• Sultanah Pahang and Jackson visits centre - Community | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Superstar Jermaine Jackson is in town but this time, he is not singing for his fans. A member of the pop group The Jacksons, he was accompanying Sultanah Pahang Sultanah Kalsom in paying a visit to the OrphanCare Foundation in Kampung Tunku near here. Jackson lauded the initiatives of the foundation, whose patron was Sultanah Kalsom. Meanwhile, Sultanah Kalsom urged more individuals and companies to support the foundation’s noble efforts.

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  • RM690 million to maintain PM’s private jet, PKR reveals - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.Putrajaya will spend some RM690 million to maintain a newly-acquired private jet used by the prime minister for the next 15 years, PKR's Rafizi Ramli revealed today. He said that the cost including services to maintain an older private jet for the next seven years, the total costs for operation, maintenance and management (OMM) of both aircraft would come to a whopping RM1.098 billion. "The contract for OMM for the new ACJ320 jet shows that the costs have been set at RM46 million per year. This means that in the next 15 years, when the hire purchase agreement ends, the total OMM costs will be RM690 million," he said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.

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  • Prime minister’s private secretary dies – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced the death of his private secretary Datuk Mohd Po'ad Jelani. He paid tribute to Mohd Po'ad…

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  • Chaos for consumers tomorrow as traders struggle with GST

    — Reuters pic KAJANG, March 31 — Consumers may be dealing with a chaotic scene tomorrow as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remain uncertain on how to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST). SME Association of Malaysia deputy president Michael Kang said consumers could suffer from traders’ confusion in implementing the GST, noting also the cost of complying with the new consumption tax system. “Most traders will increase prices and there are many reasons — due to compliance cost and RM (ringgit) drop, where they need to install software and hire new people such as accountants,” Kang told Malay Mail Online. He also said some traders who refused to attend the government’s GST training courses are getting the wrong advice from software companies or accountants on how to file tax invoices.

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  • More than 100 flights cancelled over Thai airlines safety concerns

    — Reuters picBANGKOK, March 31 — China has joined South Korea and Japan in stopping Thai airlines from flying charters and new routes because of safety concerns highlighted by an international audit, Thai officials said yesterday. The move will come as a blow to Thai carriers that have just started recovering after a poor 2014 when political protests slashed the number of tourists visiting Thailand. About 100 charter flights to Japan alone have been cancelled and some 30,000 tickets either refunded or modified, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) Somchai Piputwat told reporters yesterday. Budget carriers have been worst hit though national carrier Thai Airways International, which is in the midst of a major restructuring, has also been prevented from expanding because of the halt, Thai officials said.

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  • Thai PM calls for end to martial law - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 31, 2015.Thailand's junta chief said on Tuesday he has asked King Bhumibol Adulyadej for permission to end martial law, but added that an executive order retaining sweeping powers for the military would soon replace it. "I have already submitted permission to the king to lift martial law. The king will have to approve whether martial law is lifted," Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha told reporters. "A new order (to replace martial law) will be issued very soon," he added.

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  • Crash pilot had been treated for suicidal tendencies - World | The Star Online

    The German pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week was treated for suicidal tendencies years ago before he received his pilot's licence, German prosecutors said on Monday. This was the first acknowledgement from German officials that the pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had suffered bouts of depression and it is likely to intensify a debate about how airlines screen and monitor their pilots. Investigators believe Lubitz, serving as co-pilot on a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Duesseldorf on March 24th, locked the captain out of the cockpit and steered the Airbus A320 plane into the side of a mountain while passengers screamed in horror. Lufthansa, the parent of the budget airline, has said it was not aware of anything in the 27-year-old's past which suggested he might have posed a risk.

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  • No way to stop GST except through ballot box, says Guan Eng

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The goods and services tax (GST) due tomorrow cannot be reversed short of voting in a new federal administration, DAP’s Lim Guan Eng said today. According to the DAP secretary-general, he consulted lawyers about possibly suing Putrajaya to stop the rollout of the new consumption tax, but was told there is no legal avenue to do so. “As far as we are concerned, we can’t go to the courts to stop GST so the only way now to end it is to change the federal government,” he told reporters after visiting yet another shop in Bukit Mertajam that is closing down due to GST. Since early this year, several sundry shops — some decades old — located on the island have decided to close down their businesses due to the complexities in implementing the six per cent consumption tax.

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  • Gang rivalry behind full-moon party attack, says Penang CPO

    — Picture by K.E. OoiGEORGE TOWN, March 31 — The attack on an infant full-moon party on Sunday night is believed to be a fight involving the “04” Indian gang, said Penang Police Chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi. According the Abdul Rahim, a 50-year-old man who was slashed several times in the attack by about eight assailants was just a guest in the event at a restaurant in Tanjung Tokong. “He was only trying to stop them so he was slashed,” Abdul Rahim told reporters after a promotion presentation ceremony at the Penang police headquarters this morning. “It is a fight between the Indian thug gang members,” he said.

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  • When the success of one nation casts shadows on the failures of another - The Malaysian Insider

    Not many were shocked at the news that Singapore’s founding father Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23, weeks after being in intensive care. The unending crowds who queued for hours to pay their last respects and the thousands of honest, poignant outpourings of grief and tributes gave those of us who were mere observers a glimpse into the mark Kuan Yew made, not just on Singapore, but on the world. Almost every accolade given to Kuan Yew has acknowledged his role in driving a tiny nation from obscurity into one of the world’s most successful economies. Article after article, and in every obituary and compliment, the success of Kuan Yew and that of Singapore – the absolute object of his passion – have been laid out for all the world to behold and, for some of us, to envy.

