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Beyond sunshine and laughter (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
Sunway Group hosted a shopping spree for some 300 children from eight orphanages located in Selangor, ferrying all the children to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall to pick out their own “baju raya” for Hari Raya Aidilftri. It was a day of fun and smiles as about 250 Sunway Group employees volunteered to help the children pick out their festive attire, each child allocated RM220. With their festive wardrobe seen to, it was over to Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, where the young guests got to put their creative minds together to decorate red velvet cupcakes and participate in craft activities. The children were then accompanied by the volunteers to break fast at the hotel and in the company of not just anyone but HRH Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, Tengku Norashikin Abdul Rahman. The princess presented cookies and duit raya to the children. Also present at the event was Sunway Group deputy chairman Tan Sri Razman Hashim who looked on with delight. “We have been doing this for our Raya celebration every year for 17 years without fail,” said Razman. “It is nice to see the faces of the children. I am glad about the volunteers. I don’t need to ask them (employees). Every time we say we want to do something for the children, everybody comes forth eagerly,” he said, pleased and proud of the Sunway workforce. Among the employee volunteers was Mira Nordin who accompanied 10-year-old Noorliza Zulkifli in selecting her baju raya. The child chose a purple coloured dress, along with shoes, while another boy, called Wafi from Rumah Anak- Anak Yatim in Kuang was happy to show off his preferred selection in lime green. The lucky eight repicient homes this year comprised Pertubuhan Kebajikan Ehsan Ash-Shakur, Rumah Kebajikan Anak Yatim Al-Munirah, Rumah Amal Baitul, Persatuan Rumah Anak Yatim Damai Kuang, Rahoma Darul Fakir, Rumah Kasih Harmoni, Pertubuhan Amal Rumah Anak Yatim dan Hidayah Al-Hijrah and Rumah Amal Al-Firdaus. They were handpicked by SAY Community and Lembaga Zakat Selangor. The undertaking is part of the “#sunwayforgood Raya Cheer 2018” project aimed to reach out to 4,500 individuals. It included the distribution of 4,000 containers of “bubur lambuk” at several locations in May and an endeavour to donate groceries to 40 families at seven villages in Kuala Langat and Sepang.
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FIFA opens case as Mexican FA asks fans to stop homophobic chant (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
Moscow (dpa) - FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against Mexico after fans used a homophobic chant in their World Cup win over Germany, the ruling body said on Monday. An anti-discrimination observer contributed to a report from match delegates which was sent to FIFA, who could now levy a fine. Mexico's own football federation has urged Mexican fans in Russia to stop the chant. Shouts of "Puto" were heard during Mexico's 1-0 victory over Joachim Loew's world champions on Sunday in Moscow. The term is a homophobic insult in Mexican Spanish and is aimed at opposition players. "Prevent Russia from taking away your Fan ID or arresting you," the Mexican federation said on Twitter. "Think about the fact that you are a representative of the best fans in the world." Supporters in Russia must have a Fan ID to access matches and it is used instead of a visa. FIFA already warned Mexico about the issue during last year's Confederations Cup, also in Russia.
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North Korea's Kim visiting China Tuesday and Wednesday: State media (Updated) (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
BEIJING: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China on Tuesday and Wednesday, state broadcaster CCTV said, a week after his unprecedented summit with US President Donald Trump. CCTV did not say whether Kim had arrived in Beijing, but security lined the freeway leading to the city's airport Tuesday morning as authorities prepared for his arrival. The trip will be Kim's third to China since March when he made his inaugural foreign trip as leader. An AFP reporter in Pyongyang said the only scheduled international flight – an Air Koryo plane to Beijing – had been briefly delayed for no apparent reason, which often happens when Kim travels. Kim is seeking relief from economic sanctions in return for his pledge to denuclearise and is believed to be seeking support from China for that, Japan's Nikkei business daily said in a dispatch from Beijing. Following the historic US-North Korea summit in Singapore a week ago, China suggested the UN Security Council could consider easing the economic punishment of its Cold War-era ally. China was not a direct player in the negotiations in Singapore but retains strong influence behind the scenes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rushed to Beijing to brief Chinese President Xi Jinping and other top leaders soon after the Trump-Kim meeting. In a joint statement following the Singapore summit, Kim pledged to "work toward the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula." Trump hailed this as a concession but critics said the stock phrase long used by Pyongyang stopped short of longstanding US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way. In return, Trump said he would stop joint military drills with South Korea, long seen as a provocation by Pyongyang and Beijing. On Tuesday, the US and South Korean militaries confirmed they have called off upcoming joint exercises following Trump's order. — AFP
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North and South Korea agree to send joint team to Asian Games (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
Seoul (dpa) - Representatives for North and South Korea have agreed to the formation of a joint team for the upcoming Asian Games, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reports. The agreement, which came after a meeting in the border town of Panmunjon, continues the sporting cooperation between the two countries after North Korea's participation in the South Korean-hosted 2018 Winter Olympics. The combined "Korea" team will march together under a unified flag for the opening ceremony - a repeat of the same gesture from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The Asian Games take place in Indonesia this August, with the unified team set to be used for certain sports at the event. "We will try to materialize the spirit and principles agreed between high-level officials of South and North Korea with the belief that sports can act as a guide for better inter-Korean exchanges," said Jeon Choong-ryul, secretary general of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, to reporters in Seoul. Cooperation in sport is part of the agreements made by North and South Korea after a summit between the leaders of the two countries in late April.
