• 5 reasons why taking in the Rohingya refugees is good for M’sia –...

    In the past few days, many of you might have been hearing the term ‘Rohingya‘ appear very often on your newsfeeds. The Rohingya people made big news in Malaysia recently after it was found out that Malaysian officials turned away 2 boats carrying hundreds of people. 11 May – About 1400 Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees land in Langkawi, Malaysia, they are detained by Malaysian authorities. 12 May – Malaysia and Thailand increase border activity to hold back tides of migrants.

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  • Why this video of a South Korean woman removing her makeup got over three million hits

    A video of a South Korean woman removing make-up from half her face has gone viral. The video which was uploaded on May 2 is simply that — a woman removing makeup. But, a make up artist TODAY spoke with said achieving that effect is possible with a skilled hand. Sharhana Mohd Sharif who has been a makeup artist for Lyanaz Bridal Gallery for five years said there are techniques to make one’s eyes look bigger.

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  • Why didn't you resign, Muhyiddin asked

    Rafizi tells DPM that his hands are just as soiled with regard to the 1MDB issue.

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  • 7 shocking quotes from Muhyiddin during secret UMNO meet

    "Sack all the 1MDB board!" "Aku yang akan jadi pengarah pilihanraya ini!" These are just some of the quotes caught on video from Deputy PM Muhyiddin, during an UMNO training session in Janda Baik recently. #1mdb #ahmadmaslan #muhyiddinyassin

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  • Rosmah a ‘smart, brave’ Muslim woman, aide tells ex-Umno minister

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — In defending Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor from criticism, an aide has shot back at former Umno minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for ridiculing the prime minister’s wife. According to a report by Malaysiakini, Rosmah’s personal assistant Rizal Mansor accused Zaid of forgetting “his morals” and overlooking her vast contributions to Malaysia. Rizal stressed that Rosmah’s priority has always been the safety and security of Malaysia and its citizens. “It is time for Zaid to come out of the shell and accept the fact that Rosmah is a smart and brave Muslim woman.

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  • Sacking of PJ’s legal director sends right signal - The Malaysian Insider

    The Coalition of Good Governance (CGG) welcomes the news that the Petaling Jaya City Council's (MBPJ) disciplinary board was convened to hear the case of a legal director of the council who has now been sacked after a two-year probe found that he had acted improperly when awarding billboard contracts to a media company. This is a significant case and Petaling Jaya as a local government, is sending the right signal to other governments, be it local, state or federal government that governance involves the right to collect tax, the right to representation by the citizens, the upkeep of integrity to ensure the tax money is spent appropriately and if there are abuses, actions are to be taken.

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  • KR1M outlets across state ordered to take ‘Kicap Masin’ off shelves

    KUCHING: All Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) outlets in the state have been ordered to remove the KR1M-brand salty soya sauce (Kicap Masin) off the shelves amid food safety concerns. Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said the move came after the state Health Department issued a notice two days ago to all KR1M retailers. “Health officers in all divisions state-wide have gone to the ground to identify and monitor this product since we issued the notice on Thursday. Dr Jerip added that his ministry did not waste any time to send health officers and enforcement personnel to the ground to check on the product after the notice was circulated.

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  • The inevitable fall of Barisan Nasional – Puthan Perumal - The Malaysian Insider

    As  night  follows  day,  governments  of  the day will eventually change. It is simply because the people, over time, come to realise that a particular government, and its manner of administration, is no more suitable with the current times. Sometimes, a  particular  government  of  the  day  refuses  to let go of  power  and will do all that is necessary (and unnecessary)  to be in power and remain  relevant. It  is  in  these  circumstances where we shall  see a "fall" of a particular government.

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  • Thousand risky GST statements to face legal action

    Legal action will be taken against nearly 1,000 risky Goods and Services Tax (GST) statements sent from May 1, said Customs Department GST director T. Subromaniam. He said the agency's review through the MyGST system revealed there was a possibility of inaccurate declaration, underpayment of GDT, overclaims on tax input, tax evasion or tax fraud.

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  • Relief for affected companies

    KUCHING: Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has partially freed some accounts frozen in its recent blitz against illegal logging and corruption under Ops Gergaji (in Sarawak) and Ops BS (in Sabah). MACC deputy commissioner (operation) Dato Sri Mohd Shukri Abdul, in a statement yesterday, said since May 18, 2015, the commission had received petitions from some affected account holders and accepted their appeals to free part of their funds for operation costs, including paying of salaries. The deputy commissioner added that Sarawak MACC and Sabah MACC had been engaging with associations representing the timber industry to explain the freezing of the accounts and the steps that the associations’ members could take to unfreeze them.

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  • Jeweller dies after assault outside shop | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: A jeweller in his 40s died after he was stabbed with a sharp object by a man who assaulted him outside his shop in Jalan Datuk Kapten Ahmad near the Kluang town centre today, police said.

