6 suspects identified in Perlis mass grave probe, say police

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The mass graves in Wang Kelian. Police today said six foreigners related to the case have been identified. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 12, 2015.

The police have identified six suspects comprising Myanmar and Thai nationals to facilitate investigations into the discovery of mass graves of what was believed to be those of ethnic Rohingya in Wang Kelian, Perlis in May.

They comprise a woman, believed to be Thai, and five men who might still be in Malaysia.

SAC Goh Kok Liang, who is heading a special team probing into the case, said all suspects were identified based on information gathered from questioning about 30 witnesses, the majority of whom were locals and several Rohingya refugees at the Belantik detention depot in Sik, Kedah. Read more

TPPA: Just Yes/No vote in Parliament next year

Source: FMT News

tppa_graphic_bahasa_101015KUALA LUMPUR: International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed has revealed that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) which was scheduled to be tabled in Parliament early next year will only be in the form of a Yes-No vote.

When asked on the possibility of making a few changes to the agreement, Mustapa stressed that no changes would be entertained.

“No, there will be no changes in the agreement. We are just going to say ‘yes or no’ in Parliament. It will be a yes or no vote,” he told reporters after officiating the ‘Asean My Market Forum 2015’ here today. Read more

Pacific trade deal could limit affordable drugs

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The World Health Organisation says the Trans-Pacific Partnership may limit the availability of affordable medicines. – Reuters pic, November 12, 2015.

A massive trade pact between 12 Pacific rim countries could limit the availability of affordable medicines, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday, joining a heated debate on the impact of the deal.

Margaret Chan told a conference there were “some very serious concerns” about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a central plank of US President Barack Obama’s trade policy which still needs to be ratified by member governments.

“If these agreements open trade yet close the door to affordable medicines we have to ask the question: is this really progress at all,” Chan asked a conference in Geneva. Read more

Cost-benefit analysis on Pacific trade deal ready in 10 days, says minister

Source: The Malaysian Insider

tppa_graphic_bahasa_101015The report on two cost-benefit analyses on Malaysia’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will be ready in 10 days.

Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, said the report would be presented to the Cabinet before being made public.

“When the studies are completed, the public will know in detail who the losers and gainers are,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today. Read more

Khazanah studying impact of Trans-Pacific trade pact

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Khazanah managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar says the investment firm is studying the impact of the Pacific trade deal will have on its business. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, November 12, 2015.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad said it is in the midst of studying the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the sovereign wealth fund and its investments.

“We are still studying it (the TPP). In fact, our research team (Khazanah Research Institute) will be publishing a report on ‘Why Trade Matters’ to analyse free trade agreements,” Khazanah managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today. Read more

Sedition charges being reviewed, one opposition MP likely to escape, says A-G

Source: The Malaysian Insider

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In the second part of this series, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali speaks about the Sedition Act. He tells The Malaysian Insider that the act is still relevant but is now reviewing each case as he wants a 99% chance of securing a conviction before taking it to court

Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said he is in the midst of reviewing sedition charges and investigations on a case-by-case basis, and will mostly likely withdraw one against an opposition member “very soon”.

Apandi said he had just begun the process of reviewing criminal charges after having been in office for 100 days, and was now looking at reducing the number of cases that are brought to court.

“I’m reviewing (the cases), in fact there’s one case against an opposition member, an elected member… I’m studying the case and will most likely withdraw the charge,” Apandi told The Malaysian Insider in a recent interview. Read more