Sunday, 20-May-2018

Airline aims to offer more comfort with in-flight upgrade

KOTA KINABALU: After more than 10 years in the aviation industry, domestic airline MASwings has given its ATR 72-500 aircraft “new wings” by upgrading its in-flight services.

This being MASwings’ Year of Pride, the airline has unveiled its latest cabin refurbishment and refreshed inflight services for the comfort and convenience of passengers.

This includes upgrades to the ATR 72-500’s leather seats, aisle flooring and in-flight meals.

A hand fan is also provided for passengers who may feel warm in the aircraft, especially during afternoon flights.

MASwings Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Aminuddin Zakaria said the upgrades marked a milestone for the airlines.

“After a decade in the industry, we want to take our airline to the next level, in line with the MASwings mantra of ‘Young, Fresh, and Speed’.

“We want to focus on giving our cabin a `wow factor’ that would appeal to all four senses – sight, smell, hearing and taste,” he told reporters at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.

Aminuddin said MASwings will continue to work continuously on improving its in-flight services, offering promotional fares and strengthening its operational and business capability.

“MASwings is working hard to overcome technical challenges to win back the trust and confidence of our customers.

“I look forward to working with travel and industry players to improve MASwings operations,” he said.

The airline aims to upgrade 10 of its ATR 72-500 aircraft within two months.

MASwings’ aircraft currently fly 23 routes around Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/05/17/airline-aims-to-offer-more-comfort-with-inflight-upgrade/

From hospital to palace and to freedom

PETALING JAYA: PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was taken from confinement to the palace after being released from custody, yet another milestone in his long and winding political journey.

Anwar walked out of the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital at 11.30am yesterday and headed straight to Istana Negara for an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, who granted a full pardon and cleared him of his 2014 sodomy conviction.

Cheers and shouts greeted the former deputy prime minister as he stepped out of the hospital lobby, where supporters gathered to witness the jubilant moment.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad met Anwar at the palace, located a half-hour’s drive away.

The two, accompanied by Anwar’s wife and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as well as her deputy Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, were among those granted an almost hour-long audience with the King.

The Pardons Board had met earlier in the day at Istana Negara to discuss Anwar’s case.

Long-awaited reunion: Anwar and his family attending the news conference.

Under Article 42(1) of the Federal Constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has the power to grant pardons, reprieves and respites for offences committed in Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

A crowd gathered along the road to the palace and some shouted cries of “Reformasi”, the movement set up by his followers after he was sacked as DPM on Sept 2, 1998.

More than 100 taxi drivers parked along the road to the palace gates to show their support.

Speaking to Bernama outside Istana Negara, Anwar expressed his gratitude to the King.

“Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God), thank you Tuanku,” said Anwar.

Dr Wan Azizah said she was grateful for her husband’s release.

“It was a most meaningful moment. I am grateful and relieved. It is a beginning to build the nation,” she said.

Anwar then headed to his home in Segambut to give his first media conference as a free man.

“Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia. I must thank the people of Malaysia,” said Anwar, flanked by Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Azmin and other PKR leaders.

“The entire spectrum of Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, have stood by the principles of democracy and freedom. They demand change.”

Anwar was charged with corruption and sodomy shortly after he was sacked in 1998 amid a fallout with Dr Mahathir.

He was found guilty and sentenced to a six-year jail term but was released in 2004 after the Federal Court overturned his sodomy conviction.

Anwar then contested and won the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat in 2008 in a by-election held after Dr Wan Azizah, the incumbent, resigned to make way for him.

He retained the seat in the 2013 general election.

In 2014, the Court of Appeal sentenced him to five years’ jail after he was found guilty of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan. Anwar had earlier been acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in 2012.

In 2015, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal’s ruling.

In the evening, Anwar addressed the Himpunan Merdeka Rakyat gathering to celebrate his release, after performing terawih prayers.

The event was held at Padang Timur here, the same venue where he held his final ceramah before the Federal Court decision that upheld his conviction.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/17/from-hospital-to-palace-and-to-freedom/

‘Alhamdulillah, terima kasih Tuanku’

KUALA LUMPUR: “Alhamdulillah, terima kasih Tuanku”.

Itulah reaksi pertama Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim selepas menghadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V di Istana Negara di sini susulan pembebasannya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada BERNAMA sebelum beredar meninggalkan pekarangan Istana Negara di sini, hari ini.

