Thursday, 28 March 2013

Kg Tanduo will be closed, villagers to be relocated

Maybe this is the best way after all.

LAHAD DATU (March 27, 2013): The Malaysian security forces have decided that Kampung Tanduo, where the Sulu terrorists were first holed up after entering Sabah on Feb 9, will be permanently closed.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib said the villagers, who currently taking shelter at an evacuation centre here, would be relocated to a new settlement which would be decided later.
He said the decision was made after the security forces found that the village, which was used as a fortress by the terrorists, was badly destroyed following the offensive launched on March 5.
"That is what has been decided so far, we will discuss the matter further, but as far as national security is concerned, it is only right that the residents of the village be relocated to a new place," he told a press conference at Felda Sahabat 16 operation base here today. He said the new settlement for the 12 families of residents, however, would not be far from Kampung Tanduo.
Hamza also said that the area of Kampung Tanduo was now free from terrorist threats and the police would convene a meeting with the National Security Council, Lahad Datu District Office and the village head to discuss the possibility to allow the villagers to return home before the relocation.
"The mopping up exercise is now being done in Tanjung Labian and Tanagian before entering the area of Sungai Bilis and we believe that it will be completed soon before we can allow the residents to return home," he said.
Earlier, Hamza said the security forces had seized a pistol, six live bullets and a machete left by the terrorists after the gun battle in Sungai Bilis early today.
He said in the 7.30am incident, the security personnel were carrying out the mopping up exercise in the area before coming across three terrorists who immediately fired at them and fled the scene when the personnel started to return fire. No casualties were reported, he added. –Bernama

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Tony Fernandes: Donald Trump versi Asia

Oleh: Siti Munawira Mustapha via Yahoo Entertainment

Malaysia's aviation tycoon, Tony Fernandes (middle). Photo: Yahoo Entertainment

Kejayaan serta karisma yang dimiliki beliau sudah tentu membuatkan Tony Fernandes pilihan paling tepat sebagai mentor dan pengacara bagi rancangan realiti "The Apprentice Asia" yang bakal disiarkan pada Mei ini.

Untuk "The Apprentice" versi Asia ini, Fernandes bersama Kathleen Tan, selaku Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif AirAsia Expedia serta Mark Lancaster yang merupakan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Tune Hotels Group bakal membimbing dan menilai 12 orang finalis.

Dari kalangan 12 orang itu, hanya seorang sahaja yang akan bergelar juara yang mana beliau berpeluang bekerja di salah sebuah syarikat Fernandes selama setahun dengan gaji berjumlah AS $100,000 (RM309,249) dalam tempoh tersebut.

"Saya tidak pasti sejauh mana kemampuan untuk mengendalikan program ini walaupun rakamannya sudah berlangsung separuh jalan tetapi ia adalah pengalaman yang istimewa kerana saya tidak pernah mempunyai pelatih sebelum ini," kata beliau seperti yang dipetik dari laporan Harian Metro.

"Tambahan pula, segala gerak-geri dan aktiviti 12 pelatih ini dirakam dalam program televisyen. Tentu tekanannya berbeza dengan latihan yang diberikan tanpa dirakam. Namun, saya percaya program ini adalah peluang hebat untuk anak muda ini belajar banyak perkara baru."

Ditanyakan sama ada beliau akan mengamalkan gaya Donald Trump yang memecat pelatihnya dengan cara kasar menerusi "The Apprentice" versi Amerika Syarikat, tokoh ahli perniagaan ternama itu mengakui bahawa beliau berasa kurang selesa dengan elemen drama yang perlu dimasukkan memandangkan beliau lebih gemar mengamalkan kaedah perbincangan dan toleransi terhadap pekerja yang melakukan kesalahan.

Akan tetapi, beliau akan bertolak ansur dengan hal itu memandangkan ianya merupakan sesuatu yang tidak boleh diasingkan dari sesebuah program realiti demi menarik perhatian penonton.

"Walaupun saya berasa kurang selesa tetapi saya perlu bertolak ansur dengan perkara itu kerana ia menjadikan program lebih menarik, lebih percaya pada kaedah perbincangan dan toleransi jika pekerja melakukan kesalahan atau gagal menepati kehendak syarikat."

Tambah pengarah kepada AirAsia Berhad itu, para peserta rancangan "The Apprentice Asia" yang berasal dari sekitar negara Asia dan berusia dalam lingkungan 21 tahun ke atas haruslah memiliki kriteria seperti kebolehan berfikir dan melakukan kerja dengan pantas demi menepati budaya perniagaan beliau.

