• Gang member survives ride-by shooting

    — file picPETALING JAYA, March 3 — The right-hand man of a millionaire drug lord and leader of Gang 36, survived after being shot at six times from close range in Kajang yesterday. The man identified as M. Thanabalan is the younger brother of former MIC Hulu Langat division youth chief M. Kalaiarasu, who also survived after being shot at three times in 2010. The shooting, the third in three weeks, prompted police to step up operations against gangland activities. Thanabalan — better known as Kajang Balan — in his late 30s was shot when he stopped at a traffic junction on Jalan Reko at 12.30pm.

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  • US teacher hangs herself in classroom

    —AFP picLOS ANGELES, March 3 — A popular California school teacher hanged herself in her classroom yesterday and was found by students arriving for their morning lessons, police said. Jillian Jacobson, 31, was pronounced dead at the scene at El Dorado High School in Placentia, some 30 miles (50 km) southeast of Los Angeles, said a spokesman.

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  • Chinese box office beats the US for the first time in February - The Malaysian Insider

    The Chinese monthly box office brought in more revenue than its US equivalent for the first time in history in February. A record-breaking Lunar New Year…

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  • Angry housewives go to police after Rosmah’s picture on pig - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 2, 2015.A Facebook posting showing Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor superimposed with a pig's body has caused an uproar among a group of housewives in Penang. The group, made up of Umno members, women non-governmental organisations, single mothers and housewives from Bayan Baru, lodged 11 police reports against a Facebook user, identified as Peter Lee, urging swift investigations by the authorities. Bayan Baru Umno information chief Kuraishah Syed Mohamad said it was unfortunate that people these days go to such extremes to offend leaders in the country. "The person who did this must face the music," she said outside the Bayan Baru police station.

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  • Flight path over Penang a ‘last farewell’ for MH370 pilot, reports UK daily - The Malaysian Insider

    – March 2, 2015.Just days before the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a senior Boeing 777 captain with a major commercial airline has weighed in on the mystery, alleging that it was the work of the pilot. Captain Simon Hardy's theory was reported in UK newspaper Daily Mail today, where he said the main clue was that after flying across the border between Thailand and Malaysia, the aircraft made a sharp u-turn towards Penang, one of three turns made in quick succession. According to Hardy, the doomed MAS flight seemed to be taken on an emotional "last farewell", as in a fly-past of the pilot's home island of Penang. "The unusual overflying of Penang is ‘perhaps the only clue to the perpetrator'.

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  • QPR owners write off RM34bil loans

    The move strengthens QPR’s balance sheet, the club said in a statement.

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  • Russia, Ukraine strike gas delivery deal - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 3, 2015.Russia and Ukraine reached a deal Monday to supply gas to Europe until the end of March after President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders admitted there was still progress to be made in implementing a ceasefire. The deal struck after tense talks in Brussels secures gas supplies to the European Union until the end of winter after they had been put at risk by a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Earlier, Putin spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German leader Angela Merkel and France's Francois Hollande and they agreed that "progress has been made, but the situation must be improved further", according to a French presidency statement. The UN said Monday more than 6,000 people have died in the Ukraine conflict in less than a year.

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  • The first time I held a dying child

    MARCH 3 — On his tiny, emaciated wrist he had a red string and a charm.  It was tied too tight, so I untied and removed it from his body, but it would always be remembered by me. It would take me

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  • Stop blaming the Chinese for your own weaknesses, Azmin tells Putrajaya - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said today that blaming the Chinese community for inflation was just an excuse to cover up Putrajaya's own failures in managing the country's economy. “Don't blame the Chinese whenever there is inflation and play up racial sentiments to cover up your own weaknesses,” he said. It does not matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indians or Kadazans," the Bahasa Malaysia daily reported him as saying. Azmin's remark comes after Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob started a firestorm last month after he urged Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses over the latter’s refusal to lower prices after the drop in oil prices.

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  • What good are world university rankings? Ridhuan Tee asks

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Controversial lecturer Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah downplayed the importance of world university rankings today, chiding local learning institutions for trying playing catch-up with a grading that he claimed was “rigged” by the Western world. The Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) lecturer expressed his worry that Malaysian graduates of the world’s best universities have instead ended up in the “anti-establishment” camp, in addition to trying to ape “white folks” or Chinese nationals. What is the guarantee that graduates of world’s best university can become the best in their careers, and useful towards religion, race and nation?” Tee asked in his column published by Malay news portal Sinar Harian Online. Tee also warned local universities from being trapped in the Western world’s “education market politics”, where academics have to pay a lot of money to be published in peer-reviewed literature databases such as Scopus and the Institute for Scientific Information.

