GE 14: Penang. The Fight could be fiercier than in Selangor!

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GE 13

Parliamentary Seats
PR  10
BN   3
Both MCA and Gerakan have ZERO seat in GE 13.

State Seats
PR   30
BN   10
Both MCA and Gerakan have ZERO seat in GE 13.

17 January 2018


MCA to contest 4 parliamentary, 10 state seats in Penang, says report

MCA will contest four parliamentary and 10 state seats in Penang in the 14th general election, reported Oriental Daily.

The Chinese-language newspaper said 14 names had been proposed, of which the majority were first-time candidates.

The four federal seats are Bagan, Bukit Mertajam, Bukit Gelugor and Bayan Baru, and the 10 state seats are Paya Terubong, Air Putih, Seri Delima, Komtar, Pengkalan Kota, Jawi, Padang Lalang, Berapit, Bagan Jermal and Sungai Puyu.

Oriental Daily’s sources said MCA believed it had a strong chance in Bayan Baru due to voters’ dissatisfaction with the incumbent MP, PKR’s Sim Tze Tzin.

The Air Putih state seat is held by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

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THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF JOURNALISTS. NUJ regrets and explains the statement of its President that “Women journalists should dress modestly” but stops short of an apology…

It’s often the over-zealous security guard who decides what Malaysian women should wear! 

Now it’s the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Mohd Taufek Razak who seems to point the finger at women journalists rather than the guys who subject them to sexual harassment!

19 January 2018

The minister thought I was a girl

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COMMENT | It was 2002, I was only a couple of years into my career as a journalist and I was covering press conferences by cabinet ministers on a daily basis. The flock of journalists at these events could swell to the dozens sometimes.

One press conference by a then minister at that time is a particularly memorable one for me. It had just ended and I was standing outside at the lobby with my cameraman as the minister was walking out to his car.

I had my back facing the minister. I can’t remember exactly what I was doing. I could have been chatting with someone. Suddenly, I felt a hand grab my forearm and pull me away. It was the minister and he was coaxing me gently to follow him as he stepped inside his car.

I had already started keeping my hair long then, and at that time it was around shoulder length. As we got nearer to the car door, I turned around and the minister finally got a clear look at my face. He immediately let go of my hand.

Oh, jangan rupanya! Ingat perempuan. Ha… tak apa lah!” he laughed (Oh no, I thought you were a girl. Never mind).

I guess I am lucky because I am a man and sexual harassment doesn’t usually happen to us. But what I’m trying to get at with no intention to ‘mansplain’ the issue is that things like this have been happening for a long time.


17 January 2018


NUJ regrets victim blaming in chief’s statement

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The Union also wants to elaborate on the reply given by its president Mohd Taufek Razak to Malaysiakini’s questions regarding a report by Asian Correspondent titled ‘Female journalists, male politicians and the epidemic of sexual harassment in Asean’.

We realise that the dressing and appearance of a journalist should not be blamed as a cause of sexual harassment. We do not endorse such a stance.

The Union also regrets the impression given by specific remarks that
appeared to victim blame.

Included are the questions posed by Malaysiakini and our replies in full:

Q1: Is sexual harassment towards female reporters a widespread culture in Malaysia? 

The issue of sexual harassment towards female journalists by politicians is not new in Malaysia. It had been an ongoing challenge for female journalists.

NUJ wants to give a fair comment without blaming any parties, as it is human nature that men would be attracted to women while women would want to get the attention of men they were interested in. The reverse applies.

It is not a culture, but a facet of daily life. However, it is how this is acted upon that differentiates whether or not it becomes sexual harassment.

In the context of attractive female journalists, harassment can easily happen even if both parties consent to it, in reference to getting a news story.

It could lead to negative exposure if it involves other factors like the way a journalist communicates, a journalist’s approach when conducting interviews, and the boundaries set by the female journalist herself.

NUJ suggests, with the view that sexual harassment is part of the challenges faced by female journalists, that they present themselves in an appropriate manner and be firm while on duty.

