Bersih to be billed for rally clean-up

Organisers of recent protests calling for ousting of M'sia PM may be made to pay more than S$22,000

MORNING AFTER: Bersih supporters cleaning up the streets in KL.
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Start the day right with Milkwood

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Afleet Esprit can win at Sandown

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Singapore navy foils S'pore Strait robbery

The RSS Resilience (foreground) escorting Permata 1 (centre) to Singapore waters following the successful disruption of the sea robbery.

The sight of a warship from the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) sent pirates who had boarded a barge in the Singapore Strait fleeing yesterday.

The RSN worked closely with the Indonesian Navy to catch the sea robbers, the Ministry of Defence said.

The Malaysian-flagged Permata 1 was escorted safely to Singapore waters by a Fearless-class patrol vessel of the RSN, the RSS Resilience.

The alarm was raised at 9.07am, when the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's Port Operations Control Centre received a report from the tugboat Permata 1 that robbers were boarding its barge.

The RSN's Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF), which protects the Republic's waters, immediately deployed the RSS Resilience, which arrived in the vicinity of the incident at 9.21am. The robbers fled towards Indonesian waters at the sight of the Singapore warship.

The RSN shared information on the incident and the perpetrators with the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet Sea Security Group, and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, which then deployed their naval assets to search for them.

Three robbers were caught and the stolen cargo was recovered.

All the crew on board the tugboat were unharmed, the ministry said.

Rear-Admiral Frederick Chew, Commander of the MSTF, said, "I am heartened to see the good cooperation between Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian enforcement agencies in disrupting the sea robbery attempt on Permata 1."

He added: "In particular, the close cooperation between the RSN and (the Indonesian navy) is a reflection of the strong ties between our navies.

"We need to continue working closely together to keep up the pressure on sea robbers and to bring sea robbery incidents down."

Transfer market shows EPL no longer the best

Transfer market farce shows how far English football has fallen


Once again, the transfer window closed down any naïve opinions that the English Premier League remains the best in the world.

Yesterday’s farces, failures, missed deadlines and endless countdowns were the latest reminders that cash isn’t a guarantee of quality.

In the end, pedigree cannot be bought, writes Neil Humphreys.

If it could, then Kim Kardashian would have as many Oscars as Meryl Streep and English clubs would have as many Champions League trophies as the Spaniards.

But they don’t. Instead, they continue to confuse shopping sprees with substance.

Kevin de Bruyne is being hailed as the transfer window’s biggest signing, with Manchester City shelling out a colossal £58 million for the wolf from Wolfsburg.

But the German didn’t join to savour a year-round rainy season. Nor did he sign in deference to City’s storied history, because they haven’t got one.

Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 2.

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Kenya on top of the world

WORLD BEATERS: Kenya's deputy president William Ruto (above) and sports minister Hassan Wario (with red tie) admire 400m hurdles champion Nicholas Bett's gold medal.
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Hot spots

After days of speculation, 181 candidates contesting 89 Parliamentary seats were revealed on Nomination Day yesterday. Here's a look at six hotly contested wards

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Easy for Halep, not so for Kei

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Martial looks like a panic buy for United

'Martial who' is the adage, as United's attack looks the thinnest in their storied Premiership history

Wayne Rooney asked me who Martial was... I told him he's a great player with great potential... I told him he is technical and powerful. A little like Thierry Henry, even if it's the press who are making that comparison. — United's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, on Anthony Martial (above)

It was hours to the transfer deadline.

Fear set in. Impulse took centre stage. The temptation to pay over the odds swelled.

And Manchester United struck.

Louis van Gaal now has teenage striker Anthony Martial in his ranks.

There was talk of Edinson Cavani and then Gareth Bale. Cristiano Ronaldo some said could return to Old Trafford, late on Neymar was apparently on the shopping list, but the Red Devils in the end decided to make French 19-year-old Martial the most expensive teenager in world football.

United fans must be praying that this is a swoop similar to the one Sir Alex Ferguson made for a teenage Ronaldo.

No matter how one looks at the Red Devils’ last-minute £36 million ($78m) buy, this reeks of panic right now.

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Fergie's fearsome foursomes

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