• Man pays RM15,000 for 27kg empurau – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KAPIT: A man in Song paid a whopping RM15,000 yesterday for the prized local freshwater fish known as empurau. After much bargaining at Song Bazaar, Chua Fun Tien became the proud owner of the massive 27kg fish caught by a lucky fisherman from Sungai Katibas. Empurau is the most expensive of Kapit’s freshwater fish due to its rarity and possibly because its name in Chinese sounds like eternal youth. In recent years empurau has been raised in ponds, but the price of these fish is much lower at between RM500 and RM600 per kg.

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  • My former schoolmate who never returned to Malaysia - The Malaysian Insider

    Of course, he and I are the same age (37 years old this year, and proud of it!) and for the sake of context, I would like to let everyone know that he is a Chinese Malaysian. He left Malaysia right after the SPM examination to further his studies in the US. As we chatted over coffee, I asked him why he never came back to Malaysia to look for a job. His sister went to university in New Zealand and decided to head back to Malaysia as soon as she graduated to get a job in the IT industry.

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  • 'Extreme nudity' in Najib's administration

    COMMENT Transparency and accountability like no other PM has practised.

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  • Penang CM wants assemblymen to be in their constituencies tomorrow

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 6 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has warned DAP assemblymen in the state not to join the #Kita Lawan” rally, to be held at the square near the Sogo shopping complex, Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow. He asserted that they had to be present at their respective constituencies for the simultaneous launching of a senior citizens appreciation programme that day. “We are a responsible government and tomorrow is the launch of the Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme in all the constituencies, so the assemblymen must be present in their respective areas,” he told reporters.

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  • Muhyiddin insists no bailout for 1MDB, wants thorough audit from 2009 accounts - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 6, 2015.Efforts to handle 1Malaysia Development Bhd's (1MDB) debts must not involve a bail-out of the government-owned strategic investment firm using public funds, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said tonight. He also said the 1MDB board of directors must explain some of the company's transactions that has appeared not to be profitable in the long run to the firm or government, in a departure from the Cabinet's statement on Wednesday that cleared 1MDB of any wrongdoing in its business transactions. "I am of the opinion that the Auditor-General must audit 1MDB's accounts in a transparent, independent and comprehensive manner since the company's inception, as the allegations of dereliction relates to transactions done since 2009 which were not included in the 2013 annual accounts audited by the Deloitte firm," Muhyiddin said in the statement when welcoming the prime minister's directive to the Auditor-General to verify 1MDB's accounts.

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  • Bangladesh seizes US$1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat - The Malaysian Insider

    Bangladesh's customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated US$1.4 million (RM5 million) worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday. "We recovered the gold, both in the form of bar and ornaments, from Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka," said Moinul Khan, the Director General of the Custom Intelligence department, adding the gold weighed about 27 kilogrammes in total. The diplomat was released, but Bangladesh is seeking to press charges.

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  • Najib sues Tony Pua over 1MDB, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 6, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is suing DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua for defamation over comments on debt-laden strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The suit is believed to be over a speech Pua made at a party fundraiser last November, where the lawmaker allegedly said Najib had robbed the people. The suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday by law firm Hafarizam Wan Aisha and Mubarak. In an immediate response, Pua told The Malaysian Insider said that he had already responded to the letter of demand sent by the prime minister in November.

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  • Time for Japan to kill off zombie company Sharp — William Pesek

    As Japan Inc. icons go, the beleaguered tech giant counts as borderline royalty. Founded in 1912, the year Emperor Meiji, whose reforms transformed Japan from feudal state to capitalist power, died, Sharp was among the core engines of the nation's global ambitions. Now, it's hard to figure out a business in which Sharp can really excel. Despite a slew of cosmetic tweaks since then — raising equity from the public, selling off stakes in businesses and, in June 2013, naming a new president, Kozo Takahashi — the bleeding has not stopped.

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  • Is it illegal to stop the spread of Islam to non-Muslims? – Ravinder Singh - The Malaysian Insider

    So Isma has admitted that the giving of free Qurans is a proselytisation project, which was denied earlier, and not a no-strings-attached project to help non-Muslims understand Islam and dispel their fears of Islam as a religion of extremism. Razali Zakaria, a senior editor with Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (Isma) media wing, Media Isma Sdn Bhd, is blowing hot and cold that non-Muslims are trying to stop the spread of Islam among Malaysians by complaining about the distribution of free copies of the Quran. He reminded non-Muslims that the Federal Constitution allows Muslims to convert anybody, whereas non-Muslims may only spread their teachings among themselves and not to Muslims.

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  • Don’t just dream of becoming a doctor ― Tay Tian Yan

    I saw from the STPM results that we are going to have many top students in this country, and many of these students, along with their parents, will all put their focuses on the medical schools of local government universities. You don't need a fortune-teller to remind you that very soon, their parents will host news conferences through their political parties of choice to complain about the country's top medical schools rejecting their kids. I was thinking, the quotas of our public university medical schools are less than 500 a year and there is little the government can do to place all the housemen. There are too many who want to get into the medical schools but their quotas will never be able to meet the demand.

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  • Oil won’t swing back to US$100 a barrel soon — Mohamed A El-Erian

    The shock to oil prices reflected what economists would characterise as unusually unfavourable movements both on and among supply and demand curves. Now, however, the sharply lower oil prices are inducing enormous supply destruction that has yet to run its course: The price drop has rendered many existing oil fields uncompetitive, curtailed alternative energy sources and stalled longer-term expansion investments. While this supply destruction buttresses oil prices in the short- and medium-term, there are three strong reasons it will probably prove insufficient to lift prices back to the level that prevailed in the first half of last year any time soon.

