• Agong has last word on Anwar’s pardon, say lawyers

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 — Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is the final arbiter of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a royal pardon, criminal lawyers have said. Although Anwar’s appeal will technically be decided by the Federal Territories Pardon Board, Tuanku Abdul Halim will be the one who decides whether or not the petition is granted. “(T)he other members of the (pardons) board serve a more advisory role,” lawyer Rajpal Singh, a former Bar Council Criminal Practice Committee chairman, told Malay Mail Online. Apart from the ruler, the pardons board includes Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, and three other members appointed by the Agong on the recommendation of the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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  • Forbes: Daughters of Malaysian billionaires among most powerful Asian businesswomen

    — Pic courtesy of YTL Community KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — The daughters of two Malaysian billionaires were among the dozens listed by Forbes as the most powerful female entrepreneurs in Asia. Tan Lei Cheng, daughter of  IGB Corporation Berhad’s major shareholder Datuk Tan Chin Nam, and Ruth Yeoh, daughter of YTL Group chief Tan Sri Datuk Francis Yeoh were named in “Asia’s Power Women 2015” and “Asia’s Power Businesswomen, 2015: 12 To Watch” respectively.

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  • 20 richest M'sians: Mokhzani slides off list

    KINIBIZ He suffers the biggest drop in the latest ranking released today.

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  • MH370 secretly landed in Kazakhstan, says American author – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, lost for nearly a year, might have secretly landed in Kazakhstan, says an American science writer. Jeff Wise, who is also CNN’s aviation analyst, said there may have been ‘deliberate tampering’ in the search data to make the Boeing 777 appear to have gone in another direction. Wise earlier wrote an article for the New York Magazine suggesting that its navigational data had been meddled with, to leave trails of inaccurate information which convinced officials that the plane flew south. In the article, however, Wise said he wasn’t sure of why Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Malaysian passenger plane.

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  • Actress told to pay ex-driver RM150,000 - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Mukhriz Hazim, February 26, 2015.A former driver of a local actress has been awarded RM150,000 in damages after the High Court found Zahida Mohamed Rafik liable of defaming him. Judge Datuk Hue Siew Kheng said Noor Azman Azemi has proved all the ingredients of defamation on the balance of probability. Hue also dismissed Zahida's counter claim for the return of RM200,000 allegedly taken by the driver. She also awarded Noor Azman RM40,000 as costs.

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  • For Rosmah, Rafizi starts hairy campaign

    The PKR lawmaker's campaign is called #turunharga dandanrambut.

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  • I fought for all Muslims, says Borders manager after court frees her - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 26, 2015.Borders Bookstore manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz said her legal battle with Islamic authorities over a charge of selling and distributing a book deemed to be against Islam had changed her and made her realise her larger role to ensure other Muslims are not harassed for doing their jobs. Given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal by the Shariah High Court today, Nik Raina said she had been a shy and reserved person before the raid on May 23, 2012 on the bookstore where she worked, but her ordeal had turned her into a more outspoken person. Nik Raina said most of the management staff at Borders are Muslims, and she feared they could be subject to the same intimidation if she did not stand up for her rights in facing the charges. "I stand here today not only for myself, but for all my colleagues, especially the Muslims who could face the same action by the religious authorities for merely doing our jobs," she said outside the court today.

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  • Shell reduces petrol prices by 2 cents - Regional | The Star Online

    OIL giant Shell reduced its petrol pump prices by 2 cents. On Tuesday, consumer watchdog Con­sumers Association of Singapore (Case) said that oil companies were “profiteering” from the recent Government petrol duty hike. Shell’s 95-octane grade now costs S$2.02 (RM5.38) a litre before discount, while its 98-octane grade is priced at S$2.26 (RM6.02) per litre. While this is 2 cents lower than yesterday, prices are still higher than the Government’s announced duty hike of 15 cents a litre for intermediate grade petrol and 20 cents a litre for premium petrol.

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  • Assyrian Christians describe harrowing flight from IS – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    BEIRUT (LEBANON): Danny Jano, an Assyrian Christian, fled with his family in their pyjamas when they heard that Islamic State group jihadists were approaching their home in northeast Syria. “It was the longest and most difficult five hours of my life,” he said by telephone from the provincial capital Hasakeh where they took refuge.

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  • MH370 secretly landed in Kazakhstan, says American author - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, February 25, 2015.Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, lost for nearly a year, might have secretly landed in Kazakhstan, says an American science writer. Jeff Wise, who is also CNN’s aviation analyst, said there may have been “deliberate tampering” in the search data to make the Boeing 777 appear to have gone in another direction. He also said the plane was possibly hijacked by perpetrators, who could have accessed the flight controls and flew the plane to Baikonur Cosmodrome, which is leased from Kazakhstan by Russia. In the article, however, Wise said he wasn’t sure of why Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted the Malaysian passenger plane.

