• 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.

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  • Father of pregnant airbag victim sues Takata, Honda - The Malaysian Insider

    – Pic courtesy of Welhelmo Rodriguez Caido Jr, May 5, 2015.The father of a heavily pregnant Malaysian woman who died after being hit by shrapnel from a defective airbag is suing automaker Honda Motor Co and equipment manufacturer Takata Corp, Bloomberg reported. Law Suk Leh, 42, was killed in a car crash on July 27 last year. In an interview with Bloomberg, attorney Kevin Dean said Ngee Chiong was suing the automakers in the United States because “the defective inflator at issue” had been manufactured in LaGrange, Georgia.

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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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  • 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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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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  • Orphaned child to home minister: Punish those responsible for my parents’ death

    Those were the words of Nur Firuza Amira, 7, who lost her father Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, mother Nova Safitri Azhari, 25, and her youngest sister Nur Firuza Annisa, seven months, in a three-vehicle pile-up at Km6.2 of the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (Duke) on Saturday. She uttered the words to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid when he visited the victims’ family in Taman Batu Muda, Batu Caves here today.

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  • BN turns GST debate into a racial issue

    Commentable: It is unbelievable how these people coming from the BN stable seem to horse around with us whenever the discussion is about parting with our hard-earned money. MCA Wanita chief Heng Seai Kie, even if your statement is true and makes sense, does it matter whether the Malays pay more than the Chinese or the Indians or the ‘lain-lain’, and is that some consolation to the other races? Like everyone else, the Malays have their own commitments and financial problems but in the end, they still have to make ends meet and put food on the table.

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  • Americans too fast for Bolt to catch in relay - Athletics | The Star Online

    Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay powered the Americans to a five-meter advantage through three legs of the highly anticipated race and Ryan Bailey brought the team home in 37.38 seconds. Bolt, who had missed last year's inaugural World Relays, made up ground on Bailey in their anchor leg but could not close the gap as Jamaica, running their 2013 world championship team, finished second in 37.68.

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  • McDonald’s announces turnaround plan - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, May 4, 2015.McDonald's said Monday it would vastly restructure its international operations and sell off more company-owned restaurants to franchisees as it strives to reverse a trend of sagging sales. The US fast-food burger giant said its overseas markets will be organised by their maturity within the McDonald's system, rather than by region.

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  • Woman found dead at neighbour’s house after drinking session

    SIBU: A mother of four was found dead in her neighbour’s house at Kapor Road here yesterday morning after allegedly consuming excessive amount of liquor. On Sunday, she had prepared dinner for her children before going to a neighbour’s house to have drinks with five neighbours. The drinking session was believed to have ended at about 11.30pm when all present fell asleep. According to neighbours, the deceased had a habit of drinking liquor.

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  • Sadly, we’re way out of tune - Nation | The Star Online

    IF you have always dreamt of watching Madonna, Shakira or Lady Gaga performing live in Malaysia, you can dream on. This does not include the international stars, namely Beyonce, who pulled out of their agreed show due to their unwillingness to comply to the strict concert rules in Malaysia and fear of religious backlash.

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  • Ministry considers appealing for convicted ex-Mara student in London – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The Ministry of Rural and Regional Development will consider whether to appeal to the Southwark Crown court in London to reduce the sentence imposed on former Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) loan student Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, 23. Its minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said this when commenting on the London court's decision to sentence Nur Fitri to five years in prison on 13 offences of possessing more than 30,000 pornographic images and videos of children.

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  • RM1.8m for a home in Penang is not ‘affordable’, Pua tells minister

    — File picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — Tony Pua said today that Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan had twisted facts when he accused Penang of blocking Putrajaya’s efforts to build affordable homes in the state, claiming the federal projects the minister was referring to had involved properties costing up to RM1.8 million per unit. The DAP federal lawmaker said this is likely the reason why Abdul Rahman, who is urban wellbeing, housing and local government minister, does not dare meet face-to-face with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to discuss his accusation. “Is it because the Housing Minister is probably too afraid to meet because he actually knows the real truth of the matter, and he doesn’t want to end up like a miserable loser after meeting Lim Guan Eng,” Pua said in a statement here.

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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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  • 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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  • Stumping for BN, celebrity Islamic speaker says Umno all for hudud

    — Picture by K.E. OoiPERMATANG PAUH, May 5 — Muslims who openly reject hudud cannot be trusted as followers of Islam have no choice but to accept the Islamic penal law, religious speaker Datuk Mohammad Kazim Elias claimed last night. Speaking at a campaign rally organised by Barisan Nasional (BN) for the Permatang Pauh by-election here on May 7, the popular speaker pointed out that Umno fully supports hudud. “There are Muslims who openly reject hudud and those who openly reject hudud are ruthless people,” he told the thousands of people gathered at the ceramah yesterday night. “We will need full support in Parliament to be able to pass the hudud law so here in Permatang Pauh, you have to be sure that your MP will support hudud when the time comes,” he said.

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  • Amid support for Najib, Umno leaders starting to question, says former minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 3, 2015.Umno division chiefs are beginning to realise that people are not happy with Datuk Seri Najib Razak, even as the party leaders continue to express their strong support for his leadership, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said. He said that it was wrong to assume that Ummo division leaders were mere yes-men who "swallowed" the country's leaders' every word. "There are Umno division chiefs who realise that the support of the 'red shirts' to the top leadership can no longer represent the rakyat's support," wrote Zainuddin on his blog today.

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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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  • Common sense of the death penalty — Purna Cita Nugraha

    Maybe those are the perfect words to capture President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s response to such modern-day public opinions abroad in regards to the execution of eight death row inmates earlier this week. President Jokowi in one of his media interview asked the press to expose more on the victims of drug trafficking rather than capitalising on sympathy of those who had poisoned thousands of members of Indonesia’s young generations. Although the executions have been widely opposed abroad, most people in Indonesia are seemingly OK with capital punishment, arguing that it is a matter of sovereignty and is guaranteed by its respective law. The opposite side brings along strong arguments on human rights, miscarriage of justice, as well as international trends on abolitionism and discrimination.

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  • After Duke crash, ministry tells RTD to step up enforcement

    — Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, May 5 — The Road Transport Department (RTD) has been tasked by the Transport Ministry to step up its enforcement and monitoring efforts to curb illegal racing and reckless driving. Deputy minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the fatal crash on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (Duke) on Saturday would not have happened if motorists practised safe driving.

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