19 September 2019


Fresh anti-govt. protests, clashes cause disruption in Hong Kong

KONFRONTASI - Unrest shows no sign abating in Hong Kong, with more anti-government protests and clashes causing disruption in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

As the new week started, school students and alumni in Hong Kong formed human chains across the island before school early on Monday in support of the protesters, who have been calling for the administration of Chief Executive Carrie Lam to resign over the past three months.

'Your best is yet to come': PM reassures Isro scientists after Chandrayaan-2 heartbreak

KONFRONTASI  -   Just hours after Indian Space Research Organisation

Why fears of China’s neocolonialism in Africa ring false in the face of numbers that tell a different tale

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) shares a light moment with Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 31. Photo: Xinhua

KONFRONTASI  -  The debate on China’s relations with Africa is back in the spotlight following this month’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

China in Africa: win-win development, or a new colonialism?

The tiny Tanzanian fishing village of Bagamoyo is set to become Africa’s largest port in a US$10 billion Chinese development. Are locals right to be optimistic?


By Nick Van Mead


MACC Meets Justo Again To Try To Get More Evidence Against Najib

KONFRONTASI -   Xavier Andre Justo is back in Malaysia to help with the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) investigation, a report said tonight.

This will be the former PetroSaudi International executive’s third visit to the country.

The Star Online reported that the Swiss national met with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today.

It is understood that the interview was over five hours long.

Justo was pardoned in Thailand for attempted blackmail linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case.

Tamil family facing deportation has injunction extended

KONFRONTASI -  A Tamil family has been given another reprieve from deportation while lawyers fight in the Federal Court for its right to stay.

The court gave the family, which had settled in the Queensland town of Biloela, a two-day delay on Wednesday after Immigration Minister David Coleman decided not to use his discretionary powers in favour of the family.

In the video above, NSW One Nation MP Mark Latham believes the government must uphold its laws regarding illegal immigrants

South Korea's CJ Group heir apparent arrested for suspected narcotics law violation

KONFRONTASI-The heir apparent of South Korean food-to-entertainment conglomerate CJ Group has been arrested for suspected narcotics law violation after turning himself in, the prosecutors’ office said.

Lee Sun-ho, the 29-year-old son of CJ Group Chairman Lee Jay-hyun, walked into the office alone on Wednesday evening, the Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office said in a statement on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's Lam due to address media after bill withdrawal

KONFRONTASI-Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is due to address the media on Thursday, a day after she withdrew a controversial extradition bill that has triggered mass protests and plunged the Chinese territory into its worst political crisis in decades.

Lam, in a pre-recorded televised message, on Wednesday formally withdrew the bill, acceding to one of the democracy protesters' five demands. 

Hong Kong leader urges dialog after bill’s withdrawal

KONFRONTASI - Hong Kong’s chief executive has renewed her call for protests to end, a day after she formally withdrew a proposed bill that had stirred controversy.

Carrie Lam announced in a pre-recorded televised message on Wednesday that she was scrapping the unpopular extradition law, which had triggered three months of rallies by millions of people in the fanatical hub.

Lam said the bill would be withdrawn at the next session of the city’s Legislative Council, scheduled for next month.

Death toll rises in Bahamas after devastating Hurricane Dorian

KONFRONTASI-Survivors of Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday picked through the wreckage of homes ripped apart by fierce winds, struggled to fuel generators and queued for food after one of the most powerful Caribbean storms on record devastated parts of the Bahamas.

The most damaging storm to strike the island nation, Dorian killed at least 20 people, according to Bahamas Health Minister Duane Sands.

But the toll was certain to rise as the scope of the destruction becomes more clear, with aerial video of the Abaco Islands in the northern Bahamas showing widespread devastation.

Mark Lowcock, the United Nations under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs, said in a conference call with reporters that he expected the death toll to rise significantly.

In the United States, South Carolina was preparing for a record storm surge and major flooding with the potential for over a metre of rain in places when Dorian hits the coast on Thursday or Friday.

Dozens of people in the Bahamas took to Facebook to search for missing loved ones, and aid agencies estimated that tens of thousands of people of the Bahamas population of 400,000 would need food and other support.

"We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country's history," Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told a news conference.

"We can expect more deaths to be recorded. This is just preliminary information."

LaQuez Williams, a pastor at Jubilee Cathedral in Grand Bahama, who opened the church as a shelter for about 150 people, said he saw people on their rooftops seeking refuge. 

A Reuters photographer surveying the damage on Grand Bahama island said many hangars at Freeport airport and several aircraft appeared to be severely damaged.Aerial video of Great Abaco Island showed miles of flooded neighbourhoods littered with upturned boats and shipping containers scattered like toys. Many buildings had walls or roofs partly ripped off.

'Something no one could prepare for'
A single Facebook post by media outlet Our News Bahamas seeking the names of missing people had 2,000 comments listing lost family members since it went live on Tuesday, although some of the comments were also about loved ones being found.

Janith Mullings, 66, from Freeport, Grand Bahama, said she had been through hurricanes all her life but had never seen anything like Dorian.

"We've never had hurricanes in none of our islands that have experienced the ocean rising like it did. The ocean was something no one could prepare for," she said.

A massive relief effort was under way with volunteers ferrying supplies to the islands in a flotilla of small boats.

As many as 13,000 homes in the Bahamas may have been destroyed or severely damaged, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

"It's heartbreaking ...," said Caroline Turnquest, director general of Bahamas Red Cross. "We know from what we've been seeing and hearing, that this one will require the help of all the persons."

Food may be required for 14,500 people in the Abaco Islands and for 45,700 people in Grand Bahama, the UN World Food Programme said.

US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection personnel have airlifted 61 people from the northern Bahamas to the capital Nassau over two days, the US Embassy said.