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Saturday, March 25, 2017

London Attacker Spent Two Years In Saudi (Between 2005 to 2015)

British emergency services trying to save the life of  terrorist who had just killed 5 people

Khalid Masood who killed four people was in Saudi three times 
from Nov 2005 to Nov 2006
from April 2008 to April 2009.
returned for six days in March, 2015 

how he became radicalized aren’t clear. 
His time in Saudi Arabia may provide clues

ISIS claimed responsibility for attack

Masood drove SUV on Wed striking pedestrians
attacked police officer, fatally stabbing him 
before being shot dead by police

killed four people,  > two dozen hospitalized
some with catastrophic injuries

Masood 52 had arrest record dating to 1983 
in 2000 slashed man after drinking four pints

My comments : Its just yet another coincidence. Nothing more than that. 

15 of the 19 hijackers on 9-11 were Saudis. 
The ISIS is funded by Saudis. 
Wahhabism / Salafism is from Saudi.  

Now this ISIS terrorist who killed five people in London also lived and worked in Saudi for a couple of years. 

He travelled to Saudi three times, the last being in 2015.  

Its all just a huge coincidence. 

Escalator reverses direction, injures 18 in Hong Kong

The escalator was going up before suddenly going backwards, throwing shoppers off balance.
PETALING JAYA: At least 18 people were injured after the steps on one of Hong Kong’s longest indoor escalators abruptly slid backwards this afternoon.
According to Apple Daily, 14 women and four men were injured, some with head injuries.
The 45m-long escalator links the fourth and eighth floors of Langham Place. It is one of the longest in Hong Kong.
Video footage showed it moving upwards, before suddenly going backwards, throwing shoppers off balance about 4pm. Some hung on to the handrail.
The escalator was last inspected on Jan 27. The last routine inspection was on Thursday.
Langham Place, completed in 2004, gets more than 200,000 visitors each day.
One of those injured, a woman, told reporters the escalator was going at twice its normal speed when the incident happened. It lasted less than a minute. -FMT

Broiler chicken, eggs safe, assures Veterinary Department

No sign of the bird flu, confined to Kelantan, spreading to humans, says health ministry.
PUTRAJAYA: Broiler chickens and eggs available in the market are safe for consumption as the products are supplied by the country’s chicken breeders and operators, and are certified free from H5N1 avian flu, says the Veterinary Services Department.
It said the breeders and operators were constantly monitoring the situation and imposing control on the birds’ movement in their respective states.
“The level of preparation in other states (except for Kelantan) which remain free (from H5N1) is at an all-time high,” it added in a statement here today.
According to the statement, the H5N1 outbreak was currently being controlled within a 30km radius from Kampung Pulau Tebu (the location where the outbreak was detected), involving six jurisdictions in Kelantan, namely Kota Bharu, Pasir Mas, Pasir Puteh, Tumpat, Tanah Merah and Bachok.
“A total of 121 birds and 31 eggs had been culled in a culling exercise at 18 locations yesterday, while three chickens were seized in the inspection on 208 vehicles in the state.
“The culling exercise continues at other locations. In total, 37,862 of birds and 15,450 eggs had been culled so far. In addition, 3,602 samples from 613 bird owners had been taken,” said the department.
Deputy Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya today confirmed that there was no H5N1 infection from chicken on humans reported in Kelantan so far and advised members of the public not to panic.
The infection had also not spread to neighbouring Terengganu.
On March 15, the Kelantan government declared H5N1 as a state disaster. -FMT

Cops deny Tioman female tourist raped by tourist guides

According to viral postings on social media, tour guides on the island targeted female tourists who wore sexy clothes.
KUANTAN: Police have denied news reports which went viral on the social media that a female tourist was raped or assaulted by tour guides on Pulau Tioman here.
Rompin police chief DSP Azli Mohd Noor said there had been no report on such an incident.
He said according to the false viral report, tour guides on the island targeted female tourists who wore sexy clothes to rape or assault them, especially those who came alone or with other female friends.
“The police have investigated the allegation and found it to be untrue.
“We take a serious view of the spread of such false news as it is clearly aimed at jeopardising the tourism economy and objectives of Visit Pahang Year 2017,” he told Bernama when contacted here today. -FMT

