Bertaubatlah siapa yang fitnah saya – Kamalanathan


CYBERJAYA – Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan, Datuk P. Kamalanathan bertindak membuat satu laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) berhubung fitnah salah guna kuasa dan penyelewengan terhadap dirinya.

Menyangkal dakwaan itu, Kamalanathan yang juga pimpinan MIC Pusat berkata, fitnah melulu yang dibuat ke atasnya itu didakwa datangnya daripada seorang pengguna Facebook yang menggunakan nama TMM 2.0 extra.

“Tuduhan ini adalah sesuatu yang amat menjijikkan, bertaubatlah pada sesiapa yang membuat tuduhan ini.

“Saya hanya dilantik sebagai Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan pada 16 Mei 2013 iaitu tiga bulan selepas pelantikan syarikat berkenaan oleh Kementerian Kewangan, bagaimana pula boleh timbul saya yang menganugerahkan pelantikan itu, sedangkan ia bukan di bawah bidang kuasa saya?” soalnya hari ini.

Tuduhan itu mendakwa beliau menyalahgunakan kuasa selaku timbalan menteri dan melakukan penyelewengan dengan bersubahat dalam pelantikan syarikat kontraktor membabitkan 39 projek pembinaan Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil  menerusi Pakej Rangsangan Khas 2012.

Jelasnya lagi, projek itu berjumlah RM100 juta dalam Pakej Rangsangan Khas yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak pada perbentangan Bajet 2012. -theRakyat.



Source link

read more

Pengecualian cukai eksport akan meningkatkan eksport FGV


KUALA LUMPUR: KUALA LUMPUR: Tindakan kerajaan untuk mengecualikan cukai eksport minyak sawit mentah (MSM) untuk tempoh tiga bulan dijangka memberi faedah kepada syarikat perladangan yang mempunyai operasi besar dalam sektor huluan dan mengukuhkan harga komoditi berkenaan pada suku pertama tahun ini.

Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan FGV, Dato’ Zakaria Arshad berkata, pemain industri berhadapan dengan isu stok MSM yang tinggi dan pengukuhan Ringgit yang menekan harga MSM kepada sekitar RM2,500 per MT.

“Tindakan kerajaan untuk melaksanakan pengecualian cukai eksport adalah tepat pada masanya dan merupakan cara yang berkesan untuk mengurangkan stok MSM berikutan permintaan tinggi dari China sempena sambutan Tahun Baru Cina yang akan datang” .

“Dengan perkembangan ini, kami ( FGV ) menjangkakan peningkatan permintaan kira-kira 30-50 peratus dalam jumlah eksport daripada negara pengimport utama seperti India, Pakistan, China dan Eropah.  Ini juga membolehkan kami meningkatkan bekalan ke kilang penapisan usaha sama kami di Pakistan pada harga yang lebih kompetitif” ujar beliau.

Dato’ Zakaria berkata, berdasarkan keadaan ini, FGV menjangkakan purata harga MSM bagi suku pertama 2018 akan meningkat sedikit dan didagangkan pada sekitar RM2,650 per MT hingga RM2,750 per MT.

Sementara itu, mengulas mengenai prestasi keseluruhan tahun 2017, Dato’ Zakaria berkata, operasi perniagaan teras FGV telah mencatatkan prestasi yang baik dengan pertumbuhan positif pengeluaran buah tandan segar (BTS) berbanding tahun 2016.

“Untuk tahun 2018, kami tetap komited dalam melaksanakan Pelan Strategik 2020 (SP20) dengan prestasi perniagaan teras yang lebih baik, memperkukuh kedudukan kewangan, meningkatkan tadbir urus dalam semua sektor dan budaya prestasi tinggi yang akan memberikan nilai berterusan kepada para pemegang saham,” jelasnya.



Source link

read more

Iran has foiled plot to use protests to overthrow system Khamenei



BEIRUT: Iran has foiled attempts by its foreign enemies to turn legitimate protests into an insurgency to overthrow the Islamic Republic, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday.

Comments on his Twitter feed and in Iranian media underscored the establishment’s confidence that it has extinguished the unrest that spread to more than 80 cities in which at least 22 people died since late December.

“Once again, the nation tells the U.S., Britain, and those who seek to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran from abroad that ‘you’ve failed, and you will fail in the future, too.'” Khamenei tweeted.

