BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's attorney general is considering prosecuting convicted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra over an alleged insult of the powerful monarchy, an official said on Tuesday, just weeks away from his possible release on parole. The lese-majeste law is among the world's strictest, with each perceived offence punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The influential Thaksin, prime minister from 2001-2006, made a dramatic homecoming last August from 15 years in self-imposed exile to serve an eight-year jail sentence for abuse of power, later commuted to one year by the king. Prayut Petchkhun, spokesperson for the attorney-general's office, told reporters the seven-year delay in acting on the royal insults complaint was because Thaksin had been abroad. Thailand current government is backed by the Shinawatra family, with Thaksin's return coinciding with ally and real estate mogul Srettha Thavisin becoming prime minister that same day.
February 06, 2024 17:47 UTC
"It's true that South Korea have great potential in terms of mental, technical and tactical preparedness. "Despite playing 120 minutes twice everyone knows the value of South Korea at an individual and collective level. Playing 120 minutes means they're in good shape," the Moroccan coach said. I don't think playing 120 minutes will make a difference in tomorrow's game." While Jordan are playing in their first semi-final, South Korea are looking to advance and end a 64-year trophy drought in the Asian Cup.
February 06, 2024 02:42 UTC
Given enough time, the very existence of these bases might wind up forgotten by the vast majority of people. Over the years, a claim has emerged occasionally that fighter aircraft were based less than 10km from Banting, Selangor. “The Gazette stated that the Allied forces moved ashore from Morib to the Kelanang airfield on Sept 10, 1945 before proceeding to Telok Datok on Sept 14, 1945,” said the three. They added that the Kelanang Airfield was also mentioned in other British documents closer to the time of the Allied landings in Morib in 1945. The Forgotten World War II Airfield: The Case of Morib Airfield.
February 06, 2024 00:37 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has challenged Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh and other "haters" to an open debate on the RM42mil SRC International case. "We invite Ramkarpal to a televised open debate with a representative from our side on the subject," said Najib in a post on his official Facebook page on Sunday (Feb 4). He added that should Ramkarpal decline, other recent "haters" such as Tony Pua and Hanipa Maidin can take his place. It is now time for an open forum to be held to better inform the public and to help them draw their own conclusions based on facts," added Najib. He said that many do not understand the facts of the case and did not follow the court proceedings.
February 04, 2024 18:05 UTC
THOSE who intend to stay in their current jobs can possibly expect salary increments hovering around 4% this year, same as in 2023. Those who want to move within the sphere of emerging technologies can expect substantial salary increases, ranging from 15% to 35%, depending on their skills and experience. In its “2024 Job Market Outlook and Salary Guide Report”, Randstad said soft skills are more important than ever as digital transformation moves tech from the server room to the boardroom. It said communication and problem-solving skills are in demand and those who excel can generally command a premium salary. The four most in-demand careers in human resources include labour law compliance, human resources information systems, compensation and benefits as well as organisational design.
February 04, 2024 02:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The outlook remains bright for CTOS Digital Bhd as analysts anticipate rapid expansion for the credit reporting agency. Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research said CTOS's growth is underpinned by a defensive business model and resilient revenue streams. Separately, it said CTOS is now looking to raise its dividend policy higher to more than 60%. HLIB, which has a "buy" call on CTOS, maintained its target price at RM1.75. On Wednesday, CTOS announced its FY23 net profit grew to RM118.37mil from RM71.72mil previously, while revenue rose to RM261.44mil from RM194.78mil a year earlier.
February 02, 2024 16:42 UTC
PETALING JAYA: With the approaching Chinese New Year (CNY) festivities, price controls for certain food products will be implemented from Feb 6 to 14. The Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry said the price control scheme will be implemented on 11 food products. These are white prawns, white pomfret, live pigs, pig intestines, pork (meat and fat), imported cabbage from Indonesia and China, excluding Beijing, imported potatoes from China, garlic, imported ginger, imported white radish and red radish. "The maximum price control scheme for CNY will be enforced through the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 which enables price determination on producers, wholesalers and retailers," Minister Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali said in a statement Friday (Feb 2). He said the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry will continuously monitor the situation to ensure sufficient supply.
February 02, 2024 14:39 UTC
SEREMBAN: A 47-year-old man who holds a person with disability (OKU) card from the Social Welfare Department has pleaded not guilty to a charge of raping his underaged daughter. The man claimed trial after the charge was read to him before Sessions judge Datin Surita Budin on Thursday (Feb 1). "I hope the court offers me bail as I have to take care of my father and three children. Police arrested the suspect on Jan 24 after a clip showing a man hitting a young girl went viral. However, in June 2022, she moved in with her father and his 44-year-old girlfriend and continued her secondary education in Tampin.
