• No giant rat in Subang Jaya, says Hannah Yeoh - The Malaysian Insider

    – Facebook pic, May 25, 2015.Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh today denied the existence of a giant rat in her state constituency of Subang Jaya, saying that a photograph which was spread through social media yesterday was inaccurate. Yeoh said the picture of the rat, which was caught by residents of USJ11, could have been modified to make it appear bigger than normal-sized rodents. The operation was led by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor and Zone 3 Residents' Committee. The furore was said to have started when Facebook user Sian Liam See posted a photograph of a giant rat, saying the rodent had been caught in front of Thiagan and Kumar Dental Clinic in USJ 11/1J in Subang Jaya.

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  • Lord Mayor of London: I’m a Malaysian - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: “Saya adalah orang Malaysia (I’m Malaysian)” were the first few words uttered by the Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow as he addressed a crowd here. Yarrow, who visited the Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (Jaro) here yesterday with his wife Gilly, was on a two-day working visit to Malaysia, with a special tour to this city. As for Jaro, Yarrow said the organisation held fond memories for him as his mother Paula Yarrow was one of the volunteers at the centre.

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  • 1MDB chief Arul Kanda to skip PAC probe tomorrow

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25  — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will not get to grill 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy tomorrow as he has excused himself from attending the parliamentary committee hearing. It is understood that Arul and his predecessor, Datuk Shahrol Halmi, had written in to inform the committee that they would not be able to attend the hearing as they are currently overseas. “PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan (Mohamed) should be revealing more details on this later after the meeting,” a source close to the committee said.

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  • More Umno MPs against Hanadzalah’s restructuring plan – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Two weeks ago, I profiled Umno MPs into three categories: the first, hard-core supporters of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whom I counted at 26; those who were anti-PM, whom I counted as 8; and the middle ground, whom I counted at 56. The Bugis Warrior ship continues to leak support and the longer it continues, the easier it will be to separate those condemned to go down with the Bugis dingy and those who have made the smart choice to save Umno and themselves. Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz then quipped and said that 1MDB did not pose a systemic risk to the Malaysian banking sector and the 1MDB CEO asked us to believe that the Cayman Islands investment was redeemed in cash because “he sighted the statement”. The Cayman Islands investment has not been redeemed and is currently held as ownership interest in illiquid “units”.

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  • Two foreigners drown after being chased by a man while sightseeing

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Two foreign women are missing and feared drowned in Sungai Klang, Brickfields here, while two others were rescued in an incident yesterday. Seputeh Fire and Rescue Station chief, Japari Tajuddin said a group of five women, aged 18 to 20 years, were purportedly chased by a man on a motorcycle while they were sightseeing, resulting in four of them to jumping into the river in the 7pm incident. The three rescued women were taken to the Brickfields District Police Headquarters to have their statements recorded. “Currently, firemen from the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Station are conducting a search and rescue operation along the river using torchlights but are hampered by the darkness,” he said.

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  • Zahid slams Lim, but Reezal wants ego aside

    The Umno MP gives Penang thumbs up for saying it’ll consider refugee camp proposal.

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  • One-third of MAS staff to lose jobs in matter of days, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to terminate at least one-third of its workforce in a matter of days as a last effort to save the flailing national carrier, The Star reported today. It added that Christoph Mueller, the newly hired chief executive, would be the only one spared, and that no government-linked company had ever sacked nearly everyone. It was previously reported that some 6,000 jobs would be cut, but sources told The Star that the figure would likely be closer to 8,000 and that job cuts would be made in stages over the space of a year. The flag carrier has suffered losses for the last three financial years and the twin tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 last year made revival more difficult.

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  • Court says EC must reply to Anwar’s suit in two weeks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.The Election Commission (EC) and its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof have been ordered to file their affidavit within two weeks in response to a suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was barred from voting in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election. The former opposition leader's lawyer, Raul Lee, said High Court deputy registrar Norhasniah Abdul Razak gave the order today during a case management.

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  • Adi Putra, the forgotten child genius - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 24, 2015.Some years ago, child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani made waves with his speed and skill at solving mathematical problems at a tender age. Now 16, Adi is still pursuing his mathematical passion locally and overseas – but on his own, a forgotten genius let down after various promises made to him by the Federal government fizzled out. Crowned the Islamic Mathematician of the century by the Riau University in Indonesia in 2009, Adi had produced 235 mathematical formulas and published 12 of them in a book titled "Seni Matematik Islam" (The art of Islamic Mathematics).

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  • Give us a worthy leader, and this nation will rise again - The Malaysian Insider

    Likewise, how great our nation will be is, unfortunately, very much dependent on how great our leaders are. By that measure alone, Malaysia seems to be doomed. The recent mounting calls for our present Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to step down has posed a pertinent question in every concerned Malaysian’s mind – If Najib relinquishes his post, who then is qualified to lead this nation at such a time of great political and economic volatility? But if you’re like me and have witnessed the countless changes within our country’s top echelon of leaders, and have been disappointed just as many times with the incompetency of those in charge, then the prospect of Najib’s resignation does not at all bring optimism that things will change for the better.

