• 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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  • 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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  • QPR owners write off RM34bil loans

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

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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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  • Azmin assures Christians of religious freedom

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

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  • A mystery as skeleton points to missing man – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    SIBU: The man who went missing on Jan 10 after sending his granddaughter to school was believed to have been found yesterday after skeletal remains were discovered in undergrowth with the cause of death still shrouded in mystery. Police said bones of a skeleton were found scattered on a hill slope in Pasai Bon at Mile 11 when two brothers on a motorcycle stopped to answer nature’s call. Police were informed and from the handphone found in the victim’s pocket, they believe it was the body of the missing man who has been identified as Sariba Ringkai. Police however said it was too early to confirm any suspicion of foul play as the cause of death.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Man survives gun attack | theSundaily

    KAJANG: A 38-year-old man cheated death today despite being shot several times by a gunman at Jalan Reko here today, in an attack believed to be linked to a feud between underworld gangs. The victim who suffered at least three gunshot wounds, was reported to be in stable condition at the Kajang Hospital. Police said the man was driving his Honda Accord, and was at waiting at a traffic lights junction at about 12.30pm, when a motorcyclist and his pillion rider pulled up next to his car. The pillion rider whipped out a pistol and fired six shots before the motorcyclist sped off.

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  • '1MDB funds went to PetroSaudi, no one else'

    The Saudi Arabian oil company says news reports on its 1MDB deal are 'malicious'.

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  • Armed group attacks satay seller, sets fire to car – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: The police are investigating a brawl that happened at the compound of Masja in Petra Jaya here on Sunday evening. Kuching deputy police chief Supt Fauzilan Abdul Aziz confirmed receiving report on the case from a victim. In the incident around 7pm, a satay seller who was the complainant, was hanging out with a few friends at his stall when a group of around 20 persons armed with parang, knuckle duster, samurai, metal and wooden club suddenly came to attack them. Following the attack, the complainant sustained injuries on the head and was later brought to hospital.

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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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  • Baby Hornbills renamed ‘Musa’ and ‘Cecilia’ – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    MIRI: The Iban community has accepted the apology from Piasau Camp Miri Nature Park Society (PCMNPS) for naming two offspring of Oriental pied hornbill as ‘Kumang’ and ‘Keling’. The naming of the two birds was announced by PCMNPS deputy chairman Musa Musbah on Saturday and it riled the Iban community because ‘Kumang’ and ‘Keling’ are people of ‘Panggau Libau’ (a place of the gods) and they are ‘Petara’ (gods) of the Iban community. “They should not be levelled with the animals, or their names should not be given to animals,” said Iban activist Bill Kayong on Sunday. Iban community leader Pemanca Wilson Siang Lim said the naming of the offspring was a disrespect of the traditions and customs of the Ibans.

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  • CGPA of 2.49 in STPM highest for Sarawak – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: Sarawak recorded a score of 2.49 in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in the 2014 Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examination, the highest it had achieved so far. In 2013, the state recorded a CGPA of 2.43, while in 2012 it was 2.14, 2.09 in 2011 and 2.09 in 2010. Out of the total, 4,966 candidates (99.86 per cent) were secondary school students while seven (0.14 per cent) were private candidates. A total of 40 candidates (0.81 per cent) managed to score a CGPA of 4.0 as compared to 39 candidates (0.63 per cent) in 2013 while 1,187 candidates (23.9 per cent) achieved a CGPA of 3.0 and above in 2014 compared to 1,360 candidates (22.14 per cent) in 2013.

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  • No contest for PAS top post, number 2 to see challenge, says party secretary-general – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali is confident that PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang will not be challenged at the party polls in June. On the number two post which is held by Mohamad Sabu, Mustafa said the incumbent was likely to be challenged. Mustafa also said Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, would be called up by a special investigation committee set up by the party to probe an alleged plot to unseat Hadi at the polls. In Kuala Lumpur, PAS research centre executive director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad reminded those who would be contesting in the polls to watch their emotions and not do anything that could tarnish the image of the party and their own campaigns.

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