• Sister of bank officer killed in amok case still in shock | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: More than 12 hours have passed but Ho Pei Xia, 25, the younger sister of the bank officer who was killed in an amok incident in Taman Molek here yesterday is still traumatised and refused to accept the fact that her brother is gone forever. In her Facebook account entitled 'Eupraxia Ho' the graduate of Subang Jaya Inti College regarded her brother, Ho Chin Tau as the 'best' human being and the pride of her family all these while. Maybe because she could not contain her sadness, Pei Xia shared a photograph in her Facebook showing her hugging her brother who was holding a birthday cake. A friend of Pei Xia known as Ming Lee Chong said the photograph, which was uploaded, almost made her cry.

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  • Dr M is after Najib over 1MDB, not crooked bridge

    He can forgive Najib over the bridge, but not when money is missing.

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  • After losing thousands, buyers lodge report against minister, developer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 18, 2015.A group of home buyers who lost thousands of ringgit buying houses in Karak, Pahang, that are not fit to occupy now want a federal minister to fulfil his promise to get their money back. Owners of the Taman Perdana Raya Karak apartment units, some of whom are facing bankruptcy as result of the soured deal, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had sided with the project’s developer. Parti Sosialis Malaysia activist Suresh Kumar said the houses were completed in 2009 but were so shoddily built that they were declared not fit for occupancy by the local authority. Suresh said that in 2011 Liow promised the house owners that the developer, I Prima Development Sdn Bhd, would pay back all the money that had been collected from them.

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  • To save M'sia, Kit Siang willing to work with Dr M

    If this is what it takes to save M'sia from ruin, says DAP veteran.

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  • 'Lonely' Dr M mobbed at national mosque

    The crowd surrounds the ex-PM, snapping photos and selfies.

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  • Nurul Nuha denies contesting Permatang Pauh seat - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 18, 2015.Nurul Nuha Anwar has denied rumours that she will be chosen as the candidate to contest the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election next month, but promised to be present for PKR's campaign to defend the seat held by her father. "No," the second child of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today when asked if she would be the candidate for the seat that fell vacant after the opposition leader failed to overturn his sodomy conviction. Nurul Nuha, 31, said she would campaign for her father, who is also PKR's de facto leader. Permatang Pauh is important," she said today when met at the #KitaLawan cycling protest against the goods and services tax in Kuala Lumpur.

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  • Check out all theories including Maldives sighting before setting them aside, MH370 kin say

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — Theories of Flight MH370 sightings and locations should be verified before being thrown out by search teams, the families of those aboard the ill-fated flight said today. “For example, we would appreciate it if the investigation team would actually interview witnesses, like those in Maldives who claimed to have seen a low-flying plane for evidence to either prove or disprove the theory before they completely dismiss the possibility,” the group said in an email response to Malay Mail Online. The underwater search for Flight MH370 is currently being conducted in the southern Indian Ocean off the Australian coast, while Maldives is an island in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea region. This Thursday, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the alleged sightings of the still missing Flight MH370 in Maldives are “not possible”, noting that recent reports were merely year-old news reports that had resurfaced.

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  • Samsung removes logo on smartphones in Japan - The Malaysian Insider

    Samsung has removed its corporate logo from its new smartphones sold in Japan, a company spokeswoman confirmed today. The name Samsung is missing on both…

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  • China builds runway in disputed South China Sea region - The Malaysian Insider

    An airstrip construction on the Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.– Reuters pic, April 17, 2015.China is rapidly building an airstrip on an artificial island in disputed South China Sea waters, recent satellite pictures show, potentially ramping up tensions with several Southeast Asian neighbours. Fiery Cross was little more than a reef when China began land reclamation works, to turn it into an island in late 2014. Now, satellite images taken last week by DigitalGlobe and shown on the website of the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) show the runway, estimated at 3,110 metres in total, more than one-third complete, it says. When in operation, it says, it will be able to "accommodate almost any type of aircraft that China would want to land".

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  • Family of NS boy killed in car crash receives insurance payout - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: The family of former National Service trainee Lim Wee Cheat, 18, who was killed in an accident in November last year, received RM128,000 in insurance payment from the National Service Training Department. Lorry driver Lim Hock Choon, 52, received the cheque when officials from the department visited him at his apartment in Lengkok Angsana here. Zone B (Perak / Penang) director Commander Wan Zarihan Wan Ismail said that Wee Cheat was killed in a car crash on Nov 12, three days after the camp session he attended ended. “He was still covered by the insurance when the accident happened,” he told reporters after handing over the cheque on behalf of National Service director-general Datuk Mohmed Asri Yusof yesterday.

