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Hijacking of oil tanker Naniwa Maru I second in a month

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 08:21 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: Heavily-armed pirates hijacked a Thailand-owned tanker off the eastern coast of Malaysia, injuring the captain and stealing diesel fuel from its cargo on April 17, the International Maritime Bureau said on Thursday.

The attack occurred when 16 pirates in a speedboat boarded the ship under the cover of darkness, said head of the IMB's Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre Noel Choong.

The attack came before the hijacking of Naniwa Maru 1 on Tuesday, when around 12 heavily-armed pirates boarded a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the diesel fuel from the cargo.

On the April 17 incident, Choong said the tanker was hijacked off Aur Island, in the eastern coast of Malaysia.

"The heavily-armed pirates hit the captain with a sword and destroyed communication equipment," he told AFP.

Choong did not have any more details on the condition of the captain who oversaw 14 crew members on the tanker en route from Singapore to Cambodia.

"The pirates siphoned part of the tanker's diesel cargo into a tanker ship and stole crew members' valuables before escaping," he said, adding that the IMB was only informed of the incident on Thursday due to the ship's damaged communications system.

Choong said the IMB was concerned about the rise in attacks off Malaysia this year.

The Strait of Malacca is a key maritime highway linking Europe and the Middle East to Asia, and has long been a hunting ground for pirates.

Attacks in the strait had dropped in recent years following stepped-up patrols and cooperation between neighbouring countries to secure waterways.

There were no pirate attacks in Malaysian waters last year and Tuesday's attack in the Strait of Malacca was the first since 2010, according to IMB data.

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CIMB-Asean ePaper draws attention at media industry meeting

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 07:05 AM PDT

HONG KONG: The CIMB-Asean ePaper involving the partnership of The Star, The Nation, The Jakarta Post and Philippine Daily Inquirer drew attention at a media industry meeting.

Delegates at the two-day Publish Asia 2014 Conference and Expo organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) here were keen to learn more about the strategic alliance that the four Asia News Network members had developed.

The topic of smart media collaboration was discussed at the Newsroom and CEO Summit, where media chieftains wanted to know how the e-paper tie-up could bring revenue and increased circulation at the same time.

Press Reader chief content officer and general counsel Nicolay Malyarov said the CIMB-Asean ePaper gave birth to a strong partnership beyond editorial collaborations.

"Members can capitalise on expertise and media positions to generate revenue for all.

"The power of multi-title aggregation and bundling options is key to adding value," he said in his presentation which focused on the success of the CIMB-Asean ePaper.

The historic arrangement, which was available from April 1, offers readers access to in-depth news from a local perspective of the four nations – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines – through a single e-paper subscription.

Malyarov said the partnership increased sponsorship and advertising reach and revenue.

He said the key was to find the right sponsor.

He added that another area was getting the right pricing that reflected value of the content and what users were willing to pay in all markets.

He said the CIMB-Asean ePaper reached almost 450 million people out of the 600 million living in the region.

The 80,000 subscribers of The Star bundle now enjoy e-copies of the additional three regional publications for free.

Dr Mahathir: Obama does not even want to meet me, not only Anwar

Posted: 24 Apr 2014 06:45 AM PDT

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it was up to United States president Barack Obama if he wants to meet Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

"It is his (Obama) right, up to him who he wants to see, he does not even want to see me, a former prime minister," Dr Mahathir told reporters.

He was commenting on PKR's regret that Obama, on a three-day official visit to Malaysia from Saturday, would not be meeting Anwar.

Dr Mahathir said the government did not have the power to prevent Obama from meeting anyone, including Anwar.

"If they are dissatisfied, they can go and ask Obama himself, whether we (the government) are barring Anwar from meeting him," he said.

The visit of the US president will be Obama's first official visit to Malaysia after President Lyndon Johnson's visit in 1966.

Other than Malaysia, Obama will also visit Japan and South Korea before ending his visit to Asia, in the Philippines. - Bernama.


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