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Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms: Study (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
UNITED NATIONS, United States: Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40% of the world's firearms, a new study said Monday. There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85% of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, according to the Small Arms Survey. The survey, produced by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, says it bases its estimates based on multiple sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and survey results in 56 countries. Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, 393 million are in the United States - more than all of the firearms held by ordinary citizens in the other top 25 countries combined. "The biggest force pushing up gun ownership around the world is civilian ownership in the United States," said Aaron Karp, one of the authors of the report which compiles new data from the last ten years. "Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year," Karp told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York. Americans have access to powerful firearms that are not available in many other countries due to tighter legislation. "Why are they buying them? That's another debate. Above all, they are buying them probably because they can. The American market is extraordinarily permissive," he said. Gun ownership rates vary across the world, with 121 firearms for every 100 residents in the United States compared to 53 in Yemen, 39 in Montenegro, and 35 in Canada. Japan and Indonesia are at the other end of the spectrum with less than one firearm per 100 people. Only 28 countries released information on their military stockpiles while 28 nations offered information on the firearms owned by law enforcement agencies. Civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories. — AFP
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Believe in your own ability to succeed: Chong Wei (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR: National badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei said the success of a player depends on his own desire and fighting spirit, even though various facilities are there to raise the best badminton players. Chong Wei, when met said junior players such as Lee Zii Jia, Soong Joo Ven and Leong Jun Hao were among the next generation of players with great potential but if they have no mission and vision in their badminton career, all the advantages would go to waste. The triple Olympic silver medallist said lanky 20-year-old Zii Jia at 186cm tall has a bright future if he keeps his focus on the game. "I am confident that whoever works hard in training and studies the technical game of senior players as well as world leading players, will be able to join the ranks of the world's top 10 players in two to three years. "Give them time. I know these young players are aware of what they want in their badminton career. Badminton is a skill sport. If players have skills, talent and diligence, they can succeed," he said after a training session at Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara. Based on world rankings as at May 31, the gap between Chong Wei, ranked 7th with Lee Zii Jia who is ranked 45th is very wide while Joo Ven (59th) and June Hao (77th) are further away. Based on his own experience, Chong Wei, 36, said he would go all out in all matches regardless of the outcomes of the game. "Even from my younger days, I have been taught to play my best. I did not think of targets or have high hopes but I took my games seriously. "The results maybe a win or a defeat but I am used to criticisms, win or lose," he said. Chong Wei said the younger players should consider themselves lucky because at the age of 19, they were already selected to represent the Thomas Cup team and fielded against superb players from Denmark, Japan and Indonesia. When he was 19, Chong Wei said he could only watch his seniors play from the spectator bench but he took the opportunity to study the skills of the great players during that time. Chong Wei said young players who were fielded during the Thomas Cup should learn the technics and latest trend of badminton from the games in Bangkok recently. "They should be aware young players such as Viktor Axelsen, Kento Momota, as well as many others from Denmark, Japan, Indonesia, China are their challengers, so observe your competitors' game to stay on top of them," he said. — Bernama
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Govt transparency, accountability beneficial to foreign investors, says analyst (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign investors should understand that the government's stance on transparency and accountability will benefit their investments here, says Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute Senior Adviser for International Affairs Dr Oh Ei Sun. He said investors should realise that the government was trying its best to be truthful and realistic on the country's true financial situation, which was covered up by the previous administration. "The tremendous amount of guarantees and obligations undertaken surreptitiously by the previous administration resulted in most of the proceeds either being siphoned away for private gains through ingenious nefarious international financial methods. "So, foreign investors should be thankful to the government for leaving no stone unturned when it comes to kleptocratic undertakings," he told Bernama News Channel today in response to claims that statements by both Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Economic Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali failed to instil confidence in the Malaysian economy, prevent investors from pulling out their funds or encourage more investments into the country. They said Lim's statement on the previous government's financial data was inaccurate and Azmin's remarks to foreign media that the country's economy was in a mess would drive away investors. "Foreign investors must make a clear distinction between the current government's revelation of the true and difficult financial situation which resulted from the concealed excesses of the previous administration on one hand and the strong economic fundamentals of the country, as a whole, on the other. "They should not confuse between the two and summarily rate Malaysia negatively when it comes to investment choices as otherwise, it will be to their own detriment by failing to participate in perhaps the latest and greatest economic renaissance story in Southeast Asia," the analyst said. — Bernama
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Trump wants to dominate space, Moon and Mars (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump boasted Monday of the US commercial space industry's deep wallet and enterprising spirit, and vowed US dominance in exploration of the Moon and Mars, as well as any future space race. "America will always be the first in space," Trump said during a speech at the White House. "We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led," he added. "My administration is reclaiming America's heritage as the world's greatest space-faring nation." The US president called for the Pentagon to create a new America "Space Force" that would become the sixth branch of the American military but requires Congressional approval to take effect. The idea, which Trump has floated before, has stoked controversy at the Pentagon and among lawmakers. "We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal," Trump said. At the Pentagon, spokeswoman Dana White said "our policy board will begin working on this issue, which has implications for intelligence operations for the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. "Working with Congress, this will be a deliberate process with a great deal of input from multiple stakeholders," White added. The creation of a new branch of the military cannot happen from one day to the next, as Congress would have to pass a law authorising it first. House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith, a Democrat, said "any change of this kind would have to be legislated by Congress". "If President Trump wants to make such a change within the military services, he should come discuss his proposal with us," he added. 'Rich guys like rockets' Since his election, Trump has repeatedly vowed to send people back to the Moon for the first time since 1972, in preparation for the first human missions to Mars in the coming decades. "When it comes to defending America it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space," Trump said. He has also promised fewer regulations, so as to speed up the process private industries must go through before launching a rocket or satellite. The US commercial space sector is booming, while Nasa has shifted from its role as a launcher of rockets during the Apollo era (1961-1972) and the space shuttle era (1981-2011) to mainly a client. The US space agency has contracted SpaceX and Orbital ATK to ferry supplies to the International Space Station since 2012. Nasa has been unable to send astronauts to space since the shuttle programme ended in 2011, and relies on Russian Soyuz spaceships in the meantime. SpaceX and Boeing are expected to start regular astronaut missions to low-Earth orbit next year. Trump wants to privatise the ISS after 2025, another controversial notion in Congress, in order to spend more money on Nasa and returning astronauts to the Moon. "This time we will establish a long-term presence," Trump said. Nasa is working on its most powerful rocket ever, called the Space Launch System, or SLS, to launch astronauts and their equipment to the Moon and one day, Mars. The US space agency also wants to build a lunar outpost. But private industry will have a role in that, too. Nasa has already sought out mission concepts for delivering materials to the surface of the Moon. "Rich guys seem to like rockets," Trump said. "As long as it's an American rich person, that's good, they can beat us." Meanwhile, Trump has signed two directives – one that transfers certain powers from the Pentagon to the Commerce Department, including the regulation of private satellites. Another directive on space traffic management is aimed at boosting public-private monitoring of objects in orbit so as to avoid collisions and debris strikes. A White House statement said the move "seeks to reduce the growing threat of orbital debris to the common interest of all nations". The Defence Department says there are 20,000 pieces of space debris and 800 operational US satellites circling Earth, a number that grows every year. — AFP
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Smells like team spirit (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
LOH KHEEN HO got into cheerleading by chance, and decided to make it his career after two semesters doing a foundation programme in a local college. Initially, his parents were not pleased, but they eventually came around when it was apparent that Loh was not ‘going through a phase’. The 29-year-old co-founded professional cheerleading company Cheer Aces in 2010 (with partner Heng Li Yen) and currently serves as director of the company. He devotes much of his time coaching cheerleading teams in local schools, as well as overseeing the more professional team Cheer Aces all Stars. Loh obviously choose a very different career path but he is having a good time doing what he does. Cheer Aces has won several national and international awards over the years. This includes at the Varsity Korea 2012 All-Girl Group Stunt (level 6) where they emerged as champions; and local cheerleading Charm Cheerleading Championships, where they regularly won many awards. We caught up with Loh during a recent training session at SMK Bandar Utama 4. How did you get into cheerleading? It all started when I was in Form Three. I was chasing this girl, and she was in the cheerleading team. So I became a member. We eventually became friends but cheerleading became a sport that I really got interested in. Before that I was a basketball player, and I was the captain of the school team when I was in Form One and Form Two. When I got into cheerleading I stopped all other sports. Cheerleading is unique because it combines elements of sports and different skills rolled into one. Where did you start teaching cheerleading? I started by teaching a house cheer team at Seri KDU. That house team (yellow house) never won the school games before. That year they became the champions. I taught at schools only until I was about 22 or 23. After that I formed a company that provides coaching services, camps and music. After that, I formed my own team Cheer Aces All Stars which comprised students who graduated high school and joined us. We take part in national level, as well as international level competitions. How many people are there in Cheer Aces All Stars now? We used to have more than 70 people. Malaysia actually has a cheerleading governing body called CHARM. They have rules and regulations about who can and cannot take part. So our team has shrunk to about 30 people. Are all the members of Cheer Aces All Stars full-time cheerleaders? Well some of them are and the others who hold full-time jobs train with us at night after working hours. How many schools do you coach? We have 11 schools and 15 teams. (Most of the schools are in Klang Valley but he also coaches schools in Melaka and Ipoh.) What qualities must a cheerleader have? For cheerleading you must have endurance, determination and a strong mindset. You must be very determined to catch a flier (the person who is tossed into the air), hit the stunt, and also trust your teammates. What do you think of the reality shows that revolve around cheerleading? I feel that drama is scripted. In reality we don't have these problems, because we educate the team members not to bring their personal issues here and to work as a team. What are your future plans? Expand the cheerleading scene to make it bigger. It will definitely catch on.
