• A family that eats together surfs together

    ― Malay Mail pixPETALING JAYA, May 23 — Five people — two adults and three children — sit in a restaurant waiting for their meals to arrive. Instead of having conversations, everyone is hooked on their smartphones. Malay Mail visited several eateries recently and we encountered many families busy fiddling with their phones despite having their loved ones around. Retired Customs officer B. Venugopalan felt as long as a family goes out together it does not matter if they are on their phones.

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  • Why this video of a South Korean woman removing her makeup got over three million hits

    A video of a South Korean woman removing make-up from half her face has gone viral. The video which was uploaded on May 2 is simply that — a woman removing makeup. But, a make up artist TODAY spoke with said achieving that effect is possible with a skilled hand. Sharhana Mohd Sharif who has been a makeup artist for Lyanaz Bridal Gallery for five years said there are techniques to make one’s eyes look bigger.

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  • 7 shocking quotes from Muhyiddin during secret UMNO meet

    "Sack all the 1MDB board!" "Aku yang akan jadi pengarah pilihanraya ini!" These are just some of the quotes caught on video from Deputy PM Muhyiddin, during an UMNO training session in Janda Baik recently. #1mdb #ahmadmaslan #muhyiddinyassin

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  • 5 reasons why taking in the Rohingya refugees is good for M’sia –...

    In the past few days, many of you might have been hearing the term ‘Rohingya‘ appear very often on your newsfeeds. The Rohingya people made big news in Malaysia recently after it was found out that Malaysian officials turned away 2 boats carrying hundreds of people. 11 May – About 1400 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees land in Langkawi, Malaysia, they are detained by Malaysian authorities. 12 May – Malaysia and Thailand increase border activity to hold back tides of migrants.

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  • Why didn't you resign, Muhyiddin asked

    Rafizi tells DPM that his hands are just as soiled with regard to the 1MDB issue.

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  • Can You Retire On What You've Saved Up So Far?

    Whether you've been working for 30 years, you recently entered the workforce, or you just graduated from high school or college, it's not too early...

  • How much taxpayer funds are wasted on political uniforms? – J.D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    As we begin to witness Umno and its component political parties running helter-skelter in these troubled times of political instability, there is one very noticeable practice that deserves a thorough investigation. Have you noticed the increased frequency of political party gatherings, and rallies included? Have you also noticed that each time the Umno or Barisan Nasional people gather, they are always clothed in some new uniform? Even, when the deputy prime minister meets divisional leaders in a highly-secretive gathering, the audience and the speaker himself are donned in a brand spanking new uniform.

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  • Rosmah a ‘smart, brave’ Muslim woman, aide tells ex-Umno minister

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — In defending Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor from criticism, an aide has shot back at former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for ridiculing the prime minister’s wife. According to a report by Malaysiakini, Rosmah’s personal assistant Rizal Mansor accused Zaid of forgetting “his morals” and overlooking her vast contributions to Malaysia. Rizal stressed that Rosmah’s priority has always been the safety and security of Malaysia and its citizens. “It is time for Zaid to come out of the shell and accept the fact that Rosmah is a smart and brave Muslim woman.

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  • How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from Isis - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 23, 2015.Bullets whistled overhead, a black Islamic State flag flapping in the distance, but all Friar Najeeb Michaeel could think of as he fled the jihadists was how to save hundreds of ancient Iraqi manuscripts in his possession. "You are going to get us killed with your archives," Michaeel's assistant Watheq Qassab grumbled as he struggled to carry six boxes of the documents dated between the 13th and 19th century across the border from Iraq into Kurdistan in August last year.

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  • Sacking of PJ’s legal director sends right signal - The Malaysian Insider

    The Coalition of Good Governance (CGG) welcomes the news that the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) disciplinary board was convened to hear the case of a legal director of the council who has now been sacked after a two-year probe found that he had acted improperly when awarding billboard contracts to a media company. This is a significant case and Petaling Jaya as a local government, is sending the right signal to other governments, be it local, state or federal government that governance involves the right to collect tax, the right to representation by the citizens, the upkeep of integrity to ensure the tax money is spent appropriately and if there are abuses, actions are to be taken.

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  • Thousand risky GST statements to face legal action

    Legal action will be taken against nearly 1,000 risky Goods and Services Tax (GST) statements sent from May 1, said Customs Department GST director T. Subromaniam. He said the agency's review through the MyGST system revealed there was a possibility of inaccurate declaration, underpayment of GDT, overclaims on tax input, tax evasion or tax fraud.

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  • KR1M outlets across state ordered to take ‘Kicap Masin’ off shelves

    KUCHING: All Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) outlets in the state have been ordered to remove the KR1M-brand salty soya sauce (Kicap Masin) off the shelves amid food safety concerns. Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said the move came after the state Health Department issued a notice two days ago to all KR1M retailers. “Health officers in all divisions state-wide have gone to the ground to identify and monitor this product since we issued the notice on Thursday. Dr Jerip added that his ministry did not waste any time to send health officers and enforcement personnel to the ground to check on the product after the notice was circulated.

