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Malaysian ex top immigration official jailed for graft

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20, 2010 (AFP) – A former top-ranking Malaysian immigration official was sentenced Monday to 56 years in jail for corruption, his lawyer said, in a rare successful high-level prosecution.

Former immigration department deputy director Yusof Abu Bakar, 56, was found guilty last week of accepting 121,500 ringgit (38,500 dollars) in bribes to approve the extension of social visit passes for several Chinese nationals.

“The sessions court today sentenced Yusof to 56 years jail in total and fined him 620,000 ringgit over the 14 charges of corruption,” his lawyer Mohammed Azmi Mohamad Said told AFP.

“However, the judge ruled that the sentences be run concurrently so that means that Yusof will serve about six years in total.”

Mohammed Azmi said Yusof would appeal the ruling and sentence.

Prime Minister Najib Razak came to power last year with a pledge to stamp out corruption which is endemic in Malaysia, and where convictions of high-ranking figures have been rare with cases often ending in acquittals.

Yusof’s sentencing comes shortly after corruption charges were laid against influential ruling coalition politician Khir Toyo over a Balinese-style mansion he built while chief minister of the country’s richest state.

The government’s failure to root out graft was a major factor in 2008 elections which saw the opposition make unprecedented gains.

Commentators have said that the recent flurry in anti-corruption actions is linked to speculation that Najib will call snap elections early next year — an allegation the premier has denied.

Source: SGGP

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar suspended from parliament

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

AFP file – Anwar Ibrahim puts on his jacket as he arrives at the court in Kuala Lumpur on August 16, 2010 to attend his ongoing sodomy trial.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16, 2010 (AFP) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and three of his allies were suspended from parliament for six months on Thursday in votes that triggered pandemonium and an opposition walkout.

Anwar, who is also facing trial on sodomy charges that he says are a political conspiracy, was this week found guilty of misleading members in a row over a national unity slogan.

He had criticised the government’s “One Malaysia” slogan aimed at uniting the multiracial nation, which he said had been copied from the “One Israel” political alliance of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak in 1999.

The charge is highly sensitive in Muslim-majority Malaysia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel and is a supporter of a Palestinian state.

The government on Wednesday cited three senior opposition MPs for contempt for criticising the parliamentary disciplinary probe against Anwar, and demanded that they also serve six-month suspensions.

“It’s so clear, it’s blatantly biased,” Anwar said after the suspension votes against the four were carried in parliament, where the ruling coalition has a clear majority. “It’s a mockery of the entire proceedings.”

The votes were held after chaotic scenes in the house where debate was drowned out by a half-hour shouting match, and opposition lawmakers unfurled placards reading “Save the Parliament”.

They later staged a walkout, chanting “Shame on you”.

Anwar was once a deputy prime minister in the ruling coalition but was sacked and jailed a decade ago on separate sex and corruption charges widely seen as politically motivated.

He spent six years in jail before the original sex conviction was overturned, and returned to parliament at the helm of a reinvigorated opposition which made huge strides in 2008 elections.

New polls are expected to be held early next year, but although the suspension will bar Anwar from attending parliamentary debates, his party says it will not sideline him or affect its election preparations.

Source: SGGP

Malaysian schools to introduce sex education

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 5:22 am

PetroVietnam finds its first Malaysian offshore oil

In Uncategorized on August 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

PetroVietnam finds its first Malaysian offshore oil

QĐND – Thursday, August 05, 2010, 20:47 (GMT+7)

PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corporation (PVEP) has reported the first oil extracted at the D30, Block SK305 field offshore Malaysia.

The field churns out an average 4,730 barrels of crude oil and 7.83 million cubic metres of gas a day. The accumulated production until July 31 reached 170,340 barrels with 282 million cubic metres of gas, PVEP said.

The SK305 project has been implemented under a common co-operation agreement on oil and gas exploitation and exploration between Vietnam , Malaysia and Indonesia . Its contract came into effect on June 16, 2003.