Breitling jets over KLCC - amazing photographs

For the first time in Malaysia's aviation and horological history, Breitling jet team - the world’s largest civilian aerobatic team performing on jets - soars in close formation and precision over the Kuala Lumpur City Center. Photos by Katsu Tokunaga - Breitling SA. News source from Yahoo!

Source: Yahoo News

The truth about smartphones

Who is the master?

Of course, you are the master. LOL

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Why do we have fingerprints?

Fingerprints are formed when our skin contracts around our fingers around the middle of pregnancy. The dermal ridges, patterns, etc., formed are unique as this never happens in the same way twice. Fingerprints are the remnants of this process.


An obvious answer would be that rough hands grip better than smooth ones, but in fact this is wrong. The ‘dermal ridges’ reduce friction between the skin and other surfaces because they reduce the area of skin in contact. This might be why we get very few blisters on the soles of our feet or the tips of our fingers.

Another reason is that ridges make skin more sensitive. In experiments using rubber-like sensors on artificial fingertips, researchers found grooves produced distinct vibrations when moved across a surface and these vibrations help with sensing.

Why are fingerprints all different? They are probably like cat fur or shell patterns. Given different genes and environments they turn out a little bit different in each person.

Richest person in the automotive industry is a woman

This is such an inspiration and every woman should be proud.

Susanne Klatten
Net Worth: $14.3 billion as of March 2013

At a Glance
Age: 50
Source of Wealth: BMW, pharmaceuticals
Country of Citizenship: Germany
Education: Master of Business Administration, International Institute for Management and Development
Marital Status: Married, Children: 3

Forbes Lists
#58 Forbes Billionaires
#4 in Germany

The Richest Car Guy On The Planet Is A Woman

According to Forbes 2012 billionaire list, Susanne Klatten is the richest person in the world who made their money in the automotive industry.

Forbes valued the 49-year-old German at $13 billion, making her the 59th-richest person in the world and the richest person in Germany.

A trained economist, Klatten inherited a stake in BMW from her late father, Herbert Quandt, who rescued the company from bankruptcy decades ago. She also controls chemical manufacturer Altana and holds stakes in wind power outfit Nordex AG and carbon and graphite producer SGL and Geohumus, which focuses on developing a water storing granulate to be used in agriculture.

In 2009, Klatten won a civil case against Helg Sgarbi, an ex-lover who tried to blackmail her for millions. Sgarbi was sent to jail for six years for fraud and attempted extortion. She lives in Bad Homburg, Germany.

Other people on this year’s list who made their fortunes in cars include BMW’s Stefan and Johanna Quandt (Nos. 76 and 88, worth $11.2 billion and $10 billion, respectively); Hyundai’s Chung Mong-Koo (No. 161, $6.2 billion); Tesla’s Elon Musk (No. 634, $2 billion); and Roger Penske (No. 1075, $1.1 billion).

Read more at Forbes

Kiram clan claim 8 charged are Malaysians and not Filipinos

Kuala Lumpur: The Kiram clan has disowned the eight charged with intrusion into Sabah as Malaysians and not Filipinos, saying that two of those accused had actually died in a clash with Malaysian security forces.

Self-styled Sultan Jamalul Kiram III's spokesman Abraham Idjirani had told the Philippines media the sultanate learned about the "fall guys" from a source in Sabah.

"Our basis for saying that they are not Filipinos is that our source from Sabah called us to say they are Malaysians. They are not Filipinos," he was quoted as saying by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

"To confirm this, they (Malaysian authorities) should divulge where they were caught. If they were caught outside Lahad Datu, they were [Malaysian] civilians," he said.

The Philippine daily quoted Syarulnizam Salleh, chair of the human rights subcommittee of the Sabah Lawyers Association (SLA), as saying the eight charged with launching terroristic acts and waging war were Filipinos.

Syarulnizam told the newspaper that he learned about the nationality of the eight men during his meeting with Malaysian Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail on Thursday night.

However, the SLA posted on its website that Malaysian authorities had arrested not only Filipinos but also Malaysians in the security operations to end the intrusion by followers of the claimant to the Sulu throne.

The Malaysian authorities have arrested 108 people suspected of links to the Sulu group led by Jamalul's brother, Agbimuddin Kiram.

