PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - A heartwarming story posted on Facebook about a Chinese, Malay, and Indian drew praise and garnered many ‘likes’ from the
Facebook community for reminding them what it means to be Malaysian. Balamuraly Doraisamy related on the social media website his
encounter at a coffee shop which he frequented during tea time. As he sat down to place his order, he saw a Chinese man
wolfing down four packets of nasi lemak as if he had not eaten for days. After the starving man had wiped out his fourth packet of
nasi lemak, the shop owner offered him an additional packet of Kuey Teow which
the man eagerly accepted and devoured. On seeing this, Balamuraly decided to pay for the hungry
man’s bill but was informed by the shop owner that it had already been settled. All that was left to pay was the Kuey Teow, which the shop
owner had decided to put on his own tab.
“Anyway, the best part of this is, the poor man is a
Chinese, the generous shop owner is a Malay and I am an Indian,” wrote
He added that there were still many among us who understood
the true meaning of what it means to be Malaysian.
He said that instead of bickering and politicising the
dengue and “bantuan banjir” (flood relief efforts) issue, we should be more
concerned about helping needy people, no matter what their race.
“I am proud to be Malaysian. Truly Malaysian,” concluded
To which, Facebook fan Arun Pillai replied, “Lovely Sir!
Happens only in Malaysia!”, while Nurul Aini, responded that she was proud to
be Facebook friends with Balamuraly.
A number commented on how Balamuraly’s story had made their
day, while others came forward to say they were proud to be Malaysian too. There were no negative comments, as everyone unanimously
agreed that racism was not a Malaysian trait. “Have Faith in True Malaysians”, wrote Ashraf Shamshiri.
HANOI, Vietnam – At least 14 people were killed and 28
others were injured when scaffolding collapsed at a construction site in
The deputy police chief in Ha Tinh province, Bui Dinh Quang,
said Thursday that all the victims were Vietnamese subcontractors hired to work
on a seaport breakwater project.
He said it was not known if any other workers were trapped
in the rubble. Police and rescue workers are still searching through the rubble
from the Wednesday night accident.
Dinh Ninh Dan, 27, one of the survivors, said the workers
were cleaning a frame for a giant concrete block for the breakwater when the
scaffolding collapsed. There were more than 40 workers on the scaffolding at
the time of the accident.
He said nearly an hour after they started work the
scaffolding shook twice and many workers panicked and began running to an
elevator before someone said there was no problem.
“After 10 more minutes, the scaffolding which was about 20
meters (65 feet) high, suddenly collapsed. I quickly grabbed an iron bar but
fell free,” Dan told The Associated Press by telephone from Ky Anh General
Hospital in Ha Tinh province where he was being treated for hip pain along with
eight others who suffered lesser injuries.
“People were screaming, calling for help from the rubble,”
said Dan. “I was very lucky to survive.”
Dr. Hoang Song Hao of Ha Tinh General Hospital said 19
workers were being treated, 15 with serious injuries.
The Son Duong seaport is part of the Vung Ang economic zone
where Taiwan’s Formosa Plastics Corp. is building a multi-billion dollar steel
The site was the scene of an anti-China protest last May
where three Chinese nationals were killed following China’s deployment of an
oil rig in disputed waters in the South China Sea.
INKSTER, MI, USA - A pastor leading a protest on Wednesday outside a Detroit-area police department threatened to shut down the city until two white officers are fired for the bloody arrest of a black man who was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head.
The march in Inkster came a day after television station WDIV aired police video of the January arrest of Floyd Dent, 57.
The video shows an officer punching Dent many times in the head while another officer tries to handcuff the motorist who is on the ground.
Dent’s head and shirt are bloody.
“I’m lucky to be living. I think they was trying to kill me, especially when they had choked me,” Dent told WDIV.
"I mean, I was on my last breath. I kept telling the officer, "Please, I can’t breathe."
Police treatment of black men has become a major issue in the US in the aftermath of killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and in New York City. Inkster, population 25,000, is 73% black.
SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi(photo) fled
the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their
allies advanced on the southern port city where he had taken refuge, captured
his defense minister and seized the city's airport.