Anwar, 71, dibebaskan serta-merta setelah rayuan pengampunan penuhnya yang diputuskan Lembaga Pengampunan mendapat perkenan Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

KETUA Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba dirumah di Bukit Segambut selepas dibebaskan atas pengampunan penuh Diraja. – Foto Sairien Nafis

Dengan wajah yang tidak lekang dengan senyuman, Anwar berkata fokus beliau kini ialah untuk pulang ke rumah dan meluangkan masa bersama keluarga tercinta.

Bersama Anwar, isterinya Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dan anaknya Nurul Izzah.

Dr Wan Azizah berkata, beliau memanjatkan syukur di atas pembebasan suaminya hari ini.

KENDERAAN yang membawa Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba dirumah di Bukit Segambut selepas dibebaskan atas pengampunan penuh Diraja. – Foto Sairien Nafis

“Ia adalah detik yang sungguh bermakna. Saya sangat bersyukur dan lega, Ia satu permulaan untuk membina negara,” kata Dr Wan Azizah.

Sementara itu, Nurul Izzah berkata beliau bersyukur di atas pembebasan bapanya yang juga ketua umum PKR dan menyifatkan keadilan telah ditegakkan menerusi pembebasan itu.

“Saya menjunjung kasih kepada baginda tuanku,” katanya.

Timbalan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, pula berkata pihak kepimpinan parti akan menyusun jadual Anwar agar bekas timbalan perdana menteri itu dapat memainkan peranan lebih aktif dalam politik negara.

“Alhamdulillah kita bersyukur selesai semua masalah atas limpah perkenan Tuanku untuk memberikan pengampunan penuh kepada Anwar dan kembalikan hak yang sepatutnya sebagai warganegara untuk terus menjalankan tugas dan tanggungjawab beliau kepada rakyat dan negara,” katanya.

Rayuan pengampunan penuh Anwar dibentangkan dan dipertimbangkan mesyuarat Lembaga Pengampunan bagi Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya kali ke-51 yang berlangsung hari ini.

KENDERAAN yang membawa Ketua Umum PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba dirumah di Bukit Segambut selepas dibebaskan atas pengampunan penuh Diraja. – Foto Sairien Nafis

Menurut kenyataan rasmi Istana Negara, Sultan Muhammad V dengan dinasihatkan Lembaga Pengampunan bagi Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya telah berkenan rayuan pengampunan penuh Anwar dibenarkan dan dibebaskan serta-merta berkuat kuasa hari ini selaras dengan Perkara 42 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Anwar menjalani hukuman lima tahun penjara pada Februari 2015 selepas Mahkamah Persekutuan mengekalkan keputusan bersalah berhubung kes liwat.

Anwar yang dipenjarakan di Penjara Sungai Buloh, dijadual dibebaskan pada 8 Jun. – BERNAMA

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/nasional/2018/05/426480/alhamdulillah-terima-kasih-tuanku

Former Labuan MP Suhaili joins Warisan

Former Labuan MP Suhaili joins Warisan
Published on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Labuan: Former Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Suhaili Abd Rahman has confirmed joining Parti Warisan Sabah to help strengthen the party’s presence on the island.

Suhaili, who was the two-term MP from 1999 to 2008, said the people on the island wanted him to join the party and to lead the island back on track economically.

“I have studied the concept of Warisan’s struggles that interest me to join the party, and although I was not in good shape due to my health condition, I helped campaign for Labuan Warisan’s candidate during the 14th general election campaign period.

“I would be joining the party through Labuan Warisan Division and I might be working together with the former Labuan MP to take Labuan to greater height’s once again like during my terms as MP.

I have seen that the development on the island was very slow compared to during my tenure, and this is sad to the people.

He said since Tun Dr Mahathir was responsible for taking out Labuan from Sabah since 1984 and elevated it into a federal territory, therefore, Labuan development must continue.

Suhaili said the support of people of Labuan as shown in the just-concluded 14th general election clearly proved the people in Labuan wanted a change.

He also requested the Prime Minister to give similar instruction (as issued to Attorney General and other agencies), to stop any files movements or being destroyed at Labuan Corporation’s (LC) office as massive abuse of power and conflicts of interest had taken place for the last 10 years by previous leaders.