The eight alleged followers of Jamalul faced judge P. Ravinthran of the Tawau High Court on Thursday on the charges brought by the Malaysian authorities against them the day before.

The case begins on April 12.

Published by Daily Express - March 24, 2013

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Violin from Titanic found

This could true.

It was said that numerous scientists, experts, and forensic specialists have examined the violin and have verified its provenance.

Hartley's violin? AP Photo/Henry Aldridge

In this undated photo provided by Henry Aldridge on Friday, March 15, 2013 shows the violin that was played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank, Devizes, England.

Survivors of the Titanic have said they remember the band, led by Wallace Hartley, playing on deck even as passengers boarded lifeboats after the ship hit an iceberg.

Hartley's violin was believed lost in the 1912 disaster, but auctioneers Henry Aldridge & Son say an instrument unearthed in 2006 has undergone rigorous testing and proven to be Hartley's.

The auction house said has spent the past seven years and thousands of pounds determining the water-stained violin's origins, consulting numerous experts including government forensic scientists and Oxford University. (AP Photo/Henry Aldridge)

600-year-old coin found in Kenya

Beautifully round and old, too.

The Chinese coin was known to have been issued from 1403 to 1425, and it bears the name of Emperor Yongle, leader of the Ming Dynasty.

A Chinese coin about 600 years old was recently unearthed on an island just off the coast of Kenya. If it proves to be authentic, the coin could show that the Chinese explorer Zheng He — like a Christopher Columbus of the East — came to this part of east Africa.

"This finding is significant. We know Africa has always been connected to the rest of the world, but this coin opens a discussion about the relationship between China and Indian Ocean nations," archaeologist Chapurukha M. Kusimba of The Field Museum in Chicago said in a statement.

The copper and silver disk has a square hole in the center, possibly to be worn on a belt. Kusimba told LiveScience it was found on the first day of excavations at Manda, an island that hugs Kenya's coast about 200 miles northeast of Mombasa. A joint expedition, led by Kusimba and Sloan R. Williams of the University of Illinois at Chicago, spent this past December through February studying the site.

The coin was issued from 1403 to 1425, and it bears the name of Emperor Yongle, leader of the Ming Dynasty who started building China's Forbidden City. At that time, Manda was nearing the end of its reign as a trading post. In 1430, the island was abandoned and never inhabited again. [Photos: The 10 Rarest US Coins]

Kusimba believes the coin could prove the island was visited by Zheng He, a court eunuch who rose to commander of the Chinese Navy. Emperor Yongle sent Zheng He on several ambitious voyages to explore the lands bordering the Indian Ocean and expand Chinese trade and political influence.

"Zheng He was, in many ways, the Christopher Columbus of China," Kusimba said. "It's wonderful to have a coin that may ultimately prove he came to Kenya."

The researchers got permission from the Kenyan government to export the coin to Chicago, where it is undergoing chemical analysis at The Field Museum. "We just want to be sure that it's an original government issue rather than a counterfeit," Kusimba told LiveScience.

The team will head back to Manda this coming December for another digging season; they plan to publish their findings in a peer-reviewed academic journal.

"This is one of the oldest sites in Sub-Saharan Africa and I think it's going to inform us a lot about the early relationship Africa had with Europe and Asia," Kusimba said.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

More than 13,000 dead pigs in China river!

What would you do when you see sea of pig in the river near you?

Dead pigs in China river exceed 13,000

The number of dead pigs found in a river running through China’s commercial hub Shanghai has reached more than 13,000, state media said, as mystery deepened over the hogs’ precise origin.

Shanghai had pulled 9,460 pigs out of the Huangpu river, which supplies 22 per cent of the city’s drinking water, since the infestation began earlier this month, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Shanghai has blamed farmers in Jiaxing in neighbouring Zhejiang province for dumping pigs which died of disease into the river upstream, where the official Xinhua news agency said another 3,601 dead animals had been recovered so far. The Jiaxing government has said the area is not the sole source of the carcasses, adding it had found only one producer that could be held responsible.

Shanghai said it had checked farms in its southwestern district of Songjiang, where the pigs were first detected, but found they were not to blame, the Shanghai Daily said.

The scandal has spotlighted China’s troubles with food safety, adding the country’s most popular meat to a growing list of food items rocked by controversy.

Samples of the dead pigs have tested positive for porcine circovirus, a common swine disease that does not affect humans.

