Congratulations!

[Valid RSS] This is a valid RSS feed.

Recommendations

This feed is valid, but interoperability with the widest range of feed readers could be improved by implementing the following recommendations.

Source: http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com?cat=2&feed=rss2

  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?><rss version="2.0"
  2. xmlns:content="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/content/"
  3. xmlns:wfw="http://wellformedweb.org/CommentAPI/"
  4. xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/"
  5. xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom"
  6. xmlns:sy="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/syndication/"
  7. xmlns:slash="http://purl.org/rss/1.0/modules/slash/"
  8. >
  9.  
  10. <channel>
  11. <title>Politics &#8211; Malaysia Chronicle</title>
  12. <atom:link href="https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?cat=2&#038;feed=rss2" rel="self" type="application/rss+xml" />
  13. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com</link>
  14. <description>A place to speak up on Politics, Business, Social</description>
  15. <lastBuildDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:59:30 +0000</lastBuildDate>
  16. <language>en-US</language>
  17. <sy:updatePeriod>hourly</sy:updatePeriod>
  18. <sy:updateFrequency>1</sy:updateFrequency>
  19. <generator>https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8</generator>
  20. <item>
  21. <title>&#8216;NEVER GIVE UP&#8217; JHO LOW HOUNDS DR MAHATHIR &#8211; &#8216;YOU&#8217;LL NEVER GET THESE ASSETS BACK IF YOU DON&#8217;T CUT A DEAL WITH ME&#8217;: 1MDB MASTERMIND IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH DR M&#8217;S OFFICE VIA &#8216;CELL PHONES&#8217;, EVEN OFFERS TO SET UP MEETINGS FOR DR M WITH OTHER WORLD LEADERS AT U.N. ASSEMBLY, SAYS REPORT</title>
  22. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136781</link>
  23. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:31:25 +0000</pubDate>
  24. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  25. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  26.  
  27. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136781</guid>
  28. <description><![CDATA[Fugitive businessperson Jho Low is attempting to strike a deal with the Pakatan Harapan government, according to Billion Dollar Whale co-author Tom Wright. Among others, he claimed, Low had offered to arrange meetings for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in New York, where the latter is attending the UN general assembly. “He (Low) very optimistically offered to help the government with its meetings in the US, they are going on now. (Including) Mahathir&#8217;s meetings on the sidelines of the UN general assembly. “Which to me is amazing, it speaks to Low&#8217;s optimism,” he said, adding that the information was relayed to him by a source. Mahathir&#8217;s itinerary includes meetings with well-known US entrepreneurs and potential investors, the Malaysian diaspora, as well as to engage in bilateral meetings with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al Thani and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Malaysiakini is contacting the Prime Minister’s Department for comment regarding Wright&#8217;s claim. Pressed on whether Low was in the US at present, Wright said he believed negotiations were being done over the phone. “They have cell phones, right? They communicate all the time,” he added during a group media interview in Kuala Lumpur. Previously, [...]]]></description>
  29. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Fugitive businessperson Jho Low is attempting to strike a deal with the Pakatan Harapan government, according to <em>Billion Dollar Whale</em> co-author Tom Wright.</p>
  30. <p>Among others, he claimed, Low had offered to arrange meetings for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in New York, where the latter is attending the UN general assembly.</p>
  31. <p>“He (Low) very optimistically offered to help the government with its meetings in the US, they are going on now. (Including) Mahathir&#8217;s meetings on the sidelines of the UN general assembly.</p>
  32. <p>“Which to me is amazing, it speaks to Low&#8217;s optimism,” he said, adding that the information was relayed to him by a source.</p>
  33. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Mahathir&#8217;s itinerary includes meetings with well-known US entrepreneurs and potential investors, the Malaysian diaspora, as well as to engage in bilateral meetings with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al Thani and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.</strong></span></p>
  34. <p><em>Malaysiakini</em> is contacting the Prime Minister’s Department for comment regarding Wright&#8217;s claim.</p>
  35. <p>Pressed on whether Low was in the US at present, Wright said he believed negotiations were being done over the phone.</p>
  36. <p><strong><span style="color: #ff0000;">“They have cell phones, right? They communicate all the time,” he added during a group media interview in Kuala Lumpur.</span></strong></p>
  37. <p><img class="cms-image-scale-screen cms-image-scale-left" src="https://i.malaysiakini.com/1315/39b1e6a6ef9e72e0b17008a2d6672807.jpeg" alt="" /></p>
  38. <p>Previously, it was reported that Low is believed to be hiding in China, something Wright (<em>photo</em>) concurred with.</p>
  39. <p>The Putrajaya Sessions Court has issued a <strong><a href="https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/440238">warrant of arrest</a></strong> for Low under Section 4(1) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001 with regard to his role in the 1MDB scandal.</p>
  40. <p>During an interview with the <em>BFM</em> radio station earlier, Wright said Low has also offered to help the Malaysian government with retrieving assets.</p>
  41. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>“He never gives up. Even now he is texting and sending messages to the new Malaysian government saying, &#8216;Look I&#8217;ll help you with (for example) Mahathir&#8217;s meetings in New York this week&#8217; or &#8216;I&#8217;ll help you with getting these assets back, you&#8217;ll never get these assets back if you don&#8217;t include me&#8217;.</strong></span></p>
