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    Some 49% of Singaporeans say they are considering Japan for their next vacation abroad, according to the market research firm YouGov. Interest may be even higher among young citizens. Some 68% of Singaporeans aged 16 to 24 years old indicated they are considering Japan for their "next vacation," compared to 37% of those aged 55 and older, according to research published in May. Japan was the top choice among survey respondents by a good margin, with the second choice, Taiwan, garnering interest from 39% of those surveyed. Some 26% indicated interest in vacationing in Malaysia, according to the results, but this may have been affected by the survey question, which specifically asked about travel plans "by air." Still, Wanping Aw, CEO of the Tokyo-based travel agency Tokudaw said her company saw a large uptick in business after Japan reopened its borders in June — with 50% of enquires and bookings coming from Singapore, she said.Why Singaporeans like JapanJapan has always been a popular destination with Singaporeans, said Aw, especially among those who want a change of seasons. Spring and winter...
    U.S. and Chinese officials are on edge as reports indicate that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan during her tour of the Indo-Pacific region. Pelosi’s office announced on Sunday that she would lead a congressional delegation that would visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan to “reaffirm America’s strong and unshakeable commitment to our allies and friends in the region.” While the public announcement did not mention the possibility of a trip to Taiwan, Biden administration officials have informed multiple outlets that Pelosi is expected to visit the island nation, which is creating a tense situation with China. CNN’s Will Ripley delivered a report on Monday that U.S. and Taiwanese government officials both say Pelosi will visit Taiwan after her stop in Malaysia. As the second-in-line for the U.S. presidency, Pelosi would be the highest-ranking American official to visit Taiwan in the last 25 years, and U.S. officials are working to establish her security amid threats from China. For years, the U.S. has observed a strategy of “strategic ambiguity” regarding China’s claim that Taiwan — a self-governing democracy —...
    AN out-of-control Chinese rocket has crash-landed in the Indian Ocean as debris "lights up the night sky over Malaysia". Incredible footage alleges to show the spacecraft disintegrating over Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia. 5An out-of-control Chinese rocket has allegedly broken up over Malaysia 5Chinese officials are yet to confirm where and when the Long March-5B Y3 crash-lcrash landed back on Earth 5The rocket was carrying China's space station lab module WentianCredit: Alamy 5Experts have plotted where the Chinese rocket is likely to return to EarthCredit: The Aerospace Corporation According to astronomer Jonathan McDowell, the debris is expect to crash downrange in northern Borneo or possibly in Brunei. "Video from Kuching implies it was high in the atmosphere at the time - any debris would land hundreds of km further along track, near Sibu, Bintulu or even Brunei " McDowell explained. US Space Commanded confirmed the rocket re-entered over the Indian Ocean at approximately 10:45 Mountain Time in tweet. It said it was waiting of Chinese officials to confirm the exact details of the crash. Experts at Aerospace - a space-focused research...
    (CNN)Malaysian authorities have seized a massive haul of trafficked animal parts, including elephant tusks, rhino horns, pangolin scales and tiger bones worth around 80 million ringgit ($17.9 million).Authorities discovered around six tonnes of ivory tusks and other animal parts at the western port in Selangor state on Sunday. The animal parts are thought to have been shipped from Africa, Malaysian Customs Director General Zazuli Johan said on Monday. Animal skulls and bones, including pangolin scales and tiger claws, displayed during a press conference in Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 18.Malaysian customs shared photos showing a pile of tusks and other animal parts including an animal skull and jewelry that appears to be made of ivory.Malaysia is one of several Southeast Asian countries identified by conservationists as a major transit point for illegally trafficked endangered wildlife that is en route to other Asian countries, mostly China.Seized pangolin scales displayed in Port Klang, Malaysia, on July 18.Read MoreMany of these animal parts, such as lion bones, are used for traditional medicines. Pangolins, which are scale-covered insectivores about the size of a house...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Hundreds of Malaysian lawyers staged a protest Friday to condemn the anti-graft agency’s unprecedented probe of a senior judge who convicted former Prime Minister Najib Razak, calling it a threat to judicial independence. The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in April launched an investigation of Judge Mohamad Nazlan Mohamad Ghazali, following allegations of an unexplained sum of over 1 million ringgit ($227,000) in his bank account. Nazlan was the high court judge who sentenced Najib to 12 years in prison in July 2020 for corruption, and later was promoted to the Court of Appeals. Najib is appealing the case in the country’s top court after losing an earlier appeal. The Bar Council, which organized Friday’s rally, condemned the anti-graft agency for publicly announcing its investigation and naming Nazlan. It said the move was not in accordance with constitutional procedures and could shake confidence in judicial integrity. “We think that this particular unprecedented way of disclosure of the name of a sitting judge is actually an intimidation against the judiciary,” said bar president Karen Cheah. She said...
    Pixar's 'Lightyear' has been banned in multiple counties due to the fact the animated film shows a same-sex kiss between two characters - a scene parent company Disney initially took out, but reinstated following complaints from offended staff.  As of Monday, a total of nine countries have barred citizens from seeing the Toy Story spinoff, set to hit theatres later this week. The ban has been largely confined to the Middle East, affecting markets in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar - but it has also stretched to other Muslim nations such as Malaysia and Indonesia. The scene in question reportedly shows the female lead in film, voiced by actress Uzo Aduba, kissing her 'female partner' - a display the nations' governments take issue with because it goes against their culture and religion. Early Monday, the UAE - home to Abu Dhabi and Dubai - was the first to reveal they had banned the picture, which features actor Chris Evans voicing the inspiration for Tim Allen's action figure Buzz Lightyear, made famous in the 'Toy Story' films. Pixar's...