The Revolutionary Guards, the military force loyal to Khamenei, said on Sunday security forces had put an end to the unrest that it said had been whipped up by foreign enemies.

At least 1,000 people have been arrested in the biggest anti-government protests for nearly a decade, with the judiciary saying ringleaders could face the death penalty.

Khamenei said U.S. President Donald Trump was grandstanding when he tweeted support for protesters he said were trying “to take back their corrupt government” and promising “great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”

The Iranian leader tweeted: “… this man who sits at the head of the White House – although, he seems to be a very unstable man – he must realize that these extreme and psychotic episodes won’t be left without a response.”

As well as Washington and London, Khamenei blamed the violence on Israel, exiled dissident group People’s Mujahedin of Iran and “a wealthy government” in the Gulf, a reference to Iran’s regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

In a rare public appearance, the head of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad said the protests were due to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s failure to improve people’s economic or social circumstances, but he said they were unlikely to overthrow the establishment.

“In Iran too, we have eyes and ears,” Yossi Cohen told a Finance Ministry conference in Jerusalem.

“One shouldn’t develop high hopes, though I would be happy to see a meaningful revolution,” he added.

Khamenei has called the protests – which were initially about the economy but soon turned political – “playing with fireworks”, but he said citizens had a right to air legitimate concerns, a rare concession by a leader who usually voices clear support for security crackdowns.

“These concerns must be addressed. We must listen, we must hear. We must provide answers within our means,” Khamenei was quoted as saying, hinting that not only the government of Rouhani, but his own clerical leadership must also respond.

“I’m not saying that they must follow up. I am also responsible. All of us must follow up,” Khamenei said.



Source link

read more

Bursa rally continues | Merdeka Online


bursamalaysia_cropped.transformed_35

MO,9/1/2018, PETALING JAYA: Malaysian stocks continued to rally on sustained buying interest, driven by an upcoming general election (GE) in the country and the strengthening of the ringgit. Gains in the local equity market were also seen to be a result of the spillover effects from the strong performance of US Wall Street last Friday amid a slew of positive economic data.

The key benchmark FBM KLCI rose 14.18 points to close at 1,832.15 yesterday. This means the FBM KLCI has gained about 2% since the start of 2018. Overall market breadth on Bursa Malaysia was positive, with gainers outnumbering losers by 853 to 312 and 327 counters remaining unchanged, 292 untraded and 31 suspended.

Turnover stood at 6.97 billion shares worth RM4.59bil. The trading volume was the second highest ever on record. The highest was 7.669 billion shares done on Aug 20, 2014. The ringgit, on the other hand, continued to strengthen against major currencies, appreciating 0.05% against the US dollar to be quoted at around 3.996 yesterday.

Interestingly, the strengthening of the ringgit saw the local unit breaching below the psychological 3.00-level against the Singapore dollar during intra-day trading yesterday. At the close, the ringgit was quoted at around 3.001 against the Singapore dollar after appreciating 0.42% against the neighbouring currency.

A broker told StarBiz that fund managers could be looking to rotate into equity markets that are playing catch-up, such as Malaysia, which is trailing the MSCI Emerging Markets Index by a very wide margin. “There is optimism on Malaysian stocks, as fund managers expect the local equity market to play catch-up this year after having underperformed its regional peers in 2017,” the broker with a local bank said.

“There are also other factors that are driving investor interest in Malaysian equities. These include an upcoming GE, whereby investors expect government-linked stocks in particular to outperform; the strengthening of the ringgit that is encouraging fund inflows; as well as stronger oil prices, which would benefit Malaysia’s economy,” he explained.

The 14th GE (GE14), which has to be held by August, is widely expected to take place between March and April. The ruling coalition Barisan Nasional is expected to win the GE14.

Separately, an analyst said the Malaysian equity market was also benefiting from the positive market outlook globally. “Globally, equity markets have been on a roll since the beginning of the year, thanks to the slew of positive economic data,” the analyst with a local brokerage said.

“Gains in the FBM KLCI are reflective of the global equity market trend… the US Dow Jones, for instance, has been breaking record after record since US President Donald Trump took office. Last week, the index zoomed above 25,000 points; this will certainly have a positive impact on equity markets in our region,” he explained.

