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Tee Keat lodges police report against magazine
MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat has lodged a police report against Chinese-language magazine Hao Wai (Special Weekly) for alleged defamation. According to a report in Oriental Daily News on Sunday, police have launched an investigation on the weekly under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 (PPPA) and for criminal defamation. It is understood Ong has at the same time served a legal letter on the weekly, which has published a number of articles that put MCA under the spotlight. Oriental’s report said the weekly received a legal demand letter dated April 30 from Ong’s lawyers over its March 2 cover story on Ong, which the MCA chief deemed defamatory. The weekly was given a deadline to explain its action.

Malaysia to host 22nd AFS World Congress
by Hemananthani Sivanandam

Press Digest
by Kong See Hoh

Nevertheless, it is understood that Ong had, before the expiry of the deadline, lodged a report at the Kelana Jaya police station, calling for a probe into the weekly’s story to determine if it had contravened section 8 (A) of PPPA (for false reporting) and section 500 of the Penal Code (for criminal defamation). This is the first legal suit filed against a publication by Ong since he took over the helm of MCA last year. Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed confirmed receiving a report from Ong but declined to give

details. Arjunaidi did not give a direct answer when asked if police are investigating the case under the Penal Code, saying: “We’re investigating”. According to Oriental, it is learnt that upon receiving the report, police launched an investigation against Hao Wai under the PPPA and Penal Code and quizzed its editor-in-chief for three hours on May 8. Three days later, police summoned two other staff of the weekly under section 111 of the Criminal Procedure Code to have their statements recorded. The duo were quizzed for up to six hours. Section 500 provides for a punishment of up to two years’ jail or fine or both.

Taib may call for snap election, says PKR rep
PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng Kim Ho predicts that Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud will call for a snap election in September. He said this is because the political climate is increasingly favourable to Pakatan Rakyat (PR), China Press reported yesterday. Ng said he got wind that the Barisan Nasional will go for a snap election towards the later part of the year, most probably in September. As such, he said, PR should start making preparations in order to gain control of the state government in the next election. Speaking at a gathering of state PKR leaders on Sunday night, Ng said PR member parties must work closely together for the Opposition to challenge BN one to one in all seats in the state. He believed PR is capable of dealing a severe blow to Sarawak BN especially Sarawak United People’s Party, Sarawak People’s Democratic Party and Parti Rakyat Sarawak. “However, PR has to come up with a good strategy to fight Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu, which is the backbone of the state BN. “PR cannot take over the state without defeating PBB ... the emphasis is on defeating PBB,” he said.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will host the 22nd American Field Service (AFS) World Congress in October, the first time ever that the world congress is held in Asia. About 300 international delegates are expected to take part in the event from Oct 20 to 25 – the first to be organised by AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia since the programme’s initiation in the country in 1985. AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. With a network of 52 partner organisations, AFS runs programmes in more than 50 countries involving over 11,000 students, young adults and teachers each year. During its 60-year history, more than 370,000 young people have participated in AFS exchange programmes around the world. AFS has special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (Ecosoc) of the United Nations. The week-long World Congress with the theme “Bridging Cultures”, aims to bring together all 50 AFS partners to promote Malaysia as a student exchange hosting destination. “Malaysia is an excellent venue

for this year’s World Congress. There is a lot of talk about the 21st century as Asia’s century, of Asia as a place where a lot of the action will be,” said Ebbe Skovdal, adviser to AFS president Francisco Tachi Cazal and representative from AFS International, New York. “Malaysia has been and is a rapidly developing country with a strong tradition of bridging cultures. “There are high expectations from the World Congress delegates as to the cultural experience they will have in your country. “All this add up to Malaysia being a most perfect location for this year’s Word Congress.” Skovdal added. World Congress co-chairman Shazalyna Mohammad said the hosting of the World Congress this year will help boost the image and branding of the organisation – attracting more foreign applicants in choosing Malaysia as their first choice destination. It is also to encourage local applicants and host families to take part in an intercultural experience overseas with AFS. AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia has hosted over 1,800 high school students, aged 15 to 17, involving more than 500 host families in Malaysia, and sent over 2,000 local participants on overseas exchanges. Currently, there are more than 1,000 volunteers on the AFS Malaysia network spread across the nation.