terminating the services of Prasarana’s Non-Executive Chairman.

China’s Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Capability in the South China Sea

In August 2020, China fired what were reported to be anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) into the South China Sea. The missile firings were the second time that China launched such missiles into the disputed waters. The first occurred in June 2019, when China fired six ASBMs into the area.

Even with a Deal, the Mullahs Will Pursue Nukes

The argument that negotiating and reaching a nuclear deal with the mullahs of Iran will curb their nuclear ambitions and prevent the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear weapons is, sadly, a dangerous fantasy.

China cares for peace, not power vacuum in Kabul

As the US' withdrawal from Afghanistan continues, those in Washington opposing the military pullout are raising their voices. They have warned against the serious consequences for the region the US's "retrograde" could bring, including China, Russia and Iran filling a power vacuum in the war-torn country. 

IS SUBANG AIRPORT A LAND GRAB, ASSET STRIPPING OR CLOSING OF AN AIRPORT?

4PAM is shocked over the reports that have been appearing in the major newspapers on the purported Subang Airport takeover. 4PAM is extremely concerned that the Ministry of Transport (MOT) or the Government has not quashed such a rumour or denied receiving such a proposal.

Arabs: Hamas Does Not Care About Palestinian Suffering

While many in the West denounced Israel for its military strikes in the Gaza Strip over the past week, prominent Arab writers and political analysts held the Iranian-backed Hamas responsible for the violence and bloodshed.

Serve the flag not the regime

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--It is an open secret that the Malaysian civil service has been used and abused by successive governments over the past few decades, being a means for many a politician to advance his career, enrich himself or to strengthen the grip on power.

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Whatever may be the cause of the present flare-up of the pandemic, what must be accepted is that dealing with it, attempting to reduce the number of new cases will cost a lot of money.

Minister denies pushing for non-Orang Asli to head JAKOA

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--Malaysia’s Rural Development Ministry has denied attempting to place a nonindegenous or Orang Asli  as Director-General of its indegenous affairs department, following claims made by the country’s only indegenous Member of Parliament (MP).

Call for a return to MCO 1.0’s full lockdown: here are the figures

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--As we hit over 6,000 cases today, more and more are calling for the government to put into effect a full lockdown like what we saw last year during MCO 1.0. But how effective was MCO 1.0? If we refer to the figures released by the Ministry of Health, both MCO 1.0 and the loose MCO 2.0 have managed to reduce COVID-19 cases significantly.

Fighting Corruption Requires a Pandemic-like Response

What do corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic have in common? They both have deep and wide-spread repercussions for development in all countries. If appropriate curtailment measures are not taken on time, the pandemic will rage across the entire population with its impact felt by future generations. 

Trumpets and Tank Engines: A Turning Point in Gaza?

During an operation in Gaza last week, the Israel Defence Forces attacked a Hamas tunnel complex with 12 squadrons of 160 combat planes striking over 150 targets with hundreds of bunker-busting JDAMs [Joint Direct Attack Munitions] in less than an hour.

PROTECT THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF PALESTINE

As of May 16th, 2021, the death count in Gaza reached 150 casualties, with more than 1,000 injuries. What saddens me the most is that the casualties include at least 41 Palestinian children. As the violence is escalating between Israel and Gaza, the situation is becoming more terrifying for women and children. It is indeed heartbreaking to believe that nobody is taking a serious consideration of the mental and emotional effects for the women and children in Palestine.

Power and Corruption within Malaysia’s Leadership

Former Attorney General Tommy Thomas in his recent book, “My Story: Justice in the Wilderness,” suggested that big-time corruption in the Malaysian polity sprang up during the Tun Abdul Razak era – 1970-1976 – that a secret or covert space in government appeared, out of sight of any scrutiny.

Statement on Crisis in Palestine

The ongoing conflict between the Zionist regime of  Israel and Palestinians is of gravest concern as it is likely to further ignite the Middle East.

