KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 ― The women’s wing of MCA has urged the police today to investigate “Red Shirt” movement leader Datuk Jamal Yunos for alleged links to Islamic State (IS), after the Umno leader claimed to have information on the terror group.
According to the wing, Jamal’s “reliable source” would have to be an IS operative himself to have such knowledge of the terror group member’s movements or plans, rather than any intelligence agencies who would not divulge such top secret information.
“Although Jamal Yunos said he would hand over such information to the police, Wanita MCA on the other hand, urges the police to immediately begin probe against the Red Shirt leader as to how he obtained such information, to verify if the data he holds has basis or not,” the wing chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie said in a statement.
“Moreover, Bukit Aman must also investigate if Jamal Yunos himself has any links with IS or any other terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaeda, or Jamaah Islamiyah whose supporters have been detained in Malaysia.” Continue reading
PETALING JAYA: Bersih reform group activists reported tense moments in Lumut, Perak, when Red Shirt supporters harassed a convoy of cars which were part of a nationwide campaign to publicise the Bersih 5.0 rally next month.
“They shouted Mati Bersih (Die Bersih), and at one point, one of their cars actually overtook us and blocked our car, resulting in a slight knock,” said human rights activist Ivy Josiah.
The Red Shirted driver of the other car got out and began circling their car, but they remained calm and stayed in their car, later driving around the Red Shirt car and proceeding with their journey to Teluk Intan.
She was travelling in a car with Batu MP Tian Chua, his driver and Meera Samanther, president of the Association of Women Lawyers.
Josiah told FMT that the trouble began after the launch of the Lumut convoy.
Police had kept Red Shirt members and Bersih activists apart at the launching ceremony. But when the convoy took to the road, Red Shirt supporters went after the convoy, which consisted of some 12 vehicles draped in Bersih flags.
She said some 40 Red Shirt supporters on motorcycles and in cars began targeting cars in the Bersih convoy, screaming at the occupants and pulling off the flags on the car.
“They were very aggressive and provocative,” Josiah said. Continue reading
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Razak lacks legal standing when he filed a defamation suit as it was done in his official capacity, the High Court heard today.
Lawyer Ranjit Singh, who is representing former Transport Minister Dr Ling Liong Sik, said a cursory study of Najib’s statement of claim revealed that the plaintiff (Najib) complained that the attack on his reputation was made on the basis of his public office and as chairman of the 1MDB advisory board.
He said this to reporters after submitting before Judge Nor Bee Ariffin, who heard Dr Ling’s application to strike out Najib’s suit in chambers.
Ranjit is relying on a recent Court of Appeal ruling which held that a public figure cannot sue for defamation in an official capacity.
In that case, Justice Idrus Harun had said people should be able to discuss the conduct of the government and public officials without being subject to civil action. Continue reading
PETALING JAYA: It isn’t every day that one willingly parts with more than half of one’s precious organs to save the life of another, more so if that individual is not a close family member.
However for 27-year-old Sabahan Marie Christie Robert, that decision was made willingly since the recipient was a former teacher whom she loved dearly for his steadfast commitment to helping her pass Mathematics in school.
According to a news report in The Star today, Marie donated 61 per cent of her liver to 57-year-old Cheong Siew Hua, whose liver was failing due to a Hepatitis B infection.
Cheong’s situation became desperate when doctors turned down a previous donor, his own sister, due to health reasons.
It was at around this time that Marie got in touch with Cheong’s family and volunteered to donate part of her liver to save her beloved teacher’s life. Continue reading
KUALA LUMPUR: Social activist Marina Mahathir has advised Malaysian politicians who are not proficient in English to speak in Malay when giving public addresses.
If they were keen on using English, they should attend classes to improve their command of the language, she said in an interview with FMT.
She was commenting on Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, a video recording of which has been posted on a UN website. A news portal has described the speech as “less than eloquent”.
Marina said Zahid should have spoken in Malay. “Politicians should know they have an option to speak in Malay” at the UN. “There are good translators there. But I suppose he felt he should speak in English since we have always spoken in English at the UN General Assembly. Continue reading
MALACCA: Two students managed to sneak out of the country to join the Islamic State (IS) with one of them, a female medical student, now in Syria. The other, a male, was detected and sent back and is now in police custody.
Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay (pix) said the two, in their 20s, were found to be in the Middle East despite rigid controls at Malaysian exit points.
He said his team managed to detect the movements of the male student who attempted to enter Syria via a flight through Istanbul, Turkey. Continue reading