Duterte orders annihilation of Abu Sayyaf after hostage beheading

- Reuters

-Reuters

DAVAO CITY: After reports that Abu Sayyaf terrorists had beheaded an 18-year-old hostage, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte (pic) said he had given orders to eliminate the organisation.

“That’s why I’m sending the troops there and tell them to destroy them,” Mr. Duterte said in a press briefing in Davao City, when asked about the beheading.

“My orders to the police and to the armed forces against all enemies of the state, seek them out in their lairs, whatever, and destroy them,” he added.

The same goes for both illegal drugs and the Abu Sayyaf Group, he said. Continue reading

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Dr M apologises for Constitutional change removing royal assent for new law

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has apologised for making amendments to the Federal Constitution which removes the requirement for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s assent before a new act of Parliament comes into force.

“I sincerely apologise for making the amendment as it is open to misinterpretation,” said the former prime minister.

“It would seem that because of the amendment, the new National Security Council (NSC) law has become operational even though the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has not signed it,” he said on his blog on Thursday.

Dr Mahathir said the amendment was not for all laws.

He clarified that the amendment did not invalidate the other powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, which number more than thirty.

“Some laws passed by Parliament will still need the consent and signature of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“In fact there are more than thirty proceedings listed out in the Constitution that still need the Agong’s approval frequently without the advice of the Prime Minister,” he said. Continue reading

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Firearms, ammo seized from Bill Kayong murder suspect’s home

MIRI: Sarawak police have seized a cache of high-powered firearms and hundreds of bullets from the house of a “Datuk” businessman here who is a wanted suspect in the murder of native land rights activist Bill Kayong.

Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said a police team raided the house of Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang in the outskirts of Miri City on Wednesday and seized the firearms.

SAC Dev said it was found that some of these firearms were imported from overseas including from Europe.

“The police team involved in the probe in the case of Bill Kayong led by ACP Abdul Razak Mohamed conducted a search in the suspect’s house.

“These firearms are not linked directly to the murder of Bill Kayong but we have seized all of them for security reasons since the suspect is still on the run in Australia,” he said at a press conference at the Miri police headquarters here Thursday.

The firearms, which were discovered in a room, included a Glock pistol and a Ruger Ranch rifle.223 with the licences issued by the police.

Five shotguns of various brands were seized as well. Its licences were issued by the Miri district office.

“We also seized 416 rounds of 9mm bullets, a GFL Luger 9mm ammunition and 206 rounds of shotgun bullets of various brands,” said SAC Kumar. Continue reading

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How Najib Launched His Coup Against His Own Country ….

How Najib Launched His Coup Against His Own Country ....

Lim Kit Siang reminds of the real strategy behind the talk of "plotters"

Lim Kit Siang reminds of the real strategy behind the talk of “plotters”

On July 28th of last year the Prime Minister of Malaysia drove a coach and horses through the constitution of Malaysia in order to put himself above the law.

His excuse was that there had been a “plot” orchestrated by all the leading figures in Malaysia’s independent forces of law and order to “topple an elected Prime Minister”.

But, every shred of evidence that has come out about the 1MDB case (which is what this is all about) shows only one thing, which is that the Prime Minister had been stealing billions from Malaysian public funds in a massive abuse of trust and power.

After the Petrosaudi papers had triggered a political storm in early 2015 the Prime Minister, who at the time was telling all and sundry that he had very little to do with the running of 1MDB and didn’t know much about what might have happened, was forced to launch several enquiries.

The so-called four task forces were led by the MACC (local enquiries into SRC and abuse of funds), The Central Bank (money transfers and regulations), the Attorney General and the Inspector General of Police.  Also looking into the affair was the Auditor General and the Public Accounts Committee, who were examining the baffling and opaque accounts of 1MDB in order to find where billions had disappeared to.

