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Malaysiakini

Umno lying about hit-and-run accident, says victim’s son

The family of the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident involving an Umno truck in Manjung, Perak is unhappy with Lumut Umno Youth’s explanation over the incident.

They claim Lumut Umno division chief Mohd Shahril Yahaya’s denial that the driver and its occupants had fled the scene instead of helping the victim was dishonest.

Mohd Shahril had reported that the driver left the scene of the accident because he had been scared at the sight of tattooed men who were allegedly present nearby.

“Actually, there were no tattooed men there whatsoever. And in the truck were two people, besides the driver.

“After the accident, two came out to remove the ‘dacing’ (BN) logos and Zambry’s photograph. After that, the driver fled and left the two men at the scene of the accident,” said Tan Yu Sing, who is one of the victim’s sons.

Umno lying about hit-and-run accident, says victim’s son

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Malaysiakini

Police return Umno Youth’s fatal hit-and-run vehicle

Police today returned the Toyota Hilux truck, registered in the name of Lumut Umno Youth, that was involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a senior citizen in Manjung, Perak.

“The vehicle was returned yesterday,” Manjung district police headquarters traffic investigating officer Muhammad Ikhwan Abdul Hamid told Malaysiakini.

Ikhwan said investigations were still going on, under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

“We have called in and taken down statements from the deceased’s husband and the vehicle driver. We had already taken down several statements on the day of the incident.

“We have (before this) sent the vehicle to the technical department and vehicular inspection unit Puspakom for further investigation.”

Police return Umno Youth’s fatal hit-and-run vehicle

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Malaysiakini

“He worried for his safety because there were a lot of people with tattoos at the scene.

“The driver was in the area but he was forced to deny (his involvement in the accident) because did not want any untoward incident to happen,” Mohd Shahril said when contacted by Malaysiakini yesterday

Hit-and-run driver was scared of ‘tattooed men’

The Lumut Umno Youth division in Perak has denied that one of its members who caused the death of a 73-year-old woman in a road accident had fled the scene.

NONEDivision leader Mohd Shahril Yahaya claimed the driver disembarked from his vehicle, a pick-up truck, and kept his distance from the victim because of fear.

“It was not what was claimed (that he ran away). He got down from the vehicle.

“But when he saw that she was not moving, he drove the vehicle some 100m away because a lot of people had gathered and the driver was scared.

Hit-and-run driver was scared of ‘tattooed men’

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‘BN logo removed after truck knocked down grandma’

According to China Press, the road accident happened yesterday morning at Lekir, Perak, along the main road from Lekir to Kamunting.

The daily said the four-wheel drive vehicle…believed to be a campaign vehicle…

However, attempts by the daily to contact Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir and his aide were unsuccessful.

Malaysiakini

‘BN logo removed after truck knocked down grandma’
5:41PM Mar 4, 2013

After fatally knocking down a septuagenarian with their four-wheel drive, several men are alleged to have immediately set about removing stickers bearing a BN component party logo and a 1Malaysia flag from the vehicle, before leaving the scene without offering any help to the victim.

According to China Press, the road accident happened yesterday morning at Lekir, Perak, along the main road from Lekir to Kamunting.

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The 73-year-old woman was returning to her home together with her 78-year-old husband on two separate motorbikes after tapping rubber in a nearby estate.

“My grandfather was trailing my grandmother by about 6m when suddenly a Hilux truck (with BN and Umno logos visible all over the vehicle) passed by him at a very high speed and rammed into the back of my grandmother’s motorbike.

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“She was thrown off her motorbike and fell head first onto the tarred road,” claimed the deceased’s granddaughter Joanne Lim in a posting on Facebook.

BN logo removed after truck knocked down grandma’

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I lost my grandmother because someone decided he is above lawOn the 3rd of March 2013 (Sunday), my grandparents were on their way back from the rubber plantation on separate motorbikes. My grandfather was trailing my grandmother about 20 feet when suddenly a Hilux truck (there were BN & UMNO logos all over the vehicle) passed by him at a very high speed and rammed into the back of my grandmother’s motorbike. She was thrown off her motorbike and fell head first onto the tar road. The car only could stop after a distance of 2 lamp posts. The skid marks were a distance of MORE than 4 lamp posts. After seeing the condition of my grandmother, the driver of the truck just ran off. The 2 other passengers got down and tore of the 1Malaysia flag before running off too. My grandfather who saw the whole accident went to my grandmother’s aid but could not do anything to save her because she lost a lot of blood. She died on the spot. A split second’s difference and I would have loss my grandfather too.The truck was towed to the police station. We have lodged a police report but the inspector mentioned that they would just investigate. The press has published a write up of the accident but no mention of the driver running away. The family hopes for JUSTICE to be served
By: Joanne Li
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IS IT TRUE THAT THE BN GOVT IS NOW A CARETAKER GOVT?

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LIM KIT SIANG FOR MALAYSIA

The five-year term of Parliament, however, is not calculated from the previous general elections on March 8, 2008 but from the first meeting of the 12th Parliament on 28th April 2008.

This means that Najib can drag out dissoution of Parliament for another 50 days, but by midnight of 27th April 2008, the 12th Parliament stands automatically dissolved without the necessity for any formal dissolution by the Prime Minister, even without any need to seek an audience with the Yang di Pertuan Agong.

(Media Conference Statement in Plentong, Johore Baru on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10 am)

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36-Day Countdown to 13GE – As Najib is morally a caretaker Prime Minister after March 8, he should brief and consult with Pakatan Rakyat leaders on the Sabah Sulu crisis

As the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has signed the Transparency International-Malaysia’s Election Integrity Pledge on Feb. 20 to observe the principles of integrity, ethical conduct, accountability, transparency and good governance in the 13th General Elections, he must uphold and recognise the concept and conventions of caretaker government when Parliament is dissolved or at the end of the five-year term of Parliament.

Najib has delared that he wants to make Malaysia “the best democracy in the world”. If he is serious, it is beholden upon him to observe the best practices of mature and better-functioning democracies in other parts of the world, one of which is the concept and conventions on caretaker governments.

A caretaker government provision recognises that on the dissolution of Parliament, the day-to-day business of government must continue on ordinary matters of administration to allow for the normal operations of all government departments, but a Caretaker Government is limited and precluded from making major policy decisions or appointments.

(Media Conference Statement in Plentong, Johore Baru on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10 am)

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Malaysiakini

Police return Umno Youth’s fatal hit-and-run vehicle

Police today returned the Toyota Hilux truck, registered in the name of Lumut Umno Youth, that was involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a senior citizen in Manjung, Perak.

“The vehicle was returned yesterday,” Manjung district police headquarters traffic investigating officer Muhammad Ikhwan Abdul Hamid told Malaysiakini.

Ikhwan said investigations were still going on, under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

“We have called in and taken down statements from the deceased’s husband and the vehicle driver. We had already taken down several statements on the day of the incident.

“We have (before this) sent the vehicle to the technical department and vehicular inspection unit Puspakom for further investigation.”

Police return Umno Youth’s fatal hit-and-run vehicle

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Malaysiakini

“He worried for his safety because there were a lot of people with tattoos at the scene.