Source - B.Post

Yikess! 3 new giant cockroach species found

Cockroaches have been crawling on the planet since before the time of the dinosaurs, and today there are more than 4,500 species known to science. Researchers are adding three more to that list.

Though they fall into the giant cockroach family (Blaberidae) these newly found, yellow-bodied creatures are small compared with some of their cousins — they grow just a little more than an inch (3 centimeters) in length in adulthood, compared with Blaberus giganteus, for example, which can reach lengths of 4 inches (10 cm).

The recently discovered insects are the first of the genus Pseudophoraspism to be found in China, researchers say. Until now, cockroaches of that genus had only been documented in Southeast Asia, never north of Vietnam.

"We found three new species from China, located in Hainan, Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces respectively, which extends the range of the genus Pseudophoraspis northward," entomologist Zongqing Wang, of China's Southwest University, said in a statement.

The new species — which are named Pseudophoraspis clavellata, Pseudophoraspis recurvata and Pseudophoraspis incurvata — were described online this week in the journal ZooKeys.


Melbourne to build tallest building in southern hemisphere

This is set to be the tallest building in southern hemisphere, but South Africa’s Centurion Symbio City, a 447 metre tower will take the throne when it is built by 2018.

Australia 108  building. Photo by AFP

MELBOURNE: Australia’s second-largest city Melbourne could possibly have the tallest building in the southern hemisphere after approval yesterday for a new 388-metre apartment and hotel complex.

The Victorian state government said Australia 108 would become the world’s 19th tallest building on completion and would be “an outstanding addition to Melbourne’s skyline”.

“I am proud to approve a tower that will define our city for many years to come,” Planning Minister Matthew Guy said.

There were some concerns that the construction of the 108-storey tower in the city’s Southbank area, expected to be ready in five years, would cast a shadow over the Shrine of Remembrance war memorial, one of the city’s best-known landmarks.

But Guy said the trustees of the shrine did not object to the proposal which he said was a A$600 million investment in the state economy that would create 300 jobs in construction and hospitality.

Architect Nonda Katsalidis said the tall, slender building which will have 646 apartments, a 288-room six-star hotel plus retail and office space, was designed to throw a spotlight on the city’s international identity.

“We don’t have an Opera House (like Sydney) but we have AFPa complex culture and all those ideas were thrown into this project,” Katsalidis told ABC radio.

“The hotel at the top is designed as a starburst. We took the inspiration from the stars on the Australian flag,” he added.

The world’s tallest building is Dubai’s Burj Khalifa at 828 metres high while Europe’s tallest skyscraper, the Shard in London, stands at 310 metres.

The current tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere is the Q1 tower on Queensland’s Gold Coast in Australia, which soars 323 metres to 71 storeys.

But Australia 108 could be trumped by South Africa’s Centurion Symbio City, a 447 metre tower to be built by 2018 near Pretoria. — AF

Monday, 18 March 2013

Parliament sitting: Quorum not met?

If you are a Member of Parliament and you are lazy to attend the sitting, why did you asked to be elected as MP in the first place?

Pemalas punya MP!

Quorum almost not met

THE Dewan Rakyat was thrown into temporary limbo and narrowly risked being adjourned prematurely due to insufficient quorum.

Many MPs from both sides were either away attending the Umno general assembly or the Selangor state legislative assembly sitting. This was highlighted by Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka) who pointed out to Deputy Speaker Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that there were not enough MPs in the House.

M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat), also pointed out that Standing Order 13 (1) stated the quorum of the House must consist of 26 MPs excluding the Chair.

The bell was rung for two minutes after Sim raised the standing order to call for quorum.

MPs were seen streaming into the House and Junaidi then announced that the Dewan met the quorum “by the skin of its teeth” with exactly 26 MPs in attendance.

“I am disappointed. Where is our responsibility towards the Dewan? I congratulate Betong (Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas) for being here.

“Where are the other non-Umno ministers and deputy ministers?” he questioned.

He then advised all MPs to come to Parliament by 9.45am.

“Let this be a lesson for all of us. The responsibility of meeting the quorum in the House lies with all of us,” Junaidi said.

However, as several MPs were seen leaving the House after the quorum was met, Junaidi asked them not to exit the Dewan.

“Sit inside (the Dewan) with me. Quorum can be called anytime. This is the last day of sitting. I have to do my work,” he said. Debates resumed shortly afterwards.


Angry goldsmith shop worker splashes acid on robber

Quick thinking by a dedicated employee!

