• DAP: 1MDB CEO skipping PAC hearing shows something ‘seriously’ wrong

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s decision to skip the Public Accounts Committee’s hearing tomorrow confirms doubts over the debt-laden state-owned firm, DAP’s Lim Kit Siang said today. The DAP parliamentary leader said the planned absence of Arul Kanda and his predecessor Datuk Shahrol Ibrahim Halmi from the PAC hearing is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back in the controversy.

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  • Lord Mayor of London: I’m a Malaysian - Nation | The Star Online

    JOHOR BARU: “Saya adalah orang Malaysia (I’m Malaysian)” were the first few words uttered by the Lord Mayor of London Alan Yarrow as he addressed a crowd here. Yarrow, who visited the Johor Area Rehabilitation Organisation (Jaro) here yesterday with his wife Gilly, was on a two-day working visit to Malaysia, with a special tour to this city. As for Jaro, Yarrow said the organisation held fond memories for him as his mother Paula Yarrow was one of the volunteers at the centre.

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  • Overpriced food caused by human error, says restaurant owner | theSundaily

    GEORGE TOWN: The popular 'nasi kandar' restaurant, Kayu Nasi Kandar in Bukit Jambul, has clarified that the price of its ladyfingers on a receipt, which went viral over social media recently, was caused by human error. Its managing director Burhan Mohamed said the right pricing for the ladyfingers in the restaurant was RM2 for five pieces and not RM20 as posted in the Internet. "Our cashier made an error, instead of RM2, he mistakenly punched RM20 for the item," he told a press conference at the restaurant today. Burhan also justified the RM2.50 price of its 'roti canai telur', saying it is reasonable with the services and quality provided by the restaurant.

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  • 'Bad moon rising for PAS under current leaders'

    INTERVIEW Ahmad Awang says party will do badly in GE if they stay.

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  • More Umno MPs against Hanadzalah’s restructuring plan – Sir Wenger Khairy - The Malaysian Insider

    Two weeks ago, I profiled Umno MPs into three categories: the first, hard-core supporters of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whom I counted at 26; those who were anti-PM, whom I counted as 8; and the middle ground, whom I counted at 56. The Bugis Warrior ship continues to leak support and the longer it continues, the easier it will be to separate those condemned to go down with the Bugis dingy and those who have made the smart choice to save Umno and themselves. Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz then quipped and said that 1MDB did not pose a systemic risk to the Malaysian banking sector and the 1MDB CEO asked us to believe that the Cayman Islands investment was redeemed in cash because “he sighted the statement”. The Cayman Islands investment has not been redeemed and is currently held as ownership interest in illiquid “units”.

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  • No giant rat in Subang Jaya, says Hannah Yeoh - The Malaysian Insider

    – Facebook pic, May 25, 2015.Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh today denied the existence of a giant rat in her state constituency of Subang Jaya, saying that a photograph which was spread through social media yesterday was inaccurate. Yeoh said the picture of the rat, which was caught by residents of USJ11, could have been modified to make it appear bigger than normal-sized rodents. The operation was led by Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor and Zone 3 Residents' Committee. The furore was said to have started when Facebook user Sian Liam See posted a photograph of a giant rat, saying the rodent had been caught in front of Thiagan and Kumar Dental Clinic in USJ 11/1J in Subang Jaya.

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  • 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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  • 1MDB chief Arul Kanda to skip PAC probe tomorrow

    — File picKUALA LUMPUR, May 25  — The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will not get to grill 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy tomorrow as he has excused himself from attending the parliamentary committee hearing. It is understood that Arul and his predecessor, Datuk Shahrol Halmi, had written in to inform the committee that they would not be able to attend the hearing as they are currently overseas. “PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan (Mohamed) should be revealing more details on this later after the meeting,” a source close to the committee said.

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  • Don’t stress yourself out over GST and IMDB, says Shahidan Kassim - Nation | The Star Online

    KUALA LUMPUR: Think positive and don't stress yourself thinking about GST and 1MDB. "Think positive about GST...1MDB.If you think positive then there will be lower stress levels, " he said when answering a question in Parliament about stress-related dangers by Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar (BN-Kuala Kangsar).

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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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  • Court says EC must reply to Anwar’s suit in two weeks - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.The Election Commission (EC) and its chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof have been ordered to file their affidavit within two weeks in response to a suit filed by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was barred from voting in the recent Permatang Pauh by-election. The former opposition leader's lawyer, Raul Lee, said High Court deputy registrar Norhasniah Abdul Razak gave the order today during a case management.

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  • Why was MBPJ legal department head sacked but not sued? – Mak Khuin Weng - The Malaysian Insider

    The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) recently took its first step in sacking a high-ranking officer over a very serious issue: the alleged signing of an agreement for 13 billboard sites to a billboard operator that was deemed prejudicial to the interests of the city council and done without the knowledge or consent of the council. If this is true, then the sacking of Abdul Mutalib Mohd Ali as the MBPJ legal department director is most certainly welcome. As a former MBPJ councillor from 2008 to 2012 and having served in the MBPJ disciplinary board as a committee member, I would like to point out a few things that appear odd in the announcement from MBPJ.

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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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  • British designer growing trees into furniture - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP/Relaxnews pic, May 25, 2015.Deep in the English countryside, there's a bizarre sight: rows of trees being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape over years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lampshades and other items including mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a highly unusual adventure in furniture design. The brainchild of Gavin Munro, his Full Grown company has produced some early prototypes, with each item one solid, seamless piece of wood. On a farm also containing a micro-brewery, a smokery, flower cultivation and plenty of sheep, the rows of trees are growing around blue corrugated plastic frames.

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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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  • 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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  • After Kit Siang’s doomsday warning, Rafizi says Pakatan needs cooling period - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 25, 2015.PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli has mooted a “cooling period” between Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties to avoid further straining the opposition pact, after DAP warned that PR may disintegrate within two weeks. He said instead of exchanging barbs with one another, party leaders should go down to the ground and realise the extent to which Malaysians wanted PR to stay together. “It is understandable and expected given the spate of exchanges between DAP and PAS top leaderships in the past three months that (Lim) Kit Siang fears the worst,” the PKR vice-president said when met by reporters at the Parliament lobby. “That’s why I think the best way to manage it and to preserve Pakatan in spite of whatever results that will be in the next two weeks is I think to have a cooling period until after that time.

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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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  • 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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