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August 18, 2018 9:47 AM Former UN chief Kofi Annan dies at 80 (Updated)

GENEVA: Former United Nations Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died Saturday after a short illness at the age of 80, his foundation announced. "It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed 4

August 17, 2018 9:34 AM Islam is a political movement

Today, two million Muslims are converging on Mekah, Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi being one of them. What many, Muslims included, do not realise is that the annual pilgrimage to the Kaaba is a pre-Islamic ritual. It is older than Islam and was in existence long before Muhammad was born. And the Kaaba was home to 360 different gods. Chief amongst 5

August 6, 2018 9:03 AM The day the Special Branch threatened to charge me for being a CIA agent

When Malaysia’s Special Branch detained me together with nine others in April 2001, the official reason given was ‘terrorism’. According to what the government announced, and which was reported by the media, the ten of us were planning to start an armed insurrection and that we had imported guns, bombs and rocket launchers for this purpose. What the Special 9

July 31, 2018 4:03 PM Azmin: Khazanah to be managed by professionals, Mahathir’s appointment by convention

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite the appointment of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to the board of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the day-to-day running of the sovereign state fund will still be handled by professionals. Mohamed Azmin, who is Economic Affairs Minister, said the prime minister was reviewing a list of names that would be appointed 4

July 30, 2018 6:10 AM MCA and MIC should close shop, says Kit Siang

PETALING JAYA: MCA and MIC should close shop if their leadership dare not even say whether they want the Umno candidate Datuk Lokman Aman to win or lose in the Sungai Kandis by-election on Saturday, Lim Kit Siang said today. He said MCA should also not contest in the Balakong by-election as it had remained silent whether it would back Lokman. "Now that PAS has officially 5

July 28, 2018 10:04 AM Kit Siang on Islam and Kleptocracy

The Sungai Kandis by-election will be a crucial test whether former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has succeeded in equating Islam with kleptocracy in Malaysia, said Lim Kit Siang. The Iskandar Puteri MP said it would also be a crucial test as to whether Najib’s politics still has traction in Malaysian politics. In a previous post New (de facto) 11

July 24, 2018 10:36 AM DAP: Ramasamy will answer LTTE support claim

PETALING JAYA: DAP will seek an explanation from Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramasamy on his alleged support for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) movement. "It is better for Ramasamy to explain clearly to anyone that wants his explanation because he had taken part in a peace mission, not just in Sri Lanka but also in Aceh before joining 8

July 17, 2018 12:17 PM Najib's bank account no longer frozen: MACC

KUALA LUMPUR: The personal bank account of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak is no longer frozen, according to a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source. It said the account was no longer linked to politics or matters investigated by the authorities. "Since yesterday, Najib's account is no longer frozen because it is not linked 7

July 16, 2018 7:16 AM Catch Cohen's take on who is America

Famous for creating a roster of iconic moments and incendiary characters, Sacha Baron Cohen returns to series television for the first time in more than a decade, writing and directing Who Is America?. This seven-episode series, which has been in the works since last year, explores the diverse individuals – from the infamous to the unknown – who populate 14

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 9