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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bet you didn't know this about your Gmail address

When it comes to Gmail addresses, the dots or full stops in the username are irrelevant to where the email is delivered.

For example, it doesn't matter whether the email is addressed to or — both will be delivered to the same mailbox.

As Google explains on its support blog, every e-mail address is unique. People can't set up an identical account by using a different number or placement of dots, it says.

Firefox's latest version makes connecting to virtual reality easier

The Firefox browser can now directly display a website's virtual reality content through certain VR glasses connected to the computer.

The integration of the so-called WebVR interface into the new version 55 of the browser has made this possible, says the Mozilla Foundation.

Gabungan to organise Sabah’s rights convention

KOTA KINABALU - Main opposition pact, the United Sabah Alliance (USA) or Gabungan Sabah, is organising a one-day convention on the rights of Sabah, largely based on Malaysia Agreement signed at the formation of Malaysia.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

How Malaysia's dogs became political animals

The nation adheres to a school of Islamic jurisprudence that forbids contact with canines, but experts say it’s identity politics, not religion, that makes frolicking with the ‘unclean’ animals such a taboo 

In early July, Malaysia’s federal religious authority publicly denounced a Muslim woman on Facebook, urging her to halt her “deviant” actions and repent.

RM2,000 penalty for AES fine defaulters

PUTRAJAYA -Traffic offenders with summonses for offences under the automated enforcement system (AES) issued since last April 15 are advised to pay their compound fines to avoid legal action.

Road Transport Department (RTD) director-general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron said prior to this, no traffic offenders with summonses for AES offences were brought to court, but it had changed with the government having agreed to take legal action against those who did not pay their compound fines.

Why are Sabahans so keen on education?

Perhaps they see it as the only way out of poverty

Isn’t it interesting that no school in Sabah is on the Education Ministry’s list of 402 Malaysian schools with disciplinary problems? We would have thought that Sabah, which is often spoken of as the poorest state in the country, would be fertile ground for the breeding of hooligans.

The list was presented last June at a meeting of the ministerial Committee on Student Disciplinary Problems. The details were reported in the press recently.

Marawi seige: Bombing and artillery continues

MARAWI CITY—The military continued to pound on Friday the positions of the Maute group and its allies here, 88 days since fighting started on May 23.

From the air, a P3 Orion guided bomber planes as they dropped explosives on the remaining battle zone measuring about a square kilometer, where some 70-80 gunmen were holed up, while helicopters also fired rockets towards it.

On the ground, artillery fires also battered the same area.

9 terrorists involved in Spain terror attacks, at least one remains at large

A Canadian is among the 14 victims of the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona. Police say a much bigger attack, possibly more than one, had been planned. Investigators say the suspects intended to load explosives into a big truck but couldn't rent one. Meanwhile, makeshift memorials are growing along Las Ramblas. Jeff Semple is in Barcelona with the very latest.

BARCELONA, Spain – A cell of at least nine extremists meticulously plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists, and managed to carry off most of their deadly plan, killing 14 people, including one Canadian, authorities said Friday. Police in Spain and France pressed a manhunt for any remaining members of the group, which Islamic State claimed as its own.

Bukit Aman cop gunned down in Kedah days before retirement

CHANGLUN - A policeman who was set to retire from the force was gunned down at a house in Taman Sri Hosba near Napoh here late last night.

Sub-inspector Abu Hashim Ismail, 54, who served with the Bukit Aman Anti-vice, Gaming and Secret Society Department (D7), died on the spot from four gunshot wounds to his back in the 11pm incident.

His remains were sent to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital for a post-mortem.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Under the Federal Court ruling, telecommunication providers including the country's two biggest -- Telstra and Optus -- would have to block sites such as EZTV, Demonoid, Limetorrents and Putlocker.

SYDNEY - An Australian court on Friday ordered internet providers to block more than 40 piracy websites after a successful case by leading film distributors, in a major ruling on online content sharing.

Pakistani seeking MyKad denied bail

LAHAD DATU - A Pakistani charged with providing false information to apply for a Mykad failed in his second bail application in the Magistrate's Court, Thursday.

Sessions Court Judge Mohd Zaini Fishir, who sat as magistrate, rejected Mamad @ Ishak Minggu's (pic) application and maintained the court's decision in not allowing bail when the case was first mentioned.

