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PETALING JAYA - Dogs come in many different colours, but green is most definitely not one of them.
According to Sinar Harian, residents in the Subang Bestari area spotted the oddly-hued canine recently, as it was searching for food.
The daily reported that a photo of the animal was uploaded on Facebook, which then brought the matter to various concerned animal lovers.
"I don't think the dog has an owner. Whoever did this must have mental health issues," said Facebook user Shazreen Othuman, who posted the photo.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Animal Association, in a Facebook posting on the issue, said that painting an animal whole could lead to poisoning.
"This stupid and idiotic act is no joke. In fact, it is animal cruelty and it persecutes an innocent dog. Such act is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2015," it said on a post.
The page also shared photos of a cat painted blue. However, it did not say when or where it was taken.
The matter was also highlighted on the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) official Facebook page.
It warned the public that doing so was inhumane and a chargeable offence under the law.
"It could also lead to death if the painted animal had licked its body, or if the paint gets absorbed through the skin.
"Stop such act immediately, because there is nothing funny about it. If not, action can be taken under Section 29 of the Animal Welfare Act 2015, which can lead to a maximum fine of RM100,000 (S$32,800), a three year jail sentence, or both.
"Members of the public with such information or have witnessed such activities are urged to report the matter immediately to the Department Of Veterinary Services Malaysia, or their nearest police station," it said.
RAWANG, Malaysia - Photos of five stray dogs found dead in the Tasik Puteri Rawang area here have gone viral, with some believing that the dogs were poisoned.
The photos were posted on the Malaysian Animal Association (MAA) Facebook page on Wednesday (Nov 13), and have since drawn an outpouring of outrage from people like Khairina Anuar, who condemned the deaths.
"What were their faults to deserve such treatment. No religion teaches its followers to be cruel towards animals, " she said.
Similar views were shared by Fadira Omar, who said there was no need to resort to poisoning the strays.
"Do they think God is not watching them, " she said.
Che Mas Mayzatul Mastura added that although she had been chased by strays in the past, it never crossed her mind to kill them.
"How evil were you to inflict pain to them by poisoning them? This is simply cruel, " she commented.
A similar comment was made by Carina Tan, who said that the act was uncivilised.
"These strays had no proper shelter and food. Instead of helping them, you killed them. That is inhumane, " she said.
When contacted, MAA president Arie Dwi Andika said he was alerted to the incident by an independent animal rescuer in Rawang on 10am on Wednesday.
"I was informed that three strays were found dead around 5pm on Tuesday (Nov 12) along Jalan Tasik Puteri, while two more dead strays were found this morning.
"There was vomit and blood near their mouth, which led us to believe that they were poisoned. The MAA will lodge a report with the Veterinary Services Department for further action," he said.
Arie urged anyone with information about the matter to send a WhatsApp to the MAA at 011-20901097.
"We must bring the perpetrator(s) to justice, " he said.
Arie also condemned the act as inhumane, saying that there are better ways to handle strays.
"Individuals must not take matters into their own hands even if they feel inconvenienced by the strays. They should alert the local councils to ensure more humane management of the strays," he said.
A security guard charged with murdering two colleagues in 2017 laughed when the Shah Alam High Court sentenced him to death, Sinar Harian reported.
Mohd Ferdaus Suwardi, 32, was also talking to himself when Justice Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman read out the judgment.
Justice Ab Karim said the accused had anti-social personality disorder and drug abuse issues but was still of sound mind and realised that his actions were wrong.
"When he was committing the crime, the accused knew that there was no one at the scene and he locked the door, knowing that the two victims were asleep, " he said.
"The accused then left the scene and returned to his village to admit to his mother what he had done."
On Aug 4, two guards at a chicken processing factory, Wan Amir Hamzah Abu Hassan, 48, and Syed Mohd Fazrul Syed Mohd Ridhwan, 23, were found dead with slash marks on their body.
The factory owner's son found their remains in a room when they failed to be contacted for three days.
KUALA LUMPUR - A 34-year-old man who impersonated a news agency reporter pleaded guilty at a Sessions Court here to assaulting Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) chief executive officer Melissa Ong.
Mohd Zarith Md Hanipah was charged with causing grievous hurt to Ong, 47, at a hotel ballroom in Jalan Putra here at about 12.15pm last Friday.
The offence under Section 325 of the Penal Code carries up to seven years' imprisonment and/or a fine upon conviction.
Mohd Zarith, who was unrepresented, asked the court for a lenient sentence as it was his first offence.
DPP Annur Atikah Abdul Hadi asked the court to impose bail at RM20,000 (S$6,500) in one surety pending the sentencing.
Judge M.M. Edwin Paramjothy set Nov 18 for the presentation of facts and sentencing.
The judge also fixed RM15,000 bail with conditions that the accused must stay away from the victim, surrender his passport to the court and report to the nearest police station each month.
The accused was remanded as he failed to raise bail.
Meanwhile, Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) executive director Sumitra Visvanathan said the organisation condemned the violent attack against Ong.
"We are appalled by the egregious assault committed against Ong. It could have happened to me, or to any other woman," she said in a statement.