Goldsmith trading can be risky. Photo: asiaone

MALACCA (17-3-2013): A furious employee of a goldsmith shop splashed corrosive fluid on an armed robber who was fleeing with three others after a heist at the shop in Taman Sri Duyong here.

In reaction, the robber hastily fired a shot as he rushed out of the shop. Another random shot was fired to scare off passers-by as the four armed men fled on two motorcycles.

An acid-laced glove and two bullet casings were later found by policemen investigating the 11.30am robbery yesterday.

State Crime Investigation chief Asst Comm Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah said that any clinic or hospital where a patient had sought treatment for acid burns should alert the police immediately.

There were no other casualties and the losses incurred in the robbery had yet to be determined.

From initial investigations and CCTV footage, ACP Raja Shahrom said based on their size and movement, the men were estimated to be below the age of 30.

- The Star

Japanese rescued from kidnap ring

Be careful with foreign nationals (Nigerian, Filipino) operating in Kajang.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Japanese man who was lured to Malaysia with a promise of a beautiful wife was kidnapped by a syndicate and held for ransom.

The syndicate used a Filipino woman to hook the 51-year-old engineer via online social websites and Skype to make him fly to Malaysia with the intention of marrying her.

The man arrived on March 12 and was subsequently picked up by his “girlfriend” and brought to a condominium in Kajang.

He was then held in a room and a ransom of US$50,000 (RM150,000) was demanded from his family back in Japan.

Police discovered the kidnap attempt and rescued the man when they raided two units in the condominium around 9pm on Saturday.

Five syndicate members comprising three Nigerian men and two Filipino women, who are all in their 30s, were arrested.

City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police had to shoot one of the Nigerian men in the leg as he tried to attack a policeman during the raid.

“They have been remanded for 14 days under Section 3(1) of the Kidnapping Act 1961,” he said yesterday.
 - Published: March 18, 2013 - TheStar

Note: Image for illustration only - Source

Najib: PNB staff to get additional month's bonus for 2012

Latest good news for PNB staff:

1 Month Bonus

SERDANG: Staff of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) will receive another month's salary bonus for 2012.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the bonus should spur the staff to work hard and ensure that achievements of the past 35 years could be continued.

"This bonus is on top of the bonus for 2012. I also encourage companies in the PNB group that do well to consider giving the same to staff.

"I hope with the remuneration, the staff will work even harder," he said at PNB'S 35th anniversary dinner here on Sunday.

Najib also announced that 2,474 children of PNB staff, aged below 23 years, will receive RM1,000 each in the form of Amanah Saham 1Malaysia units this year.

Two services related to inheritance unit trust, Hibah Amanah and Pengistiharan Amanah, under Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASBN) were also launched.

Hibah Amanah for Muslims and Pengistiharan Amanah for non-Muslims will benefit 11 million unit holders who subscribe to the nine unit trust schemes.

"These new services will help ASBN unit holders plan their inherited properties so that they can be distributed to beneficiaries faster."

PNB employees were also reminded that the success achieved could only be continued if the Barisan Nasional was given the mandate to rule the country.

Najib, who is Finance Minister, was proud of PNB's efficiency in managing shares such as Amanah Saham Nasional (ASNB) and Amanah Saham Bumiputra (ASB).

"Dividends and bonuses totalling RM103.5 billion paid out so far show that companies in the PNB group have been managed efficiently.

"Another thing that caught my attention is PNB assets worth RM237 billion as of December 2012. Last year PNB recorded the highest profit of over RM2 billion. This excludes the RM11.81 billion profit via ASNB unit trusts." - Bernama
Published 18 March 2013


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Anwar denies being one of two men in explicit pictures on the Internet

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has denied being the man in a series of pictures on the Internet showing two men groping and kissing each other.

The photos, which were put up on several blogs, were purportedly screen grabs of a video.

Approached by reporters after a dialogue session organised by the Anwar Ibrahim Club at One World Hotel here yesterday, Anwar said: “I have already said that I deny it. This is a disgusting political gimmick executed by Umno.”

Asked if he would take legal action against the bloggers, he said: “I don't know yet. I'll let my lawyer handle it.”

In the series of 14 black-and-white photos, a man resembling Anwar is seen kissing and hugging a man dressed in white.

There are also photos of the man shirtless and walking around nude in what appears to be a hotel room.

Although no other information was uploaded, there were implications that more were to come on the blogs.

