• Two Malaysians in Isis beheading video identified, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Bukit Aman has identified two Malaysians who were spotted in a beheading video by Isis, The Star Online reported today. Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan was reported as saying that the two are 20-year-old Mohd Faris Anuar from Kedah and Muhamad Wandy Muhamad Jedi, 26, who is from Malacca. The report said that the duo are believed to be part of a new group of militants comprising Malaysians and Indonesians - Majmu'ah al Arkhabiliy.

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  • 1MDB says will cooperate with A-G audit, insists attacks political

    ― Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Maintaining that it was a victim of politically-motivated attacks, 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) said today it will open its books to the independent audit ordered by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. 1MDB group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy said the firm “welcomes” the prime minister’s request for the audit, and that he hopes the findings will finally put to rest all recent speculation over the alleged controversies surrounding its deals. “In light of this, 1MDB welcomes the prime minister’s request for the Auditor-General to verify 1MDB’s accounts, which have been audited by Deloitte, one of the world’s leading firms,” he added. In a statement earlier this evening, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Najib has ordered the A-G to conduct an independent check of 1MDB’s accounts, following media reports claiming of a number of irregularities in its deals.

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  • Malaysian teen in Syria is now pining for mum - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: After taking up arms in Syria five months ago, Malaysian teenager Hidayat Azman is now pining for his mother. Hidayat, also known as Abu Islam, who just turned 19 three weeks ago, posted on Saturday, “I miss u mum….love u forever” on his Facebook together with a photograph showing his lonely existence in a barren land. Hidayat, who went to a pondok school in mainland Penang before briefly continuing his studies in Egypt, claimed he went to Syria last year with his mother’s blessing.

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  • Why are the Chinese so unhappy with Putrajaya?

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Malaysia’s Chinese and other minority ethnic groups have grown more disillusioned with Putrajaya over recent years, analysts said, owing to a general belief that the country’s leaders have alienated them in their quest to stay ahead in the political game. This was reflected in the public opinion survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center released last week, which showed a dip in happiness felt by the Chinese towards the government in January this year. “Minorities, including those in Sabah, are very concerned at how the Malay ruling elite has been behaving,” Merdeka Center’s director Ibrahim Suffian said. Ibrahim said the growing influence of the federal opposition in recent years has created greater competitive fervour in the political game, forcing leaders in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to resort to “all sorts of things” to shore up support, including embarking on measures that have driven a wedge between the races.

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  • Teachers in conversion of student transferred - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A teacher couple linked to the purported conversion of a 16-year-old student at SMK Kinarut have been transferred. Sabah education director Datuk Jame Alip said the couple who were teachers at SMK Kinarut had asked to be posted to other schools late last year following the alleged conversion. Jame said the husband and wife were now serving at SMK Inanam SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah. “It is the best for everyone,” he said after announcing the overall SPM results at the Wisma Pendidikan here yesterday.

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  • File BR1M appeals by March 31, says deputy finance minister

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengPUTRAJAYA, March 4 — A total of 973,067 applicants for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) aid scheme who have been rejected can submit their appeals at the latest by March 31, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan. He said the appeal could be made manually by filling in an appeal form which could be downloaded from ebrim.hasil.gov.my and submitting it at any of the 85 branches of the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN). “The appeals cannot be done online as the applicants must submit information or supporting documents for their applications,” he said at a media conference held at the Finance Ministry, here today.

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  • MH370 families trapped in ‘black hole’ one year later - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalised with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370. A. Amirtham, a retired Malaysian clinic worker, suffers fainting spells and a lack of sleep and appetite over the disappearance of her only son Puspanathan. Li Jiuying is tormented by the loss of her big brother Li Guohai and the burden of lying to their elderly mother that he was not on the flight. One year after the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, next of kin are trapped inside what one describes as a "black hole" of emotional and often physical suffering.

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  • Prisons Department says no to Anwar attending parliament - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 4, 2015., The Prisons Department will not allow Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to attend the month-long parliament meeting starting on Monday, according to the ruling BN Backbenchers Club (BNBBC). In a post today, the website reported that the department had rejected the application put in by Anwar's wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar for Anwar to attend the month-long meeting starting on Monday. The website reported that the Prisons department had notified Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia about its decision. Anwar's lawyer had written a letter to Home  Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on February 25 to instruct the prisons department to escort Anwar to attend the sitting on Monday.

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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines | theSundaily

    MANILA: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

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  • Prolonged use of paracetamol may increase health problems

    — AFP/Relaxnews picNEW YORK, March 4 — Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world’s most popular painkiller, researchers said yesterday. Led by Philip Conaghan at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine in northern England, the team analysed data from eight previously published studies into long-term paracetamol use. The data came only from people who had paracetamol prescribed by a doctor, as opposed to over-the-counter purchases. Two of the eight studies had found an increased risk of mortality, up to 63 per cent, among long-term paracetamol users, compared to those who had not been prescribed the drug during the study period.