  42. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;Most people, I&#8217;m sure we would have given up and given ourselves in,&#8221; he said.</strong></span></p>
  43. <p><img class="cms-image-scale-screen cms-image-scale-left" src="https://i.malaysiakini.com/1315/018a56f1fe5ca6f9d1adea6fc2d43ed3.jpeg" alt="" /></p>
  44. <p>Wright, who described Low as someone with a &#8220;high tolerance for risk&#8221; and without the &#8220;normal run of human emotions&#8221;, said the latter was undeterred when his involvement with 1MDB was revealed and when he was named in the DOJ lawsuits.</p>
  45. <p>He said when Najib &#8220;exiled&#8221; Low from Malaysia in 2015, the latter went to China to broker more deals.</p>
  46. <p>It was reported on Sunday that Low was purportedly seeking a settlement with the DOJ but Wright does not believe the department would agree to the settlement.</p>
  47. <p>&#8220;If you are the centre of a fraud, how do you plea bargain? It is not as if the DOJ is going to say, &#8216;Hey Jho Low, we are going to cut you a deal here&#8217;.</p>
  48. <p>&#8220;No, that&#8217;s not going to happen,&#8221; he said.</p>
  49. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>According to Wright, Low is not a financial genius for pulling off these schemes as investigators he spoke to told him that the latter did not go to great lengths to hide his tracks.</strong></span></p>
  50. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>The money trail, he added, was easily tracked once investigators began to probe.</strong></span></p>
  51. <p>Wright said Low&#8217;s ability to pull off these plans was because he had an uncanny ability to assess, network and connect powerful people with each other.</p>
  52. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;The thing that he did that was so amazing is that he was always able to go into a room, see who was powerful, work out how that power could help him and connect that person to another powerful person and put himself into the mix.</strong></span></p>
  53. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;That was really his genius,&#8221; he added.</strong></span></p>
  54. <p>&#8211; M&#8217;kini</p>
  55. <p>.</p>
  56. ]]></content:encoded>
  57. </item>
  58. <item>
  59. <title>ROSMAH&#8217;S CONFIDANT &#038; BALING MP AZEEZ RAHIM ARRESTED &#8211; WHILE HER SON RIZA AZIZ SUMMONED AGAIN FOR QUESTIONING BY MACC</title>
  60. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136770</link>
  61. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 07:41:26 +0000</pubDate>
  62. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  63. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  64.  
  65. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136770</guid>
  66. <description><![CDATA[MACC has arrested former Tabung Haji chairperson Azeez Abdul Rahim, who is also the Umno MP for Baling, and one of his brothers. According to a MACC source, the two were detained this morning. However, the reason for their arrest remains unclear while MACC is expected to issue a statement on this soon. On May 23, MACC seized RM500,000 in cash and RM1.2 million in various currencies from Azeez&#8217;s homes. Bernama later reported that the raids were to facilitate investigations into the appointment of contractors involving Tabung Haji projects. The case is being investigated under Section 16 of the MACC Act 2009 pertaining to soliciting/receiving gratification. Meanwhile, Sinar Harianreported that former premier Najib Abdul Razak&#8217;s stepson Riza Aziz was also spotted at the MACC headquarters this morning. RELATED STORY: Anak Rosmah dipanggil SPRM lagi &#160; The commission had questioned Riza on three previous occasions. Riza is the chief executive officer of Red Granite Pictures which has been accused of producing Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street with funds from 1MDB. &#8211; M&#8217;kini .]]></description>
  67. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>MACC has arrested former Tabung Haji chairperson Azeez Abdul Rahim, who is also the Umno MP for Baling, and one of his brothers.</p>
  68. <p>According to a MACC source, the two were detained this morning.</p>
  69. <p>However, the reason for their arrest remains unclear while MACC is expected to issue a statement on this soon.</p>
  70. <p>On May 23, MACC seized RM500,000 in cash and RM1.2 million in various currencies from Azeez&#8217;s homes.</p>
  71. <p><em>Bernama</em> later reported that the raids were to facilitate investigations into the appointment of contractors involving Tabung Haji projects.</p>
  72. <p>The case is being investigated under Section 16 of the MACC Act 2009 pertaining to soliciting/receiving gratification.</p>
  73. <p>Meanwhile, <em>Sinar Harian</em>reported that former premier Najib Abdul Razak&#8217;s stepson Riza Aziz was also spotted at the MACC headquarters this morning.</p>
  74. <p><em><strong>RELATED STORY: A<a href="https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/444577" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/444577&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1537947626411000&amp;usg=AFQjCNFGFi1iSz-4grdLhyQz8RKKqqojZw">nak Rosmah dipanggil SPRM lagi</a></strong></em></p>
  75. <p><img src="https://i.malaysiakini.com/1282/c20ba748688f995226653c0907e994db.jpeg" /></p>
  76. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  77. <p>The commission had questioned Riza on three previous occasions.</p>
  78. <p>Riza is the chief executive officer of Red Granite Pictures which has been accused of producing Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street with funds from 1MDB.</p>
  79. <p>&#8211; M&#8217;kini</p>
  80. <p>.</p>
  81. ]]></content:encoded>
  82. </item>
  83. <item>
  84. <title>AFTER ROSMAH, COPS ANNOUNCE PROBE ON MUSA AMAN COMPLETE &#8211; NOW UP TO AG TOMMY TO PROSECUTE OR NOT</title>
  85. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136790</link>
  86. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:53:13 +0000</pubDate>
  87. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  88. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  89.  