PCPP Operating Co is a joint venture between the three state-run companies to operate the project. PVEP, an affiliate of Vietnam ‘s leading PetroVietnam group, holds 30 percent; Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, a member of Malaysia ‘s leading Petronas group, has 40 percent; Indonesian Pertamina Co holds the remainder.

This is one of 20 contracts that PVEP has signed to explore and exploit oil and gas abroad. The firm also signed 38 other deals for oil and gas exploitation in Vietnam.

Block 305 is located in Balingian province, offshore from Sarawak , with the average water depth of 150m. The joint venture is exploring about 18 drilling wells. The fields D30 and Dana are the first two selected for early exploration and exploitation, PVEP said.

This is one of two projects bringing products for PVEP from overseas fields; the other one is in Algeria.

Dinh La Thang, chairman of PetroVietnam, affirmed to continue bolstering the strategic collaboration between PetroVietnam and Petronas in their oil and gas exploration activities.

PVEP also expects to extract the first oil from its largest project with a total investment capital of 12 billion USD: the Block Junin 2 in Venezuela in 2012, corporation chairman Tran Duc Chinh said.

“In the context of oil and gas resources in the country becoming exhausted, PVEP has mapped out strategies to boost oil and gas exploitation and exploration abroad in an effort to ensure the country’s energy security and reserves,” he said.

Four million tonnes of crude oil exploited from Junin 2 will be imported to Vietnam to supply the local market.

In its strategies, PVEP plans to bolster oil and gas exploration and exploitation offshore and deep-water oil rigs rather than the currently employed shallow-water structures.

PVEP had total revenue of 18.97 trillion VND (998.4 million USD) in the first six months of this year, up 36 percent on the same period last year.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Outcry as Malaysian state allows child marriages

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4, 2010 (AFP) – A Malaysian state’s decision to allow child marriages caused an outcry Wednesday, with rights groups condemning new rules that allow Muslim girls below 16 years to wed.

The decision by the Islamic religious council in southern Malacca state has been billed as an attempt to curb premarital sex and baby dumping, after a string of cases of newborns being abandoned.

“Child marriage amounts to paedophilia. We should not condone child marriages,” said Ivy Josiah, executive director of leading activist group Women’s Aid Organisation.

Malacca chief minister Mohamad Ali Rustam reportedly said that marriages for Muslims below the current minimum age of 16 years for females and 18 for males would be allowed with the permission of parents and religious courts.

Ali Rustam, who is the chairman of the influential state Islamic council, said the plan would reduce the number of cases of babies born out of wedlock and cut incidents of adultery.

“It is a practical move in preventing cases of unwed teenage mothers and other social problems,” he was was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times newspaper Wednesday.

The report said that in the first six months of the year 174 Muslim women gave birth outside wedlock in the state. All were below 20 years old.

In Malaysia, Muslims make up about 60 per cent of the 28 million population and are subject to religious Sharia law which operates in parallel with the civil legal system.

Josiah said that Malaysia recognises those aged under 18 years as children, and that allowing them to marry early would deprive them of an education and the right to choose a partner.

“It is a knee-jerk reaction. It is really a regressive move. It is turning back the clock. This man (the chief minister) should resign,” she said.

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, the minister for women, family and community development, said that underage marriage was “morally and socially unacceptable”.

“Placing the heavy burden and responsibility of parenthood on children can deprive them of their rights to a full and harmonious development,” she said.

Source: SGGP

Volcano chaos a ‘nightmare’ for Malaysian economy

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 at 8:39 am

Malaysia’s exports have been paralysed by the “nightmare” chaos caused by the European volcanic ash cloud and would hurt the nation’s economic recovery, a hauliers’ spokesman said Wednesday.

