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‘Unready’ Malaysians to blame for Najib’s sedition repeal rollback, says minister

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November 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should not be blamed for retaining and “fortifying” the Sedition Act as he was only responding to the vitriol... Read more

Stay on Sedition Act yet to be ‘endorsed’, says MCA No 2

BY MELISSA CHI
November 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — After Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s surprise announcement today that the colonial-era Sedition Act 1948 will not be repealed, MCA’s Datuk Wee Ka Siong said the decision is not finalised and has not been endorsed by the Cabinet. Choosing his words carefully, the deputy president of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Flying visit to Klia 2

  • Water ponding that has raised safety concerns can be seen at Klia 2 in Sepang, November 27, 2014.  — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Water ponding that has raised safety concerns can be seen at Klia 2 in Sepang, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • Construction work can be seen at  Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Construction work can be seen at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • MAHB Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali gives a media briefing at  Klia 2 in Sepang, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    MAHB Managing Director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali gives a media briefing at Klia 2 in Sepang, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • Recurring flooding and water ponding due to the depressions on aircraft parking aprons and taxiways has been widely reported at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Recurring flooding and water ponding due to the depressions on aircraft parking aprons and taxiways has been widely reported at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • Recurring flooding and water ponding due to the depressions on aircraft parking aprons and taxiways has been widely reported at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Recurring flooding and water ponding due to the depressions on aircraft parking aprons and taxiways has been widely reported at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

  • Recurring flooding and water ponding due to the depressions on aircraft parking aprons and taxiways has been widely reported at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

    Recurring flooding and water ponding due to the depressions on aircraft parking aprons and taxiways has been widely reported at Klia 2, November 27, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Read More

Dramatic exit for two Protasco directors during EGM

November 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Shareholders got more drama than they bargained for during a recent extraordinary general meeting called by two Protasco Bhd shareholders, UOBM Nominees (Tempatan) Sdn Bhd and Tan Heng Kui. Directors Tey Por Yee and Ooi Kock Aun were given the sack from their positions after 95 per cent of shareholders backed a... Read more

‘My China Dream’ emblazoned on a billboard on a bridge near the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, November 27, 2014. — Reuters pic

‘My China Dream’ emblazoned on a billboard on a bridge near the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, November 27, 2014. — Reuters pic

Brentford closing on impossible dream

November 27, 2014

LONDON, Nov 27 — The spotlight on London soccer usually shines on glamour clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United but rarely on unfashionable Brentford who last played in the top flight nearly 70 years ago. For decades Brentford have been the nearly men of the capital’s footballing scene, trundling along in the lower divisions at their antiquated Griffin Park ground situated under the flight path to Heathrow... Read more

Myanmar’s military MPs snub dinner invite from Suu Kyi

November 27, 2014

YANGON, Nov 27 — Myanmar’s military turned down a dinner invitation from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, lawmakers said today, after the Nobel laureate sought a meeting to build ties ahead of a proposed summit on changing the constitution. Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president under the existing constitution, which cannot be changed... Read more

Security officials surround and investigate the car bombing by a motorcyclist which affected a British embassy car in Kabul, November 27, 2014. — Reuters pic

Security officials surround and investigate the car bombing by a motorcyclist which affected a British embassy car in Kabul, November 27, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Say cheese! Wikipedia seeks help to explain French fromage

November 27, 2014

PARIS, Nov 27 — Wikipedia yesterday launched a fundraising initiative — dubbed WikiCheese — to photograph France’s bewildering varieties of cheese and put them online to help readers tell their Black Brie from their Tymsboro. The French branch of the online encyclopedia hopes to pull in €5,000 (RM20,888) through crowdfunding over the next... Read more

An employee scans a food package for an order at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 27, 2014. — Reuters pic

An employee scans a food package for an order at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 27, 2014. — Reuters pic

Coldplay’s new ‘Ink’ album launched with interactive content (VIDEO)

