• Penang is killing George Town — Shamsher Singh Thind

    Although I am happy that there is finally a city council in the state of Penang, there are several issues that have been bothering me for some times. The newest city in Malaysia is known as Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (Penang City) and not as Bandaraya George Town (George Town City). It is therefore a lie to say that George Town’s city status has been restored on 1 January 2015. George Town was the only city in Malaya and the first city in Malaysia.

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  • 7-Eleven apologises for GST price error | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: 7-Eleven Malaysia Holdings Berhad yesterday apologised to all consumers affected by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) pricing error for selected items sold at its stores earlier yesterday. Its general manager (marketing) Ronan Lee said the pricing error occurred due to a technical system error in its point-of-sale system. Lee said as soon as the system error was discovered, they immediately took action to withdraw these products from sale so that their customers would not be inconvenienced further. For anyone who was impacted yesterday, the company requests them to contact it by using private message via 7-Elevan Malaysia's official Facebook page or email to marketing@7eleven.com.my with contact details.

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  • Maybank and CIMB agree RM3.2 billion deal with Cititower - The Malaysian Insider

    The investment banks of Malaysia's two largest lenders by assets, Malayan Banking Bhd and CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, have signed an agreement with real…

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  • Over 100 GST complaints on telco top-up prices, ministry says

    — File picPUTRAJAYA, April 1 — Flooded with more than 400 calls on the first day of the goods and services tax (GST) taking effect, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry said today that the majority concerned the price increase in prepaid phone cards. The ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said a total of 419 calls were made to the government’s GST hotline, adding that 118 of those callers complained about the telecommunications companies under the anti-profiteering law. “The most popular complaint, 33 per cent was about prepaid top-ups,” he told reporters at the Finance Ministry here during a joint press conference with Customs GST director Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy.

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  • Former chief justice says Kelantan can implement hudud – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – April 1, 2015.The Kelantan government can implement the hudud law without having the Federal Constitution amended if it confines itself to the offences under the State List, said former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad. He said the offences in List II (State List) of the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution were adultery; accusing someone of adultery; consuming intoxicating drinks and apostasy.

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  • Milk in, mosquitoes out as Anwar 'reforms' prison

    Inmates are being served milk three times a week and the prison area fogged.

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  • Mitsubishi Motors announces post-GST new vehicle prices

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — In line with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in Malaysia, Mitsubishi Motors, has announced new prices for its vehicles, with reductions ranging from RM200 to RM2,000. In a statement today, the company said among the new on-the-road car prices included all complete-built-up and complete knocked-down models.

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  • Factory worker turned Apple supplier becomes China’s richest woman

    — Reuters picBEIJING, April 1 — A former factory worker who founded a company supplying Apple, Samsung and other technological giants with touchscreen glass has become China’s richest woman, reports said, with a fortune surpassing US$8 billion (RM29.5 billion). The wealth of Zhou Qunfei, chairwoman and president of Hunan-based Lens Technology, soared after the firm’s debut on the Shenzhen stock exchange last month, after which its shares surged by their daily limit for 10 consecutive days. Zhou worked as a factory girl at a different glass company before starting her own business in 2003. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, its covers are used in nearly 21 per cent of the world’s smartphones.

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  • Reports: Video of Germanwings crash surfaces, showing ‘cabin chaos’

    A French rescue worker inspects the remains of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the site of the crash, near Seyne-les-Alpes, French Alps March 29, 2015.— Reuters picPARIS, April 1 ― A video purportedly showing the final seconds inside the cabin of the ill-fated Germanwings airliner minutes before it crashed emerged yesterday, with two European media claiming to have seen the footage. One sequence reportedly shows a chaotic scene with passengers screaming “My God”. French magazine Paris Match and German daily Bild said the authenticity of the video filmed on a mobile phone is “unquestionable” and that it had been retrieved from the wreckage of last Tuesday's crash. The recording lasting just a few seconds showed that passengers knew what was happening to them before the plane crashed into the French Alps, instantly killing all 150 people on board, according to the reports.