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  • Isn’t it time for change? – Nur Adilah binti Ramli - The Malaysian Insider

    Despite fairly stringent media censorship, nowadays, netizens can gain access to all sorts of information without much hassle. In terms of the political landscape which has undergone massive reconstruction since the birth of the Internet, politicians today can make their manifestos known to the public simply through social media. Not to mention, social media is a powerful political tool that can tremendously benefit politicians in reaching out to the society at large. I am one of millions of people who search for information regarding politics via social media.

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  • How much taxpayer funds are wasted on political uniforms? – J.D. Lovrenciear - The Malaysian Insider

    As we begin to witness Umno and its component political parties running helter-skelter in these troubled times of political instability, there is one very noticeable practice that deserves a thorough investigation. Have you noticed the increased frequency of political party gatherings, and rallies included? Have you also noticed that each time the Umno or Barisan Nasional people gather, they are always clothed in some new uniform? Even, when the deputy prime minister meets divisional leaders in a highly-secretive gathering, the audience and the speaker himself are donned in a brand spanking new uniform.

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  • PKR: Penang, Selangor excluded from 11MP competitive city list as political punishment

    ― File picSHAH ALAM, May 22 ― Penang and Selangor's exclusion from the 11th Malaysia Plan's (11MP) City Competitiveness Master Plan was done with the intention of punishing the Pakatan Rakyat state governments, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail claimed today. She added that it was “not right” for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to make such a decision when he is supposed to have the best interests of all Malaysians at heart. “It's not right because it's as if they are punishing the Penang government and the Selangor government.

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  • Money worries keep over 60pc of Malaysian retirees awake at night, HSBC report finds

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Living inheritance is a cause for concern for retirees in Malaysia where 63 per cent of retirees are worried about not being able to support family or friends financially, according to an HSBC report. It said Malaysia has the highest percentage of concern for this concern in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico at 58 per cent, while Singapore (54 per cent). A total of 54 per cent Malaysians are also concerned of being reliant on family or friends for financial support, the HSBC report entitled “The Future of Retirement Choices for Later Life” said. Despite no longer being in paid employment, it said 86 per cent of Malaysian retirees would continue to provide regular financial support to at least one family member (including a spouse) and friends, including their adult children (above 16) and grandchildren, while some support their parents.

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  • Anita Sarawak missing for 2 months now, says half-sister - The Malaysian Insider

    – YouTube screenshot, May 21, 2015.International entertainer extraordinaire Anita Sarawak has been totally uncontactable since March, sparking concerns about her whereabouts and health, her half-sister told a Singapore online portal recently. Former model and actress-singer Noor Kumalasari Mohamad Taib said it was very unlike the Singapore-born Anita – who also has a large fan base across the border – to suddenly disappear and not keep in touch with either family or friends for such a long period of time. Maybe she is just busy travelling and taking things slowly,” said Noor Kumalasari. Noor Kumalasari said that during a phone call two months ago, Anita had said she was retiring from showbusiness and was “not interested” in holding any more performances.

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  • Petronas mum over opportunity to buy TRX land

    — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, May 22 — Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) refused to comment today whether it would purchase the controversy-hit RM188.5-million plot of land in Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) to add to its land bank. Petronas president and chief executive Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin refused to answer a reporter’s enquiry on the matter after announcing the group’s results for the first quarter of 2015. When met after the press conference, Wan Zulkiflee stayed mum and just shook his head slightly. Following advice from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) announced on May 9 that it will sell its TRX land plot a week after, just a month after buying it from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

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  • Japanese melons sold at auction for over RM44,000 - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, May 22, 2015.A single pair of premium melons fetched an eye-watering 1.5 million yen (RM44,392) at an auction in Japan on Friday. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit wholesaler for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said. The figure – enough to buy a brand new car in Japan – is some way short of the record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 2.5 million yen last year. Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan – like a fine wine – with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.

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  • Explanation on 1MDB-Singapore bank deal not a mistake, but blatant lie – Nawawi Mohamad - The Malaysian Insider

    Its investment in the Cayman Islands was also questionable because the island has been associated with the money laundering by the underworld. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also expressed his frustration in trying to understand what has been going on, all leading to 1MDB being in debt amounting to RM42 billion, with almost half not being accounted for as yet. Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been attacked by Dr Mahathir and must be fully aware of the repercussions of the attacks, which have also demanded he step down as prime minister. It is therefore a very serious matter and despite the cool façade Najib must have taken it seriously.

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  • Singapore Airlines launches new Premium Economy Class

    Reintroduced after a two-year development programme and an investment of about US$80 million (RM288 million), the new seats on Premium Economy class were unveiled today. The seats will have a width of either 18.5 or 19.5 inches depending on aircraft type, compared to their 18-inch-wide Economy class counterparts, along with an 8-inch recline and a seat pitch of 38 inches. Additionally, Premium Economy Class will allow customers to advance order a selection of main courses under the “Book the Cook” service, alongside an extensive range of food and beverage offerings. KrisFlyer Frequent flyers will also get 10 per cent more miles when flying in Premium Economy class.

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