She said women regularly faced harassment and violence in public, whether they were at events or in public spaces, on the street, on public transportation or while on the road.
"WAO female officers have also been subjected to harassment and abuse on the job.
"Even while routinely facing violence and harassment, women continue to lead and inspire. But it is outrageous that we need to constantly look over our shoulders while doing so," she added.
It was reported that a man posing as a reporter punched and broke the nose of Ong after she asked to see his media accreditation.
Ong confronted the man during guest registration at the Russian Trade and Business Investment Forum at the hotel before she was assaulted.
He then tried to flee the scene but was apprehended by hotel security personnel before being handed over to police.
KUALA LUMPUR:MALAYSIANS are increasingly conscious and deliberate about their smartphone research, with a recent survey by Google and Ipsos highlighting that 46 per cent of them fell under the ‘avid researcher’ consumer profile.
Google Malaysia industry head for tech and telco Su Ann Lim said this was due to the innovation in the smartphone industry and greater access to information.
‘Online research is arguably the most important part of the purchase journey and where Malaysian consumers spend the most time on. But once all the factors are weighted and considered, there is still room for retail sales to play a part,’ she told a media briefing after revealing the results of the survey.
She said Malaysians in the market for a smartphone would perform many research actions before purchasing, such as reading smartphone reviews, physically going to a store, comparing prices online and watching smartphone review videos.
When making decisions, Lim said, phone factors were becoming more important than price points, which included battery life, operating system and internal specifications.
Besides being avid researchers, the other top archetypes that made up 78 per cent of the 929 Malaysians surveyed were the ‘brand loyalist’ at 22 per cent and the ‘in-store decider’ at 10 per cent.
Lim said rural consumers were increasingly empowered by the rise of e-commerce as it helped give more choices to this segment, resulting in more rural consumers buying smartphones online compared with urban consumers.
‘One out of four smartphones is bought online today in Malaysia. According to our study, 27 per cent of rural dwellers bought their smartphones online in the past three months compared with 23 per cent of urban dwellers in the same period.’
The study also found that while the majority of Malaysians hold on to their smartphones for longer than two years, one in two Malaysians aspired to change their phones in under two years.
Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm, is headquartered in Paris, France.
FROM being told that he was not good enough for a leading role in Malaysia, Ong Beng Hee is now thriving with Qatar as his home for the past three years.
Malaysia’s loss is certainly Qatar’s gain as Beng Hee took up the offer to become technical director for the Gulf nation in 2017 and he has certainly made a name for himself.
In fact, the 39-year-old has had a hand in revamping the grassroots programme in Qatar and is also one of those behind the scenes in the annual Qatar Classic.
There is no mistaking that Beng Hee has shown that he is capable, not just as a coach, but also in a management role with the Qatar Tennis and Squash Federation.
It’s just a shame that Qatar are the ones benefiting from Beng Hee instead of Malaysia.
Especially since Beng Hee is the one who truly put Malaysian squash on the world map from being the country’s first ever world junior champion in 1998 and is to date, still the country’s highest ranked men’s player having reached a ranking of World No 7 during his heydays.
Beng Hee, who initially eyed a head coach role in Malaysia, is however taking the rejection back home in his stride as he is focused on improving his already impressive laurels.
‘When I first came here, the first six months were the tough part because I was with my family and it’s never easy trying to settle down in a new country,’ he said.
‘But just like how I’ve always been throughout my playing career, I adapt. And the past two and half years have been good, both for my career and my family.
‘My job in Qatar is actually more than just coaching. Coaching is still a very big part but there’s also a lot of event management like the (ongoing) World Championship and also managing the squash programme here.
‘In fact a big chunk of the work here is talent identification. We do a lot of grassroots work by going to the schools and trying to get young school kids to sign up for squash.
‘It’s actually a lot tougher than it sounds because Qatar does not have a big population and we have to compete with the bigger sports like football and tennis.
‘But I feel that I’ve managed well enough, especially with my past experience as a player.
‘A lot people back home weren’t sure if I could handle a job of this scale but I felt that I’ve proven enough.’
Since Beng Hee’s arrival, the number of junior players in Qatar has more than doubled while tournaments in the Middle Eastern state have always received favourable feedback.
And for now, Beng Hee is happy to call Qatar home and he has no intentions of returning to Malaysia.
‘I certainly hope my time here will help me develop a more complete package, both as a coach and in a management role,’added Beng Hee.
PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad says he is shocked that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has expressed shock over the High Court's order for the former prime minister to enter his defence on seven charges in the SRC International trial.
"I am shocked that he is shocked.
We follow the rule of law. He has a case to answer and the case took months. That is how we run the government, " he said.
Dr Mahathir said that Najib had a good hearing and was allowed to go on bail and help the campaigning in various by-elections.
"We will get all this nonsense from him because we are being lenient, following the rule of law, " he said after a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia leadership meeting at Perdana Leadership Foundation here yesterday.
On allegations that he has interfered with court matters, Dr Mahathir said the person should provide proof.
On another issue, Dr Mahathir, who is Pakatan Harapan chairman, said no action would be taken against Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu for his alleged remarks directed against DAP which was captured in a video recording.
