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Selangor Criminal Investigations Department chief Fadzil Ahmat said they arrested a couple involved in a road rage incident, which has been classified as a murder case.
Police investigations revealed that a 29-year-old man had initially knocked into a car driven by a 40-year-old just after the Sungai Besi toll plaza.
Said Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil: "Following the incident, the two drivers were involved in a car chase.
"A scuffle ensued between them at the Bandar Baru Bangi interchange. Witnesses at the scene broke up the fight, and the two drivers returned to their vehicles," he said.
But shortly after, the 29-year-old man got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat and smashed the other car's bonnet, he said in a statement.
The older driver then lurched his vehicle forward and hit the victim.
"The man was pinned between the car and the road divider. He was subsequently rushed to the Nilai Medical Centre but died while receiving treatment," he said, adding that they also arrested the suspect's 36-year-old wife. Both have been remanded for seven days.
SAC Fadzil refuted claims that the case had racial elements.
"Our investigations revealed that the motive for the case was based on the accident. The viral messages claiming it was a racial issue are fake," he said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 — Veterans group Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan believes Muslim preacher Dr Zakir Naik has gone overboard with his racial, religious provocation after questioning the loyalty of Malaysians of Indian ancestry.
Its president, retired Brigadier-General Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji said Patriot had refrained from criticism, but the Mumbai-born preacher’s latest remarks during a public lecture in Kota Baru, Kelantan last Friday were the last straw.
“Zakir Naik spoke and questioned the loyalty of Malaysians of Indian origin, trying to curry favour of our prime minister,” he said in a statement today.
Arshad said Indian Malaysians are like citizens of other ethnic groups and have contributed greatly to Malaysia, including serving in the armed forces.
He added that by questioning their loyalty to Malaysia’s King and country showed Dr Zakir is not only ignorant but dishonest with a hidden agenda.
He noted that it was not Dr Zakir’s first time making incendiary remarks about people of different religions and beliefs, recalling his past comments about Hindus in Malaysia and “loose cannon” allegations that the Chinese government denied Uighur Muslims in the republic their right to fast, learn the Quran and even forced them to imbibe alcohol.
He said Patriot advised Dr Zakir to “shut up” and strictly to preaching purely about Islam and not continue overstepping his bounds by encroaching into politics and Malaysia’s international relations with other countries.
Arshard said anything to do with Uighur Muslims is best left to the Foreign Ministry, and that it is not for Dr Zakir to instigate the uninformed public, and arouse hatred and animosity towards China.
“Especially at a time when our relations with China is improving. Furthermore, trade and infrastructure investment are also at stake,” he added.
Patriot’s statement was echoed by DAP lawmaker RSN Rayer, who appealed to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to not let Dr Zakir destroy the country.
“I think Dr Zakir Naik crossed the line when he recently questioned the loyalty of Malaysian Indians or Malaysian Hindus in his speech, mischievously suggesting they were more supportive and loyal to Narendra Modi than to you as our prime minister,” the Jelutong MP said in a separate statement today.
Rayer asked Dr Mahathir to intervene in the matter of Dr Zakir by deporting the Malaysian permanent resident to curb the erosion of public confidence in the Pakatan Harapan government.
“I implore you to listen to the ever-growing number of pleas and send Dr Zakir Naik back to his country of origin or anywhere else as he is causing more destruction, disunity, distrust, and damage to the delicate race relations in this country,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 — Chinese firms’ pullback on investments here has opened the door for American investors to take over as Malaysia’s main source of foreign funding.
According to analysts speaking to The Straits Times (ST), US firms viewed Malaysia as the region’s “sweet spot” in terms of cost, infrastructure, and regulation.
The US interest also made up for Malaysia’s inability to capture investments from firms relocating outside of China to escape the fallout of the tariff war between the two superpowers.
“Vietnam is cheap but its manufacturing ecosystem isn't as developed. On the other end of the spectrum, labour costs are much higher in Singapore.
“This puts Malaysia in a nice middle ground,” Barclays' regional economist Brian Tan was quoted as saying.
Data cited by the Singapore daily showed Malaysia received RM11.5 billion in US foreign direct investment during the first three months of 2019, or over three times what the country took in during the same quarter last year.
This offset Malaysia’s position behind Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines’ in drawing Chinese investments during the same period.
Chinese FDI in Malaysia was below forecasts and dipped to RM4.4 billion in the first quarter.
