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Police seize personal items from home of ousted PM Najib Razak

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak arrives to break fast at Saujana Menteri Besar in Malaysia’s southern state of Johor July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su

 

At least a dozen armed policemen entered the home of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak late on Wednesday.

The lawyer of the former leader confirmed this and said the police seized handbags and few other items from his home in connection with a money laundering investigation.

Witnesses say the search lasted for over six hours during which officers were seen taking large bags into the house and later loading them into a truck.

Malaysian authorities are investigating an alleged multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund One-Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib. — Reuters

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Undocumented Filipinos warned as Malaysia’s immigration crackdown begins

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) wait outside before boarding a flight | REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Filipinos are advised to carry their legal documents at all times following the end of Malaysia’s amnesty program for undocumented workers on Thursday (August 30).

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on its website issued an advisory following an announcement that Malaysian authorities will launch a nationwide immigration crackdown as early as Friday (August 31) and that the Voluntary Deportation Program will no longer be extended.

“We are reminding our kababayans in Malaysia, particularly those without legal immigration status, that the amnesty program ends today (August 30). In view of this, we request our kababayans to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents at all times,” said Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose.

Ambassador Jose assured that the Embassy is ready to provide assistance to Filipinos who will be affected by the crackdown.

Since the amnesty program was announced in 2016, Jose said the embassy has assisted a total of 5,844 Filipinos, though the number is only less than 1 percent of the estimated 400,000 undocumented Filipinos working and staying in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Malacañang encourages Filipino illegal immigrants in Malaysia to return home to the Philippines rather than being detained.

“Hinihikayat natin ang ating mga mamamayan na umuwi na kayo dito sa Pilipinas dahil alam po natin na pag nahuli kayo at illegal kayo, may kulong sa pagiging illegal migrant diyan sa Malaysia” – Marje Pelayo

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MH370 disappearance remains mystery after release of detailed report

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

A stack of MH370 safety investigation report booklets. REUTERS/Sadiq Asyraf

 

The real cause for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cannot be determined, said a detailed report on the incident released by a safety investigation team on Monday.

During a press conference held by the Malaysian government, the investigator-in-charge said that the report was a result of joint cooperation by eight countries, but said it is not the final report into the mysterious case which has gripped the world.

The 1,100-page report will be submitted to the Malaysian House of Representatives on Tuesday for consideration.

The doomed MH370, carrying 239 on board, went missing en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

The report said the team had reached the conclusion that the plane did deviate from its flight path and that its change in direction over the Indian Ocean was made under manual control, but said there was not enough evidence to confirm if there was any unlawful interference by a third party. — Reuters

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Malaysia says search for Flight MH370 to end next week

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at a message board for passengers, onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, during its fourth annual remembrance event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia March 3, 2018. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/File Photo

 

A private search by a U.S. firm for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in 2014 in one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries, will end on May 29, Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke said on Wednesday (May 23).

Flight MH370, carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

Malaysia had agreed in January to pay Houston-based Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane during a 90-day search in the southern Indian Ocean.

Ocean Infinity’s search vessel, Seabed Constructor, had finished scouring its targeted search area in April and had requested an extension until May 29, Loke said.

Loke, who was sworn in as minister on Monday (May 21), said the government would release a full report on the investigation into MH370’s disappearance after the offshore search was completed, but had not yet determined a date for the report’s release. — Reuters

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