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PKR vice- president Rafizi Ramli's action of criticizing the proposed amendment to the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972 shows that he is desperate and afraid of his case related to the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (BAFIA) 1989, which is still pending.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said Rafizi was intentionally trying to distract attention from his case to claim that the amendment was intended to suppress the freedom of journalists and the media in the country.

"He has also deliberately stated that this amendment would oppress journalists and media freedom so that he can get the support of the media in relation to the matter," she said in a statement here, Monday.

She said the Pandan MP does not have any immunity or privilege in the context of the law, not to mention the case involving him under BAFIA 1989.

Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali was reported to have said that he was considering an amendment to the OSA, to increase penalties on those involved with exposing state secrets, and those who report it.

Rafizi then started a campaign on social media to gather support to reject the proposed amendment.

She

The Malaysian Armed Forces Council today conferred the rank of honorary Brigadier General of the Territorial Army on Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

The council also appointed Adenan as the patron of the Sarawak All-Malaysia Territorial Army Supporters Committee.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein performed the pinning of the rank at a ceremony at the Office of the Chief Minister at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya here.

Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Wira Mohd

NIBONG TEBAL: Popular actor Shaheizy Sam Abdul Samad ended his bachelor days when he married actress Siti Nor Syatilla Amirol Melvin at the bride's house in Bukit Jawi Golf Villa here Monday night. 

The marriage was solemnised by Universiti Sains Malaysia Human Transformation Centre director Datuk Elias Zakaria.

In one breath, Shaheizy Sam, 34, and Syatilla, 25, became husband and wife at 9pm.

The actor then presented his bride with a dowry of RM10,082, a ring and seven trays of gifts, and

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the federal government gives its assurance that it will hand over the empowerment rights of Sarawak to the state government.

He, however, said it would be done only through discussions with the state BN headed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“I understand Sarawak wants partnership with the federal government, to be independent within Malaysia. We want to take care of Sarawak’s feelings; thus, their rights will be preserved.

“I don’t want

KUALA LUMPUR: Media personnel were barred from entering Parliament where the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is holding its final round of proceedings on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). 

The proceedings will see the committee hearing testimonies from former 1MDB president and chief executive officer Datuk Shahrol Halmi and the company’s ex-chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh on Thursday and Friday. 

Although media personnel were informed Wednesday that the committee would hold a press

Federal governments will build a bridge to serve as a gateway to the vast coastline in Sarawak in a joint venture project.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he had proposed to Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to work with the state government in building the bridge in Batang Lupar in Sri Aman to open up links to the coastal area.

“Imagine if we can accomplish this, it will open up more opportunities in the coastal areas across the state,” he said in a meet-the-people session at

We have begun a series of talks with the PM and myself with regards to such rights under the Constitution, Malaysia Agreement, the Inter-Governmental Committee Report, the Cobbold Commission recommendations and the autonomous position of Sarawak in Malaysia.

The talks will be carried out in three phases.

The first phase is on administrative powers, 2nd phase on our state rights under the constitution & 3rd phase on financial management.

The results of the first phase of talk held

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