  90. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136790</guid>
  91. <description><![CDATA[THE investigation against former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman has been completed and the report has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Sabah Police commissioner Omar Mammah said today. “So now we will wait for orders over what to do next. There will be no charges yet against Musa. We will wait for orders on what to do next,” he told a press conference in Kota Kinabalu. The police previously were not able to complete their probe after Musa had flown to London to seek medical treatment. The former Sabah Umno liaison chief had left Sabah on May 16 and only returned on September 5. He was sought over the criminal intimidation report lodged against him by the Sabah governor the night Musa was sworn in as chief minister on May 10. Former Sabah Police commissioner Ramli Din noted they were not able to close the investigation as Musa was nowhere to be found. Musa denied he was running away from the authorities and had left the country through the proper channel. RELATED STORY: Probe on Rosmah complete, MACC hands over report to AG &#8211; https://www.themalaysianinsight.com .]]></description>
  92. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>THE investigation against former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman has been completed and the report has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, Sabah Police commissioner Omar Mammah said today.</p>
  93. <p>“So now we will wait for orders over what to do next. There will be no charges yet against Musa. We will wait for orders on what to do next,” he told a press conference in Kota Kinabalu.</p>
  94. <p>The police previously were not able to complete their probe after Musa had flown to London to seek medical treatment.</p>
  95. <p>The former Sabah Umno liaison chief had left Sabah on May 16 and only returned on September 5.</p>
  96. <p>He was sought over the criminal intimidation report lodged against him by the Sabah governor the night Musa was sworn in as chief minister on May 10.</p>
  97. <p>Former Sabah Police commissioner Ramli Din noted they were not able to close the investigation as Musa was nowhere to be found.</p>
  98. <p>Musa denied he was running away from the authorities and had left the country through the proper channel.</p>
  99. <p><em><strong>RELATED STORY: <a href="https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/09/414609/probe-rosmah-complete-macc-hands-over-report-ag">Probe on Rosmah complete, MACC hands over report to AG</a></strong></em></p>
  100. <p>&#8211; https://www.themalaysianinsight.com</p>
  101. <p>.</p>
  102. ]]></content:encoded>
  103. </item>
  104. <item>
  105. <title>IF YOU INSIST, THANK YOU VERY MUCH &#8211; ANWAR WELCOMES UMNO BOYCOTT OF PORT DICKSON</title>
  106. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136787</link>
  107. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:36:05 +0000</pubDate>
  108. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  109. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  110.  
  111. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136787</guid>
  112. <description><![CDATA[PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has welcomed Umno’s decision to boycott the Port Dickson by-election on October 13.“I welcome its decision not to contest. I encourage those who wish to contest but I am happy if there is no contest. Umno is not contesting. Okay. (But) I still have to run against independent candidates,” he said in Kuala Lumpur today.Umno last night confirmed it would not be fielding a candidate in the by-election. Its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the RM3.6 million it cost to hold the by-election could have been put to better use. Zahid said a by-election should only called upon the event of the MP’s death and not to further the “ambitions” of certain individuals. This far, only Parti Rakyat Malaysia and an independent candidate, Stevie Chan, have announced their candidacies for the federal seat. PAS has yet to confirm if it will contest the seat after saying that it will if Umno will not. Last week, PKR announced that Anwar would contest the parliamentary seat upon the resignation of the MP, Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, a former naval officer. Port Dickson has 72,212 registered voters who are 42% Malay, 33% Chinese and 22% Indian. The seat, formerly called  Telok Kemang, [...]]]></description>
  113. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<article class="news-body" data-kiosked-context-name="kskdUIContext_1e648ae33825ff6c601ee6ea602bce73">PKR president Anwar Ibrahim has welcomed Umno’s decision to boycott the Port Dickson by-election on October 13.“I welcome its decision not to contest. I encourage those who wish to contest but I am happy if there is no contest. Umno is not contesting. Okay. (But) I still have to run against independent candidates,” he said in Kuala Lumpur today.Umno last night confirmed it would not be fielding a candidate in the by-election.</p>
  114. <p>Its president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the RM3.6 million it cost to hold the by-election could have been put to better use.</p>
  115. <p>Zahid said a by-election should only called upon the event of the MP’s death and not to further the “ambitions” of certain individuals.</p>
  116. <p>This far, only Parti Rakyat Malaysia and an independent candidate, Stevie Chan, have announced their candidacies for the federal seat.</p>
  117. <p>PAS has yet to confirm if it will contest the seat after saying that it will if Umno will not.</p>
  118. <div class="inline-media"><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nU6f_zVaDew" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" data-mce-fragment="1"></iframe></div>
  119. <div>
  120. <p>Last week, PKR announced that Anwar would contest the parliamentary seat upon the resignation of the MP, Danyal Balagopal Abdullah, a former naval officer.</p>
  121. <p>Port Dickson has 72,212 registered voters who are 42% Malay, 33% Chinese and 22% Indian.</p>