This latest series of photos comes on the heels of a sex video of a man resembling the politician with a Chinese national.

Meanwhile, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said it was up to the people to judge for themselves if the man in the pictures was indeed Anwar.

“We leave it to the people to decide for themselves,” he told reporters after launching a smartphone app for Barisan Nasional cyberyouth here.

He added that Barisan should not be blamed or accused of having a hand in the matter.

“Do not blame us,” he said, declining to comment further.

-The Star Online

Friday, 15 March 2013

People bashed Sulu ‘princess’ on Twitter

PETALING JAYA: A Twitter user claiming to be the daughter of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has caused a stir with tweets like “please tell your government to give our land back!”.

Princess Jacel Kiram began using the handle @jacelkiram on Wednesday afternoon and already has over 2,400 followers.

User @geminianeyes replied: “Honestly though, Ms @JacelKiram, did you really expect us to welcome you with open arms when your army landed on our shores with guns?”

@jacekkiram responded: “Read history its never yours! Malaysia never owned Sabah! They are still paying rent!”

Malaysian Twitter users mocked her statements.

User @soulzoul said: “it's not rent mak cik, it is called cession money. You know your history but can't Google the meaning of cession?”

Comedian @HarithIskander asked: “Do people who are insane realise they're insane?”

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin also got into the act: “OK. Bro @tankengliang, the invading faux princess @jacelkiram is now on Twitter. Unleash your unending tweets & end this conflict.”

Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang (@tankengliang) replied: “Let me check out this Sulu Princess' @jacelkiram ...ok. Good news. Easy meat! Hidup 1Malaysia!”

TheStar Online

Ugly Casanova cons beautiful models

Moral of the story: Don't underestimate an 'ugly' man.

No, this is not him

Source: The Star Online (Ugly Casanova cons models)

KUALA LUMPUR: He has been described as “short, tanned, thin and not particularly handsome” but this has not stopped a Casanova here from conning glamourous models into having sex with him.

The man, who variously calls himself “DKDK Choong”, “Alvin Choong”, “Ray Choong” and “Derek Choong”, lures these models with lucrative job offers before bedding them and even stealing from them.

However, his two-year run may be coming to an end after freelance model and former Miss Malaysia finalist Leng Yein, 28, took to Facebook to warn the public about his conniving ways.

Leng, who claimed she was harrassed by the man, said that more than 50 women and men had responded to her posting within a week with allegations that he had targeted them.

“The men are photographers who were duped by him into giving out the telephone numbers of models. He has told them he is also a photographer who needed models for a shoot.

“Many of the women claimed that he stole their money and handphones from their handbags after meeting them in hotel rooms.

“He would then repeatedly call them and threaten to post their nude photographs on the Internet,” she said at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department here yesterday.

“What sickens me most is that he has tricked some of the women into having sex with him before disappearing.

“Yet, he continues to harass them on the phone,” said Leng, adding that sometimes, the man would not even show up for the meetings but would harass the women with calls and text messages.

A few of the victims, she said, had lodged police reports against the man who they said was “short, tanned, thin and not particularly handsome”.

Leng was accompanied by freelance model Cookies Yap, and photographers Jawsus Cheng and Phillip Lee who all claimed to have had previous experiences with the man.

Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong urged others who had fallen victim to the man's schemes to come forward, adding that those who had lodged reports should send him a copy at

“We will compile the reports and work with the police to catch this man,” he said.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Pakatan offers to top civil service pay and perks announced by PM

It seems that both parties are trying to woo the people with perks. Earlier, it was reported that the BN government is expected to announce today, the raise in public sector salary and allowances.

Datuk Husam Musa

Reported by TheMalaysian Insider:

KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — In an unprecedented move, PAS has moved to pre-empt a last minute campaign by Datuk Seri Najib Razak to woo civil servants by saying that Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would match and improve on any promise by the prime minister to raise salaries and allowances.

Najib is expected to announce several initiatives including a pay rise of up to 10 per cent, improved costs of living allowances and housing allowances for the 1.5 million-strong civil service today.

“The PAS central committee met and has taken the stand that any announcement made by the prime minister will be continued when Pakatan Rakyat runs Putrajaya,” PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa (picture) said in a statement carried by the party’s Harakah Daily Online.

He gave three initiatives to be carried out by PR, with the first one to improve on the goodies for the civil service, including promotion for all civil servants, including teachers, Customs officers, police, military and others.

