GUANGZHOU, China - World number one Lee Chong Wei got his Asian Games off to the worst possible start on Saturday by suffering a shock defeat, but it was plain sailing for arch-rival Lin Dan.

Lee, who admits he is not fully fit after an ankle injury, lost to Thailand's world number six Boonsak Ponsana in three sets in the quarter-finals of the men's team event in Guangzhou.

The surprise 21-9, 10-21, 19-21 defeat only heightens fears that the 28-year-old Malaysian's Games could be ruined by injury.
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GUANGZHOU, China — Hosts China crushed Malaysia by 55 runs with a powerful all-round team display in the first official cricket match ever staged on Chinese soil.
China scored 116 for 6 in their 20 overs in the Asian Games women's match after winning the toss and electing to bat on Saturday.
Malaysia never threatened to reach their target in front of a disappointingly sparse crowd at the 4,800-capacity Guanggong Cricket Stadium.
The Chinese lost two early wickets with only seven runs on the board but steadied their innings through Sun Huan, who scored a quickfire 47 off 49 balls, including three boundaries.
In a late flurry, captain Wang Meng hit 13 runs off 13 balls. Sloppy bowling from Malaysia contributed to 21 extras in the innings, including 17 wides.
Guangzhou, Nov 13 (PTI) Star woman shuttler Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap scored impressive wins but the Indian challenge ended in the both men''s and women''s team events in the Asian Games here today.
India''s women lost 2-3 to Indonesia while the men''s team suffered a 1-3 defeat against Chinese Taipei at Tianhe Gymnasium.
Saina gave India a winning start by beating Adriyanti Firdasari 21-16 21-17 in the first singles in just 30 minutes.
In fine Alinskyite tradition, Pres. Barack Obama is ready to say anything at any moment if it seems expedient. So it was that he spoke some months back of the “unbreakable bond of friendship” between the United States and Israel. The occasion was the Jewish state’s Independence Day. The proximate cause, however, was a backlash provoked by policies shot through with anti-Israeli animus — and none more so than President Obama’s obsession over the construction of Israeli housing, a subject on which the president is no less doctrinaire than his good friend Rashid Khalidi, the former PLO mouthpiece turned U.S. academic.

Was the “unbreakable bond” bit a sweet nothing, or did Obama really mean what he said? The president’s skedaddle out of the country after the mammoth electoral drubbing his policies caused his party provides a good opportunity to judge.
G20 countriesImage via WikipediaIf there is a moment when an epoch ends, perhaps it was last weekend in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, the port from which Vasco da Gama sailed in 1497 on his voyage of conquest that set up the first European empire in Asia.
The visiting President of China, Hu Jintao, offered to help bail out Portugal from the threat of default on its huge sovereign debt. ''We are ready to take concrete measures to help Portugal overcome the global financial crisis,'' Hu declared.
Kim Yu-na: G20 Seoul Summit AmbassadorImage by KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea via FlickrBy VIJAY JOSHI | AP

SEOUL: Leaders of 20 major economies on Friday refused to back a US push to make China boost its currency's value, keeping alive a dispute that raises fears of a global trade war amid criticism that cheap Chinese exports are costing American jobs.

A joint statement issued by the leaders including US President Barack Obama and China's Hu Jintao tried to recreate the unity that was evident when the Group of 20 rich and developing nations held its first summit two years ago during the global financial meltdown.

President Obama spent four years of his childhood in Indonesia in the 1960s, and recently made an official presidential visit to the southeast Asian archipelago. But what excited the most public attention in Jakarta were not any diplomatic initiatives he proposed, but what he said he missed from his time there. And what he missed was bakso.

