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

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — 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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  • 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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  • Bangladeshi worker killed in Tun Razak Exchange MRT accident - The Malaysian Insider

    – Filepic courtesy Gamuda.A worker was killed following an accident at the Tun Razak Exchange MRT underground construction site in Kuala Lumpur today. The Bangladeshi worker, identified as Safikul, 28, was dismantling a temporary structure used for slab work with a group of workers when it gave way and collapsed at 1.15am. MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd, the main contractor for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit, tonight confirmed the incident and said Safikul was trapped under the debris while the other workers who were with him escaped unhurt.

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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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  • After ministry denial, mass graves with hundreds of dead immigrants found in Perlis

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Police have discovered 30 mass graves in Perlis believed to contain hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi corpses, after the Home Ministry denied the existence of human trafficking camps in Malaysia. Utusan Malaysia’s Sunday edition, Mingguan Malaysia, reported today that the graves were found mid-May in forests in Padang Besar and Wang Kelian, and are believed to be linked to the mass graves found previously in Songkhla, Thailand, from which Thai authorities had exhumed 26 bodies likely to be of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

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  • ‘Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash killed in car crash - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 24, 2015.Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner who inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was killed in an auto accident along with his wife in New Jersey, ABC News reported. The Oscar award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" starring Russell Crowe was loosely based on Nash's longtime struggle with schizophrenia.

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  • Century eggs: An adventure for your palate

    — Picture by Elaine HoKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 — Firstly, if you’ve got any concerns regarding century eggs (and I think I might know what your concern is exactly), let me assure you they are NOT made by soaking eggs in horse urine. Century eggs are actually made by packing eggs with a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime and rice hulls for several weeks as a method of preservation. Also known as thousand-year or millennium eggs, they are a popular ingredient in Chinese cuisine, where they are either consumed as it is or accompanied by other ingredients. To prepare century eggs, it is the alkaline medium of the preserving ingredients that brings about the changes in their texture and flavours, which further eliminates any need of anything acidic.

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  • Stop being a hypocrite, DAP tells Najib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 24, 2015.Datuk Seri Najib Razak should stop being a hypocrite blaming traders for hiking up prices following the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST), while backing the "single biggest profiteering exercise" by mobile telecommunications companies. Its national publicity chief Tony Pua said the prime minister was being a "complete hypocrite" for shifting the entire blame of substantial price hikes on traders when his own minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had defended the telcos move not to absorb the 6% GST.

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  • How straight are you? - Ask Dr G | The Star Online

    Before you start writing in to complain about me crossing the line, asking a too provocative question in a conservative society, let me assure you I am referring to the geometrical straightness of a man’s sexual organ. Sidney Poitier, the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor once said: “I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical and legal bounds through the skilful use of words, and thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent or bend of a truth completely out of shape. How the curvature of the male external genitalia is a “bend of a truth” and “completely out of shape” is the topic of our discussion today. Obviously, with my wife being pregnant for the last six months, my sexual activity has been confined to moments of “self indulgence”.

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  • 15 year-old schoolgirl, boyfriend detained in Jaim operation | theSundaily

    MALACCA: A 15 year-old schoolgirl and her 22 year-old boyfriend were among four couples detained in an operation by Malacca Islamic Religious Department (Jaim) early today. Jaim director Ismail Hamid said the form three school student from Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah and her partner were detained in a room of a budget hotel in Jalan Tun Ali at 2.50am. "Jaim will inform the matter to her parents and the school authority," he told reporters here today.

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  • Groundswell for Hadi - Analysis | The Star Online

    The temperature rises as PAS prepares for the an election that will determine its future direction as well as its ties in Pakatan Rakyat. Incumbent president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, 67, will be challenged by Ahmad Awang, 79, an ulama from Perak known for his trademark Turkish-style kopiah. Ahmad will lose and some said he may get only 30% of the votes. There has been this almost taboo-like attitude about challenging the president particularly after the ulama or religious scholars took control of the party in 1983.

