• Dr M: LHDN probed me but not the super rich

    Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lamented that he had to face routine raids from the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) when he was a practising doctor but super rich ministers today get off scott-free. "Government officials who live beyond their means are normally probed by LHDN. "I myself have routinely faced raids by LHDN when I had a clinic.

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  • PAC man to 1MDB boss: ‘Show us your tickets and bookings. We want to know where you went’

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 ― Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Tony Pua demanded today to know the exact whereabouts of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy and former CEO Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi when they were summoned to testify before the parliamentary panel. The Petaling Jaya Utara MP said he also wants to know if the duo’s flight tickets were booked before or after the PAC’s notice was given, as well as the date of the meetings they were to attend abroad. “I want 1MDB president Arul Kanda and the former CEO to tell us, if they are not twisting and turning, where were they on the 25th and 26th of May when PAC asked them to attend and what meeting were they having overseas such that they could not attend the PAC. “These are questions that we will ask again when they come to see PAC on the date that will be fixed by the PAC chairman,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here.

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  • Bar Council to issue show cause letter to Umno lawyer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, May 28, 2015.The Bar Council is preparing a show-cause letter ‎to Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for professional misconduct, after he went on a road show to discuss Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction, its president Steven Thiru said. He said the process had to be completed before the Bar could lodge a complaint against the Umno lawyer with an independent disciplinary board‎. "We are still coming up with the show-cause letter, which we will hand to Shafee once it is completed," ‎Steven said during a press conference at the Bar Council headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • US toddler dies after accidentally shooting himself in head | theSundaily

    WASHINGTON: A two-year-old boy died Wednesday several days after he picked up a loaded handgun lying out in a Virginia home and accidentally shot himself in the head, US media reported. The boy and his parents were visiting a residence in an isolated area in southern Virginia on Monday when he found the firearm on a dresser, local NBC affiliate WWBT reported. The toddler was alone in a bedroom, picked up the firearm and pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the head, WWBT said.

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  • Has Putrajaya abandoned 10-point solution for Malay bible, asks DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 28, 2015.A DAP lawmaker wants to know if Putrajaya has abandoned its 10-point solution on the Al-Kitab after its latest guidelines that bar Christian publications with the word “Allah” from entering Peninsular Malaysia. Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said an explanation was needed from Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who unveiled the standard operating procedure (SOP) draft to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

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  • Shuttlers Kien Keat/Boon Heong only survivors in Australian Open

    — Reuters file picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Former All England champions Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong were the only Malaysians left standing in the Australian Open in Sydney. The former national pair who resumed their partnership after turning professional since leaving the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), booked their quarter-final berth after outclassing third seeds Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan.

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  • A-G fails to stop malicious prosecution suit, ordered to file defence - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and nine others who are being sued for abuse of power and malicious prosecution have failed to stop the trial from proceeding in the High Court. Judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera today refused a stay proceeding pending their appeal in the Federal Court. Cheetan Jethwani, who represented lawyer Rosli Dahlan and former commercial crime investigation director Datuk Ramli Yusuf, said the judge held that there was no special circumstances to stay proceeding. Vazeer also ordered Gani and the other defendants to file their defence within 30 days.

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  • Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Klang to get free bus service beginning July - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.Residents in Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Klang will be able to enjoy free public bus service beginning July, The Star Metro reported today. The bus service, introduced by the Selangor government, will benefit about 24,000 people.

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  • Joshua Wong might be Christian agent, says Isma’s lawyer wing

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, a known Christian, would have brought his religious agenda here if he had been allowed into the country, said iPeguam, the legal wing of Islamist group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma). Defending Malaysia’s move to deport Wong back to Hong Kong, the wing said foreigners should stay away from teaching Malaysians how to practise democracy in its own land. “The fact is, the anti-government activities pioneered by Joshua Wong in Hong Kong was closely linked to the Christian religion.

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  • Najib set to make nationwide tour - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is hitting the road for a nationwide tour to deliver a message that he is still in charge and not bowing to pressure to step down. The Prime Minister returned from Japan on Tuesday night to a week packed with meetings and events that will also see him going to Perlis on Saturday to meet Umno leaders, have lunch at Dewan Wawasan 2020 in Kangar and pre­sent awards to the “Desa Sejahtera 1Malaysia” winners in Kampung Kurong Tengar in Kuala Perlis. In the past weeks, Najib attended several other large gatherings.