For example, do not dress in an overtly sexy outfit and decline interviews at inappropriate places like nightclubs or politicians’ homes.

Female journalists must have integrity and an appropriate manner to obtain news.


Sexual harassment against journalists has long been ignored, say media advocacy groups

PETALING JAYA: The issue of sexual harassment against journalists has been suppressed for a long time, say press freedom advocates in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“The problem has been ignored for a long time as it is considered not an important issue or has been ‘normalised’ as part of daily interactions between journalists and their news sources,” Kuala Lumpur-based media movement Gerakan Media Merdeka (Geramm) and Jakarta-based Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 17).

On Monday (Jan 15), independent news portal Asian Correspondent reported that politicians had sexually harassed female journalists in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Two of the eight journalists featured in the report were Malaysians.

“Recognising that it is a common problem in both countries and across the region, we would like to urge concerned parties to condemn and reject any form of sexual harassment against all journalists,” it said.

The groups said it believed that the voices of a few women journalists sharing their stories meant that it was time for media organisations to respond.

It suggested that media organisations and journalist groups educate their peers on what constitutes sexual harassment so they would know their rights and what they should do in such situations.

It also demanded that all news sources – regardless of status – show respect towards journalists on duty.

The groups added that the issue of sexual harassment should be addressed in a holistic manner.

“While we acknowledge the importance for journalists to build relationships and communication with politicians, such interactions must also be based on principle of mutual respect,” it said, adding that there was no excuse for such behaviour.


16 January 2018


Disappointing response from the national union of journalists to report on sexual harassment of female journos. Sounds like another round of victim blaming to me via


This is precisely why female journos aren’t speaking publicly about sexual harassment. Because we have men who choose to victim blame. Case in point: Journalist union head says women need to dress modestly & behave appropriately.


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Only goes to reflect the upbringing of the NUJ chief and his likes on how they were brought up to respect women.

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Aduh. In response to piece, Malaysia’s National Union of Journalists chief just urges female journalists to dress modestly



Sexual harassment: Union chief tells female reporters not to dress sexy

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“For example, do not wear clothes that are too revealing or sexy, decline interviews at inappropriate places such as nightclubs or a politician’s home.

“Female journalists must have strong integrity and use appropriate ways to obtain news stories,” he said.

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) president Mohd Taufek Razak said the issue of sexual harassment faced by female journalists is not new.

He suggested that female journalists dress appropriately and be mindful of their conduct.

As for politicians, Taufek said they should not take advantage of journalists and keep their relationship professional.

“In the context of female journalists, particularly attractive ones, this (sexual harassment) can easily happen if both sides reciprocate,” he added in a statement to Malaysiakini.

Taufek was asked to respond to a recent report entitled ‘Female journalists, male politicians and the epidemic of sexual harassment in Asean’ in the Asian Correspondent.

The report said a Malaysian politician from the ruling party had told a junior reporter “about how he dreamt about her riding him in bed,” and had stroked her thigh during an interview.
Considering that sexual harassment is part of the challenge faced by female journalists, the NUJ president said, he suggested that they present themselves appropriately and take a firm stance in the course of their duty.

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Surprised? Ex Uber driver is charged with the kidnap of Pastor Raymond Koh!


16 January 2018


Man charged with extorting Pastor Koh’s son now claims trial to kidnapping charge

