• MAS union warns of possible protest by retrenched staff

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — A union representing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who may find themselves jobless next week has sought legal recourse and may resort to staging a protest due to the “unjustifiable” terminations. According to local daily New Straits Times, the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) is currently in talks with legal experts on the lawfulness of MAS firing 8,000 of its 20,000 employees, adding that it will protest the unjustified termination if necessary. “What happens to those who do not agree to the retrenchment conditions or those who do not sign the rehiring offer letters? “We are also looking to proceed on grounds of unjustifiable dismissal and we may stage a protest against the terminations,” Nufam president Ismail Nasaruddin was quoted saying.

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  • 1MDB guilty until proven innocent, Dr M says

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 29 — Unless proven innocent, it must be assumed that the management of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had misappropriated the funds invested in Cayman Islands, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today in his continued tirade against the troubled state investment firm. The former prime minister said although the money had been redeemed and is now parked in a Singapore bank, it has yet to be proven that the funds are in actual tangible form.

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  • Bicycle allowance among culprits in MAS financial drain, says new boss - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters file pic, May 29, 2015.Some 180 types of allowances paid out by Malaysia Airlines, including a monthly bicycle allowance to one employee, contributed to its financial drain, The Star reported today. It quoted MAS chief executive officer Christoph Mueller as saying that huge overtime claims, over-priced contracts and salaries also added to the airline's costs. But Mueller said that this phenomenon was also prevalent in many airlines.

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  • Arul Kanda explains why he could meet Shahrir but not PAC - The Malaysian Insider

    – May 29, 2015.Under fire for not turning up at a scheduled inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy insisted he was abroad at the time. He also confirmed that he met Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) president, Tan Sri Shahrir Samad the following night in Kuala Lumpur, but said this was only after he returned to Malaysia.

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  • Chinese medicine halls shocked over ban on liquor sale - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 29, 2015.Chinese medicine halls in the Petaling district are upset over the ban on the sale of liquor in their shops. “The medicine halls have already paid for a liquor licence. Firstly, the alcohol in the medicine is different, it is to treat illnesses. "Secondly, if it is the hard liquor, why suddenly do this?

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  • Why do Malaysians hate migrants? - The Malaysian Insider

    Why do Malaysians hate migrants? When a racial riot broke out in southern Italy sometime in early 2010, the mindless attacks on African immigrants prompted Pope Benedict XVI to respond by reminding people that, "an immigrant is a human being, different in background, culture and tradition, but a person to be respected, and possessing rights and duties". Malaysians tend to get emotional when such issues arise and share the same concerns with the rest of the world when it comes down to how we feel about migrants. Whether you want to believe or not, Malaysia is one of those countries made up of migrants.

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  • Cabinet should reject any 1MDB bailout plan – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Tomorrow, Second Finance Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, is set to unveil a bailout plan for 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). He will attempt to sway Cabinet opinion with fancy talk of matching assets with debt and restructuring. Husni will try to argue that this plan will help solve the 1MDB problem and he will try to seek Cabinet’s approval on the matter. All eyes will be on the eight powerful ministers who sit in Cabinet, who are secretly or not so secretly opposed to using more public funds to bailout 1MDB.

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  • Dr M: Tax man probed me but not the mega-rich

    Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lamented that he had to face routine raids from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) when he was a practising doctor but super rich ministers today get off scott-free. "Government officials who live beyond their means are normally probed by LHDN. "But when ministers or public individuals are known to live overly wealthy lifestyles, no investigation is conducted," he said in a blog posting today. "I myself have routinely faced raids by LHDN when I had a clinic.

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  • ‘I just wanted to die,’ says human trafficking victim

    Speaking exclusively to Bernama today, Nurul Amin Nobi Hussein, 25, said during the two months he was held at the transit camp in Wang Kelian last year, he lost all hope of surviving and only thought of death. This undated handout photo made available on May 25, 2015 by the Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned migrant detention camp used by people-smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah.

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  • Best things to eat at Malacca’s Jonker night market - The Malaysian Insider

    – HungryGoWhere pic, May 29, 2015.Jonker Walk is arguably the hotbed of all activity when you're in Malacca. During the day, it's also impossible to miss out on the plethora of tantalising food available. There's the ubiquitous chicken rice balls, icy cendol with gula Melaka, and even a bunch of cool cafes to placate the caffeine addict in you. On Friday and Saturday nights however, Jonker Walk turns into a massive night market with throngs of people flooding the streets looking to savour a piece of the Malaccan nightlife.

