• Terrorised by loan sharks, victims appeal to government for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Ista Kyra Sharmugam, May 28, 2015.After being terrorised by illegal money lenders for failing to pay their loans, several women from Kampung Manjoi, near Ipoh, Perak, are seeking the government's assistance to fund their small businesses. The group of six claimed they were forced to turn to illegal money lenders after they failed to obtain loans from financial institutions such as the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun).

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  • ‘1MDB’s audited assets worth rm51.4 billion’

    KUALA LUMPUR: The total worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audited assets for the financial year ended March 31, 2014 was RM51.4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. The assets comprised current assets worth RM19.5 billion and non-current assets valued at RM31.9 billion, according to a written reply from the Finance Minister to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya). It said 1MDB has solid assets, including two sites earmarked for the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia in the capital.

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  • Stubborn motorists cause traffic congestion in JB - The Malaysian Insider

    The traffic congestion in Jalan Tun Abdul Razak, in Johor Baru, Johor has worsened following the rising popularity of the Danga City Mall (DCM) Expo Hall as a venue for major events. Motorists heading to the DCM finds it difficult to make a U-turn at the traffic lights due to the obstruction posed by the illegally parked cars.

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  • Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word "Allah" being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide. The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • Australia’s search for MH370 under scrutiny - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 28, 2015.Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticised over their approach to finding flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean. The Australian-led search, already the most expensive in aviation history, has found no trace of the Malaysia Airlines jet or its 239 passengers and crew, prompting calls for a rethink into the way the mission is conducted. Experts involved in past deep water searches say the search to find MH370 could easily miss the plane as Dutch company Fugro NV, the firm at the forefront of the mission, is using inappropriate technology for some terrain and inexperienced personnel for the highly specialised task of hunting man-made objects. Heightening concerns, Australian authorities said yesterday that another search vessel, the Go Phoenix, which is using the world's best deep sea search equipment and crew provided by U.S. firm Phoenix International Holdings Inc, would pull out within weeks.

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  • Mass graves open ‘Pandora’s box’ of misconduct

    — Picture by Sayuti ZainudinPETALING JAYA, May 28 — Many more are expected to be hauled up following the arrests of 12 policemen allegedly linked to human smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border. An overhaul within the Forestry Department, Immigration Department and police is on the cards. This undated handout photo made available on May 25, 2015 by the Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

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  • If Hadi is re-elected as PAS president – CK Foo - The Malaysian Insider

    Here's the problem: if PAS stays in Pakatan with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang still as president, then the working environment in the coalition will be very toxic. Pakatan Rakyat is as good as dead, or as the Malay saying goes: " Segan hidup, mati tak mahu". Hadi exhibits the tendency of wanting to be the alpha male in the coalition arrangement. As the Selangor menteri besar crisis showed, should Hadi still lead PAS, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition as a viable opposition will become untenable and unstable.

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  • No room for staff unions as MAS ‘reboot’ takes off in September - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.MAS Employees Union (Maseu), the airline's biggest and most powerful workers union, will effectively cease to exist once Malaysia Airlines (MAS) completes its restructuring exercise. Maseu, which represents some 13,500 MAS employees, is expected to be dissolved as the new management has indicated that the union did not have a place in the new company, which will start operations on September 1. The union, resigned to this for the moment, is looking at turning itself into a cooperative in the new entity. Maseu executive secretary Mohd Jabarullah Abd Kadir confirmed this and told The Malaysian Insider that two extraordinary general meetings had been held recently to discuss the possible dissolution of the union.

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  • 11MP has odour of minyak angin - The Malaysian Insider

    Over the last seven columns, I’ve said the 11MP should (1) reduce government assumptions of racial homogeneity; (2) reduce wealth inequality; (3) reduce human insecurity; (4) reduce the number of elite; (5) stop spin doctoring. The 11MP doesn’t recognise that Malaysians mingle daily with more than 6.7 million foreigners because of the low minimum wage and stifling of workers’ rights (in the lower occupations the ratio of foreigners to Malaysian Indians is 8:1).

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  • Secret Recipe blames central kitchen upgrading for halal cert loss

    Screencap taken from Jakim's Facebook page.KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Local restaurant chain Secret Recipe claimed today that it lost its halal certification because of “cleanliness issues” caused by upgrading works at its central kitchen. According to news portal The Malaysian Insider, Secret Recipe Manufacturing Sdn Bhd chief executive Datuk Steven Sim said they have rectified the problem and that the restaurant chain is now ready for an inspection from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim).

