• We were not racing on DUKE, say Myvi club members - The Malaysian Insider

    Members of the Familia Myvi Club have denied that they were racing on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) before an accident that killed a couple and their infant child, The Star reported. The female driver of the Myvi which crashed into the victims’ vehicle had also reportedly told police that it was the victims' Pajero which had swerved into her lane and caused her to lose control of her car, the daily reported. An eyewitness, Muhammad Zaki Abdullah, 18, however, told The Star that he saw the Myvi convoy speeding. The drivers of the two Myvi cars involved in the accident have been released on police bail.

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  • More pig farms and nightclubs if ‘ultra kiasus’ win in Dr M-Najib row, Ridhuan Tee warns

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah warned today that Putrajaya could fall into the hands of the “ultra kiasu” if the conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak to continues to persist unabated. He said the ferocity of Dr Mahathir’s recent attacks on Najib “frightens” him as it puts Malay unity at risk, and could ultimately lead to a total split in the country’s dominant ethnic group. The UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) will be endorsed,” he said, referring to the China-recognised education certificates issued by independent Chinese secondary schools here. Tee often uses the “ultra kiasu” euphemism to refer to those in the DAP, the Chinese and the Christians, although he has also denied targeting only the Chinese.

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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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  • Orphaned child to home minister: Punish those responsible for my parents’ death

    Those were the words of Nur Firuza Amira, 7, who lost her father Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, mother Nova Safitri Azhari, 25, and her youngest sister Nur Firuza Annisa, seven months, in a three-vehicle pile-up at Km6.2 of the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (Duke) on Saturday. She uttered the words to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid when he visited the victims’ family in Taman Batu Muda, Batu Caves here today.

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  • Ministry considers appealing for convicted ex-Mara student in London – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development will consider whether to appeal to the Southwark Crown court in London to reduce the sentence imposed on former Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) loan student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 23. Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said this when commenting on the London court's decision to sentence Nur Fitri to five years in prison on 13 offences of possessing more than 30,000 pornographic images and videos of children.

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  • BN turns GST debate into a racial issue

    Commentable: It is unbelievable how these people coming from the BN stable seem to horse around with us whenever the discussion is about parting with our hard-earned money. MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie, even if your statement is true and makes sense, does it matter whether the Malays pay more than the Chinese or the Indians or the ‘lain-lain’, and is that some consolation to the other races? Like everyone else, the Malays have their own commitments and financial problems but in the end, they still have to make ends meet and put food on the table.

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  • Woman found dead at neighbour’s house after drinking session

    SIBU: A mother of four was found dead in her neighbour’s house at Kapor Road here yesterday morning after allegedly consuming excessive amount of liquor. On Sunday, she had prepared dinner for her children before going to a neighbour’s house to have drinks with five neighbours. The drinking session was believed to have ended at about 11.30pm when all present fell asleep. According to neighbours, the deceased had a habit of drinking liquor.

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  • Honda HR-V: Why 13,000 people want this Urban SUV

    — Picture by YS Khong KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Just barely three months following its launch, the Honda HR-V has 13,000+ buyers, according to an announcement by Honda Malaysia when we attended its media test drive on beautiful Langkawi Island last week. Mr Okabe said that the HR-v was designed using the Honda Jazz platform (you could have fooled me on that, as the HR-V looks completely different) and that it was designed to be an SUV, but t to have the same driving feel as a car, and car-like features.

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  • McDonald’s announces turnaround plan - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 4, 2015.McDonald's said Monday it would vastly restructure its international operations and sell off more company-owned restaurants to franchisees as it strives to reverse a trend of sagging sales. The US fast-food burger giant said its overseas markets will be organised by their maturity within the McDonald's system, rather than by region.

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  • Narcotics officer found dead in submerged police car - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Police confirmed that the body found inside a police car recovered from a former mining pond in Puchong yesterday is that of Asst Supt V. Sivanathan, a narcotics officer. Kuala Lumpur Narcotics Criminal Investigation chief Asst Comm Wan Abdullah Ishak said the 34-year-old was an officer attached to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarter’s narcotics department. It is believed that ASP Sivanathan, who was on duty, lost control of the car while driving along Jalan Meranti Permai where a sharp bend lies, right next to the lake. The car was fished out yesterday after a two-day search by divers from the Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Navy and marine police.

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  • Giving new life to old photos - Tech News | The Star Online

    DO YOU have precious old photos that have faded or been badly damaged? Thing is, over time, photographs degrade, either due to mishandling (scratches, tears, folds) or humidity and sunlight which can result in strong colour casts in your old photos. The situation is quite different today – with the power of Adobe Photoshop, there’s a lot you can do to restore your old photos to nearly pristine condition. As a bonus, we’ll also go one step further and show you how to add colour to black and white photos – while it’s easy to overdo such a thing, subtle addition of colour to monochrome images can produce an interesting photo.