Report against Amanah for using Nik Aziz’s name in seminar

Nik Aziz’s family considers it an insult to the late tok guru, ‘who always was consistent in his PAS struggle when he was alive’.
KOTA BHARU: A police report was lodged by a family member of former Kelantan menteri besar and PAS spiritual leader, the late Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, today against Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).
PAS Youth chief Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said the report was lodged by his brother, Nik Adli, at the Kota Bharu district police headquarters in Pengkalan Chepa near here at 10.30 am.
He said it was over a seminar organised by Amanah which used their late father’s name and regarded it as an insult to Nik Aziz, who had always been consistent in his PAS struggle when he was alive.
“Amanah wants to organise a seminar using tok guru’s (the late Nik Abdul Aziz) name and the party claims that my late father would support Amanah, if he is alive.
“I regard this as an insult to my late father,” he told a media conference at his family home in Pulau Melaka here today.
Nik Abduh said the family would not hesitate to take legal action against Amanah if the party leaders continued to use Nik Aziz’s name for their political interests.
Amanah, through its website at http://amanahdaily.com on last March 20 posted that the party was organising a seminar “Pemikiran Tuan Guru Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat” on this April 9 at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly hall in Kuala Lumpur. -FMT

Is BN afraid of Kit Siang, asks DAP

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke reminds Rahman Dahlan that DAP's internal party matters are none of his business.
PETALING JAYA: If Lim Kit Siang’s support is really fading within DAP, then BN should just seize the opportunity and take him on in the upcoming polls, Seremban MP Anthony Loke said.
Loke was responding to earlier remarks by Umno minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan who claimed there were internal problems within DAP that had led party members to begin rejecting Lim.
Rahman had called for Lim’s retirement, pointing out that DAP members were sick of being under his leadership for 51 years.
He claimed DAP members at the grassroots level wanted a shift of power to a leader who was more progressive and moderate compared with the “extreme views” Lim had.
“If he thinks that Lim is so unpopular, then all the more reason for BN to hope for Lim to contest in the upcoming polls.
“Why is BN so afraid of contesting against him?” Loke posed the question when contacted.
Loke also reminded Rahman that DAP’s internal matters were none of his concern.
“And the decision whether Lim will be the party’s leader is left to the party’s leadership to decide. It’s none of Rahman’s business.
“I’m sure many party members still view Lim as an asset to the party.”
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, had earlier this morning announced that the constituency would be his “first choice” if he was chosen to run in the upcoming 14th general election.
The DAP supremo, on a nationwide tour to promote the DAP’s “Save and Reset Malaysia” campaign, said this after being the target of posters and banners, put up around Gelang Patah, which mockingly suggested that he was “missing” from his constituency. -FMT


Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim says shariah amendments are a matter for Muslims to discuss and non-Muslims should not concern themselves with the bill, as it has ‘no effect whatsoever’ on them.
(FMT) – PAS’ proposal to amend the Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355) is not unconstitutional as Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, which speaks about equality of the law, does not apply.
This, according to former chief justice Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, is because “Muslims are not asking for equality”, and are “happy to abide by the law” if it is passed in Parliament.
He was responding to a statement by Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong who had voiced his opposition to PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Members’ Bill to amend Act 355, saying it contravened the Federal Constitution.
Mah was reported to have said last year that the bill might result in a duplicity of laws as there would be two sets of laws for the same offences. This, said Mah, contravened Article 8 of the Federal Constitution which related to equality under the law for citizens.
“Gerakan said no one person should be treated differently,” said Ahmad Fairuz, in a lecture titled “Islam as the Law of the Land” held at the Majestic Hotel here today.
“But I say Muslims are not asking for equality, they’re happy to follow their religion, to have hudud.
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“They are happy to comply as some people believe you must literally follow the Quran, although previous Caliphs have shown there is room for different interpretations.”
Asked about Muslims who might not be “happy” with the bill’s proposed amendments, he said they could come forward and discuss it with other Muslims.
Non-Muslims on the other hand, should not concern themselves with the bill, as it had “no effect whatsoever” on them, he added.
“Come forward, we’ll discuss it as Muslims, this needs to be settled by Muslims. Act 355 is about empowering the shariah court that only has jurisdiction on the Muslims.
“I don’t understand why our non-Muslim brothers are not happy with it. It doesn’t affect them.
“And I’m not in favour of non-Muslims speaking about this in public, and being quoted by the press, this will create tension among members of the public.”
Hadi’s bill seeks to increase the Shariah Courts’ punishment caps to 30 years jail term, a fine of up to RM100,000 and up to 100 strokes of the cane.
Currently, the shariah criminal punishment is capped at three years’ prison term, RM5,000 fine and six strokes of the cane.
Non-Muslims are not the only ones against the controversial bill. Muslim leaders, including those from Sabah and Sarawak, have also objected to it.