A passenger jet lands as sun sets at the airport in the central German city of Frankfurt am Main on April 20, 2010. (AFP)

Southeast Asia’s third largest economy, which relies heavily on exports, is tentatively emerging from the global downturn as global trade picks up.

But Walter Culas, chairman of the airfreight forwarders association of Malaysia, told AFP that with the ash cloud forcing the closure of European airspace for almost a week hundreds of tonnes of cargo are not being delivered.

“As of today about 400 tonnes of cargo are stranded at the airport. The volcanic ash has paralysed valuable cargo movement to Europe from Malaysia,” he said.

“The total losses could snowball to billions of ringgit,” Culas said.

He added that a sizeable portion of the cargo holed up were electrical and electronics products, which as a sector contributes significantly to the economy in terms of export earnings, manufacturing output and employment.

“The stranded cargo will hurt the Malaysian economy which is coming out of a recession. We just came out of a steep hill and run into a ditch,” he said.

Mukhriz Mahathir, deputy minister of international trade and industry said the government would try to find a quick solution to resolve the backlog cargo.

Culas described the shutdown across Europe as “my worst logistic nightmare in my 39-year career as a haulier”.

“Most of the logistics hubbing for global trade are based in Europe — London, Paris, Frankfrut and Amsterdam. The airtraffic shutdown has crippled the logistics industry,” he said.

He hit out at Malaysia Airlines Cargo (MASkargo), the air cargo subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, for a lack of leadership in dealing the crisis.

“MASkargo, the terminal operator which handles cargo to Europe has not communicated with hauliers. The situation is worsening by day with no solution in sight. The terminal operator is not providing any leadership,” he said.

Culas said some urgent goods were transported to Singapore by road Tuesday before being flown to Lisbon — which has avoided the ash cloud — and then driven to their final destination.

However, Culas said it could take up to a month to clear the backlog of cargo.


Source: SGGP

Malaysian firm invests in 1,200 MW power plant in Hai Duong

In Uncategorized on April 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Malaysian bank opens office

In Vietnam Economy on October 10, 2009 at 2:09 am

Malaysian bank opens office

QĐND – Friday, October 09, 2009, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Hong Leong Bank opened its head office in Vietnam an its first branch in HCM City on Oct. 8, with an initial capital of 1 trillion VND (55 million USD).

With the opening of its bank, Hong Leong group becomes the first Malaysian or Southeast Asian bank to be granted a license to operate as a full-scale commercial bank in the country.

Le Dinh Long, general director of Hong Leong Bank Vietnam , said: “We want our customers to grow with us, to keep trusting us with their hard-earned money. Over time, we will add more sophisticated products and services that will help you grow your money event further.”

Long also revealed plans for staff training in preparations for further expanding of the bank’s reach in Hanoi and other localities across the country.

As a bank with many branches, subsidiaries in region and after-tax profit in the first quarter of 2009 valued at 242 million RMs (about 72 million USD), a year-on-year increase of 29 percent. Hong Leong Bank has proved their experience in efficient management and operations as one of the largest banks in the region.

In the last two years, the group has invested some 70 million USD in the first phase of a GuocoLand Vietnam’s project to develop The Canary, an integrated development located in the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park in Binh Duong province.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Malaysian budget airline to connect Asia and Europe

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia’s AirAsia X announced on November 26 that it will fly to London from next March, with fares starting at 150 USD, becoming the first budget airline to connect Asia and Europe.

AirAsia X will schedule five flights a week between the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and Stansted Airport on the outskirts of London.

AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes was quoted by new agencies as saying that he hoped to attract Europeans who would explore the region through AirAsia’s extensive route network in Southeast Asia.

“AirAsia X’s London-Kuala Lumpur route is the realisation of a long-held ambition to open up affordable access between Malaysia and Europe for both (Southeast Asian) and European communities,” he said in a statement.

AirAsia X currently flies to Australia’s Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne, and Hangzhou in China.-

Flight from Ha Noi to

Flight to Hue from