By mid-July these various independent bodies had come to one conclusion – a vast sum of money had clearly been stolen from 1MDB and much of that money had ended up in Najib’s accounts in KL.  The money had been used not only to fund lavish frivolities for the PM and his wife and family, but also to influence the outcome of a very tight election where for the first time since Independence the grip of the ruling BN coalition looked set to be broken by a win for the opposition. Continue reading

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The cult that is known as Umno Baru

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By Mariam Mokhtar

To most people, Umno Baru is a political party. To some of us, Umno Baru is like a cult. It is steeped in ritual and ceremony. The annual general assembly is treated like a pilgrimage. Their gatherings involve people dressed in specific colours, to remind people who their members are, but more importantly, to reinforce the image of “them and us”.

Like shrines, Umno Baru buildings have sprouted up in all the major towns, often in prime locations. The land in these places is highly sought after and expensive. How did they do it? Wealthy donors? Perhaps. Umno Baru appears to have plenty of donors, including an allegedly fictitious prince from Saudi Arabia.

Umno Baru processions are not restricted by the police, or the city council. The requests of others are subject to delays and restrictions.

Cults are associated with obedience and sacrifice, and in a sense, many of the men and women who join this cult have made many sacrifices; they have sacrificed their principles, their sense of right and wrong, the rule of law and fair play.

Anyone who belongs to Umno Baru is a law unto himself. Its leaders may as well say, “Do as I say, but not as I do.” That also includes interpreting the law according to Umno Baru terms, avoiding certain issues which could result in embarrassment and reveal Umno Baru’s true colours.

Cult members can utter seditious remarks and allegedly not be arrested. They can allegedly steal the rakyat’s money and get away with it. They can allegedly use public funds to go on a jolly to Antarctica, or spend it on shopping trips, or transport their families and friends to private events overseas, without censure. Another way this cult bends the law is in the declaration of personal assets. Continue reading

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Marina: What crime has Namewee committed?

namewee-ditahanPETALING JAYA: Offending sensibilities isn’t necessarily a crime, says human rights activist Marina Mahathir.

Commenting on the arrest of controversial rapper Namewee over his newest music video, Marina told FMT she felt the police action was extreme and probably prompted by a need to appease oversensitive Muslims.

“We can’t keep kowtowing to people who spend most of their time being offended. I find it rather offensive that they are offended,” she quipped.

Marina made a similar statement about oversensitive Muslims in a blog posting last January.

She cited several “ridiculous things” that she said they would get hysterical over, including the alleged presence of pig DNA in chocolates and crucifix-like designs on the roofs of houses.

She had added that she couldn’t understand why Malaysian Muslims were not ashamed to admit their faith was weak and in need of constant protection.

Criticising Namewee’s arrest, she said, “He should not have been treated that way. The authorities should look at the video properly and find out what laws he has broken. Just because people are offended, it doesn’t mean that it’s a crime.”

She said she hadn’t seen the video herself. Continue reading

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Big rewards for our Olympics heroes

Good returns: Goh and Tan (right) are set to rake RM1.85mil each in cash rewards and other incentives.

Good returns: Goh and Tan (right) are set to rake RM1.85mil each in cash rewards and other incentives.

PETALING JAYA: As you sow, so shall you reap and for those who have won against the odds at the Rio Olympics to emerge as winners, there are rewards waiting for them besides just the glory and prestige.

Malaysian medallists at the recently concluded Olympics are set to receive over RM4mil in cash and other incentives for their haul of four silvers and one bronze.

Topping the list is the badminton men’s doubles of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, who will be receiving RM300,000 under the National Sports Council’s (NSC) incentive scheme and RM375,000 under the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), all of which is to be shared equally between the pair.

They will each get a Proton Suprima S 1.6L Turbo Premium costing RM79,900, a unit of JL99’s LakePark Residence worth at least RM500,000 and an Osim uDiva Classic Massage Sofa at RM7,988. In total, they will get RM1.85mil.

Third time Olympic silver medallist in the men’s singles, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, will pocket RM637,888, comprising RM300,000 from the NSC, RM250,000 from BAM, a Proton Suprima S 1.6L Turbo Premium and an Osim uDiva Classic Massage Sofa.

Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying, who also won the silver medal, will receive the same cash rewards as the men’s double from NSC and BAM. Continue reading

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