• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sources: 1MDB to be dismantled under debt plan - Nation | The Star Online

    The power and property fund, a pet project of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with assets worth $14bil, was hit by losses last year and nearly defaulted on a loan payment. The near-miss drove down the ringgit currency and Malaysian government bonds and prompted calls from opposition leaders to make the fund's accounts more transparent. Under the aggressive restructuring plan, crafted by new boss Arul Kanda and blessed by the government, the fund will sell 80 percent of its power unit Edra Energy via a stock market listing, three sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters. More than RM18bil of 1MDB's debt linked to its power assets would go under Edra Energy ahead of the listing, which is due to be kickstarted in 6-9 months time, the sources said.

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  • The ‘non-Bumis’ in our lives - The Malaysian Insider

    Sometime in late 1998, Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Catholic weekly Herald, was called in to substitute the parish priest for the Sunday morning mass at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. It was a period known for its "Reformasi" protests, not long after the sacking and subsequent arrest of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Fr Lawrence said then that so many people were complaining about the government and those in authority but they did not realise that the "sick" state of the country was not due only to the actions of those in power. Fr Lawrence explained how the ills of society reflects back on ourselves, with such wrongdoings or bad behaviour being manifested on a larger scale with even greater abuses by those to whom we have entrusted the nation and all that it holds.

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  • 4-year delay of Shah Alam Hospital poses problems for nearby hospitals - The Malaysian Insider

    – Tajahomestay pic, March 6, 2015.Some 300 dengue patients in Klang were transferred to Banting Hospital, some 45km away, in the past month because of limited space and facilities at Klang's Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR). The situation was compounded by the fact that the construction of Hospital Shah Alam (HSA), which began in 2007, has been delayed from its initial completion date of 2011. Many of the patients have no choice but to be admitted to a hospital far from their homes as there are no government hospitals in Shah Alam. Selangor Health, Welfare, Women's Affairs and Family exco Dr Daroyah Alwi said HTAR received about 100 dengue patients daily and the majority of them have to be transferred to Banting and Sungai Buloh hospitals.

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  • 1MDB: abandon ship – Sir Wenger J. Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    However, I doubt that the 1MDB officials could savour the fine delicacies when they had to face the Cabinet yesterday. While you can twist the truth when dealing with reporters and issue half-baked media statements, it is quite something else to try to mislead the Cabinet. According to Sarawak Report, the deal was a sham and was used by Taek Jho Low to enrich himself to the tune of US$700 million, courtesy of funds raised through a guarantee of taxations of the Malaysian people and revenue from her natural resources. Arul Kanda has gone on record to say that he has no evidence of Jho Low’s involvement in the management of the fund.

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  • Man detained in murder of mum with month-old baby - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Police detained a man over the murder of a woman who was found with her month-old baby beside her in an apartment in Mentari Court here. Petaling Jaya police chief ACP Azmi Abu Kassim said the 36-year-old suspect - one of five tenants at the apartment - was picked up at the Puduraya bus terminal about 10.30pm on Thursday. He said the police were in the midst of determining the motive behind the murder of the 26-year-old victim who gave birth about two months ago.

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  • AirAsia wants blogger declared bankrupt for failing to pay RM5m defamation fine

    In the September 24, 2013 judgment, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an injunction to block Salahuddin from further publishing or repeating false and defamatory statements relating to the airline’s safety record, as well as a claim that one of its planes had crashed upon landing.— Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — AirAsia said today it has started legal proceedings to declare a blogger bankrupt after the latter failed to pay RM5 million over defamatory remarks against the airline. “AirAsia who obtained a judgment and an injunction in a defamation suit against blogger Salahuddin bin Hisham (anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com) has proceeded to file bankruptcy proceedings against Salahuddin for failing to pay the RM5 million aggravated and exemplary damages awarded by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in September 2013,” the low-cost carrier said in a brief statement today. In the September 24, 2013 judgment sighted by Malay Mail Online, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an injunction to block Salahuddin from further publishing or repeating false and defamatory statements relating to the airline’s safety record, as well as a claim that one of its planes had crashed upon landing.

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  • Felda hotshots probed over London hotel deal

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayPETALING JAYA, March 6 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is expected to haul up more Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) officers following the arrest of a decision maker over the purchase of a multi-million ringgit boutique hotel in London. FIC, the investment arm of Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) acquired the four-star Park City Hotel for £60million (RM330 million).

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  • Singapore’s super-rich club to see largest influx

    — Today pic SINGAPORE, Mar 5 — Make room Eduardo Saverin, Nathan Tinkler and Jim Rogers, Singapore’s super-rich club is about to get a little crowded. The Republic is expected to see the world’s largest influx of super-rich individuals over the next 10 years, with 1,752 people joining the ranks of the so-called ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) by 2024, a report by property consultancy Knight Frank showed today.

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  • MH370: From alien abduction to stolen by Russia — theories keep coming

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaSYDNEY, March 5 — A year on from the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, an extraordinary amount of key data remains unknown - fuelling conspiracy theories and heated online debate about one of aviation’s biggest mysteries. The resulting theories range from the wild - alien abduction, MH370 and its doomed fleetmate MH17 were the same plane - to sober, science-based arguments that the plane is in the southern Indian Ocean, but not necessarily in the current search area. “It’s amazing how much information we don’t have after looking at this case for all this time,” said Jeff Wise, an aviation expert whose recently published Kindle book The Plane That Wasn’t There reached No.1 on Amazon’s bestseller lists. A Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft prepares to fly out from Perth International Airport, to participate in the continuing search in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, April 16, 2014.

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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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  • Study finds more couples choose to divorce when wives get sick

    — AFP picDES MOINES, March 6 — Marriages are more likely to end in divorce if the wife takes seriously ill, a US study released Wednesday found. The research, detailed in the March issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, found that divorce was six per cent more likely if the wife fell ill, than if she remained in good health. In contrast, when husbands fell gravely ill, the likelihood of divorce was unchanged, the researchers found. The study, led by Iowa State University’s Amelia Karraker monitored 2,701 marriages over almost two decades; at the start of the study one of the partners had to be at least 51 years old.

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  • New Honda Civic breaks Nürburgring record - The Malaysian Insider

    The new Honda Civic Type R hot hatchback, officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on Wednesday, is now also officially the world's fastest front-wheel-drive…

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  • Retiree shocked to find out son is fighting with Isis, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 5, 2015.A retired civil servant is in a state of shock upon learning that his "disciplined" son has been identified by police as one of two Malaysians spotted in a beheading video by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) militants, The Star reported today. Anuar Salleh, 57, said he could not believe his quiet son, 20-year-old Mohd Faris Anuar, had joined Isis militants and was present when a Syrian man was beheaded. "I last saw Faris at the end of last year. “I was not home on the day he left, and have not been able to contact Faris at all.

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  • LeAnn Rimes’ ex: She shouldn’t have divorced me

    — Cover Media picLOS ANGELES, Mar 5 — LeAnn Rimes’ ex-husband believes divorcing him was the biggest career mistake she’s ever made. The 32-year-old singer’s marriage to Dean Sheremet ended after she had an affair with her now spouse Eddie Cibrian. LeAnn and Dean got together when they were 18 and 20 respectively and married not long after.

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