• Two Malaysians in Isis beheading video identified, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 4, 2015.Bukit Aman has identified two Malaysians who were spotted in a beheading video by Isis, The Star Online reported today. Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan was reported as saying that the two are 20-year-old Mohd Faris Anuar from Kedah and Muhamad Wanndy Muhamad Jedi, 26, who is from Malacca. The report said that the duo are believed to be part of a new group of militants comprising Malaysians and Indonesians - Majmu'ah al Arkhabiliy.

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  • Why are the Chinese so unhappy with Putrajaya?

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Malaysia’s Chinese and other minority ethnic groups have grown more disillusioned with Putrajaya over recent years, analysts said, owing to a general belief that the country’s leaders have alienated them in their quest to stay ahead in the political game. This was reflected in the public opinion survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center released last week, which showed a dip in happiness felt by the Chinese towards the government in January this year. “Minorities, including those in Sabah, are very concerned at how the Malay ruling elite has been behaving,” Merdeka Center’s director Ibrahim Suffian said. Ibrahim said the growing influence of the federal opposition in recent years has created greater competitive fervour in the political game, forcing leaders in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to resort to “all sorts of things” to shore up support, including embarking on measures that have driven a wedge between the races.

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  • Flash flood causes massive traffic congestion in Jalan Cheras | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Heavy rain of over an hour in the city today caused flash flood and massive traffic congestion in Jalan Cheras near the Taman Billion roundabout, Cheras.

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  • Malaysian teen in Syria is now pining for mum - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: After taking up arms in Syria five months ago, Malaysian teenager Hidayat Azman is now pining for his mother. Hidayat, also known as Abu Islam, who just turned 19 three weeks ago, posted on Saturday, “I miss u mum….love u forever” on his Facebook together with a photograph showing his lonely existence in a barren land. Hidayat, who went to a pondok school in mainland Penang before briefly continuing his studies in Egypt, claimed he went to Syria last year with his mother’s blessing.

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  • Flash flood causes rush hour chaos along Jalan Cheras

    Heavy rain of over an hour in the city today caused flash flood and massive traffic congestion in Jalan Cheras near the Taman Billion roundabout, Cheras. According to Kuala Lumpur Traffic Police operation room spokesman, the flash flood began to inundate the area at 5.20pm and began to recede at 5.45pm. “The traffic flow in both direction of Jalan Cheras is still moving slowly, but no accident was reported,” he told Bernama when contacted.

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  • PM orders independent audit of 1MDB accounts for PAC perusal

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has ordered the Auditor-General to conduct an independent check of 1 Malaysia Development Berhad's (1MDB) accounts, his office said today. The A-G's report, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement, will subsequently be handed over to Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for inspection. It noted that the committee is a bipartisan panel as it comprises parliamentarians from Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties. “If any wrongdoing is proven, the law will be enforced without exception," Najib was quote as saying in the statement.

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  • Teachers in conversion of student transferred - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A teacher couple linked to the purported conversion of a 16-year-old student at SMK Kinarut have been transferred. Sabah education director Datuk Jame Alip said the couple who were teachers at SMK Kinarut had asked to be posted to other schools late last year following the alleged conversion. Jame said the husband and wife were now serving at SMK Inanam SMK Agama Tun Ahmadshah. “It is the best for everyone,” he said after announcing the overall SPM results at the Wisma Pendidikan here yesterday.

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  • Divorced couple encounter turns ugly – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    KUCHING: An encounter between a recently-divorced couple at the Syariah court here on Monday morning turned ugly following a punch-up between a man and his ex-wife’s two male friends. The incident occurred in the lobby of the court at Jalan Haji Taha when the 40-something ex-husband came across his former wife and asked her about the two younger men who had accompanied her to the complex.

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  • Prolonged use of paracetamol may increase health problems

    — AFP/Relaxnews picNEW YORK, March 4 — Doctors may be under-estimating the risks to patients from long-term use of paracetamol, the world’s most popular painkiller, researchers said yesterday. Led by Philip Conaghan at the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine in northern England, the team analysed data from eight previously published studies into long-term paracetamol use. The data came only from people who had paracetamol prescribed by a doctor, as opposed to over-the-counter purchases. Two of the eight studies had found an increased risk of mortality, up to 63 per cent, among long-term paracetamol users, compared to those who had not been prescribed the drug during the study period.

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  • MH370 families trapped in ‘black hole’ one year later - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Chinese businessman Li Hua suffered a stroke, has considered suicide, and his wife has been hospitalised with heart trouble, all since their daughter went missing on flight MH370. A. Amirtham, a retired Malaysian clinic worker, suffers fainting spells and a lack of sleep and appetite over the disappearance of her only son Puspanathan. Li Jiuying is tormented by the loss of her big brother Li Guohai and the burden of lying to their elderly mother that he was not on the flight. One year after the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, next of kin are trapped inside what one describes as a "black hole" of emotional and often physical suffering.

