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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.

Time for Soul Searching to Ditch PBS/BN for STAR

KOTA KINABALU - “The brave ones have taken the ultimate step to leave PBS and BN. For the rest of the PBS divisional leaders, the time has come for them to do some deep soul-searching and decide whether the time has come for them to ditch PBS and BN. The same goes for Upko, PBRS and other BN components in Sabah,” said Edward Linggu, Deputy President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku in a press statement released today.

Edward, a former Assemblyman under PBS, said “sadly PBS is made irrelevant and a spent force, crushed by Umno’s over-powering dominance and Malayan hegemony.    It is no longer the fearless lion and dominant entity in Sabah politics.   Its influence will further be reduced with the departure of our beloved Huguan Siou, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, from active politics.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Siphoning of funds for poor: Parti Warisan Sabah veep, 2 others first to be arrested in MACC probe

KOTA KINABALU - Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers have detained three people, including Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president Datuk Peter Anthony, in connection with the investigation into mishandling of federal funds meant for the underprivileged in Sabah.

Also detained were a former deputy secretary of a division in the Rural and Regional Development Ministry and the owner of a construction company, sources said.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

MACC raids 15 locations involving Rural and Regional Development Ministry in theft case

More than RM150mil in cash has been seized in a day as anti-graft officers started a probe into the alleged embezzlement of funds from a ministry.

The investigators swooped in on 15 locations in Sabah during an operation which began at 10.30am yesterday.

At press time, the investigators were still compiling information to be sent to the top leadership of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

'Umno Clown' Jamal wrecks crates of beer in protest outside Selangor govt office

SHAH ALAM - Red Shirts leader Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos came up with his latest antic in protesting the beer festival outside the Selangor state government office in Seksyen 14 here.

The Sungai Besar Umno division chief arrived with several crates of beer in front of the gate, which was closed after he arrived at about 10am Thursday.

''Today I want to send all these beers to (Selangor Menteri Besar) Azmin Ali's office.

''He and his gang can drink all they want inside but not anywhere outside,'' he said.

Suhakam to hold public inquiry into disappearances of individuals

KUALA LUMPUR - The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will hold a public inquiry on the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat; Pastor Joshua and his wife, Ruth Hilmi.

Declare Tambunan District as Native Reserve and Resolve Outstanding LAs first – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU  - “A big furore has been created with many netizens up in arms with the posting of a letter from the Sabah Lands and Surveys Department (“LSD”) directing issuance of a Section 13 Notice in respect of a land application by a company based in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, for 500 acres of land in Kg. Ulu Namadan, Tambunan, that had gone viral,” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku cum and Bingkor Assemblyman, in response to the said posting.

Accountant loses RM100,000 to scammers

KOTA KINABALU - An accountant lost over RM100,000 when she was cheated by online scammers while trying to make a RM1mil backdoor loan.

The 38-year-old woman had initially wanted to borrow RM50,000 from the online loan service provider.

However, after she was shown a cheque allegedly for her approved loan through social media, she asked if she could borrow up to RM1mil.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Catalonia to declare independence 'by early next week', president says

Spain's biggest political crisis in decades appears to be worsening.

The head of the Catalonian government Carles Puigdemont says the region will declare independence by early next week.

Last night, Spain's King Felipe addressed the nation on TV, and called Catalonia's independence referendum "illegal" and "undemocratic".

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Failed MH370 search lasted over 1000 days

MORE than 1000 days were spent looking for missing flight MH370 with no success, but authorities say they now have a better understanding of where it might be.

Beware of religious intolerance, Sabahans cautioned

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah does not have any problem with religious intolerance although the people must be cautious, lest they be influenced by such sentiments which can destroy the society here, warned Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah.

Its president, Lajim Ukin, said Sabahans should continue to be a model of unity in the country.

“Religious intolerance so far is restricted to the peninsula. Here, there are many Chinese coffee shops renting space for halal food sellers. It is normal to see a nasi lemak stall next to a Chinese stall.