  122. <p>The seat, formerly called  Telok Kemang, was a Barisan Nasional stronghold before falling to PKR in the 2008 election, when Kamarul Bahrin Abbas defeated then deputy minister S. Sothinathan. Kamarul successfully defended the seat in the 2013 election.</p>
  123. <p>In the May 9 poll, Danyal won with 17,710 votes, beating MIC’s V. Mogan and PAS’ Mahfuz Roslan.</p>
  124. <p>&#8211; https://www.themalaysianinsight.com</p>
  125. <p>.</p>
  126. </div>
  127. </article>
  128. <div id="kskdk_007cc97181ab244e2f5d0fd6d06d5498" class="kskdDiv kskdCls" data-kiosked-role="anchor" data-kiosked-type="in-line" data-kioskid="k_007cc97181ab244e2f5d0fd6d06d5498" data-kiosked-cntrid="11943_3be95975b869f0c7a97cd668962b4926">
  129. <div class="kskdDiv" data-kiosked-role="boundary">
  130. <div class="kskdDiv" data-kioskid="k_007cc97181ab244e2f5d0fd6d06d5498" data-kiosked-role="ad-container">
  131. <div class="kskdDiv" data-kskd-type="banner"></div>
  132. <div class="kskdDiv" data-kskd-type="banner" data-kskd-filled="true"></div>
  133. </div>
  134. </div>
  135. </div>
  136. ]]></content:encoded>
  137. </item>
  138. <item>
  139. <title>NOW WIFE OF AIDE ACCUSED OF &#8216;SEX SCANDAL&#8217; WITH DEPUTY MINISTER’S ALSO LODGES POLICE REPORT: COPS TO PROBE BOTH WOMEN</title>
  140. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136773</link>
  141. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:11:37 +0000</pubDate>
  142. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  143. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  144.  
  145. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136773</guid>
  146. <description><![CDATA[Police will investigate two reports lodged in connection to a blogger’s article of an alleged affair between the Kota Belud MP and her special officer. Sabah Police Commissioner Omar Mammah (photo) said one report was made by the MP Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, who is also Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Deputy Minister, in Subang Jaya on Sunday. “Another report was made by the special officer’s wife and we are conducting further investigations,” he said to reporters after officiating at the delivery of the message of the Sabah Police commissioner at the Sabah Police headquarters in Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu. He urged all parties not to make any speculations until the investigations have been completed. “We do not want to compromise anyone’s reputation, we should respect all parties involved in this case,” he said. Munirah, who is head of Warisan’s Young Women’s Wing, found out about the article after she was informed by a friend in a WhatsApp message. &#8211; Bernama Wife of deputy minister&#8217;s aide files report on alleged affair THE wife of a deputy minister’s aide accused of having an affair with the boss has filed a police report over the alleged affair. Sabah police today confirmed receiving the report from the [...]]]></description>
  147. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Police will investigate two reports lodged in connection to a blogger’s article of an alleged affair between the Kota Belud MP and her special officer.</p>
  148. <p>Sabah Police Commissioner Omar Mammah (<em>photo</em>) said one <strong><a href="https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/444414">report</a></strong> was made by the MP Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, who is also Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Deputy Minister, in Subang Jaya on Sunday.</p>
  149. <p>“Another report was made by the special officer’s wife and we are conducting further investigations,” he said to reporters after officiating at the delivery of the message of the Sabah Police commissioner at the Sabah Police headquarters in Kepayan, Kota Kinabalu.</p>
  150. <p>He urged all parties not to make any speculations until the investigations have been completed.</p>
  151. <p>“We do not want to compromise anyone’s reputation, we should respect all parties involved in this case,” he said.</p>
  152. <p>Munirah, who is head of Warisan’s Young Women’s Wing, found out about the article after she was informed by a friend in a WhatsApp message. &#8211; <em>Bernama</em></p>
  153. <h2 class="main-title"><span style="color: #0000ff;"><strong>Wife of deputy minister&#8217;s aide files report on alleged affair</strong></span></h2>
  154. <p><img src="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/resources/stories_images/98528/isnaraissah_munirah_180718_tmiseth_19__full.jpg" /></p>
  155. <p>THE wife of a deputy minister’s aide accused of having an affair with the boss has filed a police report over the alleged affair.</p>
  156. <p>Sabah police today confirmed receiving the report from the wife of the aide to Kota Belud MP Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.</p>
  157. <p>“We note there are two police reports, one from the MP and the other from the wife of her aide.</p>
  158. <p>“We are presently taking the necessary actions on the case.</p>
  159. <p>“We urge the public to refrain from speculation on the matter so as to respect the privacy of both parties and not hamper our investigation,” said Sabah Police commissioner Omar Mammah.</p>
  160. <p>Omar said the case was investigated under the Communications and Multimedia Act, Section 500 for slander and Section 233 for misuse of network facilities.</p>
  161. <p>Yesterday, Isnaraissah said she filed a report to counter a blogger’s claim of the alleged affair.</p>
  162. <p>Isnaraissah, of Parti Warisan Sabah, <a href="https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/98291">denied having an affair</a> with her aide, whom the blogger said was experiencing marital problems. &#8211; https://www.themalaysianinsight.com</p>
  163. <p>BERNAMA / THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT</p>
  164. <p>.</p>
  165. ]]></content:encoded>
  166. </item>
  167. <item>
  168. <title>WEAKENED ZAHID CAVES IN TO SABAH UMNO&#8217;S DEMAND TO BE GIVEN AUTONOMY: &#8216;WE&#8217;LL ANNOUNCE SOMETHING CRUCIAL SOON&#8217;</title>
  169. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136795</link>
  170. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:49:59 +0000</pubDate>
  171. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  172. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  173.  