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  • Why auditors can’t guarantee there was no fraud at 1MDB - The Malaysian Insider

    The backers of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have argued that because international accounting firms like KPMG and Deloitte have signed off all 1MDB's accounts from FY2010 to FY2014, this meant no money has gone missing and no fraud has occurred. Owing to the inherent limitations of an audit, there is an unavoidable risk that material misstatement may not be detected, even when the audit is planned and performed in accordance with international accounting standards.

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  • Dr Mahathir: Najib did not tell truth about 1MDB cash in Singapore - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of not telling the complete truth when he told Parliament that money held by government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is being kept in Singapore. “No money was banked into BSI Bank in Singapore. It is unclear what is in the documents, but it is clear it is not cash,” said Dr Mahathir in a blogpost on Sunday. In January, the Finance Ministry said 1MDB had deposited the funds it had redeemed from its offshore account in the Cayman Islands into BSI Bank, with the amount held in US dollars.

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  • Marina Mahathir: Sorry, but not heading for departure gate yet

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Those hoping to see the last of Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir will have to keep on waiting, after the social activist who declared she would quit Malaysia if hudud is enforced here today said she is not leaving yet. In a Facebook post to clarify the declaration she made during an interview with Malay Mail Online, the daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while she was not readying to leave, she stood by her disagreement towards hudud and the growing religious conservatism here. Acknowledging that Malaysia was not yet on the same level as repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, she nevertheless said that the country was headed down the same path where diversity and acceptance were increasingly being eroded. “So no, sorry, I’m not going anywhere because if I did I would be constantly searching for the Malaysia I grew up in, where people did not constantly stand in judgment of one another based on what they wore, when people did not call you a traitor to your community just because you think and are different, where people did not think it’s a good idea to have different laws for different people and believe that’s justice, as some do today.

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  • Ferocious ‘tigers’ on guard at rest stop - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 25, 2015.Motorists stopping at the Sungai Perak rest stop, on the bank of the Perak River, along the North-South expressway are in for a surprise. Ferocious-looking tigers in cages are placed at various strategic locations around the rest stop. Traders in the rest area claimed that the monkeys had been causing havoc for quite some time. There are fences to prevent other wild animals to get into the rest area but they certainly post no hindrance to the monkeys.

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  • Ban on book about ex-Sabah leader stays, says Zahid - The Malaysian Insider

    – 4.bp.blogspot.com pic, May 25, 2015.Putrajaya is maintaining its 37-year ban on a biography of a former Sabah Kadazan leader as it deemed it to be harmful to the country's interests and federal security. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said The Golden Son of the Kadazan was banned from the country on June 22, 1978 under the Internal Security Act. "The book was banned because it contains excessive criticism against the federal government, among them making certain decisions hastily in Sabah. As such, the contents of the book is feared to be harmful or may cause harm to security and public order if it is not banned," he told Darell Leiking (PKR-Penampang) in a written reply.

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  • 139 grave sites, 28 trafficking camps found near Thai border - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 25, 2015.A total of 139 grave sites and 28 human-trafficking camps have been found in a remote northern Malaysian border region, the country's top police official told reporters Monday. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar revealed the findings at a press conference a day after the government announced the discovery of camps and graves, the first such sites found in Malaysia since a regional human-trafficking crisis erupted earlier this month.

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  • Longer, stronger…study reveals more reasons to take your vitamin E - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 24, 2015.Long established as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E is important for the membrane that envelops your muscle cells, promoting proper healing from the natural tears that take place when you work out, according to a new study. "Every cell in your body has a plasma membrane, and every membrane can be torn," says corresponding author Dr Paul L. McNeil, cell biologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University. The study, which was published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine, has implications for muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, common diabetes-related muscle weakness and – of course – body builders. "Part of how we build muscle is a more natural tearing and repair process – that is the no pain, no gain portion – but if that repair doesn't occur, what you get is muscle cell death," says McNeil.

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  • Mangoes for RM40? - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Mangoes for RM40 a kilo, anyone? Apparently yes, for the harumanis variety.

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  • After no show from CEO, PAC to move on to 1MDB auditors

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said today it will continue with its investigation on debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) by calling the three firms that audited the state-owned fund’s accounts. PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said his committee has for now agreed to skip plans to question 1MDB chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and his predecessor Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi — both of whom are unable to attend a PAC hearing scheduled for tomorrow. “We will start with Deloitte first, followed by KPMG and finally with EY, in that order,” he said, referring to accounting firm Ernst and Young at a news conference here after chairing a PAC meeting.

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  • After Kit Siang’s doomsday warning, Rafizi says Pakatan needs cooling period - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has mooted a “cooling period” between Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties to avoid further straining the opposition pact, after DAP warned that PR may disintegrate within two weeks. He said instead of exchanging barbs with one another, party leaders should go down to the ground and realise the extent to which Malaysians wanted PR to stay together. “It is understandable and expected given the spate of exchanges between DAP and PAS top leaderships in the past three months that (Lim) Kit Siang fears the worst,” the PKR vice-president said when met by reporters at the Parliament lobby. “That’s why I think the best way to manage it and to preserve Pakatan in spite of whatever results that will be in the next two weeks is I think to have a cooling period until after that time.

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