• 1MDB chief Arul Kanda to skip PAC probe tomorrow

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25  — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will not get to grill 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy tomorrow as he has excused himself from attending the parliamentary committee hearing. It is understood that Arul and his predecessor, Datuk Shahrol Halmi, had written in to inform the committee that they would not be able to attend the hearing as they are currently overseas. “PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan (Mohamed) should be revealing more details on this later after the meeting,” a source close to the committee said.

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  • Lord Mayor of London: I’m a Malaysian - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: “Saya adalah orang Malaysia (I’m Malaysian)” were the first few words uttered by the Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow as he addressed a crowd here. Yarrow, who visited the Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (Jaro) here yesterday with his wife Gilly, was on a two-day working visit to Malaysia, with a special tour to this city. As for Jaro, Yarrow said the organisation held fond memories for him as his mother Paula Yarrow was one of the volunteers at the centre.

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  • Two foreigners drown after being chased by a man while sightseeing

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Two foreign women are missing and feared drowned in Sungai Klang, Brickfields here, while two others were rescued in an incident yesterday. Seputeh Fire and Rescue Station chief, Japari Tajuddin said a group of five women, aged 18 to 20 years, were purportedly chased by a man on a motorcycle while they were sightseeing, resulting in four of them to jumping into the river in the 7pm incident. The three rescued women were taken to the Brickfields District Police Headquarters to have their statements recorded. “Currently, firemen from the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Station are conducting a search and rescue operation along the river using torchlights but are hampered by the darkness,” he said.

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  • Zahid slams Lim, but Reezal wants ego aside

    The Umno MP gives Penang thumbs up for saying it’ll consider refugee camp proposal.

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  • Court says EC must reply to Anwar’s suit in two weeks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.The Election Commission (EC) and its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof have been ordered to file their affidavit within two weeks in response to a suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was barred from voting in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election. The former opposition leader's lawyer, Raul Lee, said High Court deputy registrar Norhasniah Abdul Razak gave the order today during a case management.

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  • One-third of MAS staff to lose jobs in matter of days, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to terminate at least one-third of its workforce in a matter of days as a last effort to save the flailing national carrier, The Star reported today. It added that Christoph Mueller, the newly hired chief executive, would be the only one spared, and that no government-linked company had ever sacked nearly everyone. It was previously reported that some 6,000 jobs would be cut, but sources told The Star that the figure would likely be closer to 8,000 and that job cuts would be made in stages over the space of a year. The flag carrier has suffered losses for the last three financial years and the twin tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 last year made revival more difficult.

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  • Ban on book about ex-Sabah leader stays, says Zahid - The Malaysian Insider

    – 4.bp.blogspot.com pic, May 25, 2015.Putrajaya is maintaining its 37-year ban on a biography of a former Sabah Kadazan leader as it deemed it to be harmful to the country's interests and federal security. Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said The Golden Son of the Kadazan was banned from the country on June 22, 1978 under the Internal Security Act. "The book was banned because it contains excessive criticism against the federal government, among them making certain decisions hastily in Sabah. As such, the contents of the book is feared to be harmful or may cause harm to security and public order if it is not banned," he told Darell Leiking (PKR-Penampang) in a written reply.

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  • Why was MBPJ legal department head sacked but not sued? – Mak Khuin Weng - The Malaysian Insider

    The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) recently took its first step in sacking a high-ranking officer over a very serious issue: the alleged signing of an agreement for 13 billboard sites to a billboard operator that was deemed prejudicial to the interests of the city council and done without the knowledge or consent of the council. If this is true, then the sacking of Abdul Mutalib Mohd Ali as the MBPJ legal department director is most certainly welcome. As a former MBPJ councillor from 2008 to 2012 and having served in the MBPJ disciplinary board as a committee member, I would like to point out a few things that appear odd in the announcement from MBPJ.

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  • Adi Putra, the forgotten child genius - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 24, 2015.Some years ago, child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani made waves with his speed and skill at solving mathematical problems at a tender age. Now 16, Adi is still pursuing his mathematical passion locally and overseas – but on his own, a forgotten genius let down after various promises made to him by the Federal government fizzled out. Crowned the Islamic Mathematician of the century by the Riau University in Indonesia in 2009, Adi had produced 235 mathematical formulas and published 12 of them in a book titled "Seni Matematik Islam" (The art of Islamic Mathematics).

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  • Marina Mahathir: Sorry, but not heading for departure gate yet

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Those hoping to see the last of Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir will have to keep on waiting, after the social activist who declared she would quit Malaysia if hudud is enforced here today said she is not leaving yet. In a Facebook post to clarify the declaration she made during an interview with Malay Mail Online, the daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while she was not readying to leave, she stood by her disagreement towards hudud and the growing religious conservatism here. Acknowledging that Malaysia was not yet on the same level as repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, she nevertheless said that the country was headed down the same path where diversity and acceptance were increasingly being eroded. “So no, sorry, I’m not going anywhere because if I did I would be constantly searching for the Malaysia I grew up in, where people did not constantly stand in judgment of one another based on what they wore, when people did not call you a traitor to your community just because you think and are different, where people did not think it’s a good idea to have different laws for different people and believe that’s justice, as some do today.

