• 1MDB one of the factors ringgit was down, says banking group - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 24, 2015.CIMB Group’s regional head of foreign exchange and foreign exchange options trading, Selvaraj Sinnan, believes that beleaguered strategic development company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) was “a big factor” behind the recent fall of the ringgit. “1MDB was obviously a big factor that has been bringing the ringgit down in the last almost five months and it has been well factored in the market… but despite this, it (the ringgit) has strengthened,” said Selvaraj today. The two-day event, which ends today, is jointly organised by Bursa Malaysia and CIMB Group.

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  • Woman strips off in Petaling Street to avoid paying for chicken rice

    — YouTube videograbKUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — A woman yesterday removed her clothing in the centre of the Petaling Street tourist hotspot here in a reported bid to avoid a RM18 bill for her meal. According to The Star, the woman and her male companion – both believed to be foreigners – ate two plates of chicken rice before attempting to leave without paying. “When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there,” a neighbour to the restaurant, identified only as Wong, told the newspaper. Citing eyewitnesses, The Star said the woman’s male companion and the restaurant operator engaged in a scuffle, but the two foreigners ran off when policemen arrived.

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  • Video of 'stripper' in Petaling Street causes stir on social media - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A video shared on YouTube of an unidentified woman stripping her clothes in Petaling Street over an argument is causing a stir on social media.

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  • Foreign worker who saved Singaporean toddler identified - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: The foreign worker whose heroic act saved a three-year-old girl's life has been identified as 'Shammugun'. Reader Jona Pang told Singapore's The Straits Times that she managed to chat and take pictures with the worker, whom she said "deserves more recognition for what he did for saving a life". Shammugun has been hailed as a hero after he climbed to the second floor of Housing Board Block 371 Jurong East Street 32 to save a toddler whose head was stuck between the rails of an external clothes-drying rack outside the service yard. The worker, who was repairing the roads nearby when the incident happened on Thursday afternoon, climbed onto the ledge and carried the crying toddler up.

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  • Party before papa, 'feeble' Mukhriz told

    Kedah lawmaker says MB cannot differentiate between party and family.

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  • Kit Siang, you are still da man

    COMMENT In seeking justice and fairness, he has experienced the worst.

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  • Penang boy is world's best youth photographer - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: A still image of an alley behind a house where he grew up landed 19-year-old Tan Yong Lin the title of 'Youth Photographer of the Year" at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Tan, who won the competition with his entry titled 'Back alley", said it was taken at his grandmother's house in Alor Setar, Kedah. According to a press release by the World Photography Organisation (WPO) the youth competition is open to all photographers aged 19 and under and is judged on a single shot. It said that Tan was flown to London and presented with his award and the latest Sony Digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony attended by industry leaders.

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  • Najib: The old must give way to the young

    UPDATED 7.15PM The prime minister seems to be referring to Dr Mahathir.

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  • Negri Sembilan to get 2 more expressways, says MB - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Darwish Zainal, April 24, 2015.Two new expressways are in the pipeline for Negri Sembilan, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan. Speaking in state assembly sitting recently, Mohamad said the two new expressways will be built under the 11th Malaysia Plan. “The first expressway will be linking KL International Airport (KLIA) to Senawang.

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  • Farewell, Ayah Halim Abdul Hamid, a warrior of great compassion — Michelle Yesudas

    I recall the first time I ever met him was when I took him to Jinjang lockup to visit Adam when he was in lockup for the May 13 Blackout forum, in May 2013. Ayah Halim Abdul Hamid and Pak Samad were the finest road-trip buddies, I must add.

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  • New ‘Green Brigade’ of Isis claims Yemen attack - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP pic, April 23, 2015.A newly announced division of the Isis group calling itself the "Green Brigade" on Thursday claimed a bombing in Yemen that it said had killed five Shiite rebels. Al-Qaeda has traditionally been the dominant jihadist group in Yemen, where a Saudi-led military coalition has carried out a month of air strikes against the Huthis and their allies. Isis claimed its first attack in Yemen on March 20 – multiple suicide bombings targeting Huthis at Shiite mosques in Sanaa that killed 142 people and wounded more than 350.

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  • CIMB chief disappointed by 1MDB’s no-show at KL investment forum - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 23, 2015.CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak expressed disappointment that 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) failed to attend the Invest Malaysia 2015 forum, Malaysiakini reported today. The brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also told the online news portal that it was better for the controversy surrounding 1MDB to be cleared up fast for the benefit of the people.