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Chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion shot dead at 20 (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
XXXTENTACION, the troubled 20-year-old rapper whose bleak, self-released rhymes propelled him to the top of the US chart this year, was shot dead Monday in Florida, authorities said. The rapper, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy, was gunned down in broad daylight near a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach north of Miami, the Broward County sheriff's department said. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. XXXTentacion becomes one of the biggest names in hip-hop to be killed in recent years after a slew of slayings in the 1990s. A spokesman for the sheriff's department declined to give further details and a representative for XXXTentacion did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The celebrity news site TMZ, quoting audio from a dispatch call to the sheriff's department, said that two assailants in hoodies, with the gunman in a red mask, stole a Louis Vuitton bag from the rapper's vehicle and sped away in a black SUV. A Florida native identifiable for his spiked-up dreadlocks, XXXTentacion found a wide following by uploading songs on sharing site SoundCloud, with a dark, often muffled style of hip-hop full of lyrics about his depression and past crime. Without any promotion in traditional terms, his second album, entitled ?, debuted at the top of the Billboard album chart in March. XXXTentacion's success triggered controversy due to a past that is violent even by the standards of the rap world. Around the time of his latest album's release, he was being released from house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of beating up his pregnant ex-girlfriend. Spotify last month singled out XXXTentacion as part of a policy not to promote songs by artists known for "harmful or hateful" behavior, but the leading streaming service backed down after charges that it had overstepped its role over vague criteria. — AFP
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Bursa Malaysia opens lower (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia opened lower today as the mood across markets remained unsettled on concerns over a further escalation in trade tensions between the US and China. At 9.05am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 6.64 points easier at 1,736.79 from Monday's close of 1,743.43. The index opened 5.23 points lower at 1,738.20. On the broader market, losers led gainers 118 to 109, while 132 counters were unchanged, 1,550 untraded and 24 others suspended. Volume stood at 61.19 million units valued at RM31.44 million. In a note today, Public Investment Bank Bhd said the local bourse was easier in the morning session as it was tracking global stocks which started the week on the back foot due to the trade tension. Meanwhile, Maybank Investment Bank Bhd expects the market to possibly succumb to another round of selling on the trade tensions, but, opined that oil and gas stocks may attract some limelight after crude oil prices rose. "Technically, we expect the FBM KLCI to trade between 1,709 and 1,760 points today, with downside supports at the 1,709 and 1,690 levels," it said. For heavyweights on Bursa, Maybank slid two sen to RM9.53, Public Bank declined 16 sen to RM23.84, Tenaga was four sen lower at RM14.28, while Petronas Chemicals bagged one sen to RM8.39 and CIMB was flat at RM5.90. Among actives, Kretam gained 2.5 sen to 48.5 sen, Priceworth International rose 1.5 sen to 25.5 sen, MyEG inched up half-a-sen to 97 sen, while Malaysia Pacific Corp lost 5.5 sen to five sen and Multi Sports was half-a-sen easier at 1.5 sen. Nestle led the top losers list by giving up 80 sen to RM146.20, followed by BAT which fell 56 sen to RM35.20, F&N lost 36 sen for RM37.16, PPB eased 28 sen to RM19.30 and Panasonic Manufacturing was 26 sen weaker at RM38.12. The FBM Emas Index shed 37.38 points to 12,229.20, the FBM70 was 22.30 points lower at 14,721.38, the FBMT100 Index slid 39.08 points to 12,013.01 and the FBM Emas Syariah Index slipped 39.19 points to 12,286.26. The FBM Ace Index advanced 2.31 points to 5,322.69. Sector-wise, the Finance Index dropped 59.91 points to 17,311.75, the Industrial Index lost 16.75 points to 3,135.95 and the Plantation Index fell 9.12 points to 7,662.62. The physical price of gold as at 9.30am stood at RM159.30 per gramme, up 19 sen from RM159.11 at 5pm yesterday. — Bernama
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Ringgit rebounds to open higher against US dollar (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit rebounded to open slightly higher this morning on improved demand for the local unit amid rising oil prices, a dealer said. At 9.11am, the ringgit was quoted at 3.9950/4.000 against the greenback from 3.9960/9990 at yesterday's close. Oil prices recouped recent losses ahead of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting, which is likely to see an increase in output after restricting supply since 2017, and as investors assess the impact of the United States-China trade dispute, the dealer said. Despite volatile trade, the benchmark Brent crude rose US$1.90 (RM7.60) to US$75.34 (RM301) a barrel. Against other major currencies, the ringgit traded mostly lower, except for the Singapore dollar in appreciating to 2.9560/9614 from Monday's 2.9580/9611. The ringgit fell against the Japanese yen at 3.6279/6331 from 3.6147/6177, weakened against the British pound to 5.2982/3052 from 5.2935/2979 and depreciated vis-a-vis the euro to 4.6466/6536 from 4.6342/6384. — Bernama
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Kretam shares hit limit down after Hap Seng Plantations calls off purchase (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: Shares of Kretam Holdings Bhd hit limit down Monday after major shareholders' disposal of a 55% stake to Hap Seng Plantations Holdings Bhd was called off. Kretam's share price fell as much as 30 sen or 43.2% to 39.5 sen, the lowest level in the past three years. At the market's close, it was down by 23.5 sen or 33.8% to 46 sen on 167.35 million shares done, being the most actively traded stock. Short selling of Kretam shares was suspended for the rest of the day after the counter hit limit down in the morning, according to Bursa Malaysia. Meanwhile, Hap Seng Plantations closed unchanged at RM2.29 with 28,200 shares traded. Last Thursday, Hap Seng Plantations announced the termination of its buyout of Kretam, saying the due diligence results of Kretam were "unsatisfactory and unacceptable". Hap Seng Plantations had announced in February that it was acquiring 55% of Kretam for RM1.18 billion or 92 sen a share from Kretam CEO Datuk Lim Nyuk Sang @ Freddie Lim and Santraprise Sdn Bhd, triggering the 33% mandatory takeover offer threshold. Hap Seng Plantations had intended to maintain the listing status of Kretam.