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  • MAS’ wholesale sackings: MP accuses airline of circumventing labour laws

    — File picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Malaysia Airline  (MAS) is attempting to avoid compensating the employees it will retrench for its restructuring with its “cynical” termination of the entire workforce and rehiring the ones it will retain, a DAP federal lawmaker said today. Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong said that while retrenchments were not unusual, the announced termination of all MAS employees who will then be offered new contacts at the new entity, Malaysia Airline Bhd (MAB), was blatant manipulation of existing labour laws. Liew also questioned the move, given that MAB’s owner is government-linked corporation Khazanah Nasional. “MAS, and its owner Khazanah, is telling the whole country that the best way to sack workers is to shut down the current set-up without the necessary compensation via the conventional voluntary separation schemes,” Liew said in a statement today.

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  • Why auditors can’t guarantee there was no fraud at 1MDB - The Malaysian Insider

    The backers of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have argued that because international accounting firms like KPMG and Deloitte have signed off all 1MDB's accounts from FY2010 to FY2014, this meant no money has gone missing and no fraud has occurred. Owing to the inherent limitations of an audit, there is an unavoidable risk that material misstatement may not be detected, even when the audit is planned and performed in accordance with international accounting standards.

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  • Dr Mahathir: Najib did not tell truth about 1MDB cash in Singapore - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of not telling the complete truth when he told Parliament that money held by government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is being kept in Singapore. “No money was banked into BSI Bank in Singapore. It is unclear what is in the documents, but it is clear it is not cash,” said Dr Mahathir in a blogpost on Sunday. In January, the Finance Ministry said 1MDB had deposited the funds it had redeemed from its offshore account in the Cayman Islands into BSI Bank, with the amount held in US dollars.

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  • Ferocious ‘tigers’ on guard at rest stop - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 25, 2015.Motorists stopping at the Sungai Perak rest stop, on the bank of the Perak River, along the North-South expressway are in for a surprise. Ferocious-looking tigers in cages are placed at various strategic locations around the rest stop. Traders in the rest area claimed that the monkeys had been causing havoc for quite some time. There are fences to prevent other wild animals to get into the rest area but they certainly post no hindrance to the monkeys.

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  • Abdul Aziz: Airline in danger of losing the plot - Nation | The Star Online

    It’s also in danger of losing the plot, said former managing director Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman (pic). “It is in danger of losing the plot. It is supposed to be our national airline. Abdul Aziz also derided the latest plan to make MAS a smaller airline by reducing the fleet and staff and focusing more on regional and domestic routes as a mistake.

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  • DAP accuses Zahid of vendetta in wanting Penang to house refugees

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — The DAP today accused Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi of vindictiveness in his challenge for Penang to take in Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees from the current humanitarian crisis. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the move was reprisal for Umno’s defeat in the Permatang Pauh poll last month, and told Zahid not to shirk his responsibilities as home minister and to instead work together with the state government in addressing the issue. “Be a responsible minister, do not politicise national security... When we offer our hand in cooperation on national security, you turn around and bite us, play petty politics,” Lim told a news conference here.

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  • 10 things about: Marina Mahathir who doesn’t care what people think about her

    The prominent social activist, who is also the eldest child of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, receives requests for speaking engagements every day, even as she is busy with Muslim women’s rights NGO Sisters in Islam (SIS) and the informal group Malaysians for Malaysia group.

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  • 15 year-old schoolgirl, boyfriend detained in Jaim operation | theSundaily

    MALACCA: A 15 year-old schoolgirl and her 22 year-old boyfriend were among four couples detained in an operation by Malacca Islamic Religious Department (Jaim) early today. Jaim director Ismail Hamid said the form three school student from Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah and her partner were detained in a room of a budget hotel in Jalan Tun Ali at 2.50am. "Jaim will inform the matter to her parents and the school authority," he told reporters here today.

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  • Liow: Too few belt up at the back - Nation | The Star Online

    TOKYO: More Malaysian passengers should belt up in the back seats as a study shows few do so, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. “Our road fatality rate is very high, and we have introduced many measures, including the back seat belt requirement. Liow, who is accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on a three-day official visit to Japan, said the Government had to constantly remind motorists on the need to belt up. Liow was commenting on the possibility that the lack of seat belts could have contributed to the deaths of three members of a family along the DUKE Highway after they were flung out of their car in an accident early this month.

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  • How straight are you? - Ask Dr G | The Star Online

    Before you start writing in to complain about me crossing the line, asking a too provocative question in a conservative society, let me assure you I am referring to the geometrical straightness of a man’s sexual organ. Sidney Poitier, the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor once said: “I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical and legal bounds through the skilful use of words, and thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent or bend of a truth completely out of shape. How the curvature of the male external genitalia is a “bend of a truth” and “completely out of shape” is the topic of our discussion today. Obviously, with my wife being pregnant for the last six months, my sexual activity has been confined to moments of “self indulgence”.

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