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  • Oil royalty talks reached an impasse, says Sarawak chief minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 24, 2015.Despite admitting Sarawak has not made any headway in its negotiation with national oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for an increase in oil and gas royalty payment, chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has set a target to conclude the wrangling “by the end of this year”. Sarawak is demanding an increase of 15% royalty, from the paltry 5% it currently receives, to 20%, on oil and gas extracted from the state.

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  • PJ mulls integrated public transportation system - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, April 24, 2015.Plans are underway to have an integrated public transportation system in Petaling Jaya to keep pace with the rapid development and provide an efficient and seamless travel. In looking at a more holistic approach on public transportation, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has been organising a series of seminars and workshops to get feedback from stakeholders. Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) Training Centre general manager Khairiah Talha said the main aim of the seminars and workshops was to assist MBPJ on the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) plan and to provide a better understanding to stakeholders on integrated public transportation.

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  • China's smartphone makers bet on cricket, Bollywood to conquer India - Tech News | The Star Online

    China's smartphone makers are drafting in cricket teams and Bollywood stars to conquer India, their largest overseas market and a key testing ground for their international expansion, as they try to rebrand as more than just sellers of cheap handsets.

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  • No vision in Dr M’s Vision 2020, Umno leader says

    — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s pessimism over Malaysia’s developed nation goal is rooted in the former prime minister’s own failure to define his Vision 2020, said Umno’s Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak. In retort to Dr Mahathir saying that Malaysia will lack the characteristics of developed nations despite being able to meet the economic benchmarks needed to qualify as one, the veteran Sabah leader said the omission was entirely the former’s fault. “In the first place, Vision 2020 was merely an aspiration that did not have any details.

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  • More ‘clone’ vehicles may surface in RTD-MACC operation

    The Road Transport Department (RTD) is confident that more cloned vehicles will be seized in the big operation being conducted with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC). RTD director-general, Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the nationwide operation was also to uncover individuals involved in the syndicate. “We are confident that more cloned vehicles will be seized,” he told reporters after launching Melaka state JPJ Day at Bukit Katil here today. He was commenting on the seizure of 153 cloned vehicles in a big operation conducted by the two agencies over the past five months.

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  • Cops say Batu Caves temple demolition notice fake, will be investigated

    — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — The police today said the notice of a planned demolition of the Batu Caves temple was false and its issuer will be investigated under the Sedition Act. Noting the fake notice that was spread through social media platforms including Whatsapp contained seditious and defamatory elements, a police spokesman also warned the public not to continue its distribution. “PDRM has initiated investigations under Section 500 of the Penal Code and Section 4 (1) of the Sedition Act 1948. “Any individuals who help to spread the false media statement will also be investigated under Section 233 (1) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998,” the police headquarters Bukit Aman’s head of corporate communications, ACP Datin Asmawati Ahmad, said in a statement this afternoon.

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  • Go to govt hospitals to avoid GST | theSundaily

    BUKIT MERTAJAM: Those who wish to avoid paying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for medical treatment should just stick to government hospitals, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan. Ahmad said this in response to a Facebook posting by Sepanggar MP Datuk Jumat Idris who complained about the tax. “He (Jumat) has to accept the charges in the bill,” Ahmad said when asked about the matter in a press conference after joining the Customs Department in an operation to check for GST compliance here.

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  • High Court rejects stateless boy’s bid for citizenship

    — Picture by Yiswaree PalansamyKUALA LUMPUR, April 23 — The High Court here today dismissed a stateless boy’s application for a judicial review against the government’s decision to deny him Malaysian citizenship. Judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad said the boy’s mother was a Thai citizen and he should therefore adopt her nationality, when dismissing the application with costs. The application was filed by the father, Lim Jien Hsian, on behalf of his five-year-old son, Zu Yi. Zu Yi is seeking to be recognised as a Malaysian citizen and be issued with a MyKid to allow him to live in the country and attend school.

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  • Scandals and silly distractions — Zaharom Naim

    The multi-billion ringgit 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal just keeps growing bigger and bigger, threatening to not only destroy groups and individuals but also engulf all of us and, of course, our country. Overshadowed by this scandal has been the sad and sorry tale of major losses incurred last year by that traditional cash cow, Petronas. Quietly, according to chartered accountant and blogger, Anil Netto, Petronas reported ‘impairment losses’ of RM23.3bn in its accounts for 2014. The Federal Territories Minister, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, led the recent charge of the ninnies.

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  • Ordered to move out, residents in the dark over compensation - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider file pic, April 23, 2015.A group of residents in Segambut Estate in Kuala Lumpur, who have been living on privately owned land, are claiming that they have yet to get compensation following an eviction order issued against them. They claimed that they had been cheated by their village head and their lawyer whom they had trusted to represent them to get the compensation from the developer of the land. The residents said although the developer had paid the compensation for them to vacate the land, they had yet to see the money. Feeling cheated, the residents lodged a police report yesterday and another one today at the Sentul police station.

