• Police arrest #KitaLawan organisers tonight ahead of rally - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 27, 2015.Police have begun their round up of opposition figures ahead of a massive rally in the city tomorrow, the same day the prime minister is hosting his daughter's wedding reception, arresting Rafizi Ramli earlier this evening, followed by Tian Chua and activist Hishamuddin Rais tonight. Rafizi, the PKR secretary-general was detained at 2.45pm at his service centre in the Pandan constituency. Tian Chua, the Batu MP whose full name is Chua Tian Chang, was also asked by police to turn himself in to the Dang Wangi police headquarters tonight, according to PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil.

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  • We did not tell supporters to disrupt wedding of PM’s daughter, says PKR - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 27, 2015.PKR has denied reports that it has instructed its members to disrupt the wedding reception of the prime minister's daughter at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) tomorrow. Party communication director Fahmi Fadzil said today that the reports were not true as KLCC was not one of the locations selected for tomorrow's #KitaLawan rally in Kuala Lumpur. He said PKR was mobilising its members to participate in the rally to demand for the release of its de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

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  • Kuan Yew and I — Dr Mahathir Mohamad

    I cannot say I was a close friend of Kuan Yew. Kuan Yew became well known at a young age. I first met Kuan Yew when I was a member of Parliament in 1964 after Singapore joined Malaysia in 1963. Actually I never went to Singapore to stir up trouble.

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  • Netizens ridicule GST music video by Customs - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs Department's pro-GST video on YouTube is drawing ridicule over its content.A music video created by the Customs Department hailing the virtues of implementing the goods and services tax (GST) has gone viral, with netizens flaying the effort as "sad", "cheesy" and "reminiscent of the 1970s". "Actors" in the GST video, who appear to be Customs officers, are seen happily dancing along to a rather catchy tune, which sings of how GST "will help make the country more competent" and "lead us to achieve Vision 2020".

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  • Masing: Attempts to convert students to Islam must stop – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KUCHING: PRS president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said it was unacceptable for Muslims teachers teaching in Sarawak to use their position to convert non-Muslim students to Islam. “If it is indeed true that 13-year old Sabrina Ngumbang, a Dayak, has been enticed by Muslim teachers to be converted, then they should be reprimanded for trying to convert a minor. “If they are Malaya-based teachers, they should be transferred back to Malaya.

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  • Germanwings captain tried to smash into cockpit with axe | theSundaily

    BERLIN: The captain locked out of the cockpit of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps used an axe to try and force his way back in, German daily Bild said on Friday, citing security sources. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared to have deliberately flown the plane into the side of a remote mountain after locking the captain out of the cockpit, French officials have said, killing himself and all 149 others aboard Tuesday. The cockpit flight recorder showed that the captain repeatedly knocked and tried to get back in as the plane went into its fatal descent, French prosecutors said.

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  • Forbes writer: Weak English, school system leaves Malaysian workforce vulnerable in region

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 27 — Malaysians’ deteriorating command of English and education system leaves its workforce vulnerable to regional competitors that are both cheaper and improving, a Forbes magazine contributor wrote today. An opinion piece published by the American business magazine noted that the use of English, “the language of the global economy that is transforming Southeast Asia”, has steadily declined here in the past four decades. “National educational policy has made it hard to find qualified teachers of English, covered in Forbes Asia in 2012,” Donald Frazier, the writer in the opinion piece, noted. He noted that this has forced many Malaysian to attempt to address the weakness themselves, most notably in the explosion of international schools here that use English as the medium of instruction.

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  • Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight - The Malaysian Insider

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. "For the first 20 minutes, they spoke in a normal fashion, courteous, like normal pilots. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters today. He was relaying information from the cockpit voice recorder, captured by one of the "black boxes" discovered among the debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday.

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  • Kelantan’s hudud a betrayal of Sabah’s trust in Malaysia, churches say

    PAS-ruled Kelantan’s plans to enforce hudud in the state amounts to a “betrayal” of Sabah’s trust when it agreed to form Malaysia with Malaya and Sarawak, the Sabah Council of Churches said today. Rev Datuk Jerry Dusing, the council’s president, said that historical documents and declarations showed that Malaysia was intended to be founded as a secular country, when he voiced concern at the plans to implement the religious-based criminal law. “It was based on such assurances that our forefathers, from both sides of the South China Sea, came together to form this new nation of Malaysia, and thus they form the very foundation of our trust in and bond with our fellow Malaysians.