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  • Unfair to blame entire Cabinet for 1MDB wrongs, minister says

    Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, May 28 — A minister protested today against claims that the entire Cabinet should be held responsible for the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy, saying it would be unfair to do so when he and his colleagues were just as unclear as the public over the firm’s allegedly opaque deals. According to Malaysiakini, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said his fellow ministers have been actively raising questions on 1MDB during Cabinet meetings. “We are responsible Cabinet members. Shafie was reportedly asked to respond to former finance minister Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who said recently that the entire federal Cabinet should be held responsible for the 1MDB controversy.

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  • Great Wall of Gopeng hides priceless Gaharu hybrid - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 27, 2015.The Great Wall of Gopeng, just about 25km south of Ipoh, has become a tourist attraction and an icon of the once thriving tin-mining town. Of course, it can never be as “great” as the one in China, but it is becoming known not because of the 3m high wall but for what lies within – the Gaharu Tea Valley. Inside the walled enclosure are about 200,000 trees of a valuable species of Gaharu, which is commonly known as Agarwood. In different parts of the world, it is also known as Aloeswood, Eaglewood, Oud or Jinko, comprising 17 species in total.

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  • Hasan Malek: GST implementation had its weaknesses | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek admitted today that the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has its weaknesses in terms of enforcement by the ministry. “I always say, don’t complain outside.

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  • Uighur-Han marriages a reflection of China’s ethnic tensions

    — AFP picHOTAN (China), May 28 — It was not until late on her wedding day that Aygul told her parents she was even in a relationship. Against a backdrop of prejudice and violence, inter-ethnic marriages between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority who speak a Turkic language, and China’s ethnic majority Han are extremely rare. Uighurs in their home region of Xinjiang have long chafed under Beijing’s yoke and say they face restrictions on religion, language and culture, with some yearning for independence. Official media have laboured to showcase Han-Uighur marriages—with couples singing the praises of the government and Communist Party—as a symbol of “ethnic unity”.

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  • Arul Kanda says Sarawak Report lying over 1MDB bank statement - The Malaysian Insider

    Whistleblower portal Sarawak Report is lying about 1Malaysia Development Bhd by providing "false information and direct unfounded allegations" about the debt-laden strategic investor's bank statements, its president Arul Kanda Kandasamy said today. Sarawak Report recently published a blogpost saying that Arul provided a false statement to central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, about 1MDB's cash in Swiss private bank BSI in Singapore.

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  • ‘1MDB’s audited assets worth rm51.4 billion’

    KUALA LUMPUR: The total worth of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) audited assets for the financial year ended March 31, 2014 was RM51.4 billion, the Dewan Rakyat was told yesterday. The assets comprised current assets worth RM19.5 billion and non-current assets valued at RM31.9 billion, according to a written reply from the Finance Minister to a question from Wong Chen (PKR-Kelana Jaya). It said 1MDB has solid assets, including two sites earmarked for the Tun Razak Exchange and Bandar Malaysia in the capital.

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  • Richest Australian Rinehart loses control of family trust - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 28, 2015.Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart was Thursday ordered by a court to relinquish control of a multi-billion dollar family trust to her eldest daughter, culminating a long and bitter feud. The New South Wales Supreme Court appointed Bianca Rinehart as head of the trust, reportedly worth Aus$4.0-5.0 billion (RM11-15 billion), which was established by her grandfather, the late mining magnate Lang Hancock. It ordered Gina Rinehart to deliver the trust documents and accounts to her daughter.

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  • Monday is D-Day for MAS staff - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Monday will be red letter day for 20,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees. The airline’s new chief executive officer Christoph Mueller made it clear that this difficult period of anxiety will be over then. On June 1, termination letters will be sent out to all the employees but about two-thirds of the staff will be offered jobs with the new company, MAS Bhd. They have until June 12 to decide if they want to join up on new terms. The new airline, a smaller entity, will only be able to accommodate about 14,000 employees.

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  • Executive taxi company offers employment to MAS staff - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Lavanya Lingan, May 27, 2015.An executive taxi company had come forward to offer employment to Malaysia Airlines (MAS) employees who are facing retrenchment. The retrenched staff could take this opportunity to venture into the taxi business," Premium Big Blue Taxi Services adviser Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail said. He said the company would waive the deposit required that could cost between RM6,000 and RM8,000 depending on the taxi model.

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  • Helicopter pilot injured in forced landing at KK airport - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A female trainee helicopter pilot was injured after making forced landing at the Kota Kinabalu international airport at about noon.

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