42 guns, loaded high-capacity magazines found in Vegas shooter's hotel room and Nevada home

A total of 42 guns were found in the suspected Las Vegas shooter's hotel room and house, police said Monday night.

Las Vegas Police Department Assistant Sheriff Todd R. Fasulo said that 23 guns were found in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino room where suspected shooter Stephen Paddock fired into a crowd, and 19 were discovered out of his Mesquite, Nevada home.

Multiple loaded high-capacity magazines were found in the hotel room, law enforcement sources said earlier on Monday.

Among the guns and ammunition police found the in the room being used by Paddock were some high-powered rifles considered capable of penetrating police armor. There were also some handguns in the room.

The additional ammunition indicates that the shooting, which left 59 people dead and injured over 500, could have been worse, had police not intervened when they did. Police believe that Paddock took his own life.

A modified bump stock rifle was also found, which allows a gun to simulate rapid automatic gunfire. Law enforcement officials are still in the process of examining firearms to determine if they were capable of firing automatically.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Spain can blame only itself for Catalonia's resistance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stuck stubbornly to his script on Sunday night while the rest of the world watched an entirely different movie unfold in Catalonia. "There was no referendum. What we have seen was a mere dramatization," Rajoy insisted. He sounded a little like a Kremlin spokesperson brushing aside a separatist uprising in, say, Chechnya. Nothing to see here, folks.

Only there was plenty to see and cameras everywhere to document riot police firing rubber bullets into crowds of peaceful protesters, dragging voters by the hair and using truncheons. The injury estimates were continually revised higher; more than 800 were reportedly injured in clashes with Spanish police. Spanish authorities downplayed those reports.

Cops: Two more navy men hospitalised after alleged abuse

IPOH - Another two navy personnel have been allegedly abused at the Sungai Wangi detention room in Sitiawan, and are now receiving treatment at the Manjung Hospital.

Perak police chief Comm Datuk Hasnan Hassan said the two sailors, both in their 30s, sustained similar injuries suffered by the late Laskar Kelas 1 (Able Rate) Muhammad Lailatulman Mohd Sukri, and Laskar Kelas 1 Nik Muhammad Baihaqy Nik Mat.

He said two more suspects aged 29 and 37, who are naval policemen there, were arrested on Sunday and remanded at the Seri Manjung court.

North Korea ship seized with huge weapons cargo en route to Egypt

A NORTH Korea ship was seized after it was caught carrying a huge supply of weapons to Egypt as tensions continue to mount with the US.

More than 30,000 rocket-propelled grenades discovered on board the freighter named the Jie Shun which the hermit kingdom had decorated with deceptive Cambodian colours.

Despot leader Kim Jong-un’s cargo was stopped in its tracks when the US warned Cairo about the incoming ship.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Duterte hopes Marawi battle over 'by the end of the month'

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he hopes that the deadly Marawi siege, which has dragged on since May, will be over by the end of the month despite the military’s failed attempts to meet previous deadlines to retake the city.

“Today, we are still fighting but I hope that by the end of the month, we’d be able to resolve the issue,” Duterte said in a speech in Eastern Samar.

“As I have said, we are all Filipinos and if, by the grace of God, we’re able to finish everything, the business of stopping the rebellion, not necessarily killing, we will be happy,” he added.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tahfiz fire: Two teens charged with 23 counts of murder each

Two of the seven teenage suspects arrested in connection with a deadly fire at a tahfiz school were charged with 23 counts of murder each at the Kuala Lumpur Magistrate's Court today.

The murder charges were under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

According to the charge sheet, the two were also charged under Section 34 of the Penal Code, which states that “each of several persons liable for an act done by all, in like manner as if done by him alone.”

Thai junta leader confirms fugitive former PM Yingluck is in Dubai

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The leader of Thailand's military junta said on Thursday that Yingluck Shinawatra, the prime minister he ousted three years ago, was in Dubai, having fled there last month to avoid being jailed over a rice subsidy scheme that lost billions of dollars.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who led the coup, said Thailand would pursue Yingluck through diplomatic channels and police cooperation using Interpol.