Wan Azizah: Where’s the promised welfare bill for retired cops?

Opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has reminded the government of its promise to introduce legislation for the welfare of retired cops.
Wan Azizah’s reminder coincided with the Royal Malaysian Police’s (PDRM) 210th anniversary today.
“Based on media reports, the deputy home minister had on Feb 7, 2014 said the government was studying a draft law to better manage the welfare of former and retired police officers.
“But to date, nothing has been heard of the draft. I urge the government to expedite the public consultation programme including engaging the opposition to draft a law that can improve the welfare of former and retired police officers,” she said in a statement today.
Wan Azizah said the welfare of police officers and their families should be safeguarded and improved.
“The salary and allowances of junior police officers should also be reviewed and rationalised in accordance with increasing inflation,” she said.

On Thursday, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed told Parliament that police officers who take up loan from illegal sources risk being sacked from the force in a bid to protect the good name of the police.
This was amid high debt problems among junior police officers.
Wan Azizah also emphasised the need to improve the police force, including curbing the incidences of deaths in custody.
One such solution, she said, was the introduction of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
She also urged police to expedite probes into a series of recent kidnappings.- Mkini

Malaysia's cyber defence system will start full operations in October

The Malaysian Armed Forces' cyber defence system which would emerge as the best such system in the Southeast Asian region will begin full operations in October this year. 
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said today the system, which had been developed two years ago, aimed to boost the country's preparedness in facing cyber threats.
"This (cyber threat) is an area which, in the context of the country's defence, must be taken seriously," he told reporters after participating in the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Dialogue: The Future of National Defence, in Langkawi.
He said that before the system was developed fully, the Malaysian armed forces had already succeeded in thwarting several cyber attacks by certain parties, but he declined further comment.
"If I disclose more than this, I fear that those who are watching us will know of our (cyber defence system) capability," he said.
Meanwhile, Hishammuddin said his ministry was studying in detail another new pension scheme for about 176,000 military personnel who had now retired but had not received their pension.
He said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was expected to announce the new scheme at the launching of the Warriors' Day this year.

"(For the moment) many things have to be discussed with the stakeholders but we have already identified several steps forward (towards preparing the new scheme)," he said.
With regard to the dialogue, he said the participants concerned had given positive inputs and his ministry would collaborate with the Youth and Sports Ministry to finalise the aspirations of TN50 regarding the country's defence.
The dialogue, which was also attended by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, involved about 600 participants comprising university students, youth leaders and the National Service Training Programme alumni.
- Bernama

Azmin mystified with query over ‘lebai’ photo

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was mystified when he was queried about why he changed his profile pictures on social media to one of him wearing a skullcap, which is also referred to as ‘lebai’ in Malay.
“If I change (profile pictures) it is wrong, if I don’t it is also wrong. If I smile it is wrong, if I don't smile it is also wrong. So how should it be?" he shot back at reporters
He was met after opening the Community Basketball Tournament in Batu 11, Cheras.
The MB was asked on what motivated him to change his profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to that particular one of him wearing a ‘lebai’.
Previously, the PKR deputy president used a profile picture of himself smiling while having a teh tarik with the public, sans any head covering.
Azmin’s move to change his social media profile pictures to one of him wearing a ‘lebai’ came just after he tweeted a comment lambasting a Pak Lebai (skullcap wearing man) who wanted to take over Selangor yet lost badly in his own turf.
While he did not name anyone, his tweet came soon after PAS Youth chief Nik Abduh Nik Aziz said that PAS, which had once agreed to PKR taking the lead in Selangor, may no longer give way in the next national polls.
Nik Abduh also just lost rather badly in the Pengkalan Chepa PAS divisonal polls, where he was trounced by the incumbent divisional deputy chief who garnered 207 votes to his 37.
In any case, Azmin urged the opposition parties not to jump conclusions and keep calm, and work to resolve any differences through sober discussion.
As far as PKR is concerned, he said, one should not cut off ties with any party, even if the other side does so.
Azmin also said that it is better for any contentions to be made in council and away from the eyes of the media, as open bickering will not benefit anyone.

