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KUALA LUMPUR – A director of a company supplying aluminium products pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to making false declaration regarding the status of his company, eight years ago.

Tey Teck Chin, 42, a director of Syarikat Weng Sieng Aluminium Sdn Bhd is alleged to have made the false declaration regarding the actual status of his company that did not have any asset or liability at the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) at Level 2, 10-17, Putra Place, 100 Jalan Putra, here on May 31, 2008.

He was charged under Section 364(2) of the Companies Act 1965 which provides for a jail term of up to 10 years or a maximum fine of RM250,000 or both, upon conviction.

Judge Harmi Thamri Mohamed @ Shaharuddin allowed the accused bail of RM5,000 with one surety and fixed April 17 for remention of the case for presentation of documents and for the accused to appoint a lawyer. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – In their attempt to have a better outing at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, the national table tennis squad is set to resume their last phase of training and preparation in China.

Table Tennis Association of Malaysia (TTAM) honorary secretary Chan Foong Keong said the squad comprising five male and five female paddlers, together with two coaches would return to the Great Wall country on June 3.

“The paddlers just returned home after more than a month of intensive training in Beijing (men’s) and Chenjin (women’s) in China. They showed improvement. They will resume training till the end of July or early August.

“We (TTAM) always work together with the Malaysian Olympic Council and Malaysian SEA Games Organising Committee to ensure the table tennis events in the SEA Games are well organised,” said Chan when met at the inaugural T2 Asia Pacific Table Tennis (T2APAC) League community event here today.

Before the China stint, the national paddlers will participate at the Thailand Open in Bangkok and International Table Tennis Federation’s (ITTF) Asian Championship from April 9-16 at Wuxi, China.

Two years ago at the Singapore SEA Games, Malaysia bagged a silver medal through Ng Sock Khim in the women’s singles and three bronze through men’s team, women’s doubles and women’s team events.

Among the paddlers from the last edition to continue their medal hunt are Muhd Shakirin Ibrahim and Leong Chee Feng in men’s category, while Sock Khim and Ho Ying would be feature in women’s category.

Chan said the final list of paddlers representing the country would be confirmed after the meeting with the SEA Games Selection Committee on Friday, which would also discuss plans for the final phase of the ‘Kita Juara’ programme.

Earlier, 25 paddlers, all aged 12, from few local schools had a lifetime opportunity to meet, mingle and spar with some of the world’s best paddlers, including the world No. 39 men’s paddler, Paul Drinkhall of England.

Women’s world No. 5 Cheng I-Ching of Taiwan, Swedish Matilda Ekholm (No. 20) and Hungarian Georgina Pita (No. 31) were also present at the promotional event for the T2APAC League to kick off this June.

“We are still in the discussion stage to include Malaysian paddlers in the league, as well as to become the host, but are waiting for further information from the organisers,” said Chan. – BERNAMA

MELAKA – A police sergeant at the Narcotic Criminal Investigation of the Alor Gajah District Police headquarters pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to three counts of corruption.

Rasyidah Onn, 26, was alleged to have solicited and received bribes, totalling RM18,500, from one Ahmad Firdaose Ramlan as an inducement for her to not take action against his brother and three others for alleged possession of ketum water.

For the first and second charge, for allegedly receiving RM6,000 and soliciting RM6,500, respectively, she was alleged to have committed the offences through telephone calls at the Melaka Office of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at 11.13 am and 2.27 pm, respectively, on March 16 this year.

On the third count, Rasyidah was charged with obtaining RM6,000 from the man at Pizza Hut Delivery, KM 15-1, Ground Floor, Jalan Perniagaan Jelatang 1, Jelatang Business Centre, Alor Gajah near here, at 4.35 pm the same day.

All the charges were made under Section 17(a) of the MACC Act and punishable under Section 24 (1) of the same law.

Judge Meor Sulaiman Ahmad Tarmizi allowed her bail of RM9,000 in one surety for all charges and set April 27 for mention.

Prosecuting officer from MACC Ong Cheng Hian prosecuted, while lawyer James S. Thanjong Tuan (Rpt:Thanjong Tuan) represented Rasyidah. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Malay reserve land is estimated to cover four million hectares nationwide as of October last year, an increase of 10 per cent from 2008.

Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri said the total acreage was sourced through the Peninsular Malaysia Malay Reserve Data Management Steering Committee.

“However, the committee was now in the midst of collecting more precise data on these reserve land from the state governments,” he said when replying to Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah) on the total acreage of Malay reserve land that remained.