  174. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136795</guid>
  175. <description><![CDATA[KOTA KINABALU, Sept 25 — Sabah Umno will be granted autonomy soon in line with its move to form a new Opposition bloc in the state, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today. He said Sabah Umno had requested for autonomy from the Barisan Nasional (BN) lynchpin party in a memorandum at a meeting today. Zahid said the party will officially endorse it at an extraordinary general meeting on September 29. “Autonomy will be given to them. Umno in Sabah will stay and I think the coalition they are planning will take place when we endorse it at the national level,” the former deputy prime minister told reporters. “We will announce something crucial for Umno Sabah after the supreme council endorses their request,” he said after a meeting with Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Sabah Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor among others. Zahid said the party will have to formalise the state Umno’s request and include it into the party’s constitution soon. The details of their understanding with the new Opposition coalition will also be ironed out by then. After the May 9 polls and the shocking defeat of BN, Sabah Umno had announced [...]]]></description>
  176. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>KOTA KINABALU, Sept 25 — Sabah Umno will be granted autonomy soon in line with its move to form a new Opposition bloc in the state, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.</p>
  177. <p>He said Sabah Umno had requested for autonomy from the Barisan Nasional (BN) lynchpin party in a memorandum at a meeting today.</p>
  178. <p>Zahid said the party will officially endorse it at an extraordinary general meeting on September 29.</p>
  179. <p>“Autonomy will be given to them. Umno in Sabah will stay and I think the coalition they are planning will take place when we endorse it at the national level,” the former deputy prime minister told reporters.</p>
  180. <p>“We will announce something crucial for Umno Sabah after the supreme council endorses their request,” he said after a meeting with Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Sabah Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor among others.</p>
  181. <p>Zahid said the party will have to formalise the state Umno’s request and include it into the party’s constitution soon.</p>
  182. <p>The details of their understanding with the new Opposition coalition will also be ironed out by then.</p>
  183. <p>After the May 9 polls and the shocking defeat of BN, Sabah Umno had announced it would be joining other state-based parties like Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) and other BN remnants in a new Opposition coalition.</p>
  184. <p>&#8211; Malay Mail</p>
  185. <p>.</p>
  186. ]]></content:encoded>
  187. </item>
  188. <item>
  189. <title>NO EXEMPTION JUST BECAUSE OF ISLAM: AMID SODOMY SCANDAL, KL TO SHUT DOWN ALL UNREGISTERED TAHFIZ SCHOOLS</title>
  190. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136805</link>
  191. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:38:42 +0000</pubDate>
  192. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  193. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  194.  
  195. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136805</guid>
  196. <description><![CDATA[KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will close down all unregistered tahfiz schools in the capital, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad. Khalid said the move was protect the welfare of students as well as the image of the religious institutions. “We do not want tahfiz centres to be given exemption just because they are part of the religious institutions. They still must register with DBKL and the Federal Territory Islamic Department (Jawi),” he told reporters today. He said the government would also come up with stricter rules for residential schools, especially tahfiz centres. He said parents who plan to enrol their children in tahfiz centres must check the status of the schools. Khalid said DBKL would cooperate with Jawi to conduct checks on tahfiz schools still operating in Kuala Lumpur. “If they are found to be not registered, we will not hesitate to close them down,” he added. Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said Putrajaya was powerless to stop illegal tahfiz schools as they were under the jurisdiction of local authorities. The latest move comes in the wake of the arrest of the principal of a tahfiz school in Kepong, following allegations [...]]]></description>
  197. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will close down all unregistered tahfiz schools in the capital, says Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad.</p>
  198. <p>Khalid said the move was protect the welfare of students as well as the image of the religious institutions.</p>
  199. <p>“We do not want tahfiz centres to be given exemption just because they are part of the religious institutions. They still must register with DBKL and the Federal Territory Islamic Department (Jawi),” he told reporters today.</p>
  200. <p>He said the government would also come up with stricter rules for residential schools, especially tahfiz centres.</p>
  201. <p>He said parents who plan to enrol their children in tahfiz centres must check the status of the schools.</p>
  202. <p>Khalid said DBKL would cooperate with Jawi to conduct checks on tahfiz schools still operating in Kuala Lumpur.</p>
  203. <p>“If they are found to be not registered, we will not hesitate to close them down,” he added.</p>
  204. <p>Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa said Putrajaya was powerless to stop illegal tahfiz schools as they were under the jurisdiction of local authorities.</p>
  205. <p>The latest move comes in the wake of the arrest of the principal of a tahfiz school in Kepong, following allegations of sex abuse involving nine victims aged between 11 and 16.</p>
  206. <p>The school was later found to be operating without a licence.</p>
  207. <p>&#8211; FMT</p>
  208. <p>.</p>
  209. ]]></content:encoded>
  210. </item>
  211. <item>
  212. <title>BOMBSHELL &#8211; POL-SEC OF MINISTER ACCUSED OF OFFERING CONTRACTS, FUNDS TO PKR PAHANG LEADERS TO HELP HIM WIN AT PARTY POLLS</title>
  213. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136776</link>
  214. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:21:22 +0000</pubDate>
  215. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  216. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  217.  
