• Two foreigners drown after being chased by a man while sightseeing

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Two foreign women are missing and feared drowned in Sungai Klang, Brickfields here, while two others were rescued in an incident yesterday. Seputeh Fire and Rescue Station chief, Japari Tajuddin said a group of five women, aged 18 to 20 years, were purportedly chased by a man on a motorcycle while they were sightseeing, resulting in four of them to jumping into the river in the 7pm incident. The three rescued women were taken to the Brickfields District Police Headquarters to have their statements recorded. “Currently, firemen from the Hang Tuah Fire and Rescue Station are conducting a search and rescue operation along the river using torchlights but are hampered by the darkness,” he said.

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  • Zahid slams Lim, but Reezal wants ego aside

    The Umno MP gives Penang thumbs up for saying it’ll consider refugee camp proposal.

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  • Adi Putra, the forgotten child genius - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, May 24, 2015.Some years ago, child genius Adi Putra Abd Ghani made waves with his speed and skill at solving mathematical problems at a tender age. Now 16, Adi is still pursuing his mathematical passion locally and overseas – but on his own, a forgotten genius let down after various promises made to him by the Federal government fizzled out. Crowned the Islamic Mathematician of the century by the Riau University in Indonesia in 2009, Adi had produced 235 mathematical formulas and published 12 of them in a book titled "Seni Matematik Islam" (The art of Islamic Mathematics).

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  • Marina Mahathir: Sorry, but not heading for departure gate yet

    ― Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Those hoping to see the last of Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir will have to keep on waiting, after the social activist who declared she would quit Malaysia if hudud is enforced here today said she is not leaving yet. In a Facebook post to clarify the declaration she made during an interview with Malay Mail Online, the daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that while she was not readying to leave, she stood by her disagreement towards hudud and the growing religious conservatism here. Acknowledging that Malaysia was not yet on the same level as repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, she nevertheless said that the country was headed down the same path where diversity and acceptance were increasingly being eroded. “So no, sorry, I’m not going anywhere because if I did I would be constantly searching for the Malaysia I grew up in, where people did not constantly stand in judgment of one another based on what they wore, when people did not call you a traitor to your community just because you think and are different, where people did not think it’s a good idea to have different laws for different people and believe that’s justice, as some do today.

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  • Why auditors can’t guarantee there was no fraud at 1MDB - The Malaysian Insider

    The backers of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have argued that because international accounting firms like KPMG and Deloitte have signed off all 1MDB's accounts from FY2010 to FY2014, this meant no money has gone missing and no fraud has occurred. Owing to the inherent limitations of an audit, there is an unavoidable risk that material misstatement may not be detected, even when the audit is planned and performed in accordance with international accounting standards.

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  • Dr Mahathir: Najib did not tell truth about 1MDB cash in Singapore - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of not telling the complete truth when he told Parliament that money held by government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is being kept in Singapore. “No money was banked into BSI Bank in Singapore. It is unclear what is in the documents, but it is clear it is not cash,” said Dr Mahathir in a blogpost on Sunday. In January, the Finance Ministry said 1MDB had deposited the funds it had redeemed from its offshore account in the Cayman Islands into BSI Bank, with the amount held in US dollars.

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  • Ferocious ‘tigers’ on guard at rest stop - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, May 25, 2015.Motorists stopping at the Sungai Perak rest stop, on the bank of the Perak River, along the North-South expressway are in for a surprise. Ferocious-looking tigers in cages are placed at various strategic locations around the rest stop. Traders in the rest area claimed that the monkeys had been causing havoc for quite some time. There are fences to prevent other wild animals to get into the rest area but they certainly post no hindrance to the monkeys.

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  • 15 year-old schoolgirl, boyfriend detained in Jaim operation | theSundaily

    MALACCA: A 15 year-old schoolgirl and her 22 year-old boyfriend were among four couples detained in an operation by Malacca Islamic Religious Department (Jaim) early today. Jaim director Ismail Hamid said the form three school student from Masjid Tanah, Alor Gajah and her partner were detained in a room of a budget hotel in Jalan Tun Ali at 2.50am. "Jaim will inform the matter to her parents and the school authority," he told reporters here today.

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  • PAS leaders who only know how to read Quran not fit as PM, says Mat Taib - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, May 23, 2015.Former Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib said he is beginning to lose interest in PAS because emerging leaders in the Islamist party appeared to be not in touch with real world issues. Speaking at a forum in Petaling Jaya today, Muhammad, who is also known as Mat Taib, said of late, he noticed there was the so-called ulama (clergy) coming back from the Middle East who wanted to become leaders in the party. "They can memorise the Quran and Hadith but when we ask them to explain about 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd), they say they don't really understand the issue. "So, if you want to become leaders but can only read the Hadith and Quran, then to me, you are not fit to be PM. What's more, our country is multi-racial," he said.

