Friday, May 15, 2009



Najib: We are ready for polls
BN offers discussions with Pakatan Rakyat on Perak crisis but is readyto face state elections if called. PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak says itdepends on what the sultan of Perak decides.

Anwar insists on polls in Perak
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat is willing to meet Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak to discuss the Perak crisis.

'Vote of no-confidence enough to remove MB'
CYBERJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said avote of no-confidence against the Perak menteri besar was enough toremove him.

Khairy: Anwar a hypocrite
SEREMBAN: Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin yesterday hit outat opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for daring BarisanNasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak to call for elections inPerak.

Reports against former speaker
IPOH: All 28 Perak Barisan Nasional assemblymen and the threeindependents lodged a police report against former speaker V. Sivakumarhere yesterday for contempt of court.

I want to be the people’s PM, says Najib
PUTRAJAYA:Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has voiced his preference toforgo formalities and instead be on the ground to undertsand thereality and needs of the people.

PM: Perak crisis can be resolved if PR follows the rules
PUTRAJAYA:Barisan Nasional is open to talks with Pakatan Rakyat to resolve theon-going Perak government crisis as long as the Opposition does not setany preconditions to having such a dialogue.

We’re ready for talks, says Anwar
KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Rak­yat is open and ready to meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to resolve the Perak state crisis.

BN reps lodge 31 police reports
IPOH:Perak Barisan Nasional assemblymen and three independents have lodged31 police reports over the ruckus during the May 7 state assemblysitting.

MACC launches probe
PETALINGJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has already startedinvestigations into the Bukit Botak land scam in Sela­ngor.

Bukit Botak squatters state terms for PKNS takeover
PETALINGJAYA: Bukit Botak squatters are willing to let the Selangor StateDevelopment Corpo­ration (PKNS) develop their area provided it signs anagreement with them.

A bald hill that’s become barren land
PETALING JAYA: Bukit Botak in English means “barren hill’’. And that’s exactly how the place got the name.

Malaysia will clear disputes through talks
PUTRAJAYA:Malaysia will seek to resolve any territorial dispute with Chinathrough negotiations in accordance with international law, PrimeMinister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

Baby born in ambulance made St John life member
GEORGETOWN: A baby girl born in an ambulance on the way to the PenangHospital has been made a life member of the Penang St John Ambulance.

Retiree trying to raise funds to build temple ends up poorer in 4D scam
JOHORBARU: A retiree who wanted to raise money for the construction of atemple ended up losing RM60,000 in a four-digit lottery scam instead.

When wives take it out on their hubbies
GEORGE TOWN: Men are no longer the aggressors in a family as they too have fallen victim to domestic violence.

Go-ahead to resume seafood exports to EU
PUTRAJAYA:Six processing companies have been given the go-ahead to resumeexporting fishery products to the European Union effective fromyesterday, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

All 10 suspected A(H1N1) flu patients cleared
PUTRAJAYA:All 10 patients suspected to be hit by the A(H1N1) flu virus have beencleared of the infection, the Health Ministry said.

Five suspected meningitis patients allowed to go home
PUTRAJAYA:Five of the 42 patients treated at the Malacca Hospital for suspectedmeningitis have been allowed to return home, Health director-generalTan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said.

Cousins drown trying to save family cat
BESUT:Two cousins drowned while they were trying to rescue the family catfrom a fish pond in Kampung Gong Pak Mentosa, Tembila, here yesterdayeverning.

Rosmah praised for dedication to early childhood education and care
KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has been commended for her commitment to early childhood education and care.

Rais: TV and radio stations must provide fair coverage
KUALALUMPUR: Television and radio stations – both government andprivate-owned – must provide fair coverage of the various communitiesin the country, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said.

Perak Sultan’s elder brother laid to rest
BATUGAJAH: Raja Datuk Seri Baharom Shah Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah, theelder brother of Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah, was laid to rest atthe Sekedup Muslim cemetery here yesterday.

PKA seeking legal advice on indemnity issue
PORTKLANG: The Port Klang Authority (PKA) is seeking legal advice to lookinto the indemnity requested by Pricewaterhouse­Coopers (PwC) for therelease of its audit report on the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ).

Public can give opinion on ISA on Suhakam’s website
KUALA LUMPUR: Suhakam is seeking the views of the public on reviewing the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Consider children’s well-being, converts told
BANGI:A holistic approach has to be taken in overcoming the ongoing conflictover the right of a Muslim convert to unilaterally convert his or herunderage children.

Keep EPF posted on home address
KUALALUMPUR: New members of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) are urged toregister their correspondence address to ensure they would be receivingtheir statements.

Kids without birth certs just need JKM referral, says Shahrizat
PETALINGJAYA: Malaysian children without birth certificates can now attendgovernment-aided schools provided they have a referral from the SocialWelfare Department (JKM).

Cops to form task force to probe human trafficking
JOHORBARU: Police may set up a special team to investigate the use ofPengerang by syndicates as the entry and exit point for illegalimmigrants.

Child raped by cousin who took her home
PETALINGJAYA: A four-year-old girl was raped by her teenage cousin at her homein Taman Kinrara after he fetched her for the first time from a nearbykindergarten.

Malaysia wants shared criminal database system
HANOI:A common database of criminal records and fingerprints should be set upby Asean police forces, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassansaid.