Meanwhile, Azmin also advised Umno information chief Annuar Musa to use the RM50,000 he is offering as a prize in his ‘is it true (DAP veteran Lim) Kit Siang racist’ essay contest, for the benefit of the poor and needy.
“Does he have nothing else to do, I think the allocation should be given to the people who need it,” he said.
Annuar had initially boasted a RM10,000 prize for an essay competition for those who can write on ‘is it true that Lim is racist and a dictator’. He later increased the prize money to RM50,000.- Mkini

Rafizi raises alarm on 4.5pct inflation, ticks off 'racist essays' distraction

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has raised alarm bells over February's inflation data, which recorded 4.5 percent year-on-year, the highest monthly inflation rate in eight years.
"The news about February's inflation hitting 4.5 percent passed without notice.
"There is an MP who is more interested in offering tens of thousands in prize money to get people to sully their political opponents, but are uninterested about spiking inflation.
"Politicians assume that most Malaysians do not understand economic figures, or they don't understand it themselves and therefore the matter has been ignored without any reaction," he said in a statement today.
Rafizi was likely referring to Umno information chief Annuar Musa's RM50,000 offer for essays on whether DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang was racist.
It sparked a flurry of responses from DAP, including a police report, DAP member Zaid Ibrahim offering RM10,000 for essays on whether Najib Abdul Razak is the worst prime minister and Lim asking the government to offer RM500,000 for essays on whether Najib was a kleptocrat.
Rafizi said the inflation spike was due to increases in the cost of transportation, food and housing, all of which are important to Malaysians.
He pointed out that annual inflation exceeding 4.5 percent only occurred twice in recent years, namely during the 1998 Asian financial crisis and 2008 US subprime mortgage crisis.

Bank Negara expects the annual inflation data for the year 2017 to be between three to four percent. It was 2.1 percent last year.
In light of the inflation concerns, Rafizi said he will speak to his political allies and NGOs on addressing the problem.
"I will campaign to re-institute subsidies that will not be exposed to leakages and that reach the target groups, as a first step towards overcoming the rising cost of goods," he said.- Mkini

Rahman reveals role in salvaging US$7b Aramco deal

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said he was at the right place and the right time when the US$7 billion deal with Saudi Aramco did not progress as expected.
Abdul Rahman said the prime minister had ordered him to Riyadh at the end of 2016, after negotiations for the deal, which had gone on for around two years, were progressing very slowly.
"I asked them (what was the problem). Even though they did not want to be direct in the meeting, but outside the meeting, they told me they were worried about our country's economic situation [...]
"We are lucky because the Saudi Aramco-Petronas deal was sort of a government-to-government (negotiation) as Saudi Aramco is wholly-owned by the Saudi Arabian government while Petronas is wholly-owned by the Malaysian government.
"Therefore I, as the minister, had the opportunity to be the referee for both sides. Because I was there at the right time, the right place, I managed to reduce the gap of misunderstanding," he said at the Peneraju Professional Chartered Financial Analyst Annual Summit in Shah Alam today.
Last Sunday, Najib claimed Saudi Aramco's plan to invest US$7 billion in Petronas's Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project almost fell apart due to "misinformation" about Malaysia.
Among the claims he said was that Malaysia was a risky economy and that the Employees' Provident Fund was on the verge of bankruptcy.
He blamed this on those he claimed were "unpatriotic".
Abdul Rahman said, thankfully, the deal is now on.
"Can you all imagine if Saudi Aramco did not come (to invest), how many jobs would be lost?" he said.
The deal was inked on Feb 28, during King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud's visit to Malaysia.