    Queen Azizah of Malaysia has opened up about the emotional toll undergoing strenuous fertility treatment had on her after undergoing IVF treatment 17 times.  The 61-year-old royal struggled to conceive after marrying King Abdullah of Malaysia in 1986 and underwent several rounds of fertility treatment before finally falling pregnant.  The mother went on to have five further children and says she understands the 'emotional struggle' women go through while facing fertility problems.  The royal, who set up the Tunku Azizah Fertility Foundation to help fund fertility treatments in 2004, told the Telegraph she would 'go home and cry' after having the procedure.   Queen Azizah of Malaysia underwent 16 rounds of IVF after marrying King Abdullah of Malaysia in 1986 Queen Azizah of Malaysia had four sons and two daughters with King Abdullah of Malaysia Pictured, the Pahang Royal Family  'I had 16 rounds of IVF, and on the 17th I succeeded I never thought I'd go on to have five more, including twins.'  'My foundation sponsors treatment for poor and middle-income couples,' she said, 'I know how much it costs, and the...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thousands of Malaysians working in Singapore returned home Friday as Malaysia fully reopened its borders after more than two years of pandemic closure. Many had lined up at the border since late Thursday and crossed over at midnight on foot or by car and motorcycles. National news agency Bernama said fireworks can be heard in the background along with shouts of “welcome back” as families waited for their loved ones at the Johor Causeway linking the countries. The Malaysia-Singapore land border, one of the busiest in the world, was partially reopened Nov. 29 but it was limited to only about 1,500 people one-way daily with strict rules. More than 350,000 people crossed the causeway daily before it was shut, mostly Malaysians working in Singapore. Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said in a statement that more than 11,000 travelers passed through the checkpoints early Friday. Malaysian officials estimate some 400,000 people are expected to cross the border within the first week. With most of its population vaccinated, Malaysia has lifted remaining coronavirus restrictions...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A former top banker at Goldman Sachs testified Wednesday that he and other corrupt executives at the firm built a “house of cards” that was doomed to fall to try to conceal an audacious scheme to ransack a Malaysian state investment fund. Tim Leissner told a federal jury in New York City that he paid bribes, took kickbacks and lied to banks to keep the scheme going. Leissner identified Roger Ng, who’s on trial in the sprawling case, as a key conspirator. Leissner testified that he, Ng and Low Taek Jho — the Malaysian financier and fugitive socialite known as Jho Low — used off-shore accounts and shell companies to “disguise the flow of funds.” The money laundering efforts also involved drawing up fake contracts with banks, he said. “If we told any bank the truth, it wouldn’t work. … The house of cards would have fallen down,” he said. Leissner, 52, pleaded guilty in 2018 to paying millions of dollars in bribes to government officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. He was ordered to forfeit...
    A new study has revealed the nations with the highest rates of smartphone addiction – and surprisingly, the UK is not even in the top 10.  Researchers at McGill University used data on smartphone use between 2014 and 2020 from nearly 34,000 participants in 24 countries around the world.  China, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia had the highest rates of smartphone use, they found, while Germany and France had the lowest.  Amazingly, the UK only ranked 16th out of 24 nations, while the US was even further behind, ranked 18th.   Smartphone ownership and screen time are increasing across the world, but there have been few attempts to quantify smartphone addiction on a global scale. Now, researchers at McGill University reveal China has the highest rate of smartphone use in the world Researchers assigned each nation a score for problematic smartphone use, ranging from 10 to 60. China ranked highest, with a score of 36 out of 60 The study was conducted by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.  'We conducted a meta-analysis of problematic smartphone use, focusing...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch prosecutors demand life prison sentences for 4 suspects in 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaMalaysia on Tuesday warned of more storms and heavy rainfall in the coming days as Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob admitted to weaknesses in the government's response to flooding that has led to more than a dozen deaths and the displacement of over 60,000 people.The country mobilized its army and other security agencies after torrential rain that began last Friday, which caused floods in eight states.Authorities have been criticized by the public and lawmakers for their slow response, with some people trapped by floodwaters for more than two days before being rescued, particularly in Selangor, the country's wealthiest and most populous region.The Prime Minister on Tuesday acknowledged weaknesses in coordinating the response by federal security agencies, according to a broadcast on state-run news channel Bernama TV."I don't deny (the weaknesses) and will improve in the future," Ismail Sabri said.Read More"The responsibility is not that of the federal government alone, but also the state governments, and the frontliners are the districts."Residents carrying food and daily necessities are seen wading through a road in water during the massive floods in...
