• Unofficial: BN wins in Rompin

    ROMPIN, May 5 — BN ahead at 31 polling centres, while PAS increase to 4 centres as at 9.05pm. — Bernama MORE TO COME

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  • Suit to remove chairman of Malaysia’s wealthiest temple on Friday - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 5, 2015.The High Court has fixed case management for a suit to remove the chairman of the richest Hindu temple in Malaysia for this Friday. Former Kota Alam Shah assemblyman Manoharan filed the suit on April 17, saying among others that he wanted Nadaraja removed for failing to administer the organisation as a charitable, cultural, religious and educational trust. Manoharan also wanted the High Court to set aside a 1930 Supreme Court order that the temple was a charitable trust for the benefit of a select group of people.

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  • Company charged with making unreasonable profit from sale of ladies' fingers - Nation | The Star Online

    SHAH ALAM: Trendcell Sdn Bhd, which owns Jaya Grocer supermarket, has become the first company to be charged under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for selling ladies' fingers at an unreasonably high. Its director Ting Pooi Guan (pic), 59, who represented the company, pleaded not guilty to the charge at a sessions court here. The company was said to have attempted to increase its profit margin by raising the price of ladies' fingers (okra) by RM6.60 per kilogram (from RM3.10 on Jan 1 to RM9.70 from Jan 3 to Jan 20). It was said to have committed the offence at Jaya Grocer’s premises at the Bangi Gateway Shopping Complex in Bandar Baru Bangi, between Jan 3 and Jan 20.

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  • In London, Sabahan wanted for sedition taunts IGP after meeting Sarawak CM

    Wanted in Sabah for alleged sedition, Europe-based activist Doris Jones today questioned why she was allowed to walk in freely to the Malaysian High Commission in London without being handcuffed. Following a recent meeting with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem at the commission, Doris posted photos of the event as proof and issued a challenge to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. “Saya cabar Khalid Abu Bakar, jika benar ada arahan ke Interpol; mengapa semalam itu saya DI DALAM bangunan SURUHANJAYA KEDUTAAN MALAYSIA saya ni tidak di gari mengikut AKTA HASUTAN?” she wrote on social networking site Facebook this afternoon.

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  • No more vacancies — Putrajaya confirms hiring freeze

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The Public Service Commission (PSC) has confirmed that the government is no longer recruiting for any positions effective April. PSC chairman Tan Sri Mahmood Adam told Sin Chew Daily that the government was not taking in any more people into its service, but declined to explain the rationale for the decision. Mahmood told the Chinese-language newspaper that 15 agencies, including the police, army and Education ministry, have already received notice of the freeze. According to Mahmood, the moratorium does not affect recruitment for vacancies that were advertised prior to the April 22 directive.

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  • Pakatan turning into house of clowns – Karamjit Gill - The Malaysian Insider

    The furore of comedy in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition has up scaled to a new level. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng with a cynical smile had the audacity to make a public declaration that while Azmin Ali will take care of the Kajang constituency, he pledges to look after PermatangPauh. This revelation by Lim is as disturbing as ever. PR is literally now saying that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is nothing but a puppet.

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  • Newspaper boycott leaves many ignorant about GST, says Muslim preacher - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 5, 2015.Popular Islamic speaker Datuk Kazim Elias last night urged Permatang Pauh voters to end their boycott of mainstream news outlets in order to get accurate information on the goods and services tax (GST). He said some consumers were being duped into paying taxes for items that were actually “GST-free”, as their boycott had left them uninformed about the new tax system. "We don't read the newspapers, we don't watch the news, so we end up duped," said Kazim during Barisan Nasional's (BN) mammoth ceramah at the SMK Permatang Pasir, Permatang Pauh. The preacher, who appears in the television programme Kalau Dah Jadi Jodoh, said other countries with GST enforced the tax on many goods and services.

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  • Saudi king sacks senior aide for photographer 'slap' | theSundaily

    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman sacked a senior aide on Tuesday, shortly after a video posted online appeared to show the official slapping a photojournalist, state media said.

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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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  • Singapore PM says 2020 timeline unrealistic for high-speed rail to KL - Business News | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said a 2020 timeline to build a high-speed rail link between the city-state and Malaysia was unrealistic, adding that the two countries hoped to reach an agreement by year-end on when the trains would start running. Singapore and Malaysia said in February, 2013, that they planned to build a high-speed rail link by 2020 that would cut travel time between the city-state and Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes, without giving a cost estimate.

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  • We were not racing on DUKE, say Myvi club members - The Malaysian Insider

    Members of the Familia Myvi Club have denied that they were racing on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) before an accident that killed a couple and their infant child, The Star reported. The female driver of the Myvi which crashed into the victims’ vehicle had also reportedly told police that it was the victims' Pajero which had swerved into her lane and caused her to lose control of her car, the daily reported. An eyewitness, Muhammad Zaki Abdullah, 18, however, told The Star that he saw the Myvi convoy speeding. The drivers of the two Myvi cars involved in the accident have been released on police bail.

