• GST forces Chinese shop to close after 74 years - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 30, 2015.Yew Chian Hooi's Chinese medicine shop 'Ban Swee Choon' in Bukit Mertajam is opening tomorrow for the last time after 74 years in business. It will be closed for good come Wednesday, the day the goods and services tax (GST) begins implementation. The shop was founded by Yew's late father in 1941 and survived the second World War, the Japanese occupation and years of ups and downs. Yew said he did not support the government's move to implement the GST because he was not convinced that it was a good thing.

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  • Press Digest - Eateries raise prices by a hefty 20% | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Some eateries have already increased their prices ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) tomorrow – and by a hefty 20%! While housewives thronged hypermarkets and supermarkets busy stocking up on non-perishable items on the last weekend before GST becomes effective, a good number of eateries in the Klang Valley, particularly food hawkers, have quietly readjusted their prices, Nanyang Siang Pau reported today. According to the report, readers called up to complain about big increase in prices charged by eateries, including hawkers who have raised their "pan mee" by RM1 a bowl to RM7, citing the impending GST. A glass of Chinese tea, perhaps the cheapest drink available at eateries, has also gone up by 20 sen to 70 sen, lamented one of the readers, who questioned the basis for the 40% increase.

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  • Hard for PM, wife to let go of daughter

    Protests and pressure for PM to resign fails to take the shine off wedding.

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  • Why the bad grammar on PMO’s website if Malaysia’s English so good, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    – PMO website screenshot, March 30, 2015.A DAP lawmaker today questioned the deputy education minister's claim that Malaysia's standard of English is better than Singapore's when grammatical errors can be found even in the Prime Minister's Office's official website. Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic, right) said the minister, P. Kamalanathan, should focus on the task at hand which was to improve the standard of English among English teachers, and stop making inaccurate comparisons.

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  • Azmin: PKR headquarters raid illegal | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today condemned as "illegal and unwarranted" the police raid on its headquarters here. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, said the party holds the home minister and Inspector-General of Police responsible for the raid and demands for the harassment against the opposition to stop. "It is unconstitutional and a gross abuse of power and amounts to an attack on the opposition collectively," Azmin said in a statement issued today. Six policemen had taken Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in handcuffs to the headquarters today and broke the door to his office.

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  • Najib launches set of gst guidelines – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

    PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday launched a set of guidelines on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to help the people better understand the taxation system to be implemented on April 1.The set of guidelines, encompassing

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  • Beware of criticising Chinese tourist - Regional | The Star Online

    BANGKOK: As the battle over the behaviour of Chinese tourists rages on Thai social media, one combatant has come away with tears in her eyes. Pin-up model Duangjai “Jha” Phichitamphon found herself at the centre of a controversy last week after a video of her criticising Chinese tourists went viral. Jha recorded the video at the airport in Jeju, South Korea, where unruly Chinese tourists pushed past her and other polite Thais in what up until then had been an orderly queue at the tax refund counter. Being jostled left and right, Jha’s temper rises as the video goes on and her language becomes increasingly impolite.

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  • No more pussyfooting around - On The Beat | The Star Online

    PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is experienced enough to know that the implementation of hudud laws, even in Kelantan, would be ultra vires the Federal Constitution – but the signals have already been sent. IT’S almost certain that the attempt by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang to push for the implementation of hudud laws in Kelantan, via a private member’s bill, will not see the light of day in the current session of Parliament. The word in Putrajaya is that Hadi will be told that the Dewan Rakyat is busy with other more urgent matters including several other bills in the current one-month session which ends on April 9.

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  • As GST kicks in, call to rescue Malaysia from low-wage rut - The Malaysian Insider

    As wage earners brace for higher spending under the goods and services tax (GST) that takes effect on Wednesday, they will feel the brunt of decades of Malaysia's economic policies which have kept wages low and local industries uncompetitive. Low wages have not helped the government improve its revenue, as only 1.7 million Malaysians pay income tax out of a workforce of 12 million, and Putrajaya is seeking to increase earnings with the broad-based consumption tax. But low wages are the legacy of Malaysia's industrialisation policy, which has long focused on making the country a low-cost, low value manufacturing hub.

