Malaysia's unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in June due to an increase in the number of unemployed persons.

This was compared to the unemployment rate of 3.2 percent a year ago, the Malaysian Statistics Department said in a statement here on Monday.

According to the department, the number of unemployed persons had increased from 370,000 a year ago to 426,600 in June this year.

In the month under review, labor force in Malaysia had increased from 11.41 million to 11.62 million, while the population outside labor force increased from 6.71 million to 6.88 million.

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Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Bung Moktar Radin on Wednesday won an appeal in the Syariah High Court here to set aside the one-month jail sentence imposed on him in May for committing polygamy without consent.

However, Selangor Syariah Chief Judge Mukhuddin Ibrahim ordered Bung Moktar, 51, to pay the RM1,000 fine, in default six months' jail, which was also imposed on him by the Gombak Timur Syariah Lower Court on May 19.

The lower court had imposed the jail sentence and fine on Bung Moktar for committing polygamy without the court's permission with popular actress Izette A. Samad, 31, at house No. 12, Jalan TC2B/3 Cemerlang Heights, Taman Melati, Gombak, at 8.50 pm on Dec 16 last year.

Other pro-BN media said it is a Ramadan gift for Bung Moktar. But we all know that Bung Moktar will not serve his jail sentence because he will lose his MP privilege and BN will never let that happen.

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The alleged affair between Farah Azlina Latif and Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan has thrown a spanner to the prosecution work in the current trial of Anwar Ibrahim sodomy case.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants his second sodomy charge to be struck out, following allegations that deputy public prosecutor Farah Azlina Latif and Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, the complainant and chief witness in the case, were having an affair.

Anwar’s lead counsel Karpal Singh told the High Court on Monday that he had filed an application for Anwar’s charge to be struck out at the High Court Registry.

He claimed that the integrity of the prosecution team led by Solicitor-General (S-G) II Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abiden had been compromised as a result of the alleged affair, and that Mohd Yusof should “take the blame”.

“Farah would have been privy, of course, as part of the prosecution team, to investigation papers.

“There is a strong likelihood of Saiful had access to all documents, including the statement by Datuk Seri Anwar,” he said, adding that both would have committed an offence under Section 8(1) and (2) of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 1972, as investigation papers were classified under the act.

He said that as such, the charge against Anwar ought to be struck out by the court.

Section 8(1) relates to any person who has in his possession or control any official secret, and communicates it, while Section 8(2) relates to any person who receives any official secret.

At about 11am, Anwar lodged a police report against Farah Azlina and Saiful, claiming that they had committed an offence under the act.

“There has also been no denial on this allegation so far by either the Attorney-General, Farah or saiful.

“Now they have the opportunity to reply to the affidavit,” Karpal said.

He also said that the alleged affair was a matter for the Syariah courts to look into.

Mohd Yusof, however, argued that they were “bare allegations without any substance”.

When asked by the press later if the prosecution was denying the allegations, he asked a question in return: “Do they (the defence) have personal knowledge of this?”

On July 27, A-G Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail confirmed that Farah Azlina was dropped from the prosecution team in Anwar’s second sodomy trial.

Farah Azlina was also dropped from the Prosecution Division of the A-G’s Chambers for the same reason.

Anwar, 63, had claimed trial to sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful, 25, at Desa Damansara Condominium in Jalan Setiakasih, Bukit Damansara between 3.01pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.

The case had opened Monday to hear the cross examination of Hospital Kuala Lumpur general surgeon Dr Mohd Razali Ibrahim, who is the second prosecution witness in the case.

However, Justice Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah fixed Aug 9 to hear and dispose of the striking out application first.

Source: TheStar

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