WASHINGTON, Oct 26 — More than 60 million Americans have cast ballots in the US presidential election with eight days to go, a record-breaking pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in over a century, according to data from the US Elections Project today.
The tally is the latest sign of intense interest in the contest between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, as well as voters’ desire to reduce their risk of exposure to Covid-19, which has killed about 225,000 people across the United States.
Democrats hold a significant advantage in early voting due to their embrace of mail balloting, which Republicans have historically cast in large numbers but have shunned amid repeated and unfounded attacks by Trump who says the system is prone to widespread fraud.
Overall, Democrats hold roughly a two-to-one advantage in early voting numbers.
The high level of early voting has led Michael McDonald, the University of Florida professor who administers the US Elections Project, to predict a record US voter turnout of about 150 million, representing 65% of those eligible to vote, the highest rate since 1908.
US voters have already cast more early votes during this presidential campaign than they did in all of 2016 when they passed the 47 million mark earlier this month, data shows. — Reuters
LONDON, Oct 26 — One of the world’s leading Covid-19 experimental vaccines produces a immune response in both old and young adults, raising hopes of a path out of the gloom and economic destruction wrought by the novel coronavirus.
The vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford, also triggers lower adverse responses among the elderly, British drug maker AstraZeneca Plc, which is helping manufacture the vaccine, said today.
A vaccine that works is seen as a game-changer in the battle against the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 1.15 million people, shuttered swathes of the global economy and turned normal life upside down for billions of people.
“It is encouraging to see immunogenicity responses were similar between older and younger adults and that reactogenicity was lower in older adults, where the Covid-19 disease severity is higher,” an AstraZeneca spokesman said.
“The results further build the body of evidence for the safety and immunogenicity of AZD1222,” the spokesman said, referring to the technical name of the vaccine.
AstraZeneca did not provide detail of the data behind the statement or say when it would publish eagerly awaited late-stage phase III trial data, which would show whether the vaccine works well enough in large scale trials for it to be approved.
The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to be one of the first from big pharma to secure regulatory approval, along with Pfizer and BioNTech’s candidate.
The news that older people get an immune response from the vaccine is positive because the immune system weakens with age and older people are those most at risk of dying from the virus.
If it works, a vaccine would allow the world to return to some measure of normality after the tumult of the pandemic.
British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a vaccine was not yet ready but he was preparing logistics for a possible roll out mostly in the first half of 2021.
Asked if some people could receive a vaccine this year he told the BBC: “I don’t rule that out but that is not my central expectation.”
Common cold virus
Work began on the Oxford vaccine in January. Called AZD1222 or ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, the viral vector vaccine is made from a weakened version of a common cold virus that causes infections in chimpanzees.
Immunogenicity blood tests carried out on a subset of older participants echo data released in July which showed the vaccine generated “robust immune responses” in a group of healthy adults aged between 18 and 55, the Financial Times reported earlier.
“We need to see the data before concluding that the responses were ‘similar’,” Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said.
He said that reactogenecity, which refers to common side-effects of vaccines like soreness and redness of the arm, was “often, but not always” associated with a vaccine’s immunogenicity.
“Studies carried out in the first stage of development of a vaccine will result in choosing a dose that does not cause too much reactogenicity,” he said.
AstraZeneca has signed several supply and manufacturing deals with companies and governments around the world as it gets closer to reporting early results of a late-stage clinical trial.
It resumed the US trial of the experimental vaccine after approval by US regulators, the company said on Friday.
Staff at a London hospital trust have been told to be ready to receive the first batches of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, The Sun newspaper reported today. — Reuters
OCTOBER 26 — Recent events over the weekend, and its subsequent resolve, have shown us the need for an effective check and balance to the politicians in the Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat – and why Malaysians are lucky to have a constitutional monarch helming our country.
On October 23, the Cabinet of Malaysia has agreed to consider a declaration of emergency as Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly around the country – which will allow the suspension of the Parliament and postponement of any elections, as well as empower the federal government to push through policies without the need for voting.
While there is a logical and rational reason for an emergency, in light of the incessant politicking among the politicians, it will also entail disastrous effects on the economy, with foreign investors pulling out and the wellbeing of our people continue to slide for worse, as well as the image of our country globally.
Calling an emergency, in short, is a serious matter to consider – as we had only called for a nationwide emergency twice: during Konfrontasi and the May 13 race riots.