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  • Gang member survives ride-by shooting

    — file picPETALING JAYA, March 3 — The right-hand man of a millionaire drug lord and leader of Gang 36, survived after being shot at six times from close range in Kajang yesterday. The man identified as M. Thanabalan is the younger brother of former MIC Hulu Langat division youth chief M. Kalaiarasu, who also survived after being shot at three times in 2010. The shooting, the third in three weeks, prompted police to step up operations against gangland activities. Thanabalan — better known as Kajang Balan — in his late 30s was shot when he stopped at a traffic junction on Jalan Reko at 12.30pm.

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  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines | theSundaily

    MANILA: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy's biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi's rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire's Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea.

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  • Yearlong vacancy of Bank Rakyat top post ‘strange’, ex-chairman says

    — Picture by Joseph SipalanPETALING JAYA, March 4 — Former Bank Rakyat Chairman Tan Sri Sabbaruddin Chik today questioned the wisdom behind leaving his past position vacant for nearly a year, calling it a “strange” situation that needs to be addressed at the bank’s annual general meeting this May. He claimed the bank is not following procedure by appointing a representative from the federal Treasury as acting chairman, as the post can only be filled by an independent party. “The Treasury representative cannot be the chairman because he is not independent, but he is chairing board meetings and acting as chairman,” Sabbaruddin told a news conference after the launch of his book on his allegedly unceremonious removal as the bank’s chairman. Sabbaruddin, a former minister in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s administration, stressed that never in Bank Rakyat’s history has there been a time when it had no chairman over such an extended period.

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  • Malaysians biggest believers in fuel saving myths in Asia, survey shows

    ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 ― More people in Malaysia believe in fuel-saving myths such as filling up their tanks late at night to get more mileage than any other Asian country, according to a survey done by Dutch oil company Shell. The survey also found that 68 per cent of Malaysian drivers believe that warming up their engines before starting their journey would improve fuel efficiency, while 53 per cent think that they can save fuel by keeping the engine running while idle instead of turning it off. The survey was conducted on 7,000 drivers aged 18 to 40 in India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to look into fuel efficiency beliefs and behaviours of Asian drivers. It found that seven out of 10 Asians warm up their engines before starting their journeys, while 47 per cent turned on their air-conditioning to avoid wind resistance and 34 per cent burped their cars to purportedly achieve greater fuel efficiency.

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  • Education Ministry offering bursaries to 2014 SPM top achievers – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Students who scored 9A+ and above in the 2014 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination will each be automatically offered a bursary to take up a preparatory…

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  • File BR1M appeals by March 31, says deputy finance minister

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengPUTRAJAYA, March 4 — A total of 973,067 applicants for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) aid scheme who have been rejected can submit their appeals at the latest by March 31, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan. He said the appeal could be made manually by filling in an appeal form which could be downloaded from ebrim.hasil.gov.my and submitting it at any of the 85 branches of the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN). “The appeals cannot be done online as the applicants must submit information or supporting documents for their applications,” he said at a media conference held at the Finance Ministry, here today.

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  • Selangor govt rejects 3-month bonus for MBPJ staff | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government has rejected the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) proposal to award a three-month bonus to its employees who performed well in their Key Performance Index (KPI) for the year 2014. According to a statement released yesterday by Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali, the Selangor Executive Council in a meeting held earlier in the day, had reviewed MBPJ's proposal for the bonus and decided to reject it. "The State would like to stress that all local councils should be responsible in understanding and complying with the main motive of their formation, which is to provide the best service for the people. "Thus, local councils are requested to obey the State's policies to be consistent with Section 10(9) of the Local Government Act 1976," said Azmin.

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  • Prisons Department says no to Anwar attending Parliament - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, March 4, 2015., The Prisons Department will not allow Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to attend the Parliament meeting on Monday, according to the ruling BN Backbenchers Club (BNBBC). In a post today, the website reported that the department had rejected the application put in by Anwar's wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar for Anwar to attend the month-long meeting starting on Monday. The website reported that the Prisons department had notified Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia about its decision. Anwar's lawyer had written a letter to Home  Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on February 25 to instruct the prisons department to escort Anwar to attend the sitting on Monday.

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  • Leaked transcript to oust Hadi a fake, says Guan Eng - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 4, 2015.There is no truth to a purported “leaked” transcript of a meeting between Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) president Datuk Phahrolrazi Zawawi and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, which contained plans to oust PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Lim said the alleged conversation to remove Hadi never took place during the meeting, which was held at his Komtar office on January 12. It may be a fake transcript.

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  • Dad’s genes dominate, study shows - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings have broad implications for the study of human disease, and reveal that inheriting a genetic mutation could have different consequences depending on whether it comes from Mom or Dad. "This is an exceptional new research finding that opens the door to an entirely new area of exploration in human genetics," says Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, professor of genetics and senior author of the paper. Scientists have known for some time, that 95 genes express themselves differently depending upon which parent they come from, according to Dr Pardo-Manuel de Villena, and now, this study has revealed that there are thousands of others. These genetic mutations appear in complex diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, schizophrenia, obesity and many cancers.

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