“The driver was in the area but he was forced to deny (his involvement in the accident) because did not want any untoward incident to happen,” Mohd Shahril said when contacted by Malaysiakini yesterday

Hit-and-run driver was scared of ‘tattooed men’

The Lumut Umno Youth division in Perak has denied that one of its members who caused the death of a 73-year-old woman in a road accident had fled the scene.

NONEDivision leader Mohd Shahril Yahaya claimed the driver disembarked from his vehicle, a pick-up truck, and kept his distance from the victim because of fear.

“It was not what was claimed (that he ran away). He got down from the vehicle.

“But when he saw that she was not moving, he drove the vehicle some 100m away because a lot of people had gathered and the driver was scared.

Hit-and-run driver was scared of ‘tattooed men’

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‘BN logo removed after truck knocked down grandma’

According to China Press, the road accident happened yesterday morning at Lekir, Perak, along the main road from Lekir to Kamunting.

The daily said the four-wheel drive vehicle…believed to be a campaign vehicle…

However, attempts by the daily to contact Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir and his aide were unsuccessful.

Malaysiakini

‘BN logo removed after truck knocked down grandma’
5:41PM Mar 4, 2013

After fatally knocking down a septuagenarian with their four-wheel drive, several men are alleged to have immediately set about removing stickers bearing a BN component party logo and a 1Malaysia flag from the vehicle, before leaving the scene without offering any help to the victim.

According to China Press, the road accident happened yesterday morning at Lekir, Perak, along the main road from Lekir to Kamunting.

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The 73-year-old woman was returning to her home together with her 78-year-old husband on two separate motorbikes after tapping rubber in a nearby estate.

“My grandfather was trailing my grandmother by about 6m when suddenly a Hilux truck (with BN and Umno logos visible all over the vehicle) passed by him at a very high speed and rammed into the back of my grandmother’s motorbike.

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“She was thrown off her motorbike and fell head first onto the tarred road,” claimed the deceased’s granddaughter Joanne Lim in a posting on Facebook.

BN logo removed after truck knocked down grandma’

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I lost my grandmother because someone decided he is above lawOn the 3rd of March 2013 (Sunday), my grandparents were on their way back from the rubber plantation on separate motorbikes. My grandfather was trailing my grandmother about 20 feet when suddenly a Hilux truck (there were BN & UMNO logos all over the vehicle) passed by him at a very high speed and rammed into the back of my grandmother’s motorbike. She was thrown off her motorbike and fell head first onto the tar road. The car only could stop after a distance of 2 lamp posts. The skid marks were a distance of MORE than 4 lamp posts. After seeing the condition of my grandmother, the driver of the truck just ran off. The 2 other passengers got down and tore of the 1Malaysia flag before running off too. My grandfather who saw the whole accident went to my grandmother’s aid but could not do anything to save her because she lost a lot of blood. She died on the spot. A split second’s difference and I would have loss my grandfather too.The truck was towed to the police station. We have lodged a police report but the inspector mentioned that they would just investigate. The press has published a write up of the accident but no mention of the driver running away. The family hopes for JUSTICE to be served
By: Joanne Li
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Overhead flyover near Cyberjaya collapses

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Overhead flyover near Cyberjaya collapses

An overhead flyover near Selangor Science Park, Cyberjaya, heading towards Aman Putra has collapsed this afternoon.

Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) general manager Othman Omar confirmed that the structure collapsed at 12.30pm and there were no casualties.

According to him, the project commenced in 2007 and was completed in 2009, following which it was handed over to PLUS and Malaysia Highway Authority.

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Overhead flyover near Cyberjaya collapses

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Malaysian Insider

Cyberjaya flyover collapses

By Zurairi AR and Boo Su-Lyn
February 28, 2013

A security guard from the PKNS showroom inspecting the collapsed flyover in Cyberjaya. – Photo by Zurairi AR
A security guard from the PKNS showroom inspecting the collapsed flyover in Cyberjaya. – Photo by Zurairi AR

Cyberjaya flyover collapses

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NST

28 February 2013| last updated at 05:34PM

Under construction bridge collapsed near Cyberjaya

By Koi Kye Lee | kklee@nst.com.my
PUTRAJAYA: A bridge under construction collapsed today at the Selangor Science Park 2 Interchange between the Putrajaya Toll Plaza and Putrajaya/Cyberjaya on the Lingkaran Putrajaya stretch here.

However, no one was injured in the incident, Selangor Fire & Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul told Bernama.
Flyover collapsed
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Flyover collapsed
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Condition of the flyover which collapsed in Cyberjaya today. NSTP/Irham Noor

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Malaysiakini

An overhead flyover near Selangor Science Park, Cyberjaya, heading towards Aman Putra collapsed this afternoon.

Overhead flyover near Cyberjaya collapses
4:06PM Feb 28, 2013

An overhead flyover near Selangor Science Park, Cyberjaya, heading towards Aman Putra has collapsed this afternoon.

Several photographs showing the collapsed overhead flyover passing over a road under construction have been widely circulated on social media, both Facebook and Twitter.
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It is learnt that bridge, which is located on the Elite highway near Selangor Science Park 2, collapsed at about 2.30pm and it was closed to traffic a month ago.

According to China Press, the bridge was previously opened, but it was closed for repairs after cracks on the road surface were discovered.

Overhead flyover near Cyberjaya collapses

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NST

22 February 2013| last updated at 10:10PM

Correction

WITH reference to a New Straits Times article on page 11 on Feb 20 headlined “Raja Nazrin Lauds Umno’s Achievements”, the Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah was erroneously quoted as saying: “Regent of Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah said Umno, which was the biggest Malay-based political party, would hence continue to govern the country.”

The private secretary to the Perak Sultan, Kol Dato’ Abd Rahim Mohamad Nor, said in a letter to the New Straits Times yesterday that this had given the impression that Raja Nazrin had expressed his support to a particular political party during a discourse on Malay unity at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) on Feb 19.

Abdul Rahim said Raja Nazrin had made an analysis on the history, roles, comparisons and problems between the two main Malay-Islam political parties in the country, namely PAS and Umno, in tandem with the theme of the event, “Perpaduan Ummah: Harapan, Realiti dan Cabaran”.

He said Raja Nazrin had cross-checked and compared the report with reports published in other newspapers but did not find a similar tone used in the other publications.

As such, Abdul Rahim said a correction was necessary to “safeguard and protect the good name of the Perak Regent from being perceived as siding or openly supporting any political party.”

Based on his speech text, Raja Nazrin had actually said:

“PAS kini berada dalam satu tahap keyakinan diri yang amat tinggi akan kekuatan politiknya. PAS kini mempercayai pengaruh parti tersebut tidak lagi terbatas di kalangan Melayu tetapi yakin bahawa perjuangan mereka semakin difahami oleh bukan Melayu. Pemikiran strategik yang pernah diusulkan oleh Zulkiflee Muhamad dalam tahun enam puluhan kini diadaptasi sebagai strategi politik yang perlu diterima pakai.

“PAS kini berada dalam pysche pemikiran bahawa kekuatan dari segi gerakan politiknya telah mengatasi Umno, malah menganggap bahawa secara relatif, kekuatan politik Umno semakin rapuh kerana Umno telah terlalu lama selesa bergantung pada jentera dan sumber kerajaan. Suara PAS menyentuh isu urus tadbir negara secara telus, memerangi rasuah, sistem kehakiman yang bebas lagi adil, penguatkuasaan undang-undang secara saksama, membasmi kemiskinan, menangani keruntuhan moral dan jenayah, masalah kos sara hidup yang tinggi, adalah isu-isu popular yang memberikan kelebihan retorik untuk digunakan oleh PAS sebagai senjata ofensif menyerang lawan.

