• Secret Chinese airport brought down to earth by chopper crash – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    BEIJING: A secret private airport illegally built by a wealthy businessman in China was exposed after he crashed his helicopter, killing a passenger, state-run media said yesterday. Private aircraft ownership by China’s wealthy elite has grown in recent years, but the military controls airspace and is reluctant to permit private flights. A businessman surnamed Li crashed a helicopter into a reservoir when flying in the eastern province of Anhui last week, the Global Times reported. Li — the chief manager of a construction machinery company who paid over one million yuan ( 160,000) for his chopper — swam to safety but a 25-year-old male passenger was killed, it said.

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  • Hadi breaks his silence on hudud | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: After a long silence, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has come forward to provide an explanation to the public on the controversy surrounding the planned implementation of hudud in Kelantan. In an open letter posted on his Facebook page, Abdul Hadi questioned Muslims who had repeatedly given excuses against the implementation of hudud, by using Islamic terms to justify their excuses. Abdul Hadi said the private member's bill proposed by PAS is not a hudud bill, but amendments to the Syariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, which is only applicable to Muslims. Abdul Hadi said various seminars and dialogues had been held for the public to understand before the hudud enactment was brought to the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly.

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  • Final minutes of doomed Germanwings flight - The Malaysian Insider

    The flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit perfectly normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would soon allegedly inflict on the other 149 people on board flight 4U 9525. "For the first 20 minutes, they spoke in a normal fashion, courteous, like normal pilots. There was nothing abnormal," French prosecutor Brice Robin told reporters today. He was relaying information from the cockpit voice recorder, captured by one of the "black boxes" discovered among the debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed into the French Alps on Tuesday.

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  • Three killed in multi-vehicle accident on NKVE - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Three people were killed and another seriously wounded in a deadly multi-vehicle collision on KM14.4 of the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) heading to Damansara from Subang. Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations Mohd Sani Harul said a distress call was received at around 6.50am Thursday, alerting authorities of the accident. Mohd Sani said a 10-tonne garbage truck collided with four vehicles in the early morning incident.

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  • Shafee responsible for his own conduct, no government backing, says Nancy on Umno lawyer’s road shows

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Umno lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is responsible for his own conduct and did not receive Putrajaya’s backing for the road shows he attended after Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction, de facto law minister Nancy Shukri said today. Nancy stressed that Shafee also did not receive any nod from Putrajaya to participate in the road shows where he allegedly vilified and shamed Anwar. The minister pointed out to Parliament today that Shafee’s contract to act as the deputy public prosecutor (DPP) had also ended after Anwar’s case was wrapped up. “His (Shafee) agreement under the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) ended when the case ended.

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  • The hudud rock now in Najib’s place

    Will Najib have the last laugh? Kim Quek: That the Kelantan hudud push was an Umno plot to split Pakatan Rakyat is no news, as that has been common knowledge. What is intriguing is the nature and extent of Abdul Hadi Awang’s tete-a-tete with Najib Abdul Razak behind the scenes. Now that it looks apparent that Najib is going to back down from Umno’s public pledge to PAS to realise its hudud dream, has some kind of disillusionment set in among the ulama faction led by Hadi?

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  • ‘I value friendship more’, Khir Toyo says after apology to Khalid

    — Bernama picSHAH ALAM, March 26 — Former Selangor Mentri Besar Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo said today that he values “friendship” more than enmity as he expressed gratitude for the chance to settle two defamation suits filed against him by his successor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim. The two suits were dropped earlier this afternoon after Dr Khir read out his “sincere” apology to Khalid for issuing defamatory remarks against him in 2009. “For me, what’s important is friendship. “I think the action of apologising and forgiving is good, and I as the younger one should do it,” the Umno man told reporters here after the cases were settled at the Shah Alam High Court.

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  • Come GST, time to stash cash under our pillows?

    KINIBIZ The upcoming goods and services tax (or GST) has Tiger’s tail tangled in knots. First, she was informed that GST would be charged on her credit card annual fee. Now it is set in stone that banks will also charge GST. Tigers are frugal members of the animal kingdom.

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  • Electric Train Service to be in operation in a few months | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: It is good news for commuters for when the Korean-made Electric Train Service (ETS) is in operation in another few months they can reach their destinations faster. The Electrified Double Tracking Project (Ipoh-Padang Besar) train spanning 329km linking Ipoh in Perak to Padang Besar in Perlis increases the accessibility of major cities.

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  • Misbehaving Chinese tourists major headache for Thais

    Public outrage forced the Thai government to issue thousands of Chinese-language etiquette manuals last month in an effort to ensure sightseers behave themselves. Feathers were ruffled anew in March when a Thai model posted a video on Facebook accusing Chinese tourists of jumping the queue at an airport, prompting heated debate from Thai and Chinese bloggers. But with Thailand struggling to revive a stagnant economy after a military coup ended months of political unrest last year, tour operators in the ‘Land of Smiles’ say they have no choice but to grin and bear it. Tourism accounts for nearly 10 per cent of the country’s economic output and Chinese holidaymakers are Thailand’s largest group of overseas visitors.

