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1 MILLION RINGGIT IN ILLEGAL LOGS SEIZED IN MALAYSIAN SARAWAK

Friday, October 31, 2014


LAWAS, S’wak, East Malaysia - Authorities have seized illegal logs worth more than one million ringgit in Lawas in the latest raid under a statewide anti-logging and anti-graft operation.
In the 10.30am raid yesterday at Sungai Lumut, General Operations Force intelligence personnel and three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers seized 1,065 illegally felled logs of various species and sizes, state GOF deputy commander ACP Zahari Ahmad said.
  • The logs were found stacked up in eight piles.
  • "No arrests were made as the loggers were believed to have run away," he said.
  • "We believe that their modus operandi is to fell the logs in the forest and stack them up by the roadside, after which they will be transported out by lorry at night," he added.
  • ACP Zahari said the Forest Department estimated the seized logs to be worth RM1.3mil (S$500,000).
  • The seizure, which followed a public tip off, was made under the Sarawak Forest Ordinance and further investigations would be done by Lawas forestry officers, he said.

Last week, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency(MACC) disclosed that 10 people, including a district CID chief, had been arrested in connection with illegal logging in the state.
The suspects, aged between 28 and 72, also included general managers, owners, camp managers and shareholders of 10 logging companies.
They were arrested in Limbang, Sibu, Kuching, Miri and Kapit.

Source: Borneo Post
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100 BURIED ALIVE IN SRI LANKA TEA REGION MUDSLIDE

Friday, October 31, 2014

KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka - Around 100 people were buried alive in a tea-growing region of Sri Lanka Wednesday as mudslides triggered by monsoon rains washed away their homes on a plantation, disaster officials said.
One witness spoke of hearing a noise like thunder as part of a mountainside collapsed onto the estate, burying some of the workers' homes in 30 feet (nine metres) of mud and debris.
"What I gathered is that about 100 people have been buried alive," Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told AFP after visiting the site in the eastern Koslanda region.
"There is no chance they could have survived," said the minister, as other officials said 16 people were confirmed dead.
Hundreds of soldiers, who initially used their hands to dig for survivors, had switched to operating excavators by evening but hopes had faded of finding anyone else still alive.

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MALAYSIA’S TIERED FUEL SUBSIDY IDEA PANNED BY CRITICS

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Analysts say the government will do better by removing the fuel subsidies altogether and returning handouts to the most needy of society, rather than the multi-tiered fuel pricing proposed.
In recent years, Malaysia has shielded its citizens from the full brunt of surging crude oil prices with fuel subsidies of around RM24 billion annually. That has exacerbated the government's budget deficit, one of the region's biggest as a proportion of gross domestic product.
To shore up its finances, Malaysia cut the subsidies in September 2013 and then again this month. That raised the price of petrol and diesel, stirring public debate on inflation and living costs.
  • The subject is growing ever more tender as Malaysia heads towards implementing a 6% goods and services tax in April next year.
  • Economists say a window has opened up for Southeast Asia to consider dismantling subsidies as global crude prices sink to multi-year lows. But instead of biting the bullet and pledging more market-oriented fuel prices, Malaysia earlier this week proposed tweaking its subsidy system.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said on Monday that the government is considering implementing a three-tier fuel subsidy mechanism next year under which some of the population will be fully subsidised and some not at all, depending on how much people earn a month.
Critics of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's economic stewardship say it is a tactic to ensure that the majority of society continues to be subsidised, especially poor but politically important states, such as Sabah.
"The whole idea of subsidies is you target the lower income, and the sad thing is subsidies are also a reward programme," said James Chin, a professor of political science at the Malaysian campus of Australia's Monash University.
Under the proposed tiered mechanism, individuals earning less than RM5,000 a month will be eligible for a full subsidy. 
Those earning between RM5,000 and RM10,000 would get a partial subsidy and those earning more than that would get nothing.
But the median monthly salary for Malaysia's 9.3 million workers stood at RM1,500 last year, according to a government report published in August. That suggests at least half of the population will continue to get fuel subsidies.

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ANTARES SPACE ROCKET EXPLODES SHORTLY LAUNCH?

Thursday, October 30, 2014
An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. 
No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.
The accident at Orbital Sciences Corp.'s launch complex at Wallops Island was sure to draw criticism over the space agency's growing reliance on private U.S. companies in this post-shuttle effort.
NASA is paying billions of dollars to Orbital Sciences and the SpaceX company to make station deliveries, and it's counting on SpaceX and Boeing to start flying U.S. astronauts to the orbiting lab as early as 2017. NASA spokesman Rob Navias said there was nothing on the lost flight that was urgently needed by the six people living on the space station.
The company behind Wednesday's dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is warning residents to avoid any 
potentially hazardous wreckage.