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  • Divorced couple encounter turns ugly – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An encounter between a recently-divorced couple at the Syariah court here on Monday morning turned ugly following a punch-up between a man and his ex-wife’s two male friends. The incident occurred in the lobby of the court at Jalan Haji Taha when the 40-something ex-husband came across his former wife and asked her about the two younger men who had accompanied her to the complex.

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  • Malaysians biggest believers in fuel saving myths in Asia, survey shows

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― More people in Malaysia believe in fuel-saving myths such as filling up their tanks late at night to get more mileage than any other Asian country, according to a survey done by Dutch oil company Shell. The survey also found that 68 per cent of Malaysian drivers believe that warming up their engines before starting their journey would improve fuel efficiency, while 53 per cent think that they can save fuel by keeping the engine running while idle instead of turning it off. The survey was conducted on 7,000 drivers aged 18 to 40 in India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to look into fuel efficiency beliefs and behaviours of Asian drivers. It found that seven out of 10 Asians warm up their engines before starting their journeys, while 47 per cent turned on their air-conditioning to avoid wind resistance and 34 per cent burped their cars to purportedly achieve greater fuel efficiency.

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  • Leaked transcript to oust Hadi a fake, says Guan Eng - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 4, 2015.There is no truth to a purported “leaked” transcript of a meeting between Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) president Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, which contained plans to oust PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Lim said the alleged conversation to remove Hadi never took place during the meeting, which was held at his Komtar office on January 12. It may be a fake transcript.

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  • Singaporeans unsure of govt policies in Iskandar | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Singaporeans are holding back purchases of properties in the Iskandar region due to lack of information and uncertainties over government policies. PropertyGuru Malaysia country manager Dr Gerard Kho said based on its property roadshows in Singapore, demand is still there, as reflected in the value and number of transactions, but timing of the transactions have been delayed. "We have brought more than 30 developers to Singapore, primarily from the Iskandar region. Speaking at a panel discussion titled "Have Singaporeans lost their appetite for Iskandar Malaysia?", Kho said PropertyGuru's roadshows held between June 2013 and June 2014 could record some RM70 million to RM80 million worth of transactions over a weekend.

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  • Education Ministry offering bursaries to 2014 SPM top achievers – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Students who scored 9A+ and above in the 2014 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination will each be automatically offered a bursary to take up a preparatory…

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  • Sarawak Report says it has ‘thousands of documents’ on 1MDB, Jho Low, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    Sarawak Report editor and founder Claire Rewcastle Brown said she has thousands of documents on 1MDB operations, following a report on the investment fund and its links to Jho Low.Whistleblower site, Sarawak Report has obtained "thousands of documents" on 1Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) operations, as well as businessman Low Taek Jho's role in the government-owned strategic investment fund, its editor and founder Claire Rewcastle Brown said. Rewcastle told news portal Malaysiakini in an email interview that she had taken about two years to scrutinise the documents with other journalists before releasing a series of exposés on the company and the controversial tycoon better known as Jho Low, over the past few weeks. She said the documents had not been obtained illegally, but refused to divulge her sources.

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  • What to eat in Pudu - The Malaysian Insider

    — Pic courtesy gf HungryGoWhere, March 4, 2015.At Char Siew Yoong, you can’t leave without having their char siew (duh!) Firm, juicy meat with veins of melt-in-your-mouth fat, the char siew (RM15) is caramelised to sticky-sweet goodness. Sek Yuen is one of the few places you can still find lang phoon (Chinese cold cut platter).

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  • Cancer patient Chelsea beats overwhelming odds - Nation | The Star Online

    BALIK PULAU: On her 16th birthday, cancer patient Chelsea Cindion Dominic received news that she had suffered a relapse and had only months to live. Yesterday, she was feeling even more blessed as she held her SPM results slip – 6A’s and 2Bs. The SMK St George Balik Pulau scored A’s in Bahasa Melayu, English, History, Mathematics and Science; A+ in Visual Arts Studies; B+ in Moral Studies; and B in Commerce. First diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in January 2011, Chelsea beat the odds when she also obtained 7A’s in the PMR despite missing school for almost a year in Form Two.

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  • New IS militant wing for Malaysians, Indonesians uncovered

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — A new terrorist group called Majmu’ah al-Arkhabiliy consisting of Malaysians and Indonesians has been detected by local authorities, reported a local news portal today. The group under the command of Islamic State (IS) militants was discovered by intelligence agencies last year, The Star reported Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan as saying. “They have about 100 members and we are still in the midst of identifying the number of Malaysians involved in the group,” The Star quoted him as saying.

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  • Chinese box office beats the US for the first time in February - The Malaysian Insider

    The Chinese monthly box office brought in more revenue than its US equivalent for the first time in history in February. A record-breaking Lunar New Year…

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