Replying to a supplementary question from Ikmal Hisham who asked about the government’s efforts to develop Malay reserve land, he said, the government was always striving towards that direction.

However, Hamim said it depended on the potential and condition of the reserve land such as acreage, position and whether there were overlapping claims.

“Assistance provided by the government is always open and the closest example is the land on complicated lots such as in Kampung Baru,” he added. – BERNAMA

SEREMBAN – Negeri Sembilan striker Bruno Suzuki was named the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM)-asiana.my player of the month for February 2017.

The Brazilian-born player who grew up in Japan received the highest vote, totalling 1,689, defeating four other candidates, namely Shahrel Fikri of PKNP FC (1,081 votes), Lutfulla Turaev of Terengganu FA (354 votes), Dimitri Bodric of MISC-MIFA (137 Votes) and Dao Bakary of PDRM FA (11 votes).
    
Bruno received a cash prize of RM500, contributed by 139 associates and MVP Sports Agency; a trophy contributed by Ideasia, sports merchandise voucher worth RM500 from Kobert and a picture and frame courtesy of Asiana.my

“I am pleased to have won this award for the first time and certainly this will spur me to play better for my team.

“This success is dedicated to the management team and teammates for their cooperation on the field, not forgetting the Negeri Sembilan supporters who voted for me,” he said after receiving the award here, today.

The award was presented by PFA Malaysia president Hairuddin Omar, deputy president Rezal Zambery Yahya and chief executive officer Izham Ismail.

Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan coach Mohd Asri Ninggal said the award would also boost the team’s confidence ahead of their match against Sabah on Saturday.

“This is the first time the Negeri Sembilan team has received such an award, and although Bruno won it, but as he just said, the trophy he won was due to a collective effort by all the players.

“It’s a morale boost for the players and I think the other players also feel they can win the award like Bruno in the coming months,” he said.

On the team’s preparation for the game against Sabah, Mohd Asri said he would make sure his players stayed focused and executed the game plan accordingly.

“I feel Sabah would also be preparing very well because they want to bounce back from their defeat in the first round,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – The Child Sexual Offences Bill 2017, aimed to provide more bite in child protection law and ensure the welfare of children, was tabled in Parliament today for the first reading.

The Bill tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said offers key provisions in the proposed new law to include a section on child grooming, making it an offence to “sexually communicate”, or “meet a child for sexual purposes or involved in physical sexual assault.

Those found involved in child porn – making, possessing and distributing any material with sexually explicit conducts – face a maximum 30 years jail and maximum 6 strokes of the rotan.

Under the new provisions tabled, an individual is deemed to have sexually assaulted a child for sexual purposes if he or she touches any part of the body of the child, or makes the child touch any part of the person’s body or other person’s body, or makes a child touch any part of their own body.

For such offences, the Bill under Section 15, provides a maximum penalty of 20 years jail and whipping.

Individuals involved in physical and non-physical assaults, including verbal and visual sexual offences face a maximum 10-year jail sentence or RM20,000 fine or both.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said the government would not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse of children and would strive to eliminate these heinous crimes.

Statistics of the Social Welfare Department revealed that 5,779 child sexual abuse cases were recorded between 2010 and 2015, with an average of 963 cases in a year, he had said.

Police statistics showed that 2,759 cases of rape, 412 cases of incest, 1,423 cases of molest and 422 cases of unnatural sex involving children under 18 were reported in 2015 and 2016.

Azalina during a press conference said MPs from both political divide showed a rare stance of unity and commitment in the fight against child sexual offences.

She said the Bill had received the support of 115 MPs, including those from the opposition.

Also present were Women, Family and Community Development minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, Kuala Kangsar MP Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. – BERNAMA

PUTRAJAYA – French carmaker, Peugeot, is in serious talks with Malaysia’s Proton Holdings Bhd on possible partnership, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“It is not concluded yet but that’s something which could be a possibility,” Najib said at a joint press conference with visiting French President Francois Hollande at Perdana Putra here today.

The state visit of Hollande, who arrived in Malaysia yesterday, is part of the president’s first visit to ASEAN which would include Singapore and Indonesia.

In February, it was reported that Peugeot has submitted a bid to buy a stake in Proton.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said both leaders also held talks on bilateral trade investment between both countries, which stood at RM15.2 billion and France was the 18th largest trade partner for Malaysia.

“Trade is very much in favour of France because of the large amount of capital equipment that Malaysia purchases yearly like aeroplanes, ships and defence- and security-related equipment,” he said.

Najib said Malaysia was aware that French companies played a big part and contributions with 60,000 Malaysians employed in French-based companies in Malaysia such as STMicroelectronics, Lafarge and Technip.

