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Hundreds of Singapore and Malaysia investors duped of millions by property company

According to an ABC report, Macro Realty Developments Pte Ltd is controlled by Australian Veronica Macpherson (picture) and received over A$110 million (S$119 million), mostly from Singaporean and Malaysian investors ETALING JAYA – Singaporean police are investigating a property company believed to be involved in a ponzi scheme that conned hundreds of Malaysians investors out of millions. According to an ABC report, the company is controlled by Australian Veronica Macpherson and received over A$110 million (S$119 million), mostly from Singaporean and Malaysian investors. Although based in Singapore, Macro Realty Developments Pte LtdRead More


Man jailed for smuggling chewing tobacco, first conviction under amended law

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced to four weeks’ jail on Thursday (Jul 20) for smuggling into Singapore chewing tobacco products with a street value of about S$9,200. Kavinthiran is the first person to be convicted under changes to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, which banned the import, distribution and sale of emerging tobacco products. The ban took effect on Aug 1 last year. According to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in a news release, Kavinthiran had driven a rented car from Johor Bahru to Woodlands CheckpointRead More


Goodbye gambling dens, hello tablets!

GEORGE TOWN: Now that illegal gambling dens cannot ‘pretend to be family entertainment outlets’ anymore, operators are changing strategies but the police are still on to them. “Some of the operators are now visiting food courts and gambling sheds at forest fringes. They hand out tablets with WiFi connections to gamblers, who load credit into their accounts and get special passwords to start betting. “Some of the gamblers just log in with their own smart phones,” said Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye. He said in aRead More


PM: Country’s progress shows Malaysia is not a failed state

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak being brieffed by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister office Datuk Dr. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki about the new Putrajaya Islamic Complex model before officates it in Putrajaya. Also present is Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (second left) and JAKIM Directror-general Tan Sri Othman Mustafa(left).MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star PUTRAJAYA: The country’s peace and progress show Malaysia is not a failed state as some parties have claimed. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysians have a lotRead More


Seychelles reports find of possible plane debris, tells Malaysia

VICTORIA: Seychelles reported on Thursday the discovery of two pieces of debris that seemed to be from an aircraft and said it had notified Malaysia, whose Flight MH370 vanished in 2014 with 239 people aboard. The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) said scientists researching birds and turtles had found the debris washed up on Farqhar, one of the islands that make up the tropical Indian Ocean nation. “The direction of flow of the sea currents make it likely that the (debris) came from the general direction where other parts (ofRead More


5 places in Penang you must not miss

The island has all the factors a tourist is looking for – tasty authentic food, diverse cultures, a vibrant art scene, picturesque sunsets, and enchanting landscapes. Imagine narrow streets with old colonial buildings and small Chinese shops, trishaws riding around, and the smell of freshly stir-fried noodles in the air.  You have arrived to Georgetown, the state’s capital city. Here are some of my picks of experiences to indulge in: 1. Lebuh Armenian to discover creative street art The Little children on a bicycle mural on Armenian Street is oneRead More


Forex trader sentenced to day’s jail, fine for offensive anti-PM FB post

KUALA LUMPUR: An online forex trader was sentenced to a day in prison and fined RM4,000 by the sessions court here today for uploading an offensive post on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to his Facebook page last year. Judge Zaman Mohd Noor meted out the sentence after Nasaruddin Saron pleaded “guilty” to the offence. The 41-year-old from Felda Bukit Easter in Kota Tinggi, Johor, was charged with intentionally uploading a post with the intention of offending others to his Facebook account ‘Nasaruddin Saron’ on Oct 26, 2016. TheRead More


Malaysia tourism tax to be enforced from July, not August: Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will begin imposing its tourism tax from July and not August as reported earlier, according to Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Thursday (Jun 8). An earlier announcement on the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website stated the tourism tax would kick in from Aug 1. The webpage with details on the tax has been taken down. Mr Nazri also shot down a news report which claimed the implementation of the tax would be postponed. “The gazette (on Tourism Tax) is automatic, in accordance withRead More


Mastermind behind largest fake casino chip scam jailed

His ruse caused a loss of $1.3m for Marina Bay Sands casino The mastermind behind Singapore’s largest counterfeit casino chip scam had breezed through Marina Bay Sands (MBS) with $1,000 chips that looked so real, the Casino Regulatory Authority said they were of the “best quality” that it had examined so far. Toh Hock Thiam’s ruse was realised only a week later, when an eagle-eyed cashier noticed a slight discolouration in one of the 1,291 counterfeit chips. By then, MBS had suffered a loss of $1.291 million. Yesterday, Toh, nowRead More


Troops patrolling Thai-Malaysian border

NARATHIWAT — Thai soldiers have been deployed to patrol the Thai-Malaysian border in Narathiwat and Yala provinces around the clock since May 12 to stop illegal border crossings and smuggling.  Gen Chalermchai Sithisart, the army chief, said the deployment of soldiers in small teams from the 15th Infantry Division to patrol the border in Narathiwat and Yala is part of ongoing efforts to solve the insurgency problem in the southern border provinces. The patrols are intended to block the smuggling of war materials, including ammunition and explosives, and to preventRead More


Kim Jong Nam murder case moves to Malaysian high court

KUALA LUMPUR – The case of two women charged in Malaysia with killing the estranged half-brother of North Korea’s leader was transferred to a higher court on Tuesday, as a defense lawyer complained of not getting all of the documents he had requested. Indonesian Siti Aishah, 25, and Doan Thi Huong, 28, from Vietnam, face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13.  The two women are accused of smearing Kim’s face with VX nerve agent, a chemical described by theRead More


21 dead after worst rain ‘in 30 years’ in southern Thailand so far.