    A teenage boy has died of a heart attack after visiting a 'haunted house' in Malaysia with a close friend. The 16-year-old victim, who has not yet been named, went into cardiac arrest in the house located at a popular tourist attraction in the municipality of Bentong in the Malaysian state of Pahang on December 1. Local media said the teen was on holiday with the family of a close friend when they decided to visit the allegedly haunted house. Inside the house, the youngster reportedly collapsed and fell unconscious according to Kosmo. The 16-year-old boy's body lies under a sheet as medical staff perform an examination This still image taken from a Facebook video shows bystanders attempting to revive the teenager, who collapsed and became unresponsive during the tour of the haunted house The boy fell to the floor, went pale and became unresponsive as bystanders implored him to breathe and attempted to keep him conscious.  A video posted on Facebook from a fellow tourist at the haunted house shows other people at the site trying to revive the...
    Muhyiddin Yassin (C), was sworn in as Malaysia's 8th prime minister on March 1, 2020.Mohd Rasfan | AFP | Getty Images Malaysia's Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Khairy Jamaluddin said in a social media post Monday that the cabinet has submitted its resignation to the king. The post on Khairy's verified Instagram account comes as local media reported that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would resign from the top job after losing majority support in parliament due to infighting among his political coalition. It's not immediately clear who would form the next government. The Malaysian ringgit was at its weakest in a year against the U.S. dollar on Monday. Muhyiddin, who came to power in March last year, had governed with a razor-thin majority in the 222-seat parliament. In the last few weeks, he faced increasing pressure to step down after some lawmakers from the United Malays National Organisation or UMNO — the largest party in the ruling coalition — withdrew their support. But Muhyiddin claimed earlier this month that he still commanded majority support in parliament. He said he...
    A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measures against Covid-19 walks along an empty street in Chinatown.Wong Fok Loy| SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images SINGAPORE — Southeast Asia experienced a major surge in Covid-19 cases last month that has shown little signs of slowing, and the situation is expected to delay most of the region's economic recovery. Major economies in this part of the world including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines saw a sharp rise in daily reported cases and deaths from the disease in July. Information compiled by online publication Our World In Data showed, based on a seven-day moving average basis, Malaysia recorded 515.88 confirmed Covid infections per million people on July 31. That number steadily increased since June 30, when it was around 180.85. Behind Malaysia was Thailand with 236.02 new cases per million people on July 31, followed by Indonesia with 147.20 cases even as it imposed a partial lockdown and ramped up contact tracing and quarantine efforts. Cumulatively, Indonesia recorded more than 1.2 million new cases in July....
    A man wearing a face mask as a preventive measures against Covid-19 walks along an empty street in Chinatown.Wong Fok Loy| SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images The Covid-19 outbreak in Malaysia has become one of the worst globally. On a seven-day moving average basis, Malaysia recorded 483.72 confirmed Covid infections per million people on Wednesday — the eighth highest globally and top in Asia, according to the latest data compiled by online repository Our World in Data. Meanwhile, the country's daily reported deaths relating to Covid were around 4.90 per million people on Tuesday on a seven-day moving average basis. That's the 19th highest globally and third highest in Asia, the data showed. Our World in Data is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Oxford and U.K. non-profit organization Global Change Data Lab. Malaysia managed to keep the number of infections low for much of 2020. But the country has struggled to tame a surge in cases despite implementing multiple rounds of restrictions and a state of emergency. Political analysts blame the government's mishandling of the...
    Brunei's Prince Mateen, right, with his father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, at the Indonesian president's inauguration in October 2019. AP Photo/Dita Alangkara A handful of young royal men in Southeast Asia have amassed millions of Instagram followers. A prince of Brunei and two princes of Johor, Malaysia, grace their followers with post-workout selfies, yacht shots, and thirst traps. Experts say that unlike the British royals with their PR machine, the young royals appear to run their own Instagrams as personal accounts. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. He travels by private jet, does interviews with GQ, and shares shirtless post-workout Instagram photos that draw floods of heart-eye emojis from his 2.3 million followers.  But he's no actor or influencer. He's Prince Abdul Mateen, a 29-year-old royal of Brunei, a tiny yet prosperous nation in Southeast Asia where the monarchy still reigns supreme. Prince Mateen is the 10th son of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the ruler and Prime Minister of Brunei, whose 54-year rule makes him the longest-reigning monarch after Queen Elizabeth II. He is also one of a handful...
    More from: Mike Vaccaro Rob Manfreds split-doubleheaders are stealing from baseball fans Chris Paul puts on show in long-awaited NBA Finals moment Bucks, Suns were opposite sides of coin in historic draft Albert Pujols, Chris Paul latest to prove old guys rule Why this Subway Series is so important for Yankees, Mets On the one hand, you have scores of up-close-and-personal stories, all of them ready to be told across the next month or so. This is always the soul of an Olympic Games, of course. Maybe it’s a little interesting to see that quadrennial’s version of the Dream or Redeem Team U.S. basketball outfits in person. Maybe the pros in the other sports — golf, tennis, soccer — can generate a little buzz now that the Olympics include all of Earth’s greatest athletes, not just those who train for their sports off the books. But the true beating heart of the Olympics are the athletes you don’t know or forget about every four years: the swimmer who qualified on the last day of trials. The middle-distance runner who...
