• 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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  • Flight path over Penang a ‘last farewell’ for MH370 pilot, reports UK daily - The Malaysian Insider

    – March 2, 2015.Just days before the first anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a senior Boeing 777 captain with a major commercial airline has weighed in on the mystery, alleging that it was the work of the pilot. Captain Simon Hardy's theory was reported in UK newspaper Daily Mail today, where he said the main clue was that after flying across the border between Thailand and Malaysia, the aircraft made a sharp u-turn towards Penang, one of three turns made in quick succession. According to Hardy, the doomed MAS flight seemed to be taken on an emotional "last farewell", as in a fly-past of the pilot's home island of Penang. "The unusual overflying of Penang is ‘perhaps the only clue to the perpetrator'.

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  • Stop blaming the Chinese for your own weaknesses, Azmin tells Putrajaya - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said today that blaming the Chinese community for inflation was just an excuse to cover up Putrajaya's own failures in managing the country's economy. “Don't blame the Chinese whenever there is inflation and play up racial sentiments to cover up your own weaknesses,” he said. It does not matter if you are Malay, Chinese, Indians or Kadazans," the Bahasa Malaysia daily reported him as saying. Azmin's remark comes after Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob started a firestorm last month after he urged Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses over the latter’s refusal to lower prices after the drop in oil prices.

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  • QPR owners write off RM34bil loans

    The move strengthens QPR’s balance sheet, the club said in a statement.

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  • Former Microsoft boss keeps building his billions - The Malaysian Insider

    – Reuters pic, March 2, 2015.Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has retained his spot as the world's richest man, a rank he has held for 16 of the past 21 years, Forbes magazine said on Monday. The Microsoft co-founder's fortune increased US$3.2 billion (RM11.6 billion) since last year to $79.2 billion, the business magazine said, despite a $1.5 billion gift of Microsoft shares to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November. In fourth was Amancio Ortega, founder of the Inditex fashion group that includes Zara clothing retail shops.

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  • Azmin assures Christians of religious freedom

    He meets the Archbishop of Sarawak and other Christian leaders in Kuching today.

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  • What good are world university rankings? Ridhuan Tee asks

    — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Controversial lecturer Dr Ridhuan Tee Abdullah downplayed the importance of world university rankings today, chiding local learning institutions for trying playing catch-up with a grading that he claimed was “rigged” by the Western world. The Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) lecturer expressed his worry that Malaysian graduates of the world’s best universities have instead ended up in the “anti-establishment” camp, in addition to trying to ape “white folks” or Chinese nationals. What is the guarantee that graduates of world’s best university can become the best in their careers, and useful towards religion, race and nation?” Tee asked in his column published by Malay news portal Sinar Harian Online. Tee also warned local universities from being trapped in the Western world’s “education market politics”, where academics have to pay a lot of money to be published in peer-reviewed literature databases such as Scopus and the Institute for Scientific Information.

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  • Baggage on MAS flights go missing | theSundaily

    PETALING JAYA: Several passengers of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flights have taken to Twitter to voice their frustrations about their missing luggage. According to tweets that were directed to MAS' twitter account, these passengers who were on various different flights during the weekend, complained that they had not received their bags despite having already arrived at their destinations. "You have just failed to connect a plane's worth of luggage, including mine, from London to Phnom Penh. Feels great after 17 hours [of] travel," tweeted one of the passengers, known as Katy Oglethorpe, in her twitter account on Saturday.

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  • Ringgit falls, leading retreat in Asian currencies on China rate cut

    — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Mar 2 — The ringgit fell, leading losses among Asian currencies, on concern China’s latest interest-rate cut will spur weakness in the yuan and hurt Malaysia’s exports. The People’s Bank of China lowered its benchmark lending and deposit rates by a quarter percentage point effective yesterday to shore up growth in the world’s second-largest economy. China is Malaysia’s second-biggest export market, after Singapore, and the yuan dropped to a two-year low against the dollar today. “The weekend rate cut affirms the easing bias that the Chinese authorities have,” said Jonathan Cavenagh, a currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp in Singapore.

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  • After Islamic dress code furore, Terengganu MB says come as you are

    ― Bernama picKUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman denied that the state issued an Islamic dress code barring tourists from wearing revealing attire, claiming today he was surprised to hear that the story went viral. He added that such rules to police tourists’ attire were unnecessary as there were already sufficient laws to ensure public modesty. “I've already asked the exco chairman to explain the statement … The state government has never planned to issue dressing guidelines for tourists,” Ahmad Razif said as quoted by news portal Sin Chew Daily, referring to State Tourism and Cultural Affairs executive committee (exco) chairman Datuk Mohd Jidin Shafee.