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  • Amid support for Najib, Umno leaders starting to question, says former minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 3, 2015.Umno division chiefs are beginning to realise that people are not happy with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, even as the party leaders continue to express their strong support for his leadership, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said. He said that it was wrong to assume that Ummo division leaders were mere yes-men who "swallowed" the country's leaders' every word. "There are Umno division chiefs who realise that the support of the 'red shirts' to the top leadership can no longer represent the rakyat's support," wrote Zainuddin on his blog today.

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  • British grandmother vows to look Indonesian executioners in the eye

    ― AFP picLONDON, May 4 ― A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article yesterday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. Sandiford, originally from Redcar in northeast England, wrote that she planned to sing the cheery popular song “Magic Moments” when facing the firing squad. Sandiford was sentenced to death on the island of Bali in 2013 after she was convicted of trafficking drugs.

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  • Couple wants to adopt child left behind by former tenant - Nation | The Star Online

    IPOH: A babysitter and her husband, who have been taking care of a former tenant’s abandoned child since she was a toddler, now have problems registering the girl for school without her birth certificate. Hew Kong Man, 35, said they did not have any documents pertaining to the child born to a Punjabi woman. “She was pregnant at the time, and a week after moving in, she gave birth to the child. “We have been caring for the child, whom we named Kerk Kar Wai, as our own and would like to adopt her legally,” she said.

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  • RM1.8m for a home in Penang is not ‘affordable’, Pua tells minister

    — File picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Tony Pua said today that Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan had twisted facts when he accused Penang of blocking Putrajaya’s efforts to build affordable homes in the state, claiming the federal projects the minister was referring to had involved properties costing up to RM1.8 million per unit. The DAP federal lawmaker said this is likely the reason why Abdul Rahman, who is urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister, does not dare meet face-to-face with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to discuss his accusation. “Is it because the Housing Minister is probably too afraid to meet because he actually knows the real truth of the matter, and he doesn’t want to end up like a miserable loser after meeting Lim Guan Eng,” Pua said in a statement here.

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  • Shocked by antics of rude security guards - Letters | The Star Online

    SECURITY guards in hospitals play a crucial role in protecting patients, hospital employees as well as the public. A patient’s close relative had come to deliver breakfast to the patient who had delivered a baby through Caesarian operation a day before. Un­for­­tunately, the elderly relative was not allowed to go in by four security personnel at the entrance of the building. On top of that, the security guards humiliated the elderly lady by saying “Kenapa bodoh sangat?

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  • Snatch thief almost loses ear after beating by mob in Kelantan

    Two snatch thieves got more than they bargain for and one of them almost lost an ear after being overpowered by members of the public yesterday. District police chief ACP Rohaimi Md Isa said in the incident at Kampung Tanjung Chat at around 7pm, the two suspects robbed a 50-year-old woman of her handbag as she was approaching the front gate of her house. He said the victim’s son and a relative who saw the incident rushed to her aid but were held back by one of the suspects who hit them with a piece of wood. “The suspects fled on a motorcycle they had left at the side of the road.

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  • Iran bans ‘devil worshipping’ haircuts - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 4, 2015.Hairstyles of a spiky and unorthodox nature have reportedly been banned in Iran because they imply devil-worship, while tattoos and other male bodily adornments are also being outlawed. Jagged haircuts have become fashionable among all strata of Iran's youthful population in recent years, but have divided opinion and been deemed by the authorities as western and un-Islamic. "Devil worshipping hairstyles are now forbidden," said Mostafa Govahi, the head of Iran's Barbers Union, cited by the Isna news agency.

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  • Students in india use spy cameras and parents’ help to pass - Regional | The Star Online

    NEW DELHI: Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Payali knew she was doing wrong when she scribbled mnemonics on her hands before entering one of India’s thousands of examination rooms. “There’s too much to memorise and pressure from parents, teachers and even competition with friends,” said Payali, who did not want to use her last name, as she walked home from school in New Delhi. “If you can’t handle it all, you fail,” Payali, now 17 and one year from graduation, said. Using methods ranging from old-fashioned crib sheets to high-tech spy cameras, cheating is common in India, where government schools place an extraordinary emphasis on exams in all grades, according to experts.

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  • Mobile prepaid cards may revert to pre-GST prices, says Shabery - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 4, 2015.Multimedia and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said tonight that he has decided mobile prepaid cards should revert to the old, pre-goods and services tax (GST) prices as soon as possible. He said Malaysians had informed him they wanted to pay RM10 for mobile prepaid cards and receive RM10 worth of mobile services value, so he would ensure that this would become a reality.

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