• Ringgit ends higher against US dollar

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The ringgit ended higher against the US dollar today on higher demand in line with regional performance, a dealer said. At 5pm today, the ringgit was quoted at 3.6355/6385 against the greenback at 3.6200/6230 yesterday. “The euro was weighed down by the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programme and the risk of Greece leaving the single currency in the near term,” he told Bernama. Meanwhile, the ringgit was quoted mostly higher against other major currencies.

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  • Alvin Tan sparks ire again with ‘R&B cover’ of Muslim call to prayer

    Fugitive Alvin Tan is under the spotlight again, this time with a video on his official Facebook page lampooning the azan, or the Muslim call to prayer, with an “R&B cover”. In the two-minute-and-50-second video, Tan appears topless with a pair of sunglasses on, and plays a keyboard while reciting the azan in full. “My latest goal is to get all mosques in Malaysia to play my cover instead of having them old geezers hunched over the mics, straining their vocal chords and cracking their voices,” Tan said in the sarcastic status update that accompanied the video. At the time of writing, the video has received over 100 likes and over 700 shares, nine hours after it was published.

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  • Bomoh rapes bride-to-be instead of restoring her virginity - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A bride-to-be was so worried that her fiancé would reject her if he found out she was not a virgin that she sought a bomoh’s help to fix her hymen. Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the woman, who works as a secretary, was engaged to be married this month. On March 27, she sought help from the bomoh in Semenyih to “repair her hymen”. “The bomoh offered her three ways to heal her hymen,” ACP Abdul Rashid told reporters at the Kajang police headquarters yesterday.

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  • Let Taman Medan church have its cross back, MIC Youth says

    — Picture by Choo Choy May KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — MIC Youth today urged authorities to allow the Taman Medan church that was forced by protesters to remove it cross to reinstall the religious symbol, despite noting the move would cause a “flash point” in Muslim-Christian relations. MIC Youth chief C. Sivarraajh said the church should not have succumbed to pressure from the protesters to remove the cross on Sunday as the Federal Constitution guarantees religious freedom for non-Muslims. “They should put the cross back this very minute as a symbol of their faith, which is guaranteed under the Constitution. He said the church had made a “mistake” by removing the cross in the area that he claimed has a sizeable Indian community, some of whom are Christians.

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  • Beware your wife’s behaviour, mufti warns country’s leaders - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has warned the country's leaders of the behaviour and the "trickery" of their wives if they did not want to be scorned by the people, as this could lead to the destruction of their political careers. However, it was not clear to whom it was directed although Asri had used the term "first lady" and had mentioned several names of wives of world leaders. "In certain countries, the behaviour of a woman carrying the title of 'first lady' can destroy the careers and political future of a world leader. "So it was not surprising when Elena Ceausescu, the wife of Romania's former president Nicolae Ceausescu, was sentenced to death along with her husband because they had wasted away the country's wealth and had abused their power.

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  • Student conned of RM4,670 by senior citizen | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: A Segi college student, Wong Sing Zeh, has come forward to alert the public on a conman in his fifties who gives a tale of having lost his wallet and seeks money to go home in Sabah and subsequently fleece the good samaritan off their monies with more soppy tales. Wong's dilemma started on March 28 when the man who identified himself as Lai Fui Peng asked her for RM500 to buy a plane ticket to return to Sandakan, Sabah for Qing Ming festival as he lost his wallet. Feeling sympathetic, she who worked part-time at Giant USJ 1, gave him RM500 and purchased RM25 air time for his prepaid mobile phone. MCA Public Complaints Bureau chief Datuk Seri Michael Chong cautioned the public about conmen who use various tactics to scam people off their money.

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  • Overturned trailer causes massive crawl in Johor Baru - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: An overturned trailer along one of the busiest roads here has caused a bumper-to-bumper crawl. Traffic was backed up from around 6am on Tuesday after a trailer rammed into an overhead road sign and crashed into a divider before overturning at KM8.5 of Jalan Johor Baru-Ayer Hitam. “The trailer slid to the right side of the road, causing the signboard's pole to break and collapse to the ground,” Johor Baru North deputy OCPD Supt Beh Eng Lai confirmed. The accident has caused an 8km crawl from Skudai heading in and out of the city, he said.