His remarks came a day after a court found Yingluck guilty of criminal negligence and sentenced her in absentia to five years in prison.

Saudi women allowed to drive in latest reform push by prince

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s surprise decision to grant women the right to drive rattled society in the kingdom on Wednesday, bringing cheers from rights activists and young people and grumbling from others who say they will never let their wives and daughters behind the wheel.

It also demonstrated how the power of ultraconservatives to impose their will has weakened as the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince steams ahead with sensitive reforms under his father, King Salman.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SAPP’s Yong vows to keep seeking truth on Double Six tragedy

This comes after the SAPP president was ordered to pay former CM Harris Salleh RM600,000 in damages for defamation over the tragedy

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee vows to continue seeking the truth about the 1976 air crash that killed then chief minister Fuad Stephens and 10 others.

“This is because the air crash remains a matter of public interest that affected Sabahans as well as Sabah’s fate and natural resources,” he told FMT.

Launderette owner apologises over Muslim-only signboard

MUAR - The owner of the controversial "Muslim-only" launderette here has apologised for his actions and will obey Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar's decree to remove a signboard limiting its services to those of the faith.

"I regret the issue and I will obey His Majesty's command," said the owner of the launderette in Taman Seri Cempaka, who refused to be named, adding that he immediately took down the sign Wednesday morning following the news published in The Star.

Sabah, A Safe Haven for Terrorists Unless ICs Re-vetted, Recalled and Reissued – Dr. Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU - “Malaysia will become a safe haven for more terrorists and IS Islamic militants unless the federal government re-vets all ICs, and recall those dubiously issued to support a certain political party to remain in power, and re-issues new MyKads to genuine Malaysians with a corresponding Sabah IC for Sabahans” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, Solidariti Tanah Airku Chief cum Bingkor State Assemblyman.

“Despite my earlier concerns and urgings to remedy the situation on Sabah’s security and ICs and MyKads issued to illegal immigrants, nothing had been done and Malaysia has now become a hotspot of cross-border terrorists”.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ex-Sabah CM Harris Salleh wins RM600,000 for defamation

PUTRAJAYA -  The Federal Court today awarded former Sabah chief minister Harris Salleh RM600,000 in damages for defamation over the “Double Six” tragedy where then chief minister Fuad Stephens and 10 others on board an aircraft died in a crash on June 6, 1976.

Chief Judge of Malaya Ahmad Maarop, who delivered the judgment of the five-man bench, said the defendant, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee merely published a statement by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah but with some embellishment.

“The defendant could have invoked the Reynold’s privilege of responsible journalism, but did not verify the facts of the allegation,” he said in reinstating the judgment of the High Court in 2012.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thousands evacuated as volcano on holiday island Bali could erupt soon

KLUNGKUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 35,000 people have been evacuated from near a volcano on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali that officials say is becoming more active and could erupt soon.

Authorities imposed a 12-km exclusion zone around the crater of Mount Agung, as increasing volcanic activity on Sunday sent strong tremors through areas in the eastern part of the one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.

Officials urged the public to remain calm amid false reports and videos circulating online of an eruption.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The KadazanDusun language dilemma?

DURING the third and final round of the recent statewide Mr Kaamatan or Harvest Festival Contest 2017, the seven finalists, out of 44 contestants, were asked two questions.

It was mandatory for first question to be answered in the finalist’s mother tongue while the second question, in the finalist’s choice of language.

Only one of the contestants, Dicky Jerry, representing the Keningau District, responded to both questions fluently in his mother tongue, Dusun.

Some of the other finalists could barely muster enough words in their mother tongues to deliver coherent sentences. At 19 years old, fulfilling other criteria superbly, Dicky impressed the judges, most of whom are KadazanDusun speakers, to win the coveted title.