February 01, 2024 21:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Minetech Resources Bhd has entered into an agreement with Able Return Sdn Bhd and Damar Consolidated Exploration Sdn Bhd to renew its Selinsing Gold Mine Project contract for a further 36 months, valued at RM230mil. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia, Minetech said the project consists of waste removal, ore deliveries and associated works for open pit mining. The company said the contract is from Jan 1, 2024 until Dec 31, 2026. “The contract is expected to contribute positively to the revenue, earnings and net assets of the company and its subsidiaries for the financial year ending March 31, 2024 onwards to March 31, 2027,” it said. “We are committed to leveraging our expertise and capabilities to further contribute to the success of the Selinsing Gold Mine Project, ensuring value creation for all stakeholders involved."
January 31, 2024 16:01 UTC
It just does not seem important compared to more crucial matters, such as how good the candy tastes. For example – is it true that the shiny coating of jellybeans is made from bug excretions? The ingredient that makes jellybeans hard and shiny is none other than shellac, a resin made from the secretions of the female lac bug as it feeds on tree sap. These secretions – which are not bug poop, mind you – have a variety of different applications. Lac bug secretions have been cultivated by humans for centuries and are simply one of the many insect by-products found in everyday food items.
January 31, 2024 00:10 UTC
IPOH: Three traffic policemen have been arrested in connection to a viral video posted online by a British couple alleging that a policeman had asked for RM100 bribe to settle a summons issued for speeding. All three of them have been remanded for three days beginning Tuesday (Jan 30) under Section 384 of the Penal Code. The British couple famous on social media for their globe-trotting adventures in a campervan had posted a video online. In the recent videos during their trip to Malaysia, Chris and Marianne Fisher filmed a traffic policeman who had allegedly offered to settle a traffic ticket that he had just issued. In the video that was posted on Jan 28, a traffic policeman stopped the couple for allegedly speeding downhill along Jalan Simpang Pulai-Cameron Highlands in their campervan named “Trudy”.
January 31, 2024 00:09 UTC
A value trap stock will not see its share price increasing for an extended period of time. Some examples of value traps on Bursa over the last few years are Chin Teck Plantations , Focus Lumber, Evergreen Fibreboard, KSL Holdings and Keck Seng. Value traps are not exclusive to companies. The same principle can be applied to value traps on Bursa. Some of these value traps do have great embedded value but nothing has been done to grow this value sustainably and allow it to translate into actual healthy returns for shareholders.The firms should maybe seek new income streams, get into M&As or expand in a big way to new markets.
January 29, 2024 15:41 UTC
MALAYSIA may never regain Batu Puteh following the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision in 2008 to award the islet to Singapore, but the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) will help answer some important questions. Top of the agenda is surely the decision of then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to drop a review application to the ICJ.
January 28, 2024 15:12 UTC
IPOH: A 69-year-old retired teacher has lost over RM442,000 after investing in a non-existent scheme via a WhatsApp chat. Perak police chief Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri said the woman from Taman Bercham Jaya here was tricked into investing in the scheme via the non-existent “ACCERX" platform. Comm Mohd Yusri Hassan said in August last year, the victim was added into a WhatsApp group offering investment schemes. Comm Mohd Yusri said people can call the National Scam Response Centre hotline at 997 if they have been scammed or if they have conducted transactions to unknown accounts. The public can also check bank accounts and mobile numbers linked to fraud cases via https://semakmule.rmp.gov.my.
January 25, 2024 16:42 UTC
PETALING JAYA: YTL Power International Bhd ’s “underappreciated” data centre business fetches a valuation of RM6.3bil or one-fifth of the group’s total market value of over RM32bil. The estimate by Hong Leong Investment Bank (HLIB) Research was based on a “conservative” 150 megawatt (MW) capacity of YTL Power’s data centre arm, YTL Data Center Holdings Pte Ltd (YTLDC). YTL Power made its maiden debut into the South-East Asian data centre landscape in 2021, after YTLDC acquired a 50% stake in Singapore’s Dodid. Through its 60%-owned YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, YTL Power is also collaborating with Nvidia for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) cloud and supercomputer infrastructure, to be hosted in YTLDC’s data centre park. Wessex Water, YTL Power’s water and sewerage operator in the United Kingdom, provides water and wastewater services to 2.9 million customers in the southwest of England.
January 25, 2024 14:54 UTC