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Alibaba opens Malaysia national office, its first in Southeast Asia (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR: Things have come full circle for Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman Jack Ma, who once drew inspiration for his business from Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), after the launch of the Chinese e-commerce giant's national office in Bangsar South here, its first in Southeast Asia, Monday. The Chinese magnate said that news he read back in the 1990s on the MSC, which was Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's brainchild, served as an inspiration for him to start what has gone on to be one of the world's largest e-commerce companies. "Malaysia inspired me (for) Alibaba. This morning I thanked PM for his great inspiration for MSC," said Ma in reference to his meeting with Mahathir earlier Monday. Reminiscing about his 20-year-old dream, Ma said Malaysia was a suitable location for Alibaba's first overseas electronic world trade platform (eWTP) hub – which forms part of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) and went live in November 2017 – and shape it as a "real MSC", empowering local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and talent. In 1996, Mahathir mooted MSC, Malaysia's initiative for information and communication technology – a special economic zone and high technology business district that included the development of smart cities and provided special incentives for companies investing in high technology. Ma also hailed the 92-year-old premier's technological knowledge and visions and said the Malaysian government and Alibaba are looking at ways of using technology to develop the rural segment by creating jobs and increasing productivity. On top of that, Ma noted that the office will serve as a training centre to harness local talent in addition to empowering local SMEs. Ma expressed his confidence in the new government's open policy towards foreign direct investment and backed its move of reviewing the feasibility of mega projects. The sheer size of China's population, which is expected to import a whopping US$8 trillion (RM32 trillion) over the next five years, is a huge market to tap into. "We think when trade stops, war starts. We should never use trade as a weapon against other, we should use trade as the method to communicate and exchange culture, respect ... we think Malaysia and China should exchange trade as much as possible," Ma said at the event which was also attended by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Echoing Ma's sentiments, China's ambassador to Malaysia Bai Tian said investment from China continues to pour into Malaysia, with three Chinese medical companies investing a total of RM1.2 billion in Malaysia a week after the Pakatan Harapan government came into power, and China Construction Bank deciding to purchase RM200 million worth of bonds from the local market, among others. In reply to a question on the East Coast Rail Link, Bai said: "Confidence is still strong despite the review of the project. These examples show confidence in the Malaysian economy and the support for the new government. We want to do more here, we want to prosper." Trade between both countries rose by 14.7% in the first five months of this year to US$42.7 billion. In May alone, the trade volume between the two countries stood at US$9.5 billion. Last year, Malaysia and China registered a total trade of US$96 billion. Meanwhile, the government is looking to roll out uCustoms, which has already been implemented in Port Klang, to other ports in Malaysia in 2019. The uCustoms system will work hand-in-hand with the DFTZ to streamline Customs processes.
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Demand for dollar, US-China trade tensions to weigh on ringgit (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: The ringgit, which fell below 4.00 to the US dollar Monday, is expected to see more losses, currency observers opine, as appetite for the greenback grows unabated and fears of a trade war between China and the US persist. The ringgit hit an intraday low of 4.0015, before closing at 3.9985 to the dollar Monday. ForexTime (FXTM) global head of currency strategy and market research Jameel Ahmad expects more losses for the ringgit with no signs of a slowdown in demand for the US dollar. "The performance of the ringgit over the near future will be dependent on how the markets react to the latest instalment of concerns over China and the US entering a potential trade war. The concerns have increased since the end of last week, and resulted in risk aversion being seen in the markets," he told SunBiz. He said a number of different emerging market currencies across Asia began the new trading week on the back foot from the trade tensions between the US and China, including the yuan, with current losses close to 0.6%. "The Indonesian rupiah, Malaysian ringgit, Philippine peso and Thai baht are just a few of the many Asian currencies to have followed the same lead. If the ringgit does fall below 4.00 against the dollar, then it's possible the new range for the ringgit will be between 4.00 and 4.50," he said, adding that it will be no surprise if investors choose to invest in safe-haven assets such as the yen and gold again. Jameel said the persistent nature of external factors manipulating the movements in a wide range of emerging market currencies makes it impossible to provide an outlook for where the ringgit could conclude at year-end. "However it does appear that investors are determined to remain attracted towards the US dollar, which increases the probability that the ringgit could be set for a prolonged return below 4.00 against the dollar," he said. "One of the main reasons why the US dollar is being so heavily backed by investors is because of how far ahead the US is in terms of both economic progress and monetary policy, in comparison with its developed peers," he added. Jameel said the US economy and the Federal Reserve are offering investors consistency, something that other developed economies and central banks, such as the Bank of England, European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan, are ultimately unable to offer. DBS Group Research FX strategist Philip Wee and rates strategist Eugene Leow said Asian currencies are facing depreciation pressures on two major fronts, the first being monetary policy divergences that have returned to support the US dollar globally. "The Fed has affirmed that it will be moving to deliver a total of four, not three, rate hikes this year. The ECB has confirmed that asset purchases will end in December which forced markets to reverse earlier bets for the central bank to bring forward its rate hike into 2019," they said in a research note Monday. Secondly, US-China trade tensions have returned despite a better-than-expected outcome at the Kim-Trump summit and for the first time in half a year, Asia's export-dependent currencies have depreciated. "The Singapore dollar and the Korean won depreciated past 1.35 and 1100 respectively. As for the region's three strongest currencies this year, the Thai baht has begun to depreciate for the year last week, with the Chinese yuan and Malaysian ringgit set to follow next," they said. Sunway University Business School economics professor Dr Yeah Kim Leng, however, believes the weakening of the ringgit is a short-term reaction due to the US rate hike and expects the local note to retrace its losses and end the year between 3.80 and 3.90 against the dollar, supported by long-term fundamentals such as current account surplus, high oil prices and positive growth.