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  • How straight are you? - Ask Dr G | The Star Online

    Before you start writing in to complain about me crossing the line, asking a too provocative question in a conservative society, let me assure you I am referring to the geometrical straightness of a man’s sexual organ. Sidney Poitier, the first African American actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor once said: “I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical and legal bounds through the skilful use of words, and thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent or bend of a truth completely out of shape. How the curvature of the male external genitalia is a “bend of a truth” and “completely out of shape” is the topic of our discussion today. Obviously, with my wife being pregnant for the last six months, my sexual activity has been confined to moments of “self indulgence”.

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  • 6 prostitution kingpins detained under crime act, says top cop - The Malaysian Insider

    Six prostitution kingpins have been detained under the Prevention of Crime Act this year, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.…

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  • Man killed while out buying medicine for fiancee - The Malaysian Insider

    The victim, known only as Subramaniam, had gone to buy medicine for his fiancee and had parked his motorcycle in front of a supermarket in Taman Puchong Perdana, Subang Jaya, Selangor, at about 8.30pm on Friday when the men approached him and started attacking him. Subramaniam managed to flee but he was hit by a car and the impact almost severed his head, the daily reported. His assailants fled after they saw the car crashing into Subramaniam, police said, adding that the driver also sped off. District police chief Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli said Subramaniam was slashed several times on the body by his attackers.

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  • One-third of MAS staff to lose jobs in matter of days, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is set to terminate at least one-third of its workforce in a matter of days as a last effort to save the flailing national carrier, The Star reported today. It added that Christoph Mueller, the newly hired chief executive, would be the only one spared, and that no government-linked company had ever sacked nearly everyone. It was previously reported that some 6,000 jobs would be cut, but sources told The Star that the figure would likely be closer to 8,000 and that job cuts would be made in stages over the space of a year. The flag carrier has suffered losses for the last three financial years and the twin tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 last year made revival more difficult.

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  • Deloitte must leave no stone unturned in latest 1MDB audit, says Tony Pua - The Malaysian Insider

    – Deloitte pic, May 25, 2015.After coming under fire for its "highly questionable" audit of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), international auditors Deloitte & Co must now protect its reputation by leaving no stone unturned in the company's latest audit, a DAP lawmaker said today. Tony Pua, who is the Petaling Jaya Utara MP, said Deloitte remained the auditor for the troubled strategic state investment vehicle and as such, it should also restate the accounts from the previous year to show the true picture of 1MDB's financial health.

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  • Marina: Hudud or not, I’m staying - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hates to live in Malaysia if hudud were to be implemented. But she would not give the proponents of PAS’ version of hudud the satisfaction of seeing her leave the country.

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  • As controversy grows, PAC member puts 1MDB auditors on the spot

    — File picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Accounting firm Deloitte must come forth and account for its audit of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said today as suspicions continue to linger over the state of the firm’s finances. He pointed out that 1MDB was forced to seek extensions to a RM2 billion loan initially due last November, and even needed to seek help from tycoon Tan Sri T. Ananda Krishnan to avoid becoming delinquent in February. The episode had then prompted Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah to describe 1MDB as experiencing cash-flow problems. “It beggars belief that a firm of Deloitte’s standing was so wrong and negligent over a multi-billion ringgit state-owned firm which has resulted in massive losses for the Malaysian tax-payers.

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  • Refugee crisis: Singapore taking wise approach — Priscilla Poh Beng Hoon

    I support Singapore’s position of not accepting any refugees, especially when the Rohingya migrant crisis is one rooted in domestic issues. Some have said that if Singapore does nothing, we cannot escape the blame for the refugees’ plight. Singapore has rendered humanitarian help in terms of manpower, money and relief items when countries were struck by natural calamities, and in search-and-recover operations in incidents such as last year’s AirAsia crash. It also has a regional disaster-relief coordination centre located at the Changi Command and Control Centre to coordinate humanitarian assistance for disaster relief efforts.

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  • MB willing to ride rough seas with DPM, Umno

    UPDATED 3PM He will stick with party's leadership through rough political seas.

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  • Kedah cannot afford to house boat people, says Mukhriz - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 24, 2015.The Kedah state government wants the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the federal government to overcome the constraints faced by the state in facing a flood of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the state could not afford to accommodate them as there were too many of them compared to the facilities available. Kedah has been facing a flood of illegal Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants since two weeks ago when 1,158 of them were arrested after landing in Langkawi on May 11. They were then moved in stages to the Belantik Immigration Detention Centre in Sik, Kedah.

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  • The Rock crowned World Selfie Champion | theSundaily

    DWAYNE 'The Rock' Johnson (pix) was crowned World Selfie Champion at the world premiere of 'San Andreas'. The former wrestling champion attempted the most selfies to be taken in three minutes and smashed the previous attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The Instagram post read: "We just set a NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for most self portraits (selfies) taken in record time (yup, a selfie world record exists and your arm gets a helluva workout). WORLD PREMIERE of SAN ANDREAS and rewriting the record books all in one night.

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