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  • GST only on fee-based financial services - Nation | The Star Online

    PUTRAJAYA: Consumers need not fear they will be taxed heavily for financial transactions because GST will only be imposed on fee-based services, said Customs Department senior assistant director (finance and banking) Rozila Saad. Financial services such as cash deposits or withdrawals, loans and bonds, late payment or finance charges, as well as interest earned from savings or fixed deposits were exempted from GST, she said. As for overseas online purchases, Rozila said GST, instead of the exis­ting sales tax, would be imposed on the total value of the product after calculating its CIF (cost, insurance and freight) value and import duty. For a list of GST treatment for more than 300 general bank pro­ducts and services, as well as a set of frequently asked questions, visit the Association of Banks in Malaysia’s website at www.abm.org.my.

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  • GST forces Chinese shop to close after 74 years - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 30, 2015.Yew Chian Hooi's Chinese medicine shop 'Ban Swee Choon' in Bukit Mertajam is opening tomorrow for the last time after 74 years in business. It will be closed for good come Wednesday, the day the goods and services tax (GST) begins implementation. The shop was founded by Yew's late father in 1941 and survived the second World War, the Japanese occupation and years of ups and downs. Yew said he did not support the government's move to implement the GST because he was not convinced that it was a good thing.

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  • In memory of Tunku and LKY – Zaid Ibrahim - The Malaysian Insider

    I was at the Singapore High Commission over the weekend, penning a short condolence message in memory of the late Lee Kuan Yew. I felt sad that our own founder Tunku Abdul Rahman was not so lucky. The present leaders and some people in Malaysia did not feel such reverence for him in the end. We no longer care about the legal and economic framework that Tunku started when he gained our independence from the British in 1957 and when he successfully formed the Federation of Malaysia.

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  • Customs chief spewing nonsense over warning on price hikes, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    Customs director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad warns those who increased their profit margins for the next 15 months following GST will be penalised.‎ – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 31, 2015.DAP has hit out at the Royal Malaysian Customs for resorting to "wild threats and ridiculous regulations" to mitigate any inflation that would arise once the goods and services tax (GST) takes effect tomorrow. Its publicity chief Tony Pua said the Customs director-general's "panicked" warning yesterday that businesses must not increase profit margins for the next 15 months, was not just unlawful, but also impossible to administer. ‎"Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad seems to have forgotten that we don’t live in a communist country like the Soviet Union or the Mao Tze Tong China of the past where the government controls all prices and profit margins," said Pua in a statement today.

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  • Incredible drone footage of the world’s largest cave in Vietnam (VIDEO)

    HANOI, March 31 —An adventurer has unveiled stunning footage taken using a drone of the world’s largest cave, the Hang Son Doong in Vietnam. Ryan Deboodt took a drone inside Hang Son Doong and captured stunning footage that shows off a world

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  • GST comes knocking with a riddle: What goes up, what goes down?

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — It’s just a day before 30 million Malaysians make history together, letting in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and flushing out the old Sales and Services Tax. Putrajaya calls it the revolutionary and transparent tax system that will diversify the government’s income source, economists sigh with relief at this long-awaited economic reform, the federal opposition caution that the poorer Malaysians will suffer amid already rising living costs. Could it be true that some items will become cheaper with the GST rate of six per cent taking the place of the old 10 per cent sales tax?

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  • Which countries cook the most – and the least - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings of a new report reveal some interesting trends when it comes to how the world cooks, with a breakdown of which countries cook the most, the…

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  • Cops fail to obtain remand orders for TMI editors

    The three editors from The Malaysian Insider (TMI) picked up last night for a sedition probe will be released at 7pm today, the news portal’s lawyer confirmed after a magistrate rejected a police application to remand the trio. The lawyer, Syahredzan Johan, took to microblogging site Twitter this afternoon to confirm the news. “Remand application for Lionel Morais, Zulkifli Sulong and Amin Iskandar denied by Magistrate Tuan Nazri Bin Omran,” he wrote, referring to the portal’s managing editor, Bahasa Malaysia editor and features and analysis editor. Lionel, Amin and Zulkifli were arrested last night under the Sedition Act 1948 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to assist in investigations over a recent article linking the controversial hudud issue to the Conference of Rulers.

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  • Only one TransAsia pilot fails latest safety test after crash - The Malaysian Insider

    TransAsia Flight GE235 crashed upside down into a shallow river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport.Only one of 53 pilots at TransAsia Airways Corp failed a second-round proficiency test held in the wake of a crash last month which killed 43 people, Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said on Tuesday. A first round of testing saw 10 pilots out of 49 fail an oral test to evaluate a pilot's ability to handle an aircraft during engine failure and another 19 did not attend the test, leading to the suspension of all 29.

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  • Anxious families hit the stores ahead of GST - The Malaysian Insider

    Checks by The Malaysian Insider show that many of them are from families with young children, who stock up on essentials like diapers, milk and baby food. Mother of two, Azarina Mat Shaari, 37, bought three months' worth of items that her children would need.

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