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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) - The defence ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines have agreed to look into strengthening their ground forces through conducting military training as an added initiative to solidify their Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement (TCA), the Malaysian Bernama news agency reported on Saturday.

This was among the outcome of their meeting held at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City, the Philippines, where Malaysia was represented by Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu, said a statement by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence.

It took place in conjunction with his official visit to the country from September 12 to 14, the ministry added.

“The minister reaffirmed Malaysia's strong commitment towards ensuring the continued implementation of the TCA that the three countries have established,” the ministry added.

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - Malaysia has expressed that its deep concern and strong disagreement with the recent positions taken by the US government concerning Palestine, Bernama reported.

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that Malaysia firmly believes that the US stance is counterproductive towards finding a comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

“It would also undermine and jeopardize the efforts of the international community in ensuring the security and stability of the region,” said the statement.

The statement said that Malaysia regarded the actions of the US government as a humiliation to the Palestinians and their struggle for the right to self-determination.

“It would inflame sentiments and hamper any future peace negotiations,”it said.

Over the past few weeks, the US government had decided to cut more than US$200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians; ended its contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); and ordered the closure of the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Washington.

The US government had also attributed its decision to close the PLO Office over the efforts by Palestine to prompt an investigation against Israel by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The statement said such moves by the US government weakened the multilateral system; ignored the reality on the ground; supported and helped to perpetuate Israel’s brutal policies which contravened international law; and violated the rights of the
Palestinian people.

It also said all of these were preceded by the previous decision of the US government to recognize al Quds as the capital of Israel and subsequently moved its embassy to it, which many had regarded as unacceptable.

Malaysia also urged the international community to pursue all legal, political, diplomatic and economic channels to create the necessary conditions for peace in the region.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7, 2018 (MENA) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday said that he is not satisfied with the achievement and performance of Cabinet ministers since they were appointed to their respective portfolios in the new government.

Mahathir was speaking after chairing the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council meeting at Menara Yayasan Selangor, according to Bernama news agency.

Mahathir lambasted the actions of some government officials for delaying decisions until they had to be transferred to another department.

"We found that there are officials who are still loyal to the previous administration and Najib Razak. We appointed officers as ministers are entitled to get their staff. Despite my approval of their appointments, they are still not getting their salaries, purportedly something is wrong with the appointment", he added.

"It is only when the Cabinet decided to take action, the salary is paid," he said.

Mahathir also refuted allegations that the government failed to take action against previous government leaders found to have committed criminal offences.

 

BEIJING, Aug 20, 2018 (News Wires) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday he believed China would sympathise with his country’s “internal fiscal problems” as he seeks to renegotiate, or possibly cancel, more than $20 billion in Chinese-funded projects.

Mahathir said after meeting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing he did not believe in confrontation with any country and stressed the benefits Malaysia stood to gain from increased exposure to Chinese trade, technology and entrepreneurship.

“We hope also to get China to understand the problems being faced by Malaysia today,” Mahathir told a joint news conference with Li.

“I believe that China will look sympathetically toward the problems that we have to resolve and perhaps helping us to resolve some of our internal fiscal problems,” he said.

Mahathir did not mention the projects in question but he vowed repeatedly before his China visit to discuss what he called “unfair” Chinese infrastructure deals authorised by former premier Najib Razak.

Najib courted Chinese investment and was a cheerleader for President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative in Southeast Asia during his decade-long rule, but Mahathir has questioned the value of the deals and the risk that they would leave Malaysia “indebted” to China.

Mahathir made no mention of Low Taek Jho, the Malaysian financier wanted for his role in the multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Malaysia believed Low was being harboured in China and that a request to extradite him would be high on Mahathir’s agenda during his five-day trip.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he was not familiar with Low’s case.

“But on principle, China is willing to, on the basis of mutual consultations, start normal legal cooperation with other countries,” he told a regular news briefing.

Li said China hoped that a further expansion in trade ties with Malaysia would result in greater balance in two-way trade and that China was ready to increase “to a fairly large extent” imports of palm oil and other agricultural produce to meet the needs of Chinese consumers.

China is Malaysia’s third-largest export market after India and the European Union.

He said consensus reached during talks and a raft of memorandum of understandings signed during Mahathir’s visit, including on a bilateral currency swap, palm oil, rubber and durian imports, sent a message that the two countries would “remain friendly to each other in the long term”.

However, Mahathir, who turned 93 last month, offered only a qualified endorsement when Li, addressing him directly, asked whether he believed they had consensus on upholding free trade.

“I agree with you that free trade should be the way to go but of course free trade should also be fair trade,” Mahathir said.

“We do not want a situation where there is a new version of colonialism happening because poor countries are unable to compete with rich countries,” he said.

The centerpiece of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure push in Malaysia is the ambitious $20-billion East Coast Rail Link project, work on which has been suspended pending discussions over pricing.

Mahathir has also halted work on two projects worth more than $2.3 billion awarded to the China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau that have been linked to graft at 1MDB.

PALEMBANG, August 19, 2018 (News Wires) - Malaysia’s Johnathan Wong Guanjie and Joseline Cheah Lee Yean missed the cut to the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games mixed 10m air pistol event finals by merely four points Sunday.

The duo amassed 755 points in the qualifying round at Jakabaring Shooting Range here, four points lower than fifth placed Kazakhstan (759).

With only top five pairs advancing to the finals, Johnathan and Joseline’s campaign in the inaugural event ended in the qualifying round.

“It is a bit disappointing to miss the finals with four points, but it is also motivating because the scores are not far. I think our points are not high enough because our partnership is still new and lack training,” Johnathan told Bernama after the event.

China’s Wu Jiayu-Ji Xiaojing topped the qualifying with 769 points, which is the new Asiad qualifying record, followed by South Korea’s Lee Dae Myung-Kim Min Jung (768) and Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda- Akiko Sato (766).

Johnathan will next compete in the men’s 10m air pistol on Tuesday, while Joseline will be in the women’s 10m air pistol scheduled on Friday.

“Actually the technic today is quite good, I just needed to control my pistol and to be more focused, other than that, my coach said its fine. I just wish to do my personal best with this pistol in the individual event since I just started to use this gun recently,” he said.

The 25-year-old’s personal best with his more advanced new gun is 579 points, six points lower than the previous gun (585).

Earlier, Mohamad Lutfi Othman-Nur Izazi Rosli also failed to book their berth into finals in the mixed 10m rifle event, after ending in 10th place with 820.5 points.

South Korea’s Kim Hyeonjun- Jung Eunhea top the qualifying with 836.7 points, followed by India’s Ravi Kumar-Apurvi Chandela (853.3) and Mongolia’s Bayaraa Nyantai- Nandinzaya Gankhuyag (832.1).

KUALA LUMPUR, August 17, 2018 (News Wires) - HTC Malaysia has officially announced the availability of their latest flagship device, the U12+. If you are one of those HTC fans who are eager to secure a unit, you’re in luck.

Starting from August 17, 2018 (12am), you can pre-order the flagship phone online or via authorised dealers and outlets.

To recap, the HTC U12+ gets an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD. Besides that, it also gets a 6-inch QHD+ display and packs a 3,500 mAh battery.

For capturing images and recording videos, the rear camera configuration consists of a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 16MP telephoto lens. At the front, it features dual 8MP selfie cameras. If you want to know more about the HTC U12+, you can check out our post here.

 

 

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