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  • Solved Cheryl’s birthday? Here’s the answer to the math puzzle

    See the solution to Cheryl’s birthday, the Singaporean logic problem that had the Internet twisted into knots.

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  • Cross protesters had ‘extreme ideas’, local Umno chief says

    — Picture by Melissa ChiPETALING JAYA, April 20 — The protest to demand the removal of a cross outside a Taman Medan church would have escalated if police and Umno members did not intervene, Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar said today. The Taman Lindungan Jaya Umno branch chief and elder brother to the Inspector-General of Police said the residents had reached out to him because of his seniority and because he has lived in the area since 1976. He was accompanied by Munaliza Hamzah, 52, Harun Ismail, 58 and Datuk Mad Shah Abu Anas, 54 — all Umno members and residents of the area who helped mediate the issue. Abdullah, who is also the chairman at a security firm, was present along with Munaliza, Harun and Mad Shah at the protest to speak to a church representative to communicate the protesters’ grouses.

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  • Singapore teen behind YouTube video insulting Christians bailed out by counsellor

    — Today picSINGAPORE, April 21 — Amos Yee, the teenager facing three criminal charges for content he posted online, was today released from custody after youth and family counsellor Vincent Law posted bail for him. “It seems that the charge said he made disparaging remarks against Christianity. Amos is being represented by Alfred Dodwell and Chong Jia Hao from Dodwell & Co LLC, and Ervin Tan from Michael Hwang Chambers LLC. The team is working on a pro bono basis. Amos will appear before the court again on April 30 for a pre-trial conference, where his bail conditions will be reviewed, among other things.

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  • LRT maps not ‘rail McCoy’ - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: Two images known as the ‘Penang Rail Tran-sit Map’ circulating on social media have been described as visuals put together of something which has yet to be finalised. State Traffic Management Unit chief engineer Lim Thean Heng said the superimposed images consist of a combination of loop alignments and transit corridors in Penang. “The image tries to incorporate what has been conceptualised according to the Penang Transport Master Plan. “It places together the loop tram alignments and the three transit corridors in the northern, southern and western direction in one map.

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  • MRT project 61% complete | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The overall progress of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project has reached 61.9%, said MRT Corp chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said today. Phase 1 between Sungai Buloh to Jalan Semantan is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and from Jalan Semantan to Kajang would be completed by July 2017,” Shahril told the media after the commemoration ceremony to mark the completion of tunneling works for the Klang Valley MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line.

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  • Check with police before having #KitaLawan May 1 rally, says IGP - The Malaysian Insider

    –The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 21, 2015.Police have urged #KitaLawan organisers to liaise with Dang Wangi police before going ahead with their planned rally on May 1. Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that the #KitaLawan organisers should emulate what PAS had done with their own anti-GST (goods and services tax) protest held in Padang Merbuk, which ended without any untoward incident.

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  • MAS revises excess baggage fee - The Malaysian Insider

    Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said its revised excess baggage fee structure will come into effect on April 22. Previously applied regional rates per blocks of…

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  • New basic salary for lowest-paid civil servants by end of year – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 20, 2015.The government will announce a new basic salary for 3,072 civil servants in the Grade 11 group who are currently earning a monthly salary of between RM823 to RM850 by the end of this year, said Public Service Department director-general Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal. He said those in this grade, the lowest in the public service, comprised people who entered it with a Penilaian Menengah Rendah qualification, including general office assistants, operations assistants, and drivers, whose total take-home salary and allowance amounted to between RM1,257 and RM1,275. "The government is aware of the group with the low minimum salary.

