• Over nine in 10 Malaysians ready to quit country for jobs, survey shows

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Ninety three per cent of Malaysians are prepared to leave the country in search of jobs and experience, according to a new employment survey that has dire implications on Malaysia’s chronic brain drain. In its regional survey, recruitment firm Hays found that just seven per cent of Malaysians would not move abroad for better job prospects, career advancement or better lifestyles. This mobility is compounded by a previous Hays study that showed five per cent of the Malaysian workforce exited the country annually, with Singapore being the prime destination.

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  • Perak state assembly starts off on the wrong footing | theSundaily

    IPOH: The third term of the 13th state assembly sitting started on the wrong footing when 26 Pakatan Rakyat (PR) assemblymen wore black suits instead of the ceremonial dress, which was officiated by the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizuddin Shah here today. Clearly unhappy with the turn of events, Sultan Nazrin even snubbed the traditional group photography session with the elected representatives from PR and Barisan Nasional. After delivering his speech, he left the state secetariat building. All the 31 BN assemblymen attended the opening session in their ceremonial dress.

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  • Hasan Malek denies resigning over imminent petrol price hike, blasts fake Facebook post

    — Picture by Malay MailKUALA PILAH, March 31 — Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek today denied a Facebook report that he was stepping down following the hike in petrol prices tomorrow. Hasan claimed certain quarters had falsified his Facebook account, and had put in the entry that he would resign if the prices of petrol (RON95, RON97 and diesel) go up on April 1. "I hope the people can evaluate and do not believe the report," he told reporters after a ceremony to hand over aid to the Village Development and Security Committees in the Kuala Pilah Parliamentary constituency here, today. According to the report, "Datuk Seri Hasan Malek gives his assurance there would be no hike in the prices of petrol and diesel soon, despite a slight increase of the fuels in the market.

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  • Two national badminton coaches leave for better offers - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 31, 2015.National coaches Rashid Sidek and Rosman Razak have decided to not renew their contracts which ended today, despite a review of salary by the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM). BAM technical director Morten Frost Hansen said the coaches had made the decision after receiving better offers from other parties. "From the BAM part, we would like to thank both the coaches for having done a great job over the years and wish them all the best and good luck for the future," he said in a press conference at the Malaysia Open Premier Super Series at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today. "She (Pek Siah) is actually an experienced coach, she has experience in Japan as well as some international exposure.

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  • We need you to report without fear or favour, Umno man tells journalists after TMI arrests

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Umno member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah urged journalists today to continue reporting without fear or favour despite the arrest of four journalists from news portal The Malaysian Insider (TMI) and their publisher for sedition. Saifuddin, who is currently a columnist and used to be an editor, also said that things have gone from “bad to worse” now, amid a slew of investigations under the Sedition Act 1948 against opposition politicians and social activists as well. “This persecution might affect some, but my plea is, please be steadfast,” Saifuddin told Malay Mail Online.

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  • Sultanah Pahang and Jackson visits centre - Community | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Superstar Jermaine Jackson is in town but this time, he is not singing for his fans. A member of the pop group The Jacksons, he was accompanying Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom in paying a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku near here. Jackson lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts.

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  • Umno MP: Putrajaya may face backlash over perceived ‘excessive’ actions on TMI editors

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The federal government may face a backlash from the perceived "excessive" arrests and sedition probe of news portal The Malaysian Insider's (TMI) editors, Umno MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said today. Nur Jazlan said he believed TMI's report was just an "honest mistake" that could have been dealt with a defamation suit by the Conference of Rulers, instead of a sedition probe. "If the public thinks this arrest shouldn't have been done because of the mistake in the story that could have been dealt with other laws, then there will be a negative perception on government," the Pulai MP told reporters in Parliament when asked if the arrests were meant to intimidate journalists. "But for editors of Insider to be hauled in, arrested and put in jail for a story which I think is an error, I think that may be perceived as excessive by the people and may have a backlash on the government in the longer-term," said Nur Jazlan, who is also chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

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  • RM690 million to maintain PM’s private jet, PKR reveals - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.Putrajaya will spend some RM690 million to maintain a newly-acquired private jet used by the prime minister for the next 15 years, PKR's Rafizi Ramli revealed today. He said that the cost including services to maintain an older private jet for the next seven years, the total costs for operation, maintenance and management (OMM) of both aircraft would come to a whopping RM1.098 billion. "The contract for OMM for the new ACJ320 jet shows that the costs have been set at RM46 million per year. This means that in the next 15 years, when the hire purchase agreement ends, the total OMM costs will be RM690 million," he said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

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  • ‘Greed and fear’ causing ringgit fluctuation - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 31, 2015.Uncertainties in the currency market driven by greed and fear have led to the fluctuation of the value of the ringgit, which should be trading at RM3.30 against the US dollar based on the currency fundamentals, says Malayan Banking Bhd president and chief executive Datuk Abdul Farid Alias. Asked whether rising interest rates would affect the local currency, Abdul Farid said a lot of volatility is driven by liquidity movement.

