Malaysia joins 20 nations to set up AIIB

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 – MALAYSIA has joined 20 proposed founding member countries to set up Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with an initial authorised capital of US$50 billion (RM164 billion). One fifth of the initial US$50 billion will be paid-up, the Ministry of Finance said in a statement yesterday. Malaysia

TPPA ‘Set To Conclude This Year’

MELBOURNE, Oct 25 – Australia’s Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPPA) is starting to take shape and “should be concluded by year’s end”, the Australian Associated Press reports. The deal will send a signal about the importance of the Asia-Pacific region, especially during a time of

GST Registration At 104,504 As Of Oct 24

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 – The number of companies registering for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was at 104,504 as of Oct 24, an increase of 1,525 from the previous day, said the Royal Malaysian Customs Department. In a statement here today, it said the latest data showed an increase in

Two Dead In Washington High School Shooting

MARYSVILLE, Oct 25 – A student opened fire in the cafeteria of a high school here on Friday, killing one female student and critically injuring four other students before killing himself, according to police officials. The shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School forced hundreds of students to hide in classrooms and then, over

Girl Dies Of Ebola In Mali’s

BAMAKO, Oct 24 – A two-year-old girl died of Ebola in Mali yesterday, in the first case of the disease in the west African nation, a source in the prime minister’s office told AFP. “Unfortunately she died between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm,” said the source, adding that the girl’s death

Who Will Replace Anwar If He Goes To Jail?

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 – Pakatan Raykat’s de facto leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction involving his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan at the Federal Court on Aug 28. The big question remains on who would replace Anwar, as he faces the prospect of prison if convicted? Speaking to news portal,

PM: Maal Hijrah Inspires Spirit Of Innovation

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 25 – MALAYSIA, as a progressive Islamic nation, will always emulate the spirit of Saiyidina Umar al-Khattab’s innovative administration as the basis for the country’s transformation and development agenda, says Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The prime minister, in his Maal Hijrah message on his website,, yesterday

Weak Earthquake Hits Pulau Banggi, Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, Oct 24 – A weak earthquake, with a magnitude of 4.4 on the Richter scale, occurred at 1.40 pm Friday in Pulau Banggi, Kudat, near here, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. It said in a statement that the epicentre of the quake was 328km southwest of Palawan, Philippines, and

Suspicious Substance Reported At Canadian Consulate In Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Oct 24 – Turkish authorities are investigating a suspicious substance at the Canadian Consulate in Istanbul, and unspecified security incidents also are being investigated at two other foreign consulates in Turkey’s largest city, the country’s emergency management agency said Friday. Authorities are investigating incidents at the German and Belgian

If Any MH370 Debris Is Found, Indonesia Will Contact Us

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 24 – Any discovery of plane debris floating off Indonesian waters will shed further light on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) jetliner Flight MH370. However, Transport Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Ruhaizah Mohamed Rashid said his ministry had yet to receive any information from the Indonesian government regarding any discovery

Accused Malaysian Diplomat Deported To NZ To Face Trial

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 – The Malaysian defence envoy, Muhammad Rizalman Ismail has been deported to New Zealand to face trial for his allegations on burglary and assault charges. Rizalman, a former second warrant officer at the Malaysian High Commission in Wellington, was escorted by two New Zealand policemen and two officers

Anwar-Khairy Defamation Suit To Be Heard On May 7-8

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 24 – The High Court here has set two days, from May 7, for hearing of opposition chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s RM100 million defamation suit against Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Judicial Commissioner S.M. Komathy Suppiah fixed the date in chambers today, during which Anwar was represented

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