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  • Sony plays it safe with new Xperia Z4 smartphone

    — AFP picTOKYO, April 20 — The Japanese brand has just revealed the specs of the Xperia Z4, the successor to the Z3. Due to go on sale in Japan this summer, the new smartphone seems to be far less innovative than the latest models from Samsung or Huawei. The Sony Xperia Z4 reprises the basic format of the original Z3, with its 5.2-inch (15.2-cm) screen (1920x1080 pixels) but is slightly thinner (6.9mm compared to 7.3mm). Shipped with the latest version of Android (5.0), the Z4 packs a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable through a microSD).

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  • And the 2015 world’s most beautiful island goes to…

    PARIS, April 21 — Located north of the Dominican Republic and east of Cuba, Providenciales is a little paradise in the Caicos archipelago, part of the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory. According to the 2015 Travellers’ Choice

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  • Service charge: It’s entirely up to customer

    The GST, effective April 1, was fixed at six per cent. With the introduction of GST, sales tax rated at 10 per cent and service tax (six per cent) have been abolished. However, along with the implementation of the new tax system, many issues have been raised that need to be addressed, one of them regarding service charge. Some might not be aware that service charge has nothing to do with the authorities. While generally, customers did not seem to object to paying service charge, there have been abuses.

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  • Hubble space telescope marks 25 years in orbit

    — Reuters picWASHINGTON, April 21 — Hubble, the first telescope to revolutionise modern astronomy and change our view of the universe by offering glimpses of distant galaxies, marks its 25th year in space this week. “Hubble absolutely has changed the way humans look at the universe and our place in it,” said astronomer Jennifer Wiseman, one of the telescope’s senior scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland. “It shows us that the universe has been changing over time, that stars in fact are an integral part of producing the type of element that we need for life, for planets, for our well-being,” she told AFP. Launched on April 24, 1990 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble orbits the Earth.

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  • Gerakan seeking solution to hudud issue | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A legal team of five lawyers from Gerakan today attended a court hearing on a case filed on March 19 to challenge the constitutionality of the Syariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015). Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said in a statement that the move made in the hope of finding a permanent solution to the hudud issue. "Our legal team is well prepared and we have a strong locus standi in mounting a legal challenge against the constitutionality of hudud. It is our fervent hope to seek a permanent solution to this (issue)," he added.

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  • Appeals court upholds RM100,000 award in damages to comedian | theSundaily

    PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here today upheld a high court decision to award RM100,000 in damages to actor and comedian Johan Raja Lawak who sued a drama film director and his company for injuries sustained by the entertainer. The three-member panel chaired by Justice Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus however, set aside the RM20,000 damages awarded by the high court to Johan's wife, Rozlinawaty Ismail. The panel, also comprising justices Datuk David Wong Dak Wah and Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, unanimously allowed the appeal by director Mohd Javed Mohd Nizar and his production company, Juara Filem Sdn Bhd on liability and damages awarded to Rozlinawaty, but dismissed their appeal on liability and quantum of damages to Johan.

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  • Rafizi challenges constitutionality of Bafia | theSundaily

    SHAH ALAM: Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli and former bank employee Johari Mohamad are challenging the constitutionality of the repealed Banking and Financial Institutions Act 1989 (Bafia). Both of them who are charged under the Bafia act for allegedly revealing confidential banking information in the National Feedlot Corporaton (NFC) issue, filed an application to refer questions of law to the High Court, through their lawyer N.Surendran at the Shah Alam High Court registry today. The application was made under Section 30 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.

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  • Perodua hosting Myvi 10th anniversary celebration - The Malaysian Insider

    – Picture from wikipedia, April 21, 2015.Second national car maker Perodua is organising the Myvi 10th anniversary celebration, at Setia Alam City Mall in Shah Alam on May 23 and 24, to herald the success of the iconic model. Its president and chief executive officer, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said in conjunction with the celebration, Perodua is calling on all Myvi owners and drivers to assemble for the "Myvi Nation, the Biggest Myvi Gathering" at the same venue on May 24.