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  • The 21 years of mismanagement that brought MAS to its knees - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.Beginning September, Malaysia Airline System Bhd, the company Malaysians know as the national carrier since 1972, will cease to exist. It would instead be replaced by a new company, Malaysia Airlines Bhd, to be fully owned by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional before a planned re-listing in Bursa Malaysia by 2019. This, however, is not the first time MAS has been subjected to a turnaround plan or a bid to save the airline.

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  • Refugees sighted before discovery of graves | theSundaily

    PADANG BESAR: Before the gruesome discovery of mass graves and camps, locals in Kampung Wang Kelian saw refugees coming down the hill in search of help. Villager Lyza Ibrahim, 37, told theSun that she and her husband stumbled upon a group of people whom she believes are Rohingya refugees last month. "I was with my husband late in the evening when we were just about to close our warung, we saw a group of people, about ten of them, they look tired and some looked malnourished.

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  • Executive taxi company offers employment to MAS staff - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Lavanya Lingan, May 27, 2015.An executive taxi company had come forward to offer employment to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who are facing retrenchment. The retrenched staff could take this opportunity to venture into the taxi business," Premium Big Blue Taxi Services adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said. He said the company would waive the deposit required that could cost between RM6,000 and RM8,000 depending on the taxi model.

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  • Penang builders look to change course as demand veers to affordable homes

    The shift towards affordable homes has left a gap in the availability of such units, with Real Estate Housing and Developers Association Penang branch chairman Datuk Jerry Chan saying it will lead to a drop in property transactions for the year. “There is a rising demand for affordable housing so developers are cutting down on luxury launches to tailor their projects to meet the demand,” he told Malay Mail Online in an interview. Penang classifies all residential properties priced below RM400,000 on the island and below RM250,000 on the mainland as affordable housing. While the state has approved as many as 15 affordable housing projects here, just three are due to be ready in the next three years while the others are expected to be ready over the next decade.

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  • Rohingya boat people recount horrors of episode at sea (VIDEO)

    Fleeing violence at home, they found more at sea...and now these Rohingya refugees have returned to Myanmar, the land they thought they’d left behind. Muslims, they paid human traffickers to smuggle them out of Buddhist Myanmar and into Malaysia or Indonesia. A Rohingya migrant holds her child's hand as they wait for breakfast inside a temporary compound for refugees in Kuala Cangkoi village in Indonesia's Aceh Province May 17, 2015. A Rohingya migrant woman covers her face in Kuala Cangkoi village inIndonesia's Aceh Province May 17, 2015.

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  • 200,000 residents demand EKVE project to be stopped | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A group of community leaders today reiterated their demand that the Selangor state government put a halt to the proposed East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) project. “We have been seeking a meeting with him and the Mentri Besar (Mohamed Azmin Ali) but neither has responded to us on this matter,” said the residents’ representative, Dr Mohamed Rafick Khan Abdul Rahman, at a press conference here today.

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  • Penang govt denies distribution of low cost houses race-based

    GEORGE TOWN: The DAP-led Penang government has denied  any race based selection in its distribution of affordable houses following an alleged leaked letter from the state secretariat to a property ...

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  • Uncle threatens to stab 14-year-old niece who threw rocks on roof - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA TERENGGANU: A 40-year-old man went berserk and threatened to stab his own niece with a keris after she threw rocks at the roof of his house. Terengganu CID chief ACP Wan Abdul Aziz Wan Hamzah said a police report was made by the suspect's sister on Monday at 6pm. "The suspect who is from Kampung Banggul Kepong here has threatened to kill his 14-year-old niece with a keris," he said when met at the state's police headquarters here, on Wednesday.

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  • Guan Eng asks Hadi: Why disrespect us if you’re still with us?

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — DAP’s Lim Guan Eng demanded today that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang explain why he has been working outside the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) framework when he still claims to be loyal to the pact. The DAP secretary-general listed five questions that he said Hadi should answer to prove his commitment to PR, including the latter’s alleged refusal to adhere to the pact’s agreed policy on hudud, his recently expressed support for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and apparent support for the notion of teaming up with Umno to form a unity government. If Hadi can not keep his promises, how then can DAP co-operate with Hadi on the basis of mutual trust and respect?” Lim asked in a statement.

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    Watch now to learn tips from Bali, Maidenform and Playtex on how to pick the right bra to pair with this summer's hottest fashion trends.

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