KUALA LUMPUR: The 31-year-old man who claimed trial to extorting the son of missing Pastor Raymond Koh…..has now been charged with kidnapping, a development described by his lawyer as “shocking”.
 Part-time driver Lam Chang Nam was charged under Section 385 of the Penal Code with extorting RM30,000 from 33-year-old Jonathan Koh Szu Hao for the release of his father.
 Lam allegedly committed the offence at Paradigm Mall in Kelana Jaya here at 9.46pm on March 6 and was accused under Section 385 of the Penal Code for putting a person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion.
 According to Lam’s lawyer Aaron Mark Pius, the extortion case was set for trial and the first witness was called and had testified.
 However, Pius said he was shocked when Lam was charged under Section 365 of the Penal Code with kidnapping or abducting on Monday (Jan 15).
 “Yesterday, Lam was charged with another much serious offence for kidnapping. My client pleaded not guilty to the charge,” Pius told The Star.
 “We did not see this coming. The position we are taking is that my client denies all the allegations against him,” he added.
 Pius said bail was granted at RM5,000 and the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court fixed Feb 26 for mention of the case.
 When asked if he knew about new evidence that had resulted in the kidnapping charge, Pius said he could not comment on that.
 “All I can say is that the extortion charge and the kidnapping charge is related.
 “I did not receive any documents from them yet. I should receive the documents on Feb 26,” said Pius.



Suhakam halts inquiry into Pastor Koh’s disappearance on IGP’s request

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has put an abrupt halt to its public inquiry into the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh (pic) after receiving a letter from the police to cease the inquiry.

Commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai revealed that Suhakam received a letter from Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun at 3pm on Monday (Jan 15) asking it to stop as there was a court case pending.

According to the letter, part-time driver Lam Chang Nam, who claimed trial to extorting Koh’s son last year, had been charged under Section 365 of the Penal Code for kidnapping or abducting on Monday (Jan 15).

It added that Lam was arrested on Jan 12 and appeared in court on Jan 15.

However, no details were given on whether the suspect was on remand or out on bail.

“Given the circumstances and the developments yesterday (Jan 15), we have decided that we will immediately cease the inquiry until further notice,” said Mah on Tuesday.

He cited Section 12(3) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act that states that it should “immediately cease” an inquiry if the allegation becomes the subject matter of any court proceedings.

However, Mah said that Suhakam would proceed with the inquiry into the disappearance of social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife, Ruth Sitepu.




Ex-Uber driver now charged with kidnapping pastor Koh

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Former part-time Uber driver Lam Chang Nam, 31, was charged at the Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court yesterday with kidnapping pastor Raymond Koh.

According to the charge sheet, prosecutors claimed that Lam, along with seven others who are still at large, had committed that act in Petaling Jaya at approximately 10.25am on Feb 13 last year.

If found guilty, Lam could be jailed up to seven years and fined.

Lam was charged last March with extorting RM30,000 from Koh’s family, who was told that he could secure the latter’s release.

The kidnapping charge against Lam came amidst intensifying scrutiny on Koh’s…..disappearance, along with three others, by the Suhakam public inquiry.

Although the public inquiry has been proceeding since October last year, Lam was never mentioned in the testimonies by any other police witnesses.

One witness told the public inquiry that he had “no idea” if Koh was still alive.

The police have revealed few little details about developments regarding Koh’s case.

In June last year, the police claimed that they found pastor Koh’s vehicle license plate – ST 5515 D – after a raid in Kampung Weng Dalam, Kedah.

Several suspects were arrested in connection with the case. There have been no public announcements of developments since, other than to suggest Koh’s abduction was linked to groups based in southern Thailand.

Koh was abducted by a group of men in broad daylight in what one cop told the Suhakam public inquiry resembled a “police operation“.

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Pastor Koh’s family shocked by suspension of inquiry


SUHAKAM INQUIRY | Pastor Raymond Koh’s family is shocked by the abrupt suspension of an ongoing Suhakam inquiry into his disappearance.

“It is shocking to us as the family, for we had no idea this was going to happen.

“Our hope when we came to Suhakam was to find some answers to the many questions we had about his abduction,” his wife Susana Liew…..told reporters after the decision was announced by Suhakam inquiry panel chairperson Mah Weng Kwai at the commission’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.


Koh’s family lawyer, Gurdial Singh Nijhar, meanwhile, questioned the move by the police to charge someone whom they previously stated was not involved in the kidnapping.