However, Abdul Rahman said there were many private companies out there trying to work out deals but they may not have the luxury of a minister trying to iron things out.
"I fear they may say that due to many negative news about our economy, which are baseless, they may decide not to invest in our country," he said.
He stressed that it is okay to question the policies and investment decisions of government funds, but making false claims about them crosses the line because it is wrong and harmful.- Mkini

Mah: EU resolution on palm oil discriminatory, biased

The approval of European Parliament's special committee of a resolution which called for the need of a single certification to guarantee that only sustainably produced palm oil enters the European Union (EU) market is discriminatory and biased against Malaysia's palm oil exports to the continent.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mah Siew Keong, said the action of the special committee, which comprised members of the EU Parliament, was also a cause for concern to the country if it was approved.
"For me, it is not fair that they (EU) want the certification before the palm oil can enter the EU market. Malaysia, as a palm oil producer, is entitled to issue the certificate and not for Europe to determine," he said.
He said this at a media conference after opening the 'Hello Teluk Intan's Commodities' programme in Teluk Intan today.
Over 100 small farmers and entrepreneurs attended the programme, which aimed to provide knowledge and awareness of the commodity sector
Mah said the resolution, which would be tabled in April, among others, also included the requirement for food labelling, indicating that palm oil was sustainably produced through packaging or information accessible through technological features.
"Malaysia is against the resolution because it would have a negative impact on palm oil exports to the EU and the impact on the economy is very bad for producers," he said.
He said if the EU Parliament were to approve the proposal, it would be a big challenge for Malaysia's palm oil industry.
"We also held a dialogue with the affected parties to tell them that the motion is a discrimination against palm oil," he said.

Mah said to protect the country's palm oil industry, the government will actively organise over 100 briefings and tour until next year, in order to create awareness among the 600,000 smallholders on Sustainable Palm Oil Certification Malaysia (MSPO).
"MSPO is the legal code standard on best practices from planting palm oil to processing and will be implemented in stages from 2018," he said.
In 2016, the EU was an important export destination for Malaysian palm oil products, with exports at 3.63 million tonnes worth RM10.3 billion, up 4.14 percent from RM9.89 billion in the previous year.
- Bernama

PAS urges GST cut amid rising inflation

In view of rising inflation, which reached a high of 4.5 percent in February, PAS urged the government to reduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate to cushion the rakyat from rising prices.
"PAS urges the GST rate to be reduced in line with the rising inflation. Since inflation rose 1.3 percent in February from January, it is only appropriate that GST be reduced from 6 percent to 4.7 percent," said its deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man.
He added that the rise in inflation was not surprising given that with the recent record increase in the prices of fuel and its cascading effect on the price of goods, which could only end with the rakyat having to pay more.
Tuan Ibrahim also warned that the actual prices of goods were actually higher as the increase in the cost of essential goods would translate into higher expenditures for all consumer goods down the line.
The PAS deputy president took a swipe at the government's plan for weekly fuel price announcements, which he said was not a holistic solution to the issue of reducing the cost of living for the rakyat.
He said he was concerned that the government's experiment with the fuel ceiling price would be used as an excuse to charge GST for fuel purchase under the pretext of preventing abuse.

In any case, he argued that reducing the GST rate in line with inflation could stabilise the rakyat's purchasing power and reduce the pressure on the lower and medium income groups.
"PAS reiterates that reducing the GST rate in line with increasing inflation will not reduce government earnings from the consumption tax, as the increase in the prices of goods will compensate for the reduction," he concluded.
Currently Malaysians have to pay 6 percent of GST. Yesterday, Bank Negara Malaysia announced that Malaysia's inflation for last month was 4.5 percent, the highest in eight years.- Mkini