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  • Jiangsu province fines Mercedes-Benz RM205mil - Regional | The Star Online

    Beijing: Jiangsu province has announced a 350-million-yuan (RM205mil) fine on Mercedes-Benz, and 7.87-million-yuan (RM4.61mil) fine on some of its dealerships for their monopolies in finished vehicles and auto parts. Jiangsu Provincial Price Bureau announced that Mercedes-Benz and the dealerships in Jiangsu province entered into monopoly agreements that violated Chinese anti-monopoly laws. The German luxury carmaker said in its written reply that “Mercedes-Benz fully respects and accepts the findings and punishment decision, and will comply immediately.

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  • Chinese smartwatch makers say clock ticking for Apple - The Malaysian Insider

    The Apple Watch goes on sale tomorrow but Chinese factories are already churning out cheaper alternatives, to the delight of local consumers. "Our product has all the functions Apple Watch has, and even surpasses them," said Zheng Yi, founder of a firm whose electronic watches can make phone calls, browse the Internet and play movies. His profits may lag behind the US tech giant, but Zheng told AFP he "started working on smart watches eight years ago, long before Apple". Apple has been hugely successful in China and industry analysts expect its new "smartwatch" will be a hit with status-conscious consumers in the world's most populous country.

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  • Heroic foreign worker saves stuck Singaporean toddler - Regional | The Star Online

    SINGAPORE: A foreign worker here has been hailed as a hero after he climbed to the second floor of a Housing Board block at Jurong East Avenue 1 to save a toddler whose head was stuck between the railings. According to blogger Alvin Lim, a passer-by who first saw the toddler in that precarious position on Thursday afternoon shouted for help. A foreign worker who was working on road repairs nearby then came to the rescue. In the videos provided by Lim's friend who was at the scene, the worker was seen pulling himself up effortlessly onto the ledge and holding the crying toddler up, while trying to get him back onto the other side of the ledge.

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  • NST, Utusan appeal against liability for defaming Penang CM - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, April 23, 2015.Three Umno-controlled newspapers which were ordered to pay RM400,000 in damages for  saying that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had leaked national secrets to Singapore's ruling PAP party are appealing the High Court decision. Lawyer Americk Sidhu, who represented Lim, said publishers New Straits Times Press Bhd and Kumpulan Utusan Melayu filed their notice of appeals at the Court of Appeal yesterday.

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  • DAP rep wants MACC to probe SEB deal with French firm fined for graft

    — Reuters picKUCHING, April 23 — A DAP assemblyman today urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the RM160 million contract awarded by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) to a French firm that was fined for corruption. “The investigation should be centred on two key persons who sit on the SEB,” Violet Yong Wui Wui, the state lawmaker for Pending, said in the Sarawak state legislative assembly today. She alleged these two officials are responsible in procuring most of SEB project. “We want to know why SEB is dealing with a sleazy company, Alstom, despite knowing fully well that it is a corrupt company,” she said.

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  • Moderate preparations in royal town for coronation - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, April 24, 2015.The royal town of Kuala Kangsar, about 50km from Ipoh, is being moderately spruced up for the coronation of Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah as the 35th Sultan of Perak on May 6. It is the wish of the Sultan that the ceremony should do away with “extravagance and luxury”.

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  • EPF: They can leave money in fund after current age limit - Nation | The Star Online

    PETALING JAYA: The Employees Provident Fund has never stopped members from continuing to leave their money in the fund beyond the age of 75. EPF deputy chief executive officer (strategy division) Tunku Alizakri Raja Muhammad Alias said EPF’s proposal to allow members to receive dividends if they kept their money in the fund till age 100 might have been misconstrued by the public. “This is a separate option to the proposal to raise the age of final withdrawal to 60,” he told The Star. According to EPF’s 2014 annual report, there are currently 959 contributors aged 75 and above.

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  • Australia Islamic school 'bans running' over virginity fears

    MELBOURNE: An Islamic college in Australia is under investigation after claims that its principal has banned girls from taking part in running competitions because they might “lose their virginity”. Victoria state Education Minister James Merlino said Thursday that if true, the claims made by a former teacher at Melbourne’s Al-Taqwa College “would be very concerning”. “I have asked the schools regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, to investigate,” he said in a statement. The former teacher wrote to government ministers this week alleging “the principal (Omar Hallak) holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they may ‘lose their virginity'”, The Age newspaper said.