“Therefore, I want to return the glory of Labuan Corporation like before when I was the chairman for eight years, or at least back on track like before, without any elements of corruption and power abuse, as I learnt and adhered to the advice of Tun Daim Zainuddin who was once looking after the Labuan.

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=124643

Put all unapproved contracts on hold, Labuan Corp told

Put all unapproved contracts on hold, Labuan Corp told
Published on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Labuan: Labuan Corporation (LC) has been urged to put all contracts which have yet to be approved on hold until a new council is appointed for the local authority by the Ministry of Federal Territories.

Labuan PKR Chief Simsudin Sidek who raised the issue also said that the newly-appointed members taking office should be able to execute five implementations immediately, which are:

– To establish an audit committee which oversees all approved projects and contracts and also rectifies and renegotiates terms which do not benefit the welfare of the people here.

– To immediately review the inequitable terms outlined in the contracts with food operators at the newly-opened Labuan food court (Medan Selera).

– To create an administrative reform that practices efficiency, transparency and accountability for everyone.

– To give priority in employment opportunities to locals: and

– To carry out projects that directly benefit the residents of Labuan.

He stressed that the five issues are crucial once a new council is formed for LC and that immediate actions should be taken.

Simsudin also met with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah at the hospital he (Anwar) is currently warded in, Tuesday evening.

During the meet, Simsudin presented a letter which highlights 18 issues on the development of the duty-free island, in hopes that the ruling government will strive to accomplish. – Iffah Dilaney

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=124639

Time for Mahathir to help Labuan prosper

Time for Mahathir to help Labuan prosper
Published on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Labuan: The business community in the duty-free-island here are optimistic the island will not be neglected amid being an opposition federal territory.

They were of the view Labuan, being Malaysia’s international financial and oil and gas hubs, with foreign expatriates operating on the island, needs federal government’s attention.

A local businessman, Datuk Shamsul Sahari said Labuan was elevated to a federal territory in 1984, as agreed both by the Prime Minister and former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Harris Salleh.

“Rationally, despite the island is now an opposition federal territory, we believe Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will give attention to help develop further the island and to help boost economic activities here,” he said in Tuesday.

Labuan is now an opposition federal territory after the GE14 which saw Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Datuk Rozman Isli winning the election with a slim majority.

“We need Federal Government’s help to attract investment into the island for employment and business activities,” he said.

“We do need to see some stability to continue to enjoying the economic performance that we are seeing in Labuan previously, which benefit the people and business community – but that can disappear overnight, if the island is neglected, but this will not happen,” he said.

Labuan Indian Chamber of Commerce Datuk Daliph Singh also joined the chorus by saying that the Federal Government should have a long term development plan.

“It is a matter of time after everything is in place that, Labuan will be in the list of the country’s economic development plan.

“Although, technically, Labuan is in the opposition, we disagreed predictions that the future of Labuan will be bleak.

“It was Dr Mahathir who agreed to shift the administration of Labuan to the Federal Territory, and we believe, he will now to help Labuan to come up as what he did to Langkawi.” – Sohan Das

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=124642

No hanky panky deals: LC

No hanky panky deals: LC
Published on: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Labuan: Labuan Corporation (LC) Chairman Datuk Rozman Isli dismissed as malicious allegations talks, that the LC had violated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in handling its fixed assets.

Rozman was responding to a report which quoted former Member of Parliament and LC Chaiman Datuk Suhaili Abdul who questioned the ‘privatisation’ of the RM12 million Food Court of Labuan Corporation to Yayasan Pendidikan Labuan (YPL) on a 3-year free rental term. On the other hand, YPL charged a monthly rental of RM400 from the 50 operators at the courts.

“The rental rate was fixed based on valuation made by the Valuation Department and it took into consideration various factors such as the cost of the new Food Court, better business environment with more trading space and parking and located in a prime area,” he said.

He added this was not a case of ‘over-charging’, noting that side stalls in restaurants and coffee shops in town also charged RM400 or more per month though the operating hours of these stalls were less.

“The charge on the new food court is based on the market condition in Labuan and comparably cheaper.”

As for the Food Court is given rental free to YPL for three years Rozman noted that YPL was not an ‘outside’ entity and was linked with LC. He said the earnings from YPL would be used by the Foundation to hold programmes beneficial to locals and this, in turn, would spare LC the expense of holding such programmes.