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FMM: Maintain electricity tariff, let Socso handle EIS funds (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is urging the government to maintain electricity tariffs until Dec 31, 2020 and accord the Social Security Organisation (Socso) with the responsibility of managing funds collected under the Employment Insurance System (EIS), which is now under review. Last week, Gas Malaysia Bhd announced that the average effective natural gas tariff for the non-power sector in Peninsular Malaysia will be increased by 17 sen or 0.5% to RM32.69/MMBtu for the period of July 1 to Dec 31, 2018 from RM32.52/MMBtu for the period of Jan 1 to June 30, 2018. The move has kindled concerns that electricity tariff rates will be hiked. “While FMM is steadfast in its commitment towards energy subsidy rationalisation and although the 0.5% increase is lower than the previous period’s 22.97%, it is nevertheless still an increase in energy costs,” it said in a statement today. Following that, FMM hopes that the new government will uphold the past Cabinet’s decision, announced on December 26, 2017, to maintain current electricity tariff rates in Peninsular Malaysia for Jan 1, 2018 up to Dec 31, 2020, in a bid to help relieve the energy cost burden on the manufacturing sector as well as to benefit the rakyat as household consumers. FMM is also calling on the government to hold on to the Incentive Based Regulation (IBR) through the Imbalance Cost Pass Through (ICPT) until 2020, to help sustain the competitiveness of businesses, especially SMEs, without further increases in energy costs. In a separate statement, the FMM welcomed the government’s move to review the EIS calling the current model neither balanced nor equitable. It explained that the scope for the scheme is too wide and it should only cover those retrenched because of business failure and not due to downsizing. FMM said allowing workers to have both employment termination and lay-off benefits under the Employment Act, including those who are in voluntary separation and mutual separation schemes – is against the principle of social security. It noted that employers and employees contributing to the EIS are also very concerned over the management of the fund as poor management and unwarranted expenditure will lead to unjustified increases in the contribution rate. FMM is of the view that the EIS should be managed by the Social Security Organisation (Socso), especially since the contributors are the same group of persons. “FMM understands that Socso is in the process of adjusting its system to allow employers to make a single payment for both the SOCSO and EIS funds by end of 2018. The exercise should be widened to include single management of funds but with separate accounts to ensure transparency in the disbursement and management of funds.”
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Mikro MSC aims to be on Main Market in five years (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
SHAH ALAM: ACE Market-listed Mikro MSC Bhd aims to transfer to the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd in five years, when it doubles its profit to RM15-RM20 million a year driven by business growth, from RM10.89 million in the last financial year ended June 30, 2017 (FY17). Managing director Yim Yuen Wah said although it has met the profit requirement for the Main Market three years ago, it still wants to strengthen its financial muscle before making the leap. “At this size, if we move to the Main Market, it is still small. We want to make it bigger first, doubling our current profit to at least RM15-RM20 million a year, then maybe we’ll consider the move,” he told SunBiz in an interview. Yim has been adamant on the company remaining on the ACE Market but is now slightly more receptive to the idea of moving to the Main Market given the better prospects and investors’ interest there. He said the group’s financials have been steady and it will be more aggressive to drive its business going forward. The company posted a net profit of RM5.48 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2018, down a third from the RM8.25 million it posted for the nine month ended March 31, 2017. This was on revenue falling marginally by 3.35% for the nine month period ended March 31, 2018 at RM35.92 million, compared with RM37.17 million for the same period in 2017. Mikro MSC is in the research, development (R&D) and design of analogue, digital and computer controlled electronic systems or devices for use in electrical, electronic and other industries. It also provides technical consultancy and maintenance services. Currently, Mikro MSC produces RM50-RM60 million worth of products a year. Some of its products include protective relays, digital power metres and power factor regulators. It has estimated a capital expenditure of RM4-RM5 million in FY19 for its new factory and equipment. The new factory in Kota Kemuning is expected to be completed by year-end and will commence operations next year, which will provide the company more room for expansion with the increased demand expected from overseas. Yim explained that its overseas market share in control products is still small, at about 20-30% in Vietnam and less than 1% in Indonesia and Thailand, which means that there is more room for growth, compared with about 50% in Malaysia. While Malaysia currently contributes about 55% of its revenue, and the remaining 45% from overseas, Yim hopes that in FY19, this ratio will be reversed. Yim noted that the company’s FY18 revenue is unlikely to be better than FY17’s revenue of RM50.4 million, because of the expiry of its pioneer status incentive and the slowdown in the Malaysian market this year. He added however that Mikro MSC’s R&D is constant, especially those in redesigning its products to mitigate the material price increase and increase its profit margin.
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Foreign investors extend selling streak to 28 days (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: Foreign investors sold RM1.21 billion net last week, breaching the RM1 billion level and extending the selling streak to 28 days, just one day shy of the 29-day selling spree in early January to mid-February 2014. “Ahead of the Aidilfitri break, foreign investors sold stocks listed on Bursa at a stronger pace. This also marks the seventh week of foreign attrition, matching the longest uninterrupted period of selling seen in 2017 from the week ended Sept 22 to Nov 3, 2017,” MIDF Research said in its fund flow report today. Monday’s attrition hovered above the RM200 million level at RM216.5 million before rising to RM359 million net on Tuesday. According to MIDF Research, investors were nervous on Tuesday amid the historic summit between the US and North Korea, which also dragged the FBM KLCI down by 0.66% to 1,764 points. On Wednesday, selling activity returned to Monday’s level as global investors only sold RM230.4 million net amid dampened risk-on mood as investors awaited the Fed’s decision on interest rates. On Thursday, foreign selling peaked at RM402.2 million net before the local bourse was closed for the Aidilfitri break on Friday. MIDF Research noted that other Asian counterparts such as Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and Thailand also experienced huge outflows that day, spurred by the Fed’s rate hike. “Malaysia had the second largest weekly outflow among the four Asean markets we monitor, after Thailand. Nonetheless, the year-to-date outflow from Malaysia of RM4.23 billion net or US$1.06 billion net is still the lowest among its Asean peers namely Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia,” it said. It said that foreign participation was strong as the foreign average daily trade value (ADTV) increased by 24% to RM2.03 billion, logging its 11th straight week above the RM1 billion mark. Meanwhile, the retail market and local funds saw buying activity for its fifth and seventh straight week, respectively.