Fortunately, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, following a discussion with the Malay Rulers and taking into account the country’s situation, has decided against it.
Article 150 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may issue a Proclamation of Emergency if His Highness is satisfied that a grave emergency exists.
As the current government has been handling the pandemic well under the leadership of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, there is no need for an emergency to be declared. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also reiterated his belief that the government will continue to enact sound policies, and called on all politicians to stop disrupting the stability we have, and to support the Budget 2021 as we fight Covid-19.
In grappling with the reality of the pandemic, leaders everywhere should prioritise the people first – which was further highlighted by the Tunku Mahkota Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. In his statement, Tunku Ismail also underlined the role of the monarchy in providing the necessary checks and balances needed in times like these.
The focus should be on the welfare of the people and ensuring that the economy recovers efficiently, as Tunku Ismail wisely pointed out. While the role of the monarchy should not be in question as it has been enshrined in our Constitution and make-up, now more than ever its has further prove its vital role in providing check and balance.
Politicians are often tempted with their desire to cling power, and we are not infallible human beings after all. We have from time to time witnessed various political crisis. However, the Malay Rulers form the vital royal institution that serves to ensure the nation’s stability, and protect it from internal and external threats that may affect this – and the royal institution throughout the various political crisis that happened in our nation served as the effective check and balance mechanism.
The wisdom of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Malay Rulers have shown us that we are fortunate to have such a dynamic governance system – a constitutional monarchy with a democratic parliament, which will ensure both continued stability as well as the freedom to vote. Tunku Ismail’s statement, echoed by the statement released by The Keepers of the Rulers Seal, also highlighted the importance of this institution in ensure that the people’s voices and welfare are prioritized for generations to come.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail.
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 26 — A total of 927 new Covid-19 positive cases were reported in Sabah today, an increase of 394 cases compared to 533 yesterday.
Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said Kota Kinabalu district recorded the highest cases, namely 532 cases, and from that total, 432 cases are from the Kepayan Prison cluster.
This is followed by Tawau district (81 cases), Sandakan (64 cases), Kudat (47 cases), Lahad Datu (46 cases), Tuaran (28 cases), Penampang (27 cases) and Putatan (23 cases).
“The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in the state is 12,745 cases. Till today, a total of 5,476 patients are reported to have recovered while a total of 7,164 patients are receiving treatment at wards throughout Sabah,” he said in a statement tonight.
Masidi, who is also Sabah’s official spokesman for Covid-19, said there were seven Covid-19 deaths recorded by the Sabah state health department today.
Meanwhile, Masidi said there was a new cluster reported today, namely, Kapor cluster in Kudat, with a total of 46 cases.
Masidi, who is also Sabah Finance Minister II, added that the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Taman Khazanah Indah and Pangsapuri Mutiara Kasih in Lahad Datu as well as Felda Umas Kalabakan was extended from October 27 till November 9.
“Exceptions, however, will be given to sundry shops to operate from 6am to 6pm to allow locals to buy necessities,” he said.
Meanwhile EMCO in Taman Mesra and Taman Mawar, Sandakan, will be implemented for two weeks starting from October 28 till November 10. — Bernama
OCT 26 — US stocks fell sharply today as surging coronavirus cases and a stalemate in Washington over the next fiscal aid bill darkened the economic outlook in the run up to the Nov. 3 presidential election.
New infections have touched record levels in the United States, with El Paso in Texas asking citizens to stay at home for the next two weeks. In Europe, Italy and Spain imposed new restrictions.
Travel-related stocks that are vulnerable to Covid-19 related curbs including American Airlines, United Airlines Holdings and Booking Holdings Inc fell between 3 per cent and 4.5 per cent.
All major S&P sectors were trading lower with economically-sensitive energy, industrials and financials recording the steepest percentage declines.
Wall Street’s main indexes had ended lower last week as investors closely monitored talks over the next round of fiscal package, while economic data pointed to a stalling recovery.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday said the Trump administration was reviewing the latest proposal for Covid-19 relief over the weekend and that she expected a response today.
“The harsh reality is it’s going to be very difficult to get as much as the US$2 trillion deal even if they have something today or tomorrow,” said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial, North Carolina.
“It’s not going to happen until after the election.”