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  • Toe the line, PAS sec-gen tells dissenting Permatang Pauh division

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The national PAS leadership has decided on supporting PKR’s candidate for Permatang Pauh, the Islamist party’s secretary-general said today amid threats by its division there to boycott the campaign. Datuk Mustafa Ali added that the party has discussed and unanimously agreed to support the candidate put forth by PKR, overruling the Permatang Pauh PAS division’s threatened boycott. “The decision of the central PAS leadership overrides the decision of PAS Permatang Pauh. Central PAS leadership has made the decision to support the candidate by PKR,” he said during a press conference at the PKR headquarters today.

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  • Keep withdrawals at 55, ASLI urges EPF as it hails enhanced measures

    The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (ASLI) welcomes the Employees Provident Fund’s (EPF) newly proposed enhancement and improvement initiatives as long as the pension fund provide the flexibility for members to withdraw their savings at the age of 55. ASLI director Tan Sri Dr Ramon Navaratnam said with the flexibility, EPF members should be able to opt out at the age of 55 or later at their own choice.

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  • Sultan of Johor coronation celebrations conclude | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The ceremony to bring down the flag signifying the conclusion of celebrations in conjunction with the coronation of the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, since last month, was carried out today. The ceremony, beginning at 9am at the Istana Besar Memorial, was witnessed by the President of the Johor Royal Council, Datuk Abdul Rahim Ramli. The ceremony began with the reading of prayers by Johor Mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Shamsudin shortly after the Head of Ceremonies Datuk Abdul Latiff Yusoff called for the commencement of the ceremony. The flag was then handed over to Abdul Rahim.

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  • Oil falls on strong dollar as Saudi output remains near record high - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.Oil prices fell towards US$62 (RM225) a barrel today on a strong dollar and as Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi said, production would stay around 10 million barrels per day (bpd) in April. Brent crude was trading down US$1.20 at US$62.25 by 1147 GMT (7.47pm Malaysian time), down from an intraday peak of US$64.34. Production in the world's biggest crude exporter would stay near record peaks around 10 million bpd in April, Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi told Reuters today in Seoul, where he is due to attend a board meeting of the state oil firm Saudi Aramco.

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  • Give us your side, PAC tells firm blamed for ‘delayed’ KTMB project

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — The Public Accounts Committee today invited the firm implicated in a Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) project the watchdog had labelled as “delayed”, to provide its side of events. PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said that while the committee usually only summoned ministries and government agencies as part of its investigations, it was open to hearing from Hisniaga Sdn Bhd that had disputed the committee’s findings. Malay Mail Online today reported the firm as contesting both the reported delay in the Kempas Baru depot project as well as the PAC’s description of Hisniaga as “technically insolvent”. “This will ensure the PAC Report that is prepared over the issue to be truly complete, comprehensive, fair and balanced, not only to the government but to all parties involved in the project,” the Pulai MP said in a statement today.

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  • Josh Hartnett 'regrets saying no to people' | theSundaily

    The 36-year-old actor has admitted he regrets not accepting the chance to star as Batman in the Christopher Nolan-directed reboot of the series, and thinks the decision led to him being overlooked for other coveted roles. Josh thinks the decision caused him to miss out on a role in the 2006 film 'The Prestige', which starred Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and his ex-girlfriend Scarlett Johansson.

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  • Humans are losing healthy bacteria to modern lifestyles: study - Features | The Star Online

    A new study comparing bodily bacteria between a remote Amazonian tribe and other groups reveals that our bodies are losing beneficial microbes. Everyone’s body is brimming with bacteria, and these microbes do plenty of good things like building the immune system and helping digestion. A study looking at the gut, mouth and skin microbes in people from a small, isolated tribe in southern Venezuela’s Amazonian jungles shows just how much modern life may be altering humankind’s bodily bacteria.

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  • China to launch 3 new free-trade zones - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.China will launch three new free-trade zones on Tuesday, official media said today, building on a project that began in Shanghai to much fanfare but has so far undershot expectations. The free-trade zones (FTZs) will be opened in the southern province of Guangdong, the northern port of Tianjin and the eastern province of Fujian, reported the website of the People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's mouthpiece. Each will cover around 120 sq km, the State Council, China's cabinet, said.

