KUALA LUMPUR: Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown has clarified that she has no ill intentions towards the Terengganu royal family and that the allegations thrown at her in a police report were a mistaken understanding of her book The Sarawak Report: The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose. [...]
RIYADH • A Saudi royal advisor and a senior intelligence official played key roles in the mission that ultimately led to the killing of government critic Jamal Khashoggi and authorities will seek the death penalty for five people who confessed to the murder.
Eleven people out of the 21 held in the case have been charged over Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2, deputy attorney general Shaalan Shaalan said in a televised news conference on the case.
Crown Prince Mohammed Salman, who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter, had no knowledge of the mission, he added.
The killing of Khashoggi has provoked a global outcry and tarnished the reputation of the 33-year-old young prince.
Saudi Arabia stuck by its earlier narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a collaborator in Turkey, he added.
Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information.
The former advisor is now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.
The prosecution “demands the death penalty for those who ordered and executed the killing and they’re five people”, he said.
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Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stressed that Umno strongly opposed Malaysia’s ratification of the ICERD. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
SEREMBAN, Nov 6 — Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today reminded all parties not to disturb the Federal Constitution including the position of Islam and that of Bahasa Melayu (Malay language) as the national language.Ahmad Zahid also stressed that Umno strongly opposed Malaysia’s ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).“Do not disturb what is in the Constitution, do not disturb the Muslims or equate Islam with the other religions, do not disturb the Malay Rulers, do not disturb Bahasa Melayu as the national language.“We do not want to be racists or religious extremists, we (just) want the rights in the Constitution be preserved,” he said in his speech at the “With Umno President” gathering here today.He said he did not prevent others from practising their religions or their right to use their own languages, but he would defend what is already in the Constitution.Previously, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator P. Waytha Moorthy had said the Pakatan Harapan government was committed to ratify six treaties including ICERD in the first quarter of next year.He said this was not a commitment from him alone but also from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof. — Bernama [...]
ROTORUA, New Zealand: Prince Harry and pregnant wife Meghan visited the New Zealand resort town of Rotorua Wednesday to wrap up a lengthy Pacific tour which has confirmed the star appeal of Britain's newest royal.
Meghan, displaying what Harry affectionately refers to as "our little bump", has drawn adoring crowds in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand on her first international tour since the couple married in May.
The American-born former actress and her husband attended 76 engagements over 16 days in the former British colonies, with Meghan sometimes changing designer outfits four times in a single day.
While they observed the inevitable formalities with prime ministers and other dignitaries, members of the public who met the touring royals said they came across as down-to-earth and personable.
Meghan did not stand on ceremony, happily participating in a "welly-wanging" (gumboot throwing) competition, halting their royal entourage several times to give shy toddlers a cuddle and bringing her home-made banana bread to afternoon tea in outback Dubbo.
"They were very nice, chatty and relaxed," was a typical assessment, offered by teenager Milan Chapman after she met them in New Zealand's South Island.
The tour opened with the bombshell announcement that Meghan was expecting the couple's first baby early next year, sparking fears she would be vulnerable to Zika virus in Fiji and Tonga.
But the World Health Organization reported there had been no cases this year on the islands of the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause deformities in unborn babies, and the leg of the trip went ahead unchanged.
Meghan proved so popular in Fiji that her minders whisked her away from an engagement at a Suva market, fearing it was becoming overcrowded.
Fashion and feminism
The 37-year-old's wardrobe largely consisted of local designers and she won plaudits in Tonga when she arrived in a bright red dress, the colour of the national flag.
But Meghan, who became Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry, showed she was more than a clothes horse, giving several speeches expressing her support for female empowerment.
She spoke in Fiji about her own struggles to afford university in the United States, arguing the case for open education.
"When girls are given the right tools to succeed they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves, but for all of those around them," she said.
In Wellington, her message was "feminism is about fairness" and human rights for all "including members of society who have been marginalised — whether for reasons of race, gender, ethnicity, or orientation".
Harry also used the tour to promote his favoured causes — mental health and the Invictus Games, the Olympics-style sporting event for wounded soldiers he helped found in 2014.
At the Games' closing ceremony in Sydney last Saturday, Harry spoke of the need to talk openly about anxiety, stress and depression, revealing his own struggles.
"I've been there, you've been there, and we now need to reach out to those who can never even imagine themselves in that place," he said.
The mood on the tour's final day was upbeat as Harry and Meghan wore traditional Maori cloaks and received a spectacular welcome from the local Te Arawa tribe.
Tribal spokesman Toby Curtis singled out Meghan, who has a mixed race background, as an inspiration for young Maori, saying she brought "a fresh perspective and diversity" to the monarchy.
"She has shown you can succeed, make a difference and be your own person while also celebrating your heritage. This inspires us all," he said. — AFP [...]
The wedding outfits of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, are on display ahead of the exhibition A Royal Wedding, soon to open at Windsor Castle, in Windsor October 25, 2018. — Reuters pic
LONDON, Oct 26 — Meghan Markle’s couture wedding dress goes on display at Windsor Castle today in a new exhibition about her May nuptials to Britain’s Prince Harry.The white, sleek long-sleeved gown with a boat neck was designed by Clare Waight Keller, the British artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy for the May 19 wedding in Windsor, an event watched by millions around the world.Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, also wore a five-metre veil decorated with hand-embroidered flowers which paid tribute to the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, as well as a diamond tiara borrowed from Queen Elizabeth for her big day.The full outfit, including Meghan’s shoes, has been put on display in a large glass box alongside an identical version of Prince Harry’s wedding attire, a frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry, inside Windsor Castle’s Grand Reception Room — one of the rooms used for the wedding celebrations. “This is a unique opportunity to see these outfits... worn on such a special day and actually in the surroundings where they were worn here at Windsor Castle,” Caroline de Guitaut, senior curator of decorative arts at the Royal Collection Trust, said.