Scientists claim COVID-19 lab leak still cannot be disproved

The origin of the novel coronavirus is still unclear and the theory that it was caused by a laboratory leak needs to be taken seriously until there is a rigorous data-led investigation that proves it wrong, a group of leading scientists said.

How Israel’s Iron Dome intercepts rockets

In the conflict between Israel and Palestine, both sides have taken to air strikes and rocket attacks. On Tuesday evening, videos on social media showed rockets fired from Gaza being intercepted by the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system. It appeared that the rockets were hitting an invisible shield.

Nigerian Army Repels Boko Haram Attack on Maiduguri

MAIDUGURI, BORNO STATE--Many residential houses were burnt, children and women were still missing as the Nigerian Army repelled Boko Haram Terrorist’s attempts to infiltrate the city of Maiduguri in Borno state, Northeast Nigerian on Tuesday.

IDEAS calls for predictability and better coordination in government pandemic management in light of new MCO

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) has called for more predictability and better coordination in the Malaysian government’s current pandemic response to ensure Malaysia’s recovery from the pandemic, in light of the announcement made Monday by the Prime Minister expanding the current Movement Control Order (MCO) to the whole of the country from May 12th to June 7th.

China Aims to Become the World's Leading Space Power by 2045

Shortly after becoming president in March 2013, Xi Jinping made his ambitions for China's space power clear. "Developing the space program and turning the country into a space power is the space dream that we have continuously pursued", he said.

US' fussiness over China's rocket debris is low ploy

Debris from China's Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket landed in the Indian Ocean at 10:24 am Beijing time, west of the Maldives archipelago. Some US authorities and media outlets previously smeared that China's rocket debris was falling back to Earth "in an uncontrolled re-entry" and that China was "irresponsible." Their hype and smears were in vain.

Anti-China alliance coalescing in South China Sea

MANILA – Major powers are wading deeper into the South China Sea in a series of moves that promise to rile China while answering US calls for like-minded nations to counter jointly Beijing’s rising assertiveness in the crucial and contested maritime area.  

Iran's 'Drug Terrorism' Against Arabs

While Israel is seeking to dissuade the Biden administration from rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran -- currently the subject of indirect negotiations in Vienna -- Tehran's mullahs and their Lebanese Hezbollah terror proxy are busy drowning the Arab countries with drugs.

U.S. expands propaganda campaign into academic front

KUALA LUMPUR (April 15)--After a poor showing with its media campaign against China, the declining U.S. hegemon has now taken aim at academics, seeking to offer money in exchange for propaganda material to fuel the fires of hatred against China.

Malaysian court upholds fine on e-services provider MyEG

KUALA LUMPUR (May 3)--Malaysia’s Court of Appeal upheld a 9.64 million ringgit (2.35 million U.S. dollars) penalty on e-services provider MyEG for violating competition law and having a dominant position in relation to the sale of mandatory insurance for online applications of temporary employment permits for foreign workers.

Anger, frustration as Malaysia expected to begin 3rd lockdown

KUALA LUMPUR (May 2)--The looming possibility of another movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia’s parts of Malaysia has caused many to vent their frustrations over what they called poor planning and last minute announcements that are taking a toll on the economy.

Washington’s Cold War Appeasement of Turkey is Coming to an End

After Turkey spent millions of dollars in lobbying over many decades to prevent Washington recognising the Armenian Genocide, U.S. President Joe Biden finally uttered the word genocide in the first and last sentence of a four paragraph press release posted on Saturday:

𝐓𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐆𝐄𝟏𝟓 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧

Sdri Gan Peck Cheng shared with us earlier that the state committee to be elected in this upcoming state convention would be Johor DAP’s 20th. Johor DAP has braved the political ups and downs for the past 50 over years and we are confident that it will continue to flourish under a strong leadership, even in the current flux.

Examining the Xinjiang genocide allegations

The US-led western campaign to sanction China based on their claim that China is committing genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang is a serious allegation that thus far cannot be taken at face value.

Turkey’s banks shy away from Erdogan’s ‘crazy’ canal

Some of Turkey’s biggest banks are reluctant to finance President Tayyip Erdogan’s planned Istanbul canal due to environmental concerns and the investment risks hanging over the massive construction project, four senior bankers told Reuters.