In short, there may be more than one winner
KUALALUMPUR: The third edition of the BMW Shorties short-film competition isback with a production grant of RM75,000 awaiting the winner or winners.

Money politics talk in PAS
PETALING JAYA: There are rumblings about money politics in PAS and its leaders are starting to worry of its consequences.

Incentive for all govt doctors and dentists
SEREMBAN:Doctors and dentists pursuing full time post-graduate programmes orspecialist courses at local universities will be paid a RM750 criticalservice incentive from this month.

Vet chief to visit island
KLANG:The director-general of the Department of Veterinary Services, Datuk DrAbd Aziz Jamaluddin, will visit Pulau Ketam and its surrounding islandstomorrow to assess the ‘dog’ situation there.

Material part of batik design competition
KUALALUMPUR: This year’s Piala Seri Endon Batik Design Competition willrequire that all batik fabrics be produced by the contestants.

‘Detective Lim’ now denies stealing books
KUALA LUMPUR: Gerak Khasactor Farid Amirul Hisham Wu Abdullah better known as “Detective Lim”,who was charged with the theft of two books worth RM194.90, changed hisplea to not guilty at the 11th hour.

Missing JB teens found
GEORGETOWN: Nine youngsters, including four reported missing in Johor Baru onTuesday, were found in an apartment unit in Macallum Street Ghaut here.

MB conveys wishes to Sultan
SHAHALAM: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, receivedin audience Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim following hisdischarge from the Stanford University Medical Centre in Californiaafter undergoing an open-heart surgery.

Fisherman struck dead by lightning
MIRI:A group of fishermen out to net their daily harvest got more than theybargained for when two of them were struck by lightning.

Robber suspect shot in car chase
KUALALUMPUR: A brief, high-speed car chase between the police and fourrobbers ended up with one of the suspects shot dead and anotherarrested.

International passport and visa for pilgrims
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians going for the hajthis year would be required to use an international passport, saidminister in the Prime Minister’s department Mej-Jen (R) Datuk JamilKhir Baharom.

3,000 homeless in midday-fire
LABUAN:Some 3,000 people were left homeless after a fire raged through aseaside village in this international offshore financial centre.

Carnival for job hunters
PUTRAJAYA:There will be 10,200 job offers and business start-up opportunities forgraduates at the three-day Career and Entrepreneurial DevelopmentCarnival at Putra World Trade Centre starting today.

Another row in the PPP
KUALALUMPUR: A former PPP supreme council member has claimed that theRegistrar of Societies (ROS) is on the verge of de-registering theparty for failure to submit its financial and office-bearer recordssince 2002.

Duo nabbed for poaching
KUALATERENGGANU: Two boat operators who were supposed to brief tourists onthe importance of protecting endangered animals in Tembat ForestReserve turned out to be poachers themselves.

Stick to selection criteria, Liow tells PSD
PUTRAJAYA:The Public Service Department must implement what has been agreed uponby the Cabinet in the selection of scholarship recipients, MCAvice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

RM73mil to boost padi production in Sarawak
KUCHING: The Federal Govern­ment has allocated nearly RM73mil to fund large-scale padi cultivation in Sarawak.

No delay in disbursement of funds, says Wong
KUCHING:There is no delay in the disbursement of federal funds to Sarawak, saidstate Second Finance Minister Datuk Wong Soon Koh.

IT consultant loses cars and jewellery to robbers
KUALA LUMPUR: An IT consultant lost two cars and jewellery worth more than RM400,000 to three parang-wielding robbers at her house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, here, early yesterday.

Khaled: UniKL to stay private
KUALALUMPUR: The Government will set up a company under the Finance Ministryto manage Univer-siti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), which was previously placedunder Mara.

Mano hits out over dengue queries
KLANG:Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan has lashed out at fellowPakatan Rakyat member Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar for not answeringquestions that he had put forward to the state assembly on the dengueepidemic.

Plan to ease Brickfields and Pudu congestion
KUALA LUMPUR: Roadworks projects costing over RM193mil and aimed at better traffic management in the city will start in June.

Work on Yan hydrocarbon hub to start in August
ALOR SETAR: The ground brea­king ceremony for the RM40bil Su­­ngai Limau Hydrocarbon Hub in Yan district is set for August.

Britain may probe Batang Kali massacre
KUALALUMPUR: The British Go­­­­­­vernment is expected to decide in the nextfew months whether an inquiry or investigation will be held into the1948 Batang Kali mas­­sacre of unarmed villagers.

Syabu bust leads to firearms
JOHORBARU: Investigations in­­to the largest syabu bust in the countryrecently have led to the recovery of two pistols and bullets inPlentong here.

Group fails in bid to remove ‘keling’ from dictionary
KUALA LUMPUR: The word keling will remain in the Kamus Dewan.

Subra: Temples are also place to promote unity
TEMPLES should not just be a place to pray but also to promote religious ideals and unite the Indian community, Tamil Nesan reported.

Gamblers going the whole hog to strike 4-D
A MULTI-racial crowd is turning up at a temple in Taiping to pet a wild boar for good luck.

Son helps estranged couple stay in touch
BARELY50 days after Taiwanese celebrity couple Harlem Yu and Annie ShizukaInoh announced their plan to divorce, they have gotten back together,reported China Press.

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