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BToto’s Q4 revenue at RM1.4 billion, 4 sen dividend declared (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: Berjaya Sports Toto Bhd’s (BToto) revenue slipped to RM1.4 billion for the fourth quarter (Q4) ended April 30 against RM1.48 billion in the previous corresponding period, due to lower revenue reported by H.R. Owen Plc and Philippine Gaming Corporation Management. However, it was mitigated by higher contribution from principal subsidiary Sports Toto Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Sports Toto registered an increase in revenue, mainly attributable to the seasonally higher sales during the Chinese New Year festive season in February 2018. Its pre-tax profit decreased by 4.5% mainly due to higher prize payout in the current quarter under review. BToto’s pre-tax profit for Q4 dropped 35.9% to RM65.53 million from RM102.17 million on the back of impairment in value for certain available-for-sale investments and goodwill relating to leasing of lottery equipment business in the Philippines. The group has declared an interim dividend of 4 sen per share for the quarter under review, bringing the total dividend distribution to 16 sen per share, equivalent to 93.5% of the group’s attributable profit for the financial year ended April 30. BToto’s full-year revenue was down by 1.2% to RM5.66 billion from RM5.73 billion, while pre-tax profit increased marginally by 0.5% to RM377.9 million as compared with RM376.1 million in the previous financial year. Looking ahead, BToto’s directors anticipate that the number forecast operator (NFO) business performance of Sports Toto will be satisfactory and are confident that the group will continue to maintain its market share in the NFO business for the financial year ending April 30, 2019.
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Y&G Corp aborts land buy in Johor (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: Y&G Corp Bhd has terminated the acquisition of two pieces of land measuring 23.39ha in Pontian, Johor for RM30.96 million. The property developer said in a filing with the stock exchange that its wholly owned indirect subsidiary Melia Aktif Sdn Bhd (MASB) decided not to proceed further with the sale and purchase agreement (SPA) dated Aug 26, 2015 as the conditions precedent as stated in clause 5.1 had not been fully complied with. “Hence, MASB via its solicitors had, on June 14, 2018, served the vendors’ solicitors a notice of its decision to exercise its right to discontinue with the purchase hereof and in terminating the said SPA summarily in pursuant to clause 5.2 of the SPA.” Following the termination notice, Y&G said the vendors will refund to MASB the deposit of RM3.1 million free from interest within 14 days from the notice. Y&G had planned to embark on a mixed development project comprising commercial and residential on the land.
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Believe in your own ability to succeed: Chong Wei (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
KUALA LUMPUR: National badminton champion, Datuk Lee Chong Wei said the success of a player depends on his own desire and fighting spirit, even though various facilities are there to raise the best badminton players. Chong Wei, when met said junior players such as Lee Zii Jia, Soong Joo Ven and Leong Jun Hao were among the next generation of players with great potential but if they have no mission and vision in their badminton career, all the advantages would go to waste. The triple Olympic silver medallist said lanky 20-year-old Zii Jia at 186cm tall has a bright future if he keeps his focus on the game. "I am confident that whoever works hard in training and studies the technical game of senior players as well as world leading players, will be able to join the ranks of the world's top 10 players in two to three years. "Give them time. I know these young players are aware of what they want in their badminton career. Badminton is a skill sport. If players have skills, talent and diligence, they can succeed," he said after a training session at Academy Badminton Malaysia in Bukit Kiara. Based on world rankings as at May 31, the gap between Chong Wei, ranked 7th with Lee Zii Jia who is ranked 45th is very wide while Joo Ven (59th) and June Hao (77th) are further away. Based on his own experience, Chong Wei, 36, said he would go all out in all matches regardless of the outcomes of the game. "Even from my younger days, I have been taught to play my best. I did not think of targets or have high hopes but I took my games seriously. "The results maybe a win or a defeat but I am used to criticisms, win or lose," he said. Chong Wei said the younger players should consider themselves lucky because at the age of 19, they were already selected to represent the Thomas Cup team and fielded against superb players from Denmark, Japan and Indonesia. When he was 19, Chong Wei said he could only watch his seniors play from the spectator bench but he took the opportunity to study the skills of the great players during that time. Chong Wei said young players who were fielded during the Thomas Cup should learn the technics and latest trend of badminton from the games in Bangkok recently. "They should be aware young players such as Viktor Axelsen, Kento Momota, as well as many others from Denmark, Japan, Indonesia, China are their challengers, so observe your competitors' game to stay on top of them," he said. — Bernama
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Cross party lines and transform the country, says Kit Siang (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
PETALING JAYA: All politicians need to cross party lines to help transform Malaysia into a country of integrity, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said today. He urged all the 22 MPs from Barisan Nasional (BN), PAS and others to unite and support the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government's agenda to transform Malaysia into a leading nation of integrity. "Will all those contesting for posts in the Umno General Assembly this month, whether for president, deputy president, vice-president; Youth, Wanita or Puteri leader; or for Umno Supreme Council or executive council positions in the various Umno wings, make a public commitment to support Pakatan Harapan government's national programme?" Lim asked in a statement issued today. The Iskandar Puteri MP said the first meeting of Parliament will be for 20 sittings from July 16 to Aug 16. The 30-day 2019 Budget meeting of Parliament will be from Oct 15 to Dec 11 with the Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng, presenting the 2019 Budget in Parliament on Nov 2. Before the budget debate, nine days have been set aside for debate on the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan. He said it is time for Malaysia to give confidence to the struggling peoples of the world not to give up hope in the battle for democracy.
