• Dr M snubs opposition offer to work together to 'save Malaysia' | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today snubbed an offer by the opposition to work together to "save Malaysia". "I'm not working with anyone to take down Najib, not the opposition. "The problem is within Umno itself," Mahathir said. On Saturday, veteran DAP politician Lim Kit Siang had told Malaysian students during a talk in Alexandria, Egypt, that he is ready to put aside past problems if that is what it takes to save the country.

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  • Residents furore over 2 day old church - Videos | The Star Online

    Residents staged a peaceful protest against a new church situated in a shoplot in Taman Medan after the congregation there put up a cross on the church building.

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  • Dyana Sofya to Isma: Stop using religion, race to pit Malays against DAP

    — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaKUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) should stop using religion and race as a crutch to pit Malays against the DAP and cause public confusion, Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud said today. “The delusional Isma directly accused the DAP of eroding the faith of Malay-Muslims, confusing the public and so on.

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  • After losing thousands, buyers lodge report against minister, developer - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 18, 2015.A group of home buyers who lost thousands of ringgit buying houses in Karak, Pahang, that are not fit to occupy now want a federal minister to fulfil his promise to get their money back. Owners of the Taman Perdana Raya Karak apartment units, some of whom are facing bankruptcy as result of the soured deal, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had sided with the project’s developer. Parti Sosialis Malaysia activist Suresh Kumar said the houses were completed in 2009 but were so shoddily built that they were declared not fit for occupancy by the local authority. Suresh said that in 2011 Liow promised the house owners that the developer, I Prima Development Sdn Bhd, would pay back all the money that had been collected from them.

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  • ‘Malicious’ outsiders instigating home buyers, says Liow - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 19, 2015.Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has accused “malicious outsiders” of egging on the house buyers who lodged a police report against him yesterday over his alleged failure to fulfil his 2011 promise to them. The seven owners of the Taman Perdana Raya Karak apartment units yesterday demanded that the Bentong MP keep to his promise to get their money back, after their homes proved unfit for occupation when they were completed in 2009. Liow, however, said he received no request for help recently from the group before they lodged the report yesterday at the Karak police station, accompanied by Parti Sosialis Malaysia activist Suresh Kumar. “I personally assisted on this matter many years ago and out of 24 units, 17 buyers resolved their issues, the remaining seven buyers were supposed to work out the compensation with the developer,” Liow told The Malaysian Insider in a text message.

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  • Guard who ran amok was employed by the book, says security firm

    JOHOR BAHRU, April 19 — A knife-wielding security guard who ran amok, killing a bank officer and injuring the victim’s colleague at a bank in Taman Molek on Friday, was recruited according to regulations, said the former’s

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  • Isis shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 19, 2015.The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadist group today released a video purportedly showing the executions of some 30 Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya. The 29-minute video purports to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in a text on the screen as "followers of the cross from the enemy Ethiopian Church".

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  • Dr M is after Najib over 1MDB, not crooked bridge

    He can forgive Najib over the bridge, but not when money is missing.

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  • It's a pork party at Piggy Tail - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: Put on your party hat – Bangsar’s newest porcine pleasure has the roast to go with your toast. With their use of premium Sakura pork and inventive recipes, the restaurateurs behind Piggy Tail aim to serve up a feast fit for many a private fete in the city. Fun-loving Hong Kong native Zimmer Chan hopes to see more locals be the host with the most at his Chinese-Western fusion restaurant. “In Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, the trend is leaning towards house parties.

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  • Three-vehicle collision left one dead, two injured | theSundaily

    The deceased, from Kampung Koh here, died at the scene of the accident. The 28-year-old injured driver from Taman Keria, Lekir was sent to Seri Manjung hospital for outpatient treatment. Manjung district police chief ACP Tengku Mohd Zailan Tengku Ahmad said the driver was travelling from Seri Manjung to Lekir when the accident occurred at 8.30am at a traffic light junction. Tengku Mohd Zailan said police are investigating whether the cars had adhered to the traffic lights.

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  • Mandatory for household to separate garbage from September | theSundaily

    PUTRAJAYA: Households are urged to prepare themselves for the mandatory practice of separating garbage effective September. Solid Waste and Solid Cleansing Management Corp (SWCorp) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Ab Rahim Md Noor said every family member should know how to do it and dispose off garbage properly. "Waste isolation will involve the disposal of food waste for the first two days of collection every week and the third day collection is for recyclable garbage," he told reporters after giving out prizes to winners of a 3R (Reduce Reuse Recycle) marathon run here, today.

