Pak Lah defends Dr M on BTN

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today defended his old nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and proclaimed that the controversial National Civics Bureau (BTN) “is certainly not racist”.

Dr Mahathir has been attacked by Minister in the Prime Minister Department’s Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for defending the civics programme.

The continued row has led to Nazri calling Dr Mahathir the “father of all racism” when the former party president told Nazri to resign from Umno because if he were against racism, he should not be in a racist party.

Abdullah refused to be dragged into Nazri’s spat with Dr Mahathir but stressed that BTN as an institution was never racist.

“I am not going to get into that. I want to talk about BTN and to the extent that when I was involved the programme was not racist.

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Indonesian woman dies in fall while fleeing raid

GEORGE TOWN: An Indonesian woman died after she fell to her death while trying to flee a police raid at a construction site near Taman Sanctuary, Gelugor, here.

The woman, in her 20s, and her boyfriend, also an Indonesian, had jumped down a 20m slope at the back of the house at about 10am on Thursday.

She was still able to talk and even offered the house owner a RM50 bribe to allow them to escape before succumbing to her head injury.

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Housewife who fed weedkiller to children is remorseful

KLANG: Housewife R. Seetha, who consumed weedkiller with her four children on Thursday, is remorseful about feeding weedkiller to her children and drinking some hereself.

He husband, lorry driver M. Manimaran, 35, said Seetha had asked him for forgiveness Saturday.

“She kept on asking me to forgive her but refuses to say much other than that her stomach is very painful,” said a visibly distraught Manimaran.

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US Navy ship built with World Trade Centre steel

US Navy ship built with World Trade Centre steel
The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with World Trade Center steel, passing by the Statue of Liberty.
The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with steel melted from the World Trade Center ruins, arrived in its namesake city on Monday with a rifle volley salute near the site of the 2001 terrorist attack.
First responders, families of Sept. 11 victims and the public gathered Monday at a waterfront viewing area, where they could see the crew standing at attention along the deck of the battleship gray vessel, AP reported.
The big ship paused. Then the shots were fired, with a cracking sound, in three bursts.
The bow of the US$1bil ship, built in Louisiana, contains about 7.5 tonnes of steel from the fallen towers.
“It’s a transformation … from something really twisted and ugly,” said Rosaleen Tallon, who lost her firefighter brother, Sean, on 9/11. “I’m proud that our military is using that steel.”
Tallon said her brother, who was a Marine, would have been proud.
JoAnn Atlas, of Howells, New York, who lost her husband, fire Lt. Gregg Atlas, draped a flag-themed banner along the fence. The names of emergency workers who died were written on the red stripes.
At a short ceremony later at Pier 88 near the site of the aircraft carrier, the USS Intrepid, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the USS New York couldn’t have a more fitting name, representing freedom, courage and resilience.
“This ship is actually a physical representation of that spirit with steel from the World Trade Center built into its bow so every friend that sets foot on it and every foe that dares challenge it will feel its power and know that it is literally made from the heart and soul of the city that has scarified so much,” the mayor said.
Of the 361 sailors serving aboard the ship, around 13 percent are from New York state, which is higher than would normally be the case, Murphy said.
The ship is 684 feet (208 meters) long and can carry as many as 800 Marines. Its flight deck that can handle helicopters and the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
The ship is technically known as a San Antonio-class amphibious dock vessel.

newyorkThe new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with World Trade Center steel, passing by the Statue of Liberty.

The new Navy assault ship USS New York, built with steel melted from the World Trade Center ruins, arrived in its namesake city on Monday with a rifle volley salute near the site of the 2001 terrorist attack.

First responders, families of Sept. 11 victims and the public gathered Monday at a waterfront viewing area, where they could see the crew standing at attention along the deck of the battleship gray vessel, AP reported.

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Thousands line up for last Big Mac in Iceland

Thousands of Icelanders lined up at McDonald’s restaurants to order their last Big Macs before the US fast-food chain abandons the crisis-hit island at midnight yesterday due to soaring costs.

The world’s largest fast-food company said earlier this week that all three of its restaurants in Iceland, operated by franchisee Jon Ogmundsson, would shut down Oct 31.

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No bikini for Miss Indonesia

Miss Indonesia Qory Sandioriva who has come under fire from Muslim clerics for not wearing a headscarf, says she won’t be wearing a bikini in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

“No, I will wear a one-piece swimsuit.”

“This is the rule from the Indonesian board and I think I don’t have to show too much skin to be able to achieve something in the pageant, just like Artika Sari Devi (Miss Indonesia 2004),” she told the Jakarta Globe in an interview.

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18 wives, 18 murders

By A. Mannan

 A former teacher in Mangalore, India, has confessed to marrying and murdering 18 women since 2003.

Mohan Kumar, 46, admitted to the murders of the women, aged between 18 and 25 after being detained by police on Wednesday in a case involving a missing girl.

His marry-and-murder spree began after he resigned as a primary school teacher after working for 23 years. Killer ‘husband’ Mohan Kumar being led to court on Wednesday

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An uneasy peace in MCA

The announcement of MCA’s peace plan today left niggling doubts over how solid the reconciliation between former rivals will be and whether it will really be the end to months of power struggle.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who brokered the plan, is also unsure if the idea of maintaining the status quo in MCA will work.

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Govt may bear part of RM1.14b rail double-tracking loss

The government may have to bear part of the RM1.14 billion loss in the 179km rail double-tracking contract between Rawang and Ipoh as the project was poorly managed.

An audit of the project carried out from August 2008 to January 2009 discovered identified several weaknesses in its implementation such as the delay, and the procurement of extra equipments and coaches not keeping in steps with the infrastructural development causing the infrastructure to be not fully optimised.

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‘Naked’ in Manchester

FREQUENT flyer Tony Choo remembers when passengers first had to remove their jackets when passing through airport security.
Then it was belts and soon shoes had to come off too. Choo was among those who feared that losing one’s trousers was the next step.
It happened to the Kuala Lumpur businessman, wife Violet and daughter Christine at Manchester
airport yesterday.
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