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Trump says US not 'migrant camp' amid family separation crisis (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump vowed Monday that the United States would not become a "migrant camp", as he faced soaring pressure to end the separation of immigrant families on America's southern border. While top administration officials stood by Trump's policy of "zero tolerance" towards unauthorised border crossers and insisted children were being held in humane conditions, criticism swelled from rights groups and within the president's own Republican Party. With the US border crisis shaping up as a critical challenge of his presidency, Trump stood defiantly even as Democratic lawmakers accused authorities of keeping children in "cages" separate from their incarcerated parents and Amnesty International likened the practice to "torture". "The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility," Trump said at the White House. "You look at what's happening in Europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the United States," he said. "Not on my watch." Earlier Monday Trump barged into an immigration row rocking Europe, where countries have clashed on the issue, saying the continent made a "big mistake" by allowing in migrants. The US leader has repeatedly stoked fears of migrant-driven crime to advance his anti-immigration agenda. On the home front, Trump has said he wants family separations to end but has refused to take responsibility – instead of blaming Democrats, the minority party in Congress, for blocking legislation on the broader issue of illegal immigration. "CHANGE THE LAWS!" Trump bellowed on Twitter. New Department of Homeland Security data shows that 2,342 children have been separated from their parents or guardians since early May, when the administration said it would arrest and charge all migrants illegally crossing the Mexican border, regardless of whether they were seeking asylum. Since children cannot be sent to the facilities where their parents are held, they are separated from them. The United Nations slammed the practice as unconscionable, while rights group Amnesty International blasted a "spectacularly cruel" policy which has resulted in frightened children pried from their parent's arms and taken to overflowing detention centres. "This is nothing short of torture," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty's Americas Director. US public opinion appears divided along partisan lines on the family separations, with two-thirds of all American voters opposed, but 55% of Republicans supporting the policy, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Monday. 'Utter atrocity' A Republican-led Congress is drafting legislative options to address the crisis, with possible votes later this week. "Some in the administration have decided that this cruel policy increases their legislative leverage. This is wrong," said Republican Senator Ben Sasse, an occasional Trump critic. "Americans do not take children hostage, period." Democrats, meanwhile, stepped up their opposition, as lawmakers conducted a second straight day of visits to processing and detention facilities, including a converted Walmart supermarket in Texas housing some 1,500 immigrant children. Lawmakers spoke of children being held behind chain-link fencing inside the centres. "I went into these facilities yesterday. They are cages," House Democrat Mark Pocan said Monday. The Democratic fury was loud and unsparing. "President Trump's family separation policy leaves a dark stain on our nation," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "Ripping vulnerable little children away from their parents is an utter atrocity that debases America's values and our legacy as a beacon of hope, opportunity and freedom." Pelosi was among 14 House Democrats who visited Casa San Diego, a southern California facility housing 62 children, many of whom had fled gang violence from Central American nations like Honduras. "President Trump, do the decent thing, pick up the phone, stop this unconscionable policy," Congresswoman Judy Chu said. Amid the outcry, independent investigative news organisation Pro Publica published audio obtained from inside a US Customs and Border Protection facility in which children are heard wailing. "I don't want them to stop my father," a distraught girl's voice can be heard, as others cried in the background. "I don't want them to deport him." 'Not' controversial Immigration is one of the most divisive issues roiling American politics. Trump's own wife, First Lady Melania Trump, said she hates to see families separated – although she stopped short of criticising her husband's policies. Democratic former president Bill Clinton and Trump's 2016 rival Hillary Clinton each denounced the practice, as did Laura Bush, wife of Republican ex-president George W. Bush, in a poignant message retweeted by her successor as first lady, Michelle Obama. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted that "we do not have a policy of separating families at the border", but warned that anyone crossing the border illegally would face prosecution, with the result of their children being taken away. "What has changed is that we no longer exempt entire classes of people who break the law," she said. "This is not a controversial idea." — AFP
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Three things we learned today at the World Cup (Tue, 19 Jun 2018)
SAINT PETERSBURG: England and Belgium got their World Cup campaigns off to winning starts as the Video Assistant Referee system proved its worth to help Sweden edge past South Korea on Monday. Here, AFP Sports looks at three things we learned today at the World Cup. Kane kickstarts England England captain Harry Kane didn't play down his expectations on the eve of the Three Lions opener against Tunisia, claiming Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick for Portugal against Spain had already put him under pressure in the race for the Golden Boot. Kane didn't get the hat-trick he wanted but now trails Ronaldo by just one after riding to his country's rescue with a double to seal England's first opening win at a major tournament since 2006. Three points were little more than Gareth Southgate's side deserved even if they laboured to break Tunisia down in the second-half. The game should have been out of sight but for a series of gilt-edged misses by Jesse Lingard before the break. Kane had already shown his predatory instinct after just 11 minutes to tap home from close range and thankfully for England, the ball fell to Kane once more as the clock ticked into stoppage time in Volgograd to produce a deadly near post header to break Tunisia's resistance. Belgium still seeking balance Unlike a host of the other pre-tournament favourites, Belgium got off to a winning start against World Cup debutants Panama, but a 3-0 victory did little to convince the Red Devils golden generation are ready to deliver on their potential. Coach Roberto Martinez has tried to cram as much of Belgium's attacking talent as possible into his starting XI in a 3-4-2-1. However, with Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku all starting from central areas, they often lacked width to stretch the Panama defence in a goalless first-half. Mertens's sensational dipping volley just after the break and two fine finishes from Lukaku underlined the moments of individual brilliance Martinez can rely on. But much sterner tests await of whether Martinez's set-up will leave Belgium too exposed against better opposition. Goalkeepers blame FIFA for balls up An old favourite World Cup controversy is beginning to bubble again, with Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary directing criticism towards the tournament's ball on Monday. One burst during the match between France and Australia on Saturday while long-range strikes from Aleksandar Kolarov and Philippe Coutinho have caused some to suggest Adidas' 'Telstar 18' is too heavily weighted in the striker's favour. "We are victims of FIFA and the ever developing football," said El-Hadary who, at 45 years old, has seen a few. "Every four years there are new footballs. The ball might be more acceptable to the players than goalkeepers but I am sure there have been previous footballs that have been of the same quality in the past." Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev is also not convinced. "I know what you are talking about and there was a lot of criticism against this ball but we cannot change this now," he said. "Technology is improving and players are scoring from 40m." — AFP
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Sungai Tua assemblyman Amiruddin Shari new Selangor MB? (Mon, 18 Jun 2018)