November 27, 2014

LONDON, Nov 27 — "Ink," the fifth single off English band Coldplay's 2014 studio album "Ghost Stories," now has an interactive video in which viewers follow a lost traveler. Written, directed and animated by Los Angeles agency Blind, and using technology by digital media company Interlude, the video offers more than 300 possible journeys to... Read more

Shia LaBeouf manages to please the judge
After all of his recent troubles, Shia LaBeouf has finally made a good impression on a judge. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens has just been granted a restraining order against a fan who flew from Africa to LA because he wanted to marry the Spring Breakers starlet. And finally, Shia has also turned up on the list of the Least Influential People in the world. — Cover Media Read More

White vans and pickups: potent symbols from behind the wheel

November 27, 2014

LONDON, Nov 27 — Automobiles are supposed to get you from Point A to Point B. They can also get you into trouble, even if you aren’t driving or riding in one, because they possess potent social symbolism. Emily Thornberry, a Labour member of the UK parliament, learned this last week. During a by-election in Rochester that was won by the... Read more

Class-conscious Egypt’s most vivid vehicular symbol — a well-used Mercedes-Benz sedan from the 1970s or 1980s: boxy, basic and beloved of self-employed shop-owners. — Reuters pic

Class-conscious Egypt’s most vivid vehicular symbol — a well-used Mercedes-Benz sedan from the 1970s or 1980s: boxy, basic and beloved of self-employed shop-owners. — Reuters pic Read More

‘Hugo Chavez studies’ now a Venezuelan fad

November 27, 2014

CARACAS, Nov 27 — Students rise to their feet as a uniformed Venezuelan brigadier-general enters a large classroom at a Caracas military institute and proclaims: “Chavez lives!” In unison, they reply: “The fight goes on!” before settling at their desks for an hour-long lecture punctuated with references to Venezuela’s late socialist leader... Read more

What's trending: Deaf teen learning sign language for the first time
Were you not planning on crying today? Too bad. This video of a deaf teenager in Uganda learning sign language for the first time is making the rounds.

Smartphone subscriptions set to soar in Malaysia, says Ericsson

November 27, 2014

PETALING JAYA, Nov 27 — Ericsson expects smartphone subscriptions to increase 10 per cent over the next six months in Malaysia after a research revealed a tremendous rise of smartphone users. Its Malaysia and Sri Lanka president, Todd Ashton, said the rise was due to the application of social media and instant messaging services such as... Read more

Next Media Video: SpaceX to test drone ship for landing reusable space rockets
Private spaceflight company SpaceX has been testing reusable rockets to lower the cost of space missions, and over the next two months, the company will attempt the landing of Falcon 9 rockets on a drone spaceport. — Reuters

Eight of the best winter resorts with non-skiing activities

November 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Nov 27 — It may seem that skiers hold a monopoly over winter. But luxury ski resorts are increasingly recognising that winter doesn’t belong just to snow bunnies by launching innovative new activities — think snow paragliding and igloo building — for their non-skiing guests. For couples who have a hard time reconciling one... Read more

Holiday travellers wait for trains to be called at Penn Station in New York, November 26, 2014. A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend. — Reuters pic

Holiday travellers wait for trains to be called at Penn Station in New York, November 26, 2014. A blast of rain and snow along the East Coast is threatening to snarl traffic and disrupt flights for millions of Americans at the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend. — Reuters pic

Book Talk: Diane von Furstenberg — from fashion to empowering women

November 27, 2014

NEW YORK, Nov 27 — Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is known for turning her signature wrap dress into a fashion empire. In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, she describes how she did it. Von Furstenberg, 67, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, married a prince and became an entrepreneur before her 30s. But success came at a... Read more

American-Chinese author and chef Ken Hom at the National Book Awards, which opened in London November 26, 2014. — Reuters pic

American-Chinese author and chef Ken Hom at the National Book Awards, which opened in London November 26, 2014. — Reuters pic