• GST forces Chinese shop to close after 74 years - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 30, 2015.Yew Chian Hooi's Chinese medicine shop 'Ban Swee Choon' in Bukit Mertajam is opening tomorrow for the last time after 74 years in business. It will be closed for good come Wednesday, the day the goods and services tax (GST) begins implementation. The shop was founded by Yew's late father in 1941 and survived the second World War, the Japanese occupation and years of ups and downs. Yew said he did not support the government's move to implement the GST because he was not convinced that it was a good thing.

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  • Azmin: PKR headquarters raid illegal | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) today condemned as "illegal and unwarranted" the police raid on its headquarters here. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, said the party holds the home minister and Inspector-General of Police responsible for the raid and demands for the harassment against the opposition to stop. "It is unconstitutional and a gross abuse of power and amounts to an attack on the opposition collectively," Azmin said in a statement issued today. Six policemen had taken Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in handcuffs to the headquarters today and broke the door to his office.

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  • Hard for PM, wife to let go of daughter

    Protests and pressure for PM to resign fails to take the shine off wedding.

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  • Why the bad grammar on PMO’s website if Malaysia’s English so good, asks DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    – PMO website screenshot, March 30, 2015.A DAP lawmaker today questioned the deputy education minister's claim that Malaysia's standard of English is better than Singapore's when grammatical errors can be found even in the Prime Minister's Office's official website. Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic, right) said the minister, P. Kamalanathan, should focus on the task at hand which was to improve the standard of English among English teachers, and stop making inaccurate comparisons.

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  • Eateries raise prices by a hefty 20% | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Some eateries have already increased their prices ahead of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) tomorrow – and by a hefty 20%! While housewives thronged hypermarkets and supermarkets busy stocking up on non-perishable items on the last weekend before GST becomes effective, a good number of eateries in the Klang Valley, particularly food hawkers, have quietly readjusted their prices, Nanyang Siang Pau reported today. According to the report, readers called up to complain about big increase in prices charged by eateries, including hawkers who have raised their "pan mee" by RM1 a bowl to RM7, citing the impending GST. A glass of Chinese tea, perhaps the cheapest drink available at eateries, has also gone up by 20 sen to 70 sen, lamented one of the readers, who questioned the basis for the 40% increase.

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  • An open letter to Lim Kit Siang — Dave Anthony

    I salute you as the elder statesman of Malaysia who has raised a consistent voice over the years. Today we are in the cusp of a political crisis and yours is the only lonely voice calling for a Malaysian solution. Pakatan Rakyat, whichever way we look at it, is no longer a viable reality. The DAP and PAS are quite clear where they stand on the hudud issue.

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  • Ahead of GST, Perodua dealers plead for return of 10pc sales tax

    Claiming they would end up doubly taxed, Perodua dealers implored the government today to allow them to reclaim the 10 per cent sales tax paid on new vehicles that have been added to their inventory ahead of Wednesday when the goods and services tax (GST) kicks in. Perodua Dealer Association President Wan Kamal Wan Ismail said dealers have already paid the 10 per cent sales tax currently imposed on each new vehicle secured, and will end up paying another six per cent on every sale under the GST. "Perodua dealers consist mainly of medium-sized companies and losses on this scale will have a huge impact on our business, especially on our cash flow and profitability," he added.

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  • Tunku Mahkota of Johor heads 83 award recipients | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: The Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, the eldest son of the Sultan of Johor, topped the list of 83 recipients of awards and medals bestowed today in conjunction with the coronation of Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar on March 23.

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  • Germanwings air crash: Last minutes of ill-fated flight revealed

    — Reuters picBERLIN, March 30 — The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict. This is how Flight 4U 9525, which investigators believe Lubitz deliberately steered into a French mountainside, unfolded according to French prosecutors and Germany’s Bild newspaper. Both accounts are based on information from the cockpit voice recorder captured by one of the black boxes discovered among debris of the Airbus A320 that crashed in the Alps Tuesday. A French fireman stands in a gymnasium near maps that show the terrain where an Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015.

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  • My year in Singapore

    MARCH 30 -- It was a dream job. 2001. I joined a banking project in Singapore.  One time I was on this flight, there was this anorexically challenged guy bragging about his job in Kiasu-land...