KLANG: The speculation on who will succeed Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as Selangor mentri besar was almost answered when Sungai Tua assemblyman, Amiruddin Shari is very likely expected to fill that important post. Amiruddin, 38, was seen coming out of the Istana Alam Shah here after he was believed to have attended a full rehearsal of the swearing-in ceremony of the mentri besar at about 6.30pm today. However efforts by Bernama to get comments from Amiruddin were futile when he did not stop his vehicle but instead waved to a group of reporters waiting outside the compound of the palace. Earlier Amiruddin, who attended Mohamed Azmin's farewell ceremony at the State Secretariat Building here, was seen in a hurry to leave the event. Mohamed Azmin, who is also Selangor Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman, relinquished his post as mentri besar after he was appointed as Economic Affairs Minister by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Amiruddin, when contacted, declined to confirm the rumours that he would be appointed as mentri besar and asked all parties to wait for the swearing-in ceremony which would be held tomorrow. "I will confirm (candidate for mentri besar) tomorrow," he said. Amiruddin is the state Sports and Youth Generation Empowerment, Entrepreneurial Development, Traditional Villages and Rural Development Committee chairman. Mohamed Azmin, who is also the PKR deputy president, today confirmed presenting one name from that party as a candidate for the new Selangor mentri besar's post to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah for his consent. Apart from Amiruddin, another candidate being mentioned as being appointed to the mentri besar's post is Ijok assemblyman, Dr Idris Ahmad. — Bernama
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DAP announces candidates for Selangor (Sun, 22 Apr 2018)
PETALING JAYA: Six new faces and one former assemblyman have been named by DAP to contest in 16 Selangor state seats in the upcoming GE14. The six new faces are Brian Lai (Teratai), Edry Faizal Yusof (Dusun Tua), Michelle Ng (Subang Jaya), Lim Yi Wei (Kampung Tunku), Jamaliah Jamaluddin (Bandar Utama, formerly known as Damansara Utama) and Tony Leong (Pandamaran). Former Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu has been named as the candidate for Sungai Pelek, the seat that DAP won with a relatively narrow margin of 1,972 votes in the last elections. The announcement was made by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng at its Bangi election centre today. Lim also announced the lineup of those who will be contesting for the party parliamentary and state seats, with all its four MPs retained to defend their respective seats. Parliament Bangi (formerly Serdang) – Ong Kian Ming Puchong – Gobind Singh Damansara (formerly Petaling Jaya Utara) – Tony Pua Klang – Charles Santiago State Sekinchan – Ng Suee Lim Kuala Kubu Baru – Lee Kee Hiong Teratai – Brian Lai Balakong – Eddie Ng Seri Kembangan – Ean Yong Hian Wah Kinrara – Ng Sze Han Subang Jaya – Michelle Ng Bukit Gasing – Rajiv Rishyakaran Kampung Tunku – Lim Yi Wei Bandar Utama (formerly Damansara Utama) – Jamaliah Jamaluddin Bandar Baru Klang (formerly Sungai Pinang) – Teng Chang Khim Pandamaran – Tony Leong Kota Kemuning – V. Ganabathirao Banting (formerly Teluk Datuk) – Lau Weng San Sungai Pelek – Ronnie Liu Dusun Tua – Edry Faizal Yusof
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Carlsberg launches easy ring-pull 'POP cap' to its Smooth Draught bottles (Tue, 10 Apr 2018)
CARLSBERG today launched an easy ring-pull 'POP cap' to its Smooth Draught beer bottles. The ring-pull 'POP cap' will replace the traditional pry-off cap for the 580ml and 325ml bottles. Attended by over 400 guests, the event was held at Jenerator, KL Citywalk. Carlsberg Malaysia managing director Lars Lehmann launched the celebration by popping the brand new Carlsberg Smooth Draught bottles.
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Kim Jong-nam had US$120,000 in cash when assassinated (Mon, 12 Jun 2017)
PETALING JAYA: Kim Jong-Nam (pix), the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, was holding US$120,000 (RM512,000) cash when he was killed at the KLIA2 airport in February, the Asahi Shimbun reports, citing unnamed Malaysian officials close to the investigation. The investigation team reportedly recovered four bundles of mostly new US$100 notes in stacks of 300, as well as a laptop and two mobile phones. Since Kim Jong-Nam held a diplomatic passport, his luggage was not subjected to a thorough search at the airport. According to the report, Kim met with a US citizen at a hotel four days before the assassination. The American, presumably, has links to an intelligence agency. Malaysian authorities suspect Kim might have been paid for some kind of information, the source told Asahi Shimbun, adding, that the sum in question had not been withdrawn at any bank in the country prior to the assassination. Kim Jong-Nam, 45, was murdered before boarding a plane to Macau from KLIA2 on Feb13. The investigation found that Kim's killers used the military-grade nerve agent VX.
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MCMC receives 7,837 complaints on telecommunications, new media content (Thu, 18 May 2017)
KOTA KINABALU: As of the first quarter of this year, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) received 7,837 complaints relating to telecommunications and new media content. MCMC Network Security and Enforcement chief officer Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin said 70% of these complaints were about telecommunication problems while the rest were connected to content in new media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. "Selangor recorded the most complaints with 1,534, followed by Pahang (1,036) and Johor (730). Sabah was among six states with the least number of complaints," he said in a statement issued to the media at the Empowering Consumers seminar here today. The seminar was attended by about 250 participants comprising local university students and representatives of consumer associations and government and non-governmental agencies here today. On the seminar, Zulkarnain said it was aimed at increasing public awareness on consumerism issues which are often faced in the communications and multimedia industry in this country. "Programmes such as these are held to expose the consumers to critical issues in cyber space such as ransomware, hacking, online cheating and various social issues which involve the new media," he said. Speaking to reporters later, Zulkarnain advised the public to refer to the relevant authorities when they get any messages on cyber attacks in the country, whether through WhatsApp, Facebook or other social media. "Do not spread any information which has not been verified. To ensure if it is true or not, we should refer to the National Security Council or Bank Negara Malaysia if the information concerns banking," he said. Zulkarnian was commenting on the false message spread on the social media recently that automatic teller machines (ATMs) in the country would be shut down for two to three days following the ransomware cyber attack. He said to tackle the false news, the MCMC had adopted several initiatives including starting the sebenarnya.my portal. Bernama "We will upload information connected to the false news so that the public will know it is untrue," he said. — Bernama
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Najib shares wisdom on how to survive politics (Wed, 17 May 2017)
PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has shared his wisdom for future politicians to survive in Malaysian political scene. He said he had managed to stay in the country's political arena for more than four decades as he was a "resilient" man. "In politics, we cannot be too sensitive as it can backfire to us and our blood pressure can rise up. When it goes up, we 'jalanlah' (pass away)," Najib said during the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) dialogue session with arts activists at Seri Perdana. Also present were Najib's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. Najib also jokingly said he had a "switch off" button when dealing with pressure from becoming a politician when asked by the dialogue moderator Datuk Rosyam Nor on how he maintained his composure in politics. "I can switch off ... Whenever I am too stressed when people are attacking me, I will go back home and switch (myself) off," he said. Najib also said that the government did not expect everyone to agree with its policies, adding that he was open to any constructive criticisms. "we can accept any opinions that are realistic and good, but not from those who only know how to criticise or giving illogical opinions," he added. He also took a swipe against parties that could simply make promises but did not take action to realise it. "It is easy to talk, words are cheap. But the value lies on those who executes it, not in words but action," Najib said. Najib also gave his assurance that arts activists would not be sidelined as the country progressing forward to achieve TN50, adding that those in the entertainment industry should be put into the mainstream. He said local artists should not only be seen as entertainers as they could play an important role to define the nation's path. "Arts activists can be made into idols. They can help to mould the future generation to raise the country," he said.
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