Political observers who spoke to the ST suggested that Chinese firms’ reluctance to invest more in Malaysia could be due to the latter country’s move to cancel or renegotiate high-profile contracts but stressed that this was not the primary cause.
Malaysia is locked in a compensation dispute with China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd after it seized RM1.1 billion from the state-linked firm over a pipeline project the Malaysian government cancelled after winning the general election last year.
Putrajaya also tried to cancel the East Coast Rail Link but was forced to proceed after negotiating for a lower price.
“There is apprehension in China as to Dr Mahathir's flip-flopping attitude, but the main reason investors choose Vietnam is cost and work ethic,” Singapore Institute of International Affairs' senior fellow Oh Ei Sun told reporters.
International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Ong Kian Ming said E&E firms here must seize the opportunity that could both steer and propel the industry for the next decade.
US-China trade tensions had appeared to ease after the leaders of both countries met at the sidelines of the G20 summit earlier this year, but the lack of tangible reductions in their tariff war has caused new conflicts between the two superpowers.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia teams up with Malaysian Nature Society to conserve hornbill habitats
PETALING JAYA, August 8 — The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) are joining forces to save the country’s beloved hornbill.
The three-month-long fundraising campaign will contribute towards conservation of the iconic bird’s habitat through the Save Bill Campaign.
Funds raised will be channelled to the MNS Hornbill Conservation Programme.
According to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Malaysia director of marketing and development Fiona Rodrigues, the popular coffee chain adopts a different local animal every August in conjunction with Merdeka.
“Malaysia is home to many beautiful local species and environmental changes are affecting many of them.
“This year, in collaboration with the Malaysian Nature Society, our focus is on the Hornbill Conservation Programme, to support the Society’s efforts in protecting their habitat,” said Rodrigues.
On top of donations collected from the sales of hornbill-themed merchandise and Coffee Bean’s Caring Cup Fund, there will be educational materials, interactive games, activities and workshops to raise awareness.
In Malaysia, there are 10 hornbill species and they all thrive in tropical rainforests but several species have become endangered due to habitat destruction.
“Malaysia’s iconic birds, the hornbills are a symbol of the nation’s rich diversity and an indicator of a healthy forest environment, of which Malaysia has long been known to have.
“Our Hornbill Conservation Programme is dedicated to preserving this unique species and our current focus is to protect the Belum-Temenggor area as an essential habitat for the Hornbill while ensuring the ecosystem — and all the other species it supports — continues to thrive,” said MNS head of conservation Balu Perumal.
From now until October, customers can take part in the campaign and do their part to save the precious birds by purchasing a Malaysian Hornbill Mug (RM48) or a Malaysian Hornbill Tumbler (RM88), activating RM100 of the limited-edition Hornbill Coffee Bean card or RM100 The Coffee Bean Card top-up on Save Bill Day each month (August 25, September 25 and October 25).
The Coffee Bean will contribute RM5 to MNS for each of the purchases above.
Throughout the campaign, hornbill conservation leaflets will be available at all outlets including information to support MNS initiatives.
Coffee Bean &Tea Leaf will also highlight a different hornbill species each week on its social media platforms along with fun facts and quizzes.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 ― Malaysia's access to major world markets such as the US and Europe makes it the perfect location for China-based exporters to relocate, Lim Guan Eng said today.
Speaking at the Malaysia-China Belt & Road Economic Cooperation Forum 2019, the finance minister added that Malaysia’s strategic location in the middle of Asean, which its collective population of 650 million people, is also the icing on the cake for Chinese exporters to change bases.
“Beyond domestic considerations, Malaysia has easy access to the world's major markets, be it the US, Europe or elsewhere.
“This is an important point at the time when the global supply chain is being reoriented due to trade flows either in the Pacific driven by the US, or in the Atlantic driven by the UK.
“Amid the significant reorientation, Malaysia is the reliable partner that has continued access to various economies. For China-based exporters affected by the trade war, Malaysia is clearly a base that you need,” said Lim in his speech text provided to the media.
The minister reiterated his June announcement that in the first quarter of 2019, Malaysia approved a foreign direct investment (FDI) of RM29.3 billion, an increase of 73.4 per cent compared to RM16.9 billion last year.
He said that the boost was powered by a 127 per cent increase in approved manufacturing FDI worth RM20.2 billion from RM8.9 billion in the same quarter last year.
