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At Google I/O, Sundar Pichai to talk Assistant, Android Q amid scandals     – CNET
The annual developers conference comes amid the most tumultuous time in Google’s history. Now its CEO has the chance to speak up. [...]
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Armed with slideshow, Rais Yatim reminds Semenyih voters of BN-linked scandals
Villagers from Kampung Kuala Pajam listening to a ceramah during the Kenduri Rakyat campaign at Kuala Pajam in Beranang March 1, 2019 — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon SEMENYIH, March 1 — With only several hours left before Semenyih decides their next state assemblyman, Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders made a final attempt to win crucial Malay votes within the rural areas of Kampung Kuala Pajam.With the two-week campaign coming to an end, the guest of honour was none other than Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) supreme council member Tan Sri Rais Yatim who stumped for PH in Kampung Kuala Pajam, situated just slightly above the border between Selangor and Negri Sembilan.Utilising Microsoft PowerPoint slides to conduct the ceramah, Rais took the audience on a “short rewind trip” by highlighting significant corruption scandals linked to the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration that had taken place in the last decade.Among the notable examples were the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal allegedly linked to former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.Fugitive businessperson Low Taek Jho — also known as Jho Low — made multiple appearances throughout the presentation as one of the ‘key’ individuals in the 1MDB scandal, with luxury yacht Equanimity also used to describe the ‘excess’ of money allegedly stolen to purchase the vessel.   The 54,503 registered voters in Semenyih comprise 67.71 per cent Malay voters, 16.69 per cent Chinese, and 13.73 per cent Indians, according to the Election Commission’s (EC) electoral roll as of January 11.According to EC, a total of 989 people will cast their votes at the Kuala Pajam district polling centre.The entire ceramah was presented in a simple educational narrative by Rais to enable the audience numbering around 180 people — with an overwhelming majority consisting of local villagers of Malay ethnicity — to better understand. the intended message in a simple manner. Villagers from Kampung Kuala Pajam listening to a ceramah during the Kenduri Rakyat campaign at Kuala Pajam in Beranang March 1, 2019 — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon Throughout the ceramah that lasted for almost half an hour, Rais’ eloquence and his ability to speak the local Minangkabau dialect kept the audience glued to the screen of a mobile stage truck.Rais who is also PPBM Negri Sembilan chief, also highlighted PH’s success on the federal level and broke down each one of them with snippets of news reports.Throughout the ceramah, a small “kenduri”, or feast in Malay, was held in front of a wooden house which also doubled as the Kuala Pajam operations centre.Among the senior leaders present that gave their speech were PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, PPBM secretariat head Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah and Pakatan’s candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali. PKR deputy president, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali gives a speech during the Kenduri Rakyat campaign at Kuala Pajam in Beranang March 1, 2019 — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon This by-election is the first for PH’s component party PPBM and a major test to gauge Malay support for the ruling coalition.PH candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali is running against BN’s Zakaria Hanafi from Umno, Parti Sosialis Malaysia’s (PSM) Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul, and independent Kuan Chee Heng.Polling for the by-election is set from 8am to 5.30pm. [...]
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Facebook wants to show it’s a force for good amid scandals     – CNET
At Facebook's Communities Summit, the social network announced updates to tools for blood donations, nonprofits and mentorships. [...]
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Facebook scandals test US watchdog with privacy power at stake
Facebook Inc’s repeated privacy scandals have infuriated users, lawmakers and data-security advocates who are clamouring for a forceful government response. That job mainly falls to Joe Simons, who is under pressure to satisfy doubters or risk sidelining his agency as the nation’s chief privacy watchdog. [...]
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Reject ‘Father of all Melaka scandals’, DAP MP urges PPBM
Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong recalled many scandals involving Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik and have called on PPBM to reject his membership. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 — A Pakatan Harapan lawmaker has made a strong call for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM)’s Melaka chapter to reject any membership application by former Melaka chief minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik — dubbing him the “Father of all Melaka scandals”.In a press statement today, Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong recalled many scandals involving Rahim and pointed out that the latter is not the father of Melaka’s development as touted by some parties.“To recall, Rahim Thamby Chik was the former Melaka Chief Minister involved in numerous scandals. In 1994, he was involved in a statutory rape case against a student, which was then covered up by the Attorney General.“Instead, Lim Guan Eng, who was the Member of Parliament for Kota Melaka at that time, was imprisoned under the Sedition Act and Printing and Publications Act for standing up and demanding justice for the victim,” said the DAP leader.He also pointed out that Rahim was also one of the individuals who seek to humiliate incoming prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by publicly screening a false sex video back in 2011 in Carcosa Seri Negara.Another scandal that Khoo dragged out of the closet was a police report lodged by Anwar in 1999 which alleged Rahim to have been involved in abuse of power and corruption.“In 1994, according to a police report made by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1999, the Attorney General and Anti-Corruption Agency had prima facie evidence that Rahim Thamby Chik was involved in misuse of power and corruption in the Syarikat Dayamik case.“The Attorney General again decided to cover up the case and no action was taken,” said Khoo.He then called for the PH Presidential Council to discuss the party hopping issue urgently and take a firm stance to ensure this does not snowball any further.The DAP lawmaker also claimed that accepting former Umno leaders and members into PH is a betrayal against the people and PH members who struggled against the Barisan Nasional regime over the years.“Parliament and the Cabinet must also discuss this issue and take steps to reform existing laws to ensure unethical party hopping would not happen again because it has time and again threatened the democratic processes and system in our country,” said Khoo. [...]
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Facebook's scandals and screwups: What you need to know     – CNET
The social media giant's problems just keep growing. [...]
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Mujahid: How could ‘Islamic’ PAS close one eye to Umno’s scandals?
Datuk Mujahid Yusof speaks to reporters in Putrajaya July 30, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — PAS’ acceptance of scandal-ridden Umno shows that the Islamist party is not committed towards combatting corruption, Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa said today.The Parit Buntar MP, who was previously in PAS, pointed out that the move to cooperate with its former rival was against the Islamic ideals of the Islamist party.“Ultimately, this cooperation has provided an indication that although Umno has been spoilt-rotten with corruption scandals, with some currently in the judicial process, PAS is willing to forget it as though corruption and abuse of power is not an issue in Islam.“PAS has no commitment to combat corruption, and is willing to cooperate with the party which has been tainted by the worst corruption in the country’s political history,” Mujahid said in a statement.“This is a bit confusing because as the most so-called Islamist party, they close their eyes to the corruption of their partner,” he added.The minister also said that the now public collusion between PAS and Umno came as no surprise, as the two parties already had what he called an “intimate affair” in championing pro-Malay and Islam issues.“Prior to this, after PAS had divorced Pakatan Rakyat, the Islamic party acknowledged that it was single and Umno was quick to seek its opportunity to ‘merisik’.“While in the Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia by-elections, PAS and Umno were seen as ‘engaged’, and were only awaiting the date for a wedding ceremony,” Mujahid mocked.“Merisik” refers to a Malay custom where a representative of a man would visit the prospective bride’s family to “enquire” of her availability, and ask for her hand in marriage on behalf of the groom-to-be.PAS and Umno had unofficially joined forces during the Sungai Kandis by-election, before formalising it in the Seri Setia by-election.Both parties have expressed their wish for collaboration, and eventually forming a new political coalition. [...]
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Guan Eng: We can afford all shelved mega projects, if not for 1MDB and other scandals
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia would have been able to afford to go ahead with the shelved mega projects if not for the 1MDB scandals and other ‘mini 1MDBs’ said Finance minister Lim Guan Eng. [...]
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