“Pada masa yang sama, Umno kekal dalam psyche bahawa ia adalah kabilah politik Melayu terbesar dengan bilangan keahlian yang lebih ramai dari PAS, tetap menguasai pemerintahan negara, masih menguasai pemerintahan di sembilan negeri, di samping menguasai instrumen-instrumen utama negara dan telah mencipta rekod berjasa kepada ummah.

“Pimpinan Umno telah memperkenalkan inovasi – menyuntik pelbagai program transformasi untuk membawa negara mencapai status negara maju di samping mengadakan pelbagai pendekatan mendampingi rakyat”.

The New Straits Times wishes to unreservedly apologise for the error.

Raja Nazrin

Read more: Correction – Nation – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/correction-1.223158#ixzz2Lln0K7ga

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In run-up to polls, Umno earns royal approval from Perak Regent

The Malaysian InsiderThe Malaysian Insider – Wed, Feb 20, 2013

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 ― Umno earned high praise yesterday from Perak Regent Raja Dr Nazrin Shah who said the country’s largest Malay-based party has proven its worth in serving the ummah (Muslims) well and would likely continue to lead Malaysia.

According to a New Straits Times report, the royal leader, during a discourse on Malay unity at Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), had singled out the party’s “humility” and “modesty” as key reasons why even the non-Malays find it easy to accept Umno’s ideology,

“Under its leadership, Umno has introduced various innovations and transformations to help the country move closer towards achieving developed nation status,” the English daily quoted Raja Nazrin as saying.

“The success of Umno leading the country is because of its vision. Their humility and modesty makes it easy for non-Malays to accept their ideology,” he reportedly added.
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But since Election 2008, it has been repeatedly observed by politicians across the divide and analysts that the Malays have grown more fractured over the years and are largely split in their support for BN and PR.

Raja Nazrin blamed these fractures on the unending quest for power among the Malays, saying they have become too obsessed with slogans, emblems and symbols of their parties, according to national news agency Bernama.

“If there is a voice calling for the position of the Malays to be protected, it is denounced as being racist, regarded as detrimental to their strategic struggle, and deemed offensive to other races,” he was quoted as saying.

In run-up to polls, Umno earns royal approval from Perak Regent

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THE CHINGAY PROCESSION, JOHOR BARU
To be held on 27 February 2013

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http://www.nst.com.my/latest/pm-declares-johor-chingay-procession-a-cultural-heritage-1.45559

Located at downtown Johor Baru and flanked by modern skyscrapers, the old temple is a place of worship and a symbol of unity among five Chinese dialect groups namely Teochew, Hokkien, Cantonese, Hakka and Hainan.                   

It is managed by the Federation of Johor Chinese Associations, which is an umbrella body of Johor Chinese NGOs and often deemed as a group that is sympathetic to the BN government.

In the press conference yesterday, the NGO has announced that the parade will be launched by Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman (right), MCA president Chua Soi Lek, Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Chai Xi and representatives from the Tourism Ministry.

Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

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http://www.nst.com.my/latest/pm-declares-johor-chingay-procession-a-cultural-heritage-1.45559

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Malaysiakini

‘The ban is laughable and sad’

However, he said Pakatan leaders can only enjoy the programme without having the chance to speak on stage.

NONECommenting on this, Bersih steering committee member Wong Chin Huat questioned the organiser for the double standards applied to the rakyat and BN politicians.

“Why do you allow the politicians to talk politics while banning the rakyat from wearing the shirts?” he asked.

He said it is the people’s right to decide what to wear and the temple cannot stop them.

Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack (left) said although he has no clue about the organiser’s background, the ban is “laughable and sad”.

“Apparently the green power has given such pressure to certain people, I appreciate the recognition,” he said.

Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

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Anyone found wearing shirts that do not belong to the Chingay team will be asked to leave. If they don’t, help will be sought from the police.

Malaysiakini

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Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

The annual Johor Chingay procession, which was declared a national cultural heritage last year has stirred a hornets’ nest for banning participants from wearing Bersih and anti-Lynas T-shirts for the parade this year.

The Chingay, better known as the Parade of Deities, is organised by the historic Johor Baru Old Chinese Temple annually, and this year’s on February 27.

Temple committee chairperson Lim Kang Yong at a press conference yesterday declared the ban, drawing widespread criticism from netizens and sparking a hot debate particularly among the Johor Chinese community.
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He said though the dressing guideline is only for the parade team, the organiser hopes that people who wish to attend the event can also follow the advice.

“Last year we also received information that a group of participants wanted to wear the shirts, but we managed to persuade them not to do so through a special channel.

“This is only a parade of deities, we should avoid any political elements,” he said.

Labelling the internet critics as ‘Pakatan cybertroopers’, he said he is unperturbed by the negative comments.

“We don’t want anyone to sabotage our parade or come here to advertise,” he added.

Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

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Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

The annual Johor Chingay procession, which was declared a national cultural heritage last year has stirred a hornets nest for banning participants from wearing Bersih and anti-Lynas T-shirts for the parade this year.

The Chingay, better known as the Parade of Deities, is organised by the historic Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple annually, and this year’s on February 27.

Temple committee chairperson Lim Kang Yong at a press conference yesterday declared the ban, drawing widespread criticism from netizens and sparking a hot debate particularly among the Johor Chinese community.

Johor temple parade bans Bersih and anti-Lynas tees

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EXCLUSIVE: MALAYSIAKINI

PI Bala to come home for good on Sunday

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PI Bala to come home for good on Sunday

EXCLUSIVE Former private investigator P Balasubramaniam, who shot to fame following his two contradictory statutory declarations linked to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, is coming back to Malaysia permanently on Sunday.

In an email correspondence with Malaysiakini, Balasubramaniam said that he would also like to travel nationwide to campaign for Pakatan Rakyat in the coming general election.

“It’s official. I will be coming back to my homeland on Sunday, hopefully permanently.

“There is a need to change and I hope Pakatan rules. I hope to tour the nation to assist in the Pakatan campaign in this general election,” he said.

This was also confirmed by his lawyer, Americk Singh Sidhu, who said that a large crowd would be present to receive Balasubramaniam when he arrives on Sunday.

PI Bala to come home for good on Sunday

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Malaysiakini

Xenophon expulsion shows BN ‘frightened’ by democratic freedom, says Aussie paper

By Clara Chooi
Assistant News Editor
February 19, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — The deportation of Australian Senator Nick Xenophon last weekend shows that the Najib administration is “frightened” that Malaysians may have finally reached racial maturity and are for true democratic freedom, the Sydney Morning Herald said today.

The paper’s international editor Peter Hartcher said the Barisan Nasional-led (BN) government, despite its over half a century rule, has yet to turn the country into a mature democracy, fearing that a truly free and fair election would threaten its grip on power.

He noted Xenophon’s role as an international observer of Malaysia’s polls system in a wider campaign for fair elections, saying this was likely what sparked the independent senator’s expulsion from the country on Saturday.

“The reason is that he is an international observer campaigning in favour of a free and fair election,” Hartcher wrote in a commentary today.