“Out of the RM20.2 billion approved manufacturing FDI during the period, RM4.4 billion came from China, making China the second biggest source of approved manufacturing investment during the first quarter of 2019.
“China is also Malaysia's single biggest trading partner. In the first half of 2019, total goods trade between Malaysia and China was valued at RM148.8 billion or 16.6 per cent of total Malaysian external trade of RM895.5 billion,” said Lim.
Last year saw Malaysia's trade with the Asian superpower hit RM313.8 billion, which was a record breaking amount between the two nations.
However, Singapore daily The Straits Times (ST) reported today that the US is out to overtake China in manufacturing investments where US-based companies have tripled last year's manufacturing investments in 1Q19.
The paper cited several economists saying Malaysia is losing out to its neighbours in obtaining investments from tariff-hit China as Chinese firms might have been put off by the soured relations between Beijing and the Pakatan Harapan administration which has reviewed many Chinese funded mega-projects.
Data on Malaysia's approved FDI showed that Putrajaya is lagging behind Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines in attracting Chinese investors.
However, Barclays regional economist pointed out that the US finds Malaysia attractive as it hits the middle ground for their needs.
“Vietnam is cheap but its manufacturing ecosystem isn't as developed. On the other end of the spectrum, labour costs are much higher in Singapore. This puts Malaysia in a nice middle ground,” Brian Tan told ST.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 — Malaysians need to jointly address fundamental education issues and build up the local economy to its full potential, Lim Kit Siang said today.
Commenting on similar remarks from Tun Daim Zainuddin, the Iskandar Puteri MP said Malaysia needed to undo the damage from being a “global kleptocracy”.
“The time is indeed long overdue for Malaysians to unite and move purposefully to make the country a top world-class nation in as many fields of human endeavour as possible,” Lim said in a statement.
He cited as example Bangalore, India that succeeded in positioning itself as Asia’s Silicon Valley while Malaysia’s Multimedia Super Corridor did not despite starting at the same time.
Lim also said the economy of the small island state of Singapore was able to surpass that of Malaysia’s in five years out of the last 38.
“Three of the five years occurred from 2015 to 2017,” Lim noted.
Controversy is raging in Malaysia over the proposed introduction of khat calligraphy in primary schools.
KUANTAN - A businessman died after being shot three times in front of his friend's house in Jalan Air Putih here.
Pahang police chief Comm Datuk Abd Jalil Hassan said the case had been classified as murder.
The police are looking at several angles, including gangsterism and revenge, as possible motives.
The 63-year-old victim was dropping off his friend after a night out at an entertainment centre when an unknown assailant suddenly opened fire at his vehicle.
According to the police, the incident is believed to have happened between 1.30am and 2am yesterday.
The victim managed to drive away despite being hit.
He was later found in front of a nearby pharmacy.
The victim was seriously injured and could be seen coughing up blood in a video recording.
Members of the public sent him to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital but he died upon arrival.
"The 47-year-old friend, who is also a businessman, has been detained to assist in investigations, " Comm Abd Jalil said.
He also urged witnesses or those with information to contact the police immediately.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 7 — The family of missing Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin is adamant the 15-year-old was abducted and “increasingly frustrated” with the Malaysian police’s tactics to find her.
According to reporters, Sebastien Quoirin said the family believed his daughter was taken as her room was found empty with the window open.
In a statement released yesterday, the family also said they were worried as Nora’s learning and developmental disabilities made her unlike other minors her age.
“She looks younger, she is not capable of taking care of herself and she won’t understand what is going on. She never goes anywhere by herself. We have no reason to believe she wandered off and is lost,” they said in a statement reported by the British outlet.
Separately, Matthew Searle from the Lucie Blackman Trust, a missing persons charity representing the family, said the Malaysian police’s approach was causing frustration as the family did not accept their theory that Nora wandered off on her own.
Searle said the family was terrified over the possibility that the police are not using all its resources for the search because of the theory.
“They know Nora and what she is capable of and don’t feel that they are being listened to.
“This is a girl who wouldn’t venture into her own garden without a family member holding her hand. They are getting increasingly frustrated and are all exhausted, having not slept a great deal.” Searle was quoted as saying.
On Monday, Deputy Negri Sembilan police chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Che Zakaria Othman told Malay Mail that Nora’s disappearance is still regarded as a missing persons case and not an abduction.
The search-and-rescue operation has entered its fourth day and, as of yesterday, involved 159 members from various agencies.
