• Ahmad Shabery blasts TMI for twisting statement on GST

    — Picture by KE OoiKUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek today hit out at a news portal for allegedly twisting his statement on the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Ahmad Shabery said he had never stated that the action of a hypermarket chain to absorb the GST as contravening the law. "Saya xpernah ckp Serap GST melanggar undang2, #TheMalaysianInsiderSpin kenyataan saya, xhabis2 buat fitnah TMI ni, (I have never said that absorbing the GST contravenes the law, #TheMalaysianInsiderSpins my statement, no ending to lying, this TMI)," he said in his latest tweet. Yesterday, the portal had carried a news report quoting Ahmad Shabery as saying the decision made by hypermarket chain Mydin to absorb the GST for consumers for the first three months could be regarded as violating the law.

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  • Time to replace the A-G, says Utusan - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 3, 2015.Umno mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia today said Putrajaya should seek a replacement for Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, citing his ailing health and long years in service. The paper's editors, writing under the pseudonym Awang Selamat, said although Gani's contribution in the past 12 years could not be denied, the time has come for him to step down. "Rumour has it that Gani is on leave due to health problems. Personally, Awang is of the opinion that it is not right for Gani to continue to be burdened by such a heavy and challenging task," said the weekly column, "Bisik-Bisik Awang Selamat", which added that Gani was not interested in continuing on the A-G when his contract expires.

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  • Paul Low, how much lower can we go?

    COMMENT All walls of decency and tolerance have been broken down.

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  • Illegal Myvi race cause of deadly DUKE accident? - The Malaysian Insider

    Police are investigating claims that a fatal accident which killed a family of three at the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE), in Kuala Lumpur, early today, could have been caused by an illegal race involving six Myvi cars, Bernama reported. In the accident which happened about 1am, Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, his wife Nova Safitri Azhari, 25, and their 7-month-old daughter, Nur Firuza Annisa were killed when their Pajero crashed with two Myvi cars.

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  • Najib, Rosmah must explain source of wealth

    Vijay47: It is fully understandable that groups like Mubarak (Malaysian Council of Former Elected Representatives) excel in bending low like MP P Kamalanathan in their fervour to honour, defend and praise PM Najib Razak. They demand that the PM's personal lifestyle be not questioned. Mubarak president Abdul Aziz Rahman adds that Najib comes from a wealthy dynasty, hence justifying his opulent, rich and famous ways.

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  • Sadly, we’re way out of tune - Nation | The Star Online

    IF you have always dreamt of watching Madonna, Shakira or Lady Gaga performing live in Malaysia, you can dream on. This does not include the international stars, namely Beyonce, who pulled out of their agreed show due to their unwillingness to comply to the strict concert rules in Malaysia and fear of religious backlash.

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  • Isn’t there a single honest man left in Umno?

    Someone must have gotten to former deputy higher education minister Saifuddin Abdullah. As former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad has asked, if your wife is a murderer, do you still support her? As for moderation, ask yourself honestly whether Najib Abdul Razak and his government have been practising moderation. CQ Muar: If only Najib were free from those controversial accusations and alleged scandals, I would readily agree he would make a fine prime minister of this country.

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  • So why do Singaporeans want to go to New Zealand?

    Singapore vs Malaysia. I nominate New Zealand. Because more and more people seem to be asking themselves: Singapore or New Zealand? New Zealand, of course, offers a lot more space (268,000km2 vs 700km2) and we have a bit more money (total GDP SG US$300 billion or RM1,078 billion, NZ US$230 billion, per capita SG $55,000 NZ $45,000).

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  • Execution of drug convicts leaves a big mess for Jokowi

    Whatever positive outcome President Joko Widodo had expected of this week’s executions of eight drug convicts, it’s clear he has failed to achieve it. The dramatic execution of the inmates, seven of whom were foreign nationals, has made a big mess of things, bringing into disrepute the president’s global standing, and straining Indonesia’ s diplomatic ties with several countries, especially Australia. Even in Indonesia, where support for capital punishment for drug traffickers is strong, the mass execution managed to polarised the country, further alienating a big chunk of his supporters who have already started to lose patience with his leadership. On Wednesday shortly after midnight, eight convicted drug traffickers from Indonesia, Australia, Brazil, Nigeria and Ghana were shot dead by a firing squad.

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  • Nothing seditious in demanding answers to corruption, public spending – Cynthia Gabriel - The Malaysian Insider

    The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), condemns the police high handedness in clamping down on rally goers and opposition politicians following the mammoth May Day rally, opposing the goods and services tax (GST). More appalling however, were the reasons stated by the Police for the remand application for Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, C4's legal adviser, S. Arutchelvan of PSM and DAP's Anthony Loke.

