• 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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • McD’s to cut back on chicken fed with antibiotics - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 5, 2015.Fast-food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday it would stop serving chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health, as worries grow over resistance to crucial drugs. McDonald's said it would work with poultry farmers to halt the use of what the World Health Organization has identified as "critically important antimicrobials" to feed the chickens it serves alongside its popular hamburgers. Some antibiotics would still be allowed, but only poultry-specific ones not used on people. "While McDonald's will only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, the farmers who supply chicken for its menu will continue to responsibly use ionophores, a type of antibiotic not used for humans that helps keep chickens healthy," the company said.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Malaysians biggest believers in fuel saving myths in Asia, survey shows

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― More people in Malaysia believe in fuel-saving myths such as filling up their tanks late at night to get more mileage than any other Asian country, according to a survey done by Dutch oil company Shell. The survey also found that 68 per cent of Malaysian drivers believe that warming up their engines before starting their journey would improve fuel efficiency, while 53 per cent think that they can save fuel by keeping the engine running while idle instead of turning it off. The survey was conducted on 7,000 drivers aged 18 to 40 in India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to look into fuel efficiency beliefs and behaviours of Asian drivers. It found that seven out of 10 Asians warm up their engines before starting their journeys, while 47 per cent turned on their air-conditioning to avoid wind resistance and 34 per cent burped their cars to purportedly achieve greater fuel efficiency.

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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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  • Vienna named world’s nicest city, Baghdad the worst

    — Reuters picVIENNA, March 5 — Vienna, Austria’s elegant capital on the Danube river, has again been commended as offering the best quality of life of any city in the world; Baghdad, once more, was deemed the worst to live in. The consulting firm Mercer said German and Swiss cities also performed well in its annual quality of living rankings. It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport. With a population of 1.7 million, Vienna topped the survey for the sixth year in a row, boasting a vibrant cultural scene alongside comprehensive health care and moderate housing costs.

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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines | theSundaily

    MANILA: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

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  • Divorced couple encounter turns ugly – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An encounter between a recently-divorced couple at the Syariah court here on Monday morning turned ugly following a punch-up between a man and his ex-wife’s two male friends. The incident occurred in the lobby of the court at Jalan Haji Taha when the 40-something ex-husband came across his former wife and asked her about the two younger men who had accompanied her to the complex.

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