Bakso (a.k.a. bakmi) is Indonesia's premier street food, a soup that can contain any number of things, but always includes meatballs -- which are also called bakso. Confused? This soup is sold from stalls in the street, from trucks, and, most memorably, by vendors who ride bicycles that have a bakso-assembling set-ups attached to the front, complete with little steam-table tubs heated by Sterno flames or charcoal.
Tropical Malaysia is blessed with natural beauty and has been a popular tourist destination for all. Our rich multi-racial culture on top of the exquisite culinary experience never fails to awe. Our cityscape is a blend of modern skyscrapers and pre-war architectural heritage. Our tropical forests are the home of many endangered species while our coast lines are dotted with beautiful islands of pristine sandy beaches and rich marine life.
Unfortunately, the inconsistent service level is putting a huge dent in the tourism industry's efforts to draw in more tourists. We often read of letters to editors in news dailies, complaining of their unpleasant experiences while holidaying in Malaysia. We read about tourists getting cheated, robbed and some even disrespected by the authorities.
Our heartbreaking efforts  to save our NCR lands and forest in Sebangan.
Yesterday, my brother Numpang Suntai, went all the way from Sebangan to Ulu Sungai Ijok.
The destruction of our land and forest is heartbreaking, Mut” he told me. “All this destruction for a mere 250 ringgit!” he said.
Tears trickled down his cheeks when he saw what used to be a lush jungle of majestic trees is now being replaced by miles and miles of dead empty space of fallen trees and logs, mounds and mounds of bulldozed earth as mud slowly trickling down to Ulu Sebangan River and changed it to a river of yellow water and mud. 
I too am crying as I wrote this because we love our land and once our ancient trees are gone, they are gone forever and no amount of money can bring them back ever again!
Petaling Jaya, Nov 12 - DAP Parliamentary Leader Lim Kit Siang has slammed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the latter's recent tolerance of racial slurs and anti-1Malaysia sentiments, especially after Barisan Nasional's by-election victories in Galas and Batu Sapi.

The Ipoh Timor Member of Parliament (MP) observed that two days before the Nov 4 by-elections, the PM was "reaching out" to the Chinese community in his World Chinese Economic Forum speech saying that Malaysia have been successful due to the expertise and dedication of the Malaysian Chinese community.

By Stanley Koh

Malaysians generally have had enough of politicians. What they crave is real leadership. Over the last 20 years or so, their distrust of their representatives has been growing but their aspiration for true democracy has never waned.

The opposition gains in the 2008 general election – the so-called political tsunami – did sweep in a breath of fresh air, but it has since turned stale.

What went right in 2008? How did the Pakatan Rakyat coalition succeed so dramatically and why did Barisan Nasional receive the blunt end of the electoral sledgehammer?
It will be a fatal mistake if opposition politicians from the peninsula ride roughshod over the sensitivities of the people of Sabah. It is well known that the land below the wind (now the land of illegals) has long been seething with anger at the federal masters. Rich in natural resources, bigger than the peninsula, they should be enjoying the fruits of their natural wealth and holding the future in their hands. Instead, fate was unkind to them and today they live under the yoke of “alien” rule. For a brief spell, they had power but because of the machination of a devious dominant peninsular party, they lost their high seat. Though their politically emasculated Huguan Siou (paramount leader) now sits at the same table with the hated “conquerors”, life there does not seem to change for the better.
Jakarta. After three years of waiting, the state’s largest lender, Bank Mandiri, has obtained a permit to open a branch in Shanghai, its first step into the world’s most populous country.

China’s Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) issued the permit on Nov. 3.

Bank executive Thomas Arifin said on Thursday that Mandiri now would submit a business operation application to CBRC.
Let me begin with a simple statement: Indonesia is a part of me. I first came to this country when my mother married an Indonesian man named Lolo Soetoro. As a young boy, I was coming to a different world. But the people of Indonesia quickly made me feel at home.

Jakarta looked very different in those days. The city was filled with buildings that were no more than a few stories tall. The Hotel Indonesia was one of the few high-rises, and there was just one brand new shopping center called Sarinah. Becaks outnumbered automobiles in those days, and the highway quickly gave way to unpaved roads and kampungs.
By Karim Raslan

Times change. Had US President Barack Obama visited Indonesia just a year ago the reception would have been electric, obsessive and overwhelming. Instead, on a heavily overcast and stormy afternoon troubled by talk of volcanic ash and airport closures, Obama landed in a country under pressure from natural disasters. He encountered a nation no longer so enamored of his rock-star appeal.