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  • No GST ‘headache’ for lottery punters in Sarawak – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KUCHING: Lottery punters now have every reason to rejoice, even after the implementation of the good and sales tax (GST) come April 1. A source in the gaming industry said yesterday that even though gaming companies in the state were registered for GST, they would not pass the financial burden to customers. This means punters would only need to pay the current 10 per cent local government tax while the GST would be ‘absorbed’ by gaming companies. The source said this in response to a public query over notices pasted at gaming outlets here stating that the price of tickets will be unchanged despite gaming companies being registered for GST.

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  • Worry about Najib, not Othman Wok – Sir Wenger - The Malaysian Insider

    Nasty pro-Najib bloggers has decided to run down Tuan Haji Othman Wok, one of the last remaining first generation leaders of Singapore. In their eagerness to show off their “race, language and religion” credentials, they have accused Mr Othman of selling out the Malay race whilst at the same time, they are silent when Jho Low takes USD 700million (RM2, 567 million) of Malay wealth to fund his partying ways. Immature bloggers ignorant of history and who have bad breath because “kalau dia buka mulut, masih DAP hidu bau susu” should not condemn him because he decided to partner with Mr Lee Kuan Yew within the PAP cabinet. Singapore has a different model than Malaysia.

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  • Get ready for GST – Sin Chew Daily - The Malaysian Insider

    The goods and services tax (GST) will definitely be implemented on April 1, 2015 and 6% tax will be imposed to all taxable items. The higher the price, the more tax consumers will have to pay. However, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry said that to prevent profiteering from price hikes, 2,000 enforcement personnel will be mobilised the next day after GST is implemented, to carry out large-scale enforcement operations. It is just a few days left before the implementation of GST but some traders are still confused about the standard for taxable goods and services.

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  • Mercedes to build world’s first premium pick-up - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP Relaxnews pic, March 27, 2015.The German luxury brand says that it plans to enter the market by 2017 and that its first pick-up will take styling cues from its SUV range and comfort cues from its existing executive sedans. Mercedes says that the decision to move into the mid-size pick-up market, currently dominated by US brands, is because of a huge shift in recent years – from commercial to personal use and from wanting something that is utilitarian to wanting a vehicle that is as comfortable and refined as it is practical. And although the US is the world's biggest pick-up market – one in 10 vehicles sold in the country over the last 12 months was a pick-up – Mercedes plans to initially target its luxury model at the Latin American, European and Australian markets. "We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car," said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

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  • Teacher forces student to convert without parental consent – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    MIRI: A 13-year-old Iban student attending SMK Lutong lodged a police report against a teacher on March 25 for being forced to convert without parental consent. According to the report lodged by the complainant, she was brought by a teacher she knew to a house in the Samling residential area in Kuala Baram accompanied by two women and three men.

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  • Apple CEO to give away all his money - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 27, 2015.Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated US$785 million (RM2.88 billion) fortune to charity – after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about US$120 million.

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  • Unwell Rafizi detained tonight, remanded tomorrow, says lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 27, 2015.PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli will be detained tonight at the Jinjang police detention centre and brought before a magistrate for a remand hearing tomorrow, his lawyer said. Lawyer Melissa Sasidaran added that Rafizi is in poor health and will be taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital later tonight. "And he's not well, after asking many times, only now the police are taking him to hospital," Melissa told The Malaysian Insider. In the statement, he urged PKR leaders to mobilise members for the #KitaLawan rally to be held in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow afternoon.

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  • Don’t burn the house down – Adli Ghazi - The Malaysian Insider

    My dear brothers and sisters My dear Malaysians Melayu Cina India Sabahan Sarawakians and my Lain-lain siblings Why do we let the angst of politicians…

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  • How are cockpit doors locked? (VIDEO)

    BERLIN, March 27 — The crash of the Germanwings flight has raised questions about airplane security protocols and even the construction of cockpits and doors in Airbus planes. Bloomberg’s David Gura explains. — Bloomberg

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  • Sterling, Milner, Baines out of England squad for Italy match - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 28, 2015.England manager Roy Hodgson revealed yesterday that Raheem Sterling, Leighton Baines and James Milner will all drop out of the squad for next week's friendly with Italy. Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand has been brought into the squad, while Danny Welbeck is a doubt for the game after injuring his knee during yesterday in the 4-0 win over Lithuania in Euro 2016 qualifying.

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  • Doctors may add GST cost to fees - Nation | The Star Online

    PUTRAJAYA: Private healthcare services are not supposed to be charging the Goods and Services Tax (GST), but the cost could be hidden in the consultation fees. Customs GST division senior assistant director II Norazura Hashim said it was not an offence for doctors to embed their GST costs into the consultation fees. “As long as they do not have a separate GST fee indicated in their invoice, they are not doing anything wrong by passing on the cost to patients,” she told reporters. Norazura said private doctors might have to pay the GST to their drug suppliers and would not be able to claim the tax as private healthcare falls under the exempt supplies list.

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