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Sunday, December 17, 2017

To Secede or Not to Secede: Learning from Catalonia

When is it appropriate for a region of a larger geopolitical entity to secede? And what criteria should be used to decide the legitimacy of a secession bid?

The standoff over Catalan independence from Spain has split not only the region and country, but Europe as a whole.

The issue raises big questions: When is it appropriate for a region of a larger geopolitical entity to secede? And what criteria should be used to decide the legitimacy of a secession bid?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Key Abu Sayyaf member gunned down near Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian security forces have killed a key member of the notorious Abu Sayyaf group involved in kidnap for ransom incidents and cross border crimes in the state’s east coast. 

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Ramli Din said the man known as Abu Paliyak or Kamaner Paliyak @ Yusof was killed in a shootout with security forces in waters off Pulau Kantong Kalungan near Lahad Datu at about 3am on Monday. 

He said Abu Paliyak was involved in a number of sea robberies and kidnappings in waters off Kunak and Lahad Datu since 2014. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sabah’s USA has ‘almost finalised’ GE14 seats allocation

KOTA KINABALU - The four parties in the opposition in Sabah making up the United Sabah Alliance (USA), or Gabungan Sabah, have “almost finalised” a decision on which seats each is to contest in the next general election.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee said they would make adjustments if the additional 13 new state constituencies proposed by the Election Commission took effect in the 14th general election.

Forex RCI: Finance minister concealed facts, PM implicated

KUALA LUMPUR - The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) losses due to foreign exchange (forex) dealings in the early 1990s believes that the finance minister then had misled Cabinet.

In a 528-page report tabled in Parliament on Thursday, the RCI said it also believes that the prime minister at the time had given the green light for the finance minister’s misleading statements.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

New heritage law has removed protection by assembly and TYT – Yong

KOTA KINABALU - The State Heritage Enactment 2017 recently passed by the Sabah legislative assembly has removed the crucial protection that was provided for in the Cultural Heritage (Conservation) Enactment 1997,  said former chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

Clause 4(3) of the 1997 enactment stated that ‘no declaration (of cultural heritage or conservation area) shall be revoked or amended without the prior approval of the Sabah Legislative Assembly given by way of a resolution.’

In other words, Yong said it is only after a resolution of the assembly had been obtained that the Sabah Heritage Council and minister may present the proposed revocation of the heritage site to the Head of State (TYT) for consent.

“The idea of having to get a resolution of the legislative assembly beforehand is to ensure a strong deterrent against abuses by the government. This is because the process of obtaining a resolution of the assembly will necessarily bring the proposed degazetting of the heritage conservation area into the public arena. This will force the ministers and officials to explain and defend their decision (to revoke a heritage area) to the public. It is to be expected that media and environmental groups will come to know about the proposed revocation of a heritage site and make their views known. Public opinion or outrage will act as a deterrent against abuses by the government.

Malaysia Agreement a very important document, says Abang Johari

KUCHING - Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has called out Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on his recent statement where he insinuated that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was unimportant.

“I beg to differ with what Pandikar Amin has said on the Malaysia Agreement.

“You cannot just describe that the Agreement is not important because it is a very important document where the territorial rights of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia is the basis of the Malaysia Agreement,” he told reporters when met after officiating the 20th Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and International College of Advanced Technology (i-CATS) Sarawak at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Fourth suspect held, RM1.1m cash stashed in apartment

KOTA KINABALU - Immigration officials have remanded a 46-year-old local woman in connection with the discovery of the RM13 million cash haul suspected to be from vice earnings during a raid in the city last week.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said the woman was wife of one of three suspects arrested earlier in a prostitution syndicate sting, adding that his men found RM1.1 million in cash stashed in several boxes all over the apartment where she was arrested.

“After further investigation from the current suspects, we went to her house to arrest her.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Once a loan shark, now a debt counsellor

SINGAPORE: It takes a crook to deal with a crook, says Wong Kee Soon.

This is why the 63-year-old believes he has a special advantage in his chosen profession of helping borrowers with loan-shark woes.

After all, he used to be a loan shark and was one of the leaders of a secret society.

"I was a former loan shark, so I know their scare tactics and I'm not afraid of them (or it they) use them back on them," he told The Straits Times. "If they shout at me, I will shout back. I also tell those under my care not to be scared."

Man in viral video hypnotized us, say two women

PETALING JAYA - Two women have said that one of the men in a viral video showing two men hypnotising a senior citizen was the man who once hypnotised them in Kuala Besut.

