Ex-minister under probe for molest

A police report was lodged against the politician on Friday night, four days after he allegedly hugged a woman at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur Sentral.

City police CID chief SAC II Ku Chin Wah confirmed the report and said they have recorded a statement from the woman who works at a cigar shop in the hotel.

"We have also contacted the accused. He is currently out of the country but he has been informed that we want to question him," Ku said.

Via NST.com.my 

Now, this might sound awkward, but why did it take the lady 4 days before she filed for a report at the police station? Does anyone else find that weird?

At the same time I would have to say that the ex-minister is also weird, in what galaxy did it require him to hug the lady in the cigar shop? Was it Free Hugs day 4 days ago?

Or probably someone should have informed the ex-minister of the venue and date of the Free Hugs Day. 

Kah Choon: Let me focus on my job

Datuk Lee Kah Choon has thumbed his nose at the Gerakan leadership by shrugging off party adviser Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik's terse comments about him. Lee said his decision to accept the offer by the DAP-Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)-led state government to helm two top agencies in Penang had nothing to do with politics.

Stressing that he was still a loyal Gerakan member and had no intentions of leaving the party, Lee said: "My political background and my appointments are two totally different things.

"I hope Gerakan will not link them," he said at his new office in InvestPenang yesterday.

Lee said as far as he was concerned, there were many things that needed to be done and he needed to focus on his new job. "I want to concentrate on another phase of my life. "This is something new, something I like and, at the same time, something which still enables me to help others."

Lee said this when asked to comment on Dr Lim's comments about his appointment as director of Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and investPenang by the state government.

Khir and Muhammad trade barbs in cyberspace

Both Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib are using their blogs to counter each other's accusations.

Dr Khir said he accepted the view of Muhammad (now Rural and Regional Development Minister) that he was responsible for the BN's defeat in Selangor.

But he also reminded Muhammad that the coalition also lost in Penang, Perak, and Kedah.

Dr Khir said he could also blame Umno division heads in the state for failing to defend both state and parliamentary seats.

Muhammad, who took over as state Umno and BN chief from Dr. Khir after the defeat, is the Kelana Jaya Umno division head.

BN lost the Kelana Jaya parliamentary and two state seats, Subang Jaya and Seri Setia, in the March 8 general election.

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Dr M: Weapon producers are the greatest threat to the world

"The cost of these weapons have escalated greatly and they do not give any returns of investment, nor can they contribute anything to a society at peace.

"This fact drives the countries producing these weapons to seek war. Then these weapons can actually be used," he said in his keynote address at the 1st International Conference by the Centre for Defence Information Studies in Havana, Cuba yesterday.

His speech text titled "Security Problems in Asia and Their Possible Impact on World Stability" was faxed to Bernama here.

Dr Mahathir said in order to get a return on their investments, the producers had aggressively promoted the sale of weapons, and the countries that were persuaded to equip their armed forces with these weapons had to incur huge expenditures.

"The people who sell arms are in fact the people who create insecurity," he said.

Dr Mahathir said war was no longer an option in the settlement of conflicts between nations since the capacity of modern weapons to inflict death and destruction was so enormous.

"Additionally, war has become prohibitively costly. Even the United States, rich as it is said to be, is now practically penniless because of the war in Iraq."

Touching on Asia, Dr Mahathir said apart from the fighting in West Asia, the rest of Asia had been a peaceful region.

Continue reading over at NST.com.my

Come to think of it, it's very true how weapons and so-called "defense" equipment are costly, and yet there is no real return on investment on them.

If only everyone agreed to take a peaceful solution towards every issue, then weapon producers would cease to exist and that would also bring about the increase in intellectual discourse amongst our leaders which will greatly benefit every nation on Earth.

Police hunt for thieves still on

The suspects had escaped a raiding police team in Seremban at 3am yesterday. Police tracked them to Kampung Ayer Salak here. One of the suspects is believed to be hurt.

"No suspects have been caught, but the hunt will continue," said Malacca Tengah police chief ACP Johari Yahya.

Via NST.com.my 

The hunt should definitely continue as police should never be caught resting on their laurels while thieves and other threats to peace and security have not been removed from society. 