    More On: malaysia North Korean man extradited to US in sanctions case ‘Sugar daddy’ dating site founder arrested twice amid prostitution, rape probes Eager to eat out, Malaysians get a taste for drive-in dining Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon gets $10M pay cut over 1MDB scandal KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has allowed entry of a container of plastic waste shipped from the United States, reversing previous opposition after finding it held only clean, recyclable material and did not violate a new United Nations treaty banning trade in contaminated plastics. Signatories to the Basel Convention, which came into force on Jan. 1, may only trade plastic waste if it is clean, sorted and easy to recycle – unless the importing country has granted an exemption. Malaysia became the leading destination for the world’s plastic trash after China banned imports in 2018 and has returned thousands of tonnes of plastic scrap since then. The Southeast Asian had previously said it would return the US shipment, which was shipped from Los Angeles on March 14, as it was believed to be carrying...
    New Delhi (CNN Business)The US Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) has ordered port officials to seize all disposable gloves made by the world's largest producer over allegations of forced labor. In a statement Monday, the agency said a months-long investigation had found "sufficient information" that Top Glove, a Malaysian company, was using forced labor to produce disposable gloves.The agency "will not tolerate foreign companies' exploitation of vulnerable workers to sell cheap, unethically-made goods to American consumers," Troy Miller, a senior CBP official, said in a statement.A document published on the US government's Federal Register said the agency had found evidence that certain disposable gloves have been "produced, or manufactured in Malaysia by Top Glove Corporation Bhd with the use of convict, forced or indentured labor."Top Glove told CNN Business it was reviewing the decision and had sought information from the CBP to "quickly resolve the matter." The company said it had previously "taken all the necessary measures required by CBP to ensure all concerns are addressed."Read MoreTop Glove and its rivals in Malaysia have benefited enormously from demand for...
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says it will cut diplomat ties with Malaysia over extradition of its citizen to US to face criminal charges. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it would sever diplomatic relations with Malaysia after a court there ruled that a North Korean man could be extradited to the United States to face money laundering charges, state media KCNA reported on Friday. North Korea also warned that Washington would "pay a price", KCNA reported. (Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Editing by Leslie Adler) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: North Korea, United States, Asia, Malaysia, EuropeGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos You Should See - March 2021PhotosPhotos: America's Pandemic TollNewsThe Week in Cartoons: March 15-19RecommendedEducation NewsCDC Shows Pitfalls of Flouting School GuidanceU.S. News LiveApril 19: Children's Hospitals RankingsHealth NewsU.S. Will Loan Vaccines to Mexico, CanadaPhotosPhotos: Violence Against Asian AmericansHealth NewsThe Pediatric Pivot to Virtual CareCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.Sign UpSign in to manage your newsletters »You May Also LikeThe 10 Worst PresidentsNot all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House.U.S. News StaffDec. 19, 2019Cartoons on President Donald TrumpMarch 18, 2021, at 9:55 a.m. Photos:...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian court on Wednesday overturned a decades-old government policy barring non-Muslim publications from using the word "Allah" to refer to God, in a landmark ruling on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the mainly Muslim country. The decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court, which was confirmed by a lawyer in the case and reported by media, including national news agency Bernama, was part of a case brought by Jill Ireland, a Malaysian Christian, who sought a declaration that her constitutional rights had been violated. Authorities in 2008 seized Malay-language religious books and compact discs from Ireland at Kuala Lumpur airport, based on a 1986 home ministry directive banning Malay-language Christian publications from using the word "Allah". Many Malay-speaking Christians say the word has been used in the country for centuries, particularly on Malaysia's side of Borneo island. Ireland is Melanau, an indigenous ethnic group from Sarawak state on Borneo. The court on Wednesday declared that the constitution granted Ireland equality before the law and that she was entitled to import the publications...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian court on Tuesday granted Amnesty International and Asylum Access the right to challenge the deportation of more than 1,000 Myanmar nationals to their homeland, a lawyer for the rights groups told Reuters. The ruling comes after Malaysia deported 1,086 Myanmar nationals, using Myanmar navy ships, on Feb. 23. The controversial move came just hours after an interim court order barring the deportation. (Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; editing by Jane Wardell) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Myanmar, Malaysia
    New York : In the end, the Club Atlético Independiente was reinforced with the former player from San Lorenzo. Photo: Rodrigo Valle / . The Argentine forward Jonathan Herrera He is a historical scorer, since at 29 years of age, he is the only player who has scored in the four categories of national promotion, which in part earned him leaving the San Lorenzo of your country and sign a contract with the Johor of the Malaysian First Division, the most winning club in the country, which has lifted the league trophy for the last 7 years; Nevertheless, They returned it soon and without debuting, 17 days after arriving. His signing with Johor was announced loudly, even he was greeted by limousine and presented in an extravagant ceremony. It was a “star” transfer. “We believe that Herrera was the most suitable player because of his age and because he plays our style of football,” said the team’s sports director upon arrival, but what happened then? Welcome to the Home of Champions! ????????#JonathanHerrera#NewSigning#LuaskanKuasamu pic.twitter.com/LOlf5RQjWN – JOHORSouthernTigers...