Still, the deep fondness for “Barry” Obama, the brilliant son of Indonesianist Stanley Ann Dunham, remains a constant.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono painted a bold vision for the nation as he left for the Group of 20 summit in South Korea. As global economic power shifts from the West to the East, the president challenged the country to continue along its growth trajectory and become a fully fledged world power.
“If we can manage things well, then five to 10 or 15 years from now, we can really be a world power,” the president said. Those are bold words, but they are not without basis.
By Rahmah Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah and Sarawak have been “marginalised” in Budget 2011 despite bigger contributions to the government's coffers than its counterparts in the peninsula.
Tony Pua, DAP national publicity secretary, said that from the projects outlined, the peninsula is “by far the biggest beneficiary, with Sabah and Sarawak the biggest losers”.
He said the value of the projects in the peninsula amounted to a massive RM109.74 billion, compared to Sabah and Sarawak which only received a meagre RM9.55 billion.
Pua said this continued “marginalisation” would halt the country from becoming a high-income nation.

"Is this (justifiable)... when it is Sabah and Sarawak which have contributed the most to the federal government's coffers?
By Joe Fernandez
KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Federal Regional Development Minister Joseph Entulu Belaun estimates that at least 40,000 Dayaks in Sarawak have no birth certificates, and hence no MyKads, and a further 30,000 who have neither birth certificate nor MyKad.
The Selangau MP includes his constituency as among the many in Sarawak saddled with the problem which takes students out of school at Year Six and maroons them in the villages for fear of being arrested by the police.

“There are at least 500 to 600 people in Selangau alone who either have no birth certificates, and therefore no MyKads, or have the document but no MyKads,” said Entulu.
By Joseph Tawie
KUCHING: The state government's RM2.5billion loss from an investment in 1st Silicon Sarawak, a premier foundry, has turned out to be the largest scandal ever according to the DAP.
The company is said to be among the global semiconductor industry’s premier foundries dedicated to reliable, cost-effective manufacturing processes for high-volume system on-chip (SoC) designs and innovative niche markets.
But since its founding here in 1998, 1st Silicon has been losing money. The last known loss was RM2.5 billion.
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia's widening network of poverty stricken people are centered in Sabah, according to the latest World Bank Report (WBR).
Noting that Sabah remains the poorest state in the country, the WBR's 2010 Malaysia Economic Monitor (MEM) Report showed that Sabahans continue to struggle, with higher incidences of poverty in outskirts of towns.
"(There are) deep pockets of poverty here in Sabah," said the bank's East Asia and Pacific Region Human Development Sector director Emmmanuel Jimenez who was in the state capital to present the report on Wednesday.
"Sabah has about 10% of the Malaysian population but more than 40% of all poor people in Malaysia live in Sabah," he said.
He said that if one compared this figure to that of Selangor, which has about 25% of the population, the percentage of poor people was less than 10%.
"Whatever poor people remaining in Malaysia, many of them are here in Sabah and most of them live in the rural areas … groups such as the

By Queville To

KOTA KINABALU: The World Bank recently made an embarrassing disclosure that Sabah still remains the poorest state in Malaysia despite 16 years of Barisan Nasional (BN) rule.

Now the opposition wants to know: where have all the funds given to Sabah for poverty eradication gone to?

Luyang state assemblywoman Melanie Chia today fired a broadside at the state government:

“It is indeed shocking to learn that although the state has only 10% of Malaysia’s population, it has 40% of the poverty.

TEN months after his explosive investigative piece on the murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu, Bangkok-based French journalist Arnaud Dubus (picture) gave Free Malaysia Today's Sara Celestine an update on the scandal which has dragged down the good name of Najib Razak.

In the 45-minute interview, Dubus, who wrote the article for French newspaper Liberation, admitted that the trail connecting the Prime Minister to Altantuya had gone cold. The 46-year-old journalist of 20 years believed the only evidence – a photograph – linking Najib to the dead Mongolian beauty would never be found. Here are excerpts from the interview.

It has been 10 months since you wrote the article. How come there has been no follow-up story from you?