KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam will be charged in court Thursday (March 28) following a recent incident in which several Universiti Malaya (UM) students were manhandled at a bus stop at Pantai Baru here. [...]
DAP’s Lim Lip Eng today questioned MCA and their president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong’s stance within BN after MCA’s subdued reaction to a scuffle involving Umno supporters and UM students last Friday. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — DAP’s Lim Lip Eng today questioned MCA and their president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong’s stance within Barisan Nasional (BN), after the Chinese-led party’s subdued reaction to a scuffle involving Umno supporters and Universiti Malaya (UM) students last Friday. The Kepong MP also diminished the statement issued by MCA Youth, who had expressed concern over the scuffle, suggesting a mere statement from the party’s youth wing was deemed as a sufficient and suitable response by the party leadership.Lim also expressed shock at Wee and MCA’s decision not to reprimand or point fingers at Umno leaders, or former ones, supposedly involved in the scuffle.“MCA president Wee Ka Siong has to explain why he refused to denounce Umno for the altercation outside the university.“Why does Wee condone Umno despite condemning the people involved in the incident,” Lim questioned.The scuffle took place at a restaurant near UM last week, where a group of students and intern journalists were roughed up by Umno and former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak supporters.The scuffle had taken place nearby where Najib was having a meet-and-greet session with students.The incident had apparently sparked from friction between Umno supporters and the students, with the former said to be unhappy over placards and caricatures held by the students. Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam and Petaling Jaya Selatan Umno division chief Mutalib Abdul Rahim were sighted as among those involved in the conflict through videos of the incident which almost immediately went viral.MCA Youth had then issued a response to the incident also offering legal aid through its legal bureau for students who required it, besides also expressing concern.To date, some 12 police reports have been lodged, including those by the students and intern journalists, with the incident being condemned by politicians from both divides. Lim today again pointed his guns towards Wee, this time questioning the timing of the MCA president’s announcement to mobilise party members in support of Umno’s acting president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan’s bid for the Rantau by-election. “Did Wee tell Mohamad Hasan off for keeping quiet on the incident,” he said referring to Friday’s fracas.Lim suggested that Wee’s decision to back Mohamad, also known as Tok Mat, and ultimately not abandon BN had gone against the will of his party.“Why does Wee go against the wishes of the majority of his party members?“Can MCA members still have faith in Wee to lead the Chinese based party,” Lim questioned.On Friday, Wee had pledged his party’s support towards Tok Mat as he launched his party election machinery in support of the Umno acting president, hours after the conflict broke out near UM.Wee had said the party would do all it can to woo the 3,849 Chinese voters in the Negri Sembilan state seat constituency to vote for Mohamad. [...]
KUALA LUMPUR: Police have received 12 reports over the confrontation between a group of university students and supporters of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Pantai Baru here. [...]
PETALING JAYA: Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has expressed disappointment and regret over the scuffle that took place near Universiti Malaya. [...]
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak delivers his speech during the Q&A session at Restoran Amjal near Universiti Malaya March 22, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
KUALA LUMPUR, March 22 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak today accused Universiti Malaya students of causing “planned provocation” by holding up placards outside a meet-and-greet session on campus.The former prime minister said their “provocation” had caused a “small fight”.“I regret the fight,” Najib said on Facebook.“Is it very dangerous for me to give a speech? When I take selfies, PH (Pakatan Harapan) lodges police reports. When I want to pray at a mosque, PH lodges police reports,” Najib added.Six Universiti Malaya students today were manhandled by Najib’s supporters when they stood opposite the road from Restoran Amjal, where Najib’s session took place, and held up posters of a clown caricature of Najib and slogans like “Mana RM2.6bil” (Where’s the RM2.6 billion) and “Pulangkan Duit Raykat [sic]” (Return The People’s Money).