  218. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136776</guid>
  219. <description><![CDATA[A candidate for the PKR central leadership council has been accused of abusing his position as a political secretary to offer contracts and government allocations to local party leaders in Pahang. PKR Youth coordinator Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razak, who filed a report with the MACC in Putrajaya this morning, said the person is also contesting for the position of division head. He claimed that the candidate offered contracts worth RM20,000 and allocations amounting to at least RM300,000 during a meeting with the local leaders on Sept 1. Ahmad Syukri said the contracts were for development and infrastructure maintenance, and the accused also had links with two other ministries, which allowed him to obtain more allocations. &#8220;I believe the offers were made so that the votes would be in his favour,&#8221; he added. However, Ahmad Syukri declined to reveal details of the accused or the ministries involved. &#8220;On Sept 24, a disappointed party member gave me a pen drive containing pictures and audio recording related to a meeting believed to be chaired by the political secretary. &#8220;The audio duration is 20 minutes. The first half of the audio is crucial as it contains the figures of the offers made by the [...]]]></description>
  220. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A candidate for the PKR central leadership council has been accused of abusing his position as a political secretary to offer contracts and government allocations to local party leaders in Pahang.</p>
  221. <p>PKR Youth coordinator Ahmad Syukri Che Ab Razak, who filed a report with the MACC in Putrajaya this morning, said the person is also contesting for the position of division head.</p>
  222. <p>He claimed that the candidate offered contracts worth RM20,000 and allocations amounting to at least RM300,000 during a meeting with the local leaders on Sept 1.</p>
  223. <p>Ahmad Syukri said the contracts were for development and infrastructure maintenance, and the accused also had links with two other ministries, which allowed him to obtain more allocations.</p>
  224. <p>&#8220;I believe the offers were made so that the votes would be in his favour,&#8221; he added.</p>
  225. <p>However, Ahmad Syukri declined to reveal details of the accused or the ministries involved.</p>
  226. <p dir="ltr"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;On Sept 24, a disappointed party member gave me a pen drive containing pictures and audio recording related to a meeting believed to be chaired by the political secretary.</strong></span></p>
  227. <p dir="ltr"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;The audio duration is 20 minutes. The first half of the audio is crucial as it contains the figures of the offers made by the perpetrator. I&#8217;m handing over these evidence to MACC for their investigation,&#8221; he said.</strong></span></p>
  228. <p dir="ltr"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Ahmad Syukri said that the perpetrator claimed to receive RM300,000 in allocations from another ministry soon and this amount must be fully spent before the year ends.</strong></span></p>
  229. <p dir="ltr"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>&#8220;He then said that he will disseminate these funds to those local leaders,&#8221; he sai</strong></span>d.</p>
  230. <p dir="ltr">&#8211; M&#8217;kini</p>
  231. <p dir="ltr">.</p>
  232. ]]></content:encoded>
  233. </item>
  234. <item>
  235. <title>PRESSURE BUILDS FOR MALAYSIA&#8217;S OVERPRICED PROPERTY PRICES TO FALL: REHDA THE NEXT TO CALL FOR LOWERING OF HOUSE PRICES FOLLOWING CONSTRUCTION TAX EXEMPTION</title>
  236. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136799</link>
  237. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 08:48:40 +0000</pubDate>
  238. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  239. <category><![CDATA[Business]]></category>
  240. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  241.  
