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Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali menggantikan Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail sebagai Peguam negara, dikatakan atas sebab kesihatan. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 28 Julai, 2015.

Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali dinamakan sebagai Peguam Negara yang baharu hari ini, menggantikan Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail yang menghidap penyakit buah pinggang.

Agensi berita Bernama memetik Ketua Setiausaha Negara Tan Sri Ali Hamsa membuat pengumuman itu sebentar tadi.

Pelantikan Apandi berkuatkuasa semalam.

Apandi pada Oktober 2013 memainkan peranan penting dalam kes gereja Katolik memperjuangkan hak menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam mingguan Herald.

Beliau yang ketika itu hakim Mahkamah Rayuan membenarkan rayuan Putrajaya terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang menyatakan larangan kerajaan ke atas Herald untuk menggunakan kalimah Allah adalah tidak sah.

Katanya, tujuan larangan itu adalah bagi mengelak kekeliruan di antara agama, menyatakan keselamatan negara dan ketenteraman awam boleh diancam jika penerbit Herald menggunakan kalimah Allah.

Apandi berpendapat kerajaan tidak menyalahi hak gereja itu di bawah perlembagaan kerana nama “Allah” bukan sebahagian penting dalam kepercayaan dan amalan penganut Kristian. – 28 Julai, 2015.

The ringgit is expected to drop further when the Federal Reserve raises US interest rates. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 28, 2015.

For the past three weeks, the Malaysian authorities have allowed the ringgit to trade below levels that in 1998 prompted them to impose a dollar peg and capital controls. Economists expect more downside, with the Federal Reserve set to raise US interest rates.

The ringgit has traded around 3.81 per dollar since July 6, exceeding the 3.80 level of the peg set by the government between 1998 and 2005.

Economists warn against intervention to shore up the ringgit, as Malaysia’s international reserves have already dropped to near five-year lows of US$100.5 billion, data released by the central bank last week shows. While that is sufficient to fund 7.9 months of retained imports, it is just 1.1 times short-term external debt.

The ringgit has fallen against the dollar since the third quarter of last year as weak energy prices threaten Malaysia’s oil-and-gas revenues.

Political uncertainty arising from the investigations surrounding debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd has further hurt sentiment. Foreign investors were net sellers of shares on the Malaysian bourse for 13 weeks until July 24.

The Bank Negara governor said in January – when the ringgit was around 3.550 per dollar –that the authority had “moved on” from using controls to manage capital flows. The ringgit has declined 5.1% since then.

A US interest rate hike this year would spur further capital outflows from emerging markets such as Malaysia, pressuring the currency.

“You can try to stabilise the ringgit, but ultimately, I don’t think it can stand the correction,” said Chua Hak Bin, Singapore-based head of emerging Asia economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“The ringgit will have to adjust to whatever new equilibrium… we are forecasting the ringgit to weaken to 3.86 by end-2015 and 4.05 by end-2016 against the dollar.” – Reuters, July 28, 2015.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport’s new budget passenger terminal is sinking, with cracks appearing in the taxiway and water forming pools that planes must drive through.

The defects could cause flight delays, increase wear and tear on planes and pose potential safety risks, according to AirAsia Bhd., the new terminal’s biggest user. Though take offs and landings aren’t affected, the carrier has asked Malaysian authorities to fix the problems before passengers get hurt, Chief Executive Officer Aireen Omar said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

“The airport is still sinking,” Aireen said. The operator, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd., “has done some partial resurfacing, but what the airport actually needs is a permanent solution.”

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Businesswoman Young Syefura Othman, 26, says DAP fits the bill for her in terms of being a party that champions justice and the rights of the people. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, July 26, 2015.

Far from being mere yes-men as alleged by an Utusan Malaysia columnist recently, the Malays who join DAP do not believe in self-entitlement but instead accept its culture built on merit, a Malay DAP federal lawmaker said.

These Malays are also academically accomplished and thick-skinned enough to endure and share the ideals of the party’s politics and “don’t expect a 30% discount on anything”, Raub MP Datuk Mohd Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz told The Malaysian Insider.

“They understand that elections to the CEC (central executive committee) are not a matter of being given a seat on the basis that a Malay is entitled to many things.

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said PAS stands a chance of losing in its strongholds Kelantan and Terengganu in the next elections as they have maintained slim margins that could easily swing in favour of BN. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will be solely responsible for his party losing big in the next national polls, Lim Kit Siang claimed today.

The DAP veteran said Abdul Hadi has allowed himself to be influenced by Umno, causing the opposition to lose votes especially among the non-Malays over the latter’s insistence on implementing Shariah penal law or hudud.