In particular, Gurdial referred to comments made by Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat, that Uber driver Lam Chang Nam, who was charged under Section 365 of the Penal Code for alleged kidnapping, ‘had nothing to do with the case’.

“Fadzil, who was the eleventh witness in the inquiry, had publicly declared that Lam had nothing to do with kidnapping Pastor Koh.

“Fadzil, who also heads the task force looking into the abduction of Koh, had said in March last year that their investigations showed that Lam was not involved in the abduction,” he said.

Gurdial…..quoted Fadzil’s comments reported on March 14 last year, one day before Lam claimed trial to the charge of allegedly extorting RM30,000 from Jonathan Koh Szu Hao, 33 – who is Koh’s son – over information related to Koh’s disappearance.

“So the public might ask what is the game plan of the police at this late hour.

“It can be construed by the public that this is a deliberate attempt to derail the conclusion of this inquiry,” Gurdial said.



Ex IGP Khalid Abu Bakar speaks at The Suhakam public inquiry into the Missing Four…

The Suhakam public inquiry into the Missing Four…

IGP: Pastor Raymond Koh may have been abducted by human traffickers. Missing since 13 Feb 2017.

These 4 are still missing: Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth…

An Open Letter to the IGP Malaysia from Susanna Liew, wife of Pastor Raymond Koh 30 August 2017…

Investigation Officer ASP Supari Muhammad of the PJ Police HQ: Perkasa could be relevant to the abduction case of Pastor Raymond Koh but it has not been investigated.

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Killer chair from above. At the Pantai Dalam flats in KL.

Call Investigating Officer ASP Firdaus Sharil or the Brickfields CID chief DSP Tonny Lunggan at 012-3388164, 014-6225262 or 03-90516222.

18 January 2018






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Large crowd at funeral for teen killed by falling chair


An estimated 300 people turned up for the funeral of S Sathiswaran, a 15-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by a falling office chair at the Sri Pantai public housing scheme.

According to The Star, some of those who attended the funeral yesterday were crying openly, while the victim’s mother S Kasthuri Bai, 45, was inconsolable.

Some of Sathiswaran’s schoolmates from SMK La Salle were also among those in attendance.

Sathiswaran was laid to rest at the MBPJ Damansara Hindu cemetery.

Thus far, the police have interviewed 31 witnesses and obtained DNA samples from five of them.


17 January 2018

Cops get DNA sample from chair that killed schoolboy

POLICE have obtained the DNA samples of five people in their investigation into the murder of 15-year-old S. Sathiwaran, who was killed after being struck on the head by a chair thrown from the upper floors of a low-cost flat in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said the five were among 31 flat dwellers whose statements have been recorded since the incident took place on Monday.

“We also obtained a DNA sample from the chair that struck the victim,” said Mazlan.

Sathiwaran died on the spot from head injuries after the chair struck him while he was walking with his mother on the ground floor of the 21-storey block.

Police are now checking information that the chair was left along the corridor on the 21st floor of the block before it was thrown down.

16 January 2018


Boy killed by chair is now a murder case, say police


THE culprit who flung a chair from the 21st floor of a low-cost flat in Kuala Lumpur, which killed a schoolboy, is facing a murder rap when caught, police said today.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Rusdi Mohd Isa said the case, which was initially classified as manslaughter, has been reclassified as murder, with the suspect facing the mandatory death sentence.

Police said identifying the culprit will take time as the forensics units failed to lift any fingerprints from the chair which struck 14-year-old Satishwaran Sathiasilan, killing him instantly while he was with his mother yesterday.

“We did not get any fingerprints from the chair. We are working on other leads to track down the suspect,” Rusdi said.

He added that police have already started questioning the flat dwellers and the investigations will go on indefinitely.


DBKL akan menyita rumah penduduk Projek Perumahan Rakyat jika terdapat bukti mereka sampah atau objek daripada tingkat atas. Ia ekoran kejadian seorang remaja lelaki maut slps sebuah kerusi dipercayai dicampak dari tingkat atas Blok 102 PPR Seri Pantai, Pantai Dalam, semalam.