Sinar Harian reported that one of the women, 59-year-old Zaidah Dollah confirmed that one of the men who appeared in the video clip the same man that hypnotised her in June 2015.

"I still remember the face and the shape of the body of the man donning the songkok in this video. But the other man is not the same man that had hypnotised me back in 2015," said Zaidah, who added that she was shown the video by her child.

Greedy DAP to contest for Jeffrey Kitingan’s seat

KOTA KINABALU - DAP has announced that it will contest in the Bingkor state constituency, an opposition stronghold currently held by Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star) president Jeffrey Kitingan.

Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong said the party had chosen its Keningau division chief, Peter Saili, to be its candidate there in the 14th general election.

Jeffrey reacted to the announcement by questioning DAP’s motive in targeting the seat instead of one held by BN.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Attack on mosque in Egypt's Sinai kills at least 235

CAIRO - Armed attackers on Friday killed at least 235 worshippers in a bomb and gun assault on a packed mosque in Egypt’s restive North Sinai province, in the country’s deadliest attack in recent memory.

A bomb explosion ripped through the Rawda mosque frequented by Sufis roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish before gunmen opened fire on those gathered for weekly Friday prayers, officials said.

3 men arrested and RM13 million seized from suspected prostitution ring in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Immigration Department seized RM13 million from a suspected prostitution syndicate and arrested three men in Kota Kinabalu in the early hours yesterday.

In an operation codenamed “Ops Gegar”, the trio, aged between 30 and 50 years old, were detained for suspected involvement in the syndicate at a hotel.

Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali said one of men was a Filipino and the others were locals.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Sabah Stands to Benefit From Sabah Rights/MA63 Debates – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The persistence of the Sabah Rights fighters and activists in leading the claims for the restoration of Sabah Rights as well as those of neighbouring Sarawak are slowly but surely bearing fruits.  The testimonials are plain to see with the raging and often heated controversies and debates on Sabah/Sarawak Rights and MA63” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Bingkor Assemblyman and President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, in a statement released today.

Over RM10 million cash seized by Sabah Immigration during raid

KOTA KINABALU - Over RM10 million in cash were seized in a raid by the State Immigration department here.

The recovery was made by a team in a swoop dubbed Ops Gegar here in the early hours today.

A total of 21 people were held in the operation from about 1am. Of the total 19 were foreign women.

The operation saw the raiding party checking a fitness centre at a hotel here and was later led to an apartment unit in the vicinity.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Cops' lack of follow-up action on items linked to pastor Koh found in suspect's home

SUHAKAM INQUIRY | Nothing seems to have come out of the discovery of four items related to missing pastor Raymond Koh in the home of a suspect who police shot dead in June, according to Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner Mah Weng Kwai.

Mah told the Suhakam public inquiry today that the apparent lack of subsequent action on the discovery was a question mark that continued to linger over the pastor’s disappearance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

New North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

GENEVA - North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint US-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang’s atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a US nuclear threat.

In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration has said it is preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a US list of states sponsoring terrorism.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Condemning the future of all Sabahans

KOTA KINABALU - “Will the 5th and final Sabah Budget for the present State Assembly to be tabled this Friday be another killer blow for the future of Sabahans with the fifth consecutive failure to include Sabah’s constitutional 40% net revenue entitlement?” asked Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku and Bingkor Assemblyman.

For the past 4 years, despite being reminded time and again, CM Musa cum Finance Minister and his Cabinet Ministers have contravened the express provisions of the Federal Constitution in failing to provide for the 40% entitlement.

Sabah Rights Mandate and Sabah Day Motions Before DUN

 KOTA KINABALU - “While the Sarawak Legislative Assembly has tabled and passed unanimously in 2015, the Motion to empower the Sarawak Government to seek the restoration of their Rights in Malaysia, Sabahans have been anxiously waiting for their Sabah lawmakers to adopt a similar resolution,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Bingkor Assemblyman and President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, in a statement released today.

Yong: Pandikar’s challenge is out of point

KOTA KINABALU - The Gabungan Sabah Alliance, consisting of four Sabah political parties, namely STAR, SAPP, Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah and Parti Perpaduan Rakyat Sabah, has never brought up the issue of religion. There has been absolutely no thought of and no intention at all to amend  Article 5A of the Sabah constitution making Islam no longer the official religion should the Sabah opposition form the Sabah government.

Why should Mais, DBP write Malay Bibles for Christians? Sarawak DCM asks

KUCHING - Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing asserted today that Christian Malaysians find it totally unacceptable if Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) were to translate the Bible into Malay as suggested by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

“They would not understand the essence of Christianity, so why should they want to write the Bible for us?” he told reporters here when responding to a recent argument in court by Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla that DBP can produce the official Malay translation of the Christian holy book for Malaysian consumption.