Meanwhile, more than 59.1 million Americans have already voted in person or by mail as President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden enter their final week of campaigning.
It is also one of the busiest week of the third-quarter earnings season that will see results from mega-cap US tech firms including Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Google-parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc.
Of the 135 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings so far, 83.7 per cent of them have beaten Wall Street expectations, according to Refinitiv data.
At 09:41 a.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 367.31 points, or 1.32 per cent, to 27,968.26, the S&P 500 index lost 32.08 points, or 0.93 per cent, to 3,433.31 and the Nasdaq Composite index lost 34.94 points, or 0.30 per cent, to 11,513.34.
Software company Oracle Corp fell 3 per cent after its German rival SAP abandoned medium-term profitability targets and cautioned its business would take longer than expected to recover from the pandemic hit.
Hasbro Inc fell about 7 per cent despite beating analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue and profit.
Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones by 6.6-to-1 on the NYSE and 0.3-to-1 on the Nasdaq.
The S&P index recorded two new 52-week highs and no new low, while the Nasdaq recorded 20 new highs and 10 new lows. — Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR: RHB Banking Group (RHB) has affirmed that an employee at its Inanam branch in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct 21.© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Twelve Chinese nationals including two women were arrested in a police raid on a hotel, here last Friday for suspected involvement in a non-existent online stock investment scheme targeting investors from China..
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director, Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said those detained comprised 10 men and two women, aged between 23 and 37, with nine of them not having valid travel documents.
He said the investigation found that the scam syndicate had been operating since last year and regularly moved by turning luxury condominium units and hotels around Klang Valley as centres for their activities.
“They promoted (the investment scheme) and influenced investors by using scripts given by the syndicate’s mastermind through the WeChat application where the syndicate could show the current stock market situations.
“So far, there have been no reports linking the syndicate to locals and it used the WeChat Pay and Alipay functions to do contactless transactions with customers in China,” he said at a press conference, here, today.
He added that the syndicate was able to pay salaries of RM2,500 to RM4,000 monthly to its members and was also able to rent luxury condominium units and hotels at RM9,000 to RM13,000 a month.
All the suspects are remanded since Saturday until tomorrow, while police are also tracking down a local man, believed to be protecting the syndicate.
During the raid, police also seized seven laptops, 125 mobile phones and Malaysian, China, Hong Kong and Macau currencies amounting to RM28,144.
The case is being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Section 6 (1) and Section 15 (1) of the Immigration Act 1958/63 and Rule 39(b) of the Immigration Regulations 1963.
Zainuddin said a total of 617 individuals were arrested in 60 raids throughout the country between early January and Oct 23 in connection with criminal activities using call centres. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (Bank Muamalat) today confirmed one of its Johor Baru Regional Office employees tested positive for Covid-19.
Bank Muamalat in a statement said as a precautionary measure, all employees at the regional office and branch in Johor Bahru who had been in direct contact with the said employee had been asked to self-quarantine at home for the next 14 days.
“Contact tracing is also underway, in line with the Health Ministry’s guidelines.
“Thorough sanitisation and cleaning procedures are being carried out at both premises located at Kebun Teh Commercial City, Jalan Kebun Teh, in Johor Baru, Johor,” it said, adding that five employees from the Kota Kinabalu branch had previously tested positive for Covid-19, one of whom had since recovered.
To mitigate possible health risks due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, selected Bank Muamalat branches would now operate from 9.15am to 3pm.
“Bank Muamalat is taking aggressive steps to safeguard the health and safety of its customers, staff and communities while ensuring the smooth delivery of important financial services.
“Bank Muamalat would like to assure its customers that business continues to operate as usual, with minimal disruptions whilst maintaining safety as its number one priority,” the statement said.
For further information, members of the public may visit Bank Muamalat’s website or call 03-2600 5500. — Bernama
Educational institutions in Selangor, KL, Putrajaya to remain closed until Nov 9, says Education Ministry
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — All educational institutions registered with the Education Ministry (MOE) in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will remain closed until November 9.
The ministry said in a statement that this was in line with the announcement made by Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today on the extension of the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period in the three areas for another two weeks.
It said the closure involved kindergartens, schools, boarding schools, private schools, vocational colleges and Teacher Education Institutes (IPG).