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Chair thrown from Pantai Dalam flats kills boy


KUALA LUMPUR: A 15-year-old boy died when a chair, thrown from an upper floor of a block of People’s Housing Programme (PPR) apartments in Pantai Dalam, struck his head last night.

The victim, identified as S. Sathiwaran, a Form Three student of SMK La Salle in Petaling Jaya, was accompanying his mother, 45, who had just finished grocery shopping.

When the duo was about to enter their apartment block at about 8.30pm, an office chair, believed to have been thrown from one of the upper floors, crashed down and struck Sathiwaran.

Brickfields district police chief ACP Ruslan Khalid confirmed the incident.

He said the boy sustained severe injuries as a result of the incident.

Sources said the boy died at the scene while the victim’s mother was fortunate not to have also been struck by the chair.



Office chair hurled from flats claims student’s life

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A 15-year-old died after being struck by an office chair believed to have been hurled from the upper floor of a flat at Blok 102 Projek Perumahan Rakyat Seri Pantai in Pantai Dalam, last night.

Brickfields district police chief ACP Ruslan Khalid confirmed the incident when contacted.

He said the victim had been identified as S Sathiwaran, a Form Three student at a secondary school in Petaling Jaya.

“The incident is believed to have happened just as the victim was about to enter the covered area of the flat near the staircase with his mother.

“The victim suffered serious head injuries and died at the scene, his mother escaped unharmed,” he said.


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GE 14: Wee Ka Siong, MCA deputy president…

It looks like Wee Ka Siong, MP for Ayer Hitam, Johor will defend his seat. He won the seat by 15,652 votes in 2004, by 13,909 votes in 2008 and by 7,310 votes in 2013. 

MCA deputy president Dr Wee Ka Siong said he is not afraid of DAP’s plan to take him down in the 14th general election.

“Bring it on,” he said.

16 January 2018


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Synergy Promenade yg tgh develop tanah Felda tuh is an interior design company. This one U never ask why mehhh?


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How about Najib crony Robert Tan Kay Hock’s George Kent water-meter company awarded RM1.1 billion LRT con-tract? How come you never queried it? That’s what happens when hypocrites like you talk thru yr arse!


Jan 14

MCA Wee Ka Siong questioned Voir’s involvement in Penang tunnel project bcoz he is ignorant of conglomerate business model adopted by companies like Samsung & Sime Darby. Or, he just WANNA CONFUSE EVERYONE!


Is Wee deliberately misunderstanding facts of Penang’s tunnel project?

Joshua Woo Sze Zeng, MPSP
(Updated )


The Minister in the Prime Minister Department Wee Ka Siong questions the involvement of Vertice Bhd (formerly known as Voir Holdings Bhd) as a shareholder in the Penang tunnel project.He also asked why China’s companies such as Beijing Urban Construction Group (BUCG) is not involved anymore, contrary to the initial announcement in 2013.

Vertice Bhd’s involvement is the result of the company’s business diversification. It is very common for businesses to diversify, venture into new industries, following the conglomerate business model.

Samsung began as a trucking business, providing transportation services. The company is now most famous for its smartphones, among its other involvement in construction, healthcare, and theme park businesses.

Louis Vuitton started as manufacturer of travel trunks before becoming well-known as a luxury brand for clothing, jewellery, and wine.

Sime Darby Berhad, a GLC, began in the rubber business. Now, it is a conglomerate corporation with businesses in healthcare, palm oil, hypermarket, logistics, and property development.

Wee has no problem with Sime Darby, but finds faults with Vertice just because it is a project spearheaded by Penang state government under Pakatan Harapan. Either that or he is merely ignorant of conglomerate business model, which the federal government also adopts.

Regarding BUCG, the company was indeed involved in the tunnel project initially. However after the crane hook from a BUCG construction site in Kuala Lumpur fell and killed 23-year-old Penangite Chin Khoon Sing in 2016, the company was removed from the project.

