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Government Investigates Seven Hotspots In Sarawak

Datuk Seri G. PalanivelKUALA LUMPUR: The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is investigating seven hotspots detected in Sarawak by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-18 (NOAA) satellite image yesterday.

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Plans To Lengthen Runway On Tioman Island

KUANTAN: Six years after calling off plans for a new airport on Tioman Island due to environmental concerns, the Federal Government is now mulling over realigning the airport’s existing airstrip to accommodate the Aerei da Trasporto Regionale (ATR) turboprop aircraft.

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Chili Project For 5,000 Indian Youth

KUALA LUMPUR: A PIONEER agriculture project to empower Indian youth through the New Affirmative Action Movement (Naam) is expected to begin next month.

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MH17: Malaysia Passed All 117 DNA Samples Of Victims Relatives To Dutch Police

AMSTERDAM: Kuala Lumpur has passed to the Dutch government 117 DNA samples taken from relatives of Malaysians who died in the MH17 tragedy.

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Malaysia Airlines Aborts Take Off At The Adelaide airport

Adelaide AirportA Malaysia Airlines flight had to abort take-off at Adelaide airport yesterday to avoid a collision with an incoming Tigerair plane.

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200 Lose Homes In Blaze

Pic: NSTKOTA KINABALU: Rosnah Madiasin, 54, carried her 15-month-old grandson to safety as her house was razed in Kampung Gentisan in Sepanggar near here.

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MAS Management To Show Gratitude By Giving Staff Ex Gratia Of RM2,000 Each

Pic: TheMalaysianInsiderBeleaguered Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) is expected to be burning up cash at an even faster rate as its management will likely be forking out a chunk of ex gratia to its staff.

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PAS: Not Currying Flavour.

1024px-Curry IstKUALA LUMPUR: A controversy is brewing over a video clip of a PAS religious leader mocking Hindus over curry powder and about “sexy” Hindu idols as the party takes on its religious stand.

Sahul Hamid Seeni Muhammad, said to be an ustaz (male religious teacher), was filmed during a closed-door event questioning why Muslims were buying curry powder from non-Muslim manufacturers like Baba’s and Alagappas, rather than Adabi.

He also made fun of a dishti bomma, a squarish metal plate with the face of a “fearsome demon” on it placed at the entrance of the Alagappa Flour Mills near Permatang Pauh.

He was also seen poking fun at the snake temple in Penang.

The video, said to be filmed five years ago and uploaded in May, has now gone viral on social media, sparking criticism from Hindus and Muslims alike.

MIC vice-president Datuk M. Saravanan called for police action to be taken against Sahul Hamid for what he termed as seditious remarks.

“These statements are the opinions of a rude individual.

“I hope that the Home Ministry and the Government will act against this man,” he said, adding that PAS should also act against Sahul Hamid.

MIC Youth chief C. Sivarraajh said he would organise a protest outside Sahul Hamid’s house if no action was taken against the latter within a week.

Jihad for Justice chairman Datuk Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim said he was ashamed of the way a fellow Muslim has acted.

Former Penang PAS commissioner Datuk Mohd Salleh Man confirmed that Sahul Hamid was a PAS member and that the controversial video was filmed five years ago.

“It is up to the state PAS committee to decide on any action,” he said.

MIC and a Muslim non-government organisation (NGO) held a peaceful protest at Dataran Brickfields yesterday, demanding action be taken against the PAS member, while the Penang MIC and several Hindu NGOs based in the state also lodged police reports.

Following the uproar, Sahul Hamid uploaded a video apology: “The individual who recorded and uploaded it did it without my knowledge or consent with possible malicious intentions.

“What I said then was based on trusted knowledge.’’

Bukit Aman spokesman Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad said Sahul Hamid could face up to five years imprisonment if he was convicted under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.

“We would like to advise the public to be careful and practice humility when presenting information, and not manipulate with the intent of jeopardising racial harmony,” she added.

-- http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/07/31/PAS-religious-leader-stirs-curry-powder-controversy/

Outcry Over Bid To Relocate School

Pic: NSTMALACCA: A STORM is brewing in the state following a plan by the state administration to relocate the historical city’s oldest school, the Malacca High School or SMK Tinggi Melaka.

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Royal Malaysia Police Team Leaves For Ukraine On A National Mission

Pic:NSTSEPANG: An expert delegation of policemen left for Ukraine to lend a hand in the search and recovery of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

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