Thieves behind blackout in Sabah

Metal thieves blacked out almost the entire state of Sabah on Monday – for a take of merely RM40.

This is hilarious as petty thieves, believe it or not, caused the blackout in Sabah as they removed steel pieces as quoted in my article on TheStar, meaning that the thieves stole the nuts and bolts off a 132kV transmission tower that led to its collapse, triggering a major power blackout lasting nearly six hours from 6.41pm and affecting 300,000 consumers.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd managing director Bahrain Din told a press conference yesterday that 20 pieces of steel holding the tower at Suang Parai area here had been removed.

"They could probably get about RM40 in scrap value but they caused huge losses and inconvenience to the people of Sabah," Bahrain said adding that the tower cost RM400,000 to build. Economic losses caused by the six-hour blackout would be even bigger.

Continue reading over at TheStar.com.my 

Dr. M: Asians prefer the security

The world need not feel insecure about Asia because the region's members prefer the security that is guaranteed by economic development, said Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

It was not Asian countries that made the West feel insecure, but the West, he said in his address titled Security problems in Asia and their possible impact on world stability at the First International Conference by the Centre for Defence Information Studies in Havana, Cuba, on Monday.

Asians believed that promoting a prosper-thy-neighbor policy would help to reduce problems from coming into their own countries, he said, adding that Asian powers had not indulged in military adventures for a long time.

However, the United States has been telling Asian countries that they have a serious security problem, he added.

Dr. Mahathir said the United States had convinced Japan and Korea that China was a threat to their security.

Continue reading over at TheStar.com.my  

Technician killed in TNB tower collapse

A Tenaga Nasional Berhad technician died and four were seriously injured when an electrical transmission tower they were working on collapsed in Kampung Suang Parai, near here yesterday.

The dead man was identified as Mohd Hairrisham Mohamad, 26. The injured were Vijaya Kumar Velayutham, Hamran Mohamad, Adnan Hassan, and Khairul Azman Che Soh.

One of the four is in critical condition and is being warded at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The others were treated at the Likas Hospital.

"The five technicians were among 34 at the site. They were in the process of rewiring cables when the tower collapsed at 10.20am," said district police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Sofi Zakaria.

The 35-meter aluminum alloy tower borrowed by Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) from parent company TNB was a temporary replacement for one that collapsed after thieves stole pieces of its steel parts.

Continue reading the story and watch TV3's scoop at NST.com.my

Record 13 million television viewers to watch Euro 2008

The country's leading media network, Media Prima Berhad (MPB), is expecting 13 million viewers for Euro 2008 in June." In 2004, we reached approximately 10 million viewers through the TV3 channel, so this year we are targeting more since it's also telecast through NTV7," said MPB International chief executive officer and group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Ahmad Farid Ridzuan.

MPB announced that Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad and TM Group would be the official TV and online sponsorship for the world's most prestigious football event of the year.

The sponsorship agreement was signed at Celcom Tower yesterday. There will be an alive and deferred telecast of the games, which will be held in Austria and Switzerland from June 7 to 29, on MPB TV stations.

Along with the sponsorship, Celcom chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly said the company would organize various activities and offer Euro 2008 mobile content at the new mobile content channel, Channel X.

"As a brand that is synonymous with football, we are excited to be able to bring the games to die-hard fans here who are looking forward to watching the best players in the world," he said.

On TM's involvement, the company's Integrated Marketing Division vice-president Zainab Hashim said that as the online partner, TM would provide free live streaming of the matches via the online video content portal, pp.tv.

Continued at NST.com.my 

Prostitutes' clients to face charges

Starting today, Dang Wangi police will not only crackdown on vice syndicates but also on clients of prostitutes.

They will be hauled to court and will face the same charges as members of vice syndicates.

Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman said yesterday that those who sought the services of prostitutes would be charged with involvement in vice activities.

Clients and vice syndicate members who are Muslim will also face charges in the Syariah court for having illicit sex.

"They will be handed over to the Federal Territory Religious Department when we have completed our investigations."

Mohd Zulkarnain has pledged zero vice activities in the district following the arrest of 51 foreign women, believed to be prostitutes, yesterday.

Continued at NST.com.my