Meanwhile, analysts have turned increasingly positive on the ringgit due to a confluence of domestic and external factors. On the external front, a synchronised monetary policy normalisation in advanced economies is expected to keep the US dollar at a subdued level, while firmer oil prices could provide a further catalyst to the ringgit’s strength.

Domestically, expectations that Bank Negara will increase interest rates soon have attracted fund inflows and boosted the ringgit amid a robust domestic economy. RHB Research Institute, for one, expected the ringgit to strengthen gradually to 3.95 against the US dollar at the end of 2018 from 4.062 as at end-2017.

AmBank Research also expects the ringgit to strengthen to 3.95 by end-2018 in a base-case scenario. In the best-case scenario, the brokerage said the local unit could rise to 3.76 against the greenback. Its full-year average outlook for the ringgit-to-US-dollar exchange rate is 4.00–4.02, as its base case and best case would be at the 3.80–3.82 levels.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to be between 5% and 5.5% in 2018. The country’s GDP growth in 2017 would likely be in the upper end of the official target of 5.2%-5.7%, or even exceed that following the first three consecutive quarters of impressive growth.

Led by the bullish outlook, foreign investors have been pumping liquidity into stocks listed on Bursa since the first week of 2018.

In its weekly fund flow report, MIDF Research said investors had mopped up RM915.1mil net of local equities last week, the biggest weekly net inflow recorded since March 2017.

The rebound in oil prices contributed to sustaining investor interest in local equities.

Crude oil on the international benchmark Brent traded at around US$67.50 (RM270.60) per barrel yesterday, compared with US$48.36 a barrel just six months ago.

Oil and gas-related counters were among the most actively traded stocks in the local bourse yesterday, with  Sapura Energy  gaining 16.5 sen to close at 97.5 sen, UMW Oil & Gas Corp Bhd up 4.5 sen to 45.5 sen and KNM Group Bhd up three sen to 29 sen. Among the heavyweights, the top gainers included Petronas Gas Bhd , up 84 sen to RM19.20; Petronas Dagangan , up 46 sen to RM25.16; and Hong Leong Bank Bhd, up 40 sen to RM17.60. Top heavyweight losers are Genting Bhd , down 12 sen to RM9.50; Genting Malaysia Bhd , down two sen to RM5.78; and Digi.Com Bhd, down two sen to RM4.87.

–TheStar



Source link

read more

Zidane sedar jawatannya tidak selamat


JURULATIH Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, berasakan pencapaiannya sebagai pemain tidak akan menawarkan perlindungan kepadanya bersama gergasi LaLiga itu kerana percaya dia tidak akan berada di kelab itu dalam tempoh 10 tahun.

Zidane — membimbing Madrid untuk meraih dua gelaran Liga Juara-Juara (UCL) dan satu gelaran LaLiga — kini berada di bawah tekanan di Santiago Bernabeu selepas Madrid tercicir 16 mata di belakang pendahulu, Barcelona, berikutan hanya memenangi sembilan daripada 17 perlawanan liga.

Zidane, yang telah bertanggungjawab sejak Januari 2016, faham dia memiliki tempoh yang terhad untuk menerajui Madrid.

“Zinedine Zidane bukan lagi pemain di Real Madrid, Zidane tidak lagi wujud,” katanya kepada France Football.

“Kini, Zinedine Zidane menjadi jurulatih untuk mengukuhkan kerjaya. Saya tidak dilindungi oleh apa yang saya lakukan sebagai pemain di kelab ini.

“Saya tahu bahawa suatu hari nanti, tempoh saya (sebagai jurulatih) akan berakhir di Real Madrid, jadi saya mahu memanfaatkannya dan melakukan segala yang terdaya untuk berjaya.

“Saya berkata kepada diri sendiri, ‘jika saya mempunyai 10 hari lagi di sini, maka saya akan menjalani 10 hari ini secara maksimum, jika enam bulan, saya akan menempuhi enam bulan ini secara maksimum’. Saya tidak fikir melangkaui tempoh itu.

“Saya tahu saya tidak akan kekal selama 10 tahun,” katanya.

Madrid masih belum menemui rentak terbaik musim ini apabila gagal memenangi tiga daripada empat perlawanan terakhir liga untuk menduduki tangga keempat LaLiga.

Begitupun, Zidane — memenangi LaLiga dan UCL sebagai pemain Los Blancos — berkata keupayaannya untuk mengabaikan tekanan luar adalah penting.

