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Archive for December, 2016

Kit Siang’s ‘Pensiangan Formula’ on Shariah bill

PETALING JAYA: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang is proposing the “Pensiangan Formula” to address the “political and constitutional stalemate” arising from the proposed amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act. In a statement, Gelang Patah MP Lim, said the idea of the “Pensiangan Formula” came to him during a recent visit to Pensiangan, Sabah, […]

I’m not loving it, McDonald’s

The recent McDonald’s ruling on birthday cakes is preposterous. In insisting on halal certification for cakes brought to its restaurants, did the fast food chain consider that not everyone brings a cake bought from a shop? There are mothers who bake their children’s birthday cakes for parties at McDonald’s. And there are those who order […]

Bus firm: Marriage certificate not required for tickets

PETALING JAYA: Long-haul bus company TransMalaya Ekspres has denied claims that Muslim couples are required to produce a marriage certificate when purchasing bus tickets at its counters. Its ticket servicing department officer, Rina Suhara Ramli, said the company had never imposed such a requirement on its customers as it believed in respecting their privacy. “We […]

Kok: Gender segregation good for safety, not moral policing

PETALING JAYA: DAP’s Teresa Kok today defended her stance on gender segregation in buses, saying she supported it for women’s safety, but not as a form of moral policing. “This topic deserves more discussion before implementation. I support allowing women to travel at ease in long-distance buses. “But I don’t support moral policing by the […]

​LGE accepts The Star’s apology over comment piece

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has accepted the retraction and apology of The Star newspaper over an article written by its chief political correspondent Joceline Tan. Lim’s legal officer Raja Syarafina Raja Shuib said this following the newspaper’s retraction and apology published on Dec 25. Lim had accused The Star of publishing […]

Citing safety, TransMalaya express buses segregate male, female passengers

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 28 ― Male and female passengers who board long-haul bus operator TransMalaya Ekspres will be expected to sit separately if they are not family or married, even when they are non-Muslims. Speaking to Malay Mail Online, the company said it made the decision to provide comfort and safety for female passengers, following […]

All religious institutions qualify for tax exemptions, says IRB

PETALING JAYA: All religious institutions or organisations qualify for tax exemptions, provided that their income are from donations and intended for religious activities. The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) said that a recent amendment to the Income Tax Act 1967 in Budget 2017 shed light on how the exemptions can be applied. “The amendment to paragraph […]

Kit Siang mulls suing NST over ‘pure fantasy’ report

KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Kit Siang, upset with a report in the New Straits Times, has instructed his lawyers to look into the possibility of suing the newspaper. The DAP parliamentary leader said in a statement that the NST report titled ‘DAP’s ploy to secure DPM post’, was “pure fantasy”. “Among other things, the NST report […]

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