Hadi's departure marks a dramatic turn in Yemen's turmoil
and means a decisive collapse of what was left of his rule, which the United
States and Gulf allies had hoped could stabilize the chronically chaotic nation
and fight al-Qaida's branch here after the 2011 ouster of longtime autocrat Ali
Over the past year, the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who
are believed to be supported by Iran, have battled their way out of their northern
strongholds, overwhelmed the capital, Sanaa, seized province after province in
the north and worked their way south.
Their advance has been boosted by units of the military and
security forces that remained loyal to Saleh, who allied with the rebels.
With Hadi gone, there remains resistance to the Houthis
scattered around the country, whether from Sunni tribesmen, local militias,
pro-Hadi military units or al-Qaida fighters. Hadi and his aides left Aden after 3:30 p.m. on two boats, security and
port officials told The Associated Press. The officials would not
specify his destination.
MARSEILLE, France – An Airbus
operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings budget airline crashed in southern France
on Tuesday and all 148 on board were feared dead.
French President Francois Hollande said he believed none of
those on board had survived.
He said there was likely to be a significant number of
Germans on the flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
He added: “The accident happened in a zone that is
particularly hard to access.” A spokesman for France’s DGAC aviation authority said the
airliner crashed near the town of Barcelonnette about 100 km (65 miles) north
of the French Riviera city of Nice. A statement from the prime minister’s
office said the crash happened in Meolans-Revel, a remote and sparsely
inhabited commune in the foothills of the French Alps. The crashed A320 is 24 years old and has been with the
parent Lufthansa group since 1991, according to online database airfleets.net
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Pig farms that do not comply with modern pig farming standards by 2018 will be shut down, warned Deputy Agriculture and
Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.
He said he hoped pig farmers would cooperate with the
Government as sufficient notice has been given for them to take measures to
adhere to the standards which required farms to be enclosed and are prohibited from
polluting the environment.
"I hope politicians from both sides of the divide will
not give excuses for pig farmers who still do not comply by three years from
now," he said during question time at Parliament on Tuesday.
Tajuddin (BN - Pasir Salak) said the ministry was aware of
public concerns and have put in place action plans to make pig farms environment
and public friendly.
He said the ministry encouraged pig farmers to pull their
resources together to invest in building facilities for modern pig farming.
"It is good business and we encourage pig farmers to
carry on with it. In Malaysia, we respect each other despite our
different beliefs," he said.
Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, a collection of Lee
Kuan Yew interviews published in January, was included in a list of 15 books
declared haram(illicit) by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia
(Jakim). Jakim’s planning and research division confirmed the
decision was made when its committee on the censorship of publications with Islamic
elements met in October. However, both the division’s director and Jakim director
general Datuk Othman Mustapha have not responded to queries by The Malaysian
Insider on why the decision was made nine months after the book hit the shelves
According to procedure, the list of books declared haram is
sent to the home ministry for further action but it is unclear if the home
ministry has followed suit and banned the books.
Othman’s predecessor Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz had
said in February that Lee was unsuccessful in developing the mindset of the
Singaporean public because he was “still influenced by the landscape of the
1960s which were full of prejudice and presumptions against Muslims.”
Lee, who served in Singapore’s Cabinet as PM, senior
minister and minister mentor for 52 years before retiring in May, said in the
book that Muslims in Singapore were socially “distinct and separate” and should
“be less strict on Islamic observances” to aid integration and the city-state’s
It led to uproar from Malay and Muslims groups on both sides
of the Causeway with his old rival and former Malaysian PM Tun Dr Mahathir
Mohamad accusing Lee of having no respect for religion.
Lee later retracted his statement in March ahead of general
elections in the island which has a 15 per cent Malay-Muslim population.
His son Lee Hsien Loong(photo) led the ruling People’s Action Party
to its worst ever performance in this year's Singapore general election,
gaining just 60 per cent of popular support. Lee, 88, admitted last month he has been suffering from a
nerve illness for the past two years which prevents him from walking steadily. Other books in the haram list include Sebongkah Batu Di
Kuala Berang by Faisal Tehrani, Mengenal Diri: Ilmu Peninggalan Tok Kenali by
Mohd Yusof Che Wook and The Teachings of the Quran by H. U. Weitbrecht Stanton.