He said Ahmad Faizal had explained what had happened and that he was facing a group of "aggressive fishermen" when he spoke at that time.
"They (the fishermen) assumed that Pakatan was controlled by DAP.So, he explained that while he was only one person (that's not with DAP), the rest were DAP in Perak, yet he was still the MB and was in charge of the state.
"He explained that just because he was alone, that does not mean the state was being controlled by DAP, " he added.
Dr Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairman, also brushed off the need for Ahmad Faizal to apologise to DAP over his statement.
On Nov 8, a video clip of Ahmad Faizal lamenting that he is fighting a "lone battle" against DAP in the state surfaced on social media.
In an immediate response, the Mentri Besar said that his statements were taken out of context and that he had explained himself to his party leaders.
"I have explained myself to Bersatu leaders. I told them what really happened but let them pass it to the leaders first.
"Did I say anything wrong?" asked Ahmad Faizal when questioned by the press if he would apologise to DAP.
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — The European Union (EU) chided the Selangor Shariah High Court for sentencing five men for “attempting sex against the order of nature” last week, saying the punishments are a breach of their human rights.
In a brief statement, its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights applies to everyone, even the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
“Caning — a form of corporal punishment — constitutes a breach of their human rights, and is a cruel, inhumane and degrading practice, and a form of torture,” Mogherini said through her spokesman.
“The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are protected under existing international human rights law and relevant international conventions.
“The principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights apply to all human beings without distinction of any kind,” the statement added.
The EU also called for the men to be released immediately, and for the human rights of LGBT persons to be guaranteed and protected according to Malaysia's international obligations.
The five were convicted under Sections 52 and 28 of the Selangor Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment 1995 after charged with attempting to conduct sexual relations with one or more men in an apartment at Bandar Baru Bangi, around 9.30pm on November 9 last year.
Four of the men aged 27 to 37 were fined RM4,800, six months imprisonment and six strokes of the cane. Another 42-year old man was sentenced to a jail term of seven months, fined RM4,900, and six strokes of the cane.
A group of 28 progressive civil rights organisations and political parties including Tenaganita, All Women’s Action Society, and Parti Sosialis Malaysia has since noted that the case's presiding Shariah judge Mohamad Asri Mohamad Tahir made numerous prejudiced remarks unrelated to the facts in issue.
The remarks made by Mohamad Asri included stating that people “like them” are difficult to control and must be segregated led the group to conclude that such extremely prejudicial sentiments resulted in unjust sentencing for the five.
KUALA LUMPUR - A man posing as a reporter punched and broke the nose of Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) chief executive officer Melissa Ong, (pic) after she asked to see his media accreditation.
The man claimed that he was from Bernama, but the national news agency has now said he is not from the organisation.
During Friday's incident, Ong confronted the man during guest registration at the Russian Trade and Business Investment Forum held at a hotel in the city.
It is learnt that the suspect had used crude language when he was asked for his press card.
He then proceeded to take a photo of Ong with his mobile phone.
The suspect then punched Ong in the face when he was asked not to take the photo.
He then tried to flee the scene but was apprehended by hotel security personnel before being handed over to police.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Fahmi Visuvanathan Abdullah confirmed the case.
Bernama has also issued a statement clarifying that its reporter was not involved in the commotion that had led to the assault on Ong.
In a statement, the news agency said the incident occurred when a man impersonating a Bernama reporter tried to gain entry to the forum.
"Bernama has lodged a police report against this person for impersonating a Bernama reporter, " it said.
"Bernama does not condone such unprofessional behaviour among its reporters, and would like to express our regret to the Asli CEO for having had to endure such unacceptable and inexcusable conduct."
The national news agency added that all its reporters were properly accredited and organisers or hosts of events were welcome to ask for their accreditation during events or functions.
KUALA LUMPUR - A freelance reporter lost RM2,900 (S$950) to a "childhood friend" after being promised RM500 commission to carry out a favour.
Lim Kai Li had on Oct 31 received a phone call from a woman claiming to be an old friend, through an unknown number.
"The caller asked me to help her buy 30 RM100 Digi prepaid reloads to sell to some Singaporeans.
"She promised me a commission of RM500 if I could help her, saying that she would sell the prepaid reloads at $100 each, " the 22-year-old said at Wisma MCA here.
Lim was initially sceptical but her "friend" assured her that she was using a new number because her old phone was broken.
Asked why she sounded different, the imposter replied that she was unwell.
Lim then purchased the prepaid reloads worth RM100 each at Aeon Anggun in Rawang after her "friend" continuously bugged her to do so.
"I only realised I had been scammed after my real friend replied to my message and said she was unaware of any commission promised to me," she said, adding that by then she had already sent the prepaid reloads to the scammer.
The victim was only able to retract one of the reload PINs after contacting the Digi service centre.
Lim suspects that her friend might have conspired with the scammer as they had only reconnected on Sept 10 and her friend knew how much she was earning.
The victim had lodged a report at the Rawang police station.
MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong reminded the public to be wary of phone scams and to immediately contact a relative or friend whom the imposter had claimed to be.