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  • Missing trekker’s wife clings to hope, appeals to Najib for help - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 17, 2015.The wife of Malaysian trekker Dennis Lee Thian Poh who has been missing for 12 days is struggling to hold on to hope. Jennifer Peters made fliers with Lee’s picture with an offer of a reward to be distributed to local Nepali villagers. Jennifer  flew to Nepal soon after being notified of Lee’s disappearance. "Dennis (Lee) and his wife Jennifer will be celebrating their second wedding anniversary on April 18 and the family hopes very much they will be able to celebrate it together," said the friend.

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  • 'Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice' Trailer Leaks, Fans React

    The first trailer for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has leaked and fans appear to be having mixed reactions.

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  • Kedah Umno gives full support to Najib, Mukhriz

    Mukhriz also told not make a statement on the Dr M-Najib tiff on April 24.

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  • Asus VivoWatch boasts 10-day battery life - Tech News | The Star Online

    At its Zensation exhibit at Design Week in Milan (April 14-19), Asus is showcasing the Vivowatch, a new wearable promising up to 10 days between charges, the longest battery life ever seen on a smartwatch.

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  • Freida Pinto avoids mirrors | theSundaily

    FREIDA Pinto (pix) has confessed she isn't interested in the way she looks and often avoids look at her reflection in the mirror. The 'Slumdog Millionaire' actress isn't interested in constantly checking her appearance and is aware her beauty often works against her when it comes to landing gritty roles, although she is keen to change people's opinions of her in the industry. The star - who played Latika opposite Dev Patel in the Oscar-winning drama - said: "It's not necessarily the way I see myself. The Mumbai-born beauty - who is regularly spotted on the front row at exclusive catwalk shows - has expressed an interest in fashion from a young age and even found herself a "secret tailor" to help customise her clothes and create "something wonderful for [her] to wear" when she grew up in India.

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  • PAS: Hasan Malek should be a comedian

    Party shocked to hear from the minister that people understand the GST.

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  • China, Malaysia extend currency swap deal for next 3 years

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — China and Malaysia have renewed their currency swap arrangement for a further three years, according to a statement on the website of the Malaysian central bank. The swap exchanges 180 billion yuan for RM90 billion according to the report, unchanged from the previous swap arrangement in 2012, which increased the size of the first swap signed in 2009. “This renewed bilateral currency swap arrangement reinforces the on-going commitment by both central banks in promoting the use of local currencies for payment settlement,” said Bank Negara Malaysia in its statement.

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  • Fans flame Chelsea because ‘we’re boring’, Mourinho claims

    — Reuters picLONDON, April 17 — The self-styled “Special One” faces what he agreed is a special fixture this weekend but Jose Mourinho refused to accept that beating Manchester United to establish a 10-point lead with six games left would mean Chelsea had won the Premier League. His team are seven points clear with a game in hand and closest rivals Arsenal are involved in an FA Cup semi-final tomorrow at the same time as third-placed United — a further point behind — visit Stamford Bridge. Chelsea travel to Arsenal the following week, so winning their next three games would secure the title for the first time since 2010. “What’s in my mind is just to win three points tomorrow,” Mourinho told a news conference today.

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  • You’re not welcome here, Isma’s Egypt chapter tells DAP

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The Egypt chapter of Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) denounced today DAP’s visit to the Middle East as polluting the motherland of Muslim prophets. The Islamist group said DAP’s dialogue session with Malaysians there was just a facade for its “evil agenda” to erode the identity of Muslims, claiming that the secular opposition party had consistently fought against the position of Islam and Malays in Malaysia. “DAP is holding a trip to the Middle East, Egypt and Jordan to hold dialogue sessions with Malaysian community here…Their presence is very much unwelcomed,” Egypt Isma chairman Umar Farouq Morhalim said in a statement.

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  • Chinese billionaire ignores Xi clampdown one AmEx swipe at a time

    — AFP picBEIJING, April 17 — President Xi Jinping’s austerity drive has sent China’s high rollers running for cover, emptying casinos and golf courses as vin ordinaire becomes the new Chateau Lafite. Billionaire art collector Liu Yiqian doesn’t seem to have gotten the memo. Liu, 52, is a classic rags-to-riches story of new China, a high school dropout who made his fortune in the country’s nascent stock trading of the 1980s and ‘90s. In July he caused an online furore in China for drinking tea from a 500-year-old ceramic bowl that once belonged to revered Emperor Qianlong.