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  • 1MDB should explain what went wrong or otherwise – Nawawi Mohamad - The Malaysian Insider

    Initially, 1MDB was to develop the Sungei Besi Royal Malaysian Air Force Base and the scope includes commercial development and housing projects associated to the PR1MA housing scheme in Sungei Besi, Kuantan and Sendayan. In lieu of the Sungei Besi airbase, 1MDB has to construct a replacement airbase in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan. If these projects have been successful, then Datuk Seri Najib Razak would not hesitate to capitalise on them. Later like magic, 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy announced that 1MDB managed to recoup back the funds, but he has not be able to show solid proof that indeed the money is there.

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  • Baggage on MAS flights go missing | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Several passengers of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations about their missing luggage. According to tweets that were directed to MAS' twitter account, these passengers who were on various different flights during the weekend, complained that they had not received their bags despite having already arrived at their destinations. "You have just failed to connect a plane's worth of luggage, including mine, from London to Phnom Penh. Feels great after 17 hours [of] travel," tweeted one of the passengers, known as Katy Oglethorpe, in her twitter account on Saturday.

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  • Azmin assures Christians of religious freedom

    He meets the Archbishop of Sarawak and other Christian leaders in Kuching today.

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  • After Islamic dress code furore, Terengganu MB says come as you are

    ― Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman denied that the state issued an Islamic dress code barring tourists from wearing revealing attire, claiming today he was surprised to hear that the story went viral. He added that such rules to police tourists’ attire were unnecessary as there were already sufficient laws to ensure public modesty. “I've already asked the exco chairman to explain the statement … The state government has never planned to issue dressing guidelines for tourists,” Ahmad Razif said as quoted by news portal Sin Chew Daily, referring to State Tourism and Cultural Affairs executive committee (exco) chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee.

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  • Former Microsoft boss keeps building his billions - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 2, 2015.Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has retained his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said on Monday. The Microsoft co-founder's fortune increased US$3.2 billion (RM11.6 billion) since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November. In fourth was Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex fashion group that includes Zara clothing retail shops.

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  • Boy, 10, abused with metal cable by relatives

    — AFP picIPOH, March 3 — A 10-year-old boy has been admitted to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here after he was allegedly abused by his relatives. The boy’s pictures are making rounds on the Internet with thousands of social media users condemning the act while sharing the photographs on their respective timelines. Based on information provided with the photographs, it is understood the abuse took place in Menglembu. He was allegedly beaten by his aunt and her husband using a metal cable, among others.

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  • AirAsia offers 20pct discount for all seats and flights

    Bookings may be made at airasia.com from March 3 to 8, 2015, the airline says.

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  • Japan offers degree scholarships for Malaysians | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Japanese government has opened application for Malaysians to pursue their studies for bachelor and masters degree programme under its government of Japan sponsored scholarships, better known as Monbukagakusho. The programme offers a monthly allowance of 117,000 yen (RM3,500) for bachelor degree level and 143,000 yen (RM4,300) for masters level with the application closed on March 20, 2015 for civil servants and March 27 for non government employees, said a statement from the Japanese embassy here today. The scholarship for the bachelor degree programme will start from April 2016 for five to seven years and the masters degree from April or October 2016 for 18 months or two years.

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  • Slow poisoning of residents around Diamond Valley, in Penang – Ravinder Singh - The Malaysian Insider

    “Diamond Valley” is a light industrial estate in Permatang Damar Laut, Bayan Lepas, Penang with residential areas bordering it. Every now and then, residents in the surrounding areas are subjected to foul smelling, stinking and acrid smoke that is blown into the residences by wind. Complaints made to the Majlis Perbandaran Pulau Pinang (MPPP) and the Jabatan Alam Sekitar (JAS) over the past several years have not brought about any change. On one occasion they caught someone red-handed dumping the waste there and the information was given to the MPPP for further action.

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  • Azmin: CM’s remark about opposition ‘positive’ for state – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: PKR has welcomed Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s recent remark that members of the opposition in the state were not his enemies. Its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar, described the Chief Minister’s remark, which was made during an interview by TV1, as “something very positive” for the state. “I, on behalf of PKR, welcome his statement as it is something very positive. Opposition members are also people and citizens of the state,” he said at the launching of PKR Petra Jaya Elections Operations Room on Sunday.

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