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  • PAC calls for 1MDB audit - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The Public Accounts Committee has called for an immediate audit of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) by the Auditor-General's Department to quell rumours and further negative perception. PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic), in a statement Thursday, said they had identified several issues that needed to be audited. This included the source of RM2bil in funds used to clear off loans from local banks, the infusion of new funds from the Government worth RM3bil, among others. "The PAC wants the Department to do an audit on 1MDB before we call them before the committee in the near future," said Nur Jazlan.

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  • From party boy to philanthropist, Jho Low credits late granddad for turnaround

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Billionaire Low Taek Jho is trying to shed his old party boy image and make a name for himself as a philanthropist, a shift he believed was only made possible by his late grandfather’s advice years ago. According to Low, his grandfather, Low Meng Tak, had reprimanded him shortly after his lavish partying lifestyle — which included public outings with American “celebutante” Paris Hilton — made international headlines back in 2010. “I was sat down by my grandfather, and he gave me a talking-to: ‘Being showy and flamboyant is not something you want to do,’” the businessman commonly known as Jho Low told Forbes business magazine in a recent interview. Low’s grandfather died of leukaemia in 2013.

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  • Woman in coma gives birth to baby girl - In Other Media | The Star Online

    A woman in Kuala Terengganu, who has been in a coma for the last four months gave birth to a baby girl via surgery. Noor Laila Razak, 33, had fallen into a coma four months ago due to encephalitis, when she was about five months pregnant. The woman’s husband, Rusili Yusof, 35, said although the couple’s daughter Noor Shafikah was born underweight the family was grateful that she was heatlhy.

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  • New Honda HR-V a mix of all the good things a car needs | theSundaily

    You may have heard of all the hype surrounding the all new Honda HR-V, and you have to give the creative young minds at Honda Malaysia credit for the well placed and perfectly executed promotions for the HR-V. It must be said that the design of the HR-V is its most striking feature, if this is the direction Honda is heading with all of its cars in the future; its Japanese competitors truly have something to be worried about.

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  • Just Johor - Putting the shine back into JB malls | theSundaily

    YOU got to hand it to Johor Corp for a job well done with the fully refurbished Tun Abdul Razak Complex, or Komtar, which has been renamed Johor Baru City Centre (JBCC). This is the crown jewel of JCorp's RM1.5 billion development plan to rejuvenate Johor Baru's central business district. When fully done up, the comprehensive plan will showcase two office towers, a hotel and the Komtar JBCC mall. To date, the mall has opened and what a superb shopping complex this has turned out to be with stylish and sleek retail space within a bright and cheerful environment.

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  • Robert Kuok retains top spot on Forbes Malaysia Rich List – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Tan Sri Robert Kuok and several other business tycoons have retained their positions in the latest Forbes Malaysia Rich List, despite a dent in their nett…

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  • ‘Try luck’ with Umno now and let Pakatan move on, PAS chief told

    ― Picture by Yusof Mat IsaGEORGE TOWN, Feb 26 — A Penang PKR Youth leader challenged PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang today to move in with political foe Umno instead of skirting the issue and keeping its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies in the dark. The wing’s deputy chief Khairil Anuar Kamarudin urged Hadi not to waste his partners’ time and to make the decision immediately. “If he wants to try his luck by forming the PAS-Umno unity government, then he should do it immediately so that PR can move on,” he said in a news conference at Komtar here. Khairil then reminded Hadi of the failed unity government between 1973 and 1977.

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  • Former Selangor menteris besar agree to settle defamation suits through mediation

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaSHAH ALAM, Feb 26 — Former Selangor Menteris Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo today agreed to settle through mediation the defamation suits filed by the latter against the former over statements published in newspapers on the purchase of a Lexus car and 46 cows for sacrifice. Dr Mohamad Khir, represented by lawyers M.Athimulan and Siti Maspuah Maulan, was at the court, while Abdul Khalid was not present. Abdul Khalid filed the two suits, both named Dr Mohamed Khir as the plaintiff, on February 18, 2009, over the latter’s statements on the purchase of the Lexus car and cows which were published in two newspapers.

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  • Indonesia's Widodo 'considering position' on death row Australians | theSundaily

    SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday offered a glimmer of hope for two men facing imminent execution in Indonesia after phoning President Joko Widodo (pix) who he said was "carefully considering his position". Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug smuggling gang, were arrested for trying to traffic heroin out of Indonesia in 2005 and sentenced to death the following year. The looming executions by firing squad have dramatically heightened tensions between Australia and Indonesia, fraying ties that were only just recovering from a spying row, and Abbott called his counterpart on Wednesday evening.

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  • 'Fashion Police' Writer Responsible For Giuliana Rancic's Zendaya Joke

    Giuliana Rancic's comments about Zendaya's dreadlocks might have seemed off the cuff, but Access Hollywood has learned otherwise. When Giuliana said the 18-year-old's dreadlocks at the Oscars looked like they smelled like "patchouli" and "maybe weed," this was not something the "Fashion Police" host came up with on her own. Access has learned that the comments, which have caused a wave of backlash, were penned by a "Fashion Police" show writer. Additionally, Access' Billy Bush contacted Giuliana about the report that the segment was taped three times and she replied with "absolutely not," explaining that it was only filmed one time.

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