“This is not a threat to Malaysia’s national security, but it is a threat to the ruling party’s grip on power,” he observed, repeating Opposition Leader Datuk Anwar Ibrahim’s claim to him before that “in a fair and free election, I am absolutely sure we will win.’’

Xenophon expulsion shows BN ‘frightened’ by democratic freedom, says Aussie paper

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Malaysian Insider

Anwar aide insists Xenophon included in Aussie delegation

By Boo Su-Lyn
February 19, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 — An aide to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim insisted that independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon was included in the bipartisan parliamentary delegation invited to meet de facto law minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

The minister’s office said yesterday that the delegation had only included Nationals Senator John Williams, Liberal MP Mal Washer and Labor MP Steve Georganas, according to the SMS invite forwarded to Nazri from the opposition leader’s office some time back.

When we asked for the appointment, Xenophon was leading the team of him and the three MPs,” Anwar’s chief of staff Ibrahim Yaacob told The Malaysian Insider today.

“We got the appointment. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a small matter,” he added.

Anwar aide insists Xenophon included in Aussie delegation

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Malaysiakini

Xenophon criticised for interfering in M’sian politics

One of Australia’s senior commentators has taken maverick independent senator Nick Xenophon to task for his “foolish or cynically self-promoting” episode in Malaysia at the weekend.

The Australian newspaper’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan said Xenophon’s call for the Australian government to monitor the forthcoming Malaysian elections was “stupid and impractical”.

Sheridan also accused Xenophon of “campaigning for just one side of Malaysian politics – the opposition”.

Sheridan said Foreign Minister Bob Carr was right to make his response to Xenophon’s deportation as low key as possible and to agree with his Malaysian counterpart that the issue would not affect relations between the two countries.

“Carr should take no further action on the matter, nor is he likely to,” he said.

Xenophon criticised for interfering in M’sian politics

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Malaysian Insider

Xenophon says Malaysia trip official

By Boo Su-Lyn
February 18, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 — Independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon insisted today that his trip to Malaysia to review the country’s electoral system was official, according to Australian media.
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“It’s not unofficial,” Xenophon was quoted today as saying by Australia’s ABC radio. “It was a meeting that was going to result in a report being provided to the federal Parliament in relation to the trip,” he added.

The Australian delegation, including Labor MP Steve Georganas, has since cancelled their trip.
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Some Australian politicians denounced today Xenophon’s expulsion, joining a chorus of condemnation from Carr and former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Labor MP Michael Danby, who is the chairman of Australia’s parliamentary joint committee on foreign affairs, said that Putrajaya’s act undermined Malaysia’s “pretence to be a democratic law-based society”, according to Australia’s national newspaper The Australian.

Xenophon says Malaysia trip official

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Malaysiakini

Overreaction by M’sia draws global attention

Australian Senator Nick Xenophon visit would have not attracted international media and global attention had he been allowed into the country on Saturday.

NONEAustralian newspapers and the international media have been running banner headlines on Malaysia’s overreaction in detaining and deporting Xenophon.

Global satellite TV station Al Jazzera broadcast: “Australia demands explanation for deportation.”

Quoting former Australian PM, Kevin Rudd, the Canberra Times said: “Xenophon detention unacceptable.”

Bloomberg headlines read: “Malaysia expels Australian senator before Anwar meeting”, while BBC news stated: “Malaysia detains Xenophon”.

“Only hours before Senator Xenophon’s arrest, Mr Anwar lashed out at Foreign Minister Bob Carr in an interview with Fairfax Media, revealing he asked in the letter for Australia to speak out about Malaysia’s rigged political system,” National Times reported in Australia.

Overreaction by M’sia draws global attention

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Malaysian Digest – Malaysia News and Current Affairs

Xenophon Questions Deportation From Malaysia

Sunday, 17 February 2013 15:51

Australian MP Nick Xenophon during his detention by Malaysian Immigration at the LCCT airport yesterday.
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Australian MP Nick Xenophon during his detention by Malaysian Immigration at the LCCT airport yesterday.SYDNEY: An Australian lawmaker deported from Kuala Lumpur said Sunday his expulsion was ordered by the “highest levels” of the Malaysian government over his push to promote free elections in the Southeast Asian nation.

Outspoken independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was detained and barred from entering Malaysia upon landing in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, said he was whisked away to an interrogation area and told he was a security risk.

“It is clear that I was deported because of my advocacy for the pro-democracy movement in Malaysia, in particular the (electoral reform) group Bersih,” Xenophon told reporters after arriving at Melbourne airport on Sunday morning.

“It was unexpected, I was quite gobsmacked… It seems the only risk I am is to embarrassing the Malaysian government because of my advocacy for free elections in Malaysia,” he added.

Xenophon said lawyers had informed him that “this order was made at the highest levels of the Malaysian government”, with the prime minister’s office as its probable source.

“But that’s just speculation, that’s for Malaysia’s prime minister’s office to confirm or deny.”

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EC Defends Xenophon Expulsion, Says Unfair To Doubt GE13

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Xenophon home after Malaysia deportation

He speaks to the media. Click on the link, and then watch the video:

Xenophon home after Malaysia deportation – ABC News (Australian http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-17/xenophon-home-after-mala…

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Malaysian Insider

Australia’s former PM Rudd tells Canberra to be ‘robust’ on Xenophon expulsion

By Boo Su-Lyn
February 17, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Australia’s former prime minister Kevin Rudd condemned Australian senator Nick Xenophon’s detention in Malaysia as unacceptable and urged Canberra to be “robust” in response.
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“Detaining any member of an Australian parliament, in the way in which Senator Xenophon appears to have been detained, is just unacceptable,” Rudd told Australian news channel Sky News today.

“We are robust about our democracy and therefore we should be robust in our response to our friends in Kuala Lumpur,” he added.

Xenophon was to review the country’s electoral system with a delegation of other Australian MPs and senators that would arrive later, but his colleagues have cancelled the trip in response to his deportation.

Rudd said today that Australia was a “good friend” to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but that Putrajaya’s action warranted a response.

“He’s an elected member of the Australian Parliament and should be treated with the appropriate respect,” added Rudd, referring to Xenophon.

Australia’s former PM Rudd tells Canberra to be ‘robust’ on Xenophon expulsion

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GONE! HE’S GONE! Nick Xenophon was deported at 10.30pm.

Malaysiakini

Aussie senator deported after 15-hour detention
9:28AM Feb 16, 2013

Australian senator Nick Xenophon was deported at 10.30pm tonight after being detained for 15 hours at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) for allegedly being an ‘enemy of the state’.

Aussie senator deported after 15-hour detention

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news.com.au

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of the state

SOUTH Australian Senator Nick Xenophon snacked on McDonald’s and table crackers as he awaited deportation from Malaysia for being a threat to national security.

The Independent Senator is due to arrive in Melbourne in the morning after he sparked a diplomatic incident when he was detained at Kuala Lumpur airport during unofficial parliamentary business.

The independent Senator was stopped immediately on arrival in Malaysia, held in custody for 16 hours and put under security detail.

He was scheduled to board an Air Asia flight tonight.

“It is absolutely laughable – I was due to have a meeting with a senior Government Minister among others,” Senator Xenophon said from an interrogation room where he was being held.