He set Sept 20 for pre-trial case management and ordered Mamad to be further remanded.

Mamad allegedly gave the false information when applying for a MyKad at the Tungku National Registration Department, here, on March 30, 2012.

The offence under Section 25 (1) (b) of the National Registration Regulations, carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine or both on conviction.

Philippines to issue landing visas for Chinese tourists, investors

MANILA - Chinese tourists and investors can soon avail of visa upon arrival (VUA) in the Philippines, thePhilippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Thursday.

In a bid to lure more Chinese tourists and investors to the Philippines, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the BI will soon issue landing visas to Chinese nationals who wish to visit the Philippines.

Morente said the new service is open to Chinese nationals who wish to join tour groups organized by tour operators accredited by the Department of Tourism, businessmen endorsed by local and foreign chambers of commerce and other government agencies, athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Manila U-turn, says it’ll host 2019 Sea Games

THE Philippines announced today it would host the 2019 Sea Games, just a month after pulling out citing the escalating cost of war with Islamist militants.

Manila last month said it would not host the 2019 Sea Games to focus on rebuilding Marawi, a southern city which has been ravaged by deadly battles between security forces and Islamist militants for almost three months. 

However, sports officials said today the Philippines would formally notify the Sea Games Federation tomorrow of its commitment to host the 2019 edition after securing backing from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Muslim-baiter Hanson wears burka in Australia’s Senate

Hanson was unrepentant after her latest stunt, telling commercial radio: "Is it extreme? Yes. Is it getting my message across? I hope so."

SYDNEY - Australian anti-immigration politician Pauline Hanson caused a furore Thursday when she entered the Senate wearing a full burqa, earning a blistering rebuke from the country’s top lawyer for the “appalling” stunt.

Hanson wore the Islamic garment in the chamber to highlight what she said were the security issues it posed, linking it to terrorism as fellow senators heckled her.

Luxury sex den, torture room found in Tawau

One of the three premises raided by immigration officers is believed to have offered sex services costing thousands of ringgit

Explain tourism tax to Sarawak, Sabah, Nazri told

KUCHING - Minister of Tourism and Culture Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has been asked to explain the mechanism of the tourism tax to the Sarawak and Sabah state governments.

Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state governments of East Malaysia deserve an explanation from him.

“Is it so difficult for Nazri to go to Sabah and Sarawak and explain the mechanism of how this tourism tax is to be shared? He is most welcome to visit Sarawak to do it,” he told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Cops unearth buried firearms in Marawi

Police who returned to Marawi City were able to recover the firearms they buried more than two months ago while leaving the area with five civilian construction workers.

Stop forcing suspects to wear lock-up uniforms, MACC and police told

Saying a person is presumed innocent until pronounced guilty by a court, MP N Surendran says the practice is in breach of the constitution and could invite civil suits against the enforcement agencies

The MACC’s practice of making arrested persons wear lock-up uniforms is in breach of the principle that a person is innocent until proven guilty, according to Padang Serai MP N Surendran.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New cable TV operator Ansa Broadcast to break monopoly of Astro

Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s exclusivity as the sole satellite pay-TV operator in the country has come to an end, as it will soon face competition from a new cable TV operator called Ansa Broadcast.

Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) said its channel checks revealed that a new player in the form of Ansa Broadcast is in the midst of entering the satellite pay-TV segment.

According to the research house, Ansa Broadcast was previously known as U-television, a cable TV operator that is a subsidiary of tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan’s Berjaya group.

It’s not supposed to rain but weather experts know why

The heavy bouts of rain these few days are raising many an eyebrow because this time of the year is when Malaysia is, by norm, hot and dry.

But weather experts aren’t surprised.

“The downpour in many areas in Peninsular Malaysia is caused by the north-westerly winds coming from the Indian Ocean, transmitting high humidity to Malaysia.

“The rains in Sabah and Sarawak are caused by high moisture levels in the air and active oscillation, resulting in thunderstorms,” said Malaysian Meteorological Depart­ment director-general Alui Bahari.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Police arrest seven more men over "Nothing to Hide" fracas

Police have arrested seven more suspects in connection with the "Nothing to Hide 2" forum ruckus on Sunday, reported The Star Online.