  242. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136799</guid>
  243. <description><![CDATA[PETALING JAYA: Real Estate Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda) president Datuk Soam Heng Choon called on the developers to adjust the pricing of the houses to reflect the savings brought on by the government’s recent policy changes. He said the organisation would present their case on the price savings to the government before the announcement of the Federal Budget in November. In the CEO Series 2018: Annual Property Developers Conference organised by Rehda Institute today, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the exemption of Sales and Service Tax (SST) for construction services should benefit the public, especially the buyers in the residential housing market. He added that the government would reconsider the exemption should the savings of input costs have not resulted in a reduction of house prices. Greater homeownership in Malaysia Meanwhile, Lim also said that the government intended to promote greater homeownership in Malaysia through the encouragement of income growth. Currently, the national median household income indicated that the price ranges for affordable housing in Penang and the Capital are approximately RM300,000 and RM400,000 respectively. In a presentation earlier, CIMB Bank group chief economist Dr Donald Hanna said that the imbalance of supply and demand in the property [...]]]></description>
  244. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>PETALING JAYA: Real Estate Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda) president Datuk Soam Heng Choon called on the developers to adjust the pricing of the houses to reflect the savings brought on by the government’s recent policy changes.</p>
  245. <p>He said the organisation would present their case on the price savings to the government before the announcement of the Federal Budget in November.</p>
  246. <p>In the CEO Series 2018: Annual Property Developers Conference organised by Rehda Institute today, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the exemption of Sales and Service Tax (SST) for construction services should benefit the public, especially the buyers in the residential housing market.</p>
  247. <p>He added that the government would reconsider the exemption should the savings of input costs have not resulted in a reduction of house prices.</p>
  248. <p><strong><span style="color: #0000ff;">Greater homeownership in Malaysia</span></strong></p>
  249. <p>Meanwhile, Lim also said that the government intended to promote greater homeownership in Malaysia through the encouragement of income growth. Currently, the national median household income indicated that the price ranges for affordable housing in Penang and the Capital are approximately RM300,000 and RM400,000 respectively.</p>
  250. <p>In a presentation earlier, CIMB Bank group chief economist Dr Donald Hanna said that the imbalance of supply and demand in the property market have increased since 2015.</p>
  251. <p>“Between the year 2007 to 2016 (a period of ten years), the housing price increased by 10% compared to the income growth of 8%,” said Donald.</p>
  252. <p>The mismatch between the prices of new launches and the household (un)affordability has led to a large number of unsold units.</p>
  253. <p>The property priced RM250,000 and above made up the majority of the overhang.</p>
  254. <p><a href="http://d35w1c74a0khau.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/42366677_10155536876136455_4716691341680050176_n.jpg" rel="prettyPhoto"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-107451" src="https://d35w1c74a0khau.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/42366677_10155536876136455_4716691341680050176_n.jpg" alt="42366677_10155536876136455_4716691341680050176_n" width="960" height="637" /></a></p>
  255. <h3><span style="color: #0000ff;">Loan problems</span></h3>
  256. <p>In his opening keynote speech, Rehda Institute chairman Datuk Jeffrey Ng shared that the top three reasons of the unsold residential units in the Malaysian market were due to the difficulties of obtaining end financing, the unreleased bumiputra quota and a weak market</p>
  257. <p>“The housing industry needs positive interferences to create a more vibrant market,” added Ng.</p>
  258. <p>According to CIMB Research, the market now sees moderate growth in residential mortgage, as it registered 8.3% year-on-year (yoy) growth at end-June 2018 compared to 8.9% yoy at end-March 2018.</p>
  259. <p>The overall loan growth in Malaysia is expected to slow following the fall in automotive sales and consumer spending after the introduction of SST.</p>
  260. <p>The finance minister cited the high loan rejection rate as one of the reasons for prospective house buyers being unable to secure financing. This situation has also resulted in some low-cost houses in Penang remaining unoccupied despite the high demand for such housing.</p>
  261. <p>Lim added that the government had talked to the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Bank is reassessing the lending guidelines.</p>
  262. <h3><span style="color: #0000ff;">On foreign homeownership and workers</span></h3>
  263. <p>Meanwhile, Lim said that the government welcomed projects built for both locals and foreigners, but they would discourage townships built exclusively for foreigners.</p>
  264. <p>In his speech, he announced the extension of the maximum period of stay for skilled foreign workers.</p>
  265. <p>Skilled workers will be able to stay in Malaysia for an additional three years, bringing the length of time from 10 years to 13 years. The extension will incur an annual levy of RM10,000, in which 80% will be borne by the employee and 20% by the employers.</p>
  266. <p>However, in the later panel discussion session, Master Builders Association Malaysia (MBAM) president Foo Chek Lee urged the government to review the policy. He said it is unrealistic for a skilled foreign worker to spend RM600 to RM700 per month to secure a job in Malaysia.</p>
  267. <h3><span style="color: #0000ff;">An inflation hike expected in 2019</span></h3>
  268. <p>The CPI inflation for 2018 is projected to dip below the baseline of 2.3% following the removal of GST and the fuel subsidy, according to Sunway University Business School professor of economics Prof. Dr Yeah Kim Leng.</p>
  269. <p>However, the inflation rate is expected to slightly increase above 2.3% in 2019 due to the higher price of crude oil, implementation of SST, weak ringgit and a stronger demand-pull pressure.</p>
  270. <p>“The current account surplus is unlikely to drop despite the cancellation or postponement of mega infrastructure projects.</p>
  271. <p>“The projected GDP growth in Malaysia from 2018 to 2019 also remained at a healthy rate of 4.5% to 5.5%,” said Yeah.</p>
  272. <p>Others speakers included InvestKL Corporation chairman Datuk Seri Michael KC Yam, PNB Merdeka Ventures chief executive officer Tengku Datuk Abdul Aziz Tengku Mahmud and more.</p>
  273. <p>THE STAR</p>
  274. <p>.</p>
  275. ]]></content:encoded>
  276. </item>
  277. <item>
  278. <title>SHOCK BOMBSHELL &#8211; TAIB MAHMUD OFFERS TO &#8216;BUY&#8217; IMMUNITY FROM DR MAHATHIR? BLOG CLAIMS S&#8217;WAK GOVERNOR MAY QUIT SOON &#8211; &#8216;RUMORS RIFE PUTRAJAYA PREFERS SARAWAK TO HAVE HIS MONEY RATHER THAN REVENGE. WE NEED MONEY TO DEVELOP SARAWAK, WE NEED TO BE PRACTICAL. TAIB MUST RETURN THE MONEY TO SARAWAK, THEN HE CAN GO OFF TO CANADA OR LEBANON&#8217;</title>
  279. <link>https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136766</link>
  280. <pubDate>Tue, 25 Sep 2018 03:17:42 +0000</pubDate>
  281. <dc:creator><![CDATA[emily mc]]></dc:creator>
  282. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  283.  