Twenty-one people have been killed and nearly one million people affected by floods in southern Thailand after days of rain across the country’s southern neck. The “severe flooding is because of the worst rainfall in more than 30 years”, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters. Downpours and flash floods have also disrupted holidays on tourist islands including Samui and Phangan, disappointing tens of thousands of visitors hunting Thailand’s peak season sun. Despite the end of the monsoon season weeks ago, there were no immediate signs of respite for the flood-battered region.Read More


Singapore files written observations over Malaysia’s application to revise judgment on Pulau Batu Puteh

SINGAPORE: Singapore on Wednesday filed its written observations with the International Court of Justice over Malaysia’s application to revise a 2008 judgment that awarded Pulau Batu Puteh or Pedra Branca to the Republic. In a statement on Thursday, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the written observations are a “comprehensive rebuttal” to Malaysia’s application. Said the ministry: “Singapore is confident of our case and our legal team.” The next step is for both parties to present their oral arguments after the ICJ has fixed the schedule for the oral proceedings.Read More


Ringgit easier against US$ Wednesday

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened easier against the US dollar Wednesday on mild profit-taking following Tuesday”s gains. At 9.02 am(0102gmt), the local unit was quoted at 4.3020/3050 against Tuesday”s 4.2920/2950. A dealer said the greenback also edged up against other currencies supported by the increase in the US Treasury yields. Investors” focus was on the Federal Reserve”s monetary policy stance for the next interest rate hike. However, against other major currencies, the ringgit was traded higher. It rose against the Singapore dollar to 3.0918/0962 from 3.0938/0971 on Tuesday and increasedRead More


Malaysia also hit by WannaCry ransomware

Network cables are seen going into a server in an office building in Washington, DC, on May 13, 2017. International investigators hunted on Saturday for those behind an unprecedented cyber-attack that affected systems in dozens of countries, including at banks, hospitals and government agencies, as security experts sought to contain the fallout. The assault, which began Friday and was being described as the biggest-ever cyber ransom attack, struck state agencies and major companies around the world — from Russian banks and British hospitals to FedEx and European car factories. (AFPRead More


Chinese deals in Malaysia under scrutiny

China’s growing involvement in Malaysia has been praised and panned in recent years. The Sunday Times looks at how its widening presence is drawing increasing attention in the first of a two-part series. Tomorrow, why the promise of new ports in Malaysia with help from China may not materialise. Shannon Teoh Malaysia Bureau Chief and Trinna Leong Malaysia Correspondent In Kuala Lumpur The slew of projects and investments by China’s state-owned enterprises and their soft loans have been a major talking point in Malaysia since 2015, when they helped prop up stateRead More


Formula One: Malaysia confirms F1 race to be halted from 2018 due to low returns

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia confirmed on Friday (April 7) that it will end its contract to host the Formula One Grand Prix race from 2018 due to declining sales. Malaysia’s tourism minister had said in November that the country will stop hosting the racing championships after the current agreement expires in 2018. “The Cabinet has agreed to end the contract for hosting the Formula One race starting 2018 after considering lowering returns to the country compared to the cost of hosting the championships,” Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak saidRead More


Girls as young as nine ready for marriage, says Malaysian MP

KUALA LUMPUR • A Malaysian Member of Parliament has sparked outrage in the country by saying that girls as young as nine were “physically and spiritually” ready for marriage. His comments came as the Muslim-majority South-east Asian country passed a law on sexual offences against children without criminalising child marriage. Datuk Shabudin Yahaya, MP for Tasek Gelugor and a member of the multi-ethnic Barisan Nasional governing coalition, made the comments in reply to a proposal by an opposition MP to amend the Sexual Offences Against Children Bill to include aRead More


Malaysia says no sign of heart attack or puncture wounds on North Korean man who died after airport incident

KUALA LUMPUR –  Malaysia’s health ministry said on Tuesday (Feb 21) that there was no evidence of a heart attack, puncture wounds or marks on the North Korean man who died after an attack at the airport and who had not been identified by his next of kin. Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said authorities had  not determined the cause of death and were still awaiting the results of the autopsy. “There’s nothing to suggest puncture wounds or marks,” he said, clarifying early reports from South Korean mediaRead More


Singapore, Malaysia police team up to cripple cross-border Internet love scam syndicates involved in 108 cases

SINGAPORE – A joint operation conducted in several Malaysian states last week yielded 27 arrested suspects believed to be involved in cross-border Internet love scam syndicates. The operation, which took place from Feb 6 to 8, was a joint effort between the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Royal Malaysia Police, Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD). Among those arrested were 13 Nigerian nationals believed to have had a hand in 108 such love scams reported by victims in both Singapore and Malaysia. The victims’ total lossesRead More