• Retiree shocked to find out son is fighting with Isis, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 5, 2015.A retired civil servant is in a state of shock upon learning that his "disciplined" son has been identified by police as one of two Malaysians spotted in a beheading video by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) militants, The Star reported today. Anuar Salleh, 57, said he could not believe his quiet son, 20-year-old Mohd Faris Anuar, had joined Isis militants and was present when a Syrian man was beheaded. "I last saw Faris at the end of last year. “I was not home on the day he left, and have not been able to contact Faris at all.

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  • New Honda Civic breaks Nürburgring record - The Malaysian Insider

    The new Honda Civic Type R hot hatchback, officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on Wednesday, is now also officially the world's fastest front-wheel-drive…

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  • 'Roti jala' hadith have scholars in a knot

    Perlis mufti blocks preacher Kazim Elias over a 'false hadith' on roti jala.

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  • Two Malaysians in Isis beheading video identified, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 4, 2015.Bukit Aman has identified two Malaysians who were spotted in a beheading video by Isis, The Star Online reported today. Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan was reported as saying that the two are 20-year-old Mohd Faris Anuar from Kedah and Muhamad Wanndy Muhamad Jedi, 26, who is from Malacca. The report said that the duo are believed to be part of a new group of militants comprising Malaysians and Indonesians - Majmu'ah al Arkhabiliy.

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  • Malaysian teen in Syria is now pining for mum - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: After taking up arms in Syria five months ago, Malaysian teenager Hidayat Azman is now pining for his mother. Hidayat, also known as Abu Islam, who just turned 19 three weeks ago, posted on Saturday, “I miss u mum….love u forever” on his Facebook together with a photograph showing his lonely existence in a barren land. Hidayat, who went to a pondok school in mainland Penang before briefly continuing his studies in Egypt, claimed he went to Syria last year with his mother’s blessing.

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  • Kedah father shocked daughter, son-in-law fighting for IS in Syria

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — A Kedah man was shocked to learn that his daughter is in strife-torn Syria, following reports yesterday that his son-in-law Muhamad Wandy Mohamad Jedi, 25, was one of the two Malaysian jihadists in an Islamic State (IS) beheading video. According to Ahmad Husin, 54, he last met his daughter Nor Mahmudah, 26, in 2014 when she came to ask for his permission to marry Malacca-born Wandy; they have been estranged since. “I cannot believe that they could join IS and are now in Syria, because as far as I knew they were in Penang.

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  • 1MDB, Deloitte summoned before Cabinet | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak today summoned the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) management and its auditors, Deloitte, before the Cabinet to probe recent allegations directed at the company. According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), 1MDB provided a briefing on its current situation and responded to questions raised by the Cabinet including Najib and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Meanwhile, Deloitte provided the Cabinet an overview of its engagement with 1MDB and confirmed that the firm had audited and verified the company's accounts.

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  • Indonesia executions: Australia offers prisoner swap deal to save Bali Nine duo

    ― Reuters picSYDNEY, March 5 — Australia today suggested a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an eleventh hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended a candlelight vigil for the men. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called “Bali Nine” drug trafficking gang, could be killed within days after being moved yesterday to the Indonesian island where they are due to face a firing squad.

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  • Be prepared for ‘brutal fight’, Bar chief warns backers of second legal body

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — Malaysian Bar president Christopher Leong has told proponents of an alternative Bar Council to get ready for “the most brutal fight” by the professional legal body to safeguard its independence. Leong said the proposal for an alternative to the Malaysian Bar, which represents lawyers in peninsular Malaysia and has some 16,000 members, will greatly harm the administration of justice, the legal profession and the country’s reputation. “They will have a fight on their hands and we would defend the Malaysian Bar vociferously and mightily; without fear or favour,” Leong told Malay Mail Online in an interview yesterday.

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  • Don’t just dream of becoming a doctor ― Tay Tian Yan

    MARCH 5 ― The title could spark a fierce protest among doctors. To be honest, I would never want to offend doctors. So, without the slightest doubt, my respect for doctors is genuine. People respect doctors because their profession is both noble and meaningful.

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  • Why are the Chinese so unhappy with Putrajaya?

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Malaysia’s Chinese and other minority ethnic groups have grown more disillusioned with Putrajaya over recent years, analysts said, owing to a general belief that the country’s leaders have alienated them in their quest to stay ahead in the political game. This was reflected in the public opinion survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center released last week, which showed a dip in happiness felt by the Chinese towards the government in January this year. “Minorities, including those in Sabah, are very concerned at how the Malay ruling elite has been behaving,” Merdeka Center’s director Ibrahim Suffian said. Ibrahim said the growing influence of the federal opposition in recent years has created greater competitive fervour in the political game, forcing leaders in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to resort to “all sorts of things” to shore up support, including embarking on measures that have driven a wedge between the races.

