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August 30, 2018 4:10 AM Whistleblower Manning faces Australia speaking tour ban

SYDNEY: US whistleblower Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking classified information, is facing a ban from Australia as organisers of a speaking tour said Thursday her visa application was likely to be refused. The former soldier, freed last year after then-US president Barack Obama commuted her 35-year sentence days before he left office, was due to talk at the Sydney 8

August 27, 2018 2:01 PM China plans law against sexual harassment

BEIJING: China is planning new legislation which would ban sexual harassment and make employers responsible for preventing it, state media reported Monday. It would then go to a vote at the rubber-stamp legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC). The proposed regulations would ban sexual harassment and include a definition of what constitutes 4

August 24, 2018 8:01 AM Singapore checks illegal private hire car services

SINGAPORE: All private car owners, including Malaysians, are prohibited by law from providing taxi or chauffeured private hire car services in the republic. They need to have a Public Service Vehicle Licence to provide such services. Without the licence, they may be fined up to S$3,000 (about RM8,850) and jailed up to six months if convicted. It was reported 8

August 22, 2018 9:45 AM Anti-Muslim rant sparks backlash against AFL personality

SYDNEY: A leading Australian media personality sparked controversy Wednesday after lashing out at the nation's Muslim community, saying they "share no common interest" with the rest of the country. Sam Newman, a former Aussie Rules football player who co-hosts the popular "Footy Show" on commercial television, was reacting after two leading Muslim players 11

August 22, 2018 8:38 AM So, do we still need Chinese schools?

One of the arguments to support the continuation of Chinese schools and Chinese language education in Malaysia is because China is now one of the world’s greatest economies and for Malaysia to do business with China we must be able to speak Mandarin. Tun Daim Zainuddin went to China and he came back empty. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also went to China and he, too, came back empty 17

August 16, 2018 2:48 AM Indonesian ban on poultry from Malaysia has no impact on exporters

PETALING JAYA: Indonesia's ban on the import of fresh poultry and unprocessed products from Malaysia shipped after Aug 9 will not have any impact on Malaysian exporters, as they have not been in the market for more than a year now. According to an industry player who declined to be named, a ban on Malaysian poultry has actually been in effect since the H5N1 avian 23

August 14, 2018 7:56 AM Mahathir’s water-war with Singapore

More than 30 years ago, back in the mid-1980s, a Malaysian friend who lives in Singapore told me that if Malaysia ever cuts off the water supply to Singapore, Singaporeans will not go thirsty (like in 1941 when the Japanese did that). Singapore has enough water although they may have to ban garden hoses and the washing of cars. The reason this Malaysian-Singaporean 14

August 13, 2018 2:46 PM Malaysia-China relations have hit rock bottom, and Mahathir knows it

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has issued a stern warning to China against further militarising the South China Sea (see news item below). Speaking to The Associated Press days ahead of his visit to Beijing, the Prime Minister announced that he would seek to cancel multibillion-dollar infrastructure projects that his predecessor, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak, signed 20

August 7, 2018 10:30 AM Singapore uproar over store selling ivory jewellery

SINGAPORE: A Singapore online store selling ivory jewellery has sparked an uproar, with an animal rights group Tuesday slamming the shop for offering products made from "tortured" elephants. Ivory Lane offers earrings for Sg$160 (RM476) and necklaces for Sg$800 and insists its products are made from ivory that was obtained before 1990 when an international 16

August 3, 2018 9:13 AM Higuain signs for AC Milan as Bonucci returns to Juventus

ROME: Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday moved to AC Milan in a three-player swap deal between the seven-time European champions and Juventus that will see Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin after just a season away. Milan signed 30-year-old Higuain on a one-year loan deal worth a reported 18 million euros (RM85 million) that gives them the option 10