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday joined the United States in expressing concern over Malaysia's mass deportation this week of Myanmar nationals after a military coup in defiance of a court order halting the plan. Malaysia on Tuesday sent 1,086 Myanmar nationals back on three navy ships sent by Myanmar, a move rights groups said could endanger the deportees' lives. The activists had said asylum-seekers were among those who were set to be deported, including from the Chin, Kachin and people who came to Malaysia fleeing conflict and persecution at home. Malaysia said it did not send back asylum-seekers or Rohingya refugees. The European Union said it "deeply regretted" Malaysian authorities' move to proceed with the deportation despite the court order and was also concerned by the use of naval vessels. "We would have expected the Malaysian authorities to respect the decision of the Malaysian court, and we stress the importance of respect for international law and the principle of non-refoulement," a EU spokesperson told Reuters. The bloc said it had earlier urged Malaysia to drop the...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Several lawmakers and rights groups on Wednesday called on Malaysia's government to explain its deportation of more than 1,000 Myanmar nationals, despite a court-ordered stay, with some saying the move could amount to contempt of court. The Kuala Lumpur High Court on Tuesday had granted a stay on the deportation of 1,200 Myanmar citizens held in immigration detention centres, pending an application by Amnesty International and Asylum Access to suspend the plan amid fears over their safety. But hours after the ruling, Malaysia's top immigration official said authorities had repatriated 1,086 Myanmar citizens on three Myanmar navy ships. "We believe that the government owes an explanation to the people of Malaysia as to why they chose to defy the court order," Amnesty's Malaysia director Katrina Maliamauv told reporters. The prime minister's office and Immigration Department Director-General Khairul Dzaimee Daud did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The court on Wednesday fixed March 9 to rule on whether the groups would be allowed to challenge the deportation, said New Sin Yew, a lawyer for the rights...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian court has allowed a temporary stay of deportation of 1,200 Myanmar detainees who were scheduled to be sent back on Tuesday, according to a lawyer for rights groups that petitioned to stop the deportation. The stay was granted until 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, when the court will hear the groups' application for judicial review to suspend the deportation, said New Sin Yew, a lawyer for Amnesty International and Asylum Access. The 1,200 detainees - which includes asylum seekers and children - were scheduled to leave on Tuesday afternoon in three navy ships sent by Myanmar's military, which seized power in a Feb. 1 coup, sparking weeks of protests from pro-democracy activists. (Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Martin Petty) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Myanmar, Malaysia
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court Tuesday ordered a halt to the planned deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants to hear an appeal by two human rights groups, which say the migrants included refugees, asylum seekers and minors. The court order, following a legal bid by Amnesty International Malaysia and Asylum Access Malaysia, came just after the migrants were transported to a naval base where three Myanmar military ships were waiting to take them home. “In light of the court ruling, the government must respect the court order and ensure that not one of the 1,200 individuals is deported today,” said Amnesty International Malaysia’s director, Katrina Jorene Maliamauv. Amnesty said the court will hear their appeal Wednesday and urged the government to reconsider its plans to send the migrants back home, where human rights violations are high following a Feb. 1 military coup that deposed the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Rights groups Amnesty International and Asylum Access sought a court order on Monday to prevent Malaysia deporting 1,200 Myanmar nationals, fearing their lives could be put at risk. Officials and refugees say Malaysia is set to deport the Myanmar citizens, including asylum-seekers, on Tuesday on three navy ships sent by Myanmar's military, which seized power in a Feb. 1 coup. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said at least six people registered with it are among the immigration detainees being sent back. The Malaysian chapters of Amnesty International and Asylum Access said in a statement they had filed for a judicial review at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, based on information indicating asylum seekers and refugees were among those being deported. The filing, they said, included the names and details of three UNHCR document holders and 17 minors who have at least one parent still in Malaysia. "Separating children from their parents is an extremely inhuman practice that places these minors at grave risk and goes against the best interest of the child,"...
    (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency on Monday called for the immediate rescue of a group of Rohingya refugees who were adrift in their boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, many of whom were ill and suffering from extreme dehydration. The agency said it understood some passengers had died, with fatalities rising over the weekend on a boat it said had left the coastal district of Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh about 10 days ago and had experienced engine failure. "In the absence of precise information as to the refugees' location, we have alerted the authorities of the relevant maritime states of these reports and appealed for their swift assistance," the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement. "Immediate action is needed to save lives and prevent further tragedy," it said, offering to support governments by providing humanitarian help and quarantine measures to those rescued. A senior Indian Coast Guard official told Reuters the boat has been tracked and was reported to be safe but did not yet know the condition of those aboard....
    PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s top court ruled Friday that a popular online news portal was guilty of contempt for publishing readers’ comments that criticized the judiciary, a landmark case slammed by media groups as a clampdown on press freedom. Attorney General Idrus Harun filed contempt proceedings against Malaysiakini and its Editor-in-Chief Steven Gan over comments made by five readers on its portal last year that he said undermined public confidence in the judiciary. A seven-member panel in the Federal Court ruled 6-1 that Malaysiakini was liable for third-party comments but exonerated Gan. It fined Malaysiakini 500,000 ringgit ($123,685). Gan warned the ruling could restrict discussion of issues of public interest. “It will affect not just Malaysiakini. The decision will place an undue burden on media organizations, companies and millions of social media users … it has a chilling affect on freedom of expression in Malaysia,” he told reporters. “In an environment where we have a vibrant social media today, it is imperative we explain, we illuminate, we educate … instead of trying to punish media organizations like...
