4 Hurt As Car Ploughs Into Penang Food Stalls

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GEORGE TOWN, May 19 –  A car ploughed into several hawker stalls at the famous roadside hawker centre along New Lane here this evening, injuring at least four people.  Videos of the aftermath that have gone viral show a woman lying on the road with blood oozing from her head.

Philippine Leader Imposes Strict Ban On Smoking

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MANILA, May 19 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order that will impose a wide-ranging ban on smoking in public, reinforcing some of the toughest anti-tobacco measures in Asia. Smoking and selling cigarettes will be banned in all enclosed public places, as well as within 100m of schools, parks

Intermediary Remanded Over Malacca Protection Money Racket Probe

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PUTRAJAYA, May 19 – A man suspected to be an intermediary was remanded today for six days to assist in the investigation into the alleged protection money racket in Malacca. Magistrate Nadia Othman issued the remand order against the 32-year-old man upon an application by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission at the Putrajaya

BNM: Financial Institutions Close 238 Suspicious Accounts

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 – Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) is taking aggressive measures to combat illegal financial schemes as part of the central bank’s zero tolerance policy on operators and investors knowingly participating in illegal financial activities. Governor Datuk Seri Muhammad Ibrahim said, as at May 2, 2017, 238 suspicious accounts were

MAHB Opens To Partnership To Add Value To Its Istanbul Unit

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SEPANG, May 19 – Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) is open to any potential partners to participate in its the wholly-owned Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG) and add value to the assets of the airport. Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said the company had already added value to the airport by

Malaysia’s Economy Grows 5.6% In First Quarter Of 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 – Malaysia’s economy recorded robust growth of 5.6% in the first quarter of this year (1Q17) against the 4.1% registered in the same quarter of 2016, boosted by strong domestic demand and private expenditure. Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) Governor Datuk Seri Muhammad Ibrahim said growth for the just

Hero’s Welcome In Pyongyang For North’s Missile Developers

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SEOUL, May 19 – Thousands of men in their Sunday best and women in colourful traditional dress lined the streets of Pyongyang to give the scientists and workers behind North Korea’s latest missile test a hero’s welcome, state media reported Friday. “People’s enthusiastic welcome for defence science warriors,” ran a front-page

Japan Cabinet Approves Bill Allowing Emperor’s Abdication

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TOKYO, May 19 – The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries. The bill will now be sent to parliament for debate and likely swift final approval, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga

Taiwan Man Arrested Over Public Beheading Of Sister

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TAIPEI, May 18 – A Taiwanese man was arrested Thursday for decapitating his sister in front of horrified neighbours, a week after another killer was jailed for beheading a three-year-old girl in the street. The brutal crimes have shocked the largely peaceful island. The 54-year-old man, identified by his family name Lin,

Govt Applies To Strike Out Anwar’s Lawsuit

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 –  The government has applied to strike out a lawsuit by former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim against his Sodomy II conviction for committing the alleged offence against his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. This was told to reporters by Anwar’s counsel, Melissa Sasidaran, after

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