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  • Germanwings air crash: Last minutes of ill-fated flight revealed

    — Reuters picBERLIN, March 30 — The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany’s Bild newspaper. Both accounts are based on information from the cockpit voice recorder captured by one of the black boxes discovered among debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps Tuesday. A French fireman stands in a gymnasium near maps that show the terrain where an Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015.

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  • Tunku Mahkota of Johor heads 83 award recipients | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the eldest son of the Sultan of Johor, topped the list of 83 recipients of awards and medals bestowed today in conjunction with the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on March 23.

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  • Really, GST is to help pay salaries, pension for civil servants? – TK Chua - The Malaysian Insider

    International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, said the goods and services tax (GST) is to diversify revenue source and to help pay for salaries and pension of public servants. In one stroke, it is hope that GST will gain the support of more than a million public servants and a few hundred thousand pensioners. Also, by stating that GST is to diversify revenue sources, Mustapha has also implied that present revenue source is too narrow and insufficient to cover the increased expenditure of the government.

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  • Tax refund to be paid within two days, says IRB CEO

    — Reuters picBANGI, March 30 — Taxpayers who overpaid their taxes could received refund from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) in a period of two days after submitting the income tax return forms (BNCP), said IRB chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar. He said the refunds would be paid to taxpayers if all the information given to IRB was complete and correct.

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  • Cops arrest 3 TMI editors for sedition over hudud report linked to rulers

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Three editors from news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) are now custody after nearly a dozen policemen and officers from the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) raided its Petaling Jaya office this evening. The news portal’s lawyer Syahredzan Johan confirmed that managing editor Lionel Morais, Bahasa news editor Amin Shah Iskandar and features and analysis editor Zulkifli Sulong were arrested under the Sedition Act 1948 and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. “Confirmed arrested,” Syahredzan said in a text message when asked about the status of the three editors.

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  • MAS customers subject to 6pc GST starting Apr 1

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Beginning April 1, Malaysia Airlines customers will be subjected to the six per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on applicable goods and services supplied by the national carrier. This implementation adheres to the

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  • Despite limbo over ties, PAS still in Pakatan, says Mat Sabu - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 30, 2015.PAS is still with Pakatan Rakyat (PR), PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said today, adding that ‎the Islamist party did not discuss its ties with the opposition coalition during its central committee meeting this evening. PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who was also present at the press conference, reiterated‎ that PR had agreed the Kelantan government had a right to implement hudud.

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  • As hudud tiff worsens, Hadi says unsure about Pakatan’s future

    Hadi dismissed claims that DAP’s attacks against him were aimed at influencing PAS’s June polls.KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — With PAS’s push for hudud adding strain to already fractured ties within Pakatan Rakyat (PR), Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said today he is unsure of the opposition pact’s political future. “The future (of PR), I do not know,” the PAS president told reporters when asked whether PR could function as an effective coalition in the future. Hadi also dismissed claims that DAP’s attacks against him were aimed at influencing PAS’s June polls. In return, DAP pilloried PAS president Hadi for his party’s hudud push, saying it will no longer work with him even as it vowed to remain in the PR pact.

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  • My year in Singapore

    MARCH 30 -- It was a dream job. 2001. I joined a banking project in Singapore.  One time I was on this flight, there was this anorexically challenged guy bragging about his job in Kiasu-land...

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  • Philippines to review claim on Sabah to get Putrajaya’s support against China

    — Reuters file picKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The Philippines has offered to “downgrade” its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its territorial dispute against China, according to a note verbale handed to the Malaysian Embassy from its Department of Foreign Affairs last week. The note verbale, of which a copy was obtained by Philippines news portal Vera Files, told Putrajaya that Manila is “reviewing” its previous territorial protest in 2009 and the result of the review depends on Putrajaya’s response to its two requests.

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  • Sabah’s ‘Flying Snake’ to get own BBC documentary, says minister

    — Picture courtesy of Tourism MalaysiaKOTA KINABALU, March 29 — The uniqueness of a small green snake at the Sabah Agriculture Park (TPS) has prompted the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to produce a documentary. Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Radin Malleh said the documentary, by BBC’s Natural History Unit, which would be aired worldwide, would be a platform to promote TPS and boosts its potential and the district of Tenom as tourism centres. TPS has elevated Tenom on the world map as one of the international level environment conservation centres in this country,” he said in a statement here, today.

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