Wednesday, May 13, 2009



Status quo in Perak after court grants stay
IPOH: It's back to status quo in Perak following the granting ofa stay of execution by the Court of Appeal on the return to office ofdeposed menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin yesterday.

Ex-MB's aide held in SMS threats case
KUALA TERENGGANU: Datuk Dr Ahmad Ramzi Mohammad Zubir, politicalsecretary to former Terengganu menteri besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh,was arrested by police yesterday, a day after a warrant was issuedagainst him.

Najib: No preconditions if Pakatan wants talks
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said anymeeting between the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat on the Perakpolitical crisis would be possible only without preconditions.

MCA wants apology over arrest of lawyers
PETALINGJAYA: MCA has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to takeaction against the OCPD who authorised the arrest of five lawyers andother supporters of Wong Chin Huat last week.

PPP supreme council man files report against senator
KUALALUMPUR: A PPP supreme council member has lodged a police report againstDeputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk T.Murugiah yesterday – barely 24 hours after Murugiah claimed to havereceived two bullet casings and a threatening note.

Contractors: Second bridge ready by 2012
GEORGETOWN: Contractors involved in building the RM4.3bil Second PenangBridge — although facing problems including contractual matters — arecommitted to complete the bridge by 2012.

Expert way to handle anger
PETALING JAYA: It is fine to be angry but it is also important to know how to handle or express anger.

Chingay competition makes comeback in Penang
GEORGETOWN: The chingay competition is back after a one-year break — thistime with a much improved judging system to avoid the kind of disputeswhich marred the event in 2007.

Shame snatch thieves to teach them a lesson, says CID chief
KUALALUMPUR: To teach snatch thieves a lesson, police have proposed that thepunishment which awaits them be in the form of social work, likesweeping the streets.

Liow: Health authorities trying to trace meningitis carrier
KUALALUMPUR: The number of people hospitalised with suspected meningitis inMalacca Hospital rose to 38 on Tuesday, from 31 the day before.

Court: Roslin’s divorce valid
PETALINGJAYA: The divorce of national badminton player Muhammad Roslin Hashimfrom his ex-wife Faizah Mohammad – after just 12 days of marriage – hasbeen declared valid by the lower Syariah Court here.

A world first in oil palm technology
KUALALUMPUR: Oil palm yields can be increased through a paradigm shift inbiotechnology breakthroughs, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib TunRazak.

Tourist arrivals unaffected
SEPANG:The global economic crisis has not affected the number of arrivals ateither the KL International Airport (KLIA) or the Low-Cost CarrierTerminal (LCCT).

Todt chosen as tourism envoy
KUALALUMPUR: Datuk Seri Jean Todt, the former executive director of Formula1 Ferrari, has been chosen as Tourism Malaysia’s ambassador for a year.

MAS strives to keep fares competitive
PETALINGJAYA: Three passengers who travelled on first or business class onMalaysia Airlines (MAS) got their air fares reduced after they showedthat they had obtained lower prices on another carrier.

Two sen a night at Tune hotels
KUALALUMPUR: AirAsia affiliate Tune is offering rooms from as lowas two sen per night at its hotels in Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching,Kuala Lumpur and the KLIA-LCCT Airport.

Another RM6mil for aircraft rental and medical services
KUCHING:The Sarawak State Assembly has approved an additional RM6.13mil to payfor aircraft rental and medical services incurred by the Yang di-PertuaNegri and state administration last year.

D-Day for Khir Toyo in privileges panel inquiry
SHAHALAM: Former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo who didnot attend the state privileges committee inquiry in March and madenegative media reports on it will know his fate next Tuesday.

Man charged with killing one daughter and raping another
GEORGETOWN: A 40-year-old odd-job worker was charged with the murder of adaughter five years ago — and with committing incest with anotherdaughter in February.

Ex-political sec held over SMS
KUALATERENGGANU: Police have arrested the former political secretary toformer Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh for allegedly sending deaththreats via SMS to three Barisan Nasional assemblymen on April 14.

Sultan discharged after heart surgery
KUALALUMPUR: Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has beendischarged from the Stanford University Medical Centre (SUMC) inCalifornia after undergoing open-heart surgery on May 2.

No condition for talks to resolve Perak crisis, PR told
KUALALUMPUR: Pakatan Rakyat must not set terms or conditions on BarisanNasional if it wants to talk to the coalition about cooperation toresolve the Perak political crisis, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib TunRazak said.