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  • Firms of 15 local families worth 76pc of Malaysia’s GDP, report says

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The top 15 families in Malaysia control assets worth 76 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), The Economist reported. In Hong Kong, the top 15 families control assets worth 84 per cent of the GDP, compared to 48 per cent in Singapore and 47 per cent in the Philippines, according to the London-based current affaird magazine’s special report today on family companies. “McKinsey, a consultancy, calculates that by 2025 an extra 4,000 founder- or family-owned companies could hit sales of US$1 billion (RM3.64 billion),” said The Economist in the report titled “Family companies: To have and to hold”. “If this proves correct, family firms in emerging markets might then make up nearly 40 per cent of the world’s large companies, compared with 15 per cent in 2010,” the report added.

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  • This Singaporean video will leave you ‘Stunned Like Vegetable’

    Singaporean sitcom star Chen Tianwen is making the rounds online because of his kitschy music video “Unbelievable”. The video was originally produced for Singapore’s Channel 5 sitcom “Spouse for House 2” but it has taken a life of its own after Time Magazine chose to run a feature on it recently. The video is supposed to explain in flashback why Chen’s character says “un-n-n-n-n-believable” all the time in the sitcom. The video uploaded on YouTube has already racked over 300,000 views in a couple of days.

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  • Company charged with ferrying passengers without licence at klia2 - The Malaysian Insider

    Authorities have charged a travel and tours company based at KLIA 2, with operating vehicles and ferrying passengers without licence.– The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 17, 2015.A travel and tours company, believed to be linked to Uber, is facing two charges of operating vehicles and ferrying passengers without licence, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 terminal. If found guilty, the company can be fined up to RM100, 000 and the vehicles could be forfeited by the government, under the Land Public Transport Act 2010. The company has claimed trial and the prosecution yesterday during a case management, released documents to lawyer Hamidi Mohd Noh who is appearing for Trupio. Hamidi refused to comment on the case when approached by The Malaysian Insider.

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  • PSD denies more than 400k civil servants earn below RM805 – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The Public Service Department (PSD) has denied there are between 400,000 and 800,000 civil servants in the Implementation Group who are still getting a…

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  • Malaysian charged with armed robbery in Singapore 26 years after crime

    — Today file pictureSINGAPORE, April 17 — A Malaysian man was charged in court yesterday with armed robbery — 26 years after he committed the crime. Thoo Ing Lai, 53, who had a warrant of arrest issued on him by the State Courts, was arrested in Malaysia with the help of the Royal Malaysia Police. The case took place in 1989, at a commercial building along Upper Bukit Timah Road on March 2 that year. In a statement, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Police (investigations and intelligence) Tan Chye Hee thanked the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) for their support.

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  • MAS to discontinue flights to Frankfurt | theSundaily

    FRANKFURT: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is withdrawing from Frankfurt in the course of a network rationalisation exercise and as part of the national carrier's recovery plan. "We regret to announce that MAS is suspending flight operations in Frankfurt. The last flight out will be on May 29," MAS Frankfurt director David Rajkumar Subramaniam said in a statement on Friday. According to the statement, the revised network plan is in line with MAS' overall strategy to be more regionally focused, with a strong global connectivity through its OneWorld alliance and partners.

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  • Bloomberg Video: Japan’s elderly actually want to go to jail?

    As Japan’s population ages, the country’s prisons are finding themselves filling the role of rest homes, as elderly people with nowhere else to go commit crimes to get inside to safety. — Bloomberg

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  • Sarawak DAP lawmaker calls for end to sugar price-fixing - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic courtesy of oze.my, April 17, 2015.Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has questioned the fixing of the retail price of sugar at RM2.80 per kg when it should be at RM1.60 to reflect the prevailing low price in the global market. The Bandar Kuching MP said the retail price would drop to RM1.60 per kg if Putrajaya were to end the importation of sugar in the hands of four Umno-linked companies and abolish the price-fixing policy for the commodity.

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  • Will Shatner’s ‘US$30b pipeline’ plan to ease California’s drought

    ― Cover Media picLOS ANGELES, April 18 ― William Shatner wants to raise US$30 billion (RM108 billion) to build a water pipeline. The 84-year-old Star Trek star isn’t slowing down in the slightest, as he continues to juggle several different technology, TV, book and charity projects. And William has high hopes for utilising his star power to help alleviate the impact of California’s miserable drought. “California’s in the midst of a four-year-old drought,” he noted during an interview with Yahoo Tech Mix.