Source:CNN, CBC,,,More..,
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HAWAIAN VILLAGE PAHOA EVACUATES AS KILAUEA LAVA THREATENS

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Residents of a Hawaiian village threatened by lava have begun evacuating as the flow reaches 75yds (68m) from the first house in its path.
Two roads to Pahoa have been closed and a cemetery has already been overtaken by the flow from the Kilauea volcano.
Kilauea on the Big Island has been erupting since 1983, but lava has recently burst forth from a new vent.
The town's residents will be allowed to watch the destruction of their homes, Hawaiian officials say.
The accommodation will "provide for a means of closure" Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira told the Associated Press news agency.
"You can only imagine the frustration as well as... despair they're going through."
Residents will also be allowed back to take photos and video for insurance purposes.

  • Many residents of the town of 800 have already left or made plans to do so, Mr Oliveira said.
  • The couple living in the house closest to the flow have evacuated but have been returning to gather belongings, he said.

Source: BBC...More...


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A MALAYSIAN ESCAPE DEATH PENALTY IN SINGAPORE

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
SINGAPORE: A 29-year-old Malaysian condemned to hang in 2009 for drug trafficking had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment as he was intellectually challenged and suffering from depression at the time.
Wilkinson Primus, who looked relaxed in court, was spared the gallows under amended laws that give judges the discretion to impose life terms on drug traffickers who suffer from an "abnormality of mind" that substantially reduce their mental responsibility for their acts.
He was riding a motorcycle into Singapore on Nov 3, 2008 when he was arrested at the Woodlands Checkpoint. A bundle in the basket of the motorcycle was later analysed to contain 35.66g of heroin.
Wilkinson was given the then-mandatory death penalty in 2009 after he was convicted of drug trafficking.

Source:   The Straits Times
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MALAYSIA COURT HEARS ANWAR SODOMY APPEAL

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Malaysia's top court has begun hearing a final appeal filed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction widely regarded as politically motivated. 
Anwar was sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges of sodomizing a male aide in 2008 after the appeals court overturned an earlier acquittal. 
"I am confident of winning the case if we have judicial independence,'' the 67-year-old said before entering the Federal Court, where around 200 of his supporters had gathered. 
"I'm mentally prepared, but I don't have much hope.'' Sodomy, even consensual, is a crime in Muslim-majority Malaysia and is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. 
Anwar would also be banned from running for office for five years from the day he is released from jail. 
Critics and independent human rights activists say the case against Anwar is the latest salvo in a long-running campaign by Malaysia's coalition government to silence its most potent threat. 
The US government and other Western governments have expressed concerns over his treatment. "This trial is so unjust," Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, said outside the courtroom. 
"We hope and pray that justice will be served, not just for Anwar but for all Malaysians." A verdict is expected on Wednesday.
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OUTRAGE OVER OF S. AFRICA NATIONAL SOCCER CAPTAIN'S DEATH

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
JOHANNESBURG, South  Africa – South Africa national soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was gunned down at a house in Vosloorus, a township about 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Johannesburg at around 8.00 pm (1800 GMT) Sunday.
“It is alleged that two suspects entered the house and confronted the occupants, while a third suspect was outside,” said Phiyega.
After an altercation “a shot was fired, the goalkeeper was hit in the upper body and was taken to hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival”.
One cell phone was taken and the three suspects fled on foot.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects, described as being in their late 20s and early 30s.
South Africa’s president yesterday led a shocked nation in voicing outrage at the murder of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa after the talismanic goalkeeper was shot dead during a home robbery.
Police said the 27-year-old was killed late yesterday after burglars broke in to the house of pop-star girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, making off with a cell phone.
More than 17,000 people were killed in South Africa last year, but the slaying of a popular sporting hero has stunned even this crime-weary nation.
Team-mates at his local club Orlando Pirates team-mates were sobbing and crying uncontrollably during today’s team meeting, according to club officials.
Tributes to Meyiwa flooded in from across the football world. FIFA president Sepp Blatter described Meyiwa’s killing as a “senseless, tragic loss”.

Source: AFP
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MALAYSIAN HUSBAND FOUND OUT WIFE HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH A WOMAN?

Monday, October 27, 2014

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia - For the past two years, his wife has been having an affair with her boss, who happens be a woman too.
Ironically, the cuckolded husband known only as Karim, 42, is working in the same office which is located in Shah Alam because he wanted to monitor her movements, Metro Ahad reported.
Karim said he was still trying to save their 18-year marriage, which was blessed with two children aged 14 and 17.

  • "Apart from seeking advice from religious experts, I have also brought my wife for counseling sessions in the hope that our marriage will survive," he said.
  • "I will continue with my efforts to steer her to the right path."
Karim and his 42-year-old wife began working at the company five years ago. Their female boss, who was still single, would often call Karim's wife into her office for "discussions" that lasted for hours. 
"Initially, my wife would complain of exhaustion from all the frequent meetings but later on, she became excited with every meeting.
"I did not suspect anything until I read an inappropriate text message from the boss on my wife's phone," said Karim, who later confronted his wife who admitted to the affair.

Source: Agency
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