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Was Silver Chariot Movement Legal Or Illegal? What Police, Government Say

Kuala Lumpur: A big controversy has erupted after Penang’s Nattukottai Chettier Temple carried out the annual Silver Chariot Movement on the occasion of Thaipusam. The procession was carried out despite coronavirus-induced movement control order. A number of people, including many Hindus, have raised objections on the “celebration” taking place at a time when there’s a complete ban on such activities. While some have suggested that such an important event must not be ignored and carried out with necessary restrictions in place.

What the government and police have said?

Government

Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister P. Ramasamy has slammed the temple authorities and said that there was nothing in black and white from the National Security Council (NSC). Mr Ramasamy said that the government is going to take stern action against the temple authorities for carrying out the procession. He also criticised the federal minister, M. Saravanan, who had pitched for granting the permission for the chariot.

Police

The Penang police has come up with a strictly contradictory account, saying that the temple authorities had the permission from the National Security Council (NSC). The police has also said that they monitored the 11-hour long movement and all SOPs were duly followed.

So, what will happen now?

Apparently, if the temple had the written approval and the police has said that they followed SOPs, no action can be taken against them. Any such activity from the government will face a potential challenge in the court of law.

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Car Lover Penang CM Gets Mercedes-Benz S560e Luxury Hybrid; Know All Features

Kuala Lumpur: Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow has purchased a new Mercedes-Benz S560e luxury hybrid car to replace the Mercedes S300L purchased in 2013.

The Penang State Secretary’s Office (SUK) in a statement today said that the purchase of the car was approved by the Penang Executive Council (MMK) on 29 Nov 2019.

“The purchase of the Mercedes S560e is to replace the existing official car, the Mercedes S300L which was purchased for RM298,263.75 in 2013,” he said.

According to the statement, the date of purchase of the Mercedes S560e is 31 Dec 2020 with a purchase cost of RM458,122.78, which is a savings of RM127,765.22 from the original price.

Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Powertrain: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 3.0-liter V-6, 362 hp, 369 lb-ft; AC motor, 121 hp, 325 lb-ft; combined output, 469 hp, 516 lb-ft; 13.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

Transmission: 9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

Dimensions

Wheelbase: 124.6 in
Length: 206.9 in
Width: 74.8 in
Height: 58.8 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 5000 lb

Performance (C/D EST)
Zero to 60 mph: 4.7 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.4 sec
Top speed: 155 mph

EPA Fuel economy (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 28/25/32 mpg
Combined gasoline+electricity: 65 MPGe
EV range: 30 miles

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No, Mao Zedong’s Picture In Restaurant Is Not Spreading Communism In Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: Penang-based Chinese restaurant workers were harassed by local authorities because a picture of China’s founding father Mao Zedong was displayed on a wall of the restaurant. During a raid by local police, Zedong’s photo was torn down, the restaurant’s owner and workers were detained, and keys of the cafe were taken away. 

Authorities believe that the motive of the Mao’s picture in a restaurant was to spread the communist ideology in Malaysia.

MCA vice-president Tan Teik has expressed his concern over the matter and said that it was the unnecessary action and raid by local police. It was “harsh and sensitive” against the Chinese cuisine restaurant, he said.

He said that such actions may hurt the relationship between Malaysia and China. He also reminded that Malaysia must not forget that China is playing a significant role in fighting Covid-19 crisis. China is one of the major trade partners for Malaysia.  

The wife of the restaurant owner, who is also a co-owner, said that there was nothing in the poster except Mao’s picture. She said that the texts on the caricature were just for the fun about food and “it was not spreading communism at all.” 

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Meanwhile, PKR assemblyman Gooi Hsiao Leung has blasted Penang Police’s move against the restaurant owner. Urging the state government to take stern action against authorities, who raided the restaurant, he said that it was a moronic and idiotic action. 

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Ustaz Ebit Lew Meets With An Accident After Helping Homeless Family

Kuala Lumpur: Ustaz Ebit Lew and his team members met with a tragic car accident late last night. According to local media reports, preacher Ebit Lew was also involved in the car accident that took place at Jalan Duta Toll Plaza, when he and his team were on the way back from Penang to Kuala Lumpur, where they had gone to help a homeless Hindu family.

Confirming the tragic incident on Facebook, Ustaz Ebit Lew said that the three members of his media team survived injuries during the incident.

“Now I’m at Gleneagles Hospital waiting for all three teams to do a CT scan. Pray all is well and safe. Pray for Teyha, Azrin and Ijad to all be safe and well. Sad to hear them moaning sick”, he wrote on his social media page.

Ebit said that incident happened when his car was trying to avoid another vehicle that made a sudden U-turn, causing it to break the divider in the middle of the road.

The tragic incident took place with a team of social workers-led by philanthropist Ustaz Ebit lew who were on their way back from Penang after helping a homeless family.

The homeless family, who were forced to living in a car over the past eight months after their house was destroyed due to a massive fire in April, finally got a three-BHK apartment– thanks to Ebit Lew.