Malays too want a “clean, fair and caring” government

One of the most often cited excuses by the political conspirators behind the Sheraton coup, including Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his clique, is that the Pakatan Harapan equation falls short when it comes to the share of Malay support.

Malaysian media organisations decry “vaccine favouritism”

BANGKOK (April 27)--The National Union of Journalists Peninsular Malaysia (NUJ) has decried what it described as “leakages” after it emerged that members of a certain media outlet were vaccinated against COVID-19 even while other media personnel have yet to receive their shots.

PEJUANG: Using KWAN is result of poor economic management

KUALA LUMPUR (April 25)--Dipping into the 16.9 billion billion ringgit National Trust Fund (KWAN) is the result of poor management of the economy by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, a Pejuang central committee member said on Sunday.

Resurrecting 1st Fleet: US Navy explores Indian Ocean options

China's intentions over the Taiwan Strait dominated the conversation when the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's head Adm. Philip Davidson testified on Capitol Hill last month. But a little noticed exchange during the House Armed Services Committee hearing touched on a topic that could have wide implications on the Indo-Pacific.

Vietnam’s economy to keep growing solidly with new leaders

KUALA LUMPUR (April 13)--As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, Vietnam has emerged as Asia’s shining star, turning in one of the best economic performances in 2020 even as economies worldwide are struggling with sluggish growth and uncertainty.

DAP’s identity crisis

Those of us who are old enough remember a time when the DAP was a very different party; Chinese centric grumpy old men dominated. Barely anybody spoke English and Malay, outside Karpal’s little Penang gang.

Politicizing Xinjiang won’t help stamp out extremism in the West

A history teacher was beheaded on Friday in a street in a Paris suburb after he discussed caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad with his class, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Saturday. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an "Islamist terrorist attack" and urged the nation to stand united against extremism, the AP reported. Some two weeks ago on October 2, Macron announced in a speech plans for tougher laws to tackle "Islamist separatism."

As of today, less than 3 percent of Malaysians have been vaccinated against Covid-19

While the Coordinating Minister has blamed rich countries for cornering the market and thus limiting Malaysia's access to vaccine supply, I have been informed that several state governments, private businesses and foundations, responding to the government's incompetence in handling the pandemic, have sought to procure their own supply of NPRA approved vaccines.

City planning expert urges government to save historical school

KUALA LUMPUR (April 19)--City planning expert Derek Fernandez has urged the government  to intervene in the Convent Bukit Nanas issue ahead of a hearing for the school’s judicial review application to challenge the Department of Lands and Mines decision not to extend its land lease.

Vietnam’s economy to keep growing solidly with new leaders

KUALA LUMPUR (April 13)--As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, Vietnam has emerged as Asia’s shining star, turning in one of the best economic performances in 2020 even as economies worldwide are struggling with sluggish growth and uncertainty.

Government Contract Cartel: Civil Servants Betrayal

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) commends and lauds the Malaysian Anti- Corruption Commission’s impartial and meticulous efforts in uncovering and busting the government contract cartel reportedly headed by a wealthy and powerful Datuk.

G25: Religious bills put Malaysia’s religious harmony in jeopardy

G25 is concerned over reports that the Perikata Nasional government's plans to table in Parliament a bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) and a bill on the Control and Restriction on the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions.

Where are Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh?

Two years ago, on 3 April 2019, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) concluded that the alleged Shiite activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh were disappeared by the Special Branch of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

Rakyat Malaysia tolak keganasan pemerintah tentera Myanmar

KUALA LUMPUR – 31 MAC 2021: Masyarakat sivil di Malaysia menyatakan bantahan mereka dengan jelas terhadap keganasan yang dilakukan oleh pemerintah tentera Myanmar ke atas rakyat Myanmar yang berprotes secara aman untuk menuntut demokrasi.

When any Tom, Dick and Harry is appointed Mayor

KUALA LUMPUR (March 11)--This is 2021 and the expectations and aspirations of the Rakyat are far, far more developed than the way things were in Kuala Lumpur achieved city status on 1 February 1972.

