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

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

    Malaysiakini q
  • 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | Drive q
  • Perak sultan skips photo session after Pakatan reps don black

    — Picture by Marcus PheongIPOH, April 1 — The move by the 26 opposition assemblymen to wear black attire at the opening of the third session of the Perak state assembly may have earned the wrath of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. The Perak ruler yesterday declined to join a photography session with state assemblymen from both sides of the political divide. It is normal practice for the Sultan and his consort to join the assemblymen for a photography session after the ruler officially opens the assembly. This is the first time that Sultan Nazrin Shah had officiated at the opening of the assembly as the new Perak ruler.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • 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

    The Star q
  • 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.

    theSundaily.my Highlights q
  • 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.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • 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.

    The Star q
  • 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | All q
  • 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • 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.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • Tough day expected at supermarkets as GST kicks in

    — file picPETALING JAYA, April 1 — Several hypermarkets and supermarkets closed operations early yesterday in view of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) kicking in today. A hypermart staff in Subang Jaya met earlier yesterday said all employees were involved in changing the old price tags into new ones and the process might take the whole night. According to industry players, the management of several hypermarkets were not very confident the new system would run smoothly and their main fear was to answer queries from customers regarding prices.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • 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

    The Malay Mail Online | What You Think q
  • Mydin withstands pressure to raise prices

    — Picture by Azinuddin GhazaliSUBANG JAYA, April 1 — Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd’s chain of hypermarkets will absorb the six per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) for a month during its transition from the old Sales and Service Tax (SST). Its managing director Datuk Wira Dr Ameer Ali Mydin said the increased cost which businesses were facing in the early implementation of GST had more to do with the transitional period. He said existing stock bought before April 1 were subjected to SST at either five, six, or 10 per cent. Businesses were allowed to seek a return from the government on such stocks, but Ameer said the amount of paperwork for a hypermarket like Mydin, with 260 stores nationwide, was troublesome.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • Are Malaysian women really safe? - The Malaysian Insider

    Are Malaysian women really safe? One of my friends was robbed of her mobile and purse while walking to meet another mutual friend for dinner, at a reasonably early hour of 8.45pm in the affluent neighbourhood of Bangsar. The incident happened so quickly, that passers-by could only advise her to make a police report.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • Unsure about how much to pay? Use MyKira GST app to check

    — Reuters picPUTRAJAYA, April 1 — Those who are worried about the impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) can now check the prices of over 10,000 items using the MyKira GST app developed by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry. Consumers can check the prices in two steps and they can even lodge complaints to the ministry via the app. If the prices are unreasonable, users can file complaints directly via e-aduan on the result page. The ministry’s operation centre will record and channel the complaints to the ministry’s state office and enforcement division at grassroots level so action can be taken under the Price Control Act and the Anti-Profiteering Act.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q
  • Sultan Nazrin wants Perak assembly sitting to be the pride of the people | theSundaily

    IPOH: The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah today expressed the desire to see the Perak State Assembly sitting to become the pride of the people in the state and a source of reference in terms of the proceedings, quality of debates and decorum of the members. "The professional qualifications and wealth of experience possessed by the Assemblymen can be demonstrated in their maturity and wisdom in analysing the main issues and policies rationally and in the best manner possible to avoid sensationalisation which are personal in nature," the Sultan said when opening the first sitting of the third term of the 13th Perak State Legislative Assembly, here. The sitting this time also created history with the maiden appearance of Sultan Nazrin as the 35th Sultan of Perak since he was proclaimed on May 29, 2014.

    theSundaily.my Local News q
  • 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.

    The Malaysian Insider q
  • 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.

    The Malay Mail Online | Malaysia q