Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Manchester United 'make €100m bid for Thomas Muller'

Munich-based publication Sport1 claim that Manchester United have had a €100m bid for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller turned down.

Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal spoke about a potential surprise move for a forward player earlier this week and if these reports are true Muller would surely be the player he was talking about.

25-year-old Muller has been at Bayern Munich for 15 years having joined the club as a youth player back in 2000, winning four Bundesliga titles and the Champions League since breaking into the first-team.

The Red Devils have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger already this summer it appears but Muller would be an even more surprising addition from the German champions if it were to happen.

Sport 1 claim that Manchester United have already had an offer of €82m (£57m) turned down but that they have returned with a bid of €100m, only for that to be rejected by Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge as well.

Unless the player demands a move from his boyhood club it is difficult to see Bayern Munich letting him go, especially as he is seen by many as the jewel in their crown.

Manchester United reporter Stuart Mathieson at the Manchester Evening News has also acted quickly to play down the rumours, saying that no bid has been made by the club. 

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Muller would be an outstanding addition to any side in the world but it's hard to see why Bayern Munich would agree to sell him, even with an offer as big as €100m. He is a club hero and one of their most important players, plus they are in no need of money.

With reliable local sources pouring cold water on the story, it seems doubtful that it's true and even more unlikely that Muller will be following former team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford this summer.

- Source: Eurosport 

We could not walk away on finding out about the scheme to cheat Malaysia - The Edge

Ho Kay Tat, publisher and group CEO of The Edge Media Group, released a media statement today explaining their journalistic intentions in pursuing and investigating the 1MDB controversy.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Edge had reported extensively on 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) in 2013 and 2014 as it emerged that the government-owned entity had run into financial difficulties. Information was, however, scarce and limited because its annual audited financial reports were consistently late.

Our journalists have met various contacts and pored through whatever available information they could get hold of in search of the truth.

Early this year, we were told someone was willing to share information that will shed light on 1MDB’s joint-venture with PetroSaudi International. We were not told who he was before we met him.

This person, whom we shall not name, showed us thousands and thousands of emails and document attachments. We read scores of them and were convinced of their authenticity because of the sheer volume and the email trails. We subsequently had an IT forensic expert confirmed that there was no reason to worry that they were fakes.

What we read shocked us. What was supposed to be a joint-venture that will bring economic benefits to the country was nothing more than a scheme to scam billions of ringgit from Malaysia by a small group of Malaysians and their foreign partners.

At that point, we could do one of two things:

1) Drop the matter like a hot potato and walk away, or
2) Get hold of everything so that the truth can be uncovered.

We decided we had to pursue the truth.

As Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tun Musa Hitam and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah said recently, those who have information that can lead to the truth must speak out and not look the other way. Not reporting a wrong doing is a crime.

Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have said they want to get to the truth.

As a media group, we believe we have a public duty to do, no matter how difficult and dangerous it may be for us.

Meeting contacts to gather information is what media professionals do all the time in pursuit of a story. There is nothing wrong or sinister.

We were not involved in any theft, we did not pay anyone, and we did not tamper any of the emails and documents we were given. In fact, we have secured the data so that no one can tamper with them. This can be independently verified by the authorities.

Some of the information have been used in articles we have published in the last few months.

Some were just too sensitive to be used. None of the articles have been challenged by anyone named in these stories.

Indeed, we believe our articles have been of help to the various government agencies looking at 1MDB.

There is no political agenda or conspiracy in what we have done. In fact, we have engaged with various politicians and government officials who have sought our help to get a better understanding of what had happened and the situation 1MDB is in today.

The easiest thing we could have done after coming across what we found, was to walk away.

Why look for trouble? But we could not do that.

We chose to take the difficult path, one that we knew will be fraught with risks to ourselves personally and to our organisation, which now faces the possibility of action by the Home Ministry.