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Inspector General Of Police Apologises To Lim Guan Eng

Kuala Lumpur: The Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador has apologised to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng over fixing the date on Christmas eve for recording his statement. Lim, who is facing corruption charges over the Penang undersea tunnel project, claimed that police will not record his statement tomorrow due to Christmas eve and will set a new date next year.   

Lim said in his statement that police have sent him a text message and apologised for his officer’s oversight in fixing the appointment date for recording the statement. 

Earlier, Penang MP had alleged that the government resorted to political vendetta against him.

According to the report, the corruption trial against Lim will begin next year in June as the Court has decided to hear evidence from prosecution. 

Lim, who is facing abuse of power accusations, involving four corruption charges during his tenure in Penang undersea tunnel project.

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Penang May Cancel Thaipusam’s Chariot Procession Amid Covid-19

Kuala Lumpur: Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) chairman Prof Dr P Ramasamy has said that the state government is most likely to cancel the famous dual chariot procession, bearing the statue of Lord Murugan, during Thaipusam next year due to Covid-19 concern.

He said the committee will have a series of meetings to discuss this year’s Thaipusam event.

He said that they do not want the festival to trigger a new cluster, as once the chariot procession starts, it would be difficult for the department to handle the crowd. Adding that people’s safety is the priority.

However, he said nothing has been decided yet, while they will have a series of meetings to take very responsible consideration and careful decision in the interest of the larger public.

What is Thaipusam?

Thaipusam is a festival celebrated on the full moon day of the Tamil month of ‘Thai’. Thousands of devotees follow the 100-year-old silver chariot and the recent golden chariot. Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple chairman Datuk R. Subramaniam said that he is hopeful devotees will understand that they cannot celebrate Thaipusam as they used to every year.

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Sony Corp To Shut A Malaysia Factory To Consolidate Facilities

Kuala Lumpur: The Japanese electronics giant said that Sony Corp will shut a factory in Malaysia next year to consolidate its operation in its other projects effectively.

In an email to Reuters, the company stated that they always consider market conditions, business growth potential and other factors before investing.

Penang-based Human Resources Division head Ric Ong revealed that the company is seeking to transfer its project in Penang to Selangor to increase operational efficiency.

The move will affect at least 3,600 employees in Penang, while the factory will close in March 2022 after stopping its operation in September 2021. However, few of the employees would be transferred to the other factory.

Earlier, Sony started its plant in 1973, where it began marketing, selling and servicing consumer electronics products, as well as broadcast and professional products and solutions. Penang has for years been a manufacturing hub for foreign investors.

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National Footballer Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad Meets With A Car Accident, Son Killed

Kuala Lumpur: In a very tragic incident, the father of the national player Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad has lost his newly born son in a car accident on the North-South Expressway (PLUS) Sungai Bakap, here early this morning. His 22-day old son and three people were killed in a horrific car accident. According to local police, the incident took place at 5.30 in the morning in Penang.

His mother-in-law Zainab Wahab and Indonesian maid Titik Sukamti were among those who lost their lives in the accident.

According to a Penang Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (JBPM), Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad has sustained minor injuries while his wife Nur Amalina Nur Ain has suffered serious injuries. The couple has been referred to the nearest hospital.

His family were supposed to leave on December 11 but had to be postponed again to the end of this month due to their area in Bayan Baru here being subjected to the Tightened Movement Control Order (TMCO).

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Coronavirus Update: 4 New Covid-19 Clusters In Sabah, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang

Kuala Lumpur: Four new Covid-19 clusters have been identified in Sabah, Negeri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has said.

They have been named as the Jalan Tuaran cluster in Sabah; Jalan Haruan cluster in Negeri Sembilan; Puteh Lama construction site cluster in Kuala Lumpur; and the Beringin cluster in Penang.

The Jalan Tuaran cluster was detected in Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Tuaran, first involved a worker. A total of 300 people have been screened so far, with 118 people testing positive.

While the Puteh Lama cluster detected in Lembah Pantai district of Kuala Lumpur was reported after targeted screening of workers at a construction site.

The Beringin cluster involving the northeast and southwest districts of Penang, was detected in two factory workers.

A total of 349 clusters have been detected nationwide so far, with 176 of them currently active, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

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Priest Arrested For Allegedly Molesting Several Disabled Men In Penang

Kuala Lumpur: A 54-year-old Korean priest in Penang was arrested today after police reports were lodged against him for molestation. He is accused of molesting several disabled men. According to reports, He was detained from a church at 8:30 pm after police reports were lodged by many victims.

Penang police chief Sahabudin Abd Manan said he had received reports from many deaf and dumb victims, including two in Seberang Perai Utara (SPU). Adding that the same incident was reported in other states as well.

The priest, who is also deaf and dumb, has been remanded for four days to investigate Section 354 of the Penal Code.

Police also recovered a mobile phone from him. It is believed that he used to molest his victims in their homes or cars in the past few years.

Meanwhile, Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) police chief ACP Noorzainy Mohd Noor said they arrested a man who set his motorcycle on fire and wanted to kill his parents.

The 24-year-old man’s parents refused to give him money, after which he threatened to hurt his neighbours. He wanted the money to buy himself drugs, however, after a urine test, he was found positive for methamphetamine.

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