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  • With 42 million YouTube hits, Ireland’s ‘Singing Priest’ now a global sensation

    — AFP picDUBLIN, May 4 — From an improvised studio in his house in a rural corner of Ireland, Father Ray Kelly has become a global singing sensation and new fans now mingle with long-time parishioners in his flock. The 62-year-old clergyman’s unexpected music career kicked off a year ago and now includes a platinum-selling album, 42 million YouTube hits and chat show appearances all across the world. Twelve months ago, Kelly sang a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah’ during a wedding ceremony of an unsuspecting couple in his small parish of Oldcastle, 100 kilometres (62 miles) northwest of Dublin. The video has almost 42 million hits and is going up about 35,000 every day,” Father Kelly told AFP in an interview in the parish house he shares with his two King Charles Spaniel dogs — Biddy and Buddy.

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  • Take GST chaos seriously – Sin Chew Daily - The Malaysian Insider

    Consumers are condemning, traders are complaining, while the Customs are pressuring. The Customs has also demonstrated "extraordinary" efficiency, not only charging errant traders in court, but officers will also be going undercover to take to task traders flouting regulations. The people will still have to face the brutal reality of the rising cost of living. Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) president Datuk Lim Kok Cheong said yes, but Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong and Customs GST director Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy said that there is no such thing as "GST grace period".

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  • In conjunction with coronation, Sultan Nazrin Shah pardons, commutes prisoners’ sentences

    — Bernama picKUALA KANGSAR, May 5 — The Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah has commuted the sentences of three prisoners and granted a pardon to a prisoner in conjunction with his enthronement ceremony tomorrow. Perak Pardon’s Board secretary Datuk Razali Othman in a statement released today said the decision was made in the state Pardon’s Board conference chaired by the Sultan at Iskandriah Palace, here today. He said the two prisoners who had been sentenced to death were commuted to life imprisonment with effect from today.

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  • Tourists name KL among top 10 leading cities to visit | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur is ranked ninth out of 100 leading cities for tourist arrivals, said Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal. Quoting Euromonitor International, Ahmad said that it was not a surprise KL made it to the Top 10 list, with Malaysia's sumptuous food constantly luring tourists to the city. The mayor was unveiling a three-day day food festival that would be held in Dataran Merdeka from May 29-31, 2015.

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  • Honda HR-V: Why 13,000 people want this Urban SUV

    — Picture by YS Khong KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Just barely three months following its launch, the Honda HR-V has 13,000+ buyers, according to an announcement by Honda Malaysia when we attended its media test drive on beautiful Langkawi Island last week. Mr Okabe said that the HR-v was designed using the Honda Jazz platform (you could have fooled me on that, as the HR-V looks completely different) and that it was designed to be an SUV, but t to have the same driving feel as a car, and car-like features.

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  • Bananas again used to transport cocaine in Berlin - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 5, 2015.More than 15 million euros (RM60.2 million) worth of cocaine turned up on Monday in boxes of bananas delivered to Aldi supermarkets in and around Berlin, police said. It is the second time in less than four months that a huge haul of the drug has turned up in boxes of bananas at the discount chain's stores in the German capital. "Apparently there was a logistical mistake somewhere along the line," police spokesman Stefan Redlich told AFP, adding that investigators were now trying to determine their intended destination. He said the 386kg shipment was the biggest single cocaine find in the history of the German capital.

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  • Narcotics officer found dead in submerged police car - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Police confirmed that the body found inside a police car recovered from a former mining pond in Puchong yesterday is that of Asst Supt V. Sivanathan, a narcotics officer. Kuala Lumpur Narcotics Criminal Investigation chief Asst Comm Wan Abdullah Ishak said the 34-year-old was an officer attached to the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarter’s narcotics department. It is believed that ASP Sivanathan, who was on duty, lost control of the car while driving along Jalan Meranti Permai where a sharp bend lies, right next to the lake. The car was fished out yesterday after a two-day search by divers from the Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Malaysian Navy and marine police.

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  • Giving new life to old photos - Tech News | The Star Online

    DO YOU have precious old photos that have faded or been badly damaged? Thing is, over time, photographs degrade, either due to mishandling (scratches, tears, folds) or humidity and sunlight which can result in strong colour casts in your old photos. The situation is quite different today – with the power of Adobe Photoshop, there’s a lot you can do to restore your old photos to nearly pristine condition. As a bonus, we’ll also go one step further and show you how to add colour to black and white photos – while it’s easy to overdo such a thing, subtle addition of colour to monochrome images can produce an interesting photo.

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  • More pig farms and nightclubs if ‘ultra kiasus’ win in Dr M-Najib row, Ridhuan Tee warns

    — File picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Controversial columnist Ridhuan Tee Abdullah warned today that Putrajaya could fall into the hands of the “ultra kiasu” if the conflict between Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Datuk Seri Najib Razak to continues to persist unabated. He said the ferocity of Dr Mahathir’s recent attacks on Najib “frightens” him as it puts Malay unity at risk, and could ultimately lead to a total split in the country’s dominant ethnic group. The UEC (Unified Examination Certificate) will be endorsed,” he said, referring to the China-recognised education certificates issued by independent Chinese secondary schools here. Tee often uses the “ultra kiasu” euphemism to refer to those in the DAP, the Chinese and the Christians, although he has also denied targeting only the Chinese.

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