“We will also follow what is done in Kelantan where all housing and vehicle loans for civil servants will not be charged any more with the current four per cent interest rate from the moment PR takes over Putrajaya,” Husam said, adding that there will be a review of existing loans to ensure the government can absorb the financial implications.

The third initiative was to review and increase the tax allowances for civil servants and Malaysians who salaries are low, he added.

Husam noted the low tax allowances for those with wives and children have prevented civil servants and the public to have enough income in the face of high living costs.


Pengumuman kenaikan Gaji dan Elaun penjawat awam 2013

                                                   PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak

Perdana Menteri Malaysia hari ini dijangka akan mengumumkan berita gembira tentang kenaikan gaji dan elaun kakitangan awam 2013. Para penjawat awam sedang menanti berita gembira yang telah acap kali dinyatakan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia sebelum ini.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hadir pada Sesi Amanat Perdana Menteri kepada kakitangan awam di Putrajaya hari ini. Terdapat desas desus mengatakan bahawa Perdana Menteri akan mengumumkan kenaikan gaji dan elaun kepada kakitangan awam.

”Apa sahaja keputusan Perdana Menteri biarlah menjadi penyuntik semangat dan melegakan kakitangan awam.

”Saya percaya mereka juga telah lama menanti khabar selepas pembatalan Skim Saraan Baru Perkhidmatan Awam (SBPA) September lalu,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia pada Persidangan Kebangsaan Anggota Badan Berkanun di sini hari ini.Omar mengulas harapan CUEPACS terhadap pengumuman yang dinanti-nantikan oleh kakitangan awam melibatkan tuntutan yang dikemukakan oleh kesatuan itu sepanjang tahun lalu.

Antaranya membabitkan kadar kenaikan elaun tetap dan elaun perumahan, semakan kenaikan gaji maksimum, kenaikan gred dan penambahbaikan sistem perkhidmatan sekarang berikutan pembatalan SBPA.

”Adalah penting tuntutan-tuntutan itu dipenuhi kerana perkara tersebut merupakan antara pemangkin dalam memastikan kakitangan awam menjalankan tugas secara lebih gigih dan berintegriti,” katanya. - BHARIAN

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Rupa-rupanya kekasihnya ada 'batang'

Harapan seorang lelaki untuk hidup bahagia dengan pasangannya berkecai selepas dia secara tidak sengaja mengetahui jantina sebenar kekasihnya ketika berkunjung ke sebuah pusat hiburan, tiga hari lalu.

Kakitangan syarikat swasta berusia 26 tahun itu turut mendakwa menanggung kerugian kira-kira RM30,000 sepanjang menanggung perbelanjaan kekasih dikenali sejak lebih setahun itu.

Menurut sumber, lelaki itu langsung tidak menyangka kekasihnya berusia 20-an sebenarnya seorang lelaki sehingga secara tidak sengaja tersentuh bahagian sulit pasangannya itu ketika berkunjung ke pusat hiburan itu.

Katanya, terkejut dengan perkara itu lelaki terbabit cuba mendapatkan penjelasan dan kepastian mengenai identiti pasangannya itu sebelum dia mengakui seorang pondan.

“Pengakuan itu amat mengejutkan lelaki itu kerana sebelum ini dia langsung tidak mengesyaki identiti sebenar pasangannya berikutan berperwatakan lemah lembut serta kecantikan dimilikinya membuatkan dia yakin kekasihnya itu wanita.

“Lelaki itu mendakwa membelanjakan banyak wang termasuk menggunakan simpanan sepanjang perkenalan mereka semata-mata untuk membuktikan kasih sayangnya terhadap kekasihnya itu,” katanya.

Susulan itu, lelaki itu yang merasai dirinya tertipu membuat laporan di Balai Polis Pusat Miri, kelmarin, selepas gagal menghubungi bekas kekasihnya itu sebaik tembelangnya terbongkar.

Sementara itu, jurucakap polis berkata, pihaknya menerima laporan kes itu.


Friday, 8 March 2013

Maut tertelan gigi palsu ketika tidur

Siapa sangka alat yang membolehkan kita kelihatan menarik boleh membawa maut. Malang memang tidak berbau.

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GEORGETOWN - Seorang kontraktor yang memakai gigi palsu ketika tidur dilaporkan maut selepas tertelan giginya itu di rumahnya di Farlim, Air Itam di sini pagi tadi.

