• 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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  • 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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  • Close call for Shanghai-bound SIA flight after double engine failure - The Malaysian Insider

    A potential tragedy was averted last Saturday when a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight to Shanghai suffered a loss of power to both engines. Singapore's Straits Times reports that the incident on SIA flight SQ836 occurred at an altitude of 39,000 feet, about 3.5 hours into the flight amid bad weather.

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  • Great Wall of Gopeng hides priceless Gaharu hybrid - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 27, 2015.The Great Wall of Gopeng, just about 25km south of Ipoh, has become a tourist attraction and an icon of the once thriving tin-mining town. Of course, it can never be as “great” as the one in China, but it is becoming known not because of the 3m high wall but for what lies within – the Gaharu Tea Valley. Inside the walled enclosure are about 200,000 trees of a valuable species of Gaharu, which is commonly known as Agarwood. In different parts of the world, it is also known as Aloeswood, Eaglewood, Oud or Jinko, comprising 17 species in total.

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  • Need for PM’s approval on 1MDB deals a known fact, CEO says

    ― Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — The requirement to obtain the prime minister’s written approval for any financial deals undertaken by 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was never hidden from public knowledge, the troubled fund’s chief executive said today. Arul Kanda Kandasamy said there was nothing dubious about the matter as the investment arm’s Memorandum of Articles and Association Agreement (M&A) can be easily accessed by anyone. “These documents, along with the company’s financial accounts, have always been available to the public via the Companies Commission Malaysia,” Arul Kanda said in an email reply to Malay Mail Online.

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  • 1MDB makes a fool of every citizen, institution including Parliament – J. D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    The latest revelation by Bank Negara Governor is spine chilling. Hot on its heels we also learn that the two top guns of 1Malaysian Development Bhd (1MDB) snubbed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by asking for a 30-day grace period. And if that is not enough the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak hollers all the way from Japan that the duo will not run away and will keep their date with PAC.

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  • Singapore doctors pay RM14.3 million in damages over lipo-suction death case - The Malaysian Insider

    The High Court in Singapore yesterday ordered two doctors who botched a liposuction procedure on late property management firm boss Franklin Heng Ang Tee to pay S$5.32 million (RM14.3 million) in damages. The bulk of the sum is for the loss of inheritance of Heng’s children, for which Justice Choo Han Teck awarded S$3.88 million. Drs Wong Meng Hang and Zhu Xiu Chun had in 2012 admitted they were liable for Heng’s death. The 44-year-old chief executive of YTL Starhill Global REIT Management had gone to Reves Clinic on December 30, 2009 for liposuction.

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  • Public still ignorant of waste separation rule beginning September 1 - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 27, 2015.Effective September 1, Malaysian households in the states that have adopted the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672) are set to see a whole new dimension in how they will be disposing of their household waste. The new approach in solid waste management will be implemented in stages in states and territories that have adopted the Act, namely Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Pahang, Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Perlis and Kedah. All this while, households and business premises have been discarding recyclables and non-recyclables together, but come September 1 that will no longer be the case.

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  • Amazing halal food at Medan Selera Stadium Ipoh - The Malaysian Insider

    Locals and visitors love to visit the famous Medan Selera Stadium in Ipoh, especially for its widespread amazing food. HungryGoWhere dropped by recently and found a bunch of halal favourites from this food haven to help you make the right tasty decisions the next time you rock up to the stadium. One of the most famous food stalls at the halal section of the stadium food court is Wak Nasi Lemak.

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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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  • Giant rat photo goes viral on social media | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A photograph of a gigantic rat, allegedly caught during an operation in USJ11, is now making rapid rounds on the the social media. However, there is nothing to get worked up about as this is not a species of some mutated rodent, but merely the result of the angle the photograph was taken.

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  • Shafie, Zahid not contradicting each other over leaked Muhyiddin video, says Umno Youth - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 26, 2015.Two Umno vice-presidents had not contradicted each other over the disciplinary action to be taken against the party leader who had distributed a video of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin calling for the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) board to be sacked, said Khairy Jamaluddin today. The Umno Youth chief said vice-presidents Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal were consistent that disciplinary action had to be taken against a deputy division chief who recorded the video.

