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Night Open Market In The City Of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo

Saturday, February 06, 2016
City Hall will hold a Night Open Market in conjunction with Chinese New Year along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu Central Market area, Segama and Foh Sang, Luyang from 1pm today to 2am, Sunday.
Kota Kinabalu Central Market will be closed for the Chinese New Year celebration for two days on Feb 8 and 9.







 



In conjunction with this event, several roads will be closed starting 12pm until the event finishes all along Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens from the fruit market traffic lights (opposite Hotel Le Meridien) to the Hotel Hyatt Regency Kinabalu roundabout, Jalan Lapan Belas ( the 'u'/u-turn roundabout to KK Plaza will be opened), Jalan Tujuh Belas, Jalan Segama, the road to the Safma carpark, Kota Kinabalu Central Market, Golden City shops and the roundabout near KFC heading to the junction entering Foh Sang. 

Source: Agency
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Thousands Of Migrants Held Up In The Cold at Greek Petrol Station

Saturday, February 06, 2016
Thousands of migrants are reportedly stranded in miserable winter conditions at a petrol station in Polykastro, about 15km south of the Idomeni border crossing from Greece to Macedonia. According to Greek reports, delays caused by Macedonian authorities
Source: Agency
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Malaysian EPF To Sell Stake In British American Tobacco?

Friday, February 05, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Employees Provident Fund plans to dispose its stake in British American Tobacco at the right price, its Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Investment) Datuk Mohamad Nasir Ab Latif said today.
The fund has a 6.7 per cent direct stake in the tobacco firm and owns 0.7 per cent via an external fund manager.
“EPF has historically never invested in gambling stocks or alcohol stocks. In fact, we no longer invest in tobacco stocks. We kept what we had (invested in the past) and at the right time we will exit (from) it,” he said.
However, the disposal of the stocks will be done at the right price, he told reporters at a media briefing here today.
“There is no time line (to dispose the stake). When we feel that the stock has reached its full potential and the price is right, we will exit (sell),” he said.

Meanwhile, on the disposal of assets in the United Kingdom, he said the pension fund, which still owned office buildings in London, had found a suitor for the assets.
However, Mohamad Nasir was quick to point out that it was not in a rush to dispose them.
“We are getting good rental income from the properties. But, off course if somebody comes and makes us an irresistible offer (price), I am going to take it and invest the proceeds somewhere else,” he said.
Last year, EPF sold the ‘One Sheldon Square’ office building in London for RM1.14 billion.
Besides office buildings in London, EPF also owns 12 hospitals that spreads around the United Kingdom, purchased in 2013.
EPF’s investment is spread over 30 countries.

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) will declare a “respectable” dividend for 2015.
This was disclosed by EPF deputy CEO (investments) Datuk Mohamad Nasir Ab Latif .
Speaking to reporters here Thursday, he said an announcement would be made after Chinese New Year.
Mohamad Nasir, however, refused to divulge more information.
 The EPF had previously declared a higher dividend of 6.75% for 2014 compared with 6.35% for 2013.
Source: – Bernama
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14 In Malaysian State of Sabah Questioned Over Eating Turtle Eggs?

Friday, February 05, 2016
KOTA KINABALU: Fourteen people have been questioned so far over a dinner attended by a federal minister in Sandakan last year where turtle eggs were served. 
State Wildlife Department director William Baya said they wanted to record the statement of Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob, but only after meeting local leaders who were at the dinner last November. 
"We have yet to issue any letter or contact the minister to get his statement because of logistical issues since he is in Kuala Lumpur," William said. 
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said Ismail was not a target of the investigation, but they wanted to record his statement. 
The department launched a probe after photographs were posted on social media showing Ismail at an Umno division dinner at a seafood restaurant together with Beluran Umno chief Datuk James Ratib. 
A plate of what appeared to be at least two dozen turtle eggs were seen on the table before them. 
Turtles are protected under the Sabah Wildlife Enactment 1997. 
It is an offence to be in possession of the animals or their products, such as eggs, and those convicted are liable to a fine of RM50,000, five years' imprisonment or both. 
The photographs, which went viral on social media, sparked an outcry among conservationists here.

Source: Asia One
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Ministry Disputes Claim That Najib ‘Asia’s Worst Finance Minister 2016’

Thursday, February 04, 2016
The Ministry of Finance (MoF), in a statement today, took FinanceAsia e-magazine to task for its article titled “Najib Razak: Asia’s Worst Finance Minister 2016”. 
The MoF said it was unethical for the e-magazine to make a judgment based on developments within 12 months. 
It said on the contrary, Malaysia was expected to register a growth of between 4.5% and 5.5% in 2015, while its unemployment rate declined from 4.5% to 3% with 1.8 million new jobs created. 
The per capita income increased from RM24,541 to RM33,572, while the fiscal deficit dropped from 6.7% to 3.2%. 
“Despite uncertainty in the global economy, Malaysia is optimistic of attaining its GDP target of 4.5% this year. 
“If Malaysia could register a 4.5% growth amid the economic slowdown, it would infer that Malaysia’s economy is still strong compared with other Asian countries. ”Questioning FinanceAsia’s motive in posting article which suggested that Malaysia was in the doldrums, the MoF said the report was callously released to improve its rating. 
This is because in last year’s issue, the e-magazine ranked Najib in eighth spot among finance ministers of the Asia-Pacific region’s 12 largest economies, the MoF added. 
“As Asia has 48 countries, does being in the 12th position make Najib the worst finance minister in the region?” 
Source: – Bernama
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Malaysian PM Najib Not Accused In 1MDB Probe?

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

WASHINGTON: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is not among 
those accused of wrongdoing in an investigation by Switzerlands 
chief prosecutor into alleged corruption involving the 1Malaysia 
Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign fund, a Swiss official said 
on Tuesday (Feb 2). 
The Swiss Attorney General’s office said last Friday that it had 
identified four cases of alleged criminal misconduct in the suspected 
misappropriation of about US$4 billion (£2.77 billion) from Malaysian 
state companies.


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Facebook Is Changing Your News Feed In A Subtle But Important Way

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Facebook is introducing a new way to track what you do on your News Feed. The social network will now weigh two different factors when deciding what to show you, the company announced in a blog post Monday.
“News Feed will begin to look at both the probability that you would want to see the story at the top of your feed and the probability that you will like, comment on, click or share a story,” Facebook engineers Cheng Zhang and Si Chen wrote.
In other words, Facebook will try to use what it knows about you to show you things you want to see and respond to. It’s not clear exactly how this will work, and a spokeswoman for Facebook did not reply to requests for comment.




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Historic New Parliament Opening In Myanmar

Monday, February 01, 2016
Myanmar’s newly elected politicians, most of them from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, have taken their seats in parliament for the first time, in a landmark session that was meant to install the first democratically chosen government in half a century.
The session on Monday marked a historic turnaround for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which was suppressed by the country’s army for years.
The party won 80 percent of the elected seats in general elections in November, qualifying it to form a government and end nearly 50 years of military rule. 

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