Dalam kejadian kira-kira 2 pagi itu, Choo Hock Meng, 44, dipercayai tidur berdengkur sebelum terbatuk sehingga menyebabkan dia tertelan giginya dan mengalami kesukaran untuk bernafas akibat giginya tersangkut di tekak.

Menurut sumber polis, kejadian itu disedari isterinya Wu Huiling, 42, yang mendapati suaminya mengalami kesukaran bernafas dan wajahnya bertukar menjadi kebiruan.

Sebelum kejadian, mangsa bersama isterinya sedang menonton TV sebelum mangsa masuk tidur terlebih dahulu.

Isterinya masuk ke bilik tidur tidak lama kemudian apabila mendengar suara suaminya seperti sedang menghadapi masalah.

"Isteri mangsa kemudiannya mendapati suaminya tertelan gigi palsu, lantas dia menghubungi ambulans untuk mendapatkan bantuan. Suaminya didapati tidak bernyawa oleh anggota ambulans yang tiba di rumah mereka," kata sumber itu.

Mayat mangsa kemudiannya dibawa ke Hospital Pulau Pinang dan disahkan maut akibat tertelan gigi palsunya.

"Bedah siasat mendapati gigi palsu mangsa di bahagian rahang atas yang mempunyai tiga kuntum gigi tersangkut di tekak mangsa menyebabkannya mengalami kesukaran untuk bernafas," katanya.

Mangsa dikatakan memakai gigi palsu sejak 20 tahun lalu.

Timbalan Ketua Polis Daerah Timur Laut, Supt Ismail Idris ketika dihubungi mengesahkan kejadian itu dan kes diklasifikasikan sebagai mati mengejut.
- Bernama (7 Mac 2013)


Saturday, 2 March 2013

14 dead, 3 hurt as Lahad Datu siege ends

Well, I'm not sure if this is the end of it.

But let's pray that they'll be no more blood shed and that our security forces deal with it intelligently. Our hearts go to the slain, brave members of the RMAF and dedicated men in Lahad Datu.

Lahad Datu siege ends

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — The three-week siege by armed Filipino rebels in Lahad Datu, Sabah, ended today with 14 killed and three wounded after Malaysian security forces exchanged gunfire with the rebels, police confirmed today. The Star Online also reported the police as saying that a curfew has been in place at Lahad Datu town and surrounding areas since 4pm.

“I am very sad over the incident because what we had wanted to prevent, which is bloodshed, had actually happened,” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was quoted as saying today by The Star Online. Twelve Filipino gunmen and two Malaysian commandos were slain. Three Malaysian policemen were injured too.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib was quoted by The Star Online today as saying that it was the Filipino rebels who had opened fire on the Malaysian security forces.

“Our men stumbled upon several of the intruders who fired at them, forcing our police to return fire,” said Hamza. A son of rebel group leader Agbimuddin Kiram, however, said earlier today that it was the Malaysian authorities who had shot at them first.

The number of those wounded among the Filipino group is unknown at press time.

Today’s death toll exceeded the 1985 shoot-out, where 11 people died when gunmen, believed to be from the southern Philippines, entered Lahad Datu and fired at random before robbing the local branch of Standard Chartered Bank. The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s online news site reported Malaysian ambassador to the Philippines, Mohammad Zamri Mohammad Kassim, as saying today that 10 Filipino rebels have surrendered.

About 180 Filipino rebels, including 30 gunmen, invaded Sabah on February 9 and had refused to leave before today’s fatal shootout, despite pleas from the Malaysian and Philippine governments.

Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Albert Del Rosario reportedly requested today for full access to the rebel group so that the Philippine government can provide medical treatment and consular assistance.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted Free Radio Sarawak as saying that the Felda Sahabat 17 oil palm plantation near Kampung Tanduo, where the rebels have been holed up, was filled with an “uncanny silence”.

Lahad Datu, which is about 130km away from the battle site, was also described as a “ghost town’, with all shops in the town centre closed as army patrols moved about, with some standing guard at schools and the district hospital. The armed group, suspected of being a faction of a Philippine Muslim rebel group, claims to belong to the “royal army” of the Sulu sultanate.

The bizarre drama had threatened to stir tension between the Southeast Asian neighbours whose ties have been periodically frayed by security and migration problems caused by a porous sea border.

News wire Reuters has reported that Malaysia pays a token sum to the Sultanate of Sulu each year for the “rental” of Sabah — an arrangement that stretches back to British colonial times.

Source: Yahoo News