• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Petronas completes asset acquisition - Business News | The Star Online

    BAKU: Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas (O&G) giant Petronas has completed its transaction for the acquisition of O&G related assets in Azerbaijan, following a sales and purchase agreement it signed with Norway-based Statoil in October last year. Petronas’ Azerbaijan country chair Zainal Abidin Zainudin said Petronas completed the acquisition on April 30 and now officially owns a 15.5% interest in the Shah Deniz production sharing agreement in the Caspian Sea, a 12.4% stake in Azerbaijan Gas Supply Co and a 15.5% share in the South Caucasus Pipeline Co.

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  • Ismail Sabri peeved by criticism from Umno, MCA

    Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is "sad" there are Umno and MCA members criticising his policy of not helping people from opposition wards. In a post on his Facebook page today, Ismail Sabri said his words had been subject to "spin" and accused the DAP-led Penang government of sidelining people in BN-held constituencies. Thus opposition figures such as (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng attacked me for discrimination. "But what is sad is that BN component party MCA is like DAP in attacking me.

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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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  • Lured by Malaysian jobs, Bangladeshis end up slaves in Thai jungles, report claims

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi nationals in pursuit of jobs in Malaysia are believed to have fallen victim to the modern-day slave trade, amid claims of rampant human trafficking activities over the porous Malaysia-Thailand border, according to The Daily Star today. The Bangladesh-based English newspaper claimed that at least 250,000 Bangladeshis have been held in the jungles of Thailand for ransom over the past eight years, squeezing their families of anything between TK200,000 (RM9,200) to TK350,000 Bangladeshi Taka for each captive. Quoting a Bangladeshi expatriate-turned-broker based in Malaysia, the report said Thailand’s coast provided strategic cover for the trafficking operations given the remoteness of the mountainous region. “The migrants are confined in Thailand to realise the ransom before they are sent to Malaysia, because in the past some jobseekers fled from Thailand without paying.

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  • Is this little boy the reincarnation of Bruce Lee? (VIDEO)

    This Japanese child with an extraordinary knack for nunchuck can keep up with Bruce Lee’s classic martial arts films — move for move. In the clip, a five-year-old named Ryusei recreates one of the most famous moments in martial arts film history: The kung fu master’s nunchuck battle from “Game of Death”.

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  • Azmin slams top cop for arresting May Day protesters - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 4, 2015.PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali lashed out at Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar last night for arresting May Day rally-goers, which included Pakatan Rakyat leaders and prominent activists, over the past few days. Calling Khalid an Umno lackey, Azmin said that he wondered if the IGP was really concerned about the people's safety when police started hauling up rally participants who were protesting against the implementation of goods and services tax (GST).

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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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  • Two dead, one wounded at US Mohammed cartoon contest

    WASHINGTONL: Two suspects who may have been carrying bombs were shot dead Sunday, and a police officer was wounded, outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, organizers said. The American Freedom Defense Initiative organized the event featuring far-right populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has been outspoken against Muslims. “#garlandshooting cop shot – two suspects dead, awaiting bomb squad for possible explosives at our free speech event #sharia,” political activist and AFDI co-founder Pamela Geller wrote on Twitter. Wilders also commented on the incident, saying: “Shots fired at Garland Mohammed cartoon free speech event.

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  • The rich get richer - Business News | The Star Online

    London now has 80 billionaires, up from 72 last year, said the Guardian, quoting the 2015 Sunday Times Rich List. The richest 1,000 families have more money than the poorest 40% of British households combined, said the Guardian, quoting the Equality Trust. In Australia, taxation statistics show that its richest live in harbourside Sydney and earn more than eight times the nation’s poorest, who live in rural New South Wales. This again highlights the enormous pay gap between the nation’s richest and poorest – there’s an average income difference of A$155,823 between the richest and poorest postcodes, said the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), quoting the latest taxation statistics for 2012-13.

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  • Paul Low, how much lower can we go?

    COMMENT All walls of decency and tolerance have been broken down.

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  • MAS cannot recover with bloated workforce, says think-tank - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) cannot recover if it continues to have a bloated workforce, according to the head of a local think-tank. Datuk Dr Chin Yew Sin, who is President of the International Strategy Research Centre, lauded Khazanah Nasional Bhd Managing Director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar for taking a firm stand in cutting 6,000 jobs as part of the sovereign wealth fund's 12-point Recovery Plan for the ailing national carrier. "The Recovery Plan provides for a more ideal 14,000 workforce size, and retaining the 6,000 staff earmarked to leave is a recipe for failure. "This is a comprehensive and holistic restructuring to stop the national airline from haemorrhaging cash," Chin 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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  • TRS accused applies to leave Singapore for Australia as his father is seriously ill - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: Student Yang Kaiheng, who is one of the two editors behind socio-political website The Real Singapore (TRS), is applying to return to Australia as his father is seriously ill. Counsel for the 26-year-old, Mr Choo Zheng Xi, made the application on Monday before District Judge Eddy Tham for his client to leave Singapore. The prosecution strenuously objected to the application, citing a high degree of flight risk but said it was sympathetic to his circumstances.

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  • Manager gives up job and swims to new record - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A shipping company operations manager gave up his job in search of a place in the Malaysia Book of Records. It paid off when Mohd Ikhmil Fawezd Mohd Hanafi set a new record by swimming 60km in 21 hours, surpassing an earlier feat by Datuk Abdul Malik Mydin. “I am so relieved and thankful that I was able to complete what I set out to do,” said the 41-year-old Mohd Ikhmil who reached the Tanjung Aru beach here at 9am yesterday after starting his swim from southwestern Kuala Penyu at 9am on Saturday. Mohd Ikhmil, from Gombak, Selangor, has been working in Labuan for three years.

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  • Man found dead in river after call of nature

    BETONG: The body of a 23-year-old man, who had been missing for two days since last Wednesday, was found on Friday, 50 metres from where he had answered the call of nature at Pengkalan Batu Kamoung Tengah in Beladin. The man, whom police identified as Musa Hamzaini, was said to have suddenly fallen into the river and went missing since 8.15pm on Wednesday.

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