• BN retains Rompin, majority reduced by almost half - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 5, 2015.Barisan Nasional (BN) today comfortably retained the Rompin parliamentary seat in the by-election for the Pahang southeastern constituency, albeit with a much lower majority. BN’s Datuk Hasan Arifin defeated PAS’s Nazri Ahmad with a majority of 8,895, the Election Commission (EC) announced at 10.23pm. Hasan obtained 23,796 votes while Nazri obtained 14,901, in a by-election that saw a 73% turnout when polls closed at 5pm earlier today. According to Bernama, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the party would conduct a post-mortem on the reduced majority.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Man found dead in blazing car in Kepong - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: A man was found dead in a blazing car near Medan Putra 1, Bandar Menjalara here on Tuesday morning. The charred body of the unidentified man was discovered in a Proton Gen 2 after the fire was put out. "A team of firemen from Sri Hartamas fire station was immediately deployed to the scene.

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  • Snatch thieves bashed up - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA BARU: Two snatch thieves got more than they bargained for, with one of them almost losing an ear after being overpowered by passers-by. “But they were held back by one of the suspects who hit them with a piece of wood,” he added. The suspects fled on a motorcycle that they had parked at the side of the road. "About an hour later, the duo were accosted by members of the public about 200m from the scene," ACP Rohaimi told reporters at the police contingent headquarters here yesterday.

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

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, May 4, 2015.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 Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, May 5, 2015.The drivers of the two Myvi cars involved in the accident have been released on police bail.

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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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  • Bumiputra firms given 94% of jobs in Penang | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: Bumiputra contractors were awarded RM7.81 billion worth of jobs, which is equal to 94% of the contracts given out by the Pakatan Rakyat Penang government since it came into power in 2008. Of more than 6,000 projects valued at RM8.31 billion awarded over a seven-year period between 2008 and 2014, 5,688 projects were awarded to bumiputra contractors. The remaining RM496.35 million, went to non-bumiputera contractors spread over 407 projects, chief minister Lim Guan Eng said.

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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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  • A narrow escape for Chinese national | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: A 32-year-old Chinese national escaped death when his Maserati Quattroporte hit a road divider and the car burst into flames before plunging to the road below at the Sprint Highway, early morning today. District police chief ACP Azmi Abu Kassim said the victim was traveling from city centre to Bandar Utama at about 3.30am when the accident happened. Meanwhile, Selangor Fire and Rescue director Othman Abdullah said six fire fighters were deployed to the scene to put out the flames from the car. Othman said Fire and Rescue department received a distress call five minutes after the accident took place at the KM3.7 of the highway.

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  • Ambiga flays 'faceless cowards' of Bukit Aman

    Former Bar Council head relates her experience during detention.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Muhammad cartoonist says killing of two gunmen in Texas ‘justice’

    — Reuters picGARLAND, May 5 — For the cartoonist whose portrait of Muhammad won a Texas contest, the police killing of two gunmen outside the meeting place was justice. Justice,” artist Bosch Fawstin tweeted yesterday. The American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI), sponsor of the Sunday night event, gave Fawstin, a Bronx, New York-born, former Muslim, US$12,500 (RM44,955) in prize money and introduced him to the crowd as a courageous and righteous man. The Southern Poverty Law Centre, which includes AFDI on its annual list of US hate groups, plans to add Fawstin to its 2016 report, Heidi Beirich, director of the tracking effort, told Reuters yesterday.

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  • Kuala Kangsar eagerly waits for electric train service - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 5, 2015.Keretapi Tanah Melayu's (KTM) electric train service (ETS) to Padang Besar – the northernmost town at the Perlis-Thailand border – will not only bring back the popular mode of transportation to towns along the route but it will also attract more visitors to the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, about 50km from Ipoh, Perak. Currently the ETS from Kuala Lumpur ends in Ipoh although the double-tracking project to Padang Besar had been completed.

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  • Adenan meets S'wkians in UK

    KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem participated in a fruitful and engaging session with Sarawakian students and working professionals during an official visit in London yesterday. A statement from the Chief Minister’s office said those present came from as far as Scotland to meet Adenan, who shared with them the latest developments in Sarawak particularly on his vision, new policies and initiatives on timber, plantation and rural development. The audience also showed a high degree of appreciation for the Chief Minister’s initiatives in combating illegal logging, reducing electricity tariffs, abolishment of the Lanang Bridge toll, introduction of a nominal RM1 ferry charge and more. Students who were present also gave Adenan positive feedback on how they enjoyed his speeches, which they have followed closely online via Facebook, YouTube and so on.

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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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