NRD, AG asked why DNA match not enough for stateless kids

A citizen's group - Freedom - has asked the National Registration Department (NRD) why it is not accepting "incontrovertible evidence" of a DNA match for establishing parental relationship.
Spokesperson for Freedom N Ganesan asked what more is required from the affected children to gain their guaranteed right for citizenship.
He asked why is the NRD not seeking advice from the Attorney-General’s Office to interpret the law appropriately.
"Or is the Attorney-General’s Office of the same opinion?" he asked in a statement today.
Irrelevant reasons
He was referring to the case of three siblings - Suriya, 12, Agilandeswari, 11, and Thuaranayagi, 10, from Penang who are allegedly being denied citizenship.
Ganesan said their Malaysian father M Vengadeswaran had tried to redress the issue for years but was "stubbornly and unjustly" rejected by the government.
He claimed that the NRD had given " irrelevant reasons" to justify their action.
"The marriage of the parents of these children was not registered and their mother who is Indonesian by nationality left them and went away," Ganesan explained.
"Using these as reasons the NRD continues to deny these children their constitutionally guaranteed right," Ganesan said.
These children are being raised by their father, 44, who is a single parent, Ganesan noted.
The father performed a DNA matching in 2016 to establish his paternal relationship to provide absolute and incontrovertible evidence of his paternity.
This he did successfully through the government's Jabatan Kimia in June 2016, Ganesan said.
However, without the presence of the mother, the NRD officers in Penang and Putrajaya turned him away, despite the DNA match report, Ganesan claimed.
"The officers of the NRD are acting in utter violation of the Federal Constitution, knowingly or incompetently unknowingly and using various irrelevant parts of the law to block what is a guaranteed constitutional provision for these children," Ganesan said.
Federal Constitution states one parent enough
He cited the Federal Constitution - Part II Second Schedule [Article 14(1)(b)] which states that (a) every person born within the Federation of whose parents one at least is at time of the birth either a citizen or permanently resident in the Federation.
"The DNA matching meets the requirement of at least one parent being a citizen, the constitutional requirement is absolutely met and all other laws are subordinate to this clause and in any case needs to be consistent with this clause," Ganesan said.
He said despite written correspondences to the NRD director, Home Affairs Ministry chief secretary and the ttorney-general, there had been no effect.
"They (NRD) insist that the mother must be available and on hand for the application and that there must be a marriage registration.
"Parenthood is ultimately biological and all these requirements are just man-made rules to establish that parenthood," Ganesan said.

Ganesan also questioned the authorities why they were not being governed by the Federal Constitution, in matters related to citizenship.
"Can the citizens of the country conclude that your actions are effectively not governed by the laws of the country?
"That you can operate out of the ambit of law and that effectively there is no absolute rule of law in our country?"- Mkini

'Uncharismatic' Hadi making PAS confused, says Dr M

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has attributed PAS' confused stand on working with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) to its president Abdul Hadi Awang, whom he said lacked charisma.
“I sensed that PAS is pretty much confused, like I have said recently.
"Sometimes it seems that they are keen to join us (Pakatan Harapan) but other times they are not.
“They (PAS) asked us to organise a joint meeting but when we set the date, they said they did not ask for it, so there is no proper coordination in PAS,” New Straits Times reported Mahathir saying at a press conference after attending a meeting between Bersatu and Harapan leaders in Kedah at the party’s headquarters in Stargate, Alor Setar.
“The party led by Hadi is uncoordinated, especially when it keeps changing its stand on cooperation with Bersatu.
“Yes, there is a difference (with the past). Hadi has less charisma than (former leaders) Fadzil Noor, Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Mohamad Asri Muda.
“People are making all sort of allegations against him (Hadi) but he is incapable of responding to the accusations,” he was reported saying.

PAS leaders have contradicted one another on whether they intend to cooperate with Bersatu in the coming general election.
While Hadi claims the party will not work with Bersatu since the latter has ties with DAP and Amanah, his deputy Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has indicated discussions are still in progress.
Meanwhile Bersatu supreme council member Muhammad Faiz Na'aman in a statement today blamed the failure to rope in PAS to factional differences within the Islamist party.- Mkini