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  • Nurul Nuha denies contesting Permatang Pauh seat - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 18, 2015.Nurul Nuha Anwar has denied rumours that she will be chosen as the candidate to contest the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election next month, but promised to be present for PKR's campaign to defend the seat held by her father. "No," the second child of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today when asked if she would be the candidate for the seat that fell vacant after the opposition leader failed to overturn his sodomy conviction. Nurul Nuha, 31, said she would campaign for her father, who is also PKR's de facto leader. Permatang Pauh is important," she said today when met at the #KitaLawan cycling protest against the goods and services tax in Kuala Lumpur.

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  • 1MDB focus now on solving current issues, IPO crucial, says Wahid | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is now focused on solving current issues and executing the strategic review as outlined by its management and board, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has directed that an audit be undertaken by the Auditor General and the report presented to the Public Accounts Committee. Outlining the establishment of 1MDB, Wahid said the strategic development company, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ministry of Finance Incorporated with a paid-up capital of RM1 million.

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  • Mat Sabu says Penang PAS Youth’s remark over by-election ‘their own view’ – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    The statement by Penang PAS Youth that they would not cooperate during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign was their view, said PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu. Mohamad, who is better known as Mat Sabu (pic), said so far the PAS top leadership had not received any official statement from the Penang PAS Youth wing.

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  • Tun M: I will not work with the opposition - Videos | The Star Online

    Former Prime Minister Tun Dr.Mahathir Mohammad says he will not work with the opposition as his problem lies within UMNO itself.

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  • Samsung removes logo on smartphones in Japan - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 18, 2015.Samsung has removed its corporate logo from its new smartphones sold in Japan, a company spokeswoman confirmed today. The name Samsung is missing on both the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edge variant, the Galaxy S6 Edge.

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  • Suspended Chong Wei eyes SEA Games spot - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 19, 2015.Former Badminton world number one Datuk Lee Chong Wei is confident he will be cleared from a failed dope test and will find a place in the Malaysian squad for the Southeast Asian Games in June. The twice Olympic silver medallist is provisionally banned and awaiting a verdict from Badminton World Federation (BWF) after testing positive for the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone during the world championships in August. Chong Wei, 32, faced a hearing in Amsterdam last week but was confident he will receive good news in the next two weeks from the sport's world governing body and will take part in the June 5-16 SEA Games in neighbouring Singapore. "I'll only play in the team event as the BAM (Badminton Association of Malaysia) plan to send me for a tournament which will clash with the SEA Games' (singles) competition," he was quoted as saying by Malaysian media yesterday.

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  • Reports of UMMC budget cut truly concerning ― Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad

    APRIL 18 ― I am deeply saddened and concerned by reports that an alleged RM120 million budget cut for the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) this year may result in cutbacks to patient care. Even more disturbingly, the cuts — if true — could also hurt the quality of the training of medical students attached to the teaching hospital. It has been reported that UMMC’s 2015 budget has been cut to RM387 million, compared to its 2014 expenditure of RM510 million. The UMMC has been at the forefront of providing affordable healthcare of a credible standard to all Malaysians, including those living in Klang Valley.

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  • MAS to discontinue flights to Frankfurt | theSundaily

    FRANKFURT: Malaysia Airlines (MAS) is withdrawing from Frankfurt in the course of a network rationalisation exercise and as part of the national carrier's recovery plan. "We regret to announce that MAS is suspending flight operations in Frankfurt. The last flight out will be on May 29," MAS Frankfurt director David Rajkumar Subramaniam said in a statement on Friday. According to the statement, the revised network plan is in line with MAS' overall strategy to be more regionally focused, with a strong global connectivity through its OneWorld alliance and partners.

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  • Japan population falls to 15-year low - Regional | The Star Online

    Japan's population has shrunk for the fourth year running, falling back to a level it was last at in 2000, with more than one in four people now aged 65 or older, the government said. Japan's rapidly greying population poses a major headache for policymakers who are faced with trying to ensure an ever-dwindling pool of workers can pay for the growing number of pensioners. Any suggestion of opening its borders to young workers who could help plug the population gap provokes strong reactions among the public. Japan's population is forecast to drop to some 86.7 million in 2060 with the proportion of people aged 65 or over estimated to reach nearly 40 percent of the total, the government has warned.

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  • The Auschwitz guard in search of ‘inner peace’

    — Reuters picBERLIN, April 18 — For seven decades, Oskar Groening has been haunted by memories of serving in Auschwitz, while denying ultimate responsibility for the mass murder at the Nazi death camp. Unlike many former SS guards, Groening, dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, has spoken at length about what he did and saw during the Holocaust. “I never really found inner peace,” he told the Hannoversche Zeitung daily last year, months ahead of his trial for being an accessory to 300,000 murders. Groening has said he volunteered for the Waffen SS in 1941 at age 20, drawn by wartime fervour and “the elegance of the uniform”.