On Sunday, the teenager was reportedly found missing from her living room in the morning at The Dusun Resort, a tropical rainforest resort in Seremban, 63km south of Kuala Lumpur.
Reporters reported that Nora, the daughter of Irish-French couple and who arrived from London with her family on Saturday, was here for a two-week trip.
The family has set up an email address for information leading to her safe return.
The Lucie Blackman Trust has also provided a hotline (+448000988485) and email address to receive information and leads on the missing teen.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — Putrajaya must urgently relook Malaysia’s patent laws that allowed a ministry to jointly patent “Tongkat Ali” extract and prevent local manufacturers from using this without paying a royalty fee, PSM said today.
Citing a public warning notice taken out by the sole local licensee, PSM chief Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj pressed the government to explain how a naturally available substance that was historically used as a traditional medicine could be patented.
“The PSM is shocked that existing patent laws in Malaysia can be so easily misused to create monopolies for well-connected companies that allow them to claim exclusive rights over the production and sale of a product like Tongkat Ali which has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries,” Dr Jeyakumar said in a statement.
Disputing Biotropics Msia Bhd’s claim in the notice that the patent holders “invented” the extract of the plant also known as “Malaysian ginseng”, Dr Jeyakumar pointed out that natives in the region have used “Tongkat Ali” for ages.
He further warned that the patent would require any who use “Tongkat Ali” extract in their products to pay a royalty to do so, describing this as the use of patent laws to “fence up” resources that were commonly available to the public.
Dr Jeyakumar clarified that there would be nothing wrong for Biotropics to claim its licensed technology could produce purer and safer “Tongkat Ali” extracts than competitors but said the Malaysian public must be allowed to decide if this was worth a premium.
The PSM chief said local patent laws appeared vulnerable to abuse that could lead to powerful firms monopolising products that were already publicly available and forcing Malaysians to pay high prices for these.
He also sought to rally all local makers of “Tongkat Ali” products and consumer groups to join forces and challenge Biotropics’ patent in court.
“The theft of our traditional knowledge must not go unchallenged!”
The July 29 notice announced that the Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Ministry and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were the joint patent holders of “Tongkat Ali” extract here.
It further announced that Biotropics was the sole local licensee of the patent and any other producers of “Tongkat Ali” extracts were in violation of the Patents Act 1983, an offence punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment and a maximum fine of RM15,000.
According to the notice, the patent covers a composition of Eurycoma longifolia water extract, which provides for new scientific uses and products. Eurycoma longifolia is the scientific name of “Tongkat Ali”.
“Tongkat Ali” is native to Malaysia as well as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. It is traditionally used as a virility supplement and often consumed as a food or drink additive.
While there is no clinical evidence of its efficacy in providing any health benefit, “Tongkat Ali” remains popular in local markets.
KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 6): One of the reasons that has contributed to costlier food items in Malaysia is the country's over-reliance on imports, according to Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
Saifuddin said Malaysia is still a net importer of food, rather than a self-reliant food producer. He said the nation's food and live animal imports increased from RM38.9 billion in 2013 to RM51.3 billion in 2017.
"Our inability to be self-sustaining in terms of food production means that we are at the mercy of importers," he said here today during the launch of the Malaysia Competition Commission's (MyCC) report titled Market Review on Food Sector under the Competition Act 2010.
The minister cited the example of beef, which is one of the food items highlighted in the MyCC report. He said the sources of Malaysia's beef imports are limited to only a handful of countries such as India and Australia, while domestic production is almost non-existent.
"This gives power to importers or foreign exporters to increase prices as and when they like and consumers have no choice but to accept it," Saifuddin said.
The MyCC report reviews market structure, level of market competitiveness and determines whether there are any anti-competitive conduct in selected food sectors. The report also unbundles the rationale behind the significant increase in prices of food items in recent years.
Five food items were reviewed. They are beef, Indian mackerel (ikan kembung), infant formula, mustard leaf (sawi) and round cabbage. The MyCC said these items were selected as they have been identified to be major food items for Malaysian households and are known to be susceptible to market issues.
Saifuddin said the MyCC report "presents a few recommendations as to how Malaysia can become more self-sustaining by diversifying our sources for the five food items and expanding our own domestic industry to reduce dependence on imports".
"By doing so, it is hoped that Malaysia can become a food secure country where citizens are able to get nutritious food at affordable prices," Saifuddin said.