Two Malaysians killed in Marawi City battle

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KOTA KINABALU: Two Malaysians are believed to be among 13 suspected Islamic State militants killed late Thursday in battles between the Philippines military and gunmen who have taken over Marawi City in Central Mindanao, Philippines since Tuesday.

Intelligence sources identified the Malaysians as Ustaz Abdurahman Asmawi from Kelantan and Dr Kamsa Yahya from Kedah.

The sources said that Indonesian Shei Ayman Marjuki and Saudi Arabian Sheikh Ahmad Belfaki were also among those killed so far in skirmishes at various villages in the city which is widely seen as the first city taken by IS in South East Asia.

Another Malaysian, former Universiti Malaya lecturer Dr Mahmud Ahmad, is also believed to be in Marawi City, working with Basilan Abu Sayaff leader Isninon Hapilon to push for the creation of the Islamic State in South East Asia.

The sources did not say how many other Malaysians linked to the IS are in the city.

The sources said that the Philippines military have gained ground to flush out the militants who numbered between 200 and 500 members. Continue reading

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Here’s why an opposition grand coalition can defeat BN

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By Koon Yew Yin

According to news reports on the celebration of Umno’s 71st anniversary, Prime Minister Najib Razak had teased Umno supporters by asking if he should dissolve Parliament as early as the following day.

Some observers see it as a sign that he is very confident of a victory and that he may call for an election soon.

However, there are two sayings which he needs to be reminded of.

One is the old saying “Pride comes before a fall”.

The other is a quote attributed to Harold Washington, the first African-American elected as Mayor of Chicago: “Let’s not be overconfident, we still have to count the votes.” Continue reading

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Time names Najib in list of ‘least popular’ leaders

najib-time PETALING JAYA: It would have been quite a distinction to have been compared with the president of the United States of America under most US administrations in the past, but nowadays, such a comparison would be cringeworthy for any world leader.

Hence, Time magazine putting up a list of five world leaders and calling them “less popular” than US President Donald Trump would not be a proud moment for any national leader.

Unfortunately for Prime Minister Najib Razak, he has been included into this “exclusive club” by Time, along with Nicolas Maduro (President of Venezuela), Jacob Zuma (President, South Africa), Michel Temer (President, Brazil) and

Alexis Tsipras (Prime Minister, Greece).

The most glaring similarity between Najib and Trump would be on the issue of the popular vote.

Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) won a majority of the parliamentary seats in the last general election to hold on to power despite having won only 47% of the total votes cast.

Similarly, Trump won the US presidential election last November based on the electoral college system giving him the edge, with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton garnering 2.9 million more votes than Trump in the final count.

According to Time magazine, Trump’s approval rating currently sits at just under 40%.

Over in Malaysia, the weekly reports that Najib’s approval rating is at record lows. Continue reading

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Court maintains RM200,000 award to family of man who died in jail

P-Chandran,-custodial-death,-death-in-custody,-police-abuse  PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today dismissed the government’s appeal against the award of RM200,000 in exemplary damages to the family of a lorry driver who died in a police lock-up after his medical needs were not attended to.

A three-man bench chaired by Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat said the compensation awarded by the High Court early this year was fair.

“The award is not excessive,” she said of the unanimous ruling.

Lawyer M Visvanathan, who appeared for next-of-kin of P Chandran, said the bench also ordered the government to pay costs of RM10,000.

“I hope the government will not appeal further, so as to bring the family’s predicament to a close,” he told FMT.

Following the High Court decision by Justice S Nantha Balan, the government admitted responsibility for the death of Chandran and did appeal against liability. Continue reading

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Wait after GE14, we’ll get you, MACC tells corrupt politicians

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has promised to act against corrupt politicians – after the general election.

MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad said they did not want to act against politicians now as it could be used a campaign fodder in GE14.

In an interview with Mingguan Malaysia, he said many people had queried an earlier announcement by MACC that it would go all out against any politician after GE14.

He advised political parties to save themselves a lot of grief by only choosing “clean” people to contest as assemblymen and MPs.

“If this is not done, don’t blame us if we come knocking on their doors after GE14.

“I don’t make empty promises or populist statements.

“I have only one word for those who are corrupt – wait.” Continue reading

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Nazri: Muhyiddin, Shafie Apdal some of the biggest recipients of RM2.6b donation

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak did not violate any laws by having the money banked into his personal account. — Picture by K.E.OoiKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said two of the biggest beneficiaries of the controversial RM2.6 billion donation received by the prime minister were then-Umno party stalwarts Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

In a special no-holds-barred question and answer session here last night, the Tourism Minister criticised his former Umno colleagues for later turning their backs on Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“I admit I received. I am the Padang Rengas Umno division head. Datuk Najib told my Umno division… each branch receives RM5,000 each to repair homes. I got it. I’m not lying. I got about RM1 million. I still got it. I admit I got.

“This one, Mahyudin also got. Shafie also got. The money for Shafie’s division was even more. 400 over branches…he even got more than me.

“Mahyudin also received more than me. Mahyudin got, I think his branches were more than 100,” he said, referring to Muhyiddin with the name Mahyudin.

“However, at that time, Shafie and Muhyiddin never question Datuk Najib… eh Datuk Najib, where you got the money from? Both of them were quiet,” he added. Continue reading

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Ex-judge: Protect Malaysia’s secular status

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KUALA LUMPUR: A former Appeals Court judge has called on all Malaysians to defend the country’s status as a secular nation as aspired by Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Mohd Hishamudin Yunus, who retired in 2015 after serving the bench for 24 years, said the status had been agreed to in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and stipulated in the Federal Constitution, and therefore must be respected by all.

“Freedom to practise religion was guaranteed during the negotiations to establish Malaysia.

“The issue of hudud (Islamic criminal punishment) never cropped up,” he was quoted as saying by The Star Online today.

“If it did then, certainly the proposal would have been overruled by the people of North Borneo (Sabah) and Sarawak,” he said at a forum organised by Sisters in Islam yesterday.

Referring to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s motion in the Dewan Rakyat on April 6 to bring about intensified shariah punishments through amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), he said the move was not suitable and will not be accepted by most Malaysians. Continue reading

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