Extremist links may be behind Pastor Koh’s disappearance, inquiry told

KUALA LUMPUR - Pastor Raymond Koh’s mysterious disappearance since February may be linked to extremist elements, a police officer investigating his case said today.

Assistant Superintendent Supari Mohammad who was testifying for the fourth day at a public inquiry into the disappearances of four social activists, reportedly said: “It is more towards extremist activities”.

He was responding to a question from the inquiry panel chaired by Datuk Mah Weng Kwai from the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) about the three police hypotheses for Koh’s disappearance: personal issues, extremist links or kidnap-for-ransom, theSun Daily reported on its website.

Don’t Use Religion to Divert Attention from the Real Issues – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “I have no issue with religion.  I am surprised that Pandikar is bringing up the issue of religion to divert attention from the real issues. What is his agenda?” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, who is also the Assemblyman for Bingkor in response to Pandikar’s challenge to amend Article 5A of the Sabah Constitution.

The challenge by Pandikar to the opposition is nothing more than a typical Malay/Umno-like race and religion diversion to avoid facing the real issue. Perhaps, his years of indoctrination in Umno and Malaya has honed his politics to mere and hollow race and religion politics and trying to incite division in harmonious Sabah and peace-loving Sabahans.

40 wannabe Datuks cheated

JOHOR BARU - At least 40 businessmen are believed to have been conned of millions of ringgit by an unregistered club which promised to get them Datukships from the royal household of a state.

Each victim is believed to have paid between RM180,000 and RM280,000 to get honorific titles such as "Datuk Sri" and "Datuk".

Prior to that, they also reportedly had to pay between RM20,000 and RM30,000 as membership fees to join a state honorific awards "club".

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pandikar is wrong and misleading Malaysians – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “At this time and age, it is very surprising for Pandikar Amin to be wrong and misleading Malaysians particularly Sabahans on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the 40% net revenue entitlement due to Sabah under the Federal Constitution. He may have his reasons, but he is obviously twisting facts with pure empty political rhetoric for political survival,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku, who is also the Assemblyman for Bingkor, Keningau.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Keep your mouth shut, Nur Jazlan tells recalcitrant Zamihan

JOHOR BARU - Muslim preacher Zamihan Mat Zin has been told to keep his "mouth shut" and resign from the civil service if he is unhappy with the Government.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the ministry was disappointed with Zamihan for uttering words that challenged religion and the royal institution time and time again.

He said that after expressing views that hurt various parties, Zamihan had taken things further by criticising Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a new viral video clip.

Strange hole in Kudat caused by lightning, says geologist

As locals talk about creature from earth's core coming out or aliens blasting hole in middle of the road, geologist says rare 'vertical lightning' more likely the cause

KOTA KINABALU - The mysterious appearance of a seemingly bottomless hole measuring one foot in diameter on a village road near Kudat on Friday morning has left folks in the area astounded and wondering if it was brought about by paranormal elements.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

IRB warns taxpayers of new email scam about tax refund

PETALING JAYA - The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has warned the public to not fall for an email scam that tries to get people to disclose their bank account details.

It said in a statement on Tuesday that a syndicate was using the name of its CEO, board members and the official logos of the IRB and banks to convince people that they have overpaid taxes and that the IRB requires their bank account details to facilitate the refund.

"Please note that the IRB has never sent emails requesting taxpayers to reveal their bank account number," it said.

Philippine army says Malaysian Amin Baco is dead

The Philippine armed forces believes that Malaysian militant Amin Baco has already been killed in clashes in Marawi City, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

Armed forces spokesman Major-General Restituto Padilla in a message to the media yesterday, said that the military “strongly believes” Baco died during efforts to retake Marawi City from the clutches of the Maute militant group.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shafie Apdal questioned again by MACC

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal was questioned again by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) here today in what was said to be a probe into another alleged corruption case.

Warisan vice-president Junz Wong told FMT the questioning had finished early afternoon and Shafie would probably fly to Kuala Lumpur later today to attend the Dewan Rakyat session.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Labuan’s return will heal Sabah’s wounds, says Yong

KOTA KINABALU - Putrajaya will only return Labuan to Sabah if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is forced to rely on Sabah and Sarawak for its political survival, said the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

Party supremo Yong Teck Lee said it was unlikely for Putrajaya to willingly return Labuan to Sabah.

