Sunday, May 19, 2019

Siti Kharina's murder: Nigerian man remanded 7 days

Siti Kharina's murder: Nigerian man remanded 7 days

SEPANG: The Nigerian man arrested in connection with the murder of Siti Kharina Mohd Kamarudin, the chief nurse of Serdang Hospital on Saturday, was remanded for seven days from today.

The remand order was issued by Sepang Court Magistrate A Akhiruddin@Boy Acho until May 23 to assist the police in their investigation of the case under the Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
The handcuffed suspect clad in blue denim shirt, arrived at the courthouse here at 11am.

The 36-year-old was nabbed at 3.30pm yesterday at a cafe in Cheras Sentral, within 24 hours after Siti Kharina's body being found.

Based on initial investigation, the suspect was the last individual who was seen leaving the victim's house through a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera.
Two other suspects; a 38-year-old Pakistani and 35-year-old Nigerian woman who were arrested in connection with the case, had been remanded for seven days from Thursday onwards.

The partially clothed body of the forty-year-old nurse who went missing on May 8, was found dead with slash wounds on her chest, neck and head in her rented one-bedroom studio apartment unit in Third Avenue Condominium in Cyberjaya on May 15.
Siti Kharina’s body was discovered after investigating officers responded to a report made by the unit’s landlord who had spotted blood trail flowing out from the door.

The landlord had gone to the unit with the intention of repairing a faulty washing machine.
He was, however, unable to get in as it was locked and he sought the assistance from the condominium’s maintenance team to gain access.
Previously, Serdang Hospital had confirmed that Siti Kharina was last seen at the parking lot of the hospital at about 4pm last Wednesday.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Indonesian 'Belt and Road' high-speed rail link expects US$18b from satellite towns

Indonesian 'Belt and Road' high-speed rail link expects US$18b from satellite town
The Indonesian-Chinese consortium building a high-speed rail link between the capital Jakarta and the textiles hub of Bandung expects to earn $18 billion developing satellite towns and industrial centres along the line.

JAKARTA: The Indonesian-Chinese consortium building a high-speed rail link between the capital Jakarta and the textiles hub of Bandung expects to earn $18 billion developing satellite towns and industrial centres along the line, a company official said.

The rail project, part of Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect China with Asia, Europe and beyond was described last month by China's ambassador to Indonesia, Xiao Qian, as "the first high-speed rail of Southeast Asia".

After nearly three years of delays over land ownership disputes, construction on the rail line, which is financed principally by a $4.5 billion loan from China's Development Bank, finally kicked into gear in 2018.

The chief executive of Wijaya Kayra (WIKA), which heads the Indonesian side of what is the most high-profile of several Belt and Road projects in Indonesia, said that the state-owned construction firm expects to book 266 trillion rupiah ($18.7 billion) from four transit-related developments by 2070.

The Indonesian side, which also includes state rail company KAI, owns 60 percent while the Chinese, led by the China Railway Engineering Corporation, holds the rest.

WIKA CEO Tumiyana - who uses only one name - said that 15 percent of the line has been completed, with 60 percent to be finished by the end of 2019.

Analysts say the plan to develop four new towns and industrial centres mimics China's own approach to high-speed rail development.

"This seems like it's copying the general model of China's urban development - if you build it, they will come," said Nick Marro, a China analyst at the Economic Intelligence Unit.

One of the sites previously visited by Reuters on an old tea plantation is due to be transformed into a sleek 5,000 hectare city with high-rise blocks and the campus of a new university.

Indonesian and Chinese officials say the project's success will be a gauge for future infrastructure cooperation.

A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs previously told Reuters "it's a major project for the mutual benefit and cooperation between China and Indonesia and helps promote local economic and social development".

Indonesian vice-president Yusuf Kalla recently headed a delegation to China's BRI forum, where it pitched to Chinese companies for up to $91 billion of infrastructure projects.

Jakarta insists on a business-to-business structure for all potential BRI deals instead of China's traditional government-to-government loan format, which has limited the amount of overall projects. - Reuters

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Tengku Maimun is Malaysia's first woman CJ (updated)

History made as Tengku Maimun becomes Malaysia’s first female chief justice
Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat is Malaysia’s first female chief justice. — Picture via Twitter/Bernamadotcom

.KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 — Malaysia has its first female chief justice with today’s appointment of Federal Court judge Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat as the top judge of the country.

The Prime Minister’s Office made the announcement of the historic appointment today, after several weeks of speculation of who would be the next chief justice.
The Prime Minister’s Office said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had assented to Tengku Maimun’s appointment as the chief justice effective from today upon the prime minister’s advice and after consulting the Conference of Rulers, in line with Article 122B (1) of the Federal Constitution.
The Prime Minister’s Office also said the ceremony for the swearing in and handing over of the letter of appointment before the Agong would be notified by the Federal Court’s Chief Registrar’s Office after receiving the Agong’s assent.
Tengku Maimun was last year reported to be aged 59, which means that she will be able to serve for some years before reaching the judges’ retirement age of 66 years old.
According to the judiciary’s website, Tengku Maimun started off in the superior courts as a judicial commissioner at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on October 2, 2006.
She was appointed a High Court judge on September 5, 2007, and later became a Court of Appeal judge on January 8, 2013 before being further promoted to be a Federal Court judge on November 26, 2018.
Since the country’s founding in 1963, all the 15 judges that held Malaysia’s top judicial post — previously known as Lord President before its rebranding as chief justice — before Tengku Maimum have been men.
This is not the first time that history has been made during Pakatan Harapan’s first year in government, in terms of the appointment of the highest-ranking judge in Malaysia.
Just about two months after PH took over federal power, then Federal Court judge Tan Sri Richard Malanjum was appointed on July 11, 2018 as the chief justice.
Malanjum was the first east Malaysian and also the first Sabah Bumiputera to be appointed as chief justice.
Malanjum retired on April 12, 2019 after hitting the age limit for judges of 66 years and serving out the additional six-month extension allowed under the Federal Constitution.
Despite his brief tenure as chief justice, Malanjum was hailed as being a staunch defender of the Federal Constitution and for implementing multiple reforms to the judiciary.
The Prime Minister’s Office today recorded its appreciation and gratitude to Malanjum over his service as chief justice.


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