  284. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=136766</guid>
  285. <description><![CDATA[Kuching: The rumour mill in Petrajaya, Kuching, is said to be furiously turning in overdrive recently with shocking news that Tun Taib Mahmud will be stepping down as State Governor soon. The talk among Kuching&#8217;s political elite, especially senior politicians in the ruling PBB party, is that Tun Taib has struck a deal with Putrajaya to &#8220;buy&#8221; immunity from prosecution. In return, he would step down well ahead of the next state election due in 2021, set up a Sarawak Wealth Fund with his billions stashed overseas, and retire quietly. Well placed sources quote Tun Mahathir in Putrajaya as saying, &#8220;He is old and senile. Nyanyok, you know. We prosecute him, it will take years to settle. He end up in jail pun tak guna. We rather have his money than revenge. We need money to develop the State. We must be practical. Taib needs to return the money to Sarawak. Then he can go on self-exile to Canada or Lebanon. But return the money first.&#8221;  The question on everyone&#8217;s lips now is the quantum discussed, negotiated and agreed upon. Sources have indicated a whopping 100 billion. Whether in ringgit or USD is still unknown.  What is known is that [...]]]></description>
  286. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Kuching: The rumour mill in Petrajaya, Kuching, is said to be furiously turning in overdrive recently with shocking news that Tun Taib Mahmud will be stepping down as State Governor soon.</p>
  287. <p>The talk among Kuching&#8217;s political elite, especially senior politicians in the ruling PBB party, is that Tun Taib has struck a deal with Putrajaya to &#8220;buy&#8221; immunity from prosecution. In return, he would step down well ahead of the next state election due in 2021, set up a Sarawak Wealth Fund with his billions stashed overseas, and retire quietly.</p>
  288. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>Well placed sources quote Tun Mahathir in Putrajaya as saying, &#8220;He is old and senile. Nyanyok, you know. We prosecute him, it will take years to settle. He end up in jail pun tak guna. We rather have his money than revenge. We need money to develop the State. We must be practical. Taib needs to return the money to Sarawak. Then he can go on self-exile to Canada or Lebanon. But return the money first.&#8221; </strong></span></p>
  289. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>The question on everyone&#8217;s lips now is the quantum discussed, negotiated and agreed upon. Sources have indicated a whopping 100 billion. Whether in ringgit or USD is still unknown. </strong></span></p>
  290. <p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>What is known is that a hundred billion, whether ringgit or USD, would be a welcome relief for Sarawak’s State coffers which is also rumoured to be fast depleting. </strong></span></p>
  291. <p>We can only wait and see. Taib&#8217;s departure from the scene and from the State would be a good start to a new Sarawak. His billions would also be a fair and just exchange that would be of practical use since the money has always been Sarawak’s rightful treasure that was plundered.</p>
  292. <p>Jeng jeng jeng</p>
  293. <p>-https://forum.lowyat.net/topic/4662264/all</p>
  294. <p>.</p>
  295. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  296. ]]></content:encoded>
  297. </item>
  298. </channel>
  299. </rss>
  300.  

If you would like to create a banner that links to this page (i.e. this validation result), do the following:

  1. Download the "valid RSS" banner.

  2. Upload the image to your own server. (This step is important. Please do not link directly to the image on this server.)

  3. Add this HTML to your page (change the image src attribute if necessary):

If you would like to create a text link instead, here is the URL you can use:

http://www.feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http%3A//www.malaysia-chronicle.com%3Fcat%3D2%26feed%3Drss2

Copyright © 2002-9 Sam Ruby, Mark Pilgrim, Joseph Walton, and Phil Ringnalda