However, he pointed out that it would be better to hand back Labuan because it would go a long way to healing the wounds caused by the cession of the island in 1984.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Inquiry panel on Pastor Koh’s abduction pays visit to crime scene

Supari (R) showing Mah (L) the exact spot where
Koh’s car was stopped by three SUVs
KUALA LUMPUR - Panel members of the inquiry into Pastor Raymond Koh's abduction - together with the lawyers and the senior investigating officer (IO) of the case - today visited the scene where Koh was kidnapped on Feb 13.

The decision was made by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia's (Suhakam) commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai, who chaired the inquiry, after the IO ASP Supari Mohammad refused to provide his sketch plan of the kidnapping scene during the inquiry's proceeding earlier this morning.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sympathy for Shafie? What about taking away money belonging to the public

Opposition leaders may be ignoring an important point when they condemn the arrest of Shafie Apdal as an alleged political move to smear the image of Parti Warisan Sabah ahead of the 14th general election.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claims it arrested the Warisan president to question him as it investigates the alleged misappropriation of funds meant for mainly rural projects in Sabah. It said the misappropriation occurred between 2009 and 2015, when Shafie was rural and regional development minister.

All is not lost yet with Labuan, says Sabah lawyer

KOTA KINABALU - A strong political will from both the federal government and the Sabah government could see Labuan being handed back to Sabah, said the Sabah Law Society.

However, its president, Brenndon Keith Soh, said any attempt to get Labuan back would involve an amendment to the Federal Constitution under Article 159.

“This means a two-thirds majority of the total number of members of the house supporting the amendment,” he told FMT.

Fugitive Zakir Naik finds refuge as politicised Islam grows in M’sia

KUALA LUMPUR - When Zakir Naik emerged from a prominent Malaysian mosque last month fans swarmed about him, seeking selfies with the Indian Muslim televangelist whose hardline views have sparked a criminal investigation back in his home country.

Accompanied by a bodyguard, Naik was making a rare public appearance at the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, where the prime minister and his cabinet members often worship.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Jack Ma stars in kung fu movie with Jet Li

ALIBABA founder Jack Ma will appear in a kung fu movie with Jet Li, Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung Kam-bo. The movie Gong Shou Dao (The Art of Attack and Defence) will be released on Nov 11.

Li is the producer of the movie. None of the actors are paid for their roles in the movie, Alibaba said in a Friday blog post.

The 53-year-old Ma said he will make his movie debut as a Tai Chi master. The film will also appear on China's Youku online video platform.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Inquiry: Police focused more on alleged proselytisation than abduction

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's former police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has said there may have been "lapses" by police in their initial investigation into the abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh.

The former Inspector-General of Police was agreeing to points raised on Monday (Oct 30) by lawyer Gurdial Singh who is representing Koh's family at a public inquiry by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) into the disappearance of the pastor and three other people in separate incidents.

Dr Jeff: Harris Should Initiate Return of Labuan

KOTA KINABALU - “Harris Salleh should undo his handover of Labuan island to the Federal government and initiate its return to the people and government of Sabah.   It is the least he can do to atone for the mistake of handing over Labuan rather than empty rhetoric” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, State Assemblyman for Bingkor, in response to Harris’ call for the Federal government to return Labuan as he had regretted the handing over.

Dr. Jeffrey said that “at least Harris is honest enough to admit and express his regret in ceding Labuan and acknowledge of being misled by the Federal government.   There is no doubt that it was a mistake to his past action, as proven by events and the failure of the Federal government to properly develop Labuan as agreed.”

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Lajim: Pakatan Harapan should stay out of polls in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin has advised Pakatan Harapan (PH) not to be greedy by wanting to contest Sabah’s state and parliamentary seats in the 14th general election when there are capable opposition parties in the state.

“Our goals are the same, to topple the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. So why not let Sabah mind our own business?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Budget 2018 Must Include Sabah’s 40% Net Revenue Entitlement – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - Budget 2018 expected to be tabled on Oct 27 must take into account the 40% net revenue collected in Sabah and other provisions which amount to between RM10 and RM20 billion, said Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (Star).

Its president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the Federal government cannot excuse themselves of this responsibility and say these cannot be paid due to the country’s current financial situation.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shafie Apdal called up by MACC for questioning in graft probe

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president Shafie Apdal has been summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to give his statement in relation to the agency’s investigation into the alleged misappropriation of RM1.5 billion in rural development funds in Sabah.

It was reported that Shafie is flying to Kota Kinabalu today in response to the MACC’s request. He is expected to give his statement today or tomorrow.