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  • 20-storey project in Jalan Kelawei raises residents’ ire - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Dalbinder Singh Gill, May 23, 2015.A group of residents have banded together to object to the building of a 20-storey commercial office tower and shopping complex in Jalan Kelawei, in George Town, Penang. The project, known as Sunrise Tower 2, will be built on a total area of 1,353.35 square metres. The land is located between Sunrise Tower and the back lane of houses along Tingkat Kelawei. Tingkat Kelawei is classified as "residential zone" and as such, residents said safety and security must be a priority.

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  • The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional – Puthan Perumal - The Malaysian Insider

    As  night  follows  day,  governments  of  the day will eventually change. It is simply because the people, over time, come to realise that a particular government, and its manner of administration, is no more suitable with the current times. Sometimes, a  particular  government  of  the  day  refuses  to let go of  power  and will do all that is necessary (and unnecessary)  to be in power and remain  relevant. It  is  in  these  circumstances where we shall  see a "fall" of a particular government.

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  • Johor sultan buys stake in Perth’s historic hospital

    The sultan of Johor has acquired part of Perth’s old Sunset Hospital in the suburb of Dalkeith  for A$8.5 million, according to the Australian Associated Press (AAP). The West Australian state Premier Colin Barnett has assured concerned parties the deal will not affect the heritage-listed site. AAP reported that the premier told the state parliament on Wednesday that the money would go toward redeveloping the remainder of the site. After landscaping is completed and the exterior of the buildings are restored, they will be offered for lease to non-profit organisations or educational institutions.

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  • After conviction, ex-NFC consultant claims conspiracy to protect former clients

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 ― A former consultant for the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) today claimed that he was made a scapegoat in a political conspiracy to protect the family of former minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil over the RM250 million cattle farming debacle in 2012. Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail, who was recently found guilty of cheating and 17 counts of money laundering, claimed he has official papers to back his claims that Putrajaya was protecting Shahrizat and her husband, NFCorp executive chairman Datuk Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail. “There is a conspiracy going on now to bring me down,” Shamsubahrin told reporters at his office here.

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  • PKR: Penang, Selangor excluded from 11MP competitive city list as political punishment

    ― File picSHAH ALAM, May 22 ― Penang and Selangor's exclusion from the 11th Malaysia Plan's (11MP) City Competitiveness Master Plan was done with the intention of punishing the Pakatan Rakyat state governments, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail claimed today. She added that it was “not right” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to make such a decision when he is supposed to have the best interests of all Malaysians at heart. “It's not right because it's as if they are punishing the Penang government and the Selangor government.

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  • Ringgit poised for biggest weekly drop in 2 months

    – File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Malaysia’s ringgit headed for its biggest weekly loss in two months as speculation the Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates spurred gains in the dollar. The ringgit weakened 0.8 per cent from May 15 to 3.5915 a dollar as of 10.14am in Kuala Lumpur, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Consumer prices in Malaysia probably increased 2.2 per cent in April from a year earlier, after gaining 0.9 per cent the previous month, according to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey before data due at noon local time today. The government will allocate RM260 billion for development expenditure from 2016 to 2020, including funds to increase power capacity, according to a plan presented by Prime Minister Najib Razak in Parliament yesterday.

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  • Japanese melons sold at auction for over RM44,000 - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 22, 2015.A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen (RM44,392) at an auction in Japan on Friday. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said. The figure – enough to buy a brand new car in Japan – is some way short of the record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 2.5 million yen last year. Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan – like a fine wine – with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.

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  • Explanation on 1MDB-Singapore bank deal not a mistake, but blatant lie – Nawawi Mohamad - The Malaysian Insider

    Its investment in the Cayman Islands was also questionable because the island has been associated with the money laundering by the underworld. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also expressed his frustration in trying to understand what has been going on, all leading to 1MDB being in debt amounting to RM42 billion, with almost half not being accounted for as yet. Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been attacked by Dr Mahathir and must be fully aware of the repercussions of the attacks, which have also demanded he step down as prime minister. It is therefore a very serious matter and despite the cool façade Najib must have taken it seriously.

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  • Money worries keep over 60pc of Malaysian retirees awake at night, HSBC report finds

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Living inheritance is a cause for concern for retirees in Malaysia where 63 per cent of retirees are worried about not being able to support family or friends financially, according to an HSBC report. It said Malaysia has the highest percentage of concern for this concern in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico at 58 per cent, while Singapore (54 per cent). A total of 54 per cent Malaysians are also concerned of being reliant on family or friends for financial support, the HSBC report entitled “The Future of Retirement Choices for Later Life” said. Despite no longer being in paid employment, it said 86 per cent of Malaysian retirees would continue to provide regular financial support to at least one family member (including a spouse) and friends, including their adult children (above 16) and grandchildren, while some support their parents.

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