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  • MAS union: We support restructuring exercise for airline - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The Malaysia Airlines Employees Union has pledged its support for the restructuring of the airline, saying it would work towards ensuring its impact would be mitigated with compassionate packages for those leaving MAS. As for employees who stayed on, the union hoped that there would be “attractive packages and terms of conditions”. In a statement yesterday, its president Alias Aziz said the union was grateful for the setting up of the Corporate Development Centre (CDC), which would provide re-skilling and placement services for employees who were leaving the airline. Alias said the union wanted the employee migration to be conducted in stages so that the staff would have sufficient time to cope with the transition.

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  • EPF made hefty profit from sale of London property, says CEO

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — The sale of One Sheldon Square in London to British Land, the UK’s largest real estate company, for £210 million (RM1.13 billion) is a record for a property in that area of the city, the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) said. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan said the EPF made a hefty profit from the sale as the property was purchased at £150 million in 2010.

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  • MCA slams Jakim's gender segregation guidelines | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun has deemed the Malaysian Islamic Development Department's (Jakim) guideline that imposes gender segregation would not be well for Malaysia's development creative and entertainment industry. Concert-goers normally attend with family members, friends or colleagues and it is a good occasion to build fellowship," Chew, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development deputy minister, said in a statement. MCA Deputy President Datuk Dr. Wee Ka Siong had also frowned upon Jakim's guidelines as it was not a suitable move in a multi-cultural country like Malaysia.

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  • Penang’s sanctity disrespected — S.M. Mohamed Idris

    APRIL 20 — The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) and Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) are disappointed with the Penang State Planning Committee (SPC) chaired by the Chief Minister for approving conversion of hill reserve land to residential

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  • Indonesian president to investors: if you have a problem, call me - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.President Joko Widodo urged investors on Monday to come to Indonesia, promising "incredible profits" and assuring them that if they run into any problems they can give him a call. Widodo, who was elected president six months ago amid hopes that he would bring much-needed reform to Asia's fifth-largest economy, has come under fire recently for failing to deliver radical change and a series of policy reversals. Addressing a World Economic Forum meeting in Jakarta, he conceded that Indonesia now faced significant challenges, and compared them to the country's over-reliance on crude oil exports when oil prices crashed after the 1970s boom. "Today we are in the same situation," he said, referring to the push needed after the collapse of oil prices to build industries from textiles and garments to paper and palm oil.

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  • EPF looking for feedback on full savings withdrawal age | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) yesterday opened consultations on several proposals designed to address issues related to the inadequacy of retirement savings among members for the long term. EPF chief executive officer Datuk Sharil Ridza Ridzuan said through the members consultation exercise, the fund is seeking a consensus on the issue concerning the alignment of the retirement age determined by the government and the age for full withdrawal of savings. » to maintain the current withdrawal age at 55 years and introduce 60 years for those working past the age of 55.

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  • China’s biggest auto show opens as economy slows - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 20, 2015.Global carmakers including Volkswagen, Ford and GM showed off hundreds of vehicles in Shanghai Monday, adamant that China remains the promised land even though sales growth has hit the brakes. At China's premier auto show, foreign carmakers admitted an economic slowdown in the world's second largest economy had taken its toll, but said the market was simply too big – and too important – to ignore. China's economy expanded 7.4% last year, the slowest in nearly a quarter of a century. "It is still growing and the market is the largest market in the world," Ian Robertson, head of sales and marketing at Germany's BMW, told reporters.

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  • Indonesian brewer Multi Bintang says investment hinges on regulation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 20, 2015.PT Multi Bintang Indonesia Tbk is in talks with the government over a new ban on alcohol sales at minimarts and a planned 40 million euros (RM155 million) investment hinges on regulatory certainty, the brewer's top executive said today. Multi Bintang, majority-owned by Dutch brewer Heineken, had previously allocated the money over the next three years to raise its production capacity, president director Michael Chin said on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Jakarta.

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