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  • MAS customers subject to 6pc GST starting Apr 1

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Beginning April 1, Malaysia Airlines customers will be subjected to the six per cent Goods & Services Tax (GST) on applicable goods and services supplied by the national carrier. This implementation adheres to the

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  • Ridhuan Tee: Although incomplete, PAS hudud is ‘real hudud’

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — Controversial lecturer Ridhuan Tee Abdullah defended PAS today, claiming the Islamist party’s proposed version of the hudud law in Kelantan is the real deal although he admitted the enactment could be improved. Despite his admission, Tee urged Kelantan to go on ahead with the imperfect laws, pointing out that should hudud fail, the east coast state would be the only one affected. Are they afraid they will be charged with hudud?” Tee asked in his column in Malay daily Sinar Harian. Give it a chance,” the Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin lecturer added.

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  • Debt-ridden eye hospital mulls hiring PI

    — Picture by Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, March 30 — The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, despite having suffered a RM3.5 million deficit, is contemplating hiring a private investigator to uncover moles within. The minutes of the council meeting on August 16 last year read “the hospital was suffering from a deficit of RM3,460,000 mainly due to reduction in patient load and staff salary”. It remains unclear if the hospital’s accounts are still in the red. The hospital’s chairman Tengku Azlan Sultan Abu Bakar confirmed the matter.

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  • Police raid PKR HQ over Rafizi's circular

    UPDATED 6.45PM Police broke down his office door and seized four computers.

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  • Sabah PKR joins DAP in freezing ties with PAS - The Malaysian Insider

    Sabah PKR has joined the state DAP chapter in cutting ties with PAS over disagreements about the implementation of hudud in Malaysia, while still remaining…

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  • MyVi driver burnt to death in two-car collision | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The driver of a Perodua MyVi was burnt to death when the vehicle burst into flames upon collision with a BMW car at the Kuala Lumpur-Putrajaya Highway (Maju Expressway-MEX) today. The BMW driver escaped unhurt. Kuala Lumpur traffic investigation and regulation staff officer DSP S. Markandan said initial investigation revealed the MyVi was registered in the name of a man from Kuching, Sarawak. Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director, Khirudin Drahman said a team of firemen arrived at the location about 15 minutes after the crash, only to find the MyVi totally burnt.

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  • Tax refund to be paid within two days, says IRB CEO

    — Reuters picBANGI, March 30 — Taxpayers who overpaid their taxes could received refund from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) in a period of two days after submitting the income tax return forms (BNCP), said IRB chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar. He said the refunds would be paid to taxpayers if all the information given to IRB was complete and correct.

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  • Despite limbo over ties, PAS still in Pakatan, says Mat Sabu - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 30, 2015.PAS is still with Pakatan Rakyat (PR), PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said today, adding that ‎the Islamist party did not discuss its ties with the opposition coalition during its central committee meeting this evening. PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who was also present at the press conference, reiterated‎ that PR had agreed the Kelantan government had a right to implement hudud.

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  • Beware of criticising Chinese tourist - Regional | The Star Online

    BANGKOK: As the battle over the behaviour of Chinese tourists rages on Thai social media, one combatant has come away with tears in her eyes. Pin-up model Duangjai “Jha” Phichitamphon found herself at the centre of a controversy last week after a video of her criticising Chinese tourists went viral. Jha recorded the video at the airport in Jeju, South Korea, where unruly Chinese tourists pushed past her and other polite Thais in what up until then had been an orderly queue at the tax refund counter. Being jostled left and right, Jha’s temper rises as the video goes on and her language becomes increasingly impolite.

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  • Paying for thesis? No problem, say university students - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 30, 2015.At a time when Malaysian universities are struggling to be on a par with their counterparts globally, some students are paying good money for others to complete their assignments. Julie, a writer who used to offer such services, says she can earn a lucrative side income of up to US$3,000 (RM11,000) a month by doing the assignments of university students, especially those from the Middle East, who need help churning out a quick paper on a tight deadline. "It was lucrative part-time work, especially if the students are from the Middle East. "The rates depend on the needs of the students.

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