“The people detaining me have been polite but they told me the orders to get me out of the country immediately came from `high up’.

“They told me I am being deported under Section 81 of the Immigration Act, which says I pose a threat to the security of the country

Malaysia deports Senator Nick Xenophon, deeming him enemy of http://www.news.com.au/national/sa-senator-nick-xenophon-in-cu…

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Foreign Minister calls Xenophon’s detention by Malaysia

12 hours ago FOREIGN Minister Bob Carr has condemned Senator Nick Xenophon’s detention by the Malaysian government as “surprising and .

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Malaysian Insider

Australia demands Xenophon’s release

UPDATED @ 01:33:31 PM 16-02-2013
By Boo Su-Lyn
February 16, 2013

SEPANG, Feb 16 ― Australia is seeking the immediate release of its senator Nick Xenophon, who is now detained for being an alleged “security risk” at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) here.

Xenophon was held at the airport upon arrival this morning and is expected to be deported after being flagged by the Immigration Department.

“Australia’s concerns have been raised with Malaysia’s Foreign Minister and the Minister for Home Affairs and the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia. Their support is requested in securing Senator Xenophon’s swift release from custody,” Australia’s Foreign Minister Bob Carr said in a statement today.

“Senator Xenophon’s detention is a surprising and disappointing act from a country with which Australia routinely maintains strong diplomatic relations,” he added

Australia demands Xenophon’s release

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Malaysian Insider

Bar Council: Government absurd, insecure for holding Aussie senator

February 16, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — Malaysian Bar president Lim Chee Wee chided Putrajaya for barring today Australian senator Nick Xenophon’s entry into the country, calling the move absurd and shameful.

“The Malaysian Bar is astounded at the absurdity of the Malaysian authorities in detaining Australian Senator Nick Xenophon upon his arrival on Malaysian soil this morning.

Bar Council: Government absurd, insecure for holding Aussie senator

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Why do we have a Home Ministry that decides it can stop people from entering the country because they criticised its handling of a rally a year ago?

Sundaily

Posted on 16 February 2013 – 06:07pm

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 16, 2013): Independent Australian Senator Nick Xenophon was detained at the low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang near here today, after it was found that he had a record of undermining the country’s harmony.

He was nabbed at 6.50am, under Section 8 (3) of the Malaysian Immigration Act, upon arrival on a flight from Melbourne, Australia.

Confirming Xenophon’s detention to Bernama, Immigration Department director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said the senator was in the list of ‘undesirables’ and barred from entering the country because of the record.
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According to Alias, Xenophon who was reported to be among 50 Australian law-makers who had called for the sodomy charge against Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be dropped in February 2010, was expected to be sent back to Australia tonight.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said Xenophon’s detention was not politically motivated, adding that it was the prerogative of the immigration director-general to take such action based on existing provisions in the law.

Detained senator has record of undermining country’s harmony

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Malaysian Insider

Xenophobic Malaysia — The Malaysian Insider

February 16, 2013

FEB 16 — According to Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, there is nothing political about denying entry to and expelling Australian Senator Nick Xenophon today.

That it was an immigration issue and done according to the law, he said.

But Immigration Director-General Datuk Alias Ahmad said Xenophon was barred entry under Section 8(3) of the Immigration Act as a “prohibited immigrant” because he called the Malaysian government “authoritarian” in handling the Bersih 3.0 rally for free and fair elections last April.

“He tarnished the image of the country,” Alias told The Malaysian Insider.

So, we stop people from entering the country because they say bad things about our government? That isn’t political? That is law?

You know what that is? That’s shameful. And it makes us look like fools and frustrates the government’s efforts to open up and show it has nothing to fear with greater democratisation.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/xenophobic-malaysia-the-malaysian-insider/

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Malaysiakini

Home minister defends Xenophon’s detention
4:04PM Feb 16, 2013

The move to detain Australian senator Nick Xenophon at the Sepang Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) today, and later deport him, is in accordance with the law and is nothing more than an immigration issue.

Home Minister Hishammuddin  Hussein (right) said such an action is common practice here, and stressed there is “nothing special” or political about Xenophon’s case.

“This is an immigration issue, and is a common thing, Malaysians too go through the same and are not allowed in (to the country),” he was reported saying in Malay daily Sinar Harian today.

“There is no political element behind the detention. I believe the detention is in accordance with the law.”

Home minister defends Xenophon’s detention

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Malaysian Insider

EC defends Xenophon expulsion, says unfair to doubt Election 2013

By Boo Su-Lyn
February 16, 2013

PETALING JAYA, Feb 16 — The Election Commission (EC) defended today Australian Senator Nick Xenophon’s deportation from Malaysia, saying that immigration authorities were merely performing their duty.

EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar also said that it was unjust to judge the fairness of Election 2013 based on Xenophon’s expulsion.

EC defends Xenophon expulsion, says unfair to doubt Election 2013

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Malaysiakini

Anwar: Senator’s detention gross abuse of power
2:43PM Feb 16, 2013

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has described the detention and deportation of Australian senator Nick Xenophon as “gross abuse of power” and “violation of international protocol”.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the detention of Xenophon at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) who is said to be a security threat and branded an ‘enemy of the state’.

“The allegations are completely without foundation,” he said in a statement today.

Anwar: Senator’s detention gross abuse of power

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Other Australian MPs including Mal Washer, John Williams and Steve Georganas, who were due to arrive here tomorrow, have cancelled their plans.

Adelaide Now

Senator Nick Xenophon in Malaysian custody over pro-democracy meetings being deported

  • By Sunday Mail Editor David Penberthy and Brad Crouch, with AAP
  • adelaidenow
  • February 16, 2013 4:34PM

Nick Xenophon in Malaysia

Nick Xenophon in the holding area in Kuala Lumpur airport after he was detained under police guard. Source: adelaidenow

SENATOR Nick Xenophon has been advised he will be deported from Kuala Lumpur tonight and arrive in Melbourne at 9.20am tomorrow.

He plans to hold a press conference upon his arrival into Melbourne aboard Air Asia flight D7 214, which is departing Kuala Lumpur at 11.30pm.

Meanwhile,  Australian politicians have called off a visit to Malaysia as officials seek the release of  Senator Xenophon from Malaysian custody.

The group, comprising South Australian Senator Xenophon, Liberal MP Mal Washer, Nationals Senator John Williams and ALP MP Steve Georganas, were planning an unofficial visit to Kuala Lumpur ahead of Malaysia’s upcoming elections.

They were to meet opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, as well as Malaysia’s minister in charge of parliamentary affairs Mohammed Nazri and members of the group Bersih, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections.

Senator Xenophon, who arrived ahead of the others, proceeded no further than the immigration line.

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-senator-nick-xenophon-in-custody-in-malaysia-over-meetin

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Malaysian Insider

Xenophon to be deported tonight, says Anwar aide

UPDATED @ 02:17:17 PM 16-02-2013
By Boo Su-Lyn
February 16, 2013

SEPANG, Feb 16 — Australian Senator Nick Xenophon, who is now being held by Immigration officials as a “security risk”, will be deported tonight from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal here, an aide to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said.

Anwar’s chief of staff Ibrahim Yaacob told The Malaysian Insider that Home Ministry officials have met Australian High Commissioner Miles Kupa at the airport and have decided to send Xenophon (picture) back to Australia on a 10pm flight.

