• 'Roti jala' hadith have scholars in a knot

    Perlis mufti blocks preacher Kazim Elias over a 'false hadith' on roti jala.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Guard shoots fleeing robber in leg during RM500k heist in Bayan Baru

    Despite security guards firing five shots at two fleeing robbers, they managed to escape with a sack containing RM500,000 from a security van parked some distance from a bank in Bayan Baru near here today. It is believed the shots fired by the security guard injured one of the robbers in the 11am incident. While one of the robbers escaped on a motorcycle, the other fled from the scene in the direction of a residential area. Penang CID chief Datuk Mazlan Kesah said due to their fear of being shot, the robbers, one of whom was armed with a pistol, only managed to escape with one sack filled with RM500,000 while another bag with RM300,000 was abandoned on the road.

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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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  • 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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  • Australia’s Abbott ‘revolted’ by looming Indonesian executions - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday said he was "revolted" by the looming execution of two convicted Australian drug traffickers as preparations were under way to move the men to an island where they will be shot. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas of mercy for the pair. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has adopted a tough stance on carrying out harsh penalties for drug traffickers. Executions were resumed in 2013 after a five-year gap and nationals from Brazil, Malawi, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Vietnam have been among those put in front of a firing squad.

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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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  • Lufthansa to fight Emirates in long-haul with rock-bottom fares

    — AFP picFRANKFURT, March 4 — Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Europe’s second- largest airline, introduced rock-bottom fares for its new long- haul venture, to sharpen competition with Persian Gulf carriers that have been crowding it out of routes. Eurowings will start serving Dubai from €99.99 (RM406) one-way on special introductory fares, Karl Ulrich Garnadt, who heads Lufthansa’s passenger business, said at a presentation in Berlin today. The planes, operated by the company’s SunExpress joint venture with Turkish Airlines, will initially also serve Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, as well as Varadero in Cuba and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Garnadt said. Eurowings will offer “affordable ticket prices and an attractive route network,” Garnadt said.

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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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  • 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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  • Sabah and Sarawak opposition give cautious welcome to greater autonomy call - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, March 4, 2015.The call by Sabah state assembly speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak for Putrajaya to give the East Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah partial autonomy has been greeted with apprehension by opposition leaders. Salleh in a recent blog post said that the present system through which Putrajaya practically ran the states was not well received by the people in Sarawak and Sabah, and that it was crucial for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) to prove that it respected the Malaysia Agreement that underpinned the forming of Malaysia with these two states.

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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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  • 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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  • New IS militant wing for Malaysians, Indonesians uncovered

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — A new terrorist group called Majmu’ah al-Arkhabiliy consisting of Malaysians and Indonesians has been detected by local authorities, reported a local news portal today. The group under the command of Islamic State (IS) militants was discovered by intelligence agencies last year, The Star reported Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ayub Khan as saying. “They have about 100 members and we are still in the midst of identifying the number of Malaysians involved in the group,” The Star quoted him as saying.

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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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  • Indonesia says relations with Australia to be affected by executions – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily New

    SYDNEY: Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema said on Wednesday his country is not “trigger happy” but confirmed “all aspects” of relations between the countries would be affected by the impending execution of two Australians, a Xinhua News report said. Convicted drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were on Wednesday transported from Bali to Indonesia’s so-called execution island of Nusakambangan, where they are due to be executed by a firing squad. Kesoema spoke about the issue at an Australia Indonesia Business Council event in Perth as the executions became the main political talking point in Australia.

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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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  • Why can’t Hadi be challenged, PAS division chief asks

    — Picture by Saw Siow Feng KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — There is no reason for the PAS presidency to be uncontested during the party elections in June, a division leader has said, amid rumours of a plot to oust incumbent Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. Malay daily Sinar Harian quoted Pendang PAS division chief  Datuk Mohamed Taulan Mat Rasul as saying that the scenario was possible, and that members of the Islamist party have a right to decide on the matter rather than individual leaders. “PAS Pendang has not decided who will be nominated as president and deputy president, and all posts that are being contested. “We will decide who is the worthy candidate during the PAS annual general assembly for this division on April 18,” Mohamed Taulan was quoted by Sinar Harian as saying.

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