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  • Three killed, one injured when car crashes into lorry | theSundaily

    JOHOR BARU: Three people were killed when a car rammed into a lorry at Km91.4 of the North-South Highway, near Batu Pahat this evening. Batu Pahat deputy police chief Supt Mat Razali Awang said the dead were the car's passengers while its driver was badly injured. A Fire and Rescue Department spokesman, when contacted, said the badly injured victim was identified as Mohanandas Nadarajan, 42, from Taman Bukit Indah, Johor Baru and one of the dead was known as Nadarajan Gopal, 71, from Taman Nesa, Skudai.

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  • AirAsia offers 20pct discount for all seats and flights

    Bookings may be made at airasia.com from March 3 to 8, 2015, the airline says.

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  • Man survives gun attack | theSundaily

    KAJANG: A 38-year-old man cheated death today despite being shot several times by a gunman at Jalan Reko here today, in an attack believed to be linked to a feud between underworld gangs. The victim who suffered at least three gunshot wounds, was reported to be in stable condition at the Kajang Hospital. Police said the man was driving his Honda Accord, and was at waiting at a traffic lights junction at about 12.30pm, when a motorcyclist and his pillion rider pulled up next to his car. The pillion rider whipped out a pistol and fired six shots before the motorcyclist sped off.

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  • PetroSaudi’s US$1.5 billion assets non-existent, says DAP lawmaker - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, March 2, 2015.The US$1.5 billion (RM5.4 billion) worth of assets PetroSaudi International (PetroSaudi) injected into the 2009 joint venture with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was non-existent, DAP said today, adding that the strategic investment fund had been aware of this all along. DAP lawmaker Tony Pua told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today that while 1MDB had invested US$1 billion into the joint venture, known as 1MDB PetroSaudi Limited, PetroSaudi had merely used an oil field belonging to Turkmenistan as its asset.

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  • Suspected a suicide bomber, Nigerian mob beats teenage girl to death (VIDEO)

    A woman, reportedly a teenager, was beaten to death in Bauchi, Nigeria after a mob suspected she might be a suicide bomber, police and eyewitnesses said. Boko Haram wishes to enforce strict Islamic law across the country.

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  • Woman involved in hit and run case dies in hospital | theSundaily

    ALOR STAR: Rosniza Fadzil, 30, who was in a coma after a hit-and-run road accident on Feb 26 died in hospital this afternoon. Kota Setar Police chief ACP Adzaman Mohd Jan said Rosniza died at 4.06pm in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital. The was investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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  • We’re with Ahok. Are you with us, Jokowi? - Jakarta Globe - The Malaysian Insider

    Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has never been one to back down from a fight, and on Friday he showed he wouldn’t be cowed by the City Council in a tussle over the city’s 2015 budget. He first paid a visit to his old friend, the previous governor, Joko Widodo, who just so happens to be president, to fill him in on the council’s attempt to tack on Rp 12.1 trillion (RM3.4 billion) of unauthorized funding onto City Hall’s original budget of Rp 78 trillion. Then he headed over to every crooked politician’s worst nightmare, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), to report the councilors’ shenanigans, and came away with a promise that antigraft investigators would look very closely at the two boxes’ worth of documents that he left them. Basuki is a politician like no other – brash and abrasive, but always principled.

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  • The Netherlands offers expertise to help develop Penang - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.The Netherlands has expressed interest in working with Penang to turn the city into an international city of the future, Dutch Ambassador to Malaysia Harry Molenaar said today. He said his country, which has a strong bond with Malaysia, would like to "team up" with Penang to realise the plan. He said The Netherlands would like to be a part of Penang's ambitious plan.

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  • Sabah student’s conversion to Islam invalid as she’s a minor, lawyer says - The Malaysian Insider

    – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 2, 2015.The conversion of a 16-year-old girl to Islam at her boarding school in Sabah without her Christian parents' knowledge is not valid under the law, as the religion of a minor can only be changed with both parents' consent, constitutional lawyer M.Kula Segaran said. The law on this matter has been decided in the civil courts, he said, based on the Ipoh High Court ruling in the case of kindergarten teacher M.Indira Gandhi, where the court held that the unilateral conversion of her three children, aged between six and 17, by her Muslim-convert husband Riduan Abdullah was unconstitutional. Kula  Segaran said the parents of the student in Kinarut, Papar, should be able to seek recourse in the civil court to impugn their daughter's conversion certificate, if one has been issued. Kula Segaran was asked about the legal status of the girl's religion, which has been disputed by her parents, who raised her as a Christian and who claim that she had been wrongly influenced at the school into embracing Islam.

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  • Don’t sweep S’wak Report on 1MDB under carpet

    It is time Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak came out from his long hibernation and explain in detail all these allegations. The person who can shed light and truth on the entire deal and where the US$700 million actually went is 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy. Please speak to Arul Kanda and take along an independent accountant when you do. Commentable: Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is absolutely right when he said “somebody must be doing something stupid”.

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