“He’ll be deported tonight. No reasons given,” Ibrahim said

Xenophon to be deported tonight, says Anwar aide

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Malaysian Insider

Aussie senator’s detention shows election paranoia, says Ambiga

February 16, 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — The government’s move to hold and ship home Australian Senator Nick Xenophon as a “security risk” just hours after he landed here underscores its “paranoia” about Election 2013, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

In a series of messages posted on her Twitter account, the electoral reform activist criticised Putrajaya for barring the entry of the Australian lawmaker, who was earlier reported to have flown here for talks with election regulator officials and de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz next week.

“The deporting of Senator N Xenophone underscores the paranoia of the authorities about our elections. Why so scared?” the co-chairman of lobby group Bersih 2.0 said in her latest tweet on her account @Ambiga_S.

“Deporting Nick Xenophone who supports free and fair elections here speaks volumes for the state of our elections.

“Ridiculous move by our Government to deport Sen Niick Xenophone is a security risk??? Madness!!” the high-profile lawyer and former Malaysian Bar president tweeted earlier.

Aussie senator’s detention shows election paranoia, says Ambiga

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Malaysiakini

‘Orders from above’

He told Australia’s ABC News 24 he had not expected to be detained on arrival in Kuala Lumpur.

He said the immigration officials have been “incredibly polite” but they have told him they received “orders from above” to detain him.

“I just find it extraordinary. I’ve been here before [and] I’ve made statements about the state of Malaysian democracy previously,” he said.

“But on this occasion clearly someone high up in the Malaysian government doesn’t want me here.”

Aussie senator detained at LCCT, awaiting deportation

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Click on the link below and watch the interview with ABC News..

Xenophon detained at Malaysian airport – ABC News (Australian http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-02-16/nick-xenophon-detained-i…

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Australia seeks release of senator in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur latest news interceder.net/latest_news/Kuala-Lumpur

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Malaysian Insider

Aussie senator detained at LCCT, called ‘security risk’

UPDATED @ 10:43:46 AM 16-02-2013
By Boo Su-Lyn
February 16, 2013

Xenophon is now awaiting deportation at the airport.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16 — Australian Senator Nick Xenophon was detained at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang this morning and will be deported as Immigration called him a security risk, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s chief of staff said today.

Ibrahim Yaacob told The Malaysian Insider that Xenophon was here to meet Opposition Leader Anwar on Monday as well as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz and Election Commission (EC) officials on Tuesday.

“(Immigration said that) he’s a security risk. Orders from above,” Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim said that other Australian senators and MPs, who are due to arrive here tomorrow, as well as Xenophon are coming to observe Malaysia’s electoral system, even as Election 2013 draws near.

News of Xenophon’s detention has also been picked up by the Australian press.

“I am effectively a prisoner here,” he was quoted as saying in the Australian newspaper The Sunday Mail.

The paper reported the Australian lawmaker managed to slip through a phone call when he was left unattended in the interrogation room.

Aussie senator detained at LCCT, called ‘security risk’

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Malaysiakini

Senator Australia ditahan di LCCT, tunggu deportasi
9:35AM Feb 16 2013

dikemaskini Senator Australia Nick Xenophon telah ditahan di Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah (LCCT) dan sedang menunggu untuk deportasi kerana didakwa menjadi “musuh negara”.

Xenophon, yang tiba di KLIA awal pagi ini, ditahan pihak imigresen sejak beberapa jam yang lalu.

Xenophon memberitahu akhbar Sunday Mail Australia bahawa beliau sedang ditahan di kawasan dengan semua sel tahanan penuh dengan wanita.

Katanya, beliau dimaklumkan yang beliau merupakan “musuh negara” dan akan dihantar menaiki penerbangan berikutnya untuk pulang ke negaranya.

Menurut senator itu, walaupun tidak dibenarkan membuat sebarang panggilan telefon, tetapi beliau sempat menghubungi akhbar Australia itu ketika ditinggalkan bersendirian dalam bilik soal siasat.

Senator Australia ditahan di LCCT, tunggu deportasi

Aussie senator detained at LCCT, awaiting deportation

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ANGRY MOB SET FIRE TO RTD VEHICLE IN AYER TAWAR!

WATCH THE VIDEOS!

VIDEO 1 | 3:26

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VIDEO 3 | 8:24

Malaysiakini

Three suspects detained in torched JPJ vehicle case

Police detained three suspects to facilitate investigations into the damaging of a Seri Manjung Road Transport Department (RTD) official vehicle by members of the public at Pekan Ayer Tawar, yesterday.

Perak police chief Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the three men were nabbed today and yesterday at separate locations.

NONE“We’re still investigating the incident and will detain a few more suspects involved,” he said when contacted today, and declined to comment further on the case.

Three suspects detained in torched JPJ vehicle case

Malaysiakini

Irate folk torch RTD vehicle after 10-vehicle pile-up
4:51PM Jan 11, 2013

A Road Transport Department (RTD) enforcement vehicle has been overturned and burnt by angry people after a severe road accident that damaged 10 vehicles at Ayer Tawar, Perak.

Manjung deputy OCPD Ahmad Mat Isa told Malaysiakini that 15 people suffered minor injuries in the accident, but none were hospitalised.

He also confirmed that there had been no deaths in the incident.

The accident happened this afternoon after school ended at Jalan Beruas-Ayer Tawar involving an RTD four-wheel-drive enforcement vehicle, two school buses, two lorries, one motorbike and four cars.
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Then the mob took matters into their own hands and overturned the vehicle, before two traffic policemen arrived to try to stop them.

However, the police presence failed to defuse the anger and the crowd proceeded to break the vehicle’s windows, accompanied by angry shouts of “bakar!” (burn).

After an object was thrown at the overturned four-wheel-drive vehicle, it caught fire, forcing the crowd to draw back.

Soon afterwards, several firemen came and put out the fire.

Eyewitnesses claimed that the accident was caused by the RTD patrol car which tried to intercept a lorry recklessly, but this has been denied by Ahmad, who argued that the patrol car was hit by the lorry.

Irate folk torch RTD vehicle after 10-vehicle pile-up

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Malaysiakini

Witnesses: RTD patrol car caused accident

Eyewitnesses of the severe road accident in which 15 people were injured and 10 vehicles damaged at Ayer Tawar, Perak this afternoon claimed that it was caused by a reckless Road Transport Department (RTD) patrol car which tried to intercept a lorry.

However, the police have denied the allegation, stating that the RTD patrol car, which had stopped at the traffic lights, was hit at the back by the lorry.
Witnesses: RTD patrol car caused accident

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11 January 2013 | last updated at 08:37PM

accident

RTD car set on fire after a 10-vehicle pile-up

By Roshidi Abu Samah | roshidi@nst.com.my
MANJUNG: A sport utility vehicle belonging to the Road Transport Department was overturned by a mob after a 10-vehicle pile-up at KM12 Ipoh – Lumut road, in front of SMK Methodist Ayer Tawar near here today.The mob also tried to set fire on the RTD enforcement vehicle but was quickly doused by the Fire and Rescue Department personnel who arrived at the scene.Manjung deputy police chief Deputy Superintendent Ahmad Mat Isa said the three RTD officers were on their way back to their office in Seri Manjung from the department’s headquarters in Ipoh during the 12.20pm incident.He said police investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle had stopped at a traffic light in front of the school.”Suddenly, a lorry carrying oil palm rammed into the rear of the RTD vehicle. The impact of the collision has caused several other vehicles to be involved in the subsequent crash.”In total, four cars, two lorries, two school buses, a motorcycle and the RTD vehicle were involved in the pile-up, injuring 15 people with four of them seriously,” he said.