On Monday, we handed documents, printed emails and a hard disc to Bank Negara. Today, the same set was given to the Commercial Crime Investigation Department of the Police. I also gave a statement to CCID.

We are comforted that the various investigators, the Auditor-General, the Public Accounts Committee, Bank Negara, the Police, the MACC and the Attorney-General have given their commitment to uncover the truth without fear or favour.

It is, indeed, their responsibility and their duty to the people of Malaysia to do just that. Just as it
was our duty to pursue the story.

- Source: Media Statement | Published on Astro Awani | July 21, 2015
- Ho Kay Tat
- Publisher & Group CEO
- The Edge Media Group 

Mazda MX-5 to cost RM190k-210k

Good news (?) for Mazda MX-5 fans – Bermaz CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh has revealed to BFM 89.9 the indicative pricing for the lightweight Jinba Ittai roadster, said to be in the ballpark of between RM190k-210k, depending on equipment.

Its arrival, he said, would be sometime within the next couple of months, somewhere between August and October. As for the other much-awaited Mazda, the CX-3, Yeoh reiterated what was already previously revealed – that the new Honda HR-V-rivalling B-segment crossover is coming towards the end of the year (we’ll be the first country in ASEAN to receive the car, apparently), estimated to cost between RM120k-130k.

Not much else of interest (at least to us!) can be gained from the business radio station’s interview this morning, but there are a few more snippets of information to be shared. Firstly, the company is hoping to commence local assembly of the cars currently imported from Japan – namely, the Mazda 6 and CX-9, as well as the upcoming CX-3 – depending on market demand.

Based on how many CX-9s we see on the road, we can pretty much rule that out, leaving the 6 and the CX-3. We already know of plans afoot to produce CKD versions of the former, but it’s the possibility of the latter that’s the big ticket item, seeing as the indicative pricing of the CBU model is already fairly competitive. Also on the cards are improvements to the Inokom plant in Kulim to ramp up quality and production.

- Source: paultan.org

Azman Adnan dipecat

Fauzi Pilus akan mengambil alih jawatan Azman untuk mengemudi pasukan menempuhi baki perlawanan musim ini. - Gambar Astro ARENA

Persatuan Bolasepak Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) memutuskan untuk berpisah dengan Ketua Jurulatih, Azman Adnan berikutan kemerosotan prestasi The Cops musim ini.Azman, yang merupakan jurulatih yang ketujuh dipecat di dalam Liga Malaysia tahun ini diiringi tonggak utama Muslim Ahmad dan Azmin Roya selepas kontrak mereka ditamatkan ekoran paparan yang kurang memuaskan.

Dikhabarkan keputusan pemecatan bekas penyerang Selangor itu telah dibuat beberapa hari sebelum sambutan perayaan Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Namun, Fauzi Pilus akan mengambil alih jawatan Azman untuk mengemudi pasukan menempuhi baki perlawanan musim ini."Buat sementara ini, kami akan teruskan cabaran baki perlawanan musim ini sekaligus memperbaiki rentak permainan pasukan," ulas Fauzi. 

- Sumber: Astro Arena 

Bahagian ketiga/keempat video Lester Melanyi dedah penglibatan pembangkang

RAMESH RAO: Bahagian ketiga dan keempat video pengakuan Lester Melanyi akan disiarkan secara berperingkat dalam masa terdekat.

KUALA LUMPUR: Penglibatan beberapa ahli politik pembangkang yang didakwa memalsukan kandungan laporan Sarawak Report mengenai 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) akan didedahkan menerusi bahagian ketiga dan keempat video pengakuan bekas pengarang Sarawak Tribune Lester Melanyi.

Presiden Pertubuhan Minda dan Sosial Prihatin, Ramesh Rao Krishnan berkata bahagian ketiga dan keempat video itu akan disiarkan secara berperingkat dalam masa terdekat.

