• 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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  • 'Lonely' Dr M mobbed at national mosque

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

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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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  • 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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  • PAS: Hasan Malek should be a comedian

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Political situation in Kedah not serious: Mukhriz | theSundaily

    ALOR STAR: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir said the political situation in Kedah is not serious as Kedah Umno unity is at its highest level. "The political situation in Kedah is not serious. Do not feel worried and anxious as it will pass.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Online spies eyeing Malaysia’s growing political clout, cybersecurity firm says

    — Reuters picPETALING JAYA, April 17 — Malaysia is likely being targeted in online espionage operations due to interest in the country’s growing economic and political importance, cybersecurity firm Kaspersky’s principal security researcher Vicente Diaz said. “It’s more about the economy,” he told reporters at the briefing on cybersecurity in Malaysia. “But in countries like Malaysia, I think that it’s because Malaysia is becoming a more interesting country in terms of geopolitics, economy, the companies are becoming more successful.

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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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  • Kedah Umno unity ‘at highest level’, Mukhriz says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayALOR STAR, April 18 — Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the political situation in Kedah is not serious as Kedah Umno unity is at its highest level. “The political situation in Kedah is not serious. “Our support is not only voiced out but via the party machinery who are very loyal and strong,” he said when launching the ‘Skuad Annnur’ of Kedah Wanita Umno’s Religious Bureau here, today.

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  • Sabah’s mobile court competent in tackling late birth registration, says PKR man - The Malaysian Insider

    The mobile court unit which was established in Sabah in 2007 is the best way to tackle late registration of births in rural and interior parts of the state, says a PKR lawmaker. Darell Leiking, the Penampang MP, said that the mobile court unit had been highly successful, as it was reported that some 95% of late registration of birth cases by villagers in the deep parts of Sabah were solved through the outfit.

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  • Lawyer seeks removal of temple chairman | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A lawyer filed a civil suit at the High Court today seeking for the removal of the chairman of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Batu Caves. M. Manoharan filed the suit against Tan Sri R. Nadarajah, the chairman of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Devasthanam, which manages the Batu Caves temple.

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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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  • 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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  • Chong Wei vows to work hard for Olympic qualifying if BWF panel clears him

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — National badminton champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei does not target any medals in the 28th SEA Games in Singapore from June 5 to 16. The Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) had decided to field Chong Wei only in the team event at the regional biennial games. “If the doping case favours me, I need to compete in as many tournaments as possible to collect Olympic qualifying points. “After having not played since the Incheon Asian Games (Sept 2014), I need to gain back my rhythm.

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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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  • Official: China to offer ‘huge’ financial support to fund Pakistan’s projects

    — Reuters picISLAMABAD, April 17 — Pakistan needs a “huge amount of financing” for infrastructure and energy projects and China is ready to announce help when President Xi Jinping visits next week, a foreign ministry official said today. Islamabad has for decades been Beijing’s closest ally in South Asia, and China — which is expanding its influence in the region — is a major trading partner and key supplier of military technology to Pakistan. Chinese assistant foreign minister Liu Jianchao declined to offer details in a briefing to reporters ahead of Xi’s two-day trip, which starts Monday, saying that the “specific figure” would be announced during the visit. But he said a “huge amount of financing” was needed for projects in the transport, infrastructure and energy fields that are part of a China-Pakistan economic corridor initiative.

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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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  • 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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  • No greater threat to planet than climate change, says Obama - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 18, 2015.US President Barack Obama said today that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat. "Today, there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change," Obama said in his weekly address, which had an environmental theme to mark Earth Day on April 22. "Climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored," he added, noting that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The United States is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, and Obama has pledged to reduce US climate pollution by 26%-28% from 2005 levels by 2025.

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  • JDT goalie sacked for swearing at policeman

    Mohd Anis faces a five-year prison sentence and or fine if found guilty.

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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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  • 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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  • Australia reportedly uses navy ship to send asylum seekers back to Vietnam

    — Reuters picMELBOURNE, April 17 — Australia is sending a group of asylum seekers back to Vietnam on a navy ship after they were apparently intercepted at sea, an Australian newspaper reported today. The Australian supply ship HMAS Choules was anchored off the Vietnamese coast as part of the operation to hand back nearly 50 asylum seekers, the West Australian newspaper reported. Australia has been criticised at home and abroad for its tough immigration policies, including sending asylum seekers to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, where they face long periods of detention.

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  • Missing trekker’s family tries to remain positive as search enters 12th day

    The search for Malaysian amateur trekker Dennis Lee Thian Poh who disappeared while crossing the Pokhara-Msutang route in Western Nepal entered its 12th day today. A search and rescue (SAR) operation comprising 63 Nepalese army and police personnel aided by sniffer dogs is combing the adjoining areas to locate the 48-year-old businessman. He said Lee’s family members had also joined in the SAR. “Although they (family members) remain positive, we need to understand that they are exhausted, confused and frustrated at times,” he added.

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  • Oversubscription of Malaysia’s global sukuk a good sign for ringgit

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The oversubscription of Malaysia’s US$1.5 billion (RM5.4 billion) sukuk shows that the ringgit is still a good currency for investors to hold despite the negative perceptions as well as the poor outlook on emerging currencies. Market experts told Bernama the oversubscription of the government’s inaugural long-tenured sukuk marked the global investors’ confidence in Malaysia’s creditworthiness and financial system. They believed the ringgit is ‘undervalued’ and is experiencing a trading pattern, despite the country’s strong fundamentals with its diversified economy and surplus in trade, among others. The sukuk issuance helps the local currency to surge to 3.6240/6270 against the US dollar as at 5pm today from yesterday’s close of 3.6520/6550.

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  • No let-up in improvement of 1Malaysia clinic services | theSundaily

    TUMPAT: The Government will upgrade services offered at 1Malaysia clinics based on the needs of the population, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. "All these clinics were initially set up to provide medical treatment for minor cases for the urban population. "However, the scope of services was widened upon public request to include pre and post-natal care, vaccination for infants, family planning and treatment for stable chronic cases," he said when launching the Pasir Pekan 1Malaysia Clinic here today. Dr Subramaniam said the government was targeting to establish 50 1Malaysia clinics nationwide each year to be focused mainly in urban areas with high population density comprising the urban poor.

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  • Pesona Metro bags RM267m Cyberjaya project | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Pesona Metro Holdings Bhd (PMHB) has clinched a property development project in Cyberjaya worth RM266.8 million from PBT Engineering Sdn Bhd (PBTE), the engineering business unit and part of the construction and building division of Singapore's TEE International Ltd.

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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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