The report quoted Selangor CID chief ACP Fadzil Ahmat saying the seven men, aged between 20 and 30, were picked up on Monday.

Three teenagers aged between 17 and 19 are currently under remand in connection with the case and the latest arrests bring the total number of those detained, to 10.

Sabah Immigration Dept op to nab illegals begins tomorrow

SABAH Immigration officers will tomorrow launch a statewide operation to nab illegal immigrants, a day after the expiry of the deadline for a rehiring programme to register illegal workers, The Star reported.

State Immigration Department director Musa Sulaiman said only 1,088 of the estimated 50,000 illegal Indonesian and Filipino workers in the state had been documented under the six-month Rehiring Sabah 2017 programme, which began in February.

“We do not know the reason for the poor response. We will have to go down to the ground and find out from employers,” he was quoted as saying.

The programme, carried out by state-appointed Syarikat Inti Padu Technology Sdn Bhd, was part of an initiative to overcome worker shortages in the agricultural, construction, manufacturing and services sectors.

Marawi terrorists number getting smaller but threat remains: PAF

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Around 20 to 40 terrorists remained holed up in the besieged Marawi City, where the crisis has been ongoing for almost three months now, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said on Monday (Aug 14).

But despite their number getting smaller, BG Padilla said the Maute terrorists could still inflict harm with their stock of adequate ammunition.

"So, the force is getting smaller and their capacity to inflict harm, by the way, is still there because they still have arms, they still have adequate ammunition and they still continue to hold hostages. So that's the compounding factor," he said during a Palace briefing.

North Korea Holds off on Guam Attack, but Warns U.S. Against 'Reckless Actions'

(SEOUL/WASHINGTON) - North Korea 's leader has delayed a decision on firing missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam while he watches the actions of the U.S. a little longer, the North 's state media said on Tuesday, as Washington warned it would take out any missile heading for the Pacific island.

Pyongyang's detailed plans to land four missiles near Guam prompted a surge in tensions in the region last week, with U.S. President Donald Trump warning he would unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it threatened the U.S.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Why Sabah Government celebrating Malaya’s Independence but not Sabah's?

KOTA KINABALU - “Although it is still another 17 days before 31st August, the Sabah government is all geared up to celebrate the Independence Day of Malaya. The Sabah government and its BN leaders should ponder and reflect why they are celebrating Malaya’s Independence and not Sabah’s,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan.

Wife canes husband when he refuses to have sex

A factory worker claimed that his wife would cane him whenever he couldn’t meet her insatiable appetite for sex, reported China Press.

For years, the 32-year-old would be ordered to kneel before being caned if he rejected his wife’s demand for sex, which could be up to 10 times a day.

Unable to bear the torment, the man sought help from Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng.

Kuan said there were cane marks all over the man’s body and buttocks.

Special Branch hauls up 350 foreigners in hunt for IS Khorasan militants

NILAI - A large scale police operation was launched by the Special Branch's counter terrorism unit (CTU) in Nilai 3 today following intelligence reports of foreign militants of a terror cell taking refuge with a community of foreigners here.

The joint-operation saw 742 shophouses including business premises being search in the Pakistan-majority area.

"Nothing to Hide 2.0" forum was sabotaged by hired teenagers

KUALA LUMPUR - The three teenagers detained on suspicion of attempted assault towards Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the “Nothing To Hide 2.0” forum yesterday were not Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) members, its Youth wing chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said.

“They were just teenagers aged 17,18 and 19 years old. For your information, there is an age requirement to become an ARMADA member, and we had also checked the trio’s membership with PPBM. They are not in any way PPBM members.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sabah Has Own Alteration of Boundaries Order in Council 1954

KOTA KINABALU - “Sabah has its own “North Borneo (Alteration of Boundaries) Order in Council 1954” made by Her Majesty The Queen of Britain on 24th June 1954 with the advice of Her Privy Council pursuant to the Colonial Boundaries Act, 1895, which extended Sabah’s boundaries”,” says Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) cum Bingkor Assemblyman in response to news that the Sarawak legal team to London had uncovered the Sarawak (Extension of Boundaries) Order in Council, 1954.

Slipper and chairs fly at Nothing to Hide 2

The Nothing to Hide forum organised by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) descended into pandemonium with slippers and chairs being thrown.