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  • Scientists find the mystery behind the holes in Swiss cheese

    After about a century of research, Swiss scientists have finally cracked the mystery of the holes in Swiss cheese. Experts from Agroscope, a state centre for agricultural research, said the phenomenon — which marks famous Swiss cheeses such as Emmental and Appenzell — was caused by tiny bits of hay present in the milk and not bacteria as previously thought. They found that the mystery holes in such cheeses became smaller or disappeared when milk used for cheese making was extracted using modern methods. “It’s the disappearance of the traditional bucket” used during milking that caused the difference, said Agroscope spokesman Regis Nyffeler, adding that bits of hay fell into it and then eventually caused the holes.

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  • Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Klang to get free bus service beginning July - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.Residents in Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Klang will be able to enjoy free public bus service beginning July, The Star Metro reported today. The bus service, introduced by the Selangor government, will benefit about 24,000 people.

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  • Refugees? Boatpeople? Illegal migrants? ― Poon Ah Lek

    MAY 29 ― One wishes to make some bucks to bring home in Bangladesh while the other is hoping to get a place he can escape the turmoil in his native Myanmar. They heard that Malaysia is a paradise for workers, and a friendly Muslim country as well. The international community is talking about human rights, humanitarianism, and they all focus on the Rohingyas without a clue that many among the boatpeople drifting in the open sea are actually Bangladeshis, with Rohingyas making up only the minority. They set off from Bangladesh either on their own accord or were cheated by irresponsible middlemen.

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  • Finance Ministry giving Parliament ‘useless’ replies on 1MDB, Pua says

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― DAP MP Tony Pua today castigated the Finance Ministry for providing what he described as “useless” replies to Parliament on the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said the ministry should do due diligence and get the most accurate answers, instead of relying on “hearsay” claims from 1MDB. “This is highly irresponsible of the Minister of Finance as well as the Ministry of Finance because the answer in Parliament cannot be on hearsay. “Ministry of Finance have to be certain of the answer that is provided in Parliament because the Parliament is the highest legislative institution of the land.

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  • Ulama leadership Mat Sabu once promoted in PAS likely to be his undoing - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, May 29, 2015.As PAS heads into crucial elections next month, the concept of “leadership of the ulama” which transformed the party, could ironically be the undoing of many of the leaders who introduced it in the party, including its veteran activist and deputy president, Mohamad Sabu. Speaking at a talk in Universiti Malaya recently, Mohamad, or Mat Sabu as he is fondly known, said the concept which was promoted some 30 years ago by a group of young PAS leaders who visited post-revolution Iran, including himself, was now being used as a platform to go up against the party hierarchy. Mat Sabu said in the past, only scholars with a deep understanding of Islam were called “Tuan Guru”, a Malay term which literally means “master-teacher” and usually reserved for the most esteemed experts and teachers of Islamic theology. “(Late PAS president) Datuk Fadzil Noor himself told others not to refer to him as Tuan Guru.

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  • 'San Andreas': 10 Things Only Dwayne Johnson Can Get Away With!

    If anyone is going to take on the biggest earthquake in recorded history, it has to be Dwayne Johnson – 9.6 ain't got nothing on The Rock! A massive disaster movie about an estranged husband and wife traveling from Los Angeles to San Francisco in order to save their daughter in the midst of an epic catastrophe (one so big there was a cruise ship colliding into a San Francisco skyscraper!) takes some serious suspension of disbelief and some credit to Dwayne for doing things only he can do (and get away with) with such ease on the big screen. AccessHollywood.com counts down 10 times The Rock goes full Rock in "San Andreas"!

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  • Has Putrajaya abandoned 10-point solution for Malay bible, asks DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 28, 2015.A DAP lawmaker wants to know if Putrajaya has abandoned its 10-point solution on the Al-Kitab after its latest guidelines that bar Christian publications with the word “Allah” from entering Peninsular Malaysia. Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said an explanation was needed from Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who unveiled the standard operating procedure (SOP) draft to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • Monday is D-Day for MAS staff - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Monday will be red letter day for 20,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees. The airline’s new chief executive officer Christoph Mueller made it clear that this difficult period of anxiety will be over then. On June 1, termination letters will be sent out to all the employees but about two-thirds of the staff will be offered jobs with the new company, MAS Bhd. They have until June 12 to decide if they want to join up on new terms. The new airline, a smaller entity, will only be able to accommodate about 14,000 employees.

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  • Joshua Wong might be Christian agent, says Isma’s lawyer wing

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, a known Christian, would have brought his religious agenda here if he had been allowed into the country, said iPeguam, the legal wing of Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma). Defending Malaysia’s move to deport Wong back to Hong Kong, the wing said foreigners should stay away from teaching Malaysians how to practise democracy in its own land. “The fact is, the anti-government activities pioneered by Joshua Wong in Hong Kong was closely linked to the Christian religion.

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  • Richest Australian Rinehart loses control of family trust - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 28, 2015.Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (RM11-15 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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