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  • Glaring spotlight on Dr M’s legacy with LKY gone

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew’s death leaves Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the last of the “Machiavellian” leaders of the region, and is inviting comparison between the two men’s legacy and achievements. In one such evaluation by the Associated Press, Lee was lauded for transforming Singapore from a swampy backwater into an efficient first-world state with good governance while Dr Mahathir is described as fostering political patronage through cronyism and achieving less than his contemporary despite greater resources.

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  • GST comes knocking with a riddle: What goes up, what goes down?

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — It’s just a day before 30 million Malaysians make history together, letting in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and flushing out the old Sales and Services Tax. Putrajaya calls it the revolutionary and transparent tax system that will diversify the government’s income source, economists sigh with relief at this long-awaited economic reform, the federal opposition caution that the poorer Malaysians will suffer amid already rising living costs. Could it be true that some items will become cheaper with the GST rate of six per cent taking the place of the old 10 per cent sales tax?

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  • Ipoh High Court allows Jude Pereira to practise law – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.The Ipoh High Court here has allowed a former investigating officer (IO) in Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's second sodomy case to be admitted to the Bar as advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya after ruling he has fulfilled certain conditions. Judicial Commissioner S. M. Komathy Suppiah made the order today, after Judy Blacious s/o AF Pereira (also known as Jude Pereira) gave a personal undertaking to attend human rights seminars, forums, activities or programmes organised by the Bar Council, or the Perak Bar, for eight hours in three months' time.

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  • No way to stop GST except through ballot box, says Guan Eng

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The goods and services tax (GST) due tomorrow cannot be reversed short of voting in a new federal administration, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today. According to the DAP secretary-general, he consulted lawyers about possibly suing Putrajaya to stop the rollout of the new consumption tax, but was told there is no legal avenue to do so. “As far as we are concerned, we can’t go to the courts to stop GST so the only way now to end it is to change the federal government,” he told reporters after visiting yet another shop in Bukit Mertajam that is closing down due to GST. Since early this year, several sundry shops — some decades old — located on the island have decided to close down their businesses due to the complexities in implementing the six per cent consumption tax.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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  • Customs chief spewing nonsense over warning on price hikes, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad warns those who increased their profit margins for the next 15 months following GST will be penalised.‎ – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.DAP has hit out at the Royal Malaysian Customs for resorting to "wild threats and ridiculous regulations" to mitigate any inflation that would arise once the goods and services tax (GST) takes effect tomorrow. Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the Customs director-general's "panicked" warning yesterday that businesses must not increase profit margins for the next 15 months, was not just unlawful, but also impossible to administer. ‎"Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad seems to have forgotten that we don’t live in a communist country like the Soviet Union or the Mao Tze Tong China of the past where the government controls all prices and profit margins," said Pua in a statement today.

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  • Incredible drone footage of the world’s largest cave in Vietnam (VIDEO)

    HANOI, March 31 —An adventurer has unveiled stunning footage taken using a drone of the world’s largest cave, the Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong and captured stunning footage that shows off a world

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  • Four in a family killed in collision | theSundaily

    KUANTAN: Four family members were killed when the Proton Waja vehicle they were travelling in collided with a lorry at Km 138, Jalan Kuantan-Segamat near Muadzam Shah in Rompin early this morning. The victims of the 5.35am accident have been identified as driver Rohaizan Paimon, 38, his wife, Sallyza Hakim Lokma Nulhakim, 32, and their two children, Nur Allysha Adrieanna Hakim, six, and Muhammad Nur Irfan Danish, four. Pahang Traffic and Public Order Department chief Supt Mohd Noor Yusof Ali said all the victims died on the spot from serious head and body injuries. "The incident took place when the family of four from Kampung Kerang Darat, Jalan Kuantan By-Pass near here was heading from Segamat to Kuantan.

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  • Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies - World | The Star Online

    The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's licence, German prosecutors said on Monday. This was the first acknowledgement from German officials that the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had suffered bouts of depression and it is likely to intensify a debate about how airlines screen and monitor their pilots. Investigators believe Lubitz, serving as co-pilot on a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24th, locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the Airbus A320 plane into the side of a mountain while passengers screamed in horror. Lufthansa, the parent of the budget airline, has said it was not aware of anything in the 27-year-old's past which suggested he might have posed a risk.

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  • Rashid can still serve badminton — at NSC or private club, says Khairy

    Coach Rashid Sidek can still contribute to the development of badminton in the country although he has severed ties with the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Khairy said Rashid was earlier offered an opportunity to join the National Sports Council (NSC) under its grassroots development programme should he (Rashid) decide to sever ties with the BAM. — File pic by Choo Choy MayThe Sports Minister said he had asked NSC director-general Datuk Ahmad Shapawi Ismail to discuss the prospect of Rashid joining the NSC and continue his services as a coach. Rashid, winner of a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta in the US, left BAM with fellow coach Rosman Razak, after receiving an offer from a private club.

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  • Prime minister’s private secretary dies – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the death of his private secretary Datuk Mohd Po'ad Jelani. He paid tribute to Mohd Po'ad…

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