Bersatu had invited Najib Abdul Razak to debate the party's chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad but with the prime minister not expected to attend, it was initially expected to be a one-sided affair.

The event got off to a boring start with Mahathir churning his usual salvoes against Najib but something appeared amissed during the question and answer session as several confrontational questioned were hurled at Mahathir.

Philippine central bank says peso not in freefall

MANILA - The Philippine central bank on Sunday sought to soothe frayed nerves in the foreign exchange market after the peso hit an 11-year low, saying it was not in a freefall and assuring it would be on guard against excessive volatility.

"Let's calm down," Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor Espenilla said in a statement, downplaying the peso's slump to 51.08 to the dollar on Friday, its weakest since August 2006.

Secret British Documents Showed Conspiracy and Sabah Sarawak Duped In Formation of Malaysia – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “The Sarawak legal team would need months to unravel all the secret British documents that they have uncovered during their working visit to London to study and look into the historical documents that led to the formation of Malaysia and the rights of Sarawak in Malaysia,” says Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) cum Bingkor Assemblyman in response to requests for his comments following the disclosure by the Sarawak Chief Minister that his legal team had uncovered “never seen before” documents in London.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Malay atheist fears he might be killed

He says even his Facebook friends could turn into 'real-life threats' with their comments on how it is 'halal' to kill atheists and apostates

PETALING JAYA - Some Malay atheists now fear for their lives following a minister’s call for them to be “tracked down” and identified amid an investigation into the local chapter of an international atheist organisation.

“I am worried. I have already accepted that something might happen to me, that I might be killed,” a man who wanted to be known as Halim said in an interview with Channel NewsAsia (CNA).

Malaysia no longer moderate, says US-based academic

Expert on Southeast Asia politics and security, says minister Shahidan Kassim's comment on atheists reflects growing intolerance within Malay community over religious matters

Malaysia is not the moderate state that it used to be, an academic based in Washington, the United States, told Channel NewsAsia.

The comment from Professor Zachary Abuza, who specialises in Southeast Asia politics and security at Washington’s National War College, followed remarks by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim that atheists in Malaysia should be “hunted down”.

China warns North Korea: You're on your own if you go after the US

BEIJING - China won't come to North Korea's help if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday - but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.

The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in this case its editorial probably does reflect government policy, experts said.

The stern Chinese warning came as government leaders and politicians around the world urged calm after a series of threats and counterthreats by the U.S. and North Korean governments. The brinkmanship has spread jitters and weighed on global financial markets, which were down Friday for a fourth consecutive day.

Contaminated eggs from Europe found in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - Hong Kong is increasing inspections of eggs imported from Europe, officials said Saturday after some were found to be contaminated with an insecticide in a scandal which has now spread beyond the EU.

Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can be harmful to humans, was made public on August 1.

Where did that 8,000kg of pangolin scales come from?

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah is keen to find out the origin of the 8,000kg of pangolin scales worth RM100mil that was seized by the state Customs and Excise Department at its Sepanggar container port here on July 29.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Augustine Tuuga said his team wants to take DNA samples to establish whether the pangolin scales were from Sabah or somewhere else.

"We won't have any idea (of the origin of the pangolin scales) unless there is a DNA analysis," he said on Saturday.

Trump Says Military Is ‘Locked and Loaded’ and North Korea Will ‘Regret’ Threats

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump continued to beat war drums on Friday against North Korea and, unexpectedly, said he would consider a military option to deal with an unrelated crisis in Venezuela. But though he declared that the armed forces were “locked and loaded,” there were no indications of imminent action in either part of the world.

For all the bellicose language emerging from the president’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., the United States military was taking no visible steps to prepare for a strike against North Korea or Venezuela. The Pentagon reported no new ships being sent toward the Korean Peninsula or forces being mobilized, nor were there moves to begin evacuating any of the tens of thousands of Americans living in South Korea.

Friday, August 11, 2017

The best spot in Sabah to watch the Perseid meteor shower

The annual Perseid meteor shower can be seen almost everywhere in the country, as long as the location is dark.

No end in sight to Indira's plight

I thought there was light at the end of the tunnel for Indira Gandhi's tragedy.

Not quite.

The 2017 amendment to the Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act will go without Section 88(A) which is supposed to extend protection to Indira and others suffering similar destiny.