As such, administrators in these institutions have been directed to ensure all teachers and students continued their teaching and learning sessions at home, adding that the manual could be downloaded from the MOH’s portal at www.moe.gov.my.
Previously, the CMCO in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, which began on October 14, is scheduled to end tomorrow. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — RHB Banking Group (RHB) has confirmed that an employee at its Inanam branch in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct 21, 2020.
In a statement today, the bank said the affected employee was identified by the Ministry of Health (MOH) as a close contact to a Covid-19 positive person on Oct 8.
“As such, the employee has been away from the branch and under home quarantine since that date,” it said.
It also said that deep cleaning and sanitisation activities had been carried out at the branch in accordance with MOH guidelines.
“We have taken all necessary precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees and the community,” the banking group added. — Bernama
AMSTERDAM, Oct 26 — The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands jumped by more than 10,300 in 24 hours, hitting a new record, data released by the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) today showed.
The RIVM said the number of confirmed new cases of Covid-19 reached a new high of 10,343, while the total number of infections in the country passed 300,000 during the pandemic. — Reuters
BISHKEK, Oct 26 — Kyrgyzstan’s acting leader Sadyr Japarov said today that he will stand in a presidential election called after weeks of political turmoil in the Central Asian nation.
Japarov, a populist politician and convicted kidnapper, became prime minister and acting president during unrest that swept the ex-Soviet country following a disputed parliamentary vote in early October.
The Central Election Commission announced on Saturday that it had set a new presidential vote for January 10.
“I will step down in early December and participate in the election,” Japarov said in a statement.
“I will participate in the elections as an ordinary citizen. If I am elected, I will be president. If not—I will remain an ordinary citizen,” Japarov said.
The 51-year-old had been serving a prison sentence for hostage-taking and was released from jail during violence that erupted after the October 4 vote.
Election results were cancelled after a protest led by losing parties against vote-buying and other violations escalated into clashes pitting protesters against police.
Then-president Sooronbay Jeenbekov resigned from his post amid the unrest, leaving power in the hands of Japarov who promised new parliamentary and presidential elections.
A parliamentary vote was set for December 20 but then cancelled, as Japarov called for constitutional changes and the disbanding of the elections commission.
Kyrgyzstan is the most pluralist among the Central Asian states that became independent with the collapse of the Soviet Union, but it is also the most politically unstable.
Jeenbekov became the third president to resign since the country, which had also witnessed two revolutions, gained independence in 1991. — AFP
WASHINGTON, Oct 26 — US Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for coronavirus today, his office said, after multiple senior aides tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.
“This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for Covid-19,” Pence’s office said in a statement. — Reuters
PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has denied claims that there has been manipulation of the numbers of Covid-19 cases in the country.© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — DAP MP Tony Pua said today he would never ever support a government that relies on the backing of disgraced former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Following reports of the latter lobbying for Barisan Nasional (BN) to support PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as prime minister, Pua described Najib as the “biggest crook in the country” who brought shame to Malaysians worldwide and burdened the country with tens of billions ringgit of debt.
“Absolutely nuts. Some who may have unprincipled hunger for power would lap up Najib’s support to form a new government. I would never sign up to such a government.
“A government who has to depend on Najib’s support can go to hell. We already see that happening for Perikatan Nasional,” the Damansara MP said in a statement tonight.
The DAP publicity secretary also said Najib has demonstrated neither remorse nor expressed any guilt despite being convicted for corruption related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
His stinging remarks come after Malaysiakini reported that Najib had lobbied BN to support Anwar during the meeting between the pact’s MP held at the KL World Trade Centre earlier today.
An anonymous source had claimed the BN meeting was almost put on hold after the former coalition chairperson made the proposal.
Umno leaders are set to decide later tonight if the party would continue to back Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin or withdraw their support, following the embattled prime minister’s failed bid to declare an emergency.
Earlier, Najib revealed no decision was made at the BN Supreme Council despite the various views expressed about the royal decree that rejected Muhyiddin’s proposition for a state of emergency to be declared.
Several weeks prior, a purported letter which claimed that a certain number of Umno MPs had allegedly rescinded their support for Muhyiddin who is leading the PN government and were purportedly backing Anwar to be prime minister went viral.
The letter had allegedly carried Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s name as the purported author of the letter, and had allegedly contained both Zahid’s and Najib’s signatures.
