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Malaysia’s Catholic Church will continue its fight to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication, Herald, when it files a review application next week to set aside the Federal Court’s dismissal of its application to appeal the ban, one of its lawyers said.

The lawyer told The Malaysian Insider that the church’s review application, which could be filed as early as Monday, will also seek a new bench to rehear the leave application.

“We are compelled to file this application due to serious errors of law in the majority judgment,” the lawyer told The Malaysian Insider.
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Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) chief executive officer Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid has tendered his resignation over the accident at an MRT worksite near Kota Damansara last night which claimed the lives of three workers.

Azhar said his decision to resign was in line with MRT Corp taking full responsibility for the incident.

“As the head of MRT Corp, I am taking personal responsibility for the incident and this is the correct thing to do. I have informed the Chairman of MRT Corp, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, of my decision,” he says.

Azhar was appointed CEO of MRT Corp on September 1, 2011 following the Government’s decision to set up the company to take over the ownership and development of the Klang Valley MRT Project from Syarikat Prasarana Malaysia Bhd.

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The government has offered places to only 418 brilliant students to take up medical studies (first degree) at public institutions of higher learning for this year’s intake.

Deputy Education Minister P.Kamalanathan (pic) said the limited number of offers was meant to control the number of new medical graduates and avoid a flood of new doctors in the employment market.

“A total of 1,163 students with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.00 applied to do medicine, but offers were only made to only 418 of them and the selection was also based on interview results.

“We made this decision following discussions with the Health Ministry and the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC),” he told reporters here today.

He said the others who were not offered medical studies were offered other courses, but related to the field.

He said this in response to complaints by students with CGPA of 4.0 in the Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) and matriculation who failed to get offer to study medicine.

Kamalanathan advised those who failed to get places at IPTA to appeal to the Education Ministry online at upu.moe.gov.my before August 23.

“A total of 37,467 students have received offers at IPTA, there might be some students who are not happy with their course.

“For them, I suggest they accept the course and register first, then put appeal in writing directly to the university concerned,” he added.

The ministry, he said, made sure that all students with CGPA of 4.00 received offers at IPTA for the 2014/2015 academic session. – Bernama, August 18, 2014.

- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/fewer-places-for-m edicine-due-to-glut-of-doctors-says-ministry-bernama#sthash.ICQWzKe5.d puf

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata hari ini beliau terpaksa menarik balik sokongan dan terpaksa mengkritik kerajaan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak kerana prestasinya lebih buruk daripada penggantinya Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Bekas perdana menteri paling lama berkhidmat itu berkata, beliau terpaksa berbuat demikian kerana Najib tidak mengambil iktibar daripada prestasi buruknya dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13 (PRU13) lalu.

“Saya tidak ada pilihan selain menarik balik sokongan saya. Ini pun tidak berkesan. Oleh itu terpaksalah saya menegur,” kata Dr Mahathir melalui tulisan di blognya, www.chedet.cc.

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Finally, the decision made in PR Council that Wan Azizah to be the MB of Selangor. Let’s pray that Wan Azizah can take over the MB post successfully. We need to move on.

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The Pakatan Rakyat presidential council has decided to nominate only PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the new Selangor Menteri Besar, despite a suggestion from PAS to include Azmin Ali as a candidate for the post.

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said PAS’s proposal to nominate PKR deputy president Azmin Ali had been set aside because Azmin wished to stand by the party position.

“Azmin said he would stick by the party’s decision to nominate Dr Wan Azizah as the MB candidate. We will continue with the process and present the decision to the Sultan,” Anwar told a press conference at the Empire Hotel, Subang Jaya this evening.

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Yesterday I highlighted the plight of two STPM top scorers who failed to obtain their favored courses at local public universities.

Today’s Sin Chew Daily has reported that another three top scorers have also failed in their applications of their favored courses to the local public universities.

Two of them are from SMJK Sam Tet, Ipoh. Both had obtained full As in their STPM examination. One was a state badminton player and another was a state table tennis player.

The state badminton player’s first choice was UKM’s dentistry programme but she was offered nursing by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). Another’s first choice was UM’s medicine but he was offered Universiti Kelantan Malaysia’s veterinary programme. Both did not apply for these courses offered to them.

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Yesterday, Sinchew Daily reported that a STPM top scorer from Hutan Melintang Perak has failed to get a spot in the pharmacy programme in Universiti Sains Malaysia although she was offered to take up a pharmacy degree programme by Monash University Australia.

The student has scored 9A+ and 2 As in her SPM, full As (that is 4 As) in her STPM and 8.08 marks for her extracurricular activities. She was only offered biotechnology course.

Her plight was highlighted by Gerakan Bagan Datuk Division chief.

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Hari ini adalah sambungan perbicaraan ISA saya. Sdr Lim Kit Siang datang memberi sokongan kepada saya, tetapi oleh kerana kesemua saksi pihak kerajaan telah habis dipanggil, perbicaraan saya berakhir awal pada 10.50 pagi, jadi bila beliau sampai ke bilik mahkamah saya, perbicaraan pun ditangguhkan.

Sebenarnya kenyataan kesemua saksi kerajaan (khususnya Special branch officers) adalah “straight forward” dan “boring” bagi saya. Macam mana mereka mempertahankan tindakan penahanan ISA saya? Mereka tahan saya di bawah ISA selama 7 hari sebelum menjalankan siasatan atas tuduhan palsu yang disebarkan oleh Orang UMNO terhadap saya. Apakah ini profesionalisme polis dan Kementerian Dalam Negeri?

Sdr Kit Siang adalah seorang yang “caring”. Terima kasih atas lawatan dan keprihatinannya terhadap kes saya.

Perbicaraan akan disambung pada 6 Oktober 2014, jam 9 pagi.

 

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