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  • Sister of bank officer killed in amok case still in shock | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: More than 12 hours have passed but Ho Pei Xia, 25, the younger sister of the bank officer who was killed in an amok incident in Taman Molek here yesterday is still traumatised and refused to accept the fact that her brother is gone forever. In her Facebook account entitled 'Eupraxia Ho' the graduate of Subang Jaya Inti College regarded her brother, Ho Chin Tau as the 'best' human being and the pride of her family all these while. Maybe because she could not contain her sadness, Pei Xia shared a photograph in her Facebook showing her hugging her brother who was holding a birthday cake. A friend of Pei Xia known as Ming Lee Chong said the photograph, which was uploaded, almost made her cry.

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  • Check out all theories including Maldives sighting before setting them aside, MH370 kin say

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — Theories of Flight MH370 sightings and locations should be verified before being thrown out by search teams, the families of those aboard the ill-fated flight said today. “For example, we would appreciate it if the investigation team would actually interview witnesses, like those in Maldives who claimed to have seen a low-flying plane for evidence to either prove or disprove the theory before they completely dismiss the possibility,” the group said in an email response to Malay Mail Online. The underwater search for Flight MH370 is currently being conducted in the southern Indian Ocean off the Australian coast, while Maldives is an island in the Indian Ocean-Arabian Sea region. This Thursday, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the alleged sightings of the still missing Flight MH370 in Maldives are “not possible”, noting that recent reports were merely year-old news reports that had resurfaced.

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  • Family of NS boy killed in car crash receives insurance payout - Nation | The Star Online

    GEORGE TOWN: The family of former National Service trainee Lim Wee Cheat, 18, who was killed in an accident in November last year, received RM128,000 in insurance payment from the National Service Training Department. Lorry driver Lim Hock Choon, 52, received the cheque when officials from the department visited him at his apartment in Lengkok Angsana here. Zone B (Perak / Penang) director Commander Wan Zarihan Wan Ismail said that Wee Cheat was killed in a car crash on Nov 12, three days after the camp session he attended ended. “He was still covered by the insurance when the accident happened,” he told reporters after handing over the cheque on behalf of National Service director-general Datuk Mohmed Asri Yusof yesterday.

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  • Beer belly gauge: How big is yours? - News | The Star Online

    German exhibition shows how much beer is consumed by the wideness of one's girth.

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  • Falling tree claims two lives during fishing trip | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: What began as a fun fishing trip for four friends ended in tragedy when two of them were killed by an uprooted, falling tree early today. Rizal Ismail, 33, and Hanafi Abd Rahman, 42, succumbed to head and body injuries while undergoing treatment at the Jemaluang Clinic. Rizal and Hanafi, both from Kampung Pengkalan Batu in Mersing, together with their two friends had gone fishing at Hutan Taman Bahtera in Jemaluang near Mersing when the incident occurred about 4.30am.

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  • The heroic rats that are saving lives, one landmine at a time (VIDEO)

    NEW YORK, April 19 — Nicholas Kristof follows a large rodent as it searches a minefield in northern Angola. — New York Times

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  • Moderation, good sense require more than writing joint letters – TK Chua - The Malaysian Insider

    Today, I read another letter by a group of 40 prominent Malaysians (G40) expressing their concerns over the lack of adherence to the foundational principles forming Malaysia and the skewed interpretation of our nation’s constitution. Before this, a group of 25 eminent Malaysians (G25), many of them former senior government officials, started the process with their joint letter calling for moderation and the need to respect the spirit and intent of our constitution. Most of us want our constitution respected but fictitious and skewed interpretations have become more prevalent in recent time. But skewed interpretation of the Constitution and the boldness of certain bureaucracy to do things based on its own whims and fancies are political in nature.

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  • Customs receives two complaints on misuse of GST ID: Zaizah | theSundaily

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (Customs Department) received two complaints relating to misuse of the 12-digit registration Goods and Services Tax (GST) number or GST ID by two food outlets. Royal Malaysian Customs Department Senior Assistant Director Zaizah Zainuddin said the complaints were received by the Kuala Lumpur Customs headquarters, each involving a food outlet in the Klang Valley and in a state from the east coast. "These were the first complaints we received pertaining to the misuse of the GST ID and investigations on the premises involved are currently being carried out by the customs enforcement unit.

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  • To save M'sia, Kit Siang willing to work with Dr M

    If this is what it takes to save M'sia from ruin, says DAP veteran.