“Tekanan luar tidak menjejaskan saya, saya telah memasang perisai di sekeliling saya, tiada apa yang boleh mengganggu saya,” katanya.

“Saya mempunyai banyak tanggungjawab (sebagai jurulatih Real Madrid), namun sebaik saya pulang ke rumah, saya tidak pasti berapa ramai jurulatih yang dapat mengetepikan fikiran mereka daripada tugasan, namun saya memiliki keupayaan itu.

“Saya pulang dan saya menikmati waktu bersama isteri atau anak-anak dan saya akan keluar menonton pertunjukan atau makan malam. Saya mengelak daripada kerja kerana itu penting,” katanya lagi.



Source link

read more

Selepas hampir 10 tahun sukar untuk saya – Fedi Nuril



PELAKON terkenal Indonesia, Fedi Nuril mengakui sukar untuknya menghidupkan watak Fahri dalam filem Ayat Ayat Cinta 2.

Filem tersebut merupakan sekuel untuk filem Ayat Ayat Cinta yang mencipta sukses di pawagam Indonesia dan Malaysia pada 2008.

“Selepas hampir 10 tahun, saya harus menghidupkan semula watak Fahri. Sukar untuk saya membentuk karakter Fahri selepas sekian lama.

“Di filem pertama, saya masih bergelar pelajar. Kini, segalanya sudah berubah. Fahri bergelar ahli perniagaan dan pensyarah.

“Saya membawa watak ke satu tahap lain, tetapi masih mengekalkan jiwa Fahri dalam karakter tersebut,” katanya.

Tambah Fedi, dia juga harus menangis mengikut arahan pengarah, Guntur Soeharjanto.

“Selalunya, jika ada babak sedih, tangisan itu datang sendiri. Tetapi sutradara mahu saya menangis mengikut ketetapan skrip.

“Pada mulanya, agak sukar tapi lama kelamaan semuanya mengikut apa yang dikehendaki pengarah,” katanya lagi.

Jangan lupa untuk menyaksikan Ayat Ayat Cinta 2 yang akan menemui penonton di 109 pawagam Malaysia bermula 11 Januari ini.

Teks oleh: Kamaruddin Razal



Source link

read more

Berdamai Seoul-Pyongyang setuju adakan perbincangan ketenteraan



SEOUL: Korea Utara dan Korea Selatan sepakat bersetuju mengadakan perbincangan ketenteraan bagi meredakan ketegangan kedua negara, menurut kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Seoul.

Persetujuan itu dicapai dalam mesyuarat peringat tertinggi yang pertama sejak dua tahun yang berlangsung pada Selasa.

Antara lain, dalam  perbincangan yang berlangsung selama 11 jam itu, Pyongyang juga memaklumkan akan menghantar delegasi ke Sukan Olimpik Musim Sejuk 2018 yang bakal berlangsung pada Februari ini di Seoul.

Kenyataan itu juga menyebut, Seoul meminta negara jirannya itu menghentikan permusuhan yang menimbulkan ketegangan di Semenanjung Korea dan sebagai balasan, Pyongyang bersetuju untuk berdamai demi keamanan di rantau berkenaan.

Rundingan dua negara itu dipantau rapi oleh para pemimpin dunia untuk melihat tanda-tanda pengurangan ketegangan disebalik kebimbangan pelancaran peluru berpandu dan  pembangunan senjata nuklear Korea Utara yang secara terangan membantah resolusi Majlis Keselamatan PBB.

Terdahulu pada awal Selasa, Seoul berkata ia bersedia menamatkan beberapa sekatan buat sementara waktu supaya pegawai-pegawai Korea Utara dapat ke Seoul untuk Sukan Olimpik Musim Sejuk.

Menurut Korea Utara, delegasinya akan terdiri daripada atlet, pegawai tinggi kerajaan, skuad penyokong, pelukis seni serta wartawan dan penonton.

Sebelum ini, Korea Selatan mengharamkan beberapa pegawai Korea Utara dari memasuki negara sebagai balasan terhadap pelancaran  peluru berpandu dan program nuklear Pyongyang, meskipun mendapat tentangan antarabangsa.

Bagaimanapun, beberapa pegawai Korea Selatan melihat Sukan Olimpik sebagai peluang yang mungkin dapat mengurangkan ketegangan.



Source link

read more