“Look at the bigger pictures here,” emphasised Rozman.

Another allegation in social media also by Suhaili, called for action on Umno cronies who had been given lots at the Rancha Rancha Industrial Estate with suspended payments estimated to be in thousands of ringgit.

Rozman assured all awards made by LC for its contracts, maintenance jobs, rental of properties or premises fully complied with Good Governance procedures.

The awards had gone through relevant agencies such as EPU and Finance Ministry.

“LC had been rated among the top in local authority management.”

He added this aspect of LC operations was handled by an Award Committee of LC and the committee would give the full answer if the need arouse.”

“Its not fair to make allegations based on hearsay said Rozman. – Sohan Das

Source: http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=124638

Anwar menghadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong

KUALA LUMPUR: Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, berkenan menerima menghadap Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim di Istana Negara, tengah hari ini.

Turut mengiringi Anwar, isterinya yang juga Presiden PKR, Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail dan Timbalan Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Turut berada di Istana Negara, Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Terdahulu, Anwar dibenarkan keluar dari wad Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras, tempat beliau menjalani proses pemulihan selepas pembedahan.

Anwar dijadual mengadakan sidang media di rumahnya di Segambut jam 4 petang ini.

Terdahulu, Anwar diberi pembebasan serta-merta, berkuat kuasa dari tarikh persidangan Mesyuarat Lembaga Pengampunan Bagi Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/nasional/2018/05/426396/anwar-menghadap-yang-di-pertuan-agong

Anwar bebas

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebentar tadi mendapat pengampunan penuh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, menurut Istana Negara.

Datuk Pengelola Bijaya Diraja, Datuk Wan Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz, dalam satu kenyataan, berkata Anwar diberikan pembebasan serta merta.

“Rayuan pengampunan penuh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Ketua Umum PKR, telah dibentangkan dan dipertimbangkan dalam Mesyuarat Lembaga Pengampunan bagi Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya kali ke-51 pada 16 Mei 2018.

“Selaras dengan Perkara 42 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V dengan dinasihatkan oleh Lembaga Pengampunan bagi Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya telah menitah perkenan bahawa rayuan penuh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dibenarkan dan diberikan pembebasan serta merta…,” katanya.

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim bersalam dengan Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ketika tiba di Istana Negara untuk mengadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V. – Foto Twitter BERNAMA

DATUK Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba di Istana Negara untuk mengadap Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V kira-kira pada jam 11.55 pagi. – Foto Twitter BERNAMA

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/nasional/2018/05/426377/anwar-bebas

Ex-Labuan MP Suhaili to join Warisan

Datuk Suhaili Abd Rahman

LABUAN: Former member of parliament (MP) for Labuan, Datuk Suhaili Abd Rahman, has confirmed that he will be joining Parti Warisan Sabah to help strengthen the party’s presence on the island.

Suhaili, who was a two-term MP from 1999 to 2008, said, he was moved to join the party and help bring the island back on track economically on the strength of the wishes of the people here.

“I have studied the concept of Warisan’s struggles and that had spurred me to join the party, although I am not in good shape due to my health condition. I had helped to campaign for the Labuan Warisan’s candidate among my supporters on the island during the 14th general election.

“I would be joining the party through Labuan Warisan division and may be working together with the former Labuan MP to take Labuan to greater heights once again like it was during my term as MP. I can see the development on the island has been very slow compared to during my tenure, and this is sad for the people here.

He said since Tun Dr Mahathir was responsible for taking Labuan from Sabah since 1984 and elevated it into a federal territory, Labuan’s development should continue.

Suhaili said the support of the people of Labuan in the just concluded 14th general election clearly indicated that the people here wanted a change.

He also requested the Prime Minister to give similar instruction (as issued to the Attorney General (AG) and other agencies) to stop any files from being moved or destroyed at the Labuan Corporation’s (LC) office, as massive abuses of power and conflicts of interest had taken place over the last 10 years by previous leaders.

“I wish to return the glory of Labuan Corporation like it was before, when I was the chairman for eight years, or at least back on track as before, without any elements of corruption and power abuse, as I have learned and adhered to the advice of Tun Daim Zainuddin, who once looked after Labuan,” he added.

 

Source: http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/05/16/ex-labuan-mp-suhaili-to-join-warisan/

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