Yong: Blame it on reckless issuance of MyKads

KOTA KINABALU - SAPP President Datuk Yong Teck Lee said Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation Senior Vice Chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye should not be shocked at all over the recent arrests of suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists working as security guards in the nation's capital.

"The reckless issuance of MyKads and dubious citizenship documents to foreigners without proper screening over the years explains why even suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists have managed to become security guards in Malaysia.

"Therefore, it is also possible that the seven suspected terrorists arrested by the counter-terrorism police is only a small part of the menace now facing the nation,' he said.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Karim: Sarawak’s rights eroded during Dr M’s era

Sarawak lost most of its rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) when Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister, said a state minister yesterday.

“It is good to see the former premier coming back to Sarawak to meet the people as he has hardly done so in the past,” Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said at a press conference.

Sipaun supports ex-IGP on Malaysia not being Islamic country

Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun says Abdul Rahim Noor was correct in pointing it out, based on events that led to formation of Malaysia in 1963

KOTA KINABALU - Former Sabah state secretary Simon Sipaun supports the views of a former inspector-general of police who said that Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country, and Sabah and Sarawak would not agree to make it so.

He said Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor, who was the country’s top cop from 1994 to 1999, was speaking the truth when he said Malaysia could lose the Borneo states if religious conflicts got out of hand due to the federal government continuing to succumb to pressure and becoming too Islamic.

Travel warning issued for Bali as volcano threatens to erupt

Jetstar and Qantas say services to the popular tourist destination are going ahead but they are watching the situation closely

Holiday plans are in limbo for thousands of Australians after the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a new travel warning for Bali because of fears of a volcano eruption on the popular tourist island.

Indonesian authorities have raised the alert level for the Mount Agung volcano to the highest classification, meaning an eruption could be imminent.

Friday, September 22, 2017

PBS lodges police report against community leader

KENINGAU - A group of leaders from Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Liawan Division made a police report against a community leader for allegedly issuing a directive through WhatsApp prohibiting community leaders and government servants from attending PBS Youth chief  Datuk Jake Jikulin Nointin’s press conference tomorrow.

Liawan PBS Youth  Movement chief Stephen Kalaus and four others made the report at the district police headquarters here at 11.40am yesterday.

Stephen in his report said the community leader had instructed  village headmen, Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) chairmen, native chief representatives (WKAN) and those in the government not to attend a meeting to be held at Jake’s residence at Kampung Bariawa Laut here on September 22 at 2.30pm.

Arab News Report: MNLF ready to fight Daesh in Marawi, says Nur Misuari

DAVAO CITY - Nur Misuari, the founder and leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), has broken his silence in an exclusive conversation with Arab News, in which he rejected the charges filed against him in a Philippines anti-graft court.

In his first interaction with media since the charges were filed against him, Misuari talked exclusively to Arab News in Davao City. He claimed the case was brought against him by people out to sabotage his participation in the Mindanao peace process.

North Korea’s Kim says will make ‘deranged’ Trump pay dearly for UN speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the North would consider the “highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history” against the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted US President Donald Trump as “mentally deranged” on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh sanctions over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.

Tensions have risen as North Korea has resisted intense international pressure to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, with Trump and Kim exchanging ever-more threatening rhetoric.

Please lift the ban, Kelantan

KUALA LUMPUR - The Kelantan government must lift the ban on its traditional cultural performances and the restrictions it imposes on women performers in the state, says the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights Karima Bennoune (pic).

Bennoune, who has been around the country for a two-week period ending yesterday, said that the state government’s ban on its traditional cultural performances such as mak yong, wayang kulit, main puteri and dikir barat has negatively impacted the survival and preservation of these traditional art forms.

Lajim’s bankruptcy status lifted

Lajim Ukin is therefore expected to be re-elected as Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president during Oct 26 AGM

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City.

Churches and homes had been ransacked, people had been shot or taken hostage, and now Philippines government troops, planes and helicopters were pounding the Islamic State loyalists who had taken over large parts of the town on May 23.

