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July 18, 2018 11:05 AM Sarawak assembly to appeal court decision on Pujut assemblyman

KUCHING: The Sarawak Legislative Assembly today approved a motion for it apply for leave to appeal to the Federal Court against a Court of Appeal decision upholding a High Court judgment reinstating Dr Ting Tiong Choon as the rightful Pujut assemblyman. Sixty-eight assemblymen voted for and seven against the motion which was tabled by Minister for Tourism 4

July 18, 2018 3:08 AM Mexico's next government to weigh legalising drugs

MEXICO CITY: Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalising drugs in a bid to curb violent crime, she said Tuesday. Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause when she made the comment at a university 3

July 17, 2018 10:11 AM Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim is new Chief Judge of Malaya

PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim was today sworn in as Chief Judge of Malaya — the second female to be appointed to the position. Her appointment follows the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V on July 11, under advise from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and after convening with the Council of Rulers. When asked by the media 4

July 16, 2018 10:24 AM Tian Chua withdraws appeal to challenge disqualification from contesting in GE14

PUTRAJAYA: PKR vice-president Tian Chua (pix) has withdrawn his appeal to challenge his disqualification from contesting in the 14th general election (GE14). "We still want his status to be declared (so that) if there was a by-election or if he was nominated into the Dewan Negara, we do not want this same thiing to happen again," he said. Tian Chua's 5

July 16, 2018 7:56 AM Retired judge as Dewan Rakyat Speaker for parliamentary reform: PMO

KUALA LUMPUR: The election of retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof as the new Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat is one of the efforts to bring about parliamentary reform, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said today. It said in a statement that improvements to Parliament were a priority of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. There had been extensive 4

July 16, 2018 3:25 AM Retired judge Mohamad Ariff new Dewan Rakyat speaker

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof took his oath of office as the ninth Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat today. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad proposed the nomination of Mohamad Ariff as soon as the Dewan Rakyat sitting began at 10am. The nomination was seconded by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah 5

July 16, 2018 3:01 AM Opposition MPs stage walkout as Speaker announced

KUALA LUMPUR: The first day of the Dewan Rakyat was marred by controversy as Barisan Nasional (BN) and PAS MPs walked out as former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof was being sworn in as speaker. The mass walkout led by opposition leader Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took place just moments after Mohamad Ariff stepped into the dewan 11

July 15, 2018 7:22 AM PH's choice for Dewan Rakyat Speaker has vast experience in law

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, who is the Pakatan Harapan's choice for the ninth Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, is well versed in commercial law, banking, securities, arbitration, constitutional and administrative law. Mohamad Ariff, 69, from Sungai Petani, Kedah, graduated with a Bachelor of Law from University 5

July 13, 2018 12:28 PM Judiciary figures appointments based on merit

PUTRAJAYA: The appointments of the top three figure in the judiciary is based on their qualifications, as well as their experiences without the influence of any political sentiments, according to Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong. He said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had not exerted influence in the appointment 6

July 13, 2018 7:58 AM Man gets six years, whipping for snatching gold necklace

KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court today sentenced a scrap yard worker to six years jail and two strokes of the cane after finding him guilty of robbing a housewife of her gold necklace. Judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah passed the sentence on P.Mathiselvan, 48, saying the defence had failed to raise a reasonable doubt. The court also ordered the man to serve 7