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  • Should they be called ‘Muslim evangelicals’? - The Malaysian Insider

    What do you think about the label “Muslim evangelical group”? A news report last week used that label for an organisation which calls itself Multiracial Reverted Muslims (MRM). MRM was in the news because it distributes translations of the Quran and has been mistaken for the Islamic Information Service (IIS). IIS was in the news because it had irked the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST): after IIS patron Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched a plan to raise RM20 million to produce translations of the Quran with interpretive notes for distribution to non-Muslims, MCCBCHST urged non-Muslims not to accept the Qurans.

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  • Teachers in conversion of student transferred - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A teacher couple linked to the purported conversion of a 16-year-old student at SMK Kinarut have been transferred. Sabah education director Datuk Jame Alip said the couple who were teachers at SMK Kinarut had asked to be posted to other schools late last year following the alleged conversion. Jame said the husband and wife were now serving at SMK Inanam SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah. “It is the best for everyone,” he said after announcing the overall SPM results at the Wisma Pendidikan here yesterday.

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  • Seoul priciest city for food, Singapore most expensive for living - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 5, 2015.Asian, Western European and Australian cities dominated the latest survey ranking the most expensive cities in the world, with Singapore topping the list for the second consecutive time. In the Economist’s Worldwide Cost of Living 2015 report, the top five spots remained unchanged from last year, with Singapore maintaining the dubious distinction of being the most expensive city to live in followed by Paris, Oslo, Zurich and Sydney.

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  • Mexican mayor sparks anger after lifting woman’s dress during birthday bash (VIDEO)

    — AFP file picSAN BLAS (Mexico), March 5 — A Mexican mayor who once said he stole “a little bit” from public funds sparked outrage again after lifting a woman’s dress while dancing on stage during his lavish 44th birthday bash. Mayor Hilario Ramirez says he let himself be “moved by the emotion of the party” attended by 50,000 people in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit on Saturday. In a video that has gone viral online, the mustachioed mayor is seen dancing closely with the woman and lifting her minidress, which she quickly brings back down, as a band plays on stage.

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  • 1MDB burden shifting to Cabinet, says veteran newsman - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 5, 2015.Even as Putrajaya ordered the Auditor-General (A-G) to vet the debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd's accounts, a senior newsman has observed that the move suggests the Cabinet was taking collective responsibility over the state-owned strategic investment fund. Datuk A. Kadir Jasin said this also showed that power over 1MDB, which is Najib's brainchild, is no longer the exclusive domain of the prime minister. "This could be useful for the prime minister. What started off as his one-man show is now the collective burden of the Cabinet," he said in a blog posting last night.

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  • Prolonged use of paracetamol may increase health problems

    — AFP/Relaxnews picNEW YORK, March 4 — Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world’s most popular painkiller, researchers said yesterday. Led by Philip Conaghan at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine in northern England, the team analysed data from eight previously published studies into long-term paracetamol use. The data came only from people who had paracetamol prescribed by a doctor, as opposed to over-the-counter purchases. Two of the eight studies had found an increased risk of mortality, up to 63 per cent, among long-term paracetamol users, compared to those who had not been prescribed the drug during the study period.

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  • Guard shoots fleeing robber in leg during RM500k heist in Bayan Baru

    Despite security guards firing five shots at two fleeing robbers, they managed to escape with a sack containing RM500,000 from a security van parked some distance from a bank in Bayan Baru near here today. It is believed the shots fired by the security guard injured one of the robbers in the 11am incident. While one of the robbers escaped on a motorcycle, the other fled from the scene in the direction of a residential area. Penang CID chief Datuk Mazlan Kesah said due to their fear of being shot, the robbers, one of whom was armed with a pistol, only managed to escape with one sack filled with RM500,000 while another bag with RM300,000 was abandoned on the road.

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  • Rupiah slides to weakest level since 1998 on China growth concern

    ― File picJAKARTA, March 5 ― The rupiah dropped to its weakest level since 1998 on concern slowing economic growth in China may worsen the nation’s trade balance. The currency fell as much as 0.3 per cent to 13,028 a dollar today, the weakest level since August 1998, prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg show. One-month non-deliverable forwards declined 0.6 per cent to 13,213 a dollar, data compiled by Bloomberg show. China, Indonesia’s largest trading partner, aims for an economic expansion of about 7 per cent this year, the lowest target in more than 15 years and down from last year’s goal of around 7.5 per cent, Premier Li Keqiang said in a work report in Beijing today.

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  • MH370 families trapped in ‘black hole’ one year later - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalised with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370. A. Amirtham, a retired Malaysian clinic worker, suffers fainting spells and a lack of sleep and appetite over the disappearance of her only son Puspanathan. Li Jiuying is tormented by the loss of her big brother Li Guohai and the burden of lying to their elderly mother that he was not on the flight. One year after the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, next of kin are trapped inside what one describes as a "black hole" of emotional and often physical suffering.

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