Local authorities must not deny "meaningful participation"

KUALA LUMPUR (March 8)--Residents seeking to object to development projects impacting them and their quality of life must be given full disclosure in order for them to participate in the public objection process in a meaningful way.

“Rakyat’s money used against the Rakyat!”

KUALA LUMPUR (March 2)--Recent news that Kuala Lumpur Mayor Mahadi Che Ngah is seeking to reverse the Court of Appeal’s decision quashing City Hall’s development order in Taman Rimba Kiara (TRK), has drawn the ire of the Selamatkan Kuala Lumpur or Save KL Coalition.

Jasa PDRM sentiasa dikenang rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR (Mac 2)--CAGED percaya bahawa badan penguatkuasaan polis yang baik adalah penting untuk menjamin ketenteraman masyarakat. Namun begitu, CAGED turut sedar bahawa tangunggjawab ini bukan mudah.

Rumours of more defections after rep quits Warisan

KOTA KINABALU: Speculation is mounting that further defections might take place from Warisan after one of its assemblyman quit the party and pledged support for the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government yesterday.

Does Warisan have staying power?

By Jocelyn Nya

KOTA KINABALU (Feb 26)--Warisan saw another defection on Thursday, thinning down its 21 seats in the Sabah state legislative assembly by one after Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir today announced he has quit Warisan and declared himself an independent who backs the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) ruling coalition.

Warisan rep quits party, pledges support for GRS

KOTA KINABALU: Sebatik assemblyman Hassan A Gani Pg Amir today announced he has quit Warisan and declared himself an independent who backs the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) ruling coalition.

Malaysia court halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals amid outcry

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (Reuters) - A Malaysian court has allowed a temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar nationals scheduled to be sent back to their strife-torn homeland on Tuesday, after rights groups petitioned to say deportation could endanger their lives.

Muhyiddin throws ultimatum at Umno

UMNO leaders have been rather secretive about what went on at their supreme council meeting in Janda Baik last Friday (Feb 19).

Sugarbook: Treating the symptoms not the cause will only fail

KUALA LUMPUR(Feb 22)--The recent controversy surrounding the "Sugarbook" dating platform is yet another example of how government overreach in Malaysia fails to address the core issue and instead gets caught up in biased sentiments.

M-League, MHL to begin next month

KUALA LUMPUR: The wait is almost over for football and hockey fans in Malaysia now that the Malaysia League (M-League) and Malaysia Hockey League (MHL) are set to be held next month.

Inspirational Jones comfortable on big stage

MELBOURNE: Francesca Jones' heart-warming Grand Slam debut ended in defeat Tuesday, but the Australian Open qualifier believes she has arrived on the big stage.

Bursa turns red before CNY, regional bourses rise

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia gave up early gains to close lower today, succumbing to selling pressure, and bucked the regional trend as investors turned cautious ahead of the Chinese New Year celebration at the end of this week.

Ringgit opens higher against US dollar at opening

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher versus the US dollar on Tuesday, extending Monday’s gains on continued demand for the local note, supported by surging crude oil prices.

Trump’s impeachment trial kicks off with harrowing riot footage

WASHINGTON: US senators viewed a harrowing video from the storming of Congress by Donald Trump’s supporters at the start of his historic second impeachment trial Tuesday before the defence team branded the procedure unconstitutional and threatening to “tear this country apart”.

Myanmar anti-coup protests resume despite bloodshed

YANGON: Protesters returned to the streets of Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday after the most violent day yet in demonstrations against a coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy under elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Don’t rely on US virus intelligence, WHO mission says

WUHAN: A member of the WHO mission to China exploring the origins of the coronavirus pandemic took a swipe Wednesday at US intelligence on the issue, after the State Department cast doubt on the transparency of their probe.

Two sectors record the most cases

PENANG recorded a total of 912 Covid-19 cases since last week with 624 cases (68.4%) involving locals and the other 288 (31.6%) were foreigners.