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  • Colourful macaws bring beauty to chaotic Caracas - The Malaysian Insider

    In the 1970s, at the foot of the Caribbean mountain range flanking Caracas, a motorcycle-riding Italian immigrant turned heads for being inexplicably chased…

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  • First Indian artist at Coachella marks electronica rise - The Malaysian Insider

    – AFP Relaxnews pic, April 23, 2015.Once an afterthought for many international artists, India has quickly emerged as a hotbed for electronic dance music – and, in a sign of its growth, the first Indian act has played the influential Coachella festival. The duo B.R.E.E.D, which had its start in Mumbai and Goa, put on an energetic set at the festival that closed Sunday in the California desert with a style driven by a heavy rhythm that the band calls "future bass electronic". If not for DJ Ritesh D'Souza's shout-out to an Indian friend, it is unlikely that most at the show recognized the duo's origin.

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  • 21 foreign students ‘critical’ after Moscow dorm fire

    — Reuters picMOSCOW, April 23 — Twenty-one foreign students were today in a critical condition in hospital after fire ripped through a student residence in Moscow, an official said. The 16-storey dormitory, which belongs to one of Russia’s top medical schools, caught fire late yesterday, leaving a total of 43 people in need of medical attention. Of the 43, 36 were still in hospital as of this morning with 21 of them in “critical condition”, a spokeswoman for the city of Moscow told AFP. The dormitory belongs to the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, one of the country’s oldest medical schools.

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  • Move operations to Kota Kinabalu main terminal, AirAsia told | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (Matta) president Hamzah Rahmat has called on AirAsia to move its operation to the main terminal of Kota Kinabalu International Airport instead of staying put at Terminal 2. In a press statement today, he said it is understood the budget airline passengers are price sensitive and higher airport taxes can be a deterrent. “Kota Kinabalu is strategically placed as it lies exactly at the midpoint between China and Australia. AirAsia X flying between these two countries is bound to be popular as many passengers would take the advantage of a stopover at Kota Kinabalu,” he said.

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  • Azmin: Even without Pota, existing laws gave Putrajaya enough ‘power over people’

    ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 ― Malaysia has more than enough laws that give the government “power over the people”, Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali said today. Citing a John Lennon's song “Power to the people”, he noted that even without the recently-tabled Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) and the amended Sedition Act 1948, the country’s existing laws were sufficiently far-reaching.

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  • Rural youth can garner potential from bird's nest and stingless bee honey industries

    KUCHING: The economic potential for bird’s nests and stingless bee honey industries in Sarawak could give rural youth entrepreneurs an alternative money-generating prospect. Since 2014, Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Development Unit (UPUB) had organised basic courses for the farming of stingless bee honey and providing funding in the building of colony houses to help Bumiputera entrepreneurs interested in honey bee production. Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said that in 2014 a total of 100 participants from Lundu and Padawan districts received the funding. “In 2015, the programmes will be extended to Miri, Mukah and Kabong with targeted participants of 30 for each area,” he said at today’s State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting.

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  • Bee Yin concerned about LRT route changes | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Damansara Utama assemblywoman Yeo Bee Yin is concerned about the recent route amendments to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 3 project which is part of the Urban Rail Development Plan (URDP). The URDP will connect Bandar Utama to Johan Setia in a total length of 36km. The proposed LRT 3 will provide four interchange stations that would allow passengers easy transfer with other transit systems such as the Kelana Jaya LRT, the upcoming MRT1, KTM and the BRT federal highway. Yeo said she is concerned because Prasarana Negara Bhd, who are overseeing the development of the LRT 3 have changed the route of their tracks without informing the stakeholders involved.

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  • Man in the mirror — Tariq Ismail

    APRIL 23 — Politics and the corporate world are rife with covetous, egocentric, manipulative and amoral individuals, often plotting subterfuge and plotting their foes’ downfall. Malaysia is not devoid of this.  I recently spoke out against the

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  • Malaysia committed to cut oil revenue dependence, says minister - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider filepic, April 23, 2015.Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said Malaysia had continued its effort to reduce national dependence on crude oil revenue, amid lower prices of the commodity. Wahid, who is in charge of economic planning, said the country hoped to reduce dependence on oil to below last year's contribution of about 30% to national income. "We have been consistently diversifying the economy to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector," Wahid said at the Invest Malaysia 2015 event in Kuala Lumpur today.

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  • Boy falls to his death from apartment in Cheras - The Malaysian Insider

    A 7-year-old boy fell to his death from the seventh floor of an apartment in Bandar Mahkota Cheras, said the Fire and Rescue Department today. The boy…

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