Zambry remains as MB
PUTRAJAYA:Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir remains the Perak Mentri Besar now untilhis appeal against a High Court ruling declaring Datuk Seri MohammadNizar Jamaluddin as the rightful Mentri Besar of Perak is disposed of.

Nizar chided for jumping the gun
IPOH:Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir has criticised DatukSeri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin for jumping the gun and making “exco”decisions during the emergency meeting with his Pakatan Rakyat partnerslate Monday night.

Suspension of senior officials invalid, says Chief Sec
PUTRAJAYA:The suspension of two senior state government officials by the PakatanRakyat government in Perak is invalid, said Chief Secretary to theGovernment Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Tug-of-war in Perak
IPOH: It was a case of now you see it now you don’t as far as the two disputing “mentris besar” of Perak are concerned.

Ding-dong battle continues
Perak’sroller coaster politics has been making ever wilder loops but all eyesin the next couple of weeks will be on the palace because that may bewhere the real solution lies.

Suhakam:Credibility of the courts at stake
KUALALUMPUR: The credibility of the courts is at stake in the Nizar-Zambrysaga, said Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman.

Tired of excessive politicking
KUALA LUMPUR: Sick and tired of the excessive politicking in the country – that’s the general view of most Malaysians.

‘Voters, not courts, should decide on who is the government’
IPOH:Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, who was declared the rightfulPerak Mentri Besar by the High Court on Monday is stumped by the Courtof Appeal’s decision to grant a stay on the declaration.

News in brief

Uthaya: No more protests
KUALALUMPUR: No more street protests – that’s the promise of Hindraf leaderP. Uthayakumar who was released from ISA detention on Saturday.

Hisham: New ways needed to tackle drug menace
PUTRAJAYA:Unconventional methods will be explored to tackle the drug menace asthere is no “one size fits all” formula, Home Minister Datuk SeriHishammuddin Tun Hussein said.

RON97 to cost more from September
PUTRAJAYA:The RON97 petrol will be sold at RM2 per litre effective Sept 1, whichis 20 sen more than its current selling price once the RON95 version isavailable nationwide.

Girl’s parents feel betrayed
TEMERLOH:The parents of murdered schoolgirl Chua Li Yen feel betrayed that theyouth they cared for over the past two years turned out to be the“monster” who killed their daughter.

A choice to ride on safe buses
PUTRAJAYA: Consumers can choose to travel only with express bus companies which practise strict safety measures in the future.

Rajagopalu to vie for veep post in MIC polls
KUALALUMPUR: Negri Sembilan MIC chairman Datuk T. Rajagopalu will be biddingfor a vice-president’s post in the party elections in September.

Retired cop found murdered
TEMERLOH: A retired police sergeant was found murdered at a construction site near Taman Seri Kemuning here.

Union lodges complaint against D-G
KUALALUMPUR: The National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) has filed acomplaint with the Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) againstDirector-General of Trade Unions Omana Pillai for alleged abuse ofpower.

Choosing books over toys
KUALA LUMPUR: For six-year-old Nur Aliah Ardini Ahmad Fairuz, storybooks have always been her best friend.

British girl group to fly in on regional tour
KUALALUMPUR: The latest British all-girl music sensation – The Saturdays –will be in town on their regional tour this July and August.

Proposed flood bypass channel will divert waters away from Kuching
KUCHING: A RM149mil flood bypass channel is being dug to address the city’s flood problems.

Varsities urged to compete in Asian rankings
PETALING JAYA: More public universities should take part in the newly-introduced Asian University Rankings.

Hollywood task for Sarawak band
KUCHING:Homegrown band Tuku Kame will showcase Sarawak’s ethnic music on one ofthe biggest stages in the world when it competes at the WorldChampionships of Performing Arts in Hollywood in July.

I had sex with wife after proclaiming divorce, says singer
POP King Jamal Abdillah (pic) has confessed to sleeping with his wife two days after he proclaimed their divorce.

Wee raps PSD over scholarships
MCAYouth chief Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong has lambasted the Public ServiceDepartment (PSD) on the awarding of overseas scholarships for topscorers, Sin Chew Daily and China Press reported.

Some Pakatan heads ‘have failed to keep their word’
SOMEPakatan Rakyat leaders who had pledged to help those arrested forparticipating in the illegal assembly organised by the Hindu RightsAction Force have failed to do so, reported Tamil Nesan.

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