“Pakatan Rakyat (PR) would have been wiped out in the next general election if Pakatan Rakyat had contested the next polls in total disregard of the violation of the PR Common Policy Framework by PAS, making hudud a controversial issue in the election campaign,” Lim said in a statement.

“If Hadi had violated the PR Common Policy Framework before the last general election  and hudud had been a controversial election issue in the 13th General Election,” he added.

Lim said PAS also stands a chance of losing in its strongholds Kelantan and Terengganu in the next elections as they have maintained slim margins that could easily swing in favour of Barisan Nasional (BN).

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has given the three reasons for suspension of the The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.

The two business publications, owned by tycoon Tong Kooi Ong’s Edge Media Group, have carried extensive coverage of the financial problems of the government’s investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd, which is reported to have RM42 billion in debts.

The Home Ministry’s secretary-general, Alwi Ibrahim, outlined the three reasons in a statement on Friday. He said:

First, the headings and reporting by the two publications has raised questions and created negative public perceptions of 1MDB and also implicated the government and national leaders.

Second, the published news reports were based on doubtful and unverified information, which might alarm public opinion and could or might be prejudicial to public order and national interest.

Third, the 1MDB issue is being investigated by an investigation team that has been set up. Therefore, it is inappropriate for the reporting (on the issue) to create negative perceptions and done continuously, and it is unfair for 1MDB and consequently for the government and national leaders.

Alwi said the publishing licences of the two publications was made after the ministry scrutinised their reports on 1MDB and the reply to the show-cause letters issued.

“The two publications were found to contain articles which violated Section 7 (1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (amended 2012) which are prejudicial or may be prejudical to public order, or may alarm public opinion or jeopardise public order and national interest,” he said.

Alwi said the media should be more responsible in their news reports, in line with the freedom given.

“The impact of irresponsible reports on public order and national interest should be carefully considered and they should not contravene the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (amended 2012).

“The publication of the reports should also be done in accordance with the provisions in the publishing permit in force,” he said.

– BERNAMA

The Home Ministry ‘s suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months beginning July 27 has shocked and angered Malaysians.

The fact that CIMB Chairman Datuk Seri Nasir Razak and Air Asia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes have condemned the government’s move reflects the shock and anger of the business community.

The move is certainly unjustified and unacceptable and is a blatant disregard of freedom of the press.

The Edge Media Group CEO and publisher Ho Kay Tat has said the weekly stood by its reports and saying that it has done nothing wrong.

If the Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily have made wrong reports, why can’t the government take the necessary legal action?

Ho certainly has the support of Malaysians when he said in a statement that “We don’t see how exposing the scam to cheat the people of Malaysia of billions of ringgit can be construed as being detrimental to public and national interest”.

When the government decided to block access to whistle blower site Sarawak Report, it was criticized for not taking legal actions to rebut the allegations as well disregarding the no internet censorship guarantee, yet it did not want to pay heed to the justified criticisms.

Has the government run into panic amidst all the 1 MDB related allegations against the Prime Minister and the government?

Blocking access to Sarawak Report, banning MPs from travelling out of the country without any valid reason and suspending The Edge and the Edge Financial Daily have shown Malaysians that the government is hitting the panic buttons.

DAP Parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang has five days ago said that blocking access to whistleblower site Sarawak Report will only cause further damage to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s credibility and will not end his woes over scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd, hitting the panic buttons will only worsen Najib’s credibility.

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A copy of The Edge Financial Daily seen in this picture dated January 6, 2015. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 24, 2015.

The Home Ministry has suspended the publishing permit of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily for three months from July 27.

A letter from the ministry stated that the two publications’ reporting of 1MDB were “prejudicial or likely to be prejudicial to public order, security or likely to alarm public opinion or is likely to be prejudicial to public and national interest”.

Failure to stop publication for three months will result in the withdrawal of the publishing permits, the letter said.

The Edge Media Group publisher and CEO Ho Kay Tat expressed disappointment with the ministry’s decision.

“We don’t see how exposing the scam to cheat the people of Malaysia of billions of ringgit can be construed as being detrimental to public and national interest,” said Ho.

“This is nothing more than a move to shut us down in order to shut us up.”

Ho said The Edge will go to court and try and get the suspension lifted.

“To our readers and fellow Malaysians, you can continue to read our work through our digital platforms like The Edge Markets, The Edge PropertyThe Malaysian Insider and edgy.my,” said Ho.

Other digital options to deliver the news will also be explored.

“To our advertisers, we hope you will continue to support us through our digital platforms now that the print will not be available for three months,” said Ho.

The Edge Media Group’s Malaysian operations have a staff count of around 350. – July 24, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/the-edge-weekly-da ily-suspended-for-3-months-from-july-27#sthash.EFR6xmwi.dpuf

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