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  • The noose tightens around 1MDB – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Yesterday, the Umno Cheras division chief made a very telling change of mind. Writing in the Umno Cheras portal and later through an interview with Malaysiakini, he called for the police and the authorities to speed up the investigation into the 1MDB scandal and to haul up controversial businessman Taek Jho Low for questioning. The US$1.1 billion funds in question were related to one of the key issues raised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which was the whereabouts of the proceeds from the redemption of the investments held in Cayman Islands.

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  • MMOTV: Witness recounting the rough arrest of Tian Chua

    Huraimi Husri, 18, who was escorting Tian Chua when Chua was arrested, recounting the incident to reporters outside the Central Seberang Perai district headquarters. ― Video by Opalyn Mok

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  • GST effects beginning to be felt - Business News | The Star Online

    THE goods and services tax (GST) has seen its fair share of hiccups since its implementation on April 1, 2015, but the storm is far from over. The spokesperson added that while there is still a lot of public interest in their models, many are resisting making the decision to purchase them. In a recent report, the Retail Group Malaysia (RGM) says it expected Malaysian consumers to buy earlier in the year in anticipation of higher retail prices after April 2015.

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  • Privileged life of JPA scholars - The Malaysian Insider

    Every year the Public Service Department (JPA) scholarship, and the university admission process, causes a ruckus. The script is always the same: some excellent straight A students do not get the scholarship (or the course they wanted), the media reports make waves in the social media, and the cycle repeats the following year. Rather, I want to shine light on the lesser known aspects of this scholarship. The following account is just my personal observation, which may not be generalised for all JPA students.

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  • Mother waited in vain for son to come home from work

    KUCHING: A woman stayed up till the early hours of the morning for her son to come home from work only to find out that he was killed in a road accident while on his way back. The woman was said to have received the dreaded phone call from the hospital around 2.30am on Friday notifying her that her son, 27-year-old Terry Lukas, had succumbed to injuries sustained in a road accident. The deceased, a factory worker, was found lying motionless next to his mangled motorcycle along Jalan Diplomatik, off Jalan Bako, about an hour earlier by passing motorists. An ambulance from the nearby state Civil Defence Department headquarters rushed him to the Sarawak General Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

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  • In the afterlife, you reap what’s burned for you - Regional | The Star Online

    WHEN archaeologists started to open up ancient Chinese tombs in the 1930s, they were puzzled to discover items made from clay, stone and bone in the shape of gold ingots. At that point, scientists surmised that the modest replicas were buried along with the dead in the hope that they would count as real gold in the afterlife. Perhaps the most extravagant example of decking out the dead lies in modern day Xian, where the Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi, who died in 210 B.C., had himself buried with an entire terracotta army: full-sized clay replicas of several thousand human beings, more than 100 chariots and 600 horses. The selection of burnable funeral goods is especially vast in Hong Kong.

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  • 10 things to look out for when buying property in Malaysia

    Malay Mail Online spoke to Knight Frank Malaysia managing director Sarkunan Subramaniam, real estate lawyer Chris Tan and senior real estate negotiator at Property Hub, Roy Teo and found out the top 10 factors to look out for when hunting for the right piece of property. We are not just talking about the landscaping of the landed property or the compound the condominium sits on. It goes without saying that your property must be at least pleasant to look at and well kept. Sarkunan said the area or neighbourhood where the property is located has to be taken into account as well.

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  • The oil slump is emptying the stores of Dubai

    The historic Dubai marketplace that calls itself the City of Gold is glittering less these days. Under streets and alleys covered by roofs to protect window shoppers from the intense desert sun, more than 300 stores peddle everything from ingots to Bedouin jewelry. The Dubai Gold Souk had become one of the largest such marketplaces, offering tax-free precious metal, as Persian Gulf oil wealth ballooned in the past few decades. Now, with the plunge in crude throttling economies across the Middle East, gold buyers are harder to find.

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  • Lack of response from PKR sees 300 join Barisan-friendly party - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 2 2015.Lorry driver S. Muniswaran only wanted to get two makeshift tents, which could be used for community events in his neighbourhood of Taman Siakap in Seberang Jaya. When he could not get them after repeated requests, he got fed up and decided to leave PKR last month. Tonight, the 33-year-old who joined PKR almost 17 years ago and some 300 other residents from Taman Siakap submitted their forms to the Malaysian Indian United Party (MIUP), a party friendly to ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN). If PKR could get them for us, we wouldn't have to rent them.

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  • Distortions to make Najib look bad – Salleh Said Keruak - The Malaysian Insider

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has no problems with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak other than the fact that Malaysia is in debt. If Malaysia is…

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