At that time, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng declared that the state government does not want irresponsible contractor in the tunnel project.

It may be perfectly fine for MCA’s Wee to work with irresponsible contractors, but not so for Harapan. The Penang state government cherishes Malaysian lives.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.


9 January 2018

It looks like Wee Ka Siong, MP for Ayer Hitam, Johor will defend his seat. He won the seat by 15,652 votes in 2004, by 13,909 votes in 2008 and by 7,310 votes in 2013. 

Bring it on, Wee Ka Siong tells DAP

MCA deputy president Dr Wee Ka Siong said he is not afraid of DAP’s plan to take him down in the 14th general election.

“Bring it on,” said the three-term MP for Ayer Hitam in Johor and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.

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MALAYSIAN GANGS 2 #MalaysiaBoleh: Even a gangster can become a datuk or datuk seri…

Of Gangs, Guns and Violence in Malaysia…

15 January 2018

Gangs are coming back, says report

UNDERWORLD gangs have returned and are reviving their organised criminal activities, theSun reported today.

This is following reports of crimes linked to gangs earlier this month, the English daily said.

It cited two murders linked to banned Indian gangs reported earlier this month in Selangor, and a clash between two gangs in Taman Sri Sungai Pelek in Sepang on New Year’s Eve.

The clash, believed to be over revenge, led to the death of a father of five, who was slashed when he tried to break up the fight, as well as property damages.

Police arrested 18 suspects. Authorities are expected to file charges including murder, causing hurt, rioting, and possession of dangerous weapons.

Last Tuesday, another death was reported after four men armed with parang attacked a lorry driver while he was having dinner with friends in Jeram, Kuala Selangor.

The daily reported that underworld gangs had stayed off the radar for over three years after the police started the massive nationwide crackdowns on organised crimes like extortion, drug dealing and turf wars.

But after the Ops Cantas crackdown slowed last year, gang leaders who had gone into hiding had started to return to their old “shady and lucrative enterprises” that dealt drugs and extorted protection money, theSun reported.

Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat said police were aware of the growing number of cases involving gangs.

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Enforcement officers topple fishmonger’s tray of fish!

15 January 2018

Officers overturn market vendor’s tray of fish in viral video

Monday, 15 Jan 2018
2:00 PM MYT

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PETALING JAYA: A video of two enforcement officers toppling a tray filled with fish at a wet market, believed to be in Selangor, has gone viral on social media.

A 90-second video, which is being shared widely on Facebook, shows two uniformed officers speaking to a fishmonger.

After words are exchanged, the officers overturn two trays belonging to the fishmonger, one of which is filled with fish, scattering its contents all over the market floor.

The incident has angered netizens, with many saying that the officers’ actions were excessive and uncalled for.


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Is that Ice/Snow at Pantai Teluk Cempedak, Kuantan? :)

13 January 2018



Published on Jan 4, 2018

KUANTAN – Pengunjung Pantai Teluk Cempedak di sini hari ini… selanjutnya :

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Did the US Embassy warn Americans from visiting The Beach Club in Jalan P Ramlee, KL? What does that say about KL?

13 January 2018


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Stay away from The Beach Club in KL, US warns citizens – where international espionage and organized crime syndicates mingle with prostitutes.


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Stay away from The Beach Club in KL, US warns citizens Shared from my Google feed Always feeling uneasy patronizing this place because high incidents of spiking.

Stay away from The Beach Club in KL, US warns citizens


PETALING JAYA: The US embassy in Kuala Lumpur has warned American citizens to avoid visiting popular nightspot The Beach Club in Jalan P Ramlee, citing what it said were “coordinated drink-spiking” cases targeting foreign nationals.

“This prohibition was not based on one singular event, but was developed after a careful review of historical events associated with this venue,” a statement issued by the embassy said today.

It said the outlet was officially “off-limits” to all American diplomats, following a similar incident in 2015.

The embassy told citizens to avoid any display of wealth such as jewellery and watches, and advised them to be extra cautious when walking or driving at night.

