RH Group founder’s health in question after stroke rumours

Tiong Hiew King

SIBU: The health of Malaysian tycoon Tan Sri Tiong Hiew King has been a concern after he was rumoured to have been hospitalised in Singapore for a stroke.

Attempts to contact his brothers Datuk Thai King, who is also the chairman of Sibu Municipal Council and Dudong Assemblyman, and Kiong King, the chairman of Sarawak Zhang Clan Association, failed on Sunday, leaving townsfolk wondering about the news that had been circulating lately.

It is rumoured that Hiew King collapsed in his home on Thursday and was flown to a hospital in Singapore the next day.

New Straits Times quoted Thai King saying his brother was “okay”, but the council chairman failed to confirm or deny the rumours.

When asked on the veracity of the rumours, Thai King just said his brother was “okay”. Continue reading

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TV station apologises, Watson to lodge police report

KUCHING: Primeworks Studios, the studio behind the comedy show who had insulted the late father of former national sprinter Watson Nyambek has issued a letter of apology to Watson over the incident.

Video footage of the show that aired on Saturday went viral on social media after one of its comedians uttered phrases that implied that Watson – a national hero, particularly to Sarawakians – deserved to lose his national record and likened his late father to a goat.

In the show, the presenter mocked the name of Watson’s father by mimicking the bleating of a goat when pronouncing the last syllable of his last name, while his co-host laughed.

In the letter addressed to the media, Primeworks Studio chief executive officer Ahmad Isham Omar said they had reprimanded their staff and advised them to be sensitive towards others when producing shows in the future.

The company will be reviewing the control procedure of its productions to avoid similar incidents from happening again. Continue reading

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Tragic woman, 20, plans her own funeral so she can fulfil last wish to ‘die beautiful’


At only 20 years of age, Racine Pregunta had a final wish as bone cancer ravaged her body in its final days.

Outlining a meticulous list of details for her funeral, the young woman told her family she wanted to “die BEAUTIFUL”.

She asked to wear a special dress, a floral headband, make-up details and burial instructions so her farewell was just as she wanted.

Now her family have declared “request fulfilled” as heartbreaking images reveal Racine in an open casket this week looking stunning at her funeral.

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Racine died on April 17 in Davao City, in the southern Philippines, after a battle with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer.

According to her sister Rolyn Pregunta, Racine, who had done modelling photoshoots, requested: “If I die, I want to die BEAUTIFUL.”

The request was a reference to a 2016 Filipino comedy, Die Beautiful, about a transgender woman who dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Continue reading

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Talk is cheap, KJ


We know we are in the final sprint towards a general election when politicians start speaking in words that they think identify with the feelings of their audiences.

That’s what Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin did recently in a dialogue with Indian youths.

One participant who asked him if the quota system for Bumiputeras would be removed was probably shocked by his response. The minister’s answer was certainly designed to make the Indians warm up to him.

Khairy said Malays should feel insulted by the quota system that gives them the advantage in enrolment at local universities.

He urged Malays “to compete on a level playing field” to get rid of the stigma of being beneficiaries of a system which is rigged in their favour. Continue reading

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The real issue with the Zairil-Dyana ‘scandal’

“What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife.”  – Rodney Dangerfield


COMMENT | “What do you think of this whole Zairil-Dyana Sofya scandal?” a Malaysiakini subscriber asked in a recent email. To be honest, I am sent so many mails featuring politicians exposing their junk that I have lost track of who is supposedly screwing who.

I know for sure that Umno screws the rakyat on a regular basis and it would seem that Pakatan would like to get into the action thereby making it a three-way affair for the poor rakyat but to be honest, the private affairs of politicians do not concern me.

Let me qualify that. It does not concern me so long as they do not make their private lives part of their agenda or engage in the kind of gutter politics that politicians resort to when demonising their political rivals by using the private lives of their opponents.

Therefore, if these two political operatives have not been “family values” candidates or attacked the private lives of their political opponents, I have no interest in what they allegedly do with each other as long as they are not conspiring to cheat or rob the citizens of Malaysia.

If this is the case, the DAP should just issue a statement saying the private lives of their members are their own and should not bow down to the propaganda meant to destabilise an already fractured alliance. Continue reading

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India issues second arrest warrant against Zakir Naik


KUALA LUMPUR: A court in India has issued a second non-bailable warrant of arrest against controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

Indian authorities want to question him in connection with his alleged role in a terror-related case and over money laundering allegations.

The Special Court in Mumbai issued the warrant yesterday following an application by India’s National Investigations Agency (NIA), The Indian Express reported.

Last week, another court, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act Special Court, had issued a non-bailable warrant against Naik in a money-laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate, after he failed to appear before it.

The NIA on Thursday told special judge V V Patil that Naik had been staying abroad to evade arrest.

Naik is currently in Malaysia. He was given permanent resident status by the Malaysian government about five years ago. Continue reading

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‘Muslims should give same respect they get to non-Muslims’

Johor sultanah Raja Zarith Sofia Sultan Idris Shah said Muslims must show the respect they get, to fellow Malaysians who are not the same faith as them.

Taking to Facebook earlier today, Raja Zarith said Muslims in Malaysia are “very lucky” because they do not know what it’s like to be part of a minority group.

“Those of us who have studied or lived abroad know what it feels like to be a minority, and we learn to adapt. At the same time, we see the kindness and the acceptance of those who are Christians, Jews, or of other faiths, when we are in their countries.

“I remember seeing photos of Zaharah Othman, the NST London correspondent, at a church, wearing her hijab. And she’s also told me how she had been offered to perform her prayers in churches,” Raja Zarith posted. Continue reading

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