Najib upset some people belittling police force's contributions

Prime Minister Najib Razak today expressed sadness that some irresponsible groups tried to belittle the role and contribution of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and tarnished the image of the force with various slanders and untruths.
He said such actions were improper and immoral, especially if they were made based on certain objectives influenced by narrow political ideology.
"This is because no one can deny that history had shown that the deeds and contributions of the PDRM to the people and country were immense," he said when officially opening the 210th Police Day Memorial Parade 2017 at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur.
Also present were his wife, Rosmah Mansor, Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Home Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar.
Najib also touched on the sacrifices of the police personnel from the past until now who were ready to sacrifice their lives to uphold peace and order in the country.
He said the attack by a group of 185 communist terrorists on the Bukit Kepong Police Station in 1950, which killed 25 police personnel, their wives and children, as well as local villagers, and the bloody incident in Lahad Datu in 2013, were among sacrifices made by members of the police and security forces.
"How can we forget the tragedy (Lahad Datu incident) which saw how women had lost their husbands, children who lost their beloved fathers, as they were killed in the battle against the attackers," he said.
The 210th Police Day Memorial Parade 2017 this time carries the theme 'The police and the community are inseparable'.
Meanwhile, Najib said all the successes and recognition achieved by Malaysia would not have been possible without peace and prosperity enjoyed all this while with the assistance of and role played by police personnel.
Among the country's achievements mentioned by Najib were the launch of the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ), the first digital economic hub in the world outside China several days ago and the position of Kuala Lumpur as the 19th out of 100 most prosperous capital cities in the world in the Sustainable Cities Index 2016.
"All these would not have been successfully realised without making security and peace as fundamental issues, which were among the major prerequisites for national development and prosperity," he said.
Meanwhile, Najib praised the efficiency of the police in handling the murder case of North Korean national, Kim Jong-nam.
On Feb 13, Jong-nam was killed at the KL International Airport 2 while waiting for a flight to Macau.
He said although the high-profile case had attracted worldwide attention, the police had acted swiftly in unraveling the case, besides demonstrating high professionalism in handling the investigation.
In the meantime, Najib said the government realised the tasks and responsibility of the PDRM in facing challenges which were becoming more complex and difficult including white-collar crime involving the abuse of complex computerised technology; cross-border organised crime and cyber crime.

"Thus, I believe that as a dynamic and progressive enforcement organisation, the PDRM must carry out transformation, move in line with current demands, environmental changes and increasing public expectation," he said.
In this regard, Najib welcomed the numerous initiatives carried out by the police in tackling crime, including the Voluntary Smartphone Patrol (VSP) initiative launched today.
The VSP initiative is one of the programmes under the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS), where the PDRM is the implementing agency, through engagements with more than 11 million users of smartphones throughout the country to beef up crime monitoring activities by involving the community as the 'eyes' and 'ears' of the PDRM.
- Bernama

IGP protected Guan Eng when debate was cancelled, Rahman claims

The inspector-general of police’s order to cancel a debate between the then-housing, local government and urban wellbeing minister and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had protected the latter from the risk of self-incrimination, said Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
The then-housing minister said unlike the upcoming debate between Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Lim was under an investigation on the debate topic whereas Nazri and Mahathir are not.
“When the inspector-general decided to ask me to cancel it (the debate), to a certain degree he was protecting Lim. That’s because there was an ongoing investigation at the time that led to corruption charges against Lim.
“Had the debate had taken place, it would open opportunities or cause Lim - in the heat of fielding questions in a debate - to incriminate himself because the investigation was ongoing,” Rahman, who is now the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit, told a press conference in Shah Alam today.
He said many people had linked the cancelled debate between him and Lim with the upcoming debate between Mahathir and Nazri, even though the circumstances surrounding the two debates are different.

The debate between Lim and Abdul Rahman was over alleged improprieties over the Penang government’s sale of land in Taman Manggis.
Lim is currently facing trial at the Penang High Court for two counts of corruption over the Taman Manggis issue.

At the press conference today, Abdul Rahman also said he was making preparations with TV3 to hold the live TV debate up to the final moments before it was called off.
He reiterated that he does not shy away from debating members of the opposition, and had done so on numerous occasions in the past, whether in or outside Parliament.

Meanwhile, Nazri and Mahathir are set to debate topics such as 1MDB, the RM2.6 billion transfer into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's accounts, and the BMF scandal that occurred during Mahathir's premiership.

It is scheduled to take place on April 7 in Shah Alam.

Umno supreme council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman had expressed concern that the debate would affect the party ‘if they hurl accusations at each other’.