    The 70-meter sailboat was detected in flames while anchored next to a small island, some 4 kilometers from the tourist island of Langkawi on Thursday morning. Firefighters had to work until evening to bring the fire on board under control, the coast guard said in a statement. Seven crew members were rescued, and none were injured. “There was no fuel leak and we will continue to monitor the situation,” said Mohamad Zawawi Abdullah, a local coast guard official. The yacht’s agent has been contacted, he said, without specifying who the current owner of the vessel is. The four-masted sailboat was built in Toulon for the navigator Alain Colas in 1976 but it is best known for having belonged to the businessman Bernard Tapie in the 1980s and 1990s. After the entrepreneur’s bankruptcy, it was bought in 1997 by the Lebanese Mona Ayoub for 36.5 million francs (7.5 million euros at the current price), according to the media. The prestigious vessel was then owned, according to press reports, in co-ownership by French businessman Xavier Niel.
    The first Indian female president of Oxford University's students' union has stepped down after she was accused of making 'racist' and 'insensitive' social media posts. Rashmi Samant last night announced she is withdrawing as President-Elect of the union following widespread criticism of several online posts, for which she has since apologised.  In the posts, which date back as far as 2017, Ms Samant had captioned an image of herself in Malaysia with the words 'Ching Chang' and made a 'pun' about the Holocaust while at a memorial in Berlin.   Ms Samant, who is from Karnataka, southwest India and is now studying for an MSc in Energy Systems at Linacre College, was also accused of transphobia over an Instagram post in which she referred to 'women' and 'transwomen' separately.   The posts were dubbed 'racist' and 'insensitive' by critics, with the Oxford Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality and the LGBTQ+ Campaign both calling on Ms Samant to resign shortly after she was elected.  It appears she has deleted both her Facebook and Instagram accounts in the wake of the criticism.  However, she...
    Malaysian retail investors rallied on social media to drive up stocks of Malaysian rubber glove manufacturers on Friday, in a move modeled on the GameStop trading surge witnessed in the U.S. this week. Shares of the U.S. video game store GameStop skyrocketed from less than $20 to a peak of $492 this week after millions of amateur investors organized around the online forum Reddit to collectively send prices of the shares soaring, punishing major investors who were short-selling the store’s shares, or betting on the stock’s fall. Short-selling occurs when an investor borrows a stock, sells it on the open market, and then buys it back to return it to a lender at a lower price, earning a profit on the difference. Short-sellers are betting that the price of the stock they sell will decrease. If a stock’s price increases unexpectedly, however, the investor is then forced to buy back the shares at a higher price, meaning a loss. Inspired by the strategic popular action behind the GameStop share surge this week, which centered around a Reddit forum called “r/wallstreetbets,”...
    Protesters clash with police, break glass doors at Oregon State Capitol Biden poised to pick Connecticut schools chief Miguel Cardona as Education secretary, reports say Airbus Warns of $5 Billion in Lost Orders on AirAsia X Plan (Bloomberg) -- European planemaker Airbus SE believes it may lose more than $5 billion of aircraft orders under struggling airline AirAsia X Bhd.’s restructuring plans, according to court documents filed in Malaysia last week. © Bloomberg AirAsia Bhd. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Malaysia has extended its relaxed lockdown by four weeks, allowing nearly all economic activities to continue while keeping its borders shut and schools closed. Airbus Asia Pacific President Anand Stanley said in the court filing there’s a “strong possibility that Airbus will suffer substantial losses and prejudice” under the proposed restructuring plan for the Malaysian long-haul budget carrier. Those losses could extend to having to adjust production rates on the A330neo jetliner program, he...
    NBA assessing expansion possibilities, Adam Silver says 25 Things You Should Never Buy — and What to Buy Instead Airbus Warns of $5 Billion in Lost Orders on AirAsia X Debt Plan (Bloomberg) -- European planemaker Airbus SE believes it may lose more than $5 billion of aircraft orders under struggling airline AirAsia X Bhd.’s restructuring plans, according to court documents filed in Malaysia last week. © Bloomberg AirAsia Bhd. aircraft stand on the tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Malaysia has extended its relaxed lockdown by four weeks, allowing nearly all economic activities to continue while keeping its borders shut and schools closed. Airbus Asia Pacific President Anand Stanley said in the court filing there’s a “strong possibility that Airbus will suffer substantial losses and prejudice” under the proposed restructuring plan for the Malaysian long-haul budget carrier. Those losses could extend to having to adjust production rates on the A330neo jetliner program, he said. Load Error Airbus...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's Top Glove Corp has reported that a worker died on Saturday due to Covid-19, the first death since the outbreak at its dormitories and factories in October. The world's largest glove maker told Reuters in an email that the 29-year-old worker from Nepal had worked at its manufacturing facility in Klang, 40 km west of the capital Kuala Lumpur, for more than two years. (Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by Shri Navaratnam) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: coronavirus, MalaysiaGalleriesNewsCartoons on President Donald TrumpPhotosPhotos: Daily Life, DisruptedPhotosArmenia-Azerbaijan Conflict EscalatesNewsThe Week in Cartoons: Dec. 7-11RecommendedNational NewsHistoric Vaccination Program Set to BeginNational NewsFDA Issues EUA for Pfizer VaccineAmerica 2020Supreme Court Tosses Texas LawsuitAmerica 2020Donald Trump v. The CourtsPoliticsHunter Biden Probe Complicates AG PickCoronavirus Bulletin Stay informed daily on the latest news and advice on COVID-19 from the editors at U.S. News & World Report.Sign UpSign in to manage your newsletters »You May Also LikeThe 10 Worst PresidentsNot all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House.U.S. News StaffDec. 19, 2019Cartoons on President Donald TrumpDec. 10, 2020,...
    KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's maritime agency said on Sunday it had seized more than two tonnes of crystal methamphetamine worth 105.9 million ringgit ($26.2 million) from a boat off the country's west coast, its largest-ever haul of the drug. Malaysia has made several record busts of crystal meth in recent years. Authorities have said the intercepted shipments were part of a multibillion-dollar illicit drug trade that stretches across Australia, Southeast Asia and China. The latest discovery came on Wednesday when a Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) patrol encountered a recreational boat moving suspiciously off Penang island, MMEA Director-General Mohamad Zubil Mat Som said in a statement. A chase ensued when the boat's lone occupant, a 26-year-old Malaysian man, refused orders to stop. He then attempted to escape by jumping into the water but was later arrested, Mohamad Zubil said. Officials inspecting the boat found 130 sacks containing 2,118 kg (2.12 tonnes) of crystal methamphetamine disguised as packets of Chinese tea. The origin and destination of the drugs are still under investigation. The tea packaging, though, was similar to that...
    The local fans only got to taste the atmosphere and excitement of supporting their favourite teams in their respective stadiums for three round of the 2020 Super League season before Malaysian Football League (MFL) announced that matches will be played behind closed doors to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Malaysia. Now plans are afoot to look into the possibility of fans being allowed back into the venues in stages and in accordance to governmental guidelines, taking their cues from what is happening around the world in other leagues like the Premier League in England. A meeting was held yesterday to kickstart the discussion led by MFL and attended by the Sports Ministry and National Sports Council. They will form the taskforce in charge of preparing the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for a domesitc travel bubble to local organised competition. “This is the first meeting of the taskforce and we have raised the issue of SOP concerning local football competitions. Among the things discussed was how many fans can be allowed back into the stadium at various stages of the...
    US Covid patients in hospital top 100K for the first time A grand experiment: Adelaide festival launches 2021 program after major overhaul Malaysia’s Affin Bank Weighs IPO of Asset Management Unit (Bloomberg) -- Affin Bank Bhd. is considering an initial public offering of its asset management unit that could raise about 500 million ringgit ($123 million), people familiar with the matter said. © Photographer: GOH SENG CHONG Affin Bank a subsidiary of Affin Holdings , in Kuala Lumpur .Malaysia.Wednesday.25th.April 2007.PHotographer:Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg News The Malaysian lender is working with advisers on the potential listing for Affin Hwang Asset Management Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur as soon as the second half of next year, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. Load Error Deliberations are at an early stage, and there’s no certainty they will lead to a transaction, the people said. Representatives for Affin did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Shares of Affin Bank rose as much as 3.1% on Thursday to their highest level in two weeks. Affin’s stock has...
    Selangor’s appointment of its technical director Michael Feichtenbeiner as caretaker head coach towards the end of the 2020 Malaysia Super League competition not only helped them rebound from a series of underwhelming results, it also allowed several of their younger players to make their first team debuts under the German’s guidance. One such player was 20-year old midfielder Aliff Haiqal Lokman Hakim Lau, whose competitive Selangor first team debut came in their September 20 league match against UiTM FC, when he replaced K. Sarkunan at the start of the second half. He then went on to make two more league appearances and a Malaysia Cup outing, all as a second half replacement. It has been a good year for him, especially considering that he had not even started 2020 as their reserve team member, in the Premier League. In fact, before the Covid-19 lockdown and competitions suspension, he had only been on their President Cup (U-21) team. “I am thankful that I managed to play at a higher level this year. At first I was only an U-21 team...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A British pathologist said Monday there was no positive evidence that a French-Irish teenager found dead last year near a Malaysian jungle resort was sexually assaulted, but he couldn’t fully rule it out due to severe body decomposition. Nathaniel Cary, a forensic pathologist who performed a second autopsy on the body of Nora Anne Quorin in the United Kingdom, said he agreed with Malaysia’s findings that the teen died of intestinal bleeding due to starvation and stress. But he also told a Malaysian virtual inquest into Nora’s death that he couldn’t fully exclude that the teen was sexual assaulted as sometimes it may not show. He also said the poor condition of the body made it hard to determine if there were semen traces or the DNA of strangers. “I think we can exclude very serious trauma to the genitalia … but I won’t be able to exclude minimal trauma because of the decomposition obscuring things,” Cary said from the U.K. “The difficulty here is because of the decomposition, the forensic evidence would be disadvantaged...