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  • MACC finds no wrong in Felda’s London luxury hotel buy, says minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 27, 2015.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has found no wrongdoing over Federal Land Development Authority's (Felda) purchase of a luxury hotel in London. Datuk Paul Low, the minister in charge of transparency and integrity, in a written reply to Anthony Loke (DAP-Seremban) said initial investigations did not find any element of wrongdoing in the deal by Felda subsidiary,  Felda Investment Corporation (FIC).

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  • Bank Negara confirms told about 1MDB-BSI ‘cash’ issue by Singapore

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 —  Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) today confirmed receiving a report from its Singapore counterpart on a complaint lodged by BSI Bank about 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) account that the Swiss bank was handling. BNM Governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) had furnished its report on its investigations into the account, which recently caused controversy here when it was revealed that the US$1.103 billion (RM3.985 billion) kept in it was in “units” and not cash as previously claimed. “They have announced to send the report to us and yes, we did receive it,” Zeti said during a press conference on the Labuan Financial Services Authority Annual Report 2014 here today. But she declined to divulge the contents of the report, which former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously insisted contained information to show 1MDB lied about having cash in BSI Bank.

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  • Converting children unilaterally is un-Islamic, court told in Indira Gandhi case

    — The Malay Mail picPUTRAJAYA, May 26 — Muslim convert Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah’s conversion of his three Hindu children to Islam without obtaining their mother’s consent was invalid as it did not comply with Islamic law requirements, the Court of Appeal heard today. The three children’s Hindu mother, M. Indira Gandhi, had in 2013 managed to get the civil Ipoh High Court to quash the unilateral religious conversion, but the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) and other bodies appealed against the verdict.

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  • Nurul Izzah: ‘They can’t lock us all up’

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Malaysia’s most wanted are not criminals but those who seek the equal distribution of wealth, those who reject extremism and those who demand good governance, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar said today. The eldest daughter of former opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim accused the Barisan Nasional (BN) government of wanting to silence her father and Malaysians who want a just and democratic country. “Reformists in my country are the most wanted, and the most feared by our government. Because we are the future — with a zeal for reforms,” she said in a speech during the Freedom Forum in Oslo today that was sent to the press.

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  • Tabung Haji: Buyer for TRX land identified, ‘small profit’ expected

    ― Picture by Melissa ChiKUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Lembaga Tabung Haji confirmed today that it has identified a buyer for its plot of land in the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) and that the sale will earn the fund a “small profit”. Its chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim would not reveal further details on the sale, however, merely saying that the agreement has yet to be finalised. “We will inform soon when it is finalised,” he told reporters after presenting two Proton Preves to the 58th National Level Al-Quran Reading Champions. LTH deputy group managing director and deputy chief executive officer Datuk Johan Abdullah, who is also 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) subsidiary Edra Global chairman, was also at the function but did not speak to the media.

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  • When an ex-PM accuses the PM of lying

    Kingfisher: It is a sad episode in the annals of our governance culture when a sitting PM is identified for having lied in matters of fiscal responsibility as finance minister by none other than a former PM.

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  • Heavy traffic expected at checkpoints due to Singapore holiday - The Malaysian Insider

    – File pic, May 26, 2015.With the Wesak Day holiday coming up in Singapore on Monday, traffic flow through the land checkpoints at Woodlands and Tuas are expected to be heavy, said the republic's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). In a statement, ICA said traffic volume at the two land checkpoints was expected to build up from Friday and would continue till Monday.

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  • Where did SRC’s RM3.81 billion end up, DAP asks again - The Malaysian Insider

    – Gobi Coal & Energy Ltd screenshot, May 26, 2015.Putrajaya should reveal where RM3.8 billion of SRC International funds had gone to, a DAP lawmaker said today, after it was revealed that its investments in Gobi Coal & Energy Ltd was only valued at US$60 million (RM216 million). Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said that Malaysians were interested to know where the money, borrowed from the Retirement Fund Incorporated (KWAP), had gone in light of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, which has racked up RM42 billion in debts. "In the light of the questionable 'level 3 assets' of RM13.4 billion in SRC International’s former parent, 1MDB which appears to have gone missing, Malaysians are also interested to know if RM3.81 billion, most of which is also classified as 'level 3 asset’ is missing," he said in a statement today.

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