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  • Maple syrup helps antibiotics fight bacteria, study finds

    — AFP-Relaxnews picTORONTO, April 18 — When it’s been concentrated, an extract of maple syrup weakens harmful bacteria, reducing their resistance to antibiotics, according to a new study at McGill University in Canada. Making microbes more susceptible to being overcome by antibiotics could cut down on the amount that’s necessary to fight them, say the researchers. Increasing antibiotic use is thought to be contributing to the burgeoning antibiotic resistance crisis, which has become a major public health concern on a global scale. Maple syrup is made from the sap of the North American maple tree, which makes it an excellent source of these natural pathogen-killing compounds.

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  • Kedah Umno unity ‘at highest level’, Mukhriz says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayALOR STAR, April 18 — Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said the political situation in Kedah is not serious as Kedah Umno unity is at its highest level. “The political situation in Kedah is not serious. “Our support is not only voiced out but via the party machinery who are very loyal and strong,” he said when launching the ‘Skuad Annnur’ of Kedah Wanita Umno’s Religious Bureau here, today.

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  • Mat Sabu: No action against Penang PAS Youth after Permatang Pauh boycott threat

    — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The statement by Penang PAS Youth that they would not cooperate during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign was their view, said PAS deputy President PAS Mohamad Sabu. Mohamad was commenting on a statement by Penang PAS Youth chief Mohd Yusni Mohd Piah who was quoted as saying that they would not participate in Permatang Pauh if the state Keadilan Youth wing (AMK) and the Penang DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) did not retract their statements about PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in connection with the hudud issue.

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  • GST on Sabah and Sarawak flights remains - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Sabahans and Sara­wakians have been asking for flights within their states to be exempted from Goods and Services Tax (GST) because to them it is an essential form of public transport but the Customs Department says no. Customs GST director Datuk Subroma­niam Tholasy said while flights were a necessity in both states, only domestic transport of passengers for “mass public transport” such as by rail, ship, boat, ferry, ex­press bus, stage bus, school bus, feeder bus, workers’ bus and taxis were exempted from GST. “Flights cannot be considered as a daily mode of transport,” he said in an interview. Subromaniam said the prime minister spoke about the Trans Borneo Highway and work on it had already started.

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  • Gerrard returns to skipper Liverpool in FA Cup semi-final - The Malaysian Insider

    Steven Gerrard returns to the Liverpool starting line-up after a three-match suspension and captains the side against Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final…

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  • Kedah Umno gives full support to Najib, Mukhriz

    Mukhriz also told not make a statement on the Dr M-Najib tiff on April 24.

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  • Freida Pinto avoids mirrors | theSundaily

    FREIDA Pinto (pix) has confessed she isn't interested in the way she looks and often avoids look at her reflection in the mirror. The 'Slumdog Millionaire' actress isn't interested in constantly checking her appearance and is aware her beauty often works against her when it comes to landing gritty roles, although she is keen to change people's opinions of her in the industry. The star - who played Latika opposite Dev Patel in the Oscar-winning drama - said: "It's not necessarily the way I see myself. The Mumbai-born beauty - who is regularly spotted on the front row at exclusive catwalk shows - has expressed an interest in fashion from a young age and even found herself a "secret tailor" to help customise her clothes and create "something wonderful for [her] to wear" when she grew up in India.

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  • China, Malaysia extend currency swap deal for next 3 years

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — China and Malaysia have renewed their currency swap arrangement for a further three years, according to a statement on the website of the Malaysian central bank. The swap exchanges 180 billion yuan for RM90 billion according to the report, unchanged from the previous swap arrangement in 2012, which increased the size of the first swap signed in 2009. “This renewed bilateral currency swap arrangement reinforces the on-going commitment by both central banks in promoting the use of local currencies for payment settlement,” said Bank Negara Malaysia in its statement.

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  • No greater threat to planet than climate change, says Obama - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, April 18, 2015.US President Barack Obama said today that climate change poses the world's biggest single threat. "Today, there's no greater threat to our planet than climate change," Obama said in his weekly address, which had an environmental theme to mark Earth Day on April 22. "Climate change can no longer be denied, or ignored," he added, noting that 2014 was the hottest year on record. The United States is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter after China, and Obama has pledged to reduce US climate pollution by 26%-28% from 2005 levels by 2025.

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  • Service charge: KPDNKK inspects 787 premises nationwide | theSundaily

    BUKIT MERTAJAM: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has inspected 787 hotels and restaurants to tackle issues on service charges nationwide. KPDNKK secretary-general Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said 412 complaints were received and 88 premises issued notices under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 as of yesterday (April 18). "The operation commenced on April 8 and, based on the complaints received, we will investigate to determine if there is profiteering. "Traders are given three days to submit invoices and the related documents before enforcement action is taken," he told reporters after inspecting Pasar Awam Sama Gagah, Permatang Pauh here, today.

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