Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has rejected offers of asylum abroad ahead of a final appeal in October on a sodomy conviction that could see him jailed, a political aide said Monday (Aug 25).

Anwar was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in March on charges he sodomised a young former male aide, but is free pending a final appeal set for October 28-29. Anwar, 67, has dismissed the case as fabricated by the government to ruin his political career.

The political aide, who asked not to be named, declined further comment but said that a media report Monday on the asylum offers was correct.

Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Rafizi Ramli mengaku tidak bersalah atas tuduhan mengeluarkan kenyataan mengaibkan dan mendatangkan kemarahan ahli Umno.

Ahli Parlimen Pandan itu dituduh melakukan kesalahan itu melalui satu artikel bertajuk ‘Will Rafizi Quit it Selangor is not toppled?’ Februari lalu yang mengaitkan parti itu dengan kejadian membaling molotov cocktail dalam sebuah gereja.

Beliau  didakwa di Mahkamah Sesyen Petaling Jaya hari ini di bawah seksyen 504 kanun keseksaan iaitu dengan sengaja mengaibkan dengan niat hendak membangkitkan pecah keamanan.

The cost to upgrade each National Service Training Programme (NS) camp nationwide will be borne by respective camp operators, and will cost between RM2mil to RM4mil each.

NS Director-General Datuk Abdul Hadi Awang Kechil said the Government would not be providing any allocation for the upgrading works.

"They have to bear the upgrading cost themselves. If they fail to complete the upgrading works by June 2015, their contracts will be reviewed and may not be renewed," he said after attending the conferment of ranks ceremony for NS trainees of Group 3 Series 11/2014 at the Seri Perkasa camp in Mantin, near here, Thursday.

Trading in Malaysia Airlines shares was suspended from 9am on Friday ahead of an announcement by major shareholder Khazanah Nasional.

Khazanah, which owns nearly 70% of the ailing national carrier, is expected to unveil details to restructure it under a proposed privatisation.

MAS sunk deeper into the red in the second quarter ended June 30, 2014 (Q2, 2014) with net losses of RM307.04mil compared with net loss of RM175.98mil a year ago as it was impacted by the tragedies involving flights MH370 and MH17.

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March 2014 continued to impact the airline's Q2, 2014 financial results with MAS reporting a net loss of RM307mil due to lower yield and seat factor.

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The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia said on Thursday.

Fresh information suggested the jet "may have turned south" earlier than thought, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said.

The detail came to light following "further refinement" of satellite data and as investigators attempted to map the plane's position during a failed attempt to contact it earlier in its flight path.