• 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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  • 'Extreme nudity' in Najib's administration

    COMMENT Transparency and accountability like no other PM has practised.

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  • Penang CM wants assemblymen to be in their constituencies tomorrow

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 6 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has warned DAP assemblymen in the state not to join the #Kita Lawan” rally, to be held at the square near the Sogo shopping complex, Kuala Lumpur, tomorrow. He asserted that they had to be present at their respective constituencies for the simultaneous launching of a senior citizens appreciation programme that day. “We are a responsible government and tomorrow is the launch of the Senior Citizens Appreciation Programme in all the constituencies, so the assemblymen must be present in their respective areas,” he told reporters.

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  • Muhyiddin insists no bailout for 1MDB, wants thorough audit from 2009 accounts - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 6, 2015.Efforts to handle 1Malaysia Development Bhd's (1MDB) debts must not involve a bail-out of the government-owned strategic investment firm using public funds, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said tonight. He also said the 1MDB board of directors must explain some of the company's transactions that has appeared not to be profitable in the long run to the firm or government, in a departure from the Cabinet's statement on Wednesday that cleared 1MDB of any wrongdoing in its business transactions. "I am of the opinion that the Auditor-General must audit 1MDB's accounts in a transparent, independent and comprehensive manner since the company's inception, as the allegations of dereliction relates to transactions done since 2009 which were not included in the 2013 annual accounts audited by the Deloitte firm," Muhyiddin said in the statement when welcoming the prime minister's directive to the Auditor-General to verify 1MDB's accounts.

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  • Najib sues Tony Pua over 1MDB, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 6, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is suing DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua for defamation over comments on debt-laden strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The suit is believed to be over a speech Pua made at a party fundraiser last November, where the lawmaker allegedly said Najib had robbed the people. The suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday by law firm Hafarizam Wan Aisha and Mubarak. In an immediate response, Pua told The Malaysian Insider said that he had already responded to the letter of demand sent by the prime minister in November.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • M’sian chef a hit in Sydney - Community | The Star Online

    DUBBED Australia’s high priestess in Malaysian cuisine by Time Out Sydney, Malaysian-born Jackie M has paved the way for authentic Malaysian food in Australia. Since humble beginnings serving Malaysian cuisine at Sydney’s Organic Food Markets on the weekends, the Seremban native has since become the chef with the second-widest reach on social media in Australia. “When I started out, I operated my business on a shoestring — this meant no marketing budget and no recognition or write-ups in traditional media about my restaurant and other activities.

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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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  • Bank Negara’s International reserves at RM386 billion as of end February - The Malaysian Insider

    Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) international reserves amounted to RM386.0 billion (US$110.5 billion) as at February 27, 2015. The central bank said the…

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  • Study: Eat rice with chopsticks to reduce blood sugar level - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: If you want to control your blood sugar levels, one effective way could be to eat rice with chopsticks, say local nutrition experts.

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  • Tian Chua claims specific notice to cops about pro-Anwar rally unnecessary

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPETALING JAYA, March 6 — Police statements about tomorrow’s #KitaLawan rally to support jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim show they are aware of the event and constitutes sufficient notice of the gathering, PKR’s Chua Tian Chang asserted today. Dismissing police claims that they have not received notice of the rally as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA), the PKR leader said all that was necessary was for the authorities to recognise that the event was taking place. On March 4, Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainol Samah said police have not received notice of the rally and have deemed the event to be unlawful for failing to meet the mandatory 10-day notice period stipulated under the PAA. PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil told Malay Mail Online the day before that PKR had already given the necessary notice.

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  • Johor MB gives his view on Singaporeans' comments on inconsistent housing policies | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said, he only made policies which could bring benefits for the Johor people. Mohamed Khaled, who is also the chairman of Johor Corporation, said this at the ceremony for Johor Corporation's (JCorp) Chartered Accountancy programme today afternoon.

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  • Indonesia rejects Australia’s prisoner swap proposal for death row pair - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 5, 2015.Indonesia rejected on Thursday an Australian proposal for a prisoner swap made in an 11th hour effort to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers expected to face a firing squad within days. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ramped up diplomatic tension between Australia and Indonesia after repeated pleas for mercy on their behalf. Indonesia's foreign ministry said there was no legal basis for Indonesia to act on the proposal that had been made by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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  • LIAM: Life insurance products exempted from GST - Business News | The Star Online

    “This means that policyholders who have purchased or intend to purchase life insurance products will not have to pay the 6% GST on their life insurance premiums,” it said on Friday. The life insurance products include whole life insurance, endowment insurance, child insurance, term insurance (including mortgage insurance), education insurance and annuity products.

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

    — Today pic SINGAPORE, March 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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  • Attacker slashes face of US ambassador in South Korea - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 6, 2015.US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification. The assailant was caught and identified by police as 55-year-old Kim Ki-jong. In 2010, Kim tried to attack the Japanese ambassador to South Korea by throwing a piece of concrete and was given a suspended jail term, according to police. The attack was a protest against joint military exercises by South Korean and US troops, which Kim said interfered with reconciliation between North and South Korea, according to police following an interrogation.

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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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  • 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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