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  • 1MDB focus now on solving current issues, IPO crucial, says Wahid | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is now focused on solving current issues and executing the strategic review as outlined by its management and board, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has directed that an audit be undertaken by the Auditor General and the report presented to the Public Accounts Committee. Outlining the establishment of 1MDB, Wahid said the strategic development company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ministry of Finance Incorporated with a paid-up capital of RM1 million.

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  • Japan population falls to 15-year low - Regional | The Star Online

    Japan's population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, with more than one in four people now aged 65 or older, the government said. Japan's rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners. Any suggestion of opening its borders to young workers who could help plug the population gap provokes strong reactions among the public. Japan's population is forecast to drop to some 86.7 million in 2060 with the proportion of people aged 65 or over estimated to reach nearly 40 percent of the total, the government has warned.

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  • Singapore has rehabilitated 57 extremists, says Hsien Loong - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 18, 2015.Singapore has released 57 extremists from detention since 2003 after it was ascertained that they were no longer a threat to the country, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as saying. Lee attributed the "resounding success" to the work of the Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG), formed in 2003, after a crackdown on the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network in Singapore. "RRG's good work had helped Singapore release from detention 57 extremists since 2003 – with only one case of recidivism," Lee said.

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  • Army training centre in the spotlight again after Adenovirus - Nation | The Star Online

    PORT DICKSON: Four years ago, the Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda) here came under the spotlight after 18 trainees from the police force fell ill. Aged between 18 and 21, they were found to have been infected with different viruses. The authorities had to halt training temporarily to prevent other trainees from being infected. The trainees were given face masks, antiseptic medication and restricted from contact with the public.

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  • Beer belly gauge: How big is yours? - News | The Star Online

    German exhibition shows how much beer is consumed by the wideness of one's girth.

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  • The Auschwitz guard in search of ‘inner peace’

    — Reuters picBERLIN, April 18 — For seven decades, Oskar Groening has been haunted by memories of serving in Auschwitz, while denying ultimate responsibility for the mass murder at the Nazi death camp. Unlike many former SS guards, Groening, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, has spoken at length about what he did and saw during the Holocaust. “I never really found inner peace,” he told the Hannoversche Zeitung daily last year, months ahead of his trial for being an accessory to 300,000 murders. Groening has said he volunteered for the Waffen SS in 1941 at age 20, drawn by wartime fervour and “the elegance of the uniform”.

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  • Renewed love for Malaysia - Views | The Star Online

    Being away from KL makes one more appreciative of our society’s friendly ways.

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  • The future of mapping in China (VIDEO)

    BEIJING, April 17 — The battle for mobile supremacy has China’s internet giants competing to be “the” maps app on the mainland. And that’s leading to cooler-than-Google innovations. Bloomberg’s Christine Hah checks into the mapping scene. —

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  • Stop speculation on helicopter crash: Liow | theSundaily

    NILAI: The public are urged to be patient and not make any kind of speculations on the cause of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of six people, including Rompin Member of Parliament Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said a comprehensive investigations was being conducted involving various aspects. "We will provide a conclusive finding to the public and hope the people will be patient and not make any speculations, said Liow, who is also MCA president told a media conference after officiating the Malaysian Chinese Women Blueprint (2015-2018)), organised by National MCA Women here today.

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  • Maple syrup helps antibiotics fight bacteria, study finds

    — AFP-Relaxnews picTORONTO, April 18 — When it’s been concentrated, an extract of maple syrup weakens harmful bacteria, reducing their resistance to antibiotics, according to a new study at McGill University in Canada. Making microbes more susceptible to being overcome by antibiotics could cut down on the amount that’s necessary to fight them, say the researchers. Increasing antibiotic use is thought to be contributing to the burgeoning antibiotic resistance crisis, which has become a major public health concern on a global scale. Maple syrup is made from the sap of the North American maple tree, which makes it an excellent source of these natural pathogen-killing compounds.

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  • Customs receives two complaints on misuse of GST ID: Zaizah | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (Customs Department) received two complaints relating to misuse of the 12-digit registration Goods and Services Tax (GST) number or GST ID by two food outlets. Royal Malaysian Customs Department Senior Assistant Director Zaizah Zainuddin said the complaints were received by the Kuala Lumpur Customs headquarters, each involving a food outlet in the Klang Valley and in a state from the east coast. "These were the first complaints we received pertaining to the misuse of the GST ID and investigations on the premises involved are currently being carried out by the customs enforcement unit.

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