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  • Hadi: ‘70,000 people are not going to have their hands cut off’

    — Picture by Saw Siong FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — The Malaysian Islamic leader spearheading a campaign for severe Shariah punishments chuckles as he dismisses the firestorm that has ensued, saying visions of thousands of law-breakers with amputated limbs are way off the mark. Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s party has passed a law in its northern stronghold permitting amputation for thieves and stoning for adulterers, heightening fears about growing Islamisation in the moderate-Muslim country and threatening to break apart a successful three-party opposition coalition. PAS’ law in conservative Kelantan is unlikely to be implemented due to federal constraints, but has sparked debate in the Muslim-majority nation and riled PAS’ ethnic Chinese and multi-racial party allies. Hadi, the PAS president, told AFP in an interview that the “hudud” penalties were largely symbolic and would be “almost impossible” to impose on law-breakers, even if implemented, due to strict limits on their use under Islamic law.

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  • Flash floods hit Subang Jaya - Community | The Star Online

    A three-hour downpour brought the township to a standstill, with floodwater reported up to knee level

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  • Girl injured in by alleged road bully | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A video of a 27-year-old girl allegedly assaulted by a taxi driver at a petrol station at Jalan Persiaran Kayangan in Section 7 Shah Alam has gone viral on social media. According to Shah Alam police chief ACP Azisman Alias, the incident happened on March 29 and started after an accident between their cars at about 3.30pm. Azisman added that both the girl and the cabbie lodged police reports at Shah Alam police station and the girl's father who also turned up later at the police station assaulted the taxi driver.

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  • PAS prepared to go it alone without Pakatan partners - The Malaysian Insider

    Kelantan Deputy Menteri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said today PAS would be able to go it alone if it was expelled from the Pakatan Rakyat opposition…

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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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  • 'Halal' GST will not burden rakyat, says Najib | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The newly-implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) is approved "halal" and will not burden the rakyat. In his opening speech at the World Halal Summit 2015 today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said extensive studies were made before the government decided to introduce the new tax regime. "I suppose we could argue that as it (GST) coincides with the halal gathering that we have here today, it makes GST halal as well," Najib jokingly said in his keynote address, much to the amusement of more than 1,000 participants at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here. "But in fact it is as the National Fatwa Council that GST has said it is in fact halal," he added.

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  • WhatsApp adds free voice calling - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, April 1, 2015.The messaging app has officially added voice calling, a long-teased feature that was previously available only by invitation. After making a name for itself with free text messaging, WhatsApp is breaking into the VoIP market with its latest feature, introduced in the latest update for Android (2.12.19) and soon to come to iOS. The move places WhatsApp in direct competition with Microsoft's Skype and Rakuten's Viber, both of which allow users to make voice calls between online contacts and – for a fee – to any number, landline or mobile. Given the massive scale of WhatsApp's user base (over 500 million worldwide), the app is now also a significant alternative to mobile operators' pay-as-you-go plans.

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  • Objective comparison of Malaysia and Singapore 50 years after separation — Ong Hean Teik

    APRIL 1 — The passing of Lee Kuan Yew has stimulated a lot of discussion among my schoolmates on Facebook. We left Penang Free School about 40 years ago, and many were convinced Singapore under Lee has done much better than Malaysia. It is

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  • Imposing ‘simple’ GST turned ‘controversial’ over scarce details, house buyers’ group says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — A house buyers’ group has questioned how the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be collected, charging that Putrajaya had failed to properly explain the new consumption tax before it comes into force. National House Buyers Association (HBA) secretary general Chang Kim Loong cited an example of how Putrajaya initially wanted to tax Joint Management Bodies (JMBs), Management Corporations (MCs) and Residents’ Associations (RAs) under the GST, but the Finance Ministry later announced that JMBs and MCs for stratified residential properties will be exempt from the new consumption tax that takes effect from today.

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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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  • Honda prices drop post GST

    — File pic KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Honda Malaysia continues its strong momentum built from 2014, and wraps up with a total sales of 21,563 units in the first quarter of this year, cementing its leading position in the non-national vehicle segment ahead of rival Toyota. Elsewhere in the range, the new CR-V, along with the City, Jazz, Civic, and Accord, all successfully maintain market leadership of their respective segments. Speaking at a media briefing session hosted by the company, Honda Malaysia’s managing director and chief executive officer Yoichiro Ueno stated, “Coming into 2015, we had a perspective that the first quarter would be uncertain due to the impact of GST which would be implemented from April 1. Continuing his discussion on the subject of GST, Ueno noted that, “In the automotive industry, the difference in the car prices is not as straightforward as 10 per cent minus six per cent as there are many factors involved.

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