Eight years ago, Indira's ex-husband embraced the Islamic faith and had his identity changed from K. Pathmanathan to Muhammad Riduan Abdullah.

Marawi: Fighters killed by military as siege continues

At least nine fighters killed as military conflict with Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups continues in the Philippines.

Philippine military forces have continued their offensive against armed groups linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in the country's south, killing at least nine fighters as the conflict in Marawi continues.

Trump doubles down on threats against North Korea as nuclear tensions escalate

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump escalated his war of words with North Korea on Thursday by declaring that his provocative threat to rain down “fire and fury” might not have been harsh enough, as nuclear tensions between the two nations continued to crackle.

Rejecting critics at home and abroad who condemned his earlier warning as reckless saber-rattling, Mr. Trump said North Korea and its volatile leader, Kim Jong-un, have pushed the United States and the rest of the world for too long.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Opposition parties in Sabah not united, says Lajim

The party chief says the absence of cooperation was seen when one of the parties announced it would contest in all seats in the state
KOTA KINABALU - Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin does not refute the lack of cooperation and unity among the opposition parties in Sabah, saying that they each have their own direction and manifesto.

He said they were unlike Barisan Nasional (BN) which, despite having 14 component parties, moved as a team.

Reading of charges for 'monster dad' takes two days

PUTRAJAYA - The Sessions Court here completed reading the remaining charges against a "monster dad" who allegedly sodomised his 15-year-old daughter.

The 36-year-old divorcee appeared calm but hung his head low when the charges were read out against him before Judge Yong Zarida Sazali on Thursday.

The suspect, a unit trust agent, was also in court Wednesday, when the first round of charges were read to him.

232 people arrested in Sabah since unrest in Philippine city Marawi

KOTA KINABALU (BERNAMA) - The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has made 232 arrests during operations conducted in the mainland of the Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSZone) following unrest in southern Philippine city Marawi .

Chief Minister Musa Aman, who is chairman of Esscom, said the agency had also intensified monitoring and inspections apart from making several off-shore arrests while the curfew was being enforced from May to June.

Don't automatically trust the number shown in your phone display

Looking at the phone number in your telephone display is not a secure way to identify the caller, a consumer advice centre has warned.

Criminals can manipulate the number displayed so that a different phone number is shown in what is known as "call ID spoofing," explains the North-Rhine Westphalia Consumer Centre in Germany.

People should always be sceptical of callers who claim to be from well-known companies, banks, insurance funds and the like, especially if they are asking for payment.

Rare documents on Malaysia’s formation discovered

Sarawak CM says the legal team despatched to London to search for references of the state's rights under MA63 will brief him about the discovery later.

The Sarawak legal team despatched to London to search for references to the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has discovered new and substantive documents concerning Sarawak and the formation of Malaysia.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Guam stays calm, dismisses North Korea threat

HAGATNA, Guam - Guam Governor Eddie Calvo downplayed North Korea's threat to attack his Pacific island state but said the US territory was "prepared for any eventuality" in a televised speech Wednesday as tensions escalate in the region.

US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" over its nuclear ambitions on Tuesday. Pyongyang raised the stakes just hours later, saying it was considering missile strikes near US strategic military installations on Guam.

U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News.

The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said the officials. The strikes would likely be conducted by armed drones.

If approved, the U.S. military would be able to conduct strikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines that could be a threat to allies in the region, which would include the Philippine forces battling ISIS on the ground in the country's southern islands.

Sabah bans 16 deviant teachings in the state

KOTA KINABALU - The Sabah state fatwa council has today banned 16 “deviant teachings”, which not only included hardliners Hizbut Tahrir and the minority Shiites and Ahmadis, but also “liberalism” and “pluralism”.

Mohd Arifin Arif, assistant minister in the Chief Minister’s Department, said the 16 teachings were decreed to be against the Sunni denomination of Islam.

“Those that are banned are the teachings of Qadiani, Al-Arqam, Hizbut Tahrir, Millah Abraham, Shiah, Tal Tujuh, Tarikat Hasaniah, Tariqat Naqsyabandiah al Aliyah, Nasrul Haq, Zikir Hasan Riimau, Awang Rezki, liberalism and pluralism,” he said in the Sabah legislative assembly.