• Angry housewives go to police after Rosmah’s picture on pig - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 2, 2015.A Facebook posting showing Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor superimposed with a pig's body has caused an uproar among a group of housewives in Penang. The group, made up of Umno members, women non-governmental organisations, single mothers and housewives from Bayan Baru, lodged 11 police reports against a Facebook user, identified as Peter Lee, urging swift investigations by the authorities. Bayan Baru Umno information chief Kuraishah Syed Mohamad said it was unfortunate that people these days go to such extremes to offend leaders in the country. "The person who did this must face the music," she said outside the Bayan Baru police station.

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  • Flight path over Penang a ‘last farewell’ for MH370 pilot, reports UK daily - The Malaysian Insider

    – March 2, 2015.Just days before the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a senior Boeing 777 captain with a major commercial airline has weighed in on the mystery, alleging that it was the work of the pilot. Captain Simon Hardy's theory was reported in UK newspaper Daily Mail today, where he said the main clue was that after flying across the border between Thailand and Malaysia, the aircraft made a sharp u-turn towards Penang, one of three turns made in quick succession. According to Hardy, the doomed MAS flight seemed to be taken on an emotional "last farewell", as in a fly-past of the pilot's home island of Penang. "The unusual overflying of Penang is ‘perhaps the only clue to the perpetrator'.

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  • Stop blaming the Chinese for your own weaknesses, Azmin tells Putrajaya - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said today that blaming the Chinese community for inflation was just an excuse to cover up Putrajaya's own failures in managing the country's economy. “Don't blame the Chinese whenever there is inflation and play up racial sentiments to cover up your own weaknesses,” he said. It does not matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indians or Kadazans," the Bahasa Malaysia daily reported him as saying. Azmin's remark comes after Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob started a firestorm last month after he urged Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses over the latter’s refusal to lower prices after the drop in oil prices.

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  • QPR owners write off RM34bil loans

    The move strengthens QPR’s balance sheet, the club said in a statement.

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  • Former Microsoft boss keeps building his billions - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 2, 2015.Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has retained his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said on Monday. The Microsoft co-founder's fortune increased US$3.2 billion (RM11.6 billion) since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November. In fourth was Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex fashion group that includes Zara clothing retail shops.

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  • Azmin assures Christians of religious freedom

    He meets the Archbishop of Sarawak and other Christian leaders in Kuching today.

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  • What good are world university rankings? Ridhuan Tee asks

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Controversial lecturer Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah downplayed the importance of world university rankings today, chiding local learning institutions for trying playing catch-up with a grading that he claimed was “rigged” by the Western world. The Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) lecturer expressed his worry that Malaysian graduates of the world’s best universities have instead ended up in the “anti-establishment” camp, in addition to trying to ape “white folks” or Chinese nationals. What is the guarantee that graduates of world’s best university can become the best in their careers, and useful towards religion, race and nation?” Tee asked in his column published by Malay news portal Sinar Harian Online. Tee also warned local universities from being trapped in the Western world’s “education market politics”, where academics have to pay a lot of money to be published in peer-reviewed literature databases such as Scopus and the Institute for Scientific Information.

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  • Ringgit falls, leading retreat in Asian currencies on China rate cut

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Mar 2 — The ringgit fell, leading losses among Asian currencies, on concern China’s latest interest-rate cut will spur weakness in the yuan and hurt Malaysia’s exports. The People’s Bank of China lowered its benchmark lending and deposit rates by a quarter percentage point effective yesterday to shore up growth in the world’s second-largest economy. China is Malaysia’s second-biggest export market, after Singapore, and the yuan dropped to a two-year low against the dollar today. “The weekend rate cut affirms the easing bias that the Chinese authorities have,” said Jonathan Cavenagh, a currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp in Singapore.

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  • Baggage on MAS flights go missing | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Several passengers of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations about their missing luggage. According to tweets that were directed to MAS' twitter account, these passengers who were on various different flights during the weekend, complained that they had not received their bags despite having already arrived at their destinations. "You have just failed to connect a plane's worth of luggage, including mine, from London to Phnom Penh. Feels great after 17 hours [of] travel," tweeted one of the passengers, known as Katy Oglethorpe, in her twitter account on Saturday.

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  • After Islamic dress code furore, Terengganu MB says come as you are

    ― Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman denied that the state issued an Islamic dress code barring tourists from wearing revealing attire, claiming today he was surprised to hear that the story went viral. He added that such rules to police tourists’ attire were unnecessary as there were already sufficient laws to ensure public modesty. “I've already asked the exco chairman to explain the statement … The state government has never planned to issue dressing guidelines for tourists,” Ahmad Razif said as quoted by news portal Sin Chew Daily, referring to State Tourism and Cultural Affairs executive committee (exco) chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee.

