Salleh said the
system which could provide critical information such as soil and weather
conditions, fire and water levels, has the potential to be expended to other
"As it provides
crucial information in real time it will allow local authorities or national
governments to use the information for early warning systems such as for
flooding, tsunamis and even plantation burning so that they can respond in a
clearer manner," he said. Information compiled through the sensors will be sent
directly to a cloud system which stakeholders - including the farmers,
analysts, NGOs and local authorities can access.
The project by Ericsson Malaysia, with partners Global
Environment Centre and Luimewah (M) Sdn Bhd, was launched in Sabak Bernam,
Selangor and is expected to rehabilitate up to 10,000 mangrove seedlings by
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The Mandarin news team of state
broadcaster RTM has been 'punished' purportedly for airing an unflattering photograph
of the prime minister.
According to Chinese news reports, the RTM Mandarin
newsreader was made to read the report without any accompanying video footage
for the whole 20 minutes of the programme aired at noon today.
RTM's head of Mandarin news Tan Lee Won confirmed to
Malaysiakini about the directive banning the Mandarin news team from using any
Tan said the directive - issued by RTM's management
yesterday - took effect today for both its Mandarin news programmes at 12pm and
She declined to reveal the reason given, adding that she did
not know when the ban will be lifted.
Sources however claimed the punishment was due to the news
team’s usage of a photograph of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in its 8pm
broadcast on Tuesday.
The image was displayed when the RTM Mandarin newsreader was
reporting on Najib's successful bid in staying PKR's lawsuit against him for
allegedly breaking general election spending regulations.
The image, which was produced by Malaysiakini, showed Najib
looking down solemnly, with a collage of other photographs related to 1MDB in
the background, including a picture of Penang-born billionaire Jho Low.
Following the 'punishment', the newsreaders on RTM2's noon
and 8pm (photo) Mandarin news today were seen reading continuously for the
whole of the programme.
The script for the Mandarin news programme at noon was also
not adjusted to deal with the absence of footage, as the newsreader made
references to visuals and images which did not appear on the screen.
Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh
Said Keruak(photo) said he was not aware of any such directive coming from the
"I am not aware (of) any instruction from (the)
ministry," he told Malaysiakini in a text message.
MELBOURNE, Ausrealia - For some two hours, a shirtless Malaysian who
referred to himself as the ‘Messiah’ held siege at the Little Ipoh Restaurant
Police were called to the restaurant just after 1pm
following reports that a man clutching a knife and fork was arguing with staff
at the eatery, The Daily Mail reported.
The man charged at officers with his weapon when they
arrived and was sprayed with pepper spray before barricading himself inside the
Malaysian-owned restaurant - a popular location for busy students and workers
in the city centre since 2014.
Speaking through the window he had smashed using the weapon,
members of the Australian special operations group, carrying shields and
assault rifles, negotiated from the street with the man, in his 20s,
He then threw a range of items from the window at police
that included apples, oranges and a mobile telephone as he screamed from the
window, pleading to speak to his mum and his “missus”.
Later, he was seen laying down beside the window wearing
sunglasses and appeared to take photos of himself on his mobile phone, posing
and making gestures towards the media assembled there.
Brandishing a knife, he eventually walked out of the second
floor La Trobe Street restaurant just after 3pm, holding his bloodied hands in
the air and still ranting as the heavily armed police rushed to him.
The 7News website reported that after being handcuffed
by police, he was taken away in an ambulance where he was treated for cuts to his hands and mentally assessed.
SEOUL, South Korea - It hard to believe but a South Koreanwoman
has been charged with forcing her husband to have sex with her, prosecutors
said on Tuesday in the first indictment of its kind in South Korea, Yonhap news
The woman, identified only by her surname Shim, locked her
husband, surnamed Kim, in their house for 29 hours and forced him to have sex
with her, Yonhap said, citing the Seoul Central Prosecutors' Office.
