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Malaysian palm oil farmers protest ban by European Parliament

Palm oil, also a major ingredient in products from food to cosmetics, has long been controversial as environmentalists say it drives deforestation Hundreds of Malaysian palm oil farmers protested on Tuesday against a push by the European Parliament to ban the use of the commodity in biofuels, saying it would devastate rural people's livelihoods. Waving banners that read "Stop the Palm Oil Ban" and "Palm oil provides food for my family", the smallholders gathered in downtown Kuala Lumpur and marched to the European Union's mission to deliver a petition.



Malaysian farmers protest Europe's push to curb palm oil imports

Hundreds of Malaysian palm oil farmers gathered in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday to protest a push by European Union lawmakers to curb palm oil imports from the world's second-biggest producer of the edible oil. Smallholders, who account for about 40 percent of Malaysia's palm oil output, say the EU's move could threaten their livelihoods because prices will likely fall if supply that would normally go to Europe is left sloshing around the market.



Man charged with extorting Pastor Koh's son now claims trial to kidnapping charge

KUALA LUMPUR: The 31-year-old man who claimed trial to extorting the son of missing Pastor Raymond Koh has now been charged with kidnapping, a development described by his lawyer as "shocking". Part-time driver Lam Chang Nam was charged under Section 385 of the Penal Code with extorting RM30,000 from 33-year-old Jonathan Koh Szu Hao for the release of his father.



Fil-Canadian, Malaysian tourists to visit NegOcc

ABOUT 250 Filipino-Canadians and 15 Malaysian tourists will visit Negros Occidental at the end of the month and the first week of February. Provincial Tourism Office head Christine Mansinares said the arrivals would be a big boost to the province's tourism industry.



Malaysian navy deploys ship to rescue tourists stranded on Tioman

News selected on topics and regions - oil and gas, business, politics, IT, the South Caucasus, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia Ranking of the Azerbaijani banking sector CONTACT US E-MAIL: sales@trend.az PHONES: + 994 12 437 18 46 Azad Abdulrahimzade: +994 50 669-48-84 Aybeniz Askerova: +994 50 677-42-28 The Royal Malaysian Navy has been deployed to rescue 93 tourists stranded on Tioman island for several days following bad weather and rough seas, The Straits Times reported. A total of 54 foreign tourists and 39 local tourists have been stranded on the island off the east coast of Johor since Jan 11. Tioman assemblyman Mohd Johari Hussain said Navy ship KD Terengganu is expected to arrive on the island at 10pm on Monday .



Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru. The signing at the Istana on Tuesday is a concrete step towards the building of the 4km Rapid Transit System Link, which is to be completed by Dec 31, 2024.



Malaysian businesses 'self-censoring' dog images to avoid Muslim outcry

Women shop for Chinese decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Jan 25, 2013. Source: Shutterstock WITH five weeks left until Chinese New Year , several businesses in multi-ethnic Malaysia are steering clear of dog images on their products and displays to avoid upsetting the country's Muslim majority.



Malaysian women politicians should not be mere seat-warmers

Mustafa K Anuar talks to a few politicians, academics and activist to find out how they view women in politics and leadership positions. Lawyer-activist Fadiah Nadwa Fikri said women's representation in politics was as important as the politics they represented and practised - politics that was inclusive, progressive, radical and representative of the people in Malaysia, in particular, the marginalised.



MACC: More arrests expected over undersea tunnel project probe

KAJANG: Several more individuals are expected to be arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission over probe into the RM6.3bil Penang undersea tunnel project. "We will likely be making several more arrests following the raids in Penang," MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki told reporters after attending a get together with taxi and car rental drivers in Kajang Monday .



As crisis looms for Malaysia, time to focus on elections

Our nation is facing the bleak prospect of the collapse of the rule of law, the creation of an absolute dictator and the establishing of kleptocracy as a norm, warns Ambiga Sreenevasan. As such, it is the right of the opposition coalition whose MPs will be in Parliament, to identify their prime ministerial candidate taking into account the views and interests of their members and the public.



Malaysian navy ship deployed to rescue tourists stranded in Tioman

Malaysian navy vessel KD Terengganu is expected to arrive in Tioman to fetch the stranded tourists at 1am on Tuesday . KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Navy was deployed on Monday to rescue 93 tourists stranded on Tioman island in Pahang.



Malaysia plans special court on human trafficking as cases soar

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is setting up a special court to tackle rising numbers of human trafficking cases, in a move welcomed by campaigners who said it would help deliver justice to victims. The nation relies heavily on foreign domestic workers as well as labourers from countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal for jobs shunned by locals including work on plantations and in construction.



Malaysia upholds death sentences for 9 Filipinos

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian court on Monday upheld death sentences handed down to nine men from the Philippines in connection with a 2013 incursion into the Malaysian part of Borneo island by Philippine fighters seeking to stake an ancient claim. The incursion by the fighters from the southern Philippines into Malaysia's Sabah state sparked a month-long crisis and at least 27 people were killed when Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets eventually subdued the militants.



Malaysia-Singapore ties tested by high-speed rail contract

The leaders of Malaysia and Singapore are expected to discuss plans for a high-speed rail project linking their countries during summit talks on Tuesday, as a deadline to award the multi-billion dollar project nears. The high-speed rail valued by analysts at about $17 billion is the biggest project undertaken by the Southeast Asian neighbours in recent years, and will test a relationship that has been frosty since the end of the colonial era in the 1960s.



Federal Court upholds death sentence of nine charged with Lahad Datu intrusion

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has upheld the death sentence against nine Filipino men charged with waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong during the 2013 Lahad Datu intrusion. Justice Md Raus said that they agreed with the Court of Appeal that the death sentence was the most appropriate sentence based on the findings of the facts of the case.



Jane Teoh Crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2018

Last update: 15/01/2018 By Nazirah Ripin KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 -- Jane Teoh, 20, an accounting and finance student who hails from Penang has been crowned as Miss Universe Malaysia 2018. Teoh, who received RM50,000 in cash sponsored prizes over RM150,000 and a full scholarship from HELP University beat 16 other candidates for the crown, the pageant organisers said in a statement.



Sarawak CID team raiding an illegal gambling den. -Photo courtesy of Royal Malaysian Police

MIRI: In a move to curb illegal gambling, Sarawak police is urging local authorities to withdraw the licences of business premises that were doubling up as gambling dens. Sarawak CID Chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar said the police are looking at a multi-pronged strategy to help wipe out the gambling menace in the state.