The diamond and platinum bandeau tiara worn by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and lent to her by Britain's Queen Elizabeth is seen ahead of the exhibition A Royal Wedding, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor October 25, 2018. — Reuters pic
Visitors can see the veil’s intricate embroidery up close as well as listen to the couple talk about preparing for their wedding day through an audio device, which also has a recording of Waight Keller describing her work on the bride’s dress.“Their Royal Highnesses have been very involved in the preparation for this exhibition,” de Guitaut said.“They...wanted to be interviewed... so that they could tell the visitors all about the planning that went into their day.”Also on display are the bridesmaid and pageboy outfits worn by Harry’s niece and nephew, Princess Charlotte and Prince George. Charlotte’s dress was also designed by Waight Keller while George’s outfit is a miniature replica of Harry’s uniform.“A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex” opens today and runs at Windsor Castle until January. — Reuters
The wedding outfits of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Harry, Duke of Sussex, are on display ahead of the exhibition A Royal Wedding, soon to open at Windsor Castle, in Windsor October 25, 2018. — Reuters pic [...]
Prince Harry looked sharp as well. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: Sheikha Beauty Sdn Bhd firmly believes that every woman has the right to be beautiful and feel her best. They believe that natural beauty is something real and must be celebrated. Taking this as the motivating spirit of their brand, the company announced the launch of Al-Hur Beauty skincare range – designed and developed for women of all backgrounds using only premium natural ingredients which are carefully selected from the Middle East as well as over the world and set at affordable price points.
The grand launch was officiated by Kota Anggerik state assemblyman Najwan Halimi, at KL Gateway Mall, Kuala Lumpur. The launch was also witnessed by Dewan Ekonomi Usahawan Malaysia (DEUM) president Datuk Seri Khairul Khuzaini along with Al-Hur Beauty founder Siti Farahana Khairuddin. The launch ceremony was also completed with support from MyBazar, an online platform for Middle Eastern products.
"Al-Hur Beauty products understands the needs of the Malaysian women who demand a skincare range that is safe, made of natural ingredients and importantly a product that works, and this understanding is well represented in everything they do. Formulated and produced in United Arab Emirates (UAE), the unique feature about Al-Hur Beauty skincare range lies in the main ingredient which is found in a type of cactus — prickle pear, known scientifically as Opuntia Oil — clinically proven to have 150% more antioxidant level than argan oil and rich with vitamin K and E. The combination of the best natural ingredients, that are sourced ethically proven in producing best results in combating the skin's most common problem that lead to supple, brighter and youthful skin," said the company in a press release.
The skincare line has been especially formulated to not only be effective for women in the 25-40 age-group, but also gentle on the skin, quite unlike many other brands in the market which have harsh, chemical ingredients. All ingredients have been carefully reviewed, selected and tested for their generally acceptable problem-free safety and toxicity profiles. Having certification and recognition from Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM), certified with International Halal (Dubai) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), the company is proud to claim that their skincare is free from parabens, synthetic colours and fragrances, mercury, hydroquinone and tretinoin.
"There is a universal truth in natural beauty and it is something too real. No matter your shape, ethnicity or belief, all women want to feel beautiful. Al-Hur Beauty is set to revolutionize the Malaysia beauty market, as there are hardly any skincare products in the market which are formulated and produced in 100% in UAE. Al-Hur Beauty brand have discovered the beauty secret of Arab women and we are offering it to women in Malaysia to feel the magic of natural ingredients at an affordable price. We are not here to compete with other leading skincare range, but we are fulfilling that universal need of a woman in search for a natural, chemical free and highly effective" said Siti.
The skincare range has been designed to be a highly effective product, with the formulation of cactus, prickle pear and opuntia oil, the product easily absorbs into the dermis that helps keep the skin youthful and firm. Its unique and natural ingredients, ensures the skin always has a protective layer – leading to smoother and brighter skin. The range of products include Moroccan Olive Oil Cleanser, Cocoa Butter Cream Moisturiser and Volcanic Mineral Mud Mask.
In conjunction with the launch, Al-Hur Beauty is proud to present 20 women that are the finalists for "The Face Al-Hur Beauty 2018". The finalists were shortlisted from thousands of entries all over Malaysia and had undergone weekly group and individual tasks. The one-month competition aims to discover not just the beauty factor of the finalist importantly to appoint an ambassador to the brand that is entrepreneurial, passionate and also empowers others with her persona and intelligence.
Also at the launch, a book entitled "Kosmetik Beracun" was introduced to the public by a renowned pharmacist from Pharmago Pharmacy, Rahman Baco. The book highlighted the effect of using skincare product that contains harmful ingredients and it is aimed to educate the public of its long term effect and danger to one's health. [...]
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad stressed that a democratic country cannot accord absolute power to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to block bills by the Dewan Rakyat, which is democratically elected.
He said this in response to a question from Santubong MP Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar who had asked if a constitutional amendment made during Mahathir's first stint as prime minister, which allows bills to become law even without royal assent remains relevant today.
Prior to the provisions, the Agong could veto any bill approved by the Dewan Rakyat. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Award for Islamic Finance 2018 will be conferred on exceptional individuals in Islamic finance at a special ceremony in the capital on Oct 3. [...]