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  • Bar Council fights Shafee's gag order

    It has filed an application to set aside the injunction obtained by the senior lawyer.

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  • Pilot in Germanwings crash was locked out of cockpit, NY Times reports - The Malaysian Insider

    Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the "black boxes" of the German jet that crashed in the Alps, killing everyone onboard, and the New York Times said the audio showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down. "The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer," an unnamed investigator told the Times, citing the recordings. The retrieval of the recordings came as French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and Spain's Mariano Rajoy travelled to the crash site in a remote French Alpine region to pay tribute to the 150 victims, mostly Germany and Spanish.

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  • New tool introduced to foretell heart attack and stroke risk - The Malaysian Insider

    A new instrument dubbed Globorisk, unveiled today, will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, gender, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, whether you have diabetes or smoke, and which country you live in, its developers say. It is hoped such self-scrutiny can spark important lifestyle changes among those at risk, said Globorisk's creators, as well as identifying people who may benefit from preventive drug treatment. The research was published in the medical journal "The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology", with eight ready-made charts for people in China, Denmark, England, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain and the United States to measure their risk.

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  • Masing says no to ‘Save Malaysia’ coalition mooted by Kit Siang - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 26, 2015.Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Masing has poured cold water on Lim Kit Siang’s new political coalition, which the veteran DAP leader hoped will “save Malaysia”. “The new coalition envisaged by LKS (Lim Kit Siang) will not materialise,” Masing said as he dismissed the invitation to join the coalition which Lim envisaged last Sunday.

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  • To stop ringgit invasion, road trip into Borneo’s heart with US$385,000 in cash

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — It took Dwi Suslamanto three days by car to reach the small, rusting ferry that would take him across the Kapuas River on Borneo island. The Indonesian central bank chief for West Kalimantan province is taking crisp, new currency to one of the world’s most remote borders, which snakes 2,020km through highland jungles, dividing the Malaysian and Indonesian parts of an island bigger than Texas. The Malaysian town of Lubok Antu is only 15 minutes by motorbike from Badau and locals have become used to crossing the border to buy goods and paying on both sides with Malaysian ringgit. “It takes a lot of effort to get here, but here we are,” Suslamanto says, donning green rubber boots for the road to keep his Oxford shoes clean for meetings with governors and bank chiefs.

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  • Phone interception reveals ‘crown prince’ gave ‘green light’ to attack cops – officer – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    KOTA KINABALU: The High Court here was yesterday told that a phone interception revealed that the late self-proclaimed Sultanate of Sulu crown prince Agbimuddin Kiram had given the ‘green light’ to attack the Malaysian police if there was something going to happen. Supervising officer of the communication interception division, Muhammad Fauzarri Jaidin, told Justice Stephen Chung that in the phone call made by the accused Al Wazir Osman @ Abdul, Datu Agbimuddin told Al Wazir that their 200 men could defeat Malaysia and they (referring to 200 men) could attack the police if anything happened.

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  • Younger PAS, PKR leaders appeal for Pakatan to close ranks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, March 25, 2015.PAS and PKR leaders at a ceramah last night stressed the need for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to find a way out of the stand-off between the Islamist party and DAP over Kelantan's hudud law and unhappiness with Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the party's political bureau which met yesterday resolved to mediate between DAP and PAS and help find a solution to the current problem between both parties.

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  • #KitaLawan given until midnight to leave Dataran Merdeka

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Participants of the on-going #KitaLawan sit-in event at Dataran Merdeka were told by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to clear out of the venue by midnight, organisers said. In a brief media statement, the organisers said DBKL officers visited the site tonight and told those attending the sit-in to “vacate” as soon as possible. “This is another form of threat from the authorities. The organisers said, however, that they believe participants may be forced out of the venue.

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  • Sarawak PKR demands Mara response on rule restricting Christian students - The Malaysian Insider

    Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian (pic) is questioning whether Mara Junior Science College's (MRSM) controversial rule banning non-Muslim students from conducting any religious activities and displaying religious items had been withdrawn following the removal of the online version of the college's handbook for new students. Rule No 9 in the handbook, which also banned Christian students from wearing crucifix at all its campuses, had incurred the wrath of parents, particularly in colleges like the Betong MRSM where non-Muslim students are the majority.

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  • The LKY I knew — Tan Tian Yan

    There have been too many things talked and written about Lee Kuan Yew. But, there is something I would like to share with you here, the LKY that I saw myself. It happened six years ago during LKY's last visit to Malaysia. One day, I received a call that LKY invited the local media for a breakfast get-together at the hotel he put up with in KL.

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