Inquiry: Student saw incident where Pastor Koh was taken

KUALA LUMPUR: A chambering student told the inquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Koh that he had "stumbled" upon the abduction while he and a friend were driving to a crematorium on Feb 13.

Roeshan Celestine Gomes, 25, said he first saw three black big cars surrounding a silver car in SS4 Petaling Jaya that day. Several men who were in the cars wore masks and were covered from head to toe.

Gomes said he then saw a struggle between one of the men and the driver of the silver car, adding that the windscreen of the silver car was smashed.

Malaysian militant believed among fighters killed in Marawi

MARAWI, PHILIPPINES - A top Malaysian militant is believed to be among 13 Islamic State group-linked militants killed in fighting overnight in Marawi city in the southern Philippines, a military spokesman said Thursday, though his body hasn't been recovered yet.

Sporadic fighting continued even after President Rodrigo Duterte visited the battle-scarred Islamic city on Tuesday and announced its liberation, sparking hopes that hundreds of thousands of residents could finally return home after being displaced for nearly five months by a bloody siege.

Parts of the city are in ruins. Associated Press journalists who inspected the destruction of the city from Lake Marawi on the waterfront Thursday saw the skeletons of buildings with their walls charred and blasted out. The dome of a mosque bore a hole and a bullet-pocked minaret rose above the area.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jakim’s Zamihan and the ugly head of extremism

When Zamihan Mat Zin, an officer at the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), spewed his racial filth on Malaysians of Chinese origin and criticised the sultan as seen on YouTube, people were shocked by his crudeness and the absurdity of his speech.

What was more disturbing was that he was employed by Jakim, the controversial department under the Prime Minister’s Department with a yearly budget of RM1 billion. There are not much details about how this RM1 billion is spent annually.

Johor Ruler wants ties with Jakim cut

BATU PAHAT - Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) ordered the state Islamic Religious Department (JAIJ) to stop dealing with the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

Dr Hilmi: 'Pass-out game' can cause brain death

GEORGE TOWN - The "pass-out game", which involves applying enormous pressure to the chest until a person is rendered unconscious, is dangerous and can cause brain death, said Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

The Deputy Health Minister advised students against playing the game as it could be fatal.

"Never, never press the chest, even if the friend wants to have fun. When the chest is pressed, a person is unable to breathe as oxygen is cut off.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Warisan Youth chief to give statement to MACC Monday morning

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) Youth chief Azis Jamman has been given notice to come to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s office here tomorrow morning to record a statement in relation to the agency’s probe into alleged misappropriation of rural funds.

“Azis came to the MACC’s office at 10.30pm Sunday to give his details.

“He was given the notice to come again at 10.30am tomorrow,” Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking told FMT.

Yong: Why now? The answer is in the question

KOTA KINABALU - The answer to the question posed by ex-Federal Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Aqdal why is it that only now that the authorities are probing corruption in his former ministry is in the question, said SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee.

"Datuk Seri Shafie, who was a senior federal leader, should know better. Now that Shafie has joined the struggle for Sabah rights, he should expect that more challenges will be thrown his way, like what SAPP has been facing for the last ten years.

Lajim: Sabahans deserve to know where rural funds went

Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin says billions in development funds allegedly siphoned off 'can’t be simply swept under the carpet'.

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin says the people deserve to know what actually happened to the billions allocated for projects in Sabah under former federal, rural and regional development minister Shafie Apdal.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Malaya parties' ignorance of issues facing Sabah and Sarawak will cost them the next polls, says economist

PETALING JAYA - Jomo said the opposition parties were not sensitive to the hopes and aspirations of East Malaysians, and this was partly why they still could not work together with political parties in Sabah and Sarawak.

“The opposition is likely going to lose, not because it is weak but because the opposition in the peninsula does not want to unite with the opposition in Sabah and Sarawak,” Jomo said at the launch of a book on Malaysian history by veteran politician Syed Husin Ali today.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Military says more hostages left in Marawi than earlier count

MANILA - More hostages than earlier thought remain in the hands of terrorists in Marawi City, the military said Saturday citing information from rescued captives.

Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, said this in a press briefing Saturday morning, citing information from 17 hostages rescued from the Islamic State-linked Maute group earlier this week.

"There are estimated to be between 40 to 60 hostages. The Maute is [estimated to number around] 38 to 48. Ito po ang revelation sa atin ng mga hostages natin (This is what the hostages revealed)," said Brawner.

The military had earlier estimated that 20 hostages remain in the hands of terrorists.
"We believe we were not able to see everybody. Marami pa ring nakatago sa mga basement (There were many others hiding in basements)," he said.