Shim allegedly committed the crime with the aim of obtaining
"favourable evidence" for divorce procedures, the prosecutors said
according to Yonhap.
South Korea's Supreme Court recognised spousal rape as a
crime in May 2013, putting the socially conservative country in line with
countries such as the United States, Britain, Germany and France.
Later that month, a 46-year-old man became the first to be
convicted of marital rape in the country and was sentenced to 3.5 years' jail,
Korean media reported.
The court also ordered that the man's personal information
be made available to the public for seven years, and that he wear an electronic
anklet for 10 years after he is released from jail.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysaia - The ringgit declined the most in a
week after Fitch Ratings said the government may miss its 2016 fiscal deficit
target as the economy remains under pressure from lower commodity prices.
The shortfall could exceed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib
Razak’s estimate of 3.1% of gross domestic product (GDP), the ratings company
said in a statement today.
Fitch estimates the slippage is unlikely to increase
Malaysia’s debt ratio, which will remain around 52% of GDP until 2017.
In Friday’s budget, Najib unveiled plans to raise taxes for
high-income earners and accelerate infrastructure development while lowering
the deficit from 3.2% in 2015.
“Fitch didn’t help,” said Vishnu Varathan, a Singapore-based
economist at Mizuho Bank Ltd.
“The worry is that with oil prices looking as soggy as they
are and economic headwinds persisting, hopes for uninterrupted fiscal consolidation
may be a little overdone.”
The currency depreciated 0.9%, the most since October 20, to
4.2670 a dollar in Kuala Lumpur, according to prices from local banks compiled
While the ringgit has gained 3.2% this month on fading bets
for a US interest-rate increase in 2015, it is still the worst performer in
Asia this year as a slump in Brent crude cuts the oil exporting nation’s
The Bloomberg Commodity Index of 22 raw materials from oil
to metals fell for a fifth day, headed for the longest stretch of declines in
Fitch raised the outlook on Malaysia’s A- rating, the
fourth-lowest investment grade, in June after earlier warning of a downgrade
due to a deterioration in the nation’s finances.
Sovereign bonds rose, with the 10-year yield falling two
basis points to 4.1%, the lowest since August 5, according to prices from Bursa
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the
2003 invasion of Iraq played a part in the rise of the Islamic State militant
group, and apologized for some mistakes in planning the war, in an interview
broadcast on Sunday.
Blair's decision to send troops to back the U.S.-led
invasion is still a live political issue in Britain, where a six-year public
inquiry into the conflict is yet to publish its findings.
Asked whether the offensive was the principal cause of the
rise of Islamic State, which now controls large areas of Iraq and neighboring
Syria, Blair said there were "elements of truth" in that.
"Of course, you can't say that those of us who removed
(former Iraqi dictator) Saddam (Hussein) in 2003 bear no responsibility for the
situation in 2015," Blair told U.S. network CNN.
Critics say the U.S. decision to disband Saddam Hussein’s
army after the invasion created a huge security vacuum exploited by al Qaeda,
which was eventually replaced by Islamic State.
Some former Iraqi army officers, members of the Sunni Muslim
minority which says it has been marginalized by the Shi’ite-led government
backed by Western powers, are senior strategists in Islamic State. The Iraqi
government says it has not marginalized Sunnis.
Blair said the "Arab Spring" uprisings across the
region also affected Iraq, and pointed out that Islamic State had risen out of
a base in Syria, not Iraq.
Blair apologized for what he described as mistakes in
planning and intelligence before the war and in preparations for would happen
once Saddam was removed, but said it had been the right decision.
"We have tried intervention and putting down troops in
Iraq; we've tried intervention without putting in troops in Libya; and we've
tried no intervention at all but demanding regime change in Syria. It's not
clear to me that, even if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have
worked better," he said.
"I find it hard to apologize for removing Saddam. I
think, even from today in 2015, it is better that he's not there than that he is there."