    The world’s largest rubber glove manufacturer has warned of delivery delays after thousands of their workers tested positive for coronavirus. Malaysia-based Top Glove Corp has said that some deliveries could be delayed by a month and new orders could take longer to process after the positive coronavirus tests forced the company to shut down some factory operations, Reuters reported. The company’s sales could fall 3% short of its 2021 projections, and shares, which had been up during the pandemic, dropped by as much as 7.5% Tuesday. (RELATED: Trump Administration Ramps Up Defense Production Act To ‘Mobilize’ Federal Coronavirus Response) A COVID-19 outbreak has hit Malaysia’s Top Glove, the world’s biggest rubber glove maker, after nearly two and a half thousand workers tested positive https://t.co/QYZ3YfrvhX pic.twitter.com/NWADtF2uEL — Reuters (@Reuters) November 24, 2020 According to the Malaysian Rubber Gloves Manufacturers Association, Malaysia produces nearly two-thirds of the world’s rubber gloves. The country’s other top glove makers are Hartalega Holdings and Supermax Corp, Reuters reported. “To minimize the impact on our customers, we are allocating sales orders to unaffected factories and rescheduling...
    The largest glove manufacturer in the world said this week that orders would be delayed by weeks and some of its factories would be shut down after thousands of its workers tested positive for COVID-19. “To minimise the impact on our customers, we are allocating sales orders to unaffected factories and rescheduling deliveries where possible,” Top Glove Corp of Malaysia said in a statement. According to the company, deliveries could be delayed by up to four weeks and new orders could take even longer. As Reuters notes in its report, shares of the company have shot up in value this year due to the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). The company commands a quarter of the global latex glove market. Top Glove operates 47 factories across Asia, 36 of which produce gloves. It previously had to shut down 16 factories and reduce the capacity of 12 others. In its statement the company did not say how many factories would be affected by the new order. Top Glove's production capacity will likely be reduced to 50 percent of what it...
    U.S. prepares for first COVID-19 shots as another vaccine candidate emerges Pat Quinn, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder, dies at 37 Malaysia to Shut Some Plants of Top Glove as Virus Cases Surge (Bloomberg) -- Malaysia will temporarily close 28 factories of Top Glove Corp. located in the Selangor state after a spike in infections there pushed up the nation’s daily cases to a record on Monday. Load Error Factories of the world’s largest rubber-glove maker will be closed in stages to allow workers to undergo screenings and quarantine, Defense Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob told reporters, without saying when the closures would begin. The order came shortly before the country posted a record 1,884 new infections on Monday, with as many as 1,067 cases coming from the Teratai cluster in Selangor that’s linked to Top Glove’s worker dormitories. Last week, the government imposed a lockdown on the dormitories in the state, a move the company said will affect 5,700 workers, or 27% of total employees. Top Glove in a filing Monday said it had temporarily halted production...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad stood by his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying Friday that they were taken out of context and criticizing Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage when he wrote on his blog Thursday that “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.” Twitter removed a tweet from Mahathir containing the remark, which it said glorified violence, and France’s digital minister demanded the company also ban Mahathir from its platform. “I am indeed disgusted with attempts to misrepresent and take out of context what I wrote on my blog," Mahathir said in a statement. He said critics failed to read his posting in full, especially the next sentence which read: “But by and large Muslims have not applied the ‘eye for an eye’ law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings." He said Twitter and Facebook removed the posting despite...
    Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad attacked his critics Friday, saying he is “disgusted” his comments on attacks by Islamic extremists in France were taken out of context to harm him and “stir hatred for Muslims.” He cautioned the time has come for the French to “teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.” Mahathir, 95, sparked global outrage when he wrote on his blog Thursday, “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past,” as Breitbart News reported. The remark came in a rambling discourse in which he called French President Emmanuel Macron “primitive,” and complained women in the West do not wear enough clothing. Ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia: ‘Muslims Have a Right to Kill Millions of French People’ https://t.co/X8UhOxWFUw — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) October 29, 2020 Twitter removed a tweet from Mahathir to his 1.3 million followers containing the remarks, which it said glorified violence while France’s digital minister demanded the company also ban him from its platform. “I am indeed disgusted with attempts to misrepresent and take out of...
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad said Friday he is disgusted because his comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France had been taken out of context. Mahathir, 95, sparked widespread outrage when he wrote on his blog Thursday that “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.” Twitter removed a tweet from Mahathir containing the remark, which it said glorified violence, and France’s digital minister demanded the company also ban Mahathir from its platform. “I am indeed disgusted with attempts to misrepresent and take out of context what I wrote on my blog,” Mahathir said in a statement. He said critics failed to read his posting in full, especially the next sentence which read: “But by and large Muslims have not applied the ‘eye for an eye’ law. Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.” He said Twitter and Facebook removed the posting despite his explanation, and slammed the move as hypocritical. “On...
    Mahathir Mohamad, who until March of this year served as prime minister of Malaysia, declared on Twitter Thursday that “Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.” Mohamad, age 95, made the remark in a rant in which he called French President Emmanuel Macron “primitive,” insisted the world’s Muslims “have a right to punish the French,” and complained that women in the West do not wear enough clothing. France has experienced at least three attacks by jihadists on Thursday: a murder spree resulting in three killings in the city of Nice, an armed man shouting “Allahu Akbar” shot dead before being able to cause much damage in Avignon, and the stabbing of a security guard at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia. The global Muslim community has united to condemn the French state after a Chechen terrorist beheaded a schoolteacher in the suburbs of Paris. The teacher, Samuel Paty, had shown cartoons of Mohammad, a holy figure in Islam, to his class in a lesson on freedom of...
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