This comes as DAP Senator Liew Chin Tong said yesterday that Muhyiddin could secure the support of political opponents to stabilise his administration if he were willing to remove Senior Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin from the Cabinet.
OCTOBER 26 — Yesterday, the Deputy Minister for Energy and Natural Resources, made known his qualification as an engineer, and used his engineering logic, to support the call for a Proclamation of Emergency to be declared. Or so it has been reported. Short of calling the Deputy Minister to verify, I can only quote what has been reported. Apparently, he said as a trained engineer his profession has taught him to have “a fail-safe pause or emergency button” to be built into any device. And thus, it seems the Constitution must also function as a machine with this useful pause or emergency button. And further, listen to this: “And So Tommy’s legal language simply defies the rational logic of an engineer.” I hope the good Deputy Minister has been misquoted. “Tommy”, of course is none other than Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, the country’s previous Attorney-General. “Tommy”, I can safely assure you, does not have an engineering degree. He has law degrees and to my knowledge years of legal experience. I should think he is eminently qualified to comment on the constitutionality of the attempt to have a Proclamation of Emergency made under Article 150 of the Federal Constitution. The Deputy Minister, I think, does not have a law degree or is legally qualified. So, there is no need really to entertain this “interesting” principle of “pause/ emergency button” constitutional interpretation. We can leave it at that.
Today, however, we have constitutional pundits, very legally-qualified, coming to the fore ( move aside, Ali Biju) to argue ( if in court, “submit”) the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has no discretion to refuse the advice of the Cabinet to issue a Proclamation of Emergency under Article150 (1). The arguments get slightly technical. Lawyers thrive on technicalities so much so sometimes we fail to see the wood for the trees. If we are in court, these arguments can easily take up approximately three full days. If a very senior counsel is arguing, it might take three months or more, what with copious citations from case-law, local, Indian, the Commonwealth and what else.
I don’t propose to entangle the reader with the “trees”. Let’s look a the “wood”, the general, big issue at hand. Is the Federal Constitution so static that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong must agree with an advice given when that advice is based on an implausible basis? Extend the argument further. What if the advice itself is questionable? Is the answer in the Federal Constitution that simple? The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has no discretion? He must agree no matter what. It this what constitutional monarchy is about? Are we forgetting the role of the constitutional monarch as a moderating influence in the intricate system of checks and balances that comprise the basic principles of the Constitution?
But, some will say look at the case law. Look at the learned commentaries. They say the Agong must act strictly according to the advice of the Cabinet or a Minister authorized by the Cabinet. These commentators are still clinging on to the “trees” which by now are very “old” and “dated”. The Constitution is a living document. It must be interpreted accordingly in a dynamic and progressive manner anchored on its basic principles.
So, if in Article 150(1) it says “if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is satisfied that a grave emergency exists whereby the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened, he may issue a Proclamation of Emergency ”, there is an element of discretion, a residual discretion to the general rule that in normal cases the monarch is expected to act in accordance with the advice of the executive. There is nothing in Article 40(1) or (1A) to obliterate this residual discretion.
Look again at the wording of Article 40(1) and the general heading “Yang di-Pertuan Agong to act on advice”. What does it exactly say? In the exercise of is functions under this Constitution or federal law the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall act in accordance with the advice of the Cabinet or of a Minister acting under the general authority of the Cabinet, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED BY THIS CONSTITUTION ” One of the exceptions stares at us in the face in Article 150(1).
What about Article 40(1A)? This amendment which came in the wake of other amendments on the breadth of the royal assent to legislation, refers to the “exercise of his functions under this Constitution or federal law, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is to act in accordance with advice...”, where is that “federal law” to compel the Agong to act on the advice in the context of Article 150(1)?
So, when the Federal Constitution is properly appreciated and neutrally interpreted based on its technical wording, its underlying purposes, its dynamic structure and a consciousness that it functions as a high instrument to regulate raw politics sometimes carried to an excess, the decision by our constitutional monarch to refuse the advice to proclaim an Emergency has a sound constitutional basis.
It has nothing to do with engineering principles, Yang Berhormat Timbalan Menteri Ali Biju.
* Tan Sri Ariff Yusof was Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.
** This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail.
KLUANG, Oct 26 — A man was charged at the Magistrate’s Court here today for murdering a police retiree in a premises here, in August.
