• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Education Ministry offering bursaries to 2014 SPM top achievers – Bernama - The Malaysian Insider

    Students who scored 9A+ and above in the 2014 Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination will each be automatically offered a bursary to take up a preparatory…

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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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  • 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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  • Angry housewives go to police after Rosmah’s picture on pig - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 2, 2015.A Facebook posting showing Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor superimposed with a pig's body has caused an uproar among a group of housewives in Penang. The group, made up of Umno members, women non-governmental organisations, single mothers and housewives from Bayan Baru, lodged 11 police reports against a Facebook user, identified as Peter Lee, urging swift investigations by the authorities. Bayan Baru Umno information chief Kuraishah Syed Mohamad said it was unfortunate that people these days go to such extremes to offend leaders in the country. "The person who did this must face the music," she said outside the Bayan Baru police station.

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  • Bridge jumper says sea lion saved his life | theSundaily

    SYDNEY: A man who jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to try to take his own life and was kept afloat by a sea lion said Wednesday suicide prevention was now his life's work. Kevin Hines, in Australia to speak at several conferences, was a teenager struggling with mental illness and depression when he jumped off the famous bridge in 2000. Hines later spoke to a man who had been on the bridge that day and who had seen that it was not a shark but a sea lion.

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  • Hike GST to cut oil dependency, IMF tells Putrajaya

    According to the international financial body, fewer exemptions in Malaysia’s GST would help tax authorities to compile more information through cross-checking of return, subsequently increasing tax compliance.— File pic KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 — Malaysia should gradually hike its goods and services tax (GST) in the future, in addition to reducing the number of exempt and zero-rated items, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested. Lauding the introduction of the consumption tax, IMF said the consumption tax would help Malaysia reduce its reliance on revenue from its oil and gas industry which it noted is volatile. “Looking ahead, GST effectiveness could be enhanced by gradually narrowing the list of exempt and zero-rated items which would help raise GST buoyancy,” the IMF said in its staff report on the country released yesterday.

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  • DAP wants police to probe 1MDB scandal - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, March 4, 2015.DAP wants police to investigate the authenticity of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) documents recently leaked by whistleblower site Sarawak Report, which detailed alleged financial irregularities in the government-owned strategic investment fund. DAP lawmakers Tony Pua and Gobind Singh Deo said if the email correspondence were true, it highlighted a serious crime involving billions of ringgit. “In my report, I basically outlined the email documents exposed by Sarawak report which highlighted that there was a conspiracy behind the scenes, possibly to defraud 1MDB of at least US$700 million (RM2.5 billion). “This is a serious crime (involving) massive amounts of money, billions of ringgit, so police need to look at this particular transaction with urgency so that the culprits can be brought to book,” Pua, the Petaling Jaya Utara MP, said after lodging the report at the Damansara Utama police station.

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  • What to eat in Pudu - The Malaysian Insider

    — Pic courtesy gf HungryGoWhere, March 4, 2015.At Char Siew Yoong, you can’t leave without having their char siew (duh!) Firm, juicy meat with veins of melt-in-your-mouth fat, the char siew (RM15) is caramelised to sticky-sweet goodness. Sek Yuen is one of the few places you can still find lang phoon (Chinese cold cut platter).

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  • Manager may have been killed by mistake

    — AFP picBUTTERWORTH, March 4 — The family of E. Selvakumar, 54, who was shot dead in his car on Sunday night, claimed he was innocent and could have been a “victim of circumstances”. A relative, who declined to be named, said at the family home in Taman Villa Palma here that Selvakumar was “just being with a friend” when the incident occurred at the intersection of Jalan Scotland and Jalan York at 9.30pm. Selvakumar was killed instantly when a motorcycle pulled up next to his car and the pillion rider opened fire seven times. Selvakumar’s friend, aged 61, escaped unhurt.

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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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  • Heeding Abe’s call, Chinese tourists flock to Japan for luxury items

    — Reuters picBEIJING, March 4 — Thousand-dollar rice cookers and toilet seats that know when you enter the room. That’s what visitors to Japan from China have been buying at Laox Co., sending the Tokyo-based duty-free store chain to its first profit in 14 years and its shares up 1,400 per cent from a low in 2012. The Chinese-owned company has had an unlikely ally: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. While Abe’s government has sparred with its communist counterpart over ownership of islands in the South China Sea, Japan has also been courting its neighbour’s citizens by relaxing visa rules.

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  • Australian death row convicts moved to Indonesia execution island - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 4, 2015.Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were being transferred on Wednesday from a Bali prison to an island for execution along with other foreigners, underlining Indonesia's determination to use the death penalty despite international criticism. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions between Australia and Indonesia following repeated pleas of mercy for the pair, who are among 11 death row convicts scheduled to go before a firing squad.

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  • Nephew of ex-CM killed after attack at his cafe - Nation | The Star Online

    KOTA KINABALU: A nephew of former chief minister Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee died after an attack by an enraged worker at his own restaurant. Darren Kong died on his 36th birthday. The businessman was killed after he was slashed repeatedly on the head, neck and hands during the 5pm incident on Sunday at the Asia Cafe in the east Lahad Datu district. Lahad Datu police chief Asst Comm Hamza Ahmad said a 37-year-old foreigner had been nabbed within an hour of the attack.

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  • ‘Drunk’ bus driver jailed for attempting to molest friend’s wife

    The defence of being drunk when he hugged his friend's wife with intention to molest did not help M. Rengasamy, who was handed a four-month jail sentence by the Magistrate's Court here today. Magistrate Saifulakmal Said ordered Rengasamy who had pleaded guilty to the charge to serve the sentence from his date of arrest on Feb 26. In mitigation, Rengasamy, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lenient sentence saying he was drunk at the time and thought he was at his own home.

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  • Leaked transcript to oust Hadi a fake, says Guan Eng - The Malaysian Insider

    There is no truth to a purported “leaked” transcript of a meeting between Persatuan Ummah Sejahtera Malaysia (PasMa) president Datuk Phahrolrazi…

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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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  • Dad’s genes dominate, study shows - The Malaysian Insider

    The findings have broad implications for the study of human disease, and reveal that inheriting a genetic mutation could have different consequences depending on whether it comes from Mom or Dad. "This is an exceptional new research finding that opens the door to an entirely new area of exploration in human genetics," says Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, professor of genetics and senior author of the paper. Scientists have known for some time, that 95 genes express themselves differently depending upon which parent they come from, according to Dr Pardo-Manuel de Villena, and now, this study has revealed that there are thousands of others. These genetic mutations appear in complex diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, schizophrenia, obesity and many cancers.

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