Six days into the occupation, 17-year-old Jalil said he came across a crowd of fellow fighters led by rebel chief Abdullah Maute, including a boy who looked about 10. They were cheering the beheading of a Christian from Jalil’s neighborhood who was accused of being a spy.

Duterte: Marawi fighting almost over

The end is near for the conflict in Marawi, but don’t expect a celebration from the government when the smoke clears.

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that everybody has lost in the fighting between government forces and Islamic State-allied extremists, which had nearly leveled the once bustling Islamic city.

The fighting in Marawi has been raging for nearly four months.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country, says former IGP

Saying Sabah and Sarawak would not have agreed to form the federation if the country was meant to be Islamic, Rahim Noor warns religious conflicts will become too hot to handle if the Federal Government continues to succumb to pressure and become too Islamic.

KOTA KINABALU - The Federation of Malaysia was never meant to be an Islamic country because if it was, Sabah and Sarawak would never have agreed to it, according to former inspector-general of police Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rumours and lies again about Lajim rejoining Umno

Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah president Lajim Ukin is staying put, the party's information chief said in a statement to counter rumours
There is no truth to rumours that Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah (Harapan) president Lajim Ukin is planning to rejoin Sabah Umno, the Borneo Post reported.

Harapan information chief Karim Adam denied the rumours that had been circulating, saying it was spread by irresponsible quarters.

“The speculation is not new, as it has been around ever since Lajim formed Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah almost a year ago.

Wanted Malaysian militant still holed up in Marawi, say police

Anti-terror chief Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay says many other Malaysians are still fighting Philippine forces in Marawi City

KOTA KINABALU - The country’s most wanted militant Dr Mahmud Ahmad is among several Malaysians believed to be still fighting government forces in Marawi city in southern Philippines, according to Bukit Aman’s counter-terrorism chief.

“We believe Dr Mahmud is still in Marawi City,” Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, the Special Branch’s Counter-Terrorism Division principal assistant director, told FMT today.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ex-IGP to give a talk on 'Malaysia in the future'

KOTA KINABALU - A public talk on “Malaysia in The Future” by a former Inspector General of Police of Malaysia Tan Sri Rahim Noor will be held at Ming Garden Hotel, Kota Kinabalu on 19th of September 2027, at 7.30 pm-with limited capacity of 200 people (Admission is FREE).

The talk is organised by PIPPA--Progressive Institute of Public Policy Analysis Sabah, a think tank established in 2007.

Over the years PIPPA has been organising talks and forums involving both local and overseas speakers.

Philippine troops rescue captive priest in assault on Marawi militants’ base

Philippine security forces have rescued a senior Catholic priest held for nearly four months by Muslim militants besieging the southern city of Marawi.

Father Teresito "Chito" Soganub, vicar-general of Marawi, was found abandoned by his captors at around 11pm on Saturday near a mosque, hours after a deadly battle that saw the military seizing the militants’ control centre, the government’s chief peace negotiator Jesus Dureza said in a Facebook post yesterday.

Rear-Admiral Rene Medina, commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, told The Philippine Daily Inquirer that Father Soganub escaped with another hostage, Mr Lordvin Ocopio, a teacher, during the assault.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Seven picked up in relation to Keramat tahfiz school fire

KUALA LUMPUR - Police are believed to have picked up more people in connection with Thursday's tahfiz school fire that killed 23 in Kampung Datuk Keramat here.

Sources told the New Straits Times that investigators have detained at least seven people.

Those arrested were said to be between the ages of 15 and 22, and among them, were students of the school located in Jalan Keramat Hujung.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fine line between ‘joined’ and ‘formed’

Some Malaysians still clueless over distinctions in Malaysia Agreement 1963

“I AM a Malaysian! Why do I need to go through Immigration to get a social visit pass to enter Sabah?” asked an indignant Ipoh-born friend, adding, “I don’t need such a document when I enter Selangor from Perak.”

He was planning to fly from KL International Airport to Kota Kinabalu International Airport to visit my home state for the first time.