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  • Bank Negara’s International reserves at RM386 billion as of end February - The Malaysian Insider

    Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) international reserves amounted to RM386.0 billion (US$110.5 billion) as at February 27, 2015. The central bank said the…

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  • M’sian chef a hit in Sydney - Community | The Star Online

    DUBBED Australia’s high priestess in Malaysian cuisine by Time Out Sydney, Malaysian-born Jackie M has paved the way for authentic Malaysian food in Australia. Since humble beginnings serving Malaysian cuisine at Sydney’s Organic Food Markets on the weekends, the Seremban native has since become the chef with the second-widest reach on social media in Australia. “When I started out, I operated my business on a shoestring — this meant no marketing budget and no recognition or write-ups in traditional media about my restaurant and other activities.

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  • And the winner is… – OMG! - The Malaysian Insider

    Our lovely country Malaysia has been dreaming of a home-grown Nobel Prizewinner for so long. Committees have been mooted, Task Forces were tasked but so far, zero results. Last year, we were so proud that 3 Malaysian academics made it to the Thomson Reuters World’s 3,200 Most Cited Researchers. We hoped then that perhaps a brilliant scientist would emerge from the likes of UM, USM or UKM with revolutionary new insights “never before visualised” in the field of say, particle physics, molecular biology or astrophysics.

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  • Don’t shoot the messenger over 1MDB mess, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    - The Malaysian Insider pic, March 6, 2015The DAP today questioned why Umno minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was 'shooting the messenger' over controversies surrounding debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) instead of blaming those who robbed Malaysia and its taxpayers of their money. The party's publicity chief Tony Pua said that the opposition, the media and financial analysts have been raising questions about the fund over the last five years, but Putrajaya and its ministers have not taken heed. The DAP lawmaker said the public cannot be blamed for raising concerns over the solvency of the fund after it failed to pay a relatively small debt of RM2 billion upon missing at least three deadlines and needing a last minute loan from local tycoon Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan. Ahmad Zahid had reportedly said that the attacks and unsubstantiated claims by certain parties on 1MDB would affect the country's image and is seen as a concerted attack on Malaysia.

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  • Tan Sri's son feared dead in burnt car | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The son of an ex-political advisor to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is feared dead following the recovery of a charred body of a man in a burnt car at Bukit Damansara today. Police traced the razed car, a silver Perodua Myvi three hours later to the 80-year-old political advisor who is a Tan Sri and was told by the man that his 40-year-old son had left the house in the vehicle at 9am. The Tan Sri's house was barely a kilometre from the site where the burnt car was found. At about 10.30am, members of the Pantai Fire and Rescue department received a call from a security guard who reported spotting thick smoke billowing from a jungle at Jalan Setia Bestari.

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  • Life is getting tougher, admits Olympic champion Lin Dan

    ― File picBIRMINGHAM, March 6 ― Olympic champion Lin Dan admits his task is becoming harder, even though his level went up a gear as he beat his Chinese compatriot and fellow left-hander Tian Houwei to reach the All-England championships quarter-finals yesterday. The legendary 31-year-old has not yet returned to his best after more than two years with limited competition, but his 21-15, 21-19 victory over Tian did elevate his standard above that of his tough struggle 24 hours earlier. Lin had just two short phases when it seemed the former world junior champion from Fujian might seriously challenge him ― when Tian repaired a four-point deficit and reached 14-14 in the first game and when the 23-year-old came from a three-point deficit in the second game and led 12-10. Each time Lin found enough flashes of the exceptional ― one disguised clip from the baseline which magically fell to the floor near the net, and one reflex cross-court block against a 180 mile-an-hour smash ― to carry him to a respectable success.

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  • Mukhriz expresses concern about spread of extremism – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    ALOR SETAR: Kedah Menteri Besar yesterday expressed his concern on the spread of extremist thinking among a small number of residents in the state, causing them to be influenced to go to Syria to perform acts in the name of jihad. Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir revealed he had received information from teachers in a traditional religious studies school about local residents who had gone there, saying they wanted to go to Syria for jihad. “I received information from a religious school about the arrival of these local residents who did not identify themselves, asking the teachers what was the rule for going to jihad in Syria. “The teacher brought out holy books and the Quran, and showed them verses which do not allow them (to go to Syria).

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  • No right to blame my brother, MH370 pilot’s sister says - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 6, 2015.Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370, was loyal to the airline, had everything in life and was adored by his family and friends, said his sister Sakinab Shah today. Her statement broke the family's long silence over theories and negative speculation about her brother's role in aviation's greatest mystery. Zaharie's family members have remained largely mum and had shunned the media ever since MH370 vanished on March 8 last year, less than an hour after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. His son, Ahmad Seth, was quoted by the New Straits Times last year saying, “I've read everything online.

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  • Darkness, barbed wire fail to stop vigil for Anwar - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, March 6, 2015.The streetlights leading to the Sungai Buloh prison were switched off and a barbed wire barricade was pushed forward but that did not stop a crowd from turning out for the vigil last night to show support for the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told the crowd they should not be cowed when faced with obstacles like the darkness but that they must do everything legally possible to release Anwar from prison. After Ambiga finished speaking, Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP, took the microphone and recited a poem with the message that her father was innocent.

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