Read more: RTD car set on fire after a 10-vehicle pile-up – Latest – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/latest/rtd-car-set-on-fire-after-a-10-vehicle-pile-up-Kuala+Lumpur#ixzz2HlqUMU8

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Harakahdaily, 31 December 2012

Here are the top 20 stories on Harakahdaily English for the year 2012.

Dec 31: As the year 2012 draws to a close, we take a look at a mix of stories that have attracted the most number of hits from readers of Harakahdaily English.

1. Video shows Nazri’s son assaulting guard: report

2. Minister’s expensive affair with actress alleged in police report

3. Mahathir’s daughter: If we’re not Egypt, why fear Bersih?

4. Malaysian flights at risk

5. Meet Ambiga-hater Shahrul, the man behind the failed ‘Kelantan Fiesta’

6. ‘Lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama’

7. ‘Damn it, please move out!’ – Rafidah tells Shahrizat

8. Chinese New Year clip draws the hits

9. Man City’s Muslim star declines champagne bottle

10. Meet the top 10 Muslim footballers

11. Now, not everyone can fly

12. Of Nedim, gold-plated ‘bubur ayam’ and fine wines

13. Rosmah, the ‘first lady of shopping’

14. Anwar demands apology, RM50m from Utusan

15. Fulham player Senderos embraces Islam

16. The top ten towering ‘fatwas’

17. Another thuggery case involving cabinet minister

18. Malaysia to go bankrupt in 2019?

19. Anwar’s explanation and the stand that Hamas never took

20. Jati’s logo inspired by the ‘devil’?

Our 20 most popular stories in 2012

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MediaPerak

Jasa peniaga depan rumah Ambiga dibalas dengan “taik” (video)

| Nov 29, 2012 | Comments 0

hmm… nak kesian pun rasa tak tergamak. Yang mampu aku luahkan “PADAN MUKA!”

err… peniaga depan rumah ambiga sorang berdua je. Yang lain tak. Semua nak berniaga nak bagi makan anak bini. Dalam dok melaung “Hidup Melayu” kat PWTC, melayu2 peniaga kecil kat sini mati! cittt!

saksikan!

***Sumber Berita Dari: http://mediaperak.net/2012/11/29/jasa-peniaga-depan-rumah-ambiga-dibalas-dengan-taik-video/

Peniaga Danau Kota: ‘Mana pemimpin Melayu?’

Penjaja Melayu kawasan Uptown Danau Kota sengsara dan merasa ditindas akibat tindakan DBKL menghalang mereka untuk meneruskan perniagaan di kawasan itu atas sebab ‘Arahan dari atasan’.

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Malaysiakini

Star’s boss quits, possibly to rejoin Edge
5:59PM Nov 21, 2012

The Star’s executive director and chief executive Ho Kay Tat has resigned and is expected to return to his home turf, The Edge.

A Singapore advertising magazine, Campaign Singapore, has confirmed Ho’s resignation.

ho kay tat

According to media sources, the resignation came as a blow to The Star, which is majority-owned by Huaren, an investment arm of MCA, a key member of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition which is facing an uphill task to regain lost ground in the coming general election.
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Ho, who was editor-in-chief and managing director of financial weekly Edge, joined Star in 2010.

Star’s boss quits, possibly to rejoin Edge

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Malaysian Insider

The Star’s MD Ho quits

By Jahabar Sadiq
Editor
November 21, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The Star daily’s managing director Ho Kay Tat quit today and is expected to rejoin The Edge business weekly in a senior capacity, leaving the MCA-owned newspaper pondering its inability to keep a respected newsman in its fold.
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Newsroom sources also confirmed the news, even as The Star’s board met to deliberate the issue.

“The board meeting is going on but it’s already known that Ho is leaving,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.

Ho (picture) is a veteran journalist who has worked in the New Straits Times and Singapore Business Times and steered The Edge to success before joining The Star in 2010 as chief operating officer. He was named managing director in July 2011.

Campaign Singapore quoted sources expecting Ho to rejoin The Edge at a rank above current editor-in-chief Leslie Lopez.

But sources say Ho could also boost the media ambitions of The Edge’s owner, Datuk Tong Kooi Ong, in his private ventures such as a portal called fz.com, which was launched last October but stuttered three weeks later when its chief editor quit.
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Those in the running for Ho’s post in The Star include Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai, executive director and group chief editor of The Star.

The Star’s MD Ho quits

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Free Malaysia Today

Bersih 21 acquitted

G Vinod | September 18, 2012

The Sessions Court ruled there was no evidence the defendants were involved in the planned rally in November 2008.

FULL REPORT

PETALING JAYA: The Sessions Court here today acquitted all 21 defendants charged with allegedly being involved in the Bersih first-year anniversary rally in November 2008.

In her verdict, judge Hayatul Akmal said that there was a gap in the prosecution’s case and there was no evidence the defendants were involved in the planned rally.

She also said that the prosecution’s witnesses could not specify clearly on when the police ordered the rally participants to disperse.

“The prosecution also failed to substantiate the defendants’ role in the rally. It takes more than attendance to prove participation,” she said.

The 21 people were charged under Section 27 (5) (a) and Section (4) A of the Police Act 1967 with allegedly participating in the illegal assembly near at Petaling Jaya City Hall (MBPJ) building lawn and failing to disperse on the instruction of police.

The participants held a candlelight vigil to celebrate the event.

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Bersih 21 acquitted

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Malaysiakini

Khairy: I’m willing to be charged under 114A
7:10PM Aug 21, 2012

Khairy Jamaluddin said that he is prepared to be charged under Section 114A of the Evidence Act in his capacity as Umno Youth chief following a religiously sensitive Facebook posting which used the political wing’s name.

This comes after a challenge by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (left) who suggested that attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail should live up to his defence of the controversial law by charging Umno Youth for the posting.

“Desperado Guan Eng challenges attorney-general to charge Umno Youth for offensive Facebook posting which I have said is not our doing.

“I call on the attorney-general to go ahead and charge Umno Youth and me as its chief. Even with 114A, I am confident of proving we were not responsible,” said Khairy in a series of Twitter postings this evening.

Khairy: I’m willing to be charged under 114A

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Malaysian Insider

Umno Youth denies provocative religious Facebook post, to file police report

August 20, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 — Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin will lodge a police report today over a controversial posting on the political wing’s Facebook page that has sparked a public uproar over its provocative religious message in the run-up to national polls.

The Rembau MP took to Twitter to distance the wing from the controversy after it was reported by The Malaysian Insider yesterday, the start of the Muslim holiday Aidilfitri.

“Yes, not our FB page,” he said in a reply to a follower on his Twitter account ‏@Khairykj.

“Update: We have narrowed down the admin of the unsanctioned Pemuda UMNO FB page w/ offensive post. We will lodge a police report tomorrow,” Khairy (picture) added.

He did not disclose the identity of the administrator or any further information.