On the importance of the palm oil industry, Najib thanked Hollande for not agreeing to the Bill to tax Malaysian palm oil and said this was an encouragement to Malaysia.

Najib said he and Hollande also talked about the importance of palm oil industry, as over 600,000 people depended on it, saying that palm oil was developed on sustainable basis in Malaysia.

“And we (Malaysia) will make sure that it is environmentally-friendly and ensure a balanced development in this country because many people depend on palm oil as a source of livelihood.

“We are also developing our Malaysian standards, and we hope they can be accepted by European Union or France … that is a great help to us,” he added.

Last year, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, was quoted as saying that Malaysia, a major palm oil producer, would try and persuade France not to increase the duties on Malaysian palm oil which currently attracted 21 per cent import tax.

Najib said the bilateral meeting also discussed cooperation in tourism and human capital development and international and regional issues.

“All in all, it has been a productive discussion with Hollande and I’m confident with his visit will definitely strengthen and deepen our already close ties,” he said. – BERNAMA

KUCHING – The Sarawak state government under its new Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg continues to stand firm in opposing the hudud law from coming to Sarawak.

“I want to make it clear that hudud is not applicable to Sarawak and I share the same stand made by the late Tok Nan (Sarawak former chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem).

“We are having the same stand but this bill is Syariah and not hudud. But even it is Syariah we expressed our concern because the penalty emitted from this bill to me is discriminatory between Muslims and non Muslims under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution so that is my concern and I am expressing my concern on that,” he said.

He told reporters this after witnessing a Memorandum of Understanding between Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sarawak Forestry Corporation here today.

Asked whether Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in Sarawak should vote for the proposed amendment to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (also known as Act 355), he said it would depend on the outcome of the recent meeting between the Prime Minister and BN component leaders .

Abang Johari said he only attended the first meeting but was in China during the second meeting and delegated it to his deputy Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah to attend the second meeting. – BERNAMA

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PUTRAJAYA – The Court of Appeal today declared that the Volunteer Patrol Team (PPS) was lawfully established by the Penang state government.

A panel of three judges led by Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, in allowing the state government’s appeal, set aside the Penang High Court’s decision which held that PPS was illegal.

As such, the panel granted a certiorari order to the state government to quash an order made by the Home Minister on Nov 3, 2014, in declaring PPS as an unlawful organisation.

Justice Tengku Maimun, who presided with Justices Datuk Kamardin Hashim and Datuk Mary Lim Thiam Suan, in their unanimous decision also gave a order sought by the state government to declare that PPS is not a society under the Societies Act 1965.

She also gave a mandamus order compelling the respondents to return the vests, equipment, seals, insignia, arms and documents which were seized from PPS.

On Nov 22, last year, the High Court in Penang dismissed the state government’s judicial review, ruling that the PPS was unlawful because it was not registered under the Societies Act.

The Penang government had on Jan 27, 2015, filed a judicial review to challenge the Home Ministry’s order in declaring the PPS as an illegal organisation.

It named the Home Minister, Inspector-General of Police and the Malaysian Government as respondents in the judicial review application.

PPS was formed in 2011 by the Penang state executive council, with the objective to assist the state government to combat crime, and to provide welfare, public safety and convenience to Penang residence.

It’s members were volunteers.

Lawyers Tommy Thomas and S. Ambiga represented the Penang state government, while senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan appeared or the respondents.

Shamsul told reporters that he would seek instructions on whether to bring the matter up to the Federal Court. – BERNAMA

KUBANG PASU – Malaysia is prepared to be the hub for maintenance of A400M aircraft in Southeast Asia, said Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum.

He said this was possible with Malaysia being the first country in Asia to buy the aircraft from its manufacturer, Airbus, which is based in France.

“We have the necessary infrastructure, for example, we have two large hangars in the region and I was informed by Airbus, there is no other country with a hangar like Malaysia,” he told reporters here today.

He was responding to a statement by Airbus president for Asia Pacific, Pierre Jaffre, who said that Airbus was considering the proposal to make Malaysia a hub for maintenance of the A400M aircraft series.

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has ordered four Airbus A400 military transport aircraft, which is the world’s most versatile and technology advanced airlifter, with the last aircraft delivered early last month.

Besides Malaysia, other countries which have the A400M aircraft are France, Germany, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Mohd Johari was met by reporters after visiting residents who were affected by a storm which hit residents in Kampung Gelong Rambai, Mukim Jeram, Tunjang, yesterday.

During the visit, he presented cash aid to seven families whose houses were damaged in the storm. – BERNAMA