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  • CGPA of 2.49 in STPM highest for Sarawak – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: Sarawak recorded a score of 2.49 in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the 2014 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination, the highest it had achieved so far. In 2013, the state recorded a CGPA of 2.43, while in 2012 it was 2.14, 2.09 in 2011 and 2.09 in 2010. Out of the total, 4,966 candidates (99.86 per cent) were secondary school students while seven (0.14 per cent) were private candidates. A total of 40 candidates (0.81 per cent) managed to score a CGPA of 4.0 as compared to 39 candidates (0.63 per cent) in 2013 while 1,187 candidates (23.9 per cent) achieved a CGPA of 3.0 and above in 2014 compared to 1,360 candidates (22.14 per cent) in 2013.

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  • Bill Gates still world’s richest man, Forbes says – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    NEW YORK: Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates kept his spot as the world’s richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said Monday. The Microsoft co-founder’s fortune increased $3.2 billion since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November.

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  • AirAsia offers 20pct discount for all seats and flights

    Bookings may be made at airasia.com from March 3 to 8, 2015, the airline says.

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  • PetroSaudi’s US$1.5 billion assets non-existent, says DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 2, 2015.The US$1.5 billion (RM5.4 billion) worth of assets PetroSaudi International (PetroSaudi) injected into the 2009 joint venture with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was non-existent, DAP said today, adding that the strategic investment fund had been aware of this all along. DAP lawmaker Tony Pua told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today that while 1MDB had invested US$1 billion into the joint venture, known as 1MDB PetroSaudi Limited, PetroSaudi had merely used an oil field belonging to Turkmenistan as its asset.

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  • Man survives gun attack | theSundaily

    KAJANG: A 38-year-old man cheated death today despite being shot several times by a gunman at Jalan Reko here today, in an attack believed to be linked to a feud between underworld gangs. The victim who suffered at least three gunshot wounds, was reported to be in stable condition at the Kajang Hospital. Police said the man was driving his Honda Accord, and was at waiting at a traffic lights junction at about 12.30pm, when a motorcyclist and his pillion rider pulled up next to his car. The pillion rider whipped out a pistol and fired six shots before the motorcyclist sped off.

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  • Break up in PAS imminent and it’s all PasMa’s fault, party man claims

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — There is no saving PAS from breaking apart come its annual muktamar or general assembly this June due to concerted efforts by a group bent on challenging the current leadership, the Islamist party's research operating officer warned today. PAS Research Centre operating officer Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marsuki said the creation of PasMa — a non-governmental organisation founded by Kuala Kedah PAS division chief Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi — is a far greater threat to party unity compared to the long standing disagreements between the ulama and professional factions. "For example, the existence of Pasma now is no longer as a NGO but instead it is seen as working towards becoming a political party," Mohd Zuhdi was quoted as saying by Malay daily Sinar Harian. "They (PasMa) are seen as more accepted by DAP compared to PAS in issues related to religion because PasMa are seen as more accomodative compared to us (PAS) who are more strict in upholding the sanctity of Islam," he added.

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  • The Netherlands offers expertise to help develop Penang - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.The Netherlands has expressed interest in working with Penang to turn the city into an international city of the future, Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia Harry Molenaar said today. He said his country, which has a strong bond with Malaysia, would like to "team up" with Penang to realise the plan. He said The Netherlands would like to be a part of Penang's ambitious plan.

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  • Australia says hunt for missing MH370 may be called off soon - The Malaysian Insider

    The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cannot go on forever, Australia's deputy prime minister said, and discussions are already under way between Australia, China and Malaysia as to whether to call off the hunt within weeks. "We put in the amount of money that we believed was necessary to do this job well and thoroughly with the best available equipment," he said.

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  • Appeal to PM to be more Inclusive for national unity – Ramon Navaratnam - The Malaysian Insider

    Our Prime Minister made a significant speech to the Malay Solidarity Gathering at the Putra Indoor Stadium at Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur, last Saturday Feb 28th. This is a courageous call by the PM and will be welcomed and supported by all reasonable Malaysians! In all our socio economic development we need to bear in mind the overall basic need to be more Inclusive in order to reduce polarisation and to enhance our weakening national unity!

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  • Suspected a suicide bomber, Nigerian mob beats teenage girl to death (VIDEO)

    A woman, reportedly a teenager, was beaten to death in Bauchi, Nigeria after a mob suspected she might be a suicide bomber, police and eyewitnesses said. Boko Haram wishes to enforce strict Islamic law across the country.

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