• 'Extreme nudity' in Najib's administration

    COMMENT Transparency and accountability like no other PM has practised.

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  • My former schoolmate who never returned to Malaysia - The Malaysian Insider

    Of course, he and I are the same age (37 years old this year, and proud of it!) and for the sake of context, I would like to let everyone know that he is a Chinese Malaysian. He left Malaysia right after the SPM examination to further his studies in the US. As we chatted over coffee, I asked him why he never came back to Malaysia to look for a job. His sister went to university in New Zealand and decided to head back to Malaysia as soon as she graduated to get a job in the IT industry.

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  • Najib sues Tony Pua over 1MDB, says report - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 6, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is suing DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua for defamation over comments on debt-laden strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. The suit is believed to be over a speech Pua made at a party fundraiser last November, where the lawmaker allegedly said Najib had robbed the people. The suit was filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday by law firm Hafarizam Wan Aisha and Mubarak. In an immediate response, Pua told The Malaysian Insider said that he had already responded to the letter of demand sent by the prime minister in November.

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  • Don’t shoot the messenger over 1MDB mess, says DAP - The Malaysian Insider

    - The Malaysian Insider pic, March 6, 2015The DAP today questioned why Umno minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was 'shooting the messenger' over controversies surrounding debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) instead of blaming those who robbed Malaysia and its taxpayers of their money. The party's publicity chief Tony Pua said that the opposition, the media and financial analysts have been raising questions about the fund over the last five years, but Putrajaya and its ministers have not taken heed. The DAP lawmaker said the public cannot be blamed for raising concerns over the solvency of the fund after it failed to pay a relatively small debt of RM2 billion upon missing at least three deadlines and needing a last minute loan from local tycoon Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan. Ahmad Zahid had reportedly said that the attacks and unsubstantiated claims by certain parties on 1MDB would affect the country's image and is seen as a concerted attack on Malaysia.

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  • Guan Eng to skip pro-Anwar rally due to work

    UPDATED 2.49PM Penang chief minister says his duties come first.

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  • Tan Sri's son feared dead in burnt car | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The son of an ex-political advisor to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is feared dead following the recovery of a charred body of a man in a burnt car at Bukit Damansara today. Police traced the razed car, a silver Perodua Myvi three hours later to the 80-year-old political advisor who is a Tan Sri and was told by the man that his 40-year-old son had left the house in the vehicle at 9am. The Tan Sri's house was barely a kilometre from the site where the burnt car was found. At about 10.30am, members of the Pantai Fire and Rescue department received a call from a security guard who reported spotting thick smoke billowing from a jungle at Jalan Setia Bestari.

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  • Study: Eat rice with chopsticks to reduce blood sugar level - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: If you want to control your blood sugar levels, one effective way could be to eat rice with chopsticks, say local nutrition experts.

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  • M’sian chef a hit in Sydney - Community | The Star Online

    DUBBED Australia’s high priestess in Malaysian cuisine by Time Out Sydney, Malaysian-born Jackie M has paved the way for authentic Malaysian food in Australia. Since humble beginnings serving Malaysian cuisine at Sydney’s Organic Food Markets on the weekends, the Seremban native has since become the chef with the second-widest reach on social media in Australia. “When I started out, I operated my business on a shoestring — this meant no marketing budget and no recognition or write-ups in traditional media about my restaurant and other activities.

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  • Is it illegal to stop the spread of Islam to non-Muslims? – Ravinder Singh - The Malaysian Insider

    So Isma has admitted that the giving of free Qurans is a proselytisation project, which was denied earlier, and not a no-strings-attached project to help non-Muslims understand Islam and dispel their fears of Islam as a religion of extremism. Razali Zakaria, a senior editor with Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia’s (Isma) media wing, Media Isma Sdn Bhd, is blowing hot and cold that non-Muslims are trying to stop the spread of Islam among Malaysians by complaining about the distribution of free copies of the Quran. He reminded non-Muslims that the Federal Constitution allows Muslims to convert anybody, whereas non-Muslims may only spread their teachings among themselves and not to Muslims.

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  • Darkness, barbed wire fail to stop vigil for Anwar - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, March 6, 2015.The streetlights leading to the Sungai Buloh prison were switched off and a barbed wire barricade was pushed forward but that did not stop a crowd from turning out for the vigil last night to show support for the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Former Bar Council president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told the crowd they should not be cowed when faced with obstacles like the darkness but that they must do everything legally possible to release Anwar from prison. After Ambiga finished speaking, Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah, who is also PKR vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP, took the microphone and recited a poem with the message that her father was innocent.