WASHINGTON, U.S.A. - The world would be a better place if dictators
such as Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power, top Republican
US presidential hopeful Donald Trump said in comments aired on Sunday.
The billionaire real estate tycoon also told CNN's
"State of the Union" talk show that the Middle East "blew
up" around US President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary
Clinton, his biggest Democratic rival in the race for the White House.
"100 per cent," Trump said when asked if the world
would be better off with Hussein and Gaddafi still at the helm in Iraq and Libya.
Both strongmen committed atrocities against their own people
and are now dead. Saddam, the former Iraqi president, was toppled in the 2003
US-led invasion of Iraq and was executed in 2006.
Gaddafi — who ruled Libya for four decades — was ousted and
slain in October 2011.
"People are getting their heads chopped off. They're
being drowned. Right now it's far worse than ever under Saddam Hussein or
Gaddafi," Trump said.
"I mean, look what happened. Libya is a catastrophe.
Libya is a disaster. Iraq is a disaster. Syria is a disaster. The whole Middle
East. It all blew up around Hillary Clinton and around Obama. It blew up."
Calling Iraq the "Harvard of terrorism," Trump
said the country had turned into a "training ground for terrorists."
"If you look at Iraq from years ago, I'm not saying he
(Saddam) was a nice guy. He was a horrible guy but it's better than it is
now," Trump said.
Trump said his foreign policy strategy would be centered around
beefing up the US military.
"All I know is this: we're living in Medieval times ...
We're living in an unbelievably dangerous and horrible world," Trump said.
"The Trump doctrine is simple," he added.
"It's strength. It's strength. Nobody is going to mess with us. Our
military will be made stronger."
SYDNEY, Australia - Drones will circle popular swimming spots in eastern
Australia and "listening stations" track tagged sharks as part of a
new strategy announced Sunday to keep beachgoers safe after a spate of bloody
The country has one of the world's highest incidences of
shark attacks with 13 in New South Wales this year leaving one dead and seven
injured, threatening the beach tourism industry.
In response the nation's most populous state, which has
ruled out culling sharks, unveiled a five-year plan to address the issue,
including next-generation sonar systems and boosted aerial surveillance.
The state's primary industries minister Niall Blair said the
multi-faceted approach followed advice from experts attending a recent shark
summit in Sydney and community consultation.
"We are proud to be the first jurisdiction anywhere in
the world to adopt an integrated approach toward keeping our beaches
safe," he said.
The wide-ranging AUD16 million (RM49.13 million) plan to
protect swimmers and surfers, while minimizing harm to sharks, will see the
trial of drones to provide real-time vision, while boosting helicopter
The tagging of sharks will be stepped up, sonar detecting
buoys deployed and 20 "listening stations" built at known hot spots
using 4G technology to allow tagged animals to be monitored.
Former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin(photo) today
said he realized the seriousness of 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB)
controversy after the debt laden firm sought a RM3 billion cash injection from
the Cabinet earlier this year, which was rejected.
"That was when I realized how serious this was. They
just received RM2 billion from Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan(photo) and now they were
seeking RM3 billion from the cabinet," Muhyiddin said in his speech during
a "Bicara Minda" dialogue organised by publisher Karangkraf and Sinar
Harian in Johor Baru today.
Muhyiddin, who was dropped as Datuk Seri Najib Razak's
deputy in July, said he expressed his concerns to the prime minister after
seeing the proposal.
Najib is also the finance minister and chairman of 1MDB's advisory
"They just took on more debts to settle previous debts,
it was like a mountain of debts, layers after layers," Muhyiddin said.
The Malaysian Insider had also reported in February that the
RM3 billion cash injection sought by 1MDB from the cabinet was rejected.
Muhyiddin in his speech described 1MDB not as a sovereign
wealth fund, but a "sovereign debt fund".
The Finance Ministry-owned firm, meant to be a strategic
investor and a catalyst for new development, is now undergoing a restructuring
exercise to shave off its debts.