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Why 2016 Was Not The Worst Year Ever

While many of us eagerly anticipated the start of the new year, one that would bring a clean slate for all that looked forward to new beginnings and an abundance of opportunity, many of us may have neglected to rejoice in some of the most significant moments of 2016 that were just as groundbreaking as they were heart warming. Starting from the very first month, a period of transition that gave momentum for the rest of the year to unfold, each month to follow brought a series of events that made for some of the most talked about viral news stories in history. From viral stories of the UK to viral stories of the US, award winners to those that had the fortune of making the Forbes list, ’16 had just as much controversy as it did celebratory moments. So, is 2016 the worst year ever? After a th...

Theft attempt at surau: unemployed man jailed

PETALING JAYA, Nov 25 — An unemployed man was sentenced to two months' jail by the Magistrate's Court here today for attempting to steal from a donation box at a surau here last Tuesday. Magistrate Zaki Asyraf Zubir handed down the sentence on Muhammad Saidina Mohd Asri, 18, who pleaded guilty to the charge. Muhammad Saidina, together with a 14-year-old boy, were charged with attempting to steal money from a donation box at Surau Nurul Hidayah, Taman Batu 3, Jalan Berlian, Subang Jaya here at 2.45 am last Nov 22. The boy also pleaded guilty to the charge, but deputy public prosecutor Saphirra Selamat, who prosecuted, requested his case to be transferred to the Children's Court as he was an under-age, and requested bail of RM1,000. Following which, the court set bail of RM500...

Malaysians abroad shouldn’t speak ill of country, says High Commissioner

LONDON, Nov 25 — Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Datuk Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi said Malaysians abroad, including those who disagree with the government, should never speak ill of their country. “There will always be room for disagreement but one shouldn’t misuse this freedom (to dissent) to misrepresent the country or tarnish its image,” he said. He said that Malaysians had a lot to thank for despite the hard times. They were far better off than people in most developing countries, he added. Ahmad Rasidi said there were almost 18,000 Malaysian students in the United Kingdom, most whom were not funded by the government. “It just goes to show that many Malaysians are successful in their business or their line of work to the extent that they can afford to send their children ove...

Calanolide a compound from Bintangor tree shows promising results in treating HIV

KUCHING, Nov 25 — Very promising results have been achieved in clinical trials using the improved Calanolide A compound derived from the Bintangor tree (Calophyllum lanigerum var austrocoriaceum) in the treatment of HIV. State Assistant Minister of Science Research and Biotechnology Dr Annuar Rapaee said the trials were done in the Sarawak General Hosptial here and in Penang. “With these results, the state Crop Research and Unit Application (Craun) has prepared a paper to the state cabinet and to request for funds to appoint a consultant to conduct market intelligence and out-licensing exercise,” he said. He was replying to supplementary questions from Hazland Abang Hipni (BN-Demak Laut) at the state Legislative Assembly sitting here today. Craun, which is managing the Calanolide A project...

Rafizi resigns as PKR sec-gen following OSA verdict

PETALING JAYA, Nov 25 — Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli today resigned as PKR secretary-general following uncertainty over his political future due to a guilty verdict under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced today that former secretary general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution will take charge as secretary-general again effective tomorrow. Rafizi was sentenced for 18 months in jail by the Sessions Court after being convicted on two counts under OSA on November 14. He has appealed the decision at the High Court. MORE TO COME

Courage needed for women to fly, says Captain Zephina

SEPANG, Nov 25 — While breaking through the glass ceiling in aviation, which was once a male-dominated aviation industry, is never easy, one should not disregard the female's strength and ability to do so. AirAsia Bhd's pilot, Captain Zephina Khanam Mohd Jasbir, 31, said for women to be able to assert themselves in the workplace, they should have the courage and being adaptable in the working environment. "Experience builds character. Initially, it might be uncomfortable to work with men. "Eventually, we become friends and then you build your reputation and it will be nicer to work," she said in a session to share her experience with 120 secondary students at the Asian Aviation Centre of Excellence here today. The programme is part of AirAsia's corporate socia...

