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Keep spreading festive cheer for unity, says Liow

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

BENTONG: The tradition of spreading festive cheer amongst Malaysians to foster unity and harmony must be preserved, said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Liow, who visited patients at the Bentong Hospital in conjunction with the Chinese New Year festivities, said that such occasions provided an opportunity for the various ethnic communities in the country to participate in the celebrations.

"We must all celebrate these festivities in togetherness to ensure that the joy of the occasion is enjoyed by all Malaysians," Liow told reporters here yesterday.

"Preserving this tradition is crucial in Malaysia's multicultural society as it would help foster goodwill and unity among the rakyat."

Besides fostering unity, he added that such celebrations also provided the opportunity for Malaysians to help the less fortunate by providing assistance to them.

Liow later presented Chinese New Year goodies to patients on behalf of MCA and Bentong Chinese Assembly Hall.

Ramanan quits as treasurer-general of MIC

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Embattled MIC leader Datuk R. Ramanan has resigned as party treasurer-general pending his appeal of a court ruling that he had fraudulently received RM5.5mil.

"In view of the High Court decision and in the interest of MIC and my president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel, I will step down as treasurer-general until I clear my name in court."

Ramanan said no one was bigger than the party and he did not want Palanivel to be haunted by the issue.

Last Thursday, Judicial Commis-sioner Lee Heng Cheong ordered Ramanan to return the money to psychiatrist Tan Sri Dr M. Mahadevan after finding Ramanan had misrepresented himself to the latter.

Following the court decision, DAP chairman Karpal Singh called on the Attorney-General to bring criminal charges against him.

However, Ramanan said his case was a civil matter between two individuals and not a criminal case.

"There is no element of CBT (criminal breach of trust)," he said.

Ramanan said his resignation was a personal decision because he did not want the issue to be exploited further.

"No one has forced or asked me to do this," he said.

Ramanan said his lawyers had filed an appeal yesterday and applied for a stay of execution.

In the meantime, Ramanan said he would deposit RM5.5mil into a joint account of his lawyers and the lawyers of the other party.

Ramanan also said he had been advised by his lawyers that any comment about the case by anyone was sub judice.

"Therefore I shall make no comment on this matter," he said.

Despite his resignation, Ramanan vowed to continue serving MIC.

Ramanan was circumspect when asked about hidden hands out to topple MIC leaders or whether there was a plot to oust him.

"I think being from the media you will know better than me."

MIC president Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said he had advised Ramanan to "make the right decision".

"He met me and told me about the matter. I advised him to make the right decision," he told the Tamil media at a press conference yesterday.

The Heat to resume publicaton on Feb 7

Posted: 27 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Weekly news magazine The Heat will be back on the streets next month, following a Home Ministry decision to lift the suspension on the paper.

News portal The Ant, a sister publication of The Heat, reported The Heat editor-in-chief David Lee as saying the decision was conveyed to the newsweekly's publisher Satria Kiara Sdn Bhd in a letter dated Jan 24.

It was signed by the ministry's publications and Quranic text division head Hashimah Nik Jaafar, on behalf of the ministry's secretary-general.

The ministry allowed the paper to continue its operation without any change to its current publishing permit and the paper would hit the streets again after the Chinese New Year holidays.

Lee said the publication will be back in circulation on Feb 7.

The Heat was suspended indefinitely on Dec 19, 2013 for violating provisions of its printing permit.

The ministry said three days later the suspension, which came after the publication of its Dec 14 to Dec 20 edition, was not due to articles about the Prime Minister, as widely speculated.

The paper had carried a story about how Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, allegedly spend their money.


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