Students protest Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s meet-and-greet session in front of Restoran Amjal near Universiti Malaya in Kuala Lumpur March 22, 2019. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
Najib said he performed Friday prayers at another mosque, after a poster emerged on social media yesterday claiming that he would conduct a meet-and-greet at a mosque in Universiti Malaya.He added that the dialogue session organisers have lodged a police report about the incident.Najib claimed that last September, he challenged DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang to accept the fact that he had returned most of the RM2.6 billion three months after receiving it, but Lim chose not to respond.“At the time, I also uploaded bank documents proving that the money alleged by many people to be RM2.6 billion has been returned to the same source who sent it (return to sender),” Najib added.“When will Kit Siang and other PH leaders accept the fact that I did not rob, steal and keep RM2.6 billion in my pocket to buy rings and handbags?” the former prime minister lamented. [...]
Regu (centre) sought to clarify that the temple members had no involvement in the fracas which led to Muhammad Adib being seriously injured. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
SUBANG JAYA, Nov 27 ― The Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam taskforce today expressed their gratitude to injured fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, 24, and apologised for his situation.In a press conference here, the taskforce's secretary VK Regu however clarified that the temple members had no involvement in the fracas which led to Muhammad Adib being seriously injured, and had to be admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)."Thank you to the fire brigade who were involved in taking care of us. Definitely we will go and see them [in hospital]."We are sorry for whatever that had happened. We don't know. We are not directly, or indirectly involved in this."Definitely we will go and see them for solidarity, and thank you," Regu said, calling on everyone to stay united and not morph the incident into one of racial hatred.Regu added that anyone in the crowd could have injured Muhammad Abid as a means to divert the whole issue.Muhammad Adib is a member of the Subang Jaya Emergency Response System (EMRS) unit who was assaulted at the temple, during a riot in the wee hours of the morning today.He is currently in critical condition, said Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin, who had visited him earlier today.The minister said the fireman suffers from multiple broken ribs, plus bruises on his chest and abdomen.“His ribs, which were broken, punctured the lung, leading to breathing difficulties,” she told reporters at a press conference after visiting him.Zuraida said Muhammad Adib’s condition has been unchanged since he was brought in to the hospital at about 1am, adding that five specialists are looking after him.It is understood that Muhammad Adib was badly injured after rioters forcefully pulled him out of the emergency medical response vehicle that he was in.His family, as well as his fiancée, were also at the hospital to get updates on his condition. The fireman is due to be married this December. [...]
A group of migrants occupy an access road near the Maljevac border crossing between Bosnia and Croatia, near the northern Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa. — AFP photo
VELIKA KLADUSA, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnian police blocked some 250 migrants from reaching the border with its neighbour and EU member Croatia Tuesday, sparking a scuffle, shortly after thwarting another group in a similar attempt.
“They tried to cross by force. The police turned them down. There was a scuffle,” police spokeswoman Snezana Galic told AFP of the confrontation near the Maljevac border post, where about 100 police were deployed.
No injuries were reported. By late evening, some 100 migrants remained camped at the border near the town of Velika Kladusa in the northwest of Bosnia, which is not a member of the European bloc.
Several thousand migrants have been living in make-shift shelters in the region for months, hoping to continue on to the EU.
Most hail from Pakistan and Afghanistan, but there are also Iranians, Syrians, and Algerians among others.
While some have been repeatedly turned back by a boosted police patrol at the Croatian border, many have managed to slip through and continue their journey to Western Europe.
Earlier in the day, another group of about 100 migrants, including families with children, was sent back by police in buses after spending a night on the roadside near Izacic, another border crossing.
Police stopped them from marching further and sent them to a hotel that has been turned into a temporary migrant centre.
Bosnia’s mountainous terrain was previously avoided by migrants trying to reach Western Europe.
But the country has seen an influx since the start of the year as a new route is carved through the Balkans.
However, aid groups say the country is failing to provide adequate care, with authorities yet to set up a formal reception centre in Bosnia’s northwestern region where most migrants are based.
The UN’s refugee agency warned that better shelter is desperately needed before winter hits.
“We have been calling for the Bosnian authorities … to find additional accommodation for asylum seekers for the past few months. Unfortunately, this was not done sufficiently,” Neven Crvenkovic, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for the Balkans, said Tuesday.
“Winter is at the door and it is really the last moment to ensure the necessary housing capacity to avoid a humanitarian tragedy in northern Bosnia,” he added. — AFP [...]