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  • Time for Japan to kill off zombie company Sharp — William Pesek

    As Japan Inc. icons go, the beleaguered tech giant counts as borderline royalty. Founded in 1912, the year Emperor Meiji, whose reforms transformed Japan from feudal state to capitalist power, died, Sharp was among the core engines of the nation's global ambitions. Now, it's hard to figure out a business in which Sharp can really excel. Despite a slew of cosmetic tweaks since then — raising equity from the public, selling off stakes in businesses and, in June 2013, naming a new president, Kozo Takahashi — the bleeding has not stopped.

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  • Why distribute only the Quran?

    Religious dialogue need not be painful.

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  • Sources: 1MDB to be dismantled under debt plan - Nation | The Star Online

    The power and property fund, a pet project of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with assets worth $14bil, was hit by losses last year and nearly defaulted on a loan payment. The near-miss drove down the ringgit currency and Malaysian government bonds and prompted calls from opposition leaders to make the fund's accounts more transparent. Under the aggressive restructuring plan, crafted by new boss Arul Kanda and blessed by the government, the fund will sell 80 percent of its power unit Edra Energy via a stock market listing, three sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters. More than RM18bil of 1MDB's debt linked to its power assets would go under Edra Energy ahead of the listing, which is due to be kickstarted in 6-9 months time, the sources said.

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  • PKR veep downplays 'too busy to rally' issue

    On the street, he says, there are no titles such as MPs or state assemblypersons.

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  • The ‘non-Bumis’ in our lives - The Malaysian Insider

    Sometime in late 1998, Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Catholic weekly Herald, was called in to substitute the parish priest for the Sunday morning mass at the Church of Our Lady of Fatima in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur. It was a period known for its "Reformasi" protests, not long after the sacking and subsequent arrest of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Fr Lawrence said then that so many people were complaining about the government and those in authority but they did not realise that the "sick" state of the country was not due only to the actions of those in power. Fr Lawrence explained how the ills of society reflects back on ourselves, with such wrongdoings or bad behaviour being manifested on a larger scale with even greater abuses by those to whom we have entrusted the nation and all that it holds.

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  • Bangladesh seizes US$1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat - The Malaysian Insider

    Bangladesh's customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated US$1.4 million (RM5 million) worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday. "We recovered the gold, both in the form of bar and ornaments, from Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka," said Moinul Khan, the Director General of the Custom Intelligence department, adding the gold weighed about 27 kilogrammes in total. The diplomat was released, but Bangladesh is seeking to press charges.

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  • Are middle-class Malaysians worth fighting for? – TK Chua - The Malaysian Insider

    A piece on The Malaysian Insider on “extremely transparent”, in fact “extreme nudity”, has prompted me to think long and hard on middle-class Malaysians – Malaysians who are not exactly stupid or ignorant and yet they have demonstrated every trait of those characteristics for whatever reason. It has also made me wonder whether middle-class Malaysians are capable of change or they are even worth fighting for. And if we want to fight corruption and attain integrity, we just need to appoint someone from Transparency International as an integrity minister.

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  • New Honda Civic breaks Nürburgring record - The Malaysian Insider

    The new Honda Civic Type R hot hatchback, officially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on Wednesday, is now also officially the world's fastest front-wheel-drive…

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  • Tian Chua claims specific notice to cops about pro-Anwar rally unnecessary

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPETALING JAYA, March 6 — Police statements about tomorrow’s #KitaLawan rally to support jailed Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim show they are aware of the event and constitutes sufficient notice of the gathering, PKR’s Chua Tian Chang asserted today. Dismissing police claims that they have not received notice of the rally as required under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA), the PKR leader said all that was necessary was for the authorities to recognise that the event was taking place. On March 4, Dang Wangi police chief ACP Zainol Samah said police have not received notice of the rally and have deemed the event to be unlawful for failing to meet the mandatory 10-day notice period stipulated under the PAA. PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil told Malay Mail Online the day before that PKR had already given the necessary notice.

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  • AirAsia wants blogger declared bankrupt for failing to pay RM5m defamation fine

    In the September 24, 2013 judgment, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an injunction to block Salahuddin from further publishing or repeating false and defamatory statements relating to the airline’s safety record, as well as a claim that one of its planes had crashed upon landing.— Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — AirAsia said today it has started legal proceedings to declare a blogger bankrupt after the latter failed to pay RM5 million over defamatory remarks against the airline. “AirAsia who obtained a judgment and an injunction in a defamation suit against blogger Salahuddin bin Hisham (anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com) has proceeded to file bankruptcy proceedings against Salahuddin for failing to pay the RM5 million aggravated and exemplary damages awarded by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in September 2013,” the low-cost carrier said in a brief statement today. In the September 24, 2013 judgment sighted by Malay Mail Online, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an injunction to block Salahuddin from further publishing or repeating false and defamatory statements relating to the airline’s safety record, as well as a claim that one of its planes had crashed upon landing.

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