The accused, Lim Fong Kim, 37, nodded after the charge was read out to him in Mandarin before Magistrate ND Arun, but no plea was recorded as the murder case comes under the jurisdiction of the High Court.
According to the charge sheet, Lim allegedly killed Su Kim Chiang, 57, by using a motorcycle fork at a premises on 22nd Mile, Jalan Ikan Merah 5, Kahang Dalam here between 8.10pm and 9pm, on August 31.
Lim who was an employee of a tyre shop was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the death sentence upon conviction.
Meanwhile, Saharudin A Samad, 42, was jointly charged with Lim for burying the body of the police retiree to assist Lim to escape legal punishment at an oil palm plantation at 26th Mile, Jalan Mersing, near here, between 8.10pm on August 31 and 1.30am on September 1.
Saharudin claimed trial for the offence under Section 201 of the Penal Code and read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which provides imprisonment of up to seven years and fine if convicted.
Deputy public prosecutor Nur Zahida Muhammad Ruzi prosecuted while both the accused were unrepresented.
Magistrate Arun allowed bail of RM5,000 with one surety for Saharudin and fixed November 26 for mention and submission of documents and autopsy report. — Bernama
PUTRAJAYA: Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has urged the public to report to police any gatherings they witness being held in areas under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).© New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd
LONDON, Oct 26 — Jose Mourinho has said his free-scoring Tottenham Hotspur side still have a long way to go in match the attacking threat of the celebrated Real Madrid team he guided to La Liga glory.
Spurs have scored 31 goals in their last nine games in all competitions ahead of today’s trip to Burnley in the Premier League, with England star Harry Kane and South Korea’s Son Heung-min both in fine form this season.
Yet even that glut is overshadowed by the 121 goals that Real managed when winning La Liga in 2011/12 under the guidance of the much-travelled Mourinho, also a title-winning manager in his native Portugal with Porto, in England with Chelsea and in Italy with Inter Milan.
At the Bernabeu, Mourinho had the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain to call upon up front in addition to a solid defensive unit.
But Tottenham, who were last crowned champions of England nearly fifty years ago, have been unusually profligate for a Mourinho team which they demonstrated while letting slip a 3-0 lead in the final 10 minutes of an extraordinary 3-3 draw with London rivals West Ham last week.
“In Real Madrid, I had amazing, amazing attacking players and we managed to build the team in a certain way,” Mourinho said.
“I have to be honest and say we have lots of good attacking players here but we need to give stability to the team because the team needs stability in the back to feel solid, confident — to (be able to) have a go,” he added with Spurs currently a modest 11th in the Premier League table.
“So we need to find that balance... Behind, we need to improve in some details — that’s obvious.”
Mourinho was criticised for being overly defensive during his time in charge of Manchester United and in his first season at Spurs.
But he insisted tactics were conditioned by the players at his disposal, saying: “Depends on the team. They cannot say that about my Real Madrid team that scored 121 goals in the league.
“If they say that about the way to finish second with Manchester United or last season to try to get a way to finish top six and to be in the Europa League, I think they are right.” — AFP
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is facing calls to quit as prime minister, finds himself at the mercy of Umno as the latter’s Supreme council meeting tonight will decide if they will continue to back his Perikatan Nasional government.
His hold on power appears to be precarious as Umno’s meeting tonight will scrutinise all the views discussed during the meeting with Barisan Nasional(BN) earlier this afternoon.
First to arrive at the KL World Trade Centre was Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki after 8pm, followed by former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman arrived at 8.30pm, followed by Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin.
The most recent arrival at 9pm was Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin.
None of the council members spoke to the press and remained tight-lipped to the meeting room.
Earlier today Zahidi said one of the strongest views given was for Umno to renegotiate with Muhyiddin because there are so many posts given to Bersatu.
Malaysiakini also reported this evening that former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also had lobbied BN to support PKR president Anwar Ibrahim during the meeting between BN parliamentarians earlier today.
The report quoted several sources confirming the matter to the portal.
Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be chairing tonight’s meeting that comes after the King’s decision yesterday to decline Muhyiddin’s proposal for an Emergency declaration.
The King also warned MPs against political manoeuvres that could destabilise the government.
In tonight’s meeting, ultimately Umno could decide to continue backing Muhyiddin and the latter would live to fight another day, at least until his Budget is passed by Parliament.