Asked if he shares such concerns, Abdul Rahman who is also the BN strategic communications director replied, “I don’t mind. Debates are okay”.- Mkini

No more VX agent in Malaysia, says top cop

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said there is no more VX nerve agent, which was used in the murder of Kim Jong-nam, in the country.
"We will know if there is (more)," he told a press conference after attending the 210th Police Day.
Police have found in its preliminary report that Jong-nam was killed by the VX nerve agent, which the UN classified as a weapon of mass destruction.
Meanwhile, Khalid acknowledged that the suspects of Jong-nam's murder were still inside the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, but the police would not breach any international protocol and rules to go inside to get them.
"It is all right, we have all the time," he said, adding that the North Korean embassy has yet to respond to Malaysia's request to hand over the suspects to the police.
Khalid was also asked about the message the suspects attempted to send out when they were caught busy playing snooker in the one-minute video aired by a Japanese TV station.
"It is all right, they can send whatever message they like, I have delivered my message to them," he responded.
Without revealing the details, Khalid said the police is making progress in the murder investigation.
"Of course there is progress, surely we must progress in our investigation. But, I am not sharing it with you," he said.
Khalid also believed that his demand for North Korea to surrender the suspects would not jeopardise the safety of the nine Malaysians still stranded in North Korea.
"This is purely our duty to investigate cases of murder, so I don't want to be dragged into politics.
"The police is performing its duty on a case of murder, it is a criminal offence here in the country and we are duty-bound to investigate," he said.
On Feb 13, Jong-nam was assassinated while he was waiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) for a flight to Macau.
The victim, who carried a passport bearing the name Kim Chol, died on the way to Putrajaya Hospital.
North Korea and Malaysia have barred each other's citizens from leaving their countries.

Meanwhile, Khalid promised to look into the case of missing Perlis activist Amri Che Mat, who was said to have been kidnapped in a similar manner like pastor Raymond Koh.
"I have to check, that's news to me. I am not seeing the report yet," he said.
Amri was last seen on Nov 24, 2016 before he left home and his vehicle was found by the police the next day.
Koh was abducted by several masked man in black SUVs after blocking his car in Petaling Jaya on Feb 13.- Mkini

I'll cooperate with agencies, Rahman says after duo's revelation

Former housing, local government and urban wellbeing minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan has reiterated his pledge to cooperate with enforcement agencies on the allegations of abuse of power against him.
His comments came after two DAP grassroots leaders - Satees Muniandy and David Marshall - revealed documents that purportedly supported their claim that Abdul Rahman had abused his power in relation to a high-profile housing case.
“I’m more than happy to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police. We know all the documents they (Satees and David) have been talking about.
“We have our own opinion about these documents, and we will wait and see and we will share our opinions with the relevant authorities.
“I’m very confident that at the end of it, there is no wrongdoing as alleged by the DAP on the issue,” said Abdul Rahman, who is now the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.
He was speaking at a press conference in Shah Alam after attending the Peneraju Profesional CFA (chartered financial analysts) Annual Summit 2017.
Satees and David had lodged a police report against Abdul Rahman on Feb 28, followed by a report to the MACC on March 6.
They said Abdul Rahman had abused his power by approving an extension of time (EOT) request by developer BHL Construction Sdn Bhd in 2015 for its Palace Court project in Cheras.
A total of 104 homebuyers were affected by the decision, which came to light after the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that the minister had acted beyond the powers provided by the Housing Development Act.
They also claimed that attorney-general Mohd Apandi Ali’s wife, Faridah Begum KA Abdul Kader, had written the request for the EOT to Abdul Rahman on the pretext of being BHL Construction’s director, even though she supposedly did not hold the post.
Neither Faridah nor Apandi had responded to Malaysiakini’s attempts to contact them for comments on the allegation.
Yesterday, Satees and David released documents that they claimed would support their allegations.

Today, Abdul Rahman maintained that he as the housing minister at the time had the power to give EOTs, and he had acted within the law. His former ministry’s next step is to appeal against the court decision.
Abdul Rahman is currently the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.
He added that if he were to rebut Satees's and David’s allegations, it would only start a never-ending exchange. Hence, he was allowing the duo to speak on the issue while authorities conducted their investigations.- Mkini