Umno Youth denies provocative religious Facebook post, to file police report

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Malaysian Insider

Cap Umno’s ‘sordid’ attempts at stoking religious fire, Pakatan tells Najib

 
By Ida Lim and Thanusya Shanmuganathan
August 19, 2012

A screen capture of the controversial post on Umno Youth’s Facebook wall before it was taken down at 6.30pm yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak must act now and snuff out once and for all attempts by his ruling Barisan Nasional’s (BN) main party to inflame religious sensitivities in the run-up to national polls, his political foes from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) reminded the prime minister today as they denounced a controversial Facebook posting in Umno Youth’s official page yesterday.

The controversial poster, which was taken down several hours after it appeared on the political youth wing’s social network site early yesterday afternoon, had read: “Jika anda setuju untuk jadikan KRISTIAN sebagai agama rasmi persekutuan Malaysia, teruskan sokongan anda kepada Pakatan Rakyat. (If you agree to make CHRISTIANITY the official religion of the federation of Malaysia, continue supporting Pakatan Rakyat.) ‘God bless you my son’.”

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Blogger’s summary

DAP national organising secretary Teresa Kok urged Najib, who is Umno president and chairman of the 13-member BN coalition, to act on the matter.
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PAS vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said “the statement in Pemuda Umno’s page clearly shows it is influenced by sentiments shown by Umno and the mainstream media”, adding that the spread of such sentiments “will in the end cause unrest.”

He said the move is intended to “scare Muslim voters to make them afraid to vote for Pakatan Rakyat (PR)”, but adds that Malaysians are “mature” enough to be unaffected by such “provocations”.

PKR’s vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar.— File pic

PKR’s vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar  called the poster a “sordid display of bigotry, lies and irresponsibility by an organ (of) the ruling party.”

“At the very least, the Pakatan Rakyat deserves an immediate apology,” she said in a text message to The Malaysian Insider in an immediate response to the poster yesterday.

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Yesterday’s Facebook picture provoked an uproar on the popular social network with some cyber citizens supporting the statement and others condemning the Umno youth wing for attempting to fan emotions and religious sentiments between Christians and Muslims on the eve of Aidilfitri, one of the biggest holidays in multicultural Malaysia’s calendar.

Cap Umno’s ‘sordid’ attempts at stoking religious fire, Pakatan tells Najib

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Malaysian Insider

On Facebook, Umno Youth risks igniting religious firestorm

By Debra Chong and Thanusya Shanmuganathan
August 19, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19 — A picture posted on Umno Youth’s official Facebook page yesterday suggesting a vote for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition pact will catapult Christianity into Islam’s unquestioned position as Malaysia’s religion shows faith is still being used as a bogey to scare off the crucial Malay-Muslim vote in the run-up to national polls.

The controversial poster had read: “Jika anda setuju untuk jadikan KRISTIAN sebagai agama rasmi persekutuan Malaysia, teruskan sokongan anda kepada Pakatan Rakyat. (If you agree to make CHRISTIANITY the official religion of the federation of Malaysia, continue supporting Pakatan Rakyat.) ‘God bless you my son’.”

The picture, posted yesterday afternoon, provoked an uproar on the popular social network with some cyber citizens supporting the statement and others condemning the Umno youth wing for attempting to fan emotions and religious sentiments between Christians and Muslims on the eve of Aidilfitri, one of the biggest holidays in multicultural Malaysia’s calendar.

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Org islam/melayu pun x sokong dgn gambar nie…so, someone go report this admin to police station…this is serious matter…boleh masuk ISA nie kalo ISA masih wujud,” said another netizen who called herself Ellvin Jesele.

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The picture uploaded onto Umno Youth’s official Facebook page was a reminder of Malay daily Utusan Malaysia, which last year placed on its front page an unsubstantiated report suggesting that the DAP was conspiring with the Church to install a Christian as prime minister and create a Christian Malaysian state.

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The offensive picture was removed from the Facebook wall at about 6.30pm, but not before Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had remarked on it.

Tdk waras utk nyalakan sengketa antara agama. (It is not proper to ignite a quarrel between religions.),” the de facto head of PKR said on his Twitter account @anwaribrahim when asked to comment on the issue by another Twitter user, @kayheshyutaibah.

 

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EKSPRESS WAU IS DERAILED AT MERAPOH, about 6.30am!

Merapoh is a small town situated in the Lipis district of Pahang, Malaysia. It is located near the Pahang-Kelantan border.

NST

18 August 2012 | last updated at 07:51PM

11 injured as Kelantan-bound passenger train derails

By By T.N.Alagesh

The two coaches that were part of a 14-coach train heading to Tumpat from Kuala Lumpur, deraoled and broke away about 11 kilometres after leaving the Merapoh station at 6.30am. — Pix by Ramli Ibrahim

Passengers who were travelling in the two coaches that derailed.

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Malay Mail

Three seriously injured in Merapoh derailment

Saturday, August 18, 2012 – 16:11
Location:
KUANTAN

ELEVEN passengers were injured, including three seriously, when two of 14 coaches of the Ekspress Wau train were derailed at Merapoh near Lipis this morning.

The train was heading to Tumpat, Kelantan from the federal capital when the incident occurred at 6.30am, about 11km from the Merapoh Railway Station.

Kuala Lipis police chief Supt Abdul Razak Hasan said the injured passengers were warded at the Gua Musang Hospital, Kelantan.

He said the identities of the injured had not been determined.

Abdul Razak said the derailed coaches were left at the site of the incident before the train continued its journey to Tumpat, about two hours later.

ELEVEN passengers were injured, including three seriously, when two of 14 coaches of the Ekspress Wau train were derailed at Merapoh near Lipis this morning. The …

www.mmail.com.my/story/three-seriously-injured-merapoh… – Cached

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Malaysian Insider

Two KTM coaches carrying 100 passengers derail

August 18, 2012

GUA MUSANG, Aug 18 — It was a harrowing experience for about 100 passengers inside two Ekspres Wau train coaches that derailed at Kampung Sungai Yu, Merapoh near Kuala Lipis, Pahang, at 6.45pm today.

Kuala Lipis police chief Supt Abdul Razak Hasan said the two coaches were part of a 14-coach train heading to Tumpat from Kuala Lumpur when they derailed and broke away about 11km after leaving the Merapoh station at 6.30am.

He said the train was carrying more than 900 passengers who were returning to their respective villages to celebrate Aidilfitri.

“The three victims who were seriously injured and eight who sustained light injuries have been sent to Gua Musang Hospital,” he said.

Two KTM coaches carrying 100 passengers derail

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Star

Saturday August 18, 2012 MYT 1:43:00 PM
Updated: Saturday August 18, 2012 MYT 2:22:29 PM

Train derailment near Merapoh injures 11

KUANTAN: A train heading towards Kelantan derailed suddenly, injuring 11 passengers.

Lipis OCPD Supt Abdul Razak Hassan said two of the passenger train’s carriages went offrail near the Merapoh railway station at about 6.30am on Saturday.

He said all 11 passengers, including three who suffered serious injuries, had been sent to Hospital Gua Musang for treatment.

Supt Abdul Razak added that the track was cleared shortly afterwards and the train continued on its journey towards Kelantan from Kuala Lumpur.

The cause of the derailment is unknown.

Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad could not be reached for comment.

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