"Kita akan keluarkan video itu secara slowly dan kita akan menjawab segala dakwaan pengasas Sarawak Report Clare Rewcastle-Brown. Selain itu, video tersebut akan mendedahkan orang Malaysia yang pernah berhubung dengan Lester seperti ahli-ahli politik pembangkang dan dalang kes Sarawak Report yang siap salur dan beri maklumat," katanya.

Ramesh Rao berkata demikian kepada Bernama ketika diminta mengulas laporan akhbar hari ini berhubung pendedahan Melanyi menerusi bahagian kedua video itu.

Dalam video berdurasi 6.02 minit itu, Melanyi mendedahkan hampir 90 peratus kandungan laporan Sarawak Reportmengenai syarikat pelaburan negara 1MDB itu didakwa diubah suai oleh pembangkang untuk memburukkan kerajaan dan menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Dalam video itu, Melanyi turut menamakan seorang pakar pereka laman web berpangkalan di London yang didakwanya diupah Rewcastle-Brown bagi mengubah dan mereka emel serta perjanjian palsu sehingga kelihatan tulen.

Ramesh Rao seterusnya berkata polis telah mengambil keterangannya susulan laporan polis yang dibuatnya bersama bukti keterangan Melanyi di Ibu Pejabat Polis Petaling Jaya pada 15 Julai lepas, pada 8 malam hari yang sama.

Dalam pada itu, Ramesh Rao berkata beliau mengenali Melanyi sejak dua bulan lepas mengenai pendedahan itu dan sering berhubung menerusi telefon serta berjumpanya di ibu kota dan di Sarawak.

Beliau juga yakin polis dapat merungkai segala persoalan termasuk pendedahan Melanyi yang mendakwa pernah bertemu bekas eksekutif PetroSaudi International Ltd (PetroSaudi) Xavier Andre Justo.

Laporan media sebelum ini menyebut pemimpin pembangkang telah mengadakan pertemuan dengan Justo untuk membeli maklumat sulit berkaitan dengan projek usahasama PetroSaudi dengan 1MDB daripadanya untuk memburuk-burukkan kerajaan Malaysia.

- Sumber: Bernama 

Tindakan Yana Samsudin cuci tandas R&R dapat pujian netizen

Yana dan suami juga membelikan beberapa botol air mineral untuk kegunaan mereka yang beratur panjang untuk menggunakan tandas berkenaan.

Tindakan pelakon popular, Yana Samsudin, dan suaminya, Fadzil Zahari, membersihkan sendiri tandas di sebuah stesen minyak tempat rehat dan rawat (R&R) Sungai Perak, mendapat pujian warga media sosial.

Rata-rata netizen menyifatkan apa yang dilakukan Yana dan suaminya itu adalah contoh sifat mulia dan bertanggungjawab yang perlu ada dalam diri setiap manusia.

Menerusi Facebook, Yana semalam meluahkan rasa tidak puas hati apabila tandas di stesen minyak R&R berkenaan bukan sahaja sangat kotor, tetapi pihak pengurusannya juga gagal meletakkan sebarang notis yang menyatakan tandas tersebut tidak mempunyai bekalan air.

Hal berkenaan dilihat menyusahkan pengunjung, malah kata Yana, dia tidak menyalahkan mereka yang meninggalkan 'harta' mereka tanpa membersihkannya terlebih dahulu.

Seorang pengguna Facebook dengan nama Zeezah Jamil, mengakui melihat sendiri bagaimana Yana dan suaminya menarik hos pili bomba untuk membersihkan tandas tersebut sebelum dihalang oleh seorang pekerja.

Pengguna Facebook, Zeezah Jamil, antara saksi perbuatan mulia Yana dan suaminya.

Yana dan suami juga membelikan beberapa botol air mineral untuk kegunaan mereka yang beratur panjang untuk menggunakan tandas berkenaan.

Pelakon yang terkenal dengan nama manja Kak Yong di kalangan peminatnya itu juga berharap agar kejadian sebegitu tidak berulang lagi di masa depan.

- Sumber: Astro Awani