Tajuddin’s son, Parliament rioters arrested

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — Police have arrested the son of Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and nine others over an attempt to attack a federal lawmaker in the Parliament compound yesterday. The arrests were confirmed by Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh, who also said one woman surrendered over the incident. “All those arrested will be investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting,” he said in a statement. He also urged members of the public with evidence or information regarding the attempted attack on Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad to come forward. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday said the authorities viewed the incident gravely. A group claiming to be from the Pasir Salak Umno division yesterday sought to accost Khalid as he tried to enter ...

Zahid says he is ‘101 per cent loyal’ to Najib, Umno

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has said he is 101 per cent loyal to Datuk Seri Najib Razak and is always ready to help the Prime Minister and Umno president in the government and party. The Deputy Prime Minister and Umno vice-president said that tasked with discharging the duties of Umno deputy president, he had to be with the president in safeguarding the party and addressing all challenges. Ahmad Zahid said he was not too concerned about his position in the party as he left it to Allah (God) to determe the course of his political career. “I just eat from the plate in front of me, the rice and dishes served to me. I will not go to other tables to help myself to the rice and dishes, even if I don’t have enough food. “This means that I have to respect the existing i...

Lawyer hails landmark sedition ruling as a win for free speech

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 ― The Court of Appeal's landmark decision today on a provision in the Sedition Act is a “victory” for the protection of free speech in Malaysia, a lawyer said today. Lawyer N. Surendran, who represented PKR's Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei in the successful constitutional challenge against a Sedition Act clause, said that the court decision bolsters Malaysians' right to freedom of speech. “It's a great day for freedom of speech for all of us. It upholds and strengthens the right to free speech contained in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted today. “It's a victory for freedom of speech and constitutionalism and rule of law,” he added. Surendran said today's decision will affect all sedition cases in Mala...

Boy again loses bid to be Malaysian, must pay costs

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 ― An eight-year-old boy has once more lost in his two-year legal battle to be granted Malaysian citizenship. The boy's lawyer, Annou Xavier, said the matter was decided by High Court judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad in chambers. “His application today has been dismissed at a cost of RM4,000, to be paid to the defendant, the government. “The judge gave very brief grounds, very brief, not formal grounds. One of the grounds is that the minister who decides the status of citizenships has a discretion to give or not to give,” he told reporters outside the courtroom. The minister in question is the home minister. Annou later said he will confer his client on whether to appeal the decision. The boy's legal fight for citizenship began two years ago, when his adopted father...

Malaysia’s Oct inflation rate at 1.4pc y/y, slightly below forecast, data shows

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 ― Malaysia's consumer price index increased 1.4 per cent in October from a year earlier, slightly slower than the previous month's pace, government data showed today. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast inflation to remain unchanged at 1.5 per cent for the third month in a row. Data from the Statistics Department showed increase in prices for food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tobacco and housing, which were offset by lower transport and communication costs. Annual inflation reached a seven-year peak of 4.2 per cent in February, but has since moderated as the effects of a goods and services tax imposed in April 2015 fade. Earlier this month, Malaysia's central bank said inflation had moderated to 1.3 per cent in the third quarter. ― Berna...

Court rules Sedition Act clause breaches constitutional right to free speech

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 25 ― The Court of Appeal today decided that a clause in the Sedition Act is unconstitutional, a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for the law regularly used against government critics. The court reportedly said Section 3(3) of the Sedition Act violated the Federal Constitution's Article 10, which guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression. According to The Star's news site, the Court of Appeal panel said that intention to commit sedition must be shown in each case, whereas proving intent was not previously necessary to convict under the colonial-era law. The Court of Appeal's decision today is in favour of PKR's Seri Muda assemblyman Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, who had in September 2014 mounted a constitutional challenge against th...