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  • View from the Umno grassroots –  Muhammad Azaham Wahab - The Malaysian Insider

    I am a member of Umno who had served the party for a good 40 years and was a Branch Chairman for 23 years. I also served for a few years at the division level and consider myself a grassroots leader of Umno and am qualified to say that I embody the sentiments of members at the grassroots level. As a branch leader for more than 20 years, we have always obeyed the higher ups in Umno and slogged at every election to ensure the success of Umno-Barisan. I was proud of Umno and my MCA and MIC friends because for whatever weakness Barisan had we were brothers in arms to develop the country.

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  • PAS leaders who only know how to read Quran not fit as PM, says Mat Taib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 23, 2015.Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said he is beginning to lose interest in PAS because emerging leaders in the Islamist party appeared to be not in touch with real world issues. Speaking at a forum in Petaling Jaya today, Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, said of late, he noticed there was the so-called ulama (clergy) coming back from the Middle East who wanted to become leaders in the party. "They can memorise the Quran and Hadith but when we ask them to explain about 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd), they say they don't really understand the issue. "So, if you want to become leaders but can only read the Hadith and Quran, then to me, you are not fit to be PM. What's more, our country is multi-racial," he said.

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  • Marina: Hudud or not, I’m staying - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hates to live in Malaysia if hudud were to be implemented. But she would not give the proponents of PAS’ version of hudud the satisfaction of seeing her leave the country.

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  • Man killed while out buying medicine for fiancee - The Malaysian Insider

    The victim, known only as Subramaniam, had gone to buy medicine for his fiancee and had parked his motorcycle in front of a supermarket in Taman Puchong Perdana, Subang Jaya, Selangor, at about 8.30pm on Friday when the men approached him and started attacking him. Subramaniam managed to flee but he was hit by a car and the impact almost severed his head, the daily reported. His assailants fled after they saw the car crashing into Subramaniam, police said, adding that the driver also sped off. District police chief Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said Subramaniam was slashed several times on the body by his attackers.

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  • For some Muslim women, divorce not the end of marital hell

    — Pictures by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, May 23 ― Aida Melly Tan Mutalib spent eight years in an arranged marriage until, in 1996, she decided to divorce her abusive husband who had taken a second wife. It took her nearly eight more years before she finally got her divorce ― years spent going in and out of courts due to the tortuous bureaucracy in the Shariah court, which women’s group said continues to be hostile towards Muslim women. Aida Melly’s case has served as the watershed moment for the Muslim women’s rights movement, but almost 20 years on, single mothers and activists told Malay Mail Online little has changed with the Islamic legal system. It’s a waste of time,” said an older single mother named Mariam Abdul in a recent interview.

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  • An 'unusual' day for the prime minister

    Najib went to Gopeng, then Pekan, and rushed back to KL, all in one day.

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  • Letting nature reign as durians fall at Green Acres - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, May 24, 2015.The durian season is arriving in Balik Pulau, Penang, and Eric Chong and his wife Kim Wong are looking at a busy time ahead at their durian farm in Balik Pulau. But there is more to the Green Acres durian farm than meets the eye. People will get their fill of durians and a tour around the 16-acre farm, but the special extra for visitors is a crash course on chemical-free and environmentally-friendly farming. It is quite obvious that Chong and Wong, who also run an events management and corporate training company, manage the farm differently.

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  • DPM gets limp response on 11MP in Rembau

    UPDATED 2.20PM Muhyiddin finds 5,000-strong crowd uninterested in the new plan.

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  • Working to death in Japan: health warning over ‘no overtime’ law - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 24, 2015.Japan's push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country's notoriously long working hours – karoshi, or death from overwork. Teruyuki Yamashita knows the risks all too well. "I told a nurse that it was dark – I didn't realise that I was blind," Yamashita said, recalling when he woke up in hospital. Hundreds of deaths related to overwork – from strokes, heart attacks and suicide – are reported every year in Japan, along with a host of serious health problems, sparking lawsuits and calls to tackle the problem.

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