It also advised citizens to stay alert in places frequented by Western tourists.

Today’s notice is the second warning issued by the US embassy, prohibiting its citizens from frequenting The Beach Club.





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No, Lim Guan Eng was not arrested on 11 January 2018! And MACC did not raid his office.

12 January 2018




Utusan had reported that a security guard had said that he had received instructions not to allow anyone to enter the chief minister’s office.

No, MACC didn’t raid my office, says Guan Eng

January 12, 2018

Penang CM also denies reports that his office was temporarily shut yesterday, says it was business as usual.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today denied that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raided his office yesterday.

He also refuted a report by Utusan Online that his office was temporarily shut yesterday, and that several members of the media who had tried to use the lift at level three to reach the 28th floor in Komtar were prevented from doing so.

Lim said his office was never closed, and that he was still carrying out his duties as usual.

He added that he had been in a meeting with Mohamad Sabu and his strategic adviser Saifuddin Nasution Ismail concerning the Mutiara Food Bank between 4pm and 5pm.

“We never closed the chief minister’s office. Work was still going on as usual, and I was having discussions with Mat Sabu and Saifuddin.

“Of course, when we have any discussions, when I meet Mat Sabu and Saifuddin, don’t tell me we want to meet openly. So why say the CM’s office was closed?

“Also, my office was never raided yesterday. I hope you do not try to tarnish the image of the state government and the CM’s office,” he said at a press conference today.

11 January 2018


Thereporters all went to watch and report on the arrest of LGE. Instead. he bought them light refreshments.

“But thank you for accompanying me on the short walk here to have coffee with me,” Lim quipped.

“Whatever tomorrow brings, let us remember the Penang spirit. We will face it all with equanimity and determination to do what is best, not only for us but for everyone,” he added.



Tip-off of Penang CM’s ‘arrest’ proves false

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Reporters in Penang went on a stakeout after being given a fake tip-off that Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would be nabbed by the MACC today over the state’s undersea tunnel project.

By 3pm, many had gathered at the Komtar Tower’s third level where the state’s administrative offices are located.

However, nothing happened.

At 6pm, reporters saw Lim leaving Komtar and they duly followed him as he walked towards Penang Road.

The chief minister headed to the famous roadside Toh Soon Cafe, which is a favourite hangout of his after work.

In a jovial mood, Lim then ordered drinks and toasted bread for the press corps who had followed him.

Accompanying him were several DAP leaders, local councillors and his personal staff.


Guan Eng hints he may not contest in GE14

By Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, Jan 11 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today that his corruption trial, which will start on March 26, may affect his candidacy in the 14th general elections (GE14).

The Penang lawmaker, who is also DAP secretary-general, said he will have to attend the trial in the Penang High Court which will be held on four to five-day stretches between March and May.

When asked if this will affect his candidacy if GE14 were to fall on that period, he replied “perhaps”.

Lim then questioned the reasons behind the amendments to his charges.

“You are charging a chief minister. Why is there a need to amend the charges now?” he asked.

Yesterday, the Penang High Court fixed the trial for both Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon on March 26 to 30, April 9 to 12, April 23 to 27, May 7 to 10 and May 21 to 25 this year.


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Graft trial may affect Guan Eng’s ability to defend seats in GE14

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Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng does not discount the possibility of his corruption case hearing affecting his ability to contest in the next general election.

“Perhaps,” he said when asked about this during a press conference today.

The DAP secretary-general is currently the MP for Bagan and state assemblyperson for Air Putih.

Lim is expected to defend the two seats but the trial process would interfere with the campaign period if the election is held in March or April.

Yesterday, the High Court in Penang set 23 days for trial, starting March 26, for the two graft charges involving Lim and businessperson Phang Li Koon.

Lim also said he was surprised with the prosecution’s decision to amend the charge.

“Let the people judge, obviously I am the target. I know I am targeted, we have to face it when targeted,” he added.

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